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Muslims hack Euro Lottery site, condemn alcohol and gambling, replace homepage with Qur'an verses

The French site of the Euromillions lottery has reportedly been hacked, with the homepage being replaced by Koranic verses.

The hackers, who have described themselves ‘Moroccanghosts’, posted the message in Arabic and French.

The Koranic verses call games of chance and alcohol ‘works of the devil’ intended to turn people away from God, the BBC reports.

The Francaise des Jeux (FDJ), which runs Euromillions in France, said that the pages concerned were in “the process of being put back up”.

Indonesia: Police foil terror plot to attack US diplomatic missions, arrest 11 members of an Islamic group

Indonesia's anti-terrorism squad has arrested 11 suspected militants who were said to be planning an attack on western targets in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.

The US embassy in Java and Jakarta, plaza 89 near the Australian Embassy and the offices of the mining company Freeport-McMoran were the targets, according to police.

One fully primed bomb and some bomb-making equipment were recovered following raids at four locations on the island of Java. The suspects belong to a relatively new militant outfit known as Harakah Sunni for the Indonesian Society (Hasmi), say police.
Indonesia Arrests 11 over US Embassy Terror Plot
Geetha Pillai, International Business Times, October 28, 2012

Israel Law Center files $1 billion lawsuit accusing Bank of China of materially supporting terrorism

Bank of China, according to the Israel Law Center — Shurat HaDin, which has filed a $1 billion lawsuit in a New York court accusing the bank of materially supporting Hamas terrorism.
The plaintiffs allege that starting in 2003, the national Chinese bank executed dozens of wire transfers for Hamas totaling several million dollars. These transfers were initiated by the Hamas leadership in Iran and Syria, processed through BOC branches in the United States and sent on to a BOC account in China operated by a senior militant. From there, the funds were transferred to Hamas and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
In April 2005, Israeli counterterrorism officers met with officials from the Chinese Ministry of Public Security and China’s Central Bank. The Israelis demanded that the Chinese officials take action to prevent the BOC from making any further such wire transfers. “Despite these warnings the state-owned bank, with Beijing’s approval, continued to wire funds for terrorism, all while declaring that they did not consider Hamas a terrorist group,” stressed [Shurat HaDin director Nitsana] Darshan-Leitner. [my emphasis]
According to the complaint: “Most of these wire transfers were made to account #4750401-0188-150882-6 at a Bank of China branch in Guangzhou, China, in the name of ‘S.Z.R Al-Shurafa.’ The owner of the account, Said al-Shurafa, is a senior officer and agent of both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.”
The Bank of China has released a statement saying, in effect, that they would never dream of doing anything to help terrorists. But the complaint is persuasive in its argument that the bank’s officials had plenty of information about what Hamas was doing with the money it was transferring.
Bank of China May Have Helped Hamas Kill Jews
Vic Rosenthal, The Jewish Press, October 28, 2012

US criticizes Europe over its failure to label a terrorist organization... as a terrorist organization

White House counterterrorism chief John O. Brennan said Friday that European failure to join the United States in designating the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah a terrorist organization is undermining international counterterrorism efforts.

"Let me be clear," Brennan said in a speech in Dublin, European resistance "makes it harder to defend our countries and protect our citizens."

Brennan listed Hezbollah at the top of a list of joint U.S. and European security challenges. In addition to its alliance with terrorist activities by Iran, he said, "we have seen Hezbollah training militants in Yemen and Syria."

Sheep stolen across Europe as Muslims prepare for mass slaughter during Eid al-Adha ("Festival of Sacrifice")

As Muslims prepare to take twisted pleasure in the brutal slaughter of innocent animals, a spate of sheep thefts has been reported across Europe.

From Cornwall in Britain:

POLICE are warning livestock owners to be on their guard against sheep rustlers after 20 animals were stolen in Withiel.
Officers say organised gangs are again targeting the area, after a spate of sheep thefts were committed last year within a ten-mile radius of Bodmin.
The latest farmer to lose livestock is David Harris, who keeps 300 sheep on land in the Withiel parish.
Thieves stole 20 of his sheep from two fields which he estimated to be worth £3,200 at market.
Mr Harris said: "We check the sheep twice a day, but it is impossible to count every one of them, but now we will certainly be improving security in the future.
"As well as losing these sheep, you have to take into account the 30 or 40 lambs they would have produced, so you are talking about quite a few thousand pounds – it's a big loss."
Mr Harris, 65, has kept sheep for more than 25 years, and says it is the first time any of his livestock have been stolen.
"I suspect they have been taken upcountry and slaughtered at a private abattoir because they were all tagged and a licensed slaughterhouse wouldn't have had anything to do with them."

Source: ThisIsCornwall H/T: Bluepanic

At Isère in France an entire flock of sheep was stolen.

A flock of 130 lambs penned in an isolated field in Isère was stolen last Wednesday night. The livestock, which was in an electrified enclosure far from any livestock in Dizimieu, in Isère, was loaded "in a few minutes on to two lorries", indicated the officer of the Crémieu brigade, Stéphane Coignard, specifying that tyre tracks have been detected on the scene.
The stock raiser, for whom the damage is estimated at 20,000 euros, had bought the sheep three weeks again in Spain in order to sell them for the Eid festival which starts on Friday.
This theft was perpetrated so that the lambs could be "slaughtered during the festival of Eid on the local market, we are 100% certain," said the officer. "There are illegal abattoirs. The sheep can be kept in a hangar without being seen," he added when the lambs are ringed.

Syria: At least 61 people were killed on the first day of a truce to mark the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday

At least 61 people were killed on Friday in Syria on the first day of a truce to mark the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The Britain-based watchdog which said the truce collapsed in several regions gave an early evening death toll of 61 dead -- 21 civilians, 27 soldiers and 13 rebels.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman reported casualties from fighting and car bombings in various parts of Syria, including in and around Damascus, in the second city Aleppo, in the central city of Homs and near the Wadi Deif military base in the northwest province of Idlib.

Eid Mubarak in Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills 36 people and wounds 23 outside a mosque

Update: BBC News reports that at least 41 people were killed and more than 50 people were wounded in the attack.

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing 36 people and wounding 23, officials said.

