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Working Muslim women, don’t talk to male colleagues: Deoband Fatwa

100 killed in Iraq serial bomb blasts

Mali imam living in fear after backing women's rights

Interfaith dialogue: Coalition preaches mutual respect

SIT quizzes Hindutva icon Togadia on Gujarat violence

Hindutva leader threatens Zakia, Setalvad with ‘action’

Old mosque demolished in Madinah

Some Pakistan officials know where Osama is: Hillary Clinton

New girl gets elected to AMU old boys’ body

Paris fears losing clientele to burqa ban

Pak militants spread roots

Saudi Arabia: NON-MUSLIMS MAKE SMALL STEPS INTO MEDINA

Faisal was told to not leave paper trail

Shahzad’s father to be quizzed

35,000 troops out, Valley sees spike in violence

Mass grave of Kosovo victims found in Serbia

The Times Square scare

PESHAWAR: 26 journalist bodies demand terrorists stop bombing civilians

Assassination of US Muslim Cleric is Illegal, Immoral and Unwise

US drone attack kills 14 in Pakistan: Officials

Times Square suspect went to Pakistan for Taliban's help: US

U.S. may be passing up chances to stop terrorist plots

Pakistan needs to do more to combat terror: US

Should Muslim Countries Adopt a More Western Attitude Toward Curiosity?

More Proof of How Jihad is Funded

Israel’s plan for East Jerusalem clouds talks

Muslim leaders warn against Jerusalem settlements

Two Israeli Arabs suspected of spying for Hezbollah

Against honour killing but just a messenger: Naveen Jindal

Romp with MP caught on tape, Turkish leader quits

UP ‘honour killing victim’ held for abducting girlfriend

Iran to let mothers visit three US detainees: Mottaki

My mother and her secrets, Jasmin Darznik

London: Acid revenge attack men sentenced

Constructive student dialogue on the Middle East

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Working Muslim Women, Don’t Talk To Male Colleagues: Deoband Fatwa

May 11, 2010

Kashish

The largest Muslim seminary in India, Darul Uloom of Deoband, has issued a fatwa against working Muslim women, saying working with men is not Islamic.

The fatwa says it is unlawful for Muslim women to do any job in government or private institutions that entails men and women working together and women having to talk to men without the veil.

The Deoband clerics say it is clearly mentioned in the Shariat that women should wear the veil in office and should not mix with male colleagues.

The fatwa has been endorsed by Muslim clerics of other schools of thought.

Sunni Muslim cleric Maulana Abul Irfan Firangimahli says, "Those women who are following their careers may get great success in this life...but they have to be accountable and answerable for this in their afterlife and then they will regret their career choices."

Expectedly, the fatwa has not gone down well with women. For well-known Lucknow fashion designer Asma Hussain, the fatwa has no significance. Asma makes her living dressing up women against whom this fatwa has been issued. For more than 10 years she has had dozens of men working for her and points out that their livelihoods depend on her continuing to work.

"If I stop working, then more than me those men will suffer who depend on me for their living. And so I feel that perhaps Allah may not accept my prayers, but he may accept me for trying to contribute to society," Asma says.

Then there is Wajeeda, an entrepreneur who runs a beauty parlour in Lucknow. She has both male and female clients. "These fatwas are issued so frequently, and are so regressive, that it only ends up creating hurdles for Muslim women to move forward. In fact, I think every Muslim woman should work.

http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/fatwa-to-working-muslim-women-dont-talk-to-male-colleagues-24731.php?u=1254

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100 killed in Iraq serial bomb blasts

May 10, 2010

BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a textile factory on Monday in a crowd that gathered after two cars bombings at the same spot in the worst of a series of attacks killing nearly 100 across Iraq, the deadliest day this year.

The government blamed al-Qaida in Iraq for violence in Baghdad, saying the terror group is stepping up its attacks now to exploit political instability. More than two months after the March 7 elections, it is not clear who will control the next Iraqi government and the US is planning to pull out half of its 92,000 troops over the next four months.

In the latest in a series of attacks that killed 99 people, three bombs hit the southern Shiite port city of Basra in the evening. At least one exploded in a marketplace, killing at least 15, hospital and police officials said.

The violence began in the capital where at least 10 people were killed in what appeared to be coordinated attacks against police and army checkpoints across Baghdad. Both Shiites and Sunnis were targeted in attacks around the country.

