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By Fungai Maboreke,
Special to the NNPA from
the Global Information Network
 
Zambia’s elections kicked off, pitching President Rupiah Band against long-time rival of the Patriotic Front Party, Michael Sata, nicknamed “King Cobra,” because of his sharp tongue.
The voting has already been marred by reports of electoral fraud and mini riots. This time, Zambians have turned heavily to the Internet and social media, such as Bantu Watch and Twitter to monitor election abuse.
While Banda claims he is for economic growth, Sata accuses him of corruption and granting foreign investors too much power, particularly China which has spent over $2 billion developing Zambia’s major export, copper.
Zambia, approximately the size of Texas, has high levels of poverty.  Almost two-thirds of the 13 million citizens live under the poverty line of $1.25 a day.
Opposition parties, unions and watchdogs note that most of the copper profits are taken out of the country instead of being reinvested in hospitals and schools.  
Chinese firms also are said to ignore environmental and labor laws to reap higher profits — and of the government turning a blind eye.
Banda calls China’s presence a "win-win situation" for both countries.  Charles Muchimba disagrees.  “We are discontented with the political and economic situation," says Muchimba, of the Mineworkers' Union of Zambia.  
“While Chinese investors have reaped massive profits, workers have borne the brunt of Zambia's free-market economy and suffered salary cuts of up to 40 percent during the recession.”
Some 5.2 million people - the highest on record - have registered to vote in the presidential, parliamentary and local elections.
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Zambia’s President Banda.

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Health From Abdel J. Nuriddin, N.D., Ph.D

By Abdel J. Nuriddin, N.D., Ph.D.
The fact that cleansing the colon will somehow relieve disorders or rejuvenate the human organism is not new. As far back as human beings can remember purgatives to relieve stomach aches and constipation, such as hydrated bentonite, aloe Vera, cas cara sagrada, senna leaf and castor oil, have been used as remedies and suggested to expel unwanted waste.
This waste or undigested matter mostly composed of undigested protein is seen to be the culprit in the development of constipation and catarrh which both lead to discharges, colds or the beginning of disease.
For many years of my youth and adult life, I suffered with constipation. I didn’t have the slightest idea why my body was tired and sluggish most of the time. It wasn’t until I was introduced to a naturopathic doctor, who also was a practicing iridologist, that I found out about all the old fecal matter that was trapped in my body that was creating my problem and all body problems.
After subjecting myself to a series of colonics and colon cleansing herbs, I felt so much better. My energy level improved and unhealthy sinus symptoms faded away. And this can happen to you.
The reality is that most people today are walking around with pounds of this putrid matter in their gastro intestinal tracts unaware of its impact on their health and overall life. Some studies say people could have in excess of 30 to 50 pound of this unwanted matter in their bodies.
The need to remove this morbid matter from the body is so crucial to improved health, that most alternative health care practitioners recommend it as one of the first steps to the rejuvenation of lost health. It also is suggested as a consistent measure to maintain healthy balance between body, mind and spirit.
THE PRIMITIVE GUT TUBE
One of the first things to develop in the new forming embryo in the womb of its mother is the primitive gut tube. This tube can be seen with budding like developments on it after approximately four weeks of growth.
Ultimately, this tube becomes the bowel, intestine or colon, and these shapes that look like buds become organs that make up the human body. As the gut tube grows into the colon, these organs remain attached to the colon via the nervous system indefinitely.
Through this development from primitive gut tube to colon, we can see the importance of cleansing the colon. If our vital organs, such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, etc., have a direct relationship with the colon through the nervous system, it is imperative to maintain the health of the colon to protect these vital organs.
The nerve flow from the colon to these organs and glands and from the organs and glands to the colon is critical to the effective functioning of that network. When the colon becomes congested with fecal matter and enervation sets in, then stimulation to and from these vital organs are lost, leading to an imbalance in function.
Many operations on the colon for one matter have accidentally cleared up other matters. Doctors have reported that operating on a patient, for diverticulitis or cancer of the colon, many times has led to the cleaning of parts of the colon that were not affected. And in doing so, other symptoms went away after the operation.
This tells us that restricted nerve flow from a congested colon will affect the efficient functioning of organs and glands in other parts of the body. Therefore, the attention that is given to the colon in terms of cleansing is preventive to disease in the body.
This attention also will lead to the body’s own curative powers being activated. I believe if most people knew that their heart, breast, stomach, adrenal glands, eyes, prostate, ovaries and other vital organs and glands originated in the gut, they would take better care of it.
The body has the ability to heal itself, if it is given the chance through proper direction and maintenance. Call today and order your Colon and Tissue Cleansing Kit. Call 336-852-3040 .

