from Alison Frankel:
(Reuters) - It would be a sad state of affairs, according to U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of Manhattan, if every mention of Islam in this country were deemed a political act - even silly advertisements promoting both tolerance and a movie about Islamic comedians called "The Muslims Are Coming!" Happily for Judge McMahon (and really, for anyone who can take a joke), she has the authority to inject some sense into public discourse. On Wednesday, she ruled New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority must permit the movie's production company, Very Qualified Productions, to run its advertisements at 144 subway stations throughout the city.
from Andrew R.C. Marshall:
Reuters Wins Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, Finalist for Investigative Reporting and Breaking News Photography
from The Human Impact:
The slight, soft-spoken woman onstage called on the media and the rest of the country to let go of narrow-minded nationalism.
from Reihan Salam:
One of the central questions surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings is whether they portend a larger wave of terror attacks by homegrown Islamic radicals. The culprits, two brothers of Chechen origin, one of whom was a naturalized U.S. citizen, had both lived in the country for more than a decade. While the older brother is reported to have been sullen, resentful and ill at ease in his adopted country, the younger brother was by all accounts a well-mannered kid, whose main vice was marijuana. Many fear that if these two men could turn viciously against the country that gave them refuge, the same might be true of at least some small number of their co-religionists.