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  • Wahhabis endangering Serbia

    04/05/2007 7:50:36 AM PDT · by Decombobulator · 1 replies · 381+ views
    Four members of an ultraconservative Muslim sect, known as Wahhabis, have been arrested following a raid on a mountain terrorist training camp in the Rashka region of south-western Serbia on March 18. A large supply of weapons, ammunition, hand grenades, facemasks and plastic explosive with detonators was also discovered at a cave at Ninaja Mountain, 30 kilometres from Novi Pazar. A judge ordered the four to be detained for 30 days to allow police and intelligence officials to investigate their alleged activities at the training site. Dragan Jocic, the Serbian interior affairs minister, said: “We are determined to prevent any...
  • Natana DeLong-Bas: American Professor, Wahhabi Apologist

    01/21/2007 4:04:16 AM PST · by Valin · 16 replies · 586+ views ^ | 1/21/07 | Stephen Schwartz
    Perhaps no single figure better represents the lamentable situation of Middle East studies (MES) today than Professor Natana J. DeLong-Bas, a Georgetown graduate who currently teaches at Brandeis University and Boston College. Her specialty happens to be Wahhabism, the ultrafundamentalist Islamic sect and state religion in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Wahhabism inspires al-Qaida and its variants--including the Sunni jihadists currently murdering U.S. and coalition troops, as well as Shia Muslims, in Iraq. DeLong-Bas is a professional apologist for Saudi extremism. She recently reached a depth of mendacity about radical Islam it is hard to imagine her exceeding. In an...
  • Post-Wahhabism In Saudi Arabia?

    01/15/2007 7:22:06 AM PST · by Valin · 30 replies · 669+ views
    ! ^ | 1/15/07 | Stéphane Lacroix
    In the last few years, the critique of Wahhabism has gained unprecedented momentum in Saudi Arabia. First formulated by a heterogeneous group of prominent liberal and Islamist intellectuals, it seems to have received the approval of at least part of the ruling elite who have taken a few official steps towards socio-religious reform. But is Saudi Arabiayet ready to enter the era of Post-Wahhabism? Huge changes have recently taken place in Saudi Arabia, especially within the local political-intellectual field. Significant among these is the rise to prominence of a group of "islamo-liberals," who are "made up of former Islamists and...
  • Wahhabis or "Salafis"?

    12/27/2006 8:46:38 AM PST · by Valin · 13 replies · 730+ views / Weekly Standard ^ | 12/27/06 | Stephen Schwartz
    What's in a name . . . WHEN THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY of the global war against Islamist extremism is written, it may well be recorded that one of the psychological victories by al Qaeda and its Saudi financiers and commanders was to convince Western governments and media that Wahhabism, the fundamentalist Sunni sect that is the state religion in the desert kingdom, should not be mentioned by its name. After September 11, 2001, Islamist adherents on our shores first denied that Wahhabism existed. There was, they insisted, just Islam. Excision of the W-word from Western discourse was a serious hit....
  • Holocaust Denial Will Expand Around The World (Its The 1930s Redux Alert)

    12/13/2006 7:47:14 PM PST · by goldstategop · 24 replies · 1,016+ views
    Rush ^ | 12/13/2006 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: (story) "Russia, in March, will start delivering nuclear fuel for a plant that it is building in Iran, the head of the state company in charge of the project said Monday." Now, I thought that Iran was a country rich in oil and in fuel. The head of the outfit here, Sergei Shmatko, "said during a trip to Tehran that he and Iranian officials had discussed financial problems related to the completion of the nuclear plant in Iran's southern port of Bushehr... Shmatko said his company would start preparations in January for nuclear fuel deliveries to Bushehr, and begin...
  • God's Terrorists

    11/18/2006 7:19:47 AM PST · by Valin · 7 replies · 613+ views ^ | 11/16/06 | Charles Allen
    Mr. Allen is an historian who has written several books on Central Asia and the British colonial period, including Soldier Sahibs and The Buddha and the Sahibs. He recently received the Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal for his work in "stimulating public interest in Britain's imperial encounter with Asia." His latest book is God's Terrorists: The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad (Perseus Books). He lives in England. There is a widely held view in the West that the violence perpetrated by Muslim jihadists is a response to Western imperialism: a defence of Islam that will cease...
  • America Alone (Lt. Col John Cucullu Looks At Mark Steyn's Account Of The Decline Of The West Alert)

    11/01/2006 4:05:51 AM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 952+ views ^ | 11/01/2006 | Lt. Col. John Cucullu
    In America Alone, Mark Steyn presents us with a doomsday scenario backed by impeccable science and research, and he does it in such a clever manner that we are actually amused as we read of the impending demise of Europe-as-we-knew-it, Japan, and Canada. Why are they failing? Procreation, or more pointedly, the lack thereof. Populations in Russia, Italy, and the Low Countries may have already passed the point of no return. Canada is on the borderline. America, on the other hand, appears to have a sustainable reproductive level, a fact that ought to make some Canucks wish that General Hull...
  • Post-Wahhabism In Saudi Arabia?

