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Letter From America: ‘Hidden Hands’ Behind Communal Violence in Myanmar - I told you so

In a country that has been infested with the blight of unfathomable racism and bigotry for decades, rumors are enough to trigger communal riots. And if the press, priests, public servants and people’s representatives are all working in cahoots as a party to a very sinister program – which I have been calling a ‘national eliminationist project’ – one does not have to be Einstein to understand the impact of such false rumors. And that is what happened to Mandalay in central Myanmar (formerly Burma) in July of last year when we witnessed anti-Muslim violence there. It was all part of a highly orchestrated criminal program with deep support at every level of the local and central government.

 Letter From America: ‘Hidden Hands’ Behind Communal Violence in Myanmar - I told you so
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Letter From America: Are you surprised with Netanyahu’s statement?

The apartheid state of Israel had her Knesset election Tuesday where the Likud Party of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu captured 30 seats, more than any other party. It is very likely that Netanyahu will be invited by Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel, to form the new coalition government. On Wednesday, he was congratulated by Isaac Herzog, leader of the Zionist Union, whose coalition seemed a front-runner in the polls just a couple of days earlier.

Letter From America: Are you surprised with Netanyahu’s statement?
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Letter From America: Be on guard if you are visiting Belgium

Last Monday, March 9, I was on a flight from Philadelphia to Brussels. The reason for my business trip: I was to host a business workshop in Antwerp on Wednesday and present a talk there, too. My British Airways flight left on time in the evening of Monday to arrive the next morning in London’s Heathrow airport. Heathrow still does not have enough jetways or jet bridges, so all the passengers had to be transported by buses to Terminal 5 from our plane.

Letter From America: Be on guard if you are visiting Belgium
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Letter From America: Reflections on Some Unfortunate Deaths

On Thursday, February 12 - just two days after the targeted killings of 3 Muslim students (Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha) in Chapel Hill, NC - a Muslim man and his family were attacked inside a Kroger grocery store, located 15255 Michigan Avenue in of the Dearborn, Michigan at the corner of Greenfield Rd., while they were shopping.

Letter From America: Reflections on Some Unfortunate Deaths
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A Bad Week – home and abroad

Three Muslim students were murdered on February 10 in Chappell Hill, N.C. in what can only be described as a hate crime. As usual, the popular media in the USA initially did not mention that it was a targeted murder committed by a gun-trotting White racist whose all victims were Muslims. Only after the Internet had cried foul the media pundits corrected their reporting so as not to appear biased. I am sure if the victims were non-Muslims and the killer a Muslim, the media would have called him a Muslim or an Islamic terrorist.

A Bad Week – home and abroad
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Anecdotes of Molla Nasreddin Hodja

Nasreddin Hodja (Hoca in Turkish; the letter ‘c’ is pronounced as ‘dj’) was a Muslim humorist from Turkey (in the 13th century C.E.). As many as 350 anecdotes have been attributed to the Hodja, as he most often is called. Hodja is a title - meaning teacher or scholar (“Hodja” or “Hojjat” literally means “Proof,” e.g., of learning or in Islam).

 Anecdotes     of Molla Nasreddin Hodja
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Wirathu - the pit bull of Myanmar regime

Myanmar's terrorist - Buddhist monk Wirathu is untouchable inside the country. In 2003 he was sentenced to 25 years in prison but was released in 2010 along with other political prisoners. Most keen observers knew the reason as to why this anti-Muslim zealot was freed by the regime. He was to serve as its pit bull and inciter for committing hate crimes and ethnic cleansing drives against the minority Muslims, esp. the Rohingya people that live in the Arakan (Rakhine) state of Myanmar, bordering Bangladesh.

Wirathu - the pit bull of Myanmar regime
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Reflections on the Death of My Mother

Last month on December 22 I received a call around 10:30 p.m. from my niece Tanita that my mom had been hospitalized. It was dreaded news for which none within our family was prepared.

Reflections on the Death of My Mother
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The Paris March – A Sign of Bold Freedom or Pharaonic Arrogance?

Paris has recently witnessed the targeted assassination of eight Parisian journalists. Many see their execution as terrorism. Some see it as a justifiable act of avenge or retaliation for insulting Islam and its revered Prophet (S). And then there are many others who are not sure how to categorize the violence – while they are disgusted by the shootings in Paris they may nonetheless have reasons for not embracing the slogan "I am Charlie".

The Paris March – A Sign of Bold Freedom or Pharaonic Arrogance?
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Letter from America: From Christ to Christmas – a historical analysis – Part 2

No one would dispute that what we call today Christianity – in all its manifold and often irreconcilable forms – is the result of a prolonged, gradual, often haphazard process involving much trial and error, much uncertainty, much schism, much compromise, much improvisation, much a posteriori accretion – and a great deal of historical accident. At every turn in the coalescence of Christianity, there are random factors, arbitrary elements, distortions and modification dictated by chance or by simple social and political expediency.

Letter from America: From Christ to Christmas – a historical analysis – Part 2
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