Posts tagged "war on terror"
The most dangerous epithet in America

The most dangerous epithet in America

Rupinder Mohan Singh reflects on the changed meaning of the word "terrorist" after an attack on Sikh-American Dr. Prabhjot Singh.
Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 2

Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 2

Protests in Ethiopia could have profound ramifications for Muslim-state relations in Ethiopia and beyond, writes Alex Thurston in the second of two posts on Ethiopia's Muslims.
Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 1

Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 1

In the first of two posts on the deterioration of religious freedom for Ethiopia's Muslims, Alex Thurston looks at Ethiopia's relationship with the U.S. and the "Global War on Terror"

Perverse Irony of the War on Terror

From Matthieu Aikins at Foreign Policy Magazine:
Indeed, the Global War on Terror has illustrated the troubling contradictions that underpin our age: That the West's attractions of modernity, material progress, and liberalism can prove unsatisfying to smart and ambitious young men; that our allies in the Muslim world might be among the greatest sources of...

Osama Bin Laden, Dead

Typing this, I hesitate.  Is this a mere death?  An assassination?  A murder?  And if not the latter, why not?  Mass murderers and perpetrators of genocide have been brought to trial, yet the U.S. now abandons established paths of justice.  They've "taken him out."  Have we already tried bin Laden in our media, determined him...

U.S. Ethics, the Rule of Law and Human Rights

From Richard Kim's recent editorial at The Nation, "Obama's 'War on Terror'":
And so we now see clearly a kind of social cancer: the exercise of inhumane and abusive power simply because it is the state’s prerogative. Recall that this is what happened in Abu Ghraib—not torture for purpose but torture for fun, for petty...

30 September 2004 Daily Links

Creationism in a lab coat: “better to appear scientific than holy.” Wired News‘ Evan Ratliffreports on the “Intelligent Design” (ID) movement to introduce antievolution theory into classrooms — recently successful in Ohio, where a school board has voted to change state science standards, and mandated that biology teachers “‘critically analyze'” evolutionary theory. Scientists widely dismiss ID as...

24 September 2004 Daily Links

The Republican Party admits to sending mass mailings to Arkansas and West Virginia residents warning that “‘liberals'” seek to ban the Bible as part of its effort to mobilize religious voters for President Bush, reports David Kirkpatrick of The New York Times. An Islamic scholar from Virginia, Ali al-Timimi, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges...

26 August 2004 Daily Links

The Pope says “No” to cosmic energy and tragic spiritual vacuums. South Africa’s Inkatha Freedom Party — a long-time adversary of the African National Congress party, which assumed power after the end of apartheid — is emphasizing its “center-right” politics and hinting at an ANC defection to the IFP, reports The Mail and Guardian. The more...

God Willing?

David Domke, University of Washington professor and author of the just-released book, God Willing?: Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the “War on Terror,” and the Echoing Press, documents President Bush’s effective linking of religious terminology with political goals. While the tally of Bush’s good n’ evil rhetoric isn’t exactly shocking, Domke’s criticism of the press...

29 July 2004 Daily Links

A report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis found a correspondence between national prosperity and religion — more specifically, belief in hell — Reuters reports. “‘A belief in hell tends to mean less corruption and less corruption tends to mean a higher per capita income,'” stated the report, which was based on data from the...

Hi Margaret? It’s me, God.

“First and foremost, I am writing you personally to offer you My deepest sympathy and condolences on your loss. I also wanted to express how very proud and honored I am to have Mike sitting here beside Me…My own Son gave his life for the sins of mankind; your son did the same.” Chelsea Hope introduces letters...