Day: March 21, 2012

Bhagavad Gita: You Are Not The Body

Source: Huff Post Religion When I first came across this concept, in theBhagavad Gita, about 20 years ago, I was immediately fascinated by it. Not being subjected to birth, old age, disease and death got my attention. It’s safe to say that no one is looking forward to these aspects […]

Religion and Climate Change Fuel Chaos in Sahel

Credit: Spiegel Germany: y Horand Knaup. AP Bloody conflicts in a band of Africa stretching from Senegal to Somalia are hampering efforts to bring progress to the troubled region. Muslims are increasingly pitted against Christians, and nomads against sedentary farmers. Matters are made worse by climate change and a flood […]

New Protests Test Saudi Monarchy’s Control

Credit: Stratfor: The Arabian Peninsula has not been immune to the wave of recent demonstrations in countries across the Middle East. Notably,protests have been ongoing in Saudi Arabia’s Shiite-concentrated Eastern Province for more than a year. Recently, however, unrelated demonstrations began in parts of the country where such unrest is […]

Viruses Recruited as Killers of Tumors

Source: The New York Times In 1951, a 4-year-old boy with leukemia contracted chickenpox. His liver and spleen, swollen by the cancer, soon returned to normal, and his elevated blood cell count fell to that of a healthy child. His doctors at the Laboratory of Experimental Oncology in San Francisco were thrilled […]

How the German Economy Became a Model

Source: Spiegel Germany:By Thomas Schulz in New York Getty Images It wasn’t so long ago that many viewed Germany’s economic model as outdated and the country as the “sick man of Europe.” These days, however, even the Americans have come to praise parts of it, though they still doubt whether […]

Iran’s nuclear claims test good faith

Credit: Asia Times: By Gareth Porter Iranian nuclear envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh has gone public about the failed visit by the United Nations’ atomic energy agency last month after anonymous statements from the watchdog and Western capitals portrayed Tehran as uncooperative. His account presents fascinating detail that belies that charge. […]

A Measured Rebuttal to China Over Solar Panels

Source: NY Times   The US Commerce Department said on Tuesday that it would impose tariffs on solar panels imported from China after concluding that the Chinese government provided illegal export subsidies to manufacturers there. The tariffs were smaller, at 2.9 to 4.73 percent, than some American industry executives had expected. At […]

Saudi women urgently need equal rights

I was hesitant to write again about the subject of Saudi women, but I concluded, after much consideration, the entire topic is more serious than I originally anticipated. My reasons are simply as follows: 1. Women are our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and others and they affect if not influence […]