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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in New York to address the U.N. General Assembly, met with CodePink co-founders Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin and about 150 peace activists at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
During the two-hour meeting, members of CodePink presented the Iranian president with a petition signed by 50 American mayors calling for diplomacy, not war, in dealing with Iran. CodePink wants to take the mayors who signed the petition to Iran to create “sister cities.”
“We’re modeling diplomacy,” Evans said of her meeting with Ahmadinejad.
The group proposed letting artists create a “peace park” in Tehran and suggested making grassroots investments in an Iranian business that makes green and sustainable products like bicycles.
Investing in businesses in Iran violates U.S. sanctions against Iran.
Ahmadinejad told the group that he wants a million Americans to come to Iran, but members of CodePink have had trouble getting visas to visit the country — including Benjamin, who is Jewish.
“I’m sure it’s because she’s a radical activist,” Evans said.
At the meeting, Ahmadinejad said that he would make sure Benjamin could get a visa to visit Iran.
Benjamin has offered public support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and has spoken out against U.S. sanctions against Cuba. She is also the co-founder of Global Exchange, a group that organizes tours of Venezuelan neighborhoods and Chavez-supporting media outlets.
Evans has given a total $4,600 to the Obama campaign and $1,000 to former Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich.
Reports in the media have called her a bundler — or someone who uses networking to maximize campaign fundraising — for Obama’s campaign. Evans told FOXNews.com that she has never raised money for Obama, but her husband, Max Palevsky, has been a longtime major fundraiser for the campaign and has supported Obama since he was an Illinois state senator. Palevsky has also given money to the campaigns of Kucinich and to Sen. Christopher Dodd.
Evans said she knows Obama and sees him at public events.
“Every time I see Obama I give him a hard time on his stance on the war,” she said. “There’s no such thing as a good war. I wouldn’t say I’m a supporter. I’m definitely a thorn in his side keeping him on the right path about war.”
Ahmadinejad told the group his dream is that Iran makes friends with the West. He said that if America really didn’t want Iran developing nuclear weapons, the U.S. would have already disarmed Israel.
“He’s really about peace and human rights and respecting justice,” Evans said.
“I was more religious in Egypt,” Mr. Galal said, taking a drag from yet another of his ever-burning Marlboros. “It is moving too fast here. In Egypt there is more time, they have more control over you. It’s hard here. I hope to stop drinking beer; I know it’s wrong. In Egypt, people keep you in check. Here, no one keeps you in check.” Read more...
But once the sun sets and the call of "Allahu Akbar" from Ramallah's mosques ends the daytime ban on food, drink and cigarettes, Romaneh indulges in his favorite vice.
"I don't want to quit smoking," said Romaneh, 42, who lights one Gauloise Light with another, inhaling deeply in between sips from a glass of thick Arabic coffee. "Smoking is a joy."
Like Romaneh in this West Bank Palestinian city, millions of Muslim smokers get on a nicotine roller coaster during Ramadan, which ends this year in late September. But health campaigners are increasingly trying to get them to quit altogether, using Ramadan as a springboard for anti-smoking drives.
A London mosque runs a "Stop smoking for Ramadan, stop smoking for life" appeal on its website, and a Saudi volunteer network is trying to bring that message to 10 million Arab Internet users. Read more
Source : USA Today - Religion- By Karin Laub and Dalia Nammari, Associated Press Writers
The 24-hectare garden, located at the Education City, comprises all the plant species mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and in the Sunnah. It will be a focal point for students and researchers in different disciplines.
Source : Gulf News
In the condition called venous thrombosis, blood clots form in a vein, which can limit blood flow and cause swelling and pain. Those clots can then dislodge from the vein and travel to the heart and the lungs, which can be fatal, China's Xinhua news agency reports.
For the study, 574 people in Italy age 55 and up were interviewed to determine whether they had a history of migraine, or migraine at the time of the evaluation and their medical records were reviewed for cases of venous thrombosis.
The arteries in their necks and thighs were scanned with ultrasounds to check for hardening of the arteries.
Of the participants, 111 people had migraine. A total of 21 people with migraine also had one or more instances of venous thrombosis, or 19 per cent. In comparison, 35 people without migraine had the condition, or 8 per cent.
Researchers do not know why migraine and venous thrombosis are linked. One theory is that the blood of people with migraine may be more prone to clotting.
The study also found that people with migraine are not more likely to have hardening or narrowing of the arteries, which is contrary to a current theory.
'The thinking has been that because people with migraine are more likely to have strokes and other cardiovascular problems, that they would also have more severe and early atherosclerosis,' said the study's author Dr Stefan Kiechl of Innsbruck Medical University in Austria.
This study is the first to use high-resolution ultrasound to examine this theory, and it provides solid evidence to refute it, Dr Kiechl said.
Source : Straits Times