The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan — NPR org

During nationwide polio campaigns, hundreds of thousands of health workers go door to door, giving children two drops of the polio vaccine.

During nationwide polio campaigns, hundreds of thousands of health workers go door to door, giving children two drops of the polio vaccine. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a cases this year, that’s more cases than in all other nations combined.

Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. The government also deploys tens of thousands of armed security forces to guard the workers.

Security officials attend the funeral of police officials killed by bombs in Jamrud, Pakistan, March 1. The men were escorting a team of polio vaccinators when their vehicles were targeted.

Security officials attend the funeral of police officials killed by bombs in Jamrud, Pakistan, March 1. The men were escorting a team of polio vaccinators when their vehicles were targeted. BIilawal Arbab/EPA/Landov

All this is happening while Pakistan is fighting against the Taliban — and that militant group continues to polio vaccinators and parents who immunize their children.

The polio campaign is costing Pakistani , national pride and precious health resources. Some health leaders are starting to question whether the focus on polio is worth it.

“All the immunization workers have been redirected into the polio campaign, which has resulted in another disaster: Our routine immunization has gone down to as low as 30 percent or less,” says Dr. Raza Jamal, of the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi. “So that has resulted in epidemics of measles, diphtheria, cases of pertussis — which we had stopped seeing for a long time.”

 

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Debunking the myths about Gaza: The truth behind Israeli and Palestinian talking points — by Omar Baddar on Salon com

Why this fight now? Who started it? What happened with the kidnapped Israeli teens? Getting to the bottom of myths

Debunking the myths about Gaza: The truth behind Israeli and Palestinian talking points

A Palestinian man carries the lifeless body of a child to an emergency room at Shifa hospital in Gaza City last week. (Credit: AP/Khalil Hamra)

Palestinians just endured an exceptionally brutal weekend: In Gaza, the death toll crossed the appalling benchmark of 1,000, overwhelmingly civilians. In the West Bank, Israeli soldiers and settlers also killed at least nine Palestinians amid protests against the devastation of Gaza. I recently debunked Israel’s misleading “human shields” argument attempting to deflect responsibility for the killing of hundreds of Palestinian civilians; but more important to expose is the false narrative of how we found ourselves in this crisis and who is responsible for its perpetuation.

 

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My party has lost its soul: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and the victory of Wall Street Democrats — Salon com

 

A former Clinton aide on how Democrats lost their way chasing Wall Street cash, and new populism the party needs

 

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ALLAHU AKBAR – Salim-Sulaiman: On the glorious occasion of Eid we present to you our humble offering – "Allahu Akbar"

 

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Published on 28 Jul 2014

On the glorious occasion of Eid we present to you our humble offering – “Allahu Akbar”
Song Composed & Produced by – Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant

Video Directed by – Prashant Chadha
Additional Music Production – Raj Pandit
Recorded by Aftab Khan & Raj Pandit at Blue Productions.
Mixed by – Aftab Khan at Blue Productions.
Mastered by – Aftab Khan at Headroom Studio.
Producer – Blue Productions
Co-Producer – Kiran Magham
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‘Tolerance in Islam’ — Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan’s letter to the Times of London on 6 November 1951 about unfair allegations against Islam and the Muslims in a leading article of 22 October 1951

His Highness the Aga Khan III - 1936 Mowlana Sultan Mahomed ShahH.R.H. Prince Aga Khan’s reply to TIMES, London, when it attempted to malign Islam.

Even a little knowledge of Islam will show that its religion is not only tolerant of other Faiths, but most respectful, and indeed, fully accepts the divine inspiration of all theistic Faiths that came before Islam. It does not only teach tolerance to its followers, but goes a step further and enjoins on them all to create the godly quality of “Hilm” that is, tolerance, forbearance, patience, calmness, and forgiveness. It is due to the spirit of tolerance of Islam that even the smallest Christian and Jewish minorities survived and kept all their doctrines during the thousand years of Muslim rule. Nothing like what happened to Muslims in Spain after the Christian conquest has ever happened to a non-Muslim Faith in any Islamic dominion.

How, can Europeans be so ignorant as to have forgotten that in the first century of Islam the Khalifs ordered that all that was best in Greek and Roman cultures should be assimilated; that not only the philosophy, medicine and science of Greece, but its poetry and drama, were carefully translated into Arabic and were generally sought not only by the learned but also by the pious!

