Aviva Stahl

The #MosqueMeToo Controversy Sheds Light on Sexualized Violence and Xenophobia

In a Washington Post opinion piece published Thursday, Egyptian-American writer and feminist Mona Eltahawy wrote about being sexually assaulted during the hajj—the Muslim pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca—and her efforts to bring other Muslim women’s experiences to light by starting #MosqueMeToo on Twitter.

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Is a Prison Strike Leader Being Falsely Accused of Inciting Terrorism?

Activist and advocates are concerned that a politically active Muslim prisoner, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, has been falsely accused of inciting terrorism at Ohio State Penitentiary, where he is incarcerated. About half a dozen Muslim prisoners at the facility are on hunger strike, demanding that the disciplinary charges be dropped and Hasan cleared of all wrongdoing, according to activists working outside the prison.

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Muslims Are the Sacrificial Lambs of Our Surveillance Security Apparatus: We Should Pay Attention

For those of us who think or write about surveillance, the events of May and June 2013 represented a crucial turning point in our sense of what was possible. Edward Snowden’s release of classified documents changed the way many Americans thought about their relationship to national security agencies. It shattered the beliefs of many news consumers that their online or virtual worlds were private, protected spheres.

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How Do You Stop the Surveillance State from Spreading? It's a Lot Trickier Than You Might Think

This month, for the first time ever on U.S. soil, a police department used a robot to kill a suspected gunman. When it comes to the fight back against the use of surveillance technologies by law enforcement, there’s no question that the stakes are high. Less clear to activist and advocates is the best way forward.

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FBI Is Manufacturing Terror Plots Against Jewish-Americans, Driving Divisions Between Jews and Muslims

Since 9/11, the FBI and NYPD have solved dozens of terror plots that its own agents and assets manufactured, including some against synagogues. Even if the plots were less than real, the foiled “attacks” have greatly impacted both the defendants and their alleged victims, spreading fear among Jewish-Americans and triggering panicked reports about heightened threat against Jews.

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Why Feminists Should Care About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Dr. Simona Sharoni is a feminist scholar, researcher, and activist who has focused her career on the gendered nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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With All Eyes on Trump, Obama Is About to Deport Muslims

About 160 Bangladeshi immigrants facing imminent deportation say that they will likely be arrested or killed if they return home, and that the Obama administration is knowingly putting them in harm’s way. Many of those scheduled to be deported—perhaps as early as Monday—helped launch the #FreedomGiving hunger strikes that took place last year in detention centers across the country.

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The Horrors Endured by Transgender Women in Prison

It was Gay Pride weekend in New York City, but the event’s celebratory spirit was absent from Michelle Scott’s tidy second-floor apartment on a leafy street near Brooklyn College. Her child, Carey Smith, is a transgender woman currently locked up in solitary confinement in Upstate Correctional Facility, a men’s supermax prison located in the Adirondacks.

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'You Should Have Shot the Son of a Bitch': Listen to Police Joke About Murdering a Black Man

The ease of their voices shocked me: a white district attorney and a white police officer shooting the breeze, discussing how they could have killed a black arrestee whose case was causing them trouble. 

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Children Locked Up For Life: 10 Shockers About America's Prison System

Even if we already know the statistic, hearing it is pretty chilling: one out of every 100 Americans is behind bars, by far the highest incarceration rate in the world. Things get even more terrifying when we look at the impact of the criminal justice system on particular marginalized communities. One in three African-American males born today will likely spend some time on the inside. With terms like the prison-industrial complex and the school-to-prison pipeline now part of our daily political lexicon, we know that things are bad.

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