Day: March 6, 2012

Don’t use us as scapegoats in halal meat row, say France’s Muslims

y RFI The debate in France over halal meat, which has become a major issue of the presidential election campaign, once again reared its head on Tuesday when the president of theFrench Council of the Muslim Faith, Mohammed Moussaoui, condemned the use of Muslims as ‘scapegoats’ in the row. More:  http://www.english.rfi.fr/france/20120306-dont-use-us-scapegoats-halal-meat-row-say-frances-muslims

Is Canada the World’s Next Superpower

  Source: CNN Author: Erin Burnett Since Iceland’s financial collapse in 2008, the country has debated whether it should stick with the krona or adopt the currency of another country. The obvious choice seems to be for Iceland to submit to, say, oil-rich Norway or maybe even join the EU and […]

Church schools shun poorest pupils

England’s faith state schools are failing to mirror their local communities by shunning the poorest pupils in their area, analysis by the Guardian of the latest government figures shows. The Roman Catholic church, which has repeatedly insisted its schools are inclusive, comes out particularly badly in the examination of data published by […]

Wilders anti-euro report gets frosty reception

The anti-euro report commissioned by Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party, has been widely condemned in Dutch political circles. The report argues that the introduction of the euro has cost the Netherlands a fortune and that it would be cheaper to reintroduce the old Dutch guilder than remain part of the euro […]

Dutch retailer in headscarf sacking case

Leading Dutch retailer HEMA is being taken to court in Belgium after a female employee was fired for wearing a headscarf. The Belgian Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (CGKR) is pressing charges against the firm. HEMA dismissed the Muslim employee a year ago after customers complained about […]

A Challenge to Make Science Crystal Clear

Source: NY Times   At 11, Alan Aldawas fascinated by the colorful, translucent undulations of a burning flame. So he asked his teacher, “What is a flame?” “It’s oxidation,” she said. The answer dumbfounded him. A flame is indeed oxidation, a type of chemical reaction that occurs when something burns. But […]

Thomas More and Islam: Utopia (1516)

Sir Thomas More, by Hans Holbein An odd case in early 16th century literature on tolerance is the work of Erasmus’s personal friend Thomas More. In his Utopia of 1516, More pictures an ideal society where different religions co-exist. He not only allows the diversity of Islamic society to enter the stage, […]