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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Inside Radical Islam

On Friday, Dennis Prager had an interesting show.  For a full one hour segment of the show, Dennis Prager interviewed Daveed Gartenstine-Ross, a former Islamist who is now is now a full-time counterterrorism consultant.

Daveed also talked briefly about his book, My Year Inside Radical Islam: A Memoir.
In a nutshell, according to Human Events book service and Dennis Prager's interview with Daveed:

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross was a spiritual seeker. Raised by Jewish-born hippie-era parents in liberal Ashland, Oregon, he longed to find a religion that would ground his social consciousness in spiritual ideals. When at college in the late nineties, he met a charismatic Muslim student who seemed to have what he was looking for.

Gartenstein-Ross converted to Islam, and began eagerly to learn the details of Islamic belief and practice. He didn't have any inkling of what was to come, as at that point he was convinced that "the true Islam was moderate." But at the moment of his conversion he began a descent into the bizarre world of the Islamic jihadist subculture in America - a descent he recounts in chilling detail in My Year Inside Radical Islam.

After college, Gartenstein-Ross went to work for the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a charity which - it soon became to clear to him - was dedicated to furthering the aims of the global jihad by funding terrorists abroad while spreading the jihad ideology at home. To his growing disquiet, he quickly began to chafe against the many rules and restrictions that Islamic law imposes upon Muslims - including the forbidding of music and the requirement that men wear beards - and to question the Islamic restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of religion. But at the same time, he began to discover that the version of Islam taught by jihadist extremists tallied with what he was reading in the Qur'an and Islamic tradition.

Instead of putting his mind at ease about the path he had taken, this realization made him all the more uneasy - and led him to resume his spiritual search with renewed vigor. He left al-Haramain and, ultimately, Islam itself. His theological and historical investigations led him to the realization that Christianity was in fact the true faith, and he became a Christian around the time his former employer was charged by the U.S. government as being a source of funds for terrorist organizations. Gartenstein-Ross, by this time a lawyer at a prominent firm, volunteered to be questioned by the FBI. They already knew who he was.
My Year Inside Radical Islam is a harrowing story of how easily good intentions can be distorted and a decent man can be led away from its principles. It is also an instructive guide to the seductive attractiveness of the jihad movement, and to how quickly and easily a well-intentioned soul can find himself involved in groups that are dedicated to the destruction of the United States and Western civilization.
Among the revelations of Daveed Gartenstein-Ross' amazing journey:

  • The fundamental difference between how religion is viewed in the West and how it is seen in the Islamic world
  • How Gartenstein-Ross's Muslim colleagues at al-Haramain disguised their financial support for terror groups so as to avoid detection by law enforcement authorities
  • The significance of the fact that there is no separation between mosque and state in Islam
  • How the mainstream media rushed to defend al-Haramain and Gartenstein-Ross's former colleagues from terror charges, printing what Gartenstein-Ross knew to be ridiculous distortions and half-truths - including calling al-Haramain America's "natural partner in the war on terror"
  • The ease with which some of Gartenstein-Ross's Muslim friends trafficked in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories
  • How the Muslims around Gartenstein-Ross defended the Taliban and wrote off the Afghan regime's murderous brutality as "Western media hype"
  • The key role that social pressure plays in enforcing Islamic morality and custom
  • The enlightening reason why women from the Muslim world make better wives than American Muslim women - according to one of Gartenstein-Ross's Muslim friends
  • The disagreements within Gartenstein-Ross's Muslim circle as to how orthodox Sunni Muslims should regard members of Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam
  • Does jihad properly refer only to defensive warfare against an unjust regime? How Gartenstein-Ross came to the conclusion that this was not the Koran's view
  • Why seemingly trivial matters such as the length of Gartenstein-Ross's beard became matters of contention among his Muslim peers
  • The chief obstacle that most Americans encounter when they try to understand the jihadist mindset
  • The Saudi Chief Justice who convinced Gartenstein-Ross while he was a Muslim that Muslims have a duty to fight unbelievers, not just an option to do so
  • Discoveries that helped propel Gartenstein-Ross out of Islam: yes, Islam does sanction polygamy (and yes, Muslims do practice it in the United States), mandate the death penalty for apostasy, and more
  • How Gartenstein-Ross determined that Christianity was true, and the Muslim claims about it hollow
  • How Gartenstein-Ross's Muslim friends reacted to 9/11
  • "You should not go to law school. If you go to law school, you will have to say that the Constitution is good" - and other advice Gartenstein-Ross received from Muslim mentors in the U.S.
  • How Americans must awaken to the seductive pull of the ideology that is today our nation's deadliest foe 

We have gone back and forth about Muslims, Islam, Muhammad, and Radicalized Islam. Some have a rather jaded view of radicalized Islam, some are naive, some are apologetic and appeasers, and some are totally against Mohammedanism.

