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  • Violence and Threats against Sri Lankan Christians increases

    02/22/2006 10:13:45 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 14 replies · 591+ views ^ | 2 22 06 | William Dove
    Sri Lanka has recently witnessed an increase in attacks and threats against the Christian community there. The increase has led to fears that a new wave of anti-Christian violence is about to begin, reports Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). According to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) "there is a visible increase in the number of attacks on Christian places of worship and acts of intimidation during the past two months." A report from NCEASL claimed that the pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church in Galle was subject to a host of virulent threats on 6th February. He...
  • TOURS 732

    10/10/2005 12:34:58 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 11 replies · 989+ views ^ | 2005.10.10 | B-Chan
    1,273 years ago today.
  • Charles Martel

    11/05/2005 8:39:40 AM PST · by thoughtomator · 5 replies · 923+ views
    Catholic Encyclopedia ^ | 2003 | Catholic Encyclopedia
    Charles Martel Born about 688; died at Quierzy on the Oise, 21 October, 741. He was the natural son of Pepin of Herstal and a woman named Alpaïde or Chalpaïde. Pepin, who died in 714, had outlived his two legitimate sons, Drogon and Grimoald, and to Theodoald, a son of the latter and then only six years old, fell the burdensome inheritance of the French monarchy. Charles, who was then twenty-six, was not excluded from the succession on account of his birth, Theodoald himself being the son of a concubine, but through the influence of Plectrude, Theodoald's grandmother, who wished...
  • Why Islam didn't conquer the world...

    10/31/2005 9:08:06 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 59 replies · 3,978+ views
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | Date published: 10/30/2005 | PAUL AKERS
    N A SUSTAINED, century-long rampage that would have wowed Rommel, the Prophet Mohammed and his successors beginning in A.D. 629 conquered not only Arabia, Persia, Syria, Egypt, and North Africa, but also branded the crescent of Islam on lands formerly within the fold of a Christian Roman Empire then in ruins. In 709, Arab horsemen and their allies crossed the Strait of Gibraltar. Four short years later, Spain belonged to the Empire of the Prophet. In the summer of 732, the centennial of Mohammed's death, this veteran Islamic juggernaut, at least 80,000 strong with the skilled and popular general Abd...
  • Violence leads U.S. to close consulate

    07/30/2005 1:39:55 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 29 replies · 1,084+ views ^ | 7 29 05
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) -- The United States is closing its consulate in this violence-wracked border city for a week following a shootout in which assailants used machine guns, grenades and even a rocket launcher to attack a home, the U.S. Ambassador said Friday evening. In a statement from Mexico City, Tony Garza said "in light of this alarming incident and continued violence along the border, I have decided to suspend all operations except for emergency services for American citizens," for one week beginning Aug. 1. He said temporarily closing the consulate would allow officials to "access the security situation...
  • Opening Shot of 'The Ultimate Culture War'

    07/09/2005 4:41:15 AM PDT · by Leisler · 19 replies · 1,492+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Jul 8, 2005 | Mike Thompson
    The fatal flaw of Britain's and Europe's establishment today is not just its shameless worship at the altar of statism; rather, it is its failure to defend the region's historic, Christian-nurtured culture (the West) against Islamic-nurtured culture (the East). By liberally and uncritically opening its borders to millions of fanatical immigrant religionists, all Europe (including the insular Brits) flirts with actual cultural suicide. The epic tragedy could occur in just a few more years (or, at most, for demographic reasons, in seven decades), constituting a violent, ignoble chapter in world history and ushering in a New Dark Age, from the...
  • Six SEALs sue AP, reporter

    12/28/2004 10:03:56 PM PST · by kattracks · 26 replies · 2,897+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/04 | Jennifer Harper
    Six Navy SEALs filed a lawsuit against the Associated Press and one of its reporters yesterday, saying the news organization revealed their identities, compromised their security and invaded their privacy by publishing personal photographs in a Dec. 4 story.     The complaint says AP reporter Seth Hettena used about 40 images from the personal photo-storage Web site of a Navy SEAL wife. [snip] The images were picked up by the Arab press, including Al Jazeera, and have made their way onto a billboard outside U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where detainees from the war on terror are being kept. The...
  • PC on earth for Santa: Boy Claus booted out of N.H. school dance

    12/23/2004 10:29:09 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 970+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 24, 2004 | Kevin Rothstein
    A 12-year-old New Hampshire boy who wanted to jolly up his junior high dance by dressing in a Santa suit instead got a lesson in political correctness when his Scroogelike principal turned the student away, fearing he might offend his classmates.
  • The Islamization of Europe?

