US man arrested after anti-Muslim rant in Texas store

                 By Umar Farooq </p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - A man in the state of Texas was arrested after entering a store and going on a racist tirade, verbally attacking a Muslim worker by calling him a &quot;f***ing Arab.&quot;</p>  <p>When the man, who was identified as Joey Christian, walked up to the counter and confronted an employee and asked him what his name was, the employee said his name was &quot;Mo&quot;.</p>  <p>&quot;What the f*** kind of name is that?&quot; Christian asked in response. &quot;What is your actual real name? Mo what?&quot;</p>  <p>&quot;It's Mohammad,&quot; the employee said.</p>  <p>Christian, 38, then proceeded to walk away from the counter, appearing visually frustrated and saying &quot;F***ing Arab. Goddamn f***ing Arabs.&quot;</p>  <p>A woman that was recording the encounter Tuesday confronted the man, to which he responded, &quot;You know what? I really don’t give a f*** what some b***h has to say.&quot;</p>  <p>&quot;I really don’t give a sh*t about some goddamn Arab that I’ve been killing their goddamn kind for f***ing six months,&quot; Christian said. &quot;Actually two years. Six months in the last country I was in.&quot;</p>  <p>&quot;People like this are the reason our country’s going what it’s going to,&quot; Christian went on. &quot;Because I've been killing his kind for longer than you’ve probably been alive.&quot;</p>  <p>&quot;His kind, I’ve been killing for almost 20 years,&quot; he added.</p>  <p>The end of the video shows Christian walking outside and being confronted by a police officer.</p>  <p>He was arrested for public intoxication, abusive language and disorderly conduct, according to a Friendswood Police report.</p>  <p>&quot;Shoutout to the lady that recorded this, called the cops on this man and got him arrested,&quot; the employee said on Twitter.</p>  <p>Christian was previously arrested the week before for driving while intoxicated. 

Muslim woman wearing headscarf attacked in Berlin

             BERLIN (AA) -  A suspected far-right extremist verbally and physically assaulted a Muslim woman at a Berlin metro station, police said on Monday.</p>  <p>The incident was the latest in a string of xenophobic attacks in the German capital in recent months targeting people of foreign appearance, including Muslim women with headscarf or Jews wearing a kippah. </p>  <p>The 33-year old Muslim woman told police on Sunday that a man uttered racial slurs and later assaulted her at the Greifswalder metro station. </p>  <p>The suspected far-right extremist showed the illegal Nazi salute before running away from the scene, she said.</p>  <p>The woman received medical treatment for her injuries, according to the police.</p>  <p>Germany has witnessed growing violence by far-right extremists in recent years, fuelled by the propaganda of neo-Nazi groups and the Islamophobic AfD party. </p>  <p>Every day, at least three people become a victim of far-right, racist or xenophobic acts of violence in Germany, according to the VBRG, an umbrella group of counseling centers for victims of right-wing violence.

UPDATE – We must have common voice against terrorism: Turkish FM

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By Umar Farooq

WASHINGTON (AA) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday urged nations to reject all forms of terrorism and said Islamophobia is a big threat to the world.

Cavusoglu spoke at the United Nation General Assembly's 73rd plenary meeting, where a draft resolution was introduced on the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia.

"Islamophobia and racism go hand in hand," Cavusoglu said, referring to the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand last month, where a white nationalist terrorist killed at least 50 Muslim worshippers.

The terrorist was condemned by countries all across the world, with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing it as one of the darkest days in the nation's history.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation also organized an emergency meeting, at the request of Turkey, and requested the UN name March 15, the date the attack happened, a day of solidarity against Islamophobia.

Cavusoglu said that there should be a declaration put forth so that nations can mobilize in a global manner to show that all are a part of humanity.

"We cannot ignore violence," he said. "We have to have one common voice against these acts of violence."

Turkey's top diplomat also told the UN that terrorism should not be associated with any religion.

"We should all reject the use of words such as Islamic terrorism, Christian terrorism, Jewish terrorism or Buddhist terrorism," Cavusoglu said.

He added that the ideology of terrorism "does not have a religion, a language, a race, or nation."

Last year, then-U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Wess Mitchell said that Turkey suffered more casualties from terrorism over the past few years than any other American ally.

Ankara is a part of the international coalition to defeat Daesh, and has been also fighting against the PKK, PYD, YPG, and the FETO terrorist organization.

