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Egyptian Prisoners: From political to criminal detainees

CAIRO, June 20, 2014 — The prison situation in Egypt is intolerable, both in terms of the prison conditions and the increase in the number of political prisoners held by the government Egyptian prisons lack the appropriate sanitary, livable and humane conditions that are necessary for basic survival. The situation has been exacerbated by the ...

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.

Russia, Ukraine fail to reach gas deal, Putin prickly

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 – Russia and Ukraine failed to reach a deal on payment of Ukraine’s unpaid gas bills, leading Russia’s gas giant Gazprom to cut gas supplies to Ukraine today. Gas continues to flow to Western Europe, and Ukraine has sufficient supplies to last until December. Ukraine is one of the most energy ...

President Obama on Iraq: Assistance, but no military action

President Obama said on Friday he is weighing options for countering the violent Islamic insurgency in Iraq, but he warned government leaders in Baghdad the U.S. will not take military action unless they move to address deep political troubles.

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 ...

Muslims flee Northern Ireland to escape anti-Islam violence

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 — Some Muslims in Northern Ireland have announced plans to leave the country to avoid anti-Islamic violence. The announcement comes after an attack on a Muslim family in the city of Belfast, when crazed rioters broke into their home and assaulted them. READ ALSO: Random acts of kindness by Muslim faithful too ...

Egypt elections: The odds are in El Sissi’s favor

CAIRO, June 2, 2014 —  From May 26 to May 28, Egypt voted for its seventh president since the 1952 revolution. Egypt’s first President was Mohamed Naguib, a member of the free officers’ movement that was established by Gamal Abdel Nasser, who succeeded Naguib in 1954. Anwar El Sadat served as a vice president to Nasser ...

Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s chocolate king and new president

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2014 – Ukraine isn’t well known for chocolate. It’s better known for vodka, famine, and corruption. Thanks to Petro Poroshenko, that might change. Poroshenko is the apparent winner of today’s presidential election. He held a commanding lead over former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the polls going into the election, and exit ...

Boko Haram and the dangers of hashtag diplomacy

While Nigeria burned, and Boko Haram was killing school boys, and massacring villages, where was hashtag diplomacy? Where were the masses then? The failure of the United States and the West to recognize and deal with Boko Haram, and groups all across Africa, and the Middle-East, is what lead to this point. The West has let Africa fall into the grips of those who would see the rise of those individuals responsible for the events of September 11, 2001.

Muslims express outrage over Boko Haram kidnappings

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 — Numerous Muslim individuals and organizations have expressed outrage at the Boko Haram kidnapping of young girls. The anger at Boko Haram, a recognized terrorist organization, reflects a genuine sentiment of antipathy towards the group and its actions for a variety of reasons. Many would be surprised, for example, to learn that ...