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Council for Australian-Arab Relations: Widyan Fares, Amna Karra-Hassan & Soufiane Rboub

Council for Australian-Arab Relations: Widyan Fares, Amna Karra-Hassan & Soufiane Rboub

On 24 Nov, Minister Bishop has announced the appointment of three new Board Members to the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR): Today I announce the appointment of three new Board Members to the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR):  Ms Amna Karra-Hassan, Mr Soufiane Rboub and Ms Widyan Fares. The Board Members will contribute to CAAR’s efforts to strengthen ties and create greater understanding between Australia and the Arab world. This includes through administering a grants program which supports projects aimed at further developing economic, cultural and social links to underpin Australia-Arab relations. The new Members will bring a wealth of...

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Huma Abedin in the middle of the storm

Huma Abedin, the Vice Chairperson of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign has now been brought into the limelight of the US presidential campaign. The FBI last Friday announced that it had found additional emails potentially related to the probe, completed in July this year, of Hillary Clinton’s private server when she was Secretary of State. The new emails come from a laptop that was used by Huma’s estranged husband, former Rep Anthony Weiner, and were found during an investigation of Weiner for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with a minor.Advertisements Donald Trump, trying to deflect criticism...

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Residents of Aleppo suffer amidst bombardment

Dozens of air strikes by Russian and Syrian Government fighter jets hit rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo during the week killing and burying several hundred people many of them children. The Syrian government offensive to recapture all of Aleppo – with Russian air support has been accompanied by bombing that residents describe as unprecedented in its ferocity. Only 30 doctors now remain in Aleppo’s east, where residents are in dire need of medical and surgical supplies to treat the wounded among a trapped population of 300,000.Advertisements “There are 30 doctors who are still inside the...

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Demand for withdrawal of sedition case against Amnesty

The Indian American Muslim Council has condemned the filing of a case of sedition against Amnesty International India over claims that slogans favoring Kashmiri independence were raised at an event organized by the reputed human rights organization in Bengaluru last Monday. “The fact that the Bengaluru Police has registered the case at the behest of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is indicative of the political and ideological motivations behind it,” said Mr. Umar Malick, President of IAMC. It is significant to note that Amnesty’s event had been called to...

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Halal markets are worth $2 trillions

Muslims have a whopping $11.5 trillion of wealth to their names, triggering a race among asset managers to tap this massive pool of capital, a Bloomberg report says. According to Washington-based Pew Research Center estimates, Islam will remain the world’s fastest-growing major religion over the next few decades, with demand for investments that comply with the Qur’an tenets rising. Over the past year, Islamic funds have lured global money managers from BNP Paribas to Schroder Investment Management Ltd.Advertisements A report by the Malaysia International Islamic Financial Center in February forecast the global Islamic asset management industry to grow to $77 billion by 2019 from $58 billion at the end of 2015. It is forecast to hit mammoth proportions given that about $9.5 trillion of Islamic wealth still remains outside the Shariah compliant finance industry. The global halal industry is estimated to be worth more than $2 trillion, including a $1 trillion food market which is expanding. Muslim tourists are seen as one of the fastest growing travel groups, accounting for 10% of the global travel spending in 2014, worth $150 billion. Iran also plans to turn into the world’s hub for halal tourism which could draw as many as 15 million Muslims a year from around the world, officials have said. Iran planned to launch its international halal food brand in the next few months, aiming to tap an...

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