We must have common voice against terrorism: Turkish FM

             By Umar Farooq</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday urged nations to reject all forms of terrorism and said Islamophobia is a big threat to the world.</p>  <p>Cavusoglu spoke at the United Nation's 73rd plenary meeting, where a draft resolution was introduced on the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia.</p>  <p>&quot;Islamophobia and racism go hand in hand,&quot; Cavusoglu said, referring to the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand, where a white nationalist terrorist killed at least 50 Muslim worshippers.</p>  <p>&quot;We cannot ignore violence,&quot; he said. &quot;We have to have one common voice against these acts of violence.&quot;</p>  <p>Turkey's top diplomat also told the UN that terrorism should not be associated with any religion.</p>  <p>&quot;We should all reject the use of words such as Islamic terrorism, Christian terrorism, Jewish terrorism or Buddhist terrorism,&quot; Cavusoglu said.</p>  <p>He added that the ideology of terrorism &quot; have a religion, a language, a race, or nation.&quot;

Right-wing violence on rise in Eastern Germany: Report

             BERLIN (AA) - Far-right extremists carried out over 1,200 attacks in the eastern German states in 2018, a new report revealed on Tuesday.</p>    <p>The report by the VBRG, an umbrella group of counseling centers for victims of right-wing violence, warned of growing violence by far-right extremists in Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. </p>    <p>“Regrettably, we have witnessed eight-percent increase in such attacks last year,” VBRG’s chairman Robert Kusche told a news conference in Berlin. </p>    <p>“Every day, at least three people had become a victim of right-wing, racist or anti-Semitic acts of violence,” he said. </p>    <p>The VBRG’s centers in the eastern German states reported 1,212 attacks against foreigners, immigrants or political rivals last year, up from 1,123 such attacks in 2017. </p>    <p>At least 962 people were injured in these attacks, and 509 of them had serious injuries. </p>    <p>The eastern state of Saxony saw the highest number of violent crimes by right-wing extremists, with 317 attacks recorded last year, up from 229 in 2017. </p>    <p>Kusche underlined the importance of work carried out by counseling centers by both assisting the victims and closely monitoring the right-wing violence and publishing reliable statistics. </p>    <p>“In 2017 alone we have recorded 1,123 right-wing attacks in Berlin and eastern German states. But for the same year, the Federal Ministry of the Interior only recorded 821 attacks throughout the country,” he said. </p>  <p>Kusche said counseling centers in the western states could not provide independently established figures as they lacked financial sources for a comprehensive monitoring of right-wing violence in their region.

‘Turkic Council should join hands to combat xenophobia’

                        By Ayhan Simsek </p>    <p>BERLIN (AA) - The Turkic-speaking countries should join hands to combat racism and Islamophobia, the head of Turkey's Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) said. </p>    <p>Abdullah Eren made the remarks at a meeting in Berlin which brought together diaspora NGOs and officials from the member states of the Turkic Council.</p>    <p>“We have to seek common solutions to our common problems. It is very important for the Turkic Council members to join hands in our efforts to preserve our culture, to combat racism and Islamophobia,” he said.</p>    <p>The participants from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan discussed major problems of the Turkic-speaking diasporas and ways to strengthen their NGOs at the meeting.  </p>        <p>The Turkic Council was established in 2009 as an international intergovernmental organization, with the overarching aim of promoting comprehensive cooperation among Turkic-speaking states.

Austria: Nearly 2,000 racist incidents occurred in 2018

By Askin Kiyagan

VIENNA (AA) – A total of 1,920 racist incidents took place in Austria last year, a report released on Thursday said.

Nearly 60 percent of racist and hate-based incidents in the country occurred online, Austria-based Civil Courage and Anti-Racism Work (ZARA) said.

Some 1,164 racists posts were shared on social media and other online platforms, it added.

There were 16.3 percent racist attacks in public places, with 7.9 people subjected to racist treatment in the service and entertainment sector.

Also, 4.6 percent of racist and hateful discourses occurred in print media and politics.

The Security Directorate was the state institution where racist treatment occurred the most (4.3 percent).

Last year, police took legal action against only eight racist attacks out of 83 which were reported. Police regarded racist incidents as ordinary crimes, according to the report.

