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November 2015

The nihilistic assaults on Paris
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui:  What is surprising is the level of sophistication in planning and execution of Friday (Nov 13) simultaneous assaults that had not been seen since the 2008 attacks in Bombay, India. It was the worst attack on a European city since the Madrid bombings in 2004, when 190 people were killed and more than 1,800 wounded, in four coordinated attacks on commuter trains.
The assaults in Paris took place against the background of two major ongoing international crises: the Syrian conflict and the war against Daesh, and the refugee crisis that now besets Europe. No wonder that they have sparked a cycle of blame and outrage that has become bleakly familiar.The possibility that one of the attackers was a Syrian migrant or had posed as one is sure to further complicate the already vexing problem for Europe of how to handle the unceasing flow of people from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
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10 Reasons why the Paris terrorist attack could be a false flag operation
By Binu Mathew : The Paris terrorist attack that killed 129 people is a horrific, heinous and barbarious act. We should strongly condemn the incident and demand that thorough investigation should be conducted and the perpetrators should be booked and given exemplary punishment so that such incidents may not be repeated anywhere again. Even before the investigations began, in fact an hour after the attack took place, French President Hollande blamed the attack on ISIS. Later ISIS themselves came forward and claimed that they carried out the attack. This may well be the case. But we cannot forget the fact that anyone can claim to be an ISIS and take responsibility of the attack. Even if the claim was made by the ISIS themselves that doesn’t prove that they carried out the attack. They can falsely take claim on the attack, to boost their image as the best terrorist group around, a claim that will fill their coffers with terrorist sympathizers from around the world. So, the ISIS claim cannot be taken in its face value, but must the thoroughly investigated.
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Obama's escalation in Syria
Dr. Stephen Zunes
: President Obama’s announcement that he would send up to 50 U.S. Special Forces to "train, advise and assist" armed militia fighting forces of the so-called “Islamic State” in Syria marks an escalation in U.S. military involvement in that country. It also raises some serious legal, political, strategic, ethical, and constitutional questions and may open the way to a far larger and dangerous military entanglements in the future. Despite the absence of the requisite approval of Congress, the United States has been engaged in regular airstrikes in that country for more than a year as well as arming, training, and funding “moderate” rebel groups with little strategic gain to show for it.
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Myanmar’s Election – an analysis
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: Last Sunday Myanmar (previously Burma) held its first contested vote since 1990. Since achieving independence from Britain in 1948, the country had a very difficult start. Military has ruled the country for more than half a century since 1962. Although an election was held in 1990 in which the National League for Democracy (NLD), the opposition party of Suu Kyi, daughter of Aung San,  considered the father of the nation (who was murdered by his rivals six months before independence) came out as the winner, the military refused to cede power. Suu Kyi spent most of the next 23 years under house arrest, becoming an iconic figure at home and abroad. To put pressure on the hated military regime, she was even granted a Nobel Prize for peace. Read More

Is Genocide Occurring in Myanmar’s Rakhine state?
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: Recently, the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law Schoolhas published a legal analysis for Fortify Rights, a human rights organization based in Southeast Asia,on the subject of genocide. The 78-page legal analysis — Persecution of the Rohingya Muslims: Is Genocide Occurring in Myanmarメs Rakhine State? A Legal Analysis — draws on nearly three years of research and documentation provided to the Lowenstein Clinic by Fortify Rights, including eyewitness testimonies, internal government documents as well as UN data, reports, and information. Read More

Why Netanyahu Needs Holocaust Revisionism and Israeli-Palestinian Violence
By Stephen Zunes
: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's October 20 speech claiming that Hitler had not planned to exterminate Jews until a prominent Palestinian cleric pressured him to do so, while outrageous, is consistent with the longstanding narrative of the right-wing government and its U.S. supporters.
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India planned covert military attack on Pakistani nuclear reactor
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
Indian Express reported on Oct 26, 2015 that the United States warned Pakistan in 1984 about an Indian military attack on the Pakistani nuclear reactor at Kahuta. The paper said that the US warning came in US President Ronald Reagan’s letter to General Zia-ul Haq, President of Pakistan. Last week, the US State department declassified its top-secret documents from 1984-85 which focus on the Pakistani nuclear program.
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Muslims feel more vulnerable in India: Dr Zafar-ul-Islam
Renowned Muslim scholar and  Indian civil society member Dr Zafar-ul-Islam has said that Muslims all over India including Jammu and Kashmir are concerned about the situation which has worsened after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. He said that not only Muslims, but Christians are also feeling uncomfortable and there is a dire need to run a campaign to build a sense of confidence among minorities.
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Scientists express concern over rising intolerance in India
Indian writers and scientists expressing concern against the spread of intolerance and communal hatred in India. In a petition to the President, the scientists have warned that this statement may be followed by stronger actions "akin to the award winners of Sahitya Akademi." A group of scientists from academic institutions across the country and abroad have signed a petition addressed to the President expressing their concern over recent incidents of intolerance, polarization and spread of communal hatred resulting in the death of innocent people and rationalists.
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October 2015

