Taliban versus Education: Who Will Win?

18 December 2014 Written by Yahya Bedair
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By Yahya Bedair  December 18, 2014 In an act of utter cowardice, Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar and murdered 145 people. The shocking news is even harder to swallow when one learns that out of the 145 people killed, 132 of them were children. Aged 12-16, these educated children had the potential to make a great impact on their country in the future. But does Taliban want a better Pakistan? The excruciating news of…

Thomas Friedman Is What's Still Wrong In America

16 December 2014 Written by Laith Saud
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By Laith Saud December 16, 2014 Thomas Friedman is at it again, displaying all of what is wrong in America. Upon this week’s release of the CIA Torture report, a report that should make us comprehensively rethink our policies in the Muslim world, Friedman turned the crises into yet another opportunity to lull us into a complacency. The report reveals the waste and lies that have perturbed American politics for ten years. But American pundits,…

My Colorado Contact High

08 December 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. December 8, 2014 From the minute I stepped off the plane at Denver International I looked at every single person like they were stoned. I don’t know what I was expecting, for everyone to be high as kites? Duh…ya. Even the old guy with the cowboy hat in the wheelchair got my sideways glance (please, you know that dude was). As we near Colorado’s one-year anniversary of legalizing the recreational use…

Oklahoma’s Muslim Problem

06 December 2014 Written by Huma Munir
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By Huma Munir December 6, 2014 54 percent of Oklahoma residents see Islam in an unfavorable light, according to a new poll by SoonerPoll.com. As a Muslim-American, I hear this news with sadness, but not shock. The recent rise of ISIS and misdeeds of other extremist groups, have tarnished the image of Islam worldwide.  Plus we disturbingly see elected officials demonizing Muslims for political gain, such as Oklahoma State Representative John Bennett (R) who recently stated…

The Ferguson-Palestine Connection Grows

30 November 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah November 30, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri is over 6,000 miles from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, yet increasingly people are seeing similarities between the two. For example, shortly after the grand jury decision was announced Monday that the police officer who killed Michael Brown would not be indicted, the NFL’s Reggie Bush posted a photo on Instagram of a Palestinian man holding up a sign that read: “The Palestinian people know what mean to be…

Why Cosby Accusers Did Not Cry Rape Sooner

25 November 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. November 26, 2014 Why did it take many of those accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault so long to come forward? This is a question I have heard from various people, even some in the media. It is clear to me that the people asking that question have no idea about what happens in the real world with these types of cases, as opposed to what they may see on "Law…

Changing Alliances in the Middle East

24 November 2014 Written by Laith Saud
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By Laith Saud November 24, 2014 The United Arab Emirates (UAE) made headlines recently by listing The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Relief and the Muslim American Society (MAS) as ‘terrorist’ groups. All of these groups share several things in common: They all unequivocally and officially condemn terrorism, they provide humanitarian aid, charity or advocacy to parts of the Muslim world and they maintain pro-Palestinian positions. The UAE’s recent designation of these groups…

No, Islam is Not at War with The West

22 November 2014 Written by Huma Munir
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By Huma Munir November 22, 2014 In response to the horrific attack on Jewish worshippers in Jerusalem by two Palestinians, right wing political commentator Ben Shapiro claims that Islam is at war with the west. Shapiro, in his recent article published in Brietbart News, alleges that the conflict between Israel and Palestine is a religious war between Jews and Muslims, ignoring the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Chirstians who have suffered in this conflict based on the…

Why Didn't We Believe Cosby's Accusers Sooner?

21 November 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah November 21, 2014 The court of public opinion appears to have finally found Bill Cosby guilty of sexual misconduct.  I’m not saying that everyone believes every charge being leveled, but it seems clear that from social media, news coverage, etc., that most believe that Cosby did something horribly wrong with several women. Even the entrainment industry that Cosby has made so much money for is cutting their ties to him-at least for…

Can We Debate Politics And Not "Unfriend" Each Other?

18 November 2014 Written by Denise Tarud
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By Denise Tarud November 18, 2014 One of my favourite things when I was a little kid, somewhere in South America, was to go have tea with my grandfather at the Senate. Pastries of all kinds, hot chocolate, and the yummiest sandwiches were the main attraction, of course, but so was being the center of attention of all those very elegant men like grandpa, who asked all sorts of questions that made me feel smart.…

One Syrian Child, One Life Affirming Lollipop

16 November 2014 Written by Rasha Abousalem
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By Rasha Abousalem November 16, 2014 His eyes were dim, heavy with the stresses of seeing war and loss and death. I did not know his name, but I would never forget his face. It’s carved into my mind, as if time had frozen still. He was probably around 4 years old, but his face looked as if it had aged decades. Something about the way he stood in front of me as I heard…

Life Without Parole at 14 Years Old

12 November 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. November 12, 2014 When you represent someone young charged with a crime often times you have to give “the speech.” Take a kid, usually between 13 and 19 who has never been charged with a serious crime.  You are in the courthouse holding pens overwhelmed by the patchouli-lysol scent that masks decades of filth, unwashed bodies and the overflowing toilet stench. You would think that is enough to knock some sense…

“Jihad” - What does it REALLY mean?

11 November 2014 Written by Yahya Bedair
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By Yahya Bedair November 11, 2014 One of the most prominent concepts cited by anti-Muslim bigots is the notion of jihad. A quick look at conservative TV channels and websites and one would notice that they universally define jihad as the epitome of evil. So what is this jihad they speak of? Jihad is an arcane theme that is commonly most misunderstood, or perhaps insufficiently known, by many people. Mainly due to extremist groups and…
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