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Hearts, Minds and Dollars: In an Unseen Front in the War on Terrorism, America is Spending Millions...To Change the Very Face of IslamThis investigation revealed that the Bush Administration has approved a classified strategy to influence the future of Islam, and that conflicts within the Muslim faith are now considered a matter of "national security" to the United States. In at least two dozen countries, the U.S. government is funding Muslim imams, Islamic radio and TV shows, Muslim think tanks, political workshops and other programs that promote moderate Islam ideas.
Columbus Monthly reports on the growing Somali diaspora and reveals that Columbus has become their "capital-in-exile." The story finds that "unlike other American municipalities that have found themselves inundated with Somali refugees, Columbus officials have responded to the challenge of assimilating new Somali population." The report describes Somalis as devout Muslims and sheds light on the shock and disillusionment they experience, when they leave a culture of modesty "for a rich American city like Columbus, where materialism reigns supreme..." The story also reveals that Somalis face "difficult encounters" with black Americans - opposite to their expectations - because of language and religion differences.
The story of David Belfield, AKA Dauod Salahuddin, showed that in the late 1970's and throughout the early 1980's the government of Iran recruited disaffected American blacks to commit terrorist acts throughout the United States in the name of Islam. It was a well-organized, well-financed, and intricately planned plot to commit murders, bank robberies, arsons, burglaries and acts of political terrorism. All of the recruits were found in either mosques or prisons in the United States, paid in cash, and given elaborate escape plans and passports to Islamic countries. (January 19, 1996)
This story centers around a new Islamic advocacy organization in Washington called the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and its executive director, Nihad Awad. CAIR - which has ties to the Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas - recently blamed a PBS documentary entitled Jihad in American for vandalism attacks against a pair of mosques. The story shows these charges likely to be false. It also explores Awad's current campaign to make CAIR a major player among Muslim advocacy groups. In fact, as the story finds, Awad was one of three Arab-American leaders who recently met in the White House with Martin Indyk, President Clinton's top Middle East adviser on the National Security Council. (December 22, 1994)