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Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten
Anne Barnard

“Now imagine all that happening without global sympathy for innocent lost lives, with no special media updates by the minute, and without the support of every world leader condemning the violence,” she wrote on Facebook. Finally, she said, ask yourself what it would be like to have to explain to your child why an attack in “another pretty city like yours” got worldwide attention and your own did not.....


As discussed above, East Jerusalem will be absorbed and “managed” by Israel until the Palestinians are subdued, compelled to flee or migrate to some other country or adjust to their fate in Israel. It cannot be ruled out that many of the refugees from Syria now seeking asylum in Europe, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey will not return to Syria. This will leave a lot of empty space and work opportunities for displaced Palestinians. It might be that Europe, the US and international organizations will be happy to supply aid to settle Palestinians in the barren lands of Syria.....


Hinduism and Islam - Mingling Of the Two Oceans: Seminal Contribution of Dara Shikoh
Asghar Ali Engineer

In all these 20 sections in Majma`ul Bahrayn Dara Shikoh finds similarities between both Hindu and Islamic (particularly Sufi) traditions. The fanatics and fundamentalists in both the traditions denounce each other and try to prove the truth of their own religion. In such circumstances it is highly necessary to popularise writings of persons like Dara Shikoh who uphold the truth of all religious traditions. The Sufi Islam has been a bridge between Hindus and Muslims in India. The very fundamental doctrine of Sufism has been Sulh-I-Kula i.e. peace with all…..

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Appeasing Oppressive Islamists in Turkey
Abdullah Bozkurt

Turkey's Islamist rulers have locked themselves in a vicious cycle in which they can now only rely on repressive measures such as abuse of the criminal justice system and police crackdowns on the right to dissent and the right to freedom of expression, fuelling more outrage and resentment towards the government, which in turn finds itself in a desperate attempt to resort to more brute force....


Blaming Muslims for the Holocaust

It would appear that the Palestinian now is the latest fiction being cast as the new ‘fact’ that perpetrated the Jewish Holocaust. Nothing can be farther from the truth. The Documents on German Foreign Policy 1918-1945, (Series D, Vol. XIII, London, 1964, pp.881 ff), include an official transcript of the Hitler-Husseini meeting of November 28, 1941. According to the transcript, it was not Mufti al-Husseini but Hitler himself who resolved that he “would carry on the battle to the total destruction of the Judeo-Communist Empire in Europe”....


Afghanistan: A Deadly Stalemate: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 12 November 2015

Bush 41 and 43’s Biggest Mistake?

By Harlan Ullman

Not your place sir

Ali Malik

Another Sharif in Washington

By Zahid Hussain

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Iqbal: Indian Nationalism to Muslim Nationalism
Muhammad Iqbal

It is rather common knowledge that Iqbal had entered the corridor of Fame as a nationalist poet. In this phase, he was profoundly influenced by the spirit of nationalism abroad, and gave eloquent utterance to feelings of patriotism. He sang of India, its rivers, its mountains, its countryside as well as of its glorious past and its cultural heritage. 

Iraq, Syria and Libya no longer exist
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

The exact same can be said of Syria and Libya. In both cases we at least had states. But these places were never countries. There are no such thing as “the Syrian people”. Even less, the “Libyan people”. Syria is a confessionally split, ethnically diverse mosaic of humanity and has been for its entire recorded history, due to its huge importance as a commercial and theological center.


We Need To Prevent Genocide of Rohingya Muslims -- Before It's Too Late
Emanuel Stoakes

...There is "strong evidence" that Myanmar has committed genocide against a largely Muslim minority known as the Rohingya, according to a recent report by a clinic of Yale Law School for Bangkok-based NGO Fortify Rights. Other reports andexperts have warned that genocide may be on the horizon.


From Tunisia, a Voice of Hope in The Muslim World
Fareed Zakaria

Tunisia’s success story is not quite the fairy tale that is sometimes recounted. The Islamists pushed for greater influence of Islamic law, they were reluctant to compromise and left power only because they thought the country would explode if they didn’t. Key elements of the old guard have returned in force, and the place remains fragile, with the economy under severe pressure.


Progress Fans Flames Of Militant Unrest In Changing Bangladesh: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 9 November 2015

The Future of Democracy in Egypt

By Ibrahim Awad

Progress Fans Flames Of Militant Unrest In Changing Bangladesh

By Jason Burke

Are Syrians the New Palestinians?

By Pam Bailey

It Is Over! Or Is It Not?

By Nuray Mert

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Burma: The Lady, The General, And The Future: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 7 November 2015

Burma: The Lady, the General, And The Future

By Gwynne Dyer

Why Brutal Attacks On Bangladesh's Secular Writers Won't Stop

By Nick Robins-Early

The other 50% in Turkey


Tolerance is a negative word


'Go To Pakistan' Slander: An Insult To Both India And Pakistan

By Ravi Nitesh

Turkey Deepens Its Alliance with Barzani

By Serkan Demirtaş

Death Penalty in Malysaia: Allow Vigilantes Instead

By Boo Su-Lyn

How Did The AKP Win Such A Major Comeback?