The most deadly incident was an afternoon bombing in the Shiite city of Hillah, the capital of Babil province 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Baghdad. A suicide bomber with explosives strapped to his belt blew himself up among a crowd trying to help victims of two car bombs that went off earlier outside a textile factory, said Babil provincial police spokesman Maj. Muthana Khalid.

At least 45 were killed and 140 wounded in the triple blasts, Khalid and al-Hillah hospital director Zuhair al Khafaji said.

Witnesses said they saw blood pooled and pieces of flesh on the ground outside the factory.

``Terrified people were running in different directions,'' said Jassim Znad Abid, a taxi driver who lives in Hillah. ``I saw dead people, some burned and crying, wounded people on the ground that was covered with pools of blood. Dozens of wounded people asking for help were laying on the ground.''

Khalid said the two car bombs parked outside the factory about 25 yards (meters) apart exploded first as workers were leaving the factory around 1:30 p.m. They were believed to be detonated by remote control.

Then as rescuers and workers were trying to help the injured, the suicide attacker struck.

Babil provincial Gov. Salman Nassir al-Zargawi ordered flags lowered to half-staff and a three-day mourning period. In an interview with Iraqi state TV, al-Zargawi said he was informed Sunday that the factory was under threat, but cited too many security gaps across Babil to protect all sites he feared could be targeted.

``There are many fragile places especially in the north of Babil... and there are a lot of security gaps there,'' al-Zargawi said. ``So we are facing a daily challenge in Babil.''

The day's violence began in Baghdad with the checkpoint attacks. Most of the incidents were drive-by shootings in which assailants wearing uniforms of city government employed cleaners used weapons fixed with silencers to spray checkpoints and patrols with bullets.

Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, spokesman for Baghdad's security operations center, said Iraqi security forces arrested one suspect and seized a pistol with a silencer.

The violence delivered a chilling reminder that insurgents are still able to stage large scale operations despite security gains by Iraqi and US forces over past years.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But al-Moussawi blamed al-Qaida in Iraq for the Baghdad attacks, saying the terror group is attempting to exploit Iraq's political instability.

``Al-Qaida is trying to ... use some gaps created by some political problems,'' the Iraqi security spokesman told Arabiya TV. ``There are well-known agendas for the terrorist groups operating in Iraq. Some of these groups are supported regionally and internationally with the aim of influencing the political and democratic process inside Iraq.''

U.S. Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, the top military spokesman in Iraq, said the attacks show ``there is a threat out there that we have to be concerned about, and the threat is still capable.''

Violence in Iraq has fallen dramatically since the height of the insurgency in 2006 and 2007. But the political vacuum in the wake of the inconclusive election has raised the risk that sectarian violence will pick up again.

Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya coalition, a secular group heavily backed by the Sunni Arab minority, edged out Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's religious Shiite bloc by two seats in the parliamentary election but neither won an outright majority, forcing them to seek partners to form a ruling coalition.

Last week al-Maliki's State of Law coalition formed an alliance with the religious Shiite Iraqi National Alliance believed to have strong backing from Iran, a deal that put them four seats short of a majority in parliament and did not include Allawi. The pact could lead to four years of another Shiite-dominated government much like the current one.

Sunni anger at Shiite domination of successive governments was a key reason behind the insurgency and if Allawi is perceived as not getting his fair share of power, that could in turn outrage the Sunnis who supported him.

In other attacks on Monday the small town of Suwayrah, 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Baghdad, was hit by a pair of bombs -- one in a parked car and the other planted along a road -- that killed 11 passers-by and wounded dozens, an Iraqi police official and a hospital worker in the nearby city of Kut said.

In Tarmiyah, 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Baghdad, city Mayor Mohammed Jassim was injured when bombs in parked cars targeted his convoy. In all, five people were killed and 18 injured in the attack, said a city police official.

At least six people were killed west of Baghdad in the city of Abu Ghraib by three different bombings , Iraqi officials said.

Seven more were killed in four separate attacks stretching from the northern city of Mosul to the Shiite city of Musayyib south of Baghdad.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/100-killed-in-Iraq-serial-bomb-blasts/articleshow/5913039.cms

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Mali imam living in fear after backing women's rights

11 May 2010

An imam in Mali is living in fear after backing a new family law which no longer obliges wives to obey their husbands, angering Muslim groups.

