French official threatens lawsuits over internet photos of police

From Engadget.com; Unfortunately, it's all too clear that some government officials just don't understand how the internet works. After police in Nice, France were shamed online for forcing Muslim women to remove burkinis and other tradition-honoring apparel at the beach, deputy mayor Christian Estrosi announced that the city would sue people who post photos of … Continue reading French official threatens lawsuits over internet photos of police

MI5 stopped Scotland Yard taking Choudary down

From The Telegraph; The security services repeatedly prevented Scotland Yard from pursuing criminal investigations against hate preacher Anjem Choudary, it has been claimed.   Met counter-terror officers often felt they enough evidence to build a case against the radicalising cleric, only to be told to hang fire by MI5, because he was crucial to one … Continue reading MI5 stopped Scotland Yard taking Choudary down

How to Fast for Ramadan in the Arctic, Where the Sun Doesn’t Set

Marya Hannun in The Atlantic This week, with the start of Ramadan, Muslims from Indonesia to Michigan began fasting from sunrise to sunset in observance of one of the religions' primary holidays. But what happens in places where the sun never sets because the country is too far north? For many, this particular dilemma is … Continue reading How to Fast for Ramadan in the Arctic, Where the Sun Doesn’t Set

I Just Wanted to Be Free’: The Radical Reverberations of Muhammad Ali

From Dave Zirin in The Nation When Dr. Martin Luther King came out against the war in Vietnam in 1967, he was criticized by the mainstream press and his own advisors who told him to not focus on “foreign” policy. But Dr. King forged forward, and to justify his new stand, said publicly, “Like Muhammad … Continue reading I Just Wanted to Be Free’: The Radical Reverberations of Muhammad Ali

Lawyer Group Behind Spike in Blasphemy Cases in Pakistan

From Reuters A little-known alliance of hundreds of lawyers in Pakistan is behind the rise in prosecutions for blasphemy, a crime punishable by death that goes to the heart of an ideological clash between reformers and religious conservatives. The group, whose name translates as The Movement for the Finality of the Prophethood, offers free legal … Continue reading Lawyer Group Behind Spike in Blasphemy Cases in Pakistan

Latino Muslims mix religion & culture

By Ryan Schuessler in The Guardian; America’s only mosque founded specifically to be a place for Spanish-language programming for Latinos. Flores had just taken the shahada, the Islamic profession of faith, at the mosque’s first-ever Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, where community members with roots in Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba and other countries … Continue reading Latino Muslims mix religion & culture

French Minister Trashes Muslim Women With Anti-Black Slur

From alternet.org; Laurence Rossignol made the comments on Thursday in an interview with RMC radio and BFM TV, during which she slammed retailers who design products for Muslim women, such as hijabs, arguing that these companies are “promoting the confinement of women’s bodies.” When the journalist pressed Rossignol, arguing that some women choose to wear … Continue reading French Minister Trashes Muslim Women With Anti-Black Slur

Anti-terror police question schoolboy for wearing pro-Palestine badge

Teenager referred by his teachers after trying to raise money to help Palestinian children From Matt Broomfield in the Independent; A schoolboy has been questioned by anti-terrorism police because he wore a "Free Palestine" badge to school. Rahmaan Mohammadi's teachers at Challney High School for Boys in Luton referred him to police under Prevent - … Continue reading Anti-terror police question schoolboy for wearing pro-Palestine badge

Muslim women stopped from becoming Labour councillors

From the BBC News: Muslim Women's Network UK demanded an inquiry into "systematic misogyny displayed by significant numbers of Muslim male local councillors". "They don't like women to be heard, to be empowered," it told BBC Newsnight. Jean Khote, a sitting Labour councillor in Leicester, said good women candidates were barred by the membership in … Continue reading Muslim women stopped from becoming Labour councillors

Woman sues Twitter for allowing ISIS activity on the website

From engadget: It's pretty well-known that ISIS and its supporters have been using social media to encourage acts of violence, and Twitter seems to be one of their preferred platforms. Now, a woman whose husband was killed when a gunman attacked a police training center in Jordan is suing the microblogging website for allowing ISIS (and sympathizer) … Continue reading Woman sues Twitter for allowing ISIS activity on the website