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Why we bombed Kano - Boko Haram

  • Islamists emerge as biggest winners after a year of turmoil in Arab world
  • Belgian academic says Muslims in Europe lack religious intellectual leadership
  • Rajasthan Police lied, tweets Rushdie; Gehlot fumes
  • Bangladesh Needs to Be Vigilant About Hardliners in Army
  • 'India should watch rise of Islamists in B'desh'
  • Education termed panacea for all ills
  • Human Rights Watch urges West to get over Islamist aversion
  • Iran: Authorities Defiant on Rights Record
  • Morocco: Repression Undercuts Reform Pledges
  • Libya: Lagging Effort to Build Justice System
  • UN, OIC must help Palestinians: seminar
  • Premier Wen Jiabao Visits Three Gulf Countries
  • Stop Islamization of Nations (SION) Calls on UN to Protect Christians of Syria
  • Who are extremists?
  • Weapons, oil and other aides dispatched to Syrian dictator by mullahs’ regime through Iraqi border
  • Apologia for waging jihad
  • Hamas Says That Its Political Leader Does Not Plan to Seek Re-election
  • “What if the Muslim Brotherhood…?”
  • Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is not to be trusted
  • Iraq Oil Minister in Tehran Says OPEC Must Avoid Politics
  • More Trouble At Presbyterian Girls’ School
  • Arab politics continues to burn
  • Political tensions flare amid constitutional crisis over judiciary
  • Islamists elected to dominate Egyptian parliament
  • The European Union and the United States Sign a Suicide Pact
  • Downgrading Iranian-British Relations: The Anatomy Of A Folly – Analysis
  • CAIR Asks Maryland Mayor to Disinvite Anti-Islam Speaker
  • Analytical aspects of Iran's Islamic republic system
  • US, Europe trying to pressure Iran into nuke talks
  • Anwar files RM59m defamation suit against Utusan
  • 14 Muslim Leaders Plan Boycott of Breakfast With Mayor
  • Leveson Inquiry: Daily Star Editor Questioned Over “Anti-Islamic” Agenda
  • Report: Iran police close down toy shops selling Barbie dolls
  • Brothers win almost half of Egypt parliament seats
  • Syria unrest: Arab League mulls extending monitor team
  • World's a stage for Turkey
  • Pakistan arrests 31 Indian fishermen


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Photo: Devastation after bombing at Kano claimed by BOKO Haram, the violent sect that has made life unbearable in the northern parts of the country

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Why we bombed Kano - Boko Haram

22 January 2012

By Jamil Bello-Afegbua and Elizabeth Archibong, Abuja

BOKO Haram, the violent sect that has made life unbearable in the northern parts of the country, has given reasons for Friday’s multiple attacks on security installations in Kano State in which at least seven people died.

‘We are those who are commonly known with the forbidden name “Boko Haram” while everyone knows our true name is Jama’atu Ahli Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad),’ said the group’s leader, Abubakar Bin Muhammad a.k.a Shekau, in the introductory part of a statement released yesterday.

Giving an idea on why they carried out the heinous acts, Shekau said: ‘A message to the people of Kano; You should know that the security services in the city of Kano have been using a trick to arrest our brothers while telling those who reside in the area that they are thieves or armed robbers. You should know that it is our brothers they have been arresting.’

He claimed that the group has no intention of harming the citizens of Kano as long as they do not confront it.

According to the Boko Haram leader, ‘Our fight is against the government that is waging war against Islam, the security services and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) – an organization that has been killing Muslims and even perpetrated cannibalism by eating their flesh.’

In the statement contained in leaflets distributed in Kano, Shekau made it clear that Boko Haram would go after anyone who helps CAN or the authorities to wage war against the sect even if he or she is a Muslim. He also vowed that the sect would visit its wrath on anyone who aids the arrest of any Boko Haram member.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, has confirmed seven casualties in the Kano attacks, appealing to the public for information on the identity and location of those responsible. Ringim in a statement signed by Deputy Commission of Police Olusola Amore, the Force Public Relations Officer, assured that any information from the public would be treated with ‘utmost confidentiality.’

The police chief identified the attacked installations as the Nigeria Police Zone 1 Headquarters, on BUK Road; the AIG Zone 1 Residence at Bompai Road; Police State Command Headquarter at Bompai Road; Zaria Road Police Station on Zaria Road; Farm Center Police Station at Farm Centre; SSS Headquarters at Gigiyu; Passport Office at Farm Centre;

and Immigration Headquarters at Bompai Road.

