India Ink: Egypt: The Next India or the Next Pakistan?
What Egypt can learn from the subcontinent's experience with democracy.
Islamic Radicals threaten free speech in the West
This week, Egypt and Pakistan attacked free speech in the West. According to press reports, Egypt Salafi urges U.N. to criminalize contempt of Islam, while a Pakistani bounty was placed on anti-Islam filmmaker.
Anti-American Protests Alight Across Muslim World
Protest and popular anger raged in streets across the Muslim world on Friday. The anti-American sentiment exhibited across the globe has been fueled by disgust at an anti-Islamic film produced in the United States and follows already tense and violent days in Cairo, Benghazi, and elsewhere. US, British, and even German embassy buildings were the focus of public ire in Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, and other countries following the conclusion of traditional Friday prayers.
For Much of the World, Demand For Water Outstrips Supply
ananyo writes "Almost one-quarter of the world's population lives in regions where groundwater is being used up faster than it can be replenished, concludes a comprehensive global analysis of groundwater depletion (abstract). Across the world, human civilizations depend largely on tapping vast reservoirs of water that have been stored for up to thousands of years in sand, clay and rock deep underground. These massive aquifers — which in some cases stretch across multiple states and country borders — provide water for drinking and crop irrigation, as well as to support ecosystems such as forests and fisheries. Yet in most of the world's major agricultural regions, including the Central Valley in California, the Nile delta region of Egypt, and the Upper Ganges in India and Pakistan, demand exceeds these reservoirs' capacity for renewal."
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