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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...
  • Observer: Bush's Strategy Seen Through the Iraq War

    04/11/2003 7:36:37 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 13 replies · 339+ views
    People's Daily [China] ^ | Friday, April 11, 2003
    In its ongoing war against Iraq, the Bush administration's firm determination, quick action, tough language and rude diplomacy are rarely seen in international relations. The arbitrary action by the great and powerful nation claimed to be responsible for international faith was not taken on impulse but was out of careful consideration, it is pursuing a super-strategic goal with major influence on the United States and the whole world. In its ongoing war against Iraq, the Bush administration's firm determination, quick action, tough language and rude diplomacy are rarely seen in international relations. The arbitrary action by the great and powerful...
  • Russian organization was training Iraqi spies, documents show (more info from Iraqi documents)

    04/12/2003 10:08:43 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 141 replies · 890+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 13, 2003 | Robert Collier and Bill Wallace
    <p>A Moscow-based organization was training Iraqi intelligence agents as recently as last September -- at the same time Russia was resisting the Bush administration's push for a tough stand against Saddam Hussein's regime, Iraqi documents discovered by The Chronicle show.</p>

    04/12/2003 4:12:40 PM PDT · by Rocko · 512 replies · 1,757+ views
    Drudge ^ | 04-12-03 | Unknown as yet
    RUSSIA SPIED ON BLAIR FOR SADDAM... // Top secret documents obtained by the Sunday Telegraph in Baghdad show that Russia provided Saddam Hussein's regime with wide-ranging assistance in the months leading up to the war, including intelligence on private conversations between Tony Blair and other Western leaders... MORE...

    04/11/2003 9:31:29 AM PDT · by LS · 92 replies · 847+ views
    We are witnessing the most recent iteration of the "Western way of war," a term developed by Victor Davis Hanson, a classics professor at California State University, Fresno, about a distinct style of combat used by Western armies over time. Hanson identifies a culture of combat in which predominantly free individuals, possessing private property rights and civil rights, engage in a fighting style that depends heavily on both unit discipline and individual initiative; which simultaneously seeks close combat yet employs standoff weapons; which has unprecedented lethality; and which pursues unconditional surrender by the enemy. It also involves a paradox in...
  • U.S. Tells Iran, Syria, N. Korea 'Learn from Iraq'

    04/09/2003 8:04:02 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 15 replies · 262+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4-9-03 | Philip Pullella
    ROME (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday warned countries it has accused of pursuing weapons of mass destruction, including Iran, Syria and North Korea (news - web sites), to "draw the appropriate lesson from Iraq (news - web sites)." John R. Bolton, U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, also appealed to Syria and other countries in the Middle East to open themselves up to "new possibilities" for peace in the region. "With respect to the issue of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the post-conflict period, we are hopeful that a number of...
  • Exclusive: Betrayal on All Sides

    04/08/2003 8:45:04 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 245 replies · 786+ views
    Arab News ^ | April 09, 2003 | John R. Bradley,
    Arab NewsSAUDI ARABIA'S FIRST ENGLISH LANGUAGE DAILY Exclusive: Betrayal on All SidesJohn R. Bradley, Managing Editor Published on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 JEDDAH, 9 April 2003 — Now it’s obvious that the Iraqis aren’t going to put up a credible fight, and it’s equally clear that as a result the world has changed into pretty much what the Americans wanted it to be. The pride the Arabs felt in the initial stages of the invasion, before those legendary “pockets of resistance” halting the advance of the world’s only superpower were revealed as a myth, has been replaced by immense shame...
  • PROPHET OR RACIST? Islam watcher Daniel Pipes (Pipes Vs Cair)

