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By David Swanson?
The new movie, War Machine, on Netflix starring Brad Pitt begins as a hilarious and satisfying mockery of General Stanley McChrystal, circa 2009, as well as of militarism in general.
“Hilarious” because of the deadpan sincere idiocy. Satisfying at least to those of us who have been screaming “What are you idiots doing?” for the past fifteen-and-a-half years.
Should we be glad that a Hollywood movie can still be made mocking the murderous malevolence of true believers in militarism, or should we be disturbed that theaters won’t show such movies and they have to end up on Netflix?
Should we be glad that a war satire set in Afghanistan didn’t have to wait decades for a different war, in the manner of Mash, or should we be disturbed that most viewers will not know a current war is being mocked – because they either believe the war on Afghanistan has ended or they simply can’t keep up with the proliferation of wars?... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Lyndon A. Bilal

(The following article is Part II of last week’s Muslim Journal issue, which was extracted from excerpts of an online article about Ramadan from Dr. Khallid Shabazz, LTC, USA Dr. Shabazz was recently appointed as the first Muslim assigned as a Division-Level Chaplain.)
Q: What is Ramadan, and why is it so significant to our Muslim Soldiers?
Chaplain Shabazz: Ramadan has three significant objectives: to promote nearness to God; increase self- control; and encourage charity for those in need.
Q: How does it promote nearness to God for Muslims?
Chaplain Shabazz: As we bear the rigors of fasting purely for the sake of Him Who created us, knowing and feeling that he can see all our actions, however secret, it intensifies the consciousness of God in our hearts, resulting in a higher spiritual experience... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Amatullah Mildred Moore
"The month of Ramadan is that wherein the Qur’an was sent down as a guidance to mankind, as clear proofs of guidance and as the criterion. Let him among you who is present fast during that month. And whosoever is ill or on a journey, it is a number of other days. Allah wants ease for you and does not want hardship for you. So that you may complete the number (of days) and magnify Allah for having guided you, that haply you may give thanks.” (Qur`an 2:185)
Family and Community Concern: As a mother of several young children, I find myself so busy caring for the children and my home, that I feel that I miss out on many of the benefits of Ramadan.
I’m rarely able to go to the Masjid in the evening because of needing to stay home with our sleeping baby. And even the daytime is hectic with caring for everyone. I worry that I’m missing out or falling short... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Leila Diab

The quintessential power of thoughts, commingled with common and artistic words whether in dramatic or friendly environmental settings, “This Is Not IS A Border” publication is sealed with the realty of historical truth, yet without the impossible-ness of freedom, hope and the dream of belonging.
Also known as Pal-Fest, it will be celebrating the tenth annual Palestine Festival of Literature with its publication of this book of essays, which goes on sale beginning July 18, 2017. It is edited by co-founders Adhaf Soueif and Omar Robert Hamilton and written by the world’s most distinguished literary artists, who came to gather to share their literary, artistic and theatrical talents with readers and writers in a harmonious realm of literature.
It is their powerful yet tense journey through time and space, in Occupied Palestine and witnessing confrontations with the unabated Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Albeit, PalFest endures with diverse writers from all over the world who are dedicated to building and promoting global joint relationships, solidarity and hope via the transparent power of literature.
The culture of literature and one’s cultural identify are the true enlightening forces of the conjoined human spirit. Truly shared by all these writers in “This is Not a Border.”
For example, Raja Shehadeh, a Palestinian writer and lawyer, shares his thoughts and concerns about Palestinian life and the desires of the Palestinian people. Sadly, he writes, “What is a world where you cannot go for a walk, cannot assemble to read and discuss literature in public, cannot be certain of visiting your grandmother in the neighboring city?”... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

By Hameem Habeeb
Qur’an 6:11: “Say, travel in the earth….” El-Hajj Malik Shabazz, Dec. 27, 1964: “Well, I’ve done a lot of traveling and I think over all travel does broaden one’s soul.”
DAKAR, Senegal – Becoming an international citizen is a byproduct of practicing Al Islam. The obligation to travel internationally for the sake of Allah at least once in your life if affordable is a deep desire of every conscious Muslim. Once that obligation is fulfilled, the whole world beckons to be explored and understood.
The practice of Islam by the association of Imam W.D. Mohammed, Allah’s mercy on him, previously under the auspices of the Nation of Islam had rank and file members hobbled in their ability to travel.
NOI members had to acquire “travelling letters” from an NOI administration official to even travel from Buffalo to Detroit. Under the Muslim freedom movement ignited by the Imam WD Mohammed, the association members began to travel the four corners of the globe and return with insights, greater energy and motivations to take the Muslim Model Community concept to its next logical conclusion.
Given the opportunity and the occasion, this writer made a recent trip to Senegal and its city of Dakar, the home of arguably two of the most famous enslaved Africans on this continent, Job Ben Solomon – born Ayyub ibn Sulayman ibn Ibrahim around 1702 – and Omar ibn Sayyid born 1770... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Martha Nailah