The attack in the town of Maymana, capital of northern Faryab province, came as people were gathering at the mosque to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Top provincial officials, including the governor and the police chief, were inside the building when the bomber set off his explosives outside, where a large crowd had gathered, officials said
Officials: suicide bomber kills 36 in Afghanistan
Amir Shah, Associated Press, October 26, 2012

Yemen: Masked gunmen shoot dead a counter-terrorism official, latest in a series of assassinations

Masked gunmen shot dead a counter-terrorism official south of Sanaa on Wednesday, a security source said, the latest in a series of assassinations as the U.S.-allied government battles al Qaeda militants.

Ali al-Yamani was shot by two motorcycle gunmen in Damar province where he was leading counter-terrorism efforts, the source said, adding the gunmen who fled were suspected of being linked to al Qaeda.

Another assassination attempt on the mayor of Sanaa, Abdulkader Ali Hilal failed earlier Thursday, the official Saba news agency reported.

Civilian deaths from US drone attacks to be investigated by United Nations, may amount to war crimes

The United Nations is to set up a dedicated investigations unit in Geneva early next year to examine the legality of drone attacks in cases where civilians are killed in so-called "targeted" counter-terrorism operations.

The announcement was made by Ben Emmerson QC, a UN special rapporteur, in a speech to Harvard law school in which he condemned secret rendition and waterboarding as crimes under international law. His forthright comments, directed at both US presidential candidates, will be seen as an explicit challenge to the prevailing US ideology of the global war on terror.

Earlier this summer, Emmerson, who monitors counter-terrorism for the UN, called for effective investigations into drone attacks. Some US drone strikes in Pakistan may amount to war crimes, Emmerson warned.
UN to investigate civilian deaths from US drone strikes
Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, October 25, 2012

Bahrain: Another mosque used to manufacture bombs; detonators, stopwatches and other materials seized

Police in Bahrain said on Wednesday they uncovered a weapons cache inside an unlicensed mosque where locally-made bombs were being produced.

Authorities said they seized electric detonators, stopwatches and other materials used to make bombs.

The cache was uncovered in the area of Abou Baham, a scene of violence attributed by official media to Shiite hardliners.

UK: A university graduate, unemployed security guard and a charity worker united in the name of Allah

Three Birmingham men masterminded a suicide bombing campaign involving eight simultaneous explosions in crowded places, a court has heard.

No target was set for the would-be rucksack bombers but they were allegedly recorded bragging about planning 'another 9/11'.

Woolwich Crown Court heard that the 'Jihadists' had plotted to cause "as much carnage as they could in the name of Allah".
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The three are charged with engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts between Christmas Day 2010 and September 19 2011.

Pharmaceutical graduate Naseer, from Doris Road, Sparkbrook, is charged with five different offences. He was awarded a degree from Aston University in 2003 and was known as 'Big Irfan or Chubbs'.

Unemployed security guard Khalid, of Timbers Way, Sparkbrook, faces four counts under section five of the Terrorism Act.

Former charity worker Ashik Ali, aged 27, from White Street, Sparkbrook, faces three different offences.

Irfan Naseer and Irfan Khalid, are also alleged to have received terror training in tribal areas of Pakistan in 2009 and again in 2011

Australia: Muslims enforce Shari'ah, convert whipped 40 times with an electric cable for drinking alcohol

A Muslim man who was whipped 40 times for drinking alcohol was told to remember the pain next time he thought of picking up a drink, a Sydney magistrate has been told.

Zakaryah Raad, 21, Tolga Cifci, 21, Wassim Fayad, 44, and Cengiz Coskun, 22, faced Burwood Local Court today charged with lashing Christian Martinez, 31, with an electric cable as punishment under sharia for drinking alcohol.

The four men have pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and stealing CCTV footage from Mr Martinez's apartment in Silverwater, in Sydney's west, in the early hours of July 17 last year.

Syria: Assad tells UN-Arab League envoy countries must stop supporting, arming and protecting terrorists

Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the United Nations-Arab League envoy on Sunday that countries must stop supporting, arming and providing protection to terrorists -- the government's term for rebels.

Lakhdar Brahimi was in Damascus to try to broker a cease-fire before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins Friday.

The president "stressed that Syria supports the efforts of the U.N. envoy to Syria and is open to any sincere efforts seeking to find a political solution to the crisis based on respecting Syria's sovereignty and rejecting any foreign interference," the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

He "clarified that any initiative or political process should be essentially based on the principle of halting terrorism and what is required in this regard from the countries involved in supporting, arming and harboring the terrorists in Syria (is) to halt such acts," it said.

Nigeria: 3 days of Islamic terror attacks against churches and other targets leaves at least 31 dead

At least hundreds of residents began fleeing northeastern Nigeria Sunday, October 21, after three days of Islamic attacks against churches and other targets left dozens dead.

Among the churches hit by suspected fighters of the militant Boko Haram group since Thursday, October 18, was an evangelical congregation in Nigeria's troubled Borno State.

Reporters said gunmen of attacked the building of the Church of Brethren in Nigeria in Atagara village in the Gwoza area, killing at least two people.

The entire church was reportedly set ablaze as part of a wider campaign in the state that also involved killing a Chinese engineer and three colleagues.

At least one church was also torched by militants in the northeastern city of Potiskum, where at least 31 people were killed in the last three days, including one or more policemen, according to refugees and reporters.

Ukraine: Well-known Jewish orthopedist and professor murdered near his home by 3 young Muslim men

A well-known Jewish orthopedist and professor in Lviv, Ukraine, was reportedly murdered on Saturday morning near his home by three young Muslim men, who were later captured by the police.

According to the Jewish Press and ultra-Orthodox Israeli website, the perpetrators were former students of Leon Freifeld’s who had been expelled from university due to poor grades.

Turkey: Approved schoolbooks denounce theory of evolution and describe Charles Darwin as a big-nosed Jew

Turkish schoolchildren in Istanbul received a series of books denouncing scientific figures, including one denying the theory of evolution and describing Charles Darwin as a big-nosed Jew, the Financial Times reported Friday.

According to the paper, the books were distributed last week to hundreds of students in the Maltepe district of Turkey's capital after the government-affiliated local education authority approved their content.

The book on Darwin reportedly states that the evolutionary biologist “Had two problems: First he was a Jew; second, he hated his prominent forehead, big nose and misshapen teeth.”

Canada: Iraqi Muslim terrorist involved in two separate attacks that killed 12, could be extradited to US

Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, a Canadian who was born in Iraq, should be extradited to the US on terrorism and murder charges, a judge in Edmonton, Alberta, has ruled.

