Category: Rise of Islam

USA Today: Hijab Emerging as ‘Symbol of Resistance and Feminism’

The newspaper USA Todayran an article on Monday claiming that Donald Trump’s election last November has led to the hijab, commonly known as a symbol of oppression in the Muslim world, becoming a “symbol of resistance and feminism.” The piece predominantly focuses on the experiences of multiple Muslim women who have chosen to wear the hijab—rather than being forced— such as University of Maryland student Sameeha Ahmad, “whose very independence that drove her to cast off the traditional head covering has since drawn her to don one.” “I do believe hijab support feminism,” Ahmad is quoted as saying, adding that “the way...

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Facebook ‘live rape’: Trial begins in Sweden for 3 men suspected of streaming gang-rape online

A trial has begun in Sweden of three men arrested in January on suspicion of gang raping a woman and livestreaming the crime on Facebook. The three men – two Afghans aged 18 and 21, and a 24-year-old Swede – appeared before an Uppsala court on Wednesday. The two younger men were charged with rape while the 24-year-old was charged with defamation for spreading the video on social media, and is also accused of facilitating the rape by not doing anything to stop it. Despite having a phone in his hand, he never dialed 112 (the Swedish emergency number),...

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London parliament attacker named as 52-year-old Khalid Masood

The London terrorist attacker has been named by police as Khalid Masood. Masood, 52, was born in Kent and detectives believe he was most recently living in the West Midlands. Masood was also known by a number of aliases, Scotland Yard says. Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack.   Khalid Masood has been formally identifed by police as the man responsible for the #WestminsterAttack in #London — Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 23, 2017 He was known to police, however, and had a...

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Shots fired at UK Parliament; officer stabbed and assailant shot

Two people have died after a terror incident that saw a police officer stabbed, and as many as a dozen people run over outside London’s Parliament building on Wednesday. Police said a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, leaving more than a dozen with injuries described as catastrophic. Around the same time Wednesday, a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain’s Parliament, sending the compound into lockdown London police confirmed there are a “number of casualties, including police officers.” Sources told Sky News that up to three officers were injured.  ...

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Germany: Three Islamist Teens Convicted for Bombing Sikh Temple

BERLIN (AP) — A German court convicted three 17-year-olds on Tuesday of participating last year in a bomb attack on a Sikh temple that was motivated by hatred of other religions. They were given prison sentences ranging between six and seven years. The boys had been radicalized for some time before the April 16 attack in the western city of Essen and had been in contact with ultraconservative Muslims known as Salafists, the Essen state court said. But the three-month trial turned up no evidence that they had any immediate contact with the Islamic State group, the court said...

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