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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Moderate Islam? Look to Central Asia

WASHINGTON — For more than a decade, the United States has been reaching out to the Muslim world, courting Islamic moderates even as it wages war with religious extremists. Washington’s efforts have been concentrated mostly on the Middle East, with little success. The Americans might do better to focus on another region that has an equal claim to being Islam’s ... Read More »

India and Pakistan make a volatile mix

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif opened a new chapter in India-Pakistan relations by attending the oath-taking ceremony of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 26 in New Delhi. The two leaders expressed their views on issues of common concern and Modi announced that he would visit Pakistan. Though Modi and Sharif apparently seem on the same page in wanting ... Read More »

SOUTH-EAST ASIA – WHY ARE BUDDHISTS ATTACKING MUSLIMS?

Growing violence is pitting Buddhists against Muslim minorities in Burma and Sri Lanka. How can a religion of which the main tenet is non-violence express xenophobia and engage in violent acts? In an article published in BBC News magazine (UK), Alan Strathern, Fellow in the History of Cultures and Religions of Asia at Oxford University, brings this contradiction between the ... Read More »

ISLAMIC STATE IN CENTRAL ASIA

In the past twenty years the International Politics has revolved around many ideologies which included Communism, Liberal- Capitalism and Islam. The collapse of the USSR left Liberal-Capitalist part of the world to be in charge of the world affairs. Even though the victory of Liberal–Capitalism was evident it was not left unchallenged. Political Islam came to be the main competitor ... Read More »

CAIR-NTX to Partner with Dallas Muslims on Weekend Events Challenging Islamophobia

On Friday May, 30 and Saturday, May 31, the North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NTX) will partner with a group of young Muslim activists, called Enlightened Generations, to host a panel discussion and a walk to raise awareness about Islamophobia and anti-Muslim discrimination and hate crimes in our society. Read More »

Marvel Comics Introducing a Muslim Girl Superhero

With most superheroes, when you take away the colorful costume, mask and cape, what you find underneath is a white man. But not always. In February, as part of a continuing effort to diversify its offerings, Marvel Comics will begin a series whose lead character, Kamala Khan, is a teenage Muslim girl living in Jersey City. Enlarge This Image Marvel ... Read More »

The Muslim Brotherhood in North America (Canada/USA)

The Canadian government should consider investigating the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has entrenched itself in North America and represents a greater systemic threat than al-Qaeda, according to a newly released report on the group. “The aim of the group in North America is to weaken and destroy the free and open societies within Canada and the U.S.A. from ... Read More »

Tug of War Over Muslim Community in West

Anti-balaka militia fighters at the diamond mining town of Boda in the Central African Republic (CAR) have rejected a government-sponsored attempt to allow a Muslim community of about 12,000 people to stay there. A spokesman for an anti-balaka militia group in the town of Boda, who gave his name as Edgar Flavien, told IRIN on 19 March that it could ... Read More »

Saudi charity helps feed Durban’s needy

Some 1 500 sizeable food parcels were recently donated to Durban’s poor by a Saudi based charity run locally by well-known personality, Sheik Walid El Saadi. The International Islamic Relief Organization, Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) Southern Africa Regional Office joined hands with Durban’s mayor, James Nxumalo, to distribute sizable boxes of food parcels to the poor at the Pinetown Civic Hall ... Read More »

The real story of South Africa’s elections

NO sooner had the final results of the recently concluded 2014 national elections been announced than President Zuma gave a predictably self-congratulatory speech lauding the result as ‘the will of all the people’. The reality, however, is that the ANC’s victory came from a distinct minority of ‘the people’. The real ‘winner’, as has been the case since the 2004 ... Read More »