Couched in the language of ‘fighting corruption’, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is trying to eliminate all potential rivals and their supporters in his drive to grab absolute power.
The greatest hurdle in the way of Muhammad bin Salman to become king is Moteib bin Abdullah, head of the National Guard. In a new twist, King Salman created on November 04 a new committee charged with fighting ‘corruption’ in the kingdom.
Like Kashmiris and their friends around the world, Canadians too observed Kashmir ‘Black Day’ in Toronto, Canada. At a well attended conference on October 28, Canadians from all walks of life that included members of the Kashmiri community as well as others such as Canadian peace activists and journalists were at hand to observe Kashmir ‘Black Day’.
Suppose a Dalmatian (a dog breed, in case there is some confusion!) says it wants to get rid of its spots. Suppose further, that a scorpion says it would no longer sting. How much credibility should one give to these claims? Something similar has happened in “Saudi” Arabia where the Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman announced yesterday that “We are returning to what we were before—a country of ‘moderate’ Islam that is open to all religions and to the world.”
Donald Trump has become totally unhinged. And he confirmed this yet again on October 13 when he announced that he would not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The Saudi-led attack on tiny Qatar has moved beyond the stage of comedy even if clowns keep popping up periodically in the theatre of the absurd. To be sure, the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar that has been joined by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain—dubbed “the gang of four” by Lord Nazir Ahmed of Britain—has caused immense suffering to Qatari citizens.
Donald Trump’s crude remarks against the Islamic Republic of Iran and North Korea have evoked strong reaction from both countries. The Rahbar, Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei while meeting members of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran today (September 21) condemned Trump’s comments at the UN as “ugly”, "foolish” and “sheer lies.”
American psychiatrists have called him mentally unstable; politicians have called him dangerous. In his first speech to the UN General Assembly yesterday, Donald Trump did nothing to dispel these concerns.
Tens of thousands of people in different cities worldwide held rallies on September 16 to condemn the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. In Canada’s most cosmopolitan city, Toronto, there were two separate rallies a few blocks from each other.
In a clear sign of nervousness, the Saudi regime has arrested a number of prominent clerics as well as intellectuals. In all, about 20 people have been taken into custody over the last few days, according to activists on social media as well as the London-based Saudi opposition group, ALQST.
The Bani Saud will expectedly be quite pleased with themselves that this year’s Hajj has concluded without any setbacks or hitches worth reporting.
While the world is gradually waking up to the horrors visited upon the Rohingya community in Myanmar, some Muslim regimes are deliberately undermining efforts to help them.
Not the most civilized people, the Myanmar army and Buddhist vigilantes are involved in genocide of Rohingya Muslims. Nearly 90,000 have been forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since August 25.
In keeping with past tradition and as leader of the Ummah, Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued his message to the hujjaj assembled in Makkah for the performance of their pilgrimage.
Egypt under the military dictatorship of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has been rewarded yet again by the United States for being a faithful ally in America’s quest for dominance in the North African region straddling the Mediterranean.
Has Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman finally realized that his policies have failed? He has suffered defeat at every turn except perhaps in engineering the ouster of his cousin and former crown prince Muhammad bin Nayef who is currently under house arrest.
Gaza has been referred to as the “largest open-air prison” in the world. Besieged on three sides by Israel including the Mediterranean Sea, the fourth side is blocked by Egypt.
Canadians from all walks of life participated in a rally outside the Israeli consulate in Toronto on Saturday July 29 to condemn the Zionist siege of Masjid al Aqsa. Participants included Muslims, Christians and Jews. Among the latter group there was also a large contingent of rabbis.
Corruption has finally caught up with Nawaz Sharif and his family. In a landmark decision on Friday, a five-member bench of the Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office over what came to be called the Panama Papers scandal.