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6 Jun, 2016

McKinsey report reflects state of denial in travel & tourism

A Mckinsey survey of global corporate chief executives shows that they increasingly see geostrategic instability as a very important business trend impacting on their profitability but do not quite understand what to do about it. The survey by the reputed consultancy company says that the share of executives identifying geopolitical and domestic instability as a […]

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5 Jun, 2016

OPINION: Islamophobia and the commodification of hate – Anadolu Agency

Islamophobia has become popularized in recent years thanks to far-right politicians, news organizations like Fox, and popular media like the Showtime series Homeland, all of which use political conflagrations in their presentations of Muslims as villains, or worse. In news programs, political platforms, and television dramas, Muslims are denigrated, demonized, and dehumanized in ways that […]

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30 May, 2016

International Muslim Media Alliance to be set up

Compiled by Imtiaz Muqbil & Sana Shamsi

A compilation of progressive, positive, inspiring and motivating events and developments in the world of Islam for the week ending 30 May 2016 (23 Sha’baan 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. Wishing all my readers a peaceful and blessed upcoming Holy Month of Ramadan ============ A WORD […]

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30 May, 2016

Popular UK baker Nadiya Hussain recounts Islamophobic abuse – The Independent

Nadiya Hussain says she has been shoved and had things thrown at her as part of Islamophobic abuse, which she claims gets worse after every terrorist attack committed by Muslim extremists. Hussain became a household name after 13 million viewers tuned in to watch her be crowned the country’s most popular baker on the 2015 […]

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30 May, 2016

Anti-Islam protest descends into violence in Australia – AJE News

Police in Australia have used pepper spray to separate more than 300 angry protesters as anti-Islam and anti-racism groups clashed in the streets of Melbourne, the country’s second biggest city. Seven men were arrested in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne on Saturday after anti-Islam protesters, some of whom were draped in the Australian flag, […]

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29 May, 2016

UK History Professor Catherine Hall Rejects US$1m Prize From Israel – Truthdig

Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking the story or blowing the whistle. It is not a lifetime achievement award. Rather, we’re looking for newsmakers whose actions in a given week are worth celebrating. Catherine Hall, who […]

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28 May, 2016

‘Violence more common’ in Bible than Quran, text analysis reveals – The Independent

An analysis into whether the Quran is more violent than the Bible found killing and destruction occur more frequently in the Christian texts than the Islamic. Investigating whether the Quran really is more violent than its Judeo-Christian counterparts, software engineer Tom Anderson processed the text of the Holy books to find which contained the most […]

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28 May, 2016

Pakistan’s ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ gains momentum – Dawn.com

The torrential rains and landslides during April in northern Pakistan’s resulted in the deaths of more than 140 people and left widespread destruction. It is the second spell of heavy rain this spring in the area and experts say that heavy deforestation and rapid erosion of mountainsides exacerbated the damage. According to Leading Environmentalist Malik […]

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28 May, 2016

Ontario parliament rejects anti-BDS law | The Electronic Intifada

A bill to blacklist supporters of the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions movement was handily defeated in the parliament of Ontario on Thursday. Lawmakers in Canada’s most populous province rejected it by 39 votes to 18 after a debate in which the bill’s supporters falsely accused the BDS movement of encouraging 1930s-style boycotts of Jewish-owned […]

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28 May, 2016

Delhi homeowners shut doors on Muslim tenants: UN varsity study | The Indian Express

FROM BOLLYWOOD actors not finding apartments in Mumbai over the years to the latest civil services entrant, who took on a Hindu surname to find accommodation in Pune, there have been a number of stories about Muslims finding it difficult to rent houses. Now, a full-fledged study stands testimony to this discrimination — in the […]

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28 May, 2016

Majority of Germans think Islam does not ‘belong’ in their country – The Independent

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s public calls for tolerance and inclusivity are increasingly falling on deaf ears, a new survey into Germany’s attitudes towards Islam shows. A new poll shows almost two-thirds of Germans think Islam does not “belong” in their country. In a marked increase from a similar survey conducted six years ago in which a […]

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28 May, 2016

Discharge of the Malegaon accused is a reminder of a recurring injustice | The Indian Express

The recent discharge of eight accused in the Malegaon case by the trial court, has again brought to light a recurrent theme in the prosecution of terror accused in India. The fact that the court chose to discharge the accused 10 years after the crime, speaks volumes about the prosecution evidence in the present case. […]

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28 May, 2016

Palestine Museum review – a beacon of optimism on a West Bank hilltop – The Guardian

