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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.

Iraq back at the brink

Source: Asia Times: A decade after the invasion of Iraq, an estimated 4.5 million children are now orphans, with 70% of them having lost their parents since the 2003 invasion. Sectarian strife is again on the rise, while power-hungry, wealth-amassing elites, and regional and Western interests hold sway over a […]

Online matchmaking a hit with Saudi couples

Source:TOI More than 200 Twitter accounts and dozens of other forums on the Internet offer services for Saudi men and women seeking spouses. RIYADH: In ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, where the sexes are strictly segregated, traditional matchmakers face tough competition from blossoming marriage services on online social networks. More than 200 […]

Catholic linguistics

Source: The Economist: BENEDICT XVI became the first Pope to abdicate the papacy since 1415 when he announced his decision to retire at the end of February, saying that he is too old to continue. In many ways he has been a reformer. @Pontifex, the Pope’s official English-language Twitter feed, […]


Barack Obama’s choice for CIA chief ‘converted to Islam’ former FBI agent claims John Guandolo claims John Brennan converted while in Saudi Arabia Former FBI agent says Mr Brennan visited Mecca and Medina during Hajj Source: Al Arabiya News By KERRY MCDERMOTT PUBLISHED: 09:54 EST, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:33 EST, 12 February 2013 […]

Problems unending

Source: ET By: Tazeen Javed. Ask anyone, from your corner paan wala to a TV anchor to the accountant who does your taxes — if you pay any — to the babus who run the bureaucracy to the leaders of political parties; everyone knows what ails Pakistan and they all […]