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Should Germany ban the burqa?

Photo: DPA Opponents of such a ban here say it would heavily infringe on personal, cultural and religious freedoms and only serve to inflame tensions. Advocates insist the burqa has…

The Boomerang Effect: Sanctions on Russia Hit German Economy Hard

By Matthias Schepp and Cornelia Schmergal The United States and Europe last week announced the imposition of stronger sanctions against Russia in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. German…

UK: Dome Plan for Halesowen Ahmadiyya Mosque rejected

Source: expressandstar.com The plans to extend The Baitul Ghafoor Mosque on Long Lane have been rejected by the Dudley Council. More than 225 residents signed a petition opposing the plans, fearing the…

The fallout from the MH17 tragedy would be disorganization and denial

Source: Asia Times: So, by the ordinary standards of murderous military ineptitude, the fallout from the MH17 tragedy would be disorganization and denial, an exhaustive and time-consuming investigation, a belated…

Putin miscalculated in Ukraine

Source: Stratfor: Ultimately, politicians who miscalculate and mismanage tend not to survive. Putin miscalculated in Ukraine, failing to anticipate the fall of an ally, failing to respond effectively and then…

Poll: Was shooting Down Malaysian Airline Flight with 295 on Board Terrorism?

Epigraph: On account of this, We prescribed for the children of Israel that whosoever killed a person — unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in…

With Jet Strike, War in Ukraine Is Felt Globally

Source: NY Times: Note by Editor: An extremely moving and emotional reporting. A must read. The scene was strangely empty. There was no yellow tape, no investigators poring over the…

Croatia Exempts Church From Financial Checks

Source: Balkan Insight: Croatia’s government has given a green light to a new law on the financial reporting of non-profit organizations, which omits the country’s powerful Catholic Church from checks.…

The Vatican and Islam Messages of light and dark

The Economist — OVER the past 24 hours, senior representatives of the Catholic church have delivered some mixed messages about Islam. The leaders of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue…

Thousands march through London over Gaza crisis

BBC news — Thousands of people have marched through central London to call for an end to Israel’s ground campaign and air strikes in Gaza. Protesters marched from Downing Street…

UK: Ahmadi Muslims launch British values bus campaign in Bristol

Source: gazetteseries.co.uk SOUTH Gloucestershire buses are to feature a new advertising campaign promoting a Muslim group’s British values. The Ahmadiyya Muslim association in Bristol has launched the positive drive to promote…

Heaven’s Bankers: Inside the Hidden World of Islamic Finance by Harris Irfan, review: ‘noble intentions’ Is sharia-compliant banking just a way of twisting the rules?

By Mona Siddiqui8:00AM BST 19 Jul 2014 Even those who assume to know something about sharia – Islamic law – are reticent to make claims about Islamic finance, so complex…

Germany: Catholics: Numbers of Church resignations increases significantly

Editor’s Note: Please excuse the grammar, ‘google translate’ being used: Last year the Catholic Church in Germany lost almost 180,000 people, significantly more than in 2012; reason for this may…

PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: Swiss asked to boost Geneva Conventions in Gaza

The Swiss foreign ministry is holding exploratory talks for an international conference on the respect of humanitarian law in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian authorities. The ministry confirmed…

ESCALATION: OSCE urges inquiry of plane crash in Ukraine

The Swiss chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has called for an impartial investigation into the circumstances of Thursday’s crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane…

Court: Netherlands liable for 300 Bosnian Muslim deaths

MIKE CORDER | AP Published — Thursday 17 July 2014 THE HAGUE, Netherlands: A court on Wednesday ordered the Netherlands to compensate the families of more than 300 Bosnian Muslims…

Serving society is best defence against ‘Muslim radicalisation’

Source: belfasttelegraph.co.uk | BY UMAR NASSER Does practising Islam fundamentally undermine a secular United Kingdom? This is the burning question of the day, one which has predominated the press in various guises over…

Swiss ready to help Italy with migrant influx

Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga says Switzerland is ready to help Italy in coping with the influx of migrants to its shores. So far this year, more than 63,000 migrants…

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