Dear President Obama: Guantanamo will Never be Resolved

By Dr. Maha Hilal President Obama gave a speech yesterday highlighting his administration’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay, the infamous prison that has been used to house prisoners in the so-called “War on Terror.” Obama offered several rationales as to why the prison should be closed, such as U.S. national security and its standing in [Read More…]

Remembering 9/11 and Sowing the Seeds of Love and Tolerance

By Zainab Chaudry On the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, our nation remembers the 3,000 lives that were senselessly taken that day. As we salute the sacrifice of heroes who rushed to rescue and as we empathize with the pain of loved ones who grieve, I can’t help but reflect on the aftermath [Read More…]

An Open Letter Response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s 9/11 Letter

By Misha Fazal Dear Mr. Secretary, Thank you for your kind words. September 11 is among the saddest days in recent U.S. history, with regards to the senseless loss of good, hard working people; a day I hope sincerely never repeats itself. But while the half-staff flags remind you of the enduring work of the U.S. government, it reminds me of the 12 years [Read More…]

Twelve Years Later, The Ramifications of 9/11 Run Deep for Muslims

By Kinza Khan I have always been fascinated with the subjects of law, politics, history and sociology. The more I learn about history, the more I realize that Islam has played an important role in shaping American history. Many slaves were African-American Muslims and introduced America to Islam. Many jazz musicians in Chicago were Muslim [Read More…]

How an Accusation of Terrorism Destroys American Muslim Lives

By Sahar Aziz At the Brookings’ U.S. Islamic World Forum in Doha, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough was asked whether President Obama would implement his Cairo speech commitment to stop government discrimination against American Muslims. Because Bush’s counterterrorism practices had stigmatized Muslims as the most distrusted minority in America, Obama’s pledge was particularly salient. [Read More…]


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