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The Police Shooting, is not a Black and White


“Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor shot and killed Justine Damond, an Australian woman living in Minneapolis, on July 15 after Damond called 911. The same people who demonize black victims of police shootings accept and support the standard police narrative — he followed the police shooting protocols; the police officer feared for his life; he puts his life on the line every day. Yet Noor has been treated differently.’Somali immigrant cop Mohamed Noor, who shot Justine Damond, was ‘highly celebrated’ by Minneapolis mayor in 2015.”

What’s so interesting about this headline from Fox News U.S., a right-wing-nut media outlet, is that it encapsulates the general reaction and mood of all media, police leaders and the community at large. In this headline, we learn the identity and ethnicity of the officer who shot a civilian earlier this month. A presumption of innocence is not there. The headline has an “I told you so” or “gotcha” ring to it. The immigrant cop, imagine, was “highly celebrated” by the Minneapolis mayor when he joined the force in 2015. Forget about all those heroes who protect us from evildoers — the mantra we hear all the time when the shooter is a white police officer.

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What is rude for most Arabs … is not Trump’s Hand-gesture!

 

What is rude for most Arabs … is not Trump’s Hand-gesture!

Lots of debate and media coverage preceded and followed President Trump’s visit to the Saudi kingdom. Anxieties and expectations filled the air. Trump, who has been behaving like a royal frat boy all his life,  was visiting Saudi royalty as his first official overseas visit. Trump, the ISIS of American politics, the one who beheaded more than a dozen career politicians in public…  debate, went to Saudi Arabia to talk about ISIS and make Islam great again.

In this, Trump was simply keeping with the American presidential tradition of escaping to the Middle East, literally or figuratively, when there’s trouble at home.

 

Trump is escaping the Russian connection investigation. Richard Nixon escaped to Egypt during Watergate. Jimmy Carter escaped his whole dreadful term by striking yet again a peace deal in the middle east.. And of course Bill Clinton escaped to negotiate still another peace between Israel/Palestine and to bomb a Sudanese drug factory during the Monica scandal.

 

In his speech about Islam, Trump lectured the Saudis about Islam. Working with the most oppressive medieval kingdom to make Islam great again. Of course, neither he nor anyone else will attempt to lecture the Jewish state about Judaism. Both the Saudi kingdom and Israel use religion to support their fake state.

Most talk in the media during this trip has been about nonissues — what Melania was going to wear (orange leaving the U.S., black arriving to greet the Saudis, white in Israel). The questions were raised: Is she going to cover her head, would Trump bow to the king, can he dance holding a sword, and so on.

But the issue that got most of the attention in Western and Arab media was Trump’s thumbs-up hand gesture.

 

Politico’s Annie Karni noted that President Trump “may need to rein in his favorite gesture — the thumbs-up — during his trip to Saudi Arabia.” Briefing materials from the U.S. embassy, after all, noted that the “gesture is considered rude,” reported the Washington Post.

The embassy note listed various cultural taboos that Trump should watch during the visit — don’t point, don’t show the sole of the shoe, etc. Here again, we have Americans treating Arabs like children who need help and discipline.

Never mind Trump’s dancing or hand gestures. What is “rude” about the U.S. to most Arabs and Muslims is the bombing, invasions and destruction of their countries. Supporting Arab dictators and oppressive regimes. Banning Muslims from traveling to America. Demonizing them in media and movies. Addressing them as if they are one monolithic population.

America mistreats Muslims, spies on them, arrests them at home and bombs and bans them abroad. while America has an affinity for Arab dictators.

Trump is just the real America — America without a mask. Landing billions of dollars in arms deals from the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates, that’s all that matters. The oppression of women and denial of people’s freedom and dignity never drove U.S. foreign policy in this part of the world — it only comes up when it’s needed as a pretext to invade and destroy. What drives American foreign policy in the middle east, Since Roosevelt, is securing Oil and Israel. !

The Saudis donated $100 million to Ivanka’s foundation to help empower women while killing Arab women and children in Yemen. Trump admires a mass murder like Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, who committed the biggest massacre in Egyptian history and toppled its first civilian elected president. Trump, the one who bragged about grabbing women’s private parts, invited el-Sisi to the White House — el-Sisi, the one who oversaw forced virginity tests during the revolution.

As David Hearst, editor-in-chief of “Middle East Eye,” brilliantly put it:

“….Let us imagine that, instead of opposing the Arab Spring and the popular uprisings of 2011, Saudi Arabia decided to invest and develop the Arab world. Let us imagine that the House of Saud put $340 [billion] into backing the results of free elections in Egypt, and Libya and Yemen, instead of backing military coups and counter-revolutions.”

Where would the House of Saud and the Arab world be now? he asked.

I think we can imagine another scenario. What if America had done the same thing — supported Arabs’ national movements, their aspirations to live free in dignity, instead of supporting Arab oppressors, dictators and arms dealers? Imagine that Americans stood on the side of the Arab people who desire the same rights and opportunities any American is guaranteed.

Where would the House of Americana be now?

