Friday, May 30, 2008

100,000 US Muslims Engage in Polygamy

Atlas Shrugs - Seems to me law enforcement pursues various polygamy sects except Islamic multiple marriage . A hands off policy is permission to continue. A hands off policy is submission.
NPR won't reveal the last names of those interviewed. Why is NPR protecting these bigamists and more to the point, if NPR can find them, why can't law enforcement?

Ahmadinejad Faces Rival

"A powerful rival to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became speaker of Iran's parliament today, clearing the way for a potential challenge against the hard-line head of state ahead of 2009 presidential elections," The Los Angeles Times reports. "Ali Larijani, Iran's former chief nuclear negotiator and a prominent conservative, won 232 out of 263 votes cast to attain the powerful and high-profile speaker's seat." More...

Missile-related Shipment to Syria Stopped, U.S. Says

Four countries last year prevented Syria from receiving equipment that could be used to test ballistic missile components, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.
U.S. national security adviser Stephen Hadley described the previously undisclosed incident in a speech to members of the Proliferation Security Initiative, a network of countries that seeks to stop illicit weapons of mass destruction shipments.
The Bush administration has portrayed the PSI effort, which was launched five years ago and has more than 90 nations as members, as a significant success in its drive to prevent biological, chemical or nuclear terrorism.
Analysts say it is hard to judge its effectiveness because members are reluctant to disclose successes to avoid betraying sources that provide intelligence needed to stop shipments.
"One example of its success occurred in February 2007, when four nations represented in this room worked together to interdict equipment bound for Syria -- equipment that could have been used to test ballistic missile components," Hadley said at a conference to mark PSI's fifth anniversary.
"Interdictions like this one have been successful all over the world -- and have stopped many shipments of sensitive materials destined for Iran, North Korea, and Syria," he said, providing no further details. More...
Senior British police chief says political leaders should consider negotiations with al-Qaida

Mahdi Army punishes alcohol sellers in Iraq

Thursday, May 29, 2008

First documentary evidence Iran is into nuclear explosives, missile warhead design

The International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna based its new and damning findings partly on 18 intelligence documents submitted by the United States, and now accuse Tehran of willful lack of cooperation. Iran dismissed the documents as forged or fabricated.
DEBKAfile reports that the documents came from materials contained in a laptop stolen from one of the heads of Iran’s nuclear program in Tehran in late 2006 by Iranian dissidents. It was passed to the CIA. Despite this evidence of an ongoing nuclear weapons program, sixteen US intelligence agencies, including the CIA, combined last year to announce this program was suspended in 2003.
Even the nuclear watchdog’s director Mohammed ElBaradei, who often meets the Iranians halfway, has concluded that Iran’s nuclear activities are of “serious concern” and require “substantial explanations.” which Tehran has refused to offer.
His latest report describes Iran’s installation of new IR-2 and IR-3 centrifuges for enriching uranium at the Natanz site as “significant” yet not communicated to his agency. IAEA inspectors on a visit in April were denied access to the sites where the centrifuges are manufactured and the scientists involved. Some, the report states, were produced by Iran’s “military” (a reference to the Revolutionary Guards corps which is in charge of Iran’s nuclear weapons industry).
An official connected to the watchdog disclosed that since December, the Iranians have processed close to 150 kilograms, double the amount produced in the same period 18 months ago.
The watchdog director’s report was released Monday, May 26, to the IAEA’s 35-member board of directors and the UN Security Council, and will be discussed by the board next week.

Matchboxes with $5m Osama bounty message circulating in Peshawar

“Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, if you have any information about Osama Bin Laden,” says the text written in Urdu on one side of the matchbox containing 30 sticks. Postal and email addresses for sharing of information with the US government have also been given on the other side of the matchbox, which also mentions the web-site for further information.The inside text states Bin Laden is wanted by the US government on charges of killing 220 innocent citizens in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998. It further says that the US government will pay up to $5 million for any information leading to the arrest of Bin Laden in any country or help prove the charges levelled against him. The statement says the informer’s name will be kept secret, and ‘possible’ relocation to another place.Previously, leaflets were distributed in the Tribal Areas and t-shirts carrying Bin Laden’s photos were also introduced in Peshawar to encourage people to provide information about the Al Qaeda chief.

