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Islamic finance doubles in size with demand forecast soaring to new heights

Islamic finance doubles in size with demand forecast soaring to new heights

When a Muslim cleric told Ahmad Salim that sharia ...

Serbia finally recognizes Kosovo passports

Serbia finally recognizes Kosovo passports

Kosovo continues to enjoy its independence, but st...

‘Corruption of EU mision in Kosovo has grown exponentially’

‘Corruption of EU mision in Kosovo has grown exponentially’

The European Union's €1bn flagship foreign mission...

Croatia finds no easy access to EU prosperity

Croatia finds no easy access to EU prosperity

At midday, the main food market in Croatia's pictu...

Serbia unhappy as Russia cuts gas deliveries over unpaid debt

Serbia unhappy as Russia cuts gas deliveries over unpaid debt

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to cu...

Many Fear 'Anti-European' Government Coalition in Bulgaria

Many Fear 'Anti-European' Government Coalition in Bulgaria

As Bulgaria's newly elected MPs convened at the fi...

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Massive Oil Spill Threatens Bangladesh's Sundarbans

3 DAYS AGO
Massive Oil Spill Threatens Bangladesh's Sundarbans

An oil tanker carrying 358,000 liters (almost 100,000 gallons) of furnace oil sank in the Shela river on December 7, spilling oil over more than 60 kilometers (about 37 miles) of the Sundarbans. Located on in southwest Bangladesh, the Sundarbans is the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest i...

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Erdogan to EU: Mind your own business!

3 DAYS AGO
Erdogan to EU: Mind your own business!

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday responded to the European Union for criticizing the recent arrests of dozen of journalists and other prominent people in Turkey, telling Brussels to "mind its own business."

After South Stream Cancellation, Balkan Countries Left Hanging

12 DAYS AGO
After South Stream Cancellation, Balkan Countries Left Hanging

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov, whose country was pinpointed by Moscow as being responsible for Russia's decision to cancel the construction of the South Stream pipeline, stated Wednesday that Sofia hadn't received yet an official notification from Russia involving its decision.

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Economy

After Russian Ruble, Turkish Lira Hits Record Low - Other Currencies To Follow

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After Russian Ruble, Turkish Lira Hits Record Low - Other Currencies To Follow

The Turkish lira weakened to a record low of 2.4140 against the dollar on Tuesday after a fall in the value of the ruble in Russia, a fellow emerging market, and concerns about mounting political risk amid a row with the European Union over a government recent arrests of prominent journalists and op...

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Malaysia to double international student intake by 2020

3 DAYS AGO
Malaysia to double international student intake by 2020

The number of students from the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa furthering their studies in Malaysia is expected to double by 2020 following promotions conducted continuously via the Education Malaysia (EM) office.

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Kuwait tries to play down oilfield dispute with Saudi Arabia

1 MONTHS AGO
Kuwait tries to play down oilfield dispute with Saudi Arabia

Kuwait has played down a row with Saudi Arabia over its decision to halt production at an offshore oilfield jointly operated by the two Gulf neighbours.

Oil Minister Ali al-Omair said the dispute over operations at the Khafji field would not affect strong ties.

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German Journalist: ‘German politicians are US puppets’

1 MONTHS AGO
German Journalist: ‘German politicians are US puppets’

"Now the Americans are even considering blowing up a nuclear power plant in Ukraine and then insisting that the culprits were either separatists or Russians," claims the German journalist Udo Ulfkotte, former correspondent from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of the largest German newspapers. He...

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Serbian society and war crimes

25 DAYS AGO
Serbian society and war crimes

...the occasional stupidities of the individual can easily lead to a constitutional stupidity... This also ultimately leads observation from the realm of personal qualities to the idea of a society burdened with mental defects. Of course, one cannot transpose to whole societies what happens psycholo...

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Another Serbian Organizer Involved in US’ Covert Op, This Time in Cuba

7 DAYS AGO
Another Serbian Organizer Involved in US’ Covert Op, This Time in Cuba

Using a Serbian promoter, for more than two years, a U.S. agency secretly infiltrated Cuba's underground hip-hop movement, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a youth movement against the government, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The idea was to use Cuban musicians "to ...

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Special Interest

Education through Islamic History

1 MONTHS AGO
Education through Islamic History

From the very earliest days of Islam, the issue of education has been at the forefront at the minds of the Muslims. The very first word of the Quran that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was, in fact, "Read".

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) once stated that "Seeking knowledge is mandatory for all Mu...

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Montenegrin Church and Religion

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Montenegrin Church  and Religion

In the area of present-day Montenegro (formerly the Roman province of Praevalitane), Christianity started to put down roots early. The first episcopacy was formed in the fourth century when the native populace consisted of Romans and Romanized Ilirs. (See "Iz Povijesti Hriscanskih Crkava u Crno...

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Jewish scholar lectured on 'How Islam Saved the Jews'

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Jewish scholar lectured on 'How Islam Saved the Jews'

David J. Wasserstein, a professor of Jewish History at Vanderbilt University, lectured on "How Islam Saved the Jews" on Thursday, April 24, at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

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Health

Fatness, Leptin and Leptin Resistance: Everything You Need to Know!

1 MONTHS AGO
Fatness, Leptin and Leptin Resistance: Everything You Need to Know!

Many people falsely believe that weight gain (and loss) is all about calories and willpower.

However, modern obesity research disagrees... and scientists are increasingly pointing their fingers at a hormone called leptin.

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Cinnamon, Ginger and Onions Strongly Protect Us from Colds and Flu

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Cinnamon, Ginger and Onions Strongly Protect Us from Colds and Flu

In the fall as the weather gets cooler ailments tend to affect our Lungs in the form of coughs, sinus issues, colds and flu. In Traditional Chinese Medicine autumn relates to the metal element which corresponds to the Lungs. The taste that strengthens the Lungs is pungent: the spicy flavor of f...

