Saracens and Turks: The West’s troubled relation with Islam

Why are negative images of Islam more prevalent than any others in the West? Why is it acceptable to say things about Muslims that would simply be deemed unacceptable of Jews, Hindus or Buddhists for instance? In order to answer these questions, we need to delve deep into the structures of western consciousness and uncover what lies beneath its outer surfaces. No doubt political problems and the nature of political conflicts relating to the Muslim world in the near and distant past have played a significant role in defining Western perceptions of Islam, but these conceptions do not evolve in a vacuum. Rather, they emerged within a tradition stretching many centuries back. The truth is that much of what is said […]

Enter Trump; where do we go from here?

Perhaps the main losers of the American election, besides Donald Trump’s own voters, are the Palestinians. Meaning, of course, that the Israelis are among the big winners. Trump, who supported Netanyahu actively in the 2013 Israeli election, has already invited him to meet “at the first opportunity.” His advisor on Israel, ambassador-designate David Friedman, an Orthodox Jew who the Israeli press positions to the right of Netanyahu, lost no time in announcing that settlements are “legal”. Trump, he continued, has no problem if Israel continues to build, or even if it decides to annex the West Bank. The US Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem, said Friedman, reaffirming one of Trump’s election promises. Needless to say, Netanyahu is ecstatic. His […]

At least 35 killed in New Year gun attack at Istanbul nightclub

At least one gunman shot his way into an Istanbul nightclub packed with hundreds of New Year’s revellers on Sunday, killing 35 people and wounding more than 40 in what the provincial governor described as a terrorist attack. One assailant shot a police officer and a civilian as he entered the Reina nightclub before opening fire at random inside, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said at the scene. Some reports suggested there were multiple attackers. The governor told reporters: A terrorist with a long-range weapon … brutally and savagely carried out this attack by firing bullets on innocent people who were there solely to celebrate the New Year and have fun   The club, one of Istanbul’s most iconic, popular with […]

At least 35 killed in New Year gun attack at Istanbul nightclub

At least one gunman shot his way into an Istanbul nightclub packed with hundreds of New Year’s revellers on Sunday, killing 35 people and wounding more than 40 in what the provincial governor described as a terrorist attack. One assailant shot a police officer and a civilian as he entered the Reina nightclub before opening fire at random inside, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said at the scene. Some reports suggested there were multiple attackers. The governor told reporters: A terrorist with a long-range weapon … brutally and savagely carried out this attack by firing bullets on innocent people who were there solely to celebrate the New Year and have fun   The club, one of Istanbul’s most iconic, popular with […]

Italy: Egypt ‘cooperating’ with Regeni murder investigation

Italian Prime Minister Paulo Gentiloni said on Thursday that the Egyptian authorities had cooperated with his country in their investigation over the murder of an Italian student in Egypt this year, Almesryoon reported. Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old Italian PhD student at the University of Cambridge, was found dead and dumped in a ditch beside the road while he was on his way to meet his friend in Cairo earlier this year. During a press conference in Rome, Gentiloni said: “Recently, I found there had been very useful cooperation [from Egypt] and I hope this will develop.” An Italian news agency reported him as saying: “After the first couple of months followed the killing of Regeni that caused a diplomatic crisis […]

450,000 unprocessed asylum application in Germany

A German newspaper has revealed that there were 450,000 unprocessed asylum applications in the country during 2016, a record number that has surpassed the figures reached last year. Citing the German Rheinische Post, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said that the German Bureau of Immigration and Refugees revealed that the number of outstanding asylum application up until the end of this year stood at 450,000, noting that the number was less than 400,000 at the end of the last year. The reason for this, according to the German newspaper, is that the authorities were behind on processing complex applications that have accumulated over previous years. During the first half of the year, the average time for processing an asylum application was […]

Photo story: Symposium on Hamas’ political ideology

The Council on International Relations – Palestine held a symposium to present an academic study titled “The concept of the state according to Hamas’ thought” presented by Dr Husam Al-Dajani. The forum began with a welcome from Council chief Basem Naim who congratulated Dr Dajani on receiving his doctoral degree. In his speech before the attendees, Dr Dajani said that his study aims to understand the concept and development of the state according to Hamas’ thought. It also aims to either prove or disprove the study’s thesis which is mainly to do with how Hamas’ political thought and beliefs regarding democracy influence their idea of a state, and if this conflicts with Western democratic thought. Dr Dajani noted that there […]

Photo story: Symposium on Hamas’ political ideology

The Council on International Relations – Palestine held a symposium to present an academic study titled “The concept of the state according to Hamas’ thought” presented by Dr Husam Al-Dajani. The forum began with a welcome from Council chief Basem Naim who congratulated Dr Dajani on receiving his doctoral degree. In his speech before the attendees, Dr Dajani said that his study aims to understand the concept and development of the state according to Hamas’ thought. It also aims to either prove or disprove the study’s thesis which is mainly to do with how Hamas’ political thought and beliefs regarding democracy influence their idea of a state, and if this conflicts with Western democratic thought. Dr Dajani noted that there […]

Palestine president receives Israelis for third time this month

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas received on Thursday a delegation of former Israeli MKs and ministers in his offices at the West Bank city of Ramallah, Quds Press reported yesterday. During the meeting with the Israelis, Abbas reiterated the efforts of the PA leadership to achieve a permanent and just peace based on the resolutions of the international community. Abbas stressed that the latest UN Security Council on a resolution against Israeli settlement is a “real victory for the peace camp” for both the Palestinian and Israeli sides. He noted that this resolution opens the door for new serious negotiations leading to the end of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution and the resolutions of the international […]