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It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, ki...

Israeli occupation forces storm al-Aqsa compound

Israeli occupation forces storm al-Aqsa compound

Clashes erupted in Jerusalem at the al-Aqsa m...

Israeli extremists trigger violent clashes in Jerusalem

Israeli extremists trigger violent clashes in Jerusalem

A Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and kill...

Welcome for the Ramadan: The Month of Fasting

Welcome for the Ramadan: The Month of Fasting

Fasting is a common form of worship among the...

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Rampant Extremism: The U.S. lawmaker calls Islam 'a cancer in our nation'

1 MONTHS AGO
Rampant Extremism: The U.S. lawmaker calls Islam 'a cancer in our nation'

Religious leaders in Oklahoma are speaking out against remarks made by state Rep. John Bennett (R), who told a town hall audience on Monday that the Islamic faith "is a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out," and is a sociopolitical movement with the goal of taking over the world and destroy...

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President Aliyev: Azerbaijan becomes NATO’s reliable partner

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President Aliyev: Azerbaijan becomes NATO’s reliable partner

President Ilham Aliyev attended the NATO summit in Wales, September 4-5. In addition to the 28-members states that form the North Atlantic alliance, countries participating in the ISAF force in Afghanistan, the United Nations and the European Union participated in the meeting.{cmp_comments idke...

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French radicals are at the 'gates of power'

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French radicals are at the 'gates of power'

France's radical far-right National Front is at the "gates of power", Prime Minister Manuel Valls (pictured) warned on Sunday, after a recent poll showed FN leader Marine Le Pen would beat Socialist President François Hollande in a 2017 presidential vote.

The French premier was speaking to fellow s...

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Brussels warns BiH, Serbia not to use EU-Russia trade war

2 MONTHS AGO
Brussels warns BiH, Serbia not to use EU-Russia trade war

The European Union warned candidates for membership and potential candidates, among them Serbia and BiH, not to try to use sanctions between the EU and Russia to create a better trade position, reports Patria.

As many diaspora youth as possible to return to BiH

2 MONTHS AGO
As many diaspora youth as possible to return to BiH

At the Gazi Husrev-beg Library in Sarajevo today, the second meetings of youth from the BiH diaspora, organized by the Center for Social Education of Youth (CDOM), was opened, the Anadolu Agency reports.{cmp_comments idkey='1664c'[url=http://www.balkanchronicle.com/index.php/world-glo...

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Lingering accussation of Kosovo KLA leaders over war crimes perssist

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Lingering accussation of Kosovo KLA leaders over war crimes perssist

An EU inquiry published on July 29, 2014, asserted to have found evidences of war crimes committed by KLA leaders during the 1998-99 Kosovo-Serb conflict, while there will be no trial yet for the illegal traffic of organs.{cmp_comments idkey='2365c'[url=http://www.balkanchronicle.com/in...

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Economy

13th Denationalization Bond for Compensation of Citizens issued in Macedonia

2 MONTHS AGO
13th Denationalization Bond for Compensation of Citizens issued in Macedonia

According to its own press release, Macedonian Ministry of Finance issued the thirteenth today issued denationalization bond amounting to EUR 10 million.

Macedonian ministry states that all decisions on denationalization which became effective in the period 1st January 2013- 31st January 2014, ...

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Bulgaria to allow its fourth-biggest bank to collapse

3 MONTHS AGO
Bulgaria to allow its fourth-biggest bank to collapse

Bulgaria is to allow its fourth-biggest lender to collapse but could spend up to 2 billion levs ($1.39 billion) making sure customers do not lose out, as the Balkan country battles to clean up its worst financial scandal since the 1990s.

The central bank said it was removing Corporate Commercia...

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Russian news agency to open Balkan center also

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Russian news agency to open Balkan center also

After the recent visit to the region in search of the possibility to invest in information business by the former CIA director, David Petrus, now Russia announces it is coming to the Balkan region as well. The Russian international news news agency "Russia Today" (MIA Rossiya Segodnya) announced tha...

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Why Coal Isn’t Going Away

2 MONTHS AGO
Why Coal Isn’t Going Away

Coal plays an integral role in keeping the lights on and buildings standing. Despite the green energy movement, more than 40% the world's electricity still comes from coal-fired plants, and 70% of the world's steel production requires metallurgical coal.