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By Ayesha K. Mustafaa
CHICAGO, Ill. – The Holy Qur’an often reminds us that perhaps we put up resistance to the very thing that will be to our greatest benefit, that which fuels a leap forward, a “propelsion.”
To first garner the energy and second to harness it, so that it gives the boost or lift may cause some discomfort, some uneasiness, as “expansion of the breast” represents a stretch beyond the resting level.
Yet, we stretch and expand and after completing one task hurriedly enter into the next…. Such is the way the Qur’an says is designed for us by our Lord, the Creator Who creates and then nourishes His creation unto its maturity or completion. (A commentary on Qur’an by Imam W. Deen Mohammed)
Praises are due to Allah, as He has brought us through difficulty in order to experience the ease and He gives us help!
Muslim Journal Director of Marketing and Special Events, D. Shahid Abdul-Karim, not only gives a new face to Muslim Journal but also has expanded his own image with the blessing of his new wife, Sis. In’Naam. The couple got married at Muslim Journal’s 7th Annual Awards Dinner in December 2011 while in Louisville, Kentucky.
As they expanded their lives to encompass their teenage children (2 for In’Naam and 1 for D. Shahid), now the couple Abdul-Karim prepare to be that propel sion, that expansion that will help Muslim Journal launch out into new spaces and among new markets.
Abdul-Shahid is lending his expertise and time to bring to you the finest Muslim Journal Annual Awards Dinner for the 8th year, this December in Washington, D.C.; see page 28 advertisement. By his side as a huge support is his wife, Sis. In’Naam Batiste Abdul-Karim.
Sis. In’Naam certainly brings her own energy into the equation and we look forward to her youthful, refreshing input into the planning and implementation of the approaching weekend in the D.C. area; see page 28 for the details of the weekend.
Muslim Journal thanks Imam Talib Shareef for being so welcoming for Muslim Journal’s holding the 8th Annual “A Time To Be Grateful” Awards Dinner and using Masjid Muhammad as the focal meeting point.
We thank Allah for the energy of Bro. Abdullah Rasheed, who is Muslim Journal’s webmaster. Bro. Abdullah is dedicated, committed, sacrificing, charitable.
At last but not least, we continue to thank Allah for a dedicated Muslim Journal staff of sacrificing individuals, who work diligently to maintain the Muslim Journal for the future generations of Muslim youth to come in and on whatever level they are on when attracted to Al-Islam.
Muslim Journal is indeed on the Move! We have moved back into the Hood, bringing “Neighbor Back in the HOOD!” Muslim Journal’s move information is now posted on page 3 of this issue with more and more details to come.
Thank you for your continuous support. REMEMBER: Purchase 1 more Muslim Journal a week and you will have propelled, advanced, motivated, launched the Muslim Journal into a new and ever more progressive orbit. “Our success is, indeed, your success.
Thank you. As Salaam Alaikum.

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By Atiba Madyun
WASHINGTON, D.C. – “My G-d and your G-d are the same G-d.” If that is the case, then why would men hijack three planes, feeling their cause was great enough, to kill on 9/11 more than 3,000 men, women and children? That day, our Nation was attacked and so was our humanity.
Sixty years before, our Nation faced a similar attack, when on Dec. 7, 1941, unaware, Pearl Harbor was attacked. The next day, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the Nation beginning his speech with the famous words, “a date that will live in infamy.”
Now, 9/11 and Dec. 7 live together “in infamy.”
When speaking of 9/11, conversations often begin, “Where were you when you heard the news?” The media reminds us each year by replaying images of that day (over and over). In them, we see the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City collapsing, a plane crashing into the second tower, smoke billowing from the charred ruins of the Pentagon, and wreckage in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Yet, out of the twisted metal of the Twin Towers, the wreckage in Pennsylvania, and the billowing smoke of the Pentagon, Americans came together. The men and women who died on that Tuesday are our heroes to be remembered each year and are casualties of a war we did know we were fighting.
Ten years later, those of faith come closer together. Those claiming different faiths, men and women of faith, have chosen – as South Africa’s Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool said at a 9/11 Forum at the Nation’s mosque, Masjid Muhammad in Washington, D.C.: “They have chosen compatible religion over competitive religion.”
On Sept. 10, 2011, commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, an esteemed and distinguished panel convened for an open dialogue, titled “Democracy In A Time of Crisis.”
On the panel were a former Civil Rights Freedom Rider, Pastor Emeritus Reginald Green of Memorial Baptist Church; Chairman of the Board for the Washington Post Donald Graham; Maryland District Court Judge Hassan El-Amin; Director of Marketing and Communication at the American Red Cross Cheryl Kravitz; and South African Ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool.
Retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant and Masjid Muhammad’s Resident Imam Talib Shareef opened the program with the phrase, “My G-d and your G-d are the same G-d.” He spoke of living overseas in an Arab nation. And that Allah is written in both the Qur’an and the Bible, because Christians and Muslims who speak Arabic refer to G-d as Allah.
“That which unites us is greater than that which divides us,” continued Imam Shareef.” The men who killed three thousand people on 9/11 and any who follow their suit should be called criminals…. Would Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) kill innocent women, men and children? No!
“Therefore, the criminals/terrorists cannot be considered followers of Muhammed (PBUH), Muslim or following the Islamic faith. Those who died are unwillingly martyrs whose deaths are not in vain,” added Imam Shareef.
Pastor Reginald Green drew from his experience as a 1961 Freedom Rider 50 years ago to speak about America’s situation today. “Today, 50 years after the Freedom Rides, we are still struggling as a Nation, as a people with various spokes, like those on a wheel, to get to the center, which is G-d.
“How we get there defines who we are as human beings. G-d has made each of us differently with our own DNA, with a responsibility of being harmonious with one another.”
Mr. Donald Graham grew up in the Nation’s Capital. During his comments, he spoke of an “epidemic of certainty.” He explained that “people no longer check facts and assume they are right in their causes, because of what they hear.”
His reference can be examined when looking at a minister in the South burning a Qur’an and elected officials speaking irrationally against Islam. Graham finished his remarks by saying, “Every religion over the centuries has failed, because others have used religion as a means for slaughtering others.”
South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool told the audience about the khutbah he gave in South Africa, the week of 9/11. His comments brought a sincere global element to the occasion. He said to applause, “It is time that we move from competitive religion to compatible religion.”

