Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCongress has a 'second chance' for bipartisan criminal justice reform In major shift, GOP-controlled panel moves to protect Mueller Overnight Cybersecurity: Highlights from Zuckerberg, round two | Senate panel to consider bill protecting Mueller | Pentagon could roll out cyber posture by August MORE (D-N.J.) on Thursday grilled CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo confirms 'a couple hundred' Russians killed in Syria Pompeo: 'Bad blood' with Moscow due to 'Russian bad behavior' Pompeo supports Trump plan to 'fix' Iran deal MORE during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of State on his views about Muslim Americans and homosexuality. In a tense exchange, Booker pressed Pompeo on whether he believes that people worshipping “other gods” in America is a negative thing. Pompeo insisted that his record demonstrates he has treated people of “each and every faith with the dignity they … [Read more...] about Booker grills Pompeo on views about Muslims, homosexuality
SYDNEY – Australia’s most prominent female Muslim activist, an outspoken critic of her country’s immigration policies, was denied entry into the United States at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday. Yassmin Abdel-Magied, 27, an award-winning author and broadcaster, was scheduled to speak next week at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York. When she arrived in Minneapolis-St. Paul around 4 p.m., she said on Twitter, she was detained by border agents. “I’m currently at the border and they’ve said I’m being deported,” Abdel-Magied wrote on Twitter. “This should be fun. What are my rights?” The agents, she said, told her they had canceled her visa and required her to return to London, where she currently lives. According to the U.S. authorities, Abdel-Magied was denied entry because she failed to disclose that she was being paid to speak at the conference, a violation of her visitor’s visa. In a … [Read more...] about Muslim-Australian activist denied entry to U.S. by agents at MSP Airport
TROY — A national Muslim advocacy group is calling on Maine law enforcement officials to investigate whether Islamophobia played a role in an alleged shooting of a newly built sign that took place Sunday at a Muslim family’s halal butchery business. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, sent a report Wednesday to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office after being contacted by the owners of Five Pillars Butchery, Hussam Alrawi and Kathryn Piper, asking that during their probe they try to determine whether the person acted with bias when shooting at the sign. After shots were fired at the sign advertising the butchery that Hussam Alrawi and his wife, Kathryn Piper, operate in Troy, they are worried about the safety of their family, which includes their son, Mohammad-Noor, 3, and daughter, AlThurayya, 15 months. Contributed photo A sign outside the Five Pillars Butchery farm on the Detroit Road in Troy, seen Wednesday, has been repaired. Someone shot and … [Read more...] about Advocacy group suspects Islamophobia in attack on Muslim business in Troy
Jonathan A. Greenblatt is chief executive and national director of the Anti-Defamation League. Other than the president, the two most significant people determining the worldviews of the U.S. government are the secretary of state and the national security adviser. Both positions require a host of skills and experiences, but the sine qua non of each is credibility as a fair-minded person toward foreign nations and different peoples. For this reason, it is alarming that President Trump has selected two individuals for these positions who are tied to individuals and organizations that have exhibited hateful bias against Muslims around the world. John Bolton, the president’s national security adviser (an appointment that does not require Senate approval), was until recently the chair of the Gatestone Institute, a think tank that has promoted anti-Muslim views, with some of its writers stoking fears of the ”Islamization” of the United States and Britain. Their articles … [Read more...] about Don’t overlook John Bolton and Mike Pompeo’s anti-Muslim ties
U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Yassmin Abdel-Magied Award-winning author and activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied said she was deported from the U.S. immediately after landing in the country on Wednesday.The activist, who has been slated to host a series exploring Islamic headwear in Australia called Hijabistas! with Yassmin Abdel-Magied on ABC’s iView starting in May was in the U.S. to speak at the annual PEN World Voices Festival in New York.Abdel-Magied was expected to speak on a panel at the festival called: "The M Word: No Country For Young Muslim Women." Author and activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied speaks onstage during Global Citizen: Movement Makers at NYU Skirball Center on September 19, 2017 in New York City. The activist was refused entry in the U.S. upon arrival on Wednesday. Theo Wargo/Getty Recommended Slideshows44In Pictures: Every U.S. President Ranked From Best to Worst5150 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 201851In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful … [Read more...] about Who Is Yassmin Abdel-Magied? Muslim Activist Says She Was Deported Upon Arrival in U.S.