Continental Breakfast

Turkey’s President, Again, Rejects Western Concept of “Moderate Islam”

At a conference on women’s entrepreneurship, held in Ankara on November 9 and hosted by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rejected the concept of “moderate Islam”. Referring to the vow by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — during the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh on Oct. 25 — to turn his country into a bastion of “moderate Islam,” Erdoğan said, “Islam cannot be either ‘moderate’ or ‘not moderate.’ Islam can only be one thing.” He also claimed that the “patent of this concept originated in the West,” which “really want[s] to weaken Islam.”


“Scared To Walk Around Streets”: Acid Attacks On The Rise In London

Delivery rider Jabed Hussain was waiting at a traffic light one night in east London when two attackers sprayed acid in his face and stole his moped.

It was one of hundreds of attacks in the British capital every year that have prompted government intervention and left the city’s police force asking the public for help to tackle the crime wave.


U of T artificial intelligence expert finding new ways for machines to see

Along with two graduate students at the University of Toronto, Hinton, a professor there, built a system that could analyze thousands of photos and teach itself to identify common objects like flowers and cars with an accuracy that didn’t seem possible.

He and his students soon moved to Google, and the mathematical technique that drove their system — called a neural network — spread across the tech world. This is how autonomous cars recognize things like street signs and pedestrians.


Police ‘not recording tens of thousands of crimes’ including rape, slavery and violence

Inspectors raised concerns after assessing the accuracy of crime recording at four forces – Merseyside, Northumbria, Devon and Cornwall, and Avon and Somerset.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) judged Merseyside Police as “inadequate” after finding that it records only around 84 per cent of crimes reported to it.

It estimated that the force fails to record more than 19,200 reported crimes each year.


Your new school curriculum: social justice for all

The social-justice movement has spread across the country, most notably in Alberta and British Columbia. “Equality” is no longer the goal. The new goal is “equity,” a very different concept. According to a sweeping draft plan prepared for the Toronto District School Board, equity is not achieved by treating students fairly. It is achieved by challenging “entrenched systems of power and privilege” and “constantly working to centre the conversation around the effects of inequity, oppression, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of hate and discrimination specifically for racialized students.”




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