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Crisis of Leadership PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Louay Safi   
Oct 09, 2008 at 07:01 AM

The $700 billion bailout of Wall Street that was annouced last week by the Bush adminstration will add to a staggering national debt of $10,000,000,000,000, ensuring that it will top $11 trillions by the end of next year ($700 b + $600 b for federal deficit + cost of war). To pay back the debt, every American household will have to contribute $100,000!

The national debt is now approaching the US Gross Domestic Products (GDP), that is the total output of a year-worth of work for the American people, which is currently around $13 trillions. The US government pays $430 billions in interests to service this loan. This is equal to the annual health bill and 4 times more than what is spent on education.

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Devotion, Dialogue, and Development PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Louay Safi   
Jul 11, 2005 at 02:00 PM

Human life evolved as a manifestation of, and in response to, the divine purpose. This purpose was first revealed, the Qur’an tells us, in the presence of representatives of two other intelligent species: angels and jinns. “I will create a vicegerent on earth,” Allah declared to the angels and to Iblis, the father of the jinns, at the eve of the creation of the first human being. The angels responded with amusement and reservation to the creation of human beings with the power and capacity to reign over God’s creation.

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Logic of History and Power PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Louay Safi   
Jan 18, 2005 at 07:00 PM

We all have perspectives on the world. Our vantage points-- determined by our social, communal, ethnic, and religious affiliations--influence our views and our perspectives. Our perspectives can be a source of enrichment or devastation. When we respect individuality and recognize each other, our varying vantage points make us see things better, and arrive at better answers and solutions. But when we see our differences as a threat, and insist to impose our views by force, distortion, or deception we all end up being losers.

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Discrimination and Aggression PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Louay Safi   
Jan 18, 2005 at 05:43 AM

It does not take much effort to see that cases of aggression, abuse, and exploitation often emanate from a single pattern: Dividing people into categories, and using the notion of "we are better than them" to justify aggression, exploitation, and violation of human dignity.

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