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Views on the News 14/5/09

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UK Muslims feel most isolated in EuropeOnly one in ten Muslims in Britain see themselves as integrated into the rest of society, a large-scale international survey said last week. And it found that more than a third are dissatisfied with their standard of living. The levels of integration - or 'cohesion' as Labour ministers prefer to call it - compare badly with the way Muslims have mixed into the rest…
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Views on the News 7/5/09

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‘China cancels US credit card'China, wary of the troubled US economy, has already "cancelled America's credit card" by cutting down purchases of debt, a US congressman said last week. China has the world's largest foreign reserves, believed to be mostly in dollars, along with around 800 billion dollars in US Treasury bonds, more than any other country. But Treasury Department data shows that investors in China have sharply curtailed their…
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Seven Hizb ut-Tahrir men arrested in city

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Staff Correspondent Police last night arrested seven Hizb ut-Tahrir activists in the city's Badda area and seized leaflets containing 'provocative statements over Pilkhana carnage'. The arrestees are Abdur Rakib, 44, Sahadat Hossain, 23, Fakrul Hasan, 22, Abdullah-al-Mamun, 25, Noman Sikdar, 25, Arifuzzaman, 22, and Mir Salekin, 22. Officer-in-Charge (OC) Kazi Wazed Ali of Badda Police Station told The Daily Star that after a tip-off they raided a three-storey building at…
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Views on the News 22/4/09

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Torture matter of policy under BushA Senate inquiry published on Wednesday directly implicates senior members of the Bush administration in the extensive use of harsh interrogation methods against al-Qaida suspects and other prisoners round the world. The 232-page report, the most detailed investigation yet into the background of torture, undercuts the claim of the then deputy defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, that the abuse of prisoners in Iraq was the work…
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Associated Press: Turkey seeks to contain Islamic radicals

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - As the only Muslim member of NATO and a candidate to join the EU, Turkey has come to be seen as a bridge between East and West - held up by Washington as a shining example of how Islam is compatible with modern democracy. But as U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to come here next week in a trip some herald as a milestone in ties,…
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Views on the News 9/4/09

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UK scholar advocates women imams for Britain's MuslimsThis week Ruth Gledhill The Times Religious Correspondent reported that South African-born Dr Hargey a Muslim scholar supports the right of Muslim women to become imams. Dr Hargey is currently raising £2 million to build Britain's first progressive mosque, in Oxford, where he hopes to have a woman imam leading prayers for mixed congregations. He is no stranger to controversy, and made headlines…
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Views on the News 2/4/09

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Brown's advisor: ‘UK population must fall to 30m'Last week Jonathan Porritt, one of Gordon Brown's leading green advisers, is to warn that Britain must drastically reduce its population to 30m if it is to build a sustainable society. Porritt's call will come at this week's annual conference of the Optimum Population Trust (OPT), of which he is patron. The trust will release research suggesting UK population must be cut to…
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Views on the News 26/3/09

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US preparing to establish internment camps for US citizensIn January a bill entitled the National Emergency Centres Establishment Act (HR 645) was introduced in the US Congress. It calls for the establishment of six national emergency centres in major regions in the US to be located on existing military installations. The stated purpose of the "national emergency centres" is to provide "temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and…
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