It has been nearly one year since Israel’s 22-day attack on Gaza last December-January. More than 1,400 Palestinians died in the siege, including hundreds of children, and the neighborhoods of Gaza were left in ravages. It was an atrocity of epic proportions, but at least one good thing has come of it. For the first time since Israel’s founding, we are hearing mainstream criticism of its policies and increased action from Palestine solidarity activists. Read More
Apparently, pulling one over good ol’ Uncle Sam isn’t that difficult these days. This past week the U.S. Chief District Attorney filed an indictment against a Kuwaiti owned and operated food company that was resplendent in some unsavory criminal charges. According to court papers, Agility (formerly known as the Public Warehousing Company) engaged in dishonest business practices in regard to contracts it won to feed U.S. troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan from 2003-2005. Read More
THE HAGUE — A UN tribunal convicted two Bosnian Serbs on Monday, July 20, for killing, raping and burning alive Muslim civilians, including women and children, during the country's civil war..
CAIRO — Amid the worst ethnic tension in the Muslim-majority Xinjiang region in years, China tried to pressure the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) to dump a documentary on the life of an exiled Uighur icon..
Salamu Alaikum From Madina Institute.We are excited to announce a limited (live) webcast from our upcoming Pearls of the Quran Retreat. We will webcast sessions from : Shaykh Hamza, Shaykh Ninowy & Shaykh Mokhtar on Nov 7th along with a special message from Zaytuna College. To reserve your online spot – Sign up here:http://almadina.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/pearls-webcast/ Related [...]
Last week, elan reported on the world’s recent discovery of the nation of Yemen (and as a major threat to national security no less). The reverberations of this huge discovery are still being felt this week. Did you know, for instance, that “Iraq is yesterday’s war” and that “Yemen will be tomorrow’s war”? I learned this from Joe Lieberman. He said it on Fox News, so it must be true. Read More
Dubai, home of its eponymous film festival, fashion week, and cutting-edge architecture (including the tallest building in the world), is clearly the Islamic world’s leader in cultural exhibition. Continuing in this spirit was last week’s 4th annual Art Dubai expo, a large, multicultural contemporary art fair repping 70 galleries from every corner of the earth, including Sydney, Madrid, Paris, Mumbai, Istanbul, Beirut, Berlin, Budapest, and of course Dubai itself.
I often wonder what my future children and grandchildren will read in their history textbooks about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan/Pakistan. World War I is called “The Great War” - what will my generation’s wars be known as? For now, I cannot think of anything so grand - perhaps “The Great Imperialist Screw Up” or “Oops, That Wasn’t As Easy As We Thought.” Some people have already started to use the title “the AfPak War” for the fight in Afghanistan/Pakistan, which sounds more like an insurance company to me than a bloodbath. Read More
Well, at least there’s one Muslim that Washington insiders seem to like. Representative Keith Ellison, a Democratic Congressman from Minnesota and a Muslim, was voted the fourth most “admired” member of the House of Representatives by his fellow politicians. The survey, published by the National Journal, is an annual tradition on Capitol Hill, sort of like being voted prom king at the end of senior year. So what if Ellison actually tied for fourth (with fellow Democrats Barney Frank, John Lewis and Henry Waxman)? He’s still the Congressional prom king in my eyes. Read More