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Sri Lanka’s Hide and Seek Honeymoon with Israel

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Spells disaster for communal harmony. By Latheef Farook  An Israeli Parliamentary delegation visited Sri Lanka from 24 to 30 of September 2015. According to reports the delegation had discussions with Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake on areas of mutual interest, security arrangements in Parliament, the public outreach and employing disabled people in Parliament. However Mr. Dassanayake did not disclose the read more

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Drowned Syrian Toddler Shocks World

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CAIRO – The photo of a three-year-old Syrian toddler lying face down on the beach, after he and his family drowned, has sparked outcry worldwide, reflecting the heartbreaking horrors and tragedy of Syria's refugees. The "tragic image of a little boy who’s lost his life fleeing Syria is shocking and is a reminder of the dangers children and families are read more

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Syrian Muslims sufferings in appalling conditions

Syrian Muslims sufferings in appalling conditions

By Latheef Farook Shameful indictment on Saudi and Gulf sheikhs floating in wealth and spent more than $ 100 billion on purchasing weapons. The ancient country of Syria is now reduced to ashes. According to reports more than eleven million Syrians are displaced and around five million are suffering in appalling condition in refugee camps in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon read more

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Muslims seek solutions to their problems; Not ministerial portfolios.

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 By Latheef Farook Will the burning issues of the island’s Muslim community be addressed under a United National Front for Good Governance, UNFGG, government led by United National Party? This has become the main common concern especially of the civil society of the Muslim community island wide. This is especially so in the context of the presence of Sri Lankan read more

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A dire situation for Syria’s Palestinian refugees

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Several credible reports this week from Palestinian refugees in Syria and Europe, the latter among those who by various means managed to escape the Syrian conflict with their lives, illustrate the increasing pressure and dangers Palestinians are facing here just trying to survive. And the chances of survival are not likely to improve anything soon. Three serious cases over the read more

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Take action against terrorism in the name of religion

Take action against terrorism in the name of religion

The Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS), Sri Lanka’s pioneering Islamic Outreach organization, has called on governments to do more to defeat religious extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam. The call comes in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, France and Kobane in Syria claimed by ISIS where innocents including little children were massacred in read more

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Syrians Spend 5th Ramadan On Foreign Soil

Syrians Spend 5th Ramadan On Foreign Soil

SANLIURFA – Spending their fifth Ramadan on foreign soil, thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan with a bittersweet joy as their country still plunges into turmoil. “At our previous iftar dinners in Syria, we were getting together with my all family members around a table and breaking our fast together,” Syrian refugee, read more

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Burmese Buddhist Boy, Sri Lankan Buddhist Boy & Slow Genocide Of Rohingya :- By Mass L. Usuf

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Slow Genocide Of The Rohingya People of Myanmar (Burma) When The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof asked a Buddhist boy of around 12 years old, “what would you do if you meet a Rohingya Muslim boy?”. He nonchalantly replied, “I will kill him”. (NYT, The-21st-century-concentration-camp video). Curious about this, I asked a Sri Lankan Buddhist boy (Kavinda), read more

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Four million Burmese entitled to get iqama

In this file photo, Makkah governor Prince Khalid Al Faisal distributes Iqamas for the Burmese during a ceremony in Makkah. (AN photo by Ahmed Hashad)

Four million Burmese residents in the Kingdom are now entitled to obtain an ‘iqama,’ turning many of their dreams of long-term residence and stability in the Kingdom into a reality. Sheikh of the Burmese community in Makkah, Abu Alshamaa Abdulmajeed, said a large number of Burmese citizens have been living in the Kingdom for more than 70 years, arriving here read more

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