As friends celebrate Christmas, Muslims navigate religious, cultural implications

Rehana Ahmed doesn’t recall meeting many Catholics at her Catholic high school. In fact, she estimates that about 80 percent of the students at Cathedral High School in Lahore, Pakistan, were just like her: proudly practicing Muslims. Right up until she graduated in 1967, she read Scripture in her Bible study classes — ”an easy A,” she recalled — attended church services and, come the holiday season, belted out the Christmas carols she knew by heart. She and her peers always looked forward to the school’s Christmas parties, where Santa Claus would arrive with mountains of presents....

An Interview with Kip Thorne, Theoretical Physicist and 2017 Nobel Prize Recipient

"We simply don’t know whether backward time travel is possible. The answer, as best I can tell, is controlled by laws of quantum gravity, laws that come from combining general relativity with quantum physics. Only when we understand those laws of quantum gravity far better than we do today will we be able, theoretically, to answer the question of whether you can go backward in time. That’s probably a few decades away. I’m a little pessimistic about it, but I regard it as a very open question."

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace saves itself from closure

Patricia Payton was reliving a nightmare. Just three years ago, the Diocese of Paterson had closed Holy Family School, the Catholic elementary school her fourth-grade daughter had been attending since kindergarten. Payton and others fought the closure for a year, launching a fundraiser and reaching out to alumni, to no avail. At the time, she had felt sadness and melancholy. Now, though, she burned with anger.

At the Intersection: The Ongoing Battle Over Water, Oil and Sovereignty

First came the battle cry: “We can’t drink oil!” Then the resounding response: “Keep it in the soil!” Drivers honked their horns. Rush-hour traffic screeched to a halt, as the stoplight went from red to green to yellow and back to red again without a single vehicle moving. At the center of the intersection of College and Chapel streets, in front of TD Bank, a line of defiant protesters stood

Yale researchers advance search for dark matter

Decades after dark matter was first discovered, a Yale-built detection device is leading the search for the invisible phenomenon. --------One reader's comment on the article: "AHMED ELBENNI deserves special recognition for his success in translating some very deep science into terms understandable to the YDN readership, including careful selection and arrangements of relevant bits from the HAYSTAC of information this story encompasses."

Rift: The Uyghurs and the Hui

The differential treatment of the Uyghurs and the Hui is linked to this basic logic: the Uyghur have mostly failed to fully assimilate into Chinese culture and thereby represent a potential threat, while the Hui tend to be more politically unengaged and have assimilated into Han culture. As such, they have won unusual tolerance from the Chinese government, which has previously ignored isolated instances of religious fundamentalism amongst the Hui. The Chinese government has attempted to fashion the Hui into exemplars of legitimate Chinese Islamic expression as political counterpoints to the Uyghur separatists. ----------------------Note: This article was cited by University of Chicago professor Robert R. Bianchi in his 2019 book, China and the Islamic World: How the New Silk Road is Transforming Global Politics

Dressed in Blue, in the Red

Grant often thinks of Amherst. Although he had also been admitted to Cornell and Brown, his college decision ultimately came down to a face-off between Amherst and Yale. He recalls Amherst offering him not only more generous financial aid than Yale, but also a higher credit conversion that would have allowed him to graduate far in advance of the 3.5 years he’s spending at Yale. Though the appeal of Yale’s name and its incredible resources eventually sealed his decision, he sometimes regrets not taking Amherst’s financial aid package, some of which he could have pocketed for graduate school. But ultimately, he doesn’t regret coming to Yale. “I’ve met too many good people,” he says with a smile.
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