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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

Marine Le Pen’s Populism for the Masses

Marine Le Pen’s Populism for the Masses French politician Marine Le Pen is attracting new voters to the National Front, the right-wing populist party founded by her father, by railing against immigration and globalization. With France’s elections a year away, Le Pen is already polling ahead of President Nicolas Sarkozy. […]

Fireworks trigger stress in war vets

July 02–The random pop-pop-pop of firecrackers will reach its seasonal peak with Monday’s Fourth of July celebrations, but this most patriotic — and pyrotechnic — holiday can drive many combat veterans away from parade routes and picnics. Rather than hang around the house for barbecues with friends, some veterans who […]

Changing of the guard in Thailand

All signs so far point to a smooth transition in Thailand after deposed former premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s Puea Thai party handed the Democrats a humbling election defeat. Future stability will be determined largely by how hard and how fast Thaksin’s sister Yingluck, the new prime minister, pushes for an amnesty […]

The House of Saud paranoia

A very quiet summit recently took place at a North Atlantic Treaty organization (NATO) base in Molesworth, in the United Kingdom. Facing the British was none other than Prince Turki al-Faisal, former director general of Saudi Arabia’s feared Mukhabarat (intelligence services), and once a very close friend of slain al-Qaeda […]

East Jerusalem suffers heroin plague

“I didn’t think I would ever stop”, Abu Salah tells the circle. “After 14 years of buying and selling, hashish, heroin and cocaine, I had lost control of my life. I had no job. I would never speak to my family.” His story, and the clinic we are sitting in, […]

Murder suspect wanted to kill Obama

An escaped convict allegedly murdered an elderly woman as part of a bizarre plot aimed at assassinating US President Barack Obama after a cross-country killing spree, court records showed. Maybelle Schein, 75, was discovered with her throat cut in the bedroom of her South Dakota home on Saturday afternoon. Police […]

Why not an airport in Makkah?

By ALI AL-JIHLI | AL-WATAN THE city of Makkah is the center of attraction for Muslims from all over the world. Indeed, Makkah is the heart of Islam. Pilgrims arrive from all parts of the globe to visit the Grand Mosque. The most precious human treasures are in Makkah and […]