In the world of international affairs, a classic trade-off question is guns or butter. In domestic affairs in the United States of America today, there is no question: the answer is more guns and more butter. In the period from 2003 to 2013, consumption of butter in the U.S. increased by 25 percent. That’s a significant growth rate until it is compared to the growth rate of guns. Between 1994 and 2015, the number of guns grew by more than 70 million to a total of … [Read more...]
Frank blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and writes occasional columns and articles for publications such as the International Business Times and The Economic Times of India.
Frank writes on a wide variety of topics that are critical to shaping the future of America and the American dream and to making the United States and the world a better place. These include: Business; education; poverty and inequality; politics and public policy; immigration; manufacturing; innovation; leadership; citizenship; and social commentary.
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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...]
There is an airline cone of silence relegating the customer to a captive state of information deprivation. Back in the days when air travel used to be fun and an experience to be looked forward to rather than dreaded, United Airlines advertising was wrapped around the slogan “Fly the Friendly Skies.” United discontinued its friendly skies promotion in 1996 but revived it again in September of 2013. The friendly skies ads may be back for United but the reality of a pleasurable … [Read more...]
A non-profit organisation in the US founded by an Indian-American IT entrepreneur and his wife will partner with a prominent media organisation to fund a fellowship for a mid-career journalist from India in 2017 for six months. The Frank Islam & Debbie Driesman Foundation started by Indian-Ameican Frank Islam and his wife, Debbie Driesman, will partner with Alfred Friendly Press Partners (AFPP) to fund the fellowship. The fellowship will be administered by AFPP, which has so far trained … [Read more...]
Over the past several years, Black Friday has become more important for some than Thanksgiving. Commercial interests and retailers have appropriated and transformed this once sleepy day after Thanksgiving into 24 hours of shopping gone wild. Stores open early, crowds queue up in line and on-line in search of bargains, and merchants measure much of their success for the holiday season by the sales racked up in this single day. One might say that's the American way. That could be. But, we … [Read more...]
BURLINGTON, MA--American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin honored Frank Islam with its prestigious "Pride of India" award during its 25th annual convention at Burlington Marriott in Burlington, MA. Islam, a confident of President Obama and an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, donated $222,000 in May this year to Aligarh Muslim University in India. This is part of his $2 million commitment for the construction of a new management complex at the 140-year-old … [Read more...]
BURLINGTON, MA—In a speech to the 25th annual gathering of the American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin, Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Islam urged Indian diaspora to: “Do Well Here, To Do Good There.” He was also honored with AFMI’s prestigious “Pride of India” award. A close confident of President Obama, Mr. Islam donated $222,000 in May this year to Aligarh Muslim University in India. This is part of his $2 million commitment for the construction of a new … [Read more...]
In 1969, Elvis Presley had a hit song titled "In the Ghetto." The song tells the heartbreaking story of a child born to grow-up, live and die a violent death trapped in a neighborhood and a cycle of poverty from which he couldn't escape. The song dramatically illustrates how place and circumstances impact a kid's future and potential. The song was true back then. And, as recent studies by Harvard economists Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, and by Chetty and Hendren with Lawrence Katz show, … [Read more...]
Many people see Christmas as a season of faith. Many see it as a season for gifts. We prefer to see it as a time for hope. Christmas, in our opinion, should be a period for renewal. And, the greatest gift that can be granted for renewal at this time of year is hope. We live in trying times and in a troubled world. No matter whether one is in the one percent or 99 percent, young or old, in the United States or somewhere else around the globe, virtually no one is immune to the stressors … [Read more...]