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Haren Pandya murder case: Gujarat HC acquits all 12 Muslim accused allegedly framed by Modi govt

Our stand vindicated in Pandya case: MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi

CBI to knock SC in Haren Pandya murder case

Libya: Up to 50,000 people imprisoned by Gaddafi regime are missing, rebels claim

Why the fall of Tripoli will not be another Baghdad

Beggar Suicide bomber kills 29 in Iraq’s Largest Sunni Mosque

Gaddafi's youngest son Khamis killed in clash with rebels: Report

Two dead in blast at Gulshan-e-Iqbal,Karachi

‘Unit led by Gaddafi's son carried out Tripoli massacre’

Palestinians prepare symbolic chair for UN bid

Gaddafis family flees to Algeria

Col Gaddafi 'directed tens of thousands of refugees towards Italy as human bombs'

Human slaughterhouse discovered in Tripoli

Palestinian Minister: ‘Israel major organ harvesting center’

Turkish Government to Return Seized Property to Religious Minorities

Abduction of Hindus, Sikhs have become a business in Pak: PML MP

Eid moon sighted by Peshawar “Ruet-i-Hilal committee”

Iran attempts to shut down Iranian Christian News website

Rehman Malik is a born liar: Pak Minister Zulfiqar Mirza

37 more Sindhi Hindus leave Pak

While Gaddafi is free, Libya cannot move on

Libya: Gaddafi's private jet becomes leather-lined lounge for rebels

Grieving Libyans Await Freedom `Eid

US should make Pakistan accountable: Scholar

Ten Month Prison Sentence Upheld for Shiraz Baha’i Citizens

J& K’s buried corpses stink of state excesses

American Muslims satisfied Obama backers

Cancer-afflicted Lockerbie bomber found at mother's house in Tripoli

Gaddafi and his sons ‘raped’ female bodyguards: report

Al Qaeda branch says responsible for Algeria bombing

School blown up in northwest Pakistan

Iraq was not a threat to Britain when Blair declared war: Ex-MI5 chief

After NSW, Victoria asks Muslim women to unveil face to police

Uganda landslides kill 23 people, toll seen rising

Kohistan floods: 48 bodies recovered

US Fears Historic Storm, Muslim Help Ready

World Muslims Rush for Somalia Aid

US Mosques Urged to Share Ramadan

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's art showed the grotesque symptoms of dictatorship

Kaddafi still a danger, says Libya rebel chief

Gaddafi’s eccentric philosophies even pushed Islam aside

Australia: Muslim accused of sending hate mail seeks “free speech” protection

Cordova, a Memphis suburb: Tennessee church lends sanctuary to local Muslims

Are U.S. inmates being turned into radical Muslims?

Legal nightmare grows for Christians under “shari’a” Islamic law

Spiraling Violence Spoils Afghan Ramadan

Germans missing in Afghanistan were kidnapped: officials

Syria Besieges Town as Erdogan Says Violence Means Assad Risks Mubarak End

Brother of Sadat's assassin returns to Egypt

We made no mistakes: Salman Khurshid

India finds proof of Pak training Somali pirates

Lockerbie bomber 'should be left to die in peace'

Libya: Playboy model tells of Colonel Gaddafi son's 'denial' of regime danger

Residents flee central Syrian town amid heavy gunfire

Indian Actor Aamir Khan supports Manipur rights activist

Muslims to pray for UCI students on trial Monday

Islamic scientific heritage 'will boost cultural dialogue'

Urdu, mysticism and Japanese scholars

Sutphenis (thicker than sewayian) adding flavour to Eid ul Fitr & Teej festivals

Iranian rights activist and mother arrested

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Haren Pandya murder case: Gujarat HC acquits all 12 Muslim accused allegedly framed by Modi govt

August 30, 2011

Haren Pandya was shot dead on March 26, 2003 in Ahmedabad.

The Gujarat High Court on Monday acquitted all the 12 accused, including main accused Ashgar Ali, in the Haren Pandya murder case.

The high court lambasted the investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) saying the agency had botched up the investigations leading to enormous waste of time.

The court acquitted the accused of murder charges. They were, however, convicted of smaller crimes under Sections 307, 120B of the IPC and were likely to be released from jail as they had already served their sentence against their offences.

The high court had earlier reserved its verdict after completing the month-long hearing of arguments on August 12.

Former Gujarat home minister Pandya was shot dead on March 26, 2003 near Law Garden area in Ahmedabad.

The case was probed by the CBI, which nabbed 15 people out of the 19 named as accused of killing the politician in order to avenge the 2002 riots. The key suspects, who could not be nabbed, were accused of inciting youth of minority community to avenge the riots.

On June 25, 2007, a special POTA court convicted 12 people, including Asghar Ali, who hails from Hyderabad, and awarded life imprisonment to nine of them. Ali was punished with imprisonment till he lives. Two others got seven-year jail and another person got a five-year jail sentence.

The case involved the incident of an attempt on the life of VHP leader Jagdish Tiwari. Unhappy with the trial, Pandya's wife Jagrutiben and father Vitthalbhai had demanded re-investigation. Vitthalbhai had approached the Supreme Court in 2009 demanding questioning of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, but the apex court turned down his request terming it baseless.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/haren-pandya-murder-case-gujarat-hc-verdict-today/1/149422.html?cp

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Our stand vindicated in Pandya case: MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi

August 30, 2011

HYDERABAD: MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said that his stand on Haren Pandya murder case has been vindicated with the acquittal of all the 12 accused, particularly those from Hyderabad and Nalgonda, by the Gujarat High Court.

"We have maintained from the beginning that it was a political murder, not vengeance by the Muslims over Gujarat communal carnage as claimed and projected by their government. With the Gujarat HC finding fault with the CBI for its defective investigation and acquitting all the accused, it has been proved beyond doubt that it was vendetta unleashed by the Narendra Modi government," he said. Haren Pandya, former home minister of Gujarat, was murdered in 2003. Of the 14 accused who were arrested and tried in the case, five __ Asghar Ali, Abdul Bari, Abdul Raoof, Shafiuddin and Syed Iftikhar __ hail from Andhra Pradesh.

The Pota sessions court in 2007 had given life sentence to Asghar Ali and six and seven years of imprisonment to Shafiuddin and Abdul Rahoof respectively. It had removed the names of the other two from the case. Owaisi, who helped the accused from Hyderabad fight the eight-year-long legal battle said: "Now there are bigger questions that have to be answered. Why did the government of Andhra Pradesh cooperate in the conspiracy hatched by Narendra Modi government to make people from Hyderabad accused in cases that had nothing to do with them? This is a serious issue which requires thinking by secular forces. The other question is about the biased investigation carried out by the CBI. The UPA government should find out why the CBI officials followed the local police line in this case," he said. All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) joint secretary M A Raheem Queraishi said he was considering the possibility of suing Gujarat government for damages to the accused. "We will study the judgment and come with a suitable response very soon," he said.

The MIM had appointed a local lawyer, Mohammed Shujatullah Khan, to liaison with senior advocate B M Gupta and his team in Gujarat to continue the battle in the high court. They were supported, among others by lawyer Nitya Ramachndran. Abdul Raoof, the accused who spent five-and-half years in Sabarmati Prison before coming out on bail obtained from Supreme Court, told TOI that he believed that "biased" local police officers helped Gujarat police in identifying some persons in Hyderabad. They arrested those persons, kept them in illegal detention in farm houses outside the city and handed them over to Gujarat police. "I don't know whether the scars of accusations and trial will ever heal."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Our-stand-vindicated-in-Pandya-case-Asad/articleshow/9792097.cms

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CBI to knock SC in Haren Pandya murder case

August 30, 2011

New Delhi: Receiving flak from Gujarat High Court for “botched up” and “blinkered” probe in the Haren Pandya muder case, the CBI today decided to challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of senior officials, the agency said.

It was decided that a Special Leave Petition will be filed in the apex court after going through detailed analysis of the high court verdict.

The high court dropped murder charges against the 12 accused in the killing of former minister Haren Pandya eight years ago.

Supreme Court of India. Reuters

While acquitting the 12 people of the murder charges, the court upheld the trial court”s decision to convict them for criminal conspiracy, attempt to murder and offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Pandya, who was a former minister of state for home in a BJP government and was once close to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, was shot dead on 26 March 2003 in Ahmedabad when he was out for a morning walk. According to CBI, Pandya was murdered to avenge the 2002 communal riots.

Criticising the CBI, the court observed, “What clearly stands out from the record of the present case is that the investigation in the case of murder of Haren Pandya has all throughout been botched up and blinkered and has left a lot to be desired.”

http://www.firstpost.com/fwire/cbi-to-knock-sc-in-haren-pandya-murder-case-72649.html

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Libya: Up to 50,000 people imprisoned by Gaddafi regime are missing, rebels claim

By Gordon Rayner

29 Aug 2011

Up to 50,000 people imprisoned by the Gaddafi regime are missing, it has emerged, as evidence mounts of war crimes committed by the former leader's retreating soldiers.