Also yesterday, President Goodluck Jonathan commiserated with the families of all victims of the Boko Haram onslaught on Kano, including the management and staff of Channels Television, whose correspondent Enenche Akogwu was killed while covering the incident.

In a condolence message, President Jonathan said he was greatly saddened by the incident, which led to the loss of lives of innocent Nigerians and pledged to get to the root of it. He assured that those behind these acts of terrorism would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The President commended the media as the fourth estate of the realm for living up to its constitutional and noble responsibility in these critical times. He assured all journalists that ‘the Federal Government will continue to partner with the media in a robust and patriotic manner in the drive to build, institute and sustain the administration’s transformational values and programmes for our dear country and indeed Nigerians.’

He said his heart was ‘full of sadness and pain’ because of the ‘honest and patriotic Nigerians who were brutally and recklessly cut down by agents of terror.’

According to him, ‘As a responsible Government, we will not fold our hands and watch enemies of democracy, for that is what these mindless killers are, perpetrate unprecedented evil in our land.

‘I want to re-assure Nigerians, the international Community, and members of the fourth estate of the realm, who lost one of their colleagues, a reporter with Channels Television, that all those involved in that dastardly act would be made to face the full wrath of the law.’

http://www.momentng.com/en/news/6143/why-we-bombed-kano---boko-haram-.html

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Islamists emerge as biggest winners after a year of turmoil in Arab world

22 January 2012

CAIRO - Almost a year ago, senior leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood gathered in an apartment overlooking the massive protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square. It was the 18th day of the uprising that would bring down President Hosni Mubarak.

The elder statesmen of the long-outlawed Islamist group scanned the crowds below, making sure that their young activists weren't using religious chants or banners; they'd issued strict orders not to make the revolution seem Islamist in nature.

Satisfied, the leaders prayed together at sundown that Feb. 11, then they turned on the TV to see the vice president announcing that Mubarak had resigned after 30 years in power.

"That was the moment," recalled Mahmoud Ghozlan, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's governing council, savoring the memory.

As ecstatic protesters celebrated below, the men in the apartment instantly realized that, with Mubarak gone, the Muslim Brotherhood's decades of persecution were over, and the group finally had a clear path to political power. They sprang into action, using their long-standing service networks to protect neighborhoods, provide discounted food, form a political party and, ultimately, win nearly half the seats in a parliament that will convene Monday for the first time.

In the year since the wave of revolts that brought down three Middle Eastern rulers and left two tottering began, the ascension of the Islamists has emerged as the dominant narrative.

The United States and other Western powers - along with Arab liberals and religious minorities - are watching with alarm as conservative Muslim politicians have filled the power vacuums left by the rebellions in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. They fear that Taliban-style religious extremism will replace the old order's secular autocracy. Of particular concern are the future of Egypt's peace treaty with Israel and the possible creation of havens for al Qaida-linked militants in Libya.

Supporters of the Islamists say the extremist threat is exaggerated and that no other political force is as trusted, disciplined or efficient to guide these scarred nations toward democracy. They note that across North Africa, Islamists are forging alliances with political rivals, meeting with Western envoys, courting foreign investors and spending millions of dollars on electoral campaigns.

"As this is the first time for Islamists to move from opposition seats to lead the country, they are very cautious not to frighten their internal or external adversaries," said Khalil al-Anani, an expert on Islamist movements at Durham University in the United Kingdom. "Hence, the assurances they give to others are a part of a transition process that is taking place within these movements since the revolution, rather than an attempt to manipulate their rivals."

The wild card, however, is the literalist Salafist movement, which is popular throughout the region. The Salafists are becoming a more visible constituency in Tunisia and Libya, with their black flags hanging from storefronts and a noticeable increase in fully veiled women in the streets, stoking fears that the moderate Islamist agenda could harden.

Egypt's Salafists, who captured a surprising quarter of parliamentary seats, hope to push the more moderate Muslim Brotherhood to the right by rallying the conservative base behind the immediate application of strict Shariah law. Some clerics already have called for banning alcohol and bikinis and shrouding pre-Islamic artifacts from the time of the pharaohs.

http://azstarnet.com/news/world/islamists-emerge-as-biggest-winners-after-a-year-of-turmoil/article_a61df07b-1e90-5411-b729-9285a9c3e99a.html

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Belgian academic says Muslims in Europe lack religious intellectual leadership

22 January 2012

BRUSSELS, Jan 22 (KUNA) -- A Belgian professor of sociology and researcher on Islam Felice Dassetto is calling on rich Muslim countries to assist in establishing Islamic theological schools and faculties in Europe to overcome the gap in intellectual leadership of European Muslims.

