Night Night Project and Loving Healing Press Work Together to Comfort Homeless Children

Loving Healing Press is happy to announce a donation of three different uplifting children’s book titles to a charity program that helps around 25 thousand children a year across United States.

“Helping homeless children have sweeter dreams” is the slogan of Project Night Night, a children’s charity based out of San Francisco, CA. Founded in 2005 by Kendra Stitt Robins, the program works toward providing nighttime comfort for homeless children through special Night Night packages.… [Read more]

Changing the Hard Lives of India’s Street Children

Begging children are one of the most fundamental markers of social injustice in the Third World countries. In India, a country of over a billion inhabitants, many poor children are still forced to beg today. You see them going from shop to shop and street to street all day long in major cities, when they should be in school and provided for by the parents, community, or the state.… [Read more]

‘My Friend Suhana’ Wins 2016 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award

Loving Healing Press is proud to announce that its children’s title My Friend Suhana: A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy, by Shaila Abdullah and Aanyah Abdullah, has been declared a winner of the 2016 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award.

The review committee of the award has decided to present the picture book award to authors Shaila Abdullah and Aanyah Abdullah, the mom-daughter team that created this heart-wining and empowering book for children with special needs.… [Read more]

Judicial Terror: Pakistani Court Sentences Man 13 Years of Prison for Facebook Posting

Thirteen years of prison and a fine of ($2,300) – only for an offensive Facebook posting of a Shia sect member in Chiniot, Punjab, in Pakistan. The case hasn’t evoked a media furor but is another alarming example of the judicial vandalism that is rampant in Pakistan under the current government.

ABS-CBN is one of the few media outlets that published the AFP story of the case.… [Read more]

Polio: How Pakistani Media Can ‘Capitalize’ on Ignorance

Polio – one of the most politicized and commercialized diseases that has been cashed on both local and global scales. Of the many stories of misinformation and twisted facts about polio, a recent one in a popular Pakistani paper made me wonder whether it’s a matter of ignorance or simply a dramatic exhibition of naïve journalism that ignored basic facts.… [Read more]

Hushed: Pakistan Bans Electronic Media from Criticizing Saudi Arabia

The recent death of over a thousand people in Mina, Saudi Arabia, while performing the sacred ritual of Hajj (pilgrimage) raised waves of sorrow as well as concerns over the safety of pilgrims heading Saudi Arabia from all over the world each year. But something far worse happened in Pakistan: the state ordered electronic media not to criticize Saudi management for lapses in safety measures at Mina.… [Read more]

Peace Activist Frank Romano Invites All to the Interfaith Freedom March, September 16th

You are welcome to participate in The Interfaith Freedom March on Monday, September 16th 2013. The group will set out at 1:30 pm at the Main Square, Abu Baker Street, Jenin, West Bank, Middle East.… [Read more]

People Power: Jewel Kats at World’s Biggest Bookstore in Toronto

Last year, there was news of possible closure of World’s Biggest Bookstore in Toronto, Canada, in 2013 due to a lease expiration in December. Whether the lease is renewed or not, the bookstore continues to be the venue of major book events with the August 31st event a big day on the store’s events calendar.… [Read more]

Campaign Launched to Help Victim of Injustice in Michigan

Overstepping the values of good judgment and turning a deaf ear to public outcry, a Monroe County court in Michigan in December 2012 killed four boxers labeled “vicious” by the local animal control. The dogs were let out by strangers who opened the door to the house while the owner, Tim Iocoangeli, was away. The dogs, defensive over newborn pups in their home, bit a teenage girl who was reportedly trespassing on the property of the owner.… [Read more]

‘No Ocean Here’ — Sweta Srivastava Vikram Wants Zero Tolerance for Violence against Women

The brutal gang rape of a young woman in India in late December hit humanity like a tsunami in the world of human rights. Media around the world has been following the case and headlines keep coming on a daily basis updating on the status of the accused arrested and charged with rape and murder. One of the many women writers who wrote about the causes underlying such heinous crimes against women in India is Sweta Srivastava Vikram who asked the question Who to Blame in an article published in early January.… [Read more]

The Western Union and Walmart Adventure: Worker’s Refusal to Send Money

For quite some time, Western Union Money Transfer service has worked well for me as a writer and editor based in Peshawar, Pakistan, and working freelance for American publishers. So it was a bit upsetting when I needed some money from home via Western Union and my cousin, who was to send it via my American friend, was told at a Western Union office in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Friday that they wouldn’t send money to a non-Muslim in America.… [Read more]

America Gets a Star for Christmas!

