Month: April 2011

A new chance in Egypt for Islamic finance

Covered head-to-toe in a black abaya embroidered with red and yellow flowers, Amal Abbas waits for her turn to place a deposit at Cairo’s Al Baraka Egypt Bank, one of Egypt’s two fully-fledged Islamic banks. Although Egypt is considered the birthplace of Islamic finance, which adheres to Islamic principles banning […]

Mahram law heaps frustration on women

By MARIAM NIHAL | ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: Saudi and foreign women in the Kingdom who wish to travel abroad often feel the heat of severe traveling regulations. Saudi laws dictate that women cannot travel without their mahram’s (male guardian) permission and in some cases can only tour with them. GCC countries […]

Deadliest day of Syria uprising

Amnesty International says at least 75 people have been killed during the deadliest day of pro-democracy protests in Syria. The human rights group cited local activists. Syrian security forces fired live bullets and tear gas Friday on rallies across the country. The demonstrations are a sign that President Bashar Assad’s […]

Israel’s young crave normalcy

In the period leading up to Israel’s 2009 parliamentary election, several polls I conducted among the Jewish population turned up a consistent finding: The youngest respondents (18-35 ) disproportionately described themselves as right wing. They also supported Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party slightly more than others. Then weeks before the election, […]

Jordan detains 136 on ‘terror’ charges

JORDAN has detained 136 people on “terrorism” charges a week after scores were hurt when Islamist Salafist protesters clashed with police in the northern city of Zarqa, a police spokesman said today. “The involvement of 136 people brought before the prosecutor of the State Security Court for terrorism and unrest […]

‘Israel’s greatest dilemma’

Are the Arabs in Israel an enemy from within? In 1999, when Professor Dan Schueftan’s book “Disengagement: Israel and the Palestinian Entity” was published, his proposals appeared extreme; almost imaginary even. As there was no chance for securing an agreement with the Palestinians, Schueftan asserted at the time, Israel must […]

Syria lifts decades old emergency law

Syria’s president lifted the country’s 48-year-old state of emergency Thursday, one of three expected government moves aimed at fostering stability among a discontented populace. But human rights activists question the government’s intentions to follow through on reform because of the stiff police crackdown on peaceful protests. President Bashar al-Assad issued […]

Practising Homeopathy

A Tauranga-based medical researcher is calling on doctors not to practise homeopathy or refer their patients to homeopaths. In a letter to the New Zealand Medical Journal, Professor Shaun Holt and other senior researchers from New Zealand and the United Kingdom say “practising homeopathy or endorsing it by referring patients […]