As a member of the Alliance for Secular and Democratic South Asia (“Alliance”), a Cambridge, MA based organization which champions issues in South Asia, the news of the November 24th Tazreen garment factory fire in Dhaka Bangladesh in which 112 workers lost their lives was a rude jolt. It was also a reminder that such things seem sickeningly repetitive.
Teaneck, N.J. — The damage incurred by Hurricane Sandy – the largest Atlantic super-storm on record — is second only to New Orleans’ Hurricane Katrina in terms of magnitude and cost. Occurring just before Halloween and dubbed “Frankenstorm,” Sandy demolished coastal communities in the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States.
The only groups that we demand a strict adherence to nonviolence from are the marginalized and their advocates. We call their grievances ‘ideologies’ as a means of crushing any discursive avenues by which they can be addressed. And then, when what are sometimes the worst elements of their own society finally turn their isolation into violence, we call it terrorism.
These days it seems as though every politician in Washington is talking about “budget deficits” and what cuts they want us to accept. However, when voters had the opportunity to submit questions at the second Presidential debate, not a single person brought up the deficit. People were concerned about jobs, not budget cuts.
On Election Day November 6 voters in Massachusetts have a chance to weigh in for themselves.
It could not be more different than Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is 9 a.m., and I am walking past a crumbling Catholic church, looking out into a valley nestled between two volcanoes. A group of children run to hug me. There is no school, and they want to play soccer.
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I was recently asked by the Community Church of Boston to speak about my personal experiences with the sanctions and their influence on the Iranian people, having traveled to Iran in March of 2012. I had prepared what was to me a very personal talk, which, though it lacked the intellectual vigor which I often like to see in these kinds of works, was genuine and well-received at previous talks. However, just before the talk, I was told that there is a group of "ultra-leftists" who are concerned with the message of my talk, finding it imperialist and reactionary.
Our modern Republican Party has quite obviously and transparently become a party that seeks out racist votes and appeals to prejudiced whites.
On August 5, six people were killed by a gunman in Wisconsin in a Gurdwara and a police officer was seriously wounded. On August 6, a Mosque was burned down in Joplin, Missouri. People all across the country have condemned these acts and have come together in solidarity and unity. In last few years attacks on Muslims, Sikhs and others have escalated.
A climate of anxiety, fear and suspicion has been created in which sections of society have been declared threat to the security and well being of the nation and humanity and passions are being incited.