Spain: Courses on Islam in Public Schools – Gatestone Institute

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This article by the Gatestone Institute is worth a read. The guidelines for teaching Islam in public schools — drafted by the Islamic Commission of Spain and approved by the Ministry of Education — are aimed at stirring religious fervor and promoting Islamic identity among young Muslims in Spain. The guidelines are being touted as a way to prevent Muslim children and young people from being drawn into terrorism by exposing them to a “moderate” interpretation of Islam.

Source: Spain: Courses on Islam in Public Schools

Reading the article, I sense that ordinary Spanish people will be deeply worried by the risks associated with the proposed shift in policy.

The Gatestone analysis concludes:

In the end, the new guidelines may end up achieving a completely undesired objective: serving as gateway to radical Islam for tens of thousands of young Muslims in Spain.

Thoughts?

How Spain Recovered from the Economic Crisis – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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This is a powerful and insightful article from Spiegel. It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

via How Spain Recovered from the Economic Crisis – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Spain, like Ireland and Portugal is a case study on the effectiveness of reform and austerity policies. Economically, Spain is becoming a model, with powerful, internationally competitive industries. Unfortunately, unemployment continues to be a deep problem in Spain. The current conservative government in Spain has been responsible for the strong policies, in contrast to the deep damage done to Spain by the previous socialist government.

Spain, of course, is contrasted to Greece where there has also been austerity but less real reform. Meanwhile, socialists in Spain are looking to Greece as an example.

Thoughts?