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Post by Witness » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:33 am

Nature wrote:Anti-Darwin comments in India outrage scientists

Thousands of scientists in India have signed an online petition protesting against comments by a higher-education minister who last week publicly questioned the scientific validity of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and called for changes in educational curricula.

The incident continued to simmer when Indian science minister Harsh Vardhan, a medical doctor, declined to comment on his colleague’s remarks at a press conference on 24 January. Vardhan said he had not studied Darwin’s theory since he was a student and so wasn’t qualified to discuss it.

The original comments were made by Satyapal Singh, a junior minister for human-resource development who oversees university education. On 20 January, he told reporters at a conference on ancient Hindu texts in Aurangabad that Darwin’s theory of evolution of humans “is scientifically wrong”. Singh added that “nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man”. Two days later, he proposed holding an international seminar on the subject.

The comments provoked outrage in the Indian scientific community. Vishwesha Guttal, an evolutionary ecologist at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, suggests the remarks are the first time that such anti-evolution opinions have been aired by high-ranking politicians in India. “I have seen these kind of issues (anti-Darwin stance) when I was a student in the US. This was totally unheard of, so far, in India,” says Guttal. “My first thought was, ‘Is this coming to India now?’”
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-01241-9

"Coming to India now"… :mrgreen:

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Post by Witness » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:01 pm

Some Eastern news:
Bloomberg wrote:Oil World Turns Upside Down as U.S. Sells Oil in Middle East

– Cargo said to be condensate meant for Abu Dhabi’s splitters
– U.S. exported about 700,000 barrels to U.A.E.: Census Bureau
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... e-s-spread

(Could go in the Murica thread, yay!)
Reuters wrote:U.S. judge refuses to overturn Turkish banker's conviction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday refused to overturn the conviction of a Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey’s majority state-owned Halkbank, on charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions.
[…]
The case strained relations between the United States and Turkey, which are NATO allies, as Zarrab testified that he paid bribes to Turkish officials and that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister, personally signed off on parts of the scheme.

Erdogan denounced the verdict at a Jan. 5 news conference.

“If this is the U.S. understanding of justice, then the world is doomed,” Erdogan told a news conference before his departure to France for an official visit.
[…]
The Turkish government has said that followers of the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen were behind both the Turkish investigation and the U.S. case, as well as the 2016 failed coup in Turkey. Gulen has denied the accusations.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKBN1FR2MP

There is a post about that somewhere in the thread. That Gülen dude is really incredibly active on all fronts. :mrgreen:

And for the laugh (?), the usual obscurantist religious drivel:
Euronews wrote:Turkey’s religious chiefs brand left-handed eaters as ‘demons’

Turkey’s top religious authority has sparked a debate by suggesting people who eat with their left hands are "demons".

Diyanet — the country’s directorate of religious affairs — made the claim in a question-and-answer section on its website.

“Establishing general principles regarding eating and drinking, the Prophet Muhammad did not regard eating with the left hand as pleasant,” the Muslim authority said in response to a question on eating habits.

“Indeed, he attached great importance to this issue and warned his community that demons eat and drink using their left hand. He therefore advised children to use their right hand when they eat or drink.”
http://www.euronews.com/2018/02/05/turk ... as-demons-

Well, we all know what they do with their left hand… :P

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BBC wrote:Egypt's Sherine sentenced to prison over Nile joke

Sherine, one of the country's most famous singers - and a judge on the Arabic version of The Voice TV show - told a fan that drinking from the famous river might give them parasites.

"Drink Evian instead," she joked.
[…]
Sherine, meanwhile, has been convicted by a Cairo court of spreading false news. Egyptian news outlet Ahram said she was ordered to pay 5,000 Egyptian pounds (£204) as bail, in addition to a fine of 10,000 pounds and remains free until her case is concluded.
[…]
The lawsuit against Sherine was filed in November, after a video emerged online showing her being asked to sing Mashrebtesh Men Nilha (Have You Drunk From The Nile?)

