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Missile Attack On Riyadh 'An Act Of War' By Iran
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Missile Attack On Riyadh 'An Act Of War' By Iran

By Siraj Wahab

A Houthi missile fired at Riyadh may be considered an act of war by Iran, and Saudi Arabia will not tolerate any infringement of its national security, senior Saudi officials said on Monday.

"The Kingdom reserves the right to respond in a timely manner to the hostile actions of the Iranian regime," Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said.

"Iranian interventions in the region are detrimental to the security of neighboring countries and affect international peace and security. We will not allow any infringement of our national security."

Iran supplied the ballistic missile fired into Saudi Arabia on Saturday night by Houthi rebels in Yemen. Saudi defense forces intercepted the missile and shot it down over King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, and there were no casualties.


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The Iran Deal: The Dog's Dinner Obama Dished Out
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The Iran Deal: The Dog's Dinner Obama Dished Out

By Amir Taheri

"Trump violates international treaty!" "Trump tears up pact signed by world powers!"

These were some of the headlines that pretended to report US President Donald Trump's move on the "Iran nuclear deal" last week. Some in the Western media even claimed that the move would complicate the task of curbing North Korea as Pyongyang might conclude that reaching any deal with the world powers, as Iran did, is useless.

But what is it exactly that Trump has done?

Before answering that question let's deal with another question. Is Obama's Iran "deal" a treaty?

The answer is: no.

It is, as Tehran says "a roadmap" in which Iran promises to take some steps in exchange for "big powers" reciprocating by taking some steps of their own.

Even then, the "roadmap" or "wish-list" as former US Secretary of State John Kerry described it, does not have an authoritative text; it comes in five different versions, three in Persian and two in English, with many differences.


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Nigerian Politics: Osun's Gospel Of Parliamentary Democracy
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Nigerian Politics: Osun's Gospel Of Parliamentary Democracy

By Abiodun Komolafe

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, local government elections will hold in Osun State on January 27, 2018. At least, 332 councillorship slots will be up for grabs in an election scheduled to be the first of its kind in the life of the Rauf Aregbesola-led administration. Not only that, it will be the first in the history of the Fourth Republic that parliamentary practice will be given a shot at the local government level.

While some professional doubters may wish to liken Osun to an administrative jungle where laws are brazenly breached and, constitutionalism, flagrantly abused, Section 22 of the Local Government (Administration) Law Cap 72A, Vol. 4, Laws of Osun State 2002 as amended states as follows: "There shall be for each local government a chairman and a vice chairman who shall be elected by the councillors of the Local Government Council from among themselves. The chairman and vice chairman shall only be elected among the councillors of the political party that has majority seat in the Local Government Council." So, why parliamentary system in Osun?

By the way, what does Aregbesola stand to gain by daring to walk with clear conviction where even angels dare to tread and what roles does has the "inchoate" problem associated with local government creation in Nigeria {ref: Supreme Court's judgement in AG Lagos v AG Federation (2004) 20 NSCQLR 99A} got to play in all of these?


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How Kurdish Independence Underpins Israel's Plan To Reshape The Middle East
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How Kurdish Independence Underpins Israel's Plan To Reshape The Middle East

By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

Palestinians and Israelis watched last week's referendum of Iraq's Kurds with special interest. Israeli officials and many ordinary Palestinians were delighted - for very different reasons - to see an overwhelming vote to split away from Iraq.

Given the backlash from Baghdad and anger from Iran and Turkey, which have restive Kurdish minorities, the creation of a Kurdistan in northern Iraq may not happen soon.

Palestinian support for the Kurds is not difficult to understand. Palestinians, too, were overlooked when Britain and France carved up the Middle East into states a century ago. Like the Kurds, Palestinians have found themselves trapped in different territories, oppressed by their overlords.

Israel's complex interests in Kurdish independence are harder to unravel.

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the sole world leader to back Kurdish independence, and other politicians spoke of the Kurds' "moral right" to a state. None saw how uneasily that sat with their approach to the Palestinian case.


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Katibat Ali Sultan: Syrian Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps IRGC Gr
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Katibat Ali Sultan: Syrian Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps IRGC Group

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Previously I have written on Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi, a small group deployed at the time I wrote the article to Latakia province, under the leadership of one al-Hajj Mukhtar and asserting direct affiliation with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Katibat Ali Sultan (The Ali Sultan Battalion) similarly claims affiliation with the IRGC but has an even lower social media profile.

