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  • Britain to Allow Transsexuals to Marry

    07/19/2003 7:59:45 AM PDT · by nwrep · 17 replies · 1,903+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 19, 2003 | Michael Holden
    Britain to Allow Transsexuals to Marry By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain unveiled plans for a new law on Friday which would allow transsexuals to marry under their adopted sex, ending a long dispute over their legal status. The proposals were given a cautious welcome by campaigners who have been fighting on behalf of Britain's 5,000 transsexuals for over 30 years for a change in the law. However some church groups said they would undermine conventional relationships and family life. "The draft bill will ensure that transsexual people can take up all their fundamental rights including the right to...
  • California same-sex couples get tax break

    07/13/2003 1:27:16 PM PDT · by nwrep · 58 replies · 2,018+ views
    PlanetOut ^ | July 10, 2003 | Randol White
    California same-sex couples get tax break Randol White, / Network Thursday, July 10, 2003 / 04:20 PM SUMMARY: The state of California will soon give registered domestic partners the same tax break on property transfers as married couples. The state of California will soon give registered domestic partners the same tax break on property transfers as married couples. California's elected tax board passed the proposed tax rule change on Wednesday with a 3-2 vote that followed party lines. The revision will take effect in two months, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The State Board of Equalization's openly...
  • Europe Grows Hostage to its Muslims

    07/10/2003 7:12:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies · 547+ views
    Newsmax ^ | July 10, 2003 | Uwe Siemon-Netto
    WASHINGTON – Consider: In Manchester, England, a radical Muslim who does not even speak English has been elected to the city council, where he needs an interpreter. Consider: According to the German media, secret Shari'a courts appear to be meting out "justice" in Italy. In that country's north a man known to Muslims as a sex fiend recently showed up with a hand missing. It had obviously been amputated as punishment. Italian doctors report treating Muslim women who had evidently been lashed. Consider: In France about 70,000 young women, chiefly Muslim, are being subjected to forced marriages every year, according...
  • Saudis looking to go nuclear?

    06/19/2003 7:44:28 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies · 569+ views
    WorldNetDaily/GeoStrategyDirect ^ | 19 June 2003 | Robert Morton and Bill Gertz
    Editor's note: WorldNetDaily brings readers exclusive, up-to-the-minute global intelligence news and analysis from Geostrategy-Direct, a new online newsletter edited by veteran journalist Robert Morton and featuring the "Backgrounder" column compiled by Bill Gertz. Geostrategy-Direct is a subscription-based service produced by the publishers of, a free news service frequently linked by the editors of WorldNetDaily. For those with a benign view of Iran's nuclear program, consider this: Saudi Arabia is already thinking nuclear, reports intelligence newsletter Geostrategy-Direct. The Saudi royal family is alarmed by the prospect of its next-door neighbor having a nuclear bomb, U.S. intelligence analysts say. The Saudis...
  • Imam in Rome says suicide bombings OK—in Israel at least

    06/09/2003 7:30:00 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 24 replies · 2,194+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 9, 2003 | LISA PALMIERI-BILLIG
    The new Imam of the Grand Mosque of Rome, the largest in Europe, called for the "victory of Islamic fighters in Palestine, Chechnya and other areas of the world" in his sermon last Friday. He called for Allah's help in "the destruction of the homes and destruction of the enemies of Islam", for their "annihilation", and "the victory everywhere of the Nation of Islam." In a report by Magdi Allam, the Italian columnist of Egyptian origin who writes regularly about the Arab and Muslim world for the national daily La Repubblica, 32-year-old Imam Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa is quoted as...
  • Why Europe chooses extinction

    06/04/2003 10:42:46 AM PDT · by TheWillardHotel · 32 replies · 667+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Apr 8, 2003 | By Spengler
    Demographics is destiny. Never in recorded history have prosperous and peaceful nations chosen to disappear from the face of the earth. Yet that is what the Europeans have chosen to do. Back in 1348 Europe suffered the Black Death, a combination of bubonic plague and likely a form of mad cow disease, observes American Enterprise Institute scholar Ben Wattenberg. "The plague reduced the estimated European population by about a third. In the next 50 years, Europe's population will relive - in slow motion - that plague demography, losing about a fifth of its population by 2050 and more as the...
  • Profile: Victor Davis Hanson. USA needs a dose of ancient Greece's warrior culture

    05/26/2003 7:31:17 AM PDT · by TheWillardHotel · 134 replies · 1,872+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 5/25/2003 | Laura Secor
    <p>VICTOR DAVIS HANSON leads a double life. A fifth-generation raisin farmer in California's fertile Central Valley, Hanson is also a historian of ancient Greece, a lyrical defender of American agrarianism, and a prolific contributor to conservative opinion magazines. His columns so caught the fancy of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney that he has enjoyed audiences with both. It's hard to say which is stranger: that a raisin farmer should exert such influence, or that a classics scholar should.</p>
  • Euro-Muslims and Franco-Islamicization-The consequences of modern Europe leaving the back door open

