Day: August 25, 2012

Starving the Future

Source: The New York Times Author: Charles M. Blow America is in trouble. Emerging economic powers China and India are heavily investing in educating the world’s future workers while we squabble about punishing teachers and coddling children. This week, the Center for American Progress and the Center for the Next […]

Men Should Shed Excess Weight Before Fathering Children, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2012) — Melbourne scientists studying the impact obesity has on pregnancy, are urging men to get ‘match fit’ before conceiving to assist with fetal development. Reproductive experts from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Zoology have discovered that a father’s obesity negatively impacts sperm, resulting in smaller fetuses, […]

Old Husbands’ Tales

Huff Post: Rev. Martha Spong. I’ve been speechless for the past couple of days. I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the words Todd Akin used to describe rape. I’ve been thinking and reading the words of others in their responses to him. On religious websites, the comments devolve immediately […]

Blasphemy law in India

Express Tribune: By Aakar Patel. On May 27, 1953, the Tamil reformer EV Ramaswami Naickersmashed an idol of Lord Ganesha in public at the Town Hall maidanin Tiruchirapalli. Naicker, who was angered by Hinduism’s caste system, made a speech announcing his intention to do this before breaking the idol. Veerabadran Chettiar, an […]

Assam: Muslim girl’s chhoti si riot story

by Rahul Karmakar, Hindustan Times. Surrounded by hatred and fear in violence-hit western Assam, Jamaluddin Sheikh, 43, a relief camp inmate in the Muslim-majority Dhubri district, entrusted his 19-year-old daughter’s life to a Hindu he met for the first time at the camp and took an instant liking to. “I […]

Explainer: Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

Credit: Belief CNN via Wasim Sroya By Reza Sayah, CNN Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) – An 11-year-old girl is being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. Her accusers says she burned pages from the Quran, Islam’s holy book. Now, she is being detained by authorities, and her family appears to be on […]

Scuffles as Egyptians rally against Mursi

AYA BATRAWY | AP ARABNEWS Friday 24 August 2012 CAIRO: Several thousand Egyptians rallied Friday in the first significant protests against the country’s Islamist President Muhammad Mursi, accusing him and his Muslim Brotherhood group of trying to monopolize power. The main protest in Cairo, which counted around 3,000 people and […]

USA: Silent on Israel

by George S. Hishmeh | Aug 23, 2012 | JORDAN TIMES It is a fact of life that in the campaign for presidential election in the US, held once every four years, foreign policy is not a contentious issue. This time around, however, the policies of Israel, a revered ally […]