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  • US backs Muslims in cartoon dispute

    02/03/2006 1:31:35 PM PST · by thierrya · 133 replies · 2,780+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/03/2006 | Saul Hudson
    US backs Muslims in cartoon dispute Fri Feb 3, 2006 3:28 PM ET By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States backed Muslims on Friday against European newspapers that printed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a move that could help America's battered image in the Islamic world. Inserting itself into a dispute that has become a lightning rod for anti-European sentiment across the Muslim world, the United States sided with Muslims outraged that the publications put press freedom over respect for religion. "These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims," State Department spokesman Kurtis Cooper said...
  • Islamist state in Europe?

    12/18/2005 3:52:51 PM PST · by thierrya · 40 replies · 2,253+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/18/2005 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    Islamist state in Europe? By Jeffrey T. Kuhner Published December 18, 2005 The Bush administration has decided to get involved in another dangerous nation-building project -- in the volatile Balkans. More ominously, the effects of this intervention will lay the groundwork for an Islamist state in the heart of Europe. Recently, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the leaders of Bosnia's three main groups -- Muslims, Serbs and Croats -- met in Washington to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Dayton Accords, which ended Europe's worst bloodletting since 1945. The administration should have limited itself to a symbolic remembrance. Instead,...
  • Blair backs banned Muslim scholar

    08/31/2005 6:22:22 AM PDT · by thierrya · 7 replies · 345+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 08/31/2005 | Vikram Dodd
    Blair backs banned Muslim scholar Vikram Dodd Wednesday August 31, 2005 The Guardian A Muslim scholar accused by critics of sympathising with violence has been appointed to a government taskforce attempting to root out Islamic extremism in Britain, the Guardian has learned. Professor Tariq Ramadan has been banned from entering the United States and France because of his alleged views supporting violence, allegations he strongly denies. He faced a campaign of vilification from rightwing British newspapers, and last night some saw his inclusion on the group as evidence of the government's willingness to stand up to the tabloids. The taskforce,...
  • China, Israel discuss expanding defense ties

    06/22/2005 5:19:10 AM PDT · by thierrya · 88 replies · 1,443+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/22/2005 | Nina Gilbert
    Jun. 22, 2005 0:50 | Updated Jun. 22, 2005 3:01 China, Israel discuss expanding defense ties By NINA GILBERT Expansion of defense ties with Israel was on the agenda during talks with his Israeli counterparts this week, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said Tuesday. Li, who spoke at the start of a meeting with the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, did not go into detail about the current dispute between Israel and the US over the Israel upgrade of Chinese Harpy drones. He said that during his visit he had held talks on expanding ties in the fields of...
  • Chinese spies cost Canada billions

    06/17/2005 10:28:18 AM PDT · by thierrya · 6 replies · 576+ views ^ | 06/16/2005 | News Staff
    Chinese spies cost Canada billions: Harper News Staff Conservatives accused the government of not addressing the presence of Chinese industrial spies during question period Thursday. "Today the former head of the CSIS Asia desk confirmed reports from defectors that close to 1000 Chinese government agent spies have infiltrated Canada," Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said. Harper quoted the former CSIS official, Michel Juneau-Katsuya, as believing Chinese spies cost Canada $1 billion every month through industrial espionage. Juneau-Katsuya oversaw the CSIS Asia desk during the mid-1990s. He told reporters that China is a serious threat to Canadian security. Reports of Chinese...
  • Clinton Counsels Chirac on EU Constitution

    06/06/2005 6:33:57 AM PDT · by thierrya · 27 replies · 675+ views ^ | 06/06/2005 | Associated Press
    Clinton Counsels Chirac on EU Constitution By Associated Press June 6, 2005, 7:40 AM EDT PARIS -- Former President Bill Clinton urged French President Jacques Chirac on Monday not to be discouraged by the travails of the EU constitution, counseling him to listen to voters' concerns and "go back to work." Clinton said France's rejection of the landmark charter doesn't spell the end of the European Union. In a meeting with Chirac, Clinton talked briefly about France's "no" vote last month on the constitution, which was followed by a resounding rejection in the Netherlands. The referendums triggered a crisis of...

