Being optimistic in the midst of Calamity

By. Imam Shamsi Ali* 

OPINION-Islam is the religion of optimism and hope. Having faith as a Muslim gives us hope. On the contrary, being in despair is a sign of being ungrateful to Allah's blessings. 

Islam teaches us to be grateful all the time. In fact, it is an important essence of our gratefulness of Allah is hope and optimism. That no matter how bitter the life is, how challenging and difficult the circumstance we live in, we are always being blessed abundantly by the Almighty Allah. 

Nine out of 10 in poor nations to miss out on inoculation as west buys up Covid vaccines

KONFRONTASI-Nine out of 10 people in 70 low-income countries are unlikely to be vaccinated against Covid-19 next year because the majority of the most promising vaccines coming on-stream have been bought up by the west, campaigners have said.

As the first people get vaccinated in the UK, the People’s Vaccine Alliance is warning that the deals done by rich countries’ governments will leave the poor at the mercy of the rampaging virus. Rich countries with 14% of the world’s population have secured 53% of the most promising vaccines.

'Imminent' Earthquakes That Would Divide Continents, Kill 5 Crore People Might Hit Us Soon

If the words of Dr. Keshe, a nuclear engineer, are to be believed, North and South America will 'split' and mega tsunamis "could strike America and Asia killing (as many as) 50 million (5 crore) people" in an earthquake he describes as 'imminent'.
This statement comes into light as millions of people across America and Canada took part in the 'Great Shake Out' where authorities of major cities in the two countries carry out a mock-drill of their emergency response if a major earthquake strikes the two nations. 


Indonesia's new central bank law risks going back to bad old days

A woman wearing a protective face mask and shield walks past a banner showing a masked Indonesian President Joko Widodo promoting coronavirus awareness at Tanah Abang Station in Jakarta on Sept. 14.   © Reuters



While a so-called omnibus law has sparked ongoing protests in Indonesia, another move shows President Joko Widodo's government and the legislature trying to turn the clock backward to an earlier, less democratic time.

Can Sports Survive Through COVID-19?

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Sports can already feature a handful of hurdles. It didn’t need COVID-19 to add to the mix. As the world continues to navigate through the pandemic, questions about organized sports are among the most talked about focal points of progressing forward. Questions about the return of youth sports remain up in the air, but many want the topic to be pushed to urgency. 

Iran says OPEC right to be cautious about fragile oil market

KONFRONTASI - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has supported calls within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for continued cuts to global supply of crude, saying the oil cartel is right to be cautious about the future of a market which has been deeply affected by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Zanganeh said after a Monday meeting of OPEC members that oil markets would remain fragile for the near future despite optimistic news about development of coronavirus vaccines.