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  • Swedish Muslims Take Anti-Prophet Priest to Court

    04/22/2005 8:26:21 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 31 replies · 1,221+ views
    Islam Online ^ | April 22, 2005 |
    STOCKHOLM, April 22, 2005 ( & News Agencies) – A top Muslim scholar said the minority would abide by the Swedish law in confronting a Christian preacher who insulted Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), urging his fellow Swedish Muslims not to take the law into their own hands or commit any violent acts to avenge the repulsive remarks of the Christian cleric. “We beg those who threatened (Runar) Sogaard, in the name of Islam, to let Swedish law judge between him and us,” Hassan Moussa, the head of Sweden’s council of imams, wrote in the Expressen newspaper, according to Reuters Friday, April...
  • France probing transfers to Arafat's widow

    04/20/2005 1:24:06 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 505+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | April 20 2005
    Report French investigators are tracking $7 million transferred by PLO treasurer to Suha’s account. WASHINGTON - French investigators are tracking seven million dollars transferred by PLO treasurer Nizar Abu Ghazaleh to the Paris bank account of ex-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's widow, The Wall Street Journal said Wednesday. Palestinian officials said the Palestine Liberation Organization controlled a bank account in Tunisia from which millions of dollars in unexplained payments were made to Suha Arafat - payments they suspect were connected to contracts issued by the Palestinian Authority (PA) under Yasser Arafat before he died last year, the report said. The officials...
  • 'Va. jihad' trial may focus on free speech

    03/28/2005 7:00:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 972+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/28/05 | Matthew Barakat - AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A federal judge Monday indicated First Amendment issues may play a significant role in the government's case against an Islamic scholar accused of exhorting followers to fight U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Ali al-Timimi, 41, denies he is guilty, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema told prospective panelists, while summarizing the prosecution's case against the defendant. "He says that he only counseled the young men at issue to leave the United States and (migrate) to an Islamic country where they could practice their religion freely," she told a pool of 110 people who filled out long questionnaires. Opening...
  • Guest Worker May Lose Digits, Toes After Being Tied Up in Bathroom for a Month (Saudi Arabia)

    03/22/2005 7:50:06 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 18 replies · 1,135+ views
    Arab News ^ | March 23, 2005 | Hassan Adawi
    JEDDAH, 23 March 2005 — A 25-year-old Indonesian woman who came to Saudi Arabia as a guest worker will have several of her fingers, toes and part of her right foot amputated because of gangrene after being tied up for a month in a bathroom by her Saudi sponsor, who also apparently beat her severely, injuring her eye and knocking several of her teeth out. The reason given was that the woman, who worked as a maid, had not finished cleaning the house. The Indonesian government is demanding justice as Riyadh police continue to investigate this disgusting crime. The story...
  • Ministry Intervenes as Writer Sentenced to 275 Lashes (Where else, but Saudi Arabia!)

    03/20/2005 7:33:03 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 20 replies · 485+ views
    Arab News ^ | March 21, 2005 | Raid Qusti
    RIYADH— The case of a Saudi writer who was sentenced by a Shariah court in Riyadh to 275 lashes and four months imprisonment after being accused of being “corrupt” by members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, has returned to the Ministry of Culture and Information yesterday after the intervention of the ministry, Arab News has learned. The case is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Ali Al-Mizeini, an Arabic language professor at King Saud University, was charged by the commission with allegedly questioning the religious institution’s abilities and knowledge in...
  • Denying Terrorism

    02/08/2005 6:28:30 AM PST · by stevejackson · 4 replies · 565+ views ^ | February 8, 2005 | Daniel Pipes
    Editor's note: Readers may also be interested in New Jersey: An Islamic Murder of Coptic Christians?.Anyone following the investigation into the mid-January slaughter of the Armanious family (husband, wife, two young daughters), Copts living in Jersey City, N.J., knows who the presumptive suspects are: Islamists furious at a Christian Egyptian immigrant who dares engage in Internet polemics against Islam and who attempts to convert Muslims to Christianity.The authorities, however, have blinded themselves to the extensive circumstantial evidence, insisting that "no facts at this point" substantiate a religious motive for the murders.Somehow, the prosecutor missed that all four members of this...
  • Muslim apostates cast out and at risk from faith and family (UK)