    05/24/2005 6:59:33 AM PDT · by thierrya · 43 replies · 1,363+ views
    AGI ^ | 05/24/2005 | AGI
    FALLACI TO GO ON TRIAL FOR DEFAMING ISLAM (AGI) - L'Aquila, Italy, May 24 - In Oriana Fallaci's book "The Force of Reason" there are expressions that are "unequivocally offensive to Islam and Muslims," said the Bergamo preliminary investigative judge, Armando Grasso, who accepting the Adel Smith's opposition to filing away the trial proposed by the prosecutor, ordered the prosecution to formulate the charge "according to article 406 of article 403 of the criminal code," for defamation of Islam. The well known author, therefore, will be put on trial. Adel Smith, president of the Italian Muslim Union, sued the writer...
  • Europe Closing Shop? (the death of a civilization)

    05/21/2005 3:24:28 PM PDT · by thierrya · 28 replies · 1,387+ views ^ | 05/23/2005 |
    Europe Closing Shop? Demographics: The population of Europe is set to start shrinking soon. And if recent events there are any indication, that's not a good thing. We may be watching the slow-motion death of a civilization. The events to which we refer have garnered little notice. Yet each, in its own way, is equally telling about the radical changes in store for Europe — and America as well. On Friday, it was announced in Germany's Hesse state that all schools will soon offer instruction in Islam to Muslim students. Meanwhile, the U.S.-based Weekly Standard reports that a recent confidential...
  • Chinese 'spy students' nabbed in Leuven (Belgium)

    05/11/2005 8:51:45 AM PDT · by thierrya · 5 replies · 634+ views
    Expatica ^ | 05/11/2005 | Expatica
    Chinese 'spy students' nabbed in Leuven 11 May 2005 BRUSSELS – Belgium could be harbouring Chinese spies posing as students, according to the Brussels-based European Centre for Strategic and Security Studies (ESISC). The Chinese Students and Scholars Association of Leuven (CSSAL), based at the Flemish city’s Catholic Univeristy (KULeuven) may be infiltrated by ‘students’ conducted industrial espionage in the name of research, French daily Le Monde reported on Wednesday. A bi-monthly newsletter published by the ESISC suggests there is at least one source at Leuven “placed high in a European information service”, and that there is “a true multinational network...
  • China suspected of spying at Swedish universities

    05/09/2005 9:47:36 AM PDT · by thierrya · 25 replies · 656+ views
    The Local ^ | 05/09/2005 | AFP
    China "suspected of spying at Swedish universities" (AFP/The Local) China is suspected of hiring scientists to spy and steal unpatented research from Swedish universities, Swedish public radio reported on Monday. Quoting an unnamed detective within Sweden's security service, Säpo, radio news program Ekot reported that guest scientists from China were suspected of stealing unpublished and unpatented research from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The Chinese state is suspected of orchestrating the espionage, according to Ekot. "Guest researchers (can) have assignments besides their guest research assignment: to come across information coveted in their home country," another Säpo inspector, Nils Kaerrlander, told...
  • Chinese woman arrested in France on industrial espionage charges

    05/03/2005 6:44:23 AM PDT · by thierrya · 11 replies · 503+ views ^ | 05/02/2005 | AFP
    CHINESE WOMAN ARRESTED IN FRANCE ON INDUSTRIAL ESPIONAGE CHARGES Received Monday, 2 May 2005 19:01:00 GMT VERSAILLES, France, May 2 (AFP) A Chinese woman accused of industrial espionage during an internship with car equipment manufacturer Valeo has been detained in custody, legal sources said Monday. The woman has denied charges of "intrusion in an automatic data system" and "abuse of confidence" after allegedly copying features of a number of cars that are still on the drawing board. During a search of her home Friday police found six computers and two hard drives with a "huge capacity" and containing material considered...
  • Euro-Islamist threats

    04/28/2005 9:42:59 AM PDT · by thierrya · 6 replies · 378+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 04/27/2005 | Claude Salhani
    Politics & Policies: Euro-Islamist threats By Claude Salhani UPI International Editor Washington, DC, Apr. 27 (UPI) -- The precise scale and reach of Islamist extremism in Europe is difficult to identify, but the terror threat -- including that of nuclear terrorism -- is real, warns a new report from the Brussels-based European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center. At a hearing Wednesday delivered to the House Committee on International Relations, the Center's director, Claude Moniquet, pointed out gaps in precise intelligence data concerning Muslims in Europe, given Islam is not reported in the Europe Union census. Moniquet cited as example the...
  • US-Islamic World Forum set to open in Doha today

