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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Blogger stopped blogging

12 days ago, I stopped blogging. It wasn't planned that way, but it happened that way.

The reason: I'm simply too busy doing other things like
  • Taking care of my family
  • Looking after my business
  • Brewing beer, soon at a small commercial scale
  • Restoring our 200 years old barn
  • Facing springtime in the garden
I will post from time to time at a highly irregular basis, and I will take the freedom to mail my contributions to some of the more steady bloggers. However, I shall continue to write in Danish papers - in Danish.

A lot af thanks to all my readers, - it has been an amazing experience to be read by so many people in so many countries. The ambition was to defend free speech and to explain why the cartoon war matters. So many fine bloggers are out there to continue the job. Best of luck to all of you, - we need it.
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Friday, April 07, 2006

Blogger too Busy to Blog

Dear Readers:

I'll be back next week ..
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Blogger's Reading this Morning

Asharq Alawsat
Congratulations Iran : Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed Iran has tested a new missile off the coasts of the Gulf States, bragging it ... more

Iran Tests Second New Torpedo in GulfTEHRAN, Iran, AP -Iran successfully tested its second new torpedo in as many days Monday, the latest weapon to be unveiled during war games in the Gulf that the military said are aimed at preparing the country's defenses against the United States. A ... more

Arab News
Website Launches Campaign to Spread Prophet’s MessageP.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News
JEDDAH, 5 April 2006 — Al-Islam Group, a Jeddah-based cultural organization, plays a significant role in the propagation of Islam by removing misconceptions about the religion through its websites.... Full Story

Iran News
Iran warns “enemies” of consequences of aggression Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 03 – Senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) warned the West on Monday that any attack on Iran would have dire consequences for the aggressors.

America Censors Critical Professors - isn't it amazing!
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Danish Muslims start to speak out: Arise and Protest

AGORA is back! Read Naser Khader in English, read Danish Muslim Ibrahim Ramadan defending Khader, attacking the Islamists.

If all Western countries stood up for freedom of faith, we would finally see the sensible Muslims come out in the open. Then suddenly Islam is no problem.

Fight the Islamists. Go read AGORA.
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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

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Asharq Alawsat
Political Clashes in Egypt Injure 23 CAIRO, Egypt, AP -The third-place finisher in Egypt's presidential elections last year was arrested Saturday after his supporters clashed with a rival faction of his political party in a fight over the party headquarters. The 10-hour clash was part ... more Check in on Freedom for Egyptians on this one

Hamas says it has met French, Indian officialsTEHRAN (Reuters) -A Hamas spokesman said on Monday Hamas members held talks two months ago with French officials and more recently with an Indian diplomat despite U.S. and Israeli efforts to isolate the Islamic militant group. "Meetings were held ... more

Arab News
Products of Danish Dairy Company Return to Supermarket ShelvesM. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News
RIYADH, 4 April 2006 — Products of the Danish dairy conglomerate Arla Foods, maker of the popular Lurpak brand butter, will be back on the supermarket shelves in Saudi Arabia from tomorrow. Abdullah... Full Story

N. American Youths Launch Know Prophet Campaign Oh Happy Day ...
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Monday, April 03, 2006

Iranian Missiles: Noise of Empty Wessels?

Is Iran simply bragging? And if so, why?

Iran March 31st proudly announced the launching of a Fajr-3 - Victory in Farsi - "stealth missile" , allegedly ranging more than 1250 miles, invisible to radar and carrying multiple warheads.

Few days later came the submarine stealth missile. The Islamic Republic claimed to have "developed the world’s “fastest underwater missile” which could destroy both battleships and submarines."

Today they announced the planned firing of a brand new torpedo, again a stealth thing of allegedly enormous speed and range.

Add to this the ongoing nuclear armament and the unhidden desire to become an Islamic world power, - and we all end up with the picture of Nazi-Germany during the late thirties.

October 2005, Telegraph's Con Coughlin wrote this:

"Former members of the Russian military have been secretly helping Iran to acquire technology needed to produce missiles capable of striking European capitals.

The Russians are acting as go-betweens with North Korea as part of a multi-million pound deal they negotiated between Teheran and Pyongyang in 2003. It has enabled Teheran to receive regular clandestine shipments of top secret missile technology, believed to be channelled through Russia.

Western intelligence officials believe that the technology will enable Iran to complete development of a missile with a range of 2,200 miles, capable of hitting much of Europe. It is designed to carry a 1.2-ton payload, sufficient for a basic nuclear device. "

And now, half a year later, Iran announces the Fajr-3 with a range beyond 1250 miles. Is this the missile technology from Russia that Telegraph warned of? Iran at least would like us to think so.

But is it the real picture? Are we heading for war with Iran - as the US and UK military apparently and, it seems, with just cause prepare for preventive strikes?

However, there seems to be good reason to doubt the Iranian skills in the area. Maybe all the missiles were in fact delivered by the Russians as test missiles, maybe by the Chinese, - at least experts are cautious about the Iranian bragging.

Security Watchtower writes on the stealth thing:

"Uzi Rubin, an Israeli missile expert and former director of Israel’s Arrow missile defense program expressed doubts about the claim of the "new missile", saying "the description does not match the picture" shown on television. Rubin instead says the description of the new missile "fits almost word-for-word the way the Russians describe the Iskander-E (SS26), with one exception -- the Russians don’t claim the capability to ‘hit several targets’."

The same goes for the stealth submarine thing:

"The Iranian military did not name the "new" weapon or give its effective range, but again there are serious questions about whether Iran's $ 9 billion defense budget and defense industry could produce such a weapon indingenously. Like the doubts raised about Iran's development of an invisible missile with multiple warheads, this "new" torpedo is likely a Russian-made VA-111 Shkval, which travels at 230 mph, has a range of 7,500 yards and is primarily used in a defensive counter-attack role. China is believed to have purchased 40 of the torpedos from Russia during the 1990s, though this remains unconfirmed. In the event Russia did sell this high tech weaponry to Iran, and not just allow them to use one in a test, it would be alarming."

So what to make of it? Does Iran want to get bombed? Is it a way to raise the terror hell against the Western countries? Are we deluded by some cunning Iranian logic, closely linked to the logic of al Qaeda?

I don't know, - but I wouldn't take the chance.

If they have more than the one missile fired, and if they have nuclear capabilities, we end up with a new North Korea, - yet far more aggressive.

Arab papers have intensified their anti Semitism lately; Hamas is in control in the Palestine territory; the madmen in Teheran daily cry out their hate to the Jews and the state of Israel, - and - provided the double-if - they will be able to nuke them.

I wouldn't take the risk.

