Discordant approaches to Islamic movements

As the US edges towards dialogue with groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, neo-con rhetoric dominates British politics A discordant trend is tearing apart the Western alliance and its Middle East policies. The armed intervention in Libya has highlighted this graphically, with the US giving only token assistance to the […]

Standard Bank unit wins Nigerian sharia licence

By Maram Mazen Khartoum Stanbic IBTC Bank, a unit of JSE-listed Standard Bank, has won approval from Nigeria’s central bank to provide Islamic banking services in Africa’s most populous nation. A preliminary licence was awarded to Stanbic last week for a sharia-compliant banking window, the first one given to a commercial bank in the country, Central Bank […]

African Union: Ignore Qaddafi arrest warrant

(AP) MALABO, Equatorial Guinea — The African Union has called on its member states disregard the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court against Col. Muammar Qaddafi, a move that could weaken the ability of the world court to hold the Libyan leader accountable for crimes committed against his […]

Libya: Muammar Gaddafi threatens Europe

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has threatened to attack Europe in revenge for Nato’s operations in Libya. Col Gaddafi said Libya would target European “homes, offices, families” unless Nato stopped its campaign. He spoke via an audio message broadcast to tens of thousands of supporters gathered in a central Tripoli square. […]

Camel’s milk set for boom times

Source/Credit: The Times of Malta:   For the tattered-clothed young men in this remote community, milking a camel’s stubby utters at sunrise is not a novelty, but a daily chore to get milk valued by their tribe for generations. But camel’s milk, long-cherished by the Cushite people of central Kenya, […]

Members want OIC to be more active

By SIRAJ WAHAB | ARAB NEWS ASTANA, Kazakhstan: The three-day annual Council of Foreign Ministers meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation ended with a sense of optimism and new direction among the delegations. The deliberations in the Kazakh capital were frank and honest and sometimes critical. Minister after minister […]

100 Days of bombing: Operations by Nato states in Libya enter 100th day; situation in Libya is getting worse. Is there any hope for peace?

There’s a small campfire battling a stiff sea breeze, several homemade tents, a trench, and the usual assortment of machine gun placements and rocket launchers aimed across no-man’s land towards Col Muammar Gaddafi’s forces. “Your energy and courage inspire,” says Gen Suleiman Mahmoud in a brief speech to the group… […]

France drops arms to Libyan rebels

France said yesterday it had air dropped arms to Libyan rebels in mountains south of Tripoli who are eyeing an assault on the capital, a day after anti-regime forces captured a network of weapons caches. But the increasingly emboldened rebels suffered a deadly assault from Gaddafi forces in the third-largest […]