Dirty Tools of War Propagandists

ARTICLE SUMMARY: After all the other fake stories used to whip up public support for wars, you’d think we had learned something. Apparently not, judging from the media’s unquestioning spreading of claims that Al Qathafi ordered Viagra-furled rapes – claims that, according to businessinsider.com look dubious under even a little […]

Opposition ridicules Merkel’s bailout deal

Germany’s opposition parties have poured scorn on the compromise brokered between Angela Merkel and French president Nicolas Sarkozy on a new Greek bailout package, which calls for the private sector to contribute voluntarily. “The idea of a voluntary contribution from the banks is ridiculous,” said Carsten Schneider, financial spokesman for […]

France raises concern over nuke-free Germany

France’s Energy Minister Eric Besson is urging the European Commission to tackle the knock-on effects of Germany’s decision to abandon nuclear power, fearing energy supplies problems, in a letter seen Friday. “Our national decisions can have a substantial impact on the balance between electricity demand and supply in other European […]

China establishes gene bank

Beijing, Jun 18 (PTI) China has established a national gene bank in southern Guangdong province”s Shenzhen city to safeguard the country”s genetic information, a media report said today. Qi Chengyuan, the chief of National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC), said the establishment of the national gene bank will help China […]

From Iran to Persia and back

With an estimated population of about 78 million, most of them aged under 30, the Islamic Republic of Iran, to use the official title, attracts something like two million tourists a year. A significant chunk originate from the European Union, notably Italy, Germany, France and Belgium. Evidently realising the potential […]

Tony Blair reads the Quran every day

London: Former British prime minister Tony Blair has become “increasingly open” about the importance of religion, and reads the Quran every day to be “faith-literate”. Blair, who reportedly said he was not interested in religion, converted to Catholicism after leaving No.10 Downing Street in 2007. The former Labour Party leader now […]

Malta: Ahmadiyya commemorated international women’s day centenary: Maltreatment of women ‘misinterpretation’ of Islam

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta organised a historic event titled “Seminar about women”, in commemoration of “International Women’s Day Centenary 1911-2011”; on Friday 17th June at the Waterfront Hotel Gzira, Malta. In this respectful gathering Mrs. Catherine Gonzi, the spouse of the Prime Minister of Malta and Mrs. Michelle Muscat, the spouse of the […]

Mormons may win the White House!

They’ve conquered Broadway, talk radio, the U.S. Senate-and they may win the White House. Why Mitt Romney and 6 million Mormons have the secret to success. Say what you will about him, but Mitt Romney doesn’t do, or not do, anything by accident. Take June 2, when the former Massachusetts […]

Jordan’s Abdullah: Israel is not interested in peace

In interview with Washington Post, Jordan King Abdullah laments Israeli public’s gravitation toward the right, rejection of 1967 borders, saying prospects for Middle East peace are grim. Jordanian King Abdullah expressed alarm over Israel’s prevailing political opinions in an interview with the Washington Post Thursday, saying that the Israeli public […]

Abbas calls on EU to recognize Palestinian state

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meets Palestinian PM, president after Lieberman tells her, ‘Abbas does not want an agreement, but rather confrontation with Israel.’ Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas called upon European Union nations on Friday to recognize a Palestinian state, according to an AFP report. According to the report, […]

Another Friday carnage in Syria

By ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIRUT: Syrian security forces killed at least 16 people Friday, including a teenage boy, as thousands of people poured into the streets across the country calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad’s regime, activists said. The unrest also appeared to be spilling over into neighboring Lebanon. […]

New constitution gives Morocco’s PM more powers

RABAT: Morocco’s reformed constitution will make officials more accountable and will give the government greater powers, but King Mohammed will remain a key power-broker in the security, military and religious fields, according to a draft. After facing the biggest anti-establishment protests in decades, King Mohammed in March ordered a hand-picked […]

10 epic train journeys

For most of us, a train journey means a sleepy-eyed commute to work. For trainiacs, they’re another entry in the little black book. But for a lucky few, a rail journey is an expedition through cultures and across lands, providing an experience that’s equaled by no other means of transport. […]