Next time you see a hijabi, salute her
America, along with much of the rest of the West, has become a place of confusion, double standards, and injustice for Muslims, particularly women who wear the traditional head covering, or hijab. Some of my close friends have had to choose between taking off their hijabs and feeling safe or keeping them on and becoming a target of bigotry, hatred, and, in some cases, murder.
When hijabis feel they must invent inconspicuous headscarf styles or take off their hijab in order to avert physical harm in Western countries, we should all be concerned.
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Fast and furious in Baghdad
The roar and throb of motor engines is loud and before the race begins, the audience, made up mostly of young men – there are only a handful of women here - starts to chant for their favourite drivers. It is like a scene from the motoring action film, The Fast and The Furious here, where NIQASH was accompanying Mohammed Salem, 24, to a monthly amateur car race held in Baghdad's Jadiriyah neighbourhood.
On the way to the race in his car, Salem had made phone calls to other racers and auto enthusiasts to make sure they were going to be there.
“It would be such a good idea for the government to sponsor this race,” Salem says enthusiastically. “It attracts so many people and it could generate a lot of income. This is a global sport,” he declared.
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If ISIL falls before November, how will it affect the US election?
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump openly attributes his success at the polls to the terrorist attacks on Paris last fall, in which Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) was involved. Ever since Mosul fell to the organization (originally al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia) in June of 2014, it has provoked great concern in the American public, especially because of its beheadings, but also because a new “state” was alleged to have arisen in the heart of the Middle East, which is at war with the United States. (In fact, it is just a congeries of juvenile delinquents with Kalashnikovs, engaged in human and drug trafficking). In the presidential campaign, Daesh has loomed large. Ted Cruz appears to want to carpet bomb Mosul or use a nuclear bomb on it (‘let’s find out if the desert can glow in the dark’), while Trump has gone back and forth on whether to give Syria to Russia or to send 30,000 US troops in.
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