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  • Radical Cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed Threatens Syria with a Wave of Suicide Bombs

    01/25/2012 4:54:38 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH) ^ | JANUARY 25, 2012 7:06 PM | BY RUTH SHERLOCK, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    "Radical cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed threatens Syria with a wave of suicide bombs" SNIPPET: "Omar Bakri Mohammed, the radical cleric banned from Britain for glorifying terrorism, has told The Daily Telegraph from his base in the Middle East that al-Qaida is poised to wage war against the Syrian regime. Bakri, once nicknamed the Tottenham Ayatollah, said hard-line Salafi Muslim groups, including al-Qaida, and his al-Ghuraba group were ready to help their "Muslim brothers" with a campaign of suicide attacks against Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president." SNIPPET: "Speaking from his new home in Lebanon, the self-styled cleric, who caused controversy after...
  • Global Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Launch New Tunisian Organization

    01/13/2012 7:52:46 AM PST · by bayouranger · 2 replies ^ | 1-12-12 | GlobalMB
    A new organization called the “Sharq Forum” has announced its launch from Tunisia and that the head of its preparatory committee is former Al Jazeera general manager Wadah Khanfar. According to a press release: Press Release 10 January 2011Arab scholars and politicians are preparing to launch from the Tunisian capital, Tunis, a new initiative called the Sharq Forum. The Forum is an independent global institution designed to implant the values of engagement, dialogue and democracy in Arab countries; and contribute to building a stable political future with economic prosperity. It seeks to nurture political consciousness, exchange of expertise, set out...
  • The Year We Lost Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Most of the Middle East

    01/01/2012 9:42:58 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Sunday, January 1, 2012 | 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...
  • Iran and the Islamist Spring

    12/30/2011 10:04:13 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Al-Ahram Weekly ^ | December 31, 2011 | Amani Maged
    Yes, that's what the mainstream in Tehran call it, though it seems to be inspiring both camps... in Tehran. The Arab Spring has undoubtedly cast its shadow over the Islamic Republic of Iran and, perhaps, sent refreshing breezes through the streets of the Iranian capital and other cities. Certainly, too, the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen have had a direct impact on the bilateral relations between Tehran and each of these countries and even countries with diplomatic relations with the revolutionary countries, such as Turkey. Such large and politically central countries as Egypt and Syria would...
  • Prepare For Darker Mideast

    12/22/2011 8:17:39 PM PST · by edpc · 8 replies
    YNet ^ | 22 Dec 2011 | Giulio Meotti
    In Tunisia, the country that had the highest percentage of mini-skirts in the Arab world, Islamism got 40% of the vote. In Morocco, which was once considered a pillar of Arab secularism, the Islamists won 30%. Meanwhile, some 70% of Egypt’s new Parliament is in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood and the salafists, who praised Osama bin Laden last April. In Libya, Islamic law supporters and former al-Qaeda bosses took power after Gaddafi’s fall. The Syrian National Council, the opposition group to Assad’s rule, has 19 members: 15 Islamists, 2 Christians and 2 Druze.
  • Tunisia's President Calls on Jews to Return

    12/20/2011 1:01:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/11 | Elad Benari
    Tunisia’s newly elected president on Monday called the country’s Jewish population to return to his country, The Associated Press reported. During a meeting with the country’s Grand Rabbi Haim Bittan, President Moncef Marzouki said that Tunisia’s Jews are full-fledged citizens and those who had left the country were welcome to return. Today, Tunisia has a Jewish population of only 1,500, but in the 1960s there were 100,000 Jews in the country. Most left following the 1967 Six Day War, but the emigration to Israel started in the 1050's. Most Tunisian Jews now live on the resort island of Djerba, near...
  • Nasrallah makes rare appearance, speaks on Syria, Iraq and Lebanon

