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Monday, April 04, 2005



posted by Aziz P. at Monday, April 04, 2005 permalink View blog reactions

in 1964 these two men met. Some would say they represented polar opposites: Christian and Muslim, pacifist and warrior, mediator and antagonist.

Others might just see two black men.

I see two men, of faith but also of resolve, who saw an injustice and articulated its downfall, who serve as an inspiration to me as the son of immigrants that this great nation is a land of promise. But fulfillment of that promise often requires struggle.

Struggle - jihad - crusade - a righteous endeavour for justice. Pope John Paul II was also one of a kind with these men, against a different type of oppression, but oppression all the same.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.