Awareness Forum

Obama, Romney Spar over Middle East

By Nidal Sakr

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney’s final debate on foreign policy seems contrary to first one where Obama seemed more aggressive and assertive while Romney seemed more defensive and reserved.

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The Revolution Won. What's Next?

By Nidal Sakr

It has been about three weeks since the start of the Egyptian Revolution, and less than a week since the ouster announcement of Egyptian Dictator Husni Mubarak on the night of Friday, February 11, 2011.

In fact, the Egyptian Revolution will undoubtedly prove to be the most historical event of our time, if not...

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Beyond Fear and Anger

"U.S. and the Muslim World"

By Nidal Sakr*
Years before Oslo and Madrid, as president of Muslim Student Association in some US university, I took part in a three-way meeting with a Quaker minister and a Jewish Rabbi. The meeting agenda was to discuss prospects for a two-state solution in Palestine. The moderator...

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Baking Artistry and the Culture of Fear

“When Dreams Turn Nightmares”
By Nidal Sakr

(MAF - 7/15/08) Long before the word “globalization” was invented, a global phenomenon persisted. It is simply the loaf of bread that is ever present on every table in every culture. Loaf of bread takes different shapes, is made from various ingredients, and tastes and...

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The New Mafia

By Mark Glenn

Twelve years ago, the most beautiful girl I had ever laid eyes on, Victoria, walked down the isle to become my wife. Why she would do such a thing has caused the shaking of heads in bewilderment ever since, and probably always will. Her paternal grandparents, quite old, were too frail to make the 1200 mile trip to...

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Because We Are Jews

By Rabbi Mordechi Weberman

There are those who ask us why we march with the Palestinians. Why do we raise the Palestinian flag and why do we support the Palestinian cause? “You are Jews!” they tell us. "What are you doing?"

And our response is very simple:

It is precisely because we are Jews that we march with...

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Sleepless in Palestine

The Reality Show....Not the Movie By Nidal Sakr
Just past 3:00 am, my cell phone beeped to let me know I got an SMS. I thought it was a dream, so I shrugged it off and went back to sleep. Then it went off again. I checked and the message said: “Now we stand as human shields on top of the houses Israel threatens to bomb. Pray...

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Stretch Time

Ancestry Tale of a Superpower
By Nidal Sakr

Once upon a time a scholar was sitting with his students when a respectable-looking man approached. The scholar, who had his legs extended in comfort, folded them in discomfort out of respect for the strange man. “Duha prayer is performed during the time from sunrise until...

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“Crisis of Globalization or Globalization of Crisis?”

When Awareness Turns into Luxury
By Nidal Sakr

This article is an attempt to investigate current problems, to gain better understanding of today’s reality, and to see if some solution can be sought.

Here we will briefly visit with awareness as a requirement for functional society and how awareness relates to...

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Let It Burn

By Nidal Sakr

(MAF - 10/2/08) I hate popularity contests where contestants do and say whatever buys them popularity regardless to all else. For years, meltdown has been coming, yet when it is at our door step, we are all panicking and pointing fingers.

Obviously we are still in a state of denial. We want to fix a...

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Are We Ready to Do Away With Interest?

The Opportunity I was Talking About
by Nidal Sakr

(MAF - 10/5/08) If the obvious answer is “Not”, I contend that such an answer may be short-lived. After all, our current crisis is squarely blamed on interest.
From policy makers’ perspective, interest has been the magic stick to keep things afloat. By lowering...

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How to Save America

By Nidal Sakr
(MAF-10/20/2008) America is in crisis that could be the widest spread and deepest she has ever seen. All the talk about problem and solution we have heard so far is merely political and does not help in either understanding or solving the problem. In this article, I will outline what may be the only approach to...

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Can We Afford to Look Away?

By Nidal Sakr

(MAF – 12/31/08) In only three days, over 2000 Palestinians were killed or injured in one of Israel’s deadliest assaults. The indiscriminate attacks targeted government buildings, police stations, mosques, hospitals, schools, civilian homes, infrastructure, and economic installations. The bombing also spread...

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Might Does Not Make Wrong Right

By Nidal Sakr

(MAF - 1/13/09) By all accounts, what is happening in Gaza today is a new chapter in history. Not so much because Israeli atrocities against Palestinians are unprecedented in historical proportions, but because the world conscience got a rude awakening when we all asked ourselves: “What if this happened to me...

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A World Without Israel

By Nidal Sakr

(MAF 1/18/2009) Not too many people can say “I witnessed history in the making.” Today, we do not have to witness history as we all are already part of it, which does make our time indeed very unique.
New history in the making manifests itself in almost everything around us. America is having its first...

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