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Islamic World News ( 23 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Dubai bouncing back after financial woes

Saudi women giving it back to moral police

NY plot probe shows radicalism creeping into Pak elite circles

Cleric's jihad call for US troops

15 Somalis killed in attack on Presidency

Love for Rahman Baba prevails over terrorist threats

Do clothes make a woman?

Loss of an era in Babylon

Bahraini women to step up nationality campaign

CPM accuses Jama’at of being two-faced

Jama Masjid beyond ASI reach

Trust deficit is biggest problem with Pakistan: PM

Pak is united on the Kashmir issue: PM Gilani

Kurdish children jailed in Turkey under anti-terror law        

Opportunities Facing American Muslim Women

Key Mumbai attack suspect, Abdul Samad Bhatkal, arrested

Top army brass wants tenure extension for Kayani

Australia expels Israeli diplomat

Opposition Builds to 9/11 Mosque

YES,THESE SHAADIS ARE LEGAL!

Taliban up bounty to $2400 for each Nato soldier killed

Obama seeks new global order to defeat Qaida’s small men

Times Square plot: Pak detains one more for links with Faisal

Miss Hezbollah US beauty queen not Right choice

Oxford: Debate on Islamic reform

The real culprits: Pakistan’s fixation with faith has nothing to do with its creation

 ‘Quran can’t be compared with constitution’

US Itching to fight another Muslim enemy

PA to absorb 6,000 settlement workers

Artists from 17 nations in beautification competition

Al-Sistani not taking sides, calls for unity: Allawi

Iran says US hikers 'spies', proposes prisoner swap

Compiled by: New Age Islam News Bureau

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Dubai bouncing back after financial woes

By SIRAJ WAHAB

May 24, 2010

DUBAI: "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated," said Mark Twain, a famous quote that could also be applied to Dubai.

Everybody was quick to write the epitaph of this glitzy emirate. One year later, Dubai seems to be getting back on its feet.

Hotels are reporting high occupancy rates, and financial experts are revising their figures. Cranes are going up on the skylines once again.

"The sentiment is not depressing anymore. Yes, we all know not everything is all right, but what we also know is that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and we can see it approaching," said John Wilkinson, who works as a corporate manager at a Dubai firm.

He says his family of one wife and two children is very much with him in the UAE.

"We have had pay cuts and some layoffs, as well. The perception that everybody would just leave Dubai for good has not been borne out by facts of the ground. Some longtime expatriates have dropped off their family members in their home countries, and they themselves have come back to see how things work out," he added.

Things seem to be working out well. "Companies have started reporting profits. Only the other day, Emirates Airlines reported a huge profit. The newspapers are full of corporate advertisements, and these reports about Dubai Metro in our newspapers have added to the emerging feel-good factor," said Wilkinson, a British national who has been in Dubai since 1987.

"To be honest, some British friends of mine who went back to Britain have come back with what to me are horror stories. I say with full guarantee things are fine in Dubai, and those who have spoken ill about this place will eventually eat crow."

Wilkinson is not alone. Afaqullah Khan, an Afghan national who works at the Madinat Jumeirah five-star holiday resort, says this is the best place to work in and make money.

"I have no complaints. In fact, this financial turmoil was a blessing in disguise. Prices had gone up phenomenally. It was becoming difficult to save money a year or so ago. Now wherever you go they have fantastic discounts. From a consumer's point of view this was great," he said

Khan claimed the occupancy at the posh resorts, which are located very close to the seven-star Burj Dubai Hotel, stands at 92 percent today.

"Remember this is the off season. When winter sets in, things will look up further," he added.

To the visitor, Dubai looks straight out of Europe. Its leaders had a vision, and they were able to translate their vision into reality.

"Some of their plans have not proved to be prudent as a result of some of their key investors defaulting on their debt, resulting in all these problems," says Mariyana Lubotovich, a journalist from the Czech Republic who is in town to cover an energy conference.

"I keep visiting this place often. There are a number of reasons why Dubai will always remain a favorite of people in Europe. First and foremost is the easy visa procedure. That is a luxury not afforded by any other Middle Eastern country. Of course, the other famous attraction is the weather."

