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NHRC concludes exhibition on human rights in the United States

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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) concluded in Washington the virtual exhibition “Transcendent Text..Unity of Humanity..Exploration of Universal Values ​​through Islamic Calligraphy”.
Organized in partnership with the Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC), the exhibition kicked off in September 2020 and its last event was the Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition on “Human Rights in Islamic Culture”.
The NHRC said the events witnessed a public presence and that the Embassy of Qatar, a large number of leaders of prestigious think tanks in Washington, directors of cultural institutions, representatives of international organizations and civil society organizations participated.
At the end of the virtual exhibition, NHRC Secretary General Maryam Abdullah al-Attiyah said that the NHRC, through this exhibition, intends to highlight Islamic civilization and its adherence to the principles of human rights. man from the dawn of Islam to the present day.
She stressed that Islam is a religion of moderation unlike what has been promoted by many societies, adding the moderate Islamic approach called, hundreds of years ago, to respect for human dignity far from all. ethnic, racial or religious approach.
She added that this exhibition, in its different editions, has attracted a large segment of the elite of European societies, and many different cultures.
The NHRC secretary general added that visitors’ reactions to the exhibition were positive, especially after finding out that honorable Quranic verses and hadiths called for respect for human rights hundreds of years ago and before they were codified in international conventions and charters, changed the stereotypical image that some circles portrayed of Islam, and they realized that Islam is a religion of peace, a religion of spreading love and peace among all human races.
The exhibition, she said, enriches dialogue and understanding between all religions and establishes the universality of human rights in all divine messages, addressing the most important ideas and principles that explain the truth of Islam with a sophisticated artistic message, emphasizing at the same time that it promotes a sublime message about Islam as a religion of peace and tolerance.
Al-Attiyah noted the ability of art to educate people, hence affirming the importance of this exhibition to introduce people to the status of human rights in Islam, describing the exhibition as a milestone. to disseminate a culture of tolerance through dialogue and the dissemination of a culture of peace in the world.
She underlined that the CNDH will remain concerned with consolidating the values ​​of peace and the noble principles of human rights within the framework of its objectives, tasks and competences, noting that the promotion of the principles of human rights is possible in all political, social, religious, cultural, sporting and other aspects of this universe, and that the NHRC enters all of these pillars of life from all human rights angles in order to extract messages that preserve and preserve human dignity.
For his part, Raed Jarrar, advocacy director for Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), said that as an Arab-American Muslim, calligraphy is part of his identity.
He added that anyone who saw the exhibition today would come to the same conclusion he found, namely the universality of art and human rights.
Jarrar explained that the exhibition was an indication of the depth of the roots of human rights in different societies, because through this exhibition, verses from the Qur’an and prophetic hadiths were linked to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. man published by the United Nations, which tell the story of equality among the human race.
For her part, QAIC Executive Director Fatima al-Dosari said that as they were still welcoming the audience’s return through a personal presence, they realized how lucky they were to have the opportunity to present these unique works presented by the NHRC through the exhibition “Human Rights in Islamic Culture”. She added that the “Transcendental Text” was an attraction that attracted more than 100 visitors to the exhibition through special tours with groups, embassies, think tanks and even social media influencers.
She explained that while artistic and cultural events were very limited, the exhibit provided a refuge for those who felt disconnected from the art world and its inspiration.
Al-Dosari said that at the end of the Transcendent Text exhibition, QAIC looks forward to holding new exhibitions that advance its mission of connecting creators and innovations, organizing gatherings and celebrating cultures.
Second Secretary and Public Diplomacy Advisor at the Qatari Embassy in Washington, Fatima al-Baker, said the collection of sacred texts in the exhibition on Human Rights in Islamic Culture has been expertly coordinated to express the humanitarian situation and how our experiences are linked.
Al-Baker praised the Qatar-USA Year of Culture 2021, saying it is an annual initiative led by Qatar museums, where Qatar and a partner country innovate programs with the aim of artistic and cultural exchanges.
She explained that the massive attendance at the end of this exhibition indicates a gradual return to activities as they were before, noting that when the exhibition launched amid the pandemic in September 2020, its activities were limited to the visualization through special tours or virtual rooms.
QAIC is an independent, non-profit organization that creates, organizes and executes programs and research that amplifies the importance of all forms of art and culture in society.
QAIC cultivates the artistic expression and cultural dialogue of the United States, Qatar and the great Arab and Islamic worlds.


“Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury”: six key moments that shaped the holy city

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But as historians describe in the original CNN series “Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury,” the history of the capital’s religious and political tensions extends far beyond the 20th century. It goes back thousands of years.

“The history of Jerusalem is a very complicated story,” says Laura Schor, professor of history at Hunter College, in the CNN series. “And if you don’t know it in its complexity, it’s very difficult to understand what’s going on out there today.”

Then there is the fact that Jerusalem is also “the center of the national aspirations of two communities: the Israeli community and the Palestinian community”, explains Suleiman Mourad, professor of religion at Smith College in the series “Jerusalem”. “It adds another layer of complexity.”

The challenge of unraveling centuries of conflict can be daunting, but “it’s impossible to imagine repairing the present and building a better future for Jerusalem without understanding the many stories of its past,” adds Schor.

“Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury” offers a starting point by focusing on half a dozen critical moments in the city’s evolution. Below is a timeline of these six key conflicts and rivalries, along with commentary from the series’ expert.

Around 1000 BC. AD: David against Goliath

The story of a young Israelite shepherd powerfully defeating a giant is so legendary that it is still part of modern popular culture. Even those who have never read the Bible text know its contours: David, described as the ultimate underdog, slaughters a formidable and deadly enemy named Goliath with nothing more than a slingshot and a little faith.

Here’s why this well-known saga is so central to the history of Jerusalem: In the Hebrew Bible, it’s not just a story of well-being. It is a fundamental turning point in the establishment of a kingdom.

When David kills Goliath around 1000 BC, it sets him on the path to becoming the king of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel. Once he does, David takes Jerusalem as his capital by force.
The fortified enclave was built in an area called Canaan, territory “that the Israelites believed God had given them as their land to inherit,” says University of Iowa religious studies professor Robert Cargill . According to the biblical text, an indigenous population called the Jebusites already resided in the capital chosen by David, and therefore his conquest of Jerusalem is still debated today, adds historian and author Simon Sebag Montefiore.

39 BC: The rise and fall of Herod the Great

The reign of King David was followed by that of his son Solomon, whose crowning achievement was the construction of the first temple on the site known today as the Temple Mount or Haram al-Sharif.

Over the centuries after their deaths, power structures change, but Jerusalem remains a desirable stronghold. And by 39 BC, another ruler had ruthlessly taken control: Herod the Great.

Supported by the mighty Roman army, Herod violently took the throne and set out to “make himself the most successful king, not only of Judea, but of all the Mediterranean,” Montefiore explains.

Herod’s reign is an influential moment in Jerusalem’s history, both because of the ruthless political machinations that marked his reign – including a rivalry with Cleopatra of Egypt – as well as his monumental efforts to rebuild the Solomon’s temple and expand the city. It was Herod, says the author Montefiore, who “created the Jerusalem we know today… The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are built on the sacred precinct of Herod”.

The end of his reign, however, was as gruesome as the start. After Herod’s death, “the Romans annexed the land and ruled it through brutal procurators who were extremely corrupt and who gradually tormented the Jews until they rebelled,” Montefiore continues. . “And to punish the Jewish people, they completely destroyed Jerusalem in AD 70. The temple was destroyed. Only the stones of the southern, eastern and western walls remain, which you can see today.”

1099 AD: The Crusades

More than 1,000 years after the death of Herod the Great, Jerusalem was caught between two other religions: Christianity and Islam.

Jerusalem is sacred to Christians because “it is a place where Jesus died, where he walked the Via Dolorosa,” Anthea Butler, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, notes in the CNN series. “He was crucified outside the city.”

“For Muslims,” ​​adds historian Jonathan Phillips, “this is the site of the Prophet (Mohammed) ‘s nocturnal journey and ascension to heaven.”

This led to waves of horribly violent wars, known as the Crusades, as Christians and Muslims fought for control of the holy city.

“The legacy of the Crusades in Jerusalem, among Arabs in general, is a horrible, horrible legacy,” says Mourad, a professor at Smith College. “We have the way a European would remember it, as a chapter of medieval Europe, and there is also the way the Arabs, or Muslims remember it, as a form of attack and pre-modern colonial occupation. “

1914: World War I

At the start of World War I, Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire, allied with Germany.

On the other side stood the British Empire, which “absolutely wanted to control the Holy Land, subject it to Christian influence at a time of Ottoman Islamic rule,” says Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Jewish Civilization at the Georgetown University.

As the war unfolded, what seemed at first to be an alliance was born, as Arabs in revolt against their Ottoman rulers found support from the British.

General Allenby entering through the Jaffa Gate into Jerusalem.  In 1917, General Allenby was in command of the British Expeditionary Forces in Egypt and, on instructions from the British Foreign Office, Allenby entered Jerusalem on foot as a sign of respect for the sanctity of the city.  (Photo by Jewish Chronicle / Heritage Images / Getty Images)

In fact, says Ali Qleibo, anthropologist and writer for This Week in Palestine magazine, Arab rebels who hoped to emerge from Ottoman rule “were lured and lied to by Britain. They thought it was just liberation; they didn’t know it was preparatory for a trade. “

Britain struck a secret deal with France called the Sykes-Picot Agreement, which “essentially divided [the Ottoman Empire] from the Middle East to a British part, comprising most of Iraq, Jordan and Palestine, and a French part, which included Lebanon, Syria and part of Turkey, ”Mourad said.

The new agreement did not make Jerusalem’s job any easier. “To a large extent,” explains Simon Davis, professor of history at the Graduate Center at the University of the City of New York, “the main outcome of World War I for Jerusalem was that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute that we we know so much today is truly instituted, to some unwitting degree, by the multiple British promises. “

1948: Independence and defeat

After World War I, the Jewish population in Palestine began to grow by the tens of thousands, especially when Jews fled the terror of the Hitler regime in the 1930s.

At the time, Palestine was still under British rule and tensions erupted between all parties. The Arab and Jewish communities each had distinct nationalist visions of claiming Palestine as their homeland, and both populations wanted to see the end of British administration.

Shortly after the end of World War II, a besieged Britain made plans to withdraw from Palestine, and the newly formed United Nations stepped in with a proposal on who should control the territory.

“In 1947, the United Nations voted for the creation of a Jewish state and a Palestinian Arab state in Palestine, and they drew an incredibly unrealistic partition of the country,” explains historian Simon Sebag Montefiore. The plan met with opposition from the Arabs, because for them partition would mean that “Palestinians who fell into what would become the Jewish state would suddenly be foreigners in their own country,” said Thomas Abowd, master of lectures at Tufts University.

When Britain formally withdrew in May 1948, the Independent State of Israel was declared with David Ben-Gurion as Prime Minister.

Jubilant residents of the Jewish side of Jerusalem board a police car and wave what will become the Israeli flag as they celebrate the UN decision in 1947 to approve the partition of Palestine in the British Mandate for Palestine.  (Photo by Hans Pins / GPO via Getty Images)

“It was a very emotional moment for many,” said Michael Brenner, director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University. But “there was no time, no opportunity, for reflection. On May 15, five Arab states declared war on Israel.”

“For the Israelis,” Brenner continues, “it is the war of independence. It’s kind of a triumphant denomination. For the Palestinians, this is not the case, it is their catastrophe. This is their real defeat.

An armistice agreement was reached in 1949, with the territory now known as the West Bank falling under Jordanian rule, while the Gaza Strip fell under Egyptian control.

About 750,000 Palestinians have been displaced, prompting the UN to launch an agency to assist Palestinian refugees.

And Jerusalem? It has become “a city divided like Berlin,” describes Daniel Seidemann, a Jerusalem-based lawyer, in the series.

1967: The Six Day War

Tight tensions erupted again nearly two decades in the State of Israel as a series of increasing clashes led to the Six Day War of 1967.

Israeli armored column en route to battle in the Sinai region during the 1967 Six Day War. (Photo by: Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Fought primarily between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria, the war saw the young State of Israel expand its territory by taking control of the Old City of Jerusalem as well as the Golan Heights, Gaza Strip. , the West Bank and the Sinai Peninsula.
The latter was returned to Egypt as part of the 1979 peace agreement, and you can read more about the reality in Jerusalem today here.


Documentary features large portrait of Muhammad Ali – Times-Standard

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The life and legacy of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali will be explored in depth at three upcoming PBS special events.

The hour-long programs “Conversations on Ali” – which will be shown online by PBS and ESPN’s “The Undefeated” – serve to promote Ken Burns’ four-part documentary “Muhammad Ali”, which will premiere on all PBS stations – including KEET-TV locally – on September 19 and through September 22.

“Ali was an icon and more than a boxer, and that’s what PBS and the filmmakers will demonstrate in the ‘Conversations on Ali’ and Muhammad Ali series,” said Katie Whiteside, director of community engagement at KEET-TV.

Members of the public are invited to register to attend all or part of “Conversations on Ali” – which begins at 4 p.m. – by visiting keet.org or pbs.org/ali.

This Monday, “Ali on the World Stage” will be hosted by Burns, Lonnie O’Neal, Janet Evans and Todd Boyd. “Ali, Race and Religion”, starring Burns, Justin Tinsley and Ibtihaj Muhammad, premieres on September 9 and on September 14 the topic is “Ali, Activism and the Modern Athlete” with hosts Burns, Raina Kelley and a guest special. “Ali the man” is already airing on pbs.org/ali, which was first featured last month to kick off the Ali Conversation Series.

“They are really interesting to watch. Each guest brings something special to the conversations and the filmmakers have done a lot of research to produce the show, so it’s great to hear from them firsthand about their work on the show, ”said Whiteside.

The upcoming series “Muhammad Ali“, in development for six years, was also written and co-directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, both of whom collaborated on previous work with Ken Burns. The film – which features archival footage and photographs, contemporary music, and the insights and memories of eyewitnesses, including family and friends, journalists, boxers and historians – follows the lives of the Triple heavyweight boxing champion, who has captivated billions of fans with his combination of speed, agility and power in the ring and his charm, wit and outspokenness outside.

“This documentary will explore all aspects of Ali beyond his boxing career,” said Whiteside. “The filmmakers, Ken and Sarah Burns and David McMahon, capture who Ali was and the impact he had and still has on people.… KEET-TV, PBS and all viewers appreciate the research Ken Burns does with the films he creates Burns opens the doors to Ali’s life.

Other events

KEET-TV received a grant of $ 10,000 to conduct engagement activities with the community and local partners based on the series “Muhammad Ali” and “Conversations on Ali”. Various activities are planned through January 2022, including an Ali-inspired art competition and exhibition sponsored by the Ink People Center for the Arts, Word Humboldt workshops, screenings and panel discussions hosted by the Library of the Humboldt County. (Dates and places to be determined.)


Dubai Islamic Bank to move forward with claims against insurance companies in NMC dispute

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Dubai Islamic Bank has said it is committed to restructuring the NMC Group and insisted it will continue to vigorously defend its interests in arbitration, Dubai courts and other applicable legal forums.
Image Credit: DIB

Dubai: The Dubai Islamic Bank said on Sunday in a document filed with the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) that it intends to make legal claims with insurance companies to make payments on insurance claims it owes. are sold under its financing facilities to NMC.

In May of this year, DIB secured a ruling against the directors of NMC, regarding more than $ 400 million in exposure to NMC, loaned to the company using collateral known as insurance claims, which concern payments made by insurance companies for medical treatment.

NMC, the UAE’s largest private healthcare provider, ran into trouble last year after the disclosure of more than $ 4 billion in hidden debt left many UAE and foreign lenders with heavy losses.

In September 2020, ADGM Courts appointed Richard Fleming and Ben Cairns of Alvarez & Marsal as directors of the NMC Healthcare group of operating companies and businesses.

Referred to arbitration

As the directors proceeded with the restructuring, DIB insisted on its claims against the insurance claims and obtained a ruling from the ADGM tribunal on May 24, 2021 in its favor that the ADGM tribunal does not have jurisdiction over agreements regulating financial claims. securities.

At a new hearing on July 12, the ADGM tribunal ruled that the DIB was “the big winner” in this phase of the dispute and referred the dispute between DIB and NMC to arbitration between the two parties.

In its case with DFM, DIB said: “Notwithstanding the arbitration proceeding, our proceedings against the insurance companies will continue and DIB is confident in its prospects in this proceeding.

While welcoming the court ruling in its favor, including the order on NMC joint directors to reimburse 75 percent of legal fees to DIB, the bank said it is committed to the restructuring of NMC .

Engaged in restructuring

“DIB is one of the main creditors of the NMC group. We affirm our commitment to support the restructuring of the NMC business to ensure its successful exit from administration, ”DIB said in a statement to DFM.

“Any such restructuring must be based on the recognition of existing legitimate security interests in accordance with the provisions of applicable laws. “

The bank reiterated that it will continue to vigorously defend its interests in arbitration, the Dubai courts and any other applicable legal forum.


Meet the young RadioActive producers of KUOW summer 2021

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KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer its 18th annual summer introductory workshop for teens. In our second fully virtual workshop, fifteen teenagers, aged 15-18, will spend four weeks learning radio journalism and audio storytelling.

The young participants will do all the research, interviewing, writing, voice and editing to produce their own radio news from home. By the end of the four weeks, the group will have produced fifteen profile stories. Listen to them in our public listening evening.

Adrian Guerra, Senior, Kamiak High School

Adrian comes from a very diverse cultural background as a Guatemalan Italian-American. He has passions for guitar, fitness and writing, but dreams of one day becoming a successful journalist. This dream stems from the fact that he has always been a seeker of truth, a willing learner, and a desire to leave a positive impact on the world. He embraces unpredictability and looks forward to an exciting future.

Alayna Ly, Senior, Cleveland High School

If there was to be one word to describe Alayna Ly, it would be curious. Alayna’s curiosity and sense of wonder are the compasses she uses to navigate the world. Her love of stories stems from a childhood filled with books, as well as nights spent recalling memories with friends. Alayna spends her free time making jewelry, writing poetry, and playing guitar and ukulele.

Colin Yuen, Junior, Issaquah High School

As someone who asks a lot of weird questions, Colin is always curious about all the interesting aspects of the world. With a mother who immigrated to the United States from Taiwan and a father whose parents immigrated from Hong Kong, he is thrilled to learn all about the stories and cultures that make up the person he is today. He is constantly on the lookout for new challenges and opportunities and is excited to see how journalism will affect him in the future, whether as part of a career or a new hobby.

Eva Solorio, Senior, Kamiak High School

Eva Solorio is an ambitious Mexican teenager with a bold voice. She enjoys writing, singing, composing songs and participating in her school choir. Eva grew up in a home where speaking out was extremely important, and she continues to fight for her community and her family. She acquired her love for writing in her eighth grade English class, and she used the writing to address the journey of her mental health. Carrying a great vibe with her, she hopes to create a safe place for everyone, where everyone feels included and loved; she is excited to share her journey through storytelling and hopes that someone can potentially relate and not feel alone.

Jennifer Nguyen, Junior, Franklin High School

Jennifer Nguyen is a Vietnamese American girl who loves a good story that keeps her on her guard. In her spare time, she enjoys watching dramas, each with their own story that takes them away from reality. Jennifer isn’t the type to walk away from a challenge as she isn’t afraid to try something new. She enjoys participating in new hobbies, but her favorite activities are watching shows, hanging out with friends, and sleeping.

Josie Gonzalez, Senior, Chief Sealth International High School

Josie is a young Mexican American who loves baseball. Josie hopes to one day become a sports journalist. She enjoys trying new things and exploring opportunities. She hopes to learn more about radio and have fun there.

Kemijah Slaughter, Senior, Rainier Beach High School

Kemijah Slaughter is seventeen. She loves to read and write, and she loves art. Her dream is to enter Howard University and study to become a midwife. Kemijah knows that as a young black woman, she will have to work hard and be very dedicated to achieve her goals.

Khassim Diakhaté, recent graduate, Garfield High School

Khassim Diakhate is a senior graduating from Garfield High School. While at Garfield, Khassim was a writer and sports editor for The Garfield Messenger. Khassim enjoys writing, playing basketball and playing NBA 2K. You can also find Khassim hanging out with friends and watching sports.

Leila M’baye, Senior, Mariner High School

Leila is a young Nigerien Senegalese woman from a large family with whom she loves to spend time. She is proud to come from a long line of influential, strong and caring women and men. Leila has a passion for analyzing stories and ideas from movies, TV shows and books. She is a strong advocate in her school and community for equity and support for students of color. On top of that, she enjoys embracing her Wolof, Yoruba and West African culture through food, dance and music. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, reading and going out with friends. She is thrilled to listen and learn through this program and to connect with those who are different and similar to her.

Lily Turner, Junior, Nathan Hale High School

Lily is a young woman who loves to tell stories. Since she was little, Lily has been writing poetry and stories to share with her family. Lily is hard of hearing and extremely passionate about issues affecting the disability community. She hopes to draw attention to the ways in which our language and actions harm people with disabilities. At school, Lily is studying American Sign Language (ASL) and hopes to incorporate ASL and Deaf culture into her writing and projects at KUOW.

Muhammad Tunkara, Junior, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Muhammad Tunkara is an African American Muslim who enjoys reading books and learning new things. He enjoys helping his community by participating in workshops and programs that benefit his community. He is passionate about science and has been part of the Science Olympiad team since his first year. Muhammad hopes to learn more about journalism and share his stories with others.

Najuma Abadir, Junior, Nathan Hale High School

Najuma Abadir grew up in a world where she was surrounded by many different cultures as a black Muslim woman. She has always been interested in subjects related to her career and has a strong desire to lead. She enjoys connecting with others and learning the stories of different people. She always works to make sure everyone is included in the school, and she even helped form a Muslim Student Association (MSA) at her school. She writes as a form of activism and intends to do so for the rest of her life.

Rahmah Abdulazeez, sophomore, Kent-Meridian High School

Rahmah believes that her love for poetry and books will continue for the rest of her life, whether she read “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allen Poe aloud or books by Sarah J. Mass. She strives to become a businesswoman someday. She wants to use her voice to raise awareness, take action and get things done.

Ramell Beecher, Grade 2, Highline High School

Ramell moved around a lot when he was little. This gave him a passion for travel and exploration. One of his biggest goals is to explore and see different countries one day.

Zana Stewart, Senior, Bethel High School

Zana Stewart will graduate from Bethel High School in 2022. She is a founding member of The Root of Our Youth, a social activist group focused on equity in education and student mental health. colored. At school, Zana is President of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a member of the Bethel’s Black Student Union, and a college cheerleader. Outside of school, she enjoys dancing, reading and listening to music. Zana competes in tap and hip hop for the Charisma School of Dance and enjoys taking recreational ballet and jazz lessons.


For Sydney’s Muslim communities, Eid in lockdown means finding strength and making sacrifices

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In the days leading up to Eid, the Malek family had a lot to do. The family is busy cooking traditional Malaysian feasts, decorating and preparing to welcome the Malaysian community in Sydney to their home in Lakemba.

In other years, hundreds of family friends donned their baju melayu and baju kurung – their traditional attire – and stopped by the Maleks, which has always been the heart of the party.

This time around, the family of five is forced to cut back on a day usually filled with excitement, community and connection.

“It’s a pretty weird feeling – for over 40 years our Eid is usually so busy… it’s nonstop from morning to night,” says Tahsin Malek.

“To keep the tradition alive, we will prepare satays and nasi lemak, coordinate the colors of our outfits and do a little prayer at home.”

The Maleks will connect with their loved ones via social distance calls this Eid.(

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Eid al-Adha, or the feast of sacrifice, is the second feast celebrated by Muslims around the world. It marks the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, and commemorates the prophet Ibrahim who was ordered by God to sacrifice his son. Communities generally celebrate with food, prayer, family and friends.

But this year, more than 250,000 Muslims in the greater Sydney area will be confined to their homes without authorized visitors.

While some were hoping they would be out of lockdown by Eid Tuesday, stay-at-home orders have been extended until at least the end of the month as COVID-19 infections continue to rise, especially in the south west of Sydney.

The symbol of sacrifice

Labor MP for Lakemba and devout Muslim Jihad Dib said this Eid would be very different from previous years.

“This will be the first Eid in my life that I don’t hug and kiss my mom and dad,” Dib said.

While he admits there is a lot of sadness within his community, he says there is also a lot of understanding. The Islamic principle of placing the interests of the community before individual desires, for example, can be seen as a spiritual symbol.

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“It will be the first Eid of my life where I do not hug and kiss my mother and father,” said MP Jihad Dib.(

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“This Eid is an occasion for sacrifice, so we ask people to sacrifice their social interactions for the greater good, and in this way they are actually practicing their faith,” Dib said.

“Our faith teaches us that we are to take care of others … we put humanity before ourselves.”

On a larger scale, the country’s largest mosque in Lakemba will not close the streets for its great common prayer. Instead, the sermon will be streamed online for Muslims to virtually fulfill their religious commitments.

Businesses suffer

The impact of a locked Eid not only weakens social minds, it is economically damaging as well. Eid typically injects millions of dollars into the economy and many family businesses will suffer from it now, Dib says.

Modest fashion label Hijab House has taken the careful decision to close its two Sydney stores in order to prioritize the safety of customers and staff. But it came at a devastating cost.

Eid al-Adha would normally be the most active period in the business. Wearing new clothes on the day of Eid is an important tradition; a new Eid outfit represents renewal and a new beginning as Muslims prepare to start a new Islamic calendar year.

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Hijab House Creative Director Tarik Houchar is concerned about the impact of the foreclosure on his business.(

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But this year, Creative Director Tarik Houchar is stressed that the lockdown means his stock won’t be sold.

“We would be performing significantly better and our planning for this busy period has been canceled,” Tarik said. “We prepare projections and expect sales to skyrocket ahead of time, so failure to do so puts our entire operations at risk.”

It takes Hijab House six months to design, purchase fabrics, and make a formal collection of women’s clothing for Eid. But unlike restaurants – which can make quick decisions to turn their menus into take-out, for example – Tarik worries about having to sell his products below cost.

He also believes the NSW government has not given enough guidance to retail stores like Hijab House and that he and many others will have to make sporadic decisions that are not financially sustainable.

The strength of community spirit

Despite the pressure on businesses, the isolation of families and the general stress of confinement, a strong sense of hope and support shines across the Muslim community, with many struggling to make the most of a frustrating situation.

Unlike the Malek family, Hawraa Kash, 29, will not be able to connect with her loved ones this Eid as she would like.

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“I’ll make sure to do a little worship and take a moment to greet the day,” Hawraa says.(

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Instead, she is locked in her Punchbowl apartment where she lives alone. His immediate family lives in Wollongong and Melbourne.

For Hawraa, Eid is how she measures time. Usually, she is busy juggling life’s demands and commitments, and relies heavily on the celebration to connect with her religion.

But this year, she worries that the sense of occasion and connection has been disturbed.

“The greatest benefit we get from our community faith is when we do things in community,” says Hawraa. “There are a lot of things I won’t be able to do, like praying Eid, wishing someone else well, and putting on nice clothes.”

Still, she tries to meet the challenge in her stride.

“I am grateful to be alive in the presence of God,” she said. “I’ll make sure to do some worship and take a moment to greet the day.”

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Philly NAACP election marks new start after controversial president

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Members of the Philadelphia NAACP vote on Saturday to choose a new president, ending a turbulent period in the history of one of the city’s oldest civil rights groups.

The result is predicted with Catherine Hicks, editor of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, presenting itself without opposition. The remaining positions are also unchallenged, with many candidates already occupying managerial positions.

“It’s a new day. It’s a new beginning,” said Hicks, standing outside the group’s headquarters on Germantown Avenue in the Nicetown section. The chapter was founded in 1911 and has over 1,200 life members. , she said.

The chapter was embroiled in controversy in 2020 after then-president Rodney Muhammad posted an anti-Semitic image on his Facebook page. Governor Tom Wolf and Mayor Jim Kenney were among those calling for Muhammad’s resignation.

Muhammad, who had held the post since 2014, was ousted in July 2020 after the executive committee voted to dissolve and relinquish full leadership in the national office, which appointed a new leadership of the Philadelphia chapter until an election.

Muhammad, who worked as a paid political consultant for Kenney until last year, first told The Inquirer that he didn’t realize the image – which included a caricature of a hook-nosed figure and wearing a kippah on the sleeve of an invisible person who is crushing a mass of people with a hand covered with rings – was offensive. Kenney criticized the post and asked Muhammad to apologize.

An administrator has headed the chapter for a year. Saturday’s election was originally scheduled for November 2020. Candidates for office submitted petitions at the last general membership meeting.

This was the second time in six years that the National NAACP had stepped in to make changes to the leadership of the Philadelphia Chapter.

J. Whyatt Mondesire, longtime chapter president, was removed in April 2014, along with board members Sid Booker, Donald “Ducky” Birts and Reverend Elisha Morris.

The four were longtime friends and allies before a very public falling out turned into a lawsuit over how Mondesire handled the Chapter’s finances. Mondésire died in 2015.

Longtime member Hicks said she hopes to focus on crime, schools and gentrification. A festival of unity is scheduled for July 31, she said. She currently sits on the executive committee.

“We want to change all the misconceptions people have about the past,” Hicks said. “My vision is to put the Philadelphia chapter back on the map. “

Members began entering the NAACP office on Saturday shortly after polling stations opened at 11 a.m. Many warmly greeted Hicks before voting on paper. In addition to the leaders, the candidates are also running for unchallenged seats on the executive committee.

“Easiest election ever,” joked longtime member Linda Miller, 72. She added that the NAACP is “more necessary than ever,” given recent attacks by lawmakers across the country to reduce voting rights.

Closing of the polling stations at 3 p.m. The newly elected list will be installed Sunday by Judge Sharon Williams-Losier in a 3 p.m. ceremony at Mount Airy Church of God and Christ, 6401 Ogontz Ave.

This is a developing story.


Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara: Kano police arrest controversial Islamic cleric? – See wetin we know

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The controversial Islamic cleric Abduljabbar wey based for Kano (northwestern Nigeria) after reports of a pause in arrest for various media.

But di case is not very sensitive because on the one hand, di public dey vex with di preacher on im methods wey dem say they disrespect di holy prophet and di oda, di man comes from one of the di bigger families for Kano wey make some pipo dey scared of touching am.

So di tori of im ‘arrest’ don make pipo dey ask questions including weda na true say the authorities are really gbab am.

Are the police really arresting Abduljabbar?

For di announcement wey tok-tok pesin for the Kano police command DSP Abdullahi Haruna do on Friday, e no use of the word “arrest” but say, “Abduljabbar dey with us at di time” choice of words on di mata .

Police said they must continue with them in the blasphemy case on the ground and a court said they must join them until Monday for the case to continue.

Who is Abduljabbar?

Abduljabbar na son of the late preacher and leader of the Qadirriya sect for Nigeria Nasir Kabara, dem be family of preachers and im broda Karibu na currently leader of the Nigeria Qadiriyya sect.

Over the years, Abduljabbar has not had serious problems with oda preachers and the public because they say some preach disrespect to the holy prophet of Islam.

Earlier this month, Kano State hosted a public debate between Abduljabbar and some oda clerics regarding the style and, according to the judge of the day, Professor Shehu Abdullahi, the controversial preacher did not answer correctly. to no questions.

In his defense, Abduljabbar says that those who preach against Islam come from some against Islam, although for the debate I do not prove it.

The Di Kabara family from which Abduljabbar originates and obtains the story of the ogbonge for Kano.

The Di family has serious political value and does not understand why politicians are so careful with family as many roads and bridges for Kano bear the surname.

As the case against Abduljabbar continues in the Kofar Kudu Sharia Court on Monday, many pipo look to the eye to see how the drama will play out.

But most of Kano’s audience say the preacher deserves punishment for his method of preaching, while his followers say they’re still with am and dat pipo don’t understand the controversial aspects of preaching im because wahala.


Uttar Pradesh population problem: myth and reality

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The population of India in general and Uttar Pradesh in particular has been increasing for years. But awareness about it seems to have arisen quite suddenly in the state government led by saffron-clad Yogi Adityanath only in July 2021.

In the final round of his five-year term, Adityanath sought to draft a new population policy, seeking to limit family size in Uttar Pradesh to two children. In his attempt to justify the need for population growth control, Adityanath said, “Population growth is the root of the major problems, including inequalities, that prevail in society. The control of the population is the main condition for the establishment of an advanced society.

Indeed, the new law proposed to restrict the population just seven months before the next State Assembly elections in February-March 2022 will not fail to arouse the suspicion that the idea behind it was nothing. other than the ruling party’s proven formula for religious polarization. .

After all, it cannot be denied that the entire right, led by the RSS and its offshoots, has systematically tried to create a perception that only Muslims are responsible for bringing the Indian population to unmanageable levels. For his part, the Chief Minister has repeatedly stressed that the policy does not intend to discriminate against anyone on the basis of religion.

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“We don’t want to get the message across to UP that we are against any particular religion or anyone’s human rights. We just want to make sure that government resources and facilities are available to those who help and contribute to the control of the population “, underlined the president of the Commission of the Law of the UP, the judge AN Mittal. A retired High Court judge, Mittal was responsible for enacting laws such as the “jihad of love” and some recent laws in the name of protecting cows. Needless to say, how these laws were used systematically by Adityanath to advance his obvious agenda of religious polarization.

Besides RSS leaders, Union Minister Giriraj Singh has repeatedly blamed Muslims for India’s population explosion. Therefore, it may not be unfounded to assume that the new population policy, seen as a precursor to the proposed population control law, has a broader political purpose.

The bill came close on the heels of the state law commission’s recommendation for a new law to restrict population growth. Under the new policy, couples who have no more than two children will benefit from various government plans. The project suggested several disincentives for those who do not comply with the new population policy. Anyone with more than two children after the law came into force would be excluded from benefits such as government-funded social assistance schemes, and ration card units would be limited to four. A person with more than two children would be barred from standing for election to local authority or any member of local self-government, the project says.

Those who break the law would also become ineligible to apply for jobs in the state government and be denied promotions in government departments. They will not receive any grants either. These provisions would enter into force one year after the date of publication of the new law in the Official Journal.

But the question is, are Muslims really responsible for India’s population explosion? According to data from the Union government, Muslims contributed 14.6% during the period 1901-2011, 16.1% (1951-2011) and 16.7% (1971-2011) to India’s population growth. The contribution of Hindus in the corresponding periods was 79.4 percent, 78 percent and 77.4 percent. The remainder comprised 6 percent, 5.9 percent and 5.9 percent. In 1901, Hindus outnumber Muslims in India by 164 million, 268 million in 1951, 392 million in 1971 and 794 million in 2011. Thus, despite a lower growth rate but a much higher population, the Hindus’ numerical advantage has increased in the last hundred years.

At the same time, the growth rate of the Muslim population has been declining since 1971, from 30.9% in 1961-1971 to 24.6% in 2001-11, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS).

A more recent study by the Delhi-based think tank CSDS found that even the decline in the rate of the Muslim population between 2001 and 2011 was greater than that of the Hindu population. Against a 3.5 percent decline in the Hindu population, the decline in the Muslim population was 4.9 percent during the same period. And that was even if Muslim women had a higher fertility rate than Hindu women. With a fertility rate of 2.13, Hindu women were inferior to Muslim women with a fertility rate of 2.61. Thus, against 100 Hindu women giving birth to 213 children, 100 Muslim women giving birth to 261 children.

Yet even at this rate, it would take 1340 years for the Muslim population to grow to 40% of the Hindu population in India. The study says India’s Muslim population would reach 39 crore (double the Muslim population of today) by the year 2100, while the country’s Hindu population is estimated to be around 157 crore. .

The right-wing propaganda that Muslims will become 84% of India’s population is therefore a myth intended only to mislead people, so forging a communal division is helpful.

While the Yogi government has consistently maintained that population control would help balance the nation’s needs and resources, the fact remains that corrupt officials and politicians have devoured part of the country’s resources. . An effective and meaningful check on such pilferage could save valuable resources.

(The writer is a senior journalist based in Lucknow.)

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are those of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of DH.


The Olympic gold that put Muhammad Ali on the path to greatness

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Muhammad Ali is remembered for his famous fights, the “Rumble in the Jungle,” The Thrilla in Manila “and his various rivalries which raised the notoriety of the sport of boxing.

However, his boxing journey did not start as a professional, but rather as an 18-year-old who was afraid of flying.

As Olympics.com relates, for 12-year-old Muhammad Ali, then called Cassius Clay, learning boxing was a way to get revenge on a thief who stole his bike.

Cassius Clay went to a fair at Columbia Gym in his hometown of Louisville in 1955, his pride and joy – a red and white Schwinn bicycle – was gone.

Quickly switched from two wheels to no wheels, the boy Ali was glowing with rage, promising to “make the thief scream” if he ever got his hands on him.

Muhammad Ali‘s outburst of anger caught the attention of a local police officer, Joe Martin, who urged him to channel his fury by taking boxing lessons at his gym.

This chance encounter set Clay on the path to future greatness. In less than six months he had won his first fight and six years later, at the age of 18, he was selected to represent his country in the light heavyweight category at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960.

But in the months leading up to the Games, it emerged that Clay might not even make it to Europe. He hated flying and told his longtime trainer that he would rather skip the trip than take the plane for another long flight.

Eventually, however, Clay was persuaded to steal. First from Louisville to San Francisco.

“You’re gonna have to fly, son, if you want to be a fighter, fly around the world,” said his trainer, Dick Sadler, according to Ali’s autobiography, Tthe biggest: my own story. “It’s a strange fear. But for you, it’s real. You have to either overcome it or give up boxing.

The flight to San Francisco went through some turbulence and it left Ali praying for his life. So, before the flight to Rome, he went to an army supply store, bought a parachute, and then carried it on the plane.

Once in Rome, Ali made his presence felt around the Olympic Village. He could still speak and that meant he was always the center of attention.

But, as many discovered during his career, he wasn’t just talking.

In his first fight against Belgian Yvon Becaus, the referee had to stop the fight in the second round, fearing a brutal knockout. He beat Russian Gennady Shatkov, a man who had won Olympic gold in the middleweight division four years earlier, in the quarter-finals. In the semifinals, he beat Australian star boxer Tony Madigan 5-0.

This set up the final against Zbigniew Pietrzykowski, 25, a Polish hero who won bronze at the 1956 Olympics and was the reigning European champion. This time, Pietrzykowski wanted to do better and an 18-year-old American stood in his way.

Ali initially struggled to adjust to his rival’s left-handed style. The Pole edged ahead in the first two laps, but Clay found his rhythm in the third round and went on to win gold.

The gold medal not only set him on the path to becoming a future heavyweight world champion, but also presented him as an activist who will always say what he thinks and stand up for what he thought he was. fair.


Yoruba rulers unprepared for independence – Islamic cleric tells relatives, agitators

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An Ibadan-based Islamic cleric, Prof. Sabit Ariyo Olagoke, said leaders of the Yoruba ethnic group are not yet ready for independence.

Olagoke, who spoke in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state on Thursday, advised Yoruba nation agitators to put aside the idea of ​​the region’s independence for now until the people of the region are learning to stand together and speak with one voice.

He said the body language of the Yoruba rulers is a clear indication that they were unprepared for self-determination.

DAILY POST recalls that certain groups and individuals have demanded the independence of the Yoruba ethnic group in recent months.

Islamic cleric advocates free education for Nigerian children, tears up Buhari government

But, Olagoke, professor of mechanical engineering, while speaking with reporters, called on all those who were causing the turmoil for the Yoruba nation to go and study the Brexit agenda and study how Britain managed to get out of the union after many years.

Former Dean of Engineering Faculty at Ilaro Federal Polytechnic in Ogun State made the statements at a monthly guest forum hosted by the Nigeria Union Correspondents Chapel of Journalists (NUJ) of the Oyo State Council.

Olagoke, while describing the myriad of problems Nigeria faces as unhappy, attributed the rise in ethnic unrest to the lack of justice and fairness in the country.

