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Military, Mullah and Madrasah

Military, Mullah and Madrasah

By Noor Dhari The Jihadist movement in Pakistan is not new, this ideology is now completely embedded in people’s minds, particularly children’s minds. There is a myth and misconception around the world that Madrasahs are the prime tool of generating the Jihadists ideology in Pakistan, while there was no doubt that Madrasahs played a very important role in spreading a […]

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Saudi Arabia funding 24,000 Pakistan madrassas

Saudi Arabia funding 24,000 Pakistan madrassas

WASHINGTON: About 24,000 ‘madrassas’ in Pakistan are funded by Saudi Arabia which has unleashed a “tsunami of money” to “export intolerance”, a top American senator has said adding that the US needs to end its effective acquiescence to the Saudi sponsorship of radical Islamism. Senator Chris Murphy said Pakistan is the best example of where money coming from Saudi Arabia is funnelled to religious […]

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Muslims sex tourism in India

Muslims sex tourism in India

A 17-year-old girl has exposed the scale of Islamic sex tourism in India where Muslim men from the Middle East and Africa are buying ‘one month wives’ for sex. By Dean Nelson, Hyderabad Campaigners for Muslim women’s rights said while short term ‘contract marriages’ are illegal in India and forbidden in Islam, they are increasing in Hyderabad, in southern India, where wealthy foreigners, local […]

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Plight of Yazidi women abused by Isis

Plight of Yazidi women abused by Isis

Dr Ali Muthanna The first thing that hits me every single time I visit the refugee camps in northern Iraq is their sheer size. Great sprawling masses of tents stretch as far as the eye can see. Just 18 months ago these vast pieces of land were home to no one except a handful of farmers and their sheep. Now, thousands upon […]

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India is tolerant

India is tolerant

India is tolerant, I’m proud to be Indian — and I’m still music’s original heart-throb: Zakir Hussain Zakir Hussain is India’s iconic tabla maestro. Speaking with Sugandha Indulkar, Hussain discussed the highvolume tolerance debate, why he feels media should temper its tone – and being the first heart throb of Indian music: We’re seeing considerable debate on tolerance currently – is India […]

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The most dangerous man in the world

The most dangerous man in the world

by Samuel Osborne  When he came to the throne a year ago, King Salman of Saudi Arabia was expected to continue to provide the relative stability which characterised the rule of his half-brother, King Abdullah. Instead, the reign of Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, 80, has been marked by wars in Yemen and Syria, an ongoing feud with Iran and mass executions King Salman was also quick to shock […]

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We Can’t Ask Muslims Not to Have More Than One Wife

We Can’t Ask Muslims Not to Have More Than One Wife

by Raheem Kassam Britain’s first female Sharia law judge has issued a brazen warning that flies in the face of UK law, stating that the “government cannot ask Muslims not to have more than one wife”. The news comes on the back of areport by the Times newspaper which claims that Britain is experiencing a “surge” in Sharia marriages, as young British Muslims […]

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Who Holds the Key to the India-Pakistan Peace Mystery?

Who Holds the Key to the India-Pakistan Peace Mystery?

By Ayesha Siddiqa The news of Masood Azhar’s possible detention in Pakistan left me with the same feeling I had when reading a story in my childhood about Sheikh Chilli, a man who built castles in the air. What if he hadn’t shaken his head so violently that the basket of eggs didn’t come crashing down as did his dreams? As […]

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The Arabic gang-rape ‘Taharrush’

The Arabic gang-rape ‘Taharrush’

By Corey Charlton for MailOnline Police fear a gang-rape phenomenon known as ‘taharrush gamea’ in the Arab world and seen in attacks on women across German cities at the New Year has now spread to Europe. The name of the practice translates to ‘collective harassment’ and is carried out by large groups of men who sexually assault lone women, either […]

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The left must admit the truth about the assaults on women in Cologne

The left must admit the truth about the assaults on women in Cologne

Deborah Orr Oh dear. It’s leftageddon. Two matters close to the progressive heart have been pitted against each other. In one corner, the right of women to stroll down the street, wearing what we like to wear without being mistaken for a walking, gilt-edged invitation to cop a free feel. In the other, the right of men, women and children […]

