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Dispatch 46: ANTIFA in Atlanta – Proud Boys, MAGA: YOU ARE AT WAR

ANTIFA LARPer in Atlanta (all photos Michael Yon) 28 November 2020 Washington, D.C. I made the photograph above in Atlanta on Saturday, 21 November 2020. Today is Saturday, 28 November. I am back in Washington to prepare for White House visit on Tuesday. Just why I get so many invitations like this is anyone’s guess. My guess: In America, if you work hard, you will be rewarded. Unless someone steals your life and labors. Who worked harder during this election? One side worked hard t...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Florida, Usa, Hollywood, Featured, California, Washington, White House, China, Iraq, India, America, San Francisco, Atlanta, Georgia


Kamalrukh Khan: Anti-conversion law should be nationalised

Wife of late Wajid Khan writes on her sufferings in an inter-faith marriage, says anti-conversion law should be nationalised Months after music composer Wajid Khan of the Sajid-Wajid fame passed away due to coronavirus related complications, his wife Kamalrukh Khan has taken to social media to share her first-hand account of life in an inter-faith marriage. In a lengthy post on Instagram captioned “Live and let live should be the only religion we all practice”, Kamalrukh revealed how her resis...
Tags: Life, Islam, Issues, Uttar Pradesh, Parsi, Kamalrukh Khan, Wajid Khan, Sajid Wajid, Kamalrukh, Wajid Khan Kamalrukh


BBC's A Suitable Boy rankles 'love jihad' conspiracy theorists in India

BJP reaction to depiction of Hindu-Muslim romance follows recent rows over interfaith marriagesWhen the BBC’s adaptation of Vikram’s Seth’s novel A Suitable Boy recently landed on Indian Netflix it did not take long for the fanfare to turn to controversy.The series, it was claimed by politicians from the ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), had “hurt religious sentiments” of Hindus by depicting the lead character, a Hindu girl called Lata, passionately kissing a Muslim boy against the backdrop o...
Tags: Books, Human Rights, Television, India, Religion, BJP, World news, Bbc, Netflix, South and Central Asia, Islam, Hinduism, Seth, Vikram, Bharatiya Janata, Lata


Kylie Moore-Gilbert's release shows dangers of making deals with Iran

Talks over other dual-national detainees risk encouraging Tehran to see hostage-taking as a winning strategyThe release of Kylie Moore-Gilbert, the British Australian academic, is a bittersweet moment for the relatives across the globe of other Iranian dual nationals still trapped in Iranian jails. Many families celebrated her release, but also asked themselves again whether their own governments are doing all they can to bring their loved ones home.Sherry Izadi, the wife of a 66-year-old Britis...
Tags: UK News, World news, Australia news, Iran, Foreign Policy, Islam, Tehran, Foreign, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Kylie Moore Gilbert, Anoosheh Ashoori, Commonwealth and Development Office, Sherry Izadi


Model Halima Aden quits fashion shows over religious beliefs

Aden, one of the first models to wear a hijab, says she is being forced to compromise beliefsThe model Halima Aden has said she is quitting runway shows because working in fashion has forced her to compromise her religious beliefs.Aden, who was hailed as a trailblazer for being one of the first models to wear a hijab and walk for major fashion labels including Kanye West’s Yeezy, posted a series of images on social media that illustrated the times she had lost touch with who she is (from missing...
Tags: Fashion, Social Media, Life and style, US news, Kanye West, Islam, Yeezy, Aden, Halima Aden


Non-Christian faiths welcome Christmas easing of Covid rules

Religious leaders pleased that Christians will not experience ‘same disappointment’ they didRepresentatives of faiths that have been unable to gather for religious festivals this year because of the pandemic have welcomed the fact that Christians will not have to experience “the same disappointment and deflation” they did.The Muslim festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the Jewish holy days of Passover, Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) and Yom Kippur, and Diwali festival of lights celebra...
Tags: Religion, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Diwali, Sikhism, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Coronavirus


How Samuel Paty's murder reignited France's free speech debate

The beheading of a schoolteacher who had shown his class cartoons of the prophet Muhammad during a lesson on free speech has rekindled a debate in France about secularism and the state’s role in regulating free expressionThe murder of the schoolteacher Samuel Paty has rekindled a long-running debate in France about secularism, free expression and the role of the state. Paty had shown his class two of the cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad that were originally published by the satirical maga...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, World news, Islam, Freedom Of Speech, Charlie Hebdo, Emmanuel Macron, Muhammad, Jon Henley, Macron, Rachel Humphreys, Samuel Paty, Abdullakh Anzorov


