Qaddafi government holds talks with US officials

By ASSOCIATED PRESS – Arab News TRIPOLI, Libya: Representatives of Muammar Qaddafi’s embattled government held face-to-face talks with US officials in neighboring Tunisia over the weekend, a Libyan government official said Monday, describing the meeting as a first step in opening dialogue. A US State Department official confirmed the meeting […]

Qatar shuts its embassy in Damascus

By REUTERS – Arab News AMMAN: Diplomatic pressure mounted on Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday after Qatar, previously a major supporter, shut its embassy in Damascus and the European Union said it was considering tougher sanctions. Meanwhile, Syria saw its first outbreak of sectarian violence in four months of […]

Ministers talk of tightening borders

Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga says illegal immigration would be easier to stop if Schengen’s external borders were better controlled. Sommaruga, who is attending an informal meeting of European Union interior ministers in Poland, told the Swiss News Agency that Switzerland supports all measures which increase the credibility and efficiency […]

Ahmadi Muslims Declare Jihad on Extremism. A Community that views jihad as a moral crusade to improve one’s own faith

Source/Credit:  /PRNewswire/ LONDON, July 18, 2011 30,000 Muslims to Stand United in Pledge to Counter Hatemongers More than 30,000 Muslims are planning to gather in the English countryside, raise the Union Jack and form a human chain during which they will re-affirm their rejection of violence and extremism. Each member of the […]

How to tell if someone is lying

Source / Credit: CNN A person’s demeanor or voice radically changes As an investigator, I first try to assess how someone normally speaks. To do that, I begin an interview by asking questions that I know the answers to, like “What’s your full name?” or “Where do you live?” Some […]

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. […]