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  • Zafar Khan
    Complete Coverage on Danish Cartoons can be found at: http://www.islamawareness.net/Europe/Denmark/Cartoons/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 12, 2006
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      Complete Coverage on Danish Cartoons can be found at:

      The two faces of Islam UK


      Horrified by images of fellow Muslims burning
      embassies in their name, thousands gather in London to
      stand up for moderation. Meanwhile, links between
      other London protesters and paramilitary group emerge

      Why I reject the anarchists who claim to speak for

      Violence in the name of Islam has done more to damage
      the Prophet than any Danish cartoon, argues writer
      Fareena Alam

      Sunday February 12, 2006
      The Observer

      As a young British Muslim woman, watching the events
      of the past two weeks has been a depressing
      experience. One minute, we were subject to
      outrageously insulting caricatures of the Prophet
      Muhammad, a man who is beloved and central to the core
      of my faith; the next, the hooliganism of a small
      minority of Muslim protesters took centre stage. These
      anarchists have walked right into the hands of those
      who believe Muslims have nothing to offer. They have
      burnt down embassies, pillaged public property and
      threatened social order - all in the name of a prophet
      who, they claim, is a mercy to mankind, the same man
      who was known to welcome and respect ambassadors.

      I'm proud of my son - whatever's said about him


      The young Muslim who dressed as a suicide bomber to
      protest against newspaper cartoons has been condemned
      and sent back to prison. Declan Walsh in Punjab hears
      Omar Khayam's family defend their 'bright, sensitive

      Muslims are reaching out to fellow Canadians in hopes
      of erasing images of cartoon violence



      WITH VIOLENT protests continuing to erupt around the
      world over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed as
      a terrorist, a local Muslim leader wants to bring less
      heat and more light to a crisis that has pitted
      religious rights against free speech.

      Imam Gamal Solaiman will throw open the doors of the
      city's main mosque tomorrow afternoon and invite the
      public to listen to a talk about the life of Islam's
      revered prophet and why Muslims were so offended by
      the political caricatures published by European

      "Loyalty to him is considered loyalty to the religion
      itself," said Solaiman of the revered teacher Muslims
      believe was chosen by Allah to hear and pass on the
      words of the Koran.

      "It's the arrogance in response to the Muslim
      complaint -- that's what drives people mad," said
      Solaiman, who will be delivering his 1 p.m. talk at
      the Northwestern Ave. mosque.

      "The trouble with our experience of this, the trouble
      with the western media, they forget about the cause
      and speak about the symptom. They forget what
      triggered that. No one speaks about it now, they only
      talk about the violent nature of the demonstration,"
      said Solaiman.

      Muslim rally organisers tell extremists to stay away
      By Robert Verkaik, Legal Affairs Correspondent
      Published: 11 February 2006


      Thousands of Muslims will gather in central London
      today in a show of defiance against Islamic extremists
      who last week called for the death of Westerners after
      the publication of cartoons defiling the image of the
      Prophet Mohamed.

      The rally is expected to be one of the biggest Muslim
      demonstrations to ever take place in Britain.
      Organisers of the event have told Muslim agitators
      that they will not be welcome and the Metropolitan
      Police have said they will arrest anyone carrying
      banners intended to incite violence. Police are also
      prepared to combat any threat from extreme right-wing
      groups, including the BNP, who may want to try to
      hijack the event.

      Muslims march in London over cartoons
      Sun 12 Feb 2006


      THOUSANDS of demonstrators marched through London
      yesterday to protest against the publication of
      cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

      More than 4,000 Muslims - far less than the 30,000
      organisers had hoped for - gathered in Trafalgar
      Square brandishing banners and placards under the
      watchful eyes of hundreds of police.

      Despite fears the rally would be disrupted by
      extremists, the protest passed peacefully.

      London Mayor Ken Livingstone joined coachloads of
      demonstrators from around the UK to express concern
      about growing Islamophobia across Europe.

      He said the publication of the cartoons was a
      "calculated and gratuitous insult to the Muslim

      Muslims fly flag for peaceful protest against cartoons

      Anushka Asthana
      Sunday February 12, 2006
      The Observer


      Thousands of British Muslims flocked into Trafalgar
      Square yesterday to express their anger at the
      publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad
      as a terrorist.

      But they also voiced their rejection of the wave of
      violent protest that has swept the Muslim world during
      the past two weeks over the cartoons, first published
      in a small Danish newspaper.

      Reborn extremist sect had key role in London protest

      · Group shares leaders with 'disbanded' al-Muhajiroun
      · Members owe allegiance to man excluded from UK

      Ian Cobain, Nick Fielding and Rosie Cowan
      Saturday February 11, 2006
      The Guardian


      When worldwide Muslim fury over cartoons of the
      Prophet spread to Britain, the flag-burning protests
      outside the Danish embassy in London appeared to be an
      entirely spontaneous outpouring of anger.