Rebel leaders estimate that 60,000 opponents of the ousted dictator have been jailed since the insurgency began in February, but with most of Libya now rebel hands, only 11,000 have been freed.

Mass executions of opposition forces are being uncovered on a daily basis, and human rights groups fear the total number of prisoners murdered by the retreating loyalists, already in the scores, could escalate sharply.

Over the weekend the charred remains of at least 53 people were found in a warehouse where they appeared to have been executed by the Khamis Brigade, Libya's most feared military unit. A further 18 bodies were discovered decomposing in a nearby ditch by a Daily Telegraph reporter yesterday.

Col Ahmed Omar Bani, a rebel military leader, said: "The number of people arrested over the past months is estimated at between 57,000 and 60,000.

"Between 10,000 and 11,000 prisoners have been freed up until now ... so where are the others?"

One theory is that the prisoners are being held in underground bunkers which have not yet been discovered, but Col Bani said it would be "catastrophic" if they had been killed.

Many of those who were imprisoned were captured rebel fighters, but thousands more were civilians suspected of supporting the revolution who were rounded up in a series of security crackdowns.

Human Rights Watch said it had gathered evidence that pro-Gaddafi forces had carried out "arbitrary executions of dozens of civilians" before Tripoli fell to the rebels.

One man who said three of his sons were among those executed in the Khamis Brigade warehouse told the BBC that up to 150 civilians were packed into the building, guarded by mercenaries.

"They promised them water at sunset but came with guns instead," he said. "They started shooting, then they threw in hand grenades, three of them."

Eyewitness accounts of loyalists opening fire on prisoners is likely to be presented to the International Criminal Court if and when members of the Gaddafi member are captured and sent there for war crimes trials.

Meanwhile Gaddafi's spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, said the fugitive dictator was willing to take part in negotiations for the formation of a transitional government.

The offer was dismissed as "delusional" by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, while Libya's National Transitional Council dismissed the suggestion of talks as "a daydream of what remains of the dictatorship".

Mahmoud Shammam, the NTC's information minister, said: "I would like to state very clearly, we don't recognize them. We are looking at them as criminals. We are going to arrest them very soon."

The whereabouts of Gaddafi and his family are still unknown, though Libya is filled with rumours that they have fled to Zimbabwe, Algeria or even Europe.

The coastal town of Bin Jawwad, around 60 miles east of Sirte, was the latest to fall to the opposition yesterday, and with loyalist forces almost defeated in Tripoli, the rebels were massing on the outskirts of Sirte, Gaddafi's home town and his main remaining stronghold, to begin a ground assault following a weekend of bombardment by Nato air strikes.

One of the biggest problems facing the interim government is a shortage of food, water and electricity supplies in Tripoli.

Usama el-Abed, the deputy leader of the new city council, said that between 60 and 70 per cent of the capital's residents do not have enough water, but he added that the shortages are due to technical problems, which he hopes will soon be fixed, not sabotage by loyalist forces.

The United Nations is preparing to ship in baby food, bottled water and medicine, while World Health Organization officials are on Malta to arrange aid shipments which should arrive in Libya later this week.

But there were also encouraging signs of normality beginning to return to the streets of Tripoli, with traffic policemen in their distinctive white uniforms returning to duty.

One of the officers, Abu Bakr al-Murbet, said: "Today is the first day that we started working. Things are under control and running smoothly."

The rebel-controlled AGOCO oil company said it would re-start production at its Sarir and Mesla fields in a fortnight and expected to begin exports by the end of September, providing much-needed funds for the interim government.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8728537/Libya-Up-to-50000-people-imprisoned-by-Gaddafi-regime-are-missing-rebels-claim.html

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Why the fall of Tripoli will not be another Baghdad

By Andrew Gilligan

29 Aug 2011

Despite the chaos and bloodshed in Tripoli, Andrew Gilligan believes the demise of Colonel Gaddafi will prove far more orderly than the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Inside Colonel Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziyah compound, beneath a statue of a US warplane crumpled in a giant golden fist, is the podium where, six months ago, the leader promised to hunt down his opponents "inch by inch, house by house, alleyway by alleyway." On Friday, it was being used for a rather different purpose: stand-up comedy at the expense of that well-known vaudeville turn, M.Gaddafi Esq.

"You are all rats! Leeebya is mine! I will destroy you all!" hammed a rebel fighter in an extravagant mock Gaddafi accent, wearing clothes apparently liberated from the colonel's private wardrobe and making all the right histrionic hand gestures. "Here we are!" chanted his rebel audience, as others sped gleefully round the complex in their pickups and four-wheel drives.

Across the capital, almost all overt Gaddafi resistance has subsided. It is now, of course, the colonel himself who is being hunted alleyway by alleyway. At night, the ecstatic rebels drive around, letting off celebratory volleys from their rifles, machine guns and even anti-aircraft artillery. At the mosques on Friday, the people of Tripoli gathered to give prayers of thanks.

"We will not forget the martyrs," chanted a crowd of about 200 outside the Nasser mosque in Algeria Square.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8727426/Why-the-fall-of-Tripoli-will-not-be-another-Baghdad.html

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Beggar Suicide bomber kills 29 in Iraq Largest Sunni Mosque

Aug 30, 2011

Baghdad: The suicide bomber who killed 29 people at Baghdads largest Sunni mosque disguised himself as an injured beggar and attended prayers there for nearly a week,a senior religious figure said on Monday.

The attack hit Sunnis praying at a special service Sunday night during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan and appeared calculated to try to re-ignite widespread violence in Iraq just months before US troops are to complete their withdrawal.

The bomber,who pretended to be a beggar,had attended prayers for six straight days at the Um al-Qura mosque in western Baghdad,said Sheik Ahmed Abdul Gafur al-Samarraie,head of an endowment that oversees all Sunni religious sites nationwide.He said the bomber had a bandaged hand and appeared to pose no threat.

When his face became familiar to the guards they didn't search him last night, al-Samarraie told reporters

at the mosque,where blood still stained the marble floors and stairs.

He said guards first became suspicious when they saw the man moving through the crowd trying to get close to al-Samarraie and took him outside.But the man returned through a back door and blew himself up when he was a few steps away from al-Samarraie.

Times of India

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Gaddafi's youngest son Khamis killed in clash with rebels: Report

Aug 30, 2011

TRIPOLI: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's youngest son Khamis has been killed in a clash with the rebel forces near Tripoli, media reports said.

Khamis, born in 1983, had commanded the 32nd Brigade of Gaddafi's forces. His death could not be independently verified immediately, Xinhua said.

Meanwhile, Gaddafi's wife Safia, daughter Aisha, and sons Hannibal and Mohammed, accompanied by their children, entered Algeria around 8.30 am through the Algerian-Libyan border, the Algerian foreign ministry said in a statement.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gaddafis-youngest-son-Khamis-killed-in-clash-with-rebels-Report/articleshow/9790683.cms

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Two dead in blast at Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi

Aug 30, 2011

KARACHI: At least two people were killed and several injured on Tuesday morning when a blast took place at Abu-ul-Hassan Isphahani Road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Dawn News reported.

According to sources, two men were allegedly transporting explosive material on a motorcycle when the explosives detonated, killing them both and completely destroying the vehicle.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/30/blast-in-karachi-two-dead.html

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‘Unit led by Gaddafi's son carried out Tripoli massacre’

August 29, 2011

A military unit commanded by one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons appears to have been responsible for the summary execution of dozens of detainees in a warehouse near Tripoli last week, a human rights organisation said on Monday. Three days later the warehouse, which had been used as a prison,

was set on fire but the cause was unknown, Human Rights Watch said.

Since the fall of Gaddafi just over a week ago, evidence has emerged of numerous killings. Dozens of bodies, some from Gaddafi's troops and others of detainees held by the ousted government, have been discovered in the Libyan capital.

Human Rights Watch said it inspected the charred skeletal remains of about 45 bodies, still smouldering, on Saturday. The remains were spread throughout the warehouse in the Khalida Ferjan neighbourhood in Salahaddin, south of Tripoli, adjoining the Yarmouk military base.

At least two more corpses were lying outside, unburned.

A statement from Human Rights Watch said members of the Khamis Brigade, a force commanded by Muammar Gaddafi's son Khamis, appeared to have carried out the killings on August 23.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/africa/Unit-led-by-Gaddafi-s-son-carried-out-Tripoli-massacre/Article1-739208.aspx

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Palestinians prepare symbolic chair for UN bid

Aug 30, 2011

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Palestinians are hoping to secure a seat at the United Nations next month. They already have the chair for it.

Palestinian activists said Monday they would take the chair on an international tour to dramatize the Palestinian Authority's quest for U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state.

The wooden chair is covered with embroidered blue upholstery featuring a Palestinian flag and the word "Palestine."