According to him, there must be justice and equity, to achieve sustainable development, which is the ultimate goal of a true democracy.

Olagoke, who is the founder / spiritual leader of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide, said: “The Yoruba are very divided. Look at the people moving around, look at their backgrounds. Some Yoruba rulers were among those behind government advisers against their own people.

“Even your governor here has disowned Igboho who is an activist for the Yoruba nation. Watch MKO leader Abiola before he was executed by conspiracy theory, Babangida made sure the Yoruba were used against him. They rose up against him (Abiola). Thus, the Yoruba people are not prepared for self-determination.

Olagoke, who lamented the rate of insecurity in the country, said most of the uneducated youth have turned into gunmen, kidnappers and killer shepherds because of institutionalized hunger and poverty.

Olagoke, while speaking, further questioned why the Nigerian government had not funded the education sector.

“Education in Nigeria is not functional. You cannot give what you don’t have. UNESCO says you have to allocate 22 percent to funding education.

“But the profile data we have over the last 15 years is 5%, 7%, 10% maximum. However, in Ghana the data showed that around 32 percent was allocated to education and this for 15 years .

“This explains why many Nigerians send their children to Ghana for a quality education.”


Muslim clerics urge government to ban women from riding Bodabodas to reduce overcrowding: “It’s just too much” ▷ Kenya News

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  • Lamu Muslim clerics push for a county-wide ban on Muslim women from riding boda bodas
  • They said allowing female passengers to ride motorcycles violated Islamic regulations as well as Lamu’s tradition and heritage.
  • They say the popularity of boda bodas has encouraged promiscuity among married and single women

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Women should not be allowed to ride boda bodas, according to Muslim clerics in Lamu, as this is ethically incorrect and contradicts Islamic beliefs.

One of the religious leaders calling for a ban on Muslim women from making boda boda. Photo: The Nation.
Source: UGC

The clergy called on the Lamu County government to enact a bylaw prohibiting Muslim women from riding as motorcycle passengers on motorcycles with immediate effect.

The number of women trying to make boda bodas for reasons of promiscuity has increased, according to Mohamed Abdulkadir, president of the CICC of the Lamu branch.

“Lamu is strongly linked to culture and religion and therefore for our wives to ride on men who are not their husbands is totally immoral and prohibited in Islam,” Abdulkadir said.

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“That’s why we want a law that would ban our women from using these bikes,” he added during a speech at a rally this weekend.

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Increased dropouts

Abdulkadir further noted that bikers were also responsible for the increase in school dropouts and teenage pregnancies, as they lured girls with free elevators to school in exchange for sex.

The clergy also said exceptions would be made if the wife was carried by her husband on their personal motorcycle.

According to the clerics, women showed their body parts, especially their thighs, which is against Islam as women are supposed to cover their entire body.

They said the circumstance led to promiscuity among boda bodas users.

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According to CIPK President Abubaka Shekuwe, it is illegal in Islam for a man and woman who are not married to be in physical contact, as in the case of the boda boda and the passenger.

According to religious officials on the coast, it is against the culture and heritage of Islam for a woman to sit astride a man who is not her husband.

They believe the lady is forced to hold on to the rider in a way that could trigger immoral sexual alchemy between them, which could lead to an immoral affair to put out the “fire.”

The rise in divorce rates in Lamu town, according to the cleric, is due to illicit relationships between boda boda runners and married or engaged women.

He says the number of married women fleeing with boda boda runners is increasing, causing hardship for their families.

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National police warn boda boda runners

In a previous report from TUKO.co.ke, boda boda runners operating across the country were warned of an emerging culture of impunity and lawlessness among them.

Inspector General of Police (IG) Hillary Mutyambai has warned runners against the rude behavior of attacking victims of accidents involving boda boda runners.

He further called on the runners to respect all traffic regulations and all laws of public order and non-decency to which they will be treated in accordance with the law, individually.

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus to Become 2nd Olympic Laurel Recipient

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Jul 15, 2021 10:15 AM STI

Tokyo [Japan], July 15 (ANI): Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh will become the second Olympic Laurel recipient when he receives the trophy at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games on July 23.
Muhammad Yunus, who is often referred to as the “World Banker of the Poor,” receives the Olympic Laurel Award for his tremendous work in sport for development, including founding the Yunus Sports Hub, a global network of social enterprises that creates solutions through sport.
“With the Olympic Laurel, we are pursuing the vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder and renovator of the modern Olympic Games. It is also a reflection of the ideals and values ​​of the ancient Olympic Games, with an emphasis on development. human through peace and sport, “IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.
He continued, “The work of Professor Yunus is exemplary for these ideals and values. He generously shares his wealth of knowledge with athletes and the Olympic community. He is a great source of inspiration for all of us.
“He helps athletes in their post-sport career development to become socially responsible entrepreneurs and shares our vision of how sport can contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, with Paris 2024, it is helping to build a new model. for the Olympic Games with minimum impact on the planet and maximum impact on the heritage of the people of the host country. We are very grateful for everything he does for the Olympic community. “
Professor Yunus has collaborated with the IOC on several projects, including educational elements of the IOC Young Leaders Program, the “Imagine” Youth Peace Camp and the Athlete365 Business Accelerator – the first comprehensive entrepreneurship program to help Olympians in their career transition.
“The Olympic Games and sport have the most powerful convening power in the world. The Olympic Games unite the whole world in peaceful competition, celebrating unity in diversity, ”said Professor Yunus.

“The North Korean and South Korean athletes marching together in the Parade of Nations at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games were a powerful reminder of the immense potential for peace through sport. The Olympic Truce advances the vision of building a better world based on fair competition, peace, humanity and reconciliation.
“We can use this power to change the world in the most effective way. Sport has the power to transform lives by galvanizing the world, and social business may be the most effective tool to unleash that power.
“Sport is natural for all human beings. It brings into play all human strengths and emotions, regardless of the differences. This gives it enormous power. I urge to channel this power to achieve social goals and peace. “, he added.
Born in 1940 in the port city of Chittagong, Professor Yunus studied at Dhaka University in Bangladesh, then received a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University.
He received his doctorate in economics in 1969 and joined Middle Tennessee State University, where he taught until his return to Bangladesh in 1972.
The very first Olympic Laurel was awarded to Kenyan Olympian and actor of social change Kip Keino on August 5, 2016, during the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.
Initiated for Rio 2016, the Olympic Laurel will be awarded during the opening ceremony of each summer edition of the Olympic Games. Symbolizing the link with the ancient Olympic Games, the base of the trophy is a replica of a stone from the site of Olympia, Greece. (ANI)


Malaysia Retains First Place in Global Muslim Travel Index 2021, Minister Says | Malaysia

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Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said Malaysia remains fully supportive and committed to further developing the Muslim-friendly travel segment, which has become increasingly important in the global market. tourism. – Photo by Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 – Malaysia once again tops the list of the best Muslim-friendly vacation destinations for Muslim travelers according to the 2021 MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI).

Malaysia remained the top-ranked destination in the GMTI 2021, as it had been since the launch of the index that monitors the overall performance of the Muslim travel market in 2015.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, in her opening remarks at the Halal In Travel Global Summit 2021, said Malaysia remains fully supportive and committed to further developing the segment of tailor-made travel. Muslims, which has become increasingly important to the global tourism market.

She also noted the key roles of the Islamic Tourism Center (ITC), an entity under Motac in charge of affairs related to Islamic tourism, especially research and training in Islamic tourism as contributions to recognition.

“Perhaps what can be considered the forefront of ITC is its position among international destinations, government agencies and overseas tourism organizations in leading the concept of tourism and hospitality. suitable for Muslims.

ITC’s involvement at regional and international levels also includes chairing several committees tasked with establishing guidelines and standards for Muslim-friendly tourism services, ”she said at the conference. is held virtually today.

Nancy said that one of ITC’s main efforts was the Muslim Friendly Accommodation Recognition Program (MFAR) which recognizes hotels and resorts that meet the needs of the Muslim tourism market and to date a total of 44 hotels in the country have been recognized by ITC under the MFAR. program.

The GMTI 2021 report ranks 140 destinations based on their ability to attract the Muslim travel market to the Covid-19 environment taking into account key factors including ease of access, environment and the services provided by the destination of travel. – Bernama


Akhara Parishad calls for inclusion in Ram temple trust

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Akhara Parishad calls for inclusion in Ram temple trust

The Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) has now requested that it be included in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust. ABAP chief Mahant Narendra Giri made the request in front of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, whom he recently met in Chitrakoot. The ABAP is the supreme decision-making body of the 13 recognized Akharas or Hindu monastic orders in the country.

“On behalf of ABAP, I asked Bhagwat that Parishad be included in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust. The president and general secretary of ABAP should be included in the Trust,” he said. he told reporters.

He added that “In addition to demanding the inclusion of prominent seers in the trust, we told Bhagwat that soon different groups of seers from ABAP would visit various parts of the country and raise awareness against the increase in cases. of religious conversion. We also demanded that a strong policy should be put in place to stop this evil of religious conversion. “

Meanwhile, ABAP supported the new population policy proposed by the government of Yogi Adityanath.

“The population explosion is a matter of deep concern. The government should pass a strict law to control the population and the same should be binding on all citizens living in the state as well as across the country,” said Mahant Narendra. Giri.

He said: “The rapid population explosion in the country and in the state is also the reason for many major problems. Therefore, it is very important that the ever growing population is stopped immediately.

The ABAP leader called on Muslim religious leaders to “accept the proposed law with sincerity and to sensitize people of their faith to the need for fewer children.”

“The increase in population directly affects the quality of education and the medical system in the country and the state. On the other hand, Muslim religious leaders call a child a “gift from Allah”. The population control law must be so strict that if a third child is born to a couple, they should not have the right to vote or the right to stand for election. In addition, Aadhaar cards should not be issued to these people, ”demanded the president of ABAP.

Giri said, “Three marriages are allowed in Muslim society, so women can be three years old, but children should only be two in the whole family.”

The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission last week released the first draft of the Population Control Bill titled – The Uttar Pradesh Population Bill (Control, Stabilization and welfare), 2021 – which contains provisions prohibiting people who have more than two children from the benefits of government programs and benefits for those who follow the two-child policy.

(With IANS inputs)

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Mothers in Middle Tennessee speak out against gun violence and murder

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Finding recovery following the murder of her son was not easy for Rafia Muhammad-McCormick.

Rodney Armstrong, just 29, was killed on July 9, 2020, in the backyard of their Murfreesboro home.

As Muhammad-McCormick navigated the grieving process, she knew she had to find a purpose.

“I feel like God is calling me to do something with this sacrifice, to help me not feel so isolated with the situation,” she said.

And now she has, thanks to a new nonprofit and bereavement support group.

Muhammad-McCormick unveiled his non-profit organization – Rodney’s Village – at a Mothers Over Murder rally last Thursday at Civic Plaza in Murfreesboro.

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Stacy Hall speaks at the Mothers Over Murder rally on July 8, 2021 at Civic Plaza in Murfreesboro.  Mothers whose children have been murdered were on hand to share their stories to draw attention to gun violence and push for changes in the law.

More than 50 community members gathered at the rally, organized in partnership with Nashville Peacemakers; seven parents of children killed by firearms spoke.

“Our child is gone. Our child is not coming back, “said Sonja Anthony, whose son, Courtney Anthony, was killed in Memphis on October 14, 2020, in a domestic incident.

“The only way to get justice is if we do it. We can’t keep looking for other people to take care of us or our situation. What does that mean? We have to vote.”

Nine months after her son’s murder, Anthony said that a constant attitude of forgiveness had helped her in her grieving process.

Trina Anderson said she came to understand that she had to “trust in God’s plan” afterward. Anderson’s son, Terrell Ray, was shot dead in the early morning hours of August 2, 2019, as he returned from celebrating his 30th birthday in Murfreesboro.

“I know this is part of the plan,” Anderson said. “I haven’t figured out what my part is yet, but I know it’s doing a restoration and that’s how I’m able (to continue).

“I know my son will always be with me. They took his physical body, but we have his mind and soul with us.”

The reason behind the rally is not the end of the road for many of these mothers, but rather a start.

Murfreesboro’s Mothers Over Murder bereavement support meets twice a month. The next meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd. in Murfreesboro. Nashville Peacemakers founder Clemmie Greenlee is scheduled as a guest speaker.

Overcoming grief takes physical form for Muhammad-McCormick, whose nonprofit will focus on mentoring young single fathers and single mothers as they raise children. It’s in doing that healing comes, she said.

Rodney’s Village will focus on parents aged 16 to 23 who lack the parenting skills to raise children in healthy environments where they know how to teach them to resolve conflict appropriately, Muhammad-McCormick explained.

“The vision of Rodney’s Village is to stop violence by cultivating community. Broken families lead to broken children, ”said Muhammad-McCormick.

Muhammad-McCormick reflected on her own years as a single mother, trying to make ends meet and raise four children. The stress of juggling work and children, coupled with a difficult co-parenting situation, drained her emotionally.

“When you have trouble balancing it all, it’s too much,” Muhammad-McCormick said.

She hopes mentoring young parents can break the cycle and raise a village of children who understand how to deal with conflict without violence.

Higher education, workforce development, relationship and co-parenting skills, and people-to-people training are all ways to heal injured families, Muhammad-McCormick said.

“It is our thought process that (we want to prevent) the young people of this particular generation from using weapons to resolve conflicts and raise children who are no longer looking for ways to put themselves in situations where they have to protect themselves. “said Muhammad-McCormick.

To learn more about supporting Mothers Over Murder and the Nashville Peacemakers, visit nashvillepeacemakers.org.

If you would like to become a Rodney’s Village park, call Muhammad-McCormick at 615-917-7961.

Contact journalist Nancy DeGennaro at [email protected]


German spy chief warns of ISIS force | Germany | In-depth news and reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW

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The head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency BND gave a rare interview specifically to warn that despite appearances Islamist terrorism remains a real threat to world order, even 20 years after 9/11.

Speaking to the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday, Bruno Kahl said that although Europe and the United States have not experienced major terrorist attacks like those of two decades ago, “Islamist terrorism has still developed and cost many human lives. actors and the danger they represent has increased. ”

There have of course been major successes in the fight against ISIS in recent years – in particular the 2019 assassination of the self-proclaimed Caliph of the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi group and the destruction of the “caliphate” in Syria and in Iraq as a quasi-state entity. But since then, Kahl said, IS has evolved into a decentralized network, much like al-Qaeda, whose sub-organizations are “even multiplying.”

German intelligence chief Bruno Kahl worries about Islamist terrorist threat

That’s not exactly news, according to Mirna El Masri, a researcher on radicalization and terrorism at the German Institute for Global and Regional Studies (GIGA) based in Hamburg. “There had been indications in 2019 after the loss of its territories that ISIS had grown considerably,” she told DW. “On the other hand, new circumstances have made matters worse over the past year, which may explain why Kahl has decided to speak up now.”

On the one hand, the spread of the coronavirus in the Middle East region has weakened the Iraqi government and increased the desperation of many people, which has turned the refugee camps in northern Syria into particularly effective recruitment centers for the IS. The longer the pandemic continues, El Masri said, the more it will help ISIS.

New strategies – military and financial

ISIS has also learned to adapt its strategies, according to El Masri. The commanders were subdivided into specific operational sectors in the region, assuming decision-making responsibilities. The latest reports also suggest that ISIS fighters have completely withdrawn from urban areas, but are able to move freely in the open countryside simply by avoiding state forces, especially near the town around town. Syrian woman from Deir ez-Zor.

IS has also developed new business models, adopting organized crime tactics like demanding illegal taxes along oil and trade routes and using hotels, real estate and even car dealerships to launder money between Iraq, Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

“This made it more difficult for the visibility and monitoring of German and international intelligence agencies,” said Eric Stollenwerk, terrorism and Sahel region researcher for GIGA, who agrees with Kahl that the group is still very powerful in Syria. and Iraq. “Beyond that, it has close links with other regions of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa and especially the Sahel region,” he added.

Intervention as a remedy – but what kind?

As far as Kahl is concerned, there is only one way to stop the development of terrorist organizations like ISIS: “The imposition of the monopoly of state power, the erection of state structures, the guarantee of safety, ”he told SZ. It is there, he argues, that European and Western powers can help countries like Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria. “We need to help states regain control or at least maintain it where it can be,” he said.

El Masri agrees with Kahl’s assessment: “A weak state is a fundamental engine of terrorist organizations,” she said. “Because ISIS can act as a kind of alternative state: by providing income, security and social mobility to its members. In other words, they can take on the role of the state. This is where the European Union could and should help, argues El Masri: By helping to strengthen the powers of government.

But Stollenwerk thinks that’s not all. “Only statebuilding will not defeat al-Qaeda or ISIS,” he said. “Because these are areas where autocratic regimes are relatively predominant – if you only strengthen the powers of the state that suppress their own population, it can have the exact opposite effect on fundamentalist movements, namely that you are more likely to play the game of these organizations. “

For Stollenwerk, what matters is to anchor state structures in a democratic civil society. “This means both local and international NGOs and foundations, but also support for religious organizations on the ground,” he said. “Because I think what Kahl overlooks in this interview is that for most Muslims in these areas, organizations like ISIS are a huge problem. There is great potential for mobilization against terrorist organizations among the civilian population. “

This does not mean trying to impose democracy en bloc. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown how disastrous these undertakings can be – a lesson that has not been lost on Bruno Kahl of BND. “We shouldn’t promise any castle in the sky, like the export of democracy and the rule of law and idyllic conditions,” he told SZ. “The main thing is to organize security.

El Masri calls this “a very realistic statement”. “I think we are a long way from European-style democracy in the Sahel region,” she said. “It’s a security process first, then everything else follows.”

Hürcan Asli Aksoy, regional specialist at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), also believes that a European engagement with real “political weight, with clear strategies and clear offers to the parties in conflict” is vital to contain the damage caused by conflict.

But Aksoy is also not convinced by simply focusing on safety. “Conflict resolution and management must be endowed with medium and long-term strategies according to a rights-based multilateral order.

It’s more than just putting troops on the ground. As El Masri points out, it also means sending more training units to support local security forces and provide humanitarian aid to refugee camps in Syria and Iraq.

Exporting democracy could be illusory, agreed Stollenwerk: “But it is equally illusory to think that by strengthening the state you will automatically guarantee security.

IS in Germany

Like its foreign intelligence counterpart, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency BfV also believes the threat from Islamist terrorism is just as high today as it has been in recent years. In its latest report, released last month, the BfV reported minor Islamist attacks in Germany in 2020. Most notable was the knife attack in Dresden in October, when a man suspected of having Islamist sympathies attacked two openly gay tourists with a knife, one of whom later died.

Nevertheless, the BfV warned, “complex and multiple attacks, controlled by terrorist groups abroad, have not yet taken place in Germany, but could occur at any time.”

While he believes IS should not be underestimated, Stollenwerk says the danger of ISIS “returnees” carrying out frequent and large-scale terrorist attacks in Germany is relatively low.

“It is unrealistic to say that if ISIS suffered more casualties in the Middle East, a wave of terror would befall Germany,” he said. “But the danger of so-called ‘lone wolves’ – for example, people who radicalize on the Internet – is extremely difficult for intelligence agencies to monitor or prevent.”

The BfV report, which is usually filled with statistics on the number of extremists suspected of being in the country, makes it clear: it has not been able to establish exactly how many members or supporters of the EI or Al Qaeda currently live in Germany.

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The perilous path from Muslim to Christian

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“More Muslims have come to faith in Jesus Christ in the past thirty years – and more specifically in the past seven to ten years – than at any time in human history,” wrote Joel Rosenberg in 2008, and the pace has picked up since then. Uwe Siemon-Netto confirmed in 2016 that “a global phenomenon is taking place: Muslims are converting en masse to various Christian denominations in all parts of the world”. Indeed, Christian missionaries even invented a name and an abbreviation for them: Believers of Muslim Origin, or MBB.

Why is this trend taking place, what are the numbers involved and what are the consequences?

Background

Historically, almost all conversions involved Christians becoming Muslims, not the other way around. Islam has been for 1,400 years the “California Hotel” of religions (“You can leave at any time, but you can never leave”), because it prohibits adherents from declaring themselves atheists or members of another. religion, which the Islamic point of view is the same. This attitude goes back to the origins of religion (a hadith quotes Muhammad, “Whoever changes religion, kill him”) and the feeling that leaving Islam is to join the enemy and, thus, amounts to treason. In addition, living as a true Muslim has a powerful social aspect, helping to maintain community solidarity.

As a result, apostate Muslims everywhere face rejection from their families, social ostracism and the loss of their jobs; in majority Muslim countries, moreover, their governments may very well persecute, imprison, torture and kill them. The skeptical Muslims have therefore historically remained overwhelmingly within the borders of Islam; even the new religions derived from Islam (the Druze, Nusayri / Alawi, Alevi, Babi and Baha’i) do the same initially and maintain a murky relationship with it for a long time. The model is still valid today, for example, with Interuniverse Mysticism (Erfan-e Halgheh), a new-age version of Islam founded in Iran by Mohammad Ali Taheri.

As a result, historically only a small number of Muslims have become Christians. An account, by Church historian David Garrison, finds 5 movements from Muslims to Christianity before the 20th century and 69 such movements during the first 12 years of the 21st. At least some of the first 5 moves occurred under duress or to gain a specific advantage. The most important of the first were the Moriscos of 16th century Spain, driven to convert by their Catholic rulers. On rare occasions, entire communities have converted to gain benefits, as I explained earlier:

In 17th-century Russia, a regulation prohibiting non-Christians from owning serfs led to the conversion of wealthy Tatars, including the ancestors of such luminaries as the musician Sergei Rachmaninoff, the poet and historian Nicholas Karamzin and the novelist Ivan Turgenev. Around 1700, some ruling families among Sunni Muslims in Lebanon converted to Christianity to increase their political status.

Egypt’s rule over Syria in 1831-1841 was a period of massive conscription when “every eligible Syrian Muslim was recruited into the Egyptian army.” Yvette Talhamy explains:

It was not well received by the locals. … While some Syrians chose to flee the country or to mutilate themselves in order to avoid conscription, others turned to missionaries and declared their willingness to profess Christianity, since Christians were exempt from conscription in exchange of payment of an exemption tax. American Protestant missionaries have been inundated with requests to accept Druze and others into their church.

(Unfortunately for the converts, this ploy failed, as they were enlisted “regardless of whether their conversion was real or faked.”)

The same loathing existed until recently. Visiting Sudan in February 1972, I stayed with an American missionary who had lived in Khartoum for twenty years, quietly teaching and performing Sunday services. But he’s only gained five converts in that time – one every four years. Likewise, in a 1984 book, Ten Muslims Meet Christ, an American missionary tells the story of the meager results of the mission in Iran.

Number of converts

MBBs can be notoriously difficult to quantify due to their stealth and even concealment. Still, some surprising estimates do exist. Duane Alexander Miller and Patrick Johnstone estimate the total number of MBBs in 2010 at nearly 10 million, a 50-fold increase from the less than 200,000 converts fifty years earlier. Reports of widespread conversions of Muslims to Christianity come from regions as disparate as Algeria, Albania, Syria and Kurdistan. Countries with the highest number of indigenous people include Algeria, 380,000; Ethiopia, 400,000; Iran, 500,000 (compared to only 500 in 1979); Nigeria, 600,000; and Indonesia, an incredible 6,500,000 (due to unique circumstances). According to Andrew van der Bijl and Al Janssen, there are “even Christians in Medina and Mecca”.

In Egypt, a Coptic source informs me, “a large number of Muslims converted to Christianity after the 2011 uprising and the coming to power of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Coptic Church has called Islamist President Mohamed Morsi a “great evangelist” and has stopped counting converts. Go to any church and you will almost certainly find former Muslims there, especially women.

Even more dramatic, in a much-cited December 2000 interview on Al Jazeera television, the director of the Libyan Companions Lighthouse for the Science of Islamic Law (ارة الصحابة للعلوم الشرعية, Manarat as-Sahaba li’l-`Ulum ash-Shar`iya), Ahmad al-Qat’ani, said without evidence that 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity every year. He noted that Africa’s Muslim population has grown from more than half to just one-third and raised the possibility that Islam will disappear from sub-Saharan Africa. Perhaps he exaggerated for fundraising purposes, but his numbers were widely disseminated.

MBBs also live in the West, the United States hosting by far the most (450,000) and Bulgaria the most in Europe (45,000). Since 2014, Liverpool Cathedral has hosted a weekly service in the Persian language (called “Sepas”) led by a deacon of Muslim origin; the Anglican bishop of Chelmsford, England, is the daughter of a convert of Iranian descent. Muslim conversions increased the size of Berlin’s Evangelisch-Lutherischen Dreieinigkeits-Gemeinde congregation from 150 to almost 700 in just two years. New institutions were founded, such as the Pars Theological Center in London, which has existed since 2010 “to equip and mobilize the Iranian church by training a new generation of servant leaders to lead the church and transform the Persian speaking world for the glory of God. ”

Vague and divergent figures suggest that while no one has a good idea of ​​the number of Muslims converting to Christianity, the scale is large. Christians celebrate this phenomenon; Joel Rosenberg exalts that “the Church is truly resurrected in the lands of her birth”.

Why Muslims Become Christians

Duane Miller notes that “Christ’s converts from Islam are often estranged from Islam as much as they are drawn to Christ or Christianity. Focusing here only on the factors that specifically push Muslims towards Christianity, the list goes on.

Dreams and visions, especially Jesus, probably attract about a quarter of MBBs. Mike Ansari, an Iranian convert, reports that many people “actually have dreams and visions of a brilliant man dressed in white long before we tell them about Jesus.” Dabrina Bet Tamraz notes that Iranian converts often wonder, “Have you seen the white[-robed] man, have you seen Jesus? The head of a Presbyterian church in Pakistan discovered that Afghan imams traveled hundreds of miles to study the Bible with him. When asked what prompted them to do it, the Minister replied, “Dreams! Christ appeared to them in their sleep and asked them to come here to hear the truth. And in Colorado, Pastor George Naeem who teaches in Arabic via radio and the Internet reports that “virtually all [his students] came as a result of dreams.

Michael Stollwerk recounts the time after a service at Wetzlar Cathedral north of Frankfurt: “I was standing at the exit, still dressed, saying goodbye to the faithful when a veiled woman approached me. I rummaged through a slit in my dress for my wallet, thinking she was a beggar. – No, no, she said. “I only have one question: are you the imam here? I said, ‘Well, in a way I’m – I’m the pastor.’ She continued, “Then you are the right man for you. God commanded me in a dream to go to the big church in the market place and ask the imam for the truth ”. She was baptized a few months later. Siemon-Netto, who tells these stories, continues:

Then I heard of similar episodes from a Lutheran theologian who imams visited through his back door in the middle of the night in Egypt for the same purpose; I heard it from a Catholic missionary who had worked in Algeria, from a Baptist whose surprise visitors told him that Christ had appeared to them in their tents in Saudi Arabia. An Anglican priest spoke of hundreds of Persian women attending secret Bible studies in Tehran as a result of dreams. Pastor Gottfried Martens in Berlin estimated that at least two-thirds of his Persian and Afghan converts followed the instructions of a “figure of light” identifying himself as the Jesus of the Christian Bible and not as the “Isa” of the Koran.


Muhammad Ali Grandson Pro debut gets an update

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Muhammad Ali’s grandson is expected to make his professional debut very soon next month.

Obviously, being the grandson of the great Ali will get a lot of attention.

That said, there is no doubt that his grandson Nico Ali Walsh will benefit from it. Pressure is an irrelevant and unnecessary fear-based concept created only by humans. He surely knows it.

No doubt he will intend to make his own journey and his legacy.

Its debut will take place on August 14 on the undercard at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tulsa.

It will be a four round fight to start.

Opponent to be confirmed.

The main bout will feature some super flyweight world championship action.

Between Franco and Moloney in their trilogy.

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So not a bad card for Nico Ali Walsh to start his professional boxing career to be fair.

Live on ESPN too should be great for him.

A good team seems to be around him, but there is no doubt that he will chart his own course and write his own book.

Just like his grandfather did.

One of the great things about Ali was that he was never influenced, controlled in any way or even remotely, that he was never subtly informed of what to do. make.

By anyone.

He never lets anything in his environment or certainly no human influence him. Never. That’s why Ali is the greatest.

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Especially people who are cunning in boxing or in any other field with their own agendas. Who thought they could. Wrong. Don’t trust anybody other than God. Ali knew it.

One of the great things about Ali was that he always said he spoke to God every day. His faith was a catalyst for his behavior and from where he drew his strength. He listened to God first. Then himself. He was a great teacher when he was there. Well ahead of its time. Pity no longer listened to him. Until he got a little older. Boxing was lucky to have it.

A good Bible verse on this subject is Proverbs 23: 9: “Do not speak while listening to a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.

On Muhammad Ali, there is no doubt that this from Adidas still serves as an inspiration to his grandson before his debut:

“Some people listen to themselves rather than listening to what others are saying. These people don’t come very often. But when they do, they remind us that once you embark on a path, even though critics may doubt you, it’s okay to believe that there is no ‘can’t’, “Does not want” or “impossible”. They remind us that it is okay to believe. Nothing is impossible!”

Exciting times next month before Walsh’s debut.

We at Boxing News and Views are really looking forward to it. Good luck to him in his boxing career.

Here it is in action in the amateurs below.

For those who may not know him:

(EsNews YouTube hat tip)

(Photo credit: Nico Ali Walsh Twitter)

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Islamic Studies – A Gift of Knowledge to Our Future Generation

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According to Nabil Lahir, CEO of LEAMS Education, over the past 40 years, we have instilled Islamic values ​​and ethics in the students in our care. It’s across our school – the Oxford School, Indian Academy, Apple International School (Qusais), and Apple’s newest International Community School (Al Karama) have all been incorporated into this approach.

It is so important to nurture religious and Islamic awareness among young minds and we welcome the efforts of the Ministry of Education (MOE) to strengthen this in the curriculum. We have facilitated the delivery of Islamic studies in Arabic for our Arabic students and in English for our non-Arab students, alternatively Arabic as well as as directed by the MOE has been delivered in Advanced Arabic for our Arabic students and in Beginner Arabic for our non-Arabs. Arab students.

So what approach do schools take to educate young minds and show them the importance of Islamic values ​​and how children can integrate these teachings into their daily lives?

Islamic studies are as important as any other subject and can be included in our curriculum in a multitude of ways – expanding our understanding of history, art, etiquette, the architecture, relationships, culture and tolerance of other faiths / religions, which has been well exemplified by the UAE and its rulers. The country has gone to great lengths to accept the diversity of people, culture and faith.

In the age of the internet and social media, a traditional approach is definitely out of place. Nurturing young minds early on through a holistic approach and group discussions can be a powerful pedagogy to promote interest in and understanding of some difficult issues that I am sure will surface again and again in their minds. life. As simple as it may sound, tackling these difficult questions is a key for students to value themselves as an individual and the community in which they live.

It is not enough to have the resources, the tools or the approach – the role of a teacher is just as important in guiding and connecting them to today’s rapidly changing world. It is also essential to invest in the training and development of a teacher to ensure that he is fully equipped to lead the young minds of tomorrow.

We understand that Islamic studies are crucial for nurturing a child – not just spiritual but also for personal growth. Following the guidelines of KHDA and MOE, we have a wide range of resources and tools, a rewarding approach and are guided by our qualified and experienced Islamic education faculty which actively engages children to deepen their knowledge. of Islam and enable them to apply it effectively in their lives. .

We give equal importance and access to religious education to students with determination because inclusiveness and equal opportunity are enshrined in the schools and the founder’s motto.


NON-FICTION: LIGHTS IN A BOX – Journal

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The reopening of Muslim minds: a return to reason, freedom and tolerance
By Mustafa Akyol
St Martin’s Essentials, United States
ISBN: 978-1250256065
336pp.

A major lesson from the past 500 years is that societies thrive when they embrace humanism and the scientific method as their primary interfaces with reality, and wither away if they are unwilling or unable to break with traditionalism.

Mustafa Akyol, in his new book Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom and Tolerance, argues for the revival of the classical tradition of Islamic philosophy and humanism. The central claim of this study is that the decline of Muslim civilization is due to a combination of political and religious authoritarianism, characterized by the intellectual dominance of the anti-philosophical worldview embodied by the Persian polymath al Ghazali.

Akyol is Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, the Cato Institute, Washington DC. The Cato Institute is a right-wing American think tank funded by the Koch family. It propagates a globalist, libertarian and liberal ideology and is closely aligned with American conservatism.

In his book, Akyol explores the connection between worldview and modernization and brings together an impressive array of classical and contemporary sources to recreate the lost world of Muslim humanism – from al Kindi to Ibn Khaldun – while also making a case for some sort of Renaissance. Akyol situates the decline of the Muslim world in its lack of pluralism and adherence to mental habits that have long ceased to be useful. At the same time, the author seems to ignore “how” modernization took place in the West, or in East Asia, or even in his native Turkey, and he ignores the source of authoritarianism in the Muslim world.

Mustafa Akyol’s latest book demonstrates that humanism and rationalism are not as foreign to Muslim tradition as many believe, even though it falters in its understanding of historical causation

In terms of modernization, of the two historical models of modernization that have worked, neither is particularly edifying from a moral or human point of view. One model, which has taken root in Britain and the United States, is that a humanistic oligarchy comes to power and adopts a framework that allows for large-scale capital accumulation through the ruthless exploitation of land and land. subject peoples. At the heart of these political regimes, liberalism prevails, with rights for some, and a political settlement that allows power to be shared between the constituent elements of the ruling class and to run it peacefully.

The other model, which took the USSR from the Iron Age to the Space Age in 40 years at horrific human cost – and recently performed a similar miracle in China – is that of a enlightened despotism in which a charismatic leader, backed by an apparatus party that shared a commitment to modernization, seized power and enacted sweeping reforms. Less extreme variations of this despotic model include Napoleonic France, Imperial Germany, Meiji Japan, and Kemalist Turkey.

The problem is that modernization is extremely difficult because it requires rewriting old rules of engagement with reality and, for this very reason, is often a process of intense violence. Perhaps a third of the population of Central Europe died in the Wars of the Protestant Reformation – wars that shattered the power of medieval Christendom over many parts of Europe and allowed the Scientific Revolution to take hold. survive the counter-offensive of the Catholic Church. Akyol refers to the British campaign for the abolition of slavery and the American credo of universal equality, omitting that much of the wealth that paid for industrialization in these liberal regimes came from exploitation. of bonded labor.

Although dynastic autocracies, Muslim empires were remarkably tolerant and pluralistic, as evidenced by the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II who offered refuge to Jews who had been expelled by the Spanish monarchy in 1492 | Wikipedia Commons

Incidentally, John Locke – one of Akyol’s favorite thinkers – invested £ 600 in the Royal African Company, which brought 75,000 African slaves to the land of free and free enterprise between 1673 and 1725. In the case America, it took a Civil War (1861-65) that claimed more than 600,000 lives to finally end slavery, and another century for the extension of formal equality to African Americans.

By contrast, Tsarist Russia peacefully emancipated some 50 million serfs from 1861. In the Muslim world, there are only a handful of states where religious leaders can be said to be in government, although leaders are sensitive to certain types of mass sentiment. Much of the current disarray in the Muslim world stems from the failure of modernist elites to keep their promises of dignity and development.

On political authoritarianism, Akyol seems to forget that the territories where Islam spread were autocracies for centuries, if not millennia, before the Muslim advent. The early Muslim rulers, as Ibn Khaldun explains, adopted the governance structures they put in place and began to behave like absolute monarchs. If anything, the memory of the Rightly Guided Caliphate (632-661) is found very uncomfortable with the hereditary rule of divine right.

This is why in South Asia, for example, the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughal Empire relied mainly on the classical Persian theory of divine right kingship – of which we can find variations in cultures as diverse as China, Byzantium, Russia, Spain and France. In any case, it is not the authoritarianism or liberalism of a regime that prevents or facilitates modernization, but the understanding and competence of the ruling elite.

While empires ruled by Muslims were dynastic autocracies, they remained remarkably tolerant and pluralistic long after the triumph of al Ghazali’s approach to religious doctrine. Yes, some rulers persecuted their enemies and committed atrocities, but Islam had compared nothing to the organized Church of medieval Christendom, with its transcontinental apparatus of policing thought, censorship, violence, Unprecedented inquisition and capture of resources.

So when the Spanish monarch purged the Jews in 1492, they were greeted by the Ottomans (a point noted by Akyol) who, via mil [religious community] system, granted various communities internal autonomy in exchange for political loyalty and taxes.

As Europe is torn apart in a sectarian conflict, in Mughal India, Emperor Akbar proclaims universal tolerance, abolishes the poll tax of non-Muslims, admits Hindus into the high nobility, propagates a syncretic royal cult (Deen -i-Ilahi) and extracts a decree of infallibility for himself from the ulemas. Muslim empires relied on legislation and royal ordinances to provide the legal framework for their administration and these laws were largely secular in nature.

Customary law, largely pre-Islamic, has also played a major role on the ground. Akyol greatly overestimates the place of ulemas and Islamic jurisprudence in Muslim history and underestimates the autonomy that Muslim rulers had on all matters, including religious ones, especially in relation to their European counterparts.

The solution proposed by Akyol to the plight of Muslims is to create some kind of enlightenment in an Islamic box. While it can be argued that a compromise between Christianity and humanism was essential, through the Reformation, to break the grip of medieval Christendom, the end result was the marginalization of all religious authority and the rise humanist ideologies such as nationalism, republicanism, libertarianism. , liberalism, fascism and communism.

In other words, if we take Akyol’s favorite quote from Emmanuel Kant (on the meaning of the Enlightenment) to its logical conclusion, then the empire of reason, with its rational universalism, cannot be contained even by the most elastic interpretations of religion and tradition.

These quibbles notwithstanding, Reopening Muslim Minds is an engaging take on the intellectual heritage of Islam. It demonstrates that humanism and rationalism are not as foreign to the Muslim tradition as many believe, and provides a vibrant account of the philosophies and perspectives that stood out during the golden age of Islam.

Therefore, Akyol’s latest offering, while deficient in his understanding of historical causation, is worth reading, as it must be admitted that Enlightenment in a box is better than immersion in darkness.

The examiner is the author of Old World Empires: Cultures of Power and Governance in Eurasia. He tweets @IlhanNiaz

Posted in Dawn, Books & Authors, July 11, 2021



The hypocrisy and opportunism of RSS ‘sensitization’ to Muslims

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Last week the Indian express published two news side by side. The title of the first quotes Suraj Pal Singh Amu, spokesperson for Haryana BJP and leader of Karni Sena: “If you want to make history, Taimur, Aurangjeb, Babur will not be born. The other title was in stark contrast to what Amu said. He quotes Mohan Bhagwat, the head of the RSS, as saying, “If a Hindu says that no Muslim should live here, that person is not a Hindu.

Amu is known for his communal bigotry and enthusiastic statements like death threats to actor Deepika Padukone for his role in the film, Padmavati which was later renamed Padmaavat, and such declarations can be expected from him, especially when he enjoys de facto state protection.

However, Mohan Bhagwat’s statement was startling. He goes on to say: “Those who engage in lynching go against Hindutva. The law should take its own course against them without any bias. “

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS, the parent organization of the Bharatiya Janata Party, is not exactly known to advance the cause of community harmony. Many of its members are known for their uncompromising support for the idea of ​​“Hindu Rashtra”. They regularly demonize minorities, especially Muslims, in various ways, including their eating habits and, lately, with the invented “jihad of love” theory.

I have first-hand experience of the Sangh’s myopic thought process after interacting with one of its affiliates (to which I was invited to give a presentation on border management), which was supposed to aim to identify the problems of the border population but were in fact more interested in their religious profiling.

The RSS is resolutely an anti-minority organization. People belonging to this organization have not only made anti-minority statements, but many also openly advocate violence against them. The hate speeches of Amu and Jamia’s gunman are in front of us. Several reports suggest that Hindutva activists were involved in fomenting the riots in northeast Delhi in 2020. However, the RSS and Bhagwat have kept stoic silence on several cases of atrocities against Muslims.