TAMPA BAY/ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The month of Ramadan this year saw the fruits of a relationship nurtured over a year with the Hon. Rick Kriseman, Mayor of St. Petersburg, and The Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, chaired by Abdul Karim Ali.
The first objective in initiating a relationship with the mayor and his staff over a year ago was to have a community-wide IFTAR to be held at the historic Coliseum, Wed., June 14, at 7 p.m. (Muslim calendar - RAMADAN 19, 1438 AH).
This relationship includes Muslims of diverse backgrounds developing intra-relation of the Muslim body of The Tampa Bay Area.  This included Masjid Sunnah, St. Petersburg Islamic Center, Ministry of Askia Muhammad Aquil, Masjid of Sarasota, the Nation of Islam and many more of the Muslim Faith composite... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Leila Diab

In the United States and around the world, government officials have designated April as Arab Heritage month to recognize, celebrate and acknowledge the cultural dignity and universal acceptance of Arabs, which goes beyond the cultural divide.

There are 22 countries that makeup the Arab world. Stretching across many lines of reshaped boundaries overtime and conquests in the sand. Present day boundaries from the Middle East, and North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan), Mauritania, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, the United Emirates, Yemen, the Comoros Island, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania and Palestine.

And each one of these countries holds on to their literate and non-literate cultural traditions. And many Arabs have often proclaimed, living under the day light or dark night of the same sky, there is no boundary line drawn between their commonality of speaking the Arabic language, remembering traditional stories told by their families and reciting memorable poems of joy, love, gardens, and their homeland for generations.

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President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts or eliminates federal funding for Meals on Wheels, Pell Grants and Community Development Block Grants. Photo taken during a speech at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

By Lauren Victoria Burke
NNPA Newswire Contributor

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” targets a number of programs for severe cuts or outright elimination—programs that often help poor, working-class and Black families.
The budget plans to cut almost $4 billion in Pell Grants. More then half of African American college students receive Pell Grant awards each year.

Trump's budget also eliminates Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers roughly 218 million meals to the poor and elderly each year, according to a Meals on Wheels fact sheet. Minorities account for nearly 30 percent of seniors that receive home-delivered meals.

Trump's budget includes $1.5 billion to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. Despite Trump’s “America First” rhetoric, there’s no specific allocation to solve the lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a $150 million fix, based on some estimates.

"We can't spend money on programs just, because they sound good. Meals on Wheels sounds great," said Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, during a press briefing at the White House in March. Mulvaney suggested that Meals on Wheels, and other programs that offer free meals to students at school, were ineffective... Read Apr. 14, 2017's Issue Here.

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MOHAMMED SCHOOLS ARE NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER

By Sabir Kasib Muhammad
(Photos by Nassar Madyun)

ATLANTA, Ga. – Since her appointment last year as Consulting Director for the Mohammed Schools of Atlanta, Dr. Zaheerah Shakir-Khan has spent countless hours examining the current school structure and its feeder system, which is the entire Islamic community of North America.

During this time, Sis. Zaheerah is even more convinced that our schools offer the absolute best opportunity for not only the survival of our community as a well-defined Islamic entity, but also the survival of our children in a world that is designed to do everything in its power to separate them from Islam as their religion.

Our great leader Imam W. Deen Mohammed was blessed not only with great spiritual insight into religion, but also with a unique insight into the future of our community and the need for us to preserve and persevere... Read Apr. 14, 2017's Issue Here.

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MANILA, Philippines – Known as the Pearl of the Orient because of its strategic location on Pacific trade routes and magnificent harbor, Manila was the proud host of the 2017 Global Peace Convention.

Under this year's theme, "Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Peace and Development," peacemakers from 40 nations convened for a powerful 3-day global convention.

Attendees were of every age and various religious, national, cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds, youth leaders, and experts in business, international development, and education for a unique opportunity to explore critical global issues.

Shared were best practices and the focus was to develop innovative and action-driven solutions to building peace and social cohesion, while strengthening robust multi-stakeholder partnerships... Read Mar. 17, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Nusayba Hammad, Communications Director, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (nusayba@uscpr.org) WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an act unprecedented in recent history, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand...
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