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Silicon Valley planned for Russia's North Caucasus

By Andy Potts | The Moscow News
Moscow | 25 Aug 2011

Solar energy is set to join Soviet cinema and ski centers at the heart of a new-look North Caucasus.

Plans have been put forward to create a Caucasian Silicon Valley, at a cost of 32 billion rubles ($1.1 billion) as part of on-going efforts to generate opportunities in the troubled Russian region.


After 9/11, curiosity over Islam leads to conversion

Source : Omar Sacirbey | Religion News Service
BOSTON | 24 Aug 2011

Like a lot of other people in the haze and confusion of the 9/11 attacks, Johannah Segarich asked herself: “What kind of religion is this that could inspire people to do this?”

She had studied other religions, but never Islam. So she bought a copy of the Quran, wondering if her notions of Islam as a patriarchal and now seemingly violent religion, would be confirmed.


US missiles kill 4 in NW Pakistan

Source : Rasool Dawar | AP
PESHAWAR : Pakistan | 22 Aug 2011

A suspected US missile strike killed four alleged insurgents Monday in a militant stronghold near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The two officials said a pair of missiles hit a vehicle close to Mir Ali town in North Waziristan.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media on the record.


Grand Mosque Library offers pilgrims a rare peek into history

Source : Badea Abu Al-Naja | Arab News
MAKKAH | 25 Aug 2011

The Grand Mosque library is considered one of the most important libraries in the world, its manager Muhammad Bajoudah said.

He did not know when exactly the library was established but he believed it to be before the year 160 AH, over 1,270 years ago.


Arab League recognizes Libya rebels

Source : Reuters
Tripoli | 25 Aug 2011

The Arab League gave its full backing to Libya's rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people on Thursday and said it was time for Libya to return to its permanent seat on the League's council.


Chinese Muslims gather in oldest mosque for iftar dinner

Source : Anadolu Agency
Guangzhou | 25 Aug 2011

Chinese Muslims gather in the Great Mosque of Guangzhou for fast-breaking dinner every evening.

Hundreds of Muslims from several nations have their fast-breaking dinner at the Great Mosque of Guangzhou, known also as Huaisheng Mosque (Memorial of the Holy Prophet).


The Arab Spring II

Thursday, August 18, 2011 | Kuala Lumpur

1. The Western Press has decided to label the upheavals in the Arab countries as the Arab Spring. But it is no spring as the attempts to overthrow authoritarian Governments in these countries have resulted in bloodshed and serious damage to property and to the economy.

2. While in Tunisia and Egypt the uprising of the people has been successful, the fighting in the other countries is still going on. There is no doubt that one way or another there will be changes political, economic and social before the uprisings come to an end.


Gaddafi flees Tripoli HQ, vows to fight to death

Source : Reuters
Tripoli | 23 Aug 2011

A beleaguered Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Wednesday to fight on to death or victory after rebels forced him to abandon his Tripoli stronghold in what appeared to be a decisive blow against the Libyan leader's 42-year rule.

Gleeful rebels ransacked Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya bastion, seizing weapons and smashing symbols of a government whose demise will transform Libya and send a warning to other Arab autocrats facing popular uprisings.


Putin lashes out at supporters of North Caucasus separatism

23 August, Wednesday | RIA Novosti / MOSCOW

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin offered a trademark robust response on Tuesday to proposals that the North Caucasus republics should be economically and socially separate entities from Russia.

"Those who are saying this should have something cut off of them," Putin said in an interview with Chechen media in connection with the 60th anniversary of the birth of Chechnya's first Kremlin-backed president, the late Ahmad Kadyrov.


The Sufi Foundation of Libya's Revolution

By Stephen Schwartz | Huffington Post
24 Aug 2011, Wednesday / Tripoli

As the great historian of Islam, Bernard Lewis, remarked some years ago at a lecture in Washington, D.C., Sufis, followers of the mystical way in Islam, are "peaceful but not pacifist." That is, Sufis dedicate themselves to personal and collective spiritual cultivation, and seek fruitful and mutually respectful relations with non-Sufi Muslims and members of the other religions. But Sufis also fight to defend themselves and their communities from aggression and oppression.


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