Another UT-Austin Student of Color Attacked By Bleach Bomb

the 2013-2014 racist college year starts extra early!

 

 

On Wednesday afternoon, University of Texas student Bryan Davis was walking to a friend’s apartment in the student-filled neighborhood of West Campus. As he passed the University Towers apartment building on 23rd and Pearl, a bleach-filled balloon struck him in the leg.

Though luckily uninjured, the shock took “hours” to wear off, Davis told Burnt Orange Report. “I don’t feel safe walking around West Campus by myself anymore.”

This is the latest of many bleach bomb attacks on students of color in West Campus. Last October, the story made national headlines, as did the student protest for more safety.

Davis contacted the Austin Police Department, who said they’d put a detective on the case. Davis’ friends have told him not to hold his breath though; no prosecution has come from APD’s attention. Many students see no point in reporting the attacks when nothing has been done to stop them, Davis said.

That means there are many bleach bomb attacks in West Campus we don’t know about. The concept behind them is to “whiten” students of color. Bleach also blinds people. Luckily, no one has been blinded yet in West Campus. The very real possibility is hideous.

I talked to my sister an hour ago,” Davis said. “She’s a freshman at Xavier University. I always tease her about how she should come to UT, but when I was talking to her on the phone about it, I was talking about why that was no longer a good idea, for her physical safety. UT is supposed to have the atmosphere of the entire city, it’s supposed to be progressive and forward-thinking, and here we are with hate crimes still taking place.”

Students of color feeling unsafe at UT is utterly disgraceful. The university, in conjunction with APD and UTPD, must do much more to protect its students in the neighborhood. They must figure out how to stop these attacks before they happen, and make sure they don’t so easily go under the radar.

“I feel like a fool having had so much pride in front of others about the school I go to,” Davis said. “Now I can’t help but to feel embarrassed for both myself and the school for the reputation it’s starting to get as being hostile towards blacks, Asians, and other minorities.”

“I’m a political science student myself, so I’m always talking about issues like this,” said Davis. “Now I can say I lived it. These issues don’t go away until we talk about them, we talk about viable ideas and solutions about how we can eradicate this kind of racism. We have to talk about it, or people won’t understand that it’s not just a joke when you throw a bleach-filled balloon at a minority student.”

“I feel like these racial tensions that have been brewing – you hear about them in passing, but when something like this happens to you, it’s kind of just mind-blowing,” Davis continued. “Being a minority going to a school like UT, it’s a reminder that we haven’t really made all of the progress we like to think we have.”

 

http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/13982/another-utaustin-student-of-color-attacked-by-bleach-bomb?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

 

Zaid Shakir: If Islam Rules, Non-Muslims Won’t be Equal

http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/us-islamists-enlist-interfaith-partners-strategic-asset

 

 

An interfaith dinner was held on July 27 at the Islamic Society of Frederick in Maryland, featuring local officials and Christian clergy. One of the speakers, a former leader of the “moderate” Islamic Circle of North America, explained its purpose: “Discrimination is part of the American way,” he stated, and “The only way to control that is to make alliances.”

The Islamic Circle of North America’s parent group is a Pakistani Islamist party named Jamaat-e-Islami. A Bangladeshi court just barred Jamaat-e-Islami from elections because of its opposition to the country’s constitution.

One of the former Secretary-Generals of ICNA, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, is on trial in absentia in Bangladesh for alleged war crimes he committed as a member of Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing. The Investigative Project on Terrorism discovered that Khan remains on the board of ICNA’s New York chapter.

ICNA is mentioned repeatedly in a 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memorandum. The author refers to meetings between Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim BrotherhoodGlossary Item

A worldwide Islamist organization founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna that seeks to implement Sharia-based governance globally.

and ICNA officials about a planned “merger” and the New York-based group is listed as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.”

The memo’s stated objective of waging a “kind of grand jihad

JihadGlossary Item

A holy war waged against non-Muslims on behalf of Islam considered to be a religious duty; also, a personal struggle in devotion to Islam.

… in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within” is often mentioned in articles about the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, but less mentioned are the methods to achieve that.