    12/05/2004 4:06:02 AM PST · by ml1954 · 76 replies · 2,053+ views
    Commentary Mag ^ | 12/2/04 | David Pryce-Jones
    Only a few years ago, mass-murder attacks on the West in the name of Islam, like those of September 11, would have seemed like a thriller writer’s fantasy. Nor would anyone have imagined that a bombing by Islamists could swing a general election in a European country, that a Dutch movie-maker might be shot dead on the street for a film about the abuse of women in Islam, or that one might find oneself watching, on television, the beheading of Western hostages by men crying out Allahu Akhbar! over their savage deeds.... At present, it is not clear whether the...
  • Islamists shift focus to Europe as jihad enters third phase

    11/17/2004 7:00:49 PM PST · by Pikamax · 26 replies · 1,038+ views
    Guardian ^ | 11/18/04 | Simon Tisdall
    Islamists shift focus to Europe as jihad enters third phase Simon Tisdall Thursday November 18, 2004 The Guardian Osama bin Laden's latest videotape, released before the US presidential election, was denounced by many as a crude attempt to scare voters and damage George Bush. But, beyond the US, interpretations differed. Some analysts said the tape showed America was winning the "war on terror" and al-Qaida was in retreat. "The tape is one of capitulation and bankruptcy," wrote Mamoun Fandy in Egypt's al-Ahram. "This tape tells George Bush: 'Leave us alone and we will leave you alone.'" According to the French...
  • Militant Islam rising

    11/22/2004 6:08:22 AM PST · by Clive · 19 replies · 2,219+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | 2004-11-22 | Ezra Levant
    Holland is not a 60-year-old story anymore about Canadian soldiers and liberation from the Nazis. Holland is not a 20-year-old story anymore about lax drug and prostitution laws. To talk seriously about Holland today -- Holland, once a global empire in its own right -- is to talk about whether it yet meets the definition as Saudi Arabia's first European colony, or if that definition will instead be met in five years, or 10. In Holland today, there are more observant Muslims than either observant Catholics or Protestants (but not yet all Christians combined). The most common name for new...
  • Spreading Islam in American Public Schools

    11/24/2004 6:51:37 AM PST · by Ginifer · 52 replies · 2,099+ views ^ | November 24, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    Not only do Islamists want to censure the handling of Islamic topics at U.S. universities, as I noted in “Islamists Police the Classroom [at the University of South Florida],” but they also wish to do the same at grammar schools. More ominously yet, they wish to transform public schools at all levels into venues for spreading Islam. An undated posting at posts a page titled “18 Tips for Imams and Community Leaders.” The 15th tip, “Establish a parents' committee to monitor public schools,” has special interest. It starts by asking if the local public school is teaching 10-year-olds that...
  • Motive sought in New York subway bomb plot (1997)

    11/13/2004 11:38:37 AM PST · by Calpernia · 16 replies · 909+ views
    The Providence Journal-Bulletin ^ | August 2, 1997 | by Dan Barry
    The New York Times, The Providence Journal-Bulletin, Friday, August 1, 1997, page A-1, A-8 -- As heavily armed agents stood guard, a federal judge presided over the arraignment of two suspects charged with conspiracy to blow up a New York subway station and possession of explosives. Other investigators were seeking a reason behind the alleged plot. Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer, 23, and Lafi Khalil, 22, both from Israel's West Bank, were charged late Friday as they lay in their hospital beds recovering from gunshot wounds suffered during a shootout with police at their Brooklyn apartment . The men were arrested...

    11/21/2004 6:10:28 AM PST · by Ginifer · 24 replies · 2,064+ views ^ | November 21, 2004 | ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
    THE Netherlands has long been Europe's most permissive society — everything from window-shopping in Amsterdam for scantily clad hookers (50 to 80 Euros for 15 to 30 minutes) to hashish aroma in marijuana-smoke-filled cafes. The government and the sex workers union protect some 30,000 women. The pimps are landlords and the aging prostitutes are quickly replaced with a steady influx from the former Soviet republics and East European countries. A Dutch brothel chain is suing the government for failing to green-light the "Yum Yum Caviar Club" at Schiphol Airport "to cater to stressed travelers in transit." The government responded that...
  • Islam versus Holland- Red Cresent Rising?

