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The War Criminal Next Door – By Nick Donovan | Foreign Policy

The War Criminal Next Door – By Nick Donovan | Foreign Policy.

September 8, 2010 Posted by | Auschwitz, crime, history, war | | Leave a comment

Deepak Chopra: Stephen Hawkings Grand Book — Where Is the Design?

Deepak Chopra: Stephen Hawkings Grand Book — Where Is the Design?.

September 8, 2010 Posted by | religion, science | Leave a comment

Stephen Hawking: Science Makes God Unnecessary – ABC News

Stephen Hawking: Science Makes God Unnecessary – ABC News.

September 8, 2010 Posted by | religion, science, social | 1 Comment

Muslim mason immortalized at French cathedral

A Muslim stonemason who spent nearly four decades helping to restore a Roman Catholic cathedral in France has been immortalized as a winged gargoyle peering out from its facade — with the inscription “God is great” written in French and Arabic.

It was conceived as a symbol of inter-religious friendship that reflects the city of Lyon’s links to its large Muslim population. But a widely publicized outcry from a small extreme-right group has forced the Archdiocese of Lyon into damage control.

“This has nothing to do with religion. It’s a sculptor who wants to pay homage to a construction site chief,” said the Rev. Michel Cacaud, rector of the cathedral. “That’s all.”

In France, where Islam is the country’s second religion, the government has worked to integrate Muslims into French culture, while at the same time confronting cases of Islamophobia, from the desecration of Muslim graves to attacks on mosques.

Ahmed Benzizine, who was born in Algeria, a former French colony, sees the gargoyle in his image as “a message of peace and tolerance.”

“When I started to work in churches … exactly 37 years ago, it was considered a sin that a Muslim enter a place of worship other than a mosque,” he said.

He has worked off and on since 1973 at St. Jean Cathedral, which dominates the old city of Lyon and has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Benzizine is tickled to see his likeness on the facade of the cathedral, which dates to the 12th to 14th centuries and combines both Gothic and Roman architecture.

“It looks like me except for the ears,” the 59-year-old told The Associated Press. “They’re pointed like the devil. But the sculptor told me that angels have pointed ears, too.”

He likes the idea that he’ll still be around in stone when his friends are long gone.

“I tell my buddies … I’m present in this stone so I can tell them if the neighborhood has changed,” he said, laughing.

For Emmanuel Fourchet, the sculptor who immortalized Benzizine, “it was an occasion to pay tribute.”

“I’ve known him for more than 20 years. He was already working in churches when I wasn’t even a stonemason apprentice. This is an acknowledgment,” he said.

Gargoyles, usually grotesque creatures with open mouths originally used as water spouts, dot the facades of cathedrals in France and elsewhere.

September 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Inside The Mind of a Suicide Bomber

September 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Making of Modern China – Photo Essays – TIME

The Making of Modern China – Photo Essays – TIME.1959: The Dalai Lama Flees Tibet
Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, sixth from left, rests with members of an escape party who protected him during his flight across the Himalayas to exile. The Dalai Lama left the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, on the night of March 17 after a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1924825_1951839,00.html#ixzz0ywNRUeof

September 8, 2010 Posted by | culture, history, politics, religion, social | 1 Comment

Abhinav Bharat, the Malegaon Blast and Hindu Nationalism: Resisting and Emulating Islamist Terrorism

Abhinav Bharat, the Malegaon Blast and Hindu Nationalism: Resisting and Emulating Islamist Terrorism.

September 8, 2010 Posted by | culture, global, history, India, politics, social, Terrorism, war | | Leave a comment

French actor Jean Rochefort spent a year learning English to play Quixote

French actor Jean Rochefort spent a year learning English to play Quixote Click link for photos..

September 8, 2010 Posted by | death, entertainment, media | Leave a comment

The Dart: an exhibition by Kurt Jackson | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The Dart: an exhibition by Kurt Jackson | Environment | guardian.co.uk. Beautiful paintings.

September 8, 2010 Posted by | art | Leave a comment

Little Rock Nine on the frontline | World news | guardian.co.uk

Little Rock Nine on the frontline | World news | guardian.co.uk.

September 8, 2010 Posted by | freedom, history, social | | Leave a comment