New on Tikkun Daily: ” Osama bin Laden’s messy (and debatable) demise”

I have a new post on Tikkun Daily about Osama bin Laden's death. … [Read more...]

New crime: Airbrushing while Muslim

Here's an interesting case of religiously motivated censorship. Religious paper apologizes for erasing Clinton from iconic photo – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs Faith has outweighed fact at Di Tzeitung, a Hasidic newspaper based in Brooklyn, New York. The ultra-Orthodox Jewish publication ran a doctored copy of the iconic “Situation Room Photo” last Friday – you know, the one taken of President Barack Obama and his national security team during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. … [Read more...]

Against the Grain Interview on California’s long history of “genteel Apartheid”

This interview is a fascinating and eye-opening overview of the Golden State's little known history of virulent de facto racial segregation (called "genteel Apartheid" by one sociologist in as far back as 1960). This is important work. We as a society will never be able to have a fair, factually-grounded discussion about social policy so long as we labor under all these Disney-esque misconceptions about the origins of poverty, racism and marginalization in contemporary … [Read more...]

“Winter’s Bone”

If you like good movies, you need to see this amazing film. … [Read more...]

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to Christian friends out there. … [Read more...]

The Arab Street is owed an apology!

Most of the time I post stuff about Denmark, it tends to be bad news--of course, if you're a Muslim observer of Danish politics there's often been, sadly, pretty good reason for that--so I thought I'd try to atone a bit by translating this very thoughtful and topical piece by a Danish pundit on the lessons of the Arab Spring. One could quibble about a few small things (e.g., identifying Saudi-funded establishments as "ultra-orthodox"; their claim to orthodoxy is rather … [Read more...]

The murder of a pro-Palestinian activist & why “Tawhidi” groups often are anything but

Sickening news from Gaza. A volunteer for the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) appears to have been murdered by a rogue Palestinian faction. God rest his soul and reward him for his work for justice.Vale Vittorio Arrigoni, 'hero of Palestine' | Pennie Quinton | Comment is free | Hearing of the murder of Vittorio Arrigoni, a committed peace activist who for the last 10 years campaigned for recognition of Palestinian human rights under Israeli occupation, has left … [Read more...]

Timely report on French women and the veil

A very timely study on Muslim women and the veil in France has just been released by the Open Society Foundations. It's available for download in English. Unveiling the Truth: Why 32 Women Wear the Full-Face Veil in France | At Home in Europe Project | Open Society Foundations This report from the At Home in Europe Project aims to distinguish myths and misrepresentations surrounding women who wear the full-face veil from the actual experiences and testimonies of the women themselves, by … [Read more...]