Islam

Islamic Charter School in MN Responds to Public Need

December 5, 2004

Source: Grand Folks Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/state/10346467.htm

On December 5, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "in the middle of a Twin Cities suburb, more than 200 Muslim students study their own heritage and culture, and most importantly, they feel they belong. When Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy opened its doors for the second year this fall in the former Inver Grove Heights...

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Construction of Mosque Continues Despire Protests from Church

December 5, 2004

Source: Arutz Sheva

http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=73067

On December 5, 2004 Arutz Sheva reported, "Work on the construction of a mosque in the center of Kostroma continues despite protests reportedly organized by the local diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, according to Andrey Osherov, a participating monitor in a European Commission sponsored project to monitor xenophobia in Russia. (UCSJ, the Moscow Helsinki Group and the Moscow Bureau on Human Rights are the main...

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Gov't Drops Origami Birds on Muslim South in "Peace Bombing"

December 5, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4069471.stm

On December 5, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The Thai government has dropped an estimated one hundred million paper origami birds in an unusual peace bid.

The birds were dropped by military planes over the country's Muslim south after a surge of violence in the area.

Ordinary Thais across the nation have folded and written peace messages on the paper cranes in a...

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Europe Insisting "Islamism" Incompatible With Liberal Values

December 4, 2004

Source: TIMES ONLINE

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1387077,00.html

On December 4, 2004 TIMES ONLINE reported, "A few days ago, pop celebrities joined 2,000 people in a march through Marseilles denouncing violence against women, particularly in the immigrant-dominated housing estates. The protest against Islamic 'obscurantism' and the 'fundamentalism that imprisons women' was led by a group of Muslim women who call themselves Ni Putes ni Soumises (...

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Controversy Over Turkish Treatment of Minorities On Eve of EU Talks

December 3, 2004

Source: The Fresno Bee

Wire Service: AP

http://www.fresnobee.com/24hour/world/story/1889136p-9821391c.html

On December 3, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "A furor in Turkey ignited by the title of a Christian spiritual leader on a U.S. embassy invitation has underscored concerns about the largely Muslim country's treatment of minorities two weeks before the European Union decides whether to open membership talks with...

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Muslim Students in Idaho Face Post 9/11 Challenges

December 2, 2004

Source: The Arbiter

http://www.arbiteronline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/12/02/41af0ed16f190

On December 2, 2004 The Arbiter reported, "Boise State’s Muslim Student Association Chapter President Maryam Mesmarian is speaking up about Muslim student life and concerns, trying to counter what she sees as cultural misconceptions. During the month-long celebration of Ramadan, the [Boise State University] chapter of the MSA operated a booth in the...

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TX Police Officer Honored by Islamic Center for Preventing Arson

December 2, 2004

Source: KFOXTV

http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/3967698/detail.html

On December 2, 2004 KFOXTV reported, "an arson in progress... that was the call El Paso Police Officer Moises Avila responded to in September. Avila's quick response led to the arrest of a man allegedly attempting to burn down the El Paso Islamic Center. Members of the Islamic Community formally thanked Officer Avila with a plaque and ceremony this afternoon."

ACLU and CAIR Host Forum in FL on Treatment of Immigrants

December 2, 2004

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGBZFLPI82E.html

On December 2, 2004 The Tampa Tribune reported, "federal antiterrorism legislation and the backlash against the Arab community is driving the undocumented population away from the mainstream, according to immigration and civil rights advocates. Dalia Hashad, the American Civil Liberties Union's national advocate for Arabs, Muslims and South Asians, recounted anecdotes of Arab and Muslim...

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Pakistani Man Claims Civil Rights Violation in NV

December 1, 2004

Source: Las Vegas Sun

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/lv-crime/2004/dec/01/517912380.html

On December 1, 2004 Las Vegas Sun reported, "the Council on American Islamic Relations has filed a complaint with Metro Police internal affairs alleging that a 25-year-old Muslim Pakistani national had his civil rights violated by officers at a casino parking garage when he was questioned and his car was searched. CAIR attorney Engy Abdelkader...

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Employers Balance Religious Accommodation and Worker Productivity

December 1, 2004

Source: Business Today Egypt

http://www.businesstodayegypt.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=2926

On December 1, 2004 Business Today Egypt reported, "It may be a bit messy, ...but more and more workplaces are finding the need for creative solutions to make room for God in the workplace. There is no debating whether prayer should be allowed. Followers of any religion consider it a privilege and a right to serve God in this way. And now, more than ever, people...

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Europe Must Tackle Religious Intolerance, EU Counter-Terrorism Official Says

December 1, 2004

Source: The Daily Times

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_1-12-2004_pg4_5

On December 1, 2004 Reuters reported, "Europe must tackle religious intolerance to reduce the threat of terrorist attacks, the European Union’s top counter-terrorism official said on Tuesday. Gijs de Vries said in an article in Britain’s Financial Times that the murder this month of Dutch film...

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