Yemen: Civilians Bombed, Shelled, Starved

The Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi armed group engaged in a conflict in Yemen which have turned the country’s humanitarian crisis into a full-blown catastrophe, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019.Continue Reading

The FBI Abducts Journalist Marzieh Hashemi

A journalist has been kidnapped inside US territories without any charge or crime. On Sunday January 13, the FBI abducted American-born journalist and anchor Marzieh Hashemi , born Melanie Franklin, upon arrival at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, , according to her family and friends.Continue Reading

Illinois Man Accused in Minnesota Mosque Bombing Seeks Plea Deal

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – An attorney for one of three Illinois militia members accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque says his client is negotiating a possible plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Michael James McWhorter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal hate crime charges, but the Star Tribune reports his attorney told a federal magistrate that McWhorter was working on a possible deal.

According to court documents, McWhorter admitted he, Michael Hari and Joe Morris drove from Clarence, Illinois, in August 2017 and attacked Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center. McWhorter allegedly said the men did it to scare Muslims from the country.

McWhorter also allegedly admitted the men attempted to bomb an Illinois women’s clinic. Federal charges were filed in both states.

McWhorter’s and Morris’ cases have been combined in Minnesota, while Hari’s cases remain separate. Hari is still in federal custody in Illinois.

A definition of Islamophobia will save the lives of British Muslims

This week, MPs from across the political spectrum came together to discuss an issue that really matters to communities up and down the country. No, it wasn’t about Brexit. They were meeting to launch a report calling for the introduction of a definition on Islamophobia. Our call for a definition is not about curtailing free speech or causing offence. Quite the opposite – it is about being able to speak out on the nature of the challenge and how best to address it as a society. Those who argue against recognising the seriousness of this issue are too often those who have no experience of how debilitating this abuse can be.Continue Reading

Sterling man pleads guilty to murder in killing of Muslim teen

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A 25-year-old Sterling man pleaded guilty Wednesday to capital murder in the slaying of a Muslim teen he encountered last year while she and her friends walked to their Virginia mosque.

The plea allows Darwin Martinez Torres to avoid a possible death sentence in the abduction, sexual assault and killing of Nabra Hassanen, 17. Many feared Nabra’s killing during Ramadan in June 2017 was an anti-Muslim hate crime, but police have said they found no evidence it was motivated by bias.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, Torres will be sentenced to life in prison. He also pleaded guilty to rape in the case, which had been set to go to trial in January.

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Nabra, a student at South Lakes High School in Reston, Va., and a group of friends had gone out for a pre-dawn meal during the early hours of June 18, 2017, a common practice for young people at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) mosque during Ramadan.

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