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  • New American century: Arabic is fastest growing language in USA

    10/06/2015 9:49:48 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/05/15 | Julia Hahn
    The Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) reveals that Arabic and Urdu – Pakistan’s national language– are the fastest-growing foreign languages spoken at home, according to a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies. Between 2010 and 2014, there was a 29 percent increase in Arabic, a 23 percent increase in Urdu, and a 9 percent jump in Persian, which is spoken in Iran. Every year the United States voluntarily imports more than a quarter of a million– or 280,000– Muslim migrants (this figure includes permanently resettled immigrants, guest workers, refugees and foreign students). Arabic is now the...
  • Man broke 19-year-old woman's jaw, hurled anti-Muslim remarks at her in Chinatown: cops

    07/15/2015 5:48:20 AM PDT · by csvset · 34 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 15, 2015 | Joseph Stepansky
    A 19-year-old Brooklyn woman’s jaw was fractured by a man who hurled his fists and anti-Muslim remarks at her in Chinatown, cops said Tuesday. The woman was wearing “garb identifiable with the Muslim faith” and speaking to her brother in Urdu when the man accused the pair of talking about him at 10:40 p.m. Saturday on East Broadway, police said. “B---h, what you say, you racist motherf---er, you talking about me in your own language?” the 5-foot-10 black man wearing a dark baseball hat, T-shirt and pants said before yelling the slurs, spitting at and punching the woman, cops said.
  • India reacts sharply after US 'certifies' Pakistan's action against terror groups

    01/05/2015 11:32:49 AM PST · by VeronicaCromwell · 5 replies
    Times of India ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | PTI
    NEW DELHI: Reacting strongly to the US certification that Pakistan has curbed terror leading to more aid to Islamabad, India on Monday asserted that its neighbour was not showing "sustained commitment" or "ceasing support" or dismantling "bases of operations" of terror groups including LeT and al-Qaida. But it maintained that "How the US government decides to spend US tax payers' money is entirely its prerogative". "However, India does not believe that Pakistan is showing "sustained commitment" or making "significant effort" or ceasing support" or dismantling "bases of operations" of the Laskhar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, the Haqqani network and quite possibly the al-Qaida....
  • The Odd Book One Texas Rancher Found Near the Border

    07/14/2014 2:31:56 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7-14-14 | Sara Carter
    An Urdu-to-English dictionary was not something Mike Vickers expected to find on the rocky earth underneath the cattle fencing around his 1,000-acre Texas ranch. Yet there it was — dropped, Vickers guesses, when its carrier got zapped by his fence’s electricity, and adding yet another dimension to the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, where tens of thousands of people have been flooding into the United States. Vickers’ property line runs along Highway 281, just 4 1/2 miles north from the Falfurrias Border Patrol station. The station itself is about 70 miles north of the Rio Grande, the first highway checkpoint...
  • American Pilgrim Commends Saudi Govt For ‘a Job Well Done’

    10/27/2013 1:47:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Arab News ^ | Sunday 27 October 2013 | Siraj Wahab
    A visiting Pakistani-American radio journalist has commended Saudi Arabia for the successful organization of this year’s Haj. Qamar Abbas Jafri of Voice of America’s Urdu Service described Saudi efforts “as a job well done.” Jafri was among 200 international journalists invited by the Ministry of Culture and Information to perform Haj and report on it. “I performed Haj and did a number of reports from the holy sites,” he told Arab News on Friday before heading back to Washington, D.C. “I am really impressed; it is a wonderful experience to be here.” Jafri said this was his second Haj. “I...
  • The Apology Tour Continues: Obama, Clinton Say “Sorry” to Rioting Pakistanis

    10/23/2012 6:01:31 AM PDT · by Snuph · 6 replies ^ | September 21, 2012 | Helle Dale
    Yesterday, the President and Secretary of State of the United States of America went on Pakistani television to apologize. In a commercial containing clips from their Washington press conferences, subtitled in Urdu, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton said “sorry” to the mad hordes attacking the American embassy in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad and deplored the infamous anti-Muslim14-minute YouTube video. “We absolutely reject its content and message,” said Clinton in the advertisements, which ended with the seal of the American embassy in Pakistan. U.S. taxpayers footed the bill for this high-level official apology to the tune of $70,000. This is...
  • Israeli diplomat's car hit by blast in Delhi; 1 injured

