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The World's Largest Open-Air Gulag

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Gaza still bleeds.

Writing in the prestigious British medical journal "The Lancet" in early 2009, Dr. Gilbert provided clinical details of the slaughter, including the destruction of ambulances and medical facilities that tend to the dying and the wounded.

Bahrain: One Year On

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Any country seen as legitimately striving for independence finds itself on the receiving end of military intervention and total destruction under the age old mantra of democracy and human rights. That sounds understandable, until one realizes that when it came to Egypt, Libya, and Syria, the United States and its Western allies called for those countries' leaders to step down in the interest of democracy and freedom. What happens in Bahrain? The State Department issued gentle and kind reminder that asked Bahrain to "exercise restraint and operate within the rule of law and international judicial standards." Restraint and judicial standards? Isn't that what all dictators are about anyway?

Ayatollah Muhammad Shahabadi and Ayatollah Ali Milani Pass Away

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Ayatollah Shahabadi and Ayatollah MilaniTwo respected scholars and jurists of the Muslim world passed away last recently. Ayatollah Muhammad Ali Shahabadi returned to his Lord on Saturday, January 7, whereas Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Milani bade farewell to this world on Wednesday, January 11.

The Bahrain Uprising in Numbers

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What is happening in Bahrain?

Statistics from the Bahraini Uprising that will help understand why the population of Bahraini is standing up to the ruling family in power.

Syria: A Few Lingering Questions

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Very little is known about the movement to overthrow the Syrian regime aside from the clear foreign backing it receives. Are the protestors aligned with this movement? How many opposition parties are involved, and what is the end goal of the protests? Civil unrest in a country rarely warrants the funding and backing of numerous outside countries, unless there are vested interests at stake. Recent terrorist attacks which are unusual to Syria but common in countries where foreign intervention has been staged have added to the growing list of puzzles when it comes to Syria. What is known, according to the Telegraph, is that Abdulhakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, "met with Free Syrian Army leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey," said a military official working with Mr Belhadj.

Held Hostage by Wahabism

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The Wahabis have shown little remorse over destroying the graves in the Baqi graveyard. They have drawn fences and barriers around the leveled graves of the greatest personalities in Islamic history. With their destruction of al-Baqi, the Wahabis have erased a significant portion of Islamic civilization, and the Muslim world has shamed itself by not holding them accountable. What religion, nation, or even tribe would stand by as the graves of four of its greatest and most pious heroes were leveled to the ground? Why is it then that Imam Hasan al-Mujtaba, Imam Zainul Abideen, Imam Muhammad al-Baqir, and Imam Jafar as-Sadiq are left without gravesites worthy of them? How can any Muslim with a conscience accept the opulent palaces of the Saudi monarchy knowing these same individuals are out to degrade the status of the Prophet Muhammad by destroying his family's resting sites?

Ayatollah Ahmed Dashti Returns to His Lord

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Ayatollah Ahmed DashtiAyatollah Dashti was admitted to the Fatima Zahra Hospital in his native Bushehr, where he passed away on Tuesday. Following a funeral procession in Bushehr, his body was taken to Qom.

The London Riots: Voices of the Unheard

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What is the cause behind the unrests?Thus, the personal responsibility of those committing criminal acts in these riots should not be downplayed, nor should such acts be considered acceptable. However, by merely labeling the rioters as "mindless thugs", we are dehumanizing them further.  This not the way to reform a society, because it will only alienate the unheard even more. To improve and remodel society and to alter a negative mindset, the root cause of the problem has to be identified and rectified.

Water Scarcity and Management

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Lack of sanitary water can lead to manifold problems.Reports reveal that 3.6 million people die each year from water-related diseases. The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. Lack of sanitation is the world's biggest cause of infection. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. Diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death among children under five globally. Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1.5 million each year – is due to diarrhea. It kills more young children than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. In the developing world, 24,000 children under the age of five die every day from preventable causes like diarrhea contracted from unclean water. All the above data and stats reveal the acute problem of sanitation and availability of drinking water.

Gaza: To the Shores of Injustice

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Freedom FlotillaTo begin with, the Arab Spring has brought to light the general sentiments amongst the populations in the region when it comes to the Palestinian cause. Even now, as people continue to take to the streets to protest, there rises a slogan in support for Palestine from amidst their calls for freedom and democracy. There are protests in Jordan every Friday that continue to condemn the regime's normalized relations with Israel. Egyptians also continue to demand an end to the peace treaty signed with Israel. Even in countries where a revolution has not taken place yet, governments are attentively paying attention to the demands of the people: from which the Palestinian cause seems inseparable.

The State of Our Muslim Nations

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Police brutality is common in Pakistan.On the other side of the spectrum we see not as much apparent violence and fear, but a hidden and pervasive moral corruption. Saudi Arabia, a country that so boldly calls itself an Islamic country, is suffering from severe "we want to be Western" fever.