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Guantanamo guard converts to Islam, demands release of detainees
Guantanamo guard converts to Islam, demands release of detainees

Terry Holdbrooks was deployed to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to guard detainees. The Phoenix, Ariz., resident has become a devout Muslim and an unlikely advocate for the prisoners’ rights. By Carol Kuruvilla  29 May 2013   Terry Holdbrooks converted to Islam in December 2003 after speaking with the prisoners he was guarding at Guantanamo […]

Vast majority say Muslims are on the whole peaceful

26 May 2013 Public Calm In The Face Of Terror Eight in ten Britons perceive terrorist threat as ‘low’ – and vast majority say Muslims are on the whole peaceful Following the attack on soldier Drummer Lee Rigby outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich on Wednesday, new YouGov research finds the British public resolute […]

York Mosque praised for offering EDL protesters tea

28 May 2013 Father Tim Jones said “the world can learn” from what happened outside the mosque   A mosque has been praised for serving tea and biscuits to English Defence League supporters after the far-right group arranged a demonstration there. About six people turned up to protest at the mosque in Bull Lane, York, […]

Talks over Church of Scotland report on Israel

9 May 2013 The Church of Scotland has held “useful” discussions with the Jewish community over a controversial report which questioned the divine right of Jews to the land of Israel. The 10-page discussion paper will be debated and voted on at the Kirk’s general assembly later this month. Israel’s ambassador to the UK has […]

Same Process, No Progress

By Yousef Munayyer   3 May 2013 Most observers agree that if the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” is still alive it is on life support with the plug half hanging out of the socket. Last year’s vote at the United Nations, when most of the world opposed the United States’ position and voted for Palestinian statehood, was […]

UN: Israeli Occupation Sapping East Jerusalem Economy

9 May 2013 JERUSALEM — The Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem is driving its Palestinian residents into deeper economic isolation and they face far greater poverty than Jewish neighbors, said a U.N. report on the city at the heart of the Middle East conflict.   The U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report, published on […]

Settlement plans ‘obnoxious,’ says Czech foreign minister

Considered Jerusalem’s best friend in Europe, Prague accuses Israel of taking unnecessary steps ‘to provoke everybody’ In exclusive interview, Karel Schwarzenberg says bid to call Hezbollah a terror group is pointless propaganda, won’t back Israeli airstrikes on Syria or Iran, and calls for settlement goods to be labeled; Jerusalem says Czechs are good enough friends […]

Ex-Islamophobe to produce film on Prophet
Ex-Islamophobe to produce film on Prophet

By Majed Al-Sugairi  23 April 2013   Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, delivers a copy of the Holy Qur’an to Arnoud Van Doorn during a reception in Makkah on Sunday as Shahzad Muhammad (right), head of the Canadian Dawa Association (CDA), looks on.    MADINAH – Former […]

‘I am sorry, O Prophet…’ from Islamophobe to Muslim
‘I am sorry, O Prophet…’ from Islamophobe to Muslim

By Majed Al-Sugairi   23 April 2013 Arnoud Van Doorn (extreme left), former leader of the Dutch rightist Freedom Party, prays at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.   Arnoud Van Doorn in Saudi Arabia with the Imam of Masjid Quba, The Honorable Sheikh Emad Zuhair Hafiz   MADINAH – Former Dutch Islamophobe and a former leading […]

US report: Israel discriminates against Arabs, women and migrants

State Department report on human rights practices criticizes Israel for its treatment of various sectors of Israeli society  By Yitzhak Benhorin   20 April 2013 WASHINGTON – Discrimination of women, Arabs and Ethiopians, mistreatment of refugees and asylum seekers and violations of migrants’ rights – Israel is guilty of all these charges, according to a State Department report on human […]

The glorious State of Israel and its anti-Arab discrimination

Whether it’s the media’s coverage of last week’s horrific traffic accident in Nesher or the Transportation Ministry’s rail plan for the Galilee, the racism toward Arabs in this country cannot be concealed. By Yitzhak Laor    15 April 2013 After the first reports of the horrific traffic accident last Wednesday  in the Haifa suburb of […]

Muslim communities successfully integrating
Muslim communities successfully integrating

11 April 2014 Despite anxiety from the public and politicians, Muslim ethnic minority communities have been integrating into British and German cities for some time, according to research by Dr Sarah Hackett. Her findings are presented at the NORFACE Migration Conference at University College London this week. The ESRC is one of 15 research councils […]

Guantanamo Bay – President Obama’s shame: The forgotten prisoners of America’s own Gulag
Guantanamo Bay – President Obama’s shame: The forgotten prisoners of America’s own Gulag

No charge, but no release. Yesterday the anger of hunger-striking detainees boiled over in clashes with their jailers By Rupert Cornwell and Katie Grant  14 April 2013 For long periods we forget it, even though it is a human rights disgrace surely unequalled in recent American history. But now, 11 years after it opened, the […]

Buddhism turns violent in Myanmar
Buddhism turns violent in Myanmar

By Matthew J Walton   2 April 2013 Recent violence in Myanmar between Buddhists and Muslims in the central town of Meikhtila (also spelt Meiktila) and areas beyond, which has left a reported 43 people dead, as many as 12,000 displaced, and more than 1,000 homes and building destroyed, has raised concerns over the stability […]

Israeli crackdown on Palestinian mobility began well before suicide bombings

Most Israelis labor under the misconception that restrictions on Palestinian movement were a result of suicide bombings, but they started long before that.  By Amira Hass  1 April 2013 “I didn’t know you were such an empiricist,” a friend told me impatiently, a veteran peace activist with a doctorate, when I insisted at some meeting […]

Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens: New Atheists flirt with Islamophobia

