Money over Morality: The NBA’s Shameful Capitulation to Tyranny

From elementary to high school, whenever I would practice on the basketball hoop in front of my house, I’d imagine myself as then Phoenix Suns’ star point guard Steve Nash.  A recipient of back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards, feared sharpshooter, passing wizard, and all-around basketball masterclass, Nash is widely considered to be one of the
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Mainstreaming Islamism: Islamist Institutions and Civil Society Organisations

This paper has been commissioned and published by the Commission for Countering Extremism. You may read it in full, here. Throughout the 1990s and into the first decades of this century, a speaking circuit consisting of a series of preachers with a deep attachment to islamist political and religious theory toured a number of British
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Analysis and Comments on a Friday Sermon (Khutba) at Didsbury Mosque, Manchester, c. December 2016

With the Name of God, All-Merciful, Most Merciful We, Usama Hasan and Salah al-Ansari, have between us, over 50 years’ experience of serving as imams in Egypt and England, since we both began as imams in our teens. This includes over 45 years’ experience of delivering Friday sermons, an important and influential religious duty since
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Islamic Modernism: An illusion or reality?

“Our women are now seen as serving no useful purpose to mankind other than having children; they are considered simply as serving for pleasure, like musical instruments or jewels. But they constitute half and perhaps more than half of our species…..Women are not inferior to men in their intellectual and physical capacities. In the ancient
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The Beijing Horse

Why Chinese Investment in Djibouti Matters to the United States (with special thanks to Charles L. Hall “I fear the Danaans, even those bearing gifts.” ~ Virgil, The Aeneid United States AFRICOM commander United States Marine Corps General Thomas D. Waldhauser told the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services on 7 February, 2019 that “Africa
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“You’re gonna go back to the gas chambers!”

I’m no stranger to antisemitism. Like pretty much every other Jew who has grown up in a non Jewish environment, I’ve heard my fair share of insults and accusations. Many of the antisemites I have dealt with have attempted to hide their prejudice behind the guise of “anti-Zionism”, but there was nothing hidden about the
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Ashura, Karbala and the Crisis of Islam-State Relationships

With the Name of God, All-Merciful, Most Merciful Summary On Ashura day, 10th Muharram of the 61st Islamic year corresponding to 10th October 680 CE, Husain, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was killed at Karbala in Iraq by forces loyal to Yazid bin Muawiya, who had been appointed Caliph or political
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As We Remember 9/11, The Triple Threat is on the Rise

The eighteenth anniversary of the  9/11 attacks in America is a good time to take stock of how far Americans and humanity as a whole have come from that horrific incident that killed almost 3,000 innocent people in the United States.  During this interval, the threat of transnational terrorism and violent extremism from groups like
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The Art of Solidarity

Climate change is rapidly becoming a primary reason for forced migration, be it indirectly, as a result of conflict over resources, or directly, as a result of an unlivable environment. On the receiving end of these refugee flows, artists and activists have the power to help alleviate the social exclusion experienced by refugees in Europe.
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Concentration Camps do still exist. But not in Texas

In June, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines by referring to the migrant detention centers on the US-Mexico border as “concentration camps.” She added that “never again” has to mean something, and that the Trump administration was falling short of this ideal. Her comments, which she recently doubled-down on, insinuating that these camps are comparable to
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