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NEWS BRIEFS

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Family Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

3 high school seniors die in crash weeks before graduation

YONCALLA, Ore. (AP) — School officials say three senior girls were killed in a car crash on Interstate 5 in western Oregon, just weeks before graduation.Eagle Point High School said on its Facebook page that Luciana Tellez, Giselle Montano and Esmeralda Nava died Saturday night after their...

The Latest: Cougar that attacked cyclists was underweight

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a cougar attack that killed one mountain biker and wounded another outside Seattle (all times local):4:10 p.m.Authorities say the cougar that attacked two cyclists east of Seattle, killing one of them, appears to have been emaciated.Washington Department of Fish...

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle.They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and...

The Latest: Cougar that attacked cyclists was underweight

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a cougar attack that killed one mountain biker and wounded another outside Seattle (all times local):4:10 p.m.Authorities say the cougar that attacked two cyclists east of Seattle, killing one of them, appears to have been emaciated.Washington Department of Fish...

OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

Dr. Jasmine Streeter says CBD-derived products show beneficial therapeutic benefits for pets ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Native American lacrosse teams leagueless in South Dakota

Travis Brave Heart was planning to spend his senior season this spring and summer tuning up to play college lacrosse in the fall. Instead, the 17-year-old standout from Aberdeen, South Dakota, is faced with the prospect of not playing at all.His Lightning Stick Society team was one of three Native...

2018 midterms show start of Democratic scramble for 2020

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump.The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie...

Black women look to flex power in Georgia governor's race

ATLANTA (AP) — This week's primary election in Georgia presents black women voters with a rare opportunity: To give a Democrat who looks like them a chance at occupying the governor's mansion in a Republican-controlled state.A Democratic primary win Tuesday for Stacey Abrams or Stacey Evans...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in 5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.Fox's "Deadpool 2" brought in 5 million this weekend, giving it the second-highest opening ever for an R-rated movie and ending the three-week reign of Disney's "Avengers:...

Winners in the top categories at Billboard Music Awards

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A list of winners in the top categories at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.— Top Hot 100 song: "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber— Top Billboard 200 album: "DAMN." by...

The Latest: Janet Jackson honored at Billboard Awards

The Latest on the Billboard Music Awards (all times local):7:18 p.m.The youngest of the legendary Jackson musical family, Janet Jackson gave her first televised performance in nine years at the Billboard Music Awards.She was honored as the first black woman to receive the Billboard Icon Award on...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers affected by recent deadly shootings in...

Economic talks between US and China lead to trade war truce

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the...

In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance

TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this...

Abbas, 83-year-old Palestinian leader, still in hospital

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president's condition has seen a "clear improvement" after he was taken to...

4 years after coup, Thailand wearies of junta rule

BANGKOK (AP) — Four years after seizing power, Thailand's junta has a singular success it never hoped for:...

Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the...

The Skanner News

Arsalan IftikharArsalan Iftikhar will speak about Muslim Identity and Islamophobia at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, in the Templeton Student Center at Lewis & Clark College.  The event is free and open to everyone.

An international human rights lawyer and a senior  editor at the Islamic Monthly, Iftikhar  has been building bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims in America or more than a decade.  Now he has just published a book that looks at the legacy of peacebuilding and the challenges that lie ahead:  Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era.

Check out Iftikhar's blog, "The Muslim Guy," or hear him on the NPR show Tell Me More, where he is a regular customer at The Barbershop. Iftikhar gave The Skanner News an email interview in advance of his talk.



TSN:  Your new book Islamic Pacificism takes on some misconceptions that many people have about Islam. How deep is the tradition of nonviolence in Muslim culture?

AI: Sadly, the term 'extremism' or 'terrorism' has been co-opted to only apply to Muslims today. Since most Americans do not know Muslims, it is important to show everyday Americans that Muslim communities (both here in the United States and abroad) are diverse in every aspect of their lives. Like all other religions, Islam teaches love and compassion towards all other people and unequivocally condemns the killing of any innocent person, anywhere in the world.

TSN:  What are the most hopeful signs you see for global peace?

AI: In all of my keynote speeches, I always highlight the fact that our younger millennial generations are the LEAST racist generations that our world has ever seen. Our younger generations have been exposed to different races and religions more than any previous generations. So it is the younger generation of the human race that will help to bring about peaceful coexistence between all people.

TSN:  Western popular culture protects all kinds of speech –even when it's offensive to many people. That's not the case in majority Muslim countries where it's forbidden to show nudity or insult religion, for example. What can our cultures learn from one another?

AI:  Free speech is an important part of any modern society. Sadly, there are many parts of the Muslim world where we need to address issues related to free speech, women and minority rights, etc. But this should not be indicative of Islam or Muslim culture, since there have already been four out of 57 Muslim countries that have elected female heads-of-state.

TSN:  How can America repair its damaged reputation in Muslim countries?

AI:  I think that both America and Muslim countries need to do more civic outreach to each other in terms of interfaith, academic and artistic endeavors. I truly believe that once both sides help "humanize" each other, it will help to repair some of the damage that has been done over the years.

TSN:  You recently published a column urging the International Olympic Committee to choose a majority Muslim country to host the Olympics. Why is it important?

AI:  Since Muslim countries make up nearly 25 percent of the world population, I think it is interesting that a Muslim-majority nation (like Turkey) has never hosted the Olympics. It would go a long way to helping to bridge the divide between different parts of the world. 

  Arsalan Iftikhar will be the first speaker of the year for the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.

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