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Narendra Modi stokes divisions in the world’s biggest democracy
Narendra Modi stokes divisions in the world’s biggest democracy

Intolerant India India’s 200m Muslims fear the prime minister is building a Hindu state Last month India changed the law to make it easier for adherents of all the subcontinent’s religions, except Islam, to acquire citizenship. At the same time, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (bjp) wants to compile a register of all India’s 1.3bn citizens, […]

Letter – The ‘Immoral’ Killing of the Iranian General

Opinion   LETTER The ‘Immoral’ Killing of the Iranian General A former Nuremberg war crimes prosecutor says the American public deserves to know the truth. Jan. 15, 2020 To the Editor: Now in my hundredth year, I cannot remain silent. I entered the United States in January 1921 as a poor immigrant boy, and I […]

How the Trump administration saved the Islamic Republic
How the Trump administration saved the Islamic Republic

The Iranian leadership was struggling with a major legitimacy crisis when Trump came to its rescue. By Ahmad Sadri Ahmad Sadri – Professor of Sociology and James P Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College.     In the days after the events of 9/11 people would often say: “The world has […]

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 :

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 […]

Even liberal Zionists wanted to send Palestinians to the moon
Even liberal Zionists wanted to send Palestinians to the moon

Jonathan Ofir on September 4, 2016   It has long been the trademark of the Israeli Zionist left, to blame the occupation of 1967 for the supposed moral corruption that has onset since, and its “demographic threat” to the “Jewish and democratic state”. Ari Shavit, who takes a generally “liberal Zionist” position, recently claimed that “Israel’s […]

Racism-as-Zionism. Don’t Call It ‘pro-Israel.’ Call It What It Is: Disgusting

It’s time to stop pretending that racism can ever be good for the Jews. Opinion Piece in the Haaretz By Bradley Burston Aug 30, 2016 No more. It’s time to stop pretending that racism can ever be good for the Jews. Not in practice, and not in propaganda. It’s time to stop fooling ourselves that […]

Israel to introduce ‘modesty guidelines’ for women’s clothing at government events

Singer performing at beach concert was told to ‘get dressed’ Monday 29 August 2016 Israeli singer Hanna Goor claims her performance was cut short because she wore shorts and a bikini top Israel’s Culture Ministry is to introduce new rules about how modestly performers should dress at government-sponsored events. “Festivals and events funded by public […]

Women in burkinis and men in suits

Letters To The Guardian Newspaper A woman wearing a burkini paddles on the seashore in Marseille, southern France.   Monday 29 August This display of men controlling how women dress (Armed French police pictured ordering woman to remove burkini on Nice beach, 24 August) reminded me of my humiliation at an open-air pool in Ruislip […]

Celtic fans defy threat by hugging Palestine tighter

Liam O’Hare The Electronic Intifada 22 August 2016 Fans hold up Palestine flags during Glasgow Celtic’s match against an Israeli football team on 17 August.   Glasgow Celtic fans have launched a fundraiser to match any fine that Europe’s ruling football body, UEFA, will give the Scottish club for an expression of Palestine solidarity at […]

Church and Muslim community take part in neighbourhood street clean

Church and Muslim community take part in neighbourhood street clean   Sixty volunteers took to the streets to clean-up their local area (6th August 2016) The group tackled streets, grassy areas and public paths in the Lammack and Beardwood areas of Blackburn collecting over twenty bags of rubbish. The family oriented event saw over 20 children […]

‘It’s about freedom’: Ban boosts burkini sales ‘by 200%’

Aheda Zanetti, the Australian designer credited with inventing the burkini, at a swimsuit shop in western Sydney The Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales. The clothing – which combines “burqa” with “bikini” – leaves only the face, hands and feet on show. […]

“It is just a swimsuit for heaven’s sake”

The burkini is seen as a symbol of integration, says its designer. Here lifesaver Mecca Laa Laa wears a burkini on her first patrol at North Cronulla Beach, Sidney, Australia, in 2007   Over the past eight years, Aheda Zanetti has sold 700,000 swimsuits to clients all over the world. Her designs, costing from $80 […]

Staying on side

Rumour and referendum in Egypt By M.R. | CAIRO  15 Jan 2014 THREE hours’ drive from the clamour and crush of Cairo, a quiet village has not been spared the political shockwaves emanating from Egypt’s capital. With its residents politically polarised between a minority that supports the Muslim Brotherhood and a majority that backs the […]

Egypt’s bogus democracy doesn’t deserve U.S. aid

By Editorial Board  14 Jan 2014 EGYPT’S MILITARY regime is taking a major step this week toward installing an autocracy more repressive than any the country has known in decades. Citizens are being summoned to the polls to vote on a new constitution that exempts the army, police and intelligence services from civilian control and allows these […]

New Evangelical Movement Seeks Split From Pro-Israel Line

Dissent within the fold. “This message is resonating with the rising generation,” says Brog. By McKay Coppins  14 Jan 2014 WASHINGTON — Figures with deep roots in America’s religious right have launched a quiet effort aimed at pushing evangelical Christians away from decades of growing loyalty to Israel and toward increased solidarity with the Palestinians. The campaign […]

The United States’ bloody messes in Yemen

By Hooria Mashhour 14 Jan 2014 Hooria Mashhour is Yemen’s minister for human rights. December 12 was supposed to be a day of celebration for the al-Ameri family. A young bride traveled to her wedding with her relatives in Bayda province, Yemen. But in a few dark seconds their celebrations were eviscerated. A U.S. drone fired at the […]

Let’s Remember the Dark Side of Ariel Sharon’s Legacy—and Bury ‘Sharonism’ With Him

As defense minister, he presided over disaster in Beirut, and as prime minister, over disengagement, not peacemaking By Gershom Gorenberg  13 Jan 2014 In his death, Ariel Sharon has suddenly reentered our lives, like a long-repressed memory. Between his final breath and his funeral, on Monday afternoon, politicians of nearly all Israeli camps and the […]

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 […]

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. […]