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The Case for Rage and Retribution

What's needed is a unified, unifying, Pearl Harbor sort of purple American fury", says Lance Morrow

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A popular American mindset after 9/11.

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Most Muslim Americans See No Justification for Violence

Most Muslim Americans See No Justification for Violence | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
A new Gallup report on Muslims in America reveals that Muslim Americans are more likely than members of other faith groups to reject attacks on civilians by either the military or individuals.
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Islamophobia - political cartoon

Islamophobia - political cartoon | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it

"As the situation in Boston unfolds, more is becoming known about the two Chechen brothers suspected to be behind the attacks. Apparently, they described themselves as devout Muslims. No doubt, if it is confirmed that they perpetrated the horrors in Boston, and their faith was their motivation; then once again Islamophobia in the media will flare up. An entire faith will be demonized for the actions of a radicalized minority."

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It seems that whenever a tragic event occurs, the fear for many minorities is that they will become demonized and subsequently persecuted in response to the actions of a few people.  The privilege for whites and Europeans is that their histories and perspectives and cultures are so widely taught and recognized that they are viewed as multifaceted people.  Whenever a terrible situation, with a white person at its center (like practically most of America's school shootings), the actions are viewed only as those of individuals, because white people are so much more than just violent, right?  The flip side is that whenever a person from a minority race, ethnicity, or religion takes a similarly violent action, the entire group of people who look like or even identify with the same group as those individuals is characterized as violent and brutish.

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The "War on Terror"

The "War on Terror" | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it

"For many years even before 9-11, neoconservatives had called for the US to consolidate its position in the world as the sole superpower and dominate further. 9-11 appeared to give them an excuse to push these ideas further and their ideology permeated throughout top-level thinking of the Bush Administration."

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This article furthered my understanding of how the so called war on terror was simply the government's tool for justifying discrimination (similar to the war on drugs). The 9/11 attacks, perpetrated by a few, were used as grounds for the U.S. government to expand its influence and interests through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  However, this policy also influenced American society by creating the notion that the "other"/the groups to be feared were Arabs, particularly Muslims.  The psychology of a nation at war is interesting because it clearly has just as devastating effect at home as it does abroad.  

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Privilege

Privilege | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
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Andrew Beighley's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:01 PM

This comic is about how minorities are blamed more commonly than whites for crimes. This is because people usually look down on minority groups, and more more likely to blame "different" looking people for problems.

Jared Orth's comment, May 25, 2014 12:14 AM
It show racism that black and middle eastern ethnics are considered to commit crime over white people.
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Students Take Field Trip to Mosque, Receive Koran

Students Take Field Trip to Mosque, Receive Koran | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
By Todd Starnes A Tennessee high school has decided to revise its field trip policy after a group of freshmen were taken to an Islamic mosque where they were given copies of the Koran and while a student who opted out of the trip was given a worksheet...
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This Pittsburgh restaurant only serves food from America's "enemies"

This Pittsburgh restaurant only serves food from America's "enemies" | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
Conflict Kitchen is the only restaurant in the world that serves cuisine solely from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict.

Via Seth Dixon
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Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:26 PM

Any Ethnic conflicts here HUGGERS?

Courtney Burns's curator insight, November 20, 2013 3:04 PM

Initially I wasn't really sure what I thought about this resturant. My initial reaction was that I hated it and thought it was a bad idea. I to seemed like we were supporting another country by serving their food. However there is a cultural experience involved when we go out to eat. Many people go out to italian resturants to get the experience of italy and etc. However after really thinking about it the US is typically in conflict with another countries government, not the people who live there. By selling the food of countries we are in conflict with almost gives us an idea about what exactly the culture is there. I think it almost educates people in such a way. I think that might be the purpose on the resturant. By eating at this resturant it opens peoples eyes to what people of that particular country are consuming on a regular day basis. That experience can be good or bad, but either way it still opens up peoples eyes to the type of world other countries are living in. I think by eating there you open yourslef up to a new cultural experience, which I belive is exactly the point that the kitchen is trying to serve. Even if it is through food. 

Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 12:06 PM

Conflict Kitchen serves foods from the countries the United States is in conflict with. They might be doing this to show Americans a little bit of how their culture is b eating their foods. 

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Can you believe that?

I really could not believe this but it is truth, Many americans and some europeans are too much brainwashed about islam and muslims . Is not Nazi style ident...
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Action

Action | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
We cannot be ignorant. Everyone should read the newspaper, watch the news, research what is happening not only in our country, but also around the world. We cannot change the things we don't like if we don't understand them.
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The War on Terrorism

A People's History of the United States

by Howard Zinn

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Essentially this chapter talks about the change in political climate and response to the events of 9/11.  Mostly about how revenge and hate were suddendly socially acceptable and how politicians rose to the occasion by instituting horrific military and political campaigns.  Bush made no distinction between "terrorists and coutries that harbor terrorists," allowing this nation to take supposedly justified action against innocent people. This chapter also touched on the issue of how the incident of 9/11 was given so much media coverage but information on the terrible suffering of the Afghani people was suppressed (among other things the building of Al Jazeera was bombed and a satellite organization that was running pictures of this was bought up).  I would like to further explore the importance of how the media framed these events. 

