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India received $14.3 billion from Pakistan in 3 years

India received an estimated $14.36 billion in remittances from Pakistan in last three years, if World Bank’s ‘analytical estimates’ are to be believed. Interestingly, World Bank itself says this is “not an actual official data” and only “an estimate based on logical assumptions”. The World Bank’s Migration and Remittances Factbook 2016 says, “India was the largest remittance receiving country, with an estimated $72 billion in 2015, followed by China ($64 billion) and the Philippines ($30 billion).”

The Grand Old man: Anti Racist, Anti Colonialist

In the 19th century, European imperialism colonised most of the African and Asian countries and was perhaps at its zenith regarding its success as a blessing of God. The political power and domination over colonies created a sense of pride and arrogance among European nations to condescend the colonised nations as backward and uncivilised. The imperialist policies were supported by European intellectuals who provided theories for its justification. It was during this period that the racist theory was circulated among the European societies with the assertion that the white race was endowed with special qualities by nature, and hence was believed to be superior and they had a moral right to rule over the inferior races of African and Asian countries. When Darwin’s book, The Origin of Species, was published in 1859, his theory of evolution was misinterpreted by the racists as social Darwinism and they popularised the idea of hegemony of the white race over non-white nations. In 1863, J

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

"We can hear the cosmos." The scientific world is still reeling over the first ever detection of ripples in the fabric of space-time, called gravitational waves. Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry. One scientist from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment, which announced the detection of gravitational waves on February 11, shared what is perhaps the most beautiful and poignant description Tech Insider has heard so far. Physicist Szabi Marka, a LIGO collaborator based at Columbia University, gushed about the coming scientific revolution to a crowded Columbia lecture hall in New York. "The skies will never be the same," Marka told the audience, mainly physics students. "Gravitational waves will let us listen t

Artificial Intelligence (AI) 'could leave half of world unemployed

Scientist Moshe Vardi tells colleagues that change could come within 30 years, with few professions immune to effect of advanced artificial intelligence. Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence’s threat to the economy should not be understated. Expert Moshe Vardi told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): “We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task. “I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: if machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?” Physicist Stephen Hawking and the tech billionaires Bill Gates and Elon Musk issued a similar warning last year. Hawking warned that AI “could spell the end of the human race” and Musk said it represents “our biggest existential threat”. The fear of artificial intell

From Atheism To Violent Extremism: The 8 Stages Of Religiosity

Today, in the frightening milieu of religious extremism, intolerance, and terrorist attacks, one gets a little uncomfortable even mentioning of the word "religion". Very often, in TV shows and debates I see younger the generation boiling with a rebellion of sorts against religion. Suddenly, people with tilaks, skull caps, robes and gowns have started to symbolise the sources of all the conflict in the world. While it's true that a bunch of terrorists and extremists pose a grave threat to world peace and human civilisation, I think it is misguided to malign and vilify all those who publicly profess their religious identity and display its symbols. Therefore, it becomes crucial to explore the journey of religiosity to find out the nuances of the phenomenon in which a person travels from atheism or most basic theism to religious extremism. The earliest stage could be atheism, which means an absence of faith in any omniscient, omnipotent being or supersensible entities like

The long history of Muslims and Christians killing people together

In 1683, a vast Ottoman army camped outside the gates of Vienna. For centuries thereafter, the siege and final decisive battle that took place would be cast as a defining moment in a clash of civilizations -- that time the forces of Islam were halted at the ramparts of Christendom. Yet look just a little bit harder, and that tidy narrative falls apart. The Ottoman assault had been coordinated in league with French King Louis XIV. And perhaps more than half of the soldiers seeking to capture the Austrian capital were Christians themselves. There were Greeks, Armenians, Hungarians, Bulgarians, Romanians, Serbs, all fighting alongside Arabs, Turks, Kurds and others in the Ottoman ranks. One of the main figures joining the Turkish campaign was Imre Thokoly, who was a Protestant born in what's now Slovakia and  an avowed Hungarian nationalist . Tens of thousands of Hungarian peasants who were angry at the rapacious behavior of the Catholic Church, and the imperial Habsburg dyna

