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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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Muslim Community Struggles to Find Place in Society; Under Increased Scrutiny After Madrid Attacks

March 18, 2004

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,,1433_A_1146159_1_A,00.html

On March 18, 2004 Deutsche Welle reported, "Though Islam is woven into the fabric of the country's history, Moroccans and other Arabs living there today are struggling to find their place in society as well as their role in the Muslim world. Mustafa Bougrine is a Moroccan who has lived in Spain for 19 years. He's married to a Spanish woman and runs a restaurant. He fears that a...

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Belgrade Mosque Burned by Young Protestors

March 18, 2004

Source: Institute for War and Peace Reporting

http://www.iwpr.net/index.pl?archive/bcr3/bcr3_200403_486_2_eng.txt

On March 18, 2004 the Institute for War and Peace Reporting reported, "As the flames flickered through the stone walls of the 17th-century Bajrakli mosque in Belgrade, the sound of Orthodox church music played surreally from a nearby car. A man appeared out of the clouds of smoke, carrying a looted green flag with the crescent of Islam. '...

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Welsh Hospital Hires First Muslim Chaplain

March 18, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_east/3523324.stm

On March 18, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A Muslim Imam has been taken on as a chaplain at a Welsh hospital for the first time. Imam Farid Ahmed Khan has been hired by the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport to look after the needs of Muslim staff and patients. It is the first time that a Muslim spiritual leader has taken up a post like this in Wales. Imam Khan had already spent a...

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Mahathir Causes Controversy With Call for Muslims to Emulate Jews

March 18, 2004

Source: Khaleej Times

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/theworld/2004/March/theworld_March409.xml&section=theworld

On March 18, 2004 the Khaleej Times ran a Reuters article that reported, "Malaysia’s retired veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad revisited the storm of controversy surrounding his final days, by saying on Thursday that Muslims should reject terror and learn...

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As Olympics Approach, Still No Mosque in Athens

March 17, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-nomosque17mar17,1,6768953.story

On March 17, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Muslims in the Greek capital can pray in a small room at a crowded cultural center, wedged between a clinic and a schoolroom, or in one of several makeshift basement venues. But government promises to build an official mosque for the city's growing Islamic community remain...

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