A sharp white crown rises from a hilltop in the West Bank, looking out across sun-scorched terraces of olive trees and sage bushes to the waters of the Mediterranean – a distant prospect that most Palestinians will never be able to reach. Seen from the valley below, this monolithic hangar could be the latest Israeli […]

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28 May, 2016

Hindutva forces are succeeding in widening Hindu-Muslim divide – The Indian Express

By Julio Ribeiro, former Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, India Hemant Karkare laid down his life for his friends. Every man and woman in the land was his friend. He did not discriminate between man and woman, Hindu and Muslim, this caste or that. He was a professional policeman. And he was a patriot. And that […]

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28 May, 2016

America’s top CEOs pocket 340 times more than average workers – The Guardian

The US’s top 500 chief executive officers earned 340 times the average worker’s wage last year, taking home $12.4m on average, according to a new report. The analysis by the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of US unions, found that the pay of executives leading the S&P 500 index of top companies actually dipped last year. […]

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28 May, 2016

Working on Facebook’s Trending team “the most toxic work experience” – The Guardian

By Anonymous Working at Facebook, even as a contractor, was supposed to be the opportunity of a lifetime. It was, instead, the most toxic work experience of my life. As a curator, my job was to choose what links would appear on the Facebook “trending” box on the right side of a user’s newsfeed. Every […]

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27 May, 2016

Pro-Israel group will pay young Jews $100 to watch its movies – Mondoweiss

You’ve surely heard that young American Jews are turning away from Israel. They don’t really care that much about the Jewish state. Well a pro-Israel propaganda shop has the answer. Jerusalem U is dedicated to building a connection between American Jews and Israel by producing pro-Israel documentaries. And the Israel brand has fallen on such […]

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27 May, 2016

China launches app to guide visually disabled

By LUO WANGSHU

Beijing, (China Daily) 2016-05-18 – A new app connecting millions of visually handicapped people with volunteers was launched in Beijing on Tuesday. The free app, see4me.org, has two channels-one for visually disabled users and one for volunteers. It allows the visually disabled to post requests, such as medical instructions or having mail read to them. […]

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27 May, 2016

Forget travel & tourism, here’s where the real money is….

When UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon addressed media at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 24 May 2016, he made some shocking revelations about the state of human suffering. About 130 million people have been displaced by wars, conflicts and natural disasters worldwide. The UN needs 245 billion dollars a year to care for them. […]

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26 May, 2016

Mind the liberal gaps | The Indian Express

Hindu nationalists believe that India is a Hindu nation. That is a fundamentally unconstitutional idea. India’s Constitution says India belongs to all religious communities, not only or primarily to the Hindus. A Hindu-centric view of the nation automatically begins to target religious minorities. Thus, a ghar wapsi (homecoming) campaign, with the explicit or implicit protection […]

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23 May, 2016

Muslim actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui gets roaring applause at Cannes

Compiled by Imtiaz Muqbil & Sana Shamsi

A compilation of progressive, positive, inspiring and motivating events and developments in the world of Islam for the week ending 23 May 2016 (16 Sha’baan 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. ============ A WORD FROM MY SPONSORS: TOURISM MALAYSIA Malaysia: One Million Visitors Projected at Royal Floria […]

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20 May, 2016

This is how fascism comes to America – Washington Post

What Trump offers his followers are not economic remedies — his proposals change daily. What he offers is an attitude, an aura of crude strength and machismo, a boasting disrespect for the niceties of the democratic culture that he claims, and his followers believe, has produced national weakness and incompetence. His incoherent and contradictory utterances […]

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18 May, 2016

A blow against free speech – The Hindu

In the 400 years after the origin of criminal defamation in England, and in the 150 years after the drafting of the IPC, the world has moved on. There are no more duels. In 2009, the United Kingdom abolished criminal defamation altogether. More recently, the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe struck it down as an unconstitutional […]

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18 May, 2016

Dumbing down of Indian politics – The Hindu

The first obligation of the ruler is to ensure prabhavaya, or prosperity of his subjects. The second is dharna, the holding together of all human beings. A righteous ruler must not draw arbitrary boundaries between those who ‘belong’ and those who do not. The third obligation is that of non-violence. The rules of Raj Dharma […]

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18 May, 2016

Has Israeli war criminal played lead role in Cannes security? | The Electronic Intifada

The French city of Cannes has denied reports that an Israeli general is overseeing security forces tasked with protecting this year’s film festival, which began on Wednesday. But authorities in the glamorous Mediterranean resort have confirmed that Brigadier-General Nitzan Nuriel was consulted as part of a security review. The city now appears to be trying […]