    04/10/2005 1:52:29 PM PDT · by thierrya · 2 replies · 235+ views
    Gulf Times ^ | 04/10/2005 | Gulf Times
    US-Islamic World Forum set to open in Doha today Published: Sunday, 10 April, 2005, 11:52 AM Doha Time Staff Reporter HH THE Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani will inaugurate the US-Islamic World Forum at the Sheraton Doha today. The international conference will feature some 150 senior political leaders and intellectuals from the United States, and 35 Islamic countries. Mohamed al-Rumaihi, Assistant for Follow-up Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters yesterday that the three-day event would take up issues related to politics, business, civil society, education and media. He said that the participants would evaluate American- Islamic...
  • Radical Islam in The Netherlands:A Case Study of a Failed European Policy

    01/03/2005 9:31:58 AM PST · by thierrya · 4 replies · 418+ views
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | 01/02/2005 | Manfred Gerstenfeld
    Radical Islam in The Netherlands: A Case Study of a Failed European Policy Manfred Gerstenfeld On December 23, 2004, the Dutch Ministry of the Interior published a 60-page report entitled From Dawa to Jihad. Prepared by the Dutch general intelligence service (AIVD), it describes radical Islam and examines how to meet its threat to Dutch society. Among the close to one million Dutch Muslims, about 95 percent are moderates. This implies that there are up to 50,000 potential radicals. Since September 11, 2001, phenomena such as the growth of radical Islamic groups, polarization between Muslims and the surrounding society, limitations...
  • Dutch spy chief says warnings of Islamic militancy ignored

    01/01/2005 3:25:21 AM PST · by thierrya · 20 replies · 649+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/31/2004 | Reuters
    AMSTERDAM, Dec 31 (Reuters) - The Dutch spy chief has accused politicians of ignoring intelligence warnings about rising Islamic militancy in his first newspaper interview since the murder of a Dutch filmmaker critical of Islam. "I was always surprised that politicians did not sound the alarm in reaction to our annual reports," the head of the country's main AIVD agency, Sybrand van Hulst, told the Friday edition of Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. The NRC said it was van Hulst's first newspaper interview since the November murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who angered Muslims with his blunt criticism of...
  • Christian Europe may have to rely on Muslims to keep the faith

    12/22/2004 5:53:09 AM PST · by thierrya · 14 replies · 663+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 12/22/2004 | Rónán Mullen
    Christian Europe may have to rely on Muslims to keep the faith By Rónán Mullen HERE’S a question to ponder as December 25 approaches: for how long more will Christmas be celebrated in Europe? In the short term, these are exciting times to be European. New member states in the EU, a new European constitution, controversy and compromise between the European parliament and the European commission, the beginnings of a European army, aspirations to create a military superpower, and possible Turkish membership of the EU. But behind all this political growth lurks future crisis. Our continent is committing demographic suicide...

    12/15/2004 4:01:16 PM PST · by thierrya · 13 replies · 691+ views
    The Tocqueville Connection ^ | 12/15/2004 | AFP
    FRENCH-ALGERIAN BELIEVED TO BE LEADING INSURGENCY GROUP IN IRAQ: OFFICIALS Received Wednesday, 15 December 2004 18:28:00 GMT PARIS, Dec 15 (AFP) - A French-Algerian man is believed to be leading an Islamic insurgency group of around 20 combatants in Iraq against US-led forces there, French intelligence officials said Wednesday. The suspect, identified as Fawzi D., was thought to have left his family in western France to go to Iraq via Syria in the middle of 2004, France's foreign intelligence service, the DGSE, said, confirming a report in Le Monde newspaper. "There are no more than around a dozen French citizens"...
  • Violence flares as Dutch extreme right strengthens

    12/15/2004 8:56:59 AM PST · by thierrya · 67 replies · 1,658+ views
    Expatica ^ | 12/15/2004 | Expatica News + Novum Nieuws
    Violence flares as Dutch extreme right strengthens 15 December 2004 AMSTERDAM — Muslims have borne the brunt of politically-inspired violence as the extreme right in the Netherlands flexed its muscles in retaliation at the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in November. The sixth Racism and Extreme Right Monitor, which was published on Wednesday said the extreme right in the Netherlands has strengthened in the past two years. Problems with right-wing youth culture worsened and new political parties have been established, the report said. Leiden University and Anne Frank Foundation researchers found the number of extreme right-wing activists has increased,...
  • Terror a la Kofi the cat (cat named after Kofi Annan terrorizes London)

