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Opinion: U.S. Has Serious Image Problems Abroad

October 1, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1001/p09s02-cods.html?s=hns

On October 1, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran a column by Daniel Schorr, senior news analyst at National Public Radio, in which he writes, "Let me warn you, this is all about numbers, which don't usually make for light reading. But this is an especially chilling set of numbers for anyone who cares what the rest of the world thinks of us. They were compiled by...

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Interfaith Dialogue Dinner in Atlanta Area

October 1, 2004

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/1004/02turk.html

On October 1, 2004 Atlanta Journal Constitution reported, "officials at the Istanbul Cultural Center in Norcross are sponsoring their second Interfaith Dialogue Dinner on October 21. The annual event will be an opportunity for clergy and lay people of all faiths to talk about their differences — and hopefully find new areas of common ground. The event comes...

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Thousands of Christians Flee, Fearing Rising Islamic Fundamentalism

September 30, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/153/story_15343_1.html

On September 30, 2004 the Religion News Service reported, "Iraqi Christians flocked to the Latin Catholic church in the Hashmi district of the Jordanian capital, a drab working-class area, where they celebrated Mass in the ancient Chaldean language. On a recent Sunday, some 200 worshippers packed the sanctuary, which is adorned with a simple wooden cross and a picture of...

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Jordan Acts to Curb a Rising Chorus of Critics

September 30, 2004

Author: Scott Wilson

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A60554-2004Sep29?language=printer

His arrest started as an invitation to coffee and ended three days later, when he walked out of a jail cell.

Ahmed Kafaween, a longtime leader of Jordan's most influential Islamic group, arrived at the provincial government building in the southern city of Karak one afternoon this month after...

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Department of Justice Filing Suit Against NYC Transit Authority for Religious Discrimination

September 30, 2004

Source: Newsday

Wire Service: AP

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--turbandiscrminati0930sep30,0,3374834.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

On September 30, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Thursday charging New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation's largest transit agency, with discriminating...

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Putin Warns of Surge in Hate Crimes Against Muslims After Recent Terrorist Attacks

September 30, 2004

Source: Russian Independent Internet Digest/The Moscow Times

http://putinru.com/news/item/30576.html

On September 30, 2004 The Moscow Times reported, "President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned of a surge in hate crimes in response to the recent terrorist attacks and urged church leaders to help diffuse tensions. 'It is clear that letting criminals push us around by stirring up anti-terrorist anger among people of different faiths and ethnicities is absolutely inadmissible,'...

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Pope Urges Pakistani President to Work for Dialogue and Tolerance

September 30, 2004

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2004/10/01/top4.htm

On September 30, 2004 Dawn reported, "Pope John Paul II urged President Pervez Musharraf to work for dialogue and tolerance in the sub-continent during an audience at the Vatican on Thursday. 'In these times of turmoil and violence, I encourage you and your fellow citizens to continue to foster a spirit of dialogue and tolerance in your region,' the pope said in an address to the visiting Pakistani leader and his entourage. 'It...

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TX Store Owner Who Alleged Hate Crime Now Charged with Arson

September 30, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/30/national/30arson.html

On September 30, 2004 The New York Times reported, "the owner of a Middle Eastern meat market who had said he was the victim of a hate crime in this border town was arrested and arraigned Tuesday on a felony arson charge that he set fire to his own business. The man, Amjad Abunar, had complained that 'Go Home' was twice spray-painted on a door of his Al Madinah Market before a fire on...

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Students Rally Against Hate Crimes at Cal Berkeley

September 30, 2004

Source: The Daily Californian

http://www.dailycal.org/article.php?id=16292

On September 30, 2004 The Daily Californian reported, "senior Dena Rifahie, a victim of an alleged hate crime against her and seven other Muslim females two weeks ago, and dozens of other students and faculty members gathered in Lower Sproul Plaza to bring to light the recent surge of alleged hate crimes on campus and to rally the students who were victims of the crimes. Organized by the Chancellor...

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Scholar-Activist Advocates Islamic Theology of Pluralism and Social Justice

September 29, 2004

Source: Muslim WakeUp!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/001165.php

On September 29, 2004 Muslim WakeUp! reported, "At a time when religion has assumed a particular potency in shaping and defining inter-community and inter-state rivalries the world over, the need for evolving alternate understandings of religion to creatively deal with the fact of religious pluralism has emerged as a pressing necessity. This is an issue for concerned and socially engaged believers...

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Asian Leaders Concerned Over Anti-Muslim Components of War of Terror

September 28, 2004

Source: Chanel News Asia

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/108840/1/.html

On September 28, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "Asian countries challenged world leaders to redraw their battle plans in the war on terror by training their sights on religious intolerance, poverty and social injustice. Taking centre stage at the annual United Nations debate, Asian leaders also...

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A Campaign of Compassion Highlights Post-9/11 Hate Crimes

September 28, 2004

Source: The Daily Northwesterner

http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/09/28/415913d036305

On September 28, 2004 The Daily Northwesterner reported, "Evanston [Illinois] resident Anya Cordell is trying hard to convince people that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks killed people beyond New York City and Washington, D.C. She wants the history books of the future to 'tell the whole story,' including those of the victims of...

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Hate Mail Stuffed With Pork Sent to Muslims

September 28, 2004

Source: stuff/The Dominion Post

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3047192a11,00.html

On September 28, 2004 The Dominion Post reported, "Racist hate letters, some stuffed with pieces of pork, are being sent to Wellington Muslims. Community leaders say the campaign may be designed to fuel racial tensions between Jews and Muslims. Police are investigating the letters, which follow two recent anti-Semitic attacks in the city. The letters have been sent mainly to Somali...

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Cat Stevens: "I Am a Victim of an Unjust and Arbitrary System"

September 28, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/Los Angeles Times

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/153/story_15359.html

On September 28, 2004 the Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed piece by Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) on the subject of his denial of entry into the U.S. After describing his detention and questioning by U.S. FBI agents, Islam writes, "God almighty! Is this the same planet I'd taken off from? I was devastated. The unbelievable thing is that only two months earlier, I had...

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In IL, Candidate's Remarks Condemned by Muslims

September 28, 2004

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intID=3825838

On September 28, 2004 the Chicago Daily Herald reported, "the Republican challenger to three-term Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said Monday he's distrusted Islam 'for years' and supports the federal government planting human monitors in mosques to track the activity of those practicing the religion there. Kurt Eckhardt's comments brought swift criticism from Schakowsky...

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