Ahmed Mohamed. wearing a NASA t-shirt, smiles during his interview with Chris Hayes on "All In" on September 16, 2015. (Screenshot)
17 Sep 2015

Ahmed Mohamed Inspires Other Muslim Students to Stand Up to Fear, Be Themselves

Ahmed Mohamed’s case is a perfect case to understand the bigotry and hysteria in the United States, which has persisted since the September 11th attacks and festered as isolated instances of violent extremism have occurred. The outpouring of support presents an opportunity to reflect on other cases where students have been targeted for their skin color and religion.

Proposals to build a Muslim community center 2 blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center sparked large protests on August 22, 2010. Since then, religious freedom activists say that there are a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents, with even the FBI warning of a growing potential for violence and hatred. (Flickr / David Shankbone)
03 Sep 2015

Islamophobia Rising: FBI Warns ‘Militia Extremists’ Are Targeting Muslims

While the mainstream media showers attention on any crime with even the slightest hint of a connection to ISIS or other Muslim extremists, less attention is being paid to a growing number of threats against everyday Muslims in the United States despite the FBI raising the alarm. The FBI issued an intelligence bulletin in May, warning that “militia extremists” are increasing their violent rhetoric against Muslims and even potentially making concrete plans to target them for violence.

File: A soldier crouches while on patrol in Afghanistan, photographed on February 4, 2007. Since Western wars and sanctions on Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Middle Eastern countries have claimed about 4 million Muslim lives, should we call it genocide? (Flickr / US Army / Staff Sgt Joshua Gipe)
27 Aug 2015

Mnar Muhawesh On Genocide Against Muslims In The Middle East (VIDEO)

Last week, in the conclusion to my series of articles on genocide, I asked whether, with at least 4 million Arabs killed by sanctions and modern Western wars, should we call it genocide against Muslims? Yesterday, Watching the Hawks invited Mnar Muhawesh, the founder of MintPress News, to discuss the genocidal body count in the Middle East.

May 31 rally in Phoenix outside city's Islamic Center / Screen shot via video by Dennis Gilman
23 Aug 2015

Podcast: Growing Anti-Muslim Racism & Hysteria in the United States

The United States has experienced a spike in anti-Muslim racism and threatened violence against American Muslims in the past months. Much of the escalation has taken place in the aftermath of a shooting in Garland, Texas, at a Prophet Muhammad drawing contest.

File: An armed U.S. soldier stands guard over Iraqi residents as his platoon searches their house on January 28, 2008. (Flickr / U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey)
19 Aug 2015

4 Million Muslims Killed In Western Wars: Should We Call It Genocide?

It may never be possible to know the true death toll of the modern Western wars on the Middle East, but that figure could be 4 million or higher. Since the vast majority of those killed were of Arab descent, and mostly Muslim, when would it be fair to accuse the United States and its allies of genocide?

Rose bushes bloom outside the Islamic Center of Portland. The center and its imam, Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, are long-time targets of government harassment and oppression. (Facebook / Islamic Center of Portland)
12 Aug 2015

The US Persecution Of A Portland Imam Involved In Challenging The No Fly List

The United States seeks to deport the imam of the biggest mosque in Oregon, a religious leader who is also a plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the No Fly List. Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, a Somali who entered the US in 1982, stands accused of lying when he completed documents to become a naturalized citizen. But, as the ACLU points out in a filing, the new case aimed at revoking Kariye’s citizenship “makes it hard to take seriously” the government’s “assertion” that they cannot provide more information in DHS letters to Americans contesting their inclusion on the No Fly List.

File: The Islamic Society of Boston, a mosque and Muslim cultural center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, photographed on a snowy day on March 28, 2015. Advocates for civil liberties are concerned a DHS pilot program designed to combat extremism could instead foster dissent and infringe on free speech. (Flickr / Lorianne DiSabato)
05 Aug 2015

DOJ, DHS Pilot Program Encourages Boston Muslims To Spy On Each Other

Boston is also one of three cities, selected in February, for the launch of a pilot program with the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the National Counterterrorism Center to “counter violent extremism.” But local advocates for civil rights worry the program is really infringing on Muslims’ rights.

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team kicks in the door of a building during a cordon and search in Buhriz, Iraq, March 14, 2007.  (Flickr / U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall)
03 Aug 2015

Do The Math: Global War On Terror Has Killed 4 Million Muslims Or More

A study released earlier this year revealed the shocking death toll of the United States’s “War on Terror” since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but the true body count could be even higher. Published in March by Physicians for Social Responsibility, the study, conducted by a team that included some Nobel Prize winners, determined that at least 1.3 million people have died as a result of war since Sept.11, 2001, but the real figure might be as high as two million.