Bin Laden said to be in Chitral

Via Daily Times

Church of England: UK will be "Islamic nation" in 2038

The progress of conservative Islam in the UK has been amazing, and it has come at a time of prolonged decline in church attendance that seems likely to continue.
This progress has been enthusiastically assisted by this government in particular with its hard-line multi-cultural dogma and willingness to concede to virtually every demand made by Muslims. (...) At all levels of national life Islam has gained state funding, protection from any criticism, and the insertion of advisors and experts in government departs national and local. A Muslim Home Office adviser, for example, was responsible for Baroness Scotland’s aborting of the legislation against honour killings, arguing that informal methods would be better. In the police we hear of girls under police protection having the addresses of their safe houses disclosed to their parents by Muslim officers who think they are doing their religious duty. (...) The point is that Islam is being institutionalised, incarnated, into national structures amazingly fast, at the same time as demography is showing very high birthrates. More...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Iraq: Al-Qaeda releases video of teenage terror cell

The Islamic State of Iraq, the umbrella name adopted by al-Qaeda groups in the country, has released the first video of the group's new teenage terror cell for those under 16 years of age. The video of the terror cell known as "Youths of Heaven" is produced by al-Furqan, the media production arm of the Islamic State of Iraq. The video was aired for the first time on Tuesday on the Arabic satellite television channel Al-Arabiya. It shows a group of young aspiring suicide bombers brandishing Kalashnikovs and promising to blow themselves up against "the crusaders and apostates." More...

Jury convicts Iranian engineer of accessing computer to use software from US nuclear plant

An engineer from Iran was convicted Tuesday of illegally accessing a protected computer in the United States to use training software he obtained at a former job at a nuclear power plant in Arizona.
The jury deadlocked on two other counts against Mohammad Reza Alavi: stealing protected software and illegally exporting the software in violation of the U.S. trade embargo with Iran. A retrial was set for Aug. 1.
Defense attorney David Laufman said he plans to file a motion asking U.S. District Judge Neil Wake to overturn the guilty verdict.
"The government failed to meet its burden of proof on the main charges in this case," Laufman said.
Alavi, 50, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Iran, ran afoul of the law in 2006, prosecutors said. That is when he quit his job at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix and brought a laptop to Iran containing training software with design schematics and other details of the plant. More...

CIA Planning For Al Qaeda 'Succession Crisis'

CBS 2 - CIA Director Michael Hayden says there is "a big and continual push" to capture or kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but his demise won't end the organization's menace.The CIA is just as interested in those jockeying to replace bin Laden in what Hayden predicted will be a "succession crisis."His comments came in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press.A number of Egyptians are part of al Qaeda's top echelon and may struggle for power among themselves.Hayden says that despite al Qaeda's resilience, taking out bin Laden would be a psychological blow to the group behind the 9/11 attacks.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Iran 'paid Iraq insurgents to kill UK soldiers'

Hamas and Hizbullah Recruiting in Increasingly Islamist Turkey

Turkey, a vacation destination for many Israelis and the home of newly launched talks with Syria, is experiencing an upsurge in Islamist programs targeting Israel for destruction.
According to Turkish web site, radical Turkish Islamists have been organizing nightly programs in cities across Turkey under the slogan, “A free Al-Quds [the Muslim term for Jerusalem], A world without Israel.” The halls are decked out with photos of Hizbullah Chief Hassan Nasrallah and former Hamas Chief Ahmed Yassin. PLO flags are draped over the speaker's podium. More...

MI5 fears jihadis will use mentally ill as suicide bombers

Islamic terrorists may be targeting mentally disturbed or disabled people in Britain in a bid to form a new “brigade” of home-grown suicide bombers, security officials fear.
MI5 and police say the case of Nicky Reilly, who is being held over a nailbomb attack last week in Exeter, may indicate a new strategy of targeting vulnerable people with mental health problems to carry out attacks.
A counterterrorism official said MI5 was investigating the extent to which Reilly had been manipulated by a “charismatic” Al-Qaeda recruiter. More...

China/Russia: Focus On Pipelines During Medvedev Visit

High on Medvedev's agenda is the issue of how to expand pipeline links so that Russia can sell and export more oil to energy-hungry China.In the past, the two governments have discussed proposals to build new pipeline links -- including an extension of the eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil pipeline into China. More...

Ukraine: Kyiv Summit Seals Caspian Energy Project

Seven former Soviet-bloc countries, seeking to lessen dependence on Moscow's energy supplies and transport routes, have agreed to launch a joint project aimed at bypassing Russian territory to bring Caspian oil to European markets. More...

Somalia: UN monitors have accused Ugandan peacekeepers of selling arms to Muslim fighters.

Dutch town moves nudes after complaints... "not just Muslims"

A Dutch town hall has moved two paintings of nude women after complaints from citizens, including Muslims, stoking criticism that the Netherlands is curtailing artists' freedoms.The town of Huizen, east of Amsterdam, confirmed media reports on Thursday that it had moved two paintings of naked women by Dutch artist Ellen Vroegh from a waiting room in the town hall to a less public position nearby. "Visitors and some staff complained, not just Muslims, but others too," a town spokeswoman said. More...

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Pakistani Taliban seek sharia rule

Pakistani Taliban fighters have said that the success of a peace deal signed with the government in the northwestern area depends on the complete enforcement of Islamic law in the region.
The agreement, signed on Wednesday, ends months of fighting in the Swat valley between troops and fighters loyal to Maulana Fazlullah, a pro-Taliban commander.

