When I woke up Friday morning to the news of the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, I felt sick. But sad
ly, not entirely surprised. I had been dreading this kind of violence happening, although I would have never imag
ined this kind of scale — 49 Muslim men, women and children killed in cold blood with such clinical, methodical precision and filmed for social media.
Islamophobia is on the rise and has been for some time. Muslims have been demonize
d, dehumanized and scapegoated on an industrial scale by society since 9/11.
No other group has been punished for the sins of the father in such a systematic and accepted way. Politicians, commen
tators, influencers and the media on the right have waged a war against Muslims that has become normalized.
The most powerful man on the planet, President Donald Trump, has sought to ban them fro
m entering the United States. British prime minister hopeful and former Foreign Secretary Bori
s Johnson made “jokes” insulting Muslim women, saying they looked like letter boxes. After those comments, Tell Mam
a, an organization that records Muslim hate incidents, reported that attacks on Muslim women went up.
They often take the form of pulling off a woman’s headscarf, espe
cially when she’s taking her children to and from school. Imagine what that does to a young
frightened and confused Muslim child? We have respected high-profile commentators who say that Islam
ophobia doesn’t exist and imply that “they” have brought it on themselves because of terrorism.
28-year-old man should now be on a watch list or face prejudice. It’s a nonsensical, prim
itive argument. Yet one that elites in powerful positions repeat, even though they should know better.
The trope that all Muslims are somehow predisposed to violence or terrorism is dangerous an
d wrong. Most Muslims — particularly immigrants — keep their heads down, want a quiet, pea
ceful life and want to stay out of trouble. I know this because I am Muslim and know our community. We are not out to c
ause trouble. We don’t come to “invade”; we come to make a better life for ourselves.
We run your convenience store, drive your cabs, feed you late-night food when you’ve had a drink or look after you when you’r
e ill. We serve our communities. Yet we have become the victims of harassment, hatred and now terrorism.
Attacks — verbal and physical — on Muslims are par for the course. But society doesn’t seem to care. Our lives and p
ain don’t seem to matter as much because we are seen as second-class citizens or “bad people.”
I wept Friday on “CNN Talk,” thinking about the sadness of it al
l. It has been a dark day. But if there is any light, it was the outpouring of grief from people of all
backgrounds around the world who sent in messages of solidarity and kindness. If we can take one lesson from the
horror of Christchurch, we have to stop this hate and see Muslims as human beings, just like anyone else.
In a blistering attack on Boeing, the Air Force’s top acquisition official said the company has a “severe situation” with flawed inspectio
ns of its new KC-46 air refueling tanker aircraft, after trash and industrial tools were found in some planes after they were delivered to the Air Force.
Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logisti
cs, made clear his concerns after visiting Boeing’s Everett Washington plant where the plane is assembled.
”I left concerned, and I also left thinking Boeing understands they have a sever
e situation that’s going to take top level engagement from their company,” Roper said.
After discovering the problem, the Air Force stopped accepting the new tankers from Boeing on February 20.R
oper visited the plant on Monday and, after getting a company promise for a new inspection plan, deliveries are res
uming as upgraded inspections are completed. Six aircraft that had already been received were re-inspected by the Air Force.
”We are doing more stringent inspections so we feel confident before we accept any plane from Boeing,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told CNN.
While the discovery of trash and tools in the planes is not a result o
f design flaw, or a specific safety concern, Air Force officials privately told CNN they were
aware that the timing of the problem is exceptionally sensitive for Boeing after the grounding of its 737 Max jet.
end of 2017, accounting for about 16 percent of the population, ac
cording to the National Bureau of Statistics. Marriage registrations have fallen every year
since 2014, while the divorce rate has risen for 16 consecutive years, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Dining, traveling and pursuing activities individually have also become increasingly popular with singles in China.
Tang Chuan, a researcher with Sinolink Securities, said that without family burdens, singles
seem to be less inclined to save money, and their willingness to spend offers great potential for boosting the economy.
Sinolink Securities conducted research on singles born from 1985 to 1995 and found that about 40 percent of those in first- an
d second-tier cities live from paycheck to paycheck, while in lower-tier cities, the proportion is as high as 76 percent.
According to Gong, however, the school was established to meet the demands of the booming crayfish industry in Qianjiang.
The crayfish industry, comprising breeding, cooking, processing and exporting the crustaceans, is the city’s leading sector.
It employs an estimated 130,000-150,000 people, accounting for more than half of the local workforce, Gong said.
Washington should admit that every country ha
s a justified right to develop and most countries c
an make their own choices independently, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
”More and more people have shown an increasingly just at
titude toward Chinese technology companies’ participation in 5G network construction. The
United States should not feel uneasy about this,” ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a news conference in Beijing.