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Islamic World News ( 24 Jul 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Pope Calls To Renounce Hatred As Norway Mourns Twin Attacks’ Victims

Oslo killer waging a Christian war

Admission denied for students with Islamic Beard in Rajasthan College: Jamaat-e-Islami seeks to inflame Muslim sentiments

Vastanvi sacking a Madani ploy to gain power over Dar- ul?

Deoband not the private property of any family: Vastanvi

18 killed as Target Killing spreads in Karachi

Mughal-era haat reopened on India-Bangladesh border

Uzbekistan Publishes Quran In Braille For The Blind

ISI spied on Pak diaspora in US, operative forced to leave

Majlis Wahada Muslameen Pakistan stages sitting outside parliament house

Blast kills 8 in Nigeria

Pakistan: Seven die as militant groups’ trade fire

Blast Religious Extremists in Pak hotel during fashion show

Hindustani classical to jazz: Pak band rules US charts

Bangladesh: Introduce quota for Urdu-speaking people'

Muslims can eliminate Islamophobia

Attention of Muslims being diverted from major issues: Chairman S J C, Mecca

The son of the late Shiite preacher: Israel sole foe of Lebanon’s Shiites and Sunnis

Focus on Islamists let other extremists go under radar: Experts

Norway suspect's father 'in shock': paper

No data of illegal migrants from Bangladesh, Pak, says MHA

NATO hands model anti-Taliban province to Afghans

Norway killer wants to wear uniform at court: Lawyer

Vastanvi axed as Darul V-C for praising Modi

Vastanvi to focus on his Rs100cr college

Nomani Emerges Trouble Shooter At Deoband

Govt. plans shy of Muslim tag

Arab Spring not Islamist uprising, says Muslim intellectual

Mulayam was not interested in saving Babri Masjid, says Union Minister

Pakistan bars US embassy staff from entering Peshawar

U.S. Envoy Minimizes Mounting Evidence of Mass Graves in Sudan

Norway Massacre Suspect Anders Behring Breivik, Hitler, & the Jerusalem

Women’s rights activist calls for ‘equality and justice for all Muslims’

Views of U.S. Muslims worsened after bin Laden's death

Zain Ali: How the Muslim world can help New Zealand

Bahraini Sunni Former Army Officer "Mohammed Al-Buflasa" Released

Haneyya calls on world parliaments to work for lifting the siege on Gaza

Nato helicopter downed in Afghanistan

Pakistan won't accept India's regional hegemony: Khar

Banned Bin Hammam wants FIFA evidence in public domain

Yemen: Ceasefire agreement to be signed in Taiz

Conflict generating more child soldiers

Hundreds displaced by Iran-Iraqi Kurd clashes

State Dept, CIA came in way of FBI's plans to arrest Fai

‘Benazir always believed in policy of reconciliation’

Nawaz and Zardari are both in the same boat: Imran Khan

Israel’s Lieberman won’t quit on apology to Turkey

Iraqi forces arrest 16 suspected Qaeda members

Ukraine: Gay church in Donetsk prays for tolerance

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pope Calls To Renounce Hatred As Norway Mourns Twin Attacks’ Victims

Ria Novosti

July 25, 2011

The Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday prayed for the victims of Norway’s twin terrorist attacks and called on Catholics to “to abandon forever the path of hatred and flee from the rationale of evil”, Vatican Radio reported.

Speaking to 4,000 of liturgy’s attendants in the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo, the Pope stressed the importance of one’s conscience that teaches to do good and avoid evil, the radio said.

He also called on Norwegians to be “spiritually united” and to “work together fearlessly in shaping a future of mutual respect, solidarity and freedom for coming generations.”

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia also expressed his condolence over the attacks, saying that “this ordeal should not break down Norwegians, but unite them against new challenges of evil.”

All the Norwegian Christian cathedrals are holding memorial services, following the Friday’s bloody terrorist attacks that killed at least 93.

A massive explosion ripped through the government headquarters in Oslo, killing seven. Several hours later, a man dressed as a police officer opened fire at the youth who had gathered at the summer camp on the Utoya Island, killing over 80.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/pope-calls-to-renounce-hatred-as-norway-mourns-twin-attacks-victims-24072011/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+eurasiareview%2FVsnE+%28Eurasia+Review%29

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Oslo killer waging a Christian war

25 July 2011

Says Acted Alone For Atrocious But Necessary Attacks To Fight Spread Of Islam In Europe

Oslo: The man blamed for attacks on Norways government headquarters and a youth retreat that left at least 92 dead said he was motivated by a desire to bring about a revolution in Norwegian society,his lawyer said on Sunday.A manifesto that he is believed to have written ranted against Muslim immigration to Europe,calling for a Christian war to defend Europe against the threat of Muslim domination.

Although lawyer for the 32-year-old Norwegian suspect,Anders Behring Breivik,said his client acted alone,police conducted raids on a garage and sheds in an industrial neighborhood of eastern Oslo.

In his first comment via his lawyer since his arrest,Breivik called his attacks atrocious,but necessary to defeat liberal immigration policies and the spread of Islam.

Survivors of the mass shooting on Utoya island that killed at least 85 young people reported seeing two assailants,and police have said they were looking into those accounts and had not ruled out a second suspect.Another seven people were killed in Fridays bombing in an Oslo government building.

In all,92 people were killed and 97 wounded.There are still people missing at both scenes.Six hearses pulled up at the shore of the lake surrounding the island on Sunday,as rescuers on boats continued to search for bodies in the water.Body parts remain inside the Oslo building,which housed the prime ministers office.

A manifesto published online,which police are poring over and said was posted the day of the attack,ranted that the European elite,multiculturalists and enablers of Islamization would be punished for their treasonous acts.Police have not confirmed that Breivik wrote the document,but his lawyer referred to it and said Breivik had been working on it for years.

The treatise ends with a detailed description of the plot,ending with a note dated 12:51 pm on July 22,I believe this will be my last entry.

Police and his lawyer have said that Breivik confessed to the twin attacks,but denied criminal responsibility for a day that shook peaceful Norway to its core and was the deadliest ever in peacetime.He has been charged with terrorism and will be arraigned on Monday.

Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said a forensics expert from Interpol would join the investigation.Other offers of international assistance have been turned down.

Times of India

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Admission denied for students with Islamic Beard in Rajasthan: Jamaat-e-Islami seeks to inflame Muslim sentiments

25 July 2011

By NewAgeIslamcom News Bureau

New Delhi: Two Muslim students, Md. Danish, Regn. No.14561 and Md. Saaquib, Regn. No. 14562, residents of Jharkhand have been denied admission in one Gyan Vihar University, Jagatpur, Jaipur, Rajasthan in B. Tech. They had come in the merit list after appearing in the admission test. They got registered, paid their fee and at the last stage the Admission In-charge S K Arora saw their beards and got angry. He asked them to get their beards cut off or they will not be admitted as this was the rule of the college. Both the students tried to make him understand the value of beard in Islam and requested him not to take it otherwise. No logic worked. And at last both of them had to take their names back from the college and return home. Now both of them are in shock.

