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Islamic World News ( 18 Sept 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Two foreigners injured in firing near Jama Masjid in Delhi

Indian Mujahideen threatens Commonwealth Games

300 road deaths in Indonesia Eid exodus: police

Twin car bombs kill 29 in Iraq

Karzai votes for Hindu woman

Needed: Interfaith stand against hatred

14 killed in Taliban strikes as Afghanistan goes to elections

Girls’ school bombed in Peshawar

Number of Christians dwindles in postwar Iraq

Iran hostage drama ends, 2 die in shootout

Ahmadinejad asks US to free ‘illegally’ held Iranians

Ahmadinejad condemns ‘crime’ against French first lady

Iran sentences rights activist to 6 years in jail

US court convicts Al-Haramain officials

Muslim summit planned over Park51 Islamic center

Musharraf wanted to extradite Dr AQ Khan to US: Jamali

26/11: Kasab to appeal next week in HC against death penalty

Curfew clamped in all major Kashmir Valley towns, toll hits 102

Ayodhya bars itself from outsiders intent on trouble

Ayodhya a flashpoint since riots of 1853

American tolerance of religion comes into question with Qu'ran burnings

US public school students learn to pray to Allah

Asheville Friends express support for American Muslims

Jihad against NATO forces will continue: Mullah Omar

Muslim women under Sharia law

Muftis pile heat on CM

Love across border but ‘separated’ by the law

All parties play safe on Ayodhya

Blast kills eight Afghan children in north

Thirteen more killed in Kurram water dispute

No conspiracy against democracy: Fazl

Mauritanian army fights militants, kills 12

Women 'marry' women in Tanzanian tribal custom

Modi’s saffron bicycles for poor girls gather dust

WikiLeaks founder free to leave Sweden

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Two foreigners injured in firing near Jama Masjid in Delhi

Sep 19, 2010

NEW DELHI: Raising security concerns ahead of the Commonwealth Games, two men on a motorbike fired several rounds on a tourist vehicle near the historic Jama Masjid in the walled city, injuring two Taiwanese nationals.

A red alert has been sounded across the capital after the incident in which the two bikers are said to have fired 7-8 rounds on the stationary vehicle adjacent to gate number three of the mosque and 100 metres away from the house of Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari at around 11.30 am.

The two injured, who are from Taiwan, were taken to nearby government Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Narayan Hospital in the same bus. Their condition is stated to be stable. One of them was injured when a bullet grazed his head while another was hit in the abdomen and is being operated, LNJP Hospital Medical Superintendent Amit Banerjee said.

Delhi Police Joint Commissioner Karnail Singh told reporters that the four cartridges recovered from the spot showed that the weapon used could be .38 calibre revolver.

But the rounds of fire recovered were also of 9 mm, which can be used in pistol or carbine, he said refusing to hazard a guess on the motive of the attackers. "We are looking into all angles and we cannot jump to conclusions," he said.

"A red alert has been sounded and we are conducting checks at various points. We are confident of nabbing the culprits soon," the Joint CP said. He said the area constable tried to give a chase to the attackers but they fled on their motorcycle.

Meanwhile, a blue Maruti 800 car caught fire near the Jama Masjid area, just hours after the firing incident, causing panic in the area. The flames were doused by the locals and fire tenders from the Delhi Fire Service. Police are not ruling out the connection between the two incidents. A team of experts are investigating the cause of the fire and the possibility of explosives in the pressure cookers said to have been found inside the car.

Police have identified a man called Bobby Sharma as the owner of the car. The owner, however, said that he had no idea how his vehicle was found near the Jama Masjid area as he had parked it somewhere else.

Police have also not taken any chances of the presence of explosives in vehicles parked outside the Jama Masjid police station. A bomb disposal squad has been sent to check the vehicles in the area.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the incident is sad and worrying but said there was nothing to panic. "I am in constant touch with the Police Commissioner. The police are investigating into the incident and culprits will be caught. Everything is under control." She said there is nothing to worry about healthwise in the case of the two injured.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Two-foreigners-injured-in-firing-near-Jama-Masjid-in-Delhi/articleshow/6584160.cms#ixzz0zyPVstNI

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Indian Mujahideen threatens Commonwealth Games

Sep 19, 2010

NEW DELHI: The Indian Mujahideen threatened to unleash violence during the Commonwealth Games in a statement issued on Sunday soon after a terror attack at the Jama Masjid injured two foreigners.

