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Indo-Pakistan War of 1971

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This article is on the Indo-Pakistani war and after all these years have gone by, the conflicts and loose ends that are still hanging around.

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Food in Pakistan - Pakistani Food, Pakistani Cuisine - popular, dishes, diet, history, common, meals, staple, rice, main, people, favorite, make, customs, fruits, country, bread, vegetables, bread,...

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This website talks about the region in Pakistan and types of food each region eats and how through the spread of religion, each area came to have their own traditions and cultures. Through the spreading of the Islam religion, starting in 700 A.D, the basis of Pakistani cuisine was created. Because Muslims are forbidden to eat pork or consume alcohol, they concentrated on other areas of food such as fish, beef, chicken, and vegetables. Pakistan is divided into four provinces, each with different cultures and regional specialties and delicacies. For example, seafood are delicacies in the coastal Sind province. In Baluchistan, cooks barbecue whole lambs in a deep pit. The people living in Punjab are known for their bread and elaborate cooking preparations. The Pathens, who occupy the Northwest Frontier province, eat a lot of lamb. Their cooking, however, is considered more bland than the other regions. Oven-baked bread eaten with cubes of meat. Although the customs are different, American and Pakistani food is quite similar since the type of food they eat is by the region.

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September 11 attacks

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On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked airplanes and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
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This websites talks about some of the facts on 9/11, and how it started the war in the Middle East. On September 11, 2001, two planes that got hijacked by Al-Qaeda flew into the World Trade Center in New York. Another plane flew into the Pentagon. Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the pentagon, the horror in New York took a catastrophic turn for the worse when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke. The structural steel of the skyscraper could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters. This attack was the worst act of terror in America in all of history. Because of this attack, Muslims have been hated on, and continued to be hated on for years, also, this attack sparked the start of the war in the Middle East.

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The Successor

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A new novel from the acclaimed winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize for achievement in fiction.The Successor is a power...
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This is a book I would really want to read. Its about a man who had been handpicked to succeed the hated Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha. The man who died was Mehmet Shehu, the heir to the ailing dictator. The world was so certain that he was next in line that he was known as The Successor. And then, shortly before he was to assume power, he was found dead. Did he commit suicide or was he murdered? This is a Historical novel, based on actual events by the author’s private conversations with the son of the real-life Mehmet Shehu.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the ta...
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The very beginning of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" starts out very different than any book I've read. Instead of talking in a third person or first person point of view, it starts out like the narrator is talking to you, like you are having a conversation. The book starts out in a cafe, I presume, and the narrator, Changez, is talking to someone, (although it seems as if he's talking to you). Changez talks about his life in America and starts out with his college life. After graduation he talks about his trip to Greece where he meets, and I would say, falls in love with a woman named Erica. She is am American woman, (I say American woman because Changez is from Pakistan), that went to Princeton with him. The whole Greece trip he talks about her and how beautiful she is and how he wants to meet and talk to her. After he gets back from Greece he gets a very nice job that only 10 people get hired out of around 25. He was the best of his "hiree" class. The firm is called Underwood Samson and its a company that maps out other companies salaries. Once he gets the job not a lot happens, he talks about him and Erica and how they are becoming closer and they go out a lot and get drinks. Eventually, Changez has to go to the Philippines on a business trip. While he was there the World Trade Center got bombed, and that's when his life went downward. After that, Pakistani and Muslims got beat and would disappear, they got treated like crap and he got profiled in the airport. Later on, he had sex with Erica and then a couple days later she went back into depression and he didn't see her for a while. After that a drunk American calls him a "fucking Arab" (page 117) and the two have a little encounter, nothing happens though. He takes a vacation and goes back to Pakistan and when he gets back he's ashamed of the low level of life in Pakistan. Changez goes to Chile and he meets the chief of the publishing company, Juan Buatista who likes Changez because he reminds Juan of his own grandfather. Juan Buatistia was unhappy of the evaluation team because he knew that they could put him out of business. After that, Changez says that by working in the American finance company he is destroying his own country. Changez decides to quit his job and move back to Pakistan. He gets involved in politics, encouraging his students to protest for Pakistan’s independence from America. His paper becomes very popular among his students. Finally, Changez and an American are at the dinner in the beginning of the book and it says the American reached for a "metallic object. It is unclear weather or not he gets shot or not. That's for you to decide.