Hardline Pakistani religious leader Khadim Rizvi dead, had demanded nuclear attack on France for Prophet Mohammad cartoons

Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who rose to prominence by campaigning on the issue of ‘blasphemy’ against Islam, died in Lahore.
Tags: France, Islam, Prophet Mohammad, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Khadim Rizvi


Sergeant sues LAPD for disciplining him for social-media posts made from Orange County home

A sergeant is suing the Los Angeles Police Department and its chief for allegedly violating his right to free speech by disciplining him for off-duty social-media posts concerning gang violence in songs by the late rapper Nipsey Hussle and other issues. Sgt. Joel Sydanmaa, a 24-year-LAPD veteran, says he was wrongly disciplined for expressing his opinions as a private citizen while off-duty on his personal social-media accounts about public issues, according to the suit filed Monday, Nov. 16. An...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, News, Instagram, Supreme Court, La, Islamic State, Uncategorized, Beck, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Paris, Islam, Courts


Macron accuses English-language media of 'legitimising' violence in France

French president says concept of laïcité is misunderstoodMacron accused of targeting Muslims in wake of terror attacksFacing protests in the Muslim world over his response to terror attacks in France, President Emmanuel Macron phoned a New York Times media columnist to rail against “bias” in the English-language media and accuse some newspapers of “legitimising this violence”. Related: Trump adviser says it 'looks like' Biden has won and predicts 'very professional transition' – live Continue...
Tags: Europe, Media, France, Religion, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, US news, New York Times, Islam, US press and publishing, Biden, Emmanuel Macron


Macron accuses English-language media of 'legitimising' terrorist violence

French president says concept of laïcité is misunderstoodMacron accused of targeting Muslims in wake of terror attacksFacing protests in the Muslim world over his response to terror attacks in France, President Emmanuel Macron phoned a New York Times media columnist to rail against “bias” in the English-language media and accuse some newspapers of “legitimising this violence”. Related: Trump adviser says it 'looks like' Biden has won and predicts 'very professional transition' – live Continue...
Tags: Europe, Media, France, Religion, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, US news, New York Times, Islam, US press and publishing, Biden, Emmanuel Macron


Gulf social changes are in the global spotlight | Financial Times #UAE

Gulf social changes are in the global spotlight | Financial Times In the UAE the brash commercialism of Dubai has sometimes obscured Abu Dhabi’s harsh  response to  political Islam at home and abroad © Christopher Pike/Reuters Overshadowed by world events such as the US presidential election or the first breakthrough in developing a Covid-19 vaccine, the United Arab Emirates last week announced radical changes in its legal system. These are designed primarily to enhance t...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, US, Qatar, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Pope Francis, Middle East, Islam, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Muslim, Abu Dhabi, Muslim Brotherhood, Uae


French President Macron accuses American media — with its critique of systemic racism — of legitimizing terrorism.

He spoke with Ben Smith of the NYT, who wrote: [Macron said] “When France was attacked five years ago, every nation in the world supported us.... So when I see, in that context, several newspapers which I believe are from countries that share our values — journalists who write in a country that is the heir to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution — when I see them legitimizing this violence, and saying that the heart of the problem is that France is racist and Islamophobic, then I say the ...
Tags: Europe, Law, Washington Post, France, Terrorism, Paris, Islam, Catholic, The New York Times, Ben Smith, Times, Smith, Marine Le Pen, Marianne, Macron, Ann Althouse


Religious intolerance is 'bigger cause of prejudice than race', says report

Attitudes to faith said to drive negative perceptions more than ethnicity or nationalityReligion is the “final frontier” of personal prejudice, with attitudes to faith driving negative perceptions more than ethnicity or nationality, a report to be published tomorrow will say.How We Get Along, a two-year study of diversity by the Woolf Institute, is due to conclude that most people are tolerant of those from different ethnic or national backgrounds, but many have negative attitudes based on relig...
Tags: Family, Marriage, Religion, Race, Society, UK News, World news, Christianity, Islam, Woolf Institute