    12/13/2004 4:51:07 PM PST · by thierrya · 7 replies · 406+ views ^ | 12/13/2004 | AFP
    Terror a la Kofi the cat London - Despite being named after UN Secretary-General and Nobel peace prize laureate Kofi Annan, Kofi the Bengal cat is far from a pacifist, and has left a whole London suburb in fear. The feline with a feral attitude stands accused of traumatising the area's pets and their owners, and is even suspected of murdering a four-legged neighbour. "He's a bastard - the Rottweiler of the cat world," Brian Coombes, who started an action group to rid the streets of the prowling terror, told London's Evening Standard. Jerry Corda-Stanley claims his Seeko was killed...
  • Zarqawi targets Europe for terror

    12/12/2004 7:57:21 AM PST · by thierrya · 14 replies · 522+ views
    The Australian ^ | 1213/2004 | The Sunday Times, AP, AFP
    Zarqawi targets Europe for terror THE most wanted terrorist in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is recruiting cell members in Britain and Europe. Terrorism experts believe his is preparing his new recruits for attacks somewhere in Europe. Zarqawi, who has a reward of $US25million ($33 million) on his head, is also thought to be using Europeans for his terror campaign against the US forces in Iraq. Rohan Gunaratna, one of the world's leading al-Qa'ida experts with access to official intelligence, said the Jordanian terrorist was an increasing threat. "He is the biggest recruiter in Europe," Dr Gunaratna, head of the terror...
  • Canadian air security jeopardized: senator

    12/04/2004 1:11:59 PM PST · by thierrya · 2 replies · 305+ views
    CBC News ^ | 12/03/2004 | CBC News
    Canadian air security jeopardized: senator Last Updated Fri, 03 Dec 2004 22:52:49 EST REGINA - Documents obtained by CBC News show that 1,127 uniform items belonging to Canadian airport screeners were lost or stolen in a nine-month period. Nearly a quarter of those items had the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) logo on them. Among the missing items are 91 metal shields that act as security badges, which worries Liberal Senator Colin Kenny, the chair of the Senate's national security and defence committee. Kenny argues that Canadian travellers aren't getting the security they need, – a sentiment echoed by...
  • Feeding the crocodiles (Eurabia)

    12/03/2004 5:00:21 AM PST · by thierrya · 10 replies · 846+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 12/ 03/2004 | Jonathan Spyer
    Feeding the crocodiles By Jonathan Spyer The internal peace of the democracies of western Europe is no longer assured. It is threatened by the growing presence, and growing confidence, of the organizations, activists and spokesmen of radical Islam. This is a phenomenon rarely remarked upon in Israel. It may yet have serious and damaging effects on European views of the Middle East conflict. Observe: In July 2004, Ken Livingstone, mayor of London and a Labor Party member, hosted Imam Yusuf Qaradawi on a visit to the city. Qaradawi, an Egyptian with a Muslim Brotherhood background, is a resident of Qatar...
  • Sex charges haunt UN forces

    11/24/2004 3:28:03 PM PST · by thierrya · 10 replies · 687+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 04/22/04 | Michael J. Jordan
    In places like Congo and Kosovo, peacekeepers have been accused of abusing the people they're protecting. By Michael J. Jordan | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor PRISTINA, KOSOVO – It's nighttime in this trendy neighborhood, and the three-story villa sits serenely behind an iron gate and tall bushes. Half a block away, almost undetected, a man in a parked car keeps watch. As this reporter approaches, the man radios ahead. 04/22/04 Quickly emerging from the doorway is the middle-aged boss, dressed in a Miami Vice get-up, with stringy, combed-over hair and capped teeth. He and a young lieutenant hustle...
  • American Jewish Committee Calls French Decision to Grant License to Hezbollah TV 'Incomprehensible'

