Thursday, August 24, 2006

Muslim news roundup.

Culture: Quick hits for now. UK Culture Minister questions Multiculturalism.

LABOUR will today admit for the first time that multiculturalism encourages divided communities. And alleged terror plots and arrests of British Muslims means the country “feels different today”, Communities Minister Ruth Kelly will say. Her words will spark debate about why some Britons raised in ethnic communities have not integrated and others committed mass murder. Ms Kelly is due to say: “We have moved from a period of near uniform consensus on the value of multiculturalism to one where we can question whether it encourages separateness.” The Government is desperate to stop resentment of Muslim communities, but Ministers are anxious to avoid being seen to worry about offending minorities. The alleged plot to blow up airliners has added to people’s fears.
Germany looking at tougher terrorism laws.
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has called for new anti-terror measures following a failed bomb attack on two trains last month. Mr Schaeuble proposed increased monitoring of the internet and more video surveillance. The minister also appealed for help from Germany's Muslim community to counter Islamic extremists. One Lebanese man was arrested in connection with the plot and another is believed to have fled Germany.
Accusations of racial profiling at JFK airport. NYTIMES with a feature on an East London area where suspects from the UK terror plot lived as the residents look and try to figure out what is going on.
Mr. Qadir runs a community foundation in East London that tries to steer young people, most of them British-born Muslims, away from drugs, violent gangs and religious extremism. He knows 5 of the 22 suspects being held by the British authorities in what has been described as a plot to blow up airliners on trans-Atlantic routes, including 2 of the men who were charged Monday. Since learning about the charges, Mr. Qadir said he was convinced that he and others should have been doing far more to shield the younger generation of Muslims from propagandists and recruiters for radical Islamic groups who have gained a foothold in neighborhoods like his. He derided such groups as “evil minded” and said “they don’t represent any faith.” “This goes to show you how the community has failed to protect our young,” Mr. Qadir said in an interview on Tuesday. “It makes me feel sick. I thought that I knew who the extremists were and where they were coming from.”

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