Houston: Islamic group hosts Sanders and Castro as rightwingers protest

Counter-protesters outnumber small group of far-right demonstrators as 2020 contenders speak inside convention In Houston on Saturday, an annual Islamic convention hosting presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro braced for an armed far-right protest and a counter-demonstration. The 30,000 would attend the three-day event. We are really happy [Castro and Sanders] are coming in to address our community, Lubabah Abdullah, an Isna board member, told the Guardian. Weve recently realized the Muslim community has a strong voting bloc, if we do go out and register and actually show up to vote. In the 2018 midterm elections, Muslim Americans in four key states Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia showed up to the ballot box at a rate of 25% higher …

Boko Haram Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group working out of Nigeria, whose purpose is to institute Sharia, or Islamic law. Originally, Boko Haram was referred to locally as the Nigerian Taliban because of their religious similarities to the Taliban. Boko Haram does not engage in Nigeria’s political system out of an adherence to a fundamentalist form of Islam, which forbids participation unless the system is based on Sharia, or Islamic law. Timeline:2002 – The group, which may have existed since the late 1990s, organizes under the Muslim cleric Mohammed Yusuf. It is centered in Maiduguri, the capital of the northeastern state of Borno. December 2003 – The first known attack by Boko Haram includes roughly 200 militants, …