    05/20/2003 5:40:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 892+ views ^ | May 20, 2003 | Ariel Natan Pasko
    What's behind Europe's and especially France's weird behavior, opposing the United States and Britain, and siding with Iraq and the Arab world before the war? What's behind Europe's full tilt toward the Palestinians? France, as opposed to the over 40 other countries - what President Bush called 'the coalition' - did everything it could to stop the US disarming Iraq of its Weapons of Mass Destruction and it's liberation from Saddam Hussein's dictatorship. They've also been Europe's stalwart supporter of 'Palestine' even before Britain's Tony Blair climbed aboard. The simple explanation is that France used the Iraq war issue in...
  • Edward Said's Parting Shots-"renowned Palestinian intellectual" anti-American, anti-Semitic views

    05/20/2003 5:38:40 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies · 537+ views ^ | May 20, 2003 | Edward Alexander, Nicolai Popov and Marc Lange
    The "renowned Palestinian intellectual" vents his anti-American and anti-Semitic views. The following critique was written for the University of Washington community by faculty members Edward Alexander (Professor of English), Nikolai Popov (Senior Lecturer in English), and Marc Lange (Professor of Philosophy), in anticipation of a lecture on their campus by Professor Edward Said. As professor of English at Columbia University, Said has been a bitter critic of the State of Israel and has had a major influence on the anti-Israel movement at American universities. If enormous influence in the academic world is a reliable indicator of intellectual distinction, then Edward...
  • The American ideology-US claims to be democracy, religious rhetoric betrays totalitarian ambition

    05/15/2003 5:36:09 PM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies · 721+ views
    Al-Ahram Weekly ^ | 5-15-03 | Samir Amin
    <p>Today, the United States is governed by a junta of war criminals who took power through a kind of coup. That coup may have been preceded by (dubious) elections: but we should never forget that Hitler was also an elected politician. In this analogy, 9/11 fulfils the function of the "burning of the Reichstag", allowing the junta to grant its police force powers similar to those of the Gestapo. They have their own Mein Kampf -- the National Security Strategy --, their own mass associations -- the patriot organisations -- and their own preachers. It is vital that we have the courage to tell these truths, and stop masking them behind phrases such as "our American friends" that have by now become quite meaningless.</p>
  • Arabia's Civil War

    05/14/2003 12:53:16 PM PDT · by PogySailor · 25 replies · 306+ views ^ | 5/14/2003 | Daniel Pipes
    From | Original article available at: Arabia's Civil War by Daniel Pipes Wall Street Journal Europe May 14, 2003 The four bombings in Saudi Arabia Monday, which killed dozens, including 10 Americans, are symptomatic of a deep fissure in that country. The argument is over religion, politics and foreigners—and it goes back a long way. The West must react by helping the Saudi family win this dispute, while putting pressure on it to reform. Saudi Arabia's origins lie in the mid-eighteenth century, when a tribal leader named Muhammad Al Saud joined forces with a religious leader named Muhammad...
  • A New Muslim Country {France. The enemy within.}

    05/12/2003 10:10:44 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 23 replies · 498+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | 5.12.03 | Guy Milliere
    A New Muslim CountryBy Guy | May 12, 2003 The Muslim Brotherhood is a forbidden movement in Egypt where it was born. It is  a forbidden movement in the rest of the Arab-Muslim world. All the specialists speak of it as a dangerous, integrist Muslim movement that has only one aim: to take the political power and to impose Sharia, the Islamic law to whole countries.In France, it’s different: the Muslim Brotherhood can exist officially. Under its French name, Union of Islamic Organizations in France (UOIF), it is even an  important part of the French Muslim council recently created by the French ...
  • Infidels: The Conflict between Christendom and Islam

    05/06/2003 8:58:15 PM PDT · by Destro · 14 replies · 1,178+ views ^ | May 2 2003 15:20 | A.C. Grayling
    The new crusade - for understanding By A.C. Grayling Published: May 2 2003 15:20 | Last Updated: May 2 2003 15:20 The Cross and the Crescent: Christianity and Islam from Muhammed to the Reformation by Richard Fletcher, Penguin Press £16.99, 183 pages Infidels: The Conflict between Christendom and Islam 638-2002 by Andrew Wheatcroft, Viking £20, 443 pages In the wake of the events of 9/11 dozens of books have appeared on the subject of Islam - what it is, what its current and past relationship with the rest of the world (but especially the west) is, and why that relationship...
  • France may ban Muslim scarf in school