"One of the major problems Muslims in Europe face, except perhaps for UK, is the absence of religious intellectual leadership," said Dassetto who teaches sociology in the university of Leuven and has published three books on Islam.

In an interview with the Kuwait news agency, KUNA, he explained that the reason for this vacuum is the absence of Islamic theological faculties in Europe.

He said Gulf countries like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can help in the establishment of such Islamic faculties in Europe.

"They must help because the European Muslim must be in contact with the Muslim world," said the Belgian academic.

Howeverm, he stressed that Muslim countries must accept that Muslims in Europe will develop their own specific interpretation and autonomous way of Islamic thought.

Dassetto, who is a member of the Royal academy of Belgium, said he became interested in the anthropology and sociology of Islam after the first arrival of Muslim immigrants from Morocco, Turkey and other countries to Belgium in the end of 70s.

"It was a new fact in Belgian and European societies when Muslim immigrants started building mosques and Islam became visible and from sociological viewpoint if was very interesting because it was new reality," he stressed.

He published his books in French titled "Islam transplanted" in 1984, his second book titled "Islam in Europe" in 1992 and in 2011 he published his study on Muslims in Brussels titled the "Iris and the Crescent." The flower Iris is symbol of Brussels.

More than 20 percent of the population of Brussels is of Muslim origin coming from Morocco, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other African countries.

Dassetto whose origins are from Italy said Europe is now also Muslim continent and Brussels is now also a Muslim town which means that acceptance of the fact that Muslims are here to stay.

There are 77 mosques or prayer rooms in Brussels and over 300 across Belgium, he noted.

The Belgian scholar, however, laments that among the 77 imams or prayer leaders in Brussels there are only two or three who can speak Dutch or French, the official languages of Belgium.

"It is nearly thirty years that Islam came to Belgium and it is not possible that after thirty years to continue like this." he said. Under Belgian law it is obligatory in public schools to teach religion and the Belgian state pays to 800 Muslim teachers who teach Islam to school children .

But most of these teachers are not trained because there is no institution to train them and their knowledge of Islam is also limited to reading a few books, he noted.

"The Belgian state is spending a huge amount of money on tuis. This is a unique case in Europe" underlined the Belgian intellectual.

He said the current tendency is to import to Europe the model of Islamic studies in the Muslim world.

"But you cannot transfer the reality of Islam for example in Turkey or Morocco directly to Europe. This is for me the big challenge to develop a Muslim theological faculty in Europe," he said.

After the September 11 attacks in the US, Dassetto published a brochure called "Islam of the new century" in which he argued that September 11 was a shift for the Muslims and a clear dissociation from violent acts in particular in Belgium.

The Belgian professor thinks that there are some politicians and political parties in Europe who are hostile to Muslim but they are in a minority and that there is a general acceptance of islam.

"There are some questions in the European mind about radicalisation or relations between women and men but this does not mean that there is hostility. It means we need a debate because the presence of Islam in Europe is an extraordinary new fact and for Muslims living in a non-Muslim context is also an extraordinary new fact," he told KUNA. (end) nk.asa KUNA 220936 Jan 12NNNN

http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2216307&Language=en

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Rajasthan Police lied, tweets Rushdie; Gehlot fumes

Jan 22, 2012,

JAIPUR: An angry Salman Rushdie on Sunday accused the Rajasthan Police of concocting a supposed death threat to keep him away from the Jaipur Literature Festival. However, chief minister Ashok Gehlot denied the charges.

"I've investigated, and believe I was indeed lied to. I am outraged and very angry," Rushdie posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

He added that he did not know who gave the orders to police to come up with the lie.

"Don't know... Yes, I guess the same police who want to arrest Hari, Amitava, Jeet and Ruchir. Disgusting," wrote the controversial writer.

Authors Hari Kunzru, Amitava Kumar, Jeet Thayil and Ruchir Joshi read passages from Rushdie's " The Satanic Verses" on the first day of the festival, after Rushdie pulled out of the event citing threats to him.

