Our democratic institutions are crumbling. The separation of Church and State has inevitably turned into a separation of morals from government, turning governments into skeletal bodies with little to no moral compass.
Many today believe faith, particularly Islam, is incompatible with democracy and that refugees cannot understand or contribute to democracies, yet the Athens Democracy Forum invited two keynote speakers to address the challenges and opportunities of government: a refugee and a Muslim.
ICOMOS-UK To Launch Cultural Heritage Manifesto in 50th Anniversary Year
Posted By: Sarah Yates
In its 50th anniversary year, and at a time when our global heritage is ever more under threat of destruction, ICOMOS-UK (the UK National Committee of ICOMOS: International Council on Monuments and Sites) is calling for a new approach to the way we all sustain, promote and benefit from cultural heritage through the launch of its landmark Cultural Heritage Manifesto.
THE Aga Khan Trust for Culture, one of the world’s premier organisation involved in matters of architecture, conservation and urban planning, will continue helping Malaysia protect, develop and enhance George Town, Penang.
The trust has extended its contract with Think City Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd) and Penang state government for another three years and will provide technical assistance to preserve the town, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO is 2008.
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum 2015-09-15Posted September 15th, 2015 by librarian-hd
Former Prime Ministers
Ms Alkistis Protopsalti, Minister of Tourism
Your Worship, Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Former Governor General of Canada
Ms Annika Savill, Executive Head of the UN Democracy Fund
Mr Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President, International, The New York Times Company
There is something about Kenya that many of our people don't seem to fully appreciate.
This is that we are a vibrant democracy surrounded by authoritarian states. Indeed I would say that some of the nations in our neighbourhood are "militaristic authoritarian states". Think about it for a minute.
In Tanzania, it's only now for the first time that there is a genuine chance of the opposition parties wresting power from the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), which has ruled since independence.
For all intents and purposes, Tanzania has been a single party state for the last 50 years.
Today 69th anniversary of Diamond Jubilee Day of Hazrat Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah
The first celebrations were held at Brabourne Stadium in Bomabay, India.
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Dar-es-Salaam followed in August, 1946. To it thousands of people came from all parts of the world, especially lndia, Europe and the Middle East. Hundreds made the journey by air, thousands by train, by car and by lorry, from all parts of Africa, many enduring much hardship in travelling from such out of the way places as Abyssinia, Belgian Congo, Uganda. Convoys of cars came from South Africa.
Hyderabad, India -- The old Qutb Shahi Tombs in India's southern Hyderabad city are getting a new life as they are being restored under a project sponsored by the United States.
The 400-year-old tombs have got grant of over USD100, 000 for the excavation work.
The United States, in collaboration with Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) - world's leading conservation body, are undertaking restoration and conservation project of the royal necropolis, said deputy chief of mission, U.S. embassy, Michael Pelletier.
Declassified documents have revealed this letter from The Secretary of State for the U.S.A to President John Kennedy about Hazar Imam's request for a meeting with the President of the United States of America.
The request was made by a call from Hazar Imam on March 14, 1961
For more info, please see the attachments below.
Maki and Associates has submitted plans for their first UK building. As the Architects' Journal reports, the Japanese firm has designed a nine story, 8,780-square-meter educational space for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) - a group of non-denominational agencies focused on improving the welfare of people in developing areas in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The predominately limestone building pulls cues from its context; its facade is derived from the space within, which in turn responds to the surrounding Kings Cross site.
ISMAILI IMAMAT AGREEMENT WITH PORTUGUESE GOVERNMENT
Both Parties assume, as common objectives, the defence of human dignity, economic and social development, interfaith dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts, as ways of achieving justice and peace;
Affirming the interest of both Parties in the establishment of the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in the territory of the Portuguese Republic and their common will mutually to respect each other’s autonomy in the context of the mutual trust and esteem which has traditionally characterised their relationship;
Agree as follows:
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SEVERSON: It is very rare for the Aga Khan to grant interviews. We caught up with him in Toronto:
(speaking to the Aga Khan): You are a spiritual leader, a businessman, treated like a head of state. I think you were just with the prime minister yesterday. Which of those hats are most important to you?
AGA KHAN: The institutional hat, which is the hat I inherited from my grandfather.
SEVERSON: As a spiritual leader?
AGA KHAN: As the imam of the Ismaili community, by far.
This Agreement establishes the privileges, immunities and facilities extended by the Portuguese Republic to the Ismaili Imamat.
CHAPTER II SEAT OF THE ISMAILI IMAMAT Article 3
The Portuguese Republic shall ensure the conditions for the establishment of the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat within its territory as well as for the exercise of its functions , in accordance with the present agreement
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC AND THE ISMAILI IMAMAT
WHEREAS the 1976 Constitution of the Portuguese Republic and the Religious Freedom
Act enshrine, and Portugal acknowledges, the social importance of the religious
phenomenon, the commitment to the principle of non discriminatory treatment for the
different churches and religious communities and the need to establish enabling conditions
for all citizens to enjoy the freedom of conscience and the right to freely practise religion
Kampala — His Highness the Aga Khan has promised to continue supporting the East African integration so that it can realise its potential in the face of a globalised economy.
Mr Mahmood Ahmed, the diplomatic representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), said His Highness the Aga Khan recently signed an agreement with the regional block secretary general, Mr Richard Sezibera, to strengthen cooperation in that regard.
Sharjah’s Barjeel Art Foundation will showcase work by Arab artists at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum 2015-07-21Posted July 21st, 2015 by librarian-hd
Sharjah’s Barjeel Art Foundation, built on more than 1,000 modern and contemporary Arab artworks from the private collection of its founder Sheikh Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, will launch its first exhibition in North America on Saturday.
The venue is fitting. Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation will open at Toronto’s renowned Aga Khan Museum, whose mission is to foster a greater appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilisations have made to world heritage.
Canada's Seneca College and the University of Central Asia sign milestone partnership agreement 2015-07-08Posted July 8th, 2015 by librarian-hd
BISHKEK, Kyrgyz Republic, July 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Seneca and the University of Central Asia (UCA) signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday that will see Seneca develop a preparatory program for incoming students as the university gets ready to open its first undergraduate campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic next year.
The signing ceremony took place at UCA's Central Administration Office in Bishkek.
July 6, 2015 Updated : July 6, 2015 | 11:15 am
Pan Am flame lights up Aga Khan Park’s debut
By Jessica Smith Cross Metro
Torstar News Service
Aga Khan Park is seen in a June 4 file photo.
The flame for the Pan Am games was a big attraction in the city Sunday, but first the people of Don Mills had a park to welcome.
Visitors to the first major public event at the beautiful Aga Khan Park had plenty to enjoy. The park, located between the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, has reflecting pools, green spaces and trees.