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March 2015

Hypocrisy of Bibi Netanyahu
By Arthur Kane Scott:
Native culture is filled with stories about the Trickster, a deceptive con artist, often presented as a coyote. This certainly was the role played by Bibi Netanyahu, when he gave his March3, 2015,speech to the US House of Representatives, about the nuclear deal being negotiated between Washington and Teheran. His major point was that it was a “bad deal” for the West and Israel. He came as a “sheep in wolves clothing” to sow doubt about its value, and along with 47 Republican Senators, to cast aspersions at President Obama’s leadership.
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Netanyahu's Speech and the Democrats' Dangerous Embrace of Extremism
By Stephen Zunes:
As Israeli opposition parties, peace and human rights activists, and editorialists denounced their prime minister's intransigence in the face of President Barack Obama's peace initiative, Congressional Democrats here in the United States have instead joined their Republican counterparts in lining up to support the right-wing Israeli leader's defiance. As Benyamin Netanyahu arrogantly rejected Obama's modest parameters for a peace settlement in a May 20 speech before a joint session of Congress -- a rare honor for a foreign leader -- Democrats joined Republicans in giving him no less than 29 standing ovations, more than were given to Obama during his State of the Union Speech earlier this year. Mitchell Plitnick of Jewish Voice for Peace, in the immediate aftermath of Netanyahu's speech, observed how "The United States itself has never been as shameless in its blind support" for the Israeli right, placing support for the Likud leader, "over the interests of justice and human rights and even its own self-interest."
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Nuclear Iran: A Solution for Peace
By Syed R. Mahmood:
This article was published in the July/August  2010 issue of the Journal of America. It was also published by SF Bay Area Newsgroup. The article is reproduced because it remains relevant after nearly five years in the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress on March 3. Read More

The GOP is bewitched with Netanyahu, but Israel endorses many policies Republicans would loathe
By Zaid Jilani: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress yesterday marked a point of historic acrimony between our two countries, as it was the first time in modern history that a foreign leader spoke to Congress in a specific attempt to undermine U.S. policy.
For many American conservatives, the Netanyahu visit was a moment of celebration; some even openly wished that Netanyahu was our president instead of Obama.  But there are a number of reasons conservatives should be wary about wanting Netanyahu as president, ranging from Israel's left-wing healthcare policy to its lack of a constitution to limit government power.
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The Federal CVE program remains cause of concern for civil advocacy groups
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
Civil advocacy organizations and Muslim groups have expressed grave concern about the Federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program that was a focus of Feb 17-19 White House summit on terrorism. Many groups are concerned that countering extremism programs that only focus on Muslim communities ignore the real threat of extremists in other communities while increasing negative public sentiment toward American Muslims.  Read More

Kashmir: People’s Aspiration Must Be Respected
By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai: The people of Jammu and Kashmir, who are larger in number than 123 currently independent nations and who have a defined historical identity, are at present engaged in a massive, indigenous and non violent struggle to win their freedom from the foreign occupation of their land. This struggle is not motivated by bigotry or ethnic prejudice, for its sole aim is the right of self-determination of the people, irrespective of their religious affiliations and ethnic preferences.  Read More

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

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.
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“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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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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