Entries by M. Junaid Levesque-Alam

M. Junaid Levesque-Alam

Revealing Pew Report on Latino Youth

By M. Junaid Levesque-Alam, Dec 20, 2009 10:02 AM

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Editor's note: This blog originally appeared on WireTap.

The Pew Hispanic Center just released a new report about young Latinos in the United States, finding high rates of pregnancy, gang affiliation and school dropouts. It also revealed an optimistic streak and an emphasis on education and career success, and contextualized the latest immigration pattern by comparing it with historic patterns of immigration to the U.S.

Part of a Pew Center series on American youth, the report was based on a survey conducted in August and September of this year "among a randomly selected, nationally representative sample of 22,012 Hispanics ages 16 and older, with an oversample of 1,240 Hispanics ages 16 to 25." It was done in both English and Spanish.

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Somali-American Youths Charged in Terror Case

By M. Junaid Levesque-Alam, Dec 2, 2009 11:15 AM

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared on WireTap.

Fourteen Somali-Americans were charged on Monday for alleged connections to a militant Muslim group operating in Somalia called al-Shabaab, or "The Youth."

The charges include providing financial support to Shabab's network, visiting terrorist training camps and even fighting with the group in Somalia. The State Department claims the group is linked to al-Qaeda.

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Islam, abortion, and the Stupak Amendment

By M. Junaid Levesque-Alam, Nov 25, 2009 10:09 AM

Editor's note: M. Junaid Levesque-Alam, 26, writes about America and Islam at his website, Crossing the Crescent, and for WireTap Magazine, where he is also the immigration blogger. He has also been published in Colorlines, ZMagazine, and The Nation's website.

The national health care debate has taken on crystalline characteristics, refracting the light of American political tensions in a dozen different directions. Partisans of class, race, and immigration politics have been galvanized by myriad issues—real or imagined—raised by the prospect of reform. To that loaded list we can now add gender: the House passage of the Stupak Amendment, which imposes strict requirements on abortions offered through a proposed government-run and subsidized insurance, has rankled feminists and buoyed anti-abortion advocates.

Opposition to abortion is a well-known tenet of the Catholic Church, which has 46 million adult adherents in the U.S.—the country’s largest religious minority. But what about the religious stance held by one of the country’s smallest religious minorities—Muslims?