Saturday, October 25, 2014

Israel: Palestinian-American teen shot dead in East Jerusalem

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Disturbances occurred in several East Jerusalem neighborhoods, with Palestinians throwing stones and firecrackers at police.

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Source/Credit: Haaretz News
By Nir Hasson, Ilan Lior , Yarden Skop, Gili Cohen and Jack Khoury
Posted: October 26, 2014

Weekend of stones, flames and blood; scores of protesters wounded, 18 arrested; funeral of Jewish baby's murderer postponed; some school trips cancelled to the capital.

Clashes continued in East Jerusalem over the weekend as a Palestinian teen with dual U.S. citizenship was killed in a confrontation with Israeli troops. Eighteen Palestinians were arrested over the weekend.

Disturbances occurred in several East Jerusalem neighborhoods, with Palestinians throwing stones and firecrackers at police. Against this background, the Tel Aviv municipality has canceled some school trips to the capital.

The 14-year-old was shot dead by Israeli soldiers Friday afternoon during clashes at a weekly protest. According to the Israel Defense Forces, the boy was about to hurl a firebomb onto Route 60; an IDF unit nearby opened fire after the teen lit the firebomb’s fuse and got ready to throw. Palestinian officials deny this version of events. [ more ... ]

Which US States Imprison More People Per Capita Than Russia Or China?

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"They are "locked up for many years, some for decades or for life, in hellish conditions, without any meaningful opportunity for treatment or rehabilitation."

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By Simon McCormack | October 22, 2014

Both Russia and China's prisons are frequent targets for bad press in the United States.

But by one important measure, both countries are far less draconian than several states in America.

Russia has 475 inmates per 100,000 residents as of 2013, according to data from the Sentencing Project. China has 121.

Those numbers are much lower than states like Louisiana (893 per 100,000) Mississippi (717) and Alabama (650) based on 2012 statistics from the same report. Oklahoma (648) and Texas (601) are also significantly higher than Russia or China.

The Clarion-Ledger reported this week that Mississippi's number is now much higher. Based on statistics provided by the International Centre for Prison Studies and the Prison Policy Initiative, Mississippi had 1,155 per 100,000 residents in 2013.

Destroying Pakistan: The curse of the blasphemy law

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A few months ago, in a not atypical case, an Ahmadi doctor was charged with blasphemy after two Pakistanis posing as patients accused him of “posing as a Muslim” because, at their request, he read from a Koran.

Authors: Nina Shea (L) and Farahnaz Ispahani
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By Farahnaz Ispahani & Nina Shea | Oct 24, 2014
Pub.: Nov 3, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 08

Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which turns 30 this year, has become only more deadly with age. Since blasphemy was made a capital crime under the nation’s secular penal code, the effect has been to suppress moderate influences, pushing “Pakistani society further out on the slippery slope of extremism,” said Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, senior advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan, in Washington last week. With its large population and sensitive location, Pakistan is a place where any societal shift in the direction of the Taliban deserves the attention of all concerned about Islamic extremism. Instead, this is one more foreign threat that the Obama administration underestimates.

Science, Religion and the Assumptions We Make | Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ

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I assume that this is a logical universe that operates by laws -- it's not the universe of pagan nature gods who did everything by whim, but rather a universe that can be rationally understood and whose behavior can be reliably predicted once we begin to figure it out.

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By Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ | October 21, 2014

One of the great advantages of being a Jesuit astronomer at the Vatican Observatory is that, since we are supported by the Church, we don't have to worry about writing proposals, sitting on committees or even teaching classes. We can concentrate on doing interesting, long-term scientific projects.

Of course, we do have our own personal commitments. I live in a community of a dozen Jesuit priests and brothers (most of us with doctorates in astronomy or related fields), and as a community we care for each other... picking up a fellow Jesuit at the airport, or taking an elderly brother to a doctor's appointment. But generally our vow of celibacy means that we're free to go where the work calls us, whether it's traveling to conferences or staying late in the lab. We don't have to worry about a child with the flu or a spouse's job search.

Canada: Muslim group holding Saskatoon City Hall rally today to condemn Ottawa shooting

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In a statement announcing the rally, the group said the goal of the rally is to "stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow Canadians and categorically and unequivocally condemn radicalization and all acts of terror."

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By CBC News | October 25, 2014

Muslim group Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at among many which have condemned the Ottawa shootings

The Ahmadiyya Muslims Jama’at of Saskatoon will be holding a rally at City Hall Saturday.

In a statement announcing the rally, the group said the goal of the rally is to "stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow Canadians and categorically and unequivocally condemn radicalization and all acts of terror."

The rally is set for 2 to 3 p.m. CST at Saskatoon City Hall, on 3rd Avenue North.

Many Canadian Muslim groups have condemned the two deadly attacks this week, saying the incidents have no connection to Islam or its beliefs. [ more ... ]

Canada: Calgary Muslims fear backlash

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“We believe through transferring and exchanging knowledge and having dialogue a lot of the mistrust that is happening right now because of the actions of a few individuals.. these kind of initiatives can remove those wrong impressions.”

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Source/Credit: Global News | Canada
By Jill Croteau and David Boushy
Posted: October 24, 2014

Calgary’s Muslim community is preparing for a potential backlash in the wake of the Ottawa shooting.

They’ve been forced to deflect perceived connections between their community and the shooting that claimed the life of Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

“It’s totally natural for us to be concerned,” said Umair Khan, Baitun Nur Mosque Imam.

“We’ve beefed up security. At the same time, we see that Calgarians are very understanding,” he said.

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