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Muslim village not in Wilpattu

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By Latheef Farook

A small minority of Muslim families were living peacefully for centuries in the Marichchikatti village in the Musali division in the Mannar District. They were involved in paddy cultivation and other such work. In keeping with their religious requirement they built their own mosque there. To help continue with their cultivation work, the government even built a dam – before 1970.

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malcomxBy Reading Islam Team

 Each hour here in the holy land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white.

The following is Malcolm X’s (al-Hajj, Malik al-Shabazz) letter to his assistants in Harlem during his pilgrimage to Makkah in April of 1964:

"Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this ancient holy land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all the other Prophets of the holy scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless

and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors.

I have been blessed to visit the holy city of Makkah; I have made my seven circuits around the Ka'aba, led by a young Mutawwaf (guide) named Muhammad; I drank water from the well of the Zamzam. I ran seven times back and forth between the hills of mount al-Safa and al-Marwa. I have prayed in the ancient city of Mina, and I have prayed on mount Arafat.

 There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white.

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white - but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.

You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.

During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept on the same rug - while praying to the same God - with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the words and in the deeds of the white Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana.

We were truly all the same (brothers) - because their belief in one God had removed the white from their minds, the white from their behavior, and the white from their attitude.

I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the Oneness of Man - and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their “differences” in color.

Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro?

With racism plaguing America like an incurable cancer, the so-called “Christian” white American heart should be more receptive to a proven solution to such a destructive problem. Perhaps it could be in time to save America from imminent disaster - the same destruction brought upon Germany by racism that eventually destroyed the Germans themselves.

Each hour here in the holy land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white. The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities - he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites. But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experiences that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the walls and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth - the only way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.

Never have I been so highly honored. Never have I been made to feel more humble and unworthy. Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro? A few nights ago, a man who would be called in America a white man, a United Nations diplomat, an ambassador, a companion of kings, gave me his hotel suite, his bed. Never would I have even thought of dreaming that I would ever be a recipient of such honors - honors that in America would be bestowed upon a King - not a Negro.

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.

Sincerely, al-Hajj, Malik al-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

Taken from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, co-authored by Alex Haley.

Editor’s Note: The compassion, selflessness, brotherhood, and generosity that Malcolm encountered in Makkah during his Hajj opened his heart to the true spirit of Sunni Islam. He writes in his autobiography, “Because of the spiritual enlightenment which I was blessed to receive as the result of my recent pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah, I no longer subscribe to sweeping indictments of any one race. I am now striving to live the life of a true Sunni Muslim. I must repeat that I am not a racist nor do I subscribe to the tenets of racism. I can state in all sincerity that I wish nothing but freedom, justice and equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people.”


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By Latheef Farook

A small minority of Muslim families were living peacefully for centuries in the Marichchikattui village in the Musali division in Mannar district. They were involved in paddy cultivation and other such works .In keeping with their religious requirement they built their own mosque there. To help continue with their cultivation works the government has even built a dam before 1970. Life was simple but they remained contented lot. In 1990 when the Tamil tiger terrorists ethnic cleansed the Muslims in the north, these Muslim families in the Marichchikati village too were driven out. They too lost all their belongings and ended up with empty hands

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Buddhist Monks and JVP fight for besieged Muslims’ rights.

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Abandoned by the government, Muslim politicians and threatened by Sinhala extremists   who are law unto themselves Buddhist monks leading the campaign to solve Muslim squatters’ housing problem at Wilpattu, Janatha Vimukthi Permanuna, JVP, fighting for the rights of the Muslims and the Muslims carrying the coffin of a Buddhist monk at a funeral procession provide glimmer of hope for the country  torn apart by a few hundreds of Sinhala extremists.

I suspect these extremists as mercenaries of local and foreign forces with their own agenda against the island’s Muslims as part of the Zionist

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BBS-Ashin Wirathu Alliance

Latheef-FarookIs Sri Lanka heading towards a Rohingya type attack on island’s besieged Muslims?

