Pakistan: State of Fatwas – No human Rights: Extremists openly plan to kill hundreds of Ahmadis–government turns a blind eye

Kāfir Factory – Infidel Factory Last year on Friday, 28th May 2010, the world saw a massacre of innocent Ahmadis in Lahore, Pakistan. A day after a journalist of BBC Urdu, Mohammad Hanif, wrote an article titled “Kafir Factor – Infidel Factory”. In this article he has shown a picture of Pakistani societies […]

Ethics and international affairs

Three events have been reported in the international press that have aroused moral controversy; the bombing of Muammar Gaddafi’s residence in Tripoli, the killing of Osama bin Laden when he was unarmed, the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn for attempted rape when it could be that there was partial consent. How […]

What next for Pakistan

On Sunday 22 May, TTP terrorists attacked the Mehran navy air base in Karachi. In an 18-hour assault, 10 militants stormed the military facility, destroying two US made surveillance planes and killing 12 soldiers. The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack, linking it to Osama Bin Laden’s death. The incident […]

Land of ups and downs: Armenia

Capital city Yerevan with Mount Arafat in the background At Eastertide we usually go to unusual places in the pursuit of archaeology. This year it was the turn of Armenia, an unusual place perched in the Caucasus. It is slightly smaller than Belgium, with a population of around three million. […]

This is the year of the sinners

Does one sin in the eyes of God or just those of the Maltese Church? That’s the million dollar question the majority of the Maltese people answered on May 28. Now that the referendum frenzy is over and the result has clearly shown that the feeling of the Maltese people […]

How new is Egypt’s ‘new’ foreign policy?

In the months since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, his successors have signalled a shift in foreign policy by reaching out to former adversaries. Egypt’s government has welcomed Iranian diplomats and embraced the Palestinian group Hamas. Many interpret such moves as clear evidence of Egypt’s desire for a diplomacy that […]

Flower power

The Live Flowers Museum opened to the public yester­-­day with more than 170 flower species on display at a traditional farm in the municipality of San Cristobal, Antioquia department, Colombia. The orchid has been Colombia’s national flower since 1834 and, more precisely, the variety known as catleya trinae, named after […]

Murder in the name of religion

YouTube Video/Murder in the name of God/A policy debate on the rise of extremism internationally and its impact on Britain, House of Commons, 18 May 2011. The event was co-hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK and the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Community. FROM THE ARCHIVES: The history […]

Even bees feel the blues

Even bees feel the blues when life gets them down in the mouthparts, scientists have discovered. A study suggests the insects can display negative emotions just like humans, dogs, rats and birds. Scientists upset a group of bees by shaking them violently to simulate an attack on the hive by a […]

Pope champions marriage, family

Visiting Pope Benedict XVI yesterday urged Catholics to courageously defend the traditional family. The Pontiff, who celebrated an open-air Mass before hundreds of thousands of peopele on the second day of his visit to Croatia, warned couples cohabiting outside wedlock that living together was no substitute for marriage. “Dear families be […]

Europe’s rising Islamophobia

The key voices of intolerance are neither marginal nor can they be dismissed as old-style far-right activists. They are today often heads of government, important ministers or powerful politicians. Their words express an emerging refrain of official xenophobia. Successive recent salvos by the French president and German chancellor on the failure […]