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  • DCNS launches Moroccan FREMM frigate

    09/14/2011 9:27:20 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 1+ views
    DCNS ^ | September 14, 2011
    DCNS launches Moroccan FREMM frigate 18:57 GMT, September 14, 2011 Lorient | On 14 September 2011, DCNS launched the FREMM multimission frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy. The launch took place at DCNS's Lorient shipyard in the presence of senior Moroccan and French officials and is a major milestone in the construction of the vessel, scheduled for delivery in 2013. DCNS today launched the FREMM multimission frigate for Morocco. The event at the Group's Lorient shipyard was attended by Admiral Laghmari, Inspector General of Royal Moroccan Navy, Admiral Verwaerde of the French Navy and Patrick Boissier, Chairman & CEO of...
  • First SIGMA class frigate transferred to the Royal Moroccan Navy

    09/13/2011 11:04:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 1+ views
    defence Web, South Africa ^ | 13 September 2011
    First SIGMA class frigate transferred to the Royal Moroccan Navy Written by defenceWeb Tuesday, 13 September 2011 The SIGMA class frigate Tarik ben Ziyad was yesterday transferred to the Royal Moroccan Navy after completing sea trials and outfitting. The SIGMA (Ship Integrated Geometrical Modularity Approach) frigate, built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, was handed over to Rear Admiral Mohamed Laghmari, the Commander in Chief of the Royal Moroccan Navy on time and on schedule. After commissioning, the crew will continue with another three weeks of Sail Safety Training in Den Helder and the North Sea....
  • The Hidden Hand (Very good piece on Iran's support of alQaeda)

    08/19/2011 6:43:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | STEPHEN F. HAYES & THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The Obama administration finally highlights Iran’s key role in supporting al Qaeda On July 28, the Treasury Department designated six al Qaeda operatives involved in shipping money and men from the Persian Gulf to senior al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The move targets a node of the global terror network that is critical to its overall strength, freezing any of its financial assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting any transactions with the operatives. Of the many conduits for al Qaeda funds and personnel across the world, the U.S. government believes this one is the most important. “This network...
  • Italy Approves Draft Law Banning Burqas

    08/02/2011 3:09:28 PM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Voice of America ^ | JUly 2, 2011 | Staff
    Italy's parliamentary commission has approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. The draft law was sponsored by Souad Sbai, a Moroccan-born member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Freedom People party. The law, which was passed by the constitutional affairs commission Tuesday, would prohibit women from wearing a burqa, niqab or any other garment that covers the face. It would also sentence anyone who forces women to cover their faces in public to up to one year in prison and fine them $43,000. The Italian news agency ANSA reports the opposition voted...
  • Thousands protest on Morocco king's allegiance day

    07/31/2011 9:01:53 PM PDT · by EBH · 2 replies
    yahoo/reuters ^ | 7/31/11 | Souhail Karam
    In the capital Rabat, hundreds of protesters chanted the slogan "May God bless the life of my people" and carried placards demanding a "change that marks a break with the past," according to a Reuters witness. "This protest is not meant to be a response to the allegiance ceremony. It is our response to the overall political climate in the country," said Mohamed al-Aouni, an activist from the February 20 Movement, which has held almost weekly protests demanding reform. "We will continue to press for a parliamentary monarchy, freedom, social justice and dignity," Aouni said. About 4,000 people protested in...
  • All Hail the (Democratic) King

    07/12/2011 12:30:12 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 11, 2011 | AHMED CHARAI and JOSEPH BRAUDE
    IT isn’t news anymore when an Arab ruler facing mass protests pledges sweeping reforms. But Morocco’s July 1 constitutional referendum may be the most significant development in the Arab world all summer. For the first time since the Arab Spring began, a population broadly embraced its leader’s reforms and scaled back antigovernment demonstrations. In the weeks before the referendum, over 100,000 people had taken to the streets; after the vote only about 10,000 did. A sizable majority of Moroccans approved the new Constitution, which calls for King Mohammed VI to cede half his power to a prime minister appointed from...
  • Morocco: 'We want real democracy'

    07/04/2011 3:28:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | 4th of July 2011 | Sarah Lazare
    The February 20th movement, a pro-reform group, had called for a boycott of the vote, denouncing the new constitution as a superficial gesture that would leave the king's power intact and stave off real change. "The numbers the government is using have nothing to do with reality," insisted Amal Albaghdadi, a Rabat native and organiser with the February 20th movement. "I have come out to say enough with poverty, discrimination, and lack of freedoms. We want real democracy." "We were never allowed to express our concerns about the constitution," said protester Lekbari Mohammed, Rabat native. "These are false results because...
  • Suhail Shanti, Suspect in 1983 Murder, Caught at Border...