Sharif is accused of involvement in two separate attacks in 2009 that killed five American soldiers and seven other people in Iraq, according to the BBC.

If convicted of terrorism charges in the United States, Sharif could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

US: Fort Hood victims make video, want terror attack to be called terror attack, not "workplace violence"

For earlier news on the same subject, click here.

Nearly three years after the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, many of those affected are urging the government to declare it a terrorist attack, saying wounded soldiers and victims' relatives otherwise won't receive the same benefits as those in a combat zone.

About 160 people, including relatives of the 13 people killed at the Texas Army post and some of the more than two dozen wounded and their families, released a video Thursday expressing their frustration.
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The soldiers injured or killed have not received certain benefits and are not eligible for the Purple Heart, because the defense secretary has not declared it a terrorist attack, said John Stone, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. John Carter.
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[Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, who was shot six times that day] said he is upset that the Defense Department has referred to the shooting as workplace violence.
Fort Hood victims want shooting called terror act
Associated Press, October 19, 2012

Afghanistan: Roadside bomb kills at least 18 people, mostly women and children, on their way to a wedding

A massive roadside bomb has killed at least 18 people, mostly women and children, on their way to a wedding in northern Afghanistan.

At least 15 others were wounded in what a BBC correspondent called one of the worst such attacks for some time.

The victims were on a minibus, heading to the wedding in the Dawlatabad district of Balkh province, when it was struck at about 06:00 local time.

US: Minneapolis Muslim convicted on five terrorism-related charges, could face life in jail

A Minneapolis man accused of helping send young men through a terrorist pipeline from Minnesota to Somalia was convicted Thursday on all five terrorism-related charges he faced, including one that could land him in prison for life.

The jury returned its verdict against Mahamud Said Omar after deliberating for about eight hours over two days. Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis has not set a sentencing date.
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Omar, a mosque janitor, was the first man to stand trial in the government’s investigation into what it says was the recruitment of more than 20 men who have left Minnesota since 2007 to join al-Shabab
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Prosecutors said during the trial that Omar helped some recruits from Minnesota’s Somali community, which is the largest in the U.S., buy plane tickets to Somalia and gave others $1,000 to buy weapons while they were staying in an al-Shabab safe house.
Minn. man convicted of helping Somali terrorist group
Duluth News Tribune, October 19, 2012

US: Law enforcement official says assassination of President Barack Obama part of a Muslim terror plot

A law enforcement official says the high-ranking U.S. government official who was allegedly considered for assassination during a terrorism plot has been identified as President Barack Obama.

The official stresses that the suspect never got beyond the discussion stage.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and talked to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
President Obama assassination part of terror plot
Kristen Gosling, KSDK, October 18, 2012

Afghanistan: Woman beheaded because she refused her husband's demand that she sleep with another man

A 20-year-old Afghan woman was beheaded for refusing to sleep with a man to comply with her husband and his family's plan to make her a prostitute, according to police. The wanna-be customer, Najibullah, and the in-laws and husband of the victim Mah Gul have been arrested for the murder, reports AFP. "When Gul's husband left for his bakery, I came down and with the help of her mother-in-law killed her with a knife," said Najibullah.
Afghan Woman Beheaded for Refusing to Sleep With Man
Mary Papenfuss, Newser, October 18, 2012

US: FBI thwarts Muslim terror plot to blow up the NY Federal Reserve Bank with a 450kg bomb

A 21-year-old Bangladeshi man who claims links to Al Qaeda has been arrested in New York after a sting operation in which he believed he was going to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank with a 450kg bomb.

The FBI announced that Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis had been arrested in downtown Manhattan after he allegedly repeatedly attempted to explode the dummy bomb with a mobile phone he believed was rigged as a detonator.

He is facing charges of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to Al Qaeda.
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The New York Post reports Nafis told the agent he wanted "something big".

"I don't want something that's like small. I just want something big," he told the agent. "Something very big. Very very very very big, that will shake the whole country, that will make America, not one step ahead, change of policy, and make one step ahead, for the Muslims ... that will make us one step closer to run the whole world."
FBI thwarts plot to bomb Federal Reserve in New York
Paul Toohey, News Limited Network, October 17, 2012

UK: British NHS doctor arrested and charged with terror offenses committed in Syrian "Jihad"

An NHS doctor has been charged with terror offences following the kidnapping of a photographer and his colleague in Syria.

Shajul Islam, 26, was charged with imprisoning John Cantlie, a British photographer, and Dutchman Jeroen Oerlemans in July this year. It follows his arrest at Heathrow airport last Tuesday.

A 26-year-old woman who was arrested at the same time, was released without charge.
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The men were held for a week by a group in Syria in July and Mr Cantlie later said that one of his captors had claimed to be an NHS doctor.

He said the “doctor” used saline drips with NHS logos on them. British medical students spend time in NHS hospitals as part of their training programme.

The extremist said he had taken a sabbatical from his job, and that treating badly injured fighters in Syria would be good training for when he returned to Britain.
British doctor charged over double kidnap in Syria to appear in court
Tom Whitehead & Rosa Silverman, The Telegraph, October 17, 2012

US: First terrorist found guilty at military war-crimes trial after Sept. 11 wins reversal of conviction

A U.S. appeals court threw out the 2008 conviction of Osama bin Laden’s former driver by a military commission, ruling he was wrongly charged for conduct that at the time wasn’t a crime.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington vacated Salim Hamdan’s conviction by the military tribunal at a U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying that the Military Commissions Act of 2006 didn’t authorize retroactive prosecution of acts that hadn’t been classified as war crimes.

“At the time, the international law of war did not proscribe material support for terrorism as a war crime,” Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote for the three-judge panel in today’s opinion. “Hamdan was not charged with aiding and abetting terrorism or some other similar war crime.”

Hamdan, who was captured during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in November 2001 and sent to Guantanamo two months later, was the first terror suspect found guilty at a U.S. military war-crimes trial after the Sept. 11 attacks. He was convicted of providing “material support for terrorism” for serving as bin Laden’s driver in Afghanistan.
Bin Laden’s Driver Wins Reversal of Terrorism Conviction
Sara Forden, Bloomberg News, October 16, 2012

UK: Muslim who married second wife in Shari'ah ceremony stabs her to death in row over unborn baby

A British Muslim, who married his second wife in a secret sharia ceremony, has been sentenced to life in jail for stabbing her to death in a ‘merciless’ attack.

