How about policing OUR arms shipments?

There's a shocking report in The Guardian about mind-bogglingly lax and irresponsible monitoring by the Pentagon of shipments of tens of thousands of small arms over the last few years from Bosnia to Iraq via a murky constellation of private firms. Now, reflect upon this bizarre news and consider how Muslims and Muslim organizations have been treated as terrorism supporters for contributing to charities which are undeniably doing legitimate humanitarian work but which might, unknown to them, … [Read more...]

Understanding Muslim Language

My heart really goes out to journalists charged with the daunting task of getting to the bottom of the neverending mayhem of the Middle East and Muslim world.  The region's confusing and disturbing twists and turns are only made ever more inscrutable by the baffling way Muslims talk.  Their inconsistent statements make it even harder for normal people to make sense of the screaming headlines we read every day reporting the latest outbreak of violence, irrationality, or hatred over … [Read more...]

National Review on Denmark’s “Democratic Muslims”

There's an unremarkable piece in The National Review by Andrew Stuttaford on Denmark's Naser Khader and his Democratic Muslims group. Predictably, the article cites Ahmed Akkari's infamous quip about killing Khader by blowing up the Ministry of Integration as prima facie proof of dangerous extremism, as opposed to what such silly melodramatic declarations generally are in the real world, exagerrations for dramatic effect and/or rants to let off steam. Yes, I said "silly", not … [Read more...]

A moving account of Guantanamo

There's a beautiful and enraging account of the fate of the inmates of Guantanamo by Mahvish Khan  in The Washington Post entitled "My Guantanamo Diary: My Guantanamo Diary Face to Face With the War on Terrorism"I'm glad that the Post is doing its part to challenge this obsenity against due process.  I just wish they hadn't been a chearleader of the process that led to it. … [Read more...]

Screenwriters, the new mujahideen

While we're talking about the power of the hardline pro-Israel lobby (I say "hardline" to distinguish these rogues from responsible friends of Israel who sincerely strive to accomodate the needs and rights of Palestinians), let's talk about its most powerful arm.  No, not AIPAC.  Not Alan Dershowitz.  Hollywood.  This isn't an anti-Semitic conspiracy rant.  It's a matter of fact observation about the way Hollywood consistently frames stories involving Muslims … [Read more...]

Gay “special treatment” and Muslim “special treatment”

Came across an interesting statement in an excerpt of an interview from a Danish newspaper on the threat to all that is holy posed by Europe's increasing multiculturalism that should give homophobic Muslims pause.   [Reluctant HT:  Danske øjne på svenske forhold] The excerpt from the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende, inexplicably translated into Swedish, is garden-variety alarmism over immigration and true multiculturalism (as opposed to the fake multiculturalism held up as a m … [Read more...]

Random Platitudes dissects the cartoon row

A Danish academic has provided a series of really informative and insightful posts on the historical backdrop to the cartoon controversy (e.g., Random Platitudes - The "Cartoon Row" dissected -- part 1) .  He gets into detail about recent Danish history and shows the real (and underreported) politico-cultural context to this truly bizarre turn of events.  And, unlike most of the Danish blogs providing intelligent analysis on the matter, he writes in English.Grab a cup of … [Read more...]

Aqoul: How to be a Muslim reformer

'Aqoul has succinctly summed up everything that's ridiculous about the mainstream media's approach to Muslims and Islamic reform (not to mention its love affair with non-entities and self-hating reactionaries) in "How to be a Muslim reformer".  It's dead-on. … [Read more...]