Thomas Perez, the assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights, told the panel that anti-Muslim sentiment has brought a surge last May in the number of federal discrimination cases involving zoning boards and other local authorities that have acted to prevent mosques from opening in their communities.
That comes on top of more than 800 incidents of violence, vandalism and arson against people believed to be Muslim, Arab or South Asian, that the Justice Department has investigated since the September 11 attacks.
Perez said there has been a 150 percent jump in workplace discrimination against Muslims, often over religious dress and worship schedules, while Muslim youth can often become the victims of school yard bullying.
“In each city and town where I have met with (Muslim) leaders, I have been struck by the fear that pervades their lives,” Perez told the panel
And here’s a snapshot of what some of
The Center for Security Policy today released a revised edition of their groundbreaking longitudinal study, Religious Bias Crimes 2000-2009: Muslim, Jewish and Christian Victims – Debunking the Myth of a Growing Trend in Muslim Victimization, based on FBI statistics reported annually in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The Center’s study contradicts the assertions that religious bias crimes against Muslims have increased, and that the alleged cause is widespread “Islamophobia” in America. In fact, the study shows that religious bias crimes – also known as hate crimes – against Muslim Americans, measured by the categories of incidents, offenses or victims, have remained relatively low with a downward trend since 2001, and are significantly less than the numbers of bias crimes against Jewish victims.
Granted, the study only looks at “hate crimes”, but it’s hard to see how the numbers of hate crimes went down if “bias” and “discrimination” were trending upward.
Turkish PM Erodogan received
Turkey’s parliament approved sending a naval force off the coast of Libya as the Islamist-rooted government reluctantly moved to join military action in the conflict-torn country, despite anger at Western-led air raids.
Following harsh criticism of the strikes, the government asked parliament to approve the dispatch of military forces, pledging a submarine, four frigates and an auxiliary ship to a NATO patrol mission to enforce a UN arms embargo against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.
The vote was held in a closed session by a show of hands, with some opposition deputies also lending support to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), parliamentary sources said.
Turkish participation in the enforcement of the no-fly zone and attacks against Ghaddafi’s forces are neither planned nor expected.
As for America, our executive branch seems to have been, you know,
to even consult with the legislature. The White House plans to get around to briefing Congress
As the United States appears to waver on its approach to the forces surging forth in the Middle East, both Turkey and Iran are actively working behind the scenes to come out ahead in the region. Here’s a quick summary of what the competitors have been up to in the region:
– Claiming it
– Building ties and attempting form and lead
– Making big friends in
– Keeping a measured approach to unrest in Libya,
– Distancing itself from
In the end, Washington (and Beijing and Moscow) appears more and more hesitant to try and reassert influence in the Middle East, and the region appears more and more hesitant to accept such an influence. Given that, I expect Turkey will come out the big winner, as Ankara seems to be positioned to be viewed as the most powerful state in the region on a good footing with the most major external powers.