    02/05/2005 5:28:32 PM PST · by dennisw · 39 replies · 697+ views ^ | February 05, 2005 | By Anthony Browne
    February 05, 2005 Muslim apostates cast out and at risk from faith and family By Anthony Browne While Christians who turn to Islam are feted, the 200,000 Muslims who turn away are faced with abuse, violence and even murder THE first brick was thrown through the sitting room window at one in the morning, waking Nissar Hussein, his wife and five children with a terrifying start. The second brick went through his car window. It was a shock, but hardly a surprise. The week before, another brick had been thrown through the window as the family were preparing for bed...
  • Threatened Politician Returns After Slaying (worked with Van Gogh on "Submission")

    01/18/2005 6:28:31 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 2 replies · 578+ views
    ABC News ^ | January 18, 2005 | The Associated Press
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born Dutch politician who went underground after the slaying of filmmaker Theo van Gogh last year, returned to her office in parliament Tuesday amid tight security after 10 weeks on a U.S. Marine base in Maine. Hirsi Ali wrote the script for Van Gogh's short television film "Submission" the last of his work to be aired before Van Gogh was shot and stabbed to death on Nov. 2 which sharply criticized the treatment of women under Islam. Van Gogh was murdered on an Amsterdam street while cycling to work. An "Open Letter to...
  • Argument over faiths probed in killing of 4

    01/16/2005 7:37:13 PM PST · by ZULU · 80 replies · 1,707+ views ^ | January 16, 2005 | MIKE FRASSINELLI AND MARK MUELLER
    Argument over faiths probed in killing of 4 Jersey City man received chat-room death threat Sunday, January 16, 2005 BY MIKE FRASSINELLI AND MARK MUELLER Star-Ledger Staff Authorities are exploring whether a religious argument in an Internet chat room led to the slaughter of a Coptic Christian couple and their two daughters in their Jersey City home, relatives of the slain family said yesterday. One of the victims, 47-year-old Hossam Armanious, spent some of his spare time in chat rooms devoted to the Egyptian religious sect, at times proselytizing and at times writing about persecution of Coptic Christians by Muslims,...
  • 'ISLAMIC HATE' EYED IN SLAYS(threatened for making anti-Muslim remarks online)

    01/16/2005 1:03:52 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 322 replies · 9,316+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 16, 2005 | DOUGLAS MONTERO, STEFAN C. FRIEDMAN, and Heather Gilmore
    The father of a murdered New Jersey family was threatened for making anti-Muslim remarks online — and the gruesome quadruple slaying may have been the hateful retaliation, sources told The Post yesterday. Hossam Armanious, 47, who along with his wife and two daughters was found stabbed to death in his Jersey City home early Friday, would regularly debate religion in a Middle Eastern chat room, one source said.
  • Saudi executed and crucified

    01/01/2005 6:23:15 PM PST · by FrozenCavemanLawyer · 33 replies · 1,530+ views
    Saudi executed and crucified Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabian authorities Friday beheaded and crucified a Saudi national convicted of killing and robbing his mother. The Saudi Press Agency quoted an Interior Ministry statement that said the convict was executed and crucified in public in the southern province of Baha. Friday's beheading brought to 34 the number of people executed this year in Saudi Arabia, mostly smugglers. Earlier this month an Iraqi and three Pakistani drug smugglers were beheaded in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. Executions of people convicted of murder, rape, armed robbery and...
  • Saudi daily says U.S. harvests Iraqis' organs (So What Else Is New?)

    12/25/2004 9:34:34 AM PST · by Jacob Kell · 30 replies · 787+ views ^ | December 25, 2004 |
    Citing only alleged European "secret reports," an article in a Saudi government daily accused the U.S. Army of harvesting the organs of Iraqis and selling them. The story in Al-Watan also was published in the Iranian daily Jomhouri-ye Islami and the Syrian daily Teshreen, reports the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.
  • Early release of 'wife-beating' imam slammed

    12/21/2004 7:58:36 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 191+ views
    Expatica ^ | 21 December 2004 | Expatica
    MADRID-The Spanish deputy prime minister has attacked the decision to free a controversial imam who was jailed for writing a book which advised readers how to attack women without leaving any marks. María Teresa Fernández de la Vega strongly criticised release of Mohamed Kamal Mostafa, who was freed after only serving 20 days of a 12-month sentence. In an interview with the programme 'Ruedo Ibérico' on Spain's Antena 3 channel, the deputy prime minister said "this did not help to reinforce the line which Spanish society had adopted to domestic violence: zero tolerance". She criticised the decision of the court...
  • 'Wife-beating' imam freed after 20 days

    12/20/2004 8:21:33 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 5 replies · 514+ views
    Expatica ^ | 20 December 2004 | Expatica
    BARCELONA – The imam who was jailed for writing a book about how to hit women without leaving marks has been released after just 20 days behind bars. Mohamed Kamal Mostafa, the imam of Fuengirola in Andalusia, was jailed last month for one year. But he has been released and must go on a training course to learn about human rights. Legal sources said he was released early because his imprisonment would not help his reintegration into society. The course would be more likely to reform his ideas, they added. But womens' groups were expected to object to the early...
  • Female Stoned (to be) This Month: Iran : Muslim Madness

    12/18/2004 6:38:49 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 41 replies · 1,054+ views
    J. Grant Swank, Jr. ^ | December 17, 2004 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    How many females have been stoned in Allah’s name? How many women have had their bodies crushed to death because the Koran says that’s what is to be? How many mothers and daughters have been dragged into the public place while men lift rocks to pound into their flesh until their bodies quit moving? This is what goes on in Iran , for example. When I read of this I think that an Iranian representative sits in a chair at the esteemed United National building in New York City . There he is honored. There he gets his perks. There...
  • Iranian Woman Journalist Freed on Bail, Hospitalised (38 days in solitary for Internet posting)

    12/11/2004 7:04:56 PM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 425+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | December 11, 2004
    Iranian woman journalist freed on bail, Hospitalised (AFP) 11 December 2004 TEHERAN - An Iranian woman arrested in a judicial crackdown on reformist journalists was freed on bail but needed hospital treatment due to her detention, her husband told AFP on Saturday. According to Ahmad Beigloo, journalist Fereshteh Ghazi “was kept in solitary confinement for 38 days and had to be checked into hospital as she was not in a good physical or mental shape”. The woman was arrested over her articles on women’s rights published on Internet sites. She was released on bail of 500 million rials (about 57,000...
  • Pizza courier 'targeted' Amsterdam sex zone

    12/10/2004 4:07:08 PM PST · by Freebird Forever · 76 replies · 6,047+ views
    Expatica News ^ | Dec 10, 2004 | Expatica News
    Justice authorities arrested a Moroccan man last month after receiving a tip-off that Islamic extremists were allegedly planning an attack on the Red Light District in Amsterdam, it was reported on Friday. The pizza-delivery courier allegedly conducted reconnaissance of the capital's prostitution zone while riding through the area during work hours on his scooter. He was arrested on 5 November. Newspaper De Telegraaf described him as a "radical Moroccan pizza deliverer". The National Detectives Unit was alerted to the supposed attack plan by three anonymous emails, the first of which was received on 14 September. Emails dated 27 September and 11 October gave further details of the...
  • Dutch desert their changing country

    12/10/2004 7:17:35 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 35 replies · 1,361+ views
    Telegraph ^ | December 11, 2004 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    An exodus of native-born Dutch in search of a new life abroad has reversed immigration flows for the first time since the post-war era. Last year more people left the Netherlands than arrived as migrants or asylum seekers, even though unemployment remains low at 4.7 percent and per capita income is higher than any major country in Europe. Ellen and Peter Bles are planning to leave their home near Tilburg for Perth, Western Australia Lawyers, accountants, computer specialist, nurses, and businessmen are lining up for visas to the English-speaking world, looking to Australia, New Zealand and Canada as orderly societies...
  • MUSLIM INTEGRATION Eyes Wide Shut......A German Feminist. N.O.W. would faint

