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    08/08/2006 6:02:19 AM PDT · by PDR · 237 replies · 7,412+ views ^ | August 8, 2006 -- | DAN MANGAN
    Eleven Egyptian students who were supposed to travel to a Montana university after flying to JFK airport late last month disappeared in New York, spurring federal authorities to issue a nationwide alert, officials said yesterday. The students - who were traveling with six classmates from Mansoura University in Egypt - had their student visas revoked for failing to show up at Montana State University in Bozeman, the officials said. The other six students made it to the college. "The FBI and ICE [Immigration and Custom Enforcement] would like to locate these 11 students in order to speak with them," said...
  • Iran will not bow to pressure on N-issue: Leader

    06/16/2006 6:36:04 PM PDT · by familyop · 5 replies · 282+ views
    IranMania (London) ^ | 16JUN06 | IranMania
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country would not bow to international pressure over its controversial nuclear program, Iran's state television reported. "The Islamic Republic of Iran will not bend to these pressures, and the continuation of this scientific progress is its fundamental and basic right," Khamenei said, talking to the staff of the Iranian Nuclear Energy Organization, according to AFP. It was his first reaction to a package of proposals drawn up by Britain, France and Germany, and backed by the United States, Russia and China, in a bid to defuse the crisis over Iran's nuclear plans....
  • Iran would 'use nuclear defense' if threatened

    06/15/2006 2:44:22 PM PDT · by familyop · 23 replies · 795+ views
    Associated Press by way of Jerusalem Post ^ | 15JUN06 | Associated Press
    Iran's defense minister on Thursday vowed that his country would "use nuclear defense as a potential" if "threatened by any power." Speaking following a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Hassan Ali Turkmani in Teheran on Thursday, Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar emphasized that Iran "should be ready for confronting all kinds of threats." Teheran has denied accusations by the US and its allies that Iran was seeking uranium enrichment technologies in order to develop nuclear weapons, saying its program was only meant to generate electricity. Meanwhile, Turkmani told reporters that Syria and Iran's "policy is the policy of strengthening...
  • Man with links to 9/11 pilot deported (Slice of Life DownUnder)

    06/09/2006 5:42:36 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 25 replies · 946+ views
    NZPA ^ | 10 June 2006 | Staff reporter
    Man with links to 9/11 pilot deported 10 June 2006 A man the Government says had a direct link with a September 11 terrorist has been deported from New Zealand because he was a threat to national security. Immigration Minister David Cunliffe confirmed today Yemeni national, Rayed Mohammed Abdullah Ali, was deported because his continued presence in New Zealand posed a threat. "He was directly associated with persons responsible for the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001," Mr Cunliffe said in a statement. He was deported under the rarely used Section 72 of the Immigration Act...
  • For one night in '60, Patterson was a big winner

    05/15/2006 11:08:51 AM PDT · by JZelle · 6 replies · 965+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-15-06 | Dick Heller
    Even in the moment of his greatest triumph, Floyd Patterson was afraid. Afraid he had killed a man. On the night of June 20, 1960, at New York's ancient Polo Grounds, this most sensitive of prizefighters set out to avenge the stunning loss of his heavyweight championship to Sweden's Ingemar Johansson nearly a year earlier. He succeeded with two monstrous left hooks in the fifth round. The first put the Swede down for a nine-count. The second, a leaping and terrifying swat, made Patterson the first ex-heavyweight champ to regain his title. If Patterson did not hate Johansson -- and...
  • Marketing firm buys interest in Ali's name

    04/11/2006 7:54:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies · 284+ views
    AP ^ | April 11, 2006
    NEW YORK (AP) - Muhammad Ali, one of the world's most recognized people, has sold 80 percent of the marketing rights to his name and likeness to a firm for $50 million. The 64-year-old former heavyweight champion, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, will retain a 20 percent interest in the business. The new venture will be operated by a company called G.O.A.T. LLC, an acronym for "The Greatest of All Time."
  • More Damning Documents On Saddam ~<b>Origins Of War:</b>~~ Why won't Washington get the word out?

