Mabda Report 09/10/11

Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the ‘Homegrown Threat’ in the United States

The United States must abide by its international human rights obligations and must ensure the rights detailed above to all within its territory or under its jurisdiction in a non-discriminatory manner.  The U.S. must also provide an effective remedy for human rights violations.

It has thus far proved impossible for persons who have suffered rights violations as a result of the practices described in this Report to gain redress.

Tawakul Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Tawakul Karman, a Yemeni journalist and activist, was one of three women awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. She becomes the first Arab woman to win the prize.The 32-year-old mother of three founded Women Journalists Without Chains in 2005.

She has been a prominent activist and advocate of human rights and freedom of expression for the last five years, and led regular protests and sit-ins calling for the release of political prisoners.

Interfaith initiative creates community service

A new program on campus embraces New Orleans' diversity by redefining the way Loyola students perform community service.

Interfaith Coordinator Sam Bradley and University Ministry Assistant Director Josh Daly traveled to Washington, D.C. in August as part of President Barack Obama's recent interfaith challenge to universities. They headed home with their plan of action, the Youth Interfaith Leadership Initiative.

The initiative brings together all Loyola; Christian, Jewish, Muslim, humanist or non-believer, Daly said.

Students travel off campus to tackle service projects alongside other volunteer groups.

What Do One Billion Muslims Really Think

This past week in McPhail's, over 50 students watched Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, which was sponsored by Providence College's Middle Eastern Students Association as well as the school's Board of Programmers. This thought-provoking documentary tells the story of how the World Gallup Poll set out to complete a comprehensive survey of what Muslims' thought, about 9/11, and what they think of America and its people. The audience tasted authentic Islamic cuisine before viewing the film.

Dr. Sandra Keating of Providence College's Department of Theology, as well as David Coolidge, Brown University's Muslim chaplain, were in attendance to answer audience questions afterward.