Want to read more? Check in on Security Watchtower. Check FAS for detailed coverage of the technical aspects of the missile programme . Check NIT for the history of Iran's missile ambitions.
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TF1 /JyllandsPosten / ritzau:
Statues banned by highest Islam scholar in Egypt
Highest ranking Egypt grand mufti, Ali Gomaa, has issued a fatwa calling exibition of statues in private homes "unislamic". His ruling is based on the Hadith: as Muhammed returned to Mekka after his 10 years stay in Medina, he ordered the statues at the Kabala destroyed. More in French ..

Who is Ali Gomaa? A respectfull portrait in Al Ahram, a critical one in Atlantic Online.

Freedom for Egyptians
Al Wafd party headquarters stormed
The Egyptian liberal Al Wafd party headquarters in Dokki was stormed yesterday by the 71 year old disposed leader and last September presidential runner Nomaan Gomaa with 60 armed thugs and gang members. .. more from Freedom for Egyptians, whos asks the question if blood must be shed to introduce democracy.. Background from Al Ahram here

Asharq alAwsat
Hamas government vows to end armed chaos GAZA CITY (AFP) - Palestinian interior minister Said Siam has vowed that his Hamas-led government would put an end to impunity and armed chaos after three people were killed in clashes between rival militants. "We will ensure that nobody is above ... more

Dutch Authorities Ignore Racist Websites
Apparantly some Dutch site showing the cartoons has offended Dutch so called Human Rights activists, even an MP. Dhimmi, dhimmi, dhimmi ...

And that's about it ..

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Blogger's Reading this Morning

Yemen Observer:
The Yemen Observer Fights On
By Staff Editor Apr 1, 2006 - The Yemen Observer license has been revoked, and hard copies of the newspaper are banned. Private prosecutors have made a series of extreme and irrational demands, from calling for the editor Mohammed Al-Asadi to be executed, to be prevented from ever practicing journalism again. They have demanded the newspaper be closed permanently, and its assets seized. More ..

Asharq al-Awsat:
Afghan clerics say West meddled in convert case MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan clerics blamed meddling foreigners on Friday for the release of a Christian convert who they said should be executed for abandoning Islam. The convert, Abdur Rahman, was spirited out of Afghanistan ... more

Bush offers quake aid to Iran, but warns Tehran on nuclear issue WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States offered aid to Iran after a devastating earthquake but also kept up pressure over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme. President George W. Bush made a point of offering sympathy and assistance while at a North ... more

French Muslims Get Grand Mosque Hadi Yahmid, IOL Correspondent PARIS, April 1, 2006 - French Muslims in the southeastern city of Villeurbanne will no longer be crammed into vault prayer rooms or perform the weekly Friday prayer in the open as a grand mosque, accommodating 1,000 worshipers, opens its doors on Sunday, April 2. More ..

Arab News:
King Vows to Press Ahead With Reforms Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 2 April 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah said here yesterday that the “Kingdom cannot remain frozen while the world is changing around us,” and vowed to move ahead with... Full Story
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Danish MP Naser Khader declares war on Islamism

Sunday morning, all papers and media:

Naser Khader of Democratic Muslims yesterday declared war on Islamism in Denmark, defining his goal: to become minister of integration.

Quote from Berlingske: “Because I’m their worst nightmare.” Because I understand what they say, because I know their ideology and their agenda.”

Quote from JyllandsPosten: “We are up against a strong conservative, antidemocratic force, that have launched a massive campaign against us.”

Naser Khader and his Democratic Muslims have received a massive number of death threats, individuals have been physically attacked by Danish Islamists and in general the Muslim societies in Denmark are hesitating to back them up, accusing Naser Khader of splitting the Muslims.

Naser Khader belongs to the opposition party De Radikale, which is a social-liberal party, traditionally known to be very friendly towards immigration. The normally define their worst enemy to be DDP, Danish Peoples Party. Naser Khader stated that DDP is “water compared to the Islamists”.

Naser Khader is extremely popular across politcal parties in Denmark.
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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Blogger is p.....!

By Poul Højlund, April 1, 2006

I guess it goes to state that I'm p.....!

I've been reading IslamOnline for some time now, trying to see what it looked like from the other side. It’s what wee demand. To see things our way.

I check in on Arab, Egypt, Yemeni, Iran and Iraq English-newspapers too. What I see the most is an honest job well done, conditions in mind.

But not IslamOnline. It’s deceptive, it’s a mosque disguised as a newspaper.

They have no intension of covering the real world; they don’t want to tell us the facts on what’s going on. First: they don’t bring all the news, just the news that fit. Then thy try to tell you what should be going on - instead of what is going on.

They even run an online Fatwa Shop: skip us a mail; we’ll skip you a fatwa. It's a mosque, not a paper.

They report only from Denmark what fit's the mosque. Victories for Islam in Denmark get big cover. Like veiled leftwing radical Asmaa, now airborne at DR2.

Victory, victory, victory. Big interview. Ending with:
“Islam, however, is not recognized by the state unlike Christianity and Judaism. “

It’s the usual, and it’s a lie. It’s a damned lie used to create hate:
They don’t recognize us.

I’ve told them a couple of times now. They said they would
look into it. They didn’t. Of course they didn’t. How could I be so naïve?

I'll bet all their correspondents in the infidel Europe end that way:
“Islam, however, is not recognized by the state unlike Christianity and Judaism.“

And it’s a damned lie every time. Europe enjoys freedom of faith and freedom of speach and every other single freedom in the history of mankind. We have it all. Islam kills converts.

This too is from IslamOnline online today. Some from the staff report on some dialoguetrip to Denmark:

"Some Muslims, especially young women, told us that they did in fact face a lot of racism. They were subjected to physical abuse in the streets, even though some of them were not wearing the hijab. Some were actually beaten and others had their hijabs pulled from their heads. " ..

Physical abuse in the streets .....? Beaten ....? Hijabs pulled off .....? Not my country.

What they say is this:
"We are Islam the victim. They, the Christian-Jews attack our sisters and brothers in Palestine, in Iraq, in Sudan; and in their own streets they abuse our women. They tear of our sacred veils. They ridicule our prophet. They hate us and they are infidels plotting against us."

Just the little Goebbels-drop every day and we’re getting there.

It’s a damned lie every time, and it is meant to raise hatred against us, the infidels.

That’s why I’m so p…..!
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IslamOnline Continues to spread lies on Denmark

From todays mail to IslamOnline:

"Beginning of March this year you answered my mail on false information (scroll down) on Denmark by your correspondent: “We will take it up with him”.

Yesterday he repeated his lie on Denmark by simply quoting his previous sentence.

I conclude: Either You have not done as you stated in your answer - Or You don’t care.

Whatever the reason you are left dishonored as honor goes with words like truth, honesty, doing what you say you want to do, and the alike.

My conclusion is very simple: IslamOnline is part of the Islam mobilization against Denmark and for that purpose utilizing the small lies wherever possible to hide the truth for your readers.

