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...]

Galbraith and Parenti interviews

I'm catching up on "Behind the News." Podcast #1: July 23, 2011 - “James Galbraith on deficit hysteria and the single-volume collection of four books by his father, John Kenneth Galbraith, published by the Library of Amerca nterview with James Galbraith” As in previous interviews, Galbraith argues forcefully that the claims of "crises" looming if Social Security and Medicare aren't "reformed" (read: gutted for ideological as opposed to sound economic rea … [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...]

Call for Contributions: “I Speak for Myself: American Men on Being Muslim”

Sorry if you got this twice, but I want to make sure it's in everybody's RSS feeds and featured at the top of the page.Alright, guys, if you're "a practicing Muslim American man, born and/or predominantly raised in the U.S." who's got something to get off his chest about being Muslim in America, this is your chance. From the project's Facebook page:Great news! The 2nd book in the ISFM series will be published next year! We are now accepting submissions.  Please see below for the … [Read more...]

My essay on Martin Luther King, Jr.

I'm pleased to report that a 2008 essay I wrote for Religion Dispatches on the occasion of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday has been published in a collection of short essays on the issues involved in his assassination and legacy. The book in question is The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. , edited by Noah Berlatsky and published by Greenhaven Press this year. It's part of their "Perspectives on Modern World History" series, which I think is geared … [Read more...]