The Ark Before Noah by Irving Finkel

 The story of the Flood retold, An account of the Flood significantly different from that told in the Bible should have resonances with modern audiences Dr Irving 》》》》》》》 Related: Genesis of Terror & Road to Peace ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  ~ ~ ~  ~ Humanity,  Religion ,  Culture ,  Science ,  Peace  A Project of  Peace   Forum Network Peace Forum Network Mags Books ,  Articles ,   Blogs ,  Magazines ,   Videos ,  Social Media Overall 2 Million visits/hits Follow @Peace_Forum

Makkah, The sacred city

In the name of icon-smashing, the Saudis have almost completely destroyed the city’s built culture, making instead a steel and glass “haven of consumerism”. The luxurious Royal Makkah Clock Tower, an unfeasibly silly and vertiginous development overlooking the massively expanded holy sanctuary, symbolises this “eruption of architectural bling”, though in truth “even the relatively poor are incited to shop at every available moment”. Shopping has always been part of Mecca but now, Sardar says, the pilgrimage is an adjunct to the retail, not the other way around.》》》》》》 Related: Genesis of Terror & Road to Peace ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  ~ ~ ~  ~ Humanity,  Religion ,  Culture ,  Science ,  Peace  A Project of  Peace   Forum Network Peace Forum Network Mags Books ,  Articles ,   Blogs ,  Magazines ,   Videos ,  Social Media Overall 2 Million visits/hits Follo

Zika Virus- Basic information

There are many things we don’t know about Zika virus, the mosquito-borne disease that may infect three to four million people before the epidemic dies out, according to the World Health Organization. Experts suspect Zika may be responsible for thousands of babies born with birth defects and an increase in neurological disorders, but it’s going to be a while before we have clear answers on if, and how, the virus actually causes these problems.》》》》》 Related: Genesis of Terror & Road to Peace ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  ~ ~ ~  ~ Humanity,  Religion ,  Culture ,  Science ,  Peace  A Project of  Peace   Forum Network Peace Forum Network Mags Books ,  Articles ,   Blogs ,  Magazines ,   Videos ,  Social Media Overall 2 Million visits/hits Follow @Peace_Forum

What it like being a Muslim during the US presidential elections?

Barack Obama used his  first presidential visit to an American mosque  on Wednesday to call for writers and producers to create more rounded Muslim characters on television. If you’re a Muslim living in America, we want to know what you think of Obama’s comments, what it’s like living in the US, and what you think of the presidential candidates’ views of  Islam . The president addressed  thousands of attendees at the Islamic Society of Baltimore  on Wednesday, and said many Americans do not know a Muslim person and form a “hugely distorted impression” based on TV, film and negative news reports. Since 9/11, Paris and San Bernardino attacks, he continued, “You’ve seen too often people conflating the horrific acts of terrorism with the beliefs of an entire faith. “And of course recently we’ve heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim Americans that has no place in our country. No surprise, then, that threats and harassment of Muslim Americans have surged.” Republica

Questions you have to answer!

Today’s young parents should indeed be prepared to be asked some awkward questions by their children when they grow up.  Why were you quiet even after thousands of Pakistanis were slaughtered by extremists?  What was the state waiting for before finally launching a military operation against the extremists?  Were you looking the other way when schoolgirls were being shot in the face and then called agents?  How did you react when students were being cut down at schools and universities? Why did you allow such a situation to exist?  Why don’t you talk about it?  Are you ashamed of it, or did you actually defend what the extremists were doing? Pakistani children today are living in extremely testing times. Their memory of such a time is bound to finally make them ask some pointed and difficult questions from their parents and the state of Pakistan when they grow up.  So be ready, and more so, be honest. Smokers’ Corner: Generation landslide - Pakistan - DAWN.COM Re

World disorder

HENRY Kissinger’s last book World Order could more aptly have been entitled ‘World Disorder’. As he observes, there has never been a ‘world order’. Today, in a globalised world, as disparate civilisations meet in the midst of a historic transition from Western domination to multipolarity, constructing a world order has become an existential compulsion. However, the challenges in the way of achieving this are complex and daunting. Asian drama The most significant evolution under way is the multifaceted relationship between a powerful yet anxious America and a rising China. The Greek historian, Thucydides, posited the inevitability of conflict between a ruling and a rising power. Kissinger lists 15 such instances in history of which 10 led to conflict. Hopefully, given the significant interdependence between the US and China and their convergence of interest on myriad regional and global issues, such as climate change and sustainable development, they will be able to avoid the