Siraj Arif, 31, knifed Saiba Khatoon – who was 19-weeks pregnant – with such ferocity that two of the three kitchen knives he used snapped under the force of the blows in the row over their unborn baby.

Ms Khatoon’s seven-year-old son Farris, from a previous marriage, was woken by the noise and found his mother covered in blood, Manchester Crown Court heard.

US: Hate crime charges dropped against banker -- the 'victim', a Muslim cabbie, concealed evidence

The hate crime charges came because Jennings allegedly told Ammar, "Go back to your own country." For that, he got a hate crime charge! And Hamas-linked CAIR is still clamoring for his head. CAIR and other Muslims have not hesitated to stoop even to fabricating "hate crimes," including attacks on mosques. CAIR and other groups like it want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them for political points and as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.

But this time it looks as if the Islamic supremacist thugs won't get their way.

"Charges dropped against banker in New York City cab fare dispute," by Michelle Conlin for Reuters, October 15:

Pakistan: Young peace activist was targeted because she's secular-minded, pro-West, called Obama her idol

Malala was attacked by Taliban gunmen on October 9 when she was on her way from school.

The TTP said that they will target her again if she survives because she was a “secular-minded lady”.

“She was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol,” Ehsan had said via telephone from an undisclosed location.

“She was young but she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas,” he said.

Egypt: Two top Muslim Brotherhood officials face investigation over attacks on female protesters

Two top Muslim Brotherhood officials are being investigated by Egypt’s Attorney General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud over their role in allegedly inciting President Mohamed Morsi supporters to attack female protesters around Tahrir Square last Friday.

Mohamed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian are under investigation, Mahmoud said.

Mahmoud himself had only the day before defied an order to step down from his position after President Morsi attempted to push him out after a court acquitted former top Hosni Mubarak officials of their role in the infamous “Camel Battle” during the 18 days of protests that ousted his rule.

The move to fire the Attorney General was largely met with criticism by the country’s judiciary and was seen as an attempt by Morsi to take more control of the largely independent branch.

Commentary: Muslims redefine "blasphemy" against Islam as "terrorism", legitimizing a violent response

The same redefining of "blasphemy" against Islam as "terrorism" against more than a billion Muslims was witnessed in Denmark and Pakistan.

The controversy over the anti-Islam YouTube film, “The Innocence of Muslims,” isn’t going away. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called for mass demonstrations last week, and yesterday thousands of Muslims converged outside Google in London to demand the removal of the YouTube clip:
A protest by 10,000 Muslims outside the offices of Google in London today is just the first in an orchestrated attempt to force the company to remove an anti-Islamic film from website YouTube in Britain. …
Organiser Masoud Alam said: “Our next protest will be at the offices of Google and YouTube across the world. We are looking to ban this film.
“This is not freedom of expression, there is a limit for that. This insult of the Prophet will not be allowed. …
One of the speakers, Sheikh Faiz Al-Aqtab Siddiqui, told The Daily Telegraph: “Terrorism is not just people who kill human bodies, but who kill human feelings as well. The makers of this film have terrorised 1.6 billion people.

That’s an odd quote: “Terrorism is not just people who kill human bodies, but who kill human feelings as well.” On the surface, the speaker seems to be criticizing terrorism, when in fact he’s justifying it. If mocking a religious figure like Mohammed is considered “terrorism,” that would legitimize a violent response. He’s saying you can’t end terrorism against people unless you also end “terrorism against feelings.”

Another protester interviewed in the article said basically the same thing:

Self-employed businessman Ahmed Nasar said he was worried the video could lead to violence in Britain in the same way as it had abroad. “If you push people too far,” he said, “You will turn the peaceful elements into violence.”
Yet another attempt to blame the victims for Islamic terrorism instead of the perpetrators. And these aren’t isolated opinions. The Organization of Islamic Conference, a group that represents 56 Islamic states, called for a global ban on insulting Muhammad at the United Nations last month, claiming that offensive speech could “provoke people to violence.” Not that there’s any chance of a global speech ban actually happening, but it’s a campaign that many Muslim leaders — including ones considered “moderate” – are invested in.
Terrorism Against Feelings
Alana Goodman, Commentary Magazine, October 15, 2012

UK: 10,000 Muslims take part in sexist protest against free speech, define criticism of Islam as terrorism

A protest by 10,000 Muslims outside the offices of Google in London today is just the first in an orchestrated attempt to force the company to remove an anti-Islamic film from website YouTube in Britain.

Thousands had travelled from as far afield as Glasgow to take part in the demonstration, ahead of a planned million-strong march in Hyde Park in coming weeks.
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Barricades were erected in front of Google's headquarters and a crowd bearing placards with the words "We love our prophet more than our lives" and "Prophet Muhammad is the founder of freedom of speech" had amassed by lunchtime.
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One of the speakers, Sheikh Faiz Al-Aqtab Siddiqui, told The Daily Telegraph: "Terrorism is not just people who kill human bodies, but who kill human feelings as well. The makers of this film have terrorised 1.6 billion people.
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As many as 800 imams in mosques across Britain helped to organise today's protest, which lasted four hours and blocked roads almost up to the Queen's doorstep on Buckingham Palace Road.

Muslims from Blackburn, Birmingham, Glasgow, Luton, Manchester and Peterborough were in attendance. When asked where the women attending the protest were, one protester replied: "Right at the back".

Self-employed businessman Ahmed Nasar said he was worried the video could lead to violence in Britain in the same way as it had abroad. "If you push people too far," he said, "You will turn the peaceful elements into violence."
Muslims protest 'age of mockery' as thousands descend on Google HQ
Jennifer O'Mahony, The Telegraph, October 14, 2012

Muslim terror paralyzes Southern Thailand, shops refuse to open, government officials skip work on Fridays

Security forces in Thailand's deep south have been sucked into a psychological battle with shadowy insurgents who have scared many locals into not opening shops on Friday, a holy day for Muslims.

Last Friday saw a few more shops open in markets than the previous week. But the improvement was only marginal with about 80-90 per cent of shops in Pattani's main market for example, remaining closed. The same day the town of Saiburi, scene of a major attack by militants on Sept 21 which helped trigger the panic, was almost completely shut down and resembled a ghost town.

Fear and panic, often driven just by rumours, have overtaken the deep south, where security forces have been battling Malay-Muslim militants in an often brutal low-level war that has left well over 5,000 dead since 2004.

