House Votes to Restrict President’s Powers on Travel Bans

The No Ban Act would curb the president’s expansive power to control immigration and bar restrictions on the basis of religion. It faces steep obstacles in the Senate.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #law-and-legislation, #muslims-and-islam, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Modern Love: I Tried to Filter Him Out

As a Pakistani Muslim, I knew that falling for a Hindu Indian would break me. And it did.

#dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #muslims-and-islam, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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He Was Convicted of a Bombing Plot. Was It a Setup?

Since 9/11, U.S. authorities have used informants to convict hundreds of people of crimes related to international terrorism. Did the informants help create plots where none had existed?

#bay-ridge-brooklyn-ny, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #herald-square-manhattan-ny, #informers, #james-elshafay, #muslims-and-islam, #osama-eldawoody, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #september-11-2001, #siraj-shahawar-matin, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Why You Can’t Watch ‘Circus of Life’ in Pakistan

This is the story of an unholy alliance, Pakistan-style.

#circus-of-life-movie, #movies, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #qadri-malik-mumtaz-hussain, #rizvi-khadim-hussain, #sarmad-khoosat, #zindagi-tamasha-movie

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Here’s How to Handle the ‘Genocide Olympics’ in Beijing

The Olympiad gives us leverage. Let’s use it.

#boycotts, #china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #muslims-and-islam, #olympic-games-2022, #politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

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The Muslims Who Inspired Spinoza, Locke and Defoe

A novel written by a 12th-century Arab writer about a boy alone on an island influenced the Daniel Defoe classic ‘Robinson Crusoe.’

#books-and-literature, #freedom-of-religion, #locke-john, #mill-john-stuart, #muslims-and-islam, #philosophy, #spinoza-baruch, #translation-and-interpreters

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Restoring Islamic Coins to Reveal the Past

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is working on what it has named the Hoard of Jazira, more than 2,800 pieces of the region’s history.

#collectors-and-collections, #currency, #louvre-abu-dhabi, #museums, #muslims-and-islam, #restoration-and-renovation

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Noah Green, Capitol Suspect, Struggled Before Attack

Noah R. Green had been distressed but had no known history of violence when he rammed his car into two police officers, killing one and injuring another before being killed himself.

#black-people, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #christopher-newport-university, #farrakhan-louis, #green-noah-r-d-2021, #muslims-and-islam, #nation-of-islam, #virginia

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Building a Mosque in France, Never Easy, May Get Even Harder

The country’s principle of secularism has long disadvantaged Muslim communities, experts say, and President Emmanuel Macron’s new law against Islamism could deepen the disparities.

#france, #law-and-legislation, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church

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At Least 10 Killed in Protests Against Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh

Islamist religious processions in different parts of the country became the scenes of deadly violence, marring 50th anniversary celebrations.

#bangladesh-awami-league, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hefajat-e-islam-bangladesh, #modi-narendra, #muslims-and-islam, #wazed-hasina

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Nawal El Saadawi, Advocate for Women in the Arab World, Dies at 89

An author, physician and champion of equal rights, she was jailed by Anwar Sadat for her activism against the Egyptian government.

#deaths-obituaries, #egypt, #female-genital-mutilation, #muslims-and-islam, #saadawi-nawal-el, #womens-rights

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Clergy Preach Faith in the Covid Vaccine to Doubters

With widespread immunity essential to ending the pandemic, priests, imams, rabbis and swamis are successfully urging their congregations to get the shots. Many people trust them more than they trust health officials.

#clergy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hispanic-americans, #imams, #jews-and-judaism, #medicine-and-health, #ministers-protestant, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #rabbis, #religion-and-belief, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Pope Francis Ends Historic Trip at a Critical Moment for Iraq

Iraqi officials say the successful four-day visit is a testament to Iraqi capabilities and the battered country’s integral role in the region.

#christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurdi-aylan-2011-15, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #roman-catholic-church, #salih-barham, #sistani-ali-al

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Pope Francis Defends Iraq Trip During Coronavirus Pandemic

The pontiff said that he had wrestled with the decision to travel, but put the fate of the Iraqis who flocked to see him in God’s hands.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #sistani-ali-al

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Swiss Voters Narrowly Approve a Ban on Face Coverings

The referendum forbids veils worn by Muslim women in public places, as well as ski masks donned by protesters.

#discrimination, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #muslim-veiling, #muslims-and-islam, #swiss-peoples-party, #womens-rights

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Amid the Rubble of Mosul, Francis Offers a Salve for Iraq’s Wounds

The first pope ever to visit Iraq, Francis voiced sorrow and hope for a shrunken Christian community that has suffered persecution, and preached fellowship among religions.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #erbil-iraq, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mosul-iraq, #muslims-and-islam, #qaraqosh-iraq, #roman-catholic-church, #terrorism

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Indonesia Says Schools Can’t Make Girls Wear Head Scarves

The decree, which applies to public schools in the Muslim-majority country, came after a Christian father confronted an official at his daughter’s school.