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17 May, 2016

George Koo: Notes from a Chinese American tourist in Iran – Asia Times

A 17-day tour of Iran does not a country expert make, but it’s certainly enough to form some meaningful impressions of a country that has been virtually blacked out from Americans’ consciousness since the Iranian Islamic revolution of 1979. As our first visit to Iran, we took a custom tour from Kerman in the south […]

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17 May, 2016

Tax havens accuse US of ‘hypocrisy’ over tax avoidance – The Independent

A group of tax havens have accused larger countries like the United States of “hypocrisy” when it comes to cracking down on tax avoidance. With the issue of offshore finance high on the agenda in light of the fall out from the so-called Panama Papers scandal, world leaders convened in London on Thursday to agree […]

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17 May, 2016

As Palestinians mourn their Nakba, the UK must acknowledge its responsibility – Ahmed Khalidi, The Guardian

Today (15 May) marks the 68th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe): the Palestinians’ dispossession and the loss of their homeland. Yet while the Palestinians’ plight remains without redress, in the UK over the last few weeks we have witnessed a different, if related, debate, which has deflected attention to another issue; that of antisemitism […]

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17 May, 2016

Two absconders in Malegaon blast mentioned as RSS workers: NIA – The Hindu

Ram Chandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, the two absconding accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, have been mentioned as ‘RSS workers’ in the charge sheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) last week. Naming Mr. Kalsangra as accused number 13 and Mr. Dange as accused number 14, the NIA has referred to […]

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17 May, 2016

Move to impeach Tony Blair over Iraq War gains support – The Independent

A cross-party group of MPs, including former SNP leader Alex Salmond, may renew their attempts to impeach Tony Blair following the publication of the Chilcot report later this year. According to reports, Mr Salmond has begun rallying support for an attempted prosecution, pending the findings of the report, which will be released in July. In […]

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17 May, 2016

How the next financial crisis will hit the world economy – The Independent

A new economic crisis, which we are on the brink of experiencing, will have similarities, and differences, to 2008. The problem of crowded trades – where market participants all have the same basic positions and strategies, and identical risk models – will be familiar. The effect of new regulations, ironically designed to minimise the risk […]

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16 May, 2016

WTTC Report on Peace & Tourism Wipes Palestine Off the Map

A report issued by the World Travel & Tourism Council to stress the link between tourism and peace has effectively wiped the globally recognised state of Palestine off the map. The serious omission has proved why tourism will never be able to seriously contribute to global peace unless groupings like the WTTC and indeed, many […]

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16 May, 2016

Islamic Satellite TV Channel feasibility study approved

Compiled by Imtiaz Muqbil & Sana Shamsi

A compilation of progressive, positive, inspiring and motivating events and developments in the world of Islamfor the week ending 16 May 2016 (09 Sha’baan 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. ============ A WORD FROM MY SPONSORS: TOURISM MALAYSIA SPECTACULAR SUCCESS FOR MALAYSIA AT ARABIAN TRAVEL MARKET 2016 […]

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16 May, 2016

Global alcohol consumption declines for the first time in a decade

LONDON, May 12 (Bernama-BUSINESS WIRE) — According to new research released by Euromonitor International, global alcoholic drinks volumes registered a decline of 0.7 percent in 2015, entering negative territory for the first time in more than a decade. This translated into a loss of 1.7 billion litres of alcoholic drinks volume sales since 2014. Historic […]

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15 May, 2016

Ahmedabad to Karnavati? RSS wants name change for more Indian cities – Hindustan Times

Ahmedabad might soon be known as Karnavati, Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar and Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar, if the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has its way. The Sangh that was crucial in pushing through Gurgaon’s name change to Gurugram last month is now preparing for more such “reversals” to highlight Indian culture and cleanse foreign influence. Critics […]

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13 May, 2016

The leading intellectual who will NEVER be invited to speak at a travel industry summit

Bangkok – He is often referred to as the “world’s leading intellectual.” His name is Prof Noam Chomsky, and Wikipedia describes him thus: “An American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, logician, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as “the father of modern linguistics”, Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, and one […]

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13 May, 2016

China launches three-year, $700b plan to upgrade infrastructure

Beijing, (chinadaily.com.cn) 2016-05-12 – A three-year action plan to improve the country’s infrastructure has been formally launched, with a total investment of 4.7 trillion yuan ($723.8 billion), the Shanghai Securities News reported on Thursday. The plan, jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport, aims to improve the rapid […]

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13 May, 2016

Muslim women kicked out of California restaurant sue for discrimination – The Guardian

Seven Muslim women who were kicked out of a southern California restaurant are suing the business for discrimination, alleging that they were singled out for wearing headscarves in an area that advocates say has seen an increase in hate crimes. The women, six of whom were wearing hijabs, say they were ordered to leave Urth […]

