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New Turkish Pres. Abdullah Gul Approves Pro-EU, Reform Cabinet

ANKARA–New Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a pro-EU reformist cabinet on Wednesday which reflected Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s aim to push ahead with stalled political and economic reforms needed to join the bloc.

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August 30, 2007

Interview with Yvonne Ridley

“It is a terrible day in history and I think it affected everyone and continues to do so today. But I don’t think Muslims should feel — or more importantly, be made to feel — guilty or responsible in anyway, about what happened that day. It is like demanding every Jewish person feels guilt for the continuing injustices against Palestinians, or holding every man to account for every single rape against a woman.”

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August 30, 2007

Held Accountable

So it came as no surprise to me when I learned about the arrest and beating of a local blogger on another Kuwaiti blog (www.q8sws.blogspot.com) long before the local newspaper even had a chance to report it. The Emir’s granddaughter Bibi Nasser Al-Sabah in fact runs the blog.

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August 30, 2007

Re: Christian Hospitality

I wanted to express this profound gratitude to the Christian community of this great country through your paper.

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August 30, 2007

Re: A Farewell to Arms (V9-I35)

Ms. Fatima Bhutto in her article “A Farewell to Arms” published in The Muslim Observer, Aug. 24-30, 2007, makes an excellent case against providing billions of dollars of military aid to several Middle Eastern countries, including Israel.

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August 30, 2007

Decoupling

Many of you may have noticed that, while our domestic stock markets have been getting hammered after widespread discovery of the deplorable state of our housing and mortgage market, international and emerging markets stocks have fared even worse. I may be one of the few who sees this parallel as a short-term trend.

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August 30, 2007

Life for Relief and Development: Why Investigated?

A review of the publicly available Forms 990 filed by Life indicates that the not-for-profit may have attracted attention in part by virtue of its own success.

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August 30, 2007

LIFE to Get Files Back

In the wake of the Mabarrat and GCO raids earlier this month, it would be easy to forget about another Islamic charity that went through an investigation very similar to that of Mabarrat–almost exactly one year ago.

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August 30, 2007

Muslims Attend Political Convention in Boston

The Green Rainbow Party of Massachusetts, which is affiliated with the national Green Party, held its annual State Convention at the Community Church of Boston on August 25, 2007. Area Muslims were invited to the GRP convention to learn how an American grassroots political party is organized.

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August 30, 2007

Houstonian Corner (V9-I36) AFMI Houston Gala

The American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) organized their 17th Annual USA Convention at Marriott West-Chase Hotel.

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August 30, 2007

Christian Zionism

The American non-Jewish Zionists are mainly Evangelicals, but, although they claim they are the entire Evangelical branch of the Protestant Church, they only represent a small minority of those – 20%…

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August 30, 2007

A False Peace in Fallujah

Fallujah – Fallujah is quiet these days. After all the fighting and destruction of 2004, U.S. and Iraqi forces call this success. Many residents are not so sure.

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August 30, 2007

Vietnam: Bush’s False Excuse to Justify the Continued Occupation of Iraq

“The initial neo-con reasoning of bringing ‘freedom and democracy’ to the Muslim world was no more than a supremacist argument for forcibly changing people’s values. Now, remaining in Iraq – under pretext of the ‘war on terror’ – is simply about salvaging age-old colonial interests and resources.”

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August 30, 2007

An Important Marker Has Been Passed

“Those calling for a boycott of Israel were once distant voices. Now the discussion has gone global. It is growing inexorably and will not be silenced.”

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August 30, 2007