International

  • Israel left with no friends apart from America (& Micronesia, Palau et al)

    By M K Bhadrakumar   Israel has been steadily losing its strategic dominance in the Middle East ever since the Hezbollah defied it in the Lebanon War in 2006, but its global dominance as spin masters remained unchallenged. The high...

  • Political Islam will have to deal with clashing interests

    By Tariq Ramadan Over the last few weeks the new Libyan leader, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC), has been repeating, "Sharia will be the main reference and will be implemented in Libya."...

  • The End of Qaddafi

    Muammar Qaddafi ruled over Libya for 42 years as an absolute autocrat. He was indifferent and inimical to his people’s yearning for fundamental freedoms. He trampled over them with an arrogance that comes with absolute power. In the end, ...

  • Palestinians determined to call Obama’s bluff

    When the future historians settle down to tracing the causes of the decline and fall of Obama, his duplicity and hypocrisy, vis-à-vis the Palestinians, would figure prominently in their analyses and conclusions. How would one describ...

  • Obama: Squeezing the Palestinians for Israel

    Anyone curious to know to what extent President Obama would go to be the hatchet man for Israel-and its legions of friends in his administration, the Congress and, not least, among the neo-cons that have taken over his White House for good-shou...

  • Hidden agenda of Gallup Poll and PEW

    By Abdus Sattar Ghazali   Opinion polls and surveys are sophisticated propaganda tools while the modus operandi for influencing any opinion and survey is now well established. From its inception a century ago, and in its current cons...

  • Israeli Repression vs. Arab Resistance

    + Pic Two different scenarios, intrinsically related with each other, are taking shape, simultaneously, in the Middle East. At the western-end of ME spectrum is the year-old battle of nerves between an ever-repressive and arrogant I...

  • Sunni Muslims banned from holding own Eid in Tehran

    By Saeed Kamali Dehghan   + Pic Ayatollah Ali Khamenei leads Eid al-Fitr-prayers in Tehran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei leads Eid al-Fitr-prayers in Tehran - Sunnis had to follow prayers led by Shia imams after a new ruling. Sunni...

  • Twenty Chinese engineers working in Saudi Arabia embrace Islam

    Makka: Among the thousands of foreign engineers, technicians and workers who are working on Saudi Arabia’s Al Mashire railway project, 20 Chinese engineers have very recently embraced Islam. It may be stated that a large number of foreign...

  • Welcome to Colonialism 2.0

    By Rakesh Krishnan Simha + Pix The assault on Libya by a coalition of mostly Western nations begs the question: Is colonialism making some sort of a comeback? While their economies are collapsing in slow motion, it is hard to pictur...

  • King Abdullah orders new expansion of the Haram

    + Pic Makkah: Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa described the SR80 billion expansion project of the Grand Mosque as a landmark in the history of the two holy mosques of Islam. "It is because of the sacredness and glory of the locatio...

  • Blackmailing Iraq: the latest American Ploy

    + Pic According to the plans unveiled by Obama two years ago, the American forces in Iraq should be getting out of there, in their entirety, by the end of the year. December 31 is supposedly the deadline for this target to be reached. ...

  • The Riots: is it Poverty or Greed?

    By Yamin Zakaria   London: There is chaos in the stock market, and on the streets of London. Is there a connection between the rioters and the investors? The common thread is economics, as some argue that a lack of economic opportuni...

  • Norway attack: Europe’s double standards

    Anders Behring Breivik’s trial is being followed across the world. Bilal Zaheer Ahmad’s trial is not. Breivik massacred 77 people. Bilal threatened to kill those MPs in England who voted for the Iraq War. Breivik is being called &ld...

  • Wither Arab Spring?

    + Pic As the ‘Arab Spring’ heads into a sultry summer, the political landscape of the countries most affected by it presents a chaotic scene, to say the least. Those who may have hoped for an early blossoming of the sprin...

  • A Complicit West in Crimes against Gaza

    + Pic In the post-nine-eleven world, the Muslim world has been punished, collectively, in at least two different ways. One, by attacking those deemed 'too dangerous' with brute invasion, occupation and destruction-Iraq and Afghan...

  • In Israel, a Tsunami Warning

    + Pic In May, in a closed meeting of many of Israel’s business leaders, Idan Ofer, a holding-company magnate, warned, “We are quickly turning into South Africa. The economic blow of sanctions will be felt by every family in I...

  • BBC to show film on Prophet

    The BBC is to trace the journey of the Islamic prophet Muhammad for a new series which is claimed to be a first for British television. Al Jazeera reporter Rageh Omaar will present the three-part programme for BBC2, following in the prophet&rsq...

  • Jirga of ulama says suicide attacks are haram

    Mir Ali (North Waziristan): About 300 ulama and theological experts while condemning all kinds of terrorism. A joint declaration was passed in a Conference held at north Waziristan that suicide attacks are haram. This information was given by m...

  • Turkey is a Beacon to the Muslim World

    + Pic In the backdrop of a generally chaotic and turbulent Muslim world-beset with internal strife and wholesale external interference-it is such a refreshing sight to see Turkey making resolute strides in disciplined democracy. Turk...