    02/13/2012 4:28:12 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Express India ^ | Feb 13, 2012 at 1715 hrs IST
    New Delhi An Israeli official said an explosion was hit an Israeli diplomat's car in New Delhi on Monday. He said one person was hurt in the blast, but did not identify the victim. Israeli Embassy spokesman David Goldfarb said the car was near the embassy when the blast went off. Indian police said only that a car was on fire on the street outside the embassy.
  • Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok

    02/14/2012 6:47:29 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-14-2012 | Robert Johnson
    Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok Robert JohnsonFeburary 14, 2012 One day after bombs targeting Israeli embassy staff went off in India and Georgia, another botched attack played out this morning in Bangkok. Through several reports, the incident appears to have played out something like this: Saeib Morabi, a suspected Iranian, was fleeing an explosion that rocked through his rented home in central Bangkok. While he was on the road looking for transportation, another explosion went off "on a nearby road." When Morabi finally managed to flag down a cab, the driver...
  • From US private school student to al-Qaida agent

    02/05/2012 6:06:17 PM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies
    (AP) via ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2012 11:59 PST | GENE JOHNSON and CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press
    SNIPPET: "Moeed Abdul Salam didn't descend into radical Islam for lack of other options. He grew up in a well-off Texas household, attended a pricey boarding school and graduated from one of the state's most respected universities." SNIPPET: "It is not clear to what extent Salam's family knew of his radicalism, but on his Facebook page the month before he died, he posted an image of Anwar al-Awalki, the American al-Qaida leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, beside a burning American flag." SNIPPET: "The family, originally from Pakistan, immigrated to the U.S. decades ago."
  • Warren Weinstein, American contractor, abducted in Pakistan

    SNIPPET: "From a compound in Lahore, Pakistan to a home in the quiet Brad Drive neighborhood in Rockville, there's growing concern about the fate of kidnapped American contractor Warren Weinstein. "It's just a Byzantine world, it's not straight up", says Chis Meyers, a neighbor and a widely travelled retired marine. "There's people who are going to pick out Americans", he adds. Authorities say Weinstein, 70, an industrial development expert, employed by Arlington-based J.E. Austin associates was kidnapped around 3:45 Saturday morning Pakistani time. Police say eight to ten men approached Weinstein's Lahore house on a ploy. "They had come up...
  • Jihadis Online: A Few Thoughts

    07/05/2011 2:36:00 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    SNIPPET: "I. When considering the matter of jihadis online, remember that most of what we think we know is based on analyses of the comments made by an handful of vocal activists. The vast majority of jihadis online, be they on forums or social networking sites[i], say nothing." SNIPPET: "The real challenge is threat assessment." SNIPPET: "V. These are questions I ask about any jihadi online: • Where are they? • Who do they know? • What have they downloaded? • What have they uploaded? • What communities have they joined? • What sites are they involved in operating? VI....
  • Zakir Naik: "Peace TV"'s Calls for Terrorism

    07/22/2010 2:16:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    HUDSON NEW YORK ^ | July 1, 2010, 5:00 am | by Irfan Al-Alawi
    SNIPPET: "Dr. Zakir Naik is a 44 year-old Muslim preacher born in India. He has gained a significant international following by establishing a satellite television network, Peace TV, which promotes Wahhabi Islam; it is based in Mumbai/Bombay, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, and has a supporting organization, the Islamic Research Foundation. Naik has mainly broadcast his message in English as well as Urdu. But Peace TV is an ambitious enterprise that now aims at Albanian Muslims, among others. Zakir Naik is distinguished by one characteristic: incitement of provocative disdain for any other Muslims than Wahhabis and Pakistani jihadists, as well as...
  • French advisers seized in Somalia

