Archive for April, 2014

Spying on Muslims is legal?

By Arjun Sethi

Originally published on CNN Feb. 26, 2014:

Arjun Sethi is a lawyer in Washington and a frequent commentator on civil rights and social justice-related issues. Follow him on Twitter: @arjunsethi81

(CNN) -- Muslims in America just lost their right to privacy. Last week, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled that blanket suspicion-less surveillance of Muslims is permi...

Reflections on being treated with suspicion

How Muslims should be reacting – is reflected by two leaders in the present issue. We would welcome more reflections by other thinkers in future issues. – Editor

Response: M. Akhtar

None of us likes to be treated as suspicious – it is disgraceful and painful. Some of us feel anger and vent about this indignity by blaming the authorities and faulting the system. We dismiss the whole issue by crying foul and say we Muslims are victims of the discrimination.

This complete dismissal is a similar reaction to the denial of any connection between Muslims and terrorism, as those it is so...

Responses to Obama’s Affordable Healthcare: Issues and Proposed Solutions

Comments by Three Thinkers identified as D, C, and B

March 23, 22014

1. By “D”

I am someone who doesn’t mind paying taxes as long as it’s done fairly and equitably. Which is one reason why I strongly oppose ObamaCare. Individuals who make less than about $15,000/year get totally free health insurance, i.e. Medicaid, at the expense of the taxpayer, and individuals who make less than about $45,000/year get heavily subsidized health insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges. These subsidies are paid for by those of us who pay full price for health in...

The Last Gasp of American Democracy

Originally published here on on Jan. 5, 2014 By Chris Hedges

This is our last gasp as a democracy. The state’s wholesale intrusion into our lives and obliteration of privacy are now facts. And the challenge to us—one of the final ones, I suspect—is to rise up in outrage and halt this seizure of our rights to liberty and free expression. If we do not do so we will see ourselves become a nation of captives. He got the memo: The National Security Agency director, Gen. Keith Alexander, testifies on Capitol Hill last Dec. 11 at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities....

Is the Quran relevant to Muslims only?

By Aslam Abdullah, PhD Is the Quran relevant to Muslims only? What about the rest of humanity?

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