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Abdus Sattar Ghazali
American Muslim Perspective
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Author and journalist.
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
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 4, 2008 American Muslims alarmed at the new profiling policy
American Muslim community is alarmed at the proposed Justice Department policy change that would allow the FBI to investigate Americans without evidence of wrongdoing, relying instead on a terrorist profile that could single out Muslims and Arabs.
SHARE Thursday, September 11, 2008 American Muslims Seven Years after 9/11
Seven years after 9/11, Muslims in America remained at the receiving end with assault on their civil rights and their faith in the name of "war on terror." Muslims are the prime targets of the post 9/11 reconfiguration of American laws, policies, and priorities.
SHARE Monday, August 11, 2008 The plight of prisoner No. 650 (Dr. Afia Siddiqui)
After intensive civil rights groups pressure and angry protests in Pakistan, the US authorities have formally acknowledged arresting Dr. Afia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist, five years after her mysterious disappearance in Karachi with her three teen age kids.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 5, 2008 Arab Americans Continue to Face Discrimination: Report
Arab Americans continue to face higher rates of employment discrimination in both the public and private sectors and continuing challenges associated with government watch lists and immigration enforcement, according to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) "Report on Hate Crimes and Discrimination Against Arab Americans."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 1, 2010 Reinforcing prejudice, stereotyping
Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets used props portraying stereotypically-dressed Muslim men in a February 20 exercise held just two blocks from a mosque used by students at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The practice highlights a disturbing Islamophobic trend demonizing Islam and equating Muslims with 'the enemy.'
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 28, 2008 Redrawing the map of Afghanistan, Iran & Pakistan
The Global Trends 2025 report says the future of Pakistan is a wildcard in considering the trajectory of neighboring Afghanistan. The release of the study last week coincided with a report in the New York Times that a redrawn map of South Asia has been making the rounds among Pakistani elites, showing their country truncated.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 7, 2010 "Lies the Government Told You" by Judge Andrew Napolitano
"Lies the Government Told You" is the latest book of Judge Napolitano, a professed libertarian and former Judge of New Jersey Superior Court (1987 to 1995). He believes that the government is simply not to be trusted. It is interested more in acquiring more power than in actually serving the public. Simply, the government is not your friend. This is his fourth book which amplifies this theme.
SHARE Friday, December 4, 2009 The 500 most influential Muslims of the world?
The Amman, Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in collaboration with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Georgetown University, Washington DC, has issued a list of 500 most influential Muslims in the world.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 14, 2010 American Muslims nine years after 9/11
The seven-million strong American Muslim community, under siege since the ghastly tragedy of 9/11, is challenged in recent months with a growing anti-Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry sparked by the opposition to the planned Park51 project popularly known as the Ground Zero Mosque in Manhattan, New York. The inflammatory rhetoric surrounding the project has stirred hatred toward the Muslims in America.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 1, 2008 Why American Muslims are poised to vote en masse for Obama?
American Muslim voters are poised to vote en masse for Barak Obama, the Democratic Presidential candidate on Tuesday. The question is why the Muslims are leaning towards Obama and the answer is not difficult they have been victims of anti-Muslim policies of Bush administration since 9/11. Muslims are optimistic that a sweeping change promised by Obama will alleviate their plight and guilt by association sufferings.
SHARE Monday, March 21, 2011 Has US accepted the Sharia principle by securing Raymond Davis' freedom under a controversial Diyat law?
Not unexpectedly, a Pakistani court last Wednesday (March 16) released the CIA contractor Raymond Davis, the killer of two ISI agents in Lahore on January 27. The US secured his release under a controversial Diyat law under which 18 relatives of the two victims, Faizan and Faheem were paid $2.352 million as blood money. The release of Raymond Davis, through a hush hush, court proceeding left many questions unanswered.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 25, 2010 Arizona Immigration law legalizes racial profiling
American Arab and Muslim civil rights advocacy groups have joined other organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and the South Asian Network, in condemning the signing of Arizona Senate State Bill 1070 into law by Governor Jan Brewer.
SHARE Friday, October 29, 2010 The root cause of suicide terrorism is occupation: New study
New research provides strong evidence that suicide terrorism such as that of 9/11 is particularly sensitive to foreign military occupation, and not Islamic fundamentalism or any ideology. Although this pattern began to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s, a wealth of new data presents a powerful picture.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 24, 2009 Unfolding drama of Iraq-ill-famed Blackwater operation in Pakistan
Amid persistent reports by media, political leaders and intelligence agencies, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has denied the presence of Iraq-ill-famed Blackwater (now renamed as Xe Services) in Pakistan. However, circumstantial evidence belies the tall claim of the Interior Minister.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 13, 2008 Lessons from the Japanese internment during WWII
The February 19 marks the Day of Remembrance when President Roosevelt signed an Executive Order that sent about 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry to concentration camps during the World War Two.
