Why There is NO Such Thing as International Terrorism

Why There is NO Such Thing as International Terrorism

There is no such thing as “international terrorism”.

To declare war on “international terrorism” is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both.

Terrorism is a weapon. Like cannon. We would laugh at somebody who declares war on “international artillery”. A cannon belongs to an army, and serves the aims of that army. The cannon of one side fire against the cannon of the other.

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'They Call Us Terrorists' -- Islamophobia in CA Schools

‘They Call Us Terrorists’ — Islamophobia in CA Schools

Last week’s shooting rampage at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California has prompted renewed fears of a backlash against the Muslim American community. According to one group, Muslim students in California experience bullying and other forms of harassment at a rate that is double the national average. In this audio podcast, Muslim students in Long Beach discuss their own experiences with bullying and other forms of discrimination.

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African Diaspora Advocates for More African Refugees in US

African Diaspora Advocates for More African Refugees in US

The United States says it will significantly increase the numbers of refugees it accepts from around the world over the next couple of years. While the recent focus has been on Syrian refugees, members of the U.S. African diaspora hope African refugees will also benefit from the pledge. However, there is one hurdle that keeps Africans in the U.S. from speaking as one voice.

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Donald Trump's America

Sean Rayford/Getty Images Have reasonable people ever seriously asked whether the frontrunner for a major party’s presidential nomination was a fascist? But Donald Trump’s calls for barring Muslims from entering the United States and for rounding up and throwing out millions of immigrants (whom he called “rapists”), as well as his frequent falsehoods and saying…

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It’s Islamic Terrorism. So What?

It’s Islamic Terrorism. So What?

My name is Mohamad Ali Ozeir. My father’s name is Ali. My mother’s name is Khadija. My children’s names are Zena, Hassan, Jenan, Nadine and Sahar. I look like a typical Arab man: dark, Middle Eastern. However, I don’t feel I owe anyone an apology for the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Most of all, I don’t feel the need to condemn this carnage as an Arab American of Islamic heritage.

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LGBT Campaigners: Vietnam More Tolerant and Inclusive

LGBT Campaigners: Vietnam More Tolerant and Inclusive

Activists in Vietnam and abroad have warmly welcomed the decision by the National Assembly to grant some recognition to the estimated 270,000 transgender people in Vietnam.

The Assembly last week approved a bill that would legalize sex reassignment surgery for the first time, and allow those who have undergone such procedures to register under a different gender on official documents.

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Coming Out of the Shadows: Paying Taxes as a U.S. Immigrant

One of the rules in the deal that President Obama put out in his Immigration Reform Speech in November as part of the steps for undocumented workers to get right with the law (and attain temporary United States citizenship) would be that they pay taxes. Now, let’s be clear about the situation – all working immigrants are not in this category. In fact, over 11 million foreign employees in the United States already pay taxes. But still, these diligent workers continue to suffer the damaging status of being undocumented, and live in fear about the possibility of them and/or their family members and friends being deported at any given time.

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