How the West lost in the Middle East

By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)

The Collapse of Order in the Middle East Remarks to the 23rd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Washington, D.C.   October 28, 2014

Will Rogers once observed that “when you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve . . . → Read More: How the West lost in the Middle East

I am not yet born

I am not yet born; provide me With water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, trees to talk to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light in the back of my mind to guide me.

I could sense sheer terror for the first time: hiding in a small room . . . → Read More: I am not yet born

Islam has nothing to do with terrorism

Beheadings, stoning to death, blasphemy, conversion by the sword, caliphate — words that have come back to haunt us from the Middle Ages. You just have to open a newspaper or watch TV and you read about the Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Islamic State of Iraq . . . → Read More: Islam has nothing to do with terrorism

Should Pakistan be worried about ISIL

Officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) recently recovered pamphlets published by the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL), media reported September 3, and many segments of society are condemning the group’s forays into the country.

The 12-page booklet, titled “Fateh” (victory), is published in Dari and Pashtu. Copies of it have appeared in parts . . . → Read More: Should Pakistan be worried about ISIL

Murder report – when the law fails to protect the minorities

Pakistan, a state built for Muslims but very much inclusive of other ‘minorities’ has on many occasions breached this notion which has led to the society now becoming increasingly intolerant of the ethno and religio-ethnic minorities present within Pakistan. News have been infiltrated with the wave of Shi’i genocides of the Hazara in Baluchistan, Shi’i . . . → Read More: Murder report – when the law fails to protect the minorities

What makes Tahirul Qadri tick

By Gen Aslam Beg

Tahirul Qadri suffers from an acute sense of anomie. He thinks that the social order is rotten, to be demolished and a new structure is to be raised. He claims to have the plan, to build such an utopian order. Therefore he declared “I am coming, at the peril of . . . → Read More: What makes Tahirul Qadri tick

Who said scientific progress and Islam don’t go hand in hand?

(By: Mohamed Ghilan) The most important rule in Islam is “judgment on anything is a branch of conceptualising it”. To determine whether a belief can be accepted by a Muslim or not, this is the first and most often repeated principle.

However, when it comes to matters scientific, this indispensable . . . → Read More: Who said scientific progress and Islam don’t go hand in hand?

Turning Islam into a religion of war and hate

Common Muslims between the Theology of Takfir (declaring others unbelievers) and the Politics of Takhrib (destruction)

Introduction

Scores of religious edicts and decrees are issued by Muslim theologians, muftis and Ulema almost every day denouncing fellow Muslims who do not accept their version of Islam and hundreds of debates take place on these edicts in . . . → Read More: Turning Islam into a religion of war and hate

Social Change in Pakistan just around the corner

By Charles Leadbeater

The country’s adaptability and resilience can hold it together, writes Charles Leadbeater

Pity the people of Pakistan, trapped between self-serving, complacent elites who preside over a crumbling state, and a rich array of violent extremists who seem determined to tear the same state apart. The extremists promote crisis and the state depends . . . → Read More: Social Change in Pakistan just around the corner

Angola bans Islam

BY ALEX VINES

International media reports that Angola has banned Islam have caught the headlines, but it is not what it seems. It highlights once again poor communication and clumsy policy by the Angolan authorities, and how ill thought through policies are distorted by Angolan social media, the opposition and the international press.

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