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Islamic Pakistan: Illusions & Reality;
Islam in the Post-Cold War Era;
Islam & Modernism;
Islam & Muslims in the Post-9/11 America.
Currently working as free lance journalist.
Executive Editor of American Muslim Perspective: www.amperspective.com
Sunday, February 16, 2014 Academic Freedom Act threatens academic freedom? (1 comments)
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.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 Pakistan names team to hold peace talks with Taliban (2 comments)
Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Nawaz Sharif, has announced that his government would pursue peace talks with Taliban militants despite a recent spate of attacks. Addressing a session of the National Assembly, on Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif said "Since the other side has shown intent to negotiate, we also wish to give peace yet another chance."
Monday, January 20, 2014 Obama's cosmetic changes for NSA surveillance (1 comments)
President Obama's Friday speech on NSA surveillance was a calculated endeavor to calm a furor at home and abroad over the US dragnet surveillance. However, the proposed changes do not provide any fundamental changes in the intelligence gathering activities.
Monday, January 13, 2014 MLK: Also a victim of NSA surveillance
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 declassified documents in September last year. King's status as an NSA target has been known since the 1970s; nevertheless, this was probably the first time that the US govt had declassified it.
Thursday, January 2, 2014 2013: Another hard year for American Muslims
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.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Pakistan shelves talks with Taliban amid controversy over martyrdom?
Pakistan government has virtually abandoned the projected peace talks with the Pakistani Talibans after the killing of the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) leader Hakeemullah Mehsud in a US drone attack on November 1, 2013. The killing of Hakeemullah Mehsud has not only resulted in the rupture of plans of peace talks with the Taliban but also sparked a heated debate on who is a martyr?
Monday, September 23, 2013 Carnage at Pakistan church after Sunday mass: 81 killed in suicide bombing
A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar after Sunday Mass, killing at least 81 worshippers while injuring 145 in the deadliest attack on Christians in Pakistan. Among the dead were 38 women and 7 children, according to official sources.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 Pakistan denies reports of prisoner swap ahead of talks with Taliban
The Pakistan Army has denied western media reports of a prisoner swap ahead of talks with the Taliban.
The western media reported Wednesday that the Pakistan army and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) exchanged prisoners. The report stated that the exchange included six TTP militants and two paramilitary Frontier Corps soldiers.
Sunday, September 8, 2013 American Muslims 12 years after 9/11 (1 comments)
Twelve years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, American Muslims remained besieged through reconfiguration of US laws, policies and priorities. Profiled, harassed, reviled, attacked, peeped at by the CIA and the FBI, interrogated and permanently controlled at airports, the whole community felt excluded of American society.
Sunday, September 1, 2013 NYPD declares mosques as terrorist organizations (4 comments)
The seven-million strong America Muslim community was shocked to know that the New York Police Department (NYPD) has secretly designated mosques as "terrorist organizations." The Associated Press reported on August 28, 2013 that the designation allowed the police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, even without any evidence of criminal activity.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 Jailbreaks new phenomena in political struggle?
Last week, Pakistan elected little-known Mamoun Hussain as the 12th president to replace Asif Ali Zardari, whose term expires next month. Hours before the election of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's loyalist (read crony) the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) sent a strong message to the ruling elite about the precarious security situation in the strife-torn country with a military-precision raid on the Dera Ismael Khan prison.
Friday, August 2, 2013 Imran tells Kerry drones helping terrorists
Pakistan Tahreek Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, in a one-on-one meeting in Islamabad Thursday, told visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry that US drone attacks in Pakistan's volatile tribal territory were helping the terrorists.
Saturday, July 13, 2013 Serbian leader to face genocide charge for Srebrenica massacre (1 comments)
While the Bosnians observed the massacre anniversary with the burial of 409 victims of the Srebrenica massacre 18 years after their death, the International Criminal Tribunal in the Netherlands Thursday reinstated a genocide charge against the Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic linked to the massacre at Srebrenica.
