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A narcissistic US, an anxious Saudi Arabia and a hysterical Israel

Source : Amal Saad-Ghorayeb | Al Jazeera | 03 Dec 2013

For far too long now, members of the Resistance Axis (Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas) have been the objects of the West's psychopathologising gaze, as I have documented on my blog, ASG's Counter-Hegemony Unit. While the Syrian government has been pathologised as "delusional" and "detached from reality", Iran has similarly been anthromorphised and classified as an "irrational" actor whose foreign policy behaviour closely resembles a person suffering from Anti-Social Personality disorder.

Where Does Future of Jammu and Kashmir Lie?

By Abdullah al-Ahsan | ISTAC | 28 Oct 2013

Kashmir has not only suffered from Indian democracy, it has also suffered from American democracy. (Reuters)

On his way back to Islamabad after meeting President Obama in Washington, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has renewed his call for US mediation between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. Earlier, just days before the scheduled meeting between them, Sharif had made similar call which had met with colossal opposition from India.

"I had five sons, now I have four": Syria's senior cleric pardons the rebels who killed his son

By Robert Fisk | The Independent | 24 Sept 2013

 

The Grand Mufti of Syria preaches a message of forgiveness

Why is France pushing so hard on Syria?

Source : The Associated Press | 17 Sept 2013

In a secretive compound north of Paris, colored blips and blotches on a computer-screen map of Damascus depict an armored vehicle at a highway, tanks, a blown-up building in a suburban field. An unusual glimpse at France's military intelligence headquarters demonstrates how closely the French are watching what's happening in Syria - and how implicated the French government is in ending Syria's civil war.

Lifting the veil of obscurity: Abdulhamid II, the issue of Palestine

By : Mahmut Aytekin | 23 Jul 2013

The Egyptian coup and the fate of political Islam

By Imam Zaid Shakir | Al Jazeera | 20 Jul 2013

In his, Dictionary of Political Thought, the noted political philosopher, Roger Scruton, defines a coup d’etat as "a change in government by force resulting in a change of constitution, and brought about by those who already hold some form of power whether military or political. The institution of a coup thereby transforms the terms on which their office is held from a public trust into a private possession".

Confessions of a Ramadan Rookie

Source : Rollo Romig | NewYorker | 13 Jul 2013

The Food Wasting Phenomenon: Are You Aware?

By Raudah Mohd Yunus | 04 Jun 2013
What about the millions of people out there who struggle to put food on the table and others who completely starve?
Some time ago, the 2nd Penang Respiratory Summit brought me to a stylish, aristocratic 5-star hotel in the heart of Malaysia’s second largest city, Georgetown.

Bottom-Up: Explaining the Success Story of Turkey in the 2000s

By Prof Dr Mustafa Acar | 30 May 2013

A lot of people around the world are wondering these days how Turkey was able to jump from bottom to the top within a decade and became a shining star of the region. It seems a miracle: starting from a terrible situation it faced with the eruption of 2001 crisis, but ending with a brighter than ever outlook. When the country cleared its external debts to the IMF last week, this outlook became even brighter, urging credit rating institutions to upgrade Turkey’s rating.

Just what is an Islamic car?

By Dr Syed Ali Tawfik al-Attas | IKIM | 29 May 2013

The term ‘Islamic’ betrays an activity (`amal), one that is derived from the fundamental elements of the worldview of Islam and it is not something indicative of ritual appearance. It refers to an activity or action and by necessity an actor.

It was another Sunday morning. It had been raining the night before and it was still raining the following morning. The sky was still overcast; the sun had not been seen for days.

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