Anti-Islam, anti-Muslim rallies 'Fizzle' nationwide
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
"Sorry, Islamophobes: Your Anti-Muslim rallies ended up inspiring acts of love and service": This headline of the Huffington Post best describes the fizzle of the nationwide anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rallies organized by what Carol Kuruvilla calls a loosely affiliated group of armed protesters. "After hearing about armed protests scheduled to take place around mosques, the interfaith community rallied around Muslims. Instead of dividing the communities they targeted, news about the rallies strengthened bonds between interfaith allies and inspired numerous acts of community service around the U.S., Kuruvilla writes in the Huffington Post. Read More

Anti-Mosque protests underscore a growing anti-Islam movement in the West
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui:
Racism and bigotry is on the rise across the globe. Many of the western governments won't allow building of a mosque on Muslim owned properties. Even if the central government sometimes may have no bars for such mosque constructions, the local Christian community, much given to racism and bigotry, may not permit construction of a mosque in its locality. Such objections against mosques are called democracy here - a flawed one, obviously, by the locals that have not learned that in a liberal democracy the majoritarian views should not trample religious and cultural rights of a minority.  Read More

Thoughts on Oregon Shooting
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui:
The world is bleeding with blood, or so it seems. The sad fact is: the victims of this orgy of violence around the globe, often times, have no clue as to why they are getting killed or maimed.  Thursday (Oct 1) morning was supposed to be an ordinary day for the students at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, USA. They got up like they do every day -- ready for class, ready to learn, ready to engage with teachers and fellow students,and ready for home work. But in an instant, their worlds were shattered by bullets – not by some outsider, but by one of their very own, a fellow student - Chris Harper Mercer - who was enrolled in English and theatre classes.
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Is Ben Carson a bigot?
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui:
Ben Carson is running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. During an appearance on ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday, Sept. 20, NBC's Chuck Todd asked him, "Do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?" "No, I do not," Carson responded. "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that."
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Anti-Muslim protests scheduled nationwide
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
Amid increasing anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric, anti-Muslim groups have planned at least 20 rallies this month at mosques and Islamic centers across the Unites States on October 9th and 10th. "Humanity is attacked daily by radical Islam," the group claims in its Facebook page. "Protests will be held in every country at every Mosque." The group also claims to have followers and events across several countries, including Australia, England, Canada and Germany.
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Obama Deifies American Hegemony
By Paul Craig Roberts:
September 28 is the 70th anniversary of the UN. It is not clear how much good the UN has done. Some UN Blue Hemet peacekeeping operations had limited success. But mainly Washington has used the UN for war, such as the Korean War and Washington’s Cold War against the Soviet Union. In our time Washington had UN tanks sent in against Bosnian Serbs during the period that Washington was dismantling Yugoslavia and Serbia and accusing Serbian leaders, who tried to defend the integrity of their country against Washington’s aggression, of “war crimes.”
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The double speak at United Nations
 By Ostur Raza: On the morning of September 28th, 2015 our President gave a speech at United Nations. I recognize the fact that with scores of world leaders in audience speakers frequently use the opportunity to position their country in better light than reality.  What disappointed me was the gross double speak President Obama engaged in. He gave a usual lecture on human rights, women rights, democracy, scolded global trouble makers and blamed foes while completely ignoring the US culpability in many of the problems in the world.
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The Role and Contribution of OIC in the Development of
Educational  and Scientific Facilities in the Muslim World     
By Wajid Hassan:
Education and scientific development of the Muslim Countries is important as they have a large number of raw young population. If this large population is not turned into meaningful human resource it can be used by the negative elements in sabotaging world peace as well as they will become a burden on world economy in next few decades on the other hand, if this human resource is educated, trained and enlightened by providing the resources of higher institutes of learning and scientific facilities they can help transform the Muslim countries into peaceful and stable economies of the world.
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The OIC: More Necessary than Ever
By Maha Akeel: The bond of ummah has always been strong, though it has taken different shapes for different times. In our age, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) provides an effective model to translate the Muslim world’s desire to work more closely together, even as it grows to meet the needs, challenges and opportunities of an increasingly interconnected world.  Founded in 1969 after an attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the OIC includes 57 member states across four continents. As the collective voice of the Muslim world, the OIC advances the interests of the Muslim world in a spirit of peaceful and respectful dialogue. This is accomplished through three primary organs: The Council of Foreign Ministers, the Islamic Summit and the General Secretariat, headed by the 10th OIC Secretary-General, Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani.
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