Saturday, June 26, 2010

Muslims - Islam - #1892-Shariah - Compliant Finance Advisor Picked by Obama as White House Fellow - Pajamas Media

On Tuesday, President Obama announced the appointment of this year’s “White House Fellows,” a prestigious program in which outstanding Americans are chosen to work in the White House and receive “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government.” According to a White House Press release, one of this year’s Fellows is a young lawyer named Samar Ali: Samar Ali is an Associate with the firm Hogan Lovells US LLP. She is responsible for counseling clients on mergers & acquisitions, cross-border transactions, Shari’a compliant transactions, project finance, and international business matters. Left out of the press release is that she also previously worked as an intern and received training at the Islamic International Arab Bank; according to her staff bio at the Hogan Lovells law firm. The tradition of appointing “White House Fellows” dates back to the Johnson administration and has never before attracted any controversy. And if one looks at the other 12 Fellows named this year, none of them are controversial in the slightest, nor have any Fellows picked by earlier presidents ever caused a stir...... So: Why now? Why, in the midst of the worst financial crisis our country has faced in 70 years, does the president choose an expert in Islamic finance to get training in the White House?        Read more........

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