    04/08/2006 12:51:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 128 replies · 3,435+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 4/7/2006 | staff
    The latest in a stream of eye-opening Iraqi documents shows Saddam Hussein's regime was planning suicide attacks on U.S. interests six months before 9-11. Why won't Washington get the word out?Last month the Pentagon began releasing records captured during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Among the documents is a letter dated March 11, 2001, written by Abdel Magid Hammod Ali, one of Saddam's air force generals.According to an unofficial translation, Page 6 of the letter asks for "the names of those who desire to volunteer for suicide mission to liberate Palestine and to strike American interests." Assuming the document's accuracy, this shows...
  • US man in Bush murder plot gets 30 years in jail

    03/29/2006 12:58:47 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 12 replies · 910+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 29 2006
    A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a U.S. man convicted of plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush and conspiring with al Qaeda to 30 years in prison. In November, Abu Ali was found guilty of all charges in a nine-count indictment, including conspiracy to assassinate Bush, conspiring to support al Qaeda and conspiracy to hijack aircraft.
  • Another Bad Slip for 'NY Times': Katrina Victim Unmasked

    03/23/2006 8:14:51 AM PST · by LM_Guy · 74 replies · 2,941+ views
    E&P ^ | 03/23/2006 | By E&P Staff
    NEW YORK For the second time in less than a week, The New York Times today admitted to a serious error in a story. On Saturday it said it had misidentified a man featured in the iconic "hooded inmate" photograph from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Today it discloses that a woman it profiled on March 8 is not, in fact, a victim of Hurricane Katrina--and was arrested for fraud and grand larceny yesterday. As it did in the Abu Ghraib mistake, the Times ran an editors' note on page 2 of its front section, along with a lengthy news...
  • Agent says a school near Lodi would breed terrorists

    08/11/2005 4:04:55 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 4 replies · 706+ views ^ | Aug 09, 2005 | Layla Bohm
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A lead FBI agent on Tuesday linked two local Muslim clerics to the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, contending the two were planning to set up a school near Lodi that would breed anti-American terrorism. The agent testified that Lodi clerics Shabbir Ahmed and Mohammed Adil Khan were prepared to relay information on terrorist plots from sources close to bin Laden. The allegations were dismissed by Ahmed's lawyer, who said the FBI and federal prosecutors have "made the whole thing up." The striking allegations came during an immigration hearing for Ahmed at which Immigration Judge Anthony Murry...
  • SUCKER PUNCH - Muhammad Ali's real roots

    02/06/2006 6:53:45 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 141 replies · 13,425+ views
    WorldnetDaily ^ | 6 February 2006 | Jack Cashill
    "Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 17, 1942, grandson of a slave, began boxing at the age of 12, and, by 18, had fought 108 amateur bouts." In the very first sentence on Ali's life in her essay, "The Cruelest Sport," noted author Joyce Carol Oates shares with the reader one observation beyond the superficial: Ali was born the "grandson of a slave." Oates apparently sees this as the defining fact of Ali's existence. More influential than Oates or anyone else in interpreting Ali to the world was sportscaster Howard Cosell. In his 1973 book,...
  • Philly Cleric Sentenced for Corruption

    09/19/2005 2:26:03 PM PDT · by velocityguy · 13 replies · 518+ views
    Philly Cleric Sentenced for Corruption By JOANN LOVIGLIO, Associated Press Writer Mon Sep 19, 2:12 PM ET A prominent Muslim cleric on Monday was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on racketeering and other charges, the latest in a string of convictions stemming from the FBI's sweeping probe of municipal corruption. Prosecutors said that Shamsud-din Ali, 67, used his political connections to obtain dubious loans, donations and city contracts. In addition to his 87-month sentence, Ali was ordered to pay restitution. He was released pending an appeal. The investigation of the so-called "pay to play" culture in Philadelphia's...
  • Paroled TWA Hijacker Returns to Lebanon

    12/20/2005 9:25:54 PM PST · by WJHII · 38 replies · 766+ views
    AP ^ | 12/20/2005 | AP
    Paroled TWA Hijacker Returns to Lebanon Tuesday, December 20, 2005 BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Lebanese man serving a life sentence in Germany for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner and killing of a U.S. Navy diver has returned to Lebanon after being paroled in Germany, security and guerrilla officials said Tuesday. Mohammed Ali Hamadi arrived in Beirut four days ago on a commercial flight from Germany, a Lebanese security official and a Hezbollah guerrilla group said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
  • Muhammad Ali’s "Beautiful Soul"

