Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"The drama seems infused, suddenly, with important complexity, with great questions of war, peace, civilian casualties
"Inspiring" -- The Observer (U.K.)
Join British historian Bettany Hughes as she examines a long-buried chapter of European history--the rise and fall of Islamic culture in what is now Spain and Portugal. Although generations of Spanish rulers have tried to expunge this era from the historical record, recent archaeology and scholarship now shed fresh light on the Moors who flourished in Al-Andalus for more than 700 years.
This fascinating two-part documentary explodes old stereotypes and offers shocking new insights. You’ll discover the ingenious mathematics behind Granada’s dazzling Alhambra Palace, trace El Cid’s lineage to his Moorish roots, and learn how the Iberian population willingly converted to Islam in droves.
Through interviews with noted scholars, you’ll see how Moorish advances in mathematics, astronomy, art, and agriculture helped propel the West out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance. What emerges is a richly detailed portrait of a sensuous, inquisitive, and remarkably progressive Islamic culture in Christian Europe.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
One of the most highlighted news by several media entities reported the nomination of Mustafa Kamal as the World’s Second Best Mayor by the Foreign Policy Magazine.
Based on a quick investigation, it was revealed that this story was a misleading and was actually fabricated to be used as a propaganda tool by MQM. In fact, Karachi has been ranked at 57th out of 60 global cities by the Foreign Policy Magazine at their website.
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Please also note that Mustafa Kamal’s name was only mentioned as the “Mayor of City Ranked at 57? in the world and there was NO ranking of any Mayors by the the FP Magazine.
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Query for Misreporting in Pakistan
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Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:35 PM
Subject: Verification of News item Referred to FOREIGN POLICY
It has been reported in some media entities in Pakistan that Mustafa Kamal (Mayor of Karachi) has been 'Ranked' as # 2 in the best Mayors of the world by your organisation. Can you please verify this news item. Also what is the criteria for Ranking of Mayors ?
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Thanks and Regards,
-----Reply from Foreign Policy Magazine----
To clarify, the mayor's mention in our magazine was not a ranking. Although Kamal was mentioned in a sidebar called 'Mayors of the Moment' in the article, 'The 2008 Global Cities Index,' this mention was not meant as a ranking per se. Rather, we meant to highlight city executives doing innovative things against enormous odds. While we applaud Kamal's efforts, his mention in our magazine was only a small part of a larger article that ranked the world's most global cities (Karachi ranked #57).
I hope this explains your question. Please feel free to reach me with any concerns or comments.
Media & Public Relations Coordinator
FOREIGN POLICY magazine
I don't care what ranking our mayors get world over because I know the two mayors I mentioned in that post are true leaders, they work hard, day in & day out to improve living conditions in the city we live. So, it doesn't matter if the number is 2 or 57, as far as Karachi is concern, they are #1.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Also do not forget, Naimatullah Khan, who was the best performing mayor back in 2005 and really set the stage for a positive competition. Credit to goes all who work hard to resolve people problems no matter which party they belong.