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November 2009 Archives

Jews and Muslims in Europe must make common cause

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The Swiss minaret ban is a kind of canary in the coal mine. It’s worth noting that though Islamophobia is driven by fear, whereas anti-Semitism is driven by hate, the functional expression of both in European society follows very similar […]

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Switzerland bans the minaret

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

All muslims are Taliban, Islamophobia is the new anti-Semitism, and Shari’a is the new Protocols of the Elders of Zion. That’s the operational reality that muslims in Europe must acknowledge, in the wake of a referendum to ban the construction […]

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A recollection of Mumbai

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a guest post by Zeba Iqbal. On the evening of July 11, 2006 a series of bomb blasts ripped through several suburban train lines in Mumbai. Over 200 people died and over 700 were injured. I was living […]

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outrageous, but laughable: Iran confiscates Ebadi’s Nobel Prize

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is not just heavy-handed and the perfect stereotype of police-state thuggery, but also oddly clownish and pathetic: Iranian authorities confiscated Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi’s medal, the human rights lawyer said Thursday, in a sign of the increasingly drastic […]

Eid Mubarak from President Obama

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This was posted to the White House blog this evening, on behalf of President Obama: Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, […]

Hajj roundup

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

A few items of note: This year’s Hajj has been marked by rare torrential rains. This is causing some problems with logistics but should rightly be seen as a minor miracle instead of just an inconvenience. There are amazing photos […]

remember Mumbai

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

During today’s whirlwind of family, food and fun, we should also pause (as all of India will, today) to remember that today is also the anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks. Citizens in the Indian city of Mumbai went to […]

a convergence of thanksgiving, renewal, and sacrifice

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today again marks the Day of Arafat, a day of spiritual renewal and rebirth. In honor of this day I am observing the fast from sunrise to sundown, with members of my family who have traveled thousands of miles to […]

Phil Carter resigns

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Woah. Phil Carter has resigned. Phillip Carter, who was appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy in April, said in a brief telephone interview that he was leaving for “personal and family reasons” and not because of any […]

Muslim Americans: the Next Generation

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a guest post by Willow G. Wilson. I wonder if there might be an inherent flaw in the trajectory of American Islam/American Muslims as it is envisioned by young muslim leaders and political activists. The airtight integration of […]

No, they aren’t serious

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The following is the key foreign policy critique made of Obama by Republicans, in this case well-summarized by GOP Representative Mike Pence: On the foreign stage, the American people know that weakness arouses evil. They know that bowing and kowtowing […]

Hajj tidbits

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Preparations for Hajj continue in Saudi Arabia – with measures both great: On Sunday, security forces sent a clear message to would-be saboteurs by staging a huge military demonstration involving thousands of troops, armored vehicles, helicopters, and first response teams. […]

Shariahland

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The problem with Afghanistan is that it isn’t like any war we’ve fought before, not even counter-insurgencies. It’s fundamentally an attempt to deny a haven for Islamic violent extremists (IVEs) to create a model society – “Sharialand”, for want of […]

146 years after Gettysburg

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today is the 146th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address – November 19th, 1963. Readers may be interested in this word cloud I generated of the text of the Address: Here’s the full transcript of the Gettysburg Address (the “Nicolay” copy).

Hajj: The Opening

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

[22:27-8] And proclaim the Pilgrimage among men: they will come to thee on foot and (mounted) on every kind of camel, lean on account of journeys through deep and distant mountain highways; That they may witness the benefits (provided) for […]

Voting open for the Brass Crescent Awards!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

It’s time to once again cast your vote for the Islamsphere’s best and brightest – the polls are now open in the 6th Anual Brass Crescent Awards for the Islamic Blogsphere! This year we were a little delayed with the […]

the muslim vote

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There’s a great ongoing series at Open Left which makes a data-driven analysis of voting patterns for all sorts of demographic groups to argue that overall, the GOP is in serious trouble over the long term. The ethnic demographic trends […]

doing business with Iran

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The seizure of mosques and a skyscraper yesterday was ostensibly because the rental income from the skyscraper was being sent to a bank in Iran which is allegedly used by the Iranian government to fund its covert (and denied) nuclear […]

Government seizes 4 mosques and a skyscraper – alleges Iranian conspiracy

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a bizarre development indeed: Federal prosecutors Thursday took steps to seize four U.S. mosques and a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by a nonprofit Muslim organization long suspected of being secretly controlled by the Iranian government. In what could […]

onwards, muslim soldiers?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

In the wake of the Fort Hood shootings by Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an uncomfortable and unjust spotlight has been trained on muslim-American soldiers serving in the armed forces. To be blunt, their loyalties are being questioned, with some conservatives […]

an interview with Anwar al Awlaki, Imam of the Sith

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Anwar al-Awlaki is a radical islamist who today espouses violence against civilians in the name of Islam. But it is interesting to note that he was not always thus; during his tenure as one of the imams at the Dar […]

refuting the self-promoting coward, Anwar al-Awlaki

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Anwar al-Awlaki is a radicalized imam who was born in the US but who is now living in Yemen and who has made a name for himself as a sympathizer to Al Qaeda and violent extremism. He was one of […]

American Muslims Raise Funds for Fort Hood Victims

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a wonderful initiative and I encourage everyone, muslims and non-muslims alike, to donate to this fund to help out the victims at Fort Hood. American Muslims Launch Special Fund for the Benefit of Ft Hood Attack Victims FOR […]

the lesson of 1989: Mr. Netanyahu, tear down this wall

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Today will see many hagiographic pieces about Reagan from the right, but there’s real value in learning about the complex historical context, and not enough credit I think […]

Fort Hood shooting on Guy Fawkes Day

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

MAJOR UPDATE: news outlets are reporting that the shooter is not dead as previously reported, but alive and in custody. This means we may indeed get some answers… and justice. MAJOR UPDATE 2 – Hasan is reportedly conscious. Who is […]

“collateral shahadat” – too good, yaar

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is absolutely brilliant – As we already know, only Muslims are human beings. This is also an indisputable fact. So, when good Muslims meet non-Muslims, it is their duty to convert the latter. This way they are actually helping […]

Did the GOP win or lose in NY-23?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

IN yesterday’s election in New York’s 23rd district, the Republican Party lost a seat it has owned for 120 years. This was because the GOP candidate, Dede Scozzafava, was excommunicated by the Tea Party conservatives and forced out of the […]

Abdullah runs off; Karzai certified

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Afghanistan residential challenger Abdullah Abdullah decided (correctly) over the weekend that the planned run-off election between him and incumbent President Karzai would be subject to the same abuses and lack of transparency as the original election, and thus withdrew his […]

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