8:15 AM PT: Bill Plante of CBS asks about the Guantanamo hunger strike. Obama says he still wants to close it. “It’s not necessary to keep America safe. It’s expensive. It’s inefficient. It hurts us” with allies and the global community. “Now, Congress has determined that they won’t let us close it. […] I’m going to reengage with Congress to try to make the case that this is not something that is in the best interests of the American people.” Obama calls Guantanamo “a no man’s land” and says the notion that we’re going to keep people there without trial “in perpetuity” is “contrary to who we are.” It’s “easy to demagogue” the issue but he says he’s going to go back to Congress.
8:17 AM PT: “We should be wiser” than to continue to keep Guantanamo open. “This is a lingering problem that is not going to get better, it’s going to fester, it’s going to get worse.”
Eid at the State Department I am honored to be invited to celebrate Eid al Fitr at the State Department again this year. And I am relieved that this time, it's actually taking place after Ramadan, which means I can actually attend for the first time! :) I am looking ...
The Empire State goes green for Eid As is tradition, the Empire State Building - the most beautiful skyscraper in the world - was illuminated in green to mark Eid al Fitr. Of course, in 2015, this is announced via the official twitter account ...
Ramadan Pearls roundup Here is a link to all the posts in the Ramadan Pearls series I did during Ramadan:
I hope you enjoyed these nuggets of wisdom as much as ...
Eid Mubarak! By the Fatimid calendar, today is Eid al Fitr, 1436!
I've explained my position on the calendar vs. moonsighting debate in detail - and this year there is a lot more divergence on the date than usual. Crescentwatch nicely ...
City of Brass by Aziz Poonawalla approaches issues from the perspective of a Muslim of the West. Aziz, a member of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, has been blogging since early 2003 and co-founded the Brass Crescent Awards for the muslim blogsphere.