The Pakistan government has agreed gradually topull out troops from the Swat valley. More...

Eccentric Gambian President Yahya Jammeh threatened to behead gays unless they left the country.

Malaysian PM puts muslim women in their place

A Malaysian MP told parliament that there would be fewer marital problems and a lower divorce rate if Muslim women were taught to accept polygamy, news reports said today.
Ibrahim Ali, an independent parliamentarian, proposed moves to address the issue in response to complaints that women were always blamed for marital issues.
“Such problems happen because women cannot accept polygamy. From a preventive point of view, what about doing a big campaign so that women can accept polygamy?” Ibrahim was quoted saying in the Star daily.
The ethnic Malay Muslim lawmaker said women who are pregnant or who have “problems” when they hit their 50s do not understand that men still want to “have fun”. More...

Friday, May 23, 2008

The muslimisation of british by-ways

Divorce -- Sharia Style

Frontpage interviews Janice Gotchet who has had to endure Islamic laws in her marriage to - and divorce from - a Muslim man.

I met my former husband, a Muslim, in California, while he was a student. We married in 1979, and eventually relocated permanently to Kuwait in 1984. More...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tube terror: A scene from Shoot On Sight, a fictionalised account of the killing of an innocent young Muslim by the Metropolitan Police
The real incident killed 52 people as well as the four bombers. Innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police in a later incident.
But Lisa Cassidy, 28, of Finsbury Park, whose 22-year-old brother Ciaran died at Russell Square, condemned the project.
"Are we going to get to see this beforehand? We want to know exactly what this film is about and what they are portraying. I think it is completely insensitive to release it on July 7 - they are just trying to make money and raise publicity." More...

Success in Iraq

Do we still have troops in Iraq? Is there still a conflict over there? If you rely on the so-called mainstream media, you may have difficulty answering those questions these days. As Iraqi and Coalition forces pile up one success after another, Iraq has magically vanished from the headlines. Want a real "inconvenient truth?" Progress in Iraq is powerful and accelerating.
But that fact isn't helpful to elite media commissars and cadres determined to decide the presidential race over our heads. How dare our troops win? Even worse, Iraqi troops are winning. Daily. You won't see that above the fold in The New York Times. And forget the Obama-intoxicated news networks - they've adopted his story line that the clock stopped back in 2003.
To be fair to the quit-Iraq-and-save-the-terrorists media, they have covered a few recent stories from Iraq:
* When a rogue US soldier used a Koran for target practice, journalists pulled out all the stops to turn it into "Abu Ghraib, The Sequel."
Unforgivably, the Army handled the situation well. The "atrocity" didn't get the traction the whorespondents hoped for.

Baha'i Leaders Jailed in Iran

The Islamic government of Iran jailed six top Baha'i religious leaders last week, contrary to the advertised philosophy of the religion of peace and tolerance.
Iranian intelligence agents searched the homes of the six on Wednesday and then whisked them away, according to the Baha'i's World News Service. The report said the six are in Evin prison and that the arrests follow the detention in March of another Baha'i leader. More...
The Taliban Leadership, one by one.

Faces of Soldiers - Air Assault, Kandahar, Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

India: At Friday prayers, imams to slam terror

The Movement Against Terrorism (MAT), a new front of moderate clerics, will exhort imams at mosques across north India to use the Friday prayer to speak out against the murderous Islamic groups. It also attempts to answer the oft-heard criticism that Muslim clerics, even the more moderate ones, aren’t seen as doing enough to condemn terrorism. More...
Boy, 12, Beheads Man In Al Qaeda Video

Losing Pakistan?

Saifullah Khan Mahsud, a Research Analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore:

To the dismay of the powerful and fiercely independent Pushtun tribes inhabiting the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan has deployed more than a 100,000 soldiers in the region and in the event it has jeopardized the security that it enjoyed on its western borders with Afghanistan. It has lost more than a thousand of its best soldiers fighting these elements, it has faced and continues to face numerous terrorist strikes in the shape of suicide attacks and bombings in the country and moreover, its extensive ongoing ground operations against the extremist elements in the Swat Valley have proved largely successful.


CF dawn raid on a Taliban compoud, video by Scott Kesterson

France admits ambassador held talks with Hamas

Gulf News - France said on Monday it had held talks with Hamas, in an apparent softening of its support for the US-led policy of isolating the Palestinian Islamist group. Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner confirmed a report in the French daily Le Figaro quoting a retired ambassador who it said had met senior Hamas officials last month. "It would be difficult to deny it since the man who is in touch with them has spoken," Kouchner told Europe 1 radio. Kouchner played down the talks between France and Hamas. "They are not relations. They are contacts," he said. "Having contacts is necessary. We had some before the invasion [takeover by Hamas] of Gaza," he said.

