Tag Archives: Islam

Facts vs. Narrative, Utoya Edition

by matttbastard Norwegian journalist Magnus Nome was in the good ol’ US of A when self-styled counterjihadist crusader  Anders Breivik decided to escalate his murderous fantasies about Eurabian conquest from Outer Wingnuttia into the real world.  Thankfully, CNN, Fox News … Continue reading

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Red Meat Straight Outta Ann Coulter’s Rider

by matttbastard No, just…no: Even before she opened her mouth for the first of three speeches this week on Canadian soil, American right-wing antagonist Ann Coulter had already scored a victory of sorts. Coulter, who spoke to an audience of … Continue reading

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Iran: Dreams Underfoot

by matttbastard (Image: sterno74, used under a Creative Commons licence) Following the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, Tom Regan’s Terrorism and Security Briefing for the Christian Science Monitor became a must-read for anyone who wanted a daily general analysis … Continue reading

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Timing is Everything?

by matttbastard Wonder if the following has been cited elsewhere as a possible (partial) explanation for Obama’s recent 180 on releasing the torture photos? Der Spiegel: The president took his decision under the pressure of time. Had he not acted, … Continue reading

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NY Times: 300 Afghan Women Protest ‘Rape Law’

by mattbastard This is probably the most inspiring and heroic thing I’ve read about in ages: The young women stepped off the bus and moved toward the protest march just beginning on the other side of the street when they … Continue reading

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Even in the Age of Obama, Flying While Brown is Still Hazardous

by matttbastard The more things Change™, the more they stay the same: Officials ordered nine Muslim passengers, including three young children, off an AirTran flight headed to Orlando from Reagan National Airport yesterday afternoon after two other passengers overheard what … Continue reading

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Understanding Islamic Leadership – Irshad Manji

by matttbastard ForaTV: Muslim-Canadian author and commentator Irshad Manji explains clerical authority in Islam, and how the religion’s lack of a unified organizational system could open the door to reform. Click here for full video. Recommend this post at Progressive … Continue reading

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Citizenship and Submission

by matttbastard I’m having trouble reconciling the following with “Liberté, égalité, fraternité”: France has denied citizenship to a Moroccan woman who wears a burqa on the grounds that her “radical” practice of Islam is incompatible with basic French values such … Continue reading

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“I am a little tired of prosecuting Mrs Bardot.”

by boomgate Oh, look–Bridget Bardot is being racist again. How surprising. [link corrected] Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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“Both of these belief systems are self-delusional.”

by matttbastard Chris Hedges on “secular fundamentalism” and creeping fascism. Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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