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The author wonders whether the European Union has set such difficult conditions for Turkey’s accession to the EU because they strongly oppose Turkish accession, but cannot reject Turkey outright.
President Jacques Chirac forewarns that Turkey’s rejection by Europe may cause it to move towards fundamentalism and fanaticism.
Ulfat Ja‘far argues that the US and other Western nations should examine their own school and university curricula concerning Islam, Muslims and Arabs, before trying to have school curricula, particularly theology and history, in Arab and Islamic countries modified.
British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw spent hours this week negotiating with Germany over the issue of Turkey’s accession to the European Union.
There is no indication on the ground that Turkey represents a bridge, since its relations with the Muslim world, namely its neighbors Iran, Iraq and Syria, are still at a low level, and moreover, Turkey plays a marginal role in the current Islamic culture and literature.
The writer interviewed the director of Goethe-Institute Aegypten, Heiko Sievers, and asked him about his future plan to promote cultural dialogue between Europe and Egypt and the Middle East in general.
The European Commission has urged the mass media not to promote terrorist activities. Other agreements were also made to make the funding of terrorist organizations more difficult.
U.S. policies, particularly after they were hijacked by extremists, have drawn many foes and wide-spread anger, to the degree that most Europeans, in a public opinion poll by the European Union (EU) in 2004, named the U.S. the second largest threat to world peace after Israel.
The assassination of Theo van Gogh resulted in a debate in Dutch media about the limits of the freedom of expression. Van Gogh himself specialized in offensive language against religion; his words were deliberately calculated to hurt people. Others, found van Gogh had gone too far, misused the...
In the talk on Islam’s image in Western discourse, there are two important points: the West is not the same and consequently its discourse is not the same. The second is that it is not sheer “theories” but rather an idea built throughout a history of violent East-West friction.


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