 

The Muslim attitude towards the absorption of ideas was based on the principle of Islam which enjoins to acquire knowledge wherever available, and there is a well-known and authentic saying of the Prophet that “his followers should seek learning even if they have to go to China.” Islam, by its geographical position, suffered the terrible Mongol invasions one after the other, just at the time when it was weakened by the long and immense efforts with which it had mastered the many successive crusades. It should not be forgotten that the Tartar invasions came one generation after the other. In fact, in the interest of the universal unification of mankind the Quran ignores the minor differences and says: “Come, let us unite to what is common to us all,” which obviously encourages Muslims to assimilate ideas and even customs from others.

Full Message is below, above is the edited version which appeared in “Message to the World of Islam”:

When The Times of London made unfair allegations against Islam and the Muslims in a leading article on 22 October 1951, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III sent a spirited reply which was published in The Times 6 November 1951 issue.

‘The Tolerance of Islam’, Reply to The Times of London (London, United Kingdom)

6 November 1951

In your leading article of October 22 [1951] under the heading “The Middle East” you have stated that “in the Muslim countries the second tendency (a violent reaction against the West) is exaggerated by an intolerant religion which teaches the duty as shunning foreign influences.” This sweeping generalisation, not only against Muslims but against their faith and Islam itself, is both untrue and unfair, and, indeed, shows a lamentable dearth of knowledge regarding Islam and its legal and religious principles, even among leading writers of the leading journals of the West.

Even a little knowledge of Islam will show that its religion is not only tolerant of other faiths, but most respectful, and, indeed, fully accepts the divine inspiration of all theistic faiths that came before Islam. It does not only teach tolerance to its followers, but goes a step further and enjoins on them all to create the godly quality of Hilm, that is, tolerance, forbearance, patience, calmness, and forgiveness. It is due to the spirit of tolerance of Islam that even the smallest Christian and Jewish minorities survived and kept all their doctrines during the thousand years of Muslim rule. Nothing like what happened to Muslims in Spain after the Christian conquest has ever happened to a non-Muslim faith in any Islamic dominion.

How can Europeans be so ignorant as to have forgotten that in the first century of Islam the Khalifas ordered that all that was best in Greek and Roman cultures should be assimilated; that not only the philosophy, medicine, and science of Greece but its poetry and drama were carefully translated into Arabic and were generally sought not only by the learned but also by the pious?

The Muslim attitude towards the absorption of ideas was based on the principle of Islam which enjoins to acquire knowledge wherever available, and there is a well-known and authentic saying of the Prophet that “his followers should seek learning even if they have to go to China.” Islam, by its geographical position, suffered the terrible Mongol invasions one after the other, just at the time when it was weakened by the long and immense efforts with which it had mastered the many successive crusades. It should not be forgotten that the Tartar invasions came one generation after the other. In fact, in the interest of the universal unification of mankind the Qur’an ignores the minor differences and says: “Come, let us unite to what is common to us all”, which obviously encourages Muslims to assimilate ideas and even customs from others.

It is, of course, true that Muslim countries, like modern European races, have acquired in this century a stron sense of nationalism which has no connexion with their religion. As such, if there has been violent reaction against the West in some of the Muslim countries, the reason is to be found in the attitude and behaviour of the Westerners, their ignorance and want of respect for the faith and culture of Islam, of which the reference to that faith in your leading article is a typical and usual example. Only recently I was in all the Muslim States where there is a so-called anti-Western agitation, and I have no hesitation in saying that if the Atlantic nations and the West generally wants better relationship with the Muslims, the solution lies in their own hands, and this can be done only if they change their mental attitude and cultivate better understanding of the Muslims’ material needs and loyal recognition of the high quality of their national culture and the purity of their faith.

His Highness the Aga Khan III

Sources:

The Tolerance of Islam, The Times, London, 6 November 1951, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
Text (secondary source): Aga Khan III, Selected Speeches and Writings of Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Edited by K.K. Aziz, Kegan Paul International, 1997, pp 1282

 

Source: http://www.amaana.org/ismaili/message-aga-khan-iii/

 

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Reflection: Aga Khan III’s remarks at the League of Nations still ring true in today’s fractured world

Originally posted on Ismailimail:

Indeed, all the problems that fall to the League of Nations may be ultimately reduced to one – that of man, and the dignity of man. It is in that sense that the work of the League assumes its true significance and acquires its permanent valueThe tribulations of one people are the tribulations of all. That which weakens one weakens all. That which is a gain to one is surely a gain to all. This is no empty ideal. It is a veritable compass to guide aright the efforts of statesmen in every country and of all men of good will who, desiring the good of their own people, desire the good of the whole world.

- His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III

President of the Assembly, League of Nations

Adjournment Speech – “The Task Before the League of Nations”

18th Assembly of the League of…

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