    10/20/2006 7:49:42 AM PDT · by Valin · 19 replies · 805+ views ^ | 10/20/06 | Stéphane Lacroix
    In the last few years, the critique of Wahhabism has gained unprecedented momentum in Saudi Arabia. First formulated by a heterogeneous group of prominent liberal and Islamist intellectuals, it seems to have received the approval of at least part of the ruling elite who have taken a few official steps towards socio-religious reform. But is Saudi Arabiayet ready to enter the era of Post-Wahhabism? Huge changes have recently taken place in Saudi Arabia, especially within the local political-intellectual field. Significant among these is the rise to prominence of a group of "islamo-liberals," who are "made up of former Islamists and...
  • Understanding the Origins of Wahhabism and Salafism

    10/10/2006 12:06:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,346+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | July 15, 2005 | Trevor Stanley
    NVM: Modules     Volume 3, Issue 14 (July 15, 2005) | Download PDF Version Understanding the Origins of Wahhabism and Salafism By Trevor Stanley The phenomenon of Islamic terrorism cannot be adequately explained as the export of Saudi Wahhabism, as many commentators claim. In fact, the ideological heritage of groups such as al-Qaeda is Salafism, a movement that began in Egypt and was imported into Saudi society during the reign of King Faisal. The official ‘Wahhabi’ religion of Saudi Arabia has essentially merged with certain segments of Salafism. There is now intense competition between groups and individual scholars...
  • Wahhabi Colonialism

    09/25/2006 4:38:43 AM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 436+ views ^ | 9/24/06 | Melik Kaylan
    Pope Benedict XVI recently cited a Byzantine-era critique of Islam, and the usual hubbub of outrage ensued. Various self-appointed and official Islamic spokesmen (they're always men), including the head of Turkey's religious affairs directorate (why does Turkey have one?), responded sharply in the name of their faith. One might argue that a confident, evolved religion welcomes all kinds of open debate. Or one might in tone gravely that the West continues to mishandle its relations with the umma -- the sphere of active Muslim believers -- with the implied assumption that there is such a unified entity of tens of...
  • Islam is in danger

    09/21/2006 4:22:01 AM PDT · by MPforeignER · 41 replies · 1,587+ views
    Islam is in danger TODAY'S EDITORIAL By Farid N. Ghadry September 21, 2006 The recent brouhaha surrounding Pope Benedict XVI comments on Islam delivered in Germany should give Muslims a pause. Not one that would conjure the recalcitrant attacks that we have seen recently but rather one that would question why such a prominent religious leader would utter these words. What the Pope said allows me, as a Muslim, to ponder self-examination and not rush into a reaction of condemnation. Islam, throughout its history, delivered its share of great minds to humanity during times of peace and prosperity. Scientists like...
  • Is Islamofascism Really Fascism?

    08/19/2006 10:10:09 PM PDT · by theothercheek · 23 replies · 468+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | August 18, 2006 | The Stiletto
    The Washington Post, columnist David Ignatius asks, “Are We Fighting Islamic Fascists?” and answers a bold, “Yes and no.” His argument for “yes” is pretty strong: Ernst Nolte's "Three Faces of Fascism," a classic study of the social forces that created fascist movements in France, Italy and Germany during the 1920s and '30s … concludes … Fascism is "resistance to transcendence" … rebellion against the liberating but destabilizing transformations of modern society. In the countries where it took root, fascism began as a middle-class assault on the liberal elites who were creating that era's version of globalization. Jews were a...
  • Islamist Center of South Florida-A mosque with extremist ties wants to expand

    07/11/2006 5:43:37 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies · 496+ views ^ | July 11, 2006 | Joe Kaufman
    Radical mosques are being built across the United States at an alarming rate, all tethered to a fanatical strain of Islam emanating from Saudi Arabia. And while so many have gone up, not one has come down. Not even Brooklyn, New York’s Al-Farooq Mosque, which housed al-Qaeda’s American hub in the early 90’s, the Alkifah Refugee Center, has met its demise. Recently, a new mosque of this kind was given the green light, a 29,000 square foot goliath, smack in the middle of South Florida. Tonight, a group of community leaders will be voicing their concern in protest. The mosque...
  • Bosnian capital shaken by radical Islam (moderate muslims under attack by Wahhabism)

