Tag: White House

Washingtonpost: White House working to weaken Syria sanctions bill for Russia and Iran

As the Obama administration scrambles for options in Syria, officials lament that the United States has no leverage over the Assad regime, Russia or Iran to persuade them to halt their ongoing atrocities, especially in Aleppo. But behind the scenes, the White House is actually working to weaken a sanctions bill lawmakers in both parties see as providing leverage against all three….more: https://www.washingtonpost.com

Muslim and American: Voices from the White House

“At a time when others are trying to divide us along lines of religion or sect, we have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths—we are all God’s children, all born equal with inherent dignity. So often we focus on outward differences, we forget how much we share.” (President Obama)…more:whitehouse.gov

Seymour Hersh report on Syria: White House knew US was arming Islamic State

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) — Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Seymour Hershreports that the administration of President Barack Obama, in particular the CIA, has knowingly armed militant Islamists in Syria, including the Islamic State.

“Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office — and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him — has in recent years provoked quiet dissent,…more: http://www.upi.com/ – democracynow.org/

Thomas Jefferson held the 1st White House iftar.

As I’ve noted before, Thomas Jefferson once held a sunset dinner here with an envoy from
Tunisia — perhaps the first Iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago.  And some of you, as you arrived tonight, may have seen our special display, courtesy of our friends at the Library of Congress — the Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson.  And that’s a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam — like so many faiths — is part of our national story….more: whitehouse.gov

McCain responds: ‘Reporting for duty’ to protect the White House

Senator John McCain responded in kind on Sunday to President Barack Obama’s joke at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner that his 2008 presidential rival that could be the White House’s best line of defense against recent security breaches.

“I’m reporting for duty on Monday morning in my usual laid back, casual style,” McCain, a former Navy pilot, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” ‘”I’m telling you: I’ll get that Secret Service squared away.”..more: CNN.COM|BY THEODORE SCHLEIFER

ISNA Responds to President Obama’s Remarks at White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

…The ‘Summit on Countering Violent Extremism’ is a promising step in addressing the problem of extremism and 1574854domestic terrorism in America,” said ISNA President Azhar Azeez. “While violent Muslim extremism is a serious concern, the summit should not just focus on it to the exclusion of other threats. According to a study just published by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) entitled, Age of the Wolf: A Study of the Rise of Lone Wolf and Leaderless Resistance Terrorism, the vast majority of domestic terrorism and extremism comes from lone wolf terrorists who are not Muslim and identify with the radical right.  Muslim extremists make up only a very small percentage.” more: .isna.

Oklahoma Muslims receive special praise from White House officials

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Muslims marked the end of the yearly pilgrimage to mecca with communal prayer and celebration called Eid Ul-Adha on Saturday.

Leaders of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City say it’s been a tough month for Muslims here in Oklahoma after being associated with the beheading at Vaughan foods in Moore.  mOklahoma Muslims receive special praise from White House officialsore  http://kfor.com/

Shari`ah or White House: Gingrich

 US Republican aspirant Newt Gingrich has conditioned his support for any Muslim presidential candidate on rejection of Islamic Shari`ah, theWall Street Journal reported. “It would depend entirely on whether they would commit in public to give up Shari`ah,” Gingrich said Tuesday to an…