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October 2014

The politics of Nobel Peace Prize
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
On Friday (Oct 10, 2014) the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace to a Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai and an Indian child rights campaigner, Kailash Satyarthi. At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. The teenager was shot in the head by militants in October 2012 when she was on her way home from school. She now lives in Birmingham in the UK. Many Pakistanis are skeptical about the meteorite rise to fame of Malala propelled by the Western media and Western controlled international organizations and institutions. The Nobel Peace Prize has, more often than not, raised eyebrows and created controversies. The politics of the Nobel Peace Prize have been described as tragic, outrageous and sometimes cringe-worthy. While meant to recognize those whose work has greatly benefited or contributed to the advancement and unity of mankind, the Nobel Peace Prize has sometimes been given to those with violent pasts or who have been exposed for lying in the so-called factual work that earned them the award. In recent years the Nobel prize committee has made some controversial decision on those who were awarded the peace prize.
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US drone attacks intensify as Pakistan Army continues brutal operation in North Waziristan
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
A US drone strike on Thursday (Oct 9, 2014) killed at least four suspected fighters in a restive northwestern Pakistani tribal area on the Afghan border taking the death toll from a flurry of such strikes this week to 25, Al Jazeera reported on Friday. The attack took place at Laman village in North Waziristan where the Pakistani military has been waging a brutal operation since June. "A US drone fired two missiles at a vehicle and killed at least four militants and one was wounded," the AFP news agency quoted a senior Pakistani official as saying. The death toll could not be verified through independent sources as the area is out of reach of independent media. "The area is off-limits to journalists, making it impossible to verify the number and identify the dead independently," Al Jazeera pointed out.
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29 years later, still no charges in Alex Odeh's assassination
AMP Report: October 11, 2014 marks the 29th commemoration of the assassination of Alex Odeh, Southern California Regional Director, of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). Alex Odeh was tragically assassinated on October 11, 1985. Alex Odeh's life was taken by a pipe bomb that exploded as he entered the ADC office in Santa Ana, California. In addition to killing Mr. Odeh, the bomb injured several other victims. The FBI quickly named the militant Jewish Defense League, or JDL, as a focus of its investigations. But decades later, no one has been questioned or indicted for Odeh’s murder. Read More

September 2014

The U.S. and the so-called Islamic State
By Stephen Zunes
: At the start of classes one year ago, I was having to explain to my students why the United States appeared to be on the verge of going to war against the Syrian government. At the beginning of this semester, exactly one year later, I'm having to explain to my students why the United States may be on the verge of going to war against Syrian rebels. It is not surprising, therefore, that while the horrors unleashed by forces of the so-called Islamic State are all-too-real, there is skepticism regarding the use of military force. Already U.S. planes and missiles have been attacking ISIS forces in northern Iraq. Given the real threat of a heightened genocidal campaign against Yazidis and other minorities and the risks of ISIS control expanding into the Kurdish region, even some of those normally averse to unilateral U.S. military intervention abroad were willing to acknowledge it may have been the least bad option.
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American Muslims 13 years after 9/11
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
The seven-million strong Muslim American community remain under pressure, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Alarmingly, mainstream American opinion of Muslims is getting worse. According to the July survey of Arab American Institute (AAI) there has been a continued erosion in the favorable ratings Americans have of both Arabs and Muslims. For example, in 2010 favorable ratings for Arabs were 43 percent. They have now declined to 32 percent. For Muslims, the ratings dropped from 36 percent in 2010, to 27 percent in the 2014 survey. Not surprisingly, a direct consequence of this disturbing downward slide can be seen in the substantial number of Americans (42 percent) who say that they support the use of profiling by law enforcement against Arab Americans and American Muslims and a growing percentage of Americans who say that they lack confidence in the ability of individuals from either community to perform their duties as Americans should they be appointed to important government positions. Thirty-six percent of respondents felt that the decisions made by Arab Americans would be influenced by their ethnicity, while 42 percent of respondents felt that American Muslims would be negatively influenced by their religion. To borrow Paul Craig Roberts, in the post-9/11 era "a new generation of Americans has been born into distain and distrust of Muslims."
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August 2014

Gaza Onslaught Joint Arab-Israeli War against Palestinians
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
On August 3, 2014, at  least 30 people were killed in Israeli shelling in the Gaza Strip taking the Palestinian toll to 1,712, with more than 9,000 wounded. The dead, in the 25-day Israeli massacre of Palestinians, included 398 children, 207 women and 74 elderly people, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza. The Lebanese TV network Al-Manar has reported that the Israeli attack on Gaza is a "joint Arab-Israeli war against the Palestinians."  Meanwhile, Al Manar reproduced a CNN report which quoted an analyst,  Ali Younes as saying: "Most Arab states are actively supporting Israel against the Palestinians -- and not even shy about it or doing it discreetly."  Read More

Pakistani troops to defend jittery Saudis
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
The Times of London has reported that Saudi Arabia has deployed thousands of troops from Egypt and Pakistan along its frontier with Iraq, amid fears of invasion by the al-Qaeda splinter group that has declared a radical Islamic state across the border. The Times quoted Gulf security sources as saying that panicked by the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham  (ISIS), Riyadh has taken the drastic step of calling in military assistance from its close allies to shore up the porous 500-mile border. Read More

