Egypt detains opposition activists ahead of poll

Middle East editor

Egyptian authorities have rounded up hundreds of members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood in a crackdown apparently designed to stop the Islamist movement from taking part in local elections next month.

Speaker of Egyptian Parliament blasts Ayman Nour at international law forum

March 6, 2008

Washington, D.C. – The Leadership Council for Human Rights (LCHR) calls on the U.S. government and the international human rights community to address distortions made by the Speaker of Egyptian Parliament, Dr. Ahmed Fathi Sorour, about the case of imprisoned parliamentarian Ayman Nour.  Dr. Sorour, who addressed the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Wednesday evening, focused his remarks on the need to balance terrorism prevention with respect for human rights.  However, when asked to address the rights of Nour, who has been recognized by world leaders, including President Bush, as a political prisoner, Dr. Sorour claimed that the world had been duped.

Pace Student Who Dumped Korans in Toilet Gets Community Service Charges reduced from hate crime

Fox News 

NEW YORK (AP) -- A former Pace University student who twice threw copies of the Koran into a toilet at the school after disputes with Muslims pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct in connection with the incidents.

Stanislav Shmulevich, 24, pleaded guilty as part of a deal in which he must do 300 hours of community service. He has completed about 80 hours of the service at a hospital, his lawyer said.

Shmulevich, of Brooklyn, admitted he tossed the Muslim holy books into toilets at Pace on Oct. 13, 2006, and Nov. 21, 2006. A criminal complaint says the Koran that was recovered in the October incident "was covered in feces."

In both cases, a teacher found the books in a men's room on the second floor of the school's main building in lower Manhattan.

Muslims consider the Koran a sacred writing that contains the direct word of God, and desecrating it is seen as an offense against God.

Detective Faisal Khan, who prepared the complaint, said Shmulevich told him "he committed the acts out of anger toward a group of Muslim students with whom he had a recent disagreement."

Shmulevich, a business major and immigrant from the former Soviet Union, initially was charged with two counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime. The charge is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

His lawyer, Glenn Morak, said he believed the disorderly conduct plea was an appropriate disposition.

"There was no hate crime here," Morak said. "He accepts responsibility, and he is repentant."

Shmulevich, the lawyer said, is no longer at Pace, which has about 14,000 students on its campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

Egyptian film festival bans Danish, Dutch


CAIRO, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Danish and Dutch filmmakers are barred from an international children's film festival in Egypt because artists in those countries insulted Islam, a report said.

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Muslim medics refuse to roll up their sleeves in hygiene crackdown - because it's against their religion

Health officials are having crisis talks with Muslim medical staff who have objected to hospital hygiene rules because of religious beliefs.

Medics in hospitals in at least three major English cities have refused to follow the regulations aimed at helping tackle superbugs because of their faith, it has been revealed.

Wife accused of insulting Islam for removing veil

Egypt goalie slammed for move to Swiss club

Egypt's star goalie Essam al-Hadary is drawing flack for leaving his home team Ahli without giving notice to pursue an international career with Swiss club Sion after his huge success in last month's African Cup of Nations tournament.

Hadary – named the best goal keeper in Africa following Egypt's capture of the African Cup – is said to have signed with Sion despite having two years left on his contract with Al Ahli.

Dutch Islam film 'nearly ready' 


Geert Wilders. File photo
Mr Wilders is the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party
BBC News 

Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has said that this week he will finish a film about Islam which has already triggered Muslim outrage.

Mr Wilders said he was determined to release the film despite government warnings that this would damage Dutch political and economic interests.


The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali
Dr Nazir-Ali has gained admirers for
commenting on controversial topics

Bishop of Rochester reasserts 'no-go' claim


In his first interview since his controversial comments, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali vows not to be forced into silence

The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, who received death threats for airing his views on Islamic issues, has vowed that he will continue to speak out.

Bank stops giving piggy banks to kids for fear of offending MuslimsLaughing 

Piggy banks are given the chop as bank tries to attract young Muslims


Knorbert the piglet has been dropped as the mascot of Fortis Bank after it decided to stop giving piggy banks to children for fear of offending Muslims.

The decision has been viewed in the Netherlands as the ritual slaughter of a popular pig by political correctness.

Egypt 'monitoring attacks on Islam ahead of Dutch TV film'


Egypt on Friday deplored what it called gratuitous attacks on Islam and said it was closely monitoring plans by a Dutch filmmaker to release an anti-Koran film.

Church of England donates cash to aid Muslim prayer

A diocese of the Church of England is giving an unprecedented £250,000 towards a multi-faith building in which the largest amount of worship space will be reserved for Muslims.


Iranian Man Sentenced to 4 Months in Jail, 30 Lashes for Walking Dog

A 70-year-old Iranian man was arrested and sentenced to four months in jail and 30 lashes for walking his dog, reported Tuesday. Police caught the man on the street with his dog in Shahr Rey, a suburb of Tehran.


 Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi Barred from U.K.

It was announced during the first week of February 2008 that foremost Sunni cleric Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi has been barred from the U.K. 

Free Kosovo a Door for Islamic Radicals

Free Kosovo will endanger the stability in the Balkans once again, estimated the American ambassador at the UN, John Bolton.

Independent Kosovo will endanger the stability in the Balkans once again, estimated the American ambassador at the UN, John Bolton. - Home

Suspected Danish cartoon rioters torch cars

GANGS of rioters set fire to cars and garbage trucks in northern Copenhagen after demonstrators evicted from a youth centre earlier in the year tried to occupy a new building.

Five youths were arrested in the capital after 28 cars and 35 garbage trucks were burned, Copenhagen police duty officer Jakob Kristensen said.

Rights group urges Saudi king to spare woman convicted of 'witchcraft'

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Denmark's leading newspapers reprinted a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad today that triggered rioting in Muslim countries two years ago.

Police foil cartoonist murder plot

Revealed: Islamist extremists have penetrated the heart of Britain

Evening Stanard 


Mustapha boutarfa

Terrorist: Mustapha Boutarfa was involved in the Paris Metro bomb attack, but was then allowed to work as a traffic warden in the UK

Islamist extremists have infiltrated Government and key public utilities to pass sensitive information to terrorists, the security services have warned.

Religious police ban red roses in Saudi Arabia Laughing


From correspondents in Riyadh

SAUDI Arabia's religious police have banned red roses ahead of Valentine's Day, forcing couples in the conservative Muslim nation to think of new ways to show their love.


The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has ordered florists and gift shop owners in the capital Riyadh to remove any items coloured scarlet, which is widely seen as symbolising love, newspapers said.

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