    11/13/2004 4:29:55 PM PST · by backhoe · 80 replies · 7,870+ views
    various FR links | 11-13-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
     Prominent Muslim lauds van Gogh slaying, blesses murderer     Imminent attacks on Hirsi Ali and Wilders prevented [captured TROP terrorists targeted 2 Dutch MPs]    Dutch Muslims dismayed by anti-Islamic backlash    Netherlands Confirms Iraq Pull-out    Motive sought in New York subway bomb plot (1997)    Anti-Muslim backlash grows in Netherlands     Dutch mosque hit by suspected arson attack (Another Mosque)     Mosque set on fire in Netherlands  Yes I am Dutch. People here have been terrorized by muslims for the past decade: (more links in the 3rd one). In their schools they tell their children to...
  • Why Europe Needs a "Leading Culture"

    11/28/2004 6:37:35 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 10 replies · 1,052+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | November 26, 2004 | Interview conducted in German by Yassin Musharbash
    A prominent German Muslim warns that European Muslims must adopt the majority culture in the countries where they live. Democracy needs to come before religion. Failing that, a clash of civilizations is almost unavoidable. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Professor Tibi, for the second time, a debate is raging in Germany about the term "Leitkultur" ("leading" or "guiding" culture), which you coined in the 90s. Most recently, German Interior Minister Otto Schily branded the term "moronic" and "an ancient relict." Does such an attitude anger you? Tibi: It does amaze me. Recently, when an Italian translation of my book Islamische Zuwanderung -- die...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • U.S. Soldier Gets Year Jail Term for Prisoner Abuse

    05/19/2004 9:05:21 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 19 replies · 633+ views
    my way ^ | May 19 | Luke Baker and Alastair Macdonald
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A tearful U.S. soldier was sentenced to a year in jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to abusing Iraqi detainees in a scandal threatening to undermine President Bush's re-election chances. Military policeman Jeremy Sivits, who apologized to Iraqis at the first court martial of soldiers accused of abuses which sparked worldwide outrage, was also expelled from the army. It was not enough for Iraqis protesting outside Abu Ghraib prison, scene of the scandal that came to light when pictures were published of naked and terrified Iraqi inmates being abused and sexually humiliated. "It's a kangaroo court, set up...
  • Online Company Shuts Down Site With Beheading

    05/13/2004 8:46:35 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 11 replies · 792+ views ^ | 5 13 04 | SEAN YOONG
    <p>KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (May 13) - The al-Qaida-linked Web site that first posted a video of American civilian Nicholas Berg's beheading was shut down Thursday by the Malaysian company that hosted it - because it was drawing too much traffic.</p>
  • Family of Beheaded U.S. Man Releases Statement

    05/11/2004 1:26:19 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 185 replies · 1,948+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 5 11 04 | reuters
    frame grab taken from web site video footage May 11, 2004, shows a man, who identified himself as Nick Berg of Philadelphia (C) seated in front of his five masked captors moments before he was executed. Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq beheaded an American civilian and vowed more killings in revenge for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, an Islamist Web site said on Tuesday. After one of the masked men read out a statement, they pushed Berg to the floor and shouted 'God is greatest' above his screams as one of them sawed his head off with a large knife...
  • Being Ted Rall

    05/05/2004 12:58:16 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 28 replies · 1,424+ views
    cox and forkum ^ | may 5th 2004 | cox and forkum
    Editorial cartoonist Ted Rall recently made the news for penning yet another crass cartoon, this one denigrating Pat Tillman, the football star turned soldier recently killed in Afghanistan. Rall painted Tillman as a racist, bloodthirsty idiot who was just another cog in the "El Busho" war machine. decided to pull the cartoon because it "did not meet standards of fairness and taste." Blogger Andrew Sullivan called for a protest campaign against Rall and yesterday offered this enlightening Rall quote: "The word 'hero' has been bandied about a lot to refer to anyone killed in Afghanistan or Iraq....
  • Drugbusters invade Muslim compound (religion of peace alert)

    04/28/2004 2:59:56 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 7 replies · 825+ views ^ | 04/29/2004 | Katherine Adraneda
    A team of military intelligence and police drug enforcement units rounded up some 50 Muslim residents of the Al-Salam Mosque Compound in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City as part of intensified operations against illegal drugs and firearms in the metropolis. Senior Superintendent Procopio Lipana, chief of the Central Police District-Criminal Investigation Unit (CPD-CIU), said 12 suspects remained under their custody while the rest were released. Lipana identified the 12 as Dawabe Ben Albi Maulana, businessman from Basilan; Musa Sabaddin Abdurahman, 27; Awop Wadja Ignus, 26; Radjail Karawan Tirih, 34; Raquel Francisco Mabajo, 26; Pamaran Alain Awali, 48; Abubakar Cuevas Zunco, 34;...
  • Mel Gibson: $5 Mil to Fringe Church (FOX attacks "antiquated Catholic ideology")

    02/20/2004 5:46:17 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 332 replies · 931+ views
    FOX ^ | Friday, February 20, 2004 | By Roger Friedman
    Mel Gibson's put his money where his mouth is. By now everyone in the world knows he's spent $25 million to make "The Passion of the Christ" and promised nearly $25M more to market it. But what you may not know is that Gibson has also put up $5.1 million so far to run his own personal church near Malibu. Last year Christopher Noxon wrote in The New York Times that Gibson had donated $2.3 million to make Holy Family Catholic Church in Agoura Hills, California a reality. Holy Family rejects the universally accepted teachings of the Second Vatican Conference...
  • fil-american US army specialist Solomon Bangayan buried in hometown today

    01/24/2004 12:06:53 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 10 replies · 1,169+ views ^ | 1 24 04 | Andy Zapata
    HERO’S BURIAL: Gen. John MacDonald, official representative of the US army, hands over the American flag to Helen Therriem, mother of Fil-American US army specialist Solomon Bangayan (inset) who was killed in action in Iraq earlier this month. Bangayan was given the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal as he was buried in his hometown of Sudipen in La Union yesterday.
  • Dulles, VA NOW member exhorts Saddam to fight back, castigates Bush in Al Jazeerah editorial [BARF]

    01/01/2004 8:58:50 PM PST · by nwrep · 21 replies · 434+ views
    Al Jazeerah ^ | December23 ,2003 | Marie-Jose Ragab
    French born NOW activist Marie-Jose Ragab has penned a vicious editorial against President Bush in which she performs a "Monica" on Saddam Hussein, admonishing the US that the world is poised to side with Hussein, leaving us isolated. Read on if you dare: ********************************************************************************* Last December14 th was an entertaining moment in America. Here, splashed on every TV screen, was the former president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, clearly having a bad hair day. Ever the ham, L. Paul Bremer (the 'L' stands for 'Lying'), decked in his boring blue blazer and cowboys boots, the two pieces of clothing he seems...
  • Conservative Leader calls Dean Dean Too 'Mentally Unstable' to Be President

    01/01/2004 9:19:32 AM PST · by nwrep · 87 replies · 486+ views
    Talon News ^ | January 1, 2004 | Jimmy Moore
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- The leader of a conservative political group says he thinks Democrat presidential front-runner Howard Dean is too "mentally unstable" to become president and that it is "sad" Republicans want him to be the Democrat nominee. Religious Freedom Coalition Chairman William J. Murray sent an e-mail to supporters on Wednesday voicing his reservations about the former Vermont governor becoming the Democrat nominee for president that he says are echoed behind closed doors across the country. "It says something about our nation that a great political party consisting of millions of Americans could possibly pick someone as...
  • Democrats court vote of disgruntled Muslims; Dean is overwhelming favorite

    12/30/2003 11:44:05 AM PST · by nwrep · 37 replies · 1,209+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 26, 2003
    WASHINGTON - Three years after Muslim Americans overwhelmingly voted for George W Bush, democratic presidential candidates are courting these disenchanted voters in hopes of winning millions of backers in key states. "I want to earn the support of Muslims and Muslim leaders across the United States," Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, told a major Muslim conference outside Los Angeles last weekend. "I very much hope for your support," Democratic front-runner and former Vermont governor, Howard Dean, told the same meeting, the Muslim Public Affairs Council annual convention. Dean, Kerry and Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich all called in from...
  • PETA urges India to 'give leather the boot' -

