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Haji Mohammad Rafiq Ahmad TSCHANNEN, a Swiss national, converted to Islam at the age of 15 after reading Sura Fateha and the last ten Suras of the Holy Quran. By profession Rafiq first had a long international career as Director of Finance & Administrator in private industry and later as Chief Executive for an International Governmental Organization.

Refugees live in fear of German far-right

A Pegida demonstration in Dresden in May. Photo: DPA Refugees live in fear of German far-right Published: 30 Jul 2015 08:11 GMT+02:00 It’s an astonishing statement for a refugee from…

The Dreadful Saviors: Feared Shiite Militias Battle Islamic State in Iraq

By Christoph Reuter     spiegel.de Ali Arkady/VII/DER SPIEGEL Earlier, fighters with the League of Righteous Shiite militia tortured and murdered. But now they intend to save Iraq from the…

26m visited Grand Mosque in Ramadan

A view inside the Grand Mosque in Makkah. (AN photo by Ahmad Hashad) ARAB NEWS Published — Sunday 2 August 2015   JEDDAH: More than 26 million Umrah pilgrims and…

Israel PM approves 300 settler units in occupied West Bank

By AFP – Jul 30,2015 – JORDAN TIMES   Palestinians from the Jalazoun refugee camp hold their national flag as they watch at bulldozers demolishing the so-called Dreinoff buildings under an…

Tarabband presents Arab music from Sweden, gives voice to victims of war

Tarabband presents Arab music from Sweden, gives voice to victims of war By Muath Freij – Jul 31,2015 – JORDAN TIMES Members of the Tarabband group seek to present a mixture…

Erdogan’s Cynical Game: Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War?

By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter     spiegel.de OZAN KOSE/ AFP Turkish President Erdogan claims to be battling the terrorist Islamic State, but in reality he is mainly fighting…

EU rightly separates Israel’s security from its colonial abuses

Jul 31,2015 – JORDAN TIMES RAMI G. KHOURI Events related to the Iran nuclear technology/sanctions agreement, the war in Yemen, and the battle against Daesh tend to dominate the headlines…

In a Yemen hospital, malnutrition menaces young lives

By Khaled Abdullah swissinfo.ch SANAA (Reuters) – Born just before the outbreak of Yemen’s devastating war, Ali Mohammed al-Tawaari may well not survive it. Damaged by a lack of skilled…

Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

Associated Press By KEN DILANIAN, ZEINA KARAM and BASSEM MROUE WASHINGTON (AP) — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is…

Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims Thousands of migrants have attempted to cross into the UK from France in recent days

PROFESSOR JOHN SALT , KASHMIRA GANDER Friday 31 July 2015 The migrant crisis gripping Calais shows no sign of abating, with 3,500 people attempting to illegally travel to the UK…

Three Cheers for Sistani

By Paul Iddon – Jul 31, 2015 When Iraq’s most pre-eminent Shia cleric comments on political affairs it’s worth your while to listen. But don’t expect some rabble-rousing sectarian demagoguery…

We can’t stop the flow of migrants to Europe. Rehousing them is our only option

We can’t stop the flow of migrants to Europe. Rehousing them is our only option Patrick Kingsley Europe’s population stands at 740 million, so housing an additional 1 million refugees…

War is greatest worry for the Swiss

Worry barometer War is greatest worry for the Swiss By swissinfo.ch and agencies Jul 31, 2015 – 09:58 War is the greatest worry for people in neutral Switzerland (Keystone) Almost…

The man with the toughest job in the world

When Staffan de Mistura became UN special envoy, his past successes brought hope for peace. A year later, with no solution in sight, he faces heavy criticism. Has his innovative…

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia imports 3 million sheep and camels for Haj

  Pilgrims prefer sheep to other animals for Haj sacrifice. ABDULHADI HABTOR Published — Friday 31 July 2015 JEDDAH: Saudi importers of cattle said the Haj season this year will…

Catholic university to open in Iraq and we have some suggested reading and viewing

Epigraph: Say, ‘O People of the Book! come to a word equal between us and you — that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partner with…

Disastrous consequences of Kuwait invasion, US-led wars

Jul 29,2015 – BY MICHAEL JANSEN JORDAN TIMES Twenty-five years ago Iraq invaded Kuwait following a dispute over Kuwait’s refusal to curb oil exports to raise the price to $20…

542. Commandment – O ye who believe! take not My enemy and your enemy for friends, offering them love, while they disbelieve in the truth which has come to you

542. Commandment – O ye who believe! take not My enemy and your enemy for friends, offering them love, while they disbelieve in the truth which has come to you …

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