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Blowback in Somalia
The notorious Somali paramilitary warlord who goes by the nom de guerre Indha Adde, or White Eyes, walks alongside trenches on the outskirts of Mogadishu’s Bakara Market once occupied by fighters from the Shabab, the Islamic militant group that has pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda. In one of the trenches, the foot of a corpse pokes out from a makeshift grave consisting of some sand dumped loosely over the body. One of Indha Adde’s militiamen says the body is that of a foreigner who fought alongside the Shabab. “We bury their dead, and we also capture them alive,” says Indha Adde in a low, raspy voice. “We take care of them if they are Somali, but if we capture a foreigner we execute them so that others will see we have no mercy.”

Despite such thug talk, Indha Adde is not simply a warlord, at least not officially, anymore. Nowadays, he is addressed as Gen. Yusuf Mohamed Siad, and he wears a Somali military uniform, complete with red beret and three stars on his shoulder. His weapons and his newfound legitimacy were bestowed upon him by the US-sponsored African Union force, known as AMISOM, that currently occupies large swaths of Mogadishu.
terrorism  islam  Somalia  fundamentalism  violence  United_States  Al-Shabaab  CIA  Jeremy_Scahill  Al-Qaeda 
september 2011 by dissident
Norway attacks: We can no longer ignore the far-right threat | Matthew Goodwin | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
Breivik is not a Norwegian oddity, but symptomatic of a growing culture of politically motivated violence across Europe
Norway  violence  dehumanization  ideology  extremism  rightwing  Islam  xenophobia 
july 2011 by dissident
Rais Bhuiyan, Victim of Post-9/11 Shooting Spree, Pleads To Spare Attacker Mark Stroman's Life
Just weeks after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, a masked man stormed into the Dallas convenience store where Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh, worked as a cashier. He asked where Bhuiyan was from -- then shot him in the face at point-blank range before he could reply.
islam  islamophobia  death_penalty  violence  Texas  solidarity 
july 2011 by dissident
Amazon.com: Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World (9780679758907): Edward W. Said: Books
hile the 16 years that have passed since the first edition of this book hit the stands have been marked by an increase in sensitivity toward many ethnic, racial, and sexual minorities, the easy acceptance of stereotypes and prejudices in the portrayal, depiction of, and reporting about Islamic peoples has remained largely constant. In this updated version of this rigorous but engaging volume Edward Said looks at how American popular media has used and perpetuated a narrow and unfavorable image of Islamic peoples, and how this has prevented understanding while providing a fictitious common enemy for the diverse American populace. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
islam  media  Edward_W_Said  United_States  stereotypes  books 
may 2011 by dissident
US counter-terrorism training 'presents Islam as inherently violent' | World news | The Guardian
American government accused of spending millions on courses giving police a distorted impression of Muslims
United_States  terrorism  training  police  islam  muslims  islamophobia 
march 2011 by dissident
Why 'Islamophobia' is less thinly veiled in Europe - CSMonitor.com
How anti-Muslim sentiment is different in European countries than in America.
imported  islam  xenophobia  Europe  non-fiction  United_States 
september 2010 by dissident
Amazon.com: Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam eBook:…
Nearly seven million Muslims live in the United States today, and their relations with non-Muslims are strained. Many Americans associate Islam with figures such as Osama bin Laden, and they worry about homegrown terrorists. To shed light on this increasi
imported  anthropology  islam  america  religion  culture  Akbar_Ahmed  books 
june 2010 by dissident

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