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Arsalan Iftikhar: “LAX Airport Shooter is a Terrorist”

CNN VIDEO: “Columnist Arsalan Iftikhar Says LAX Airport Shooter is a Terrorist”

Arsalan Iftikhar (senior editor for The Islamic Monthly) speaks with CNN anchor Carol Costello about why LAX airport shooter Paul Anthony Ciancia should be considered a “terrorist”.

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  • Oh, this should have been posted for Halloween!
    Well – doesn’t mean anything to me. We have free association and free expression here in the US. So, if some people want to go there and act foolish, they have that right, I suppose.

  • The greenmantle

    Maybe its because I see health care as a right And not a commodity as it seems to be seen in the states

    Sir David

  • LeRoy Williams

    The White dude is a terrorist, end of.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    I still agree with the company. As a buyer, I would want to see the product in its full to make sure I am getting what I paid for.

    I know I sound cold, but the woman made her self a commodity, and I have to refer to her as the same for the context of the story.

    I disagree totally in selling body parts and life function fluids.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    I think you are misunderstanding what’s happening here in the US, Sir David.

    First, what blood transfusion recipients pay (if anything) is not determined by whether the donor gets paid.In fact , paying for blood donations is a benefit for the poor, who are more likely to donate to get some cash than would a millionaire.

    Next, most blood donations in the US are done with no compensation. However, we do have chronic shortages in the blood supply, so there is a movement to pay donors. http://hub.jhu.edu/magazine/2013/fall/paying-for-blood-donations .

    A concern is that payment for blood will attract chronic drug users, who typically have free time, a need for cash, and are not too squeamish about a needle in the arm. That would explain the extra screening at this site. There is a debate on whether that is actually necessary: http://www.american.com/archive/2009/october/blood-money . (Note that the article is misleading when it says that paying for blood donations was banned. It was not. It is just that such blood must be labeled as “paid donor,” which reduces its attractiveness to medical facilities.)

    However, putting the history aside, the blood bank’s story still does not make sense. Even if it had to screen the donor by having her remove her hijab, the standard solution is to have a private screening room with an employee of the same sex as the donor.

  • The greenmantle

    Sorry but people sell blood ? I donate mine, its what people do here in europe . Is this part of the whole USA health for the rich only set of ethics ?
    Sir David

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Not if the guideline is unnecessary I am sorry if I come of rude but just because they pay their donors doesn’t increase their standards or change what they did. if the other donation centers do not need it to do it to maintain quality then neither do they and we are evaluating the moral question here should they have done it. Whether they have any legal obligations is a separate question.

  • Jon Diamond

    This is his documentary on it.

    Yeah. He likes to take a bit of truth and then goes off on all these different tangents.

  • Credible? Alex Jones?

    In the late 1990s Alex Jones was telling us about how world leaders were worshiping a giant owl out in California, burning sacrifices to it and running around naked peeing on themselves! Ha ..Ha! I believe it was called ‘Bohemian Grove?’
    What insanity …

  • Matt Faunce

    “If you don’t believe me, just say…”

    I believe you. I read your words with a very heavy heart.

  • Reynardine

    Naomi Klein, in “The Shock Doctrine”, has called it exactly that. I, who had just entered my twenties, remember being suspicious of the news coverage, but at that time, American support of right-wing dictatorships and coups appeared to be a Western Hemisphere thing. Vietnam soon disabused us, yet that monstrsity was to so consume our field of vision for the next decade it was hard to see past it. Yet what you suffered was but the template for Chile, and I have seen clear signs that the perpetrators mean to bring it home to us.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    yes Mindy, they don’t check your scalp if you DONATE blood, but they do if you are selling it.
    The woman in the article was selling a blood product.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    I am going to AGREE with the company here. She was SELLING a blood product, not donating it.

    To me, the buyer has every right to use any guideline they wish to see if the product they want meet a standard.

    If this sounds cold to you, then you should ask yourselves why you agree that SELLING a blood product is right.

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