Tag: Muslims and Islam

2 American Wives of ISIS Militants Want to Return Home

AL HAWL CAMP, Syria — She was a 20-year-old college student in Alabama who had become convinced of the righteousness of the Islamic State. So she duped her parents into thinking she was going on a college trip, and instead bought a plane ticket to Turkey with her tuition money. After being smuggled into the […]

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Indonesia’s Next Election Is in April. The Islamists Have Already Won.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — When Joko Widodo, the incumbent president of Indonesia, last year chose Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate for the general election this April, it became clear that Indonesian politics is now backed into a corner. Mr. Ma’ruf is an Islamic cleric and scholar, and Mr. Joko was perhaps hoping to dampen attacks […]

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The Farce of Justice in Saudi Arabia

Despite the claims of Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his enablers, Saudi Arabia is not rolling back the hard-line religious establishment. Instead, the kingdom is curtailing the voices of moderation that have historically combated extremism. Numerous Saudi activists, scholars and thinkers who have sought reform and opposed the forces of extremism and patriarchy have been […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of them, like Soros, […]

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For Iran, a Grand Occasion to Bash the U.S.

TEHRAN — Braving a drenching rain, Iranians came out in droves on Monday to march up Revolution Street to the capital’s Freedom Monument, including families pushing strollers decorated with balloons in the red, white and green of the country’s flag, clerics, teenagers and others, for a huge state-backed rally commemorating the 40th anniversary of the […]

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Turkey Urges China to End Mass Detention of Muslims

BEIJING — Turkey has called China’s mass repression of its Uighur Muslim ethnic minority a “great shame for humanity” and has urged the Chinese government to close detention camps estimated to hold a million people, a rare rebuke from a majority-Muslim country. In a strongly worded statement on Saturday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned China’s […]

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Is Religious Freedom for Christians Only?

When the Supreme Court turned a blind eye to President Trump’s hostility toward Muslims last summer, Justice Sonia Sotomayor warned, in dissent, that the majority was undermining the Constitution’s “foundational principles of religious tolerance.” In so doing, she said, the court was sending a message to “members of minority religions in our country that they […]

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Alexandre Bissonnette Sentenced to 40 Years Without Parole for Quebec Mosque Killings

Alexandre Bissonnette, a 29-year-old former politics student fixated on President Trump, the far right and Muslims, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 40 years for shooting six people dead in an attack on a mosque in Quebec City in January 2017. During the attack, Mr. Bissonette shot […]

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Why a Deal With the Taliban Will Prevent Attacks on America

The United States and the Taliban made progress in peace talks in late January after coming to a basic understanding about withdrawing American troops in return for Taliban commitments to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for transnational terrorists. An agreement between the United States and the Taliban has been long overdue — as […]

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A Desperate Exodus From ISIS’s Final Village

ImageWomen and children who had fled the last Islamic State-held area in southeastern Syria waited to be screened last week.CreditIvor Prickett for The New York Times DEIR AL-ZOUR PROVINCE, Syria — The men who emerge from the Islamic State’s last sliver of land are ordered to sit behind one of two orange lines spray-painted on […]

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Cubs Owners Reel After Emails of Family Patriarch Come Out

Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs moved to distance themselves from one of their own Tuesday, after the news outlet Splinter published a cache of racist emails sent and received by Joe Ricketts, the billionaire whose family owns the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. Many of the published emails, sent between 2009 to 2013, […]

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Pope Francis Says He’s Willing to Mediate in Venezuela if Both Sides Want

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis expressed a potential willingness on Tuesday to mediate a peaceful resolution to the tense political conflict in Venezuela if asked by both President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition leader who is increasingly recognized as the country’s legitimate leader. “We are always willing,” said Francis on the papal plane […]

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Pope Francis, Amid Abu Dhabi’s Opulence, Delivers Mass to Its Migrants

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The opulence of Abu Dhabi is not subtle. Bentleys line the roads, glass skyscrapers rise like blades over corporate business parks, a multibillion dollar hotel once used jewels as ornaments, and the presidential palace gleams with marble and sparkles with crystal chandeliers. But valeting those cars, cleaning those hotel […]

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Rights Groups Seek U.N. Inquiry Into China’s Mass Detention of Muslims

GENEVA — Human rights groups called on Monday for a United Nations investigation into China’s mass detention of Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang, seeking to galvanize an international response to allegations of widespread abuses. The rights organizations, presenting the issue as a test of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s credibility, urged it […]

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Pope Francis, Visiting the Gulf, Denounces Yemen War and Pushes for Religious Freedom

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Pope Francis used the keynote address of his roughly 40-hour stay in the United Arab Emirates to breach delicate taboos on Monday, specifically mentioning Yemen, where his hosts are engaged in a brutal war, and calling on countries throughout the Gulf region to extend citizenship rights to religious minorities. […]

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Muslims Form Community Patrol. Some Neighbors Say No, Thanks.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Maeen Ali remembers the worry he felt when he first spotted the “Punish a Muslim Day” screed online. The letter, mailed last spring throughout England, encouraged violence that ranged from pulling off a woman’s head scarf to bombing mosques. […]

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Pope Francis Makes ‘Historic’ Gulf Tour Amid Yemen Crisis and Christian Repression

ABU DHABI — Pope Francis became the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, as he arrived on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates on a trip seeking to improve relations with the Muslim world. The pope will stay three days in the Emirates, a relatively tolerant oasis that is home […]

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Why the Pope’s Historic Visit to the Gulf Matters

Pope Francis starts a landmark, three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, becoming the first pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church to visit the Arabian Peninsula. The visit offers a rare note of hope for Christians in the Middle East, who in recent decades have come under intense pressure in the region where […]

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