Muslim Students Organisation of India (the student wing of Islamic fundamentalist organisation Jamaat-e-Islami) has been quick to use this incident for seeking to inflame Muslim sentiments and further its agenda. Shahnawaz Warsi (Advocate), general secretary of MSO of narrated the whole incident in a complaint sent to chairman, National Minorities Commission. While condemning the incident Mr Shahnawaz  told in his statement that this is not a new case; such incidents have been continuously happening. They had approached the HRD Minister, Mr Kapil Sibbal but no action has still been taken. Commenting on this isolated incident in a college in the state of Rajasthan, he went on to generalise and make observations on Indian democracy.  He said, “It seems as if Muslims do not have any kind of freedom in India’s democratic system. “

The General Secretary of Muslim Students Organisation demanded immediate investigation and harsh action against the said college and against all other such institutions from where such incidents come to light.

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Vastanvi sacking a Madani ploy to gain power over Dar- ul?

By A. M. Jigeesh

25 July 2011

DAR- UL ULOOM Deoband management panel’s decision remove Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi from the vice- chancellor’s chair had impact on the internal politics Jamiat- Ulama- i- Hind ( JUH), one of the country’s largest Muslim organisations.

Vastanvi’s removal is now being seen as a truce between the warring factions of JUH, led Arshad Madani and his nephew Mahmood Madani — a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh.

Sources in the JUH told M AIL T ODAY that both the Madanis worked together to ensure Vastanvi was out of Dar- ul Uloom.

Though Vastanvi is a close relative of Arshad Madani, it was learnt that the Madanis were determined that his exit would be easier for them to stabilise JUH’s grip on Dar- ul Uloom.

A JUH working committee member Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, who was appointed the new V- C on Sunday, is considered close to Mahmood Madani.

Sources also said the Madanis saw Vastanvi as a threat to their role in the Dar- ul Uloom. Vastanvi was also said to be close the Lok Sabha MP from Assam and perfume baron Maulana Badruddin Ajmal.

Ajmal, who was a member the managing council of Dar- Uloom, was recently sacked from the JUH, allegedly for supporting Vastanvi. The Madanis, it can be inferred, did not want another power centre, especially an outsider from the family, in the affairs of Dar- ul Uloom and JUH. All India Muslim Personal Law Board executive member and Samajwadi Party ( SP) secretary Kamal Faruqui said whatever happened in Dar- ul Uloom was a welcome step. “ The selection of vice chancellor is an internal matter of the Dar- ul Uloom. But it’s learnt that the managing council has followed a democratic path to take the decision. This is a welcome step, which is good for Dar- ul Uloom and the Muslim community,” Faruqui said.

Faruqui was seeking to make an alliance between both the Madanis.

Interestingly, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has also termed the election as an “ internal matter” of the Dar- ul Uloom.

The Madanis, sources said, are also trying to put up a joint effort to push more candidates owing allegiance to JUH during the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

JUH members are working in SP, BSP, Congress and RLD. “ If they worked together, more JUH workers will become candidates, especially in western UP. It would improve the JUH’s bargaining power,” an observer of Muslim politics the state said.

WANTS TO PLAY KING- MAKER

ON PAPER, they are related by law: Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi’s daughter is married to Maulana Arshad Madani’s son.

But ask anyone on the Dar- ul Uloom campus and he’ll tell you how Madani, who lost the election for the vice- chancellor’s office in January this year, had been fuelling the anger against Vastanvi.

Since the Jamiat- Ulama- i- Hind affairs are now keeping Madani busy, he isn’t too keen on becoming the Mohtamim ( chief rector) of the Dar- ul Uloom. But, at the same time, being able to have a say in setting the premier institution’s agenda doesn’t hurt, so he is more than happy to install a favourably disposed person be at the helm of the 145- year- old seminary.

Madani’s earlier falling out with the Jamiat, sources say, was the reason why he was interested in seizing control of the Dar- ul Uloom. Holding the post of power in Deoband would have not only given Madani’s faction legitimacy and the muchneeded political clout, but also given it access to funds. Being one of the most significant Islamic educational institutions in South Asia, the Dar- ul Uloom gets a steady stream of voluntary donations that are known collectively as zakaat . “ In just a month, more than ` 20 crore come in as endowments to this legendary institution,” a wellplaced seminary official said.

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Deoband not the private property of any family: Vastanvi

25 July 2011

Lucknow: Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, who was Sunday removed from the coveted position of vice chancellor of the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband, said that the institution was not anyone's private property.

Talking to IANS over phone from Hapur, where he had gone to attend a function at a madrasa, Vastanvi said: "The Majlis-e-Shoora (governing council) of Darul Uloom might have chosen to remove me from the vice chancellor's position, but I will continue to remain a part of the institution since I happen to be a member of the Shoora."

"In any case, the institution is not a private property of any individual or a family, it is a heritage of the entire Muslim community," he hastened to add.

Vastanvi's remark was an obvious reflection on the common impression that the country's most powerful Islamic seminary had turned into a 'family affair' of the Madni clan that has been traditionally owing allegiance to the Congress party.

The decision to replace Vastanvi was taken by the powerful governing council, which voted nine to four against the Maulana who had raised the hackles of many for praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's developmental policies.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011jul24/deoband_not_private_property_any_family_vastanvi.html?

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18 killed as Target Killing spreads in Karachi

25 July 2011

KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik ruled out any ‘operation’ in Karachi on Sunday, but talking to newsmen after a renewed wave of target killings left at least 18 people dead and several others wounded said that police and Rangers would work together to restore order.

The daylong violence caused the authorities to once again impose a ban on pillion riding that Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasan had lifted about a fortnight ago.

While the situation had been tense in Malir and Landhi amid gunbattles between groups going on for the past few days, violence spread to other parts of the city with attacks on a restaurant and a sweetmeat shop on Sunday.  There were reports of two rocket attacks in Malir.

Commercial areas were shut and residents stayed indoors with several localities reverberating with gunfire.

The worst-hit areas were Malir, Landhi, North Karachi, Surjani, F.B. Area, Baldia, Lyari and Orangi.  The law-enforcers stayed away from trouble spots and were seen only on main roads.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/25/18-killed-as-violence-spreads-in-karachi.html

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Mughal-era haat reopened on India-Bangladesh border

25 July 2011

SHILLONG: One of the hitherto defunct Mughal-era border haats (weekly markets) was reopened by commerce ministers of India and Bangladesh in Meghalaya on Saturday, marking a new high in the ongoing bonhomie and trade links between the two neighbouring countries.

Union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma said the opening of the border haat at Kalaichar in West Garo Hills district would add a new dimension to the economic cooperation between India and Bangladesh.

"It is the realization of a dream and fulfillment of the commitment made in the Joint CommuniquA© issued during the landmark visit of the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010. The opening of the border haat will promote the well being of the people of the northeastern region, particularly Meghalaya," Sharma said.

"It will establish traditional systems of marketing of local produce between India and Bangladesh and will also restore economic and commercial ties between the peoples of both sides of the border. It will bring in a new wave of prosperity for the people of the border villages by opening up of a new market for their produce," Sharma said. "The initiative will reduce the informal trade which exists between India and Bangladesh and open opportunities for greater bilateral trade," he added.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Mughal-era-haat-reopened-on-India-Bangladesh-border/articleshow/9339511.cms

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Uzbekistan Publishes Quran In Braille For The Blind

25 July 2011

According to Jahan news agency affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, the copies have been published to make it possible for 24 thousand sightless citizens to read the holy Quran.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - According to Jahan news agency affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, the copies have been published to make it possible for 24 thousand sightless citizens to read the holy Quran.

