Outreach

A Catholic American Praises Prophet Muhammad at an Islamic Centre in Dublin, Ireland

*Note: This is the text of a speech I gave during the 4th Annual Peace Walk and Peace Conference at the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre Ireland in Blanchardstown, Dublin on 26 January 2014. A special thanks to my friend Dr-Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri for inviting me and organizing this beautiful event. A report from Al-Mustafa can be found at Report…… Continue reading A Catholic American Praises Prophet Muhammad at an Islamic Centre in Dublin, Ireland

Politics

Politics: Deval Patrick’s feisty ‘backbone’ speech calls on Democrats to stop being whimps

The Republicans must be aggravated that a short black man can be so politically destructive.  It must shatter the constructs that many have in their head. Patrick’s speech had very little rhetoric, which I like. He was strong and feisty and attacked. He called on Democrats to stop being such wimps.  He told his party…… Continue reading Politics: Deval Patrick’s feisty ‘backbone’ speech calls on Democrats to stop being whimps

Film-work

Film-work: Obama visits Needham, Massachusetts on campaign trail

Politics

Video: ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Place’ (Pakistan) speech by Akbar Ahmed

Professor Akbar Ahmed speaks about the difficult quandary in present day Pakistan, especially in the Tribal Areas.  Be on the lookout for his forthcoming book The Thistle and the Drone (to be published by Brookings Institution Press in the spring of 2013).

Personal

The short speech I never read

I wrote this speech (with a few typos) before launching Journey into America, which was screened at the Washington D.C. Convention Center.  I ended up not even reading it.  I was under the impression that we (researchers) were going to be asked to say a few words in front of the audience.  This was never…… Continue reading The short speech I never read

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Politics: Speech on what makes America exceptional

Perhaps I never gave him a chance (I do not really give politicians too many), but THIS… now THIS truly fantastic passage says a lot about John McCain and, I think, represents all that is holy about the US of A (if anything can be holy about it).  McCain is speaking in reference to (the…… Continue reading Politics: Speech on what makes America exceptional