While making no reference to the Jama Masjid shooting by two men on a motorcycle who escaped, a statement by the outlawed group denounced the killings of civilians in the Kashmir Valley and pledged to hit at the Commonwealth Games starting here Oct 3.

"On the one hand Muslim blood is flowing like water while on the other hand you are preparing for the festival of games," said the statement emailed to BBC Hindi service. "We warn you to host the Commonwealth Games.

"We know that preparations for the Games are at its peak; beware, we too are preparing in full swing for a great surprise," said the statement.

"The participants will be solely responsible for the outcome (of our attacks) as our bands of mujahideen love death more than you love life," it said.

Indian Mujahideen is believed to be a shadow outfit of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and has also been linked to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.

It came into the spotlight Feb 23, 2005 when it carried out a blast in Varanasi. It was also blamed for the September 2008 Delhi serial bombings that killed over two dozen people.

The Indian Mujahideen statement spoke mostly about the Kashmir Valley, where more than 100 civilians have been killed since June 11 in firing by security forces trying to break up mobs.

"Muslim life is cheaper than vegetables in Kashmir," it said. "The criminal silence of the international community is far more dangerous than the oppression on Kashmiri Muslims."

The statement made no reference to the Sunday morning shooting near the 16th century Jama Masjid that left two Taiwanese tourists injured. But it vaguely referrd to "this attack" as a revenge for the killing of two its members earlier in Delhi.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-Mujahideen-threatens-Commonwealth-Games/articleshow/6585300.cms#ixzz0zyPpt5Ou

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300 road deaths in Indonesia Eid exodus: police

19 September 2010

JAKARTA: More than 300 people have been killed on Indonesian roads during a mass exodus to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, police said Saturday.

'Our latest data showed that 311 people died in 1,397 road accidents,' national police spokesman I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana told AFP, using data collected since September 3. 'About 70 percent of those killed were riding motorcycles,' he said. Indonesians traditionally celebrate the holiday with their parents and relatives in their home towns.

Motorcycles, readily available through cheap credit schemes, have become one of the most popular means of travel during the annual exodus. At least 418 others were seriously injured, he added. Indonesians celebrated the Eid holiday on September 10 to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

A mass of people crammed planes, trains, ferries, buses and overloaded motorcycles and cars as major cities and towns emptied during the exodus. Eighty percent of Indonesia's 240 million people are Muslim, making it the world's largest Muslim-majority country. At least 500 people were killed during last year's exodus.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\19\story_19-9-2010_pg4_3

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Twin car bombs kill 29 in Iraq

19 September 2010

 A pair of car bombs tore through two different neighbourhoods in Baghdad on Sunday morning, killing 29 people and wounding dozens of others, Iraqi officials said.

The nearly simultaneous blasts broke what has been a period of relative calm since the end of the holy month of Ramadan nearly two weeks ago and underlined the challenges in protecting Iraq’s capital.

Twelve people were killed when a car bomb exploded in western Baghdad’s affluent Mansour neighbourhood near a mobile phone office, said Army Brig. Gen. Ali Fathal who is responsible for the west of the city.

He said 10 people were also wounded in the attack. It was not clear if the offices of AsiaCell were the target.

Minutes later another car bomb exploded in Kazimiyah neighbourhood’s Adan square in the northern sector of the city, killing at least nine and wounding 38 others, police and hospital sources said.