I first came across Katibat Ali Sultan in some posts by one Samih Zahr al-Din, a Druze member of the group who clearly still identifies as Druze and is originally from the predominantly Druze province of Suwayda' in southern Syria. For example, in a post dated 7 March 2017, he wrote:

"Katibat Ali Sultan rapid intervention squadron, to support the Syrian army's 15th division in Deraa and resist the attack that Jabhat al-Nusra and the armed factions have undertaken in Deraa al-Manshiya [neighbourhood]."

For context, al-Manshiya is a neighbourhood in Deraa city. Fighting between the regime and rebels has taken place in al-Manshiya over the course of 2017. The 313 Force, a Syrian 'Islamic Resistance' group, similarly deployed to al-Manshiya in early 2017 to support the regime's forces.


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Regime Change In Iran Does Not Equal War In Iran: Exterminating Khomieni Terror
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Regime Change In Iran Does Not Equal War In Iran: Exterminating Khomieni Terror

By Ali Safavi

The Hill, 11 September 2017 - Amid the White House review of its Iran policy and subsequent to the signing into law of H.R. 6634, which imposes tough sanctions on the Iranian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), familiar voices in Washington have begun fear mongering that supporting ''regime change'' leads to war.

Let us be clear: The real issue is not war. There has never been any suggestion of military intervention. Here are the real questions that need to be answered:

Should the Iranian people continue to suffer under a brutal dictatorship, which has denied them their most rudimentary rights, or do they have the right to change this suppressive regime?


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Iran militia threatens U.S. troops in aftermath of ISIS defeat in Iraq
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Iran militia threatens U.S. troops in aftermath of ISIS defeat in Iraq

World Tribune

As the last pockets of Islamic State (ISIS) resistance are cleared in Iraq, a new threat to American troops is emerging.

An Iranian Shi'ite militia, the Hizbullah Brigades, warned the United States that it must leave Iraq when ISIS is defeated or face a new war, Iran's Fars news agency reported.

Funded by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Hizbullah Brigades, also known as Kata'ib Hizbullah (KH), is the ''largest and most ruthless Iranian-trained militia fighting in Iraq and Syria,'' Rowan Scarborough reported for The Washington Times.


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Hezbollat and the Popular Mobilization versus the Armies of Lebanon and Iraq
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Hezbollat and the Popular Mobilization versus the Armies of Lebanon and Iraq

Huffington Post

In recent times, there have been two interesting developments in the efforts of the commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps in Iraq and Lebanon. Both events fall within the scope of the bid to impose the model produced by the Iranian Revolution, of creating a parallel military structure alongside the regular army, whereas the Popular Mobilization Units in Iraq operate in parallel with the Iraqi army, and Hezbollah in parallel with the Lebanese army, just like the IRGC operates in parallel with the army in Iran. This project has faced resistance and it is worth considering its implications, not just for those behind it, but also for the future of Iraq and Lebanon. In Iraq, there is Shia resistance to the effort to legitimize the Iranian model and the PMUs at the expense of the Iraqi army. In Lebanon, there is a governmental and popular resistance to Hezbollah's insistence on imposing its legitimacy at the expense of the Lebanese army, not just from Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri but also President Michel Aoun, who has emphasized the Lebanese army as the leading legitimate protector of Lebanon. Tehran in the meantime fears that Iraqi-Gulf rapprochement could undermine its project, while it sees Lebanon as a necessary bridge to rehabilitate Syria in the Arab world and then internationally.

In this regard, US-Russian partnership in Syria and Iraq is key. In Lebanon, there is an international decision to prevent a security collapse and to empower the army to play its conventional role without a partnership with Hezbollah in any legitimacy. Instead, there is a bid to head off any attempt by Hezbollah to replicate the Iranian model in Lebanon.


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Report: Iranian Revolutionary Guards' sectarian activity rises in Sunni are
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Report: Iranian Revolutionary Guards' sectarian activity rises in Sunni areas

Al Arabiya

The Iranian repressive and sectarian regime against Sunnis in the country warns of an upcoming civil war, according to a recent reformist opposition report.

First published on amadnews site, which is allied with the opposition, the report reflects the Revolutionary Guards' continued and escalating activity in predominantly Sunni areas.

