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Canadian parliament passes motion against rising Islamophobia

By Abdus-Sattar Ghazali: The Canadian parliament has passed a landmark anti-Islamophobia and religious discrimination motion that calls on politicians to condemn anti-Islamic behavior and rhetoric. It called on the government to recognize the need to "quell the public climate of fear and hate". The vote on Friday (March 24) follows months of fierce debate in Canada, including protests from both the motion's supporters and detractors. The non-binding motion was passed by 201 votes to 91. Read More

Hawaii judge extends order blocking Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Hawaii Federal Judge Derrick Watson extended his order blocking President Trump’s travel ban to six Muslim majority countries Wednesday, as the state’s attorney general denounced the executive order as a “Muslim ban”. Hawaii's attorney general Douglas Chin told the judge the controversial measure issued by President Trump on January 27 and then revised on March 6 was like a “neon sign flashing ‘Muslim ban, Muslim ban’” that the government had not turned off. Read More

Travel Paranoia

By Habib Siddiqui: How paranoid can one become? Consider the latest laptop ban. Last Tuesday, the U.S. and U.K. banned people flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in the airplane cabin because of concerns about terrorism.While the ban notice states this is not a public regulation but it does request that the Middle Eastern airlines comply within 96 hours of its release, on Tuesday at 3 a.m. Eastern time. Correspondingly, for any airline refusing to obey the order, the U.S. is prepared to work with the FAA to take certificates away to prevent the airline from flying into the United States. Read More

Muslim Ban 3.0: Laptops, tablets banned on Middle East-US flights

By Abdus-Sattar Ghazali: The United States has banned laptops, e-readers, cameras, tablets, printers, electronic games, and portable DVD players on flights from eight Muslim countries. Passengers on flights originating in eight Muslim countries are now prohibited from carrying any electronic device bigger than a mobile phone, the Department of Homeland Security said. The move comes days after President Donald Trump's second bid to curb travel from a group of Muslim-majority nations was blocked by the courts. Read More

Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump's Muslim Ban.2

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have blocked President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0. In their ruling both judges cited Trump's statements about Muslims during the presidential campaign. A federal judge in Hawaii Wednesday (March 15) ordered a temporary restraining order nationwide, hours before it was set to go into effect on Thursday.Another federal judge in Maryland Thursday morning specifically blocked the 90-day ban on immigration for citizens of six Muslim countries. Read More

Muslim Ban 2.0 is blocked by federal judge in Hawaii

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: In a stunning blow for the Trump administration, a federal judge in Hawaii Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order to block President Trump’s revised executive order on travel and refugees from taking effect Thursday, March 16.Today’s ruling was the second frustrating defeat for Trump’s Muslim travel ban, after a federal court in Seattle halted an earlier version of the executive order last month. Read More

The Muslim Ban and the ethnic cleansing of America

By Hamid Dabashi: The Muslim ban did not happen in one day - and it means more than one thing. The Muslim ban did not happen last January or later in March. It happened a long time ago - day after day, piece after piece, one slander after another, systematically, consistently, with liberal laughter and conservative malice alike. The Muslim ban was Trump's triumphant finale of a chorus long echoed in the sinuous xenophobic labyrinth of a nation always in denial of its own foreign origin, too eager to imagine and identify itself as "white" to demonise and expel from the shadow of its own fears all its colourful differences. Trump's Muslim ban is integral to his long-term plan to make the US a solely white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant 'nation'. Read More

AIPAC Gave $60K to Architect of Trump’s Muslim Ban

By Eli Clifton: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been noticeably quiet about the Trump administration’s slowness to denounce the spike in anti-Semitic attacks and bomb threats, its nomination of an ambassador to Israel who described J Street as “worse than kapos,” and its ties to ethno-nationalists like White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon and senior adviser Stephen Miller. But AIPAC has done more than just tolerate the U.S. tilt toward extreme and often xenophobic views. Newly released tax filings show that the country’s biggest pro-Israel group financially contributed to the Center for Security Policy, the think-tank that played a pivotal role in engineering the Trump administration’s efforts to impose a ban on Muslim immigration. Read More