    06/28/2011 12:49:19 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    SEATTLE WEEKLY.com ^ | June 27, 2011, 4:23 pm | by Jonathan Walczak
    SNIPPET: "Shanti was arrested by u.s. Customs and Border Protection in Blaine, Wash. ..." SNIPPET: "Both were from Morocco. It's unclear why Shanti would need to jump the border so often. But a LinkedIn account listed in Shanti's name lists a string of jobs in Canada, Dubai, and Jordan, so it may have been work-related."
  • NATO on alert for influx of foreign fighters in southern Afghanistan

    05/24/2011 6:44:56 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | May 24, 2011 3:34 p.m. EDT | Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister
    (CNN) -- Coalition forces in Afghanistan say that a recent security operation in the southeast part of the country suggests an influx of foreign fighters may be underway, just as the Taliban begins its "fighting season" against NATO troops. And intelligence analysts say it seems a growing number of Europeans are among them. On the night of May 8, a joint NATO-Afghan force encountered a group of militants in a place called Qalat, a district in Zabul province in southeastern Afghanistan. Ten militants were killed, according to a statement Tuesday from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The combined force...
  • "South Park" Threat Leads to New Charge

    05/16/2011 6:21:12 PM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies
    SNIPPET: “A second man has been charged in connection with threats made last year against the producers of the Comedy Central program “South Park.” Jesse Curtis Morton, (aka Younus Abdullah Mohammad) is charged with communicating threats. Morton helped run a website, RevolutionMuslim, with Zachary Chesser. Chesser is serving a 25-year prison term after pleading guilty to a similar charge and to trying to provide material support to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab.” SNIPPET: “In an interview on CNN before the “South Park” controversy, Morton said Islam commands Muslims to terrorize disbelievers. “The Koran says very clearly in the Arabic language...
  • Regions and territories: Western Sahara

    05/23/2011 8:40:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | unattributed
    A mainly desert territory in north-west Africa, Western Sahara is the subject of a decades-long dispute between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front. The territory is phosphate-rich and believed to have offshore oil deposits. Most of it has been under Moroccan control since 1976. Western Sahara fell under Spanish rule in 1884, becoming a Spanish province in 1934. Nationalism emerged in the 1960s, as nomadic Saharans, or Saharawis, settled in the region. Polisario was set up on 10 May 1973 and established itself as the sole representative of the Saharan people. Some 100,000 refugees still live in Polisario's camps in...
  • Two Men To Be Arraigned In Plot To Blow Up [NY] City Synagogue

    05/12/2011 3:00:43 PM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 24 replies
    Two men from East Elmhurst, Queens have been arrested and charged with plotting to blow up a Manhattan synagogue. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was joined by top city law enforcement officials at City Hall earlier today in announcing the arrests of Ahmed Ferhani, 26, and Mohamed Mamdouh, 20. Ferhani, who is from Algeria, and Mamdouh, was is from Morocco, are both charged with engaging in terrorism, weapons possession and hate crimes. An arraignment is expected later today. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the men told undercover officers that they hated Jews and wanted to kill them. He also says they had...
  • Islamophobes Of The World Unite – You Have Nothing To Save But Your Heads!

    05/17/2011 3:34:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    GrasstopsUSA.com ^ | May 17, 2011 | Don Feder
    We Islamaphobes are truly a loathsome lot – sowing dissention and hatred wherever we go. But Peter Burr, M.D., recently elected chair of the Williamson County, TN. Democratic Party, is on our case. Last week, Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament and a trenchant critic of Islam, spoke at two events in Nashville. In a commentary in the Tennessean (“Outside Agitators Should Not Define American Values”) Burr excoriated Wilders in language Democrats usually reserve for the Tea Parties and the Boy Scouts of America. Anyway, I thought “outside agitators” became passé with Spiro Agnew’s departure from the national...
  • Two Men Arrested Over Alleged Synagogue Plot in New York

