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Ramallah Government Pays Gaza’s Civil Servants Not to Work

In enforcing the salary rules laid down by the U.S. and Israel, the Fatah government in Ramallah has created a severe crisis for public employees in Gaza, forcing them to choose between feeding their own families and serving or saving the lives of others.

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January 3, 2008

Islamic Holidays, Hijri 1429

The Islamic calender is inherently controversial, because of the immense and rich diversity of the ummah. Nevertheless all Muslims need a rough idea of the coming Islamic holidays in order to plan their year. As a guideline for believers as they enter the new years of 2008 and 1429, here are the dates of major Islamic dates as calculated by FCNA and published on the website www.moonsighting.com.

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January 3, 2008

Iraq Victims, Witness Recount Blackwater Shooting

When the shots first rang out, Salman thought the security contractors were firing over the traffic. But when he turned toward the line of civilian cars in front of him, he realized he was mistaken. From a small white sedan in the square, he could hear a woman beginning to wail, “My son, my son …”

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January 3, 2008

Face Time with Omar Sharif

His name is synonymous with cinema. Egyptian actor Omar Sharif started his celebrated career in 1953 in the Egyptian-made film “The Blazing Sun”. He made the move to the international screen in 1962 as Sharif Ali in “Lawrence of Arabia”, a role which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

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January 3, 2008

Fascism: From Nazi Germany to Post 9/11 America

“There are few things as odd as the calm, superior indifference with which I and those like me watched the beginnings of the Nazi revolution in Germany, as if from a box at the theater…Perhaps the only comparably odd thing is the way that now, years later….”

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January 3, 2008

Pedophilia Plagues Middle East

It is stunning that heads of government in the Middle East are slapping themselves on the back for the current economic boom (related to oil production and sales) that they are riding, yet there is no talk about improving infrastructure which would provide better security for all the wards of their respective nations.

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January 3, 2008

FBI Wants Huge Database of People’s Characteristics

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world’s largest computer database of people’s physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.

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January 3, 2008

“Shot Killed Bhutto,” Says Aide Inside Car

Her spokeswoman Sherry Rehman said: “We saw a bullet wound in the back of her neck. What the Government is saying is actually dangerous and nonsensical. They are pouring salt on our wounds.”

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January 3, 2008

BJP’s Gain, Setback For Congress

NEW DELHI- The political tide seems to turning in favor of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with the party having registered a win in Himachal Pradesh within less than a week of returning to power in Gujarat. The BJP is hopeful that these wins would help the party spread saffron influence in Delhi, Karnataka and return to power at the national level in 2009.

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January 3, 2008

Be a Believer in YOU – ALLAH Says So

When some “irritant” is pecking at us, using words and deeds to belittle us, simply take the high road. Use your God-given talents, work hard, and soar above the source of your irritation. Don’t spend your time on your criticizer; spend your time getting better. Be a believer in you. This is a new day; ALLAH has a new beginning for you.

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January 3, 2008

AMPEC – American Muslim Political Education Committee

The Muslim community’s failure to recognize the importance of primary elections and their vital role in the overall elections process will mean that this year, as usual, a small minority of voters will make decisions for everyone else and the outcome most likely will not be pleasant for the American Muslims.

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January 3, 2008

BB Has Left Her Own Legacy !!!

When she was alive, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto had many critics – When she is no more, those same critics are feeling sad the way she left: assassinated by a suicide bomber, where unfortunately BB and twenty other Pakistanis died.

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January 3, 2008

Letter to the Editor–Beard & Kufi

My reason for posting this specificic epistle is to query if whether during any of your Musing topics will you ever write on the importance of wearing the beard or kufi?

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January 3, 2008

What Could Go Wrong?

As 2007 draws to a close, bullish promoters in the financial media continue to call for nothing but good times next year and for the foreseeable future. As a stock market Bear, or, as I prefer to be called, a realist, I always consider what could possibly go wrong to upset all those rosy predictions.

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January 3, 2008

Muslim Family Services (MFS) Addresses Issue of Substance Abuse in Muslim Families at BMUC

The subject of substance abuse was the focus of a lecture on Friday night at the Bloomfield Unity Center (BMUC) by Rashid Flewellen, a clinical social worker of Muslim Family Services.

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January 3, 2008

The Plastic Killing Fields

In one of the few places on Earth where people can rarely be found, the human race has well and truly made its mark. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies a floating garbage patch twice the size of Britain. A place where the water is filled with six times as much plastic as plankton. This plastic-plankton soup is entering the food chain and heading for your dinner table.

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January 3, 2008

The Passing Of Imam Mohammad Naseem

A great Dai & Murabbi has passed away on December 27th, 2007 in Houston, Texas. His tajheezo tadfeen took place in Houston after Friday prayer on December 28th, 2007. Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raajioon.

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January 3, 2008

Benazir Bhutto

December 31st, 2007–Santa Rosa (Calif.)–I did not think I would be writing on Pakistan for quite some time, but on the morning of December 27th we all woke to the devastating news of the assassination of the Former Prime Minister and leader of the Pakistan People Party (PPP), Benazir Bhutto, whose Party was expected to win the legislative elections.

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January 3, 2008

CHALLENGES 2007-2008: Iraq “Progresses” To Bad State

WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (IPS) – Despite all the claims of improvements, 2007 has been the worst year yet in Iraq.

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