Topical and Current Affairs 

Um Ahmed, Egypt’s New First Lady
Um Ahmed, Egypt’s New First Lady

 28 June 2012 CAIRO – Unlike former elegant, half-British first ladies, Egypt’s presidential palace is welcoming a small-town home-maker who loves to be called with a traditional nickname identifying her as the mother of her eldest son. “She looks like my mother,” Dalia Saber, 36, an engineering lecture toldThe New York Times on Thursday, June 28, […]

Egyptian First Lady: Debunking Myths of Feminism
Egyptian First Lady: Debunking Myths of Feminism

What Is Really Meaningful By Raudah Mohd Yunus Freelance Writer- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 9 July 2012 When I first saw Naglaa Ali Mahmoud or better known as Um Ahmed, the wife of Egypt’s first freely elected President Dr Morsy, I could not help but smiling. Egypt’s new first lady is different from other typical first […]

The Spectator’s selective silence exposes hidden agenda

By Shaikh Riyad Nadwi, Ph.D   31 March 2005 The Spectator magazine has once again published an article by Anthony Browne (‘Church of Martyrs’, 27 March 2005) in which he attempts to create community tension between Muslims and Christians in Britain by using spurious statistics, hearsay and fabrication. He is at pains to tell us how […]

Republican Horrified to Discover that Christianity is Not the Only Religion

 Erin Gloria Ryan   6 July 2012 It’s an honest mistake, assuming that the Constitution only protects your own personal megachurch faith. But one Louisiana Republican is learning the hard way that religious school vouchers can be used to fund education at all sorts of religious schools, even Muslim ones. And while she’s totally in favor […]

Islam is being integrated more fully in Germany

By Lewis Gropp  27 June  2012  Two years ago, then-German President Christian Wulff stated that Islam was part of Germany, creating an uproar among more conservative followers of his Christian Democratic Union. Then, defying reason, Joachim Gauck, Germany’s new president, stated earlier this year that Muslims are part of Germany, but that he would not say […]

Israeli settlements ‘jeopardising’ Palestinian prosperity
Israeli settlements ‘jeopardising’ Palestinian prosperity

5 July 2012 The report says Palestinians can use only 6% of the land in the Jordan Valley The economic potential of Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley area of the West Bank is being jeopardised by Israeli settlement activity, a report by the UK charity Oxfam says. The study suggests Palestinians could generate an extra £1bn […]

Egypt’s Islamist First Lady
Egypt’s Islamist First Lady

By Yomna El-Saeed    Freelance Writer – Egypt      5 July 2012 So, Egypt finally got a president after a year and a half of being ruled by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, ever since Mubarak was toppled. Dr. Mohamed Morsi has hit a number of records. He is not only the first […]

Muslims are well-integrated in Britain – but no one seems to believe it
Muslims are well-integrated in Britain – but no one seems to believe it

British Muslims often express a stronger sense of belonging than other citizens, so why are they still seen as outsiders? By Leon Moosavi  3 July 2012 ‘More than half (55%) of Britons would be concerned if a mosque was built in their area.’ Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian In Britain today there is a mismatch […]

Austria celebrates ‘model’ law on Islam
Austria celebrates ‘model’ law on Islam

By Bethany Bell   3 July 2012 BBC News, Vienna Austria has had a checkered history when it comes to relations with Muslims, but its 100-year-old Law on Islam is seen as a symbol of tolerance. The law gives Muslims the same rights as other officially recognised religions in Austria, such as Catholicism, Lutheranism, Judaism and […]

Muslims applaud Malawi President Joyce Banda

By Peter Chipanga   2 July 2012 Muslims in Malawi have commended the country’s leadership for officially allowing the Muslim women to be putting on an Islamic dress, Hijaab, without restrictions or fear of any form of oppression. The Muslim community have said the sentiments in a press release that has been signed by the National […]

How Muslim Brotherhood went from 7 members to Egypt’s presidency

By Nancy A. Youssef     29 June 2012 CAIRO — When Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, the membership was just seven people – al-Banna and six other workers in the port city of Suez, his only surviving sibling, 91-year-old brother Gamal, recalled recently. The British were in charge of Egypt then, and […]

Australia : Islam defies the slow loss of faith
Australia : Islam defies the slow loss of faith

