Hamzah Raza

By Clasping Hands with Netanyahu, Sen. Kamala Harris Reveals Herself as Just Another 'Progressive Except For Palestine'

As the second black female senator in American history, Kamala Harris has been a pioneer in American politics. Many consider her to be a serious contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Harris has even been branded by the New York Times as a “‘Top Cop’ in the era of Black Lives Matter,” a tip of the hat to the former California attorney general's progressive politics and support for issues of social justice. But while Harris has been praised as someone who fights racism in the United States, some critics feel she has failed to be consistent in that approach abroad.

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Columbus the Islamophobe: An Untold Thanksgiving Story

The taking down of racist monuments has manifested itself in a worldwide movement meant to scrutinize the supposed morality of past figures and symbols. In March of 2015, students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa launched the Rhodes Must Fall movement in which they demanded the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, a man considered by many to be the “architect of apartheid.” Just a few months later, in June of 2015, Bree Newsome, an activist from South Carolina, took down the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina State Capitol, leading to its permanent removal in July of 2015. In January of 2016, students at Oxford University in the United Kingdom voted in favor of removing a statue of Cecil Rhodes from their university.  

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Meet Cory Booker's Top Donor: A Right-Wing, Islamophobic, Pro-Israel Outfit That Backs Trump’s Extremist Agenda

Many pundits are proposing Cory Booker as the Democratic hope in the 2020 presidential election. In his high-profile speech in the Senate against the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, Booker intended to brand himself as a bold crusader for civil rights and a leading opponent of Donald Trump.

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Colin Kaepernick and the Problem of Normalization

Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem has ignited fierce debate around the country. Kaepernick has been harshly criticized for his courageous act, and has even been called a traitor by an anonymous NFL executive, and “sympathetic to ISIS” by Republican congressman Steve King.

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An Open Letter to Rep. John Lewis: You're Pushing for Anti-Muslim Discrimination, Not Real Gun Control

Editor's Note: After the Senate rejected four gun control measures this week, Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and James Clyburn (D-S.C.), along with many other Democrats, stood in front of the speaker's podium trying to force a vote. After the Republican leadership blocked this effort, Lewis led a sit-in on the floor of the US House that continues at the time of publication. The sit-in is an aggressive political-publicity effort to highlight Republicans' inability to get serious on gun control, even after the deadly shootings in Orlando.

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Watch: Rick Santorum Gets Humiliated By College Student After Revealing Total Ignorance of Islam

Tonight, Rick Santorum, in addition to suggesting that Muslims are taking over godless Europe, tried to claim that "Sharia law" is inherently oppressive and monolithic in interpretation. 

After his talk, I asked Santorum to name the 5 foundations of Sharia, which he was unable to do. It was also difficult for him to fathom the fact that Muslim scholars across the religious spectrum have all condemned ISIS. And that ISIS does follow not a legitimate interpretation of Sharia, according to basically every Muslim in the world. Although he could not name a single Muslim scholar who supports ISIS, he still insisted that ISIS is very popular(a claim that is statistically untrue). Santorum also found it difficult to fathom the fact that religion is up to interpretation. 

These are ridiculous times we live in people. This man ran for President twice(in 2012 and 2016) berating us Muslims about the dangers of our barbaric "Sharia law" when he cannot even name Sharia's very foundations.

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Hillary’s Palestine Problem: Could Her Israel-Right-Or-Wrong Approach Hurt Her At The Polls?

While the idea that support for Israel is a rite of passage for the Democratic nomination may have been true in the election of 2008, when then-Senator Barack Obama promised to grant Israel an “undivided Jerusalem,” it is no longer the case. The open defiance of President Obama and the majority of the Democratic Party -- including 9 of 11 Jewish Democratic Senators -- on the Iran deal combined with changes in public opinion on Israel, and the success of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on college campuses has made unwavering support for Israel’s right-wing government position almost non-existent among young people and marginalized minority communities, the groups that make up the majority of the Democratic Party.

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