 

The memo states the “sabotaging” of Western civilization will happen “by their [non-Muslim] hands and the hands of the believers [Muslims].” The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood apparatus that ICNA belongs to is told to “possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions,’  the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of ‘cooperation.’” You can almost hear the sarcasm in the author’s voice as he puts quotation marks around those friendly terms.

The President of ICNA, Zahid Bukhari, spoke at the event. He’s a known fan of former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who he praises as having been a “visionary and brilliant leader of Turkey’s Islamist movement.”

Bukhari told the audience, “Discrimination is a part of the American way.” It is implied that the U.S. is inherently racist and oppressive towards minorities, with Muslims being only the latest victims.

He explained, “The only way to control that is to make alliances.”

To put it another way (as per the text of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s own memo): The answer lies in “possess[ing] a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions,’ the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of cooperation.’”

Even though that document was written over 20 years ago, the organization’s Islamist ideology has not decreased with age. Case in point: ICNA’s official Member’s Hand Book of 2010 for its Sisters’ Wing lays out a five-tiered strategy to assemble “the united Muslim Ummah

UmmahGlossary Item

Worldwide community of Muslims.

[community] in a united Islamic state, governed by an elected khalifah in accordance with the laws of shari’ah.”

 

The handbook also states that ICNA is part of an international “Islamic Movement” that is an “organized and collective effort waged to establish Al-Islam in its complete form in all aspects of life.” The term “Islamic Movement” is used by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood to describe its campaign to destroy Western civilization in its 1991 memo.

ICNA’s annual conferences are jointly held with the Muslim American Society (MAS), an organization described by federal prosecutors in 2008 as “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” This designation of MAS has been confirmed by a convicted terrorist and former senior member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. These conferences are stocked with Islamist speakers who subtlety push the Islamist doctrine of “gradualism.”

In 2002, one speaker at ICNA’s convention said, “We may all feel emotionally attached to the goal of an Islamic state [in America],” but “We mustn’t cross hurdles we can’t jump yet.”

In 2011, radical Imam

ImamGlossary Item

Religious authority figure; usually the leader of a mosque.

Siraj Wahhaj advised ICNA’s audience: “The trap we fall into is having a premature discussion about Sharia

ShariaGlossary Item

A legal framework to regulate public and private aspects of life based upon specific Islamic teachings. Sharia is a strict system which views non-Muslims as second-class citizens, sanctions inequality between men and women and prescribes cruel and unusual punishments for crimes.

when we are not there yet,” as reported by the Clarion Project.

 

ICNA held its convention this year over Memorial Day Weekend. While many Americans honored fallen U.S. servicemen, Imam Zaid Shakir’s message to 32,000 Muslims at the ICNA convention was that Sharia Law is superior to the U.S. Constitution because it isn’t based on equal citizenship for Muslims and non-Muslims. He actually said, “If Islam is the basis, the kafir [non-believer] won’t be equal with the Muslim. The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi [second-class citizen]They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”

In its latest fundraising letter, ICNA’s President says funds are needed to “counter the seeds of hate and bigotry being sown around us.” It urges prayers for “all those facing Islamophobia

IslamophobiaGlossary Item

Unwarranted fear of Muslims; term frequently used by Islamist groups and their allies to label critics of Islamic extremism as bigots in order to stifle criticism.

According to Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, a former member of a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front group (IIIT), “This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.”

around the world.”

 

The theme of Muslims under siege works well because it automatically sets up ICNA as the victim and its critics as the aggressors.

This rhetorical setup is used against ICNA’s foreign adversaries, as well as its domestic. Even though the Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown in Egypt at the request of millions of Egyptian Muslims, ICNA is outraged. It is trying to mobilize the Muslim-American community into pressuring the U.S. government to have the Brotherhood reinstated into power.

ICNA admits it is part of an international Islamist movement — its interfaith partners need to recognize it as such.