The RSS has never, in the past seven years, uttered a word against cow vigilantes involved in lynching Muslims for something as common as transporting cows from one place to another. The negative effect on the social fabric of the country is visible to everyone. The amount of hatred towards Muslims during the seven-year rule of the BJP led by a sangh pracharak is palpable.

However, it has now reached a stage where it is proving to be counterproductive, especially in the absence of any concrete evidence of improving the lives of the masses. While what Bhagwat said is a welcome departure from what others have said, the context in which these remarks were made cannot be ignored.

A representative image of RSS. Credit: PTI

Modified political scenario

In my opinion, the sudden turnaround is directly linked to the change in political scenario and perhaps an internal assessment of the RSS pointing to an imminent loss of political power in Uttar Pradesh. the greatest state and also the crucible of the Hindutva ideology of hatred towards minorities. The loss of West Bengal despite the BJP communal election campaign has shown that the discerning citizen understands that while religion is important in their lives, it is survival and the availability of basic needs that are more important.

In 2019, the BJP got a larger term than in 2014 because the common man thought a five-year term was too small to implement the agenda of “sabka vikas ” and the party deserved a longer term to show results. The common man got caught up in the propaganda against previous “minority appeasement” governments and saw a messiah in Modi making things right for the majority Hindu community. The BJP also had the advantage of being the first to use social media to its advantage. Their fortunes in 2019 were further aided by the unfortunate Pulwama bombings and follow-up incidents.

The social media advantage has now all but been blunted with a rapid catching up of opposition parties and several fact-checking sites debunking false propaganda. The credibility of leading TV channels is at an all-time low, as was evident during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) movement and also during the elections in Bengal. The opposition also appears a little more organized to project an alternative narrative.

Low and middle income groups continue to face a bleak future, even after seven years of BJP rule. Rising unemployment and economic slowdown due to various factors with the second largest generator of jobs the real estate sector – which was already wavering under the impact of the demonetization and deployment of the goods and services tax (GST), now facing the impact of COVID-19. The high cost of fuel is the main driver of inflation. The poor are affected by both high prices and falling real incomes. Manufacturing, retailing and the movement of goods between states are severely affected by the misapplied GST.

The dismal handling of the pandemic over the past two years has added to the woes. A poorly planned and hastily implemented national lockdown in 2020 filled the roads with hundreds of thousands of people struggling to reach their homes. The total halt of transport of any kind has forced them to travel thousands of kilometers on foot, many of them dying on the road.

The premature declaration of victory against the virus, the utter inability to anticipate and prepare for the second wave which resulted in thousands of preventable deaths and scenes of corpses left in the rivers angered many supporters, even the more fervent, of the BJP.

The BJP’s callous handling of the farmers’ agitation and failure to address their real concerns united the masses despite the usual religious and caste divisions. Religious polarization, therefore, may no longer be effective in garnering votes. West Bengal assembly polls have also found no doubt that Muslims have voted almost completely en masse for anyone they believe will protect them from the BJP’s communal policies.

the sarsangchalak, therefore, perhaps realized that to retain power in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP will need the votes of all communities. The crushing victories of 2014, 2017 and 2019 are no longer guaranteed. With large states like West Bengal, Maharashtra and Rajasthan having been lost to opposition, the loss of Uttar Pradesh will spell the end of the Hindutva protagonists. Hence the radiation.

Mohan Bhagwat’s approach, although welcome, will probably have no effect on the ground because the infantrymen of the BJP and the RSS are too full of hatred towards Muslims. His statement is intended only to address political concerns and does not reflect a change of mind or a deviation from community ideology.

Sanjiv Krishan Sood has retired as Additional Director General, Border Security Force.


UAE-Cambridge talks to focus on Islamic culture and education – News

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The university said areas of collaboration should include the continued development of high-quality teaching and learning.

The University of Cambridge is in talks with the United Arab Emirates over a potential strategic partnership on a variety of key issues, including innovative solutions to help transition from fossil fuels and strengthen global understanding of Islamic culture.

The university said areas of collaboration should include the continued development of high quality teaching and learning; the continued advancement of social cohesion through the study of arts and culture; and the advancement of globally competitive research, education and entrepreneurship.

A spokesperson for the university said, “This is an exciting and unique opportunity for leading collaborations on efforts to transform economies and societies. The potential partnership will help prepare education systems for a radically changing labor market, promote better global understanding through appreciation of Islamic art and culture, and develop innovative technological solutions to the challenges facing our country. planet is facing, helping to move away from fossil fuels.

The UAE is seen as a regional and international hub for research, art, education and business collaboration, in areas as diverse as the exploration of Mars and the celebration of emerging Arab artists.

One of the world‘s largest investors in renewable energy such as solar power, the United Arab Emirates has offered to host the world climate summit, COP28, focused on building sustainable economies, noted the ‘university.

The first three areas of discussion focus on sustainability, education, and arts and culture.

Sustainability: The potential partnership will research and develop new ways to gradually move towards a post-fossil fuel economy and embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution. A sustainable future research agenda will begin with work to advance manufacturing, urban infrastructure and resource management.

Education: The potential partnership will focus on early childhood education, teacher training, Arabic literacy and blended learning, with a view to developing strong, resilient and cohesive systems that can support a sustainable labor market. 21st century.

Arts and Culture: The potential partnership will collaboratively seek to strengthen the global understanding of Islamic art and culture and support the long-term resilience of cultural institutions in the two countries for greater social cohesion.

The university added, “The University of Cambridge and the United Arab Emirates share the ambition to tackle climate change and create sustainable solutions that will help the global economy move away from fossil fuels. We are excited that our students and researchers will benefit from these new connections and perspectives. “



residents work to form a local Green Faith Circle, a multi-faith environmental group | Culture

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Motivated by her passion for the planet, Ann Brown, a resident of Livermore, began to bring together other environmentalists to form a local Green Faith circle.

Green Faith is a multi-faith environmental group that aims to create communities – called “circles” – dedicated to transforming society to “protect the planet and create a compassionate, loving and just world”.

On June 16, Brown and two other women held a meeting to set goals for their group and learn more about each other and their faith. Brown said she hopes to use faith-based teachings to motivate others to take action to preserve the climate and protect the environment.

“This circle will bring together people who are passionate about the faith, conscience and goodwill of our members and beyond,” said Brown, citing his extensive teaching experience and work as an environmentalist.

The three women discussed what they called their “religious relationship with the land and the environment”.

“Islam tends to walk on common ground where you can use things, but not use things to a degree of deprivation,” said Zaynab Jawaid, a meeting participant. “When the MCC (Muslim Community Center) site manager contacted me to ask if I would be interested in representing the Muslims of Tri-Valley at this meeting, I quickly said yes, because sustainability and Islam are two guidelines that I hold. Dear.”

Brown hopes to connect with even more passionate people as she works to form a Green Faith Circle.

As a global organization, Green Faith has groups all over the place and Brown wants to make them part of the Livermore community. With a focus on diversity and learning, Brown recognizes that there is tremendous strength in speaking to people by faith.

“Telling people the facts about climate change doesn’t work,” Brown continued, “but coming from a place of values ​​helps people become motivated to take action.”

Brown and his group are always on the lookout for other motivated people to join their meetings. Their next meeting is set for July 10 at 11 a.m. Those interested can contact Instagram @CCLtrivalley or Facebook www.facebook.com/TriValleyCCE/. Tri-Valley Citizens Climate also offers an email subscription option on its website: https://TriValleycce.org.


The median age of American Latter-day Saints is increasing. Muslims are the youngest religious group.

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A large survey shows a drop in the number of “no’s” and an increasingly homogeneous Republican Party, dominated by white Christians.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Conference attendees attend a pre-pandemic Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints general conference in fall 2019 at the downtown Salt Lake Conference Center Lake City. A new survey shows that the median age of Latter-day Saints in the United States has fallen from 44 to 47 years in the past seven years.

As a group, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who represent 1% of the American population and 2% of white Christians, are neither the oldest nor the youngest religious contingent in the country. .

The median age of Latter-day Saints is 47 (matching the country’s overall median but up from 44 seven years ago), while the oldest believers are white evangelical Protestants, with a median age 56, and the youngest are Muslims, with a median age of 33.

These are among the findings of the PRRI’s 2020 Census of American Religion, which provides, according to a Thursday statement, “unprecedented county-level data on religious identity and diversity in the United States.”

The survey is based on interviews “with more than 500,000 people surveyed between 2013 and 2020,” the statement said, and “reveals the changing dynamics of American religious affiliation across geography, race and ethnicity. , age and political affiliation over the past decade “.

Other findings include:

• The highest concentration of Latter-day Saints in counties over 10,000 is – unsurprisingly – Utah County (72%), home to the first school of the faith, Brigham Young University in Provo . The second highest was Madison County, Idaho (68%), which includes Rexburg and BYU-Idaho.

• Some 40% of Latter-day Saints have graduated from a four-year college – fewer than Hindus (67%), Unitarian Universalists (59%), American Jews (58%), Orthodox Christians (48% ) and white Catholics (42%).

• The proportion of Americans not affiliated with religion – the non-so-called – peaked at “26% in 2018, but has since declined slightly, to 23% in 2020”. The largest group to move away from religious associations were young people, according to the survey. “In 1986, only 10% of people aged 18 to 29 identified themselves as having no religious affiliation. By 2016, that number had increased to 38% and decreased slightly in 2020, to 36%.

• More than 4 in 10 Americans (44%) identify as “white Christians,” the majority being “Evangelical Protestants (14%), White Protestants (non-Evangelicals) (16%) or White Catholics (12%) ). Plus lower percentages who identify as Latter-day Saints, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Orthodox Christians.

• The proportion of white Christians in the religious landscape “bottomed out in 2018, at 42%”, according to the survey, “and rebounded slightly in 2019 and 2020, to 44%”.

• On the issue of politics, the poll reaffirmed that most Latter-day Saints identify as Republicans (39%) or Independents (42%). Then-President Donald Trump won Utah with 58% of the vote in 2020. Only 16% of Latter-day Saints call themselves Democrats.

• Christians constitute the majority of both parties – 83% of Republicans and 69% of Democrats. “The biggest difference in the religious makeup of self-identified Republicans and Democrats is the ratio of white Christians to Christians of color,” the survey said. “Nearly 7 in 10 Republicans (68%) identify as white and Christian, compared to less than 4 in 10 Democrats (39%). “

The survey noted that “black Protestants, more heavily concentrated in the South and Southeast, identify overwhelmingly with the Democratic Party” – 65% – while only 7% identify as Republicans and 26% identify with the Democratic Party. identify as independent. “

“Analysis of the religious identities of the two political parties reveals an increasingly homogeneous Republican Party, made up overwhelmingly of white Christians, even as the country continues to diversify,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO and founder from PRRI, in the press release. . “In terms of racial and religious diversity, self-identified Democrats look like 30-year-old America, while Republicans look like 70-year-old America.”

The overall margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 0.5 percentage point. The total sample size in Utah was 554.


Tommaso Ciampa talks about his role as a lawyer in Undertaker – Muhammad Hassan Feud

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Former NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa recently recalled his role as a lawyer he played during the Undertaker – Muhammad Hassan feud that took place in 2005.

As everyone knows, Tommaso Ciampa has been in WWE NXT since 2015. But a lot of fans don’t know he had a little run in. WWE from 2005 to 2007. He wrestled in a few dark matches and in a number of episodes of Velocity. He mostly worked as a jobber. He even appeared as Muhammed Hassan’s lawyer during the rivalry between Hassan and the Undertaker in 2005 which he spoke about recently.

Tommaso Ciampa. Image credits: Twitter

Tommaso Ciampa talks about his role as a lawyer in Undertaker – Muhammad Hassan Feud

He was released by WWE in 2007 and has spent nearly a decade on the independent circuit. During his time on the independent circuit, he won numerous championships in different independent promotions. It was a very well known name in India.

After joining WWE in 2015, Cheaper teamed up with Johnny Gargano. Together they were known as DIY. After working together for a few years, Ciampa turned his back and started working on his own. He won the NXT Championship once in his singles race. Currently he is involved in the Tag Team division with his Tag Team partner Timothy Thatcher.

Tommaso Ciampa
Tommaso Ciampa. Image credits: Twitter

Former NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa recently appeared on the Vibe and struggle program where he recently remembered his role as a lawyer he played during the Undertaker – Muhammad Hassan feud that took place in 2005. He said;

“Looking back, it’s crazy. When everything is going so fast and you just have to deal with it, you don’t have the chance to panic. I was 20 at the time, I’ve only been wrestling for about a year.

Tommaso Ciampa
Tommaso Ciampa. Image credits: Twitter

“I think the reason I got picked is because of promotions and talking is always natural to me. I was in New England at the time and they (WWE) were in town, so they reached out to Killer Kowalski and asked him for suggestions. A few of us went there and without any attempt, just based on looks, I was chosen to portray the lawyer that day.

“The day was crazy. One of the stories I’ve told before, which in hindsight is just crazy, is that Stephanie McMahon took it upon herself to show me around the venue, behind the scenes, everything. She spent about 30 minutes with me.


Justice in Islam – Journal

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THE world is teeming with crimes against humanity; not only the more obvious ones such as genocide, ethnic cleansing, torture, the bombing of innocent non-combatants and the use of chemical weapons, but also the more insidious racism, exploitation of the poor, adulteration, abuse of young people and vulnerable children in schools and theft in the name of development.

Add to this the growing danger to individual security, the repression of freedom of thought and expression in the name of patriotism and religion, and the use of legislation to suppress criticism of the state, and one has all the makings of an order where a few world powers and a handful of individuals control the life, honor and property of a large population.

It is more and more an unjust and unjust world, and not because God made it so.

The concept of justice in the Qur’an begins with the creation of the world; “… and He established the scales (of righteousness)” (55: 7). The idea of ​​balance, in fact, is woven into the whole Islamic code of life, in which Muslims are required to live, worship and act in a balanced manner. Likewise, righteousness is one of the qualities of God: the Qur’an says that God “is never unjust in the slightest degree” (4:40). The Prophet (pbuh) quoted God saying: “O my servants, I have forbidden myself injustice and I have forbidden it among you, so do not do injustice” (Sahih Muslim 2577).

The concept of justice deals with the quality of the soul and of society.

According to Al Raghib Al Isfahani, a specialist in 11th-century Quranic exegesis, the concept of justice in Islam is one that deals with both the quality of the soul and the quality of society. It is of three types: justice to God; justice to others and justice to oneself. The first is related to the fulfillment of the human commitment to God during the primordial phase; that of worshiping only Him and no one else. It is indeed in the nature of man to believe in one God and, therefore, in the Hereafter. Righteousness to God is also a direct consequence of being righteous to oneself and to others.

Several words are used in the Quran for the idea of ​​justice. According to Isfahani, justice towards oneself is “adl” and justice towards society is “qist”. ‘Adl’ carries with it meanings of balance, as in generosity being the balance between being stingy and extravagant.

‘Qist’ means the adoption of principles of equity and equality in a socio-economic sense. This is what constitutes social justice that creates a just, moral and just society in which all human beings are treated equally, regardless of wealth, social status, gender, etc. Those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable in any way are treated in a way that could, over time, bring them on a par with others in a dignified way. In addition, the Quran asks people to be fair to other species and the environment.

The legal form of Islamic justice treats everything fairly, so that even if a next of kin commits a crime, they are morally obligated to testify. One of the most important verses on righteousness is: “O you who believe! Stand up firmly for righteousness, as witnesses of God, even to yourselves, or to your parents, or to your family, and whether (against) the rich or the poor: for God can better protect both. Do not follow the lusts (of your hearts), lest you turn aside, and if you distort (righteousness) or refuse to do righteousness, verily, God knows well all that you do ”(4:13) ). Note that one will be responsible before God for being unjust if one decides to stay away and be neutral, knowing the path to righteousness.

The third type is being righteous and just to one’s inner self: making efforts to purify the soul of deceit, temptation, corruption, and base desires. To indulge in a sin deliberately is to do oneself an injustice (zulm). If one is unfair to oneself and / or to others, it would be tantamount to doing injustice to God. Also, being fair to others and to yourself would be like being fair to God.

The Quran’s code of justice is based on human relations based on justice and equity. It demands not only the justice that is done by legal means in a court, but also that quality which must be the foundation of the character of a true Muslim. Building righteous character in oneself is essential if one is to be fair to others.

Such a character would ensure that one submits to a responsibility against a strict moral scale in which being righteous to God, oneself and others is of paramount importance.

He would treat his neighbor, co-traveler, co-citizen and co-inhabitant of the same global system with consideration, benevolence and compassion.

Many of us might ask ourselves: How righteous are we to ourselves, to each other, and to God?

The author is an individual contributor interested in religion.

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Posted in Dawn, July 9, 2021


History of Qutub – Frontline

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The documentary Qutub – Ek Adhura Afsana, written and directed by Professor Hilal Ahmed, tells the story of discontent around official heritage conservation policies. The 35-minute documentary delves into the history of the official management of the Qutub Minar in post-colonial India. Professor Ahmed’s book Muslim political discourse in postcolonial India: monuments, memory, protest (2014) has dealt in detail with this official narrative and its epistemic blind spots. He deserves praise for making his academic work accessible to the public through this online documentary.

Its main concern is to understand and critically engage with the official majority narrative around medieval cultural heritage in general, and the epistemic elisions that undermine the status of Qutub Minar in public memory despite being a monument of world eminence. The tone of the documentary is conversational. The narrator raises fascinating questions and presents a range of historical evidence to help the viewer approach them independently. To address the dilemmas that drive the state‘s official history, documentary filmmakers interview a range of academics, cultural activists, politicians and people living in the vicinity of Qutub Minar. These diverse views of the interviewees provide a rich cultural education to viewers on the secular debates underlying the quest for the conservation of historic monuments. It also portrays the struggle for the preservation of cultural memory in a pluralistic society and the consideration of concerns about the religious rights of the minority.

History vs myth creation

This documentary is an important contribution to the long-standing dialectic of secular history’s response to the fabricating of community myths around “Muslim settlement” in the Indian subcontinent. He makes this debate accessible to members of political society through a democratic conversation about the evolution of official histories with the myths, legends and everyday meanings associated with this historic site of memory.

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The documentary criticizes the oversimplification of the history of the monument’s origin. It juxtaposes the version of the Archaeological Society of India which emphasizes the erection of the mosque after the destruction of the Hindu and Jain temples with the neglected inscription on the monument which does not identify the religion of the 27 ” butkadas “, that is, structures of idols. In a spirit of inclusive conservation, it dispassionately presents ideologue Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh Rakesh Sinha and right-wing activist Prafull Goradia that the Qutub complex is a representation of the iconoclastic and barbaric “Mohammedan invasion”. It should be noted that when the first National Democratic Alliance government revised the books of NCERT (National Council for Educational Research and Training), for example, the Qutab Minar was the target of entirely mythological majority claims. . This narrow understanding recognizes no possibility of a shared culture and implies that the establishment of one religious symbol must mean the destruction of another. The documentary examines these claims by asking whether the cultural identity of idols, domes and other heritage items can be essentialized as markers of a monolithic faith.

While criticizing the quest to identify the religion of constructed forms, the documentary also presents the claims of secular historians. Professor Najaf Haider, while discussing the medieval-era practice of offering prayers in the complex, postulates that “the way of religiousness of medieval Muslims was very open and ecumenical.” The presence of idolatrous architectural structures around the open spaces where namaz was offered can hardly be proof of tolerance. This requires further analysis on the part of scholars of social and religious history, otherwise the claim of “secular history” to more rigorous historical analysis would become vulnerable.

Religious monuments

The questions raised by the documentary are very important in the current context where the historicity of religious monuments is relentlessly called into question and where new public interest litigation (PIL) requests are filed every day before the Supreme Court to establish a majority point of view. This documentary explores the process of “monumentalization” and its meaning in the context of the Qutub Minar. To explore these questions further, it is necessary to understand the history of the monumentization of heritage buildings in India.

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As Ahmed has shown in his work, the notion of Indo-Islamic heritage monuments being contested sites was the product of colonial scholarly and administrative analysis and management of Indian heritage sites. There were various reasons behind these notions. One of the most important notions was that the Hindu civilization was an authentic civilization and that the “Islamic invasions” polluted it. Therefore, it had become important for colonial administrators to restore decaying civilization. In addition, the classification of heritage monuments was linked to the communal periodization of Indian history, which was central to colonial historiography and the Indian academic response to colonial historiography. This classification was also a by-product of attempts by Indian and British scholars to associate monuments with a single community, as the work of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan shows. Asar-as-sanadid and the work of James Fergusson The history of Indian and oriental architecture.

In the documentary, a plethora of interpretations of the origin of the Quwwatul Islam Mosque are depicted. These interpretations show continuity and new interpretations emerging regarding religious monuments as well. As historians like Tapati Guha Thakurta, Vinay Lal, Gyanendra Pandey, and Hilal Ahmed have argued, notions about Indian history and Indian heritage in post-independent India were a continuation of colonialism. Current community interpretations are such examples of continuity. In the documentary, we can see Rakesh Sinha and Prafull Goradia mark this differently nuanced but relentless communitarization. Rakesh Sinha says you have to present the story as objective truth and tell it as it is. If historical facts show that the “Islamic invaders” did destroy some temples, then this story must be told. However, he also claims that the Indians do not want to demolish the existing structures which are located on the ruins of the temples. It is, in Hilal’s words, the controversial position of the Hindutva that asks people to accept demolition as the historical truth. Prafull Goradia, on the other hand, represents the radical intellectual Hindutva who maintains that all Islamic religious monuments were built on the ruins of Hindu and Jain temples. These two tendencies create a binary of invaders and pacifists / defenders who overlook the complex relationship that Turkish, Afghan and Mughal politics had with people and different cultures.

Najaf Haider and Sohail Hashmi gave new and emerging interpretations of the Qutub Minar. Contrary to popular belief, the early Turkish and Afghan rulers were much more concerned with creating a just state devoid of religious overtones. To achieve this goal, the rulers who could exercise power on their own, Alauddin Khilji for example, were prepared to reject the advice of the Ulemas and Qauzis. The documentary quotes Philip Wagoner, who argues that the destruction of religious places in order to show his victory was a common example in medieval India. Richard Eaton, in his recent work, took inspiration from Sheldon Pollock and coined the term “persianate age”, replacing the communal classification of Indian history, and proposed a more secular framework for understanding the relationship between the state. , people and religion. Mohammed Mujeeb points out that Islamic principles and local artistic sensibilities are clearly reflected in the Quwwatul Islam Mosque. He argues that medieval architecture represents a process of social and cultural assimilation.

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Another important aspect of the conservation of religious monuments that the documentary highlights is the 1958 law on ancient monuments and archaeological remains. This law does not take into account local customs, beliefs and cultures in the valuation of historic monuments. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) attempted to rectify this approach by creating the Charter for the Conservation of Architectural Heritage and Unprotected Sites in India in 2006. This charter speaks of the participation of local communities in the conversation. by recognizing their traditional ways of constructing buildings and the cultural values ​​associated with those buildings. In the documentary, Dr Rakhshanda Jalil also talks about the logistics of opening these mosques to the public on Jumma Day. She argues that the traffic jams caused by Muslims on Jumma Day can be substantially resolved if the ASI opens mosques for Friday prayers.

In the final analysis, like Ahmed’s writing, the documentary poses pressing, evidence-based questions that are socially relevant to our collective consciousness. Therefore the afsana (the story) of the Qutub complex laments the communal conflicts that arose from the mechanical division of India’s past into Hindu and Muslim. These conflicts are manifested by disputes around the status of Islam in the public sphere, whether in monuments or in the offering of prayers on roads and parks. The quest for equal status – and a dialogue worthy of India’s eclectic cultural past – requires a popular imagination sensitive to coliving. At a time when the majority construction of an exclusive public sphere is on the rise, the film’s noble enterprise raises hope for an enlightened embrace of a common culture.

Prannv Dhawan is a socio-legal researcher at the National Law School of India University Bangalore.

Gandhar S. Ashwinikumar is a senior researcher at Past Perfect Heritage Management, a Mumbai-based organization specializing in family and business archiving, historical research, and the preservation of history-inspired applications.


Driver with La Porte County arrest warrants dies after chase and crash

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LAKE COUNTY, Indiana – A person wanted on felony arrest warrants in La Porte County has died after a police chase and accident in Porter County, Indiana State Police have reported.

At 8:57 a.m. Wednesday morning, a soldier stopped a silver 2012 Ford Focus on eastbound I-94 at kilometer 40.

The vehicle was stopped for several suspected traffic violations, including following too closely and speeding through a construction zone with workers present, police said.

During the traffic stop, the soldier learned that the driver, identified as Vernell F. Muhammad, 22, of Chicago, had active arrest warrants through La Porte County for aggravated assault – strong weapon of the family, according to reports.

The warrant included alleged offenses for assault and battery within the family and felony strangulation, police reported.

As the soldier attempted to take Muhammad into custody, Muhammad refused to get out of the vehicle and left, police said.

Muhammad exited I-94 at kilometer 40 before re-entering I-94 and heading west, according to reports.

During the chase, Muhammad was able to dodge the stop sticks officers placed to try to stop the vehicle, police said.

The vehicle continued to the 18.5-mile marker where it overturned a tractor-trailer that was also heading west, police said.

Muhammad was thrown from the Focus as a result of the crash.

Muhammad was seriously injured and was airlifted to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the semi-trailer was not injured in the accident.

The westbound lanes of I-94 were closed for approximately two hours for reconstruction of the crash.

Indiana State Police were assisted by the Burns Harbor Police Department, the Portage Police Department, the Lake County Aviation Section, the Portage Fire Department, the Department of Indiana Transportation and WAFFCO Towing.


Bursa, the first Ottoman capital, becomes a film set for Islamic scholars

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Thanks to its nature and historic sites, Bursa in northwestern Turkey serves as the exclusive backdrop for short films that bring the stories of seven great doctors of the Islamic Golden Age to life.

The films focus on the life and work of Ibn Sina, known as Avicenna in the West; the Iranian mathematician al-Biruni; Ibn al-Jazzar, the first to diagnose leprosy; Ibn al-Nafis, the first to describe the pulmonary circulation of blood; Ibn Bajja, known in the West as Avempace; al-Zahrawi or Abulcasis, the founder of modern surgery, and al-Razi, whose Latinized name is Rhazes or Rasis.

The 8th 7 Saints 7 Cities International Short Film Festival, the world’s first Sufi film festival, is being held this year under the theme “Doctors of the Old Age”.

A view of filming in Bursa, northwestern Turkey, July 7, 2021 (AA Photo)

Focusing annually on seven Islamic scholars from seven provinces, the festival this year honors seven prominent Muslim scientists who have shaped the history of medicine, in tribute to healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic around the world.

The festival organizes competitions in two categories of script and short films. In the first category, short film scripts, inspired by the life, thoughts, philosophies and advice of the seven scholars compete for the prize.

Then a winner is selected for each fellow from among these scenarios and the seven best scripts are turned into a film by a team of professionals from the Competent Art Cinema and Culture Association. In the second category, these short films compete for the first prize.

After the first category was completed, the filming of the best scenarios recently took place in the historic city of Bursa, the first Ottoman capital.

Filming locations included Ortaköy Caravanserai in Inegöl District, Karacabey Floodplain Forest, 700-year-old Cumalıkızık Village, Issız Han (hostel) in Karacabey and Gelemiç district. in the district of Keles.

A view of filming in Bursa, northwestern Turkey, July 7, 2021 (AA Photo)

A view of filming in Bursa, northwestern Turkey, July 7, 2021 (AA Photo)

Ali Ayyıldız, who has contributed to numerous television series to date, is directing the films and a cast of 105 people are involved in the filming.

Eda Sürmeli, head of the festival committee and the competent Association of Cinema and Art Culture, told the Anadolu Agency (AA) that 2021 is the year of health professionals, so they turned focused on doctors from the golden age of Islam at the festival.

Stating that Bursa offers great filming opportunities, Sürmeli said, “There are a lot of unseen and unexplored natural beauties here. We bring them to the big screen. For example, there are some very nice bazaars and inns in Bursa as it was the capital of the Ottoman Empire. We turned them into a movie set. We also shot in the village of Cumalıkızık which is a UNESCO heritage site. Our actors are surprised when they see the filming locations in nature. As a team, we can enter into the spirit of old years thanks to these places. Therefore, great movies are coming. “


From Yusuf Khan to Dilip Kumar, how a Muslim superstar became India’s crush

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Dilip Kumar (1922-2021): The legend lives on
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Dilip Kumar died at the age of 98. The tributes will not stop. He was after all the Marlon Brando of Bollywood. The original Badshah of the Bombay film industry.

Already Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading the nation in praising one of the country’s cinema greats.

Dilip Kumar’s death will have a sound of fury, as will his very remarkable journey – from the son of a fruit merchant Pathan to a colossus who straddled India’s cultural firmament for nearly six decades – and was seated on his high throne.

Perhaps it was this fairytale transformation that captured a nation’s imagination because Dilip Kumar’s story has been – in many ways – the story of India as well.

An India that many feel today is not the same. Here is a legend, who changed his name from Muslim to Hindu and voila, no one is blinking. He was loved, worshiped, honored, idolized and exalted in the imagination of a nation.

Keep the heart of his father

Born December 11, 1922 in Peshawar, present-day Pakistan, Dilip Kumar’s real name was Mohammad Yusuf Khan. Her strict father, Lala Ghulam Sarwar, disapproved of the films. The old man had no idea that his son was going to become one of the leaders of one of the biggest film industries in the world.

It was a time when India and Pakistan were one country. Khan’s family moved from Peshawar to Nasik in Maharashtra in the 1930s. He attended school in Deolali. Mumbai, then Bombay, was not too far away. Strapping and swashbuckling, he was introduced to a film producer.

The actor adopted the screen name Dilip Kumar, in part not to offend his father, when producer Devika Rani offered him the lead role in the film. ‘Jwar Bhata’ in 1944. Filmmakers of that time believed that a Hindu screen name might offer Khan more acceptance among the masses, who were predominantly Hindu.

A star Is Born

And the rest is history, as they say. The boy from Peshawar never really looked back. He went on to appear in hits like ‘Jugnu’, ‘Shaheed’, ‘Andaz’, ‘Jogan’, ‘Daag’, ‘Aan’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Naya Daur’ and ‘Mughal-e-Azam’. A star Is Born. At 25, Dilip Kumar was India’s biggest star.

A refined man, he was quite gentle, suave, usually seen in bespoke indigo suits and Oxford ties. However, there was one thing he never forgot: his sense of connection. Whether it was his immediate family of fruit merchants at Bombay’s Crawford Market or his legendary romance with a young Saira Banu (who remained steadfast by his side until the end), the comedian has remained close to his parents and his public.

The love, adulation, and social media trends we see today are an acknowledgment of his decency and artistry. Imagine this: the generation that’s in on fashion and paying homage to it this morning on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and more includes Millennials and Gen Z. It’s the enduring power of cinema.

Widely popular

Dilip Kumar received a whopping 8 Filmfare Awards, in addition to 19 Filmfare nominations. He also received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and the Padma Bhushan Award for his contribution to cinema. Pakistan bestowed its highest civilian honor, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, on Dilip Kumar in 1998.

There is no doubt that he has given a new identity to the Indian film industry. It was craftsmanship, not glamor, that mattered to him. Dilip Kumar understood the psychological acuity of the human condition and how to enhance it. In doing so, he made the audience waltz with him.

He will be buried today at 5 p.m. at Juhu Qabrastan in Santacruz, Mumbai. Artists belong to the world and they are our collective heritage.

By burying Dilip Kumar, a Kohinoor, would be buried. No exaggeration that.

His death is a piercing loss.


Supreme Court religious cases: what happened in 2021 and what’s next

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This article was first published in the State of the Faith Bulletin. Sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox every Monday evening.

The Supreme Court is now on summer recess, but before signing, the judges gave us homework to do.

On Friday, the court announced 10 new additions to its list of cases for the next term, including a battle between a religious family and the state of Maine over whether public funds to help with tuition fees can be used. in private “sectarian” schools.

I’m sure I won’t be the only person spending the next few months researching and thinking about the types of decisions to make next year. This term reminded us that the tribunal is full of surprises, even when a group of judges – at the moment it is the Conservatives – has the numbers on their side.

Here is an overview of the major religious decisions made this year:

  • Tanzin v. Tanvir: Judges ruled 8-0 in favor of Muslim men who have been placed on the FBI no-fly list. As a result, people of faith will now be able to seek damages from government employees who violate their religious rights.

  • Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski: The court has created new opportunities for victims of alleged violations of freedom of expression or religious freedom to seek justice in this case involving Christian students fighting against their school’s policy of expression. The judges ruled 8-1 that prosecutions can continue even after the government abandons the policy or behavior that prompted the prosecution.

  • Tandon v. Newsom: In a so-called shadow case decision, the court granted restitution to places of worship challenging the state of California’s foreclosure rules. As I noted in a recent newsletter, Tandon v. Newsom described a new approach to free exercise litigation.

  • Fulton v. City of Philadelphia: Judges unanimously ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services, allowing faith-based foster care agency to continue partnering with city despite agency refusal to terminate assessments of same-sex couples. The court said the government cannot refuse to offer religious accommodations to laws when it is ready to offer other types of exceptions.

Given the court’s conservative majority, it’s no surprise that the religious plaintiffs won in all four cases.

However, it is interesting to watch the margins of victory; Tandon was the only trial decided along ideological lines.

“In a time of division with a lot of conflict, we have seen the tribunal again and again make decisions by qualified majority and often unanimity” in its cases related to religion, said Mark Rienzi, president of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a July 1 press call.

Will it be the same next year? Only time will tell. But looking at the faith-related cases the tribunal has already agreed to hear and those it is still reviewing, I can’t help but predict much closer and more contentious decisions in 2022.

Here are some cases to watch for the next term:

  • Carson v. Makin: On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it would take up this clash over the rules governing Maine’s tuition assistance program. Currently, some private religious schools are not eligible for the funds due to state concerns about the use of public funds to fund religious activities. Last year, the court overturned similar rules in Montana in a 5-4 decision.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation v. Fazaga: Last month, judges agreed to hear a case questioning the government’s ability to withhold certain types of evidence under its state secrets privilege. The lawsuit was brought by a group of Muslim men who say the FBI targeted them after refusing to help spy on their religious community.

  • Dignity Health v. Minton: The Supreme Court has yet to announce whether it will hear this case involving a Catholic hospital and a transgender man. The man, Evan Minton, filed a complaint after the hospital, citing religious concerns, canceled his appointment for a hysterectomy. If accepted, judges would have to decide how to balance the hospital’s religious freedom protections with LGBTQ anti-discrimination law.

  • Diocese of Albany c. Lacewell: Do you remember the previous battles over the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate? This case is similar except that instead of presenting federal law and insurance coverage for contraception, it is New York State law and insurance coverage for contraception. ‘abortion. The Supreme Court has not yet decided to take up the case.

  • Apache Stronghold v. United States: This case is one of two involving Native Americans that I wrote about in last week’s newsletter. It focuses on Oak Flat, a site sacred to the Western Apache people that is in danger of becoming a copper mine. The 9th Circuit appeals court will hear this case later this year and, depending on the timing of the ruling and the decision itself, the case could be taken to the Supreme Court by spring.


Fresh from the press

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of two nonprofits challenging the state of California’s donor disclosure rules, and I wrote about the ruling. Although the case did not involve religious freedom law, several faith-based organizations, including Becket, have filed briefs in support of the claims of the nonprofits.


Term of the week: Certiorari

Certiorari refers to the process by which an individual or organization asks the Supreme Court to review their case. They petition for a “writ of certiorari” explaining why their lawsuit deserves the judges’ attention.

If the court agrees to consider the case, it means that the judges have “granted certiorari” or “granted cert”.


What I’m reading …

Canada’s political, religious and Indigenous leaders are currently grappling with an unspeakable tragedy: the discovery of hundreds of anonymous graves at the former sites of residential schools for Indigenous children. “From the 19th century to the 1970s, over 150,000 children were forced to attend publicly funded Christian residential schools in an attempt to assimilate them into Canadian society,” the Associated Press reported. Indigenous leaders are now asking Pope Francis for an apology, as many schools were run by the Catholic Church.

The Pew Research Center has released its long-awaited look at how various religious, ethnic, and age groups voted in the 2020 election. Researchers found that former President Donald Trump won the support of 84% of White Evangelical Protestants. President Joe Biden, on the other hand, received more votes from atheists and agnostics in 2020 than Hillary Clinton in 2016.


Tips

If you are a fan of romantic comedies like “You’ve Got Mail” and “The Holiday” check out the book “Would Like to Meet” by Rachel Winters. I read it last week and found it absolutely delicious.


Muhammad Ali’s boxing grandson says Tyson Fury gave him ‘the best advice’ ahead of his debut

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Muhammad Ali’s boxing grandson has revealed he received “best advice” for his Tyson Fury debut.

20-year-old Nico Ali Walsh will face the first fight of his professional career on August 14 after signing a multi-fight contract with Top Rank.

And he has the challenge of upholding his grandfather’s reputation, with the boxer formerly known as Cassius Clay being considered the greatest heavyweight of all time.

But Walsh, the son of Ali Rasheda’s daughter Ali Walsh and retired US Marine Corps Sergeant Robert Walsh, also took inspiration from Fury.

The youngster trained with Gypsy King coach Sugarhill Steward before his first professional fight.



Muhammad Ali‘s boxing grandson says Tyson Fury gave him ‘best advice’ ahead of his August 14 debut

And the 20-year-old also received advice from the Briton ahead of his WBC heavyweight clash against

Speaking on ESPN, Walsh said, “My biggest asset as a fighter is that I box because I love it, but I box because the legacy is so important to me.

“It really fuels me in boxing, so I feel like I’m able to do some things that I wouldn’t be able to do without this heritage.

“Tyson Fury actually gave me the best advice I’ve heard. He said he had 35 amateur fights: if you can fight, you can fight.”

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20-year-old Nico Ali Walsh will fight after facing nearly 30 amateur fights to follow his grandfather's path - considered the greatest heavyweight of all time
20-year-old Nico Ali Walsh will fight after facing nearly 30 amateur fights to follow his grandfather’s path – considered the greatest heavyweight of all time

Walsh entered the Top Rank in late June, having fought in nearly five fights less than the Gypsy King before turning pro.

He said Air sports: “I do what I love. Signing with Top Rank is a dream come true. I will have fun on August 14th and next time I fight.

“Top Rank will give me the name, date and location, and I’ll have a good time. I’m honored to continue the fighting legacy my grandfather started. It’s a responsibility I don’t take on. the slight.”



And Fury, who Walsh shares a trainer with at SugarHill Steward, told the youngster
And Fury, who Walsh shares a trainer with at SugarHill Steward, told the youngster “if you can fight, you can fight.”

Walsh also receives advice from another man linked to his grandfather, Bob Arum – who has promoted 27 of Ali’s fights during his career.

He said, “(He’s a) lovely, lovely kid. Very, very well spoken and we had him train with Sugarhill Steward, who is Tyson’s trainer, and he said the kid has abilities.

“We’re going to launch it on the road and you’ll see the fight end in the UK. It’s August 14th and it will be on this map.

“Then we’ll take him, hopefully, to Madison Square Garden, where his grandfather excelled, and we can show him off in the garden.”


The Weekend Leader – Can a non-Muslim be forcibly converted to become a Muslim in Islam?

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Nowadays there are rumors in social media and newspapers that non-Muslims have been forcibly converted to become Muslims. The creators of nuisances are making noise in this regard. But don’t these nuisance creators see if someone in India at this time has the power to forcibly convert Hindus into Muslims? And if he / she will become a Muslim, if he is forcibly converted to do so. Because to become a Muslim is fundamentally to believe in one God (Allah) of the heart and to regard the Prophet Muhammad (peace_be_upon_him) as a true Messenger of Allah. A person does not become a Muslim just by reciting the word “Tawheed (Kalema)” with the tongue and praying “namaz (salaat)”, unless he believes in Tawheed and Prophecy by heart.