Rajasthan Police, refusing to comment on the issue, have sought a copy of the video from the organisers of the reading session, a source said.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said Rushdie's charges were false.

"It is not true. The government had made all arrangements for his security because it was our duty. If we get an advisory from the centre (central government) about a threat to the life of a certain person then we have to make the arrangements for his security," Gehlot told reporters here.

Gehlot said Rushdie was a Person of Indian Origin and does not require a visa to come to India.

"But if there is some threat to his life due to anger among a group of people and if feel that could affect law and order, then we have to see as it is a popular festival," he said.

Meanwhile, Muslim groups have threatened to move the court against the four writers for reading out excerpts from "The Satanic Verses", which is banned in India.

Rajasthan Police have stepped up security at the Diggi Palace, the venue of the five-day literature festival that began Friday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rajasthan-Police-lied-tweets-Rushdie-Gehlot-fumes/articleshow/11589594.cms

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Bangladesh Needs to Be Vigilant About Hardliners in Army

January 20, 2012

A day after the army in Bangladesh said it had foiled a coup attempt, analysts say the Muslim-majority country needs to stay vigilant about the presence of hardliners within the military.

The army says that the plot to overthrow Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was led by around 16 serving and former military officers with "extreme religious views" who wanted to introduce Islamic law in the country.

Full Report At:

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/south/Analysts-Bangladesh-Needs-to-Be-Vigilant-About-Hardliners-in-Army-137750833.html

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'India should watch rise of Islamists in B'desh'

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The attempt of a military coup in Bangladesh has created ripples in South Asia. Although the coup was foiled, it did raise questions about the extent of Islamist infiltration of the Bangladeshi Army.

According to the Army, the plot to overthrow Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was laid out by around 16 serving and former military officers with "extreme religious views" who wanted to introduce Islamic law in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has a history of military governments. In fact, the Army held power in the Muslim-majority country for 15 years until 1990. Bangladesh’s current PM Sheikh Hasina took over power from a military-backed caretaker government in 2009. According to officials and analysts, the daughter of Sheikh Mujib has since faced threats from Islamists as well as other radical groups. Hasina last year made some changes to the Constitution in a bid to make it more secular, which infuriated hardliners.

In a brief e-mail interview with Kamna Arora of Zeenews.com, Dr Smruti S Pattanaik, an expert on Bangladesh, discusses the latest coup plot foiled in the South Asian country and its effect on the stability of the region.

Dr Smruti S Pattanaik is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi.

Kamna: Bangladesh has endured coups and Army mutinies earlier too in its 40 years of independence. How should India read the latest coup attempt by Bangladeshi military officers?

Full Report At:

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/india-should-watch-rise-of-islamists-in-b-desh_754020.html

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Education termed panacea for all ills

Sunday, January 22, 2012

NOWSHERA: Speakers at a seminar on Saturday said that education was the only way to steer the country out of the prevailing mess.

They were speaking at the seminar organised by the district government in collaboration with the Pakistan International Human Rights.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Social Welfare and Women Development Sitara Ayaz said lack of education was breeding militancy.

Full Report At:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=88872&Cat=7&dt=1/22/2012

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Human Rights Watch urges West to get over Islamist aversion

Sun, 22/01/2012

Western democracies should overcome their aversion to Islamist groups that enjoy popular support in North Africa and the Middle East and encourage them to respect basic rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Sunday.

HRW executive director Kenneth Roth said in the group's annual report that the past year's "Arab Spring" pro-democracy uprisings across the region have shown it is vital for the West to end its policy of backing "an array of Arab autocrats" in exchange for supporting Western interests.

Full Report At:

http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/612926

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Iran: Authorities Defiant on Rights Record

JANUARY 22, 2012

(New York) - Iranian authorities in 2011 carried out more than 600 executions and imprisoned more journalists and bloggers than any other country, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing its World Report 2012 Iran chapter. Iran’s judiciary works hand-in-hand with security and intelligence forces to harass, imprison and convict opposition and rights activists, despite increasing international condemnation of the country’s rights record.

In March the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Ahmed Shaheed to be the first special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran since 2002. Since Shaheed’s appointment the Iranian government has refused him entry to the country, executed more than 400 prisoners – including people convicted of committing crimes when they were children, and prosecuted dozens of outspoken lawyers, journalists, and rights activists for their peaceful speech and associational activities. In February the authorities placed the 2009 presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi under house arrest, where they remain.

