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I thot I was watching CNN...

and seeing that Palestinian deaths were reported I thot - well it must be a blue moon...
Noo.. I was watching Euronews.

I had been watching cnn, altho I almost never watch cnn..

but I was curious to see the latest on the San Bernandino investigation.
I'm too late. That has been replaced by false news on climate change talks.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake Visits Arizona Mosque

Source: NBC news

Republican Senator Jeff Flake visited a mosque in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday in an effort to promote unity in the midst of the anti-Muslim rhetoric seen in the wake of recent ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks across the world, and last week's terror attack in San Bernardino, California.

Flake, who said he had never visited a mosque before, spoke for nearly 10 minutes to the crowd of over 300 attendees, giving what he called "a message of solidarity and appreciation for the contributions of the Muslim American community," and working to put some distance between himself and the proposal by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump which would temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States.

"This was a difficult week in Washington — it wasn't so much the legislative calendar as it was the rhetoric that came forth mostly from the presidential campaign," Flake said to the congregation. "That is not in keeping with the values and ideals that have made this country the shining city on the hill that it is."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/republican-senator-jeff-flake-visits-arizona-mosque-n478856

woman dresses as favorite celebrity, Malala Yousafzai, and experiences Islamophobia on way to class

My professor asked us to go to class today dressed as our favorite celebrity. So today I attended my college class dressed like this. I wore a Hijab and covered every inch of my body (I had a long sleeve T over this). As soon as my parents saw how I was dressed, they were terrified for my safety. I dismissed their concerns and continued to class dressed this way.

I was representing Malala Yousafzai, an 18 year old Muslim woman who was shot in the face by Taliban gunmen at the age of 15 for being a female attending school. She is now the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and a Women's Rights Activist, Children's Rights Activist, and an activist for education.

It breaks my heart to say this, but on my way to school today I experienced first-hand the fear & hatred against Islam. As I was driving, I have more than a few people roll their windows down to stick their middle fingers at me, near the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru a young white male threw his coffee at my car, and 2 F-250 trucks chanced me down on Jog Rd and tried to crash into my tiny Toyota Camry...

In just a 20 minute drive to class, I felt that my life was threatened. But this only made my eyes open wider. The message is like for you to take from this is: terrorism is not a fair representation of Islam. Someone wearing a Hijab is simply a symbol of the Islam religion, but not of terrorist attacks.

We can't judge a book by the cover like many did to me today... Maybe people thought that because I was wearing a Hijab, I was responsible for the ISIS attacks that happened just recently.

As I drove in tears and arrived to class in tears, my respect for TRUE Muslims and my desire for peace only grew stronger. We don't realize how often stereotyping happens and how often it puts people in danger.

Edit: People are telling me that I'm brave... I'm not brave... I just need everyone to realize what discrimination is doing to society. There are people who deal with this prejudicing/stereotyping constantly and continue to be proud of who they are... THEY are brave, NOT ME.


via facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=833089806811122&set=a.134969259956517.24464.100003303318464&type=3&theater

Anonymous Just Declared War Against Donald Trump

12/11 - Anonymous, the non-hierarchical, worldwide hacker collective, has selected Donald Trump as their latest target by initiating #OpTrump, citing his recent call to ban all Muslim immigration as the reason for their offensive.

In a YouTube video, the symbolic Guy Fawkes mask is worn by a figure who speaks to the camera with a heavily modified and computerized voice to mask the speaker’s identity.


CEO of CBS News Caught Celebrating Trump’s Bigotry: He’s Making Us ‘Phenomenal’ Profits

At a recent investors’ presentation, CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves revealed his hand: Donald Trump’s bigotry is “phenomenal” for the company’s profits and ratings, and he hopes the Donald keeps escalating.

“Go Donald! Keep getting out there!” Moonves said at the UBS Bank-sponsored event.

The CBS chief went on to laud the ever-increasing flow of cash into political advertising campaigns as great for business, saying, “The more they spend, the better it is for us.”

“We’re looking forward to a very exciting political year in ’16,” Moonves said to investors. The Intercept noted that these remarks came before Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from the US, although Moonves still likely saw a boost in ratings from Trump’s outlandish proposals to register all US Muslims in a database and require practitioners of Islam to publicly identify their religious affiliation, along with Trump’s racist comments toward Mexican immigrants when he first announced his presidential campaign.


'Daaafish': Iraqi cartoonists target IS

A group of Iraqi activists are fighting the Islamic State and perceived political corruption through comics published on Facebook -

See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/daaafish-iraqi-cartoonists-target-isis-486329401#sthash.OZpm75K0.dpuf

Trump’s religion test for immigrants is standard practice in Israel

The widespread political condemnation of Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States and for surveillance of mosques was pretty great yesterday. American leaders left and right said that such policies are unconstitutional and counter to U.S. values. “Donald Trump is a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot,” Senator Lindsey Graham said emphatically.

But those leaders are strong supporters of Israel (“The pro-Israel community has been the heart and soul of my campaign,” Graham told Jewish Insider), and Israel practices many of the policies that Trump wants the U.S. to implement.

For instance, Israeli airport security officials routinely ask travelers what their religion is and often bar Muslims as a result. Last night, Chris Matthews was enraged by Trump’s recommendation that American immigration officials ask travelers if they are Muslim. But our own State Department has blasted Israel for denying “entry or exit without explanation”– notably to “those whom Israeli authorities suspect of being of Arab, Middle Eastern, or Muslim origin.” [emphasis mine].

- See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/12/trumps-religion-test#sthash.ndhiyTaI.dpuf

Jews gather nationwide on Chanukah to challenge Islamophobia and racism

December 6, 2015 —" This week, American Jews are participating in a series of nationally coordinated actions against Islamophobia and racism to mark the eight days of Chanukah with a rekindling of their commitment to justice. Beginning Sunday, December 6th at 4pm in Rockefeller Center in New York City, each night of Chanukah Jewish activists and community members will gather to make public commitments to challenge state-sanctioned Islamophobia and racism and to call for the United States to welcome refugees."


this is great!
I hope I can create a gathering in my town.

France’s far-right National Front tops first round of regional vote

Source: AFP

France’s far-right National Front (FN) party rode a wave of fear over immigration and terrorism to storm to a commanding position in the first round of voting in the country’s high-stakes regional elections on Sunday.

The anti-immigration party led by Marine Le Pen scored around 28 percent of the vote nationally and topped the list in at least six of 13 regions, according to final estimates from the interior ministry.

The FN came ahead of both former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s Les Républicains (formerly the UMP), which earned 27 percent, and President François Hollande’s Socialists, with 23.5 percent, official estimates showed.

Le Pen and her 25-year-old niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen broke the symbolic 40 percent mark in their respective regions, shattering previous records for the party as they tapped into voter anger over a stagnant economy and security fears.

Read more: http://www.france24.com/en/20151206-france-far-right-national-front-le-pen-tops-first-round-regional-elections

bad news!
a note of hope from the article:
"Despite its commanding position, the FN now faces a tougher battle in a second round of voting next Sunday after the Socialists announced they were withdrawing candidates in three regions in a bid to block the far right from power."

Donald Trump vows to personally ‘knock out’ terrorists:

‘If I’m in there with a gun we’re going down shooting’

oh I would so love to see this.
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