Iris scans and citizenship in India

Here’s a some interesting news about a technology project in India. What I find most interesting is the way the technology (an iris scanner) could challenge age-old hierarchical social relations that subordinate the individual to the group. Here’s an excerpt from Scanning 2.4 Billion Eyes, India Tries to Connect Poor to Growth (The New York Times, Sept 9, 2011)": Across this sprawling, chaotic nation, workers are creating what will be the world’s largest biometric database, a mind- … [Read more...]


It's hard to tell from the repugnant posturing of most of their would-be presidential candidates, but not all Republicans have embraced Muslim-baiting demagoguery. Here, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie eloquently and touchingly defends his appointment of Sohail Mohammed despite the fact that he is, gasp, a Muslim. That's principled leadership. Too bad it's so conspicuously absent in Washington these days. My favorite line is, "I'm tired of the crazies." Amen to that. … [Read more...]

Profound insights on multi-culturalism from an Islamophobe

Via Haroon Mughal, I came across an interesting post on Little Green Footballs--a pro-Israeli blog that was long the premier hangout on the Blogosphere for Islamophobes but which now seems occupy some nebulous middle space in the debate on Islam; the insane extremes of Muslim-baiting has reached truly makes for strange bedfellows--on Pamela Geller's latest racist Freudian slip. It concerns a picture of a group of attendees at a youth camp affiliated with the Norwegian Labor Party like the … [Read more...]

FAIR on the rush to pin the Oslo bombing on Muslims

FAIR has an excellent analysis of the rush in the MSM to declare the shocking terror attack in Norway the work of Muslims. From "Seeing 'Islamic Terror' in Norway": Right-wing terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik reportedly killed 76 people in Norway on Friday, by all accounts driven by far-right anti-immigrant politics and fervent Islamophobia. But many early media accounts assumed that the perpetrator of the attacks was Muslim. [MORE] It's a very useful round-up … [Read more...]

Podcasts for health and profit

I periodically whine about the baleful consequences of my longish commute from the employmentally arid wilds of central Oklahoma—Stillwater, if you must know—to the more professionally fertile environs of Oklahoma City. It’s been a major factor in the infrequency with which I blog. And it’s gotten worse, as I’m now commuting for the time being even farther, south of OKC to Norman. Sigh… But a nice benefit of this situation is that I listen to a lot of enlightening podcasts from alternative media … [Read more...]

HBO documentary: “KORAN BY HEART”

An upcoming HBO special to air on August 1st that follows several young students of the Quran looks very interesting. From HBO Documentary Films is pleased to announce that KORAN BY HEART, the latest film from Greg Barker (SERGIO), will premiere on HBO Monday, August 1, 2011. Called “SPELLBOUND in Arabic” (Variety), KORAN BY HEART was greeted by standing ovations at all of its recent Tribeca Film Festival screenings. It is an engaging and inspiring film ab … [Read more...]

New post to Tikkun Daily: “What passes for anthropological analysis in the MSM”

I have a new post on Tikkun Daily: What passes for anthropological analysis in the MSM … [Read more...]

Who’s ISNA-bound?

Will be at ISNA this year, insha'Allah. Lurking friends, well-wishers and polite ill-wishers that are also attending are encouraged to drop me a line. After half a decade out here in Real America--first Georgia then Oklahoma--there's a whole lot of catching up to do. I'm wondering if I'll even manage to set foot in a lecture hall. … [Read more...]