If it is clear that the word Tawheed can be uttered by force, but it cannot be observed from the heart by force.

According to the principle stated in the Holy Quran in Sura n ° 16 / Verse n ° 106 / If a Muslim is forced to speak unbelieving words while his heart is satisfied with Islam, he does not become a disbeliever. Likewise, if a non-Muslim is forced to speak the words of Islam, while he does not sincerely believe in the tenets of Islam by heart, he will not become a Muslim.

But it is surprising to read few articles written even by educated people of this age on this subject, which gives the impression that they are not aware of the conditions of the world and that they are not even aware of the neither does a, b, c of Islam.

On the contrary, I would be right to say that Islam did not give a Muslim the state of mind to force non-Muslims to become Muslims, because if it did, then more than five million Hindus living in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have reportedly been converted to Islam. Even community-minded Indians do not complain in Muslim countries that the Hindus who make their living there are forcibly converted to Islam because they are powerless. – Muslims in India, which is not done to defenseless non-Muslims in Muslim countries.

But unfortunately, the ignorant and community-minded people of our country love to make false propaganda against Muslims and Islam, because they find no such pleasure in anything else.

I don’t know Maulana Jahangir Sahib but I know Omar Gautam Sahib. He is a very noble man. He’s an educated man. He accepted Islam by understanding and reading Islamic teachings.

He is not expected, even at one percent, to do such a pointless thing, which will have no significant results.

Yes, if a person who had become a Muslim came to complete the conversion papers according to Indian law, he would have helped him, since he himself had gone through this stage. At that time, too, there was no harshness in this matter.

At this point, I think it is appropriate to explain the basic teachings of Islam that are addressed to non-Muslims living in an Islamic country, so that it can be of use to those who are burning in the fire. of community spirit with the aim of opening their closed eyes, and of imparting knowledge to self-taught Muslims about their religion, who can benefit from it.

The world knows that the true teaching of Islam is that which was given in the “Qur’an” or by the Messenger of Allah, Hazrat Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

So, Prophet Muhammad (peace_be_upon_him) said this about non-Muslims who live in an Islamic country:

1. If an enemy attacks them in an Islamic government, then the Islamic government will fight on the side of the non-Muslims.

2. Non-Muslims will not be expelled from their religion in any Islamic country. The words of the blessed tongue of the Messenger of Allah tell us this.

3. The life of non-Muslims must be safe in an Islamic country.

4. The wealth of non-Muslims must also be secure in the Islamic government

5. Their caravan, that is to say the trade, must also be kept safe.

6. Their land must also be kept safe.

7. Everything that was already in their possession will remain in their custody as is.

8. Their “Rehban” clergy, the “Mahant” priests will not be removed from their posts.

9. A tenth of their agricultural production will not be taken.

10. There will be no genocides by the military.

11. No rights that they already had will be taken away from them.

12. Those who are not present will be included in all of these rules.

(Reference books: see “Fatuh al-Baldan” by Bala Zari and “Kitab al-Kharaj” by Imam Abu Yusuf-)

When these Islamic teachings given by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are in an Islamic country, how can a non-Muslim be forcibly converted to Islam in a non-Islamic country? And how can he become a Muslim without accepting it from the bottom of his heart? This is why one of the testaments made by Hazrat Umar (Radiallaho-taala-anho), the second caliph of the Messenger of Allah, near his death, was that “The non-Muslims who live in our country are under the responsibility of Allah (God) and the Prophet. Muslims must fight their enemies on their behalf (Reference books: See “Fatuh al-Baldan”).

I present all of these facts because the accusation against an educated and serious man like Omar Gautam is a lying slander and has no reality.

We have the experience that Muslims get caught are portrayed as rebels of the country and in addition they are highlighted as the brains of the rebellion against the country. And they are sentenced to life imprisonment, and the death penalty too, and they are honorably acquitted by the higher court. In prison, the lives of these young men were ruined.

We go to court again and again to say that reprimand orders should be issued against investigators, but this is avoided by saying that the “morale” of the police and government agencies will drop.

But the world says it may be late, but there is no room for Allah’s injustice and there is no sound in Allah’s staff.

Because in all of these cases attempts are made to defame Islam and, out of ignorance, it is falsely presented as the religion of terrorism, and all Muslims are labeled as terrorists.

Therefore, I wanted to present the instructions given by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that he gave regarding the non-Muslims living in the Islamic country, so that in view of this you can judge from the reality of the propaganda against Islam and the accusations leveled against educated Muslims in the current situation in India. It is knowing that the life of some young Muslims can be ruined, but no precious service to the country or to humanity can be rendered in this way, whereas today the world needs these precious services.

(Maulana Arshad Madani is President of Jamiat Ulema Hind. The opinions expressed are personal) -IANS


Human rights art exhibitions open at Hamad International Airport

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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) organized an exhibition of Arabic calligraphy on human rights in Islamic culture for artist Sabah Al Arbili, and the human rights exhibition for the artist Ahmed Al Maadeed, at Hamad International Airport, as part of the activities of “Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World”.

The “Doha Culture Capital in the Islamic World 2021” is organized under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, in cooperation with the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science; and strategic partners of the Government of Qatar and partner organizations.
NHRC Secretary General Maryam Abdullah al-Attiyah said in a press release yesterday that the NHRC’s permanent exhibition on * Human Rights in Islamic Culture is considered one of the most important activities. most notable implemented by the committee at local, regional and international levels.
The exhibition shows the world that Islam adopted the principles of human rights 1,400 years ago, and that the way to fight the extremism and terrorism that some parties are trying to link to Islam is always to build bridges of cooperation and dialogue between different religions, cultures and civilizations, and the search for a common heritage and human values, and not through the growing rhetoric of intolerance and hatred, has t -she adds.
Al-Attiyah explained that the exhibition * Human Rights contains paintings bearing messages related to the rejection of hate speech, the opposition to violence and its rejection in all its forms, and the dissemination of message of peace in all regions of the world, and underlines the importance of the human being. and its positive influence in society.
For his part, the general coordinator of “Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World” Hamad al-Adhba said that Arabic calligraphy is one of the most important arts created by Arab and Islamic civilizations, and the most widespread. in Arab and Muslim countries.
He added that Arabs and Muslims, regardless of their school, were able to make Arabic calligraphy a tool of aesthetic expression of the Holy Quran, the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and the Eternal Arab wisdom, which gave it a special luster that enhances its beauty.
Al-Adhba underlined the importance of investing in the activities of “the capital of culture in the Islamic world” to push this original art to the facade, raising awareness of its value and aesthetics, supporting the young talents in this field and by organizing exhibitions. , conferences and courses that promote Arabic calligraphy.


Canada still pays lip service to fight Islamophobia

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Absolute support for anti-Muslim acts is not lost on those who are victims of hate crimes. With the political goodwill, however, it is not too late to reverse current trends.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s symbolic gesture last week in awarding just CAD 300,000 ($ 243,000) to provincial schools to “fight Islamophobia” is just one of many examples of hypocrisy on the planet. the issue in the Canadian political class.

Not only is the sum far too small considering the population of Canada’s largest province, but the offer comes from the same Prime Minister who blocked a motion condemning Islamophobia just three weeks earlier, following the murder of a Muslim family in London, Ontario by an Islamophobe.

But Ford, who was probably only playing games with his base – white suburban voters with modest, conservative and often racist views at odds with Toronto’s urban cosmopolitanism – is not alone in exhibiting such blatant hypocrisy. .

Unfortunately, he is crossing party lines.

Actions speak louder than words

Justin Trudeau’s ruling Liberal government is also to blame. First, it took him six years and two of the worst examples of Islamophobic violence in the world – the 2017 massacre of Muslims during a worship service in a Quebec mosque and the public van execution of the Afzal family in London, in. Ontario last month – make every effort to revive anti-hate laws struck down by former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2013.

Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, known as the “hate speech provision”, has stated that it is discriminatory to disclose any material “which is likely to expose one or more people of hatred or contempt ”.

While free speech advocates and conservative politicians praised the Harper government’s decision at the time, human rights lawyers and the Canadian Bar Association lamented its loss.

And hate crimes increased exponentially after his disappearance. In the current penal code, it is very difficult to define “hate” and therefore to prosecute the perpetrators of “hate crimes”.

While Trudeau gave a passionate speech denouncing Islamophobia after the Quebec massacre in 2017, to Canada’s beleaguered Muslim community, actions speak louder than words.

Finally, the Trudeau government proposed a new anti-hate law called Bill-36, which would effectively revive section 13 and give it more bite by providing a broader definition of hate speech and allowing anyone who fears being the victim of a hate crime to request a peace bond as a deterrent. A breach of such an obligation would also be punishable by a more severe penalty of up to four years in prison.

But the bill was introduced hours after Parliament’s official summer recess and is seen by critics as a cynical ploy to win votes in a much-anticipated fall election, with little chance of success. be adopted or implemented in a timely manner if an election is called. It also wouldn’t introduce new sanctions for social media giants like Facebook or Twitter, the epicenters of online hate.

The Liberal government didn’t begin significantly adding white supremacist groups to its list of terrorist organizations until February 2021 – adding more in the wake of the London murders – a measure that is mainly effective in freezing assets.

Then there is the infamous Quebec Bill 62, which Trudeau, dependent on the traditional Liberal vote of the populated province, still refuses to address.

While the bill, in force since 2018, ostensibly seeks to impose state neutrality in religious affairs, it effectively targets Muslims and fuels Islamophobia. It particularly targets Muslim women – the most frequent victims of Islamophobic hate crimes – who wear the facial veil.

Under Bill 62, these women are prohibited from providing or receiving public services, including taking public buses and subways. The law also prohibits officials such as doctors and teachers from working veiled.

Shortly thereafter, Bill 21 was introduced by the province’s current ruling party, the Coalition Avenir Québec in June 2019, prohibiting people working in the public service from wearing religious symbols, including crosses, the Jewish kippah, hijabs, niqabs and turbans. Both bills increased Islamophobic and other hate crimes against visible minorities.

A powerful Jewish lobby and groups like Bnai Brith, which invest heavily in political parties at the federal and provincial levels, often fuel the fires of anti-Arab and Islamophobic hatred.

Some Muslim activists have raised concerns that advocating for stronger action against hate speech could further criminalize criticism of Israel’s human rights violations or support for the boycott, divestment and movement. sanctions for Palestinian rights as “anti-Semitism”.

In 2019, Trudeau dumped then-Liberal candidate Imam Hassan Guillet, who rose to prominence after delivering an impassioned speech in honor of the victims of the Quebec mosque massacre, after the Right-wing Jewish organization B’nai Brith accused him of making “and” anti-Israel “comments.

And while New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh was kicked out of Parliament for calling a Bloc Québécois member “racist” for blocking a motion recognizing systemic racism within the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), he has always been much more timid about calling the Israeli Occupation.

Islamophobia is further fueled by the amalgamation of “anti-Semitism” and criticism of Israel, but there are some encouraging signs.

Islamophobia as a Civil Liberties Issue

So what are the solutions to fight Islamophobia in Canada? Passing real hate crime laws with vigorous prosecution measures after an 8-year section 13 absence would be a start. Taking a broader view of what constitutes the Canadian Muslim community would also be a good idea.

While Ford’s move, like so many of its political opponents, is spurious at best, it also gives funds to the wrong organization. The MCA has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and is the subject of much controversy. Islam and Muslim Canadians are certainly not a monolith and range from conservative Muslims to LGBT-friendly organizations like Salam.

The fight against Islamophobia should really be about civil liberties, taking the example, oddly enough, of our neighbor to the south where the ACLU vigorously fights Islamophobia, citing it as an affront to religious freedom.

Ultimately, Canadian politicians must stop pretending to fight Islamophobia. After hosting two of the world’s worst Islamophobic massacres and with the continued attacks on Muslims on Canadian soil, it’s time to shed any blissful complacency that Canada is a multicultural haven.

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Watch out for the women’s 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics

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All eyes will be on Sydney McLaughlin as she aims to win gold at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the women’s 400m hurdles. Historically, athletics events at all Olympic Games have garnered more attention and headlines than most other events.

With athletes like Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Sergei Bubka and Yelena Isinbayeva having kept fans and spectators spellbound in the past, the same can be expected from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

LILY: World records broken at the 2021 US Olympic Track and Field Trials

The women’s hurdles in Tokyo will be one of the events to watch. With Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, Femke Bol competing – the event will see some of the world’s best hurdles vying for the coveted Olympic title.

On that note, here we take a look at the top five women hurdles to watch in the women’s 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics.


# 1 Sydney McLaughlin

American athletics star Sydney McLaughlin recently broke the world record at the United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Not only that, McLaughlin finished ahead of Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist and world champion Dalilah Muhammad to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

McLaughlin also won a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships, where she lost to Dalilah Muhammad. The new world record holder has been chasing Muhammad for the past two years and eventually managed to not only break her but also set a new world record.

After her victory at Hayward Field, Sydney McLaughlin was quoted by NBC as follows:

“All the glory to God. Honestly this season, working with my new coach and my new support system is really about faith and trust in the process. “

Sydney McLaughlin is now the first female athlete to reach the under 52 second mark in the 400m hurdles. She recorded a time of 51.90 seconds at the Olympic track and field trials in the United States.

# 2 Femke Bowl

In the Stockholm Diamond League, Dutchwoman Femke Bol became the latest athlete to make headlines with the fourth fastest time in the women’s 400m hurdles. Femke Bol crossed the finish line in 52.38 seconds.

Speaking of Sydney McLaughlin’s record pursuit, Femke Bol was quoted by Insidethegames as saying:

“It would be nice if we could have someone to hunt so I could get close to that under-52 mark.”

But the 21-year-old Dutchwoman was happy and excited with her performance, having come close to Yulina Pechonkina’s European record. Pechonkina is the third fastest on the list with 52.34, the Russian registering it in 2003.

Femke Bol said by Athletics Weekly:

“I am amazed, I am so happy! I was a second away from my PB and am already performing PB. I think running PBs is going to stop for now, but I hope to keep getting closer to that time. I can not believe it ! In two days I have another competition in Hungary with the same peloton so it will be exciting.

Femke Bol won the gold medal in March at the European Indoor Championships. She was also part of the gold medalist 4x400m relay team at the same event in Torun, Poland.

# 3 Dalilah Muhammad

Before Sydney McLaughlin broke her record, Dalilah Muhammad held the world record in the 400m hurdles. That’s not all, Muhammad is one of two women in the history of the 400m hurdles to have won Olympic gold, gold at the world championships and to hold the world record at the same time. British athlete Sally Gunnell won gold at the Barcelona Games in 1992, won gold at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart and set the world record of 52.74 seconds.

Dalilah Muhammad will join Sydney McLaughlin and Anna Cockrell at the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 400m hurdles. Although she did not get the first position in the US trials at Hayward Field, Muhammad recorded her best time of the season in 52.42 seconds while finishing second. And that gives the US contingent hope that the Rio Games gold medalist can get another medal in Tokyo.

Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee


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Hamas, Islamic Jihad Rebuild Gaza Tunnels Faster Than Expected

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There is no way for Israel to destroy militants’ underground infrastructure, security expert says

[Gaza City] The tunnel system used by militant Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip has experienced remarkable growth in form and function since 2000, presenting significant challenges for Israel’s military and political leadership.

Starting from the primitive tunnels with limited depth and protection, they now form fortified and organized networks extending over 60 meters underground throughout the coastal enclave. Highly trained fighters from various Palestinian factions – primarily Hamas and Islamic Jihad – use them to hide rockets, ammunition, and militants from Israeli air strikes and detection, facilitate communication, and infiltrate Israel.

Using cross-border tunnels, Hamas succeeded in capturing Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in June 2006. He was held in Gaza for more than five years, until he was released under a deal. which Israel agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian and Arab Israeli prisoners. , in October 2011.

Using the same strategy, Hamas claimed to have captured two Israeli soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, who disappeared in the Gaza Strip in separate battles during the 2014 war. Israel later said the two men had been killed in action and their bodies were still held by Hamas.

Hamas’s so-called metro system also played a major role in the 11-day fight with Israel last May.

Khader Abbas, a Gaza-based security expert, told The Media Line that the Gaza Strip was “the only place in the world where you can’t wage war on the surface because it’s an open, narrow coastal area. and very small that can be easily scanned by advanced enemy technology.

“However,” he argued, “the tunnels have turned this exposed enclave into an important and impregnable place for Palestinian resistance fighters, who achieved significant results in the latest escalation.”

Thanks to the tunnel strategy, Palestinian fighters moved freely, safe from Israeli spies and aerial surveillance, Abbas said.

This made the destruction of the underground infrastructure a priority objective for Israel, which used planes, tanks and artillery to strike the network of tunnels of the Palestinian movements.

After the May mini-war ended, the IDF said it destroyed “more than 100 kilometers [60 miles] from the basement [real estate]”, Adding that these” tunnels constitute a strategic capacity for Hamas “.

However, Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, denied this claim. He said at a press conference that it was over 500 kilometers [300 miles] of tunnels, of which only 5% were damaged by Israel during the latest escalation.

Abo Baraa, a fighter in the military wing of the Al-Quds Brigades of Islamic Jihad, supports this claim, saying the damage was “negligible”.

“We had already repaired some of the damaged tunnels as the battle continued,” he told The Media Line.

Special units responsible for repairing and restoring the tunnels were still present alongside the fighters, according to Abo Baraa.

Abbas said: “The network of tunnels in Gaza is based on a very high level of security that even Israel cannot defeat unless it has the maps of the tunnels, which in my opinion is not. , and it still won’t be an existential problem. threat to the tunnels of the Strip.

The remaining damage to Gaza’s tunnels will likely be repaired in less than three months, and those that have been heavily targeted can be easily diverted, Abbas said.

Each Palestinian military movement has its own network of tunnels which it uses for operational tasks. However, the latest escalation saw a high degree of military coordination between the factions.

Abu Suhaib, another Islamic Jihad fighter, told The Media Line: “We in the Al-Quds Brigades do not hesitate to pass on our military experiences to our brothers from different factions. In fact, we gave rockets to some of them under certain circumstances.

Abbas said: “We have witnessed fierce combat and have been amazed at the significant level of performance of the Palestinian resistance movements, which have shown a respectful degree of coordination and cooperation with one another. “


The Church of St. Mary of Shiraz is being restored

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TEHRAN – The centuries-old Armenian Church of St. Mary in Shiraz in the southern province of Fars has undergone rehabilitation work, the provincial tourism chief said.

A budget of 1.4 billion rials ($ 34,500 at the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials to the dollar) has been allocated for the project, which aims to prevent the destruction of the historic monument, the CHTN said on Sunday, citing Jamshid Moeini. .

The project involves reinforcing the roof as well as replacing worn materials and repairing the roof gutters, the official added.

The restoration project is expected to be completed by the end of the summer, he noted.

Located in the historic Sang-e Siah (Black Stone) district, the church was built in 1662. Built in 1816, the two-story building next to the church was added to this Armenian religious complex.

One of the most distinctive aspects of the architecture of this church is its non-ornamental quadrangular exterior, in which there is no indication that an actual church existed, however, its domed interior can be seen from the inside. of the room.

The ceiling paintings are drawn with a unique angle that makes visitors think they are standing under a dome, even if the ceiling is flat.

The church prayer hall is one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in 17th century Shiraz, built by Christian and Muslim architects.

The plaster casts of the church can be considered a masterpiece of its time.

Armenians in Shiraz claim that the church has been damaged twice in the past century by earthquakes, which have been restored closest to its original state.

Celebrated as the heart of Persian culture for over 2,000 years, Shiraz has become synonymous with education, nightingales, poetry and craft skills passed down from generation to generation. It was one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world and was the capital of Iran during the Zand dynasty from 1751 to 1794.

Shiraz is home to some of the most magnificent buildings and sites in the country. More and more, it attracts more and more foreign and domestic tourists flocking to this provincial capital.

The Eram Garden, Afif-Abad Garden, Tomb of Hafez, Tomb of Sa’di, Jameh Mosque of Atigh and Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are among the historical, cultural and ancient sites of Shiraz that are of interest to domestic and foreign tourists. .

Shiraz is also home to beautiful historic gardens such as Bagh-e Narenjestan and Eram Garden, which are top tourist destinations for domestic and international tourists.

ABU / MG


10 lies about Indian culture of coexistence that the latest Pew investigation dismantled

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The Pew survey is based on nearly 30,000 face-to-face interviews with adults conducted in 17 languages ​​between late 2019 and early 2020

A recent Pew Research Center study on “Religion in India: Tolerance and Segregation” fell like a 7-ton Daisy Cutter on the Western and domestic “secular, liberal” narrative. It challenges the very premise of the anti-India propaganda, especially the one that has raged since Narendra Modi took power seven years ago.

That Pew is the world‘s leading credible investigative organization makes harsh criticism of India even more uncomfortable. It also demolishes many aspects of the negative and confrontational narrative against the nation.

The findings report sets the context early on, talking about the staggering scale of the diversity and coexistence of religions in India.

“Not only do most of the world’s Hindus, Jains and Sikhs live in India, it is also home to one of the world’s largest Muslim populations and millions of Christians and Buddhists,” he says.

The Pew survey is based on nearly 30,000 face-to-face interviews with adults conducted in 17 languages ​​between late 2019 and early 2020.

First, it shatters the lie that groups with political interests like the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) have repeatedly said: that India has put serious restrictions on religious freedom. . The Pew Inquiry reveals that “Indians of all these religious backgrounds overwhelmingly declare that they are very free to practice their faith.”

Second, those who cry wolf about “intolerant India” would also be disappointed. The study says, “Indians view religious tolerance as central to who they are as a nation. In major religious groups, most people say that it is very important to respect all religions in order to be “truly Indian”. And tolerance is a religious as well as a civic value: Indians are united in the idea that respect for other religions is a very important part of what it means to be a member of their own religious community.

Third, many may have converted through the ages, but Hinduism has not entirely left them. Exactly the same percentage of Hindus and Muslims (77%) believe in karma. There is more surprise. “A third of Christians (32%) – as well as 81% of Hindus – say they believe in the purifying power of the Ganges, a central belief in Hinduism.

In addition, 27% of Muslims and 29% of Christians – almost three in 10 people – believe in reincarnation.

Fourth, there is also a strong reality check for the Hindu far right, and bad news for those who dream of making India a recruiting ground for Islamic State and Al Qaeda. “Indian Muslims say almost unanimously that they are very proud to be Indian (95%) and they express great enthusiasm for Indian culture: 85% agree with the statement that“ Indians are not perfect, but Indian culture is superior to others ”. says the study.

Fifth, it again confirms that Pakistan’s attempts to instigate anger and disenchantment with India among the Sikhs are a childish fantasy. “A near-universal share of Sikhs say they are very proud to be Indian (95%), and the vast majority (70%) say that a person who disrespects India cannot be Sikh,” he said. ‘study.

Sixth, the study also shatters the hypothesis that the Modi government banned instant triple talaq without community buy-in. Overall, 56% of Muslims, and 61% of women in particular, disapprove of triple talaq.

Seventh, Indian Muslims have more in common with Indian Hindus than with Pakistanis or Bangladeshis in some respects. While 98% of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims believe in Heaven, only 58% of Indian Muslims believe in it, which is similar to the beliefs of 56% of Hindus. Again, while 97 percent and 95 percent of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims respectively believe in angels, only 53 percent of Indian Muslims do, as do 49 percent of Indian Hindus.

Eighth, the Pew survey shows that it is not just Hindus who oppose interfaith marriages, especially with a Muslim man or woman. The feeling is not only mutual, Muslims seem to hate the idea even more widely.

“About two-thirds of Hindus in India want to prevent interfaith marriages of Hindu women (67%) or Hindu men (65%) outside their religion, and 76% say it is very important to prevent Muslim men do it.

It rips through the constant demonization of Hindus and efforts to portray Muslims as this open and liberal community willing to embrace everything.

The study captures Indian philosophy well. “The Indian concept of religious tolerance does not necessarily imply the mixing of religious communities. While people in some countries may aspire to create a “melting pot” of different religious identities, many Indians seem to prefer a country more like a patchwork fabric, with clear lines between groups, ”he says.

Ninth, casteism is not at all an exclusively Hindu problem. “Today Indians almost universally identify with a caste, whether they are Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists or Jains,” the report said.

Among Muslims, 43% identify as other backward castes (OBC), 4% as scheduled castes (SC) and 3% as listed tribes (ST). An even higher number of Christians are still linked to a caste, with 78% identifying themselves as SC, ST or OBC. Among Sikhs, 47% identify themselves as SC.

Tenth, caste discrimination in the liberal south and north-east is higher than discrimination even in the much maligned Hindi heart.

“A higher proportion of Dalits in the South and North-East than elsewhere in the country report having been personally discriminated against in the past 12 months because of their caste: 30% of Southern Dalits say so, while like 38% in the Northeast, ”says the study. In northern and central India, it is 22 percent and 13 percent, respectively.

If a single survey with a large sample size carried out by a world-renowned organization demolishes so many myths, one wonders how loose the ground for anti-nationalist discourse against India must be. Critics of India should sometimes try the truth.


Pakistani policeman kills man with ax over grudge against prophet Muhammad’s blasphemy

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Ahmed Nawaz, a police spokesperson, confirmed the incident, adding that the victim’s brother was also injured in the attack.

LAHORE – A Pakistani policeman killed a man with a blasphemy ax years after the victim was acquitted in court, police said on Saturday.

Waqas Ahmed was tried in 2016 for a Facebook post, but was acquitted.

The policeman, Abdul Qadir, did not appreciate the verdict and attacked him with a cleaver on Friday evening in the town of Rahim Yar Khan, in the province of Punjab.

“He (…) had been planning to kill him since 2016 for disrespecting the Prophet Muhammad,” police official Rana Muhammad Ashraf told AFP.

Ahmed Nawaz, a police spokesperson, confirmed the incident, adding that the victim’s brother was also injured in the attack.

“The gendarme voluntarily surrendered to the police,” Nawaz said.

The assailant and the victims were from the same tribe and village, police said, and were investigating whether they had any personal feuds.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in conservative Pakistan where laws can carry the death penalty for anyone deemed to have insulted Islam or Islamic figures.

Such allegations are explosive and often lead to furious outcry across the ultra-conservative Islamic republic.

The country’s strict blasphemy laws are used disproportionately against religious minorities, including the Christian community, and critics say they are frequently abused to settle personal scores.

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Syrian Kurds transfer 20 children to Russia for repatriation from ISIS camps

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The Syrian Kurdish administration handed over 20 other languishing children in ISIS camps to a Russian delegation for repatriation.

Children born to Russian parents linked to the extremist group were transferred to a Russian delegation on July 3, the de facto autonomous administration of northeastern Syria said.

The latest repatriations have so far brought 205 people returned to their homes in Russia.

“We will try to return all the children,” said Larisa Nikolaevna, deputy head of the Russian National Commission for the Rights of the Child, quoted by Kurdish media.

Kurdish authorities are holding some 10,000 suspected ISIS fighters in prisons, after waging a U.S.-backed campaign against ISIS that ended in the loss of most of its territory by the extremist group in 2019.

Tens of thousands of foreign women and children with links to the extremist group are being held in separate camps in northeastern Syria under dire conditions.

Kurdish authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have called on the 60 countries from which Islamic State fighters and their relatives have come to repatriate foreign nationals.

Some countries like Germany and the Netherlands have repatriated some citizens who fought with the jihadists.

But many countries have only returned home women and children living in camps due to security concerns over the repatriation of radicalized ex-combatants.

Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised several Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and the Balkan countries for repatriating some of their citizens.

In many cases, children linked to foreign fighters and their wives are said to be “born into the caliphate,” never having lived in their home country and subjected to extremist indoctrination.

Earlier this week, the ICRC said that of the 60,000 people held in the vast desert camp of Al Hol, 40,000 are children growing up in squalid, unsanitary and dangerous conditions.

Many young boys were also separated from their mothers during transfer or detention.

The ICRC, which runs a field hospital and provides food and water to Al Hol camp, has expressed alarm that the Kurdish authorities are holding “hundreds of children” in adult prisons with hardened jihadists.

With reports from AFP and ANHA


Withdrawal from Afghanistan Changes the Way US Spies Fight Terrorism Pakistan Talivan Washington Islamic State Kabul

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20 years of war Afghanistan He gave American spies a roost to watch for terrorist groups who could again use a poor country to plan an attack on the continental United States. But it’s over soon.

The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan remains a battle for intelligence agencies for other means to monitor and stop terrorists. They need to rely more on the technology of the Afghan government and its allies. Even in the face of an increasingly uncertain future after the departure of American and NATO troops.

“You may not be blind, but you will be legally blind,” said Florida Congressman Mike Waltz. Republican A green beret that served in Afghanistan. Waltz said in an interview that the US military still believes it can detect the threat, but needs to respond with less information from foreign bases and more complex operations.

The withdrawal from Afghanistan was ordered by President Joe Biden. He said it was time to end America’s longest war after a 20-year conflict that killed 2,200 American soldiers and 38,000 Afghan civilians at a cost of $ 1,000 billion.

However, withdrawal brings a lot of uncertainty as a resurrection. Taliban The fear is exacerbated by the realization that the country could soon slide into a civil war. The United States has deployed counterterrorism forces to the region and is still working on a deal to evacuate thousands of interpreters and other Afghans who have supported the American war effort.

CIA In April, coach William Burns said fighters from Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group were still active in Afghanistan and “continued to regain their ability to attack US targets.”

“When it is time for the US military to withdraw, the ability of the US government to collect and respond to threats diminishes. It’s just a fact, ”Burns said. He added that the CIA and other US agencies “have a set of features” to monitor and stop threats.

Burns paid a secret visit to Afghanistan in April, reassuring Afghan officials that the United States will continue to fight terrorism, according to two officials close to the visit.

The CIA and the state‘s director of national intelligence declined to comment on the story.

The CIA has played a role in Afghanistan for over 30 years, dating back to support for rebels fighting the Soviet Union from 1979 to 1989. During the war the United States allegedly struck against terrorist targets and trained Afghan fighters in groups. Known as the Counterterrorism Tracking Team. These teams are feared by many Afghans and are involved in extrajudicial killings of civilians.

The Associated Press reported in April that the CIA was preparing to take control of these teams in six states at an intelligence agency in Afghanistan known as the National Directorate of Security. According to experts, the closure of posts near the border between Afghanistan and Iran and Pakistan has made it difficult to monitor hostile groups operating in these areas, and the withdrawal of Americans from Afghan institutions. , May exacerbate the already troublesome corruption problem.

Washington It has long been difficult to gather information, even from Afghan allies. At the start of the conflict, the United States was involved in the competition, resulting in scoring goals between national factions.

Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, who led the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2017 to 2020, said U.S. officials have been intercepted in some of the lost fingerprints, especially with the growth of cellphones, and posted online. A network compared to the 1990s that said it could be replaced by information. Afghan troops are against the Taliban, but they can also provide valuable information, Ashley said.

“We should not underestimate their ability to understand their truth on the ground,” said Ashley, now associate senior researcher at the Center for New American Security. “It’s their nature, it’s their culture, it’s their language.

Former officials and intelligence experts said the CIA and other agencies must already operate without a military presence in other countries where militant groups threatened Americans.

Colorado Democrat and former Army Ranger Jason Crow, who worked in Afghanistan, said Afghanistan’s human resources are already limited and the United States has surveillance capabilities that were not available 20 years ago.

“It will still be very robust,” Crow said. “If you don’t have boots on the pitch it’s definitely more difficult, but we have the capacity and the things to handle that challenge. It’s a little harder.

Crow and Waltz are part of a bipartisan group of parliamentarians who have worked with the White House to expedite the processing of thousands of interpreters and other Afghan visas that have helped the US military. Over 18,000 requests are pending. U.S. officials said the government plans to evacuate later this summer, but has not decided on possible temporary relocations.

Failure to protect visa-awaiting Afghans “could have a significant deterrent effect on those who will work with us in the future,” Waltz said.

Analysts differ on what they expect from the Taliban if it comes to strengthening control of the country. The national intelligence director of intelligence said in May that the Taliban’s desire for foreign aid and legitimacy may dampen their actions slightly over time, in part due to international attention and an increase in phone calls. . No, ”he said.

However, Colin Clark, director of political research at the Sufan Group, was hopeful that the Taliban would continue to contain al-Qaeda, boldly daring the militants and facing a regional conflict similar to that which arose in Iraq following the withdrawal of the states. -United. He said he was worried about a possible rebellion.

“Theoretically, I want you to pull out of Afghanistan and be safe,” he said.

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Kabul Associated Press editor Kathy Gannon contributed to this report.

Withdrawal from Afghanistan Changes the Way US Spies Fight Terrorism Pakistan Talivan Washington Islamic State Kabul

Withdrawal from Afghanistan Changes the Way US Spies Fight Terrorism Pakistan Talivan Washington Islamic State Kabul


In Kenya, faith groups work to resettle young people returning from al-Shabab

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NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – In Kenya’s coastal region, interfaith efforts to slow or end recruitment of young people into militant Islamist group al-Shabab advance, with some recruits abandoning extremist group’s training grounds in the south from Somalia to return home.

The group – al-Qaida’s affiliate in East Africa – had stepped up secret recruitments in coastal and northeastern regions since 2011, when the East African nation’s army entered southern Africa. Somalia. Radicalized youth, many under 30, have often been sent across the border for jihadist training.

But now activity has slowed down, in part because of the efforts of interfaith groups. More than 300 of these young people who had traveled to Somalia to undergo jihadist training had been rescued and brought back to the country.


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Reports attributed to security officials last week indicated that young people would be vetted and de-radicalized before being reintegrated into their communities.

Shamsa Abubakar Fadhili, president of the Mombasa Women of Faith Network, a branch of the Kenya Interfaith Council, led interfaith efforts to resettle returning former activists. The Kenya Interfaith Council brings together Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.

“We have to bring them back to the communities,” Fadhili said. “We use young people to find others who have been taken away and try to change them. Some have criminal records or pending court cases. “

“I applaud the efforts. Something is happening and I think there is hope that those who have been recruited into the activism can be saved, ”said retired Anglican Bishop Julius Kalu of Mombasa, who is involved in the efforts. peace in the coastal region.

Although recruitment has slowed, thousands of Kenyans are still fighting alongside Al-Shabab. In 2015, the government announced an amnesty for those who had joined the group. Some of the recruits have returned home, but human rights organizations have raised concerns about the disappearances and extrajudicial killings of the returnees.

Clerics familiar with the subject described the efforts as a balancing act, using faith to fight desperation, marginalization and unemployment while working with government authorities. “It’s a tricky question, but I think what we need now are closer collaborations, even with security agencies,” Kalu said.

According to Reverend Stephen Anyenda, a Baptist who is the executive director of the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics, young people are recruited through a gradual process in which recruiters offer incentives and make promises until the target youth gains confidence. total.

“Many of them are unemployed, so they are vulnerable to recruitment. They see little meaning in life. They also feel intimidated by society and start engaging in unhealthy activities, sometimes due to peer pressure, ”Anyenda said. “Recruiters targeting young people can offer cash for a new lifestyle or even help families start small businesses.”

According to Fadhili, many young people do not have spiritual food and are therefore sensitive to radical political ideas.

However, said Fadhili, “A lot of them are eager to change, so we stick with them.” She said she recently rescued 12 young people who had already started their journey to Somalia to join al-Shabab.

Fadhili has helped young people start small businesses, giving them seed capital so that they can improve themselves and avoid the lure of crime.


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According to Fadhili, the work has also reduced crime by 45% in the most dangerous areas of the city of Mombasa, in addition to helping to slow al-Shabab recruitments.

At the same time, she fears that limited resources will force her to stop, and she fears the worst when that happens. “I am afraid that the young people are backing down,” Fadhili said.


Majority of Indian Muslims Support Islamic Courts: Study | India News

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NEW DELHI: A large majority of Muslims in India support access to their religious courts for the resolution of family disputes involving inheritance or divorce cases, a Pew Research study found.
The study by the American think tank reveals that Muslims and Hindus prefer to live a life of religious segregation when it comes to marriage, friendship and certain elements of public life.

“Three-quarters of Muslims in India (74%) support access to the existing system of Islamic courts, which deal with family disputes (such as inheritance or divorce cases), in addition to the secular court system,” said the ‘study.

He added that a majority of Muslims in favor of separate religious courts say religious diversity benefits India (59%), compared with slightly fewer of those who oppose religious courts for Muslims (50%). .
“Muslims’ desire for religious segregation does not exclude tolerance of other groups – again similar to the pattern seen among Hindus,” he said.

The study indicates that 30% of Hindus claim that Muslims have access to their religious court for the settlement of family disputes.
As of 2021, there were around 70 Islamic or dar-ul-qaza courts in India, the majority of which are in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
The report notes that some Indians fear that the rise of Islamic / Sharia courts may undermine the Indian justice system, as a subset of the population is not bound by the same laws as everyone else.
The BJP decision was a strong supporter of the Uniform Civil Code – a common law for all Indians. This is one of their main poll promises. Recently, Union Minister Rajnath Singh reiterated the government’s pledge to introduce a common civil code.
The findings are part of the Pew Research Center’s in-depth study of religion in India that was released on Tuesday.


Charter for Muslim Athletes launched in UK; football clubs sign up, county team in talks

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When the Chennai Super Kings stepped out to play their debut 2021 Indian Premier League game, a sponsorship patch was visibly missing on Moeen Ali’s jersey. The decision to remove the name of the alcohol brand was taken to respect the faith of the English cricketer.

Today in the UK, a non-profit organization, Nujum Sports, hopes that more sports organizations will demonstrate such cultural and religious sensitivity. To help educate and encourage football clubs in the UK to achieve this goal, the group launched the “Muslim Athletes Charter” last Saturday.

“Moeen played in the IPL and we saw his franchise take away a sponsor he didn’t want. He didn’t ask for it, but they did anyway. This is the awareness we want, ”Nujum Sports Founder and CEO Ebadur Rahman told The Indian Express.

“The idea (for the charter) arose after talking to many (football) clubs over the past few months. We have been supporting athletes and clubs for about a year now. There was a need, we felt it. We wanted something to support our Muslim athletes in the UK.

So far, the charter has been warmly received by football clubs. No less than five Premier League teams, including newly promoted Brentford and Watford, and 15 teams from the English Second Division League have signed up.

The charter provides 10 points that clubs must integrate to make it more welcoming to Muslim athletes. This includes, but is not limited to, the non-consumption of alcohol (prohibited by Islamic law), the provision of a prayer space on the site or the training ground for the players, the placing provision of halal food, the provision of players being allowed to visit a mosque on Fridays when they are not competing, and players are allowed to fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

Muslims are the UK’s second largest and fastest growing religious community, with around 70 Muslim players in Premier League clubs,” newly promoted Premier League team spokesman Brentford said. , Kevin Coleman, quoted by the BBC.

“Helping clubs to help these players be themselves at home and at work is invaluable. This charter and the support that goes with it is something that is needed and will be welcomed by clubs. “

According to Business Insider, there are 250 Muslim players in the top for the rise of English football.

Meanwhile, from their official Twitter account, Watford posted: “We are proud to be among the first Premier League clubs to pledge our support for the Muslim Athletes Charter. “

In addition, a sixth division team in Sweden, FK Cosmos, has accepted the charter, and an English county cricket team is also in talks with Rahman’s organization.

“Once our charter is nationally accepted across all sports, you will see a big difference between clubs,” says Rahman, who previously worked with the English Football Association (FA).

“Some Premier League clubs have accepted it. We have a club in Sweden, and there is also a county cricket club that accepted it. We have started talking to the England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) to sign the charter as well. “

Currently, Rahman says steps have been taken to make Muslim athletes more comfortable. So much so that alcohol-free champagne was presented to the winners after the FA Cup and the League Cup (Carabao Cup) after the final.

“The UK is very open to change. We found a lot of support rather than obstacles. And (non-Muslim players) have been very receptive. The clubs have been great too, ”said Rahman.

