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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.

Once Upon a Time in the West

source. spiegel international Hate has become a part of the everyday culture of American politics. This week, the United States nearly allowed itself to succumb to economic disaster. Increasingly, the divided country has more in common with a failed state than a democracy. In the face of America’s apparent political […]

Germany Offers Alarming Statistics on Children

source/credit: Spiegel International A child in a Hamburg residential complex: A new report has found that parents in 7 percent of German households can’t afford to finance hobbies for their children. Despite substantial subsidies aimed at increasing the birthrate, the number of children in Germany continues to shrink. A new report by the […]

A madman in a new century “Once you decide to strike, it is better to kill too many than not enough…” — Anders Behring Breivik. Hate is like a heat-seeking missile acquiring a target. Once the target is identified, hatred finds meaningful expression that effectively decouples conscience from action. We need to begin to reduce […]

‘Jordan becoming choice destination for Arabic-language study’

By Milia Fisher and Sara Birkenthal, Jordan Times. AMMAN – US students, university administrators and study-abroad programme providers say they are increasingly choosing the Kingdom as an Arabic-language study destination because of its reputation as a secure and hospitable destination. In recent years, many study-abroad providers and universities have established […]

Forever young

Source: times of India When a group of young swimmers gathered to participate in the swimming contest at Narmada river in Gujarat three years ago, they were surprised to see a frail, elderly lady lining up to dive in. It was a competitive contest and swimming in the river during […]

The eighth wonder of the world

source:asiatimes on line recently questioned conventional wisdom as to the relationship between the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank, and indeed the very basis of the dollar itself. (See A very secret agent (Asia Times Online, July 27, 2011). Comments poured in, and the subsequent discussion and debate has […]

A secret war in 120 countries

source/credit:asiatimes on line Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission. Now, say that 70 times and you’re done … for the day. Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the United States military is undertaking operations in a majority of the […]