    11/23/2004 1:47:02 AM PST · by thierrya · 20 replies · 636+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | 11/22/2004 | American Jewish Committee
    "Al-Manar is a fountain of hatred against Jews, Israel, America and other Western societies spilling over the airwaves, and it should not be allowed to use France as a vehicle for spreading its message of hate across Europe," American Jewish Committee Calls French Decision to Grant License to Hezbollah TV 'Incomprehensible' 11/22/2004 5:33:00 PM To: National and International desks, Media Reporter Contact: Kenneth Bandler, 212-891-6771, or Lisa Fingeret Roth, 212-891-1385, NEW YORK, Nov. 22 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The American Jewish Committee today called on the French government to reverse the decision of the French broadcasting authority to grant...
  • Open Letter to Kofi Annan (from an Ivorian-American)

    11/15/2004 4:38:03 AM PST · by thierrya · 10 replies · 619+ views ^ | 11/14/04 | Augustin Douoguih
    Lettre ouverte à Kofi Annan H.E. Kofi Annan Secretary General of the United Nations United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017 Fax: 212 963-1921 Dear Secretary General, I am writing to you as an American of Ivorian origin to express my deep concern, and indeed the deep concern of many in the Ivorian community in the US, over the violent attacks of France on Côte d’Ivoire and its civilian population, and the seeming acquiescence of the world body you run in the French action. France claims that it destroyed the Ivorian Airforce, Government buildings and other structures, and fired on...
  • Muslims to fight bar bid near mosque

    11/13/2004 4:03:55 AM PST · by thierrya · 25 replies · 1,433+ views ^ | Nov 12 2004 | JASON CUMMING
    Muslims to fight bar bid near mosque JASON CUMMING RELIGIOUS leaders have attacked a multi-million-pound plan to build a pub just yards from Edinburgh’s Central Mosque. Pub tycoon Kenny Waugh wants to redevelop a long vacant site at the corner of Nicolson Square and Nicolson Street into a style bar. But the Capital’s Muslim community has launched a campaign against the development over fears it will disrupt prayers and stir up racial tensions. They claim the area is "oversaturated" with nightspots and say that frequent harassment from drunken revellers is already a major problem for people using the Potterrow place...
  • Stoning in France(23-year-old Tunisian woman stoned body discovered)

    11/12/2004 4:19:04 AM PST · by thierrya · 25 replies · 1,504+ views
    Dhimmi Watch ^ | November 11, 2004 | Robert Spencer
    Stoning in France This stoning, which seems to have taken place in or near Marseilles, could be an event comparable to the murder of Theo van Gogh: another herald of the willingness of Muslims in Europe to take it upon themselves to enforce Sharia provisions. A friend in Marseilles has sent in this article from a French-language journal, 20 Minutes. My rough translation: The alleged murderer of a 23-year-old Tunisian woman, whose stoned body was discovered on October 20, has been placed in police custody. The suspect, 18, arrested Sunday at his home, is an old acquaintance of the victim....
  • Islamic school set ablaze in Netherlands

    11/09/2004 3:17:04 PM PST · by thierrya · 199 replies · 3,552+ views
    Tuesday, November 9, 2004 · Last updated 3:11 p.m. PT Islamic school set ablaze in Netherlands THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Suspected arsonists set an Islamic elementary school on fire Tuesday amid a string of attacks following the killing of a Dutch filmmaker by an alleged Islamic extremist. Firefighters struggled to extinguish the flames at the burning Bedir school in the southern town of Uden, where someone had scrawled "Theo Rest in Peace" in the building in homage to slain filmmaker Theo van Gogh, but the building was destroyed in the blaze. Uden Mayor Joke Kersten told Dutch...
  • French Anti-Semitism:A Barometer for Gauging Society's Perverseness

    10/30/2004 9:47:22 AM PDT · by thierrya · 5 replies · 239+ views
    French Anti-Semitism: A Barometer for Gauging Society's Perverseness An Interview with Shmuel Trigano The Jews' situation in France is indicative of the condition of French society. Substantial anti-Semitic violence in recent years underscores several of the country's major problems. Under the Jospin socialist-led government (in power until 2002), the Jews became the country's scapegoat and safety barrier, being on the receiving end of the main attacks - which targeted French society at large The French government affirms its determination to combat anti-Semitism while at the same time continuing to feed the anti-Semitic discourse at its origins. The ongoing anti-Jewish aggression...
  • Muslims launch school books drive