Two policemen were killed in the blast.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September411.xml&section=middleeast

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Karzai votes for Hindu woman

19 September 2010

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai chose a female Hindu candidate when he voted in Saturday’s parliamentary election, two palace officials said. Just two Hindu candidates were on the list of about 600 vying for parliamentary seats in the Afghan capital. Karzai’s choice could annoy supporters in a deeply conservative Muslim Afghanistan. His backers include powerful ex-warlords who were fielding their own candidates and religious conservatives who are opposed to female politicians and unlikely to be happy that Karzai is backing a non-Muslim. “The name of the candidate was Anarkali Honaryar,” a palace official said.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\19\story_19-9-2010_pg1_5

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Needed: Interfaith stand against hatred

BY LINA CHANKAR,

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

I was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. My background is Palestinian and Lebanese.

Recently, in a history class at Southwestern College, the controversy about whether a mosque should be built near ground zero in New York City came up. Another student, barely in his 20s, blurted some false allegations toward Islam and its people.

I can’t tell you that I am well-versed on the Koran. However, I know that spreading hatred toward a race or a religion is not going to get me, or anyone, anywhere close to peace or tolerance, whether it’s with Christianity, Islam, Judaism or Buddhism.

It has been nine years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, yet unfortunately some people still have hatred toward an entire race or religion. I have been called a “suicide bomber” and most recently a “Jew hater” by a Jewish person soon after he found out my background. It’s heartbreaking to see such hatred in someone’s soul.

Full report at:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/sep/19/needed-interfaith-stand-against-hatred/

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14 killed in Taliban strikes as Afghanistan goes to elections

19 September 2010

KABUL: A string of attacks hit Afghanistan’s parliamentary election on Saturday, killing at least 14 people as the Taliban tried to disrupt a poll that is testing the credibility of the government and security forces.

Voters appeared hesitant to go to polling stations after a series of rocket strikes across the country, including one, which landed near the US embassy and the headquarters of NATO-led forces in central Kabul about three hours before polls opened.

Officials reported violence across the country. In the worst attack, police said the Taliban killed one Afghan soldier and six pro-government militiamen in a raid on a security outpost next to a polling station in the northern Baghlan province.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\19\story_19-9-2010_pg1_4

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Girls’ school bombed in Peshawar

19 September 2010

PESHAWAR: Taliban bombed a girls’ school on Saturday in Peshawar.

Terrorists planted explosives around the Iqra Rozatul Atfal Girls’ School, situated at Charkhakhel area of Peshawar, which went off around 1:40am.

Police said that the blast damaged the walls, rooms and windowpanes of the school. However, the watchman of the school, who was present there at the time of the blast, was unhurt. On September 6, Taliban had also bombed a girls’ high school in Landi Arbab area of the city.

KP Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak had earlier said that more than 1,000 schools had been destroyed as a result of Taliban bomb attacks so far. The KP government says it needs at least Rs 5 billion to rebuild the schools.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\19\story_19-9-2010_pg7_6

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Number of Christians dwindles in postwar Iraq

By DAVID E. MILLER

19 September 2010

BAGHDAD: The number of Christians in Iraq has dwindled to half of what it was before the American invasion in 2003, an Iraqi official said.

Abdallah Al-Nofali, head of the government’s Bureau for the Endowments of Christians and Other Religions, said in an interview with the Arab daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that according to a recent survey some 40 percent of Iraqi refugees in Syria are Christian.

According to UN statistics, 1.5 million Christians of different sects were living in Baghdad before the American invasion.

“The majority of Christians left Iraq because of religious persecution by extremists,” Joe Obayda, an Iraqi expat living in England told The Media Line. “Today there are less than 500,000 Christians left in Iraq.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article140934.ece

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Iran hostage drama ends, 2 die in shootout

19 September 2010

TEHRAN: Two people including a hostage were killed during an operation to free six Iranians taken captive in a restive region of southeastern Iran, Mehr news agency reported on Saturday.

