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This October marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most heinous genocides of human history,whichtook place in a reactionary counter-revolution in the Indonesian Archipelago in1965. The executioners of this massacre were the military,mullahs and US imperialism, an unholy alliance to crush a communist upsurge that could have led to a socialist revolution in this large Muslim country.


How To Tackle The Spectre Of Is: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 10 October 2015

How to tackle the spectre of IS

By Abbas Nasir

Jinns invade campuses

By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Syria’s tragedy

By John McHugo

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

The Taliban In Afghanistan Is Very Much Alive And Killing: New Age Islam’s Selection From Indian Press, 8 October 2015

The Taliban in Afghanistan is very much alive and killing

By Viju Cherian


By Hiranmay Karlekar

Stemming the ripples from Kunduz


Indo-Pak tensions: A fictional nuclear war scenario

By Gurmeet Kanwal

Putin’s dramatic Syria move raises Russian profile – but the move could backfire

By Thomas Graham

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

Contrast Religious and Secular Regime Changes
Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

Mankind has grappled with spirituality since its days in the jungle. In its quest it evolved different religions over time. A profession of operatives came into being who then acted as guides and leaders. Later on in secular societies, active participation in some communal aspects of life such as politics took some importance. But in religious quarters importance is only given when called upon by these guides, and then it becomes a religious duty.....

Hezbollah al-Hejaz: A Story Not Yet Written
Hassan Al Mustafa

Hezbollah al-Hejaz is a name that surfaced again in August after the leader of its military wing, Ahmed al-Mughassil, was arrested in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Mughassil was handed over to Saudi authorities after some 19 years in hiding.


Israel Lights The Touchpaper At Al-Aqsa Again
Jonathan Cook

Israel refers to the Haram as the Temple Mount, because the ruins of two ancient Jewish temples supposedly lie underneath. As Israel has swung to the right politically and religiously, government and settler circles have been swept by an aggressive Jewish messianism.


Pakistanisation of Turkey
Imtiaz Gul

Will the Syrian crisis and two million refugees have the same impact on Turkey as the Afghan jihad and the refugee exodus from Afghanistan had on Pakistan? This question has started doing the rounds among Turk intellectuals and political analysts.


Does Saudi Arabia Support The ISIS?: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 9 October 2015

Does Saudi Arabia Support The ISIS?

By Faiq Lodhi

To Those Polluting Twitter With #Iammumtazqadri: Stop

By Khurram Zia Khan

The Tiny Monsters

By Mehr Tarar

Misogyny And Sleaze — How JPNA Heralds A 'Naya' Pakistan


Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Israel's Right Defies Rabbinate Over Al-Aqsa
Mike Hanna

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is in full view from the Mount of Olives opposite, and throughout the morning I watched small Palestinian parties gathering away from the tourists, looking down as group after group was escorted through the compound and shaking their heads.


The Kurds’ Democratic Experiment
Carne Ross

After the authority of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad collapsed at the start of the Syrian revolution in 2011, the Kurds took advantage of the vacuum to set up government without a state. There is no top-down authority, even within the military. One Y.P.G. commander gently corrected me when I addressed him as “general.”

Moderate Islam Is The Solution
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Moderate Islam Is The Solution
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Islam is being associated with the evil we witness around us. People in areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are pushed to flee and seek refuge from this evil that has befallen them. Islam has been hijacked by an evil group that speaks in the name of Muslims and dictates its religious interpretations on them.


Responsible schooling, governance, international diplomacy, accountability and conscientious citizens are the demands of modern society. However, popular media despite its presence in every home, remains the most ignorant, irresponsible and manipulative aspect of modern life.


Political Ferment in the Muslim World

The world of Islam is not a homogenous place, not even in the way religion is practised in its many parts. To better comprehend the phenomenon of the rise of militant Islam in the Middle East and parts of South Asia, the Muslim world should be divided into several constituent parts.


The Marginalisation Of Muslims Must End: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 28 September 2015

The Marginalisation of Muslims Must End

Yara Al-Wazir

The Newest Chapter in Syria’s War Could Be Its Bloodiest Yet

Brooklyn Middleton

On Jerusalem, Jordan Cannot Remain Idle

Raed Omari

The Pontiff Should Highlight Palestine

Omid Safi

Is There A Theology To This New Atheism?

Hamid Dabashi

State Of The World: In Search Of Leadership

Marwan Bishara

The Power Of An Information Society

Dr Fahmida Khatun

Six Ways Europe Can Turn Refugee Crisis into Opportunity

George Soros

Ali Salem Defeated Them

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Setting Record Straight On Houthi Atrocities

By Bikram Vohra

War And Libya’s Fine Art Awakening

By Rim Taher

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Majid Majidi’s Biopic on Prophet: A Turning Point In Islam: New Age Islam’s Selection From Indian Press, 26 September 2015

Majid Majidi’s Biopic on Prophet: A Turning Point In Islam?

