Pakistan must immediately drop blasphemy charges against a teenager and let him out of jail, Human Rights Watch said.
A mother of four was killed for her Christian faith on Jan. 7 on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia by Islamic extremists
from al Shabaab
militia, a relative said.
Al Shabaab insurgents control much of southern and central Somalia and have embarked on a campaign to rid the country of its hidden Christian population.
Women living in areas controlled by Somalia’s Islamists
say they are increasingly the target of more draconian rules meted out by the rebels bent on enforcing their ideologies, Reuters reports.
Members of the hate groups that calls itself the ‘Westboro Baptist Church
‘ have been prevented from their planned pickets
at the funerals of the six people — including a 9-year old girl — who died Saturday during the attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
‘Angels’ are planning to shield mourners at the the funeral of a 9-year-old girl from the hategroup that calls itself the “Westboro Baptist Church
More than 50,000 people rallied
in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi on Sunday, police said, against the controversial reform of a blasphemy law that was behind the killing of a senior politician.
A group of men arrested in Denmark on Wednesday were about to mount a “Mumbai style” attack on the Danish newspaper that ignited Muslim fury around the world by publishing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005, the head of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service said.
The men had been under surveillance for months, and were among 200 radicals identified in a recent Swedish intelligence report, according to intelligence sources in Scandinavia.
head David Miscavige has declared victory over Anonymous
in an internal church magazine.
Miscavige described Anonymous as a group of “mask-wearing subversive and anarchistic internet denizens,” The Register reports. Big words for a man who heads an organization some consider a hate group
at best and a fraudulent business enterprise marketing quackery under the guise of religion.
Miscavige’s declaration brings to mind former President George Bush’s early declaration that the War in Iraq was won days after the capture of Baghdad, says
WhyWeProtest (WWP), run by the anti-Scientology part of Anonymous, maintains a portal explaining its aims and objectives here
Meanwhile, by way of a consumer alert, read up on Scientology
and marvel at the idiocy of the cult’s founder L. Ron Hubbard
— a man who, not surprisingly, had trouble separating truth from fiction.
Incidentally, if you do decide to hand over your money and your mind, here’s a buyer beware: you may also be forced to lose your family and friends
. Here is how Miscavige’s niece described that horrendous side of Scientology
As for David Miscavige, see The Truth Rundown
. In that series of special reports the St. Peterburg Times highlights the alleged abusive behavior of current Scientology leader David Miscavige, as well as other criticism leveled at Scientology by a number of high-level defectors.
The Republican who will head the House committee that oversees domestic security is planning to open a Congressional inquiry
into what he calls “the radicalization” of the Muslim community
when his party takes over the House next year.
Representative Peter T. King of New York, who will become the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he was responding to what he has described as frequent concerns raised by law enforcement officials that Muslim leaders have been uncooperative in terror investigations
He cited the case of Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan man and a legal resident of the United States, who was arrested last year for plotting to bomb the New York subway system. Mr. King said that Ahmad Wais Afzali, an imam in Queens who had been a police informant, had warned Mr. Zazi before his arrest that he was the target of a terror investigation.
“When I meet with law enforcement, they are constantly telling me how little cooperation they get from Muslim
leaders,” Mr. King said.
Swedish intelligence agency Saepo said
Wednesday there were around 200 violence-promoting Islamic extremists
in Sweden, days after the country’s first ever suicide bombing missed wreaking havoc among Christmas shoppers.
Some “80 percent of the 200 can be linked to each other,” Malena Rembe, the chief analyst at Saepo’s Counter-Terrorism Unit told reporters, adding they were not part of one big network.
“The radicalisation happens in Sweden,” but “the concrete threat is mainly directed at people in other countries,” Rembe said.
has gone mainstream
, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center
in Los Angeles, named for the famous Nazi Hunter.
Today, the center releases its Top Ten list
of such offensive speech by politicians, Hollywood figures, journalists, historians, and everyday people on social media such as Facebook pages.
An Afghan man who helped mutilate his young daughter-in-law
after she tried to flee her marriage has been arrested for abetting the crime.
The father-in-law, named Suliman, is being held in an Afghanistan jail, according to Women for Afghan Women
, and has confessed to holding a gun to the young girl’s head while her nose and ears were cut off.
Ayesha, the young woman, is safely in the United States where she is undergoing a series of reconstructive surgeries
Police are still searching for her husband and her brother-in-law, who performed the mutilation.
Once known only as “Bibi,” Ayesha’s story has become an example of the brutality of the Taliban
and also the resilience of a young woman.
The plot described by the FBI was horrific: a 19-year-old Somali-born Muslim with a grudge against the West
, ready to kill and maim thousands at a busy Portland Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
But while the FBI describes Mohamed Osman Mohamud
as a would-be terrorist, there were few hints
of that hidden life to Mohamud’s friends, who knew him as “Mo,” a quiet, suburban teen who liked to drink gin and play video games.
The teen who allegedly thought he was going to kill thousands of people
the day after Thanksgiving in the name of Islamic radicalism
is the same one who, three days earlier, wrote and read a Kwanzaa poem about unity
with two Christian college students.
Court documents and Mohamud’s friends describe the slender Somali-American as juggling contradictory lives
– that of an immigrant struggling to fit in and a Muslim who had become radicalized and was bent on holy war.
A 17-year-old girl in Somalia who converted to Christianity from Islam was shot to death last week in an apparent “honor killing,” sources said.
Nurta Mohamed Farah, who had fled her village of Bardher, Gedo Region to Galgadud Region to live with relatives after her parents tortured her for leaving Islam, died on Nov. 25.
says the number of reported hate crimes dropped significantly
in 2009 from the previous year, to their lowest point in more than 15 years, despite the deepening recession and growing social tensions.
Anti-religious crimes also declined, although attacks against Jewish targets
continued to far outstrip incidents aimed at Muslims and Islamic sites, David Gibson writes
The FBI report
shows that there were 6,598 single-bias incidents in 2009, with nearly half motivated by racial bias
. The second-highest total was the 1,303 incidents motivated by religious bias
, accounting for just under 20 percent of all hate crimes.
Overall, the numbers represent a drop of 15 percent in all hate crimes to the lowest number reported since 1994, outstripping the 5.5 percent decline in violent crime in 2009 and the 4.9 percent drop in property crimes.
The rehabilitation of terrorist sympathizer Cat Stevens
has now hit the mainstream.
What we’re seeing is something akin to the Cold War-era phenomenon of anti-anti-Communism. The anti-anti-Communist left, comprising large sections of the press, academy, and even federal bureaucracies, was simply incapable of understanding
that the defense of American civil liberties did not depend on the uncritical defense of the rights of Communists.
Call this latest manifestation of liberal illogic anti-anti-Islamism
. [Read up on Islamism
Members of a Kansas ‘church’ that protests at military funerals may have found themselves in the wrong town
Shortly after finishing their protest at the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey of McAlester, a half-dozen protesters from Westboro Baptist Church
in Topeka, Kan., headed to their minivan, only to discover that its front and rear passenger-side tires had been slashed
To make matters worse, as their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires, with a McAlester police car following behind, the protesters were unable to find anyone in town who would repair their vehicle, according to police.
Even before the protesters discovered their damaged tires, they faced off with a massive crowd of jeering and taunting counterprotesters
The Supreme Court is expected to rule
on whether or not the hate group’s despicable behaviour