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The 11 dangerous nutrition myths

3 DAYS AGO
The 11 dangerous nutrition myths

There is a lot of misinformation circling around in mainstream nutrition.

I have listed the worst examples in this article, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are the top 11 biggest lies, myths and misconceptions of mainstream nutrition.

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Life and Style

Western IQs dropped 14 points over last century, researchers say

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Western IQs dropped 14 points over last century, researchers say

A new study from researchers in Europe claims that the average IQ in Western nations dropped by a staggering 14.1 points over the past century.

"We tested the hypothesis that the Victorians were cleverer than modern populations using high-quality instruments, namely measures of simple visual re...

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Marriage is not a Bed of Roses, Marriage is a Responsibility from day one!

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Marriage is not a Bed of Roses, Marriage is a Responsibility from day one!

Many people take the institution of Marriage as a Tradition and a family norm to get married, however, marriage is not just a symbol of getting authority with the community or family but a responsibility which has actually no equal.

Marriage is not a Bed of Roses as most people may tend to feel or t...

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The Sunnah Beard: the latest trend amongst non-Muslims in Philadelphia USA

6 MONTHS AGO
The Sunnah Beard: the latest trend amongst non-Muslims in Philadelphia USA

There's not a woman in Philly who would rock a burka just to make a fashion statement.

But when it comes to Muslim-inspired menswear, well, that's another story. Regardless of their religious affiliations, certain Philadelphia men, mainly African-Americans, have adopted the style of wearing lon...

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Technology

The Arabic Automata

1 MONTHS AGO
The Arabic Automata

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the end of 5th century, the western and central part of Europe was swept down by many barbarian tribes and fall into so called Dark Ages for some five centuries. During this time, the centers of world's art and science moved to the east—to the eastern Ro...

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Honeybees trained to find Balkan land mines

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Honeybees trained to find Balkan land mines

Mirjana Filipovic is still haunted by the land mine blast that killed her boyfriend and blew off her left leg while on a fishing trip nearly a decade ago. It happened in a field that was supposedly de-mined.{cmp_comments idkey='2318c'[url=http://www.balkanchronicle.com/index.php/tech%...

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Dire warning: Due to massive solar flare storm you could lose power, communications

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Dire warning: Due to massive solar flare storm you could lose power, communications

The largest solar storm since 2005 is now in progress, causing fluctuations on the power grid and disruptions to the Global Positioning System. The ongoing strong proton storm is in full fury. And it's getting stronger; a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) impact also impacting us, traveling at 1,400 miles...

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After Greece and Hungary, danegerous far-right party regains political strength in Bulgaria too

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Ataka ('Attack' in Bulgarian), a Bulgarian nationalist party - which has openly protested against the Roma minority, and wants to nationalize foreign-owned firms - has emerged as a kingmaker following parliamentary elections in Bulgaria last Sunday. The far-right party captured some 7% of the popular vote, putting it in a position to dictate terms for the formation of Bulgaria's next ruling coalition as the winning party, GERB, didn't gain enough seats in the Parliament to form a government on its own. GERB, Bulgaria's last ruling party stepped down at the height of February protests against unemployment and poor government. The party had implemented tight fiscal policy and austerity measures.Their gains follow similar developments in Greece and Hungary.

 

Over the years Ataka's leader, Volen Siderov, has vilified Bulgaria's large Roma minority, calling for destruction of Roma ghettoes, many of which have no running water or electricity, and obligatory school attendance for Roma children, and obligatory employment for Roma adults. Some Ataka party members wear shirts with swastikas and make Nazi salutes at rallies. In recent years the party was also involved in a fight, which drew international attention, in front of Sofia's only mosque. Bulgaria also has a big Turkish minority. The Roma and Turkish minorities combined account for over 10% of Bulgaria's population. According to some reports there are around 1 million Muslims in Bulgaria, a country of 7.5 million. DPS, a political party representing in large extent the Muslim minority, came in third in the elections with 10% of the vote.

The far-right political gains come at the time when minorities in Bulgaria are in increasingly difficult position as they were being blamed for all the societal ills. Attaka's appeal has been greatest with Bulgaria's poor and disenfranchised, who are frustrated with the country's weak economy, seemingly rampant corruption, and an entrenched national elite unable to change the situation. He has said Bulgaria should leave the EU because Brussels wants to exploit the country as a source of cheap labour. Prior to the most recent elections the party was gradually losing votes and importance, but the current political situation in Bulgaria made it possible for Ataka to reemerge as a strong political party, receiving the vote of those who wouldn't trust the two major political parties - GERB and the Bulgarian Socialist Party. At the start of the year Ataka had only 1% popular support, but Sidorov's appeals to national pride and his calls for an end to foreign concessions and nationalizations have drawn increasing support, but worried international investors.

Ataka's success follows the rise of the Golden Dawn neo-Nazi party in neighboring Greece, and Jobbik in Hungary, which pushes an ideology of racial purity and national pride. Commenting on the results Siderov said that one day he will be Bulgaria's Prime Minister.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH Zomia-women

The Art of Not Being Governed

The focus on Zomia is driven by the fact that the region is the largest remaining area that has not been integrated into a nation state. Indeed, for over two thousand years, the people living in the highlands of Zomia have lived outside the reach of the lowland government. The standard view of these "hill people" is that they are remnants of the pre-state period and represent a primitive form of living. Although book is focused on Zomia, it should be noted that governments and those involved in international development efforts tend to hold a similar view towards those living outside the reach of the state in other settings as well. Indeed, this view underpins the efforts to 'fix' the various institutions in societies around the world in the hope of bringing modernity to people who are viewed as primitive.

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