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13 May, 2016

Open letter by female teenager in Israeli military prison for refusing to join the Army — The Independent

Here’s the thing: I am sitting in an Israeli military prison. And our uniforms, here in the military prison, were donated to my country by your country. Yes, it is really US Army uniforms that we are wearing, the tiger-skinned uniforms, the uniforms of the Marines, and some of them still have the family names […]

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12 May, 2016

Narendra Modi and the myth of a self-made man | The Indian Express

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a good example of someone who uses his tea seller origins story to his political advantage and the people lap it up, even though no official records exist to show that he was indeed one. In fact, it is believed he was the son of a canteen contractor, making his […]

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12 May, 2016

His name is Sadiq Khan – The Hindu

Zac Goldsmith, his Conservative rival, was comparatively vague on specifics, and mounted what can be aptly described as a ‘racist’ attack on Mr. Khan by accusing him of engaging with Muslim “extremists”. This was an attempt to harness, if not create, Islamophobia. That London’s diverse electorate rejected Mr. Goldsmith’s polarising campaign lends a heartwarming sheen […]

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12 May, 2016

Google tax is just the start of the disruption facing tech industry – Sydney Morning Herald

For the company that started out with the motto “Don’t be evil”, Google has come a long way. Its name is now synonymous with tax avoidance. Like all the Silicon Valley tech giants, Google got away with a great deal by affecting a modish, neo-nerdy sense of techno-cool. For years this helped divert attention from […]

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11 May, 2016

N. Ram, Publisher of The Hindu Group of Publications on Investigative Journalism – The Hindu

Worldwide, journalism and the news industry are struggling, in this digital age, to reassert their relevance and value under profoundly changed and changing circumstances. In response to the challenge, a strong view is forming within the profession that one way to ensure that the activities that constitute journalism will continue to matter is to hone, […]

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11 May, 2016

‘Sikh Captain America’ takes on hate, intolerance and Donald Trump – Hindustan Times

Donald Trump wants to make America great again but ‘Sikh Captain America’ feels the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is making America hate again. “Donald Trump has certainly been a candidate whose words have been alarming for someone like me, who happens to be at the front lines of bigotry in post-9/11 America,” said Vishavjit Singh, […]

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11 May, 2016

Panama Papers source breaks silence over ‘scale of injustices’ – The Guardian

The whistleblower said the leak of 11.5m documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca had triggered a “new, encouraging global debate”, thanks to the publication last month of stories by an international consortium of newspapers, including the Guardian. “Shell companies are often associated with the crime of tax evasion. But the Panama Papers show […]

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11 May, 2016

Exposed: How Malegaon’s innocent Muslim ‘terrorists’ lost 10 years of their lives – Hindustan Times

Mohammad Zahid would have continued eking out a living earning a paltry Rs.1500 a month. He would have continued to remain a statistic, a faceless teacher at a madrasa in Yavatmal district’s Fulsawangi village, 450 km away from Malegaon, a mid-sized town in Maharashtra. No one would have known that Zahid had to subsist on […]

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10 May, 2016

In India, neither outrage nor accountabiity over massive distress movement — The Indian Express

At least a third of the residents in India’s countryside are battling drought — many for the third consecutive year. Near-zero yields, sinking groundwater levels, drying streams and reservoirs have resulted in a massive slowdown in agricultural growth — it grew by minus 0.2 per cent in 2014-15, with no imminent signs of recovery. For […]

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10 May, 2016

Big Alcohol At It Again: Illegal Price Fixing Exposed – IOGT International

Germans are among the top three beer consumers in the world. Beer is big business in the country of the beer purity law. And so it is no surprise that Big Alcohol – the producers and retailers of alcohol (among others) – is highly active in Germany. By now it is not surprising either that […]

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10 May, 2016

India cannot take social cohesion for granted – Hindustan Times

The NDA government cannot afford to dismiss the issues raised by the report, which have in any case been raised by several Indian civil liberties groups and activists. The situation on intolerance and religious freedom is as dire as the report portrays. Muslims face harassment and are targets of violence and hate campaigns often by […]

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10 May, 2016

Hundreds of travel, tourism, aviation companies, consultants listed in Panama Papers disclosure

The travel & tourism industry is set to face a major crackdown by global tax authorities worldwide in the wake of the Panama Papers leaks which show a listing of hundreds of hotels, travel, tourism and aviation companies and individuals. A search of the database by this editor showed 113 companies with “hotel” in their […]

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9 May, 2016

Mali Emperor Mansa Mousa – Richest Man of All Time

Compiled by Imtiaz Muqbil & Sana Shamsi

A compilation of progressive, positive, inspiring and motivating events and developments in the world of Islam for the week ending 09 May 2016 (02 Sha’baan 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. ============ A WORD FROM MY SPONSORS: TOURISM MALAYSIA SPECTACULAR SUCCESS FOR MALAYSIA AT ARABIAN TRAVEL MARKET […]

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9 May, 2016

How will travel & tourism respond to the “Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism”?

