Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

Activists have long insisted that the terrorism case against two Albany residents in 2004 was more of a frame-up than a sting.  The two were given 15-year federal prison sentences for their involvement in an alleged money-laundering incident tied to the sale of a fake shoulder-fired missile. The local Muslim community is hosting an annual rally Saturday, the anniversary of the arrests.

Dr. Menhaz Afridi is an Associate Professor of Religious studies and Director of Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. She is committed to interfaith, and the Holocaust education. She teaches contemporary Islam, Holocaust, Genocide and issues of gender within Islam. 

She will join the Sidney and Beatrice Albert Inter-Faith Lectureship Program at The College of St. Rose next Tuesday, April 17 to present a lecture entitled “The Rise of Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Solutions and Challenges.”

Facebook: Veterans Challenge Islamophobia

The roughly 3,500-member strong Veterans for Peace organization has started a campaign called “Veterans Challenge Islamophobia.” More than 300 veterans have signed onto the effort, some of whom have made visible appearances at Donald Trump rallies in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Brian Trautman of Albany is on VFP’s national board and is a campaign committee member. Currently an instructor at Berkshire Community College, Trautman served as an active-duty artilleryman in the Army for four years and became involved with peace movements during the lead-up to the Iraq invasion in 2003. Trautman spoke with WAMC’s Jim Levulis about the Veterans Challenge Islamophobia campaign.

Herbert London: Islamophobia & Political Correctness

Jan 12, 2016

In accordance with a ten year plan of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to implement United Nations’ Resolution 16/18 which criminalizes all criticism of Islam worldwide, the U.S. House of Representatives issued H. Res. 569 condemning violence, bigotry and “hateful rhetoric” toward Muslims in the United States.