    05/12/2011 9:31:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/12/11 | Associated Press
    Two Americans have been arrested by New York City police for allegedly plotting to attack a synagogue in the New York area, Fox News has learned. One source described the case as the latest example of “homegrown” radicalization. The two men were identified as Mohammad Mamdouh, of Moroccan descent, and Ahmed Serhani, of Algerian descent. Serhani allegedly made a general statement about wanting to attack a synagogue –- though no specific synagogue was mentioned, according to initial information obtained by Fox News. With a history of drug dealing, Serhani was hoping to make enough money to purchase weapons and possibly...
  • World Bank President to Visit Tunisia, Morocco (Sustainable Development on the march)

    04/29/2011 10:15:40 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 2 replies
    worldbank.org ^ | 4/29/2011 | Press Release
    Washington, April 29, 2011 – World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick is visiting Tunisia and Morocco from May 2 – 6 with a special focus on how to support Tunisia during its political transition and to find out how economic and governance reforms can create jobs and opportunity in both countries. Zoellick will meet civil society representatives in both countries to learn about the new importance of social accountability and how civil society can play a role in helping citizens influence what they can get from economic development and gain better access to opportunities. Zoellick’s visit to Tunisia follows...
  • Bomb attack in Morocco tourist cafe kills 14

    04/28/2011 11:43:47 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 4/28/2011 | Youssef Boudlal Youssef Boudlal
    MARRAKESH – A bomb killed 14 people including foreigners in Morocco's bustling tourist destination of Marrakesh, officials said on Thursday, in an attack that bore the hallmark of Islamist militants. The blast ripped through a cafe overlooking Marrakesh's Jamaa el-Fnaa square, a spot that is often packed with foreign tourists. A Reuters photographer said he saw rescuers pulling dismembered bodies from the wreckage. If the bombing is the work of Islamist militants, it will be the first time they have carried out a major attack in Morocco since 2003, when a series of suicide bombings in the commercial capital, Casablanca,...
  • DHS Taking War on Weed to Morocco

    04/21/2011 11:12:59 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | April 19, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    What struck me most about this contract is that we are going to teach the Moroccans "critical thinking skills."
  • Stolen: A Story of Modern-day Slavery

    03/26/2011 10:46:38 PM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies · 1+ views
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 27, 2011 | Marion D.S. Dreyfus
    In an excellent documentary called Stolen, which sets out to document a family reunion in the sole region in Africa where Spanish is spoken, filmmakers Ayala and Fallshaw uncover a bigger story than they had originally planned. What they find is a pocket of slavery still practiced in Western Sahara, Morocco, Mauritania, and elsewhere in Arab-African societies. The initial impetus for the film is the re-union of a generational family under UN auspices, a service the UN provides if the correct paperwork is filled out; family members long separated are brought together for a joyous 5-day reunion. What the documentarians...
  • What's Good About There Being A Genuine American Al-Qaida Movement?

    04/06/2010 3:08:48 PM PDT · by Cindy · 64 replies · 585+ views
    INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | April 6, 2010 | n/a
    06 April 2010 "WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT THERE BEING A GENUINE AMERICAN AL-QAIDA MOVEMENT?[1]" SNIPPET: "They write in English and their websites have RSS feeds, that's what. Reduces our overhead, improves our cash flow - thanks guys!"
  • Moroccan king says constitution to be revised

    03/09/2011 3:56:26 PM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | MARCH 7, 2011 | By HASSAN ALAOUI
    RABAT, Morocco – King Mohammed VI said Wednesday that Morocco will revise its constitution for the first time in 15 years, aiming to strengthen democracy in the face of a push across the Arab world. In a rare TV and radio speech to the nation, the popular monarch said a new commission would suggest constitutional revisions to him by June, and the overall project would be put to Moroccan voters in a referendum. "By launching today the work of constitutional reform, we embark on a major phase in the process of consolidation of our model of democracy and development," said...
  • Italy arrests 6 for stirring hate vs pope

    02/25/2011 5:58:26 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    wfmj ^ | February 25, 2011
    ROME (AP) - Italian police on Friday arrested six Moroccan men suspected of inciting hatred against Pope Benedict XVI for converting a Muslim journalist in Italy to Catholicism.Stefano Fonsi, head of Brescia police's anti-terrorism squad in northern Italy, said the suspects allegedly banded together and met privately with the goal of stirring up religious hatred against non-Muslims, including the pope.Investigators say they found literature exhorting Muslim immigrants against integrating into Italian society and saying the pope should be punished for having baptized the journalist during an Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica.The investigation grew out of security checks ahead...
  • Moroccan king holds firm after call for less power

