WBEZ | Ahmed Rehab http://www.wbez.org/tags/ahmed-rehab Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Muslims reassured after meeting McCarthy http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-muslims-reassured-after-meeting-mccarthy-96824 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-23/RS3878_Garry McCarthy Police Dept Superintendant.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Less than one week after sending a letter to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a Muslim rights advocate organization says it has been reassured that Chicago police will not undertake blanket surveillance of the city’s Muslim population.</p><p>The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations addressed the letter to McCarthy after learning that while McCarthy was police director in Newark, N.J., he knew of a wide-ranging surveillance operation that the New York Police Department undertook to monitor Muslims in Newark. The 2007 surveillance operation, which NYPD characterized as a “joint operation” with the Newark Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, resulted in a 60-page report about where Muslims in Newark lived, socialized, and prayed.</p><p>McCarthy has distanced himself from the operation. On Tuesday morning, McCarthy met with individuals from CAIR-Chicago and from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, to respond to their concerns.</p><p>“We sought and received reassurances that such a program would not be carried out in Chicago and that the superintendent stood against community profiling and blanket investigations,” said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab.</p><p>Rehab said he has no reason to believe that McCarthy, who was appointed to head Chicago’s police department by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, harbors any anti-Muslim sentiment.</p><p>“We’re hoping that this marks a new page for Muslim-police relations, in which we move forward,” said Rehab. “There’s two sides to the same coin: safety and civil rights, there can be a balance achieved between both, and there will be.”</p></p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-muslims-reassured-after-meeting-mccarthy-96824 Chicago Muslim group combats 'Islamaphobia' in a post-9/11 world http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-muslim-group-combats-islamaphobia-post-911-world-91786 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/cair.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicago-based Muslim advocacy group says "Islamaphobia" has gotten worse in the U.S. since the terrorist attacks of September 11th.</p><p>"This may be the last year that I hold a press conference on 9/11 or participate in one," said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago. "And the reason is, the only thing I'll be willing to do moving forward is remember the victims of 9/11."</p><p>Rehab and members of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC) in attendance stressed that anti-Islam rhetoric is as much of an issue in Chicago as it is across the U.S.</p><p>"I think the challenges of Islamaphobia, in terms of the national discourse on Islam, and relationship between Muslim-Americans and larger American society, or the Muslim-American world outside the United States is the same across the united states. And it isn't necessary local."</p><p>Gerald Hankerson, the Outreach Coordinator for CAIR, said that the the group has recently partnered with Wesleyan University to study the psychological effects discrimination has caused Muslim-Americans since 9/11.</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-muslim-group-combats-islamaphobia-post-911-world-91786 CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab reflects on uncertain future of post-revolution Egypt http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-08/cair-chicago%E2%80%99s-ahmed-rehab-reflects-uncertain-future-post-revolution-egy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-08/Egypt_FemaleProtester.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>We turn our eyes today, once again to Tahrir Square. Frustrated activists plan to stage another mass protest to accelerate the pace of government reform. In a recent visit to Cairo, Ahmed Rehab, director of the Chicago chapter of the <a href="http://www.cairchicago.org/" target="_blank">Council on American-Islamic Relations</a> and frequent <em>Worldview</em> contributor, met with high-ranking officials and activists to discuss the way forward. He tells Jerome what he thinks the Egyptian people should demand now.</p></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-08/cair-chicago%E2%80%99s-ahmed-rehab-reflects-uncertain-future-post-revolution-egy Chicagoan Ahmed Rehab returns from Egypt, reflects on changes http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-04/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-returns-egypt-reflects-changes-83343 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/ahmed2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you tuned into this radio station at noon over the last few months, chances are you heard Chicagoan Ahmed Rehab. While Tunisians were brining down&nbsp;Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, he had been following the Facebook page where 85,000 people pledged to take part in protests all over Egypt on January 25. As an Egyptian-American and human rights activist, he flew to Cairo to see what would happen.</p><p>He ended up witnessing history and blogging about it at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/blog/">Mindful of Dreams</a>. We spoke to Ahmed on several occasions about the events transpiring in Tahrir Square.