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Morgan Freeman : Call to Prayer (adhaan) is One of the Most Beautiful Sounds in the World

Morgan Freeman : Call to Prayer (adhaan) is One of the Most Beautiful Sounds in the World

Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman has said that the Muslim call to prayer known as the adhan is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. He made the comments as he visited an Imam at a Mosque when filming ‘The Story of God’ for  National Geographic.  

 
How Churchill ‘starved’ 3 million Indians

How Churchill ‘starved’ 3 million Indians

Some three million Indians died in the famine of 1943. The majority of the deaths were in Bengal.    In a shocking new book, Churchill’s Secret War, journalist Madhusree Mukherjee blames Mr Churchill’s policies for being largely responsible for one of the worst famines in India’s history.   By Soutik Biswas – online correspondent for BBC […]

 
Appeasement won’t work

Appeasement won’t work

By Michael Volpe General Director of Opera Holland Park in London. Since Brexit I have been hearing lots of talk about “listening” to and “understanding” swathes of white working class people who voted for leaving the EU. It has accelerated since Trump won and it is becoming increasingly hysterical and alarming. The narrative is this; […]

 
Donald Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric Led this Woman to Embrace Islam

Donald Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric Led this Woman to Embrace Islam

  On the day Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States, a woman wrote on her Facebook page how his hateful rhetoric led to her embracing Islam. A year ago Lisa Shanklin began reading the Qur’an after seeing Trump’s hateful rhetoric: “It was Trump’s hateful rhetoric that led me a year ago […]

 
‘The day I killed my rapist’

‘The day I killed my rapist’

A young Tunisian woman was photographed naked by a friend of her father’s. He then used the images to silence her – until one day she snapped and took a bloody revenge. This story is part of the BBC’s Shame series, which examines a disturbing new phenomenon – the use of private or sexually explicit […]

 

Israeli Settlements Have Grown During the Obama Years

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEPT. 16, 2016, 12:07 P.M. E.D.T. JERUSALEM — In his landmark speech to the Arab world seven years ago, President Barack Obama warned that Israeli settlements on occupied territories were undermining hopes for peace. “It is time for these settlements to stop,” he declared. As Obama heads into the home stretch […]

 
Syria’s Aleppo : from a creation of beauty to a creation of destruction

Syria’s Aleppo : from a creation of beauty to a creation of destruction

“Aleppo’s old city was an extraordinary human creation. Now it’s empty and dead.” source : BBC.co.uk

 
How Do Trees Communicate

How Do Trees Communicate

How trees use the Wood Wide Web. Forester Peter Wohlleben thinks trees talk to each other through their roots and fungal networks. In his new book The Hidden Life of Trees, he explains that trees can register pain, learn things, and even protect and care for each other. source : BBC.co.uk

 

How Israel aims to redefine ‘ethnic cleansing’

Netanyahu’s controversial comments have thrown another obstacle in the way of Palestinian statehood, analysts say. Nazareth – On one level, an incendiary video posted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend looked suspiciously like an own goal. In it, Netanyahu argues that a Palestinian demand to dismantle Jewish settlements amounts to the “ethnic […]

 
Many leftwing Israelis are leaving the country — ‘Forward’ breaks an important story

Many leftwing Israelis are leaving the country — ‘Forward’ breaks an important story

Philip Weiss on September 4, 2016 Yesterday the Forward ran an important piece, by Mairav Zonszein, saying that she and other leftwing Israelis are thinking of leaving the country, and many have left already: Everywhere I turn these days, many of my peers have left, are leaving, are planning to leave or are talking about […]