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Rafiq A. Tschannen

Rafiq A. Tschannen is a Swiss national. He converted to Islam and joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the age of 16 after reading the German translation of the Holy Qur'an. He worked in 15 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, first as Finance Director in the private industry and later as Chief Executive Officer of NGOs and International Governmental Organizations. He is now devoting his time to The Muslim Times as Editor for Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and Switzerland and as Associate Chief Editor.

Why the Next Pope Should Be African?

Source: Over the decades that I have travelled in Africa I have met only four African atheists. Africans seem naturally networked to religion. All meetings – on politics, sport and even business – begin with a prayer. God is invoked on every occasion, private or public. Religion is comfortably […]

Do we ever learn from history?

Source: ET LAHORE: “China will be the economic salvation of Afghanistan. The Chinese have bought mineral rights in Afghanistan and plan to build a railway there. India has also invested hugely in Afghanistan. Pakistan can also benefit, but it cannot do this alone. It can partner with India and China to […]

Philadelphia’s Burqa Crisis

Source: The Conservative Papers: N.B.: The Washington Times title is “When burqas become accessories to crime: Criminals can hide behind Islamic garb” and it contains small differences from this version Philadelphia, the city where I live, has quietly and unassumedly become the capital of the Western world as regards female […]

Can Obama Kill You?

Source: The Conservative Papers: Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the Obama administration’s assassination program is the fact that they simply refuse to address if they claim the authority to kill Americans on US soil without charge or trial. While they clearly claim the authority to kill Americans abroad without requiring […]

Protecting minorities

Source: ET Speaking at an interfaith conference in Islamabad, President Asif Ali Zardari called on clerics and religious scholars to take the lead in preventing the misuse of blasphemy laws, conveniently forgetting that it is the government that has the primary responsibility to protect minorities. He said this even as […]