Over the last two or so weeks my eyes have constantly come across a number of news articles, highlights, and tweet feeds about Malala, a young girl activist in Pakistan, who was shot by the Taliban due to her campaigning on girls’ education.
My last blog entry asked a question, why fighting the state? The issue has always been why are the Islamic extremists groups always find a scapegoat-especially the state in revenging for an insult of their religion by a single person?
Yesterday, I was impressed by the news that the Pakistani government has distanced itself from one of its ministers, Ahmad Bilour, who promised to offer US $ 100, 000 for killing the maker of the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film.( http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/24/pakistan-death-threat-islam-film) . For me this is notable because I have been following up on the reactions to the film around the… Read more →
In the last three weeks of August 2012, I was evaluating church hospitals that are located in various parts of the country. As part of data collection I had to visit these hospitals that are mostly located in remote areas. It was kind of a marathon assignment but all the same it awarded me an opportunity to visit and see places in… Read more →
On Sunday, 12/8/2012, I was fortunate to attend the Opening Session of the ELCT’s Northern Diocese 32nd General Synod. The Synod is held in every two years. The main theme for this Synod was ‘Make good use of your God given talent(s)’. The day started with the church service led by the ELCT’s Head Bishop, Dr. Alex Malasusa.
Earlier this week in the Westminster debate on faith and society
One of the news headlines over the weekend was about the Archbishop of the Canterbury’s (Rowan Williams) view on the ‘Big Society’. In his forthcoming publication ‘Faith in the Public Square’ it is argued that
Nearly two weeks ago I posed a question (see the post of below on 7/6) why there is no an East African country in the #Counterterrorism Forum.
Very sad news today. Hon.Prof. #Saitoti was killed in a helicopter crash. It is shocking and sad. Hon. Saitoti served his country for a long period of time. He is indeed an African child who served his continent. I got the opportunity to see the late Hon. Saitoti in Geneva last year. The impression I got was that he was… Read more →
I came across the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) in the State Department website @http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/06/191864.htm and my first question was ‘how come I can’t see Kenya or Ethiopia’? But why is this question important? Since the UN declared famine crisis in Somalia in 2011, a terrorist group, Al Shabaab, started to get more attention from the international media and scholars. This… Read more →