Heckler & Koch quietly becomes world′s first ethical gun-maker | Germany | DW | 31.08.2017

This means that H&K has become the first arms company in the world to have a more moral arms export policy than its own government (the German Economy Ministry declined to offer a statement or interview partner in time for this article) – and will not be selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and even Turkey (despite its membership in NATO), or any African country.

Source: Heckler & Koch quietly becomes world′s first ethical gun-maker | Germany | DW | 31.08.2017

Indian Immigrants in the United States | migrationpolicy.org

Immigrants from India are the second-largest foreign-born group in the United States, after Mexicans. Indian immigrants tend to be far more highly educated and have greater English proficiency than the foreign-born population overall. This Spotlight article offers the latest data on Indian immigrants, focusing on population size, state- and city-level distribution, occupation, educational attainment, and more.

Source: Indian Immigrants in the United States | migrationpolicy.org

Defense secretary quickly contradicts Trump over North Korea diplomacy | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump appeared to rule out contacts with the North Korean regime in the wake of its missile test over Japan on Wednesday, declaring: “Talking is not the answer.”Minutes later, however, the defense secretary, James Mattis, flatly contradicted the president’s blanket statement, telling reporters: “We’re never out of diplomatic solutions.”

Source: Defense secretary quickly contradicts Trump over North Korea diplomacy | US news | The Guardian

Wednesday Open Thread | Georgia State Rep. Jason Spencer warns black attorney she ‘may go missing’ if she tries to remove Confederate monument | 3CHICSPOLITICO

“Continue your quixotic journey into South Georgia and it will not be pleasant,” Spencer replied. “The truth. Not a warning. Those folks won’t put up with it like they do in Atlanta.”“I can guarantee you won’t be met with torches but something a lot more definitive,” he continued, responding to Jones’ comment about the store-bought tiki torches used by the white supremacists at the Charlottesville rally earlier this month.After another person commented about the differences between Atlanta (a city who has a large African American population) and the rest of Georgia, Spencer agreed.“They will go missing in the Okefenokee [swamp],” he wrote. “Too many necks they are red around here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about ’em.”

Source: Wednesday Open Thread | Georgia State Rep. Jason Spencer warns black attorney she ‘may go missing’ if she tries to remove Confederate monument | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina on Trump, Putin: ‘I don’t think you want a future like this’ | The Seattle Times

But remember, she said: “This power, all this oppression is all based on fear. They are all afraid to lose this power and that’s why they oppress people who don’t agree with them.”So what to do? Stay involved, she said. Take risks, as she and her bandmates do.“Political acts are one of the strongest weapons,” Alyokhina said, “and so I really know and believe that political acts can change the world.”

Source: Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina on Trump, Putin: ‘I don’t think you want a future like this’ | The Seattle Times

Why the US and Japan didn’t shoot down latest North Korean missile | Ars Technica

If a missile launched by North Korea was deemed not to be a threat to Japan or the US or South Korea, the best choice available to the US and allies would be to simply observe the launch and collect data. Missing a shot at a missile just passing over Japan could have far-reaching political implications, as it would suggest that anti-ballistic missile systems are incapable of protecting people in South Korea, Japan, or Guam. And if a shot hit the missile, it could further provoke North Korea into much more dangerous actions.

Source: Why the US and Japan didn’t shoot down latest North Korean missile | Ars Technica

Hurricane Harvey: How the big-hearted Indian community in Houston is helping with relief efforts – Times of India

