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Lancashire County Council caught in the crossfire of Halal certifier wars

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
Lancashire County Council caught in the crossfire of Halal certifier wars

This drama graphically illustrates the inherent problems that occur when the Halal sector is left as an unregulated sub-sector of the UK food industry. While attempting to provide Halal meals for Muslim school children, the LCC gets caught in the crossfire.

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Halal meat at centre of Lancashire row

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
Halal meat at centre of Lancashire row

This issue highlights the dramas caused by inconsistencies in the application of Halal standards, and the free-rein given to independent certification agencies, for most whom Halal certification is an unregulated profit-driven business.

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Makkah & Madinah outshine other cities from outer space

| 12/11/2012 | Reply
Makkah & Madinah outshine other cities from outer space

Russian astronauts amazed to see that Makka and Madinah glow more brightly than other cities when viewed from space at night. In particular the centres of these cities shone with particular brightness.

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Brunei–Malaysia Islamic Tour Packages Launched In UK

| 12/11/2012 | Reply
Brunei–Malaysia Islamic Tour Packages Launched In UK

To further promote Islamic Tourism, especially in the South East Asia region, Brunei Tourism Development Department and Islamic Tourism Centre of Malaysia jointly launched the Brunei – Malaysia Islamic Tour Packages

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The Art of Narrative

| 09/11/2012 | Reply
The Art of Narrative

A 1-day workshop on with award-winning film maker Navid Akhtar that explores the DNA of documentary film making. Aimed at beginner and intermediate producers and directors who would like to grasp the key concepts from idea to distribution.

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Punjab Halal Development Agency formed

| 07/11/2012 | Reply
Punjab Halal Development Agency formed

PUNJAB Halal Development Agency (PHDA) has formally been formed with the aim of prescribing Halal standards, auditing and certification procedure and system.

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Malaysia: Steady and growing

| 31/10/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Steady and growing

Despite global uncertainty, Malaysia looks set to achieve its GDP growth target this year, thanks to a benign domestic climate, rising investment and fiscal stimulus.

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The Story Behind The Stuff: Consumers’ Growing Interest In “Real” Products

| 18/10/2012 | Reply
The Story Behind The Stuff: Consumers’ Growing Interest In “Real” Products

There is a powerful urge to get in touch with what they believe is a more “real” world, and it’s leading us to a place where signs of realness take on greater value.

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Dubai: Food industry feeding economy

| 17/10/2012 | Reply
Dubai: Food industry feeding economy

With food security becoming an increasingly important issue globally, and in the arid Middle East in particular, Dubai appears to have positioned itself to play an important role in meeting the most basic needs of the region.

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A Day in the Life of a Mobile Food Mogul

| 13/10/2012 | Reply
A Day in the Life of a Mobile Food Mogul

In his book, The Food Truck Handbook: Start, Grow and Succeed in the Mobile Food Business, author David Weber offers step-by-step advice on developing, starting and operating a successful food truck business.

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Richard Gere Open to Film to Counter Islamophobia After ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Controversy

| 12/10/2012 | Reply
Richard Gere Open to Film to Counter Islamophobia After ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Controversy

The actor, 63, told journalists he was open to shooting any movie which helped present Muslims in a more positive light after the damage caused by Innocence of Muslims.
“If there was a good script that was presenting the Arab world, the world of Islam, the culture of Islam, then, yes of course I would be interested,” Gere said.

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USA: Controversies over Mosques and Islamic centres

| 27/09/2012 | Reply
USA: Controversies over Mosques and Islamic centres

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life have published the results of their latest survey, with interactive map, about proposed mosques and other community centers that have encountered some form of resistance.

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USA: Exporting Halal – opportunity and responsibility

| 12/09/2012 | Reply
USA: Exporting Halal – opportunity and responsibility

US companies are now starting to take notice of the monumental opportunities to expand their markets to the Middle East and South East Asia. “It is not enough to wait for regulators to enforce rules. It is up to Halal food producers to set the standards”

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Alcohol-free red wine may aid high blood pressure

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
Alcohol-free red wine may aid high blood pressure

Alcohol-free red wine may help to lower blood pressure levels to a greater extent than wine containing alcohol, according to new research that suggests the alcohol-free drink could cut heart disease and stroke risks.

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It’s might be ‘Halal’, but is it humane?

| 10/09/2012 | 2 Replies
It’s might be ‘Halal’, but is it humane?

Over 10 billion animals are killed for food every year in the USA. The majority of them do not lead natural lives; they are raised, killed and processed with more of an eye on the bottom line than on the animal’s welfare. Isn’t it time we started asking ourselves how the animal lived, not just how it died?

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Spain: Financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel economy

| 07/09/2012 | Reply
Spain: Financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel economy

At a time when the future of the euro is in doubt and millions are unemployed or underemployed with little cash to spare, a parallel economy is springing up in parts of Spain, allowing people to live outside the single currency.

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Opinion: Veganism and the rise of the Muslim Consumer

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Veganism and the rise of the Muslim Consumer

Whilst obviously you don’t have to be vegan to be Muslim you clearly do have to be just as discerning when buying products to keep to your moral/spiritual ideology. A commentary on the BBC’s ‘The Future is Halal’ programme.

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USA: Halal cover-ups: One designer takes on fashion world

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
USA: Halal cover-ups: One designer takes on fashion world

Designers love to push boundaries in the search for that sexy catwalk look, but Nzinga Knight, an American Muslim, takes an even more daring tack: covering her models up.

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Making a killing out of a food crisis

| 03/09/2012 | Reply
Making a killing out of a food crisis

The United Nations, aid agencies and the British Government have lined up to attack the world’s largest commodities trading company, Glencore, after it described the current global food crisis and soaring world prices as a “good” business opportunity.

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Banking on the Hungry Poor

| 03/09/2012 | Reply
Banking on the Hungry Poor

Market speculation in basic food commodities is illegal under Islamic Law. This is a market control mechanism to safeguard the poor, to keep basic food prices always within the reach of all members of the society. Speculation creates starvation.

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