Cover of the Rolling Stone
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some people were offended after Rolling Stone magazine featured a self-taken photo of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A common complaint, expressed by Bill O’Reilly and Kirsten Powers at Fox News and by Boston Globe film critic TY Burr, among others, is that the cover photo made Tsarnaev look like teenage heart-throb.
But others, like Yvonne Abraham at the Globe,Rem Rieder at USA Today and Robert Crook at Salon.com, said that the cover subhead, “How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell into Radical Islam and Became a Monster,” makes clear that the magazine was not out to glorify Tsarnaev.
“It’s not like this cover image, which most of us have seen before, is going to change anybody’s mind about Tsarnaev and what he did,” Abraham wrote.
The story rehashes things that we’ve already heard about Tsarnaev, although there are some new details— his faith was important to him, his parents’ troubles adjusting to America and eventual split weighed heavily on him.
Cover of Inspire
It may not be Rolling Stone, but Inspire, an English-language glossy published by the followers of Al Qaeda, devoted almost all of its most recent issue to Dzhokhar and his 26-year-old old brother Tamerlan, who was killed during a shootout with police three days after the attacks.
Can you believe we’re already a third of the way into Ramadan? While time flies for some of us, that’s not the case for Kevin Loggins, a Muslim convert and inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility in Kansas. Anna Gronewold of The Hutchinson News shares a portrait of Loggins and other Muslim inmates in Ramadan Behind Bars.
Break Fast, Break the Ice
Several candidates running to succeed outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went to an iftar at a golf course hosted by the Arab Muslim American Foundation. In “Candidates Court Muslims as They Break Their Fast,” reporter Mona El-Naggar shows how Muslims have become a force to be reckoned with.
Banks Close Muslim Accounts
Huntington Bank, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is being sued by the Arab American Civil Rights League for allegedly closing the accounts of hundreds of customers of Middle Eastern descent in Michigan and Ohio.
Worshippers Threatened in San Diego
A 52-year-old Clairemont, Calif. man was jailed this week for allegedly walking into a mosque during early morning prayers and telling worshippers he would kill them and throw a bomb in the mosque’s school. Larry Michael Rogers is now being investigated into a series of threatening phone calls to a Muslim school in April and May.
Egypt Moves Forward
While debate still rages over whether the Egyptian military’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was a coup or the will of the people, the transitional government continues to evolve. Al Ahram Online gives us a convenient Who’s Who in this new government.
From Apartheid Fighters to Estranged Rivals
Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding co-authored an interesting piece with South Africa’s ambassador to the U.S., Ebrahim Rasool, about Muslim-Jewish relations. South Africa’s Muslims and Jews, they write, once stood together in the fights against Apartheid. But with that common enemy now gone, they are divided, often over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“One way of changing the present dynamic of conflict is to realize that the point of departure in Muslim-Jewish engagement should not be the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but rather Abraham/Ibrahim, our common forefather and the source of our shared commitment to ethical monotheism.”
Hijabi Student With Power
For the first time, the University of California Board of Regents, a powerful institution that sets policy for California’s state universities, has confirmed a practicing Muslim to the position of student regent. Sadia Saifuddin, Pakistani American and senior at UC Berkley, was welcomed by many Muslims and students, but also opposed by some groups who objected to her support for Israeli divestment campaigns and accused her of anti-Semitism.
Muslim Lesbian Clings to Family, and Love
Being Muslim and gay in America means you have to fight against two kinds of bigotry, Islamophobia and homophobia. Angela Carone of KPBS in San Diego shows us how 18-year-old Iman Usman does it.