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Dalits Convert to Christianity, Islam in Protest to Hindu Caste System

June 19, 2004

Source: Frontline

http://flonnet.com/fl2113/stories/20040702002204500.htm

On June 19, 2004 Frontline reported, "Ever since Dr. B.R. Ambedkar embraced Buddhism along with about five lakh Dalits in 1956, mass conversion has become a form of collective protest for Dalits across the country, a willing abandonment of what they consider an oppressive hierarchical social system. The rejection of a system as a form of protest gets reinforced by necessarily choosing one of...

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Facets of the Muslim Vote

June 18, 2004

Source: Independent Press Association

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1512

On June 18, 2004 Independent Press Association reported that in Jackson Heights, an area in Queens, recently experienced an unusual kind of protest. On June 13, using loudspeakers, Muslim devotees were called to Azan (call for prayer), and offered prayers in the busy street. It was a form of open protest against same-sex marriage and the continuous repression of Muslims in...

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Federation of Student Islamic Societies Demands Prayer Rooms on All College Campuses

June 18, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://education.guardian.co.uk/students/news/story/0,12891,1242340,00.html

On June 18, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Muslim students are to launch a campaign to get all universities to provide proper prayer facilities. The campaign will be consolidated at the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (Fosis) conference in Nottingham this weekend following calls from Muslim students at universities and colleges around the...

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Report Shows Extent of Anti-Muslim Discrimination and Attacks

June 17, 2004

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9864117%5E28737,00.html

On June 17, 2004 The Australian reported, "Since September 11 and the Bali bombings, Australia's 300,000 Muslims have been living with ever-increasing victimisation. In shopping centres, schools and on streets, strangers have accused them of being terrorists or at least supporting their cause. Muslim men and particularly women,...

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Report Shows Increase in "Anti-Different" Feelings; Muslims, Jews, Sikhs Are Targets

June 17, 2004

Source: ABC News Online

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1134201.htm

On June 17, 2004 ABC News Online reported, "Developed through 69 consultations around Australia over 14 months, the [the Human Rights And Equal Opportunity Commission's 'Isma', or 'Listen', report] looks at the extent of prejudice against Arab and Muslim Australians. Commissioned after anecdotal evidence of an increase in racism in Australia since the September 11 attacks in the United...

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European Countries Attempt to Control Spread of Radical Islam

June 17, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/crossing_continents/3815053.stm

On June 17, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Fear of radical Islam is pushing governments across Western Europe into ambitious plans to promote loyalty and moderation in their Muslim citizens. But the projects, focused on the training of imams, have already been criticised by many Muslim leaders who fear state intervention in religion will backfire. The proposals spring...

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Philadelphia-Based Interfaith Group Runs Ad on Arab-Speaking TV Stations Condeming Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

June 16, 2004

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/8931909.htm?1c

On June 16, 2004 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "A month after President Bush appeared on Arabic television to express regret for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a U.S. interfaith group yesterday began running an independent ad on the Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyya TV stations condemning 'the sinful and systemic abuses committed in our name.' The 30-second ad...

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Interfaith Group Runs Ad Condeming Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

June 16, 2004

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/8931909.htm?1c

On June 16, 2004 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "A month after President Bush appeared on Arabic television to express regret for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a U.S. interfaith group yesterday began running an independent ad on the Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyya TV stations condemning 'the sinful and systemic abuses committed in our name.' The 30-second ad...

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President Encourages Government to Promote Religious Tolerance

June 15, 2004

Source: Hi Pakistan

http://www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en68006&F_catID=&f_type=source

On June 15, 2004 Hi Pakistan reported, "President Pervez Musharraf called upon the peoples’ representatives on Monday to play a pro-active role for improvement of law and order by promoting sectarian harmony and religious tolerance in their respective constituencies. Talking to 16 parliamentarians, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in two...

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Muslim Youth Visit U.S., Serve as "Ambassadors" to Home Countries

June 15, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/06/13/in_muslim_teens_us _sees_bridge_to_peace/

On June 15, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "There is no easy way to reverse the growing distrust between the United States and the Islamic world, but for 16-year-old Palestinian Sami Qarmout and other young Muslims who spent the past year in America, it's time to get started. 'We broke some of the myths,'...

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Imam Denounces Muslim Woman Running for Canadian Parliament

June 15, 2004

Source: Muslim WakeUp!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/000882.php

On June 15, 2004 Muslim WakeUp! reported, "When Itrath Syed entered her local mosque in Vancouver last Friday, she expected to get a chance to let her fellow congregants know about her campaign for the Canadian parliament representing the Delta-Richmond East Riding south of Vancouver on behalf of the New Democratic Party (NDP). After all, not only is Syed the sole Muslim candidate in her province,...

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Muslim Graves Vandalized With Neo-Nazi Graffiti

June 14, 2004

Source: ABC News Online

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1131687.htm

On June 14, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "A Muslim cemetery and a village in eastern France were painted with Neo-Nazi slogans and swastikas over the weekend, prompting Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin to head to the region to speak with officials and religious representatives. More than 50 Muslim graves in a Strasbourg...

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