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Adding Pictures to the blog

I learned to post pictures in the side bar today. So I will be utilizing this feature to post few pictures that will be related to some specific topic of my blog.

If you click the picture, you will be directed to all the posts related to that topic.

Besides that, you can view interesting pictures in my various albums here.

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Kyrgyzstan erupts: Ethnic Clashes created law and order situation

by Umer Sultan

Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian country and an ally of the United States, is facing law and order situation in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh and Jalal-Abad.

Uzbek woman Matluba at the border along with other refugees. Source: AP

The mob of ethnic Kyrgyzs, armed with guns and metallic rods stormed the city of Osh and Jalal-Abad, setting up the houses of the Uzbeks on fire, and looting and killing Uzbeks. Neither police nor the army has been able to control the situation. The Kyrgyz government requested military assistance from Russia, which is denied because of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Thousands of Uzbeks have fled to the border of Uzbekistan for safety are in presently in Continue reading

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Muslims have adopted wrong method to Fight the Evil Facebook Page that urge people to have Draw Muhammad Day on May 20th

Muslims throughout the world have deep respect, love and extreme honor for the last prophet of God, Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Islam prohibits drawing pictures of any living being especially of the Prophets of God.

The obnoxious Danish Cartoon drawings of Prophet Muhammad, depicting him as a suicide bomber and other stereotypes and phobias, sparked protests across the world. All of this was done in the name of freedom of press. Some artists have been murdered for the very same reason. All this ended a couple of years ago…

The wounds of the Danish Cartoons were not healed when South Park in its self censored episode showed Muhammad as a Bear. Although it made Muslims disheartened but absolutely no response from the American Muslim community was observed except the radical group called Revolution Muslim, which the Muslim Community has condemned and kicked out of the Mosques, e-mailed a threat of death to the South Park writers. This group comprises of not more than 5 to 10 youth with the unstable and shady background of the founder and the main members. The American Muslims leaders have concluded that these lunatics are more probably agent provocateurs, because the arguments presented by the Revolution Muslim members are against the consensus of the Scholars of Islam, and many of their statements cannot come from a Muslim.

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No Humanity Left! :(

War from NewNews.co.uk

Earth is beautiful but we have ravaged it with our pathetic conflicts and wars for controlling resources. It has more than enough to sustain all living beings on it, yet millions of humans starve and many die. Mankind is puffed up with its technological development but it forgets that it has little to no humanity left !!!

Does it not bother us that our neighbor-whether in our neighbor hood, or in our neighbor town, city, state, or country have little to no food to eat. Thousands of children are malnourished, many die with hunger. Does it not bother us that we fight over water even though water comprises of majority of the earth? We care about making profit even in supplying water! Countries go to war over rivers, mountains, and man-made boundaries.

Governments wage foolish wars, empty the state treasury while getting in debt. No education for the masses, no healthcare for the people, but skyrocketing budgets for the ministry/department of defense. No food on the table of thousands of families, no affordable quality education for the middle and “poor” class but tons of budget for a new defensive gadget called Nukes.

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Just thinking!

I am just thinking that since there are lots of things that are important almost every day and since I can’t cover all the topics and issues.

I will try to have a weekly reads. In it will be links with brief description of the article. That way I will be able to share the important issues and I will also be able to address those issues.

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From Ascribed Identities to the world of Self-Identification

Just as modernity altered the way individuals understood their relationship to society at large, so did it fundamentally change the way individuals understood themselves. It used to be that a person’s identity was defined by the society to which he or she belonged. But as society was increasingly deemed to be nothing more than the product of human imagination, so too were social identities cast aside as mere human constructions. After all, if there are numerous alternatives to the present social order, there must also be numerous alternatives to the identities that society ascribes to us. Thus, with the rise of modernity, new collective identities began to arise, constructed not through societal mandates but through conscious self-reflection—not “Who do you say I am?” but “Who do I say I am?” In short, the modern age has ushered a transition from a world in which identities were bestowed to a world in which identities can be gained or lost through deliberate action—from a world of ascribed identities to a world of self-identification.”

[Page 132-133 Chapter Six- Generation E]

Source: Reza Aslan. How to win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the end of the War on Terror. Random House, New York, 2009.

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Kyrgyzstan Part1: the Second Tulip Revolution- What just happened?

