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"Generation Islam" - CNN Series

By August 13, 2009

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First, I noticed an article about Muslim teenagers using technology to connect with one another.  The next day, it was a headline about punk-rocker Muslims.  The day after that, an article about young Muslim women choosing to wear the hijab.  What was going on?  The CNN.com main website was suddenly carrying a series of positive, insightful, human-interest stories about young Muslims.

A closer look reveals that CNN is indeed promoting, front and center on the CNN.com website's main page, a series of special reports entitled "Generation Islam."  Led by Christiane Amanpour, CNN's reporting team has traveled the Muslim world to see life from a teenager's point of view.  The results are interesting and at times, unusual.  Who knew that a 2003 novel sparked a small "Muslim punk scene" in the U.S.?  Or that a young Muslim woman would face resentment from her own mother about her decision to wear the hijab?  This series gives insight into a wide range of Muslim youth experience.

Christiane Amanpour's 2-hour special report will air on CNN tonight (Thursday, 13 August) at 9pm EST.  CNN International viewers can watch Generation Islam on Friday at 21:00 CET.

August 14, 2009 at 11:35 am
(1) dabrack says:

Amanpour’s presentations are very interesting; and really good journalism. But she fails to note one important point when covering Islam and Muslim countries – as long as the general population supports or even tolerates the extremists they will be in great jeopardy from those extremists and from us. We are going to hunt the bad guys and kill everyone we can find, so the most dangerous place on earth is next to one. The locals need to understand that and either turn away from them or at a minimum move away from them.

August 16, 2009 at 1:11 am
(2) Salman says:

What exactly is the community (defined openly) doing for the future generation of Muslims. Let’s look right here in America. Only recently have organizations promoting education amongst Muslims in American popped up. One of the most exciting one seems to be Dollar-A-Day Scholarship Fund at http://www.muslimscholarship.org. With a focus of investing in Muslim students by providing scholarships in underrepresented fields of study, this organizations wishes to engage more and more Muslim American students in community and public service, civic engagement, and global leadership.

August 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm
(3) abu afak says:

Yes, Christaine… Radical Islam is the West’s Fault.
Especially Israel’s.
That’s right AHMANpoor.. There was no ‘Childrens Club’ Television show for a DOZEN years before Israel invaded Gaza last year!

The cause for terror is INDOCTRINATION, (and Islamism) not humiliation.

Further, your report unwittingly reveals the other major Islamic (and other ignorants/povgerty) problem… POPULATION::

“The mother of 9 in Gaza”! LOL

What do they plan to do for a living except be UNemployed.. or immigrate to a country stupid enough to take them?

August 18, 2009 at 7:04 am
(4) Same Bipeds from Tree to Galaxy says:

When the father with his child were walking on the street, he wants to teach his child.
Father: look at this cat, “she!” has four legs.
Kid: No
Father: what?
Kid: “He” has two hands, and two legs!.

This is with the good will and the same materialist observation, we are in face of two opinions.

With some complication as in the subject of Islam, where other factors can interfere: as ideology, idiocito-phobio-logy, archaic mediaeval reflexes, also the syndrome of predator-prey…

You could imagine how is grandiose the “bipenne” though of the bipeds.

What we can do? In my opinion we need more communication, and more contact each other. In distinguishing the myth from reality, and avoiding the mistakes. The more important what reality and future we need to construct for us and for the future generations.

August 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm
(5) Ahmed Muhammad says:

A sad day for reporting; I was very disappointed. CNN that was junk culture.

August 20, 2009 at 10:10 pm
(6) Shari says:

Yes, abu afak, it’s all the West’s fault. Those Western countries created the twisted form of Islam that the terrorist follow, they *forced* the indoctrination of people (including children), they *made* the terrorists go and kill innocent people.

I’m being sarcastic, of course.

The notion that the West is at fault is ridiculous. It’s a way of not taking responsibility and instead blame someone else. You don’t *have* to kill people for your religion. You don’t *have* to teach kids to hate and to kill. The people there *choose* to do so, not because of the West, but because of perpetuation and support of warped people and ideas.

August 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm
(7) A Direct Communication In family says:

If you see a happy man running with torse nude in the street. Then you could conclude that his lady is in his steps with flowers in her right hand and their baby in the left one. Because he spent all his salary in the first day.
Good Ramadan for all.

August 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm
(8) Michelle says:

