Join a Discussion on U.S. Engagement With Muslim Communities Worldwide

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 2, 2010
Conversations With America Join a Discussion on U.S. Engagement With Muslim Communities Worldwide

Update: Watch the live broadcast here.

On Friday, July 9, 2010, Steven Clemons, Director of the New America Foundation's American Strategy Program will hold a conversation with Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, on the United States' engagement with Muslim communities around the world. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs. The event will be streamed live on DipNote, the Department of State's official blog, at 11:15 a.m. (EDT). You will have the opportunity to participate through the submission of questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. Submit your questions now here on DipNote.

This is the third in the new "Conversations with America" video series recently launched by the Bureau of Public Affairs in which the State Department's senior leadership holds monthly conversations live online with leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations. Discussion topics include foreign policy and global issues. The forums provide views of how leaders from the foreign affairs community engage the Department on pressing foreign policy issues and how both the U.S. government and civil society are working across the globe on issues that concern Americans most.

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Pamela G.
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West Virginia, USA
July 2, 2010

Pamela G. in West Virginia writes:

Keeping an open line of communication with the Muslim world will keep all the world a safer place.

Arelis J.
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Florida, USA
July 3, 2010

Arelis J. in Florida writes:

How can we as part of the west culture, participate with our goverment in changing the perception about us from the Muslin Communities. Should we, as regular citizens, be part of any program to open up to the Muslin world and allow them to learn about the qualities we cater as a country.

Mark F.
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Iowa, USA
July 3, 2010

Mark F. in Iowa writes:

I suggest the following question:

Do you support recognition of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and as a democracy?

Do you believe that the Muslim countries can offer explicit recognition of Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people and as a democracy, given the probable Islamic religious prohibition of offering such recognition? [The thrust of the question tests the prohibition of recognizing any non-Islamic sovereignty over what would be arguably considered an Islamic wakf.] Thank you.

Doug P.
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Oregon, USA
July 3, 2010

Doug P. in Oregon writes:

My question would be... Since Christians, Jews and Muslims all worship the same GOD from the old testiment what would be a agreeable way to unite all religions through the understanding of Gods laws not the interpitation of those laws by man? The Universe is a big place good is good, love is love and jeaulosy and hate are just what they are. Cannt we come together and show God how much beauty and forgivness the human race has and live up to mankinds true potential to make this planet a great place to live not just for humans but for all of gods creatures and creation? How is the best way to pose such a question that it would touch the hearts and minds of all? God and good Bless this planet. Douglas James P.

What are you ideas for bringing gods will to this planet? What actions can the muslim community as a whole unite on to show the world how to be better by example? Are there community actions that can be taken say in europe like a day of doing good will and gods will on the planet? Maybe as simple as cleaning u the streets or helping poor people to show even the hardest of hearts a smile. After my travels of the world I have come to a conclusion. It is not the color of a mans skin, the slickness of his tongue or the shape and size of his eyes or body...but it is the color of your soul and your very GOD heart that matters. The real living angels from God on this planet are alone only surrounded by sick twisted freaks...is this what we as humans want to show GOD? Is there even one who will stand up for justice rightiosness and show GOD that mankind is not a failed race, a disease ir parasite to this planet? The last question is for Hillary Clinton hopeing she will free me of the chains that bind...

The theme of this thread I thought where questions for the Muslim community? What would it take to create a war free zone as a experiment in the middle east? I would think Israelis could help turn some of the palastinians land into a food bascket and show a good and God heart to muslims and the muslims could help with the land and all europe and usa could come together with ideas to transform a patch of the desert into a beautiful oasis with all mankind pulling together to make a little one world community for the people by the people without the governments ideas for division in the way? A new garden of eden so to speak! Does anyone like this idea? Please respond. Then by example Israelis muslims and christians ... Buddas also.. Could unite and try to see if we as a species can make this world happen!

mohammadullah m.
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Afghanistan
July 4, 2010

Mohammadullah M. in Afghanistan writes:

salam to all

slimani
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Algeria
July 4, 2010

Mohammed E.A.S. in Algeria writes:

