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  • 'Shariah Police' ditch vests and change name [ Germany ]

    09/13/2014 8:09:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Local ^ | 12 Sep 2014
    Salafists who caused outrage by mounting patrols in western Germany as "Shariah Police" have ditched their vests and changed their name, but pledged to continue to take action. It comes as political leaders were accused of creating a "safe zone" for Islamists. North Rhine-Westphalia has become the national front runner in imports and exports of holy warriors,” Christian Democratic Union (CDU) state parliament member and interior policy spokesman Theo Kruse said on Friday. Kruse argued that the state had become a “national space of peace and recovery for Salafists" and a "safe zone" for Islamists. ... Salafism is the fastest-growing...
  • Mohammed al Zawahiri threatens West, condemns Mali intervention

    01/29/2013 2:53:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | January 25, 2013 | Thomas Joscelyn
    A banner showing al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri and former emir Osama bin Laden is placed outside the French Embassy in Cairo, Egypt during a protest organized by Mohammed al Zawahiri. Image from Euronews. Within the past few days, Mohammed al Zawahiri, the younger brother of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, has threatened France and the West while condemning the intervention in Mali. The younger Zawahiri promised that if France and its allies continue to fight in Mali, then Westerners will be the "first to burn." During an interview broadcast by Euronews on Jan. 22, Mohammed al...
  • Spain: Jihadists Threaten Catalonia over Burqa Ban

    09/14/2013 9:41:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | September 13, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    A jihadist group affiliated with Al Qaeda has threatened to carry out terrorist attacks in Catalonia, an autonomous region in northeastern Spain that is home to the largest concentration of radical Islamists in Europe. The threats were issued by a group called "Africamuslima" in response to efforts by Catalonian lawmakers to increase surveillance of radical Salafists seeking to impose Islamic Sharia law in Spain and other parts of Europe. Catalonia -- a region of 7.5 million people centered on the Mediterranean city of Barcelona -- is home to the largest Muslim population in Spain. Most of the estimated 450,000 Muslims...
  • Car bombs kill 42, wound 400 at n. Lebanon mosques

    08/23/2013 3:37:07 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 8/23/2013 | Antoine Amrieh and Misbah al-Ali
    TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Two car bombs outside mosques in the north Lebanese city of Tripoli following Friday prayers killed at least 42 people and wounded more than 400, security sources said, as the country’s caretaker defense minister warned of a ‘terrorist scheme’ aimed at further violence. The two afternoon blasts, one outside the Taqwa Mosque that was soon followed by another outside the Salam Mosque as hundreds of worshipers finished Friday prayers, highlighted the deteriorating security situation in Tripoli, the scene of repeated bouts of clashes linked to the war in Syria. The violence in Tripoli comes only eight days after...
  • American diplomat: US not backing a side in Egypt

    07/15/2013 12:30:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 15, 2013 1:37 PM EDT | Sarah El Deeb
    A senior U.S. diplomat on Monday urged Egypt’s military and new interim leadership to ensure an “inclusive” transition to democracy, dismissing accusations that Washington backs any one side in the deeply polarized country. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns was making highest level visit to Egypt by an American official since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by the military on July 3 following days of mass protests. Morsi’s opponents have long accused the United States of backing the Islamist president during his year in office. Tamarod, the main activist group that organized the protests against Morsi, said it refused...
  • First Look at Egypt’s Constitutional Declaration

    07/13/2013 12:21:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | July 8, 2013 | Bassem Sabry
    The constitutional declaration shows the strong leverage the Salafist Al-Nour party has on the transitional process, already blocking two prime minister nominations. One of the main objections to the 2012 Constitution by the liberal opposition was to the Salafist-written Article 219, which elaborated on the “principles of Islamic Sharia” stated in the famous Article 2 rather than keeping the text open-ended and more flexible. The controversial Article 219 actually remains. In fact, the previous articles 1 (which mainly spoke of democracy, identity and citizenship), 2 and 219 have been merged into a unique, new, Article 1. The new article reads:The...
  • Al-Nour emerges as key broker in post-Morsi Egypt (Salafi)

