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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
Muslim profiling at US borders escalates during President Trump's first 100 days
President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office were a frightening experience for the seven-million strong Muslim American community. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest American Muslim civil advocacy group, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) profiling of Muslims accounted for 23 percent of cases in the first three months of 2017.
Panama Papers scandal: Pakistan Supreme Court verdict favors Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan's apex court, which has a history of supporting incumbent governments and military dictators, Thursday (April 20) ruled in favor of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the so-called Panamagate money laundering case. Two months after concluding hearings of the case, the apex court gave a 3-2 split judgment favoring Nawaz Sharif by calling for a fresh probe into the money laundering scandal.
India-Pakistan relations worsen over espionage episode
The already troubled India-Pakistan relationship has been plunged into deep uncertainty after Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian alleged spy, was sentenced on Monday (April 10, 2017) to death for espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan.Monday's development comes at a time when tensions between Pakistan and India run high. The past six months have seen a war of words between officials from the Indian and Pakistani governments.
Pope Francis meets 4 Imams to open a Christian-Muslim dialogue
Pope Francis Wednesday (April 5) held a private audience with a delegation of four Imams from England who were accompanied by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster.Pope Francis told the imams that listening to each other was essential for the common future of humanity as we walk together in our shared lives.
German lawmaker accused of links with anti-Erdogan Gulen movement
In a new low point in Bonn-Istanbul relations, Turkey has linked Michelle Muntefering, a German lawmaker for the Social Democratic Party (SPD), with the supporters of self-exiled Turkish cleric Gehullah Gulen accused of master-minding the abortive coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016.
Monday, March 27, 2017(4 comments)
Canadian parliament passes motion against rising Islamophobia
The Canadian parliament has passed a landmark anti-Islamophobia and religious discrimination motion that calls on politicians to condemn anti-Islamic behavior and rhetoric. It called on the government to recognize the need to "quell the public climate of fear and hate".
Muslim Ban 3.0: Laptops, tablets banned on Middle East-US flights
The United States has banned laptops, e-readers, cameras, tablets, printers, electronic games, and portable DVD players on flights from eight Muslim countries. Passengers on flights originating in eight Muslim countries are prohibited from carrying any electronic device bigger than a mobile phone, the Department of Homeland Security said.
Six U.S. States challenge Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0
At least six U.S. states are challenging President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 executive order that bars new visas for people from six Muslim countries and temporarily shuts down the U.S. refugee program. On March 8, the state of Hawaii filed suit, arguing the new federal order will harm Muslims living in the state. As of March 10, five other states have joined together in a combined challenge to the latest order.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Hawaii is first to sue over Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0
Hawaii Wednesday (March 8) became the first US State to challenge President Donald Trump's new Muslim Ban order rolled out on Monday. The State of Hawaii lawyers have called the travel ban nothing more than "Muslim Ban 2.0" and asked a federal judge to temporarily block the order.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Donald Trump rolls out Muslim Ban 2.0
President Donald Trump Monday issued a new Muslim ban executive order that will temporarily halt entry to the U.S. for people from six Muslim nations who are seeking new visas, though allowing those with current visas to travel freely.
The plight of 18.8 million war-torn Yemenis
The United Nations and humanitarian organizations Wednesday (February 8) launched an international appeal for $2.1 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 18.8 million Yemenis. This is more than two-thirds of the total population of 27.4 million of the war-devastated Yemen. At least 12 million people in Yemen need life-saving assistance in 2017, UN sources said.
Yemen war death toll reaches 10,000
The UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has said that the death toll in the Yemeni war had reached 10,000, up from the previous figure of 7,000. The UN envoy's statement came after his talks in Aden with the Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Hadi who rejected the UN peace plan.
Rally to Close Guantanamo at U.S. Supreme Court
On January 11, 2017, a coalition of human rights activists, torture survivors, Guantanamo attorneys, 9/11 family members, and members of diverse faith communities held a "Rally to Close Guantanamo" outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The rally was followed by a march to the Senate Building where the confirmation hearing of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General was taking place.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Pakistan fires 'first submarine-launched nuclear-capable missile'
Pakistan fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-3 on Monday, January 9, 2017. The Pakistani cruise-missile test came two weeks after India successfully tested its Agni-V intercontinental nuclear-capable ballistic missile on December 26, 2016.
India alarmed at Russia, China, Pakistan talks on Afghan Taliban
India is alarmed at Russia, China, Pakistan talks on restoring peace in the war-torn Afghanistan.
