Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’

The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors

October 22, 2013

Episode 1 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

It was the world’s last Islamic empire – a super-power of a million square miles. From its capital in Istanbul it matched the glories of Ancient Rome. And after six centuries in power it collapsed less than a hundred years ago.


Egypt FM met with OIC to prepare for Rohingya problem at UNGA

October 1, 2013

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy speaks at the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) 68th Ordinary Session
(Photo Foreign Ministry hand out)

Fahmy continues diplomatic efforts in UNGA

Fahmy meets more diplomats from across the world and discusses disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation among other issues in New York

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy met with representatives of several nations as well as representatives of various international organizations while in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) 68th Ordinary Session.


Paradigm Shift: The “STRAW” Smuggler

September 26, 2013

The Smuggler

SmugglerA Tale from the Middle East

A clever smuggler came to the border with a donkey. The donkey’s back was heavily laden with straw. The official at the border was suspicious and pulled apart the man’s bundles till there was straw all around, but not a valuable thing in the straw was found. “But I’m certain you’re smuggling something,” the official said, as the man crossed the border.


ပုဂံေခတ္ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္တို႔၏ သစၥာေစာင့္သိမႈ

August 15, 2013

Byat Wi Byatta

ပုဂံေခတ္ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္တို႔၏ သစၥာေစာင့္သိမႈ

ေရႊႏုိင္ငံသစ္သတင္းစာပါ ပုဂံေခတ္တည္းက အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္ေတြဟာ တိုင္းျပည္အေပၚ သစၥာမရွိပံုသက္ေရာက္ေအာင္ ေရးသားထားတာနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ျပန္လည္ေရးသားလိုပါတယ္။ ေဆာင္းပါးမွာ ဗ်က္၀ိ၊ ဗ်တၱ၊ ေရႊဖ်ဥ္းညီေနာင္ တို႔ဟာ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္မ်ားျဖစ္ၿပီး ဗုဒၶဘာသာကို မေလးစားသူမ်ား အျဖစ္ ပံုေဖာ္ထားၿပီး၊ ငရန္မန္ကန္းကိုေတာ့ မြတ္စလင္သူပုန္တစ္ေယာက္ အျဖစ္ ပံုေဖာ္ထားပါတယ္။ ဒီေနရာမွာ ကၽြန္ေတာ္ ဖတ္ဖူးသမွ် ျမန္မာရာဇ၀င္စာအုပ္ေတြထဲမွာ ဗ်က္၀ိ၊ ဗ်တၱ၊ ေရႊဖ်ဥ္းညီေနာင္ တို႔ကို အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္မ်ားျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းေရးထားတာကို ေတြ႕ရေပမဲ့ ငရမန္းကန္း အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းေရးထားတာကို မျမင္ဘူးပါ။ ေဆာင္းပါးေရးသူ ဦးျမင့္ေ၀က ငရမန္ကန္းအစၥလာမ္ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းကို Moshe Yegar ေရးတဲ့ Muslims of Burma စာအုပ္ကို ကိုးကားထားတာကို ေတြ႕ရပါတယ္။ ေဆာင္းပါးနဲ႔ တိုက္ရုိက္မသက္ဆိုင္ေပမဲ့ ဦးျမင့္ေ၀ကို ေမးလိုတာက သူ႔အေနနဲ႔ ဒီစာအုပ္ကို ကိုးကားတယ္ဆိုရင္ စာအုပ္ထဲမွာ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာလူမ်ိဳးရွိတယ္ဆိုၿပီး ေရးထားတာကိုေကာ ဘယ္လိုမွတ္ခ်က္ေပးမလဲဆိုတာကို သိလိုပါတယ္။ ကၽြန္ေတာ္ကေတာ့ ေရးသားရာမွာ ျမန္မာရာဇ၀င္မ်ားကိုသာ ကိုးကားမွာ ျဖစ္သည့္အတြက္ ငရမန္ကန္းကို ခ်န္ထားခဲ့ပါမယ္။


Mobile Deal in Myanmar Elicits Anger Over Religion

June 28, 2013

Mobile Deal in Myanmar Elicits Anger Over Religion By   June 27, 2013

The Myanmar government awarded major telecommunications contracts to two foreign companies on Thursday, a milestone in the country’s opening up to the world that was immediately tainted by religious hatred.

World Twitter Logo.Hours after the announcement, a monk who is one of the leaders of a radical nationalist Buddhist movement called for a boycott of one of the two companies because it is based in Qatar, a Muslim country.“Did the government have such little choice?” the monk, Ashin Wimala, a leader of the 969 movement, said in a telephone interview after the government announced the winners late Thursday. “Why did they award this to a Muslim company?”


Principles beat personalities

January 5, 2012

Edited and Burmanized, without even requested permissions from the “Principles beat personalities” by Dean Johns in MKini

I don’t really blame all those people who feel enraged by the apparent in action by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD. It is a blessing in disguise: a timely lesson in the fact that we can count on nobody to save us but ourselves.

Or, in other words, that people win political freedom by fighting for their personal principles, not from following cult-figures, political populists or other all-too-fallible personalities. (more…)

The ‘vicious cycle’ of brain drain

September 30, 2011

Source:The Business Star, The ‘vicious cycle’ of brain drain By FINTAN NG

WE have often heard how brain drain is a vicious cycle and how this cycle has affected Malaysia’s current and future growth prospects.

The country, despite seeing a large diaspora in comparison to the population, is a “receiving country” with as many as 2.4 million immigrants according to the World Bank‘s 2011 Migration and Remittances Factbook.
Of these, some 40% have secondary education while in recent years, some 40% had no formal education at all.


Global and Historical Persecution of Muslims

April 18, 2011

My Comment: But great Muslim leaders of OIC, ASEAN, OPEC and None allied movement just keep on acting like traditional “Three Wise Monkeys” who depicted the See No Evil, Speak No Evil, and Hear No Evil.  Actually they just pretend to be blind, deaf and dumb to the sufferings of downtrodden Minority Muslims around the world because they are selfish, greedy and afraid of losing business with those perpetrator Non-Muslim Governments.  May be they are birds of the (same) feather, staying in Glass Houses and dare not throw stones as they treated their minorities in the same way. So they use the Non Interference Policy to cover up all the crimes committed on the minorities. “I will keep quiet about your crimes against humanity and you also shut up your mouth backbiting me.”


Motivation speech of Muslim General Tariq ibn Ziyad who conquest Spain and Portugal

January 29, 2011

Tariq ibn Ziyad is considered to be one of the most important military commanders in Islamic history. He was initially the deputy of Musa ibn Nusair in North Africa, and was sent by his superior from the north coast of Morocco to launch the first thrust of a conquest of the Visigothic Kingdom (comprising modern Spain and Portugal).

Tariq ibn Ziyad or Taric bin Zeyad (also spelled as Tarique, Tarik or Tarek) (Arabic: طارق بن زياد‎, 15 November 689 – 11 April 720) was a great Muslim Umayyad general who led the conquest of Visigothic Hispania in 711 under the orders of the Umayyad Caliph Al-Walid I.


Islamaphobia jeopardize tolerance and causes Clash of Civilizations instead of garnering Mutual Respects

January 23, 2011

Source_ :Islamaphobia, Clash of Civilizations, and Social Acceptance Written by Steve Royston in MIDEASTPOSTS

Saudi Arabia’s Arab News has a number of columnists whom I, as a blogger and occasional columnist, admire for their humane and balanced views, and for the eloquence with which they express them. Tariq Al-Maeena, Dr Khalid Alnowaiser and Iman Kurdi are three who stand out. I have quoted the first two in previous posts on social issues in the Middle East.