SHARE Tuesday, September 7, 2010 Who is behind the abduction and torture of Pakistani journalist?
Pakistan, where disappearance and torture of people is not uncommon, a prominent journalist was tortured and humiliated after abduction by unidentified men from the capital, Islamabad, on Saturday, September 4. Umar Cheema, a reporter with The News International in Islamabad and the 2008 Daniel Pearl Fellow at The New York Times, was picked up by some unknown men in police uniforms.
SHARE Friday, April 4, 2008 Pakistan 29 years after Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's execution
April 4 marks the 29th anniversary of the execution of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto by the army junta led by General Ziaul Haq. By executing a popularly elected Prime Minister, Pakistan became the second Muslim country to execute an elected Prime Minister by a military junta. Turkey was the first Muslim country that executed its popularly elected Prime Minister Adnan Menderes on September 17, 1961.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, September 5, 2008 Islamophobia at the RNC convention
Seven-million strong American Muslim-community was dismayed at the Islamophobic rhetoric at the Republican Party Convention that ended in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 4, 2008. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in their speeches made bigoted remarks that equated Islam with terrorism.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 31, 2011 Bahrain hiring Pakistani ex-soldiers to suppress uprising
While the world attention is focused on the US-led NATO invasion of Libya, the ruler of the tiny Persian Gulf state of Bahrain -- headquarters of the 5th US fleet - is brutally suppressing month-long Shiite majority protest with the help of Saudi invasion forces and recruiting Pakistani ex-soldiers.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 21, 2009 Congressman Wolf's attempt to silence a leading American Muslim civil advocacy group
In an apparent attempt to silence a leading American Muslim civil rights advocacy group the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) - Republican Congressman Frank Wolf from Virginia has expressed deep disappointment at the FBI's "insufficient response" to his letter that apparently sought negative information based on smears against CAIR by Muslim-bashers like Steven Emerson.
SHARE Monday, March 7, 2011 Fearing spill over of Bahrain riots Saudis release Shiite cleric
Amid mounting unrest in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Shiite majority province and elsewhere in the kingdom, the Saudi authorities Sunday released a prominent Shiite cleric, Sheikh Tawfiq Al-Amer, who was detained on 27 February after a call for a constitutional monarchy.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 24, 2008 Was 1991 Gulf War a prelude to the 2003 Iraq debacle?
Historian Dr. Stephen J. Sniegoski, is perhaps right when he says: the neocons could not have initiated the 2003 war if the 1991 Gulf War had not taken place. In that sense the first Gulf War was a prelude to the 2003 war on Iraq, in which the U.S. government would pursue a policy in complete harmony with the thinking of the neocons to precipitate regime change and destabilize the Middle East.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Pakistan is swiftly drifting towards an all out civil war
Pakistan's mercenary army has launched the long-awaited US-financed offensive in South Waziristan. Two army divisions, supported by an array of jet fighters and helicopter gunships, began a long expected offensive in the South Waziristan tribal agency on October 19. With at least 30,000 combat troops, plus thousands of logistical personnel, it is the largest military operation on either side of the Pak-Afghan border.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 15, 2011 Swami Aseemanand exposes Hindu terrorism
A jailed leader of India's extremist Hindu organization "Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sang (RSS)" Jatin Chattenjee alias "Swami Assemanand" has confessed that he and several RSS activists have a direct role in several terror attacks on Muslims across India during the last three years as well as terrorist attacks BLAMED on Muslims.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 18, 2008 Playing Al-Anbar roulette in FATA
The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) was once part of the battleground on which the 'Great Game' of imperial domination between the British Empire and Tsarist Russia was played out in the 19th century. More than a century later, the tribal territory along Pakistan-Afghanistan border is again part of the war in the New Great Game.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 10, 2009 American Muslims eight years after 9/11
Eight years after 9/11, Muslims in America remained at the receiving end with assault on their civil rights and their faith. Muslims are the prime targets of the post 9/11 reconfiguration of American laws, policies, and priorities which have not been changed under the Obama administration. Defending civil rights remains the single most important challenge before the seven million-strong American Muslim community.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Capitulating Terms of the $4.5 Billion US aid to Pakistan
Major political parties of Pakistan have bitterly criticized the capitulating conditions attached to the $4.5 billion US aid to Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar Bill passed by the Congress on September 4, 2009. Pakistan Muslim League, a leading political party, described the conditionalities similar to the notorious Pakistan-specific Pressler's amendment that was used as an arms twisting tool by the US administration.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 18, 2008 Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On January 21, the nation pauses to remember one of its most important civil rights leaders with a national holiday. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential and respected civil rights leaders who inspired the world and helped bring about laws that ensure fairness and equality for all Americans.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 24, 2008 FEC urged to probe Anti-Muslim DVDs sent to swing states
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, Tuesday filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over the distribution of an anti-Muslim film to 28 million homes in presidential election swing states through mail and bundled in newspaper deliveries to voters in swing states.
