Day: March 5, 2013

Robert Fisk: John Kerry wants the Gulf to support the Syrian rebels. But which rebels? The soft, safe ones? Or those horrible, ‘terrorist’ – Why wouldn’t the Saudi royal family arm their favourite anti-Shiite militia?

Kerry has had a miserable time of it in the Gulf. He has to love them all – the kings and princes and emirs – and he needs their support against Bashar al-Assad of Syria. Because, of course, they are sending cash and weapons to the rebels. But which rebels? […]

Robert Fisk: Alawite history reveals the complexities of Syria that West does not understand – The maps long favoured in the West partition off Arab countries into ethnic divisions, but all these make clear is our own ignorance

In Syria these days, we are resorting to our racist little maps. The Alawite mountains and the town of Qardaha, home of the Assad family – colour it dark red. Will this be the last redoubt of the 12 per cent Alawite minority, to which the President belongs, when the […]

Did You Know……that the Ahmadi community will be excluded from upcoming elections in Pakistan? US Commission on International Religious Freedom

USCIRF: Historic elections are scheduled to take place in Pakistan in Spring 2013.  However, members of the Ahmadi religious community will be prevented from voting for the next civilian government.   An executive order requires  Ahmadis to register separately  and vote as non-Muslims.   Chief Executive’s Order No. 15 , which President Musharraf […]

Whispers of Love

Source: Huff Post, Brad Gooch. When Dick Davis, the preeminent translator of Persian poetry of our time, was a boy in Portsmouth, England, in the 1950s, he found on his parents’ bookshelf a copy of Edward FitzGerald’s swooning Victorian translations of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Its presence was not so […]

Muhammad, Messenger of Peace

Source/Credit: Examiner.com By Shahina Bashir   In 1978, Michael Hart published his book titled “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History.” In this book, Hart rankedProphet Muhammad as the number one most influential person in history. He wrote: “My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the […]

Fiji Torture Not Isolated, Amnesty

Claims of Fiji torture not isolated – Amnesty Published: 7:03AM Wednesday March 06, 2013 Source: ONE News http://platform.twitter.com/widgets/tweet_button.1362525567.html#_=1362533591208&count=horizontal&id=twitter-widget-0&lang=en&original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Ftvnz.co.nz%2Fnational-news%2Fclaims-fiji-torture-not-isolated-amnesty-5360984&size=m&text=Claims%20of%20Fiji%20torture%20not%20isolated%20-%20Amnesty%20&url=http%3A%2F%2Ftvnz.co.nz%2Fnational-news%2Fclaims-fiji-torture-not-isolated-amnesty-5360984&via=ONENewsNZ http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?api_key=&locale=en_US&sdk=joey&channel_url=http%3A%2F%2Fstatic.ak.facebook.com%2Fconnect%2Fxd_arbiter.php%3Fversion%3D18%23cb%3Dff30d7bf4%26origin%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Ftvnz.co.nz%252Ff3ed4c93c4%26domain%3Dtvnz.co.nz%26relation%3Dparent.parent&href=http%3A%2F%2Ftvnz.co.nz%2Fnational-news%2Fclaims-fiji-torture-not-isolated-amnesty-5360984&node_type=link&width=90&font=arial&layout=button_count&colorscheme=light&show_faces=false&send=false&extended_social_context=false Amnesty International says video appearing to show the vicious beating of two Fijian prisoners is just one of several cases it is aware of. The nine minute video was released online and shows […]