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Rise of violence against shia muslims in South Africa: some withdraw from the Cape Accord

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SHAFAQNA - In South Africa, Shia Muslims face violence by their religious identity. Earlier this month, the Cape Accord – a document meant to encourage peace and unity and eradicate extremism – was signed in Cape Town by several Islamic…

4400 Bahraini workers left jobless due for their political views, sectarian affiliation

SHAFAQNA - The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society paid tribute to Bahrain’s workforces on the occasion of International Workers’ Day or May Day. In a statement released on Tuesday, the opposition group noted that 4400 Bahrainis have lost…

How Sectarianism Operates

SHAFAQNA - How sectarianism operates in the Middle East: as the Syrian conflict nears its end, the methodologies of AQ apologists in the Muslim community and the mainstream media are becoming clear: Here’s how to call out the bias and fight…

UN experts urge Saudis to halt demolitions of Shiite in Awamia

SHAFAQNA - United Nations experts on cultural rights, housing and extreme poverty called on the Saudi Arabia government to immediately halt the planned demolition of a 400-year-old walled neighborhood in the village of Awamia. The UN experts…

Desperately Narcissistic - Saudi Arabia has a Bad Case of Sectarian Projection

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SHAFAQNA - If the world of politics can be tedious, demanding, and more often than not insufferably frustrating, once upon a blue moon the sky would crack open and allow for a torrent of laughter to come through … today is this day. Before…

Shafaqna's News Round - Ali Mousawi speaks from Iraq on the realities of Iraq's misreported war

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SHAFAQNA -  Catherine Shakdam - Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies interviewed this week Ali Mousawi - a war journalist based in Iraq to discuss the hidden realities of war and the socio-political construct…

Grand Ayatollah Sistani sends food, medicine for 8,000 Sunni families to uproot seeds of sectarianism

SHAFAQNA - Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Sistani, the highest Shiite religious authority in Iraq, has been trying to extract the seeds of sectarianism that have been planted in Iraq for many years. Having already issued many fatwas (religious…
Syria Grand Mufti

Syria Grand Mufti: No sectarianism exists in our country

SHAFAQNA - "No sectarianism exists in Syria," pointed out Grand Mufti of Syria Sheikh Badreddin Hassoun stressing people in the country get along well with each other. Making his remarks in a program aired by of Al-Mayadian news channel,…

Asymmetric weapons of war – The invention of sectarianism in the Middle East

SHAFAQNA - On March 10, 2016 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran warned against the danger of sectarianism – denouncing those powers which have engineered tensions within the Islamic World out of a desire…

Bahrainis call for an end to sectarianism

SHAFAQNA - Sheikh Mohammad Sanqoor, Friday prayer leader of Sanqoor, in Daraz district, Bahrain, in his weekly sermon referred to opposition of sectarianism with religious commonalities and warned against sectarianism as a plague which collapses…

Samuel L Jackson speaks out against sectarian profiling

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SHAFAQNA - Samuel L. Jackson said he “feels sorry for everybody who looks Middle Eastern” following the wave of Islamophobia in the aftermath of the San Bernardino shooting. During a press conference to promote his new film Hateful Eight,the…