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Archive for April 17th, 2007

President Musharraf Speaks on Poverty and Terror

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 17, 2007

Dr. Fallon, a contributor to the blog In the Dark, has this to say about Pakistan’s president recent speech on poverty and extremism:

Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the dictator “President” of Pakistan (who created the position of President — not in the Pakistan Constitution — after taking power in a military coup in 1999), is beginning to make some democratic and egalitarian noises — for reasons, I am sure, of base self-interest. Simply stated, he is in trouble. He is losing control of his increasingly independent-minded judiciary, he is losing whatever support he has ever had of the citizens of Pakistan, and he is losing the confidence of the West.

So, we’re stepping back from global, unregulated, laissez faire, “free-market” capitalism, and —FINALLY — acknowledging that government has a larger role than merely smoothing the road for the creation of wealth. It also has the responsibility to see that the wealth is distributed equitably and justly. Well, at least Musharraf — back against the wall — is giving the idea lip service, even if he’d rather not. Why would he prefer not to say — and do — the right thing?


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Muslim and Sikh Youth in Britain

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 17, 2007

In part 2 of a piece on Muslim and Sikh multiculturalism Sunny writes:

The British Sikh experience is closer to the British Muslim experience than most people think or even acknowledge. Dr Gurharpal Singh’s article below illustrated how the fight over religious exemptions started with the former decades ago. This negotiation for exemptions is not the death-knell of secularism but should be part of any society’s committment to tolerance and respect. It applied to Jews before them and so on. The line isn’t clearly defined of course – it has to be negotiated and deliberated in each case. For example I’d support exemptions for halal food or turbans but not different criminal laws for groups on the basis of race or faith.

Originally linked on Brown Blogger Brigade.

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