It will be shown to diplomats in countries with influence at the U.N., including Britain, Russia and Lebanon, this month's rotating Security Council president. The chair's final stop is the U.N.

Activist Waled Nazzar says the chair symbolizes the Palestinians' conviction that they deserve U.N. membership.

Israel and the United States oppose the Palestinian statehood bid, saying a state must be established through negotiations.

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/29/3869116/palestinians-prepare-symbolic.html#ixzz1WQUR1kCR

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Gaddafis family flees to Algeria

Aug 30, 2011

Wife,Daughter,2 Sons Have Crossed Over,Says Algiers

Tripoli: Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafis wife and other relatives fled to Algeria on Monday,the Algerian foreign ministry said.

The Algerian government said Gaddafis wife,daughter,two of his sons and their children entered the neighbouring country on Monday.It did not say whether Gaddafi himself was with the family.

It said the UN secretarygeneral and Security Council and the head of Libyan rebel National Transition Council were informed.The report came as battles raged on two sides of Sirte,the southern city that is the headquarters of Gaddafis tribe and his regimes last major bastion.The rebels were consolidating control of Tripoli,the capital.

Despite effectively ending his rule,the rebels have yet to find Gaddafi or his family members something that has cast a pall of lingering uncertainty over the oppositions victory.The Egyptian news agency MENA,quoting unidentified rebel fighters,had reported from Tripoli over the weekend that six armored Mercedes sedans,possibly carrying Gaddafis sons or other top regime figures,had crossed the border at the southwestern Libyan town of Ghadamis into Algeria.Algerias foreign ministry had denied that report.Ahmed Jibril,an aide to rebel National Transitional Council head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil,said if the report of Gaddafi relatives in Algeria is true,we will demand that Algerian authorities hand them over to Libya.Ahmed Bani,military spokesman of the council,said he was not surprised to hear Algeria had welcomed Gaddafi relatives.AP 100km from Tripoli.Libyas defected former PM Abessalam Jalloud said Gaddafi could be hiding south of Tripoli.There are two possibilities: either he is hiding south of Tripoli or he left some time ago, he said.

Times of India

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Col Gaddafi 'directed tens of thousands of refugees towards Italy as human bombs'

29 Aug 2011

Col Gaddafi directed tens of thousands of refugees towards Italy as “human bombs” with the intention of turning the tiny island of Lampedusa into a “migrant hell”, the Italian government has said.

Col Gaddafi directed tens of thousands of refugees towards Italy as “human bombs” with the intention of turning the tiny island of Lampedusa into a “migrant hell”, the Italian government said yesterday.

The Libyan leader deliberately unleashed the floodgates of African immigrants desperate to reach Europe, as punishment for what he saw as Italy’s betrayal and its participation in the Nato-led air campaign.

He largely succeeded in his objective — nearly 50,000 migrants have arrived on Lampedusa since the beginning of the year, putting a huge strain on the tiny island’s resources.

They came from Libya but also Tunisia, after that country’s regime was toppled in a popular revolt which marked the start of the Arab Spring.

Hundreds were forced to live in a makeshift shanty camp, sleeping in the scrub under sheets of plastic stretched over driftwood, on what islanders dubbed “the hill of shame”.

“Italy has proof of orders given by Col Gaddafi to turn Lampedusa into hell,” said Franco Frattini, the foreign minister.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/8725443/Libya-Col-Gaddafi-directed-tens-of-thousands-of-refugees-towards-Italy-as-human-bombs.html

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Human slaughterhouse discovered in Tripoli

By Richard Spencer and Andrew Gilligan

29 Aug 2011

Rebel forces mopping up the last remnants of Gaddafi regime resistance in Tripoli have discovered a warehouse containing the charred skeletons of scores of prisoners killed and burned as troops fled.

Residents who live nearby the site, near the southern Tripoli headquarters of Libya's most feared military unit, the Khamis Brigade, loyal to Col Gaddafi's youngest son, say they heard the sounds of shooting and explosions on Tuesday evening.

They were unable to leave their homes to investigate while fighting in the area continued, but on Friday night rebel forces captured the base and drove out the remaining fighters. Yesterday morning, residents and rebel forces moved in to discover the still-warm remains of at least 53 people.

Eight bodies, hands bound, had been left decomposing outside the shed. Inside, the remainder had been burned as they lay, the canisters of petrol still lying in the corners among the bodies, which were still warm. Locals told The Sunday Telegraph that up to 150 people were thought to have been killed there.

The horrific find, which could add to evidence in any future war crimes prosecution of the Libyan leader, came as Libyan rebels admitted that they had no concrete information on where he might be hiding.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8727498/Human-slaughterhouse-discovered-in-Tripoli.html

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Palestinian Minister: ‘Israel major organ harvesting center’

29 Aug 2011

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian Minister of Detainees and Ex-detainees Issa Qaraqi’ on Sunday accused Israel of harvesting parts from the bodies of dead Palestinian martyrs without the consent of their families.

Qaraqi’ said during the national day of Palestinian campaign to retrieve martyrs’ bodies said that “Israel is the major harvesting and trading centre in the world.”

The minister said that Israel holds the remains of Palestinian martyrs “to conceal the crimes it committed against the martyrs bodies and to punish their families.” “Holding of the martyrs’ remains for many years cats doubts and accusations that Israel assassinated them after detention or harvested their organs,” the minister said.

He added that “Israel is holding the remains of 338 Arab and Palestinian fighters in the secret Israeli cemeteries known as the Cemeteries of Numbers.”

Qaraqi' added that the Israeli authorities holding them in four cemeteries: One on the Israel-Lebanon-Syria border, two in the Jordan Valley and the fourth near Tiberias Lake.

On December 2009, the chief Israeli pathologist and the director of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir, Professor Yehuda Hiss, admitted of harvesting parts from the bodies of dead Palestinians without the consent of their families.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article494983.ece

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Turkish Government to Return Seized Property to Religious Minorities

By SEBNEM ARSU

Aug 29 2011

ANKARA, Turkey — The Turkish government said it would return hundreds of properties that were confiscated from religious minorities by the state or other parties over the years since 1936, and would pay compensation for properties that were seized and later sold.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement on Sunday to representatives of more than 150 Christian and Jewish trusts gathered at a dinner he hosted in Istanbul to break the day’s Ramadan fast. The government decree to return the properties, bypassing nationalist opposition in Parliament, was issued late Saturday.

The European Union, which Turkey has applied to join, has pressed the country to ease or eliminate laws and policies that discriminate against non-Muslim religious groups, including restrictions on land ownership. Many of the properties, including schools, hospitals, orphanages and cemeteries, were seized after 1936 when trusts were called to list their assets, and in 1974 a separate ruling banned the groups from purchasing any new real estate.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/world/europe/29turkey.html

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Abduction of Hindus, Sikhs have become a business in Pak: PML MP

Yudhvir Rana

Aug 29, 2011

AMRITSAR: Incidents of abduction of Hindus and Sikhs, especially of girls, for forced conversion and marriages to Muslims, and for ransom have increased in the recent past in Pakistan, said Punjab's ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League (N) member parliament Dr Haresh Chopra talking to TOI here on Saturday.

Chopra has also sought Indian parliamentarians to take up the issue of plight of Hindus and Sikhs as it did in case of illegal transfer of gurdwara lands in Pakistan so as to put international pressure on Pakistan government to protect minority communities.

Chopra, who is also member of standing committee on human rights, was here on a personal visit on the invitation of Nankana Sahib Sikh Yatree Jatha president Swaran Singh Gill. "I receive information of at least two cases of abduction of Hindu and Sikh girls in a week," he said. There are organized gangs of mullahs and terrorists, who even abduct minor girls of minority communities and procure their age certificates with Muslim names from madrassas proving them adults. "In such cases we can't do much to save the children," he added.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-08-28/chandigarh/29937986_1_hindus-and-sikhs-sikh-jathas-pakistan-government

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Eid moon sighted by Peshawar “Ruet-i-Hilal committee”

By Zulfiqar Ali

Aug 30, 2011

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas will keep up their tradition of two Eids thanks to an announcement by the maverick.“Ruet-i-Hilal committee” based in the Qasim Ali Khan mosque said that moon had been sighted on Monday.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Egypt will also celebrate Eidul Fitr on Tuesday.

Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai, who chaired a meeting of the committee, proclai-med that Eidul Fitr would be celebrated on Tuesday as sufficient evidence about sighting of the Shawwal moon had been received from different areas of the province.

“About 10 people appeared before the Ulema and gave convincing evidence about moon sighting,” he told media after the meeting.

Ulema in Mardan, Bannu, Charsadda, Bajaur Agency and North Waziristan followed the Peshawar-based body`s announcement with their own declarations that Eid moon had been sighted on Monday.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/30/eid-moon-sighted-by-peshawar-ruet-body.html

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Iran attempts to shut down Iranian Christian News website

29 Aug 2011

The Iranian National Security Ministry is targeting Farsi-language websites which do not adhere to strict Shi’ite Muslim theology. Among those hit in cyber-attacks is Mohabat News, which serves Persian Christians in Iran and surrounding countries.