DENIALS OF ISLAMIC SLAVERY

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One of the most controversial aspects of Islam is its doctrine of slavery. It incites controversy because slavery in the modern world is clearly considered a contemptible practise. In Islamic doctrine however, it isn’t. For centuries, abolitionist groups from the West and non-Western world lobbied strenuously to see slavery become abolished in Western colonies from Africa to India and beyond. The formal abolishment of slavery in Muslim countries was not enacted in all of Islam’s one thousand three hundred years or so history at the time, until the intervention of the West. Saudi Arabia finally caved in and formally abolished slavery in 1962 only upon continued Western imposition. Although slave trade was banned in Niger by French colonists a century ago, the cultural practice of slave ownership was not banned until recently in 2005! In Islamic culture, Islamic doctrine sanctions a tripartite model of slavery that encompasses Enslavement (domestic…

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Muslim Brotherhood AKA ‘Ikhwan’ on Parliament Hill Ottawa Aug 24 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBLef1VoqXA

 

a pro-Morsi pro Muslim Brotherhood protest on Parliament hill Aug 24 2013. The new tactic is to pretend that they want democracy and to reverse the military coup in Egypt when in fact the MB is very violently opposed to democracy and only use it to achieve an Islamic theocracy everywhere on earth they possibly can.

Meshwar’s editor disavows Hamas for abandoning the confrontation with Israel

The GTA branch of hamas?

http://jonathanhalevi.blogspot.ca/2013/08/meshwars-editor-disavowshamas-for.html

Meshwar’s editor disavows Hamas for abandoning the confrontation with Israel

Dr. Nazih Khatatba, editor of Meshwar Newspaper and a board member of the ‘Palestine House’ in Mississauga, disavows Hamas, because of what he sees as abandoning the “confrontation” with Israel for political considerations related to her strategic decision to side with Qatar and the its mother movement the Muslim Brotherhood.
Here are excerpts of Khatatba’s editorial (translated from Arabic) published on Meshwar (Issue 85, August 23, 2013, page 5) :
“We sided with Hamas and defended it to the point that we in Meshwar newspaper were during the last war on Gaza subject to a campaign and pressure of the Canadian Jewish organizations because of this position.”
“We were not deterred as Hamas was confronting Israel, not [meaning we did took this position] because of the blackness of its eyes or its extremist practices. We placed the confrontation with Israel above any other consideration. We ignored everything for the sake of this confrontation.”
“However, the situation has changed, as Hamas is not anymore interested in [confronting] Israel. Hamas has started interested in Egypt, Syria and its affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood [الجماعة] more than its affiliation to Palestine. It [Hamas] has the right to choose its fronts [of fighting], but at the same time we have the right not to defend it and not to be involved in conflicts that we aren’t interested in.”

India: Muslim mob attacks Hindu children with sticks and sharp weapons for singing Indian national song

The singing of Vande Mataram by school children has made hate mongers in Uttar Pradesh very unhappy. So unhappy in fact that they have now taken to attacking unarmed and helpless children with sharp weapons.

According to a report in Dainik Jagran, children in Sarsawa’s Qutubpur village, singing Vande Mataram on their Prabhat Pheri on August 15, were attacked with sticks and sharp weapons. As a result, several of them were injured and were forced to flee the place screaming.

Angry protesters took out a procession on Friday demanding that the attackers be brought to justice.

 

http://www.niticentral.com/2013/08/17/children-attacked-for-singing-vande-mataram-in-akhilesh-ruled-uttar-pradesh-119924.html

Five Ways To Fix ‘Dads,’ The Controversial New Fox Comedy From Seth MacFarlane

By Alyssa Rosenberg on August 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

 

 

After the Media Action Network for Asian Americans asked Fox to reshoot Dads, a new comedy from Seth MacFarlane about two father-son duos that relies heavily on racial and sexual humor that would have looked dated at the Friar’s Club roast sixty years ago, the network declined. And Fox president Kevin Reilly and Chief Operating Officer Joe Earley are asking, as Reilly asked the Television Critics Association press tour, for patience for the show to develop.