She says she adores the place so much that she proposed to her future husband in the city, adding financial recovery in the city is imminent.

Her latter claim was supported by a report in English-language daily Gulf News on Tuesday.

The newspaper quotes George Abed, a senior official at the Institute of International Finance, as saying that the UAE's economic recovery has started gaining momentum and that its real gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow 2 percent this year and 2.7 percent in 2011.

"The UAE and its Gulf neighbors will lead the Middle East in economic recovery, and the growth in the Gulf region will be the second best in emerging markets after Asia," says Abed.

In the report, Abed agrees that the ability of Dubai to continue to attract foreign capital will suffer a temporary setback but says it could recover soon if the restructuring of its government-related entities is satisfactory to all stakeholders.

Dubai's GDP represents 33 percent of the Emirate's GDP and 55 percent of the UAE's non-hydrocarbon GDP.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article55573.ece

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Saudi women giving it back to moral police

May 24, 2010

Dubai: Saudi Arabian women are reportedly fighting back against the country’s religious police, with one married woman opening fire and another punching an officer.

According to media reports, the incident involving the woman happened when she was caught in an illegal seclusion with a man in Hail last week. She shot at the officers to distract them and allow the man to escape instant detention, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Mutlak al Nabet, a Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice spokesman, as saying.

The woman's husband has asked the police to punish his wife and strip of her Saudi nationality, as it is illegal for women to socialise with unrelated men or walk in public without a male guardian.

Earlier, another woman had reportedly punched an officer in Al Mubarrazz so badly that he had to visit a hospital to be treated for bruising.

Saudi newspaper Okaz wrote that the woman lashed out when the policeman challenged on the relationship she had with a man she was with in a public park. She now could face jail or the lash.

People are so fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years, said Wajiha Huwaidar, a Saudi human rights activist.

This is just the beginning and there will be more resistance, Huwaidar added.

Times of India

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NY plot probe shows radicalism creeping into Pak elite circles

May 24, 2010

LAHORE: Violence has steadily disturbed the lifestyles of the Pakistani elite and expatriates in Islamabad, but now militancy may have infiltrated one remaining social reserve of those groups: private, canapé-laden parties in manicured compounds, said the Washington Post in a report on Sunday.

 Pakistani intelligence official told the paper on Saturday that the US-educated co-owner of a catering firm to posh events, including American embassy functions, might have given money to the suspect in the Times Square bomb plot and been asked to aid attacks on diplomats’ gatherings.

Salman Ashraf Khan, 35, is among several detained in a widening Pakistani probe into the attempted bombing in New York that has netted a former army major, a computer salesman and other professionals.

Khan’s suspected involvement prompted the US embassy to warn Americans to avoid the catering company, with the arrests adding to evidence that the terrorism threat in Pakistan emanated not just from cave-dwelling radicals, but from the Western-oriented upper crust as well.

Connections: “It’s not just an individual pulling strings,” a Western official told the Washington Post on condition of anonymity. “There are an awful lot of people connected.”

The precise ties between those recently detained in Pakistan and Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American accused of the New York bomb attempt, have not been established, and the intelligence official said none had confessed to roles in the bomb plot.

But Khan and at least two of them knew Shahzad and all had lambasted “anti-Muslim” US policies during interrogations, the official said.

In the US, investigations of Shahzad, and other terrorism suspects have prompted concern about extremism among “assimilated” middle-class Muslims, the paper said.

Rise: Muhammad Amir Rana, a terrorism researcher in Islamabad, told the Washington Post that his recent surveys indicated that radicalisation was on the rise among privileged Pakistani youth, who relate neither to the West nor to Pakistan’s impoverished masses.

“They feel alienated,” Rana said, director of the Pak Institute for Peace Studies, who added that such feelings have rarely led to violence. “So they try to identify themselves through religion.”

Combating radicalisation is a focus of a new surge in US aid to Pakistan, where polls repeatedly reveal deep anti-Americanism.