    07/14/2009 11:41:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 760+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 13:33 GMT, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 14:33 UK | n/a
    Note: Photo included. # SNIPPET: "Two French security advisers helping the Somali government have been kidnapped in the capital Mogadishu, French officials have said. Gunmen who were wearing police uniforms entered the hotel where the two were staying and took them away, eyewitnesses said. The abductions took place in a government-held part of Mogadishu. Islamist rebels are battling troops from the UN-backed interim government for control of the city." SNIPPET: "The French foreign ministry said the two advisers were in Mogadishu on an official mission to provide help to the government. They were seized at the Sahafi Hotel, which has...
  • Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile

    05/11/2010 4:13:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 404+ views
    ABC ^ | 5/11/10 | Pierre Thomas
    A Pakistani man was detained at the U.S. Embassy in Chile yesterday after field tests detected explosive residue on his hands and personal items, the State Department said today. A U.S. official tells ABC News the man had been recently added to a U.S. terror watch list, and as a result his U.S. visa was in the process of being revoked. In accordance with U.S. law, the man had been notified of the intention to revoke his U.S. visa and he was at the embassy to discuss the matter.
  • 'From Now On, the Main Targets of Our Fidaeen [Suicide Bombers] Are American Cities'

    05/11/2010 2:22:58 AM PDT · by STD · 132 replies · 4,349+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 5/03/10 | MEMRI
    TTP Leader Hakimullah Mehsud Declares: 'From Now On, the Main Targets of Our Fidaeen [Suicide Bombers] Are American Cities' The first, which the YouTube page titled "Hakeemullah Mehsud is Alive and Healthy and Delivering news about Attacks on USA," is 2:17 long, and shows a still satellite image of North America with a still image of Hakimullah Mehsud. Speaking in Urdu, he states that the date is April 19, 2010 and threatens bombings in U.S. "states & cities"; as he speaks, explosions are shown taking place across the map. (To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit NOTE: You...
  • AMF X 2

    12/15/2009 2:30:16 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies · 590+ views
    INTERNET ^ | December 15, 2009 | Aaron Weisburd
    Note: Telephone transcript and web posts included. 15 December 2009 "AMF X 2" SNIPPET: "Ehsanul Islam Sadequee and Syed Haris Ahmed were sentenced to prison yesterday in US District Court in Atlanta, Georgia. Sadequee got 17 years, and Ahmed 13 - both are subject to 30 years court supervision upon release. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the second link and read some of Judge Duffy's remarks to Sadequee). • Terrorism Defendants Sentenced • Federal Judge Sentences 2 Muslim Americans for Conspiring to Aid Terror Groups Sadequee and Ahmed were part of the global network of jihadis that...
  • A Terror Suspect With Feet in East and West

    11/21/2009 6:20:52 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 892+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 22, 2009 | Ginger Thompson
    The trip from a strict Pakistani boarding school to a bohemian bar in Philadelphia has defined David Headley’s life, according to those who know the middle-age man at the center of a global terrorism investigation. Raised by his father in Pakistan as a devout Muslim, Mr. Headley arrived back here at 17 to live with his American mother, a former socialite who ran a bar called the Khyber Pass. Today, Mr. Headley is an Islamic fundamentalist who once liked to get high. He has a traditional Pakistani wife, who lives with their children in Chicago, but also an American girlfriend...
  • Pakistan Taliban Commander: We Have 'Thousands of Suicide Bombers' Who Can 'Target Washington...'

    08/30/2009 12:09:36 AM PDT · by Cindy · 54 replies · 2,895+ views ^ | August 25, 2009 | n/a
    Special Dispatch - No. 2505 August 25, 2009 Pakistan Taliban Commander: We Have 'Thousands of Suicide Bombers' Who Can 'Target Washington, Paris, London, and Kabul' On August 25, 2009, a Pakistani Urdu-language newspaper reported that Waliur Rehman, the commander of the Taliban militants in Pakistan's tribal district of South Waziristan Agency, had said that his group has "thousands of suicide bombers" who can "target Washington, Paris, London, and Kabul."
  • Obama's Biggest Character Flaw ["Obama's Biggest Audience Is Himself"]

