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US Imam Visits Syndey to Promote Community Harmony

March 22, 2004

Source: ABC News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1070596.htm

On March 22, 2004 ABC News reported, "A leading Islamic cleric will arrive in Sydney today for a visit designed to promote community harmony. New York-based Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will address several public forums, conferences and religious ceremonies during his two week stay. Justice Minister John Hatzistergos says the State Government hopes Imam Feisal's visit will reduce community suspicion about the...

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US Islamic Leader Cautions Australian Muslim Clerics on Language

March 22, 2004

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9036225%255E2702,00.html

On March 22, 2004 The Australian reported, "A leading US Islamic leader, visiting Australia to counter extremist views, said yesterday Muslim clerics should use cautious language when speaking of the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, referring to last month's controversy involving Sydney-based Sheikh Taj Din...

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In Arizona, Muslims and Jews Walk for Peace in the Middle East

March 22, 2004

Source: The Arizona Daily Wildcat

http://wildcat.arizona.edu/papers/97/117/01_4.html

On March 22, 2004 The Arizona Daily Wildcat reported, "Muslims, Jews and other community members walked yesterday in the first Muslim-Jewish Peace Walk to promote harmony among members of the community. The 5 1/2-mile walk started at the Islamic Center of Tucson, 901 E. First St., and ended at the Congregation Chaverim synagogue, 5901 E. Second St. The group made stops along the way at...

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Muslims Join Christians in Alliance Against Alcohol

March 21, 2004

Source: The Journal Gazette

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/fortwayne/news/local/8241980.htm

On March 21, 2004 The Journal Gazette reported, "American followers of Islam are forging an alliance against alcohol consumption with long-standing, Christian-based temperance groups. Strict observance of Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol. The same holds for the beliefs of many of the Christians at the annual meeting of the National Temperance and Prohibition...

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Muslim Candidate Says His Religious Background has no Bearing in Race

March 21, 2004

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,114722,00.html

On March 21, 2004 Fox News reported, "If Jamil Imran wins his bid for the Georgia House, he will become the Peach State's first and only Muslim legislator. But Imran, born in Bangladesh and an American citizen since 2000, said his religious and ethnic background should have no bearing on his political future. 'First of all, I'm an American and then I'm also a Democrat and I happen to also be Muslim,'...

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Update: Army was Wrong to Investigate Islam Conference

March 21, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3864283,00.html

On March 21, 2004 The Guardian reported, " Army counterintelligence agents improperly tried to gather information on civilian participants at a University of Texas conference on Islam, the Army acknowledged on Monday. Two agents of the Army's Intelligence and Security Command from Fort Hood went to the law school on Feb. 9, seeking information on people who attended a...

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Democratic Christian Party Nominates Muslim Woman for Municipal Elections

March 21, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-03/21/article04.shtml

On March 21, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "The Democratic Christian Party (PDC) in Switzerland decided to nominate a hijab-donned Muslim lady to stand in the upcoming municipal elections on April 4, in what was hailed by the press as a 'unique political and cultural move.' PDC Chairman Fabio Bacchetta-Cattori said the choice of 20-year-old Nazia Siddiquie...

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Update: Military Drops All Charges Against Chaplain Yee

March 20, 2004

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001884078_yee20m.html

On March 20, 2004 The Seattle Times reported, " The fading espionage case against Army Capt. James Yee, the Muslim chaplain who ministered to Guantánamo Bay prisoners, came to an abrupt end yesterday after the U.S. military dropped all charges against him. In a surprise move, the Army dismissed allegations of mishandling classified information — the...

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Indian and Pakistani Leaders Honored With 'Common Ground' Award

March 19, 2004

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20040320/main8.htm

On March 19, 2004 The Tribune reported, "Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf have been honoured [in Washington, DC] with this year’s Common Ground International Diplomacy Award for their 'courageous commitment to re-launch a peace process between their countries.' Indian Embassy’s Minister for Political Affairs Sajjan Har and the deputy...

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Arson Damages 36 Buildings in Southern Muslim Region

March 19, 2004

Source: International Herald Tribune

http ://w ww.iht.com/articles/511082.html

On March 19, 2004 the International Herald Tribune ran a Reuters article that reported, "Arsonists set fire to 36 buildings, mostly deserted health clinics and police stations, in a rampage across Thailand's Muslim south that may reflect anger over a missing lawyer, government officials said Friday. No injuries were reported. Interior Minister Bhokin Balakula said the attacks were carried out overnight in the provinces of Pattani,...

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Belgrade Mosque Attacks Cause "Inestimable [Political] Damage"

March 19, 2004

Source: Transitions Online

http://www.tol.cz/look/BRR/article.tpl?IdLanguage=1&IdPublication=9&NrIssue=1&NrSection=4&NrArticle=11745

On March 19, 2004 Transitions Online reported, "Just before midnight on 17 March, Belgrade’s 17th-century Barjakli mosque became the target of an hours-long attack by hooligans incited by Albanian assaults on Serbs and Serbian churches and monasteries in Kosovo. The Belgrade...

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CAIR-CAN Condemns Anti-Semitic Attacks in Toronto

March 19, 2004

Source: CAIR-CAN

On March 19, 2004 CAIR-CAN issued a press release that stated, "The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today condemned the recent vandalism that targeted Jewish homes in Toronto. In a statement issued today, CAIR-CAN wrote: 'The recent vandalism of Jewish homes in Toronto is horrifying and unacceptable. We view with profound concern any attempt to stigmatize and spread hate against any community and, in this case, Jewish residents of Toronto. We call on local police to investigate the vandalism and to bring the...

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In Michigan, Teachers in Public Education Learn About Diversity

March 19, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/crumm19_20040319.htm

On March 19, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported, "In the middle of a keynote address to 200 Oakland County educators by Heather Neff, an expert on religious diversity from Eastern Michigan University, the conference suddenly was interrupted by a voice booming Arabic phrases. Neff stopped cold. Teachers looked around in surprise. Then, they recalled that their conference on...

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Boston Concert of Sacred Music Speaks to the Heart

March 19, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2004/03/19/tour_blends_a_world_of_sacred_sounds_into_a_message_of_unity/

On March 19, 2004 The Boston Globe reported on "the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, now in its 10th year. Founded after the Gulf War to encourage peace-building through music that crosses religious lines, the weeklong event has attracted growing international crowds. But...

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