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Fareed Zakaria and The Mosque

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I caught Fareed Zakaria on Charlie Rose Tuesday night.

CHARLIE ROSE: Your parents are Muslim?

FAREED ZAKARIA: Yes, and I was brought up that way. I am just not a particularly religious person. I think I sealed my fate when I became the wine critic for "Slate" magazine.

CHARLIE ROSE: That will do it.

I found that exchange pretty funny, but also illuminating, given that Zakaria could be considered one of the most famous Muslims in America, and by his own account, he's a MINO: Muslim in Name Only.

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The Takeaway

Five Things You May Not Know About Ramadan

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins today. For hundreds of millions of Muslims, this means no eating, no drinking (not even water), and no sex during daylight hours. Those are the basic rules most of us know or have heard about Ramadan, but there are some things that you may not know about the holy month. Ramadan also means big business.

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Azi Paybarah

George Washington and the Islamic Center

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WNYC

Jon Stewart: "Wasn't it George Washington who said any mosque has to be at least six blocks from Ground Zero?"

Stewart's guest in this clip is Ambassador Ahmed Akbar, who says the founding fathers had a deep respect for Islam.

 
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Who Opposes the Islamic Center ?

Thursday, August 05, 2010

WNYC

From the Siena poll today showing that 61 percent of New Yorkers oppose building an Islamic center near Ground Zero, a closer look at who the opposition is:

Catholics: 45-22 percent agree with opponents

Jews: 52-11 percent agree with opponents

Protestants: 43-16 percent agree with opponents

College educated: 44-22 percent agree with opponents

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Azi Paybarah

Paladino TV: Hitting Cuomo on Islamic Center

Thursday, August 05, 2010

WNYC

GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is out with a TV ad hitting Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo for supporting the development of an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero.

Paladino, in a straight-to-camera moment, restates his intention to use eminent domain to block the plan.

Which may or may not be feasible.

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Paladino Raises Off Islamic Center, Hits 'Young Cuomo'

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

WNYC

Republican Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is using his opposition to the Islamic center slated for construction near Ground Zero to raise campaign funds.

Paladino wrote the following e-mail, which is kind of a long, rambling message that focuses on a couple of issues: the Islamic center, Cuomo's record at HUD and, of course, the liberal media bias. He also refers to his Democratic opponent as "Young Cuomo" and "Andrew." The e-mail doesn't mention Mayor Bloomberg, a forceful supporter of the plan who Paladino took a shot at (which I thought was unwise for a number of reasons).

Paladino's email is after the jump. I'll update if I get a response from Cuomo's campaign.

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Vetting Islamic Center and Mosque Money

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

WNYC

Democratic congressional candidate Reshma Saujani was part of a Fox News panel this morning discussing, among other things, the Islamic center slated for near Ground Zero.

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GOP Senate Candidate Says Mosque Will Endanger Americans

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

WNYC

Gary Bernsten is a former CIA agent who worked extensively in Afghanistan, East Africa and was the Chief of Hazbollah Operations for the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center.

He’s also a GOP candidate running for US Senate against Democrat Chuck Schumer.

What does Bernsten think about building a cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero?

Bernsten opposes it. Strongly. He told me the place will attract radical Islamists who will use the place as a base from which to launch future attacks against.

Which lead me around the 6:30 mark to ask, “if a mosque is built there, do you think American lives would be in danger?”

Bernsten’s reply: “Eventually. Eventually.”

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Landmarks Decision Clears the Way for Islamic Cultural Center Near Ground Zero

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

In a unanimous vote Tuesday denying a Tribeca building landmark status, the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission cleared the way for an Islamic cultural center to be built just two blocks from Ground Zero. Opponents had assailed the project, calling it an insult to the memories of the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11th attacks.

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Azi Paybarah

Lazio Hits Cuomo for Silence

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

WNYC

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio hit his Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday for not only supporting plans to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero, but also keeping quiet on the issue.

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Azi Paybarah

Stringer Celebrates 51Park, Slaps Critics

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

WNYC

Manhattan Borough President (and 2013 contender) Scott Stringer cheers the unanimous vote by the NYC Landmarks Commission that paves the way for an Islamic cultural center and mosque to be built near Ground Zero.

And he takes a shot at critics of the plan:

"From the racist rants of a discredited Tea Party leader to the cynical posturing of a floundering gubernatorial candidate, this process has been manipulated by those looking to get headlines and score political points. We reject their divisive tactics."

