And the Internet Goes Wild… FCC Vote Enshrines Net Neutrality Protections — Common Dreams org article by Jon Queally,

After millions made it clear they would not allow the commission, lawmakers or the telecom industry ‘to mess with the Internet,’ broad coalition plans celebrations on verge of historic vote

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The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, in a 3-2 vote, approved the reclassification of the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act.

“Consumers will be able to go where they want, when they want,” Wheeler continued. “Today is a red letter day for internet freedom.”

Though expected, the vote was greeted with cheers—applauded as “the biggest win for the public interest in the FCC’s history”— from supporters of net neutrality, the concept that says online traffic should not be relegated to fast or slow lanes determined by the large telecom companies who control much of the nation’s digital networks

 

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Aga Khan University grads equipped to lead in a “borderless” world, says President Rasul — The Ismaili org

Mawlana Hazar Imam and AKU President Firoz Rasul lead the procession out of the convocation hall, followed by AKU Trustees Princess Zahra and Yusuf Keshavjee.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and AKU President Firoz Rasul lead the procession out of the convocation hall, followed by AKU Trustees Princess Zahra and Yusuf Keshavjee. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

A graduand receives her degree from the Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, at the 2015 convocation ceremony in Kampala.

A graduand receives her degree from the Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, at the 2015 convocation ceremony in Kampala. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Kampala, 26 February 2015 — “A borderless world offers both unprecedented challenges and extraordinary opportunities,” said Firoz Rasul. “AKU’s mission is to educate the leaders East Africa needs for this era.”

The President of the Aga Khan University was addressing the university’s 2015 convocation in Kampala today, which was held in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, the Chancellor of AKU.

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» Video: AKU Kampala 2015 Convocation – Full Ceremony

Citing the 2008 financial crisis and the recent outbreak and spread of Ebola in West Africa as examples of “global interconnection enabling events to race ahead of our capacity to understand or respond to them,” President Rasul said that the temptation to think in simple terms of containment and isolation must be resisted. The challenges of an interconnected world call for leaders who can work together to harness “good ideas, new perspectives and innovations.”

The Kampala convocation is the second of three gatherings that mark 15 years of the Aga Khan University’s presence in East Africa. Attending the event with the graduands and their families were a number of distinguished leaders, including the Speaker of the Uganda Parliament, Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga; AKU Trustees, including Princess Zahra and Yusuf Keshavjee; as well as faculty, staff, donors and diplomats.

Being part of the knowledge society of the 21st century requires “embracing the values of collaboration and coordination, openness and partnership, choice and diversity,” said President Rasul, quoting words spoken by Mawlana Hazar Imam at the university’s 2006 convocation in Karachi. That concept of collaboration — working across disciplines, differences and frontiers that might once have been seen as barriers — will shape the Aga Khan University of the next 15 years, especially in East Africa.

“From the start over thirty years ago, this University’s founding blueprint envisioned a multi-campus, multi-continental university,” said Mawlana Hazar Imam in his Kampala address. “That vision,” he said, “is now coming true.”

“Here in Uganda, we will focus on achieving international levels of health care – especially for non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes,” said Hazar Imam. “We plan to establish a new Aga Khan University Hospital in Kampala, as well as several medical centres in the other places across the country.”

Additional AKU campuses and facilities are planned for Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi housing programmes in the liberal arts, sciences, education, health, business, public policy, and various professions.

“They will be sites of collaboration and cross-pollination” explained President Rasul. “We want to create an environment in which conversations between biologists and sociologists, ecologists and philosophers, economists and anthropologists open up new perspectives on our world.”

Aga Khan University graduates are equipped to be leaders, said President Rasul, “and the hallmark of a leader is the understanding that real change happens when like-minded individuals are united in pursuit of the same goal.” He urged them to look to one another for support as they work to address the challenges that they will face in the years ahead.

 

“You are part of a remarkable community — the community of AKU,” he said. “Your journey, your classmates’ journeys and your University’s journey are linked.”

“If we all act on the basis of that understanding, I believe our shared future will be very bright indeed.”

 

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Aga Khan to invest $1.2B in education and health in East Africa – NTV co Uganda

The Aga Khan was speaking at the 15th Convocation ceremony for the Aga Khan University where 49 students graduated in various medical disciplines at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Thursday morning.