 Late 2004 the Office of the Muslims of Uzbekistan jointly with the National Society for the Blind presented a version of the Holy Quran printed in Braille font, making the country recognized as the third country in the world to carry out such a noble cause.

There are two mosques for the hearing-impaired in Tashkent, the capital city as well as full time schools and libraries for the visually-impaired and now the government is distributing special Quran copies among them.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=255520

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ISI spied on Pak diaspora in US, operative forced to leave

25 July 2011

In further revelations of the ISI’s covert operations in the United States, it has now been reported that the US authorities forced a clandestine operative of the agency to leave the country after it was found that he was spying on the Pakistani Diaspora in America.

Mohammed Tasleem, the operative drafted as an attaché in the Pakistani Consulate in New York, was “spirited out of the United States” after the then CIA director Leon Panetta raised the issue with ISI chief Shuja Pasha in April, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

Tasleem, according to the report, even posed as an FBI agent in order to extract information from Pakistanis living in the US, issuing threats to prevent them from speaking openly against the Pakistani government. His activities were reported to be part of “a systematic ISI campaign to keep tabs on the Pakistani diaspora inside the United States”.

The subject figured part of a “tense conversation” that Panetta had with Gen. Pasha when he made a brief visit to Washington. The dominant issue at that time was Pakistan’s demand that 335 American personnel, including CIA officers, contractors and Special Operations forces, leave that country.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/355635/More-dirt-ISI-spied-on-Pak-diaspora-in-US-operative-forced-to-leave.html

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Majlis Wahada Muslameen Pakistan stages sitin outside parliment house

25 July 2011

Majlis Wahada Muslameen Pakistan (MWM) on sunday staged sit in protest outside the parliament house Islamabad in protest against the Federal Information Ministry & PEMRA restriction to media to broadcast the Shia convention and rally.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Majlis Wahada Muslameen Pakistan (MWM) on sunday staged sit in protest outside the parliament house Islamabad in protest against the Federal Information Ministry & PEMRA restriction to media to broadcast the Shia convention and rally.

Hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims across the coountry were attended the convention rally named "Istiqlal-e-Pakistan" (Independent of Pakistan) to condemn the foreign conspiracies against Pakistan and five years long beseige of Parachinar.

The program was the annual gathering of Shia Muslims of Pakistan to observe the martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Allama Arif Hussain Al Hussaini ra.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=255518

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Blast kills 8 in Nigeria

25 July 2011

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: A bomb exploded in a busy neighborhood in Nigeria's restive northeast, killing at least eight people, a witness said Sunday.

Badigma Bukar, 45, whose armed was injured in Saturday's attack, told The Associated Press by telephone that he saw eight dead bodies after the explosion near the palace of an important traditional ruler in Maiduguri.

A worker at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital said two dead bodies were taken to the hospital morgue.

Lt. Col. Hassan Mohammed, a spokesman for security forces specially deployed to rein in a feared group in the area, refused to confirm on Sunday that there were deaths.

The group known as Boko Haram is responsible for a rash of killings and bombings over the past year which have targeted members of Nigeria's security force, as well as traditional and religious authorities.

http://arabnews.com/world/article477507.ece

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Pakitan: Seven die as militant groups trade fire

25 July 2011

LANDI KOTAL, July 24: Seven people were killed and seven others injured when rival militant groups clashed in the Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Sunday.

Sources said that armed supporters of Lashkar-i-Islam and Ansaarul Islam traded heavy gunfire to take control of a strategic hilltop in Sanda Pal area.

The fighting has continued for several days and left seven people dead so far, according to the sources. The fighting was continuing till late on Sunday.

The surge in fighting on Sunday forced many residents to move to safe places, they said.

In Shalobar area of Bara two women were killed when some gunmen fired on them. No motive of the killings could be immediately known.

In Landi Kotal, two children suffered serious injuries when a mortar shell hit a house in Sultankhel area. The children were admitted to a local hospital in critical condition.

In the Malagori sub-tehsil of Jamrud, three people, including two children, suffered injuries when armed men attacked a house. The motive was said to be old enmity between two families.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/25/seven-die-as-militant-groups-trade-fire.html

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Blast by Religious Extremists  in Pak hotel during fashion show

25 July 2011

Lahore : A low intensity explosive device, believed to have been planted by religious extremists, went off at a hotel in Faisalabad city of Pakistan, where a fashion show was taking place, creating panic among the participants.

Members of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), are believed to have been involved in Saturday's incident in Faisalabad in Punjab province, officials said.

The low intensity blast created panic at the hotel and a good number of participants left the venue. The fashion show continued after the incident but concluded an hour ahead of schedule.

The organisers of the show said they had received threats from hardliners and had informed police about the matter. Before the show, some activists of IJT and Jamaat-e-Islami organised a protest at Chenab Club Chowk and demanded that the local administration stop the show. If this was not done, they would besiege the hotel and stop the event by force, the protesters said.

Officials of the police and district administration held talks with office-bearers of the two groups and convinced them to end their protest.

The hotel's marketing manager Zeeshan Ahmed said it had nothing to do with the show as it only provided a venue. A police officer said "a report on the incident" had been sent to superiors and no case had been registered against anyone.

"The JI and IJT had withdrawn their protest and left the place," he claimed.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/821542/

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Hindustani classical to jazz: Pak band rules US charts

25 July 2011

Islamabad: A group of ageing musicians from Lahore has pulled off the unlikely feat of racing up jazz charts in the US,thanks to an album of standards and bossa nova classics blended with Hindustani music recorded by a Pakistani philanthropist.

Sachal Jazz: Interpretations of Jazz Standards & Bossa Nova features musicians trained in classical Hindustani music who once worked for Lahores bustling film industry,popularly known as Lollywood.

As the number of Pakistani films dwindled,many musicians hung up their instruments and took up other professions like running tea stalls.Businessman Izzat Majeed and Mushtaq Soofi,the director of Majeeds Sachal Studio,took on the task of tracking down these musicians and putting together an orchestra that could work on projects at their state-of-theart studio built with advice from engineers at Londons famed Abbey Road Studios,the home of the Beatles.

Full report at: Times of India

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Bangladesh: Introduce quota for Urdu-speaking people'

25 July 2011

Speakers at a national convention yesterday urged the government to introduce quota system for the urdu-speaking people like other minorities of the country.

They made the call at the convention on Social inclusion of Urdu-speaking camp-based Bangladeshis organised by Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) and representatives from Urdu-speaking community, at RC Majumdar Auditorium of Dhaka University.

They also demanded ensuring fundamental rights, including education, health and habitat, for the Urdu-speaking minorities.

The Urdu-speaking people who come from different camps of the country said though the government has given voting rights and national ID cards but they are still out from the fundamental rights for which they have been passing their days under sub-human condition in 116 shelter camps in the country.

The camps, known as "Bihari camp" or "refugee camp" were constructed after the liberation war for stranded Pakistanis. Now there are around 1.60 lakh Urdu-speaking people in the country.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=195679

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Muslims can eliminate Islamophobia

By rite way

25 July 2011

The Muslims who think they are victims of Islamophobia have an easy way to cure the problem. They can.

