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A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace

Dear WorldA story of love and courage amid brutality and terror, this is the testimony of a child who has endured the unthinkable.” —J.K. Rowling

“I’m very afraid I will die tonight.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 2, 2016
“Stop killing us.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 6, 2016
“I just want to live without fear.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 12, 2016

When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in….more:  simonandschuster

Who Is Behind Trump’s Links to Arab Princes? A Billionaire Friend

..In April 2016, his close friend Donald J. Trump was about to clinch the Republican presidential nomination. But Mr. Trump’s outspoken hostility to Muslims — epitomized by his call for a ban on Muslim immigrants — was offending the Persian Gulf princes Mr. Barrack had depended on for decades as investors and buyers……more:.nytimes

Why Jefferson’s vision of American Islam matters today

Image result for Thomas Jefferson quotesDespite his criticism of Islam, Jefferson supported the rights of its adherents. Evidence exists that Jefferson had been thinking privately about Muslim inclusion in his new country since 1776. A few months after penning the Declaration of Independence, he returned to Virginia to draft legislation about religion for his native state, writing in his private notes a paraphrase of the English philosopher John Locke’s 1689 “Letter on Toleration”:…more:  wtop

General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Protecting Palestinian …

The draft resolution was merely reminding the international community of its responsibility to provide civilians protection in times of conflict, he continued.  It stressed the need to ensure the well-being and safety of civilians, and called for holding all violators accountable.  The draft also called for utmost restraint and calm by all parties, as well as for immediate steps to stabilize the situation on the ground and end the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip ….more: UN.ORG

Nytimes: Video of Medic Killed in Gaza was Portrayed

The tightly edited video shows a woman identified as the medic, Rouzan al-Najjar, throwing what appears to be a tear-gas canister. The video does not appear to have been taken the day Ms. Najjar was killed, and the canister does not appear to be aimed at anyone.

In a second scene, according to the video, Ms. Najjar tells an interviewer, “I am here on the front line and I act as a human shield.”…nytimes