The other hostages were freed, Mehr quoted the commander of the Guards’ ground forces, Mohammad Pakpour as saying. The other person killed was a hostage-taker, he said. Some people were injured, the report said, but gave no details. The six were seized from a bus on Thursday morning. Pakpour said Jundullah, a rebel group, was behind the abduction of five soldiers and a bank employee in Sistan-Baluchistan, an impoverished Iranian province bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“It seems that there is a remainder of the Rigi group whose purpose is to scare people and cause division in the area and to commit extortion,” he said, referring to the former rebel leader, Abdolmalek Rigi, who was executed in June.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article141655.ece

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Ahmadinejad asks US to free ‘illegally’ held Iranians

19 September 2010

 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked Washington to free eight Iranians who he said were “illegally arrested and detained,” in an interview to be aired on Sunday.

“It would not be misplaced to ask that the US government should take a humanitarian gesture to release the Iranians who were illegally arrested and detained here in the United States,” Ahmadinejad said, according to excerpts of the interview released by ABC News.

The request came days after Iran freed 32-year-old US national Sarah Shourd after holding her and fellow hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal for more than a year.

All three were arrested on July 31, 2009 after straying into Iran from Iraq. The authorities had charged them with “spying and illegally entering the country.”

Shourd was on her way home early Sunday from the Gulf state of Oman, which mediated in her release after bail of around 500,000 dollars had been paid.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September414.xml&section=middleeast

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Ahmadinejad condemns ‘crime’ against French first lady

19 September 2010

TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has condemned as a “crime” attacks against France’s first lady Carla Bruni by a leading hardline newspaper which called her a “prostitute.”

In an interview published on Sunday in the government newspaper Iran, Ahmadinejad said the attacks by the daily Kayhan, whose chief editor is appointed by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“Certain things happen in our media which I do not believe in at all. For example, can a publication attribute a trait to the wife of a European president?” he was quoted as saying in a clear reference to Bruni.

“What kind of Islam allows that?” Ahmadinejad asked, adding such insults were “contrary to religion” and “a crime worse than a crime,” without naming Kayhan.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September412.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Iran sentences rights activist to 6 years in jail

Shiva Nazar Ahari

19 September 2010

Iran sentenced a prominent rights activist and journalist to six years in prison on anti-government charges, Iranian media reported Saturday.

The semiofficial ILNA news agency said Shiva Nazar Ahari, founder of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters in Tehran, was convicted of moharebeh, or "waging war against God," a crime usually punishable by death. ILNA said Ahari received three years for that charge.

She was also convicted of plotting to commit crimes and agitating against the ruling system, ILNA said.

In total, Ahari received six years in jail, and has been ordered to pay $400 as a substitute for 76 lashes.

ILNA quoted Ahari's lawyer, Mohammad Sharif, as saying he was "shocked" to learn his client had been convicted of moharebeh, saying "there is no legal basis for this charge against her."

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=25956

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US court convicts Al-Haramain officials

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

Sep 19, 2010

RIYADH: A US court has convicted Pete Seda, cofounder of the Riyadh-based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in Oregon, of tax fraud and conspiracy, while another US court has dismissed the foundation's co-director Soliman AlButhi in the 9/11 terror-funding case filed by the families of victims of the attacks.

"Such judgments indicate a sharp contrast in the American position and explicitly explain how Islamophobia is on parade in the US," said Thomas H. Nelson, the attorney representing AlButhi.

Nelson, speaking by telephone from the US on Saturday, also said that in addition to convicting Seda, the Oregon court also convicted AlButhi, adding that the New York court has acquitted AlButhi and several prominent personalities including Abdullah Omar Naseef and Yassin Abdullah Al-Qadi because of its lack of jurisdiction in the 9/11 case.

Al-Haramain Foundation, a Saudi aid organization, was forced to end its operations when the US government accused it of supporting terrorism in 2001. The Riyadh-based charity's main office, which was headed by Aqeel Al-Aqeel, is now defunct.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article141819.ece

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Muslim summit planned over Park51 Islamic center

By DAVID B. CARUSO

19 September 2010

NEW YORK: Some Muslims who were initially indifferent about a proposed Islamic center near the World Trade Center site are now rallying around the plan, partly in response to a sense that their faith is under assault.

A summit of US Muslim organizations is planned for Saturday and Sunday in New York City to address both the project and a rise in anti-Muslim sentiments and rhetoric that has accompanied the debate over the project.

