Muslims prepare for the “Feast of the Sacrifice” that they consider the most important holiday in the Islamic calendar, which commemorates God‘s gift of a ram in substitute for Abraham‘s impending sacrifice of his son
Abraham didn’t kill his son. God tested him to see if he was willing to obey anything God told him to do. God provided a ram for the sacrifice at the last moment and Abraham didn’t have to kill his own son.
- Eid al-Adha ~ عيد الأضحى (Feast of the Sacrifice, Greater Eid) (noorforum.wordpress.com)
- Muslims celebrating Eid al-Adha (worldbulletin.net)
- Burmese Muslims Cancel Eid Festivities (irrawaddy.org)
This short film takes a brief look at the collective preparation it took multiple teams from both MIA and LACMA to host this wonderful exhibition about Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts at the Museum of Islamic Art.
Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts focuses on a practice shared by all cultures—gift exchange—and the delight in receiving gifts and satisfaction in performing acts of generosity. Bringing together over 200 objects associated with the great Islamic courts from Spain to India, this exhibition is the first systematic investigation of the impact of gift giving, for diplomatic to personal to pious purposes, on the development of Islamic art.
Made of rare and precious materials and commissioned from the best artists and craftsmen of the day, these gifts have “Life Stories” just under their surfaces, including narratives of intricate making, thoughtful sharing, and extensive traveling.
- Louvre Museum unveils Islamic Art wing (utsandiego.com)
- Islamic Cartoon Row, Flying Carpet Hang Over Louvre – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
Tunisia‘s Oussama Mellouli survived a late surge from his rivals to win the men’s 10km swimming marathon on Friday and become the first person to hold Olympic titles in both pool and open water races.
The Tunisian, who also came third in the 1500m freestyle on Sunday, finished 3.4sec ahead of Lurz in a superb time of 1hr 49min 55.1sec at a sun-soaked Hyde Park.
Mellouli’s victory represented yet another milestone for the pioneering 28-year-old.
In 2008 in Beijing, three months after returning from an 18-month doping ban, he became the first African man to win an Olympic gold swimming medal when he topped the podium in the 1500m freestyle.
He is the second man to have tasted victory in the Olympic open water swimming marathon, after Dutchman Maarten van der Weijden won the inaugural event in Beijing four years ago.
Mellouli also collected a bronze in the 1500m at these Games last weekend.
“I don’t think this has ever been done before. This is probably one of the toughest things to do,” he said
- Tunisia’s Mellouli wins men’s 10km swimming marathon (dailystar.com.lb)
- Mellouli adds open water title to bronze in pool (journaltimes.com)
“It’s great to get away to a place where there are few activities besides walking around and exploring and relaxing together. On trips like this, John and I remember why we like each other so much!” says New Jersey resident Jeanellen Vapsva, who hopes to re-create a romantic kid-free weekend she and her husband
Added by TunisiaLive on janury 14th. 2012
This weekend marks the first anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution, which triggered the momentous events across the region now known as the Arab Spring. It has been an unforgettable year for Tunisians. According to Mr. O’Conner, the British government will keep supporting Tunisia as it supported it since the first weeks of the transition.
Insight from pITPI
After analyzing over 3 million tweets, gigabytes of YouTube content and thousands of blog posts, a new study finds that social media played a central role in shaping political debates in the Arab Spring.
Conversations about revolution often preceded major events on the ground, and social media carried inspiring stories of protest across international borders.
Focused mainly on Tunisia and Egypt, this research included creating a unique database of information collected from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The research also included creating maps of important Egyptian political Websites, examining political conversations in the Tunisian blogosphere, analyzing more than 3 million Tweets based on keywords, and tracking which countries thousands of individuals Tweeted from during the revolutions.
The result is that for the first time we have evidence confirming social media’s critical role in the Arab Spring.
- New Tunisian constitution won’t be based on Shariah law (altahrir.wordpress.com)
- Social Media and Tunisian Jasmin Revolution – Insight from pITPI (ecairn.com)
- Islamists and Arab constitutions: Put faith in writing (economist.com)
- Tunisians call for civil state on national day (sacbee.com)
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The situation in Syria is deteriorating. More than 7,500 people have died in the ongoing conflict between the regime of President Bashar Assad and its opponents. The government has shown little mercy, brutally barraging cities such as Homs with shells and rockets; on Thursday, activists said that 17 more people had been killed in the Baba Amr neighborhood of the city, where hundreds have died during a massive monthlong onslaught. As the toll mounts, so do the heart-rending appeals to the world’s conscience: urgent calls for aid, for arms, for military backing to help protect endangered civilians and to assist rebels waging a courageous struggle against a repressive despot.
But as horrible as the events in Syria are, and despite the recurring analogies to genocide in Rwanda and massacres in Bosnia, American intervention is not the answer, at least not now. Whether and when to become enmeshed in another country’s military conflict are among the most difficult questions nations face, and the inclination to move hesitantly and carefully is a sensible one. Even though it is widely acknowledged that Assad is a tyrant and that the bodies piling up are those of victims rather than aggressors, there are plenty of reasons why it might be a mistake for the United States to swoop in with planes or troops, to drop bombs or occupy cities, or even to arm rebels from offstage in an effort to force Assad out of power.
- Why The Deafening Silence On Syria; In The Midst Of Loud Gun Fire And Civilian Weeping. (simplexityofhumanity.wordpress.com)
- Obama says Syria’s Assad “will fall”, UN assesses draft – Reuters (reuters.com)
- China to press Syria for ceasefire (cbc.ca)
20:00 Uhr, 02.03.2012
Themen der Sendung: EU-Gipfel, EU-Beitrittskandidat, Parlamentswahlen Iran, Lage in Syrien, Ehrensold-Debatte, Konsequenz aus Neonazi-Mordserie, Internet-Fallen, Bahn-Konkurrenz, Flughafenstreik in Berliln, Neuer DFB-Präsident, Ski-Sport, Das Wetter
Friday, 2 March 2012, 12:06 clock, clock 21:18 Updated
A convoy of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has reached the city of Homs. On board were seven trucks of food, medicines, blankets and baby food, said a representative of the Red Crescent.
The fears of a bloody revenge of the Syrian government troops in the district of the city of Homs Baba Amr seem to be confirmed: After the invasion of the armed forces in the disputed area for weeks raids and shootings reported by activists.