Violent extremism linked to failure of migrants to integrate, EU says

Reference to Islam removed from EU governments’ declaration after disagreementsThe rise of violent extremism in Europe has been linked to the failure of migrants to integrate, in a hard-debated joint declaration by EU governments on the recent terror attacks.The statement by EU home affairs ministers was described by Horst Seehofer, Germany’s interior minister, as a “great sign of solidarity” when delivered on Friday but it had been heavily watered down from a controversial initial draft. Contin...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Religion, Eu, Spain, European Union, World news, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Islam, Luxembourg, Mark Rutte


Europe's Muslims are European. Stop outsourcing their plight to foreign leaders | Shada Islam

For EU leaders to seek solutions abroad to end prejudice against millions of their own citizens is insulting and meaninglessTerror attacks in France and Austria have put Europe’s 25 million Muslims back in the spotlight. The unwanted attention is familiar. Discussing Muslims as a security risk invariably reaches fever pitch after an Islamist-inspired terrorist act. This time the attackers came from Chechnya, Tunisia and North Macedonia. But never mind: anxiety over the Muslim “enemy within” goes...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, Race, Eu, European Union, World news, Austria, Islam, North Macedonia, Shada Islam, Chechnya Tunisia


Austria seeks to criminalise 'political Islam' as it unveils broad new anti-terror measures

Proposals include life sentences for those convicted of terror offences and criminalising political activity that encourages 'extremism'
Tags: Austria, Islam


'These are dictator moves': Defense officials alarmed as Trump installs more loyalists at the Pentagon

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Trump has filled a series of senior defense positions with loyalists, causing alarm among Pentagon officials. Four defense officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James Anderson, have either resigned or been sacked since Trump lost the presidential election. Anderson was replaced by Anthony Tata, a retired US Army Brigadier General who made false claims about Barack Obama, includ...
Tags: Politics, News, Obama, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Politico, Defense, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Cnn, Islam, Pentagon


The retired general and Trump ally who called Obama a 'terrorist leader' is taking over the Pentagon's top policy job

The Pentagon project has been highly controversial Getty Anthony Tata, a retired general turned Fox News guest who spread falsehoods about former President Barack Obama, is moving into the Pentagon's top policy position in an acting capacity, Defense One reported Tuesday. Tata will be taking over the duties of James Anderson, who resigned Tuesday from his position as the under secretary of defense for policy. He previously called Obama a "terrorist leader" in tweets he has since deleted an...
Tags: Politics, Obama, Congress, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Defense, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Department Of Defense, Cnn, Islam, Fox News, Pentagon, National Security Council


Everything you need to know about Parler, the social media app conservatives are flocking to and that's currently No. 1 on the App Store

Twitter; Paige Leskin/Business Insider Parler, a social media app touted by Republican politicians and right-wing pundits, topped the App Store in the days following the 2020 election.  The app brands itself as a "free speech" platform, and CEO John Matze told Forbes there are "no fact checkers" on the app. Upon signing up, Parler recommends "promoted members," including Sen. Ted Cruz, Sean Hannity, and Dinesh D'Souza. Many promoted members have spread false information about the election...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, New York, News, Republicans, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Tech News, Ted Cruz, New York Times, Bill Gates, Islam, Muslim


Everything you need to know about Parler, the social-media app conservatives are flocking to and that's No. 1 on the App Store

Twitter; Paige Leskin/Business Insider Parler, a social-media app touted by Republican politicians and right-wing pundits, made it to the top of the App Store in the days following the 2020 election. The app, which brands itself as a "free speech" platform, has "no fact checkers," CEO John Matze told Forbes in June. When someone signs up, Parler recommends "promoted members" that include Sen. Ted Cruz, Sean Hannity, and Dinesh D'Souza. Parler has a "discover news" section that recommends ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, New York, News, Republicans, Australia, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Tech News, Ted Cruz, New York Times, Bill Gates, Islam


ICC Uighur genocide complaint backed by parliamentarians around world

‘Chance should not be squandered’ to bring Chinese government to justice, letter statesThe chief prosecutor of the international criminal court has been urged by an international alliance of parliamentarians to accept a complaint alleging genocide by China against its Uighur Muslim minority.The complaint, backed by more than 60 parliamentarians from 16 countries, says the Chinese government may be committing crimes amounting to genocide and other crimes against humanity against the Uighur and ot...
Tags: Law, China, Religion, World news, Asia Pacific, Islam, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Xinjiang, Uighurs, Uighur Muslim, ICC Uighur


