As credit markets have imploded, triggering a global economic crisis, Islamically correct investors have seen a change of fortune: The conservative principles this small group of devout Muslims clung to during the economic heyday has insulated...World
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for recognition of Hamas which won a landslide victory in Palestinian
In an interview with The Washington Post published Saturday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said isolating Hamas is the reason for the ongoing tensions in...
January 30th, 20090Turkish prime minister tells Israeli president "You are killing people"
Turkey's prime minister returned home from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to a warm welcome after he stormed out of a debate over Israel's war on the Gaza Strip.
More than 5,000 people, many waving Palestinian and Turkish...
Israel goes to the polls on Feb. 10 in a collective state of mind that is highly disturbed and seemingly ill-prepared for the important choices which lie ahead. This is bad news for Israel itself, for its neighbors, and for the prospects for peace.
The Israeli electorate will be struggling to find answers to at least three important...
January 24th, 20090WASHINGTON (IPS) — Perhaps never in human history have the hopes of so many people for positive change in international relations rested on one person as they do on Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States Tuesday at noon Washington time.
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures while delivering his...
BRUSSELS (IPS) — Senior European Union figures have signalled that they could push ahead with plans to strengthen formal ties with Israel, even though more than 1,000 have now been killed by the bombardment of Gaza.
Two conflicting statements about E.U.-Israeli relations were delivered Jan. 14, as the number of Palestinians, about...
The military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves.
This is a war of conquest. Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline.
British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens-based Consolidated...
December 26th, 20080The Arab American News' top headlines and front pages of 2008
• Iraqi refugees struggling in U.S., want to go back
• Hundreds of thousands cross downed Gaza wall
• George Habash leaves legacy of resistance
• Afghan torture scandal widens
• Hizbullah commander killed in Syria blast
• Hamas renews...
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama speaks at a news conference in Chicago Dec.18, 2008 REUTERS/Jeff Haynes
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran April 21, 2008. REUTERS/Raheb HomavandiTEHRAN (IPS) — In light of the Iranian presidential election coming in mid-2009 and the U.S. distaste for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,...World
Palestinian children hold candles as part of the Global Peace Rally at the office of Palestinian Legislator Mustafa Barghouti (not pictured) in the West Bank city of Hebron, December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council this week passed its first resolution in five years aimed at giving...
December 13th, 20080Hizbullah declines to meet with visiting former U.S. president
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter shakes hands with Lebanon Christian opposition leader Michel Aoun (R) and deputy Elie Skaff (C) during a meeting in Beirut December 11, 2008. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, met with President Michel...
Martti Ahtisaari, the former Finnish president, has used his Nobel peace prize acceptance speech to urge Barack Obama, the U.S. president-elect, to make peace in the Middle East a priority.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari
Ahtisaari called the region's conflict the "world's most challenging peace-building project"...
President-elect Barack Obama is considering making a major foreign policy speech from a Muslim capital during his first 100 days in office, according to an analysis in the New York Times written by Helene Cooper last week.
The article suggests Dearborn as a possible location for the speech, but "Clearly it would be cheating for Mr....World
UNITED NATIONS (IPS) — The president of the General Assembly, Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, dropped a political bombshell last week when he lashed out at Israel for repressive actions in the occupied territories, including the blockade of humanitarian aid to Gaza, which was partially eased on Thursday.
Handicap International says about 100,000 people have been killed or maimed by cluster bombs since 1965.A landmark treaty to ban some forms of cluster bomb has been signed by more than 100 nations in Oslo.
Norway, which played a key role in hammering out the worldwide ban on using, producing, transferring and stockpiling...
December 5th, 20080The Mumbai attacks have brought old suspicions to the fore. Indians suspect militants from Pakistan. Pakistanis reject what they call a typical blame game.
NEW DELHI, INDIA AND KARACHI, PAKISTAN — Akash Maheshwari has no doubts about what will happen in the standoff between India and Pakistan. The Indian businessman said his country...
November 29th, 20080RIYADH — A half-moon directly overhead glows in the gathering daylight as Adel Mallawi straps on his helmet.
His tall legs, sheathed in leather chaps that match his black leather jacket, drape over one of the loves of his life: Harley-Davidson's 105th anniversary Electra Glide Ultra Classic. Copper and black. Same colors as his...
This past week marked the fourth anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat. We reprint here a tribute to the Palestinian leader.
The late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat after failed peace talks in 2000.
For fifty years, Yasser Arafat — or Abu Ammar as he was more familiarly known — made the Palestinian cause his life's...
CAIRO (IPS) - Egypt recently re-opened its border with the Gaza Strip to limited traffic in advance of an upcoming Palestinian reconciliation conference to be held in Cairo next month. But some independent commentators say Egypt is merely using the border as a means of pressuring resistance faction Hamas into accepting its proposals for...
October 25th, 20080CAIRO (IPS) - Caught between low wages and rising prices, many Egyptians have had to replace meat and vegetables with cheaper food.
Kushari has remained a staple of Egyptian diets due to its low cost. At a time when food prices are quickly rising in Egypt, but wages have remained mostly stagnant, the cost of food has just as...
KABUL (Al Jazeera) — After fighting the Taliban for the past seven years, many working for the Afghan security forces are now switching sides.
Sulieman Ameri and his 16 men were until a month ago serving the Afghan government as police patrolling the border with Iran.
Now they answer to the Taliban and their goal is to drive all...World
WASHINGTON (IPS) — The beginning of political talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban revealed by press accounts this week is likely to deepen the rift that has just erupted in public between the United States and its British ally over the U.S. commitment to an escalation of the war in Afghanistan.
According to a French...
A rare Islamic crystal jug that was mistaken earlier this year for a cheap French claret pitcher has sold at auction for almost $5.6 million.
The jug was mistaken earlier this year for a French wine pitcher. Christie's said it has now been identified as "one of the rarest and most desirable works of art from the Islamic world."...World
For Israel, the aftermath of the 2006 Lebanon war was all about questions. What mistakes were made, and who made them? What could be done to restore the Israeli military's "deterrence" after a widely perceived defeat? In general, what lessons could be learned from the confrontation with Hizbullah in order that next time, there would be...
BEIRUT — The latest conflict cooking between Lebanon and Israel is all about food: Lebanese businessmen are accusing Israel of stealing traditionally Middle Eastern dishes like hummus.
Fadi Abboud, president of the Lebanese Industrialists Association, said Tuesday his group was planning to raise a lawsuit to stop Israel from...World
U.S. President George W. Bush and the Commander for NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan U.S. Army General David McKiernan meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 1, 2008. REUTERS/Larry DowningWashington (IPS) — New evidence from former U.S. officials reveals that the George W....World
Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is heading to Russia for a two-day visit. He was invited by President Dmitry Medvedev. They will discuss Russia's support for a peace process and Russian-Israeli relations, which were strained by Israel's close relations to Georgia. This visit signifies Russia's growing...World
Editor calls battle "a ball of sectarian and political fire"
Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi is no stranger to public scrutiny. The Sunni Muslim preacher is the star of his own highly popular show on al-Jazeera TV, which is watched by millions for his advice on sharia law. But he may have miscalculated when he warned recently that...
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