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African Finance: Turning Towards Mecca

May 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/finance/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11333069

CHINA is not the only financial powerhouse with its hungry eye on Africa. Flush with oil wealth, the Gulf states, too, are spying profitable opportunities among the hundreds of millions of Muslims who live just a hop across the Red Sea. Africa's economies are growing fast, thanks in large part to the commodities boom. Although...

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Young Video Makers Try to Alter Islam’s Face

May 8, 2008

Author: NEIL MacFARQUHAR

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/08/us/08video.html

When Ali Ardekani started fishing around on the Internet a couple of years ago for video blogs about Muslims, he did not like what he found: either the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims were depicted as bloodthirsty zealots, or they were offering defensive explanations as to why they were not.

“Arabic sounds foreign and scary...

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Islam in Europe: Power Wars Spell Dead-End for French Muslim Council

May 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gkUlK4_SRmWJdZ-be1CU9tSJIOXg

Five years after it was set up by Nicolas Sarkozy, France's official Muslim council has hit a wall: hamstrung by infighting, critics accuse it of failing the country's five million Muslims while giving fundamentalists a stronghold in French public life.

President Sarkozy created the French Council for the Muslim Religion (CFCM)...

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Hindu Tribals Being Prevented from Cremating Their Dead in Pak's NWFP

May 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Daily India/ANI

http://www.dailyindia.com/show/237768.php/Hindu-tribals-being-prevented-from-cremating-their-dead-in-Paks-NWFP

Muslims are reportedly not allowing Hindu tribals living in Kurram, Hangu, Orakzai and Kohat tribal areas to perform the last rites of their dead at the 'Shamshan Ghat' approved by the Britishers in the pre-Independence era.

The...

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No Joke! Stand-Up Comedians Battle Intolerance

May 7, 2008

Author: Ralph Dannheisser

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20080507071303tsop.nb/newsblaze/TOPSTORY/Top-Stories.html

A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu and a Sikh walk into a hotel ballroom.

The opening line of a joke?

No, but in this case it was the start of a full evening of stand-up comedy aimed - its creators say - at easing religious tensions through laughter "and a healthy...

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Islamic Funeral Home Gets Burnsville Council OK

May 6, 2008

Author: JOY POWELL

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/local/south/18713219.html

In response to a growing Muslim population in the south metro, the Islamic Institute of Minnesota plans to open a funeral facility in Burnsville that will be used to prepare the dead for burial.

The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the institute to buy a building just off Hwy. 13 at 12th Avenue.
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U.S. Officials Urged to Avoid Linking Islam, Jihad with Terrorism

May 6, 2008

Author: SHAUN WATERMAN

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/International_Security/Emerging_Threats/Analysis/2008/05/06/analysis_us_drops_islam_in_terror_talk/9370/

U.S. officials are being advised in internal government documents to avoid referring publicly to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups as Islamic or Muslim, and not to use terms like jihad or mujahedin,...

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Murrah Building Bombing Shaped Muslim Organization

May 3, 2008

Author: Carla Hinton

Source: The Oklahoman

http://newsok.com/murrah-building-bombing-shaped-muslim-organization/article/3238171/

The Council on American-Islamic Relations was a fledgling organization less than a year old when its co-founder, Nihad Awad, received an urgent telephone call from Oklahoma City in April 1995.

It was just days after a truck bomb blew apart the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building....

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