Uri Anvery Direct from his blog
(Uri Anvery a vociferous Jewish Journalist, now 91 years old but still sturdy is a sincere sypathiser of the Palestinian cause and vocal critic of successive Israeli Governments -TW)
KAFR KANNA, a village near Nazareth, is probably the place where Jesus – according to the New Testament – turned water into wine. Now it is the Arab village where the Israeli police is turning stones into blood.
On the fateful day, the police was confronting a group of young Arabs protesting against the Israeli efforts to change the status quo on the Temple Mount (known to Muslims as “the Noble Sanctuary”). Such demonstrations were taking place that day in many Arab towns and villages all over Israel, and especially in occupied East Jerusalem. Continue reading Wine, Blood and Gasoline
When clerics collide over differing ideologies (Original title as given to the article. -TW)
Perhaps the biggest argument raised in support of Shaikh Al Ghamdi is that God did not decree that women should cover their faces during the holiest of religious rituals which is during Haj
By Tariq A. Al Maeena |Source Gulf News
The Saudi domestic arena was recently witness to publicised differences of opinion on personal beliefs by none other than two renowned clerics, one the former head of the Makkah religious police and the other the kingdom’s appointed supreme mufti or cleric. Continue reading When (Muslim) clerics collide over differing ideologies
SLMC- liability on the Muslim community
Time to dissolve and stop claiming to represent Muslims
By Latheef Farook
Muslims are a deeply wounded community today. They are ignored by successive governments, betrayed by their own politicians and exploited by all to suit their agendas. The selfish politics of the main Muslim political party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, SLMC, and it are more than half a dozen splinter groups have brought nothing but disaster.
As a result Muslims are disgusted with their politicians. They are in the same camp with Sinhala racist groups which unleashed violence against Muslims’ threatening their very existence as a community. Continue reading Hey, hakeem Dissolve your SLMC immediately and stop claiming to represent Muslims
The changing face of history by HARBANS MUKHIA Source Hindu
Over the past five odd decades the face of History as a discipline has undergone amazing transformations. During the 18th, 19th and much of the 20th century, History, much like other science and social science disciplines, was dominated by the Positivist or Marxist paradigm which had posited an objective reality out there amenable to recovery through incremental knowledge of facts which would ultimately reveal the truth. Ranke’s famous dictum captures this paradigm pithily: History tells us as it really happened. The embedded certitude of the existence of a singular, unambiguous Truth and its recovery was premised here, emulating the methods of natural sciences. ‘Scientific History’ was the elevating phrase used by its practitioners. It also had a clearly European provenance. Continue reading Why India despite its possession of “nuclear weapons even BC” lost to Foreign Invaders?
Source The Hindu
This Hindu Editorial is very relevant to Sri Lanka’s plastic culture -ThinkWorth
Despite several committees constituted by the Union government highlighting the many problems posed by thin, non-biodegradable, single-use plastic bags, and a body of evidence also indicating their ill-effects, the government emphatically stated recently that there would be “no ban on manufacture and use of plastic bags” in the country. But such a ban is already in place in a few States.
Continue reading The cost of convenience
The Minority Vote
By Izeth Hussain
The cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy – H.L. Mencken
My confident expectation before the Uva PC elections was that the UPFA would have a ‘torrid time’, and so it turned out. My confident expectation thereafter was that at the next round of elections the President and the UPFA would be soundly, and deservedly, trounced. The obvious reasons for that expectation are as follows. First of all there is the factor of longevity: in the contemporary world, though not in traditional societies, people want change; combining economic development with equity seems to be practically impossible under the capitalist system so that a substantial proportion of the electorate can be expected to vote against the UPFA; the dictatorial drive has roused deep anxieties about the recurrence of another doom-laden 1989 if the UPFA continues in power; and the thorough alienation of the minorities should mean that the greater part of 25% of the electorate would vote against the UPFA. On those grounds, it seemed to me, that a sound resounding trouncing of the President and thereafter of the UPFA candidates at General Elections had to be expected. Continue reading “My confident expectation on UVA Polls torrid” – Retired SL Diplomat (not …mutt)
FAIZAN MUSTAFA Source Hindu
Attempt to commit suicide should stay on the statute book because suicide comes in conflict with the monopolistic power of the state to take away life
You choose your country, you choose your spouse, you choose your profession, you choose your political masters, and you choose where you want to live and how. Die you must. But how to die and when: should that be a matter of choice as well?
India has the highest suicide rate in the world after China. Last year, 1,35,445 people killed themselves — every four minutes someone ends his or her life in India or 371 suicides take place per day. Tamil Nadu tops the list followed by Maharashtra, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. In view of these alarming figures, the decision of the Narendra Modi government to decriminalise attempts to suicide needs thorough examination. Continue reading Debating the ‘right to die’