Zia Haq

Silver Linings for Muslim Women In India

By Moin Qazi

The Unmaking Of India

By Shamsul Islam

Make Haj Safer With Better Crowd Control

Asian Age Editorial

Portents of radicalisation

The Hindu Editorial

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


A Saudi-American Reset

Saudi Arabia remains dismayed by the lack of American engagement on Syria. Riyadh is likely to intensify efforts to influence events in Syria, particularly as Iran and Russia step up their support for President Bashar al-Assad. As the United States seeks more Saudi support in the battle against the Islamic State, Saudi Arabia will argue that the brutality of the Assad dictatorship drives support for the terrorists. They will push for a strategy of confronting both simultaneously, however difficult that may be.


Islam Is A Religion That Sustains and Preserves the Sacred Teachings, Ancient Teachings, Essence and Virtuous Legacies of Former Religions
Ali Bulac

Mustafa Kemal was prone to a type of Islamism defended by Jamaluddin al-Afghani at the beginning. But then he agreed on a secular model because of the influence of external and internal factors. But if he had believed that Islam would have served the goals of the Turkish nation-state, he would have used Islam as a tool. Mustafa Kemal's practices and thoughts suggest that he sought to use the opportunities of an Islamist modernization model by relying on a Protestant religion…..

Reach Out to the Other Side
Husain Haqqani

Iran’s influence is visible in the events in Yemen and Bahrain and pro-Iranian groups now exist in virtually every Muslim country. Arab governments wonder what Iran might be able to do once the sanctions are over and its coffers are full. Contrary to assertions in the Western media, it is not a matter of some historic rivalry between Shia and Sunni Muslims…

Don’t Blame The ISI: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 19 September 2015

Don’t Blame The Isi

By Vappala Balachandran

Fortress Europe

By Manish Tewari

Limiting The Free Movement Of People: Why Border Walls Fail

Reece Jones

Ailing Against The Rising Tide Of The Refugee Crisis

By Hiranmay Karlekar

Compassion Vs National Identities: Europe At Wits’ End Over Migrant Crisis

By Makhan Saikia

Food Governance Or Good Governance: Open Letter To Mr Fadnavis

By Rajdeep Sardesai

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


The UAE Syndrome: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 16 September 2015

The UAE Syndrome

By M Ziauddin

From Fata To Pata?

By Ayaz Wazir

Pakistan Embassy Sales’ Scandals

By Dr Qaisar Rashid

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Silencing a Tradition: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 14 September 2015

Attempts On To Destroy Indian History — but History’s Not Mythology or Theology

By Irfan Habib

Migrant Crisis: Europe Feels the Pinch of a Continental Shift

By Ummu Salma Bava

Snapshot of Our Times

By Sreeram Chaulia

Palestine Needs A New Leadership

By S. Nihal Singh

The Meat Ban: Between Guilt & Loathing

By Santosh Desai

On The Wrong Side of History and Civilization

By Balbir Punj

Indo-Pak War: Snatching A Draw From The Jaws Of Victory In 1965

By Karan Thapar

Silencing A Tradition

By Amrith Lal

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Why Not Constitutional Path for Indian Muslims?
Tufail Ahmad

October-December 2011, Aligarh-based journal Tahqeeqat-e-Islami argued: Islam is based on “expedience.” It quoted 14th century jurist Ibn Taymiyyah, the father of jihadists, as saying: “jurists are unanimous on the presence of prudence and expedience in the commandments of Shariah.” It quoted Prophet Muhammad as saying: one who leaves Islam should be killed as expedience to safeguard Islam. Ansari’s mention of Al-Ghazali and Maslaha will gladden the hearts of Islamists and jihadists…..

Given its openness Pancasila provides an opportunity for Muslims to comprehend the ideology in Islamic ways. Muhammadiyah sees much compatibility between the Pancasila doctrine and Islamic values, such as deliberation (Musyawarah), moderation (Tawasuth) and justice (‘Adalah).  Despite being a human creation, Pancasila is not necessarily antithetical to the Koran’s divine values……


Saudi Diplomat Row: Ambition Must Not Overshadow Justice: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 15 September 2015

Saudi Diplomat Row: Ambition Must Not Overshadow Justice

By Menaka Guruswamy

Lest We Forget, History Is Important In Germany

By P.J. George

Migrant Crisis Is Eastern Europe’s Moment of Shame

By Jan T. Gross

Meat Ban Is Just the Beginning: More Intolerance Is Coming

By Vir Sanghvi

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Saudi Arabia, Building 200 Mosques Will Not Help the Refugee Crisis: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 12 September 2015

Saudi Arabia, Building 200 Mosques Will Not Help the Refugee Crisis

By Noman Ansari

Women’s Protection: Theory and Practice

By Mohammad Ali Babakhel

The Noble Art of Gratefulness

By Mehboob Qadir

The Syrian War Theatre & the Brutal Assad Regime

By Wafa Zaidan

The Impractical Adoption of Urdu

By Farrukh Khan Pitafi

Pak-Afghan Relations: Hanging By a Thread

By Khalid Aziz

Katas Raj Temple: Bringing Religions and Histories Together

By Kiran Wali

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


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