Day: July 27, 2011

Lessons from the Norwegian tragedy

Source: Dawn Author: Mahir Ali WESTERN terrorism experts have faced considerable derision in the past few days for jumping to the conclusion, in the immediate aftermath of a bomb blast aimed at governmental offices in central Oslo last Friday, that Al Qaeda had once again picked a relatively soft target. […]

UAE Ramadan timings for public sector

By Yahoo! Maktoob DUBAI – Work at the UAE federal ministries and departments will be from 9am till 2pm during the holy month of Ramadan, the state news agency WAM said. Meanwhile, the working hours of private sector companies will be reduced from eight to six hours during the Holy […]

Hunger Gene

Anyone who’s ever struggled with their weight knows all the tricks for taming appetite: don’t eat mindlessly in front of the telly, don’t bolt your food and resist the triggers for non-hungry eating like boredom and stress. But what if you’d acquired a faulty gene that gave you such a […]

‘Africa can feed the world’

The president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development claims that, by focusing on farming, Africa has the potential to feed not only itself but the rest of the world.frequent drought. Africa can feed not just itself but the world is a bold assertion to make at a time when […]

Palestine, the UN and international law

“Membership in the United Nations is open to all other peace-loving states,” notes the UN Charter. The admission depends on “a decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council”, the Charter continues. The conditions sound feasible, but for Palestine the reality of international politics has been blocking its […]

A trigger for discourse

Source: The Globe and Mail ……. Linking acts of terrorism with Islam has become trope to the 21st-century journalistic tragedians. But there’s a larger narrative. The emerging portrait of Anders Behring Breivik, the man in custody for carrying out both the bombing and the shooting rampage at a youth camp, […]

Indonesian Ulema Issue Fatwa on Destructive Mining

The Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) issued a religious edict,  known as a fatwa, on Wednesday, condemning mining practices that were destroying the environment and neglecting people’s welfare. “We condemn mining activities that only destroy the environment and inflict misery on the people. We must prevent such actions through regulation […]

The Courage To Redefine Pakistan

Source / Credit: The Huffington Post By Samia Khan Bambrah Growing up as a member of the privileged class of Karachi, I was blinded to many of the realities of my city. My friends and I were what the average Pakistani would call “burgers,” an affectionately derogatory term to describe the […]

Children don’t prevent divorce, study says

Rather than being the glue that prevents parents splitting up, children will at best just delay divorce, according to a Swiss study. Fabienne Stettler, a sociologist at Neuchâtel University, says the number of divorces peaks when the family’s youngest child is aged between three and five. “Parents are often too […]

Hizbollah on edge in face of Syria revolt

By Rana Moussaoui Agence France-Presse, Jordan Times. BEIRUT – The unprecedented revolt threatening the regime in Syria has placed key ally Hizbollah in a tight spot and prompted the Lebanese group to adopt a more measured attitude, analysts say. “Hizbollah’s margin of manoeuvre is currently very limited because the strategic […]