The Pakistani intelligence official told the Washington Post that Khan and Shahzad were friends and probably met during Shahzad’s trip to Pakistan earlier this year. Another man detained, Shoaib Mughal, owns a small computer-sales firm in Islamabad and is suspected of linking Shahzad with the Pakistani Taliban in the Tribal Areas. A third is Khan’s business partner; the two provided food to the cafeteria of the headquarters of Mobilink, Khan’s father has said.

The intelligence official said a former army major was also arrested on suspicions of links to the plot. But another senior intelligence officer, echoing military statements, said that arrest was unrelated to the Shahzad probe.

The senior officer played down the Islamabad detentions, telling the paper that investigators were questioning and releasing many people.

But the rare US alert on Friday about terrorists’ ties to Hanif Rajput Catering Services, Khan’s firm, indicated that investigators were looking at him more seriously. The family business caters to more than 200 events a month for military, government and diplomatic circles in Islamabad, and the intelligence official said terrorist organisations might have sought to “use” Khan for access to them.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\24\story_24-5-2010_pg1_9

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Cleric's jihad call for US troops

May 24, 2010

DUBAI: Radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi has urged all Muslims serving in the United States' army to follow the example of Major Nidal Hassan, who stands accused of killing 13 of his comrades in November, in a video posted on Sunday.

"What Nidal Hassan did was heroic ... and I call on all Muslims serving in the US army to follow his path," he said in a video posted by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula on jihadist websites, the US monitoring group SITE reported. "Nidal Hassan is one of my students and I am honoured by that," Awlaqi said in the video, whose authenticity could not immediately be verified.

Major Nidal Hasan, a US army psychiatrist, is accused of having opened fire on colleagues at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13 people in November.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/Clerics-jihad-call-for-US-troops/articleshow/5966514.cms

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15 Somalis killed in attack on Presidency

May 24, 2010

MOGADISHU (Somalia)—Islamist militants attacked Somalia’s presidential compound and other government positions in the capital Sunday, and at least 15 people were killed and 30 others wounded, officials and witnesses said.

President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed has been attending a U.N.-sponsored conference in Turkey aimed at helping the lawless Horn of Africa nation and was not in the palace at the time of the attack.

Somali insurgents have repeatedly targeted key government installations, firing mortars at the presidential palace as well as the airport and the seaport. And at least 16 civilians have been killed last weekend when Islamic insurgents attacked a building where Somalia’s parliament was meeting.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0510/24/FrontPage/FrontPage13.php

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Love for Rahman Baba prevails over terrorist threats

By Akhtar Ali

May 24, 2010

PESHAWAR: Devotees and admirers from all walks of life still swarm the shrine of mystic poet of Pashto language Abdur Rahman Baba to pay tribute to him.

The poetry of Rahman Baba has been enchanting the minds and souls of the people for the last many years. He was born in 1653 in Bahadar Kaley in Peshawar. He passed away in 1711. The poetry of Rahman Baba preaches love, humanity and tolerance. He is held in great esteem by the Pakhtuns.

The shrine located in Hazarkhwani village on the outskirts of the provincial metropolis was bombed by militants on 5th March. Local people say some unidentified men had asked the caretaker of the mausoleum to bar women from visiting the shrine otherwise they would blow it up.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\24\story_24-5-2010_pg7_27

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Do clothes make a woman?

Christopher Dickey

24 May 2010

 Do clothes make the Muslim? The French cabinet approved a draft law this week that would make it illegal for women to veil their faces so that only their eyes—and sometimes not even their eyes—are visible.

 Wearing what are called burqas or niqabs, the women in question keep their bodies cloaked and their hands gloved even in the heat of summer. They say this is their religious duty and their civil right.

In the United States, meanwhile, controversy continues about Rima Fakih, a 24-year-old Arab-American from a Lebanese Shia family who won the Miss USA beauty pageant on Sunday after her stellar appearance in a bikini. At least one surly blonde tried to suggest Fakih has family ties to “Hezbollah terrorists” in Lebanon, but the big question that briefly threatened her hold on the crown was whether she was too sexy in a pole-dancing competition she entered a couple of years ago.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=/data/opinion/2010/May/opinion_May149.xml&section=opinion

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Loss of an era in Babylon

24 May 201

 Iraq today is in a sordid tale of destruction and deception. Not only has its sovereignty been encroached in the post invasion era, it has also been robbed of its rich cultural heritage.