      Inquiries by the Guardian have shown, however, that a
      key role in organising the demonstration was played by
      an Islamist sect whose supporters have repeatedly been
      linked to violence and terrorism.

      Call to reinstate papers closed in cartoon row

      Brian Whitaker
      Saturday February 11, 2006
      The Guardian


      Press freedom groups yesterday urged the Yemeni
      government to reinstate three independent newspapers -
      the Yemen Observer, al-Hurriya (Freedom) and al-Ra'i
      al-A'am (Public Opinion) - which were closed after
      reprinting the controversial Danish cartoons.

      "While we understand this issue is deeply sensitive,
      the solution cannot be found in silencing newspapers,"
      said Ann Cooper of the Committee to Protect

      Emma, Ann and a sex doll that upsets Muslims
      Published: 09 February 2006


      * The latest public figure to stand accused of
      defiling the Prophet Mohamed is not some Danish
      cartoonist, or French newspaper editor, but a hapless
      British Page 3 girl called Emma B.

      Yesterday, the erotic retailer Ann Summers unveiled
      Miss B as the "face" of its new range of products.

      Not 24 hours later, she finds herself on the front
      line of Islamic protest after Muslim leaders
      discovered that the range includes a new blow-up doll,
      called "Mustafa Shag".

      Unfortunately, Mustafa was one of the names given to
      the Prophet Mohamed. Bestowing it upon, in the words
      of its catalogue, "an inflatable escort for your
      hen-night adventures" is considered highly offensive.

      The Manchester Central Mosque has already written to
      the firm, calling on it to withdraw the product.
    • Zafar Khan
      Denmark s new values What was once a liberal country lurched to the far right while the world was not looking Kiku Day Wednesday February 15, 2006 The Guardian
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 16, 2006
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        Denmark's new values

        What was once a liberal country lurched to the far
        right while the world was not looking

        Kiku Day
        Wednesday February 15, 2006
        The Guardian


        Denmark has at last managed to catch the world's eye,
        after so many years of failing to get credit for being
        at the cutting edge of liberalism. But the inelegant
        handling of the controversy over the cartoons of the
        prophet Muhammad is the result of a country that has
        been moving in the direction of xenophobia and racism
        - especially towards its Muslim inhabitants.

        The world needs to realise that the Denmark that
        helped Jews flee from Nazi deportation is long gone. A
        new Denmark has appeared, a Denmark of intolerance and
        a deep-seated belief in its cultural superiority.

        We were a liberal and tolerant people until the 1990s,
        when we suddenly awoke to find that for the first time
        in our history we had a significant minority group
        living among us. Confronted with the terrifying
        novelty of being a multicultural country, Denmark took
        a step not merely to the right but to the far right.
        Now, politicians of most stripes have embraced
        The Social Democrats, formerly Denmark's largest party
        and the force behind its postwar social reforms, were
        forced to realise that the rhetoric of solidarity and
        social reforms no longer impressed voters in an
        increasingly prosperous economy. To win support
        mainstream politicians felt they needed to bully the
        same scapegoat blamed by the far right for the social
        problems arising in modern Danish society, in the form
        of the Muslim minority. The rhetoric of politicians
        and media hardened and became offensive. Where else
        could liberal politicians get away with saying that
        one of their party's main aims is to stop Turkey
        joining the EU?

        The discussion has focused on freedom of expression,
        but that is not what Jyllands-Posten had in mind when
        it published the caricatures, nor is it the prime
        mission of the rightwing Danish government. Denmark
        has embarked on a self-declared crusade to tell others
        how to live. The prime minister, Anders Fogh
        Rasmussen, is quoted as saying: "Freedom of speech
        should be used to provoke and criticise political or
        religious authoritarians."

        The Danish establishment weighed in on its leader's
        side. The rightwing newspaper Weekendavisen - at one
        time Denmark's foremost intellectual journal -
        justified Rasmussen's initial reaction of indifference
        to complaints about the cartoons and his refusal to
        meet with 10 concerned ambassadors from Muslim
        countries as "a desire for an activist foreign policy
        which has clashed with the traditional diplomatic wish
        to smooth things over". An MEP, Mogens Camre,
        declared: "It is 2005 and there is no reason
        whatsoever to respect foolish superstition in any

        Following the lead of the moderates, the founder of
        the ultra-rightwing Danish People's party, Pia
        Kjærsgaard, felt emboldened to say that in order to
        qualify for citizenship, immigrants must not only
        master the Danish language but be examined on their
        respect for Danish society and its values. The words
        "Danish values" are repeated reverentially, as if all
        Danes possess a single mindset opposed to that held by
        Muslims. Kjærsgaard tells her countrymen the issue is
        not one of cartoons, but concerns rather a titanic
        struggle of values between totalitarian, dogmatic
        Islamic regimes and the freedom and liberty beloved of
        western democracies. Meanwhile the 200,000 Muslims
        living in Denmark have been denied a permit to build a
        mosque in Copenhagen. There is not a single Muslim
        cemetery in the country.

