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Amtul Q Farhat

A Retired Asst Professor of Pediatrics currently working in Canada.

Troubling and Disappointing Verdict: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 28, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today called the verdict in a February mob attack in Indonesia targeting Ahmadiyah Muslims “troubling and disappointing.” An Indonesian court sentenced the leader of the attack in Banten Province to 5 1/2 months […]

3-6 months for Ahmadiyah riot organizers

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Twelve men were sentenced on Thursday to three to six months’ imprisonment for various charges, starting from limited involvement to masterminding the riot that led to the deaths of 3 minority Ahmadiyah sect members in Banten. Three panels of judges at the Serang District Court levied […]

Palestine, the UN and international law

“Membership in the United Nations is open to all other peace-loving states,” notes the UN Charter. The admission depends on “a decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council”, the Charter continues. The conditions sound feasible, but for Palestine the reality of international politics has been blocking its […]

A trigger for discourse

Source: The Globe and Mail ……. Linking acts of terrorism with Islam has become trope to the 21st-century journalistic tragedians. But there’s a larger narrative. The emerging portrait of Anders Behring Breivik, the man in custody for carrying out both the bombing and the shooting rampage at a youth camp, […]

Indonesian Ulema Issue Fatwa on Destructive Mining

The Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) issued a religious edict,  known as a fatwa, on Wednesday, condemning mining practices that were destroying the environment and neglecting people’s welfare. “We condemn mining activities that only destroy the environment and inflict misery on the people. We must prevent such actions through regulation […]

Sitting in Israel, seeing Norway

Mia Habib tries to make sense of misplaced irony in Norwegians, Israelis reaction to tragic weekend events in Oslo …….. As a Norwegian in Israel, I have spent my time on Facebook catching the Norwegian reactions to the attacks and reading news non-stop. I would like to refer to quotes […]