Author: Ainullah

Pope at Al-Azhar; religious leaders must ‘unmask’ violence and hatred

“Religious leaders must denounce violations of human rights and expose attempts to justify violence and hatred in the name of God.” That was Pope Francis’ message on Friday at the International Peace Conference taking place at the Al-Azhar conference centre in Cairo. The Pope’s words came at the start of his two day trip to Egypt, following a courtesy visit to President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi. After listening to an opening address by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheik Ahmad Al-Tayeb, the Pope spoke of Egypt’s “inestimable cultural heritage”, saying such wisdom and open-mindedness is urgently needed today to ensure peace...

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Muslims fastest-growing religious group

In an update in April 2017 of a post that was originally published on 23 April  2015 PEW Research Centre has predicted that during  the next half century by 2060 Islam will surpass Christianity as the Worlds largest religion. Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the overall world population from the current 1.8 billion to nearly 3 billion in 2060. The main reasons for Islam’s growth ultimately involve higher fertility, young median age and religious switching or conversion. As an example India’s number of Muslims is growing at a faster rate than the country’s majority Hindu...

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US ships advance F-35 stealth fighter jets to Israel

Israel received three F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States in April – a new generation of “near-invisible” planes that critics fear will free the country’s hand to launch air strikes and spying operations against neighbouring states undetected. In total, Israel has bought 50 F-35s from manufacturer Lockheed Martin, and claims it will have the first squadron combat-ready before the end of the year. Israel is the first country outside the US to be allowed access to the warplane, said to be the most expensive ever developed. Analysts have noted that, although the jet comes with a huge...

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Turkey detains more people accused of Gulen followers

Last month after the Presidential referendum won by President Erdogan, Turkish authorities have detained more than a thousand people suspected of having links to Mr Fethullah Gulen. People were arrested from all of Turkey’s 81 provinces and targeted the network’s structure in the police force. Turkish authorities have arrested almost 50,000 people since the failed coup, including some 10,000 police officers and 7,500 military personnel, and sacked or suspended 120,000 others from a wide range of professions including soldiers, police, teachers and public servants There has been mounting criticism of the extra ordinary arrests of such a large number of people overwhelmingly civilians who are accused of plotting the failed military coup. Mr Gulen has emphatically denied any involvement with the coup...

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Indian Opposition parties closing ranks

Indian opposition parties have closed ranks in order to settle on a common candidate for the President of India position to be decided in July, to challenge the ruling BJP. Highly worried after the BJP’s overwhelming victories in UP and Delhi municipal polls, Opposition leaders are making a combined appeal for unity to challenge the growth of the Hinduvta party. One of the Opposition leaders Sitaram Yuchury said the challenge was to build a narrative of “real nationalism” versus the “Hindutva nationalism” of the BJP. The Marxist leader said that BJP was strategically using the communal card and had brought about a fusion of its communal agenda with the developmental theme. “Facts of the case are at variance from what the BJP propagates. “One per cent citizens held 49% of the country’s wealth when the BJP took office. The same one percent today controls 58.5% of the wealth. The rich have been getting richer. The Opposition parties need to build an effective counter narrative,” he...

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