Donald Trump‘s speech on Islam is being drafted by Stephen Miller, who previously drafted the administration’s failed travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.!!

Top 10 Things Trump may be saying in Saudi Arabia

10. Islam is Huooooge relegion
9. Love Beautiful Muslims babies
8. Heaven gate has my name on it
7. Marrying 4 women is ok
6. Virginity test, done that
5. Muslim Ban, just kidding.
4. Islamophobia, just Phobia!
3. Islamic State, Saudi Arabia
2. I pray at least 5 times, on golf course !
…and #1Things Trump may be saying in Saudi Arabia
The King and I…. Salamo Alikoum

During Trump visit to Saudi Arabia! ..American Embassy issued an Advisory Taboo Note … here is my Taboo note to Arabs visiting American..
Taboo
1. Don’t double dip in parties
2. Don’t order steak, “well done”
3. Don’t talk politics in sporting events or Shopping malls
4. Don’t show your middle finger, only on freeways.
5. Don’t ask a woman about her weight age!
6. Don’t show the price tag of your shoe!
7. Don’t discuss democracy with anyone wearing a flag
8. Don’t ask people about their religion, even if they just asked you about yours
9. Don’t drink in public, sex maybe!
10. Killing boyfriend or wife is considered Domestic Violence and not Honor Killing!

Ahmed Tharwat is host and producer of the Arab-American TV show “BelAhdan,” which airs at 10:30 p.m. Mondays on TPT. On Twitter @ahmediatv. He blogs at Notes from America at www.ahmediatv.com

 

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Being a Muslim is a Preexisting Condition!! No Cure or Insurance

Being a Muslim is a Preexisting Condition!!

The frat boys of the Republicans House of Representatives, celebrating the Trump Care win in the Rose Garden was the most disgusting, lewd political act in recent years. We aren’t even talking about the absent of women in this political binge celebration. The premature mission accomplished II” gloating about dropping the MOAB, the Mother of All Bills on millions of Americans, shows the revengeful nature of the GOP , who seems to be acting like a hate group; who hate sick, poor, seniors,  Muslims, women, science, and immigrants.

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What Do Egyptians Call Their Dictator!

What Do Egyptians call their dictator!

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah elSisi is coming to visit the US first week of April, No, this is not an April Fool’s but it is the meeting of fools. The visit is the first official state visit for the Egyptian general at the invitation of president Trump, reported the Egyptian Al-Ahram newspaper. Trump seems to be fascinated with strong leaders like Putin and other dictators in the Middle East. To understand General elSisi, Mr. Trump who knows the importance of names, (the man puts his name on anything and anywhere;)  needs to understand what names Egyptian put on their dictator. In fact people living under dictatorial regimes have no political choices, and can’t exercise freedom of expression, where change is hard to come by, Arab regimes are like catholic marriage, you live with it,  until death do you apart. When people tried to change their regimes in Arab Spring and it turned out ugly. Therefore, Egyptians if they can’t change their dictators, the least Egyptians can do is change the dedicators names. Names are giving to us at birth to legitimize our existence, but they  can also be giving later in life to challenge out existence. The same is true with dictators. Nasser was just called the “Leader” on a good day and the “Catastrophe” on a bad day, Sadat went from Mr. “Yes” to the faithful leader, then became the Traitor. Mubarak was called “La vache qui rit,” the laughing cow, a famous brand of French cheese in Egypt.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends during signing of agreements ceremony with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (unseen) at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt October 5, 2016. Picture taken October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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Just Do It…. InShAllah!!

Just Do It!! InShAllah!!

 

The sportswear giant Nike has finally realized that the hijab is not a symbol of oppression after all, but again, only if it is their design or has its logo. The hijab that Muslim women have been wearing for hundreds of years has gotten the recognition it deserves. The issue of hijab and Muslim dress is taking a huge space of our conversation. This is not just in the west but also in the Muslim world. Ironically while Nike is trying to tap in the huge hijab Market, some Muslim women now, are taking them off to show the modern warm soft Islam. Last week Egypt celebrated the 2nd anniversary of taking the hijab off One-Million-Woman March, as it is championed by General el-Sisi in Egypt and his co-horts in the Gulf states. To be clear, Muslim women wear or don’t wear their hijab based on lots of socio- economic issues, other than religious ones.

Islam wasn’t clear about the Hijab requirements. God doesn’t usually get into women’s fashion, and the prophet was busy completing and perfecting the Abrahamic faith let alone what should women wear or don’t wear. When it comes to Hijab, and unlike Nike, God doesn’t order women to, “Just Do It… InShAllah.  The Hijab that Muslim wear now, is very personal, stylish, and varies, it is becoming a fashion statement. You can see proud young and old women, wearing modern and traditional hijab, all express their identity and personalities. Now Nike wants all Muslims wear one hijab, an ugly looking black one that looks like it came out of  Black Sails movie,

Above all, Women and men are required to be modest, and this is a guideline that should cover lots of clothing styles and costumes around the world’s different climates; cold, hot, sandy, icy, or the political climate of Islamophobia. All require different costumes, and creative solutions.

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