BEIRUT, Lebanon — Thousands of protesters poured into the streets in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, and in three of the country’s five largest cities on Friday, in a weekly show of defiance that came days before President Bashar al-Assad was expected to address Syrians for the first time in two months. Activists said at least 19 people were killed and dozens wounded. for more click here
Archive for June, 2011
One of the hallmarks of the Arab Spring has been the emergence of a new and more modest American foreign policy. The Obama administration has insisted on not taking the lead in promoting democratic change; it has declined to act unless not just the French and British but the Arab League go first. It still can’t bring itself to say that Bashar al-Assad, a dictator and implacable U.S. enemy who is using tanks and helicopter gunships to slaughter his people, is not qualified to lead Syria to democracy. for more click here
In the 1990s, the National Congress Party (NCP) government of Sudan, then known as the National Islamic Front (NIF), attempted to exterminate the black African Christians, Muslims, and followers of traditional religions in South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains. The militia came obscenely close to accomplishing its goal. Over 2.5 million people died in those regions, and over 5 million were displaced from their homes in the genocidal jihad to establish Sudan as sub-Saharan Africa’s model Arab Islamic state. Now, less than a month before South Sudan officially separates from the Islamic Republic of Sudan and becomes Africa’s 54th nation, ethnic cleansing has begun again in the Nuba Mountains, now known by its Arab name “South Kordofan.” for more click here
Egypt today is awash with groups all vying for a chance to take part in the country’s political future. The most notable group which has emerged in this post-Mubarak era are the Salafists. Previously, its adherents chose to stay out of politics, but now they are looking to raise their public profile and drum up political support. The Salafists were out in force on the weekend of May 7 when at least twelve people were killed and 180 wounded as members of the Islamist movement tried to storm a church in the Cairene district of Imbaba. They believed a Christian convert to Islam was being held against her will. During the chaos which ensued, the church of Saint Mena was burned and a number of businesses belonging to Christians were also targeted. In the aftermath, at least 190 people were detained. Yet this is one of a number of incidents in which Salafists have chosen to assert themselves. Following the killing of Osama Bin Laden, hundreds of Salafists organized a “prayer for the absent” at a mosque in the Abbasiyah quarter of Cairo, after which they demonstrated in front of the American embassy. for more click here
The second flotilla is coordinated by Muhammad Sawalha, a senior Hamas activist. Many of the participating organizations can be directly linked with the Union of Good (UoG), a coalition of European charities affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which in 2008 was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury for transferring funds to Hamas. The UoG was initiated by Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood on a global scale, shortly after the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000.
Other main organizers include the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement (ISM), as well as far-left socialists from Europe and the United States. According to the flotilla’s main organizers, its prime aim is to create provocations and harm Israel’s image.
Following Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, which ended in January 2009, a series of international conferences was held in Turkey to restructure the struggle against Israel. A conference in February 2009 featured 200 radical Islamist scholars who came to meet with senior Hamas officials to plot a new, “third jihadi front” (in addition to Pakistan and Iraq) centered on Gaza. The conference gave birth to the infamous, pro-Hamas Istanbul Declaration, which also provided justification for attacking foreign navies which might try to prevent arms smuggling to Gaza.
In general, the same organizers stand behind the second flotilla, with several changes. The most important may be the IHH decision not to send the Mavi Marmara, the ship which brought the first flotilla its publicity following violent clashes between IHH activists and the IDF in which nine Turks were killed. Rather than take a leading role, it appears that the IHH will settle this time for sending activists to sail on other ships.
Thus, the flotilla is far from being a peaceful, humanitarian effort to support the Palestinians in Gaza. It should instead be seen as a major, pro-Hamas effort to delegitimize Israel by a “red-green alliance” of leftists and Islamists. for more click here
Democracy collapses in Europe: EU cancels SIOA/SIOE free speech rally — Freedom From Jihad Flotilla to launch on 9/11Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
STRASBOURG, FRANCE, June 28: In a capitulation to Islamic supremacists and violent radical Leftists, French and European Union authorities have canceled a free speech rally planned by a coalition of American and European human rights organizations in Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament.
The human rights organizations Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) were planning to hold their first-ever transatlantic summit in Strasbourg, France, on July 2.
The joke of ‘secure Britain’: Vile banned militant extremist strolls through Heathrow immigration as 200 Somalian criminals are allowed to stay due to human rightsWednesday, June 29th, 2011
European Court ruling stems from appeals by two asylum seekers convicted of offences including burglary, making threats to kill and drug dealing Pair were jointly awarded more than £20,000 for costs and expenses Tory MP: ‘These cases quite clearly show that we do not control not only who comes in to the country but who we choose to remove’ for more click here
Country: PAKISTAN, NIGERIA, SOUTH AND EAST ASIA, CENTRAL ASIA, AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, ALGERIA, IRAQ, EGYPT, COTE D’IVOIRE, TUNISIA, SUDAN
PAKISTAN – CALL TO BAN THE BIBLE
ALGERIA – MAGISTRATE GUARANTEES CHURCHES WILL STAY OPEN
IVORY COAST – TWO BROTHERS CRUCIFIED
IRAQ – TWO CHRISTIANS MURDERED IN TWO WEEKS
EGYPT – ISLAMIST PARTIES GEAR UP FOR ELECTIONS
NIGERIA – ANTI-CHRISTIAN VIOLENCE RAGES ON
TUNISIA – CHRISTIANS FORCED TO FLEE AFTER ISLAMIST THREATS
SUDAN – SOUTH TO BECOME INDEPENDENT
An investigation has been launched after a leading Palestinian activist managed to enter the UK despite reportedly being banned. Home Secretary Theresa May said the UK Border Agency was taking steps to remove Sheikh Raed Salah. for more click here
The first national study of street grooming of children has found more than 2,000 victims of systematic sexual abuse. for more click here