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February 22, 2017

Trump’s travel ban isn’t Islamophobic – UAE Foreign Minister

The United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister said President Donald Trump’s recent order barring citizens from seven countries to enter the country isn’t Islamophobic and doesn’t target a single religion. The order, which some media outlets have called a “Muslim ban,” isn’t actually that, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan told Al Jazeera TV. “The United States has taken a decision that is within the American sovereign decision,” he said in Abu Dhabi, the Muslim-majority country’s capital. “There are attempts to give the impression that this decision is directed against a particular religion, but what proves this talk to be incorrect…

Pray for me – Iranian president tells Pope Francis

As Iran’s president faces controversies ranging from his country’s secretive nuclear program to its support of terror and alleged human rights abuses, he had a simple request for Pope Francis on Tuesday: “Pray for me.” Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the Holy See saw the first meeting between a pope and an Iranian president since 1999. Iran, which agreed to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for an end to economic sanctions, is eager to carve out a bigger role in mediating Middle East conflicts. Francis’ papacy has been marked by mediation and conflict resolution. Rouhani brought a gift of a…

Why Nigeria Needs to Refrain From Membership of the Islamic Military Alliance

The Nigerian government must withdraw its steps from joining the alliance, particularly within the context of the “Islamic” label attached to the alliance… The non-inclusion of key players in the region – Iran, Iraq, and Syria – should be a tell-all sign that the intentions of Saudi Arabia for pushing forth the alliance are intrinsically hidden. Therefore, the focus of the government must be to make decisions that not only reflect Nigeria’s commitment to credible international action, but also favour all Nigerian’s irrespective of ethnic or religious affiliation. In the joint statement released by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry…

Sanctions against Iran are illegal – President Hassan Rouhani

Sanctions against Iran are illegal and are undermining international law, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told journalists on Wednesday. “When it comes to sanctions, have they been successful so far? Sanctions first and foremost are illegal,” he told journalists on the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “And a Congress which claims to be making laws should not contravene international laws.” “These sanctions translate into the weakening of the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons), the weakening of international laws and regulations. No other country can decide for another country.” Rouhani’s comments follow the announcement…