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Strangling Human Rights in Syria

October 31, 2007

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Source: Human Rights Watch If you say you are a human rights activist to a security official, it is as if you are admitting you are a criminal. –Syrian human rights activist, November 20061 The government of Syria severely constrains the freedom of human rights activists to express their views and to associate as a […]

Dubai deports 4,000 workers for striking against poor salaries and work conditions

October 30, 2007

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Source: Al-Jazeera Four thousand Asian labourers in Dubai who staged strikes last weekend over poor salaries and working conditions are to be deported, a local newspaper says quoting a government official. Several thousand manual workers recently stopped work and reportedly occupied and vandalised a building before attacking police and vehicles with stones. Humaid bin Deemas, […]

Muslim groups draft rulebook for mosques to drive out extremists

October 30, 2007

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Patrick Wintour, political editor Tuesday October 30, 2007 The Guardian The first attempt by British Muslims to set out the core standards and constitutions for Britain’s 1,350-plus mosques and Islamic centres has been drawn up by a new body representing four leading groups. The move was welcomed by Hazel Blears, the communities secretary. Ministers have […]

First Muslim Minister in British Government Detained at US Airport

October 29, 2007

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Britain’s first Muslim minister, Shahid Malik, says he is “deeply disappointed” that he was detained by airport security officials in America. The international development minister was stopped and searched at Washington DC’s Dulles airport after a series of meetings on tackling terrorism. Mr Malik, MP for Dewsbury, West Yorks, had his hand luggage checked for […]

Corruption’s cost in the Arab world

October 29, 2007

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Christian Science Monitor, October 29, 2007 edition – By John K. Cooley   Do you need a local driver’s license in, say, Lebanon, Egypt, or Cameroon? Well, weeks of paperwork and delays may be avoided if you resort to the Mideastern practice of slipping baksheesh – a traditional term for a bribe – to the […]

Please pray for rain to help the fire victims in California

October 23, 2007

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CAIR urged American mosques to offer special Islamic prayers, called Salatul Istisqa (sal-AT-al-istis-KA), which the Prophet Muhammad traditionally offered during times of drought. In Salatul Istisqa, the Prophet would offer supplications such as: “O God, give us rain that will replenish us, abundant, fertilizing and profitable, not injurious. Grant it now without delay…Send down rain […]

Pakistan’s Army: Unprepared to tackle terrorism?

October 22, 2007

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By Mark Sappenfield | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN   Before returning to Pakistan Oct. 18, Benazir Bhutto boldly claimed that she would take the fight to militants in Pakistan’s lawless border regions. Hours after she arrived, her motorcade was bombed, killing about 136 people. The attack has only emboldened Ms. […]