When dissent is unpatriotic:
Muhammad Ali Jr. detained at airport for 2nd time in 4 weeks

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Agents from the Department of Homeland Security held up the son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Friday (March 10) as he was making his way to South Florida, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz reported on Twitter. Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was on the same flight, posted a photo on Twitter with Ali Jr. after he was allowed to board and wrote: "On way home on DOMESTIC FLIGHT Muhammad Ali Jr. detained AGAIN ... Religiously profiling son of 'The Greatest' will not make us safe." “We’re talking about somebody who has no criminal record,” she said. “He’s an American citizen. He was doing nothing other than traveling and who happens to be a Muslim-American.” Read More

Six U.S. States challenge Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: At least six U.S. states are challenging President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 executive order that bars new visas for people from six Muslim countries and temporarily shuts down the U.S. refugee program. On March 8, the state of Hawaii filed suit, arguing the new federal order will harm Muslims living in the state. As of March 10, five other states have joined together in a combined challenge to the latest order from Trump. Read More

Hawaii is first to sue over Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Hawaii Wednesday (March 8) became the first US State to challenge President Donald Trump’s new Muslim Ban order rolled out on Monday. The State of Hawaii lawyers have called the travel ban nothing more than "Muslim Ban 2.0" and asked a federal judge to temporarily block the order. “Nothing of substance has changed: There is the same blanket ban on entry from Muslim-majority countries (minus one),” Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said of the new order. Read More

Donald Trump rolls out Muslim Ban 2.0

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: President Donald Trump Monday (March 6, 2017) issued a new Muslim ban executive order that will temporarily halt entry to the U.S. for people from six Muslim  nations who are seeking new visas, though allowing those with current visas to travel freely. According to the Associated Press, Trump’s new order aims to address legal issues with the original order, which caused confusion at airports, sparked protests around the country and was ultimately blocked by federal courts. “President Donald Trump on Monday signed a new version of his controversial travel ban, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and shutting down the U.S. refugee program,” the AP said. Read More

The number of anti-Muslim hate groups on the rise in US

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The number of anti-Muslim hate groups nearly tripled from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016. That's just one of the dramatic statistics in a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  This annual count from the SPLC includes groups like the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other white nationalists, along with anti-government patriot groups and anti-LGBT groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center's Senior Fellow, Mark Potok, says their numbers have consistently been on the rise since about 2000. The radical right out there is booming. The number of hate groups rose from 892 groups in 2015 to 917 last year. Read More

US Court of Appeals rejects to reinstate Trump's Muslim travel ban

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: A three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday, February 9, 2017 unanimously upheld a lower court’s order blocking the Trump administration from enforcing its immigration and refugee order. The panel decisively rejected the Justice Department’s arguments against the restraining order. “We hold that the Government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that failure to enter a stay would cause irreparable injury, and we therefore deny its emergency motion for a stay,” the three judges wrote in their 29-page decision. Read More

Appeals court declines to reinstate Trump travel ban

 AMP Report: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals early Sunday morning (Feb. 5) denied the Justice Department’s request for an immediate reinstatement of President Donald Trump’s ban on all refugees and travelers from seven Muslim countries. The Court of Appeals has asked for both sides to file legal briefs before the court makes its final decision after a federal judge halted the program on Friday, January 27, 2017. What this means is that the ruling by US District Court Judge, in Seattle, James Robart, who suspended the ban, will remain in place — for now. Read More

Freedom of Religion Act  introduced in response to President Trump’s Muslim ban

Alexandrea News:  In response to President Trump’s unlawful, immoral Executive Order banning all refugees as well as individuals and families from certain Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East from entering the United States, House Members, including Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Chair of the Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Andre Carson (D-IN), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced the Freedom of Religion Act today to prohibit barring immigrants, refugees, and international visitors from entry on the basis of religion. Read More