It also noted that cleric's activities and the Guard's institutions are increasing in southern areas of the country, specifically in Sistan, Baluchistan and Khorasan provinces.

According to the report, among these activities are calls of a sectarian nature. The most recent event called for was Eid al-Ghadeer, a Shiite celebration. Sunnis see this form of celebration in their areas as a form of provocation.


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The Iranian Land Route to the Mediterranean: Myth or Reality?
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The Iranian Land Route to the Mediterranean: Myth or Reality?

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

As the Islamic State continues to lose ground in Iraq and Syria, one of the more common talking points for debate is the supposed prospect of an Iranian "land-route" running through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon and the Mediterranean, and what the U.S. response should be. But how seriously should the idea of the land-route be taken? If the land-route concept is taken seriously, what are the viable U.S. policy responses, if any?

When it comes to supporting clients and allies in Syria and Lebanon, Iran has relied on aircraft (mostly traveling to Damascus) and naval routes, both during and prior to the Syrian civil war even when a theoretical land-route passing through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon existed. Broadly speaking, the U.S. and its allies have been unable to prevent the use of aircraft and naval routes, and indeed there is little that can be done about those routes.


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UN: Myanmar's Treatment Of Rohingya 'Textbook Example Of Ethnic Cleans
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UN: Myanmar's Treatment Of Rohingya 'Textbook Example Of Ethnic Cleansing'

Top UN human rights official denounces security crackdown against Muslim minority in Rakhine state

Myanmar's treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a "textbook example" of ethnic cleansing, the top UN human rights official has said.

In an address to the United Nations human rights council in Geneva, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein denounced the "brutal security operation" against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was "clearly disproportionate" to insurgent attacks carried out last month.

More than 310,000 people have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.


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Demba Ba Urges Action To Protect Rohingya Muslims, Praises Turkey's Efforts
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Demba Ba Urges Action To Protect Rohingya Muslims, Praises Turkey's Efforts

Senegalese footballer and former Beşiktaş player Demba Ba called on Muslims to take action to protect Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Sunday, amid concerning reports of a growing number of deaths and forced displacements of Muslims.

Speaking to the Anadolu Agency in the holy city of Mecca after performing the pilgrimage, Ba said the international community carries a great responsibility for the developments in Myanmar.

"Everybody sees and know what is happening but nobody is actually acting or talking to stop this," Ba said.


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Persecution of all Muslims in Myanmar on the rise, rights group says
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Persecution of all Muslims in Myanmar on the rise, rights group says

The systematic persecution of minority Muslims is on the rise across Burma and not confined to the northwestern state of Rakhine, where recent violence has sent nearly 90,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing, a Burma rights group said on Tuesday.

The independent Burma Human Rights Network said that persecution was backed by the government, elements among the country's Buddhist monks, and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.

"The transition to democracy has allowed popular prejudices to influence how the new government rules, and has amplified a dangerous narrative that casts Muslims as an alien presence in Buddhist-majority Burma," the group said in a report.

The report draws on more than 350 interviews in more than 46 towns and villages over an eight-month period since March 2016.

Burma's government made no immediate response to the report. Authorities deny discrimination and say security forces in Rakhine are fighting a legitimate campaign against "terrorists".


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UK-based Rohingya group calls for investigation into atrocities against Muslims
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UK-based Rohingya group calls for investigation into atrocities against Muslims in Myanmar

An independent commission must investigate recent atrocities against the Muslim community in Myanmar, a London-based human rights organization has urged Myanmar's government.

The Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO) said it welcomed a report by former UN chief Kofi Annan released last Thursday. ARNO also said responsibility lay with the national government to implement the Annan report's recommendations.

"It is noteworthy that the Commission has stressed to address the Rohingya problem and their 'legitimate concerns' without use of force, and warned of radicalization if not executed swiftly," ARNO said.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, ARNO President Nurul Islam urged "the attention of the UN and the international community, powerful countries, the OIC, ASEAN and Myanmar's neighbors to bring consistent pressure to bear on the Myanmar government and the military".

Describing the latest army deployment and nationwide anti-Muslim protests a "conspiracy", Islam said: "Rakhine leaders and military leadership are annoyed over the report of Annan's commission" and therefore "this military crackdown under the pretext of so-called security measures with a view to frustrate the commission's report, to further destroy the Rohingya minority and to cause a fresh exodus into Bangladesh."