Poul Højlund"

Facts here
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Iran tested Stealth Missile Friday

This is alarming news indeed. Now they only need to complete their uranium enrichment programme to follow their desire for supremacy in the Middle East and far beyond. The missile is more powerfull than the former Iranian missile, ranging 1250 miles. It's a multiple warhead thing with stealth qualities.

Iran says it has test-fired missile

CNN: Friday, March 31, 2006 Posted: 1701 GMT (0101 HKT) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran successfully test-fired a missile that can avoid radar and hit several targets simultaneously using multiple warheads, the military said Friday. Gen. Hossein Salami, the air force chief of the elite Revolutionary Guards, did not specify the missile's range, saying it depends on the weight of its warheads.

U.S. sees latest Iran missile test as aggressive behaviour

Iran Focus: London, Apr. 01 – The United States called Iran’s test-firing of a radar-evading “multiple warhead” missile a demonstration of its “very active and aggressive military program”. More ...

Revolutionary Guards: Iran fires stealth missile

Iran FocusTehran, Iran, Mar. 31 – Iran has successfully fired its first stealth missile, according to a top commander in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).“Today, we successfully tested a new-generation missile capable of striking several targets simultaneously”, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, who commands the IRGC Air Force, told state television on Friday. More ...

I love this one: A Shahab-2 missile was also fired “to show Iran’s desire for peace and friendship with neighbouring countries”. From Iran Focus coverage.
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Death Threats at Democratic Muslims in Denmark

Police unaware of death threats

According to DR and other media the members of the newly founded Democratic Muslims recieve death threats and experince other abusive behavour from hardcore Muslims in Denmark.

Some report on being spitted at, yelled at and even some kind of scuffle at work. The situation has forced at least one to withdraw from the board, and another to go underground out of fear for his life after having received death threats.

The organisation was founded by MP Naser Khader during the peak of the cartoon crisis.
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Blogger's Reading this Morning

Hamas defends bombing that killed 4 IsraelisGAZA,(Reuters) - The Islamist group Hamas defended on Friday a suicide bombing that killed four Israelis as "resistance" against Israeli "crimes", putting it at odds with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who condemned the attack. Hours after the ... more

There is No Civil War in Iraq: Here is Why : Amir Taheri Is Iraq in a state of civil war? My notes show that, since the fall of Saddam ... more

First Light at the End of the Tunnel : Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban After a ban of three years, Helen Thomas, the American journalist of Arab origin, ... more This is exactly the opposite of the well reflected views above, dealing with the not muched talked about study linking US foreign policy to Israel and the ...JEWS...! Not amazing though that even a brilliantly educated Syrian minister hold these views og badly disguised anti-semitism.

Back from Denmark: Ask IOL by IOL Staff Members Marwa Elnaggar and Arwa Mahmoud
"They were subjected to physical abuse in the streets, even though some of them were not wearing the hijab. Some were actually beaten and others had their hijabs pulled from their heads. " ... Go on! Read IslamOnline's stories from fairy tale country ...

Israel Lobby" Essay Creates Firestorm in US "Firestorm" .., well ..

First Hijab-clad Presenter on Danish TV Asmaa is a member of the ultra left party of communists, socialists, green'ists etc. She also helped instigate the whole cartoon business. And of course her left radical friends at the DR 2 had to hire her .. By the way: Asmaa several times refused to shake hands with people, - not only men but also women since they were all infidels!

Today the cartoon is the better part from Arab News, though they of course as always cover in depth and with balanced views on a lot of topics. But cartoons sometimes express all of it, as we all should know by now.
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Friday, March 31, 2006

Oh yes, the religion of Peace, let's have a dialogue ..

Dialogue meeting in Damascus between Danish students Union and Arab ditto:

Muhammad, Chairman of the Sudanese Student Union: ".. I would like to inform you that because the Sudanese people are so angry over this affront, they will kill the Danish soldiers before they kill the others."
Ahmad Al-Shater: "Don't translate that word for word. Just say that the Sudanese will put up resistance against them."

MEMRI has transcript and video.
HT Danish blog UriasPosten
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Some Up to Date Facts on Denmark

Denmark finally reaches positive net assets - and ranges number one at the Press Freedom Index

Maybe an odd thing to blog here, but anyhow: for the first time since WW II Denmark has a positive net assets balance. It was announced today by the Central Bank in Copenhagen, and as you may notice, Denmark came from a debt position at almost 50% of GDP in 1988 to a plus at a few percent today.

In 1982 socialdemocrat PM Anker Jørgensen gave up and handed over power to the conservative Poul Schlüter who held office until 1993. His government founded the economic policy, later continued by socialdemocrat PM Poul Nyrup from 1993 till 2001 and present PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen, that wiped out the devastating debt resulting from the irresponsible build up of the welfare society from the beginning of the 1960'es.

And from another corner: Reporters Without Borders recently placed Denmark number one at their World Press Freedom Index - together with Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.

What do these seven countries hold in common? Well, to mention a few: they are rich, well established democracies from Northern Europa and they are small countries. Execpt Ireland they are all protestant.

Three of them (Ireland, Iceland and Denmark) are at the top 10 of the Economic Freedom Index and all seven are among the countries labeled Free at the World Freedom Index.

Freedom is the key to economic progress, clearly demonstrated by all major indexes in the world. Apart from that, freedom is in fact quite nice!
Click Continue .. to go on with some details on Press Freedom in Denmark versus Saudi Arabia .!

To balance the # 1 position at the Press Freedom Index however, the contry report from House of Freedom on the same topic does have some remarks:

Denmark (2005)
Legal Environment: 2 Political Influences: 3 Economic Pressures: 5 Total Score: 10
Status: Free
Danish media enjoy strong constitutional protections and a long tradition of press freedom. Independent print and broadcast media reflect a wide variety of views and are often critical of the government. However, there are some tensions between the government and the media. In April, Jesper Larsen and Michael Bjerre, two journalists with the conservative daily Berlingske Tidende, faced criminal charges for publishing extracts of confidential military reports passed on by a former intelligence officer. The reports, used by the government when it made its decision to go to war against Iraq, allegedly cast doubt on the existence of weapons of mass destruction. The intelligence officer who leaked the reports was also charged. The government finances four of the five national television networks and several radio stations, though their editorial boards are independent. Several private cable and satellite television channels also exist, as do private radio stations, which are tightly regulated.

