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December 2009

Obama’s Inherited Wars
By Syed R. Mahmood:
President Barak Obama released a statement in response to his being selected for the Nobel Peace Prize for the year of 2009.  He stated, “This award – and the call to action that comes with it – does not belong simply to me or my administration. It belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and peace.” American History, for the last seven decades has caused the United States a great political damage and resentment against American foreign policy around the Globe. Henry Kissinger, perhaps recognizing this feeling, said “In this world it is often dangerous to be an enemy of the United States, but to be a friend is fatal.”
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America in Afghanistan: What are we thinking?
By Zakia Isad:
The goal of American policy in Afghanistan should be to create peace and safety for the people. To change the status quo, we should send some doctors, engineers and scholars, build schools and hospitals and ensure the people of Afghanistan that we are there to rebuild their country. We need to develop a strategic communication policy to counter terror information, and this can be achieved only with the help of the Afghan people. It is certainly not a choice to leave that country on its own. Slow withdrawal of forces and replacing them with a responsible team of multi-task professionals may give that country some hope to recover. Read More

A tale of two human rights awardees
By Stephen Zunes: 
The annual Robert F. Kennedy Award ceremony took place at the White House this year for the first time in its 28-year history. Also for the first time, the president of the United States was there to honor the awardees. This year's winner was the group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), represented by Magodona Mahlangu and Jenni Williams. Since its founding six years ago, WOZA has campaigned against domestic violence and rape, for rebuilding their country's crumbling health and education systems, and for ending government repression. Despite their commitment to nonviolence, WOZA activists have been routinely threatened, abducted, and beaten, and over 3,000 of its members have been detained or imprisoned. This show of support from President Obama is particularly important in light of the trial of the two WOZA activists, scheduled to begin next week, for "conduct likely to cause a breach of [the] peace," which could result in a five-year prison sentence if convicted.
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Pakistan faces new crisis as Supreme Court throws out amnesty for President Zardari
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
The strife-torn Pakistan was plunged into a fresh political turmoil on December 16 after its Supreme Court overruled a corruption amnesty that had protected leading political figures including President Asif Ali Zardari. In a severe blow to the US-client government of President Zardari, Pakistan’s Supreme Court has declared the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) as unconstitutional and ordered the government to reopen money laundering case against him in Switzerland.
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The Persian Empire – Iran
By Mertze Dahlin:
The Iran of today can be quite easily summarized by a few observations from a recent Iranian-American traveler, Reyhaneh Fathieh. She wished to see the land of her heritage and simply did so. She found Tehran to be not unlike an American city with traffic, tall buildings, hot-dog stands and pizza shops and as she says “ridiculously good-looking people”. All her modern life conveniences were available such as; Coffee cafes, air conditioned Malls, iPhone and high-speed Internet. She saw no military tanks or camels on the streets. Perhaps the main thing she observed was that the Average Iranian does not hate America nor is their behavior unlike that of an American. She quotes a Persian proverb: “Anywhere you go; the sky is the same color”.
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Plight of the stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
December 16 marks the 38th anniversary of the breakup of Pakistan when the Eastern wing of  the country emerged as Bangladesh after an India-backed secessionist movement. The occasion calls for highlighting the plight of about 250,000 so-called Biharis or stranded Pakistanis still languishing in unsanitary camps in Bangladesh.
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The Politics of Minaret
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
In a referendum on November 29 the Swiss voters approved a ban on the construction of new minarets on mosques. Under Switzerland’s system of direct rule, the referendum is binding. Switzerland’s 400,000 or so Muslims, most of whom come from Kosovo and Turkey, are legally barred from building minarets as of now.
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