Ancient tradition

In Afghanistan, girls are forced to dress like boys

AREF KARIMI / Getty Society tells us, even as young girls, that boys have an easier time. But basically here in America boys and girls have equal access to education, work, and sports (mostly). We may not all have equity, but many of us have access to it, and that means something. For boys and girls in Afghanistan, life is …

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Faith must identify with those who suffer, says the Pope at mass

ŠAŠTIN, Slovakia – The world needs Christians who are “signs of contradiction,” who demonstrate the beauty of the gospel rather than hostility towards others, said Pope Francis. Celebrating Mass on the last day of his apostolic trip to Slovakia on September 15, the Pope said the country needs such prophets who are “models of fraternal life, where society experiences tensions …

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Taliban and Afghan women in sport: La Tribune India

Rohit mahajan SHOULD WE allow women to play sports? Is it necessary for women to play sports? In the civilized world, anyone who uses the words “allow” and “necessary” in the context of women in sport – or any other field of human endeavor – would be considered an idiot who is not suitable to be taken seriously. But not …

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The ancient roots of Greek hospitality

The Story of Baucis and Philemon – a pair of former Hospitallers who were saved by Zeus and Hermes. Credit: Wikipedia / Public domain. The Greek word Philoxenia, literally translated as “the friend of a stranger”, is widely seen as synonymous with hospitality. For the Greeks, it is much deeper than that. It is an unspoken cultural law which shows …

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The strange race to find a billion years gone

“On these timescales, we’re not really good at fine-tuning an age for the exact missing time,” says Francis Macdonald, professor of geology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, who was also involved in the research. “And so the previous theory suggested that okay, it all forms once, with glaciation – but we say ‘no, it formed over hundreds …

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Seven books (none of them by Khaled Hosseini)

As the Taliban stormed into major cities in Afghanistan to regain political control after the US withdrawal, citizens and residents feared the return of hard-line Islamic rule. Although the Taliban have promised more moderate rule – and respect for women’s rights – most are skeptical and wonder what the future holds for them, especially women who fear losing the basic …

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AMU students condemn VC for condolences on death of Kalyan Singh

An unsavory controversy has erupted at Aligarh Muslim University with university students criticizing Vice-Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor for mourning the death of the former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh and posted a message of condolence. Hateful posters were put up on the university campus by the students condemning the rector for an “act” which they described as “shameful and hurtful …

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Quads: the heart of the campus

Quads are the heart of the campus, a central gathering space usually anchored in the main buildings of an institution. They also contribute a great deal to the character and identity of a campus and a university. Usually shaped like rectangles, anything can happen in well-maintained areas, usually located in the center of campus. Students, staff and faculty can meet …

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