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  • Iran's Regime Will Never Be the Same

    06/24/2009 10:23:42 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 12 replies · 629+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2009 | EDWARD N. LUTTWAK
    At this point, only the short-term future of Iran's clerical regime remains in doubt. The current protests could be repressed, but the unelected institutions of priestly rule have been fatally undermined. Though each aspect of the Islamic Republic has its own dynamic, this is not a regime that can last many more years. When it comes to repression, Iran has a spectrum of security instruments that can be used...The national police can take care of routine crowd control; riot-police units can beat some demonstrators in order to discourage others; the much more brutal, underclass Basij militiamen enjoy striking and shooting...
  • Iranians cry "Death to the Islamic Republic"

    06/23/2009 12:56:04 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 166 replies · 7,616+ views
    FOX NEWS LIVE
    Just saw it on Fox News in a discussion about the role of camera pens in the Iran protests.
  • In dealing with the tumult in Iran, Obama is a captive of his belief in moral equivalence

    06/19/2009 11:26:40 AM PDT · by beacon street bandit · 5 replies · 330+ views
    examiner.com ^ | 6/19/09 | John Kinsellagh
    Where is President Barack Obama? The whole world wonders. As people who yearn to free themselves from the yoke of oppression look to our president for guidance, the purported leader of the free world dithers on Iran. As the great and historically unprecedented upheaval continues, one of the greatest orators of our time, has become a sideshow, his response to the crisis reduced to issuing tepid, cautious, lawyerly equivocations. On Iran, Barack Obama is held captive to his firmly held conviction in the post-modernist concept of moral equivalence. The doctrine of moral equivalence was not only a pivotal and indispensable...
  • Islam as Religion

    06/02/2009 2:17:29 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 18 replies · 610+ views
    In describing Islam, many political commentators use words like radical, political, extremist or militant as qualifying adjectives or they use the words Islamism or Islamo-fascism in order to specify their cirticism of the political side of Islam and to carefully exhibit no hostility toward Islam as a religion. This approach caters to the prevailing political orthodoxy by implying that there is an overwhelming majority of Muslims devoted to the good religious Islam with only a small subset of extremists fighting for the bad political Islam, which Muslims themselves don’t necessarily endorse. We call this the “two Islams formula.” Politicians love...
  • Please uncover your face. It's our custom

    05/28/2009 10:38:56 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 549+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | May 28, 2009 | Matthew Parris
    Funny to return from Lebanon, Syria and Turkey - where women go unveiled - and return to Britain, the land of the full hijab. I see more women with their faces covered in Tower Hamlets than I did in Damascus. I used to think that covering the whole face except for the eyes was the normal Islamic custom (in a week in Afghanistan I hardly saw a woman's face) and so was surprised to find that even in Syria, the most culturally conservative of the Middle Eastern countries I've just visited, not a tenth of the women seem to cover...
  • Muslims Should Stop Digging at Obama

    05/14/2009 9:42:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 713+ views
    Pakistan Observer ^ | 5/14/09 | Saeed Qureshi
    President Barack Obama who conesses to have Muslims relatives and who comes from a Muslim father has numerous times; both verbally and in writing painted Muslims with a kind and appreciative brush. He has described Muslims as nice, talented, civil and agreeable people. His resolve and decision to utter his full name with the middle name Hussein during the oath taking ceremony as president speaks for his conviction and strength of character. Perhaps he has a laudable fondness for the Muslims whom he thinks were as peace living, law abiding and hardworking people within the United States as other were....
  • Obama Declares U.S. Not at War with Islam in Speech to Turkish Parliament - Complete Video 4/6/09

    04/06/2009 12:33:23 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 39 replies · 868+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 6, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is complete video of President Obama today addressing the Turkish Parliament - the Grand National Assembly. Obama used this speech to urge closer times between the United States and the Muslim world. He did so by declaring that the U.S. "is not and never will be at war with Islam" . . . . . Obama is underestimating the number of Muslims in the world who do identify with the ideology of Al-Qaeda. If there were only a few extremists in Islam, they would not have the power and ability that they have. He is right that many Muslims...
  • Schoolgirls fall prey to coffee shop trap (Loose Saudi women smoking, drinking coffee and laughing!)

