Economy & Law The recent public confession from Lance Armstrong is an interesting study of a failed group-dynamic, leadership and loyalty. By Jason Ferriman The difference between Lance Armstrong and Goldman Sachs more
Eurasia Macedonian President talks in Qatar ‘The Balkans and the Gulf: the Crossroads of Civilizations’ more
Politics Geared French Think Tank Survey used, written by Andrew Bostom French Political Fiction more
Science By Dr. Mirza Ashraf Beg The legacy of Kashmir Accord more
Interview Interview with Prakash Jha, The director of the film “Chakravyuh”, to be released on the 24 of October. First published by Open Magazine with the interviewers Dr. Shruti Kapila and Hartosh Singh Bal. India’s Quiet War more
08.06.2013 Comment: "Experts on Turkey" have recently been fantasizing about dictatorship - however little was heard from them throughout the decades of Kemalism. By Abu Bakr Rieger
Islam does not envisage any dictatorship
(iz). This is where it becomes serious: On the cover of "The Economist" the current Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyib Erdogan, appears disguised as a "Sultan". This is not without effect. Now the common people in Europe will no longer think about the facts of Turkish history, but rather of dictatorship, of Hitler or Stalin - at the very least.
But the fact is that dictatorship and the all-powerful state are not Islamic inventions. History has repeatedly given us democratically elected dictators, but certainly no dictatorial Sultans. more ...
08.05.2013 The head of faction group Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazlur (JUI-F) and Secretary General of the religious alliance Mutthida Majlis-e-Amal Pakistan (MMAP) Mawlana Fazlur Rehman, has issued a fatwa that it is haram (forbidden, by Islam jurisprudence) to vote for Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party.
Beyond the limits and into madness
JUI-Fis a political party that is a result of rifts within the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam relio-conservative political party. It has split into three parts so far: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F), lead by Maulana Fazlur Rehman; Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami-ul-Haq (JUI-S) led by Maulana Sami ul Haq and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Nazariati (JUI-N), led by Maulana Asmatullah.
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, since its inception, remained a predominantly religious organisation with limited political activity. more ...
07.04.2013 The recent history of Cyprus is a microcosm of the story of all Western nation-states. An insightful assessment of the Cyprus Crisis and what is means for our generation and our wealth. Written by Pet
Learn to Bail-in
(PS) –Under a comprehensive entitlement system, the real economy shrank while the banking system grew. Cyprus came to be a low-tax, high-yield banking haven - mainly for Russian oligarchs. By the most recent measure, the banking sector held assets worth 7 times Cyprus' annual GDP.
Unfortunately but predictably, the Cypriot banking system parked much of these funds in Greek sovereign debt. The ongoing crisis in Greece, then, threatened to sink Cyprus. The Russian government had already given Cypriot banks a €2. more ...
09.03.2013 Why these creatures band together into swarms that can number well into the millions, written by Peter Miller
Swarming Locusts Descend on Egypt
(NG) – They blew into Cairo last weekend, riding winds from the south. Swarms of noisy desert locusts disrupted traffic, buzzed Cairo Stadium, crawled over golf courses, and even landed at the airport.
Mostly a nuisance to city dwellers, the swarms were just passing through on their spring migration, a spokesman from the Ministry of Agriculture said. He urged Cairo residents not to set tires on fire in an effort to disperse the insects. "It will not drive them away, but will only cause damage," he warned. more ...
06.03.2013 Bangladesh, violence the 1971 syndrome and the unresolved post-Partition legacy of the Subcontinent, written by Moonis Ahmar
The violent ghosts of the Raj in East Pakistan
(DWN) – Bangladesh is again plunging itself into another phase of political turmoil and violence.
The decision by the Dhaka-based International Criminal Tribunal (ICT) to award capital punishment to two key leaders of the Bangladeshi Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) on charges of war crimes during the March-December 1971 civil war in the former East Pakistan has triggered large-scale violent protests and clashes with police killing and injuring a large number of people. more ...
20.02.2013 written by Stephen Hayes
Briefing: China in Africa, an American perspective
(USN) – The dominance of China in Africa can fill one with awe, no matter what your feelings on the matter. To some, it has the feel of the Borg in Star Trek assimilating all, or Amazonian army ants, conquering everything in their path. In fact, some react to the Chinese in the same manner as one would to army ants: simply throw something incendiary in their paths to slow them down, move out of the way and wait for them to pass, and complain about what they have wrought afterwards.