Full Report At:

http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/01/22/iran-authorities-defiant-rights-record

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Morocco: Repression Undercuts Reform Pledges

JANUARY 22, 2012

(Rabat) – Morocco’s new government should overhaul repressive domestic laws, curb police violence, and enhance judicial independence if it is to realize the human rights promises contained in the country’s new constitution, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2012. Substantial progress in these areas will prove the sincerity of the reforms announced by King Mohammed VI in response to street protests in Morocco and major upheavals elsewhere in the region in 2011.

Full Report At:

http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/01/22/morocco-repression-undercuts-reform-pledges

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Libya: Lagging Effort to Build Justice System

JANUARY 22, 2012

(Cairo) – Libya’s interim government and its international supporters should make it an urgent priority to build a functioning justice system and begin legal reform that protects human rights after Muammar Gaddafi, Human Rights Watch said today, in releasing its World Report 2012.

Full Report At:

http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/01/22/libya-lagging-effort-build-justice-system

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UN, OIC must help Palestinians: seminar

22 January 2012

ISLAMABAD - Speakers from various organisations demanded the United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Countries and Common Wealth on Saturday to intensify their efforts for the settlement of Palestinian and Kashmir disputes, saying the siege of Gaza strip should be brought to an end on an immediate basis.

The Palestinian Foundation Pakistan organised a seminar on ‘Gaza under Siege’ to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinian people and the disdain towards usurper Israeli state at the Nation Press Club.

The seminar, attended by a large number of political workers, students, intellectuals and minority organizations members, passed a unanimous organization demanding that the violence and bloodshed of innocent Palestinians and the blockade of Gaza strip be lifted within no time.

Full Report At:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/01/un-oic-must-help-palestinians-seminar/

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Premier Wen Jiabao Visits Three Gulf Countries

2012/01/20

From January 14 to 19, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited three Gulf countries, i.e. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar. As the first major diplomatic activity of Chinese leaders at the beginning of the year 2012, the visit has drawn worldwide attention.

Within six days, Wen exchanged in-depth views with leaders of the three countries on the bilateral relations and the important international and regional hotspot issues, met with heads of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), attended the World Future Energy Summit and the fourth entrepreneurs' conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), held talks with Icelandic President Grimsson and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, participated in more than 40 activities and witnessed the signing of nearly 20 economic and trade, financial, infrastructure construction and cultural cooperation agreements.

Full Report At:

http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/zxxx/t898613.htm

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Stop Islamization of Nations (SION) Calls on UN to Protect Christians of Syria

By Stop Islamization of Nations

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

Stop Islamization of Nations (SION) notes with sorrow the one hundred dead in Syria in the recent and ongoing series of kidnappings and murders of Christians. SION President Pamela Geller said in a statement: "We deplore the manifest lack of respect for human life and the dignity of the human person. We call upon the United Nations Security Council and UN Commission on Human Rights to schedule an immediate meeting to discuss how to protect the Christians of Syria."

Full Report At:

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/20/4202290/stop-islamization-of-nations-sion.html

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Who are extremists?

21 Jan 2012

By Afshain Afzal

In order to neutralize and eliminate Muslim fundamentalists and alleged human rights violators, US, UK, Israel and other western countries are pumping in billions of dollars in Muslim countries in the name of war on terror and interfaith harmony. Attempts are being made to eliminate remaining section of Muslim world, especially in Pakistan, where still a strong lobby of religious community exists which follow the fundamentals of Islam. Full Report At:

http://kashmirwatch.com/opinions.php/2012/01/21/who-are-extremists.html

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Weapons, oil and other aides dispatched to Syrian dictator by mullahs’ regime through Iraqi border

Sunday, 22 January 2012

By declaring dominance over Iraq and Lebanon, commander of terrorist Qods force threatened to use them in its war against international community

NCRI - The Iranian regime has instructed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to facilitate dispatch of weapons, Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and other armed forces such as Asa’eb al-Haq, oil and essential aides to Syrian dictator through Iraq’s common border with that country.