    03/31/2009 9:06:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies · 1,445+ views
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 3/31/09 | Jameel Al-Harthi
    JEDDAH – Women’s coffee shops are no longer just meeting places for friends or refuges for a moment’s escape from the daily routine. Instead, according to some, they have become the haunts of university students and schoolgirls playing truant to indulge themselves in smoking shisha pipes and cigarettes, with women using the locations as impromptu job agencies, and matchmakers seeking willing bribes. Behind the walls of women’s coffee shops, some say, all sorts of things go on. Salwan Abdullah, a 24-year-old university student, recalls the first time she was invited by a student friend to go to an all-female coffee...
  • 10 Terms Not to Use with Muslims

    03/31/2009 8:23:53 AM PDT · by mockingbyrd · 61 replies · 1,862+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 28, 2009 | Chris Seiple
    8 "Freedom." Unfortunately, "freedom," as expressed in American foreign policy, does not always seek to engage how the local community and culture understands it. Absent such an understanding, freedom can imply an unbound licentiousness. The balance between the freedom to something (liberty) and the freedom from something (security) is best understood in a conversation with the local context and, in particular, with the Muslims who live there. "Freedom" is best framed in the context of how they understand such things as peace, justice, honor, mercy, and compassion. 9. "Religious Freedom." Sadly, this term too often conveys the perception that American...
  • Islamic laws of finance a cushion in hard times

    03/30/2009 11:58:04 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 22 replies · 646+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 30, 2009 | Stephen Magagnini
    The recession gripping the nation has taken less of a toll on American Muslims who follow age-old Islamic laws against paying – or charging – interest. They've also been shielded by socially responsible retirement plans because Shariah– Islamic law – forbids investments in banks and mortgages as well as tobacco, alcohol, gambling, pornography or weapons. "If everybody was Shariah-compliant, there would be no recession," said Farouk Fakira, a Yemeni immigrant who moderated a discussion on Islamic finance at Sacramento's Masjid Annur last week.
  • OBAMA'S MOST PERILOUS LEGAL PICKr

    03/30/2009 7:31:33 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 8 replies · 596+ views
    NY Post ^ | 03/30/2009 | Free America
    JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq. Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh.
  • Obama gets list of top Muslim Americans (In a bid to get more Muslim Americans in the Obama admin)

    03/28/2009 1:48:48 PM PDT · by Paige · 131 replies · 6,646+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 3/27/2009
    CHICAGO — In a bid to get more Muslim Americans working in the Obama administration, a book with resumes of 45 of the nation's most qualified — Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and public servants, all carefully vetted — has been submitted to the White House. The effort, driven by community leaders and others, including U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was bumped up two weeks because White House officials heard about the venture, said J. Saleh Williams, program coordinator for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, who sifted through more than 300 names. "It was mostly under the radar," Williams...
  • Transcript of B. Hussein Obama Interview with Al Arabiya

    01/26/2009 9:49:25 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies · 2,227+ views
    Al Arabiya | Monday, January 26, 2009 | Hisham Melhem
    AL ARABIYA: Mr. President, thank you for this opportunity, we really appreciate it. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much. AL ARABIYA: Sir, you just met with your personal envoy to the Middle East, Senator Mitchell. Obviously, his first task is to consolidate the cease-fire. But beyond that you've been saying that you want to pursue actively and aggressively peacemaking between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Tell us a little bit about how do you see your personal role, because, you know, if the President of the United States is not involved, nothing happens – as the history of peacemaking shows....
  • Middle East Investors Eye Real Estate

    12/10/2008 9:57:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 462+ views
    Housing Zone ^ | December 1, 2008 | Rick Peters
    If you want to know why I'm optimistic that home builders will eventually find sources of capital to replace bank financing for site acquisition and development of future projects, check this out... The Middle East's wealthiest private investors may seek to take advantage of collapsing real estate markets in the West by increasing their investments in the U.S. and U.K., according to research done recently by Capgemini and Merrill Lynch. Such investors now control about $1,700 billion in assets, a figure the researchers say will rise to $3,400 billion by 2012. "Our clients are asking us about U.S. distressed real...
  • Matthews: Palin 'Talking About God,' is 'Troubling'

