Archive for May, 2006

Fun da Mentalist Music

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Two singers from two sides of the fundamentalist spectrum.
MatisYahu [video]: Orthodox Hassidic Jewish reggae from New York. Great voice.
Hyder Musyn [video]: Pop singer form Bangladesh. Looks completely like a Muslim fundamentalist Jamaati Islami mullah, and yet the lyrics are witty and irreverent. Hat tip: Shafiur.
Kids these days, eh.

Garments Worker Riots

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

It’s both noteworthy and depressing that the only person who has blogged consistently about the garment factory labour riots that are currenty gripping Dhaka is Shafiur at Imperfect World. But thanks and credit are due because he’s doing a mighty fine job of collating the reports. See his posts here and here. In fact I’d […]

Bloggers Against Torture

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

This article is about torture and it does not make for easy reading but its worth it. It’s about the work of Manfred Nowak, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture.
And this blogger initiative is necessary and vital at this moment in time.
A blogger alliance formed to promote Torture Awareness Month, June 2006.
Torture Awareness Month […]

Chattering in the Noise

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

The civil liberties implications of US National Security Agency collecting phone records of its citizens is messy enough. The looming prospect of a $200 billion class action lawsuit on the phone companies Verizon and BellSouth means more shit for the fan.
In this age of surveillance, personal privacy which is a basic human right is now […]

Structural Giant

Monday, May 15th, 2006

There is no such thing as “Structural Engineer’s Day” but if there were, you can be sure that, on the day, they would celebrate the genius of Fazlur R Khan.
I remember working as a graduate structural engineer in Chicago in the 90s and feeling more than a little proud to know that the two most […]

Muslims are ‘most deprived minority’

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Muslims are the most deprived minority here in the UK, by the Guardian.
Muslims are more likely than other religious minorities to be unemployed and live in poor housing in the most deprived parts of England, research has found.
Half of Muslims aged over 25 are not in the formal labour market, according to the Government-backed study.
Muslims […]

The Bombaywala and the Bhadrolok

Monday, May 15th, 2006

openDemocracy presents a conversation between Salman Rushdie and Amartya Sen,which was recorded on 30 April.
Part 1: Migration, plural identity and sectarian violence.
> Link (MP3)
Part 2: Terrorism, choice and “wishy washy” liberalism
> Link (MP3)
Both men on great form as they discuss some of the most pressing ideas of our time such as multicultaralism, religious and secular […]

100 Egypts 4U

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

The G-B4A campaign could well become a test case for grass roots activism for Web2.0. Which, as Robert Sharpe says, are:
21st century methods being employed to hasten the release of Alaa Abd El-Fatah, who has been imprisoned for his part in a peaceful, pro-democracy protest
A lot revolves around deobfuscating the business logic of the algorithms […]

Liberal Tyranny and Conservative Opportunism

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Ruth Kelly, Cabinet minister and Opus Dei initiate thinks homosexuality is a sin. Predictably she has received disproportionate amounts of animus from people who have confused her private opinions with her public office. Chris Dillow writes about the Liberal Tyranny that has over-reacted to her personal opinions:
Also, the belief that social and public life consists […]

I Know Why The Caged Virgin Sings

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Because she, Ayaan Hirsi Ali that is, gets to have Hitchens author hyperbolic, self-gratulatory gush-jobs on her behalf.
But women like Haifa Zangana can never expect Hitchens do the same for her. And the reason why? Because Ms Zangana writes about the plight of women in “liberated” Iraq.
But you are free to read her article on Comment Is Free.
On […]

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