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  • Tarin Speaks at White House Event Hosted by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

    April 18, 2014
    This week, the Director of MPAC’s Washington, DC office, Haris Tarin, was part of a White House event at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government commemorating the tragic Boston Marathon bombing.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Urge the House to Pass Bill Supporting Rohingya Human Rights

    January 17, 2014
    The ongoing violence and persecution against the Rohingya people of Myanmar has become increasingly dire in recent months, yet it remains largely overlooked in the public eye. The recently introduced House Resolution 418 urges the government of Burma to end the persecution of the Rohingya people and to respect internationally recognized human rights for all ethnic and religious minority groups within Burma.

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  • Republicans Reassess the War on Poverty

    January 10, 2014
    Perhaps one of the longest running social ill our nation has been fighting is poverty. The war on poverty turned 50 years old. When President Lyndon Johnson announced a war on poverty in 1964 during his State of the Union, the national poverty rate was around 19 percent. Today, the national poverty rate hovers around 16 percent with safety net programs taken into account.

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  • 2013 Lows and Highs for the U.S. Government

    January 3, 2014
    Last year was full of disappointing domestic and foreign policy decisions that will have serious implications in the year ahead. It was also a year of breaking unfortunate records: Congressional approval ratings sank to a record low of 9 percent, 2.3 million refugees fled Syria making it the worst refugee crisis since Rwanda in 1994, and the U.S. is still engaged in Afghanistan, which has become the longest running and most unpopular war.

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  • Floods and Boycotts Direct U.S. to Address Occupation

    December 20, 2013
    While the rain and snowstorms in the Middle East continue to cause havoc indiscriminately, the response to conditions caused by the weather has been quite discriminate. On Monday, Israel opened the Wadi Sofa dam in the south Gaza Strip that flooded Gazan towns and displaced approximately ten thousand Gazans from their homes leading the United Nations to label it a “disaster area.”

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  • Does Political Islam Have a Future?

    December 13, 2013
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s 13th annual convention is this Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Long Beach Convention Center. This year we will celebrate “25 Years on the Road Less Traveled.” In keeping with MPAC’s tradition is to explore themes and tackle issues that impact the American Muslim community by bringing together leading policy-makers, academicians, faith and thought leaders and artists. The conversations will be nothing short of dynamic.

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  • Can Bratton Change the Direction of the NYPD?

    December 6, 2013
    Yesterday, incoming New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his selection of William Bratton as his choice for NYPD Commissioner. Bratton will take the helm of the nation’s largest police force for a second time, after also serving as the top cop in Los Angeles and Boston. De Blasio praised Bratton, saying, “He knows what it takes to keep a city safe and make communities full partners in the mission.”

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  • 150 Years After the Gettysburg Address

    November 22, 2013
    150 years ago in Gettysburg, PA, President Abraham Lincoln sought to address and remind a divided nation of America’s promise. His Gettysburg Address emphasized that this country was founded on liberty and equality – two ideals that seemed to have been lost on some people during the time of his address and on some people today. Unfortunately, rather than reflecting on the important lessons of this historic speech by celebrating the strength of a united and pluralistic nation, the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) decided to host an event that reflects a betrayal of those values.

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  • New Opportunities for Engagement with Next DHS Secretary

    November 15, 2013
    This week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held the nomination hearing of Jeh Johnson to be considered as the fourth Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Johnson, a former top lawyer for the Department of Defense, will have to oversee the missions of DHS, including: preventing terrorism and enhancing security; securing and managing America’s borders; enforcing and administering immigration laws; safeguarding and securing cyberspace; and ensuring resilience to disasters.

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  • A Call for Greater Diversity in the Senior Levels of Public Service

    November 8, 2013
    In 2013, the number of American Muslims in visibly appointed positions is grossly out of sync with the number of those who are politically and civically active all around the country. Yes, there are American Muslims serving in Congress, federal agencies from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Education and the White House; yet high level appointments at the federal level remain elusive. Why haven’t American Muslims’ civic and political engagement translated to appointed positions?

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  • Sectarian Divide Has No Place at Hajj

    November 1, 2013
    Fulfilling the pilgrimage to Mecca, Hajj, is an obligation upon every financially- and physically-abled Muslim. The experience is meant to be a test of patience, endurance, unity in diversity and will to remain in a spiritual state of being while away from life’s comforts. Tragically, a group of American Muslims experienced an ugly betrayal of the sacred values associated with this once-in-a-lifetime journey of faith.

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  • When did Working for Peace Become Anti-Israel?

    October 25, 2013
    This week, the Anti-Defamation League listed the Muslim Public Affairs Council as one of the top ten anti-Israel groups in the nation. MPAC’s inclusion on the list is baseless and is not only ineffective, but counterproductive to building an interfaith base supporting the Middle East peace process. In a letter to the leadership of the ADL, we wrote, “The fact that any critical evaluation of Israeli policy, whether by MPAC or any other party, is deemed by ADL as ‘anti-Israel activity’ and ‘involvement in anti-Israel campaigns’ is an infringement of freedom of speech.

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