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Two Charged in Violent Hate Crime Against Deli Clerks

February 27, 2007

Source: KOMO-TV

http://www.komotv.com/news/6004201.html

SEATTLE - Two people have been charged under the state's hate crime law after a surveillance camera at Saleh's Delicatessen in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood caught a confrontation between two customers and two clerks during which racial slurs, obscenities and punches were thrown.

A Seattle man and a Shoreline woman were charged Thursday afternoon with malicious harassment. The two are accused of slinging words and...

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Muslim Girl Sparks Canada Hijab Dispute

February 27, 2007

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Canada-Hijab-Conflict.html

MONTREAL (AP) -- An 11-year-old Muslim girl was ejected from a soccer game for refusing to take off her hijab, reigniting Quebec's debate over reasonable accommodation for minorities and even prompting comments from Premier Jean Charest.

Quebec's soccer federation said Asmahan Mansour of Ottawa was given the...

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Camp Uses American Indian Traditions to Help Soldiers Heal

February 26, 2007

Author: Cindy V. Culp

Source: Waco Tribune-Herald

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2007/02/26/02262007wacphoenixproject.html

For decades, Richard Thompson has struggled with an injury he received during Marine Corps training.

But the Gholson resident doesn’t dwell on the loss of most of the hearing in his left ear. Instead, he is troubled that the resulting medical discharge...

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Lawsuit Over Mosque Site is Dismissed

February 25, 2007

Author: Stephen Kurkjian

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/02/25/lawsuit_over_mosque_site_is_dismissed/

A Suffolk Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit that contended the Boston Redevelopment Authority's sale of a parcel of land in Roxbury for a price significantly below its appraised value to the Islamic Society of Boston violated the constitutional separation between...

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Islam's Pioneering Women Priests

February 25, 2007

Author: Richard Hamilton

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6392531.stm

A radical innovation in the Islamic world has arisen in Morocco - women preachers. The Mourchidat, as they are known, are the first women ever in any Muslim country that can perform the functions of a male Imam in a mosque, except lead the prayers.

Fifty Mourchidat have graduated and have now begun their ministries.

However, not everyone agrees with...

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Evidence Against Muslim Charity Appears Fabricated

February 25, 2007

Author: Greg Krikorian

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-holyland25feb25,1,4876426.story

When the Bush administration shut down the nation's largest Muslim charity five years ago, officials of the Dallas-based foundation denied allegations it was linked to terrorists and insisted that a number of accusations were fabricated by the government.

Now, attorneys for...

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Nation of Islam Members, Mainstream Muslims Unite at Detroit Forum

February 23, 2007

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070223/UPDATE/702230449/1041/LIFESTYLE04

DETROIT -- About 5,000 members of the Nation of Islam prayed this afternoon at Cobo Center with members of mainline Islamic groups, as the organization continues to makes some moves that would foster a closer alliance with mainstream Islam.

"I am very thankful to...

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Sectarian Violence Embroils Iraqi Muslims, but in Houston the Focus is Common Ground

February 23, 2007

Author: Barbara Karkabi

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4578026.html

Ask Rodwan Saleh if he is a Sunni or a Shia and his reply comes quickly.

"I am a Muslim," says Saleh, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, an umbrella organization that includes both groups. "Muslims should always identify themselves that way."

Other Houston Muslims respond similarly.
...

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UK Police to Start Hindu Safety Forum

February 22, 2007

Source: Daily News and Analysis

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1081494

LONDON: Britain's Metropolitan Police has assured the Hindu community here that it will take action against aggressive conversion techniques and intimidation being employed against Hindu girls by radical Muslim groups in university campuses.

This was announced on Wednesday at a conference organised by the Hindu Forum of Britain and the National Hindu Students Forum.

Issues...

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Row Over Dutch Muslim Ministers

February 22, 2007

Author: Geraldine Coughlan

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6385463.stm

The appointment of two Muslim politicians to the new Dutch cabinet has reawakened a row in the country over dual nationality.

Nebahat Albayrak and Ahmed Aboutaleb are both Dutch passport holders, but also have Turkish and Moroccan passports respectively.

Right-wing opposition parties want to see an end to dual nationality.

The row has...

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Why Indonesia Matters

February 22, 2007

Author: Hannah Beech

Source: TIME Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1592576,00.html

The Vespa Girls used to be an institution at the University of Indonesia (UI). Back in the 1970s, these daughters of elite families would take breaks from their studies at Indonesia's best university by cruising on Italian two-wheelers, their miniskirts grazing their upper thighs. Sometimes, certain Vespa Girls wore no underwear....

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Thais Struggle With Violent Insurgency

February 22, 2007

Author: Seth Mydans

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/26/world/asia/26thailand.html

PATTANI, Thailand, Feb. 22 — Some are already calling it war, a brutal Muslim separatist insurgency in southern Thailand that has taken as many as 2,000 lives in three years with almost daily bombings, drive-by shootings, arson and beheadings.

It is a conflict the government admits it is losing. A harsh crackdown and...

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Muslim Pupil Loses Veil Challenge

February 21, 2007

Source: The Guardian

http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools/story/0,,2018006,00.html

A 12-year-old Muslim girl today lost her high court challenge to her school's ban on wearing the niqab full-face veil.

Lawyers for the girl and her father had argued that the ban was "irrational" and a breach of her human rights, but Mr Justice Silber rejected their plea for a judicial review.

The girl's lawyers said after the judgment that she and her...

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Jewish and Muslim Students Look for Kosher Food in Dining Halls

February 21, 2007

Author: Zachary Moser-Katz

Source: Technician

http://media.www.technicianonline.com/media/storage/paper848/news/2007/02/21/News/Jewish.And.Muslim.Students.Look.For.Kosher.Food.In.Dining.Halls-2731772.shtml

Some Jewish and Muslim students living on campus report that following kosher dietary restrictions can be challenging and the University...

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