The same report for Saudi Arabia reads:

Saudi Arabia (2005)
Legal Environment: 29 Political Influences: 28 Economic Pressures: 23 Total Score: 80
Status: Not Free
Authorities do not permit criticism of Islam or the ruling family by domestic media, and a national security law prohibits criticism of the government. These prohibitions are echoed by a media policy statement that urges journalists to "uphold Islam, oppose atheism, promote Arab interests, and preserve cultural heritage." Newspapers are created by royal decree, and all journalists must register with the 2Ministry of Information, which also appoints all editors in chief. Saudi Arabia's first professional journalists association was granted a charter in 2003, though the Ministry of Information can veto any of its decisions.
The print media are privately owned but publicly subsidized and are often closely associated with members of the royal family. Authorities frequently ban or fire journalists and editors who publish articles deemed offensive to the country's powerful religious establishment or the ruling authorities. Official censorship is common, as is self-censorship. Nevertheless, recent years have seen newspapers report on previously taboo issues-such as crime, corruption, women's rights, religion, terrorism, and elections in neighboring states-without prior authorization. In 2004, newspapers featured extensive coverage of upcoming municipal elections. In addition, two London-based dailies, Al-Sharq al-Awsat and Al-Hayat, were available and read widely, though content was tempered to comply with government guidelines. In March, authorities banned Al-Sharq al-Awsat journalist Faris Hizam Al-Harbi for his reporting on terrorism and corruption. The following month, Al-Harbi was detained and then released after about two weeks in custody. In December, journalists from the domestic newspapers the Saudi Gazette and Al-Madina were detained (and later released) at the trial of arrested advocates of democratic reforms.
The state-owned Saudi Press Agency does not deviate from official government positions. The broadcast media are government owned and subject to rigorous government censors; private radio and television stations cannot broadcast from Saudi soil. However, satellite television-through which Saudi citizens have access to foreign news channels such as Al-Jazeera and CNN-is widespread, despite its illegal status. In January, the government launched an all-news satellite channel, Al-Ikhbariya, which featured a female presenter in its opening broadcast, a first for Saudi media. The channel was established as an alternative to Al-Jazeera, which has repeatedly drawn the ire of authorities and is barred from covering the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The government continues to censor foreign publications before they enter the country, blacking out and banning some objectionable materials. Foreign broadcasts are similarly censored, and references to politics, pork or pigs, alcohol, sex, and religions other than Islam are removed. The entry of foreign journalists is tightly controlled through the granting of visas, though restrictions have eased significantly in recent years. In June, BBC cameraman Simon Cumbers was shot dead while filming the house belonging to an al-Qaeda terrorist killed in 2003 by Saudi police. A BBC security correspondent, Frank Gardner, was injured in the attack.
The Internet is widely available, but the government has employed a sophisticated filtering system to block access to Web sites deemed morally or politically inappropriate. Some users circumvent these controls by accessing servers based in the more liberal Gulf states. Government officials reportedly ordered mobile phones with cameras to be banned from the country.
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Arab summit ends with usual support for Palestinians and Iraqis KHARTOUM (AP) - Arab leaders concluded an annual summit Wednesday with their usual pledges of solidarity with Palestinians and Iraqis. The two-day summit, devalued by the absence of several key heads of state, also backed host Sudan in its opposition ... more

A Summit on Shaky Ground : Opinion by Ghassan Al Imam No longer is it a forlorn summit on a high mountain. More than sixty years ... more

In IslamOnline only the usual distorted so called news, but it's still worth checking to find out exactly how the true believers paint the world. Among the more amusing stuff, you'll find the fatwa-section -fatwa online! -and a Q & A on religious matters. From the latter this interesting part on some of the most critical issues in Islam: Apostasy, Polygamy, and Adultery

Saudi Women Show Their Art at Bahrain Exhibition Mazen Mahdi, Arab News MANAMA, 31 March 2006 — An ambitious plan to bring Saudi and Gulf women artists to the world by giving them wider exposure has been launched by a Saudi princess. Princess Nouf bint Bandar Al-Saud... Full Story
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Thursday, March 30, 2006

So, what’s happening in the tiny kingdom of Denmark these days?

Report from a sleepy kingdom

by Poul Højlund, March 30, 2006

The picture is shot in one of the old Viking camps, - from this very interesting French site.

Maybe we should all become a little more vikingish again!

Some 27 Muslim organisations sue Editor-in-Chief Carsten Juste and Editor Flemming Rose, both JyllandsPosten as you might well know at the moment, for the sum of DKK 100.000, app. USD 15.000. Modest indeed, one might add.

The claim is that the two editors through the cartoons have exposed the prophet Muhammad as belligerent and criminal, and that the cartoons make a clear parallel between the prophet and terror.

Furthermore the organisations claim that an article in the paper accuses Islam and the Muslim population to engage in and be an exponent of war and terror.

Well, finally they got the point!

The imam-gang are back in the safe heaven of the little kingdom, and of course interviewed on their latest lies. While they entertain the good people of the kingdom, the Danish police awaits the French police to respond to their request of an interview with the French journalist with the hidden camera who so grimly exposed the imam-gang.

The French journalist several times offered his direct assistance through the papers, but apparently Danish police prefer things to work with red tape, and perhaps the French police is otherwise engaged presently as France goes down the drain.

We’ll have to wait and see whether the police finally arrives at some conclusion at maybe even press charges for issuing death threats.

Meanwhile a young unemployed and consequently state supported leftist received a sentence of 60 days behind bars, but the verdict was immediately made conditional, so the young man was free to leave court. What he had done, the poor fellow? Absolutely nothing, except threatening the Prime Minister with sudden death in an e-mail directly to Mr. Fogh Rasmussen.

It was a joke made because he was bored he said in court - of doing nothing, one may presume - as Akkari said he was onloy joking when he threatened to bomb MP Naser Khader.

Jokes come in funny ways, these days.

And apart from this it seems that the good people of the kingdom - at least according to the ladies and gentlemen of the press - have gone bananas on picking up dead ducks trying to prevent the bird flue to infect us all. So far with some luck as I’m still able to report this

And that’s about it; Holger Danske still sleeping at Kronborg; all is talk and little is for real.

It is a fairy tale country and we would like to keep it that way.
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Good news from Iraq - via Washington Post

Journalist Jill Carroll Released in Iraq American journalist Jill Carroll, who had been held hostage by insurgents in Iraq, was freed Thursday in Baghdad after nearly three months in captivity. Carroll, 28, was turned over to an Iraqi political party and seen by Washington Post reporters.

For more information, visit washingtonpost.com
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Lebanese president praises Syria, Hezbollah in summit addressKHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - In a speech sure to exacerbate divisions back home, pro-Syrian Lebanese President Emile Lahoud on Wednesday praised the roles that Syria and the militant Hezbollah guerrilla group play in his country. Addressing heads of state ... more As Lahoud allready has his problems back home, thi is calling for trouble ...