    07/02/2009 8:33:49 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 40 replies · 1,842+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | July 02, 2009
    Obama's biggest character flaw James Lewis The President of these United States recently expressed his love for "the Urdu poets," a piece of inspired BS that nobody in their right minds believed for a second. But then the P was narrowcasting to Pakistan, he thought, and Americans weren't supposed to be listening. Yet character is revealed in those little snippets of Obama's mind -- his glorious fantasy life, his everlasting hope that somebody will fall for another piece of schtick, and his essential fraudulence as a human being. Obama's biggest audience is himself, and no doubt he preened and pranced...
  • Obama's biggest character flaw

    07/02/2009 2:34:37 AM PDT · by Scanian · 26 replies · 1,347+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 02, 2009 | James Lewis
    The President of these United States recently expressed his love for "the Urdu poets," a piece of inspired BS that nobody in their right minds believed for a second. But then the P was narrowcasting to Pakistan, he thought, and Americans weren't supposed to be listening. Yet character is revealed in those little snippets of Obama's mind -- his glorious fantasy life, his everlasting hope that somebody will fall for another piece of schtick, and his essential fraudulence as a human being. Obama's biggest audience is himself, and no doubt he preened and pranced in his mind's eye when he...
  • Spread the word: Obama says he digs Urdu poetry (Sure, I believe that)

    06/23/2009 4:12:14 PM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies · 1,206+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/23/2009 | Abby Phillip
    If you want to make high-brow small talk at one of President Barack Obama’s cocktail parties, don’t bother brushing up your Shakespeare. Try reading Urdu poetry. As POLITICO’s Ben Smith points out in his blog, Obama showed off his intellectual flair by evoking a standard of Pakistani culture in a recent interview with Dawn, a popular English-language newspaper in Pakistan. “‘I would love to visit. As you know, I had Pakistani roommates in college who were very close friends of mine. I went to visit them when I was still in college; was in Karachi and went to Hyderabad. Their...
  • Obama a fan of 'the great Urdu poets'

    06/22/2009 8:05:33 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 40 replies · 1,337+ views
    Politico ^ | 6-22-09 | Ben Smith
    The fact that President Obama had good Pakistani friends at (struck out) Columbia (end strikeout) in college was one that was basically kept out of his campaign on the theory that anything with any connection to Islam would feed a viral rumor the campaign was trying to kill. Now, though, it's another useful diplomatic tool, as in his interview with Dawn this weekend: ‘Any plan to visit Pakistan in the near future?’ ‘I would love to visit. As you know, I had Pakistani roommates in college who were very close friends of mine. I went to visit them when I...
  • Obama Grants $120 Mn for Hindi, Urdu Courses

    06/02/2009 2:11:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 664+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 03, 2009
    Indiana University's programme for India studies, aimed at training high school students in Hindi and Urdu, has received about $120 million from the Obama administration. The money has been granted to the University under the 'STARTALK Program' of the US government, which was started by the previous administration of George W Bush, to increase the foreign language proficiency of Americans in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Turkish, Swahili and Urdu. "Our goals are for the participating students to acquire the linguistic and cultural competence to communicate successfully in the language and obtain various learning strategies and skills," said Sungok Hong, a...
  • CIA recruits among Muslims

    03/31/2009 8:54:15 PM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 1,336+ views
    SNIPPET: "The CIA is attempting to recruit more spies by advertising on the internet, radio and television, and by holding meetings with American Muslims to make up a severe shortage of Arabic speakers.... Leon Panetta, the new CIA director, will meet Muslim groups in cities such as Detroit to spearhead personally the new drive to recruit Arabic speakers. He recently lamented the fact that only 13 per cent of CIA officers speak a foreign language, and just 22 per cent come from minorities. "In order to accomplish our vital intelligence mission we want to market our employment opportunities to speakers...
  • Mumbai attacks: Terrorists monitored British websites using BlackBerry phones

    11/30/2008 10:33:19 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 891+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 29 Nov 2008 | Damien McElroy
    Indian officials suspect the Islamic terrorists in Mumbai may have British links after examining BlackBerry phones they used to monitor news reports. Key figures in the terrorist gang were equipped with the devices that meant they were able to monitor British news, even when the authorities turned off power. A senior officer in the country's elite Black Cat commando unit told the Telegraph, the gunmen were able to trawl the internet for information once they lost cable television feeds to the two luxury hotels and office block. The men looked beyond the instant updates of the Indian media to find...
  • The Translator Scandal Ripens

