Samia Shameem explores Zabiha and Shechita in relation to Denmark’s recent animal slaughtering regulations. More »
Hadeel Hejja analyzes the short French film \\\"Majorité Opprimée” and the allegations the movie makes to accomplish a racist perspective. More »
By Susy Palmer
Jeremy Scahill’s Oscar nominated documentary “Dirty Wars,” began a discussion on covert operations that mainstream media failed to report. With Oscar night looming, critics have focused too much on the film’s aesthetics and skipped over the much deeper moral implications the film explores.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin recently said he did not want any more mosques being built in his city, claiming it would attract more Muslims. Such open displays of Islamophobia have been echoed elsewhere in Russia and show a deep rooted problem in the city of Moscow, which currently has a Muslim population of two million residents.
DENMARK – The ritual slaughter of animals, Islam’s Zabiha and Judaism’s Shechita are under fire as of February 17th. Denmark has made it a requirement that animals be stunned prior to slaughter, which means religious slaughter is no longer an option. “Animal rights come before religion” was the statement given by Denmark’s Dan Jørgensen, the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. However, the reality of the matter is that animal rights come from religion. In regard to animal slaughter houses, animals are given better care when Zabiha and Shechita methods are properly enforced.
The white feminist narrative is overtly played out in the 2010 french film ”Oppressed Majority,” a short film by French actress and director Éléonore Pourriat, cunningly disguised as an eye opener towards sexism in the country, and extensively, the world. The film centers around white European male citizen of France who is constantly harassed by the female members of his community, including his own wife. This movie is an example of sexism if it were reversed for the men to be oppressed and women would become the oppressors, and how it would seem unfair and unjust for men to be treated the way women are currently treated.
On Tuesday February 11th 2014, Leena Suleiman was on her way to work, bundled up to keep herself warm in what many are calling Chicago’s most brutal winter. Suleiman, who works as an architectural designer downtown, wears the Muslim headscarf hijab. On this particular day she noticed that was treated differently, as the headscarf she wore was concealed under her winter gear.
By Sabah Adil
Recently, Democracy Now! featured journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald who spoke about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) conspiratorial role in the US backed assassination. In an article titled The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program, Scahill and Greenwald reported that the NSA is relying on electronic surveillance as opposed to human intelligence to excavate targets for drone strikes– an inaccurate method that is resulting in the death of innocent and unidentified people.
At the beginning of February, a remarkable exchange took place between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu when Kerry warned that Israel could find itself increasingly targeted by a boycott if it fails to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. It isn’t important that he didn’t quite say that and Israeli government officials predictably reacted with accusations of his statements being “hurtful,” “unfair” and “intolerable”. What is important is that for the first time in a U.S. brokered Middle East peace process stretching back to the U.S. Secretary of State Rogers Plan in 1970, the U.S. actually warned of a real and tangible threat to Israel’s position and the Israeli government acknowledged the threat.
Reza Aslan, Middle East Commentator for NPR, Muslim Affairs Analyst, and author of “No god but God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam” spoke at Elmhurst College on February 14 about his most recent book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”. The lecture was six months after his book was published and after his infamous interview with Fox News anchor Lauren (“You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?”) Green. His answer to her and to all the conservative pundits was “I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim.” So how has Aslan’s message changed after six months of interviews and lectures?
Lately, various petitions have been circulating around the country, calling on the Obama administration to recognize Muslim holidays within public schools. While the fact that Muslims are taking the initiative to have their voices heard is commendable, it’ll prove beneficial to discuss a few points: