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UN Report Slams Violation Of Indian Minorities’ Religious Rights

February 4, 2009

Author: Jawed Naqvi

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2009/02/05/top8.htm

A UN report has slammed the pervasive climate of fear and intolerance perpetuated by religious mobs in many parts of India, and asked the government to provide effective protection to the minorities of whom Christians and Muslims in particular were vulnerable, often helpless and increasingly ghettoised.

“Even though a comprehensive legal framework to protect freedom of...

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Thousands Of Muslims Vow to Combat Terror

February 3, 2009

Author: V.P.K. Shukoor

Source: Arab News

http://arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=118812&d=3&m=2&y=2009&pix=world.jpg&category=World

India’s one of the most prominent Muslim organizations, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind (JUH), organized a massive anti-terrorism convention in Bangalore on Saturday, which strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms.

Attended by thousands Muslims from...

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"Policy Adrift Over Rohingya, Myanmar’s Muslim Boat People," a Commentary by Bill Tarrant

February 3, 2009

Author: Bill Tarrant

Source: Reuters Blog

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/02/03/policy-adrift-over-rohingya-myanmars-muslim-boat-people/

The Rohingyas, a Muslim minority fleeing oppression and hardship in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar, have been called one of the most persecuted people on earth. But they have seldom hit the headlines — until recently, that is. More than 500 Rohingyas are...

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Moderate Islamists Take On Hard-Liners In Battle for Somalia

February 3, 2009

Author: Scott Baldauf

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0203/p06s01-woaf.html

The Ethiopian peacekeepers have withdrawn from Somalia and the radical Islamist militia called Al Shabab is rapidly moving in to take control of the war-battered country.

Perhaps the only thing standing in Al Shabab's way is an unlikely enemy: an army of citizens and clerics who are fighting to preserve what's left of the Somalia...

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Muslim Woman Denied Service In US Bank for Wearing Headscarf

February 3, 2009

Author: Subhabrata Das

Source: Digital Journal

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/266466

The Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, called on the US Department of Justice to find out whether the US bank has violated the civil rights of a Muslim woman when it denied service because she was wearing hijab, a mandatory headgear for Muslim women.

According to the woman, she was...

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Iraqi Voters May Have Cut Power to Religious Parties

February 2, 2009

Author: Brian Murphy

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/national_world/stories/2009/02/02/ap_iraq_vote_0202.ART_ART_02-02-09_A3_VLCP15C.html?sid=101

The biggest Shiite party in Iraq once appeared to hold all political sway: control of the heartland, the backing of influential clerics and a foot in the government with ambitions to take full...

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Order to Take Off Niqab Pits Law Against Religion

February 2, 2009

Author: Betsy Powell

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/580790

A judge has ordered a Toronto woman to testify without her niqab at a sexual assault trial – raising the thorny issue of whether Muslim women should be allowed to appear as witnesses wearing a veil that covers everything but the eyes.

The issue is a collision of two rights, pitting religious freedom against the right of a defendant to face an accuser in...

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Russian Muslims Build Their Future In Spirit Of Religious Tolerance: Chairman Of Russian Mufti Council

February 2, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Trend News

http://news-en.trend.az/islam/1412255.html

“The Russian government pays a great attention to Muslims in Moscow and other cities, as well as creates conditions to satisfy their spiritual needs. Moreover our Muslims build their future in spirit of religious tolerance under support of the authorities,” Chairman of the Russian Muftis Council Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin said at an opening ceremony of a new temporary...

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Ottawa Using Intervention to Extinguish Muslim Extremism

January 30, 2009

Author: Stewart Bell

Source: National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1237450

The government has been using "counter-radicalization techniques" to steer Canadian Muslims away from extremism, according to a secret intelligence report obtained by the National Post.

The document outlines a little-known, government-wide, counter-radicalization strategy that aims to prevent al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists such...

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Muslim Father Who Encouraged Son to Flog Himself for Religious Ceremony Escapes Jail

January 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1132382/Muslim-father-encouraged-son-flog-religious-ceremony-escapes-jail.html

A Muslim father was today given a six-month suspended jail term after a court heard how he encouraged his 10-year-old son to flog himself during a centuries-old religious ceremony.

Jurors found the taxi driver, 49...

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Muslim World Reacts Positively to Obama's Outreach, And Expectations Have Been Raised

January 30, 2009

Author: Warren P. Strobel

Source: The Miami Herald/McClatchy Newspapers

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/880950.html

In 10 days, President Barack Obama has transformed the U.S. dialogue with the Muslim world.

His tools have been carefully chosen words of reconciliation, the decision to close Guantanamo Bay prison and the early dispatch of a Middle East peace envoy.

"The reaction has been phenomenal....

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Arena: On Obama's Chat With Al Arabiya

January 29, 2009

Author: Fred Barbash

Source: Politico

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/18117.html

On Obama’s interview with Al Arabiya, the Arabic satellite news channel...

Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University: “This is what ‘smart power’ means in practice!”

Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland: “In these few remarks, he conveyed a different view of the Middle East than we have heard in the past...

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