By Latheef Farook

The alliance between anti Muslim Sri Lankan racist outfit Bodu Bala Sena and Burma’s   blood thirsty Buddhist Monk Ashin Wiruthu, responsible for slaughtering thousands of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, spells disaster for the island.

This extremely dangerous alliance, brought together by their common hatred towards Islam and Muslims,

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Letter to H E Mahinda Rajapakshe from Civil Society 

His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse,

Your Excellency,

As your Excellency is aware, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has been inciting hatred against Muslims for some time now. We wish to bring to your kind attention thatthe latest target of the BBS is the Muslim Resettlers in the Northern Province. 

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by Michele Moses Though Will Caldwell was born, raised and college educated in Georgia, he is uncomfortable praying there.He has felt that way since a clear summer evening in 2007 at a nondescript gas station off a nondescript interstate somewhere between Savannah and Macon. He was on his way home to Saint Simons Island from Emory University, where he had just finished


American aid is political not developmental

by Nicola Nasser 'In the context of Latin America, USAID does not have any respect for the sovereignty of the countries in which it has projects and does not avoid interfering in the internal affairs of these countries'.The US Vice Secretary of State for Eastern European Affairs, Victoria Nuland, did not leave any room for doubt when she confirmed that America and Europe


American Muslims unite in one coalition organization

by Amanda Murphy WASHINGTON — Seeking to make a bigger impact in American politics and to better protect their civil rights, 10 Muslim groups have banded together under a new umbrella group: the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations.Many of the leaders of the new organization called the campaign for increased unity among Muslims an unprecedented step for the


American Unlimited Imperialism: Now Ukraine

by Francis Boyle It is the Unlimited Imperialists along the lines of Alexander, Rome, Napoleon and Hitler who are now in charge of conducting American foreign policy.Historically, this latest eruption of American militarism at the start of the 21st Century is akin to that of America opening the 20th Century by means of the U.S.-instigated Spanish-American War in 1898. Then


Americans Still Blind to Israel’s Domination of Palestine

by Ira Chernus When Stephen Colbert looks at people he doesn't see skin color. He treats everyone equally because everyone is equally white to him. In the same way, Joseph Kahn, foreign editor of the New York Times, sees no difference between Israelis and Palestinians. When it comes to covering the U.S. - supervised talks between the two neighbors, the Times treats


Amnesty International is US State Department Propaganda

By Tony Cartalucci August 22, 2012 - Mistakenly considered by many as the final word on human rights worldwide, it might surprise people to know that Amnesty International is in fact one of the greatest obstacles to real human rights advocacy on Earth. In its most recent 2012 annual report (page 4, .pdf), Amnesty reiterates one of the biggest lies it routinely tells:"Amnesty


An Abbasid education

By Mohanned Rahman The Abbasids ruled a vast empire from Baghdad when it was the thriving capital of the Islamic world. For about five hundred years the city boasted the cream of intellectuals and culture, a reputation gained during the reigns of the Caliphs al-Rashid (809 CE), al-Ma’mun (833 CE), al-Mu’tadhid (902 CE) and al-Muktafi (908 CE).At the end of 2013, the latest


An account of the martyrdom of Sayyid Qutb

"Indeed our words will remain lifeless, barren, devoid of any passion, until we die as a result of these words, whereupon our words will suddenly spring to life and live on amongst the hearts that are dead, bringing them back to life as well." Sayyid Qutb There was a man called Fawad Dajawi – the coward, who claimed to be a judge (even though he was an ignorant commoner), he would make judgments upon the Ikhwanis’ in court. To show how much of a coward he was; when he went to fight the Jews in 1956, and the Jews surrounded the Muslims, he joined the side of the Jews against the Muslims. So the Jews let him go due to his betrayal of the Muslims.


