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As Macron Courts the Far-Right, France Launches Crackdown on “Islamo-Leftism”

    As Macron Courts the Far-Right, France Launches Crackdown on “Islamo-Leftism”

PARIS — France’s Minister for Higher Education, Frederique Vidal, has sparked a nationwide controversy with her announcement that the government is attempting to stop the spread of what she called “Islamo-leftism” in universities. Part of the process, she said, would be for the state to decide “what is academic research and what is activism and…

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Why So Few American Muslims Serve in the US Military

    Why So Few American Muslims Serve in the US Military

With long and seemingly endless conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa, the United States Armed Forces is constantly struggling to meet recruitment targets for its wars. One group that is greatly underrepresented in our armed forces is Muslim Americans; fewer than 10,000 troops list their faith as Islam, accounting for just 0.3 percent of…

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BJP Capitalizes on Coronavirus Fears to Take India’s Fascist Creep to the Next Level

    BJP Capitalizes on Coronavirus Fears to Take India’s Fascist Creep to the Next Level

Last week, 22-year-old Dilshad “Mehboob” Ali was dragged into a field on the outskirts of Delhi and beaten with sticks and shoes by an enraged crowd demanding to be told, “who else is behind this conspiracy?” His attackers believed he was part of a “corona Jihad:” an evil plot by India’s Muslim minority to spread…

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The BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging Democracy in India

    The BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging Democracy in India

It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent. A country that has historically prided itself on its diversity and tolerance and for being ‘the largest democracy in the world’ has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities – chauvinism, racism, religious intolerance, and, at times, extreme violence. The…

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Muslims and the Working Class: France’s Marginalized and Natural Yellow Vest Allies

  Muslims and the Working Class: France’s Marginalized and Natural Yellow Vest Allies

Even though the Yellow Vest anti-government movement is historic in scope, duration and intensity, and even though Muslims comprise 5-10% of France’s population, there has been almost zero media coverage of the interplay between these two forces. Check Google in French or English and you truly find almost nothing. I have been waiting and waiting…

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The Thoughts and Prayers from War-Mongers and Islamophobes Ring Hollow

  The Thoughts and Prayers from War-Mongers and Islamophobes Ring Hollow

WASHINGTON — Following the horrific shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, statements of solidarity and sympathy have poured in from around the world, condemning the act and remembering the lives of the 50 people, including several children, who lost their lives. Yet, not everyone expressing sympathy has been deemed sincere by those in…

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Is Erik Prince Helping China Build Concentration Camps For Muslims?

  Is Erik Prince Helping China Build Concentration Camps For Muslims?

As China’s mass incarceration of members of its Uighur Muslim minority in its far-flung Xinjiang province has elicited condemnation from editorial boards of US newspapers to, more recently, the leader of one of the world’s largest Muslim nations, one of America’s most famous private security contractors – and, incidentally, brother to President Trump’s secretary of education, has found…

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Starbucks Ditches Anti-Defamation League For Anti-Racism Training

  Starbucks Ditches Anti-Defamation League For Anti-Racism Training

After a video of the arrest of two African-American men sitting in Starbucks without buying anything went viral, Starbucks scheduled anti-racism training. But their inclusion of the Anti-Defamation League in the training provoked another outcry and Starbucks capitulated. On April 12, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested for trespassing at a Philadelphia Starbucks. A…

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Muslim Groups Awarded Damages Over Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance

  Muslim Groups Awarded Damages Over Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance

The New York Police Department reached a settlement with Muslim-owned businesses, mosques, student groups, and others it subjected to discriminatory and suspicionless surveillance. As part of the settlement, businesses and mosques that were spied upon by the NYPD will receive damages for income lost as a result of the stigma and humiliation they suffered “for…

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How Unarmed Civilians Stopped Violent Sinhala Buddhist Mobs in Sri Lanka

  How Unarmed Civilians Stopped Violent Sinhala Buddhist Mobs in Sri Lanka

On March 4th, Sinhala Buddhist mobs began sweeping through Sri Lanka’s Kandy district, hurling petrol bombs at Muslim-owned houses, shops and mosques. The attacks came as a shock, as Sri Lanka has not seen violence on this scale in nearly a decade. The government deployed thousands of security forces, armed with automatic weapons, tear gas and…

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