Monthly Archives: September 2010

How to turn the page on the Iraq War

Luke Wilcox, Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project

In his recent Oval Office address, President Obama marked the “end” of combat operations in Iraq: “We have met our responsibility. Now, it is time to turn the page.”

Not so fast. No doubt many Americans would love to forget the whole thing, but, annoyingly, the Iraq War has etched itself onto our history. Indeed, it has struck the heart of both American and Iraqi life: more than 4,400 Americans dead; at least 100,000 Iraqis dead; more than 32,000 Americans wounded; at least two million Iraqis forced to flee their country. It is difficult for me to comprehend such calamity, much less process, file, and forget. Read the rest of this entry

Minnesota church does something you will not hear about on the national news

By Hani Hamdan, Engage Minnesota

Last Sunday a Presbyterian church in Chaska decided to do something in stark contrast to burning the Qur’an. Its Rev. Gordon Stewart decided to have passages from the Qur’an read to the congregation by a Muslim. Read the rest of this entry

Last Night In Minneapolis Near An Islamic Community Center

This piece was originally posted here recently on Open Salon. The author, Nancee Lundeen, is referring to Dar Al Farooq Community Center in Minneapolis. She graciously accepted that we repost her piece on Engage Minnesota.

By Nancee Lundeen

Last night, near the southeast campus of the University of Minnesota, my college-age daughter prepared to move out of her little apartment and into a house with roomates a few blocks away. I took kitchen detail and scrubbed places that hadn’t been scrubbed in a long time. Read the rest of this entry

To a great teacher of mine

By Hani Hamdan, Engage Minnesota

In my mind, Dr. Kifah Barrishi is not just a teacher. She practically taught me most of what I know about endodontics (root canal therapy). Every time I perform a root canal, I’m remembering quotes that she had said in her lectures as I’m working. She is my “mother” in endodontics. Read the rest of this entry

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