    12/01/2005 8:18:33 AM PST · by forty_years · 35 replies · 1,964+ views ^ | December 1, 2005 | Daniel Pipes
    In an article two days ago, "Muhammad Ali v. George W. Bush," I castigated President Bush bestowing a prestigious award on former boxer Muhammad Ali and for lavishly praising Ali's beautiful soul, his compassion, and his being a man of peace. I offered some evidence to the contrary and concluded by calling this incident "the nadir of his presidency."The column prompted a fair amount of comment, positive and negative. I'd like to note here two noteworthy responses. One is from Judea Pearl, father of the late Daniel Pearl, murdered by Islamists in Pakistan in 2002: When Danny was in captivity,...
  • Muhammad Ali v. George W. Bush

    11/29/2005 7:43:12 AM PST · by forty_years · 70 replies · 2,491+ views ^ | November 29, 2005 | Daniel Pipes
    George W. Bush honored the boxer, Muhammad Ali, and 13 others with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, called "the nation's highest civilian award," on November 9 at the White House. The president praised Ali for his sports accomplishments and called him "The Greatest of All Time."Fine, but he then proceeded to laud Ali's character: "The real mystery, I guess, is how he stayed so pretty. It probably had to do with his beautiful soul. He was a fierce fighter and he's a man of peace. … Across the world, billions of people know Muhammad Ali as a brave, compassionate, and...
  • Ali does the "Rope-A-Dope" on Bush

    Ali does the "Rope-a-Dope" on Bush. This draft dodger, Cassius Clay, changed his name to Muhammad Ali and became a Muslim in order to avoid serving his country during the Vietnam war. For some reason (does anyone know?) everyone now loves to kiss his ass. What did he ever do for his country to deserve this honor? As a further insult, they do it right before Veterans Day.
  • Muslim Activists speak out against sharia

    08/14/2005 2:06:49 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 49 replies · 1,262+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Aug. 13, 2005 | PATRICK EVANS AND SIKANDER HASHMI
    Three women facing death threats appeared in public under heavy security last night to denounce a provincial move that would allow Muslims here to settle family disputes in accordance with religious laws, outside the court system. The activists, including Dutch parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali, say the religious laws known as sharia discriminate against women. "Why, if you have equal rights in Canada, would you take them away from Muslim women?" Hirsi Ali asked. She was joined by Iran's Homa Arjomand and Irshad Manji in a University of Toronto auditorium for an event in support of the International Campaign Against Sharia...
  • Filmmaker urges Canadians to reject Islamic law

    08/13/2005 2:35:15 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 19 replies · 962+ views
    CTV ^ | Fri. Aug. 12 2005
    When Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was stabbed to death last year, the assailant pinned a note to the dead body claiming Ayaan Hirsi Ali would be next. But she isn't cowering. Instead, the Dutch filmmaker is in Toronto, speaking out against the implementation of traditional Islamic law, Sharia, in Canada. "I'm here because the rights of women and the rights of Muslim women are threatened," she said. Supporters of Sharia say Muslims have the right to live as their religion dictates. They want Canada to permit Sharia arbitration in civil disputes. In a recent report, Marion Boyd, a former...
  • What are the backgrounds of the key players on the 9/11 Commission? Here's the answer...

    08/11/2005 11:39:12 AM PDT · by Bronc1 · 4 replies · 1,511+ views
    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks...
  • Iraqi al-Qaeda members arrested: govt

    06/22/2005 1:52:40 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 26 replies · 764+ views
    AAP ^ | June 23, 2005
    The Iraqi government has announced that it has arrested two senior members of Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi's al-Qaeda in Iraq operating in the northern city of Mosul. The government said the two men were arrested on June 19 and were candidates to replace al-Qaeda's leader in Mosul who had been captured on June 14. They two men were identified as Salim Mohammed Ahmed, also known as Abu Nabhan, and Mohammed Thaer Ibrahim, also known as Abu Sarhan. "The two terrorists surrendered without resistance," the announcement said. It offered no other details about the arrests other than to say they were the result...
  • Iraqi scientists silenced (Iraq WMDs)

