Tag Archives: CAIR-Chicago

ECHR Upholds Burqa Ban in France, More Laws Follow

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

President Obama Delays Review on Deportations Until the End of Summer

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By Dania Mukahhal

On Tuesday May 27, President Obama asked the chief of Homeland Security, Leh Johnson, to delay the administrative review of deportations in order to give House Republican leaders to look for a permanent immigration reform.

The Obamacare Coercion: Corporations and their Religious Freedom

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By Nick Burandt nickburandt_monitor

The Green family, owners and creators of Hobby Lobby Inc., believe that religious freedom extends beyond the individual and includes private corporations. On March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, contraception mandate. Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is a case set to decide whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA)—the policy which provides that the government “shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest—allows a private corporation to deny its employees’ health coverage based on religious beliefs.

New Civil Rights Education Data Shows the Bigger Picture

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By Alishba Malik

The new data from the Education Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection (released on March 21, 2014) gives prominence to a troubling pattern of zero-tolerance school disciplines policies that unevenly impacts minority students also leading down to preschoolers.