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April 2016

A Confused American Muslim Community and the US Politics
By Syed R. Mahmood: Why are American Muslims an easy target in the United States to become victims of BIGOTRY and RACISM? Nowadays, the situation is so bad that Muslim children are asking their parents, “are we going to be kicked out of this country?” Every time you turn around, as you watch the news, someone is making anti-Muslim or anti-Islamic comment. Although there are a good number of Americans who are very supportive of American Muslims, bigotry and racism remain part of American History. Read More

Bernie Sanders is a better presidential candidate
By Habib Siddiqui:
Last week, I watched the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. I am glad that I had the time to do so. To me, the most important task of the President of the USA is about foreign policy, which he conducts through his Secretary of State. The debate allowed me to understand the candidates' views on Israeli state that has benefitted enormously from the US patronage since its birth.
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Hillary and Bernie Part Ways on Israel
Stephen Zunes:
The foreign policy divide between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders could not have been more obvious than in last week’s debate in Brooklyn when the moderator brought forward the issue of Israel and Palestine. The answers they gave not only revealed differing emphases among two politicians who both strongly identify as being “pro-Israel,” it revealed a striking contrast regarding the role the United States should play as a mediator in international conflicts and attitudes towards international humanitarian law. Read More

The Hardwara Incident:  A Lesson in Tyranny
By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai:
The circumstances surrounding the Handwara girl seem to have brought to the surface the true state of Indian occupation in Kashmir.   The obvious ravaging of this young woman, a mere child, and her reputation demonstrate the lengths to which a military and police authority will go to protect itself from accountability. It was one thing for an individual soldier to attempt to molest her in a public convenience, but quite another for the state to illegally place her face, her identity, and what seems to have been a forced confession contradicting earlier statements in a video in public for all the world to see. 
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Trump/Hitler/American Muslims
Arthur Kane Scott:
Watching Trump campaigning is likeobserving a rerun of Hitler in the 1920s.They both use inflammatory language, over-simplify, repeatcatch-phrases, and appeal to dark nationalistic impulses by targeting vulnerable groups as responsible for their countriessocio-economicills. Hitler often said: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” Donald J Trump picking up on Hitler has called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering US.”
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Global tax havens or havens for dirty money
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
The Panama Papers are an unprecedented leak of 11.5m files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The documents show the myriad ways in which the rich can exploit secretive offshore tax regimes. The massive leak of confidential documents from a Panamanian law firm has shown how some of the world's richest people hide assets to avoid paying taxes.
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Pakistan abandons to reform controversial blasphemy law
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
Pakistan government has abandoned plans to amend the country's blasphemy law following protests in its capital Islamabad that left the city paralyzed for almost four days.The Sunni Tehreek group descended on the capital on Sunday, March 27, to denounce the hanging of police officer Mumtaz Qadri for the 2011 murder of Governor Salman Taseer. Hundreds of protesters rallied for days in Islamabad before ending their sit-in after gathering assurances from the government.  One of the main demands of the demonstrators was government assurances that the blasphemy laws will not be amended.
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March 2016

Donald Trump’s rhetoric horrifies American Muslims
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
: Seven-million strong American Muslim community is alarmed at the mounting anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican Presidential hopefuls, particularly leading GOP candidate Donald Trump. An unprecedented wave of Islamophobia is now sweeping the United States as the Republican Party has become the epicenter of Islamophobia this election season.
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Friedman’s crocodile tears
By Habib Siddiqui:
For decades the Israeli government's official position, at least in the international forums, has been that it is for a two-state solution to the crisis. That much-publicized view is, of course, for international consumption.  Facts in the ground always betrayed such assertions. Because, what the Zionist governments since the time of her foundation have been doing is very clear: it's called occupation and expansion as part of a very sinister colonial enterprise -‘Rhodes-style’ - in which the indigenous, the conquered, people are pushed to exit or to live a life of a subdued conquered people. 
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Bipartisan Congressional efforts to support Israeli settlements and expansionism
By Stephen Zunes:
Following earlier Congressional initiatives to effectively recognize Morocco's illegal annexation of the occupied nation of Western Sahara, a bipartisan effort has been launched in Congress in support of Israel's colonization of occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank and greater East Jerusalem, effectively recognizing Israeli annexation of territories seized in the 1967 war. The expansion of territory by military force is prohibited under the U.N. Charter, and the Israeli settlements are considered illegal under the Fourth Geneva Convention, a series of UN Security Council resolutions, and a landmark advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice.
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‘The sense that everybody thought they had WMDs is a total fantasy’
By Janine Jackson: 
In an interview with the CounterSpin about the Iraq War, Dr. Stephen Zunes says: Unfortunately, it has been a major factor, in that just as the media twisted the facts in the lead up to the war by not challenging the claims by the Bush administration and their supporters in Congress of this alleged threat, they do not seem to be very responsible in looking at the history even now that everyone should know better. I recall in 2008, Hillary Clinton repeated the line that inspectors were thrown out, when in fact it was her husband who ordered them to be removed.
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February 2016

