Day: April 21, 2011

Fears of Indonesia’s Ahmadiyah sect

BBC’s Kate McGeown reports on how the Ahmadiyah are facing a struggling to survive In the Indonesian city of Bogor, members of a small Islamic sect called the Ahmadiyah tried to ignore the police patrol car parked opposite their mosque as they walked to Friday prayers. Peering in through the […]

Genome studies lead to unexpected results

……. Billions of dollars were spent to map the human genome because scientists hoped to find the genes responsible for diseases like cancer, heart disease, and stroke. This knowledge, they thought, would allow them to design specific drugs and maybe even find a way to replace defective genes. For decades, […]

‘Israel’s greatest dilemma’

Are the Arabs in Israel an enemy from within? In 1999, when Professor Dan Schueftan’s book “Disengagement: Israel and the Palestinian Entity” was published, his proposals appeared extreme; almost imaginary even. As there was no chance for securing an agreement with the Palestinians, Schueftan asserted at the time, Israel must […]

Syria lifts decades old emergency law

Syria’s president lifted the country’s 48-year-old state of emergency Thursday, one of three expected government moves aimed at fostering stability among a discontented populace. But human rights activists question the government’s intentions to follow through on reform because of the stiff police crackdown on peaceful protests. President Bashar al-Assad issued […]