It has yet to be seen whether the group will emerge with a firm stand on the proposed community center, dubbed Park51.

The primary purpose of the two-day meeting is to talk about ways to combat religious bigotry.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article141616.ece

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Musharraf wanted to extradite Dr AQ Khan to US: Jamali

19 September 2010

 ISLAMABAD — Former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf was inclined to concede US demand to hand over Pakistan’s nuclear scientis Dr A.Q. Khan for investigation into nuclear smuggling scam, ex-premier Mir Zafrullah Khan Jamali has disclosed.

“He wanted me to get cabinet approval under pressure from the US demand in order to apportion blame,” Jamail told a private TV channel.

Jamali said the cabinet rejected Musharraf’s suggestion at which the military ruler became very angry. “This was one major reason of my removal,” Mir Jamali said.

Dr Khan confirmed Jamail’s claim. “He is a gentle, honest and courageous Baloch and told the truth of which I had also received authentic information,” Dr Khan said. He labelled Musharraf as a “traitor” who was prepared to “sell his country and people” at any cost.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/September/international_September912.xml&section=international&col=

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26/11: Kasab to appeal next week in HC against death penalty

Sep 19, 2010

MUMBAI: The lawyers of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab are getting ready to file an appeal in the Bombay High Court next week challenging the death penalty awarded to him for his role in the 26/11 terror strikes.

"The appeal has been drafted and is in final stages of preparation...We are giving finishing touches," advocate Amin Solkar, appointed by the Maharashtra Legal Aid Committee on a directive of the High Court to defend Kasab, told PTI.

In a related development, Lucknow Police would produce Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed before a sessions court here on September 23 as directed by the High Court which admitted the state government's appeal against the trial court's order challenging their acquittal in the 26/11 case.

The high court had earlier ordered issue of warrants to compel the presence of the duo in the lower court.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/26/11-Kasab-to-appeal-next-week-in-HC-against-death-penalty/articleshow/6583942.cms#ixzz0zyPlvqKX

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Curfew clamped in all major Kashmir Valley towns, toll hits 102

Sep 19, 2010

SRINAGAR: Barring Baramulla, curfew was re-imposed in all major towns of the Kashmir Valley on Sunday notwithstanding the separatists' decision to exempt the day from protests and strikes.

Meanwhile, three persons injured during alleged firing by security forces over the last three days succumbed to their wounds, taking the death toll in the ongoing unrest to 102, official sources said here.

Curfew, which was relaxed in almost entire Srinagar city yesterday after six days, was clamped again today. A police spokesman said all the major towns of the Valley have been put under curfew barring Baramulla town in north Kashmir.

Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who has been issuing weekly agitation calenders, had exempted the day from protests and strikes, and asked people to carry out their normal activities.

Full report at: Times of India

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Ayodhya bars itself from outsiders intent on trouble

By Piyush Srivastava

19 September 2010

The people of Ayodhya have passed a resolution to protect their town from outsiders, including politicians and political workers.

In a meeting of the citizens, saints and local administration on Friday, the city declared that the Hindus and Muslims of Ayodhya were least interested in any conflict in the name of sacred places. “We want the district and state administration to save Ayodhya from politicians and outsiders who have started visiting the temporary Ram temple and are trying to poison the minds of the people,” said Dr Nihal Raza, a social worker of Ayodhya.

Even the state government has declared that the fanatics wouldn’t be given any opportunity to create a 1949 or a 1992 like situation — an idol of Lord Ram was allegedly placed inside the Babri Masjid on the intervening night of December 22 and 23, 1949, whereas the Masjid had been pulled down on December 6, 1992. These two incidents had resulted in a series of riots with nation-wide repercussions.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Ayodhya a flashpoint since riots of 1853

Sep 19, 2010

When did the Ayodhya controversy erupt?