Full Report At:

http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/ncri-statements/terrorism/11629-weapons-oil-and-other-aides-dispatched-to-syrian-dictator-by-mullahs-regime-through-iraqi-border

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Apologia for waging jihad

Habibur Rehman

22 January 2012

The book negates all the atrocities committed in the name of Islam, say Prafull Goradia and KR Phanda

It is well-known that Islam entered Hindu India and the Christian West in the beginning of the eighth century. Though Muslims ruled for almost 700 years in these lands, the outcomes were diametrically opposite. After the fall of the last sultanate of Granada in 1492 AD, the Spanish monarchy threw out the Muslim invaders. Rather, the Christian West gave Muslims the option to convert to Christianity or exile. The second and the last attempt of the Turks to capture Vienna ended in failure in 1692 AD. The last remnants of the Turkish Europe in the Christian lands virtually disappeared after World War I. In sharp contrast, Muslims stayed back in India and converted many indigenous residents. And eventually insisted on the country’s division on religious lines in 1947.

Full Report At:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/sundayagenda/books-reviews/36891-apologia-for-waging-jihad-.html

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Hamas Says That Its Political Leader Does Not Plan to Seek Re-election

By FARES AKRAM

January 21, 2012

GAZA — The Palestinian militant group Hamas announced Saturday that its political leader, Khaled Meshal, would not seek re-election, opening the door to a possible leadership contest and adding to the uncertainty enveloping Hamas at a time of regional turmoil.

Nader Daoud/Associated Press

The political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshal, is based in Syria and is the group's public face.

Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines.

Mr. Meshal, who has led the group’s political bureau since 1996 and is the face of Hamas’s leadership, told the Shura Council, the group’s highest decision-making authority, that he preferred not to run in elections scheduled in the coming months, Hamas said in a written statement. There was no immediate comment from Mr. Meshal, who is based in Damascus, the Syrian capital.

The announcement has set off abundant speculation about the future of a group already in flux.

Full Report At:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/world/middleeast/hamas-says-its-leader-khaled-meshal-will-step-down.html?_r=1

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“What if the Muslim Brotherhood…?”

By TARIQ ALHOMAYED

Sunday, 22 January 2012

A colleague writing in a Saudi Arabian newspaper published an article criticizing the decision made by an Israeli court not to recognize marriages between Israeli nationals and Arabs [law does not permit Arabs married to Israeli nationals with Israeli citizenship]. The writer has every right to criticize this racist decision; that is not the issue.

In the beginning of the article in question, the Saudi writer asked “what if a Muslim Brotherhood member from the Freedom and Justice Party issued a statement saying that the Muslim Brotherhood does not recognize the marriage of an Egyptian national and a Jew, even if this marriage took place decades ago? Of course, this would receive criticism from across the world, from the far north of Canada to the farthest southern point of Antarctica; the Muslim Brotherhood would be accused of hateful racism, blind extremism and opposing human rights!” End quote.

Full Report At:

http://english.alarabiya.net/views/2012/01/22/189774.html

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is not to be trusted

Sunday, January 22, 2012

By Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Everything that was important to know about him was laid out in his memoir/manifesto: his virulent racism; his contempt for Christianity, democracy and all things Western; his murderous hatred of the Jews.

Adolf Hitler dictated "Mein Kampf" ("My Fight") to Rudolph Hess while in Landsberg prison in 1923. After Hitler became chancellor (prime minister) in 1933, a second edition, published in English and French as well as German, sold more than a million copies.

Within a month of assuming office, Hitler began converting Germany into a dictatorship -- just as he'd said he would in "Mein Kampf."

Full Report At:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12022/1204878-373-0.stm

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Iraq Oil Minister in Tehran Says OPEC Must Avoid Politics

January 22, 2012

By Ladane Nasseri

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Iraq’s Oil Minister Abdul Kareem al- Luaibi told Iran that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries must avoid political considerations as crude is a strategic commodity affecting the world, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Iran’s enemies are seeking to pass sanctions, al-Luaibi said in a meeting with Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi yesterday, according to IRNA.

“Our efforts are for OPEC not to enter political matters, as oil is a vital and strategic matter for the world and we will act in line with the interests of oil-exporting nations,” al- Luaibi said.

Full Report At:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-22/iraq-oil-minister-in-tehran-says-opec-must-avoid-politics.html

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More Trouble At Presbyterian Girls’ School

By Gazala Anver

21 Jan 2012

The church and the Buddhist shrine, with the school in the background. AND A close up of the Buddhist shrine

On October 3, 2011, this newspaper published the article “Presbyterian Girls’ School Accused Of Racial Intolerance,” in which several sources had alleged that the Principal of the Presbyterian Girls’ School, Maradana, Mrs. Padmini Jayawickreme, was being racially intolerant. Sources claimed that the Principal had replaced the Christian Church with a Buddhist shrine, and was unfair in her conduct towards the Islam teacher who chose to wear an abaya.