    11/11/2008 4:43:54 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 161 replies · 1,130+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 11, 2008 | Geoffrey Dickens
    After airing an interview clip of Sarah Palin telling Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that she was looking for guidance from God about running for national office again, an appalled Chris Matthews called it "troubling," when he let loose this rant on Tuesday's "Hardball": Is, is this commentary about theocracy and going to God for approval? We've been through that with President Bush who said he, "didn't take advice from his father, he got it from another father." And we've been through this sort of Joan of Arc period. Are we gonna get another piece of this where God's leading...
  • Russia's Chechnya inaugurates vast new mosque

    10/17/2008 1:03:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies · 794+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 17, 2008
    GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov opened one of Europe's biggest mosques in the rebuilt capital of the southern Russian region Friday, saying it was proof Russian rule and Islam can go together. The mosque, named "The Heart of Chechnya" and constructed by Turkish builders, can host up to 10,000 worshippers. Its minarets rise as high as 62 m (200 ft) and the complex extends over 14 hectares (35 acres), including a vast garden. "With the start of the Chechen war, the enemies of Islam and foes of Russia alleged that Russia wages war against Islam and the...
  • [Muslim cleric says] Replace capitalism with Islamic financial system

    10/12/2008 8:37:56 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies · 541+ views
    BREITBART.com ^ | Oct 12, 2008 | AFP
    Muslims should take advantage of the global financial crisis to build an economic system compatible with Islamic principles, influential Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi said on Sunday. "The collapse of the capitalist system based on usury and paper and not on goods traded on the market is proof that it is in crisis and shows that Islamic economic philosophy is holding up," said the Egyptian-born, Qatar-based cleric. "The Western system has collapsed and we have a complete economic philosophy as well as spiritual strength," he said at Sunday's opening of a conference on Jerusalem. "All riches are ours... the Islamic...
  • Netherlands Sponsors Ramadan Festival in UK (US too!)

    09/30/2008 1:33:54 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 431+ views
    NIS News ^ | September 30 2008
    THE HAGUE, 01/10/08 - The Dutch embassy in London has sponsored an Islamic festival. Other countries including the US also did so, Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen says in a letter to parliament. The Party for Freedom (PVV) wanted to know whether it was true that the Dutch embassy in London sponsored the UK Ramadan festival. The minister acknowledges that indeed 15,000 euros has been donated to the festival from the Public Diplomacy Projects budget. Verhagen has no objection to the subsidy. He rejects a PVV call to ensure that such subsidies never occur any more in future. "The request for...
  • Stepdad can't be buried on a Saturday - he's not Muslim

    09/24/2008 11:59:47 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 20 replies · 1,836+ views
    Sheffield Telegraph ^ | 24 September 2008 | Sarah Dunn
    A GRIEVING family from Sheffield have been told they can't bury their stepfather on a Saturday - because he was not Muslim. Retired steel erector Harold "Charlie" Lemaire, from Woodseats, died last week aged 75 from pneumonia. His stepdaughter Jean Maltby, from Greenhill, wanted the funeral to be held this Saturday so family who live outside the city - including her brother Stephen, now living in Dorset, and relatives from the Isle of Man - could attend. But when her funeral director called City Road Cemetery to arrange a memorial service in the chapel followed by burial, he was told...
  • Cologne, Germany bracing for anti-mosque demo

    09/18/2008 11:08:42 AM PDT · by BCW · 15 replies · 429+ views
    DPA/Expatica ^ | 18/09/ 2008 | DPA/Expatica
    Cologne bracing for anti-mosque demo 18/09/2008 00:00 Officials expect 1,500 right-wingers from around Europe to attend – plus 40,000 leftist opponents. Cologne, Germany -- An anti-mosque demonstration on Friday in Germany is likely to attract 1,500 right-wingers from around Europe, according to an organizer, Markus Beisicht as fears grew of violent clashes. Riot police throughout North-Rhine Westphalia state have been put on standby to separate the right-wingers from up to 40,000 opponents. The two groups are at odds over the start of building work for Cologne's grand mosque. The right-wing Pro Cologne group rejects the house of worship for the...