Focus their indignation on Muslims committing violent acts in the name of Islam. Not on non-Muslims reporting on these acts.

Renounce definitively not just terrorism but any intention to replace the constitutions of any non-Muslim state with Shariah even by peaceful means.

Begin a comprehensive programme in mosques all over the world to teach against the ideas of violent jihad and Islamic supremacism.

Actively work with Western law enforcement officers to identify and apprehend jihadists within Western Muslim communities.

Of course they will never take this course of action. Muslims suffer from a massive dose of the “denial” syndrome. They are always the victims holy innocents violated by the evil West.

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/riteman/riteway/16309460/muslims-can-eliminate-islamophobia/

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Attention of Muslims being diverted from major issues: Chairman S J C, Mekkah

25 July 2011

MAKKAH: Chairman of the Supreme Judiciary Council Saleh Bin-Humaid has warned that current crises in the Muslim world have diverted the attention of followers from more serious issues.

"The current crises have taken a dangerous turn diverting the attention of the Muslim Ummah from major issues such as Palestine," said Bin-Humaid, who chaired the second session of the three-day conference organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) on the current issues of the Muslim world in Makkah on Sunday.

Briefly outlining the circumstances that created the present crises in the Muslim world, Bin-Humaid stressed that religious scholars should guide Muslim leaders and the people.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal inaugurated the three-day conference titled "Issues and Challenges of the Muslim World" at MWL conference hall in Makkah on Saturday.

Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Ashaikh, who is also chairman of the constituent council of MWL, and MWL Sec-Gen. Abdullah Al-Turki were present at the conference.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article477440.ece

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The son of the late Shiite preacher: Israel sole foe of Lebanon’s Shiites and Sunnis

25 July 2011

The son of the late Shiite preacher Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah told a delegation from the Future Movement Sunday that Sunnis and Shiites had no enemy other than Israel, adding that dialogue was the only recourse for Lebanese factions.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The son of the late Shiite preacher Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah told a delegation from the Future Movement Sunday that Sunnis and Shiites had no enemy other than Israel, adding that dialogue was the only recourse for Lebanese factions.

 “Sunnis are not a problem for Shiites and Shiites are not a problem for Sunnis; the Zionist entity is the sole enemy of Sunnis, Shiites and all Lebanese,” said Sayyed Ali Fadlallah.

 Fadlallah called for a separation of political and sectarian issues.

 He added that Lebanon is always in need of figures who look for common ground and open the way for agreement rather than focus on points of difference, ignoring all that unites Lebanese of different sects.

Full report at:

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=255556

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Focus on Islamists let other extremists go under radar: Experts

25 July 2011

Stockholm : Security services in Norway and elsewhere in the region had recently shifted their focus to Islamist extremism, letting other forms of terror slip under the radar, experts said.

While there had been initial fears that Friday's twin attacks might have been an act of revenge for Norway's participation in the campaigns in Afghanistan and Libya, everything changed when it emerged the suspect was a native Norwegian.

Named by media as Anders Behring Breivik, the alleged killer has been described by police as a 'fundamentalist Christian' whose political opinions leaned "to the right." He had also been a member of the populist right-wing Progress Party (FrP) and was a member of a Swedish neo-Nazi Internet forum.

For some, the suspect is an example of far-right extremism, which has got less attention while intelligence agencies concentrated on radical Islam.

For others, such as Daniel Poohl of Sweden's Expo foundation, a leading group in monitoring far-right activity across Scandinavia, he is representative of a new kind of terrorism fuelled by anti-Islamism.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/821620/

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Norway suspect's father 'in shock': paper

25 July 2011

Oslo : The father of the young man suspected of single-handedly killing 93 people in Norway's worst post-war tragedy told a newspaper he was in a state of shock.

"I was reading the news on the Internet and suddenly I saw his name and picture," Anders Behring Breivik's retired father told Norway's Verdens Gang paper.

"I am in a state of shock, it's absolutely horrific to hear that," said Jens Breivik, who currently lives in France.

Breivik senior, who is divorced from the suspect's mother, said he knew nothing of his son's plans and explained he had not had contact with him since 1995 when he was 15 or 16.

"We never lived together but we had some contact during his childhood," he said. "When he was younger, he was an ordinary boy but not very communicative. He was not interested in politics at the time."

The 32-year-old was arrested following the twin attacks which left 93 people dead on Friday and sent shockwaves through the usually peaceful country.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/821630/

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No data of illegal migrants from Bangladesh, Pak, says MHA

25 July 2011

NEW DELHI: Despite the terror threat faced from illegal migrants, home ministry does not maintain centralized information about such persons, according to an RTI reply.

"It is not possible to estimate the total number of such foreign nationals, including Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals, who have entered into the country without valid travel documents and are staying in the country since entry of such foreign nationals into the country is clandestine and surreptitious," home ministry said.

The ministry had forwarded the RTI application to all the state governments and union territories for their reply. It said over 73,000 persons from various countries have overstayed after expiry of their visa period of which nearly 50 per cent from Bangladesh and about 10 per cent were from Pakistan, according to data of December 31, 2009.

The Ministry also said that it has no data of people overstaying the country for the year 2010 and 2011 as it is yet to compiled.

In response to an RTI application filed by activist Subhash Agrawal, the Ministry said 73,441 individuals of different nationality were found to be overstaying in the country of which 32,644 were from Bangladesh, 7,691 were from Pakistan and 12,569 were from Afghanistan. It said during the year 2009, 12,147 foreign nationals including five Pakistani nationals and 10,602 Bangladeshi nationals, were deported from the country.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-data-of-illegal-migrants-from-Bangladesh-Pak-says-MHA/articleshow/9351859.cms

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NATO hands model anti-Taliban province to Afghans

25 July 2011

PANJSHIR VALLEY: NATO troops on Sunday handed control of the Panjshir valley, a fiercely anti-Taliban province, to Afghan forces in the latest of a series of security transitions.

Panjshir, around 130 kilometres (80 miles) northeast of the capital Kabul, is one of Afghanistan's most peaceful regions and is the sixth of seven areas to be put under local forces' control over the past week.

Although the transition timetable has been roundly criticised as politically motivated amid scepticism over the ability of Afghan forces to ward off the Taliban rebels, Panjshir is cited as ripe for the handover.

Panjshiris, mainly ethnic Tajiks, pride themselves on having kept out the Taliban and repelled the Soviet Union after its 1979 invasion, and the beautiful valley is now a favoured picnicking spot for visitors from Kabul.

"Transition in Panjshir is very symbolic because in the last 10 years the security of Panjshir has been taken by its own people. It's an example for other provinces," said defence minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, speaking at the official transition ceremony.

"Defending one's own land is the role and responsibility of every Afghan."

"The enemy cannot harm anyone in this province. We all have to learn from the people of Panjshir," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/NATO-hands-model-anti-Taliban-province-to-Afghans/articleshow/9345585.cms

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Norway killer wants to wear uniform at court: Lawyer

25 July 2011

OSLO: Self-confessed Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik wants a public hearing when he faces justice on Monday and wants to be allowed to sport a uniform, his lawyer said.

"He has two wishes: the first is that there is a public hearing and the second is that he is allowed to wear a uniform," Geir Lippestad told the NRK television channel late Sunday.

