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January 2015

American Muslims fear backlash over Paris massacre
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: American Muslim organizations have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people but expressed fear of possible backlash and retribution against Muslims in America and Europe. “The event is disgusting. We send our condolences to our friends and those who lost loved ones,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of Michigan’s branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “We are concerned about backlash against Muslims in the west.”
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Soft Martial Law imposed in Pakistan
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Perhaps following the example of Egypt, the US-client government of Mian Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has extended military courts jurisdiction all over Pakistan.The government stamped through the National Assembly and the Senate to approve the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2015 as well as the 21st Constitutional Amendment. It took less than 24 hours for both the houses to approve the controversial legislation and the Constitutional Amendment. At one time during the National Assembly vote a member of parliament complained that the bill submitted for approval was different than the draft bill circulated to the MPs. President Mamoon Hussain signed the bills into law the next day on January 7. Read More

2014: Another hard & difficult year for American Muslims
Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
* A Muslim teenager is fatally injured in an a hate assault in Kansas City.* Somali cabbie beaten in Seattle hate crime. * St. Cloud Minnesota mosque vandalized four times within 4 weeks. * Hate attack on a Bosnian Muslim woman in St Lous. * Urine placed at Muslim chaplain’s office at  Wake Forest University, North Carolina. * Florida State University professor resigns after anti-Muslim Facebook comments.... These are some of the news headlines in the first two weeks of December 2014 related to the Muslims in America. These tragic incidents and disturbing episodes embody the dilemma and plight of the seven-million strong Muslim American community which remained under siege since 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Fear and Loathing in Pakistan: Why We Must Not Let it be Our 9/11?
By Junaid S. Ahmad and Sania Sufi:
December 16th, 2014 was a day of sadness, anger, and fear in Pakistan. Like everyone else, we shared the incredible sadness at the loss of life of so many innocent school children and staff in Peshawar. But as we listened more and more to others around us, we also realized that our anger and fear were not necessarily about the same things. Our anger was primarily directed towards a state establishment that has nurtured the networks of patronage for these groups and individuals, and although our fear was for the safety of all across the country, we emphasize that this fear was also for the safety of our brothers and sisters in the Northwest who we felt would now be held collectively culpable, dehumanized, and targeted by our state and society. Our anger was not limited to the individuals who perpetrated these attacks, but also included those segments of the state who have been responsible for being the lifeblood of violent, reactionary groups. Our anger was against those who have been engineering killings, disappearances, gross human rights abuses, and so on.
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December 2014

Ending Terrorism in Pakistan
By Dr. Abdul Jabbar:
The news of mass killing of 142innocent people (132 of them students)in the Army Public School in Peshawar is shocking and painful beyond words. The curse of terrorism has to be addressed in a systematic manner. Some steps need to be taken right away. Other measures need to be initiated but will take time to have their effect.
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Crucifying school children at the altar of Great Power Game
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
The Peshawar Army Public School massacre has sparked an unexpected debate on the 2007 brutal military operation against the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) and Hasfa Islamic School in Islamabad where around 2,000 people most of them boys and girls students were killed. Maulana Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid poured sarcasm on the civil society people demonstrating and lighting candles for the Peshawar dead and said they should also have felt pain for the 82 madarsa students killed in Bajaur and other deaths in military operations. “My brother, his family and many people dear to me and a large number of students were killed in army operation here (in Lal Masjid in 2007), but I did not raise such hue and cry,” he said. Maulana Aziz also said that he did not consider the 142 schoolchildren killed by the Taliban in Peshawar “martyrs.”
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Modi Menace: For the people, by the people
By Sourav Banerjee:
Hardly over a month ago (November 25, 2014), my eyes caught a Navbharat Times article saying, over 3 lakh bogus voters found in Varanasi, the place which blessed our current PM with a land-slide victory in the Lok Sabha election earlier this year. It further reports that the Election Commission has so far traced 3,11,057 fake voters and is expecting the number to reach around 6 lakhs by the end of the scrutiny process. Read More

Mid-term elections: The republicans now control both houses of congress
By Prof. Arthur Kane Scott:
Though Republicans won at the polls, their victory is at best a minority victory and what is even more paradoxical is that their national agenda differs drastically from most Americans. The People's agenda for Congress includes lower student loans (80%), infrastructure modernization (75%), raising minimum wage (65%), fighting Ebola (60%), climate change (59%) and Keystone Pipeline (54%). Mitch McConnell and John Boehner however want to repeal Obamacare, pass Asian Trans- Pacific Partnership trade agreement, lower corporate taxes, challenge Obama on immigration and reign in EPA.
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Comparing The Incomparable: Pakistan’s Education System with the Rest of the World
By Wajid Hassan
Pakistan enjoys an important strategic location in Asia and hence plays an important role in the geo-politics of the region. It is bordered by Iran to the west, Afghanistan on its north-east border, India to the east and China to its west. It is also geographically very close to the Tajikistan/Russian border, separated only by a narrow strip of Wakhan Corridor. Because of its location as well as ethnic and religious connections with the bordering countries, Pakistan has continued to play a critical role in the region since the 1950's. It has been regarded as an important strategic partner in several major conflicts in the world. Read More