Egypt police shoot Sudanese migrant at Israel border

Gulf News - Egyptian police shot and wounded a Sudanese man to prevent him from crossing the border illegally to Israel from the Sinai peninsula on Monday, a security official said.
The official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters police opened fire on the 24-year-old after he refused to comply with orders to stop. He was shot in the head.
The official said another Sudanese man, a 29-year-old, was injured in a separate incident after he cut himself while trying to cross barbed wire on the border.
Egyptian police have killed 12 migrants this year who were trying to get into the Jewish state.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

U.S. Detains About 500 'Enemy Combatant' Children in Iraq, 10 in Afghanistan

A total of 2,500 youths under the age of 18 have been detained, almost all in Iraq, for periods up to a year or more in President George W. Bush's anti-terrorism campaign since 2002, the United States reported last week to the U.N.'s Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Civil liberties groups such as the International Justice Network and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) denounced the detentions as abhorrent, and a violation of U.S. treaty obligations.
"The juveniles that the United States has detained have been captured engaging in anti-coalition activity, such as planting Improvised Explosive Devices, operating as lookouts for insurgents, or actively engaged in fighting against U.S. and Coalition forces," the U.S. report said. More...

South African Mobs Massacre Zimbabwean Immigrants

New PA Demand: 'We Want an Army'

Palestinian Authority chief negotiator and former Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia has reportedly added a new demand to the long list being negotiated in final status talks with Israel: the PA, he says, will also require an army to defend the new Arab state.
A senior PA official confirmed that the issue was raised in talks at least a week ago, according to the Hebrew newspaper Yediot Aharonot. "At the meeting in question, we raised the demand for a regular army, meant to defend the independent state," a source clarified.
This comes in direct violation of all previous agreements stipulating that any PA state would be a demilitarized entity. More...

US denies report on plan to attack Iran

The White House on Tuesday flatly denied an Army Radio report that claimed US President George W. Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term. It said that while the military option had not been taken off the table, the Administration preferred to resolve concerns about Iran's push for a nuclear weapon "through peaceful diplomatic means."
Army Radio had quoted a top official in Jerusalem claiming that a senior member in the entourage of President Bush, who concluded a trip to Israel last week, had said in a closed meeting here that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were of the opinion that military action against Iran was called for. More...

Monday, May 19, 2008

Video: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The Hidden Imam Manages All the Affairs of the World.

Obama Hangs With Hezbollah's Iranian Agent Imam

Debbie Schlussel - Barack Obama claims he's against HAMAS and Hezbollah and is offended by President Bush's speech in Israel about Obama's ethos of "appeasement." So why is he meeting with one of Hezbollah's most important imams and agents in America, Imam Hassan Qazwini? And why is this open anti-Semite and supporter of Israel's annihilation getting to discuss "the Arab-Israeli conflict" in a private one-on-one meeting with Obama? What was said? I think we can do the math. More...

Klein, a Jewish reporter, confronts terrorists whose stated goal is the annihilation of the United States and Israel, and narrates his interviews from the unique perspective of a Jew meeting with his enemy. More...

Syrian Daily: The Poisonous Mushroom That Is Israel Will Sooner Or Later Be Uprooted

The Memri Blog - In an editorial by editor Isam Dari, the Syrian government daily Teshreen criticized the world leaders who attended Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations.
Dari added that the Crusader experience had proved that those who owned the land and the rights "would sooner or later uproot the poisonous mushroom," which, he said, explained the fear dominating the Zionists and their attempts to persuade the world leaders that Israel is an existing fact even though that is not how things are.

David Horowitz - Party of Defeat

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Muslim threats force out disabled teacher with dog :Islamic students reportedly taunted 'unclean' animal

A Muslim high school student's intolerance for a service dog needed by a student teacher with a disability has reportedly prompted the student teacher to abandon the last 10 hours of his scheduled assignment at Technical High School in St. Cloud, Minn.
The St. Cloud Times online said the situation developed with student teacher Tyler Hurd, 23, of Mahtomedi, who hopes to teach special education.
He's a student at St. Cloud State University, and was assigned to Technical High School in the St. Cloud district for his 50 hours of student teaching, and took with him his service dog, Emmitt. More...

Kuwait goes to the polls

Reformists believe larger voting districts will make it harder for candidates to buy votes because they would have to pay a much larger number of people to get the necessary amount of votes. More...

Big Brother in France

Last week, the prefect of Indre-et-Loire (France), Paul Girod de Langlade was fined 2000 euros for "provoking racial discrimination". Yesterday, at the council of ministers, he was cashiered.His crime is having said, while speaking of "people in transit": "There are too many of them in the department. We have been too lax for too long. Everybody knows that when they arrive some place, they bring crime." More...

US House Approves $10 Million in Aid for Iraq's Christians

This is a tremendous victory for the advocacy efforts of the newly formed Chaldean Assyrian Syriac Council of America (CASCA). Representative Anna Eshoo, co-chair of the House Caucus said: "I'm pleased that the amendment contains $10 million for vulnerable Iraqi minorities. The needs of the Assyrians could not be greater…These families desperately need security, housing, jobs, schools and the chance to live in a sustainable community where they can openly practice their faith."
Representative Joe Knollenberg, Caucus Member and Member of the House Appropriations Committee said: "I am proud to have helped deliver this needed assistance to our friends in Iraq. Together with the Iraqi-American community, we're making an important difference in the lives of Iraqi minorities who need our help." More...

North Carolina Web Site Said to Be 'Gateway Drug' To Terror

When former Guantanamo inmate Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi blew up an Iraqi police station — and himself — in April, a U.S.-based Web site was quick to post a reaction.
"This is what you call a success story," Revolution.Muslimpad said of the homicide attack, which killed six. It described al-Ajmi as a hero, a "martyrdom bomber" who sacrificed "his life for the sake of Islam."
The site is believed to be the brainchild of a 22-year-old American Samir Khan of Charlotte, N.C. More...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Obama: Hamas and Hezbollah have “legitimate claims”

The U.S. needs a foreign policy that “looks at the root causes of problems and dangers.” Obama compared Hezbollah to Hamas. Both need to be compelled to understand that “they’re going down a blind alley with violence that weakens their legitimate claims.” He knows these movements aren’t going away anytime soon (”Those missiles aren’t going to dissolve”), but “if they decide to shift, we’re going to recognize that. That’s an evolution that should be recognized.”

Via Infidels are Cool

Prayer for the IDF Soldiers and Israel

A Terrorist Group with a YouTube Channel

At YouTube they remove anti-jihad videos at the merest whiff of protest from Muslims.
But they have no qualms about hosting a channel for Harkat Ul Mujahideen, a group that is listed by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization, with dozens of snuff films and jihad videos:

YouTube - HarkatulMujahideen’s Channel.

Via little green footballs

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Al-Qaeda ready to take over regime in Yemen if collapses

Yemen Online - A source close to Al-Qaeda said that Yemen’s al-Qaeda is closely monitoring the ongoing situations in Yemen and how this may lead to many repercussions including insecurity, monarchy and even collapsing of the current regime so that Mujaheeddin can take over. The source who talked over the phone said that there are plans and arrangements underway by Yemen’s al-Qaeda however; refused to give further details. The source indicated that the recent attacks that targeted U.S. and Italian embassies as well as other western interests in Sana’a were carried out by al-Qaeda. He denied that those attacks were a failure. “The attacks did not fail and they were messages meant to be sent to different parties and they were already delivered,” said the source.

Via Counterterrorism

Curfew lifted in Indian city a day after after bombings kill 80

IHT - One of the seven bombs that blasted this historic city ripped apart Sumana Khan's life, killing her mother and two aunts and leaving the 4-year-old girl with a broken arm, a fractured leg and shrapnel in her back.
Most of the bombs were placed in bags left on bicycles that police have traced to two shops in Jaipur's old city, said city Inspector General of Police Pankaj Singh.
Nearly a dozen people have been questioned. No arrests have been made, but police released a sketch of a man in his early 20s, believed to have bought the bikes.
The bombers may have been aiming "to create communal tension," said Vasundhara Raje, chief minister of Rajasthan state.

Afghan teacher killed after speech condemning suicide bombings

IHT - Abdul Hadi criticized such attacks as un-Islamic and un-Afghan during a speech Tuesday in the Archi district of Kunduz province, said Khair Mohammad Subat, the provincial education department director.
Hadi spoke at a gathering of about 700 people, including the Kunduz governor, and was on his way home when he was killed
In January, Education Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar said the number of students and teachers killed in Taliban attacks spiked in the past year in a campaign to close schools and force teenage boys to join the Islamic militia. According to UNICEF, there were 236 school-related attacks last year.
In central Logar province, meanwhile, education department director Kamaluddin Zadran said three girls schools have been set ablaze in the past three weeks.

Al-Qaeda is Dwindling in Afghanistan and Iraq

The most interesting discovery during a visit to Jalalabad, where Osama bin Laden planted his flag in 1996, is that Al-Qaeda seems to have all but disappeared. The group is on the run, too, in Iraq, and that raises some interesting questions about how to pursue this terrorist enemy in the future.
"Al-Qaeda is not a topic of conversation here," says Colonel Mark Johnstone, the deputy commander of Task Force Bayonet, which oversees four provinces surrounding Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Pete Benchoff agrees: "We're not seeing a lot of Al-Qaeda fighters. They've shifted here to facilitation and support." More...

Druze clerics pary over the coffins of two supporters of the Progressive Socialist Party during their funeral in Choueifat on May 13, 2008.

Via Now Lebanon

China eyes overseas land in food push

Chinese companies will be encouraged to buy farmland abroad, particularly in Africa and South America, to help guarantee food security under a plan being considered by Beijing. More...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Thousands of Muslims Convert to Christianity in Iraq

Taliban deliver silent death threats after midnight

Afghans call them 'night letters' -- notes scattered or pushed under doorways by Taliban militants in the dead of night, threatening villagers' lives if they cooperate with foreign forces and the government.
The notes are often poorly written but the message is clear -- have nothing to do with the foreign troops or serve in the government they back, otherwise, your business will be destroyed, your livestock snatched or your throat cut. More...

Algeria: The creation of new counterterrorism brigades to fight Al-Qaeda

These brigades will rely on information collected by creating intelligence, and emergency intervention brigades. Their agents will wear civil suits, and will be extended through the entire province in which they will serve.El Khabar source has linked the decision of stretching these investigation and research brigades, with a new institution to be established in the near future. This institution will be created at the aim of countering Al-Qaeda branch in Algeria, especially after the terrorist attacks shaking Algiers, last December. More...

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hizballah received 35 new Iranian speedboats shortly before current crisis

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that three weeks before Hizballah seized western Beirut, the Shiite terrorist group took delivery of 35 fast speedboats for use with explosives from Iran. The craft can threaten US Sixth Fleet and Israel Navy shipping close to Lebanese shores, reach Israel’s Haifa and Ashdod Mediterranean ports and raid its coastal oil installations.
The speedboats were tailor-made for Hizballah by Iranian Revolutionary Guards shipyards at Bandar Abbas as the only marine terror fleet operating in Mediterranean waters. Our military sources report the boats are capable of carrying chemical, biological and radiological weapons systems.
They were delivered in mid-April by an Iranian freighter at the Syrian port of Latakia and trucked to Naimah port south of Beirut. There they were hidden in the subterranean hangars belonging to Ahmed Jibril, head of the Palestinian Liberation Front-General Command. Today, the PLF-GC is financed and directed by the Revolutionary Guards. The hangars were constructed in the seventies by East Germany engineers with a protected Mediterranean anchorage and made virtually impenetrable by sea or air.

A Syrian Social Nationalist Party gunman inspects a Future Movement office after an opposition invasion.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Two for the price of one

THE Borough of Poole has scrapped a policy which meant Muslims had to pay more for their graves than other locals. Muslims believe they should be buried south-east, facing Mecca, which means they may need to take up two plots.
With the council running out of burial space, it was normal practice to charge for both plots.
But Clive Smith, head of leisure services, who is responsible for cemeteries at the council, said the policy had been reviewed. "With immediate effect in all Poole cemeteries, if two plots are needed in order to meet the needs of personal belief or faith such as in the Muslim example, only one will be charged for," he said. More...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hizbullah terrorizing a child

Lebanese minister: Hizbullah believes way to Tel Aviv passes through Beirut

"Iran is responsible for what is happening in Lebanon. The subject now is the Iranian attack on Lebanon. They want us to surrender totally without any compensation," Lebanese Sports Minister Ahmed Fatfat said Friday during an interview with the Al-Arabiya television network Friday amid reports that Hizbullah gunmen seized control of large parts of Beirut.
"Hizbullah has turned from an opposition party into a militia attempting to impose its control. I think Hizbullah believes that the way to Tel Aviv passes through Beirut," he said.
Fatfat said Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah had "taken advantage of the government's decision to outlaw the (Shiite) group's communications network in order to declare war." More...

Al-Qaeda 'declares war on Hezbollah'

Press TV - Al-Qaeda has reportedly called on its operatives to go to Lebanon and defend what it called the Sunni community of the country. The report came while some Arab media outlets described the current clashes in Lebanon as a fight between Sunni and Shia communities.
Sheikh Ali al-Jozo, Mufti of the Jebel region, who is well known for his harsh stance against Hezbollah told the TV network that the clashes are a battle between Lebanon's Shia and Sunni communities and called on Arab leaders to prevent "Iran's influence in the country." The TV network reported that al-Qaeda on all of its websites urged its operatives to defend the Sunni community of Lebanon.

Is it Time to Invade Burma?

Gaza rockets hit seminary, college in Israel

PR - Inside -- The Israeli army says a rocket fired from Gaza fell next to a Jewish seminary in southern Israel and damaged the building.No one was hurt in Saturday's rocket strike in the border town of Sderot. The army says a second rocket fell in the courtyard of Sapir College in Sderot.The rockets attack came a day after mortar shells fired by the Islamic militant Hamas killed an Israeli man in an Israeli communal farm near Gaza. Israel fired missiles at two Hamas police station in relatiation and killed five Hamas members.