    12/19/2003 5:02:02 PM PST · by UnklGene · 12 replies · 558+ views
    BBC - UK ^ | December 19, 2003
    PETA urges India to 'give leather the boot' - The Hindi version features a well-known voice artiste An animal welfare group is urging Indians to steer clear of wearing leather with an advertising campaign featuring singing cows. "Do I make myself clear? Keep your hands off my rear!" croons a cow in the 30-second TV advert. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) hopes the lip-synched bovines will persuade Indians to boycott leather products. The Hindi-language version of the advert is dubbed by Chetan Shashital, a well-known voice artiste who has worked with such celebrities as cricket stars...
  • Political Fireworks Possible in 2004 [Liberal Fantasy: Terrorists Disrupt GOP Convention: BARF]

    11/30/2003 10:26:03 AM PST · by nwrep · 13 replies · 414+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 30, 2003 | Kevin Phillips
    WASHINGTON — The presidential election of 2000 was one of the low points of modern U.S. politics. But the upcoming 2004 nomination contests have the potential to be exciting. Either or both conventions could be electrifying affairs. Democrats may have the first multi-ballot convention since 1952, which could be a disaster or an unexpected opportunity. Republicans, who set their convention in New York City so President Bush could return to the scene of his apparent post-9/11 political triumph, might find Manhattan circa 2004 a much less friendly international stage. There may be more FBI agents and uniformed military people in...
  • WE CALLED THEM TRAITORS...and everyone laughed

    11/17/2003 8:58:18 PM PST · by TomAdkinsCC · 67 replies · 3,873+ views ^ | 11/16/03 | Tom Adkins 11/16/03 --> "WE CALLED THEM TRAITORS"...and everyone laughed... by Tom Adkins. For years, conservatives claimed liberals were bent on destroying the United States. We suspected they were willing to ruin lives, even actively ruin America to gain political power and turn America into a socialist state. We called them traitors. And everyone laughed. We said liberals were anti-American. We said they were traitors. And we watched the evidence mount. The Rosenbergs. Whitaker Chambers. The Church Commission. The counter culture. So-called “peace protesters.” Jane Fonda. Jimmy Carter’s arrogant socialist smile. The pro-Sandinista Congress. We called them traitors. And everyone laughed....
  • Brazil's Metamorphosis - A Communist triumph

    11/11/2003 1:10:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 632+ views ^ | 5 November 2003 | Igor Taam
    From time to time I read the news and articles of the PT (Worker’s Party),, official site. And it's not old news from old notebooks, it is this year’s declarations. It’s possible to see that old aspirations – suffering metamorphosis, or not – still live. Look at this affirmation of José Dirceu, head of Civil House: We are retaking the political agenda of 1964 because problems like cultural democratization, agrarian reform, national autonomy and citizenship are still ongoing since then. ( For the reader who doesn’t know what happened around 1964, I can explain in three words: Brazil's counter-revolution....
  • Apology to Muslims and censure of Boykin: Resolution H. Res. 419, introduced by Rep. John Conyers

    11/03/2003 1:27:31 PM PST · by Agitate · 73 replies · 1,495+ views
    The John Conyers Website ^ | 11/3/2003 | agitate
    Apology to Muslims and censure of Boykin: Resolution H. Res. 419, introduced by Rep. John Conyers Please write your congressional representative about Resolution H. Res. 419, introduced by Representative John Conyers (D-MI). Click here for the link. The language concerning “religiously intolerant remarks” amounts to censorship of Christian, as well as other beliefs. The resolution is a knee-jerk reaction to Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin’s exercise of Free Speech and Freedom of Religion in his own church. Proposing such a bill is the worst kid of appeasement to a group that is aggressively intolerant to non-Muslims around the...
  • Islam Eclipse Now? - Ramadan 2003 and Muslim Prophecy