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Iran And The Nuclear Deal's Future: Iran Secret, Unannounced And Illegal Ur
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Iran And The Nuclear Deal's Future: Iran Secret, Unannounced And Illegal Uranium Enrichment

Forbes

It has been over a week since a new round of tension has initiated over the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This string of developments were kick-started with a meeting between Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and Yukio Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The fact that Washington suddenly sought a meeting with the chief of the UN nuclear watchdog and launched an emphasis on inspections of Iran's military sites has raised eyebrows.

In retaliation, Iran vowed no access to its military sites, prompting Haley's reaction in saying such an approach by Tehran will severely jeopardize its future compliance with the JCPOA. And despite the IAEA issuing a quarterly report confirming Iran's compliance with the deal terms, Amano on Thursday "rejected Tehran's claim that its military sites were off-limits to inspection…," according to the Associated Press.

The Trump administration has been in office for over 7 months now and this issue coming under limelight is quite significant, to say the least.


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It is getting more difficult to fight Islamophobia in Europe: UN official Gü
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It is getting more difficult to fight Islamophobia in Europe: UN official Gün Kut

It is becoming more difficult to fight Islamophobia in Europe, as mainstream political parties compete for votes with the far-right, Gün Kut, a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) since 2010, has told the Hürriyet Daily News.

"As extreme right-wing views started to gather public support, some center-right parties started to embrace some of the rhetoric that is normally used by extreme right in order to prevent the fleeing of their fringe voters toward the extreme right. Meanwhile the center-left, which usually supports these anti-racist efforts, has become more silent in order not to lose fringe voters.

You have been working for at least two decades on international commissions to combat racism. Tell us your general observation about the evolution of this issue. 

Discrimination on the basis of color, ethnicity, nationality and language exists everywhere, but it takes various forms and varies in intensity. The problem may be getting worse over time but there are also more and more solutions provided. So it is a mixed bag of results. Unless intense efforts are exerted on tackling the issues, things are going to get much worse. If there has been slight improvement it's thanks to these international mechanisms.


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Chelsea Clinton attends Muslim solidarity rally in NYC as Trump's revised t
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By Jennifer Calfas

Chelsea Clinton attended an anti-Trump rally in New York City on Sunday to show solidarity with the Muslim community

Clinton, the daughter of President Trump's Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, attended the rally in Times Square in New York City.

She wrote on Twitter that the event was the first protest for her daughter Charlotte, age 2.

"Thank you to all who organized #IAmMuslimToo today - Charlotte's 1st protest rally. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids," Clinton tweeted.


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Cuba to Build Its First National Mosque as Muslim Population Grows
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Cuba to Build Its First National Mosque as Muslim Population Grows

Since 2015, the country's some 10,000 Muslims have been congregating for prayers in a building space in downtown Havana.

The city of Havana is set to build Cuba's first mosque, touted to be one of the largest in Latin America, as its Muslim population continues to grow.

Since 2015, when the government authorized that Cuba's some 10,000 Muslims should have a place of worship, they have been congregating in a building space in downtown Havana for prayers, where copies of the Quran in both Spanish and Arabic are abundant.


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In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say 'I Am Muslim Too
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In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say 'I Am Muslim Too'

At a rally in New York City's Times Square on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims. The crowd gathered to speak out against President Trump's executive order — now on hold after a unanimous federal appeals court decision — banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Organized by the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding — a coalition of religious groups led by record label founder Russell Simmons, Rabbi Marc Schneider and others — speakers at the protest included New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, activist Linda Sarsour and Imam Shamsi Ali.

"We're using the Muslim community as a scapegoat. We are being mean to the people who are the victims of terrorism," Simmons, a former friend of Trump, told the crowd. After Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. in 2015, Simmons penned an open letter describing Trump as a "one-man wrecking ball willing to destroy our nation's foundation of freedom."


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Donald Trump cuts short 'worst call by far' with Australian PM
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Donald Trump cuts short 'worst call by far' with Australian PM

Donald Trump cut short a conversation with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull after reportedly telling him it was his "worst call by far" with a foreign leader that day.

The apparent disagreement was over an exchange of refugees agreed between Australia and the Obama administration late last year.

On Twitter, the US President said he would "study this dumb deal".

