- Published on Thursday, 02 May 2013 20:40
- Written by WashingtonsBlog
Terrorism Is a Real Threat … But the Threat to the U.S. from Muslim Terrorists Has Been Exaggerated
An FBI report shows that only a small percentage of terrorist attacks carried out on U.S. soil between 1980 and 2005 were perpetrated by Muslims.
Princeton University’s Loon Watch compiled the following chart from the FBI’s data (as explained below, this chart is over-simplified … and somewhat inaccurate):
According to this data, there were more Jewish acts of terrorism within the United States than Islamic (7% vs 6%). These radical Jews committed acts of terrorism in the name of their religion. These were not terrorists who happened to be Jews; rather, they were extremist Jews who committed acts of terrorism based on their religious passions, just like Al-Qaeda and company.
- Published on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:53
- Written by Andi Bejleri, Ph. D.; Photo: A. Bejleri
In 2011, the users of Internet in Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro were approximately 50% of the population according to the latest data of the International Telecommunication Union (The data from the countries for 2012 show a bigger number of users; e.g., this number was 62% in Albania). From the official data, we can learn that this number of users is also valid for Kosovo. 50% seems like a good number for businesses to start developing the Internet Economy for this region. In 2016, the Internet Economy of the G20 countries, including E-commerce and advertising, is estimated to be $4.2trillion according to the Boston Consulting Group.
- Published on Friday, 08 March 2013 16:49
- Written by The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists
The realities of gender inequality and female disempowerment are recognized and acknowledged worldwide, as well as the particular challenges faced by women and girls in the developing world: primary and secondary education remains elusive, and without education, girls are more likely to remain in the poverty cycle and carry a greater workload than their male counterparts; they have less access to land, credit, and income; they are more likely to suffer legal discrimination, and uneducated girls run a higher risk of exploitation. Women's challenges directly impact children's health, nutrition, education, and overall survival and well-being.
The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists recognizes that gender bias manifests itself in Muslim-majority countries in unique ways. Media attention often focuses on extreme examples of domestic violence, honor killings, and underage marriages. Commonly highlighted are the patriarchal traditions, extremist religious conservatism, and anti-Western political ideology, all of which are used as a tool to control basic social freedoms such as mobility, access to health services, dress, employment, and business relationships. There exist, however, more subtle and pervasive forms of gender bias in Muslim societies, such as the lack of understanding of women's basic legal and religious rights, the gaps in knowledge, and the lack of tools women need to improve their lives and empower themselves and their peers.
New investments in shadowy Serbia: A new opportunity for Azerbaijani Oligarchs for more shadowy deals
- Published on Sunday, 17 February 2013 21:13
- Written by Dr. Nazila Isgandarova
Azerbaijan and Serbia signed a strategic partnership declaration few days ago in Baku. Despite its significance from different points of view, it did not attract much attention from international and national media. My main concern about these signed contracts is not over the mutual attempts to improve the close relationship between two countries, rather, it is over the question: Who benefits from these bilateral relationships: Serbia or Azerbaijan; ordinary citizens or elites of these countries?
Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic clearly expressed that the relationship with Azerbaijan gives "a strong impetus to intensifying the cooperation between the two countries in all the key areas."
- Published on Saturday, 02 February 2013 17:11
- Written by CULTURESHUTDOWN.NET
To representatives of museums and galleries worldwide:
I ask you to participate in an important international cultural awareness campaign. This campaign is a reaction to the acute crisis affecting major cultural institutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina. On October 4, 2012, after 124 years of existence, the country's National Museum (Zemaljski Muzej) closed down due to the government's failure to secure legal status and adequate funding. Your solidarity is needed!
Six other state-level institutions, including the National Art Gallery (Umjetnička Galerija BH) and the National and University Library (Nacionalna i Univerzitetska Biblioteka BH) are also about to become permanently inaccessible. The safety of precious artifacts and heritage are at stake.
- Published on Thursday, 31 January 2013 00:07
- Written by Susan C. Pearce
On a steamy July evening in 2012, I arrived at the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo for an independently organized event entitled "Culture Shutdown." While this museum's name leads one to anticipate a place of grand stature to chronicle Sarajevo's and Bosnia's position in world history—from the outbreak of World War I to the city siege at the epicenter of the 1990s Bosnian war—what one finds is a crumbling façade juxtaposed next to a gleaming shopping center. The museum building itself is intentionally its own exhibit, left with its battle scars from nearly 20 years prior.
I happened on this event somewhat accidentally, while conducting research on a different subject. It was collaboratively organized by young professionals who work in the arts, including Dr. Azra Aksamija, Assistant Professor in Art, Culture and Technology at M.I.T., originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina. Joining her were members of the New York-based artist and on-line magazine collective, Triple Canopy, one of whom, Molly Kleiman, had lived and worked in Sarajevo.
- Published on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 19:02
- Written by Martin Beckford
Dr Justin Barrett, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford's Centre for Anthropology and Mind, claims that young people have a predisposition to believe in a supreme being because they assume that everything in the world was created with a purpose.
- Published on Saturday, 19 January 2013 22:43
- Written by Uffe Andersen
Thirty-two-year-old Sonja pushed a pram along the main pedestrian street in Belgrade on a brisk day in mid-December. The capital is one of the few places in Serbia with a growing population. Though that growth is mainly thanks to urbanization, Belgrade is probably also the easiest and cheapest place in the country to have a child.
Even here, however, it's tough being a parent. Sonja cited the country's steep unemployment rate – it officially reached 28 percent in December – and job discrimination against women who get pregnant or already have children.
- Published on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 18:35
- Written by Chen Hang
On Wednesday morning, Fatme Ulanova, a 21-year-old girl of Ribnovo, is busy making herself up to marry Djemal Sirakov.
The village of Ribnovo is located in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria, some 190 km south of the country's capital Sofia. There live about 3,000 people, all being Bulgarian Muslims.
Mayor of the local municipality Ahmed Bashev told us that Ribnovo is famous for its unique wedding tradition, which cannot be seen elsewhere in Bulgaria.
Bashev said the wedding in Ribnovo usually lasts two days, and is held in the cold weather from November to March, because there is a lot of work for the local people during the other seasons.