Day: July 4, 2011

62%: Rabbi Lior’s arrest – right move

Ynet-Gesher survey shows 77% of seculars, 57% of traditional Jews support law enforcement authorities’ decision to detain rabbi for incitement, while 94% of haredim and 80% of religious Jews say it was wrong The majority of the public believes Israel’s law enforcement authorities did the right thing when they arrested […]


By Dr. Naseer Tahir, Rochester, NY He had taken months to prepare and only two minutes to deliver it.  On  November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln’s address at Gettysburg is undoubtedly the best speech in the history of the United States. But he was not the main speaker that day. Edward […]

Reluctant Pakistani

// Over the last many months, there has been a sudden surfacing of mutilated corpses bearing torture marks of students, political workers, rights activists, all who had earlier gone missing. – File Photo // // Qadeer Baloch misses a thousand heartbeats each time he lifts the sheet of a […]

Pakistani Military Backs Militants, Fighter Says

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani military continues to nurture a broad range of militant groups as part of a three-decade strategy of using proxies against its neighbors and American forces in Afghanistan, but now some of the fighters it trained are questioning that strategy, a prominent former militant commander says. […]

Lebanon tribunal brings strife, not answers

The indictment reportedly accusing Hezbollah members of killing a former prime minister will fuel unrest, not justice. Hicham Safieddine. The indictment delivered by the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) to Lebanon’s state prosecutor Saeed Merza marks the latest twist in a widely publicised and highly controversial operation of international […]

Blast hits Egyptian gas pipeline

Unknown attackers blow up Sinai pipeline that supplies gas to Jordan and Israel. A pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan has been hit by an explosion in the Sinai peninsula. The explosion on Monday sent flames into the sky, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. […]

The ties between Indonesia and China

Indonesia: A success story in Asia and the Pacific If we take a look at the historical perspective, the ties between Indonesia and China date back to ancient times. Some pundits even mentioned that the two countries had actually started their relations since the fifth century. But one thing is […]

Indonesia’s religious freedom must be for all: Religious Freedom in Indonesia: The Case of the Ahmadiyya

In ‘Indonesia’s Religious Freedom Must Be For All,’ Bernhard Platzdasch of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, writes that a clampdown on the Islamic Ahmadiyah sect brings into focus the larger context of religious freedom and tolerance in today’s Indonesia. Indonesia has since independence proclaimed itself a religiously […]

King Abdullah receives King Abdullah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah receives Jordan’s King Abdallah in his palace in Jeddah on Sunday. During the meeting the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and ways to boost cooperation. King Abdullah also affirmed Saudi Arabia’s support for Jordan on all issues. (SPA)

Convention concludes today

Photo By Claudio Cugliari The 35th annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Canada came to an end today at the International Centre. Bob Rae, interim leader for the Liberal Party of Canada, Mississauga-Erindale MPP Harinder Takhar and Etobicoke North MPP Kristy Duncan delivered speeches to cap off the […]

Lanka given 150 tons of dates for Ramadan

By MD RASOOLDEEN | ARAB NEWS COLOMBO: The Kingdom donated 150 metric tons of dates to Sri Lanka last week for distribution at mosques during the coming holy month of Ramadan. Ministry of Finance official Mansour Al-Yousef handed the consignment at a simple ceremony at the Saudi Embassy in Colombo […]

Ancient priesthood uses past to predict future

By Majeda El Batsh, Agence France-Presse NABLUS, Palestinian Territories – In the northern West Bank city of Nablus, a small and ancient Samaritan community is managing to make ends meet by dabbling in the age-old practice of fortune-telling. University Avenue, in the hill-ringed city of Nablus, is lined with white […]