Vol. 12    Issue 13   01 - 31 December 2017
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Professor A. R. MOMIN

  • Ratko Mladich, Butcher of Bosnia, Sentenced to Life in Prison
  • Gordon Brown Says US Misled Britain in Iraq Invasion

  • Ratko Mladic, Butcher of Bosnia, Sentenced to Life in Prison

    The United Nations Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague on 22 November 2017 convicted General Ratko Mladic, former commander of the Bosnian Serb Army who led the Serbian forces in the gruesome massacre of Bosnian Muslims in the early 1990s, for genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life imprisonment. Mladic was found guilty of killing over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in July 1995 and for the 43-month siege of Sarajevo, in which more than 10,000 civilians, mostly Muslims, were killed by shelling, mortar and sniper fire. Minutes before the verdict, Mladic was hustled out of the court for angrily shouting, “This is all lies, you are all liars!”. ICTY presiding judge Alphons Orie, while reading out a summary of the judgment, said: “The crimes committed rank among the most heinous known to mankind and include genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity. Many of the men and boys were cursed, insulted, threatened, forced to sing Serb songs and beaten while awaiting their execution.”    Read more


    Revisiting the Calamitous Legacy of the Balfour Declaration

    Professor A. R. MOMIN

    European machinations and intrigues played a major role in the disintegration and dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire. As World War I unfolded, the Ottoman Empire joined hands with the Central Powers (Germany and Austro-Hungary) against the Allies (France, Great Britain and Russia). The Allies declared war on the Ottoman Empire shortly after the outbreak of the war. In 1915 the British entered into a secret pact with the Sharif of Makkah, Hussein ibn Ali. The pact involved an armed revolt against Ottoman rule under the Sharif’s command, for which Great Britain and France would supply money, weapons and logistic support. In exchange, he was promised an Arab kingdom in the event of Ottoman defeat.    Read more



    Jack George Shaheen, a well-known Arab-American author, teacher and media consultant who carried out a courageous campaign to expose the negative, demeaning portrayal of Arabs and Muslims in US media, passed away on July 9, 2017

    Minaret Research Network

    Islamophobia may be defined as a complex and irrational mix of prejudices, sentiments, attitudes and behaviour patterns that is marked by antipathy towards Islam and Muslims. Since the publication of the report Islamophobia: A Challenge to Us All by the Runnymede Commission in 1997, the term Islamophobia has gained wide currency in academic discourse and in the media in Europe, the United States and other parts of the world. The report defined Islamophobia as “an outlook or worldview involving an unfounded dread and dislike of Muslims, which results in practices of exclusion and discrimination.” The report emphasizes that Islamophobia represents “a dramatic aspect of social exclusion, the vulnerability of Muslims to physical violence and harassment.” Islamophobic sentiments and attitudes, which are deeply ingrained in the collective consciousness of Western societies, are fuelled and reinforced by the media, the writings of some right-wing intellectuals and scholars and far-right political groups and organizations.  Read more

    US President Retweets Islamophobic Post

    Donald Trump has shared a series of Islamophobic tweets from far-right extremist group Britain First, sparking condemnation for spreading its "deplorable" ideology to a global audience.

    The first video, originally shared by deputy leader Jayda Fransen's account, claimed to show "Muslim migrants beating up a Dutch boy on crutches".

    A second re-post was captioned "Muslim destroys statue of Virgin Mary", while a third read "Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death".   Read more


    Bedouins in Oman: A foot in two worlds

    by Megan O'Toole

    Sharqiya Sands, Oman - Leading towards the reddish, rolling dunes of Sharqiya Sands, the paved road gives way to a compressed dirt track, peppered on both sides with tufts of green scrub.

    Deeper into the desert, the road disappears, but Humeid al-Meghairi knows the way instinctively. The 27-year-old Bedouin tour guide grew up here and now spends his days teaching foreigners about his family's traditional way of life.  Read more


    Myanmar: Crimes against humanity terrorize and drive Rohingya out

    Minaret Research Network

    More than 530,000 Rohingya men, women and children have fled northern Rakhine State in terror in a matter of weeks amid the Myanmar security forces’ targeted campaign of widespread and systematic murder, rape and burning, Amnesty International said today in its most detailed analysis yet of the ongoing crisis.

    ‘My World Is Finished’: Rohingya Targeted in Crimes against Humanity in Myanmar describes how Myanmar’s security forces are carrying out a systematic, organized and ruthless campaign of violence against the Rohingya population as a whole in northern Rakhine State, after a Rohingya armed group attacked around 30 security posts on 25 August.

    Dozens of eyewitnesses to the worst violence consistently implicated specific units, including the Myanmar Army’s Western Command, the 33rd Light Infantry Division, and the Border Guard Police.

    “In this orchestrated campaign, Myanmar’s security forces have brutally meted out revenge on the entire Rohingya population of northern Rakhine State, in an apparent attempt to permanently drive them out of the country. These atrocities continue to fuel the region’s worst refugee crisis in decades,” said Tirana Hassan, Crisis Response Director at Amnesty International.  Read more

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