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World: UN Forum Explores Ways To Fight 'Islamophobia'
Radio Free Europe ^ | 10 December 2004 | Nikola Krastev

Posted on 12/11/2004 8:12:18 AM PST by TFMcGuire

A United Nations conference this week sought to define 'Islamophobia' and to find ways to confront its consequences -- in policy-making decisions, social perceptions, and cultural interactions. The forum came six months after another UN seminar focused on confronting anti-Semitism. Both are part of a series entitled "Unlearning Intolerance." UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan opened the conference by urging the condemnation of terrorist and violent acts carried out in the name of Islam but which "no cause can justify." However, Annan also urged people not to judge all Muslims by the acts of a few extremists who target civilians.

United Nations, 10 December 2004 -- A deep misunderstanding of Islam is fueling anger, hatred, and fear about one of the world's great religions.

Scholars and diplomats from around the world gathered in New York on 7 December to discuss the rising wave of anti-Muslim sentiment. Secretary-General Kofi Annan kicked off the daylong seminar at UN headquarters.

"When the world is compelled to coin a new term to take account of increasingly widespread bigotry -- that is a sad and troubling development," Annan said. "Such is the case with 'Islamophobia.' The word seems to have emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today, the weight of history and the fallout of recent developments have left many Muslims around the world feeling aggravated and misunderstood, concerned about the erosion of their rights and even fearing for their physical safety." .... But in the wake of the 9-11 attacks on the United States, and other terrorist strikes around the globe including in Russia and Europe, the international perception of Islam as a source of violence against civilians is only growing.

(Excerpt) Read more at rferl.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: islam; islamaphobia; kofianan; un
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To: samtheman

Run for office.

You've got my vote!


21 posted on 12/11/2004 11:40:30 AM PST by TFMcGuire (Not Known for Political Correctness)
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To: spinestein

:)


22 posted on 12/11/2004 11:41:38 AM PST by TFMcGuire (Not Known for Political Correctness)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

Excellent, .308. :)


23 posted on 12/11/2004 11:43:42 AM PST by TFMcGuire (Not Known for Political Correctness)
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To: samtheman

Couldn't agree more!


24 posted on 12/11/2004 11:45:02 AM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: TFMcGuire

IMHO if we KILL all of the jihadists (which will essentially mean the elimination of Islam), then there will nothing more to be afraid of.


25 posted on 12/11/2004 11:46:28 AM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: JustAnotherOkie
I hate the suffix "Phobia," too.

Doesn't fit in with the Well-balanced, courageous world view of most Conservatives. What is the Greek combining form for hatred?
26 posted on 12/11/2004 11:46:46 AM PST by TFMcGuire (Not Known for Political Correctness)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Yes, it is. Let's see if it is added to dictionaries in a year or two.


27 posted on 12/11/2004 11:46:46 AM PST by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: wagglebee

Great logic!

Works for me!


28 posted on 12/11/2004 11:48:28 AM PST by TFMcGuire (Not Known for Political Correctness)
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To: TFMcGuire

29 posted on 12/11/2004 11:48:46 AM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: TFMcGuire

well, for starters, when there are no islamists, there will be nothing to be afraid of.


30 posted on 12/11/2004 11:48:53 AM PST by Libertarian4Bush (Teeee-OH, tee-OH tee-OH tee-OH.... tee-oh.... tee-ohhhh.... FLY EAGLES FLY)
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To: Patton@Bastogne
Pseudo-Men whose Barbarism is only exceeded by their Pathetic Depravity towards the Moslem Boys playing at the local Mosque.

Was getting a little drowsy until I red your post. Wide awake now. Wow.

31 posted on 12/11/2004 11:53:53 AM PST by dagnabbit (Don't let Europe happen to America. Tell Bush & Congress to stop their massive Islamic immigration.)
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To: Tealc
Only UNamericans put the UN before America!
32 posted on 12/11/2004 12:04:16 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
You are absolutely right.

No American would put the UN over their country.

That sure says a lot about the ones that do...doesn't it?

33 posted on 12/11/2004 12:25:03 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown

Sure does! Globalists. Bah.


34 posted on 12/11/2004 12:29:30 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: pbrown
That sure says a lot about the ones that do...doesn't it?

How dare you question their patriotism! :)
35 posted on 12/11/2004 12:31:56 PM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: Travis McGee

Globalist and internationalist chap my.....


36 posted on 12/11/2004 12:35:17 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: TFMcGuire

37 posted on 12/11/2004 12:37:06 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: Tealc

I clump all those who love the UN over America, in the same catagory as those who support A.N.S.E.R. Is the letters correct in that?


38 posted on 12/11/2004 12:39:14 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown

Actually, the group is called ANSWER. Needless to say, I do not like their answers. :)


39 posted on 12/11/2004 12:42:09 PM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: pbrown

"Is" should be "ARE". Pardon my lapse in English.


40 posted on 12/11/2004 12:42:12 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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