Kim Hjelmgaard USA TODAY Published 4:36 AM EST Nov 16, 2018 WASHINGTON — One of the greatest stories rarely told about the long history of Muslim immigration to the United States stretching back hundreds of years is actually being told most days by Amir Muhammad, the founder and chief curator of America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, a tiny institution with a do-it-yourself collector’s vibe and a modest entrance fee that sits in an out of the way corner of southeast Washington, D.C. But, in an age of American political sectarianism when immigrant and minority-rights groups and U.S. lawmakers have blasted President Donald Trump’s incendiary comments, not many people are paying attention to the story Muhammad is revealing about the Muslim experience. "American Muslims haven't been great at explaining our side, at engaging with folks — you know? Not too many Americans come out here. We get some schools and international … [Read more...] about Islam in America: What you don’t know about Islam’s U.S. roots
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(CNN)Here is some background information about the Academy Awards, also known as the "Oscars." February 24, 2019 - The 91st Annual Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place. March 4, 2018 - The 90th Annual Academy Awards air on ABC, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting. 2018 Winners (selected): Best Picture"The Shape of Water" Read More Actor in a Leading RoleGary Oldman, "Darkest Hour" Actress in a Leading RoleFrances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Actress in a Supporting RoleAllison Janney, "I, Tonya" Actor in a Supporting RoleSam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" DirectorGuillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water" The full list of winners Photos: Oscars' epic mistake Photos: Oscars' epic mistake The Oscars ceremony had a surprise ending that could only happen in Hollywood. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty presented the award for best picture Sunday night. Hide Caption 1 of 11 Photos: Oscars' epic mistake … [Read more...] about Academy Awards Fast Facts
Have you ever wondered what is on the little islands doted along the River Thames? We can’t usually go on most them – they are homes for wildlife and can be very dangerous - it would be tricky to get to most of them anyway. In fact there is only one which the public can freely visit of eight between Chiswick and Richmond - and it even has its own museum. However, sometimes there are special organised visits to some of the others for volunteers helping with conservation, or as part of the annual Thames TideFest festival. Read More Shhh, it's a secret This year Thames TideFest, which celebrates the tidal Thames, takes place on Sunday, September 2. It includes organised visits to Oliver's Island and Lot's Ait. The festival also is running the Windrush Cruises, which are four hour-long boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands, from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the “Windrush”. The 2018 programme is being launched on the weekend of Saturday, June 16 … [Read more...] about Did you know about these 8 secret islands on the River Thames?
In an apparent swipe at U.S. President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday decried what he called “a growing crisis in ethics and integrity” in American public life Reuters reported “If our leaders seek to conceal the truth or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom,” Tillerson said in a graduation address at the Virginia Military Institute. Tillerson, who was fired by Trump in March after little more than a year on the job, did not mention the U.S. president by name during his address to cadets at the school in Lexington, Virginia. But he warned that a crisis involving truthfulness and integrity is threatening U.S. democracy. “When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth, even on what may seem the most trivial of matters, we go wobbly on America,” Tillerson said. “If we do … [Read more...] about Tillerson warns of U.S. ethical crisis, in apparent swipe at Trump
Donald Trump revealed in his financial disclosure form that he reimbursed Michael Cohen for loans of between $100,00 and $250,000 – paying back for 'expenses' the man who says he paid porn star Stormy Daniels. The form notes that 'expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump's attorneys,' and Trump disclosed it 'in the interest of transparency.' It was contained in a line beneath a section where large bank loans of as much as $50 million were listed. The disclosure comes after Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on television that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment after Cohen made it on his own to try to keep the Stormy Daniels claim from coming out, then walked back the statement. Cohen negotiated a non-disclosure agreement withe former porn star who says she had an affair with Trump. The agreement used pseudonyms, and required she not speak about the alleged affair, which Trump denies. It is signed by Cohen and Daniels, but not by Trump, although the pseudonym … [Read more...] about Trump DID reimburse Michael Cohen after ‘expenses were incurred’