    07/12/2013 9:32:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    BBC News ^ | 12 July 2013 | Last updated at 21:44 ET | Shaimaa Khalil
    The Salafis have come a long way in Egypt. From an underground and frequently persecuted movement, whose members gathered in mosques under the radar in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, to being key players in the formation of an interim government after Mohammed Morsi’s removal from power. The Muslim Brotherhood may have been in power for the past year, but the biggest political rise after the January 2011 revolution was that of the ultra-conservative Salafis—who adopt a very strict interpretation of Islam and call for Sharia law. …
  • Al-Zawahiri calls for “victims and sacrifices”

    07/07/2013 2:17:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    dailynewsegypt.com ^ | July 6, 2013 | Nouran El-Behairy
    Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri commented on the current events in Egypt in a video released online, in which he criticised Islamists for losing power and not uniting to implement Sharia. “The battle isn’t over, it has just started…the Islamic nation should offer victims and sacrifices to achieve what it wants and restore power from the corrupt authority governing Egypt,” Al-Zawahiri said. He said that the struggle in Egypt was clear, claiming that secular groups united with the church and empowered by “Mubarak’s armed forces” supported by the West waged a battle against Islamist forces in Egypt that strove to implement...
  • Sunni Extremists Call for Jihad Against Shi’ites Over Syria

    06/03/2013 7:01:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 30, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    In a further sign that Syria’s civil war is increasingly becoming a theater of battle between Shi’ite and Sunni extremists – under the respective flags of Hezbollah and al-Qaeda – a group of Sunni radicals in Egypt is citing the Syrian situation in its appeal to Sunnis everywhere to support a jihad against Shi’ites. Twenty Egyptian Salafists including Mohammed al-Zawahiri, the brother of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, urged Sunnis to target Hezbollah and others involved in the fighting in the Syrian town of al-Qusair (al-Qusayr)... thousands of Shi’ite fighters from Hezbollah, Iran and Iraq have been involved in the fighting...
  • Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad is Winning

    05/19/2013 7:53:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 17, 2013 | Mike Giglio
    Despite President Obama’s assertion on Thursday that he reserves “the options of taking additional steps, both diplomatic and military,” foreign intervention in Syria seems a distant prospect, and that, along with a string of military successes, has fueled the perception that president Bashar al-Assad now has the upper hand in his country’s bloody civil war. As Republican Sen. John McCain bluntly put it this week: "Right now, Bashar al-Assad is winning."
  • Muslims clash on London streets (video) ( Sunni vs Shia ? )

    05/12/2013 1:08:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 10 May 2013
    Anjem Choudary and his fellow protestors can be seen fighting with what was reported as other Muslim groups on London's Edgware Road. ... Protestors marched with hard-line Salafist placards and flags, many of which read, "Support Jund Al Sham". ... The protestors were marching in opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who they are known to deplore for his Alawite religion. Protestors also took up the cause against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah, who they deem as "Shia Enemies of Allah" for their Shi'ite Muslim backgrounds. The protestors are thought to be hard-line Salafists, who have...
  • Salafists denounce Hamas: From resistance to crackdown on resistance

    04/07/2013 7:13:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Middle East Online ^ | unattributed
    The Palestinian movement Hamas which rules Gaza has arrested two Islamists in connection with rocket attacks on Israel, sources close to a Salafist group said Thursday... The source said it was part of a "campaign to pursue Salafists after the targeting of Israel with rockets." A Gaza-based Salafist group claimed firing rockets at Israel on Tuesday and Wednesday that landed in open fields, causing no damage or casualties. In response, Israel carried out two air strikes, also without causing harm. The Mujahedeen Shura Council said the rocket attacks were a response to the death of a Palestinian who died of...
  • Murder Plot: Germany Cracks Down on Salafists ( TROP )

