In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW WRITERS SYNDICATE OFFERS MUSLIM VIEW OF ISSUES
(WASHINGTON, DC, 9/16/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today launched its new
"Independent Writers Syndicate" designed to offer a Muslim perspective on
current political, social and religious issues. The service will distribute
original commentaries to newspapers and web sites throughout North America.
"For too long, the Muslim viewpoint has been largely missing from opinion
and editorial pages in North America. This new service is designed to help
refute the claim that this imbalance is due to a lack of usable
submissions," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
During an initial trial period, the commentaries (and later political
cartoons) will be offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each market
area. Permissions for publication will be granted on a
first-come-first-served basis. (Contact the individuals listed below to
receive columns distributed by the syndicate or to have your commentaries
considered for distribution.)
Opinion page editors may also request columns on specific topics.
There are an estimated seven million Muslims in the United States and some
600,000 in Canada. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in this
country and worldwide.
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STORE OWNER KILLED IN SPREE
Was racially motivated, brother says
By Sarah Anchors, The Arizona Republic, 9/16/2001
A gunman shot at two Mesa gas stations and a house Saturday afternoon,
killing the owner of one of the stores, police said.
No one was injured in the last two shootings, and police say they don't
have a motive for the attacks. But the family of Balbir Singh Sodhi, 49,
the victim of the first shooting, believes he was killed because he looked