According to recorded history, Babri Masjid was built in 1528 by Mir Bank who was Babur's viceroy in that region. There is no historical record stating that the site had a temple that was destroyed to build a mosque. The mosque was known by several names, including Masjid-i Janmasthan, Jami Masjid, Sita Rasoi Masjid and so on. The District Gazetteer of Faizabad documents that the mosque was a place of worship for both religions. Incidents of communal violence over the ownership of the site started from 1853 and the British government tried to resolve it in 1859 by erecting a fence that divided the mosque into an inner and outer court. Hindus were allowed to construct a raised platform (chabutra) in the outer court, while the inner court was to be used only by Muslims.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ayodhya-a-flashpoint-since-riots-of-1853/articleshow/6582225.cms#ixzz0zyPtCA3u

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American tolerance of religion comes into question with Qu'ran burnings

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

Imagine, for a moment if Pastor Terry Jones did not threaten to burn the Qur’an. Imagine it was the Bible, or the Torah, or another religion’s holy book. Would the reaction in our country have been the same? What about worldwide?

America is a country of freedoms. So many freedoms that we have to prioritize them. Take the First Amendment as an example: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”James Madison placed the clauses about religion before the speech clause- does that mean that the freedom of religion is valued more than the freedom of speech? Or is freedom of religion valued the least and is the most easily infringed upon than the other freedoms?

Full report at:

http://www.hofstrachronicle.com/mobile/editorial/american-tolerance-of-religion-comes-into-question-with-qu-ran-burnings-1.1604952

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US public school students learn to pray to Allah

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

Americans for Peace and Tolerance has released a video showing 6th graders from Wellesley, MA as they rise from prostrating themselves alongside Muslim men in a prayer to Allah while on a public school field trip to the largest mosque in the Northeast. Teachers did not intervene. Parents have not been told.

The video was taken inside the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center – Boston’s controversial Saudi-funded mega-mosque – during a Wellesley Middle School social studies trip to the mosque, ostensibly taken to learn about the history of Islam first-hand. Yet the video reveals that the students are being blatantly mis-educated about Islam.

http://australianconservative.com/2010/09/us-public-school-students-learn-to-pray-to-allah/

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Asheville Friends express support for American Muslims

Katherine Kowa

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

Asheville Friends Meeting is a part of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). We believe in simplicity, honesty, equality, peace and respect for all life. Friends originally came to the United States in search of religious freedom. We are distressed at what is happening in our country in regards to the Islamic Community Center in New York, to the arson of a mosque in Tennessee, and the threat of burning Korans in Florida. We believe that we cannot have the freedom of religion to be a Quaker unless our fellow American Muslims are free to exercise their religious beliefs also.

We believe that the Light “that is of God” is in everyone. We are distressed to see our fellow citizens, their places of worship and their Holy Book treated with such disrespect. Asheville Friends Meeting would be interested in further dialogue, or socialization, with local Muslims. We feel the recent discrimination has its roots in racism, and that understanding can overcome racism. Members of the Asheville Friends Meeting community unite with all of the other people and groups in support of the religious freedom of Muslims in America.

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20100919/OPINION02/100917030/1007/COLUMNISTS

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Jihad against NATO forces will continue: Mullah Omar

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

QUETTA: The central leader of ATT (Afghan Tehreek -e-Taliban), Mullah Omar has affirmed his commitment to carry out jihad (Holy war) against the NATO forces, and has warned them to leave Afghanistan immediately.

In his message, besides stressing Afghans to highlight NATO troops' blatant violations of human rights and their brutalities on global level, he also said that Taliban, despite all brutalities and cruelties of NATO troops, had foiled all their arrogance. He also stressed Taliban to carry on their Jihad (Holy war) against NATO troops, as God Almighty would always grant Taliban the ultimate victory.

In his message, he stressed on media and Ulema to avoid backing NATO troops' operations in Afghanistan, and asked on drawing global attention towards all the destruction and mayhem caused by the actions of the NATO troops.

The message, distributed in Pushto language, in all districts including Quetta, also carries a warning for Afghan forces to cease support and siding with NATO forces, and rather supports Taliban forces.

http://regionaltimes.com/19sep2010/backpagenews/jihad.htm

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Muslim women under Sharia law

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

How is it that the ‘women’s-lib’ types are so quiet on this issue? –JG.

