by THOMAS WOODS for NOW LEBANON on NOVEMBER 4, 2012: The rise and continued growth of the Islamic finance industry has been well documented. The reports of 10, 12 and even 15 percent annual growth have captured the attention of those in conventional banking and finance.
by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 31, 2012: With the weekend Eid al Adha “ceasefire” broken in Syria, and continuous fighting since, there appears to be less and less hope of a resolution to the sectarian conflict in Syria that is turning into a civil war and an international quagmire. Noted Syria scholar, [...]
by MICHAEL MORAN for SLATE on OCTOBER 1, 2012: (Excerpt: What truly makes Indonesia special is the example it represents to other nations. At a time when relations between Islam and the West are at another nadir, Indonesia not only stands out for its tolerance but also for its willingness to chide the intolerant while offering [...]
ISLAMiCommentary NEWS ROUND-UP (from UN NEWS CENTRE), SEPTEMBER 2012: Syria was high on the agenda at this year’s 6th UN General Assembly Debate as officials and world leaders, including from Europe, Azerbaijan, Republic of Korea, Russia, Turkey, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, France, Saudi Arabia, UN Human Rights Council, and United Nations bodies, offered [...]
by MARIJA ARNAUTOVIC for INSTITUTE FOR WAR AND PEACE REPORTING (International Justice – ICTY, TRI Issue 757) on SEPTEMBER 21, 2012: Bihac is one of the few places where conflict failed to drive a wedge between communities. “Your next-door neighbour is more important to you than your own brother living far away. That’s what our elders taught us, [...]
by BRUCE W. JENTLESON and CHARLES A. KUPCHAN for FOREIGN POLICY on AUGUST 30, 2012: Mitt Romney’s foreign policy isn’t an afterthought, it’s a frightening return to a bullying neoconservative ideology — and Americans should be worried. The speeches at this week’s Republican National Convention, on top of those that Mitt Romney has been giving during [...]