In the wake of the Saiburi attack - which was on a Friday - even some government officials have not been coming to work on that day, locals said.
Friday fears in Thailand's deep south, many local shops not opening
Nirmal Ghosh, Straits Times, October 14, 2012

Syria bans Turkish passenger planes from its airspace, as tensions between Ankara and Damascus increase

Syria has banned Turkish passenger planes from its airspace, as tensions between Ankara and Damascus increase.

The decision, "in accordance with the principle of reciprocity", was in retaliation for Turkey's decision to stop Syrian civil aviation flights over its territory, said state news agency Sana, citing the foreign ministry.

However, the Turkish government has not announced such a ban for Syrian civilian aircraft, although it has said it would continue to ground any Syrian passenger planes it suspected of carrying weapons.

On Wednesday, Turkish jets forced a Syrian civilian flight from Moscow to Damascus to land in Ankara on suspicion of carrying weapons.

Both Damascus and Moscow denied the claim, and the plane was allowed to continue its journey on Friday.

Commentary: Arrest of Portsmouth FC youth and other events spotlight Soccer as a Jihadist recruitment tool

James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the author of the blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer.

The arrest of a former Portsmouth FC youth in France centres back on suspicion of being a violent jihadist highlights how the beautiful game offers opportunities to the militant Islamists.

Yann Nsaku was one of 11 converts to Islam arrested in coordinated raids in several French cities, including Paris, Cannes and Strasbourg, for "suspected Islamic terrorists plotting of anti-Semitic attacks," according to French police. Police said, the group aimed to spark a “war across France" with the aim of imposing Islamic law. Nsaku was detained at his parental home in Cannes.

Nsaku’s case echoes the arrest and conviction in Belgium, almost a decade ago, of Nizar ben Abdelaziz Trabelsi - a Tunisian who played for Germany’s Fortuna Düsseldorf and FC Wuppertal - on charges of illegal arms possession and being a member of a private militia. Trabelsi was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Both cases spotlight the fact that jihadists often start their journey as members of groups organized around some sort of action like soccer. So does analysis of a series of jihadist attacks over the past decade.

The perpetrators of the 2003 Madrid subway bombings, for example, played soccer together. Saudi players like Tamer al-Thamali, Dayf Allah al-Harithi and Majid Sawat attended a militant Quran group twice a week alongside their regular soccer practice. They silently made their way in 2003 to Iraq as the Al Qaeda-led insurgency gained steam in that country. Messrs Al-Thamali and Al-Harithi died as suicide bombers. Sawat’s father recognized his son when Iraqi television did broadcast his interrogation by authorities.

Several Palestinian Hamas* suicide bombers traced their routes to a mosque-sponsored soccer team in the conservative West Bank town of Hebron. To the belief of Israeli intelligence, Hamas - a tight-knit group that shared a passion for soccer, a conservative, religious worldview and deep-seated frustration with Palestinian impotency in shaking off Israeli occupation - saw the team as an ideal recruitment pool.

Men like assassinated Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah were both fervent soccer fans and recognized the game’s useful bonding and recruitment qualities. It brings recruits into the fold, encourages camaraderie and reinforces militancy among those who have already joined. The track record of soccer players turned suicide bombers proved this point.

Nonetheless to Bin Laden as well as more mainstream, non-violent, ultra-conservative Muslims, the beautiful game also posed a challenge. In a swath of land stretching from Central Asia to the Atlantic coast of Africa soccer was, until the eruption of popular revolts in the Middle East and North Africa, the only institution that rivalled Islam in creating public spaces to vent pent-up anger and frustration.

It also distracted from the performance of religious obligations. During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Saudi Arabia’s religious guardians, afraid that believers would forget their daily prayers during matches broadcast live on Saudi TV, rolled out mobile mosques on trucks and prayer mats in front of popular cafes where men gathered to watch the games.

Nsaku, a 19-year old, 6ft 2ins player, was signed in 1998 by Portsmouth from Cannes FC but never made it into the troubled 2008 FA Cup winners' first team. His promising career ended last year when he suffered a knee injury.

Born in the Congo, Nsaku returned last year to Cannes in southern France where he is believed to have converted to Islam and become a believer in its violent jihadist strand under the influence of 33-year old Jérémie-Louis Sidney, the suspected leader of a Salfist group who was killed on Saturday in a shoot-out with French police in Strasbourg. At least three French policemen were injured in the shoot-out that erupted after Mr. Sidney opened fire.

Several of the arrested young men were believed to have recently travelled to Syria to make contact with jihadists fighting the regime of embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Several had also been convicted in the past on charges of theft and drugs trafficking.

Police said that many of the men arrested were Salafis who wanted a return to a life modelled on the 7th century period of the Prophet Mohammed and his immediate successors. They said, the men, who were of white French, North and Central African and West Indian origin from poor- multi-racial neighbourhoods in France, had made wills and had maintained a list of Jewish targets, including Jewish associations and institutions in Paris that they were planning to attack.

Police said, the men had posted their radical views on Facebook and discussed their plans on the telephone. Traces of Mr. Sidney’s DNA were found on the handle of a home-made grenade which was thrown at a Jewish food shop in Sarcelles, near Paris, on September 19.

Police in France have been on alert since March when they shot and killed 23-year old French-Algerian Salafist, Mohammed Merah, killer of seven people including four Jews in Toulouse and Montauban in southern France. It was not clear whether the men arrested recently were linked to Merah, who came from a similar background. The recent arrests, however, idolized him and his killing spree as the "battle of Toulouse".
Events spotlight Soccer as a Jihadist recruitment tool
James M Dorsey, HotnHitNews, October 14, 2012

Pakistan: Car suicide bomb attack at crowded market kills at least 16 people and wounds 30 others

A suicide bomber on Saturday blew up a car at a crowded market in a northwestern Pakistani tribal town, killing at least 16 people and wounding 30 others, officials said.

The blast ripped through the main market in Darra Adam Khel near to a local anti-insurgent peace committee office, which officials said was the target of the attack.

"The death toll has risen to 16 and 30 others were wounded," local government official Fakhar-ud-Din told AFP.
Car suicide bomb kills 16 in NW Pakistan
The Sun Daily, October 13, 2012

India: Arrested Indian Mujahideen men plotted to attack Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad HQ

In a startling revelation, investigators have learned that the three Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists, arrested for the August 1 Pune serial blasts, had conducted a recce at five crowded places in Mumbai on July 24.

