Crossing the Crescent
- Astoria, New York, USA
- February 09
- I am an American Muslim who writes about Islam in America at my website, Crossingthecrescent.com. My pieces have been published in Antiwar.com, AltMuslim.com, The Nation.com, and elsewhere. I live in NYC.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Should Hypocrisy Stop Us from
Supporting Libyan Rebels?
March 24, 2011 12:59PM
- Video clip discussing Libya
March 24, 2011 10:19AM
- Will the Arab League Rescind
Support for Libya
March 21, 2011 12:53PM
- Will Libya Become a Second
March 18, 2011 03:01PM
- Is Intervention in Libya
Impending? And at What Cost?
March 17, 2011 01:40PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
France’s help we’d
all be s…”
March 25, 2011 09:16AM
- “Second-to-last paragraph
should say, "Option one",
March 17, 2011 07:13PM
- “I disagree with very
little, if any, of Greenwald's
though that is
March 17, 2011 07:11PM
- “I share your wariness,
as evidenced in my own post a
March 17, 2011 06:24PM
- “Judging by her defensive
and childish response, she
like the Sarah Palin
March 17, 2011 02:54PM
M. Junaid Levesque-Alam's Links
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 »
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… Read full post »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 Eg… Read 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 »
(Slightly different version appeared in Antiwar.com)
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 leadin… 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 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/… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
(Published at Antiwar.com)
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 »
(Published in Antiwar.com)
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:
That is the message adopted by some liberals and their allies in… Read full post »
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… Read full post »
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.
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, however… Read full post »