Full Report At:

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/01/22/more-trouble-at-presbyterian-girls-school/

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Arab politics continues to burn

January 22, 2012

More than a year after a young Tunisian set himself on fire and touched off revolutions throughout the Arab world, self-immolation, symbolic of systemic frustration and helplessness, has become increasingly common across the region. On Wednesday, five young men self-immolated in Morocco,

adding to the grim tally for a month in which others have set themselves on fire in Tunisia, Jordan and Bahrain.

Full Report At:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Arab-politics-continues-to-burn/Article1-800504.aspx

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Political tensions flare amid constitutional crisis over judiciary

By JJ Robinson

january 21st, 2012

Male’ is bracing for further protests after a weekend of violent demonstrations involving several hundred opposition supporters, as political tensions spiral over the military’s detention of Chief Judge of the Criminal Court, Abdulla Mohamed.

Eight opposition-aligned political parties held a joint press conference on Thursday afternoon calling on the public to join their series of protests “to defend the Maldivian constitution” and “bring the government back into legal bounds”.

Police said in a statement that five officers were “seriously injured” in protests that evening after opposition supporters in front of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) building attempted to break through the police blockade.

Full Report At:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://minivannews.com/politics/political-tensions-flare-amid-constitutional-crisis-over-judiciary-31016

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Islamists elected to dominate Egyptian parliament

By Hannah Allam and Mohannad Sabry

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012

CAIRO — Islamists won a combined 72 percent of parliamentary seats in the first election after Egypt's revolution, according to official 2esults Saturday that cemented the victory of rival religious parties belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood and the more fundamentalist Salafists.

Full Report At:

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/21/4204677/islamists-elected-to-dominate.html

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The European Union and the United States Sign a Suicide Pact

Michael Youssef

Jan 22, 2012

No, I am not talking about the impending economic doom that some are predicting will impact both continents.

I am talking about the complicit support given to Muslim countries in the UN who have been on a rampage to make it an international crime to criticize Islam in any way, shape or form.

In December 2011, the United States hosted what is known as the “Istanbul Process Conference” in Washington, DC. This Conference is explicitly committed to a global ban on any verbal or written criticism of any aspect of Islamic Sharia—even if it is an honest assessment. After all, how else will they cram Sharia down the throats of unsuspecting Westerners?

Full Report At:

http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelyoussef/2012/01/22/the_european_union_and_the_united_states_sign_a_suicide_pact

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Downgrading Iranian-British Relations: The Anatomy Of A Folly – Analysis

January 22, 2012

By Maysam Behravesh

Iran trudged into 2012 under unsettling circumstances. Severe international sanctions have already been taking their toll on its economy while a combination of sabotage activities, targeted killings, and other covert operations against Iranian military initiatives and figures are bedeviling its national security. The controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear programme has never be so fierce in the international community since its disclosure in August 2002, and pertinently enough, the spectre of war has never hovered so closely over the country since the end of cataclysmic Iran-Iraq conflict in 1988.

Full Report At:

http://www.eurasiareview.com/22012012-downgrading-iranian-british-relations-the-anatomy-of-a-folly-analysis/

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CAIR Asks Maryland Mayor to Disinvite Anti-Islam Speaker

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on Mayor Richard Meehan of Ocean City, Md., to reconsider his speaking invitation to retired Lieutenant General William G. "Jerry" Boykin, who believes that "[Islam] should not be protected under the First Amendment" and that there should be "no mosques in America." Boykin is scheduled to speak at the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on January 26.

Full Report At:

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/20/4203295/cair-asks-maryland-mayor-to-disinvite.html

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Analytical aspects of Iran's Islamic republic system

21 Jan 2012 13:03

IBNA: Through its various chapters, the book casts a detailed view on the main principles of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran through a legal, political and jurisprudential point of view and offers adequate explanations for its organization.

The constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the result of a series of efforts exerted by top humanities scholars of the country and is the first one of its kind to be based on the guidelines of religious figures like prophet Mohammad.

