Millions vote in landmark Egypt elections |Country’s first free vote in decades about to enter a second day, with turnout so far described as “very high”.
Wait. Time out. Are those hieroglyphs on that ballot?
KORAN BY HEART was greeted by standing ovations at all of its recent Tribeca Film Festival screenings. It is an engaging and inspiring film about three 10-year-old kids – two boys and a girl – who come from all over the Islamic world to compete in Cairo’s prestigious Koran-recitation contest during Ramadan. The recitation of the Koran is a revered and deeply religious tradition, and this “Olympics of Koranic recitation” draws Muslim children from over 70 countries around the world.
For more, listen to this NPR story about the film.
Brilliant. TOTALLY seeing this.
If Colbert was giving voice to a September 11 mind-set that still secretly plagued the network’s image—Al Jazeera as a Trojan horse for extremism—Mohyeldin seemed to anticipate the question, assuming the measured voice of reason to Colbert’s contretemps. ‘Unfortunately Americans are being deprived of the choice of watching Al Jazeera,’ he said, ‘and people say that Americans aren’t interested in international news. I think that’s false […] The reality of it is these cable companies which are not carrying Al Jazeera are sadly helping to contribute to the misinformation…’
Sectarian clashes erupt in Egypt’s capital - At least 10 people killed when violence breaks out between Muslims and Christians in Cairo neighbourhood.
This is sad. Let’s hope that everything they fought for doesn’t devolve into a sectarian war.