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Iran Protests US Drone Incursion

By : Agence France-Presse | Tehran | 09 Dec 2011

The US drone which Iran said it had brought down penetrated 250 kilometres (150 miles) inside the Islamic republic's air space, state television's website reported on Friday.

In a letter of protest to the United Nations, the government said "the American RQ-170 spy plane violated 250 kilometres inside Iranian airspace before confronting the reaction of Iran's armed forces," the website reported.

US Congress urged to reject Bahraini arms sale

By Jim Lobe : Inter Press Service | Washington / 29 Sept 2011

More than a dozen U.S. and international human rights and arms control groups are urging Congress to block a proposed 53- million-dollar arms sale to Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, until it ends its crackdown against the opposition and adopts serious reforms.

The admiral, the terror network and a crisis in US-Pakistan relations

By Omar Waraich and Andrew Buncombe : The Independent/UK |Islamabad/Delhi / 30 Sept 2011

Pakistan's political and military leadership were last night trying to hammer out a response to the most fierce public criticism Islamabad has faced from Washington since the nations forged an alliance in the white heat of the 9/11 attacks.

U.S. considers erecting fences along Canadian border

by Jim Bronskill : The Canadian Press | Ottawa | 29 Sept 2011

The United States is looking at building fences along the border with Canada to help keep out terrorists and other criminals.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has proposed the use of "fencing and other barriers" on the 49th parallel to manage "trouble spots where passage of cross-border violators is difficult to control."

Report on Islamophobia in the U.S. raises some important questions

By Daniel S. Abdallah | Al Arabiya | New York / 28 Sept 2011

Carter against US veto on Palestine statehood

By Barbara Ferguson | Arab News / Washington / 20 Sept 2011

Former US President Jimmy Carter has called on Washington not to veto a Palestinian application for the UN recognition of their state in the Security Council.

Carter, the first American president to call for the creation of a Palestinian “homeland” in 1977, brokered the landmark Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt in 1988.

Nuclear US threat to world: Iran

By Reuters | Vienna / 20 Sept 2011

The United States and Iran traded accusations at a meeting of the UN atomic agency on Monday, underlining the deep deadlock between the two adversaries in a long-running dispute over the Islamic state’s nuclear program.

In speeches to the annual member state gathering of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iranian nuclear energy chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani and US Energy Secretary Steven Chu took aim at the policies of their respective countries.

Days numbered for Qaddafi, says US

Source : Agencies
BENGHAZI : Libya | 16 Aug 2011

Rebels fighting to topple Muammar Qaddafi scorned reports of secret talks with the Libyan leader as their forces fought to secure gains and the US said Qaddafi’s days were numbered.

After 41 years of supreme power in his desert state 69-year-old Qaddafi was isolated in Tripoli, with reinvigorated rebel forces closing in from the West and South.

Libya’s rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) denied any kind of negotiation with Qaddafi to resolve the conflict.

Using Shariah to create fear

Source : Arab News
WASHINGTON | 16 Aug 2011

Oklahoma recently passed anti-Shariah legislation that is being challenged in court, but twenty other states have introduced legislation similar to Oklahoma’s.

Critics argue that such legislation is based on anti-Islamic paranoia, noting that the US Constitution forbids the imposition of Shariah law — or any religious law — on anyone in this country and that Muslims make up only one percent of the American population and would have no ability to impose Shariah even if they did have a desire to do so.

Whole Foods faces controversy over promotion of Ramadan products

Source : Al Arabiya
Oklahoma | 12 August 2011

US foods supermarket chain Whole Foods has found itself at the center of a heated controversy over its decision to promote Ramadan products for Muslims living in America.

The controversy started out when Whole Foods instructed its regional managers to carry and promote “halal products for those that are celebrating Ramadan this month.”

The move reportedly alarmed some right-wing and Islamophobic bloggers in the United States, who accused the supermarket chain of promoting the Islamic tradition of Ramadan.

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