    05/05/2008 2:50:14 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 32 replies · 358+ views
    New English Review ^ | May 2008 | Jerry Gordon
    For over a year, we have been waging a relentless, nearly solitary battle in apprising the Congress and the American public about a billion dollar boondoggle and scandal: the lack of credible Arabic translators for our national security and intelligence agencies. As a result hundreds have been killed in Iraq from infiltration of our military and civilian intelligence agencies by agents of Islamist terrorists. Our FBI and CIA have been infiltrated by Muslim linguists who have successfully evaded polygraph tests and been able to pass on vital information to terror groups in the Middle East such as Hezbollah. Tens of...
  • Schoolgirl arrested for refusing to study with non-English pupils

    10/12/2006 2:44:36 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 216 replies · 5,725+ views
    daily Mail ^ | 12th October 2006 | Daily Mail
    A teenage schoolgirl was arrested by police for racism after refusing to sit with a group of Asian students because some of them did not speak English. Codie Stott's family claim she was forced to spend three-and-a-half hours in a police cell after she was reported by her teachers. Yesterday the 14-year-old - who was released without charge - said it had been a simple matter of common sense and accused the school and police of an over-the-top reaction. The incident happened in the same local education authority where a ten-year-old boy was prosecuted earlier this year for calling a...
  • Eichenlaub: Indian Islamist terror group had ties to Saddam

    07/25/2006 2:23:01 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 12 replies · 521+ views
    Insight (The Washington Times magazine) ^ | 7-25-06 | Mark Eichenlaub
    The recent train bombings in India have intensified the scrutiny of the Pakistan-based, al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba. In particular, one key question is being asked: What role does LET play in the war against Islamofascists and their allies? The al Qaeda-linked Wahhabi group, formed in 1989, has been blamed for a number of attacks on Indian officials and civilians. It was added to the U.S. terrorist list in December 2001. LET’s agenda, as announced in one of their pamphlets and detailed by MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base, is to wage jihad with the goal of imposing their narrow version...
  • Columbus, Ohio, native, Sunni Muslim fights in Global War on Terrorism (as a MARINE!)

    07/27/2005 4:47:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 32 replies · 1,634+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | July 27, 2005 | Cpl. Ken Melton
    HADITHA DAM, Iraq (July 27, 2005) -- As the Marines with 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment continue their fight in the Global War on Terrorism, most of them think of it as business and not personal. However, for some Marines who are of the Islamic faith, the war in Iraq hits a personal note. Cpl. Mohammed N. Rahman, who is a Sunni Muslim, fights not only to free the people of Iraq from the insurgents grip and to protect his country (America), but also to redeem his beloved religion. “This is a personal offense, not only to me but others...
  • Italian Police Arrest 28 Pakistanis, Find Explosives, Forged Documents, Maps

    01/31/2003 10:48:24 AM PST · by Stultis · 40 replies · 973+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | 31 January 2003
    The Associated Press NAPLES, Italy Jan. 31 — Police arrested 28 Pakistanis found in possession of explosives, hundreds of forged documents and maps of the Naples area with "sensitive targets" circled, authorities said Friday.In a statement, police said they had uncovered an "al-Qaida terrorist cell," but gave no further details on the Pakistanis' alleged involvement with al-Qaida or any other international terrorist group.A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said late Friday officers "might have gotten ahead of themselves" in announcing an al-Qaida link in the headline of their news release.The official also dismissed Italian news reports that the...
  • Drop French, Says Heads And Teach Urdu Instead

    06/02/2002 2:32:18 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 512+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-2-2002 | Macer Hall
    Drop French, say heads and teach Urdu instead By Macer Hall, Education Correspondent (Filed: 02/06/2002) Head teachers will this week call for schools to teach African and Asian languages instead of French and German in a reform designed to reflect the "ethnic mix" of the British population. At its annual conference in Torquay, the National Association of Head Teachers will discuss giving African languages, including Somali and Hausa, the same importance as the main European tongues. The head teachers also suggest that Albanian, Punjabi and Urdu be added to the curriculum. They say that expanding the teaching of such languages...