    02/21/2011 3:09:24 PM PST · by EBH · 4 replies
    yahoo/reuters ^ | 2/21/11
    Morocco's King Mohammed said on Monday he would not cede to "demagoguery" a day after thousands of Moroccans took to the street to demand he give up some of his powers to a newly elected government. The monarch, addressing a ceremony for long-awaited appointments of members of the advisory Social and Economic Council, said he wanted "irreversible" reforms, but they must be formulated in accordance with the "Moroccan model." Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament, but the king is empowered to dissolve the legislature, impose a state of emergency and have a key say in government appointments...
  • Successful Launch of Second Multi Mission Frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy

    02/07/2011 8:30:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Successful Launch of Second Multi Mission Frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy (Source: Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding; issued Feb. 4, 2011) At Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, on February 2, the second Multi-Mission Frigate under construction for the Royal Moroccan Navy, was rolled out of the assembly hall. The 98 metre-long ship has been constructed entirely on land at the DSNS yard at Vlissingen-East and is now ready, on schedule, to be completed at the Vlissingen-City shipyard. Heavy Lifting and Transport company Mammoet Europe B.V., moved the 1700 ton vessel from the assembly hall to the pontoon after which...
  • The enigmatic Mzora stone ring in Morocco

    02/02/2011 7:29:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Stone Pages ^ | Monday, January 31, 2011 | The Heritage Journal
    In Morocco, not far from the Atlantic coast and away from major tourist attractions, lies a remarkable and enigmatic megalithic site. The Mzora stone ring (also spelled variously as Msoura/Mezorah) is situated roughly 11km from the nearest town of Asilah and about 27km from the ruins of ancient Lixus. It is not easy to reach and a small display in the archaeological museum at Tetouan is the most the majority of visitors see or hear of this very interesting site. Plutarch, in the first century CE, may have referred to Mzora in his Life of Sertorius. He describes the Roman...
  • Have Bernanke And Ethanol Sunk Egypt? The People Cannot Afford To Buy Bread

    02/01/2011 5:03:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    IDB Editorials ^ | February 1, 2011 | LAWRENCE KUDLOW
    Decades of autocratic government and a lack of free elections are, of course, the main drivers of the political upheaval in Egypt. But did the sinking dollar and skyrocketing food prices trigger the massive unrest now occurring in Egypt — or the greater Arab world for that matter? In addition to Egypt, the people have taken to the streets to varying degrees in Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Yemen. Local food riots have even broken out in rural China and other Asian locales. While the mainstream media focus on the political aspects of this turmoil, they are overlooking the impact...
  • Morocco King on holiday as people consider revolt

    01/30/2011 7:06:55 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 25 replies
    afrol News ^ | January 30, 2011 | Staff Writers
    Discontent is ample in Morocco, the poorest, least developed North African nation, and many are inspired by developments in Egypt. Meanwhile, Morocco's King Mohammed VI rests in his French luxury chalet. Morocco so far has been spared from larger protesting groups as those in Tunisia and Egypt, much thanks to the King's quick reversal of boosting prices for basic foods. The same move proved a good assurance for authorities in neighbouring Algeria. But discontent is very widespread in Morocco. Despite an economic boom over the last years and some careful reforms ordered by King Mohammed VI - most prominently regarding...
  • Losing Egypt?

    01/27/2011 5:20:37 AM PST · by SJackson · 36 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 1-27-11 | Stephen Brown
    “An earthquake has shaken the region.” The above headline from an Israeli newspaper describes with unfailing accuracy the pivotal events now taking place in the Middle East. In Egypt, the Arab world’s largest and most populous country of more than 80 million, massive demonstrations involving tens of thousands of people began on Tuesday in what was billed as a “Day of Anger” and are continuing despite a ban by a very rattled government. Smaller protests are likewise occurring in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Algeria. The domino effect so feared by Middle Eastern strongmen after Tunisian protesters chased their president from...
  • Qaeda Leader Indicted in New York Subway Plot (the beast, Shukrijumah)

    07/07/2010 10:15:02 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 7-7-10 | William K. Rashbaum
    Meeting with violent Salvadoran gangs in Honduras. Seeking radioactive material at a university in Hamilton, Ontario. Running an import-export business and teaching English — wife and child in tow — in Morocco. Hiding out in Suriname. *snip* — or, to be more precise, the rumored trail — of an American citizen who spent part of his youth in Brooklyn, went to college in Florida and has long been on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most-wanted list, a senior Qaeda operative who over the last seven years has been portrayed as part wraith, part James Bond, and large-scale bogeyman. On Wednesday,...
  • Man Blows Himself Up in Internet Cafe (Pardoned Terrorist Suspect)

