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Aziz Poonawalla is a member of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. City of Brass is his weblog, which was founded in 2002 under the name UNMEDIA. He is a co-founder of the annual Brass Crescent Awards.

The name City of Brass refers to the Story of the City of Brass in the
Thousand and One Nights, and the poem by Rudyard Kipling of the same
name:

Here was a people whom, after their works, thou shalt see wept over for their lost dominion;
And in this palace is the last information respecting lords collected in the dust.
-- Thousand and One Nights, Story of the City of Brass


IN A land that the sand overlays, the ways to her gates are untrod,
A multitude ended their days whose fates were made splendid by God,
Till they grew drunk and were smitten with madness and went to their fall,
And of these is a story written: but Allah Alone knoweth all!
-- Rudyard Kipling, The City of Brass (1909)

a great series at Open Left by diarist dreaminonempty has been chronicling the future decline and fall of the Republican Party on the basis of demographic trends, ethnic and religious. The post on religious trends had a extensive section on […]

Two questions worth asking: What if the Green Revolution fails? And what if it succeeds? If it fails, I argue that we still have to engage Iran, just like we continued to engage China after Tiananmen Square. Doing otherwise will […]

This is what it took to forget about swine flu – Arlen Specter joining the Democrats. I have a complete transcript of his official statement over at City of Brass. All the speculation about the political consequences and shakeup is […]

Everyone today is talking about Obama and MLK, for obvious reasons. I have my own two cents at City of Brass about how Obama is right to de-emphasize the MLK connection, however, in favor of the Founders themselves. After all, […]

At Nation-Building, I give kudos to the President for what he did right. In a nutshell: no attacks on US soil, a war on terror instead of Islam, and Africa. Still, I think Obama should check the White House keyboards […]

If you’re headed to DC for the Inauguration, I still envy you. But, not as much as before. As Khan Noonian Singh said, “Revenge is a dish best served cold…” Well, insamuch as Obama’s historic victory can be considered a […]

An editorial in the Washington Post argues, counter-intuitively, that Barack Obama’s fundraising success over the internet is not a death-knell for the public financing system, but rather all the more reason to reform it: According to an analysis by the […]

As this is my first post on Progressive Revival, let me take a moment to thank the Powers that Be at Beliefnet for inviting me to participate here. It’s an honor to be blogging alongside the rest of you! My […]

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