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Bulgaria becomes world's biggest producer of Lavender Oil

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Bulgaria becomes world's biggest producer of Lavender Oil

Dozens of workers wade through a sea of purple, picking lavender blossoms in the sweltering heat. The 100-degree Fahrenheit temperatures give the blossoms their highest concentration of oil — a liquid treasure that is prized by perfume makers around the world.{cmp_comments idkey='9077c'[url=htt...

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Bulgarian Minister vows to fight for South Stream Implementation

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Bulgarian Minister vows to fight for South Stream Implementation

Bulgarian Economy and Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev said that Bulgaria will do its best to make sure the South Stream gas pipeline project is implemented. "We will fight for the implementation of South Stream," he said.{cmp_comments idkey='2664c'[url=http://www.balkanchronicle.com/in...

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The ‘Eastern Question’ Still Persists in Europe

1 MONTHS AGO
The ‘Eastern Question’ Still Persists in Europe

The Balkans lived in peace for hundreds of years under Ottoman rule. The Bosniaks in particular were the standard bearers of Islam in Europe. The sound of the adhan, the call to prayer, has never fallen silent from the time when the region joined the Ottoman Empire to the present day.

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Buddhism in Myanmar: Extremism Galore

2 MONTHS AGO
Buddhism in Myanmar: Extremism Galore

Myanmar is undergoing a state of upheaval and transformation. As of now, the country is experiencing changes on the political, economic and social frontiers.

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Why is no one talking about US poverty?

1 YEAR AGO
Why is no one talking about US poverty?

It's not my intention to belittle the government shutdown or the political showdown underway between President Obama and the GOP, but more often than not, America's fickle news media is dominated by one subject. It's what gets left out that is often more telling than what everyone (or at least ...

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Gunpowder Composition for Rockets and Cannon in Arabic Military Treatises In Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries

1 YEAR AGO
Gunpowder Composition for Rockets and Cannon  in Arabic Military Treatises  In Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries

A Gap in the history of gunpowder and cannon

n some documented histories of warfare and weapons in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance there is a noticeable gap in the history of gunpowder and cannon in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Some Authors jump from China in the far east to Eu...

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Polish climbers to climb peaks of the Balkan

7 MONTHS AGO
Polish climbers to climb peaks of the Balkan

Balkan Winter Expedition 2014 project aims to climb the highest peaks of Balkan countries in the winter - Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Romania.

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ACTION ALERT: Tell the Simon Wiesenthal Center to Apologize For Denial of Genocide on Bosniaks

9 MONTHS AGO
ACTION ALERT: Tell the Simon Wiesenthal Center to Apologize For Denial of Genocide on Bosniaks

CALL TO ACTION:

On behalf of Bosniaks in the U.S. and Canada and survivors of the Bosnian genocide, we call to action all friends and people of good will to protest the comments made by Efraim Zuroff in which he is denying the genocide in Srebrenica and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Special Interest

The month of Ramadan is a time to purify the heart

3 MONTHS AGO
The month of Ramadan is a time to purify the heart

O Believers, Observe Saum — the fasting, it is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you (Jews and Christians), that you may become Al-Muttaqun — the God-concious, the pious ones.

Al-Quran, 2-183.

Ramadan offers this central theme for Muslims: complete submission of mind and ...

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Al-Salafiyyah: The Methodology of the Pious Predecessors

4 MONTHS AGO
Al-Salafiyyah: The Methodology of the Pious Predecessors

All praises and thanks are due to All?h, and may the blessings and prayers be upon the Messenger of All?h, his family, his companions, and all those who follow in their footsteps until the Day of Judgment.

Al-Islam is a collection of rules and articles of faith, of knowledge and action, of thin...

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Montenegrin Church and Religion

8 MONTHS AGO
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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Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Maxim Dies at 98

1 YEAR AGO
Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Maxim Dies at 98

The Bulgarian Ortodox Patriarch Maxim, who weathered a revolt over his Communist-era ties to lead his country's Orthodox Christians for more than 40 years, died here on Tuesday at age of 98.