Ms. Cheryl Kravitz, a former Executive Director of the National Conference (formerly The National Conference for Christians and Jews), spoke of her history with the Civil Rights Movement. She explained the need for tolerance and how intolerance exists. Ms. Kravitz pulled from her own experience of raising a child with a learning disability.
Bro. Ibrahim Mu’min, who moderated and developed the 9/11 program, explained that the reason for the program was to “tell our story.” Humanity’s story is an ancient one, and we have yet to see our brightest days, because they are in front of us.
“In days like 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, earthquakes in Haiti and Asia, our humanity shines brightest,” said Bro. Mu’min.
Imam Shareef also said in his opening comments, “Allah is creating a more compassionate, considerate being. Hence mankind is the creation of a kinder human being. One who is more kind: Man-Kind.
“Look at the life that was here before you. Look at your teeth, your fingernails. Look at the fossils, the big domineering creatures that used to exist. Look at how they used to exist and no longer exist. Allah doesn’t want there to be a domineering creature.
“Life is evolving and creating a more compassionate, peaceful being. And nature is on the side of the peacemaker,” said Imam Shareef.
Often we see the best examples of our humanity, after catastrophic events. Days and months later, it is unfortunate, that we revert to our divisions and differences. As Ambassador Rasool said, we need to move past “competitive religion to compatible religion.” \
We have to move past competitive bias on all levels toward compatible human interests. This is how we will have the greatest democracy, even in a time of crisis.

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(L – R) Ibrahim Mu’min, Donald Graham, Imam Talib Shareef, Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Cheryl Kravitz, Pastor Emeritus Reginald Green, Cheryl Hawkins and Judge Hassan El-Amin. (Photo by Jim Wells)