She responded by saying "drinking from the Nile will get me schistosomiasis" - a disease commonly known in Egypt as bilharzia, which once plagued rural water sources.

On top of the legal case against her, the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate announced that it had banned her from performing over her "unjustified mockery of our dear Egypt".
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43217483

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Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:30 am

It's just a river in Egypt. What's the big fuss about?
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:04 pm

Should Germany get rid of the word 'fatherland' from its national anthem?
The Local (Germany)
On Sunday the German government’s equality commissioner made headlines by suggesting that it was time to make the national anthem less macho. So will erasing the word fatherland do the trick?

Kristin Rose-Möhring, equality commissioner in the Federal Family Ministry, believes it is high time that Germany changes the wording of its national anthem to make it more gender equal, newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported.

The word Vaterland (fatherland) should be replaced by Heimatland (home land) and the word brüderlich (brotherly) should be replaced by couragiert (courageous), she suggested in an internal government letter seen by the tabloid.

"Why don't we make our national anthem, das Deutschlandlied, gender equal? Rose-Möhring reportedly wrote. “It wouldn’t really hurt and it would befit the recent establishment of a ministry for building and the homeland.”

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Hey I just noticed. "Über Alles" scans the same as "Allah Akbar". :BigGrin3:
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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:36 am

Villagers thought they killed a supernatural shape-shifter. It was an endangered Sumatran tiger.
A Sumatran tiger hangs, dead and disemboweled, from a ceiling in a public hall in a remote village in northern Indonesia.

A photograph shows the lifeless animal strapped to a wooden plank — and dozens of villagers crowded around to see it.

It’s not certain why the critically endangered animal was slain Sunday in a village in North Sumatra, but local news reports say it had mauled at least one or two residents who had followed it to its lair — to determine whether it was a mythological, supernatural being.
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Post by Witness » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:09 am

About Turkey's Diyanet (religious authority):

I'll give you the conclusion of this historical study:
The Story Behind the Rise of Turkey’s Ulema

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Regime change and the prospects for the Diyanet

Since the AKP came to power, the Diyanet has been portrayed less as a “protector” and complementary element of Kemalist ideology and more as an “imposer” of the AKP’s Islamist ideology. [33] But this widespread perception misses a key element of the story: It neglects the ways in which the Diyanet is both expanding its power and playing a critical role in the Islamization of public space and morality in Turkey.

This narrow understanding of the Turkish ulema also reflects a deeper problem in many scholarly analyses of Turkey—what Deniz Kandiyoti has described as the “master narrative” of secularism. [34] According to this narrative, modern Turkish history is defined by a struggle between an authoritarian, secular Kemalist state and a Muslim society. Indeed, this narrative remains prevalent despite revelations of the breadth of Gülenist infiltration of the state over at least the last thirty years. Scholars that view the state as monolithic neglect the ways in which the Diyanet developed its own interests and strategies of survival—including elements of continuity following its absorption of the Ottoman ulema. The Diyanet’s recent rise is not only an outcome of the AKP’s Islamization drive, but also of the ulema’s own efforts to expand its domain of activity and status as an Islamic authority.

The current revision of the regime underway in Turkey heralds not only greater opportunities, but also risks for the Diyanet, much in the same way that the establishment of the republic marked a new era and challenges for the ulema. The AKP government may well seek to subdue the Diyanet ulema to bring the institution under control. Yet if it seeks to exploit the Diyanet to advance its own agenda, the AKP may continue to enhance the Diyanet’s infrastructural capacity to maintain its credibility as an Islamic authority. Historically, similar efforts by political authorities elsewhere in the Muslim world have tended to empower the ulema in the long run.

