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Happy new Hijra (Islamic) year 1437

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Today, October 25, 2014 marks the first of Moharram, the beginning of the new Hijra year 1437, according to the Islamic calendar announced by the Fiqh Council of North America and endorsed by the Islamic Society of North America, a leading American Muslim civil advocacy group. In a bid to end the controversy over the beginning of the month of Ramadan and Eid celebrations, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), in August 2006, announced a 20-year Islamic calendar based on astronomical calculation abandoning the traditional method of actual sighting of crescent. Read More

The politics of Nobel Peace Prize

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: On Friday (Oct 10) the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace to a Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai and an Indian child rights campaigner, Kailash Satyarthi. At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. The teenager was shot in the head by militants in October 2012 when she was on her way home from school. She now lives in Birmingham in the UK. Many People are skeptical about the meteorite rise to fame of Malala propelled by the Western media and Western controlled international organizations and institutions. The Nobel Peace Prize has, more often than not, raised eyebrows and created controversies. The politics of the Nobel Peace Prize have been described as tragic, outrageous and sometimes cringe-worthy. While meant to recognize those whose work has greatly benefited or contributed to the advancement and unity of mankind, the Nobel Peace Prize has sometimes been given to those with violent pasts or who have been exposed for lying in the so-called factual work that earned them the award. Read More

29 years later, still no charges in Alex Odeh’s assassination

AMP Report:   October 11, 2014 marks the 29th commemoration of the assassination of Alex Odeh, Southern California Regional Director, of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). Alex Odeh was tragically assassinated on October 11, 1985. Read More

American Muslims 13 years after 9/11

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven-million strong Muslim American community remain under pressure, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Alarmingly, mainstream American opinion of Muslims is getting worse. According to the July survey of Arab American Institute (AAI) there has been a continued erosion in the favorable ratings Americans have of both Arabs and Muslims. For example, in 2010 favorable ratings for Arabs were 43 percent. They have now declined to 32 percent. For Muslims, the ratings dropped from 36 percent in 2010, to 27 percent in the 2014 survey. Read More

Arab Americans and American Muslims are at risk: Zogby

On July 29, 2014, the Arab American Institute (AAI) released its third biannual poll which indicates American opinion of Arabs, Muslims is getting worse. Dr. James Zogby, the President of the Arab American Institute (AAI) says: “What we found was that there has been a continued erosion in the favorable ratings Americans have of both Arabs and Muslims, posing a threat to the civil rights and political inclusion of both Arab Americans and American Muslims. For example, in 2010 favorable ratings for Arabs were 43 percent. They have now declined to 32 percent. For Muslims, the ratings dropped from 36 percent in 2010, to 27 percent in the 2014 survey. ”  Read More

Gaza Onslaught ‘Joint Arab-Israeli War against Palestinians’

On August 3, 2014, at  least 30 people were killed in Israeli shelling in Gaza taking the Palestinian toll to 1,712, with more than 9,000 wounded. The dead, in Israel’s 25 day onslaught, included 398 children, 207 women and 74 elderly people, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza.

The Lebanese TV network Al-Manar reported Sunday (Aug 3) that the Israeli attack on Gaza is a “joint Arab-Israeli war against the Palestinians. Al Manar reproduced a CNN report which quoted an analyst,  Ali Younes as saying: “Most Arab states are actively supporting Israel against the Palestinians — and not even shy about it or doing it discreetly.” Read More

Muslim community alarmed at the NSA spying of leading American Muslims

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Seven-million strong American Muslim community was alarmed at Wednesday’s revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) covertly spied on leading American Muslims, including lawyers, and civil rights activists. Read More

Federal Court dismisses all charges against Dr. Sami al-Arian

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The United States District Judge Anthony J. Trenga Friday (June 27, 2014) dismissed the indictment against Dr. Al-Arian, Jonathan Turley, his attorney reported. Al-Arian has been targeted by the government for his political activity for more than a decade. A 2005 trial in Florida ended in acquittals on eight counts and a hung jury on nine other counts, with 10 of 12 jurors voting to acquit Dr. Al-Arian of all counts. To avoid a threatened re-trial, Al-Arian pleaded guilty to one count, which also allowed for his deportation. Read More

L.A. City to Celebrate Muslim American Heritage Month

AMP Report: Los Angeles has declared July 2014 as Muslim American Heritage Month. California is cited as having the largest Muslim community in the United States. It is also estimated that a majority of the Muslim population resides in Southern California. California is home to more mosques than any other state (except New York) in the U.S. Read More

Occupy activist Cecily McMillan sentenced to three months in prison

 By Janet Allon: Cecily McMillan, the Occupy Wall Street activist, was sentenced to three months in prison and five years probation on Monday morning (May 19, 2014) after being found guilty of deliberately elbowing an officer in the face in March 2012. Read More

The 66th Anniversary of the Nakba

May 15, 2014  marks the 66th Anniversary of the Nakba. On May 15, 1948, Palestinians across the world mourn al-Nakba, the destruction of historic Palestine, the eradication of over 250 Arab villages, and the massive displacement of Palestinians by Israeli forces in the 1947- 48 Arab-Israeli war. Read More

