Current #Egypt crisis not really about politics. It’s about the ongoing breakdown of the Egyptian state, which political dialogue won’t fix.— Eric Trager (@EricTrager18) January 27, 2013
I have a question re: Islam/Quran
and I think he is the best person for this question.
The level of reading - methodologies he developed - he is the guy - I should throw this question.
But I failed to get in touch with him before he left Tumblr :(
He said there will be several days but he just got off in 24 hrs. Anyway I will be writing it up so that in case I can ask someone else.
But I do want his take, also want to let him know that my thinking came this far :(
In a move that has prompted a demand for a UN investigation by Iran’s most celebrated human rights campaigner, the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, 36 universities have announced that 77 BA and BSc courses in the coming academic year will be “single gender” and effectively exclusive to men.
It follows years in which Iranian women students have outperformed men, a trend at odds with the traditional male-dominated outlook of the country’s religious leaders. Women outnumbered men by three to two in passing this year’s university entrance exam.
Senior clerics in Iran’s theocratic regime have become concerned about the social side-effects of rising educational standards among women, including declining birth and marriage rates.
Under the new policy, women undergraduates will be excluded from a broad range of studies in some of the country’s leading institutions, including English literature, English translation, hotel management, archaeology, nuclear physics, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and business management.
The Oil Industry University, which has several campuses across the country, says it will no longer accept female students at all, citing a lack of employer demand. Isfahan University provided a similar rationale for excluding women from its mining engineering degree, claiming 98% of female graduates ended up jobless.
Kadima has 28 seats in Israel’s parliament. Its departure would not immediately undermine Netanyahu’s government but could seriously weaken his large coalition and move up national elections, now expected to be held in November 2013.
Ya’alon accused Kadima of “creating a deliberate impasse,” telling reporters the government could survive without meeting the August 1 deadline by following the current exemptions policy pending new legislation.
“If the law is not passed by August 1, we shall implement the necessary military directives,” Ya’alon said.
Mofaz wants the new draft legislation approved in parliament before it adjourns for summer recess this month.
It’s, to my foreign eyes, looks like an another expression of (problematic) worsening quality of Israeli domestic politics.
Though, by reading into details and few long term visions on this issue - it reads like Religious right will probably accept some compromise.
But I’m not sure that compromise could be worked out sufficiently in such short time frame (before Kadima/Mofaz exits the coalition - which is not really clear - by when? Tomorrow? This week? or little more longer? ) or - more ‘extended’ time frame will be agreed -
Anyway, without more specifics, general view is - like this
Kadima can exit. But by so far it’s predicted to die soon.
It is likely that as soon as Mofaz exits the government - and given Netanyahu’s apparent unwillingness to compromise, he almost certainly will - there will be an immediate push to dissolve the government and go to elections. This will be somewhat difficult to accomplish, since Netanyahu will likely fight it with everything he has, and Mofaz will still be facing the hard reality that Kadima is very unpopular with voters, and will likely lose and lose badly.
Nonetheless, if no resolution is reached by Sunday, Mofaz will not be able to stay in government without forfeiting what little credibility he has left. In addition, Netanyahu - despite his current travails - remains popular enough to make the prospect of elections a less-than effective threat. What happens next, then, is anybody’s guess.
*There should be more reliable overview piece - by - like NYTimes *I can’t find it yet. Somehow. * But it’s so - local - I have hard time piecing together all fragmented reports from (many) Lebanese English news sites. Headache. So jotting down. Do not trust.
I’m still waiting some reliable overview for a layperson.