Chile has a growing Muslim community

but few know about it Michael Vicente Perez, University of Memphis and Matthew Ingalls, American University in Dubai Nora is a rare sight at the Universidad de Chile. Dressed in a long abaya, or Islamic robe, that covers all but her hands and face, her outfit distinguishes her from other students on campus. In between classes, she’ll often seek a quiet, sheltered space to lay out a small carpet and pray. If one were to ask Nora, as we did, about her distinct appearance on campus, she would say she doesn’t mind. She’s content with her dress, her prayers and the … Continue reading Chile has a growing Muslim community

What contaminants lurk in the UK’s drinking water?

An expert explains Vanessa Speight, University of Sheffield Recently, a school project made an alarming discovery: the presence of five times the recommended maximum amount of lead in water samples taken from 14 schools across the UK. Lead is a toxin which even at low levels is capable of affecting children’s brain development and reducing their IQ. The news might well make the British public worry about what exactly is lurking in their drinking water. Installing lead pipes in the UK’s drinking-water network has been banned for decades, but about eight million old buildings may still have lead pipes in service. … Continue reading What contaminants lurk in the UK’s drinking water?

Atomic-sized primordial black holes:

What new experimental evidence suggests Oscar del Barco Novillo, Universidad de Murcia Since the earliest times, human beings have wanted to explain the most unpredictable and disturbing phenomena in the universe. Although the study of astronomy has been a constant in all civilisations, astronomical events of a more “unpredictable” nature, such as comets or eclipses, were considered an “omen of misfortune” and/or “actions of the gods”. The fall of the Saxon king Harold II in 1066, during the Norman invasion of William the Conqueror, was attributed to the bad omen from the passage of a comet (later baptised as “Halley”). And … Continue reading Atomic-sized primordial black holes:

‘Fortress USA’: How 9/11 produced a military industrial juggernaut

Clare Corbould, Deakin University Since the September 11 terror attacks, there has been no hiding from the increased militarisation of the United States. Everyday life is suffused with policing and surveillance. This ranges from the inconvenient, such as removing shoes at the airport, to the dystopian, such as local police departments equipped with decommissioned tanks too big to use on regular roads. This process of militarisation did not begin with 9/11. The American state has always relied on force combined with the de-personalisation of its victims. The army, after all, dispossessed First Nations peoples of their land as settlers pushed … Continue reading ‘Fortress USA’: How 9/11 produced a military industrial juggernaut

Tiga cara sistem pendidikan Indonesia bisa berperan mencegah radikalisme dan ideologi kekerasan

Muhamad Bill Robby, PUSKAPA; Chaula Rininta Anindya, Ritsumeikan University, dan Putri K. Amanda, PUSKAPA Dalam menangani kasus terorisme, pemerintah Indonesia seringkali mengandalkan pendekatan keamanan, misalnya dengan banyak melakukan penangkapan terhadap terduga kelompok terorisme. Meski penangkapan telah banyak dilakukan, insiden seperti bom bunuh diri masih terus terjadi. Bahkan, beberapa di antaranya dilatarbelakangi keinginan balas dendam pelaku atas penangkapan yang dilakukan terhadap anggota kelompok mereka. Ini dapat mengindikasikan bahwa pendekatan keamanan hanya efektif untuk merespons insiden terkini, namun tidak efektif sebagai solusi jangka panjang. Sementara itu, strategi penanggulangan terorisme secara global telah berkembang sehingga tidak terbatas pada pendekatan keamanan saja, tapi juga … Continue reading Tiga cara sistem pendidikan Indonesia bisa berperan mencegah radikalisme dan ideologi kekerasan

The Ronaldo Effect:

What big players mean for the business goals of clubs like Manchester United Dan Plumley, Sheffield Hallam University and Rob Wilson, Sheffield Hallam University The prodigal son returns. In the last few days of a frenzied football transfer window, Manchester United pulled off a dream signing, welcoming Cristiano Ronaldo back to his former club. Excitement over his return to the Premier League is high – and with good reason. There are only a handful of sports stars on the planet who can generate this kind of global interest. But how does a player of Ronaldo’s professional stature affect the business side … Continue reading The Ronaldo Effect:

al-Qaida is defeated – but jihadism is here to stay

9/11 twenty years on: al-Qaida is defeated – but jihadism is here to stay Christina Hellmich, University of Reading Twenty years ago, the terrorist group al-Qaida carried out the deadliest attack on US soil the world had ever seen. Overnight, al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden became the most notorious terrorist to date. Inspired by pan-Islamist ambitions and outraged by US foreign presence and intervention in the Middle East, this was the highlight of al-Qaida’s campaign to shatter the notion of US hegemony and invincibility. Their ultimate aim was to bring back the umma, the community of all Muslims once united by … Continue reading al-Qaida is defeated – but jihadism is here to stay

How social media amplifies hatred against Muslims

How social media – aided by bots – amplifies Islamophobia online Saif Shahin, American University In August 2021, a Facebook ad campaign criticizing Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the United States’ first Muslim congresswomen, came under intense scrutiny. Critics charged that the ads linked the congresswomen with terrorism, and some faith leaders condemned the campaign as “Islamophobic” – that is, spreading fear of Islam and hatred against Muslims. This was hardly the first time the pair faced Islamophobic or racist abuse, especially on the internet. As a communications professor who studies the politics of race and identity online, I have seen … Continue reading How social media amplifies hatred against Muslims

Do you know what Google and Microsoft are doing quietly under everyone’s nose?

Google and Microsoft are creating a monopoly on coding in plain language David Murakami Wood, Queen’s University, Ontario and David Eliot, Queen’s University, Ontario Sometimes major shifts happen virtually unnoticed. On May 5, IBM announced Project CodeNet to very little media or academic attention. CodeNet is a follow-up to ImageNet, a large-scale dataset of images and their descriptions; the images are free for non-commercial uses. ImageNet is now central to the progress of deep learning computer vision. CodeNet is an attempt to do for Artifical Intelligence (AI) coding what ImageNet did for computer vision: it is a dataset of over 14 … Continue reading Do you know what Google and Microsoft are doing quietly under everyone’s nose?