Islamic World Top 10
Posted by Heather Hurlburt
Alt.muslim puts the fun back in foreign affairs: A top ten list we couldn't have written ourselves at democracyarsenal but that is worth some study: alt.muslim's "Top Ten Good News Stories of 2005." Do yourself a favor and check it out.
I guarantee that you will not have heard about all ten of the developments. You read about the Aceh peace agreements here; if you are a human rights type you know about Rebiya Kadeer; it's good to be reminded that Bangladesh sent us charity after Hurricane Katrina; but check out Kenya's camel libraries and the Muslim admiral who discovered America.
If you ever have occasion to write, give interviews or lecture (even to friends and family) about international affairs and "clash of civilizations" type issues, you will enjoy having some of these good news tidbits tucked away in the back of your brain.
And wrapping your brain around someone else's perspective on the year past is good mental gymnastics, whether you agree with it or not -- we used to think understanding other perspectives was essential to success in foreign policy, but that just sounds so 1990s, doesn't it?