SHARE Friday, May 28, 2010 US-Muslim relations one year after Obama's Cairo speech
From the moment President Barrack Obama, a powerful orator, took office, he seemed eager to change the tenor of America's relationship with Muslims worldwide. On June 4, 2009 President Barack Obama delivered a speech in Cairo that elicited a near euphoric response from most officials and editorial writers across the Muslim World.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 2, 2010 Wikileaks reports seen a plot to harm Muslim countries ties
Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting of Pakistan's National Assembly has termed the release of Wikileaks reports as a conspiracy to harm relations among the Muslim countries. "Wikileaks' aim behind the release of the reports is just to disturb the relations between the Muslim countries" noted all the members of the NA committee at a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 26, 2010 2010 another hard year for American Muslims
American Muslims were hoping that the anti-Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry movements will be rolled back with time. However, no such end is coming in the near future, particularly, with the Republicans taking control of the House of Representative. Alarmingly, Rep. Peter King, incoming Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has announced a witch hunt targeting the Muslim community.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 28, 2009 Teaching hate to school children
On August 24, a 10-year-old girl was sent home on her first day back to school in Gainesville, Florida, for wearing a shirt with the words 'Islam Is Of The Devil' printed on it. Who was this teen age girl. She was Faith Sapp, daughter of Wayne Sapp, pastor of the controversial church, the Dove World Outreach Center, in northwest Gainesville.
SHARE Wednesday, January 30, 2008 India alarmed as Chinese-built Gwadar port of Pakistan becomes operational
India has expressed concern over the Chinese built Pakistani port of Gwadar. Indian Naval Chief, Admiral Sureesh Mehta said last week that the Gwadar port has "serious strategic implications for India." "Being only 180 nautical miles from the exit of the Straits of Hormuz, Gwadar, being bulit in Baluchistan coast, would enable Pakistan take control over the world energy jugular and interdiction of Indian tankers."
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 15, 2010 The Politics of the Nobel Peace Prize
Alfred Nobel said the Peace Prize should be awarded to an individual who had contributed to "fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." This, unfortunately, has not always been the case. The selection of individuals for the Nobel Peace Prize in recent years defeats the will of Alfred Nobel.
SHARE Monday, August 9, 2010 President Zardari of Pakistan is pelted with shoes at the UK rally
Taking cue from the Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who threw both of his shoes at the then President George Bush to protest against the US invasion and occupation of his country, Shamim Khan from Azad Kashmir hurled both of his shoes at Pakistan's unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari who was addressing a community gathering in Brimingham, UK on Saturday.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 8, 2010 Judge blocks Oklahoma anti-Islam constitutional amendment
A federal judge in Oklahoma has temporarily blocked an anti-Islam state ballot measure (officially known as SQ 755) that would have amended that state's constitution to forbid judges from considering Islamic principles (Shariah) or international law when making a ruling.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 6, 2008 American Muslims celebrate Obama's victory
A New York African-American Muslim teenager says he was beaten on election night by four white men furious that Barack Obama was elected as the nation's next President. The incident best symbolizes the dilemma of seven-million strong American Muslim community that apparently voted en masse for Obama with a conviction that the impending change would fully restore their civil rights.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 15, 2011 What next for Egypt after Mubarak?
A new chapter in the history of the Middle East opened on February 11, 2011 when 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak ended in the face of unprecedented mass uprising against his brutal pro-US regime. The collapse in Egypt took just 18 days of bold protest, inspired by the overthrow of Tunisia's long-standing strongman, President Zein Al Abidin, just weeks before.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 13, 2008 Why the US image declined in the Muslim World?
