Jul 22, 2006

Whole World can easily get engulfed in this spreading fire of hatred

Apparently the war mongers of today may they be Muslims, Christians, Hindus or Jews do not realize that the new digital age that came upon this globe suddenly has shrunk this world in more ways than you can ever imagine. All the old dynamics, old thinking, old strategy of war and peace no longer applies. Hypocrisy, double standards, lies or any other games are instantly seen and read by millions in every part of the world. Past and present is instantly studied and compared. Today any wrong action in any part of the world will directly or indirectly effect everyone around the world.

Arrogance will continue to loose you friends. Military strength will give you a fake temporary feeling of power. The new digital age will bring power to those that respect it, understand and use it wisely to gain economic power.

The fundamentalism and extremism that resulted in the horrific event of 9/11 was containable. Today 5 years later with wrong actions this cancer has been successfully spread into all parts of the body of this precious earth. Destructive fundamentalism and extremism is winning the war. The only way to defeat it is to wage a full scale global war on the curse of poverty, diseases like cancer, Aids, diabetes.

Jul 15, 2006

Do we want our US Born or Raised Children to be treated like 3rd Class Citizens?

We the first generation pf Pakistani Americans who came in the last 4 decades to this land of Liberty, Justice and Citizens Rights to ALL might be used to being treated as unequal citizens of this great country after 9/11. We can move back to where we came from with little difficulty, if we have to. But did we seriously think about the 2nd generation of Pakistani Americans? They are here without their choice. Most will have major difficulties going back to Pakistan, if forced to. Do you know the options that will be left to the Pakistani-American community if another incident like 9/11, God forbid, takes place? The law enforcement and homeland security agencies keep saying it is not a matter of ‘If’ but ‘When’.
It is almost 5 years after 9/11. The Pakistani-American community is 4 decades late in doing what the Jewish, Indian and Armenian communities have done. They became politically active at all levels of the city, state and the federal government. The Pakistani-American community is very fragmented and always divided as individuals or local groups. Everyone always has his personal agenda. A successful long-term political activism initiative can only take place if the entire community –each and every member - physically, intellectually and financially supports such an initiative.
Two years ago I and nine other community friends started a most powerful political activism initiative on the Hill called PAL-C. For the first time in two years PAL-C helped create one of the fastest growing Congressional Pakistan Caucus in the Congress. Today the Pakistan Caucus has 74 members. With no support from the community, the PAL-C initiative will fold as quickly as it began. Today only I and three other founding Board of Directors are bearing the load to keep it going. But for how long? The decision to support PAL-C and impart renewed momentum to its activities or to remain idle bystanders and let it die prematurely is all yours.

Jul 12, 2006

Most of us are holding on to Money that does not belong to us

That is why the world is going nowhere but down towards more terrorism, more misery, more hunger, more greed, more waste and more walls of temporary protection around us as the difference between the rich and the poor keeps on mounting. The North-South divide is reaching alarming proportions. It may well become unbridgeable if the disconcerting trend sustains its momentum.
We could start turning the world around and win the war on terrorism if every one of us attacks the curse of poverty. Every one of us who earns a profit of $1 or $1million is holding at least 5-10% of that earning that rightfully belongs to those who live below the poverty line. It is only the dictate of our conscience that could make us voluntarily pay this amount daily, monthly, yearly to its rightful owners.
Millions are going hungry every day. Thousands are dying due to lack of medicine or healthcare. Giving once a year to some unqualified charity does not provide the necessary daily meal to survive. Separate the 5-10% share of your daily, weekly, monthly profit before you have the urge to spend it on yourself or your friends. Get it immediately to the poor rather than the administrators of NGOs.