Dear All,
Thanks for giving me this opportunity to participate in this conversation.
First of all, I would like to clarify one important point that all the religions focus on PEACE and TOLERANCE. This is why , I think the " conflict " is not between Moslems and Americans. In my point of view ,the real obstacles to reach globlization are deeply shown in three obstacles which are : Homeland Security in both sides , minorities and terrorism.
I mean how our political leaders are failing to protect us from terrorism ? And because of their negative engagements to resolve this problem ?
To go toward the problem is between Arabs and Israel in the Middle East .
My suggested question : Could the Rich Political Leadears avoid to double standards "faire deux poids deux mesures "

I mean to Judge differently the same thing, different people, circumstances, interests ...

donald m.
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Virginia, USA
July 4, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

July 4th 2010

I finally figured out the making of Osama bin laden. I have passed this info off to the right people. The days and hours of Osama bin laden are numbered. If I'm right about this latest theory, he should be in custody very soon.

Have a wonderful 4th of July Holiday!

Saman B.
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Iran
July 5, 2010

Saman B. in Iran writes:

Whenever you find a crowd queue in praying don't receive that they are pure people and trusty person, especially in the Middle East, hardly you can find a real Muslim, if anyone want search out of true normal Muslims have a look at the Egypt or India and Malasia, vice that moderation, the Taliban and extremists of Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, etc, matters in hand; undoubtedly these anarchist terrorists aren't agents of Muslim.
Everybody in time of quote at issue, should be know to distinguish between the Shiites and the Sunnites; About hundreds years ago in the ancient Iran, the gray-bearded men prescribed to make a scheme and found a forged Islam religion, in collate to the true Islam and confront against Arab's rush, then they established Shiite branch, their God and the prophet is a man (master's time) who disappeared and he'll appear too, anyway.
Also person's birthplace not a criterion to impute for their religion; (in truth I've got the acquired rule, mixed with Islam,Christianity,Judaism, and other true...);
the new Conversations with America is a real act, to prove the world this solemn initiative.

Thank You

OysterCracker
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United States
July 5, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

I thought Osama Bin Laden has been dead for many years now or at least, that's what a CIA operative stated on national television. Let's be true and transparent with the American people. Is Osama Bin Laden dead or not?

donald m.
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Virginia, USA
July 5, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

@O.C. in the USA

The FBI still lists Osama bin laden as the most wanted terrorist in the world. The surrounding area and where his Egyptian number 2 right hand man is at the same location. I cannot give details on here where the exact spot because of security aspects of the case. The CIA operative that informed the media most likely meant the "Son of Bin Laden" was killed during an airstrike in Pakistan. Since no body has been identified as Osama bin laden or pathologist made a positive I.D., he is still alive, and still the most hunted person on earth. One clue I will give away, "The winds in the south brew a heavy storm to the east and when the next full moon, a pigeon will leave the nest."

Have a good day!!!

OysterCracker
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United States
July 6, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

DearDonald,
Here's my cryptic reply, " The warm, fresh donut scent wafts gently across the Eastern sky, before the fat one eats it."

OysterCracker
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United States
July 6, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Donald
No. the agent plainly stated that it was Osama Bin Laden and not his brother. A stool pigeon is used in organized crime circles which involves people who are aware of an organization's guilt, in a variety of illegal activities.

OysterCracker
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United States
July 6, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Oh Donald,
I think I finally got it. S-O-U-T-H, as in South Waziristan. Osama Bin Laden, if he's not dead as a doornail is living in South Waziristan. R---I---G-H-T!

Flavius
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Virginia, USA
July 6, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

I have consulted the sheep's liver and the dove entrails. Here, then, is the message of the gods:

A blood vessel breaks
Dialysis awaits
The kidneys of the west

Purple blotches fester
On the eastern jester
We vacation in Trieste.

North and south divide
By equator thrice denied
The tsunami's peerless crest

In the center shall remain
A swollen ankle sprain
And pizza, undigest.

So speaketh the gods. Ignore them at your peril.

donald m.
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Virginia, USA
July 6, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

July 6th, 2010

@O.C. I have passed on my concerns and possibility of the location of Osama bin laden to the Secuirty Agencies, so they have an opportunity to find out if my theory is correct. I have personally spent countless hours, days, and even years trying to find the Most Wanted Terrorist Osama bin laden. I have shared my intel with the right people. Only time will tell if it proves itself. There is no evidence that supports Osama bin laden is dead, if so where is it? There is no solid physical evidence data that supports this theory. If so then it needs to be proved or dis-proved otherwise the Hunt continues. Show me a body and I will quit the hunt. In short of him vaporizing in the Tora Bora cave, but that is even doubtful. I will add another clue, Osama bin laden is a person on the move, not someone pinned down in a cave. The brightest minds are working this issue. I will standby and wait for the results of what they find. I support the United States Constitution and took an oath 27 years ago and together will all be happy once Osama bin laden is caught, brought to justice.

