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OFFENSIVE AS BRIDGE TO THE 2020 ELECTION

Image result for The Times view on Donald Trump’s row with ‘the Squad’: On the OffensiveThe founding principle of the United States is that it is based not on blood and soil but on a universal idea of strength through diversity, a sense that state and society can flourish because and not in spite of their differences. President Trump’s pejorative remarks against four congresswomen trample on this vision of America.

There was little surprise, then, that the House of Representatives took the rare step yesterday of formally rebuking the president. He had urged the women, three of whom were born in the United States, to “go back” to where they came from…THETIMES

Al-Azhar Struggles To Balance Politics And Tradition

When Pope Francis I visited Egypt in 2017 to stimulate inter-faith dialogue he walked into a religious and geopolitical minefield at the heart of which was Al-Azhar, one of the world’s oldest and foremost seats of Islamic learning. The pope’s visit took on added significance with Al-Azhar standing accused of promoting the kind of ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Islam that potentially creates an environment conducive to breeding extremism….more: lobelog

Mohamed Morsi Died in a Soundproof Cage

Mohamed Morsi was not supposed to be Egypt’s first civilian president. During a term in office that lasted just one year, Egyptians would jokingly refer to him as the “spare tire,” because he was a last-minute replacement for the preferred candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s first presidential election after the Jan. 25, 2011, revolution. (The movement’s initial choice was a powerful millionaire and businessman who was disqualified on a technicality.) …more: nytimes

What Algeria and Sudan Can Learn From Egypt: Lessons From a Failed Revolution

Image result for What Algeria and Sudan Can Learn From EgyptEight years after the Arab Spring transfixed the world, the Middle East has once again lit up with protest. In April, popular movements in Algeria and Sudan forced the ouster of two long-serving autocrats: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned on April 2, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was removed from power on April 11.

These uprisings show obvious parallels with the 2011 revolution in Egypt that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. In both…MORE:  foreignaffairs

One of Hollywood’s many ugly truths is that, for all its claims to be a progressive industry, it has relied heavily on racial and ethnic stereotypes, catering to and shaping the prejudices that are prevalent amongst its audience. This is especially true when it comes to who it chooses as its villains.

Image result for - How Muslims became the good guys on TV - BBCOne of Hollywood’s many ugly truths is that, for all its claims to be a progressive industry, it has relied heavily on racial and ethnic stereotypes, catering to and shaping the prejudices that are prevalent amongst its audience. This is especially true when it comes to who it chooses as its villains….more: BBC

Muslim Members Of Congress Host A Historic Iftar In The Capitol

On Monday evening, three Muslim members of Congress ― Reps. André Carson (D-Ind.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) ― hosted a historic iftar in the U.S. Capitol to recognize the holy month of Ramadan and honor the contributions of the Muslim American community. The gathering to break that day’s Ramadan fast was the first iftar….MORE:  huffpost