“Multikulturelle kompetencer, II”
Dutch solders are to spend several days next week practising their conversational skills in the multicultural districts of West and Nieuw-West Amsterdam, the Parool reports on Friday. The Parool says the defence minister thinks it important that soldiers who will have to communicate with locals during foreign missions can practice ‘in a live environment’.
Between 30 and 40 soldiers will be involved in the training exercises and will hold talks with local officials, police and community organisations. The districts have been chosen because of their cultural mix and will form a ‘fictitious mission locality’. The soldiers will have to take into account political, religious, cultural, economic and humanitarian differences while practising their techniques, the Parool says.
Soldiers will wear a military suit rather than battle dress so locals do not think their neighbourhoods have been occupied. Soldiers to practise conversation skills in multicultural Amsterdam
“There are signs that Islam will dominate once again.”
From Belgium to Greece and Spain to Germany, 2013 is shaping up to be another banner year for the construction of mosques in Europe. In Belgium, work is about to begin on the construction of a mega-mosque in Liège, the third-largest city in the country. The largest mosque in Wallonia (the French-speaking region of Belgium) will be built on an 11,000 m² (118,000 ft²) plot and will consist of a main building with a capacity for 1,000 worshippers, a library, a cafeteria and several shops.
Plans to build two 30 m (98 ft) minarets were scrapped after opposition from local residents. The new plan involves one 18 m (60 ft) minaret which will be automatically illuminated during calls to prayer. The mayor of Liège, Willy Demeyer (PS), banned a protest march against the mosque that was to have been held on March 30. “My role is to avoid excesses and problems of public order,” he said.
In Germany, Muslims in the northern city of Hamburg are converting the former Kapernaumkirche (Capernaum Church), a cultural heritage site, into a mosque. In the southern German city of Munich, local politicians are debating where to build a massive mosque complex known as the Center for Islam in Europe-Munich (ZIE-M). The 6,000 m² (65,000 ft²) mega-project, which will cost an estimated €40 million ($51 million), is designed to be a key strategic platform for spreading Islam throughout Europe……. Europe: Mosque Building Shifts into High Gear, by Soeren Kern
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