from Al-Alam News
According to Arab media, a TV network called al-Mostaqella quoted reliable sources in Saudi king office that Mohammed Omar al-Anzi who was a fighter plane pilot committed suicide after seeing the photos of the children who were massacred in a brutal way during an air attacks he was involved in. Before committing suicide, he sent a letter to a number of his friends in which he said that war in Yemen was a big crime against defenseless people.
Dr. Javed Jamil
While celebrations are on for the gays, there are not many tears for the lives of children who, adopted by gays, will have to grow in an entirely abnormal habitat. A normal child requires the love of a mother and a father; he will now have the company of either only men or only women, with none being their natural parent. And these poor children will have no choice of their own in choosing their “parents”. With the Supreme Court verdict
by Yvonne Ridley
Ramadan is being punctuated by some horrific events for the Muslim community, the vast majority of whom are law-abiding citizens appalled by what is being done in the name of their religion. The decapitation of a man at a gas plant near Grenoble in France and the mass killings at a tourist beach hotel in Sousse, Tunisia and a mosque in Kuwait are just the latest atrocities which have shocked people of faith and no faith to the core.
The Race is ON , and Both the Wahabi Ruled States Qatar and Saudi Arabia are wasting no time in improving their ties with the Zionist regime of Israeli, a move tantamount to an act of treason against the Muslim World and especially the Palestinian issue, which the two countries have expressed verbal support for. Yet, it seems actions speak louder than words. For Saudi Arabia, the prospective alliance would serve a common interest and that is to sabotage
In a startling revelation, it has come to light that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked the "members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) not to take into account the report submitted by the UN Board of Inquiry that accused Israel of targeting UN buildings in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009". Quoting some documents released by WikiLeaks on Friday, TeleSUR English reported, "Ban Ki-moon secretly worked with Israel to undermine UN report into Gaza war crimes."
by Mark Mayor
Americans like to win, not least when it comes to wars. The preoccupation with victory, says Dominic Tierney, dangerously denies the reality that America has failed in most of its wars since 1945. The time has come, he says, for America to cast off its “wishful thinking, unhealthy braggadocio, and illusory triumphalism.” The United States can then focus on how to “escape with a tolerable draw” in future wars, “or even find the right way to lose.”
by Tariq A. Al-Maeena
Many of us are blessed to live in countries that allow a degree of religious freedom, one that enables us to practice our faith. But for the Uighur Muslims living in the far western Xinjiang region of China such a freedom has been increasingly curtailed by the central government. The Uighurs in China, who at the turn of the 21st century numbered an estimated 10 million, are Muslims in a country where Buddhism has the widest influence with Taoism and Confucianism as the other major religions.
by Catherine Shakdam
Whistleblower group WikiLeaks has released a flurry of official documents lifting the lid on Saudi Arabia’s covert diplomatic apparatus. Not just another scandal, these revelations could bring Saudi Arabia to its knees. While WikiLeaks has seldom shied away from controversy it might just have outdone itself this June as it exposed Saudi Arabia's grand media scheme to the public, shining a light onto state officials' unscrupulous dealings as they worked and plotted to silence the truth and manipulate realities to suit their goals.
from MME & Turky Weekly
The Algerian Muslim Scholars Association, the largest Islamic scholarly body in the country, called on Egypt's mufti and the grand shaikh of Al-Azhar on Tuesday not to approve the death sentences issued against the political opponents of the regime in Cairo, Anadolu has reported. As an alternative to death sentences, the association called for the two main Islamic authorities in Egypt to engage in comprehensive dialogue with all political opponents.
The IDF's head of the Home Front Command, Yoel Strick, has renewed the decision to ban Sheikh Raed Salah from entering Jerusalem for a new period of 6 months, Quds Net news agency has reported. In a post on his Facebook account, Sheikh Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said that "the Israeli army has imposed on me, on Monday 22 June, an unjust ruling preventing me from entering Jerusalem for the coming six months."
The outcome of the presidential election of January 2015 created expectations of change, hope and reform among considerable sections of Sri Lankan society. For Muslim communities, who played a pivotal role in the election, the change in Government was willed into being in part due to the insecurity and violence suffered by Muslims particularly in the South of the country over the last two years.
A member of the international coalition to break the siege on Gaza criticised the threat made by Israel that it would prevent the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla III, which is expected to set sail within hours, from reaching Gaza. Anouar Al-Gharbi, a former foreign affairs adviser to the president of Tunisia, stressed that such threats reflect Israel's plans to commit a crime by preventing peaceful solidarity activists from doing their humanitarian duty towards the besieged people of Gaza.
Why minorities, especially Muslims oppose?
by Latheef Farook
Muslims living scattered all over the island, with special concentration in the east but often in small pockets in the predominantly Sinhalese areas, fear that their representations in the parliament will be reduced considerably under the proposed 20th amendment to the constitution on electoral reforms
Thus they oppose the draft amendment in its present form gazetted on June 18.
By Morgan Strong
On 14 May, Pope Francis officially recognised Palestinian statehood in a new treaty. The Palestinians refer to this day, 14 May, as Nakba Day or the Day of the Catastrophe when nearly a million Palestinians were forced from their homes and villages into exile. Nakba Day, in the Gregorian calendar, is the day following Israel’s declaration of independence and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
by David Hearst
Tony Blair met Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas, twice in Doha to negotiate a plan to end the eight-year-long siege of Gaza, Middle East Eye has learned. Blair met Meshaal before his resignation as Middle East envoy for the Quartet in May, but dialogue with him and his officials is still continuing, MEE understands. Blair, accompanied by other former British officials, discussed how to end the siege of Gaza.
The Sri Lankan Muslim community based in UK, at an event held at the Sri Lankan Muslim Cultural Centre (SLMCC) in the London Borough of Harrow honoured veteran Sri Lanka journalist Latheef Farook for his services in highlighting burning Muslim issues in the island and creating awareness both within the community and the country as a whole.
Latheef Farook is now on a three week long lecture tour to brief the Muslims of the current political situation in the country especially the changes taking place since the 8 January 2015 presidential election which brought Mr Maithripala Sirisena to power defeating former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.He was invited by Harrow based SLMCC, which is considered a centre point for SL Muslims in UK.
The plaque and the certificate of appreciation were handed over to LatheefFarook at this special function by SLMCC Chair Mr Mubarak Junaideen.
Addressing the gathering during the function the coordinator of LatheefFarook’s visit Mr Lukman Harees who is also a social activist and a writer had this to state;
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