        It is now obvious that Flemming Rose, the culture
        editor at Jyllands-Posten who commissioned the
        cartoonists to satirise the prophet, exhibited a
        striking lack of judgment. His subsequent decision to
        salvage things by planning to publish anti-semitic and
        anti-Christian caricatures went beyond the bounds of
        the permissible in Jyllands-Posten's and Denmark's
        crusade for free speech. Chief editor Carsten Juste
        finally intervened and sent Rose on indefinite leave.

        An indefinite holiday is not enough. As the former
        foreign minister and Venstre party leader Uffe
        Elleman-Jensen has suggested, we need editors who
        realise that just bad judgment can have important
        consequences. Both Juste and Rose need to step down.

        And how have ordinary Danes reacted? The People's
        party reported that last week it had received almost
        17 times as many applications for membership as
        normal. Is this the future for Denmark? These are the
        new "Danish values", and the world needs to be aware
        of the dangers of a country that went off on the wrong
        track while nobody noticed.

        · Kiku Day is a Danish musician living in London


        School editors say they were suspended for running
        Islamic cartoons

        By David Mendell
        Tribune staff reporter
        Published February 14, 2006, 9:25 PM CST


        The editor in chief of a student-led newspaper serving
        the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has
        been suspended for printing cartoons depicting the
        Prophet Muhammad that, when published in Europe,
        enraged Muslims and led to violent protests in the
        Middle East and Asia.

        Editor Acton Gorton and his opinions editor, Chuck
        Prochaska, were relieved of their duties at The Daily
        Illini on Tuesday while a task force investigates "the
        internal decision-making and communication" that led
        to the publishing of the cartoons, according to a
        statement by the newspaper's publisher and general
        manager, Mary Cory.

        Paper apologizes after cartoon flap

        Published February 14, 2006

        The editorial staff of the independent daily newspaper
        at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said
        Monday that its members were embarrassed by how the
        decision was made to run controversial Danish cartoons
        of the prophet Muhammad last week.

        "We want to make it clear that while we do not
        necessarily disagree with the decision to print these
        cartoons, we disagree with how they were run," read
        the unsigned editorial in Tuesday's Daily Illini.

        The decision to run six of the 12 Danish cartoons in
        the paper's Feb. 9 edition was made by only two
        editors--a decision not supported by the full
        editorial staff, according to the editorial.

        U.S. Muslims put cartoon dispute in perspective
        Gregory Kane
        Originally published Feb 15, 2006


        In a rear room of a stately old house at the far end
        of West North Avenue, about 30 Muslims gathered for
        Friday prayer service.

        The congregation was made up of black Americans. A
        young black man in dreadlocks walked to the front of
        the room and sang the opening prayer in Arabic. The
        Muslims intermittently prayed by either bending over
        at the waist and touching their knees or by dropping
        to their knees and placing their foreheads on the

        They're as devout a group of Muslims as anywhere else
        in the world. And they're just as offended by the
        cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in European newspapers
        that has led to rioting in the Muslim world. (No
        images of the Prophet Muhammad, offensive or
        otherwise, are permitted in Islam.) But rioting was
        the last thing on their minds.

        Western businesses burn in Pakistan riots

        · Three die as 70,000 stage protest over cartoons
        · Officials blame radical groups ahead of Bush visit

        Declan Walsh in Islamabad
        Thursday February 16, 2006
        The Guardian


        Seventy-thousand demonstrators surged through the
        Pakistani city of Peshawar, clashing with police and
        ransacking western-linked businesses yesterday, as
        violence again flared over cartoons depicting the
        prophet Muhammad.

        Rioters torched a KFC restaurant, a Norwegian phone
        office, banks and cinemas in the third day of violence
        in the north-western city and Pakistan's largest
        protest yet. Baton-wielding police fired teargas to
        contain the crowd and two people died, including an
        eight-year-old boy hit by a stray bullet. The
        government deployed troops and ordered the closure of
        all schools in the area for a week.

        Fresh Pakistan cartoon protests


        Several thousand people have protested in Pakistan's
        Karachi city over the publication in the West of
        cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad. In the
        fourth successive day of demonstrations, tens of
        thousands of protestors joined a rally called by
        religious parties. At least five people have died
        after protests against cartoons across Pakistan turned
        violent this week.

        Euro MPs condemn cartoon protests
        By Alix Kroeger
        BBC News, European Parliament in Strasbourg


        Protesters have targeted European Union premises
        Members of the European Parliament have condemned the
        violent protests in Europe following the publication
        of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

        They expressed solidarity with Denmark, saying an
        attack on one EU country was an attack on all.

        MEPs strongly rejected the idea that a clash of
        civilisations was at the root of the uproar, but
        called for dialogue.

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