Dipesh Gadher, Christopher Morgan and Jonathan Oliver
A government minister has warned that inbreeding among immigrants is
causing a surge in birth defects – comments likely to spark a new row
over the place of Muslims in British society.
Phil Woolas, an environment minister, said the culture of arranged
marriages between first cousins was the “elephant in the room”. Woolas,
a former race relations minister, said: “If you have a child with your
cousin the likelihood is there’ll be a genetic problem.”
The minister, whose views were supported by medical experts this
weekend, said: “The issue we need to debate is first cousin marriages,
whereby a lot of arranged marriages are with first cousins, and that
produces lots of genetic problems in terms of disability [in
Woolas emphasised the practice did not extend to all Muslim communities
but was confined mainly to families originating from rural Pakistan.
However, up to half of all marriages within these communities are
estimated to involve first cousins.
Medical research suggests that while British Pakistanis are responsible
for 3% of all births, they account for one in three British children
born with genetic illnesses.
The minister’s comments come as Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of
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SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea warned the United States on Friday
pressure over its nuclear weapons programs will only aggravate the
standoff and could lead to an “explosive crisis.”
North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper issued the warning, accusing what
it called “hardline conservative forces in the U.S.” of seeking to
increase pressure on Pyongyang in an attempt to disrupt efforts to end
the nuclear dispute through dialogue.
“As shown in the previous nuclear crises on the Korean peninsula,
pursuing a policy of force would only bring about an explosive crisis,
not a resolution of the problem,” the paper said in a commentary,
carried by the country's Korean Central News Agency.
“Everything achieved through dialogue so far would evaporate into the
air,” it said, warning of an unspecified “corresponding response if
bellicose U.S. forces” continue to put pressure on North Korea.
The paper accused hardline U.S. officials of calling for an end to
negotiations with North Korea on the nuclear dispute, raising the
North's human rights record and seeking to build a missile-defence
system in the region.
The warning came as six-country talks on the nuclear dispute, which
made progress in shutting down and disabling the North's nuclear
reactor, are …
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By Kaveh L Afrasiabi
In light of the latest news regarding Iran's rapid advances in nuclear
centrifuge technology and Tehran's warning that it will reject any new
UN measures aimed at halting its nuclear progress, it's clear that
Iran's nuclear standoff has entered a new phase – one that may have
global consequences and cause irreparable harm to the pillars of the
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The connection between the two issues has been presented in a different
light by Western pundits who have maintained that the NPT will
deteriorate in the absence of effective action to counter the Iranian
“proliferation activities”. Foremost among such pundits is a former
official of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), Pierre Goldschmidt, who has called for proactive initiatives by
the UN Security Council to address proliferation risks often attributed
to “NPT loopholes”.
Of course, first among the “loopholes” is the right to produce nuclear
fuel under Article IV of the NPT. In the words of IAEA chief Mohammad
ElBaradei, this means that the non-nuclear weapons nations exercising
nuclear power would become “virtual nuclear weapon states”. The gap
between “virtual” and “actual” can be rather wide, however, and may
remain so as long as a …
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By D. PARVAZ
We live in a world where the satisfaction that comes with the
resolution of something major is hard to come by.
And it's not just that things are determined in good time — which
Democratic candidate “won” on Super Tuesday, how did Natalie Holloway
die, what came of Sen. Larry Craig's resignation, etc. — it's that few
seem to ever finish anything they've started.
Then again, sometimes, the stated mission is nothing short of
impossible. Case in point: Will disgraced evangelical pastor Ted
Haggard ever be straight again (if he ever was)? He reportedly dropped
out of that homosexual rehab (or “restoration” program) he signed up
for a year ago. Well. It was not so much a “program” as it was a
peculiar sort of voluntary observation.
For those who have forgotten, Haggard was president of the National
Association of Evangelicals, a powerful group with about 30 million
members. He had serious pull with the Republican Party and even acted
as an adviser to President Bush and occasionally — or every Monday,
depending on whom you care to believe — took and listened in on calls
with the president.
Then a former male escort went to the …
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Federal authorities say a high-level Muslim Pentagon aide, who led a
campaign to silence a Pentagon intelligence analyst for taking a hard
line against Islam, is running an “influence operation” on behalf of
U.S. Muslim groups fronting for the radical Muslim Brotherhood.
Hesham H. Islam, a special assistant to Deputy Defense Secretary
Gordon England, recently criticized Maj. Stephen Coughlin, one of the
military's leading authorities on Islamic war doctrine, for making the
connection between the religion of Islam and terrorism.
After Islam lodged complaints, Coughlin's contract with the chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon was not renewed.
Islam also was upset with briefings Coughlin recently prepared for the
U.S. military warning that major U.S. Muslim groups were fronting for
the Muslim Brotherhood, a worldwide jihadist movement based in Egypt.
Islam, who was born and raised in Egypt, is heavily involved with one
of the groups – the Islamic Society of North America, which U.S.
prosecutors last year named as a member of the U.S. branch of the
Muslim Brotherhood and an unindicted co-conspirator in a major
Islam has persuaded his boss, England, to conduct various outreach
with ISNA, including hosting the group's leaders in …
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In 1798 Thomas Malthus predicted that population would increase by
exponential progression while agrarian growth would progress at an
arithmetic or lineal rate thus causing catastrophic degeneration and
inevitable famine and plague. Though Malthus’ solutions were reflective
of societal morality, his conclusions were based on economic ratios
where geometric progression always exceeds linear expansion.
While Thomas Maltus errantly applied his Essay on the Principle of
Population to nineteenth century Europe, his predictions seem eerily
prescient and applicable to recent global agricultural, environmental,
political and scientific events. http://i.am/jah/environ.htm
As recently as twenty years ago, with dramatic advances in food
enhancements, growth acceleration, preservation and delivery, the
ability to produce and provide better than subsistence level nutrition
was becoming feasible. The spectre of third world families on drought
stricken expanses might finally have been poised for extinction and
purged from modern memory and history.
And while the eyes of proud western civilizations watched political
walls collapse and treaties signed, then turned to focus on
‘humanitarian’ welfare and unprecedented technological and scientific
maturation, it seemed as though a seal was loosed just a bit somewhere.
Slowly a backwash began to seep in.
“Unusually active” hurricane seasons began to recur and became …
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