Seven years after 9/11, hostility towards the US remains at shocking levels in the Muslim world where the US has followed a double standard policy. Its relationship with the Muslim nations has been based on a kind of hegemony which had taken shape in the Cold War era and continued in the post-Cold War period.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 12, 2011 US aid to Pakistan linked to Raymond Davis' release
After intensive diplomatic pressure failed to secure release of American citizen, Raymond Davis, - who says he killed two young motorcycle riders in self-defense -- Washington has now threatened to cut financial aid to its client government in Islamabad. Three members of the House of Representatives drove home the point to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani last week.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 19, 2010 "Viceroy" Holbrooke furious with Pakistani parliamentarians on US drone attacks
The US special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, met in Lahore last Friday with a number of Pakistani parliamentarians as US drone missiles were attacking targets in North Waziristan killing at least 11 people. Holbrooke was furious when parliamentarians demanded that the drone attacks should be stopped as they were causing massive civilian casualties and creating bad image for the United States.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 27, 2009 2009: Another hard year for American Muslims
President Obama's good gestures and public policy measures have little positive impact on the restoration of civil rights of American Muslims curtailed since 9/11. The year 2009 brought no positive change to alleviate the plight of the seven-million strong American Muslim community which remains victim of guilt by association.
SHARE Friday, February 5, 2010 America's silent war in Pakistan unmasked
Three US Marines were killed and another two injured in a suicide attack in Dir, northern Pakistan on Wednesday. The Americans, disguised in traditional Pakistani dress, were traveling with Pakistani military officers to attend the inauguration of a girl school. To many Pakistanis the most shocking aspect of the bombing the question was: What were the American soldiers doing in a volatile corner of the NWFP?
SHARE Wednesday, June 3, 2009 Swat operation is fomenting separatism in FATA
In a virtual replay of the 1971 assault on civilian population in what was then the East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), Pakistani army has launched a brutal operation in Sawat and other areas in Northern Pakistan.
SHARE Friday, September 3, 2010 Two episodes of "Flying While Muslim"
"Flying while Arab or Muslim" has joined the profiling lexicon alongside "driving while Arab or Muslim," "driving while Black" and "driving while brown" since 9/11. In a charged atmosphere - fomented by the inflammatory rhetoric surrounding the New York Mosque project by anti-Islam and anti-Muslim bigots as well as Rightwing ranters - two embarrassing incidents of "Flying While Muslim" happened this week.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 7, 2009 Fort Hood Mass Homicide: American Muslims react with grief & fear of backlash
The seven-million strong American Muslim community has reacted, with grief and fear of backlash, at the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. All major Arab and Muslim organizations were swift in unequivocally condemning this heinous incident which claimed the lives of 13 people and injured scores other.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 3, 2008 Keffiyeh: The Politics of Symbolism
The campaign against the innocent use of keffiyeh in a commercial ad is the latest episode of anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and Islamophobic diatribe which is the best seller in the post-9/11 America where our administration has created a culture of fear, hate, anger and division among all Americans.
SHARE Tuesday, February 26, 2008 The Oil factor in Kosovo independence
On February 17, Kosovo broke away from Serbia and declared its independence. Not surprisingly it was instantly recognized as a state by the U.S., Germany, Britain and France. With 4203 square miles area, Kosovo may be a tiny territory but in the great game of oil politics it holds great importance which is in inverse proportion to its size.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 2, 2009 2008: Another Difficult Year for American Muslims
Rightist columnist Cal Thomas urges ban on building new mosques in America and
a Muslim woman in Georgia sent to jail for not removing head scarf (hijab). These episodes of bigotry, Islamophobia and discrimination of the month of December symbolize the dilemma of American Muslims in 2008 like the previous years since 9/11.Bigotry and Islamophobia reached its climax during the 2008 presidential election campaign.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 4, 2011 Blackwater and RAW trying to stir sectarian riots in Pakistan
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan, a leading religious political party, has accused the Blackwater and Indian intelligence agency RAW for Sunday's bomb blasts at the shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar in DG Khan which claimed at least 49 lives and left scores wounded. In a press statement, the JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan, said the enemy agencies were out to spark sectarian riots in the country to harm the national unity.
SHARE Saturday, December 26, 2009 The first anniversary of Gaza massacre
December 27th marks the first anniversary of Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza that left over 1,440 Palestinians dead, of whom 313 were children and 116 women. In the Israeli assault, called Operation Cast Lead, another 5,380 Palestinians were injured.
SHARE Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Pakistan's paramilitary forces launch operation in FATA
Pakistan's paramilitary forces Friday launched an operation in the Khyber Agency to clear the supply route for the US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan. The operation comes only two days after the government authorized Chief of Army Staff, General General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, to launch fresh military operations in tribal areas.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 28, 2011 US official guns down two motorcyclists in Pakistan
Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan, was scene of anti-America demonstrations Thursday after Raymond David, a US Consulate official, shot at and killed two young motorcyclists while another motorcyclist was run over by his colleagues riding another car, according Pakistan media reports.
SHARE Thursday, March 6, 2008 The forgotten oil war in Sudan
According to F. William Engdahl, author of the book, 'A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, the present concern of the current Washington Administration over Darfur in southern Sudan is not, if we were to look closely, genuine concern over genocide against the peoples in that poorest of poor part of a forsaken section of Africa. No. "It's the oil, stupid."
