Day: June 3, 2011

China calls US culprit in global ‘Internet war’

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese military accused the U.S. on Friday of launching a global “Internet war” to bring down Arab and other governments, redirecting the spotlight away from allegations of major online attacks on Western targets originating in China. The accusations Friday by Chinese military academy scholars, and their […]

Pakistan confirms joint intel operations with US

  ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says that Pakistani-US teams will carry out joint operations and share intelligence in the campaign against militants. The announcement suggests the United States and Pakistan are having some success in trying to repair ties following the unilateral American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.Readmore

Religion, out of place?

Brazil is seen as a country of diverse and profound faith. But though religion is an important reference point in the lives of the population, the extent of religious diversity in this sprawling country is not nearly so pervasive as belief itself. Though globally, the image of Brazil is connected to […]

Pakistani lessons in relativism

Since the dramatic killing of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan is increasingly in the news. According to the bulletins, it is the land which may yet fall into the hands of absolutists, terrorist fundamentalists. I understand what the reporters mean, of course. However, I also smile at the irony. My visit […]

The Arab Spring and Europe’s turn

Until now, and with few exceptions, the West has nurtured two distinct communities of foreign-policy specialists: the development community and the democratic community. More often than not, they have had little or no connection with one another: development specialists dealt comfortably with dictatorships and democracies alike, believing that prosperity can […]

Making Haj, Umrah more comfortable

By ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: The introduction of advanced technology to make Haj and Umrah more comfortable for pilgrims will be the main topic at a forum looking at the annual pilgrimages. The forum of Haj studies will be organized by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute of Haj […]

Circassians (in Jordan)

The Circassians, an indigenous people of the northwest Caucasus region, are a non-Arab, Islamic people originally from the Caucasus region of western Asia. Southward Russian expansion during the 19th century forced between 1.5 and two million Circassians to emigrate south to the Ottoman Empire following the 19th century Russian-Circassian war, […]

Saudi Arabia grants Jordan JD283 million

By Omar Obeidat AMMAN –– Jordan received a JD283 million ($400 million) grant from Saudi Arabia, Finance Minister Mohammad Abu Hammour announced Thursday. The grant, which falls under the projected grants in 2011 state budget, will contribute to implementing several capital projects included in the budget and will also help […]