    12/10/2011 5:38:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Arab American [sic] News [sic] ^ | Friday, December 9, 2001 | Compiled sources
    Nasrallah making his first public appearance since July 2008, Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed hundreds of thousands of followers in the south part of Beirut on Tuesday, Dec. 6... Nasrallah reaffirmed his support for reforms in Syria, saying once again that "some people want to destroy Syria and compensate for their loss in Iraq. We remain on our stance; we support the reforms in Syria, and we are with a resisting government," he said... "Regarding the Golan Heights, head of the Syrian National Council stated that he will refer the issue to the international community, and therefore this serves...
  • Nobel winner says Arab Spring will banish terror

    12/09/2011 5:41:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 9, 2011 | BJOERN H. AMLAND and KARL RITTER
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman says she believes the pro-democracy revolts that have swept the Arab world will help "drive out" al-Qaida terrorists. Karman told The Associated Press on the eve of Saturday's award ceremony that the autocratic leaders that were toppled from Tunisia to her native Yemen created an environment where extremism could grow.
  • Tunisia: Islamic Students Besiege University

    11/29/2011 2:44:09 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    ISRAEL NATIONAL - News Brief ^ | November 29, 2011 05:44 Reported | n/a
    SNIPPET: "A group of 40 Islamic students besieged a university near the capital city in Tunisia and held students and teachers hostage."
  • MPAC Proud to Host Radical Tunisian Leader

    11/29/2011 1:55:22 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    SNIPPET: "A radical Tunisian Islamist leader, denied an entry visa into the United States during the 1990s, is scheduled to make two appearances on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia's Ennahda Party, will attend a forum on the Arab Spring at the Cannon Office Building, an announcement from the event's sponsor, the Muslim Public Affairs Council's (MPAC) said. He'll also attend a special dinner Tuesday evening. Ghannouchi's Ennahda Party recently won the majority in the first free parliamentary elections since the ouster of Tunisia's longtime ruler, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali." SNIPPET: "In a May interview with the...
  • Deal fails to put end to violence

    11/26/2011 10:13:37 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    The News ^ | 25 November 2011 | JAMAL AL-JASHIMI
    President Barack Obama welcomed the decision, saying the U.S. would stand by the Yemeni people “as they embark on this historic transition.” Saleh signed the U.S.-backed power-transfer deal; (ending his 33-year rule), brokered by neighboring countries, Wednesday in the Saudi capital Riyadh in exchange for immunity from prosecution. If the deal holds, he’ll be the fourth leader to lose power in the wave of Arab Spring uprisings this year, following longtime dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
  • Arab League suspends Syrian membership, calls for sanctions against Assad’s regime

    11/12/2011 5:52:26 AM PST · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | November 12 3011 | Al Arabiya and Agencies
    The Arab League voted to suspend SyriaÂ’s membership at its meeting on Saturday and said it would impose economic and political sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad as well as call for the withdrawal of Arab ambassadors from Damascus. The Arab foreign ministers meeting at the LeagueÂ’s headquarters in Cairo also called on the Syrian army to cease its involvement in the killing of civilians and invited the Syrian opposition for transition talks. Opponents of Assad were hoping that the Arab League would suspend SyriaÂ’s membership after Assad pressed ahead with a military crackdown on the unrest despite an...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Makes Fools of Naive West

    11/05/2011 3:27:23 PM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies · 1+ views
    YID with LID ^ | November 3, 2011 | Barry Rubin
    Can you imagine this? The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood lied! And can you imagine this: the two civilians who are Egypt’s greatest hope for avoiding an Islamist dictatorship are very worried. Let’s start with the Brotherhood. First, it promised to run candidates for only one-third of the parliamentary seats, saying this would proof of its moderation and willingness to share power. But a little later, it raised that number to 50 percent but said that’s all and they wouldn’t run a candidate for president. Again, we were told: they’re moderate! Next, it created a front party to run a candidate for...
  • The Second Gilded Age: Has America Become an Oligarchy? (Barfwarnung)

    10/28/2011 11:28:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 10/28/2011 | Thomas Schulz
    … Inequality in America is greater than it has been in almost a century. Those fortunate enough to belong to the 1 percent, made up of the super-rich, stand on one side of the divide; the remaining 99 percent on the other. Even for a country that has always accepted opposite extremes as part of its identity, the chasm has simply grown too vast. Those who succeed in the US are congratulated rather than berated. Resenting other people's wealth is viewed as supporting class struggle, which is something very frowned upon. Still, statistics indicate that the growing disparity is genuinely...
  • Islamist party sweeps Tunisian vote

