Libya uprising: Why intervention in Libya is justified

We cannot advocate democracy and look the other way as our close ally snuffs those fighting for democracy. The moral justification of our intervention in Libya will be compromised if we do not apply our values consistently. [Read more...]

Egypt protests: Change in Egypt will change the region

Egypt has long been the engine of Arab imagination, as well as its intellectual and political center, despite (or because of) its lack of petrodollars. As such, if Egypt becomes democratic, democracy will become the norm in the Arab world. [Read more...]

Tunisia turmoil: Dare we hope for democracy?

The Cedar Revolution in Lebanon (2005), the Lawyers’ and Judges’ Mutiny in Pakistan (2007), The Green Revolution in Iran (2009) and the current Tunisian uprising are all answers to the question: why won’t Muslims do something about the democracy deficit in their world? [Read more...]

WikiLeaks: Exposing the hypocrisy of Muslim governments

Perhaps lost in the embarrassment felt by the US government over leaked cables by the website WikiLeaks are revelations that Muslim nations – from Yemen to Afghanistan, Pakistan to Egypt – have been deceiving their own people about the their own policies. [Read more...]

The haj: From Mecca, a promising speech

A haj speech by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia calling for moderation and condemning violence and terrorism may not seem groundbreaking, but gains tremendous significance when considering his traditionalist background. [Read more...]

Oklahoma SQ 755: The unintended consequences of anti-sharia legislation

Critics of Shariah in Oklahoma argue that they oppose it because it is against freedom of religion. In this age, when ignorance and bigotry are being celebrated in America, I am sure that most observers missed the irony in the situation. [Read more...]