Venezuela and Elliot Abrams

Venezuela President Marudo's 2nd Inauguration

Recently Venezuela has hit it big in the media. It is currently experiencing financial hardship leaving many people without food, it has a president with an authoritarian streak and the opposition leader has sworn an oath of presidency saying he is the legitimate president.

Quite a bit going on there.

Are people in Venezuela starving and in need of help?

Yes. The local currency has crashed.

Venezuela has the typical problem of a former colonialist state - its economy had been rigged to provide for the needs of the coloniser. Unlike a self sufficient state, it had to historically rely upon importing its needs, while exporting its main product. Historically this was coffee. These days it is oil.

Archbishop Justin addresses Muslim Council of Wales

We can disagree,we can hate,We can die & kill for our beliefs but only by talking can we strive to heal those disagreements,gain trust in those we hate & stop the dying & killing to practise what ever you believe in reality peace

Archbishop Justin addresses Muslim Council of Wales

Friday 2nd October 2015

For the full transcript of his talk. [the link is below]

A solution for the refugees?

Naguib Sawiris

An Egyptian Telecoms billionaire has proposed buying a Mediterranean island to shelter refugees fleeing from Syria and other countries. 

Naguib Sawiris, who is believed to be worth $2.9billion, announced his idea on Twitter this week. 

He tweeted: “Greece or Italy sell me an island, I’ll call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country.”

He added: “Crazy idea… Maybe but at least temporary until they can return to their countries??!!” 

Speaking to AFP later, he said: “Of course it’s feasible. You have dozens of islands which are deserted and could accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees.” 

Could this be the real reason for the increase in refugees to Europe?

Russian Military Forces Arrive In Syria, Set Forward Operating Base Near Damascus

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Saudi Arabia Orders Its National Guard To Enter Yemen War

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Our responsibility to Libya

Map showing Libya

Today another tragedy is in the news - - estimated at upto 700 - have drowned to death when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean sea.

These people were escaping the chaos of Libya trying to get to the stability of Europe. This is not the first such incident, but many Libyans have made the calculation tha the situation in Libya is so dangerous, these risks are worth taking.

The news reports will treat this latest even as a tragedy, but those who read about it won't get a sense of what is happening or our responsibility.

The war in Yemen


Helen Lackner

International media talk constantly of Huthi forces, but in reality the main military force in Yemen is now that of ex-president Saleh who, wherever he is, is doing what he promised: destroying as much as he possibly can.

The war which has now started is what many of us feared for so long and hoped, against all rational thinking, would be avoided. And this time, let us not fool ourselves with misguided optimism, this will be long and as awful as any war can be. While political and even military internal struggles are hardly a novelty in Yemen, the new element is that the conflict has now added a major layer of international ‘proxy’ features which will only worsen the situation, making it reminiscent of the Lebanese civil war in the 1970s-80s. 

Charlie's Angels... traveling to ISISland

Three young girls feared to be on the way to Syria

The past few days there is the news of three young Muslim school girls (two are 15 and one is 16) who have disapeared from home and may be on the way to Syria.

There are pleas for their return and not to go to Syria.

Ignoring the whole craziness of them going to ISIS lands, there is a question of how it happened and how will they be treated if they return.

The legacy of a good Muslim

Deah, Yusur and Razan - three young Muslims killed in America

Last Ramadan was the first time I understood the beauty of being a good Muslim and its affects after death. There are people who work to leave a legacy but I think being a good Muslim alone can create that legacy.

A good Muslim will always continue to be remembered and will inspire others with their good character; by their loved ones but even possibly complete strangers. I’ve learnt enough about my grandparents and other deceased members of my family to know the former is true. The latter is what I learnt last Ramadan.

Haraam practices at "Halaal" abattoir

There has recently been footage released that was recorded by Animal Aid at which secretly recorded multiple events of animal cruelty and torture.

Animal Aid have also r over their practices and how they do not wish to stir up anti Muslim hatred, but witholding the footage would have been a betrayal of their key mission: to expose and combat animal cruelty.