Des Familles de victimes du 11 Septembre luttent contre l’Islamophobie

Posted by Radio VM on September 11, 2014 in News Clips

Des membres des familles de victimes des attentats du 11 septembre 2001 à New York ont lancé une campagne de promotion de la tolérance religieuse et de dénonciation de l'islamophobie.

La campagne d'affichage sur les bus new yorkais présente les slogans «L'islamophobie, c'est moche» et «Construisons des ponts, pas des murs. La haine tue, l'espoir guérit.» L'action, réalisée dans le cadre la commémoration de la tragédie qui a tué près de 3'000 personnes, est sponsorisée par l'association «September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows» (Les familles du 11 septembre pour des lendemains pacifiques). Le lancement de la campagne a coïncidé avec...

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Is The “Islamic State” Islamic?

Posted by The Dish on September 11, 2014 in News Clips

Last night, Obama made a point of stressing that ISIS is not Islamic. The usual suspects had a field day with that line, but Ramesh Ponnuru finds it sort of pointless:

I’m not sure what presidents think they are achieving when they make this assertion. (Bush did it too, all the time.) The alternative would be to say, “They claim to act in the name of Islam, something peace-loving Muslims say is a perversion of their faith,” or just to say nothing about the point. I can’t imagine that a non-Muslim-American president convinces anyone when he tells the world what...

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Opinion: Muslims and extremists—we’re not the same

Posted by CNN on September 08, 2014 in News Clips

London (CNN) -- "Here we go again," I sigh, browsing news channels. Each one, leading with the chilling buzzwords: "Islamic State" and "Jihadist Murder."

Not since the weeks following the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York has turning on the TV been so demoralizing for Muslims across the globe.

I have that same sinking feeling whenever an atrocity takes place which is broadly placed at the feet of the "Muslim world." Because, "Hi, I am Lauren and I am a Muslim" -- should there be a new support group?

What's depressing as a "revert" (Muslims believe everyone is born into...

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Don’t Judge A Religion By Its Extremists

Posted by Daily Utah Chronicle on August 24, 2014 in News Clips

Nearly every religion in the world has a fundamentalist or extremist sect that has distanced itself from the ideals taught by the religion they are affiliated with. Groups such as the KKK or the FLDS church claim to be Christian but act in ways that most would consider very “un-Christ like.” Yet for the most part, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Christians in general have been successful in separating themselves from association with their fundamental counterparts.

One group that struggles to distance themselves from the shadow of its extremist factions is Islam. A recent poll done...

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Lobbying for a ‘MENA’ category on U.S. Census

Posted by USA Today on August 14, 2014 in News Clips

For many Americans, checking the right box on the U.S. Census form is a reflexive gesture, whether it's marking "black," "white," "Hispanic," "Asian," "American Indian" — or all of the above.

But for Americans of Middle Eastern and North African descent, or "MENA," it's a real head-scratcher. They come in a variety of phenotypes and shades—ranging from pale to deepest ebony, and hail from 22 different countries, from Iran to Egypt to Sudan. And yet, for the census, since the beginning of the last century, the MENA community has been lumped into the "white" category.

Back in 1909, such a...

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Lobbying for a ‘MENA’ category on U.S. Census

Posted by USA Today on August 14, 2014 in News Clips

For many Americans, checking the right box on the U.S. Census form is a reflexive gesture, whether it's marking "black," "white," "Hispanic," "Asian," "American Indian" — or all of the above.

But for Americans of Middle Eastern and North African descent, or "MENA," it's a real head-scratcher. They come in a variety of phenotypes and shades—ranging from pale to deepest ebony, and hail from 22 different countries, from Iran to Egypt to Sudan. And yet, for the census, since the beginning of the last century, the MENA community has been lumped into the "white" category.

Back in 1909, such a...

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Arab Americans seek a new place on the Census form

Posted by AAJA Voices on August 13, 2014 in News Clips

When 33-year-old Rashad Al-Dabbagh sat down to fill out the U.S. Census form for the first time in 2000, he was stumped.

“You had all these ethnicities and nationalities and races, and nothing that said Arab or Middle Eastern,” said Al-Dabbagh, whose ethnic background is Palestinian and Armenian.

So, for the past two censuses, he checked the box for “some other race” and called on others in an eight-second video and through outreach to Arab Americans to do the same using the slogan: “Check it right; you ain’t white!”

Nearly 200,000 people did just that in 2010, despite 2006-10...

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Philip Montgomery: From a Harlem Frame Shop

Posted by BagNews Notes on August 08, 2014 in News Clips

I’m not sure what kind of stock you put in polls, but according to Zogby (commissioned by the Arab American Institute), American’s attitudes toward Muslims and Arabs is getting worse. Based on the survey, favorability toward Arab-Americans has dropped from 43% in 2010 to 36%. Favorability dropped for Muslim-Americans in the same period from 36% to 27%.

I saw first this photo three week ago. Taken by Philip Montgomery, it was part of a slideshow published in the New York Times. It accompanied a background piece on Montgomery’s now five year project photographing Islamic communities in the New York metro...

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Gaza

Posted by C-SPAN on August 07, 2014 in News Clips

James Zogby talked about the latest developments in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Among other topics he discussed what he believes would be necessary for a long-term ceasefire and solution, policing of the Gaza Strip, and the behavior of both Hamas and Israel.

C-SPAN Radio’s Bobbi Jackson read news headlines at the conclusion of the program.

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Arab Americans and American Muslims Are at Risk

Posted on August 04, 2014 in Washington Watch
This past week the Arab American Institute (AAI) released its third biannual poll of American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims. Conducted by Zogby Analytics, 1100 likely voters were surveyed nationwide. The results were deeply troubling.
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