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US Ashram Hesitant to Part with Gandhi Ashes

January 31, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sify News

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14597806

An ashram in Los Angeles that has had an urn of Mahatma Gandhi's ashes for over 50 years and has set up a much-venerated memorial is hesitant to part with it — for now.

Tushar Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's great grandson, had asked the Self Realisation Fellowship (SRF) ashram founded by Paramahansa Yogananda to immerse the ashes in water.

"In...

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Native Youth Protest 2010 Olympics

January 31, 2008

Author: Sam Bick

Source: The McGill Daily

http://www.mcgilldaily.com/view.php?aid=6953

With the 2010 Vancouver Olympics rapidly approaching, indigenous groups in Canada are protesting that the events – to be held on unceded Salish, St’at’imc, and Squamish territory – will wreak environmental and social destruction.

Activists Kanahus Pelkey and Dustin Johnson have embarked on a three-week speaking tour across the East Coast...

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Hindu Chants Invocation in Colorado Senate: Now Lawmaker Suggests 'Om' Opens Door for Prayers 'in Jesus Name'

January 31, 2008

Author: Bob Unruh

Source: World Net Daily

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=59960

A Nevada Hindu who has opened the U.S. Senate with a faith-specific chant now has provided the invocation to open the state senate in Colorado, and a senator is suggesting since "om" has been cited, perhaps prayers "in Jesus name" again should be allowed.

The comments came after Rajan Zed, a Hindu from Reno who is making a series of...

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Muslim American Youth Form New Culture of Islam

January 31, 2008

Author: Alex Villarreal

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-01-31-voa37.cfm

A media research study last year found that a majority of Muslim Americans feel their lives have become more difficult since the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001. But that trend is changing, especially among young Muslims, who have managed to integrate into American society while maintaining their Muslim pride. VOA's Alex Villarreal...

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Beijing's Only Kosher Restaurant Mulls Second Branch Ahead of Olympics

January 31, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Haaretz

Wire Service: AP

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/950010.html

Beijing and the Olympics are going Kosher.

The capital's only Kosher restaurant opened 10 months ago, drawing the small Jewish expatriate community, tourists, curious Chinese and even a few Muslims. Business has been so good at Dini's Kosher Restaurant, that part-owner Lewis Sperber is talking about setting up a...

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Faith Schools to Get Own Vetting

January 31, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7219634.stm

Some private Muslim and Christian schools in England are to have their own joint inspection body.

The government has approved the setting up of a new independent inspectorate which will mean the schools involved will not be checked by Ofsted.

The body - called The Bridge Schools Inspectorate - will check 110 schools in the...

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Alhaji Mumuni Calls for Nat'l Inter-Religious Body

January 31, 2008

Author: Sulemana Braimah

Source: allAfrica/Ghanaian Chronicle

http://allafrica.com/stories/200801310786.html

Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumbungu and 2004 presidential running mate to Prof. Attah Mills, Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, has called for the establishment of a National Council for Inter-religious Dialogue to deal with what he described as "emerging conflicts" in inter and intra-religious relations.

Speaking at a function to outdoor...

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Obama Wants Summit with Muslim Countries

January 31, 2008

Author: Brian Rohan

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSL3127434420080131

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a French magazine in an interview that if he wins office, he will hold a summit with Muslim countries to better the United States' image in the world.

"Once I'm elected, I want to organize a summit in the Muslim world, with all the heads of state, to have an honest discussion...

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