 

 

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Israel struggles to stop archaeological site raids — Al Monitor com

ISRAEL-TREASURE/

Ancient gold coins are displayed in Caesarea, north of Tel Aviv, Feb. 18, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Nir Elias)

 

The staff of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) gets very nervous whenever news breaks that a large archaeological treasure has been found. That is what happened Feb. 17, when amateur divers discovered a treasure trove of rare, ancient coins near the ancient port town of Caesarea. “We know that the discovery of a treasure of this size, and the publicity that such a find receives in the media causes people to think that they can find treasures just about anywhere,” Eitan Klein, deputy director of the Unit to Prevent Antiquities Theft at the IAA, told Al-Monitor.

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Israel has been considered a major crossroads of international commerce throughout almost all of human history. As such, it is full of archaeological sites. The IAA estimates that there are about 30,000 such sites in the country, most of them not even fenced off. Anyone who wants to can start digging. And as it turns out, a lot of people do.

 

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His Highness the Aga Khan meets with President Museveni

Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Museveni meet at the State House in Entebbe, Uganda. AKD . Zahur Ramji

Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Museveni meet at the State House in Entebbe, Uganda. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Entebbe, Uganda, 25 February 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam called on His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni at the State House in Entebbe today.

Hazar Imam arrived in Uganda yesterday and will preside over the second of three East African convocation ceremonies of the Aga Khan University in Kampala tomorrow. AKU is celebrating 15 years of being in the region, and the Imam will participate in his capacity as Chancellor of the university.

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 WEBCAST: AKU 2015 Convocation in Kampala
» EVENT: Aga Khan University 2015 Convocations in East Africa

 

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Mother Teresa’s Christian faith does not undermine her social work — Hindustan Times com | Chief Mohan Bhagwat also praised the AKDN …

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday cast aspersions on the work done by late Mother Teresa saying that she did good work with the ulterior motive of converting people to Christianity.

He said: “Mother Teresa’s service would have been good. But it used to have one objective to convert the person, who was being served, into a Christian.”

Many people — mainly Christians and opposition leaders —condemned Bhagwat’s statement. The spokesperson for the Missionaries of Charity (MoC) said that Bhagwat’s “comments reflect how misinformed he is.”

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To accept that Mother Teresa was a great social worker and at the same time an ardent Christian is not at odds, but at a certain level complement each other. Some of the greatest social work has come from people of faith and organisations that have a religious leaning. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), for example. The AKDN is well-known for its work in various sectors like health, rural development, education, etc in Asia and Africa. While it does not ‘restrict its work to a particular community, country or region’, the AKDN is ‘underpinned by the ethical principles of Islam’. The Ramakrishna Mission is a spiritual movement that has a worldwide presence, and its philanthropic and educational endeavours have brought succour to many people.

 

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Mohan Bhagwat on Wikipedia org

Mohan Madhukar Bhagawat (born 11 September 1950) is the chief of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in India. He was chosen as the successor to K. S. Sudarshan in March 2009 .[1]

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Mohan Bhagwat

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Born
11 September 1950 (age 64)
Chandrapur, Maharashtra

Nationality
Indian

Occupation
Sarsanghchalak (RSS Chief)

Organization
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh

Term
21 March 2009 – Incumbent

Predecessor
K. S. Sudarshan

Religion
Hinduism

Website

http://www.mohanbhagwat.com

 

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His Highness the Aga Khan arrives in Uganda to preside over the university’s 2015 convocation in Kampala.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Uganda's acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Oryem Okello. MOFA -Fahad Mugga

At Entebbe, Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Uganda’s acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Oryem Okello. MOFA / Fahad Mugga

Princess Zahra is presented with flowers upon her arrival in Uganda. MOFA -Fahad Mugga

Princess Zahra is presented with flowers upon her arrival in Uganda. MOFA / Fahad Mugga

Kampala, 24 February 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Uganda today, following the completion of the convocation ceremony of the Aga Khan University, Tanzania. He was accompanied by Princess Zahra.

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» EVENT: Aga Khan University 2015 Convocations in East Africa

At Entebbe Airport, Mawlana Hazar Imam was received on behalf of the Government of Uganda by acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Oryem Okello and Deputy Chief of Protocol Aisa Ismail. AKDN Representative Mahmood Ahmed and Mohamed Lalani, President of Ismaili Council for Uganda greeted Hazar Imam upon his arrival.

Thursday, Hazar Imam will preside over the university’s 2015 convocation in Kampala.

 

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