Arab summit opens with sharp divisions over final communique KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - The annual Arab League summit was sharply divided even before it began Tuesday, with late-night wrangling over the wording of the final declaration and the absence of a number of key leaders at a meeting meant to tackle the region's ... more The summit ended yesterday with the usual resolutions and support for the Palestinians, the Iraqis and some more, - but nothing on the real problems in the Arab world. The Khartoon Cartoon (scroll down) from Arab News was accurate! I will post on the summit in more detail later ..

Blair in Indonesia to Learn More About Islam JAKARTA, Marc 29, 2006 – British Prime Minister Tony Blair was due in Indonesia Wednesday, March 29, for talks with Indonesian officials, expected to be dominated by the promotion of a better understanding and development of Islam. More ... This is IslamOnline and mostly this is the way to get the picture on how Islam would like the news to read. Rarely any connection to real world ...

Mideast Needs $1 Trillion for 100 Million Jobs P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News
JEDDAH, 30 March 2006 — The Middle East needs $1 trillion in investments in productive projects in order to create 100 million new jobs, says Lubna Al-Qassimi, minister of economy and planning in the... Full Story Well, you do have some income on oil ...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Akkari caught in yet another lie ..

Akkari lies at al-Arabia on conference in Bahrain

Danish TV tonight aired an interview with Ahmed Akkari from al-Arabia where he in Arab states that the Danish foreign ministry should "have forbidden the imams to explain about the conference in Bahrain" last week.

Danish FM denies that he or any in the foreign ministry ever spoke to any of the imams concerning this issue.

May I add that what Akkari claims is straight out impossible. So, here we go again: caught in action once again, Mr. Akkari!
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Cartoons and Free Speech Debate at Ayn Rand Institute

Unveiling the Danish Cartoons A position statement by the Ayn Rand Institute

Religious Terrorism vs. Free Speech Friday, February 24, 2006 By: Leonard Peikoff Muslim death threats against Danish cartoonists echo Khomeini's 1989 fatwa on Salman Rushdie--a death threat renewed this month by Iran's mullahs. Combating such religious terrorism is a moral necessity.

Ayn Rand Institute has a hearing Friday on the Cartoons, - and they are going to show them ..
HT Michelle Malkin
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Not much happening, which is the good news!

Straw Praises UK Muslims Contributions, Honors Stars CAIRO, March 28, 2006 – British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw praised on Monday, March 27, valuable contributions by British Muslims to society and honored a number of shinning Muslim stars.

Why not the Catholics, why not the French? Because Islam in UK form a parallel society in its own right, apparently praised by all the politicians.

Arab Summit Backs Hamas KHARTOUM, 29 March 2006 — Arab leaders, at an annual summit in Sudan yesterday, promoted an offer of peace with Israel in return for land and criticized threats to cut aid to the Palestinian Authority... Full Story
The summit will discuss and discuss and discuss and finally issue a closing statement as usual.

Arab News printed this Khartoon-cartoon, - by the way, Arab News print some great cartoons everyday, very ironic, very funny!
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French Journalist: Danish Imams are Extremists

"The man behind the controversial French documentary thinks that Abu Laban and Ahmed Akkari are extremists disguised as moderates."

AGORA is back again ... Go read his translation of the interview with the French journalist. Click Headline ..
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Asking the tough questions on Islam

US online magazine Investor’s Business Daily asking tough questions

I guess we kind of know the answer to these questions, but as Michelle Malkin (hattip) puts it: CAIR, care to answer?

“Generally speaking, those questions focus on whether the Quran does indeed promote violence against non-Muslims, and how many of the terrorists' ideas — about the violent jihad, the self-immolation, the kidnappings, even the beheadings — come right out of the text? But even more specifically:
Is Islam the only religion with a doctrine, theology and legal system that mandates warfare against unbelievers?

Is it true that 26 chapters of the Quran deal with jihad, a fight able-bodied believers are obligated to join (Surah 2:216), and that the text orders Muslims to "instill terror into the hearts of the unbeliever" and to "smite above their necks" (8:12)?
More ...
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Interview with Saudi Council of Senior Ulama Member Sheikh Abdullah Al Manee - on interpreting the holy texts!

French "Double Standards" on Racism Under Fire

Sleep Divorce Stirs Controversy in India - as mad as it get's!

Should an Apostate Be Put to Death? From Shari'ah Corner - proving that you may derive anything from the collection of texts called the Koran. This time the answer is no!

What Do the Arabs Expect From Summit in Khartoum?Essa bin Mohammed Zedjali, Arab News
The focus of the Arab world, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf, has shifted to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, which hosts the 18th Arab summit starting today. Much is expected of the summit... Full Story

Iran reacts sharply to Rice’s remarks over Iraq Tehran, Iran, Mar. 27 – Iran reacted sharply on Monday to remarks by United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over a possible upcoming meeting between American and Iranian representatives over the situation in Iraq. More..

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Harsh critics from FM on Doudou Diéne report

Report based on government answer from 2005 - and unidentified material

"The report appears as the rapporteur's personal assessment of the situation, based on the answer, the government forwarded to UN January 24, 2005 on the request of this rapporteur and the rapporteur for religious freedom, together with other (unidentified) material. The report has not been forwarded to the Danish government, and we have not been asked of our reaction".

Danish foreign minister Per Stig Møller answering a question on the background of Doudou Diéne's report on racism and xenophobia, in Danish Parliament.

Translated from JP
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Blogger: Can Islam be Reformed?

Reflections of a blogger: What will it take to reform Islam?

by Poul Højlund, March 28, 2006:

Some weeks ago Big Pharaoh pointed out why he was not impressed with Wafa Sultan as she bashed Islam at al Jazeera.

Big Pharaoh stated that as Mrs. Sultan left Islam, no Muslim will listen to her:

“We don't need former Muslims, we don't need atheists, we don't need lesbians, what we need are reform minded Muslim thinkers. Only these people have the necessary legitimacy to pull us from the dark abyss we're in now. “

I understand the logic of the comment, - and I even think he’s right.
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So to get the Muslims to listen, we must get hold of some reform minded Muslim thinkers, able to say the same in the same way as Wafa Sultan did.

But then the next question follows: Do they exist? Is it possible somewhere to find what Big Pharaoh wants: reform minded Muslim thinkers? Are they not either hardliners in disguise such as Tariq Ramadan, - or simply kicked out of Islam for heresy like Dr. Nawal el-Saadawi?

Is it at all possible to remain Muslim without opting for the whole package including all of the Shari’ah as the law of society?

My answer so far: No.

The answer is based on the simple fact that no Islamic theology exists without all of the Shari’ah, to the very letter.

Check this example among others; its conclusion – after a long and pretty accurate discussion on modernizing Islam:

“Only we are responsible for making our voices heard loud and clear, and to show that we wholeheartedly reject all attempts to alter the ‘objectives’ or the ‘letter’ on which the Shariah is based, for if we do not fulfil our responsibility now, the future generations may never forgive us.”

