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China Is Creating A DNA Database Straight Out Of Science Fiction

In the name of safeguarding its 1.4 billion people, China has been collecting biometric information from millions of people whom it deems potential threats—among them, Uyghurs, migrant workers, and college students—as part of national DNA database.

Read Here – Defense One

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Are The New Faces Of European Politics Here To Stay?

Across the continent, Muslims are breaking into politics, becoming parliamentarians, assembly members, senators and mayors to represent their increasingly diverse electorates. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan made headlines around the world when he was elected in 2016, and, according to a recent poll, he is the most popular Labour Party politician in the U.K. But he’s not alone: Ahmed Aboutaleb has been the Muslim mayor of Rotterdam since 2009 and is considered one of the Netherlands’ most popular politicians.

Read Here – Ozy 

Legacy Of 1857 Continues Unabated

The brave and fractious anti-British uprising of 1857 was put down with a heavy hand. It took another 90 eventful years for Hindus and Muslims who claimed to have jointly led the anti-colonial showdown to part ways. Anger, acrimony, violence visited both communities and tore up large swathes of their habitats across the subcontinent .

Read Here – Dawn

Do Muslims Have Authority To Punish Unbelievers?

There is no Holy Scripture that declares categorically that “there shall be no compulsion in religion” but the Holy Quran. Even though the Quran addresses the word “disbelief” more than 150 times, Muslims have never been given the authority to punish disbelievers.

Read Here – The Jakarta Post

How The Anti-Muslim Fringe Conquered The White House.

Last July, a sharply dressed man named Frank Gaffney walked onto the stage of a crowded convention center in downtown Denver and proceeded to calmly warn his audience that Muslims were working to conquer America from the inside.

Read Here – Vox

Key Facts About Refugees To The U.S.

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Historically, the total number of refugees coming to the U.S. has fluctuated along with global events and U.S. priorities. From 1990 to 1995, an average of about 112,000 refugees arrived in the U.S. each year, many coming from the former Soviet Union. However, refugee admissions dropped off to fewer than 27,000 in 2002 following the terrorist attacks in 2001. This number has since trended up.

Read Here – Pew Research

The Return Of History

An Islamic philosopher in Karachi, an ideologue who provides violent ideas to some of Pakistan’s fiercest extremist groups, once told me that there are two kinds of history: dead and living. “Dead history is something on a shelf or in a museum,” he said. “Living history is part of your consciousness, something in your blood that inspires you.”

Read Here – The New York Times

Clinton Sees An Opportunity In Trump’s Muslim Ban Call

Hillary Clinton and her allies have seized on Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the country to define the 2016 election as an existential battle between the Democratic front-runner and the dangerous forces of “prejudice and paranoia” as epitomized by Trump — but also echoed by the rest of the Republican field.

Read Here – Politico

Muslims And Islam: Key Findings In The U.S. And Around The World

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Muslims are the fastest-growing religious group in the world. The growth and regional migration of Muslims, combined with the ongoing impact of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other extremist groups that commit acts of violence in the name of Islam, have brought Muslims and the Islamic faith to the forefront of the political debate in many countries. Yet many facts about Muslims are not well known in some of these places, and most Americans – who live in a country with a relatively small Muslim population – say they know little or nothing about Islam.

Read Here – Pew Research

Trump’s Proposals for Muslims Make Diplomacy Harder, Kerry Says

Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from traveling to the U.S. makes it harder to carry out effective diplomacy, Secretary of State John Kerry said, adding his voice to a chorus of figures in both major parties who’ve condemned the idea.

Read Here – Bloomberg

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