“The most recent attack took place on august 19, 2011, in which the attackers overloaded the server of MohabatNews and made it to go down for three days,” reported the website. ”We are really sorry for the inconvenience. But now with God’s help we managed to transfer the website into a more secure server and we hope such incidents don’t happen again. Thanks for your tolerance.”

However tolerance is the last thing that the Iranian government has in mind. In February, cyber-attacks shut down MohabatNews for two days. The Iranian government has tried with varying levels of success to block access to the site. Although the Christian website is back up and operating from a server outside Iran, others are not.

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/08/iran-attempts-to-shut-down-iranian-christian-news-website.php#ixzz1WPHXLp9t

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Rehman Malik is a born liar: Pak minister Zulfiqar Mirza

Imtiaz Ahmad

August 29, 2011

A home minister on Sunday accused Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik of harbouring terrorists who killed innocent people in Karachi and the MQM party of murdering several prominent persons, including a journalist, in the past year. In his two-hour press conference, Sindh senior minister Zulfiqar Mirza, who also announced that he was resigning from his Cabinet position and as a member of the Sindh provincial assembly, said Malik was a "born liar".

Mirza said that Rehman Malik was protecting a number of terrorists who were involved in targeted killings in Karachi, where more than 200 people have died in the past month.

Mirza also said that MQM chief Altaf Hussain told him on a visit to London that US "had decided to break up Pakistan" and that the MQM would continue to work on this agenda, as it had no other option.

For this accusation, Mirza held up a copy of the Quran on his head as he said this - to prove that he was not lying.

Mirza, also a close friend of President Asif Ali Zardari, gave details of hired assassins and said the reason why violence was not ending was because they were being protected by the MQM and the government.

He said that many convicted murderers were released by the government and the MQM so that they could carry out murders at their behest. He also gave details of the men who killed Geo reporter Wali Babar.

He said that MQM was like a cult and that people of good reputation were held hostage by the party.

"They don't want to be in the party but are forced to stay," he said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Malik-is-a-born-liar-Pak-minister/Article1-739017.aspx

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37 more Sindhi Hindus leave Pak

29 Aug 2011

T hirty-seven Hindus,five families and residents of Thul town in Jacobabad district,have left Pakistan for India due to security concerns.Despite tall claims of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party leadership,murders of Hindus,kidnappings for ransom and forced conversions are being carried out across the Sindh province,Pakistan Today reports.Like many other Hindus of the province who have migrated to other countries,they have left the country after selling their properties and wrapping up businesses.

Times of India

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While Gaddafi is free, Libya cannot move on

29 Aug 2011

Telegraph View: The longer Gaddafi remains at large, and forces loyal to him hold out, the harder Libyan reconciliation will be.

The more totalitarian the regime, the worse the legacy. Take Iraq and Libya. During their many years in power, both Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi smashed all forms of dialogue between government and people, whether it be through political parties, trade unions, religious institutions or non-governmental organisations. In Iraq, the difficulty of establishing a new order was compounded by putting the Pentagon in charge of nation-building. The subsequent de-Baathification campaign left the population prey to criminality; Iraq Body Count estimates that more than 100,000 civilians have been killed since the allied invasion.

In Libya, the National Transitional Council (NTC) is fully aware of that terrible precedent. Its leaders have urged rebel forces to avoid reprisals. In contrast to Iraq, the revolution is indigenous, which, despite the assistance given by Nato, will shield the NTC from accusations of being a neo-colonialist pawn. Thirdly, Libya lacks the deep sectarian divide between Sunni and Shia which still plagues Iraq.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/8728894/While-Gaddafi-is-free-Libya-cannot-move-on.html

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Libya: Gaddafi's private jet becomes leather-lined lounge for rebels

29 Aug 2011

It is by far the biggest war trophy captured by rebel fighters in Libya, but just what they intend to do with it is another question altogether.

Col Muammar Gaddafi's private airliner, until recently an international symbol of his iron grip on Libya, has become, for now, a leather-lined lounge for opposition forces holding Tripoli's international airport.

Yesterday the rebels took turns to be photographed sitting in the deposed dictator's bedroom or on well-upholstered sofas on board the Airbus A340, which Gaddafi bought for £73 million in 2003.

Like everything Gaddafi owned, the aircraft is a showcase for his vulgar tastes, with armchairs bound in silver leather, red and grey carpets on the floor and nightclub-style spotlights all over the ceiling.

The same aircraft became infamous the world over in 2009 when Gaddafi sent it to Glasgow, with his son Saif al-Islam on board, to bring home the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, whose arrival in Tripoli was used as a propaganda showpiece by the former leader.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8728361/Libya-Gaddafis-private-jet-becomes-leather-lined-lounge-for-rebels.html

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Grieving Libyans Await Freedom `Eid

29 Aug 2011

CAIRO – As they prepare themselves to celebrate the first `Eid without Muammar Gaddafi, Libyans in the war-torn Tripoli are daring terrible humanitarian crisis, digging for a missing joy over the past six-months war, Emirati newspaper The National reported on Monday, August 29.

"We'll have a good `Eid, inshallah," a young man sitting down Tripoli’s Street of Bakeries in the old medina said.

Though electricity went out for the second consecutive night, the young man, along with other five comrades, fired gunshots in the air celebrating their long awaited victory on Gaddafi forces.

"Shots of joy," the young men said as the gunfire echoed across the dark city.

`Eid Al-Fitr, one of the two main Islamic religious festivals together with `Eid Al-Adha, is expected on Tuesday, August 30.

During `Eid, families and friends exchange visits to express well wishes and children, wearing new clothes bought especially for `Eid, enjoy going out in parks and open fields.

Yet, in law-less Tripoli, `Eid celebrations seemed a luxury that many could not afford.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/africa/453710-grieving-libyans-await-freedom-eid.html

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US should make Pakistan accountable: Scholar

Aug 30, 2011

WASHINGTON: The US should demand accountability from Pakistan for the activities of all terror networks operating from its soil and should not accept the country's assertions that it is incapable of shutting down groups like Let and HuJI, an eminent American expert has said.

Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation also batted for the continuation of the drone campaign in the Af-Pak border areas, pointing out that the successful killing of the al-Qaida number two Atiyah Abd al-Rahman demonstrates the importance of continuing the missile strikes.

"US officials should reject Pakistani assertions that they are incapable of shutting down groups linked to al-Qaeda, such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, and the Harakat-ul-Mujahideen, whose leader was in contact with bin Laden's courier before the May 2 raid," Curtis said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-should-make-Pakistan-accountable-Scholar/articleshow/9792799.cms

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Ten Month Prison Sentence Upheld for Shiraz Baha’i Citizens

Aug 30, 2011

The 10 month prison sentence for the Baha’i citizens who were arrested 2 years ago has been upheld by the appeals court.

Haleh Houshmandi, Kavous Zargham, Keivan Karami, Farham Masoumi, Vahdat Dana and Afshin Ahsanian are the Shiraz Baha’i citizens who were arrested in 2009 and were later released on bail after being held in the detention center of Shiraz Intelligence Ministry.

According to the Human Rights House of Iran, the lower court sentenced them to 10 months in prison.

Recently, their lawyers were informed that the lower court’s verdict has been upheld by the appeals court.  The summons order states that they have to appear at Shiraz Revolutionary Court in order to serve their sentence in the next 20 days.

http://www.rahana.org/en/?p=11754

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J& K’s buried corpses stink of state excesses

By Naseer Ganai

Aug 30, 2011

HUNDREDS of corpses buried in unmarked graves in north Kashmir could be of ordinary Kashmiris subjected to ‘ enforced disappearance’, a report of the State Human Rights Commission ( SHRC) says.

An enforced disappearance takes place when a person is arrested, detained or abducted by the state or agents acting for the state, who then deny that the person is being held or conceal their whereabouts, placing them outside the protection of law. Very often, people who have disappeared are never released and their fate remains unknown.

SHRC has discovered unmarked graves in north Kashmir’s Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora districts. Although there are reports about the presence of unmarked graves throughout J& K, SHRC, in its probe into such graves, focused only on north Kashmir.

The report says there are 2,730 people buried in 38 unmarked graveyards in north Kashmir.

The bodies were claimed to be of unidentified militants and handed over to locals by the police for burial. Later, however, 574 of the 2,730 bodies were identified as those of local residents.

Full report at: Mail Today

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American Muslims satisfied Obama backers

Aug 30 2011

Chicago : A majority of US Muslims are content with the nation's direction in contrast to many Americans and a few Muslims believe there is support for Islamic extremism, a survey released on Tuesday found.

With the 10th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks on New York and the Pentagon approaching, the Pew Research Center found that most Muslims felt ordinary Americans were friendly or neutral toward them.

In contrast to the majority of the general public dissatisfied with the nation's direction, 56 per cent of the estimated 2.75 million American Muslims said they are satisfied, the survey showed. Seven out of 10 view President Barack Obama's tenure favorably.

“On a variety of measures, Muslims in America are very content with their own lives and with the communities where they live,” Pew researcher Greg Smith said in an interview.

Four out of five Muslim Americans surveyed were satisfied with the way things are going in their lives and rated their communities very positively as places to live.

“We've seen Muslims move in a different direction than the rest of the country (with more) believing America is going in the right direction,” Smith said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/839185/

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Cancer-afflicted Lockerbie bomber found at mother's house in Tripoli

Aug 30, 2011

The man who bombed a flight over Scotland's Lockerbie killing 270 people and was released from jail on compassionate grounds has been tracked down to his mother's house in Tripoli following reports that he had fled with Muammar Gaddafi.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, 59, was found at his mother's posh villa in the Libyan capital, The Sun reported.

Cancer-affected al-Megrahi was in coma and on an intravenous drip.

Al-Megrahi was convicted in the bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988.

He was released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds in 2009, and returned to a hero's welcome in Libya.

Al-Megrahi was found after neighbours in Tripoli directed CNN to a luxury home fitted with security cameras and floodlights.

Relatives said they rescued him from hospital a few days ago and took him home. They said he was close to death and claimed they got no help from the Gaddafi regime.

"He's stopped eating and some times he is in a coma. We just give him oxygen. Nobody gives us any advice. There is no doctor. We don't have any phone line to call anybody," his son Khaled was quoted as saying.

Libyan rebels are now refusing to extradite al-Megrahi to Britain to serve out the rest of his life sentence for the plane bombing.

Rebel justice minister Mohammed al-Alagi said: "Libya has never extradited or handed over its citizens to a foreign country. We shall continue with this principle."

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_cancer-afflicted-lockerbie-bomber-found-at-mother-s-house-in-tripoli_1580994

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Gaddafi and his sons ‘raped’ female bodyguards: report

Aug 29 2011

Tripoli : Five women who formed a part of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s select unit of female bodyguards have claimed that they were raped and abused by the now ousted dictator and his sons.

According to News.com.au, the former bodyguards told a Benghazi-based psychologist they were raped and abused before being tossed aside once the men became ‘bored’ with them.

“The women would be first raped by the dictator and then passed on, like used objects, to one of his sons and eventually to high-ranking officials for more abuse before eventually being let go,” the Sunday Times of Malta said.

According to the paper, a woman said she was blackmailed into joining Gaddafi's female bodyguard unit after the regime fabricated a story that her brother was caught smuggling drugs into Libya, and he would be imprisoned unless she agreed to join the brigade.

Since the early 1970s his female bodyguards, known as his Amazonian guard, always surrounded Gaddafi. They wore camouflage outfits, nail polish and heavy mascara.

The cadre of 30 women pledged oaths of loyalty to him, including a vow of virginity, the report added.

The details are reportedly being collected by psychologist, Seham Sergewa, for possible use by the International Criminal Court, which has issued a warrant for the arrest of Gaddafi and his top associates for suspected war crimes.

The psychologist is also reportedly investigating claims of systematic rape said to have been committed by pro-Gaddafi soldiers during the conflict.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/gaddafi-and-his-sons-raped-female-bodyguards-report/838718/

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Al Qaeda branch says responsible for Algeria bombing

Aug 29 2011

ALGIERS: al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb on Sunday claimed responsibility for deadly twin suicide attacks in Algeria, accusing the regime there of supporting Moamer Qadhafi in neighbouring Libya.

The brazen suicide blasts, carried out with an explosive packed motorcycle, targeted an Algerian military academy and killed 18 people including officers in training from Syria and Tunisia.

A statement, titled “a gift for Eid”, emailed to AFP in Morocco said AQIM “claims responsibility for the two martyr operations” on Friday which “targeted the heart of Algeria’s Cherchell military institution”, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the Algerian capital.

The authenticity of the statement, sent by a man identifying himself as “Salah Abou Mohamed, official in charge of information of the al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb organisation” could not immediately be ascertained.

The text said the military school target was the “most important symbol of the Algerian regime” and accused Algeria of supporting the rule of Moamer Qadhafi in Libya, mirroring accusations made by rebel leaders in Benghazi and Tripoli.

On Sunday, the United States strongly condemned the attacks as “a horrific event” whose victims included non-Algerians who “were working to make their countries safer places,” a statement from the US state department said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/29/al-qaeda-branch-says-responsible-for-algeria-bombing.html

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School blown up in northwest Pakistan

Aug 29 2011

PESHAWAR: Unidentified attackers blew up a school here at Sher Din Banda in the wee hours on Monday.

According to police station Zaida, unidentified miscreants planted explosive material in ghee tins inside a girls’ school here at Sher Din Banda in the limits of Zaida Police Station that went off in the wee hours.

As a result, the school’s building was partially destroyed. However, no casualties were reported in the incident.

Soon after the incident, law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/29/school-blown-up-in-northwest-pakistan.html

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Iraq was not a threat to Britain when Blair declared war: Ex-MI5 chief

Aug 29 2011

London : Iraq did not pose any threat to Britain, when former Prime Minister Tony Blair took his country to war in 2003, a former MI5 chief has said.

Baroness Manningham-Buller, who was director-general of MI5 from October 2002 until her retirement in April 2007, revealed that pursuing Iraq was only a ‘distraction’.

“Iraq did not present a threat to the UK. It was the right thing to do. But yes, you do have to be aware of who you are dealing with,” Buller was quoted, as saying by the BBC.

“The service advised that it was likely to increase the domestic threat and that it was a distraction from the pursuit of al-Qaeda. I understood the need to focus on Afghanistan. Iraq was a distraction,” she added.

Buller also described Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi as a ‘horror’.

“It is very difficult – do you just stand by and watch people being murdered. Intelligence isn’t complete without the full picture and the full picture is all about doubt,” she said.

The former director-general also defended MI5 against suggestions that it could have prevented the 7 July 2005 terror attacks on London.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iraq-was-not-a-threat-to-britain-when-blair-declared-war-exmi5-chief/838789/

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After NSW, Victoria asks Muslim women to unveil face to police

Aug 29 2011

Melbourne : Muslim women wearing burqa may have to remove the veil when demanded by the police or face arrest in the Australian state of Victoria, on the heels of a similar law enacted in New South Wales.

"Victorian police have the power to demand that Muslim women remove face veils," the state government has ruled, with the police minister Peter Ryan saying that anyone who refuses to show their face can be arrested.

The Victorian government led by Ted Baillieu sought legal advice in July following a move by the New South Wales to introduce special law for veiled women drivers, the Herald Sun reported.

The authorities were told that the state police were already empowered to issue such an order and the paper said that the ruling means Victorian police may make the demand of motorists when checking licenses of those suspected of crime.

"The Victorian government has decided that the current laws are adequate and there is no current need for proposed changes to legislation," spokeswoman Justine Sywak said.

However, she said, the state government would monitor the NSW legislation once it comes into effect.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/after-nsw-victoria-asks-muslim-women-to-unveil-face-to-police/838756/

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Uganda landslides kill 23 people, toll seen rising

By Elias Biryabarema

Aug 29 2011

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Landslides in eastern Uganda killed at least 23 people and more victims were believed to be buried under mounds of mud, the Uganda Red Cross said Monday.

The landslides occurred in the early hours of Monday after unseasonably heavy rains near the border with Kenya, razing hundreds of houses, the Red Cross said in a statement.

"We have so far confirmed 23 people dead in Mabono and Meru villages in Bulambuli district but we have only been able to retrieve 15 bodies. The landslide occurred at about 1 a.m. (2200 GMT) last night," Catherine Ntabbade, spokesperson for Uganda Red Cross, told Reuters.

Local media quoted officials as saying the death toll was expected to rise further. The heavy rains have also caused heavy flooding and crop damage in some areas, the Red Cross said.

Scores of Ugandans were killed in a similar disaster in March last year.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/landslide-uganda-kills-least-23-people-102206157.html

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Kohistan floods: 48 bodies recovered

29 Aug 2011

MANSEHRA: At least 48 bodies have been recovered after they were swept away during the Kohistan floods, Geo News reported. 15 people are still missing.

According to DCO Kohistan, the search for those missing continues. The administration adds that weather conditions in Tehsil Kundia are disrupting helicopter service and relief efforts.

Meanwhile the Pakistan Army is conducting rescue operations in the affected areas and three month ration has been provided to flood affectees.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=21724&title=Kohistan-floods:-48-bodies-recovered

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US Fears Historic Storm, Muslim Help Ready

29 Aug 2011

WASHINGTON – As the United States braces for the arrival of what is likely to be an "extremely dangerous and costly" hurricane, more than two million people on the US East Coast are evacuating their homes while a Muslim relief agency is standing ready for a potential emergency response.

"All indications point to this being a historic hurricane," President Barack Obama said in a statement on Friday, August 26, to reporters as Hurricane Irene barreled towards the US east coast, Reuters reported.

In his speech, Obama warned Americans to take Hurricane Irene seriously and urged them to obey orders to evacuate from its path.

Fifty-five million people are potentially in Hurricane Irene's path, from the Carolinas to Cape Cod on the US East Coast, and tens of thousands are evacuating as cities including New York brace for the powerful storm to hit.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/453681-us-fears-historic-storm-muslim-help-ready.html

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World Muslims Rush for Somalia Aid

29 Aug 2011

CAIRO – Scrambling to alleviate the suffering of millions of starving Somalis, Muslims around the world are spearheading world efforts to extend aid to the drought-hit country.

“There are no resources, no management and no equipment (here),” Doctor Ifftikar, head of the Islamic Relief (IR) for Somalia, told Le Monde, according to a translated version by Worldcrunch news site.

The IR mission is working in the Somali capital along with some 20 Turkish, Qatari and Kuwaiti humanitarian agencies under the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) umbrella to confront the devastation of a severe drought that has left millions of Somalis facing starvation.

More than 12 million people in Somalia and other parts of the Horn of Africa have been caught up in the region's worst drought in decades.

Trying to contain the situation, a group of 21 doctors, experts and professors from several Islamic countries arrived in the Somali capital with 45 tons of medical equipment.

The OIC is also hoping to improve conditions at Mogadishu's largest health facility, Banadir Hospital, through a 5-million-dollar rehabilitation program.

In the hospital, the Muslim doctors are stretched to the limit, working under tremendous pressure and with inadequate equipment.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/global/453572-world-muslims-rush-for-somalia-aid.html

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US Mosques Urged to Share Ramadan

29 Aug 2011

WASHINGTON – As the clock is ticking to the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, a US advocacy group is calling on mosques across the United States to open doors to non-Muslims during iftar to share the spirituality of the holy month and enhance Islam understanding in the country.

"Individual and community outreach and interaction are key to reversing the current growth in anti-Muslim sentiment in our society," Nihad Awad, the National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR), said in a press release on Thursday, July 14.

"Anyone who knows a Muslim on a personal level is much less likely to hold stereotypical views of Islam."

Inspired by Ramadan’s message of solidarity, CAIR issued an annual campaign for local communities to host iftar dinner receptions and open houses for our neighbors of other traditions.

During such a campaign, Awad said CAIR would be helping local Muslim communities organize "Sharing Ramadan" iftars by providing step-by-step instructions for hosting the events titled "Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide 2011”.

“Since sharing and appreciation are essential components of Ramadan, we hope local mosques, community centers and Islamic schools will take this opportunity to invite their neighbors to join them for a meal during an iftar,” CAIR said in its resource guide.

Ramadan is the holiest month in Islamic calendar.

In Ramadan, adult Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/453038-cair-urges-us-mosques-to-share-ramadan.html

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's art showed the grotesque symptoms of dictatorship

Jonathan Jones

29 Aug 2011

Why revel in the bad taste of the Gaddafi family now, as if it reveals a moral truth not apparent at the 2002 art exhibition?

Bad artists are not necessarily bad people. At least, I have no proof of this. But the case of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi demonstrates that in some cases the readiness to inflict one's dearth of artistic talent on a helpless world may be a sign of far worse behaviour to come.

Back in 2002, the son and would-be heir of Muammar Gaddafi, who in defence of his father and his future has proved to be such a bloodthirsty and dangerous character, staged an exhibition of his art in London. He was not yet known as a destroyer – in fact he was claiming to be a creator. The Desert Is Not Silent was held in a specially built pavilion in Kensington Gardens. I had my fun with his daubs of roses, horses and clenched fists in a Guardian review. These paintings, I concluded, "just end up confirming all the old stereotypes about dictators, or dictators' sons. Ever since Nero there has been a depressing connection between bad art and megalomaniac regimes: Hitler the opera lover, architect and painter; Stalin the poet …"

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/26/saif-al-islam-gaddafi-art

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Gaddafi still a danger, says Libya rebel chief

29 Aug 2011

DOHA: Libyan rebel chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil warned Monday that strongman Muammar Gaddafi still posed a danger inside and outside of Libya and urged no let-up in international action against the strongman.

"Gaddafi's defiance of the coalition forces still poses a danger, not only for Libya but for the world. That is why we are calling for the coalition to continue its support," Abdel Jalil said at a meeting of chiefs of staff of countries militarily involved in Libya, including Qatar.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gaddafi-still-a-danger-says-Libya-rebel-chief/articleshow/9781776.cms

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Gaddafi’s eccentric philosophies even pushed Islam aside

29 Aug 2011

Muammar Gaddafi was never your average dictator. Fueled by Libya’s oil billions, he “morphed into something more closely resembling a cult leader and quasi-mystic than a conventional Arab autocrat,” writes  Jonathan Kay in Canada’s National Post newspaper.

“Dictatorships come in different flavors,” writes Kay, “Communist, fascist, Islamist. Gaddafi’s dying regime doesn’t fit any of these boxes. What we’re witnessing in Tripoli is the extinction of a one-of-a-kind creature.”

Gaddafi took power in 1969 the old-fashioned Third World way, through a military coup, deposing Libya’s corrupt King Idris. But once in control, Gaddafi kept his title as colonel, never promoting himself to ”general.”

Even in the early years, he would disappear for months of self-imposed “contemplative exile,” during which time he would receive apocalyptic visions of global confrontation. Western journalists who visited him came away describing a tent-dwelling dreamer who imagined himself a pan-African king, writes Kay.

“He made clumsy passes at female reporters, and published an eccentric, all-knowing guide to life and politics – the Green Book.

Full report at:

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/08/canadas-national-post-gaddafis-eccentric-philosophies-even-pushed-islam-aside.php#ixzz1WPH5ne00

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Australia: Muslim accused of sending hate mail seeks “free speech” protection

29 Aug 2011

A Muslim man who sent letters to the families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan telling them that their sons were war criminals is trying to have the indictment quashed on the grounds that it is unconstitutional, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Haron Monis sent at least 12 letters and CDs to the dead soldier’s families with the assistance of co-accused, Amirah Droudis.

He also sent letters to politicians and members of the Jewish community which described a Jewish soldier involved in the accidental killing of Afghani civilians as a “dirty animal” who is “a thousand times worse” than a pig, according the Herald:

Both men have been charged with using a postal service to menace, harass or cause offence under the 1995 Criminal Code Act.

But they have launched a bid to have the indictments thrown out on the grounds that this section of the Code breaches the implied right of political communication contained in the Australian constitution.

Having failed to make the case in the NSW District Court earlier this year, the men took their case to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday, where they were represented by four barristers keen to make the constitutional claim.

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/08/sydney-morning-herald-muslim-accused-of-sending-hate-mail-seeks-free-speech-protection.php#ixzz1WPHo0aiF

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Cordova, a Memphis suburb: Tennessee church lends sanctuary to local Muslims

29 Aug 2011

A Tennessee pastor startled his neighborhood, his congregation and local Muslims when he invited the local Islamic community to celebrate Ramadan inside his church.

Their own cultural center was under construction nearby. So, Pastor Steve Stone offered the main sanctuary at his 550-member Heartsong Church in Cordova, a Memphis suburb, as a place for Muslim faithful to pray during the holy week of Ramadan 2010.

It sparked an unusual alliance that’s still strong a year later, reports National Public Radio.

“Obviously we were taken aback, but in a very positive way,” said Danish Siddiqui, a board member of the Memphis Islamic Center. On the NPR program ”All Things Considered,” he told guest host Laura Sullivan, “Muslims, we tend to think of ourselves as good neighbors, but Steve beat us to the punch.”

Full report at:

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/08/npr-tennessee-church-lends-sanctuary-to-local-muslims.php#ixzz1WPIK3ybX

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Are U.S. inmates being turned into radical Muslims?

Rob Kerby

29 Aug 2011

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, thinks Muslim Americans are being radicalized in U.S. prisons, and he’s promised a “deliberate and thoughtful examination of the issue” during a hearing on Wednesday.

“To which detractors say: impossible,” reports the Washington Post‘s On Faith website.

As was the case with his March hearing on the radicalization of Muslim Americans, the detractors are accusing the congressman of scare-mongering. They see this week’s hearing as being rooted in no more than Islamophobia. The Post reports:

But as King told Fox News on Monday, there’s “absolutely nothing wrong” with inmates converting to Islam. “The problem,” he said, “is when you get radical Muslims. You get radical chaplains who then radicalize them and turn them toward terrorism or turn them toward violence.”

King is hardly the first person to voice of concern about the radicalization of Muslims in American prisons. FBI Director Robert Mueller told a Senate committee six years ago that prisons were “fertile ground” for Islamic extremists. Even before that, in 2003, Sen. Charles Schumer, the Democrat of New York, expressed concern that U.S. inmates were being recruited by followers of the ultraconservative brand of Islam known as Wahhabism.

