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American Muslim Taskforce Hosts Town Hall Conference in Queens

September 3, 2004

Source: Independent Press Association

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1642

On September 3, 2004 the Independent Press Association reported, "the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) held a media conference and town hall meeting regarding the upcoming presidential elections last Sunday in Long Island City. The organization’s goal: to 'inform, engage, and obtain oral and written input from Muslim community members,' said...

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Democrats Urge Ouster of Boykin

September 3, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57822-2004Sep2.html

On September 3, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "in a letter to Bush released yesterday, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and 10 others said action in the matter of Army Lt. Gen. William G. 'Jerry' Boykin is long overdue and he must be removed from his post as deputy undersecretary for defense. A Pentagon...

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France Refuses Demands of Hostage-Takers, Ban of Religious Symbols Goes Into Effect

September 2, 2004

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040902_586.html

On September 2, 2004 the Associated Press reported, 'Millions of French students returned to school Thursday as a new law that bans Islamic head scarves from classrooms went into effect amid demands by Islamic radicals holding two French hostages in Iraq that the law be scrapped. Muslim leaders in France, who had largely opposed the law, urged calm for...

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Swiss Muslim Scholar: "What Does America Have to Fear from Me?"

September 2, 2004

Source: iviews.com/International Herald Tribune

http://www.iviews.com/Articles/articles.asp?ref=IH0409-2438

On September 2, 2004 the International Herald Tribune ran a column by Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss Muslim scholar whose visa to teach at the University of Notre Dame in the U.S. was recently revoked by the U.S. government. Ramadan writes, "I have written 20 books and 700 articles, and 170 audiotapes of my lectures are circulating. I ask my detractors: Have you...

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New Text On Japanese Internment Camps Strikes a Cord With Recent Arab-American Detentions

September 2, 2004

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~26~2373876,00.html

On September 2, 2004 The Denver Post reported, "A new book's claim that the U.S. was justified in interning Japanese Americans in WWII worsens the pain of their history, Colorado families say. The history-book interpretation of internment argues that the government erred, grievously, when it forced more than 100,000 Japanese immigrants into camps scattered across the West....

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Opinion: Pakistani Christians Considered "Second Class Citizens"

September 1, 2004

Source: Independent Press Association-NY/Pakistan Post

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1620

On September 1, 2004 the Pakistan Post ran an opinion piece by Manzoor Ejaz in which he argues, "Whether in Pakistan or in North America, there’s a dilemma for Pakistan’s Christian community members; although they are as much Pakistani as their Muslim compatriots, they still are considered second class citizens. They can be prosecuted under...

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Appeal for Calm After Nepal Riots

September 1, 2004

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3616712.stm

Nepal's prime minister has appealed for calm following violent protests in the capital against the killing of 12 Nepalese hostages in Iraq.

Sher Bahadur Deuba called for restraint in a nationwide address on state radio.

An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Kathmandu after angry mobs attacked a mosque and offices. Police say one protester has...

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Nepalese Hostages Killed in Iraq

August 31, 2004

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3614866.stm

Twelve Nepalese hostages have been killed by their captors in Iraq.

A Nepalese diplomat confirmed the deaths hours after images were put on a website, apparently showing one man being beheaded and 11 being shot dead.

Nepal's ambassador to Qatar, Shyamanand Suman, said it was one of the "worst days" in his country's history.

The...

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France Refuses to Grant Kidnappers' Demands to Repeal Headscarf Ban

August 30, 2004

Source: ABC News Online

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1188368.htm

On August 30, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "France has vowed not to yield to Iraqi kidnappers who have taken two journalists hostage and are demanding the repeal of a law that bans the Islamic headscarf in state schools. Government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope says the law would come into effect as planned at the start of the...

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Muslim Summer Camps Grow in Number Across Country

August 29, 2004

Source: The Inquirer (PA)

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/pennsylvania/9523554.htm

On August 29, 2004 The Inquirer (PA) reported that a, "five-day camp for boys was sponsored by Young Muslims, an arm of a national nonprofit called the Islamic Circle of North America, which monitors the media, spreads the faith, and does charity work. Such camps are cropping up across the country, with the dual aim of giving young Muslims a...

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Thousands Expected At Islamic Society of North America Convention

August 29, 2004

Source: Islam Online Net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-08/29/article03.shtml

On August 29, 2004 Islam Online Net reported, "thousands of Muslims are expected to descend on Chicago next weekend for the 41st Annual Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) Convention in what is shaping up to be the largest Islamic gathering on the continent. The pre-registrations for the convention have reached record high numbers and all surrounding...

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Opinion: Charges Against Muslim Scholar Are "Groundless," Should Be Granted Visa

August 28, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40222-2004Aug27.html

On August 28, 2004 The Washington Post ran an opinion piece by Paul Donnelly about the U.S. government's revocation of Imam Tariq Ramadan's visa to teach at Notre Dame. (Ramadan is a Muslim scholar from Switzerland.) Donnelly writes, "Notre Dame officials insist that they have reviewed every charge against the Swiss scholar and agree with the likes of Scotland...

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