The charter also calls for arrangements to be made for fans, such as the availability of halal food, a prayer space and alcohol-free areas on the site.

So far, Rahman’s organization has received “no backlash”. One of the reasons is the winds of change blowing through the UK, he says.

Star Muslim Premier League players like Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah have had a big impact on the changing perception of faith in the country. In the latter’s case, there is a famous fan song with the lyrics like, “If he scores a few more then I’ll be a Muslim too… He’s good enough for me, so I want to sit down.” in a mosque. “

Pogba had recently removed a bottle of beer placed in front of him for a press conference after an ongoing European Championships match.

“There is no doubt that a role model like Mo Salah has played a role in understanding our religion,” Rahman adds.

“Having models like him and Pogba playing at the highest level helps. But in general in the UK we are slowly starting to see changes. Little by little, but we are starting to see it definitively. “


Milkha Singh passed away on June 18

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BBEFORE HIS best race, at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958, Milkha Singh was far too stressed to sleep. That day he prayed, touched his forehead to the ground, and promised to do his best; but the honor of India, he told God, was in his hands. It was, after all, the new India, independent from Britain for only a decade, striving for gold in games where, as a part of the empire, it never had. done before.

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On the track for the 440-yard sprint, Malcolm Spence of South Africa, the world record holder, was the man he was watching. But if he ran as he planned, Spence wasn’t a danger. He shot from the start as fast as he could, led down the home stretch, thought Spence was nowhere near, but in a second he felt it over his shoulder. At the line, with six inches between them, Spence failed to pass him and he won gold. The stadium burst. As the Indian national anthem was played and the tricolor rose, it seemed 100,000 Englishmen stood up. Jawaharlal Nehru’s sister, the Prime Minister, then gave him a hug, telling him that he had made India the pride of the world.

The British who stood up to greet him, however, knew next to nothing about him. To them he was just an exotic person, a village boy with a Sikh bun who ran gracefully waving his arms and usually walked barefoot, although for international meetings he wore shoes. They didn’t know that for him running was not a sport. It was all, his religion, his beloved, life.

As a child, the son of a farmer, he ran to escape the poverty of Gobindpura, in the Punjab, and to study. The school was 10 km away, on sands so hot in summer that he and his friends had to jump between cooling cushions of grass. But at the age of 14 or 15 in the year of the score, 1947, he ran for his life. The state of Punjab was then divided between India and Pakistan, and crowds of foreign Muslims – not the gentle Muslims he knew as neighbors – suddenly arrived in the village. They began to kill, leaving the mutilated bodies for the dogs, and ordered his family to convert to Islam or to die. One night they came, with swords and axes, slit the throats of his parents and chop to death his siblings. Her dying father shouted, “Run, Milkha, run! Bhaag, Milkha, bhaag!He ran towards the forest crying.

There followed a period of scratches, when he jumped on trains as a refugee, without shoes and starving, and became a petty thief, fleeing from the police. Eventually, the military hired him. There he discovered a new kind of running, with training, fixed-length races and prizes. The first race he won rewarded him with food, a glass of milk a day. The first track he saw, adorned with flags, enchanted him. On his first cross-country (“What is cross-country?”) He had stomach cramps and sat up every time they grabbed him, but he’s it. likewise came sixth out of 400 runners.

Sixth was good; the first was better. So began the necessary hard work, six hours a day. He ran in fatigue, when others jaws did chores, and at night, when they played cards. He worked up steep hills and through loose sand to build muscle in his legs and slimmed down his upper body with weights. He ran until he filled a bucket with his sweat, until he urinated blood or collapsed from exhaustion and had to go to the hospital. He pushed his body to the limit out of pride and for India. His trainers and doctors would come up every time, but it wasn’t good. He imagined a crowded stadium, the crazy applause, its burst across the finish line, the Indian flag rising – and would run out again.

Iron discipline has paid off. He has won four gold medals at the Asian Games, in addition to gold in Cardiff, and has won more than 70 of his 80 international races. In 1956, during his first Olympic Games in Melbourne, he was eliminated in the heats but did not lose the trip. He asked American 400-meter gold medalist Charles Jenkins to share his training schedule, and for the next four years a piece of paper with Jenkins’ world record, 46.7 seconds, was set. next to his photo of Guru Nanak as the center of his prayers.

In 1960, at the Olympic Games in Rome, his time was 45.6. It was an Indian national record but not, alas, the world record, because he did not win that 400 meter sprint. Although he led for the first 200 yards or so, he then slowed down, glanced back and couldn’t regain his pace. Three runners passed him. It was Spence who, by 0.1 of a second, beat him for bronze. It was the worst day of her life, except for the day her parents were killed. Even the national record he set at the time was electrically reset to 45.73, and in 1998, a police officer broke it. By then he had long since retired from competition, unable to ever forgive himself for that mistake in Rome.

He did, however, manage to forgive others. In 1960, he was invited to Lahore for a meeting between him and Pakistani sprint champion Abdul Khaliq. At first he refused to go. How could he? His childhood home was there now, still drenched in blood. It was Nehru who convinced him that there had to be some friendship between the two crude new nations, so he went for it. The moment he crossed the border, to his surprise, he was greeted with flags and flowers. And when he won his race, the Pakistani Prime Minister whispered to him, in Punjabi, that he had not run that day; he had actually stolen. “Pakistan grants you,” he said, “the title of ‘The Flying Sikh’.

He happily picked it up, and so did his fans. It gave wings to her stardom, which culminated in 2013 with a highest-grossing Bollywood film of her life. In retrospect, “The Flying Sikh” was perhaps his favorite honor, although he also received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award. (He despised the more common rewards, like the Arjuna, which were given to almost anyone like prasad in a temple.) As an athlete, he had only run for his country and the applause of his countrymen. And, despite everything that had happened, he had two countries. Wherever he ran, he said, India and Pakistan ran with him. It was as if in Milkha Singh, for brief seconds, they had found unity. â– 

This article appeared in the Obituary section of the print edition under the title “Running as religion”


Indians are tolerant, enjoy religious freedom, Islam progresses fastest, Christians remain largest religious group: Pew study | India News

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NEW DELHI: A recent report from the Pew Research Center, a Washington DC-based non-partisan news group, found that a majority of Indians enjoy religious freedom, value religious tolerance, and believe respect for all religions is essential. heart of the idea of ​​India.

the Bench study is based on a face-to-face survey of 29,999 Indian adults between late 2019 and early 2020, weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world.

Pew Research Center study highlights new population projections that take into account the current size and geographic distribution of major world religions, age differences, fertility and death rates, international migration and conversion schemes.

The Pew study also took a closer look at religious identity, nationalism, and tolerance in Indian company. According to the Pew survey, people from the six major religious groups – Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists – overwhelmingly believe that they are very free to practice their religion.

However, in what appears to be a contradiction, the majority in almost all religious groups show a preference for segregating religious communities and “want to live apart”. The survey by the Pew Research Center in India was conducted in 17 languages ​​and covered almost all states and Union territories.

Important religion for Indians

-According to the Pew study, 97% of Indians believe in God and religion holds an important place for them.

-About 80% of people in most faith groups say they are absolutely certain that God exists.

-The cow is considered a sacred animal by the Hindus in India.

-72% of Hindus in India believing that a person is not Hindu if he eats beef. This percentage is higher than Hindus who say that a person cannot be a Hindu if they do not believe in God (49%) or never go to the temple (48%).

-One third of Buddhists say they do not believe in God because belief in God is not central to the teachings of the religion.

-The Pew survey reveals that about 74% of Muslims want access to their own religious courts to resolve family and inheritance issues.

-However, Indian Muslims have had the opportunity to resolve family and inheritance matters in officially recognized Islamic courts, known as dar-ul-qaza since 1937, but the rulings of these religious courts are not legally binding.

-The Pew study also took into account the opinion of the Indian people regarding interfaith marriage. According to this, 66% of Hindus are against marriage in another religion.

-Apart from that, 78 percent of Muslims, 36 percent of Christians, 47.5 percent of Sikhs, 45 percent of Buddhists and 62.5 percent of Jains are also against marriage in another religion.

-Diwali is the biggest festival of Hindus. According to the Pew study, apart from 95 percent Hindus in India, 20 percent Muslims, 31 percent Christians, 90 percent Sikhs, 79 percent Buddhists and 98 percent Jains celebrate the feast of Diwali, and from these numbers, one can understand that there is brotherhood among all religions in India.

-India will retain a Hindu majority but will also have the largest muslim population from any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia, according to the Pew study.

– Globally, the Hindu population is expected to increase by 34%, from just over 1 billion to almost 1.4 billion, roughly keeping pace with global population growth.

-More than 70 years after India freed itself from colonial rule, Indians feel their country has lived up to one of its post-independence ideals: a society where followers of many religions can live and practice freely, according to a study by Pew.

Main projections of the Pew study

The Pew study said the religious profile of the world is changing rapidly, mainly due to differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as a change in religion. Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will develop faster than any other major religion. If current trends continue, by 2050 –

-Number of Muslims will almost match the number of Christians around the world.

-Atheists, agnostics and others who do not belong to any religion – although on the increase in countries like the United States and France – will represent a decreasing share of the total world population.

-The global Buddhist population will be roughly the same size as in 2010, while the Hindu and Jewish populations will be larger than today.

-In Europe, Muslims will represent 10% of the total population.

– In the United States, Christians will grow from more than three-quarters of the population in 2010 to two-thirds in 2050, and Judaism will no longer be the largest non-Christian religion.

-Muslims will outnumber people in the United States who identify as Jewish on the basis of religion.

-Four out of ten Christians in the world will live in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Pew study further stated that if current demographic trends continue, Islam will almost catch up by the middle of the 21st century. Between 2010 and 2050, the total world population is expected to reach 9.3 billion, an increase of 35%.

According to the study, by 2050 there will be near parity between Muslims (2.8 billion, or 30% of the population) and Christians (2.9 billion, or 31%), perhaps for the first time in history.

The global Buddhist population is expected to be fairly stable due to low fertility rates and aging populations in countries like China, Thailand, and Japan.

(Facts, figures and projections based on the Pew study)

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Muhammad Mokaev explains why he turned down the Contender series: “I deserve a direct path to the UFC.”

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Muhammad Mokaev is one of the most touted prospects and is already on the UFC radar. Mokaev (4-0), born in Dagestan and based in Great Britain, is two-time IMMAF junior world champion and two-time European champion, dominating the amateur scene with a perfect 23-0 record.

He continued that momentum in his professional career, where he already has a 4-0 mark, having competed four times in the span of three months in 2020. With his undeniable success, Mokaev has revealed that he is seen offered a spot in Dana White’s Contender series. before his victory over Abdul Hussein at BRAVE CF 49 in March, but refused.

Mokaev explains why

“There’s UFC London in August, but I was offered the Contender Series before the fight against Abdul Hussein, but I’m one of the fighters who want to go straight to the UFC. I don’t want suitors. I think I sell the most pay-per-view or maybe the most views, the most publicized fight for the UFC in the UK.

“I don’t know who will be on that bill, but I think I broke all records for it, and if the tickets go on sale I will sell all the tickets in the arena. I believe it one hundred percent. I don’t need to go through the Contender series for people to know me. I deserve a direct path to the UFC.

Given the hype surrounding him, Mokaev says an entry into the UFC via the Contender series would be quite disappointing.

“Contender Series is like any other series. It’s not even the UFC. It’s like I’m fighting in the UK to have a good performance and Dana White sees it and pulls me out of the organization. I don’t want to go through Contenders, it looks like I’m not a built fighter yet. Maybe I don’t have as much media exposed as the other guys. I know the guys who fight in the Contender Series, I don’t think they have a name as big as me.

Mokaev returns on June 4, when he faces Ibragim Navruzov (5-1-1) in a middleweight fight at BRAVE CF 51 in Belarus. Navruzov brings a solid background after competing in high level organizations and Mokaev knows exactly what kind of fight he is engaged in.

“He’s a good opponent. He had three fights in ACA, one draw in M1 and three fights in Fight Nights Global in Russia, so good organizations. I think he’s a typical Russian fighter training on this side, I mean. Just a box to grab your leg. He’s going to shoot me in the legs, that’s for sure. That was me four or five years ago, so I know what the game plan is. It’s me, so I know how to beat the old me.

When Mokaev turned pro, he struggled to find opponents. His dominance in the amateur scene meant that very few people agreed to fight him, but he is now ready to face stiffer competition.

Mokaev isn’t interested in improving his record and wants to make sure he gets the right kind of experience before making the jump to the UFC, where he aspires to become the youngest champion in history.

“To be honest I asked Brave to fight two guys from Kazakhstan. One of them fought at Fight Nights in Russia, not bad. One of them 12-1 and the other 13- 0 and neither of them were ready to fight on that date. I don’t know if they are not ready for the date or to fight me, but of course when you have a record as big as 13- 0 and 12-0, no one wants to fight at this point.

“They just want to jump into the UFC and then they’re exposed so I don’t want to be one of the guys like Ben Askren and that’s why I want challenges now. Of course, I’m at that point now where I can’t fight someone below me. It would be worse than not fighting. I’d rather not fight than fight someone below me.

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Firmly in charge, the Chinese Communist Party celebrates the centenary of the Muslim Congress of the University of Miami Beijing Xi Jinping

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The ruling Communist Party in China marks the 100th anniversary of its founding with speeches and large displays intended to present economic progress and social stability to justify its iron grip on political power that it shows no intention of loosening .

President and party leader Xi Jinping is due to deliver a speech Thursday at a rally in Tiananmen Square in Beijing where an Air Force flyover is also expected.

Events are unfolding across the country, including in Hong Kong, which simultaneously commemorates its 1997 transfer from British control to Chinese control.

China has severely cracked down on free speech and political opposition in the territory, while rejecting all external criticism and sanctions imposed on its leaders.

Thursday’s events are the culmination of weeks of ceremonies and exhibitions praising the role of nearly 92 million party members in dramatically improving the quality of life in the country and restoring economic influence, China’s political and military overseas.

While the progress mostly dates from the economic reforms adopted by Deng Xiaoping four decades ago, the celebrations highlight the role of Xi, who has established himself as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, who founded the People’s Republic in 1949 after taking power in the midst of civil war. .

Xi, 68, heads the government, party and armed forces and has removed the limits of his tenure. He is expected to begin a third five-year term as party leader next year.

While Mao and other former leaders are also featured, the centenary celebrations appear designed to reinforce Xi’s credentials as having made key strides in poverty reduction and economic progress while raising China’s global profile. and standing up to the West.

By seeking more gains for the party on the world stage, Xi is preparing China for a protracted struggle with the United States, said Robert Sutter of the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

“In foreign affairs, it involves growth in wealth and power, with China unencumbered as it pursues its very self-centered political goals at the expense of others and the dominant world order,” said Sutter.

Although the party faces no serious challenges to its government, its legitimacy to govern has been called into question by past catastrophes such as the mass starvation of the Great Leap Forward in the late 1950s and early 1980s. 1969, the violent class war and the xenophobia of 1966-1976. The Cultural Revolution and bloody crackdown on the pro-democracy movement focused on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.

More recently, China has come under criticism and sanctions for detaining over a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities for political re-education in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, and for having imprisoned or silenced those she sees as potential opponents of Tibet in Hong Kong.

The party’s official narrative glosses over past mistakes or current controversies, emphasizing development, stability and efficiency – including its success in controlling COVID-19 at home – unlike what it says. he describes as political quarrels, a mess of pandemic control measures and social strife in multiparty democracies.

The party’s determination to remove mention of past shortcomings shows it may not be as confident in its legitimacy to rule as it anticipates, said June Teuful Dreyer, an expert at the University of Miami in China .

“What are they afraid of? Anyway, could that oversized self-orchestrated pat on the back be a sign of deeper insecurity?” Said Teuful Dreyer.

While Mao called for the abandonment or outright destruction of traditional culture, religion, class and social norms, the party now downplays its revolutionary history and “defines itself as representing all that is good in the world. Chinese tradition, ”said Anthony Saich of Harvard Kennedy University. School.

“The celebrations will attempt to legitimize Xi as the natural heir to Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, etc. and will pave the way for the party’s Congress next year, Saich said.

“It will promote the feeling of national pride in its achievements which constitute an important source of legitimacy in the present day. “


Islamic finance industry remains resilient amid pandemic

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Despite initial concerns about the impact of the pandemic on Islamic capital markets, sukuk issuance in 2020 equaled levels seen in 2019.
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Dubai: Islamic finance and wealth management industry remained resilient amid pandemic, according to study by Open Capital (ME) Limited and Alpen Asset Advisors Limited which analyzes the impact of the pandemic on the sector.

“The Islamic finance and wealth management industry has faced the double shock of adjusting to the pandemic and historically low oil prices in 2020. While the industry has slowed down during the year after experiencing record growth in 2019, it has shown resilience and total Islamic finance assets in 2020 are expected to match the figures of the previous year, ”said Sameena Ahmad, CEO of Alpen Capital ( ME) Ltd.

Factors such as the growth of the Muslim population seeking Sharia-compliant financial instruments, the increasing adoption of technology, and the industry’s ability to demonstrate a higher level of ethical credibility have spurred the growth.

Islamic banking accounts for the majority of the total global assets of the Islamic finance industry. The segment has grown at a steady pace and the share of Islamic banking assets as a percentage of total banking assets has continued to grow year on year.

In 2020, Islamic banking assets recorded a higher percentage of growth than conventional banking assets in some economies like UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Malaysia. The global sukuk market has grown tremendously over the years and in 2019 it contributed to 19% of the global Islamic finance industry.

Despite initial concerns about the impact of the pandemic on Islamic capital markets, sukuk issuance in 2020 equaled levels seen in 2019.

“Sukuk is expected to maintain its position as a major growth engine for the Islamic finance industry. Sukuk has achieved record issuances over the past year, and this should continue, ”said Hameed Noor Mohamed, Executive Director of Alpen Capital (ME) Ltd.

In the fast-growing Islamic fund segment, investments in Sharia-compliant stocks provided better protection against downside risk during the pandemic – the two factors contributing to the outperformance of Sharia-compliant indices were the sector allocation (overweighting in the technology and healthcare sector) and the exclusion of highly leveraged companies.

Solid outlook

Alpen Capital and Alpen Asset Advisors expect the Islamic finance industry to continue to grow on strong drivers. Stimulus packages, fiscal and monetary easing and liquidity support by major Islamic governments and central banks; are likely to stimulate the post-pandemic recovery and demand for Islamic finance assets.

Sukuk, as the flagship instrument of the Islamic capital market, will continue to stimulate growth. The emergence of new avenues such as green sukuk and socially responsible investing (SRI) is likely to stimulate growth.

In the future, major markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Southeast Asia regions, as well as secondary markets such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan may see higher emissions,

While the global Muslim population remains one of the most important growth engines for the Islamic finance industry, the global trend towards ethical consumerism is leading to an increased appeal of Islamic products. This rise is likely to attract a new class of socially-motivated consumers, spilling over into higher demand for Islamic finance services and platforms.

Reforms to boost growth

The governments of major Islamic financial markets have spearheaded the recovery through initiatives to reform the sector. Although the industry lacks in terms of global standardization, governments are likely to focus more on infrastructure development in the short term. Amid these efforts, technological integration remains the key to fuel the recovery and growth of the Islamic finance industry. There remains growing room for further innovation and collaboration, paving the way for higher profitability for Islamic financial institutions

The sukuk market is expected to gain momentum, fueled by its applications as a financial tool to raise funds for governments as well as businesses. The increase in popularity of Islamic FinTech is leading to an increase in FinTech-focused investment funds, which are likely to accentuate the market and create opportunities for Islamic FinTechs to expand their services.


McLaughlin crosses 400 hurdles on historic day at practice

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Sydney McLaughlin looked to his left and saw the numbers “51.90”. His first thought: “Oh my God!

Now, the world record for the 400-meter hurdles finally belongs to him.

On Sunday night at the Olympic Track Trials in the United States, McLaughlin finally edged Dalilah Muhammad to claim the victory and the record that Muhammad continued to grab whenever they met. McLaughlin’s 51.90 was good enough to beat Muhammad by 0.52 seconds. He broke Muhammad’s old world record of 0.26.

“It’s one of those moments that you think and dream and play in your head that you’re going to put together,” said McLaughlin, who recently aligned with coach Bobby Kersee.

His record was the culmination of a day that included other types of history.

Noah Lyles won the 200 meters to punch his Olympic ticket, then celebrated by kneeling on the track and clasping his hands: 19.74 which followed some lackluster races in the 100 and 200 laps.

He co-starred with 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton, whose third place made him the youngest male member of the U.S. Olympic track and field team since Jim Ryun in 1964.

JuVaughn Harrison, 22 from LSU, won not one, but two titles on the same day to become the first American to compete in the high jump and long jump since Jim Thorpe in 1912.

“It’s a lot of years for someone not to do it,” Harrison said. “It’s really good for me to have my name in the story like that.”

It’s a pretty incredible feat on a normal day. On this day – incredible.

Temperatures at Hayward Field reached 108 degrees and the runway surface exceeded 150.

This forced USA Track and Field to end the action around 3 p.m., shortly after heptathlete Taliyah Brooks was carried off the track in a wheelchair. Brooks was in fourth place when she fell during the javelin warm-ups. She did not return and when the competition resumed about five hours later, Annie Kunz took the victory.

Much earlier in the day, Paul Chelimo won by 0.19 seconds in a sprint to the finish of the men’s 5,000m, which had been moved to the morning to beat the heat. Much later on the track, Athing Mu won the women’s 800m and Cole Hocker edged out reigning Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz in the 1,500m.

McLaughlin’s race was delayed by about four hours. She said the wait “was a bit of a hit in our plan.”

“But we were prepared for it,” she said. “Bobby is always talking about Muhammad Ali and always needs to be ready for that left hook.”

In this case, it was another Muhammad – Dalilah Muhammad – who in his own way prepared McLaughlin for this day.

It was the third consecutive major race in which the two met and a world record was set. The last two times, it was Muhammad who won. It first happened two years ago on a rainy day in Des Moines, Iowa, during national championships. And then, a few months later, at the world championships in Qatar. McLaughlin ran a time of 52.23 at the world championships but lost 0.07 of a second. This mark would have been the world record if it had performed it before Muhammad started rewriting the book that season.

“Dalilah is a great competitor, and I was becoming my own person,” said McLaughlin when asked if she was chickened after having had such good times, to finish second.

She also credited a renewed sense of faith and, of course, Kersee, for this breakthrough.

Kersee is the legend who over the years has made the most of some of the greats in the sport including Allyson Felix, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Florence Griffith Joyner.

He put McLaughlin on a new plane – focusing her on improving her form by running shorter hurdles.

“It was trusting the process, and a lot of things that you can’t really see coming,” McLaughlin said. “But just having childlike faith in trusting everything is going to work. Bobby is really good at this.

Muhammad said getting to the starting line in this year that started with injuries and fear of COVID-19 has never been a sure thing. She said she couldn’t break 55 seconds to start the season.

“For almost a month in a row, I kept asking (my trainer) every day in training, ‘You sure. Are you sure? ‘ Said Muhammad. “I am extremely grateful to be here today, and so grateful that these setbacks are behind me.”

The next step is the Olympics. The 400 hurdles finals are scheduled for August 4th. The world record in this event is still in jeopardy.

“She’s definitely pushing me,” Muhammad said during his on-track interview. Then she turned to McLaughlin and said, “Congratulations, world record holder. It’s going to be a battle in Tokyo, that’s for sure.


Lapid meets with UAE foreign minister, says tensions in Jerusalem have not been discussed

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Jordan to ‘modernize’ its (official) political system

Jordan plans to “modernize” its political system, says an official, months after an unprecedented crisis at the royal palace and against a background of social discontent.

The initiative aims to give Jordanians “a political life that suits them,” said Samir al-Rifai, a former prime minister appointed this month by King Abdullah II to oversee the changes.

Jordan was rocked by an alleged plot to “destabilize” the kingdom in April that involved Prince Hamzah, King Abdullah’s half-brother and former crown prince. The kingdom has seen episodes of turmoil in recent months, including dispersed protests against an enforced curfew and economic hardship triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of this initiative, Rifai will lead a committee reflecting the particular sensitivities of the country. It is made up of 91 members representing Islamists, secularists, nationalists, communists and independents from politics, academia and civil society.

The body will present “recommendations to the government before October,” which will then submit them to the lower and upper houses of parliament, Rifai said at a press conference in Amman.

“Our goal is to have more Jordanians represented (in parliament), to motivate them to participate in the elections and to make them feel that their voice has an impact,” he said.

To achieve this, he said, the commission will propose “a new electoral bill” and another proposal on “political parties for a transition to a modern Jordan”.

“We are moving towards a real political party life,” he said, insisting that the initiative is not subject to “any influence or interference” from the government.


Minorities in Bangladesh protest against Islam as state religion

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Bangladesh (MNN) – Earlier this month, religious minorities in Bangladesh came together for the “Black Day” events. They want Islam to no longer receive the status of state religion, which it has held since 1988.

Vincent Michel from IMF says, “In 1971, when Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan, the government of the day really wanted Bangladesh to be a secular nation with a Muslim majority, but also friendly to the West. But in 1988 the leadership of the country changed and the opposition party took control. They passed an amendment to the Bangladeshi Constitution, which declared Islam the state religion. “

Christians, Hindus and Buddhists nationwide point out that the original constitution still calls Bangladesh a secular state, which contradicts the amendment. Ultimately, they want the amendment removed from the constitution. In the meantime, they want a minority commission established to help protect against injustice.

How to pray

Michael says, “Much of the justice or injustice that can be inflicted rests with individual bureaucrats or government officials. So just pray for them that there will be righteousness in their hearts and not unrighteousness. Pray that they do not take advantage of their position as the majority religion to discriminate against Christians. “

Ask God to give the Christians of Bangladesh grace and wisdom. Pray that they will know when to stand up for their rights and when to live quietly.

Photo credit: The header photo shows the largest Hindu temple in Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy of Kuruman, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)


Saskatoon Islamic Group Says Recent Attack On Man “Not Surprising”

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SASKATOON – Daniel Kuhlen says he’s not surprised by the recent attack on Muhammad Kashif.

“Sadly, as shocking as it may be, it’s not surprising, given what has happened in our community as well as across Canada and other parts of the world,” said Kuhlen, Co-Chair communications from the Saskatoon chapter of the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan.

Kasheief was out for his daily walk around 5:30 a.m. Friday when he said he was attacked near his Preston Avenue home. He says he was stabbed in the right arm, back, had his beard cut off and then beaten with his own cane.

“For people who hate Muslims. Why don’t you get to know a Muslim,” Kuhlen told CTV News. “Why don’t you get to know another human being, and just see if, in fact, there might be some capacity that we can just coexist.”

The attack came two days after two sisters wearing hijabs were thrown to the ground and threatened with a knife while walking around Alberta.

Mayor Charlie Clark said he visited Kashif on Saturday.

“This is a very important time for all of us to come together and fight Islamophobia and all forms of racism and discrimination,” Clark said. “Right now people don’t feel safe, and that’s not good.”

The Saskatoon Police Department asks anyone who has witnessed assaults or has information to contact police or Crime Stoppers.


US warns Islamic State extremists remain a global threat

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ROME (AP) – As the United States prepares for its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, members of the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group gathered on Monday to plan next steps against the extremist group.

The meeting took place just a day after the United States launched airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias near the Iraqi-Syrian border

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio co-chaired the gathering of senior officials from the seven-year bloc and 83 members. Participants took stock of ongoing efforts to ensure the complete defeat of ISIS, whose remnants still pose a threat in Iraq and Syria and have shown signs of resurgence in parts of Africa.

Amid other important international priorities, including containing the coronavirus pandemic and stepping up the fight against climate change, the coalition hopes to stabilize areas freed from ISIS, repatriate and hold foreign fighters accountable for their actions. actions and fight against extremist messages.

Blinken and Di Maio urged representatives of the other 77 countries and the five organizations that make up the coalition not to let their guard down.

“We need to step up the action led by the coalition, increasing the areas in which we can operate,” said Di Maio.

Outside of Iraq and Syria, he said there was an “alarming” increase in ISIS activity, particularly in the Sahel, Mozambique and the Horn of Africa. He called on the coalition to create a special mechanism to deal with the threat in Africa.

Blinken noted that despite their defeat, IS elements in Iraq and Syria “still aspire to carry out large-scale attacks.”

“Together, we must remain as committed to our stabilization goals as we did to our military campaign which resulted in victory on the battlefield,” he said.

Blinken announced a new US contribution of $ 436 million to help displaced people in Syria and neighboring countries and called for a new effort to repatriate – and rehabilitate or prosecute – some 10,000 IS fighters who remain in jail by the Syrian Defense Forces.

“This situation is simply untenable,” said Blinken. “It just can’t go on forever. However, no country present has made a commitment to repatriate its citizens and it is uncertain whether the number of detainees can be significantly reduced in the short term.

Blinken also announced sanctions against Ousmane Illiassou Djibo, originally from Niger, who is a key leader of the Islamic State branch in the greater Sahara. Djibo has been designated a global terrorist, which means that all of his United States is frozen and Americans are barred from any dealings with him.

In addition to the ISIS meeting, foreign ministers from countries concerned about the wider conflict in Syria gathered in Rome ahead of critical UN vote on whether to maintain humanitarian aid corridor from Turkey. Russia has resisted re-authorization of the channel amid stalled peace talks between the Syrian government and rebel groups.

Two senior US officials said Blinken told the conference on Syria that the US believes the corridor should be re-authorized and extended to prevent more deaths. The officials, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private diplomatic conversations publicly, said Blinken had made it clear that any US-Russian cooperation on Syria would depend on Moscow’s acceptance of the extension. Russia, however, was not present at the meeting.

Last week, UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pederson said there were worrying signs that Islamic State could gain strength in the country and called for increased cooperation to counter it. Pederson also joined calls for new international talks on ending the civil war in Syria.

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in March 2011, many high-level rallies aimed at ending the fighting and guiding the country towards a political transition have failed. The UN, the United States, Russia and many other countries back a 2015 Security Council resolution endorsing a roadmap for peace in Syria that calls for a new constitution followed by UN-supervised elections .

Blinken, who also met Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and President Sergio Mattarella on Monday, praised the state of US-European relations, noting that Italy, France and Germany – the three countries he has visited on his current European tour – are the only members of NATO, the Group of Seven and the European Union.

“We share a deep commitment to promote democracy and human rights,” he said. “We see the same big challenges on the horizon. And we recognize that we cannot face it alone.

Blinken and Di Maio played down the differences between the United States and Italy over China, saying there was a growing awareness of the complexities and dangers of dealing with Beijing.


Family ties bind bank behind $50M taxpayer-backed coronavirus loan to Poconos casino

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The Scranton-area bank directed by landfill magnate Louis A. DeNaples has handed out the biggest loan yet — for $50 million — from a taxpayer-backed program to help mid-sized businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

The recipient: the Mount Airy Casino Resort, owned by trusts for DeNaples’ children and grandchildren. DeNaples had to relinquish his own ownership to resolve charges that he’d concealed his ties to organized crime.

FNCB Bank’s loan to the casino could throw an unflattering light on the federal government’s strategy of deputizing banks to write loans under its $600 billion Main Street Lending Program, which was authorized this spring over fears that lenders might cease supporting even thriving businesses.

Small banks such as Dunmore-based FNCB don’t typically make such large loans and aren’t equipped to evaluate repayment risks and other potential perils that come with issuing the large amounts of debt permitted by the federal program, analysts said.

If borrowers default, it’s mostly the public’s money — not the bank’s — that runs the risk of not being repaid.

This particular case could draw special scrutiny because of the family ties between FNCB and the Mount Airy casino, where revenue from gambling had flattened even before the coronavirus stopped its roulette wheels and slots and now threatens to upend the entire gaming industry.

DeNaples, 79, is chairman of FNCB and its biggest shareholder, with a 9.2% stake in the bank as of April 3, according to regulatory filings. His son Louis A. DeNaples Jr. is also on the board as the bank’s vice chairman with a 1.3% stake, and is the beneficiary of one of the seven trusts that share ownership of the Mount Airy casino.

Another board member is DeNaples’ nephew, Joseph L. DeNaples, while his brother Dominick L. DeNaples is a former chairman who continues to advise the company as director emeritus.

The loan may not even have been possible but for a decision by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department to exempt the Main Street program from longstanding rules barring banks from making taxpayer-backed loans to businesses owned by their directors.

But it may still trigger the federal restrictions on insider lending that cover all activity by regulated banks, known as “Regulation O,” said Braden Perry, a lawyer who specializes in banking compliance.

“If you see a $50 million loan of your money going to an insider or a family member of an insider, it certainly raises some concerns,” said Perry, who formerly tried cases for a federal financial regulatory agency.

Some critics of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus, meanwhile, cast the loan as another case of rescue money being channeled away from those who need it most.

Less than a tenth of a percent of the cash available through the fund has been lent, while businesses throughout the country could not qualify under the program’s relative narrow guidelines or are too beaten down to consider taking on more debt.

“This money was meant to help Main Street businesses, not casinos owned by families with alleged mafia connections,” said Kyle Herrig, president of left-of-center watchdog group Accountable.US.

The Federal Reserve, which runs the program with cash from the U.S. Treasury Department, said in a statement that it is unable to comment on specific transactions.

“There are rules in place against making loans that favor businesses owned by bank officers or owners of a significant interest in the bank,” it said. “We expect banks making Main Street loans or any other loans to follow these rules.”

FNCB president Jerry A. Champi said that the bank handles all insider transactions “properly,” but declined to discuss specific steps taken to ensure the Mount Airy loan’s compliance.

He also said his bank was fully capable of evaluating any risks associated with the large loan.

“Not all of us have worked for community banks our whole careers, so we have a lot of exposure to the credit-underwriting process,” he said. “Credit is credit.”

Casino officials declined to be interviewed, but said in a statement that “the loan will be used to “improve the strength of our business, which was deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“These funds will be used to secure the jobs of nearly 1,000 Pennsylvanians employed by Mount Airy,” it said.

A message left for DeNaples at his auto-parts business was not returned.

Mixing bank business with directors’ other ventures already led to trouble for the bank seven years ago, when it paid $5 million to shareholders and their lawyers to settle a lawsuit alleging that it tanked the company’s stock price by lending millions of dollars to insiders who then defaulted on the loans.

One such insider was a bank director, Michael Conahan, the onetime Luzerne County president judge convicted in the “Kids for Cash” scheme during the early 2000s, under which the judges sent children to for-profit jails and received payoffs. Federal prosecutors said Conahan used the FNCB loan to purchase a Florida condominium used to launder the kickbacks.

Shareholders also faulted the bank in their complaint for abruptly refocusing its lending on “land subdivisions and solid waste landfills — among the business of DeNaples and [brother] Dominick.”

DeNaples, whose sprawling Northeastern Pennsylvania commercial empire also includes auto salvage yards, heavy-equipment sales, and towing services, moved to get into the casino business in 2005 by applying for one of the slot licenses that were newly being awarded in the state. He aimed to redevelop the Poconos’ storied Mount Airy Lodge into a gaming resort.

As a generous political donor and philanthropist with strong ties to business and governmental leaders across the state, DeNaples was seen as a likely licensee. Common Cause Pennsylvania, a good-government advocacy group, tallied his contributions to Pennsylvania office seekers at $403,125 from 2002 to 2007.

DeNaples did have on his record a 1978 no-contest plea to charges that he and three others bilked the federal government out of recovery funds following Tropical Storm Agnes. But that did not disqualify him, thanks to a provision that had been written into Pennsylvania’s gaming regulations letting applicants off the hook for criminal convictions that occurred more than 15 years in the past

He was granted his casino license in late 2006 and opened his $412 million resort about a year later.

By early 2008, however, he had been indicted on perjury charges, in part for allegedly lying about his relationships to mobsters including William D’Elia, a former leader of the crime family of Northeastern Pennsylvania kingpin Russell Bufalino (played by Joe Pesci in the 2019 film The Irishman.)

Those charges were eventually dropped in a deal that required DeNaples to pass control of the casino to his adult daughter, Lisa DeNaples. But Louis DeNaples was allowed to continue advising the casino.

Ownership of the casino’s parent company, Mount Airy #1 LLC, was later divided equally among seven trusts in the names of DeNaples’ children and grandchildren, records show.

Still, Louis DeNaples appears to have remained in the casino’s orbit.

Last September, FNCB sold the casino 2.2 acres of land at the corner of state Route 611 and Woodland Road, about a mile southwest of the casino, for $375,000, county records show.

Over the years, DeNaples has also repeatedly petitioned state gaming regulators to allow businesses he owns to provide services such as waste disposal or vehicle repairs to the Mount Airy resort.

Those requests have been rejected under the argument that his deal to hand off the casino barred him from profiting in any way from the resort.

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board spokesman Doug Harbach declined to address whether granting the loan might have also violated those terms, and what sanctions would apply if it did.

DeNaples also joined a ceremony at the casino last year to mark the completion of a $40 million expansion project there. The businessman, standing between his daughter Lisa and State Sen. Mario Scavello, a Republican whose district includes the casino, cut the ribbon at the event, seen in an online video by the Pocono Record newspaper.

A spokesperson for Scavello did not return a phone message.

While it was completing the renovations, Mount Airy had also been mapping out a now-lapsed plan to build and operate a separate mini-casino about 300 miles to the west in Beaver County under the state’s 2017 gambling-expansion law that allows gaming businesses to apply to open smaller satellite casinos.

Late last year, however, the gaming board declined to award Mount Airy a permit for what was to have been called Mount Airy Pittsburgh, ruling that the operator had “utterly failed to produce any evidence that it can satisfy the financial fitness requirements for this project” because no bank would back the $50 million-plus project.

“As the gaming market in Pennsylvania matures, with revenues for Mount Airy and some other Pennsylvania casinos stabilizing, Mount Airy’s desire to establish a second casino in Western Pennsylvania is untenable in the eyes of financiers,” gaming board chairman David M. Barasch wrote in the agency’s denial notice.

The Main Street Lending Program was devised as part of financial rescue legislation in the spring to help businesses that are too big to qualify for the better known Paycheck Protection Program, but too small to benefit from the Fed’s big purchases of corporate debt.

Unlike the PPP program’s forgivable loans, funds from the Main Street program must be repaid. Loan standards are also more selective, requiring participants to have been in solid financial shape with a manageable existing debt load before the pandemic.

Banks write loans under the program, but are then able to hand 95% of that debt off to the Fed, so they have fewer of their own assets at risk. The idea was to make banks less nervous about lending during what was expected to be a long period of tight credit.

Despite that opportunity to offload risk, few banks have so far signed up to participate in the program.

Nationwide, only $497 million in Main Street loans had been made as of Aug, 19, although details of only the first $92.2 million of that cash — accounting for 13 transactions — have so far been disclosed.

The Mount Airy loan is one of only two in the country that are for more than $5.5 million.

It appears in county property records as a mortgage on the Poconos property, against which an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group, the New York private equity firm owned by Japan’s SoftBank Group, already had a $170 million loan.

The Fortress loan was increased by $20 million on July 13, the same day the casino closed on the $50 million Main Street loan, giving the resort a total infusion of $70 million in new cash.

The Main Street loan is listed as a “second lien,” meaning that Fortress would have first dibs on casino assets should the resort be foreclosed on.

Chris Marinac, who analyzes banks as a research director with financial adviser Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, said it was “extreme” for a bank of FNCB’s size to be making a $50 million loan, even if only $2.5 million of that was staying on its books.

Banks tend to make loans of no more than around 1.5% of their asset value, so only a little of their capital is tied up in any one venture, Marinac said. For FNCB, with $1.4 billion in assets, that works out to $21 million.

Another potential issue for regulators may be the relationship between the bank’s board and the casino’s ownership, especially Louis DeNaples Jr.‘s overlapping ownership interests.

Small Business Administration regulations that have long governed loans made by banks using federal funds include a provision prohibiting banks from lending to other businesses owned by their directors, including ones such as DeNaples Jr. who are not also executives.

