10-9

Press Release from IRS re: Stimulus Payments

IRS Debunks Several Common Myths about 2008 Stimulus Payments

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February 26, 2008

Abdel Wahab song, on Oud

A lovely song of Mohammad Abdel Wahhab, Ya Msafir Wahdak (i.e., Travelling Alone..). I just love the melody and the harmonized transition between scales in that great song! By the way, I’m playing this in a way very similar to that played by an oud guru Raed Koshab, a really great oud player and a fine musician.

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February 21, 2008

Kosova is Free!

I have been expecting to write this article for quite some time, but the news only came over the wires this morning — Sunday February 17th. This has been a long-expected move by the (now) independent, tiny 90% Muslim nation of two million souls.

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February 21, 2008

Body Parts For Sale

In Bangladesh, an indigent Muslim man asks for forgiveness from Allah for selling his kidney. For him, he is profiting from a very special gift from the divine, his own body, and thus the sale involves a religious transgression demanding atonement.

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February 21, 2008

On the Political Scene: Dr. Yahya M. Basha

Farmington–February 19–Dr. Yahya Basha is an unassuming but very accomplished man who, behind the scenes, has done much to support Muslims while finding time to build himself a powerful resume.

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February 21, 2008

Russia Bans Muslim Books

Russia’s ban of readable and reliable Islamic books has infuriated the Muslim minority who denounced the move as unjustifiable.

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February 21, 2008

Amir Hamza: A Book Review

His hair raising encounters with demons, warriors, tricksters, fairies, kings, and magical creatures would give tough competition to the characters of modern day genre of fantasy writing. Emperor Akbar, at the age of 16, was so taken by the charms of the Dastan that he ordered his artists to produce an illustrated version which would eventually fill 14 enormous volumes…

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February 21, 2008

Guantanamo Six: Justice or Show Trials?

As the United States moves toward the death sentence trials of six suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, legal scholars and human rights advocates are raising questions, not only about the process that led to the prosecutions, but also about the Bush administration’s motives in bringing the charges now and the credibility of the trials themselves.

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February 21, 2008

Pakistan Elections: 2008–Old Parties, New Expectations

The Pakistani election of 2008 brought a severe defeat for President Pervez Musharraf’s allies on Monday, February 18. The Pakistan Muslim league-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q), which was formed five years ago, could hold very few seats and only few of the ministers from the previous cabinet could win.

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February 21, 2008

Surviving Sandstorms

The sandstorms in the Middle East are inescapable. They bring in heavy winds that make one think perhaps a tornado is rolling into town and dump loads of sand everywhere. Even if you seal the windows and doors in your home the sand still manages to creep in through whatever tiny cracks and crevices it can find…

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February 21, 2008

Enslavement thru Sexual Liberation

“As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends correspondingly to increase. And the dictator will do well to encourage that freedom…it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.”

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February 21, 2008

Qaradawi Urges Calm Over Danish Cartoon

Qaradawi: “The boycott of Danish products should be activated.”

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February 21, 2008

Leading Journalists Expose Major Cover-ups in Media

The riveting excerpts below are from the revealing accounts of 20 award-winning journalists in the highly acclaimed book Into the Buzzsaw. These courageous writers were prevented by corporate media ownership from reporting major news stories. Some were even fired or laid off. They have won numerous awards, including several Emmys and a Pulitzer. Join in building a better world by helping to spread this news across the land.

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February 21, 2008

It’s a Bear! Now What?

Whether or not we are in a bear market should be readily apparent to anybody with an ounce of objectivity. The financial media’s confusion about this subject centers on distinguishing between short- and long-term trends.

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February 21, 2008

Fundraiser for the Islamic Center of North Detroit, Masjid Al-Falah

Another testament to the warm feeling of the mosque was the explanation of Dr. Bashar Qalieh, a pediatric physician who made a point to attend the fundraiser on the basis that he attends the mosque during special occasions like Ramadan in order to give his children the feeling of attending a mosque with a spiritual feeling, where people are sometimes poor and in need of the food that the mosque gives.

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February 21, 2008

Community News (V10-I9)

Tallahassee FL Attorney General meets Muslim advisory group / Bristol NY Muslims find compromise on burial rights on state rules / South River NJ Muslims join hunger awareness program / Toledo OH Muslims embrace legacy / Imam Yahya Hendi speaks in Cumberland County, MD / New York–Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) challenges racial profiling of Muslims, Arabs and South Asians / Columbia TN Mosque Leader Thankful for quick arson arrests / Mississauga Canada Muslim women complete lifeguard program /

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February 21, 2008

Pakistani Minister Meets TX Governor Secretary

Pakistani delegation visits America.

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February 21, 2008

Texas Muslim Democratic Caucus: “Please vote!” (TMDC)

1. TMDC urges all Muslim Texans to exercise their sacred franchise by voting, en masse, in the March 4, 2008 primary elections in the party of their choice…

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February 21, 2008

Behind Obama and Clinton

… analyzing who these two finalists for the Democratic presidential nomination have brought in to advise them on international affairs can be an important barometer for determining what kind for foreign policies they would pursue as president. For instance …

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February 21, 2008

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