With the unprecedented expansion of the religious infrastructure, religious education and the chipping away of the secular legal framework (such as empowering muftis to undertake civil marriages), the ulema face an historic opportunity to achieve a level of authority and influence not seen since the establishment of the republic. This change means an acceleration Islamization and a greater role for the Diyanet to pursue, in its words, the traditional mission of the Ottoman Shaykh al-Islām. Given the government’s evolution toward personalized autocracy, the future trajectory of the Diyanet may further parallel the status of the office of the Shaykh al-Islām in the Ottoman state, when it was both beholden to the Sultan but also enjoyed a sphere of autonomy as an Islamic authority.
http://www.merip.org/mero/mero020418

And this one is more about politics:
Diyanet, Turkey’s powerful tool for social engineering

Diyanet has nearly 115,000 employees, most of them imams, on the state payroll.
[…]
When the AKP took office, reformists hoped that the AKP would give way to civilian politics. Diyanet, too, the reformists thought, would become more representative and incorporate Alevi and non-Muslim elements into its all-Sunni make-up.

Nearly two decades on, it’s clear that only the strongman has changed, the authoritarian DNA of the Turkish state has not. The army has de facto submitted to an autocratic ruler even as it abandons its non-religious traditions. Diyanet has been pushed to the fore as the chief engine of Turkey’s transformation into a conservative Islamist society.

Diyanet’s role in Erdogan’s Turkey is ironic. It was meant to prevent excesses of piety that the state could not control. The military junta, architect of the 1980 coup, beefed up its budget and used Diyanet against the “communist threat.” By the end of the 1980s, Diyanet was a social engineering tool.

Political Islamists are using it as such, with Diyanet having become particularly useful when the AKP abandoned the dream of EU membership. Diyanet’s cadres were systematically replaced by AKP loyalists and its budget has risen year on year. It controls funding equal to that of at least ten other ministries combined. Diyanet has nearly 115,000 employees, most of them imams, on the state payroll. This year, a record number of new recruits — 9,500 — are to be added.
https://thearabweekly.com/diyanet-turke ... ngineering

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:24 pm

Wo ist Hitler Straße?

Genau hier ==> http://www.amusingplanet.com/2018/03/th ... ville.html

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The Guardian wrote:Iranian woman who removed headscarf jailed for two years

An Iranian woman who publicly removed her veil in protest against Iran’s compulsory headscarf law has been sentenced to two years in prison, the judiciary said on Wednesday.

Tehran’s chief prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, who announced the sentence, did not give the woman’s identity but said she intended to appeal against the verdict, the judiciary’s Mizan Online news agency reported.

Dolatabadi said the unidentified woman took off her headscarf in Tehran’s Enghelab Street to “encourage corruption through the removal of the hijab in public”.

The woman will be eligible for parole after three months, but Dolatabadi criticised what he said was a “light” sentence and said he would push for the full two-year penalty.

More than 30 Iranian women have been arrested since the end of December for publically removing their veils in defiance of the law.

Most have been released, but many are being prosecuted.

Women showing their hair in public in Iran are usually sentenced to far shorter terms of two months or less, and fined $25.

Iranian law, in place since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, stipulates that all women, Iranian or foreign, Muslim or non-Muslim, must be fully veiled in public at all times.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... -two-years

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Post by Witness » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:49 pm

Tariq Ramadan (viewtopic.php?f=6&t=41561&p=891783&hili ... an#p891783) gets in still deeper waters:
Arab News wrote:Tariq Ramadan faces fourth claim of rape

LONDON: A fourth woman has filed a rape complaint against prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan. The complaint was filed in Washington D.C. Ramadan has been held since last month on preliminary rape charges in France following allegations by three women.
The French newspaper Liberation said the latest complaint was filed with Washington police in mid-February.
Rabia Chaudry, a US lawyer, said: “I have today reported to the federal prosecutor the case of a fourth victim of Ramadan.”
Chaudry said the allegation “is not part of an international plot to get Ramadan.”
The alleged incident took place in August 2013, when Ramadan was visiting Washington.
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1262871/world
Conatus News wrote:Did Tariq Ramadan Lie About His University Credentials?

