by Latheef Farook
In the British Parliamentary elections held on Thursday May 7, the Labour Party suffered heavy losses. Within 24 hours, a devastated Ed Miliband resigned as leader of the Labour party saying “It was time for someone else to take over as leader”.
This is democracy that Sri Lanka once enjoyed but which has eroded since independence in 1948, due to short sighted racist politics. Late president J. R. Jayewardene’s draconian 1978 Constitution made the country a democratically elected dictatorship - a one man show.
from Hurriyet Dail & Daily Sabah
The Turkish navy is carrying out efforts to reach Rohingya Muslims stranded in boats off the coast of Thailand and Malaysia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said. Addressing a group of young people at Çankaya Palace May 19, Davutoğlu said that Turkey was doing its best to reach Rohingya Muslims at sea with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with the help of a ship from the Turkish Armed Forces already sailing in the region.
by Joan Smith
I arrived in Palmyra on a cloudless morning after a drive through the desert from Damascus. It is an astonishing sight, the ruins of one of the great cities of antiquity rising against a background of low hills. Walking along the colonnaded main street, with temples and the foundations of shops to either side, it is possible to imagine the bustling life of this oasis city almost 2,000 years ago. Last week, fighters from Islamic State (Isis) reached the gates of Palmyra,
by Dr. Javed Jamil
I had the opportunity to attend the conference in Aligarh Muslim University on the subject of “Intellectual Crisis of Muslim Ummah: Rethinking Traditional Solutions”. I spoke in a session which had Mr. Rashid Shaz (the organiser of the Conference) in Chair and Mr. Zameeruddin Shah, VC, Maulana Kalb-e Sadiq, Mr. Mujtaba Farooq, Prof. Ali Naqvi and Prof. Irfan Habib on the dais. Majority of the talks before me focused on the divisions within the community,
UK Lecture - Reading
Veteran Sri Lankan journalist and author Latheef Farook, explained the critical situation faced by the island’s Muslims to Sri Lankan Muslim community in the Borough of Reading on 17 Sunday May 2015. This is incidentally the first event , on a three week long lecture tour to United Kingdom undertaken by him , at the invitation of Mubarak Junaideen , Chair of the Sri Lanka Muslim Cultural Centre, Harrow UK and coordinated by social activist and writer Lukman Harees . The Reading event was chaired by Haleem Sharifdeen , Chair of Association of Sri Lankan Muslims (ASLAM) , Reading.
Israel is the ultimate beneficiary
by Latheef Farook
Thousands of Libyans are risking their lives and fleeing their country in boats across the Mediterranean Sea in search of safety and better life in Europe.
In this perilous journey, often in not seaworthy boats, operated by ruthless human smugglers, several thousands have died. Around 1,750 people have died during the first four months of this year a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014 when 96 people died.
by Dimi Reider
The beginning of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fourth government is not an auspicious one: a last-minute breakaway by longtime ally Avigdor Lieberman left Netanyahu with a razor-thin majority of just one Member of the Knesset (MK). Likewise, grueling, protracted cabinet negotiations saw the Likud leader give away some of the lushest portfolios to junior coalition members at the expense of his own party.
by Asa Winstanley
AFP reported last week on recent attacks in Gaza by groups claiming allegiance to the "Islamic State", also known as ISIS or ISIL. The fanatical group has been bombing Hamas targets. Hamas officials have downplayed reports of any ISIS presence in Gaza. This war between ISIS and Hamas puts the lie to recent Israeli propaganda, made to appeal to its European and American allies, that "Hamas, ISIS and al-Qaeda" are all essentially one and the same – enemies of "the West".
By Wael Kandil
With the issue of unjust death sentences against over 100 Egyptian and Palestinian figures, including myself, we congratulated Shaikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi on his name landing on the Al-Sisi government's execution list. The man stood tall, smiling and calm, and said, in response to the craziness of the Egyptian government, "No one like them will be given victory from God." Harsher than the death sentences that were issued and implemented in unprecedented
from Middleast Monitor
Below is the full text of the press statement from ITN Solicitors,the legal representatives of the Egyptian Freedom and Justice party. President Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death today (16 May) along with over 100 other prisoners who have been prosecuted following the military's coup in 2013. The trial and sentencing of hundreds of political prisoners has drawn huge criticism from legal groups across the world.
by Yvonne Ridley
There's nothing like a bit of cultural vandalism to get people hot under the collar and a prime example came in the wake of David Cameron's surprise victory in Britain's general election. Those who feared that a Conservative government would create an even wider gap between rich and poor, more food banks, child poverty and further austerity rallied near Parliament Square to vent their outrage at the turn of events and things to come.
from the Malay Mail
Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin accused Malaysia’s Muslims today of putting their greed and avarice over their duty to help their Rohingya brothers in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the seas of Southeast Asia. He said Malaysia had already failed the Rohingya once by remaining silent over their state-sanctioned persecution by Buddhist “terrorists” in Myanmar, and is now repeating its failure by standing by silently to watch them suffer and die.
by Latheef Farook
A small minority of Sinhala racists who flourished under Rajapaksa brothers with their anti Muslim campaign and went into hiding after January 08, 2015 presidential elections as they lost government patronage began raising their ugly heads once again, obviously, to destabilize President Maithripala Sirisena’s government.
These extremists tried to destroy the mosque at Kuragala, Balangoda besides reviving their allegations that Muslims were illegally destroying forests and building houses at Wilpattu forest areas.
by Ram Puniyani
The coming to power of Narendra Modi in a way gave an open license to all the affiliates of RSS combine to indulge in open hate speech against the religious minorities. The current agenda behind the hate speech is to consolidate the communal polarization of the society along lines of religion. The well known case of MIM’s Akarbar Uddudin Owaisis’ hate speech has been despicable and very rightly Akbarudin Owaisi had to be in jail for some time.
from Al Jazeera & CNN
The Vatican has concluded its first treaty that formally recognises the State of Palestine, with an agreement on Catholic Church activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, according to the Holy See. A joint statement released by the Vatican said on Wednesday said the text of the treaty had been concluded and would be officially signed by the respective authorities "in the near future".
Latheef Farook began his journalistic career with the now defunct Independent Newspapers in 1966 before joining the Lake House where he worked with the Ceylon Daily News and the evening daily Ceylon Observer from 1971, covering local politics and foreign affairs besides finance and economic sectors.
Simultaneously, working as the Sri Lankan correspondent for Middle Eastern news agencies following the local response to developments in the Middle East he also concentrated on economic developments in the international scene, especially in the developing world.
In 1976, Ceylon Daily News nominated him for the United Nations sponsored Dag Hammarskjöld scholarship for Third World journalists. Read more
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by Latheef Farook
Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
While the Sinhala Zionist Bodu Bala Sena,BBS,gangsters were killing Muslims, looting and burning Muslim owned properties in Aluthgama, Dharga Town, Beruwala and the surrounding areas on June 15 and 16, 2014 in Colombo an all out effort was made to cover up this carnage with a media blackout.Covering up the Carnage on Muslims of Aluthgama, Dhargha Town, Beruwala & the surrounding areas