“Do I think all the jokes right now are in calibration in the pilot? I don’t,” Reilly said at TCA. “If this show still low hanging-fruit jokes that seem in bad taste and haven’t been earned with intelligence, and the characters have not become full blown over the course of the next summer months — number 1, the show’s not going to work. And number 2, you should take it to task, and we’ll talk about that in January. But I really ask you on that show, in particular, let’s have the discussion in January, after we’ve produced a number of them, and not now, before we’ve even started.”

I’m not exceptionally sympathetic to the idea that people of color and women owe a network their patience. But let’s take Reilly at his word for a moment. If he really wants to get Dads right, here are five concrete ways to improve the show, working with the ingredients Fox already has.

1. Add a non-white character who’s male: One of the problems with the pilot for Dads is that all of the non-white characters who have lines are also women. I’m all for the representation of women of color, but in this show, having only women of color and no men sets up an unfortunate dynamic, conflating the show’s issues with race and gender. All the women on the show are hypercompetent and tired of the antics of the men-boys around them, meant to push back against an onslaught of racist and sexist jokes and behavior simply by rolling their eyes and sighing in exhaustion (or occasionally by broing up along with Eli and Warner). Dividing the show into a white boy’s club and a non-white girls team runs the risk that it’ll dig in harder on the dynamic of the pilot, siding with the bros and their antics against everyone else. There appear to be some candidates for a non-white guy who could be part of the boys’ team: a male African-American employee appears in the background of a shot at Eli and Warner’s office, and it looks like the gay employee in the office might be Latino. Either way, having a character who can blow up that binary and call out Eli and Warner without being tossed out of the boys’ club would make for a healthier conversation about race, if that’s really what the creators and stars want to have.

2. Provide a diversity of approaches to race: At the Television Critics Association press tour, Seth Green insisted that “And all of the best and successful shows that really prompted any kind of change in cultural thinking were provocative and offensive, shows that I grew up loving, like All In the Family or The Jeffersons, that explored issues of race relations or opposition to war or things that weren’t considered all that politically correct, this is the opportunity for characters to have that discussion in a way that most normal people can’t.” The problem with that comparison is that on All In The Family, Archie Bunker had a genuine foil in his son-in-law Michael Stivic. In the pilot, that sense of disagreement between the men of different generations doesn’t actually exist. In one scene, Warner gets upset with his father for saying horribly racist things about Chinese people and business. But he’s not upset because the sentiments are racist, but because they might scuttle a major deal. You can’t have a conversation with only one voice speaking.

3. Show actual consequences for racism: In the pilot, Dads is free of consequences for people who exhibit racist behavior. Warner and Eli make racist assumptions about their prospective Chinese business partners, including asking Veronica to dress up in an anime costume and trying to present Eli as some sort of motorcycle-riding badass, and instead of being insulted, the men appear to fall for it. Warner’s father appears to blow up the deal with his racist sentiments, but instead of hurting his relationship with his son, Warner ends up seeing him as a golden retriever and patting him with affection. When Veronica receives a nude photo from the translator for the Chinese business delegation, she and her employers make ugly comments about the man’s penis size, then use it to blackmail him. Eli and Warner joke about getting sued for sexually harassing Veronica, but they don’t seem to see it as a real possibility. If there’s to be some sort of growth narrative here, it would be nice to see characters who are racist incur some actual costs for the expression of their attitudes.

4. Aim jokes at the racists, not at the objects of racism: One of the basic rules of using humor to affect cultural change is to target people who have power, rather than people who don’t. Right now, Dads certainly sets up the older gentlemen on its show as somewhat hurtful bunglers. But it’s all too happy to laugh along with their lines about a “Punch The Puerto Rican” game, or to have them speculate along with their sons about the size of a Chinese man’s penis. This is a dull tour of ancient stereotypes that doesn’t constitute actual joke-writing. And it’s aimed in the wrong direction. Doing some of the things I’ve recommended above would help refocus the show into the kind of discussion the people involved with it claim that they actually want to have.

