BEIRUT (Reuters) – It is the duty of all Iranians to help the government overcome economic problems, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said Wednesday, according to Fars News. A senior U.S. state department official said on Tuesday that Washington had told allies to halt Iranian oil imports. “It is all of our duty to work together to help the respected government and other governmental branches in solving the economic problems,” General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, who is also a senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, said on Wednesday, according to the news agency. “We must neutralize the plans of the enemy for an economic war and psychological operations.” (Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; editing by John Stonestreet) … [Read more...] about All Iranians have a duty to help government overcome economic problems
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World Islam Education Religion Researchers at Pew have said their analysis of data on the educational attainment of Muslim women across the world shows that religion plays a much less significant role in limiting their achievements than the wealth of the societies in which they live. High-profile cases of Islamic extremists targeting schoolgirls—such as the kidnappings by Boko Haram of schoolgirls in Nigeria and the attempted assassination of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan—fuel the perception that Muslim women are at an educational disadvantage primarily because of their religion, especially those who live in conservative societies. But while it is true that Islamic cultures, societies and communities' chauvinistic attitudes to women can be limiting to their education—for example some are expected to marry young and build a home—in general that is no longer the case. It is the economic strength of a society that plays a much bigger role in determining the … [Read more...] about Islam Isn’t Holding Back Muslim Women’s Education—Here’s the Bigger Problem
John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 8:56 p.m. UTC May 30, 2018 MACKINAC ISLAND — Why can't Michigan solve the biggest problems anymore? Despite the champagne and celebratory mood here at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, that downbeat question hovers in the background of every panel discussion and speech. Think about it. In the 20th Century, Michigan succeeded at the biggest of big tasks, putting the world on wheels, serving as the Arsenal of Democracy in World War II, welcoming hundreds of thousands of immigrants from the Deep South and around the world and giving them good jobs and homes and making them middle-class citizens. At the same time Michigan produced cultural marvels — Motown Music, great architecture by designers like Eero Saarinen and Minoru Yamasaki, iconic furniture designs by companies like Herman Miller and Steelcase. That's in the past. Today, Michigan can't even fix its potholes. Festering problems go unresolved, … [Read more...] about Why can’t Michigan solve the biggest problems like it once did?
Cape Town's main water supply comes from the Theewaterskloof dam outside Grabouw, Cape Town, South Africa. Uncredited/AP Cape Town, South Africa has been facing a drought crisis for three years. As complete water depletion draws near, South Africa's leaders could look to other countries like Israel — a country that has prevented devastating drought for decades. Israel's founders prioritized water conservation before they were an official nation (1948). Israel purifies nearly 90% of its sewage supply as an alternative source of water for agricultural use. Around the world, most countries lose roughly 30% of their water supply after it's been transported — Israel loses less than 10% by preventing leaks and repairing pipes regularly. Cape Town, a city of some 4 million people, is on the verge of running out of water. Terrifying as it may sound, water scarcity never happens by surprise. At the national, provincial, and municipal levels, South … [Read more...] about Cape Town’s drought is getting dire — here’s the amazing way Israel handled the same problem
Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE President Donald Trump has been tweeting jubilantly this Tax Day. Noting that “Employment is up, Taxes are DOWN,” the president is clearly reacting to the economic anxiety that has become one of the defining characteristics of contemporary American society. Although the numbers of declining, many individuals continue to worry about their financial circumstances and stagnant wages they have experienced in recent decades. They rightfully fear for their own well-being as well as that of their children. As a result, Trump spends a lot of his time trying to pump up voters with talk about a booming economy and rapidly decreasing unemployment. Yet the president all but ignores the biggest economic threats facing the American worker, that of accelerating innovation and major shifts in business models. In his view, the problems are lost manufacturing jobs and unfair trade, not technology disruption. And so he argues imposing new tariffs and … [Read more...] about The economic anxiety that helped fuel Trump’s rise isn’t going away, and neither is Trumpism