    03/14/2013 10:04:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | March 14, 2013
    Islamist extremist in Germany are under scrutiny once again after raids on members of Salafist groups coincided on Wednesday with the foiling of a suspected murder plot by individuals linked to the movement. One senior politician wants to make it easier to deport radicals. Following police raids of Salafist groups on Wednesday in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, in addition to the foiling of an apparent Salafist plot to attack senior members of the regional, right-wing populist party Pro-NRW, German conservatives are demanding further action against the Islamist extremists. ... The call came a day after police arrested four...
  • Salafis plan Tahrir demo to protest Iran, Shia relations

    03/08/2013 6:16:59 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 3 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 3/3/2013 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    Islamist movements and Salafi parties plan to organize a demonstration in Tahrir Square on 15 March to protest what they see as normalization in relations with Iran and Shia Muslims, and to pressure the president and Muslim Brotherhood to stop exchanging visits with Iran. The Salafi Nour and Asala parties, the Jama’a al-Islamiya’s Construction and Development Party and the Muslim Rebels, Sahaba and Omatuna movements, as well as the Hazemoun — a group supporting former presidential hopeful and Salafi Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail — plan to participate. “We will escalate the matter if the Brotherhood keeps signing agreements with...
  • Egyptian Christians allege torture at hands of Libyan Islamists

    03/05/2013 6:58:30 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 04, 2013
    Libyan Islamists detained 48 Egyptian Christians in Benghazi last week, torturing them and using acid to burn off tattoos of the cross, according to family members. The Christians, who are peddlers, were arrested by Islamist Salafists in Benghazi, who said they had Christian icons at their marketplace stalls ... Benghazi residents have expressed outrage at the hardcore Salafists, who are believed to have been behind the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Repression of Christians living in Libya is on the rise ... Kamel’s uncle, Khalaf Naguib Salib, said the Copts...
  • Dance as Form of Resistance: Salafists Fail to Stop 'Harlem Shake' in Tunisia

    02/27/2013 4:45:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Salafist Muslims tried to prevent the filming of current Internet craze the "Harlem Shake" at a Tunis school on Wednesday, but were driven off after coming to blows with students, a correspondent said. When the dozen or so ultra-conservative Muslims, some of them women in veils, showed up at the Bourguiba Language Institute in the El Khadra neighbourhood, a Salafist bastion, students shouted "Get out, get out!" One of the Salafists, wearing military gear and carrying a Molotov cocktail he never used, shouted "Our brothers in Palestine are being killed by Israelis, and you are dancing." The Islamists eventually withdrew,...
  • Startling implications of a Jihadi letter

    11/09/2007 11:03:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 379+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 09, 2007 | Ray Robison
    New light is being shed on the 2001 anthrax attacks in a fascinating open letter to Ayman al Zawahiri of al Qaeda, written by a jihadi living in London. Numan Bin Uthman, a former leader of an armed Islamic group in Libya, provides yet more evidence that the global Islamic jihad movement is losing its resolve.  But the letter contains a startling admission. Uthman tells us of a conversation he had with al Qaeda leaders before the 9/11 attacks in which he urged them not to use WMD. From AKI News: Uthman also said that he had taken part in...
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Chaos grows as Tunisia buries assassinated opposition leader

    02/08/2013 5:54:14 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Globe & Mail ^ | Feb. 08 2013, 8:10 PM EST
    Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid was buried as a martyr for freedom and democracy in a country that is threatened with the loss of both, as an uprising against the ruling Islamist party gained momentum. Mr. Belaid’s assassination triggered a ferocious backlash against the main Islamist party, Ennahda, one that continued during the funeral Friday, attended by as many as 100,000 people. The midafternoon funeral on Friday was a largely peaceful event marred by bouts of violence – and brief periods of panic – as crowds tried to outrun billowing clouds of tear gas aimed at demonstrators and looters on...
  • Resurgence of revolt where Arab Spring began