    04/10/2004 7:49:41 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 16 replies · 761+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Published April 9, 2004 | Editorial
    <p>In the year since Saddam Hussein was deposed, insurgents have killed nine former Iraqi weapons officials. All had been questioned by the Iraq Survey Group (ISG); at least two had been cooperating with it. Last October, ISG head David Kay said that one scientist was killed because "he was engaged in discussions with us." The most recent victim was Majid Hussein Ali, a well-known nuclear scientist. He took two bullets to the back in February.</p>
  • Berg, Moussaoui and the OK bombing ties

    05/28/2004 8:10:06 PM PDT · by antonia · 38 replies · 3,499+ views ^ | 2004/5/24 1:23:12 | By Ewing2001
    The links between Nick Berg and Zacarias Moussaoui, once described as the 20th hijacker of 9/11, opened now room for new speculations, if there are deeper ties between the OKC Bombing'95 and 9/11, than thought before. Apparently Berg knew also Moussaoui's roomates. One of them was Mujahid Menepta, who is connected to both 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1995 OKC bombing. But Menepta wasn't arrested in Summer 2001, when Moussaoui got caught. The FBI waited until after Sep11th.Why?Berg, Moussaoui and the OK bombing ties By Ewing20012004/5/24 On May 18th, 2004, according to Newsmax, Nick Berg's family insisted that...
  • Winds of Change are Blowing Through Baghdad (Iraqi Blogger Ali's Analysis of Iraqi Street)

    04/22/2005 5:29:27 PM PDT · by FreedomNeocon · 2 replies · 365+ views
    Ali's Blog ^ | 5-21-2005 | Ali
    Asking few questions makes a difference. There's a change of mentality that started to occur in Iraq even before the 9th of April, but toppling Saddam marked a surge in the change process that made it transfere into an active form and spread wider than before. I think one of the main problems in Arab-Muslim communities is that the vast majority from the illiterate to even highly educated people do not ask enough questions. On the other hand, I've noticed (mainly through blogging ) that westerns in general and Americans in particular always have so many questions to ask and...
  • The sisters they ignore (hatred of the U.S. prevents feminists from condemning Islamic atrocities)

    03/07/2005 7:01:43 AM PST · by dead · 27 replies · 1,078+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 08, 2005 | Kay Hymowitz
    EVERY year on March 8, feminists across the world celebrate International Women's Day. As it happens, the holiday was first proclaimed in the early 20th century by the Socialist International – making it the perfect symbol of a movement that, it has become increasingly clear in the past four years of the war on terror, is more dedicated to leftist, utopian politics than to women's rights. For many years before September 11, 2001 – and much to their credit – Western feminists tried to rouse a sleeping world to the plight of women in increasingly radical Islamic countries. In the...
  • Deport 'em all

    03/02/2005 12:34:35 AM PST · by Marguerite · 147 replies · 2,009+ views
    WND ^ | March 2, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    I'm angry. I'm going to let off some steam. But don't think for a minute that the recommendations I make in this commentary are made in haste or without careful reflection. I waited a few days to cool off after I read the news stories that prompt this column. I didn't want to say something I would regret later. Now I feel like I will regret it later if I don't say something right now. Last month, the United States pressed charges against Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23, a U.S. citizen of Arabic extraction, for plotting to assassinate President Bush....
  • Virginia Man Charged With Conspiring to Assassinate President Bush

    02/22/2005 7:38:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 359 replies · 12,533+ views
    AP/ABC ^ | Feb 22, 2005 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    Virginia man charged in alleged plot to assassinate Bush By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press Writer ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A former high school valedictorian in Virginia was charged Tuesday with conspiring to assassinate President Bush and conspiracy to support the al-Qaida terrorist network. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23, a U.S. citizen, made an initial appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He claimed that he was tortured while detained in Saudi Arabia since June of 2003 and offered through his lawyer to show the judge his scars. The indictment said that in 2002 and 2003 Abu Ali and an unidentified coconspirator...
  • Terrorist Held for COnspiring to Assassinate President Bush