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Education

By Marian Wright Edelman
A theologian friend took her car to a Jiffy Lube for servicing.  Not having anything to read, she picked up a manual on the coffee table about boating.  A chapter on the rules for what happens when boats encounter one another on the open sea described two kinds of craft: Burdened and privileged.  
The craft with power that can accelerate and push its way through the waves, change direction, and stop on demand is the burdened one.  The craft dependent on the forces of nature, wind, tide, and human effort to keep going is the privileged craft.  
Since powerful boats can forge their way forward under their own power, they are burdened with responsibility to give the right of way to the powerless or privileged vessels dependent on the vagaries of the tide, wind, and weather.  
“Who wrote this thing?” my friend asked.  “Mother Teresa? What’s going on in our land when the New Jersey State Department of Transportation knows that the powerful must give way if the powerless are to make safe harbor and the government of the United States and the church of Jesus Christ and other people of God are having trouble with the concept?”
How do we answer her, political, faith, and community leaders and citizens of our nation?  What is our “theory of action” or values compass as we seek solutions to rampant joblessness and poverty among millions of Americans including 16.4 million poor children according to national U.S. census data released last week?  
What beyond politics and unbridled greed and power will calibrate our nation’s decision making?  Is cutting helpless babies the same as cutting some of the many budget busting tax loopholes for millionaires and billionaires?  
Is cutting our children’s teachers, nutrition supplements, Head Start and child care the same as cutting powerful corporate subsidies or tax breaks for corporate jets?  A child cut from health care or unable to get services when abused or neglected may never heal.  Is it right or fair for Congress to wield a budget guillotine — called sequestration — if a Super Committee of 12 cannot reach a responsible agreement on both revenue and budget cuts?  
This will leave a range of discretionary programs for children, the poor and middle class, and seniors on the chopping block.  Does the irresponsible no new tax pledge signed by an astounding 279 current members of Congress (238 Representatives and 41 Senators), including the six Republican members of the Congressional “Super Committee,” make the latter an irrelevant and unjust nonstarter?
Are the hungry child and the huge corporate farmer who gets massive government “subsidies” (welfare) equally responsible for the deficit?  I am reminded of French writer Anatole France’s passage in The Red Lily: “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”  
Is that our leaders’ and nation’s code of morality and justice?  If so, the very dream and idea of an America where all have a fair chance and level playing field is dead.
According to new national U.S. census data, over 46 million people in America are poor—more than the entire combined populations of Iraq and Niger.  A 2010 front page New York Times story reported that one in 50 — or 6 million — people in America had no income and depended on food stamps to stave off the wolves of hunger.  
It provoked almost no response.  Children — the most vulnerable and least culpable among us for the deficit — are the poorest age group.  And the younger they are the poorer they are.  Inadequate national and state investment in early childhood and education, and government’s failure to protect children now from continuing economic downturn, are making them poorer.
More than one million children fell into poverty between 2009 and 2010; almost a half million fell into extreme poverty.
It is disgraceful that the number of poor children in our rich nation is greater than the entire combined populations of Haiti and Liberia — two of the poorest countries on earth and that the number of children in extreme poverty is equivalent to the whole population of Israel.  
The number of poor children under age five, the years of greatest brain development, is more than the population of Sierra Leone.  I have yet to hear political leaders in either party nationally or in the states say we will not cut young children who have no belts to tighten.  
I believe no child cuts and no cuts for the poor should trump no tax increases for the rich in a just society.
The budget debate today and the role of our national government is about who we are or want to be as Americans.  Who is government — our collective voice — designed to protect?  The powerful or the powerless, some or all of us?  
Whose responsibility is it to ensure all our children are healthy, housed, educated, and prepared to join a workforce to compete with and out innovate the Chinese and others in 5, 10, or 15 years?  Parents cannot achieve this alone especially when millions of jobs and homes have been lost.  
Will cutting child and family nutrition, early childhood programs, education, child care and after-school enrichment programs, and youth jobs close or widen the huge wealth and income gaps between rich and poor?  Will these cuts make us a more or less secure society?  Where has our common sense gone?  
Where has our moral sense gone?  Are there no bottom lines?  Will children’s lives continue to be cut, ignored, and neglected because they don’t vote or lobby or make campaign contributions?  Will they continue to be punished for parents they did not choose and are not responsible for?  
Do we just let them die, go homeless, hungry, and unhealthy when jobless parents cannot provide the basic necessities of life through no fault of their own?
  The Children’s Defense Fund’s trademarked logo is based on the old fisherman’s prayer—“Dear Lord be good to me.  The sea is so wide and my boat is so small.”  It shows a tiny little sail boat on a vast sea drawn by a young child many years ago based on the prayer.  
Never has it seemed more poignant and appropriate than today as our children are being tossed all about in a rough and uncertain sea of life without rafts by killer economic and political waves from the wakes of gigantic, powerful ocean liners — capsizing small child boats.  
Is our Nation protecting the Titanic — a burdened boat enjoined to give right of way — rather than protecting the child’s small privileged boat struggling without power to reach safe harbor?
What can you do?  Demand your political leaders protect the child’s small boat — the privileged boat — and tell the powerful burdened boat to give them the right of way.
  (Marian Wright Edelman is a lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Americans and is the President of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF). Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families.)

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Education

By Carole Ali
CAMDEN, N.J. – On a beautiful Saturday in midsummer of 2011, the Believers here at Masjidun-Nur, of Camden, held our Annual Health and Wellness Awareness Festival to promote the need for good health and to address some of the health issues of the people in our community as well as the outside community.
We were blessed to have a beautiful day. All week, the South Jersey area was experiencing a heat wave, however Allah blessed us to have relief that day from the heat.
The day was filled with local agencies explaining their services on physical and mental heath needs, substance abuse, homelessness and HIV information and testing. Vendors were also available selling their merchandise.
There was something for everyone. We had a Bouncer, games, face-painting and horseback riding for the children and inside one of our buildings we had the WII game to play. We had water-Ice, popcorn and cupcakes that the youth set-up and sold themselves.
Masjidun-Nur set-up their own Salad Bar with a variety of fresh salads and toppings to select from. There was fish sandwiches for sale also. There was such an array of additional items to select from that it made you feel like you were at a side-walk restaurant. Numerous compliments were given to the cooks.
The highlights of such a blessed day came when a reporter from our local newspaper, Courier-Post, came to interview Imam Radee on this event.
After the reporter’s departure, we were surprised by our the Hon. Mayor Dana Redd who took time out of her busy schedule to stop by to show her support and to present Masjidun-Nur with a Proclamation recognizing all the things we do in the outside community to promote a positive environment for the residents and youth of Camden city.
Special thanks go to all who aided in the success of this event. Our area supermarkets donated water and other items that we were able to give to those present and we were truly grateful.
We are looking forward to begin planning for another successful event next year.

