Saturday, 30 April 2016
France gets tough on Muslim footballers praying on pitch
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From the French edition of The Local

France's latest battle to ensure the principles of secularism are being upheld is taking place on the football pitches of the Riviera city of Nice.

In a city where the right wing mayor Christian Estrosi is fighting to prevent a new mosque from opening, authorities are also trying to ensure that Muslims do not bring their religious beliefs anywhere near the municipal football pitches.

They have taken teams to task for beaching a new "secularism charter" that players and clubs are required to adhere to.

Ten breaches of the charter have been reported since last October, according to a report in BFM TV. Most of the incidents consisted of Muslim players praying either on or close to the field, before or during a match.

“We noticed that people were praying in the changing rooms, on the football fields, and sometimes, other inappropriate behavior such as players who refused to shake hands with the female delegates of the football federation," Eric Borghini President of the French Football Federation in the Côte d'Azur region told The Local. 

"There were even referees who refused to shake hands with female players. So that forced us to react because it doesn’t conform to the French republican spirit of secularism," Borghini said. "When something is forbidden, we don’t do it. When you have a red light, you stop at the red light. It’s the law."

But football chiefs on the Côte d'Azur say the current political climate means it's more important than ever to reinforce the values of the French Republic. "Radicalization isn’t something that often happens on a football field, but there’s a true risk that these lapses could encourage radicalization," said Borghini

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Posted on 04/30/2016 12:28 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Up on the Roof
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by P. David Hornik (May 2016)


When I see my laundry hang,

high on a roof

in Jerusalem blue,  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 9:01 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Identity
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by Dilip Mohapatra (May 2016)


How desperately we clutch to our names

and surnames that spell our ancestry.

How fervently we seek out our roots  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 8:55 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Oh, Brother Mine
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by James Como (May 2016)


Consider Cain and Abel: allow the act

as true and still you get it wrong, old stings

of niceness-cum-nightmare. Fact.

Are they known, two such brothers who fit

that mold? Fame sure, but game?  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 8:50 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
My Eyes Thirsty
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by Sutapa Chaudhuri (May 2016)


The heart had long seen through

the deception, it was the mind

 

that has always refused to believe—

the blood that ran through the veins  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 8:45 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Disturbing, Distant, Muffled Sounds by Miklós Radnóti
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Translated from the Hungarian & Edited
by Thomas Ország-Land
(May 2016)
 

THE HOLOCAUST did not begin with the gas chambers; and some people who cared or dared to look discerned quite early the direction of the unfolding tragedy. The poem below, dated June 8 1940, mourns the WW2 dismemberment of Poland that was followed shortly by the “resettlement” and murder of up to 18,000 Hungarian Jews in Galicia/Ukraine. Its author entered the storm deliberately with notebook in hand to record the brutality and chaos of the Holocaust in orderly classical metre.  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 8:39 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Looking At Myself
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by Bibhu Padhi (May 2016)


I watch myself. From a distance

that is not too far for a clear sight,

nor too near so I see myself blurred.  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 8:34 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Portrait of an Orientalist
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by David Solway (May 2016)
 

I perfume my beard with civet and rosewater,

the room is fragrant with aloes-wood burning in a censer,

I drink khamr, made of dates and spiced with quinces and Syrian apples,

at least four rotls at a time,  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 8:29 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Time and Loss: Variations
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by Evelyn Hooven (May 2016)


IN MEMORY OF

 

That night, we wove our way

With the white moon three fourths itself,  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 8:19 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Alaattin and the Jinn
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by A. Human Being (May 2016)


May 15, 2014: Reyhanli, Hatay Province, Turkey

Hajji Alaattin was a man who loved good coffee and conversation. He had five sons, had lived a long and rewarding life, and intended to end it with a direct passage to Paradise. It was a new decision for him, and one he had come to through coffee and conversation.  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 8:12 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Shakespeare Undoes Chivalry
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by David P. Gontar (May 2016)


Readers of The Weekly Standard must have fallen out of their armchairs recently on learning from Paul Cantor that Shakespeare was a dedicated despiser of chivalry. Surprised? Don’t be. These days you can get away with any sort of palaver about the “the Bard” as long as you’re appropriately cynical and denigratory.  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 8:06 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Missive to a Millennial
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by G. Murphy Donovan (May 2016)


“You speak like a green girl, unsifted in such perilous circumstances.” – Shakespeare

[Sophomore year at college continues to live up to its reputation. A student we know often sends me her draft “research” papers before she turns them in. I usually confine my critique to form and leave content to her instructors. However, her recent paper was such a rant that I waded into the swamp of campus blather that passes for conventional wisdom today. My response to her essay follows bellow. Names have been changed to protect the innocents.]  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 8:01 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Journey to India with Story of Books
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On My Visit to 2016 New Delhi World Book Fair
by Lizhi He
(May 2016)


When a friend of mine in India invited me to join the 2016 New Delhi World Book Fair in January, I was overjoyed: Wow, India, and, books! This would be the first time in my life visiting India – a place always mysterious and sacred in my mind since my childhood, and YES, my longing for it indeed started from a book - Journey to the West - the famous classic Chinese novel about a Buddhist monk in the Tang Dynasty travelling to India to obtain the Buddhist scriptures. Now, how exciting - I would be making a journey to India, on a mission of books too!  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 7:58 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
The Abolition of Slavery in the Danish West Indies and the Governor’s Mulatto Mistress
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by Norman Berdichevsky (May 2016)


The Virgin Islands is a favorite tourist spot for Caribbean cruises. January 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the sale of what was the Danish West Indies to the United States. Alone among the Nordic countries, Denmark aspired to become a great maritime power with a colonial empire extending into the tropics.  more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2016 7:49 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Noam Chomsky in 1969
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by Richard Kostelanetz (May 2016)


These display what all scientific revolutions are about. Each of them necessitated the community’s rejection of one time-honored scientific theory in favor of another incompatible with it. Each produced a consequent shift in the problems available for scientific scrutiny and in the standards by which the profession determined what should count as an admissible problem or as a legitimate problem-solution.
--Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962)

Noam Chomsky’s recent reputation as a political polemicist has obscured the fact that another revolution, this one more successful, has been tied to his name.  more>>> 

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Posted on 04/30/2016 7:44 AM by NER
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