Thousands of university students from Saudi Arabia remain in Canada despite being ordered out of the country by their government last August, but planning is underway to mitigate the impact on Canadian universities when those students graduate and are not replaced.
The decision was the result of a diplomatic crisis that erupted when the Canadian government publicly urged Saudi authorities to release jailed women’s rights activists. The Saudi government responded by recalling its ambassador, ejecting Canada’s ambassador, halting some trade and investment, and cancelling its scholarship program.
Follow the money and you’ll find dhimmis. Everytime.
Members of the Jewish community in Highland Park, New Jersey, are trying to stop the local library from putting on its shelves a children’s alphabet book called “P is for Palestine.” The book’s author, Golbarg Bashi, is an Iranian-American whose past works also have stirred emotions, according to WABC TV.
The Highland Park Library temporarily removed the book and postponed a public reading of the book after receiving a steady stream of complaints claiming the book introduces violence and anti-semitism to youngsters.
In the 1970s, young German parents were most likely to name their son Christian. How times have changed. Fast forward four decades to Merkel’s Germany in 2018, where Mohammed has become the most popular boy’s name for newborn babies in Berlin.
In an effort to ensure the unity of their community and the preservation of their mosques abroad, scholars will be sent to France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, among other countries the ministry explained.
Thou shalt not insult Islam. Bizarrely, terrifyingly, this has become the creed of 21st-century Britain. Consider the Saatchi Gallery’s decision to cover up two paintings after Muslim visitors complained they were offensive. In a blow to the ideal of artistic freedom, the supposedly edgy gallery in west London draped grey sheets over two new paintings that infuse verses from the shahada, one of the five pillars of Islam, with images of naked women and the US flag. The Saatchi is behaving like Saudi Arabia, hiding from public view artworks that blaspheme against Islam. Perhaps the artist responsible will now get 50 lashes for effrontery to the religion of peace.
A top art gallery was forced to cover two paintings last week after complaints from Muslims that they were “blasphemous”. One expert described them as “The Satanic Verses all over again”.
Exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery by an artist known as SKU, the works overlaid Arabic script on nude images, and were meant to represent the conflict between America and Islamic extremists.
However, the inclusion of the Islamic declaration of faith, known as the shahada, in the painting prompted complaints from Muslim visitors, who asked for them to be removed from the west London gallery’s exhibition, Rainbow Scenes, which finished on Friday.
There has never been a more important time for positive, nuanced and authentic portrays of Muslims on television and in film and digital media. That was the message, at least, on Monday evening at a panel discussion with Muslim writers and creators Negin Farsad (The Muslims Are Coming!), Farhan Arshad (CBS’ Man With a Plan), Amber Fares (America Inside Out With Katie Couric) and Maysoon Zayid, a disability advocate and founder of the annual New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.
Islamic veils are a hot topic in Germany, particularly due to a growing Muslim population. Now, outcry over an academic conference on the issue has surprised even its organizer, who says freedom of speech is at stake.
Islamic veils and headscarves remain the subject of heated public debate in Germany. Some view them as part and parcel of religious freedom; others as a symbol of women’s oppression in Islam. The German court system has already taken up the issue of whether school teachers should be banned from wearing a partial headscarf or full veil — or any other openly religious symbols — in class. To complicate matters further, not all of Germany’s 16 states see eye-to-eye on the matter, which is gaining in visibility due to the country’s changing demographics.
Germany’s Muslim population, which has rapidly increased in recent years due to immigration from Muslim-majority countries, was estimated at between 4.4 and 4.7 million people or approximately 5.5% of the country’s total population in 2015, according to the Federal Statistical Office. The number is doubtless higher now, according to the agency, but there are no updated official figures.
Riyas Aboobacker and Mark Steven Domingo do not know each other.
The two have never met and live on the opposite sides of the globe. Aboobacker lives in Kerala, India, while Domingo calls Los Angeles his home.
Yet these two men share a common worldwide supremacist ideology that has adherents willing to give up their own lives in exchange for eternal bliss in Paradise where the wine and women that they seem to so despise on earth will flow freely in unending orgies.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is pushing to issue an order that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, bringing the weight of American sanctions against a storied and influential Islamist political movement with millions of members across the Middle East, according to officials familiar with the matter.
The White House directed national security and diplomatic officials to find a way to place sanctions on the group after a White House visit on April 9 by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, for whom the Brotherhood represents a source of political opposition. In a private meeting without reporters and photographers, Mr. el-Sisi urged Mr. Trump to take that step and join Egypt in branding the movement a terrorist organization.
A storied and influential Islamist political movement? That’s what the New York Times is calling Muslim terrorists nowadays.
Below, the stuff that makes them “storied”.
2268860 08/21/2013 Inside a burned and destroyed Coptic Christian church in the Minya province. About 50 churches were destroyed or burned during unrest following dispersal of Muslim Brotherhood camps and ousted Islamist President Morsi supporters by the police and the army. Andrey Stenin/RIA Novosti
Sergeant Cesilia Valdovinos — who converted to Islam in 2016 — claims she was discriminated against when the commanding officer at her Colorado battalion ordered her to remove her hijab to verify if she was wearing her hair in a bun.
The Christchurch massacre — in which dozens of innocents were slaughtered in cold blood because of their religion, as they were assembled to pray — was a despicable, indefensible act. The murderer, Brenton Tarrant, is a criminal. The manifesto text he left to justify his act is in no way a justification.
The reactions that followed were marked by legitimate indignation. Unfortunately, the attack was also used to launch a campaign both dangerous and treacherous.