Monday, October 25, 2010
Trouble Brewing in the Balkans?
Veteran NPR European Desk reporter, Sylvia Poggioli, filed a story on the rise of radical/political Islam in the Balkans. After the war that broke up Jugoslavia in the 1990's, the Saudi's contributed a massive amount of aid to the reconstruction of Kosovo and Bosnia, especially the construction of new mosques. These construction projects have employed large numbers of people,who had been unemployed a very long time: the unemployment rate in Kosovo is over 40%. There has been strong local concern and outcry about this invasion of the Saudis, especially with the rise in the number of women in veils.