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Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, Et Al. — Revealing Ramadan [remix]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

16 Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is

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Malian Musicians Sing Out Against War And Censorship

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The current conflict in Mali has had an affect on the country’s vibrant music scene -- from cancelled festivals to a complete ban on music in some parts of the country. Heather Maxwell, an ethnomusicologist, musician and host of Voice of America's Music Time in Africa and with freelance radio journalist Tamasin Ford join us to talk about how Malian musicians are coping.

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The Takeaway

Two American NATO Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Two American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan during protests at a NATO base in the eastern Nangarhar province. These protests were the latest after the burning of the Koran by U.S. soldiers.

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The Takeaway

How Does America Apologize for Koran Burning?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday marks the seventh day of violent protests in Afghanistan after several copies of the Koran and other religious artifacts were burned in a Baghram air base. Although the President has issued a series of apologies for the mistake, it has not stopped or even slowed the outrage: at present, 40 people have been killed. As one of the most offensive acts to Muslims, it's clear that another method of setting things right need to be pursued.

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In Afghanistan, Rioting Over Koran-Burning Continues

Monday, February 27, 2012

Despite an apology from President Obama, protests and violence following the destruction of several Korans and other religious artifacts by U.S. troops have continued in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 30 people have been killed thus far, including four U.S. troops. As one of the most offensive possible acts, the unrest over this burning shows no signs of stopping.

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The Takeaway

NATO Withdraws Personnel From Afghan Ministries

Monday, February 27, 2012

Over the weekend, two U.S. military advisers were shot dead in their office at the Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan. The attack is one of many since U.S. troops inadvertently burned several copies of the Koran and other religious materials while clearing out the base at Bagram Air Field last Wednesday. In response to the escalating violence, Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson announced Sunday that NATO had decided to withdraw its advisors from Afghanistan. 

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President Obama Apologizes for Koran Burning in Afghanistan

Friday, February 24, 2012

In Afghanistan protesters have taken to the streets for a fourth consecutive day over the accidental burning of Korans at a U.S. air base. The Korans were taken from prisoners and thought to be subversive materials. The U.S. military command and President Obama have both apologized for the incident. Joining the show is Orla Guerin, correspondent for our partner the BBC.

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Protests in Afghanistan After Reports of Koran Burning

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

In Afghanistan this morning more than 1,000 protesters are gathering to protest the burning of Korans and Islamic holy books at the Bagram military base. This has triggered a second day of anti-American demonstrations. Crowds clashed with security forces furious about the way Islamic holy books at the base were destroyed.

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Response to Quran Burning in Florida: Protest and Dozens Dead in Afghanistan

Monday, April 04, 2011

The burning of a Quran at a Florida church has set off a wave of violence in Afghanistan. Thousands of protesters mobbed the United Nations building in Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday. Seven U.N. workers were murdered, and protests against the United States raged in Kandahar over the weekend, killing dozens. President Obama and General David Petraeus condemned the Florida pastor’s actions. Including the U.N. workers, 24 people have died since protests began last Friday.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Defends Rights of Koran Burners

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

As Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein greeted students arriving at PS 172 in Sunset Park this morning, the mayor was asked about comments he made to the Daily News on Tuesday regarding the rights of members of a Florida church to burn copies of the Koran on September 11.

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WQXR News

Afghans Protest Church's Plans to Burn Koran

Monday, September 06, 2010

Hundreds of Afghans rallied in Kabul to denounce an American church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book on Sept. 11.

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On Being

Revealing Ramadan [remix]

Thursday, August 12, 2010

14 Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is

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