The targets included Borivli railway station, Juhu beach, Vashi, Bandra and Andheri. They had even planned to attack the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) headquarters at Nagpada.

The Nagpada ATS headquarters is located near the J J flyover. It houses the office of the ATS chief, an additional commissioner and a DCP. This ground-plus-one building is a heritage structure. Security was reviewed at the ATS headquarters after the revelation.
Arrested Indian Mujahideen men plotted to attack Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad HQ
Neeraj Chauhan & Mateen Hafeez, The Times of India, October 13, 2012

Pakistan: Sunni militants attack Shi'ite students with guns and acid in Kurram, three injured

Shias in Kurram Agency, suffered a second attack in three days after unidentified suspected militants targeted a group of students with guns and acid on Friday.

A vehicle carrying students from Kohat to Parachinar was targeted by militants. The attack injured three students including a girl Nabila, a student of Masters.

Nabila told a doctor at Agency Headquarters Hospital (AHQ) in Parachinar that they were returning from Kohat University to their native areas after appearing in viva exams for their Masters class. As they neared Durrani area in Lower Kurram, militants intercepted their vehicle and opened fire at them. They then threw acid on the students.

France: Homegrown Muslim terrorism is branded the biggest threat to the country since the 90s

A French prosecutor on Thursday branded a homegrown group of Islamist extremists as the biggest terror threat the country has faced since the Algerian-based GIA carried out a string of deadly bombings in the 1990s.

Announcing that he would pursue charges of attempted murder and terrorism against seven of 12 suspects arrested at the weekend, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said they had been part of an active terrorist cell that was “probably the most dangerous in France since 1996.”

The group, he said, had been plotting to mount attacks in France and to join up with other “jihadists” in Syria and elsewhere. The prosecutor added that the profile of the suspects in custody was “much more dangerous than we initially assumed.”

Tunisia: Leaked video belies leader of ruling Ennahda party's "moderate Islamist" image

Leaked video and audio recordings of Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party, are causing the moderate Islamist politician a headache.

Leaked yesterday on Facebook, possibly by Salafist sources, the video allegedly shows Ghannouchi in a meeting with two Salafist leaders, in which he decries secular control of Tunisian media, economy and police. The audio recording, which was leaked on Thursday, purports to be of a February conversation on constitutional reform between Ghannouchi and Salafist leader Sheikh Bechir Ben Hassen, a member of the Tunisian League of Muslim Scholars.

"The rule of law is based on power and not on the Constitution," Ghannouchi allegedly said. "We must instil the Islamic spirit in the people. We must take the time to educate our youth, to spread a global Islamic consciousness. That is when the people themselves will demand sharia law."

News correspondent Lara Logan says Obama Administration is lying about progress in war on terror

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is making big news by accusing the Obama Administration of lying about progress in the war on terrorism. She also urged the administration to avenge the murders of four Americans in Libya, and declared that Islamist terrorists want to destroy the West and the American way of life.

An FBI investigation is not the best way to handle the murders in Libya, she said. “I hope to God that you’re sending in your best clandestine warriors to exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil, that its ambassadors will not be murdered and the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”

It appeared to some commentators that she was arguing for a stronger U.S. military response, which was certainly true in the case of the murdered Americans in Libya, but it is also clear that she sees Pakistan, an Islamic state with nuclear weapons, as one of the main problems facing the U.S. and the region that few political leaders want to address. Pakistan is considered by many politicians, Democrats and Republicans, to be a U.S. ally, and it receives billions of dollars in foreign aid.

In a sensational charge, Logan said that “Pakistani lobbying money” was behind the “narrative” that the U.S. can withdraw from the region and even negotiate a peaceful solution with the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. She implied that U.S. policymakers were being bribed to have the U.S. leave the region under circumstances that would only benefit Islamist forces who seek a world-wide Islamic state, or “caliphate.”

She said it was not “propaganda” to point out that the enemy wants to destroy the United States and the West. “Our way of life is under attack,” she said. “And if you think that is government propaganda, if you think that’s nonsense, if you think thats warmongering, you’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight.”

Logan is the female war correspondent who was in the middle of this fight and raped while covering the “Arab Spring” that was encouraged by the Obama Administration. The policy has resulted in the Islamist takeover of Egypt and a major al-Qaeda presence in Libya, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were recently killed.

One cannot watch her remarks without concluding, based on the eyewitness testimony of someone who has been in the middle of these wars and conflicts for years, that Obama’s weak foreign policy is encouraging more anti-American terrorism, and that another major strike on U.S. soil may be forthcoming.
CBS Reporter Says Islamic Terrorists Are Winning
Cliff Kincaid, Right Side News, October 11, 2012

Indonesia: Australians outraged to learn site of Bali bombings being used as a makeshift public urinal

Friends and relatives of Australian victims of Indonesia’s Bali bombings have expressed outrage after learning that the site of a destroyed nightspot is being used as a makeshift public urinal.

“Don’t urinate here” is spray-painted in Indonesian along the wall of a lot where the Sari Club stood before Islamists attacked it on Oct. 12, 2002.

The militants also bombed Paddy’s Bar across the road, killing 202 people including scores of foreigners.

Among the dead were 88 Australians and many of their countrymen are streaming into Bali to commemorate the attack’s 10th anniversary on Friday.

To their dismay the site, which has long been considered for a possible “peace park,” has been used as a parking lot — with locals reporting that people regularly urinate on the wall.

Indonesia: Twin explosions outside a Christian church and the home of a Christian public employee

Twin explosions rocked the restive district of Poso, Central Sulawesi, on Tuesday as the region’s ongoing sectarian violence continued.

No one was injured in the blasts, which targeted the home of a Christian public employee and a church, National Police Spokesman Brig. Gen. Suhardi Alius said on Wednesday.

The first bomb exploded outside the home of Okrifil Mamuaya, a Christian man working for the district public works office, in Poso at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. An hour later, a second bomb was detonated near a church in Pamona Timur, Suhardi said.
Bombs Explode Outside Church, Home in Poso
Farouk Arnaz & John Lory, Jakarta Globe, October 10, 2012

US: State Dept. officials: No "Innocence of Muslims" protest outside of Libya mission before attack

The deadly September attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya was not precipitated by an anti-American protest, as had originally been reported, the State Department disclosed Tuesday night. According to reports from ABC and the Associated Press, the State Department now acknowledges that "gunfire and explosions near the front gate" were the first signs of danger precipitating the attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

This revelation stands in contrast to the story originally reported by the Obama administration and others, who claimed that a protest against the anti-Islam film "The Innocence of Muslims" outside the American consulate was co-opted by violent extremists.