The crucial point is as always the same - and indeed very simple:

1) God dictated the Koran, and every single word is the word of God – if you have any doubts here, wave goodbye to Islam as the Gabriel dictate is the real proof of God in the system

2) Trying to interpret, modernise or criticise the word of God is – of course - heresy

3) Heresy is a mortal crime due to the same text,

The system is made that way: it’s a circular system of logic deriving both its foundation, its interpretation and its logic from the same text: say no to just one item and the whole cardhouse tumbles.

And of course the system offers the punishment for any act that jeopardizes the system. It’s self-protecting to the level where any critical thinking is mortal, - and furthermore: abandoning the ship is equally mortal.

4) It takes a reform like the one Luther threw upon the then Catholic church to change Islam, - but remember: the Bible by nature and by Jewish tradition was open to interpretation. The Koran is literally the word of God, - not meant for interpretation by man.

Ergo: Islam cannot and can never change.

So, Big Pharaoh, either – or! Either Muslim or not. Attempts to criticize, to reform, to abandon, to moderate etc. are mortal – due to the system’s self-protective nature and self-preservation.

Please, correct me if I'm wrong.

Muslims have 1300 years of experience in this dangerous field, - as do the rest of the world. This is exactly why we need former Muslims more than anything else.

How former Muslims will believe in God, what names they want to call God, how they want to worship God is yet to be seen.

There are plenty of options.
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Monday Late Update

In Denmark, Abu Laban and Ahmed Akkari were interviewed by the Copenhagen Police today, resulting in no charges.

Free to go, free to continue their conspiring against the country that took them in. Politicians agree that Denmark cannot expel them due to signing some UN treaty which for example France and UK haven’t signed. Well then, change the law, withdraw the signature, do something, anything. We cannot continue this way.

In Afghanistan, Abdul Rahman is freed and seeking asylum as a refugee with the help of UN, AP reported from Kabul. HT Michelle Malkin.

Great. Good for Mr. Rahman, and indeed an eye opener to that part of the free world that has not yet realized the true nature of hardcore Islam. Leaving Islam or criticizing Islam is heresy, and heresy is mortal.

In Belgium an Aramaic priest stands trial for stating that truly Islamized Muslim children constitute a time bomb for Europe. Look further down the blog to get the details.

In Sweden the new foreign minister Jan Eliasson today succeeded the unpopular Laila Freivalds, maybe best known for spending her evening in the theatre with her family while the Tsunami killed several hundreds of Swedes. Her departure came as she had to admit knowledge of the close down of the internet site run by Sverigedemokraterne after they planned to publish some well known cartoons.

Jan Eliasson is an UN diplomat, presently and until September chairing the General Assembly.
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Belgium prosecuting priest warning on "Muslim timebomb"

Belgium priest facing trial for "incitement to racist hatred"

The Belgiums really go for it: they prosecute a Turkish born priest warning against the Muslim immigration, calling him a racist. How many times must we explain that Islam is no race, but a political system incompatible with democracy?

Father Samuel has been prosecuted for “incitement to racist hatred” by the Belgian government’s inquisition agency, the so-called Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (CEOOR), because of a remark he made in a 2002 television interview when he said:

“Every thoroughly islamized Muslim child that is born in Europe is a time bomb for Western children in the future. The latter will be persecuted when they have become a minority.”

The Brussels Journal has it. Click headline
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Monday, March 27, 2006

Blogger's Reading this Morning

Afghan Convert Sent to Notorious Prison POLICHARKI, Afghanistan, AP - An Afghan man on trial for converting from Islam to Christianity has been moved to a notorious maximum-security prison outside Kabul that is also home to hundreds of Taliban and al-Qaida militants, officials said ... more

Saudi Arabia: Educating Imams on ToleranceRiyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- The Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue will organize short courses for imams throughout Saudi Arabia in order to spread a culture of dialogue and forgiveness, sources told Asharq ... more

Denmark Invites Muslim Leaders to Talk

Conf. Addresses Muslim-Christian Violence in Nigeria

Hundreds arrested in south-east Iran after attack
Sun. 26 Mar 2006
Iran Focus: London, Mar. 26 – Hundreds of people have been arrested in Iran’s south-eastern province of Sistan-va-Baluchistan after a deadly ambush on a government convoy carrying dozens of top provincial officials, an informed source in Tehran told Iran Focus.

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Doudou Diéne never came to Denmark

UN Report on Denmark is a personal statement from rapporteur, says FM

UN Rapporteur Doudou Diéne never came to Denmark before issuing the report accusing Denmark of racism and xenophobia. The report only expresses the rapporteur's personal views on Denmark, says foreign minister, Per Stig Møller according to JyllandsPosten.

The information came in an official answer from the government to a question raised in parliament. According to Per Stig Møller, Doudou Diéne wasn't even in contact with the Danish government before reporting on racism and xenophobia in the country.
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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Christian convert freed after Afghan court dismisses case

Ireland Online 26/03/2006 - 15:13:18

"An Afghan court today dismissed a case against a man who converted from Islam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence.He will be released soon, an official said.The official said the case had been returned to the prosecutors for more investigation, but that in the meantime, Abdul Rahman would be released.

“The court dismissed the case against Abdul Rahman for a lack of information and a lot of legal gaps in the case,” the official said speaking on condition of anonymity." more ..

Good news, - but what now as several prominent leaders have sworn to kill Abdul Rahman anyhow? Will the Kabul government be able to protect him? Michelle Malkin has more
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Copenhagen Police to question imams Monday

Charges to be pressed against imams

The Danish imams Ahmed Akkari and Abu Laban will be questioned Monday in Copenhagen. The charges are unknown at the moment but the imams will be interviewed holding the legal rights of an endicted, says chief inspector Per Larsen of the Copenhagen Police, according to JyllandsPosten this afternoon

The police also requested French police to contact the journalist Mohammed Sifaoui who's hidden camera takes documented possible murder threats from the imams against MP Naser Khader and possible connections to a suicide terrorist.
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Outcry rises over Afghan Christian convert KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Growing international pressure on Afghanistan to respect the religious freedom of a Christian convert was met in Afghanistan on Friday by calls for the man to be executed for denying Islam. The controversy over ... more

MUST READ Crowning Conferences : Tariq Alhomayed Undoubtedly, those who were angered by the cartoon drawings were honest; their ... more

Inviting Iran into Iraq May Be Washington's First Major Mistake : Amir Taheri Barring a last minute hitch Iran and the United States are expected to begin ... more

Danish Deputy PM Wants "Radical" Imams Out
Baltic States to Have First Arab Culture Center

Russia Spied for Saddam: Pentagon Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 26 March 2006 — The Pentagon said Friday that as US troops moved toward Iraq in 2003, Saddam Hussein received intelligence about their battle strategy and troop movements from a Russian... more

Ahmadinejad: Iran will obtain fuel cycle by end of year Tehran, Mar. 25 – Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Saturday that the Islamic Republic will obtain nuclear capabilities by the end of the new Persian year (ending: March 21, 2007), the official state news agency reported... more
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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Not everyone who leaves Islam is automatically killed, says scholar

Islam makes no secret of the mortality of leaving the faith. This is from IslamOnline's section for Fatwa's, religious rulings on questions alledgedly asked by the readers. Click headline to get all of the fatwa's.

