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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.

German Interior Minister – ‘German Identity is Shaped by Christianity.’ But, is it True?

Source: Spiegel International In a SPIEGEL interview, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich discusses the motives of Norwegian killer Anders Breivik, calls for an end to anonymity on the Internet and explains why Islam is not part of German identity. SPIEGEL: Minister Friedrich, the massacre in Norway has sparked a discussion about the […]

Annemarie Schimmel, German ‘Orientalist’

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Annemarie Schimmel Education Doctorate of civilization and languages, doctorate of religious history. Occupation Iranologist, Sindhologist, Orientalist, Islamic studies, Sufism studies, Iqbal studies Annemarie Schimmel, SI, HI, (April 7, 1922 – January 26, 2003) was a well known and very influential German Orientalist and scholar, who […]

Recession 2.0 would hurt worse

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The risk of double dip recession is rising. And while economists disagree on just how likely the U.S. economy is to fall into another downturn, they generally agree on one thing — a new recession would be worse than the last and very difficult to pull […]

Treason charge plea against Gilani

LAHORE: A constitutional petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court, seeking action against the prime minister for allegedly committing high treason by continuously defying orders of the superior judiciary and attempting to subvert the Constitution. A local lawyer, Allah Bakhsh Gondal filed the petition in public interest through […]

Afghan women swap burka for uniform

by Luigi Jorio, swissinfo.ch More and more Afghan women are breaking with tradition in their male-dominated society, taking jobs and participating in public affairs. They include 1,300 or so who have joined the police force who, despite facing discrimination, make an “immense” contribution to improving the welfare of other women, […]

Tourists flock to Swiss B&Bs

The Local, Switzerland The number of overnight stays last year at Swiss B&Bs increased by 9.3 per cent compared to 2009, exceeding expectations, said the Bed and Breakfast Switzerland association. The increase is mainly due to Swiss guests, but also on the rise were visits from German tourists. “More and […]