If you find it hard to believe that women received 40 lashes in Sudan recently for wearing (wide) trousers, read about the life of women under Sharia (religious Muslim) law. A warning.

Muslims against Sharia

Nonie Darwish: January 13th, 2010

Shari’a, that is Muslim law, controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.

In the Western World (including America ) Muslim men are starting to demand Shari’a Law under which wives can not obtain a divorce and men have full and complete control of their children. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American Universities and other parts of the Western world are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shari’a law.

Full report at:

http://www.jeff-goodall.com/?p=2342

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Muftis pile heat on CM

19 September 2010

Father &daughter step up oust- Omar campaign in Valley

THE PEOPLE’S Democratic Party ( PDP) seems to have stepped up its campaign against Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah as violence in the Valley continues unabated.

PDP patron and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who had on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, reached out to the Left parties on Saturday.

Sayeed apprised CPM general secretary Prakash Karat and CPI leaders D. Raja and A. B. Bardhan about the current situation in the Valley.

Sayeed, who was in the Capital for “ medical reasons”, had requested the Left leaders to meet him.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Love across border but ‘ separated’ by the law

By Archana

19 September 2010

ONE can’t help but dip into Keki Daruwala’s short story Love Across the Salt Desert every time a boy and a girl cross the Radcliffe Line to tie the knot. While it all sounds romantic in books and films, it is quite the opposite for real- life couples.

At least that’s the case with Arjun and Anila Sharda who have been married for the past three years but cannot live together till Anila, a Pakistani, gets Indian nationality.

The reason is the enforcement of the Foreigners ( Protected Areas) Order in the border district of Barmer in Rajasthan, where her husband and in- laws are based.

The duo got married on April 4, 2007 and according to the Indian Citizenship Act, Anila becomes eligible for Indian nationality only seven years after this date. So, 28- year- old Anila, a qualified MBBS doctor from Hyderabad in Pakistan, lives in Jodhpur with her two- year- old son and cannot visit her husband or his family in Barmer till 2014.

Full report at: Mail Today

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All parties play safe on Ayodhya

By Poornima Joshi

19 September 2010

From a guarded Congress to a chastened BJP, and even loose cannons like the Samajwadis, parties have their reasons for not precipitating matters ahead of the September 24 verdict

THE divine encroacher awaiting permanent settlement in the debris of the desecrated Babri mosque has not stirred the political Ram bhakts into belting out lusty cries of ‘mandir wahin banayenge’ yet. As the judgement day approaches in the six-decade-long legal dispute over who owns the title of the land where the Babri mosque once stood in Ayodhya, Lord Rama’s self-designated storm-troopers are uncharacteristically subdued.

From riding the chariot to the demolition of the Babri mosque on December 6, 1992, L. K. Advani is now advising BJP rank and file to keep quiet. The BJP gag order is applicable till the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court pronounces its verdict on the title suit at 3.30 pm on September 24. The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has declared that the response of the Sangh Parivar will be within the “democratic spirit and the Constitution”. The uncharacteristic commitment to the Constitution is a far cry from the days when the saffron joint family was advising Muslims to leave the country if they did not want a grand Ram temple at the disputed site.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Blast kills eight Afghan children in north

19 Sep, 2010

KUNDUZ: Eight Afghan children were killed while playing with a rocket round left in a village on Sunday in northern Kunduz province, an official said.

The incident happened in Ali Abad district of Kunduz, which took the brunt of attacks by the Taliban insurgents on Saturday when the militants fired rockets as part of an effort to disrupt the parliamentary poll in many parts of the country.

“Seven died on the spot and the other one passed away while being taken for treatment,” Ali Abad's district chief Habibullah Mohtashim said.

Mohtashim said the rocket may have been fired by the Taliban on Saturday and did not explode or was placed for a planned attack which never happened.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-blast-kills-eight-afghan-children-in-north-ss-06

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Thirteen more killed in Kurram water dispute

19 Sep, 2010

PESHAWAR: A water dispute turned further violent on Sunday when 13 more tribesmen were killed and 15 others injured in fresh clashes between two tribes in Kurram Agency.

