Ariel Sharon: A personal perspective

By Mira Bar Hillel   13 Jan 2014 Sharon deliberately deceived his Cabinet. He devastated Beirut, leaving 300 dead in a day and looked on approvingly as fascist militias entered refugee camps to rape, murder and torture thousands of Palestinians In February 1983, a judge-led Commission of Inquiry found Ariel Sharon, then the Israeli defence […]

Mike Thomson meets World War One veterans

9 Jan 2014   Several years ago the Today programme’s Mike Thomson interviewed four veterans of World War One.  He revisits his discussions with them. listen to ‘Mike Thomson meets World War One veterans’ on Audioboo

Egypt’s Crackdown on Islamist Charities

By Steven Brooke   27 Dec 2013 Since Egypt’s July 3 coup, its new rulers have used arrests, police and military raids, and intimidation to try to shape the country’s post-Mohamed Morsi political order. But more quietly, yet no less vigorously, the government is also engaged in an attempt to repress the social and charitable […]

How Hollywood cloaked South Sudan in celebrity and fell for the ‘big lie’

Film stars have been speaking from a flawed script. One of the first western reporters in the country points to the awful reality. By Derek Howden 28 Dec 2013 George Clooney in North Darfur, Sudan, in 2008. When violence erupted two weeks ago in the world’s youngest country, one of the first voices to speak […]

Former Anti-Islam Film-Maker, Arnoud Van Doorn, Peforms Hajj After Becoming Muslim

22 Oct 2013 A Dutch politician who once helped produce a film depicting Islam as evil and extreme has performed the Hajj after declaring his conversion to the religion earlier this year. Arnoud van Doorn has said he bitterly regrets his actions and wants to make amends by producing a film showing Islam in a positive […]

Half-Million Iraqis Died in the War, New Study Says

Household survey records deaths from all war-related causes, 2003 to 2011. By Dan Vergano   15 October 2013 War and occupation directly and indirectly claimed the lives of about a half-million Iraqis from 2003 to 2011, according to a groundbreaking survey of 1,960 Iraqi households. The violence peaked in 2006 and 2007, say public health […]

A new American Jewish generation arises, alienated from intransigent Israel

Polls show U.S. Jews are attached to Israel – but their critical stance on Israel’s policies means they’re beginning to consider disengaging. By Ori Nir  13 Oct 2013 Two recently published surveys should make the Israeli government pause and ponder the impact of its intransigent policies on its staunchest supporters, American Jews. One is a survey […]

Madrasas and Charges of ‘Terrorism’: Interview with Maulana Salman Nadwi

By Yoginder Sikand 29 Oct 207 Maulana Salman Hussaini Nadvi, Dean of the Faculty of Shariah at the renowned Nadwat ul-Ulama madrasa in Lucknow and member of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board, is a senior Indian Muslim scholar. In this interview with Yoginder Sikand, he talks about various aspects related to madrasas in contemporary India. […]

Have the U.K.’s leading nationalists really repented?

It’s hard to believe that the founders of a U.K. nationalist group infamous for its anti-Muslim street brawls are really defecting to the forces of ‘anti-extremism’ when their close ally is Pamela Geller. By Daniella Peled   11 Oct  2013 It was a sensational news story. Two leaders of a far-right nationalist anti-Muslim protest faction […]

Egypt: getting away with murder

By Brian Whitaker  5 Oct 2013 The Raba’a massacre and Operation Schmooze On August 14, hundreds of Egyptians died when security forces  violently dispersed sit-in protests against the military takeover that ousted President Morsi. One week later, hundreds of Syrians died in the chemical attacks near Damascus. Both these massacres were on a similar scale, and […]

Human chain formed to protect Christians during Lahore mass

By Web Desk / Aroosa Shauka   6 Oct 2013 The gathering outside the Lahore church.   LAHORE: The Muslim and Christian communities came together during Sunday mass in a show of solidarity in Lahore. Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District […]

What Happened to Egypt’s Liberals After the Coup?

Precious few political parties have spoken out against the military or its assault on the Muslim Brotherhood.  Sharif Abdel Kouddous  1 October  2013 Khaled Dawoud worked hard to remove Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, from office. As the spokesperson for the National Salvation Front, a loose coalition of non-Islamist parties and groups formed […]

Egypt’s ‘revolution’ is over as people accept imposition of military rule

By Nancy A. Youssef    3 Oct 2013   CAIRO — Three months after the Egyptian military ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Egypt now resembles the kind of police state whose oppressive policies gave rise to an iconic Arab Spring. Nearly three years and many protests, elections and governments later, it seems only the […]

Why would anyone believe in the “Islamophobia industry”?

Two years ago, Sayeeda Warsi warned that anti-Muslim prejudice had “passed the dinner table test” and become socially acceptable. Yet we still debate whether Islamophobia exists at all. By Samira Shackle  3 Oct 2013 Graffiti depicting the British National Party beside The Central Mosque in Luton.   The Harlow Islamic Centre in Essex is an unassuming […]

What does Britain expect from the refugees and immigrants who come to this country?

Ralph Miliband: it’s complicated What does Britain expect from the refugees and immigrants who come to this country? By David Herman  3 Oct  2013 The past is never done with. It keeps turning up in unexpected places. Above all, it is complicated. The debate about The Daily Mail’s hatchet job on Ralph Miliband is fascinating in many […]

The Mail on Miliband: What does it mean to call a Jewish person “un-British”?

