Webcast: Local Muslims' reaction to current political climate


On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Weekly reporters Sue Dremann and Elena Kadvany talk with Samina Faheem Sundas, founder of American Muslim Voice, about the current U.S. political climate and the local Muslim community. Her grassroots organization seeks to foster friendships among all Americans, especially between Muslims and others, through dialogue.

Watch this week's webcast here.

Webcasts are posted every Friday afternoon on, as well as on Palo Alto Online's YouTube channel,

Check out previous weeks' episodes:

Behind The Headlines: Locals to Impact Olympics

Behind The Headlines: Race, Policing and Reconciliation

Behind the Headlines: Reporters' Roundtable

Behind The Headlines: Innovator in Education

Behind The Headlines: Spectacular fireworks

Behind The Headlines: Elementary math, Castilleja expansion

Behind the Headlines: Saving Buena Vista

Behind The Headlines: Brock Turner uproar and election recap

Behind The Headlines: Palo Alto students speak out

Behind The Headlines: DA's fatal police shooting report & Cash flows into the Assembly race

Behind the Headlines: Teacher Compensation in Palo Alto

Behind The Headlines: To the rescue -- Disaster volunteers prepare

Behind The Headlines: Size Matters -- Student-to-teacher ratios in Palo Alto

Behind the Headlines: Transportation: problems and solutions

Behind the Headlines: Taxi struggles and Eichler disputes

Behind The Headlines: Palo Alto considers full-day kindergarten

Behind The Headlines: State Assembly District 24 -- A look at the candidates

Behind The Headlines: College Terrace challenge Stanford toxic study

Behind the Headlines: Inside the Brock Turner case

Behind the Headlines: Tackling Palo Alto's housing and traffic problems

Behind the Headlines: Dr. Steven Adelsheim on youth mental health

Behind the Headlines: Renaming movement, Addison Donation, Office Cap

Behind the Headlines: "State of the City" with Mayor Pat Burt

Behind the Headlines: Bridging the gap - Understanding Palo Alto's Chinese community

Behind the Headlines: Growing up Undocumented

Behind the Headlines: Talking Sustainability with Gil Friend

Behind the Headlines: Secondary dwelling units, New school proposal

Behind the Headlines: Stanford University and Sexual Assault, Prepping for the Super Bowl

Behind the Headlines: Development at Stanford Research Park; police and the mentally ill

Behind the Headlines: Divisive mayoral election; fatal police shooting

Behind the Headlines: The year's best and worst movies

Behind the Headlines: 2015 Year in Review

Behind the Headlines: Inside Palo Alto's Emergency Center

Behind the Headlines: Undisclosed new-school proposal; groundwater pumping

Behind the Headlines: Buena Vista owner sues City; New plans for public-safety center

Behind the Headlines: Palo Alto Fire Department changes

Behind the Headlines: Midtown bicycle paths; Transgender youth

Behind the Headlines: New school proposed for Palo Alto

Behind the Headlines: Tension within governing boards

Behind the Headlines: Affordable housing; Transportation initiatives

Behind the Headlines: Paly teacher investigation

Behind the Headlines: Stanford students' activism against sexual assault

Behind the Headlines: Preserving retail; capping office development

Behind the Headlines: Transportation tax; Fiber to the Premise

Behind the Headlines: Fall Arts Preview

Behind the Headlines: Police conduct on campuses; new parkland

Behind the Headlines: Minimum wage; airplane noise


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3 people like this
Posted by Sea Refdy
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Demeaning is not respectful.

We live to raise good values and be example to next generation.

So, sir Donald you have no right to criticize a distrust mother who lost her son in a war who fought for his adopted country.

So, Mr & Mrs Khan, we salute your son's sacrifice.

Let's open our eyes, open our ears and decide who is better for our country to be the next president may be for eight more years.

It's your right and careful discretion is requested.


1 person likes this
Posted by Sea Reddy
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 8, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Name mis spelled. It needs to be Reddy not Refdy

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Posted by John
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 8, 2016 at 2:29 pm

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Posted by @John
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on Aug 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

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Posted by John
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm

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Posted by @John
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2016 at 3:22 pm

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Posted by Sea Reddy
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 8, 2016 at 3:31 pm

I should have said distraught mother not distrust mother.

Additionally, no body knows the pain of losing ones own child. Only the sufferer knows. It's nobody's business to bring family values stuff even if one is a billionaire.

These are examples of the future behavior expected of a future president if we vote for this candidate.

I am also equally concerned about losing our ambassador Chris Stevens a native of berkeley by lack of protection given to his team in Libya.

It's the responsibility of state department to engage CIA and defense department to protect violent areas like in Libya. This is people sleeping on their job. It tells us where their head is.

We do have two interesting choices.

God bless us in our mighty USA.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 8, 2016 at 4:01 pm

"Mr. Khan is as a described him. He decided to make a big political play, based on his son's death. Mr. Khan supports sharia law. Please inform me where I am wrong."

Wrong on all counts, for beginners. Mr. Khan is predictably the target of a wingnut smear campaign for his sentiments. As a law student in 1983, he did write a paper on Sharia law. That is per his Constitutional right of freedom of speech. Look it up. I bet he will lend you his copy of the Constitution after Mr. Trump returns it.

Both the Democrats and Mr. Khan knew Mr. Khan's grief would prick The Donald's famously paper-thin skin and goad him to again show his deep contempt for our troops and their families. Trump just could not resist the bait. [Portion removed.]

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