Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Men’s Health: Sperm Counts in Western Men Plunge by 60% in 40 Years

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One expert commenting on the study said it was the “most comprehensive to date”, and described the figures as “shocking” and a “wake-up call” for urgent research into the reasons driving the fall.

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By Ian Johnston | July 25, 2017

Sperm counts have plunged by nearly 60 per cent in just 40 years among men living in the West, according to a major review of scientific studies that suggests the modern world is causing serious damage to men’s health.

Pesticides, hormone-disrupting chemicals, diet, stress, smoking and obesity have all been “plausibly associated” with the problem, which is associated with a range of other illnesses such as testicular cancer and a generally increased mortality rate.

The researchers who carried out the review said the rate of decline had showed no sign of “levelling off” in recent years.

The same trend was not seen in other parts of the world such as South America, Africa and Asia, although the scientists said fewer studies had been carried out there.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Indonesia: Ahmadis report Manislor village administration over alleged discrimination, again

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Syamsul Alam Agus, an activist from the Satu Keadilan Foundation (YSK), one of the human rights groups assisting Manislor’s Ahmadis in their quest for justice, said the lack of administrative documents had hampered their rights to exercise civil rights and access social services.

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By Margareth S. Aritonang | July 25, 2017

Members of the Ahmadiyah sect in Manislor village in Kuningan, West Java, on Monday reported the local administration to the Indonesian Ombudsman and the Home Ministry’s Population and Civil Registration Agency (Dukcapil) for allegedly forcing Ahmadis in the village to abandon their faith.

It was the second time for Ahmadiyah followers in the village to file such a report.

Submitting their report with the Ombudsman in Jakarta on Monday, 15 members of Manislor’s Ahmadiyah community said the Kuningan regency administration had insisted all Ahmadiyah followers in the village renounce their faith and convert to the “true teaching of Islam” if they wanted the government to issue IDs for them.

USA: Ahmadiyya Muslims bring message of peace to Fond du Lac Public Library, answer questions

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Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have been going door-to-door in communities like Fojnd du Lac, passing out pamphlets to educate people about their religious beliefs and dispel myths.

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By Sharon Roznik | July 25, 2017

FOND DU LAC - Ahmad Khan works as a developer in the information technology field for Society Insurance in Fond du Lac.

Not too long ago, he was standing on a corner along Main Street, holding a sign which read: “Meet a Muslim. Ask me anything.”

“People were inquisitive and we didn’t receive any negative comments or reactions,” Khan said. “Folks were waving and honking their horns in a positive way.”

Umair Ahmed had a much difference experience as he marched in Oshkosh's July Fourth Parade, holding a banner that read: “Love for all, hatred for none,” and giving away candy to kids on the sidewalk.

“I heard a typical Islamophobic rant from one of the onlookers. It could be condensed into the sentiment: ‘You are a Muslim, and what you believe in not compatible with our values, therefore you don’t belong here,’” Ahmed said.

USA: Trump’s Warnings to Pakistan Over Terror Ties Mirror Obama Administration Policy

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Blocking of military reimbursement to Pakistan for its failure to act against the Haqqani network is in line with trend of the Obama administration to gradually scale down funds to the South Asian country.

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By The Wire Staff | July 24, 2017

The phrase ‘safe haven’ was used for Pakistan even six years ago in the 2010 report, in connection with cross-border movement of Afghan Taliban.

Last week, the Trump administration took stock of Pakistan’s fight against terrorism and found it wanting. However, the new administration was only following the template set by the Obama administration on its Pakistan policy.

On July 21, Pentagon announced that US defence secretary Jim Mattis could not certify that Pakistan has taken demonstrable steps against the Haqqani network. Pakistan, hence, would not be given the remaining $350 million of the $900 million in military reimbursement for fiscal year 2016.

USA: Richard Dawkins' 'Islamophobia' causes Berkeley speaking event cancellation

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The station, which is not affiliated with the University of California, said in a letter - which Mr Dawkins published online - that it does not support "hurtful" or "abusive speech".

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By BBC News | July 24, 2017

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Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has denied Islamophobia after a US radio station cancelled his forthcoming speech.

The best-selling author had been due to address an event hosted by KPFA Radio in Berkeley, California, in August.

Organisers accused him of "abusive speech against Islam" when scrapping his appearance, but he argues his criticism was not directed at Islam.

He called on the station to review his past remarks and apologise.

In a letter to ticket-holders, the publicly funded radio station wrote: "We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn't know he had offended and hurt - in his tweets and other comments on Islam, so many people."

Australia: Mudgee's Ahmadiyya Muslims tackling the tough questions on Islam

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There was some hostility in the room but those in attendance remained calm, eagerly asking questions and cheering at the end of a response.

Photo: Mudgee Guardian / Honor Elliott
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By Honor Elliott | July 24, 2017

The question of ‘child-brides’ was raised with Imam Hadi replayed “child brides are wrong”.

Up-to-100 residents were greeted with two leaflets at the Mudgee Town Hall on Friday night – Demystifying Islam and Islam Exposed.

One was outlining the forum ahead and the other was published by a group called ‘Concerned Citizens’ stating ‘Be informed… it is in your best interest’.

That’s exactly what the crowd had gathered to do – to learn more about the Islamic religion from those practicing the faith.

The event – Demystifying Islam – was the third of it’s kind organised by Lithgow resident Usman Mahmood.

India: Mangalore Ahmadiyya youth group members do their part in 'Service to Mankind'

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"The objective of Khuddamul Ahmadiyya is to train and educate its members," the group's national president, Rafique Ahmad Beig, is quoted as saying on their website. 

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By Staff Report | July 24, 2017

Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya, the youth wing of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, from Mangalore in Karnataka state organized a Khidmat-e Khalq (Service to Mankind) event.

The group distributed 30 packets of lunch and also distributed clothes to the needy in Mangalore city.

7 youth group members were involved during the food distribution which was prepared at one of the member's home.

"The objective of Khuddamul Ahmadiyya is to train and educate its members," the group's national president, Rafique Ahmad Beig, is quoted as saying on their website.

Monday, July 24, 2017

UK: Tens of thousands of Ahmadiyya Muslims gather to renounce violence

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Rafiq Hayat, UK president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, said Ahmadi Muslims were united with all those who stood for peace, humanity and justice.

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By Farnham Herald | July 24, 2017

BRITAIN’S biggest annual Islamic gathering takes place this weekend at East Worldham, near Alton, when 35,000 Muslims will renew a century-old pledge to renounce violence.

With the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester still fresh in their minds, a wordwide community of Muslims is taking a stand.

Tens of thousands of Ahmadiyya Muslims will be gathering in a field at Hadeeqatul Mahdi (formerly Oaklands Farm) on the B3004 Alton to Kingsley road, to take a pledge of peace and loyalty. They will form a human chain which will be televised live around the world so that a virtual global chain of Ahmadiyya Muslims unite to reaffirm their commitment against violence.

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