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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.


Kashmir shuts against death in police custody

SRINAGAR : India | 03 Aug 2011

Kashmiris shut down shops and businesses Wednesday in a general strike to protest a man’s death in police custody in the Indian-controlled portion of the disputed Himalayan region.

At least three clashes broke out between government forces and rock-throwing protesters in the main city of Srinagar, but police managed to disperse the crowds and no injuries were reported, police said.


The Date: A source of nourishment

Source : Roger Harrison | Arab News
02 Aug 2011

The date palm, originating, as best we know, in the Middle East, has proved such a successful plant and source of nourishment that it has spread across the planet.


NATO activates reserve force for Kosovo

Source : Nebi Qena | AP
PRISTINA : Kosovo | 03 Aug 2011

Serb protesters briefly stopped NATO’s top commander on Tuesday night as he tried to ease tensions in Kosovo after a week of violence near the border with Serbia left one Kosovo police officer dead and brought peacekeepers under fire.


Tajikistan bans Muslim youths from praying in mosques

Source : Reuters
Dushanbe | 04 Aug 2011

Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon has banned youths from praying in mosques and churches, prompting a local Muslim leader to call the move "a gruesome gift" for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Rakhmon, in power since 1992, signed the bill on "parental responsibility" on Wednesday. He has said tough measures are needed to stop the spread of religious "fundamentalism" in his country of 7.5 million people, 98 percent of whom are Muslim.


London’s historic connections to Islam

Source : Sheyma Buali | Arab News
London | 03 Aug 2011

Last month as part of the Shubbak Festival Professor Jack Lohman, director of the Museum of London, gave a talk on London’s historical connections to the Arab world. A good bulk of the talk, however, went into the history of the Muslim presence in this city. Today, at the beginning of Ramadan, it is great to see the vibrancy that that history has led to.


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