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Third-generation Muslims in the West are devising a new Islam for themselves

“PEOPLE ARE of two types in relation to you,” Imam Ali, the prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law and one of his first caliphs, or successors, is reputed to have said. “Either your brother in Islam, or your brother in humanity.” The Shia community of Mahfil Ali in north London tries to turn word into deed. Women often open services with a prayer....

The 30m Muslims living in Europe and America are gradually becoming integrated

EVERY FRIDAY lunchtime, Washington’s Church of the Epiphany near the White House turns into a mosque. Hundreds of Muslims prostrate themselves in the direction of Mecca on carpets spread on the ground (pictured). The congregation includes Homeland Security and FBI agents, State Department bureaucrats and a posse of lawyers from the Department...

Radicalised jihadists have done untold damage to Islam’s image

NO PLACE IN Europe has done more to nurture Europe’s jihadists than the quaint neighbourhood of Molenbeek in Brussels. Some of its youth planned the Paris attacks in November 2015 and the suicide-bombings in Brussels five months later. Molenbeek is now quiet, but Johan Leman, a veteran social worker who knew one of the bombers, finds the lull...

Islam’s long history in Europe has entered a new chapter

Besieging Vienna to no avail THE SYRIAN refugees who recently arrived on Greece’s shores punctured their dinghies to ensure there was no way back. They were following a tradition dating to Islam’s first foray into Europe. In 711, a century after the faith was founded, Tariq ibn Ziyad, a Muslim commander, sailed across the Strait of Gibraltar...

How Islam in the West is influenced from abroad

THE IMAM of Germany’s largest mosque (pictured) is struggling to fill it. It holds 1,200 worshippers, cost €20m ($22.8m) and was opened last September to much fanfare in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, the German state with the biggest concentration of Muslims. But only a few dozen elderly men attend his Sunday noon prayers. It might help...

Finance

In Bid to Conquer Oscars, Netflix Mobilizes Savvy Campaigner and Huge Budget

Supported byIn Bid to Conquer Oscars, Netflix Mobilizes Savvy Campaigner and Huge BudgetImageA barrage of ads for “Roma” — in trade publications, on Netflix-owned billboards in Los Angeles — has continued for months. Estimates suggest Netflix has spent $25 million or more on its Oscar campaign.CreditCreditHunter Kerhart for The...

Brexit: For Wall Street Banks in London, It’s Moving Time

Supported byBrexitFor Wall Street Banks in London, It’s Moving TimeOne thing is clear about the legacy of Brexit: Financial services will be spread across Europe, with no one city again dominating the financial arena as London has.ImageFrankfurt, Germany’s financial center, which wooed financial firms in London. CreditCreditMauritz Antin/EPA,...

For Some 2020 Democrats, Rejection of Amazon Aligns With Liberal Policy Views

Supported byFor Some 2020 Democrats, Rejection of Amazon Aligns With Liberal Policy ViewsImageSenator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called economic incentives offered to giant corporations like Amazon “taxpayer bribes.”CreditCreditTamir Kalifa for The New York TimesBy Trip Gabriel and Peter EavisFeb. 16, 2019The decision by Amazon this...

In Amazon Fight, Progressives Showed What They Want: A New Economic Agenda

Supported byIn Amazon Fight, Progressives Showed What They Want: A New Economic AgendaImageA view of Long Island City from the No. 7 train. Amazon planned to build a campus there but resistance from local politicians and residents led the company to pull out of the deal last Thursday.CreditCreditBenjamin Norman for The New York TimesBy Patricia CohenFeb....

Your Taxes 2019: They’re Rich and They’re Mad About Taxes (Too Low!)

Supported byYour Taxes 2019They’re Rich and They’re Mad About Taxes (Too Low!)An affluent few are raging against a tax law that puts more money — a lot more — in their pockets. Friends call them ‘traitors to their class.’ImageCreditCreditPablo Delcan & Company + Saad MoosajeeBy David GellesFeb. 12, 2019Stephen Prince...

Legal

Linguistic Clues Narrow Identity of Country A in Mueller Probe

Fascination continues about the identity of Country A in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference.  An unidentified corporation is a witness in the investigation and is owned by Country A.  Recent developments provide clues in the unredacted portions of unsealed court rulings and party filings.  Based on linguistic analysis...