    11/27/2004 7:16:14 PM PST · by Cutterjohnmhb · 18 replies · 1,371+ views
    Spiegel Onlinw ^ | November 25, 2004 | MICHAELA SCHIESSL, CAROLINE SCHMIDT
    In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, German feminist publisher Alice Schwarzer discusses the difficulties Germany has in dealing with its Muslim women and the growing influence of Islam in Europe. DPA Alice Schwarzer: "The multicultural ideology is untruthful." SPIEGEL: For decades, people have looked on without doing anything as some of Germany's Turkish women were stripped of their rights. Why has this stirred so little resistance in German society? Schwarzer: Because every denunciation of this abuse is immediately branded as racism. But common sense is never wrong: A women, who stumbles about beneath a mountain of cloth while her husband...
  • Muslim 'Submission' writer speaks out from hiding (Threatened with death, worked with Van Gogh)

    11/27/2004 5:58:22 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 25 replies · 870+ views
    Ireland Online ^ | November 27, 2004 | Ireland Online
    She inspires both admiration and rage, and has become one of the most familiar faces on the backbench of Holland’s parliament. Now, women’s rights advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali has gone into hiding after a death threat against her was pinned to the body of murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Hirsi Ali’s path from Somalia to parliament has been marked by a willingness to say and do things others never dared. But she has also incurred the wrath of many Muslims insulted by her message. She describes herself as a “lapsed” Muslim, and says Islamic culture needs to become more modern....
  • 14-Year-Old Boy ‘Flogged to Death’ by Para-military Police in Western Iran

    11/26/2004 8:03:46 PM PST · by nuconvert · 37 replies · 2,750+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | Nov. 25, 2004
    14-year-old boy ‘flogged to death’ by para-military police in western Iran Thu. 25 Nov 2004 Iran Focus Iran Tehran, Nov. 25 - New information has come to light over the sudden death of a 14-year-old schoolboy in western Iran, who died after being flogged for “eating in public” during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. Kaveh Habibi-Nejad died Nov. 12 and was buried in the cemetery of the Kurdish city of Sanadaj on Nov. 13, according to his death certificate. The new information is the official report by the coroner’s office in Sanandaj. The report states that the boy died...
  • School Siege in Russia Sparks Self-Criticism in Arab World

    09/08/2004 5:58:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 82 replies · 2,323+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 8, 2004 | JOHN KIFNER
    BEIRUT, Sept 8 — The brutal school siege in Russia, with hundreds of children dead and wounded, has sparked an unusual round of self-criticism and introspection in the Muslim and Arab world. "It is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims," Abdel Rahman al-Rashed, the general manager of the widely watched Al-Arabiya satellite television station wrote in one of the most striking of these commentaries. Writing in the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Mr. Rashed said it was "shameful and degrading" that not only were...
  • Russians Rally Against Terror After Siege (Putin fumes)

    09/07/2004 4:00:39 AM PDT · by Leroy S. Mort · 37 replies · 1,626+ views
    AP ^ | Sept 7, 2004
    BESLAN, Russia (AP) - Russians rallied against terrorism Tuesday in response to a hostage-taking that claimed more than 350 lives, and President Vladimir Putin denied a link between Russia's policies in Chechnya and the standoff in this southern city. In an interview late Monday with foreign journalists and academics, Putin again rejected Western calls for negotiations with Chechen rebel representatives, Britain's Guardian daily reported.``Why don't you meet Osama bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace?,'' the...
  • Qardawi: It's OK to Kill American Civilians in Iraq.

    09/06/2004 6:01:51 PM PDT · by Valin · 29 replies · 1,043+ views
    Egyptian-born and Qatari-based prominent sunni cleric Youssef Qardawi issued a fatwa declaring that it is a must to kill American civilians in Iraq because they are "invaders" just like the army. The fatwa was issued in a meeting with the Egyptian journalist syndicate here in Cairo. Qardawi is the spiritual leader of the Islamist political party the Muslim Brotherhood. He left Egypt and is now living in Qatar in a mansion that would fill Bill Gates with envy. He lives under the protection and blessing of his fat financier the Emir of Qatar. There are two very interesting points in...
  • Cleric supports targeting children

    09/05/2004 8:29:36 PM PDT · by Nepalis · 51 replies · 1,520+ views ^ | Rajeev Syal
    Cleric supports targeting children An extremist Islamic cleric based in Britain said yesterday that he would support hostage-taking at British schools if carried out by terrorists with a just cause. Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Mohammed said: "If an Iraqi Muslim carried out an attack like that in Britain, it would be justified because Britain has carried out acts of terrorism in Iraq....
  • Arab world harshly condemns slaughter of Russian children

