Quotidian Hate Violence

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I wrote an essay for USA Today on the recent hate violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma & Queens, New York. Bigotry and bias against Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, and transgender Americans continues unabated. This piece reflects the latest developments in both cases, including the addition of a hate crime charge in Tulsa. Pictured above are Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. They were murdered in Chapel, North Carolina in February 2015.

New FBI Program Unfairly Targets Muslim Americans

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I wrote an essay for Politico Magazine on a new counterterrorism program, Shared Responsibility Committees, that unfairly targets Muslim Americans. My article is in direct response to last week’s cover story for the magazine, which quoted an unnamed, senior law enforcement official, who reported that the committees are being beta tested in undisclosed pilot cities. I was invited by the FBI to review the program and believe it’s overreaching, ineffective and stigmatizes Muslim Americans.

The Treatment Industrial Complex

Treatment Complex

There have always been institutions and individuals who look to profit from the suffering of others. Today is no different. In a new essay for Politico, I warn about the Treatment Industrial Complex, a growing network of facilities and companies who are capitalizing on the movement away from incarceration and towards treatment and rehabilitation. Their success depends not on being effective, but in keeping as many people as possible under supervision for as long as possible. The lengthier, deeper and more expansive the treatment, the greater the profit. I co-authored this essay with Cate Graziani from Grassroots Leadership.

Saudi Arabian Authoritarianism: First Hand

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I was disturbed to learn this week that the corporate headquarters of Al Jazeera blocked my article critiquing Saudi Arabia’s human rights record from viewers outside the United States. The article is still available in the U.S., but people attempting to open the article in other countries were given an error or “not found” page (see above).

This comes after I was incessantly trolled on twitter by what appeared to be an organized campaign intended to intimidate me; an article in the Saudi Arabian newspaper Okaz quoting a director of Al Jazeera apologizing for the article and saying that it would be removed; and a news story from a Bahraini website, profiling a tweet of my article from Al Jazeera America’s account, which was later deleted.

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I will not submit to this act of censorship and hope this episode draws even greater attention to those persecuted by Saudi Arabia, with the implicit support of the U.S.  The Intercept published an essay on the censorship.  They also republished my original column so that it is once again available worldwide.