Sunday, March 20, 2005

PMU Board of Directors and the RAND Corporation Connection

I would like to tell, dear readers, of a certain member of the Board of Directors for the Progressive Muslim Union of North America. His name is Aiman Mackie. If you go to their website, you will find a short biography, but I had to dig a little deeper to find out more about him.

I thought it was funny that it says on the website, in black letters, that he used to work for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California but many things coming from this movement are strange. You think that would be something that the PMUNA would want to hide but I guess not.

At the end of this entry, I am assigning everyone homework. Here are my findings. The below information is what I pulled from the PMUNA website.

Aiman is a specialist in international security and development. He is currently the Program Manager of the Middle East Bridges Program at the EastWest Institute's New York Centre, with specific focus on Israeli-Palestinian issues. Aiman previously worked at the Ford Foundation, where he managed the Foundation's International Cooperation portfolios, including a project that sought to promote the role of U.S. religious communities in the foreign policy arena.

He has also worked for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies in Beirut. Aiman holds a Master's in Public Policy and in A.B. in Political Science and French Studies, both from the University of Michigan.

While studying at the University of Michigan, he wrote some interesting papers such as "The Prolific Actions of a Rogue State: An Analysis of Iran's Chemical and Biological Weapon Development Program," which was written in December 1998. And there was his paper entitled, "Khatami and the Iranian Dog: The Implication of Wagging" in April 1999. You can give them a lookover when you get a chance. While he was in college, he did express his distaste for the Hollywood Flick The Siege and the media coverage of the 1999 Egypt 990 air crash for its unfair portrayal of Muslims and Arabs.

On the New York Division of the East-West Institue's website, you will find Mr. Mackie listed as personnel.

From EWI's site:

Aiman Mackie is the Program Manager for the Middle East Bridges Program. He is a specialist in international security and development, with a regional focus in the Middle East. Prior to joining EWI’s Middle East Bridges program, Mr. Mackie worked at the Ford Foundation, with responsibility for New York-based International Cooperation portfolios.

He has also worked for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, focusing on counter-terrorism issues as well as questions related to Oil and political Islam, and previously at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies in Beirut. Mr. Mackie holds a Master's in Public Policy and an A.B. in Political Science and French Studies, both from the University of Michigan. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

What is the mission of the East West Institute?

"EWI is an independent, not-for-profit, European-American institution working to address the most dangerous fault lines of the 21st Century and to help build fair, prosperous and peaceful civil societies in those areas. Since 1981, we operate long-term projects that create trust and understanding and seek to reduce tensions from Eurasia to the trans-Atlantic region using our unique network of private and public sector leaders in more than 40 nations. Our initial mission was devoted to reducing the hostilities of the Cold War".

Okay kids, if you have not read it, PLEASE download a copy of the RAND Report's Civil Democratic Islam by Cheryl Bernard. Read it for homework. Study it and look at how these policy makers are tearing our community apart. What happened with Dr. Wadud was more than a publicity stunt. Every American Muslim should read the RAND report. There is someone behind the curtain pulling the puppet strings and Aiman Mackie is not the only one. I'll post more bios about the PMU and their alliances in the future. Be on the lookout.

7 Comments:

Blogger altaf said...

Excellent work, Risama! There's a fair bit of information on pmunadebate blog about some of the other PMUNA characters --- I need to collect it all under one heading so folks looking can see who these people really are!

12:31 AM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

Riasma, have you ever considered taking up detective work ? Very impressive indeed.
Asra Nomani was kind enough to give me an interview at my blog, and it seems like mwu got hacked...again.

6:49 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

Salaam alaikum Brothers,
That's not all the research I'll be doing. A lot of them have either creepy connections. Some just one thing in public but do something else privately.

MWU was hacked again? Oy! They aren't even trying if they get hacked again so soon after the 1st time.

The only question is...who shall I do a prolife of next? (Risama with sinister grin on her face).

7:23 PM  
Blogger blagdiblah said...

You scooped me Risama. I've been working on a similar project and my starting point was the exact same person. There is a lot more to our brother Aieman, though so keep on the look out for more info....

8:48 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

Yo Nin and Salaam!
Sister, if there is something we don't know please share. We Muslims have to be on top of this. The RANDies next move is to further divide the Sunnis and Shi'ites.

Altaf, I think it's great idea to link all your RANDies on your blog. Especially Ziad Asali. YUCK! :(

12:13 PM  
Blogger blagdiblah said...

Oh they have already began work on further dividing sunni and shi'a, just take a look at Muqtader Khan's work.

They plan and Allah plans and Allah is the best planner!

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