Tuesday , 27 June 2017

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They know it’s Christmas

Today marks the release of a new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” a charity single released by Bob Geldof’s Band Aid 30 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original 1984 song. The first release was created to raise money for a then-unfolding famine in Ethiopia. The slightly-rewritten 2014 version is designed to raise funds for the Ebola crisis ... Read More »

Is SA immune to Muslim extremism?

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Two aspects about Boko Haram must make us wary of creating fertile ground for them or others like them, says Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya. Pretoria – Could South Africa have its own Boko Haram? The question has been troubling me for a while. It is not just because the Sunday Independent reported that the Islamic State has been recruiting South Africans for ... Read More »

South Africa: Seven Reasons Why Sunday Tribune’s South Africa-Islamic State Link Is Irresponsible Journalism

On Sunday, Independent Newspapers’ Sunday Tribune published a piece titled “Islamic State’s SA link”. The article claims the Islamic State group, operating in Syria and Iraq, is active in South Africa and that three South African citizens had died in Syria. (You can read aPDF version of the story here.) South African law prohibits citizens from partaking in foreign combat ... Read More »

ISIS’ Global Network Expands: At Least 12 Military Allies in 9 Countries Beyond Iraq, Syria

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The Islamic State terrorist organization now has at least 12 known military allies, operating in nine countries outside of Iraq and Syria, that have publicly pledged their allegiances to the caliphate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. As Islamic State leadership continues to call on extremists worldwide to wreak havoc on the West, NYMag.com’s Daily Intelligencer reports that the Terrorism ... Read More »

Why did a Washington cathedral offer Islamic Friday prayers?

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It wasn’t the first time the Muslim call to prayer was echoed in the Washington National Cathedral, however, last week marked the first time a Friday prayer service was held in the church. It was a symbolic event exemplifying tolerance, coexistence and shared humanity. The cathedral is a marvelous architectural beauty, the magnanimity of its façade is complemented by the ... Read More »

Islamic State has toehold in lawless Libya, experts say

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TRIPOLI, Libya — With Libya engulfed in chaos, the town of Derna in the east of the largely lawless country is emerging as a new stronghold for the Islamic State jihadist group, experts say The North African state has been wracked by instability since the overthrow of autocratic leader Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, providing a fertile ground for Islamic extremists. ... Read More »

The Catholic priest who defended Muslim and Christian alike in the wartorn Central African Republic

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Father Bernard Kinvi was gathering injured Muslim women and children when gunmen from a largely Christian militia singled out the 14-year-old boy clinging to his robes to be shot. The priest’s response was unyielding: “If you have to kill him, then you will have to kill me first.” Ever since the religious bloodletting which has riven the Central African Republic ... Read More »

Swiftboating in the Islamic Republic

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Last  week, hundreds of billboards appeared across Iran depicting tAs the deadline for a deal over Iran’s nuclear program approaches, it is just the latest example of how hard-liners in Tehran are using Shiite history to undermine President Hassan Rouhani’s efforts to strike a deal with the United States.   The billboards were part of an effort by organizations affiliated ... Read More »

Gold, diamonds fuelling conflict in Central African Republic: U.N. panel

DAKAR (Reuters) – Gold and diamond sales are being used to finance conflict in Central African Republic and United Nations peacekeepers should monitor mining sites to clamp down on illicit trade, a U.N. panel of experts said. In a report, the panel also said the peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) should deploy troops to the remote north of the country and use ... Read More »

Has the World Forgotten the Central African Republic?

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A “forgotten crisis.” That’s how the Council on Foreign Relationsdefines the state of affairs in the Central African Republic — a landlocked stretch of scrubland and dry forest wedged between Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “The Ebola crisis in West Africa has distracted international attention from developments in other parts of Africa, notably in the Central African Republic,” writes ... Read More »