    05/04/2003 3:36:59 AM PDT · by kattracks · 94 replies · 1,483+ views
    Reuters | 5/04/03
    PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, faced with a rise in radical Islam in schools, has said his government could act to give teachers formal legal power to expel students who flaunt their religion. The wearing of the traditional Muslim headscarf, in particular, triggers heated debate in France, a secular state with a Roman Catholic majority. A survey last week suggested that over a third of people think Muslim women should be barred from wearing headscarves, not only in state institutions but in any public place. In comments likely to fuel the debate, Raffarin said teachers would take...
  • The Restoration of American Awe

    05/03/2003 7:29:23 AM PDT · by Stultis · 12 replies · 488+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3 May 2003 | Reuel Marc Gerecht
    The Restoration of American AweFrom the May 12, 2003 issue: And the opening of the Arab Reuel Marc Gerecht 05/12/2003, Volume 008, Issue 34 THROUGHOUT THE MUSLIM MIDDLE EAST, the Battle of Baghdad was an enormously depressing non-event. The Arab media had expected the end of Saddam Hussein's regime to be "Basra-plus"--a valiant resistance blending Mogadishu with a hint of Stalingrad. Whether in Egypt's official journal of record, Al-Ahram, on the Arabic satellite-television station Al Jazeera, or on BBC radio and television, anti-American tacticians sounded similar themes. If the regime's paramilitary fedayeen could so surprise and frustrate the Americans...
  • Bush Chooses Iraq Civilian Administrator - L. Paul Bremer

    04/30/2003 10:04:59 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 622+ views
    Associated Press | April 30, 2003 | BARRY SCHWEID
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration has chosen L. Paul Bremer, a former head of the State Department's counterterrorism office, to become civilian administrator in Iraq and oversee the country's transition to democratic rule. Bremer's selection, disclosed Wednesday by a senior U.S. official, will put him in charge of a transition team that includes retired Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner and Zalmay Khalilzad, the special White House envoy in the Persian Gulf region. Bremer left the State Department, where he was an assistant to former secretaries William P. Rogers and Henry Kissinger, to join Kissinger Associates, a consulting firm...
  • PCPO Poll: 40% support Abu Mazen, 19% comply w/Tanzim disarmament, 23% serious reformation of PA

    04/23/2003 1:07:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 528+ views
    IMRA ^ | 4-23-03
    PCPO Poll: 40.5% support Abu Mazen, 19.6% comply w/Tanzim disarmament, 23.9% serious reformation of PA PCPO Poll of Palestinians: 40.5% support Abu Mazen, 19.6% comply w/Tanzim disarmament, 23.9% serious reformation of PA PCPO Poll no. 111. Date: 23, April 2003 A poll carried out by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO) and Prepared by President Dr. Nabil Kukali. (55.3%) Support to varying degrees the President Arafat (40.5%) Support, to varying degrees Mahmoud Abbas "Abu Mazen" as a Palestinian Prime Minister. Majd Kokaly-Information Department: A poll recently conducted by the PCPO and prepared by Dr.Nabil Kukali included a random sample...
  • US vs Pyongyang: Watch Rumsfeld

    04/23/2003 10:56:41 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 11 replies · 482+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 4.24.03 | Phar Kim Beng
    US vs Pyongyang: Watch RumsfeldBy Phar Kim Beng HONG KONG - As talks finally get under way between the United States and North Korea, the latter, which has made obstinacy and diplomatic misbehavior an art form, would do well to keep in mind the growing influence and staying power in Washington of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. With the US victory in Iraq all but declared, barely a year after a previous triumph in Afghanistan, Rumsfeld's influence has increased by several notches. Together with other neo-conservatives who urged the Iraq war, "Rummy", as he is affectionately known in Washington, is...
  • Unkindest Cut (Destruction of the Arab Mindset)

    04/18/2003 9:33:27 AM PDT · by mattdono · 10 replies · 215+ views
    On the eve of Saddam's fall on April 9, hundreds turned out in Bethlehem to offer their condolences to the relatives of Imad Humabi, a Palestinian who had volunteered to fight in Iraq and had been killed in battle. Humabi, who had grown up in Amman and was virtually unknown in the town, was rumored to have been an attempted suicide bomber. But as the villagers poured in, most simply expressed their regret that the young man had given his life for nothing. For some in the Middle East, the war in Iraq was the last stand for Arab nationalism....
  • A Baghdad Pristina?

    04/13/2003 9:24:09 PM PDT · by pierrem15 · 16 replies · 367+ views
    The Russia Journal ^ | April 10, 2003 | The Russia Journal
    Few events in recent history brought the Russians so much false pride and celebration as the dash to Pristina airport and its occupation in the aftermath of the Kosovo war. Russian forces moved into the airport during the night without notifying anyone, a few hours ahead of the scheduled NATO deployment of troops. This, after staunch opposition to the war that almost ruined Russia-U.S. relations. It was a colorful stunt, but Russia gained little from it besides alienating much of Western opinion. In fact, it could have led to a Russia-U.S. shooting match. For months thereafter, Russian generals were given...