“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…

What We See and What We Don’t in Pakistan bombings

07 November 2014 Written by David Peduto
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By David Peduto  November 7, 2014 It happened again. On Sunday, November 2, another terrorist attack took place in Pakistan. At least 56 people were killed in a bombing near the country’s Wagah border crossing with India. Without even looking at a picture from the scene, you can probably draw a pretty good image of it. Pools of blood, white sheets, people crying. All these terrorist attacks, they all look the same. While a picture can…

India's Solution for Gay Sex? Straight Marriage

04 November 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. November 4, 2014 On November 1, 1968 a young Indian couple, chaperoned by their parents, first met over tea. Two days later they were married. Those crazy kids are my parents and that, my friends, is what we call arranged marriage. Sure the concept has evolved, now it’s almost a match.com for people of the same caste, class, religion and of course from the same “village” or “native place” (Think ‘hood’…

GOP has to be feeling the heat today!

04 November 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah November 4, 2014 Republican leaders must be starting to sweat.   True, they are the favorites to win many key races today.  But here’s the thing: All the Democrats have to do is NOT lose more than five US Senate seats and the media will cast the Republicans as the BIG losers of this election. And I’m not just talking the liberal media.  Just a few days ago conservative writer and Fox news…

To US media Canadian shooter being Muslim ends investigation

24 October 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 24, 2014 I really feel sorry for the journalists working in Canadian media who are reporting on Wednesday’s tragic shooting death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo.  You see, they are apparently required to do actual journalism to determine why the gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed the soldier.  They were obligated to interview family and friends documenting Bibeau’s mental problems. They had to research his extensive criminal past and his struggles with drugs. They…

Monica vs. Malala

23 October 2014 Written by Seema Iyer, Esq.
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. October 23, 2014 This is not another opinion piece on Monica Lewinsky. (Well, if you want to get technical about it, it is, but read on and you will see what I mean.)  But her reemergence into the spotlight did strike me with a stark revelation.  I am surrounded, day in and day out, by whiny, ‘it’s everybody’s fault but mine’ complainers – and I just can’t take it anymore. Sure…

I Found The Cure For Ebola-mania!

22 October 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 22, 2014 I hate to admit it, but I had Ebolamania.  I first noticed the symptoms a week ago.  I found myself worrying about being in large crowds for fear someone might have Ebola. I soon began to incessantly use hand sanitizer.  I even wondered if I could put some Purell on my fingers and insert them into my nose to kill germs.  (I wouldn’t recommend it!) My Ebolamania really took…

What happens when the Sperm Bank makes the WRONG Deposit?

17 October 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. October 17, 2014 Two lesbians and a black man walk into a sperm bank – sounds like the beginnings of a bad joke.  Unfortunately, it is the true reality for a couple in Ohio who sought to have a white baby by choosing a white male donor until the sperm bank made an irreparable error. Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zinkon, a white couple, went to the Midwest Sperm Bank in the…

A Muslim's open letter to Bill Maher

13 October 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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  By Faryal Malik October 13, 2014 Dear Bill (I hope you don’t mind if I call you Bill because it’s the nicest word I can use to describe you at this point): We get it. You are an aggressive atheist. You abhor religions. For you it is fashionable to be controversial. Being edgy is part of your job description. Congratulations, you are now so edgy that Bill O’Reilly of Fox News agrees with your views.…

The Islam You Don't Know

11 October 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By David Peduto  October 11, 2014 I can see where a man like Bill Maher is coming from when it comes to Islam. As he would have it, Islam is a violent religion that runs counter to all that we as Americans hold dear – freedom, justice, democracy. Of course, he is not alone in this assessment. Indeed, such a view is a majority opinion among non-Muslim Americans. It’s an opinion that, as a child…

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…

University of Chicago Students are at War!

03 October 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. October 3, 2014 There is a war going on at University of Chicago on social media. And here’s the part that should concern you: Your own freedom of speech might just be a casualty in this battle. Last week, University of Chicago students published The Hyde Park List, via Tumblr, with names of men who have allegedly committed “varying levels of gender-based violence.” This list, complete with color-coded threat levels, was…

Apple's Middle Finger to Big Brother

23 September 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. September 23, 2014 Apple recently released a new phone, a new operating system, and a new privacy policy. Apple also gave us one more thing that no one has seemed to notice: A whole new way to tell the government to stick their subpoena where the sun don’t shine.  Apple's updated privacy policy is part of its new operating system, iO8, which provides more security because of deeper encryption.  With the new…