    09/05/2004 4:19:05 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 55 replies · 1,977+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 9/5/04 | Megan K. Stack
    CAIRO, Egypt — Expressions of shame and self-reproach swept the Arab world yesterday as Muslims mourned the deaths of Russian schoolchildren and voiced unusually critical condemnations of the social ills widely blamed here for breeding terrorism. The Arab world has watched with mounting disgust in recent weeks as a wave of civilian hostages — some of them Arabs and Muslims — were slaughtered by masked insurgents in Iraq. This weekend, newspapers and satellite channels were dominated by pictures of bloodied, naked children in southern Russia fleeing armed guerrillas suspected to be Islamic rebels supporting an independent Chechyna. Many Arabs faced...
  • Arab world also in shock-"The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!"

    09/05/2004 11:24:48 AM PDT · by kattracks · 114 replies · 4,013+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 9/05/04 | DON SINGLETON
    The bloody siege of a Russian school by Chechen rebels brought widespread condemnation and soul-searching in the Islamic world yesterday. Arab newspapers and television broadcasts were full of dramatic photographs of the children killed and injured in the siege by Islamic rebels demanding Chechen independence from Russia. Commentators and clerics put a harsh spotlight on those who kill and maim in Islam's name. "What is the guilt of those children? Why should they be responsible for your conflict with the government?" Egypt's top Muslim cleric, Grand Sheik Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, asked during a sermon in Banha, 30 miles north of...
  • They Knifed Babies, They Raped Girls

    09/05/2004 11:58:26 AM PDT · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 954 replies · 29,630+ views
    Sunday Mirror ^ | September 5, 2004 | Euan Stretch
    THE full horror of the Russian school atrocity began to emerge yesterday as traumatised children told horrific tales of stabbed babies and brutal rapes. It has also emerged that scores of the 323 who died - including many children - had been shot in the back. While despairing soldiers and rescue workers moved among the growing pile of body bags, it was revealed that an 18-month-old baby had been repeatedly stabbed by a black-clad terrorist who had run out of ammunition. Other survivors told how screaming teenage girls were dragged into rooms adjoining the gymnasium where they were being held...
  • Boy who begged for water was bayoneted

    09/04/2004 7:20:50 PM PDT · by saquin · 394 replies · 14,099+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 9/5/04 | Peter Conradi
    AFTER more than 24 hours in the sweltering heat of the school gymnasium in Beslan, one of the boys trapped inside could not take it any longer, writes Peter Conradi. Summoning up his courage, he approached a hostage taker with a bayonet fixed to his assault rifle and asked him for a drink. It was probably the worst error that he could have made. “Instead of giving him water, he drove his bayonet through the boy’s body,” said Stanislav Tsarakhov, 10, another captive standing nearby. “I don’t know if he died.” Details of the incident emerged as children who escaped...
  • Muslim leaders condemn killers

    09/04/2004 6:12:58 PM PDT · by MCH · 106 replies · 2,473+ views
    The Observer ^ | Sunday September 5, 2004 | David Smith
    Islamic leaders in the Middle East yesterday denounced the slaughter of children in Russia as 'unIslamic', as commentators asked unusually soul-searching questions about the region and terrorism. Even the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's biggest Islamic group, condemned the bloody siege in Beslan. Its leader, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, said that kidnappings may be justified but killings are not. He added: 'What happened is not jihad [holy war] because Islam obligates us to respect the souls of human beings; it is not about taking them away.' While some Islamic fundamentalists in the Middle East have long supported fellow Muslims fighting in Chechnya,...
  • 52 Hours of Horror and Death for Captives at Russian School (Hostages speak)

    09/04/2004 2:08:00 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 56 replies · 2,375+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/5/04 | C. J. CHIVERS
    BESLAN, Russia, Sept. 4 - Long before the first bombs exploded in Middle School No. 1, marking the beginning of a ferocious battle that left hundreds of schoolchildren and their parents and teachers dead, the hostages had descended to near despair. "At first I thought it was a joke," said one survivor, Emma Gagiyeva, 13, who sat numbly on a couch on Saturday, as the death toll climbed relentlessly, to 330, with many children still missing. "Then they started to shoot the windows, and glass fell on the people. They were shooting above our heads and they killed a few...
  • Pro-Bush Booth Stirs Anger at Convention