June-July 2014

Netanyahu's Ugly Game in Gaza
By Stephen Zunes:
The murder by unknown assailants of three Israeli teens who were members of an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Back would normally have been treated by both sides as simply another senseless loss of innocent young life experienced too often by Israelis and Palestinians alike. But the right-wing Israeli government took advantage of the tragedy to whip up ultra-nationalist sentiments, engage in a new wave of repression in the occupied West Bank, launch heavy mortar attacks and air strikes against civilian targets in the besieged Gaza Strip, and now to threaten all-out war.
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The Arab collusion in Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
"Gaza ceasefire hopes switch to Qatar as Arabs divided over Israeli offensive," this headline of the Guardian of July 20, 2014 best reflected the collusion of major Arab states in the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. According to AFP, as of July 20, The Palestinian death toll soared to 438 with around 100 Palestinians killed in one day. On July 22, the death toll rose to more than 600. Hamas last week rejected an Egyptian proposed ceasefire which envisaged end of Hamas rule in Gaza. Hamas describe it as "not in the best interests of the Palestinian people." Not surprisingly, Israel and the PA accepted this proposal.
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700,000 displaced as Pakistan Army continues brutal operation in North Waziristan
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
About 700,000 people have been displaced in North Waziristan where Pakistan's mercenary army has launched a brutal operation at the behest of Washington. After a week-long air bombardment and indiscriminate artillery shelling the army has launched  a ground operation. The military operation has created an alarming security situation. On June 24, a Pakistan Airlines plane was attacked while landing at the Peshawar airport. The plane landed safely but one woman passenger died while two others were injured in the attack.  Read More

Pakistan Army launches long-awaited operation in N Waziristan
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The Pakistan Army Sunday launched a long-awaited operation against militants in North Waziristan Agency. An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release said: "Armed forces of Pakistan have launched a comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists who are hiding in sanctuaries in North Wazirastan Agency.”
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A Nonviolent Alternative for Ukraine
By Erica Chenoweth, Stephen Zunes:
Ukraine faces a rising tide of violence in the restive east. Here's why nonviolent activism is the best strategy for fighting back ….. Crimean Tatars may even have the ability to use nonviolent resistance to elicit the support of powerful third parties, both in mainland Ukraine and even in Russia. They have the sympathy -- if not overt support -- of allies in Ukraine, which provides most of Crimea's electricity and 70 percent of its food.
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April-May 2014

US aid to Pakistan again linked to Dr Afridi’s release
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
The US Congress has once again attached the release of Shakeel Afridi to the provision of military aid to Pakistan. In an amendment introduced to the defense spending bill, passed on May 22, the House members overwhelmingly called for the release of Dr Shakeel Afridi who had helped the CIA by running a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad a month before the US forces raid on Osama bin Laden compound in 2011Read More

Americans think the Supreme Court is too political
By Khalid Saeed:
A new poll, by Democracy Corps and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, finds the US Supreme Court too political. According to the poll released on May 7, 2014, Americans of all political affiliations support policies that would make the U.S. Supreme Court more accessible and its justices more accountable. The poll was conducted from April 16–24, two weeks after the Supreme Court, in McCutcheon V. FEC, struck down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees.
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NYPD coerced Muslim immigrants to become spies
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Seven million strong American Muslim community was alarmed by the New York Times Saturday (May 11, 2014) report that the New York Police Department (NYPD) coerced Muslim immigrants who were arrested for infractions as minor as an argument over a parking ticket to become informants to spy on their community.It may be recalled that in August 2011, the Muslim community was shocked to know about the NYPD program of surveillance of the Muslims. Again in August 2013, the New York Times reported that the NYPD has secretly designated mosques as “terrorist organizations.”
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Pakistan Supreme Court case highlights plight of stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has finally admitted for hearing a petition filed in 2009 seeking repatriation of around 230,000 stranded Pakistanis from Bangladesh. The petition was filed by Advocate Rashid-ul-Haq Qazi as a representative of the Stranded Pakistanis General Repatriation Committee and the Organization for Repatriation of Stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh.
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Orwell’s Nightmare: The NSA and Google — Big Brother Meets Big Business
John W. Whitehead:
What would happen if the most powerful technology company in the world and the largest clandestine spying agency in the world joined forces? No need to wonder. Just look around you. It’s happened already. Thanks to an insidious partnership between Google and the National Security Agency (NSA) that grows more invasive and more subtle with every passing day, “we the people” have become little more than data consumer commodities to be bought, sold and paid for over and over again. With every smartphone we buy, every GPS device we install, every Twitter, Facebook, and Google account we open, every frequent buyer card we use for purchases—whether at the grocer’s, the yogurt shop, the airlines or the department store, and every credit and debit card we use to pay for our transactions, we’re helping Corporate America build a dossier for its government counterparts on who we know, what we think, how we spend our money, and how we spend our time.
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Islamophobia: An increasing and disturbing trend
By Dr. Farooq Hassan:
Islamophobia, an increasing and disturbing trend today. Does Islamophobia really exist and how it was created and instilled?  What is the current status and debate of it? How do we rethink it in American context? What is the truth about American Muslims? Is the loyalty of American Muslims under suspicions? What are the forms and sources of it? Who is the beneficiary of it? How should a modern world, humanitarian organizations and faith community leaders act responsibly to overcome it?
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