Monday, January 18, 2010

Turkey slams Arab response to Gaza plight


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the leaders of the Arab states for their inadequate response to the Palestinian's plight under the three-year Israeli blockade on Gaza.

Shortly before flying to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, Erdogan denounced Arab leaders' inadequate response to Palestinian suffering as "pitiful."

"The governments have failed to display the reactions that the world's Muslims expected from them. And this has been a pitiful aspect of the matter," Erdogan said.

An outspoken critic of Israeli policies, Erdogan, left the country as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak made a one-day visit to Ankara in an attempt to mend relations with Turkey, strained after a diplomatic row.

In a memorable outburst last year, Erdogan stormed out of a debate at the World Economic Forum, accusing Israel of "barbarian" acts and telling its President Shimon Peres, sitting next to him, that "you know well how to kill people."

Barak's trip was the highest-level bilateral visit since Israel's December 2008-January 2009 war on the Gaza Strip prompted the criticism from Ankara.

Ankara, however, said relations with Tel Aviv will continue to suffer unless Israel ends "the humanitarian tragedy" in Gaza.

Tension between the two sides further escalated when Tel Aviv summoned Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Oguz Celikkol to reprimand him over a TV program that showed Israeli agents kidnapping children and shooting old men.

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon reportedly 'humiliated' Ambassador Celikkol during the meeting prompting Ankara to call for an official apology from the Israeli side.

"Barak is an important figure in Israeli politics and both [Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet] Davutoglu and [Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi] Gonul will give the same message, 'such kind of events should not happen again,'" a senior Turkish diplomat told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

He said Ankara will continue to press for an end to Tel Aviv's blockade of the Gaza Strip and resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians during Barak's visit.

Monday, January 11, 2010

What's Islam? Don't Ask Google

What's Islam? Don't Ask Google - What's Islam? Don't Ask Google

Google's search engine returns common results to most queries as you type. But the "don't be evil" company appears to be censoring its results when it comes to Islam.

Type "Christianity is" into Google and you'll get a list of common searches. But the engine appears to suppress results for "Islam is."

Type a few words into the search field on Google's home page and the engine automatically returns a helpful list of popular, similar searches for the words you've typed in so far -- a convenient way to find the right information.

Enter "Christianity is" and you'll find results that, while offensive, at least indicate common discussions on the Internet. Likewise, type "Judaism is" and Google suggests other, potentially offensive searches such as "Judaism is false" and "Judaism is not a race."

But type "Islam is" into the search engine and Google's auto-results pane mysteriously vanishes, leading some to conclude that Google, whose mantra is "don't be evil," is censoring its search results.

According to Google's Web site, the query suggestions that appear as you type are drawn from from searches you've done (if you're logged in), searches done by users all over the world, sites in the search index and ads in Google's network.

The company also explains that "We try to filter out suggestions that include pornographic terms, dirty words, and hate and violence terms. If you encounter a term that should not be suggested, please let us know by posting in the Google Web Search Help Forum."

Perhaps the returned results are so inappropriate that all results have simply been turned off, an option some Internet users label 'cowardly.' After all, search for hot-button items such as "scientology is" or "Muhammad is" and the results are even more offensive.

A Google spokesman explained that the weird absence of results is just a software problem: "This is in fact a bug and we're working to fix it as quickly as we can." But the company would not respond to requests for clarification.

An intriguing corollary: Google offers search suggestions for future tense queries as well. Ask "Christianity will" and Google suggests "Christianity will end, it will disappear," and "Christianity will end." Ask the same about Islam and Google notes that "Islam will dominate the world" and "Islam will destroy Europe."

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cold waves in northern India claim 157 lives

Cold waves in northern India claim 157 lives
2010-01-06 12:10:00

Despite a reduction in the intensity of cold waves on Tuesday on account of the sun coming out and raising the temperature in various parts of north India, the death toll of those affected by the extreme harsh weather is now reported to be over 157.

Around 37 more deaths were reported on Tuesday, with Uttar Pradesh alone accounting for 31 deaths.

The other six deaths were reported from Bihar.

Earlier on Tuesday, around 125 deaths were reported from across the country.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had on Tuesday ordered all schools to be closed for three days in view of the cold.

In Punjab, all schools have been closed till January 8 due to the cold.

In Delhi, there are no chances of precipitations; the Meteorological Department has forecast a maximum temperature of 19-degree Celsius and a minimum of 6-degree Celsius.

The traffic that was suspended on the 300 kilometer Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Monday due to slippery conditions caused by heavy snowfall has been reopened on Wednesday.

The suspension of traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway had left hundreds of trucks, passenger buses and tourist vehicles stranded. (ANI)

Burj Dubai - Sign of the Hour

Burj Dubai - Sign of the Hour

...The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, “That slave women give birth to their mistresses; and that you see barefoot, unclothed, beginning shepherds competing in the construction of tall buildings.”

Then the visitor left, and I waited a long time. Then the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked me, “Do you know, Umar, who the questioner was?” I replied, “Allah and His Messenger know best.”He said (Allah bless him and give him peace), “It was Jibril. He came to you to teach you your religion.” [Sahih Muslim]