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Mar. 1st, 2008

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Pakistan election & reactions from Washington


The results of the recent elections in Pakistan were not only inspiring but were also a victory for democracy in Pakistan. The most interesting factor was the fact that many people came out to vote for independents. Reactions from Washington are equally interesting.

Feb. 12th, 2008

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Family Values


There is a growing misconception in the larger world that Americans don't have family values. Much of this is attributed to the image created by Hollywood and the music industry.
This runs contrary to the fact that over half the population have strong religious beliefs and believe strongly in family values according to a recent finding by Familyfacts.org. Christine Kim from the Heritage Foundation and Imran Siddiqui from Beyond the Headlines try to look at the differences between myth and reality.

Dec. 11th, 2007

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BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Buying the War | Excerpt | PBS


Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 9 PM on PBS (check local listings)

How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?

In this clip from the premiere of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, Bob Simon of 60 Minutes, who was based in the Middle East, talks about the reporting he was seeing and reading out of the beltway, and John Walcott and Warren Strobel of Knight Ridder newspapers (now The McClatchy Company), discuss their work burrowing deep into the intelligence agencies to determine whether there was any evidence for the Bush Administration's case for war. On Wednesday, April 25 at 9 P.M. on PBS (check local listings), watch "Buying the War," a 90-minute documentary that explores the role of the press in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, which includes interviews with Dan Rather, formerly of CBS; Tim Russert of Meet the Press; and Walter Isaacson, former president of CNN.

Two days later on April 27, the Bill Moyers Journal airs its regular timeslot on Fridays at 9 P.M. with interviews and news analysis of underreported stories across an array of beats, including: the environment, media, politics, the economy, arts and culture, and social issues

Jan. 27th, 2007

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1st Sufi Saint and Muslim shrine of America


1st Sufi Saint and Muslim shrine of America
"1st Sufi Saint and Muslim shrine of America" on Google Video
Some 40 miles from Philadelphia, among the rolling hills and tall trees of Chester County, is a Mazar (a shrine), the resting place of Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen the Sufi saint and founder of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, who passed away in 1986. This original piece is a 2 part series that explores this Muslim shrine, the first in the United States. Since its dedication it has become an important destination for pilgrims from all over the world who wish to pay their respects to the Sufi saint. The first part talks about the "Mazar" (the shrine built by his followers in his memory) and the second part takes the viewers to his Mosque and talks about the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen fellowship.

Imran Siddiqui and Ilyas Khan
VOA TV

Jan. 17th, 2007

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Surfing the 50 States of America


Surfing the 50 States of America
"Surfing the 50 States of America" on Google Video
This is a narrative original piece about two Australian surfers who are on an adventure trip to surf the 50 states of America and shoot a documentary about their entire trip. Through this initiative they would like to show to the youth that to enjoy life to the fullest all you need is a dream and the will to fulfill it. According to Jonathan and Stefan, America does not have a good reputation in Australia, and by doing this they feel that they can show the Australian people that you cannot judge a country by the action of a few people. They say that in the past five months of touring America, they have come across many amazing people, and an experience which has completely changed their lives in so many ways. We caught up with them on their recent tour to DC, where they water-surfed in the Potomac River.

Imran Siddiqui

Classic water-surfing footage courtesy of
www.surfing50states.com

Jan. 13th, 2007

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An Examination of the New Iraq Policy


An Examination of the New Iraq Policy
"An Examination of the New Iraq Policy " on Google Video
Leading Brookings experts representing a broad spectrum of disciplines examined the implications of President Bush's new Iraq policy initiative. Participants in the first public discussion included Sarah Binder, senior fellow, Governance Studies; Philip H. Gordon, senior fellow; Martin S. Indyk, senior fellow and director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy; and Kenneth M. Pollack, senior fellow and director of research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy. Carlos Pascual, Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies Brookings institution, moderated the panel.

Imran Siddiqui

Jan. 5th, 2007

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Lahore... but in Virginia?


Lahore... but in Virginia?
"Lahore... but in Virginia?" on Google Video
This is a story about Lahore, a small town in Orange County, Virginia, which in the 1850's was named after the ancient city of Lahore in Pakistan. We spoke to the present American owner of a portion of the town's land, and also the Pakistani American who has recently bought that piece of land to develop it to match the Pakistani town of Lahore. The new Lahore will have a school, a museum, an airport, and a replica of the famous Shalimar gardens in Lahore, Pakistan. But the remaining memories of the 18th century Lahore town in Virginia will also be carried forward by uniting American Lahore with the Pakistani Lahore.

Imran Siddiqui

Jan. 4th, 2007

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The woman behind the film – God and Allah need to talk


The woman behind the film – God and Allah need to talk
"The woman behind the film – God and Allah need to talk" on Google Video
A one on one talk with Ruth Broyde Sharone a film maker and an interfaith activist from Los Angeles. According to her recent documentary film “God and Allah need to talk” she is on a path to unite humanity.

Imran Siddiqui

Dec. 19th, 2006

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Sawana and family


Sawana and family
"Sawana and family" on Google Video
My first day on earth!

God has blessed my family with a lovely daughter, may God always keep them smiling.
Sawana Siddiqui with big sister Injila Siddiqui

Best wishes

Samar Siddiqui and Imran Siddiqui


Dec. 8th, 2006

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God and Allah need to talk – A film for healing and reconciliation


God and Allah need to talk – A film for healing and reconciliation
"God and Allah need to talk – A film for healing and reconciliation" on Google Video
This is an enterprise mission story that talks about the film “ God and Allah need to talk” written produced and directed by Ruth Sharone, a Jewish American film maker and an interfaith activist from Los Angeles. The film talks about God and Allah being the same divine power and the fact that Gods children need to talk to each other rather then God talking to himself. The story is set against the backdrop of an interfaith initiative taken by the Ambassador of Bangladesh His Excellency Shamsheer Chowdry together with film maker and interfaith activist Ruth Sharon, to launch and evening of multicultural dialogue and help people from different faith groups and religions to get together and find common grounds amongst themselves and their different beliefs.

The event also marked post thanksgiving celebrations where representatives from all the major faith groups of the world got together to dialogue, communicate, screen the film and at the end of the event they all broke bread together to commemorate the struggles of all world religions to coexist in harmony.

Imran Siddiqui

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