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Violence in Mali and the spread of AFRICOM

Zainab Cheema

Rabi' al-Awwal 20, 14342013-02-01

French military invasion of Mali backed by the US, Britain and other western countries, has everything to do with the re-colonization of Africa and little or nothing with helping the Malians to fight off militants.


Canada’s ruling on niqab

Zafar Bangash

Safar 19, 14342013-01-01

Given the widespread environment of Islamophobia in the west, the ruling by Canada’s Supreme Court to allow niqab in courts while women testify is a landmark decision with far-reaching implications.

News & Analysis

France targets activists calling for boycott of Israeli goods

Waseem Shehzad

Shawwal 22, 14312010-10-01

True to their aggressive nature, the Zionists resumed illegal construction on Palestinian lands as soon as their own declared deadline of September 26 expired. Israeli Prime Minister Ben-jamin Netanyahu had the temerity to say that


Westerners’ obsession with niqab


Rabi' al-Thani 16, 14312010-04-01

Politicians in the West love to play wedge politics. Picking on the weakest members of society is their favourite ploy but the recent hysteria about niqab — the full facial and body covering, except an opening for the eyes, worn by some Muslim women — is quite out of proportion with what is perceived as a “threat” to Western freedoms and liberties...

Book Review

Theoretical and philosophical discussion which fails to address the realities facing European Muslims

Iqbal Siddiqui

Ramadan 11, 14302009-09-01

To be a European Muslim by Tariq Ramadan. Pub: The Islamic Foundation, Leicester, UK, 1999. Pp: 272. Pbk: £5.95.


France hopes Mediterranean Union will secure its regional influence

M.A. Shaikh

Rajab 29, 14292008-08-01

The summit held in Paris on July 13, hosted by the French president Nicolas Sarkozy to launch the Union for the Mediterranean, was attended by 42 European Union (EU) andMediterranean heads of government, including Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt, who co-chaired the summit with Sarkozy.

Occupied Arab World

France’s Sarkozy joins the US in cultivating Arab states

M.S. Ahmed

Muharram 23, 14292008-02-01

While George W. Bush made his imperialistic tour of the Middle East last month, French president Nicholas Sarkozy (pic) was also in the Persian Gulf. Among other things, he agreed a $4 billion deal to build nuclear power stations there and to establish a military base in Abu Dhabi, just across the Gulf from Islamic Iran. The deal secures lucrative contracts for French nuclear companies, and the base is France's first military presence in the region.


France’s new government moves to reassert neo-imperial power in north Africa

M.A. Shaikh

Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

In the past decade, the US has been able to replace France as the most influential foreign power in former French colonies such as Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Given the US’s status as the “world’s sole superpower” and its ruthless determination to entrench and exploit that status, it is not strange that France lost its self-confidence as a world power and played second fiddle to Washington even in its own former colonies.


The barbarians of modern civilization

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 16, 14282007-07-01

That the world is a nasty place is not in doubt; what is seldom admitted is the depth of the plight of the oppressed, especially Muslims, and the level of hypocrisy that passes for the rule of law and international order. The militarily powerful oppress and terrorize the weak under the guise of fighting “terrorism”, while the rich exploit the poor in the name of progress.


European hostility turning Turks against idea of joining EU

Crescent International

Shawwal 09, 14272006-11-01

According to a poll published on October 24, only 32 percent of Turks still want to join the European Union: less than half of those who were in favour of it two years ago. This dramatic drop in enthusiasm for EU membership is due mainly to the undisguised arrogance shown to Turkey in recent months by the EU and its members, notably France. This shabby treatment of an old ally of the West contrasts sharply with the recent speedy admission of new applicants from Eastern Europe to the EU.


Muslim protests against proposed hijab ban shock France

Ali Waliken

Dhu al-Hijjah 10, 14242004-02-01

Tens of thousands of French Muslims took to the streets of Paris, Marseilles, Lille and other French towns and cities on January 17 to express their anger at the government’s proposal to ban hijab from public schools...


French ban on hijab exposes the myth of liberalism


Dhu al-Qa'dah 08, 14242004-01-01

A ban on French Muslimahs wearing hijab in public schools seems inevitable after president Jacques Chirac voiced support for the findings of a government commission recommending that "visible religious symbols" be banned as inconsistent with the French state’s secular ethos...

Occupied Arab World

France holding up American plans at the UN

Mohamed Zitouni

Sha'ban 25, 14232002-11-01

lmost one month after the US and Britain published the draft resolution that they wanted the UN Security Council to pass to justify their planned war on Iraq, the French government has become the main obstacle to their success...

Book Review

Discussing empire and imperialism in the broad sweep of world history

Laila Juma

Ramadan 16, 14222001-12-01

The USA is often described by its critics as a global empire. Those who are less critical of its role in the world sometimes prefer to describe it as the world’s sole superpower.

Occupied Arab World

France and Algeria unconcerned by revelations of French atrocities

Crescent International

Rabi' al-Awwal 09, 14222001-06-01

For more than a year irrefutible new evidence of war crimes committed by French forces during the Algerian war of independence has been surfacing in French newspapers and in memoirs by senior French generals. These men personally directed the atrocities now being revealed...


Why the French see red when they see a blue headscarf

Mohamoud Sheikh Ahmed

Shawwal 14, 14191999-02-01

The French apparently see nothing wrong in naming their children after Muslim football stars (presumably as long as they are not called Muhammad--a name redolent with Islamic connotations) who secure victory for their country in world cup final...


French recognition of Armenian ‘genocide’ by Turkey against Azerbaijan

M.S. Ahmed

Rabi' al-Awwal 22, 14191998-07-16

The French senate is set to consider a bill passed by the French National Assembly which recognizes the alleged genocide of Armenians by Turks during the first world war.


French Muslims under attack from entire society, not just NF

M.A. Shaikh

Dhu al-Hijjah 23, 14171997-05-01

The limits of France’s proud liberalism, typified by its tradition of openly welcoming and integrating immigrants of all backgrounds, were highlighted on the occasion of Eid al-Adha by vicious attacks on the country’s Muslim community.

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