The plans for 51Park have become a rallying point for cultural conservatives near and far, even drawing the attention of Sarah Palin. Locally, GOP gubernatorial candidates Carl Paladino and Rick Lazio have voiced their opposition to the plan, pressing Andrew Cuomo to explain in detail why he supports it.

So far, Cuomo hasn't responded.

UPDATE: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (another 2013 contender from the West Side of Manhattan), is less combative in her description of the plan’s opponents:

“The debate around this cultural center has been difficult and divisive. It has shown us that many of the wounds of 9/11 still exist. But the true way to honor the Americans who died fighting for our country’s founding principles is to respond to the proposal of this mosque and cultural center with support, with a deepened commitment to religious freedom, and with a deepened commitment to New York City being the freest, most tolerant, and most accepting place in the world.”

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Debate Over Islamic Center in New York Raises Anti-Muslim Sentiments

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The proposal for a new Islamic center to be built just two blocks from Ground Zero could move forward, today. New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission will most likely vote against granting protected status to the 152-year-old building, which would allow the proposed center to replace it.

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Azi Paybarah

The Department of Differing Talking Points

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WNYC

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is going to be in Nassau County today, speaking about capping property tax growth at two percent or the rate of inflation.

Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio is sending out a statement about the Cordoba mosque.

The timing of Lazio's statement today, challenging Cuomo to "debate" the mosque issue, is an attempt to put Cuomo on the defensive while he's in Nassau County, among home-owners who, presumably, don't support the plan.

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The Empire

Mosque Politics

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Carl Paladino campaign

Tea Party gubernatorail candidate Carl Paladino, who is challenging Rick Lazio in a GOP primary, is out with a radio ad, and this poster, highlighting his opposition to the mosque slated to be built near Ground Zero.

"As Governor I will use the power of eminent domain to stop this mosque and make the site a war memorial instead of a monument to those who attacked our country," Paladino says in the ad.

Lazio also opposes the plan. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is in favor of it.

Lazio earlier attacked Cuomo over this issue - the first time he's really gone on the offensive. But judging from Paladino's deep pockets (he's a self-funded businessman threatening to put $10 million into the race), it's clear Lazio is reacting more to Paladino than Cuomo on this issue.

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Mosque Politics

Thursday, July 22, 2010

WNYC

Tea Party gubernatorail candidate Carl Paladino, who is challenging Rick Lazio in a GOP primary, is out with a radio ad, and this poster, highlighting his opposition to the mosque slated to be built near Ground Zero.

"As Governor I will use the power of eminent domain to stop this mosque and make the site a war memorial instead of a monument to those who attacked our country," Paladino says in the ad.

Lazio also opposes the plan. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is in favor of it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Women Transforming the Middle East

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Isobel Coleman, senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses how the rise of a political Islam, which often condemns women’s empowerment as anti-Islamic, Western cultural imperialism, has strengthened the women’s movement. InParadise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East, she shows how the growing movement of Islamic feminism has led Muslim women and men to develop progressive interpretations of Islam to support women’s rights.

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Banning Hair Dos, Iran Cracks Down on Western Influence

Thursday, July 08, 2010

In Tehran, a private organization has introduced a catalog of appropriate haircuts for men, the first such code since the Islamic Revolutions of 1979. The list, presented by the Veil and Modesty Festival, has not been officially sanctioned by the Ministry of Culture, though they say approval is "pending."

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Azi Paybarah

Lazio Poses Questions About Ground Zero Mosque

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

WNYC

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio sent a letter to his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, the state attorney general, asking him to investigate the Islamic group which wants to build a mosque near Ground Zero.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mohamed's Ghosts

Friday, May 28, 2010

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Stephan Salisbury tells the story of Mohamed Ghorab, an imam in Philadelphia who was arrested and detained by federal agents and eventually deported and separated from his family.

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The Takeaway

The Life of Radical Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We are taking a closer look at the life of radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. In a video released over the weekend by al-Qaida in Yemen, al-Awlaki urged Muslims to take American lives. The cleric has a published discography to rival some rock stars, with over 100 CDs of readings and lectures to his name, not all of them incendiary. al-Awlaki was once known as a popular (and moderate) interpreter of Islamic texts on CD; speculation abounds as to exactly when and why he took a more radical turn. 

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