    09/04/2004 1:39:22 PM PDT · by pilgrim · 154 replies · 6,768+ views
    Sep 4, 3:17 PM EDT Pro-Bush Booth Stirs Anger at ConventionBy RACHEL ZOLLAP Religion WriterROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- They stop abruptly when they see the 5-foot-tall photo of President Bush, with "" above his head.Then come the outbursts."Disgusting," said one onlooker. "Take that down," said another.At the largest annual convention of American Muslims, a pro-Bush booth has stirred anger among attendees who believe the president's actions since Sept. 11, 2001, have hurt more innocent Muslims than terrorists."I think President Bush has misled not only the United States, but the world," said Noor Maciael, an educator who called the booth "disgusting"...
  • What the war in Chechnya is all about

    09/04/2004 1:32:36 PM PDT · by Destro · 69 replies · 3,700+ views ^ | September 2, 2004 | Q & D Headlines
    September 2, 2004: When Chechnya first declared independence from Russia in 1993, the Russians promptly invaded. The Russians quickly tired of getting a lot of their troops killed for what appeared to be little gain. In the wake of their 1994 withdrawal from Chechnya, Russia simultaneously declared Chechnya still a part of Russia (and paid pensions and government salaries there) and left the Chechens to their own devices. But the Chechens could not govern themselves. It was as simple as that. The central government in the province controlled little beyond the capital Grozny. At least six major warlords held sway,...
  • Dead Arab terrorists in Beslan

    09/04/2004 1:18:54 PM PDT · by bgarid · 22 replies · 3,720+ views
  • Russia blasts EU siege statement

    09/04/2004 10:05:23 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 74 replies · 2,358+ views
    Yahoo UK ^ | 9/4/04 | Reuters
    Russia blasts EU siege statement MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has described as "blasphemous" a request by the European Union for an explanation to the bloody end to a mass hostage seizure at a school by Chechen gunmen. More than 320 people, almost half of them children were found dead after troops stormed a school in the southern Russian town of Beslan, where the separatists held more than 1,000 hostages for 53 hours. In a statement in the name of the presidency of the 25-nation EU, Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot said on Friday that all countries should work together to...
  • Russian Tragedy

    09/03/2004 10:18:26 AM PDT · by Awestruck · 7 replies · 318+ views
    09/03/04 | Awestruck
    As I was getting my 6 yr old ready for school this morning, my thoughts went to Russia, and the current tragedy that has unfolded there over the last few days. I take my little one to school every morning, fairly secure in the fact that she will be relatively safe at school. I don't worry about masked terrorists breaking in to her school and doing what they did in Russia. My heart breaks for all the parents and children over there right now. I can only imagine the pain and anguish that comes from having to wonder if your...
  • 'Russia's 9/11' leaves media stunned

    09/04/2004 7:17:27 AM PDT · by traumer · 71 replies · 2,577+ views
    Sify ^ | 04 September,2004
    by Dmitry Zaks in Moscow The front page of one of Russia's most authoritative newspapers had no headline or story on its front page Saturday. Instead, Izvestia showed a man with a pained look on his face rushing a girl to safety in his arms. She was semi-naked and clutching on to his neck with a look of horror on her face. A militia man stood solemnly in the background. Discuss: Russia should've given in to hostage-takers, instead of letting children die The photo spoke volumes -- graphically underlining how many Russians were left speechless and terrified at events in...
  • Chechen "Black Widows" Terrorize Russia

    09/04/2004 6:40:04 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 880+ views
    Deutche Welle ^ | September 04 2004
    "Black widows" blow themselves up -- and anybody else in the vicinity -- with bombs attached to their person. The women are thought to have been among the militants who terrorized a southern Russian school. A new type of terrorist has emerged. The Chechen women, aged between 20 and 30, turn themselves into walking bombs and are prepared to die for their convictions and kill others in the process. They have experienced much suffering in the 10 years since the start of the Chechen conflict, living in country in which anarchy reigns and murder goes unpunished. "Black widows," as they...
  • Russian School Siege Prompts Horrified Self-Criticism in Arab Media

