Turkish authorities are investigating whether the imam of a Mediterranean mosque can continue his rock band, or whether the genre is incompatible with Islam.
ISTANBUL—Is rock music incompatible with Islam? That’s the question facing the preacher of a small village mosque in southern Turkey, who is under official investigation for singing in a band in his spare time.Religious authorities have launched an investigation into whether Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer, 42, can keep his job as imam in the mosque of Pinarkoy, a hamlet of some 80 people near the town of Kas on the Mediterranean coast. In Pinarkoy, Tuzer calls the faithful to prayer over a public address system at his mosque and leads the community in five daily prayers.
So your Plan A on Iran—a U.S. strike—isn’t going to work. Time for Plan B: Work with the U.S. on joint technology investment and deployment to safeguard against asymmetrical attacks.
Bibi, you’re off your game—Plan A didn’t work. The United States and the rest of the U.N. Security Council have lined up in favor of a deal with Iran. Within the U.S., the policy elites are squarely behind the president, and the public either is tepidly divided , or lukewarmly supportive of the interim accord on enrichment. Either way, Republicans and Democrats alike are not keen on another war. So with Plan A, an American strike against Iran, off the table, it is time to explore Plan B.
On the edge of the world’s largest asbestos pit, the city of Asbest was a flourishing mining monotown—until it became an early victim of Russia’s industrial decline.
The local rock band—called Hammer and Sickle—was rehearsing loudly in the basement of a school, which for the time being serves as the only rock club in town. Their three guitars and a drum roared in a powerful cacophony, in the fashion of early Guns N’ Roses. And their lyrics—about existing in “a world of kindness and evil”—said everything one needed to know about their feelings for their industrious, polluted, beloved hometown of Asbest, a town that exists solely to extract asbestos from Russia’s Ural Mountains, where the band’s musicians toil every day at factories, on road constructions, or in the giant asbestos mine.
On the opening day of the trial of two men accused of beheading a British soldier in the street, the court was stunned by graphic new video footage of the attack.
Lee Rigby was a young father who had recently returned from serving in Afghanistan. He was crossing the street outside his barracks in London, as he had done hundreds of times before, when a car lurched across the road and knocked him to the ground. Video of the moment was greeted by gasps as it was played publicly for the first time on Friday, but it was just the start of a shockingly violent attack that stunned Britain.Two Muslim converts stand accused of running Rigby down before hacking the 25-year-old to death “like a butcher attacking a joint of meat.
Raheel Sharif now heads Pakistan’s army. He replaces Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, whose double-dealing ways—including the outing of a CIA station chief—shredded relations with the U.S.
The Pakistani army changed commanders this weekend, putting a new man in the most important job in the country. General Raheel Sharif replaced General Ashfaq Kayani as Chief of Army Staff (COAS). The job has been the vantage point from whence all four of Pakistan’s military dictators took over the country; it oversees the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world and Pakistan’s network of connections to terrorist groups and the Afghan Taliban.
Saluting Bosnian heroes and a history full of tragedy—and a present and future full of uncertainty.
Representatives of the city of Sarajevo, the surrounding region, and the nation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, I am happy to be here with you on this day dedicated to Bosnia’s Partisans, a day that is also the anniversary of the independance of Bosnia-Herzegovina. I am happy to be here at this moment in the region’s history when the legacy of the Partisans is once again being cast into doubt and the very existence of Bosnia-Herzegovina as a nation of free citizens seems problematic in some quarters.
China may have made huge strides recently, but its school system languishes as a relic that teaches children by rote and exists merely to make students willing tools of the state.
Tom Friedman, known among China watchers for his sunny editorials about the world’s second largest economy, recently published an article entitled “The Shanghia Secret,” in which he argues that the Chinese city has built high-performing schools through a deep commitment to basics such as teacher training, and parent involvement.Friedman is correct that the Chinese school system has its strengths—namely in knowledge based teaching such as math, science, and reading.
Meet Soundos, the 10-year-old child who survived being shot in the head during the Syrian civil war. Her story, and that of her whole community, is one of overcoming against all odds.
Two and a half years ago, on a spring afternoon in the Syrian town of Jasim, an eight-year-old girl named Soundos was shot in the head while sitting on her veranda. The bullet pierced her cranium, ricocheted off the back of her skull and lodged itself in the right temporal lobe, millimeters away from the cerebral cortex.Soundos now lives in Jordan’s sprawling Za’atri camp with a bullet lodged deep in her brain. Nobody knows if she was hit by a sniper or by random gunfire, but her family and other residents of Jasim regard her survival as both miraculous and symbolic of their own.
An ominous new bill in Japan, on its way to becoming law, would give the government expanded powers to classify nearly anything as a secret and intimidate the press into silence.
The best way to deal with foul smelling things is to put a lid over them (臭いものに蓋をする)--Japanese proverbThe Japanese government, which already has a long history of cover-ups and opaqueness, is on its way to becoming even less open and transparent after the lower house the Diet, Japan’s parliament, passed the Designated Secrets Bill on Tuesday. With new powers to classify nearly anything as a state secret and harsh punishments for leakers that can easily be used to intimidate whistleblowers and stifle press freedom, many in Japan worry that the if the bill becomes law it will be only the first step towards even more severe erosions of freedom in the country.
Amidst declining protests.
Despite protests in the tens of thousands that resulted in government buildings held hostage, Thailand’s parliament kept Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in power by a large margin (297-134). Police now count the protesters at 15,000, which is small compared to the multitudes last week. The protesters oppose Yingluck because she is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister, who fled in 2008 before being convicted of abuse of power.
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She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.