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Germany Pulls Out of UN Racism Conference

European diplomats boycott this year's controversial UN conference on racism, declaring that it may prove to be anti-Israel and anti-Western given that preparations were dominated by Libya, Cuba and Iran.


Germany Pulls Out of UN Racism Conference
April 19, 2009
Geneva, Switzerland
The German Foreign Ministry said late Sunday that Berlin would join in boycotting a United Nations conference on racism, set to start Monday in Geneva.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the decision was made out of concern that the event would be "misused as a platform for ulterior interests," as happened at a 2001 UN anti-racism meeting in Durban, South Africa.

The five-day Durban Review Conference is intended to take stock of international efforts to combat intolerance since the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, which saw the United States and Israel walk out over claims of anti-Semitism.

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U.S. Pulling Out of ‘Durban II’ Conference

The Obama administration pulls out of the Durban Review Conference along with Canada and Israel . The Durban Conference in 2001, held in South Africa , was considered an “anti-Jewish free-for-all .”


JTA
February 27, 2009
Washington, D.C.

The Obama administration has decided to boycott the so-called Durban II conference over ant-Semitism concerns.

Multiple sources on a conference call with the White House on Feb. 27 told JTA that the Obama administration had opted not to attend any further preparatory meetings ahead of the planned U.N. conference against racism in Geneva in April.

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“Just Say No to Sharia”— Congressman Tancredo’s Sane Approach to Preventing Jihadism in the US

By Andrew Bostom

Tancredo Knows How to Solve a Problem like Sharia

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“Just Say No to Sharia”— Congressman Tancredo’s Sane Approach to Preventing Jihadism in the US
September 20, 2008

Congressman Tancredo (R-CO) proposes Jihad Protection Bill to bar entry of foreign nationals who advocate Shariah law.

Tancredo’s bill, dubbed the “Jihad Prevention Act,” would bar the entry of foreign nationals who advocate Sharia law. In addition, the legislation would make the advocacy of Sharia law by radical Muslims already in the United States a deportable offense
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A Counter-Movement to Political Islam

As Shariah Islam gains ground in Indonesia, organizations are developing to make the voice of “liberal” or “moderate” Muslims heard. One such organization is Jaringan Islam Liberal, whose mission is to create a social network promoting “individual freedom and the liberation from all forms of oppressive structures of politics and society. ... Liberal Muslims hold that it is the freedom of human beings whether or not to believe in religions must be protected. There should not be any persecution against whomsoever based on his or her opinions or religions.”



Qantara.de
May 9, 2008
Jakarta, Indonesia

In recent years Indonesia has seen the development of a network of various Muslim NGOs that convey a contemporary understanding of Islam, working to counter the advance of Islamization.

The island state of Indonesia has always been regarded as a prime example of tolerance in action, where ethnic groups and different religious communities coexist peacefully.

"Unity in diversity" is the self-image of the secular state based on the so-called "Pancasila" philosophy which attempts to integrate different religions such as Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as different languages and cultures.

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UK Female Muslim doctors ‘must remove veil’

By Rebecca Smith

Female Muslim doctors must be prepared to remove their veil to treat patients effectively, under new guidelines issued yesterday.

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UK Female Muslim doctors ‘must remove veil’
March 18, 2008
England

Female Muslim doctors must be prepared to remove their veil to treat patients effectively, under new guidelines issued yesterday.

Religious clothing must not present a barrier to building trust and communicating with patients, the General Medical Council said.

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