Just how intense has Islamophobia become in some parts of America? Earlier this week, a community in Pennsylvania was practically brought to a standstill over a box of cookies, simply because it had a bit of Arabic writing on it. On Monday morning, police were called to the Marshalls Creek Gulf station in Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania, after someone reported seeing an apparently suspicious looking box that had been left at a gas pump. The station was closed down, as well as a nearby nursery, and at least three police cars blocked off the station while a bomb unit out of Scranton came to investigate. read more
China's recent obsession with glass tourist attractions has gone round the U-bend with the opening of some see-through treetop public toilets.
The loos, near Shiyan Lake in southern Hunan province, have fabulous views of both the forest below and other people using the facilities.
Cubicle walls, even those between the men's and women's sections, are only separated by lightly frosted glass. read more
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia could reduce valuable security and intelligence cooperation with longstanding ally Washington after a Congressional "stab in the back" allowing 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom, experts warn.
Cutting such cooperation is among the options available to Riyadh after Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).
"I am afraid that this bill will have dire strategic implications" for the United States, Salman al-Ansari, the president of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), told AFP. read more
A Saudi Arabian princess made a painter-decorator kiss her feet inside a palatial Paris flat before telling a bodyguard: 'You have to kill this dog, he doesn't deserve to live.'
Unlike French security guards, Saudi protection staff are allowed to carry guns thanks to diplomatic agreements. read more
As a Muslim visiting the US, I wonder about this hatred of the common people for the Muslim community. Generally one finds Americans to be nice and friendly; on the surface the society appears to believe in the dictum live and let live'. But one wonders what goes on beneath the surface -- if Islamophobia is being manufactured like any other consumer item and people are being made to buy it.
According to a June 2016 report released by the University of California Berkeley's Centre for Race and Gender and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamophobia has become a multi-million-dollar business. The report has identified 74 organisations that contribute in one way or another to Islamophobia in the US. Of these groups, the main purpose of 33 "is to promote prejudice against, or hatred of, Islam and Muslims" among the populace. The report states that these organisations had access to $206 million funding between 2008 and 2013. read more