    04/08/2003 8:51:43 AM PDT · by TLBSHOW · 28 replies · 670+ views
    baptiststandard ^ | 4/7/2003 | Mark O'Keefe
    PROPHET OR RACIST? Islam watcher Daniel Pipes PHILADELPHIA (RNS)-- He has been called an Islamophobe, an attack dog for the New Inquisition and a voice the Western world ignores at its peril. Author Daniel Pipes has become a lightning rod in America's struggle to contend with the post-Sept. 11 world. Years before Sept. 11, 2001, Pipes warned that radical Muslims had declared war on the United States. He identified the threat as Islamism, an ideology working to submit secular society to Muslim laws and principles. Then and now, his many critics charged that Pipes fuels anti-Muslim bigotry. After the Sept....
  • Hit Them and They’ll Run World’s Perception of U.S. on the line in Iraq

    04/05/2003 5:54:55 AM PST · by Valin · 28 replies · 287+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | 4/4/03 | Marni Soupcoff
    This past week, I went to an intriguing talk by Princeton Professor Bernard Lewis, an authority on Islamic history and the contemporary Middle East. It was an intellectually stimulating lecture, but it elicited a few questions I feel I must pass on before delving into its substance. First, the Toronto history professor who introduced Professor Lewis had the shiniest, most carefully parted hair I’ve ever seen grace the skull of an academic. I’m talking neat, glistening newscaster hair, with every piece in its proper place. How are we going to function as a society if our intellectuals start sporting better...
  • Say good knight to Crusade clichés [Paul Mulshine]

    04/04/2003 5:36:21 PM PST · by Incorrigible · 25 replies · 958+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 4/3/03 | Paul Mulshine
    <p>In what passes for criticism among what passes for an intellectual elite in America these days, the concept of Western culture's lingering guilt for the Crusades is being trotted out once again as a sort of one-size-fits-all explanation for the problems of the modern-day Mideast.</p>
  • Gulf War II is a shock to the Arab system

    04/03/2003 7:59:08 AM PST · by Valin · 44 replies · 389+ views
    Mpls (red)Star Tribune / New York Times ^ | 4/3/03 | Thomas L. Friedman
    <p>CAIRO -- To read the Arab press is to think that the entire Arab world is enraged with the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and to some extent that's true. But here's what you don't read: Underneath the rage, there is also a grudging, skeptical curiosity -- a curiosity about whether the Americans will actually do what they claim and build a new, more liberal Iraq.</p>
  • What’s Wrong with the Arab World? - Are the Arabs really this stupid?

    03/31/2003 6:29:31 AM PST · by Asher · 76 replies · 820+ views
    National Review ^ | March 31, 2003 | Jonah Goldberg
    March 31, 2003, 9:10 a.m. Goldberg File Jonah Goldberg What’s Wrong with the Arab World? We’re not morons, you know. Are the Arabs really this stupid? As politically incorrect as this may sound, that's more or less what I keep thinking when I read about the Arab world's response to the war in Iraq. Oh, I don't mean their opposition to the war. While I think it's the wrong position to take, it's hardly fair to say it is an inherently unintelligent point of view. Reasonable and unreasonable people alike may differ on this. Jacques Chirac isn't stupid — nor,...
  • Turkish Airlines Flight Hijacked

    03/28/2003 1:39:07 PM PST · by nwrep · 19 replies · 423+ views
    AP ^ | March 28, 2003
    Middle East - AP Turkish Airlines Flight Hijacked 4 minutes ago ANKARA, Turkey - A Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Ankara was hijacked Friday, the Anatolia news agency reported. The plane was hijacked after takeoff from Istanbul and was now heading toward Greece, private NTV television reported. The plane at first diverted course and began heading toward the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, but later changed course again and began heading toward neighboring Greece, NTV reported. There was no information on the hijackers.
  • Vanity:where the left scores, why we need "join" the protest "party"

    03/28/2003 6:02:45 AM PST · by JudgemAll · 22 replies · 573+ views
    self ^ | 03 28 03 | self
    As you all know, as conservatives, we believe it is good sometimes to spank our kids and our wife (ahem), as well as make love to the wife and tickle the children. Why? Because emotions of pleasure and pain etc, have a tendency to hard wire a learned fact. It is called the law of effect, and it is the enemy's strategy that aims at bypassing reason. The left is crude because the left is in a long range process of rewiring what people were taught at birth. They do not go beyond that, yet the scary thing is they...
  • Now Do You Understand What Israel Is Up Against? (Israeli take on post-war scenario)

