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3:45 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Listen: Breaking The Daily Fast During Ramadan in Louisville

Shaikh Kabir Helminski shares a song from the Sufism tradition of a Sema ceremony while Nicole Kowalczyk dances.
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Hundreds of people with a wide range of religious faiths gathered in a church gymnasium Wednesday night to break a daylong fast amid the holy month of Ramadan.

At exactly 9 p.m., the fast ended with a call to prayer. Next, they drank water, followed by dates, and then pita bread, salad and meat. For Muslims, it was their first bite of food since sunrise.

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6:41 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Paul Proposes Cutting Foreign Aid to Pakistan, Libya and Egypt

U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has proposed new amendments to strip foreign aid from Pakistan, Egypt and Libya, that would triple funding for a jobs bill for American veterans.

The proposal is in reaction to recent protests and attacks against American consulates and embassies in Libya and Egypt, including the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. It is also aimed at drawing attention t the continued imprisonment of Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden.

Total U.S. foreign aid to Pakistan, Libya and Egypt totals approximately $4 billion annually.

Paul's amendment will cut that aid and put an additional $2 billion toward a veterans jobs bill that is moving its way through the Senate. The remaining $2 billion would go to deficit reduction.
"I urge (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid to do the right thing for taxpayers and veterans: To send a message to countries that our aid can’t be taken for granted, and to stand up for our troops abroad now, and those who have returned home after serving," says Paul. "He can do all of this by allowing a vote on my amendment. My amendment would halt all foreign aid to Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya, and would use those funds to triple the size of the veterans jobs bill. The only thing now standing in the way of this is the Democratic Senate Leadership."

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2:22 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Paul Proposes Cutting Pakistan Aid to Help Release bin Laden Informant

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., plans to introduce legislation to cut all aid to Pakistan until the foreign country releases a physician who assisted the U.S. in killing Osama bin Laden.

According to reports, Dr. Shakil Afridi worked with U.S. intelligence officials to run a number of a fake hepatitis B vaccine programs in order to prove the terrorist leader lived in the Abbottabad compound.

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4:40 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Taliban: Weighing the Options With Ahmed Rashid

The final Kentucky Author Forum of the 2011-12 season took place on May 15, 2012 and featured journalist Ahmed Rashid, an authority on the Taliban, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Rashid is author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan. A leading journalist in Pakistan, Rashid draws on his keen knowledge of the region to explain what the future there may hold.

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