    02/11/2013 10:29:06 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | February 7, 2013
    As dozens of riot police fired volleys of tear gas towards crowds of angry youths on Bourghiba Avenue this week, the scene was disturbingly reminiscent of what happened on this very avenue two years ago. Even the chanting was the same: "We want the downfall of the regime!" The target of the crowd's anger may be a different government, but many here feel their efforts in 2011, when they succeeded in removing Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, may have been for nought. Many outsiders, myself included, always believed the Tunisian "Jasmine" uprising had the best chance of succeeding, of building a...
  • Tide of Salafism threatens the Arab spring

    02/10/2013 10:02:22 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    Late last year, largely unnoticed in the West, Tunisia's president, Moncef Marzouki, gave an interview to Chatham House's The World Today. Commenting on a recent attack by Salafists—ultra-conservative Sunnis—on the United States embassy in Tunis, he remarked in an unguarded moment: "We didn't realise how dangerous and violent these Salafists could be ... They are a tiny minority within a tiny minority. They don't represent society or the state. They cannot be a real danger to society or government, but they can be very harmful to the image of the government." It appears that Marzouki was wrong. Following the assassination...
  • The Salafi Crusades

    12/07/2012 9:10:25 AM PST · by bayouranger · 14 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 07DEC12 | Daniel Greenfield
    One empire falls and another rises in its place. It’s an old story and it is what we are seeing in the Middle East. The Islamist resurgence was fed by the collapse of two world powers, the USSR and the US. The fall of the Soviet Union robbed the Arab Socialist dictatorships of their support. The last of these, Syria, is now under siege, by Sunni Islamist militias. Egypt’s Sadat had made the move to the American camp early enough to avoid the fate of Syria or Iraq, but instead his successor, Mubarak, encountered the fate of the Shah of...
  • Benghazi's meaning for Israel and the Mideast (Great Analysis-Debate Prep)

    10/20/2012 8:55:09 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 10/19/2012 | Dore Gold
    ....Even before the attack on the U.S. compound, according to an Oct. 2, 2012 report in The Washington Post, the White House held a series of secret meetings that came out of a growing concern that "al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb" (AQIM) was gaining strength after it took control of the northern parts of the African state of Mali, where it created a new Afghan-like sanctuary. In the last year it has begun to spread its influence across the Sahara. AQIM's weaponry came from post-Gadhafi Libya, whose arsenal was boosting the arms trade from Morocco to Sinai. Israeli sources have...
  • Working With the Muslim Brotherhood (You !@$$ing Idiot Alert)

    10/23/2012 12:31:51 PM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 10/22/2012 | Roger Cohen
    Perhaps the most radical change in U.S. foreign policy under President Obama has occurred here in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood, long shunned as a collection of dangerous Islamist extremists, is now the de facto object of American support. Not only that: Ultraconservative Salafist politicians, who make the Brotherhood seem like moderate pragmatists, are now regular visitors to the U.S. Embassy and, on the theory that it is better to have them inside the tent than out, they are able to visit the United States to learn how things work in the land of Jeffersonian democracy. Of course, the new...
  • Syria Activists: Jihadists Seize Missile Base

    10/12/2012 9:24:16 AM PDT · by edpc · 56 replies
    YNet ^ | 12 Oct 2012 | News Agencies
    Anti-regime activists say jihadist fighters linked to al-Qaeda fought with rebels to capture a Syrian military air defense base near Aleppo. Videos posted online Friday apparently shot inside the base say Jabhat al-Nusra participated in the overnight battle for the base. The videos show fighters inspecting lines of large missiles.
  • Salafists urge ultraconservative Islam on post-Arab Spring governments