    03/12/2007 4:43:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 49 replies · 1,260+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/12/7 | JOHN THORNE
    CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) -- A man with explosives hidden on his body blew himself up in an Internet cafe after the owners prevented him from looking at terror Web sites, the Interior Ministry said Monday. The man was killed and four people were injured in the Sunday night blast in a Casablanca slum, said ministry spokesman Abderrahman Achour. One of the wounded was the dead man's companion, who was hospitalized with burns and a throat injury. Both men were carrying explosives. But officials believe the cybercafe may not have been their target and that the explosion was an accident, Mokhtar...
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • Belgian F-16 clips power line in Morocco

    12/16/2010 8:59:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 12/16/2010 | Lieven Dewitte
    Last November, a Belgian F-16 pilot hit a power line in Morocco during a training flight. As a consequence, parts of Morocco and Algeria were cut of from electricity for a while.The 350th squadron, which is based in Florennes, deployed to Sidi Slimane Air Base in Morocco with seven F-16s. They were preparing for a NATO operation in Afghanistan (ISAF), the latter which has a similar landscape. During a training mission, a pilot was flying too low and ended up hitting a power line. The aircraft could still land safely.
  • Toto, We’re Not in Cannes Anymore (Arab Audience Applauds Women Being Stoned to Death)

    12/16/2010 10:20:34 AM PST · by mojito · 34 replies · 1+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 12/15/2010 | Ruth Franklin
    Last week, I attended the Marrakech Film Festival....The opening gala, complete with red carpet and paparazzi, was staged in a swanky convention hall surrounded by five-star hotels. The requisite stars made appearances.... [....] When the men awaken to discover the women missing, the entire village is mobilized to hunt them down. Their escape route, which runs along the beach, is entirely exposed, and they are brought back in a fishing boat. Watching the men of the village gather around the two women in a circle on the beach, I ought to have realized what was about to happen, but somehow...
  • Car Plows Into Group of Cyclists in Italy, 8 Dead (Driving While High On Pot)

    12/05/2010 7:51:17 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/4/2010 | Yahoo News
    ROME – A speeding car plowed head-on into a group of cyclists in southern Italy on Sunday morning, killing eight of them, officials said. The driver had been smoking marijuana, police said. Bent, mangled bikes were strewn about the scene, and the sheet-draped corpses dotted the two-lane road near Lamezia Terme, in the Calabrian "toe" of boot-shaped Italy where the accident occurred. In addition to the eight cyclists killed, four people were injured, said Gianluca Gioia, a spokesman for ANAS, the agency that runs Italy's state roads and highways. Police confirmed the toll.
  • Joe Sestak: The CAIRdidate

    10/29/2010 8:25:30 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 1 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 29 Oct 2010 | Pam Geller
    Do you want Muslim Brotherhood operatives serving in the Congress? Sestak is in the pocket of Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood CAIR, and I have been reporting on this evil axis since 2007. He is lying about his ties to CAIR. What does that tell you? Art Moore over at WND: 2nd Sestak scandal days before election Unindicted terrorist co-conspirator leader claims to have hosted home fundraiser for Democrat Since his election to the House in 2006, Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak has fended off strong criticism of his relationship with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a federally designated terrorist co-conspirator shown...
  • "Mom, I'm In Jail"

    09/02/2010 2:55:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | September 1, 2010 | n/a
    01 September 2010 "MOM, I'M IN JAIL." SNIPPET: "The administrator of the Ansar al-Mujahideen forum (Arabic), Faical Errai, has been arrested in Spain."
  • Arrests in Morocco Show Gaza is a Regional Terror Export Center

    08/31/2010 8:41:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 8/31/10 | Chana Ya'ar
    Moroccan security forces have captured an 11-member terrorist cell headed by a Gaza-based Palestinian Authority Arab aligned with the aims of the international al-Qaeda terrorist group. Yahya al-Hindi, a former member of the Islamic Jihad terror organization who is responsible for having built a global jihad network in Gaza that functions as a regional “exporter of terrorism” is also known as Abu Kathada al-Shami. His 11-man jihad team included Moroccans from Casablanca, Azilal (in the Atlas Mountains) and Oujda (in the eastern part of the country).
  • Michelle Obama made dusk visit to Great Mosque of Granada during Spanish trip [Built 2003]