The government based its rules for disbursing coronavirus-relief funds on those SBA regulations, but the prohibition on bankers’ lending to their non-executive directors’ businesses was dropped for PPP. Since PPP loans are made under the same terms for all borrowers, there was no chance of favoring insiders, the agency reasoned.

When the Main Street loans started up, officials largely adopted the modified SBA rules for that program as well, including the relaxation of insider-lending rules designed around PPP.

The Mount Airy loan may, however, be covered by more general “Regulation O” banking rules regarding insiders, said Perry, the banking-compliance lawyer.

The rules set limits on how much a bank can lend to insiders including non-executive directors, or to their other businesses. The rules also require banks to document that loans to insiders don’t include preferential terms, or are especially risky.

Having Louis Denaples Jr. as both a board member and beneficiary of one of the seven trusts that own the casino appears to be the sort of connection the rules would cover, Perry said.

“It does not look good from an outsider’s point of view and is a disservice to the taxpayer if the proper underwriting and vetting procedures were not followed,” he said.

Hilltop Country School Principal Bans Minorities, Encourages Lies: Lawsuit

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A former administrative assistant at the elite Hilltop Country Day School is suing the private Sparta school, claiming the top administrator has fostered an environment filled with lies and deception and banned the enrollment of children of color.

The day school, for children in Kindergarten to Grade 8, was a “deeply dysfunctional entity poised to explode because of the policies, practices and misconduct of its principal,” says Victoria Foley, a 40-year-old Sparta resident who filed a lawsuit against the Sussex County school earlier this month.

The costume centers on Laura McGee, the principal of the school who was fired in 2012 after several years before she was rehired in 2019, according to Foley. Federal records show McGee was principal of the school in 2019, shared the co-principal position in 2018, and was not in office in 2017, 2016 or 2015, the oldest files online.

As the only independent non-public school in Sussex County, Hilltop, located on nearly five acres on Lafayette Road, is tuition-based. Parents paid for the 2021-2022 school year more than nearly $ 20,000 to enroll their children in grades 5 through 8. For pre-K, five full days will cost a family about $ 12,500.

Hilltop Country Day School

The school is non-profit and is also funded by donations, gifts and fundraising.

The school received total income of $ 2.6 million for its 2018 tax year and $ 2.5 million in 2019, but fell to $ 1.5 million in 2020, according to records.

But despite collecting “millions in tuition,” Foley said teachers have become restless about having to buy their own supplies, including pens and markers. Teachers and staff had “no meaningful communication” with each other or with the administration, Foley said.

Even more “devastating,” Foley said, was the culture McGee promoted that made teachers fear retaliation if they made recommendations or expressed ideas about educational programs or improvements.

“[Foley] learned firsthand that although she was the work force of the administrative office, she was also the school principal’s scapegoat for every lie and false statement made by the school principal to teachers, parents and the advice. “

As a result, 15 of the 19 teachers resigned in the 2019-20 school year and one guard resigned after his first day, according to Foley.

Foley, who was in charge of managing the school’s finances, among other duties, said she questioned fundraising events where no one had ever won raffles or gift baskets – McGee instead took the gifts home to her kids, says Foley – and voiced concerns that the bills were continually delinquent.

“[Foley] He was told and ordered to lie or make up stories about why the bills were not paid on time in order to cover up the fact that the school principal was hoarding, hijacking or simply trying to defraud creditors payment, ”says Foley.

Student report cards have been changed to inflate grades and hide student delays, Foley said.

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But Foley said it was even worse.

In the summer of 2020, Foley claims the school’s enrollment practices violated state law, with McGee picking and choosing which students she wanted to enroll in the private school.

Foley claims she watched McGee house and even sue wealthy white families for enrollment, but discouraged and fired families of color, describing a case where a Muslim family had scheduled a tour with McGee last year.

The mother was excited about her children’s potential enrollment in school and visited her twice, but behind closed doors, Foley claims McGee told her she “didn’t want them because the ‘school didn’t need it, “a statement Foley gathered as McGee didn’t want Muslim children in school.

Another family, of Puerto Rican descent, was dissuaded from touring with McGee after she told them it was expensive school and “probably not for you,” Foley claims. McGee later revealed to Foley that she was put off by the father’s tattoos and the diagnosis of Childhood Attention Deficit Disorder, which several students have in school.

But what McGee didn’t realize, Foley said, was that the family had been referred by a parent with children enrolled in school. And that parent, Foley said, became enraged and made several unsuccessful attempts to contact the school board to voice concerns about McGee’s alleged statements to the family.

A director reached out to Foley to gather more details about what happened, and in turn, the director disclosed that information to the board of directors, including the chairman of the board, Foley claims. The chairman of the board, who was close to the school principal, according to Foley, shared the details with McGee, which ultimately led to his dismissal on Jan.20, 2021.

Foley said she was humiliated after being falsely accused of “outrageous conduct” and told police would be called if she returned to campus again, she said.

In an email to the Herald, McGee denied all of the allegations and said she “looks forward to vigorously defending the school’s excellent reputation in a courtroom, not in the press.”

“Sadly, a disgruntled former office worker filed a false and malicious complaint against our non-profit school,” she wrote.

The Hilltop School welcomes students from 23 cities, seven counties and two states, according to the website. The school employs around 50 people and welcomes between 100 and 200 students each year.

“Hilltop has a more than 50-year tradition of providing the highest level of private K-8 education in Sussex County,” McGee added. “Hilltop has always strived to provide a diverse student body. Hilltop has diversity within our student body and on our board of directors. This year Hilltop also has 100% faculty retention.”

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CJN swears before 18 judges of the Court of Appeal on Monday

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, will be sworn in on Monday by 18 judges of the Court of Appeal.

Muhammad’s spokesman Ahuraka Isah said in a statement that the inauguration would take place in the “main courtroom of the Supreme Court of Nigeria” in Abuja.

PREMIUM TIME indicated that the inauguration was to take place in April but was to be postponed due to the national strike by members of the Nigerian Judicial Staff Union (JUSUN).

The strike launched by justice workers to demand the financial autonomy of justice began on April 6 and continued for more than two months by Nigerian courts and relevant institutions.

President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of judges after their recommendation by the National Judicial Council (CNJ).

PREMIUM TIME reported how the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday struck out a trial demanding three slots for the Southeast region in the process of appointing the 18 judges.

Below are the names of the new appointees with their original states.

1. Mohammed Danjuma (State of Niger)

2. Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo (Plateau)

3. Abdul-Azeez Waziri (Adamawa)

4. Yusuf A. Bashir (Taraba)

5. Usman A. Musale (Yobe)

6. Ibrahim Wakili Jauro (Yobe)

7. Abba Bello Mohammed (Kano State)

8. Bature Isah Gafai (Katsina)

9. Danlami Zama Senchi (Kebbi)

10. Mohammed Lawal Abubakar (Sokoto)

11. Hassan Muslim Sule (Zamfara)

12. Kenneth Ikechukwu Amadi (Imo)

13. Peter Oyinkenimiemi Affen (Bayelsa)

14. Sybil Onyeji Gbagi (Delta)

15. Olasunbo Goodluck (Lagos)

16. Adebukola Banjoko (Ogun)

17. Olabode Adegbehingbe (Ondo)

18. Bola Samuel Ademola (Ondo)

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“When We Kiss Our Hijab, We Are Kissing Death:” Canadian-Muslim Muslims Balance Faith and Security

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EDMONTON – Every time Sana Chaudhry’s daughter sees her father get up to pray, the two-year-old takes a scarf and waddles behind him to the prayer rug.

As she watches her baby daughter wrap the hijab around her head, Chaudhry says she prays that she can practice her faith in the same way when she is older.

“I wish this girl could step out into the world and be so carefree about her religion and culture,” the 31-year-old psychotherapist said in an interview from her home in Oakville, Ont.

“And then I feel bad because I know it won’t.”

Discrimination against women who wear a hijab is not new, but Chaudhry and others say they are more afraid as Islamophobia and attacks on Muslim women increase across the country. They say they navigate between their security and their faith.

A spokesperson for an Edmonton mosque says he’s had more conversations with women trying to find ways to be more vigilant against attacks.

“There has been an increase (in conversations about)” how (I) continue to be who I am and what supports we can put in place to keep me going, “said Jamal Osman, vice -President of the Muslim community of the Edmonton mosque.

“I have also had a lot of conversations with other brothers. Their wives, daughters, mothers have been exposed to various expressions of hatred. But we are not going to stand idly by and continue to be victimized.”

For example, he said, more women are taking self-defense classes.

Chaudhry said that wearing the hijab is a form of worship in Islam. It means modesty and beauty.

She made the difficult decision to withdraw hers in 2016 after being assaulted twice. In the first case, a man ripped off her hijab while she was shopping. In the second, a man came in from behind and tried to shut a door on her hand as she unloaded groceries into her car.

Chaudhry has said she wanted to wear her hijab, but her experiences and reports of violent attacks on Muslim women – including at least 10 in Edmonton in the past six months – continue to deter her.

This fear was heightened when four members of a family in London, Ont., Were killed in a targeted attack. Two of the women were wearing hijabs when a 20-year-old man entered the family with his truck. Only a nine-year-old boy survived.

“It’s an underlying subconscious fear that permeates all aspects of your life and it’s really hard to feel safe,” Chaudhry said.

Her friends who wear the hijab feel the same, she said. “Some of them said to me, ‘When we kiss our hijab, we are kissing death.’ “

“We live in a society that doesn’t really accept Islam or this decision to wear a hijab,” added Nadia Mansour, 18, of Prince George, British Columbia.

While reports of attacks on Muslim women frightened some, Mansour said they did not distract her from her religious belief.

Mansour cites a Quebec court ruling in April that upheld the province’s decision to ban officials in positions of authority – including police officers and judges – from wearing religious symbols, including the hijab and the turban, at work.

“This is a huge indication for Muslim women who choose to wear a hijab that they are not accepted in our society and that they are different.

“People are looking at you. I was bullied in high school for wearing a hijab. I even took it off for a short while. But honestly, I’m sick of hearing bullshit. I am no longer afraid. my religion and I will defend it. “

Aruba Mahmud, an artist based in London, Ont., Said all women are feeling the effects of the recent attacks.

“I’m more vigilant. I’m afraid this won’t go away, but I don’t want this fear to start dictating an important decision,” she said. “I’m sick of just explaining my existence”

Osman said he was angry because it shouldn’t be Canadians’ responsibility to protect themselves.

“It is frustrating to have to take matters into their own hands and push our so-called representatives to live up to their commitment to the safety of Canadian citizens,” he said.

“It boils down to the law and, if the law is not able to defend its own citizens, then what kind of social contract is it? “

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 27, 2021.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.


The ceiling for two children and other disincentives should be eliminated. We need more babies, not less

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The Lakshadweep Islands BJP administrator has caused a stir with proposals such as banning anyone with more than two children from running in local elections. Similar bans exist in Assam, Odisha, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It’s silly. India and the world are faced with not too much births but not enough.

China once had a one-child policy, then allowed two children, and now encourages three. Its working-age population is shrinking, so it desperately needs more workers to increase its GDP. For a stable population, the total fertility rate – children born per woman – should be 2.1. This will not immediately stop population growth: future mothers have already been born. Thus, the population typically increases for two decades after reaching 2.1 and then flattens out.

India’s fertility is in free fall. It must let go of false fears of an excess population and prepare for a future with fewer and fewer people of working age (15 to 65) and increasingly older dependents. Improved medicine brings life expectancy to 90 years. New techniques extend service life, but at a high and increasing cost. Societies need a lot more workers to finance the care of the elderly. This is why many countries have introduced incentives for more children. Alas, none have worked well. The cost of educating children well has skyrocketed, so couples cannot afford even two children. Many countries offer free childcare, longer maternity and paternity leave, free health care for children and other such incentives. However, their fertility continues to decline.

The rate is lowest in Taiwan (1.07), South Korea 1.09) and Singapore (1.15). It is well below the replacement level in rich countries – Japan (1.38), Germany (1.48), United States (1.84) and United Kingdom (1.86). The rates are still above 3 in many African countries. But in Mexico, a traditional supplier of migrants, fertility has fallen to 2.14. America’s long tradition of immigration – despite Trump – has so far prevented the population from falling like in Germany, Russia or Japan. Yet the latest data shows that the U.S. population grew only 0.35% in 2019-2020, almost the slowest on record.

India’s fertility rate has fallen from 3.4 children in 1992-93 to 2.2 today, and is expected to drop to 1.93 by 2025. This is not because of sanctions like the ban from standing for election. This is because an ambitious middle class wants fewer children.

Far from having an excess of population, India is heading towards the global trap of an insufficient fertility rate, an insufficient number of people of working age and a huge excess of elderly people in need of medical care. expensive. Why then are so many leaders of the BJP and the RSS (notably Mohan Bhagwat) worried about overpopulation? Mainly because of their paranoid belief that Muslims avoid birth control, so the Muslim share of the population will increase and create majority Muslim regions, threatening Hindu supremacy. A BJP leader reportedly said that the Hindu policy of “hum do hamare do” (we are two and have two children) has been converted by Muslims into “hum panch hamare pachees” (we are five and will have 25). The BJP is fueling the fears of Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh, whom Amit Shah called “termites.”

The growth of the Muslim population has long exceeded the Hindu growth, but religious conversion has been a negligible factor. One of the main reasons is the traditional Hindu ban on remarriage of widows. Second, many Hindus are migrant workers, spending months away from home. Third, Muslims are on average poorer than Hindus and the poor have more children. Fourth, some of their religious leaders oppose birth control, although most Muslim countries now encourage family planning. Selective abortion of female fetuses (detected by ultrasounds) is common among Hindus but prohibited by Islam.

The Muslim share of the Indian population increased from 10% in 1951 to 14.2% in 2011, a slow growth over 75 years. But Muslim fertility is falling rapidly with rising incomes. It was only 1.4 in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016. India’s Muslim population share will slowly increase for a few decades before stabilizing, probably well below 20%. This poses no threat to Hindu domination. Bangladesh’s fertility rate fell to 2, below replacement level. Its per capita income now rivals that of India. The economic rationale for migrating to India has disappeared.

What lessons are drawn from this for India? Abolish all disincentives for large families, including bans from standing in local elections and sanctions on entry and promotions into government services. Abolish rules reducing benefits for families with more than two children, including health care for mothers and children and nutritional supplements for pregnant women. Legislate male parental leave to facilitate the work of mothers. Improve anganwadis in appropriate preschools when possible. Increase women’s safety and remove other barriers to women’s participation in the workplace, which is among the lowest in the world. Raise more workers and secure work for them.



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Boxing highlights of Nico Ali Walsh, Muhammad Ali’s grandson

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Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali, has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Top Rank, a Las Vegas-based boxing promotion. The first fight promoted by the company was the fight of Muhammad Ali in 1966 against George Chuvalo.

Bob Arum, CEO and Founder of Top Rank, shared the tweet posted by the promotion and expressed interest in what the future holds for Nico Ali Walsh.

Bob Arum has promoted 27 of Muhammad Ali‘s fights, including the historic “Thrilla in Manila” fight against Joe Frazier.

Nico Ali Walsh is the youngest son of Rasheda Ali Walsh, daughter of Muhammad Ali, and her husband, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Walsh. Nico will work with several other renowned entities in the boxing world. SugarHill Steward, known for coaching the WBC and linear heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, will be Walsh’s second chief corner. Matchmaker Bruce Trampler, who has worked with Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya, is also on his team.

Nico Ali Walsh is scheduled to turn pro on August 14, 2021, on the Andrew Moloney vs. Joshua Franco fight card. His opponent has not yet been announced.

Beginning in the ring at an advantage for the St. Baldrick Foundation, Nico Ali Walsh has so far had around 30 amateur fights.

Here are the highlights from some of his amateur boxing fights:


Nico Ali Walsh: I do what I love

For Nico Ali Walsh, pursuing boxing professionally isn’t just about following in his grandfather’s footsteps and keeping his legacy alive, but also doing what he is passionate about.

In a statement released by Top Rank, Nico Ali Walsh said the contract with Top Rank was a dream come true and it is not a responsibility he takes lightly.

“I do what I love. Signing with Top Rank is a dream come true. I’m going to have fun on August 14th and next time I fight. Top Rank will give me the name, date and location, and I I’m going to have a good time. I’m honored to continue the fighting legacy my grandfather started. It’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly.

Nico Ali Walsh is aware of the weight on his shoulders and is ready to take on this responsibility.

Speaking about his earliest memories with Muhammad Ali, whom he calls “Poppy,” Nico Ali Walsh said he remembers hanging out with the legend in the gym.


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Teesside boxer Brian London who fought Muhammad Ali for the world title dies

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Hartlepool-born boxer Brian London, who challenged Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title, has died aged 87.

London fought Ali just days after England won the FIFA World Cup in 1966, and despite the optimism in the air, he was beaten early in the third round.

Years later, at a charity dinner, asking if he would do something different, he replied, “Yes, I should have shot him. I got into a position to fight him, but I was nowhere near good enough to fight him. “

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After moving west from Hartlepool in his teens to Blackpool, London became known as ‘Blackpool Rock’.

He was encouraged to take up boxing while doing his national service in the RAF, after an officer discovered his father was former British heavyweight champion Jack London.

His brother, Jack Junior, also born and raised in Hartlepool, fought as a light heavyweight.

Aside from Earls Court’s famous fight against Ali, Brian also had another world title fight against Floyd Peterson.

He took the American to 11 rounds before losing by KO.

In an interview with the BBC in his later years, he admitted to fighting “for the money” rather than “for the love of it”.

After his retirement, London became a businessman in Blackpool, owner of several nightclubs.

Many boxing fans have taken to social media to reflect on London’s career after receiving the sad news.

A sports account wrote: “He didn’t dodge anybody. He had some excellent wins over some of the main heavyweights of the period and his win over Zora Folley was the best of them.

“Rest in peace, champion.”

Another said: “Rest in peace. One of the last heavyweights of a magical time that we will never see again.”


Gujarat Police Make First Arrest Under Anti “Love Jihad” Law

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TGujarat’s Law on Freedom of Religion (amended), 2021, was implemented in the state on June 15 this year after the bill was passed in the budget session and approved by Governor Acharya Devvrat. A few days later, Gujarat police on June 19 registered the first case under the amended law and arrested six people, including five from a family in the Tarsali region in Vadodara.

The arrests took place following a complaint has been filed by a 24-year-old woman on the same day, stating that the accused tampered with her religious identity by pretending to be a Christian and lured her into a relationship by “promising her modern life after marriage”. The complaint further stated that she had met him via social media and that she was allegedly raped four times by the accused in a hotel and at the home of a co-accused. The 26-year-old defendant also shared intimate photos of the woman to blackmail her into marrying him in a nikah ceremony then convert to Islam, mentionned the complainant in her statement to the Vadodara police.

Vadodara police have arrested the man with his parents, his sister, and uncle as well as another man who facilitated the alleged sexual assault on the complainant.

“The man, who owns a sheep store, forced the woman to go to a religious place and marry him through a nikah ceremony. She was also forced to convert to Islam and change her name, ”Jayrajsinh Vala, Zone 2 Deputy Police Commissioner Vadodara, told media. the arrests

In particular, the amendment to the the existing law came after Nitin Patel, the redeputy VSthief MMinister of Gujarat, announced in February this year that the government would have bring legislation against “love jihad’ during the budget session of the Assembly.

Patel, while campaigning for local elections in the same month, said the law was “essential for the safety of Hindu girls and women.”

In a controversial speech, he said: “People of other faiths are cheating on our daughters by using luxury cars and bicycles. These are the people who have nothing to eat at home and someone else is paying for their gasoline. They even appear (look like) Hindus these days to impress and take away our daughters and change their religion. We can build schools, colleges, medical schools, and homes to educate our daughters and grant fee waivers, but if our daughters cannot be safe then there is no point in college or to a home. Security is paramount for our party. Safety was assured when the The BJP has come to power and we are strengthening it with each passing day. To put a stop to such people, our government is seriously considering passing a love law. jihad during the next session of the Assembly.

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“We have noI couldn’t join the family in this case. However, a rape charge against a Muslim man is not uncommon in a case filed under this law.,” mentionned Mujaheed Nafees, chairman of the Minority Minorities Coordination Committee, a minority rights organization based in Gujarat. Usually a the missing person complaint is filed first. After what, the local police get involved and the man’s family and friends are arrested or detained for investigation. In most of the cases, the charges are not brought to court, but the family is going through a long and costly legal battle that many cannot afford ”, he mentionned.

Nafees criticized the amended law, saying: “This act was mainly used to harass Muslim men in protective gear. In effect, it takes away a woman’s basic right to choose her partner. Under this law, any person, regardless of their family relationship with the woman, can lodge a complaint raising doubts that the the woman was forcibly converted; tit is entirely up to man to prove the contrary.In multiple cases I have helped I have noticed that the self-proclaimed bangs are entitledwing organisApplications go to the marriage registry office and verify the names of couples registered under the Special Marriage Act. They are often the complainants or worse, they arrive at his home to harass the man and his family. In addition, the role of the police does not support the couple in such cases, ”said Nafees. Newsclick.

According to Danish Qureshi, a minority rights activist based in Ahmedabad, there are loopholes in the FIR against the accused in the current case. For example, mikah the ceremony is not allowed unless both people are Muslims. Thus, it is unlikely that a Muslim could not have revealed his religious identity before the mikah ceremony, as the FIR claims. In addition, it is mandatory to inform the Collector of a district before converting to another religion with mention of the reason for the conversion among other information. It is only after the authorization of the authority of the district that one can contact a religious leader for the conversion ”, he said to Newsclick.

Notably, the Gujarat Religious Freedom Law entered into force in 2008 do it mandatory for a person to obtain prior approval from the district authority for consensual conversion.

Lawyer Samshad Pathan says the law has come into force mainly like a countermeasure to stop conversions in the tribal belts of Gujarat. It was the time when the BJP and its sister organizedsations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) used terms like ghar wapsi at Stop tribes converted to Christianity. The law was applied retrospectively and was called Gujarat Freedom of religion 2003, so that any conversion dating back to 2003 iss null and void because the collector’s authorization has not been taken before the conversion, ”Pathan told the Newsclick.

“However, after 2014, the right-wing organizationsations began to use the word love jihad and the law began to be used to target Muslims. The current amendment is an extension of the same agenda. Acts classified as misdemeanors under the Gujarat Religious Freedom Act are already criminal acts under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. For example, if a man lies to a woman and hide his identity, he will be punishable under the IPC Section 406 or 420 punishable with seven to 10 years in prison, which is a quantum of punishment greater than what the Gujarat Freedom of religion Act guarantees. If a man rapes or assaults a woman, it is punishable under the IPC Section 376. There is no need for a new law unless the agenda is aimed at a particular community, ”Pathan added.

Under Gujarat’s 2003 law on religious freedom, a person could have been jailed for up to three years with a fine of up to Rs 50,000 if found guilty of forced conversion. In the recent modificationis lying in the draft law, the “offense” was made non-surety. He redefines the word seduction by adding better way of life, divine blessings or whatever deeming it necessary to slow down conversion through forced marriage. The amended law also states that anyone who assists with conversion in the name of love and marriage will also be considered guilty as well. Any marriage of this type considered as a forced conversion will be declared null and void by the concerned family court, specifies the amended law.

Notably, several organisNations and activists have protested Gujarat’s religious freedom law over time.

A day after the government of Gujarat passed the Gujarat Religious Freedom (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the assembly banning “forced conversion by marriage,” the Minority Coordinating Committee (MCC) wrote to the governor to request the cancellation of the bill.

Calling it unconstitutional and a tool that can be misused against minorities, Mujaheed Nafees, president of the MCC wrote: “The fundamental spirit of this law is the violation of the religious freedom of the people. The political conspiracy of male political leaders to impose their ideas on women and their right to choose is visible.

In 2015, a petition was filed in the High Court by the Archbishop of Gandhinagar and others challenging the clause in the law requiring the person to state the reason for the conversion.

In 2009, a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the AThe complaint was brought to the High Court by the Gujarat United Christian Forum for Human Rights, retired IAS officer PK Velera, Hanif Lakdawala of the NGO Sanchetna and human rights activists Valjibhai Patel and Dwarikanath.

First published by Newsclick.


Brian London, boxer known as ‘Blackpool Rock’ who fought Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title – obituary

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London’s famous weary observation of professional boxing, “I’m just a shrimp (sic) in the game”, is widely cited as a prime example of the old inarticulate, washed pug. In fact, London showed a keen business sense after his career ended. He wisely invested his ring earnings and then built an entertainment empire in Blackpool.

He was born Brian Harper on June 19, 1934 in Hartlepool, County Durham, although the family moved to Blackpool as a teenager. London followed his father’s lead and changed his name to London when he turned pro.

Jack London, who had changed his name due to his admiration for the American novelist, was a former British and Empire heavyweight champion, although it was always believed that his eldest son Jack would follow him into the ring.

Instead, it was Brian who set out to keep the family tradition alive by learning to box in the RAF. “Because I was Jack London’s son, I had to fight,” he recalls. “They thought I would be a good fighter, but I couldn’t fight at all, I was just a big and strong.” Despite this, London enjoyed a successful amateur career which culminated when he won a gold medal at the 1954 Empire Games in Vancouver.


Are the powers of the Middle East vying for Islamic leadership through education?

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Education appears as a major flashpoint in competing visions of a future Muslim world. The rival concepts instilled in the next generation are likely to shape what amounts to a battle for the soul of Islam.

Reports released earlier this year by the Israel Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-SE) illustrate the divergences in educational approaches.

On one end of the spectrum are Pakistan and Turkey, two of the most populous Muslim countries whose claim to rule the Muslim world is rooted in conservative, if not ultra-conservative, interpretations of Islam, which increasingly shape plus their education systems.

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Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates reside on the other end with their reduced emphasis on religion in education and the emphasis on science as well as religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue.

Straddling the two approaches is Qatar, the only other Wahhabi state in the world alongside Saudi Arabia, although it embraced a more liberal interpretation long before the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. .

The different educational approaches of Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Since coming to power, Prince Mohammed has dramatically reduced the role of ultra-conservative religious figures and institutions, reduced global funding for Wahhabi activities, strengthened women’s rights, and built a Western-style entertainment sector.

Sandwiched between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Qatar sees global support for political Islam, including the Muslim Brotherhood, as its best defense against Saudi and Iranian models of governance.

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Qatari textbooks reflect the tightrope on which the Gulf State walks between professing its adherence to the concepts of democratic freedoms, human rights, tolerance and pluralism, while refusing to break with anti-Semitic and anti-Christian notions as well. than the philosophies of jihad and martyrdom prevalent in political life. Islam.

What the different approaches have in common is what makes them both problematic: an endorsement of an autocratic regime or strongman by explicitly propagating absolute obedience to the ruler or the increasingly authoritarian environment. in which Islamized education systems are deployed.

Underlying the different approaches to education are divergent interpretations of what Islam stands for and what constitutes a moderate form of faith, as well as seemingly haphazard definitions advanced by various leaders.

Read more: Islam and science: the truth about this unexplored relationship

Prince Mohammed’s point of view on Islam

To be sure, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, contrary to the values ​​propagated in Turkish and Pakistani school curricula, are tackling issues that are widely seen as likely to foster the development of radicalism and extremism.

These include supremacist concepts, discriminatory representations of minorities, the emphasis on rote learning and attitudes towards violence.

In an interview in early May, Prince Mohammed expressed seemingly conflicting definitions of what his version of moderate Islam entailed. On the one hand, the crown prince suggested that it was a liberal application of Islamic law guided by the principles of tolerance and inclusiveness.

Read more: Does Saudi Crown Prince Still Encourage Moderate Islam?

Yet at the same time, when asked about the fight against extremism, Prince Mohammed cited a hadith or prophetic saying that urges worshipers to kill extremists. Saudi dissidents have accused the crown prince of justifying targeting those who criticize him, such as Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

“Today we cannot grow, attract capital, offer tourism, or move forward with the existence of extremist ideology in Saudi Arabia. If you want millions of jobs, lower unemployment, economic growth and better incomes, then you must uproot this project… Anyone who espouses an extremist ideology, even if they are not a terrorist, remains a criminal who should be detained. accountable to the law, ”said Prince Mohammed, arguing that the days when religious ultra-conservatism served a purpose are over.

Read more: Jamal Khashoggi is changing the Middle East at potentially horrific cost – James M. Dorsey

Saudi promotion of ultra-conservatism

The divergence in educational approaches takes on added significance because countries vying for leadership of the Muslim world such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey as well as Iran, export their visions of what faith stands for. in various ways. These include funding for religious, cultural and educational institutions in third countries and lobbying for policies that strengthen their approach and thwart that of their rivals.

While dramatically reducing its overseas funding and harnessing the Muslim World League (MWL), once a primary vehicle for Saudi promotion of ultra-conservatism, to spread the country’s most recent interfaith message of tolerance and outreach. Kingdom, Saudi Arabia has sometimes not hesitated to employ those it now denounces as extremists.

Indonesia is an example. The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), another government-sanctioned non-governmental organization once used to promote Saudi ultra-conservatism, is proud of funding mosques in Indonesia built by the prosperous Justice Party (Partai Keadilan Sejahtera or PKS), a group affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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When MWL General Secretary Mohammed al-Issa visited the Jakarta headquarters of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim movement, he chose to take Hidayat Nur Wahid, a leader of the PKS with him. and a staunch rival of the National Awakening Party (or PKB) associated with NU.

The Saudi display of his Indonesian Islamic political associate appears designed to counter Nahdlatul Ulama, the most serious challenger to the various concepts of Islam put forward by powers in the Middle East, including the kingdom.

Nahdlatul Ulama promotes a concept of humanitarian Islam that is rooted in a reinterpretation of religious texts, recognizes the need for reform to revise or remove what the group calls “obsolete” concepts such as that of the kafir or the infidel , and is supported by a large base of Islamic scholars.

Read more: Is Saudi-inspired ultra-conservatism leading to worsening Shia conditions in Malaysia?

Religious soft power

For its part, Turkey’s religious authority Diyanet, who resides in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office, has seen its budget increase 23 times over the past two decades, making it by far one of the government agencies. the best funded.

Diyanet financed the construction of mosques from the former Ottoman countries neighboring the Balkans to Africa and even Cuba. The Maarif Foundation, a vehicle used to gain global control of schools once operated by followers of Fethullah Gulen, uses school materials provided by Diyanet.

Turkey accuses Mr. Gulen, a preacher who lives in exile in the United States and a former ally of Mr. Erdogan, of organizing a failed military coup in Turkey in 2016. Turkey has since arrested thousands of alleged supporters of Gulen and expelled many of the suspected supporters of the government bureaucracy and the military.

Read more: Turkey celebrates first anniversary of failed military coup

Several countries donated local schools run by Gulen to the Maarif Foundation. At the last count, the foundation managed 323 schools, 42 dormitories and a university in 43 countries.

Likewise, the Saudi-backed UAE used its religious soft power and commercial and economic influence to push for a stricter French policy towards political Islam before the crackdown initiated by President Emmanuel Macron.

The lobbying focused on common interests in the fight against political Islam and Turkey, with which France disagrees in Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as on the issue of political Islam. He gave the French leader cover to target political Islam and Turkey as he prepares for an election in 2022 in which Marie Le Pen, the leader of the far-right, nationalist and anti-immigration National Rally, occupies an important place.

Read more: Angry Twitter as France tries to ban hijab for women under 18

As part of the repression of political Islam, France has forced children to go to school from the age of three. It has also virtually eliminated options for home schooling or the operation of privately funded schools.

Mr Erdogan took the leap by declaring in 2018 that “the common goal of all education and our education system is to raise good people with respect for their history, culture and values “. Mr. Erdogan spoke of a “pious generation” which “will work for the construction of a new civilization”. It is this new civilization that is at stake in the battle for the soul of Islam.

A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Castbox, and Patreon.

Dr James M. Dorsey is an award-winning journalist and senior researcher at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the Middle East Institute at National University of Singapore, as well as a Senior Non-Resident Honorary Member to Eye on ISIS. The article has been republished with permission of the author. The opinions expressed in the article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.


Cultural wars that agitate India and America

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One of the challenges facing free and heterogeneous societies like India and the United States is the war of cultures. I was listening to a Chinese-American student at Stanford University on a radio program she was broadcasting. She used terms like “yellow fever” and “king of rice”.

She then explained. Yellow fever is the apparent attraction a white man feels for East Asian women. The same man is called the King of Rice apparently because he loves the exotic rice dishes served by the East Asian woman. Everywhere you go in America, it seems like yellow fever is raging.

I sometimes wonder about the families of East Asian women. Are they not worried that so many of their wives will mingle with people outside their culture? He does not seem. My best friend is a Chinese American. Her only sister fell in love, not with a white man, but with a black one. Hell broke loose in his family. Finally, the sister put her foot down and married her man and is very happy.

I was sitting next to a black Briton on the train. We are talking about yellow fever. He raised an eyebrow and asked me if the attraction the East Asian woman had was limited only to the white man. I understood his point of view.

Jungle fever was a term coined in America to describe the apparent attraction a white woman had for a black man, a supposed jungli, a jungle man who would be Africa. One of the central causes, no, the central cause of the Civil War, was the fear of white southerners that if their black slaves were freed, how these black slaves would then take away their white wives.

Postage stamps have also been issued for this purpose. Nowhere was it mentioned that in fact many white women would have liked to be carried off by black men.

The white man still reigns in America. There is no setback in American society against yellow fever. White men freely associate with East Asian women and procreate with them. There is apparently not a great deal of racial prejudice faced with the problems of such a mixture. A few white women have expressed their anger to me about what their men see in East Asian women, but overall this criticism is hushed up.

This is not the case with jungle fever. White women are still not allowed by white men to freely date black men. A tremendous racism is experienced by the children of this interracial mixture, who are automatically considered black. In many parts of the United States like Silicon Valley where there are large numbers of East Asian women, white men choose them and there aren’t enough eligible men for women white women marry because these men would necessarily be of “color”.

The East Asian population in the United States is expected to increase dramatically, as is the resulting yellow fever. How are white women going to handle this? Will they defy societal pressure and opt for “colors” or will they prefer to remain single?

India faces a similar cultural war in the so-called love jihad. I was talking to the former chief secretary of Gujarat who happens to be a Muslim man dating a Hindu woman. He told me that many Muslim women stay homebound, while many Hindu women are much more outgoing. It is this gregarious nature of Hindu women that Muslim men find so appealing.

But was there an attraction that a Hindu woman had for the Muslim man? I didn’t think so, until a Hindu woman got me wrong about this notion.

She claimed that Muslim men were so beautiful. I didn’t ask her why, although I suspect she was referring to the Muslim men who were handsome and well built. But was there a dearth of handsome and well-built Hindu men in the country?
Sex, that old dirty subject, of course plays a huge role but it is rarely talked about. The East Asian woman is supposed to be submissive, even in bed. The Muslim man in India is said to be more sensual, and even more manly, than the Hindu man. The black man’s sexual prowess is seen as almost legendary.

It must be said that many Hindu men are also attracted to Muslim women, and maybe even the other way around, but here religion is a barrier. Indian awakens insist that it is acceptable for Muslim men to interbreed with Hindu women, but see red whenever the subject of love-jihad is mentioned. Hindu men thus sometimes feel emasculated in their own country.

It is hypocrisies such as the fact that members of a community seek to marry apart from the faith, but prevent their own wives from doing so, that have led the majority community in India to feel discriminated against.

Unless the playing field is leveled, this grievance, which is not quite imagined, will not go away. Grievances such as the love jihad have led masses of moderate Hindus to subscribe to the Sangh Parivar ideology, even if they do not fully subscribe to it.

Unless the opposition like Congress does not come out to fully and squarely tackle the hypocrisies inherent in cultural wars like the jihad of love, the Hindu right will continue to rule India. The Constitution of India provides for equality for all religions in theory and in practice, not just in theory but not in practice.

The writer is an energy expert and regularly contributes to publications
in India and abroad.


Why did Robinhood shut down GameStop Trading?

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Robinhood is an online brokerage firm that prides itself on making it easy to buy and sell stocks. But if you are a user of this popular trading platform, you would have found it impossible to buy a few specific stocks on Thursday.

Specifically, you could not have bought shares of GameStop (NYSE: GME), AMC (NYSE: AMC); BlackBerry (NYSE: BB); Bed Bath & Beyond (Nasdaq: BBBY) or Nokia (NYSE: NOK) on Robinhood starting January 28.

In a released statement, Robinhood provided strong rationale for closing transactions in GameStop shares, as well as transactions in the other mentioned shares. But many were not happy with the brokerage’s explanation for its actions, and Robinhood has now indicated that it will change course, allowing a limited purchase of GameStop shares starting Friday.

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Here’s why Robinhood shut down GameStop trading

On January 28, Robinhood suspended the ability to buy GameStop stock. App users were allowed alone to sell their positions, not to open new ones or to add to their existing holdings in GME.

The brokerage house declaration explaining his actions as follows: “We constantly monitor the markets and make changes as necessary. In light of recent volatility, we limit trading for certain securities to closing positions only. The statement, which was posted on Robinhood’s website and emailed to its millions of users, also said: “In a context of high market volatility, it is more important than ever to help customers to stay informed “.

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Robinhood was not exaggerating on the volatility of GameStop stocks. Shares rose over 1,800% during the month of January and the price fluctuated several hundred dollars per share in a single trading day. What makes this even more remarkable is that the company is a retailer widely regarded as obsolete in the age of online sales, and prior to the past few weeks its stock price was below $ 20.

There is, of course, an explanation for the stock buying frenzy that led to Robinhood’s decision to close trading.

Users of a Reddit sub-forum called r / WallStreetBets decided to capitalize on the fact that GameStop is the preferred stock for short-term hedge funds. With hedge funds betting big on the decline in the value of the company’s shares, the Redditors chose to start buying, pushing the share price up.

This created a “short squeeze” as those who bet against GameStock had to buy stocks to cover their shorts. The feedback loop has led GameStop’s price to climb rapidly, especially as Redditors have encouraged buyers of GME shares to ban their shares from being loaned to short sellers.

Wall Street hedge funds began to waste a lot of time as some individual investors demanded staggering profits with GameStock’s stock price skyrocketing. But the fun ended when Robinhood closed deals, preventing more investors from buying, which caused stock prices on Earth to plummet.

While Robinhood may have indeed acted to protect its clients – buying into GameStop under these conditions is undoubtedly risky – many expressed concern that the broker was acting to protect Wall Street insiders from losses, rather. than its customers.

Lawmakers, including progressive icon Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and conservative felt Ted Cruz, have called for hearings on Robinhood’s decision, and some app users are seeking class action lawsuits against Robinhood, with one user tweeting: “Robinhood canceled stock orders on #gme #amc # NOK etc … There should be a class action lawsuit. I thought we had a free market. So Wall Street is okay with me losing hundreds of dollars , so that wealthy investors cannot be called on their risks …. #wallstreetbets. ”

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Trade will resume on Robinhood on Friday

After a day of criticism on social media, Robinhood announced Thursday night that it would lift its restrictions on Friday and allow at least limited commerce from GameStop.

“Starting tomorrow, we plan to allow limited purchases of these securities,” the company said in a statement. He went on to say that “we will continue to monitor the situation and may make adjustments if necessary”.

The brokerage has justified its previous actions on the basis of SEC brokerage regulations, which they say “exist to protect investors and the markets and we take our responsibilities to comply with them, including through of the actions we have taken today “.

Finally, the company responded to the accusation that it acted to protect Wall Street, stating unequivocally that “this was a risk management decision and was not made based on of the direction of the market makers to whom we turn. We are starting to open the trade. for some of these titles responsibly.

Still, as trading resumes on Friday, trading on GameStock remains a high-risk proposition as the current share price is not justified by the company’s underlying business activity. If you are considering using Robinhood or another brokerage firm to buy GameStop shares, make sure you understand the dangers of this type of trading.