5. Focus more on gaming, on friends, and on family: The Bigoted Old Dad and Bigoted Young Bro schtick are a pair of routines with a limited number of jokes and dramatically declining concerns. You know what is rich territory? Video game development. Men and women working together on tech and creative enterprises! Interracial families! Friends in business together! Fathers who can’t let go of the dream of working with their sons! There is material for a good show in Dads, and even one that’s about issues. Provocative humor certainly exists. But provocation doesn’t actually seem like the show’s potential strong suit. So maybe make a family and workplace comedy instead, and take a slow road to make a good point instead of a fast and failed claim to social significance.

 

 

http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2013/08/22/2510371/kevin-reilly-dads/

Adelaide mosque preacher Sheikh Sharif Hussein directs fury at Buddhists, Hindus, Howard and Obama

An Adelaide Islamic preacher is under police investigation after he was filmed calling for all Buddhists and Hindus to be killed.

Detectives are examining the sermon given by Sheikh Sharif Hussein, who has previously been visited by the intelligence services, in which he described Australian soldiers as “Crusader pigs”.

In the video clip, published online this week by the US-based Middle East Media Research Institute, the preacher attacked Jews, former Prime Minister John Howard and US President Barack Obama.

In his sermon, believed to have been filmed in March, the Sheikh – a leading member of the Adelaide Islamic community – also told more than two dozen followers that Muslims were being raped and slaughtered around the world.

Amid a storm of condemnation today after his speech was first reported by The Advertiser, police confirmed they had launched an investigation following a complaint from Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi.

 

A South Australia Police spokesman confirmed officers had “received a complaint about this video and are investigating the matter”.

 

http://m.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/adelaide-mosque-preacher-sheikh-sharif-hussein-directs-fury-at-at-buddhists-hindus-howard-and-obama/story-fni6uo1m-1226701605335

Islamic TV channel fined £85,000 for inciting violence

Islamic TV channel fined £85,000 for inciting violence

 

The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has fined an Islamic TV channel £85,000, for inciting violence.

It ruled in December that Noor TV had breached broadcasting codes after a host said it was acceptable or even the duty of a Muslim to murder anyone who disrespected the Prophet Mohammed.

Ofcom said the fine imposed today was so large due to the serious nature of the breaches.

But it stopped short of revoking the channel’s licence.

Noor TV, which is owned by Al Ehya Digital Television, broadcasts both in the UK and internationally on Sky.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23782159

 

 

In January 2010, Mohamed Benbrahim, an imam in the city of Tarragona near
Barcelona, was arrested for forcing Fatima Ghailan, a 31-year-old Moroccan
woman, to wear a hijab, an Islamic head covering. The imam had threatened to
burn down the woman’s house because, according to him, she is an “infidel” as
she works outside of the home, drives an automobile and has non-Muslim friends.
Bowing to political pressure to prevent “a social conflict,” a court in
Tarragona absolved Benbrahim of all wrongdoing.

 

Public prosecutors in Spain have dropped charges of “advocating gender violence” against a Muslim cleric who, on April 2013, preached a two-hour sermon in Spanish, entitled “The Queens of Islam,” during which he made a number of pronouncements about the role of women in Spanish society, including: “Any woman who wears perfume and leaves the house and walks past men who can smell her perfume is a fornicator, and every glance she gets is a fornication.”

 

The case involves Malik Ibn Benaisa, a Muslim imam based in Ceuta, a Spanish exclave in North Africa where Muslims constitute about 50% of the total population.

Benaisa also said that women should be banned from wearing blue jeans and high heels and from leaving the house unless their hands and face are completely covered.

The comments, which were aired on Spanish public television, enraged women’s rights activists and triggered a nationwide debate over when religious speech becomes abusive and crosses the line into “sexual discrimination” and “gender violence.”

After Benaisa’s sermon was re-broadcast on Spanish public television for a second time during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in July, the Secretary for Gender Equality for the Spanish Socialist Party in Ceuta, Sandra López Cantero, accused Benaisa of being an “advocate for gender violence” and called on public prosecutors to investigate the imam for violating the Spanish Penal Code.

http://sheikyermami.com/imam-in-spain-threatens-infidel-muslim-woman-to-burn-her-house-down-if-she-doesnt-wear-the-freedom-sack/