Trump’s Anti-Islamic Sentiments Extend Beyond The Muslim Ban

Trump’s Anti-Islamic Sentiments Extend Beyond The Muslim Ban

Donald Trump rode to power on a wave of fear. During his presidential campaign, he portrayed terrorists, immigrants, the Chinese government and many other people and entities as threats to America. But nothing proved more powerful as a mobilizing force than his...
Get to Know Your Muslim Neighbors

Get to Know Your Muslim Neighbors

For a South Jersey girl, my upbringing was markedly ordinary. I played soccer. I joined student council. I walked to my Sicilian grandmother’s house every day after school. And just like everyone else in my small town of Hammonton, my summer revolved around...
Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Very soon, Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order regarding refugees and entry to the U.S. for a whole swathe of people. In effect, the edict would be aimed at banning Muslims from the United States, demonizing people from Muslim-majority countries across...
Witnessing The Birth Of A New Nationalist World Order

Witnessing The Birth Of A New Nationalist World Order

Donald Trump is a worldly fellow. He travels the globe on his private jet. He’s married to a Slovene and divorced from a Czech. He doesn’t speak any other languages, but hey, he’s an American, so monolingualism is his birthright. His fortune depends in large part on...
Trump is Frighteningly Predictable

Trump is Frighteningly Predictable

Shortly after taking office in 1969, President Richard Nixon devised his “madman theory.” It was the height of the Vietnam War, and Nixon believed that he could end the conflict. It just required a bit of unpredictability. “I want the North Vietnamese to believe I’ve...
They’re Killing Us. Help Us Stop Them.

They’re Killing Us. Help Us Stop Them.

The weekend of June 12 sent me on a rollercoaster of emotions I never thought possible. The previous Friday, I was an invited participant in the first-ever White House Summit for African American LGBTQ Youth. I felt amazingly supported, empowered, and valued — by my...
Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers

Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers

How do we even talk about the horrific killings in Orlando, which left at least 50 LGBTQ revelers dead and more than 50 more injured in the middle of pride month? First we mourn. Then we rage. Then we hug our loved ones, especially our LGBTQ friends, comrades, and...
Sadiq Khan and the End of Islamophobia

Sadiq Khan and the End of Islamophobia

Even his own sister was mortified. In the recent mayoral race in London, the Conservative Party’s Zac Goldsmith was in many ways the perfect candidate: a young, handsome fellow who possessed full-spectrum appeal. To win the election, Goldsmith could have focused on...
Life in the Gray Zone

Life in the Gray Zone

In the 13th century, the Italian town of Lucera was a Muslim island in a sea of Christendom. Here Frederick II, the head of the Holy Roman Empire, established his own shadow cabinet of scholars and advisors from among the Arabs that he invited to live in this walled...
The War Machine

The War Machine

IPS’s Peter Certo, editor for Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses the role of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, the U.S. establishment press, the war machine, Islamophobia, and the Syrian refugee crisis on Telesur’s Interviews from Washington, DC. Watch...
Is Political Correctness What’s Really Destroying America?

Is Political Correctness What’s Really Destroying America?

One more GOP debate and I swear I’m deleting my Facebook account. Every time the Republican presidential hopefuls spar on stage, the gap between the conservative crowd I grew up with in Tennessee and the progressive organization where I work in Washington widens. In...
A Racist Wake-Up Call

A Racist Wake-Up Call

I worked proudly with Muslim CIA officers in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. I used to think most Americans understood that Muslim Americans are patriots, too. Ahmed Mohamed’s recent ordeal proved how wrong I was. He’s the 14-year-old who was recently interrogated,...
The European Union May Be on the Verge of Collapse

The European Union May Be on the Verge of Collapse

Europe won the Cold War. Not long after the Berlin Wall fell a quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States squandered its peace dividend in an attempt to maintain global dominance, and Europe quietly became more prosperous, more integrated,...