The most important takeaway from UN Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism is that it is an admission of failure. Fifteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it tacitly admits that all the security apparatus that has been thrown at addressing violent extremism and terrorism, such as extra-judicial killings, drone strikes, visa […]

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9 May, 2016

UN Chief’s Action Plan exposes travel industry’s flawed response to security concerns

A Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism authored by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has exposed how the travel & tourism has long pursued a flawed and imbalanced strategy towards safety & security issues. The Plan also offers some concrete suggestions to “refocus priorities”, presenting a very important challenge to the travel & tourism […]

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7 May, 2016

How to Steal From Africa, All Perfectly Legally – allAfrica.com

When UK PM David Cameron opens the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May, we should be aware that the greatest fraud perpetrated on the majority of the world’s citizens is all perfectly legal. Africa loses at least $50 billion a year – and probably much, much more than that – perfectly lawfully. About 60% of this […]

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5 May, 2016

Boycott or Not, Israel’s Era of ‘Managing the Conflict’ Is Over – Opinion – Haaretz

One thing is certain: the era of “managing the conflict” is over. This privilege, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sucked dry during his long years in power, no longer exists. The volume of displeasure over his foot-dragging increases as the eroding relations between Israel and its allies becomes ever more visible. In retrospect, many […]

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2 May, 2016

Governor Vows to Put Lagos Jazz Fest On World Tourism Map

Compiled by Imtiaz Muqbil & Sana Shamsi

A compilation of progressive, positive, inspiring and motivating events and developments in the world of Islam for the week ending 02 May 2016 (25 Rajab 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. ============ A WORD FROM MY SPONSORS: TOURISM MALAYSIA FIRST WTM CONNECT ASIA TO BE HELD IN […]

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2 May, 2016

Travel Impact Newswire Launches New Weekly Column: The Irritant

A travel industry column branded The Irritant? Whatever for? Read on…. Soon after my 1978 move to Thailand, I began to seek a better understanding of Buddhism, the way of life in this country. One book on Buddhist management techniques offered this five-step guide to decision-making: Listen, Think, Question, Decide and Act. Right at the […]

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1 May, 2016

Can The Travel & Tourism Industry Think?

In 1998, Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, published a book called “Can Asians Think?” One review of the book says: “Asia’s economies are poised to surpass those of Europe and North America […]

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1 May, 2016

How Israel lobby manufactured UK Labour Party’s anti-Semitism crisis | The Electronic Intifada

An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has found that some of the most prominent stories about anti-Semitism in the party are falsified. The Electronic Intifada can reveal that a key player in Labour’s “anti-Semitism crisis” covered up his involvement in the Israel lobby. Most Labour members so accused are in reality being attacked for expressing […]

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30 Apr, 2016

Workers in Dubai claim their rights through legal channels | GulfNews.com

“There has been a growing trust between workers and our department because of the direct communication. This trust increased from 87 per cent in 2011 to 93 per cent in 2015. Complaints are being addressed within 45 minutes of receiving them,” Lt Colonel Al Helli said.“Special attention is given to group complaints, as any delays […]

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27 Apr, 2016

We were in love for 12 years… How can they call it love jihad: Ashitha Babu | The Indian Express

Her mother warned her “there would be no happy ending” as she was a Hindu, and he a Muslim. But with their families and police beside them, the story of Ashitha Babu and Shakeel Ahmed has turned out different. On April 17, Ashitha and Shakeel of Mandya city, both 29, got married, after 12 years […]

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27 Apr, 2016

Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque renamed “Solomon’s Stables” in Israel tourist map

Among the map’s many omitted Christian sites is the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, whose bell tower is one of the most recognizable features of the Old City’s skyline. The fourteen stations along the infamous Via Dolorosa – the path Jesus walked before his crucifixion – are also unlisted, even though they are a major […]

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27 Apr, 2016

Airbnb is ‘ravaging’ black neighbourhoods in New York City and trying to hide it, officials say – The Independent

New York City policymakers and affordable housing advocates have criticised Airbnb following a report the company released claiming it benefits “predominantly black” neighbourhoods. Critics call the company’s release of this information a “duplicitous” and “disingenuous” PR push, a smokescreen to obscure how Airbnb is actually “ravaging” black neighbourhoods in New York City by taking rental […]

