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23 Jan 2020

Today in Islamophobia: ICJ orders Myanmar to stop genocidal violence against the Rohingya, as Vancouver city council passes motion to mark Quebec mosque massacre. India’s Supreme Court fails to strike down the BJP’s anti-Muslim citizenship law. Our recommended read today is by Ezra Klein talking to Mehdi Hasan about the rise of global Islamophobia, and the war on Muslims. This, and more, below:


23 Jan 2020

The war on Muslims | Recommended Listen

With “reeducation” camps in China, religious disenfranchisement in India, ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, street violence in Sri Lanka, mass shootings in New Zealand, the flourishing of far-right parties across Europe, and the mainstreaming of Islamophobia in America, there’s been a global surge in anti-Muslim bigotry — often supported by the full power and might of the state. It’s one of the most frightening and undercovered political stories of our time. read the complete article

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23 Jan 2020

The Gambian who took Aung San Suu Kyi to the world court

Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou's actions brought Aung San Suu Kyi to The Hague to deny that her country's military was committing a genocide. As the UN's highest court is about to rule on the case, Anna Holligan takes a look at the man taking on the Nobel laureate. read the complete article


23 Jan 2020

India's Supreme Court fails to strike down 'anti-Muslim' citizenship law

India's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected demands to suspend the implementation of a new citizenship law widely condemned as discriminatory against the country's 200 million-strong Muslim minority. The court has given Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government another four weeks to respond to the more than 200 petitions brought against the controversial amendment which came into effect on 10 January. Heading a three-bench panel on Wednesday, Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde said that only a full constitutional panel of five judges could rule on the matter. "We will give you four weeks to file reply to all petitions," Bobde told the government's top lawyer, according to Reuter read the complete article

United States

23 Jan 2020

Protesters at Kentucky Capitol tell Muslim children that 'Islam is a false religion'

The Council on American-Islamic Relations shared a video Wednesday that shows a group of Muslim students boarding a bus outside the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort while three men tell them that "Islam is a false religion" and "Jesus Christ is the only one who can save you." The man is joined by two others who are holding signs that contain Bible verses and messages like, "REPENT OR PERISH" and "Jesus is the way the truth and the life. All others are thieves & robbers." The back of one sign has a message saying the central figure of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad, is a "liar, false prophet, murderer, child molesting pervert (See history for details)." read the complete article

23 Jan 2020

Koch-Favored DonorsTrust Keeps Funding Anti-Muslim and Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups

The Right's favorite dark-money conduit, DonorsTrust, continued to fund several anti-Muslim and anti-LGBTQ nonprofits in 2018, according to its latest federal tax form. As a donor-advised fund, DonorsTrust allows the identities of wealthy conservative donors to stay hidden and is used heavily by major right-wing funders, including the Koch, Bradley, and Mercer family foundations read the complete article

23 Jan 2020

Applebee’s fired me after I booted bar customer making anti-Muslim comments, supervisor says in suit

Amanda Breaud, 25, of Eatontown, said multiple customers complained May 13 about a bar guest making derogatory comments while watching a news report on a television about refugees, according to the discrimination suit filed Tuesday in Superior Court in Monmouth County. read the complete article


23 Jan 2020

Vancouver city council passes motion to mark Quebec Mosque Massacre

On Tuesday afternoon, Vancouver city council approved a motion to designate January 29 as a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia. The motion was introduced earlier by City Councillor Jean Swanson and will mark the third anniversary of the Quebec Mosque Massacre. “We hope that in designating this day, the City of Vancouver will make a commitment to developing a policy and action to fight Islamophobia and all other forms of bigotry,” said Imtiaz Popat from the Coalition Against Bigotry. read the complete article


23 Jan 2020

Myanmar must end ‘genocide’ campaign against Rohingya Muslims, ICJ rules

Emergency measures must be implemented in Myanmar to end what has been described as a genocidal campaign against Rohingya Muslims, the International Court of Justice has ruled in a first victory for the country’s accusers. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 23 Jan 2020 Edition


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