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Islamophobia: Does America Have a Muslim Problem?

Islamophobia: Does America Have a Muslim Problem? | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
American Islamophobia: At least six mosque projects across the U.S., not just in New York, have faced bitter opposition this year
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"This is Islamic domination and expansionism," she wrote. "The location is no accident — just as al-Aqsa was built on top of the Temple in Jerusalem...The conclusion of this line of reasoning is that Islam is a death cult, not a real religion, so constitutional freedoms don't apply to it."

This article talks about the creation of mosques in America and it centers on the disputed formation of the Muslim cultural center in New York close to ground zero.  It contrasted the feelings of many Muslim Americans with the hateful dialogue that the media and politicians have employed to describe Islam (on politician equated Islam with Nazism).  I think one of the more shocking things was how the simple creation of a religious site can bring up such racist generalizations and sentiments.

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9/11 and Islamophobia

9/11 and Islamophobia | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it

"This strategy of dehumanizing demonization, a core propaganda meme of our time, seems to extend permission to exclude many Arab and Muslim peoples, but especially the Palestinians, from the community of citizens invested with universal human rights, including the right to be heard in one of the most important hunger strikes since Gandhi resorted to this most basic motif of protest. The Palestinians are rendered the new “merciless Indian savages” referred to on July 4, 1776 in the Declaration of Independence."

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Andrew Beighley's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:00 PM

This article is about how people in the US are dehumanizing Arabs and people who practice Islam. They are doing this because of 9/11 and they blame the group of Muslims and Islamists collectively instead of the people who are actually responsible.

Jared Orth's comment, May 25, 2014 12:19 AM
This article shows the stereotype that Islamic people are all alike the terrorists of 9/11, that people blame all Muslims for the attack.
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Can Muslims write about Christianity?

Can Muslims write about Christianity? | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
A Fox television host finds something suspect about Reza Aslan's new book on the historical Jesus.

 

 

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"Yet his faith was a major talking point for Ms. Green in their interview. Her first question? "You're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?"

He responds: "Well to be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees — including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades — who also just happens to be a Muslim. So it’s not that I’m just some Muslim writing about Jesus, I am an expert with a PhD in the history of religion..."

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Ten Reasons America’s Influence Has Fallen in the Middle East

Ten Reasons America’s Influence Has Fallen in the Middle East | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
By most assessments, U.S. influence in the Middle East has dramatically declined since the Arab uprisings began in January 2011.
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Isaac and Ishmael: The West Wing

Isaac and Ishmael: The West Wing | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it

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GIRL 2: So why is everybody trying to kill us?

JOSH: It's not everybody.

GIRL 2: It seems like everybody.

BOY 2: It's just the Arabs.

BOY 1: Saying the Arabs is too general.

BOY 2: It's Islamics.

JOSH: It's not Arabs. It's not Islamics. You're juniors and seniors.  In honor of the SAT's you're about to take, answer the following question: Islamic extremist is to Islamic as "blank" is to Christianity. Islamic... extremist... is to... Islamic... as... "blank" is... to Christianity.

BOY 2: Christian Fundamentalists.

JOSH: No.

BOY 3: Jehovah's Witnesses?

JOSH: No. Guys, the Christian right may not be your cup of tea, but they're not blowing stuff up. "Islamic extremist is to Islamic as "blank is to Christianity."

No one responds. Josh turns around and writes "KKK" on the dry erase board, and circles it.

JOSH: That's what we're talking about. It's the Klan, gone medieval and global. It couldn't have less to do with Islamic men and women of faith of whom there are millions upon millions. Muslims defend this country in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National guard, police and fire departments. So, let's ask the question again.

GIRL 1: Why are Islamic Extremists trying to kill us?

JOSH: That's a reasonable question if ever I heard one. Why are we targets of war?  

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Why opposing Islamophobia is not a defense of extremism - Le Monde diplomatique

Why opposing Islamophobia is not a defense of extremism - Le Monde diplomatique | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
Recent events have generated a lot of debate about Islam, Muslims, free speech and Islamophobia.

"Opposing Islamophobia is about opposing knee-jerk discrimination and xenophobia, dressed up as concern for “rights” (rights I rarely see addressed in other contexts) using vulgar stereotypes and crude generalizations."

Dantez's insight:

I chose this piece because it clearly expresses the idea that Islamophobia is not just the fear of radical Islam, but of Muslims in general.  I have encountered that, as the article states, the "default image" for many Americans of Muslims is one of people who are intolerant and violent.  America seems to have difficulty separating the actions of a few people (9/11) from the idea of an entire group, or at least this particular group.  

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There’s no way to stop the lucrative Israeli occupation | The National

There’s no way to stop the lucrative Israeli occupation | The National | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
Despite itself, Israel is busily creating its own worst nightmare: a bi-national state including the West Bank.
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Most Muslims Want Democracy, Personal Freedoms, and Islam in Political Life

Most Muslims Want Democracy, Personal Freedoms, and Islam in Political Life | U.S. Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
More than a year after the first stirrings of the Arab Spring, there continues to be a strong desire for democracy in Arab and other predominantly Muslim nations.
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