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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.

To Boston From Kabul With Love

Source: NBC News via Wasim Sr. A chicken vendor in Kabul, Afghanistan expresses sympathy for Bostonians after the marathon attack.By Ron Mott, Correspondent, NBC News KABUL – After more than three decades of war, you would think Afghans would be desensitized to violent attacks like the Boston Marathon explosion. A Boston-based […]

Forced disappearances key problem

Source: The Daily Star The United States has identified forced disappearances, discrimination against marginalised groups, and poor working conditions and labour rights are the significant human rights problems in Bangladesh. In its annual human rights report, the State Department criticised a host of human rights problems in Bangladesh, particularly arbitrary […]

A Giant Setback for Human Rights

Source: NY Times: The Supreme Court’s conservatives dealt a major blow Wednesday to the ability of American federal courts to hold violators of international human rights accountable. The court declaredthat a 1789 law called the Alien Tort Statute does not allow foreigners to sue in American courts to seek redress […]

Emirates to Seize Qaeda Supporters

Source: NY Times. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Security authorities in the United Arab Emirates said on Thursday that they had arrested seven members of a “terrorist cell” affiliated with Al Qaeda accused of plotting attacks in the Emirates and in neighboring oil-producing states, according to the official WAM news […]

Boston Bombing Suspect Caught

Source: ET The teenage suspect in the Boston Marathonbombings, whose flight from the police after a furious gunfight overnight prompted an intense manhunt that virtually shut down the Boston area all day, was taken into custody Friday night after the police found him in nearby Watertown, Mass., officials said.The suspect, […]

APML urges army to intervene

Source: ET ISLAMABAD: Close associates of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf have asked top military leadership to intervene in the issue immediately before tensions between state institutions get worse. “Top military leadership will come into action [as an ex-general is being denied justice],” Major General (Retd) Rashid Qureshi, a close […]

Secret state

Source: ET We have a state shrouded in secrecy. In fact, even the media which is expected to bring facts to light and keep the public informed has its own secrets to hide. The problem begins with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the funds available to it for […]