TO STOP UIGHUR ABUSES, HIT CHINA WHERE IT HURTS

Sat 06 June 2020: Last week, the United States House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill to punish China for its brutal persecution and detainment of upwards of 3 million Uighr Muslims in Xinjiang, or what the ethnic minority refer to as East Turkestan.  The bipartisan bill, which received almost unanimous support with a […]

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HOW A KIDNAPPED AID WORKER WHO CONVERTED TO ISLAM SHOOK ITALY

Fri 05 June 2020: Silvia Romano kidnapped in Kenya faced a hostile welcome when she returned to Italy. In November 2018, Italian aid worker Silvia Romano was kidnapped by gunmen linked to the Somali armed group al-Shabab in northeast Kenya. At the time of the attack, which left several people wounded, Romano was volunteering for […]

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OMAR AL-MUKHTAR’S LIBYA IS NOW FIGHTING A GLOBAL PROXY WAR

Fri 29 May 2020: As I have said before, I was counting on the Libyan heroes of the February Revolution to continue their struggle against the reckless criminal Khalifa Haftar, and defeat his mercenary militias. My intuition proved to be right when the Libyans managed not only to control all the cities of the West […]

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WHY IRAN IS MORE AT EASE WITH BASHAR AL ASSAD THAN RUSSIA

Sat 30 May 2020: Iran has a longterm ideological and military aim that doesn’t require the Syrian regime to reform, or redeem itself. Simultaneous and cumulative pressures of the coronavirus pandemic, the global oil plunge and lingering conflict continue to afflict Syria, its economy, and the major actors involved in the Syrian civil war, not least […]

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SURVEILLANCE WILL NOT SAVE US FROM COVID-19

Sat 23 May 2020: As COVID-19 continues to devastate the world, a growing number of countries are opting to use invasive surveillance methods to stem the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve”. Since the emergence of the novel coronavirus, several countries, led by Israel, China, Singapore and South Korea, started collecting security camera footage and bank records and […]

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LIKE INDIA, SRI LANKA IS USING CORONAVIRUS TO STIGMATISE MUSLIMS

Wed 20 May 2020: The world is going through a period of unprecedented instability, distress and uncertainty. The novel coronavirus pandemic, and the threat posed by it to the socioeconomic fabric of nations, pushed many governments around the world into an existential crisis and forced them to switch to survival mode. Populist politicians in these […]

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PRO-SISTANI FACTIONS LEAVE SHIA FORCES, BUT IRAQ’S PM SIGNALS THEY ARE HERE TO STAY

Tue 19 May 2020: Much has been written about the growing rifts between the Shia seminary cities of Najaf in Iraq and Qom in Iran, centred on the role of politics and religion. While the Najaf school is known for its quietist stance, Qom advocates the theocratic ideology of Wilayat Al-Faqi. These tensions are particularly noticeable […]

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