He has received threatening phone calls and local Muslim leaders have tried to dismiss him.

The new law is currently being given a second reading in parliament after Mali's president refused to sign it because of the Muslim protests.

More than 90% of Mali's population is Muslim.

In April, the imam of Kati, 15km (9 miles) north-west of the capital, Bamako, wrote a letter to Mali's High Islamic Council stating he saw nothing in the new family law which infringed the country's social values, much less Islam, the BBC's Martin Vogl in Mali says.

The High Islamic Council has said imams can only be dismissed by their congregation and it is unclear what weight the decision by local Muslim leaders to sack the imam will have, our reporter explains.

But the incident has highlighted the intense feelings among Muslims towards the new family law.

Its most contentious provisions give more rights to women.

For example, under the law husbands and wives owe each other loyalty and protection rather than obedience, women get greater inheritance rights and the minimum age for girls to marry in most circumstances is raised to 18.

When the law was introduced in August 2009, the parliament building was attacked and it was difficult to find anyone to defend the law in public, our reporter says.

Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure said he was sending the law back to parliament for the sake of national unity.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8672618.stm

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The interfaith dialogue: Coalition preaches mutual respect

May 11, 2010

The interfaith dialogue initiated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to build bridges of understanding between Islam and the West has been well received by religious leaders worldwide. This was evident at the community outreach program that was organized by the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry's Committee of International Trade (CIT) on the sidelines of the US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum April 28-29 in Chicago.

US President Barack Obama's vision of interfaith harmony as expounded in historic June 2009 address to the Muslim world from Cairo is now beginning to unfold, and I could notice the positive developments that are taking place in the United States.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article51866.ece

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SIT quizzes Togadia on Gujarat violence

May 11 2010

PRAVIN Togadia, the international general secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad ( VHP), was on Monday quizzed by the Special Investigation Team ( SIT) probing the conspiracy angle in the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.

The SIT had been set up by the Supreme Court after Zakia Jaffri, widow of former congress MP Ehsan Jaffri, sought its intervention seeking justice.

Togadia, who arrived at the SIT office with a retinue of ‘ monks’ and supporters, spent three hours fielding questions and later threatened to teach Zakia and activist Teesta Setalvad a lesson at an appropriate time.

Full report at:

Mail Today

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Will take action against Zakia, Setalvad: Togadia

May 11 2010

Gandhinagar : VHP leader Praveen Togadia on Monday said he would take action against Zakia Jaffery and Teesta Setalvad, on whose complaint he was called for questioning by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with Gujarat riots.

"I too, at an appropriate time, will take action against Zakia Jaffery and Teesta Setalvad, who have dragged me before the SIT," Togadia told reporters outside the SIT office here after deposing before the Supreme Court-appointed agency.

Togadia was today questioned for over four hours by the SIT in connection with Zakia's complaint in which she alleged that Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others, which include his cabinet colleagues, police officials and senior bureaucrats aided and abetted post-Godhra riots in Gujarat.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/will-take-action-against-zakia-setalvad-togadia/616920/

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Old mosque demolished in Madinah

May 11, 2010

MADINAH: A 19th century mosque in Madinah's Al-Zahidiah district that was the subject of a dispute lasting several years has finally been demolished and is to be rebuilt 200 meters away from its original location, Al-Madinah newspaper reported.

The Al-Katibiyyah Mosque , built by Sharif Muhammad bin Ali Al-Sanusi Al-Kabir around 1834 , has been demolished following deliberations lasting several years .

The mosque was thought to be standing over or close to the grave of a famous Companion of the Prophet Muhammad  ( peace be upon him ), Sayyiduna Ra'fi bin Malik Al-Zurqi  ( may Allah be pleased with him ).

In May 2006 , the mosque , along with other old buildings leading to Quba Mosque , was marked for demolition as part of a regeneration project to improve the Central Zone , the area around the Holy Mosque. ?However , local residents protested and asked Madinah Gov. ?Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed  to investigate the matter and suspend the decision . A committee was subsequently set up to verify the claims .

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article52247.ece

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Some Pakistan officials know where Osama is: Hillary Clinton

Chidanand Rajghatta

May 10, 2010

WASHINGTON: In a blistering attack on Pakistan’s long and covert association with terrorism, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accused some government officials there of harboring Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar, and warned that the US ''cannot tolerate'' attacks emanating from that country.

