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  • For Somali Women, Pain of Being a Spoil of War

    12/29/2011 9:32:55 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    ny times ^ | December 27, 2011 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    The girl’s voice dropped to a hush as she remembered the bright, sunny afternoon when she stepped out of her hut and saw her best friend buried in the sand, up to her neck. Her friend had made the mistake of refusing to marry a Shabab commander. Now she was about to get her head bashed in, rock by rock. “You’re next,” the Shabab warned the girl, a frail 17-year-old who was living with her brother in a squalid refugee camp. Several months later, the men came back. Five militants burst into her hut, pinned her down and gang-raped her,...
  • Muslims upset by NYPD to boycott mayor's breakfast

    12/28/2011 5:58:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Several Muslim leaders have declined invitations to the mayor's annual year-end interfaith breakfast, saying they're upset at police department efforts to infiltrate mosques and spy on Muslim neighborhoods. The imams and activists said in a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg that they're disturbed at his response to a series of stories by The Associated Press detailing New York Police Department intelligence-gathering programs that monitored Muslim groups, businesses and houses of worship. Bloomberg has defended the NYPD, saying last week it doesn't take religion into account in its policing. Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser acknowledged Wednesday that about...
  • Embattled Indonesian Church Forced to Celebrate Christmas in Private Home

    12/26/2011 6:07:55 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Jakarta Globe ^ | December 26, 2011 | Vento Saudale |
    The congregation of the embattled GKI Yasmin church in Bogor was forced to move its Christmas prayers to a member’s house after Islamic groups assembled at the disputed site and threatened to challenge the sermon on Sunday. The service was slated to start at 9 a.m. in the sealed church on Jalan Abdullah bin Nuh, but the congregants went elsewhere after members of the Indonesian Muslim Communication Forum (Forkami), the Islamic Reform Movement (Garis) and the Bogor Muslim Community (KMB) objected to that plan. The opposition protestors came to the church in the morning and shouted to guarding police officers...
  • "Nigerian Taliban" church bombings kill dozens [at Christmas Mass]

    12/25/2011 9:10:47 AM PST · by americanophile · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 25, 2011 | CBS News
    (AP) LAGOS, Nigeria - An explosion ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria's capital Sunday, killing at least 25 people there, officials said. A radical Muslim sect claimed the attack and another bombing near a church in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation's northeast. The Christmas Day attacks show the growing national ambition of the sect known as Boko Haram, which is responsible for at least 495 killings this year alone, according to an Associated Press count. The assaults come a year after a series of Christmas Eve bombings in Jos claimed...
  • Sold into slavery as a girl, Shyima Hall becomes a U.S. citizen

    12/16/2011 7:44:21 PM PST · by thecodont · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | December 16, 2011A decade ago, Shyima Hall was smuggled into the United States as a 10-year-old slav | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
    A decade ago, Shyima Hall was smuggled into the United States as a 10-year-old slave, forced to cook and clean inside the home of a wealthy Irvine family and, at night, sleep on a squalid mattress in a windowless garage. On Thursday, the Egyptian-born 22-year-old stood before a federal judge in Montebello with nearly 900 others and was sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizen. The ceremony capped a hard-scrabble journey that began with Hall's rescue, wound through the foster care system and ended with her living on her own, working, and with ambitions to become a federal agent. "I went...
  • Op-Ed: Who Still Has His Head in the Sand on the Arab Spring?

    12/13/2011 5:54:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    The true identity of the Islamic forces is revealing itself to the large audience of the Western world, like in a mystery movie. Who can now claim not to understand, not to know? As its first revolutionary sign, Tunisia has issued a democratic constitution draft envisaging a ban for whoever has contacts and establishes relations with Israel; after their long victorious struggle, the Libyan revolutionaries have announced, as a great result of that bloodshed, that sharia would be coming and polygamy would be reinstated; the reformist Morocco has ben the stage of another Islamist victory; in Yemen, El Qaeda is...
  • Calif. senator threatens boycott over Lowe's ads