The administration has come under harsh criticism from conservative critics in recent weeks over its actions before and after the attack. The first congressional hearing on the subject is scheduled for Wednesday.

US: No jail time for American Muslim who drove his SUV at a group of Christian demonstrators

Mike Mohamad Agemy, who drove his SUV at a group of Christian demonstrators in front of the Islamic Center of America on June 17, won’t be headed to trial.

Instead, he chose to enter a no-contest plea to two lesser charges during a preliminary examination of the evidence against him Monday before 19th District Judge Mark Somers.
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Agemy pleaded to two lesser charges of aggravated assault, which each carry a sentence of up to six months in jail. Somers sentenced him two years’ probation, an anger-management class of about 12 weeks and $1,150 in fines and court costs. Agemy will have to report to a probation officer for six months; if he has to continue to report after that, the fee will be $25 per month.

UK: Notorious terrorist preacher's wife asked to consider downsizing her free £1 million London home

A London council has asked the wife of Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to consider downsizing from the five-bedroom council property she lives in.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council believes Najat Mostafa lives in the house in Shepherd's Bush, west London, with two of the couple's eight children.

The council said it could not force her to move as there was no time limit on the tenancy agreement.

The preacher has been extradited to the US where he faces 11 terror charges.

Denmark: Muslims continue to redefine anything critical of Islam or Muhammad as "terrorism" against them

More than 2,000 people marched to the U.S. Embassy in Denmark to protest the anti-Muslim film that sparked violence throughout the Middle East, organizers said.
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The group criticized the United States and the United Nations for permitting the U.S.-made movie "The Innocence of Muslims, which denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. A 14-minute clip from the film was posted on the Internet in early July.

An man in the procession shouted slogans and criticisms from a bullhorn.

He called the film a "visual and verbal form of terrorism [that] threatened peace and provided fodder to radicals."

Another non-Muslim country with some highly Muslim-populated areas forcibly carved up by "separatists"

The Philippine government has reached a framework peace agreement with the country's largest Muslim rebel group, President Benigno Aquino says.

The deal follows long negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to end a 40-year conflict that has cost more than 120,000 lives.

It provides for a new autonomous region in the south, where Muslims are a majority in a mainly Catholic country.

The MILF is "very happy" with the deal, a spokesman was quoted as saying.

Afghanistan: Clerics defend "Islamic values" by offering $300k bounty on anti-Islam filmmaker

An Afghan religious cleric announced $300,000 bounty to kill the producer of the American film which insulted prophet Muhammad.

This is the first time Afghan religious clerics jointly announce bounty in a bid to defend insulting the Islamic values.

Anti-Islam film sparked deadly protest across the Muslim countries and the producer of the film was widely criticized for desecrating the Islamic values.

A number of Afghan religious students, clerics and members of the civil society following a demonstration urged to arrest and try the producer of the Anti-Islam film.
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Meanwhile recent reports suggest the maker of the movie was arrested by the US government however there is no news regarding his fate.
Afghan cleric offer $300k bounty on Anti-Islam filmmaker
Sadaf Shinwari, Khaama Press, October 7, 2012

Turkey returns fire: Turkish/Syrian cross-border attacks threaten to escalate into war

Turkey has returned fire after a mortar bomb shot from Syria landed in a field in southern Turkey.

The exchange came the day after Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warned Damascus that his country would not shy away from war if provoked.

It was the fourth day of Turkish strikes in retaliation for mortar bombs and shelling by Syrian forces that killed five Turkish civilians further east on Wednesday.

The strikes and counter-strikes are the most serious cross-border violence in Syria's conflict, which began as a pro-democracy uprising but has evolved into a civil war with sectarian overtones. They highlight how the crisis could destabilise the region.

US: Abu Hamza finally arrives to face terror charges after extradition from the UK along with 4 others

He was expected to face a judge in New York within 24 hours after civilian US jets flew him to America hours after he lost his long legal battle to stay in Britain.

He arrived at Westchester County Airport, New York State, soon after 2am local time.

Hamza, 54, a supporter of al Qaeda and former preacher at Finsbury Park mosque in North London, is wanted in the US on terrorist charges. They include conspiring with Seattle men to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and helping abduct 16 hostages, two of them American tourists, in Yemen in 1998. He has been in a British jail since 2004 on separate charges of inciting racial hatred and encouraging followers to kill non-Muslims.

Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary, who were reportedly on the same flight as Hamza to New York, have been indicted with others, including Osama bin Laden, for their alleged roles in the bombings of two US embassies in east Africa in 1998.

Al-Fawwaz, a Saudi citizen, faces more than 269 counts of murder.

UK: Atheists kicked out of college fair because 'Mohammed pineapple' caused 'distress' to Muslims

A group of atheist students were thrown out of their fresher's fair in London because they displayed a pineapple labelled 'Mohammed' on their stall.

The Reading University's Atheist, Humanist and Secularist Society (RAHS) said they wanted to celebrate free speech and promote their upcoming debate 'Should we respect religion?'

But they were ordered to remove the offending fruit by union staff who said their actions were causing 'distress' to a number of Muslim students and other societies.

RAHS refused to remove the fruit, citing that they had labelled the pineapple after the Islamic prophet to 'encourage discussion about blasphemy, religion, and liberty'.

"We wanted to celebrate the fact that we live in a country in which free speech is protected and where it is lawful to call a pineapple by whatever name one chooses," the Daily Mail quoted a spokesman from RAHS, as saying.

They claimed the union then issued them with the ultimatum: "Either the pineapple goes or you do".

Islamic doublespeak in action: Making an anti-Islam video defined as an act of terrorism against Muslims

The All Parties Ahl-i-Sunnat Conference on Thursday urged their supporters to boycott products from Western countries in protest against an anti-Islam movie made in America.

A resolution carried at the end of the conference, which was held at Jamia Naeemia and attended by representatives of 40 Barelvi Sunni parties, also condemned protesters in Pakistan who committed arson and vandalism while protesting against the movie. The resolution termed the making of the anti-Islam movie an act of terrorism and a bid to create conflict between religions.

The resolution also addressed the United Nations, saying the body should amend its charter to make blasphemy an international crime. It also demanded a code of ethics for media whereby it agreed not to air blasphemous material anywhere in the world.

