Author Visits Atlanta, Deconstructs Domestic Anti-terrorism Policy
Asserts it is based on flawed theories and junk science
Dr. Arun Kundnani, author of "The Muslims Are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror," will read from, discuss and sign his book at Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave, NE Atlanta, GA 30307. The event begins at 7:30 pm, Friday, March 31st. This event is co-sponsored by the Georgia Green Party, the Council for American Islamic Relations, Georgia and Charis Circle. Dr. Kundnani has just returned from London where he met with activists dealing with the Islamophobic reactions to last week's violent rampage which killed four and injured twenty-nine. He will address the latest developments in Europe and inside the Trump Administration.
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Georgia Green Party
For more information, contact:
Bruce Dixon, 404-797-2087
Co-Chair, Georgia Green Party
Hugh Esco, 912-571-1833
Co-Chair, Georgia Green Party
"Political education is essential to building independent political power," said Bruce Dixon, cochair of the Georgia Green Party and Managing Editor of BlackAgendaReport.com. "We urge all committed to ending our nations imperial and domestic wars to join us Friday night."
"The Muslims Are Coming" offers a narrative spanning the United States and the United Kingdom, to examine the activities of hate groups which have re-aligned themselves with former enemies and of the law enforcement agencies both of which now target muslims (immigrants and native born) in Europe and the United States. Kundnani deconstructs the flawed nature of the 'theories of radicalization' and the junk-science on which anti-terrorism strategies and programs on both sides of the Atlantic now rely.
"Arun Kundnani connects the dots on the racist process of othering, and how our own tax dollars have funded some of that work. The issues he addresses are at the root of the current rise of fascism experienced in this country," said Hugh Esco, cochair of the Georgia Green Party, referring particularly to the Obama Administration's Countering Violent Extremism program, now in the hands of the Trump Administration and Session's FBI. "This book is essential reading for understanding the current political climate and forging a path forward to a democratic and plural future for this country."
"(T)o comprehend the causes of so-called jihadist terrorism we need to pay as much attention to Western state violence, and the identity politics that sustains it, as we do to Islamist ideology," wrote Dr. Kundnani in the introduction to his 2014 book. "What governments call extremism is to a large degree a product of their own wars."
Kundnani writes about race, Islamophobia, political violence, and surveillance. Born in London, he moved to New York in 2010. An earlier title, 'The End of Tolerance: racism in 21st century Britain', was selected as a New Statesman book of the year in 2007. A former editor of the journal Race & Class, he claims to have been 'miseducated at Cambridge University'. He also holds a PhD from London Metropolitan University. Kundnani currently works as a scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.
Dr. Kundnani's book was published in 2014 by Verso Press and is available for purchase at the Charis Books and More, both during the event and otherwise.
The event will include a short break to accommodate those who need to make the sunset prayers.
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