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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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Force is the only remaining option in Ukraine

The Ukrainian government has already called up the reserve forces. They seem to be teetering on the idea of declaring that Russia leaves Ukrainian territory or there will be war.

Shiites break ground in Washington DC: An interview with Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Hakim

WASHINGTON, February 6, 2014 – This month, Communities Digital News sat down with Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Hakim, a high ranking Shiite Muslim scholar visiting the United States. Recently, Ayatollah al-Hakim spoke at the United States Institute of Peace, at a closed doors event, on the relationship between the United States and Iraq. Last week, he was ...