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Arrested for the intentional run over of a Muslim family that left 4 dead
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Arrested for the intentional run over of a Muslim family that left 4 dead

A 20-year-old man has been arrested in Canada for allegedly intentionally running over a Muslim family on Sunday night, which caused the death of four people and serious injuries to a fifth, the Canadian police reported this Monday.Police spokesman Inspector Paul Waight identified the detainee as Nathaniel Veltman and noted that authorities are weighing accuse him of terrorism."There is evidence that it was planned, a premeditated act, and that the family was attacked because they were Muslims ", Waight said. For his part, London Police Chief Steve Williams stated that "the victims were attacked for their Islamic faith."Police also indicated that there is no information that Veltman was associ...
The Quilliam Foundation has closed but its toxic legacy remains
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The Quilliam Foundation has closed but its toxic legacy remains

The news that the Quilliam Foundation, a so-called counter-extremism think-tank, has closed, was welcomed by many – particularly by Muslims who have long been targets of the harmful practices of the organisation. On April 9, one of its founders, Maajid Nawaz, announced on Twitter that the decision was made due to the “hardship of maintaining a non-profit during Covid lockdowns”. Although the foundation had experienced financial difficulties over the past few years, there has been some speculation that Nawaz’s flirtations with Q-Anon conspiracy theories about the US elections and the electoral defeat of Donald Trump may have contributed to internal splits and the decision to close down. Despite the relief many of us feel, the foundation leaves behind a toxic legacy, which will continue to h...
Facebook sued over failure to police anti-Muslim hate speech
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Facebook sued over failure to police anti-Muslim hate speech

The non-profit group Muslim Advocates is suing Facebook, claiming the social media giant fails to police hate speech, especially ‘pervasive’ anti-Muslim attacks.An advocacy group for Muslim Americans sued Facebook Inc., alleging that the company’s failure to enforce its own moderation policies has caused a wave of anti-Muslim abuse. The complaint, filed in superior court in Washington on Thursday, claims the world’s largest social network has failed to remove content that violates its rules against hate speech, despite assuring lawmakers and other government officials that it enforces those policies. Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have generally been able to dodge lawsuits faulting them for not removing abusive content, under a 1996 federal law that broadly protects internet platfo...
UK should recognise Islamophobia as a crime: Victim’s daughter
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UK should recognise Islamophobia as a crime: Victim’s daughter

On the night of April 29, 2013, Mohammed Saleem, a retired grandfather, was walking home from prayers at his local mosque in Small Heath, a Birmingham suburb. At 82, he was using a walking stick. Suddenly, Pavlo Lapshyn, a 25-year-old Ukrainian PhD student, stabbed the elderly man three times in the back with a hunting knife, killing him. The wound that was highest up on passed all the way through his body. In June and July, Lapshyn, a white supremacist who wanted, in his words, to “increase racial conflict”, planted bombs outside three mosques in the West Midlands region, targeting the busiest periods – Friday congregations. He was later arrested and pleaded guilty to all of the charges against him under the Explosive Substances Act of 1883 and the Terrorism Act of 2006. He is now serving...
Hindu right-wing groups in US got $833,000 of federal COVID fund
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Hindu right-wing groups in US got $833,000 of federal COVID fund

Washington, DC, United States – Five organisations with ties to Hindu supremacist and religious groups have received COVID-19 relief funding amounting to $833,000, according to data released by the United States’ Small Business Administration (SBA), a federal agency that helps small business owners and entrepreneurs. SBA gave the funds as part of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDLA), Disaster Assistance Loan (DAL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). All three programmes aimed to provide economic relief to distressed businesses and keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis in the worst-hit nation in the world. Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America Massachusetts-based Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA...