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New Name, Same Old Focus for Islamic Bloc
by Patrick Goodenough
The bloc of mostly Muslim-majority states has a new name and logo but, despite the momentous upheavals across the Arab world, "Palestine" and religious "defamation" continue to top its agenda.
Meeting in Kazakhstan this week, foreign ministers of the 42 year-old Organization of the Islamic Conference endorsed a decision to change its name to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Also being dropped is the OIC logo featuring a red crescent and the words "Allahu Akhbar" (Allah is greater) in Arabic. In its place is a green crescent, a globe, and a representation of the Ka'aba – the cube-shaped structure in Mecca which Islam says was built by Abraham and Muslims revere as their religion's most sacred site.
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