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UN Secretary General meets with Grand Ayatollah Sistani (Source: UN)

United Nations Secretary General meets with Grand Ayatollah Sistani

In an unprecedented move, Grand Ayatollah Sistani met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon today, regarding the crisis in Iraq. The Grand Ayatollah has traditionally refused to meet with representatives from the United States or Europe. For that reason, a meeting with the United Nations signals a major decision on the part of Sistani.

Two cheers for John Kerry and the Afghanistan Presidential standoff deal

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 22, 2014—Afghanistan’s election officials say that they will complete a nationwide ballot audit within a few weeks. Don’t hold your breath. Today marks the day that the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan was supposed to have certified the winner of the runoff election and declared a winner. Things didn’t go as planned, ...

Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

LOS ANGELES, July 21, 2014 — The murder of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinians was the spark that ignited the latest round of missile and air strikes between Israel and Hamas. That led to the latest Israeli Defense Forces incursion into the Gaza Strip. The phrase “cycle of violence” is often used to describe the ...

The ruins of Saint Elijah's Monastery founded in 595 AD south of Mosul by the Christian monk Mar Elia

Islamists force Christians to flee Mosul, Iraq

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIS a group so brutal al Qaeda distances themselves from it, sent letters to Iraqi Christians living in Mosul they must convert to Islam, pay a fine or face "death by the sword."

Bahrain expels senior US diplomat for meeting with Shiite Muslims

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2014 — Bahrain expelled U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski from its borders today in what could be the beginning of an international incident. AP reports, “Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry says that a top U.S. official has been declared persona non grata and asked to leave the country, just ...

Could ISIS be a victim of their own success?

As they have swept eastward out of Syria, where they have a foothold which they have carved out for themselves during the turmoil of the Syrian Civil War, they have gained strength in numbers and assets. Their benefactors see that they are making progress, with each new city they take they gain both recruits and fighting experience. They are picking up armored vehicles, helicopters, and whatever equipment the Iraqi army left behind or abandoned when they surrendered.

ISIS, emboldened by U.S. aid in Syria, bites off more than it can chew

By taking so many key and strategic points in Iraq in such a short amount of time they created a panic. Instead of seeking to consolidate their positions in Mosul, they were greedy and ambitious and moved on Takrit. Sensing a growing weakness in their enemy, they moved on Tal Afar. Thousands of people are fleeing the path of ISIS, scrambling to get out of the way, screaming at the top of their lungs for help, and the World has heard them.

Shia axed to death in Karachi

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 — The Pakistani government has proven yet again that they lack the capacity to protect their own citizens. Militants from the group Sipah-e-Sahaba, also known as Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat, attacked and killed a member of the Shia community on May 31, 2014. Ali Raza, described as a prominent Shia Muslim in Karachi, was ...

Stand with Shia peaceful protesters in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2014 — The Saudi Arabian government, in full view of the international community, has again abused their power and oil wealth to ensure the world would not cover what is happening in their country. Saudi Arabia brings criminal charges against those who disagree with the government. It has always treated the 15 percent Shia Muslim ...

Malaysian “Confronting the Shia Virus” Seminar was precursor to Anti Shia Alliance meeting

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 — The past fall, the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) held a seminar entitled “Confronting the Syiah Virus” (“Syiah” is the Malaysian word for Shia). At the event was Malaysia’s Home Ministry Security and Public Order assistant secretary Zamihan Md Zain Al-Ghari, who according to the Sun Daily said “there [is] an immediate need ...