Speechless in China

Coming from Italy, where the average people hate to speak other languages than Italian or their home dialect, we were very expectant, how we can manage a journey through China without speaking Chinese. At the end we know: It is not impossible – first of all thanks the wonderful Chinese […]

Can you try a religion for a month?

By Catrin Nye BBC Asian Network People usually think of religion in terms of a lifetime of commitment, but could you learn anything from trying one out for a month? The call to prayer sounds from Eyup Mosque in Istanbul and local Muslims gather on the marble square outside for […]

The Flotilla Fascination

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is sometimes uniquely simple for such a subject that causes people to dedicate their lives to the study of it. Precipitating events can sometimes highlight the distance between the two countries in the most blatant and simple ways. Never before has this been so true since the […]

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 […]

Sabotaging Freedom Flotilla II

Two of the foreign ships experienced similar forms of sabotage, creating allegations of Israeli responsibility. The reports that two of the foreign flagged ships planning to be part of the ten vessel Freedom Flotilla II experienced similar forms of disabling sabotage creates strong circumstantial evidence of Israeli responsibility. It stretches […]

The Jamat-e-Islami, and rape: Ameer Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Munawwar Hassan defending the silence over the rape of women; Live Fatwas instead of giving arguments

A viral video of Ameer Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Munawwar Hassan defending the silence over the rape of women and condoning imprisonment of female rape victims if they fail to produce four male witnesses in accordance with the Hudood Ordinance, has deeply outraged many sane people in Pakistan. According to Hassan, if a woman cannot […]

Should all shops close during prayers?

By MARIAM NIHAL | ARAB NEWS Locals claim it is not an Islamic law but a man-made one which may hurt people in medical emergencies JEDDAH: Residents in the Kingdom have expressed concern over a rule that halts all activity during prayer times, and called for pharmacies and convenience stores […]