'The war is with the Arabs'

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29/07/2009 01:00:00 PM GMT   Comments (show_art_comments_count('255215');27)     Add a comment     Print     E-mail to friend Israeli racism rarely shocks me anymore, but its blatant display still makes me stop and catch my breath <!-- brief --> By Hannah Mermelstein I saw this sign as I was entering Nablus last week, again on my way to Ramallah, and again near Bethlehem. The phrase is printed in Hebrew, presumably by Israeli settlers, on huge signs throughout the West Bank. Israeli racism rarely shocks me anymore, but its blatant display still makes me stop and catch my breath as I translate it into other contexts. Imagine driving through the middle of a predominantly black neighborhood in a U.S. city or town and seeing an enormous sign that says, “The war is with the Blacks.”I think…
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Nuclear Iran: A headache for USA by USA?

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29/07/2009 06:30:00 PM GMT   Comments (show_art_comments_count('255380');9)     Add a comment     Print     E-mail to friend (payvand.com) The history of the Iranian nuclear programme has to be understood <!-- brief --> By Sohail Parwaz The foundation of Iran's nuclear programme was laid in 1960 during the Shah of Iran Reza Pahlavi's era under the patronage of the U.S. within the framework of a bilateral accord between the two countries. The late Shah had a plan to build a couple of nuclear power reactors. The most interesting thing is that the Tehran Nuclear Research Centre (TNRC) was equipped with a U.S.-supplied 5-megawatt nuclear research reactor in 1967 and was run by the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI). Iran signed and ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968.Since Iran's atomic agency was established…
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A tale of two murdered women

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A tale of two murdered women 16/07/2009 11:30:00 PM GMT   Comments (show_art_comments_count('251937');63)     Add a comment     Print     E-mail to friend (AFP) A memorial service for Marwa al-Sherbini is held outside the city hall in Dresden on July 11. <!-- brief --> By Walid El Hourican Neda and Marwa: One becomes an icon, the other is unmentioned On June 20th 2009, Neda Agha Soltan was shot dead during the post-election protests in Iran. The protests occupied the largest news segments around the world, with analysts and commentators predicting the fall of the Iranian regime and the dawn of freedom breaking in “the axis of evil.”Neda’s death became an icon of the Iranian opposition and a symbol for millions of people of the injustice of the Iranian regime and the defiance of the…
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Six Imams ‘Flying While Muslim’ Case Goes to Trial

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #583:Action: Six Imams ‘Flying While Muslim’ Case Goes to TrialMinn. judge sides with imams on key issues in discrimination lawsuit(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/27/09) - CAIR is urging members of the Muslim community and other people who value a diverse and inclusive society to support justice in the case of the six American imams who say their rights were violated in 2006 when they were removed from a US Airways flight in Minnesota and arrested.On Friday, CAIR released the breaking news that a judge in Minnesota sided with the imams on key issues in their lawsuit against those involved in their removal from the plane. U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery cleared the way for a trial by denying several motions to dismiss the case and ruling that a law…
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In AP’s budget of Rs 1 lakh crore, share of Muslims is less than 0.25%

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Submitted by admin3 on 25 July 2009 - 8:14pm. India NewsIndian Muslim By Mohammed Siddique, TwoCircles.net, Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh’s budget for the year 2009-10, with a total outlay of more than Rs 1 lakh crore, has come as a big disappointment to the Muslim minority as the state’s Congress government has not increased a single rupee in its last year’s allocation of Rs 177 crore. In the budget presented by the state finance minister K Roshaiah in the state assembly, the total budget of minority welfare department has been retained at Rs 177 crore. But the total figure has been shown as Rs 222 crore by adding the Rs 45 crore of central government’s schemes for the minorities. The allocation of Rs 177 crore out of the total budget of…
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Gaza's top judge: Lawyers to wear Muslim headscarf

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(AP) – 7 hours ago GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza's top judge says he has ordered female lawyers to wear Muslim headscarves when they appear in court.The move is the latest sign that Gaza's Islamic militant rulers are increasingly imposing on residents of the coastal strip their strict interpretation of Islamic law.Supreme Court chief justice Abdul-Raouf Halabi says he issued his headscarves order to conform with Islamic law, which says it's forbidden for a woman to show her hair in public.Hamas seized power in Gaza in June 2007 and vowed never to force its conservative values on others. But it has taken a series of steps in recent months that appear to be aimed at forcing residents to accept its Islamic-oriented social agenda. Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press.…
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Morocco challenges Mideast Holocaust mind-set

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By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU (AP) – 22 hours ago RABAT, Morocco — From the western edge of the Muslim world, the King of Morocco has dared to tackle one of the most inflammatory issues in the Middle East conflict — the Holocaust.At a time when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's dismissal of the Holocaust has made the biggest headlines, King Mohammed VI has called the Nazi destruction of the Jews "one of the most tragic chapters of modern history," and has endorsed a Paris-based program aimed at spreading the word among fellow Muslims.Many in the Islamic world still ignore or know little about the Nazi attempt to annihilate the Jews during World War II. Some disbelieve it outright. Others argue that it was a European crime and imagine it to be…
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China, Uighur Groups Give Conflicting Riot Accounts

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China, Uighur Groups Give Conflicting Riot Accounts GalleryEthnic Clashes in China Lead to RiotsMore than 150 people have been killed in rioting in China's northwestern Xinjiang region, with the government blaming exiled separatists for the traditionally Muslim area's worst case of unrest in years.» LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY By Ariana Eunjung Cha Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, July 25, 2009 BEIJING -- Three weeks after the riots that left nearly 200 people dead and more than 1,700 injured in the capital of the far western Xinjiang region, the Chinese government and Uighur exile groups have been circulating dueling versions of what happened, in an emotional global propaganda war with geopolitical implications. This StoryChina, Uighur Groups Give Conflicting Riot AccountsA Guide to China's Ethnic GroupsEthnic Clashes in China Lead to Riots <!--…
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Fence not done and never will be, it seems

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Fence not done and never will be, it seems - Haaretz - Israel NewsFence not done and never will be, it seemsBy Amos HarelTags: Ariel Sharon Seven years after construction work began on the West Bank separation fence, the project seems to have run aground. Work has slowed significantly since September 2007, and today, after the state has spent about NIS 9.5 billion, only about 60 percent of the more limited, revised route has been completed.With fierce opposition coming from the United States, Israel has halted work on the "fingers" - enclaves east of the Green Line that were to have included large settlement blocs such as Ariel, Kedumim, Karnei Shomron and Ma'aleh Adumim, within the fence. The military has, in practice, closed up the holes that were to have…
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Mysore police attack on peaceful PFI demonstrators, scores injured, hundreds arrested

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Mysore police attack on peaceful PFI demonstrators, scores injured, hundreds arrestedSubmitted by admin4 on 11 July 2009 - 3:00pm. Indian MuslimBy TwoCircles.net Staff Correspondent,Kochi: Showing their loyalty to the BJP government of Karnataka, the Mysore city police on July 9 attacked on and arrested hundreds of peaceful demonstrators of the Popular Front of India who were demanding release of two hundred innocents including dozens of PFI activists arrested on July 6 in connection with the Mysore communal clash.Popular Font of India members stage a protest on Bangalore Road in Mysore on Thursday demanding the release of people who were arrested during Kyatamaranahalli violence.The PFI had organized a Jail Bharo Andolan yesterday afternoon even though Section 144 was in force in the place. The people had assembled at the Fountain Circle. They…
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