Iran election looms

Kim Sengupta in the Independent, ‘The rally for Hassan Rouhani at the Shobada Centre in Imam Khomeini Square was vibrant. There were banners and placards, songs and chants in a show of passionate belief that the President must be allowed … read more

Hamas’s policy document

“. . . This document is the product of deep deliberations that led us to a strong consensus. As a movement, we agree about both the theory and the practice of the vision that is outlined in the pages that … read more

The Nakba – fresh evidence

Paul Milligan reports in mailonline, ‘Six mass graves features the remains of dozens of Palestinians killed during the Israeli-Arab war of 1948, when the Jewish state was founded have been uncovered in the Jaffa district of Tel Aviv. An official … read more

German soldier’s terrorist venture

Justin Huggler in the Telegraph, ‘An officer in the German army who spent more than a year posing as a Syrian refugee has been arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack. The 28-year-old lieutenant, who has not been named … read more

Is India losing Kashmir?

Soutik Biswas, BBC News, ‘. . .Last summer was one of the bloodiest in the Muslim-dominated valley in recent years. Following the killing of influential militant Burhan Wani by Indian forces last July, more than 100 civilians lost their lives … read more

The forthcoming General Election

Martin Kettle in the Guardian, ‘Theresa May in Downing Street sounded like Turkey’s authoritarian president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Give me the unfettered authority to secure the Brexit I want, she said. Any attempt to stand in my way is disruptive … read more

Evet! reports, ‘Turkey voted “yes” in Sunday’s referendum on a series of constitutional reforms. Once implemented in 2019, the amendments will transition the country to a presidential system, empowering the next president substantially. The “yes” side won with 51.4 percent of … read more

The choice of nihilism

Olivier Roy in the Guardian, ‘. . . Muslim tradition, while it recognises the merits of the martyr who dies in combat, does not prize those who strike out in pursuit of their own deaths, because doing so interferes with … read more

Halal supply chain hit by Brazil’s scandal

Reuters reports, ‘Saudi Arabia has stopped beef and poultry imports from four Brazilian companies over concerns about food safety after accusations that individuals had been bribed to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats. Following a two-year investigation of Brazil’s … read more