Immigrant Muslims Are As American As Anyone Else: Few Observations

Dr. Ikraam is a neonatologist who migrated to the U.S. from Pakistan in 1989. He lives in Ellicott City, MD, and runs his own hospital in nearby Baltimore. He is an active member of Muslim community and serves at the board of local Islamic Center as well as the Advisory Council of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), one of the largest American Muslim Organization. Almost all of his extended family is settled in the U.S. and they all are very religious and practicing Muslims.

Synder V. Phelps and Its Implications in Today’s America

Pastor Terry Jones is still a familiar name for most of the Pakistanis as well as many Muslims around the world who are avid consumers of local media. Jones is a pastor of a nondenominational Christian Church in Florida who gained world attention in 2010 when he announced to burn Quran. He subsequently did it in 2011, 2012 and 2014 despite repeated appeals and warnings by U.S. political and military elites that his action might generate violent reaction in Muslim countries.

A Social Impact Tool: The 2016 Social Progress Index for the Cantons of Costa Rica

I wrote this article as an example of success use of the Social Progress Index in Latin America. The original version here:


The Social Progress Index for the Cantons of Costa Rica was developed by one of our regional partners in Latin America, the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development – CLACDS; part of INCAE, along with other members of the platform Costa Rica Propone. This platform was created by the Mesa de Innovación Social del Consejo Presidencial de Innovación y Talento Humano*, led by the Vice-president of Costa Rica, Mrs. Ana Helena Chacón, in which Costa Rican institutions from different sectors participate with the purpose of formulating initiatives and public policies that promote and incentivize social innovation in Costa Rica.

An Index for Action: 2016 Update to the Social Progress Index for the Cities of Colombia

I wrote this article as an example of success use of the Social Progress Index in Latin America. The original version here:
The results of the 2016 update to the Social Progress Index for the Cities of Colombia have been released. The Index follows approximately the same methodology as the Global Index, but uses indicators chosen by local partner organizations to reflect local priorities and available data. In this update the Social Progress Index measured the cities of Manizales, Bucaramanga, Medellín, Bogotá, Pereira, Ibagué, Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena and Cúcuta.cities-perform

Privileged Latino man

The CEO of Atlas Corps – Scott Beale – always used to mention in his speech about how he decided to create Atlas Corps that he is a white (privileged) man from Delaware. In 2016, the word “man” made me noise. Now, I can say that noise is because the genre reminds me the privileges that someone can have only for the place its born, religion, color of skin, etc. Obviously, I am not white (only in Haiti), neither from Delaware, but I am privileged Peruvian who had the opportunity to learn English and to go to the best University in Peru who believes in and fights for equal opportunities for everyone. As Scott also says, talent is well distributed, but opportunities are not.

From Data to Action: First Subnational Social Progress Index in Chile—for the Cabrero Commune

Cabrero Commune

Original Article was written by me to Social Progress Imperative. You can see it in the following link:

The Cabrero commune, located in the Bio Bio region in Chile, will celebrate its 90th birthday as an independent commune in 2017. Over its history, it has achieved important social advances for its now almost thirty thousand inhabitants, but life still falls short of the standards set by the Sustainable Development Goals.

The commune knows that what gets measured gets managed. As improving the population’s wellbeing is a crucial goal, the Social Progress Index has become an essential tool to go beyond the traditional purely economic approach to measure success relying on standard measurements of economic growth like Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita.

Making U.S. – Turkey Relations Great Again?

Turkey held its most important referendum in history last Sunday, April 16. President Erdogan’s dream of an executive presidency seemed to come true, as 51 percent of voters said yes. The new president, scheduled to be elected in 2019, will have unprecedented powers as the head of Turkey’s government. However, opposition parties immediately challenged the results, and international monitors expressed their concerns. President Erdogan rejects these critiques, and has dismissed any criticism of his victory. Erdogan was particularly dismissive of his international audience, telling Europe specifically, “We’ll continue on our path. . . . This country has carried out the most democratic elections, not seen anywhere in the West.”

Congresswoman: “Sudden Kremlin Death Syndrome” – a new term to describe opposition activists’ routine in Russia

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) held a hearing on “Democracy and Human Rights Abuses in Russia: No End in Sight” on April 26. The hearing examined the ominous state of human rights and democracy in Russia.

Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., a vice-chair of “Open Russia”*, opposition politician, human rights activist and journalist spoke as one of the main witnesses. Kara-Murza survived two poisoning attempts during past two years, allegedly related to his political activity. Previously, at the end of March 2017, the U.S. Senate heard Kara-Murza’s testimony on the similar topic.

I went to GWU to speak at a seminar. (Spanish)

Hace 3 semanas, Atlas Corps nos contactó a mi amigo Elton Jhonson y a mí, acerca de una oportunidad para dar una plática en una clase – seminario del programa de Maestría en Desarrollo Internacional, en la universidad George Washington.  Muy feliz, acepté la invitación y empecé a prepararme para el evento.

Durante todo el semestre, en este seminario, las estudiantes – todas mujeres -, han recorrido la historia, panorama y situación social de las comunidades marginalizadas y/o grupos vulnerables, dentro de un contexto internacional; partiendo desde la interseccionalidad de las mismas. Nicole, quien es la maestra de esta clase, ha hecho un gran trabajo promoviendo conciencia entre sus estudiantes, acerca de estos grupos y sobre todo, sumergiéndolas en casos reales que les hagan pensar críticamente en las políticas internacionales que se planean y efectúan para estos mismos grupos.

3 Months On – My Journey At BroadFutures!

Interns with BroadFutures Staff

Friday the 14th of April marked my three months’ anniversary in the United States. Coincidentally, it also marked the end of the BroadFutures winter program. Participants had gone through three months of holistic training, mentorship and transitional work experiences. It was a day of celebration, parents and employers joined the staff at Broadfutures to congratulate the program participants on their success. Personally, it was also a special day because as a mentor to some of the program participants who were celebrating the successful completion of the program, I felt a sense of accomplishment and joy for having contributed to their journey in the program. Going through my first program provided insights on the impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities during their transitions. It also helped me identify areas where I could contribute to the program as BroadFutures prepares for scaling up the model.