    12/11/2011 4:19:19 PM PST · by SmithL · 65 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/11/11 | CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press
    A state senator from Southern California was considering calling for a boycott of Lowe's stores after the home improvement chain pulled its advertising from a reality show about Muslim-Americans. Calling the retail giant's decision "un-American" and "naked religious bigotry," Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, told The Associated Press on Sunday that he would also consider legislative action if Lowe's doesn't apologize to Muslims and reinstate its ads. The senator sent a letter outlining his complaints to Lowe's Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Niblock. The retail giant stopped advertising on TLC's "All-American Muslim" after a group called the Florida Family Association complained...
  • The 'Angry Arab' Goes Mad

    12/08/2011 1:04:30 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 12/8/11 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene
    As'ad AbuKahlil—a political science professor at California State University, Stanislaus—spoke last month at a day-long "teach-in" at the University of California, Berkeley titled, "Building Solidarity with the Arab Spring." It consisted of a number of "workshop sessions" at the Valley Life Sciences Building, followed by a "plenary session" at the Multicultural Center, and was co-sponsored by the Arab Resource Organizing Committee, the Berkeley Muslim Students Association PAC, the International Socialist Organization, and the Syrian American Council. AbuKhalil's workshop on "The U.S. and the Arab Uprising" was held in a tiny, hot, windowless room filled with students wearing hijabs and keffiyehs....
  • 'Israel biggest loser from Muslim Brotherhood win in Egypt'

    12/03/2011 9:49:53 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/3/11 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Israel is the biggest loser from the strong showing of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Egyptian parliamentary election, Hamed Bitawi, a top Hamas representative in the West Bank, said Saturday. Bitwai's comment came as Hamas expressed relief over the Muslim Brotherhood victory. The Muslim Brotherhood triumph in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco elections comes on the eve of preparations for celebrations marking the 24th anniversary of Hamas's founding in the Gaza Strip. Hamas supporters said that the rise of their political allies to power in the Arab world was "the biggest birthday gift for Hamas" on the anniversary of its establishment....
  • Beware, female journos in Cairo warned

    11/25/2011 8:34:45 AM PST · by cutty · 25 replies
    afp ^ | 2011-11-25
    Press watchdog Reporters Without Borders urged media organisations on Friday to take care to protect female reporters from sexual assault while covering unrest in Egypt, following several serious attacks. The group initially warned women journalists not to work in Cairo's Tahrir Square...It is more dangerous for a woman than a man to cover the demonstrations in Tahrir Square. That is the reality and the media must face it ... On Thursday, French television reporter Caroline Sinz from the state network France 3 was subjected to a violent sexual assualt by a gang of young men and boys and her cameraman...
  • Armenian Groups Go After Condoleezza Rice as 'Genocide Denier' ( Turkish Muslims )

    11/14/2011 6:25:31 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Many ethnic Armenians who read ex-US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's recently published memoirs ...are spitting fire over her descriptions of her battles with the US-based Diaspora Armenian lobby. Both in 1991 as a presidential aide (to then US President George Bush) and in 2007 as secretary of state (under then President George W. Bush), Rice worked to defeat the congressional push for recognizing the World-War I-era slaughter of ethnic Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. ... Sassounian charged that Rice had behaved as "a spineless official of a banana republic" by allegedly caving in to Turkish interests.
  • The Middle East Studies Establishment vs. Walid Phares

    11/11/2011 1:52:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 11/11/11 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced last month that Walid Phares -- a Lebanese-American Christian, adjunct professor of jihadist global strategies at the National Defense University, and former Middle East studies professor at Florida Atlantic University -- would be a special adviser on the Middle East and North Africa, it elicited howls of fury from the usual suspects. Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas funding case and the chief Islamist organ in the U.S. -- sent a letter to the Romney campaign stating CAIR's...
  • Gilbert Achcar's Anti-Zionism of Fools

    11/10/2011 1:57:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 11/10/11 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene
    "Don't expect me to take a pro-Israel view. I'm an Arab." So declared Gilbert Achcar—professor of development studies and international relations at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies—at the outset of his lecture last month at the University of California, Berkeley. Those in the audience hoping for scholarly objectivity were thus informed that Achcar's ethnicity trumped intellectual independence and that, despite evidence to the contrary (Nonie Darwish, the founder of Arabs for Israel, comes to mind, as do the majority of Israel's Arab citizenry), an Arab could not be pro-Israel. One had to give him credit...
  • 'Honor Killing' Fugitives: Pakistani Women Who Flee Their Families

