Who will endorse Palestine?

How will Germany vote? What about Japan? Ynet maps out global interests ahead of Palestinian UN bid On September 20th, the Palestinian Authority will submit its statehood bid at the United Nations General Assembly; the process will culminate with the UN’s 193 member states voting on recognizing a Palestinian state. […]

Intellectuals back Palestinian state

Initiative launched by Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol, Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali claims ‘Palestinian state living in peace with Israel is both an Israeli and a Palestinian interest’ A newly established cooperation between Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol and Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali has led to a petition calling on […]

Banned: ‘Taliban Hunting Club’ badges worn by UK troops in Afghanistan

British soldiers in Afghanistan have been banned from wearing skull-and-crossbones badges on their uniforms that declare ‘Death To The Taliban’ and proclaim membership of a ‘Taliban Hunting Club’. The unofficial stick-on badges are now a cult accessory among British troops fighting Taliban insurgents. But senior Army officers visiting Helmand province […]

Is Islam for Germany?

Source / Courtesy: Review of Religions On the 2nd Day of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Germany’s Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) on 25th June 2011, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(aba), Khalifatul Masih V, Fifth Successor to the […]

The Iran sanctions fallacy

BY REZA MAARASHI, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH International sanctions have exacerbated the pain of the middle class struggling with high levels of unemployment. Iranians’ displeasure with their government is palpable and transcends demographics. Before the contested 2009 presidential election, few were satisfied with the government’s performance. Since then, this displeasure has only […]

Who funds Muslim-baiting in the US?

Source: Aljazeera English A new report details how a small group of donors and ‘intellectuals’ have pushed Islamophobia into the mainstream. It has been just about a decade since Islamophobia exploded in this country. That was of moment that the World Trade Center and Pentagon were hit by al Qaeda […]

When Is a Martyr a Martyr?

Source: Qantara Ten years after the attacks of 11 September 2001, international media need an East–West consensus – and not just with regard to the usage of key terms. Common standards and ethical norms are indispensable for reporting in crisis situations. A commentary by Loay Mudhoon   How can international […]

The Swiss guards

The term “Swiss Guard” is used to refer to a historical organization of elite Swiss mercenaries which were hired out to various European powers. The original Swiss Guard had a number of units, some of which went on to become quite famous, playing critical roles in European history. Today, only […]