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Do not accept or reject and be yourself..this is a brainstorming to help choose, develop an approach, or deepen your understanding,

Building Moderate Muslim Networks ?

Image result for . Building moderate Muslim. RAND, lebanonBy and large, radicals (as well as authoritarian governments) have been successful in intimidating, marginalizing, or silencing moderate Muslims—those who share the key dimensions of democratic culture—to varying degrees.1 Sometimes, as has happened in Egypt, Iran, and Sudan, liberal Muslim intellectuals are murdered or forced to flee overseas….more:RAND_MG574 source:

NYT: The White House and the Strongman

How the Obama administration watched the demise of Arab democracy — and paved the way for Trump’s embrace of dictators…
Be bold,” he added. “History is waiting for you.” “Very good advice, from a sincere friend,” Mr. Morsi answered. But it was too late. The military’s presidential guard had moved Mr. Morsi into its own base, ostensibly for his safety. Two days later, on July 3, 2013, General Sisi announced Mr. Morsi’s removal.,…MORE:  nytimes.

Cell Phones and Cancer Risk

Image result for national cancer instituteWhy is there concern that cell phones may cause cancer or other health problems? There are three main reasons why people are concerned that cell phones (also known as “mobile” or “wireless” telephones) might have the potential to cause certain types of cancer or other health problems: Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy (radio waves), a form of non-ionizing radiation, from their antennas. Tissues nearest to the antenna can absorb this energy…more:

The myth of religious violence

Bullet candlesIt was these European wars, in the 16th and 17th centuries, that helped create what has been called “the myth of religious violence”. It was said that Protestants and Catholics were so inflamed by the theological passions of the Reformation that they butchered one another in senseless battles that killed 35% of the population of central Europe……more:


FRACTURED LANDS HOW THE ARAB WORLD CAME APARTThis is a story unlike any we have previously published. It is much longer than the typical New York Times Magazine feature story; in print, it occupies an entire issue. The geography of this catastrophe is broad and its causes are many, but its consequences — war and uncertainty throughout the world — are familiar to us all. Scott Anderson’s story gives the reader a visceral sense of how it all unfolded, through the eyes of six characters in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. ..MORE:  nytimes

TheGuardian: Football Club Renames Itself Beitar Trump Jerusalem After ‘courageous’ President

Image result for theguardianIn December, the US president defied global opposition by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, angering Palestinians and Muslims around the world who see the ancient city as a capital of their future state.“For 70 years has Jerusalem been awaiting international recognition, until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognised Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel,” read a statement on Beitar Jerusalem’s official Facebook page…MORE:  TheGuardian