Volume 9

The Obama Phenomenon

December 17, 2007– “Over the past few weeks, as interest has grown in the 2008 U.S. presidential contest, I’ve been asked by friends across the Arab world for my opinion on Barack Obama. Could I explain the phenomenon they are seeing on television? Can he win? Here is my response.”

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December 20, 2007

Balkanized Homecoming

As Iraqi Refugees Start to Trickle Back, Authorities Worry About How They Will Fit Into the New Baghdad

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December 20, 2007

Muslims Mark Hajj’s Spiritual High Point

December 18, 2007–MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Millions of Muslims marked the zenith of the hajj Tuesday, praying for God’s forgiveness on a rocky desert hill here where in Muslim tradition Adam and Eve were reunited after leaving Eden.

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December 20, 2007

Behind the Bombings in Algeria and Lebanon

The recent explosions in Algeria and Lebanon may have the look and feel of those carried out by Al Qaeda-affiliated groups, but the timing of these explosions strongly suggest that external forces – like Syria, Israel or even French colonial powers – may also have a hidden hand.

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December 20, 2007

Interfaith Festival Joins Muslim, Jewish, Christian Communities

Annual dinner celebrates Hajj, Hanukah, Christmas

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December 20, 2007

‘Treason on the High Seas’

The Israeli jet aircraft were ruthless and stubborn in their attempt to sink and murder all hands aboard.

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December 20, 2007

Bird Flu Affects Saudi Egg Supply

It could be months before the Saudi Arabian government gives the all-clear that the H5N1 virus has been annihilated in the Kingdom and there are likely to be more bird cullings in the future to be sure the virus has been eradicated.

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December 20, 2007

Long Road Facing BJP’s Advani

Though 80-year-old Advani’s desire for the prime ministerial position has never been a secret, its announcement at this stage has sprung a surprise. Nevertheless, this definitely clarifies that if BJP wins the next parliamentary elections, scheduled for 2009, Advani will be the prime minister. This clearly signals Vajpayee, due to health-problems, is no more in the race.

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December 20, 2007

Musings — Scripture, Not Culture, is Our Saving Grace

I read with great sadness the letters to the editor in one of the daily newspapers in the Detroit, Michigan area. The letters were responding to an editorial written earlier by one of our upstanding community leaders in this area, Victor Ghalib Begg.

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December 20, 2007

Male Mental Depression in the West

Unwed motherhood became de-stigmatized in the West and it has increased ten-fold in just two generations. Divorce became de-stigmatized and has now become the norm in Western society. De-stigmatizing the un-natural or harmful tends to make it popular and propagated; it definitely does not eliminate the condition.

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December 20, 2007

Investments (V9-I52) — Bottom Fishing

Investors have long been well served by adhering to the old adage ‘’buy low and sell high.’’ Whenever someone thought up that bit of wisdom, it wasn’t during times like now when all sorts of asset classes sell at premium prices.

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December 20, 2007

Girls’ Guidance Class Celebration

A terribly important issue that faces all Muslims is the conduct of our children and the manner of our raising them. The Islamic Institute of Knowledge has one of the best program designed to reach out to Muslim adolescents in the entire Southeast Michigan region–the following is a report about the progress they have made over the past year

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December 20, 2007

Houstonian Corner (V9-I52)

Evening with Russell Jones / PCC-USA Dinner for new consul-general of Pakistan

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December 20, 2007

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Convention

MPAC held a highly successful convention, its seventh annual convention, this past weekend at the Convention Center in Long Beach, Ca.

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December 20, 2007

Styrofoam and Polystyrene

styrofoam and polystyrene, explained.

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December 20, 2007

Tribute to Hamza El Din

“One of the best old Nubian songs.”

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December 19, 2007

To Live and Die in Algeria

December 11th–As I write two roadside bombers struck in the city of Algiers, a major metropolis and capital of Algeria in Northwest Africa. The targets seemed have been two U.N (United Nations) buildings in that metropolitan area.

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December 19, 2007

Creeping Totalitarianism: The Writing Is On the Wall

“Reading Naomi Wolf’s The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007), I realized the hour is later than I thought….”

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December 13, 2007

Iran Stops Selling Oil in U.S. Dollars

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has completely stopped selling any of its oil for U.S. dollars, an Iranian news agency reported on Saturday, citing the oil minister of the world’s fourth-largest crude producer.

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December 13, 2007

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