    02/22/2005 9:56:45 AM PST · by Tactical · 4 replies · 607+ views
    AP/Drudge Headline ^ | 2-22-05 | Mathew Barakat
    Feb 22, 10:51 AM (ET) By MATTHEW BARAKAT ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A former Virginia high school valedictorian who had been detained in Saudi Arabia as a suspected terrorist was charged Tuesday with conspiring to assassinate President Bush and with supporting the al-Qaida terrorist network. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23, a U.S. citizen, made an initial appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court but did not enter a plea. He claimed that he was tortured while detained in Saudi Arabia since June of 2003 and offered through his lawyer to show the judge his scars. The federal indictment said that in...
  • Cabinet in crackdown on 'honour killings' (In memory of Theo van Gogh)

    02/14/2005 2:27:25 PM PST · by Cornpone · 26 replies · 522+ views
    expatica ^ | 11 Feb 2005 | expatica
    AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Cabinet has promised it will act quickly to protect seriously threatened immigrant women, many of whom are Islamic and living in fear of an "honour killing". The cabinet partially met an impassioned plea from Liberal VVD MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who threatened during an emotional parliamentary debate on Thursday to lodge a "motion of sadness" against Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner. Hirsi Ali, an outspoken critic of Islam, said Donner was not doing enough to protect Islamic women. In fact, she claimed the Christian Democrat CDA minister had never woken up from fairytale land, news service...
  • Porn show at airport : The picture is still hazy

    01/11/2005 3:39:01 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 13 replies · 1,191+ views
    Times of India ^ | 1-11-05 | Times of India
    NEW DELHI: More than four days after a pornographic video was screened at IGI Airport provoking protests from passengers, the airport authorities and police have failed to identify who was responsible for the incident. The pornographic clip was played repeatedly between 12.10 am and 12.30 am on Friday on two television sets in the visitors' lounge. The clip lasted for three minutes the first time. After some time, the clip appeared again and lasted for a couple of minutes. It appeared a couple of times again and lasted for a few seconds on each occasion.
  • Saudi Subcontractors

    12/20/2004 7:32:31 AM PST · by crushelits · 3 replies · 277+ views ^ | Monday, December 20, 2004 | wapo
    THE FACTS surrounding Ahmed Abu Ali's detention and possible torture in Saudi Arabia remain shrouded in diplomatic and law enforcement secrecy. Caution, therefore, is certainly in order in assessing the U.S. government's role in the arrest a year and a half ago of this American citizen and in his detention without charge or access to counsel ever since. But as U.S. District Judge John D. Bates put it last week in a compelling opinion on the case, Mr. Abu Ali's lawyers "have not only alleged, but have presented some unrebutted evidence, that [his] detention is at the behest and ongoing...
  • Tapping the Hornet's Nest

    12/13/2004 8:40:27 AM PST · by forty_years · 2 replies · 1,319+ views ^ | December 13, 2004 | Michael Rubin
    Editor's note: Readers may also be interested in Iran: The Invisible Revolution. During the U.S. presidential campaign, debate over Iran policy received unprecedented attention. The reasons are multifold. With Iran on the verge of developing both nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile capability, Washington policymakers can no longer ignore the Iranian threat, especially when confidants of Supreme Leader Ali Khomenei lead televised chants of "American will be annihilated," as Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati did last June. American concern over a nuclear Iran is multifold. The danger is not necessarily that Iran would conduct a nuclear first strike, although former president Ali Akbar...
  • Kiev to Baghdad: Diverse People Chase Same Goal (Democracy: Ukraine to Iraq)

    12/10/2004 5:21:33 AM PST · by OESY · 5 replies · 339+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 10, 2004 | Daniel Henninger
    ...Ukraine's experience has become a democratic benchmark. By briefly overlaying Iraq on Ukraine, we may better understand Iraq's prospects. Vladimir Putin last week mocked the likelihood of a real democratic event happening in Iraq next month.... Courts function in Iraq, but unlike Ukraine judges in Iraq must worry about being shot.... As important is a thriving middle class -- "independent economic forces that can financially support alternative political parties and the like." But he pointed out the danger of minimizing a nation's prospects by underestimating the momentum of the democratic process.... Iraq's instability, notably in the country's center, is well...
  • Identifying Moderate Muslims

