Juan Cole’s Top Ten Good News Stories from the Muslim World-2009

If you aren’t familiar with Juan Cole’s excellent blog “Informed Consent” here is a great reason to take a look.  He has listed the Top 10 good stories from Muslim countries we haven’t hear from the U.S.A. corporate media.  Check out this link.  (I’ll give you a taste of some of the highlights – might surprise you!)

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Juan Cole is President of the Global Americana Institute

Friday, January 01, 2010

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

9. Qatar is on track to average 7.5 percent per annum growth for the next few years.

8. A Pew Forum on Religion and Life poll finds that American Muslims are unusual in the degree to which they are integrated into mainstream American society and demonstrate moderate attitudes, condemning religious extremism and violence.

7. The information revolution is making strides in the Arab world.

6. Albania has averaged 10 percent a year growth for each of the last four years, and was the fastest-growing economy in Europe in 2009.

5. The small Gulf oil monarchy of Kuwait took steps toward greater democracy and rule of law.

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.

3. Turkey, which averaged 5.8 percent a year economic growth between 2002 and 2008, was slowed but not devastated by the world’s financial crisis.

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Juan Cole, Informed Comment

Juan Cole, Informed Comment