Ramadan ad featuring Trump, Putin, Kim and others goes viral (VIDEO)

An ad by Kuwaiti mobile phone operator Zain, in which a young Muslim boy calls on world leaders to address crises in the Arab world, has gone viral. It concludes with the declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine. In the video, released on May 17, a young boy addresses lookalikes of Donald Trump,…

Qatar: Beyond the Blockade | Featured Documentary

On June 5th, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar – closing their land, air and sea borders with it – accusing it of funding “terrorism” and fomenting regional instability. The Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini governments told their citizens to return from Qatar. They also asked…

Merkel at International Peace Meeting: "Religions have a mandate to work for peace" | Sant’Egidio peace meeting in Münster and Osnabrück | Video

“Dialogue between religions is possible as well as necessary,” Chancellor Merkel said at the Sant’Egidio International Peace Meeting. There was never any justification for war and violence in the name of any religion, even if some groups invoked religious grounds for them, she added. “We all share responsibility for peace in the world,” said Merkel,…

The other side of Islam — By Fabian Dawson on Calgary Herald com

As I began to write this piece, I googled the word “Islam” for a snapshot of news coverage about the only religion that is growing faster than the world’s population. It was only after 10 pages, and about 100 stories, one appeared with a positive tone. The rest, as you can guess, were about terrorism,…

New Orleans,USA: Of Confederate Monuments, NOLA’s Mayor Asks: "Is This Really Our Story?" — By Deirdre Fulton on Common Dreams Org|Long-awaited task of taking down Confederate monuments from its public spaces|Watch Video

‘The monuments that we took down were meant to rebrand the history of our city and the ideals of a defeated Confederacy The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was the last to come down, on Friday. (Photo: Reuters) Last week, as New Orleans completed the controversial and long-awaited task of taking down Confederate…

Solar panels defy militant efforts to sabotage vaccination in FATA — Pakistan Asia News com

PESHAWAR — Health authorities in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have installed solar panels in health centres to provide continuous power and to maintain the vaccine cold chain, ensuring children receive effective immunisations. Technicians install solar panels in Wana, South Waziristan, April 28. [Courtesy of Ashfaq Yusufzai] PESHAWAR — Health authorities in the Federally…

Kenya’s emergency medical services needs major work — The Conversation com | Interview with Benjamin Wachira

Kenya’s striking doctors are telling their horror stories on social media using the hashtag – #MyBadDoctorExperience. Many relate to emergency situations and how doctors are suffering from having to deal with poorly staffed and under-equipped hospitals. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner asked Benjamin Wachira about the state of the country’s emergency medical services and what…

Dossier: Squeezed – Space for Civil Society — Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany

  Photo: Niklas Hughes. This image is licensed under Creative Commons License. Civil society is part and parcel of all political processes, be they national or international. It can shape political processes, successfully oranise political participation, uncover corruption and human rights abuses – and it will demand accountability from state actors. But all across the…

His Highness the Aga Khan attend Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Conference in Abu Dhabi | See France and other Sources

ABU DHABI: Heads of states and governments and representatives of international organisations and private institutions on Saturday reaffirmed their common determination to safeguard the endangered cultural heritage of all peoples, against its destruction and illicit trafficking, and pledged to act against terrorists and extremists attacking cultural diversity that is “a source of collective wealth that…