Faking a killing

Posted By Melanie Phillips

Standpoint, July 2008

On September 30 2003, two days after Ariel Sharon, then the leader of Israel’s opposition Likud Party, went for a walk on Temple Mount, Palestinians mounted a demonstration at Gaza’s Netzarim Junction. A 55-second piece of video footage of that demonstration, transmitted that day by the French TV station France 2, was to cause unprecedented violence in the Middle East and throughout the world.

The Second Amendment and Islamic Law

European Converts to Terrorism

by Milena Uhlmann

by Milena Uhlmann

Middle East Quarterly

Conversion to Islam among native Europeans is on the rise. Many converts live at peace within their native societies; some convert only for marriage, and reject neither contemporary culture nor Europe's Judeo-Christian values. A minority, however, embraces radical interpretations of Islam and can pose a security risk. The involvement of Muslim converts in recent terrorist attacks has raised concern in Europe about these "converts to terrorism." While intelligence agencies and security services track international communications and guard borders, such homegrown terrorists pose just as potent a threat to the security of Western democracies. European security services and politicians remain unprepared to handle this growing phenomenon.

 

The implications of sharia finance in the UK

 

Melanie Phillips

 

The huge spread of sharia finance should cause us the greatest possible concern. It is seen as relatively untroublesome way of reaching out to Muslims while making some people a very great deal of money. So everyone is happy? This couldn’t be further from truth. It fails to understand that this country doesn’t just face Islamic terrorism but an attempt to colonise Britain for Islam through the spread of sharia and the most extreme interpretation of Islam.

Obama on the Nile 

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

 

Thomas L. Friedman

This column will probably get Barack Obama in trouble, but that’s not my problem. I cannot tell a lie: Many Egyptians and other Arab Muslims really like him and hope that he wins the presidency.

THE MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE
 

 

Jordanian Columnist and Former Minister Laments the Emigration of Christians from the Middle East Caused by Their Persecution  

In the wake of the growing tensions between Copts and Muslims in Egypt, which were precipitated by the murder of four Copts in Alexandria and by violent attacks on Copts by Muslims in Upper Egypt,(1)  former Jordanian information minister Salah Al-Qallab published an article in which he called for peaceful coexistence between the majority Muslim population and Christian communities in the Middle East.
  
The following are excerpts from the article(2):       
         
"[Egypt] Has a Group Afflicted with the Madness of Blind Extremism and Factionalism"

The Wall Street Journal Home Page

CROSS COUNTRY

Charter Schools Shouldn't Promote Islam

By KATHERINE KERSTEN, Minneapolis

At what point does a publicly funded charter school with strong Islamic ties cross the line and inappropriately promote religion?

Religious Tension Imperils Egypt's Unity

Middle East Times 

Violence has erupted in recent weeks between Christians and Muslims in various parts of Egypt, bringing to the forefront an age-old problem in a country considered a leading U.S. ally in the Middle East and where a more moderate – and tolerant – form of Islam is practiced.

 

THE MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE
 

 

Mujahideen Monitor U.S. Economy, Attempt to Undermine Dollar

Numerous postings on Islamist websites in the past two years reflect the mujahideen's growing interest in the state of the U.S.rs reflect the mujahideen's growing interest in the state of the U.S. economy. As was argued in a 2007 MEMRI analysis, [1] many of the jihadists and their supporters have come to view their struggle against the U.S. and the West as an economic war.

The implications of sharia finance in the UK

Melanie Phillips 

The huge spread of sharia finance should cause us the greatest possible
concern. It is seen as relatively untroublesome way of reaching out to
Muslims while making some people a very great deal of money. So
everyone is happy? This couldn’t be further from truth. It fails to
understand that this country doesn’t just face Islamic terrorism but an
attempt to colonise Britain for Islam through the spread of sharia and
the most extreme interpretation of Islam.

USA: You can't have religion in public schools, unless it's Islam 

Islam in America's public schools: Education or indoctrination?

San Francisco Chronicle 

With fatal terrorist attacks on the decline worldwide and al Qaeda apparently in disarray, it would seem a time for optimism in the global war on terrorism. But the war has simply shifted to a different arena. Islamists, or those who believe that Islam is a political and religious system that must dominate all others, are focusing less on the military and more on the ideological. It turns out that Western liberal democracies can be subverted without firing a shot.

The Monastery of Abu Fana

Rasha Noor

On May 31, 2008, the monastery of Abu Fana, the oldest of the world, had been attacked by the Bedouins of the area. Located in al-Menya, a small village in Upper Egypt, the monastery has a piece of land, a few acres in total that has been turned into fields of crops planted and taken care of by the monks. Built in the 4th century (A.D.), the monastery, it is told, had gone under attack numerous times, with this recent attack being exceedingly worse.

The Rebellion Within

An Al Qaeda mastermind questions terrorism.

by Lawrence Wright June 2, 2008

Dr. Fadl had laid the intellectual foundation for Al Qaeda’s murderous acts. His defection posed a terrible threat.

Dr. Fadl had laid the intellectual foundation for Al Qaeda’s murderous acts. His defection posed a terrible threat.

Last May, a fax arrived at the London office of the Arabic newspaper Asharq Al Awsat from a shadowy figure in the radical Islamist movement who went by many names.

Mail Online

Bishop says collapse of Christianity is wrecking British society - and Islam is filling the void

By Sean Poulter and Niall Firth

Michael Nazir-AliThe collapse of Christianity has wrecked British society, a leading Church of England bishop declared yesterday.

 It has destroyed family life and left the country defenceless against the rise of radical Islam in a moral and spiritual vacuum.

Kafir Dreams  

FrontPageMagazine. 

 

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Bill Warner, the director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI) and spokesman for PoliticalIslam.com.

FP: Bill Warner, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

Warner: Thank you Jamie.

Censorship and social realism at the Cairo Book Fair

By Ingrid Wassmann

May, 2008.  The once bustling Nasr City Fair Grounds now stand empty.  The hundreds of participating publishers have packed up, the exhibition stands dismantled and the thousands of visitors, scholars, students and families gone home with their new books. 

Saudis hold "women in the workplace" forum -- with no women present

Scholar lifts veil on sharia

When clerics, ministers and businessmen gathered at a forum in Riyadh in April to discuss women in the workplace, there were no women in sight.

Typically for Saudi Arabia, the women who took part were seated in a separate room so the men could only hear them.

Such things are part and parcel of the complex system of social control maintained by clerics of Saudi Arabia's austere version of Sunni Islamic law,

BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS
History textbooks promoting Islam
New report says Muslim activists 'succeeding' in expunging criticism

By Bob Unruh

History textbooks being used by hundreds of thousands of public school students across the U.S. are blatantly promoting Islam, according to a new report by an independent organization that researches and reviews textbooks.

Economist.com

Egyptian life

An unorthodox insight

THIS account of life in Cairo is sex and the city with a difference. Young Cairene women are as elegant and as sex-obsessed as their New York counterparts but their every action is monitored by bullying, protective brothers and nosy doormen. A circle of sisters, friends and neighbours meet each evening at Roda's apartment to play tarneeb (a simplified form of bridge) and to chew over their frustrations with love, work and families. When tiresome menfolk call them on their mobiles, the lies come tripping.

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Out of Power—For Now

 

 An Egyptian votes at the municipal elections

 From theTrumpet.com 

Despite its sitting out the latest elections, the Muslim Brotherhood is still the rising power in Egypt. By Richard Palmer

By Richard Palmer

President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party won a landslide victory this week in the Egyptian parliamentary elections.


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