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Why Do We Love Sports?
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 12/6/2013
The love of - nay, addiction to - competitive and solitary sports cuts across all social-economic strata and throughout all the demographics. As a passive consumer (spectator), a fan, or as a participant and practitioner, everyone enjoys one form of sport or another. Wherefrom this universal propensity?

Now go, go and take America!
Stone A. Washington - 8/21/2013
“Beware The Court of Owls that watches all the time, Ruling Gotham from a shadow perch, behind granite and lime.

We Are All Under Shariah Law Now
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 9/29/2012
Americans and the moviemaker have no [freedom of expression] rights that Shariah law is bound to respect.

Symposia: If I wanted America to fail and If I were the devil
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 5/19/2012
Socrates (470-399 B.C.) – a renowned Greek philosopher from Athens who taught Plato, and Plato taught Aristotle and Aristotle taught Alexander the Great.

Symposium—Get off the damn plantation!
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 10/13/2011
Socrates (470-399 B.C.) – a renowned Greek philosopher from Athens who taught Plato, and Plato taught Aristotle and Aristotle taught Alexander the Great. Socrates used a method of teaching by asking leading questions. The Greeks called this form dialectic – starting from a thesis or question, then discussing ideas and moving back and forth between points of view to determine how well ideas stand up to critical review with the ultimate principle of the dialogue being Veritas – Truth.

Respect, A Two-Way Street
Ron Coody - 9/22/2010
Though the subject of the Cordoba Mosque proposed for construction near Ground Zero in New York has been in the news for several weeks, recent comments by political leaders (including Sarah Palin who introduced a new word “refudiate” to the English language) has brought new attention. The issue is fairly simple. A group of Muslims want to build a multi-million dollar mosque and multi-purpose Islamic center just next to where the Twin Towers stood until Sept. 11, 2001. The proposed religious center would occupy a building that an engine from one of the airplanes struck, raising the argument that it should be protected as an historical site and not used for any private purpose.

An Open Letter to Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf
Elie Elhadj, Ph.D. - 9/18/2010
Dear Imam Abdul Rauf,

Congratulations on attaining your aim to build an Islamic community center and mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero. Allowing the construction of this complex close to where the former World Trade Center stood on the morning of September 11, 2001 is a tribute to American’s sense of justice and strength, self-confidence and tolerance, respect to the rule of law and secularism.

President Obama and the Mosque
Prof. Peter Morici - 9/18/2010
Sometimes religious leaders and Presidents act on good principle but exercise poor judgment. The New York mosque controversy may provide a textbook example. Plans to construct a mosque and community center in close proximity to Ground Zero may be well intended by Islamic leaders to educate Americans and other visitors about the positive role Moslem-Americans play in American life.

CAIR Attacks Book Series on Islam; Unable to Find Anything
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/29/2010
I've heard a lot about the methods of CAIR, and of course we are all familiar with the incredible intimidation (combined with clever strategy) used against anyone who writes about Islam in any way other than simpering reverence. But experiencing it is another matter, showing the intense dishonesty with which such campaigns are conducted. On the positive side, though, there may be some signs that media gullibility on this matter may be declining.

Clash of Civilizations Revisited
Safdar Jafri - 4/19/2008
As the religious violence rages across the world, Huntington's Clash of Civilizations has become one of the most talked about theories of the day. The theory argues that West and Islam are two radically different civilizations that are bound to clash in view of their extremely conflicting values. It stereotypes Islam as inherently non-progressive and anti-liberal; the two most core values of the western civilization. Recent surge of radical Islam that culminated in the ghastly events of 9/11, has catapulted this once obscure theory into political and intellectual limelight.

Candlelight Vigil Met With Anti-Semitic Protest
Jennifer Kutner - 3/16/2008
One day after the brutal terrorist attack in Jerusalem in which a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the Mercaz Harav rabbinical seminary and opened fire on a crowded library and study hall, killing eight students and wounding 11 others. Among those killed or injured were students who held dual Israeli-American citizenship. A candlelight vigil in memory of the innocent victims was held outside the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, organized by StandWithUs, an international education organization.

Corruption and Culture – Part 2
Saberi Roy - 3/3/2008
The term culture as we understand would refer to our social and moral systems, as well as all forms of human activity that are carried through generations comprising the gamut of human beliefs, values, arts, religions, languages and behavior. Culture is the product of civilization, a way of life and establishes traditions for societies. Corruption is counter to culture and erodes cultural integrity and moral systems of societies and thus has a deep and long lasting impact on the continuous evolution of human society. The different facets of culture are reflected through arts, knowledge systems, music, entertainment, religions and rituals.

