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Italy: The relation between Islam and the West dramatized

Opening this week, in the RomaEuropa Festival held annually in the Italian capital, Rome, is the play “Made in Heaven”, which addresses the relation between Islam and the West, especially in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, shedding light on the prejudicial treatment the Muslim immigrants have to deal with, mainly in terms of the ongoing talk about the inevitable clash of civilizations…
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Copies of the Quran vs. anti-Islam caricatures in Germany

Many sections of the German people are still interacting with the campaign of distributing copies of the Holy Quran that was translated into German language for free. After a number of publishing houses and local websites denounced this campaign that aim at distributing 25 million copies of the Holy Quran for free on the German people to introduce them to the teachings of Islam, some groups described as extreme far-right in the country conducted a counter campaign which called for demonstrations and protests and announced the launch of a contest for spreading anti-Islam caricatures...
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Jones launches yet another campaign against Islam

American Pastor, Terry Jones, known for burning the Quran, blasted Islam, once again, after he organized a protest with his supporters before the biggest mosque in the state of Michigan…
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A conference in London discussing racism and hostility against Islam

The conference for the anti-racist and anti-fascist movements in Britain that was held in London called for confronting the increasing threats by the far-right groups, knowing that the police stepped in to prevent far-right activists from reaching the building in which the conference was held. Police reinforcements were dispatched to the place to separate the members of the English Defense League and the participants in the conference organized by Unite Against Fascism Organization. Several religious Muslim, Christian and Jewish personalities and representatives from syndicates and workers’ unions, as well as civil society organizations participated in the conference…
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An Italian MP warns from the threat of the extremist Islam

The Italian MP, Mara Bizzotto, a member of Lega Nord, an anti-immigrant – especially the Muslim immigrants – party presented a paper to one of the committees of the Italian Parliament, in which she discussed what she called “Islamic extremism threatens our freedom”…
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OIC to convene a media workshop on facing Islamophobia

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will develop a media workshop, the first of its kind, in Brussels, Belgium, on 15 and 16 February, 2012 to develop media–related mechanisms to address the smear campaigns of Islam in newspapers and media institutions in the West.
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The Islamic Community in Italy condemns the racist statements by the “Union of the North League”

The Italian police conducted an investigation with Mauro Icardi, the representative of the party the “Union of the North League” and the advisor of the Albinia municipality in the northern Italian Liguria Province in the wake of the statements he made, in which he attacked the immigrants and called for burning them. The leader of the Muslim Ligurian community, Zahoor Ahmad Zargar, declared that these provoking statements create hostilities and can never contribute in building a healthy society. He added that the Muslim immigrants cooperate in achieving the same goals of the Italians, the progress of the country and living in peace, for they have actually integrated in their new Italian society.
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A law that prevents the call to Islam in Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani Parliament held a session to discuss a draft law that prevents calling to Islam. At the beginning of the session, Azerbaijani Parliamentary Culture Committee, Chairman, Nizami Jafarov, called for ratifying the proposed law, knowing that the Muslims constitute 96% of the overall population in the country.
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A European conference discusses the phenomenon of Islamophobia

Several news agencies reported a story about a call sent out by European academics and politicians to the political class and media outlets in the European continent to act in a responsible way when they deal with issues related to Islam and Muslims. This call was voiced in a conference called for by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to discuss the phenomenon of enmity towards Islam that has become prevalent in the European continent in the past years and which many media outlets have enflamed…
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Deactivating anti-Islamic account

Google has deactivated the islamsticker@gmail Gmail account of the Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, who was using it to spread his anti-Islam stickers. The deactivation was probably prompted by the many complaints Wilders’ anti-Islam initiative had prompted.
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