India

New post on iPad. Some apparently worthy links on the Anna Hazare developments. Can this work in Pakistan?  There is already a copycat faster in Ansar Burney…

The Vice of Tokyo

Jake Adelstein wrote Tokyo Vice.

Kashmir Protests

Recent protests and an opinionated history.

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Best of Men

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: It was
asked, “O Messenger of Allah! Who is the most honourable amongst
mankind?” He (PBUH) said, “The most honourable of them is one who is
the most pious of them.” They said, “We are not asking about this”.
He said, “Then, the most honourable of men was Yusuf  (Joseph), the
Prophet of Allah, the son of  Allah’s Prophet, who was the son of
the Prophet of Allah, who was the son of the Khalil of Allah (i.e.,
Ibrahim (PBUH))’ They said, “We are not asking you about this.” He
enquired, “Are you then asking me about the classes of the Arabs? The
best of them in the Pre-Islamic Period of  Ignorance are the best of
them in Islam, provided they comprehend the religious knowledge”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Note the three-way possible interpretation of the above Hadith.  What if the Prophet (SAW) was able to understand what the Sahabah were asking?  Would we then go around proclaiming that pre-Islamic Arabs are the best people in humanity?  Consideration due.

Great Ads and Video – Slow Motion, Time Evolution

Some great ads and video that timelapse lives and times in a twist of sound and video.  And this.  Via MeFi.

The vimeo link showcases the Canon 5D MKII.

Krugman vs Stiglitz on the Chinese currency manipulation.

The One-State Solution

The case for the one-state solution.  There is much talking amongst the powerhouses.  In order of linkage: Dmitry Reider (FP), Edward Said, Ali Abunimah, Ghada Karmi, Jerusalem mayor Meron Benvenisti, Tariq Ali, Daniel Lazare, Uri Avnery, Tony Judt,  the Onestate.net articles page, and, um, Muammar Qaddafi.