Nothing has been spared from loot and plunder: museums, libraries, archeological sites and other repositories, you name it. Many have been shamefully exposed to destruction and have been ruined at the hands of marauders of all sorts. There are unaccountable tales of burning ancient heritage, including the National Library and looting artefacts from the National Museum in Baghdad.

The height of contempt for local heritage is the military base that has been constructed by the US army on a protected site of ancient Babylon civilization, according to the New York Times. Absence of government writ and lack of priorities for safeguarding the heritage, culture and monuments is taking a heavy toll on Iraq. And there is no dearth of thieves, burglars and faceless art collectors who have fled with thousands of precious relics. And whatever was spared is now periodically annihilated by incidents of terrorism and destruction. The country, once the cradle of civilization and boasted many of world’s wonders, is in ruins, defaced and written off from the chapters ?of antiquity.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/editorial/2010/May/editorial_May44.xml&section=editorial&col=

 

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Bahraini women to step up nationality campaign

24 May 2010

 MANAMA — Bahraini women married to foreigners have vowed to step in during parliamentary elections to be held this year to pressure the government to amend in the nationality law.

During a meeting between the Bahraini women married to foreigners and representatives of the Nationality Campaign, a panel of eight women was formed to use power of their vote to get the law amended.

They warned of staging a boycott of the election if their demands were not met. The women decided to coordinate their efforts through the panel of eight of them to visit election campaigning sites, mainly tents erected in neighbourhoods to push for Bahraini nationality for their children similar to the children of male citizens married to foreigner women.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/May/middleeast_May386.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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CPM accuses Jama’at of being two-faced

May 24, 2010

Kerala CPI(M) secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday alleged that the Jama’at-e-Islami had a face different from the one it was projecting in the society. Inaugurating a party office building at Mylampady in the district, Pinarayi asked the people to recognise the true face the Jama’at was allegedly hiding behind its democratic mask.

“Even fascist organisations are now claiming to be democratic,” he said, referring to Jama’at Kerala Amir T Arifali’s statement that his outfit did not uphold the concept of a religious State.

To the Jama’at, Pinarayi said, “The Muslims have rejected you. You have been exposed.” The CPI(M) has been on a campaign against Jama’at-e-Islami since an agitation led by it against a mega road project in Kozhikode district on May 6.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/257764/CPM-accuses-Jama%E2%80%99at-of-being-two-faced.html

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Jama Masjid beyond ASI reachs

MOHAMMED ANAS

 May 24, 2010

The proposed National Monuments Authority, envisaged by the Ministry of Culture headed by Pime Minister Manmohan Singh, is unlikely to have any say over structures like Delhi's Jama Masjid. though promulgated to safeguard ASI-protected ancient monuments, the body is said to be "relased" towards religious and controversial structures despite t he most "balant" violations of ASI norms in these places.

the proposed NMA legislatons, under the new Ancient Monuments and Archaelogical Remains and Sites (Amendment and Validations) Act, 2010, stipulate a penalty of Rs 1 lakh or imprisonment of two years for constructions or encroachment within a 300-metre radius of an ASI-protected monument and authorise the ASI to undertake the upkeep of its properties. But in the case of Jama Masjid, an ASI protected monument and a Delhi Wakf Board property, the sole authority is its Imam Ahmed Bukhari.

Full report at: The Sunday Guardian

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Trust deficit is biggest problem with Pakistan: PM

May 24, 2010

NEW DELHI: Trust deficit is the biggest problem with Pakistan and no progress can happen in negotiations unless this issue is addressed, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here on Monday.

"Trust deficit is the biggest problem," he said at the first major press conference to mark the first year of the second term of the United Progressive Alliance government.

"It is my conviction that ... why we haven't been able to make headway in composite dialogue is that there has been lack of adequate trust," he said.

Singh said trust deficit was identified as a core issue when he met his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani in Bhutan last month.

