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Recent months have brought Islamabad a flurry of visits from leaders of Sunni gulf nations, prompting many observers to question just what Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif might be getting the already embattled country into....

 

Today's Non-Muslims Are Members of the Gülen Movement
Orhan Kemal Cengiz

In fact, we can say that everyone in Turkey has felt and most probably will continue to feel like non-Muslims. Kurds, socialists, Alevis and devout Muslims have all played the role of non-Muslims in Turkey. However, if you ask me, today's non-Muslims are unmistakably members of Gülen movement……

 

A New Afghanistan: There Is a Hope that it’s Political and Security Dispensation Will Not Crumble In The Face Of Obscurantist Jihadists
Imtiaz Gul

The unusually big turn-out clearly underscored a thumping rejection of: a) violence, mounted by the Taliban since 2001, b) President Hamid Karzai’s legacy (Zalmay Rassoul), and c) leaders whose past is either stained with blood or the flag-bearers of the Salafi brand of Islam personified by Professor Sayyaf…..

 

Why the Israeli-Palestinian Talks Fail
Rami G. Khouri

Patient, serious diplomacy appears to be bearing fruit in many places simultaneously this week, except in the Israel-Palestine talks that have gone on for two decades since the 1993 Oslo peace accords. It is worth exploring why this is so.....

 

Some Myths about Muslims
Nivedita Menon

Western and the Indian media share certain basic biases, many people end up believing in a range of myths about the adherents of the world’s second largest religion. This is a quick attempt at exposing those myths. Myth: ‘Muslim’ countries are never secular. Muslims do not tolerate minorities in ‘their’ countries but demand minority rights in other countries.....

A New Muslim Renaissance Is Here: American Muslims Are Poised To Become Mainstream Leaders and Influencers
Rabia Chaudry

And it’s no small irony that while historians bemoan conquest and Western colonialism as the death knell for Islam’s “Golden Age”, this new Muslim renaissance is growing out of the West itself…..

Did Pakistan Cause Afghanistan's Lack of Economic Development?
Murtaza Haider

Afghanistan has a long history of dependence on foreign aid. In fact, Afghanistan’s first five-year development plan for 1957/58 to 1961/62 relied on foreign sources for 75 per cent of the capital requirements. The reliance on foreign sources for capital declined to 64.4 per cent in the second five-year development plan and to 47.2 per cent in the third five-year development plan....

 

From Istanbul to Islamabad the Liberal Mode Is On the Retreat
M Saeed Khalid

From Istanbul to Islamabad, and maybe beyond, the liberal mode is on the retreat in varying degrees. The western profit-seeking corporate model is fine but the western values of freedom, tolerance and rule of law are under attack......

 

Has Erdogan Gone From Model Middle East 'Strongman' To Tin-Pot Dictator?
Robert Fisk

Recep Tayyip Erdogan used to be one of Barack Obama's cuddliest allies. Religious but secular, powerful but democratic, independent but a reliable NATO chum…..

 

US-Saudi Rift: What Are The Issues That Have Put Considerable Strain On A Relationship Forged Over Many Decades?
S P Seth

It is an open secret that relations between the US and Saudi Arabia, one of Washington’s important strategic allies in the Middle East, have been frayed for some years. Indeed, Riyadh has been quite unhappy about aspects of the US’s policy and lets it be known without mincing words....

 

For Meaningful Peace, We Must Build Civil Society, Establish Rule of Law, Separate Religion and Government, Secure Freedom of Thought and Belief, and Expose Human-Rights Violations

Peace is a state desired not only on a personal level but also on national level and in relationships between nations. Yet it continues to elude at all levels. On a very general level it may be defined as, 'freedom from disturbance; tranquility.' Yet, how many of us, at an individual level, have 'complete' peace? Not many, is my bet…..

 

Islamic parties may not be in terminal decline as many have predicted and they are likely to have a little more clout in the next government than they did in the previous one.  But these results have been greeted more with relief than elation in Islamic parties and questions remain about their longer-term competitiveness, particularly if, as seems likely…

 

Central African Republic:  Wronged By Colonial Mindset
Harun Yahya

The UN estimates that more than 1,000 people were killed in December alone and almost a quarter of the population has now been displaced due to the conflict. The Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui has seen its Muslim population drop from 130,000 to under 1,000 over the past few months. Out of the capital’s 36 mosques, just eight are left and out of the 375 mosques across the country, 118 have been destroyed…..