    10/12/2004 5:38:45 AM PDT · by thierrya · 18 replies · 388+ views
    BBC News ^ | 12 October, 2004 | BBC
    Muslims launch school books drive Books on Islam are going into British schools Muslim leaders are launching a new drive to teach British schoolchildren about the true meaning of Islam. The initiative, backed by the Education Secretary, Charles Clarke, will see books on Islam going into schools nationwide. Organisers hope it will help overcome barriers to how non-Muslims understand the faith. And Mr Clarke said the project would help strengthen a multi-faith, multi-cultural society. The "Books for Schools" resource packs include books, videos and CDs. It aims to inform debate among both teachers and pupils and is designed to fit...
  • Cyprus Minister Says Chechens Being Trained In North To Strike Russia

    09/26/2004 3:09:48 PM PDT · by thierrya · 22 replies · 559+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | Sept 26 | AFP
    Cyprus Minister Says Chechens Being Trained In North To Strike Russia NICOSIA, Sept 26 (AFP) - Cypriot Justice Minister Doros Theodorou said in remarks published on Sunday that Chechen terrorists were being trained in the Turkish-held part of the divided Mediterranean island to strike Russian targets. The charges were carried in an interview with the mass circulation Phileleftheros newspaper. "There are Chechens and other terrorist groups over there (north) being trained," Theodorou was quoted by Phileleftheros. "But we are mainly talking about Chechens who are trained to hit predominantly Russian targets," he said. Earlier this month after the Breslan school...
  • Boy stabbed in anti-Semitic attack in Belgium

    06/25/2004 10:04:41 AM PDT · by thierrya · 12 replies · 124+ views
    Reuters and Haaretz Service ^ | 25/06/2004 | Reuters and Haaretz Service
    Boy stabbed in anti-Semitic attack in Belgium By Reuters and Haaretz Service BRUSSELS - Jewish organizations and the mayor of the Belgian port city of Antwerp held an emergency meeting on Friday after four students from a Jewish school in an Antwerp suburb were attacked. A spokesman for the Forum of Jewish Organizations said one 16-year old boy was stabbed in the back during an attack late on Thursday by about 15 youngsters of Arab origin which the Forum believed was motivated by anti-Semitism. "He was stabbed in the back, one of his lungs was punctured and he lost a...
  • French Lies About Iraq

    02/20/2004 3:00:57 AM PST · by thierrya · 5 replies · 116+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 19, 2004 | Nidra Poller
    French Lies About Iraq By Nidra Poller | February 19, 2004 Nidra Poller interviews Alain Hertoghe, author of Guerre à outrances / Comment la presse nous a désinformés sur l’Irak / War of Wor[l]ds: how the [French] press lied about Iraq. Poller: Welcome Alain Hertoghe, and thank you for taking time to give us your point of view on an issue that has sharply divided France and the United States: the military campaign in Iraq. Hoping that our readers will soon have the pleasure of reading your book in English, I’d like you to give a brief rundown on...
  • France opens probe into monks' murder in Algeria

    02/10/2004 11:53:55 AM PST · by thierrya · 10 replies · 65+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/10/2004 | Reuters
    France opens probe into monks' murder in Algeria PARIS, Feb 10 (Reuters) - French prosecutors on Tuesday opened a probe into the abduction and murder of seven French Monks in Algeria in 1996, a crime that has become a thorny issue for France and the north African state. Algeria has blamed the militant Armed Islamic Group (GIA). But one witness in widely-publicised comments said the monks fell into the hands of militants after a plot by Algerian secret services went wrong. "This procedure must not have the aim of confirming the official version, which is neither satisfactory nor credible," said...
  • French rabbi attacked in street

    10/19/2003 8:22:45 AM PDT · by thierrya · 18 replies · 112+ views
    French rabbi attacked in street An attack on a rabbi in the Parisian suburbs has been strongly condemned by the French prime minister. The government was determined to fight anti-Semitism and religious intolerance, said Jean-Pierre Raffarin. Several men pushed the rabbi about and one allegedly punched him in the face in Friday's attack in the Essonne area. Police are holding two men in their 20s over the assault which comes after a string of anti-Semitic attacks on individuals, synagogues and cemeteries. Rabbi Michel Serfaty was on his way to the Ris-Orangis synagogue when several people began haranguing him, the shoving...
  • Israeli media slams as ''Anti-Semitic'' Chirac refusal to join EU condemnation of Malaysian PM

