by Olivia Sterns
Think of the origins of that staple of modern life, the cup of coffee, and Italy often springs to mind. But in fact, Yemen is where the ubiquitous brew has its true origins. Along with the first university, and even the toothbrush, it is among surprising Muslim inventions that have shaped the world we live in today. The origins of these fundamental ideas and objects — the basis of everything from the bicycle to musical scales — are the focus of “1001 Inventions,”
by Paul Fallon
According to Geoff Rochwarger, CEO of Afek, energy independence is the new Zionism. The Afek oil and gas exploration company has almost completed its second drilling test in the Golan Heights, a part of Syria which Israel has occupied since 1967 and annexed in violation of international law. The test is part of a three-year program to see if hydrocarbons in the area could lead to oil or gas for Israel. Israel is fuel-poor and its domestic energy woes could be eased
by Meron Rapoport
In November 2012, a few months after Mohamed Morsi became president in Egypt's first free elections, Amos Gilad, director of political-military affairs in Israel's defence ministry and holder of the Egyptian portfolio in the Israeli establishment for many years, expressed his concern about the state of affairs in Egypt following Morsi's victory. "Out of desire for democracy," warned Gilad, "a terrible dictatorship is emerging in Egypt”.
We the undersigned express our profound dismay and disquiet at the continued official harassment by the central government of leading human rights defenders Teesta Setalvad and Jawed Anand. Since the installation of the BJP led government in Delhi in May 2014, the country has witnessed open strenuous official efforts to foist a large variety of charges of financial irregularity on them, to harass them, to tarnish their reputations, and to secure their arrests.
from Middle East Monitor
Dozens of Palestinians - and four Israeli soldiers - were injured on Sunday when Israeli security forces stormed occupied East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and clashed with Muslim worshippers. Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that Israeli police had fired teargas and rubber bullets at Muslim worshippers near the compound's iconic Al-Aqsa and Al-Qibali mosques.
by Ghada Ageel
For all its horrors, the brutal Israeli attack on Gaza at this time last summer and the callous disregard exhibited by much of the international community to both the attack and the misery endured by Gazans living in rubble for the next year, did serve notice, again, to Palestinians that they are on their own. Yes, international solidarity is enormously important, but when it comes to governments, Palestinians feel that they are very much on their own.
from Yahoo & BBC
King Salman of Saudi Arabia is expected to arrive in France later Friday for a Riviera beach holiday, bringing with him no fewer than 1,000 people from his entourage. While the king's three-week visit is a boon for the local economy, it has also sparked anger due to the closure of a public beach for the privacy and security of the royal party. The king's inner circle will be put up at the family's private villa, which stretches across a kilometre of Riviera coastline between Antibes and Marseille.
by Helene Aecherli
Yemenis want to be heard. They need to be heard. Thus I have asked Yemeni friends of mine, men and women, to tell their stories, to give a personal account of their experiences of the war in Yemen and to send me pictures that illustrate their texts. I will post them here on this website, one by one. I hope their writing will have an impact. Layla M. Asda (26) is doing her Master in International Development and Gender at the university of Sana’a.
by Scott Stockdale
Unlike the hatred that at various times peaked against minorities such as Jews, black people or Catholics, those promulgating Islamophobia are better organized and funded; and they have the internet to influence a much wider audience much more quickly than ever before, according to Nathan Lean, author of The Islamophobia Industry. On page 13 he defines Islamophobia:
by Carey Wedler
In a forthcoming interview with Al Jazeera English set to air on July 31st, a former United States general—who helped craft some of the most controversial tactics in America’s foreign wars—warned that drone strikes create terrorists. Retired Army General Mike Flynn also criticized American torture tactics and condemned the United States for the integral role its foreign policy has played in spurring the creation of the notorious Islamic State.
by Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam
After a whole year of anti-Muslim slander campaign and sporadic violence against Muslims (to a lesser degree, against Christians as well), we had been hoping that the excitement of Sangh enthusiasts will wear off and they would calm down. No such thing has happened and they are as hyper about their man in PM’s seat as 13 months ago. They have been saying that if they do not do as they wish in the present auspicious conditions they will never be able to do it for a long time to come.
The Israeli police on Thursday assaulted a Palestinian elderly and mistreated him at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, WAFA reported, according to local sources. Khair Shimi, a Palestinian elderly, was present at Al-Aqsa Mosque when Israeli police officers treated him cruelly while attempting to detain him. Police guards suspected that Shimi is listed as one of those denied entry to the Mosque, but he was released later during the day, according to the sources.
by Aijaz Zaka Syed
The more things change in the great republic of ours the more they remain the same. Many had suspected it when Afzal Guru from Kashmir was quietly hanged and buried inside the Tihar Jail in February 2013, ahead of the general elections. And now as Yakub Memon is being ready to be executed after 21 years on the death row, India’s Muslims are all convinced that they have become the favourite sacrificial animals of the nation to be offered from
by Latheef Farook
Will the burning issues of the island’s Muslim community be addressed under a United National Front for Good Governance, UNFGG, government led by United National Party?
This has become the main common concern especially of the civil society of the Muslim community island wide. This is especially so in the context of the presence of Sri Lankan Muslim Congress, SLMC, and its splinter groups in the UNFGG.
by Matthew Cole
On Aug. 1, 2008, a small team of Israeli commandos entered the waters near Tartus, Syria, and shot and killed a Syrian general as he was holding a dinner party at his seaside weekend home. Muhammad Suleiman, a top aide to the Syrian president, was shot in the head and neck, and the Israeli military team escaped by sea. While Israel has never spoken about its involvement, secret U.S. intelligence files confirm that Israeli special operations
From left: Binoy Kumar Wickrama Surendra, Latheef Farook, Nihal Ratnaike, Saranapala Pamunuwa and S. Thillainathan
The 16th Journalism Awards for Excellence 2014 ‘Awards Night’ will be held on July 28 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. A record 250 entries were received this year under the annual Journalism Awards for Excellence Programme. Jointly organised by The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka (TEGOSL) and the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI), the industry driven awards programme received a record 250 entries from print media journalists for the 14 categories of awards (see box). The awards programme, first begun by The Editors’ Guild in 1998, aims at recognising and rewarding excellence in journalism.Read more
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