Tatarstan: Four Videos; Treasures of Tatarstan, Tatarstan brings in skills and investors, Tatars try to save their language and Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 cycle

Treasures of Tatarstan (7 min, english version) — Elena Pechko Source: Elena Pechko 16 Oct 2014 brings in skills and investors — Euro News Video As Kazan hosts the WorldSkills competition, Euronews takes a closer look at this eclectic city and visits Innopolis, a satellite development outside Kazan known as the Silicon Valley of Tatarstan.……

Canada: Global Centre for Pluralism 2019 Winner are – Center for Social Integrity, Myanmar, Team from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia and Deborah Ahenkorah of Ghana

Center for Social Integrity | Myanmar “This award recognizes that change can come from within, and that what started out as a small-scale local initiative, can become a strong and meaningful movement. It is a great achievement to be able to depict Rohingya people advocating for tolerance and pluralism hand-in-hand with other ethnic and religious…

‘How social media is changing Afghan society’ — by Sayed Asef Hossaini on Heinrich Boell Stiftung (Foundation)

Social media has played a critical role in influencing change in Afghanistan. The potential anonymity of the internet offer great opportunities for women. Creator: Impassion Afghanistan. This image is licensed under Creative Commons License. After the Taliban regime was toppled in 2001, broad access to digital telecommunication services became a reality in Afghanistan, bringing with…

Pakistan: ‘Sufism has the power to eliminate extremism from society’ — Daily Times | About ‘Lok Virsa’|Watch Videos on Diverse Culture

ISLAMABAD: Extremism can only be eliminated by teachings of great Sufis. Sufism alone can prevent wars and promote tolerance and mutual respect. It unifies people irrespective of their caste, culture, creed and religion, speakers discussed. The Research & Publication department of Lok Virsa commenced a series of interactive literary sessions named Muzakira at Lok Virsa’s…

Diverse, Pluralist City of Fremont in California, where Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Muslims and other Faith Groups lives side by side and build places of worship and Social areas | Video

U.S.A offers a glimpse of religious diversity on the local level: Fremont, California is a city transformed by new immigration. A rajagopuram rises in a tidy suburban neighborhood, announcing the vital presence of the Hindu community. The diversity of the global Buddhist community is also in evidence, as Thai, Chinese, and Burmese temples—and a women’s…

Cultural rapprochement with Iran: ‘Laden with promise’|Qantara de on future culture exchante between Iran and Germany | Interview with Ali Fathollah-Nejad

Following the historic Iran nuclear deal that was clinched in Vienna in July 2015 and the subsequent lifting of sanctions against Iran in mid-January 2016, Germany and Iran are now looking for ways to stimulate cultural dialogue and exchange between the two countries. Dorothea Grassmann talks to Ali Fathollah-Nejad Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Tehran…

The Aga Khan deplores devastation in Syria, Calls for Islands of Stability — AKDN Press Release|His Highness attends London Conference on international pledging for Syria.

His Highness the Aga Khan addressing the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in London on 4 February 2016. AKDN London, United Kingdom, 4 February 2016 – His Highness the Aga Khan today called for the establishment of ‘islands of stability’ in war-ravaged Syria that could provide areas of relative safety in the midst of…

We had a better vision — By Harris Khalique on the News com Pakistan

Harris Khalique, Poet and Author photo credit the News com (…) Before coming to the founders of Pakistan and how they viewed faith and the matters of the state, allow me make another point which makes South Asian Islam certainly different, if not unique, in its history and practice from other parts of the Muslim…

Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) Signs Agreement for further Collaboration on Regeneration of Penang’s George Town World Heritage Site

AKTC and the Malayisan delegation signing the Management Collaboration Agreement in the presence of Penang’s Government Chief Minister, H.E. the Right Honorable Lim Guan Eng, and His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: AKDN Gouvieux, France, 16 October 2015 – Malaysia’s state of Penang, Think City SDN Berhad and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)…

Six Degrees of Suriname — Written and illustrated by Norman Macdonald on Saudi Aramco World| A diverse country with Christian, Muslim, Hindus and others live peacefully side by side

Suriname is a country the size of Florida with a half million souls living with Guyana to the west, French Guiana east and giant Brazil south. Paramaribo, its capital, gives the impression of a peaceful coastal town back in the 1950s—until new cars and pickups bring you back to the present. Road signs are in…

His Highness the Aga Khan’s address to the Conference on Afghanistan (London, United Kingdom) — NanoWisdoms org

Allow me to highlight four areas for consideration [vis a vis Afghanistan’s development]: First, we must focus on inclusive economic participation…. Second, we must accelerate human resource capacity creation from early childhood to tertiary education, including in particular, market-relevant skills development and vocational training…. Third, women’s participation in society is vital to ensure an improved…

Kazakhstan’s significance for the European Union and Central Asia — Article by Justina Vitkauskaite Bernard on New Europe eu

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev started a program of reforms of the country’s institutions and social practices. EPA/MIKHAIL METZEL/POOL POOL PHOTO Europe has got it wrong on Kazakhstan. A severe dearth of knowledge about the Central Asian country within European policy circles has fuelled a spiral of lazy stereotyping and complacent reporting in the international media. …

“Integration in Germany, Finally growing up” — In Qantara de article Aladin El-Mafaalani takes a closer look at what has changed

Click to read in German language: Integration in Deutschland, Das Einwanderungsland wird erwachsen ***** Attitudes and approaches to integration in Germany have changed a lot over the past 20 years. During this period, Germany has gone from a denial that it is a country of immigration to a concerted effort to improve integration. Aladin El-Mafaalani…