Those who go to fight in Iraq 'are preachers of evil'

Gulf News - Prominent Saudi Islamic scholar and member of the Senior Scholars' Commission Shaikh Saleh Bin Fauzan Al Fauzan has warned Saudi youths against going to Iraq to fight in the war-torn country. "If they are obstinate and insist on going, then security officials should be given a tip-off about such people," he said. Shaikh Fauzan warned of an outfit called "Jamaat Tableegh" saying the Muslim Ummah was not in need of them. The scholar also called on the university professors to be vigilant and safeguard their students from deviant thoughts and extreme ideologies.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Hezbollah seizes large parts of Beirut

Fighting between Hezbollah fighters and pro-government gunmen continued for a third day on Friday.

Beijing Embraces Classical Fascism

Michael Ledeen - In 2002, I speculated that China may be something we have never seen before: a mature fascist state. Recent events there, especially the mass rage in response to Western criticism, seem to confirm that theory. More significantly, over the intervening six years China's leaders have consolidated their hold on the organs of control--political, economic and cultural. Instead of gradually embracing pluralism as many expected, China's corporatist elite has become even more entrenched. More...

Yemen: Thousands of African refugees arrive in Aden

More than 15,300 refugees were smuggled into Yemen from Africa in the first four months of this year, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The UNHCR said twice as many refugees – mostly from Somalia and Djibouti – had arrived in the Yemeni port town of Aden to April 20 compared to the number that arrived last year. A total of 361 people were reported or killed during the hazardous voyage. More...

Malaysia court allows apostasy

A Malaysian court has allowed a convert to renounce Islam, a rare decision for the conservative Muslim-led nation.
Othman Ibrahim, Penang Sharia Court judge, said he had no choice but to allow an application by Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah, a Malaysian citizen of Chinese origin, to renounce her faith and return to Buddhism. "The court has no choice but to declare that Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah is no longer a Muslim as she has never practised the teachings of Islam," Othman told a packed courtroom on Wednesday. More...

Russia warns Georgia over Abkhazia

Russia has threatened to send more troops to the Georgian separatist province of Abkhazia if Georgia adds to its own military presence in the region. The total number of Russian troops in Abkhazia, whose separatist government is backed by Moscow, is not open to outside monitoring. On Sunday, a defence ministry spokesman had told AFP that the number was already 3,000. Russia accuses ex-Soviet Georgia of preparing a military operation to recover control over Abkhazia, which lies on the Black Sea just across the mountainous border from Russia. More...

Punishment In Life for Those who Dont not Pray

Jordanian convert flees to avoid losing his children

Muhammad Abbad Abd al-Qader Abbad, a 40 year old Jordanian who converted to Christianity 15 years ago, left Jordan on Friday March 28 after being charged with apostasy before the North Amman Shari’a Court.
Middle East Concern says that Muhammad and his wife Muna al-Habash, have two children: Joy, age 11, and Salam, age 9.
Muhammad and Muna were attacked and beaten by several brothers-in-law of another convert to Christianity who had sought sanctuary in Muhammad’s home. More...

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Body of South American Youth Mutilated Near Guantanamo

Havana is 500 miles from Guantanamo so “near” is a relative term. And U.S. officials haven't been grilled on the matter. But everything in the above headline is true. Nonetheless, allow me to apologize to the Bolivian family of the victim for my flim-flammery as an intro. If I 'd started this column with what this family strongly suspects: that the mutilation and possible death of their daughter in Cuba was the handiwork of Cuba's Stalinist regime, no major media organ--it goes without saying--would deign to report the crime, as they've ignored Castroite crimes for half a century. Hence my mountebankish intro in the hope (undoubtedly vain) that the MSM's 50 year old tradition might suffer a brief hiccup. More...

Chinese monk-soldiers

Selected Responses From the Second Round of Q&A with Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri

The NEFA Foundation has obtained a copy of Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri’s second round of answers to some of the hundreds of questions recently submitted on extremist web forums by Al-Qaida supporters.
Al-Zawahiri insisted, “the Islamic State [of Iraq] is a step towards the establishment of the caliphate, and is superior to the other armed jihadi movements. Thus, it is these groups that are obliged to acknowledge [the authority] of the Islamic State and not vice versa… As for the storming of mosques and markets [by suicide bombers]—this is American propaganda and the Saudi media.” More...

Barack Obama will bring REAL CHANGE you can believe in

Great Wall 2.0: How China Leads the World in Web Censorship

Just in the time for the Olympics, the Chinese government has proved itself to be a pioneer as well as a top exporter in cutting-edge online censorship methods. And Western firms still give Beijing their active support. More...

Chinese nuclear submarine base

China has secretly built a major underground nuclear submarine base that could threaten Asian countries and challenge American power in the region. More...

