Tag: Muslims and Islam

I Worked for Alex Jones. I Regret It.

On Election Day 2016, I sat in the passenger seat of Alex Jones’s Dodge Hellcat as we swerved through traffic, making our way to a nearby polling place. As Jones punched the gas pedal to the floor, the smell of vodka, like paint thinner, wafted up from the white Dixie cup anchored in the console. […]

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For a Colorful Brooklyn Real-Estate Pioneer, a 376-Year-Old Receipt

Anthony Jansen van Salee, better known as “Anthony the Turk,” was one of the most colorful characters in New Amsterdam, the Dutch colony that later became New York City. The son of a Dutch pirate and a Moorish woman, he fought constant legal battles with his neighbors, one of whom denounced him as “a rascal […]

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China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West

TUMXUK, China — In a dusty city in the Xinjiang region on China’s western frontier, the authorities are testing the rules of science. With a million or more ethnic Uighurs and others from predominantly Muslim minority groups swept up in detentions across Xinjiang, officials in Tumxuk have gathered blood samples from hundreds of Uighurs — […]

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Special Episode: The Jungle Prince

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The story passed for years from tea sellers to rickshaw drivers to shopkeepers in Old Delhi. In a forest, they said, in a palace cut off from the city, lived a prince, a princess and a […]

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TikTok Blocks Teen Who Posted About China’s Detention Camps

SHANGHAI — The teenage girl, pink eyelash curler in hand, begins her video innocently: “Hi, guys. I’m going to teach you guys how to get long lashes.” After a few seconds, she asks viewers to put down their curlers. “Use your phone that you’re using right now to search up what’s happening in China, how […]

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Florida Man Sought ISIS Attack on Deans at 2 Colleges, Prosecutors Say

A 23-year-old man was charged with trying to get the Islamic State to launch attacks on deans at two colleges in southern Florida after he was suspended by one and then expelled by the other, according to court documents made public on Monday. The man, Salman Rashid, 23, of North Miami Beach, Fla., was arrested […]

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New Leak Reveals Orders for China’s Internment Camps

HONG KONG — As the government accelerated mass detentions of Muslim minorities in northwest China, a senior official issued a secret directive giving detailed orders for how the rapidly expanding indoctrination camps holding them should be managed. Guards should impose pervasive, round-the-clock video surveillance to prevent escapes. Inmates were to be kept isolated from the […]

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What Is the Meaning of Sacred Texts?

THE LOST ART OF SCRIPTURERescuing the Sacred TextsBy Karen Armstrong In the Bible, St. Paul declares: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” Scholars suspect that this was actually written by some grump other than St. Paul, but such sexist passages are sometimes […]

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Myanmar Genocide Lawsuit Is Filed at United Nations Court

PARIS — An arsenal of international laws has failed to confront the impunity of Myanmar’s government and security forces for their deadly purge of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee a campaign of rape, arson and killing. But on Monday, Gambia filed a lawsuit accusing Myanmar of genocide, summoning the […]

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India’s Soundtrack of Hate, With a Pop Sheen

RAIPUR, India — The Indian pop star, swaddled in gold-trimmed tulle, stepped to the front of the stage at a neighborhood concert. Thunder effects crackled through speakers stacked near an electronics store. “Every house will be saffron!” the singer, Laxmi Dubey, yelled into her microphone, referring to the color representing Hinduism. “We have to make […]

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India Awaits Verdict on Ayodhya Site, Leaving Hindus and Muslims on Edge

ImageHindu pilgrims walk past a workshop where sections of a proposed to temple to the God Ram are being built.Credit…Rebecca Conway for The New York Times India’s Supreme Court will rule on Saturday on the ownership of the country’s most disputed religious site, a decision that Hindus say will cement their status as leaders of […]

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Indonesia Wants ‘Halal Tourism.’ But Some Want to Wrestle Pigs.

MUARA, Indonesia — Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, seems an unlikely place for a party dedicated to all things pig. But last month on the shores of Sumatra’s Lake Toba, more than 1,000 people gathered for pig races, pig selfies and contests devoted to calling pigs and drawing pigs. They also came to […]

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15 Killed in Southern Thailand, in the Worst Violence in Years

BANGKOK — Gunmen killed at least 15 people at a security checkpoint in southern Thailand on Tuesday night, the worst outbreak of violence in years in the country’s insurgency-plagued border region. The attackers stormed several spots around the checkpoint, in the Muang Yala District in Yala Province. The post was guarded by a mix of […]

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Man Pleads Guilty in Attack on Syrian Refugee Who Was Speaking Arabic

The 17-year-old was on his way home from school, on FaceTime with a friend, when a stranger sat down next to him, pulled his earbud out of his ear and asked, “What trash are you speaking?” The teenager, a Syrian refugee who had moved to San Diego three years ago, replied, “Arabic.” The man then […]

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Mother Dies After Halloween Crash That Killed Husband and Toddler

Raihan Awaida, her husband, Joseph, and their 3-year-old son, Omar, went out Thursday night in Long Beach, Calif., to enjoy the Halloween festivities. When they were walking back home, a sport utility vehicle drove onto the sidewalk and struck the entire family. Her husband died shortly after the crash. Their son died Saturday. And on […]

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Iraqis Rise Against a Reviled Occupier: Iran

BAGHDAD — It started quietly a month or so ago with scattered protests. Those steadily expanded until last week more than 200,000 Iraqis marched in Baghdad, raging against the Iraqi government and a foreign occupier — not the United States this time, but Iran. While the current leaders of the Iraqi government cower inside the […]

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France Strips 7 Police Officers of Guns After Paris Attack

LONDON — Seven French police officers have been ordered to hand over their weapons and at least one employee has been suspended after security forces were encouraged to report signs of radicalization in their ranks following the fatal knife attack this month at Paris Police Headquarters, the police chief told lawmakers this week. In the […]

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Death of ISIS Leader Is Scant Consolation to a Changed France

PARIS — The killing of the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was met this week with no outpouring of joy or even relief in France, even though this is the European country that suffered most from his depredations. The reason is simple: the Islamic State’s crimes, and the fear they instilled in the national […]

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The World Is Fighting More Than ISIS

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, is profoundly important. He was a powerfully inspirational figure, more formidable and perhaps more evil than Osama bin Laden. He was an Islamic scholar who claimed to be a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He built on the apocalyptic ideology and extraordinary cruelty […]

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS Leader Known for His Brutality, Is Dead at 48

SAMARRA, Iraq — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the cunning and enigmatic black-clad leader of the Islamic State, who transformed a flagging insurgency into a global terrorist network that drew tens of thousands of recruits from 100 countries, has died at 48. His death was announced on Sunday by President Trump, who said al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide […]

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Two Strains of Polio Are Gone, but the End of the Disease Is Still Far Off

In another milestone on the long, expensive and sometimes discouraging road to wiping out polio, global health officials announced Wednesday that two of the three strains of wild polio virus have officially been eliminated. Although that brings the world another step closer to eradication, the effort has taken far longer than was ever anticipated. When […]

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‘What Is Going to Happen to Us?’ Inside ISIS Prison, Children Ask Their Fate

NORTHEASTERN SYRIA — The prisoners cover the floor like a carpet of human despair. Many are missing eyes or limbs, some are bone-thin from sickness, and most wear orange jumpsuits similar to what the Islamic State, the terrorist group they once belonged to, dressed its own captives in before it killed them. Upstairs, jammed into […]

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