Month: April 2016

The Surveilled

Photo From: Following the attacks in San Bernardino, Paris, and Brussels, many western nations have exhibited growing support for surveillance in neighborhoods with large Muslim populations. The struggle between privacy and security continues to intensify as terrorist attacks become more frequent across the globe. Many argue that as a protection against domestic terrorism, governments should be acutely aware of everything in Muslim neighborhoods and use every resource at their disposal to achieve this end. As long as I can remember, my family has dealt with domestic surveillance solely because their belief in the Baha’i Faith. Since I was...

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Senseless Atrocities and Overreactions: On the Backlash Following UT Austin Tragedy

Photo: Jana Birchum On April 12, 2016, the Texas Tribune published a piece about parental responses to the horrific murder of the University of Texas at Austin (UT) freshman Haruka Weiser. In short, the story goes: parents of UT students understandably want their daughters and sons to be safe in the aftermath of a horrible murder on campus last week. The person the police believe responsible for this awful act is homeless.  Parents have suggested that homeless populations be removed from “the Drag” (Guadalupe Street near UT) through loitering and camping bans and have also called for churches along...

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Trump Presidency Would Exacerbate Muslim Oppression Worldwide

Photo: BBC Recently, Mr. Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I think Islam hates us.” This sentiment isn’t surprising given Trump’s previous prescriptions for dealing with Islamic terrorism which include “taking out” their families and torture. Regarding torture, he’s written, “nothing should be taken off the table when American lives are at stake…The enemy is cutting off the heads of Christians and drowning them in cages, and yet we are too politically correct to respond in kind.” His call for a “total and complete shutdown” of borders to Muslims immigrants has been well covered. Mr. Trump’s call for brutality and...

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