NYPD coerced Muslim immigrants to become spies

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Seven million strong American Muslim community was alarmed by the New York Times Saturday (May 11, 2014) report that the New York Police Department (NYPD) coerced Muslim immigrants who were arrested for infractions as minor as an argument over a parking ticket to become informants to spy on their community. Read More

The NYPD disbands Muslim spying unit

AMP Report: The New York Police Department (NYPD) to disband a special unit that conducted widespread warrantless surveillance of law-abiding Muslims, the Associated Press reported today.  The NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis was quoted as saying  that detectives assigned to the controversial unit had been transferred to other duties within the department’s Intelligence Division. Read More

Disney and ABC Family Drop “Alice in Arabia” following backlash

AMP Report: The Disney Company, parent company of ABC and ABC Family, had dropped the controversial show Alice in Arabia following widespread condemnation of its plot, which had been accused of racial and cultural stereotyping. The Muslim and Arab civil advocacy groups – American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) – have condemned the script centered on kidnapping of an American girl by her Saudi Arabian family. Read More

Connecticut School Board recognizes Muslim holidays

The New London Board of Education has included two Muslim holidays in its school calendar for the year 2014-2015. Read More

New group aims to conduct census of Muslim Americans

A newly-formed umbrella group of American Muslim organizations is planning to conduct a census as a means to help promote the rights and goals  of its members. The new U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations includes the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Legal Fund of America, the Muslim American Society, American Muslims for Palestine, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim Alliance in North America, the Muslim Ummah of North America, and The Mosque Cares. Read More

Documents reveal feds may have attended Va. anti-Muslim training

John Guandolo is a former FBI agent who claims that CIA Director John Brennan is a secret Muslim agent of a foreign power, and says that American Muslims “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.” Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial. He also falsely claims “it is a permanent command in Islam for Muslims to hate and despise Jews and Christians.” Read More

Anti-Boycott bills threatening academic freedom spread to Illinois

In December 2013, the American Studies Association (ASA) , the largest association of academics devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history, passed a resolution to endorse the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. This action taken by the ASA has led to an avalanche of bills at the national and state level that threaten public universities with the loss of funds when their faculty support boycott activity of any kind. The response of faculty, students, and civil rights organizations like CAIR to this threat to academic freedom has been equally strong. In the tradition of The Free Speech Movement at UC-Berkeley from 1964-1965, faculty and students are uniting to protest laws and regulations restricting political activities and free speech. Read More

Academic Freedom Act threatens academic freedom

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Congressman Roskam, the Chief Deputy Whip and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and Democratic Rep. from Illinois Dan Lipinski  have recently introduced the so called “Protect Academic Freedom Act” that would deny federal funding to colleges and universities that participate in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars. According to the legislation’s sponsors, the bill was drafted in response to the American Studies Association’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions.  The prestigious 5,000-member-ASA resolution bans “formal collaborations with Israeli academic institutions, or with scholars who are expressly serving as representatives or ambassadors of those institutions.” Read More

New York City schools to observe Islamic holidays

AMP Report: Fulfilling his election promise, the New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced to close schools on Islamic holidays. In a TV interview the Mayor said he declared that he planned to move forward with closing schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, as well as for the Lunar New Year. Read More

Federal Judge allows no-fly list challenge to proceed

AMP Report: On January 22, 2014, Judge Anthony J. Trenga of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, today rejected another government motion to dismiss a complaint challenging the US “no-fly” list. The Judge allowed the lawsuit by a young Somali American,  Gulet Mohamed, to proceed to trial for a determination of how best to balance the government’s substantial interest in preventing terrorism with a citizen’s constitutional right to travel. Read More

Obama’s cosmetic changes for NSA surveillance

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: President Obama’s Friday, January 17, 2014 speech on NSA surveillance was a calculated endeavor to calm a furor at home and abroad over the US dragnet surveillance. However, the proposed changes do not provide any fundamental changes in the intelligence gathering activities. Read More

Petition seeking recognition of Muslim holidays in schools fails

AMP Report: A petition started by three middle-school students asking for recognition of Muslim religious holidays in public schools failed to garner enough signatures by its deadline, January 16, 2014. Last month, three Virginia teenaged girls – Sumayyah McTaggart, Iman Hazer and Fatimah Dandashi – posted the petition on WhiteHouse.gov’s “We the People” page, asking for the recognition of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The petition called on the president to embrace “inclusiveness” by supporting the call for the recognition of Islamic holidays. Read More

MLK: Also a victim of NSA surveillance

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Martin Luther King Jr. day is being celebrated on January 20th 2014 amid heated debate on massive dragnet surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA). Ironically, he was himself a victim of NSA surveillance as unveiled by the declassified documents in September last year. Dr. King’s status as an NSA target has been known since the 1970s; nevertheless, this was probably the first time that the U.S. government had declassified it. Read More

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