Muslim group that fabricated evidence of “wave of attacks on Muslims” in wake of London jihad murder loses funding

The concept of “Islamophobia” is a tool designed to intimidate people into thinking there is something wrong with resisting jihad and Islamic supremacism. In order to deflect attention away from jihad activity and try to portray Muslims as victims, so as to shame non-Muslims into not investigating or even being suspicious of further jihad activity, Islamic supremacist groups have resorted to making it up. Hamas-linked CAIR and other Muslims have not hesitated to fabricate “hate crimes.” CAIR and other groups like it want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them for political points and as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.

Fiyaz Mughal probably thought it was a win-win situation. He was able to further the spurious idea that Muslims are victims who warrant special privileges, and he was able to pad his report enough to keep his highly lucrative government checks coming. But now Britain has shown that there is hope for it yet.

“Muslim hate monitor to lose backing,” by Andrew Gilligan in the Telegraph, June 9 (thanks to all who sent this in):

A controversial project claiming to measure anti-Muslim attacks will not have its government grant renewed after police and civil servants raised concerns about its methods.

The project, called Tell Mama, claimed that there had been a “sustained wave of attacks and intimidation” against British Muslims after the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby, with 193 “Islamophobic incidents” reported to it, rising to 212 by last weekend.

The group’s founder, Fiyaz Mughal, said he saw “no end to this cycle of violence”, describing it as “unprecedented”. The claims were unquestioningly repeated in the media.

Tell Mama and Mr Mughal did not mention, however, that 57 per cent of the 212 reports referred to activity that took place only online, mainly offensive postings on Twitter and Facebook, or that a further 16 per cent of the 212 reports had not been verified. Not all the online abuse even originated in Britain.

Contrary to the group’s claim of a “cycle of violence” and a “sustained wave of attacks”, only 17 of the 212 incidents, 8 per cent, involved the physical targeting of people and there were no attacks on anyone serious enough to require medical treatment.

Unpaid student interns say employers often exploit them

A proliferation of unpaid internships has created enough resentment among students that some are pushing back against corporate America.

They are using everything from Twitter to lawsuits to make a case for change. Legal experts and others say the problem is rooted in a 75-year-old federal labor law that is woefully out of date.

Unpaid internships have grown increasingly popular during the past decade, particularly during the recent recession. And they have widened the gulf in opportunities between students from high-income families, who can afford to work free for a summer, and those from low-income families, who cannot.

Among the latter is Emily Coldiron, 22, who graduated from Denison University last month. The sociology/anthropology major from Wichita, Kan., is from a low-income, single-parent household, and she went to college knowing that she would have to pay her own way.

She left college feeling disadvantaged because she had no internship experience. She said she could not find a paid internship in her field during summer breaks from college.

“It is definitely hard,” says Coldiron about the choice between a paying job and the experience of an unpaid internship. “It can also be discouraging.”

A 2010 study by the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C., found that “the choice to take an internship is not only contingent on a student’s qualifications, but also on his or her economic means, thus institutionalizing socioeconomic disparities beyond college.”

And the economics for many are worse than simply working for no pay. College students who worked at unpaid internships for companies following the law often must pay for the opportunity. Federal work rules allow for unpaid internships only if the internship meets certain criteria, among them being that the interns receive college credit for the work.

At many colleges, a student would have to pay to enroll in a class — as much as several thousand dollars, depending on the school — so that he or she could receive credit. For some, that would mean taking out a loan.

Having at least one internship has become an unspoken rule for post-college employment, and the plethora of unpaid internships puts low-income students at a social and professional disadvantage, said Brian Collingwood, assistant director of Denison University’s Career Exploration and Development office. It could even hurt their chances of continuing their education, he said.

“Having internship experience can also be important for an application into graduate school,” he said.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers, which represents human-resources professionals who recruit recent college graduates, says that 64.1 percent of students report they would have to work a second job if they accepted an unpaid internship. Only 29 percent of students report that their parents would help to support them financially if they chose to take part in an internship.

And the organization headquartered in Bethlehem, Pa., said that students from middle- and upper-income families are likely to take an unpaid internship with the hope of turning it into fulltime employment, as they have fewer worries about financial stability.

Yet, counterintuitively, a survey by the association in 2012 found that a student’s chances for full-time employment after an internship are far better with companies that offer paid internships.

The survey showed that that 60 percent of 2012 graduates who worked at paid internships got at least one job offer, while just 37 percent of those who worked at unpaid internships received any offers — which is only 1 percentage point higher than those with no internship.

“These results are consistent with what we saw last year with the class of 2011,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. “Students with a paid internship have a decided advantage in the job market over those who did an unpaid internship or didn’t do an internship at all.”