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Turkish community in Germany celebrates Ramadan

Source : Anadolu Agency
Witten : Germany | 05 Aug 2011

The Turkish community living in Germany celebrates the holy month of Ramadan with a series of events.

Members of the Turkish community living in Germany's western city of Witten try to keep the Ramadan tradition alive by gathering at fast-breaking dinners.

Families break their fasts with traditional Turkish food prepared and served by a chef brought from Turkey at the Ramadan tents set up in the front yard of a mosque in Witten's Herbede town.

 

Red Cross plans $86M more in aid for Somalia

Source : John Heilprin | AP
GENEVA | 04 Aug 2011

The International Committee of the Red Cross announced plans Thursday to more than double its budget to feed starving Somalis, particularly thousands of children suffering from a confluence of drought, violence and internal politics.

The group says the malnutrition rate among children under the age of 5 is now above 20 percent — and climbing.

 

Massacre forces new look at security in Europe

Source : Adam Geller | AP
OSLO : Norway | 04 Aug 2011

If a man walked into a drug store along one of this city’s winding streets and bought three boxes of aspirin, there would be no reason to take notice. But when Anders Behring Breivik visited 20 drug stores a day for four days and bought three packages of aspirin at each stop — then separately ordered six tons of fertilizer, chemicals and a semiautomatic rifle — he still largely escaped attention.

 

China launches security crackdown in Xinjiang

Source : Christopher Bodeen | AP
BEIJING | 05 Aug 2011

China is ordering a sweeping security clampdown in the western region of Xinjiang following recent deadly attacks blamed on Muslim ethnic Uighur militants, with Beijing vowing “no mercy” toward anyone pursuing violence or separatism.

 

Dates in the Holy Qur’an & the Sunnah of the Prophet

Source : Abdul Haleem Nalamkandy | Arab News
02 Aug 2011

The date fruit and tree were dear to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the word “date” is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an more than 20 times.

While the date palm tree is called “nakhl,” the fruit is called “tamr” in Arabic.

 

Turkey consolidates civilian control of military

Source : Tulay Karadeniz | Reuters
ANKARA | 04 Aug 2011

Turkey selected four new generals to lead its armed forces on Thursday in a shake-up which is seen as consolidating civilian control of the military after the previous four quit last week in protest at the jailing of officers in coup conspiracy cases.

Gen. Necdet Ozel, previously head of the paramilitary gendarmerie, was named as new chief of general staff for the second largest armed forces in NATO.

 

Protest marches across Syria on first Ramadan Friday

Source : Khaled Yacoub Oweis | Reuters
AMMAN | 04 Aug 2011

Tens of thousands of people marched across Syria on the first Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, stepping up defiance of President Bashar al-Assad's bloody crackdown on unrest as his tanks again shelled Hama and massed outside another restive city.

Hama residents feared higher casualty figures than the 135 estimated killed since the military assault began on Sunday on the city of 700,000 people in central Syria.

 

Israel social protests turn political

Source : Amy Teibel | AP
JERUSALEM | 04 Aug 2011

For three weeks, the leaders of a mass movement protesting Israel’s soaring cost of living have sought to stay above the country’s normal political fray. But it’s becoming hard to hide an elephant in the room: The staggering sums spent on West Bank settlers and ultra-religious Jews might explain why there’s not enough for ordinary Israelis.

 

Gaddafi son declares allegiance to Islamists

Source : Martin Chulov & Chris Stephen | The Guardian
Misrata | 04 Aug 2011

The one-time alternative face of Colonel Gaddafi's regime, his son, Saif al-Islam, has declared allegiance to Islamists whom he had previously branded as lead-conspirators in the five-month rebellion that has crippled Libya. The move is a departure from five months of rhetoric by Gaddafi junior and his father, both of whom had repeatedly cast the five-month uprising as a putsch by Islamists with a jihad agenda.

 

Islamophobia, Zionism and the Norway massacre

Source : Ali Abunimah | Al Jazeera
Washington | 02 Aug 2011

In a Washington Post op-ed last week, Abraham Foxman, the National Director of the Anti Defamation League, likened the hateful ideology that inspired Anders Behring Breivik to massacre 77 innocent people in Norway to the "deadly" anti-Semitism that infected Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.

This is a parallel that I, and many others who have been observing with alarm the rise of anti-Muslim incitement in the US and Europe, have made frequently.

 
 

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