    03/25/2003 1:00:23 PM PST · by nwrep · 162 replies · 850+ views
    Israel Forum ^ | March 25, 2003 | I. Brodsky
    Home PageArticlesNewsOpen ForumDirectory Peace Think TankIn the NewsIsraeli-Arab ConflictDomestic PoliticsIsraeli-World RelationsReligion/CultureGeneral DiscussionPhotos Forum HomeChange SettingsRegisterFAQSearch Now Do You Understand What Israel Is Up Against?March 25, 2003By ibrodsky So what can the U.S. expect in Iraq once the conventional war ends? Count on a protracted campaign of lies, terrorism, and public gloating over cruelly-inflicted coalition losses. There is no doubt we will win the conventional war with Iraq. But will we win the war of attrition that is certain to follow? ( -- Many Americans thought Operation Iraqi Freedom would be a cakewalk. They didn?t expect enemy soldiers dressed like...
  • Muslim Panelists Confront Rushdie's Work (the Islamic Leadership Council of New York)

    03/25/2003 10:28:59 AM PST · by TLBSHOW · 14 replies · 513+ views
    columbiaspectator ^ | Isaac Vita Kohn
    Muslim Panelists Confront Rushdie's Work Festival speakers discuss the writer's critical portrayal of Islam in The Satanic Verses. Muslim spiritual and intellectual leaders contributed new perspectives on the current production of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children in a panel discussion last night. While Rushdie has misrepresented Islam in the past and offended many worshippers, they said, the Muslim community is cautiously optimistic that the sensitive and critical atmosphere of the current Midnight's Children production may help to repair the past damage. Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, Professor Amir Al-Islam, and Ghazi Khankan delivered articulate, impassioned addresses to a small but eager audience...
  • Why China Isn't Helping Disarm North Korea

    03/25/2003 7:35:36 AM PST · by Risa · 25 replies · 482+ views
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 2003-02-25 | Haesook Chae
    Why China isn't helping disarm North Korea (Washington, D.C.): According to today's Washington Post, Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday said that the People's Republic of China's is "eager to play a positive role in helping to resolve the crisis" arising from North Korea's now-unmasked nuclear ambitions. Unfortunately, Beijing's idea of a positive role seems to be basically one of supporting Pyongyang in its insistence that it will only participate in direct, bilateral negotiations with the United States, aimed at advancing the North's extortionist agenda. As Haesook Chae points out in the Los Angeles Times today, the PRC is not...
  • Europe's Muslim Street (Analysis of political influence and the Muslim swing vote)

    03/24/2003 6:02:38 PM PST · by nwrep · 18 replies · 424+ views
    South Asia Analysis Group ^ | March 19, 2003 | Omer Taspinar
    Explains the Muslim swing vote in France and Germany and how it influences EU policy Hindu Sitah 3/19/2003 Europe's Muslim Street The continent's assertive new ethnic lobby spells trouble for trans-Atlantic relations. Muslims confront the United States, in the place their votes count most. By Omer Taspinar Islam may still be a faraway religion for millions of Americans. But for Europeans it is local politics. The 15 million Muslims of the European Union (EU) - up to three times as many as live in the United States are becoming a more powerful political force than the fabled Arab street....
  • A Muslim France? (MUST READ)

    03/24/2003 5:46:03 PM PST · by nwrep · 48 replies · 731+ views
    Pakistani-American Link ^ | November, 2002 | Unknown
    A Muslim France? In the early 8th century, about 100 years after Prophet Muhammad had passed away, Arab armies had seized all of North Africa and crossed the straits of Gibraltar into Europe. The Visigothic Kingdom of Spain quickly fell. Next was the land north of the Pyrenees, inhabited by the Franks, a tribal people of Germanic origin. These were the ancestors of the modern French. They were led by Charles Martel, grandfather of Charlemagne, the greatest of all Franks. The Arabs sent a raiding party across the Pyrenees and into France, penetrating into a region not far from Paris....
  • Mullahs 'arabization' of Iran hasn't worked (Long, but interesting)