"I don't know what uniform," he said, adding that the 32-year-old wanted to explain why he unleashed the carnage and "wants to do it publicly".

Behring Breivik will run a central Oslo court-house gauntlet set for around 1:00 pm (1100 GMT).

He has the status of "official suspect" ahead of the arraignment, but will not learn the actual charges until the investigation is concluded, with police still hunting for possible accomplices.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Norway-killer-wants-to-wear-uniform-at-court-Lawyer/articleshow/9353607.cms

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Vastanvi axed as Darul V-C for praising Modi

Abantika Ghosh

25 July 2011

Deoband: His remarks about Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi finally cost Darul Uloom vice-chancellor Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi his job.The Deoband Islamic seminarys governing council Majlis-e-Shura sacked the cleric on Sunday.

The decision came after Vastanvi refused to step down as he had promised in the February meeting of the council.

Caretaker vice-chancellor Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani has now been made the new incumbent,ending seven months of drama over Vastanvis comments that Muslims in Gujarat,like the states other residents,had progressed under Modis rule.

Vastanvis remarks,first published in TOI,set off an uproar with his opponents closing ranks.

Times of India

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Vastanvi to focus on Rs100cr college

25 July 2011

SURAT: Within hours of his removal as vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom, Deoband, Maulana Gulam Mohammad Vastanvi flew abroad to raise funds for his educational institutes, especially a Rs 100-crore medical college at Badnapur village of Jalna district in Maharashtra.

"Though I am not happy with the decision, I am not going to challenge it in court or by any other way,'' Vastanvi said, adding that he would focus on the development of Jamia Islamia Ishatul Uloom. "My removal will not affect my plans to spread education among Muslim in India," he said.

He took a plane from New Delhi to the UK on a visit to Europe to sell his plans for the expansion of JIIU to donors. Headquartered at the tribal town of Akkalkuwa on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border, JIIU, which has an annual budget of Rs 40 crore, caters to more than 2.5 lakh students across India. Nearly 2 lakh students have graduated from the professional courses offered by JIIU, half of whom were provided education free of charge.

Maulana Huzefa Vastanvi, CEO of JIIU and son of Maulana Vastanvi, said the funds for the medical college were raised from JIIU alumni and that the college would open in 2012. He said a 300-bed hospital had been constructed to go with the medical college.

As in Akkalkuwa and Badnapur, JIIU runs a college offering BPharm as well as courses in Unani medicine in Kunjkheda at Kannad taluka near Aurangabad.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Vastanvi-to-focus-on-Rs100cr-college/articleshow/9352071.cms

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Nomani Emerges Trouble Shooter At Deoband

25 July 2011

MAULANA Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, who was on Sunday appointed as the new V- C, has emerged as the troubleshooter for his alma mater — Dar- ul Uloom, Deoband — once again.

The 64- year- old Nomani is the new chief of the country’s largest and 145- year- old Islamic seminary.

The widely respected Nomani, an authority on Hadith and Islamic jurisprudence, has led the world’s second largest Islamic seminary, immediately after the death of Maulana Marghoob- ur Rahman, who had been the chief rector of the Dar- ul Uloom for the longest period in its history.

In fact, the post of the vice chancellor for Dar- ul Uloom was constituted during the tenure of Maulana Rahman.

This time too, as the seminary is facing one of its worst succession battles, Nomani has taken over its reins amid the cloud over sitting vice- chancellor Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi.

Like Vastanvi, Nomani also runs a Madrasa in Varanasi and is known for his allegiance to the traditional school of Islamic theology.

Nomani did his primary education from Mau, Uttar Pradesh, before joining the Dar- ul Uloom. He took the degree of Mufti in 1968. He is also a member of the Majlis- e- Shoora.

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Govt. plans shy of Muslim tag

25 July 2011

NEW DELHI: The Centre is reluctant to overtly name Muslims as beneficiaries of targeted welfare schemes even as it plans firm steps to widen the spread of a flagship scheme by relaxing the eligibility criteria for minority-dominated districts.

The naming of Muslims in place of a diffused name like minority as beneficiaries of welfare schemes is at the heart of the debate triggered by a study by Harsh Mander. The member of Sonia Gandhi-chaired National Advisory Council did a study where it blamed the government of being diffident in naming Muslims for its fear of BJP campaign of minority appeasement.

Multi Sector Development Programme (MSDP) caters to upgrading infrastructure in districts dominated by minorities though most of them are inhabited by Muslims because the community constitutes 14% of total 19% minority population.

The ministry of minority affairs fears singling out one community could land it in trouble in courts with pending litigations over Sachar commission.

It is instead working to spread the reach of its schemes. It may reduce the quantum of minority population in a district from 25% to 15% to define MCD and may also reduce the eligibility criteria of minority population from 15% to 7.5% in six states -- J&K, Meghalaya, Punjab, Mizoram, Nagaland and Lakshadweep -- where one of the five nationally notified minorities is in majority. For instance, in Jammu and Kashmir, where Muslims are in majority, a district with 7.5% population of Sikhs, Parsis, Christians or Buddhists would qualify it for MSDP.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-plans-shy-of-Muslim-tag/articleshow/9351961.cms

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Arab Spring not Islamist uprising, says Muslim intellectual

BY ROBERT SIBLEY

July 25, 2011

Leaders trying to establish regimes with values similar to the West, he argues

Tariq Ramadan insists that his aim is to build bridges between Islam and the West, and not as some critics claim to 'Islamize' the West.

OTTAWA — The future of the Arab Spring is "unpredictable," and, indeed, hopes for democracy in the region could be derailed if the political situation becomes too divisive, says a prominent Muslim intellectual. "It is a very difficult reality we have now in these countries (Egypt and Tunisia)," says Tariq Ramadan. "The polarization . could in fact stop the democratic process itself."

Ramadan, a Swiss-born academic widely known in Europe for his arguments on behalf of the Muslim presence in the West, made his remarks in a lecture late last week at the Museum of Civilization. The lecture, entitled The Arab Spring and the West, was sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, and attracted about 400 people.

Describing himself as "cautiously optimistic" about what Arab Spring might produce, Ramadan was adamant that those leading the uprisings, whether in Egypt and Tunisia or other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, genuinely want to establish regimes that embody values Westerners find appealing; that is, regimes based on the values of freedom, democracy, universal suffrage, individual rights and justice for all.

"These are not Islamist uprisings, but the great majority of the people asking for dignity, justice, freedom and democracy are Muslims. The Muslims in the Middle East share with us in the West the same values."

Full report at:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Arab+Spring+Islamist+uprising+says+Muslim+intellectual/5117774/story.html#ixzz1T7QdsXYN

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Mulayam was not interested in saving Babri Masjid, says Union Minister

25 July 2011

Lucknow: This will hit Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh hard, tarnishing his “Mullah Mulayam” image. His one time colleague and now Union Cabinet Minister for steel, Beni Prasad Verma has spilled the beans. On Sunday as Mulayam vent out his passion in Delhi, accusing Congress for being anti Muslim, his old pal, Verma in a candid chat with Faisal Fareed of Twocircles.net in Lucknow claimed that Mulayam was not interested in saving Babri Masjid.

You have been associated with Mulayam Singh for three decades and once again he has claimed himself as champion of Muslim cause. What is your reaction to his statement accusing Congress for being anti-Muslim?