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Iran’s criticism of Saudi Arabia’s executions is outrageous hypocrisy

Iran’s criticism of Saudi Arabia’s executions is outrageous hypocrisy

By Peter Tatchell Iran’s criticism of the Saudi mass executions is outrageous hypocrisy. Tehran is also guilty of barbaric killing methods and, indeed, of putting to death eight times as many prisoners as Riyadh in 2014. It condemns Saudi Arabia for persecuting Shia Muslims, yet it persecutes Sunnis. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned of “divine vengeance” for the […]

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Saudi barbarity, Iranian hypocrisy

Saudi barbarity, Iranian hypocrisy

By Tarek Fatah, The idiom “pot calling the kettle black” was perfectly illustrated by Islamic Iran’s outrage over the public executions of 47 people by Islamic Saudi Arabia on Jan. 2. As horrific and detestable as the Saudi actions that included the beheading of human rights and democracy activist Nimr el-Nimr were, it was laughable to watch Iran’s hypocritical self-righteousness […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Mad Head-Choppers

Saudi Arabia’s Mad Head-Choppers

by Robert Fisk Saudi Arabia’s binge of head-choppings – 47 in all, including the learned Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr, followed by a Koranic justification for the executions – was worthy of Isis. Perhaps that was the point. For this extraordinary bloodbath in the land of the Sunni Muslim al-Saud monarchy – clearly intended to infuriate the Iranians and […]

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An opening for South Asian trade?

An opening for South Asian trade?

By Husain Haqqani India and Pakistan have initiated dialogue several times over the last six decades, only to end the process amid acrimony. Why, then, would things be different following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent Christmas Day stopover in Lahore? Optimists believe the answer might lie in the desire of Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to expand economic […]

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Saudi Arabia’s ISIS-Like Justice

Saudi Arabia’s ISIS-Like Justice

By Majid Nawaz The country executed 47 people on Saturday, for crimes all too similar to those cited by ISIS. Most countries ushered in their new year by hosting increasingly beautiful displays of fireworks. Others, by increasingly archaic displays of public execution.  Today Saudi Arabia executed 47 people  which is the biggest mass execution in the kingdom since the early […]

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Turkey’s president says all he wants is same powers as Hitler

Turkey’s president says all he wants is same powers as Hitler

In a world first, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan uses Hitler’s Germany as a positive role model for his constitutional reforms By Richard Spencer, Middle East Editor Turkey’s controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sparked mockery and condemnation by defending new powers he wants to give himself as being similar to Adolf Hitler’s. In a statement that surprised even his critics, […]

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No time for double standards

No time for double standards

by Vikram Sood It is unfortunate that Naseeruddin Shah feels the way he does about our behaviour towards each other; or that Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are deliberately asked questions that amount to them having to re-assert their Indianness. These are national icons who have excelled in their profession, done India proud and have access and […]

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The Great Hypocritical Muslim Cover-Up

The Great Hypocritical Muslim Cover-Up

by Majid Nawaz ‘World Hijab Day’ is worse than passé. It’s time to make the veil a matter of choice in Iran and Saudi Arabia, for starters. Many of my fellow Muslims have been encouraging non-Muslim women to wear a headscarf in solidarity with Muslims. They call it “World Hijab Day.” Constrained by the limited horizons of their Western context, […]

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In the line of fire

In the line of fire

By Khaled Ahmad India and Pakistan are finally moving to treating each other normally after a period of baring their ugly narratives. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, rightwing-religious all his life, sought “tactical contrast” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he went to Karachi on Diwali on November 11, to be among the Hindus he hadn’t given much thought to before. […]

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Religion has been causing conflict for over 2,000 years

Religion has been causing conflict for over 2,000 years

Anthropologists say religious ties did not bind early societies together as had earlier been thought Caroline Mortimer Religious conflict has been dividing human society for more than 2,000 years, scientists say.  A new anthropological study of several Mexican archaeological sites dating back to 700BC has appeared to contradict a long-held belief that religion united early state societies.  In fact, researchers from […]

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