So far, the dispute has claimed 115 lives in the last 16 days.

The situation was critical in upper Kurram as rivals were using mortar shells, rocket launches and other heavy weapons during clashes.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/12-thirteen+more+killed+in+kurram+water+dispute--bi-04

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No conspiracy against democracy: Fazl

19 September 2010

PESHAWAR: JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that no conspiracy is being hatched in or outside the parliament to derail the democratic government. “There is no danger to democratic government and there are no differences between the government and the opposition. The opposition has the right to criticise the government on the issues of national interest,” the JUI-F chief told media persons here on Saturday. He said that everyone whether a government member or a common person should respect court verdicts, adding that there must be rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution in the country. Responding to a question, Fazl said that if his party parted ways with the government, beneficiaries of this would be non-political forces of the country. To another question, the Maulana said that implementation of Supreme Court’s verdicts was essential and the need of the hour. The resolutions of the parliament were being ignored.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\19\story_19-9-2010_pg7_20

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Mauritanian army fights militants, kills 12

19 September 2010

BAMAKO: Mauritania'a army Saturday battled in deadly clashes in northern Mali with an offshoot of al Qaeda suspected of another kidnapping of foreigners in the region, Mauritanian and other sources said.

'Our army has killed 12 armed terrorists and wounded dozens' in the fighting that began Friday with militants of al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM), a senior Mauritanian officer said. 'We have five dead in our own ranks and nine wounded, most of them lightly,' he added.

An Algerian security official in the region spoke however of 'very many casualties' on the Mauritanian side, including 'at least 15' killed.

'The militants lost at least five people and others were wounded,' the Algerian official said, adding they had captured five or more Mauritanian military vehicles.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\19\story_19-9-2010_pg4_2

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Women 'marry' women in Tanzanian tribal custom

19 September 2010

Remarrying for older women, known as mkungus, is a costly affair by local standards, requiring them to pay a dowry, just as is customary with ordinary marriages

FIFTEEN years after her husband died, Ana Mwita, greying and wrinkled, ventured once more into matrimony, this time with a young woman as per an old tradition among Tanzania's Kurya people.

Living in northern Tanzania, the Kurya allow elderly women to 'marry' young women to bear them children with a male relative so as to carry on the family name and also ensure they and their livestock are taken care of.

The older women are either widowed, childless or bore only daughters who married and moved away with their husbands, leaving them alone.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\19\story_19-9-2010_pg4_10

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Modi’s saffron bicycles for poor girls gather dust

19 September 2010

 AHMEDABAD — The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat, which raised a hue and cry over central minister P Chidambaram’s ‘saffron terror’ remark last month, is now facing brickbats for carrying its obsession with the orange tinge too far.

As part of chief minister Narendra Modi’s ‘garib kalyan melas’ (poor welfare fairs), the state administration has so far distributed 25,000 saffron bicycles to poverty-stricken Class X and XII girl students whose schools were located far from their homes.

But government officials have now discovered that most of the beneficiaries do not ride their ‘humble’ vehicles to school to save time as its eye-catching colour instantly brands them as ‘underprivileged’ and some have even ‘blackened’ their bikes.

The cycles, each worth Rs2,275 and embossed with the impressive logo of the golden jubilee of Gujarat’s foundation day, are given only to girls belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/September/international_September915.xml&section=international&col=

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WikiLeaks founder free to leave Sweden

19 September 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was free to leave Sweden, after prosecutors said there was no arrest warrant against him for an alleged case of rape, one of his lawyers said yesterday.

Bjorn Hurtig said an investigation was still under way but the head of the whistleblowing website had been given no summons for questioning.

"I have been told that there is no arrest warrant against him," meaning Assange could do what he liked, including going abroad, Hurtig said.

Sweden's director of prosecutions Marianne Ny said on September 1 she was reopening a rape probe against the Australian, who had an arrest warrant against him issued on August 20 but saw it withdrawn by another prosecutor the following day.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=155043

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