The reintroduction of sharia is a longstanding goal for Islamist movements in Muslim countries. Attempts to impose sharia have been accompanied by controversy, violence and even war (Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Egypt, Mali…). Lees verder →
Countries frequently define themselves by what they believe to be true. In the United States many believe that there exists a constitutionally mandated strict separation between religion and government. In practice, however, that separation has never really existed except insofar as Americans are free to practice whatever religion they choose or even none at all. Christian Zionism is not a religion per se, but rather a set of beliefs based on interpretations of specific parts of the Bible [..] that has made the return of the Jews to the Holy Land a precondition for the Second Coming of Christ. The belief that Israel is essential to the process has led to the fusion of Christianity with Zionism, hence the name of the movement. … Lees verder →
A source revealed on Monday, that the Iranian intelligence services “Etelaat” arrested the Iraqi Islamic thinker, Ahmed Qabbanji. Qabbanji’s family lives currently in Iran, where he travels to from time to time.
It is known about Islamic thinker Ahmed al-Qabbanji of raising controversial ideas about Islamic history and religion through his books and lectures. Lees verder →
In an unusually personal speech at a school in his old Chicago eighbourhood, Mr Obama, who was raised by his mother, said his attempts to introduce new gun control laws must be matched by more men behaving like role models who are “held up in respect” by their sons, grandsons and nephews. “There’s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families, which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood,” said Mr Obama.
Hailing his “heroic” late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, “who gave everything she had to raise me”, “At the same time, I wish I had had a father who was around and involved”. Barack Obama senior, a Kenyan economist, divorced Ms Dunham in 1964, three years after the birth of their son. A heavy drinker, he died in a 1982 car accident, 11 years after he last saw Barack junior. Lees verder →
* I am a sensitive writer, actor and director. Talking business disgusts me. If you want to talk business, call my disgusting personal manager.
* I’m a patriot of the heart.
* I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.
* Rambo isn’t violent. I see Rambo as a philanthropist.
When George Bush says that Jesus Christ is his favorite philosopher, he may or may not be sincere, but he is reflecting the sincere beliefs of the vast majority of Americans. And therein is the paradox.America is simultaneously the most professedly Christian of the developed nations and the least Christian in its behavior. …
Maybe we’d be better off if we abandoned religion for secular rationality, but we’re not going to; for the foreseeable future this will be a “Christian” nation. The question is, what kind of Christian nation? … When one of the Pharisees asked Jesus what the core of the law was, Jesus replied: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Love your neighbor as yourself: although its rhetorical power has been dimmed by repetition, that is a radical notion, perhaps the most radical notion possible. Lees verder →
The Ba’ath Party was made famous in the West by the late Iraqi dictator and one-time ally of the United States Saddam Hussein. It is largely regarded in the West as something to be associated with the most “evil of evils” since the 1991 Gulf War.
As NATO/GCC backed mercenaries and ultra-conservative Islamic militias battle the Government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, the Ba’ath Party is once more a phrase that is popping up in the Western mainstream media, mentioned in the kind of tones one would associate with when referring to Nazi Germany.
But what exactly is the Ba’ath Party? How did it start? What does it actually stand for?