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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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Students chant while marching at a rally against Islamophobia at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, November 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker - RTX1VIPU

What is Hijab and Headscarf

In recent days, there have been shows of religious solidarity with Muslims made all around the country — even in a Chicago high school, where female students recently participated in a “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab” initiative.  But two prominent Muslim women, in an Op-Ed for The Washington Post, are asking American women to refrain from such displays of […]

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Intolerance Has Increased in Pakistan

Intolerance Has Increased in Pakistan

By Michael Kugelman Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in Peshawar a year ago and, during a rampage that involved taking 500 children hostage, killed more than 140 people. Since that massacre, the Pakistani military has intensified its campaign against the Taliban. The good news is that terrorist violence in Pakistan has decreased, and civilian deaths from terrorism are down about 50%. […]

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Al-Jazeera blocks article slamming Saudi Arabian human rights record

Al-Jazeera blocks article slamming Saudi Arabian human rights record

By Alexandra Sims The Qatar-based news network, Al-Jazeera, has prevented an article slamming human rights in Saudi Arabia from being viewed outside the US. The article, titled “Saudi Arabia Uses Terrorism as an Excuse for Human Rights Abuses” and published on Al-Jazeera America’s website on 3 December, cites reports 50 people are intended to be executed for alleged terrorist crimes, […]

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Canada’s Growing Jihadi Cancer

Canada’s Growing Jihadi Cancer

By Dana Kennedy The border that terrorists are most likely to cross into the United States is not the one with Mexico, but Canada. Ignore growing Muslim fundamentalism and extremism in Canada at your peril. That’s the message an increasingly vocal number of moderate and secular Canadian Muslims and counterterrorism experts want to send to the United States and the […]

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I Worry About Muslims

I Worry About Muslims

Mohammad Hanif KARACHI, Pakistan — I worry about Muslims. Islam teaches me to care about all human beings, and animals too, but life is short and I can’t even find enough time to worry about all the Muslims. I don’t worry too much about the Muslims who face racial slurs in Europe and America, the ones who are suspected of […]

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Afghan security forces stand guard near a terrorist attack site, close to the Spanish embassy, in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. An Afghan official says a car bombing near a foreign guesthouse in central Kabul has wounded one person. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossain)

Asia’s Bleeding Heart

Mohammad Taqi The Heart of Asia Conference (HOAC) in Islamabad last week was bookended by two devastating attacks in Kandahar and Kabul. As Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was being honoured with a 21-gun salute in Islamabad, the Taliban were in the midst of a 20-hour-long assault on Kandahar airport that killed at least 54. And before the ink dried on […]

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Inside Britain’s Sharia courts

Inside Britain’s Sharia courts

By Guy Adams for the Daily Mail Inside Britain’s Sharia courts: There are now EIGHTY-FIVE Islamic courts dispensing ‘justice’ across the UK. This investigation into what really goes on behind their doors will shock you to the core Sitting in one room, a young Muslim woman tells an elderly cleric about the parlous state of her marriage to a 50-year-old […]

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