links for 2011-08-12

  • "A recent CNN poll found that a plurality of Americans, 46 percent, say they hold a positive view of American Muslims, up from 39 percent in 2002. But Ali says the mosque project isn't about making non-Muslims like Islam.

    "'This isn't a PR campaign,' Ali said. 'We are more concerned about telling authentic stories about Muslims, positive or negative.'"

  • "But what was unusual about this particular Weibzer, called “Baby Guo Meimei” (郭美美Baby), was that she listed herself as Business General Manager of the Red Cross Society of China, the nation’s biggest charity organization. It was a detail noticed by one sharp-eyed netizen, as Chinese Internet users are called, and in pointing this out, was reposted over a thousand times in just two hours. It was one thing to be just another spoilt, materialistic rich-kid, quite another if the circumstances of your wealth came about from redirected charity funds."
  • "Bruno’s comment was not very different from the comments hurled by bigots when Mexico beat the U.S. in the Gold Cup. Except this time, Bruno had a nationally syndicated show to spread his hate and deserves to be fired for being unprofessional and stoking racial hatred.

    "Bruno later erased the comment, but the damage was done. But Bruce Botchy, the Giants’ manager, didn’t let him off that easily. 'Forget the remarks about me,' Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle. 'That doesn’t bother me. For a guy to make a racist comment like that and have the ear of so many people, that bothers me. I can defend myself as a coward. I don’t know if you can defend yourself making a racist comment.'”

  • "And the sharks are eating their own once again. The head of the Center For Security Policy and right-wing radio host Frank Gaffney, accused Christie of treason against the United States while interviewing Andy McCarthy of The National Review. McCarthy had already attacked Christie for encouraging the supposedly 'anti-Western, anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic, anti-assimilationist' leadership in the Muslim-American community.

    "Christie had been considered a staunch conservative by many in the Tea Party until he appointed a Muslim American to be a judge. He also came under fire from the right after defending the appointment by criticizing the right-wing belief that Sharia law is taking over America."

  • "Respected Voice columnist Darcus Howe has welcomed an apology from the BBC over a live interview in which he was accused of taking part in the violent riots that have plagued parts of London. There had been several complaints from people who objected to what they termed offensive questions from news presenter Fiona Armstrong.

    “'I would have sued if they didn’t apologise,' said Howe. '…I would have sued if I felt it was spite or malice but a lot them (BBC employees) know me and sent messages saying they were sorry. It was a miserable mistake.'”