October 2010

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ICF Issues Letter to Thai Prime Minister: Do Not Repatriate Burmese Refugees!
Interfaith Cooperation Forum
During a speech in September in New York, Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya stated that, upon his return to Bangkok, he would “launch a more comprehensive program for the Myanmar (Burmese) people in the camps, the displaced persons, the intellectuals that run around the streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai Province, to prepare them to return to Myanmar (Burma) after the elections” on Nov. 7 in Burma. Although the Thai government later reversed this decision, ICF distributed a letter on Oct. 14 to its School of Peace (SOP) alumni and encouraged them to send it to Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. [Read the letter]

Indonesians Fighting Terror through Comics
Tasa Nugraza Barley
A group in Indonesia is using a favorite medium of young people to explain the teachings of Islam to them based on the 2002 Bali bombing and interviews with people whose lives were involved in this tragic event. [Read more]

‘Guilty until Proven Innocent’ in the Philippines
Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie
A Muslim human rights defender facing what he believes are fabricated charges provides a first-person account of why he has chosen to go into hiding for the past year instead of face the Philippine judicial system in his province of Sulu. [Read more]

Imam from Qom Stresses Unity of All Faiths
Mohammad Ali Shomali
The author, a scholar from Iran, describes Islam’s contribution to the conception of the uniformity of faith of the world’s monotheistic religions. He stresses the responsibility of people of all monotheistic faiths to use their divine revelations that in their essence are identical as bridges for building deeper understanding of one another. [Read more]

Tourism—One Practical Advantage of an Israeli-Palestinian Settlement
Marc Gopin
The author asks the reader to use their minds to imagine other possibilities for reality in Israel and Palestine today beyond the current conflict. From this new reality in which all parties to the conflict set aside their wounds of the past and relate to each other with respect, he explains how tourism involving many people of different faiths would be a beneficiary of peace in the Middle East. [Read more]