    11/08/2011 6:34:18 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    In parts of Pakistan today, women are viewed as property and are believed to personify the honor of their families. If a woman goes against the will of her family, for example, by choosing her own husband, family members may feel that in order to restore their honor, they have to kill the woman--a so-called "honor killing." A few women are able to escape this fate and find refuge at shelters. ... The most recent report from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said that in 2009 about 46 percent of all female murders in Pakistan were in the name...
  • Lesson learned: Cleric breaks 7-year-old’s leg for forgetting verse ( ROP )

    11/05/2011 9:59:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | August 20, 2011
    VEHARI: A cleric tortured a seven-year-old student for not memorising his lessons properly. According to residents of Vehari’s Ghara Mor village, a local prayer leader tortured a seven-year-old student for forgetting the words to a surah. Busti Sheikhan Wali resident Muhammad Mumtaz’s son Muhammad Adnan, 7, was memorising the Quran at a mosque. On Friday, several of Adnan’s class mates said that he kept forgetting one verse of a surah and cleric Muhammad Latif beat him with a stick. “He then hung the boy upside down from a tree and beat him while screaming at him to recite the verses...
  • Tory MP 'hidden for his own safety' as Muslim extremist group storms his mosque visit (UK)

    10/29/2011 3:02:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29th October 2011
    Protesters forced their way in to a north London mosque where an MP was meeting constituents after posting violent warning messages online. Tory MP Mike Freer was forced to pull out of the meeting after being targeted by the Muslims Against Crusades group who had posted messages invoking the Stephen Timms stabbing online. Today he urged Home Secretary Theresa May to take action against the group after the attack at his North Finchley constituency surgery. In a chilling message ahead of the incident on the group's website, they referred to Labour MP Stephen Timms -who was stabbed while holding a...
  • Lesbians Flee Amsterdam for Bible Belt

    10/26/2011 5:35:32 PM PDT · by MeNeFrego · 56 replies
    Radio Netherlands Worldwide ^ | 10/05/2011 | Myrtille van Bommel
    The dream is slowly dissolving. The Netherlands was once the promised land for homosexuals. In 2001, this resulted in the first legal same-sex marriages in the world. Now more and more couples are being persecuted by their neighbours. Robin and Sam (not their real names) no longer dare to walk hand in hand in Amsterdam. They have decided to move to the Veluwe region in the east of the Netherlands. The first time they were confronted with aggressive behaviour was seven years ago. They hadn't been together very long and, like many couples in love, they were walking hand in...
  • Christianity And Islam: A Side By Side Comparison

    10/13/2011 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 26 replies
    Please take a look at the comparison chart in the provided link. Excellent comparison! Each year, thousands of Christian homes and churches are torched or bombed by Muslim mobs, and hundreds of Christians, including dozens of priests, pastors, nuns and other church workers are murdered at the hands of Islamic extremists. The so-called justification varies, from charges of apostasy or evangelism, to purported "blasphemy" or "insulting" Islam. Innocent people have even been hacked to death by devout Muslims over cartoons. Yet, there is little if any violent retaliation from religious Christians to the discrimination, kidnapping, rape, torture, mutilation and murder...
  • Egyptians break into Israel Embassy in Cairo

    09/09/2011 4:24:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 67 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/9/11 | AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press
    A group of about 30 protesters broke into the Israeli Embassy in Cairo Friday and dumped hundreds of documents out of the windows after a day of demonstrations outside the building in which crowds swinging sledge hammers and using their bare hands tore apart the embassy's security wall. Hundreds of protesters converged on the embassy throughout the afternoon and into the night, tearing down large sections of the graffiti-covered security wall outside the 21-story building housing the embassy. Egyptian security forces made no attempt for hours to intervene. Just before midnight, a group of protesters reached a room on one...
  • Youths kill family of 8 in restive central Nigeria

    09/05/2011 9:05:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 5, 2011
    Muslim youths hacked a Christian family of eight to death in Nigeria's volatile Plateau state on Sunday, local officials said, continuing a week of violence that has pitted gangs from the two faiths against each other and civilians. ... Unrest there is a new security issue for President Goodluck Jonathan, also coping with near-daily attacks in the northeast by Islamist sect Boko Haram, which authorities blame for an August 26 bombing of U.N. offices in Abuja that killed 23 people.