Currently awaiting trial for his sexual misconduct, the French-Swiss Muslim intellectual is alleged to have ‘usurped’ his University of Fribourg credentials. According to French news magazine Le Point and Swiss magazine Le Temps, as well as Dutch outlet TPO, Ramadan presented himself as Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Studies at the University of Fribourg when he was not, in fact, in possession of these titles.
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Arab world specialist and former dean in the Faculty of Languages at the University of Geneva, Charles Genequand, had rejected Ramadan’s thesis on Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Ramadan’s grandfather, whom Ramadan tried to make out as a sort of ‘Muslim Gandhi’. The dean had few charitable words for his former student, calling him a ‘pseudo-intellectual’ and a ‘vain opportunist’ whose ideas on Islam were ‘backwards’.

According to a source, Genequand explained that Ramadan even refused to make corrections to his thesis, going so far as to harass and threaten the university in the case he was not awarded his doctorate. Professor Emeritus at the New Sorbonne University, Ali Merad, recalled that Ramadan threatened him with malicious complaints if he did not get his doctorate, and the academic has described how he had never seen a student behave that way in 40 years.
https://conatusnews.com/tariq-ramadan-u ... edentials/

In other news I haven't looked into yet, Ramadan's five (!) lawyers start to get annoyed by his, rabid or conspirationist but very vocal, followers. (The trials being evidently an international anti-Muslim or anti-Ramadan plot…)

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Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:39 pm

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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Post by Witness » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:07 am

CNBC wrote:In India, 'fake news' and hoaxes catch fire as millions see YouTube for the first time

– YouTube is exploding in popularity in India, thanks to new, cheap data plans.
– Trending videos in India are often overwhelmingly hoaxes.
Unlike other countries, India has its own "Trending" list on YouTube.
– Fake new YouTube videos are spreading to other social media in India.
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Details: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/12/in-indi ... plans.html

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NYT wrote:Ending Secrecy, Israel Says It Bombed Syrian Reactor in 2007

JERUSALEM — Israel’s government on Wednesday publicly confirmed for the first time that it had carried out an audacious 2007 strike against a reactor in Syria that could have produced nuclear weapons fuel, lifting a decade of secrecy surrounding the episode.

The country’s leaders used the occasion to warn that, if necessary, Israel would not hesitate to launch similar strikes again.

“The government of Israel, the IDF and the Mossad prevented Syria from developing a nuclear capability,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, referring to the Israel Defense Forces and the country’s spy agency. “Israel’s policy has been and remains consistent — to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with nuclear weapons.”

International tension has been mounting over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which were supposed to have been contained by a 2015 agreement with the United States and its European allies. Mr. Netanyahu has criticized that deal as a historic mistake and Israel has set off alarms about Iran’s growing influence in Syria, where it is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s seven-year civil war.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/worl ... actor.html (video at liink)

Other sources speculate that Syria had help from NorK for building the reactor.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:24 am

I remember that.

Alternate headline: Israel admits what everyone knew at the time. :BigGrin3:
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Post by Witness » Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:15 am

↑ Wrong thread again? :mrgreen:

The Verge wrote:The South Korean government will shut down employee computers so they leave on time

The South Korean government will launch a new initiative to stop the “culture of working overtime” by shutting down computers at 8PM on Fridays so workers can go home when they’re supposed to, reports the BBC.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will roll out the program over the next three months, beginning on March 30th. The program will have three stages: with a second stage from April when computers will be switched off at 7:30PM on the second and fourth Fridays of that month; and the final phase in May, when computers will be shut down by 7PM every Friday. All employees are subjected to the conditions, though 67.1 percent of government workers have asked to be exempted from the shutdown. The Korean government will consider exemptions in special circumstances.

Government workers in Korea reportedly work 2,738 hours a year, compared to the 1,763 hours the average public servant works in other developed countries. It’s not the only government-sanctioned shutdown of electronics; South Korea has previously mandated shutdowns to prohibit Korean children from playing online video games between 12AM and 6AM.
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/23/1715 ... e-overtime

"On Fridays"… :roll: