Posts

ISIS claims responsibility over assassination of Iraq election candidate

SHAFAQNA - ISIS claimed responsibility for the assassination Monday of a candidate in Iraq's parliamentary election just days ahead of the polls. Faruq Zarzur al-Juburi, a candidate loyal to Vice President Ayad Allawi, was shot dead by gunmen…

12 Pakistanis among 16 Muslims elected to British parliament

SHAFAQNA - A dozen British Pakistanis have won elections to become members of the House of Commons on mainly Labour and Conservative tickets. Over 40 men and women of Pakistani origin took part in the snap General Elections and 12 have secured…

The Ahmadinejad effect: West & Iran still lost in translation decades into the Revolution

,
SHAFAQNA - Iran’s presidential race has been marred by signs of ideological exhaustion. But can we really read into Iran’s political field through the lens of Western politics and not fail to recognize the singularity of its system of governance? He…

Defeat of Wilders is welcome news for Arabs and all Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Dutch centre-right prime minister Mark Rutte scored a resounding victory over anti-Islam and anti-European Union candidate Geert Wilders in the parliamentary elections held last week. Writing in the London-based pan-Arab daily…

US elections special

SHAFAQNA - Depending on your time zone, you may want to forego tea, dinner or even breakfast plans if you are expecting to glue yourself to the results of America’s elections on Tuesday, 8 November. How long a TV-gaping marathon we will…

Lebanon lawmakers elect Michel Aoun as president

SHAFAQNA - Lebanon finally has a new president. Lawmakers have thrown their support behind Michel Aoun, a strong Hezbollah ally, to fill the country's long-vacant presidency. The parliament convened at noon (1000 GMT) Monday for the voting…

Muslim Americans strive to make their voices heard at the polls

SHAFAQNA - Alena Khan was catching up with friends at the start of the Pakistan Day parade in Edison, N.J., last weekend when she spotted a large blue-and-white banner for the New Jersey Muslim Voters Project (NJMVP), urging her to register…

US Muslim leaders call on more Muslims to vote

SHAFAQNA - A campaign that aims to register one million Muslim voters by November is in full swing, as organizers and volunteers canvass college campuses, bus stations, and gas stations in Muslim neighborhoods across the United States. The…

Donald Trump gets closer to the presidency

SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump has officially done it, quietly moving past the magic number of delegates needed to ensure he is crowned Republican nominee for the White House in 2016. According to the delegate count kept by the Associated Press,…

Tunisia elections - Ghannouchi to saty

SHAFAQNA - The leader of Tunisia's Ennhadha party, Rached Ghannouchi, was re-elected to the party's leadership for a new five-year term. Ghannouchi was confirmed as president of the party with 800 votes in favour, compared to 229 for Fethi…

How to vote for George Galloway

SHAFAQNA - The race to be London Mayor is the biggest personality contest in politics. And one personality towers largest: George Galloway.  

George Galloway - Most popular candidate for Mayor of London

,
SHAFAQNA - A recent poll just put Mr George Galloway as a people favourite for Mayor of London. The well-know veteran politician has become a favourite among Londoners, as his no non-sense and fresh approach to politics has echoed of an honesty…

Breaking religious stereotypes & the US presidential elections

SHAFAQNA - Muslims are up against quite a few Republican contenders who are competing on how stringent they will be on Islamic Terrorism if elected. Not only that, they are also demanding proper management as it relates to the issue of immigration.…

Zac Goldsmith plays the racist card to win Mayor of London elections

SHAFAQNA - Young Britons from ethnic minority backgrounds risk being put off running for public office by the “nasty” divisive campaign run by Zac Goldsmith, the Tory candidate for mayor of London, his Labour rival told the Observer. In…

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…

A lesson in democracy - What Iran’s elections say about its democratic future?

SHAFAQNA - While media such as Al-Jazeera remains insistent Iran’s 10th Parliamentary elections (since 1979 Islamic Revolution) do not qualify as democratic, I would personally argue that Iran taught the world a lesson or two by way of responsible…

Myanmar’s Muslims win no seats in new parliament

SHAFAQNA - Large populations from the minority group were unable to vote and major parties fielded no Muslim candidates. No Muslims in majority-Buddhist Myanmar were elected to parliament, final election figures show, with all the current…

This US town faced a backlash after electing the first Muslim-majority city council

SHAFAQNA - Voters in Hamtramck, Michigan made history last week by electing the United States’ first Muslim-majority city council. But not everyone is happy about it. Muslim candidates in the city council elections won landslide votes in…

First Saudi woman to run in elections

SHAFAQNA - Their election leaflets cannot contain photographs, and they are not allowed to address men directly at campaign meetings. But in a breakthrough moment for Saudi Arabia, a country known neither for voting nor for female emancipation,…

Hamtramck is 1st American city to elect majority Muslim council

SHAFAQNA - The Polish flocked to Hamtramck in the 1900s and evidence of the city's Polish roots remain. However, over the last few decades a new wave of immigrants, primarily from the Middle East, South Asia and Southeastern Europe, has…

A lone Muslim campaigns in Myanmar's stronghold of radical Buddhism - REPORT

,
SHAFAQNA - The city of Mandalay in northern Myanmar is a Buddhist religious centre so crowded with temples, monasteries and monks that they can sometimes seem innumerable. The city of Mandalay in northern Myanmar is a Buddhist religious…

Canadian Muslims Cheer Justin Trudeau Win

SHAFAQNA - The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) has sent congratulations to the Liberal Party of Canada and its leader Justin Trudeau on their historic victory in Canada’s 42nd general election. “We commend the Liberal Party…

Canada Reclaims Its Integrity, Says NO To Sectarian Exclusion

SHAFAQNA - Ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule, Canada's Liberal Party has decisively won general elections, as anti-Muslim rhetoric failed to garner support for the country's outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “This is what…

Who Should Arabs and Muslims Vote for?

,
SHAFAQNA - The NDP is my clear answer. But why? On Sept. 17 a group of prominent Arab and Muslim organizations from across Canada got together and sent a letter* to the leaders of the five main federal parties: Conservatives, NDP, Liberals,…

Egyptian parliamentary elections kick off as polls open to expats

SHAFAQNA - Polls are opening Saturday in Egyptian embassies and consulates worldwide to allow Egyptian nationals to vote in the first stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections. Polling will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 9pm, according…

Calgary Imam calls on Muslims to vote

SHAFAQNA - Local Imam is hoping Muslims in Calgary, and across the country, will vote against racism, discrimination and Islamophobia. Syed Soharwardy of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and Muslims Against Terrorism called on Canadian…