    03/23/2003 5:39:39 PM PST · by freedom44 · 18 replies · 1,117+ views
    IPS ^ | 3/23/03 | Bernard Lewis
    In attempting to attain some perspective on Iran in history, I begin, as I think one must, with the Arab-Islamic conquests in the seventh century-that series of epoch-making events following the advent of Islam, the mission of the Prophet Muhammad and the carrying of his message to vast areas east and west from Arabia, and the incorporation of many lands, from the Atlantic and the Pyrenees to the borders of India and China and beyond, into the new Arab-Islamic empire. These events have been variously seen in Iran: by some as a blessing, the advent of the true faith, the...
  • The Crescent and the Tricolor: Islamic influence in France (MUST READ)

    03/23/2003 4:17:45 PM PST · by nwrep · 25 replies · 1,925+ views
    The Atlantic Online ^ | November 2000 | Christopher Caldwell
    A superb dissertation which explains the pro-Islam, anti-American attitudes prevalent in France. The Crescent and the Tricolor France today has more Muslims than practicing Catholics, and couscous has arguably become the country's national food by Christopher CaldwellWHEN, two days before Bastille Day in 1998, the French national soccer team upset Brazil 3-0 to win the World Cup, a million people staged an impromptu parade on the Champs-Elysées. Within days it had become a cliché to call it the most important demonstration since the liberation of Paris from the Germans, in 1944. It was a celebration less of French sports than...
  • The Philosopher of Islamic Terror

    03/22/2003 4:33:58 AM PST · by aculeus · 50 replies · 1,624+ views
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | March 23, 2003 | PAUL BERMAN
    In the days after Sept. 11, 2001, many people anticipated a quick and satisfying American victory over Al Qaeda. The terrorist army was thought to be no bigger than a pirate ship, and the newly vigilant police forces of the entire world were going to sink the ship with swift arrests and dark maneuvers. Al Qaeda was driven from its bases in Afghanistan. Arrests and maneuvers duly occurred and are still occurring. Just this month, one of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants was nabbed in Pakistan. Police agents, as I write, seem to be hot on the trail of bin...
  • Why Arabs hate Israel’s and America’s governments

    03/18/2003 7:14:30 AM PST · by krodriguesdc · 29 replies · 1,390+ views
    The Origins and Resolution of the Ninth Crusade Why Arabs hate Israel’s and America’s governments, why Americans support ethnic cleansing in Palestine, and how to end the American-Israeli conflict with the Arab world A message for all who care for the truthHenry H. Lindner, MD The study of history is the study of how we got here. Nothing in the modern world can be understood without a full knowledge of the evolution of causes and effects that produced it, or without a working theory of human nature and society. Let us consider the situation of the people of the...
  • Muslims bracing for a new 'Crusade' by the West

    03/16/2003 7:05:21 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 29 replies · 343+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 3/16/2003` | George Gedda
    Not many Muslims, regardless of nationality, buy into President Bush's contention that war against Iraq may be needed as a self-defense measure against a potential aggressor. Some Muslims are more vehement in their opposition than others. Islamic scholars at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, for example, believe that no provocation can justify an American military presence on Arab soil. The scholars, members of the university's Islamic Research Academy, argue that Islamic law holds that "if the enemy steps on Muslims' land, jihad becomes a duty on every male and female Muslim." They believe the U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf and...
  • Oriana Fallaci: Rage and doubt of a threatened civilisation

    03/15/2003 3:33:34 PM PST · by MadIvan · 102 replies · 2,965+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | March 16, 2003 | Oriana Fallaci
    Oriana Fallaci, the controversial writer who has caused a furore with her views on Islam, says we have realised too late that our values are in danger To avoid the dilemma of whether this war should take place or not, to overcome the reservations, the reluctance and the doubts that still lacerate me, I often say to myself: “How good if the Iraqis would get free of Saddam Hussein by themselves. How good if they would execute him and hang up his body by the feet as in 1945 we Italians did with Mussolini.” But it does not help. Or...
  • What will "victory" look like? (old and long, but valid)

