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Yassin Aref, the Albany imam sent to federal prison after being convicted of material support for terrorism, is part of a case heard in court this week involving inmates challenging confinement in special prison units.

Outside of of the Mitchell H. Cohen Building & U.S. Courthouse, Camden, NJ. prior to the hearing for the Duka brothers on January 6, 2016
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Activists from Albany traveled to Camden, New Jersey, Wednesday in a show of solidarity with the Duka brothers—three of the so-called “Fort Dix Five” involved in an FBI entrapment case.

President Obama commented a few weeks ago that Muslims in America must do more to stop Muslim violence and many have suggested that the Muslim community has not been doing enough to stop it.(1 ) That struck me as very false, given my own contacts in the Muslim community. So I reached out to learn what is happening in the Muslim community.

Herbert London: Perversion Of Islam?

Dec 30, 2015

In what can only be described as a “reassurance” speech is, President Obama in addressing the terrorist murders in San Bernardino, California said we should not be overcome by fear. Once again, he noted this terror is not a reflection of Islam. His Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, went further in contending that the real fear is anti Islamic prejudice, even though there is little evidence to support her concern.

Twenty years old and in love, Phyllis Chesler embarked on an adventure that lasted more than a half-century. Shortly after arriving in Afghanistan with her Afghan bridegroom, the authorities took away her American passport, and she became the property of her husband’s family.

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2014 has been a milemarker for women, especially when it comes to politics. While Western women have taken a step forward, headlines suggest women in many Islamic countries have taken two leaps back.

In the West, Muslim activists have many women among their ranks, some of them artists, writers, reporters, educators and lawyers who want the world to know their vision of women in Islam. But women in many Middle Eastern countries have little or no rights or freedoms.

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A Muslim advocacy group is out with a study critical of methods used by the federal government to identify, entrap and prosecute terrorists.

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A protest was held today outside a western Massachusetts high school to draw attention to alleged anti-Islamic bullying.

      About 50 people, most of them college students, stood in a steady rain on the sidewalk in front of West Springfield High School for about half-an-hour on Wednesday holding signs denouncing bullying and bigotry.  They were joined by three Muslim sisters who claim they’ve been harassed at school because of their religious beliefs.

  " I've been called terrorist, towel head in my class," said Najma Hussein.

 

    Irshad Manji is Director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University and she will be speaking at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams Thursday night at 7PM.