Pain Builds in Europe’s Sovereign Debt Risk

LONDON — European banks for years bolstered their balance sheets with assets considered safe and secure: the sovereign debt of European countries. But now this debt no longer appears so safe, weakening banks when countries still depend on them for loans to help finance their gaping budget deficits. The results […]

Success lies in secularism

Source: Dailytimes, Pakistan. In addition, Pakistan’s name was changed to ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan’. A new definition of who is a ‘Muslim’ was legislated and it was required that all citizens, while applying for a passport or a national ID card, must sign an oath in this regard. Religion is […]

Divisive Author Chased Out of Immigrant District

Source: Spiegel magazine Germany Thilo Sarrazin, pictured here in April, is outraged. Angry Muslims reportedly drove controversial author Thilo Sarrazin from a Turkish restaurant in Berlin. Though his bestselling book claims Muslims are dumbing down German society, their accusations of racism have left the former central bank board member shocked and […]

Indonesian President praises Muslims’ pluralism

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has praised the country’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), for its commitment in supporting pluralism. “I praise the NU’s consistency in upholding the four pillars of our society, namely Pancasila [five principles], the 1945 constitution, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika [unity in diversity], and the Unitary State […]

Being Jewish in Indonesia

Being a minority of about 10 in a predominantly Muslim country of almost 250 million people is truly being a minority. My National Identity Card lists me as a Christian, since every citizen is required to profess one of six prescribed religions by law – none of which is Judaism. […]

Be civil regardless of faith

Source: News-Leader.com I write this as the countries surrounding Saudi Arabia and Israel are at obvious boiling points with respect to their government’s overthrow or potential revolutions. The people are rising up, fuelled by a hatred of either the ruling leaders now in power, or the Americans occupying their country […]

US drones target white jihadis

Source: Asiatimes on line. The Pakistan al-Qaeda network is increasingly recruiting white Muslim converts to widen the pool of terrorists able to foil racial profiling and hit Western targets. The July 5 killing of another white jihadi amid an unprecedented surge in drone attacks in Waziristan since a European terror […]

How Muslim-bashing loses elections

Source: Asiatimes on Line.   During the 2010 mid-term election campaign, virtually every hard-charging candidate on the far right took a moment to trash a Muslim, a mosque, or Islamic pieties. In the wake of those elections, with 85 new Republican House members and a surging Tea Party movement, the political virtues […]

“NATO will fall”.

Pravda. Russia. Opinion. For a start, the crowd packed into central Tripoli was massive. Eye witness reports of it being one million strong, and 1.7 million the previous Friday, would mean that these are among the largest demonstrations of support for a leader in history. Muammar Gaddafi then goes on […]