Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Yemen's Former Dictator Is Still Pulling Strings In Current Conflict

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Now, as the nation is in the midst of civil war between Houthi militias and those loyal to the Hadi government, Saleh appears to be using the crisis to assert his power once again.

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By Nick Robins-Early | March 30, 2015

When Ali Abdullah Saleh came to power in Yemen in 1978, analysts at the CIA predicted that he wouldn't last six months. Almost 40 years later, Saleh is still a political force to be reckoned with.

Saleh, now 73 years old, occupies a unique place among the old guard of authoritarian leaders in the Middle East and North Africa. As the wave of uprisings across the region left heads of state imprisoned or dead, Saleh opted amid massive government protests in 2012 to negotiate for immunity and resign his post after 33 years as president. But while the deal took Saleh from power, it didn't take the power from Saleh.

He remained one of the biggest power brokers in the country. Saleh's successor,current President Abd-Rabo Mansour Hadi, has accused the ousted leader of leveraging his influence to destabilize the transitional government and back rebel groups. The United States, which supports President Hadi, has expressed similar concerns.

USA: Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali floats conversion to Judaism

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At a gathering hosted by Israeli Consul General of New York Ido Aharoni last Thursday, Ali told the crowd that “One day I hope to convert to Judaism.”

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By JTA | March 21, 2015

Controversial Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali said that she had previously tried to convert to Judaism and suggested that she might attempt to do so again in the future.

At a gathering hosted by Israeli Consul General of New York Ido Aharoni last Thursday, Ali told the crowd that “One day I hope to convert to Judaism,” according to a report by the New York Jewish Week, adding, “I tried it, but it was very difficult.”

Jewish Week Editor and Publisher Gary Rosenblatt, who reported on Hirsi Ali’s comments, noted that it was difficult to tell whether or not she was serious.

The Somali-born Hirsi Ali, 45, also reportedly criticized US President Barack Obama as naïve in his attempt to negotiate a nuclear arms deal with Iran, arguing that Muslims equate compromise with shame, and that Islamic extremists must be defeated rather than accommodated.

Hirsi Ali has attracted criticism in the past for her vilification of Islam. Last year, Brandeis University decided against awarding Hirsi Ali an honorary degree after detractors denounced her as Islamophobic.

USA: Oshkosh's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Celebrates "Promised Messiah Day"

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Among the speakers, Naser Shams, Mohammad Sabir, Saad Ahmad, Fazal Ahmad, and Hasseim Babatu spoke on various topics related the theme of the event.

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By Staff Report | March 29, 2015

The Ahmadiyya Muslims of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, organized an event to commemorate and celebrate the founding of their community 126 years ago by the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC), Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, a small town in the Punjab, India.

The remembrance has come to be known affectionately as the "Promised Masiah Day" in the memory of Hazrat Ahmad who claimed to  be the 'promised reformer' of the latter days, foretold by the religious scriptures. Hence, the title "Promised Messiah" is designated for him, especially in the Abrahamic faiths.

According to the report compiled by the organizers, the event hosted local and the outside members from Zion and Milwaukee communities as well.

Perspective: Pakistan's Vague Laws | Reema Omer

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One aspect of the blasphemy law, particularly Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), that is given less attention than others is its impact on the right to a fair trial. 

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By Reema Omer | March 31, 2015

PAKISTAN’S blasphemy laws are inconsistent with a number of human rights including freedom of expression; freedom of thought, conscience and religion; and equal protection of the law, which have all been well documented by human rights groups.

One aspect of the blasphemy law, particularly Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), that is given less attention than others is its impact on the right to a fair trial.

The right to a fair trial is a fundamental safeguard of the rule of law that aims to ensure individuals are not unjustly punished. It is protected by Article 10-A of the Constitution of Pakistan, as well as international human rights law, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). A fair trial is essential, not only for protecting the human rights of the accused and victims, but also to ensure the proper administration of justice which is a key component of the rule of law.

Monday, March 30, 2015

India: Shimoga Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Organizes 3rd Annual Blood Donation Camp

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This was the community’s third blood donation drive and over 55 pints of blood were collected.

File photo: 2014 blood drive by Shimoga Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
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By Staff Report | March 25, 2015

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Shimoga hosted a Blood Donation Drive in association with Rotary Blood Bank of Shimoga on March 22, 2015.

Shimoga, a city in southern part of India, is about 275 kilometers from Karnataka, capital of Bangalore State in India

This was the community’s third blood donation drive and over 55 pints of blood were collected.

About 300 members from the community's auxiliary organization, Majlis Ansarullah, Majlis Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya, Majlis Atfal-ul Ahmadiyya, Lajna Ima'Illah & Nasiratul Ahmadiyyah participated in the event.

The Event was overseen by the community's local president Bashiruddin Mehmood Ahmad.

Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslim women's auxiliary group hosting talk about radicalization

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The Women Auxiliary Branch of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Georgetown is bringing its campaign to Burlington.

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By Burlington Post | March 30, 2015

A group of Muslim women in Halton is holding a public discussion about radicalization and how to defuse it.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said that because of the attacks by terrorists on Canadian soil late last year, the group took steps to launch a national campaign to tackle radicalization, educate youth and present ideas for de-radicalization, three days after Canadian soldier Corporal Nathan Cirillo, guarding the war memorial in Ottawa, was gunned down on Oct. 22, 2014.

The Women Auxiliary Branch of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Georgetown is bringing its campaign to Burlington.

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