Clinton’s stunning accusation against Washington’s ally came in course of a CBS 60 Minutes profile of the Secretary of State, and constituted the most direct charge of supporting terrorism against Pakistan by Washington to date. Clinton appeared to be pointing to Pakistan’s military and intelligence officials while absolving the current civilian leadership.

''I am not saying they are at the highest level...but I believe somewhere in this government are people who know where Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida and where Mullah Omar and the leadership of the Taliban are,'' Clinton said, adding, ''We expect more cooperation (from Pakistan) to help us bring to justice capture or kill those who brought us 9/11.''

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Some-Pakistan-officials-know-where-Osama-is-Hillary-Clinton/articleshow/5912567.cms

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New girl gets elected to AMU old boys’ body

Saba Rahman

May 11 2010

New Delhi : For all its worldwide repute, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has always lived with an uncomfortable charge — that of excluding its women from public spaces. Interestingly, the gender lines are drawn even beyond the campus. By university passouts, for instance, who continue to call the over-a-century-old alumni body, AMU Old Boys’ Association (AMUOBA).

So, late on Sunday night, when journalist Arfa Khanum was elected the vice-president of AMUOBA, Delhi Chapter, she became only the second woman to make it to the post after social activist Azra Sultana, who held the post four years ago. No other woman was in the fray for any of the association’s 12 posts this time — like almost every time earlier, ever since the Delhi Chapter was formed in 1972. AMUOBA was formed in 1899 at Aligarh and has branches in many cities in India as well as Dubai and London.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/new-girl-gets-elected-to-amu-old-boys-body/617165/

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Paris fears losing clientele to burqa ban

Matthew Campbell

May 11, 2010

The Avenue Montaigne in Paris is a magnet for wealthy shoppers. This summer, though, the Saudi princesses often to be seen browsing in black robes among the Chanel handbags and La Perla lingerie may stay at home — or shop elsewhere.

Under a proposed French law banning women from wearing the burqa in public, they could be fined. Their husbands, often potentates in their home countries, could end up in jail. "A lot of our customers come from the Gulf, especially Qatar," said a public relations officer at the exclusive Hotel Plaza Athenee, a stone's throw from Chanel. "There is some concern about this law."

The law is expected to be approved by parliament this week and to come into effect by September, when women offenders could be liable to a £130 penalty and be invited to attend "citizenship classes". Men found guilty of forcing women to wear burqas could be jailed for a year and fined £13,000.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Europe/Paris-fears-losing-clientele-to-burqa-ban/articleshow/5914988.cms

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Pak militants spread roots

May 11 2010

Terrorism suspect Faisal Shahzad's alleged path to Times Square reflects what experts say is a militant support network that spans Pakistan and is eager to shepherd aspiring terrorists from around the globe.

In this teeming southern metropolis, authorities are focusing on a domestic militant outfit that might have escorted Shahzad to distant northern peaks where US investigators allege he received training with the Al Qaeda-affiliated Pakistani Taliban. In Pakistan's heartland, extremist organisations freely build compounds and campaign with politicians, while their foot soldiers fight alongside the Taliban in the borderlands, intel- ligence officials say.

Full report at:

Hindustan Times

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NON-MUSLIMS MAKE SMALL STEPS INTO MEDINA

By Adam Gonn

11 May 2010

Saudi Arabia considers the entrance of non-Muslims into a new area outside Islam’s second holiest city. 

Saudi Arabia plans to build a new neighbourhood on the outskirts of Medina where non-Muslims may be permitted to take up residency.

The ‘Knowledge Economic City’, set to be located three miles from Medina’s central mosque, will be Saudi Arabia’s first so called smart city, as all the buildings in the area will be connected via data, video and voice links.

“We want to develop a knowledge based industry and to attract major universities from all over the world,” Wafim Paffier, a business developer for the Knowledge Economic City, told The Media Line. “We want to create an economic platform that will reverse the emigration from Medina and attract Muslim scientist to come and work.”     

Full report at:

http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=28810

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Faisal was told to not leave paper trail

11 MAY 2010

Washington, May 10: Pakistani-American terror suspect Faisal Shahzad, arrested for the Times Square bombing plot, had been instructed by the Pakistani Taliban to always pay cash and not to leave a “paper trail” in transactions, a media report said on Monday.

“He was told to be very careful about not letting anything track back to him. No receipts, and no paper. No nothing,” an official source close to the investigation was quoted as saying by the Los Angeles Times.

The Pakistani Taliban had instructed Shahzad to always pay cash and never ask for or receive receipts for his transactions.

“He was told to leave no paper trail at all,” it said. The paper said Shahzad had paid in cash for his gun, as also for the van he bought from a Connecticut-based teenager.

Full report at:

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12068:faisal-was-told-to-not-leave-paper-trail&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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Shahzad’s father to be quizzed

Shafqat Ali

May 10: The FBI team is set to quiz Baharul Haq, the father of Faisal Shahzad, accused of the failed New York bombing plot.

“The US investigative team of FBI officials have demanded access to investigate the father of Faisal Shahzad. They will soon be quizzing him,” a security official told this newspaper on Monday.

Earlier, the civilian authorities refused the demand of the FBI team to investigate the retired Air Force official, as it was necessary to seek the permission of Army sources beforehand.

“The father of the arrested Faisal Shahzad is in safe custody and is not under arrest,” said the official.

Full report at:

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12067:mass-grave-of-250-kosovo-victims-found&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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35,000 troops out, Valley sees spike in violence

May 11 2010

“It's going to be a hot summer in Kashmir,“ Gurmeet Singh, brigadier general staff of the army's 15 Corps, had pre- dicted in March.

But it was not the rising mer- cury he was worried about.

The Valley was witnessing a resurgence of militancy since the government began with- drawing 35,000 troops from the state late last year.

“Without creating any hype, we have reduced 35,000 army personnel and also decreased the number of CRPF and BSF men from internal duty,“ Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had told the assembly on March 18.

But with troops moving out, militants seem to be back in the Valley.

Full report at:

Hindustan Times

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Mass grave of Kosovo victims found in Serbia

May 10, 2010

BELGRADE: A mass grave containing bodies of ethnic Albanians killed during 1998-99 war in Kosovo has been discovered in Serbia, officials said on Monday.

Serbia's war crimes prosecutor's office said the grave is located in Rudnica, near the town of Raska, about 180 kilometers (108 miles) south of Belgrade, Serbia's capital.

The prosecutor's office gave no other details, but planned to hold a news conference about the discovery later on Monday.

The independent B92 Television reported that the mass grave contains about 250 bodies of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo who were killed during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

It is the sixth mass grave discovered in Serbia since 2001. Hundreds of bodies of slain ethnic Albanians have been exhumed in the past several years and returned to Kosovo.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Europe/Mass-grave-of-Kosovo-victims-found-in-Serbia/articleshow/5913352.cms

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The Times Square scare

May 11 2010,

Iª New York” T-shirts are back on sale for $2.99, just steps away from where Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born American citizen, allegedly attempted to detonate an improvised bomb inside a car in the heart of Times Square on May 1st. On discovery of the smoking vehicle New York’s police (NYPD) quickly evacuated the area. In a New York minute, Times Square bounced back. Soon after the bomb squad had defused the device, traffic returned and throngs of people again filled its sidewalks and packed into its shops and theatres.

Just over 53 hours after the smoking SUV was discovered, Mr Shahzad was arrested at Kennedy airport as he tried to leave the country on a flight to Dubai. Ray Kelly, New York’s police commissioner, compared the speedy arrest to the work of Jack Bauer, a fictional counter-terrorism agent who repeatedly saves the world in 24 hours. But the fact that Mr Shahzad nearly got away (the plane had closed its doors before it was stopped, because the authorities had earlier lost track of their suspect) is embarrassing, to say the least. And it was not expensive technology or highly-sensitive intelligence that alerted authorities to the SUV on Saturday night. Street vendors, ordinary New Yorkers, did that.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/the-times-square-scare/617042/0

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26 journalist bodies demand terrorists stop bombing civilians

By Iqbal Khattak

May 11, 2010

PESHAWAR: Twenty six journalist organisations from around the world on Monday called on the Taliban, al Qaeda and other jihadi organisations in Pakistan to stop targeting civilians with their attacks, wherein journalists also lost their lives in the line of duty.

“We appeal with the utmost urgency to the leaders of the Taliban, jihadi movements and al Qaeda in Pakistan to put a stop to all further suicide bombings on public gatherings,” the appeal from the organisations that included the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders said.