Mulayam has been exposed and he is not speaking the truth. His Muslim image has been built on false pretext of saving Babri Masjid. He was no where involved in saving the mosque. It is all his false claims done to get Muslim votes.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011jul24/mulayam_was_not_interested_saving_babri_masjid_says_

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Pakistan bars US embassy staff from entering Peshawar

Jul 25, 2011

WASHINGTON: In an action that would further strain US-Pakistan relations after the killing of Osama bin Laden on its soil by American special forces in May, Islamabad has denied permission to the US embassy staff to enter Peshawar.

Quoting US and international aid officials, the Washington Post Sunday said Pakistani authorities have repeatedly denied permission to US embassy employees to enter Peshawar to attend meetings or replace workers at the US Consulate in the city over the past 10 days. Most Pakistanis view the US consulate in Peshawar as a front for CIA operations.

"The widely publicized episodes in Peshawar threaten to become another flash point in a frayed bilateral relationship that US officials had hoped was improving, after fatal shootings by a CIA contractor and the US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden,'' the report said.

After the killing of the al-Qaeda leader by US forces and the killing of two Pakistanis by CIA contractor Raymond davis in Lahore in January, Pakistan expelled more than 100 US army trainers. In retaliation, the Obama administration stopped $800 million in aid to the Pakistani military earlier this month.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-bars-US-embassy-staff-from-entering-Peshawar/articleshow/9356401.cms

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U.S. Envoy Minimizes Mounting Evidence of Mass Graves in Sudan

By FREDERICK CLARKSON

25 July 2011

Frederick Clarkson’s writing about about politics and religion has appeared in magazines and newspapers from Mother Jones, Conscience and Church & State, to The Village Voice and The Christian Science Monitor for 25 years. He is the editor of Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America (Ig Publishing 2008), and co-founder of the group blog, Talk to Action.

The first hand reports of mass killings and mass graves in Kadugli, Sudan, and the testimony of Anglican Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail, remain at the center of a growing international controversy over the fate of the Nuban people, whom human rights groups, anti-genocide scholars, journalists, and Sudanese exiles say are the victims of a current and ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign by the Sudanese government that began on June 5.

One of the satellite images said to show a pile of white objects “consistent with” reports of body bags near the Episcopal Church complex in Kadugli—used by RD to illustrate our July 14 story on the dramatic report on mass killings and mass graves—is now a point of contention, and an indicator of how the United States has responded to the crisis.

That report, by the George Clooney-initiated Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), received worldwide media attention while a New York Times piece, on an internal UN report compiled in June, confirmed many previously reported atrocities, adding:

Full report at:

http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/politics/490/

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Norway Massacre Suspect Anders Behring Breivik, Hitler, & the Jerusalem

SARAH POSNER

25 July 2011

Anders Behring Breivik's extensive document "2083: A European Declaration of Independence," has a subsection entitled, "The great Satan, his cult and the Jews," contained within a broader section headlined, "The Conservative Revolution - the only Solution for free Europeans."

Breivik's manifesto is described by Chip Berlet, an expert on right-wing extremism, as stating "that 'Political Correctness' should be called 'Cultural Marxism' and is the reason for political leaders allowing mass Muslim migration into Europe. Breivik's core thesis is borrowed from William S. Lind's antisemitic conspiracy theory about 'Cultural Marxism.'" It's 1,500 pages long, and is already being scrutinized by scholars and journalists; a complete picture of its entirety will take some time to come into focus, as will the extent of his relationships with other individuals and groups.*

Full report at:

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/4909/

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Women’s rights activist calls for ‘equality and justice for all Muslims’

By Yvonne Brill

25 July 2011

Mainstream and traditional interpretations of sharia law can and should be changed to ensure equality and justice for all Muslims, says a Muslim women’s rights activist.

Speaking at a Muslim Women’s Rights are Human Rights public forum organised by the Umma Trust in association with the Pacific Media Centre at AUT University last night, Ratna Osman called for a progressive interpretation of Islam that recognised women’s rights.

She also appealed for the acceptance of “the concept of family as a place of security, harmony, support and personal growth for all members”.

Osman, acting executive director of Malaysian women’s rights advocacy group Sisters in Islam, used readings from the Qur’an, the central religious text of Islam, to support her argument for women’s rights in Muslim societies.

Explaining the difference between sharia, laws based on divine word of god, and fiqh, a human construct or interpretation of sharia, Osman told about 60 people at the forum that “fiqh is not God’s word. It can be amended, it can be changed”.

Osman told the group that Islam was the earliest religion to emancipate women, outlawing female infanticide and giving women other rights – such as the right to hold contracts, to choose who they marry, and to divorce, among others.

Full report at:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1107/S00263/womens-rights-activist-calls-for-justice-for-all-muslims.htm

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Views of U.S. Muslims worsened after bin Laden's death

Andrea Janus

25 July 2011

When American commandos shot and killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in early May, it would seem safe to assume that fears over terrorism and the threat of Islamic extremism would have cooled.

But a new survey suggests otherwise, finding that Americans' views of Muslims living in the U.S. worsened after bin Laden's death. According to the findings, fewer respondents were willing to characterize Muslim-Americans as "trustworthy" and "peaceful," while more respondents supported placing restrictions on Muslim-American civil liberties.

The survey was a joint effort by researchers at Ohio State University, Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.

Erik Nisbet, an assistant professor at OSU's school of communication, said the findings can be attributed to the fact that bin Laden's death was a "focusing event," an occurrence that so widely dominates public discourse that it reactivates "latent implicit attitudes."

Sixty-nine per cent of all stories in the U.S. media focused on bin Laden's killing and related topics for a full week after his death, according to the Pew Excellence in Journalism Project.

"The only time that Islam is in the media, featured prominently, is around these types of focusing events, whether it's a terrorist attack, bin Laden's death, the Ground Zero controversy," Nisbet told CTV.ca in a telephone interview.

Full report at:

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20110721/survey-opinions-of-muslims-worse-after-bin-laden-killed-110721/

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Zain Ali: How the Muslim world can help New Zealand

By Zain Ali

25 July 2011

The time is right to engage economically with Islamic finance, writes Zain Ali, head of the Islamic studies research unit at the University of Auckland.

The recent debate on the burqa raises many questions related to multiculturalism, tolerance and diversity. While these questions are interesting in their own right, there is a fundamental issue that has been overlooked.

It is this: The Muslim world has much to offer, especially to a country such as New Zealand.

Sure, the lunatic fringe of the Muslim world dominates the headlines, but it would be a mistake to let the headlines dominate our thinking.

The reality is that by engaging with the Muslim world, we can create jobs and wealth for New Zealanders. This line of thought will strike many as counter-intuitive; after all, just think of Afghanistan and Iraq.

For many, the Muslim world is synonymous with intolerance, fundamentalism and violence. So the claim that New Zealand can benefit from engaging with it will strike many as absurd. But if we focus our attention on some fundamental economic truths about the Muslim world, a very different picture emerges.

Consider this. The Islamic finance market is one of the fastest-growing segments of the global financial services industry and was estimated be worth US$822 billion ($949 billion) in 2009.

