Burma as Capable of Scapegoating Muslims as Anybody

In a New York Times op-ed titled Are Myanmar’s Hopes Fading?, Aung Zaw, founder of Irrawaddy, reminded us about clashes last year “between Buddhists and Muslims in western Myanm [that] killed at least 180 people and displaced more than 120,000, mostly...

How Do Buddhist Attacks on Muslims Help Burma’s Government?

Global Post reports on another outbreak of sectarian violence in Burma this week that left “thousands homeless and more than 50 people confirmed dead. Video footage and photos taken at the scene by the local media and wire agencies showed that three days of...
All-American Bigotry

All-American Bigotry

Islamophobes would like you to believe that they’re not anti-Islam. They’re only anti-Islamic extremism. So why is it that Islamophobes are always going after mainstream Islam? They lampoon Muhammad. They want to burn not the writings of Osama bin Laden...
Muslims Don’t Have a Monopoly on Terrorism

Muslims Don’t Have a Monopoly on Terrorism

Too many Americans think the term “terrorism” only applies to Muslims. Christians, Jews, atheists, agnostics, Unitarians, or Quakers who commit unspeakable acts of horror often aren’t deemed to be real terrorists. Consider what happened after...
Review: The Roots of Muslim Anger at America

Review: The Roots of Muslim Anger at America

With nearly a decade under its belt in the so-called war on terror, the United States remains mired in Afghanistan, lingers on in Iraq, and is currently expanding its largely unacknowledged drone wars in Pakistan, Yemen, and beyond. And what to show for it? Regimes...
Letter from Maguindanao

Letter from Maguindanao

Outside the old municipal hall of Datu Piang, in the conflict-torn province of Maguindanao in southern Philippines, Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Arevalo stood on the riverbank and pointed to the marshland and hills. There, he said, was the Muslim rebels’...
How to Prevent Pakistani Anarchy

How to Prevent Pakistani Anarchy

The eruption of democratic defiance among Arabs has discredited neoconservatives and al-Qaeda alike, shattering their shared assumption that Muslims need violent prodding to reclaim their dignity. In 10 weeks of protests, Tunisians and Egyptians achieved for...

Hey, Dude, Who Stole My Islamophobia?

A headline at Tom Dispatch reads Where Did All the Fatwas Go? James Carroll, author of House of War, an extraordinary history of the Pentagon, and a new book, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, writes of the recent Arab uprisings: . . . jihadists who think nothing of slaughtering...

The Qosbi Show

Foreign Policy In Focus received this response from an executive producer in Hollywood to a proposal we recently submitted. Dear FPIF: Thank you for your proposal for a new TV show about “a warm-hearted, middle-class Egyptian family named the Qosbis.”...

Two Big Errors Plague Budget Reporting

First error: “Pentagon Budget Cuts.” They aren’t cuts. The Defense Department talks about cutting its own budget–$78 billion over five years–and most reporting takes this at face value. It shouldn’t. The Pentagon is following the...

Hostility to Plans for New Mosques

It has been said before that Al-Qaeda’s greatest victory was not September 11th but Abu Ghraib. Indeed, the images of Americans reveling in the humiliation of Arab prisoners enhanced the potency of al-Qaeda’s narrative and won it scores of new recruits....

The Latino Mob, Affirmative Action, Hezbollah Beauty Pageant Conspiracy

Hatred of Muslims is driving some conservatives absolutely crazy. In the wake of Rima Fakih winning Miss USA, anti-Muslim animus is boiling over. Rima Fakih comes from a Lebanese Muslim family and immigrated to the US when she was a child. The top anti-Muslim, right...
Muslim Blowback?

Muslim Blowback?

It is hard to overstate just how deeply unpopular the United States is in the Muslim world. A 2008 poll of six majority Muslim countries found that overwhelmingly large portions of the population, ranging from 71 percent in Morocco to 87 percent in Egypt, held...

The Really Really Long War

Let’s imagine that the Cold War was a detour. The entire 20th century, in fact, was a detour. Since conflicts among the 20th-century ideologies (liberalism, communism, fascism) cost humanity so dearly, it’s hard to conceive of World War II and the clashes...
Muslims in America

Muslims in America

In his Cairo address, President Obama boldly asserted a broad commonality between the United States and a quarter of humanity: “America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles —...