Friday, January 20, 2012

Tariq Ramadan's Speech at the Opening of the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE)

The research Center on Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) was inaugurated January, 15th in Doha, Qatar. Several speakers gave the mainlines of the project, and Professor Tariq Ramadan, as the Director of CILE, explained how he wants to enforce the ideas of his book Radical Reform as far as purposes and applied ethics in the following fields: methodology, economy, environment, bioethics, arts, gender issue, education, politics, medias, food, psychology, etc. :,11839.html

Inaugural Ceremony Video (about an hour long):

Facebook Is Making Us Miserable

(December 9, 2011)

via Sidi Usama

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Democracy Now: Journalist Chris Hedges Sues Obama Admin over Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens Approved in NDAA

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges has filed suit against President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to challenge the legality of the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes controversial provisions authorizing the military to jail anyone it considers a terrorism suspect anywhere in the world, without charge or trial. Sections of the bill are written so broadly that critics say they could encompass journalists who report on terror-related issues, such as Hedges, for supporting enemy forces. "It’s clearly unconstitutional," Hedges says of the bill. "It is a huge and egregious assault against our democracy. It overturns over 200 years of law, which has kept the military out of domestic policing." We speak with Hedges, now a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and former New York Times foreign correspondent who was part of a team of reporters that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. We are also joined by Hedges’ attorney Carl Mayer, who filed the litigation on his behalf in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. [includes rush transcript]

Monday, January 16, 2012

So How Much SHOULD Islamic Clergy Make?

Muslim Strategic Initiative

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Islamic Manuscripts at the Cambridge Digital Library


Obama sued over indefinite detention and torture of Americans act

via Aliya

Chris Hedges: Why I’m Suing Barack Obama (re: NDAA)

Martin Luther King Jr.: Nonviolence and the Struggle Between Rich and Poor

NYT: When Will We Stop the Scapegoating of Muslims in America? (December 6, 2011)

via Crescent Post via islamicate

For Aisha Al-Adawiya, Defending American Muslims Is King’s Work

via Aliya and Aisha

Green’ Talk and Call for Action at RIS in Toronto

Qatar Foundation launches new Research Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics

Canadian Islamic convention attracts record breaking attendance [RIS 2011]

via Tayyibah Taylor

Prophetic Christian as Organic Intellectual: Martin Luther King, Jr.

The major challenges to King's black church formation came from the critiques of religion put forward by Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzche as, for example, Marx's claim (based on Ludwig Feuerbach's views) that religion was the opiate of the people - the instrument of those who rule in that it divests people of their own powers by investing God with all power and thereby rendering them submissive and deferential toward the status quo. Furthermore, Marx's claim of the vast economic disparity between the rich and poor - for instance, the class inequality in America between 1 percent of the population who owned 28 percent of the wealth and the bottom 45 percent of the population who owned 2 percent of the wealth - made an important impact on King. King's black church formation led him to conclude that many forms of religion did render people submissive, but also that prophetic Christianity could empower people to fight against oppression and struggle for freedom and justice. King remained convinced all of his life that there was a need for a redistribution of wealth and a deemphasis on material possessions in a profit-oriented capitalist society. And later in life, King endorsed some forms of (indigenous) American democratic and libertarian socialism that preserved a constitutional rule of law and protected individual liberties in order to secure and promote a "person-centered rather than property-centered and profit-centered" economy. In regard to his response to Marx, King wrote:
I read Marx as I read all of the influential historical thinkers - from a dialectical point of view, combining a partial yes and a partial no. Insofar as Marx posited a metaphysical materialism, an ethical relativism, and a strangulating totalitarianism, I responded with an unambiguous "no"; but insofar as he pointed to weaknesses of traditional capitalism, contributed to the growth of a definite self-consciousness in the masses, and challenged the social conscience of the Christian churches, I responded with a definite "yes."
In short, King succumbed to neither a knee-jerk negative reaction to Marx without reading and grappling with him nor an uncritical acceptance of Marx's atheism, which overlooked the contribution of prophetic religious people to struggles for freedom.
-Cornel West, The Cornel West Reader, "Prophetic Christian as Organic Intellectual: Martin Luther King, Jr." pg. 431

[originally posted 1/17/11 12:01 AM]

Chris Hedges' Columns Turning King’s Dream Into a Nightmare