14/04/2014 - 3:12 pm
DUBAI: A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced 11 Shiite demonstrators to five years in jail each for attacking police with iron rods and petrol bombs near Manama last year, a judicial source said.

Two senior university officials at Delmon University in Bahrain have been sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted of grade fixing, it was reported. A Sudanese computer technician, 40, and a Bahraini informatics centre manager, 34, were convicted of forging eight certificates and increasing the exam results of 36 students by the High Criminal Court, Gulf Daily News reported.

Manama: Saudi Arabia has warned that it would dismiss any preacher who refers to politics in his mosque sermon on Friday.

In light of the increasingly tense situation in eastern Ukraine, the most eye-grabbing fact in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s newly updated military spending database may be that for the first time in nearly a decade, Russia is spending a greater percentage of its GDP on its military than the United States. Russia’s defense spending increased by 4.8 percent last year and has increased more than a third under a military modernization program undertaken following the 2008 Georgia war.

Israel is seeking to establish a diplomatic channel with some Sunni Arab states in the Gulf through secret talks, based on their common hostility towards Iran.

A deal to sell hundreds of German tanks to Saudi Arabia is in jeopardy because a German minister opposes the deal.

History is made by individuals. That’s how Israel was born, through a promise from former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour on the land of Palestine, although it could have been in any other place.

In a bid to reach Saudi youth, al-Qaeda recently used the Syrian revolution as a pretext to spread its extremist ideas through its numerous Twitter accounts. At first, these accounts took on an innocent character. Yet lately, al-Qaeda has used the cards of identity, belonging and nation to attract young people and push them toward the battlefields [of Syria].

I was taking part in a live interview with the BBC and the programme was about the arms deal brokered in March with American and European arms companies. The main focus of the programme was why Qatar chose to make this deal at the present time? Who is the enemy Qatar is arming itself against? Does this deal have anything to do with the American president's visit to Saudi Arabia and does it have any relation to the Saudi-Emirati-Qatari dispute? I am sure these questions are not asked innocently and have some purpose, but I will sum it up in the following way:

Taraq Ramdan - 10/03/2014
Professor Tariq Ramadan* 4th March 2014 Chairman: Nowadays we see Muslims engaged in all kinds of political systems from secular democracies to absolute monarchies. Many of you have probably thought as I have a number of times what is permissibility of these political systems. And for those government systems which claim to be Islamic, we see them ranging from extremist ideology of rebel militias like ISIS in Syria to the moderate Islamist parties of the Turkish government or even to the Iranians velayat al faki. Hopefully tonight our speaker will shed some light on the politics or the non politics of Islam and what the future holds for political Islam especially in the light of renewed political activity in the Arab world in recent years.

A Qatari doctor has received a seven-year jail sentence in the United Arab Emirates for supporting a banned organisation.

After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked the Middle East Revolts [Book] by John R. Bradley in Books - 20/03/2012

Book of Imam Ali (AS) Released in Turkey - 21/02/2012
According to the information center of Imam Ali Specialized Library, the book is the second volume of a series published by Revak in Turkey on the Prophet's House.

Gabriele vom Bruck F o r e w o r d b y F r e d H a l l i d a y Cover design by Eugene Kuo Cover photograph Muhammad b. Muhammad Zabarah, historian (right), and his son Ahmad, the late Mufti of the Republic of Yemen, 1940s. middle eastern studies “This highly original book offers fresh insight into how traditional ideas of person, society, and responsibility, reworked in the cauldron of revolution and rapidly changing economic and political conditions, remain central to understanding contemporary society and identity politics.