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27 Apr, 2016

Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in Israeli-occupied West Bank – The Jakarta Post

A 6-meter-high (20-foot) bronze statue of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Ramallah’s Mayor Mussa Hadid said Tuesday the statue was a gift from the Johannesburg municipality. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Johannesburg’s Mayor Parks Tau took part in the unveiling. Hadid says the statue reflects the “special relationship […]

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26 Apr, 2016

US town promises terrorized Saudi students security | Arab News

WASHINGTON: Idaho State University in Pocatello has taken new security measures to ensure the safety of Saudi and Gulf students who have been subjected to harassment, thefts and in one instance physical attack in recent weeks. Saudi Cultural Attaché Mohammed Al-Eissa said in a press statement that the university and the authorities in Pocatello have […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Indonesian Christians, Muslims look forward to visiting a free Jerusalem

Compiled by Imtiaz Muqbil & Sana Shamsi

A compilation of progressive, positive, inspiring and motivating events and developments in the world of Islam for the week ending 25 April 2016 (18 Rajab 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. ============ A WORD FROM MY SPONSORS: TOURISM MALAYSIA FIRST WTM CONNECT ASIA TO BE HELD IN […]

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23 Apr, 2016

Oil & Conflicts signal beginning of the end for Gulf travel boom

In a report that signals the beginning of the end of the Gulf inbound and outbound travel boom, the International Monetary Fund has forecast a bleak future for the Gulf countries whose fragile economies are set to be rocked by low oil prices, raging regional conflicts and the emergence of Iran. In a media briefing […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Grounding Vijay Mallya – The Hindu

Mr. Mallya’s elbow room is shrinking, and he must know that he is not merely battling the legal consequences of corporate loans gone bad. He is also battling a widespread perception that the loans went bad because of his profligate ways, poor management and possible malfeasance. His flamboyant lifestyle has been central to contributing to […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Israel rabbi to paramedics: ‘Leave Palestinians to die’ – AJE News

Jerusalem – There is mounting evidence that Israeli ambulance crews are withholding treatment from Palestinians injured during a wave of attacks over the past six months, according to rights groups. Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, a medical watchdog group, found that wounded Palestinians had been left untreated for as long as two hours. In […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Meet The Heroic Mothers Who Raise Children With Special Needs – DAWN.COM

There was silence in the maternity ward. Then, nervous whispers. “The nurses looked scared,” says Rabia Aziz, recalling the moment of birth. “I sensed uneasiness behind the screen of the C-section. And then they asked, ‘Would you like to see your baby?’” Little Aaliya was born with an oddly shaped skull, no fingers and fused […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Is India a secular nation? | The Indian Express

by Madhav Godbole It is my conviction that India’s survival as a multireligious, multilingual, multiracial, multicultural society will depend on how successful it is in working its secularism. No society can prosper or be at peace with itself if one-fourths of its population feels neglected, deprived and unwanted. It is disconcerting to see that, in […]

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19 Apr, 2016

Dubai aims to be world’s most disabled-friendly city

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A compilation of progressive, positive, inspiring and motivating events and developments in the world of Islam for the week ending 18 April 2016 (11 Rajab 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. ============ A WORD FROM MY SPONSORS: TOURISM MALAYSIA FIRST WTM CONNECT ASIA TO BE HELD IN […]

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17 Apr, 2016

Bernie Sanders smashes the Israel status quo – CNNPolitics.com

Regardless of the debate’s impact on the primary, Sanders managed to put down a new marker in the ongoing debate over support for Israel in Democratic Party politics. “It’s a pretty extraordinary moment for Democrats,” Sheinkopf said. “It signals without question what other people already know: that the great love affair between the United States […]

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17 Apr, 2016

Australians are hiding $11 billion in spending from their loved ones – Finder

What do we have to hide? It’s often the case in a relationship that an innocently placed white lie can be a wise move in terms of keeping the ship sailing smoothly. Whether you accidentally killed the family goldfish and managed to swap it out before anyone noticed, or just didn’t want your other half […]

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12 Apr, 2016

The angry Indian needs to be angriest about himself – Hindustan Times

In 1973, an honest police officer called Inspector Vijay swore vengeance against those who had killed his family. Vijay was played by the then relatively unknown Amitabh Bachchan and Zanjeer saw the birth of both a star and the ‘angry young man’. Over 40 years later, the angry young Indian has spilled over from fiction […]

