BBC Parliament
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spoke with the Imam of Swansea University mosque, who wanted to share his deepest sorrow and condolences with Keith Palmer and all the bereaved families and to say that Islam is the Arabic word for peace. These acts were not carried out in the name of Islam, that extremists, whether they are Islamic fundamentalists.
BoingBoing
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FBI agents have described the 83% white Bureau as "Trumpland," where conspiracy theories about Sharia law takeovers of America are taken seriously; the far-right, racist nature of so many agents has resulted in the loss, firing, and purging of many of the Bureau's tiny, dwindling minority of Arab and Muslim agents, who have been identified as crucial to the Bureau's counterterrorism mission. (more)
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South China Morning Post
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In the world of drinks, a shrub has nothing to do with gardening. The word is believed to come from Arabic, where a sharab is a drink that is offered to guests. Hindu Indians had sharbat herb or flower-flavoured syrups that were diluted with water. There are two types of drinks called the shrub. In 17th- and 18th-century England a shrub consisted of rum or brandy mixed with sugar and fruit juice or rinds. The drink could be found in most pubs until it lost popularity towards the end of...
Haaretz
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How right-wingers in West wish they could shut their states to citizens of Muslim countries and suspect anyone who has an Arabic last name – like Israel is doing.
21stCenturyWire
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7% of the national vote and taking the mayoral seats of 29 major urban centres, significantly including Ankara and Istanbul. The latter city gave Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the opportunity to climb the national stage, which he has been using to hog the limelight till the present day. The former, on the other hand, brought the figure of Melih Gökçek to prominence who has since been occupying his post heading the Turkish capital for nearly 23 years. And some time ago, Ankara's now-AKP Mayor invited a number of reporters from a “bevy of major outlets,” such as the New York Times , Washington Post , Wall Street Journal and Associated Press , to the Turkish capital. As a colourful figure, well-known for his sometimes quite outrageous statements, he did not disappoint on this occasion either, saying that the terror organisation formerly known as ISIS-yet-now-calling-itself the Islamic State (or IS/ISIS), acronymised in Arabic as Daesh, “is an artificial organization, a fake organization, just like President Trump says,” before adding that the U.
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Charlie Winter, senior fellow in the Department of War Studies at Kings College London , has spent the past several years examining ISIS propaganda in both English and Arabic. He says the way women are referred to in the material gives vital clues to understanding the function women are expected to play in the group. Central to this issue is the question of female jihadists taking on a combat role. Images on social media of women wielding guns or taking part in military training in Syria and Iraq have been pounced on by the mainstream media as evidence women are being encouraged to fight. But, according to Winter, those images are not produced or disseminated by the official propaganda channels. In fact, they contradict the clear policy lines from the groups leadership that women should not be involved in violence, unless there is no other option.
Sputnik International
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The Iran Project
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Informed Comment
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These sorts of financial patronage projects extend far beyond trade and commerce – since the 1970s, Saudi oil money has persistently found its way to foreign schools, charities, mosques and nonprofits to promote a religious ideology which is at odds with the traditional brand of moderate Islam practised in South-East Asia. Donations by dozens of Saudi waqfs (Islamic charitable endowments) all fuel the elite’s drive to project itself as the leader of Sunni Muslims the world over. Investment with the heft the Saudis offer is too tempting to pass up, but King Salman’s visit will only help export his country’s hardline doctrine to places where that could do without it. Both Malaysia and Indonesia urgently need to ease tensions between restive religious communities, but Saudi Arabia aims to open more Islamic schools across South-East Asia, increasing not only literacy in the Arabic language but also Saudi religious teaching and influence.
Channel 4
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So if you stay here you will be part of the world immediately. You are in the centre of Rome but you live in the world because you can speak in English, in French, in Arabic, in Russian, in Indian
Haaretz
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Jewish and Muslim police officers turn on each other after a policeman sings an Arab song at a Purim party outside Tel Aviv. 'It was embarrassing,' officer says.
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21stCenturyWire
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View from inside the ancient Citadel, East Aleppo, Old City, 24 hours after liberation from US funded terrorist occupation. December 2016 (Photo: Vanessa Beeley) Sarah Abed 21st Century Wire Syria is the bleeding heart of the resistance axis. Syria defied the odds and defiantly stood up against Western imperialism, highly funded, trained, and Western backed armed foreign mercenaries, and attacks from many powerful nations around the world. In Arabic they say “Souria 3eeoona khidirmeaning Syria’s eyes are green referring to the two stars in the flag. So whenever you see a Syrian flag make sure it has 2 green stars/eyes not three bloody stars. That way you will make sure its the legitimate Syrian flag not the French mandate flag that the opposition is foolishly using for their “fake revolution”. Syria will not only win this war but will come out stronger than before Inshallah (God willing)! Like the Jasmine plant that vertically grows and clings to the sides of a building defying gravity and holding on tight, Syria too will hold on tight to it’s freedom.