    11/23/2004 2:24:40 PM PST · by stevejackson · 29 replies · 1,575+ views ^ | November 23, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    Editor's note: Readers may also be interested in Moderate Islam or Fata Morgana? and Speaks Out.There is good news to report: The idea that "militant Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution" is finding greater acceptance over time. But there is also bad news, namely growing confusion over who really is a moderate Muslim. This means that the ideological side of the war on terror is making some, but only limited, progress.The good news: Anti-Islamist Muslims have found their voice since September 11. Their numbers include distinguished academics such as Azar Nafisi (Johns Hopkins), Ahmed al-Rahim (formerly...
  • The assassin's master sermon

    11/19/2004 12:05:21 PM PST · by ckilmer · 8 replies · 547+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Nov 16, 2004 | Spengler
    The assassin's master sermon By Spengler Westerners identify readily with secular Muslims such as Ayaan Hirshi Ali, member of the Netherlands' parliament and the late Theo van Gogh's collaborator in a film attacking Islam's treatment of women, or with the Canadian Irshad Manji, the lesbian "Muslim refusenik" who published The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith. But they have something to learn from the letter that Mohammed B pinned with a knife to van Gogh's corpse after he murdered him with knife and pistol on November 2. The text can be found at, along...
  • PDVSA: From suspected black box to virtual black hole

    11/17/2004 10:06:54 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 297+ views
    The Devil's Excrement ^ | Nov. 17, 2004 | Miguel Octavio
    Today, there are rumors that the President of PDVSA Ali Rodriguez will be removed from the post and appointed as Minister of Foreign Relations. While this is being denied by the Foreign Minister “por ahora”, the rumors appear to be true. Coincidentally I was going to talk about Rodriguez in the context of an excellent article about him in Descifrado by Mery Mogollon, entitled “Ali is naked” which I was going to comment on, adding my own information. To understand what Mogollon is saying, it is important to place yourself in the proper context. Rodriguez, “Commander Faust” when he was...
  • Police look for answers in baseball bat slaying

    11/11/2004 4:35:22 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies · 1,137+ views
    Boston Globe (Associated Press) ^ | November 11, 2004 | Michael Rubinkam
    PHILADELPHIA -- Third-year medical student Lea Sullivan walked out of a grocery store Sunday afternoon onto a busy sidewalk in one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods, and met a savage, inexplicable end. A burly man in a ski mask attacked the former homecoming queen from behind, clubbing her in the head with a baseball bat and continuing to beat her after she fell. The attack lasted seconds -- a minute, tops. Although South Street was crowded with shoppers, no one tried to stop the attack.
  • Answers Sought in Baseball Bat Killing

    11/10/2004 11:46:38 AM PST · by Michael Goldsberry · 57 replies · 2,509+ views
    Yahoo ^ | MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press
    PHILADELPHIA - Third-year medical student Lea Sullivan walked out of a grocery store on a Sunday afternoon, onto a busy sidewalk in one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods, and met a savage, inexplicable end. A burly man in a ski mask attacked the former homecoming queen from behind, clubbing her in the head with a baseball bat and continuing to beat her after she fell. The attack lasted seconds - a minute, tops. Although South Street was crowded with shoppers, no one tried to stop the attack. But witnesses did get a good look at the assailant, who removed...
  • WSJ: The Van Gogh Murder

    11/10/2004 5:35:33 AM PST · by OESY · 49 replies · 1,332+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 10, 2004 | Editorial
    ...Partly motivated by an understandable desire not to inadvertently fuel xenophobia, Europe's elites have for too long played down the problems posed by radical elements within Europe's large Muslim community. Even as Muslim demonstrators called for the death of Jews right in the streets of Amsterdam, Paris and elsewhere, the public hardly took notice. One might argue that this is the price a liberal society has to pay for its freedom: tolerance of the intolerable. But in Europe, tolerance is selective. Most countries have tough laws against hate speech and neo-Nazis are arrested for similar offenses. The police detained about...
  • Jihad wrecks Dutch race harmony [Sickening new details of Van Gogh murder]

