Month: September 2012

M.T.A. Amends Rules After Pro-Israel Ads Draw Controversy

Source: NY Times. By MATT FLEGENHEIMER The Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved new guidelines for advertisements on Thursday, prohibiting those that it “reasonably foresees would imminently incite or provoke violence or other immediate breach of the peace.” The 8-to-0 vote by the authority’s board came three days after pro-Israel ads characterizing Islamist […]

The spilled milk of religious tolerance

Source: ET “The torching of the church is unfortunate and reprehensible, contrary to the teachings of Islam, which ordains respecting places of worship of all religions,” the president had said. PHOTO: REUTERS Trying to be ‘correct’ after the fact, President Asif Ali Zardari has issued a message condemning the ransacking […]

Islam in Germany

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Red Mosque at Schwetzingen Castle, Germany’s oldest mosque constructed between 1779-1791 Islam by country Africa[show] Asia[show] Europe[show] The Americas[show] Oceania[show] This box: view talk […]

Security Council reform gains traction

Source: Asiatimes. This year’s UN General Assembly has seen more national leaders than ever seek reform of the Security Council, with France’s President Francois Hollande saying membership was not a “privilege handed down through time” and smaller countries saying expansion could solve the council’s frequent paralysis and the image of […]

Iron ladies of Indian democracy

Source: Asiatimes. While India’s women leaders are equally ruthless in politics, they differ greatly in style. Chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee’s down-at-heel image is carefully crafted to appeal to the poor, while the glamour of Uttar Pradesh chief Mayawati presents her dalit caste with an aspirational figure. Rising […]