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Hate Crimes Go Unprosecuted.

On March 2, a 39-year-old African-American man was killed after opening a letter bomb in Austin, TX. Yesterday, Monday, March 12, two more letter bombs killed another Austin resident, a 17-year-old African-American male, and severely injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman within hours of each other.  In each case, the packages were not delivered by a carrier but left outside their doors. No suspect has been apprehended, and the police are still searching for a proven motive, but Austin’s Poli ...

Defying Common Sense, DHS’s Decision on Syria TPS.

With bated breath, nearly 7,000 Syrians in the U.S. waited to hear the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision on Syria’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on January 31. TPS allows individuals in countries ravaged by natural or manmade disasters a form of temporary asylum in the U.S. with all the legal rights of standard immigration except permanent status. The Trump Administration has reversed decades of bipartisan action by revoking the TPS designation and extension for Sudan, whi ...

Anti-Sharia Legislation, Islamophobia Rises under Trump.

The specter of Sharia’s is apparently hunting America. At least that’s what many state legislators erroneously believe. In 2017, 23 bills were introduced in 18 state legislatures seeking to ban Sharia’s (Islamic law), a spike from 14 such bills in 2016. No doubt, the first year of the Trump administration – and the much touted Muslim Ban – contributed to the increase in anti-Muslim hysteria. The bit of good news was that 2017 fell short of the 2011 record of 56 anti-Sharia bills in the ...

Trump’s “Art of the Deal” on Palestine.

Donald Trump recently threatened on – where else? – Twitter to slash funds to the Palestinian Authority for their alleged unwillingness to “negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel.” Counterintuitively, Trump bragged about removing the final status of Jerusalem “off the table.” This statement was made in reference to his decision to recognize Israeli rule over the entirety of Jerusalem in defiance of international law and the Palestinians’ desire to make East Jerusalem the ...