    11/07/2004 1:42:55 AM PST · by lodi90 · 114 replies · 5,569+ views
    WHEN Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician, collected his post from the letterbox on Wednesday he got an unpleasant surprise. Among the bills and junk mail was a letter addressing him as “ugly dog”. It told him he would soon be beheaded. It was an unnerving way to start the day. Only 24 hours earlier Theo van Gogh, the film maker who had often attacked radical Muslims, had been riding along on his bicycle when a Muslim fanatic first shot and then butchered him on a busy street with the nonchalance of an abattoir worker.
  • Saudi Islamic Charity Backed Ansar Al-Islam Partisans in Iraq

    10/28/2004 10:08:00 AM PDT · by anonpenetfi · 3 replies · 671+ views ^ | 10/28/04 |"U.S. intelligence sources have indicated that Iraqi insurgent groups are being partly financed by large donations from Saudi-run Islamic charitable groups. An undated photo shows Ali Bapir, an Iraqi supporter of Ansar al-Islam detained by U.S. authorities, hosting an event in Iraq sponsored by the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia."
  • I won't be intimidated for expressing my views (Muslims outraged by 'insulting' film...)

    09/26/2004 11:10:13 PM PDT · by ppaul · 66 replies · 2,320+ views
    EXPATICA ^ | 9/26/04 | Abi Daruvalla
    I won't be intimidated for expressing my viewsPeople who object to her criticism of Islam should take her to court rather than take the law into their own hands, Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells Abi Daruvalla. Hirsi Ali has been moved to a safe house following new death threats and the publication of her private address on an Islamic website just four days after her controversial film 'Submission' was screened on Dutch TV. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was always irritated at the lack of freedom under Islam Somali-born Hirsi Ali, 34, is herself a former Muslim and an outspoken...
  • Ali calls for U.S. Boxing Commission

    09/09/2004 3:19:12 PM PDT · by MikefromOhio · 10 replies · 322+ views
    ESPN ^ | Associated Press
    Muhammad Ali asked Congress on Thursday to create a U.S. Boxing Commission, saying oversight by the federal government is needed to protect boxers from exploitation and injury. Ali's testimony before a congressional panel was read by his wife, Lonnie Ali, because he suffers from Parkinson's disease. As she spoke, he sat in a seat next to her, trembling -- one of the symptoms of Parkinson's. "Reform measures are unlikely to succeed," Ali said, "unless a U.S. Boxing Commission is created with authority to oversee a sport that still attracts a disproportionate number of unsavory elements that prey upon the hopes...
  • A War's Hidden Hands; Iran-US clash in Iraq

    08/29/2004 3:59:22 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 7 replies · 657+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug 29th, 04 | By Babak Dehghanpisheh
    Sept. 6 issue - Six months ago, Abu Sajjad was rolling in cash. His cloth shop is right in front of the Imam Ali shrine, a great location to attract pilgrims visiting this holiest of Shiite sanctuaries. The faithful who flocked into Najaf from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan bought hundreds of yards of fabric to take home as souvenirs. Now Abu Sajjad looks at his storefront, riddled with bullets and shrapnel, and shakes his head. "Why did this happen?" he asks. The area surrounding the shrine is a burned-out shell. Entire buildings look like they've been sliced in half. Broken...
  • Bahrain expels Iraq diplomat for alleged blast link

    04/02/2003 12:28:24 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 289+ views
    Reuters | 4/02/03
    Bahrain expels Iraq diplomat for alleged blast link MANAMA, April 2 (Reuters) - Bahrain on Wednesday expelled an Iraqi diplomat it accused of having links to a blast that occurred near a U.S. Navy base in the capital Manama last week. The official Bahrain News Agency said the foreign ministry asked Iraqi First Secretary Nadim Jawad Ali to leave the kingdom because of his alleged ties to an Iraqi man suspected of carrying out the March 24 blast. There was no immediate comment from the Iraqi embassy. A small cooking gas cylinder exploded near the gateway of the headquarters of...
  • Cleric's peace gesture met with skepticism

