In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Afghans burn an effigy of U.S. pastor Terry Jones during a protest along the Kabul-Jalalabad highway
Apr13

Burning the misconceptions about Islam

Apr 13 2011 The recent violent protests in Afghanistan – a reaction to the burning of the Quran by a small church in the United States last month – recalled an inescapable reality. Extremists on all sides – whether in free, democratic America, or in corrupt, occupied Afghanistan – create havoc and chaos, demonstrating the danger brought about by a deadly cocktail of ignorance and idiocy. Ultimately, they cause the deaths of innocent people. Some cite the difference between the two acts: one saw the burning of a book, while the other claimed human lives. This is of course true, but what exactly did the mastermind of this foolish and hate-filled act expect, other than...

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Damascus
Apr08

Syria shuts down casino and lifts ban on Muslim veil

Apr 08 2011 Syria closed the country’s only casino Wednesday and reversed a decision that bans teachers from wearing the Islamic veil — moves seen as an attempt to reach out to conservative Muslims ahead of calls for pro-democracy demonstrations. Syrian activists called for fresh demonstrations on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to honour more than 80 people killed in a crackdown on protests that erupted nearly three weeks ago. President Bashar Assad’s decisions were unusual concessions to the religiously observant in Syria, which promotes a strictly secular identity. The protests brought sectarian tensions into the open as thousands of people took to the streets calling for...

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Racism towards black Africans on the rise again in Libya
Mar23

Libyan conflict reignites racism towards black Africans

March 23 2011 Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi’s use of African mercenaries to quell the uprising against his autocratic regime has revived a deep-rooted racism between Arabs and black Africans. Though most will deny its existence, in Libya discrimination is common not only against migrant Black Africans, but also against darker-skinned Libyans, especially from the south of the country. “Against this background, one needs to be a little wary of the accusations of ‘African mercenaries’ or even ‘Black African mercenaries’ that have been bandied around. Certainly, Gaddafi has used, in the past, mercenaries from other parts of Africa, and our information is...

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