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U.S. Deploys Latest Weapon in Iraq: Anthropologists

“I’m a Californian. I’m a liberal. I’m a Democrat,” he says. “My impetus is to come here and help end this thing.”

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January 10, 2008

Ramallah Government Pays Gaza’s Civil Servants Not to Work

In enforcing the salary rules laid down by the U.S. and Israel, the Fatah government in Ramallah has created a severe crisis for public employees in Gaza, forcing them to choose between feeding their own families and serving or saving the lives of others.

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January 3, 2008

Islamic Holidays, Hijri 1429

The Islamic calender is inherently controversial, because of the immense and rich diversity of the ummah. Nevertheless all Muslims need a rough idea of the coming Islamic holidays in order to plan their year. As a guideline for believers as they enter the new years of 2008 and 1429, here are the dates of major Islamic dates as calculated by FCNA and published on the website www.moonsighting.com.

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January 3, 2008

Iraq Victims, Witness Recount Blackwater Shooting

When the shots first rang out, Salman thought the security contractors were firing over the traffic. But when he turned toward the line of civilian cars in front of him, he realized he was mistaken. From a small white sedan in the square, he could hear a woman beginning to wail, “My son, my son …”

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January 3, 2008

Fascism: From Nazi Germany to Post 9/11 America

“There are few things as odd as the calm, superior indifference with which I and those like me watched the beginnings of the Nazi revolution in Germany, as if from a box at the theater…Perhaps the only comparably odd thing is the way that now, years later….”

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January 3, 2008

FBI Wants Huge Database of People’s Characteristics

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world’s largest computer database of people’s physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.

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January 3, 2008

“Shot Killed Bhutto,” Says Aide Inside Car

Her spokeswoman Sherry Rehman said: “We saw a bullet wound in the back of her neck. What the Government is saying is actually dangerous and nonsensical. They are pouring salt on our wounds.”

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January 3, 2008

AMPEC – American Muslim Political Education Committee

The Muslim community’s failure to recognize the importance of primary elections and their vital role in the overall elections process will mean that this year, as usual, a small minority of voters will make decisions for everyone else and the outcome most likely will not be pleasant for the American Muslims.

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January 3, 2008

BB Has Left Her Own Legacy !!!

When she was alive, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto had many critics – When she is no more, those same critics are feeling sad the way she left: assassinated by a suicide bomber, where unfortunately BB and twenty other Pakistanis died.

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January 3, 2008

What Could Go Wrong?

As 2007 draws to a close, bullish promoters in the financial media continue to call for nothing but good times next year and for the foreseeable future. As a stock market Bear, or, as I prefer to be called, a realist, I always consider what could possibly go wrong to upset all those rosy predictions.

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January 3, 2008

The Passing Of Imam Mohammad Naseem

A great Dai & Murabbi has passed away on December 27th, 2007 in Houston, Texas. His tajheezo tadfeen took place in Houston after Friday prayer on December 28th, 2007. Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raajioon.

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January 3, 2008

Iraqi Refugees Turn to Sex Trade in Syria

UNHCR representative Laurens Jolles said survival sex was directly proportional to general refugee impoverishment. “We are more and more confronted with examples of young girls or women who have decided on their own or through their families to get involved in night clubs to supplement the family income or just to look after their children,” Jolles added.

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January 3, 2008

Sundance Winner–Compilation of Racist Stereotypes Against Arabs in Hollywood

A trailer-esque montage spectacle of Hollywood’s relentless vilification and dehumanization of Arabs and Muslims.
Inspired by the book “Reel Bad Arabs” by Dr. Jack Shaheen

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January 1, 2008

US Veteran Reveals Atomic Bombs Dropped on Afghanistan and Iraq

But what if the post-WWII nuclear Rubicon has already been crossed? According to a U.S. Army veteran with extensive boots-on-the-ground connections, the United States Government has dropped five nuclear weapons on Afghanistan and Iraq.

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December 27, 2007

French-Born But Still an Unwanted Immigrant

Editor’s Note: The unrest among French youth raises obvious parallels about xenophobia with the anti-immigrant fervor being whipped up in the United States. But there is one big difference, says Russell Morse who covered the French riots as a reporter. Americans, even hardened Minutemen, still hold onto a romantic notion of the United States as a country built by immigrants.

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December 27, 2007

3 Years After the Tsunami

An unprecedented $13.6 billion in aid has boosted rebuilding, but political and economic challenges remain three years later.

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December 27, 2007

Five Myths About Torture and Interrogation

So the CIA did indeed torture Abu Zubaydah, the first al Qaeda terrorist suspect to be waterboarded. So says John Kiriakou, the first former CIA employee directly involved in the questioning of “high-value” al Qaeda detainees to speak publicly. He minced no words recently in calling the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” what they are.
But did they work?

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December 27, 2007

Muslim Americans Feel Snubbed in Presidential Race

Mejgan Afshan’s father warned her about the danger of discussing religion and politics, but as a girl, she couldn’t resist the two things she thought mattered more than anything else. Now 28 and watching the 2008 presidential campaign closely, Afshan sees how uncomfortable those topics can be when they intersect.

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December 27, 2007

Turkish Warplanes Bomb Northern Iraq

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq–Turkish planes bombed an area of Iraq near the border with Turkey on Tuesday to attack Kurdish separatists and the army said it had killed at least 150 guerrillas in its air offensive earlier this month.

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December 27, 2007

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