Christy bieber has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends BlackBerry. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Former criminals discriminated against over loan under CARES law

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At a time of coronavirus shutdowns, all businesses are in trouble. Those belonging to former prisoners may receive even less help.

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A few days ago, I got a call from Scott Jennings, another board member of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, who got excited after reading the recent Small Business Administration business loan application.

Scott, who served a prison sentence years ago, is now a very successful entrepreneur. Like many other entrepreneurs, he has worked very hard to start a new life, and his business has been heavily impacted by the novel coronavirus crisis. But the SBA’s loan application intended to keep small business owners afloat discriminates against former criminals.

Despite the progress made in criminal justice reform, finding a job remains one of the most difficult challenges for former prisoners.

The CARES law, which is supposed to give relief to all business owners, including former criminals, shouldn’t make it harder to stay alive during this time of foreclosure and potential layoffs – it’s tough enough.

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The law includes a provision to make $ 350 billion in loans available to small businesses through the SBA. The loans are intended to help businesses, like Scott’s, and their employees. In the loan application, two questions immediately caught his attention:

“Is the plaintiff (if it is an individual) or any person holding 20% ​​or more of the plaintiff’s equity the subject of an indictment, criminal investigation, an indictment or other means by which formal criminal charges are laid in a jurisdiction, or currently incarcerated, or on probation or parole? “

“In the past five years, for any crime, the plaintiff (if an individual) or any owner of the plaintiff 1) has been convicted; 2) pleaded guilty; 3) pleaded nolo pretendere; 4) was placed on pre-trial diversion; or 5) was placed on some form of parole or probation (including pretrial probation)? ”

The timing of such questions in a loan application is suspect at best.

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While it is true that this is similar to the language that existed before the pandemic, it calls into question the fairness of the issues themselves and whether it is fair to exclude relief from people who were previously judicially involved.

In the worst case, these questions will lead to discrimination against those judicially involved. At best, which is more subtle and probably more important and widespread, the language here will discourage many people with criminal records from applying.

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In our discussion of the app, Scott noted, “I wasn’t exactly a model citizen. I have committed a crime. I went to prison for three years and now I have changed all aspects of my life and my role in society. I have owned a successful business for nine years. Like any other business owner, I have families who depend on me.

Although Scott’s business may be eligible for a stimulus loan since his charges are not recent, many people like him will not.

Most people agree that if people commit a crime, they should be required to give something back to society; they should be punished. But people shouldn’t be serving life sentences because of stigma or discrimination that basically relegates them to life imprisonment, even for minor offenses.

Brian Hamilton is the founder of Inmates to Entrepreneurs and the Brian Hamilton Foundation, two national organizations that help small businesses.

Illinois Legislature Adopts 36% Interest Rate Cap on Consumer Loans | Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, srl

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The Illinois legislature passed new law setting a 36% interest rate cap on most consumer loans.

What happened

Under the new bill, “a lender shall not incur or receive any charges exceeding an annual percentage rate of 36% on the unpaid balance of the amount financed”. Article 15-5-5. The new law designates the use of the same APR calculation method that is used under federal law for military-related loans.

The law excludes commercial loans and grants an exemption for banks (national or non-state banks), credit unions, and insurance companies duly licensed under state or federal law.

The law designates any violation of the interest rate cap as also a violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Marketing Practices Act. Illinois regulators also have the authority to take enforcement action and impose fines of up to $ 10,000 per violation. In addition, any loan granted in excess of the new limit, subject to applicable exceptions, is null and void.

Why is this important

Before the law was passed, Illinois generally allowed parties to contract for any desired rate of interest. As a result, some consumer credit products prior to the passage of the bill regularly exceeded the APR by 150% on an annualized basis.

The bill will come into force immediately if signed by the governor, or 60 days after its passage by the legislature on January 14, 2021, if the governor does not sign but does not exercise a veto.

Live Nation to Raise $ 800 Million in Debt Offer – Deadline

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Live Nation Entertainment on Wednesday announced plans to offer bonds worth $ 800 million for sale and use the proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes.

The move comes as media and entertainment companies continue to raise cash cushions as their finances are shaken by COVID-19. The Beverly Hill-based producer, promoter and parent of Ticketmaster last month announced a $ 120 million revolving credit facility and expects $ 500 million in cost cuts this year, including cuts. salary for CEO Michael Rapino and other senior executives.

Deadline announced last week that Live Nation’s revenue for the March quarter fell 21% to $ 1.37 billion. Net losses widened to $ 185 million from $ 52 million. Virus-related closures took place across much of the world in March.

Rapino said the company will experiment over the summer in smaller venues in more open states and countries, hoping to return to something resembling a concert industry as we know it by 2021.

Some 65,000 Ticketmaster shows and 9,000 Live Nation shows have been affected by the spread of COVID-19. Most ticket holders have chosen to wait for postponed events instead of asking for refunds and, based on polls, seem willing to return to venues if they are sanitized and there is easy access to the venue. hand sanitizer.

The company is also considering masks, reduced capacity, “contactless concessions” and increased use of digital ticketing technology. He said he was working with medical experts and public health officials on the procedures, as well as with the US federal and state governments and authorities in other countries to develop reopening phases for each market.

Dwight Capital Funds $ 55 Million HUD Construction Loan on Arizona Rental Complex – Commercial Observer

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New York based alternative lender Capital Dwight provided just over $ 55.1 million in HUD construction debt financing to a joint venture between Housing Trust Group (HTG) and Treger partners to build Aviva goodyear, a 288-unit apartment complex in Goodyear, Arizona.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development The HUD-backed construction loan goes to Miami-based HTG and the $ 71 million Treger project, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Which will be HTG’s second “Aviva” brand property – the first was built in Mesa, Arizona. HTG is one of the largest developers of affordable housing in the country.

It will be erected on a 16 acre site at 4175 Faucon Avenue North and will include a mix of 11 two- and three-story buildings as well as a clubhouse, according to Dwight. In total, the physical buildings themselves will span nearly 333,500 square feet, according to Treger’s website.

Construction of the gated community is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022, with the first wave of residences coming to market in September of next year, according to a recent AZ Big Media development report. The project will include a wide range of fitness and leisure equipment, including two swimming pools, a fitness center with a boxing hall and a yoga and spin studio, a dog park, a golf course. dog agility, a basketball court and a children’s play area, as well as by information from Dwight. There will also be several courtyards throughout the development, and it will offer self-storage compartments for its tenants as well as 43 parking garages and several carports and four charging stations for electric cars.

Aviva Goodyear – designed by Eric Miller Architects – will offer one, two and three bedroom residences, according to Treger’s website, which lists the site’s name of approximately 692,600 square feet as “Harmony at Goodyear.” The number of units will be 104 one-bedroom units, 168 two-bedroom units and 16 three-bedroom units, according to Treger, and the firm also says on its website that the property will have nearly 13,000 square feet of space. retail space.

The property is a few blocks from the local Millennium High School and Western Sky College as well as a large park, golf course, and a range of shopping and dining options, including a Walmart, a Safeway supermarket and a Walgreens.

What is the difference? – Councilor Forbes

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Principal and mortgage interest are the two key components of your monthly mortgage payment when you borrow money to buy a home. Your principal payment is what allows you to get out of debt. Your interest payment is what allows you to borrow money. Here’s a detailed breakdown of how mortgage interest and principal works and how it’s calculated.

What is mortgage capital?

Mortgage principal is the amount you borrow from a lender to buy a home. A portion of each monthly payment you send will go toward reducing your mortgage principal.

You may already be familiar with the concept of capital from another type of loan you have taken out. If you borrowed money to pay for your education, that amount was the principal of your student loan. If you took out a loan to buy your car, the price of the car minus your down payment is your car loan principal.

What is mortgage interest?

Mortgage interest is the price you pay a lender to borrow the capital to buy your home. Each month, a portion of your payment will be used to pay interest. Look at your mortgage statements to see how much of your most recent payment was for interest and how much for principal.

Most people claim the standard deduction on their tax return. However, a small percentage of homeowners save more money by itemizing their deductions and claiming the mortgage interest deduction.

Mortgage interest on mortgage debt of up to $ 750,000 is an expense that you can itemize as long as you have incurred the debt to build, buy, or significantly improve the home. Combining this expense with charitable donations and property taxes can cause you to exceed the standard deduction threshold, which is $ 12,200 for single tax filers and $ 24,400 for married tax filers in 2020.

Example of principal and interest

Suppose you buy a house that costs $ 250,000. You put in 20%, or $ 50,000. The principal amount of your mortgage is the price of the house less the down payment, or $ 200,000.

Say you want to pay off the $ 200,000 in principal over 30 years. To lend you this money, the lender needs an incentive: the ability to earn interest at a fixed rate of 3% per annum for 30 years.

Using an online mortgage principal and interest calculator (also known as just a mortgage calculator), you can see how much 3% interest on your loan balance over 30 years will cost: $ 843 per month in principal and interest. Check the calculator’s amortization schedule and scroll to the repayment date. It will show that you will pay $ 103,601.28 in interest over 30 years to borrow $ 200,000 in principal.

Understanding mortgage amortization

Amortization of the loan is the split of the principal and interest that you owe over a predetermined period. In the case of a 30-year mortgage, this period is 360 months. If you get a 15-year mortgage, that period is 180 months.

Auto loans and student loans are also amortized. Before taking out an amortized loan, you can use a calculator to find out its amortization schedule. This calendar shows you exactly how much of your fixed monthly payment will go to principal and interest each month.

How do you calculate the principal and the interest?

You can use a mortgage calculator to show you how much principal and interest you’ll pay over the life of your mortgage, and you can use an amortization calculator to see how much principal and interest you’ll pay each month. It can be helpful to know the math behind the calculator to understand where your money is going.

Your first mortgage payment

In the first month, you owe your lender $ 200,000, the total amount you borrowed. Your interest rate is 3% per annum, which means it’s 0.0025% per month (3% divided by 12). In one month, you accumulate $ 500 in interest.

Interest accrues during the month. So by the time you make your first mortgage payment, you will have been on your loan for at least a month. If you’ve had it longer, say you closed your loan on the 15th, you’ll have prepaid a few weeks of interest as part of your mortgage closing costs.

So you pay $ 500 interest in the first month. We determined earlier that your monthly payment will be $ 843. Why this amount? This is the amount that amortization calculations show you have to pay each month to pay off your loan after making 360 payments. This means that the remaining $ 343 of your first monthly payment will go towards paying off your mortgage principal.

Pay more principal, less interest over time

In the second month, you owe your lender $ 199,657 (that’s $ 200,000 minus $ 343). At 0.0025% monthly interest, $ 499.14 of your next mortgage payment will be interest and $ 343.86 will be principal.

And for each month to come until you pay off your loan, two things will happen:

  • The amount of your payment that goes towards the principal will increase slightly.
  • The amount of your payment that goes towards interest will decrease slightly.

As you pay off your mortgage principal, you have a smaller balance to earn interest on. Since your monthly payment stays the same every month, the lender allocates more of your principal payment because you don’t owe so much interest.

This way, you will be able to pay off your mortgage on a regular basis over 30 years. Your 359th payment will be split at $ 838.50 in principal and $ 4.50 in interest. Your 360th payment will be a little larger, at $ 964.28, to eliminate the remaining balance; $ 961.88 will go to principal and $ 2.40 to interest.

How Taxes and Insurance Factor in Your Mortgage Payment

Property taxes and home insurance may be included in your mortgage payment if your lender requires you to escrow these payments. Your lender may require a mortgage escrow account if you deposit less than 20%, and it is required if you get an FHA or USDA loan.

Let’s say your property taxes are $ 2,500 per year and your home insurance is $ 1,000 per year. Your lender will divide each amount by 12 so that you pay your taxes and insurance gradually over the year.

The lender holds this money in your escrow account and then sends the money to your local collector and insurer when payments are due. Your monthly mortgage payment would be $ 1,134.67 after adding the $ 291.67 per month for taxes and insurance to your principal and interest payment of $ 843.

If you have to pay for private mortgage insurance or flood insurance, your lender will also block these amounts.

How to pay off your mortgage faster

You can pay off your mortgage faster by making additional principal payments. The key for this strategy to work is that you must specify that the extra money you are sending is an additional principal payment. If you don’t, your mortgage agent might apply it to your next monthly payment, which won’t give you the result you’re looking for.

Do you receive an annual bonus, do you have irregular income or do you benefit from a large tax refund? One way to pay off your mortgage faster is to make an extra payment per year when that extra income arrives. On a 30-year mortgage where you make an additional principal payment per year, you will pay off your mortgage approximately 3.5 years sooner. In our example of a $ 200,000 mortgage at 3% interest, you would save just over $ 14,000 in interest by using this strategy to pay off your mortgage sooner.

Are your income stable throughout the year? In this case, you may want to pay additional principal with each monthly payment. You may be able to set up this arrangement through your provider’s website so that it happens automatically every month.

US Africa Command official hails ‘new start’ in Sudan

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CAIRO – An American deputy commander for Africa on Wednesday welcomed a “new start” and a “renewed relationship” between the United States and Sudan following the withdrawal of the African country from the American list of States supporting terrorism.

The remarks by Andrew Young, deputy commander of US Africa Command, or AFRICOM, came on the third day of his visit to Sudan, the first of its kind since Washington’s delisting effectively ended the pariah’s status. Sudan.

Sudan is on a fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising led the military to overthrow longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. The county is now ruled by a joint military and civilian government that seeks to improve its ties with Washington and the West.

At the end of last year, the United States removed Sudan from its list of terrorist sponsoring states after nearly three decades on the list.

“This is a new beginning and the beginning of a renewed relationship between the United States and Sudan. This is a journey we want to take together, ”Young told Sudanese troops at a military academy in the capital, Khartoum. “We want to deepen and broaden our relationship and pursue common goals. “

Young and great-friend Heidi Berg, director of intelligence for AFRICOM, arrived in Sudan on Monday. They met General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling Sovereign Council, as well as Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

“This week is an important moment in the resumption of a relationship between our two countries, a relationship based on trust and mutual commitment to ensure peace and prosperity in East Africa,” said Berg.

Most rates go up while ARM goes down

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Mortgage rates today are up for fixed rate loans, but the ARM 5/1 rate has gone down. Here’s what they look like now:

The data source: The Ascent National Mortgage Interest Rate Tracker.

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30-year mortgage rates

The 30-year average mortgage rate today stands at 2.898%, up 0.031% from yesterday. At today’s rate, you will pay principal and interest of $ 416.44 for every $ 100,000 you borrow. This does not include additional expenses like property taxes and home insurance premiums.

20-year mortgage rates

The 20-year average mortgage rate today stands at 2.643%, up 0.027% from yesterday. At today’s rate, you’ll pay principal and interest of $ 536.75 for every $ 100,000 you borrow. Although your monthly payment increases by $ 120.31 with a 20-year loan of $ 100,000 compared to a 30-year loan of the same amount, you will save $ 21,101.07 in interest over your repayment period for every $ 100,000 you borrow.

15-year mortgage rates

The 15-year average mortgage rate today stands at 2.280%, up 0.019% from yesterday. At today’s rate, you’ll pay principal and interest of $ 656.48 for every $ 100,000 you borrow. Compared to the 30-year loan, your monthly payment will be $ 240.04 higher for every $ 100,000 of mortgage principal. However, your interest savings will amount to $ 31,753.85 over the duration of your repayment period per $ 100,000 of mortgage debt.

5/1 arm

The average 5/1 ARM rate is 2.779%, down 0.041% from yesterday. With an ARM 5/1, you lock in your starting interest rate for five years, after which it can adjust once a year. Now your rate could go down over time, but it could go up too, so when you get an adjustable rate mortgage, you take that risk.

For the first time in months, the ARM 5/1 has dropped to a level below that of the 30-year fixed mortgage. However, the rate difference is not that large and the discount you will get with an ARM 5/1 is minimal. You can also lock in a 20 or 15 year mortgage if you can swing the higher monthly payment, as these two products are still available at a lower rate than the 5/1 ARM.

Should I lock in my mortgage rate now?

A mortgage rate freeze guarantees you a specific interest rate for a certain period of time – typically 30 days, but you may be able to guarantee your rate for up to 60 days. You’ll usually pay a fee to lock in your mortgage rate, but that way you’re protected if rates go up by the time your mortgage closes.

If you plan to close your home in the next 30 days, it pays to lock in your mortgage rate based on today’s rates, especially since they are still very low. But if your close is more than 30 days away, you might want to choose an adjustable rate lock instead for what will usually be a higher fee, but could save you money in the long run. A variable rate lock allows you to get a lower rate on your loan if rates drop before your mortgage closes, and while rates today are quite competitive, we don’t know if rates will go up. or will decrease over the next few months. As such, it is beneficial to:

  • LOCK if closing 7 days
  • LOCK if the closure 15 days
  • LOCK if closing 30 days
  • FLOAT if closing 45 days
  • FLOAT if closing 60 days

If you’re ready to apply for a mortgage, collect offers from different lenders so you can compare your choices. Each lender sets their own rate and closing costs, so you might find that one charges a much higher fee than another to finalize a loan. Of course, you shouldn’t hesitate to negotiate your loan closing costs, as some of these fees can be flexible, but the main thing is to look at different offers before making a decision.

Exit the PPP Catch-22 loan: Travel Weekly

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Marc Pestronk

Question: I know that until my agency Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan is canceled, I am not supposed to sell my agency unless I place the equivalent of the full loan amount in an escrow account with the bank, as you explained in your October report. 12 column: “Narrow path to a sales agency with a PPP loan”. Of course, I don’t have a lot of money; if I had, I wouldn’t have needed the PPP loan in the first place. So it looks like I’m going to go bankrupt because I can’t sell or get forgiveness quickly even though I have a few interested buyers. Do you know of a way to get around the escrow rule?

A: There is no doubt that the Small Business Administration has created a Catch-22 for potential sellers because they can’t sell without escrow, and they can’t afford escrow unless they sell. However, in representing sellers or buyers over the past eight months, I have come across at least four ways to possibly avoid SBA roadblocks.

I say “maybe” because, except in one sense, there is no guarantee that your bank or the SBA would allow these transactions, even assuming it is necessary to notify them, so you should consult your own. avocado before trying them.

First, the safest method to resolve your issue is to ask the potential buyer to lend you the money for escrow. Once you have obtained the money and submitted your PPP forgiveness request, you are ready to proceed with the acquisition.

While this buyer loan method works, I imagine that not many buyers would be willing to lend you money, as they may run out of money themselves, and once they acquire you after the cancellation Of the PPP loan, there is really no assurance that they will be able to collect the loan after paying you the purchase price.

The other transactions are an interim management contract, a 19% buyout with an option to buy the remainder, and a lease or license contract. Under the management agreement, you appoint the potential buyer’s company as the “manager” of your agency, and the manager must inject the necessary working capital to keep you afloat until the cancellation of the PPP is obtained.

The manager’s compensation would consist of any profit your agency made, and the manager would have to absorb the losses in the future. Once the pardon has been obtained, you can close the transaction.

Under the 19% redemption method, you would only sell 19% of your shares or assets as this transaction would not trigger the escrow requirement as it applies to sales of at least 20% of the stock. society. The buyer would then have the option of purchasing the remainder after the discount is obtained, but in the meantime the buyer would pay the purchase price.

Under the lease or license method, you can lease your staff, or license an asset, to the buyer in exchange for what would have been part of the purchase price and close the deal once the discount is obtained. .

60,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans approved in first week

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WASHINGTON, DC (WWTI) – As the Paycheck Protection Program just wrapped up its first week, the SBA has made an update.

The Small Business Administration of the United States announced Tuesday that it has approved about 60,000 PPP loan applications, submitted by nearly three thousand lenders. According to the SBA, these loans were approved for funding of more than $ 5 billion between the reopening of programs from Jan.11, 2021 to Jan. 17, 2021.

The first week of the program was only open to first-draw PPP loans the first few days and second-draw PPP loans in the middle of the week. Specifically, the First Draw PPP Loans were for borrowers who had not received a loan before August 8, 2020.

SBA administrator Jovita Carranza commented on the first week of the program.

“The data from our first week, which first allowed hundreds of community financial institutions to submit applications and then opened up more broadly to small banks, shows that we have helped tens of thousands of businesses.” , Carranza explained. “The PPP is on another good start to help our country’s economy. With PPP reopening today for all first and second draw loan applications, the SBA remains committed to keeping small business workers on the payroll and their doors open during this difficult time. “

Second Draw PPP Loans are for qualifying small businesses with 300 or fewer employees who have already received a First Draw PPP Loan.

According to the SBA, these borrowers will be required to use or had used the full amount of their First Draw loan only for the permitted uses and have demonstrated a 25% reduction in gross revenue between comparable quarters.

The maximum amount for a second draw PPP loan is $ 2 million.

The SBA also opened the Paycheck Protection Program to all participants on January 19, 2021.

The U.S. Paycheck Protection Program will remain open for first and second draw P3 loans until March 31, 2021.

La Jolla News Nuggets: Blood drive for the teacher; Barbara Bry podcast; La Jolla Innovation Center; After

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La Jolla teacher still needs rare blood type

The San Diego Blood Bank was still looking for a game this week for Stacie Buechel, a La Jolla teacher and mother of three who needs a rare blood type to fight bone cancer. More than 600 people have donated blood on his behalf, according to the blood bank.

Buechel, 47, needs about a pint a week of rare blood for transfusions as part of his treatment. It needs type A +, O- or O + which does not have a protein called Kpb. Less than 1% of the American population has this type of blood, the blood bank said.

In an article published on February 2 on her family’s Meal Train webpage, Buechel – a Montessori teacher and founder of the Essbee Learning Center in La Jolla – wrote that “my photo is a little darker than we thought it was. ‘origin’. But she added that “we cannot give up hope. … There are not enough words to describe what so many of you have done for me and my family.

To donate blood on Buechel’s behalf, visit any San Diego Blood Bank or mobile blood donor point and include the code “ESSB” when registering. For more information and to make an appointment, visit sandiegobloodbank.org or dial (619) 400-8251.

Barbara Bry launches podcast after mayoral race

Following her tenure as District 1 representative (which includes La Jolla) on San Diego City Council and an unsuccessful run for mayor, La Jolla resident Barbara Bry started a podcast with her husband, San Diego Union-Tribune business columnist Neil Senturia.

The podcast, titled “I’m here for you baby! The Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Galaxy ”, broadcast on Spotify and on anchor.fm/itfyb.

Barbara Bry and her husband Neil Senturia prepare to cast their ballots at La Jolla / Riford Library on Election Day on November 3.

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“The theme of our show is that today everyone should think like an entrepreneur, whether in their own business, a large organization or a non-profit organization,” Bry wrote in a message to supporters. . “Among our guests was the head of the largest group of angel investors in the United States, an entrepreneur who started a natural fertilizer business combining [expletive] and Garbage, the head of the Hispanic Chamber of Electronic Commerce, a leader in the cannabis industry and the CEO of Goodwill of San Diego County.

A draft environmental impact report for the future La Jolla innovation center is available for public comment until March 22. The proposed 110,000 square foot, seven story building would be located on the southwest corner of Villa La Jolla Drive and La Jolla Village Drive, where Rock Bottom Brewery once operated.

The facility would house several programs at UC San Diego Health, UCSD School of Medicine, and UCSD Extension and would include office and educational space, a ground floor cafe accessible to the public, and approximately 275 parking spaces.

The entire property is currently a 7 acre commercial complex from which UCSD has leased approximately 90,000 square feet for decades. The university would acquire the land and seek to redevelop an acre. Following approval from University of California regents, which is expected in May, the project could begin construction and be open at the end of 2023.

An online public hearing on the environment will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 25. For more information and the REI project, visitblink.ucsd.edu/facilities/real-estate/ljic.html.

Church’s White Elephant Sale is a virtual fundraiser this year

The 89th Annual White Elephant Sale at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla will be a virtual fundraiser this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event raises money to fund grants for people in need.

With no in-person sale this year, donors are asked to send a check payable to Women of St. James (with “WES” in the memo section) to St. James’s Episcopal Church by- the-Sea, 743 Prospect Street. , La Jolla, CA 92037, or pay on the St. James website, SJBTS.org. The goal is to raise $ 50,000. Donations are tax deductible.

A “Zoom to Remember” event is scheduled from 5 pm to 6 pm on Friday, February 19, via the church’s website, featuring past volunteers, buyers, photos and a toast to beneficiaries.

LaCava congratulates Bishop’s students who founded Operation Nourish

La Jolla resident and San Diego city councilor Joe LaCava bestowed his first commendation in office on the students of Bishop’s School and Operation Nourish, Bela and Mira Gowda founders, whom he called ” two brilliant young innovators ”. Their non-profit organization supports the community’s healthcare and foodservice sectors by purchasing meals in bulk at local restaurants and donating them to nearby medical facilities.

“Since its inception, Bela and Mira have provided more than 1,000 meals in heavily impacted restaurants to healthcare workers at six area hospitals,” LaCava wrote. “Thank you both for your commitment to the community and your creativity. Keep up the good work! “

La Jolla club helps students help Vietnamese village

The Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle contributed $ 500 to an initiative of UCHS Interact, a student-run organization at
University City High School, in partnership with the non-profit organization Gravity Water to build rainwater collection and filtration systems to provide safe drinking water in needy areas.

UCHS Interact has “adopted” the primary and secondary school of Ban Lien in the village of Bac Ha in Lao Cai, Vietnam. Students are working to raise a total of $ 2,500 by March 1 so they can complete the project in June.

For more information or to donate, visit Gravitywater.org/university-city-high-school.html.

MCASD Announces First Special Exhibition for Renovated La Jolla Campus

The Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego has announced that its first special exhibition on the La Jolla campus in spring 2022 will be “Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s”. The Prospect Street Museum is currently undergoing a major renovation and expansion that will quadruple its gallery space. It should open later this year.

The exhibition will explore a period of transformation of 10 years in the work of Saint Phalle, when she embarked on two of her most important series, “Tirs”, or “drawing paintings”, and “Nanas”, according to a press release.

The French-born sculptor, painter and filmmaker moved to La Jolla in the 1990s. She died in 2002.

Scripps Oceanography Continues Collaboration With SDG & E To Study Effects Of Climate Change

Utility company San Diego Gas & Electric and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in La Jolla have signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct research on the effects of climate risks on the San Diego area.

The collaboration will assess the risks posed by coastal flooding, extreme variability in precipitation, sea level rise and forest fires to SDG & E’s operations, infrastructure and clients, with a focus on creating of a coastal flood early warning model.

The MOU is the continuation of a collaboration between SIO and SDG & E. In 2018, the company and the Scripps’ Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation set up an ongoing project using an observational network of bay-wide pressure sensors and gauges to improve understanding of extremes in current and future water level, wave energy and potential flooding. In 2019, the contract was extended for three years and extended to include the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes and other Scripps researchers.

Cherry Sweig will be performing live demonstrations with other artists at the Perry Gallery in La Jolla Shores until February.

Cherry Sweig, whose work is on display at the Perry Gallery in La Jolla Shores, will be doing live demonstrations with other artists in the gallery throughout February.

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The Perry Gallery at 2218 Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla Shores offers live painting events through February on its front patio, with local artists demonstrating their techniques and explaining their inspirations.

Participating artists are Dana Levine on Friday, Cherry Sweig on Saturday, and Dottie Stanley and Mona Ray on Sunday. All demonstrations are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit theperrygallery.com.

Local author publishes latest children’s book in series

La Jolla Realtor Janet Lawless Christ has published her second book, “Bizzie: The Beat-Loving Bumbling Bee”, through the publishing arm of her company JoyWorks Networks Inc. “Bizzie” aims to promote the power of music to children and is the second in a series.

The book is based on a true story of bees displaced from the Rancho Santa Fe Inn. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Guitars in the Classroom, a national non-profit organization that trains and equips teachers. and school staff to integrate music into school education and socio-emotional development.

Lawless Christ’s first book, “Nugget the Nomad,” was published in October to teach children how to cope with difficult situations.

“Bizzie” is priced at $ 12.95 and is available at bit.ly/bizziebook.

La Jollan is Chairman of the Board of the New Hebrew Free Loan

Hebrew Free Loan of San Diego, whose chairman of the board is La Jolla resident Selwyn Isakow, has appointed Encinitas resident Mindi Frankel as the first executive director to help develop the new free lending institution. Interest Nonprofit, a member agency of the International Association of Jews Free Loan.

To learn more, visit hflsd.org.

– Compiled by the staff of La Jolla Light

Sligo’s Return Guardian Grateful After Brush with Death

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The saying in football never to come back to your old club isn’t goalkeeper Richard Brush considering joining Sligo Rovers for the fourth time earlier this month.

The Birmingham-born goalkeeper joined Bit O ‘Red after first moving to the Showgrounds in 2006 from Nuneaton Borough.

“Football brought me, love kept me here,” he told Darren Frehill for RTÉ’s Sunday Sport after eight years of marriage to his wife Stacey.

After four years and successes in the FAI Cup and the Coupe de la Ligue, Brush leaves for Shamrock Rovers.

Commuting from his base in the North West, he clinched a league title and was part of Ireland’s first team to reach a group stage in European competition with two Europa League group stage appearances.

He also conceded Harry Kane’s first goal for Spurs when he found the net after coming off the bench in a 4-0 win for the Premier League side at Tallaght.

Harry Kane celebrates his Europa League goal against Shamrock Rovers

A first return to Sligo added another league title to the medal collection, but by the end of the year he was back with the Hoops. A third stint at the Showgrounds ended after two seasons in 2015, subsequently for Finn Harps, Ballinamallard United and Cliftonville for three years. With a brief retreat thrown into the mix.

Happy where he was, Brush was pleasantly surprised when Sligo probed him again. With two young goalies on their books – top pick Ed McGinty and Luke McNicholas on loan at Harps – experience was required and the call was answered. Not that he is resting on his laurels and that he is happy to accept a replacement role.

I don’t sign to sit on the bench and make up the numbers

“Ed has turned out to be one of the best goalies in the league. With his skills and attitude, he looks great at such a young age.

“It’s good for me to think I can push him. I was number one in Cliftonville, so I’m not signing to sit on the bench and catch up with the numbers.”

He considers himself lucky that working in a care facility has meant “business as usual” in terms of employment, although the day service in which he helped children with intellectual disabilities was closed during Covid.

Not that the lockdown isn’t wreaking havoc.

“I don’t mean to sound negative, but at the moment there doesn’t seem to be that kind of light we can look towards.”

After training for the week, a Sligo Rovers fan approached him and welcomed him back to the Showgrounds. Instinctively, Brush reached out in recognition.

Sligo Guardian saves Jason Byrne’s feet in 2010

“Then I thought: what are you doing?

Brush no longer takes anything for granted in life, remembering the “spooky” night of November 2018 that gave her and her family’s life a different perspective.

In front of Sky Sports cameras on a Monday night, Cliftonville recorded a 3-1 victory over Ards in the NIFL Premiership.

Brush, two weeks before his 34th birthday, was feeling good.

His mother texted after watching the game on TV and he sat in the car, calling Stacey to let her know he would be back sometime after midnight.

Shortly before arriving at the house in Sligo, as he turned to Manorhamilton, a “choking” swept over him. The gunman blamed it on fatigue, rolled down the window and went to drink from his water bottle. The liquid was running down his chin.

“It was very strange, so I decided to stop,” but was physically unable to push his left foot on the clutch as he went to change gears. Then he tried to put the car in neutral, but could not raise his left arm.

Distressed but not overwhelmed, he shuddered to stop and telephoned his wife. It was a little before midnight and he rang, so he tried his boss Paul, who lived in Manorhamilton. Surprised by the late call, he listened to Brush explain that he didn’t know what was wrong, but felt unwell, and pulled up on the road. Help would arrive in 15 minutes.

I was on the phone for 10 minutes, but it felt like a lifetime

In the meantime, he looked at himself in the mirror and saw that his face, on his left side, “had completely fallen”.

“I knew then that I had a stroke.”

He dialed 999, but at this point the speech was starting to blur and communication was difficult on both sides. “I don’t know how many they got. I was on them for 10 minutes, but it was like a lifetime.”

With the mobile in his right hand, he used his left to flash the lights to signal an oncoming car.

“I was thinking, please stop.

Now the footballer was slumped in his seat. The arrested driver made a quick assessment and grabbing the phone, updated paramedics on the other end of the phone. The ambulance and its boss quickly arrived at the scene.

In action for Finn Harps in 2016

Rushed to hospital, he remembers a light moment in the midst of panic when the paramedic answered his wife’s call.

“I remember his tone, who is it?”. At the time, he burst into tears, unaware of the gravity of his situation.

Tests were done at Sligo University Hospital, but there was no movement on his left side. It was determined that there were no burst blood vessels, but there was a clot on the brain, preventing blood flow.

Doctors explained that a course of action would be a drug that had to be taken within four hours to be effective. It was always a risk; there was a 3% probability of an “adverse effect”.

“My wife looked at it and wasn’t sure if she could take the risk. It was very well explained and we had time to talk about it. We did.”

Soon the doctors began to look for signs of movement. Nothing after 15 minutes, same scenario after half an hour.

It was scary, but luckily I made a full recovery

Then he felt something. It was not controlled, but it was nonetheless movement.

“When my wife came back into the room, I waved her like crazy.”

The next day he was on the move.

Brush spent five days in the hospital, and after two weeks grazing his leg off the floor, he made a full recovery. So much so that he returned to the field after six weeks. A 5-1 beating at the hands of the Crusaders on Boxing Day doing nothing to curb his party spirit.

Tests revealed two clots on the brain. “It was scary, but luckily I made a full recovery.”

He’s still thinking about how his story unfolded. The “what ifs” are endless, but the driver he pointed out was the difference he was feeling.

“Even though Paul arrived five minutes later, having someone there as soon as possible was huge for me.”

The driver phoned the hospital the next morning to find out what had happened, deflecting the praise, insisting it was Brush who had done most of the work.

Now he just hopes to get back to football, but in front of loyal Sligo supporters.

Last year they raised their eyebrows with a push that secured European football, but Brush would just love the opportunity to feel the Showgrounds roar again.

“It will be great to welcome the fans back when it is safe. It will be huge for the club.”

San Diego Breast Cancer Charity Announces New Gift Card Program

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The Shades of Pink Foundation California (SOPFCA) recently announced the launch of the gift card program, adding a new element to its financial support for women undergoing active treatment for breast cancer.

The new program offers gift cards of up to $ 300 for single women and $ 500 for married women or women with dependent children. Gift cards apply to well-known grocery stores, gas stations or big box retailers. To qualify for a gift card, a woman must submit a shorter application than she would for the Basic Living Expenses for Support and Survival (BLESS) grant of up to $ 2,000.

“Breast cancer is not going away just because we face a pandemic and a slight increase in economic uncertainty,” said Vembra Holnagel, chair of the SOPFCA grants committee. “In fact, the need for financial assistance is greater than ever for women battling breast cancer. Our gift card program is a fast, easy and efficient way to get money back into the hands of the women who need it most.

For seven years, SOPFCA has awarded BLESS grants to women undergoing active treatment for breast cancer, but the nonprofit decided to expand the pilot gift card program after several referral partners, the Healthcare professionals who work with breast cancer patients, mentioned that not all women could qualify for a BLESS grant.

According to Holnagel, the initial pilot gift card program was a great success, with SOPFCA awarding 28 gift card grants and using all of the program’s designated funds. This result was enough for SOPFCA to adopt the program for good, which was officially launched in early September 2020. Holnagel said she would like to be able to expand the program to cover two consecutive months in order to provide even more support to women in communities. need financial assistance, but this future growth of the gift card program will depend on meeting fundraising goals and receiving donations.

The SOPFCA was forced to cancel its biggest fundraising event, Purse Bingo, in March over concerns about the pandemic.

The organization is actively seeking funds for gift cards so that it can help as many local breast cancer patients as possible.

To learn more about SOPFCA, read profiles of women who have received support from the organization, or to donate, visit www.shadesofpinkfoundationca.org

SBA and Treasury publish names of PPP loan recipients

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After months of withholding information on exactly which companies received exactly how much from the Congressional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – and considerable dismay after several public companies were exposed for accepting large sums of money before finally returning them – the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the US Department of the Treasury today released detailed information out of nearly five million PPP beneficiaries.

The total sum of loans stands at over $ 521 billion, and in a statement, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said, “The PPP brings much needed relief to millions of small American businesses, supporting more than 51 million jobs and over 80 percent. of all the employees of small businesses, which are the engines of our country’s economic growth. “


He then added, “We are especially pleased that 27% of the program reach in low and moderate income communities, which is proportional to the percentage of the population in those areas. The average loan size is around $ 100,000, which shows that the program works for the smallest of businesses. “

Related: SBA issues new EZ PPP loan forgiveness request

Despite the sudden rush for transparency, there is bound to be scrutiny. Some family restaurant owners, for example, might wonder why between $ 2 million and $ 5 million – the information was released both by state and by assorted loan amount thresholds, ultimately ranging from less than $ 150,000 to $ 10 million – has been allocated. at the Diocese of Alabama in Birmingham.

And a quick review of the available documents (as unfriendly as the uploading and scanning process might be) indicates that a very small minority of owners voluntarily answered questions about their race, ethnicity or gender, and that ‘A minority of all respondents identified their businesses as black or female owned.


The language of the SBA regarding disclosures is also a bit convoluted, assuring at one point that “This disclosure covers each of the 4.9 million PPP loans that have been made”, but later adding that its various loan amounts. ” represent nearly $ 75 of approved loan.

Additionally, the single document that is supposed to contain information on all 50 states in alphabetical order currently ends after California.

Related: Which SOEs have repaid their PPP SBA loans? (Update)

The entrepreneur emailed the SBA earlier this month when the upcoming disclosure was first announced, asking if any loans exceeded $ 10 million – and if so, if their information would never be made public – but had no response. We have since followed up to further clarify whether the aforementioned 50-state document will be annexed. We’ll keep you posted when we have more to share.

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The economic impact of the coronavirus and the companies helping out during containment

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Aryzta provides update on impact of COVID-19

In March, Aryzta said it expected a “material impact” on its business with the closure of hotel industries amid government shutdowns to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Since then, the Swiss-Irish bakery company has said it has taken “Immediate and decisive action to maximize liquidity and reduce costs”by temporarily suspending investment spending. He added that he had accumulated “Savings against plan”of 50 M €.

About 30% of its workforce has been made redundant. The management committee has agreed to cut salaries by 30% over the next three months, while the entire management team will benefit from a 15% cut. The board of directors of the company also agreed to cut its fees by 30%.

The Swiss-Irish bakery business halted production at three of its factories in Europe and five in North America at the end of April, as well as the temporary closure of production lines in bakery factories to reduce capacity based on demand .

Aryzta is also postponing several of the planned project renewal programs – as part of the three-year cost reduction strategy launched by CEO Kevin Toland in 2017 – that require cash flow to implement.

In a statement, Aryzta said he had “Has received the required consent of the majority of its lenders for a modification of its financial covenants.In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

“The amendment will apply to the next two tests of covenants relating to the annual accounts at the end of July 2020 and to the interim accounts at the end of January 2021.”In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

The company added that its net debt to EBITDA ratio “must be less than or equal to” six times, and the net interest coverage ratio “must be greater” than 1.5 times. On May 4, the company has cash in excess of 385 million euros, compared to 360 million euros on March 24.

Bakedin attests to British home baking frenzy during lockdown

UK baking kit company Bakedin saw demand for its product line increase as subscriptions to its popular monthly Baking Club increased by more than 1,200%.

“We are doing everything we can to meet demand at the moment”,said founder Joseph Munns.

“Honestly, you have to be in the right place at the right time, but we’ve worked incredibly hard to build this foundation so that we can meet the growing demand. In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

“This increase is directly due to having a product that customers really need in this coronavirus climate – delicious treats, simple and shared activities and something to make faces smile. Baking is also incredibly therapeutic.In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

The Basingstoke-based brand said it saw the number of subscribers increase by 178% in the first week of lockdown in the UK, and the numbers continued to rise daily, peaking at nearly 1,000 in one day .

