Vol. 12    Issue 15   01 - 15 January 2017
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Professor A. R. MOMIN

Georgia, located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, lies at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It shares borders with Russia in the north, Turkey and Armenia in the south, and Azerbaijan in the southeast. The current population of Georgia is about 3.718 million. Tbilisi is the largest city in Georgia and its capital. It is also the economic and cultural hub of the country. Georgia is a predominantly Christian country, with Orthodox Christians making up 83.4% of the population. Armenian Christians make up 2.9% of the population while Roman Catholics constitute about 0.5%. The number of Jews in Georgia is estimated to be around 8,000. The Orthodox Church is the most influential institution in Georgia and one of the main pillars of Georgia’s national identity.   Read more


Donald Trump’s Provocative Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Draws Worldwide Indignation and Condemnation

Minaret Research Network

On December 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and added that he was directing the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This shocking and provocative move marks an unprecedented departure from the US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on the status of Jerusalem and is in clear violation of international law and United Nations resolutions.   Read more


Minaret Research Network

A Halal product or service is one that conforms to Islamic laws and cultural norms. Halal products and services include Islamic finance, Halal food, Islamic modest fashion and hospitality. According to Thomson Reuters, the Halal sector will be worth $3.7 trillion by 2019. The Halal food and beverage industry is valued at $$415 billion. It is interesting to note that the Halal food industry heavily relies on meat imported from non-Muslim majority countries. Eight of the ten largest suppliers of Halal meat worldwide are non-Muslim majority countries, with Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and India at the top. Brazil has a very small Muslim population, estimated at 200,000. But it is one of the leading exporters of Halal beef. In 2015 the Halal beef industry in Brazil was estimated to be worth $6 billion. New Zealand is also a leading exporter of Halal meat, with sales of $576 million.  Read more


Alcohol and Cancer
Minaret Research Network

Habitual alcohol consumption increases the risk of alcoholic hepatitis as well as the inflammation and destruction of liver cells, which may result in cirrhosis or cancer of the liver. Alcohol abuse increases the risk for cancers of the mouth, lungs, pancreas and intestine. It also affects the central nervous system. Alcohol is believed to damage a person’s DNA, making him susceptible to the risk of cancer. Heavy drinkers face a much higher risk of mouth and throat cancer, cancer of the voice box, liver cancer and, to a lesser extent, colorectal cancer. Recent medical evidence suggests that alcohol increases levels of the hormone oestrogen, thereby increasing the risk of breast cancer in women. The World Health Organisation estimates that about 2.5 million deaths worldwide are attributable to alcohol abuse.  Read more

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