</p><p>Ahmed remained in Cairo after President Hosni Mubarak left office to mingle with the young revolutionaries and film a documentary about Egypt's historic transformation. Earlier this week, he returned to Chicago, where he&rsquo;s the executive director of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cairchicago.org">local chapter of the Council of Islamic-American Relations</a>.</p><p>Ahmed Rehab dropped by our studios to reflect on his experiences. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-04/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-returns-egypt-reflects-changes-83343 Will Mubarak step down? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-10/will-mubarak-step-down-82105 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/108971729.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span class="views-field-field-body-value">The mood in Cairo's Tahrir Square is jubilant. Many believe the Egyptian leadership is ready to make some major concessions after 17 days of protests. President Hosni Mubarak is expected to give a speech tonight and it's anticipated he will step down. We'll be live on the air to discuss the latest on the situation and take questions and comments. </span><span class="views-field-field-body-value">Call us at <strong>312-832-3124</strong>.</span></p><p>Joining us will be:</p><p><span class="views-field-field-body-value"><a href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/blog/" target="_blank">Ahmed Rehab</a>, executive director of the Chicago chapter for the Council of American-Islamic Relations (<a href="http://www.cairchicago.org/" target="_blank">CAIR</a>), from Cairo.</span></p><p><span class="views-field-field-body-value"><a href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/faculty_staff/faculty_information.asp?id=5" target="_blank">Cherif Bassiouni</a>, president emeritus of DePaul University's International Human Rights Institute.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span class="views-field-field-body-value"><a href="http://mei.edu/Scholars/JosephK%C3%A9chichian.aspx" target="_blank">Joseph Kéchichian</a>, a scholar at the Middle East Institute.&nbsp;</span></p></p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-10/will-mubarak-step-down-82105 Pro-Mubarak forces crack down on Tahrir Square protestors http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-03/pro-mubarak-forces-crack-down-tahrir-square-protestors-81710 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/108798699.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bloody attacks on anti-government demonstrators in Tahrir Square continued for a second day in Cairo. Mubarak forces in plain clothes and with horses and camels cracked down on protestors. Today's guests discuss what's happening and what may come next:</p> <div><a href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/faculty_staff/faculty_information.asp?id=5 ">Cherif Bassiouni</a> is President Emeritus of DePaul University&rsquo;s International Human Rights Institute.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ahmed Rehab is Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago. He&rsquo;s participated in the Cairo protests and blogs about his experiences at <a href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/blog/">Mindful of Dreams</a><a href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/blog/">.<br /></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Alia Saleh is a mother of two who lives in central Cairo. She&rsquo;s been watching events unfold from her window.</div><p><a href="http://www.sociology.illinois.edu/people/bayata.html">Asef Bayat</a> is professor of sociology and Middle East Studies at U of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana.</p><p>On Friday 2/4/11 Asef Bayat will participate in a discussion around the edited volume &quot;The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future.&quot; Speakers include many folks you hear on Worldview including Ahmad Sadri from Lake Forest College, Kahveh Ehsani and Norma Clair Moruzzi.</p> <div><em>The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future</em></div><div>Friday February 4 ~ 7:00 PM<br />Chicago Temple ~ 77 W. Washington</div></p> Thu, 03 Feb 2011 18:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-03/pro-mubarak-forces-crack-down-tahrir-square-protestors-81710 Chicagoan Ahmed Rehab provides an update from Cairo http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-provides-update-cairo <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/108690677.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets across Egypt today in the largest demonstration yet. Estimates fluctuate between one and two million people. Though the exact number is uncertain, the demand for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office is clear. <a href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/blog/" target="_blank">Ahmed Rehab</a>, executive director of the Chicago chapter for the Council of American-Islamic Relations (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.cairchicago.org/">CAIR</a>), spent the day in Cairo&rsquo;s Tahrir Square, site of one of the largest gatherings. He tells us about the peaceful day of celebration.</p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 17:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-provides-update-cairo Chicagoan Ahmed Rehab gives account of protests in Egypt http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-gives-firsthand-account-ongoing-protests-egypt <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/egppro.