Under the terms, the US would re-settle up to 1,250 asylum seekers, most of whom are held in processing camps on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

In return, Australia would take refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.


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'Rings Of Peace' Surround Canada's Mosques In Wake Of Deadly Atta
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By Antonia Blumberg

'Rings Of Peace' Surround Canada's Mosques In Wake Of Deadly Attack

"No Canadian should be afraid to go to their house of worship to pray," a Toronto rabbi says.

Hundreds of Canadians formed human shields around mosques as Muslims gathered for the first Friday prayers after a deadly attack on an Islamic center in Quebec.

Yael Splansky, senior rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto's oldest Jewish congregation, organized efforts in her community and told reporters that she hoped the "rings of peace" would send a message to Muslim Canadians that they aren't alone. Splansky said she was inspired by a similar display of solidarity at a mosque in Oslo, Norway, in 2015.

"No Canadian should be afraid to go to their house of worship to pray," Splansky told Canadian network CTV News on Friday. "It's a terrifying scene. Imagine people of faith going to pray in peace, to pray for peace and to be at risk. Houses of worship are sacred and must be protected."

Canada, like the United States, has witnessed a staggering rise in anti-Muslim sentiment and attacks in recent years. This fact became all too real Sunday when a gunman opened fire at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, killing six people and injuring 19 others.


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This Muslim-Run Clinic Offers Free Health Care To Those In Need
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This Muslim-Run Clinic Offers Free Health Care To Those In Need

"Our goal is to serve humanity."

The American Muslim Community Center in Orlando, Florida, has converted an old doctor's office into a free clinic for uninsured families and people in need.

"Our goal is to serve humanity — no strings attached. Everyone is welcome," Atif Fareed, AMCC chairman, told the Orlando Sentinel. "We have over 40 physicians who come to our mosque, and we have 11 of them signed up to volunteer here. So we are very, very blessed."

The facility, which will only be open on Fridays for the time-being, will offer general health care to anyone who lives in Central Florida who is uninsured and lives below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. This equates to individuals who make $23,760 or families that make $48,600 or less a year.

Part of our faith is to serve those who are in need."


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Christians And Jews Team Up To Help Muslims After Texas Mosque Fire
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By Ed Mazza

Christians And Jews Team Up To Help Muslims After Texas Mosque Fire

"Jewish community members walked into my home and gave me a key to the synagogue."

Christians and Jews in a small Texas town reached out to help their Muslim neighbors after a fire destroyed a local mosque.

"Jewish community members walked into my home and gave me a key to the synagogue," Dr. Shahid Hashmi, a cofounder of the Victoria Islamic Center, told The New York Times.

In addition, at least four churches offered space for the Muslims to hold their services.

Victoria is a small city about 125 miles southwest of Houston with a population of about 65,000. 


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Allies Form A Circle Of Protection Around Muslim Students Praying In Michigan
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Allies Form A Circle Of Protection Around Muslim Students Praying In Michigan

In outright defiance of the rising levels anti-Muslim hate in America, University of Michigan students joined forces on Monday to protect their own.

After hearing that a Muslim student had reportedly been threatened for her faith, hundreds of students and faculty showed up to stand guard around classmates who had gathered in a main square to perform one of Islam's five daily prayers.

The public Ishaa prayer, or nighttime prayer, was organized by the university's Muslim Student Association. Club president Farhan Ali, a junior, told The Huffington Post that members of his group wanted to show the campus that they were proud to be Muslim.

"Some individuals were afraid that we might be vulnerable during our prayer, so we had the idea of calling allies to support us and create a circle around us while we prayed and they ensured our safety," Ali told The Huffington Post in an email.

But Ali wasn't expecting such a strong and substantial turnout, from the Muslim community and from allies. 


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The Independent: Mass Sexual Assault in Frankfurt By Refugees 'Completely M
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By Garibaldi of Loonwatch

The Independent: Mass Sexual Assault in Frankfurt By Refugees 'Completely Made Up'

The damage has been done: the meme that the zombies at Breitbart, and other right-wing media wanted to propagate about "rapefugees" got regurgitated and disseminated far and wide. Breitbart which was one of the disseminators of the lie, followed up the truthful story and found a way to add some wholly unrelated anti-Muslim shade at the end. (h/t:Abdel)

This is not the first time German media have been fooled by the so-called "fake news" phenomena. Last year in Berlin, a group of pro-migrant activists called "Moabit Helps" claimed a migrant had frozen to death waiting for benefits. The story was widely reported across German media, but when no dead migrant was found and the sole witness went into hiding, the story was proved to be a hoax.

