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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 05:58 PM
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Juan Cole: Top Ten Good News Stories from the Muslim World in 2009 that You Never Heard About

Top Ten Good News Stories from the Muslim World in 2009 that You Never Heard About

10. Saudi Arabia opened its first coeducational college campus, the King Abdullah Science and Technology University. In a country where the sexes have been so separated in public that some have spoken of 'gender Apartheid,' this move, which came from King Abdullah, provoked raging controversy. When a prominent cleric criticized having male and female students on the same campus and the teaching of modern scientific theories like Darwinism, the king summarily fired his ass. It may seem a small thing, but many big social processes start small. Most Americans forget that Princeton U. did not become coed until 1969.

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4. Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country in the world at about 230 mn., had successful parliamentary elections in 2009, further consolidating the country's decade-old democracy. Secular parties did better this year, and support for Muslim fundamentalism dropped, both in the voting both and in opinion polls. President Barack Obama's enormous popularity in the country is credited by some observers for a sharp decline in approval of Muslim militancy. Indonesia has become the world's 19th largest economy, and it, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are the three Muslim-majority states in the G20.

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2. Stability returned to Lebanon. Successful parliamentary elections, untainted by Syrian interference, were held in June, and a national unity government was formed in November after a lengthy negotiating process. The Lebanese army intervened forcefully and in a timely fashion to nip potential sectarian flare-ups in the bud. The 13,000 UN troops patrolling the south helped back the Lebanese army, and despite tensions with Israel on the part both of Palestinian militants and the Shiite Hizbullah militia, there was no significant clash on thbe southern border. Prime Minister Saad Hariri recently visited Damascus, building on earlier diplomacy by Maronite Catholic president Michel Suleiman, a former general, and reducing regional tensions. Lebanon is probably now about 70% Muslim if the children are counted. The year 2009 saw the return of musical and cultural festivals and the country of 4 million attracted 2 million tourists, the best year ever. Lebanon's banking and real estate sectors were slowed but by no means devastated by the global financial crisis, since they had adopted conservative investment policies as a result of bad experiences during the years of instability in the last quarter of the twentieth century. The country was on track to grow 6 percent in 2009, down from 8.5 percent in 2008. The brutal Israeli assault on Lebanon's economic infrastructure of summer, 2006, set the country back three decades, and it will take time fully to recover. But despite fragility and a few clashes and small bombings, it is fair to say that at the moment, your biggest problem in Beirut is that you can't get a timely reservation at the better restaurants.

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BreweryYardRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 06:15 PM
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1. Neat link.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 06:39 PM
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2. K&R
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 06:44 PM
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3. K&R... n/t
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grassfed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 10:27 PM
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 10:38 PM
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5. kick since too late to rec
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 11:13 PM
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SpartanDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 01:12 PM
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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 04:48 PM
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8. Wonderful. Good news. n/t
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RFKHumphreyObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 05:37 PM
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9. Thanks for posting this
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That Is Quite Enough Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 05:41 PM
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10. Of course we heard either nothing or very little about most of these stories
They don't paint Muslims as desert-dwelling evil zealots with Stone Age technology. They go against the notion of Islamic terrorism as the new boogeyman to replace the communism of yesteryear.
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nemo137 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-04-10 02:23 AM
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13. I read several pieces on the Indonesian elections, actually.
Probably not enough, but it wasn't buried.
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 07:24 PM
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11. Can't Rec, but can...
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TheBigotBasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 07:40 PM
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12. Brilliant
Edited on Sun Jan-03-10 07:40 PM by TheBigotBasher
Thank you for this.
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-04-10 06:55 AM
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-04-10 08:07 AM
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good information
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