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~CGNews Community Corner~ To Boston with Love; Meet the Egyptians learning Hebrew

Published By   /  April 24, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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To Boston from Kabul with Love. Principled Pictures , an organisation that strives to shed light on the human side of political and social issues, shares messages of love and sympathy for Boston in pictures from the people of Afghanistan in the wake of the bombings of 15 April 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. At a […]

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The Internet in Egypt, first revolution now jobs?

Published By   /  April 24, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Cairo Today, well over two years into the Egyptian revolution, increased numbers of Egyptian youth are still struggling to find jobs. With political instability looming large, the economy receives one blow after another. Unemployment has hit new highs 13 per cent according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics and businesses have suffered. […]

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Americas response to tragedy

Published By   /  April 24, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Boston, Massachusetts Its been a hard week for Boston. A native New Yorker, Ive lived in this town for close to forty years. My wife and I raised three boys who hawked Coke and peanuts in the grandstands at Fenway Park, and cheered on the Celtics at Boston Garden. And for many years, we stood […]

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~Looking Back~ Muslim Culture, British Identity

Published By   /  April 10, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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London – On 30 November the Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Lord Altaf Sheikh, urged the British Muslim community to join the armed forces and police in order to promote tolerance and mutual respect between Muslims and non-Muslims in Britain. Such suggestions, as well as the very existence of this Forum within the British […]

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~Looking Back~ When East meets West through music

Published By   /  April 3, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Geneva – At a time when Switzerlands ban on constructing minarets is making headlines, the musicians of the Rumi Ensemble are showing that cultures can converge into something beautiful. On Thursday, 8 October, a decommissioned hydroelectric plant on the Swiss banks of the Rhone, now converted into a cultural complex, hosted 12 Iranian and Scandinavian […]

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Philadelphia Muslim women stop stereotypes with style

Published By   /  April 3, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania If you go to Philadelphia today you will see small boutiques and seamstresses that cater to young, trendy Muslim women dotting the citys diverse neighbourhoods. You can also find fashion shows featuring the abaya (loose fitting robe) and niqab (face veil), preferred by a small number of Muslim American women. The Philadelphia Muslim […]

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Egyptian superhero fights sexual harassment

Published By   /  April 3, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Cairo Dressed in floral print clothing, he needs cinnamon chewing-gum to fight against his foes and a long rest after his encounters Its Super Makh! Reappearing this year in the Egyptian comic publication Tok-Tok, Super Makh is the Egyptian version of Superman in a popular cartoon where his main mission is to the help women […]

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~CGNews Community Corner~

Published By   /  April 3, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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In the name of God the most merciful, we wish for neighbourly relations. Our hands are extended in peace, peace from the heart. Peace is the grace of God and the name of God. From your Jewish neighbours, members of Eretz Shalom. During Passover, Israeli settlers distributed un-used, leavened bread to Palestinian residents of the […]

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Washington and Kabul: time to partner for peace

Published By   /  April 3, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Notre Dame, Indiana At a press conference in Kabul on 11 March 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai charged that the United States was working with the Taliban to undermine his government and keep Afghanistan unstable in order to justify maintaining troops in the country. The accusation angered Washington and was promptly dismissed. Yet Afghan officials […]

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Residents of Indonesian city Solo transform violent reputation

Published By   /  March 27, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Solo, Indonesia Known for violence against religious targets like the 2011 church bombing and acts of violence in the late 1990s against ethnic Chinese residents, Solo, an Indonesian city in central Java, is back in the limelight. But this time it is thanks to its beloved former mayor, Joko Widodo. Now the governor of Jakarta, […]

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Canadian mosque and Pakistani church share more than 2013 anniversary

Published By   /  March 27, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Ottawa When All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus on 31 March and the streets of the ancient city ring with a message of peace and hope, there will be nothing unusual about it. Easter processions are a tradition in this predominantly Muslim country. The All Saints Church marks its 130th […]

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Bosnian Grand Muftis message to Pope Francis

Published By   /  March 27, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Amman The election of Argentine Pope Francis, the 266th Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church, deserves both our congratulations and our reflection for the future of Muslim-Christian coexistence and dialogue. As a survivor of genocide at the end of 20th century in Bosnia, I am very interested in the policy of […]

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Yemeni national dialogue billed as opportunity for nation-wide problem-solving

Published By   /  March 20, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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London The Yemeni National Dialogue Conference, which started on 18 March, is billed as an opportunity for Yemen to examine and resolve many of its problems as a nation. However, the most important focus of the conference is assuring southerners that their future lies within a unified Yemeni state. If the Yemeni state wants to […]

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The cooking show that is uniting Egypt

Published By   /  March 20, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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London In post-revolution Egypt, highly polarised and divisive political talk shows have taken over primetime programming on local TV stations. Yet while political issues are dividing Egyptians on and off the screen, an unconventional cooking show called El-Set Ghalia (Madam Ghalia) shows that what unites them could be stronger than the things that divide them. […]

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An Israeli and a Palestinian make a bold plea to Obama and their leaders

Published By   /  March 20, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Vancouver / Burlington, Vermont This week presents a unique opportunity to advance Arab-Israeli and US-Middle East relations as President Barack Obama makes his first official visit to Israel and Palestine. The two of us writing this article, Mahmoud (21) from Hebron, and Gadi (52) from Tel Aviv, met this year at a conference in early […]

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Yemeni youth tackle terror with non-violent campaign

Published By   /  March 13, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Sanaa – While counterterrorism efforts in Yemen generally fall within the domain of the Yemeni security forces, Yemeni youth have also joined in the challenge to uproot terrorism in a peaceful and effective manner. Since last December, a group of young Yemenis has been waging a campaign in schools against terrorism through an organisation called […]

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Out of the spotlight, Moroccan Islamic party promotes interfaith dialogue

Published By   /  March 13, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Rabat Like other countries in the Middle East, Morocco witnessed a popular movement that fell short of a revolution. But citizen demand for government reform did lead to a number of changes. These changes included a referendum over a new constitution, limiting the Moroccan monarch’s authority, as well as elections, which led to a victory […]

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The day I joined the Catholics for Lent

Published By   /  March 13, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Washington, DC I joined the annual Lent celebrations at Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church one Friday last month in Annandale, Virginia. I didnt mind fasting from meat all day, then enjoying a huge dinner of cheese-stuffed pirohis (ravioli-like pasta) served by a woman who cheerfully asked whether I wanted more of everything. Yes, […]

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A Jerusalem hospital heals more than physical ailments

Published By   /  March 6, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Ramallah Two weeks ago, international newspaper headlines covered injured Syrians being transported to Israeli hospitals for treatment. This news reminded me of the important role medicine has played in helping me to get to know the other, despite a host of factors affecting relations between Israelis and Palestinians. Thirty-five years ago, I listened to my […]

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Muslim women, the masters of ceremony in Canada

Published By   /  March 6, 2013  /  Guest Columns, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Ottawa When Muslim Canadians observed Al-Mawled Al-Nabawi (the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad) on 12 February 2013, there was something strikingly different going on at the celebration in Ottawa, the nations capital. Breaking with the practice of sitting in the audience, sometimes behind curtains, and listening to male speakers, Muslim women took […]

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