Interview: Author Arun Kundnani on Understanding Terrorism, the Surveillance State & How to Discuss Reform

By: Friday January 16, 2015 5:00 pm

[*Editor's Note: During his research for The Muslims Are Coming!, Arun Kundnani noted five books, which provide insightful understanding of the surveillance state along with the importance of public resistance. In the third part of this interview, Kundnani discusses briefly how academics define terrorism and approach the issue of Islamophobia. He then delves into the [...]

 

Interview: Author Arun Kundnani on Islamophobia & the Myth of the Liberal Anti-Racist

By: Thursday January 8, 2015 1:00 pm

[Editor's Note: With the recent terrorist attack in Paris against Charlie Hebdo, once again there is debate about whether Islam is a violent religion. There is little to no evidence that Islam alone radicalizes people and transforms them into terrorists or religious fanatics. On November 7, I spoke with Arun Kundnani, a journalist and a [...]

Interview: Author Arun Kundnani on How Media Promote Radicalization Myths & Fuels Islamophobia

By: Friday December 26, 2014 11:00 am

[Editorial note: In late July, the Arab American Institute released a survey where 27 and 32 percent of Americans viewed Muslims and Arabs favorably, respectively. As the authors of the report note, the number of Americans favoring both communities declined since 2010 compared to other ethnic groups. Consequently, 42 percent of Americans agreed with profiling of American [...]

Allow me to …

By: Friday September 12, 2014 1:30 am

Broadly Generalize.

Late Night: If Not Now, When?

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 8:00 pm

I know that for many years, Israel has served as a necessary evil for the American foreign policy elite; when you want somebody to help in any nefarious pursuit, they’ve always been mensches. Reagan tapped them for arms sales, Nixon for war support, and everyone else for Police State pointers. But really, is it worth it anymore?

Deconstructing Weasel Words From ODNI & Justice Department on NSA, FBI Spying on American Muslims

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 4:20 pm

Both the Office of Director of National Intelligence and the United States Justice Department have responded to a major feature story based off document from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The two agencies deny that any surveillance against the five prominent American Muslims named as NSA and FBI targets was a result of US intelligence targeting them for “exercising constitutional rights.”

Revealed NSA Surveillance of Muslim-Americans Focuses Attention on Islamophobia in Security Agencies

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 8:54 am

Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept have published a much-anticipated story revealing five prominent Muslim-Americans the National Security Agency and FBI spied upon. The surveillance, which primarily appears to have involved monitoring their emails, was conducted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

What Would Have Happened If Elliot Rodger’s Parents Told Police He Converted To Islam?

By: Monday May 26, 2014 1:35 pm

The mother who contacted the police after seeing her son’s manifesto calling for murder and terror might have tried convincing police her son had become a Muslim bent on jihad, that likely would have gotten a response other than a “visit.” That abnormality definitely generates a response from US security services, even a hyperactive response.

BuzzFeed and The ‘Tongues of Fire’

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 3:59 pm

When Buzzfeed posted an article attacking Max Blumenthal by using his father many were left in shock and awe. The author, Rosie Gray, and Blumenthal had a combative history, but using someone’s dad to attack them? That takes the politics of personal destruction to whole new level, surely this was the worst kind of personal attack.

Or was it?

Angola Reportedly Bans Islam, Dismantles Mosques

By: Monday November 25, 2013 9:47 am

The nation of Angola has reportedly banned the religion of Islam from the country and begun a demolition program of mosques and other Islamic sites. Islam has existed within the country for a number of years though the overwhelming majority of citizens are Christian. The Minister for Culture in Angola, Rosa Cruz, is quoted as having claimed Islam has yet to be “legalized.”

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