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/08/washington-post-are-u-s-inmates-being-turned-into-radical-muslims.php#ixzz1WPIURbZ1

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Legal nightmare grows for Christians under “shari’a” Islamic law

29 Aug 2011

Christians experiencing growing legal nightmare under “shari’a” in Islamic republics

Christians in Islamic republics are experiencing a growing legal nightmare. Muslim shari’a law prohibits Christians testifying against Muslims in court.

As a result, in Pakistan and Iran, Christians are without rights in any court case involving a dispute with a Muslim.  Likewise in criminal court, Muslims are guaranteed impunity for crimes committed against Christians. In Islamic republics, such impunity and legal discrimination has fueled persecution.

However, the resulting insecurity of non-Muslims is shrugged off by Islamic authorities. Such traditional dhimmitude or subjugation under Islam gives non-Muslims yet one more reason to embrace Islam.

Full report at:

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/08/christians-experiencing-growing-legal-nightmare-under-sharia-in-islamic-republics.php#ixzz1WPJhQuCe

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Spiraling Violence Spoils Afghan Ramadan

By Fazelminallah Qazizai

29 Aug 2011

KABUL – Deteriorating security conditions have overshadowed the holy month of Ramadan in Afghanistan, with many Afghans feeling the situation is fast spiraling out of control.

“All the highways that were safe last year are not this year and those places that were safe to stay in are not now,” Qamaruddin Shinwari, a prominent tribal elder, told OnIslam.net.

“These attacks are shaking everyone.”

Summer is traditionally a season of raging fighting in Afghanistan, with Taliban fighters able to move through areas closed off to them during the freezing winter months when snow blankets much of the land.

But this year, the violence has reached new levels.

According to the UN, the number of civilians killed in the war rose by 15 percent in the first half of 2011 to 1,462.

There has been no let-up in the bloodshed during Ramadan.

Last week alone, high-profile attacks by teams of suicide bombers occurred in Kabul and the normally relatively peaceful town of Charikar, a short drive north of the Afghan capital.

Shinwari, who is chief executive of a council covering the eastern provinces of Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Nuristan, blames government corruption and failure of the US-led foreign troops to respect local culture for the growing chaos.

“If you ask 100 Afghans about security, 73 of them will complain about the situation,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/asia-pacific/453600-spiraling-violence-spoils-afghan-ramadan.html

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Germans missing in Afghanistan were kidnapped: officials

29 Aug 2011

KABUL: Afghan officials believe that two German men who vanished after going mountain climbing north of the capital Kabul were kidnapped by insurgents, they said Monday.

The two men went missing near the Salang Pass earlier this month after setting out to go climbing in the famous Hindu Kush range.

Confirming they had disappeared, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said last week that there were "indications that they may have been the victims of a kidnapping".

But Sher Ahmad Maladani, police chief of Parwan province which lies in the area from which the pair went missing, said local officials now had a clearer picture of what had happened after days of intensive searches for the pair. "We know that they were abducted by insurgents," Maladani told AFP. "I can't give you details but very soon I might be able to provide more information," he added.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=21720&title=Germans-missing-in-Afghanistan-abducted

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Syria Besieges Town as Erdogan Says Violence Means Assad Risks Mubarak End

By Nayla Razzouk and Emre Peker

Aug 30, 2011

Syrian Security forces laid siege to a central city today even as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that the government of President Bashar al-Assad risks the fate of others toppled in the region this year if it doesn’t stop its deadly crackdown.

“We’ve seen the consequences of those who chose not to pick this path in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya,” Erdogan said late yesterday in a televised speech. “Immediately silencing guns and heeding public demands are the only way out.”

International pressure has been mounting on Assad to end more than five months of violence. The Arab League said yesterday it was sending its chief to press for an end to fighting. U.S. President Barack Obama earlier this month joined the leaders of the U.K., France, and Germany in calling for Assad to step down.

At least 15 people were killed today and 400 were arrested, Homs-based activist Nitham al-Siraj said by telephone. The protests that began in mid-March were inspired by a wave of unrest across the Middle East and North Africa earlier this year that unseated Tunisia’s President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January and toppled Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak the month after. Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi is in hiding after an armed uprising ended his control over most of the country.

Full report at:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-29/syria-besieges-town-as-erdogan-says-violence-means-assad-risks-mubarak-end.html

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Brother of Sadat's assassin returns to Egypt

29 Aug 2011

The brother of the Islamist assassin of former president Anwar Sadat on Sunday returned to Egypt from exile in Iran and surrendered to the authorities.

Mohammed Shawki al-Islamboulli, who was sentenced to death in absentia for leading the terrorist network Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiyya in the mid-1990s, was whisked away by officials from the military prosecutor’s office as he arrived in Cairo.

He is due to be tried again under Egyptian law since the earlier verdicts were handed down in his absence.

Islamboulli claimed his innocence and told reporters he had been living in Iran for the past eight years after a 16-year stay in Afghanistan.

“I returned to Egypt because I have faith in the judicial system,” he said, adding that the popular uprising that ended the 30-year regime of president Hosni Mubarak in February spurred his return home.

Several relatives and members of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiyya were at the airport to greet him. The group renounced violence in 1998.

Sadat was shot dead by Islamist militants at a military parade in Cairo on October 6, 1981, three years after he signed the 1978 Camp David Accords that led to a 1979 peace treaty with Israel, the first by an Arab country.

Islamboulli’s brother Khaled was the main person to be convicted in the case and was executed in 1982.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/364164/Brother-of-Sadats-assassin-returns-to-Egypt.html

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We made no mistakes: Salman Khurshid

29 Aug 2011

Law Minister Salman Khurshid, a key negotiator with Team Anna, on Sunday said there may have been “errors of judgement” in handling Mr. Hazare’s fast but there were no mistakes.

“Errors of judgement have been made; errors of judgement are made whenever you are involved in a difficult situation. Errors of judgement are not mistakes”, Mr. Khurshid told CNN-IBN in an interview with Karan Thapar.

“We made no mistakes. What we did may not have turned out to be the way it should. May be our calculation and anticipation turned out to be not what we thought it to be. But I am not prepared to admit we made mistakes,” he said.

Defending the way the government handled the Anna Hazare agitation, he said, “It is courage of conviction. It is faith in yourselves. We are not pushovers. We might have made errors of judgment. We may have lost ground somewhere but we are determined to get that ground back.”

Asked whether he is saying that the government has made no mistakes, a combative Mr. Khurshid said, “The outcome of what you did depends on how you define a mistake. A mistake is to do something that you should not be doing.”

He further said, “It is very sensitive, complex situation that has just unfolded into a good resolution.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2406356.ece

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India finds proof of Pak training Somali pirates

Ankur Jain

29 Aug 2011

Ahmedabad: It is now official : Somali sea pirates are being trained in Pakistan to carry out a proxy war against India.Though Indian security agencies had been hinting at a Pakistani link to Somali sea pirates since long,material evidence to support this assertion has only been recently recovered.

The evidence was obtained from nine foreign nationals caught from a hijacked Iranian vessel MV Nafis-1,by theIndian Navy off Mumbai on August 14.

The vessel was brought to Porbandar on August 15 and those arrested five Yemenis,two Tanzanians,one Kenyan and one Somali national were handed over to Porbandar police.

Gujarat customs officials had seized a large quantity of fooditemsfrom the vessel and also found rice packets and juice pouches bearing names of Pakistani companies.Gujarat customs officials also recovered two AK-47 s,a pistol and a cache of foreign currency including $86,000 and 1,500 Saudi Riyal.

Officials seized bags full of tea leaves,which customs officials believe,were chewed by the pirates to stay awake.

The guns have no label but the food items are packed and manufactured in Pakistan.Smugglers are not generally found carrying such a large amount of foreign currency, said a senior customs official.

The fact that the foreigners were travelling in a lowspeed merchant vessel unlike Somalian pirates who use high-speed boats,gave the arrested a benefit of doubt,said customs officials.

We are taking help of foreign embassies to know if those arrested have a criminal record.We have three Arabic translators who are helping us.The arrested have confessed that they are smugglers and operate in Arabic countries,and were lost in waters before they wereinterceptedby Indian forces, said Dipen Bhadran,Porbandar superintendant of police.

Times of India

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Lockerbie bomber 'should be left to die in peace'

29 Aug 2011

Many people believe Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi should now be left to die in peace, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

He said it was time to lay to rest the "ridiculous" conspiracy theory that he was not dying of prostate cancer.

Megrahi's family has told a CNN TV crew at his home in Tripoli he is close to death and falling in and out of a coma.

Mr Salmond also said he had never considered seeking his extradition, and speculation otherwise was "misguided".

CNN said Megrahi appeared to be "at death's door" and was in the care of his family.

Extradition calls

"The opinion of many, many people is that it might be time as far as Mr Megrahi is concerned to draw a line under that part of the Lockerbie issue and perhaps allow this man now to die in peace," Mr Salmond said.