An American-Led Plan To Liquidate Jihadist Groups In Syria

By Abdel Bari Atwan The most striking development in Syria over the past few days has been the role of al-Nusra – which officially declared allegiance to al-Qaeda and its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri – as mediator between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the other rebel factions which are battling to root it out. ISIS is itself an offshoot of the al-Qaeda network but al-Nusra has sometimes joined the other factions to fight it.


An Appeal to UNHCHR - Muzaffer Nagar war against Muslims

This is an appeal sent to the Human Rights Council Branch, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland by Sohail Siddiqui on behlaf of the victiims of the Anti-Muslim Violence Muzaffarnagar. by Sohail Siddiqui  Submission of Complaint regarding Human Rights Violations in India of Muslims of Uttarpradesh Western UP from last three months in Anti-Muslim Violence and subsequent migration of Muslims from 192 villages to Refugee Camps of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts.


An Embittered Riyadh May Weigh Nuclear Option

By Thalif Deen Saudi Arabia’s unyielding opposition to last week’s interim nuclear agreement with Iran has triggered speculation about its own projection of military power in the Middle East. Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi ambassador to the United States, warned in 2011 that nuclear threats from Israel and Iran may force Saudi Arabia to follow suit. Credit: cc by 2.0


An Obsessive’s Documenting of Israeli War Crimes in Lebanon

by Robert Fisk Odd Karsten Tveit was always a very obsessional chap. Every story he covered, he always wanted to dig deeper, study further, hear one more tale of horror, one more joke, one more historical fact. We all covered the story of Israel’s wars in Lebanon, in 1978, in 1982, in 1996, in 2006. Over the years, I covered the story of Israel’s torturers in Khiam jail in southern Lebanon, the massive Ansar prison camp in 1982,


An overview of Turkish-Egyptian relations

from Middleastmonitor Following the coup against President Morsi last July, relations between the two countries has once again deteriorated against the backdrop of Turkish support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its rejection of the results of the 30 June coupSince 1925, when Egypt and Turkey exchanged diplomatic representatives, relations between the two countries have gone back and forth between apathy and warmth.


An unholy alliance of Buddhist terrorists

by Tariq A. Al-Maeena Siddhartha Gautama, who became universally known as the sage Buddha, was born some 2,500 years ago in Nepal. He was a human being who became acutely enlightened in understanding life and explaining it in its simplicity. It is said that he once sat under a peepal tree for 40 days and nights to attain understanding and enlightenment and once he reached that stage he felt


Animal Rights: An Islamic Perspective

By V.A. Mohamad Ashrof We live in a world inhabited not only by humans but also by countless other creatures that share the world with us. Animals provide resources and services that we use. They form part of the life-support system of the earth on which all life depends. Every kind of thing is produced on the earth in due balance and measure. The mineral kingdom supports the vegetable, which in turn support the animal kingdom,


Another “Useless” Arab League Summit

by Ahmad Barqawi Welcome to yet another “useless” Arab League summit, here’s what one should expect: feudalistic political back-stabbing, cheap exploitation (and exacerbation) of ongoing human tragedies, indecipherable hoarse voices reading out poorly translated transcripts of American dictates, cosmic levels of hypocrisy and a false sense of self-importance. 


Anti-Muslim State Racism

by Izeth Hussain There should be a broad consensus in Sri Lanka that something effective should be done to halt the anti-Muslim campaign that has become what looks like a permanent feature of our political landscape. There have been statements against it by a wide range of civil society institutions, by our political parties, and our newspapers have been full of editorials and articles against it. Hardly anyone has declared


Anti-NATO Forces Retake Liby

By Abayomi Azikiwe  For nearly seven months in 2011, NATO planes — particularly from the U.S., France, Britain and Canada — carried out a massive bombing campaign in Libya intended to overthrow the government of Muammar Gaddafi. After getting the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution imposing an arms embargo on Libya and then another authorizing a so-called “no-fly zone” in which only their planes could fly, the