#education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #indonesia, #muslim-veiling, #muslims-and-islam, #women-and-girls

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In Iraq’s Christian Heartland, a Feud Over a Town’s Identity

Pope Francis will arrive in a country whose ancient Christian towns are in danger of disappearing. In one, a Christian community’s survival may come at the expense of another minority group.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #roman-catholic-church, #shiite-muslims

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Malcolm X’s Early Home in Boston Gets U.S. Historic Designation

The house where the civil rights leader spent formative teenage years has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

#boston-mass, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #malcolm-x, #muslims-and-islam, #nation-of-islam, #national-park-service

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They Built Libraries to Honor Loved Ones, Women Felled by Bombings

As negotiations push forward, it is unclear whether Afghanistan can achieve peace with the Taliban while preserving gains made on women’s rights and education.

#afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #libraries-and-librarians, #muslims-and-islam, #taliban, #terrorism, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Tomb of Joshua, Revered Prophet, Beckons Believers in Baghdad

No one knows for certain if Joshua, the Old Testament prophet, actually lived or where he might be buried. But for over 1,000 years, the sick and faithful have visited a Baghdad tomb said to be his.

#baghdad-iraq, #bible, #moses-prophet, #muslims-and-islam, #pilgrimages, #religion-and-belief, #tombs-and-tombstones

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Heating Up Culture Wars, France to Scour Universities for Ideas That ‘Corrupt Society’

The government announced an investigation into social science research, broadening attacks on what it sees as destabilizing American influences.

#academic-freedom, #colleges-and-universities, #colonization, #discrimination, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #women-and-girls

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French National Assembly Backs Law to Combat Islamist Extremism

The bill faced hundreds of amendments but passed comfortably, despite opposition from left and right. It now goes to the Senate for final approval.

#france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-state-relations

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A Pakistani-American Tale Upends Expectations Onscreen and in Life

Iram Parveen Bilal’s “I’ll Meet You There” depicts a parent who supports his daughter’s dream. The filmmaker’s own parents weren’t as sure about her passion.

#bilal-iram-parveen, #content-type-personal-profile, #ill-meet-you-there-movie, #immigration-and-emigration, #movies, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #united-states

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Held Hostage in Syria, a Reporter Tells What It Took to Survive

“Blindfold” is the American journalist Theo Padnos’s memoir of his nearly two years in captivity and a meditation on resilience.

#al-qaeda, #blindfold-a-memoir-of-capture-torture-and-enlightenment-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #curtis-peter-theo, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #muslims-and-islam, #news-and-news-media, #syria, #terrorism, #torture

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A Decade After the Arab Spring, Autocrats Still Rule the Mideast

The popular uprisings of 2011 mostly failed, but they gave the region a taste for democracy that continues to whet an appetite for change.

#assad-bashar-al, #bahrain, #ben-ali-zine-el-abidine, #cairo-egypt, #iran, #iraq, #jordan, #lebanon, #middle-east, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #mubarak-hosni, #muslim-brotherhood-egypt, #muslims-and-islam, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #sudan, #syria, #tahrir-square-cairo, #trump-donald-j, #tunisia, #turkey, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

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China’s Crackdown on Muslims Extends to a Resort Island

The Utsuls of Hainan island were once celebrated by the government for their links to the larger Muslim world. Not anymore.

#china, #hainan-island-china, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #sanya-china

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In Sudan Border Town, Desperate Ethiopians Find ‘Second Mother Country’

Tens of thousands of Christian refugees, fleeing the violence in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, have been given a warm welcome by the residents of a sleepy Sudanese town: “We are brothers.”

#ahmed-abiy, #christians-and-christianity, #ethiopia, #hamdayet-sudan, #international-relations, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sudan, #tigray-ethiopia, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees

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France, Islam and ‘Laïcité’

After the beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb, the debate over the relationship between government and religion is raging again.

#france, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations

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Clubhouse Cracked China’s Firewall. A People Shined Through.

China’s censors finally blocked Clubhouse, but not before users were able to bypass the caricatures painted by government-controlled media and freely discuss their hopes and fears.

#censorship, #china, #clubhouse-mobile-app, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mobile-applications, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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`Woke’ American Ideas Are a Threat, French Leaders Say

Politicians and prominent intellectuals say social theories from the United States on race, gender and post-colonialism are a threat to French identity and the French republic.

#metoo-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #paris-opera, #race-and-ethnicity, #whites

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Muslim Men and Western Women

Hirsi Ali argues in “Prey” that Muslim refugees to Europe pose a threat to feminism and women’s rights.

#books-and-literature, #europe, #immigration-and-emigration, #muslims-and-islam, #prey-book, #sexual-harassment, #womens-rights

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Muddled Intelligence Hampered Response to Capitol Riot

New details about what authorities anticipated on Jan. 6 highlight failures to grasp the degree of the threat from pro-Trump right-wing extremists.