Full Report At:

http://www.ibna.ir/vdcdz50f5yt0x56.em2y.html

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US, Europe trying to pressure Iran into nuke talks

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DON MELVIN

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The United States and its European allies joined Friday in saying they would try to pressure Iran back into nuclear negotiations despite the Islamic republic's failure after three months to answer the nations' terms for talks.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. and its partners were making it clear to Tehran that it was headed down a "dangerous path" with its pursuit of nuclear weapons and threats to close off the Strait of Hormuz - through which much of the world's fuel travels to reach international markets.

Full Report At:

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/20/4202927/us-europe-trying-to-pressure-iran.html

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Anwar files RM59m defamation suit against Utusan

January 20, 2012

He claims he was defamed by two articles with regards to his comments on homosexuality.

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has filed a RM50-million suit against Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd, claiming he was defamed by two articles the Malay language newspaper published with regard to his comments on homosexuality laws in his recent interview with the BBC.

Anwar filed the suit, against Utusan and its editor-in-chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak, at the High Court registry today through the law firm, Messrs Daim & Gamany.

In his statement of claim, Anwar said the newspaper had published two articles, on its front page and page 10, on Jan 17 portraying him to be a Muslim leader whose views are contrary to Islamic teachings.

Full Report At:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2012/01/20/anwar-files-rm59m-defamation-suit-against-utusan/

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14 Muslim Leaders Plan Boycott of Breakfast With Mayor

By KATE TAYLOR

A group of Muslim leaders plans to boycott Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast on Friday to protest what it calls the unfair surveillance of Muslims by the New York Police Department.

Full Report At:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/29/nyregion/14-muslim-leaders-plan-boycott-of-bloomberg-interfaith-breakfast.html

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Leveson Inquiry: Daily Star Editor Questioned Over “Anti-Islamic” Agenda

By NICHOLAS EDMONDSON

January 12, 2012

Racism in Britain: We Obsess Over Black Britons While Chinese are Ignored

Neesom was questioned over a Star story with the headline "Muslim Thugs Aged Just 12 in Knife Attack on Brit School Boy".

Full Report At:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/280763/20120112/leveson-muslim-daily-star-editor-anti.htm

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Report: Iran police close down toy shops selling Barbie dolls

Police say Barbie dolls are 'symbols of immoral Western culture'; conservatively-dressed Islamic versions of the dolls have failed to dent popularity of Barbies.

Dozens of toy shops selling Barbies in Iran have been closed down by the police, who describe the popular dolls as "symbols of immoral Western culture," Mehr news agency reported Friday.

Full Report At:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/report-iran-police-close-down-toy-shops-selling-barbie-dolls-1.408394

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Brothers win almost half of Egypt parliament seats

By Mona Salem

January 20, 2012

CAIRO — Egypt's Islamists led by the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood clinched more than two thirds of seats in parliament in historic polls after the ouster of strongman Hosni Mubarak, official results showed on Saturday.

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won 235 seats in the new People's Assembly, or 47.18 percent, electoral committee head Abdel Moez Ibrahim told a news conference, giving the final results from marathon polls.

Full Report At:

dfMYM3vs65gkyu9Sd2vsiEmJZg?docId=CNG.b02498835d57a2cde70252bf1fb47b37.631

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Syria unrest: Arab League mulls extending monitor team

January 20, 2012

Arab League foreign ministers are due to decide whether to extend their controversial monitoring mission in Syria, amid continuing violence.

The ministers will discuss a report by the mission's head in Cairo, Egypt.

The 165-strong mission expired on Thursday with no sign of a halt to the government's crackdown on protesters.

Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16670007

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World's a stage for Turkey

BY: GREG SHERIDAN

January 21, 2012

AHMET Davutoglu - slim, dapper, courtly - is the architect of what some describe, and it's an overblown description, as Turkey's neo-Ottoman foreign policy. Davutoglu, a former academic and author of a stupendously long and influential tome on Turkey's strategic outlook, is now his country's Foreign Minister.

Full Report At:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/worlds-a-stage-for-turkey/story-e6frg76f-1226249668334

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Pakistan arrests 31 Indian fishermen

ISLAMABAD:Jan 22, 2012, Pakistani authorities have arrested 31 Indian fishermen and seized 14 boats for allegedly violating the country's maritime boundary, an official said.

The fishermen were detained by the Maritime Security Agency (MSA) during routine patrolling yesterday, a spokesman for the agency said.

Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-arrests-31-Indian-fishermen/articleshow/11588946.cms

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/why-we-bombed-kano---boko-haram/d/6445


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