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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...