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10/25/15 Afghanistan Looks to Russia for Military Hardware: Kremlin’s more-assertive foreign policy raises potential for clash with U.S.

Source: The Wall Street Journal  Excerpt for the article: Afghanistan, battered by worsening security, is reaching out to an old ally and patron—Russia—just as the Kremlin is seeking to reassert its position as a heavyweight on the world stage. President Ashraf Ghani has asked Moscow for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopter gunships for his country’s struggling military, Afghan and Russian officials say, after the U.S. and its allies pulled most of their troops from Afghanistan and reduced financial aid. The outreach has created another opening for the Kremlin, stepping up the potential for confrontation with Washington. East-West relations are … Continued

10/15/2015 AIFD Calls on the Parliament of the World’s Religions to Hold Speakers Accountable

This year, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) will be represented at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, convening in Salt Lake City this weekend and opening today. We are sending a representative to the Parliament to engage with interfaith leaders on behalf of liberty-minded Muslims who embrace a pluralistic interpretation of Islam and promote the value of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Parliament of the World’s Religions began convening in 1893, a meeting considered to be the birthplace of the global interfaith movement. This year marks the first Parliament held in the United States since 1993. … Continued

09/30/2015   AIFD Calls Upon President Obama to Condemn Russian Airstrikes against Syrian Citizenry

09/30/2015 AIFD Calls Upon President Obama to Condemn Russian Airstrikes against Syrian Citizenry

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) released the following statement today condemning Russian airstrikes on Syria: “News of the first publicly announced Russian airstrikes on Syria marks a turning point in the region: Russia’s proxy war against Syrian civilians is no longer covert and is no longer only vis-à-vis Assad. As the global community, and most tragically our own U.S. administration, have failed to support Syrian civilians against the Assad regime, and have allowed ISIS to expand, Russia has now brazenly announced that it is carrying out missions in Syria. Bashar al-Assad’s alliance with Russian leadership is no secret. … Continued

09/11/2015 AIFD Remembers 9-11

09/11/2015 AIFD Remembers 9-11

Dear Friend of AIFD,   We at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy would like to extend our love and ongoing prayers to all of those who lost friends, colleagues and loved ones in the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001. We would also like to express our continued gratitude to our armed forces and first responders, and all those who risked their lives to save others on that day and afterward. We are in awe as we bear witness to your courage. AIFD was founded in the wake of that horrific attack on our nation and values. As we … Continued

08/06/2015 Debate Report Card for the  First Republican Primary Debate

08/06/2015 Debate Report Card for the First Republican Primary Debate

We at AIFD view our mission as non-partisan. Islamism, or radical Islam, runs counter to the universal human rights all American political parties claim to espouse. Islamism is opposed to truly free market principles, to women’s rights, to racial equality, and to individual liberty. This year, Dr. Jasser has decided to watch the primary dates with an eye toward grading the candidates on their positions, clarity and vision with regard to militant Islamism, counterterrorism and foreign policy strategy. AIFD endorses no candidate or party. These are Dr. Jasser’s personal observations of the Republican primary with an eye only towards our … Continued

Anti-SemitiSm: iSlAmiSm’S indelible mArker

Anti-SemitiSm: iSlAmiSm’S indelible mArker

Source: The Journal of Innernational Security Affairs Today, the United States and its allies are focused on the concept of “countering vio- lent extremism” as a means of combat ting the scourge of radical Islam. Yet violent extremism is but one manifestation of the Islamist ideology that threatens Western democracies and citizenry under its sway. Anti-Semitism is also a defining symptom of Islamism—and arguably a much more important one. For one can espouse radical Islamism and its totalitarian, supremacist goals of world domination with out choosing violent means to do so. But it is far harder to endorse Islamist ideology without … Continued

Ramadan Kareem from AIFD

Ramadan Kareem from AIFD

This week, Muslims around the world will begin our observance of the holy month of Ramadan. During this month, all who are physically and mentally able to do so will abstain from both food and drink from sunrise until sunset. This fast is not one of sorrow, but of thankfulness: Ramadan reminds us to give thanks for our blessings, while keeping the suffering in our prayers and doing what we can to help them. Each Ramadan, we at AIFD are keenly aware of the sanctity and safety of this great nation which we call home, and which gives us the … Continued