All-Woman’s Mosque in Los Angeles

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*+-Rosemary Jenkins: Among the more progressive Muslim women, there has arisen a need to explore their religion beyond the traditional means, to ask questions, enjoy active participation, and develop a greater female identity and camaraderie.

Bill Maher v Glenn Greenwald

Latest Religious War

*+-JP Sotille: Like so many of the so-called “Left” in America, Maher has basically accepted the key notion that a whole population of like-minded people have decided to kill Americans because of an irrational religious belief system.

What’s the War in Afghanistan About Again?

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*+-William Blum: It appears that no one seems to remember, if they ever knew, that Afghanistan was not really about 9-11 or fighting terrorists (except the many the US has created by its invasion and occupation), but was about pipelines.

Democratization: Indigenous Beats Imported

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*+-Ivan Eland: Despite George W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s efforts to topple foreign dictators and use military power to forcefully impose democracy from without, democracy usually works better if it bubbles up from below by popular desire.

The Government’s Illusory Terrorist Threat

Anwar al-Awlaki

*+-Ivan Eland: The way government works, every agency—whether fighting poverty, obesity, childhood acne, or terrorism—needs a threat to hype to keep the cash flowing in from scared taxpayers.

No Money to Fix Public Education

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*+- Leonard Isenberg: Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali tried the impossible task of trying to reconcile her optimism with her equally honest assessment that there was not only no money to fix public education, but even less in the future.

The Terrorism Issue That Wasn’t Discussed

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*+-Gareth Porter: Absent from the torrent of opinion and analysis was any mention of how the U.S. military occupation of Muslim lands and wars that continue to kill Muslim civilians fuel jihadist sentiment that will keep the threat of terrorism high for many years to come.