By Mustafa Akyol

Assad must not get away with his crimes

By Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Boko Haram: The Example of Imperialist Terrorism in Africa

By PD Lawton

Bangladesh: Please Stop It

By Malik Siraj Akbar

Politics, Perils of Muslim Bashing

By Charles C. Haynes

Islamophobia on the Boil in the Czech Republic

By Andy West

Iraq: Ahmed Chalabi Suffers A Heart-Attack

The Economist

Repression Unbound: Egypt under Sisi

By David Mepham

The Syrian conflict, ISIS and Russian Muslims

By Maria Dubovikova

Writing our way to freedom

By Endy M. Bayuni

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

Russo-Farsi Word Game in Syria!
Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

Russo-Farsi Word Game in Syria!
Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

For Russians and Iranians, there is no option but to keep Bashar Al-Assad as president, and his regime as the government. He is the one and only who would give his country away to them. If he is gone, then there is no guarantee that the next president would not order them out.

The Middle East's Century to Come
Khaled Diab

A century on, nothing has changed and everything has changed. As these 100 years of dreams and nightmares, of illusion and disillusion, with a few measures of delusion, reach their dissolution point, what does the next century hold in store for the region?


Myanmar’s Disenfranchised Rohingya
U Shwe Maung

A central issue has been the deliberate exclusion of Myanmar’s Muslim minority, including my people, the Rohingya. Like other ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar, the country’s Rohingya — estimated to number over one million — suffered under years of repressive military rule.


To Say That Religion Is Divisive Is To Attempt No Analysis of the Problems At Hand: Religion Is Not to Blame
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Take the orgy of sectarian bloodshed that has been raging in Iraq for over a decade, for instance. Sunnis and Shia have been killing each other by the tens on a daily basis. Do not venture into a Sunni dominated area if your name happens to be Hassan, and you have more chance of ending up with a slit throat on some street corner if you suddenly lost your way and found yourself in Sadr city and you were called Omar. But let us not stop there, let us ask the difficult questions others would rather we left undisturbed. Why do Iraq's Sunni and Shia kill each other today when they didn't years ago? .....

Anti-Muslim Paranoia Could Still Derail Myanmar’s Journey To True Democracy
Martin Woollacott

Race and religion are casting a dark shadow over Myanmar as it moves toward critical elections next month. The elections would have been difficult enough for the country if confined to the issues of what degree of democracy can now be introduced, and what role should be played by the iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …


Is Islam Compatible with Our Modern Way of Life?
Seidu Malik

Well, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out that the world is made up of people of different races, culture and religious affiliations all claiming to be from God. The question is, if these claims are true, how do you bring people of diverse background and opposing views to live with each other in absolute peace and harmony in society?  ...

Israel’s Defensive Democracy Is No Democracy: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 30 October 2015

Israel’s defensive democracy is no democracy

By Yossi Mekelberg

Debating the Middle East beyond Iran and ISIS

By Joyce Karam

Reclaiming Nigeria: After Boko Haram

By The Economist

Middle East Counter-Revolution

By Serge Jordan

Turkey’s Election: Voting To the Sound Of Explosions

By The Economist

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Egypt after the Arab Spring: A Dud Return To Democracy

Many Egyptians will be content enough. As they witness chaos and bloodletting in Syria and Libya, Mr Sisi’s rule may not seem too bad. There is certainly little appetite for a return to the shambolic administration of Mr Morsi: Mr Sisi is being bankrolled by oil-rich Gulf monarchies, relations with Israel have again become close and as Mr Sisi flirts with Russia, America and Europe are re-embracing him.


Tunisia Is the Exception, Not the Model
Kamel Daoud

What’s to be done with Islamists? Should they be assimilated into the phony multipartism of closed regimes? Included in processes of political liberalization? Democratized by force — bombed into democratizing? Killed? For more than two decades, the question has been a torment. First for Arab elites, then for Muslim elites and then, after Sept. 11, 2001, for the whole world.


'Islamic State': Let It Not Be A Red Herring: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 29 October 2015

'Islamic State': Let it not be a red herring

By Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan ndc, psc (Retd)

The mythological Blair apology for the Iraq war

By Chris Doyle

Telling Mideast Negotiators, ‘Have a Nice Life’

By Thomas L. Friedman

Cameras at al-Aqsa Mosque

By Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Saudis want a better quality of life

By Jamal Khashoggi

AKP Attempt at An Islamist-Fascist Dictatorship

By İhsan Yilmaz

How Will Turkey Respond To New Developments In Syria?

 By Semih İdiz

Why Russia Perceives Syria as Its Front Line

By Alastair Crooke

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Censorship Is Returning To Indonesia In The Name Of The 1965 Purges
Laksmi Pamuntjak

A week ago I received a message from Janet DeNeefe, director of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

“I just wanted to let you know that the UWRF is being censored this year, and we have been told to remove all programs to do with ‘1965’,” she wrote. “Or else next year they will not give us a permit to hold the festival.”


Death Is Everywhere - In Jerusalem, West Bank And Gaza
Mahmood Hasan

During the Ottoman Empire, Jews were allowed to visit Temple Mount but were not allowed to pray there. Jews could only pray at the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall but not enter the holy site. Thus a status quo was initiated.

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