An organ of the American Institute of International Studies (AIIS), Fremont, CA

Current_Issue_Nregular_1_1 Archives
Your_comments Legal


Your donation
is tax deductable.

Journal of America Team:

Syed R. Mahmood 
 Editor in chief: 
Abdus Sattar Ghazali
 Managing Editor:
Mertze Dahlin   
Senior Editor:
Arthur Scott

Journal of America encourages independent
thinking and honest discussions on national & global issues

Disclaimer and Fair Use Notice: Many articles on this web site are written by independent individuals or organizations. Their opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Journal of America and its affiliates. They are put here for interest and reference only. More details

Front page title small

February 2015

White House hosts anti-terrorism summit
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The White House held a three-day anti-terrorism summit dubbed as "Countering Violent Extremism Summit," from Tuesday to Thursday (Feb. 17-19).  Addressing the summit on Wednesday, President Barack Obama  said the United States is not at war with Islam. He told the summit that he wants to discredit the belief that Americans and Westerners in general are at odds with Muslims. He said this narrative helps extremists radicalize and recruit young Americans and others. American Muslim leaders have warned that the White House conference to ‘counter violent extremism’ is well intentioned but risks stigmatizing and endangering Muslims in America. They say whatever the summit’s intentions, it will reinforce a message that American Muslims are to be hated and feared, a spark in what they consider to be a powder-keg of Islamophobia in the media and online.  Speaking at the summit on Wednesday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) denounced the United States' targeting of Muslim populations and argued that by failing to prosecute hate crimes against Muslim communities the U.S. government is only furthering extremists' cause. Read More

When terrorism is not terrorism
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
The seven-million strong American Muslim community was shocked and terrified by the execution-style  murder of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, February 10.  The students, Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21 and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were shot by 46 year old Craig Stephen Hicks who turned himself in to the authorities. On Friday February 13, President Barack Obama made his first comments about the  three young Muslims who were brutally killed, saying no one in America should ever be targeted "because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship." In a statement Obama said that the FBI would determine whether federal laws were violated in "the brutal and outrageous murders" of the three in the university town of Chapel Hill. His comments came after criticism from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over Mr Obama's silence on the case.
Read More

“I can't breathe”
By Arthur Kane Scott:
I have randomly developed a global list and what strikes me most is the universality of situations where the slogan “I can’t breathe” persists.  It’s an existential reality for many including Mother Earth, women, children, the homeless, the poor, peoples of color, the elderly. As frightening the list may be, it hardly scratches the surface. It raises the moral issue of what needs to be done, and why humanity remains so slow to respond by continuing to ignore the deep suffering of so many is puzzling.
Read More

Obama's provocative remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
: President Obama personally added a reference to the Crusades in his speech this week at the National Prayer Breakfast hoping to add context and nuance to his condemnation of Islamic terrorists by noting that people also committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ, the New York Times quoted presidential aides as saying. The White House has defended President Obama's remarks after he was widely lambasted by conservatives for bringing up acts done in Christianity's name amid a discussion of modern-day terrorist threats, The Hill reported.
Read More

Kashmir: Setting the Stage for the Settlement
Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai:
A sincere and serious effort towards a just settlement of the Kashmir dispute  must squarely deal with the realities of the situation and fully respond to the people's rights involved in it. A peace process mounted on its fragile platform is bound to collapse. Indeed, any process that ignores the wishes of the people of all five zones of the State of Jammu & Kashmir and is designed to sidetrack the United Nations will not only prove to be an exercise in futility but can also cause incalculable human and political damage. Read More

January 2015

The Latest Blow to Israeli-Palestinian Peace
By Dr. Stephen Zunes:
Though not technically using its veto power, the Obama administration is responsible for the defeat of a draft UN Security Council resolution passed at the end of last month calling for a “just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Reiterating a series of UN Security Council resolutions supported by previous administrations, the recent draft resolution underscored Israel’s right to exist in peace and security, called for security guarantees (including international peacekeepers), and even allowed Israel to incorporate most of the illegal settlements.
Read More

American Muslims fear backlash over Charlie Hebdo attack
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.”
Read More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More