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 29, 2009 Will Obama Policies Bring Real Change for the Muslims?
In a bid to repair relations with the Muslim world that were damaged under the Bush administration, President Barack Obama told the Muslim world Tuesday that "Americans are not your enemy."In an interview with Al-Arabiya TV channel, Obama said: "My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy - we sometimes make mistakes - we have not been perfect."
SHARE Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Why Pakistanis not amused by Obama's 'change'?
The Baluchistan Provincial Assembly Friday denounced the latest attacks on tribal territories. Tellingly, speakers dubbed the missile attacks as international terrorism violating the borders of an independent state.
SHARE Sunday, September 26, 2010 Dr. Aafia Siddiqui sentenced to 86 years in prison for trying to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan
Not unexpectedly, the 86 years jail sentence against Dr. Afia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist once dubbed by the US media as Al-Qaeda Lady, triggered outrage across the country with protesters taking to the streets in many places. It was 10 p.m. in Pakistan when US District Court in Manhattan by Judge Richard M. Berman announced the judgment but protesters were up in arms in several cities of the country.
SHARE Sunday, August 22, 2010 Pakistan's flood disaster and "war on terror'
In a paradoxical move while reportedly denying permission to the use of US-controlled Shahbaz air force base in southern Sindh province for flood relief operation, the Department of State has established the Pakistan Relief Fund. The establishment of the fund was announced on August 19, in a video statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This Fund is in addition to $150 million help announced earlier.
SHARE Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Unfolding drama of Raymond Davis
The US-client government of President Asif Ali Zardari is resisting the US pressure to release US citizen Raymond Davis who told a court on Friday that he killed two Pakistani motorcycle riders last Thursday in self-defense in the crowded Mazang area of Lahore, the second largest town of Pakistan.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 9, 2008 Little hope for Pakistanis under President Zardari
In less than one year, 160 million helpless people of Pakistan watched the second melodrama of a "presidential election." On September 6, Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party was indirectly elected as the 12th President of Pakistan. Like the last presidential election when General Parvez Musharraf was re-elected, Zardari's victory by a wide margin was a foregone conclusion.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 8, 2009 The Politics of Minaret
The seven-million strong American Muslim community has received the ban on Minarets in Switzerland with alarm and dismay. The referendum is seen as part of a recent disturbing trend in Europe to restrict the religious freedom and self-expression of religious and ethnic minorities, notably of Muslims.
SHARE Tuesday, March 3, 2009 An African-American Elected as CAIR Chairman
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), nation's leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, on March 3, 2009 elected an African-American as its new board chairman. North Carolina State Senator, Larry Shaw replaces Dr. Parvez Ahmed, an Indian-American and a professor of the University of North Florida, who was elected CAIR chairman in May 2005.
SHARE Sunday, January 18, 2009 Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 19 marks the Martin Luther King Day to celebrate the life and contributions of a great social peacemaker and iconic civil rights leader. This year the MLK Day has special significance. It falls on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration as the first African-American President of the United States.
SHARE Sunday, April 18, 2010 Atrocities of Pakistan's Mercenary Army: 71 Civilians Massacred in Air Strike
More than 70 civilians were killed and scores injured in an air raid on April 10 by the Pakistani jet fighters in the tribal region along Pakistan's northern border with Afghanistan. According to eyewitness accounts, a bomb was dropped on a house in the remote village of Sara Walla in the Khyber tribal agency. The fighter jets returned as villagers tried to dig out people from the rubble two hours later.
SHARE Monday, January 10, 2011 Gabby Giffords -" A victim of the politics of hate
"I know nothing about the man who shot Gabby, and what was going through his mind when he did this. But I will tell you this - if he shot Gabby out of hatred, then it wasn't Gabby he was shooting, but rather some cartoon version of her, drawn by her political opposition," these words of Alan Grayson, Democratic Congressman from Florida, perhaps best describe the motives behind the assassination of Congresswoman Giffords.
SHARE Saturday, December 19, 2009 Plight of the stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh
December 16 marks the 38th anniversary of the breakup of Pakistan when the Eastern wing of the country emerged as Bangladesh after an India-backed secessionist movement. The occasion calls for highlighting the plight of about 250,000 so-called Biharis or stranded Pakistanis still languishing in unsanitary camps in Bangladesh.
SHARE Friday, May 6, 2011 Osama Bin Laden Episode and Pakistan's Dispirited Mercenary Army
Four days after the Abbottabad episode, Pakistan's dispirited mercenary army, in a terse statement, called Thursday for cuts in the number of U.S. military personnel in the country to protest the US operation in Abbottabad that "killed Osama bin Laden." The army also threatened to cut cooperation with Washington if the U.S. stages more unilateral raids on its territory.
