“I am not American,” said the Islamist; “I am Muslim”

Several years ago, when first in the United States on a teaching scholarship, one issue leapt out. A man asked an innocent enough question: Where I was from? I told him; then, as a courtesy, asked him the same question.

“I am a Muslim,” he smiled.

Thinking that perhaps he had not understood the question — he sounded American or English — I asked if he was from the United States.

“I am not American,” he said again; “I am a Muslim.”

I subsequently learned that he was an Islamist, a preacher of strict religious teachings, and that many of the people to whom he preached held the same views.

In Iran and Syria, where I was born and raised, I had never before heard this answer.

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Pope’s High-Risk Visit to South Asia: Opposition in Catholic Hierarchy

The Pope’s trip to Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh is occurring against a backdrop of political turmoil and criticism by some Vatican watchers. The visit may also present personal danger for the Holy Father. Although no one, of course, condones violence and mass expulsion, there has been been indignation, expressed by the spokesperson for Myanmar’s Bishop Conference, as to the Pope’s concern for the human rights of Muslims while failing to comment on the regime’s persecution of Christian minorities in Myanmar.

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Hijab Shame: Rape, Murder and Loss of Face

February 1st was the fifth World Hijab Day. Hijab is the Muslim headscarf that the media continually mischaracterize as merely a symbol of modesty in Islam. World Hijab Day was founded by New York activist Nazma Khanin in 2013 and is now celebrated in 140 countries. The stated goal is to foster religious tolerance and understanding by encouraging women of all religions to wear and experience hijab for one day. Put on a pretty head scarf and you too can enter a popular victim class. If you are really lucky you may be harassed and enjoy the full discrimination experience. Ironically, many of the same feminists who wore pussy hats at the Women’s March put on head scarves to stand in solidarity with their Muslim sisters. One month these feminist fashionistas are dressing up like giant vaginas and the next month celebrating their modesty. It would be much less confusing if these women would stop using headwear to symbolize their political positions. It makes you worry what else is in their clothes closet.

A few days later Macy’s announced a new clothing line for Muslim women making them the first major department store in the U.S. to sell hijabs. This is part of a new trend called Haute Hijab to glamorize and normalize the covering of women. In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Sonia Ossorio, President of the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women, said that hijab was a symbol of empowerment and resistance against Donald Trump. Her statement was in reference to women who never wore hijab before who decided to wear it in protest of the travel ban. While deluded Western feminists are embracing the most recognizable symbol of institutional oppression, women in Iran are risking their lives waving and burning their head coverings in protest against the state-mandated law.

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Leftist Media Fawns Over North Korean Dictator’s Sister

Move over, Oprah Winfrey, the leftist media has found a new heroine to lionize. Her name is Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean “Rocket Man” dictator Kim Jong-un. Kim Yo-jong is her brother’s close adviser and has a lofty title: Deputy Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party.

The establishment media has been fawning all over the dictator’s sister ever since she arrived at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. In doing so, they have shamelessly assisted the key purpose of her attendance at the Winter Olympics: to drive a wedge in the U.S.-South Korean alliance with her charm offensive. Kim Yo-jong’s soft smiles for the cameras were enough for the media to put on their rose-colored glasses when viewing a propagandist who has helped cover up or rationalize the starvation, executions, torture, militarization and reckless nuclear threats that are the trademarks of her brother’s vicious regime.

Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, was present at the opening of the Winter Olympics, making a statement that the United States would not allow North Korea to “hijack the Olympics . . . in terms of optics and messaging.” Though sitting close to Kim Yo-jong, Pence made sure to ignore her.

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Jerusalem, Israel’s Capital, Is a Peaceful City

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Mention the word “Jerusalem,” which is derived from the word “peace,” and anything but peace comes to mind. Yet the city of Jerusalem is safer by far than San Francisco, thanks to good policing and traditional life among both the Jewish and Arab populations.

The word “Jerusalem,” which is derived from the word “peace,” tends to evoke images of anything but peace. It suggests, instead, images of massive demonstrations pitting Palestinians against Israeli police, or of exploding buses and restaurants. Such images do, after all, reflect the new items reported by many of the foreign journalists who cover the city.

Mention the name “San Francisco,” however, and one’s mind is likely to conjure an image of joggers running on the Golden Gate Bridge against a perfect sunset over the Bay – or perhaps steep streets graced by famous bars and eating joints. One city evokes images of conflict, the other of tourism.

The truth is that Jerusalem lives up to its name rather than its image or reputation – and is safer by far than San Francisco. The two cities have similar population sizes of around 850,000. In 2014, a relatively violent year in Jerusalem, the number of homicides stood at 27, half the number of homicides in San Francisco. There was, of course, a crucial difference. In Jerusalem, 12 of the homicides were criminal, and the majority were either terrorists or those they were attacking. In one case, the victim was a bystander. In San Francisco, all those killed were either criminals or their victims.

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Iran and Hezbollah Intend to Remain in Syria, US Ambassador Nikki Haley Warns UN Security Council

The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, eviscerated Iran’s rulers before the Security Council on Wednesday as the global body debated the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Haley described President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Damascus as “a front for Iran, Hezbollah, and their allies to advance the irresponsible and dangerous agenda for the Middle East.”

“On every front of this conflict, we find fighters imported by Iran from Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan,” Haley told the Security Council. “When we see the Assad regime starving civilians in eastern Ghouta or pummeling schools and hospitals in Idlib, we see advisers from Iran and Hezbollah helping direct those atrocities.”

Haley also criticized Russia for failing to “guarantee adherence to… de-escalation zones to help the political process.” She continued: “But then again, Russia was also supposed to guarantee that all chemical weapons would be removed from Syria. Instead, we see the Assad regime continue to bomb, starve, and yes, gas civilians.”

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Iran-backed Hizballah says it will have nearly 500,000 missiles aimed at Israel within a year

An Iranian-backed terror group claims it will have nearly half-a-million missiles aimed at Israel within the next year amid ongoing efforts by the Islamic Republic to transfer advanced missile technology to regional hotspots such as Lebanon and Syria, which are located on Israel’s borders.

Militants tied to Hezbollah, the Iranian-controlled terror group that operates along Israel’s northern border in Lebanon, claim they have deployed more than 70,000 long-range missiles across Syria and Lebanon in preparation for a strike on Israel. The number of missiles could grow to nearly half-a-million within the next year, according to these militant groups.

Following an encounter between an Iranian drone and Israeli forces that set off speculation of an upcoming confrontation between these two countries, pro-Hezbollah press outlets disclosed that Iran has been moving advanced missiles across the region in order to bolster its terrorist proxies, such as Hezbollah….

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