Approaching the centenary of the Balfour Declaration

by Prof. Nur Masalha  'Publicly the British establishment chooses a "neutral position" on Palestine which often takes the form of silence or selective amnesia. In view of Britain's historic responsibility for the Palestinian catastrophe, there can be no such neutrality or indifference about the injustice in Palestine' The Balfour Declaration of 2 November 1917 was central to the wartime British-Zionist alliance and a powerful Zionist-Jewish propaganda tool. As the centenary of the Declaration approaches it is timely for a reassessment of the impact of the statement and British policies towards Palestine and its indigenous people. This essay also calls on the United Kingdom to acknowledge its historic responsibility for the disastrous consequences of Zionist


Arab Revolutions Still Alive?

By Ramzy Baroud Challenging the falsehoods and simplifications that surrounded the so-called Arab Spring from the very start doesn’t necessarily mean that one is in doubt of the very notion that genuine revolutions have indeed gripped various Arab countries for nearly three years.


Arab rulers sidetracked from Al Aqsa in order to suppress their people

Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi called on Friday for all Palestinians to put an end to their division and unite before being devoured by Israel. During his Friday sermon, Al-Qaradawi also criticised Arab leaders, who are busy in "deterring and terrorising" their nations, while the borders of their countries are being left for Israel to do whatever it wanted in them.


Arabs and the American myth

by Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi I do not want the approval of the late great thinker, Mohammad Abed al-Jabri, in my use of the term 'Arab mind'. This term is problematic because it gives the assumption that there is one common 'mind' shared by all Arabs regardless of their ancestry and origin. However, one cannot deny that there is a common superstitious belief among many Arabs, especially modernists, who believe that America possesses


Arabs Killed in Syria and Egypt, Why Not Israel?

By Khalid Amayreh Israel has markedly escalated its aggressive practices against the Palestinians, especially since Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Egypt's only democratically-elected president Dr. Mohamed Morsi on July 3. Observers in Occupied Palestine notice that the coup in Egypt — and also the genocidal massacres carried out by the Bashar el-Assad regime in Syria, especially the chemical carnage at the eastern suburbs of Damascus on Aug. 21 — have had an "emboldening effect" on Israeli behavior vis-à-vis the Palestinians.


Ariel Sharon: Another War Crime Surfaces

by Jonathan Cook Forty-two years late, another Israeli war crime emerges from the shadows. In this case, dozens, and more probably hundreds, of Israeli soldiers kept a decades-long vow of secrecy. One of them is Shlomo Gazit, today a respected (in Israel, at least) academic at Tel Aviv University. In January 1972, Ariel Sharon decided that 3,000 Bedouin were in the way of a massive military exercise he wanted to conduct in the


Ariel Sharon: Enemy of peace

by Yousef Munayyer There are few individuals in the modern history of Israel/Palestine whose actions have been as consistently destructive as those of Ariel Sharon. Sharon, who died on January 11, had been involved in Israel's war machine as early as 1948. He was known for his cut-throat attitude on the battlefield, often with wanton disregard for civilian lives. Time and again, Sharon left some of the bloodiest marks on the history of Palestine. Perhaps the earliest instance in this trend was the events of Qibya in 1953.


Arundhati Roy on why Corporates want Narendra Modi as PM

by CHARLIE SMITH  INDIAN AUTHOR ARUNDHATI Roy wants the world to know that her country is under the control of its largest corporations. "Wealth has been concentrated in fewer and fewer hands," Roy tells the Georgia Straight by phone from New York. "And these few corporations now run the country and, in some ways, run the political parties. They run the


Arvind Kejriwal Fears more Attacks

by Zee Media Bureau Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that there may be more attacks on him in future and that he might also get killed. Talking to the media in the national capital, he questioned as to why only he was being attacked and wondered as to who was the mastermind behind them. “In coming days I apprehend more attacks on me. I might also