    06/16/2006 11:43:37 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 103 replies · 7,532+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 6/16/2006 | Rusmir Smajilhodzic
    The people of Sarajevo, renowned for their pluralism, have been shaken after a series of incidents including the murder of a Muslim woman by her Islamic extremist son who questioned her faith. Upholders of Bosnia's moderate version of Islam say the problem caused by an influx of hardline fighters during the country's 1992-1995 war has worsened in recent months, highlighted by the gruesome murder. "Bosnia's tradition of Islam is tolerant, it promotes pluralism and we should not allow those representing a one-track ideology to teach us," says Jasmin Merdan. The 26-year-old -- a practising Muslim who portrays himself as a...
  • Saudis are still teaching intolerance by the book

    05/25/2006 7:08:31 AM PDT · by Mel Gibson · 2 replies · 339+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2006 | Nina Shea
    Saudis are still teaching intolerance by the bookClaims that school texts have been revised are untrue By NINA SHEA SAUDI Arabia's public schools have long been cited for demonizing the West as well as Christians, Jews and other "unbelievers." But after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis — that was all supposed to change. A 2004 Saudi royal study group recognized the need for reform after finding that the kingdom's religious studies curriculum "encourages violence toward others and misguides the pupils into believing that in order to safeguard their own...
  • YMCA warned to vacate Hamas town (ROP Alert)

    04/20/2006 10:26:33 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 6 replies · 581+ views ^ | April 21, 2006 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM -- The leadership of a West Bank Palestinian city now controlled by Hamas has warned a local Young Men's Christian Association to close its offices and leave town or face likely Muslim violence, WorldNetDaily has learned. The move highlighted long-standing fears Hamas would use its win in last January's Palestinian parliamentary elections to impose an anti-Christian, anti-Jewish hard-line Islamist regime in the West Bank and Gaza.
  • Why Is There So Much Hate Inside Us? (Saudis)

    04/02/2006 4:30:57 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 56 replies · 2,401+ views
    Arab News ^ | Monday, 27, March, 2006 (26, Safar, 1427) | Abdullah Al-Mutairi
    In the shop next to my house, there is a home delivery service which is run by an Indian. He is a good man, hardworking and devoted to his job. I talk to him whenever he delivers something to my house and he talks to me about the time he spent working in Abu Dhabi and of his dream to live in London. Last week I asked him to deliver a newspaper to my house. When he delivered it to me, he asked me whether I wrote in it. I told him that I did and he asked me to...
  • Swiss documentary on Afghanistan: Pakistani, Saudi engineers helped destroy Buddhas

    03/19/2006 7:39:19 AM PST · by ncountylee · 13 replies · 623+ views
    dailytimes ^ | March 19, 2006 | Khalid Hasan
    WASHINGTON: The Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan were destroyed by the Taliban with the help of Pakistani and Saudi engineers. According to an account published here on Saturday, a local Afghan told the makers of a Swiss documentary on the giant statues which had stood there, carved in the side of a mountain for hundreds of years, had been destroyed by engineers from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The dynamiting of the statues took place in March 2001. Swiss documentary filmmaker Christian Frei, who has made several documentaries that have won praise at various international film festivals, shot ‘The Giant Buddhas’ in...
  • Modern Islam — Muslim scholar is moderate champion of democracy

    11/12/2005 1:37:25 PM PST · by Valin · 16 replies · 620+ views
    Deseret News. ^ | 11/12/05 | Richard N. Ostling
    EDITOR'S NOTE — This is another story in an occasional series examining the fault lines within Islam between the forces of moderation and extremism. The consequences of this fight that shook America on Sept. 11, 2001, reverberate today, and the struggle for Islam may be the defining conflict of our era. LOS ANGELES — UCLA law professor Khaled Abou El Fadl has a scholarly manner and speaks in soft tones. But listen as he tells his story. A Kuwaiti native, he was fascinated by militant Islam as a young man, then evolved into a moderate champion of democracy and suffered...
  • British Jury Convicts Muslim Cleric (Abu Hamza)

    02/07/2006 5:21:47 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 116 replies · 4,831+ views
    AP ^ | February 7th, 2006 | AP
    LONDON - A British jury convicted radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri on Tuesday of fomenting racial hatred and inciting his followers to kill non-Muslims. Al-Masri, 47, the former imam at London's Finsbury Park mosque, also was convicted of possessing a terrorist document and threatening or abusive recordings. Al-Masri, Britain's best-known Islamist orator, could receive a maximum sentence of life in prison. The jury of seven men and five women found al-Masri guilty on seven of nine charges of soliciting murder. He also was convicted on two of four charges of stirring racial hatred. Though asked to stand for the...