Controversy of Obama’s Nobel

By Faisal Assegaf

In fact US President Barack Hussein Obama surprised, absolutely for global society. Most likely no one in this universe has previously predicted on October 9 he will receive the Nobel Prize for Peace at his nine months in power. Nobel committee in Oslo, Norway, argued that he has done great efforts to create a world free of nuclear weapons and a better situation of international relations, especially in term of relationship between his country and the Muslim world.

It is a hasty assessment to conclude that Obama’s policy on world peace will be successful. There’s no one of those two great ideas has been emerged. Five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council added with India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran, and North Korea still have nuclear power. The relationship between the US and Islam is not harmonic yet. So, definitely he also upset and the controversy of his Nobel sparked. Continue reading

Bride from the Gaza Tunnel

She left her mother and job for her husband.

Muhammad Warda and his wife (Der Spiegel)

After waiting for about an hour, Wednesday last week, Muhammad Warda finally met his wife in Rafah, Gaza Strip. May, 23 year-old, rose from a tunnel with her abaya and scarf full of dust and sand. “I was shocked. I felt so bad that she had gone through this ordeal for me,” the 26-year-old guy said.

The spouse engaged in an evening last July. Through Internet and webcam, ten family members of Muhammad were sitting in front of their most prized possession, a computer. “Why are you so red?” asked May to the nervous Muhammad. After asking by their parents, they agreed to wed and smiled at each other. Continue reading

Ramadan in the Occupied Land

Palestinians in Gaza fast in a very hard situation caused by Israeli blockade.

Live is suffering. For around 1.5 million people in Gaza Strip it’s not only a slogan. They have been living in suffer at least for the last fourteen months.

Israel blockaded in area of 380 square meters since mid of June last year because that region was controlled by Hamas, an Islamist movement which anti-Israel. All borders in sea, air, and ground have been closed, included the crossings of Erez and Sofia (Gaza-Israel), Rafah (Gaza-Egypt), and Karen Shalom (Gaza-Egypt-Israel). The passages of people, goods, and services have been so limited. Continue reading