At least 1,528 racist incidents among 1,920 were reported by a third party and the actual victims preferred to stay silent because of thoughts like “these things happen,” or “reporting doesn't change anything". That is why, the report said, the actual number of racist incidents could be much higher.

On the other hand, there was an increase in sensitivity against racism and civil reactions as 80 percent of the reports were filed by a third party.

ZARA's president Dieter Schindlauer said racism is present in every facet of life, however, this year they were particularly interested in police attitudes toward racist incidents.

Faika El-Nagashi, a parliamentarian from the Green party, said: “Hate speech and racist discourses in politics are particularly aimed at Muslims and refugees."

The discriminatory, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies of the far-right government in Austria, which had been in power for over a year, led to a dramatic increase in racist incidents, according to recent figures.

ZARA has been working for 20 years to contribute to a society without racism.

UN calls New Zealand terror attack 'Islamophobic'

By Bayram Altug

GENEVA (AA) – UN human rights experts on Thursday described two mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand as “Islamophobic”.

Tendayi Achiume, UN special rapporteur on racism, and Michal Balcerzak, chair of the working group of experts on people of African descent, released a joint statement on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

“Less than a week ago, a white supremacist committed an Islamophobic terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and injuring many others,” it read.

“This tragic event reminds us that racism, xenophobia and religious hatred are deadly […],” said the experts, noting that racial violence and discrimination stem from ethno-nationalist populism and supremacist ideologies.

The experts urged states to take their role seriously and to adopt the policies which will protect vulnerable populations and ensure racial equality.

They also urged people who engage in racial privilege, to eradicate racism, xenophobia and related intolerance.

* Gozde Bayar from Ankara contributed this story

Turks in Germany demand action against racism

            By Ayhan Simsek

BERLIN (AA) – Germany’s Turkish community has called for urgent action to combat increasing racism, intolerance and discrimination in the country.

“We are in a worrying situation today with verbal and physical attacks becoming part of everyday life,” Turkish immigrant organization TBB said in a statement marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The organization slammed far-right politicians for spreading hate against immigrants, refugees, Muslims and Jews in the country and called on the government and democratic political parties to step up efforts against racism and xenophobia.

“We need more effective protection against racism which must be ensured by relevant legislation,” it said.

-Far-right violence

German police recorded 19,105 far-right crimes in 2018, according to the latest government figures.

Far-right extremists carried out some 1,072 violent attacks against foreigners, immigrants or political rivals.

At least 498 people were injured in the attacks inspired by far-right ideologies.

-Islamophobic crimes

Anti-Muslim attacks and incidents of abuse remain a serious problem for Germany.

The police recorded 578 hate crimes against Muslims between January and September last year, according to the most recent official figures.

At least 40 Muslims were injured in the attacks, which were mostly carried out by far-right extremists.

Anti-Muslim crimes recorded by the police included insults, threatening letters, physical assaults and attacks against mosques.

Racism in US threatens black moms, infants

            By Dildar Baykan</p>  <p>ANKARA (AA) - The economic and social gap between whites and blacks in the U.S. causes black mother-infant deaths to be significantly higher than whites.</p>  <p>Last year approximately 700 to 900 women die each year from pregnancy or birth-related complications, according to data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).</p>  <p>Data suggests black women are almost four times more likely to die during pregnancy or birth than white women.</p>  <p>While the mortality rate of white women is 12.7 per 100 thousand, the rate is 43.5 per 100 thousand in black women.</p>  <p>According to the data, in the first year of life of black babies, the death rate is 11.3 per thousand but 4.9 per thousand in white babies.</p>  <p>Experts point out that racism is the biggest reason for this problem.</p>  <p>The non-governmental National Partnership for Women and Families in Washington in its report on health challenges faced by black mothers revealed last year that racism is the largest cause of death, as well as the health system and poverty.</p>  <p>Seventy-five percent of black women give birth in hospitals in their home areas.</p>  <p>The fact that these hospitals are of lower quality than those in white areas leads to higher rates of deaths of mothers and babies.<br>

Experts argue that social racism has led to long-standing prejudices reflected in health care, and it has led to the loss of lives, even for black women with the best opportunities.

"Real corporate and structural racism is a huge burden on the lives of our black patients," Sanithia L. Williams, a member of the Physicians for Reproductive Health, told The New York Times.

Nonprofits are working to get authorities to introduce new laws to tackle the issue.