UZBEKISTAN: AUTHORITIES BLOCK ACCESS TO "UNDESIRABLE" ISLAMIC SITE
Last week several news sites focusing onCentral Asia including Norway-based Forum18 news service and RFE/RL reported that Uzbek National Security Service (SNB, former KGB) has barred access to two more foreign-based websites that carry news on religious and political developments inUzbekistan: Muslim Uzbekistan (www.muslimuzbekistan.com
) and CentrAsia.Ru (www.centrasia.ru
Another report nearly concerning this occurrence was also reported last week by Ivan Murav'ev, journalist of Russian "VremyaMN". His report said that employees of SNB have carried out explanatory conversations with a management of the state organizations, commercial and bank structures, local newspapers, radio and TV and strongly recommended to refrain from visiting "undesirable" sites where, in opinion of local security officers, "non-objective" information about events in Uzbekistan is published.
Taken From: http://www.muslimuzbekistan.com/eng/ennews/2003/06/ennews25062003_1.htmlUSA: Muslims pleased with judgment, CAIR Washington,
A statement by the Washington-based Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has disclosed that the Muslims of Florida State, in the United States, are gratified by the judgment issued one of the courts in the state, in which the maximum penalty has been imposed on the terrorist Robert Goldstein, who had been planning bomb attacks on a number of Islamic centers and other Islamic establishments in the state. The accused, Robert Goldstein, 38 and professes the Jewish faith, had confessed that last April he was, indeed, planning such attacks, and added that he wanted to revenge the September 11 attacks. He wife, who also had participated in the proposed crime, was sentences to three years in jail. Last week, a judge in a Florida court had sentenced Goldstein to 12 and a half years of imprisonment.
Taken From: http://www.islamicnews.org/english/en_daily.html Baghdad,
An agreement was signed at the headquarters of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society between the UAE Red Crescent Society and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), under which the latter would help in building the Rashidiye Health Center in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. An official of the ICRC said that the center would cost around half a million Dirhams to build, and is part of the numerous health projects that have been espoused by the UAE Red Crescent Society, in a number of areas in Iraq. The ICRC intends to build or rebuild at least 45 health centers, out of the 200 that had been affected by the recent events in this country.