Ernest at McDonalds

Flying to the US through a long route was an experience of its own kind. My first-time air travel and I had to change four planes on three international airports. Now that was just a little more than I would accommodate in for a happy travel. Yet, it was exciting – except for Emirates’ Dubai to London (UK) flight as I caught a glimpse of a worker at the Dubai airport – of dark complexion probably like an Arab-African guy – making a gesture of contempt (was it my Pakistani passport?) and pointing to his co-worker.… [Read more]

Isreali Offensive on Gaza – Failure of Leadership

War – this red sign of human madness – is raging once again in the conflict-laden Gaza area as Israeli military offensive allegedly targets anti-Israel militants hiding there. But reports from international media reveal that innocent blood is being spilled too as collateral damage. No doubt Israel’s offensive is condemnable and the excuse of targeting militants is lame because no innocent lives must be lost – whether they are Israelis, Palestinian, or of any other nationality.… [Read more]

Saudi preacher murders his child with torture

It is hard to look at the picture with this story published yesterday on Al Arabiya News: a five-year-old Saudi Arabian girl struggling to get her last breaths in a hospital in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. She was reportedly tortured to the extreme by no one else than her own father. Laama died of the wounds, with broken arms and a fractured skull; her father murdered her.… [Read more]

YouTube Ban Shows Lack of True Democracy in Pakistan

Pakistan’s government was trying to prove its commitment to Islamic ideals and sacredness of Islamic faith when it ordered a ban on YouTube in September following the release of the video Innocence of Muslims, which proved blasphemous to Islamic beliefs. The little religious storm in the political cup was soon over and today, hardly anyone seems to be bothered by the memory of that film.… [Read more]

New Joke from Saudi Arabia – Vaccination of Pilgrims for Polio

Nonsensical, draconian laws of Saudi Arabia make news more often than not in world media. But what just occurred seems to be setting new records in ignorance. Each year millions of Muslims from all over the world visit the kingdom to perform pilgrim in Makkah, as part of their faith, for earning spiritual rewards. This time, the Saudi authorities decided to vaccinate pilgrims coming from certain countries where polio is still considered endemic.… [Read more]

Malala Yousafzai – The Child Whose Faith Defeated Death

Malala Yousafzai – a teenage girl from the militant-infested district of Swat, Khyber Pakhtukhaw, Pakistan – is not just another victim of Taliban aggression; she is an icon, a symbol of courage that has shown the world what true power really means.

Shot at point-blank range by armed gunmen in her native town in Swat while she was returning from school on October 8, 2012, Malala’s survival was no less than a miracle.… [Read more]

Communicating with the Animals – Interview with Bernie Siegel

Editing the coming issue of my journal Recovering the Self, which is themed “animals and healing”, I read the interesting and thought-provoking article by Bernie Siegel, M.D.  In his article, called “Communicating with the Animals”, Bernie Siegel tells about the verbal as well as non-verbal communication between him and his pets and relates it to the process of healing.… [Read more]

Doing Less, Wanting Bigger Pay — Protesting Teachers in Peshawar

Today, for the third day, the teachers at the University of Peshawar continued to protest against the government’s failure to fulfill its promise of increasing teachers’ pay by 20 percent. There were no classes on campus as teachers boycotted classes and offices at various departments also remained closed. This was not only the case at the University of Peshawar but the universities of the entire province are reportedly observing the same strike.… [Read more]

Bangladeshi media, clergy conspiring against Pakistani government?

The past week and weekend in particular have been important in the context of relation between media and politics in the Indo-Pak region as clerics in Bangladesh have all of a sudden jumped on a campaign against two prominent Pakistani political figures.

A week ago, the news of an alleged love affair between Pakistan’s ruling President’s only son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan’s Hina Rabbani Khar rocked the political grounds as well the general public in the region.… [Read more]