    10/06/2012 10:54:36 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct. 7, 2012 | William Booth, Karin Brulliard and Abigail Hauslohner
    CAIRO — The elections that followed the Arab uprisings elevated Islamists out of decades of repression and into the region’s most powerful posts. Here in Egypt, a former prisoner became president. But to Salafists, adherents of a puritanical form of Islam who have embraced the country’s new freedoms with gusto, the emerging Islamist order has a serious flaw: It isn’t nearly Islamist enough. “They say that the people do not want sharia,” said Gamel Saber, a back-slapping Salafist activist who said he dreams of a day when his country’s courts will fully implement Islamic law. “But that is not true....
  • Salafist Preacher and Internet Activist Indicted in Germany

    09/17/2011 2:54:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    Forum.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | September 13, 2011 | Aaron Weisburd
    "Salafist preacher and Internet activist indicted in Germany" September 13, 2011 SNIPPET: "Ibrahim Abou-Nagie, a salafi/jihadi preacher very active online, has been indicted in Cologne, Germany. Abou-Nagie, together with Abu Dujana of Bonn, operate as Die Wahre Religion (The True Religion). They are cited in multiple cases including those of the now-deceased Bekkay Harrach, and more recently Robert M. (arrested with an associate attempting to enter Britain whilst in possession of jihadist materials including Inspire magazine), not to mention Arid Uka, the Frankfurt shooter:"
  • Were “Sam Bacile” and “The Innocence of Muslims” Part of a Salafi Plot All Along?

    09/15/2012 1:18:44 PM PDT · by null and void · 23 replies
    FrontPage ^ | Sep 13th, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Salafi contribution to the cartoon riots The current working theory in most media circles is that Sam Bacile, who claimed to be an Israeli Jew, was really a front for Coptic Christians. The truth may however be that Sam Bacile was a Salafist who used Jews and Copts as a front for a Salafist agenda. There is some evidence that suggests this may be the most logical conclusion. Salafist connections have covered this entire project from beginning to end. Sam Bacile, didn’t do much with his YouTube account, besides uploading two clips from the “Innocence of Muslims” film, but...
  • The Middle East Mess Part One: Over There

    09/15/2012 9:49:57 AM PDT · by radioone · 8 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 9-14-12 | Walter Russell Mead
    If Americans are going to understand what’s going on and process it effectively, the first thing we’ve got to realize is that this isn’t all about us. The riots in Cairo are basically part of a local power struggle. Radical Salafists are in a power struggle with the Muslim Brotherhood; attacking the US embassy forces President Morsi (as the radical strategists presumably expected) to side with the US, however slowly or reluctantly. That’s a win for the radicals, who want to tar the Muslim Brotherhood as soft appeasers who side with the Americans against their own outraged people. Striking at...
  • Anti-Islam film: US govt buildings attacked in Egypt, 1 American official dead

    09/11/2012 10:30:38 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Agencies
    Anti-US protests against an American-produced film which allegedly insults the Prophet Mohammed, took a violent turn in the Middle East as the US Embassy in Cairo was attacked and its consulate at Benghazi in Libya was set on fire reportedly killing one American consular official. US officials were however were reluctant to establish any link between the two incidents yesterday in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, and Benghazi, the Libyan city. "We cannot confirm any connection between these incidents," a senior State Department official said in response to questions linking the two incidents. Multiple American media outlets said that one US...
  • Sidi Bouzid runs dry after Salafists destroy last remaining bar

    09/06/2012 3:01:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    afp ^ | 06/09/2012
    Tunisia’s western city of Sidi Bouzid is now dry... Chanting “al-Charab haram” (“alcohol is sin”), dozens of Salafists burst into Sidi Bouzid’s Horchani hotel on Monday, September 3. The throng of men quickly homed in on the hotel’s liquor stock, seizing bottles of alcohol and throwing them against the walls or smashing them on the floor. The incident comes around four months after the city’s Salafist community first launched a war against alcohol consumption, pressuring or intimidating several bars into shutting down. Those who tried to resist saw their businesses come under attack, much like the Horchani hotel. ... I...
  • Islamic Fighters Flocking to Syria (Maybe Russia Was Right)

