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America The Resilient by Zainab Jeewanjee

Today prompts us to reassess and revamp relations with Pakistan, who once again has proven itself as an effective ally at wartime. This victory is an opportunity to foster a fresh relationship that can be something more than transactional and more transparent.

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Foreign Policy compiles sites and forums of Internet Radicals

Foreign Policy posted this interesting and alarming link at their website. There are few interesting things that I noticed.

On slide 15, it shows that these Radicals are also on Facebook with “200 fans.” Now if you compare this with other Islamic oriented pages on Facebook that are not that famous and are not affiliated with any famous organizations like Productive Muslim, Islamic Studies have many more fans than this. This is one example that it shows that it’s the small group but is highly organized.

Moreover, many of these people are working on their own by listening radical leaders on YouTube and Internet Forums, creating videos and posting on YouTube that are emotional and arouse people to do something against leadership (foreign and domestic!). The ignorance of Islam (limited or no understanding of Islam) combined with zealousy or political/financial situation of the person or his family all contributes to this radicalism.

Ulema (Muslim Religious Scholars) of Islam have always stood against Radicalism and Extremism. If you want to read a book on this subject (especially for Muslims) read “Islamic Awakening between Rejection and Continue reading

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NY Time’s Frustrated Strivers!!

By Umer Sultan 

The New York Times, America’s one of the largest national Newspaper in print and online, published a biography of a militant Umar Kundi yesterday (Feb 27th 2010) under this title “Frustrated Strivers in Pakistan Turn to Jihad.” 

When I read a title, I didn’t even think that it will be a biography of a militant. In fact for some naive reason I thought the NY Times, this prestigious newspaper, would have gone deep into the issue of militancy and had tried to show the confusion amongst the Pakistani youth. 

Picture- The 1st Shock

Obnoxious

 

I was shocked when I saw the first picture and read the caption of it. This picture has nothing to do with anything with the entire article first of all. Second, why a niqabi (face covered) and hijabi (head covered dressed modestly) women is shown? What has that got to do with Extremism or Jihad? 

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