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    Assalamu alaikum This false war on terrorism - what John Pilger calls a fraud - is being used as an excuse to propagate all kinds of human rights abuses
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      Assalamu'alaikum

      This false war on terrorism - what John Pilger calls a fraud - is being
      used as an excuse to propagate all kinds of human rights abuses against
      Muslims. A full frontal war against Islam and Muslims is currently taking
      place in every corner of the globe. It will only be a matter of time
      before you - yes you and not that person sitting beside you- will be
      targeted. The KKK now longer needs to wear their pointy hoods, their
      leader is now sitting in the oval office of the White House.

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      Another Girl Suspended for Headscarf
      Second Muslim Girl Suspended From Singapore School for Wearing Headscarf

      The Associated Press

      Feb. 5

      http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20020205_719.html


      A second Muslim girl has been suspended from school for wearing a
      traditional Islamic headscarf in defiance of Singapore's secular
      government.

      Siti Farziwah, 7, was the second girl expelled in the standoff between
      Muslim parents and the government. Nurul Hasihah, also 7, was suspended
      from White Sands Primary School on Monday.

      The Ministry of Environment said the girls could return to school if they
      stopped wearing a headscarf, which is called "tudung" in Singapore.

      A third girl, Khairah Faroukh, was told she also must comply with the
      school ban on the scarf by Feb. 11 or she, too, would not be allowed to
      attend classes. A fourth girl who wore a headscarf to the school in
      January is now being taught at home, officials said.

      Many Muslim women wear a tudung to work, and no laws prevent them from
      doing so. However, the government says school uniforms bring children
      together and that Islamic headscarves underscore ethnic differences.

      Almost 80 percent of Singaporeans are ethnic Chinese. Malays, who are
      predominantly Muslims, account for about 15 percent and Indians make up
      most of the rest.

      Race relations in Singapore have come to the forefront since the arrest
      Dec. 13 of more than a dozen Muslims suspected of plotting to blow up
      Western targets.

      Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said Saturday that some Singaporeans had
      unjustifiably become suspicious of Islam since the arrests. Schools are a
      place where children can mix without regard to race or religion, he said.

      Racial and religious riots wracked Singapore in the 1950s and 1960s.
      Avoiding racial and religious tension has been a cornerstone of government
      policy ever since.


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