Tulay
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New Jersey, USA
July 6, 2010

Tulay in New Jersey writes:

How can the U.S Administration work towards in promoting a positive diologue about Islam, when Conservative news and talk radio constantly uses radical Islam as a tool into injecting fear into Americans who have developed an anti-Muslim sentiment in the society?

OysterCracker
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United States
July 6, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

@Flavius,
Very cute and funny! Emperors who speak in riddles are highly intelligent. One wonders what your IQ is?

OysterCracker
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United States
July 6, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

@Donald,
Good job! But don't you find it a bit strange that the CIA had Osama in their rifle sight at one time and were called off the chase? Personally, I feel they would have had him by now. I think he's dead but I hope you prove me wrong.

OysterCracker
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United States
July 6, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

@Donald,
Even Flavius says he's vacationing in Italy.

Samah J.
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Syria
July 7, 2010

Samah A.J. in Syria writes:

We need to know each other to stop fighting! As the universe secret is like reflects like, we should start people-to-people meetings, tours, activities to promote peace and reconciliation.

donald m.
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Virginia, USA
July 7, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

July 7th, 2010

By international law if Osama bin laden is dead, there still has to be a corps. If the CIA already captured or killed him fine, but my hunch is that long as we have a Taliban, we will have Osama bin laden and his networks. I don't question the CIA but merely try to make people think about all the possbilities. Some people claimed he was in Crawford, Texas with President Bush, others claimed he is hiding in New York, and yet Pakistan always seems to keep coming up. However, since my intent for years to be of service to help my country, keep in mind we assume Osama bin laden is in a bedwin camp or a cave deep in Pakistan. I believe he is moving around onboard a ship in the Indian Ocean. Which would have given him the access to the Arab ports like in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia, and others. It would also give him the mobility to move to Asia and other countries, possibly even Somalia with the pirate situation. The key is to find the ship and the end of Osama bin laden. All of which is being looked at today. When you think about the high seas, keep in mind also that weapons, illegal drugs, pass through. Hopefully, the net will bring in the big fish.

Have a good day!

Richard M.
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New York, USA
July 7, 2010

Richard W.M. in New York writes:

As former US Foreign Service Officer specialized in the Near East, I have tried to answer the criticisms from the arab countries about our policies towards Arab-Israeli issues. Are you finding a comparable virulence in the reactions to those policies in South and East Asian Muslim communities?

Jerry D.
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North Carolina, USA
July 7, 2010

Jerry D. in North Carolina writes:

America is predominately Christian. Has any progress been made to allow Christians freedom from persecution and freedom to worship as they see fit in predominately Muslim nations?

Bilal C.
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New York, USA
July 7, 2010

Bilal C. in New York writes:

I beleive it is essential to understand each nation in it's bound and to reach a critical decision to conclude warefares. Reconciliation is upmost neccessary to promote peace admist nations. I wish new foregin and domestic policy shape U.S. relations globally.

Karen
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Michigan, USA
July 7, 2010

Karen in Michigan writes:

Do we even Want "globlization"? Seems like all the U.S. keeps doing is financing all the rest of the world's needs on the back of the US taxpayers. Ask the Muslim Communities worldwide what it would take for them to take care of themselves, to govern and protect their own citizens so we can bring our troops home. We have enough people and enough needs here in the U.S. so how about we just close All immigration and if you aren't a U.S. citizen get out.

John W.
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Virginia, USA
July 7, 2010

John I.W. in Virginia writes:

How can the peace loving and tolerant tenets of Islam be reconciled with its aggressive tenets?

Sarah M.
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Michigan, USA
July 7, 2010

Sarah M. in Michigan writes:

It is a mystery to me why Muslims, American born or legally emigrated, cannot adopt the American culture: language, dress, schooling, etc. A young man I know, born and raised in Dearborn, MI, recently returned for a visit. Everything was written in Iraqi; storefronts, advertising, and so on. I am sure that if I were to move permanently to another country I would need to learn the language, the social etiquette, the methods of doing business, and whatever was expected of the local residents.