By Umer Sultan

Police officers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, were attacked by protesters on Wednesday. NY Times

Kyrgyzstan- a Central Asian country and an ally of the United States faced a public uprising yesterday on April 7th, 2010. People gathered and stormed Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. They were welcomed by the riot control forces and with live bullets from the snipers stationed at the presidential office.  Today the opposition was able to take control of the media and the parliament and thus establishing an interim government. By the end of this second Tulip Revolution, the Interior Minister was beaten to death, the President went into hiding while more than 60 people died and over 400 were wounded.

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Results Of Simulated Israeli Strike On Iran! and the left out role of Pakistan

By Umer Sultan

The National Public Radio (NPR news) ran a program on the Talk of the Nation about the Results of the Simulated Israeli Strike on Iran by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy (SCMEP), studied by Kenneth Pollack.

The official details of the simulation can be read here. The NPR program can be listen/ read here.

In brief there were 3 players of the simulation–America, Israel & Iran. The SCMEP had the players reflecting the currect policies of the US and Israeli governments. The simulation time was 8 days, in which Israel attacked the Nuclear facility of Iran without asking or notifying the United States in advance. After the attacks, the US was told by the Israel that this favor has been done by Israel and that US should help Israel in regards to this. The United States was first angry and then tried to keep Israel aside from the scene and tried to control the situation from getting any worse.

Iran, on the other hand, responded by attacking Israel, while Israel started getting hit my rockets from Lebanon and Gaza. Israel had to send a major land military offensive in order to invade Lebanon and Gaza to stop the rockets. By the end of the simulation (8th day) Iran was mining the Straight of Hormuz, Israel was in the middle of the major land offensive, Saudi Arabia got hit by Iran as well (they didn’t believe that Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with this), Syria was supporting Iran but didn’t know what to do of this sudden nuclear exchange…

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How to Win a Cosmic War by Reza Aslan

“How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror” by Reza Aslan, is one of the best books I read on current events lately. It talks about the War on Terror and the Radicals and Extremists ideology/movements among Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Cosmic War?

I was asked what is this Cosmic War, and while I was writing this my friend asked me the same question. So what is Cosmic War, the author describes it in detail through out his book and I will try to summarize it in a paragraph or two:

A cosmic war is a religious war. It is a conflict in which God is believed to be directly engaged on one side over the other. Unlike a holy war–an earthly battle between rival religious groups–a cosmic war is like a ritual drama in which participants act out on earth a battle they believe is actually taking place in the heavens…

A cosmic war transforms those who should be considered butchers and thugs into soldiers sanctioned by God. It turns victims into sacrifices and justifies the most depraved acts of destruction because it does not abide by human conceptions of morality…

A cosmic war partitions the world into black and white, good and evil, us and them. In such a war, there is no middle ground; everyone must choose a side. Soldier and civilian, combatant and noncombatant, aggressor and bystander–all the traditional divisions that serve as markers in a real war break down in cosmic wars. It is a simple equations: if you are not us, you must be them. If you are them, you are the enemy and must be destroyed.

[Introduction, Page 5.]

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My Encounter of a Kid Researcher

Few days back I went to a branch Library of Ann Arbor District Library. Busy within my own world of thoughts, I suddenly saw a family friend, Uncle “M.” He has been here in US certainly over 2 decade now (came from Pakistan). So we started having a brief conversation, which went a little like this:

Me: Assalam-o-Alaikum (peace be on you) Uncle M, how are you?

Uncle M: Good Alhamdolilah, how are you?

Me: I am good. What are you doing here?

Uncle M: Just sitting here and waiting. Came here for him (pointing towards his son)

Son walks pass me saying to his father that he needed to print something. I glanced over the stack of books in front of him and asked

Me: What is he doing?

Uncle M: He is researching. He has a paper, so he is working on that paper.

I had this sarcastic laugh, which came out naturally and said “Haha he is researching! He is in class of what like 5 or 6 and he is researching. Back home our high school graduates don’t even do that!”

Uncle M: He just kept his smile on the face, like not willing to say anything in the Library.

And then we exchanged hal aur ahwal (asking about each other familes) and I left.

I studied my k-10 education back in Karachi, Pakistan. I went through the Cambridge System too (just O Levels). Research, I didn’t know how to do it until I came to US and had to write spontaneous essays, researched papers, critically think and write what I think!

This shows the state of education in the State of Pakistan. A nation cannot move ahead, when the State has a gay Educational System. Forget the Public Education, that is not worthy of even talking about, I am talking about the education in the Private Sector. Of course, Private or Public, they both try to fulfill and prepare the students to fulfill those requirements set by the State (well for the most part, if you rich then all is well for you!).

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