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Who needs the Pan-Arab massacre?

Source : islam.ru | 08 Apr 2013

Viacheslav Matuzov, President of the Society of Friendship and Business Partnership with the Arab Countries is interviewed by Islam.ru about the situation in the Middle East and the geopolitical consequences of the Arab Spring.

Today, we see the Arab countries turned into hot spots as if by instruction.What has really happened in the Arab world? Have the plotters of the “Arabellion” got what they wanted?

Ten Years After US Invasion, 'Politics of Death' Not 'Democracy' in Iraq

By Jon Queally | Agencies | 03 Apr 2013

Sold to the US public with noble promises of "liberation" and "democracy," the invasion of Iraq instead delivered what Agence France-Presse described on Tuesday as the "politics of death."

Sectarian violence and political assassinations have been on the rise ahead of upcoming elections and March, which also marked the tenth anniversary of the US bombardment and ground war, was the deadliest month since summer of last year.

Revealed: America’s Arms Sales To Bahrain Amid Bloody Crackdown

By Justin Elliott | ProPublica | 16 Jan 2013

Despite Bahrain's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, the U.S. has continued to provide weapons and maintenance to the small Mideast nation.

Defense Department documents released to ProPublica give the fullest picture yet of the arms sales: The list includes ammunition, combat vehicle parts, communications equipment, Blackhawk helicopters, and an unidentified missile system. (Read the documents.)

Egypt's Mursi says freedom of speech comes with responsibility

Source : Agencies | 26 Sep 2012

Egypt's new president delivered a call on Tuesday for "genuine cooperation" between cultures, but in the wake of violent assaults on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Muslim world he also cautioned that a joke in one culture may not be funny in another.

Speaking at a philanthropic meeting convened in New York by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Mursi signaled an embrace of multiculturalism as an alternative to a single culture seeking dominance.

AP Interview: Iran's Ahmadinejad pushes new world order, end to American 'bullying'

By Edith M. Lederer and Wendy Benjaminson | AP 26 Sep 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that a new world order needs to emerge, away from years of what he called American bullying and domination.

Ahmadinejad spoke to The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly — his last as president of Iran. He was to address the assembly Wednesday morning.

Why Muslims hate America

By Qasim Rashid | Washington Post | 22 Sep 2012

As an American Muslim activist, I receive this question all too often: “America is about freedom, free speech, and democracy—why do Muslims hate us?” The question is not at all why they hate us, but why don’t we get it.

Many of age Americans remember Sept. 11, 2001—a day we justly cried out for freedom, free speech, and democracy. Fewer, however, remember Sept. 11, 1973 when America backed dictator Augusto Pinochet’s forces to overthrow and kill Chile’s democratically elected President Salvador Allende.

Tunisia: Hardline Islam threatens democracy gains

By Paul Schemm | AP | 30 Jul 2012

Thousands of hardcore Muslims chant against Jews. Youths rampage through cities at night in protest of "blasphemous" art. A sit-in by religious students degenerates into fist fights and the desecration of Tunisia's flag.

Most Muslims want democracy, freedoms, PEW survey reveals

Source : TodaysZaman | 12 Jul 2012

A majority of Muslims in six predominantly Muslim countries want democracy, personal freedoms and the ability to voice their support for Islam in political life, though at different levels, a Pew poll has shown.

Putin says the West is on the decline

By Thomas Grove | Reuters | Moscow | 10 Jul 2012

President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the West’s influence was waning as its economy declines but warned Russian diplomats to be on their guard against a backlash from Moscow’s former Cold War enemies.

In a biennial speech to Russian ambassadors, Putin also took a shot at the West by condemning any unilateral actions to solve international disputes and underlined the importance of resolving such conflicts through the United Nations.

Nervous Libyans ready for first taste of democracy

Source : Reuters | Tripoli | 06 Jul 2012

Libyans will vote in their first free national poll in more than half a century on Saturday amid fears that violence could taint an election meant to usher in a temporary national assembly and draw a line under Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-year autocratic reign.

Voters will select a 200-member assembly that will choose a cabinet to replace the self-appointed interim government and also pick a new prime minister. Many of the 3,700 candidates have strong Islamic agendas.

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