Emran Feroz

Under Neocon Pressure, German Club Disinvites Hip-Hop Legend Talib Kweli and Brands Him 'Anti-Semitic'

Last December, the hip hop artist Talib Kweli visited several European cities as part of his “Tour the Force.” On his schedule was Leipzig, a city in eastern Germany full of college students hungry for cutting-edge music. During recent years, the city, like many others in the country’s east, became known for far-right protests against migrants, refugees and Muslims. Nevertheless, the city’s left-wing circles remain a part of its cultural tapestry. Leipzig’s arts and music scene is centered around the venue Conne Island, known as a hub for concerts and other events. On December 13, Kweli planned to take the club’s stage. But that never happened.

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Three Decades After National Geographic's Green-Eyed 'Afghan Girl' Became Its Most Famous Cover, Its Subject Is in Jail

It has been days since the most famous female Afghan refugee in the world was free. Sharbat Gula, whose photograph as a young refugee with luminous green eyes was published on the cover of National Geographic in 1986, making her a worldwide sensation and a symbol of her nation’s suffering, was arrested this month in Peshawar, Pakistan on charges of fraudulently obtaining national identity cards.

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Thousands of Refugee Children Have Gone Missing In Europe as Criminal Networks Exploit the Migration Crisis

As Europe’s refugee crisis deepens, thousands of children have gone missing, with many feared lost to criminal gangs, prostitution, and worse.

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Noam Chomsky: How Obama Has Ushered in 'a New Era of International Terrorism'

The following is a recent interview with Noam Chomsky on the Middle East and the Obama Administration's policies towards Syria, Egypt and Iran, and the rise of right-wing extremism and nationalism in Europe.

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Munich Shooter Considered Himself Aryan, Admired Hitler and Breivik. No Wonder the Media Has Moved On

Last Friday, all of Germany stood still as news arrived of another terrible shooting. After news outlets reported that a young man shot several people outside a shopping center in the city of Munich, many believed that the first “Islamist” terrorist attack had taken place in the country. After it became clear that the gunman, Ali David Sonboly, had Iranian roots, media outlets from Berlin to New York City did not hesitate to link him with Islam. Man news channels preferred to call Sonboly—who was born and raised in Germany—a “German-Iranian,” instead of just “German.” Furthermore, many reports, mostly based on rumors which circulated during the first hours after the massacre, claimed that Sonboly shouted the supposedly characteristic “Allahu Akbar” before he murdered his innocent victims.

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Bereaved Families Decry Obama Administration’s Dubious Drone Strike Figures

This month, for the first time in his presidency, Barack Obama acknowledged that civilians in Pakistan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen have been killed by drone strikes under his watch. According to a three-page paper published by the Obama administration, between 64 and 116 civilians have been killed from 2009-2015.

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With U.S. and Russian Support, Tajikistan’s Iron-Fisted Dictator Crushes Religious Expression and Democratic Protest

Emomali Rahmon is known for this thick and bushy eyebrows. The sturdy former communist has ruled the Central Asian Republic of Tajikistan for 25 years, and is serving his fourth term in office. Last month, it became clear that there will be another term.

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The Hoopla Over Historic Election of Muslim London Mayor Sadiq Khan Obscures His Hawkish and Neoliberal Track Record

An atmosphere of euphoria descended on the enlightened world as soon as it became clear that Sadiq Khan, the son of Pakistani migrant, would be the next mayor of London. Political observers from around the globe, including Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, celebrated the fact that a man with both a Pakistani and Muslim identity was elected to lead the metropolis of London, an economic and cultural hub of the West.

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Austria Is on the Verge of an Extreme-Right Wing Takeover

Just over a week ago, Austrians went to the ballot boxes to elect a new president. As expected, the ruling Conservative and Social Democratic parties performed poorly. Rising to the top was Norbert Hofer, the candidate of the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), who became the number one with over 31 percent of the vote. Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green politician and the only serious alternative, followed up with a distant 21 percent of the electorate behind him.

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Europe's First Report on Islamophobia Shows the Dangerous Climate Muslims Live In

Throwing a pork head, or sometimes even a grenade, on a mosque. Assaulting a Muslim woman who wears a head scarf. Demonstrating against the building of a mosque or against the local supermarket which sells Halal food. Incidents like these are happening on a daily basis in 21st century Europe.

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The Ravaged Face of America’s Drone War in Afghanistan

Last year, four-year-old Aisha Rashid was stripped of everything a child can lose. As reported by other outlets, on September 7, 2013, in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar, a U.S. drone hit the pick-up truck carrying the young girl’s family. Fourteen passengers, mostly women and children, were killed. Only Aisha survived – with a ragged face.

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With Bogus Online Rumors and a Fake Humanitarian Agency, Germany Slams the Door on Afghan Refugees

Germany is portrayed as a country that warmly welcomes refugees from all over the world while other European countries are closing their borders and right-wing parties are dominating the political discourse. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considered one of the few politicians who handles the refugee issue in a moral way, avoiding the cynical realism of her European counterparts. Merkel’s opponents have cast her as a naive Gutmensch, a German euphemism often used by right-wingers to describe leftists or liberals.

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Racist Violence and Incitement Against Refugees Explodes Across Germany

After the so called sex attacks of Cologne this New Year's Eve, German media and politicians have found a new folk devil: The sexually repressed, endemically violent Oriental man, who is "invading" Western countries behind innocent refugee cover.

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While U.S. Drone Pilots Murder From German Soil, Some Germans Wage Desperate Battle to Hold Them Accountable

The food stand was completely destroyed. And so were the body parts of its owner, 21-year-old Sadiq Rahim Jan. The life of the young Afghan found dead in July 2012 had come to an abrupt end, but the drama his family would endure just began. Sadiq was the main breadwinner for his family, caring for his parents and four siblings. He operated the only food stand in the village of Gardda Zarrai in the eastern Afghanistan province of Paktia. Until today, nobody knows why he became the target of a drone pilot who killed him with the flick of a joystick button from Langley, Washington, or perhaps from Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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Far-Right Parties and Mainstream Media Declare War on Europe's Muslims

When the 20-year-old Eritrean Muslim refugee Khaled Idris Behray was found dead in the German city of Dresden with contusions and signs of stabbing all over his body, the local police immediately declared no signs of foul play. According the haphazard police report, Behray died from unknown causes. Days later, Dresden police have been forced to concede that Behray was stabbed to death, though the perpetrators are still on the loose.

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Were NATO Dogs Used to Rape Afghan Prisoners at Bagram Air Base?

After the release of the CIA torture report by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) the world is reeling in shock at the level of brutality revealed in the documents. In fact, the whole report is nothing more than a confession of sadistic procedures that could have been lifted from the diaries of Torquemada, from “rectal feeding” to nude beatings and humiliation — horrors that were well-known but not officially confirmed. But the report remains incomplete. Indeed, some 9000 documents have been withheld. 

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Memorializing the Forgotten Victims of Drone Strikes and Holding Their Killers Accountable

In July 2012, a US drone strike killed 21-year-old Sadiq Rahim Jan in the Eastern Afghanistan province of Paktia. Afghan media reported that the strike had killed a “Taliban commander.” But Jan had no connection to extremist groups. He was an average young man.

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