Lawsuits filed challenging Trump’s Muslim ban

AMP Report: On January 30, 2017, at least two lawsuits were filed against against President’s Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order issued three days ago. In Seattle, Washington, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is challenging President Donald Trump’s executive order banning Muslim immigrants and refugees, calling it unconstitutional and asking for a temporary restraining order. In Washington DC, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 “John Doe”  individuals who say President Donald Trump’s unilateral “Muslim ban” action is unconstitutional.  CAIR lists Trump, new Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the State Department and the director of national intelligence as defendants in its lawsuit. Read More

UN Secretary General: Muslims have become convenient scapegoats

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Muslims have become “convenient scapegoats,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday (Jan 16), addressing a forum to tackle the recent rise in discrimination against Muslims. The forum in New York City was co-organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Permanent Missions of the United States, Canada and the European Union Delegation. Read More

In an open letter to US Congressmen:
90 civil advocacy groups oppose anti-Muslim rhetoric

AMP Report: About 90 national religious, secularist, civil advocacy and civil rights organizations have urged the members of Congress to “support core principles of the First Amendment and religious freedom in our country by denouncing anti-Muslim rhetoric and policy proposals.” In an open letter sent on Tuesday, January 17, the organizations said as anti-Muslim rhetoric became more prevalent during the presidential campaign, the rate of crimes against Muslims also increased. “Establishing anti-Muslim policies, such as forcing Muslims to register on a national scale, goes directly against the American principles of freedom of religious belief and of expression.” Read More

Senate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump Muslim registry

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: On January 5, 2017, nine Democratic senators filed a bill blocking the executive branch from registering people based on religion, race, gender, age, national origin or nationality. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) was quoted by The Hill as saying that “if our incoming President ever attempts to create a discriminatory database of Americans, let this be our warning shot: we will fight him every step of the way and in every way we can.”  Read More

2016: The worst year for American Muslims since 2001

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Three mosques in California were sent anonymous hate-mail in November warning them that Donald Trump would “cleanse” Muslims from the US the same way “Hitler did to the Jews.” This story best reflects the dilemma of the seven-million-strong Muslim American Community during the presidential election year. The year 2016 was perhaps the worst year for American Muslims since 2001. The New York Times pointed out: Hate crimes against American Muslims have soared to their highest levels since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to data compiled by researchers, an increase apparently fueled by terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad and by divisive language on the campaign trail. The trend has alarmed hate crime scholars and law-enforcement officials, who have documented hundreds of attacks — including arsons at mosques, assaults, shootings and threats of violence — since the beginning of 2015. Read More

American Muslim groups welcome decision to end program once used to track Muslims

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: American Muslim civil advocacy groups Thursday (Dec. 22, 2016) welcomed President Barrack Obama’s decision to permanently dismantle the regulatory framework behind the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS) also called “Special Registration.” CNN quoted Neema Hakim, a DHS spokesman, as saying: “The Department of Homeland Security is removing outdated regulations pertaining to the National Security Entry-Exit Registration Systems (NSEERS) program, with an immediate effective date.”  By 2011, nearly a decade after the program was enacted, NSEERS had not resulted in a single terrorism conviction. The Department of Homeland Security determined in 2011 that the program was “redundant and did not provide any increase in security,” said Hakim. Read More

Vandals deface Korans and books about Islam in libraries across US

Raw Story: A number of libraries across the U.S. say that they have seen an increased number of anti-Muslim acts of vandalism and hate speech in the wake of the election of Republican candidate Donald Trump. The Guardian reported Monday (Dec 12, 2016) on a survey by the American Libraries Association (ALA), which found that copies of the Koran and books about Islam have been defaced with swastikas and other hate speech at a number of libraries. The worst incident so far, the Guardian said, was an attack on a Muslim student in which a man tried to forcibly remove her hijab.Four days after the election, the BBC said, a Muslim student said she was studying at the University of New Mexico library when a man in a Trump shirt tried to pull off her hijab, the scarf women of certain Islamic sects wear over their hair. Read More
 


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