Agnieszka Karoluk

Agnieszka Karoluk
Agnieszka is a former Senior Communications Coordinator at CAIR-Chicago. She graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in Geography and spent a year studying at the New School University in New York.

Devon Avenue Eid al-Fitr Celebration Interrupted by Chicago Police (Audio, Video)

// On the evening of July 27,  thousands of Muslims in Chicago received confirmation that Ramadan has ended and Eid al-Fitr has begun. Although Chicago has many Muslim communities- including but not limited to Bosnian, Palestinian, African-American, Nigerian, and hundreds of converts, one community in particular has an annual tradition of celebrating Eid al-Fitr in a public way. What...

Author Qasim Rashid on his book, “The Wrong Kind of Muslim”

Chicago Monitor Editor Agnieszka Karoluk interviewed Qasim Rashid about his 2013 book, "The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution and Perseverance". The Wrong Kind of Muslim is the first book of its kind. It relates these untold accounts of persecution and torture, directly from those living and dying under Pakistan's oppressive regimes. This book gives voice...

Malala’s media critics miss her message

From her 2013 Nobel Peace Prize nomination to the various conspiracy theories surrounding her recent fame, Malala Yousafzai- the 16 year old Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban in 2012- has been the center of attention in the media both in the U.S. and Pakistan. Malala is perhaps the first young Muslim woman of color portrayed favorably in U.S. media. But despite...

Unmaking equality: Now all can kill

On Thursday, January 24th Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the US military will lift the ban on women serving in combat. Many women’s groups and feminist activists saw this announcement as an unqualified victory. According to Kiki Cardenas writing in the popular blog, “People asked me: “Well, do you know what you would be fighting for? Do you...

Khandahar Massacre: Excuses and hypocrisy in media portrayal

On March 11, 2012, 17 civilian lives were lost in three homes in three different locations in Panjwai district – the villages of Alkozai and Najeeban and another settlement known locally as “Ibrahim Khan Houses.” When reports first came out that this mass murder was a result of a rogue U.S. soldier, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales- everyone wanted to find out why...

NYPD secret document leaked, reveals targeting of Iranian and Palestinian communities

Since September 11, 2001 the U.S. government, along with the NYPD began to investigate various mosques and Muslims in the U.S., focusing on Shia Iranian Muslims in New York City. According to the AP article released on February 2, 2012 the NYPD Secret Intelligence Strategy Report for the Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, titled “US-Iran Conflict: The Threat to New York...




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