Category Archives: Editorials
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, Lena 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.
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:
By Ammad Rafiki
On January 30, the US Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill titled, the Smarter Sentencing Act, allowing judges to sentence non-violent drug offenders to smaller terms. The bipartisan bill, which has also garnered support from ACLU and Families Against Mandatory Minimums, cuts in half previous sentencing guidelines, and gives hope that the arguably racist approach to the War on Drugs is waning.
There is an alarming phenomenon going around the nation. In large landmark cities in the United States sensational storytelling remains prominent in mass media. Life has become a narrative for the citizens of the U.S.A, where “news” stories are carefully told with an introduction, following the plot to a climax and then to a resolution to calm the viewers, as a sort of television show as opposed to actual newsworthy content. This is the case in the major-headlined NATO 3 case in Chicago, where the case was poorly backed and the only pretense of the case was another opportunity to denounce terrorism instead of realizing the actual content of the allegations.
By Susy Palmer
January 30th is Fred Korematsu Day, which calls to mind a part of United States history that is too often forgotten. In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which stripped Japanese-Americans of their $2.7 billion net income, their dignity, as well as their constitutional freedom in the United States by forcing them into internment camps. The forced internment of American citizens of Japanese descent was an act of fear, but Fred Korematsu is commended because he chose to act out of courage. He refused to be interned, and as a result, brought about one of the most important civil rights cases in United States history, Korematsu v. United States (1944). In this landmark case, the government deemed Executive Order 9066 constitutional, upholding the exclusion order. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has ranked Korematsu alongside Dred Scott, the 1857 decision that black slaves were property and not citizens, as among “the court’s most shameful blunders.”
“America is a nation of nations, made up of people from every land, of every race and practicing every faith. Our diversity is not a source of weakness; it is a source of strength, it is a source of our success.” — U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell
Coca-Cola aired a Super Bowl commercial on February 2 that sparked a rage on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The ad featured the patriotic song “America the Beautiful” in many different languages. The ad also presented actors from various ethnic backgrounds and religions.