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Muslim Leaders Wage Theological Battle, Stoking ISIS’ Anger

As the military and political battle against the Islamic State escalates, Muslim imams and scholars in the West are fighting on another front — through theology. Imam Suhaib Webb, a Muslim leader in Washington, has held live monthly video chats to refute the religious claims of the Islamic State, also known asISIS or ISIL. In a dig at the extremists, he broadcast from ice cream parlors and called his talks “ISIS and ice cream.”… Source: Muslim Leaders Wage Theological Battle, ... Read More »

Russia beams message into Georgia: ‘You belong to us’

With EU membership a distant prospect, Moscow fires up its propaganda machine in Tbilisi… TBILISI, Georgia — The EU used to be seen here as a beacon of democracy and prosperity. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the prospect of membership fueled reforms all over the region. The allure of today’s European Union, plagued with crisis, appears to be waning… Source: Russia beams message into Georgia: ‘You belong to us’ – POLITICO Read More »

Philippines investigates Shell and Exxon over climate change

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A legal case will consider if the emissions of 50 fossil fuel companies violate the human rights of those hit by extreme weather.. Can Chevron, ExxonMobil and BP be held accountable for the vulnerable communities most affected by climate change? It’s a question a legal case in the Philippines could answer… Source: Philippines investigates Shell and Exxon over climate change | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian Read More »

Brexit – the day after: what would it be like?

A UK withdrawal from the EU could have profound consequences for Britain, Ireland and Europe. The first part of a series imagines the immediate aftermath of an exit vote.. It is the morning of Friday, June 24th, 2016, at 10 Downing Street, and for David Cameron the news is still sinking in: the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union… Source: Brexit – the day after: what would it be like? Read More »

Analysis: UK election results marked by a deceptive stability

Fragmentation of the British political system progresses a stage further in wake of results.. Thursday’s elections have left the Scottish National Party (SNP) in power in Edinburgh, Labour governing in Cardiff, and all but a handful of English councils controlled by the same party as before… Source: Analysis: UK election results marked by a deceptive stability Read More »

China Will Probably Implode

From politics to the economy to the environment, the end may be near.. In July of 2001, Gordon Chang predicted an inevitable meltdown of the Chinese Communist Party in his best-selling book The Coming Collapse of China. Since then, China’s economy has increased by more than eightfold, to surpass even the United States on a purchasing parity power basis. Oops?… Source: China Will Probably Implode | The National Interest Read More »

Majority of Germans ‘have limited contact’ with Muslims

Reports by pollster YouGov said 62 percent had no Muslims in their private friendship and family circles.. The majority of Germans have limited contact with Muslims and know very little about their religion, according to a new poll… Source: Majority of Germans ‘have limited contact’ with Muslims – AJE News Read More »

Colombia to send jets against criminal gangs

The Colombian government says it will launch air raids against gangs involved in drug trafficking and illegal mining. Defence Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said the full force of the state, including the military, would be used to fight them. The gangs emerged from right-wing paramilitary squads disbanded under the last government of Alvaro Uribe, in office until five years ago… Source: Colombia to send jets against criminal gangs – BBC News Read More »

Zimbabwe is trying to sell its wildlife because of severe drought

First, it sold its elephants to China. Now, the Zimbabwe government has placed an ad in its state-run newspaper asking members of the public – at least those who have the money and space – to buy some more of the country’s wild animals. The reason is a devastating, relentless El Nino-induced drought that has left as many as 4 million Zimbabweans in need of food aid and ravished the country’s natural resources… Source: Zimbabwe is trying to sell its ... Read More »

Sadiq Khan elected London’s first Muslim mayor after bitter campaign

London: Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver, became London’s first Muslim mayor on Friday, seeing off a Conservative challenger who attempted to link him to extremism and securing a much-needed victory for his opposition Labour Party. Mr Khan’s victory will go some way to soothing the wounds of Labour which suffered losses in Thursday’s other local elections… Source: Sadiq Khan elected London’s first Muslim mayor after bitter campaign Read More »

Why ‘paralysing volatility’ means trouble for Wall Street giant

There’s plenty of volatility, but what happened to the volume? From stocks to currencies and bonds, the upswing in turbulence to start the year is chasing all but the bravest traders from financial markets. Despite the recent rebound in US equities, the volume of shares traded in the S&P 500 Index is down 23 per cent. Speculative bets on the direction of currencies have also dropped to the lowest in two years, while average daily trading among dealers in US Treasuries is ... Read More »

Scottish nationalists win but lose ground on UK’s ‘Super Thursday’

Scottish nationalists won a third term in power but lost their outright majority May 6 in one of a series of local and regional elections seen as a key test for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The main opposition Labour Party came third in the vote for Scotland’s devolved parliament but its candidate Sadiq Khan is expected to clinch victory in London to become the city’s first Muslim mayor… Source: Scottish nationalists win but lose ground on UK’s ‘Super Thursday’ – ... Read More »

US House Speaker Paul Ryan ‘can’t back Trump’

US House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranked elected Republican, says he cannot currently support Donald Trump as presidential nominee.. Mr Ryan, who is the highest-ranked elected Republican, said: “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.”… Source: US House Speaker Paul Ryan ‘can’t back Trump’ – BBC News Read More »

In Turkey we can’t even laugh at our politicians any more

Under President Erdoğan our nation is divided. The prime minister has stepped down, and free speech and secularism are under threat.. Amid the political turmoil in Turkey this week, culminating in the prime minister’s announcement that he’ll stand down within days, it was Oscar Wilde who became the subject of a heated debate in the Turkish… Source: In Turkey we can’t even laugh at our politicians any more | Elif Shafak | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »