In a city of immigrants, Rotterdam’s Muslim mayor leads by example — By Letty Reimerink on Citiscope org | Watch videos on Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb

Aboutaleb is just one of the many forces that has turned Rotterdam into one of Europe’s most dynamic cities. Long known as a working-class port and little brother to Amsterdam, this city of 600,000 is transforming its core with daring architecture, an entrepreneurial spirit and rich cultural vibe. Low rents (compared to Amsterdam) are attracting…

Farah Pandith: 1 Billion Muslims Under 30: More Conservative Than Their Parents?

Belfer Center Published on 2 May 2016 Farah Pandith, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project and formerly the first ever Special Representative to Muslim communities at the U.S. State Department, sits down with Aroop Mukharji to talk about how to curb the spread of violent extremism, particularly among Muslim youth. ->>>>><<<<<-

Treasure trove of Bamako: Mali is home to invaluable manuscripts that are being restored as part of a German project — Deutschland de

© picture alliance/Godong – Bamako Grand Mosque Inside the Bamako manuscript archive, which was modernised in 2013, lies what is prob­ably the most important collection of written testimony to the history of West Africa. In some 2,400 heavy metal crates are a total of 285,000 centuries-old manuscripts from Timbuktu and its surroundings. We have Abdel…

Aga Khan: We Can Achieve A More Cooperative World If We Understand Our Differences, Not Erase Them — Huffington Post com article by Farah Mohamed

“The word ‘fragmentation’ seems to define our times.” During a visit with President Drew Faust, the Aga Khan looked through a photo book inside her Massachusetts Hall office. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer (…) With Friday’s attacks in Paris and Thursday’s attacks in Beirut, along with many others in recent months, the message of solidarity over…

“Freeing Islam from the clutches of the fanatics”- Navid Kermani′s Peace Prize acceptance speech —Qantara de| It was the saddest speech anyone had ever heard there

***** Read in Deutsch: “Den Islam aus den Klauen der Fanatiker befreien” – Navid Kermanis Frankfurter Friedenspreisrede ***** For the first time, Germany′s most important cultural prize has gone to a child of Muslim immigrants, the German-Iranian writer and Islamic studies expert Navid Kermani, born in 1967. According to Stefan Weidner, his combative speech may…

Vicious cycle of radicalisation — Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung de which says political Islam has lost power almost everywhere, and its radical and violent manifestations prevail

By Thomas Birringer The Muslim Brotherhood and ideologically related groups in North Africa initially emerged as winners from the Arab Spring. By now, political Islam has lost power almost everywhere, and its radical and violent manifestations prevail. One reason is the failure to tackle the people’s problems. The other one is a vicious cycle of…

Who’s the Real Troublemaker in the Middle East? |Iran’s no democratic paradise, but Washington’s Saudi allies are even worse — by Medea Benjamin on Common Dreams org

Medea Benjamin (medea@globalexchange.org), cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, is the author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. Her previous books include Don’t Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart., and (with Jodie Evans) Stop the Next War Now (Inner Ocean Action Guide). ***** Late King Abdullah and…

Women Discuss Prevention of Extremist Ideologies — VOA Video

VOA News Published on 11 Jun 2015 From Lebanon to Bangladesh, women are defying extremists and educating their countries to reject terrorism and violent ideologies. VOA’s Katherine Gypson reports on a program that is giving women an opportunity to share ideas with each other.   ->>>>><<<<<-

Afghanistan: “The main victims in the fight to reach peace are young people.” — Interview with Bashir Ahmad Fatehi on Heinrich Boell Foundation de

The main victims in the fight to reach peace and security are young people. Nonetheless, in government decision making, the role of young politicians is negligible; this shows what the government’s motivations actually are. Photo: Rah-e-Madanyat daily newspaper. All rights reserved.   Bashir Ahmad Fatehi has been busy with cultural and educational projects since completing…

Religiöser Exptremismus: Viele Probleme sind hausgemacht — MiGAZIN de interview mit Otmar Steinbicker (In German language-‘Many problems are homemade’ )

Religiöser Extremismus, Pegida, Afghanistan – viele Themen stoßen derzeit aufeinander. Otmar Steinbicker, Herausgeber des Aachener Friedensmagazins aixpaix.de, erklärt im Gespräch, wie diese Themen zusammenhängen und sich gegenseitig “hochschaukeln”. Otmar Steinbicker, Journalist und Herausgeber des Aachener Friedensmagazins aixpaix.de. © Beate Knappe (…)   Steinbicker: Unbedingt! Ein Attentat hat nichts mit einer Religion als Gesamtheit zu tun,…