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Eager to Vote, Muslims File Stack of Lawsuits over Citizenship Delays

May 2, 2008

Author: JOHN LANTIGUA

Source: The Palm Beach Post

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2008/05/02/m1a_citizens_0503.html

Shadi Odeh has lived 17 of his 31 years in the United States.

He is a Palestinian, transplanted at age 14 to Texas, where he was a boisterous Dallas Cowboys fan. In 1999 he moved to South Florida, where he embraced basketball's Miami Heat, which he...

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The Ties That Bind: Muslim Americans Join Japanese Americans on Manzanar Pilgrimage

May 2, 2008

Author: Emily Leach

Source: Asian Week

http://www.asianweek.com/2008/05/02/the-ties-that-bind-muslim-americans-join-japanese-americans-on-manzanar-pilgrimage/

More than 100 Muslim Americans from across California joined Japanese Americans for the 39th annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 26.

Many in the Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian community have found steady...

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Muslim Claim Sparks Prison Review

May 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/cambridgeshire/7377003.stm

Female prison officers will be stopped from being present when male inmates are strip-searched, after a Muslim prisoner said he had been degraded.

The inmate told the newspaper Muslim News in March he felt degraded, oppressed and provoked on a daily basis at Whitemoor Prison, Cambridgeshire.

The man said...

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In France, Prisons Filled With Muslims

April 29, 2008

Author: Molly Moore

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/28/AR2008042802560.html

Samia El Alaoui Talibi walks her beat in a cream-colored head scarf and an ink-black robe with sunset-orange piping, an outfit she picked up at a yard sale.

After passing a bulletproof window, El Alaoui Talibi trudges through half a dozen heavy, locked doors to reach the Muslim...

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Pakistan Churches Back UN on Defamation Call

April 29, 2008

Author: George Conger

Source: Religious Intelligence

http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=1938

The National Council of Churches in Pakistan (NCCP) has backed the UN Human Rights Council’s call for legislation forbidding the defamation of religion.

On April 16, the NCCP voiced its concern over “the mischievous acts, maligning the Islamic faith in the name of modernisation, secularism and so-called freedom of...

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Malaysian Islamic Body Rejects Proposed Conversion Rule Meant to Ease Religious Tensions

April 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/29/asia/AS-GEN-Malaysia-Islam.php

Islamic authorities have rejected a proposal by Malaysia's prime minister that would require non-Muslims to inform their families before converting to Islam.

The decision was made at a weekend meeting of top Islamic authorities, including...

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Two Muslims Killed in Thai South

April 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Dawn

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dawn.com/2008/04/28/top15.htm

Suspected separatists shot dead two Muslims in the Thai south on Sunday, police said, as the army warned of possible strikes by militants on the anniversary of a deadly mosque raid.

A 36-year-old Muslim suspected of involvement in the insurgency and a 38-year-old local government worker were shot dead in separate incidents in...

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Critics Cost Muslim Educator her Dream School

April 28, 2008

Author: ANDREA ELLIOTT

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/nyregion/28school.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin

Debbie Almontaser dreamed of starting a public school like no other in New York City. Children of Arab descent would join students of other ethnicities, learning Arabic together. By graduation, they would be fluent in the language and groomed for the country’s elite colleges....

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Islamic Seminary's Plea Against Cow Slaughter Receives Praise

April 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Gulf News

Wire Service: IANS

http://www.gulfnews.com/world/India/10208989.html

The Deoband-based Islamic seminary's plea to refrain from cow slaughter and beef eating has been warmly received with people saying the gesture will go a long way in further cementing Hindu-Muslim brotherhood.

"The appeal to refrain from cow slaughter and beef eating is in tandem with India's secular...

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Protesters Burn Indonesian Mosque

April 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7370650.stm

Hundreds of protesters in Indonesia have set fire to a mosque belonging to the minority Muslim Ahmadiyya sect.

Police in the town of Sukabumi in western Java say nobody was injured but that many members of the Ahmadiyya community have fled the area.

The hardline Islamist demonstrators believe the Ahmadiyya practice to be a deviant form of...

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