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From: Palestinian General Delegation

Sub: Commemoration for the Late Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

The Association of the Palestinian Community UK

Commemoration for the Late Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

7 pm on Thursday the 9th of October 2008

Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, Kensington, London, W8 7NX

Magnificent Photos, MUST SEE:

Source: Dushanbe’s Ismaili Centre Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

Originally posted on Simerg Photos:

Editor’s note: Muslim Harji’s series on Central Asia continues with a superb collection of photos of Dushanbe’s Ismaili Centre, which was inaugurated on October 12, 2009 by His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, the direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) and 49th hereditary Imam of Shia Ismaili Muslims.

Tajikistan Map

A map of Tajikistan with surrounding countries. Among the places Muslim and Nevin Harji visited during their adventurous and heart warming trip to Tajikistan were Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, and the autonomous region of Gorno-Badakhshan which is inhabited by Ismailis in very large numbers. Image: United Nations, with Dushanbe and Gorno Badakhshan highlighted in red by Simergphotos.

For preceding photo essays in this spectacular special series by Harji, please click:

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A historical account of Syria in a nutshell!

Originally posted on Qawem. :

before discussing syria in its present state, we must first acknowledge that what we see today is a result of a 48-year-old dictatorship, not a 4-year-old revolution.

brief and basic history:

the ba’ath party staged its first military coup in syria in 1963. in 1966, hafez al-assad participated in the second military coup, which brought salah jadid to power. from 1950-1970, hafez al-assad was a lieutenant in the syrian air force, the head commander of the syrian air force, and the minister of defense. then in 1970, hafez al-assad led the third military coup to topple salah jadid, finally forcing himself into power. hafez al-assad actively used sectarianism as a method of consolidating and maintaining his power – he greatly increased alawite dominance in the regime’s security and intelligence branches, though his elite class was of all sects. the core of the assad regime, however, consisted (and still consists) of assad…

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Jeremy Corbyn without doubt will make the best leader of Labour Party. He stands for Straight Talking and Honest Politics.

Originally posted on Zarina's Weblog:

I support Jeremy Corbyn in most of his policies, he is a supporter of CND and Officer in Palestine Solidarity Campaign, had gone over to Israel when Mordechai Vanunu was at last freed form the long imprisonment by Israel; this mission is not complete as Vanunu has still not gained his freedom and is undear constant surveyllance not allowed to leave the Zionist Israel ethnically cleansing Palestinians and air-raiding Gaza shamelessly till today! Israel pretends that it has no nukes, fooling the world and getting support from USA, Europe and help from UK all making it difficult for JUSTICE, PEACE, and FREEEDOM for these people of Palestine before Israel occupied it after Balfour Declaration.

Jeremy reports from Gaza – Campaign news – LRC.


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It was a joy to meet Malik my Mentor in Ottawa

Originally posted on Simerg - Insights from Around the World:


Simerg's Merchant Simerg’s Merchant

By Abdulmalik Merchant

I have lived in Ottawa for almost thirty years, and as a lover of magazines and newspapers I have been a weekly visitor to two great and noteworthy magazine stores in the downtown area, “The Globe” in the Byward Market area and “Mags & Fags” on Elgin Street, as well as “Brittons” located in the dynamic and eclectic shopping district in the Glebe neighbourhood. Brittons  abruptly closed its doors earlier this year, with a notice posted on the door that stated, “Due to changing times our business is no longer economically viable.” Mathematically, these stores have been visited by me alone approximately 1300 times! I have seen Prime Ministers, Bank of Canada Governors, ambassadors, politicians of every party and famous writers at these stores. Also, I may add that the idea for Simerg’s highly acclaimed series I Wish I’d Been There was conceived…

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Originally posted on Zarina's Weblog:

I shall not be silenced even if by forgery someone else lputs a post in my name, adverse to my voice that http://www.zarinaspeks.com stands for. Today I deleted such a spam by a gangster! It was sent in my name!

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Originally posted on Zarina's Weblog:

This speech rendered in the Canadian Parliament by H H Aga Khan IV hereditary 49th Imam Prince Karim al-Husseinyi of Shia Ismaili Muslims serves as the landmark in the history of not just Canada but of the developed states in the Western World. He was invited by the Prime Minister of Canada as a guest Speaker on 27th February in the year of 2014.

Speech: Address of His Highness the Aga Khan to both Houses of the Parliament of Canada in the House of Commons Chamber, Ottawa.

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