The Bulgarian Ortodox church's top clerical body Holy Synod said in a statement that the cause of death ...

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Jewish scholar lectured on 'How Islam Saved the Jews'

5 MONTHS AGO
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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Muslim Jewish Conference Meets In Sarajevo To Combat Islamophobia And Anti-Semitism

1 YEAR AGO
Muslim Jewish Conference Meets In Sarajevo To Combat Islamophobia And Anti-Semitism

Students and young professionals from around the world have gathered in Sarajevo, Bosnia to exchange experiences and fight prejudice and hatred. They represent different cultures and races and speak dozens of languages, but they share either one of two identities: they are all Muslims or Jews.

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Health

Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

2 MONTHS AGO
Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Vitamin D deficiency is now linked to increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

According to a study completed in collaboration with Dr. Paulo Chaves, associate professor at Florida International University College of Medicine, study participants who had severe vitamin D deficiency we...

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Circumcision Protects Against AIDS

1 YEAR AGO
Circumcision Protects Against AIDS

A new study found that uncircumcised men were nearly seven times more likely to get the AIDS virus, giving further support to findings that circumcision . The study by Robert C. Bollinger and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University Medical School and the National AIDS Research Institute in Pune, In...

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

9 MONTHS AGO
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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Genetically Modified Democracy

1 YEAR AGO
Genetically Modified Democracy

Reliable sources in Washington D.C. have informed the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) that Monsanto has begun secretly lobbying its Congressional allies to attach one or more "Monsanto Riders" or amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill that would preempt or prohibit states from requiring labels on...

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Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?

1 YEAR AGO
Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?

One day last year when her daughter, Ainsley, was 9, Tracee Sioux pulled her out of her elementary school in Fort Collins, Colo., and drove her an hour south, to Longmont, in hopes of finding a satisfying reason that Ainsley began growing pubic hair at age 6. Ainsley was the tallest child in her thi...

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Every human emotion now classified as a mental disorder

1 YEAR AGO
Every human emotion now classified as a mental disorder

The industry of modern psychiatry has officially gone insane. Virtually every emotion experienced by a human being -- sadness, grief, anxiety, frustration, impatience, excitement -- is now being classified as a "mental disorder" demanding chemical treatment (with prescription medications, of co...

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Life and Style

Babies born naturally 'have higher IQs than those delivered by caesarean section'

2 YEARS AGO
Babies born naturally 'have higher IQs than those delivered by caesarean section'

Babies born naturally may have higher IQs than those delivered by caesarean section, new research claims.

According to scientists, when women give birth naturally there are higher levels of a special protein in babies' brains that helps boost intelligence levels as they develop.

 Scientist...

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Teaching Kids Responsibility

2 YEARS AGO
Teaching Kids Responsibility

Discover the secret to getting your kid to set the table or tidy her room without being constantly on her case about it.

My daughter, Zoe, was 5 when I decided to give her a couple of chores: making her bed every morning and putting some of her clean clothes in drawers on laundry day. Let's just say...

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Video gaming addiction can control your thoughts

1 YEAR AGO
Video gaming addiction can control your thoughts

A psychology researcher from Canberra has collected some of the first scientific evidence that video gaming can be addictive in a way similar to gambling and alcohol.

"People who spend an excessive amount of time playing video games are powerless to stop themselves from thinking about gaming," says ...

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One Question that Could Save Your Marriage

2 YEARS AGO
One Question that Could Save Your Marriage

“Who knew marriage could be so difficult?” asked Sara:

“One day you’re this care-free woman, pretty selfish and self-indulgent. Next you have a roomie – and one that is supposed to share that room with you for the rest of your life!”

“We were living on top of each other,” she added,

“Everyone h...

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Cosmetics causing an epidemic of allergies: Doctors urge for preservatives to be removed

1 YEAR AGO
Cosmetics causing an epidemic of allergies: Doctors urge for preservatives to be removed

A chemical used in hundreds of beauty products is being blamed for a massive rise in dangerous allergic reactions.

Cosmetic giant Johnson & Johnson says it is so concerned, it is taking the chemical out of its best-selling Piz Buin sun cream and other products.