    08/24/2010 12:03:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | August 23, 2010 | Judi McLeod
    While President Barack Obama was “forcefully” endorsing the Ground Zero Mosque, Michelle Obama was paying homage with her presence to the Great Mosque at Granada, which overlooks what was once Islam’s most important outpost in Europe, the Alhambra palace in Granada. There is no doubt about the influence of the Great Mosque of Granada overlooking Alhambra. One Spanish guidebook states that the Alhambra is to Granada what St.Peter’s is to Rome or St. Mark’s Square to Venice. Michelle Obama and her nine-year-old daughter, Sasha, visited the Alhambra Mosque at dusk on the second day of her visit to Spain, one...
  • Why is Morocco Picking a Fight with Spain?

    08/15/2010 12:42:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    TIme ^ | 8/15/2010 | Andrés Cala
    It was the images of empty food markets on the news, and reporters' overblown warnings of possible shortages, that told Spaniards on Thursday that their nation's five-century dispute with Morocco over the sovereignty of Ceuta and Melilla, two enclaves on the Mediterranean coast, had reignited. In the worst diplomatic spat between the two countries in almost a decade, Moroccan activists were blocking food imports into one of the enclaves and promising more action to come. The Spanish government and the press were appalled, not so much at the protest, but that it had taken place after King Juan Carlos himself...
  • Moroccan police 'break up 18-strong militant cell'

    08/11/2010 4:46:20 PM PDT · by csvset
    BBC ^ | 11 August 2010 | BBC
    The police in Morocco have broken up a cell of 18 radical Islamist militants who were planning a series of attacks in the country, officials have said. Three of the suspects had previous convictions for terrorism, the interior ministry said in a statement. The cell "was preparing to commit acts of terrorism and sabotage within national territory and against foreign interests in Morocco", it added. Several hundred people are awaiting trial in Morocco on terrorism charges. The North African state has stepped up attempts to crack down on militant groups since more than 40 people were killed by a series...
  • Anti-Semitic Protests in Morocco a Warning Sign

    08/02/2010 5:40:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 6+ views
    inn ^ | 8/2/10 | Elad Benari
    Noam Nir, an Israeli businessman who lives and owns a property in Morocco, was shocked when he found out that the building he owns in the city of Mogador became the focus of an anti-Semitic demonstration. Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Nir expressed a serious concern that such demonstrations, that were not commonplace in Morocco until recently and have suddenly begun to appear on its streets, would lead to imminent harm anhd endanger the lives of the Jewish community in Morocco.
  • Is our man in Morocco up to the job? [Obama's appointee won't help persecuted U.S. Christians]

    07/25/2010 4:26:11 AM PDT · by rhema · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | July 24, 2010 | KATHERINE KERSTEN
    Minneapolis lawyer Sam Kaplan -- a DFL fundraiser extraordinaire -- was a member of Barack Obama's national campaign-finance committee. In 2009, Obama rewarded him by naming him ambassador to Morocco. The exotic posting must have seemed a plum job. Morocco has been known as an oasis among Arab nations -- largely free of the repression that mars so many other Muslim countries. It's "the opportunity of a lifetime for a guy from Minnesota," Kaplan enthused to the Star Tribune in April. But since Kaplan's arrival, Morocco has turned from a diplomatic dream job to a depressing despotic reality. Since March,...
  • CONGRESSMEN, FRANKS, CLEAVER DECRY MOROCCAN GOVERNMENT'S 'PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS'

    06/23/2010 8:12:50 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com | 06/23/2010 | Dan Wooding
    "What is clear is that Morocco is feeling the pressure of rising Islamic extremism. Seven thousand Muslim religious leaders recently signed a document describing the work of Christians within Morocco as 'moral rape' and 'religious terrorism,'...
  • Passenger removed from plane diverted to Montreal

    05/30/2010 6:06:34 PM PDT · by Cindy · 52 replies · 1,682+ views
    CBC.ca - CBC News ^ | Last Updated: Sunday, May 30, 2010 | 8:48 PM ET | n/a
    SNIPPET: "An Aeromexico plane flying to Mexico City from Paris had to land late Sunday afternoon at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal to remove a passenger whose name is on the U.S. no-fly list, Radio-Canada reported. The man was escorted out of the plane and taken into custody by the RCMP."
  • AL QAEDA SUPPORTER PLEADS GUILTY... ["Khalid Ouazzani, 32, of Kansas City"]