SHARE Saturday, May 31, 2008 'Narco-dollars' feeding militancy in Afghanistan, Pakistan
Baitullah Mehsud, the most prominent militant commander in Pakistan's restive tribal belt, along the border of Afghanistan, is spending around 50 million dollars annually on procuring weapons, equipment, vehicles, treating wounded militants and keeping families of killed militants fed.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 1, 2008 New massive survey of Muslims belies Bush rhetoric "why do they hate us?"
The war on terror was premised on this key question: why do they hate us? The common answer from Washington is that Muslim 'radicals' hate our way of life, our freedom and our democracy. It means that Muslims do not believe in freedom and democracy, in other words they are primitive people. Tellingly, the presidential rhetoric stands refuted and exposed by the latest survey of 500,000 Muslims in more than 35 Islamic states.
SHARE Tuesday, August 4, 2009 Pakistan Supreme Court’s Anti-Musharraf Verdict Shields President Zardari
On July 31, 2009, the Supreme Court shielded the incumbent President Asif Ali Zardari under the so called principle of the welfare of the people. In a well crafted unanimous verdict, the 14-judges full bench of Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday (July 31, 2009) declared illegal the emergency imposed in November 2007 by the then President General Parvez Musharraf but failed to invalidate 37 Ordinances issued by him.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, May 9, 2008 Mock attack on the fake mosque in Illinois sends a wrong message
Six years and eight months after the 9/11 tragic attacks, Muslims in America remain at the receiving end with the reconfiguration of American laws, policies and priorities to target them. The latest assault on the Muslim community comes in the form of a simulated attack on a fake "mosque" by the law enforcement authorities in Illinois.
SHARE Thursday, September 25, 2008 CAIR study 2008: American Muslims remain target of civil rights abuse
While the eyes of ordinary Americans were focused on the Capitol Hill to helplessly watch the unfolding drama of what many called "the Great Robbery at the Wall Street," the Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR), a prominent national advocacy group published Wednesday its annual study on the civil rights violations of the seven-million strong American-Muslim Community.
SHARE Sunday, November 23, 2008 US expands military operations in Pakistan
In a rude shock to Pakistanis, the US has escalated military operations inside Pakistan with a missile attack on a house in Janikhel, Bannu district, 70 kilimeters from the border tribal region. At least four persons were reported killed and three others injured as a result of the attack.
SHARE Tuesday, June 9, 2009 Well crafted speech with little substance for the Muslims
Obama's Cairo speech was well crafted and rich with good gestures. Its tone was striking. It was very carefully worded, non-committal and lacking substance. But the much hyped speech did not amount to a breakaway from American policies that have created the deep divide between the United States and the Muslim World since 9/11. Vague and flowery rhetoric was used as an adjustment of the language to cloak the US policy.
SHARE Tuesday, June 24, 2008 Pew surveys and the politics of demography
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life today released the second report of the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey on June 23, 2008 which again uses its 2007 flawed report about the population of Muslims in America.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 17, 2008 Reflections on the Black History Month
Knowledge of the past is a key to understanding the present. French Philosopher Paul Valery says it is necessary to study history, even to study it deeply, in order to obtain a clear meaning of our immediate time. There is always a connection between the way in which men contemplate the past and the way in which they contemplate the present.
SHARE Saturday, October 11, 2008 Bigotry trickles down to local elections
With a desperate Republican campaign playing fear-mongering card to prop up John McCain, the bigotry and Islamophobia is filtering down to local politics. A Muslim candidate, Todd Gallinger, for Irvine City Council (California) has reported receiving a phoned death threat after being smeared by a council member's Islamophobic remarks.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 14, 2008 Imagine a world without Islam!
Take away Islam, and the world would still be left with the main forces that drive today's conflicts, including colonialism, cross-national ideologies, ethnic conflicts and terrorism, says Graham Fuller, a former Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA.
SHARE Saturday, June 7, 2008 Another high profile "terror" trial ends in quandary
Judge Dennis Saylor's latest ruling to quash the January jury conviction of the defunct Islamic charity leaders vindicates what the civil right activists and groups have been saying that the American Muslim charities are being targeted to intimidate the seven-million strong American Muslim community that remains besieged more than six years after 9/11 terrorist attacks
SHARE Saturday, May 10, 2008 Mutilating the judicial system in Pakistan
After dragging feet on the issue for weeks, Pakistan People's Party led by Asif Ali Zardari, has reportedly acquiesced to the demand by President Musharraf to create two parallel Supreme Courts to accommodate the so-called PCO judges and curtail powers of the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, when he is restored.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 22, 2008 Bush apologizes for shooting of Quran by US soldier in Iraq
After US army's prompt apologies for shooting of the Quran by a US soldier stationed in Iraq failed to calm down this potentially explosive situation, President George Bush has stepped in and offered apology to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 19, 2008 Why MPAC declined to join interfaith meeting with Pope Benedict
The Muslim Public Affairs Council, a leading civil rights group, declined to join a meeting between the visiting Pope Benedict XVI and about 200 religious community leaders in Washington, DC, due to the absence of a "meaningful dialogue on Muslim-Catholic issues."