Iraq: Palestinian-American architectural engineer convicted of terrorism, sentenced to life in prison

An Iraqi court has sentenced an American citizen to life in prison on charges of assisting al-Qaida and financing terrorist activities in Iraq, according to a government statement released Thursday.

The Interior Ministry said Omar Rashad Khalil, 53, was recruited by al-Qaida in Iraq in 2005. Khalil, an architectural engineer, is of Palestinian descent and entered the country in 2001, the ministry statement said.

The ministry released excerpts from a confession it said Khalil made in which he allegedly admitted to receiving money from a Syrian man in the United Arab Emirates to pay for terror attacks.

UK: Two "devout", "deeply religious" and "respectful" Muslim brothers charged with 11 terrorism offenses

Two Bradford brothers charged with terrorism offences were described by neighbours yesterday as religious and respectful men.

Saeed Muhammed Ahmed, 20, and 19-year-old Naeem Muhammed Ahmed are charged with a total of 11 offences under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. They are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court later this month.

They were arrested in Little Horton on September 19 at a residential address following a pre-planned intelligence-led operation by detectives from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU).
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The pair, believed to be brothers, were described by one resident, Wajid Hussain, as deeply religious... “They are only young kids,” he said. “They are very religious people and pray five times a day. They have lived around here for years and I just can’t believe it.
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Another neighbour, who declined to be named, said that he had seen lots of police in the area weeks before... “This has really shocked me as they are devout Muslims.”
Brothers charged with 11 terrorism offences
Bradford Telegraph and Argus, October 4, 2012

Australia: Activists to protest live export ahead of Islamic slaughter of hundreds of thousands of animals

With hundreds of thousands of animals expected to be slaughtered across the Islamic world later this month, and many of the cows and sheep coming from Australia in live export vessels, Australian activists are to take to the streets across the country to protest the government’s continued approval of the controversial practices.

Spearheaded by Animals Australia, the protests will be held in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and Hobart.

“If you care about animals and want to see them protected from cruelty, then please join us this Saturday as we rally side-by-side, right across the country, for an end to live export,” said Animals Australia in a press release announcing the protest to its followers.

It also comes on the heels of a report that live export sheep were clubbed to death and buried alive in Pakistan last month in what activists say was a “shocking incident.”
Australia to protest live export ahead of Islamic slaughter
Hannah Johansen, Bikya Masr, October 3, 2012

Syria: Sunni rebels/terrorists kill 27, wound 72 in a spate of car bomb attacks through the heart of Aleppo

A spate of car bombs tore through the heart of Aleppo on Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 72, officials said, in the latest wave of violence to engulf Syria’s battered commercial capital.

The bombings were the deadliest in Syria’s raging civil war since August 28, when a car bomb targeted the funeral of two government loyalists in a Damascus suburb, also killing 27 people.

Three car bombs exploded early on Wednesday around Aleppo’s Saadallah al-Jabiri Square near a military officers’ club and a hotel, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, which reported that “many soldiers” were among the dead and wounded.

A city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, gave an initial toll of 27 dead and 72 hurt but said the toll could rise “because many people were badly injured.”

State television reported “three terrorist explosions” in the city and broadcast scenes of massive destruction of buildings in the square.
27 dead as bombs tear through heart of Syria's Aleppo
The New Straits Times, October 3, 2012

Canada: Moderate Muslim website suggested ‘lightly hitting’ disobedient wives who refuse to have sex

Members of a Calgary Muslim association appear to have removed marital advice from a website that suggested “lightly hitting” one’s wife in “extreme cases of disobedience” after a query about the content was made by Metro.

The posting dated Sept. 29 on appears to be an English-translated summary of two books written in Arabic by Sheikh Mohammed Abdelhaleem Hamed, titled “How to Make Your Husband Happy” and “How to Make Your Wife Happy.”

Other websites that have published the translation suggested a University of Alberta students’ association created it in the late 1990s; however, members of that group had not been reached at press time.
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Brian Seaman, a research associate with the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, found the now-removed content troubling, specifically sections concerning examples of a wife’s disobedient actions, including the frequent refusal of sexual intercourse without cause and constantly not praying on time.

Rushdie: "The pope gets ridiculed every day, but you don't see Catholics organizing terrorist attacks"

Freedom of expression is a fundamental value, and in no way comparable to physical violence against others, British-Indian author Salman Rushdie said at his latest book launch on Tuesday. Titled Joseph Anton, it's a memoir of the nine years he spent in hiding after Iran's spiritual leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a death warrant against him in 1989, accusing Rushdie of blasphemy in his novel The Satanic Verses.

"The pope gets ridiculed every day, but you don't see Catholics organizing terrorist attacks around the world," the atheist author said. "I don't like the word Islamophobia. We must distinguish between attacking ideas and attacking people."

Afghanistan: Senate cuts "friendship" from pact with France because Muslims cannot befriend infidels

Afghanistan's senate voted to cut the word "friendship" from a pact with France because Islamic texts say it cannot be used to describe relations between Muslims and infidels, senators said Tuesday.

France, which has seen 88 of its troops killed as part of the NATO coalition backing the Afghan government against Taliban insurgents, signed the 20-year "friendship and cooperation treaty" earlier this year.

"Some senators said that based on Sharia rulings we cannot use the word friendship with infidels, so after voting the word friendship was replaced with relationship," Senator Zahra Sharifi told AFP.

Egypt: Medical center follows prophet Muhammad’s advice, specializes in treating people with camel urine

A recent Egyptian TV program showed how Islamic Sharia law’s many prescriptions do not merely clash with modern-day concepts like free speech and religious freedom, but even with medicine and science.

On September 16, popular TV persona Wael El-Ibrashi hosted Dr. Zaghlul al-Naggar, a prominent Islamic thinker and Chairman of Egypt’s Committee of Scientific Notions in the Quran, on the topic of medical science and Islam. Inevitably the idea of drinking camel urine as a form of therapy—first proposed in the 7th century by Muslim prophet Muhammad—came up.

Not only did Dr. Naggar promote this practice, but he made the staggering announcement that right now in Egypt a medical center in Marsa Matrouh actually specializes in treating people with camel urine, all in accord with the prophet’s advice.
‘Sharia Medicine’: Egyptian Clinic Treats People with Camel Urine
Raymond Ibrahim, FrontPage Magazine, October 1, 2012

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