Italy: Arabic version of constitution to aid immigrants

Catholic charity Caritas will on Tuesday present an Arabic translation of the Italian constitution in a bid to help immigrants integrate in the southern city of Agrigento.Caritas will distribute the Arabic translation to schools, offices, and public bodies in Agrigento in southern Sicily. More...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Magnequench: CFIUS and China's Thirst for U.S. Defense Technology

One of Senator Hillary Clinton's Asia policy advisers quit her presidential campaign several days ago, complaining that the candidate was engaging in "gratuitous China bashing." And, in fact, the Senator has of late been engaged in a jeremiad on China.
To be sure, a good portion of the sourness nurtured in the Democratic Party's base against China is undeserved, and more about big-labor politics than genuine security concerns, yet Senator Clinton has spotlighted at least two grave vulnerabilities in America's defense industrial base: Chinese state-controlled investments in key U.S. defense suppliers and the impact on defense supplies caused by seemingly unrelated environmental litigation that closed down the world's second-largest rare-earths mine and thereby gave China a monopoly on oxide ores that are absolutely essential to all defense electronics. More...

Iraqi Insurgents Kill 3 Prostitutes, Wound 2 in Brothel Attack

Fox News - The U.S. military says in a statement that Iraqi police believe the attack was carried out by Sunni insurgents belonging to Al Qaeda in Iraq.
A police official, citing testimony from one of the wounded women, says the insurgents knocked on the apartment's door Monday and shouted at the women that they had been warned before not to carry out prostitution. The militants then opened fire.

Out of Africa: a growing threat to Europe from al-Qaeda's new allies

Kurdish rebels threaten suicide attacks against US

Kurdish rebels could launch suicide attacks against American interests to punish the U.S. for sharing intelligence with Turkey after Turkey bombed rebel bases, a spokeswoman for a wing of a rebel group warned. More...

Lebanon to probe Hezbollah phone network

The Lebanese government said on Tuesday it was launching a judicial probe into a telecommunication network which the militant group Hezbollah had set up across the country with the alleged help of Iran. More...

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Video clearing IDF of blame for Gaza family deaths

China's Thirst for U.S. Defense Technology

One of Senator Hillary Clinton's Asia policy advisers quit her presidential campaign several days ago, complaining that the candidate was engaging in "gratuitous China bashing." And, in fact, the Senator has of late been engaged in a jeremiad on China.
To be sure, a good portion of the sourness nurtured in the Democratic Party's base against China is undeserved, and more about big-labor politics than genuine security concerns, yet Senator Clinton has spotlighted at least two grave vulnerabilities in America's defense industrial base: Chinese state-controlled investments in key U.S. defense suppliers and the impact on defense supplies caused by seemingly unrelated environmental litigation that closed down the world's second-largest rare-earths mine and thereby gave China a monopoly on oxide ores that are absolutely essential to all defense electronics. More...

Malaysia angers women with travel-restriction idea

Malaysian women's groups reacted with outrage on Sunday to a government proposal to impose restrictions on women planning to travel overseas on their own.
The mainly Muslim country is considering requiring women to obtain the written consent of their families or employers before being allowed to travel alone outside the country, state news agency Bernama said on Saturday, quoting the foreign minister.
"It is totally ridiculous and it's a totally regressive proposal with regards to women's right to movement," said Norhayati Kaprawi, spokeswoman for Sisters in Islam. More...

U.S. Fighter Pilots Navigating Crowded Airspace in Iraq

ABOARD THE USS HARRY S. TRUMAN -- U.S. pilots flying missions over Iraq come to the region expecting a host of challenges, including swirling sandstorms and urban battlefields filled with a mix of enemies and civilians.
But Naval aviators flying off the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman said one of the newest difficulties has been the least expected: navigating increasingly crowded airspace in a region that has experienced the world's fastest airline growth in recent years. More...

Armenian President stresses importance of ties to Iran

Meeting on April 30 with Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Seyed Ali Saghayian, President Sarkisian described ties between the two countries as "strategic," and "stable and developing," and pledged to continue promoting them, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reported. He specifically expressed appreciation of what he termed Iran's "balanced" position with regard to the Karabakh conflict.

The only way to alter China's hand in Darfur

Rather than attempts at embarrassment, sanctions, threats, or a serious military intervention that China would interpret as a challenge to its control of the oil fields, the focus should be on tying diplomatic and economic efforts together coherently, to enlist China constructively.
This can be done – because it has been done, in dealing with North Korea's nuclear ambitions. In 2006 the US pushed to get expanded voting rights for China in the International Monetary Fund, to reflect its weight in the world economy. The quid pro quo Treasury Secretary Paulson promoted was a "hope," as he gently put it, that more power in the IMF would motivate China to allow its artificially low currency to float to a market exchange rate (helping US and EU exports).
China's currency started to float. What wasn't mentioned publicly was that the offer of more IMF voting shares was also used to help get Beijing's aid in squeezing North Korea, by reducing its financial assistance to Pyongyang. And it worked. More...