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11 Apr, 2016

First Ski Park Inaugurated In Bamyan, Afghanistan

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A compilation of stories of interesting events and developments in the world of Islam for the week ending 11 April 2016 (04 Rajab 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. ============ A WORD FROM MY SPONSORS: TOURISM MALAYSIA FIRST WTM CONNECT ASIA TO BE HELD IN PENANG WTM […]

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11 Apr, 2016

England’s Muslim cricketer stopped at Birmingham Airport on return from World T20 – The Independent

The England cricketer Moeen Ali says he was stopped by border officers on his return to the country from the T20 world cup in India. Ali arrived at Birmingham Airport on Saturday afternoon ahead of the start of Worcestershire’s county cricket season, but was detained by members of the UK Border Force for 40 minutes. […]

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11 Apr, 2016

Airports, Designed for Everyone but the Passenger – New York Times

Airports have been drastically transformed since the 1970s, when you could smoke anywhere, stroll leisurely through security and hug your loved one at the gate before boarding the plane. Passing through security these days takes forever and sometimes borders on harassment. The lighting is brighter than a World Series night game. Almost all the chairs […]

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10 Apr, 2016

Chinese commentary: US presidential candidates find it easy to fool gullible US public with lies

By Chen Weihua Washington DC, 2016-04-08, (China Daily) – As a close observer of several US presidential elections, I have found the 2016 race bemusing in both predictable and unpredictable ways. The most baffling is that so many Americans say they support Hillary Clinton when various polls show that the majority think she is less […]

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9 Apr, 2016

India’s slogan-shouting debate: You can’t force patriotism like you can’t force a smile – The Hindu

Patriotic slogans are like smiles — outward manifestations of an inner state. You cannot force people to be patriotic, just as you cannot force them to keep smiling for 10 years for reasons they know not. The mindset of coercion is driven by raw, adversarial power. It bristles with hostility towards a person, group or […]

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5 Apr, 2016

Pakistani ghazal maestro’s event in Delhi cancelled after Hindu extremist threats – Hindustan Times

The music launch of a movie starring Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, scheduled to be held in Delhi on Monday, was cancelled, with the director claiming security threats. However, the management of Royal Plaza, where the event was to be held on Monday afternoon, said it was cancelled as there was “no information about it” […]

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5 Apr, 2016

Post Brussels attacks, Indian domestic flyers now have to remove footwear, belts – The Hindu

Amid a heightened alert in the wake of Brussels terror attacks, security agencies have stepped up vigil at sensitive airports in the country with passengers being made to take off their footwear and belts and go through detailed frisking. At major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Ahmedabad, CISF and local police […]

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4 Apr, 2016

Bangladesh hosts first World Grandmother Day

Compiled by Imtiaz Muqbil & Sana Shamsi

A compilation of progressive, positive, inspiring and motivating events and developments in the world of Islam for the week ending 04 April 2016 (26 Jumada Al-Akhir 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. ============ A WORD FROM MY SPONSORS: TOURISM MALAYSIA FIRST WTM CONNECT ASIA TO BE HELD […]

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4 Apr, 2016

Muslim boy teased with ‘bomb’ jokes as US teacher calls him terrorist – Hindustan Times

A 12-year-old Muslim boy accused his teacher of targeting him for his religion by calling him a “terrorist” in front of his peers in the US state of Texas, prompting school authorities to probe the incident. Waleed Abushaaban, a 7th grade student in First Colony Middle School has been the butt of “bomb” jokes and […]

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3 Apr, 2016

Post Brussels attacks, Indian domestic flyers now have to remove footwear, belts – The Hindu

Amid a heightened alert in the wake of Brussels terror attacks, security agencies have stepped up vigil at sensitive airports in the country with passengers being made to take off their footwear and belts and go through detailed frisking. At major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Ahmedabad, CISF and local police […]

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3 Apr, 2016

Wars, the War on Terror, With Us or Against Us – Juan Cole – Truthdig

Thirteen years after the illegal US invasion of Iraq, it is worth considering its full impact on this country and on the region. Bush-Cheneyism had a number of key pillars, among which these were prominent: 1. Aggressive unilateral warfare, with the domestic advantage of making the public rally around the flag. 2. Conspiracy-theory amalgamation of […]

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3 Apr, 2016

Conflict of Interest: Americans in the Israeli military – The Jerusalem Fund

In the latest unrest gripping the Occupied Palestinian Territories, 21-year old Tuvya Weisman was stabbed and killed. Weisman was an Israeli settler and off-duty sergeant in the IDF, but he also happened to be a US citizen. The US State Department issued the following press statement regarding the attack: “We condemn in the strongest possible […]

