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07 Feb 2020

Today in Islamophobia: CAIR-LA calls for hate crime investigation into anti-Muslim remarks at a public forum. A new 2019 survey finds more than one third of U.S active duty troops have personally witnessed signs of white nationalism within ranks. In the U.K, the Tories issue a formal warning to a party member for speaking alongside far-right politicians. Our recommended read today is on India, where the new citizenship laws remind some of Nazi purity laws. This, and more, below:


07 Feb 2020

For Some Indians, Citizenship Legislation Evokes Nazi Racial Purity Laws | Recommended Read

The Nazi symbol has made a number of appearances as a mark of dissent In the protests that have spread across India over the past two months, since the law’s passage on December 7. This is not the upright Hindu swastika, a ubiquitous religious symbol in India, but the tilted Nazi version of it, deployed by demonstrators to point out what they see as the fascistic tendencies of the Indian government. read the complete article

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07 Feb 2020

Poll pitch for India’s capital plays up growing divisions

Campaigning for a crucial state election in India’s capital has reached a fever pitch as members of the Hindu nationalist-led government call for violence against minority Muslims and invoke the specter of arch-nemesis Pakistan to reverse course after a pair of losses in recent state polls. During the campaigning that ended Thursday, Modi and other senior party leaders have focused their ire on a 45-day long sit-in led by Muslim women who have been blocking a highway for weeks through New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, a working-class neighborhood, to protest the citizenship law. read the complete article

07 Feb 2020

Could India’s Muslims become second class citizens?

Could a new law in India be a step towards making Muslims second class citizens? The government says the Citizenship Amendment Act is a humanitarian law giving protection for people escaping religious persecution. But critics say that by excluding Muslims, the CAA contravenes the country’s secular constitution. Charmaine Cozier reports. read the complete article

United States

07 Feb 2020

Signs of white supremacy, extremism up again in poll of active-duty troops

More than one-third of all active-duty troops and more than half of minority service members say they have personally witnessed examples of white nationalism or ideological-driven racism within the ranks in recent months, according to the latest survey of active-duty Military Times readers. The 2019 survey found that 36 percent of troops who responded have seen evidence of white supremacist and racist ideologies in the military, a significant rise from the year before, when only 22 percent — about 1 in 5 — reported the same in the 2018 poll. read the complete article

07 Feb 2020

CAIR-LA calls for hate crime investigation into anti-Muslim remarks at public forum

The event was held in Palmdale, California, on Saturday (Feb. 1) but lasted only about 30 minutes, at which point coordinators wound up abruptly ending the forum. In attendance were Democratic candidates Aníbal Valdéz-Ortega, David Rudnick, Getro Elize and Cenk Uygur, who are vying for the 25th Congressional District seat that Katie Hill left vacant amid allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships with staffers. read the complete article

Feds file hate crime charges against defendant in El Paso Walmart shooting

Patrick Crusius, 21, was charged with capital murder in Texas state court in the Aug. 3 shooting rampage. Those charges could bring the death penalty if he's convicted, and he now faces federal charges that could also expose him to capital punishment. According to a federal grand jury indictment, Crusius posted a document online shortly before the shooting that said, "This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas." Investigators said he drove overnight from a relative's home in Allen, Texas, and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing 22 people in and around a Walmart Supercenter store. read the complete article

United Kingdom

07 Feb 2020

The Tories Have Given An MP Who Spoke Alongside Far-Right Politicians A Formal Warning

The Conservative Party has reprimanded an MP who attended a conference with far-right politicians in Italy this week, condemning his actions as "not acceptable". Daniel Kawczynski was given a formal warning by the party and has apologised for speaking at the event, a Tory spokesperson said. But he will not have the whip suspended — despite widespread calls for stronger disciplinary action. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 07 Feb 2020 Edition


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