A Twitter rant by Richard Dawkins re-exposes a disturbing Islamophobic streak among the New Atheists By Nathan Lean   30 March 2013 Richard Dawkins, the preppy septuagenarian and professional atheist whose work in the field of evolutionary biology informs his godless worldview, has always been a prickly fellow. The British scientist and former Oxford University […]

Turkisj  Billboards Gloat Over Israel Apology: ‘WE ARE GRATEFUL’ To Erdogan For This Source Of ‘PRIDE’
Turkisj Billboards Gloat Over Israel Apology: ‘WE ARE GRATEFUL’ To Erdogan For This Source Of ‘PRIDE’

26 March 2013 In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial decision to both apologize and offer monetary compensation to Turkey for the 2010 Gaza Flotilla incident, the Turkish people are gloating. Large billboards erected by the Ankara municipality on Monday, thanked Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying that he made the Turkish people proud. […]

Israel’s apology to Turkey alters Mideast peace: Turkish PM

27 March 2013 Israel’s apology to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara event will lead to an altered balance in the Middle East peace process, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in an address to lawmakers on Tuesday. Israeli forces killed nine Turkish nationals aboard a vessel carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza in the 2010 […]

After Bibi’s Apology, Reflect on the Idiocy of Attacking the Gaza Flotilla

By Uri Avnery   30 March 2013 So, finally our Prime Minister has apologized to Turkey for “operational mistakes” that “might have” led to the death of nine Turks during the attack on MV Mavi Marmara, the ship which tried to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza. It took him two years and ten months […]

Israel Apology to Turkey — Key to Regional Peace?

By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey – Former Bosnian foreign minister and ambassador to the United Nations 27 March 2013 President Obama can claim one immediate result from his Middle East tour. President Obama figuratively dialed Turkish PM Erdogan’s phone and pressed Israeli PM Netanyahu to apologize for the killings of Turkish activists on board a “peace flotilla” […]

UN report Israel’s creeping annexation of territory is illegal

31 Jan 2013 GENEVA The United Nations‘ first report on Israel‘s overall settlement policy describes it as a “creeping annexation” of territory that clearly violates the human rights of Palestinians, and calls for Israel to immediately stop further such construction. The report’s conclusions, revealed Thursday, are not legally binding, but they further inflame tensions between the UN Human […]

Why the war in Iraq was fought for Big Oil

By Antonia Juhasz,  Special to CNN 19 March 2013 Editor’s note: Ten years ago the war in Iraq began. This week we focus on the people involved in the war, and the lives that changed forever. Antonia Juhasz, an oil industry analyst, is author of several books, including “The Bush Agenda” and “The Tyranny of Oil.” (CNN) — Yes, the Iraq War was […]

#MyJihad: San Francisco Tells Hate Group Leaders Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer To Hit The Road
#MyJihad: San Francisco Tells Hate Group Leaders Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer To Hit The Road

15 March 2013     We covered the #MyJihad ad campaign back in December, a campaign that seeks to reclaim the term Jihad from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike. The response from Islamophobes has been nothing short of shrill, quixotically they want nothing more than to highlight and advance the “Jihad of Bin Laden as the correct […]

Geert Wilders Confidante Converts to Islam
Geert Wilders Confidante Converts to Islam

Far-right Dutch Politician Finds Islam   5 March 2013 AMSTERDAM – A leading member in far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ party has reverted to Islam after an extensive study about the Islamic religion and Muslims. “I can understand people are skeptic, especially that it is unexpected for many of them,” Arnoud Van Doorn told Al-Jazeera […]

Palestinians born ‘from prisoners’ smuggled sperm’

By Jon Donnison, West Bank   15 March 2013   Just a few seconds old, but already strong of voice, Muhannad Ziben did not sound best pleased as a midwife, gripping him by the ankle, hoisted him above his mother and snipped the umbilical chord. He was born in Nablus’s al-Arabia hospital in August last […]

UK ‘faces threat of murderous attack from Far Right extremist’

By Nigel Morris  13 March 2013 Britain faces the threat of a murderous terror attack from a Far Right extremist similar to the mass murderer Anders Breivik who gunned down 77 young Norweigans, the Security Minister warned today. James Brokenshire accused groups such as the English Defence League (EDL) of inflaming tensions on the streets, […]

How the US public was defrauded by the hidden cost of the Iraq war

George Bush sold the war as quick and cheap; it was long and costly. Even now, the US is paying billions to private contractors. By Michael Boyle  11 March 2013 When the US invaded Iraq in March 2003, the Bush administration estimated that it would cost $50-60bn to overthrow Saddam Hussein and establish a functioning government. This estimate was catastrophically […]

Hijab wearers take centre stage

  Diverse hijab wearers photographed by artist in London 9 March 2013 A new exhibition taking place at London’s Festival Hall aims to show the different sides of the hijab, the head scarf worn by Muslim women. David Sillito has been to meet the artist behind the project, Sara Shamsavari.   source :

UNICEF Study: Israel Abuses Palestinian Child Detainees

Israel Promises ‘Adjustments’ to Treatment of Child Prisoners By Jason Ditz   6  March 2013 A scathing new report (PDF) from UNICEF blasts the Israeli government for its treatment of the hundreds of Palestinian children it captures and holds as “detainees” annually, referring to their treatment as “cruel, inhuman and degrading.” The report says children are routinely […]

Iran’s nuke threat is overhyped: UN official

Experts call on world powers for nuclear disarmament By Shafaat Shahbandari      6 March 2013 Dubai: The threat of a nuclear-armed Iran is overhyped, and there is no evidence suggesting that the country has or intends to produce weapons of mass destruction, a UN expert on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) said at a […]