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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Notations From the Grid (Week-End Edition) : On #France, #Islam & #Iran

On the dawn of the weekend, we can't help but underscore our profound sadness at the events in France.   This is as we continue to be witness to carnage on a worldwide basis as we hope that the Syria Conference that is about to begin and the G20 Conference shortly thereafter will work to address the fundemental challenges.  

We normally focus on Education here and what we chose for the weekend is in this spirit as we have been  assessing the on-going horrific attacks in Paris.      As the extent of the carnage is becoming clear, the stories of people coming together has been gratifying.   Our team was so moved as we saw images of the people singing the National Anthem of France at the Stad De France (the National Stadium) as they were being evacuated.   There are also reports of people opening up their homes to give shelter and taxis not charging any fees--humanity in action.

What has been of concern is some of the comments especially over the grid over blaming Muslims.   It was quite timely as Professor Juan Cole released this on Informed Comment:

Top Ten Ways Islamic Law forbids Terrorism
Posted by Juan R. I. Cole on Friday, November 13, 2015

The condementations from the World has been far and wide.   President Rouhani of Iran was the latest as he called the carnage in France a crime against humanity as he postpones his trip to France.   We will continue to monitor as we ran across this which is so critical to embrace:

It is also just as critical for the teachings of the Prophet Mohammad to be remembered as the World comes to grips with the aftermath of the carnage of Paris.

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