Angela Merkel: Islam is Part of Germany

Rabat - German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated that Islam is part of Germany, in response to criticism raised against her from members of her party the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). In an interview with German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt published on Saturday, Merkel said that "there are about four million Muslims living in Germany, adding that Islamic religion courses are being taught ...

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Why France Understood Nothing from the Holocaust

By Sahar Amarir Paris - Today the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp from the Nazis. It is a strange and cynical spectacle to watch how so many people talk about this tragedy on this day, but it speaks volumes about our ongoing delusional mindsets and our tragic ignorance as Westerners. But it shouldn't come as a surprise, most people speak as they ...

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Amid Diplomatic Crisis, French TV Lashes out at Morocco

Rabat - French TV channel M6 aired a new episode of its investigative documentary program "Enquête Exclusive" on drug trafficking in the strait of Gibraltar. In the program, the French channel described Morocco as the main supplier of Hashish to the European continent, adding that northern Morocco has become a “safe haven” for international smugglers and drug traffickers. It also accused Moroccan authoritie ...

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ISIS Executes Two Alleged Gays, Two Thieves, Woman Charged For Adultery

Marrakech - The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has posted graphic photographs showing the brutal execution of four men and one woman on charges of homosexuality, theft, and infidelity to Islam. Photographs posted on the ISIS website show two allegedly homosexual men in Iraq being thrown off a tall building as a large crowd of onlookers watches their bodies plummet and shatter as they hit t ...

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Iraq: Islamic State Executes 13 Teenagers for Watching Asian Cup Football Match

Rabat - Terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has reportedly executed 13 teen boys for watching the Asian Cup football match between Iraq and Jordan last week. The teenagers were publicly executed in the Iraqi city of Mosul after being caught watching the football game on television, anti-ISIS activist group Raqqa Being Slaughtered Silently reported. Raqqa Being Slaughtered Silently, a small activist group whi ...

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116 Anti-Muslim Attacks in France Since Charlie Hebdo Events

Taroudante- The French National Observatory Against Islamophobia has recorded 116 anti-Muslim acts in France since the Paris attacks that targeted the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7. The Observatory has shown an increase of Islamophobic acts over the last twelve days after the attacks of Charlie Hebdo. In the twelve days after the attacks, there were almost as many anti-Muslim acts as there w ...

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African-Americans “have it good,” compared to Africans, Akon

By Kevin Kriedemann London - In this Saturday’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera to be premiered on Saturday, five-time Grammy nominee Akon tells Folly Bah Thibault that African-Americans should acknowledge “the rights… and the blessing they do, you know, have actual access to.”  Last year, the killings of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson led to protests against police brutality targeting ...

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Spain Bans Anti-Islam Demonstrations

Rabat - The Spanish government has banned anti-Islam demonstrations. The autonomous governments of Madrid and Valencia have banned anti-Islam protests in front of two of the largest mosques in the country. A group using the name of German anti-Islamist group PEGIDA and a small far-right group called Alianza Nacional have been trying to organize a demonstration in front of Madrid's largest mosque. But the re ...

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Le Pen: ‘Charlie Hebdo Attack Was Planned by Secret Services’

Rabat - The Front National (FN) party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, father of the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, suggested the attack on Charlie Hebdo was planned by France's secret services. Le Pen senior was quoted in a Russian newspaper as saying the attacks on the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo "bore the hallmarks of secret services." "The shooting at Charlie Hebdo resembles a se ...

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French Journalist Says Muslims Bring S**t to France

Rabat - French journalist Philippe Tesson made very Islamophobic comments. Invited to Europe 1 radio's "Le Grand Direct de L'Actu" to discuss the theme of secularism and religious schools, Le Figaro magazine columnist said that Muslims are responsible for harming secularism in France. "Where does the problem of harming secularism come from if not from Muslims? Tesson asked, addressing the journalist Jean-Ma ...

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After Paris attacks, Pope Francis says ‘you can’t make fun of the faith of others’

Rabat - Speaking in reference to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris last week, Pope Francis said it was wrong to insult the faith of others, adding that there are limits to the freedom of expression. "You can't provoke, you can't insult the faith of others, you can't make fun of faith," Pope Francis told reporters on Thursday while aboard a plane taking him from Sri Lanka to the Philippines as part of a wee ...

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Al Jazeera Condemns Death Threat Against Bureau Chief in Yemen

London - Al Jazeera condemns the death threat received by Saeed Thabit, Al Jazeera Arabic bureau chief in Sanaa, Yemen, in an anonymous phone call that threatened him with “physical elimination.”  “This threat is not the first,” Thabit commented. The caller referred to himself as a member of Ansar Allah, also known as the Houthi movement, and told Thabit: “Enough is enough, and soon we will execute our thre ...

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