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Dr. Jack Shaheen Discusses The Ft. Hood Tragedy

Dr. Jack Shaheen, a national expert on the portrayal of Arabs and Muslim in the media, discusses the negative stereo types of Arab and Muslims in the mainstream news media in the aftermath of the Fort Hood shooting, where U.S. Major Nidal Hassan shot and killed 14 of his fellow comrades in arms.

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Illume Speaks With Muslim-American Playwright Wajahat Ali

In writing a simple story, Wajahat Ali made history. His once college writing assignment has become the critically acclaimed play "Domestic Crusaders." Ali will make history when "Domestic Crusders" premiers at the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York on September 11. Ali, a lawyer by trade, becomes the first Muslim playwright to debut off-broadway.

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Muslims Online Encourage Debate, Not Hate

Columnist Mona Eltahawy says a new generation of Muslims are using the Internet to challenge tyranny and reform Islam


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Latest Victim to Sororities' Purr: Muslim Women

Meet the members of the first Muslim sorority in the United States.




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Burqa Barbie: News Anchor

After fans decided to make Barbie's new career a TV journalist in an online vote, Mona Eltahawy wonders why an Italian designer recently chose to outfit a "Muslim" Barbie in a burqa.

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Daughters of Facebook Generation

Mona Eltahawy speaks at "Islam and the Media: Who Speaks for Islam?" presented by The University of Colorado at Boulder Center for Media, Religion and Culture.

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A Teacher's Financial Struggle

Phil Black meets a teacher in Kabul struggling to provide for her family
on her government wage.

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GTMO, Torture and the Cover-Up

Notorious for allegations of torture and prisoner abuse, the controversial detention facility at Guantamo Bay, or GTMO, is home to alleged terrorists, the 'worst of the worst' as we are told. But talk to Terry Holdbrooks, a former GTMO prison guard, and he says when it comes to GTMO, America has it all wrong.

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Power Brokers: How Israel Negotiates With America

Born and raised in the US, as a young man Gershon Baskin moved to Israel where he has been working on peace betwen the Palestinians and Israelis for the past 30 years.  He has a column in the conservative Jerusalem Post.  He has served as an advisor to Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Ehud Barak.  Most recently, he ran for a seat in the Israeli Knesset (Parlament).

Baskin talks to ILLUME about the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel and if this relationships gives Israel an unfair advantage in any future peace talks, and why the U.S.'s role as mediator is key to any future peace.

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Irene Khan

She is the first Asian, the first woman, and the first Muslim to become head of Amnesty International, one of the world's largest human rights organizations.  During a recent visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, Irene Khan spoke to ILLUME magazine on the issue of Islamic law (Shariah) and its compatibility with democracy and human rights. She also discusses the growing of human rights violations of Muslim-Americans in the United States post-9-11.