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo&rsquo;s Tahrir Square today and continued to defy the government-imposed curfew. A much bigger and potentially violent demonstration is slated to take place tomorrow. President Hosni Mubarak showed no signs of leaving office. Earlier today, he named a new interior minister, although many, including the foreign minister and minister of defense, remain in their posts.</p><p>Over the weekend, inmates from Egypt&rsquo;s most notorious prisons descended on the streets. And the government essentially shut down Al-Jazeera.</p><p>Ahmed Rehab joins us by phone from a suburb of Cairo. He's been in Egypt since the protests began.&nbsp; He&rsquo;s the executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations. He&rsquo;s been participating in the protests and writng about it on his blog called &quot;<a href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/blog/" target="_blank">Mindful of Dreams</a>.&quot;<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-gives-firsthand-account-ongoing-protests-egypt Chicagoan Ahmed Rehab participates in protests sweeping Egypt http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-participates-protests-sweeping- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/egypt_protest.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ahmed Rehab called Wolrdview from Cairo. He&rsquo;s the executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He flew to Cairo to participate in the protests. He&rsquo;s representing himself, not CAIR Chicago. Ahmed&rsquo;s also been blogging about his experiences on the Huffington Post and his own blog, <a href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/blog/" target="_blank">Mindful of Dreams.</a><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-participates-protests-sweeping- World Cup: Why France & England Disappoint http://www.wbez.org/ARehab/2010/06/world-cup-why-france-england-disappoint/26822 <p>France and England boast top talents in their ranks that include some of the most successful footballers at the club level, world class names who where instrumental in winning their local league this past season.‚  And yet neither side has managed to capitalize on the hype; to the contrary, each has put up an overall abysmal performance in their first two group games.‚  At this stage, their play thus far has been little more than "World Cup Window Dressing". France could only muster a goalless draw against Uruguay in its opening game and was beaten convincingly by Mexico in its second game setting itself up for an early exit. England drew with the USA in its opener and then drew again with Algeria in a match-up that most analysts predicted would give England a comfortable win. So what's going on?<!--break--> It's simple, it isn't about the big names - at least not anymore. While France and England can boast top class players, they sorely lack two key ingredients necessary for success on the World Cup stage:‚ team coherence and national spirit. In an increasingly competitive field in which the gap between the traditional powerhouses and the underdogs is forever narrowing, fielding eleven top class players no longer cuts it, fielding one cohesive team is what you want to shoot for. ‚ The two certainly do not equate to the same thing. Zidane said it best after the France vs Uruguay opener when he heaped abuse on Domenech whom he rightly regards to be incompetent: <blockquote>They didn't play together and it was more a case of individual efforts. The players must take responsibility for themselves, move themselves. You have to be straight with each other. [Domenech] is not a coach. He picked his squad and he has to make them play together. You must put your ego to one side and work together. Teamwork is the most important thing, and that's not what we saw during the [Uruguay] match.</blockquote> The same can be said of England. Rooney was so much a shadow of his Manchester United self against Algeria that at one point in the match, I found myself contemplating whether he was drunk.‚  Gerard, who could hardly deliver a meaningful pass, was not much better.‚  Lampard, Terry, and the others seemed to run around without vision or purpose.‚  The English, like the French, seem indifferent, unimaginative, and without inspiration. Contrast that with say North Korea or Slovenia, hardly two powerhouses. The individual talent on either of those two teams could not compare to that of France or England, and yet they seem to enjoy team coherence and team spirit, and so they end up over-acheiving while being relatively more fun to watch. How did the USA tie England who are a far better side on paper? By playing as a team, and by playing with heart. That was enough to balance out the superior English talent and experience. Perhaps France and England are suffering from <em>Football Diva Syndrome</em>, perhaps their players have experienced so much success at the club level - as well as withered so much of the accompanying pressures - that they have become desensitized to the mesmerizing lights of national football and too jaded to appreciate the urgency of the World Cup stage. They play like it was a chore, like they don't really want to be there. Where is the passion, where is the self-belief? Whatever their ailment, one thing is for sure: at this rate if they were to make an early exit, they will not be missed. The World Cup deserves better; fans of the beautiful game deserve teams that not only have talent, but drive, urgency and sheer fire.</p> Sat, 19 Jun 2010 17:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ARehab/2010/06/world-cup-why-france-england-disappoint/26822