MPAC, Countering Violent Extremism and American Muslim Astroturf – A Critical Review

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By Ahmed Shaikh In the Los Angeles area, one of three “pilot program cities” for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), advocacy for it inside the Muslim community has failed. It is likely to fail elsewhere. This result should have been self-evident. Anyone who believes Muslims will simply accept becoming second-class citizens more prone to violence than [Read More...]

It is Violent Extremism, Not Islamic Extremism

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By Junaid M. Afeef President Obama’s remarks at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast — particularly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are in fact betraying it — are timely if not overdue. Muslims in America, particularly youth, deserve to hear the president speaking accurately about Islam at a time [Read More...]

The White House Iftar Boycott – Why the Debate?

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By Dr. Faisal Qazi The other day in clinic when I asked a patient of mine what he did for work, he said, “Doc, I’m embarrassed to say it, but I’m a retired deputy Sheriff from LA.” I inquired about his hesitation. He noted how the department had deteriorated in morale and discipline, adding that [Read More...]

Forging a New Relationship Between American Muslims and Law Enforcement


By Rabia Chaudry A few years ago I found myself at a table with about 20 other local Muslim community leaders, gathered to meet a regional outreach officer from a law enforcement agency. Many of those present had been living and working in the area for decades and were pillars of the communities they represented. [Read More...]