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E - The Environmental Magazine
Dear EarthTalk: I know that polar bears are losing ice cover due to climate change, but what are other ways that global warming affects wildlife around the globe? – Hanna Bond, Hartford, Conn.
Although perhaps the best known examples, polar bears certainly aren’t the only wildlife species already suffering as a result of global warming.
With the sea ice that they depend upon as hunting platforms and places to rest during long swims quickly melting, polar bears were added to the federal list of threatened species in 2008.
This contentious listing decision was significant in that it represented the first time the federal government acknowledged that global warming was not only having a noticeable effect on the environment but could also be blamed for the decline of particular species.
Environmentalists claimed the listing was reason enough to reign in our carbon emissions sharply, but of course that has yet to happen.

While all organisms on the planet are affected in one way or another by climate change, some are more at risk than others.
“Species with small population sizes, restricted ranges, and limited ability to move to different habitat will be most at risk,” reports the National Audubon Society.
“Similarly, different habitats and ecosystems will be impacted differently, with those in coastal, high-latitude, and high-altitude regions most vulnerable.”
Audubon, which is primarily concerned with birds, recently published a report based on 40 years of data that found some 60 percent of the 305 avian species in North America during winter have been on the move in recent decades — shifting their ranges northward by an average of 35 miles, as habitat shifts thanks to warming temperatures.
The Brant (a coastal bird), the Ring-necked Duck (a water bird), and the American Goldfinch (a land bird), all moved about 200 miles north over the last four decades. While it’s questionable whether some birds will find suitable habitat to the north — we may have paved that piece of land over — the picture looks even more grim for those species not willing or able to abandon old roosts.
Also, Audubon reports that the timing of reproductive events (egg-laying, flowering, spawning) across different interdependent species is occurring earlier than ever “in some cases interrupting delicate cycles that ensure that insects and other food are available for young animals.”
Another leading conservation group, Defenders of Wildlife, details how a long list of other North American fauna is in decline as a result of global warming.
The gray wolf, trout, salmon, arctic fox, desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, Edith’s checkerspot butterfly, golden toad, Hawaiian monk seal, lobster, manatee, painted turtle, penguin, streamside salamander and western toad are just a few of the species on Defenders’ list that are negatively impacted by our profligate fossil fuel use.
Meanwhile, the Wildlife Conservation Society adds the Irrawaddy dolphin of Southeast Asia, the Arctic’s musk ox, the ocean-going hawksbill turtle and others to the list of species that are “feeling the heat” from global warming.
While it may seem futile given the scope of the problem, everyone can still take steps to be part of the solution. Switch out your incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents or, even better, the new generation of LED bulbs.
Bike, walk and take mass transit more; drive your car less. Telecommute when you can. Try to source as much of your food and other goods locally to cut down on carbon-heavy transcontinental freight shipping. If not for yourself, do it for the polar bears, turtles, foxes and toads.
Contacts: National Audubon Society, www.audubon.org; Defenders of Wildlife, www.defenders.org; Wildlife Conservation Society, www.wcs.org.
Dear EarthTalk: Freight companies like FedEx, UPS and all those 18 wheelers on the highways probably generate a lot of pollution and global warming. Is anything being done to address this? – Michael Brown, Washington, D.C.
Freight companies operating in the U.S. and beyond do generate significant amounts of pollution. While transportation technologies and fuels have gotten more efficient in recent years, freight demands have grown considerably over the past two decades.
Today, in the U.S. alone, for example, freight is responsible for about a quarter of all transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.
Most freight trucks, locomotives and ships run on diesel engines, which are major sources of emissions of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and carbon dioxide (CO2). Repeated exposure to nitrogen oxide-based smog and particulate matter has been linked to a wide range of human health problems, and we all know what CO2 emissions are doing to the planet’s atmosphere and ecosystems in terms of global warming.
According to a 2005 analysis by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHA), heavy duty trucks are the biggest villains, accounting for 77.8 percent of total U.S. freight greenhouse gas emissions. Boat, train and airplane freight contribute10.8, 8.7 and 2.8 percent respectively.
Besides filling up loads completely and keeping equipment well tuned, shippers can reduce emissions via smarter operations and procedures. Software developed by UPS’s Roadnet helps logistics managers re-engineer their fleet routing, preventing tons of emissions and saving millions of dollars and in the process.
Newer Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards aim to reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter pollution from freight operators upwards of 60 percent by 2020. They are a step in the right direction, but the failure of Congress to pass substantive federal legislation limiting CO2 emissions means that a growing freight sector will continue to pump out more and more greenhouse gases.
A recently released report by the tri-lateral North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA’s) Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) lays out a vision for how to make freight — the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in North America after electricity generation — more efficient and less polluting across Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.
The report identifies some scary trends. For example, emissions from freight-related vehicles grew 74 percent between 1990 and 2008 — some 40 percent more than emissions growth from passenger vehicles over the same time span.
Also, while emissions by light duty vehicles are expected to drop 12 percent by 2030, freight truck emissions are expected to grow by 20 percent.
To start turning the freight sector around, CEC recommends that the three countries party to NAFTA start shifting to lower carbon fuels, putting a price on carbon emissions and replacing crumbling infrastructure.
These fixes won’t be cheap, but CEC claims they will save money in the long run and clean up of North American freight altogether.
Contacts: FHA’s “Assessing the Effects of Freight Movement on Air Quality at the National and Regional Level,” www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/air_quality/publications/effects_of_freight_movement; Roadnet Technologies, www.roadnet.com; Commission for Environmental Cooperation, www.cec.org.
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Freight shipments are responsible for about a quarter of all transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. Heavy duty trucks are the biggest villains, accounting for 77.8 percent of freight transportation's total. Running mostly on diesel fuel, they are also major emitters of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, which are linked to a wide range of human health problems. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

