March 2006

WASHINGTON (CNN) — American hostage Jill Carroll, the freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Baghdad in January, has been released unharmed, U.S. law enforcement officials and The Christian Science Monitor said Thursday.

“This is a wonderful day,” said David Cook, Washington bureau chief of the Monitor, the paper for which the reporter was freelancing. Carroll, 28, called her father, Jim, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to let him know she was safe, the officials and newspaper said. (
Watch details on Carroll’s release as she makes it into ‘safe hands’ — 1:05)

A security source in Baghdad also said Carroll was “in safe hands” and “has spoken to her parents.”READ MORE AT: The Full Story:

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By: Jennifer (Sumayah) Fayed

Hijab is the easiest decision that I made in Islam next to my conversion. I thought that starting to wear the headscarf would be difficult… (more…)

Launch of Women’s History Month Draws Over 400 Muslim Women Activists

By: Aishah Schwartz and Jennifer (Sumayah) Fayed

BRUSSELS, March 8, 2006 – More than 400 Muslim women activists convened in Brussels on Sunday for the first European Forum of Muslim Women (EFOMW) summit. The EFOMW, a registered NGO based in Brussels, is dedicated to defending the rights of Muslim women in Europe. The organization’s first summit happens to coincide with March being International Women’s History Month… (more…)

WASHINGTON, 1 March 2006 — The US government has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian who was among dozens of Muslims detained after the Sept. 11 attacks, held for months and deported, The New York Times reported yesterday.The settlement is the first the government has made in a number of suits saying that non-citizens were abused and their constitutional rights violated after the attacks.

Lawyers representing both Ehab Elmaghraby, an Egyptian who lived in the United States for 13 years and ran a restaurant in Manhattan, and Javaid Iqbal, a Pakistani, who is still pursuing the suit, described the outcome as significant.
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