The fact is, however, the Chinese have every right to be in Africa. more ...
19.02.2013 Larbi Sadiki investigates the cemented media terminology and meaning in the Arab world
Could the real Terrorism in North Africa and the Middle East be marginalisation?
(AJ) – Conventional wisdom has it that 'terror' in the Arab world is monopolised by al-Qaeda in its various incarnations. There may be some truth in this.
However, this is a limited viewpoint. Regimes in countries like Tunisia and Algeria have been arming and training security apparatuses to fight Osama bin Laden. But they were caught unawares by the 'bin Laden within': the terror of marginalisation for the millions of educated youth who make up a large portion of the region's population. more ...
18.02.2013 Indonesia's Big Banks have the world’s highest profit margins, written by Sanat Vallikappen, Berni Moestafa
Eating from the Indonesian table
(JG) – The lime-green Yamaha Mio motorbike that Suryadi bought in 2011 to commute to his job pumping gas in Jakarta would have cost 11.8 million rupiah ($1,220) had he bought it outright. Instead he financed the purchase with a loan at 16 percent interest. Now the 44-year-old father of three is making monthly payments to Bank Danamon Indonesia that eat up about one-fifth of his salary.
He’ll end up paying 46 percent more than the cost of the bike by the time he retires the loan. “I don’t have the money to pay in cash,” says Suryadi, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. more ...
15.02.2013 The implications of Turkish oil cooperation Iraqi Kurdistan, The US oil interests and the Shia-controlled Iraqi State, written by Thomas Siebert
Turkish Oil and the break-up of the Iraqi State
(TH) – Turkey is pushing ahead with plans to extend economic cooperation with Iraq's Kurdistan region, brushing aside warnings from the United States that this approach could lead to the disintegration of the Iraqi state.
Iraq's Kurdish region had become so important to Turkey, economically and politically, that Ankara was willing to risk tensions with the US, its most important ally, said Celalettin Yavuz, an analyst at a think tank in the Turkish capital. more ...
14.02.2013 Iraq war plan based on 'primitive' grasp of Islam says British political class, written by Nick Hopkins
Closing the stable once an epoch of Terrorism has bolted
(TG) – The Labour political party has conceded for the first time that a "primitive understanding" of the Islamic world caused some of the problems faced by the west in Iraq and Afghanistan, and warned David Cameron his response to the terrorist crisis in north Africa shows he has not learned the painful lessons from those conflicts. more ...
13.02.2013 NZ political class two-faced in their rhetoric of human rights and equality. MP Richard Prosser calls for Muslims to be banned from Western airlines, written by Andrea Vance
Loose tongues and political gains in the Terrorism = Muslims epoch
(SMH) – Muslim leaders have rejected an apology by New Zealand MP Richard Prosser over his call for Muslims to be banned from Western airlines.
The NZ First MP's remarks provoked outrage on Tuesday, although NZ First leader Winston Peters refused to sack him and said he did not have to apologise. However, speaking on Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon show, Prosser apologised.
"I'm sorry ... to the majority of peaceful, law-abiding Muslims who are not involved in terrorism. more ...
10.02.2013 David H. Shinn makes a projection
China’s Africa in a decade’s time
(SS) – If ten years ago in 2003 I had given a presentation like the one I will attempt today, ten years later in 2013 I would probably be terribly embarrassed by the number of mistakes in my predictions of ten years earlier. This prospect concerns me less today.
Ten years from now in 2023, I will be 82 and either no longer pontificating on these issues or, if I am, my audience may give me the benefit of the doubt on the grounds that I experienced early onset senility. more ...
10.02.2013 Alexandra Reza compares the two countries’ trade and political relationship to the continent
Could Brazil become the new China?
(TAP) – Brazil's role as a trade partner with Africa is increasing, but the political links between the continent and Brazil may prove more important.
In December, senior representatives of the Chinese and Brazilian foreign ministries met in Beijing for what was billed the 'second China-Brazil consultation on African affairs'. more ...
07.02.2013 Daniel studied Arabic and Islamic history, lived in Cairo for three years and is the publication American Spectator's "Expert on Islam", interview by Tom Bethell a senior editor of The American Spectator
American perceptions of Muslims and Islam: Interview with Daniel Piper
(TAS) – I interviewed Pipes when the Egyptians were voting on their new constitution. I started out by saying that the number of Muslims in the U.S. has doubled since the 9/11 attacks.