Saturday, July 6, 2013 Cairo's military is the best friend the U.S. has got: Indyk (2 comments)
Amid violent demonstrations orchestrated by Tamaroud group, Egypt's pro-US army Wednesday deposed and arrested the elected President Mohammad Morsi. Adly Mansour, the head of the Supreme Constititonal Court, with which Morsi had repeated confrontations, was sworn in as interim president.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Around the San Francisco Bay Area, you're being watched
Across the Bay Area -- from Pittsburg to San Francisco, from Tiburon to Gilroy -- you're being watched, the San Jose Mercury News reported Sunday adding: "It's not just the National Security Agency secretly vacuuming up your personal data but local police agencies are increasingly adopting Big Data technologies such as automatic license-plate readers that gather information about everyone, whether they've broken the law or not
Thursday, June 27, 2013 City Council votes to increase oversight of New York Police
Amid a growing national debate over security and privacy ignited by the National Security Agency whistle blower Edward Snowden, the New York City Council this morning approved by veto-proof majorities a pair of bills aimed at increasing oversight of the Police Department and expanding New Yorkers' ability to sue over racial profiling by officers.
Monday, June 24, 2013 Silicon Valley Has Long Had Ties to U.S. Military and Intelligence Agencies
The Mercury News (CA) reported today that disclosures about a secret government intelligence effort called Prism have rocked some of Silicon Valley's leading Internet companies, but the program is hardly the first instance of U.S. military and intelligence officials turning to the tech industry for help.
Friday, June 14, 2013 Republican Congressman broad-brushes American Muslims
The American Muslim community was alarmed by Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo's statement that the Muslims here have not condemned acts of terrorism against the U.S. and therefore are complicit in those and any future attacks.
Friday, June 14, 2013 Are we living in Orwell's 1984 Oceania surveillance state? (2 comments)
Perhaps, Georg Orwell's worst nightmare has come true in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden's startling revelations of secret government surveillance. Writing under the title, "So Are We Living in 1984?" Ian Crouch of New Yorker argued that Edward Snowden, sounded, in the Guardian interview in which he came forward, like he'd been guided by Orwell's pen.
Sunday, May 26, 2013 President Obama's speech on national security policy draws mixed reaction (1 comments)
President Obama's speech on national security has drawn mixed reaction.The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence panel, Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, dismissed the speech as rewarding detainees at Guantanamo who are carrying out hunger strikes. Human rights groups said moving toward a smaller, more transparent drone program would be a positive step, but called on the president to do more.
Monday, May 13, 2013 Pakistan elections do not augur well for President Zardari
Many surprises sprung by Saturday's elections in Pakistan will have grave repercussions for the political spectrum with the Pakistan People's Party confined to Sindh, the Awami National Party facing a split and President Asif Ali Zardari denied a second term in office, says Shaheen Sehbani of The News.
Sunday, May 12, 2013 Nawaz Sharif stages comeback in Pakistan's landmark election
Defying political pundits, former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif's Muslim League (PML-N) emerged as the leading political party in Saturday's general election in Pakistan. According to unofficial results PML-N was leading on 117 of 272 seats of the National Assembly.
Monday, May 6, 2013 Greeting card turns veiled Muslim doll into terrorist doll
In the latest sign of rising Islamophobia in the country, the seven-million strong American Muslim community was shocked at the fabrication of a birthday card that depicts a veiled girl doll as a suicide bomber who'll "Blow Your Brains Out."
Thursday, April 11, 2013 Florida, Oklahoma poised to pass anti-Sharia bills (1 comments)
As anti-Muslim bigotry creeps into state legislatures around the country, Florida and Oklahoma law makers are poised to pass the so-called anti-Sharia bills. On April 8 Oklahoma legislature moved one step closer to passing anti-Sharia bill when the state Senate approved on a 40-3 vote the bill HB 1060. On the same day a committee of Florida Senate passed a similar bill.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 Terrorism in Pakistan -- the Indian factor
US Secretary of defense designate Chuck Hagel suggested in a previously unreleased 2011 speech that India has for many years sponsored terrorist activities against Pakistan in Afghanistan. In a speech, delivered at Oklahoma's Cameron University, Chuck Hagel said: "India for some time has always used Afghanistan as a second front, and India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan on that side of the border."