    09/04/2004 3:15:06 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 189 replies · 5,149+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2004 | Maggie Michael
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Muslims worldwide are the main perpetrators of terrorism, a humiliating and painful truth that must be acknowledged, a prominent Arab writer and television executive wrote Saturday, as Middle East media and officials expressed horror at the bloody rebel siege of a Russian school. Unusually forthright self-criticism followed the end of the hostage crisis, along with warnings that such actions inflict more damage to the image of Islam than all its enemies could hope. Arab leaders and Muslim clerics denounced the school seizure as unjustifiable and expressed their sympathy. Russian commandos stormed the school Friday in Beslan,...
  • London convention celebrates 9-11: 'Either you're with the Muslims or with the infidels'

    09/04/2004 3:14:14 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 71 replies · 3,391+ views ^ | Saturday, September 4, 2004
    Saturday, September 4, 2004 GLOBAL JIHADLondon conventioncelebrates 9-11'Either you're with the Muslims or with the infidels' Posted: September 4, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 An extremist Islamic movement in Britain plans a convention in London titled, "The Choice is in Your Hands: Either You're with the Muslims or with the Infidels," to mark the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. As WorldNetDaily reported, last year the group, Al-Muhajiroun, had planned a similar anniversary event called "The Magnificent 19 [Suicide Attackers]," but canceled it at the last minute. The group's leader Omar Bakri, a Syrian residing in London, told Al-Sharq...
  • Al-Arabiya GM: Muslims are main perpetrators of terrorism (posted in MSM!!!)

    09/04/2004 8:33:30 AM PDT · by melkor · 59 replies · 1,687+ views
    msnbc ^ | sept 04 2004 | AP
    Al-Arabiya GM: Muslims are main perpetrators of terrorismThe Associated Press Egypt - Muslims worldwide are the main perpetrators of terrorism, a humiliating and painful truth that must be acknowledged, a prominent Arab writer and television executive wrote Saturday, as Middle East media and officials expressed horror at the bloody rebel siege of a Russian school. “Our terrorist sons are an end-product of our corrupted culture,” Abdulrahman al-Rashed, general manager of Al-Arabiya television wrote in his daily column published in the pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. It ran under the headline, “The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists are Muslims!” Al-Rashed ran...
  • Despair and Anger in Small Russian Town After Siege

    09/04/2004 8:06:02 AM PDT · by TexKat · 44 replies · 1,520+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/4/04 | Oliver Bullough
    BESLAN, Russia (Reuters) - The killing of more than 320 children, parents and teachers during the bloody end to a 53-hour school siege left barely a family untouched in the small Russian town of Beslan. Grief, anger and uncertainty mingled in the town of 30,000 after the bloodiest hostage crisis in decades ended on Friday with half-naked and wounded children dodging bullets as they fled and security forces stormed the school building. "Everyone in this town has lost someone," said Alan, looking for news of his sister who had been at the school. "What they say on television is a...

    09/04/2004 8:34:37 AM PDT · by traumer · 85 replies · 2,739+ views
    SkyNews ^ | September 04, 2004
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said his country had shown weakness in the face of danger and most now respond to the threat of terrorism. "We did not understand the complexity and the danger of the process which was emerging in our country and in the entire world," Putin said of the school hostage crisis in which at least 322 people are now known to have died. "We did not know how to react in the appropriate fashion. We have showed weakness in the face of danger and the weak get beaten up," he said in a televised address. Officials...

    09/04/2004 8:00:04 AM PDT · by jolie560 · 149 replies · 4,341+ views
    NYPOST ^ | September 4, 2004 | Ralph Peters
    THE mass murder of children revolts the human psyche. Herod sending his henchmen to massacre the infants of Bethlehem haunts the Gospels. Nothing in our time was crueler than what the Germans did to children during the Holocaust. Slaughtering the innocents violates a universal human taboo. Or a nearly universal one. Those Muslims who preach Jihad against the West decided years ago that killing Jewish or Christian children is not only acceptable, but pleasing to their god when done by "martyrs." It isn't politically correct to say this, of course. We're supposed to pretend that Islam is a "religion of...
  • Russia reports 322 dead in school siege + Beslan hostage-takers included two women; one man lynched

