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Islam and Democracy: An Obscure Relationship

SHAFAQNA - Introduction Democracy is determined by many different elements: culture, wealth, equalities, education, and some will say, religion. Religion as a determinant of democratic development has been extensively studied and many arguments…

Decoding Iran - The opportunity of change and building bridges

SHAFAQNA - Once upon a time, not too long ago Iran and the United States of America shared in a common dream: that a people could rise free from the shackles of tyranny should they stand a nation under God, free in their humanity, equal in their…

Victims of Turkey purges fear heavier crackdown after referendum

SHAFAQNA - Mehtap Yoruk used to teach in a nursery school in southeast Turkey, until she was sacked last year in a purge of tens of thousands of state employees. Now, she ekes out a living selling chicken and rice from a food cart on a side…

Who will remember Bahrain?

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SHAFAQNA - If western capitals have gleefully cried genocide over the liberation of Aleppo, calling for the world to salvage its elite insane policy if regime change against sovereign nations, Bahrain’s cries for freedom and democracy have…

Islam And Democracy — Friends Not Foes

SHAFAQNA - With so much at stake in this election season there has never been a more prudent time for Muslims to exercise their right to vote. But many question whether our votes matter, or whether Islam recognizes secular and democratic election…

Imam Khomeini "promoted religious democracy" says Iran's President Rouhani

SHAFAQNA - Speaking among the people of Khomein, Imam Khomeini's birthplace in Markazi province on Monday, which is his 32nd provincial tour, Mr. Hassan Rouhani has told people a firm belief in independence, freedom, and Islamic Republic constituted…

“Cultural poverty and intellectual wretchedness” – The argument against practicing Muslims to integrate

SHAFAQNA - Here it is again the sound of ignorant bigotry dressed in self-righteous moralism … Muslims must absolutely integrate if they ever hope to be tolerated by Western society, and in this particular instance: France. France is sitting…

Where has America gone to with its friendships? Courting Gulf monarchies and theocracies

SHAFAQNA - It was Abraham Lincoln I recall who once proclaimed: “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.” And: “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes…

Ron Paul: US Elections Are Rigged, Voting Simply Used to Pacify the Public

SHAFAQNA - “More people are discovering that the system is all rigged and voting is just pacification,” three-time presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul said about U.S. elections in an interview with RT America. Dr. Ron Paul says the American…

Iran got its mojo back – democracy in action in the Islamic Republic

SHAFAQNA - Away from the violence and manipulations which plagued 2009 presidential elections, under what very much looked like an engineered “coloured” revolution hidden under the cloak of secular emancipation, and liberalism Iran today…

Islam and Democracy

SHAFAQNA - Contemporary Islamic political thought has become deeply influenced by attempts at reconciling Islam and democracy. Muslim thinkers who deal with political debates cannot ignore the significance of the democratic system, as it is…

Bahraini activist speaks of democratic betrayal and covert imperialistic agenda

SHAFAQNA - BCHR Vice-President Said Yousif Al-Muhafdah says the reason the 2011 democratic uprising in Bahrain was crushed was the opposition of Saudi Arabia and UAE to democracy in the Persian Gulf region, as well as US and UK hypocrisy. Inspired…

Violence & Intimidation in Bahrain rampant say right orgs

SHAFAQNA - Five human rights organizations commemorated the fifth anniversary of the February 14 uprising amid a lack of political solution oppurtunities and said in a statement issued on February 12, 2016 that "the political situation in the…

French teacher suffers unjust witch-hunt - Freedom of Expression in France

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SHAFAQNA - Under the cover of its state of emergency Paris has allowed for an insidious intellectual witch-hunt to be carried out against all those the "Establishment" feels stands beyond its pre-ordained narrative. Today one teacher is speaking…

Bahrain is still a human rights blackhole

SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International issued a scathing critic of al-Khalifa regime this January as the rights group noted how the regime utterly failed to address calls for restraints vis a vis the political opposition. Amnesty International…