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01 Jul 2019

Today in Islamophobia: A candidate for Nashville local council faces discrimination for her Muslim faith, State Department data reveals remarkably lower numbers of Iranian student visas granted under Trump administration. One year later, Muslim children return to the pool they were forced to leave. Our recommended read for today is by Rana Ayyub on what the rising tide of violence against Muslims in India says about Modi’s second term. This, and more, below:


01 Jul 2019

What a Rising Tide of Violence Against Muslims in India Says About Modi's Second Term | Recommended Read

Soon after Modi was re-elected as the Prime Minister of India on May 23, he gave a conciliatory speech trying to reassure Muslims. But in the five years of Modi’s first term in power, hate crime against Muslims soared; data shows that some 90% of religious hate crimes in the last decade have occurred since Modi came to power. read the complete article

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United States

01 Jul 2019

Muslim children return to swimming pool one year after being forced to leave because of their clothing

Primary school students from the Darul-Amaanah Academy were asked to leave the Foster Brown pool in Delaware in June 2018. The children, who were participating in a summer Arabic enrichment camp, were dressed in cotton shirts and shorts along with hijabs or headscarves. read the complete article

01 Jul 2019

Zoha Rahman Breaks Barriers For Muslim Representation In 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

In the upcoming sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home, Zoha Rahman plays Spider-Man’s classmate joining him on a field trip across Europe. And since the student in the first film was just an extra, Rahman is now officially the first hijab wearing character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. read the complete article

01 Jul 2019

It's really scary to be Muslim right now: Riz Ahmed

Pakistani-origin English actor Riz Ahmed has opened up about Muslim representation in Hollywood, Islamophobia and the discrimination he faces because of his race, saying the current times are "super scary". read the complete article

01 Jul 2019

The Muslim Ban: A Family Separation Policy

The administration isn’t just separating families at the southern border, but also through its actions in countries overseas, where officials implementing the Muslim ban are barring people from being with their loved ones in the United States. read the complete article

01 Jul 2019

Islamberg: Three plead guilty to plot against NY Muslim community

The three men and a 16-year-old high school student from the Rochester area were arrested in January and accused of planning to attack the community of Islamberg, near Binghamton. Police have said the defendants had access to 23 rifles and shotguns and three homemade explosives. read the complete article

01 Jul 2019

In this next presidential campaign, let's include Muslim voters

Outlining concrete plans to tackle what most of us consider to be the “Muslim ban” is crucial in engaging Muslim voters. Although Muslim Americans are a minority, we have become an increasingly important constituency, especially with Trump’s presidency. read the complete article

01 Jul 2019

Nashville council candidate Zulfat Suara facing online attacks for her religious beliefs

Zulfat Suara, a Muslim woman running for an at-large seat on Metro Council, is facing discrimination and attacks online because of her religious beliefs. Comments on her campaign Facebook page and posts circulating on social media disparage Muslims and warn against electing Suara due to her faith. read the complete article

01 Jul 2019

Iran Visas Exempted From Trump Travel Ban Being Blocked Anyway

The department is on track to approve only about one-third as many Iranians for student visas this fiscal year as in the year before Trump was elected, State Department data shows. And while the number of exchange visas is about on par with the pace of approval last year, the figure is well below numbers from previous years. read the complete article

01 Jul 2019

It's our responsibility to fight Islamophobia in St. Cloud

In response to the St. Cloud Times editors I resolve to get to know and support local candidates who support my views with money, time and yard signs. I resolve to be open, friendly and helpful to refugees whenever possible, in the grocery store, for example, on the trails or wherever we encounter each other. read the complete article


01 Jul 2019

Why the UN failed to save the Rohingya

An aid worker who was helping to manage the detention camps in the western state of Rakhine - where the UN and others provide food and other basic necessities to tens of thousands of Rohingya who were forcibly relocated after riots in 2012 - offered Mahony a grim assessment of her role there. read the complete article

United Kingdom

01 Jul 2019

Labour Complained To The BBC About Its Coverage Of Tory Anti-Muslim Sentiment While Facing Criticism Over Suspended MP Chris Williamson

Labour claims there has been a “stark contrast” between the BBC’s coverage of anti-Muslim bigotry in the Tory party and its reporting on the anti-Semitism row involving Williamson. read the complete article

01 Jul 2019

Boris Johnson says his articles calling black people 'piccaninnies' with 'watermelon smiles' and gay men 'bumboys' were 'wholly satirical'

Boris Johnson has refused to apologise for his previous articles referring to black people as "piccaninnies" with "watermelon smiles" and calling gay people "bumboys," claiming his comments were "wholly satirical." read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 01 Jul 2019 Edition


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