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Syed R. Mahmood 
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March 2014

Quranic ecological imperatives: A new global perspective
By Arthur Scott:
We all know the world is in the throes of an ecological crisis, the Goliath of our era, described by some as “Climate Change,” and this crisis has come from the disconnect between the world of nature and humanity. The magnificence of the planet resonating with the Divine energy of the Sacred has been forgotten and reduced to a product, thing or commodity that is brought and sold in the marketplace of globalization.
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Straight Talk on the U.S. and Ukraine
By Stephen Zunes: Given the limits of its power and its own compromised relationship with international law, the U.S. isn't in a position to do much about Ukraine. It’s been interesting to observe the large numbers of people who suddenly think they’re experts on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine—both those on the left who blame it on Obama for intervening too much and those on the right who blame it on Obama for not intervening enough. Read More

Egypt's military government increases repression amid growing paranoia
By Stephen Zunes:
Since the military coup in Egypt against the unpopular but democratically elected government of Mohammed Morsi last July, more than 1,000 regime opponents have been killed, thousands more have been hauled before military courts on political charges, and a repressive anti-protest law has been enacted severely limiting the right of peaceful assembly. The targets of this crackdown have not just been supporters of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood government, but liberal secular activists whose calls for democracy and social justice have put them at odds with both the Islamists and the military leadership. A growing number of prominent trade unionists, journalists and human rights activists are being imprisoned.
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2,000 kilometers long march to highlight the issue of Baloch missing persons
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
The families of Baloch missing persons on Feb 28, 2014, completed more than 2,000 kilometers protest march on foot to highlight the issue of missing persons in Pakistan's volatile Balochistan province. The Voice for Baloch Missing Person (VBMP) organized the march, which started in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan on October 27, 2013 and ended in Karachi where the marchers demonstrated in front of the Karachi Press Club on November 23. In the first phase of the march the families covered 730 km on foot.  The second phase from Karachi to Islamabad began in mid-December and reached Islamabad Friday. The second phase covered 1,200 kilometers, perhaps, setting a new record in the global historic long-marches.
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February 2014

Egyptian junta claims U.S. conspiracy while accepting U.S. support
by Stephen Zunes:
By claiming that the secular pro-democratic left is somehow in cahoots with both of Washington and the Muslim Brotherhood to undermine the nation, the Egyptian military is trying to have it both ways: appealing to the foreign policy establishment in Washington by suppressing both the Islamists and the left, while playing the pseudo-nationalist card for the Egyptian masses. (Photo: Aschevogel / Flickr)Three years ago, three Arab dictators were ousted in the largely nonviolent uprisings of what has become known as the Arab Spring. In Tunisia, with the adoption of a progressive democratic draft constitution, the future in that country is looking positive. In Yemen, the democratic evolution remains stagnant amid enormous challenges, but there are still signs of hope.
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Academic Freedom Act threatens academic freedom?
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
: Congressman Roskam, the Chief Deputy Whip and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and Democratic Rep. from Illinois Dan Lipinski   have recently introduced the so called "Protect Academic Freedom Act" that would deny federal funding to colleges and universities that participate in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars. Read More

The US Role in Iraq's Upsurge in Violence
by Stephen Zunes:
Members of Albu Alwan tribe protest against a military operation in Fallujah city, western Iraq, Jan. 7. (EPA/Mohammed Jalil)The tragic upsurge of violence in Iraq in recent months, including the temporary takeover of sections of two major Iraqi cities by al-Qaida affiliates, is a direct consequence of the repression of peaceful dissent by the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad and, ultimately, of the 2003 U.S. invasion and occupation.
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Mass graves discovery gives a new twist to  the issue of Baloch missing persons
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
: Discovery of three mass graves in Khuzdar has given a new twist to the issue  of the missing persons in Pakistan's Balochistan province. The Deputy Commissioner of  Khuzdar Abdul Waheed Shah on February 4, 2014 confirmed the discovery of the three mass graves. Read More

Barker’s bizarre attacks against progressive scholars and proponents of nonviolent resistance
By Stephen Zunes:
Michael Barker, in an article posted on this site a few days ago, takes offense at my labeling him as someone “notorious” for “conspiracy-mongering.”  However, a careful reading of his article and its links actually reinforces that argument. Read More

January 2014

How the state Assembly tries to limit what I can teach?
By Stephen Zunes:
In preparing my syllabus for my introductory course on the Middle East this semester, it gives me pause that the California Assembly is still on record declaring that discussing certain well-documented historic incidents in modern Middle Eastern history should "not be tolerated in the classroom." This unprecedented attack on academic freedom came in the form of a resolution (HR 35), co-sponsored by 66 of the 88 Assembly members, which passed by a voice vote in 2012.
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Pakistan resists US pressure to release Dr Shakil Afridi
Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
Pakistan government has ruled out release of CIA collaborator Dr Shakil Afridi under pressure from the United States. The Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told a weekly press briefing on January 23, 2014 that there is no question of the release of Dr Shakil Afridi on the request of the US as his case is sub-judice.
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John Kerry  Praises Israeli former Prime Minister  Arial Sharon 
By Syed R. Mahmood:
It was shocking to read that Secretary John Kerry, on January 2, 2014, during his visit to Israel to conduct a Middle East peace talk with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that he made a statement regarding the former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon,who was in a coma for the last eight years, that his thoughts are with the former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon -- He died on January 11, 2014.
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The Middle East and climate change
By Arthur Scott: One of the problems confronting the Middle East is that political/socio/sectarian issues tend to dominate the dialogue marginalizing the hidden “multiplier effect” of climate on stability.  Popular Middle East analyses tend to ignore the dynamics and geopolitics of climate change.  It is as though climate has no impact on sectarian violence in Afghanistan, Taliban, Syria, the military coup in Egypt, and Somalia.  A contributing factor to setting Middle East climate today consist of these historical events:  Western Imperialism and the new Middle East map, oil/ Exxon/Shell, Arab nationalism, Fundamentalism, Islamic Resurgence, 9/11 and the sectarian violence/terror /civil war it has unleashed. Each of these events along with modernity has in their own ways contributed to global warming/change in this region. Read More

MLK: Also a victim of NSA surveillance
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
Martin Luther King Jr. day is being celebrated on January 20th 2014 amid heated debate on massive dragnet surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA). Ironically, he was himself a victim of NSA surveillance as unveiled by the declassified documents in September last year. Dr. King's status as an NSA target has been known since the 1970s; nevertheless, this was probably the first time that the U.S. government had declassified it.
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2013: Another hard year for American Muslims
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Year after year we wrote about the eroding civil rights as the biggest challenge for the seven-million strong American Muslims in the post-9/11 America. However, after the Snowden revealations that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting data on each and every US citizen, the civil rights of everybody now stand abriged.  In his year-end press conference. President Obama was in step with the intelligence community that the enmasse NSA surveillence was imperitive to "protect the US citizens." Not surprisingly, on December 28, federal Judge William Pauley III in New York City ruled that the NSA program that collects the telephone metadata for every call made in the United States and many of those made overseas is legal and constitutional. Dismissing a lawsuit against the NSA spying program brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Judge Pauley lashed out at Snowden who was named "Tech Person of the Year" by the USA Today and Runnerup Person of the Year (after Pope Francis) by the Time magazine. Read More