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Beauty Queens Outside and Slobs Inside?

1 YEAR AGO
Beauty Queens Outside and Slobs Inside?

In the West women dress with looks to kill outside the home and save the sweats and t-shirts for inside. Most women will look very beautiful while going outside of the house, but look like a slob inside the house. This is not always true and sometime it’s the other way round.  Many women leave ...

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Technology

Google pulls ‘Bomb Gaza’ app after public criticism

2 MONTHS AGO
Google pulls ‘Bomb Gaza’ app after public criticism

'Bomb Gaza' developed by PlayFTW and still available as an app on Facebook, imitates the on-going conflict between Israel and Hamas, which dominates the Palestinian territory. Players drop bombs from a fighter jet while dodging missiles from Hamas fighters in black and green masks.

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Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'

6 MONTHS AGO
Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a "CIA project" and warned Russians against making Google searches.

Putin assured a group of young journalists that the Internet was controlled from the start by the CIA and its surveillance continues today.

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How to get rid of the bedbugs?

1 YEAR AGO
How to get rid of the bedbugs?

Bedbugs have become a growing problem around the world, with epidemics New york and other world cities.

However, researchers have found an unlikely solution - kidney bean leaves.

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The Pirate Bay is the World's Most Efficient Public Library

1 YEAR AGO
The Pirate Bay is the World's Most Efficient Public Library

The way "media piracy" works is that one person or group purchases a work, and then shares it with millions of other people. This supposedly deprives the author or artist of those millions of people's money. One group has acquired over 50 million media items, and makes each of them available to...

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

2 YEARS AGO
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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“Dark matter” mystery deepens

3 YEARS AGO
“Dark matter” mystery deepens Like all ga­lax­ies, most as­tro­no­mers be­lieve ours is filled with a strange, in­vis­i­ble sub­stance that be­trays its pres­ence only through its gravita­t­ional pull. The gal­ax­y’s stars would fly apart with­out this so-called dark mat­ter hold­ing them to­geth­er.

But the na­ture of “dark mat...

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Arts

Turkish tradition, Islamic art meet at Acar’s exhibit

2 YEARS AGO
Turkish tradition, Islamic art meet at Acar’s exhibit

Turkish tradition and Islamic art came together as a renowned artist from Turkey opened his first exhibition in the Kingdom on Feb. 28.

Imsail Acar mounted a solo gallery featuring 43 of his paintings at the Consulate General of Turkey here until March 1.

Acar introduced his works as a combination o...

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Top Islamic artworks on display at Paris show

2 YEARS AGO
Top Islamic artworks on display at Paris show

The Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris is playing host to an exhibition of Islamic artworks created by 10 top Iranian and Arab artists selected for the Jameel Prize 2011.

Awarded every two years, the Jameel Prize is an international art award for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic ...

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Modernist Islamic Architecture: Toward preserving a migrant past

3 YEARS AGO
Modernist Islamic Architecture: Toward preserving a migrant past

MakeSpace Architects is a London-based firm whose work specializes in private and social housing, as well as community buildings. Much of the community work focuses on the development of mosques and Islamic centers. Besides designing and building the structures, MakeSpace aspire to develop a new arc...

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Ottoman architecture not just from Armenians and Greeks, says historian

3 YEARS AGO
Ottoman architecture not just from Armenians and Greeks, says historian Two recent exhibitions on Istanbul's Armenian and Greek architects have caused a debate among experts on Ottoman . While some say there is an attempt to show that Istanbul’s recent architectural heritage belongs to Armenians and Greeks only, others think that such a prejudiced approach goes against ...

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Macedonia and the medieval manuscript: It is the first time that this has repeated itself

2 YEARS AGO
Macedonia and the medieval manuscript: It is the first time that this has repeated itself

In every class of every school there are students, who are excellent; there are good ones and ones with average performance; there are also bad student and ones that are so bad they have to take the same class twice; but there are also ones, who do not like anything and anyone.

The case with th...

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Tears of the famed Mona Lisa

2 YEARS AGO
Tears of the famed Mona Lisa

Save You stand among the crowds in a world museum like the Louvre in Paris, moving from one hall to another gazing at pieces of art such as the Mona Lisa, trying to understand the secret of that mysterious smile on the face of the Italian La Gioconda ... well, you are not alone! Many people in th...

