Syria’s tragic milestone: 4 million refugees — Rescue org

This Syrian boy lives in a makeshift refugee camp in northern Jordan. More than 4 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries which are now struggling to cope with the influx. Photo: Meredith Hutchison/IRC The world is witnessing its most catastrophic refugee crisis in almost 25 years. The number of Syrians who have fled to…

Absence of pluralism forcing millions to flee, says António Guterres — The Ismaili article on United Nations High Commissioner’s Lecture at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat,Canada

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres delivers the 2014 Annual Pluralism Lecture at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. Photo: Courtesy of the Global Centre for Pluralism The growing diversity of populations in countries around the world is a fact, according to António Guterres, yet for some it is a source of discomfort….

Aga Khan Music Initiative Brings Together Musicians from Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa at the 2012 Spring Festival – AKDN Press Release

  Programme inspired by Grammy-nominated “Invisible Face of the Beloved” to be performed in Cairo, Alexandria and Beirut  Please also see the Aga Khan Music Initiative home page Geneva, 20 April 2012 – The Aga Khan Music Initiative is presenting “Invisible Face of the Beloved: Contemporary Music from Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa” at…

NanoWisdoms Suggested Reading: His Highness the Aga Khan’s 2001 Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International Interview (Aleppo, Syria and Lebanon) – Ismaili Mail news

  Twice a month NanoWisdoms’ Suggested Readings series highlight an important selection from our Archive of Imamat speeches, interviews and writings. This week’s selection is His Highness the Aga Khan’s 2001 interview with the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation. In this wide ranging interview, made just 2 months after 911, the Aga Khan discusses: 911, the diversity…

CyberDissidents.org Launches Blogger Board – CDO news February 18, 2011

Ahl Makka adra bishi`abuha The people of Mecca know its paths — Arabic proverb Unprecedented tumult has rocked the Middle East in the past two weeks. Hundreds of thousands of Arabs have taken to the streets to protest dictatorship and corruption. As the above proverb notes, it is the people of the region who understand its…

Arab countries among ‘New 7 Wonder’ finalists

source:  Alarabiya.net ***** The Bu Tinah Shoals in the United Arab Emirates made it to the New7Wonders finalists DUBAI (Courtney C. Radsch) The Dead Sea, Lebanon’s Jeita Grotto and the United Arab Emirates’ Bu Tinah Shoals were among 28 world-famous natural landmarks named as finalists Tuesday in a global poll to pick seven new Wonders…

Two books on Hamas reviewed

Source: World Bulletin ***** Raymond Deane, a composer and political activist, compared “Hamas” by Beverley Milton-Edwards and Stephen Farrell with Jeroen Gunning’s Hamas in Politics – Democracy, Religion, Violence. By Raymond Deane Hamas — a noun meaning “zeal,” and an acronym for the “Islamic Resistance Movement” — is a word that inspires a tremor of…

“The Arabs and the Holocaust”,War of Narratives – Qantara article

“The Arabs and the Holocaust” is the first comprehensive study in Arabic of the complex relationship of the Arabs to the Holocaust. Lebanese historian Gilbert Achcar set out with his research to shed light on the Holocaust above all for the benefit of the Arab World. Samir Grees read the study and spoke with the…

Syria-Lebanon: Walid Jumblatt’s Epiphany – The Globe and Mail

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 2:15 AM EDT Walid Jumblatt’s Epiphany Call him a survivor. Walid Jumblatt, godfather of Lebanon’s 300,000 Druze, has an uncanny knack for allying himself with the right people at the right time. Last week, it was Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with whom he met in order to reconcile after several years…

Harvard University’s digitized Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts online for the Internet users worldwide.The catalog includes Ismaili literatures and much more…

Through the Islamic Heritage Project (IHP), Harvard University has cataloged, conserved, and digitized hundreds of Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts from Harvard’s renowned library and museum collections. These rare—and frequently unique—materials are now freely available to Internet users worldwide. IHP is made possible with the generous support of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. For the…

Divide and Confound—or Divide and Empower? The Opportunities and Dangers of Strategic PSYOP against the Alawi Rulers of Syria

By Timothy R. Furnish Mr. Furnish, Ph,D., is the author of Holiest Wars: Islamic Mahdis, their Jihads and Osama bin Laden and The Caliphate: Threat or Opportunity? (forthcoming, 2010). He also maintains a website dedicated to covering Mahdism and Muslim eschatology: mahdiwatch.org. This article was first published in Perspectives: The Journal of the Psychological Operations…