By Susannah Moran  22 June 2012    AUSTRALIANS are losing their faith with religion, census figures reveal, with close to 4.8 million people saying they have no affiliation. For those who do believe, the greatest growth is among followers of Islam, with the number of Muslims up 40 per cent since the 2006 census. The […]

Making the World Safe for Terrorism

By Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller     30 Sept 2001 In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate By what one can gather from the press, the FBI and CIA have seemingly been unable to prove who precisely, if anyone, may have masterminded the attack earlier this month on the World Trade Center […]

Austrian President: We are very proud to have recognized Islam for 100 years

 By Seyit Arslan, Vienna    25 June 2012 “Islam was officially recognized by the Austro-Hungarian monarchy in 1912, shortly after Bosnia and Herzegovina had been incorporated into the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and Austria is very proud of its early recognition of its Muslim citizens,” President of Austria Heinz Fischer has said. In an interview with Today’s […]

Interview: IOC Expert Discusses Ramadan And London Olympics

June 11, 2012 Ronald Maughan is a sports scientist at Britain’s Loughborough University who heads the International Olympic Committee’s working group on nutrition.  He spoke with RFE/RL correspondent Ron Synovitz about Ramadan and the 2012 London Olympic Games. RFE/RL: You head the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) working group on nutrition, which has been studying the […]

Muslim Olympians Face Choices On Ramadan Fasting

By Ron Synovitz       June 30, 2012   To eat or not to eat? That is the question for about 3,000 Muslim athletes in London’s 2012 Summer Olympic Games.  All 17 days of competition, from July 27 to August 12, fall within the holy month of Ramadan — a time when Muslims are required […]

Ethnic minorities in UK feel most British, research finds
Ethnic minorities in UK feel most British, research finds

Muslims were most likely to say being British was important White British people gave the lowest scores on average when asked on a scale of one to 10 how important being British was to them 30 June 2012 Ethnic minorities living in the UK feel more British than their white counterparts, research has revealed. Muslims […]

Israeli Author Decries Racist Israel

Israeli culture similar to fanatical Islam, says Israeli author Israel qualifies as the “most racist state” in the developed world, Israeli author Sami Michael said earlier this week, in comments which drew parallels between Israeli culture and fanatical Islam. 29 June 2012 TEL AVIV – A prominent Israeli author has criticized Israel as the “most […]

Bee stings killed as many in UK as terrorists, says watchdog

Bee stings kill as many people in Britain as terrorist attacks do, according to a report by a Government watchdog who claims the risk from extremists has fallen “markedly” in recent years. By Martin Beckford, Home Affairs Editor  28 Jun 2012 David Anderson said that no one has even been injured by an Islamist in […]

The myth of Muslim support for terror

By Kenneth Ballen  23/2/07 WASHINGTON Those who think that Muslim countries and pro-terrorist attitudes go hand-in-hand might be shocked by new polling research: Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria. The survey, conducted in December 2006 by the University of Maryland’s prestigious Program on International […]

No hatred is pro-Jewish. No bigotry is pro-Israel. Case in point: Pamela Geller

ZOA should never have extended an invitation to one of America’s most extraordinarily successful purveyors of unvarnished prejudice and unapologetic hatred. By Bradley Burston 26.06.12    From a marketing standpoint, it may be a smart idea for the Zionist Organization of America to promote bigotry. It makes for headlines. On the most primal, most limbic of […]

Jews Must Repudiate All Hatred, Especially From One of Their Own

By Brian Levin, J.D.Director, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, California State University   25.06.12   An Invitation Rightly Revoked Pamela Geller, an outspoken Islamophobe who spins wild hateful conspiracy theories about Muslims, as well as President Obama, had a speaking event entitled “Islamic Jew Hatred: The Root Cause of the Failure to Achieve […]

Islamophobia as the New Antisemitism

By Jerry Haber   19 August 2010 Daniel Luban has written a timely and well-researched article in Tablet on what he calls, the “New Antisemitism,” the anti-Islamic bigotry that is on the rise in the United States. Using the term “New Antisemitism” to describe this bigotry is much more appropriate than using it to describe anti-Zionism or […]

How the Media Created the Muslim Monster Myth

American images of Arabs and Muslims have remained remarkably consistent over the decades. Despite the diversity of Arab and Muslim experience, reel Arab women have appeared mostly mute and submissive — belly dancers, bundles in black and beasts of burden, argues Jack Shaheen. 16 June 2012 You can hit an Arab free; they’re free enemies, […]