~CGNews Community Corner~ Laziness has led to sectarian framing of Syria’s conflict; Superficial coverage of UK attacks is harmful

by the CGNews Team
11 June 2013
Is the paradigm of sectarianism in Syria being used by the West out of laziness? Ali Malek, a journalist, author and civil rights lawyer, looks at the role interfaith relations plays in the Syrian conflict in the New York Times.

Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, John Esposito challenges the narratives used by Tony Blair and other politicians following recent Woolwich attacks. Read his thoughts in The Washington Post.

Bosnian Muslim Senad Hadzic has been walking to Mecca for over a year now, hoping to make it in time for the annual 2013 pilgrimage. “To be honest, before I started on this trip, everybody was frightened for me, asking how will I, as a Muslim, be able to travel though Christian countries like Serbia and Bulgaria,” he told PRI’s The World. Read his story to find out what happened.

A Texan man apologizes for calling in a bomb threat on a Tennessee mosque. “The apology is very well accepted and he is very much forgiven,” said Essam Fathy, chairman of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, to USA Today.

Ayad Akhtar, an American playwright, was awarded the Pulitzer drama prize for his play about Muslim identity and radical Islam in America - on the day of the Boston bombings. Channel4News interviews Akhtar on the daily clash Muslim Westerners face.

Saba, a painter in Raleigh, North Carolina, has created a gallery of paintings breaking down boundaries of race and gender. Watch Grand Theory Filmmakers’ audio-visual feature showcasing Saba’s larger-than-life work on Muslim women here.

A group of Palestinian and Israeli businessmen have “defied the antagonism supposedly dividing their communities,” and met at the World Economic Forum in Jordan to appeal to their governments to “get out of the current political rut, and make real steps towards a two-state solution.” Watch the JewishNewsOne broadcast.

A Muslim bagel shop owner in Boston donated 100 percent of his store profits from the day of the Boston Marathon attacks until the day the last victim was released from the hospital, 50 days later. “If I stay quiet about it then I am giving these terrorists a chance to hijack my religion,” said Ehab Sadeeq in The Huffington Post.

Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 11 June 2013, www.commongroundnews.org
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