How To Get Away With Playing a Defense Attorney: an Insider's look at How To Get Away With Murder

09 October 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. October 9, 2014 How To Get Away With Murder, the latest venture in Shonda Rhimes’ quest for network television domination, stars Viola Davis as Criminal Defense Attorney/Professor Annalise Keating.  As a real-life defense attorney and former prosecutor I am always curious to see how accurately the criminal justice system is portrayed in entertainment.  They usually get it wrong – and this show is no exception. Now before everyone jumps all over…

Michael Brown, Gaza, and Muslim Americans

20 August 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah August 20, 2014 The Muslim-American community of which I’m part hasn’t been great in standing up with and for African Americans. A lack of empathy and racism are the main culprits. What makes this especially astonishing is that 30 percent of the Muslim-American population is African-American. You would think that there would be natural alliances, but that hasn’t been the case. At least not up until now. The shooting of Michael Brown…

Stop the Anti-Semitism When Talking Gaza

07 August 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah August 7, 2014 At a crowded Muslim-American event I attended Sunday in North Jersey, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress, spoke about a range of issues. The audience, many of whom have supported Ellison since he was first elected in 2006, cheered many of his comments, but the biggest applause line came when Ellison said: “There’s absolutely no place for anti-Semitism in discussing Israeli policy.” And that reaction…

Do Palestinians Really Exist?

31 July 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah July 31, 2014 Palestine. My late father, Abdul Musa Obeidallah, was born there in the 1930s. When I say Palestine, that’s not a political statement. It’s just a statement of fact. When he was born, there was no state of Israel. There was no Hamas. No PLO. There were just people of different faiths living together on the same small piece of land called Palestine. And to be honest, but for the…

Obama Should Sue John Boehner

08 July 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah July 8, 2014 President Obama has really pissed off John Boehner this time. The Speaker’s orange face must have turned red, because he was so irate that he sat down—or at least a member of his staff did—and penned a 570-word diatribe published on Monday telling us why he must now spend our taxpayer dollars to sue Obama. Did Boehner gave any specific reasons why he needed to employ the extraordinary remedy of…

Arizona’s Pro-Discrimination Law Won’t Stop With Gays

24 February 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah February 24, 2014 If the Republican-controlled Arizona state legislature has its way, gays could be thrown out of bars, restaurants, and hotels across the state. Last week it passed a bill that would permit businesses to deny services to any person if doing so would substantially burden the business owners “exercise of religion.”  Why? Because the Bible condemns such homosexual unions. In essence, this measure would legally sanction discrimination against gay Americans by…

The Right’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Hypocrisy

19 December 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah December 19, 2013 (The Daily Beast) Attention conservatives: you have the right to hate any group you want. Blacks, gays, Muslims, Jews, other sects of Christians, whoever you like. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has noted numerous times that the First Amendment guarantees “freedom of thought” in addition to freedoms such as religion and expression. Consequently, you can think as many hateful thoughts as you choose. But here’s the thing: if you voice…

It’s Conservatives Who Really Want Christ Out of Christmas

17 December 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah December 17, 2013 (The Daily Beast) The War on Christmas is on! This epic battle pits the forces on the right who demand that we say “Merry Christmas” to everyone regardless of their faith—or lack thereof—against those who prefer to say “Happy Holidays.” How fierce has this so-called “war” become? Well, Sarah Palin is travelling across the country alerting people that “angry atheists” want to “abort Christ from Christmas.” Palin is like a modern…

Confederate flag was the flag of traitors

25 October 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 25, 2013 (CNN) -- You can debate whether the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism. But the one thing you can't dispute: The Confederate flag was flown by traitors to the United States of America who slaughtered more than 110,000 U.S. soldiers.   I know some will take issue with my calling the Confederacy a band of traitors, but let's be blunt -- that's what they were. They broke from the United…

Rand Paul's Muslim-Bashing Speech

14 October 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 14, 2013 (The Daily Beast) Was Rand Paul’s most recent, big set-piece speech about A. The government shutdown; B. The debt limit; or C. The dreaded Obamacare? Nope, it was none of them. Instead, Paul spent his 19-minute speech at the Value Voters summit on Friday talking about Muslims.   Now, I’m Muslim and I love attention - so on some level I’m happy when people talk about Muslims.  But despite…

Ted Cruz is the Miley Cyrus of the Senate

11 October 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 11, 2013 (The Daily Beast) Ted Cruz desperately needs help. He has an addiction. And alarmingly it’s to the one of the most powerful and destructive drugs out there: fame. Cruz’s addiction has lead him to do the unthinkable. No, not shutting down the government, but the more amazing feat of becoming the Miley Cyrus of politics. In fact, he’s been making Miley look like a camera-shy recluse. What’s next for…

‘Rumsfeld’s Rules’ Review: Good Rules, Shame He Didn’t Follow Them

19 May 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah May 19, 2013 (The Daily Beast) The Donald is back with a new book. Not Donald Trump, but the original cantankerous, ill-tempered Donald, who possibly has uttered the expression “You’re fired” with more glee than Trump. I’m speaking of Donald Rumsfeld—the man who served in several positions in the federal government, the most recent his “star turn” as secretary of defense under President George W. Bush. Rumsfeld new book is titled Rumsfeld’s Rules, and…

We need more Joe Bidens

13 October 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- In a world of politicians who memorize sound bites and regurgitate them like robots, Joe Biden is different. Biden says it as he sees it. And, yes, that philosophy can lead to a few gaffes. OK, in Biden's case, a lot of gaffes. But that's the risk with being real. Maybe Joe Biden isn't always "presidential" as that word has come to be defined, but isn't it about time we revised the definition…
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