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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