 

Pakistan at a Decisive Crossroad: Taliban, Pakistan Army and Nawaz Sharif Government at Loggerheads While Engaged In Peace Talks
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

If we take cognizance of the daily activities, official statements, publications, speeches and pronouncements of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), they will honestly tell us what plans they have devised to achieve their objectives ranging from an armed Jihad in Pakistan to the elimination of the religious minorities from the region. ... Just a cursory glance at Taliban website “Umar Media” will patently reveal what the real Taliban stand for and what are their true views on the Pakistani state, army and security agencies. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan calls the Pak (pure) or Pakistan army as “Napak (impure) army” and openly acknowledges responsibility for all the atrocities that have been perpetrated against the Pakistani army during the last few years. .....

 

Nouri al-Maliki Makes Allies Of Sunni Extremists
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

He aims to win the elections by pushing Shiite voters to stand by him against Sunni extremists and by benefiting from the ISIS’ operations and from the rebels who are in solidarity with the ISIS. Either that, or the lack of security will justify the declaration of a state of emergency and the extending of his term for another two years. This would happen thanks to Sunni extremists and fools among them…..

 

Indonesian Political Islam Fails Again
Saidiman Ahmad

The discourse on an Islamic state has disappeared from all Islamic political parties’ campaigns, replaced by issues linked to economic and national independence, bureaucratic reform and the fight against corruption. Most Indonesians do not support issues on the Islamic political agenda….

 

Pakistan and Israel: A Study in Contrasts
Yasser Latif Hamdani

The creation of both Israel and Pakistan was controversial and aroused conflicting emotions. Both states in the 1950s fell in with the western powers during the Cold War to try and exist in an utterly hostile neighbourhood. The comparison however ends there. Pakistan, a state of 180 million people, is far more diverse and has problems far more complicated than Israel, which has a total population of less than the city of Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city....

Despite the Palestinians making a sudden about turn to the United Nations, who can blame them, Secretary of State John Kerry is to be applauded for his efforts to bring the peace process back into focus. Not only has he dragged both sides to the negotiating table, he has also attained crucial concessions from both the Palestinians and the Israelis…

 

‘The Court’ and ‘The Agency’
Nuray Mert

I was criticised by many of exaggerating when I suggested that Turkey was heading to become a “Mahabhrat state.” I wonder what else to call a state that seeks to curb the power of its Constitutional Court and judiciary and extend the power of its intelligence agency? However, I still believe that Turkey has a far too complex and liberal society to be ruled by a police state. But this may not mean being hopeful; on the contrary, it may promise more chaos…..

 
Pakistan: Growing Concerns about Punjab
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

Pakistan: Growing Concerns about Punjab
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

When the government did not wish to disarm the Taliban, or spoil its huge network, or close its financial sources, then what could have stopped the Taliban from holding talks with it, especially now when many of its members are being set free from prisons? ... It will be the time when one will get to know that the government, by holding talks with the Taliban, wished to further its own political objectives and not to put an end to extremism. ... The government of Punjab needs to answer and retort the questions that are doing the rounds such as why the senior members of the provincial cabinet are being found guilty for providing patronage to the terrorists and sectarian elements and why sectarianism and all terror activities in the country stem from the province of Punjab?....

 

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) chose the Algerian presidential election campaign to post a new video criticising the government, calling for Sharia law and an Islamic caliphate. The al-Qaeda tape, posted March 24th under the title "Algeria... and the dark tunnel", was put together as a documentary. For over an hour the video reviewed several events witnessed by Algeria over the century, beginning with French colonialism and its resistance, up to post-independence events and the emergence of armed terrorist movements….

 

....parties with a patently Islamist agenda have been almightily defeated by those presenting a democratic, secular, moderate and also nationalist programme. This is the by-now-certain result of the Indonesia’s general election. The election was a true test of democracy, with 560 seats in the House of Representatives up for grabs, plus 945 seats in the Regional Representative Council....

 

In the minds of a large segment of society the top priority for Al-Sisi is to continue the mission that gained him widespread popularity: the war on the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups…..

 

Is This Our Idea Of A Fortress Of Islam?
Ayaz Amir

Islam in today’s world should not be about obscure points of doctrine, Fiqh and Shariah. Mujtahids and reformers have been at the reconstruction of religious thought in Islam for the last 1400 years without any success. They can be at it for the next 1000 years and the result will be the same, doctrinaires and dogmatists who hold sway over the wastelands of theory not ready to concede an inch.....

The False Promise of Arab Regime-Led Reform
Rami G. Khouri

The humiliations and scorn that many Arab leaders heap on their populations seem to have no end. While a few Arab dictators having been toppled or challenged by their disgruntled citizens in the last three years, the remaining ones appear not to have learned any lessons and persist in their cruel ways…..

 
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