Friday, January 18, 2013 Islamabad sit-in ends after agreement with govt
Tehrik-e-Minhajul Quran chief Allama Tahir ul Qadri Thursday announced lifting the four-day siege of the capital, Islamabad, after he signed a four point agreement with the government regarding his demands of revamping the electoral system and Election Commission, dissolution of parliament and appointment of an interim government .
Sunday, January 6, 2013 2012: Another hard year for American Muslims
The seven-million strong American Muslim community was shocked at the horrendous murder of Sunando Sen, who was pushed by a women to his death on the tracks of a New York subway station because she thought he was Muslim.
Sunday, December 16, 2012 Cynthia McKinney held briefly on return from Pakistan (2 comments)
On December 12, former six-term Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was detained briefly at Atlanta airport while entering the United States on her return from a visit to Pakistan where she campaigned for the release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui who is serving 86-year imprisonment for her alleged attempt to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 Fabricating a fig leaf of democracy in Kuwait
Parliamentary elections in Kuwait were held on December 1, 2012 amid opposition calls to boycott the ballot that resulted in a low voter turnout and a pro-government National Assembly known as Majlis-e-Umma.
Friday, November 30, 2012 UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state
The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to recognize a Palestinian state. There were 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions. Three countries -- Australia, Britain and Germany - did not take part in the vote to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at the United Nations to "non-member state" from "entity."
Thursday, November 29, 2012 Manufacturing an anti-Taliban icon: Project Malala
Just like opinion polls, Year End listing of prominent people in various fields by media is an effective propaganda tool to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist. Perhaps, this in mind, the Washington Post Company's agenda driven magazine, the Foreign Policy, has listed Malala Yousefzai, a 14-year-old student from Pakistan as the sixth among the 100 top Global Thinkers.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Where Liberty Lies: Civil Society and Individual Rights after 9/11 (1 comments)
During the last decade when civil rights of citizens were violated in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Congress has proved to be a source of law violations and abuse of civil rights, says Professor David Cole of the Georgetown University Law Center.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 85 percent Muslims voted for President Obama (5 comments)
More than 85 percent of American Muslim voters picked President Obama in Tuesday's election, according to an exit poll released Friday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 US officials interrogate Pakistan's Imran Khan on drones (4 comments)
Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), who led a massive anti-drone march earlier this month, was Friday deplaned from a New York bound flight at Toronto Pearson International Airport. He was interrogated by the US immigration officials about his views on drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas. After four-and-a-half-hour, Imran Khan and other PTI leaders were allowed to catch the next plane to New York.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 25 percent of Muslim voters undecided in presidential election (1 comments)
At least 25 percent of American Muslim registered voters are still undecided about who to vote for in this November's presidential election, according to a survey released Wednesday (Oct 24, 2012). The survey also indicates that 91 percent of registered Muslim voters will go to the polls on November 6.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Romney supports drone attacks on Pakistan
During the third presidential debate Monday night, Republican Presidential hopeful, Governor Mitt Romney supported President Barack Obama's drone operations in Pakistan. When the moderator Bob Schieffer asked Romney "we know President Obama's position on this, what is your position on the use of drones?"
Friday, October 19, 2012 On the pretext of Malala episode: Pakistan parliament refuses to launch military operation in North Waziristan (1 comments)
As the hype created by the US-client government of Zaradi on the assassination attack on Malala Yusufzai and two of her schoolmates - Kainat and Shazia - fizzled out, Pakistan's Foreign Office said Thursday that the attack should not be linked to other matters. On Tuesday, the government failed to seek the National Assembly's approval to launch a military operation against militants in Northern Waziristan.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Tracking the American Muslim vote in 2012 election (2 comments)
The seven-million strong American Muslim community -- remained under siege since 9/11 tragedy - has decided to actively participate in the nation's political process in a bid to make its voice heard. Muslim community's political activism was reflected at the Democratic National Convention where the number of Muslim delegates had quadrupled since 2004.