“As journalists, we have to cover official events first hand but that does not mean that we support this or that politician or public figure. By targeting large gatherings, the organisations are endangering the lives of innocent civilians and reporters. This is not acceptable. We can no longer accept the loss of lives of our fellow journalists,” the appeal said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\11\story_11-5-2010_pg7_37

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Assassination of US Muslim Cleric is Illegal, Immoral and Unwise

Bill Quigley

May 11, 2010

Agents of the United States are openly trying to assassinate Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen, while he is in hiding in Yemen. Despite what the apologists for assassination argue this is illegal, immoral and unwise.

Assassinating Awlaki in the US would be murder, a capital crime, punishable by life in prison or even the death penalty. Morally, few would argue that agents of the FBI or the CIA could murder the cleric in the US. If it is illegal and immoral to kill a Muslim cleric in the US why would it be legal, moral or wise to do so in Yemen?

The Imam, who lived in the US for more than two decades, is accused of using his powerful speaking and teaching skills on behalf of terrorism. Authorities say he was in e-mail contact with the Army Major arrested for killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas. He is loosely linked to the Nigerian Christmas bomber. The Times Square SUV bomber is reported to have listened to the cleric's online lectures.

Full report at:

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/10-1

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US drone attack kills 14 in Pakistan: Officials

May 11, 2010

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan: US drones fired a barrage of 12 missiles, destroying a training camp for Islamist fighters in Pakistan's tribal belt and killing 14 militants on Tuesday, security officials said.

It was the second strike in the same mountainous area close to the Afghan border since Sunday, when the United States accused the Pakistani Taliban of being behind a plot to detonate a car bomb in Times Square 10 days ago.

The training camp was run by militants attached to Taliban-linked Afghan warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who is reputed to control up to 2,000 fighters who attack US-led forces over the border in Afghanistan, officials said.

The compound was in the Lowara Mandi area of North Waziristan district, seen as a fortress of Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal badlands.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-drone-attack-kills-14-in-Pakistan-Officials/articleshow/5915780.cms

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Times Square suspect went to Pakistan for Taliban's help: US

May 11, 2010

WASHINGTON: Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, accused of planting the failed car bomb at Times Square, last travelled to Pakistan to get help from the Pakistani Taliban in carrying out a bomb attack, CNN reported citing a senior US official.

"The question is: Did he go there looking for help or did he fall in their lap? It seems the former. It appears he went seeking help for this attack," the unnamed senior administration official was quoted as saying.

"He had an attack in mind when he went there," he told CNN as state department spokesman PJ Crowley on Monday said the Pakistani Taliban "provided him (Shahzad) with material support that obviously helped him execute the attack."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Times-Square-suspect-went-to-Pakistan-for-Talibans-help-US/articleshow/5916000.cms

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U.S. may be passing up chances to stop terrorist plots

By Marc A. Thiessen

May 11, 2010

Did a captured Taliban leader know about the Times Square plot and withhold this information from his interrogators?

On Sunday, Obama administration officials, including counterterrorism chief John Brennan, declared that the Taliban was behind the attack and that Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber, had "extensive interactions" with Taliban leaders in Pakistan. Yet just a few months before Shahzad attempted to blow up a car bomb in the heart of Manhattan, U.S. and Pakistani officials captured the highest-ranking Taliban leader ever detained in the war on terror -- Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. This raises a critical question: Could Baradar have warned us about the Times Square attack?

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/10/AR2010051002174.html

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Pakistan needs to do more to combat terror: US

May 11, 2010

MUMBAI: The US on Tuesday said it is cooperating at the highest level to provide India access to 26/11 accused David Headley even as it maintained Pakistan has to do more to fight terror.

"We work together in historic ways on providing access to people like David Headley where the US is cooperating at the highest level to eventually provide access to this person who helped pull off the savagery of the attack on Mumbai on 26/11," US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer told reporters after paying tributes to the 26/11 attack martyrs at Marine Drive here.

"We have been providing indirect access to sharing intelligence for months about that acquired information and now the door is open. The opportunity is there for India in the weeks ahead to get direct access in the appropriate way and appropriate time to David Headley," Roemer said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Pakistan-needs-to-do-more-to-combat-terror-US/articleshow/5917831.cms

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Should Muslim Countries Adopt a More Western Attitude Toward Curiosity?

