My Take: How technology could bring down the church

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, and Bible publishers are ostentatiously commemorating the landmark by producing an abundance of gorgeous doorstops. Leather bound Bibles. Two-volume sets. Replicas of the 1611 version complete with “original” illustrations. The hoopla is entirely justified, since the King James Bible […]

Muslim World League eyes better India ties

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR | ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: Abdullah Al-Turki, secretary-general of Muslim World League, has reiterated his organization’s desire to hold an interfaith dialogue conference in the south Indian state of Kerala and hoped the Indian government would soon endorse the program aimed at improving relations among the country’s […]

Palestine Papers: Why I blew the whistle

The mislabeled “peace talks” were instrumental in creating divisions amongst Palestinians, compelling me to speak out. In Palestine, the time for national reconciliation has come. On the eve of the 63rd commemoration of the Nakba, this is a long-awaited and hopeful moment. Earlier this year, the release by Al Jazeera […]

Survey names Soeharto best president

Soeharto was named Indonesia’s best president by a plurality of respondents, according to a survey released on Sunday. According to the Indo Barometer survey, 40.9 percent of respondents agreed that Indonesia was better off under Soeharto’s New Order than under former president Sukarno or the current reform era. “This is […]

Clashes on ‘Nakba’ Day

Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip in “Nakba Day” protests, while police are investigating whether a fatal traffic accident in Tel Aviv was a deliberate attack. The violence occurred on the anniversary of what Palestinians call the Nakba, or catastrophe, referring to […]

Professor upsets Saudi students

By ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: An inappropriate choice of a photo to clarify a point by a visiting US academic led to the abrupt end of his lecture following the protest of the audience at Taif University on Tuesday. The audience was deeply upset by the photo of a dog wearing […]

“We want to return to Palestine” …

By Mohammad Ben Hussein AMMAN – Chanting: “We want to return to Palestine” thousands gathered in the Jordan Valley town of Karameh on Friday to mark the anniversary of the Nakbeh (catastrophe) in 1948 when the state of Israel was created. Around 5,000 people from across the Kingdom, including refugee […]

Death toll mounts in Syria despite talks offer

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian security forces killed at least four people on Saturday in a border town, witnesses said, as the death toll rose in anti-regime protests despite a no-shoot order, dialogue offer and troop pullouts. “The security forces, who had been encircling Tall Kalakh since the morning, fired machineguns. […]

202km/h driver caught by brother-in-law

A Hastings man clocked driving at 202km/h was pulled over by a police constable who turned out to be his brother-in-law. Officers who pulled over James Stanley Buckrell, 36, on January 29, said the late-model V8 Holden Commodore sounded like a “rocket” as it headed towards their parked patrol cars […]

Hotchin is a lucky shopper

He avoided prison by being allowed to serve home detention in a $4.7 million mansion, with a swimming pool and a tennis court. Now, disgraced financier John Hotchin has been spotted in his local Countdown doing the family shopping. But the Probation Service says Hotchin, who was convicted of breaches […]

Critical Thinking & Teaching Students How to Study and Learn (Part One)

All thinking occurs within, and across, disciplines and domains of knowledge and experience, yet few students learn how to think well within those domains.  Despite having taken many classes, few are able to think biologically, chemically, geographically, sociologically, anthropologically, historically, artistically, ethically, or philosophically.  Students study literature, but do not […]