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May24

Iraq: Fallujah Civilians in danger as gov’t moves against ISIS

By: Sharon Behn Source: VOA News IRBIL – United Nations officials are worried about thousands of families who may be trapped in Fallujah, as Iraqi forces start an offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS/IS) militants. “Now that the shelling has started, we understand people are desperately trying to leave,” Lise Grande, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq told VOA. Grande said some 30 families, more than 100 people, had managed to escape on May 21 before the aerial bombardment started. Others are reported to have died trying. People have been fleeing via exit routes identified by the Iraqi army. Some 10,000 families, or roughly 50,000 people are believed to be...

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May23

Why so many hate the hijab

By: HATEM BAZIAN Source: Daily Sabah Take the case of seven Muslim women wearing hijab in southern California who were escorted out of a restaurant by police officers for supposedly over-staying the eatery’s 45-minute limit. The seven Muslim women are suing Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach because of this since they felt targeted due to a number of them wearing headscarves. Supposedly, the manager was expecting a busy evening and asked the group to leave despite the place having a number of empty tables and no observable mad rush for pizza was underway. Eating while Muslim is an increasingly challenging event and more so when it involves Muslim women wearing the hijab, or headscarf. The...

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Santa Barbara City College written in Arabic by second year Arabic language student and Political Science major Michael Levitt, 20, in class in the IDC Building on West Campus, Monday April 21, 2014 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Professor Jazmin Puignau is the sole teacher for the Modern Standard Arabic courses at City College; interested students can enroll for Beginning Arabic I for Fall 2014 semester with two classes offered.
May23

Islamophobia and the criminalization of Arabic

By: Yasir Suleiman Source: Al Jazeera Discussing conflict, the Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) told us decades ago that when language comes to the fore as an issue in society, we should conclude that there are non-linguistic issues simmering under the surface. The opposite is also true: conflict, whether political or social, can bring language to the fore as a site of non-linguistic meaning. In extreme cases, languages can be criminalised after their own people. Arabic, in the West, provides a sad example of emerging criminalisation. Here is how the criminalisation argument runs: since Arabic is organically linked with Islam and Muslims as the language of faith, and...

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