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Islam in America and America in the Islamic World

M. Junaid Levesque-Alam

M. Junaid Levesque-Alam
Astoria, New York, USA
February 09
I am an American Muslim who writes about Islam in America at my website, My pieces have been published in,, The, and elsewhere. I live in NYC.

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Editor’s Pick
MARCH 24, 2011 12:59PM

Should Hypocrisy Stop Us from Supporting Libyan Rebels?

As Western intervention against the Qaddhafi regime enters its sixth day, rebels remain enthusiastic. The Arab League, though considerably less enthusiastic, also continues to back the effort. In the United States, however, some commentators have adopted a more critical approach.

One such figure is… Read full post »

MARCH 24, 2011 10:19AM

Video clip discussing Libya

I was on Russian TV last night for a few minutes discussing the situation in Libya - third video down:

The situation is pretty much going to turn into a mess unless the Arab masses own the process--which might be a problem since US-backed Arab despots are

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Two days after Western forces struck Libyan military targets, halting Qaddhafi’s attack on civilians in Benghazi and elsewhere, some observers wonder whether the Arab League will withdraw its support for the intervention.

 The League had unanimously endorsed the no-fly zone on March 12th&/… Read full post »

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MARCH 18, 2011 3:01PM

Will Libya Become a Second Iraq?

Since the United States performed an abrupt about-face on Libya, backing a U.N. resolution that authorizes “all necessary measures” to counter Qaddafi, military intervention on the rebels' behalf appears likely. Opponents of intervention urge their audiences to recall the Iraq invasion&md/… Read full post »

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MARCH 17, 2011 1:40PM

Is Intervention in Libya Impending? And at What Cost?

As Qaddafi continues to rout rebel forces in the east and terrorize their supporters in the west, the United States has radically recalibrated its stance on intervention. Previously wary, the U.S. is now leading efforts to rally the U.N. behind not only a no-fly zone but also a “no-drive”… Read full post »

As a Sunni, I feel no hesitation in saying that the Shiites vying for freedom in Bahrain are closer to my heart than the Sunni elites who are vying to crush them.

Now, the local Sunni regime has been reinforced by the Saudis. The Wahabist sect that has reigned over… Read full post »

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MARCH 15, 2011 2:40PM

Bill Maher Says My Faith is “Hate-Filled.” Is He Right?

Americans are adopting an increasingly venomous attitude toward Islam and its adherents.

 The latest evidence of this trend was on display Saturday, when liberal talk show host Bill Maher turned on his Muslim guest, Congressman Keith Ellison. Maher slammed the Qur’an as “a hate-fill… Read full post »

(Published in Foreign Policy in Focus)  

The eruption of democratic defiance among Arabs has discredited neoconservatives and al-Qaeda alike, shattering their shared assumption that Muslims need violent prodding to reclaim their dignity. Ten weeks of protests won  Tunisians and EgRead full post »

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MARCH 10, 2011 9:02AM

America’s Anti-Muslim Jihadists on the March Again

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Remember the mad mullah who tried to build a terror mosque atop Ground Zero using the ashes of September 11th victims?

Neither do I.

But that campaign — the slandering of an imam sponsored by the State Departm/

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MARCH 4, 2011 9:58AM

Western Intervention in Libya Would Damage Arab Cause

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Egypt and Tunisia demonstrated the power of mass protest and the moral leverage of those who pursue non-violent action. But while movements there sparked a chain reaction of democratic defiance across the Arab world, protestersRead full post »

In the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, a cavalcade of conservatives tapped open their sunroofs to profess love of democracy for Iraqis as the wheels of their war plan crushed Iraq.  In a time and place replete with scenes of carnage, this spectacle vied for a top spot.

Having unleashed hell… Read full post »

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A False Peace: Egypt’s Relationship with Israel – and Ours

When the tumult in Tunisia and Egypt shattered the deep freeze that has afflicted Arabs for almost four decades, countries fond of touting democracy should have been leadinRead full post »

Below is a statement by American and Canadian Muslims who are writers, bloggers, cartoonists, and various leaders in defense of freedom of expression; this statement was issuedin response to (among other things) news that various death threats apparently forced cartoonist Molly Morris to go into hidi… Read full post »

Below is a statement by American and Canadian Muslims who are writers, bloggers, cartoonists, and various leaders in defense of freedom of expression; this statement was issuedin response to (among other things) news that various death threats apparently forced cartoonist Molly Morris to go into hid… Read full post »

I appreciate Mr. Wright’s attempt yesterday to highlight the balance that characterizes the Koran. But I cannot help regretting that such well-intentioned efforts always suffer from a crippling flaw. When liberals counter neoconservative attacks on Islam, they often couch their remarks wit/

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Fahrenheit 451, Park 51, and Mainstreaming Hate

America underestimated Terry Jones.

The pastor who planned to set the Qur’an aflame has revealed a razor-sharp political instinct, one that will advance his cause regardless of whether the bonfire takes place.

When the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 10:31AM

Take a Moment to Step Away from the Hate

 It is a tiring and often thankless task to combat the hate and vitriol that nourish America’s burgeoning anti-Islamic phenomenon.

Since today is Ramadan in parts of the world, I invite readers to simply ignore the polemics, politics, and hyperbole for a few minutes, sit back, and just… Read full post »

Animosity toward Islam has reached such extremes in America that officialdom only rallies against anti-Muslim invective if it interferes with its warring on Muslim countries.

Perhaps it’s just the skeptic and former journalist in me, but that’s my impression as I review the recent blo… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 8:56AM

Islam and America’s Most Powerful Cult

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In their spirited assault on Islam, conservatives have seized upon one notion with particular delight: the Abrahamic faith embraced by a quarter of humanity is a "cult."  

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey popularized the claim in July when a constituent asked abo… Read full post »

The Israeli loyalist and chief editor of The New Republic, Martin Peretz, recently opined that Muslims are not "worthy" of the "privileges" of the First Amendment.

 Since the Constitution applies not only to all citizens but all residents in the United States, the only logical conclusion is that… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2010 2:52PM

A Specious Compromise on Cordoba

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You are not terrorists. Your religion is not evil. Your project is not a monument to murder. But since some believe otherwise, I propose a compromise:

Get out.

That is the message adopted by some liberals and their allies in… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2010 8:46PM

The Rise of Ultra-Semitism in Israel

A prominent Israeli rabbi whose party shares power in the Netanyahu government called for the extermination of Arabs in a recent sermon.

The 89-year-old Ovadia Yosef urged God to strike “these Ishmaelites and Palestinians with a plague; these evil haters of Israel.” He then singled o

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Doubtless offended by the site's proximity to Ground Zero, some patriotic conservatives apparently decided to torch equipment at a planned mosque in Murfreesboro, a suburb outside Nashville. Federal officials ruled today that the cause was arson.

Making some back-of-the-envelope calculations, t… Read full post »

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Almost 50 years ago, Frantz Fanon raced against death to finish his famous indictment of colonialism, The Wretched of the Earth. In that book, he wrote:

“Western bourgeois racial prejudice as regards

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In his searing indictment of colonialism, The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon wrote the following as death approached:

“Western bourgeois racial prejudice as regards the nigger and the Arab is a racism of contempt; it is a racism which minimises what it hates. Bourgeois ideology, howeverRead full post »