"We agreed that trust deficit is a major problem blocking progress in the direction of going forward and that it should be our common endeavour to reduce the trust deficit. That's we agreed that the foreign ministers should meet," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Trust-deficit-is-biggest-problem-with-Pakistan-PM/articleshow/5967498.cms

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Pak is united on the Kashmir issue: PM Gilani

May 24, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday sought an end to the "long legacy of hostility and distrust" between India and Pakistan so that the two countries could work towards the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.

"There is an imperative need to end the long legacy of hostility and distrust and to work towards a peaceful

resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," Gilani was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his media office.

Pakistan remains committed to the peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue through negotiations and dialogue despite the country's own regional challenges, he said during a meeting with "president" Raja Zulqarnain Khan and "prime minister" Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Pak-is-united-on-the-Kashmir-issue-PM-Gilani/articleshow/5969246.cms

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Kurdish children jailed in Turkey under anti-terror law

May 24, 2010

More than 340 children in the Kurdish south-east of Turkey have been given long prison sentences in the past three years.

Most of them were detained for taking part in anti-government protests, under a law banning any show of support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party, or PKK.

The government says it knows the law, which requires a minimum five-year sentence, is too harsh, but it has yet to change it.

Jonathan Head reports from Istanbul.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10145351.stm

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Opportunities Facing American Muslim Women

Asifa Quraishi

May 24, 2010

As Americans, we have a unique opportunity to practice Islam in its true form -- without much of the cultural or traditional baggage that is oppressive to women... Because we have these opportunities, we must use them to clearly state our position and to fight to end the oppression suffered by women.

We feel that we, as Muslim Americans, have opportunities to openly address the challenges facing American Muslim women. As Americans we have access to a legal system that was formulated to protect the rights of those who suffer abuse. The laws of the United States guarantee us certain freedoms, such as the freedoms of religion and speech. We have legal avenues to fight discrimination and abuse. We also have the ability to engage in open and honest dialogues without fear of retribution from the government.

Full report at:

http://www.islamfortoday.com/americanmuslimwomenopportunities.htm

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Key Mumbai attack suspect, Abdul Samad Bhatkal, arrested

May 24, 2010

MANGALORE: Suspected terrorist Abdul Samad Bhatkal, believed to be one of the conspirators of the Mumbai terror attack, was arrested by the Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad at the Bajpe airport here on Monday.

Acting on a tip-off, the ATS arrested Bhatkal as soon as he landed here from Dubai in the early hours, police said.

Bhatkal was immediately whisked away to an undisclosed location, they said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Key-Mumbai-attack-suspect-Abdul-Samad-Bhatkal-arrested/articleshow/5968196.cms

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Top army brass wants tenure extension for Kayani

May 24, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Amid speculation whether Pakistan government would grant an extension to Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the powerful Army Chief seems to have got the backing of his key commanders to prolong his tenure.

Army commanders have developed a consensus that COAS General Kayani should continue till the ongoing war on terror takes a decisive turn so that the achievements attained may be consolidated and not go waste, The News daily said.

Kayani is set to retire on November 28 this year and political circles have been abuzz with speculation on whether the Pakistan People's Party-led government will grant him an extension.

Kayani got the backing from his top brass during the Corps Commanders and Formation Commanders' conference that concluded last week.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Top-army-brass-wants-tenure-extension-for-Kayani/articleshow/5968356.cms

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Australia expels Israeli diplomat

May 24, 2010

SYDNEY: Australia on Monday said it would expel an official from the Israeli embassy, after finding the Jewish state was behind fake Australian passports linked to the killing of a Hamas operative.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said Australia remained a "firm friend" of Israel but that no government could tolerate the abuse of its passports.

"The government has asked that a member of the Israeli embassy in Canberra be withdrawn from Australia," Smith told parliament, without identifying the official.

"I have asked that the withdrawal be effected within a week."

An investigation into how four Australian passports were used by the team that carried out the January killing of Hamas operative Mahmud al-Mabhuh in a luxury Dubai hotel found the documents were forgeries, Smith said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Australia-expels-Israeli-diplomat/articleshow/5968921.cms

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Opposition Builds to 9/11 Mosque

By Audrey Hudson

05/24/2010

A Muslim couple say they want to “change the narrative” of the September 11 terrorist attacks by building a mosque to tower over 45 Park Avenue, just 600 feet from where the World Trade Center once stood.