    07/22/2012 6:27:05 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 33 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 7/22/2012 | The Globe and Mail
    In the 1980s, it was Afghanistan to which international Islamic fighters came, helping the mujahedeen successfully take on the Soviet army and its puppet regime in Kabul. Then came Bosnia in the 1990s and Iraq in the 2000s, in both of which veteran jihadists fought a sectarian war on behalf of outgunned Sunni minorities.In 2012, they’re flocking to Syria With funding from private organizations in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait, they are making their way across the frontiers from Iraq and Jordan, hooking up with opposition elements in Syria and taking the battle to Damascus and the heart of the...
  • We Will Regret Having Qatar as an Ally Qatar a U.S. Ally? Think Again

    02/27/2012 2:36:20 PM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies · 2+ views
    After 9/11, it became commonplace to ridicule the status of Saudi Arabia as an “ally.” For decades, American leaders cuddled up to the Saudi Royal Family as it spent billions of dollars to export radical Islam around the globe. Today, the U.S. is eager to have our “ally,” Qatar, take a leading role in the region while it does the exact same thing. Qatar is home to Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the most influential Sunni theologian and top Muslim Brotherhood cleric. He uses his popular show on Al-Jazeera, also based in Qatar, to rally support for Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and...
  • Al-Qaeda and the Jihadists Join the Battle against the Syrian Regime

    05/29/2012 3:33:52 AM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | May 27 2012 | Jacques Neriah
    The battle over Syria has descended into sectarian strife led by extreme Salafists and other Islamic splinter organizations in a carefully orchestrated uprising coordinated and fueled by al-Qaeda operatives. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) is no longer the sole force in the fight against Assad. As in Egypt, in Syria the Muslim Brothers have succeeded in appropriating (some would call it hijacking) the revolt and ultimately becoming its backbone. Moreover, Muslim fighters from around the globe are coming to join the ranks in the battle against Assad. Yet, the majority of Syrians do not identify with these radicals.
  • Germany accuses Islamist of attempted murder after stabbings

    05/14/2012 7:22:35 AM PDT · by Milagros · 9 replies
    Stars and stripes ^ | May 8, 2012
    By ULRIKE HOFSAEHS AND JEAN-BAPTISTE PIGGIN Deutsche Presse-Agentur Published: May 8, 2012 BERLIN - A 25-year-old Islamist was remanded in custody in Germany on Monday, accused of the attempted murder of three policemen as they were separating neo-Nazis from Islamic fundamentalist protesters. Two officers were stabbed in the thigh on Saturday and a third officer dodged an attack by the knife-wielding man during a melee outside a mosque in the western city of Bonn. Pro NRW (North Rhine Westphalia), a far-right party with neo-Nazi canvassers, had organized a protest event drawing nearly 30 rightists to the mosque, holding up cartoons...
  • EU: Extremists vs. Extremists - Salafists and Right-Wing Populists Battle in Bonn

    05/08/2012 1:13:15 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 5/7/2012 | Charles Hawley
    Germany's right-wing populists are fond of insulting Islam in order to attract attention. On Saturday, violence prone Salafists took the bait, resulting in a riot that left 29 police injured. Despite the clash, however, the anti-Islam party can continue to display their anti-Islam caricatures, a court has decided. It was clear from the start that the tiny, right-wing populist group Pro-NRW would stop at nothing to attract attention in the run-up to state elections in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia this Sunday. With Salafists in the state now reacting violently to Pro-NRW's inflammatory parading of Muhammad caricatures in front...
  • Egypt’s hardline clerics seek a voice in president race, wielding influence to find candidate

