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The Scandals Buhari Cannot Ignore, By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

In a little over a month from now the President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to be sworn into office. His road to the presidency was not an easy one and should one day inspire a Hollywood movie. In terms of perseverance and human endurance, Buhari’s tenuous route to the presidency can only be compared […]

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GEJ: Between “Persecution” And “Prosecution”

By Muhammad Al-Ghazali When the history of the presidency of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (PHD) is written, one of the most enduring legacies of his tenure will undoubtedly be the incredible liberties the man and his wife took in their choices and application of the English language. Another of such legacies will also be his frequent […]

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Growing Up Fearful in Nigeria

ABA, Nigeria — Horror calls down to us from northern Nigeria. Most of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram rebels last spring are still unaccounted for. On Nov. 10, Boko Haram bombed a high school in Potiskum, killing at least 48 children. Last month, the group killed 48 fish vendors near the border with […]

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CONFRONTING NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES

by Tariq Ramadan Contrary to expectations, over time, perceptions of Islam and Muslims by their western fellow-citizens have sharply deteriorated. Around us we observe the rise of populist movements and extreme right-wing parties from the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Greece and France (to name but a few European countries) to Australia, Canada and the […]

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s warning reveals his moments of memory loss

Israeli PM “Bibi” Netanyahu on Guy Fawkes. The super-terrorist plans to blow up parliament and the King; the very nation will be liquidated. Fawkes was a Catholic rather than a Muslim – though Renaissance Europe was pretty good at bestialising both – but what a cartoon! I loved the curly fuse and the “flashy” bit […]

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America’s Inevitable Retreat From the Middle East

The murder of four Americans in Libya and mob assaults on the United States’ embassies across the Muslim world this month have reminded many of 1979, when radical Islamists seized the American mission in Tehran. There, too, extremists running wild after the fall of a pro-American tyrant had found a cheap way of empowering themselves.

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LEAVE OUR PROPHET ALONE!

His name is Muhammad. And all of us, now One and a Half Billion Souls and counting, love him beyond compare. In fact we so love him that others just can’t understand or comprehend. They don’t get it, and they can’t get it, for they know not this kind of love. We love him more […]

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Eleven enduring mysteries of 9/11

As the world pauses to remember the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States, it is also important to remember the inexplicable things that happened – and didn’t happen – that tragic day. After all, 9/11 is solely responsible for diminishing hard-fought US civil rights, as well as triggering wars around the world. […]

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Telecoms and Boko Haram – By Dr. Aliyu Tilde

The much expected claim of responsibility for the attacks on offices and installations of telecommunication companies (telecoms) in Nigeria by Jama’at Ahlus Sunnah lid Da’awati wal Jihad – or Boko Haram as they are popularly called – finally came yesterday. With it, it is certain that the two elephants are logged in a fight that […]

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‘The North will rise again’ – Muhammad Al-Ghazali

These certainly are not the best of times for the various states in the northern half of Nigeria. From lofty heights under the able and commanding leadership of the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, the region has now become a problem onto itself. It is presently not only home to one of […]

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