News and Analysis (11/28/16)

“We’re not passive receptacles for bigotry; we fight back, we stand up for our rights. This is my country as much as it is John Smith’s…. [W]e’re not only giving ourselves the option to kick ass – we’re also giving ourselves the confidence to walk with our heads held high in this country”:

A great variety of women (including “a former Catholic nun, an ex-Jehovah’s Witness, two Poles and a Sikh convert”), but are attracted to so-called “Salafism”, an authoritarian interpretation of Islam “as simple as ‘hear and obey‘” that relieves them of any need to think:

“The … case of Korematsu v. Supreme Court … held up the principle that the government’s need to protect against espionage outweighed an individual’s rights” and notwithstanding a Solicitor General’s “confession of error” for Japanese internment the ruling was never overturned”:

Competing for xenophobic voters with National Front, leader Marine Le Pen,  Fillon “has positioned himself as a staunch defender of French values, vowing to restore authority, honor the Roman Catholic Church and exert ‘strict administrative control’ over Islam”:

“Mother Teresa, now St. Teresa of Calcutta, always was a figure admired across religious divides, so it seems only fitting that an international prize named in her honor went this year to a Muslim who died in Dhaka, Bangladesh, trying to save two friends from a terrorist attack”:

“Trump’s campaign has argued he never advocated for a Muslim registry nor will he. But Trump himself has yet to put an end to the discussion by rejecting the proposal outright, and his meeting with Kobach only further fanned the flames”:

“There’s a new sheriff in town — President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America…. And he’s going to start with you Muslims. He’s going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews. You Muslims would be wise to pack your bags and get out of Dodge”:

“[O]fficials told The Associated Press on Monday that airstrikes hit two homes in rural areas … under control of the country’s Shiite rebels. Among the victims are women and children, according to a medical official in al-Thawra hospital”:

“One rebel official denied the report that al-Sakhour had fallen, an advance that would cut the rebel-held eastern districts of Aleppo in two, while another said the situation was not yet clear. The Observatory said rebels had lost control of more than a third of eastern Aleppo” recently:






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