The Times of India said as Russia, China and Pakistan work towards building a new axis in Afghanistan to accommodate Taliban as a tool against the Islamic Sate terror group, it could have unforeseen consequences for the Russia-India relationship.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016(2 comments)
2016 the worst year for American Muslims since 2001
Three mosques in California were sent anonymous hate-mail in November warning them that Donald Trump would "cleanse" Muslims from the US the same way "Hitler did to the Jews." This story best reflects the dilemma of the seven-million-strong Muslim American Community during the presidential election year. The year 2016 was perhaps the worst year for American Muslims since 2001 . Read More
Sunday, December 25, 2016(1 comments)
Putin orders expansion of Russia's naval base in Tartus, Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday (Dec. 23) ordered the expansion of the Russian naval base in the Syrian port city of Tartus, according to the Russian media.The expansion of the naval base comes days of the capture of the Syrian city of Aleppo by the Russian-backed Syrian forces. This comes also four days after the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov.
Thursday, December 22, 2016(5 comments)
American Muslim groups welcome decision to end program once used to track Muslims
American Muslim civil advocacy groups Thursday (Dec. 22, 2016) welcomed President Barrack Obama's decision to permanently dismantle the regulatory framework behind the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). CNN quoted Neema Hakim, a DHS spokesman, as saying: "The Department of Homeland Security is removing outdated regulations pertaining to the NSEERs.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016(4 comments)
Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara: Fall out of Allepo or abortive anti-Erdogan coup
The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot in the back and killed Monday (12/19) by a sacked police officer who shouted "Don't forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire. The ambassador was giving a speech at an Ankara art gallery. In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia must know for sure who was behind the assassination of Russian Ambassador.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Muslim Turkey abandoning hopes to join Christian EU
An upcoming vote by the European Parliament on whether to end EU membership talks with Ankara has "no value in our eyes," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Wednesday (Nov 23), accusing Europe of siding with terrorists.
India: Murky police encounter killing 8 escaped Muslim prisoners seems fake
There is an uproar in Indian on a new murky police encounter killing 8 "escaped" Muslim prisoners in Bhopal. The incident has kicked up a raging controversy with the government and the opposition parties locked in a war of words over the issue. Raising doubts, Congress and left parties have sought a judicial probe into the incident.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Saudi bid to limit damage caused by bombing of funeral gathering in Yemen
In an apparent bid to limit damage caused by its bombing of a funeral gathering in Sanaa, Yemen, killing 140 mourners and injuring hundreds, Saudi Arabia has claimed that the Houthis have targeted the holy city of Mecca with a ballistic missile that was "intercepted and destroyed" 65 kilometers from Mecca.
Egyptian kangaroo court confirms 20-year-prison sentence on Morsi
Amid mounting anger against the US-client government of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi because of tax rises, soaring food prices, inflation and cuts in state subsidies, a kangaroo court in Cairo has confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected President who was deposed by Al-Sisi in July 2013.
Libya: Five years after Gaddafi's brutal murder
Five years after the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's overthrow and brutal murder (on October 20, 2011), the situation is now far worse than it was five years ago as rival militias fight for control.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Is BRICS a crumbling bloc?
The 8th summit of BRICS, a bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, ended in Goa, India on Sunday (October 16) with a lengthy communique' dubbed as Goa Declaration.The 7,000 plus words document covers a range of measures, including establishing a new credit ratings agency, fighting tax evasion and combating terrorism.
US-backed Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen
The killing of 140 people by a Saudi airstrike, on October 8, in Yemen has renewed focus on the Saudi atrocities and war crimes in Yemen. More than 6,000 people have been killed since the conflict began in March 2015 -- half of them civilians and more than 1,100 of them children, according to the UN.
Russia and Turkey sign strategic Turkish Stream gas pipeline deal
Turkey and Russia Monday (Oct 10) signed the Turkish Stream gas pipeline agreement.The signing of the strategic deal came after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian n President Vladimir Putin who was in Istanbul to attend the 23rd World Energy Congress which gathered 10,000 participants, including four presidents, 250 energy ministers, academia, policy makers and CEOs of top energy companies.
The myth of India's surgical strike on Pakistan-controlled Kashmir
A Japanese magazine has questioned the Indian claim of conducting surgical strikes on Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, maintaining India does not have capacity to do so. Diplomat magazine has carried an article under the title: "Is India Capable of a Surgical Strike in Pakistan Controlled Kashmir?"
Sunday, October 2, 2016
River water dispute between China, India & Pakistan
As the war of words continued between the two nuclear neighbors many Indian defense experts advised hawkish Prime Minister Naendra Modi to use the water as a weapon against Pakistan by scrapping the Indus Water Treaty (IWT). While India mulled scrapping of Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan China blocked tributary of Brahmaputra in Tibet to build dam.
Sunday, September 25, 2016(1 comments)
India alarmed at Pakistan-Russia joint military exercise
India is alarmed at the first Pakistan-Russia two-week joint military exercise which began Saturday, September 24. Around 70 Russian soldiers and officers along with some 130 Pakistani counterparts are taking part in the war games called Friendship 2016. The Russian Television (RT) said the name is a symbolical reference to the old Cold War tensions between Moscow and Islamabad.