Lies and Deceptions come easy for the Republicans
 By Habib Siddiqui:
George W. Bush’s Administration sold us the war against Iraq when it had no proof that the Saddam Hossein’s regime had“weapons of mass destruction” (WMD). After invasionand occupation of the land, years of search found no WMD. Absolutely nothing! It was a gigantic lie manufactured by Bush (USA) and Blair (UK). In the meantime, nearly half a million Iraqis had to die in one of the most sadistic wars of history in which the USA and her partners showed their real ugliness with everything – their wanton killing of innocent civilians, their ill-treatment of the occupied people, let alone the prisoners, their savage bombing of places of worship, business centers, schools, hospitals, heritage sites, museums and even the drinking and sewage system.
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On Hillary Clinton, sexism, and U.S. foreign policy
By Stephen Zunes:
After the strong early primary showings by Senator Bernie Sanders, a few high-profile supporters of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton have seized upon an explanation: sexism — and not only by men. Sanders’ high level of support from young women in particular, they say, reflects the naiveté of younger self-identified feminists. Feminists who oppose Hillary Clinton's imperialism can't just challenge her foreign policy. We have to challenge the sexist attacks against her, too.
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Republican candidates’ endorsement of torture shames America
By Habib Siddiqui:
At the Republican debate in New Hampshire, when Senator Ted Cruz was asked whether waterboarding is torture, he replied that it is not. “Under the law, torture is excruciating pain equivalent to losing organs and systems,” he said. So waterboarding “does not meet the generally recognized definition of torture.” Read More

American Muslim Community one year after the murder of three NC Muslim students
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The Muslim American community observed Wednesday (Feb. 10) the first death anniversary of three North Carolina University Muslim students amid rising anti-Muslim bigotry and hate crimes.
On February 10, 2015, Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha were brutally murdered simply because they were Muslim. A neighbor, who had expressed anti-Muslim animus in the past, fatally shot each of them in the home that newlyweds Deah and Yusor shared.
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The post Iran nuclear deal scenario
By Chandra Muzaffar:
Now that the Iran nuclear deal is being implemented, it is perhaps time to ask, what does it mean for Iran, for other nations in West Asia and North Africa (WANA), for Israel, for the United States of America, for Europe? What does it mean for the world as a whole? Read More

President Obama's visit to Mosque and Presidential Race
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven million strong
American Muslim community has welcomed the visit of President Barrack Obama to Maryland mosque on Feb. 3 where the President called on Americans to embrace their common humanity and reject the inexcusable political rhetoric emanating from the presidential campaign trail.
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How the American Muslims vote in 2016 election?
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven-million strong American Muslim community has voted overwhelmingly voted for Democrat s since 2004 and a recent poll released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) indicates that the American Muslims will follow this trend. The CAIR survey finds that 67 percent will vote for Democratic Party candidates. More than half of respondents said they’d vote for Hillary Clinton and 22 percent back Bernie Sanders. More than 85 percent of Muslims who voted backed President Barack Obama in 2012, according to a CAIR poll.
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Any hope for peace in the Palestine-Israel Conflict?
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
: For many Israelis, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 marked a grim turning point for their country. In the words of the commission set up to investigate the murder, "Israeli society [would] never be the same again. As a democracy, political assassination was not part of our culture." In the eyes of most people, the murder ended all hope for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process through the Oslo Accords and altered the course of history.
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A cursory look at this year’s WEF
By Habib Siddiqui:
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss nonprofit foundation, based in Cologny, Geneva. As a state recognized international institution for public-private cooperation, its mission is cited as "committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas."
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A Friendly Note from Your Muslim Neighbor ..
By Paul Findley
: Twenty years ago the plight of Muslims in America was so serious, it led me to  a weeklong international conference on Western images of Islam. It was held in Penang, Malaysia, half way around the world.  Read More