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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
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.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Indian army denies cross-border raid on Pakistan controlled Kashmir
Indian Army sources have denied reports in a web magazine that Indian forces had crossed over the Line of Control near Uri to avenge the killing of 18 of its soldiers killed in Uri last week. The Times of India quoted the Indian Army sources as saying that no such action had been undertaken and the account was incorrect.
American Muslims 15 years after 9/11/2001
In the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, U.S. Muslims were targeted by a slew of hate crimes, some tragically resulting in loss of life. But 15 years after the attacks, religious tolerance and assimilation into the fabric of the country continues to largely elude Muslims in America, whether they are from Middle Eastern or Asian countries, American-born and bred, white or black.
The real reasons behind Dilma Rousseff's impeachment
Brazil's Senate voted on August 10, 2016 to hold an impeachment trial for the nation's suspended president Dilma Rousseff, a process that could see her permanently removed from office. The vote in favor of trying Rousseff, who was suspended from the presidency in May, was 59 in favor, 21 against.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016(3 comments)
Will Muslim Turkey ever become Christian EU member?
Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has said that he would start a discussion among European heads of government to quit talks with Turkey about joining the European Union because of the country's democratic and economic deficits.European leaders have voiced concern over Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown on dissidents after a failed coup attempt month his idea of reintroducing the death penalty in Turkey.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Pakistan's dirty war in Balochistan
The deafening blast that ripped through scores of mourners in a Quetta hospital on Monday (August 8) has killed at least 93 people, mainly lawyers, in this year's bloodiest terror attack in Pakistan. The massive explosion occurred when nearly 100 lawyers and some journalists reached the Civil Hospital with the body of Bilal Anwar Kasi, president of the Balochistan Bar Association, who was killed earlier.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016(3 comments)
Turkish President Erdogan resets relations with Russia
On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in St. Petersburg to hold talks with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was Erdogan's first foreign visit since the July 15 abortive coup against his elected government. St. Petersburg is Putin's hometown.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Why did the Yemen peace talks collapse?
Riyadh-based Yemen government in exile Thursday quitted peace talks underway in after Houthi militants and their allies formed a 10-member "supreme council" to run the war-torn nation." The negotiations have completely ended," said Abdallah al-Olaimi, a member of the exile government team to the talks.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Turkey: Two weeks after the abortive coup
Erdoganism is a new terminology introduced by the opinion writers against President Tayyib Erdogan who has launched a cleansing operation in the civil and military bureaucracy in the aftermath of July 15 abortive coup blamed on the US-based pro-Israel cleric, Fatehullah Gulen who is described by Pape Escobar as a CIA asset.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016(3 comments)
On Wednesday, July 20, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey in order to hunt down all those deemed to be behind an attempted coup. The state of emergency was needed "in order to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organization involved in the coup attempt," he told a press conference.
Keeping alive the ghost of Osama Bin Laden
A dubious website, the SITE Intelligence Group, has quoted Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama Bin Laden, as threatening revenge against the U.S. for assassinating his father.The SITE Intelligence Group referred to an audio message of Hamza posted online.
Monday, July 11, 2016
The legacy of Pakistan's 'Father Teresa' Abdul Sattar Edhi
Abdul Sattar Edhi, a celebrated famed philanthropist who achieved a saintly status in Pakistan has passed away at the age of 88 on July 8 in Karachi.Motivated by a spiritual quest for justice, over the years Edhi and his team created maternity wards, morgues, orphanages, shelters and homes for the elderly -- all aimed at helping those who cannot help themselves.
Monday, July 4, 2016(2 comments)
Blanket surveillance of Muslims in Japan
Japan's Supreme Court has rejected a second appeal by the country's Muslim community against nationwide surveillance of Muslim groups, mosques and even halal restaurants.
Friday, April 8, 2016(1 comments)
Global tax havens or havens for dirty money
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, leaked massive documents known as "Panama Papers" which reveal the shadowy world of hidden offshore finances of presidents and prime ministers. The biggest leak of financial data in history exposes offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders and provides details of the hidden financial dealings of 128 more politicians and public officials around the world.
Donald Trump's rhetoric horrifies American Muslims
Seven-million strong American Muslim community is alarmed at the mounting anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican Presidential hopefuls, particularly leading GOP candidate Donald Trump. An unprecedented wave of Islamophobia is now sweeping the United States as the Republican Party has become the epicenter of Islamophobia this election season.
How the American Muslims vote in 2016 election?
The seven-million strong American Muslim community has voted overwhelmingly voted for Democrat s since 2004 and a recent poll released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) indicates that the American Muslims will follow this trend.
Sunday, February 7, 2016(2 comments)
President Obama's visit to Mosque and Presidential Race
The seven million strong American Muslim community has welcomed the visit of President Barrack Obama to Maryland mosque where the President called on Americans to embrace their common humanity and reject the inexcusable political rhetoric emanating from the presidential campaign trail.
Students in the line of fire again in Pakistan
At least 25 people including students, teachers and security guards lost their lives Wenesday when armed militants broke into Bacha Khan University in Pakistan's northwestern province known as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwah where Pakistan's mercenary army is conducting a brutal operation against militants.