In Austria, a young Muslim girl claimed she had been attacked at a train station by people who had torn off her hijab and tried to throw her onto the train tracks. After police looked at the footage they saw the girl walk onto a train with no violence occurring at all and launched an investigation claiming she lied to police.

By Harriet Agerholm, The Independent

Prosecutors are investigating two people for allegedly fabricating an account of a mass sex attack by Arab migrants in Frankfurt.


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'Islamophobia to blame' for Cape Town mosque attacks
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By Faisal Edroos

'Islamophobia to blame' for Cape Town mosque attacks

Muslim leaders call for calm and unity after mosques in Cape Town are defiled with pig blood and a pig's snout.

Authorities in South Africa say Islamophobia fuelled two separate attacks on mosques in Cape Town, where Muslim centres of worship were broken into and defiled with pig's blood and a pig's snout.

The Western Cape provincial government said Monday's attack, in which the blood was found smeared over the walls of a mosque in Kalk Bay was linked to an earlier attack on a mosque in Simon's Town, some 15km away, where a pig's snout was left on the entrance gate.

"Both incidents made calculated use of Islamophobic methods," the government said in a statement.

"The similarity of the cases, and proximity of the mosques, raises concerns that the two incidents may be linked."


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Dresden mosque and congress centre hit by two bomb blasts
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By Islamophobia Reports

Dresden mosque and congress centre hit by two bomb blasts

Police say they are assuming a 'xenophobic motive' for the attacks, which come a week before events to mark Day of German Unity

Police suspect a far-right motive after two improvised explosive devices detonated outside a mosque and congress centre in Dresden just before and after 10pm on Monday.

No one was injured during the two attacks in the eastern German city, but the mosque's 46-year-old imam, his wife and their two children were inside the building when the first bomb went off.

Imam Hamza Turan told Sächsische Zeitung newspaper that six bottles filled with explosive gas had been found at the site of the attack. "They attacked us because they hate us, because we are Muslims", Turan's 10-year-old son told the local paper.


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Trump Wins, Islamophobia Rises
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Dr Chris Allen

Since the result of the US elections was announced, America has borne witness to a sharp increase in Islamophobic hate crimes.

For instance, in Ann Arbor, a female Muslim student at the University of Michigan was approached by a stranger who threatened to set her on fire if she didn't remove her hijab. In Georgia, a female Muslim high school teacher was left an anonymous note. Scribbled on it was a message stating that her "headscarf isn't allowed anymore". It went on to suggest that once she had removed her hijab, she could use it to hang herself. Likewise in Ohio, a Muslim woman along with her children and elderly parents were threatened by a man while they were stopped in their car at traffic lights. Shouting obscenities at the terrified family, the man told the woman that "she doesn't belong in this country". In many ways, it is somewhat unsurprising that such an upsurge in Islamophobic hate crimes has coincided with Donald Trump's emergence as president-elect.


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German court rules Muslim girls must take part in swimming lessons
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Constitutional judges say schoolgirl cannot be excused mixed classes on grounds of Islamic dress codes

Germany's highest court has ruled that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school, finding against an 11-year-old pupil who had argued that even wearing a burkini, or full-body swimsuit, breached Islamic dress codes.

The constitutional court in Karlsruhe on Wednesday rejected an appeal by the girl's parents that she should be excused from the classes because a burkini did not conform with Islam's ethic of decency, German media reported.

A spokesman for the court could not be reached for comment.


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Hijabi News Anchor Hopes Her Career Milestone Can Inspire Muslim Women Everywher
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"Tonight wasn't just important for me. I don't think a woman in hijab has ever anchored a newscast in Canada."

Toronto's CityNews channel needed an anchor to fill in for a broadcast last week, so Ginella Massa stepped up to the plate ― becoming, she believes, the first woman in a hijab to appear on a Canadian newscast.

The response to her first segment in front of the camera has been "overwhelmingly positive," she told The Huffington Post in an email. Still, nasty comments are difficult to escape.

"I think in Canada we are sometimes a little smug because we are such a multicultural and accepting country, we often like to act like we don't have to worry about hatred and racism here, but it does exist," she said.


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