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Islamic Relief USA - Working Together For A Better World

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Offering relief services for more than a quarter-century, the Islamic Relief  family of relief organizations includes locations in more than 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Islamic Relief USA provides emergency disaster relief when it is needed, and spearheads development projects in multiple sectors, including education, income generation, orphan support, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation. IRUSA directly supports international projects in these sectors in nearly 30 countries around the world. IRUSA is headquartered just outside of Washington, DC, in Alexandria, VA, and maintains regional offices in California, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas. In addition to its international relief and development initiatives, IRUSA also supports domestic projects to help disadvantaged communities in the United States. Some of Islamic Relief USA’s domestic projects have included: community grants, toy fairs for children, financial assistance, healthcare in underserved areas, and the annual ‘Day of Dignity’ program, which provides food, medical care, hygiene kits, and more to thousands of homeless and underserved people across the country.

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Origins of C.I.A.’s Not-So-Secret Drone War in Pakistan

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The C.I.A.’s covert drone war in Pakistan began with the 2004 killing of a Pashtun militant, the result of a secret deal that was a turning point in the agency’s fight against terrorism.
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This article is about how The C.I.A is still killing innocent people in Pakistan. After 9/11, America went to war with the Middle East for about 12 years to try to end the Taliban and Al-Qaeda's rule in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Even though the war is over, the American government continues to do black ops missions and drone strikes jointed with the Pakistani government to take out Al-Qaeda leaders. In this case, Nek Muhammad and his people were killed by the C.I.A. The target was not a General of the Taliban, but a Pakistani ally of the Taliban who led a tribal rebel group and was marked by Pakistani government as an enemy of the state. In a secret deal, the C.I.A. had agreed to kill him in exchange for access to airspace the C.I.A wanted to hunt down their enemies.

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Hate crimes against UK Muslim women

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Hate crimes against Muslims in the UK are on the rise which mainly target women, according to new figures from a human rights organization.
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This video is about how after 9/11, Muslims, (in the UK) have been discriminated and hated on for what "their people" were responsible for. The cruel and humiliating assaults include having Muslims ripped off, being peed on, or having feces rubbed in their faces or put through their mailboxes. Political groups like the British National Party and the English Defense League are responsible for one third of the crimes. The interfaith group revealed the extent of these crimes after receiving calls on a new hotline set up to help victims of attacks on Muslims. The majority of callers are women and all of them have their own story. When the Olympics were coming up, many human rights groups were concerned attacks may increase further during the Games, saying racist groups using big events as platforms for their activities. This video exposed the testimonies of hate crime victims and the highlight of the extent of the problem and look at what is being done to reduce the number of women subjected to attacks due to prejudice.

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Racial profiling by law enforcement is poisoning Muslim Americans' trust

Racial profiling by law enforcement is poisoning Muslim Americans' trust | The Reluctant Fundamentalist-Pakistan | Scoop.it
Sahar Aziz: By using 'community outreach' to spy on citizens, counter-terror agencies are wrecking their most valuable asset: good will
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The newspaper "The Guardian" talks about racial profiling and how its against human rights. The definition of racial profiling is the use of an individual’s race or ethnicity by law enforcement personnel as a key factor in deciding whether to engage in enforcement (make a traffic stop or arrest). The practice is controversial and is illegal in many jurisdictions. After 9/11, racial profiling became a huge issue for Muslims, not just in America but around the whole world. Weather its a routine traffic stop for something that someone didn't do, framing someone for stealing, or pulling every long bearded Muslim man to the side, at airports, racial profiling was, and still is, a huge problem. Since the fall of the world trade center, ever Muslim nowadays is considered "a terrorist" in America. There have been countess number of times where because a man is Muslim, police stopped and searched him for a bomb. Not only is this wrong, its against the constitution and needs to end.

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