    10/28/2003 12:23:40 PM PST · by Sabertooth · 121 replies · 11,801+ views
    October 28th, 2003 | Collected by Sabertooth, others
    Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, a few of us Freepers became aware that Ramadan 2003 had special prophetic significance to certain Islamic sects. They are awaiting a spiritual avatar known as the Twelfth Mahdi, who will lead Muslims to great victories in war over the infidels. It's believed that this Mahdi will appear during a Ramadan with both a Solar and a Lunar Eclipse. This double Ramadan eclipse will occur this year, for the first time since 1786, and won't occur again until 2155. For those Muslims who place any credence in this prophecy, this year's Ramadan...
  • President Speaks to Muslim World - "PREVENTIVE STRIKE" POLICY

    10/21/2003 2:23:26 PM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 18 replies · 488+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | 10/20/03 | Caroline McGregor
    President Speaks to Muslim World Speaking to Al-Jazeera in particular and the Arab world in general, President Vladimir Putin on Friday criticized the United States' positions on Chechnya and Iraq and said Russia retains the right to use preemptive strikes if the UN continues to be sidelined in decisions on dealing with a security threat. "With preemptive strikes, we start from the assumption that international law is most important. Any use of force is appropriate only in the case of a decision by the UN Security Council," Putin said in remarks broadcast on the Qatar-based network and picked up by...
  • Hilaire Belloc: The Great and Enduring Heresy of Mohammed [Chilling Clairvoyance]

    10/18/2003 1:02:52 PM PDT · by nwrep · 68 replies · 4,530+ views
    The Great Heresies ^ | 1938 | Hilaire Belloc
    THE GREAT HERESIES by Hilaire Belloc Chapter Four The Great and Enduring Heresy of Mohammed It might have appeared to any man watching affairs in the earlier years of the seventh century_say from 600 to 630_that only one great main assault having been made against the Church, Arianism and its derivatives, that assault having been repelled and the Faith having won its victory, it was now secure for an indefinite time. Christendom would have to fight for its life, of course, against outward unchristian things, that is, against Paganism. The nature worshippers of the high Persian civilization to the...
  • Putin: Why Not Price Oil in Euros?

    10/10/2003 10:01:54 PM PDT · by zacyak · 23 replies · 700+ views
    moscow times ^ | Oct. 10, 2003 | Catherine Belton
    President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia could switch its trade in oil from dollars to euros, a move that could have far-reaching repercussions for the global balance of power -- potentially hurting the U.S. dollar and economy and providing a massive boost to the euro zone. "We do not rule out that it is possible. That would be interesting for our European partners," Putin said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in the Urals town of Yekaterinburg, where the two leaders conducted two-day talks. "But this does not depend solely on us. We do not want...
  • China developing `paralysis warfare'

    10/08/2003 11:43:19 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 23 replies · 735+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 10.08.03 | Brian Hsu
    China developing `paralysis warfare'By Brian HsuSTAFF REPORTER Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003,Page 1 China's military is changing its strategy from deterrence to pre-emption, planning to use "paralysis warfare" against Taiwan in the future, the Ministry of National Defense said in a report delivered to the legislature's defense committee yesterday. "Paralysis warfare features Web-based information warfare, saturation ballistic missile attacks, joint precision strikes and seizure of the enemy's capital city by special operations units," the report says. "Such tactics will become a major option for the Chinese military in its choice of modes of attack against Taiwan in the future," it says....
  • Death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal made honorary citizen of Paris [FRANCE ALERT]

    10/04/2003 2:58:15 PM PDT · by nwrep · 90 replies · 1,546+ views
    Yahoo Singapore ^ | October 5, 2003 | nwrep
    US death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal honorary citizen of Paris by the Mayor of Paris, above Death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal made honorary citizen of Paris Sunday October 5, 1:49 AM The city of Paris made an honorary citizen of celebrated US death row inmate and black activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, sentenced to die for the 1981 murder of a white Philadelphia policeman.It is the first time Paris has bestowed the honor since Pablo Picasso was made honorary citizen in 1971, Socialist mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe told an audience of 200 people, taking the occasion to attack the "barbarity"...
  • RAO UES chief sees Russia as liberal empire