    10/19/2003 7:01:52 AM PDT · by thierrya · 3 replies · 36+ views
    Israeli media slams as ''Anti-Semitic'' Chirac refusal to join EU condemnation of Malaysian PM speech on Jews 19-10-2003, 10:54 Israeli commentators have firmly blasted French President Jacques Chirac's refusal to sign the condemnation proposal drafted by the European Union in Brussels, which brought about the cancellation of the draft proposal. This came after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's call last week for Islamic nations to unite against "a few million Jews," who control the world. Chirac, backed by Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis, stopped the European Union from ending a summit on Friday with a harshly worded statement deploring Mahathir's...
  • France's guilt

    09/01/2003 6:59:47 AM PDT · by thierrya · 11 replies · 37+ views
    France's guilt (Filed: 01/09/2003) There can be few more inauspicious starts to an embassy abroad than that of Gerard Araud, the incoming French envoy to Israel. M. Araud is reported as telling two colleagues that the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, is a "lout'' and that the Israelis are "paranoid''. The Quai d'Orsay has vigorously denied these comments, but there is no doubt that such attitudes are not uncommon in the French diplomatic corps - exemplified by the description of Israel as a "shitty little country'' by Daniel Bernard, the former French ambassador to London. It is a measure of...
  • Iran cargo ship visits port in North Korea, Seoul aide says

    07/09/2003 2:14:26 AM PDT · by thierrya · 12 replies · 93+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 07/09/2003 | JoongAng Daily
    Iran cargo ship visits port in North Korea, Seoul aide says Intelligence sources here said yesterday that a large Iranian cargo ship presumed to be a military equipment transport ship recently entered a North Korean Yellow Sea port. The revelation comes as concerns mount about North Korean arms trade, especially with Iran. This is the first Iranian ship to call at a North Korean port in a year. An intelligence official said the ship arrived last week at Haeju harbor and is still docked there. Haeju is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Seoul. °?There was a precedent last...
  • Fine line on Iran

    06/22/2003 5:32:27 AM PDT · by thierrya · 3 replies · 100+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 06/22/2003 | thierrya
    <p>THOUSANDS OF brave Iranians took to the streets last week to denounce their clerical dictatorship. At the same time, the International Atomic Energy Agency was reprimanding that regime for evading its ''safeguard obligations'' to report acquisitions of nuclear materials and facilities. And this was the time French authorities chose to stage an ostentatious raid on the French headquarters of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, the fervent Iranian opposition group that first disclosed Iran's hidden nuclear facilities last summer and that lost its military foothold in Iraq when Saddam Hussein fell from power. Since the controversial group functioned under French protection in its compound at Auvers-sur-Oise since 1981, cooperating closely with French intelligence, Tuesday's arrest of more than 100 People's Mujahedeen activists seems to represent a deliberate change of French policy. The French prime minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, intimated as much when he told the French daily Le Monde that the violent crackdown on the Iranian exile group was an action taken ''in the national interest.''</p>
  • Man sets self ablaze in Iranian opposition rally

    06/17/2003 1:55:28 PM PDT · by thierrya · 41 replies · 204+ views
    Msnbc ^ | 06/17/2003 | Reuters
    Man sets self ablaze in Iranian opposition rally LONDON, June 17 — A man set himself alight outside the French consulate in London on Tuesday, as protesters voiced anger over the arrest in France of an Iranian opposition leader.        The protest came after hundreds of French police stormed homes and offices of the Iranian opposition People's Mujahideen early on Tuesday morning, detaining 167 sympathisers.        Iran's clerical rulers are facing some of the most fervent protests on the streets of Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.        In London, demonstrators moved on the...
  • France opposes US move against North Korea -- Detail Story

    06/16/2003 6:05:37 AM PDT · by thierrya · 23 replies · 49+ views
    Hi Pakistan ^ | 06/16/2003 |
    PARIS, June 15: French strategic planners say they're attempting to counter suggestions presently being made by Washington to Moscow, that Russian forces take part in a US-led "preventive" strike on nuclear facilities in North Korea, a French intelligence source said on Sunday. The attack idea is being put forth "discreetly" by Washington as a way of preventing North Korea from either giving itself nuclear weapons, or, if it already has them, to destroy the weapons, as well as that country's capacity to produce more. Israel, which destroyed a French-built nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, is also expected to play...
  • News from France

    06/08/2003 7:23:13 AM PDT · by thierrya · 16 replies · 124+ views
    Intellfrance ^ | 06/082003 | thierrya
    All the latest news from France, what's really happening there from an insider.