UAE decriminalises alcohol and lifts ban on unmarried couples living together

Country also ends lenient punishments for ‘honour’ killings as part of reformsThe United Arab Emirates has ended lenient punishments for so-called “honour” killings, lifted a ban on unmarried couples living together and decriminalised alcohol, in reforms to personal laws.Foreigners living in the Gulf state will also be able to follow their home country’s laws on divorce and inheritance, rather than using UAE legislation based on Islamic religious law, government-linked media reported. Continue r...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Islam, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Gulf


Fanatics have no right to censor critics. But neither does Emmanuel Macron | Kenan Malik

The French president’s response to Islam is shot through with hypocrisy and illiberalismLetters complaining about newspaper articles are unexceptional. Not so letters from the Élysée Palace. Last week, the Financial Times published, after the killing of teacher Samuel Paty in Paris and of churchgoers in Nice, an article by its Europe correspondent, Mehreen Khan, critical of French president Emmanuel Macron’s policies towards Islam. Macron’s desire to “use the state to prescribe a ‘correct’ relig...
Tags: Europe, Media, France, Censorship, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Paris, Islam, Khan, Financial Times, Mehreen Khan, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Kenan Malik, Samuel Paty


United Arab Emirates to relax Islamic laws on personal freedoms

Country to end lenient punishments for ‘honour’ killings and decriminalise alcohol amid reformsThe United Arab Emirates has ended lenient punishments for so-called “honour” killings, lifted a ban on unmarried couples living together and decriminalised alcohol, in reforms to personal laws.Foreigners living in the Gulf state will also be able to follow their home country’s laws on divorce and inheritance, rather than using UAE legislation based on Islamic religious law, government-linked media rep...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Islam, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Gulf


French police quiz child apologists of teacher's beheading

Police in France questioned four 10-year-olds who voiced support for the beheading of a schoolteacher and who said they would kill their own teacher if he lampooned Islam’s prophet, the government reported as the prime minister warned Saturday that Islamic extremists are recruiting in France with “ignorance and hate.” The children and their parents were detained and questioned for several hours Thursday by police in the Alpine town of Albertville, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Camille Chaize sa...
Tags: News, France, Paris, Islam, Albertville, Interior Ministry, Samuel Paty, Camille Chaize


A German church opened its doors to Muslim worshippers. It shows how religions are having to get creative to meet spiritual and financial demands.

Limits on in-person gatherings have put a strain on religious institutions during the coronavirus pandemic. But congregations are getting creative to meet the demands, between livestreamed services and drive-thru confessions. In Germany, one church lent its building to Muslim worshippers whose mosque was too small to accommodate them under social distancing guidelines. View more episodes of Business Insider Today on Facebook. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the face of religion around the ...
Tags: South Korea, Germany, Berlin, Nigeria, Trends, House, Italy, Islam, Poland, Mecca, London School Of Economics, Reuters, Virgin Mary, Walters, Matt Dworzanczyk, Monnika Matthias


Macron's task is to show French Muslims they have a place in the republic | Catherine Fieschi

The president must demonstrate that the secular state – with a subtle dose of multiculturalism – works for themAs a dual citizen of France and Canada, I never cease to be amazed by the depth of misunderstanding there is about French attitudes to religion. France’s shortcomings in its management of diversity are obvious – as are everyone else’s – but it is important to recognise some basic facts before pronouncing on them.The first is that the principle of laïcité in France – the country’s partic...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, World news, Canada, Islam, Lebanon, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Catherine Fieschi


France condemns Erdogan over Islam row, threatens sanctions

Foreign minister lashes out at Ankara’s ‘declarations of violence’ as Macron insists he is not against Islam.
Tags: France, Islam, Erdogan, Ankara, Macron


France considers envoy to explain Macron's ideas to Muslim states

Move comes amid backlash over president’s views on secularism and freedom of expressionFrance is looking at appointing a special envoy to explain Emmanuel Macron’s thinking on secularism and freedom of expression in a bid to quell the anti-French backlash growing in some Muslim countries, officials have said.The growth in anti-French sentiment also has the potential to deepen the already entrenched conflict between Macron and Turkey over Libya and oil exploration in the eastern Mediterranean. Co...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, World news, Turkey, Islam, Libya, Freedom Of Speech, Emmanuel Macron, Macron