    09/29/2003 8:30:29 PM PDT · by RussianConservative · 13 replies · 437+ views
    Russian Journal ^ | September 26, 2003
    MOSCOW - Russia’s main goal over the next 30-50 years is to build a liberal empire, Anatoly Chubais, head of RAO Unified Energy Systems of Russia, said at a news conference in St. Petersburg on Thursday. In his opinion, Russia should join neither the European Union nor NATO. However, it is necessary to take into account the contours of the new emerging world, which will unite the United States, the European Union, Japan and Russia. According to Mr. Chubais, the creation of a single economic space, linking together Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, will be a direct step towards the...
  • Was the Islam of Old Spain Truly Tolerant? (The Religion of Peace™ and its idea of inclusiveness)

    09/27/2003 1:05:33 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 125 replies · 1,678+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Septermber 27, 2003 | Edward Rothstein
    Granada, Spain – A dispenser of iced lemonade sits invitingly by the door of the newly whitewashed building — hospitality for summer visitors coming to the first mosque built in Granada in over 500 years. But looming over the freshly planted garden, seeming to quiver in the furnacelike heat, is another image: the Alhambra, a 14th-century Muslim fortress of red-tinted stone that is everything this mosque is not: ancient, battle-scarred, monumental. It seems at once a reminder of lost glories and a spur for their restoration. It may also inspire darker sentiments. For it was from the Alhambra's watchtower that...
  • The Falseness of Anti-Americanism by Faoud Ajami

    09/15/2003 3:08:19 PM PDT · by the_greatest_country_ever · 28 replies · 2,446+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | September 15,2003 | Faoud Ajami
    <p>Pollsters report rising antiericanism worldwide. The United States, they imply, squandered global sympathy after the September 11 terrorist attacks through its arrogant unilateralism.</p> <p>In truth, there was never any sympathy to squander. Anti-Americanism was already entrenched in the world's psyche a backlash against a nation that comes bearing modernism to those who want it but who also fear and despise it.</p>
  • France says no to Christianity in Constitution

    09/14/2003 3:27:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies · 461+ views
    EUObserver ^ | 09.14.2003 | Marcin Frydrych
    Despite strong lobbying from the Vatican and representatives of the Orthodox Church in Europe, the preamble of the draft treaty establishing the Constitution for Europe - produced by the European Convention in June - has resisted any reference to Christianity. France along with Turkey are the main countries contending such a reference. "France is a lay state and as such she does not have a habit of calling for insertions of a religious nature into constitutional texts", the French President told reporters at a visit in Quintos de Moro where he met Spanish Prime Minister, José Maria Aznar. "The lay...
  • Saudi beheaded for smuggling marijuana into kingdom

    09/14/2003 10:27:49 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 34 replies · 894+ views ^ | 9.14.03 | Canadian Press
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - A Saudi drug trafficker was beheaded Sunday, a Ministry of Interior statement said. Dhaher bin Thamer al-Shimry was convicted of smuggling marijuana into the kingdom, the statement said. Al-Shimry was beheaded in the eastern province of Hafr al-Baten, bringing the number of beheadings in the kingdom this year to 41, most of them drug traffickers. At least 49 people were beheaded last year. This conservative Gulf country follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of drug trafficking, murder, rape and armed robbery are executed. Beheadings are carried out with a sword in...
  • Islamic World Renaissance(again a mighty intellectual, scientific,inevitably, military force)

    09/05/2003 6:31:41 AM PDT · by Helms · 38 replies · 1,271+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/30/2003 | Unknown
    <p>Too many observers look at Iraq as if it were a boxing match. Invasion-one up for the West, well at least for the United States and Britain. Sabotage an oil pipeline-one down for the West. And so it will go on. Only one thing is clear: In the cold, searching light of history, each of these incidents that absorb us will not even rank as footnotes.</p>
  • Howard Dean to address Arab-American Inst. in Mich. Oct. 17-19

