DC News & Views

MPAC's weekly round-up of DC news and events that impact the Muslim American community. By highlighting Congressional hearings and policy forums, MPAC connects you directly with the Senate, House of Representatives, think-tanks, organizations, and federal agencies. We monitor important conversations on Islam and Muslims in order to enhance the role of American Muslims in the future of our nation. We invite you to do the same... [ Subscribe to receive DC News & Views in your inbox ]

  • 20 Years After Rwanda, Have we Learned our Lesson?

    April 11, 2014
    Twenty years ago the world witnessed one of the most horrific acts of violence between countrymen in Rwanda. This week, the world is remembering the Rwandan genocide, an atrocity that claimed the lives of over 800,000 people in the span of three months.

  • What Happens When Federal Agencies Go Rogue

    April 4, 2014
    During the past few weeks, Washington, DC, has seen more drama than an episode of “House of Cards.” Remember when the Senate Intelligence Committee was spied upon by the very agency it was tasked to oversee? The CIA, afraid of looking bad, sabotaged Senate staffers who were investigating its torture techniques. A damning report set to be released soon by the same committee exposes the CIA’s efforts to exaggerate the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation (torture) techniques.

  • MPAC and the White House Celebrate the Contributions of American Muslim Women

    March 28, 2014
    As Women's History month draws to a close, MPAC and the White House recognized American Muslim women and their accomplishments in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), business development, government, communications and entrepreneurship. Today's event brought together more than 70 successful women from across the country to the White House.

  • Will Crimea’s Muslims be Forgotten Under Putin’s Rule?

    March 21, 2014
    Ukraine, which can be translated as “borderland” or “on the edge” (due to the geographical location of the country), has been on edge for the past few weeks over the Russian invasion of the Crimean peninsula. The people of Crimea include a Russian majority (58%), and a Ukrainian (24%) and Tatar (12%, majority Muslim) minority.

  • Spying on Those Who Oversee Spying

    March 14, 2014
    The issue of NSA surveillance of civilians through implementing the data mining PRISM program, monitoring telephone records and planting software on personal computers has, over the past few months, launched a national debate about surveillance. However, while the public and media outcry has only risen, the outrage seems to be absent among the Senate Intelligence Committee members who oversee the intelligence agencies.

  • Middle East Peace: What Netanyahu’s Visit Means for Prospects of Peace

    March 7, 2014
    This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Washington, DC, to address the annual convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and meet with President Barack Obama to discuss various issues ranging from Iran to the current peace talks.

  • Groundbreaking Forum Explores Impact of African Americans on Islam in America

    February 28, 2014
    Last night, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, in partnership with the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington, DC, hosted a groundbreaking forum celebrating Black History Month -- “Pioneers of Presence: The Legacies and Contributions of African American Muslims.”

  • Preventing Genocide in the Central African Republic

    February 21, 2014
    The United Nations has warned that the Central African Republic (CAR) is heading toward a humanitarian disaster to the point that current sectarian violence between Christian and Muslim militias will end in genocide. Since December 2013, bands of Christian militia, known as anti-Balaka, have waged war on Muslims and their property and engaged in a violent campaign of “ethno-religious cleansing,” according to Amnesty International. French and African Union troops have been stationed in CAR since December but are overwhelmed with the 2.5 million residents requiring assistance and safety.

  • Vying for the ‘Gold’ Standard in Security at Olympics

    January 31, 2014
    For the athletes entering the Winter Olympics, it’s about the games. For the host city of Sochi, Russia, it’s also an exercise in homeland security. From Feb. 7 to the 23rd, the world will be watching as thousands of athletes from more than 80 countries showcase their skills and extraordinary talents in a competition among the world’s best athletes. Right now, days before the Olympics commence, the Russians have been ramping up their security in Sochi with more than 50,000 police, army and security officers.

  • New Opportunities for Diplomacy at the State Dept.

    January 24, 2014
    This week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the departure of Farah Pandith, the State Department’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities. Pandith leaves after almost five years of service in that role. In 2009, then-Secretary Hillary Clinton appointed Pandith to “be responsible for executing a vision for engagement with Muslims around the world based on a people-to-people and organizational level.”


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