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Shahed Amanullah
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Serving the Public While Riding a Segway

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 10:37 PM

In 2007, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Omar Ahmad had decided to take a stab at politics after working at a string of successful high-tech startups and companies. While charging up the San Carlos, California, hills on his trusty Segway meeting potential voters, he came across a woman who...

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Draw Muhammad Day: Collectively Punishing Muslim Americans

(1796) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 12:21 PM

In the wake of the self-censorship controversy surrounding South Park's portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad, artists intent on defending freedom of speech have responded by organizing an event they call Draw Muhammad Day, to take place on May 20. The goal, according to the website hosting the endeavor,...

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A New Era for Muslims in America

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2009 | 3:35 PM

2008-07-28-bnet_logo_white.gifOnly a year ago, some Muslim Americans seriously wondered if they were considered a part of the American fabric. Presidential candidates (mainly on the Republican side) regularly alluded to Islam and/or Muslims as an existential threat to America. Muslims...

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The Surprise Effect of Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the Election

(61) Comments | Posted November 21, 2008 | 5:33 PM

If there was any doubt as to the depth and extent of anti-Muslim feelings among portions of the US electorate, this year's presidential elections have most certainly put it to rest. The extent to which candidates and...

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Looking at the RNC Through Muslim Eyes

(11) Comments | Posted September 7, 2008 | 10:24 PM

If you listened closely during the various speeches at the RNC convention, you'll notice that the times when the crowd was most animated was when Republican rage was focused on what Sen. John McCain calls the "trancendent challenge of our time: the threat of radical Islamic terrorism." Various speakers through...

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Zero Tolerance for Muslim Participation in Politics?

(9) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 5:57 PM

2008-07-28-bnet_logo_white.gifIf you want to understand just how difficult it can be for Muslims to participate in public service, look no further than my friend Mazen Asbahi. An accomplished attorney and long-time Democratic volunteer, he took on the position...

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