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New report sheds light on extremist violence in the US and Muslims

By: Robert Valencia Source: It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Muslims in the United States. First, President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. Then, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway justified said ban by fabricating a “Bowling Green Massacre,” falsely claiming two Iraqi refugees carried out an attack that never took place. The ongoing court battle over Trump’s travel ban, which some have deemed unconstitutional, has invoked the president’s long history of anti-Muslim rhetoric. As part of the effort to block Trump’s order, attorneys...

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Trump’s rule by tweet is bad news for Muslims

By: Robert Fisk Source: The Independent A bad day for Muslims, I’d call it. The only mention they got in the inaugural tweet was pure Hollywood, and very dangerous. “Radical Islamic terrorism we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth”. Shorn of its Biblical reference – the face of the earth comes from Genesis, does it not? – it was the biggest threat Trump could offer his people. Quite apart from the fact that he can’t eradicate terrorism without looking at why it flourishes (something Donald Trump showed he had no interest in, for this was the most nationalist, selfish inaugural in US history), his 20-minute commercial for Trumpism is likely to be the finest rallying cry the...

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There’s no “post-truth”, just the lies of others

By: Robert Fisk Source: The Independent We do not live in a “post-truth” world, neither in the Middle East nor in the West – nor in Russia, for that matter. We live in a world of lies. And we always have lived in a world of lies. Just take a look at the wreckage of the Middle East with its history of people’s popular republics and its hateful dictators. They feast on dishonesty, although they all – bar the late Muammar al-Gaddafi – demand regular elections to make-believe their way back to power. Now, I suppose, it is we who have regular elections based on lies. So maybe Trump and the Arab autocrats will get on rather well. Trump already likes Field Marshal/President al-Sissi of Egypt, and...

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