DP: My career divides in two: before and after 9/11. In the first part I was trying to show that Islam is relevant to political concerns. If you want to understand Muslims, I argued, you need to understand the role of Islam in their lives. Now that seems obvious. more ...
06.02.2013 Caryle Murphy reports on the fermenting discontent within Saudia Arabia of the Salafism/Wahhabism ideology
Saudi Youth start to question Wahhabism
Beneath its cumbersome title — “Statement of Saudi Youth Regarding the Guarantee of Freedoms and Ethics of Diversity” — it challenged a central tenet of the kingdom’s ultraconservative religious establishment: That it has the right to impose its Wahabbiism on all Saudis.
“No one can claim monopoly of truth or righteousness in the name of Islamic law,” declared the statement, many of whose 2,600 signatories were in their twenties. more ...
05.02.2013 report says only 11% of Muslims in India take on higher education, written by Kanchan Srivastava
Briefing: Education in India
(DNA) – Eleven of 100 Muslims in India take up higher education – the lowest as regards religion-based enrolment in higher education. In comparison, 20% Hindus and 31% Christians pursue higher education, states a draft report compiled by the union ministry of human resource and development.
The figure for other religions is above the national average pegged at 18.8% of the country’s total population. The draft report, which is based on the National Sample Survey (2009-10) data, attributes the low percentage among Muslims to “various socio-economic reasons”. more ...
04.02.2013 Into the looking glass of the on-the-ground work of this world power in the continent, reported by John Baimba Sesay
China's growing media presence in Africa
(C0) – Sierra Leone’s Envoy to the People’s Republic of China, Abubakarr Multi-Kamara has spoken, that China is now a major player alongside other traditional bilateral and multilateral donors in providing financial and technical assistance to Africa for its sustainable development and future prosperity. He spoke in Beijing, China, 1st February on behalf of his colleague MRU Ambassadors, whilst opening a one day workshop on “Re-Thinking Development Assistance In A Changing Global Order: China’s Growing Presence In Africa”. more ...
02.02.2013 Shelina Janmohamed elaborates on this aspect of Muslim consumption that is having interesting influences on the industry
The growing influence of Muslim tourists around the world
(ON) – In cold, wintry London, Ahmed and his wife have recently returned from their honeymoon in the Maldives. In their late twenties, this British Muslim couple had dreamed about an archetypal paradise island escape, but they were also looking for some extras: halal food, and a place that would be accommodating of their Muslim sensibilities.
“We didn’t want the headache of worrying about what to eat and looking for halal restaurants”, says Ahmed. He also wanted to ensure that his wife could enjoy swimming while observing her modest dress. more ...
01.02.2013 Pak Sako explores their dynamic and opens the question of the role of monarchy, its contribution to society and potential growing relevance in the future.
The Malaysian monarchy today
(CPI) – Speaking at the launch of a book on the Malaysian monarchy yesterday, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said that the Malay Rulers “are above politics”. He said that the Malaysian monarchy “provides a solid foundation” for turning Malaysia into a high-income nation. To be above politics means to not interfere in the political workings of the country and to take no sides in party politics. To act as a foundation to the economy so that Malaysian citizens enjoy high incomes means abstaining from and disapproving the undemocratic use of the public’s wealth and resources. more ...
25.01.2013 Launch of an African edition by the China Daily, written by Colin Shek
China's growing media presence in Africa
(AJ) – The launch of Africa Weekly by the China Daily in December is the latest move by a Chinese state media company to expand on the continent. In April 2011, the Xinhua news agency partnered with a Kenyan network operator to provide news for mobile phones. That was followed nine months later by CCTV Africa in Nairobi, the first broadcast hub to be established by China Central Television (CCTV) outside Beijing. more ...
25.01.2013 Qatar: Mileage is being made in France out of the conflict in Mali. By Abu Bakr Rieger
(gm) Sometimes nations resemble private individuals in their relations with one another. Own a lot of money and you can be subject to a certain amount of jealousy and slur. Ask Qatar. Perched on a peninsula in the Persian Gulf, the emirate has the world’s largest natural gas reserves. Things are booming there, attracting big sporting events and fuelling investment in the domestic economy and elsewhere in the world. Qatar is a Muslim country which boasts not only the Muslim world’s foremost television channel but also numerous charities and organisations that help Muslims around the globe. more ...
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