He added: "We can finally lay to rest the ridiculous conspiracy theory... that somehow Mr Megrahi was not dying of prostate cancer.

"You wouldn't have to be a medical expert to realise that this man is dying, is terminally ill, as we've always said."

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14705838

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Libya: Playboy model tells of Colonel Gaddafi son's 'denial' of regime danger

Steve White

29/08/2011

THE Playboy model ex-lover of Colonel Gaddafi’s son has told of the “denial” the regime was in during its final days.

Centrefold Talitha van Zon said she saw Gaddafi’s fifth son Mutassim, 35, shortly after the uprising – and found a different scene to the greed and expense of their three-month fling.

She said: “He had a beard and was on a couch strewn with automatic weapons.

“He was guarded by unsmiling 16-year-old boys with ­sub-machine guns.”

She also claims that he told her Libya was responsible for the Lockerbie atrocity as revenge for a US bomb raid.

The Dutch model also met him for a drink the night before the siege of Tripoli.

“There was no fear they were going to lose,” she said. “I think he was a little bit in denial.”

The next day she was ambushed by rebels but, fearing she would be killed, she escaped by leaping from a hotel balcony.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/08/29/libya-playboy-model-tells-of-colonel-gaddafi-son-s-denial-of-regime-danger-115875-23379778/#ixzz1WQ0h5FVv

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Residents flee central Syrian town amid heavy gunfire

29 Aug 2011

Residents of the central Syrian town of Rastan were fleeing on Monday, hearing heavy gunfire and fearing an attack after security forces surrounded it, activists said.

People were leaving of fear after troops began deploying at the southern entrance of the town, in Homs province, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria online group said.

Rastan has been the site of intense anti-regime protests.

Since mid-March, pro-democracy protests have engulfed most of Syria, calling for political and economic reforms as well as for President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster.

Government forces have ruthlessly cracked down on protests against almost five decades of Baath Party rule, killing over 2,200 people and triggering a wide-scale international condemnation.

Around 12 people were killed on Sunday, Al Jazeera broadcaster reported.

In Turkish newspaper interviews, President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan both sharply criticised the brutal crackdown by Syrian forces against government opponents.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2408903.ece

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Aamir Khan supports Manipur rights activist

29 Aug 2011

Imphal, Aug 29 (IANS) Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has supported Manipur's human rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila's over a decade-long hunger strike against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and violation of human rights by security forces in the northeast, a release said here Monday.

"The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958, should be repealed," the actor told the coordinator of the Imphal-based Just Peace Foundation (JPF), Seram Rojesh, in New Delhi Sunday. "I support Sharmila."

AFSPA, in force in large parts of the northeast, enables security forces to shoot at sight or arrest without a warrant.

"The foundation recently sent Rojesh to the national capital to demonstrate solidarity with Anna Hazare after the social activist had invited Sharmila to come to New Delhi and join his fight against corruption," a JPF release said here.

"Rojesh apprised Aamir at Ramlila ground in New Delhi about the condition of Sharmila who has been fasting for over one decade demanding the repeal of the AFSPA and alleged violation of human rights in northeast India by security forces," it said.

She completes 11 years of fasting in November.

Full report at:

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=113898

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Muslims to pray for UCI students on trial today

By BRIAN MARTINEZ

29 Aug 2011

Muslims planned to gather Sunday night to pray for 10 students who go on trial Monday in Orange County on charges of disturbing a public gathering where an Israeli diplomat was speaking, an activist group announced.

"Mosques across Southern California will be filled with worshipers echoing similar prayers this Sunday night, showing support for 10 students who could be facing up to one year in prison for interrupting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's speech last year," the activist group's announcement said.

Islamic Institute of Orange County on 1220 N. State College Blvd. in Anaheim and Islamic Society of Orange County at 9752 13th St. in Garden Grove will host prayer services at 10 p.m.

Mosques in Hawthorne, Claremont, Corona and Riverside will also host prayer services.

The students facing trial were arrested, cited and released after shouting and protesting during a February 2010 speech by Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren on the UC Irvine campus. According to prosecutors, the disruptions resulted in Oren being able to deliver only three minutes of his scheduled 30-minute speech. Oren was giving a speech about U.S.-Israeli security.

The incident was captured on video and inflamed tension between Muslim and Jewish students at UCI.

Full report at:

http://www.ocregister.com/news/students-314224-one-group.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Islamic scientific heritage 'will boost cultural dialogue'

29 Aug 2011

Cairo: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, emphasised that conserving the rich Islamic scientific heritage and propagating it around the world are vital to promoting cultural dialogue, which in turn will inspire interest in Islamic civilisation and its scientific legacy.

In a speech delivered on behalf of Shaikh Mohammad by Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, at Al Azhar, Shaikh Mohammad observed that science can help restore the cultural and humanitarian leadership of the Arab world.

The speech was delivered at a ceremony held to mark the successful completion of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Project to preserve the manuscripts of Al Azhar and publish them online.

Manuscripts

The project involved documenting and preserving up to 50,000 manuscripts of Al Azhar, comprising more than eight million pages and 63 sections in various arts and science disciplines dating back to the beginning of Islamic history, in addition to 53,000 printed copies, the most recent of which was printed 60 years ago.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/egypt/islamic-scientific-heritage-will-boost-cultural-dialogue-1.858331

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Urdu, mysticism and Japanese scholars

By Rauf Parekh

29 Aug 2011

LAST week was not particularly a very pleasant one for Karachi and Karachiites as the fallout of the recent disturbances in the city continued in one way or the other. However, some Japanese scholars and their students dared it out and landed in the city to gather some material for their ongoing research projects.

The visitors included three scholars, two from the Kyoto University and one from the Osaka University. And accompanying them was a PhD student from the Kyoto University and a research student from the Osaka University. It was nice to see that both the young students were very keen to learn more and more about Urdu language and Pakistani culture. Talking to them — amidst the rare books and manuscripts they were poring over at Prof Dr Moinuddin Aqeel’s huge personal library — was an enlightening experience. Discussions with them on several topics continued as this writer rejoined them later in the evening at an Iftar dinner writer Muhammad Hamza Farooqi had arranged in their honour.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/29/urdu-mysticism-and-japanese-scholars.html

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Sutphenis (thicker than sewayian) adding flavour to Eid ul Fitr & Teej festivals

Naveen Kumar

Aug 29, 2011

VARANASI: With the festival of Eid and Teej approaching, the locals have started shopping for specially made sutphenis (locally called dudhphenis which are thicker than sewayian) in the city. Though the sighting of moon would decide the day of Eid, it is very likely that both the festivals - Eid and Teej - could fall on August 31 (Wednesday).

Observing fast is common in both the festivals. The rare occasion has put the Bhadayun Chungi lane, famous for shops of sutphenis and sewayian), at the centre of communal harmony. Other places like Dalmandi and Nayi Sarak areas in the heart of the city have also come up with specially made sutphenis.

Interestingly, these sutphenis are cherished by married Hindu women before observing a daylong fast for the health and prosperity of their husbands to mark traditional Teej festivity.

"It is a rare occasion where the sewayian-makers in the city, mostly belonging to Hindu families, are churning out special Banarasi sewayian for Muslim brothers marking the holy Ramzan month, while on the other hand, people from Muslim community are coming from far places like Kanpur and Muzaffarnagar to make sutphenis for Hindu women," said Rajendra Kumar, a sewayian-maker in Bhadayun Chungi lane, also known as sewayian lane.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/Sutphenis-adding-flavour-to-Eid-ul-Fitr-Teej-festivals/articleshow/9782138.cms

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Iranian rights activist and mother arrested

Aug 30, 2011

Iranian officials have so far refused to acknowledge they are holding Kouhyar Goudarzi, whose mother was also arrested

Human rights groups have expressed concern over the fate of Kouhyar Goudarzi, a prominent Iranian activist who was arrested last month by plainclothes security forces.

Goudarzi, 25, an active member of the Committee for Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) in Iran, was picked up from a friend’s house in Tehran on 31 July, but authorities have so far refused to acknowledge they are holding him.

Neighbours said Goudarzi was taken away with two of his friends by people believed to be from Iran’s ministry of intelligence. His whereabouts are unknown but speculation is rife that he has been taken to Evin prison.

A day after Gourdarzi’s arrest his mother, Parvin Mokhtareh, was detained in the southern city of Kerman. She has been accused of insulting the supreme leader, propaganda against the regime and acting against the national security. Amnesty said the charges stemmed from an “interview she gave when her son was imprisoned in 2010 in relation to his peaceful human rights activities”.

Goudarzi’s lawyer, Mina Jafari told the opposition website Roozonline: “We are very worried for Kouhyar’s physical and mental health. Our only source of information about Kouhyar was through his mother, who herself got arrested … Now, we have no information about Kouhar, nor his mother. Whatever happens to him, those who arrested him should be held responsible.”

http://iranbriefing.net/?p=8612

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