The brand is known for its signature subscription boxes, cinnamon bun kits, rainbow cakes and new “alcoholic baking” line. The kits contain all the ingredients in the right amounts so consumers can enjoy a cooking experience from scratch with little hassle and no waste. Available at Bakedin’s online bakery, Amazon, Wicked Uncle, as well as retailers like Costco, Hobbycraft, Lakeland, and Tesco.

Celiac UK supports the catering industry

Celiac UK is celebrating its Gluten Free Community Week – May 11-17 – by offering a 20% discount to caterers who take their online course during that week.

The online catering course is a great way to get staff to understand the needs of those in need of a gluten-free diet.”Said Jane Devonshire, Celiac Ambassador to the UK and MasterChef Champion.

It’s easy to make and highlights the principles everyone should legally have in place when offering a gluten-free option on the menu.In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

“Research shows that people with celiac disease – as well as family and friends who they eat out with – are currently worth £ 100million a year in places that can accommodate them. So what a great time to do it now, so when it all opens up you can get started offering great food to all your customers. “

The course, lasting about an hour and a half, is aimed at all professionals in the agri-food industry and offers in-depth training on:

  • understanding celiac disease and the gluten-free diet
  • the gluten-free law
  • choosing the right ingredients and gluten-free storage
  • prepare and cook gluten-free foods
  • cleaning and personal hygiene
  • communicate with staff and customers
  • follow-up of gluten-free procedures.

If successful, a personalized Celiac UK certificate can be downloaded for viewing or added to training records.

Individual access to training costs £ 70 and can be purchased here.In addition to this, you will need to know more about it. To take advantage of the special discount, use the code: gfaware20.

Spread the word with Panera

The sandwich shop giant raises funds for Together without hungerIn addition to this, you will need to know more about it. – a campaign to help provide 500,000 freshly prepared meals to local Feeding America food banks.

The campaign is getting a boost from some of the proceeds from downloads and streams of Elektra Livingston’s new single, “Say The Word,” which was inspired by the unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

“I heard about the charity campaign with Panera to provide up to 500,000 meals to people in need due to the virus”, said Livingston.

It reminded me of words I had recently written about identifying with the pain of others and the value of asking for help, which resonated more than ever.In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

“I was inspired to come back to those lyrics and the incorporation of a children’s choir helped bring out the meaning of ‘Say The Word’ and really spoke to the main idea of ​​Panera’s campaign – we’re all in the same boat. “In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Panera is also asking those who can afford to donate to the cause, where a simple donation of $ 3 will help put a freshly cooked meal on the table for someone in need. A “family meal” consists of four half-meat or cheese sandwiches made with whole grain bread, four bags of chips and four apples.

Americans are encouraged to spread the word by participating in the #SeeAPlateFillAPlate challenge by decorating an empty plate, sharing a selfie with their creation on Instagram, and tagging five friends to join the movement.

Red Star donates bread to local communities

Red Star is donating $ 50,000 food packages to food banks during the month of May.

Each week, the company – part of the global Lesaffre group – will donate $ 2,000 of bread and other items to local food banks in cities in which the company operates, including food banks. Linn Community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wiregrass Area Food Bank in Dothan, Alabama, and Feed America Eastern Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

The yeast supplier is also supporting bakers struggling with the pandemic with this effort, as the 6,000 loaves of bread to be donated each week will be purchased from local bakers facing declining sales.

“When we learned that bread was needed, our teams came up with the idea of ​​buying bread from local bakers who are suffering from the closure of restaurants and small stores in response to COVID-19. “said Tom Benner, President and CEO of Red Star.

“With this program, our teams are proud to help people in need and businesses in our home towns.In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Great Harvest on a mission to make and give bread

The Great Harvest Bread Co. in Fairfax County, Virginia is asking Americans to donate cash, which can be converted into loaves of bread to distribute to local food banks.

For every $ 5 the business receives, it is able to make and donate a loaf of bread.

“A normal loaf of bread costs $ 8.25”,said director Jeffrey Connelly. “We brought it down to $ 5, which gives us enough money to cover the costs we have and get the bread out.”In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

If someone donates $ 100, the company adds five more loaves of bread.

To date, the company has raised approximately $ 3,000 in donations, resulting in nine deliveries of over 1,000 loaves of bread.

Mortgage companies want to participate in the IPO boom. Investors are not convinced.

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The mortgage market has just had a record year. The mortgage IPO boom, however, is faltering.

Last year was a banner season for the IPO market in general and public offerings for mortgage companies in particular. Between July and December, eight of the 30 largest U.S. mortgage lenders announced his intention to go public.

It didn’t work out the way all companies hoped it would. Two lenders that went public this year, Home Point Capital Inc. and LoanDepot Inc., have significantly reduced their offers. Another lender, AmeriHome Mortgage, has abandoned its IPO plans and instead said it will sell to a bank. Shares of Caliber Home Loans Inc., which were due to be listed in October, have yet to go public.

“The average investor is not convinced that a mortgage company is a good bet as long as it owns stocks,” said Guy Cecala, managing director of Inside Mortgage Finance, an industry research firm. “It’s a cyclical business, and they don’t know what’s going to happen.”

With house prices soaring, many families are excluded from buying a home – and some buyers who have rushed regret having done it. Some of the borrowers who were allowed to put their mortgage payments on hold during the pandemic will struggle to get back on track when their relief programs end. And slightly higher mortgage rates weighed on refinancing and purchasing activity these last weeks.

CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans to Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The early repayment of the loan will now begin one year from the date of issue.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced amended payment terms issued under the Expedited and Advance Payment program, as required by recent actions by President Trump and Congress.

This Medicare loan program allows CMS to make advance payments to providers, which are typically used in emergency situations. Under the Continuing Credits Act 2021 and the Other Extensions Act, repayment will now begin one year from the date of issuance of the accelerated or early payment from each vendor or vendor.

CMS issued $ 106 billion in payments to healthcare providers and providers to ease the financial burden providers face while facing cash flow issues at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHAT IS THE IMPACT ?

CMS expanded the AAP program on March 28 and extended these loans to providers and vendors to address the financial burden of the pandemic. CMS has successfully paid over 22,000 Part A vendors, totaling over $ 98 billion in expedited payments. This included payments to Part A suppliers for the Part B items and services they provided.

On top of that, more than 28,000 Part B suppliers, including physicians, non-physician practitioners and durable medical equipment suppliers, have received advance payments totaling more than $ 8.5 billion.

Suppliers were required to make payments from August of this year, but with the new action, repayment will be delayed for up to a year after the payment is issued. After this first year, Medicare will automatically recover 25% of Medicare payments otherwise owed to the provider or provider for 11 months.

At the end of the 11 month period, the payback will drop to 50% for another six months. If the provider or provider is unable to repay the full PAA amount during this period – a total of 29 months – CMS will issue letters demanding repayment of any outstanding balance, subject to an interest rate of 4 %.

The letter also provides advice on how to request an extended repayment schedule for providers and providers who are experiencing financial difficulties. An ERS is a debt installment plan that allows a vendor or vendor to pay debts over a period of three years, or up to five years in extreme hardship.

Providers and providers are encouraged to contact their Medicare administrative contractor for information on how to request an ERS.

To allow even more flexibility in loan repayments, the $ 175 billion issued in vendor relief funds can be used to repay these Medicare loans. CMS will be communicating with each vendor and vendor in the coming weeks regarding repayment terms and amounts due, if any, for any expedited or prepaid payments issued.

THE BIGGEST TREND

An expedited / advance payment is a payment intended to provide the necessary funds when there is an interruption in the submission and / or processing of claims. These expedited payments may also be offered in circumstances such as national emergencies or natural disasters to speed up cash flow to healthcare providers and providers.

An extension of the deadline for hospitals to repay AAP program loans has been included in a bipartite continuous resolution in September to extend federal government funding until December 11. In October, hospitals were granted an extension to reimburse accelerated and early Medicare payments.

Hospitals received an extension from 120 days of the loan to 29 months from the date of the first payment. During the first 11 months during which these payment clearings are made, 25% of the amount is due; during the following 6 months, 50% of the amount is due; and hospitals are given 29 months from the date of the first payment before requiring full payment of the outstanding balance.

In May, Presidents Neal and Pallone raised concerns about the CMS methodology for distributing COVID-19 loans from the AAP program and the Provider Relief Fund, and called on HHS and CMS to provide in Congress more transparency.

Congress has allocated $ 100 billion in the CARES Act and $ 75 billion under the Paycheck Protection Program and the Better Healthcare for Healthcare Providers Act. These payments do not need to be refunded.

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Women mortgage borrowers offered better loan rates to SBI: know-how

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To further push its loan portfolio and give women another reason to buy their home, the country’s leading PSU bank, SBI, has offered a new discount to female mortgage borrowers on the International Day of the Family. wife.
“On Women’s Day, we make it special with an additional 5 basis points * concession to female borrowers and interest starting at 6.70% *,” the country’s top lender said in a tweet.

Women mortgage borrowers offered better loan rates to SBI: know-how

Women mortgage borrowers offered better loan rates to SBI: know-how

Earlier this month, SBI cut the interest rate on home loans. The bank now offers a concession of up to 70 basis points with an interest rate on mortgage loans from 6.7%. This is a limited time offer ending March 31st. The lender also grants a 100% waiver on the processing fee.

And depending on the borrower’s profile and the loan amount, an interest rate discount will be available.
For loans up to Rs. 75 lakh, the mortgage starts at 6.7% while for others it is at 6.75%. To obtain an additional tariff advantage, you can request a loan from the Yono application of SBI.

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CFPB takes action against Connecticut mortgage lender | Alston & Bird

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Our financial services litigation team is examining the latest efforts by the Office of Consumer Financial Protection to crack down on deceptive and unfair acts and practices – is this a harbinger of things to come under the Biden administration?

  • A panoply of allegedly violated acts
  • Accusation that the lender’s business model is misleading
  • How can this show what’s on the horizon?

The number of enforcement actions taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) more than doubled from 2019 to 2020. The CFPB has made it clear that the crackdown on deceptive and unfair acts and practices under the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (CFPA) remains a focus, with 11 out of 15 complaints filed last year alleging such violations.

Earlier this month, the CFPB filed yet another complaint alleging unfair and deceptive acts or practices in violation of the CFPA. As a new year and a new administration dawn, this litigation may be the proverbial canary in the coal mine for others in the financial services industry. As the case progresses and information is tabled, the tone and direction of the new administration can be brought to light.

CFPB c. 1st Alliance Lending LLC

On January 15, 2021, the CFPB filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut against 1st Alliance Lending LLC and its executive members. CFPB alleged in its complaint that 1st Alliance and managing members violated CFPA, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Mortgage Laws and Practices – Disclosure Rule and the Law on Truth in Loans.

The complaint

According to the complaint, from 2015 to August 2019, 1st Alliance engaged in various illegal practices in connection with its mortgage lending business. Specifically, the CFPB alleges that unauthorized employees of the 1st Alliance engaged in mortgage origination activities and other interactions with consumers that required these employees to be licensed under Federal and Federal Laws on the secure and fair application of mortgage licenses (SAFE). These unlicensed employees reached out to potential clients via email, text, and phone and conducted intake calls with potential borrowers, during which they discussed interest rates and other loan terms, taken credit decisions and sometimes disqualified consumers. Company employees regularly asked consumers to submit verification documents before issuing a loan estimate, denied credit to consumers without written notice, and made false claims and misrepresentations to consumers. These statements included assuring consumers that they would be eligible for a mortgage when 1st Alliance had already received disqualifying consumer information. Employees also repeatedly made representations to consumers about the availability and terms of FHA Streamline refinance loans when they had no way of knowing the truth or falsity of their statements.

The CFPB further alleged that 1st Alliance’s business model was based on deceptive and unfair acts or practices. Its unlicensed employees have presented themselves to the public as approved loan initiators in consumer solicitations and on social media, all to the knowledge of the executive members. According to the CFPB, 1st Alliance’s use of unqualified and unlicensed employees deprived consumers of important, accurate and timely information on loan terms, resulting in wasted time and money.

The CFPB seeks an injunction, as well as damages, consumer redress, restitution, civil fines and costs.

Carry

The CFPB is expected to pursue an even more aggressive agenda under the leadership of President Biden Rohit Chopra’s candidate. This litigation should be seen as a potential barometer of the new administration’s approach to enforcement and the statutes involved in the litigation.

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New $ 50,000 Student Loan Cancellation Plan Will Get 36 Million Debt Free

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Top Democrats are urging President Biden to use his executive power to write off up to $ 50,000 in student loan debt for federal student loan borrowers.

On Thursday, a group of Democratic lawmakers led by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) Reintroduced a non-binding resolution calling on Biden to write off all the debt of 80% of loan borrowers federal students; approximately 36 million people in the United States The federal government holds $ 1.6 trillion in student loan debt that is owed by over 43 million people.


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“We’re not going to give up until we get it done, until $ 50,000 in debt is canceled for every student in the country,” Schumer said at a press conference Thursday.

In response to growing pressure from progressives and Congressional Democrats to cancel debt, the White House has indicated it would be willing to consider doing so unilaterally, although Biden maintained his preference for Congress to pass legislation.

“The president continues to support the cancellation of student debt to provide relief to students and families,” said Jen Psaki, White House press secretary. tweeted Thursday.

“Our team is examining if there are any steps he can take through executive action and he would be happy to be able to sign a bill sent to him by Congress.”

Those who will benefit the most from the Democrat’s proposal are blacks and Latin Americans who historically lack access to higher education, and are more likely to incur student loan debt and fight for repayment. According to at the Center for Responsible Lending, nearly 85% of black bachelor’s graduates have student debt, compared to 69% of white bachelor’s graduates.

Women would also benefit, as they two-thirds of the country’s current student debt. Black female borrowers also finish their undergraduate studies with more debt than other women.

Studies have shown that canceling student loan debt could dramatically increase the wealth of blacks and Latinos and help close the racial wealth gap.

“By writing off up to $ 50,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers, President Biden can take the most effective executive action available to provide massive stimuli to our economy, help narrow the racial wealth gap and lift this impossible burden of tens of millions of families, ”said Warren in a declaration.


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How to get lenders to compete for your mortgage rate

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Use this trick to get a lower mortgage rate

Mortgage borrowers often think of note purchases as extra work.

But if you could make mortgage lenders work hard for you?

By following the right steps, you can get lenders to compete for your mortgage and negotiate a lower interest rate.

It will always involve effort on your part. You’ll have to get mortgage rate quotes from different banks and lenders.

But with a little know-how, you can make sure you get the best possible deal on your home loan.

Find a low interest rate (June 27, 2021)


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Lenders will compete for your mortgage if you let them

You’ve probably heard it before: Shopping around and comparing rates is essential when shopping for a home loan.

“This is your best chance to get the best rate available,” says Brian Martucci, a mortgage expert at Money Crashers.

“It’s true whether you end up playing lenders against each other in negotiations or just pick the best deal you get. ”

Believe it or not, it is even possible to pit lenders against each other and get a lower rate.

“If you have two or more lenders fighting for your business, one will almost always be willing to make less money than the others. – Grant Moon, CEO, Home Captain

“Lenders compete with each other by offering different rates and fees,” says Grant the moon, CEO of Home Captain.

“If you have two or more lenders fighting for your business, one will almost always be willing to make less money than the others. “

Clifford Rossi, professor of finance at the School of Business at the University of Maryland, explains the importance of involving multiple lenders.

“Not only will you be able to get the best combination of rates and points,” he says, “but a good lender will also help you get into the best product – like a fixed or variable rate loan, a conventional loan. , or a loan guaranteed by the government.

Find the best mortgage for you (June 27, 2021)

How to make mortgage lenders competitive

Here are six steps you can take to get lenders to compete for your mortgage:

  1. Collect multiple rate quotes and written loan estimates
  2. Determine your best deal by comparing the rate, loan type, term, monthly payment, and closing costs shown on each loan estimate
  3. Present your best offer to your favorite lender and ask if they can match or beat it. You can do this by calling or just sending an email with your competing loan offer attached.
  4. If they don’t match or beat your best offer, ask them if they will change their mind, for example by lowering their fees.
  5. Report your new best offer to the first lender and see if they can match or beat that new offer
  6. If you fail, try to get written loan quotes and estimates from a new batch of lenders and start the process again.

It may sound tedious, but it pays off.

Lowering your rate by just 25 basis points (0.25%) could save you about $ 30 a month – or $ 360 a year – on a $ 200,000 mortgage.

Check your new rate (June 27, 2021)

Start by getting multiple quotes

The trick to getting lenders to fight for your money is to make them aware that you are a potential customer.

In other words, you have to shop around and contact several different mortgage lenders.

“One of the most effective mortgage negotiation strategies is also one of the easiest and least complex,” says Martucci.

“It requires getting several first offers – in the form of quotes – from a variety of lenders. Then you have to present your lowest offer to the competitors of that lender and see if they will budge.

“This is a version of the ‘best deal’ strategy used by many car buyers,” says Martucci. “They are buying the lowest bid offered to them by other dealers in the hopes of encouraging at least one to beat that bid.”

Make sure you get written loan estimates from each lender

“Writes[[[[Loan estimates]are a great tool that the lender is legally required to provide to you, so use it to put them in competition, ”Moon advises.

If a lender does not match or beat a competitor’s quoted rate, it may be willing to soften the deal in other ways.

“They can compete, for example, by offering to speed up the mortgage process, lower their fees or simplify the documentation requirements,” adds Rossi.

Check your credit score and finances first

Karen Condor, a finance and real estate expert at USInsuranceAgents.com, says it’s important to do your homework before you begin the rate buying process.

“It’s easier to compete with lenders and be flexible on rates if you have a good credit rating, a strong credit history, a higher down payment, and low monthly debt.

“Work to put these items in order ahead of time,” says Condor.

This will ensure that you are in the best position to negotiate a low rate and even low closing costs.

How hard is it to compete with mortgage lenders?

The truth is, it can be more difficult these days to get lenders to fight for your money.

It’s because mortgage rates remain at or near historic lows, and lenders have a lot of business as a result.

“The current low interest rate environment has many advantages for consumers and homebuyers,” says Martucci. “But it makes it harder for buyers to get lenders to compete for their business. ”

“Current interest rate spreads – that is, lenders’ profit margins – are narrow by historical standards.

“This means that lenders have less leeway to reduce rates without losing money on the transaction,” he explains.

Whether a particular lender is ready to compete for your sponsorship often depends on the volume of their loans at that time.

“If a lender is busy, they will naturally focus on the transactions that make them more money,” says Moon.

“But if a lender needs the business, they’ll focus on all the transactions. So the biggest challenge for a consumer is finding a competent lender who will still want your business even if you trade them down. “

What if I want to refinance with my current mortgage lender?

If you already own a home and are planning to refinance, you may want to start research with your current mortgage lender.

Some lenders offer loyalty discounts to refinance applicants.

“Make sure you find out about this before you take out your mortgage elsewhere,” says Martucci.

“These discounts can be especially common when you have large funds on deposit with the lender or the bank, even if you don’t currently have a mortgage with them.”

In other words, you might be able to get an ideal rate if you already have a high yield account with a bank that offers loyalty discounts.

Learn about simplified refinancing

Homeowners with government guaranteed loans (including FHA, VA, and USDA mortgages) have another good option for refinancing.

“Call your current lender when rates have come down and ask them to make a streamline refinancing. They are likely to meet your demand if you are a low risk borrower, because losing you as a customer can be costly, ”says Rossi.

Streamlining refinancing is a great way to lower your interest rate, as these loans require little documentation and can progress faster than traditional refinancing.

Don’t limit yourself to your current lender

But even if you like your current lender, “you should still be looking for the best rate,” Moon adds.

In many cases, your the current bank may not be the best option for a new home purchase or refinance because they don’t specialize in the type of loan you need. Or, their rates may be less competitive.

“Remember, your current lender is taking advantage of you, so don’t be afraid to ask other lenders for quotes,” Moon adds.

Shop around for a low mortgage rate. Start here (June 27, 2021)

How to find the best mortgage for you

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a current homeowner looking to refinance, don’t just focus on the offered rate.

“Look closely at the APR – annual percentage rate – in your written loan estimate. This shows the total cost of the loan with the added fees, ”recommends Moon.

“Factor in all closing costs, down payment required, points of call, prepayment penalties and whether private mortgage insurance is also required,” suggests Condor.

Also find out how long it will take for the lender to close your loan.

Make sure the rate foreclosure offered – typically 30 to 45 days – will be long enough to allow you to reach the closing day and secure a low fixed rate.

More tips for finding the lowest mortgage or refinance rate

The bottom line is that you will need to do some homework if you want to find the lowest refi or mortgage rate.

Starts with check current mortgage rates so you have a precise reference for comparison.

“The more lenders you consult when shopping for mortgage rates, the more likely you are to get a lower interest rate,” says Condor.

Also, research loan products from various types of institutions to find out what special programs they offer, she continues.

Expand your search to include credit unions, regional or community banks, direct lenders, and national banks.

You won’t know which one is best for you until you explore all of your options.

Check your new rate (June 27, 2021)

CommBank Green Loan: Get $ 20,000 at just 0.99% for 10 years to finance solar power, batteries and electric vehicle chargers

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The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has announced that it will offer a “CommBank Green Loan” product. This loan will give families the option of taking out a 10-year fixed loan of up to $ 20,000 for only 0.99% interest per year.

This rate is much lower than that of any personal loan and even much lower than the record home charge rates which are usually the cheapest form of financing.

If you are a CommBank home loan customer like having a mortgage with them (or moving to their place) then you can get up to A $ 20,000 to spend on qualifying small scale renewables such as solar panels, batteries and charging stations for electric vehicles.

It should be noted that the property is used as collateral for the loan, but given the limit on the loan amount and the very low interest rate, I doubt that many will default on this loan.

It seems there is no limit on the number of combinations you can configure up to the limit of $ 20,000. That means you could spend $ 13,000 on home battery storage, an additional $ 6,000 on solar panels (and presumably the inverter), and up to $ 1,000 on an electric vehicle charger.

Probably the biggest omission from this program is the ability to use the green loan to buy a green car. As we know, electric cars are currently very expensive which makes affordability more difficult. If a family decided to spend the AU $ 20,000 to lower the purchase price of the car and were happy to pay 1% of that money for the next 10 years, it could make an electric vehicle affordable today.

Overall this looks like a great new product, something that I hope more banks will offer to customers.

CommBank indicates that this product is currently in pilot stage and should be launched in the coming months. If you want to access it, you can register your interest in the Green loan here.

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Tribune Publishing Co. announced on Tuesday that its largest shareholder, Alden Global Capital, will buy shares it does not already own in the company at $ 17.25 each in cash and turn the owner of the Chicago Tribune into a private company.

Alden’s offer represents a 45% premium over the closing price of the Tribune common stock on Dec. 11, the publisher said in a statement.

The hedge fund, known for its hostile takeover bids on publishing companies, held a 32% stake in Tribune before the deal.

Tribune Publishing, which also owns the New York Daily News, the Baltimore Sun, the Orlando Sentinel, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the Hartford Courant, saw revenue decline this year as the COVID pandemic -19 hits the publishing industry.

The company’s board of directors approved the takeover on Tuesday following a recommendation from a special committee it formed in December to act on its behalf with respect to Alden’s offer.

Along with the buyout, Alden also signed a non-binding condition sheet to sell The Baltimore Sun to Sunlight for All Institute, a public charity formed by Stewart Bainum Jr., the Baltimore Sun reported.

The transaction is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2021, the publisher said.

Launched in 2007, Alden owns approximately 200 publications through an operating company known as MediaNews Group. Its major newspapers include the Denver Post, the San Jose Mercury News, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The hedge fund has been criticized for massive layoffs in its newspapers. The flashpoint was news from March 2018 that the Denver Post, which Alden has controlled since 2010, was going to lay off 30 employees in a newsroom that had already fallen from 250 to less than 100 employees.

Alden acquired its stake in Tribune Publishing in November 2019, primarily by buying out the stakes of former non-executive chairman Michael Ferro. In total, Alden bought 11.5 million shares of Tribune Publishing for $ 145.4 million.

Jon Schleuss, president of NewsGuild-Communication Workers of America, whose locals represent newsroom workers in Chicago, Baltimore, Hartford, Orlando and other cities, raised concerns about the deal and said the union would review the details of the deal once it is finalized. published.

“Alden has a habit of sinking newspapers into the ground,” Schleuss said. “It’s not good for the workers, the company, the shareholders or the communities.”

At the same time, Schleuss praised Bainum’s efforts to return the Baltimore Sun to local ownership. “We need more people to step in and really invest in truly local news that is accountable to our communities,” Schleuss said.

Reporting from Reuters, The Chicago Tribune via TNS and Post-Dispatch.

Originally posted Tuesday at 6.30 p.m., updated Wednesday at 5 a.m.

—From wire and staff reports

Banks Prepare for Loan Losses Amid Pandemic

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Banks Expect Big Losses on Pandemic Lending

A common theme of the second quarter reporting season has been the growing acceptance by banks that many of their emergency pandemic loans will go wrong.

Barclays said this morning he was adding £ 1.6bn to his reserves for bad debts, although the blow was mitigated by an increase in income from its investment banking business. German Bank, Germany’s largest lender, also reported a quarterly loss mitigated by a windfall on bond swaps. Virgin money – the UK’s sixth largest bank – braces for an increase in mortgage defaults as the government holiday program ends and many people lose their jobs.

European banks could suffer up to € 800 billion in loan losses over the next three years in the worst-case scenario which includes a second wave of coronavirus infections, according to consultants Oliver Wyman. UBS, the first of the big names to report last week, announced an additional $ 272 million in loan loss charges, although it was also bolstered by profits from its investment banking arm.

American institutions could be hit even harder, according to a study reported by US banking editor Laura Noonan. Consultancy Accenture projects loan loss charges of more than $ 880 billion in 100 US and European banks from 2020 to 2022. Losses for US institutions represent 10.2% of their loan portfolio in 2020, up from 4.6 % for those in Europe.

Governments and regulators have recognized the need to make loans available. The Fed yesterday extended its emergency loan three months, while the FT revealed this week that the UK Treasury was in talks with the nation’s largest banks to tackle bad debts expected from the government’s coronavirus “rebound” loan program.

“The first quarter was about whether you are resilient and, for some, able to survive,” UBS chief Sergio Ermotti told the FT this week. “The second trimester will be about whether you can adapt. We have already entered the “lessons learned” phase of the coronavirus. “

Markets

Global corporate bond emissions halved in July after induced pandemic borrowing frenzy of previous months has slowed down. Businesses have rushed to issue debt to replace lost gains since March, when the Fed announced measures to support the US economy and markets.

Chief International Finance Correspondent Henny Sender says managers of sovereign funds and public pension funds fear being politicized if they are enrolled in the fight against Covid-19. They fear that politicians will put pressure on them to provide direct financial support to their economies by supporting weak companies.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of the $ 20 billion market to US government debt, or the alarm sparked by its crisis period in March, write US markets reporter Colby Smith and global finance correspondent Robin Wigglesworth in our Great read. The authorities are considering how to prevent similar problems in the future.

Signs of tension emerge in the world's largest government bond market

Business

The second quarter earnings season clearly highlights the winners and losers. General Motors reported a loss for the second quarter thanks to the drop car request, in particular in its US domestic market, while Boeing said it would increase production and job cuts thanks to the pandemic-induced collapse in flight. On the other hand, the income of Shopify, the largest e-commerce platform in the United States after Amazon, soared 97%, causing a surge in its shares.

Nursing homes in England and their residents were ‘thrown to the wolves’ during the pandemic, according to a report by a parliamentary committee. The lack of central control was a key issue, with a response hampered by a patchwork of responsibilities involving central and local government and private and nonprofit providers.

Amazon said he would offer for free grocery deliveries to its UK Prime members by the end of the year, posing a serious challenge to the established services of Tesco, J Sainsbury and Ocado. An analyst said the company was “pushing the nuclear button.” “This is one of the boldest actions they’ve ever taken. . . the Covid pandemic has given them the opportunity to tighten their grip on e-commerce. They use the frequency aspect of food to draw people into their ecosystem. “

Mondial economy

American Republicans yesterday unveiled their $ 1 billion in stimulus proposals, which included the cut unemployment benefits two-thirds, but all eyes are now on the future US Federal Reserve policy announcement at 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. UK time, which you can follow on our live blog. Here is five things to watch out for.

Unemployment in the UK could reach 10% by the end of the year because the work stoppage regime ends too early, according to the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. The think tank predicts a 10% drop in UK output for 2020 with continued ‘scaring effects’ for the labor market. Extending the employment program until the middle of next year – at an estimated cost of £ 10 billion – would have been relatively inexpensive and limited the rise in unemployment, he said.

Consumer confidence in France fell on fears of job losses and the spread of the coronavirus as new data from Spain shown retail sales recovering slowly overall, but tourist destinations such as the Balearic Islands and the Canaries have been hit hard.

Line graph of the monthly French consumer confidence index (100 = long-term average) showing the decline in French consumer confidence

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Experts have been baffled by how quickly the coronavirus has reappeared on the other side Europe now the closures have been relaxed and international travel has resumed. Spain is experiencing a new surge as Eastern Europe and the Balkans experience large numbers of cases for the first time. “We have let our guard down,” said the head of the German public health authority. the FT Editorial Board said the illusion of a return to “normalcy” had been shattered.

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Heathrow Airport in London mentionned passenger test was urgently needed to help airlines recover from the damage caused by the pandemic. The current policy has let the UK “play a quarantine roulette game” that benefits its European rivals, he said. The travel industry calls for a rethink. Read our explanatory on the United Kingdom-Spain travel restrictions.

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Auto loan between individuals: definition, uses, how to find one

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What is a car loan between individuals?

An auto loan between individuals allows you to finance a vehicle that you buy from an individual.

“Millions of vehicle sales to individuals occur each year, typically at lower transaction prices than what would normally occur at a dealership,” said Strati Papageorge, senior vice president of automotive product management for PNC Bank.

“These vehicles are generally older and have higher mileage, and offering financing to consumers looking to purchase such vehicles gives them flexibility and options that they might not otherwise have. “

However, auto loans for individuals have certain drawbacks. For example, they are not as widely available as loans for the purchase of new vehicles. And often they charge higher rates.

“Due to the nature of private sales, prices tend to be higher than what you would see if you went to a dealership,” says Papageorge. “But the tradeoff for customers is usually a lower vehicle price, so they can still have an affordable payment.”

There are ways to alleviate the drawbacks associated with personal auto loans and find a lender who will offer a loan. auto loan you can afford.

How does a car loan between individuals work?

Here are some simple steps you need to follow to get the best private party auto loan:

  • Check your credit: Knowing your credit rating and credit history before finding a lender will give you a better idea of ​​what interest rate and the loan amounts you may be entitled to.
  • Budget accordingly: Once you know your credit status, it will be easier to budget and decide how much you can pay out of pocket and how much you need to finance.
  • Choose a vehicle: Before going to a private auto lender, make sure you know the type, age, and mileage of the car you want. This will take into account the type of loan you are eligible for.
  • Get loan quotes: In order to get the best loan, you will need to get quotes from a few potential lenders. Compare the prices to find the loan products that best suit your needs. Compare interest rates, loan terms, monthly payments, fees and penalties.
  • Finalization of the loan: Once you find the best personal auto loan, the lender will send you a check, either to you or directly to the seller of the vehicle. The lender can even directly deposit the funds into your account. It may take a few days, so be sure to communicate this to the private seller.
  • Transfer of vehicle ownership: This step depends largely on the state in which you are dealing with a private seller. Check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to find out what you need to do to transfer ownership to yourself.
  • Payment schedule: Many private auto lenders offer the option of setting up automatic payment or making payments through an online portal. Discuss your options with your lender to avoid missing payments.

Why consider a loan between individuals

Although private auto loans may charge higher rates than standard auto loans, there are some advantages:

  • There are better vehicle deals: The selling prices of private lien holders tend to be lower than those of car dealerships. With a personal auto loan, you get financing just like you would at a dealership, plus savings that a private seller is likely to offer.
  • It may be cheaper than a personal loan: A personal loan is likely to be more expensive because it is unsecured. A lender assumes more risk when there is no collateral to secure the loan in the event the borrower defaults.
  • They offer flexibility: Rather than being limited to what a dealership offers, you can get the vehicle you want affordably from a private owner.
  • There are loan options for bad credit: Even those with poor credit might be eligible for private auto loans. However, as with all loans offered to borrowers with bad credit, they come with higher interest rates and hence have higher monthly payments.

Where to find auto loans for individuals

Loan products vary from financial institution to financial institution, so not all lenders offer private auto loans. But you can get a personal car loan from most major financial institutions, community banks, local credit unions, and online lenders.

Some lenders may require the vehicle to meet certain criteria. For example, they may require the car to be less than 10 years old with less than 120,000 miles in order to consider the buyer for a loan.

Other lenders may have a minimum loan amount. If the vehicle you want costs $ 6,000, but the lender doesn’t offer such small loans, you’ll need to find another lender.

Be sure to carefully consider the lender’s criteria before applying for a car loan for an individual.

How to apply for a car loan between individuals

Once you’ve found the vehicle you want to purchase from a private owner, be prepared to provide the lender with some basic personal information, including:

  • Your full name, date of birth, address, social security number and contact details
  • Information on employment and income.
  • Current debt securities, such as a mortgage.

You should also have certain documents and details available regarding the vehicle you wish to purchase, including:

  • Make and model, model year and mileage.
  • The vehicle identification number, or VIN.
  • Bill of sale which details the purchase contract.
  • Copy of vehicle registration.
  • Copy of vehicle title.
  • A written repayment quote from the seller’s lender, if applicable.

Lenders have different requirements for the borrower and the automobile that will secure the loan. You should be able to find out what these requirements are before you apply.

If your credit is not that good, consider postponing the purchase until you improve your credit score. Waiting a few months won’t turn your credit from poor to perfect, but it can make a difference enough to save you on interest rate and monthly payments.

Alternatives to auto loans between individuals

If your credit is not good enough or if the vehicle you have selected does not meet the lender’s criteria, there are alternatives that you can look for to purchase through a private seller.

The best alternative to a private car loan would be a Personal loan. With unsecured personal loans, the lender takes your income and credit rating into account when determining loan eligibility.

This can be a good option if:

  • The vehicle you want to buy is too old or has too many kilometers.
  • The vehicle is purchased with a salvage title. A salvage title is issued when a vehicle has already been declared “total loss” due to major damage.
  • The minimum loan amount is more than what you want to borrow.

While a personal loan can give you the option of purchasing the vehicle of your choice, it will likely carry a higher interest rate than a personal car loan and could end up costing you more overall.

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Amigo Holdings’ share price is on the rise. Should I buy the stock for my portfolio?

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One UK stock that has seen a huge rebound recently is Amigo Holdings (LSE: AMGO). In the past month, its share price has more than doubled to 13.75 pence. However, over 12 months, it is still down about 45%.

Is this a stock I should consider for my own portfolio? Consider the case of investment.

Amigo Holdings: company description

Amigo Holdings is a UK company guarantor loan company which allows people to borrow between £ 2,000 and £ 10,000 with a guarantor (someone, usually a friend or family member, who agrees to support the borrower and step in to make repayments if they does not). Amigo’s goal is to give people the ability to borrow even if they don’t have a good credit rating.

Amigo inscribed on the London Stock Exchange in 2018 at an initial public offering (IPO) of 275p. Since then, the stock has underperformed sharply, falling to almost 5p in June of last year. At its current share price, its market capitalization is around £ 62million.

Recently, the company appointed a new management team with the aim of recovering. “We are a new management team committed to correcting the mistakes of the past in a way that is fair and equitable for all of our clients, including our 700,000 former borrowers and guarantors.“Amigo said in a statement.

It should be noted that a few directors have recently purchased a small amount of shares, which could indicate that they expect the Amigo share price to rise.

Amigo’s third quarter results

Looking at Amigo’s recent third quarter results for the period ending Dec.31, the company appears to be in trouble.

For the nine-month period, revenue was also £ 137.5million, up from £ 218million in the same period in 2019. This drop in revenue is due to a pause in all news loans and loss related to Covid-19. payment holidays (62,000 customers benefited from payment holidays as of December 31). Meanwhile, the company generated a pre-tax loss of £ 71.6million, compared to a pre-tax profit of £ 55.3million the year before.

What strikes me here are the “claims costs”. This amounted to £ 116.2million for the period, up from £ 26.6million the previous year.

Source: Amigo Holdings

Looking ahead, analysts expect annual revenue (end March 31) of £ 176million. For the following year, the consensus revenue forecast is £ 128million.

On the balance sheet, the company declared non-current liabilities of £ 344.1million as of December 31. Equity on the balance sheet was £ 153million resulting in a long-term debt ratio of 2.2.

Risk of claims

Getting back to the complaints issue, this seems like a big deal for Amigo. According to the Financial Ombudsman Service, complaints about loans from guarantors skyrocketed last year. Between October and December, there were over 10,000 related complaints, up from just over 300 in the same period a year earlier.

Most of the complaints – which ranged from borrowers saying their lender shouldn’t have given them a loan because they couldn’t afford it, to family members saying they didn’t. to be a surety – concerned Amigo. This question adds risk to the investment case.

My opinion on Amigo shares

Putting it all together, Amigo is not a stock that I want to buy right now. It sounds too risky. There are a lot of other stocks that I prefer to buy that are better suited to my portfolio.

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Fox News guest Dave Ramsey calls student loan forgiveness “economic hogwash”

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It’s not exactly a household name, but within the cottage industry famous financial advisers (your Suze Ormans, Jim Cramers, etc.) Dave ramsey is a big deal, thanks to an eponymous radio show, bestselling books, and a three-year stint hosting his own TV show on Fox Business, all of which helped him gain net worth. estimated at nearly half a billion dollars.

So when Ramsey talks about money, people – well, some people – tend to listen. Which is a shame, because as he demonstrated in a Thursday morning appearance on Fox News, he’s also pretty awful.

The conversation ostensibly began with Ramsey, whose ensemble thing does not rack up debts, raging against reports that the Biden administration is considering cancellation until $ 50,000 in individual student loan debt – a decision that could benefit more than 40 million Americans whose total student debt is in the order of $ 1.5 trillion. Ramsey insisted that the idea that canceling student debt would help ease the pandemic-induced financial crisis in the United States is “economic hogwash.”

Again: Ramsey has a net worth approaching $ 500 million.

But the really bad things came next, when Ramsey began to denounce the idea of ​​pandemic stimulus controls. Because, he explained, “if $ 600 or $ 1,400 changes your life, you were pretty much screwed already.”

Ramsey went on to list the “other issues” that he thinks are likely at stake if you’re in a situation where a check worth 0.0029% of his estimated net worth could change your life: “You’ve got a problem. career, you have a debt problem, you have a relationship problem, you have a mental health problem or whatever happens if $ 600 changes your life, ”he said, insisting on one way or another that “that doesn’t denigrate people.”

To put it in terms, Marie-Antoinette would understand: “Let them eat cake. Or, better yet, don’t let them eat cake. Or anything else really. They have other issues to deal with, which is a shame. Oh good!”

The problem here seems to be twofold. First, Ramsey apparently can’t imagine a world in which money he sees as massive change could actually change his life. And to some extent he’s right, in that a single check for $ 600 or even a check for $ 1,400 is just one drop in the ocean for many financially suffering.

Second, suppose all of these “problems” he listed were indeed at play here… so what? Does someone’s relationship or work situation (or lack thereof) or mental health mean they are somehow unworthy of the incredibly small financial boost the government has discussed in response to the worst economic and health crises of the last century? Of course not. And despite Ramsey’s insistence that he doesn’t “talk” to people, simply inserting these (unwarranted) taboo states into the conversation is a way for him to position himself as the arbiter of this. who is “good” poverty and what is “bad”. “poverty. And what he decided is that people living in” bad “poverty are unfit to receive help.

Are stimulus checks a universal panacea for the economic instability and inequalities that the pandemic has exacerbated over the past year? Of course not. But to regard them as unnecessary from the outset is either snobbery or cruelty – or more likely, a bit of both.