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Tuesday News March 4, 2008

Posted by uberhim in Uncategorized.
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Q&A: Obama on Foreign Policy

Q. You have said that within your first 100 days in office, you would give a major speech in a “major Islamic forum” in which you will “redefine our struggle.” What is that redefinition? What would be the substance of that speech?

A. As president of the United States, I will directly address the people of the Muslim world to make it clear that the United States is not at war with Islam, that our enemy is al-Qaeda and its tactical and ideological affiliates, and that our struggle is shared. In this speech, I will make it clear that the United States rejects torture — without equivocation, and will close Guantanamo. I will make it clear that the United States stands ready to support those who reject violence with closer security cooperation; an agenda of hope — backed by increased foreign assistance — to support justice, development and democracy in the Muslim world; and a new program of outreach to strengthen ties between the American people and people in Muslim countries. I will also make it clear that we will expect greater cooperation from Muslim countries; and that the United States will always stand for basic human rights — including the rights of women — and reject the scourge of anti-Semitism. Simply put, I will say that we are on the side of the aspirations of all peace-loving Muslims, and together we must build a new spirit of partnership to combat terrorists who threaten our common security.

[Hat-tip to MR]

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Obama Says Islam Smear Offensive to Muslims

[Hat-tip to HAhmed]

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Violence Leaves Iraqis Doubting Clerics

This is the second in a series of articles by the New York Times examining the lives of youth across the Muslim world at a time of religious revival.

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BBC Set to Open Its New Arab World TV Channel

BBC Arabic TV plans to start broadcasting 12 hours a day of news and current affairs shows to the Middle East, the Persian Gulf region and North Africa on March 11.

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Iranian to pay 124,000-rose dowry

An Iranian court has ordered a man to give his wife the 124,000 roses that he promised in her dowry, after she filed a complaint to claim it, reports say.

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Gang Memoir, Turning Page, Is Pure Fiction

The writer, who described gang life as a foster child in South L.A., really grew up with her family in Sherman Oaks.

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Just for Laughs – I Guess the Search is Over…

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Just for Laughs II – Unfortunately the Daily Show videos are not embedding properly, so here are the links: Ultimate Final ShowdownHillary Clinton Interview

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