    05/19/2010 5:12:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 645+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Al Qaeda Supporter Pleads Guilty to Supporting Terrorist Organization Kansas City Man Also Admits to Bank Fraud, Overseas Money Laundering KANSAS CITY, MO—Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorist organization al Qaeda. He also pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering. “National security is the highest priority of the Department of Justice,” Phillips said. “I applaud the diligent work of our...
  • Investigators say arsonist may be mentally disturbed

    05/18/2010 5:03:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies · 480+ views
    KVUE.com - News ^ | Updated May 17, 2010, 8:24 pm | JIM BERGAMO/KVUE News
    Note: Video included. SNIPPET: "New information tonight about the man who confessed to setting fire to a Southeast Austin hotel. Arson investigators here say the man is a Moroccan National who went to school at St. Edward's in the 90's and who hasn't lived in the United States in eight years. His motive for setting the fire remains a mystery tonight. Flames and billowing black smoke poured out of the America's Best Value Inn Sunday. A day later, hotel guests relived the harrowing moments as they escaped the fire." SNIPPET: "Investigators say 33-year-old Mohamed Lahlou, who checked into the hotel...
  • TERRORISM and COUNTERTERRORISM: News, INFORMATION & Analysis #2

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • ITALY EXPELLED MOROCCANS ON SUSPICION OF POPE PLOT

    05/15/2010 4:12:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 548+ views
    IN.REUTERS.com ^ | Fri May 14, 2010 10:03pm IST | n/a
    SNIPPET: "ROME (Reuters) - Two Moroccan students deported from Italy last month were suspected of plotting to assassinate Pope Benedict, an Interior Ministry source said on Friday. Mohamed Hlal, 26, and Ahmed Errahmouni, 22, students at the University for Foreigners in the central Italian city of Perugia, had been under surveillance by anti-terrorist police for months before they were expelled on April 29." SNIPPET: "Six other foreign students, suspected of contacts with militant Islamic groups, are still under investigation." SNIPPET: "The magazine said police discovered a map of Turin at Errahmouni's house annotated with numbers and circles, ahead of a...
  • Dark Side of Shariah

    05/06/2010 6:40:09 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 19 replies · 443+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 6, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Dark Side of Shariah Malcolm A. Kline, May 6, 2010 While American textbooks try to pretty up the history of Islam, in the real world, its less savory contours still emerge, even in countries reputed to be the most tolerant towards those of other faiths. “The days of Christians in Morocco may be numbered,” Olivier Guitta writes on the Global Post. “A wave of so-called ‘proselytizing,’ that has reportedly converted tens of thousands Muslims into Christians, has prompted authorities to clamp down on Christian residents.” “Over the last several weeks, more than 50 Christians from the U.S., the Netherlands and...
  • Obama Increased Africa Military Funding 300%(FY2010)

    04/28/2010 6:22:29 PM PDT · by bushpilot1 · 44 replies · 1,608+ views
    All Africa ^ | 22 April 2010 | Daniel Volman
    In its budget request for the State Department for the 2010 financial year, the Obama administration proposed significant increases in funding for US arms sales and military training programmes for African countries, as well as for regional programmes on the continent, and is expected to propose further increases in its budget request for the 2011 financial year. The 2010 budget proposed to increase foreign military funding spending for Africa by more than 300 per cent, from just over US$8.2 million to more than US$25.5 million, with additional increases in funding for North African countries. Major recipients included Chad, the Democratic...
  • MOROCCO: Rock, rap and heavy metal music fans rejoice in newfound freedom

    04/21/2010 10:38:53 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies · 296+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 20, 2010 | Gert Van Langendonck in Casablanca
    ...Seven years after Morocco's satanic-music trial, the alternative music scene in the North African country is alive and kicking; it has even received a grant from king Mohammed VI himself. ...The last edition of L'Boulevard drew no less than 160,000 visitors, spread out over six days and two football stadiums... It wasn't always like this. One of the members on this year's jury was 30-year-old Nabyl Guennouni. Now a manager at an events agency in Rabat, Guennouni was one of 14 heavy-metal musicians who in 2003 were arrested and sent to prison for practicing "satanism" and "endangering the Islamic faith."...