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 24, 2008 Islam-West division is worsening
Majority of the people in Muslim and western countries believe that Islam-West division is worsening while each side thinks the other disrespects their culture, says a report on Muslim-Western relations released on January 21, 2008 in Davos, Switzerland.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 16, 2008 Fear mongering in the name of satire
Depicting Barack Obama and Michelle Obama as militants and terrorist sympathizers "feeds into the terrible rise in anti-Muslim sentiment" during this election season.
SHARE Thursday, May 6, 2010 Botched New York car-bombing: American Muslims fear backlash
In the wake of an arrest of a Pakistani American, Faisal Shahzad, as the suspect behind the failed Times Square bombing plot, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has assured the Muslim community that any backlash against them will not be tolerated.
SHARE Saturday, June 28, 2008 Dr. Sami al-Arian indicted on contempt charges
Palestinian activist and a former professor of South Florida University, Dr. Sami al-Arian, has been indicted on June 25, 2008, in Alexandria, Virginia on two counts of criminal contempt for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 1, 2008 Evangelicals highjack the National Day of Prayer
"Evangelicals attempt to exclude non-Christians from National Day of Prayer," this Mother Jones headline best reflects the controversy over the National Day of Prayer (NDP) being observed on Thursday, May 1, 2008. The National Day of Prayer (NDP) was once a symbol of American unity and faith in God that transcended boundaries but in recent years the decades-old tradition has become mired in divisions.
SHARE Wednesday, September 3, 2008 Dr. Sami Al-Arian is freed on bail
American Muslim civil rights groups have welcomed the release on bail of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian political activist and former professor of the University of South Florida. Dr. Al-Arain had been in federal custody for more than five years and was released in Virginia today after Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agreed with his attorneys that to hold him was a violation of his constitutional rights.
SHARE Friday, May 30, 2008 Surveillance of LA, San Diego mosques spark calls for congressional hearing
Alarmed by a report that the mosques in Los Angeles and San Diego are under surveillance, civil rights groups have called for congressional hearings. The call for public hearings followed a San Diego newspaper report that a group of military reservists and law enforcement officers at Camp Pendleton Marine base stole the data from a federal surveillance program that monitored mosques in Southern California.
SHARE Monday, January 12, 2009 Massacre of Palestinians in Gaza rages with Israeli land assault
The year 2009 began for the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza with an all out air, land and sea assault from the Israeli armed forces. With the overt support of the Bush administration, meaningful silence of President-elect Barack Obama, and complicity of the US client Arab regimes, Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza continues for the 10th day today (January 5, 2009).
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 13, 2008 Pakistan resists capitulating to new US demands
More than six years after 9/11, the US has handed over a new list of 11 demands to Pakistan. US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen's two recent visits to Pakistan were reportedly linked to the new 'wish-list' envisaging immunity for the US military and auxiliary personnel to be deployed in Pakistan under a new US plan.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 2, 2008 Iraqis resisting US capitulation
Iraq's key Shiite and Sunni leaders have rejected a new open-ended security agreement with the United States that envisages permanent US military bases, immunity to American military personnel and security contractors if they killed civilians and allowing the United States to detain Iraqis indefinitely.
SHARE Thursday, February 28, 2008 Pakistan's post-election scenario
Whatever the configuration of the new government, Washington is facing a changed political landscape in Pakistan, including the diminished fortunes of its favored ally, Musharraf, in the battle against extremism.
SHARE Monday, February 11, 2008 Manufacturing a fig leaf of Democracy in Pakistan
Popular perceptions about the integrity of the electoral process in Pakistan are dismal. Only 21% of the country's voting age population believes elections in the country are free and fair. This is one of the lowest in the World. In a Gallup International study of around 60 countries, Pakistan is ahead of only Philippines (19%) and Nigeria (9%).
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 27, 2008 This is not our war: New Pakistani leadership tells US
Alarmed at the expected shift towards a negotiated and peaceful handling of the problem of militancy in Pakistan's tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan, two senior US officials arrived in Islamabad on March 24, hours after Makhdoom Yusuf Raza Gilani was chosen Prime Minister by the newly elected parliament.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 19, 2008 Why US soldier shot at Quran for practice?
