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Which Religion Picks the Best Stocks?

October 26, 2008

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David Van Biema, TIME Magazine Which faith plays the market best when it seems headed for the financial equivalent of purgatory? That may sound like a whimsical question, but there are, in fact, mutual funds tailored to a number of religions and denominations. Their track records won’t answer the question of which investment strategy best […]

An American Muslim’s experience with democracy

October 24, 2008

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About a decade and a half ago, I ran for the office of state assemblyman in District 31 of Nevada.   My first name Rafik did not sit well with some, and one of my advisors (who happened to be a state assemblyman then) suggested that I change my name to “Rocko Beekun” from “Rafik Beekun”.  […]

Muslim Leaders’ Global Fight Against Extremism

October 23, 2008

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Stryker McGuire, Newsweek A year ago, 138 Muslim leaders from 40 nations addressed a plea for interfaith dialogue to the leaders of the world’s Christian churches in a bid to diminish the influence of extremism around the world. That initiative, “A Common Word Between Us and You,” led to a conference between Muslim and U.S. […]

Moved by a Crescent

October 22, 2008

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Very few commentators of an international stature like Maureen Dowd have examined at length Powell’s statement about the Islamophobic statements made by many in the Republican party over the past year. My wife is a Navy veteran. My son is now serving in the Navy. My father-in-law served in the Army. […]

Like AIG, Sarah Palin has taken advantage of taxpayers

October 21, 2008

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First Story: AP Investigation: Alaska Funded Palin Kids’ Travel By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reported in the New York Times Published: October 22, 2008 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify […]

Islamophobic article from Republican Official in Alamogordo, New Mexico

October 21, 2008

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Why I’m a Republican Alamogordo Daily News Article Launched: 10/21/2008 12:00:00 AM MDT   I read in today’s paper what a woman wrote explaining why she’s a Democrat. Let me tell you why I’m not. I’m a Republican because: I believe in a sovereign God who sometimes gives us what we deserve. I believe Muslims are […]

Putting family before politics: Senator Obama and his ailing grandmother

October 21, 2008

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“And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business or making her way in the world, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman..” She’s the one […]

Kareem R. Khan, American Muslim Hero who made the ultimate sacrifice

October 19, 2008

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On “Meet the Press” today, Colin L. Powell concluded his endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama by referring to the death of a Muslim soldier, Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan of Manahawkin, N.J., who was killed in Iraq on Aug. 6, 2007, and whose remains were buried in Arlington. He and three other soldiers, including a corporal […]

Repression of Muslims in China

October 18, 2008

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Edward Wong, New York Times KHOTAN, China — The grand mosque that draws thousands of Muslims each week in this oasis town has all the usual trappings of piety: dusty wool carpets on which to kneel in prayer, a row of turbans and skullcaps for men without headwear, a wall niche facing the holy city […]

Good Samaritan 101: Rabbi Steven Jacobs Confronts Clarion Fund’s Gregory Ross

October 16, 2008

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After a press conference against the “Obsession” movie held by the Coalition for Renewing American Democracy, the Communications Director of the Clarion Fund confronted the coalition members. Here, Rabbi Steven Jacobs is shown talking to the Communications Director. Interfaith leaders call ‘Obsession’ DVD hateful Detroit News Critics say film instills fear of Muslims with misleading […]

Campbell Brown Commentary: So what if Obama was a Muslim or an Arab?

October 13, 2008

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Kudos to Campbell Brown for stating the obvious. I have always admired her ability to speak her mind when she was at NBC. Now at CNN, she exhibits the same level of professional ethics that we have to expect from her in America. Editor’s note: Campbell Brown anchors CNN’s “Campbell Brown: […]

An Islamic Perspective on Civic Engagement and Voting in America

October 9, 2008

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Islamic Shura Council of Southern California The future of America will be decided as Americans cast their votes this November for the next president of the United States. In looking to the coming months, the Muslim American community must remain steadfast in our commitment to political and civic participation in accordance to the guiding principles […]

Making Islamophobia Mainstream: How Muslim-bashers broadcast their bigotry

October 9, 2008

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www.fair.org A remarkable thing happened at the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) nominations in February 2007: The normally highbrow and tolerant group nominated for best book in the field of criticism a book widely viewed as denigrating an entire religious group. The nomination of Bruce Bawer’s While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the […]

Dubai: ‘We need slaves to build monuments’

October 9, 2008

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It is already home to the world’s glitziest buildings, man-made islands and mega-malls – now Dubai plans to build the tallest tower. But behind the dizzying construction boom is an army of migrant labourers lured into a life of squalor and exploitation. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports o Ghaith Abdul-Ahad o The Guardian, The sun is setting […]

Ethics: McCain and Keating

October 7, 2008

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The current economic crisis demands that we understand John McCain’s attitudes about economic oversight and corporate influence in federal regulation. Nothing illustrates the danger of his approach more clearly than his central role in the savings and loan scandal of the late ’80s and early ’90s. John McCain was accused of improperly aiding his political […]

Election 08: Senator Obama, American Muslims and Islamophobia

October 7, 2008

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Daniel Varisco, Tabsir.net Statement of Concerned Scholars about Islamophobia in the 2008 U. S. Election Campaign Not since the election of John Kennedy in 1960 has the religious faith of a U.S. presidential candidate generated so much distortion as the false claims generated by extremist critics that Senator Barack Obama, the candidate of the Democratic […]

Who is fit to lead now? McCain Reinventing Obama

October 6, 2008

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By Larry Rohter, New York Times Speaking in Albuquerque on Monday, Senator John McCain attacked Senator Barack Obama on several fronts that by now have become familiar. But many of his charges relating to the economic meltdown, taxation and health care contained inaccuracies or exaggerations of his own position or Mr. Obama’s. For instance, Mr. […]

Chemical Irritant Sprayed in Mosque Full of Children 4 days After Mass Mailing of Obsession DVD

October 6, 2008

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crooksandliars.com There’s no more key battleground state in America than Ohio — and sure enough thousands were delivered there on Monday in a number of newspapers, including the Dayton Daily News, which is in a hotly contested corner of the Buckeye State.  Four days after  [the mass mailing of the Obsession DVD], this chemical attack happened […]

Spare Me the Sermon On Muslim Women

October 5, 2008

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By Mohja Kahf, Washington Post Sunday, October 5, 2008; B01 Crimson chiffon, silver lamé or green silk: Which scarf to wear today? My veil collection is 64 scarves and growing. The scarves hang four or five to a row on a rack in my closet, and elation fills me when I open the door to […]

U.S. Newspapers get complaints against Obsession DVD ad on Muslims

October 3, 2008

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By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Business Writer Newspapers that carried an advertising supplement in recent weeks containing a DVD critical of radical Muslims have faced complaints from readers and questions about whether newspapers should offer a platform to everyone willing to pay for distribution. Although a few papers refused to carry the DVD, about 70 including […]