Tag Archives: CAIR-Chicago

How Do Facebook “Community Standards” Ban a Muslim Civil Rights Leader and Support Anti-Muslim Groups?

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Facebook is a social network that has over one billion members. It’s a place for businesses and artists to connect their facilities or art with people, and a place for families and friends to connect and share their feelings, thoughts, and activities. Facebook prides itself on being inclusive of everyone. Recently, there has been an increase of Islamophobia and Islamophobic rhetoric on Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg vowed to fight this hate speech.

So how did Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) – Chicago, get kicked off Facebook – twice – after posting criticism of Donald Trump’s own Islamophobic comments?

Muslim & Japanese American Youth Engage History of Japanese Internment


By Renner Larson

In the spring of 1942 thousands of Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated from their homes along the west coast of the United States to internment camps across the country. It is a page so often forgotten in one of the most glorified chapters of American history, but it is one that we as Americans must never forget.

Palestine’s New Appeal to the United Nations


By Aya Nimeraya-cm

In the aftermath of the Gaza war, head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is using a new strategy to put international pressure on Israel and to lift his government’s standing among Palestinians. The strategy involves a Security Council resolution that would demand an end to Israeli occupation within three years as well as acceding to the treaty that created the International Criminal Court.

ECHR Upholds Burqa Ban in France, More Laws Follow


By Aya Nimeraya-cm

On July 1, 2014, the judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld France’s ban on burqas, a full-length enveloping garment that also covers the face.  The case was brought by a female French citizen who is identified as SAS.

The Significance of the Al-Jazeera Staff Trials


By Aya Nimeraya-cm

The recent arrests in Egypt of three Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed follow a decade long trend of decline in press freedom as reported by Freedom House.  Egypt’s score for press restriction rose from 62 to 68 from 2003 to 2013. The crackdown on press freedom has paralleled a larger security operation to quell dissent where hundreds of Egyptians have disappeared and approximately 40 thousand have been arrested. These stories are often untold with Egyptian journalists either parroting the government’s national security narrative or facing consequences like arrest.

“Professional” Islamophobes in the Media Perpetuating False Crusade


By Kiersten Hellegers

On June 22nd, CNN aired a debate between Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT! For America and Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York on the question of whether the media is “fueling the fear of Islam”. To me this question is answered by an irrefutable “YES!” Our media has instilled great fear of Muslims and hatred of our faith as a propaganda tool for the War on Terror. The Western media uses terrorist and fanatic stereotypes in television shows, movies, novels, and, most troubling of all, biased academic works and news outlets, which feature Islamophobic spin-doctors. Hate is an industry.

Obama’s New Counterterrorism Fund


By Aya Nimeraya-cm

During President Obama’s commencement speech at West Point in May, The President mentioned plans for the creation of the Counterterrorism Partnership Fund (CTPF).  The fund would finance U.S. efforts to enhance the capacity of states such as Lebanon and Iraq by expanding the training and equipping of foreign militaries, bolstering the counterterrorism capabilities of allies, and supporting efforts to counter violent extremism and terrorism ideology.

Teachers and Parents Reflect on Year After School Closings

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By Saher Khan

It has been one year since the mayorally elected Board of Education voted to close 50 Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The effects of this decision was analyzed by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) in a report called “Twelve Months Later: The Impact of School Closings in Chicago”.

Get to Know Amara Enyia, Potential Mayor of Chicago


By Cynthia Martinezcythina-cm

On Monday, June 2, Amara Enyia, a 31-year old activist and municipal consultant from East Garfield Park, launched her official campaign against Rahm Emmanuel for Mayor of Chicago.

Racism in Brazil Leading into World Cup 2014

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By Sarah Husain

“O Jogo Bonito”.

The Brazilian saying,“The Beautiful Game” that was coined the motto for football*, is not always so fitting.  As the FIFA World Cup 2014 approaches, the eyes of the world are on Brazil while they prepare and deal with an ugly truth of the sport: racism. Football is a religion that bonds this country divided by race. According to a 2011 census report, African-Brazilians and mixed races make up 51 percent of the country’s entire population. Because they make up the lowest class of the country and have little political representation, African-Brazilians are subject to racial discrimination all over the country. Few are exempt from discrimination, not even footballers.