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Entertainment

2011 Libyan rebellion comes to Sarajevo

3 MONTHS AGO
2011 Libyan rebellion comes to Sarajevo

Hundreds of former Libyan rebels gathered in Sarajevo on Thursday to see the world premiere of a documentary dedicated to their 2011 fight against Moamer Gathafi's regime.

The four-hour documentary "Tomorrow, Tripoli" by French director Florent Marcie depicts the everyday experiences of fighter...

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'Arrow': An Islamic prayer and the issue of cultural prejudice

8 MONTHS AGO
'Arrow': An Islamic prayer and the issue of cultural prejudice

In the recent "Arrow" episode, an assassin takes a moment to pray before drinking poison and dying. That moment was meant to deny information to heroes Oliver Queen and Sara Lance, while simultaneously showing commitment to the League of Assassins.

But did this moment mean more? Is "Arrow" guil...

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The upcoming “Islamic music industry”

10 MONTHS AGO
The upcoming “Islamic music industry”

Ten years ago, a young and unassuming British-Azerbaijani, who’d recently had a spiritual awakening, released an album that catapulted him to stardom. Sami Yusuf, now 33, is known throughout the Muslim world for his spiritual songs about Islam. At the peak of his career, following the rele...

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Some Serbians sensitive to Handler's jokes about their country

3 YEARS AGO
Some Serbians sensitive to Handler's jokes about their country

Chelsea Handler may have forgotten all about a few jokes she tossed out during a taping of her show earlier this week that touched on Amy Winehouse's botched comeback tour kickoff in Belgrade, but tens of thousands in Serbia have not.

People of all ages in the country appear outraged at her comments...

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Exploring Jefferson, Islam and the founding of a nation

9 MONTHS AGO
Exploring Jefferson, Islam and the founding of a nation

Americans have been arguing bitterly over religion since before the founding of the independent nation. The Colonists came by it honestly. They arrived from Europe with a legacy of several hundred years of wars with the infidels, the Papists and fellow Christian reformers.

A few early Colonists...

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An ‘industry’ built on hate: How the right-wing successfully brought anti-Muslim bigotry into the American mainstream

1 YEAR AGO
An ‘industry’ built on hate: How the right-wing successfully brought anti-Muslim bigotry into the American mainstream

Ahmed Sharif was a 44-year-old Muslim Bangladeshi taxi driver in New York City. It was August 24, 2010, a time that marked the height of vitriolic protests against a planned Islamic center to be located in lower Manhattan, a few blocks away from the site of Ground Zero. Sharif picked up 21-year...

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Travel

Albanian Tourism Project Puts Beds in Bunkers

2 YEARS AGO
Albanian Tourism Project Puts Beds in Bunkers

The Balkan country of Albania has hundreds of thousands of disused communist-era bunkers and a booming tourist industry. Now a joint German-Albanian project has put the two things together -- and is converting a bunker into a backpacker hostel.

In the coastal town of Tale, about 50 kilometers (...

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Albania's surprising side

2 YEARS AGO
Albania's surprising side

Superb Roman ruins, glorious scenery, good food and ridiculously low prices – Edward Reeve finds much to admire in the former communist state.

This is odd. I'm sitting in a bar in Tirana, Albania, and there's not a gangster in sight. What there is is a 20ft-long counter packed with an array of ...

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Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar to undergo major restoration in 2013

2 YEARS AGO
Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar to undergo major restoration in 2013

Restoration of Istanbul's famous historic Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi) will begin in the early months of 2013 and cost the municipality TL 200 million, the Fatih district mayor has said.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Fatih Municipality Mayor Mustafa Demir said they plan to restore...

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Riding the Danube Express through Istanbul and Budapest

3 YEARS AGO
Riding the Danube Express through Istanbul and Budapest

Imagine a train journey through time. Crossing cultural, political and religious conflicts spanning not just centuries but millennia. No, you don’t need to be Doctor Who to take this trip; all you need is a ticket for the Danube Express.

Eight carriages will transport you and up to 41 fellow travell...

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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.


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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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