Vecherniy Bishkek - Ahe third stage of the action by the international humanitarian coalition (IHC) to give food aid to Northern Afghanistan is being postponed until the autumn.The chief engineer of the Badakhshonnakliyet (the main freight company) joint-stock company, Kudrat Davlyatenov, told a Vecherniy Bishkek correspondent this, quoting the organizers of the operation. He said that the drivers of the Osh [Kyrgyzstan] and Mountainous Badakhshon [Autonomous Region] (Tajikistan) transport enterprises that are involved in the delivery of humanitarian aid have been sent off on unpaid leave.
New Vision, Uganda: 'PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni yesterday held talks with His Highness, the Aga Khan, who paid a courtesy call on him at the Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel in Entebbe.
Kampala - New Vision: EXAMPLES of excellent students, excellent teachers, and excellent schools can be found worldwide. The challenge for public education, however, is to create school systems where all children experience success; where all teachers have the capacity for excellence and where the evidence of school-wide effectiveness is not limited to a few exemplary schools.
Pakistan Television - By Talat Hussain For News Night : We are delighted and honoured to have as our guest tonight, His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, who is currently visiting Pakistan. Thank you for joining us...
The Dawn News from Karachi writes: 'Speaking on the occasion, Prince Karim Aga Khan said the tourism was a different industry which easily shied away when it perceived threats to security, to health, or from inequitable business practices.'
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.
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.
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).
Lisbon, Portugal: Discussions on Afghanistan and development potential in Angola. Her Highness Begum Inaara Aga Khan, Honorary President of Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an international emergency relief agency yesterday evening met with Portugal
Bishkek, Kirgystan. The meeting of Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev with Prince Aga Khan was held in the Government House. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture launched the Music Initiative in Central Asia. Inauguration of the Aga Khan School was held in southern capital of Kyrgyzstan. H.H. The Aga Khan said that Kyrgyzstan might be unique in the sphere of tourism in Central Asia. According to Prince Aga Khan, his organization intends to start implementation of a programme in Alai and Chon-Alai regions of Osh province.
Kampala - The Nation (Nairobi) -. Training for health workers in the East African region got a major boost with the commissioning of the first international campus of the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Kampala last week. The Advanced Nursing Studies Programme of Aga Khan University (East Africa), developed in response to requests from governments and nursing leaders of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, is fully accredited in Uganda and underway in a newly-equipped campus in Kampala. Preparations for implementation of the programmes in Kenya and Tanzania are in advanced stages.
Gulf News - The European Commission has approved a grant of Rs1.1 billion (Euro 25.5 million) to the Aga Khan Foundation in India to support community based rural development. The grant will contribute towards a long-term programme to enhance and protect livelihoods of disadvantaged rural populations in resource-poor areas of central-west India, where nearly 100 million people depend on a rapidly degrading natural resource base for their livelihoods.
The Globe and Mail. The wealthy Muslim leader and philanthropist was in Ottawa this week to discover the secret of the nation's multicultural success. But he was critical of the U.S. for its simplistic views of good and evil. 'I will not stigmatize a whole population as being evil, whether they are Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu. I can't do that,' he told JOHN STACKHOUSE and PATRICK MARTIN.
CANADA'S PRIME MINISTER CHRETIEN AND AGA KHAN DISCUSS CENTRAL ASIA, PLURALISM AND DEVELOPMENT - 2002-01-30Posted July 10th, 2007 by heritage
OTTAWA - CNW: Canada's Prime Minister Jean Chretien and His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims today together called for an increased commitment to fostering pluralism in societies across both the developing and developed worlds. The Aga Khan was concluding a two day official visit at the invitation of the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada.
The Globe and Mail - Thousands to join 10-city walk on Sunday to further Aga Khan Foundation's work. Karim Mamdani remembers well the smiling face of a woman he met cooking food on her new chula in a village in India. 'I wondered how come she had a big smile on her face. She just got her appliance,' said Mr. Mamdani, the Toronto-area convener for this Sunday's annual World Partnership Walk, organized to raise money for the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.
The Moscow Times - In Central Asia, where authoritarian leaders thwart democracy and Islamic militancy is a threat, a group of international scholars are creating a regional university to bring secular education to people in some of the remotest, most forbidding and poverty-stricken regions. 'We want to give them the opportunity to be modern and remain where their forefathers have lived,' said S.
: Aga Khan Foundation extended its work in neighbouring Tajikistan by starting a new initiative for raising domestic food production. Through its Mountain Societies Development Support Programme, the foundation will develop local farms and bring more farmland under cultivation. At least 80 percent of the population of seven million in Tajikistan lives in poverty, and a third of the children are malnourished.
Dawn - Peshawar. NWFP Governor Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah on Tuesday welcomed a change in the behaviour of people who are demanding education for their daughters. 'The story in the NWFP is similar to that of the other provinces where social taboos confined women to their traditional roles. We are enlightened people, but how many of us allow our womenfolk to participate in decision-making other than bringing up children. Now, the winds of change are blowing across the NWFP, people are demanding education for their children,' he said at a reception.