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Hamtramck, Michigan: An Evolving City Of Immigrants

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:50:17 -0400

Hamtramck, Mich., used to be mostly Polish. Now, the population has changed, with a growing population of Muslims, coming mostly from Yemen and Bangladesh.



Trapped Civilians Complicate U.S. Efforts in Northern Syria And Iraq

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

NPR's Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman explains U.S. and coalition efforts to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa and the ongoing fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul. Recent airstrikes in Mosul may have led to the deaths of more than one hundred civilians, including women and children.



Special Immigrant Visa Holders Still Face Questioning Upon Reaching U.S.

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Visa holders who worked with the U.S. overseas say they've been detained and threatened with deportation upon arrival in the country, but federal officials say there is broad discretion to deny entry.



U.S. Acknowledges Mosul Airstrikes That Residents Say Killed More Than 100 Civilians

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:26:20 -0400

Loveday Morris, Washington Post Baghdad bureau chief, says if confirmed, the deadly airstrike marks the most civilian causalities since the U.S. began fighting ISIS in 2014.



New Film Spotlights Palestinian Women Navigating Life 'In Between' Cultures

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Maysaloun Hamoud's In Between highlights the challenges young Palestinian women face in Israel as they try to live amid contradictory expectations. Hamoud has received death threats since its release.



Former Egyptian President Mubarak Freed From Detention

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak is a free man for the first time in six years. He was freed from house arrest at a military hospital after being cleared of claims he ordered Arab Spring protesters shot.



Push To Name Muslim Brotherhood A Terrorist Group Worries U.S. Offshoots

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Some Islamic institutions in the U.S. were founded by brotherhood members or sympathizers. Community leaders say ties with the Islamist movement were cut long ago; conservatives suspect otherwise.



Former Egyptian Leader Mubarak Released

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:51:00 -0400

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was freed Friday morning after six years in detention. His lawyers say he has left a military hospital where he has essentially been under house arrest.



Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."



Maysoon Zayid: Should Humor Make Us Uncomfortable?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

Maysoon Zayid teases herself for all the ways she's different: she has cerebral palsy, she's Muslim, she's Palestinian. By making us laugh at it, she gets us to think about acceptance.



Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.



Mubarak Walks Free, In What Could Be The Final Twist For Egypt's Former Dictator

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:19:00 -0400

Hosni Mubarak, 88 and ailing, was acquitted by Egypt's top appeals court of charges that he ordered police to kill anti-government protesters in 2011.



A Poem From A Syrian Psychiatrist: 'Cloud-Cafe'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:32:00 -0400

Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul writes poems to capture his longing for his troubled homeland.



Who Will Listen To The Suffering Syrians?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:27:00 -0400

The conflict has created chronic mental pain in a country with few mental health specialists. Dr. Hassum Jefee-Bahloul, a Syrian psychiatrist who now lives in the U.S., has a plan to help.



Big Changes And Major Dilemmas Loom In Next Phase Of ISIS War In Syria

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:06:00 -0400

The U.S. considers deploying hundreds more American troops to Syria in the final phase of the war against ISIS — one that could reshape borders and relationships in the Middle East.