Simaya
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Illinois, USA
July 7, 2010

Simaya in Illinois writes:

How is the US 'engaging' african muslims? It seems like there is much emphasis on arab muslims and their countries, but there are many African muslims. Does the Special Representative focus on this region of the world?

Ervin P.
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Israel
July 7, 2010

Ervin K. in Israel writes:

The core issue with the Muslim communities worldwide is the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
May I suggest that the way to solve this problem is by applying the solution that received the blessings of the two prominent late leaders :Y. Rabin and Y. Arafat (1994)- a political condominium as follows:
Preface This document summarizes a research project that proposes a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The research which ,was carried out by a joint American/Palestinian/Israeli professors, is based on the following assumptions: Any reasonable political solution must:
1) Ensure, Israeli’s and Palstinian’s Independence and security
2) Be acceptable by the majority of Israelis and Palestinians
3) Be democratic
4) Create a socio-economic integration between the two peoples
5) Defuse the Iranian danger.
Introduction Israel’s government and the Palestinian Authority must address their peoples’ expectations for peace and security. Thus, the leaders of both nations must formulate a plan to cater for both nations’ political, economic, security and social needs. This plan calls for the establishment of two political entity west of the Jordan River, which will include the State of Israel and the State of Palestine, two separated governments and parliaments, and a joint sovereignty over the whole Holy Land , from the sea to the Jordan river,without internal borders, for the sake of mutual coexistence in one homeland. This new plan replaces policies of territorial partitioning the “Two States …plan” with a model of a “Political Condominium “ a functional compromise. The entire country should be open to both Israelis and Palestinians, enjoying equal rights and rejecting any discrimination. This political entity should be a Condominium, i.e. joint sovereignty and be titled :.
USIP - The United States of Israel and Palestine ,
and Jerusalem a mutual capital.
The Political Goal To ensure a plan that is acceptable by the majority of Israelis and Palestinians, based on democratic principles and leading to a socio-economic integration of both nations, in the framework of a functional compromise that will create a new Israeli/Palestinian National Charter.
The Nature of the Condominium
1) Citizenship The Israelis will keep their Israeli citizenship and ID cards, while the Palestinians, who will vote for their own house of representatives, will be Palestinian citizens and carry their own ID’s, obeying the Palestinian Law;
2) Governmental Departments Both governments will have their autonomous: treasury, interior, agriculture, police, religion, labor, welfare, education and other departments and a joint foreign and defence department - as desired.
3) The Law of Return Since the territory of USIP is extremely poor in natural resources, and the only valuable resource is the human one, immigration of people to USIP will be encouraged, and the Palestinians in exile will welcomed back to their homeland, without any restrictions.
4) The Judicial System Each citizen will be handled by his or her national court, or by a local or district court, as decided by the USIP Condominium Council.
5) Language and National Symbols The USIP will be a bi-national condominium, thus Hebrew and Arabic will be its official languages. Both peoples will keep their national anthems until a mutual anthem is accepted by the USIP.
6) Settlements and Community Life The whole territory of the USIP is recognized as the legitimate homeland of both the Israeli and the Palestinian nations. Coexistence is the law of the land. Accordingly, all individuals will be allowed to build their homes wherever desired, without any limitations, providing all settlements and buildings are built with a legal permit, issued by the legal authorities.
7) Water and Land Resources Each citizen of the USIP will have equal rights to use these resources, based on purely economic considerations. Economic feasibility will be the only basis for water and land development. Resources owned by Jewish Israelis will remain their property, and those which belong to Arab-Palestinians will be kept by them. Transfer of ownership will be based on the free market principles of purchase and sale.
8) National Guard In addition to separate Israeli and Palestinian police forces, whose task will be to enforce law and order inside each community, A joint Israeli-Palestinian National Guard will enforce the policies .
The USA, the EU, Japan and the Arab states will prepare plans for the rebuilding of the Condominium, allowing for massive construction work for the rehabilitation of the refugees.
3) Both nations’ ministers of finance, agriculture and industry will start building an infrastructure of defense and hi-tech industries. Markets will be developed throughout the neighboring Arab countries, with the Condominium serving as the economic, industrial, social and cultural center of the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Ogoubi w.
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Togo
July 7, 2010

Ogoubi K.W. in Togo writes:

what do the muslim communities do for giving peace to the wordl and to themselves when they know well Islamists're a real danger for the world?

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