Sputnik International
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Voice Of America
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"These ships would be very capable of dealing with the threat posed by Daesh and other maritime security concerns," Kamarulzaman said, referring to the Arabic acronym for IS. Malaysia is expected to formalize the LMS deal with China at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) this week to build four LMS and acquire the technology to construct more of the ships at home. The navy hopes this will enable them to obtain a total of 18 LMS. Plans to acquire four LMS from China were first announced in November. Over 500 exhibitors from 36 countries will parade their wares at this year's LIMA, which is held every two years on the northern duty-free island of Langkawi. Kamarulzaman said they are also in the final stages of negotiations with French shipbuilder DCNS to launch a program to build the larger littoral combat ships (LCS), which he said should be formally announced in August or September this year.
Voice Of America
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"External forces make the Muslim and Jewish communities need each other's friendship." When New York Arab-American activist and BDS supporter Linda Sarsour recently helped raise more than $150,000 for the damaged Jewish cemeteries, some Jews debated whether it would be ethical to accept the donation. But in a sign of changing attitudes, several mainstream Jewish leaders who had worked with her previously defended her. This new dynamic was evident at a recent New York vigil organized by the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a national organization that brings together Muslim and Jewish women. The gathering at the Jewish Theological Seminary was part of the organization's response to Trump's travel ban. At their vigil, they walked to the front of the room in pairs — a Muslim and a Jew — to offer readings and prayers in Arabic and Hebrew. After the ceremony, the women hugged and posed together for selfies.
Ruptly TV
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Thousands of Mosul residents have been forced to flee the fighting as the campaign escalates. SOT Ala, father of Hawraa (Arabic): "They [Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL)] started shooting. There was shooting next to our house, which was in the corner. Then, an air strike hit them." SOT Ala, father of Hawraa (Arabic): "It has been three days, from the day before yesterday, from the 16th of this month, there were four people in the house, only she survived." Video ID: 20170319-041 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly
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Mondoweiss
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How strange that just as an international controversy is boiling over whether Israel practices apartheid toward Palestinians, and veils its practice , National Public Radio airs a Cant-we-all-just-get-along report from occupied East Jerusalem that never uses the words occupy, occupation, settlers, annex, or illegal. Quite an achievement. The story was about dialogue efforts between Jews and Palestinians living in Abu Tor, a Jerusalem neighborhood divided by the Green Line until 1967 , when Israel captured East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Host Scott Simon announced it hopefully: A small neighborhood in Jerusalem is home to both Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs. Their relations have often been tense or often non-existent. But over the years, a few people have tried to break that cycle. Joanna Kakissis of NPR, from her twitter feed Reporter Joanna Kakissis then told us about Alisa Maier Epstein's efforts to teach her neighbors in Abu Tor Arabic and Hebrew, so that they can relate to one another.
Ruptly TV
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A family arrived at the Iraqi Special Operations Forces 2 (ISOF2) field hospital in west Mosul, Sunday, having fled the fighting in another part of the embattled city. According to the family, an air strike hit the house in front of theirs and as a consequence their home was also damaged, so they decided to leave for a safer place. As they were departing their district, they were shot at by an unidenitfied gunman who told them to return to their home. They then hid at their cousin’s house and early on Sunday morning decided once again to try and move to a safer area. SOT, Am Hamdan, from Hay Nabls (Arabic): "The concrete fell on us and we went out running to the main road. There was a sniper on top of a building on that road, I don't know if it was an IS sniper or an army sniper. He said 'go back' and he started shooting at us." SOT, Am Hamdan, from Hay Nabls (Arabic): "My husband crossed the road and the IED exploded, they were behind us, nothing happened to us, but they got hurt and my son died.
Ruptly TV
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A family arrived at the Iraqi Special Operations Forces 2 (ISOF2) field hospital in west Mosul, Sunday, having fled the fighting in another part of the embattled city. According to the family, an air strike hit the house in front of theirs and as a consequence their home was also damaged, so they decided to leave for a safer place. As they were departing their district, they were shot at by an unidenitfied gunman who told them to return to their home. They then hid at their cousin’s house and early on Sunday morning decided once again to try and move to a safer area. SOT, Am Hamdan, from Hay Nabls (Arabic): "The concrete fell on us and we went out running to the main road. There was a sniper on top of a building on that road, I don't know if it was an IS sniper or an army sniper. He said 'go back' and he started shooting at us." SOT, Am Hamdan, from Hay Nabls (Arabic): "My husband crossed the road and the IED exploded, they were behind us, nothing happened to us, but they got hurt and my son died.
Washington Free Beacon
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Yet, Hebrew did survive. The Sages, led by Rabbi Judah Ha-Nasi, were the first group of Hebrew guardians that rose after the destruction of the Second Temple. Fearing another calamity, they decided to write down the Oral Law, which became the Mishnah, teachings not found in the Five Books of Moses. According to Glinert, "It is likely that they engaged in a shrewd linguistic calculus. If these texts were set down in Hebrew and duly imbibed, pondered, and memorized, the language could and would survive." Hebrew would be "kept, as it were, refrigeratedIt was an extraordinary act of linguistic faith, and it would bear lasting fruit." Other groups emerged to preserve Hebrew as the centuries wore on. The fourth and fifth centuries saw the paytanim , Hebrew poets who composed prayers, many of which are still in use today. After the Arabs invaded in the seventh century, groups of scholars in the Galilee and Babylon, called the Masoretes , rushed to defend Hebrew from encroaching Arabic.
The Iran Project
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