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In Four Russian Regions, Orthodox Christianity Becomes a Compulsory Subject of Study

August 31, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5301018.stm

On August 31, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Orthodox Christian religion is being made a compulsory school subject in four of Russia's regions. Pupils in the Belgorod, Bryansk, Kaluga and Smolensk regions will be taught the basics of Orthodox Christianity. It will also be included as an optional subject in the school curriculum in 11 other regions across the country. Supporters say the move will help protect...

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Muslims Look Within and Reach Out to Law Enforcement

August 31, 2006

Source: The Miami Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/religion/15407995.htm

On August 31, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "After the Sept. 11 suicide hijackings, distraught U.S. Muslim leaders feared the next casualty would be their religion. Islam teaches peace, they told anyone who would listen in news conferences, at interfaith services and, most famously, standing in a mosque with...

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India's Diverse Faiths Participate in Ganesh Festival

August 31, 2006

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1782128,000600010004.htm

On August 31, 2006 the Hindustan Times reported, "At Marine Lines, fruit seller Chand Sheikh, a 26-year-old Muslim, had been such a devout follower of Lord Ganesha since childhood that he was elected president of the local mandal [temple] and has already occupied that post for five years. In Bhandup, practising Sikh Balbir Singh, an actor, has brought an idol home this...

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US-born Teen and Father from Lodi Prohibited from Entering US

August 30, 2006

Source: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060831/us_nm/security_teenager_dc_1

On August 30, 2006 Reuters reported, "A Pakistani-American born in the United States said on Wednesday he has been barred from re-entering the country apparently because he chose the wrong person to list in the emergency contact portion of his U.S. passport. Jaber Ismail, 18, and his 45-year-old father, Muhammed, a naturalized citizen, five years ago listed as an emergency...

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In Detroit, an Interfaith Dialogue: "Are You as Confused about the Middle East as I Am?"

August 30, 2006

Source: The Arab American News

http://www.arabamericannews.com/newsarticle.php?articleid=6203

On August 30, 2006 The Arab American News reported, "A Christian, Jewish and Muslim panel gathered earlier this week to discuss the importance of the Holy Land in their faiths.

St. Peter Catholic Church in Harper Woods hosted the event, 'Are You As Confused About The Middle East As I Am?' on Tuesday. About 35 attendees, the majority of them senior citizens...

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French Muslims and the "Politics of Assimilation"

August 29, 2006

Source: Foreign Affairs

http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20060901faessay85508/stephanie-giry/france-and-its-muslims.html

It its September/October 2006 edition Foreign Affairs reported, "Over the past few years, terrorist bombings of the public transport systems of Madrid and London have sparked fears that Europe may be breeding its own crop of indigenous jihadists. Less understandably, those events have also sometimes been...

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Sikhs Help Enforce Ceasefire in Lebanon

August 29, 2006

Source: Sikh Sangat

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/printer_1308.shtml

On August 29, 2006 the Sikh Sangat reported, "The men of the 28-year-old United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) continue observing, patrolling, and delivering humanitarian assistance in south Lebanon while they wait for reinforcements to help enforce a ceasefire between Israel and the Hezbollah Shiite militia... About 650 soldiers from India's 4th Battalion, Sikh Regiment, along with a...

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Editorial: "Malaysia's Racial Politics"

August 29, 2006

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/08/29/opinion/edbowring.php

On August 29, 2006 the International Herald Tribune ran an editorial by Philip Bowring. "Malaysia's identification of the Malay race with the Muslim religion is exacerbating strains within Malaysian society - between Malays and non- Malays and within the Malay community - as both Malay and Muslim identities compete for the majority's political attention......

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US Muslims Involved in Lebanon Relief Efforts Contend with Ongoing Challenge of Identifying "Safe" Charities

August 29, 2006

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0608290261aug29,1,2375121.story?coll=chi-newslocal-hed

On August 29, 2006 the Chicago Tribune reported, "After Sept. 11, 2001, the government issued general guidelines meant to help charities maintain transparency and prevent money from being diverted to groups or individuals that the government has designated as terrorists. It also created a list of some...

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Opinion: "Qatar Leads the Way" by President of Caspian Energy Consulting

August 29, 2006

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20060828-101134-3921r.htm

On August 29, 2006 The Washington Times ran an opinion piece by S. Rob Sobhani, president of Caspian Energy Consulting. "As the world focuses on the conflict between Israel and Iran's proxy, Hezbollah, a quiet revolution to remove oppression and despair that often leads to terrorism is taking place in neighboring Qatar under the leadership of a dynamic and charismatic woman....

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Balance among Lebanese ethnic groups upset by Hezbollah

August 28, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2006/08/28/hezbollahs_rise_fuels_rifts_inside_lebanon/

On August 28, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "In the capital's battered Shi'ite Muslim neighborhoods, Hezbollah supporters crow about their 'divine victory' over Israel, celebrating to raucous and martial songs amid piles of rubble. Across town, however, well-heeled Christians are lining up for American...

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Scholar Studies Muslims in Suburban Chicago, Aims to Improve Civic Integration

August 28, 2006

Source: AScribe Newswire

http://newswire.ascribe.org/cgi-bin/behold.pl?ascribeid=20060828.141710

On August 28, 2006 AScribe Newswire reported, "Most of metropolitan Chicago's 400,000 Muslims are isolated from the communities in which they live -- especially in the suburbs -- and not necessarily by choice, says Louise Cainkar, a fellow of the Great Cities Institute of the University of Illinois at Chicago and an internationally recognized expert on...

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