Corruption and Culture - Part I
Saberi Roy - 2/26/2008
Corruption is not just the abuse of power for personal gain but also personal gain at the expense of others so it has moral, ethical, social, economic, political and broader geographical impact. Although some form of corruption has always existed in human society, the practice or culture of corruption has taken up gigantic forms since the 20th century. Even in entertainment corruption is a disease and a vice of organizational systems, noted Eric Coles, an Austin DJ. Almost like cancer, corruption begins slowly and gradually permeates to affect the whole of soc...

Jews Who Speak Up for Christmas
Sharon Hughes - 12/16/2007
Once terribly divided, Jews and Christians are finding a new unity as the walls between them are coming down. Why is this happening? Primarily for two reasons.

On Propaganda and Islamophobia
Abukar Arman - 10/17/2007
The daunting reality facing people of conscience is the seemingly impossible task of controlling propaganda in a free society, and how the protected freedom of the perpetrators increases the vulnerability of their potential victims.

Un-American Intimidation Tactics Will Not Silence Muslims
Ahmad Al-Akhras, Ph.D. - 8/4/2007
In the short yet painful period of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s prominence, he accused people who disagreed with his views of being Communists and many were ostracized in society. People became afraid to challenge him, fearing for their reputations and livelihoods. McCarthy’s relentlessly overreaching tactics included investigating various governmental agencies, universities, and even the United Nations. He routinely coerced individuals and institutions to march to his orders or else suffer the consequences.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Political Correctness
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/30/2007
News item: The Iranian establishment daily Kayhan, July 26, 2007, criticized officials there for allowing the sale of the new Harry Potter book, claiming the series is a Zionist project in order to disrupt the minds of young people.

Western Civilization and It's Discontents, Part 5
Stephen W. Browne - 7/24/2007
“Nowhere at present is there such a measureless loathing of their country by educated people as in America.”

When the Politics of Polarization Prevails: Islamophobia and the Specter of Neo-McCarthyism
Abukar Arman - 7/19/2007
As a beneficiary of the climate of hysteria and suspicion resulting from those heinous acts of terrorism that shock the world on 9/11, pseudo news outlets such as Front Page Magazine has been raised to prominence in certain Islamophobic circles.

"300": Fact or Fiction? Hating the Iranian regime should not become a reason to hate Persians
Ghazal Omid - 4/25/2007
"300", a PG/R rated "fiction" movie was released March 7th by Warner Brothers. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - who previously evinced no interest or belief in Persian history - was quick to declare his rage and called the movie "an insult to Persian history." Ahmadinejad, who had thus far evinced no interest or belief in Persian history (and, despite protests by the Iranian people, has taken absolutely no action to stop Passargad, site of the tomb of Cyrus the Great, from being flooded behind Sivand Dam) suddenly went into a rage and declared this movie an insult to Persian history. Bur here he had a reason.

Slavery in the USA
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/25/2005
Spanish settlements in the territory of the current-day USA owned slaves as early as 1526. Twenty one African chattel slaves were first brought to British North America ( to Jamestown, Virginia) in 1619. They joined white indentured laborers (servants) from all over Europe as well as Indian (Native-American) and Caribbean slaves. All the colonies legalized race-based (black) slavery and introduced "slave codes" by 1670. In total, 10-13 million Africans were abducted (mainly by other Africans and Arabs) and sold as slaves (mostly in the Americas) between 1620 and 1880.

Myths of the American Civil War
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/9/2005
The Civil War (1861-5) has spawned numerous myths and falsities. The Republicans did not intend to abolish slavery - just to "contain" it, i.e., limit it to the 15 states where it had already existed. Most of the Democrats accepted this solution.

Minority Success: Big Problem For Democrats - Who Now Seek A Solution
Ross Kaminsky - 8/10/2005
Much of the reason for the Democrats' notable lack of success is their failed class-warfare economic rhetoric. While they argue that they are the Party of the little guy, that little guy (especially the American version) generally believes in opportunity and self-reliance. Most Americans (outside of leadership of unions and the Democratic Party) do not consider transfer payments, "soaking the rich", anti-competitive regulations, and tariffs which increase the country's cost of living to be the preferred tools of economic policy.

The Merits of Stereotypes
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 3/30/2005
"The trouble with people is not that they don't know but that they know so much that ain't so."
- Henry Wheeler Shaw

Do stereotypes usefully represent real knowledge or merely reflect counter-productive prejudice? Stereotypes invariably refer in a generalized manner to - often arbitrary - groups of people, usually minorities. Stereotypes need not necessarily be derogatory or cautionary, though most of them are. The "noble savage" and the "wild savage" are both stereotypes. Indians in movies, note Ralph and Natasha Friar in their work titled "The Only Good Indian - The Hollywood Gospel" (1...



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