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US Islamic Leader Cautions Australian Muslim Clerics on Language

March 22, 2004

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9036225%255E2702,00.html

On March 22, 2004 The Australian reported, "A leading US Islamic leader, visiting Australia to counter extremist views, said yesterday Muslim clerics should use cautious language when speaking of the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, referring to last month's controversy involving Sydney-based Sheikh Taj Din...

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Annual Islamic Charity Festival Aims to Present Positive Image of Islam

March 22, 2004

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://www.tampatrib.com/FloridaMetro/MGANL2QZ3SD.html

On March 22, 2004 The Tampa Tribune reported, "Rhonda Holder walked through the tent picking out clothes for herself and her children, ages 5 months to 5 years. Hanging from a shelf piled with shirts and pants, a flier read, 'With love from Muslim brothers and sisters.' The positive message is what Holder says brings her back each year to the annual Islamic Charity Festival. On Sunday,...

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Symbolic Peace Effort to Restore Religious Sites Reveals Difficulties in Uniting Island

March 22, 2004

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=503709

On March 22, 2004 The Independent reported on "how UN efforts to restore two historic religious sites have come to symbolise the difficulties" in uniting Cyprus: "Like its Orthodox counterpart [the Apostle Andreas monastery], the Tekke mosque is Islam's holiest site on the island and, like the monastery, it lies cut off from the bulk of the faithful on the other side of the...

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In Arizona, Muslims and Jews Walk for Peace in the Middle East

March 22, 2004

Source: The Arizona Daily Wildcat

http://wildcat.arizona.edu/papers/97/117/01_4.html

On March 22, 2004 The Arizona Daily Wildcat reported, "Muslims, Jews and other community members walked yesterday in the first Muslim-Jewish Peace Walk to promote harmony among members of the community. The 5 1/2-mile walk started at the Islamic Center of Tucson, 901 E. First St., and ended at the Congregation Chaverim synagogue, 5901 E. Second St. The group made stops along the way at...

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US Imam Visits Syndey to Promote Community Harmony

March 22, 2004

Source: ABC News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1070596.htm

On March 22, 2004 ABC News reported, "A leading Islamic cleric will arrive in Sydney today for a visit designed to promote community harmony. New York-based Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will address several public forums, conferences and religious ceremonies during his two week stay. Justice Minister John Hatzistergos says the State Government hopes Imam Feisal's visit will reduce community suspicion about the...

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Concerns About Cultural Conflict Persist Despite Proposed Peace Deal

March 22, 2004

Source: NCM

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=6d1085738ef5bccfe04695f34ec369ed

On March 22, 2004 NCM reported, "Warring parties in oil-rich Sudan -- long branded a supporter of terror by the United States and even a temporary home base for Osama bin Laden -- may soon stop fighting. Tempted by promises of development assistance and investment, they're trying to finalize a deal in wavering peace talks in...

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Democratic Christian Party Nominates Muslim Woman for Municipal Elections

March 21, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-03/21/article04.shtml

On March 21, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "The Democratic Christian Party (PDC) in Switzerland decided to nominate a hijab-donned Muslim lady to stand in the upcoming municipal elections on April 4, in what was hailed by the press as a 'unique political and cultural move.' PDC Chairman Fabio Bacchetta-Cattori said the choice of 20-year-old Nazia Siddiquie...

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Muslim Candidate Says His Religious Background has no Bearing in Race

March 21, 2004

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,114722,00.html

On March 21, 2004 Fox News reported, "If Jamil Imran wins his bid for the Georgia House, he will become the Peach State's first and only Muslim legislator. But Imran, born in Bangladesh and an American citizen since 2000, said his religious and ethnic background should have no bearing on his political future. 'First of all, I'm an American and then I'm also a Democrat and I happen to also be Muslim,'...

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Update: Army was Wrong to Investigate Islam Conference

March 21, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3864283,00.html

On March 21, 2004 The Guardian reported, " Army counterintelligence agents improperly tried to gather information on civilian participants at a University of Texas conference on Islam, the Army acknowledged on Monday. Two agents of the Army's Intelligence and Security Command from Fort Hood went to the law school on Feb. 9, seeking information on people who attended a...

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Muslims Join Christians in Alliance Against Alcohol

March 21, 2004

Source: The Journal Gazette

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/fortwayne/news/local/8241980.htm

On March 21, 2004 The Journal Gazette reported, "American followers of Islam are forging an alliance against alcohol consumption with long-standing, Christian-based temperance groups. Strict observance of Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol. The same holds for the beliefs of many of the Christians at the annual meeting of the National Temperance and Prohibition...

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Update: Military Drops All Charges Against Chaplain Yee

March 20, 2004

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001884078_yee20m.html

On March 20, 2004 The Seattle Times reported, " The fading espionage case against Army Capt. James Yee, the Muslim chaplain who ministered to Guantánamo Bay prisoners, came to an abrupt end yesterday after the U.S. military dropped all charges against him. In a surprise move, the Army dismissed allegations of mishandling classified information — the...

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In Michigan, Teachers in Public Education Learn About Diversity

March 19, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/crumm19_20040319.htm

On March 19, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported, "In the middle of a keynote address to 200 Oakland County educators by Heather Neff, an expert on religious diversity from Eastern Michigan University, the conference suddenly was interrupted by a voice booming Arabic phrases. Neff stopped cold. Teachers looked around in surprise. Then, they recalled that their conference on...

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Indian and Pakistani Leaders Honored With 'Common Ground' Award

March 19, 2004

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20040320/main8.htm

On March 19, 2004 The Tribune reported, "Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf have been honoured [in Washington, DC] with this year’s Common Ground International Diplomacy Award for their 'courageous commitment to re-launch a peace process between their countries.' Indian Embassy’s Minister for Political Affairs Sajjan Har and the deputy...

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Arson Damages 36 Buildings in Southern Muslim Region

March 19, 2004

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/511082.html

On March 19, 2004 the International Herald Tribune ran a Reuters article that reported, "Arsonists set fire to 36 buildings, mostly deserted health clinics and police stations, in a rampage across Thailand's Muslim south that may reflect anger over a missing lawyer, government officials said Friday. No injuries were reported. Interior Minister Bhokin Balakula said the attacks were carried out...

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