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Satellite Moon & Ramadan Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 August 2009 08:18

By Richard Mc Sweeney- Al Waref Advisory Board
Exclusive for Al Waref

Assalamu alaikum - Peace be with you.
These nights when I gaze up at the moon my mind is transported back to lovely Jeddah, and to the privilege I had of having witnessed the sacred month of Ramadan in the Holy Land.

The Soft Power Print E-mail

By Brian R. Parkinson, Ph.D.
Al Waref Exclusive
The recent events in Iran produced two distinct reactions in the United States.  On the one hand, some political pundits (generally on the political right) thought that President Obama should take a firmer stance condemning the aggressive actions of the Iranian government following what was clearly a very flawed and fraudulent election.

Liberal Syrian Intellectual Georges Tarabishi: Without Secularism, There Can Be No Democracy Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 03:36
George Tarabishi
This interview was conducted by the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Georges Tarabishi, a prominent liberal Syrian intellectual living in France, spoke about democracy in the Arab world, the fundamentalist challenge, and secularism. He argued that just as secularism emerged in Europe as a remedy to Protestant-Catholic sectarianism, so it is needed in the Arab world to overcome sectarian divisions and pave the way for a democratic future.
The Drama of the "lslamists" Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 July 2009 18:58

By Tarek Heggy
Exclusive for Al Waref

I have often tried to imagine a scenario in which what I call the 'Islamists' will have achieved all their objectives. The scenario assumes that Osama bin Laden or someone like him get their way and proceed to impose their vision of what the Muslim world should be on the rest of us.

Separation of Religion and State in the Muslim World Print E-mail

By Elias Aoun
Exclusive for Al WAref
What does “the separation of religion and state” mean? To avoid any misunderstanding about what a person is suggesting, proposing, or opposing, it would be wise to define the terms being used..  What does “the separation of religion and state” mean?

Iran’s Vote: Understanding the U.S. Response Print E-mail
Monday, 15 June 2009 20:37

Al Waref Staff Analysis

Despite the dire situation of reformers protesting in Tehran's streets, the current U.S. neutral approach to the issue might be exactly the correct one.


Jeanne d'Arc of Tehran Print E-mail
Monday, 22 June 2009 23:41

By Yvonne R. Davis
Exclusive for Al Waref

“Cut down in your prime, your death is more powerful than their lives.”


The President Speaks Arabic: Obama’s Address in Egypt Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 June 2009 00:00

By Jenn Young
Exclusive for Al Waref
To hear the president of the United States speaking words of peace in Arabic and finding a warm reception from Egypt—from the world, tells me that the damage that has been done over the past decade is not irreversible and that the United States and the American public can reaffirm its dedication to tolerance, pluralism, and justice.

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