Civil Rights

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Violence Against Journalists in Afghanistan Increasing

The rise of independent media in Afghanistan has been one of the country's biggest achievements - but there are troubling signs for its future. A growing number of attacks on journalists, and the international community's continued silence on the issue, are drawing concern.

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who is ibragim todashev what really happened

What are Ibragim Todashev's friends saying aboutthe FBI chasing Todashev and what really went on in the interrogation on May 22, 2013?

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guantanamo force feeding hunger strike

ILLUME asks-- What's more American: Preventing your prisoners from dying of starvation by putting feeding tubes up their noses in retaliation to their exercise of free speech? Or allowing them their right to free speech, even if it's at their own expense? Vote on our poll!

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Federal Agents Pursue Two Pressure Cooker Incidents in Michigan

After the Boston Marathon Bombings, authorities are cracking down on...pressure cookers? There have already been two reported arrests of Muslims in possession of pressure cookers. ILLUME brings this bizzare series of events to you.

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Ahmed Rachidi Guantanamo Hunger Strike

Read this fascinating interview between New American Media and Ahmed Rachidi, a Moroccan man who was held captive at Guantanamo Bay from March 2002 to May 2007.

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homegrown terror and islamic radicalization

The NYPD says they know how terrorists are made. They've even come up with a 4-step process. And after the Boston bombings, the making of homegrown terrorists has attracted media attention, with the NYPD study serving as an authority on the issue. So, is the NYPD's methodology accurate, or just plain absurd? Here's ILLUME's breakdown of the NYPD report.

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No Mosque In My Backyard

A survey from the Pew Forum details the stories of 53 proposed mosques that have encountered community resistance in recent years. Why are Americans afraid of them?

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Extrajudicial Drone Attacks Exclusively Target Muslims

Drones, otherwise known as Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) have caused no shortage of controversy.

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Death of a Prisoner Guantanamos Legacy

Adnan Latif's death, 10 years after being imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, leaves its mark.

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Iraqi-American Family Caught in Sanctions Nightmare

An Iraqi-American named Shakir Hamoodi used to run a gourmet food market in Columbia, Missouri. Now, he's in a federal prison in Kansas.