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What’s up with Egypt?

The Sri Lanka Guardian has a summary of recent statements:” Egyptians want rule of law in Islamic democracy.”

The following extracts from two statements issued by Dr.Mohamed Badie, Chairman of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (MB), on the protest demonstrations since January 25,2011 and from some commentaries on the developments carried by the web site of the MB give an indication of how it views the mass protests and what would be its role in a post-Hosni-Mubarak era. The MB projects the mass uprising as a people’s revolution and not an Islamic revolution. It describes the objective of the people’s revolution as a rule of law in an Islamic democracy and not a rule by clerics in a theocracy. It seeks to assure the American people that they have nothing to fear from the success of the revolution. While expressing its readiness to participate in talks to bring about the end of the Mubarak regime, it says it has no desire for political power for itself. It does not want to contest in the elections for a new President. Nor is it interested in joining any interim political set-up. The only demand of a religious nature it makes is that the clerics should have a role in vetting all laws to be passed by the Parliament. It says that what Egypt needs is democracy moulded by historic and sacred values. It points out that the religious faith of the people always plays a role in popular movements even in the US and says one should not worry about any role of the religious faith of the people in the Egyptian revolution.

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Explosives found & defused at Mumbai train station

The Times of India reports that a bag containing explosives was found among abandoned luggage at Mumbai’s main train station. Police said they were left over from last week’s attacks.

The bag was found when police officials were going through abandoned luggage, said senior police official Rakesh Maria….  Maria offered no further details about the explosives, but local television channels reported that the bombs had been defused…. It was not clear where they had been hidden for the last week….

Authorities reopened Chhatrapati Shivaji train station and declared it safe on Thursday morning, hours after the gunmen sprayed it with gunfire in one of their first attacks.

Shlomo Perets FrameMaker & Acrobat workshops

Shlomo Perets, a well-respected electronic-publishing expert, is coming to Toronto to give three days of workshops on publishing with FrameMaker and Acrobat publishing.

Front Runner Training is hosting Shlomo Perets of Microtype in Toronto to deliver his highly sought after FrameMaker to Acrobat Advanced Techniques workshop and two Advanced Acrobat workshops!
Bring your laptops, bring your files, bring your questions!

FrameMaker to Acrobat Advanced Techniques
Monday September 22nd & Tuesday September 23rd
fee $1,240; for STC members $1,140 (plus GST)

Designing Access to Information & Testing Your PDFs
Wednesday September 24th

fee $540; for STC members $490 (plus GST)

Creating PDF Forms
Thursday September 25th
fee $540; for STC members $490 (plus GST)

  • Add GST to all fees.
  • To get the STC discount, supply STC membership number on registration.
  • Classes are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
  • Continental breakfast is included.

Please contact Front Runner, with STC membership number if applicable, to register for your workshop.

Centre for Inquiry Toronto

Free talks on science and skepticism can be found at the Centre for Inquiry near the University of Toronto.

Cyclon 2008

I’m not there. I’m here. This is a long weekend in Ontario.

Cyclon 2007

Cyclon 2007

World Science Festival venues

You can see where the events of the 2008 World Science Festival will be held: all over Manhattan. Follow the link to reach an interactive map.


The festival will be held in New York May 29 – June 1. The World Science Festival is meant to communicate the wonder of science to non-scientists.

World Science Festival in New York

World Science Festival logo, 2008 in New YorkThe World Science Festival is being held in New York May 29 – June 1. The theme is A Universe of Science.

The goal of this conference is to communicate about science, stimulate interest, and help science writers to demystify science to the general public.

Worlds are colliding: I got a note about this conference from the Society for Technical Communication (STC)logo, Society for Technical Communication, STC because I’m in the Science SIG; and members of Scienceblogs are going to speak at the conference. I notice a philosopher of science, as well: Daniel Dennett will be there. Science writers Carl Zimmer and Eric Haseltine will be there. What about you?

Also look at “World Science Festival Venues.”

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