Jim Al-Khalili

11 May 2010

I think the short answer, which is gradually gaining acceptability within the Muslim world, is yes, absolutely. To qualify this, I think the question should rather be, “Should Muslim countries reclaim the attitude of curiosity about the world and the workings of nature that was so prevalent during the Islamic Golden Age 1,000 years ago?”

That period was, like the time of the Greeks a millennium earlier, dominated by a spirit of rational inquiry that led to many advances in mathematics, astronomy, medicine, physics, and chemistry. Scholars in the great centers, such as Baghdad, Cairo, Cordoba, and Samarkand, questioned everything they inherited from the Greeks, having translated the great works of Aristotle, Galen, Euclid, Ptolemy, and others into Arabic, and then produced many original works themselves that would later be translated into Latin and feed into the European Renaissance. That spirit gradually died away as the Islamic empire went into decline.

Full report at:

http://www.scienceandreligiontoday.com/2010/05/11/should-muslim-countries-adopt-a-more-western-attitude-toward-curiosity-jim-al-khalili-answers/

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More Proof of How Jihad is Funded

Shariah Finance Watch

11 May 2010

One of the most popular web sites among American Muslims is Islam Online, which was founded by Sheikh Yussef al-Qaradawi, a man we have written about extensively on SFW.

Qaradawi is perhaps best known in the Western world for being banned from travel to the USA and the UK because of his ties to Jihadist terrorist organizations. Qaradawi also served as the chair of the Shariah Advisory Board for Bank al-Taqwa, a bank shut down by the US Treasury Department several years ago because it was funneling millions of dollars to several Jihadist terrorist groups.

In 2008, Qaradawi called for Islamic finance and economics to replace capitalism.

Despite all this baggage, Qaradawi is considered the most prominent Sunni Shariah scholar in the world and one of the ideological leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the political wing of the global Jihadist insurgency.

Full report at:

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.6187/pub_detail.asp

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Israel’s plan for East Jerusalem clouds talks

AMY TEIBEL

11 MAY 2010

JERUSALEM , May 10: Israel said on Monday it will press forward wi-th construction of new housing for Jews in East Jerus-alem, drawing Palestinian accusations that the plans could undermine newly-relaunched peace talks. Cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser’s statement illustrated the balancing act that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu faces as he conducts peace talks in the coming months.

His hawkish government wants construction in East Jerusalem, the section of the holy city claimed by the Palestinians, to continue.

But American mediators and the Palestinians want the building halted. “Building is expected to begin soon in Har Homa and Neve Yaakov, where (construction) bids have been issued,” Mr Hauser told Army Radio, referring to two East Jerusalem neighbourhoods.

 Full report at:

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12070:israels-plan-for-east-jerusalem-clouds-talks&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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Muslim leaders warn against Jerusalem settlements

May 11, 2010

ISTANBUL: Muslim leaders warned on Monday the establishment of new Israeli settlements in Jerusalem would push the region to "the brink of an abyss,” a day after Palestinians declared the start of indirect talks with Israel.

Palestinians say the US-mediated talks will become direct if Israel announces a complete halt to settlement building on occupied land. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, a strong critic of Israel, stressed the importance of such a move.

"Jewish settlement activities, which represent the biggest obstacle to the peace process, must be halted," he told a meeting of Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) nations.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article52240.ece

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Two Israeli Arabs suspected of spying for Hezbollah

May 11, 2010

JERUSALEM: Israel has arrested two Israeli Arabs suspected of spying for Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, police and security services said Monday, partially lifting a gag order on the case.

Websites flouted the gag order and made the arrest of political activist Amir Makhoul into a rallying cry for critics of Israel's treatment of its Arab minority.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the gag order was imposed to avoid harming the investigation.

Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency said in a statement that the men were arrested for “severe security offenses including contacting a Hezbollah agent.” Additional details of the case are still subject to the gag order, the statement said. The two men have not been charged.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article52241.ece

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Against honour killing but just a messenger: Naveen Jinda

May 11, 2010

Congress MP from Kurukshetra Naveen Jindal, in the eye of the storm for supporting khap panchayats notorious for sanctioning honour killings, spoke exclusively to Manveer Saini and endorsed their sentiments against same gotra/village marriages. The 40-year-old politician was non-commital on the khap demand of amendment in the Hindu Marriage Act to ban such marriages, merely saying that he will convey the wishes of khap elders to the party high command and government. Excerpts:

What prompted you to talk with khap panchayats and attend their meeting?

