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News and Analysis (4/18/14)

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Shutting down the ill-conceived spy operation could be a boon to counter-terrorism, but first a stake may need to be driven through its heart: "Iran has completely diluted half its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium to lower levels. It has also converted more than half the remaining stockpile for use as nuclear fuel – rendering it almost useless for any weapon application. That means Iran has cut by some 75 percent a stockpile that stood just above 200 kilograms in January" ... ... even as "US prosecutors unveiled plans Thursday to sell an Iran-owned Manhattan skyscraper in the largest terror-related seizure ever, and distribute proceeds to families affected by attacks linked to Tehran": "[T]his generation of Muslims is abandoning the traditional professions expected from immigrant parents (doctors, engineers, business people) and entering fields we all once thought were closed to us. The last decade has seen a steady and sure emergence of American Muslims as artists, writers, performers, activists, media personalities and intellectuals": Some Muslim students welcome the initiative to offer so-called "sharia-compliant loans," but others object that the size of the fees is more important that whether or not they are called interest: Reports that "one of country's foremost Muslim theologians and lectures at Cambridge University" called the video improper are untrue and Prof. Timothy Winter, a/k/a Sheikh Abdul-Hakim Murad, "himself told The Independent that he was 'happy to be involved' in the project, which he said cuts the Muslim community free of the "negative images which oppress it": In their mixed marriage her Muslim husband is less upset at the prejudices of friends and professional than she because, as he tells her, "the greatest jihad (or struggle) of our lives is the one that takes place in our hearts: the battle to overcome our egos and become more wise, generous and patient for the sake of humanity": “I grew up being an outsider, feeling like an outsider, and there wasn’t any moment really after the Boston Marathon where I had that feeling of being an outsider again.... I grieved with everyone.... I could understand their feelings, and they could understand mine, without there being an asterisk next to it”: The offender, who shouted obscenities against the girl and the Muslim people was "charged with attempted assault, aggravated harassment, and menacing, ... [and] has over 40 prior arrests dating back to the 1980s, including busts for petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property":

"Gul said Friday he opposes a model similar to that of Russia where the president and prime minister have traded places and one has ruled in the other's shadow. Gul suggested he would not oppose Erdogan if he chose to run for president in the election in August":

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  • [4/18/14] We have fixed broken links on our activity page, including links to "Jamaica Speaks" radio interviews with Dr. Ahmad on the resumption of the Middle East peace "process" and on the situation in Syria.
  • [4/16/14] Near the end of the ATFP panel on the "Status and Future of the Muslim Brotherhood", Dr. Ahmad compare violent dropouts from MB with violent dropouts from the Anti-Vietnam War protests. 
  • [4/16/14] Our activity page has been updated to include events through December 2013.
  • [4/1/14] Dr. Ahmad's paper for the Istanbul Liberty Network on "Capitalism and Imperialism" is now available on our articles page.
  • [3/16/14] Reason TV's Nick Gillespie interviews Minaret of Freedom Institute President Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad on "Can Muslims be Free Marketeers?"
  • [3/16/14] A Turkish translation of Dr. Ahmad's paper on "Islam and the Medieval Progenitors of Austrian Economics" is now available as "İslam ve Avusturyacı İktisadın Ortaçağa Ait Öncüleri."
  • [3/2/14] A recording of Dr. Ahmad's interview on "Sharia and Intellectual Property" with copanelist Dr. Michael Greenberg (RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance) and moderator Jonathan Salem Baskin delivered in a webinar for the Intangible Asset Finance Society is now available on online.
  • [2/28/14] Dr. Ahmad's notes from the presentation on "The Current Situation in Syria: Problems and Prospects" made by Amb. Mark G. Hambley & William Morris (Next Century Foundation) in a round table discussion at the 2014 Dialogue on Middle East Strategies sponsored by the Policy Studies Organization are now available on our blog.
  • [1/23/14] Dr. Emad Shahin is a highly respected scholar of Islam and politics in the modern Muslim world, an advocate of freedom in Egypt, and  a friend to the Minaret of Freedom Institute. His indictment under the Egyptian military junta is actually  shameful self-indictment of the regime itself and we are pleased to be able to print his statement as a guest blog.
  • [1/18/14] Kudraw TV's interview with Minaret of Freedom Institute President Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad and journalist Ilhan Tair on "Can Erdogan Survive Turkey's Corruption Scandal?" is now online.
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    Ilhan Tanir, a Turkish journalist based in Washington DC. - See more at:
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  • [1/15/14] Dr. Ahmad's paper for the International Institute of Islamic Thought conference on Islamic Reform Movements After the Arab Spring on "Four Arab Summers: Diagnoses, Prognoses, and Prescriptions" is now available on our blog.
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