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Obama buys books for the girls

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

While in Iowa today, President Obama went book-shopping: “Well, this used to be my favorite place,” Obama told the owner of Prairie Lights, an independent downtown bookstore, as she showed him around. He had mentioned the shop in his speech, […]

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health reform illustrates why we need a VAT

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The simple truth (and increasing consensus) about health reform is that we needed it, badly. An economist at Kiplinger.com calls the just-passed health reform “no more and no less than a modest, credible start” to reforming our health care system. […]

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The final blow to IslamOnline

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a guest post by Dilshad D. Ali. It’s been more than a week since the Cairo editors of IslamOnline.net, the popular Muslim news website and Islam portal, were effectively locked out of the site’s servers and had their […]

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Is health care reform unconstitutional?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today, the President signed health reform into law. This is an incredible, historic achievement. And it was done entirely without the help of the obstructionists of the GOP, who decided that it was more important to humiliate President Obama than […]

Signing health reform into law

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

And there it is – officially the law of the land: Television networks actually broke their daytime coverage to show the historic signing. Vice President Biden is reputed to have added, “This is a big f$%king deal” – seriously! (no […]

PHOTO: Barack and Hillary – Victory Hug

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

P032210PS-0292 Originally uploaded by The White House President Obama is congratulated by an ecstatic Hillary Clinton for finally achieving the goal of health reform. Hillary was the chief architect of President Clinton’s own failed bid to reform health care back […]

Do doctors oppose health care reform?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Conservative opponents to health reform have been pushing a recent poll ostenibly conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine which claims that doctors are indeed opposed to health reform. This even got play on Fox News by Bill O’Reilly […]

Text of Senate resolution honoring Nowruz

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Earlier, the House passe a resolution honoring the Iranian new year holiday of Nowruz. A similar resolution, cosponsored by Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Cornyn (R-TX) will be introduced to the Senate today. Here’s the pending text of that resolution, […]

Islam Online – status update

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a guest post by Dilshad D. Ali. We here in the U.S. are holding our breath, living off of Facebook updates, Tweets, and email messages from colleagues in Cairo as to what is happening at the Islam Online […]

Who was the real St. Patrick?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Since the holiday has basically become a secular celebration of Irish culture, and an excuse to turn the Chicago River green for a few hours, ol’ St Pat has become something of a global icon. But […]

Islam Online goes offline

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a guest post by Dilshad D. Ali. Yesterday, marking that it was the 15th of March, I recalled the Shakespearean play “Julius Caesar” and posted on my Facebook wall, “Beware the Ides of March.” Little did I know […]

“health care jihadists”

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The latest salvo in the Republicans’ War on Muslims comes as a two-fer – simultaneously an attempt to delegitimize the health care debate and the use of a cheap stereotype of radical Islam, in the form of a cartoon: There […]

Obama donates Nobel Peace prize money to charities

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

As promised, President Obama has donated the money he was awarded from his Nobel Peace Prize to charity. The White House released a list of the charities chosen by the President to receive funds from the $1.4 million award money. […]

Cartoon controversies

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

My playwright friend Wajahat Ali writes about the Jihad Jane case, in the broader context of why the various cartoon depictions of the Prophet SAW are such a provocation to muslims. Wajahat affirms, but also puts into context, the imperative […]

forget the public option – I want Medicare

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The public option is almost assuredly not going to be in the final package for health reform, and that’s a good thing because it’s existence imperils passage of this historic and incredibly progressive legislation. It represents a huge – and […]

profiling “Jihad Jane”

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Here in a nutshell is why ethnic profiling is so fundamentally flawed as a means of protecting against terrorism: A petite, blond-haired, blue-eyed high school dropout who allegedly used the nickname JihadJane was identified Tuesday as an alleged terrorist intent […]

Shooting at the pentagon

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The trend of “white right” violence is definitely increasing – we’ve had the abortion doctor murder, the austin suicide plane, and now a shooting at the Pentagon in Washington DC: Officials said the man, indentified as John Patrick Bedell, 36, […]

marriage and the clash of civilizations

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Consider “My accidental jihad” – an award winning essay by Krista Bremer (a non-muslim) about being married to Ismail Suayah (a muslim of Libyan origin) during Ramadan. The essay is a scathing self-critique, of her difficulty in coping with her […]

A temple in Turkey – the origin of Revelation?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This amazing archeaological find has the potential to rewrite our understanding of human history: a literally prehistoric temple complex in Turkey which, at 11,500 years old, is the oldest known human structure in existence: They call it potbelly hill, after […]

Reflection on Milad al Nabi

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Milad mubarak! Like hundreds of millions of muslims worldwide, I honored the Prophet Mohammed SAW last week, finding the anniversary of his birth (by most authoritative sources, 12 Rabi ul Awwal) a time to reflect on my love for him […]

Louis Farrakhan pulls a Pat Robertson about Chile’s earthquake

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Recall after the Haiti earthquake, Pat Robertson blamed the Haitians for their misfortunes, invoking the historical libel about Haiti’s founders making a “pact with the devil”. Now, in the wake of this weekend’s earthquake in Chile, Nation of Islam minister […]

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