For millions of Americans, this is a special and sacred time of year.
As Christians, my family and I remember the incredible sacrifice Jesus made for each and every one of us – how He took on the sins of the world and extended the gift of salvation.
So this weekend, I hope we’re all able to take a moment to pause and reflect. Lees verder →
“Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” So wrote Alexis de Tocqueville.
Judged by the standards of those old “pulpits aflame with righteousness,” is America still a good country?
Equality before the law, also known as legal equality, is the principle under which all people are subject to the same laws of justice. All are equal before the law. Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.” Lees verder →
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry and may choose to back or strike down Prop. 8 in California that seeks to ban marriage equality. I have personally spoken to both sides of the issues. Lees verder →
This is a transcript of a tape-recorded interview conducted for the Harry S. Truman Library. A draft of this transcript was edited by the interviewee but only minor emendations were made; therefore, the reader should remember that this is essentially a transcript of the spoken, rather than the written word. Lees verder →
The new Pope, who has taken the name Francis, the saint, said something interesting at his inaugural Mass last Tuesday, St Joseph’s day. The “vocation”, he said to “protect creation” (as St Joseph, a working man, had protected the young Jesus) is “not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone”. This means, “protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world… as St Francis of Assisi showed us”. Lees verder →
I am a Palestinian from the Bethlehem area who also happens to hold a US passport. The latter does not allow me to enter Jerusalem and the US government will not protect this or other rights I have (including family reunification). Meanwhile, any Jewish American can come and get automatic citizenship and live on stolen Palestinian land in our city.
It is hard to describe the level of frustration that I had watching the theater of media frenzy about Obama’s visit. Obama gave a new lifeline to war and conflict by avoiding human rights and international law.
Under the Pahlavi shahs who promoted a nationalist narrative, the adjective “Islamic” was quietly set aside in favor of “Iranian”. Official discourse presented “Iranian” as synonymous with excellent and sublime.Having seized power in 1979, the mullahs were uneasy about the words Iran and Iranian from the start. …
The Khomeinist sect tried to scrap Nowruz, the Iranian New Year and, for years, banned pre-Islamic Iranian names for new-born children. Khomeinists insisted on attaching the adjective “Islamic” to everything under the sun. Thus, we got “Islamic” physics, biology, mathematics, cuisine, and, more interestingly, even music and cinema… The mullahs’ leftist allies shared their hatred of “Iran” because they, too, saw nationalism as an ideological threat. To Marxists, people should not be defined by national background but by class affiliation. Lees verder →
On December 14, 2012, Dr. Eran Elhaik (researcher from the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University) turned almost two generations of Jewish genome research upside down. But he went even further. The young Israeli-American geneticist has charged former researchers with academic fraud, and he has the research to back it up.
How could those eminent Jewish scientists before him have been so wrong?
Easy says Dr. Elhaik: “First these researchers decided what conclusion they wanted to find, and then they set off to find evidence to support it… It is my impression that their results were written before they began the research. First they shot the arrow — and then they painted a bull’s-eye around it.”
The Cairo Jazz Festival, which will run between 21 and 23 March, was founded in 2009 by Amro Salah, a pianist and founder of Eftikasat, a prominent Egyptian jazz band. In the festival’s first year, Salah was partnered by jazz vocalist Ahmed Harfoush and Eftikasat bass guitarist Samer George, but he now works alone with “friendly support” from his former colleagues.
Salah started AGWA Productions, which he uses as base for organising the festival, hosting a growing number of local and international artists at El Sawy Culturewheel. This year, however, the festival has moved to other locations in Cairo: mainly Darb 1718 and Al-Azhar Park.