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3 Apr, 2016

300-year-old gurdwara in Peshawar reopens after 64 years – Times of India

Situated in Peshawar’s Jogiwara locality, the 300-year-old gurdwara is considered to be an architectural masterpiece and is said to have been established at the time of the 10th Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, who died in 1708. However, with most Sikh families moving away from Jogiwara after Partition, the gurdwara was neglected for 66 years. In […]

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3 Apr, 2016

World first? Bihar MLAs pledge not to drink, pass bill on prohibition – Hindustan Times

Bihar legislators vowed on Wednesday to stay away from liquor and inspire others, before they unanimously passed a law to initiate alcohol prohibition in the state. Those found making or selling home-made liquor that kills consumers may get the death penalty, or a life sentence if someone is left seriously sick, according to the legislation. […]

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3 Apr, 2016

19 reasons you might feel unloved at work – Sydney Morning Herald

One of the biggest reasons people leave their jobs is because they feel unappreciated. “People come to work for more than a pay cheque,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert,leadership coach, and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behaviour and Thrive in Your Job. “They want to feel […]

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3 Apr, 2016

Back to the Hindutva basics – The Hindu

The BJP may have aggressively trained its guns on the Congress over the weekend at its first national executive meeting after its defeat in Bihar last year, but it is clear that its electoral setbacks and its failure to fix the economy are forcing it back to its basics of divisive communalism. There was a […]

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3 Apr, 2016

On paper, electrified villages — in reality, darkness – The Hindu

The Centre claims to be fulfilling the Prime Minister’s plan for full rural electrification. But a close check of its own real-time data shows that the gap between official claims and ground reality is stark. Haldu Khata, a village in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh, is one of the 7,008 villages that the government claims […]

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3 Apr, 2016

India to conduct world’s largest study on the economy of ageing – The Hindu

An ageing population that can topple existing insurance and pension systems, strain the public health-care system and fundamentally alter disease burdens, economies and trade, and human migration. To prepare for this, India wants to better understand those on the cusp of being senior citizens. Later this year a host of research organisations, and supported by […]

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3 Apr, 2016

Pro-Israel group targets Jewish professor over Palestine activism | The Electronic Intifada

Legislators around the United States are pushing forward bills, resolutions and blacklists to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. This month, lawmakers in New York and Illinois advanced the countrywide anti-BDS effort. New York senators voted to cut $485 million in state funding to City University of New York (CUNY), shifting the cost […]

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3 Apr, 2016

American, Muslim, and under constant watch: The emotional toll of surveillance – The Guardian

Over the course of more than four years between September 2011 and 2015, he received at least five visits to his home by NYPD and then FBI officers. He says the visiting officers came with no warrant and used threatening and provocative language. During a visit in September 2011, they even forced themselves inside his […]

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2 Apr, 2016

The Role Of Media In Tourism Security

Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor, Travel Impact Newswire

Six years ago, on 15 June 2010, I delivered a keynote speech on The Role Of Media In Tourism Security at an International Summit on Tourism Safety & Security, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here are two excerpts: (+) Indeed, this is the age of the early warning system. Just as you (safety and security experts) depend […]

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31 Mar, 2016

Cultural Leaders Well-Placed for Forging Greater Appreciation of Diversity: UN Secretary-General’s message to Forum d’Avignon in France

United Nations, 30 March 2016, (UN News) – Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the Forum d’Avignon, held in Bordeaux, France, on 31 March: Thank you for the opportunity to send greetings to all participants at the Forum d’Avignon.  Culture is a powerful force for advancing the founding the United Nations goals of peace, development […]

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29 Mar, 2016

Lee Kuan Yew’s formula for tackling the “cancer” of global terrorism

The first death anniversary of former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on March 23 was a good opportunity to visit the island nation. This micro-country has compensated for its lack of natural resources by growing its people resources, creating one of the world’s best-run, least-corrupt societies with an uncompromising focus on multi-culturalism and rule […]

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28 Mar, 2016

9th Forum for Islamic Businesswomen to be held in Riyadh

Compiled by Imtiaz Muqbil & Sana Shamsi

A compilation of progressive, positive, inspiring and motivating events and developments in the world of Islam for the week ending 28 March 2016 (25 Jumaada al-Akhir 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. ============ A WORD FROM MY SPONSORS: TOURISM MALAYSIA TOURISM MALAYSIA PROMOTES “JOHOR HOLIDAY PACKAGES” Tourism […]

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27 Mar, 2016

Review Of “The Occupation Of The American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War In The United States”

By Robert Jensen In the conflict over the land of Palestine, Israel’s overpowering military superiority has produced decisive battlefield victories. But just as crucial to Israeli dominance in that region is its supremacy in the U.S. news media, which is captured in the title of an important new film from the Media Education Foundation, “The […]

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