But opponents of the project say the location is not an appropriate site and question the motives of the couple as well as those who would donate money for the $100 million project to construct the Islamic cultural center.

“We decided we wanted to look at the legacy of 9/11 and do something positive,” Daisy Kahn, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Kahn said the group, founded with her husband Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, represents moderate Muslims who want “to reverse the trend of extremism and the kind of ideology that the extremists are spreading.”

Full report at:

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=37142

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YES, THESE SHAADIS ARE LEGAL!

DEVANSHI SETH

May 24, 2010

Despite the Allahabad HCs ruling that non-Muslim women need to convert before marrying a Muslim. Heres the fine print...

There’s many a slip between the cup and the lip. For everyone who was jumping to hurried conclusions that the Allahabad High Court’s ruling saying marriages between non-Muslim girls and Muslim boys would be considered void,if the girl did not convert to Islam, was reason enough to raise questions about the validity of Hindu-Muslim celebrity weddings, it’s time to pause and do a reality check.Because the weddings of Gauri and Shah Rukh Khan, Iran Rao and Aamir Khan,Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan, Sangeeta Bijlani and Mohamamd Azharuddin, Amrita Arora and Shakeel Ladak, Mini Mathur and Kabir Khan, aren’t really under the legal scanner even if all these women didn’t convert to their husband’s religion. But how can that be, you ask, if the Allahabad High Court’s ruling holds true Here’s how.

Full report at: The Times of India

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Taliban up bounty to $2400 for each Nato soldier killed

Miles Amoore

May 24, 2010

Taliban rebels are earning a bounty of up to 200,000 Pakistani rupees ($2,400) for each Nato soldier they kill, according to insurgent commanders.

The money is said to come from protection rackets, taxes imposed on opium farmers, donors in the Gulf states who channel money through Dubai and from the senior Taliban leadership in Pakistan.

So far this year 211 Nato soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, including 41 British troops, bringing the potential rewards for the Taliban to $500,000. Taliban commanders said the bounty had more than doubled since the beginning of last year.

The insurgents, who employ "hit and run" tactics against foot patrols and convoys, use paid informants, media reports and the local population to confirm the deaths of Nato soldiers.

"We can't lie to our commanders: they can check to see if there was a fight in that area. We get money if we capture equipment too. A gun can fetch $1,000," said a commander from Khost province who controls about 60 fighters.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/South-Asia/Taliban-up-bounty-to-2400-for-each-Nato-soldier-killed/articleshow/5966507.cms

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Obama seeks new global order to defeat Qaida’s small men

May 24, 2010

West Point: President Barack Obama dismissed terror tactics of al-Qaidas small men in a rallying cry to military cadets Saturday to help shape an international order to resolve global problems.

The threat will not go away soon, but lets be clear: Al-Qaida and its affiliates are small men on the wrong side of history, Obama told graduates of the prestigious US Military Academy at West Point.

They lead no nation.They lead no religion.We need not give in to fear every time a terrorist tries to scare us.

With the commencement address, Obama returned to the site of his landmark December speech announcing a dramatic rise in the number of US troops in Afghanistan in a bid to bring an end-game to the bloody war with US forces now nearing its ninth year. We must... shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation, Obama urged the graduates as he vowed to strengthen alliances with global partners in Afghanistan and beyond.

Full report at: Times of India

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Times Square plot: Pak detains one more for links with Faisal

May 24, 2010

Islamabad: Pakistani police have detained another man on suspicion of having links with Pakistani-American terror suspect Faisal Shahzad, who allegedly tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square in New York, from a market in the heart of the federal capital.

Over two dozen policemen, some in civilian clothes, raided the posh Kohsar Market on Friday night and took the man into custody, officials and a witness were quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.

The man put up some resistance, which led to an exchange of harsh words. He was handcuffed and taken in a vehicle to an undisclosed place.