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Community News

By D. Shahid Abdul-Karim
NATIONAL – The phrase, “Think Globally, Act Locally,” carries a lot of validity, when it comes to our approach of establishing sustained growth for our Islamic communities and how we view the world from the synergy of local consideration and local perspectives.
Localism usually describes social measures or trends which emphasizes or value local and small scale phenomena. With all the events and programs that are happening and taking place within our Muslim association and other Muslim communities, we sometimes tend to neglect or acknowledge our local interest as the genius of all organized community activities.
Certainly, there is nothing wrong with traveling to attractive events to gain knowledge or benefit for self improvement. However, we sometimes find ourselves in the daily struggle of trying to make ends meet, deciding which event to attend based on our financial condition and today’s economic climate.
National conferences and conventions are for the purpose of providing quality information to its participants, offering resources to empower productivity, and giving direction and tips on ways to help us develop our local interest to enhance our particular Masjid program initiatives.
Think Globally, Act Locally is defined as the urges of people considering the health of the entire planet and taking action in their “own” communities and cities. Long before countries began enforcing environmental laws, individuals were coming together to protect habitats and organisms that live within them.
Many of our Muslim communities face the challenge of the dreadful decline in local membership. As we see this down turn in numbers, our seasoned members anxiously await to pass the baton to others that have the sincere interest of protecting our local interest.
It becomes critical that we find those individuals within our local community (NOW) who have the concern for building the life of the community and apply certain strategic tactics that will galvanize “New Growth (people).”
New growth will bring in new ideas, new ways of doing things, helping our local roster grow and at the same time putting the message and identity of the African American Muslim in the forefront, remaining virtually transparent.
What is the purpose of going to national conferences and events, spending our hard earned money, if we are not going to use the information we receive, to empower ourselves and leverage a position of strength to enhance our local areas by inviting new growth to hear our message?
It is reported that Muhammed the Prophet said, “There is two kinds of knowledge: One that sits on the tongue and produces no benefits and one that enters the heart and changes the spirit.”
Let’s not forget our Prophet’s interest as the Qur’an was being revealed; his interest was building people locally, although he was a Universal Prophet with universal ideas, universal concerns, and universal aspirations. The Prophet understood local consideration, hence model community life (local) Medina.
We should work toward spending our time and money into solid efforts for more local transparency, increasing our propagation platforms through Muslim Journal circulation, house teachings, promotional flyers, TV Ads, radio, and one on one contact with the general public (specifically the African American).
Other organizations and Muslim communities have their way of growing their Islamic presence in America, as many of them have the luxury traveling abroad bringing relatives, friends, and others to help build their Islamic life in America.
The African American Muslim has a unique set of circumstances, as one of the pioneer members of this community said, “We don’t grow through immigration, we grow through propagation.”
It is through our propagation efforts that our numbers will increase and some of those many burdens that we face locally in and out of our Masajid will be assisted by the above considerations.
Let’s not allow today’s technology to make us lazy in our approach of inviting (or inventing) new growth to hear our message and becoming productive members in our local communities.
Our Pioneer members have made a tremendous sacrifice to establish our commentary and keep the doors open so we can have a place to worship. The face book, internet marketing, and all the other social media outlets are one way(s) to take advantage of promoting our message to the general public.
However, becoming more visible in our neighborhoods, our street corners, and forming alliances with other grass root organizations and individuals will help expose our message into every open door which we are welcomed.
We applaud and acknowledge the work that many of our local communities have done to raise the awareness of Islam in their locale, i.e. Interfaith dialogue, politics, business etc. The harsh reality is that in most cases, those individuals are not likely to become members of our communities, helping us grow, maintaining our religious dignity and places of worship.
As we take time to reflect on local consideration and local perspectives, let us establish strong dawah campaigns with Muslim Journal. Let us look at our local situation beforehand, to see where we are needed to help brand our places of worship verses spending our dollars outside our local community.
And let us increase our charity, so it can help with our schools and local Mosque projects.
There is no substitute for involvement. The Urgency of Localism is not about being among the “status quo” in our communities. This is about holding our local leadership accountable and reminding those in authority over us, that the act of charity starts at home then spreads abroad.
Muslim Journal is committed to move out in the community and work to impact you in your locale. Muslim Journal travels with its Annual Awards Dinner in order to do just that: Impact the Local Growth for Muslims and give rise to a greater profile of the Good Muslim Neighbor – in your Neighborhood.

