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Re: Im Osten nichts Neues

Postby Witness » Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:29 am

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Re: Im Osten nichts Neues

Postby Witness » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:33 am

Nature wrote:Anti-Darwin comments in India outrage scientists

Thousands of scientists in India have signed an online petition protesting against comments by a higher-education minister who last week publicly questioned the scientific validity of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and called for changes in educational curricula.

The incident continued to simmer when Indian science minister Harsh Vardhan, a medical doctor, declined to comment on his colleague’s remarks at a press conference on 24 January. Vardhan said he had not studied Darwin’s theory since he was a student and so wasn’t qualified to discuss it.

The original comments were made by Satyapal Singh, a junior minister for human-resource development who oversees university education. On 20 January, he told reporters at a conference on ancient Hindu texts in Aurangabad that Darwin’s theory of evolution of humans “is scientifically wrong”. Singh added that “nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man”. Two days later, he proposed holding an international seminar on the subject.

The comments provoked outrage in the Indian scientific community. Vishwesha Guttal, an evolutionary ecologist at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, suggests the remarks are the first time that such anti-evolution opinions have been aired by high-ranking politicians in India. “I have seen these kind of issues (anti-Darwin stance) when I was a student in the US. This was totally unheard of, so far, in India,” says Guttal. “My first thought was, ‘Is this coming to India now?’”
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-01241-9

"Coming to India now"… :mrgreen:

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Re: Im Osten nichts Neues

Postby Witness » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:01 pm

Some Eastern news:
Bloomberg wrote:Oil World Turns Upside Down as U.S. Sells Oil in Middle East

– Cargo said to be condensate meant for Abu Dhabi’s splitters
– U.S. exported about 700,000 barrels to U.A.E.: Census Bureau
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-06/u-s-oil-heads-to-middle-east-in-latest-sign-of-shale-s-spread

(Could go in the Murica thread, yay!)



Reuters wrote:U.S. judge refuses to overturn Turkish banker's conviction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday refused to overturn the conviction of a Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey’s majority state-owned Halkbank, on charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions.
[…]
The case strained relations between the United States and Turkey, which are NATO allies, as Zarrab testified that he paid bribes to Turkish officials and that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister, personally signed off on parts of the scheme.

Erdogan denounced the verdict at a Jan. 5 news conference.

“If this is the U.S. understanding of justice, then the world is doomed,” Erdogan told a news conference before his departure to France for an official visit.
[…]
The Turkish government has said that followers of the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen were behind both the Turkish investigation and the U.S. case, as well as the 2016 failed coup in Turkey. Gulen has denied the accusations.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey-zarrab/u-s-judge-refuses-to-overturn-turkish-bankers-conviction-idUSKBN1FR2MP

There is a post about that somewhere in the thread. That Gülen dude is really incredibly active on all fronts. :mrgreen:




And for the laugh (?), the usual obscurantist religious drivel:
Euronews wrote:Turkey’s religious chiefs brand left-handed eaters as ‘demons’

Turkey’s top religious authority has sparked a debate by suggesting people who eat with their left hands are "demons".

Diyanet — the country’s directorate of religious affairs — made the claim in a question-and-answer section on its website.

“Establishing general principles regarding eating and drinking, the Prophet Muhammad did not regard eating with the left hand as pleasant,” the Muslim authority said in response to a question on eating habits.

“Indeed, he attached great importance to this issue and warned his community that demons eat and drink using their left hand. He therefore advised children to use their right hand when they eat or drink.”
http://www.euronews.com/2018/02/05/turkey-s-religious-chiefs-brand-left-handed-eaters-as-demons-

Well, we all know what they do with their left hand… :P


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