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Marie Khatib

is an expert in intercultural communication and international marketing. She finished her Bachelor's in social sciences with the focus on intercultural communication in Germany and is currently doing her Master's Degree in French German management in France. She likes travelling and meeting people from different backgrounds and promotes intercultural dialogue and exchange.

Migrant Slave Trade Is Booming in Libya

Migrant Slave Trade Is Booming in Libya

It’s a mass grave that we don’t need the United Nations to verify. Every day an average of 14 migrants, the vast majority from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, die crossing the Mediterranean. Many more see their European dream turn into a nightmare long before they’re corralled on to flimsy rubber dinghies on Libya’s beaches. They’re the victims of a silent massacre in the Sahara desert – a journey more deadly than the crossing from the coast, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

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DNA Analysis Proves Arabs Aren’t Entirely Arab

National Geographic’s Genographic Project, launched in 2005, uses science to bring people together where politics have failed. Through DNA analysis, the project is answering people’s questions regarding ethnicity, race, and the overall origins of the human population and how we came to populate the Earth. The Genographic Project lists a group of reference populations, where the typical national of each country is described according to genetic makeup. These are based on hundreds of DNA samples and advanced DNA analysis. Four Arab countries were part of the reference population list. Here are some surprising discoveries on the genetic makeup of these four…
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Head of the Shiite opposition, left, and Sunni Muslim leader of a liberal opposition party, right, hold a sign reading "No Sunni, No Shia: One unified nation" on March 6, 2011.Hasan Jamali/AP/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.

The Myth and History of Sunni-Shia Divide

Sunnis and Shias have lived together in peace for centuries, and up to the new millennium have barely had a history of bloody conflict. Why now? The Sectarian Elements of a Conflict The Middle East is a mess from which no one can claim exemption. The invasion of Iraq and the Syrian civil war have pulled all the already beleaguered regional governments into tragic quicksand, where alliances and animosities constantly shift. Everyone is stuck in an overly complicated nexus of relations, and the future is so murky no political leader can put forth a plausible way out. The world powers are…
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Has the Second Cold War Begun?

We are facing the possibility of a second Cold War – and if it happens, Isis will never be defeated. Every conflict during the Cold War was fought by armies or insurgents working on behalf of the Americans, Russians, or, occasionally the Chinese: Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Angola and the list goes on. These countries would use proxies again, but with a higher death count, in the 21st century At the risk of sounding a little foolish, there is, sadly, much evidence that World War Three has already arrived, though not quite in the way so many futurologists of the past imagined…
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Lost Generation in Conflict Zones

  A catastrophic by-product of ongoing conflicts in the Middle East is a lost generation of unschooled children. These children find themselves, through no fault of their own, not only displaced but lacking the opportunity for proper schooling and thus, denied a chance to learn and develop the necessary skills to become fully functional members of society. This lost generation is the tragedy of our time. According to a 2015 report by UNICEF, the United Nations children’s agency, conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has driven 13 million children out of schools. Unschooled children are not only a…
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The Nexus Between Radicalisation and Integration

″Radicalisation cannot be blamed on failed integration″ After the attacks in Brussels, Olivier Roy cautions against rashly linking Islam with terrorism. In interview with Michaela Wiegel, the Islam researcher explains the real problem with jihadism Mr. Roy, do you see a connection between terrorism and failed integration in European immigration societies? Olivier Roy: I don’t think that Islamic radicalisation is the result of a failure to integrate. That’s only a pseudo-problem. Many of the young people who take up the banner of jihad are well integrated. They speak French, English and German. Islamic State (IS) has established a French-speaking battalion precisely…
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Moroccan Musicians Play in Andalusian Concert in Israel

A very special concert of the Andalusian Orchestra from Ashdod was set to take place Monday night at Henry Crown Hall (8:30 p.m.) in Jerusalem: Neither the names nor the images of two soloists were revealed, for their own safety both in their homeland and in the countries where they usually perform. The artists – a virtuoso violinist and a young and talented singer, who despite her age is much respected by professionals and the public alike for her profound knowledge and performing abilities, have come from Morocco, and since the relationships between the two countries currently leave a lot to be desired,…
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Understanding Sexual Diversity in Islam

IS THERE ROOM IN ISLAM FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER MUSLIMS? A FEW QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY DR. SCOTT SIRAJ AL-HAQQ KUGLE Some Religions Seem to View Sex As Shameful or Unclean. Is That True of Islam? No. In early Islamic history, sex was seen as a positive part of human life. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) helped people see that spiritual life and sexual life are connected. Early Muslim scholars talked about sex in a very straight-forward way as a normal, positive part of life. Al-Ghazali, a Muslim scholar who lived more than 900 years ago, called sexual pleasure a blessing…
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What Believing in God Does to Your Brain

Researchers found humans suppress the analytical areas of their brain in order to believe in god. Humans suppress areas of the brain used for analytical thinking and engage the parts responsible for empathy in order to believe in god, research suggests. They do the opposite when thinking about the physical world, according to the study. “When there’s a question of faith, from the analytic point of view, it may seem absurd,” said Professor Tony Jack, who led the research.

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