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Reports ISPU Insights Fall 2014 Issue 01

ISPU Insights is a biannual publication that highlights some of the projects, studies, and initiatives that ISPU has been working on throughout the year.
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Manufacturing Bigotry Community Brief Alejandro Beutel
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Saeed Khan
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Demographics in the United States are changing rapidly, and the 2012 presidential election was a clear illustration of the Unites States’ movement toward a more diverse population. Forecasts indicate by 2050, or even 20432 the United States will not only be more populous, it will also be a “majority-minority” country. These demographic shifts will have major political, socio-economic, legal, and cultural impacts on public discourse and public policy.
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In Islam Is a Foreign Country, Zareena Grewal explores some of the most pressing debates about and among American Muslims: what does it mean to be Muslim and American? Who has the authority to speak for Islam and to lead the stunningly diverse population of American Muslims? Do their ties to the larger Muslim world undermine their efforts to make Islam an American religion?
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RECENT ARTICLES

In the post-9/11 era, debates about the role American prisons play in contributing to “homegrown" or domestic terrorism grow with each passing year. However, much of the debate has been premised on alarmist rationales, political distortions, and plainly faulty analyses. The book, The Spectacular Few: Prisoner Radicalization and the Evolving Terrorist Threat by criminologist Mark Hamm is an attempt to assess the situation in the United States. As this book represents the first that tackles the question of prisoner radicalization, it is important on that count alone, for it has great potential to influence scholarship, law, and policy. This review critiques the book’s main thesis, which posits that prison conditions are the main cause of prisoner radicalization. Read More...
Is 'hashtag activism' doing enough to stop bad speech about minority communities and affect social change? The tweet is mightier than the sword. Social media campaigns by members of minority communities are responding to racism and stereotyping in the media, and getting results. For instance, last week, Asian American activists launched #CancelColbert in response to an offensive tweet posted by The Colbert Report's Twitter account. They were hoping to achieve a similar outcome as American Muslims had with Alice in Arabia, an ABC pilot television programme that was cancelled following a Twitter offensive that highlighted the show's stereotypes of Muslims. Read More...
In a press conference this past week, President Barack Obama announced changes that would be made to the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program. The proposed changes, although a step in the right direction, fail to bring the program into constitutionally permissible limits. Read More...

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