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10 Essential points about the Boston Marathon bombers, Islam, and America

10 Essential points about the Boston Marathon bombers, Islam, and America

Omid Safi Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the horrific Boston Marathon explosions has been apprehended.    Presumably, we can take a break from round-the-clock coverage of the chase that has consumed the nation.    Less than 24 hours ago, no one had heard of the Tsarnaev brothers.    That’s almost literally true:  even their uncle had not

Lawsuit seeks release of Gitmo video

Lawsuit seeks release of Gitmo video

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit filed Monday seeks to force the U.S. government to make public the videotapes of harsh interrogation carried out on a Saudi citizen who authorities once said was supposed to have been the 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11 attacks. Lawyers for the Center for Constitutional Rights said the videos

My Guantánamo Nightmare

My Guantánamo Nightmare

ON Wednesday, America’s detention camp at Guantánamo Bay will have been open for 10 years. For seven of them, I was held there without explanation or charge. During that time my daughters grew up without me. They were toddlers when I was imprisoned, and were never allowed to visit or speak to me by phone.

New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions

With New Year around the corner, most of us are preparing to rattle off a laundry list of things that we plan to change in our lives in 2012. We may want to lose weight, find a better job or get married. About a month or two into the year, many of us will abandon

Latino Muslims: A Growing Minority

Latino Muslims: A Growing Minority

Wilfredo Amr Ruíz, is a lawyer, commentator on international politics and former U.S. military chaplain from Miami. He’s also a Muslim, one of a small and growing number of Latinos who have converted to Islam. He spent most of Monday fielding interviews and requests from radio shows that wanted to talk about the Latino Muslim

Honoring Those Who Honor Women

Honoring Those Who Honor Women

If the stereotypical Muslim woman is an oppressed one, then the archetypal Muslim male is responsible for her condition. In news stories, popular entertainment media and even video games, the image of the violent, misogynistic or abusive Muslim man is present time and again. To be sure, bad apples exist in every religious, ethnic and

Celebrating All American Values

Celebrating All American Values

Last summer, an angry and emotionally-charged debate erupted over the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” in New York and the perceived threat and rights of a religious minority, American Muslims. While some were legitimately concerned for the sensitive reconstruction of property near Ground Zero, the controversy grew ugly and messy with some media and political figures

Exploring Islamophobia Through Images

Exploring Islamophobia Through Images

“Osama! Osama!”— yelled a pair of complete strangers, as photographer Bharat Choudhary walked to his apartment from the University of Missouri campus in 2009, where the photographer was pursuing a Master’s degree in photojournalism. Islamophobia is a personal issue for Choudhary, who is an Indian Hindu. [Read more

Muslims Must Stand Up

Muslims Must Stand Up

In the Name of God The Most Gracious, Most Merciful Dear Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Islam, it is with great sadness that we have heard the devastating news of the deplorable acts of violence committed against our brothers and sisters of the Christian faith in Nigeria. Our prayers go out to the family, friends

An Unlikely Friendship

An Unlikely Friendship

[Yahoo news 8/31/11] For anyone who lost a loved one on 9/11, the urge to be vengeful toward those connected to the attackers must be overwhelming. But that isn’t true of everyone. Phyllis Rodriguez lost her son Greg in the attack on the World Trade Center. In the years since that terrible loss, she has