Contemporary Issue

Islam, the American way (Part-1)

A new generation of Muslim Americans separate what is cultural, what is religious, and what is American, finding that the ‘straight path’ isn’t the same path for all.

Geneva Nuclear Agreement Sets the Stage for Easing of Middle East Tensions

World powers and Iran have signed a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme following intense talks in Geneva in November 2013.

Gender Segregation on the Rise in Israel

Ultra-Orthodox Jews around the world have long frowned upon the mixing of the sexes in their communities, but the attempt to apply this prohibition in public spaces is relatively new in Israel.

Yasser Arafat was Poisoned

Swiss radiation experts have confirmed they found traces of polonium on clothing used by Yasser Arafat.

The Generals are Back

It would be criminally unfair to judge Mohamed Morsi as a dictator or a right wing fundamentalist without analyzing the political processes and the role played by the coalition of opposition parties.

UK Soldier and Veteran Suicides ‘Outstrip Afghan Deaths’

More British soldiers and veterans took their own lives in 2012 than died fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan over the same period.

Mali and the Scramble for Africa: A New Wave of Barbarism

The French military intervention into Mali recently was reportedly ‘seconded’ by the United States.

Hijab Makes a Return in Tunisia

Women under the former Tunisian regime, were banned from wearing their scarves in schools, hospitals and universities and other public places.

Feminists and the Porn Industry

In Pakistan’s tribal areas and in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), religious groups have sought to introduce Islamic law to stamp out the sex industry.