Arvind Kejriwal’s masterstroke: Can it turn the Election Scene upside down?

by Dr. Javed Jamil Arvind Kejriwal has proved to be a master strategist. In my view, the shrewdest politician is one who makes the people believe that he is no politician. Relinquishing power in politics more often than not brings back greater power. Kejriwal has mastered the art of relinquishing for his grand objectives. First he “relinquished” his job for the “cause” of the people and became an activist that gave him greater power than he


As Egypt's army fights its own civilians, Israel is on the verge of annexing Sinai

Dr Abdul Hamid Omran 'During the October War, Israel faced two united armies that were highly trained and well armed, led by seasoned leaders of economically strong and independent countries in Syria and Egypt. The picture is very different today'. It is important for analysts to be absolutely accurate in their deliberations and data if they are to retain any credibility. Likewise, it is important for the analysis itself not to be slanted to favour


As Gaza Dies Slowly, Waiting Game is on

By Ramzy Baroud Since the Hamas election victory in January 2006 — and particularly after the Hamas-Fatah clashes and split between Gaza and the West Bank in the summer of 2007 — Gaza has undergone a disturbing human experiment, whose toll is unprecedented in the history of the impoverished Strip. The plotters involve the usual suspects, each with a clear set of objectives behind the isolation and targeting of Gaza.


As the Hajj begins, the destruction of Mecca's heritage continues

by Oliver Wainwright Two million Muslims have flooded into Saudi Arabia's Mina Valley from Mecca for the start of the Hajj pilgrimage this week. Dressed in simple white garments and freed from their worldly possessions, they are following in the footsteps of the prophet Muhammad. But in Islam's holiest city, there is increasingly little sign of the prophet's legacy – or the frugal life he espoused. “The authorities are trying to destroy


Aseemanand says RSS Chief Sanctioned Terrorist Attacks

By TCN News, Swami Aseemanand, incarcerated in Ambala Central Jail for abetting terrorist attacks on various targets between 2006 and 2008—Samjhauta Express (February 2007), Hyderabad Mecca Masjid (May 2007), Ajmer Dargah (October 2007) and two attacks in Malegaon (September 2006 and September 2008)—which together took the lives of 119 people, has made a revelation to The Caravan which has been published in the latest issue of the magazine.


Assad regime still holding on as Syrian civil war enters fourth year

  from World Bulletin A single family has ruled Syria for over 40 years, but this week sees the fourth year of war to unseat the Al-Assad clan. The Syrian civil war enters its fourth year this week having claimed more than 100,000 lives as well as forcing millions of people to seek shelter abroad.The fighting, which began as popular protests against the rule of President Bashar al-


Atrocities in Syria and the status of Syrian refugees in Turkey

Dr Ihsan Cetin With no end to the conflict in sight, it is reasonable to expect that Syrian refugees are going to be in Turkey for some time, so they have no option but to become part of the labour force in order to earn a living'Photographs smuggled out of Syria earlier this year and released by an international team of lawyers purported to illustrate the systematic and widespread torture used by the Syrian regime against its opponents. They will be recorded in the history of the Middle East as evidence of the time when "fear of Allah" was lost in a supposedly Muslim society. The pictures showed skeletal human beings who


Australian Muslims: Multiculturalism and Politics

By Zulfakar Mohamad Shariff  On August 4, 2013, the first day of the official elections campaigning period, opposition leader Tony Abbott spent his evening having Iftar with Muslim community leaders in the Western Sydney region. At the event, Mr. Abbott praised Australia’s multiculturalism as a “beacon of hope to a troubled and divided world”. His counterpart, leader of the Australian Labour Party and Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, recorded a message a few days later to wish Australian Muslims an Eid greeting after a month of “introspection and prayer.”


