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A Timely Oscar Win for Iran—and for Peace

"A Separation" is more than a film.  It is an opportunity for us to hear Iranian voices of peace, of humanity, of co-existence, and of mutual dignity.   They are speaking, may we listen.
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Why Would Afghani citizens be so angry?

This is not an attempt to justify or explain away the Afghani anger during the Qur’an burning incidents.   It is, however, a plea for the need to contextualize.  And the contextualization is that thousands of Afghani civilians are dying, and children under the age of five are freezing.
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Why Would Afghani citizens be so angry?

This is not an attempt to justify or explain away the Afghani anger during the Qur’an burning incidents.   It is, however, a plea for the need to contextualize.  And the contextualization is that thousands of Afghani civilians are dying, and children under the age of five are freezing.
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An open letter to Mayor Bloomberg about the NYPD profiling of Muslims

To make sure others don’t destroy what’s so great about America, we’ll destroy ourselves.   Take that, terrorists!   You didn’t get to destroy us after all.  We did it to ourselves.
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American universities respond to NYPD’s racial and religious profiling

If we come to fear each other due to our racial, ethnic, sexual, and religious diversity, the voices of terror and fear--literally, the terrorists--have won
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NYPD’s Profiling of Muslims—and Why It Hurts All of Us

It is necessary to have clear and open lines of communication and a relationship based on mutual trust and concern for the wellbeing of all Americans, including Muslim Americans, while preserving the constitutional rights of all Americans, including Muslim Americans.    NYPD's profiling and spying are actually making us far less likely to have a meaningful cooperation, which puts all of us in a more vulnerable position.
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Islam, Iran, and the Reform Movement

Justice represents the removing and dismantling of every obstacle and every institution that blocks the path towards us acknowledging the full dignity and nobility that every human being on Earth is entitled to. That to me is a revolutionary model of jihad, a mystical revolution that where our self-purification is tied to our service to humanity.
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A sense of proportion

Over the last thirty years, there are annually between 15,000 and 23,000 murders in the United States.  A recent careful study indicates that the threat of terrorist attacks initiated by American Muslims is vastly exaggerated:    Terrorist acts initiated by American Muslims account for 33 of that 15,000 to 23,000.
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Arab Spring or The Dignity Revolution?

In calling the popular uprisings in Middle East and North Africa the "Arab Spring", we risk misunderstanding one of the fundamental qualities of this transformation.
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Jesus and the Dead Dog

Why do these Muslim sages tell and retell these stories of Jesus and the dead dog?  They tell and retell these stories to change the way we deal with fellow human beings.
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