Full report at:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/economy/news/article.cfm?c_id=34&objectid=10740608

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Bahraini Sunni Former Army Officer "Mohammed Al-Buflasa" Released

25 July 2011

Bahraini former army officer Mohammed Al-Buflasa was released yesterday after he was detained for several months for making a speech at Pearl Roundabout about Sunni-Shiite unity in their demand for a democratic Bahrain. This is the speech. He was arrested immediately after making it.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - According to Moltaqal Bahrain, Bahraini former army officer Mohammed Al-Buflasa was released yesterday after he was detained for several months for making a speech at Pearl Roundabout about Sunni-Shiite unity in their demand for a democratic Bahrain. This is the speech. He was arrested immediately after making it.

Al Buflasa (36 years) was the first missing person after the start of the political events in Bahrain on 14th of February 2011. He made a speech on 15th of February at Lulu Roundabout - the center of the demonstrations - in which he asked for political and economic reforms. He disappeared hours after making the speech with reports saying that he was kidnapped. Al Buflasa is a Bahraini poet, married with two daughters and a son. He ran for the parliamentary elections of 2010 as an independent as he was not affiliated with any political party.

Full report at:

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=255531

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Haneyya calls on world parliaments to work for lifting the siege on Gaza

25 July 2011

Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya has called on the world parliaments to diligently work for lifting the “oppressive siege” on the Gaza Strip and to halt Israeli atrocious practices against the Palestinian people.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya has called on the world parliaments to diligently work for lifting the “oppressive siege” on the Gaza Strip and to halt Israeli atrocious practices against the Palestinian people.

Haneyya, during a meeting on Sunday evening with a senior European parliament delegation, said that his call was addressed to European parliaments in particular and the world parliaments in general.

He hoped that the delegation’s visit would contribute in breaking the siege on Gaza, adding that the Palestinian people and government appreciate any effort toward that end.

The premier praised the delegates for visiting Gaza and explained to them Palestinian developments including the ceaseless Israeli attacks on the unarmed Palestinian people especially in the coastal enclave.

The delegates promised to carry the premier’s message to the world, and called on the international community to reconsider its position toward the government in Gaza and to open dialog with it.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=255588

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Nato helicopter downed in Afghanistan

25 July 2011

KABUL: A Nato helicopter crashed in the restive east of Afghanistan on Monday, and foreign troops battled an insurgent attack during the rescue operation, the coalition force said.

Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the crew and passengers received only minor injures in the incident. A police official said the helicopter appeared to have been downed by a rocket-propelled grenade.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the crash, saying that two insurgents had died but that their forces killed 22 foreign troops. The rebels frequently exaggerate claims of their battlefield successes.

“An (ISAF) helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan today,” said an ISAF statement. “As coalition rescue forces approached the crash site, they came under enemy fire.

“Coalition forces returned fire, with small arms, while working to secure the site of the crash. All passengers and crew members have been secured and safely transported to a nearby base.” The police chief of Manogai district in eastern Kunar province said the crash happened shortly after midnight.

“Last night a Chinook helicopter was hit and crashed. We don’t know about casualties but the helicopter is totally destroyed. It appeared it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade,” said police chief Gul Rahman.

He said other ISAF helicopters had flown in and returned fire on the gunmen and that the bodies of two insurgents had been found at dawn.

US commanders have said the focus of the war is moving from the Taliban heartlands of the south to the country’s east, which borders the lawless tribal regions of Pakistan believed to hold host bases for insurgent leaders.

There are nearly 150,000 foreign troops battling to beat the Taliban and build support for President Hamid Karzai’s Western-backed government, installed following the toppling of the Taliban in a US-led invasion in late 2001.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/25/nato-helicopter-downed-in-afghanistan.html

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Pakistan won't accept India's regional hegemony: Khar

25 July 2011

Islamabad, July 25 (IANS) Pakistan would not accept the hegemony of any country in the region as it is 'by no means inferior to India', Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who is scheduled to go to New Delhi Tuesday, has said.

'Pakistan's role in the region is by no means inferior to India,' she told mediapersons at the Lahore Airport on her return from the ministerial meeting of the ASEAN regional forum Sunday.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's had said during her visit to India that New Delhi must play a more assertive role in Asia.

Khar said outstanding issues with India could not be settled overnight, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

Pakistan's new foreign minister, who will hold talks with her Indian counterpart Wednesday, said the international community must extend cooperation to Pakistan in recognition of the country's role as a frontline ally in combating terror.

To a query, Khar said strategic relations with China were moving from strength to strength with every passing day.

Full report at:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/pakistan-wont-accept-indias-regional-hegemony-khar-060012416.html

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Banned Bin Hammam wants FIFA evidence in public domain

25 July 2011

Former Asia soccer chief Mohamed Bin Hammam wants the evidence presented to FIFA that led to his life ban from football to be placed in the public domain, the Qatari said in a blog post on Monday

The 62-year-old was banned by football’s ruling body on Saturday after a two-day hearing into allegations he had tried to buy votes in the run-up last month’s FIFA presidential election, in which he had challenged Sepp Blatter.

In Monday’s statement posted on his official website, the former president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) again denied that he had used cash to obtain votes and reiterated his intention to appeal the suspension.

“If you wish to hear the evidence presented for and against at the hearing in an impartial way, then my lawyers have already said and requested that the transcript should be made available to the media by FIFA so that you can judge the evidence and testimony for yourself,” he said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/6/55/17238/Sports/World/Banned-Bin-Hammam-wants-FIFA-evidence-in-public-do.aspx

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Yemen: Ceasefire agreement to be signed in Taiz

25 July 2011

Najwa Qayed, 12, was killed along with her mother on Friday evening by a shell sent from the republican palace in Taiz to their house in Kulaba area, southeast of the city.

TAIZ, July 24 — A government envoy is currently in Taiz working to have a ceasefire agreement signed between forces loyal to President Saleh and armed tribesmen. The envoy has been authorized by Vice President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi, and is headed by Abdulqadr Hilal, a former negotiator between the government and Houthis rebels in Sa’ada.

The Yemen Times has learned that the agreement includes nine points and is expected to be signed on Monday by the local authority and the opposition.

A source from the ceasefire committee told the Yemen Times: “Since arriving in Taiz seven days ago, we have been attempting to bring both parties closer due to the violence in the city. A ceasefire agreement with nine items has been proposed. It has been agreed that it will be signed on Monday.”

The main points of the agreement include the ending of armed confrontations, the withdrawal of all unofficial armed groups from the city, the withdrawal of republican guard and central security units from the city, and the deployment of public police, according to the source.

Full report at:

http://www.yementimes.com/defaultdet.aspx?SUB_ID=36365

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Conflict generating more child soldiers

25 July 2011

SANA’A-Clad in military fatigues at a recently established checkpoint west of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, 15-year-old Walid tried to sling an AK-47 assault rifle over his shoulder but the gun was too big for his short physique.

“He is carrying a gun taller than him,” mocked a passer-by.

Walid was recruited into the First Armoured Division after it defected from the government in protest at the killing of 15 protesters on 21 April. “It is better for me to work for YR25,000 [US$110] a month than stay home without anything to do,” he told IRIN.

He is one of the many children who have joined both government-aligned and defecting units of the Yemen army in an accelerated recruitment drive that has targeted children, according to child rights advocates. The drive has been fuelled by increased tensions in the country since February when protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh began. The protests gained the support of the al-Houthi rebels in the north.

