Re: your quote in the 12/30 issue: “‘Wild For You‘ covers pop gems by the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and noted terrorist Cat Stevens.“
I suppose Ross Boissoneau considered that referring to Cat Stevens as a noted peace activist wouldnt have the same effect of grabbing the readers attention. Well, it worked! You got my attention Ross! Unfortunately, what you may not have considered is that you might get the attention of Stevens legal counsel as well. Because, even if the comment was written in jest, I think Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam (not Youssouf Islam as was the spelling of the name on the no-fly list that prompted Homeland Security to remove the former pop-star from the Washington-bound flight in the first place), might consider it libelous. At least two British papers (The Sun and The Sunday Times) have printed apologies and retractions for reports alleging that Islam was involved with and/or supported terrorist activities.
For the record, on the Larry King show, when asked about the possibility that funds from his charity may have gotten into the hands of terrorist organizations, Islam said: Were looking for support. So those kind of things were very careful about. What happens sometimes -- even the Red Cross, UNICEF, the World Bank, must have been party to something illicit, but it never knew about it. Its impossible for certain things, I suppose, not to happen, but thats when youre in the business of giving charity you cant let that be a hindrance to making sure -- trying to make sure that the people who do need it get it. (quote taken from the official Larry King Live CNN.com transcript Oct 7, 2004)
Islam was awarded the Man for Peace Award by the Gorbachev Foundation in November for his dedication to promoting peace and condemning terrorism and for the work of his charity Small Kindness which provides emergency aid and humanitarian relief in countries including Bosnia, Kosova, Albania and Iraq that have been or continue to be affected by war, poverty and natural disasters.
Need I mention he donated the royalties of his four CD boxed set release to the 9/11 Fund? His efforts to educate Muslim children, especially girls? That he opened a medical centre in Johannesburg, South Africa for AIDS patients? Or that the royalties from his current release in the UK (a cover of his ‘70s song “Father and Son,“ recorded by Ronan Keating and featuring Islam) are going to charity as well.
Noted terrorist? You may want to prepare a retraction.
S. Boyd Hamilton, Ontario Canada
Adjust your attitude
Wow, what a letter (re: Dear President Bush, political ad, 12/23). The first thought that came to mind was that a very sore loser must have written this letter; I just shook my head in disbelief.
Who are these self-appointed guardians from northern Michigan who will be watching the president? This watching appears to be nothing but a threat, a threat from people who supposedly are caring individuals concerned about important issues. It is time to put away the condescending attitude of self-righteousness and come together to address these important issues.
James Press via email
How You Can Help
Donations are desperately needed for the millions of people affected by last weeks tsunami in Asia. Following are a few reputable relief agencies. For a more complete list, check out the USAID site at www.usaid.gov.
(Salvation Army World Service Office)
South Asia Relief Fund
615 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA, 22313
Asian Earthquake Fund
PO Box 1211
Albert Lea, MN
US Fund for UNICEF
General Emergency Fund
333 E. 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
P.O. Box 70288