Why are you guys all mocking this information? Doesnt everyone have a right to an opinion?
I live here in the “west” ie. canada, and i for one believe that Radical islam is Isreal’s fault, as it is our fault and the fault of the great united states of america (of that great part was a joke)
Im catholic and i agree that we could share fault.
Of course no one “has to” kill anyone for their religion… but I’m here to tell you, that if an israeli tank or a us tank rolled up on my town, bulldozing my house and land and all of my belongings in a sole effort to gain my land, just so they can turn around and say it was theirs in the first place when i know for a fact that my grandparents, great grandparents, great great grandparents, great great great grandparents great great great great grandparents owned that same land before i was even a twinkle in my fathers eye so there is no possible truth to the argument they owned it in the first place, then shooting and bombing (with phospherous and depleated uranium)everyone i’ve ever known, including my grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, cousins, godmothers and godfathers, friends, acquaintances, and even foes, all the while that same country continues to limit food and medicine and all basic human needs such as bandaids, pads/tampons, or soap as they have been for the last 60 years in an effort to extinguish my people and my faith, i can stand up tall and truthfully tell you 150 % that i would surely at least think about picking up any weapon i could find (stick, rock, machete, ak-47, uzi, whatever i could find) and walking through the now criminally overtaken area that used to be my land, shooting and blowing up (john freaking mcClane style.. ie the guy from die hard for those of you who dont know who that is) everything that used to be mine and everything my family has worked for decades for, and as soon as i made sure everyone on that lot was dead i would take my bulldozed house and my land back and i would put up a trench around it and hopefully injure or kill anyone that dared cross my trench. i cant say that i would ever do anything this extreme, and in my mind i dont believe i would but i cant say i wouldnt either if the situation provoked me. i cant say either way because i’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in a country that exists hundreds of years after the natives were slaughtered, women raped, and their land taken, so i have the so-called god given right to free speech and free education and free healthcare, or at least available healthcare, available medication, my children can walk somewhat safely down the street to school and dont have to worry about crossing by invading tanks and militia, worrying if their little bodies will make it through the day.
I am so lucky no one blows up my childrens daycare or my childrens hostipals (like isreal and the us have done to some places previously) i thank god every for letting me be born into this wonderful country, and not in iraq, for example, where something like 1 in 5 babies is born with a birth defect as a result of the uranium we blasted into their water, their soil and coutryside. and we have the nerve to sit back and say they are at fault and wash our hands of the whole thing? OH MY GOD what is this world coming to? God, please help us all.

August 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm
(9) Michelle says:

elfraed, What exactly do you belive the western civilization stands for? Feree speech? ok… sometimes, but just because the government tolerates free speech doesnt mean anyone around you would… and furthermore, i would sometimes rather live in an environment where 8 year old girls dont wear higheels, “booty” shorts and makeup everyday…and us, as western parents allow this behavior… we are turning our kids into freaks, murderers and skanks to put it bluntly.
at least some parts of the world let their kids grow up and enjoy their childhood as children without having to take care of their alcoholic drug addict parents who never loved them or cared about their well being since the day of birth.
now i’m not saying this is who you are, or who i am, but if you look closely around you, deep into the culture you love so luch you will find very frequent examples of such parents and such children.

August 28, 2009 at 8:39 pm
(10) amariyh says:

well well well blame it on the muslims blame it on the christians and all of the other religions…i dont think so..are kids run around being disrespectful,loud,sexing each other,alcohol,gangs,molesting,kiddnapping,and shooting each other.need i say more have you just sat down outside or walked around just looking and listening to everybody out here in the world? think about look at it touch it feel it absorbe itlisten to it.. all of the signs of the devil the devil the devil..kids out there are wearing booty shorts,cussing out parents,disrespecting everyone,gangs are killing people,child molesters are sexing our kids everyday,home envations,rapist is doing it everyday, war is like the pleg around the world,lieing,cheating, cussing,drug users, cocaine,herion,meth,marajuana,alcohol,white people did this, black people did this,muslim did this,slavery did this,catholic did this and that this and that…..this world plays the blame game..every religion, every culture,and every country is at fault for all of this ….it is hard reading this huh? you want to know why you are starting to think? because the truth is in your own back yard and we the people and we the world is all at fault and if you dont see that then i will pray for you..stop blaming and make this world a better place..better yet just change yourself that is a start…thank you

August 29, 2009 at 8:09 am
(11) Dolce Canada says:

E=(M* C^2)*(M1*P)

E : energy ; M: Mass Media
C : celerity of the information, we are in a village.
M1 : most money (Baron)

P : is a factors of correction :
pressure and penible(journalist)
popcorn and pass time(telespectator), P: Palestine!

December 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm
(12) michelle - again! says:

So i looked into the link to the charity mentioned above in the article…”http://www.muslimscholarship.org. ” and i also cross referenced this organization against the Uinited States’ BLACKLIST and guess what? ITS ON THERE!!! Ie… you cannot donate to this organization wihtout your government (if you live in teh US, which i dont, thank god) calling you a terrorist… these people should really research before they publish… but i figured this organization woudl be on the list, since every muslim organization is on there. You can donate to Isreal in any fashion, but if you try to donate, even to a muslim childrens hospital your US gov’t will call you a terrorist.
Which seems funny to me since they are the ones causing terror.

December 10, 2009 at 10:13 am
(13) islam says:

Michelle, which list did you check? The U.S. Treasury Department publishes its list of “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” at this website: http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/sdn/. The “Dollar-A-Day Scholarship Fund, Inc.” (D.A.D.) which runs the Muslim scholarships & website mentioned in the CNN article is NOT on that list. The D.A.D. is recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, with the EIN 36-4622201.

December 31, 2009 at 4:56 pm
(14) (the real) michelle says:

Umm… well that wasnt really me… it could have been another Michelle, but i’ve had a few people on other forums post like they are me. i do have the list, but its old and i woudl never quote anything from it.. though it does seem like there are about 500% more israeli organizations that the government will allow donations to be made to then there are muslim ones… either way, i just wanted to state that was not my comment above… i’d say sorry but its not my appology to give.

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