Q: “Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Non-Muslims often comment about Islam saying that most Muslims are Muslims because of the death penalty for apostasy. Many claim that there is inherent hypocrisy as converts from other religions are eagerly awaited for, while if a Muslim decides not to follow Islam he is put to death. Please clarify.”

A:… Moreover, it is incorrect to say that everyone who leaves Islam is automatically killed. Thus, if an apostate causes no harm to the Muslim community and does not call for spreading hostility towards Islam, he is not to be punished, rather he is to be advised kindly and wisely to let him know the true image of Islam. … ”

The site also refers to a similar question on hypocrisy and quotes Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi - one of the main instigators of the boycor against Denamrk - for this:

A: “Hypocrisy is more dangerous than open disbelief. This fact will be clearly discerned when one reflects back to the great danger which the leader of Madinah’s hypocrites, `Abdullah ibn Ubayy, posed to Islam. The Madinah’s hypocrites were more threatening to Islam than Abu Jahl and the pagans of Makkah. It is for this that the Qur’an specified only two verses for dispraising the disbelievers at the beginning of surat al-Baqarah, while hypocrites were given a share of thirteen verses in the same surat. “
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Terror connected Abu Laban speaks of suicide mission

Abu Laban ties the robe around his neck (from AGORA)

ABU LABAN:{He’s doing everything to get contacts.}{He’s contacted Amr Moussa and he means to wreak absolute havoc.}{He wants to join the fray and turn it into a Martyr operation right now.}
[Picture cuts to Abu Laban’s office. Picture of Mohammed Sifaoui in lower right corner. He’s speaking to DR’s TV-Avisen by phone from Paris][Text in yellow box says: “Mohammed SifaouiTV-Journalist, Paris]
Mohammed Sifaoui:{He says, quoting:}{”He wants to blow everything up. He wants to commit a Martyr assassination.”}{To be exact: a Martyr-operation. I.e. a suicide operation.}

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Gadhafi lashes out at 'backward society' in Middle East NEW YORK (AP) - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, in a rare moment of self-criticism, lashed out at what he described as "backward" societies in the Middle East, arguing that government heavy-handedness in dealing with political opposition stemmed from ... more

Sheikh Al-Sadlan: Ideological extremism is a reality that needs to be dealt with Riyadh - Ideological extremism exists in Saudi Arabia and should be treated, according to Sheikh Saleh Al-Sadlan, professor of law at Riyadh’s Imam Mohammad ibn Saud University and famous mufti. He was commenting on the events at last month’s Book ... more

Int'l Organization, Fund for Defending Prophet MANAMA, March 24, 2006 (IslamOnline.net) - Muslim scholars wrapped up their two-day meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama Thursday night, March 23, announcing the establishment of an international organization and a fund for defending prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) against defamatory attacks in the West... more

Royal Visit to Bridge Cultural Gap RIYADH, 25 March 2006 — Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in Riyadh last night on a two-day visit to the Kingdom. They were received by Prince Bandar ibn... Full Story

Iraqi forces grow as new operations continue BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi Security Forces are growing more confident and capable as they gain combat experience across Iraq. Coalition members continue to support them, providing training and equipment to the new forces. Soldiers of 4th Iraqi Army Division conducted combined offensive operations in and around Kirkuk Friday. Operation Scorpion began at 4 a.m. with Soldiers searching five villages simultaneously for suspected terrorists... more
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Friday, March 24, 2006

Dhimmi March for Free Expression in London

I've posted on this march earlier and asked how one could march for Free Expression while banning the cartoons.

The Islamists are now calling for the Metropolitan Police to arrest every one with cartoons!

Go there, bring the cartoons, get arrested by your own police, try using that Western Freedom of Expression. Wish I were in London ...

HT: ArchDuke and JimTheKafir in comments on DhimmiWatch
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Khader not underground - just with family

According to JyllandsPosten Naser Khader has not gone underground as earlier reported. He simply needed some days rest and is spending some time with his family.

We fully understand ...
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Turkish Bakery Closed in Stavropol Region for Funding Wahhabits

It's everywhere ...

Kommersant - Russia's Daily Online, Mar. 24,
Turkish Arzu bakery was closed in the Stavropol Region, Russia, by order of Leninsky District Court. The revenues of the bakery “were secretly funneled to back up religious extremism and foreign terrorist centers,” according to Stavropol Federal Security Service. Investigators link the bakery’s owners to the Star Turkish Islamic Lyceum opened in Karachayevo-Cherkess Region. The program of the lyceum “was based on postulates perverting Islam.” More ...
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U.S. War Plan Leaked to Iraqis by Russian Ambassador - linked to Oil-for-Food Bribery

Skeletons continue to tumble out the cupboard as Iraqi intelligence papers are translated

Back in 2003 I was busy writing in JyllandsPosten about the failures of UN's Security Council, and of the Western peacemongers. I accused Germany, France, China and first of all Russia for being so deeply involved financially with Saddam that their stand on the Council was a given matter. Now history documents that I was far to gentle: not only did the countries set up oil deals with Saddam to take effect after the lifting of the sanctions; Russia was bribed and the Russian ambassador to Bagdad, Vladimir Teterenko, revealed the US warplan to Saddam.

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From ABC News, click headline to go there
"Two Iraqi documents from March 2003 — on the eve of the U.S.-led invasion — and addressed to the secretary of Saddam Hussein, describe details of a U.S. plan for war. According to the documents, the plan was disclosed to the Iraqis by the Russian ambassador."

Document written sometime before March 5, 2003

The first document (CMPC-2003-001950) is a handwritten account of a meeting with the Russian ambassador that details his description of the composition, size, location and type of U.S. military forces arrayed in the Gulf and Jordan. The document includes the exact numbers of tanks, armored vehicles, different types of aircraft, missiles, helicopters, aircraft carriers, and other forces, and also includes their exact locations. The ambassador also described the positions of two Special Forces units.

Document dated March 25, 2003

The second document (CMPC-2004-001117) is a typed account, signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Hammam Abdel Khaleq, that states that the Russian ambassador has told the Iraqis that the United States was planning to deploy its force into Iraq from Basra in the South and up the Euphrates, and would avoid entering major cities on the way to Baghdad, which is, in fact what happened. The documents also state "Americans are also planning on taking control of the oil fields in Kirkuk." The information was obtained by the Russians from "sources at U.S. Central Command in Doha, Qatar," according to the document.