    08/19/2004 1:09:16 AM PDT · by familyop · 9 replies · 264+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 19AUG04 | Seattle Times
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr signaled that he would accept a plea from Iraqi leaders to withdraw his militia from Najaf, Iraq, offering the best hope yet of an end to his two-week-old confrontation with U.S. forces in Shiite Islam's holiest city. But he asked for further negotiations to work out details, according to a letter from al-Sadr's office delivered to a political conference here. An aide later said al-Sadr's acceptance was conditional on U.S. forces observing a cease-fire, and it wasn't immediately clear whether al-Sadr, who had refused to meet a delegation from the conference the...
  • Al-Sadr to Disband Militia, Leave Imam Ali Mosque

    08/18/2004 9:30:29 AM PDT · by stevejackson · 84 replies · 5,615+ views ^ | August 18, 2004 | Andrew L. Jaffee
    BREAKING NEWS: al-Sadr to Disband Militia, Leave Imam Ali Mosque By Andrew L. Jaffee, August 18, 2004 Home   Search   Forum   Terms Threatened with an imminent raid of the Imam Ali mosque in Najaf by Iraqi forces, radical Islamist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has agreed to disband his militia, vacate the mosque, and "enter into the mainstream political process." Pressure has been building against al-Sadr for quite some time now. The power-hungry cleric has been stirring up trouble in Najaf, Karbala, and Baghdad since early April. On May 21, over 2,000 Iraqis held a demonstration in the city of Karbala insisting that al-Sadr and...
  • Karzai Trying to Regain Political Backing

    08/10/2004 3:01:59 PM PDT · by OESY · 1 replies · 316+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 10, 2004 | CARLOTTA GALL
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 7 - Two months before Afghanistan holds its first election for president, preparations have an air of democratic bustle. Nearly nine million eligible Afghans have registered to vote so far, several million more than expected, despite efforts by the Taliban to disrupt the process. NATO has agreed to provide extra forces to help the 18,000 American troops who are maintaining security. The incumbent, President Hamid Karzai, and 22 opponents have registered for the race and are starting to hold rounds of news conferences and rallies. Despite the trappings of democracy, the real decision about who will be...
  • Feller: Ali 'shouldn't be honored this way'

    07/15/2004 5:51:40 AM PDT · by Huck · 100 replies · 2,730+ views
    ESPN ^ | Wednesday, July 14, 2004 | news services
    HOUSTON -- The sellout crowd at Minute Maid Park gave Muhammad Ali a hero's welcome Tuesday, but Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller would rather the former boxing great not have been invited. Ali received a roaring ovation from the crowd for being an honored guest for the ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star Game, but Feller came away angered by Ali's presence. "I object very strongly to Muhammad Ali being here to throw out the first pitch, and you can print that," Feller was quoted as saying in Wednesday's Boston Herald. "This is a man who changed his name...
  • Terror suspect has close links to Caribbean; FBI keeps tabs on Trini friends

    05/28/2004 9:17:21 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 4 replies · 436+ views
    Trinidad Guardian ^ | 05/28/04 | Trinidad Guardian
    Four Trinidadians have said US authorities questioned them about their contact with a suspected al-Qaeda operative after he visited T&T in 2001. Adnan G El Shukrijumah was named when US attorney general John Ashcroft warned of intelligence showing al-Qaeda plans for an attack against the United States. Large photos of El Shukrijumah and six others were displayed at a news conference in Washington on Wednesday. The Saudi native visited Trinidad for six days in May 2001 and stayed with Zainool Ali, who lives in Chaguanas. Ali and three others were questioned by US authorities in late 2003, they told AP....
  • Suspects tied to terror group arrested

    06/27/2003 8:20:33 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 2 replies · 334+ views
    The Associated Press | 6/27/03 | Curt Anderson
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI made a series of arrests in three states Friday of men suspected of ties to an anti-U.S. terrorist organization whose main goal is driving India out of the disputed Kashmir territory in South Asia. The arrests of at least seven suspects were made in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, said federal law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity. Federal charges against the men, and several others who are overseas, were to be announced later in the day. The men are alleged to be part of an extremist Muslim organization called Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is on the...