Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Syed Maswood: One Country's Terrorist, Another Country's Spy

Like many American Muslims, Syed Maswood has found himself accused of conflicting loyalties, both by Americans at home and Muslims abroad. A nuclear engineer from Connecticut (Warning Tom Ridge!!), the 41-year old Maswood found his house raided in anti-terrorism offensive this spring (although he... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 7, 2004

The Passion Of Muhammad, Suitable For Children

While some Muslim kids might beg their parents to take them to see Pixar's " The Incredibles " on Eid day, some might end up being taken to another animated film, one with a different kind of hero. Beginning on Eid (widely expected to be Sunday, November 14), theaters nationwide will be showing a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 5, 2004

Filmmaker's Murder May Spell End of Dutch Tolerance

Dutch police have apprehended eight suspects (all young Moroccans and Algerians) in the killing of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh (yes, he is related) on Tuesday morning outside his flat in Amsterdam, an act which horrified Dutch citizens. Earlier this summer, Van Gogh caused an uproar among Dutch Muslims... Sign in to see full entry.

Is Bin Laden Soul-Searching Or Just Changing Tactics?

This week, Osama bin Laden's brother Yeslam launched a perfume in Paris that he had developed a few years ago, but held off on releasing due to the antics of his younger, more infamous brother. "I expect people out of curiosity will try it," said the Geneva-based Yeslam, "and they will find the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Envisioning A Post-Arafat Palestine

The news yesterday of Palestinian President/Chairman Yasser Arafat's worsening illness, and his subsequent departure to Paris for medical treatment, seemed to surprise many Palestinians. After all, Arafat has survived various threats to his life (assassination attempts, plane crashes, and sieges)... Sign in to see full entry.

Deaths Mark A Turning Point In Thailand's Muslim South

When 1,300 protestors were carted away by Thailand police after a demonstration in that country's southern provinces (demanding the release of six people accused of stealing military weapons for militants), 78 of them were found suffocated in the back of an army truck on their way to a military... Sign in to see full entry.

Islamic Bank of Britain Takes A Chance in the New Economy

Last week, the Islamic Bank of Britain opened its doors on London's Edgware Road, securing (modestly) 15 new savings accounts but still managing to make news. While there have been Islamic investment services run by mainstream banks in Western countries (notably by Citigroup and HSBC) and online (... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Justice Department Balks At Identifying Clean Muslim Charities

What's a charitable Muslim to do? Without guidelines on which Muslim charities are and are not suspected of links to terror, and with executive orders signed by the White House that criminalize donations to certain charities, American Muslims are once again holding back on charitable donations this... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Yearning For A Peaceful Ramadan

The Ramadans I experienced a decade were very different than those of today. Back then, I would spend the first few days of the month explaining what Ramadan was to my curious co-workers, who listened with interest at my strange custom and then went about their day. I reveled in the anonymity of it... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

FBI Surveillance of Muslims Takes A Political Turn

With a few weeks left to go before the US Presidential elections, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has quietly begun a series of new interrogations of individuals in Arab and Muslim communities across America. While these "voluntary interviews" (officially called the "Fall Threat Task... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Will There Be A Muslim Presidential Endorsement?

Much has been said of the endorsement by the now-defunct American Muslim Political Coordination Committee (AMPCC) of George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election, and the belief by many, Muslim and others, that it played a crucial role in getting Bush elected into office. The umbrella group,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 8, 2004

A Quiet Conflict at a Boston Mosque Grows Louder

The Islamic Society of Boston should have had much to celebrate after beginning construction of its new $22 million mosque in Roxbury, MA outside Boston. But for many Bostonians, long standing questions about the mosques funders and board members finally boiled over in a public exchange. Local... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 1, 2004

Muslim World Takes Center State In Presidential Debate

It was supposed to be centered on foreign policy in general, but the first debate between President Bush and Senator Kerry was really about how the US will deal with - and more importantly, change - the Muslim world. Of course, Muslims have been the focus of US foreign policy since 9/11, but in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Airman Ahmed al-Halabi: Another Military Trial Falls Apart

There was a time when the news was abuzz about Guantanamo spy rings infiltrating the US military, with American Muslim servicemen being detained one after another being exhibited as proof that the US was taking strong steps towards confronting terrorism. The most celebrated case, that of Chaplain... Sign in to see full entry.

Muslim Efforts To Release British Hostage Yield Results

This week, a delegation of British Muslims returned to the UK from a high profile effort in Baghdad to secure the release of a British hostage, civilian Kenneth Bigley, held in Iraq since September 16th. Dr Daud Abdullah and Dr Musharraf Hussain of the Muslim Council of Britain lobbied (with a... Sign in to see full entry.

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