    04/27/2012 2:31:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | Friday, April 27 2012, 5:22 PM
    Egypt’s presidential contenders have been going through a new campaign rite of passage. One by one over recent weeks, they appeared before a panel of bearded, ultraconservative Muslim clerics who meticulously question them, including on how they intend to implement Islamic law. The vetting of candidates in next month’s landmark presidential elections is part of a move by Islamist clerics to become power players in Egypt’s emerging political system, a sign of the country’s dramatic shift during the stormy transition since longtime leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted more than a year ago. For years, clerics from the ultraconservative Salafi movement...
  • Muslim mob in Egypt burns Christian church

    02/16/2012 10:06:37 AM PST · by Qbert · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 15, 2012 | Catholic Culture
    An angry mob of Muslim zealots, led by members of the Salafist sect, set fire to a Coptic Christian church in a village northeast of Cairo, in the latest attack on the Christian minority in the wake of Egypt’s January elections. The mob violence in the village of Meet Bashar, which continued through the past weekend, ended only when leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood succeeded in persuading the Salafists to leave the scene. The Muslim Brotherhood was the main victor in Egypt’s recent elections.
  • The Year We Lost Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Most of the Middle East

    01/01/2012 4:28:48 AM PST · by expat1000 · 29 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    About the only people having a Happy New Year in the Muslim world aren't the Christians who are huddling and waiting out the storm, but the Islamists who use a different calendar but are having the best time of their lives since the last Caliphate. The news that the Obama Administration has brought in genocidal Muslim Brotherhood honcho Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to discuss terms of surrender for the transfer of Afghanistan to the Taliban caps a year in which the Brotherhood and the Salafists are looking up carve up Egypt, the Islamists won Tunisia's elections, Turkey's Islamist AKP Party purged the...
  • Egypt: Forget Denial, The Totalitarians Won, Get Used to It

    12/07/2011 12:21:47 PM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/07/2011 | Barry Rubin
    “Why such inaction in the Senate? Why do the Senators sit and pass no laws? “Because the barbarians are to arrive today. What laws can the Senators pass any more? When the barbarians come they will make the laws…. Why don’t the worthy orators come as always to make their speeches, to have their say? “Because the barbarians are to arrive today; and they get bored with eloquence and orations.” – -Constantine P. Cavafy, “Waiting for the Barbarians.” (1904) Who better to sum up the situation than the great Greek poet of Egypt who wrote of the Christian decline there....
  • Obama’s Middle East Policy: A Unified Field Theory

    12/04/2011 8:22:30 PM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/05/2011 | Barry Rubin
    In the history of physics, the “unified field theory” was an attempt to bring together an understanding of all forms of energy in a single explanation. Albert Einstein tried and failed to discover this. I don’t know much about physics but I know about Middle East policy. So here’s an effort to bring together all of Obama’s regional policy into a single analysis and explaining everything in 1100 words. The first point is that the Obama Administration’s behavior must be divided into two phases. They overlap and feature the same kind of thinking but they are also quite separate. Phase...
  • Secretary of Defense Panetta shows how the Obama Administration is Selling Out Israel...and US

    12/03/2011 3:38:16 PM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/03/2011 | Barry Rubin
    Charlie:: “You coulda been another Billy Conn, and that skunk we got you for a manager, he brought you along too fast.” Terry: “It wasn’t him, Charley, it was you. Remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and you said, `Kid, this ain’t your night. We’re going for the price on Wilson.’….I coulda taken Wilson apart! So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors on the ballpark and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville! You was my brother, Charley, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda...
  • Hope and Change in Egypt... (Western Mass Media Apologists For Islamist Totalitarianism Alert)

    12/01/2011 5:20:45 PM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/02/2011 | Barry Rubin
    Much of the mass media seems to be saying, to paraphrase John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “All we are saying is give the Muslim Brotherhood a chance.” There are three arguments supporting this policy that are worth discussing in large part because the Muslim Brotherhood’s advocates don’t have any others. The first, which one hears everywhere, is that the Muslim Brotherhood is full of factions that are moderate and hip young people who want real democracy. If this were true it should be easy to prove. Here are some of the ways to do that: Who are the leaders of...
  • We know who lost Egypt