    10/28/2011 9:13:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | October 28, 2011 | Mariette le Roux
    A Tunisian Islamist party has emerged victorious in the Arab Spring's first elections, taking 41.47 per cent of votes cast nine months after the ouster of dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali... The Islamist Ennahda party now has the single-biggest share of the assembly that will rewrite the constitution, appoint a president and form a caretaker government, elections chief Kamel Jendoubi told journalists in Tunis. He also announced the invalidation of six candidates' lists of the Petition for Justice and Development, including one in Sidi Bouzid, notably due to "financial irregularities". ... The provisional results put two leftist parties in...
  • Partial results: Tunisian Islamists lead in vote

    10/25/2011 10:12:00 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 25, 2011
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A moderate, once-banned Islamist party in Tunisia is on track to win the largest number of seats in the first elections prompted by the Arab Spring uprisings, according to partial domestic results Tuesday. The Tunisian electoral commission said the Ennahda party has won 18 out of 44 domestic seats so far in a 217-member assembly meant to write a new constitution.
  • Good news: Libya embraces shari’a law while Islamists poised to win big in Tunisian elections

    10/25/2011 6:59:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/25/2011 | Allahpundit
    No worries. It’s moderate shari’a. “Any law that violates sharia is null and void legally,” he said, citing as an example the law on marriage passed during the slain dictator’s 42-year tenure that imposed restrictions on polygamy, which is permitted in Islam.“The law of divorce and marriage… This law is contrary to sharia and it is stopped,” Abdel Jalil said.His comments have provoked criticism and calls for restraint both in Libya and in Europe, amid fears that the Arab Spring may give rise to a potentially intolerant Islamist resurgence.Many Libyans awaiting Sunday’s historic speech expressed surprise at the decision by...
  • Libyan leader seeks to calm West on Sharia fears

    10/24/2011 2:50:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 24, 2011 | HAMZA HENDAWI and KIM GAMEL
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- After giving a speech that emphasized the Islamization of Libya, the head of the transitional government on Monday tried to reassure the Western powers who helped topple Moammar Gadhafi that the country's new leaders are moderate Muslims. Just as in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, Islamists have emerged from yet another Arab Spring uprising as the most powerful group in the country. How far they will go will be decided at the ballot box - in Tunisia this week, in Egypt in November and in Libya within eight months.
  • Diane Sawyer: "Moderate" Islamists government in Tunisia - What the heck is that?

    10/24/2011 4:46:46 PM PDT · by Righting · 12 replies
    Newsround: ABC TV / PBS NewsHour
    Diane Sawyer: "Moderate Islamists" government in Tunisia - What the heck is that? This ("moderate Islamists") was D. Sawyer's invented language today [Oct. 24, 2011]. (World News With Diane Sawyer - ABC) --- PBS NewsHour - Oct. 24, 2011 Gwen Ifill had guests: Michelle Dunn (Atlantic Journal) and Hisham Melhem, Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya TV. Surprisingly, it was Michelle Dunn that typically was caught up in the media romance-with-Arab-spring frenzy and lied/said that defended the 'Sharia' legalization in Tunisia. Whereas the Arab Muslim Hisham of al-Arabiya that was more defining it in clarity, 'Islamic law' being the main Vs...
  • Islamists set for power after strong vote for Muslim parties in Tunisia's first [elections]...

    10/24/2011 10:50:37 AM PDT · by americanophile · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th October 2011 | Damien Gayle
    Tunisia's main Islamist party is on its way to power after the first truly free and fair elections in the country's history. Early results from individual voting stations carried by local radio stations this morning put the Islamist Ennahda Party in the lead in many constituencies. Tunisians voted yesterday to elect a constituent assembly in the first elections emerging from the so-called Arab Spring uprisings around the Middle East. Electoral officials are still counting the votes and results are not expected until later today or tomorrow. Boubker Bethabet, secretary general of Tunisia's election commission, said that more than 90 per...