Category: News

The Only Muslims Hollywood Likes Are The ‘Secular’ Ones

There’s a phrase that’s become common in the reviews and write-ups of “The Big Sick,” a romantic comedy that debuted in theaters in late-June: “culture clash.” The film, which was produced by Judd Apatow, stars Pakistani-American actor Kumail Nanjiani. It’s Nanjiani’s first lead acting role, and the movie — which is based on his real-life romance with white American screenwriter Emily V. Gordon — documents their courtship,…MORE: www.good

July 3: The end of one revolution and the start of another

It is no coincidence that the deadline Qatar was given to comply with Saudi Arabia’s 13 demands fell on 3 July, the fourth anniversary of the military coup in Egypt that ousted the country’s first democratically elected president.

The link between the two days was made explicit by propagandists for the Saudi and Emirati regimes. On 2 July, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the former police chief of Dubai, tweeted: “On 3 July Morsi was ousted. On 3 July Qatar will be ousted. Is it a coincidence?”….MORE: huffingtonpost

Interfaith prayer service held in Springfield to show solidarity with city’s immigrant community

 

A large crowd gathered Thursday night at the South Congregational Church in Springfield to partake in an interfaith prayer service, offering support and expressing solidarity with the city’s immigrant community.

The event comes on the heels of an announcement on June 16 that the church, along with five other congregations, will pursue the establishment of sanctuary spaces in their buildings for undocumented immigrants and families in danger of deportation….MORE: MASSLIVE.COM

Sahadi’s, in Brooklyn, Is the Best Grocery Store in America

SahadisThese were the offerings Sahadi’s started with: feta in brine and barrels of olives, nuts and fruit out of huge bags. Sahadi Whelan’s great great uncle, a Lebanese immigrant, opened the first store in 1896 on Washington Street in Lower Manhattan. Her grandfather came to the U.S. in 1919 to join him. Following a 1946 dispute over the business, the great great uncle bought the grandfather out of the business, paying him in merchandise: chickpeas, bulgur, tahini. The grandfather opened his own store on Atlantic Avenue in 1948…more: epicurious

Chinese dad who ‘cannot afford sick daughter’s treatment’ prepares her for death by taking her to play in grave

china-baby-grave-pear1.jpgThe family of a toddler with a serious blood disorder say they cannot afford to pay for essential treatment – so have dug her a grave for her to “adapt” to.
Zhang Xinlei, a two-year-old from rural China, was born with thalassaemia, a genetic condition that causes a lack of haemoglobin in the blood and can lead to severe tiredness and heart palpatations. Without regular blood transfusions and medication, the disease can cause life-threatening organ damage…more: independent.co.uk/news

‘First of our kind’ found in Morocco

“It is not the story of it happening in a rapid way in a ‘Garden of Eden’ somewhere in Africa. Our view is that it was a more gradual development and it involved the whole continent. So if there was a Garden of Eden, it was all of Africa.”

A reconstruction of the earliest known Homo sapiens fossils from Jebel Irhoud (Morocco) based on micro computed tomographic scans of multiple original fossils
Image captionA reconstruction of the earliest known Homo sapiens skull based on scans of multiple original fossils

Prof Hublin was speaking at a news conference at the College de France in Paris, where he proudly showed journalists casts of the fossil remains his team has excavated at a site in Jebel Irhoud in Morocco. The specimens include skulls, teeth,…more:  .bbc.com/