Torture: Torture is evil, not a forensic technique

According to most experts of torture, barring a few like Dick Cheney, torture is ineffective. If we have to waterboard people hundreds of times, then either torture doesn’t work at all, or we have some really very sadistic and mean people working in our government. [Read more…]

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: Flirting with fascism

For better or for worse, the US has been an incredible friend to Israel. Will Israel prove its friendship to the US or will its current flirtation with fascism undermine this long-standing alliance? [Read more…]

Conflict in Gaza: Democracy’s moral recession

Unless we wake up and change course very soon, there may be no difference left between democracy and terrorism – and that will be the ultimate victory for terrorism. [Read more…]

Terrorism in India: The messages from Mumbai

The Saudis have succeeded in reducing terror through dialogue and re-education of youth. In Iraq, the US won over the Iraqis who had joined Al Qaeda through dialogue and political and monetary incentives. Why can’t the same creative approach be brought to South Asia? [Read more…]

US Elections: Our troubled political journey

In the 2008 US Presidential election, American Muslims have no alternative but to vote for Barack Obama. They should do so with an understanding of what has been achieved in the political sphere – and what has not. [Read more…]

Election 2008: Mavericks: Action without thought

Peggy Noonan, a strong supporter of Gov. Sarah Palin, gushed in the Wall Street Journal that Palin “is not a person of thought but of action.” Action without thought – that is what we will get if we put McCain and Palin in the White House. [Read more…]