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Mexican Government Monitoring Muslims as Part of Agreement with US Officials

May 13, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050513/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/mexico_us_muslims/nc:734

On May 13, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Mexico's government is monitoring the country's tiny Islamic communities as part of an arrangement with U.S. authorities, the federal attorney general's office confirmed Friday.

Officials on Friday confirmed statements made the...

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Islamic Society of Boston Leader Files Defamation Suit with Local Media

May 12, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=82880

On May 12, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "a leader of the Islamic Society of Boston has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald and WFXT-TV, alleging news reports unfairly linked him to radical Islamic terrorists. The complaint filed Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court by Osama Kandil alleges that a series of Herald stories published...

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Controversial Author Calls for Muslim Think Tank, Reform

May 12, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4537561.stm

On May 12, 2005 BBC News reported, "The author of a controversial book about Islam is calling for an international Muslim think tank.

Irshad Manji, [a Canadian] who has received death threats since her book was published, said she hoped it would attract 'reform-minded' Muslims.

The author wants changes in Islam's stance on issues such as human rights.

A spokesman for The Muslim...

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Italian Broadcast to Screen Controversial Dutch Film on Women and Islam

May 11, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,12576,1481145,00.html

On May 11, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Italy's state broadcaster, RAI, will tomorrow defy protests from Muslims and reported threats to one of its executives when it becomes the first leading foreign TV network to show the controversial Dutch film Submission.

The film's director, Theo van Gogh, was murdered last November. An alleged Muslim extremist has been charged...

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Harvard College Interfaith Council Hosts "Belief in Action" Event

May 11, 2005

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=507702

On May 11, 2005 The Harvard Crimson reported, "students of diverse faiths united to perform public service and discuss the role of service within religion at the 'Belief in Action' event hosted by the Harvard College Interfaith Council (HCIC) Monday. Forty students representing at least five religious organizations on campus participated in the afternoon’s events, volunteering three hours...

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Four Dead After Afghani Riots Over Report of U.S. Desecration of Qur'an

May 11, 2005

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=747552

On May 11, 2005 Reuters reported, "Afghan police opened fire on protesters on Wednesday killing four and wounding dozens after violent demonstrations over a report that U.S. interrogators had desecrated the Koran. U.S. forces stationed in the conservative Muslim city of Jalalabad, 130 km (80 miles) east of the capital, were called back to base when the trouble...

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Government Halts Process of Appointing Muslim Prison Chaplain

May 11, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2005-05/11/article01.shtml

On May 11, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "The French Justice Ministry froze plans to appoint a chief Muslim chaplain for prisons over protests from the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM) on sidelining the Muslim body in the selection process. 'France’s plans to appoint a chief Muslim prison chaplain were frozen in an effort to contain the crisis...

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Western-Style Democracy Challenged by Moderate Muslims

May 10, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2005/05/10/western_style_democracy_prove_to_be_a_tough_sell/

On May 10, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "To American eyes it might seem that moderation and democracy are budding in much of the Islamic world. In addition to the national elections, there are hints of change in Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. And moderate...

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Troy Community Divided Along Religious Lines on National Day of Prayer

May 10, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3308608

On May 10, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "it was a day of separation for different religious groups in the Detroit suburb of Troy. Yesterday afternoon, about 250 people participated in a Christians-only prayer session in front of Troy City Hall. A similar number of Christians and members of other faiths attended the Troy Interfaith Group service at Northminster Presbyterian Church. Mayor...

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Four More Killed in South

May 10, 2005

Source: The Independent

http://independent-bangladesh.com/news/may/11/11052005ap.htm#A4

On May 10, 2005 The Independent reported, "Four more people have been killed in the ongoing unrest in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, where a separatist insurgency has raged since early last year, police said Tuesday.

Villager Bueraheng Kla, 26, was shot early Tuesday in the Ra-ngae district of Narathiwat province by an unknown number of gunmen, dying later...

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Syria Gaining in Popularity as Destination for Arabic Studies

May 10, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0510/p14s02-legn.html

On May 10, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on his home city and the subsequent warsin Afghanistan and Iraq changed Jason Gluck's life. In January he left his lucrative job as a corporate lawyer in Washington, D.C., and traveled to Damascus in Syria to learn Arabic. Says Mr. Gluck, '9/11 got me thinking about Middle East issues...

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