By Drake Bennett in the Boston Globe
Three weeks ago, with much fanfare, a team of scientists unveiled the fossil skeleton of Ardi, a 4-foot-tall female primate who lived and died 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. According to her discoverers, Ardi – short for Ardipithecus ramidus, her species – is our oldest known ancestor. She predated Lucy, the fossilized Australopithecus afarensis that previously had claimed the title, by 1.2 million years. The papers announcing the find described a transitional specimen, with the long arms and short legs of an ape and strong, grasping big toes suited to life in the trees, but also a pelvis whose shape allowed her to walk upright on the ground below. Continue reading
Filed under Islam, Science
While flipping channels, I noticed the difference between the coverage on Pakistani channels and BBC and CNN. The local channels are reporting about the 40th anniversary of Libya’s so-called revolution. And of course, BBC and CNN were reporting about the elections in different parts of the world.
I couldn’t help, but notice that Pakistan’s channels are glorifying Libya’s undemocratic, uncivilized and out of touch government that denies its people the right to vote, the right to chose or elect their government, the right to assemble and voice their opposition to any or all government policies. In addition, Pakistani channels are also presenting Libya’s ruler, who has been in power for 40 years, as a heroic figure.
This made me sick. Continue reading
“We need slaves to build monuments,” says an Iraqi engineer living in Abu Dhabi to a reporter from the Guardian. In the published report he goes to add that he would never use the metro if it wasn’t segregated since “we would never sit next to Pakistanis and Indians because of their smell”. Continue reading
New America Media, News Analysis, Jalal Ghazi
Editor’s Note: Arab media are disappointed with Pres. Barack Obama’s Pakistan-Afghanistan strategy. The U.S. focus on the Taliban’s assault on women’s rights ignores the fact that the military attacks are actually helping to unite Pashtun tribal groups under the Taliban banner, says NAM contributor Jalal Ghazi.
The specter of a Taliban takeover of Pakistan has been haunting Western media. As the fighting between Pakistani forces and the Taliban intensifies, Arab media are pointing the finger at the United States. The Obama Administration does not understand Pashtun cultural traditions, say the media. It is using force first, just as the Bush administration had done. In fact, the air strikes killing many civilians are actually creating more “Talibanization,” say Arab media. Continue reading
by Shaheryar Ali
The movement of Mysticism emerged as a reaction against the nexus of Arab imperialism, the clerics and the emergence of culture of the rich and the fashionable, against which the “rough shirt” of wool became the symbol of resistance and etymological root of the word “Sufi” [though controversial from Soof] , I continue the story from where I left it-….
Bayazeed and Rabiya shook the very foundations of “Islam” as defined by the Mullahs. Many of the great Sufis were killed by the Kings but they became the “heroes” of the masses. Yet another result was the sudden increase in conversions to Islam in the conquered land [a comparative study of conversion to Islam during Arab Imperialism suggests that very little conversion occurred during Umayyad and early Abbasid periods, but a sudden surge occurred as mysticism became a full movement] [A fact further highlighted by the fact that the “Shariah or law based Islam to this day is not popular in conquered Moslem lands. From Iran to Afghanistan, and from Sindh to India, masses retain their attachment to Sufis despite the distortions and inherent exploitation of the present day shrine culture. Continue reading