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Asia's New Gods

November 13, 2006

Author: Kishore Mahbubani

Source: MSNBC/Newsweek International

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/15564787/site/newsweek/

Most Asians are unaware that Christian evangelical movements have gained enormous political power in America. And if they were to learn this, they would be mystified. Their images of America remain the old ones: scenes of Hollywood and sexual permissiveness, secularism, money worship and devotion to modern science and technology. None of these...

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Annan says Politics, not Religion, at Heart of Muslim-West Divide

November 13, 2006

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/13/europe/EU_GEN_Turkey_Alliance_of_Civilizations.php

Political tensions, rather than religious differences, lie at the heart of the growing rift between the West and the Muslim world, and any broad solution to the problem must include an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said...

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Houses of Worship Scramble to Make Room for the Masses

November 13, 2006

Author: Rebecca Rosen Lum

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/16000247.htm

They prayed for the flocks, they got them, and now they're grappling with the reality: Houses of worship in Central and East Contra Costa are flexing with a demographic explosion that's forcing some to construct buildings, expand existing ones or add services.

Rapidly...

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'Taleban law' Passed in Pakistan

November 13, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6143754.stm

Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has passed a bill setting up a Taleban-style department under a cleric to enforce Islamic morality.

It gives the new department the power to use the police and media for the promotion of Islamic values.

The NWFP is governed by an alliance of religious parties, the MMA, that is sympathetic to the Taleban.

It has already introduced...

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PM Proposes Islamic Economic Union

November 12, 2006

Author: Khalid Mustafa

Source: The International News

http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=4057

ISLAMABAD: The three-day second World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) kicked off here on Sunday with the resolve to come up with a comprehensive economic strategy to erase the challenges hindering a Muslim economic renaissance.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, the architect of the ongoing economic reforms in the country, came up with an...

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On Visit to Turkey, Pope to Meet Islamic Cleric who Denounced Him

November 12, 2006

Author: Frances D'Emilio

Source: The Detroit News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061112/LIFESTYLE04/611120336/1041/LIFESTYLE04

The pope's upcoming trip to Turkey will include a meeting with a Muslim cleric who was one of the first to denounce Benedict XVI for his remarks on Islam and violence, the Vatican said Saturday.

The...

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Christian Population Falls in Holy Land

November 11, 2006

Author: Brian Murphy

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/11/AR2006111100600.html

The death threat came on simple white fliers blowing down the streets at dawn. A group calling itself "Friends of Muhammad" accused a local Palestinian Christian of selling mobile phones carrying offensive sketches of the Muslim prophet....

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The New Muslim-Liberal Coalition

November 11, 2006

Author: Peter Skerry

Source: TIME Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1558227,00.html

The victory party for Minnesota's first African-American congressman, Keith Ellison, took place at a trendy nightclub in Minneapolis's downtown warehouse district. Down the block from a glitzy sex shop, Trocaderos is the kind of place where both gays and straights look to get picked up, either at the bar or on the dance floor. But on...

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Small-town Values, Big City Heart

November 11, 2006

Author: Sandy Naiman

Source: Toronto Sun

http://torontosun.com/News/World/2006/11/06/2253210-sun.html

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Azhar Qureshi and his wife sat in the Credit Valley Hospital waiting room, their daughter in surgery, watching as the World Trade Center was hit.

"I remember the shock and thinking to myself, 'Don't let it be a Muslim name,'" the 45-year-old information technologist said.

When it was, he...

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Muslim’s Election Is Celebrated Here and in Mideast

November 10, 2006

Author: Neil MacFarquhar

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/10/us/politics/10muslims.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Keith Ellison wore his religion lightly on the campaign trail, mentioning it only when asked.

Keith Ellison, speaking in Minneapolis, said Thursday that he would serve “from a standpoint of improving the quality of civil and human rights for all people in America.” Mr....

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Jewish-Muslim Incident in Brooklyn Rocks Ethnic Balance

November 10, 2006

Author: Nathaniel Popper

Source: Independent Press Association

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=3006

The Voice of America recently beamed a story around the world about the Midwood section of Brooklyn, presenting the neighborhood as a model of ethnic harmony where Orthodox Jews rub shoulders with Pakistani Muslims. Until recently, one shining example of the inter-ethnic cooperation was the Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins under...

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Thai Govt Tries to Quell Muslim Insurgency

November 10, 2006

Author: RUNGRAWEE C. PINYORAT

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4325079.html

Tears flowed as the poor Muslim farmer recalled the day one of her seven children disappeared after evening prayers.

Now, a year later, Rosamoh Sulong simply wants to know if her son, the family breadwinner, is alive.

"I'm hopeful that the prime minister will help...

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The Right to Vote Stirs Muslim's Soul

November 9, 2006

Author: Robert L. Jamieson, Jr.

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/291720_robert09.html

The quest to find a place in Seattle where Election Day counts took me south on Rainier Avenue.

I headed through Columbia City to South Brandon Street and hung a left.

There it was on the right, a white clapboard building with a sign in red letters: Maka Mini Market.

Inside, the man...

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Tree-Planting Marks Lost Burial Mounds

November 9, 2006

Author: Katya Cengel

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061109/NEWS01/61109028

As traffic swirled past the little park on the corner of Fifth Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard Thursday morning, Chief Arvol Looking Horse prayed.

Outfitted with a feather headdress "an offering of tobacco in one hand, a smoldering cedar smudge bundle, used for purification, in...

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