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Community News

By K. Hasan Hamilton
On the Tenth Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, I cannot help but want to avoid the television and radio at all cost. The memories of this tragedy are profoundly painful.
Ironically, after fighting an urge to send out a message to my colleagues whom of many live in or around New York, I received an email message from our CEO sent out to all employees on his reflections of 9/11. Amazing how leaders/great minds think … guess they do think alike after all.
Nonetheless, I cannot, on that Day of Remembrance, help but reflect on that day that changed American lives forever. I cannot help but wonder where are my students now…; have they all graduated, moved, and what were they thinking on that day…; how did they feel?
Back then, their little hearts were so moved from the pain and agony felt in New York and across our Nation, that these students of mine not only poured out their 4th Grade emotions, but also dug into their banks – some of whom even brought in pennies –to donate toward helping the victims’ families of 9/11.
I also still wonder what would have happened to them had the planes that were originally headed toward LAX not been diverted, as our school lay directly within the flight path of one of the largest airports in our country. And why, when I travelled the streets on that same day to pick up an administrator’s plaque, were the streets so empty, so lonely, filled with despair.
Although the attacks happened on the other side of the coast in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon (Virginia), California felt like it, too, was attacked. Never had I felt such an eerie and utterly vulnerable feeling.
What was even worse was knowing that someone else’s children’s safety lie in my hands … wondering if I, too, would carry the burden of the New York Preschool Teachers whose school neighbored the Twin Towers. What about my niece, my Mother, my sister, brother…; what about the children of the United States…?
Yet, the worse was to come, the attack on innocent Muslims that followed. The stereotypes. The insults, and even the chides from my administrator stating I looked like Al Qaeda when I wore my black hijab.
The smiles that embraced my smile and model like physique – at the time – faded and turned into frowns and suspicion, as eyes lay on my Muslim Journal badge’s Arabic that I so naively displayed around my neck while showcasing BILALIAN, The Documentary in New York on Oct. 6 and 7, 2001.
Many of my friends reported incidents of friends who were harassed or brutally beaten for wearing their hijabs or being Muslim. Others were so frightened at the backlash that they changed their names and wardrobes to blend in for safety. Children were bullied at school for merely being Muslim, Islamic.
No matter what the backlash or the trauma, I believe the most horrific memory of 9/11 for me was when I walked down the streets of New York in a daze, rather a stupor, inhaling the stench of poor, helpless souls who died in the attacks.
To this day, as I write this memoir, tears still well in my eyes remembering the somberness of staggering pass makeshift morgues along the streets of Manhattan. Shaking my head in disbelief even now, of all the countless pictures plastered on every possible space of pay phones, poles…loved ones, missing, not found… my Goodness, the taxi dropped me off as he could go no further.
By the way, he was so terrified to tell me he was Muslim, as Sikh taxi drivers had already been killed/attacked for mistakenly being characterized as “Islamists/Muslims”….
I will never forget the Fireman who collapsed in my arms, broke down and cried at the loss of his colleagues and friends. Nor will I forget the police officer who shared with me how much he loved kids as I shared with him how much I missed my class….
However, the fireman who was sweeping outside as a means to keep his aching heart from agonizing any more than it already had will be the most painful memory of 9/11 that my soul possess. For his tears represented the countless men and women who sacrificed, tragically died and left behind their loved ones….
Subhanallah. May G-d have Mercy on us all and grant the believers strength and protection. Ameen.

