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Wajahat Ali interviews Ishmael Reed (Part I).

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Come on Ali

A H Ali realized that there was much tribulation in the Muslim world. It was a lot of hard work to clean it up.

So she went to the West to talk about it.

Talk about sheer marketing genius.

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Autism

Sen. McCain thinks vaccination causes autism.  Personal experience? His brain does seem a bit… err…

Let’s discover a vaccine against McPlague.

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Black Obama

A more perfect union. One of the best speeches I heard in some time.

… This is the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up. They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted. What’s remarkable is not how many failed in the face of discrimination, but rather how many men and women overcame the odds; how many were able to make a way out of no way for those like me who would come after them.

But for all those who scratched and clawed their way to get a piece of the American Dream, there were many who didn’t make it – those who were ultimately defeated, in one way or another, by discrimination. That legacy of defeat was passed on to future generations – those young men and increasingly young women who we see standing on street corners or languishing in our prisons, without hope or prospects for the future. Even for those blacks who did make it, questions of race, and racism, continue to define their worldview in fundamental ways. For the men and women of Reverend Wright’s generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years. That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table. At times, that anger is exploited by politicians, to gin up votes along racial lines, or to make up for a politician’s own failings.

And occasionally it finds voice in the church on Sunday morning, in the pulpit and in the pews. The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright’s sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning. That anger is not always productive; indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems; it keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity in our condition, and prevents the African-American community from forging the alliances it needs to bring about real change. But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races.

He got the bit about Middle East wrong. He had to get it wrong. Otherwise he will have to leave the race. As exemplified by Arun Gandhi.

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Book Meme

I got tagged on this long long time ago. I feel so terribly at loss when it comes to tags!

Anyway, the nearest book happened to be “Lost History.”

Following the instructions, I get to:

Working out the implications of a rotating Earth while demanding decisive observational proofs for Earth’s motion will become one of Islamic astronomy’s most heated controversies after the 13th century, reaching well into the Copernican period, and perhaps even feeding it.

Parallel debates will take place in Europe among intellectual theologians like the Frenchman Nicole d’Oresme and Jean Buriden. While Muslim astronimers will be open to the idea of a rotating Earth, they will refuse to believe so until much stronger evindence for it’s motion is available. Discussions of a moving Earth will spread farther into Europe, although there such issues continue to be firmly located within theological deliberations, whereas in the Islamic world the argument will be part of a purely scientific discourse.

There is some evidence to suggest that Copernicus will inherit these important astronomical questions from Arabic astronomy.

I tag

iMuslim

gess

Faraz

Sharique

Mummyjaan

Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)
2. Open the book to page 123
3. Find the 5th Sentence
4. Post the next 3 sentences
5. Tag 5 people.

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Let us welcome the freedom of the Kosovars from tyranny. Let us also thank the United States for ensuring that Kosovars are safe from human rights violations, at least for now. Kosova is also unique in some sense in that this majority Muslim population is pro-US. Much of the freedom struggle was funded by the Saudis- with support from US.

The Oil Factor

Given it’s shiny human rights record, history of war and occupation- it’s difficult to believe Washington’s commitment to democracy outside it’s own country. Their backing of Kosova has nothing to do with commitment to either democracy, freedom or human rights. You guessed it right- it’s about oil. Again.
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Before you jump up off your chair, no, I’m not talking about chopping their heads off.

Fug’s question made me grapple for an answer.

Given the kind of society we have, it’s difficult, if not impossible to stop such people from happening. It is also true that a lot of people do go through a lot of horrific experiences, and justice is not delivered. Then there is the lure of money and fame from the outside world for such people.

We need justice reinstated in our lands.

We need to provide basic support to people in need.

We basically need to develop ourselves spiritually and otherwise. Then it will cease to be lucrative to become an Uncle Tom or a Nasrin.

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