Do British Muslims have a problem with apostates? (The Big Questions, 15/3/15) Posted on March 19, 2015 by Eeyore — 3 Comments ↓ Share this:FacebookTwitter
Tanzania’s MPs approve anti-foreigner law (BBC, March 19, 2015)
“Tanzania’s parliament has approved a tough new law aimed at curbing foreign employment.
The bill requires firms to satisfy the authorities that no local could do the job before employing a foreigner.
It reflects growing resentment towards foreign workers in Tanzania, a BBC reporter says.
It did not “make sense to see a Chinese driving a commuter bus” in Tanzania, ruling party MP Esther Bulaya was quoted by local media as saying.
Tanzania has seen a huge influx of Chinese nationals in recent years, with many of them carrying out skilled and semi-skilled jobs, says BBC Tanzania reporter Tulanana Bohela.
However, workers from other African states – including neighbouring Kenya and Zambia – are likely to be most affected by the law, our reporters says.
They are employed by private firms in managerial posts, apparently because of a shortage of a skills among Tanzanians.
The Non-Citizens Employment Regulation Bill states that firms employing foreigners would have to draw up a “succession plan” to pave the way for locals to eventually take the jobs.
The government hopes the bill, still to be signed into law by President Jakaya Kikwete, will come into effect on 1 July.
Our reporter says the bill also raises questions about whether efforts to promote greater regional integration are proving effective.
Tanzania and Kenya have been involved in a dispute over whether their tour operators could pick up tourists from each other’s airports, often to take them to game parks popular with Europeans.”
Yemen crisis: Air raid on president’s palace in Aden (BBC, March 19, 2015)
“Warplanes have targeted the palace used by Yemen’s President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in the southern city of Aden.
Officials said anti-aircraft guns prevented any direct hits on the hilltop compound. But witnesses saw smoke rising from the area afterwards.
It is not clear if Mr Hadi was inside, but aides said he was now safe.
Earlier, there were clashes at Aden’s airport between troops and militiamen loyal to Mr Hadi and those backing his predecessor and the Houthi rebels.
At least six people were killed as the president’s forces repelled an assault, which forced the airport’s temporary closure.
Aden has been the president’s base since he fled the Sanaa last month, after being placed under effective house arrest by the rebels when they took full control of the capital in January and declared that a five-member “presidential council” would rule the country….”
I take it the message there was supposed to be that Yes, we do have some nutters, and we’ll make an example of this one, but there are also moderate self-spoken intellectual-type Muslims, and now in the UK, in these tense but rewarding times, BBC viewers are privileged to witness the difficult but exciting birth of a hybrid Islam that will reconcile the contradictions. Also, mass immigration was a clever and forward-looking idea.