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“The no-fly list is supposed to be about ensuring aviation safety, but the FBI is using it to force innocent people to become informants,” said Ramzi Kassem, associate professor of law at the City University of New York. “The practice borders on extortion”: "Some rights groups have voiced opposition to the initiatives, warning that they could 'potentially allow the authorities to bring a terrorism case against virtually any peaceful activist'" ... ... but that hasn't stopped the Obama administration continuing arm sales in flagrant violation of U.S. law: Under the proposed plan “the amount of plutonium produced in the Arak reactor could be reduced drastically ... [but]  would not reduce the usefulness of the reactor for making radioisotopes and conducting research.... Thus, this approach would meet Iran’s needs and would address the concerns of the international community": In Iran's appeal over the Obama administration's "unique" attempt to block "permanent representative to the U.N. ", the Committee on Relations with the Host Country has chosen to punt. "North Korea, Cuba and Belarus spoke up in support of Iran" but "no other country spoke in support of the U.S. position": The agreement "to begin negotiations to form a unity government within the coming weeks ... comes as peace talks between the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel face collapse": Moammar Gaddafi considered himself an anarchist, but as events in Libya since his execution have demonstrated, there's anarchy and then there's anarchy ... ... meanwhile, an official briefing prepared for AFRICOM chief General David Rodriguez in the fall of 2013 ... highlights the U.S. military’s penchant for simple solutions to complex problems — with a well-documented potential for blowback in Africa and beyond": "The history of both Persian and Arab bourgeois nationalism is solidly predicated on a sustained genealogy of racist bigotry.... Today the legitimate criticism of the Islamic republic easily degenerates into a nasty Islamophobia among a wide spectrum of Iranian bourgeois liberalism that fancies itself 'secular'": “He just took his shoes and socks off and said, 'You can take these, don't worry about me — I live close by and can walk'": Is India at a tipping point in abandoning secularism?


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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.
    Ilhan Tanir,
    Ilhan Tanir, a Turkish journalist based in Washington DC. - See more at: http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/15012014#sthash.0ka6wMKg.dpuf
    Ilhan Tanir, a Turkish journalist based in Washington DC. - See more at: http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/15012014#sthash.0ka6wMKg.dpuf
    Ilhan Tanir, a Turkish journalist based in Washington DC. - See more at: http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/15012014#sthash.0ka6wMKg.dpuf
    Ilhan Tanir, a Turkish journalist based in Washington DC. - See more at: http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/15012014#sthash.0ka6wMKg.dpuf
  • [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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