This document also includes an account of an amusing incident in which several Iraqi Army officers (presumably seeking further elaboration of the U.S. war plans) contacted the Russian Embassy in Baghdad and stated that the ambassador was their source. Needless to say, this caused great embarrassment to the ambassador, and the officers were instructed "not to mention the ambassador again in that context."

Editor's Note: The Russian ambassador in March 2003 was Vladimir Teterenko. Teterenko appears in documents released by the Volker Commission, which investigated the Oil for Food scandal, as receiving allocations of 3 million barrels of oil — worth roughly $1.5 million.

In Kommersant - Russia's Daily Online I came across this background by Alexander Reutov, written in Russian as of Oct. 28, 2005:

"Moreover, the senators said that they have a documents proving the connection of former Chief of Presidential Administration of Russian Federation Alexander Voloshin. The special report pointed out that Voloshin received from Saddam Hussein the rights to sell a certain amount of the oil, which he later sold to the other companies. According the senate sub-committee estimates, in 1999-2003 the profit from this scheme reached
$3 million.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of Liberal Democratic Party of Russia party, was also mentioned in the senate report. The Senate investigators were able to put the hand on the letters signed by Zhirinovsky, where there was a discussion of oil purchase issues, and the documents of Iraqi Oil Ministry, where it said that leader of LDPR and his party are getting vouchers for the sale of the oil. In 1997 Zhirinovsky wrote a letter to Iraqi Ambassador in Russia, where he said that his party is firmly against the UN economic sanctions, and he promised to use all his political influence to persuade the Duma to widen the economical cooperation with Iraq, including the requests of the contracts in the program Oil-for-Food. American Senators think that this zeal brought Zhirinovsky $8.7 million.

Russians were categorically denying the accusation of American lawmakers. Moscow was saying that the Senate investigation was done as a political action and for that reason it cannot be objective. However, if the Senate’s sub-committee conclusions would find the confirmation in Volker's commission report, than Russian lawyers would have to look for more substantial arguments, because the court is unavoidable. "

Hit the Kommersant to read all of it

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Hate Quote of the Day

"Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die."

Abdul Raoulf, moderate cleric, jailed three times for opposing the Taliban commenting on the Afghan trial on Abdul Rahman, quoted in Washinton Post today.

Rejecting Islam, drawing cartoons, reading in a Bible, - regardless: everything not strictly Sharia'ah is mortal.
Face it and fight it - or we'll all get lost.
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Imam gang supports continued boycott - and lies to Danish media

The Danish Imam Gang in Bahrein did not try to call of the boycott

From al Jazeera:
Raed Hlayhel, who is leading a delegation of Danish imams to the International Conference for Supporting the Prophet, said that the delegation had not asked for the boycott to be lifted, but rather that it should not be expanded.

"Danish people must send a reassuring message to Muslims that they do not agree with what was printed in the newspaper and that they respect Muslims," Hlayhel said. "The ball is in their court... They have to help us to end this boycott."
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I'm not surprised at all. The only interesting thing is when the Danes are going to wake up from their position as the most confident people in the world.
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Iran's Nukes Concern Some Arab Countries KUWAIT CITY -This tiny Gulf country is increasingly nervous — as are some of its neighbors — about Iran's controversial nuclear program, right across the water. But heading into a key summit, Arab leaders are divided, and publicly squabbling, ... more

Israel May Be Next al-Qaeda Battleground JERUSALEM, AP -Signs are mounting that al-Qaeda terrorists are setting their sights on Israel and the Palestinian territories as their next jihad battleground. Israel has indicted two West Bank militants for al-Qaeda membership, Egypt arrested ... more

‘Danes Must Apologize to Muslims’ Mazen Mahdi, Arab News

MANAMA, 24 March 2006 — Danish imams attending an Islamic scholars meeting here will not call for a halt to a Muslim boycott of their country’s goods until Danes apologize for cartoons of the Prophet... Full Story

Musharraf Challenges Al-Qaeda Militants Azhar Masood & Agencies
LAHORE/ISLAMABAD, 24 March 2006 — Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday warned foreign Al-Qaeda militants to quit Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan otherwise his forces would kill... Full Story

First European Muslims Charter to See Light
"The document is like a constitution Muslims in Europe are expected to abide by," Al-Banani told IOL.

"The document is like a constitution Muslims in Europe are expected to abide by as it outlines the basis for inter-Muslim relations as well as the relations between Muslims and their European societies," he added... Full Story
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Morning News and Smalltalk: Merci, France Deux

Boycott to continue
The boycott against Denmark continues, was the result of the dialogue meeting in Bahrein, according to Danish Radio. One of the Danish imams, Abdul Wahid Petersen, [Sir-name original, ergo a convertit at no risk] stated that despite having done their best, they didn't succeed.

Having witnessed the standards of fellow travelling imam, Ahmed Akkari, one is allowed to question the value of Mr. Petersen's assertion.

Sue the boycotters
From the silent side of the table, some of the heavy boys in Danish economic life, Ernst Lunding from Leo Pharma, Kurt L. Larsen from DSV and Asger Aamund from Bavarian Nordic and Neurosearch now start speaking, suggestsing the boycotting countries to pay damages according to WTO regulations, and asking some sammenhold from several of their Danish colleagues (ARLA, Grundfoss!).

Great idea; it's time to start hitting back and Saudi Arabia, joining WTO only last year, should indeed learn to play by the rules. But will WTO dare to challenge the oil-producer?

Merci, France Deux!
Last night, Danish TV2 aired the French documentary on the Danish imam-gang. A horrifying insight into the bunker of the enymy, issuing mortal threats case the journalist didn't paint the wanted idealization of Islam and the imams; connecting to well known terror instigators globally, working in accordance with their schedule to undermine the West using Denmark as the lame duck to practise on.

Well done indeed, France Deux! We learn that the Arab-speaking French Algerian-born journalist lives under cover even in France! Europe is increasingly starting to look like Europe during the Nazi-occupation.
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ARLA faces new boycot - this time in Denmark


"Danish women organisations are angry with ARLA, as the dairy company in an ad in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States distances itself from JyllandsPosten's Muhammed cartoons expressing respect of Islamic values:" .. the years, we have spend in your world has taught us that justice and tolerance are fundamental values in Islam".

The chairman of the organisation Women and Freedom, Vibeke Manniche calls it "shamefull" and "an outrage on women all over the world", that ARLA markets this way. ARLA forgets what is seen as women's often troubled conditions in especially Saudi Arabia, she says."

The women organisations published a list of alternative products to replace those of ARLA's.
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