- Written by Roman Dobrokhotov, Al Jazeera
This week the world witnessed yet another chemical attack in Syria. After horrendous footage from Khan Sheikhoun showed children suffocating from sarin gas and relatives crying over piles of dead bodies, Russia was forced to react. But while Washington used the attack as an excuse for missile strikes on a regime-held airbase in southern Syria, Moscow did the exact opposite - it used it as an excuse for more excuses. And the excuse was produced quickly:
- Written by Mukhtar Master, islam21c.com
‘Innocent until proven guilty’, is the principle known as the presumption of innocence. It is the principle that assumes innocence putting the burden of proof on the accuser. This principle applies in most countries now, thankfully, including the UK, and was enshrined as a basic human right under article 11 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. For Muslims this has been enshrined in the Law since fourteen centuries earlier, as the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhī wa sallam) said: “Al-bayyina ʿalā al-Muddaʿī—[the duty] to clarify is upon the claimant.”
- Written by Apoorv Anand, Tribuneindia.com
HINDUS need to worry. Not about Muslims being beaten up or killed on the pretext of cow smuggling or slaughter, or Christians being attacked on the pretext of conversion. Hindus need to stir out of slumber because Hinduism is in peril. It is not threatened by Muslims. For the last 150 years, Hindus have been led to believe that they would be drowned by the rapidly increasing numbers of Muslims. Not by Christians too, for they have not been able to convert all other Indians to a religion of foreign origin. Instead, there is a clear threat now of Hinduism being taken over by an organisation called the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
- Written by İbrahim Kalın, Daily Sabah
Then U.S. President Barack Obama said, "I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command - the world is watching," during a speech at the National Defense University in Washington on Dec. 4, 2012. This was a warning against the possible use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. That attack came on Aug. 21, 2013 in Ghouta near Damascus, killing at least 1,500 people including women and children. Five years on, Assad has killed far more people than any other criminal in recent history. He has done it with both chemical and conventional weapons while the world was "watching."
- Written by Ram Puniyani, The Milli Gazette Online
The debate around the words Hindu, Hinduism, Hindutva is not new. Recently the assertion by Mohan Bhagwat, the Sarsanghchalk (Supreme Dictator) of RSS that ‘everyone living in India is Hindu’ and that Muslims might be Muslim by religion but they are Hindus by nationality’, is yet another interpretation of the word “Hindu”. He said that this is Hindustan so all those living here are Hindu. Both these, Hindu is a nationality, and that we are all Hindus, are erroneous formulations in today’s context and need to be examined from the point of view of the Indian Constitution.
- Written by Professor Kamel Hawwash, MEMO
Palestinians were delighted to see 2016 end with the UN Security Council passing resolution 2334 which reaffirmed the illegality of Israel’s settlement enterprise. The passing of the resolution was facilitated by the US abstention in the dying days of Obama’s administration. The UK played a key role in the drafting of the resolution and then voted in favour.
While not formally denying its involvement in drafting the resolution, the Foreign Office stressed “the resolution was proposed and drafted by the Egyptian delegation”, adding that the UK,
- Written by Saad Ahmad, The Milli Gazette
The Case of Zakir Naik’s Peace TV
With the rise of an anti-secular politics in the West, gates of secularism are being deserted. Politics, of non-religious nature, whether Islamic or simply religious, is trying to occupy the secularly constructed public spheres. This trend observed that the Christian preaching on television was one of the attractive methods, has changed its form through various means of development in communicative technology.
- Written by Sharjeel Ahmad, The Milli Gazette
Did you know that the Hindu Right Wing is on a rampage not just against the Muslims but also against many of their own gods including Indra and Agni? Prof. Ram Puniyani writes in The Hindu that
Many gods such as Indra and Agni are described as having special preferences for different types of flesh - Indra had weakness for bull's meat and Agni for bull's and cow's. It is recorded that the Maruts and the Asvins were also offered cows.
- Written by Zafarul-Islam Khan, The Milli Gazette
Eighty persons killed in the chemical attack by Bashar Al-Assad army at Khan Sheikhun in northwestern Syria on 4 April, including 30 children and 20 women. So far the Assad regime has resorted to 175 chemical attacks according to the World Health Organisation and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. One of the famous such incidents was the chemical attack on Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, on 21 August 2013, killing over a thousand people.
- Written by Sari Orabi, MEMO
Recent years have revealed the Western perspective, especially Europe’s perspective, on Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s leadership of Turkey as well as the European vision of Turkey itself. The West has been intensely hostile towards Erdogan personally and even insults have found their way into official and unofficial discourse.
In light of the current crisis