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Government Supports Muslim Youth Projects

April 8, 2009

Author: Josephine Lim

Source: Canadianimmigrant.ca

http://canadianimmigrant.ca/onlineexclusives/newsitems/article/3612

The Canadian government is supporting two new projects aimed at helping Muslim youth address discrimination and promote cross-cultural understanding.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will provide $441,000 dollars for My Canada, a project that provides access to multi-faith sessions for both Muslim and non-...

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Obama's Entreaty to Islam Surprises Muslims

April 7, 2009

Author: Matthai Kuruvila

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/06/MNGV16TK3L.DTL

President Obama's speech to the Turkish parliament Monday left Muslims across the United States stunned by the dramatic way he continues to build bridges with their brethren.

"He is uniquely qualified among all the American presidents to really reach out and change the mood of the...

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U.S. Muslim Coalition Applauds President's Address In Turkey

April 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Earth Times/PRNewswire-USNewswire

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/us-muslim-coalition-applauds-presidents-address-in-turkey,776735.shtml

The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of major national Islamic organizations, today applauded President Obama's Monday address to the Turkish parliament.

A statement...

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America Seeks Bonds to Islam, Obama Insists

April 6, 2009

Author: Helen Cooper

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/world/europe/07prexy.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

President Obama formally began his outreach to the Muslim world on Monday when he spoke before Turkey’s Parliament, telling legislators that the United States “is not and will never be at war with Islam.”

“America’s relationship with the Muslim community,...

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Most In Poll Back Outreach to Muslims

April 6, 2009

Author: Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/05/AR2009040501586.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Most Americans think President Obama's pledge to "seek a new way forward" with the Muslim world is an important goal, even as nearly half hold negative views about Islam and a sizable number say that even mainstream adherents to the...

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New NATO Chief Pledges Conciliation With Muslims

April 6, 2009

Author: Daren Butler and Ayla Jean Yackley

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE5351GU20090406

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday he would pay close attention to religious sensibilities in his new role as NATO chief in comments aimed at allaying Muslim concern at his appointment.

Turkey had threatened to veto the former Danish prime minister's appointment over his handling of a 2006 crisis triggered...

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Italian Magazine Tries to Narrow Gap With Muslims

April 4, 2009

Author: Elisabetta Povoledo

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/world/europe/05muslims.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

On one side of a drab street in working-class Milan, a squat structure houses a conservative mosque that was once believed to be a hub of radical Islam in Italy. Even now, after a government crackdown drove off extremists, the mosque’s deeply conservative members remain...

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Pakistan Region In Grip Of Fear As Leader Begins to Implement Sharia Law

April 3, 2009

Author: Saeed Shah

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/03/swat-valley-taliban-pakistan-sharia

With his flowing white beard and thick spectacles, Sufi Muhammad has an avuncular air about him that can initially appear reassuring.

But all that changes when the 70-year-old kingpin of the Swat valley opens his mouth to promise more of the kind of punishment meted out to the 17-year-old local...

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Gold'n Plump Settlement Paves Way for Religious Accommodation

April 2, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CAIR

http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?mid1=674&&ArticleID=25838&&name=n&&currPage=1

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today announced that more religious accommodation complaints may be resolved after Muslim workers’ bias suits against a Minnesota-based poultry company were settled.

On Tuesday, a federal judge approved a $1...

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Priest Who Professed Islam Defrocked By Episcopal Church

April 2, 2009

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17820

An Episcopal priest who professed two years ago that she was also a practicing Muslim has been defrocked by the Episcopal Church.

Rhode Island Bishop Geralyn Wolf informed Ann Holmes Redding, who lives in Seattle, of the decision on Wednesday (April 1). Although she lives outside the diocese, Redding was ordained in Rhode Island and...

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One In 10 Americans Still Think Obama Is Muslim: Poll

April 2, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Agence France-Presse

http://www.canada.com/Life/Americans+still+think+Obama+Muslim+poll/1457376/story.html

More than two months after Barack Obama placed his hand on the Bible and was sworn in as president of the United States, 11 per cent of Americans still think he is a Muslim, a poll suggested on Thursday.

White evangelical Protestants and Republicans were the most likely to...

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Saudi Government Cracks Down On Shiite Dissidents

April 1, 2009

Author: Donna Abu-Nasr

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=7225240

A cleric's threat of secession has brought a swift government crackdown in this poor, radical Shiite town in Saudi Arabia's increasingly restive religious minority heartland atop the Sunni kingdom's main oil reserves.

Cleric Sheik Nimr al-Nimr threatened to break away if Saudi authorities don...

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Alleged Money Scam Roils Islamic Center

March 31, 2009

Author: Del Quentin Wilber and Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/30/AR2009033002925.html

In the Islamic Center of Washington, beneath the 160-foot minaret that towers over Embassy Row, a tale of intrigue has simmered for years. It is marked by bitter recriminations between two men who are credited with rehabilitating its reputation as a prominent...

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Muslim 'Unsung Heroes' Honoured

March 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7972892.stm

A graffiti artist and teenage martial arts participant have been honoured in a ceremony recognising "unsung heroes" of the Muslim community in Britain.

Other award recipients included an alternative therapist, a Church of Scotland minister, and a master player of the Middle East instrument, the Oud.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, facing a row over...

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