Al-Ahram Weekly, Egypt - Issue No. 597 - Opinion: Ahead of the UN Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this month, Sadruddin Aga Khan questions the very notion of sustainable development. The following is the text of a recent speech he delivered: It will be my thesis today that the dogma of 'sustainable development' is inherently misleading, and is now deluding our mindsets in much the same way as the flat earth theory once did -- but with implications which are infinitely more dangerous to our future survival.
AL-AHRAM WEEKLY ONLINE : The programme to preserve and restore Egypt's Islamic heritage is in full swing, reports Nevine El-Aref. One of the important components of the city's architectural and social history is the eastern wall, built in the late 12th century by Salaheddin El-Ayyubi (Saladin), founder of the Ayyubid Empire. Six years ago the Ministry, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, launched a programme to preserve part of Cairo's Islamic heritage and save this distinguished Ayyubid architecture from destruction.
Boston Globe. The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, spoke at MIT's Media Laboratory with the presidents of Harvard and MIT at the debut of ArchNet. With just a personal computer and Internet connection, scholars, students and professionals in the developing world will have access to a Web site with more than 600,000 images, and 6,000 members in 110 countries. ''Historically, the Islamic world has stood out in the area of design, but if you look at higher education in the Islamic world,'' there are problems, the Aga Khan said.
North Shore News - Vancouver. 'Volunteerism. Compassion and consideration. Friendship. The value of prayer and spirituality. The importance of being a part of a global community. Before an audience of 200 community and business leaders, members of her jamat (mosque) and invited guests, 12-year-old Zahra Amarshi spoke eloquently of these and other tenets of her faith. Amarshi is a Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim. Like other girls her age, she's a Pathfinder, likes shopping, listens to pop music and is a huge Canucks fan (Todd Bertuzzi is her favourite player).
Japan to grant Rs4.5m for water channel: GILGIT, Oct 25: The Japanese government will grant Rs4.5m for construction of a water channel at Khudabad, upper Hunza. The channel, after its completion, will irrigate over 1500 kanals of barren land. This was announced by a 4-member Japanese delegation that visited Khudabad and Nagar areas to examine various ongoing development projects undertaken by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), the other day in Hunza.
Dana Micucci write: 'The instability that we see around the world, from Afghanistan to Central Europe, is a consequence of the rejection of cultural pluralism,' said the Aga Khan, a man who knows a great deal about cultural pluralism. He blames that rejection on the enormous gulf of knowledge between the Islamic and the non-Islamic world, a situation that, he said, leaves him deeply saddened.
(CNN) -- Prince Karim Aga Khan is considered one of the most influential voices in the Muslim world. The 65-year-old spiritual head of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims is a direct descendant of the prophet Mohammed and one of the world's wealthiest men. His foundation, the Aga Khan Development Network, has been working to raise money to help in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff sat down for an interview with the Aga Khan last week.
Dushanbe [BBC]: The World Bank will give Tajikistan three credits worth a total of 32.5m dollars. Agreements on these credits were signed in Almaty on 3 July. longside the World Bank, two separate lenders, namely the Swiss government and the Aga Khan Fund for economic development, are taking part in implementing a project to complete the construction of the Pomir-1 hydro-electric power station and to put it into operation. They allocated 5m dollars and 7.5m dollars respectively.
Bishkek - at 10 AM a Keynote Speech was given by H.H. The Aga Khan on 'Building partnerships for sustainable mountain development. According to Kabar News, 'The work of the Bishkek Global Mountain Summit is continued at the plenary meeting in the Government House. After the speech of His Highness Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, many participants of the programme 'International Partnership for Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions' expressed their opinions on significance of partnership for mountain regions in the modern world.
New Vision (Kampala) : The private and non-government sector are well placed to come up with well focused, creative, time-bound and efficient implementation and monitoring capacities. This is the niche that the Aga Khan Education Service Uganda has identified and come in to fill for government-aided schools within Kampala City Council under the Enhancement of Universal Primary Education in Kampala (EUPEK) project.
Eurasianet: Speaker of the lower parliamentary chamber, the Legislative Assembly, Abdygany Erkebaev received in Bishkek on 30 October Prince Agha-Khan the Fourth, leader of the world Ismailits, discussing possible help from the Agha Khan Foundation to mountainous regions of Kyrgyzstan.
Karachi: President Gen Pervez Musharraf has appointed Dr Shamsh Kassim Lakha, President, Aga Khan University, as chairman of the Steering Committee on Higher Education. As Chairman, Dr Kassim Lakha will have the status of a Minister of State and will report directly to the President of Pakistan on matters relating to the working of the committee, according to a press release issued by the Aga Khan University here on Monday.
Bishkek, November 1. (KABAR). President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev arrived in Kyrggyzstan to participate in the work of the Bishkek Global Mountain Summit. According to the press service of the Kyrgyz Government, the leader of Kazakhstan intends to have dinner with President of the Kyrgyz Republic Askar Akaev and to meet with His Highness Aga Khan.
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His Highness is expected to meet President Yoweri Museveni and other senior government officials to discuss and review the activities of the Aga Khan development network in Uganda, a statement from his office says. His Highness will meet his followers in Kampala Monday 27th and in Nairobi on Wednesday 29th. His Highness the Aga Khan was welcomed upon arrival at Entebbe Airport Saturday by The Minister of state for International Affairs Tom Butime and Dr Martin Aliker a presidential advisor .
Mowlana Shah Karim arrived in Houston late afternoon with Begum Inaara and Prince Rahim. The live simulcast of the opening ceremony of the new Jamatkhana started in 11 US cities and in Houston at the Reliant Center on 23rd June from 1:45 to 4:30p.m. The Imam met with his Jamat at 9:30a.m. at Reliant Center on June 24th. Later that day, Mowlana Shah Karim went to Austin where he was invited at a reception by Governor Perry. Audio of some speeches is available now. On June 26th, H.H. The Aga Khan performed with Colin Powel the opening of the Silk Road Festival in Washington.
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Mowlana Shah Karim attended the Canadian International at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. His horse Alasha trained by Sir Michael Stoute and jockey Johnny Murtagh raced at 2:26 PM and came in second in the Taylor Stakes. At the finish of the mile and one-quarter classic, contested over a turf course listed as yielding, Fraulein and red-hot jockey Kevin Darley prevailed by one length over a closing Alasha. From Woodbine, Mowlana Shah Karim went to visit the site of the proposed high profile Jamatkhana.
Horizon - The Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi, has started training doctors in a new surgical technology. The hospital has set up a regional training centre at which surgeons will be trained in minimum access surgery also known as laparoscopic surgery. This technic was introduced at the hospital two years ago and doctors have successfully performed close to 500 operations using it. The training, the fifth to be held, starts today and will last for two days. The 14 participants are doctors and nurses from the east and central African region.
: (New Vision/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- PROF. Gilbert Bukenya, the Minister for the Presidency, has hailed members of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) for their contribution towards developing Uganda's education and economy, reports Geresom Musamali... Bukenya said the Aga Khan is a kingdom without political boundaries that has been associated with the highest quality of education worldwide.