Day: May 16, 2011

Pope Benedict orders action on sex abuse

Pope Benedict has told bishops around the world to promptly report all suspected cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests to local police in new guidelines he has issued. Set out in a letter, the guidelines are the latest effort to eradicate child sex abuse in the Roman […]

S H A M E ! (breaking News from Abu Dhabi)

The United Arab Emirates has hired the in-famous private security firm ‘Blackwater’ to establish an 800 mercenary army (as a first step) to keep the Rulers safe… The crown prince insisted that no Muslim should be part of this ‘force’ (because a Muslim may refuse to kill another Muslim, presumably). […]

Two Florida Imams arrested Three U.S. citizens, including two imams of Florida mosques, were among the six people who have been indicted on charges of financing and supporting the Pakistani Taliban. Five are family members. The three U.S. citizens were arrested, while the other three are at large in Pakistan. The indictment accuses […]

Saudi donates billions to charity

Sheikh Suleiman Al Rajhi, one of the world’s richest men, plans to give away lion’s share of his $6bn fortune. Saudi Arabia’s Sheikh Suleiman Al Rajhi, one of the world’s richest men, can now also lay claim to be one of the most generous. The businessman has announced he is […]

Hunt for Gadhafi’s Billions

The German bank Commerzbank received an unusual transfer order in late February. The amount was €1.9 million ($2.7 million) and the bank was instructed to immediately transfer the funds from a Commerzbank account to a foreign account with another bank. The holder of the Commerzbank account was Saif al-Arab al-Gadhafi, […]

Muslims, Not Islam, Need Reform

In her recent Wall Street Journal opinion-editorial, Irshad Manji claims that not just Muslims, but the Quran and Islam itself needs reformation. In conflating the two, Manji ignores the possibility that the owner’s manual might be fine, while the issues lie with the owner. Manji concludes by assuming, again incorrectly, […]

Truth Commission illegal: SC

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a High Court verdict that declared illegal the Truth and Accountability Commission which was formed by the caretaker government in 2008. A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division passed the order after dismissing a leave-to-appeal petition filed against the HC verdict. Manzur Ahmed Bhuiyan, […]

Arab Revolution is knocking at Israel’s door

For Israel, the risk that Syria President Bashar Assad would undermine calm of northern border less threatening than prospect of him toppled; Israel blames Assad and Iran for border infiltration on Nakba Day. The Arab revolution knocked on Israel’s door yesterday, in Nakba Day demonstrations carried out by Palestinians from […]

Electric car to go on sale in Israel in July

Better Place has unveiled the price of the electric cars it will be selling in Israel, the Renault Fluence ZE: NIS 123,000. That’s a hair more than gasoline-fueled cars of similar size. Buyers can start placing orders in July and the cars should start arriving toward year-end Better Place, founded […]