Over the past several months, there have been numerous reports on declining support and approval for President Donald Trump. For example: In June, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight reported, “There’s been a considerable decline in the number of Americans who strongly approve of Trump from a peak of around 30 percent in February to just 21 or 22 percent of the electorate now.” An August Wall Street Journal/NBC poll showed that since April, the number of … [Read more...]
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In the news recently, it was widely reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called President Trump a “moron” in July of this year. President Trump reacted to these reports by telling Forbes, “I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And, I can tell you who is going to win.” Given our opinions of the President’s IQ, we immediately thought Trump meant Tillerson would and that he was complimenting the Secretary … [Read more...]
Frank Islam came to the United States from India at the age of 15 in pursuit of a dream. Years later, in 1994, Islam bought a small IT services company, QSS Group, with a $45,000 bank loan that he mortgaged his house to secure. Over the next 13 years, he and his team grew the company from one employee to 3,000, and increased its annual revenue from $45,000 to $300 million, Islam said. In 2007, he sold QSS Group to Perot Systems Corp. for $250 million. “I crossed the Atlantic Ocean to … [Read more...]
In spite of a rebounding and more robust economy, many in the lower middle and working classes remain anxious and concerned about their futures. There has been low and slow wage growth and, as we discussed in our last blog, the changing nature of jobs, the middle class and the American Dream have pushed a large part of the workforce toward a gloomy perspective. There have been various proposals to make the economy work better for America’s workers. The Trump administration suggests that a … [Read more...]
Over the past few months, there have been several indicators that the American economy may be humming on all cylinders again. They include: A report from the Hamilton Project of the Brookings Institution showed that in July, nearly a decade after the start of the Great Recession, employment had recovered to its “demographically adjusted pre-recession level.” This means that more than 10 million jobs were added in that 10 year period. The Census Bureau’s annual report on Income and … [Read more...]
On August 22, the Supreme Court ruled that triple talaq -- the practice which allows a man to divorce his wife instantly by saying the word talaq thrice -- is unconstitutional. Predictably, the ruling was denounced by a number of Muslim leaders and organisations. Some interpreted it as an attack on their religion and way of life. Others saw a conspiracy angle in the importance given to an issue. This perspective is desperate and distorted. This perspective is not only wrong but also … [Read more...]
Washington/New Delhi, Sep 14: The Frank Islam Foundation in Washington has joined hands with IANS, India's largest independent newswire, for a media project that aims to tell some remarkable stories from across India, it was announced on Thursday. Supported by the non-profit foundation started by prominent IT entrepreneur Frank Islam, these stories would challenge the public perception, question stereotypes and try to uncover the diverse, plural and inclusive India, both socially and … [Read more...]
Washington, Sep 12 Free press has been a cornerstone of American democracy and also an essential contributor to the US belief in government confined by a system of checks and balances, an eminent Indian-American philanthropist has said. "The overriding responsibility of the media is to separate facts from fiction and is to hold governments and leaders, including the President, to the same standards," Frank Islam told a Washington audience this past week during the Alfred Friendly Press … [Read more...]
Many Muslims in India remain economically disadvantaged and for the country to achieve full potential it is critical to empower them through education, an eminent Indian-American philanthropist has said. Frank Islam, while speaking at a gathering of Indian- Americans here to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Aligarh Muslim University founder Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, said, “In spite of the begrudging progress, too many Muslims in India remain socially, educationally and economically … [Read more...]