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By Leila Diab

Life goes on within the soul of a nation, and for that matter, many nations as people throughout the world, were inclined to remember that fateful day, Sept. 11, 2001.
Where were you when you hear and first saw the unbelievable destruction of property and innocent human lives lost under the surreal rubble of war torn edifices in New York City?
Images, impressions and the many fears of inhumane retribution that many American Arabs and Muslims were subjective to, will always be itched in their minds. However, over the last 10 years since the 911 attack on American soil, people with brown colored skin, Muslims and Arabs kept their abiding tolerance and hope in the soul of this Nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for all, in the pursuit of life and happiness.
Albeit,that is the essence of the American dream of democracy, designed and protected and supported by the hope and the heroes of the United States of America.
W all will always ask, “Why?”
Life goes on within the soul and for that matter, in the souls of many nations, as people throughout the world were inclined to remember that fateful day, Sept. 11, 2001. Where were you when you hear and saw the unbelievable destruction of property and innocent human lives lost under the surreal war torn rubble and edifices in New York City?
A decade passed and yet the soul of the American nation and the world lit candles in remembrance of the fallen heroes, and the innocent victims who were killed. And why, because of the irreconcilable scorn of mad demonic forces.
For those who continue to remember that fateful day, you are asked: “How has your life been affected during the post 9/11 U.S.? Or how have you changed your life style in lieu of the realization of this now permanent fate and destiny?
However, one question that continues to resonate throughout the world is the profound and impacting question: Why?
“I never believed that in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, with rights and freedoms for all suddenly, yet, dramatically was shifted to an Orwellian nightmare of change,” said, an anonymous American high school teacher.
Another Arab American high school teacher says she remembers being in the classroom with her students and all of sudden, the principal makes an announcement on the P.A. and tells all teachers to close their doors and put on the television.
The first thought that came across the Arab American woman's mind was, “Oh no, I hope it has nothing to do with Arabs.” Then all of a sudden, two high school security guards opened the classroom door. One guard stood in the doorway, while the other guard approached the teacher and said, “Open your desk and take out your purse, we are going to search you.”
The teacher was stunned and said, “Are you doing this to everyone or is it because I am an Arab or American? When the bell rang, the teacher hurried down to the principal's office and made a simple request. She asked the principal to please get on the P.A and make an announcement asking everyone to be tolerant of all Arabs or Muslims.
The teacher requested this to the principal, because of the 9/11 incident that day, and she felt a genuine fear for the Arabs and feared “Muslim bashing” that was about to accelerate. Ironically, the principal responded to the teacher by saying, “I'll have to call the school board to get their approval.”
This teacher  was the only teacher searched throughout the whole school during the  morning on September 11, 2001, at 8:50 am, Central standard time. The teacher that I am referring to happens to be the writer of this story in post 9/11. Me!
However, if you ask an American Muslim or an Arab American, they will define the post 9/11 tragedy as living a life in fear, mistrust and unprotected profiling, as well as an increase in racial bias.

Were these Americans of multi cultural identities, such as Muslims and Arabs protected under the
the United States of America's Civil Rights laws and the Bill of Rights? For many, not only were their civil rights unprotected, many, especially Arab American peace activists, were targeted as being anti patriotic, their bank accounts scrutinized and their cell phones tapped and monitored. All in the name of security reasons, without any charges or files against them?

Life goes on, yes, but many will argue with the fact that since 911, many extreme American civil liberties laws were also buried under the rubble, post 911. A complete change in these new laws came under the guise of the Patriot Act, and according to the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) recent report, Reclaiming Patriotism, in the aftermath of 911, 10 years later.
“Reclaiming Patriotism” reveals that in the years since its passage, the Patriot Act has paved the way for the expansion of government-sponsored surveillance including the gutting of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and a recent revamping of the Attorney General Guidelines to allow law enforcement to conduct physical surveillance without suspicion – right here in our own country.
Indeed, over the last eight years, numerous expansions of executive authority have worked in tandem to infringe upon our rights. Only by understanding the larger picture of the combined effects of Patriot Act, the amendments to FISA, the guidelines for physical surveillance and other expansions of power can Congress make an informed, consistent and principled decision about whether and how to amend all of these very powerful surveillance tools. 
“The fallout we’ve seen from the Patriot Act being rushed through the legislative process is a dramatic example of the dire need for proper and deliberative congressional oversight,” said Fredrickson. “Congress should use this year’s Patriot Act reauthorization as an opportunity to reexamine all of our surveillance laws.
Our lawmakers have, over time, built a massive surveillance mechanism bit by bit. Now is the time take it apart, examine each piece and develop wiser policies.”  

Life goes on, yes, but many will argue with the fact that since 911, many extreme American civil liberties laws were also buried under the rubble, post 911. A complete change in these new laws came under the guise of the Patriot Act. According to the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU), recent report, Reclaiming Patriotism, in the aftermath of 911, ten years later,
 
Again, and again, the American Civil Liberties Union, has shown the disparaging and unwarranted collapse of  honest citizen's  civil rights and liberties. Now is the time on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 to recapture the essence of democratic freedoms and not whole a Nation responsible for the violent acts of demonic forces. 
American patriotism for all the right humanitarian reasons restored  many glorious victories of  freedom  throughout the world  and in the American civil rights movement, the walls of injustice came crumbling down.
 
The whole world will be inclined to remember that fateful day on every Sept. 11, 2001. Images, impressions and the many fears of inhumane retribution that many American Arabs and Muslims were subjective to, will always be itched in their minds.
Heroes come and go, and are never to be forgotten. Post 9/11, a decade later, all the fallen heroes gave us hope and tried to save a life. It is now our turn to remember to walk in the shadows of all the 9/11 heroes, their families and friends, as the new shining light..the  light of hope.

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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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