Kerry meets with Karzai in Afghanistan - Political Intelligence - A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe. By Farah Stockman, Globe Staff Senator John Kerry spent today in Afghanistan, meeting with Afghan government officials, US forces and tribal leaders in the southern city of Kandahar, which has been wracked by suicide bombings.
Kerry, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, dined with Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Tuesday night and left today for Pakistan. Last year, Kerry helped convince Karzai to accept the results of an international election commission, a diplomatic coup. This time, he told reporters in Kabul that he intended to warn Karzai that Americans were losing patience with corrupt governance. Afghan officials challenge U.S. on aid contract abuses.
KABUL -- A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai challenged the United States on Monday to clean up fraud and corruption within the hundreds of millions of dollars of aid contracts it distributes to Afghan companies each year, saying that abuse is far worse than any irregularities in the Karzai administration.
Waheed Omer used his weekly news conference to take the offensive in the ongoing political battle between the Karzai government and U.S. officials over the mismanagement of international money. Of every $100 million of aid coming into the country, Omer said, 80 percent is controlled by the United States and NATO. Wife of 'ground zero mosque' imam epitomizes Islam's modernizing voice. One of the leaders of the proposed Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero has spent years trying to amplify the voices of educated women within Islam.
In this way, Daisy Khan epitomizes the so-called "moderate Muslim" and modernizing force from within Islam that some Americans are impatient to see. Skip to next paragraph Recent posts. Cashing In On Ground Zero - Forbes.com. Danielle Parker: Cordoba Mosque = The Conquest of Lower Manhattan From a Crime Victims Perspective. The Cordoba Initiative and Park51, the amended title of the Cordoba Mosque project at Ground Zero, is inflaming public opinion like no other issue in recent history ... and rightfully so.
For the people who lost loved ones in the World Trade Center attacks, the wound may just have been starting to heal. But the proposed building of the "Ground Zero mosque" makes the victims feel like September 11, 2001, is happening all over again. It is important to understand how the 9/11 victims feel and why this issue is spurring such a heated national debate. I understand exactly why most of these families are adamantly opposed to this mosque. Why? India example cited for Ground Zero mosque. Welcome To Forbes.com. How The 'Ground Zero Mosque' Controversy Is Challenging Democracy - Forbes.com. Mosques and Americans: Time for rational thought. My wife is a passionate liberal Democrat and it’s not too hard to guess on which side she’ll come down on the great issues of our time.
That’s why I was surprised to discover she’s opposed to the idea of building a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. Actually her reaction to the idea is not unlike the initial reaction I had when the issue first arose. The destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, seared a terrible memory into our minds and hearts and the idea of a multi-story building devoted to Islam rising up just two blocks from the site of that horror seemed wrong. Protesters rally in New York over construction of Ground Zero mosque. NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Protesters representing both sides of the debate over the construction of an Islamic community center and mosque a few blocks away from the Ground Zero rallied in downtown New York City on Sunday.
Hundreds of protesters braved the rain in Lower Manhattan to voice their position on the planned project amid the national debate over the facility. Firefighters, families of the 9/11 terror attacks victims, first responders and residents of the neighborhood also joined the protests. Anti-mosque protesters held banners that said, "No mosque here.
Preserve the dignity of our loved ones killed on 9/11," while supporters carried signs reading, "America! Ron Paul: Opposition to "Ground Zero Mosque" is "All About Hate, Islamophobia" In another new twist regarding the varying opinions about the construction of the "Ground Zero mosque," Republican congressman Ron Paul has strongly condemned what he called the "grandiose demagoguery" of "sunshine patriots" who are opposed to the construction of the Islamic center in lower Manhattan.
Paul expressed his opinion in a posting on his website, RonPaul.com. TheÂ Texas representative is a Republican but has strong libertarian views on many subjects--including property rights. In a posting calledÂ "Ron Paul to Sunshine Patriots: Stop Your Demagogy About The NYC Mosque! ," Paul wrote: "The debate should have provided the conservative defenders of property rights with a perfect example of how the right to own property also protects the 1st Amendment rights of assembly and religion by supporting the building of the mosque.
" Protesters clash over 'Ground Zero' mosque - The Irish Times - Tue, Aug 24, 2010. OPPONENTS OF the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” – a proposed Islamic cultural centre two blocks north of the site of the atrocities of September 11th, 2001 – blasted Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USAfrom a CD recorder.
“Everything I ever needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11,” said one placard at Sunday’s protest in lower Manhattan. Several demonstrators carried signs with the word “Sharia” written in dripping, blood-red paint. Op-Ed Columnist - How Fox Betrayed Petraeus. Local strippers okay with Ground Zero mosque. New York: While a large number of Americans oppose the proposed Muslim community centre and mosque just two blocks away from Ground Zero, the site of the fallen WTC Twin Towers, employees of the strip clubs in the neighbourhood have no problem with it.
"I don't know what the big deal is," said Cassandra, a stripper at New York Dolls, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. "It's freedom of religion, you know? " said Chris, a stripper at Pussycat Lounge, also close by, who lost eight firefighter friends on 9/11. But she doesn't have particularly strong feelings towards the mosque, The Journal reported. "The people who did it are not going to the mosque. Ground Zero mosque debate swirls in world capitals. After nearly a month of debate, the controversy surrounding the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” continues to roil, both domestically and worldwide.
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