Here’s a list of all the help being provided by the Indian community in Houston:* Curry House in Cypress is providing free food for 50 to 100 or more people as required. The food packets can be picked up the restaurant at 10728, Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston 77070. Phone: 713-725-9805.* The Universal Volunteers Group is helping with evacuations from flood-affected residences. Contact any of these people for help: Prasad 281-685-8016, Arvind 650-619-7563, Vasu 281-253-0085, Sankar 832-276-9175, KB 518-505-8484* Biryani Express in Pearland has food packets for distribution. Contact Nishanth at 281-707-9574* Deep Foods is providing free gift hampers with juices, cookies and candles. These can be picked up for distribution at Biryani Pot’s Katy location or at Swagath Groceries, also in Katy, any day after 3 pm.* Dr Minni Malhotra is offering free medical consultation at 606-854-2551.* Hyderabad, a restaurant in Woodlands is providing free food for those affected by Harvey. Contact Chandramouli at 361- -815-0166 for more information* Masala Radio is broadcasting live continuously to keep Houston updated with information about the hurricane and news about the various shelters and rescue centres being set up. The radio station also has a hummer truck that can travel in up to three feet water. Anyone needing help using it to evacuate please contact Sunil Thakkar 281-277-6874 or text him at 713-545-1595.*Universal Bakery and Biryani, a restaurant in Katy is providing food and accommodation and its party hall at 27131, Cinco Ranch Boulevard Ste: 900, Katy,77494. Contact Surya Anakala 732-447-5886 for more details.*Cafe India and Bollywood Chowpaty Chaat, located Sugar Land is happy to help with dry or cooked food, milk and water, and is offering free delivery. Please call or text Dinesh Purohit 732-593-9650* Biryani Pot’s Katy location is offering free food for those in need around Katy/Fulshear/Richmond/Rosenberg area. Please call Vijay 610-714-2123. The restaurant is open all day.*Surya Raguthu & Manjula Raguthu from Ace Pain Management are offering free medical consultations. Please call for any medical help. Dr Manjula Raguthu 956-639-8699, Medwin family medicine, Dr Surya Raguthu 956-639-8666* Meridian Springs Primary Care is offering free e-consults through video chats or phone calls. Please call Dr Bhavana Rao, and Sunil Gopalkrishna at 281-826-1359.* Narender, Raghveer and Shreedhar from Houston and Sugar Land area are volunteering to serve food to up to a 1,000 people in shelters, please let us know. Contact them at 979-481-9999, 832-798-0394 or 832-728-2873.* Biryani Pot Restaurant on Westheimer@Hillcroft is serving hot packed meals for those who in need. Please contact Ravi at 614-558-7597 or Sreedhar at 832-727-5620.* Bawarchi Houston will be extending their help with free lunch and dinner. Contact Naveen at 973-393-7117* Vishala Restaurant is providing free lunch and dinner for those who doesn’t have electricity or gas. They want to help families as much as possible. If required they are willing to deliver food to communities from Alaina to Riverstone. Please call Manoj Paladugu at 248-778-8855.* Hyderabad House in Katy will be providing free lunch, snacks and dinner boxes. Please contact Sudheer at 713-714-7124* Anyone needing help with electricity, plumbing or HVAC, free help is available from Sanjay Gupta at 281-857-5474.

Source: Hurricane Harvey: How the big-hearted Indian community in Houston is helping with relief efforts – Times of India

This Week in Egypt 2017: Week 34 ( Aug 14-20)

Nervana

Top Headlines

  • Italy to return its ambassador to Cairo, ending standoff over murdered student
  • US military will take part in a joint military exercise with Egypt for the first time since the toppling of Mubarak in 2011
  • Hamas commander killed in ISIS suicide bombing at Rafah crossing
  • Calls for gender equality in inheritance is ‘against Islamic teachings,’ says Egypt’s Al-Azhar
  • Striking Mahalla workers suspend 2-week strike after company pledges to provide response to their demands
  • German-backed Arabic website blocked is blocked by Egypt
  • Daily News Egypt to be taken over by state run newspaper
  • Student allegedly detained by Egypt’s army forces appears in new ISIS video

 

Main Headlines

 Monday

  • Italy to return its ambassador to Cairo, ending standoff over murdered student
  • Egypt’s top prosecutor discusses Regeni murder investigation with his Italian counterpart
  • UN Libya envoy Cairo for meetings with Egypt leadership ly/2wYhHoI
  • Sisi calls for closer trade, economic…

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Egyptian cinema and glamorizing violence

Nervana

It is a pleasure and honour to join many liberal voices writing in the new Al-Hurra digital Arabic platform.  Here is, with permission, an english version of my first piece, which you can read it in Arabic here

Omar Sherif film Alhurra

Film “There isa man in our house” – Photo via Al-Hurra

Fans of black and white Arabic movies adore the classic masterpiece, “There is a man in our house.” The well-crafted drama featuring a top cast of Egyptian stars, including actor Omar Sharif, tells the story of a young radical leader, Ibrahim Hamdy, who seeks refuge in the house of an apolitical Egyptian family after assassinating the Egyptian Prime Minister. This movie has succeeded in captivating hearts and minds across the Arab world.

Yet it is surreal and deeply disturbing to see a film that glamorizes political assassination being broadcast regularly on various Egyptian TV channels, while their news tickers simultaneously announce…

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