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April 6, 2017

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Trump, Sisi, and the Muslim Brotherhood: Why Strongmen use Straw Men (The Huffington Post)

As Egypt’s President Al-Sisi and President Trump meet today in the White House, sure to be on their agenda will be the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. Though this is a move long favored by Trump associates, Egypt’s autocratic ruler may give the President the cover he needs to make it a reality in this country by couching the designation as a part of “the fight against ISIS”. Long the most effective opposition party in Egypt, the Brotherhood was declared a terrorist group by Al-Sisi, and he has exiled, executed, or jailed many of its most prominent members. For President Al-Sisi, this move served to both quell any hint of dissent as well as creating a bogeyman to constantly campaign against. (Written by Salam Al-Marayati)

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Trump Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorists Would Be a Massive Victory for Extremists (The Intercept)

Ryan Ahari, a policy analyst at the Muslim Public Affairs Council, worries that it would give fodder to the government to suppress Muslim American civic life. “What would happen is if you designate the MB as a terrorist organization, you’re going to have to figure out which organizations at home at do you think are operating domestically in conjunction with the Muslim Brotherhood,” he warned. “You’re going to order the FBI to raid their offices. You’re going to delegitimize us. You’re going to remove our credibility.”

Why A Muslim Women's Day Was Needed Now More Than Ever (Bustle)

According to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, somewhere between 15 to 30 percent of the slaves in antebellum America were Muslims. With such a complicated and extended presence — replete with bigotry, ostracization, and many other struggles — Muslim Women's Day can be a critical moment to analyze the presence of Islam in the United States, specifically for Muslim women.

Muslim Panel Calls for Deeper Understanding of Supporters of Islam At Screening of Digital Series (The Hollywood Reporter)

The show consists of 15 mini-documentaries about real people — including actors, comedians and activists — in the Muslim community, who are dealing with everyday discrimination and ignorance. Introducing a screening of an installment about how Muslims are portrayed in movies and TV series, mostly as terrorists and villains, Muslim Public Affairs Council president Salam Al-Marayati stressed the importance of the show's perspective. “Islam without human dignity is not Islam,” said Al-Marayati. “The news may tell people what to think, but these stories tell people how to feel.”

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