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Zia H Shah

He is a physician practicing in Upstate New York. He is the Chief Editor of the Muslim Times, which has more than 43,000 followers in Twitter. He is also Chair of Religion and Science for the Muslim Sunrise, the oldest Muslim publication in North America. He has authored more than 400 articles on Islam, Christianity, Secularism and Religion & Science. Follow in Twitter: @The_MuslimTimes

Palestine Papers: Why I blew the whistle

The mislabeled “peace talks” were instrumental in creating divisions amongst Palestinians, compelling me to speak out. In Palestine, the time for national reconciliation has come. On the eve of the 63rd commemoration of the Nakba, this is a long-awaited and hopeful moment. Earlier this year, the release by Al Jazeera […]

Professor upsets Saudi students

By ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: An inappropriate choice of a photo to clarify a point by a visiting US academic led to the abrupt end of his lecture following the protest of the audience at Taif University on Tuesday. The audience was deeply upset by the photo of a dog wearing […]

“We want to return to Palestine” …

By Mohammad Ben Hussein AMMAN – Chanting: “We want to return to Palestine” thousands gathered in the Jordan Valley town of Karameh on Friday to mark the anniversary of the Nakbeh (catastrophe) in 1948 when the state of Israel was created. Around 5,000 people from across the Kingdom, including refugee […]

Death toll mounts in Syria despite talks offer

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian security forces killed at least four people on Saturday in a border town, witnesses said, as the death toll rose in anti-regime protests despite a no-shoot order, dialogue offer and troop pullouts. “The security forces, who had been encircling Tall Kalakh since the morning, fired machineguns. […]

202km/h driver caught by brother-in-law

A Hastings man clocked driving at 202km/h was pulled over by a police constable who turned out to be his brother-in-law. Officers who pulled over James Stanley Buckrell, 36, on January 29, said the late-model V8 Holden Commodore sounded like a “rocket” as it headed towards their parked patrol cars […]

Hotchin is a lucky shopper

He avoided prison by being allowed to serve home detention in a $4.7 million mansion, with a swimming pool and a tennis court. Now, disgraced financier John Hotchin has been spotted in his local Countdown doing the family shopping. But the Probation Service says Hotchin, who was convicted of breaches […]

Critical Thinking & Teaching Students How to Study and Learn (Part One)

All thinking occurs within, and across, disciplines and domains of knowledge and experience, yet few students learn how to think well within those domains.  Despite having taken many classes, few are able to think biologically, chemically, geographically, sociologically, anthropologically, historically, artistically, ethically, or philosophically.  Students study literature, but do not […]

Bipolar Disorder, A Serious Psychiatric Disorder, Often Misdiagnosed By Professionals And Unrecognized By Loved Ones

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression, is a psychiatric disorder that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out everyday tasks. It is a serious mental illness requiring specialized treatment, but the problem, according to Kimberly Dennis, M.D., medical director […]

Rio Works to Prevent City Flood Problems

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The pressing issue of flood prevention has once again been brought to the forefront of city politics in the aftermath of Rio’s fifth highest rainfall in fourteen years April 25th. The nine hour storm severely flooded streets, leading to the destruction of many homes, cars […]

Movie Review: Rio (2011)

Rio Trailer Maybe it was just a longing for warmer climes and spring’s arrival, but Fox’s “Rio” had a killer opening overseas. Maybe it was because this animated feature effort is a significant step forward from the studio’s “Ice Age” films, in the richness of its cast, the exuberance of […]

The current economic crises: Is Islamic Banking the solution?

Throughout the current economic and financial crisis one contrarian statistic has stood out. Financial assets offered by the Islamic Financial Services Industry (IFSI) and generally classified as “Shariah-compliant,” were less affected by the crisis. Economist Loretta Napoleoni during a lecture at the University of New Mexico proclaimed, “Islamic finance … […]