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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 ...

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 ...

Malaysia accused of shocking human rights violations, abuses against Shiite minority

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – Malaysia has a serious human rights problem, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), which released a 100+ page report entitled “No Answers, No Apologies” detailing abuses by Malaysian authorities. The report comes on the heels of accounts that Malaysia arrested infants from the country’s minority Shiite Muslim sect, based upon the ...

Malaysia arresting Shiite families, infants, instead of finding plane

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 – As the search for the missing Malaysian aircraft intensifies, the country’s government has shifted focus to arresting nearly 100 Shiite Muslims, including infants, in an overnight raid. The arrests took place after police believed a Shiite religious celebration took place. Shocking photos emerged on Reddit, showing several infants behind bars, ...

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 ...

Iraqi Sunnis fleeing violence travel to Shia city of Karbala

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2014 — Sunni refugees fleeing Al Qaeda linked violence are flocking to the Shia holy city of Karbala, where they are being met with open arms. Last month, Al Qaeda announced that it had taken over two key cities in the Sunni majority province of Anbar, sparking fears of escalating terrorism in ...