    08/29/2003 11:00:20 AM PDT · by nwrep · 6 replies · 451+ views
    Arab-American Institute ^ | August 29, 2003 | nwrep1
    Confirmed Speakers include Dean, Kucinich and Gephardt. Great Freeping opportunity. Many terrorist appeasers will congregate here. AAI's National Leadership ConferenceVOTE 2004: An Agenda for Peace and Justice October 17-19, 2003 Holiday Inn-Fairlane, Dearborn, Michigan Program OutlineTHIS REPRESENTS A GREAT FREEPING OPPORTUNITY Friday, October 17     10:00 Registration opens     12:00-2:00 Lunch Forum: Shaping the Ethnic Agenda in 2004     2:30-3:45 Opening plenary: Building a Peace Constituency in 2004     4:00-4:45 Concurrent Breakout Sessions (1) Reaching Arab Americans: census data, voter lists and other tools to identify/reach your local community(2) Mobilizing Arab American voters and volunteers...
  • MLK Rally marked by Bush, Ashcroft bashing & absence of US flags; Speaker Praises Mugabe

    08/23/2003 6:23:59 PM PDT · by nwrep · 154 replies · 2,526+ views
    Personal Observations on C-SPAN ^ | August 23, 2003 | nwrep
    MLK Rally marked by Bush, Ashcroft bashing & absence of US flags; Speaker Praises Mugabe The rally on the US Capitol today to mark the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech was broadcast live on C-SPAN. The event was attended by Democratic presidential contenders Howard Dean, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton. The following are my personal observations, facts hidden from you by puff-pieces appearing on the wire services. The most stunning aspect of this rally was the almost complete, seemingly choreographed absence of the Old Glory throughout the vast crowd, estimated by organizers...
  • Liberal Arab Columnist: 'Why do Arabs Hate the West, Especially the U.S.?'

    08/13/2003 5:58:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 32 replies · 1,576+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 8-12-03 | Zuheir Abdallah
    Special Dispatch Series - No. 551 August 12, 2003 No.551 Liberal Arab Columnist: 'Why do Arabs Hate the West, Especially the U.S.?' In an article titled "Why Do Arabs Hate the West, Especially the U.S.," Zuheir Abdallah, columnist for the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat, blames Arab fascism and Islamism for failing to achieve any accomplishments for the Arab world since 1948, leading to its backwardness today. The following are excerpts from the article: [1] Arabs Should Remember They Invaded and Occupied Europe Before The Crusades"Most Arabs hate the West, especially the U.S., for many reasons; some date back to...
  • Female trader escapes from Abu Sayyaf captors

    08/06/2003 11:15:43 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 14 replies · 736+ views ^ | 08/07/2003 | Roel Pareno
    ZAMBOANGA CITY — A Chinese-Filipino businesswoman kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf members escaped after almost four months in captivity, the military said yesterday. Marine products trader Gertrudes Tan, 50, eluded her captors in a coastal village in Maimbung, Sulu last Monday night, said Lt. Gen. Roy Kyamko, chief of the Armed Forces’ Southern Command. Kyamko said Tan drifted into the sea using a small plastic jug as float until fishermen found her at about 2:30 a.m. the following day. The fishermen brought her to the Maimbung town proper where she took a passenger jeepney that brought her to the capital...
  • Penn. and San Diego Extend Protections to Transgenders

    08/02/2003 7:29:20 PM PDT · by nwrep · 29 replies · 774+ views
    Yahoo ^ | July 29, 2003 | Various Exhuberant Gays
    Transgender rights advance in Penn. and San Diego Tue Jul 29, 8:37 PM ET Add Community - Planet Out to My Yahoo! / Network SUMMARY: Advocates for transgender rights hailed two developments on Monday that extended nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in Pennsylvania and San Diego. Advocates for transgender rights hailed two developments on Monday that extended nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in Pennsylvania and San Diego. In Pennsylvania, Gov. Ed Rendell signed an executive order that bars discrimination among state employees based on "gender identity or expression." Rendell, a Democrat, called the order "an important step...
  • Calif. Senate OKs transgender protections (Companies MUST hire transgenders)

    07/26/2003 8:19:44 AM PDT · by nwrep · 147 replies · 1,544+ views
    Yahoo ^ | July 25, 2003 | Ellen Maremont Silver
    Calif. Senate OKs transgender protections Fri Jul 25, 8:11 PM ET Add Community - Planet Out to My Yahoo! Ellen Maremont Silver, / Network SUMMARY: The California Senate passed a groundbreaking bill on Thursday that makes it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in housing and employment. The California Senate passed a groundbreaking bill on Thursday that makes it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in housing and employment. AB 196 adds "gender identity or expression" to sex and other characteristics that are already protected by the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act. The bill, passed by...