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Australian Muslim Convert

Susan Carland (Australian Muslim of the Year 2004) and her journey to Islam, why she decided to become a Muslim.

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July 24, 2008

Ethnic Restaurants Save Green by Going Green

SAN FRANCISCO — Tin’s Tea House Lounge, a dim sum restaurant in the Bay Area, has darkened dining rooms. By purposely dimming the lights and other energy conservation, owner Alice Wan is conserving 33,000 kilowatt-hours a year.

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July 24, 2008

Obama Grilled on Whether “Surge” Cut Iraq Violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was pinned down on Tuesday on whether he credits an increase in U.S. troop levels in Iraq — known as the “surge” — for helping stabilize the country.

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July 24, 2008

In Iraq — A Generation with No Education

The International Rescue Committee restarted programs in Iraq in November 2007 and Aidan Goldsmith recently arrived to head up the relief effort. He shares his thoughts on the bleak humanitarian situation in Iraq and how the IRC is working to improve conditions for some of the most vulnerable families.

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July 24, 2008

Der Spiegel Proves al-Maliki Story Correct

The troop escalation [surge], which actually allowed the ethnic cleansing of the Sunnis of Baghdad and the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis from the country, has largely been pushed as propaganda by the White House and the AEI.

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July 24, 2008

Indo-US Nuclear Deal: “No Mr. Prime Minister, No”

It may symbolize a diplomatic win for Bush by bringing India close to joining the non-proliferation group. But there is hardly any gain for India in the near future.With nuclear power held as the most expensive major source of electricity generation, can India really afford to place the health of its citizens at risk?

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July 24, 2008

The Arab Drift Goes Pro

The First Annual Red Bull Car Park Drift will be held in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Saturday, July 26.

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July 24, 2008

Assimilating into a Secular Society

The council said the decision to refuse her citizenship did not aim to “attack (her) freedom of religion.” That’s true, it meant to inhibit her from practicing it.

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July 24, 2008

Nine Reasons to Investigate War Crimes Now

“There is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.”

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July 24, 2008

Investments–Too Late to Sell?

So there I was the other day, eating lunch alone, when a guy sitting nearby asked me if I knew how the stock market was doing. “Down again today,” I said, “just as it has been for the last few days. And this, in my opinion, will be followed by further movement to the downside.”

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July 24, 2008

Houstonian Corner (V10-I31)

Houston’s Pakistan consulate gets new website

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July 24, 2008

McCain and Obama Hit Crunch Time in Hunt for No. 2

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After months of secrecy and intrigue, presidential rivals Barack Obama and John McCain are almost ready to unveil the winners in the vice presidential sweepstakes.

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July 24, 2008

Lieberman Praises Pastor Repudiated by McCain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of John McCain’s most prominent supporters on Tuesday praised an evangelical leader whom the Republican presidential candidate repudiated after a string of controversial remarks were made public.

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July 24, 2008

Majority of Economists See McCain Better for Stocks: Poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. stock market would fare better in the first year after a victory by Republican presidential candidate John McCain than by his Democratic rival Barack Obama, according to a majority of economists at U.S. banks and research groups polled by Reuters.

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July 24, 2008

Obama: Nuclear Iran “Grave Threat”

SDEROT, Israel (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Wednesday a nuclear Iran would pose a “grave threat” and that the world must stop Tehran from obtaining an atomic weapon.

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July 24, 2008

High Oil Prices Create Wealth in Qatar and Poverty in Egypt

Editor’s Note: As oil prices rise it’s easy to conclude that Middle East countries are awash in money. But the rising cost is creating great wealth and misery writes Arab media monitor Jalal Ghazi.

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July 24, 2008

Ice Cream

ice cream explained

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July 24, 2008

The Strategic Relationship

The tensions between Israel and Iran are running perilously high at the moment, and the possibility that Washington may be subsumed is dangerously excessive, too. Unfortunately, diffusion of the tensions has not succeeded due to the fact that the root causes of the antagonism between the two have eluded official Washington.

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July 24, 2008