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Friday, August 28, 2009

A proposal Saudis can't refuse, A United States-Iran opportunity arises, Muslim Terrorists Manufactured By The Media

Saudi Arabia's conservative society stands divided on the issue of misyar, a no-strings marriage of convenience that has become increasingly popular in the kingdom. Misyar is a form of marriage that allows couples to live separately but come together for sexual relations. For the women who accept it – spinsters, divorcees and widows – it's a something-is-better-than-nothing option, though they waive almost all the rights that a normal Muslim marriage entitles them to. For men it offers an opportunity for a bit of fun on the side, in secret, and at a huge discount. Misyar is popular in the kingdom because in a society where extramarital and premarital sex is a cardinal sin it legitimises sexual relations outside the framework of conventional marriage. It was legalised through a fatwa (religious edict) issued by late Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Baz, then the chief mufti of Saudi Arabia. 'Urfi (unofficial marriage) in Egypt and muta'h (temporary marriage) in Iran are variations on the same idea. A proposal Saudis can't refuse - Syed Neaz Ahmad
[thanks SR]

United States special representative for AfPak, Richard Holbrooke, and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki posed for the cameras in Turkey on Tuesday while attending a meeting on Pakistan. The next step is for the two to engage over the country that is much more on their minds - Afghanistan. Tehran has a simple proposal: if the Barack Obama administration gives up its interference in Iran's domestic affairs, Iran will talk with the US on Afghanistan. A United States-Iran opportunity arises

It is not just the loony vernacular media, as many are given to believe, but even the respectable, mainstream, national English-language press in India that have sedulously cultivated the notion of Islamic terrorism, so much so that the image of Muslims in general being either terrorists or their sympathizers enjoys wide currency today. Yoginder Sikand examines the trend in the light of a report released by a team of secular, leftist non-Muslim activists from Karnataka Muslim Terrorists Manufactured By The Media By Yoginder Sikand

The second annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) is coming to theaters in September. The festival will showcase 34 films, many of which are Canadian and North American premieres. TPFF is pleased to be opening and closing the festival with the critically acclaimed feature films Amreeka and Laila's Birthday. Palestine film festival returns to Toronto next month

Yoga give us the tools to ignite the spark where we've lost it, to look at things from a different perspective so that we can once again see the sparkle in the lackluster elements of our lives.
Alanna Kaivalya: When the Going gets Tough, the Yogi Knows Where to Go By Alanna Kaivalya


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