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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.

Pakistan’s Dangerous Elections

Source: The Daily Beast: A self-confessed peddler of nuclear weapons, a sport star turned messiah, a Saudi proxy who once wished to declare himself the Shadow of God on Earth—these are just some of the candidates in Pakistan’s upcoming national elections. A supporter of the Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl […]

Who are the Jesuits, exactly?

Source: The Economist: THE election of Pope Francis on March 13th was surprising for several reasons. He is the first pope from South America, making him the first non-European since the 8th century. He is also the only pope to take the name Francis—evoking the humility of St Francis of […]

India bypasses Iran oil sanctions

Source: Indian Punchline: Last week petroleum minister Veerappa Moily denied the western media reports that India is terminating its oil imports from Iran. The manner in which Moily articulated the denial caught the mind’s eye. He said, “These are strategic calls to be taken and we will not cut down […]

A Debate in the Open on the Fed

RICHMOND, Va. — Federal Reserveofficials regularly air their views in public speeches, but they rarely engage in public debates. On Tuesday night, two of the officials who disagree most sharply about the Fed’s current policy did just that. The exchange between Charles L. Evans, an outspoken advocate for the Fed’s […]