Before the raid, police cordoned off the Sector F-6 /3 area, which has several embassies and residences of diplomats. According to witnesses, the man in his mid-30 s came to the market at about 7pm local time and sat in an open area. He remained busy with his mobile phone, calling or sending messages, before the raid at about 10.30pm,they said.

Full report at: Times of India

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Miss Hezbollah US beauty queen not Right choice

Tony Allen-Mills

May 24, 2010

She isn’t the first American beauty queen to be caught out by racy photographs from her past but Rima Fakih, who was crowned Miss USA last week, is certainly the first to be plunged into a political controversy about radical Islam, affirmative action and her family’s supposed links to the Hezbollah political and paramilitary organisation in Lebanon.

After her success as the first Muslim immigrant to win the Miss USA title, Fakih swiftly shrugged off the mildly salacious pole-dancing pictures that were leaked by someone she had considered a friend.

Less easy to dispel was an outburst of right-wing anger over a beauty pageant result that some believed had more to do with political correctness and commercial calculation than feminine appeal. If I had lost,people would have said, oh,its because you are a Muslim, Fakih said. It’s funny, because now they are saying instead, oh, its because you are a Muslim that you won.

Full report at: Times of India

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Oxford: Debate on Islamic reform

By Yahya Birt

24 May, 2010

THIS week in Oxford, England, two of western Islam’s leading religious thinkers — Hamza Yusuf and Tariq Ramadan — will come together for the first time to discuss the hotly debated topic of Islamic reform. Does it matter? And why should we pay attention to what they have to say?

For the generation of western-born Muslims who came of age in Europe and North America in the ’90s, Yusuf and Ramadan are leading figureheads in Islamic revivalism in the West. Charismatic and eloquent, their call for an authentic western Islam has resonated with their young audiences.

They are likely to emphasise their commonalities but Yusuf and Ramadan approach religious revival from different traditions and locations. Yusuf is a traditionally trained American imam who focuses on personal spiritual reform and education, while Ramadan is a European philosopher who speaks of legal reform and the public engagement of western Muslims as active citizens.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/debate-on-islamic-reform-450

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The real culprits: Pakistan’s fixation with faith has nothing to do with its creation

Yasser Latif Hamdani

May 24, 2010

As the second most populous Muslim nation state after Indonesia, our dilemma is no different from the confessional states of Europe that over time became the staunchest defenders of civil liberties and secularism

Rakesh Mani was kind enough to mention my article ‘Faisal Shahzad’s radicalisation’, (Daily Times, May 10, 2010) in his article ‘The University of God’ (Daily Times, May 20, 2010). While I agree with most of his observations about Islamic organisations on American university campuses, I must raise a note of dissent in so far as his treatment of Pakistan and Pakistanis is concerned.

First of all, Pakistan’s fixation with faith has nothing to do with the creation of Pakistan, which was in any event not on the basis of religious ideology. This is a moot point for most objective historians studying the creation of Pakistan. Indeed the champions of religious ideology were entirely opposed to the creation of Pakistan. Jinnah’s references to Islam — few and far between — were to reinforce the idea that a pluralistic constitutional democracy is indeed a cardinal principle of the dominant religio-cultural system to which his constituency belonged.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\24\story_24-5-2010_pg3_5

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‘Quran can’t be compared with constitution’

May 24, 2010

PAKISTAN Muslim League-Quaid President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that the Holy Quran cannot be compared with the constitution or any other book for that matter, therefore, the debate in this regard should be stopped. According to a press statement issued on Sunday, he said that no Muslim could deny the fact that we all accepted the Holy Quran as the ultimate and optimum code of life and the act of comparing it with any other book or document was an unpardonable sin in itself. He condemned any statement issued in this regard in its totality.

JTA flays: JAMIAT-E-TALABA ARABIYA (JTA) Muntazim-e-Aala Mohammad Ghayas has condemned the statement of Central Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab and has said that she should refrain from making any such statement regarding the Holy Quran in future. He said nobody could question the validity of the Holy Quran, or deem any other document superior to it. He said the JTA did not approve of any such act or statement. He further said that a more stern approach would be adopted in the event of another such statement.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=240901

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US Itching to fight another Muslim enemy

By ROBERT PARRY

May 24, 2010

Nobody in the major US media or in politics will ever be hurt by talking tough and flexing muscles

If you read the major American newspapers or watch the propaganda on cable TV, it’s pretty clear that the US foreign policy establishment is again spoiling for a fight, this time in Iran.

