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January 2012

U.S. – Pakistan Relations in Deep Turmoil
By Syed Mahmood:
From the last few years, the U.S – Pakistani relations were going on a slippery slope. After the killing of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. Naval Seals on Pakistani soil -- in Abbotabad without even informing and consulting Pakistani authorities -- It was the most humiliating action taken by the Americans, according to Pakistanis. Pakistan has been an ally of United States in the war of terror for the last ten years, yet, the United States has violated the sovereignty of this independent country, according to the Pakistani public.  After this incident, the relationship between these two allies went into further turmoil.
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A Saudi-Israeli-Palestinian negotiation table
By Abdulateef Al-Mulhim
: The Palestinians met the Israelis in Jordan for the first time in 16 months. And these days there is talk about what is the best solution to end the issue of the Palestinian refugees before the UN withdraws its financial support. In addition to serious talks about a two-state solution. But, the whole world heard this many times before. So, is the Palestinian issue solvable and who can really have a solution? Could it be some one the Israelis never met?
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Iraq: Remembering those responsible
By Stephen Zunes: The formal withdrawal of US troops from Iraq last month has led to a whole series of retrospectives on the invasion and the eight and a half years of occupation that followed as well as a host of unanswered questions, including - given the tens of thousands of Americans and others on the US government payroll, many of whom are armed, who are remaining in Iraq - just how total the withdrawal might actually be.  
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Protesters persist despite crackdown: US policy may undermine Bahraini struggle for democracy
By Stephen Zunes: Of the popular pro-democracy civil insurrections that have swept the Middle East over the past year, none were as large -- relative to the size of the country -- as the one that took place in the island kingdom of Bahrain. And while scattered resistance continues, none were so thoroughly suppressed.
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Some questions for Gingrich
Abdulateef Al-Mulhim
: If he believes Palestinians were ‘invented’, would he explain whether they were invented before or after July 4, 1776? Read More

Murder of Dr Shah highlights the insurgency in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
In an apparent attempt to erase key forensic evidence in the Kharotabad, killing of five unarmed foreigners by Army led para-military force, Dr Baqir Shah was gunned down Thursday in Quetta, the capital of the strife-torn Balochistan province where a nationalist insurgency is underway.
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2011 another hard year for Muslims in America
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
“Where there are Muslims, there are problems.” This alarmingly sweeping comment by the New York Post best reflects the dilemma of the seven-million strong American Muslim community  which remains under siege in the post-9/11 era. The New York Post comment came amid heated discussion and opposition to the proposed Sheepshead Bay (NY) Mosque. In a hard hitting article titled “New Yorkistan? Don’t rule it out!” Shavana Abruzzo wrote: “There’s no denying the elephant in the room. Neither is there any rejoicing over the mosques proposed for Sheepshead Bay, Staten Island and Ground Zero because where there are mosques, there are Muslims, and where there are Muslims, there are problems.”In the post-9/11 America, it has become difficult to build new mosques or expand the existing places of worship which became frequent target of hate attacks. Ironically, the Board of Standards and Appeals on Nov 22, 2011 unanimously rejected opponents’ biased claims and gave approval of the mosque. Read More