I attended the meeting as the Lok Sabha representative of the area. They wanted to discuss certain issues. They have every right to be heard. I listened to them and came to know about their grievances.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Against-honour-killing-but-just-a-messenger-Naveen-Jinda/articleshow/5915297.cms

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Romp with MP caught on tape, Turkish leader quits

May 11, 2010

ANKARA: The veteran leader of Turkey's main secular opposition party resigned on Monday, saying he was the victim of a conspiracy following the release of a videotape on the internet purporting to show him and a woman in a bedroom.

The resignation of Deniz Baykal, a fierce critic of the ruling Islamist-leaning AK Party, comes as his secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) has pledged to bloc plans by the government to hold a referendum on constitutional reforms.

Baykal accused the AK Party, whose roots lie in political Islam, of having knowledge of the videotape.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/Romp-with-MP-caught-on-tape-Turkish-leader-quits/articleshow/5914997.cms

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UP ‘honour killing victim’ held for abducting girlfriend

May 11 2010

THE UTTAR Pradesh police are in a spot over the reported ‘ honour killing’ of Ajit Saini.

Having earlier booked Anuj Tomar — whose sister Anshu had eloped with Ajit — for the murder, the police did a U- turn and arrested Ajit on Monday after the couple resurfaced a day earlier.

Ajit, who is from a lower caste, is in love with Anshu. The fear of caste panchayats and the recent spate of honour killings forced the couple to flee Muzaffarnagar a week back.

While they were in hiding, the police booked Anuj for Ajit’s murder after a body was recovered not far from the latter’s residence. The police also claimed Anuj had confessed to killing Ajit.

Full report at:

Mail Today

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Iran to let mothers visit three US detainees: Mottaki

May 11, 2010

TEHRAN: Mothers of three American hikers detained in Iran since July will be allowed to visit them, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Monday.

Intelligence Minister Haidar Moslehi said last month Tehran had proof that the three Americans, detained on espionage charges, had links to intelligence services.

Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27, were detained after they entered Iran from northern Iraq, a case that has further complicated poor relations between Tehran and Washington.

"It was decided... to issue visas for these three mothers so they can come to Iran and visit their children," the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Mottaki as saying.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article52239.ece

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My mother and her secrets Jasmin Darznik

11 May 2010

Some years ago, when I was in my early 20s, I found a photograph of my mother as a bride. That the man beside her was not my father, that she’d kept this marriage a secret from me, that she had been disturbingly young — none of this unsettled me as much as her expression.

Eyes downcast and lips pouted, she looked as if the next shot would have shown her crying.

In that moment I thought: That is not my mother. My family left Iran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. My parents bought a roadside motel in California and set out to make new lives for us. Immigration baffled, then broke, my father, and so it was my mother who took charge of the motel, my mother who sat behind the plastic window of the manager’s suite answering the phone, my mother who cleaned the rooms on weekends and all the other days when the maid didn’t show up.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/opinion/2010/May/opinion_May66.xml&section=opinion&col=

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Acid revenge attack men sentenced

11 May 2010

Three men who stabbed a man and doused him with acid over an online affair have been jailed at the Old Bailey.

Awais Akram, 25, was disfigured after being attacked in Leytonstone last July for a relationship with Sadia Khatoon.

Her brother Mohammed Vakas, 26, of Walthamstow, was given a 30-year sentence for conspiracy to murder.

Mohammed Adeel, 20, of Walthamstow, and Fabion Kuci, 17, of Harlesden, got 13 and eight-year sentences for conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.

A ban on naming Kuci because of his age was lifted after the sentencing.

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/8675040.stm

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Constructive student dialogue on the Middle East

Alexander Goldberg

11 May 2010

The "campus conflict" over the problems in the Middle East has been going on for almost 40 years. That's right, 40 years. But it does not have to be that way: there is no reason why there can not or should not be a place for a discourse on the Middle East conflict without the need for conflict here in Britain.

What's more, there needs to be a place for Jews, Muslims and Christians to build relations. The three Abrahamic faiths have much in common and do work together to build a better society. We have a shared sense of moral and social responsibility. Our common cause is to develop the societies in which we live and to ensure social justice.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/may/11/campus-conflict-universities-middle-east

 http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/working-muslim-women,-don’t-talk-to-male-colleagues--deoband-fatwa-/d/2832


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