An unnamed sergeant's use of the Quran for target practice emanates from an unabated and persistent anti-Islam and anti-Muslim propaganda, desecration of the Quran and attacks on mosques.
SHARE Tuesday, January 29, 2008 Why Musharraf rebuffs US plan for joint operation in volatile tribal territories?
In an atmosphere of mistrust and misgivings about American policies in the region, it is difficult for President Musharraf to yield to US pressure for joint military operations in the volatile FATA region. Already Pakistan army's bloody operations, which are now spilled into the interior of the country in the shape of suicide attacks, have damaged its image. Many in Pakistan see this operation as against their own people.
SHARE Sunday, June 8, 2008 US double standards on talks with Taliban
In the face of its backing of Afghanistan for holding talks with the Taliban to put an end to their resistance, the Bush Administration's reservations about Pakistan's efforts to conclude peace deals with tribesmen presents a clear example of US double standards while dealing with the same issue.
SHARE Monday, February 18, 2008 Feudal factor to determine polls in Pakistan
Pakistanis vote in general elections Monday (Feb. 18) amid accusations of pre-poll rigging and concern about security situation in the wake of rise in suicide attacks. Hundreds of international and local observes are in place to ensure fair and free elections. However, if history has any guidance, manipulation or no manipulation, the results are very much predictable at least in the rural areas where most of the voters live.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 17, 2008 Abuse of judicial system to keep Dr. Al-Arian in prison
Dr. Al-Arian is in a Catch-22 situation. Asst attorney Gordon Kromberg, is setting up for him a perjury/obstruction trap. If Dr. Al-Arian again refuses to testify because of the no-cooperation agreement, he will be charged with obstruction of justice. If he testifies, he faces a 'perjury' trap based on past practice with other acquitted Palestinian defendants.
SHARE Thursday, February 21, 2008 Pakistan polls a repudiation of Musharraf as well as the Bush administration
Not surprisingly, the elections in Pakistan were seen as a referendum on President Musharraf's eight year's autocratic rule. They are also a repudiation of the Bush administration, which has staunchly backed Mr. Musharraf for more than six years as its best bet in the campaign against the militants in Pakistan.
SHARE Thursday, May 15, 2008 Zardari's spin on judiciary issue
After weeks of spin by Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) , on the issue of restoration of the sacked judges, former prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League has quit the coalition government. The outcome of the long and protracted talks between the two leaders in Islamabad, Dubai and London were not unexpected.
SHARE Thursday, June 12, 2008 Abandon peace talks with militants: US retched up pressure on Pakistan
A fresh massive US air strike in Pakistan's tribal region, killing 27 people including 13 soldiers, has again heightened tensions between the US and Pakistan where it is being seen as an example of US aggressive tactics to pressurize Islamabad to abandon its current peace negotiations with the militants.
SHARE Thursday, July 17, 2008 Al-Arian granted bail but remains in prison
At a bail hearing at Alexandria, Virginia, Judge Leonie Brinkema has ordered a prominent Palestinian activist, Dr. Sami Al-Arian, released but he remained in prison since the judge refused to block immigration authorities from detaining Al-Arian as a prelude to his deportation.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 14, 2008 How intelligence agencies frame "terrorism" charges?
A British Court of Appeal, on February 13, 2008, completely exonerated Lotfi Raissi, a British pilot of Algerian origin, from the charges that he trained some of the hijackers in the 2001 terrorist attacks on World Trade Center and Pentagon. His episode is the latest example of how British and U.S. intelligence agencies try to frame terrorist charges against innocent people.
SHARE Monday, May 5, 2008 The ordeal of Al Jazeera cameraman Sami Al-Hajj
After six and a half years of imprisonment in Guantanamo Bay military prison, Al Jazeera cameraman, Sami Al-Hajj, was released on May 2, 2008 in a very bad shape. He was carried off a US air force jet on a stretcher when he arrived in Khartoum, Sudan, and immediately taken to hospital. Al-Hajj's case symbolizes the policy of torture and human rights violation of the Bush Administration.
SHARE Monday, July 7, 2008 Suicide bombers return to Islamabad
A suicide bomb attack in the heart of Islamabad killed 19 people, including 15 policemen, Sunday. The attack came minutes after the end of the Red Mosque Martyr Conference held to commemorate the first anniversary of a bloody military operation against the militants in the mosque and adjoining madrasa, Jamia Hafsa, killing dozens of student girls and boys.
SHARE Thursday, June 5, 2008 Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control
The British newspaper, Independent, reported Thursday, June 5, 2008, that a secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November.