    09/04/2004 7:26:52 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 118 replies · 3,477+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | September 04 2004
    The bodies of 322 dead, of whom 155 are children, have been recovered from the school in Beslan - Russian Deputy Prosecutor-General Sergey Fridinskiy. --- Russian official says Beslan hostage-takers included two women; one man lynched Text of report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS Beslan, 4 September: The operation to release hostages and render the terrorists harmless is over in Beslan, the chief of the Russian Federation Federal Security Service [FSB] Directorate for North Ossetia, Valeriy Andreyev, has told journalists. "We can say with all confidence that there have been over 30 terrorists. They are nationals of Russia and of...
  • I Predict The Russian Attack is Just the Beginning!

    09/04/2004 2:35:18 AM PDT · by Cyclops08 · 74 replies · 2,265+ views
    Sept 4, 2004 | Vanity
    Now we know that Al Queda is involved. We know this attack was mastermined by one of Ossama's top men. ----I think this attack was a test. It is a precursor of things to come.----- Unlike gov't buildings there is a school on every corner, ---you can't protect them all!--- This action also puts the gov't on the spot. It demands total capitulation to the terrorists or the kids die. In other words this terror tactic FORCES the gov't to charge. In Russia the terrorists demanded not just the release of comrads in jail, but the complete withdrawal ot troops...
  • Putin reacts

    09/04/2004 8:16:02 AM PDT · by rang1995 · 76 replies · 2,003+ views
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER Saturday, September 4, 2004 · Last updated 7:51 a.m. PT Putin promises tougher response to terror By JUDITH INGRAM ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin promised a tougher response to terrorism Saturday, saying in a surprising admission of weakness that the Soviet Union's collapse had left the country unable to react to attacks. "Weak people are beaten," he warned. The former KGB spy said in a televised address to the nation that terrorists are waging an "all-out war" against Russia. He said he would enact reforms to make security services more effective, tighten border controls...
  • Reuters: Bodies of schoolchildren and hostages killed [Warning: Graphic]

    09/04/2004 8:41:55 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 91 replies · 3,155+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/04 | Reuters
    Bodies of schoolchildren and hostages killed in a school seizure seen in a hospital morgue in Beslan, North Ossetia, Friday, Sept. 3, 2004. Commandos stormed a school Friday in southern Russia and battled separatist rebels holding 1,200 hostages. An official said the death toll could be significantly higher than 150. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev) Bodies of schoolchildren and hostages killed in a school seizure seen in a hospital morgue in Beslan, North Ossetia, Friday, Sept. 3, 2004. Commandos stormed a school Friday in southern Russia and battled separatist rebels holding 1,200 hostages. An official said the death toll could be...
  • 155 children among dead. Explosives and weapons were snuck into school during summer rennovation.

    09/04/2004 8:36:46 AM PDT · by dennisw · 34 replies · 1,651+ views
    the age ^ | September 5, 2004 | y C. J. Chivers and Steven Lee Myers  155 children among dead By C. J. Chivers and Steven Lee Myers September 5, 2004 As the death toll in the Russian school siege passed 320 late yesterday, it emerged that the explosives and arms used by the Chechen rebels were smuggled into the building well in advance. "The explosives, weapons and military equipment were taken into the school in summer... when building work was being carried out," Interfax news agency reported a security official as saying. The terrorists first scoured the area looking for a school and then disguised themselves as workers rebuilding the gymnasium. "We found a large...
  • Russia's Putin Orders Crackdown After School Siege

    09/04/2004 1:16:00 AM PDT · by Walkin Man · 159 replies · 5,677+ views
    ABC News / Reuters ^ | Sept. 4, 2004 | Richard Ayton and Oliver Bullough
    Russia's Putin Orders Crackdown After School Siege Sept. 4, 2004 — By Richard Ayton and Oliver Bullough BESLAN, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin ordered a crackdown in southern Russia after a school siege killed at least 250, and warned Chechen sympathizers on Saturday they would be seen as "accomplices of terrorism." The Kremlin leader paid a lightning early morning visit to the traumatized North Ossetia region close to Chechnya where the two-day hostage drama at the school ended on Friday in bloody mayhem with Russian forces battling Chechen militants. "One of the tasks pursued by the terrorists was to...