    03/12/2003 9:25:04 AM PST · by Democratic_Machiavelli · 8 replies · 638+ views
    War Watch ^ | February 24, 2003 | Orson Scott Card
    [emphasis is mine] When Americans think of "victory," we conjure up visions of World War II -- Germany and Japan utterly prostrate, occupied by our (and our allies') armies, their governments completely subservient to our military. They knew they were beaten, and there was no fight left in them. Or maybe we think of Korea, where after nearly losing, then nearly winning, then nearly losing again, we fought them to a standstill and got an armistice-in-place that has lasted for fifty years. But that is not the kind of "victory" we can hope for in this war. There are several...
  • "Two Warnings"

    03/12/2003 6:19:17 AM PST · by JudgemAll · 11 replies · 608+ views
    Financial Sense ^ | March 11, 2003 | by J. R. Nyquist
    Except for the arrest of a leading al Qaeda official, the pre-war news has not been happy. Turkey turned its back on America at the eleventh hour, blocking U.S. troop deployments and throwing Washington’s military calculations into confusion. The French recently talked of vetoing a UN resolution on the use of military force against Iraq. Even the Pope, a man who lived under communism in Poland, has declared that a war against totalitarian Iraq would be immoral. On March 5 the Pope sent an emissary to warn President Bush that, “God is not on your side if you invade Iraq.”...
  • The West, Christians and Jews in Saudi Arabian Schoolbooks

    03/10/2003 1:16:18 PM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 498+ views
    This present report, undertaken with the cooperation of the American Jewish Committee, presents the official Saudi worldview to which school students between the ages of 6-16 are exposed. 93 books taught in grades 1-10, mostly from the years 1999-2002 have been examined. Special emphasis is placed on the Saudi Arabian attitude to the "other", namely, Christian, Jews and the West as well as on the Middle East conflict, the concept of government , women's status in society and children's status in the family.
  • Saudis Won't Allow Churches on Its Land

    03/10/2003 12:01:45 PM PST · by kattracks · 26 replies · 581+ views
    AP | 3/10/03
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia March 10 — Saudi Arabia, as the birthplace of Islam, will not allow churches to be built on its land, according to Defense Minister Prince Sultan.Islam is the only accepted religion in Saudi Arabia, home to the faith's holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina."This country was the launch pad for the prophecy and the message, and nothing can contradict this, even if we lose our necks," Sultan told reporters Saturday. His comments were published by Saudi newspapers and confirmed by several journalists who attended the press conference.Sultan said that foreigners have been allowed to worship freely in...
  • THE PENTAGON’S NEW MAP (Must read)

    03/10/2003 7:12:37 AM PST · by Valin · 16 replies · 1,035+ views
    Esquire ^ | March 2003 | THOMAS P.M. BARNETT
    IT EXPLAINS WHY WE’RE GOING TO WAR, AND WHY WE’LL KEEP GOING TO WAR. Since the end of the cold war, the United States has been trying to come up with an operating theory of the world—and a military strategy to accompany it. Now there’s a leading contender. It involves identifying the problem parts of the world and aggressively shrinking them. Since September 11, 2001, the author, a professor of warfare analysis, has been advising the Office of the Secretary of Defense and giving this briefing continually at the Pentagon and in the intelligence community. Now he gives it to...
  • When The French Beat Back Moslem Aggression: Charles Martel at Tours

    03/09/2003 11:32:40 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 40 replies · 1,578+ views
    The Battle of ToursOctober 10, 732 AD marks the conclusion of the Battle of Tours, arguably one of the most decisive battles in all of history. A Moslem army, in a crusading search for land and the end of Christianity, after the conquest of Syria, Egypt, and North Africa, began to invade Western Europe under the leadership of Abd-er Rahman, governor of Spain. Abd-er Rahman led an infantry of 60,000 to 400,000 soldiers across the Western Pyrenees and toward the Loire River, but they were met just outside the city of Tours by Charles Martel, known as the Hammer, and...