By Exiting from Climate Change Deal, US Cedes Role of Global Leadership

By Assad Bhuglah,

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Climate change is the most portent issue that will drive the global agenda for several years to come. By exiting from the Climate Change pact, President Donald Trump has in fact walked away from the role of global leadership that the United States has held since the end of the Second World War. Out of the 197 countries that had signed the agreement last year, 147 have already ratified it. This signifies a serious policy reversal of the US from the commitments made at Paris deals and it is a significant blow to cooperative efforts to contain the rise in global temperatures. It is the most radical departure from a bipartisan US foreign policy since 1945.  US's self-isolation becomes officially visible.

Raindrops

Surah al-Zukhruf (Gold) Chapter 43: Verse 11 (partial)

"And He it is who sends down water from the sky in due measure."

Water comes down from the sky, as every person sees and knows, but most people are not moved by this remarkable phenomenon because of over familiarity. Muhammad, God's Messenger, (peace be upon him), however, held a different attitude. He looked at the drops of rain with love and welcoming delight, knowing that they came from God; in other words, his heart recognized God's handiwork in these drops. Every heart that is aware of its bond with God and the laws of nature He has set in operation should adopt this attitude.

Anguish of Hearts

The anguish of hearts is a gift that reflects the compassion which Allah has placed within you. The tenderness of the heart and the tears that roll from your eyes are also a manifestation of Allah's compassion [which He has endowed you with]. Consider the twinge of your hearts and your moistened eyes as Allah's bounty. The hearts that remain unmoved by the suffering around us and the eyes that fail to well with tears are a sign of one's being removed from Allah's favour, of being impoverished. Remember well that this tenderness of emotions will act not just as the healing balm but will also be your support and a means of reward in the Hereafter.

Turkey-India Entente

By Assad Bhuglah

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The leaders of Turkey and India have decided to take the partnership between the two countries to a higher level. This follows from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's official visit to India on 30 April and 1 May 2017 in his bid to strengthen Turkish-Indian relations and help the two countries increase their bilateral cooperation in the near future. Erdogan arrived at New Delhi with a delegation of 150 top Turkish businessmen. The Turkish President held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma in Delhi. Erdoğan's visit to India at this juncture is particularly critical as both Turkey and India represent emerging powers with a strong determination for industrial-technological modernization and socioeconomic development.

More than Religion

Representative democracy may be the greatest social and political experiment in the history of the world. But it is an ever-evolving experiment. These days there is a tendency to regard American democracy as the model for all the world's democracies, and in some ways this is true. The seeds of democracy may have been sown in ancient Greece, but it is in American soil that they sprouted and flourished. Yet precisely for this reason, only in America is American democracy possible; it cannot be isolated from American traditions and values.