DOJ 2018 Policy Shifts in Review

In 2018, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued many important policy updates and rollouts that will have far-reaching impact. Our firm’s Alert provides an easily navigated yet detailed summary of developments. Policy Shifts at the Department of Justice – 2018 in Review focuses on government investigations and white collar prosecutions. The Alert...

Will Russia Provide Missing Links to Murder, Kickbacks, Bribery?

The case against Leonid Teyf, a Russian citizen, in a federal court in North Carolina has enough juicy facts for an international crime novel. The U.S. prosecutors need evidence to convict Teyf and his accomplices of the central charges, stemming from an alleged kickback scheme in Russia. Will Russia provide missing links? U.S. v. Teyf,...… Continue...

Russia Continues Anticorruption Efforts in 2019

Russia continues its anticorruption efforts in 2019. These efforts build upon numerous convictions last year.  In January 2019, despite the two-week public winter break, two significant cases developed. Beyond seeking additional convictions, the Russian government will implement public anticorruption outreach this year.   2018 Review Russia’s...

UPDATE – FSIA Mystery in Mueller Subpoena Case

Some “mysteries” surrounding the Mueller investigation’s grand jury subpoena case may soon come to light.  Adding another unusual twist to the case, on January 22, 2019, the Supreme Court allowed the “mysterious” corporation, owned by Country A, to file a writ petition under seal, with redacted copies for the public record. Background This...

Deals

How company bosses need to protect themselves from increasingly ‘creative’ legal action

Company bosses and directors are being targeted increasingly with ‘creative’ legal action over investment deals that have gone wrong. It is clear that management teams and non-executive directors are now operating in a rapidly developing and fraught environment. Claims from investors and lenders are being pursued more aggressively outside...

Zephyr Global M&A Review, 2018

Global M&A value up year-on-yearValue increases in all regions except Asia-Pacific and MENA, boosted by sizeable deals in Western Europe and North AmericaPE/VC value also up, driven by investment in Western Europe The aggregate value of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) increased in 2018, according to M&A information collected by Bureau van Dijk,...

ZEDRA Group announces long-term strategic partnership with Corsair Capital

ZEDRA Group (“ZEDRA”), the global specialist in trust, corporate and fund services, today announced that Corsair Capital LLC (“Corsair”), one of the longest-standing private equity firms focused on the financial services industry, has made a majority investment in ZEDRA.  Corsair has a long and successful track record of growing financial...

HRtech M&A achieves record transaction volumes

Innovative recruitment, talent management and payroll and benefits technologies are driving HRtech M&ACompanies having to integrate HRtech to win the race for talent and adapt to the fast-evolving nature of work The latest HRtech M&A Market Report from international technology mergers and acquisitions advisors, Hampleton Partners, shows that 2018...

GDPR Burdens Hinder M&A Transactions in the EMEA Region, According to Merrill Corporation Survey

Merrill Corporation survey highlights future challenges for EMEA dealmakers when complying with regulations, accelerating deals and harnessing the power of data. An increasing number of M&A transactions may be stalling because of concerns over GDPR compliance, according to a survey of EMEA M&A professionals conducted by Merrill Corporation, the...

Acq Lite

At World’s Biggest Dog Show, Pups That Give New life to Disabled Owners

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Stranger Sets Off Incredible Chain of Good Deeds That Saved 6 Lives

Six lives were saved at a hospital this week, and it is all thanks to one woman's decision to “be selfless for a day”. The post Stranger Sets Off Incredible Chain of Good Deeds That Saved 6 Lives appeared first on Good News Network. Read More

10 Things I Wish I Would Have Told My Kids

Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to your current experience—both the internal and external—without judgment. Practicing mindfulness allows us to make wiser choices and pursue healthier and more beneficial avenues in life. Had I learned them earlier in life, I would have taught my kids the valuable life lessons that I’ve gleaned from...

DIY or Die: How an Industrious Outback Nurse Diagnosed His Own Heart Attack and Stayed Alive

The nurse was stationed at his medical outpost 100 miles away from the nearest hospital when he realized that he was about to have a heart attack. The post DIY or Die: How an Industrious Outback Nurse Diagnosed His Own Heart Attack and Stayed Alive appeared first on Good News Network. Read More

Daily Dose of Cute: Dachshund Shows Off Skills by Maneuvering Maze of Plastic Water Bottles

If you’re mourning the end of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, you might like these games of skill involving a long-haired Dachshund. Takao showed off his thinking abilities earlier this week when he successfully maneuvered a maze of plastic water bottles that was erected by his owner. In the videos posted to his Instagram page, the...