Azerbaijani-Israeli alliance against Iran. Reasons and consequences

By Dr. Ruslan Kurbanov Two non-presumable news came this December about Azerbaijan - the Muslim post-Soviet Republic located between Iran and Russia. Recently Iranian channel Press-TV informed that Azerbaijan uses ultra-light Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles "Orbiter" and "Hermes-450" to patrol the border with Iran and Nagorno-Karabakh.


Babri Masjid demolition Pre-Planned: Advani, PV Narasimha Rao knew in advance

from Cobrapost Coming up with yet another expose, the investigative website Cobrapost claims that the Babri Masjid demolition operation that was recorded on December 6, 1992 was not a case of disorderly mob going berserk abruptly, as projected till date by the Sangh Parivar and various Hindu organizations, but result of a bigtime conspiracy – that included trained volunteers


Ban Miss World, say Indonesian clerics

by Gulfnews.com Newly crowned Miss World Yu Wenxia of China after she won the Miss World 2012 beauty pageant at the Ordos Stadium Arena in inner Mongolia, China. One of Indonesia’s most influential Islamic groups is urging the government to cancel the Miss World pageant scheduled for next month, saying the exposure of skin by women in a competition violates Muslim teachings, an official said Monday.


Ban on Muslim Veil: Disrespecting Freedom of Choice

by Tasnim Nazeer Liberal Democrat Jeremy Browne's call for a national debate into banning the veil is yet another show of religious intolerance and disrespect for freedom of choice. Ironically Mr Browne told the Telegraph that, "I think this is a good topic for national debate. People of liberal instincts will have competing notions of how to protect and promote freedom of choice." Taking away the right for a Muslim woman who chooses to wear the face veil on her own


Bandar threatens reporter for exposing his links to chemical attack

from Crescent An American journalist that co-authored the story about Saudi intelligence chief’s supply of chemical weapons to the rebels in Syria is being threatened. Dale Gavlak who works for the Associated Press, has received threats from the Saudis to “end her career”. The story carried on the Minnesota-based Mint Press website on August 29 was filed by Yahya Ababneh from Syria and apparently translated and edited by Gavlak. Ababneh is a Palestinian student/reporter.


Bandar-controlled terrorists threaten Russia

By Yusuf Fernandez During his recent visit to Moscow, some weeks ago, Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Saudi-controlled militants in the Caucasus will not disrupt the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi only if Russia backed away from its support for Syria. Putin reportedly rejected the proposal. “We know that you have supported the Chechen terrorist groups for a decade.


Bandar’s Moscow visit exposes Saudi weaknesses

by Ahmed Makhmoudov Bandar bin Sultan, the most venal character of the House of Saud, was in Moscow early last month but his offer to buy $15 billion worth of Russian arms to get Vladimir Putin to change his policy on Syria was rebuffed.


Bangladesh: A road map for political disaster

by Mahin Khan After 40 years, the Bangladesh government is hosting an International War Crimes Tribunal (ICT). These trials are aimed at individuals who allegedly committed war crimes during the brutal nine-month civil war that rocked the country and culminated in its formation in 1971. This has been controversial in numerous ways, from being conducted by a country wholly inexperienced in dealing with such legal proceedings to the serious criticisms from international lawyers.


Bangladesh’s Dark Days of Judicial Murders

By Abdullah al-Ahsan On January 30, 2014 Matiur Rahman Nizami was awarded the death sentence by a Bangladesh court for smuggling arms to facilitate insurgents in neighboring India. For years, the political situation in Bangladesh has been marred by deaths in imprisonment, in police custody, in the streets, and in people’s houses. After the 1971 war for Bangladesh’s independence, the recent years have witnessed the highest


Bathiudeen Demands Retraction, Apology from BBS

by Zacki Jabbar Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen yesterday demanded that the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Secretary Galagodawatte Gnanasara retracts the recent defamatory allegations levelled against him and tenders an apology or face a Rs.500 million law suit. Addressing a press conference in Colombo, Bathiudeen said that that if Galagodawatte



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