#antifa-movement-us, #conspiracy-theories, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #homeland-security-department, #muslims-and-islam, #pittman-yogananda-d, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #security-and-warning-systems, #september-11-2001, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #sund-steven-a, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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Macron Tells Biden That Cooperation With U.S. Cannot Be Dependence

In a “very agreeable call,” the French president told his American counterpart that Europe wanted “strategic autonomy.” In an interview with foreign media, he also reflected on the pandemic and threats to democracy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

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The Supreme Court Upheld Trump’s Muslim Ban. Let’s Not Forget That.

The decision offers a warning for the future.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #discrimination, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #freedom-of-religion, #immigration-and-emigration, #muslims-and-islam, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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Director of Amazon’s ‘Tandav’ Cuts Scenes After Pressure From India’s Hindu Nationalists

Faced with boycotts and criminal complaints, the director of “Tandav” made the edits this week. But that did not appear to satisfy some of the show’s critics, who called for him to be jailed.

#amazon-com-inc, #bharatiya-janata-party, #caste-systems, #hinduism, #india, #muslims-and-islam, #new-delhi-india, #religion-and-belief, #television, #uttar-pradesh-state-india, #zafar-ali-abbas

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U.S. Says China’s Repression of Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’

The finding by the Trump administration is the strongest denunciation by any government of China’s actions and follows a Biden campaign statement with the same declaration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #political-prisoners, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #sterilization-reproductive, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

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Shadows on the Silk Road

Finding omens of American decline on a long walk across Asia.

#aristotle, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #muslims-and-islam, #pilgrimages, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uzbeks-ethnic-group

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Rohingya Camp in Bangladesh Struck by Fire

The blaze comes as officials in Bangladesh look for longer-term solutions for the refugees from Myanmar, who fled anti-Muslim violence.

#bangladesh, #coxs-bazar-bangladesh, #fires-and-firefighters, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Is the Vaccine Halal? Indonesians Await the Answer

President Joko Widodo hopes to begin inoculations soon, but the vaccine from the Chinese company Sinovac still needs approval from safety regulators and an influential council of Muslim clerics.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #halal-foods-and-products, #indonesia, #muslims-and-islam, #pork, #shariah-islamic-law, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #vaccination-and-immunization

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An Embattled Public Servant in a Fractured France

Nicolas Cadène sees the failings of France’s secular model even as he upholds it.

#discrimination, #france, #freedom-of-religion, #laicite, #muslims-and-islam, #nicolas-cadene, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations

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Indonesia Disbands Islamic Defenders Front Over Charges of ‘Terrorism’

The government dissolved the Islamic Defenders Front over charges that its members committed terrorism. Its leader is already under arrest.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indonesia, #jakarta-indonesia, #muslims-and-islam, #rizieq-shihab, #shariah-islamic-law, #terrorism

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Biden Expected to Expand US-India Relationship, While Stressing Human Rights

Most experts agree that China will be the driving force behind how India’s relationship with Washington changes in a Biden administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #harris-kamala-d, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #indian-americans, #modi-narendra, #muslims-and-islam, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy

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A Riveting ISIS Story, Told in a Times Podcast, Falls Apart

A Canadian’s gruesome account as an Islamic State executioner in Syria, which was the subject of the “Caliphate” podcast by The New York Times, was fabricated, officials say. A Times review found no corroboration of his claim to have committed atrocities.

#canada, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #lahore-pakistan, #muslims-and-islam, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #pakistan, #royal-canadian-mounted-police, #terrorism

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I.C.C. Won’t Investigate China’s Detention of Muslims

The International Criminal Court’s decision angered rights activists, who had lobbied it to investigate Beijing’s repressive policies against Uighurs.

#bensouda-fatou, #china, #international-criminal-court, #muslims-and-islam, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

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As France Shifts Right, a Hard-Line Minister Proves Indispensable to Macron

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has become a useful tool for the French president as he responds to growing calls for law and order following a spate of terror attacks.

#content-type-personal-profile, #darmanin-gerald, #france, #freedom-of-the-press, #internal-storyline-no, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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Supreme Court Backs Muslim Men in Case on No-Fly List

The court also dismissed a challenge to Delaware’s court system, which takes account of judges’ partisan ties to create ideological balance.

#constitution-us, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #delaware, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #muslims-and-islam, #supreme-court-us, #tanvir-muhammad, #united-states-politics-and-government

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France Takes On Islamist Extremism With New Bill

The French government says draft legislation aimed at combating the extremist ideology that has taken many lives on French soil in recent years is a “law of freedom” necessary for peaceful coexistence.

#france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations

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Saudi Court Jails Saudi-American Doctor Despite U.S. Pressure

American officials have said privately that the charges against the doctor, Walid Fitaihi, were politically motivated.

#fitaihi-walid, #muslims-and-islam, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Of Death and Consequences

Religious Muslims in many nations are finding their sacred rituals of mourning disrupted.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #funerals-and-memorials, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief

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