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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

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Serbia finally recognizes Kosovo passports

Serbia finally recognizes Kosovo passports

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‘Corruption of EU mision in Kosovo has grown exponentially’

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Croatia finds no easy access to EU prosperity

Croatia finds no easy access to EU prosperity

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Serbia unhappy as Russia cuts gas deliveries over unpaid debt

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Many Fear 'Anti-European' Government Coalition in Bulgaria

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Massive Oil Spill Threatens Bangladesh's Sundarbans

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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!

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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

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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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...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

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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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Education through Islamic History

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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".

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Montenegrin Church and Religion

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

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

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

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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

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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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Western IQs dropped 14 points over last century, researchers say

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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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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.

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

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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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The Arabic Automata

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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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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='1352c'[url=http://www.balkanchronicle.com/index.php/tech%...

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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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Facebook: Social Networking or Social Engineering?

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The big question is, ‘What is social networking and how is it useful?’

Of course you will hear the usual bleating saying, ‘It is so nice to know what my sister is doing….blah, blah.’

So ask this person, ‘Why can’t you send your sister an email asking what she is doing and she can respond to you. Or even better, if you can, call your sister and talk to her.’ But no, I must talk to my sister in a space where it is not only the sister who is listening but almost anyone who cares to listen, even if that person is a total stranger. So is it about your concern for your sister or is it something else?

So also in this space are pictures which really have no place outside the home – like the pictures showing you hugging your sister or wife or whoever! And so on and so on. I don’t think I need to describe all that there is to people who put it there in the first place.

Yes, of course there are controls. Tell me all about them. Tell me also how come almost nobody uses them. How many Facebook profiles do you know who have the maximum control activated where only their immediate family can see them? And of course in the end, all control is only as good as the techies and geeks on the Facebook site allow. After all they can access all that information anyway.

So what is really being achieved by Facebook, Twitter and so on? (Twitter?? Whoever coined that term was clever. Talk about under the belt. Who twitters? A twit!! – but then I suppose a twit doesn’t know that he is a twit, right?)

So what is achieved?

What is achieved is what would be the equivalent of peeping in through your window. Wanting to know what you are doing all the time. I want to know what you are doing all the time and I want you to know what I am doing all the time.

Intrusion into privacy when it is done against your will is unpleasant. So what is better? Get you into a state of mind where you will volunteer to tell people all about your internal organs on your own. See the change? An intruder is an intruder only when he intrudes against your will. If you invite him in, then he is a guest, not an intruder. Same person, same you but different rules. And that’s what it is all about, the rules of engagement.
 
So is it ‘social networking’ or is it ‘social engineering?’
 
The purpose is to change the rules of the society. Break barriers. Destroy the boundaries that protect us.
 
And where does this lead to? Addiction and intoxication. Addiction to seeing what others are doing and telling others what you are doing on a daily, hourly, minute by minute basis. And being intoxicated with the false feeling that you are so interesting that people are really interested in what you are doing. Not realizing or willing to believe that these are the actions of other intoxicated people.
 
You don’t like the word ‘intoxication’? Just don’t log onto your Facebook or Twitter account for two days and monitor your heartbeat, blood pressure, tremor in your mouse, whatever and you will see what I mean.

And all this for what? What is achieved with the time that you spend reading about other’s adenoids and telling them about yours? Incidentally I know what adenoids means and that you don’t talk about them. But let us not mention what facebookers really talk about!
 
So what did you achieve? Just ask yourself this question, ‘What did I achieve by being on Facebook and Twitter (or whichever of these infernal social networks you are on) over the past month, year or whatever period.’ Remember this is a serious question because you Muslim/ah are spending your time (life) doing it. And that makes it among the first questions that you will have to answer to Allah. So what did you achieve? Prepare the answer. You will need it.
 
Social networking is social engineering. Its purpose is to change the values and ethics of people. This is done, in its most benign form, to encourage you to indulge more and more in the consumerist society that is all consuming. We think we are the consumers. But we are in reality the consumed. Just think, how many of you buy things, see shows, go to restaurants (and other places), like or dislike things because of campaigns on Facebook and Twitter? See what is happening? Your minds are invaded, your thoughts are influenced, and consequently your actions are manipulated and you may not even realize it.

 Today Muslims the world over are very angry with the latest offensive of the Facebook. But an impulsive reaction will hardly do us any good. Just staying off of the offensive site for one day, as many have advocated, will only highlight our capitulation to it.

It is time we rethink what are we doing with our lives and say no to social engineering. It is time to get off of Facebook, Twitter, and other similar sites that are destroying us from within.


Example added by BC Stuff:

 

Beside cyber security, ethical hacking and technology, I am also interested in some social/natural science fields, like philosophy, and psychology. In this article I would share some manipulation techniques that i know about from my previous knowledge, and experience. Now these techniques can be used in many different ways and I will leave it up to the individual to decide what those ways are. Please realize this isn't mind control and it will not make you able to convince people to do extreme things but maybe change a simple idea in someones mind and make them favor your ideas more. This methods can come in handy for many hackers. Lets start:

Sympathy/Empathy - Believe it or not making someone feel sorry for you can wield great results. You can convince people to do many things with just a simple guilt trip. Examples include a family members death, recent job loss, an scarring event such as being robbed at gunpoint, losing money, or even a simple bad day. Using this can make somebody not only do what you want but they won't feel regret over doing it.

Split Personalities - No this does not mean be nice one second and mean the next. This tactic is great for pressuring someone into something from two fronts. The basic idea of this is to act as two people. This cannot be done in person and is best done online. An example of this methods usefulness is to maybe convince someone to sell something at a cheaper price by having one side of you as friend saying great deal while the other says that they can barely do this and they're unsure if they should. The trick here is to play opposites in a way that pushes the person you want to trick into doing something they wouldn't otherwise do.

If you don't then someone else will - Nothing puts more pressure on someone then giving them the idea of loss if they do not take advantage of the situation. This can be great for selling items. The general idea behind this is to make the person feel as if they will lose a once in a lifetime opportunity if they give up on this offer. You can even use the Split Personalities in mixture with this.

Being Over Understanding - Nothing softens the heart than making a person feel that they're doing a good job. If a situation comes where you have been wrong pretending to be completely understanding can go a long ways. This can general make the person feel more entitled to give you a better experience.

That is all I can come with at the current moment. Please throw suggestion and feedback. This is technically Social Engineering, an art of getting people to tell you stuff that they usually wouldn't disclose, through the use of words and your appearance. I personally hate these type of people. A good Social engineerer (or as I love to call these types of people, "Bullshit artists"), can make people believe nearly anything. It is always a good idea to be aware of people who you don't know, but it is also good practice to watch people you DO know. Don't be getting paranoid about things, because that isn't what i mean, but Social Engineering is the EASIEST way to hack anything. Hope this helps people gain the upper hand in a poorly setup situation.

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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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