Each of the three main military units currently active in Yemen, namely the pro-government Republican Guards and Central Security, and the pro-opposition First Armoured Division, have been enlisting more children under 18.

Ahmad al-Qurashi, chairman of local NGO Seyaj Organization for Childhood Protection (SOCP), said the phenomenon became more widespread after the defection of Maj-Gen Ali Mohsen’s First Armoured Division. The exact number of child soldiers in pro-government and defecting units is unknown owing to the reluctance of the relevant military authorities to divulge it, but SOCP estimates it at several thousand.

Full report at:

http://www.yementimes.com/defaultdet.aspx?SUB_ID=36370

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Hundreds displaced by Iran-Iraqi Kurd clashes

25 July 2011

Fighting between Iranian military forces and Kurdish separatists has displaced hundreds of villagers in the border regions of northern Iraq

Iran launched a major offensive Saturday against rebel Kurdish bases in Iraq in which eight of its own elite Revolutionary Guards were killed. The separatist Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK, said it had lost two fighters.

"The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has provided humanitarian assistance to over 800 internally displaced people in northern Iraq, all of whom have been driven from their homes by the recent shelling in the mountains of Qandil," along the border, the ICRC said in a statement on Monday.

"Having left behind all their belongings, the majority of these people are now living under makeshift shelters, tents, or sharing crowded houses with relatives and friends, while a few families could afford renting very basic accommodation," it said.

Meanwhile, the Geneva-based International Organisation for Migration said Sunday it was involved in relief efforts in the area, providing basic needs such as beds, plastic furniture and water purification kits.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/17233/World/Region/Hundreds-displaced-by-IranIraqi-Kurd-clashes.aspx

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State Dept, CIA came in way of FBI's plans to arrest Fai

25 July 2011

Ghulam Nabi Fai, whose activities as a front man of ISI for Pakistan’s Kashmir agenda in America for more than 20 years now stand exposed, was to have been arrested several times earlier this year, but on each occasion, the State Department or the CIA advised by the FBI against it for fear of worsening the US’s frayed ties with Pakistan.

Citing a US law enforcement official on this score, The New York Times reported on Sunday that the indictments against Fai and co-accused Zaheer Ahmad came as the CIA was trying to negotiate the release of a Pakistani doctor who was jailed by the ISI for having helped the Americans track down Osama bin Laden before he was killed on May 1.

The FBI’s well-chronicled 44-page affidavit on the Fai saga has detailed how it received information about his activities on behalf of ISI as far back as 2005 from a confidential witness (CW-1). The Kashmiri American was first quizzed in March 2007, when he claimed he had met anyone affiliated with ISI and that he was not aware of any ISI presence or operation in the US.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/355636/State-Dept-CIA-came-in-way-of-FBIs-plans-to-arrest-Fai.html

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‘Benazir always believed in policy of reconciliation’

25 July 2011

KARACHI: Member Central Executive Committee (CEC) of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sardar Wahid Bakhsh Bhayo has said Shaheed Benazir Bhutto (BB) always believed in the policy of reconciliation and forgiveness.

President and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari is a realistic person, who is pursuing BB’s unfinished mission of developing the country and providing employment opportunities to youths, he expressed these views in an exclusive interview with Daily Times at the State Guest House, Karachi.

He said that following the incarceration and hanging of father at the hands of a military dictator, BB experienced an unstable period, which was further aggravated by the untimely death of her brother Shahnawaz Bhutto, a murder that still remain shrouded in mystery.

Bhayo further said that for 11 years of the dictator’s regime, BB lived away from her people and motherland. “Despite living abroad for all this time, she still had complete acquaintance with her party’s affairs at central, provincial and district level. If any party leader ever expressed reservations against the other, her decision remained acceptable to all concerned”, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\25\story_25-7-2011_pg7_22

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Nawaz and Zardari are both in the same boat: Imran Khan

25 July 2011

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said that Nawaz Sharif and President Asif Zardari are both travellers on the same boat.

The PTI chief said this while making his way from Lahore to Faisalabad for a political rally. He was welcomed by PTI supporters and workers along the route.

Imran Khan said that the current political setup is filled with corrupt people. He criticised PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif and President Asif Zardari, blaming them for the current problems inflicting the country.

The PTI chief urged youngsters to come out into the streets to make their decision on the current state of affairs. “The people are now demanding for change,” he said.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/24/nawaz-and-zardari-are-both-in-the-same-boat-imran-khan.html

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Israel’s Lieberman won’t quit on apology to Turkey

25 July 2011

JERUSALEM: Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday he would not quit the coalition government if it decides to apologize to Turkey for killing 9 Turks aboard a pro-Palestinian activist ship last year.

Lieberman, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most powerful and hawkish political partner, has publicly scorned meeting Ankara’s demand that Israel atone for storming the Mavi Marmara as it led an aid flotilla toward the blockaded Gaza Strip.

But after Israeli officials said Netanyahu might relent after long balking at an apology, Lieberman denied having any plan to quit in protest.

“Whether or not there is agreement in the government about this matter, this government is strong,” he told reporters. “No one is looking for excuses and reasons to leave the government.”

Israel’s debate over apologizing to Turkey has been spurred by its expectation that an imminent UN report on the high seas interception will largely vindicate its Gaza blockade strategy.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article477387.ece

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Iraqi forces arrest 16 suspected Qaeda members

25 July 2011

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces have arrested 16 suspected Al Qaeda members accused of being behind more than 100 killings in the capital, a senior security official said on Sunday.

General Ahmed Abu Ragheef, the Interior Ministry’s head of internal affairs, accused the men of carrying out the high-profile assassination in May of Ali Al Lami, a senior Iraqi politician who helped purge members of Saddam Hussein’s banned Baath party from politics after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Militants have stepped up attacks, specifically targeting police and army officers, to try to destabilise the government as US troops prepare to leave by the end of December, more than eight years after the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

‘We managed to arrest the terrorist group that was responsible for the recent assassinations in Baghdad,’ Ragheef told reporters at a news conference.

Ragheef said the entire operation to arrest the 16 men, including the cell’s leader, had taken security forces 20 days.

He said security forces had also uncovered the cell’s main weapons cache and a factory in Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July514.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Ukraine: Gay church in Donetsk prays for tolerance

July 25, 2011

DONETSK – On a recent afternoon at a small house in the outskirts of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, five men and a priest gathered in front of a makeshift altar draped with a rainbow flag.

Amid the smell of incense, the service began with a prayer about St. Cornelius. Then the priest, Roman Zuyev, handed out the consecrated bread and wine before the congregation embraced, wishing each other peace.

This gathering, arranged in secret, was organized by the Center of St. Cornelius the Centurion, a small church community of around 30 people founded six months ago to provide gays with a place to worship.

While more European countries and U.S. states are legalizing gay marriage and child adoption by homosexual couples, homosexuality remains frowned on in conservative Ukraine. Unable to find a church that accepted their sexuality rather than treating it as a sin, these Christians found another way to satisfy their spiritual needs – by setting up their own group.

Full report at:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/109319/#ixzz1T7QK9zZV

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/pope-calls-to-renounce-hatred-as-norway-mourns-twin-attacks’-victims/d/5100


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