Resurgence of the veil

DURING the first half of the 20th century, millions of Muslim women decided to abandon the head coverings their mothers had used; in the second half of the century, millions of Muslim women resumed wearing the veil. How and why these fluctuations of personal habit affected so many across the […]

If These Walls Could Speak

In Muntok, Bangka-Belitung, there is an old colonial-style building with an Indonesian flag waving out front. Set in a modest neighborhood, the building is clean, reasonably well-maintained, but quite unremarkable. Inside, you’ll find a few framed photos of Sukarno, the country’s first president. Those photos are the only indication of […]

Is this the Asian century?

Last month, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released a report in its annual meeting held in Vietnam entitled “Asia 2050 — realising the Asian century.” In a breath-taking sweep of economic trends and visions it describes two possible scenarios — first an “Asian century,” which is expected, and the other […]

Seculars: Religious education intolerant

Ynet-Yesodot survey reveals state religious schools praised for moral education but perceived as segregating themselves from Israeli public The state religious education is perceived as segregating itself from the Israeli public, although it “teaches tolerance towards fellowmen,” a Ynet-Yesodot survey reveals. The survey was conducted by the Panels research institute […]

From Guantanamo to Makkah

By NASIM CHOWDHURY | ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: The Grand Mosque in Makkah is a very long distance in every sense of the word from Camp Delta, the infamous US Navy detention center at the base at Guantanamo Bay, but life has its ironies and this one involves the journey made […]

Panel announces suggested political reforms

By Hani Hazaimeh AMMAN – The National Dialogue Committee (NDC) on Saturday handed its recommendations on measures to reinvigorate political life in the country, including new elections and political parties laws, to the government, its chairman, Taher Masri, said. Masri, Senate president and a former prime minister, said that the […]

Bangladesh to swing away from secularism back to Islam

Bangladesh, in a dramatic U-turn from secularism, will adopt Islam as the state religion and allow religion-based political parties to function. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday came out in favour of retaining Islam as the state religion, moving away from/flouting the secular provisions in the constitution that were incorporated […]

Try These 17 Brain-Boosting Foods

A good diet improves your health, but also boosts your energy. Create a shopping list of these must-have endurance foods recommended by Dr. Mike Moreno, author of The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results. 1. Beef, extra lean: improves memory, alertness and attention span. 2. Beets: helps relay signals […]

Syrian city holds mass funerals

Residents bury dozens of people killed by security forces during marches on “Children’s Freedom Friday” in Hama Most shops are closed in the central Syrian city of Hama as funerals are held for scores of protesters shot dead by security forces a day earlier, local residents say. The Syrian Observatory […]

Saudi king brokers Yemen ceasefire

Ruling party officials and opposition tribesmen agree to a one-week truce, news agencies report King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is said to have mediated a one-week ceasefire between pro- and anti-government forces in Yemen, amid unconfirmed reports that Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, was travelling to the kingdom for […]