    12/01/2011 2:23:30 PM PST · by mojito · 15 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 11/30/2011 | William A. Jacobson
    Obama’s foolish policy of forcing Mubarak out of office precipitously without giving non-Islamist parties time to organize has resulted in Islamists achieving a sweeping victory in the first round of parliamentary elections. Strength by the Muslim Brotherhood was expected, but the extremely hard line Salafists had a very strong showing.
  • Flash: What, Me Pessimistic? Egyptian Election Outcome is Worse... (Barry Rubin The Prophet)

    11/30/2011 7:06:33 PM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/01/2011 | Barry Rubin
    Since last February I have predicted that the Muslim Brotherhood would win elections in Egypt. People have thought me very pessimistic. Now the votes are starting to come in and…it’s much worse than I thought. But my prediction that the Brotherhood and the other Islamists would gain a slight majority seems to have been fulfilled and then some. According to most reports the Brotherhood is scoring at just below 40 percent all by itself. Why worse? For two reasons: First, the votes we now have come from the most urban areas of the country. If there are Facebook sophisticates they’re...
  • Former U.S. Ambassador Says Egyptian Military Secretly Supporting Muslim Brotherhood

    11/25/2011 5:28:17 AM PST · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    globalmbreport.org ^ | 11-23-11 | GlobalMB
    Marc Ginsburg, a former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, is claiming that Egypt’s military leadership has been secretly providing financial, food, and security support to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its allied Salafist parties. According to a report in the Huffington Post: Posted: 11/23/11 06:49 Despite protestations of its purported political neutrality Egypt’s besieged military leadership has been secretly funneling financial, food, and security support to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its allied Salafist parties in the run up to next week’s parliamentary elections.The assistance takes the form of “walk around” money, clothing and food giveaways secretly funneled to the coffers of the...
  • Egyptian Christians: "We did not risk our lives to bring Mubarak down in order to have him replaced

    05/27/2011 9:44:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/27/11 | Robert
    Yet it looks as if that is what is happening. I tried to tell you. "Christians worry Egypt being hijacked by Islamists," by Sami Aboudi for Reuters, May 26 (thanks to Kamala): CAIRO (Reuters) - Last January, Nazih Moussa Gerges locked up his downtown Cairo law office and joined hundreds of thousands of fellow Egyptians to demand that President Hosni Mubarak step down. The 33-year-old Christian lawyer was back on the streets this month to press military rulers who took over after Mubarak stepped down to end a spate of sectarian attacks that have killed at least 28 people and...
  • Egypt: Why Are the Churches Burning? (Link Only)

    05/18/2011 12:36:37 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | 5/17/2011 | Yasmine El Rashidi
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  • Egypt Sectarian Clash Leads to Multiple Deaths

    05/07/2011 10:13:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    AOL News ^ | 7/5/11 | Sami Aboudi
    CAIRO, May 7 (Reuters) - At least five people were killed in a sectarian clash in Egypt on Saturday over a Christian woman who allegedly had converted to Islam, according to officials. Interfaith relationships often cause tension in Egypt, where Christians make up about 10 percent of its 80 million people. The strife represents another challenge to Egypt's military rulers who are trying to restore law and order after President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in a popular uprising in February. Witnesses said some 500 conservative Islamists known as salafists gathered at the Saint Mina Church in the...
  • The Muslim Students Association's Terror Problem

    08/20/2010 11:34:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    While it strives for respectability, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) has a dark side. For example, a 2007 report by the New York Police Department describes MSAs as "part of a growing trend of Salafi-based radicalization." The report lists MSAs as an example of "Salafi Influences and Incubators," stating: "Extremists have used these university-based organizations as forums for the development and recruitment of like-minded individuals - providing a receptive platform for younger, American-born imams, to present a radical message in a way that resonates with the students." But the organization's role in radicalizing other Muslims is just part of the...