Just as Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was the designated target of American hate in 2002 and 2003, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is playing that role now. Back then, any event in Iraq was cast in the harshest possible light; today, the same is done with Iran.

Anyone who dares suggest that the situation on the ground might not be as black and white as the Washington Post’s editors claim it is must be an “apologist” for the enemy regime. It’s also not very smart for one’s reputation to question the certainty of the reporting in the New York Times, whether about Iraq’s “aluminum tubes” for nuclear centrifuges in 2002 or regarding Iran’s “rigged” election in 2009.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article56924.ece

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PA to absorb 6,000 settlement workers

By MOHAMMED MAR'I

May 23, 2010

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian Minister of Social Affairs Majedah Al-Masri said Sunday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) had taken practical steps to absorb 6,000 Palestinians working in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Al-Masri said in a press statement that the PA would create jobs for 6,000 of the 25,000 Palestinians who now work in the settlements. She called on Palestinian workers, particularly women, to fill out a form her ministry had prepared for this purpose.

She added that the number of women workers in Jewish settlements is small compared to the number of men. Al-Masri said the Ministry of Social Affairs would coordinate with the Palestinian private sector and the national institutions to absorb the workers.

The PA has established a national empowerment fund to help create jobs for the remainder of the 25,000 Palestinians, but that remains a long-term goal. For now, many Palestinian workers have no choice but to earn a living however they can.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article56872.ece

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Artists from 17 nations in beautification competition

By FATIMA SIDIYA

May 23, 2010

JEDDAH: Participants from 17 countries from around the globe have so far entered an Islamic art competition that is being held to beautify Makkah and turn it into an open Islamic art museum.

The competition — entitled “In the Love of Makkah We Meet” — is still accepting entrants until June 1, said Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Bar, the competition’s supervisor. He added that the next step is to begin receiving participants’ works.

The competition is open to Muslims, regardless of nationality, age or gender, said Emad Al-Baili, the executive manager of Arabian Company, which is organizing the competition.

Al-Baili said five judges from Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and Saudi Arabia will judge the submitted artwork. He, however, refused to divulge the names of the judges saying they are well known in art. These countries, said Al-Baili, were chosen as they have their own independent art schools. Winners will be announced at a grand ceremony either in Makkah or Jeddah. The ceremony will be accompanied with an art gallery that will then tour the Kingdom’s main cities.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article56907.ece

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Al-Sistani not taking sides, calls for unity: Allawi

May 23, 2010

BAGHDAD: Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric assured leaders of the Sunni-backed coalition that narrowly won the March election that no group will be excluded from the new government, representatives of the Iraqiya list said Sunday.

The 83-year-old Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani carries great weight with the country's Shiite politicians, who have dominated the Iraqi government since the US invasion in 2003 that overthrew Saddam Hussein's regime.

"Al-Sistani stressed national unity and ... the importance of forming the government as soon as possible," said Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite who heads the Iraqiya coalition.

Speaking to reporters in Najaf after the meeting, Allawi said the cleric emphasized the next government should serve the people without "excluding and marginalizing any group," in an apparent reference to the minority Sunnis, who have felt politically sidelined since 2003.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article56883.ece

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Iran says US hikers 'spies', proposes prisoner swap

By HOSSEIN JASSEB

May 23, 2010

TEHRAN: Iran's intelligence minister said on Sunday he had no doubt three US citizens arrested last July near the Iraq border were spies and called on Washington to propose a prisoner swap to secure their release.

Relations between the United States and the Islamic Republic are strained by what Western powers believe are Iranian efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran denies the accusation, but US-led efforts are afoot to impose new sanctions on Tehran.

The US State Department has called for the freeing of the three, who entered Iran from northern Iraq. Iran's judiciary has laid espionage charges against Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article56878.ece

 

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