We are not so far from a time when Jews were treated as undesirables, when right-thinking people preferred to ignore what was happening to them. We must not ignore the plight of those – the illegitimate, the rootless, the “illegal” – who fall on the wrong side of the line today. By Daniel Trilling   […]

Zac Goldsmith Attacks Daily Mail’s ‘Nazi’ Links, Defends Ed Miliband

By Mehdi Hasan   1 Oct 2013 Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has launched an outspoken attack on the Daily Mail for its founder’s support for “the Nazi cause”, in the wake of the newspaper’s relentlessly hostile coverage of Ed Miliband’s late father. Speaking at the Huffington Post UK’s fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Tuesday, the […]

Muslim Women Don’t Care If You Feel Uncomfortable

By Shaheen Sattar  30 Sept 2013 And neither should anyone else who decides to dress in a way that is subjectively unnerving to another person. The ridiculous subjugation of the veil as a cloth of oppression and regression truly highlights that Muslim women are not taken seriously in contemporary society. They are recognised with their […]

Civil society pleased but not satisfied with partial headscarf freedom

By FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK, İSTANBUL   1 Oct 2013   A group of headscarved women in Balıkesir are seen holding a demonstration to demand complete freedom to wear headscarves in the public sector in this 2012 file photo.  Members of Turkish civil society have welcomed partial freedom granted to covered women who want to work in […]

Top 6 Countries That Grew Filthy Rich From Enslaving Black People

By ABS Staff   1 Oct 2013   The United States of America Slavery transformed America into an economic power. The exploitation of black people for free labor made the South the richest and most politically powerful region in the country. British demand for American cotton made the southern stretch of the Mississippi River the […]

When it comes to hypocrisy, Rohani is no challenge for Netanyahu

Maybe the sanctions really worked and Iran is reconsidering? But no, it’s automatic: Rohani is lying. Let’s bomb. By Gideon Levy  29 Sept 2013 This is how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s speech at the UN General Assembly: The speech was full of hypocrisy. Tehran is playing for time. Netanyahu […]

Myanmar Muslims Hide Amid Deadly Sectarian Clashes
Myanmar Muslims Hide Amid Deadly Sectarian Clashes

 By Khin Maung Win   2 Oct 2013 Totally blackened pillars stand among debris of a burnt building Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Thandwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar. Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar on Wednesday, one day after rampaging Buddhist mobs killed a 94-year-old woman and burned dozens of homes despite […]

Blackburn faith school tops new league table

29 Sep 2013 The Taheedul Islam Girls High School scooped the accolade for its astonishing success in terms of academic results A faith school in Blackburn has come top of the class in a new league table of secondary schools. The Taheedul Islam Girls High School scooped the accolade for its astonishing success in terms […]

Does al-Shabab Really Threaten the U.S.?

By Stephen M. Walt  26  September 2013 Sometimes you read a news story that brilliantly illuminates just what is wrong with the basic U.S. approach to national security these days. Case in point: today’s New York Times story headlined “U.S. Sees Direct Threat in Attack at Kenya Mall.” Of course we do. When was the last time […]

He’s back! Benedict XVI speaks out on sex abuse – and calls Richard Dawkins ‘science fiction’

By Tim Stanley  24 Sept 2013 We’ve heard very little from Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI since his retirement, but he’s made a surprise return to public life. Benedict has written a letter to the atheist mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, covering subjects from the sex abuse scandal to evolution – and extracts have been released by Italy’s La Repubblica […]

Obama to World: Bad News. The American Empire Is Dead.

By Colum Lynch  24 Sept 2013 President Barack Obama, presented world leaders at the United Nations with an image of America as a reluctant superpower, ready to confront Iran’s nukes and kill its enemies with targeted drone strikes, but unprepared to embark on open-ended military missions in Syria and other troubled countries. That, he hinted, […]

What’s in a niqab?

By Dr H.A. Hellyer  24 Sept 2013 Almost precisely seven years ago, Britain was having this same discussion. A public official, Jack Straw, the then Leader of the House of Commons of the British Parliament, decided that it was appropriate for him to bring up the issue of Muslim British women wearing the face-veil/niqab in a commentary […]

Brazilian president Rousseff launches tirade against US over NSA surveillance
Brazilian president Rousseff launches tirade against US over NSA surveillance

Dilma Rousseff’s scathing speech to UN general assembly the most serious diplomatic fallout over revelations of US spying By Julian Borger, New York   24 Sept 2013   Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff speaks at the United Nations general assembly.    Brazil‘s president, Dilma Rousseff, has launched a blistering attack on US espionage at the UN general assembly, […]

America will never solve its gun problem until it gets over its fetish for the Founding Fathers.
America will never solve its gun problem until it gets over its fetish for the Founding Fathers.

Blood on the Constitution America will never solve its gun problem until it gets over its fetish for the Founding Fathers. By Rosa Brooks  18 Sept 2013 Here we go again. With 12 dead bodies at Washington’s Navy Yard, not including that of the shooter, Americans are back to the usual handwringing: Why, oh why can’t we […]

Why I Quit My Job As An Investigations Editor In Egypt

By Hisham Allam 19 September 2013 Hisham Allam is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Cairo. He was an investigative editor for the El-Watan newspaper, but the recent crackdown on the Egyptian press has taken a toll on his freedom to report the truth. In this Secrets of the Masters interview, he describes his groundbreaking coverage of the Egyptian revolution […]