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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, so check back later for a round-up of how people around the world commemorated the observance. (Jan. 27 is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps.)

In other news: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reports although Muslim birth rates are falling, the world’s Muslim population will still grow twice as fast as non-Muslims over the next 20 years, bringing Muslims up to a quarter of the world’s population in the next generation.

As the AFP story explains, they currently make up about 23 percent of the world’s 6.9 billlion people in the world, mostly in Asia and Africa. Europe is expected to rise from 6 to 8 percent by 2030, reaching about 10 percent in Belgium, France, Austria and Sweden — as Reuters notes, it’s neither a baby boom nor the “Eurabia” that some people worry about, but still a significant demographic.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, the AP reported that one-third of babies born in Israel are now ultra-Orthodox — also known as Haredi or Hasidic Jews — which presents significant political, economic and security challenges for that country and the region.

So, a boom in Muslims and ultra-Orthodox Jews in my son’s generation… anyone got a good lead on a preschool for peacemakers?

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