Monday, October 15, 2012 Who attacked Malala Yousufzai? (2 comments)
Many people are wondering why media is so selective and gave so much coverage to Malala Yusufzai while 100s of innocent Malalas and women have been killed by drone attacks but we don't even find there names.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Pakistan-Russia relations warm up
In an unprecedented exchange between Russia and Pakistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Islamabad last week while Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiani flew to Russia for consolidating progress in defense cooperation. Lavrov's unscheduled visit was to reassure Pakistani leader-ship that President Putin remained committed to resetting ties despite cancellation of his visit.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Fearing backlash on Christians in Egypt: American Coptic Church denounces the anti-Islam movie (1 comments)
Fearing backlash of the American Coptics' produced anti-Islam movie on the Christians in Egypt, the Los Angeles Diocese of the Coptic Orthodox Church has denounced the movie and emphasized that no religion or group should be blamed for the actions of one. Copts in Egypt constitute the largest Christian community in the Middle East accounting for an estimated 10% of the Egyptian population.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 U.S. Muslims condemn killings of American diplomats in Libya (1 comments)
American Muslim civil advocacy groups Wednesday strongly condemned the killings of the U.S. Ambassador J Christopher Stevens and three other diplomats and the attack on the American embassy in Egypt.
Friday, September 7, 2012 American Muslims remain in the dock 11 years after 9/11
Seven million-strong American Muslim community remained in the dock 11 years after 9/11 with Republican Party's witch-hunt against Muslims in the U.S. government and meteorite rise in anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric in the 2012 election campaign.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Pakistan rules out handing over Dr Shakeel Afridi to US
No proposal is under consideration to hand over Dr Shakeel Afridi, who helped CIA in Osama Ben Laden compound raid in May 2011, to the United States, says chief of Pakistan's spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 All roads lead to Tehran: 16th Non-Aligned Movement summit ends Iran's isolation
After staying virtually dormant for years, the 51 year-old Non-Aligned Movement of 120 countries took a center stage in Tehran last week which perhaps put on hold Iran's prolonged diplomatic isolation.The summit adopted a document that condemned unilateral sanctions, backed the right of Iran and other states to peaceful nuclear energy, and supported the creation of a Palestinian state.
Thursday, August 30, 2012 Pakistan forms a high-level committee to look into Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's case
Pakistan's Prime Minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, has constituted a four-member committee headed by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to look into the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui who is serving 86 years imprisonment in US on charges of trying to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.
Friday, August 17, 2012 Karma attack and Pakistan army's operations in volatile tribal areas
Wednesday's terrorist attack on heavily guarded Kamra aeronautical complex came days after
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's statement that Pakistan military plans to launch combat operation in Northern Waziristan. Kamra attack and Panetta's statement have sparked heated debate on Pakistan military's operations in the volatile tribal territories along the Pak-Afghanistan boarder.
Saturday, August 11, 2012 The World's Muslims: Unity and Diversity
The global 1.6 billion Muslims are united in their belief in God and the Prophet Muhammad and are bound together by such religious practices as fasting during the holy month of Ramadan and almsgiving to assist people in need but they have widely differing views about many other aspects of their faith.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 Euro-US far-right groups anti-Muslim rally again flops (1 comments)
On August 4, far-right anti-Islam fringe but vocal groups from across Europe and the United States staged a rally in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, which attracted only 200 people, according to Reuters news agency while the Associated Press put the numbers to 100 only.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 To prevent reopening of graft cases: President Zardari clips powers of the Supreme Court
Pakistan's National Assembly Monday (July 9) approved the Contempt of Court Act aimed at shielding top leaders from contempt charges and curbing the Supreme Court's efforts to push Premier Raja Pervez Ashraf into reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The Contempt of Court Act was introduced in a special session of the parliament before the apex court takes the issue of reviving graft cases.
Friday, June 29, 2012 Kashmiri American Council leader begins two-year imprisonment (1 comments)
Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, the Executive Director of Kashmiri American Council, began a two-year prison term on June 26 for violating tax laws related to non-profit organizations. On March 30th he was sentenced to two-year imprisonment for conspiracy and violations of certain tax laws. He was initially charged with conspiring to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) but the prosecution dropped these charges.