What’s in a Name? “Arrow” and Whitewashing


Chasing Sheep

(With special thanks to Daggerpen.)

When the people behind Arrow cast The Killing’s Bex Taylor-Klaus on a recurring basis as The Canary’s best friend and confidant Sin, comic book fans called foul. The comic book character that inspired Taylor-Klaus’s role, Dinah Lance’s adopted daughter, had been a woman of color, born and raised in a village in Asia. The TV character was not.

Cute?   Bex Taylor-Klaus.  Cute?  Yes.   Fantastic in the role?  Sure.  Asian?  Not even a little bit.

If recent events are any indication, it may appear that the producers heard the criticism, but did not listen.

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Israel bans Islam Relief Worldwide (IRW), which has a Canadian affiliate, for funding Hamas



Israel designated (June 19, 2014) the British-based NGO “Islam Relief Worldwide” (IRW) as an unlawful entity. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon explained the banning of its activity in Israel and the West Bank by saying that “Islam Relief Worldwide is one of the sources of Hamas’ funding and a means for raising funds from various countries in the world. We do not intend to allow it to function and abet terrorist activity against Israel.”


Ya’alon also said in his official statement that some of the charity’s chapters, including those in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, were run by Hamas members. The order empowers Israeli authorities to seize any funds the group might send to Palestinians in the West Bank.


In response Islamic Relief Worldwide published (June 19, 2014) the following statement:

“Islamic Relief Worldwide is surprised and extremely concerned by media reports that have appeared on June 19 2014 indicating that Israel has banned Islamic Relief Worldwide from operating in the West Bank because of alleged ties with Hamas.


“Islamic Relief Worldwide categorically denies having links with Hamas. We have heard nothing about this decision from the Government of Israel or any official sources. All we know is what has been reported in the media.  We cannot comment in detail on this matter until we hear directly from the relevant authorities.


“Islamic Relief Worldwide is one of the world’s most respected relief and development organisations, and has been working in the Palestinian territories for the past 16 years fully legally and with no impediment from the Israeli authorities.


“Islamic Relief Worldwide receives support from various UN agencies including UNICEF, WFP, FAO, UNDP, UNFPA and UNHCR and other institutional donors such as the European Commission, the European Commission Humanitarian Office and numerous government aid donors.”


According the official website of “Islamic Relief Canada” [Registration No. 821896875RR0001]:

“Islamic Relief Worldwide is a United Kingdom charity that serves as a catalyst, coordinator and implementer of the Islamic Relief family’s relief and development projects around the globe.


“Islamic Relief Worldwide has 15 legally separate and independent affiliates (also referred to as “partner offices”) around the world, located in: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Mauritius, Middle East, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.”

Texas: The U.S flag is a threat to the muslim community

When Duy Tran moved into his apartment a few days ago, he wasted no time in hanging an American flag from the balcony.

“It means a lot to me,” he told KHOU-TV in Houston.


But Tran said the manager of the Lodge on El Dorado apartments doesn’t see it that way, and told him he had to take down his flag because it’s a “threat to the Muslim community.”

Tran said the reasoning “stunned him,” adding to KHOU that “I’m not a threat toward anybody.”