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Two European Muslim Views on Identity, Islam and Democracy

March 2, 2006

Source: Open Democracy

http://www.opendemocracy.net/faith-europe_islam/belonging_3317.jsp

On March 2, 2006 Open Democracy reported, "Zakaria Hamidi is surprised at how many 'Dutch people' have come along to the first public debate in Rotterdam organised by New Horizon, a newly-launched platform for discussion focusing on Islam in the Netherlands. Over 800 of us are packed in serried rows into a big conference hall in Erasmus University on a Friday night,...

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Canadian CAIR Welcomes Decision on Kirpans in Quebec

March 2, 2006

Source: CAIR-CAN Press Release

http://www.caircan.ca/itn_more.php?id=2353_0_2_0_C

On March 2, 2006 a CAIR-CAN Press Release reported, "The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) welcomes the decision from the Supreme Court of Canada that upholds religious freedom by overturning a ban on the Sikh ceremonial dagger in Quebec schools. 'Today's Supreme Court decision is a strong statement protecting religious freedom in educational settings,' says Riad...

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Brockton Interfaith Group Addresses Teen Violence, Gangs

February 28, 2006

Source: The Enterprise

http://enterprise.southofboston.com/articles/2006/02/28/news/news/news09.txt

On February 28, 2006 The Enterprise reported, "A spotlight will be shined tonight on youth violence prevention and continued efforts to keep Legion Parkway safe. The Brockton Interfaith Community and Messiah Baptist Church congregation have scheduled a meeting tonight with Police Chief William Conlon... While it is mostly directed at members of...

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In Paris, a Grassroots Backlash Against Multiculturalism: "Identity Soup"

February 28, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50A13FB3D550C7B8EDDAB0894DE404482

On February 28, 2006 The New York Times reported, "More than 200 political demonstrators defied a police ban here on Thursday, scurrying across Boulevard St.-Germain and under the sycamore trees of Place Maubert to engage in their forbidden action: eating 'pig soup'' in public.

With steaming bowls of the fragrant broth...

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Hindu Council Begins Food Distribution Program in Public Schools

February 27, 2006

Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

http://www.kbc.co.ke/story.asp?ID=35288

On February 27, 2006 the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation reported, "The Hindu Council of Kenya has embarked on a school-feeding programme targeting public schools in drought-hit areas in the country. The programme that started two weeks ago in Kijiado, aims at retaining pupils in schools despite the ravaging famine in several parts of the country. Addressing recipients of part of the 300 tones of high...

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Masjid Al-Islam Works to Transform Oakland Neighborhood through Outreach, Food

February 27, 2006

Source: Alameda Times-Star

http://www.insidebayarea.com/timesstar/localnews/ci_3551515

On February 27, 2006 the Alameda Times-Star reported, "Every Friday, Ibrahim Talib and his brothers in faith look for a new street corner where they will give out free popcorn and cotton candy. Their East Oakland neighborhood might be marred by drugs and violence, but the popcorn stand is a streak of optimism in an otherwise bleak neighborhood, they say... For nearly two...

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Tariq Ramadan: Impact of Cartoons May Create Deeper Fracture than 9/11

February 26, 2006

Source: Sunday Herald

http://www.sundayherald.com/54282

On February 26, 2006 the Sunday Herald reported, "One of Europe’s most high- profile Muslim scholars has warned that the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muham med could have a greater long-term impact on global stability than 9/11. Professor Tariq Ramadan, who sat on the Muslim task force chaired by Tony Blair after the July 7 London bombings last year, said the fear generated by the cartoons had uncovered 'problems that need...

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Government to Run Ads on Racial and Religious Tolerance

February 23, 2006

Source: Herald Sun

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,18237489%255E2862,00.html

On February 23, 2006 the Herald Sun reported, "The Bracks Government is to spend more taxpayers' money on advertising -- this time a $260,000 blitz on racial and religious tolerance. The Herald Sun believes the 'Just Like You', TV, radio and print media campaign will be launched between the Commonwealth Games and the November 25 state...

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Chirac: Sikh Students May Be Allowed to Wear Patkas Instead of Turbans

February 21, 2006

Source: Sify

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14146206

On February 21, 2006 Sify reported, "French President Jacques Chirac has said his country may allow Sikh students to wear 'patka' (scarf) instead of turban' in educational institutions and added their sentiments would be respected. The French President gave an assurance to this effect to Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L K Advani who called on him in New Delhi on Monday. Briefing newspersons, BJP...

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In New Delhi, Children’s "Turban March" Greets Visiting French President

February 20, 2006

Source: DNA

Wire Service: AFP

http://dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1013926

On February 20, 2006 Agence France-Presse reported, "Scores of Sikh schoolchildren staged a "turban" march in New Delhi on Monday to demand that visiting French President Jacques Chirac lift a ban on wearing turbans in French state schools. Waving placards declaring the 'Turban is the pride of Sikhs' and 'Restore Sikh dignity,' the boys with brightly coloured...

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Editorial: State Prayer Breakfast Should Unite, Not Divide

February 17, 2006

Source: Idaho Public Television/Spokane Spokesman-Review

http://www.idahoptv.org/idreports/showEditorial.cfm?StoryID=20037

On February 17, 2006 the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported, "For a group dedicated to bringing people of faith together to pray for society and government officials, the Idaho Prayer Fellowship has stubbed its toe. Rather than focus on prayers and blessing, the group that sponsors the Idaho State Prayer Breakfast has stirred religious...

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Tariq Ramadan, "Europe's Muslim of Choice"

February 15, 2006

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,1902896,00.html

On February 15, 2006 Deutsche Welle reported, "He's the man EU officials and journalists alike seek out when Islam and Western Europe don't see eye-to-eye. Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan has been in demand again recently. There may not be a Muslim intellectual more popular at the moment than Tariq Ramadan. If he's not holding lectures in French suburbs in front of excited young...

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