from FaithWorld:

New York mosque project site faces legal challenge

March 16, 2011

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(A lower Manhattan building duet to make way for an Islamic cultural center and mosque in New York August 17, 2010/Lucas Jackson )

from FaithWorld:

U.S. House panel probes Muslim radicalization, critics see witch hunt

March 9, 2011

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(A woman protests in New York City March 6, 2011/Jessica Rinaldi )

The U.S. House of Representatives will investigate radicalization in the American-Muslim community, sparking outrage that the probe is a witch hunt akin to the 1950s anti-Communist campaign. With al Qaeda and its affiliates openly trying to recruit Americans and Muslims inside the United States for attacks, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King called congressional hearings on the subject "absolutely essential".

from Reuters Investigates:

Diplomacy Inc

March 4, 2011

By Ben Berkovitz

Diplomacy is a complex thing, and it gets even more complicated when diplomats are trying to act as salesmen.

from FaithWorld:

U.S. eyes Egypt Islamists as extremist fears fester

February 13, 2011

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(An Egyptian flag with a peace sign at a rally in Trafalgar Square, in central London February 12, 2011/Luke MacGregor)

from FaithWorld:

Will Pew Muslim birth rate study finally silence the “Eurabia” claim?

January 27, 2011

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(Photo: Muslims who could not fit into a small Paris mosque pray in the street, a practice the French far-right has compared to the Nazi occupation, December 17, 2010/Charles Platiau)

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Cosmos and Cantona could take MLS to the next level

January 20, 2011

FRANCE/For all the progress made by Major League Soccer since it began in 1996, there is not one team in the league that can match the old New York Cosmos for name recognition – not globally and not in the United States.

from FaithWorld:

WikiLeaks bares even tiny Vatican’s diplomatic soul

December 11, 2010

vatican (Photo: Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica at left and the square Apostolic Palace -- home of the pope and many Vatican offices -- to the right and the long Vatican museum in the background, April 6, 2005/stringer)

The Vatican may be the world's smallest state but even its diplomatic soul has been laid bare by WikiLeaks cables covering everything from sex abuse and media blunders to old "technophobic" cardinals. Cables sent from the U.S. embassy to the Vatican to the State Department depict Pope Benedict as sometimes isolated as aides try to protect him from bad news, and say his number two is seen as a "yes man" with little credibility among diplomats.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

In FIFA, U.S. are no superpower

December 3, 2010

SOCCER/So it will be Qatar and not the United States who host the 2022 World Cup finals – a decision from FIFA’s executive committee that left many fans in the U.S. angry, dismayed and a little confused.

from Reuters Investigates:

America’s “Dreamless Dead”

October 22, 2010

Washington economics correspondent Emily Kaiser delves into plutonomies and what pollster John Zogby calls the "Dreamless Dead" for her special report on income inequality in the United States.