Germany: Hamburg officially recognizes Muslim holidays

Rabat- Hamburg, Germany, officially recognized Muslim holidays on Tuesday. In an unprecedented move in Germany, the decision will allow all Muslim students and employees to take a holiday during their religious ceremonies. Muslim students and school staff will benefit from three days off in the year; however, they have to catch up and make up the missed sessions. This new decision was introduced by an agree ...

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Obama Rejects Idea That West Is at War With Islam

By Kristina Fried Rabat - In his speech at the three-day conference held on Wednesday to combat extremism, Obama stated that “the notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie, and all of us, regardless of our faith, have a responsibility to reject it.” He added that leaders of Muslim nations need to do their part by doing “more to discredit the notion that our nations are determined to suppress ...

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Hate Speech Escalates in U.S: ‘Muslims Go Back Home and Take Obama With You’

Rabat - After the slew of heinous acts committed by the so-called Islamic State in the name of Islam, as well as the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, prejudice and discrimination against Muslims have escalated all over the world, and especially in the United States. Hatred of Muslims is demonstrated publically through the plastering of blasphemous symbols on the walls of the places of their worship, and vi ...

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Spain Spied on Moroccan Officials’ Computers Between 2007-2014

Rabat - A former Spanish spy has revealed that a large number of Moroccan personalities were being monitored by the Spanish intelligence agencies. David R. Vidal, a former North Africa-based contributor with Spain’s National Intelligence Center (CNI), told Spanish daily El Mundo that he was given orders in 2005 to develop a Trojan horse virus for intercepting phone calls and mobile phone data of  “people of ...

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Imams forced to dance in the street in religiously repressed Xianjang

By Kristina Fried Rabat - In the Muslim majority district of Xinjiang on Monday, imams were forced by the Chinese state to dance in the street holding banners that read “our income comes from the CKP not from Allah,” according to World Bulletin.  The imams were also made to swear an oath that they would not teach religion to children on the grounds that prayer "is unhealthy and harmful to the soul." Teacher ...

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France: University professor Fired For Refusing To Teach a Veiled Student

Rabat - A professor at the University of Paris 13 in Villetaneuse was reportedly dismissed from his duties on February 2 after refusing to give lessons before a veiled student in class. After 28 years of lecturing at the university, the professor, who is in charge of a course in insurance law attended by fifteen students, refused to give the lesson in the presence of a veiled student in his class who was si ...

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SwissLeaks or MediaWeaks? From Tax Fraud Debate to I Dream of a… Scandal

Tunisia - “Le Monde” and several international media sources revealed on February 8 data that was uncovered in an investigation called “SwissLeaks."  The result is  more than 203 billion USD in tax evasion aided and abetted by HSBC. The bank promised its customers to do its best to reduce "the impact of media intrusion into their private lives". The SwissLeaks case has not only revealed the bank scandal, bu ...

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Jordan is “upping the ante” in the war against IS

By Kristina Fried Rabat - Jordan has vowed to continue its fight against the Islamic State both in Syria and in Iraq in retaliation to the brutal murder of Jordanian pilot Lt. Moath al-Kasasbeh by IS two days ago. Jordan began its attack on Thursday with airstrikes targeting training centers as well as arms and ammunition depots, according to a statement made by the Jordanian armed forces on state TV. They ...

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Saudi Royals Behind 9/11 Terrorist Attacks: Former Al-Qaeda Operative

By Kristina Fried Rabat - A former member of Al-Qaeda has formally accused a number of Saudi Princes of being behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of almost 3,000 people. Members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family are being sued by the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center by Al-Qaeda in 2001 for their supposed involvement with the terrorist organizati ...

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Al Jazeera’s Greste urges Egypt to free colleagues

By Kevin Kriedemann London - In his first interview since being freed from an Egypt jail after 400 days in captivity, Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste called on the Egyptian authorities to release two of his colleagues still being held: Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy. "I feel incredible angst about my colleagues, leaving them behind. Amidst all this relief, I still feel a sense of concern and worry. If i ...

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Al Jazeera demands release of remaining two jailed journalists

By Kevin Kriedemann London - Al Jazeera has said that the campaign to free its journalists in Egypt will not end till all three have been released.  Peter Greste is on his way out of the country after 400 days in detention, but Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy remain behind bars. The network says that all three have to be exonerated and the convictions against its other journalists tried in absentia also hav ...

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The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award Sets February 27 deadline for applications

By Ferdaws Aharar Rabat - The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is an annual international entrepreneurship competition for women. Every year, six female entrepreneurs are selected as winners. A winner is chosen from each region: North Africa and Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Projects submitted to the competition must meet several criteria: they must be orig ...

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