With the latest incident that happened in Mumbai, and the revelations reported by Fox News, Report: Mumbai Terror Attack Aimed to Kill 5,000 People, we have a lot more to learn.  The free world needs to fully understand the process of Islamism and how radicalization takes place with some who originally enter with peaceful intentions such as John Phillip Walker Lindh and Adam Gahdan. At the end of the day, are all Muhammadans the same?

We need to think outside the box, folks. Those who want to wish it away, the Elephant in the room will remain there.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Africa: The Unnoticed Threat

What about the Somalian pirates? Ah, yes. Now you look, but what do you really know? For example, did you know that the middle east has been using sub-saharan Africa as a gateway to Mexico so they can enter the United States?

Yes, this is happening more and more often. Especially since our media refuses to educate the masses that are too stupid to handle the truth...or is it that they are just too lazy to track it down? Hmm, I'll leave that to you to decide. On with the article.

I like to read Douglas Farah's site, because he keeps his eyes, ears, and whatever body part is available to the ground when it comes to Africa. He is a counter-terrorism expert expert, and he has authored the book, "BLOOD FROM STONES", the secret financial network of terror.

This is what attracted my eye today:
Sub-Saharan Africa Rises for the Wrong Reasons.
By Douglas Farah

While the Somali piracy crisis has galvanized world opinion, it is not the only area of Sub-Saharan Africa that is attracting counter-terrorism attention.

The growing ties between criminal and terrorist groups (often one and the same when it comes to Hezbollah's broad activity in Western and Central Africa) has been noted. The Congress authorized the creation of the new Africa Command (Africom) largely because of the terrorist threat in the region.

But what is the real threat? Again I return to the pipeline metaphor, and Africa is more and more frequently a important part of that pipeline structure.

Two cases illustrate this clearly. The first, an illegal alien smuggling ring running from Ghana through Central America to the United States was ideally positioned to carry anyone, including terrorists, across multiple borders.

The ring was run by a 26-year-old named Mohammed Kamel Ibrahim, living in Mexico and using the moniker "Silk the Shocker." For $5,000 he offered to have his clients met by corrupt Mexican officials and sent on to the United States.

What is astonishing is the number of countries through which this network moved people. Like water running downhill they simply took the path of least resistance at any given moment. My full blog is here.
If you continue reading this article, you will find there are several ways in which corrupt governments - including the Mexican government - are aiding in the spread of jihadism. This is one of the very important reasons why we must remain ever vigilant on the issue of gaining control of and keeping it of our borders.

Not only our borders by land but by that of sea. Yes, they are planning something which will occur because someone got into America through the sea. We must press our government to gain control of our harbors. Also, they must give the Coast Guard proper training and equipment to face our enemy head-on. We are all counting on them as well, and it's about time we showed it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Source(s): CounterTerrorism Blog and Douglas' site, Sub-Saharan Africa's Rising Role in Terrorism and Crime.

PM Manmonhan Singh, World Leaders condemns terror attacks in Mumbai

PM, World Leaders condemns terror attacks in Mumbai

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday night condemned the terror attacks in Mumbai and assured all help to Maharashtra in meeting the situation.

Headlines in India post Terror attack

Courtesy of the Indian Govenment


Security strengthened in Delhi, Goa

Following Wdnesday's terror attack in Mumbai security stepped up in the poll-bound national capital following the terror strikes in Mumbai on Thursday.


Defence Minister to meet military top brass

With terrorists striking in Mumbai, Defence Minister A K Antony has convened a high-level meeting of the armed forces on Thursday to review the situation.

At least 100 killed in Mumbai terror strike; Operations Continue to flush out terrorists

Courtesy of the Indian Government:

At least 100 killed in Mumbai terror strike; Operations Continue to flush out terrorists

More than 100 people have been killed and nearly 300 injured so far in the multiple attacks by an unspecified number of heavily armed gunmen in ten places in South Mumbai.  

Security forces on Thursday prepared to launch an assault to flush out terrorists from two luxury hotels - Taj and Trident - where a couple of 100 people are believed to be either held hostage or trapped in the most audacious terror attacks that have claimed over 100 lives and left over 300 injured in India's financial capital.

Latest reports indicate that terrorists, about 10-12 in number in Trident (rpt) Trident, formerly Oberoi, alone, have made some ransom demands but Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil said no demands have come from them.

He said five of the dozen terrorists in Trident (rpt) Trident have been killed while one has been captured and was being interrogated.

Claiming to have some "vital leads", the minister expressed confidence of breakthrough soon.

An unspecified number of foreigners including Americans, Israelis and Canadians are believed to be among those trapped in the two hotels and in Nariman House, a

residential complex with an old Jewish prayer hall, where also a hostage situation prevailed.

As the day broke, gunbattles raged between terrorists, believed to have come in a boat to the Gateway of India, opposite Taj hotel, and commandoes and fresh explosions rocked the two hotels after the night of terror targeting ten places.

The terrorists struck with impunity in Mumbai on Wednesday night in coordinated multiple blasts and gunfire in a dozen areas including at iconic landmarks CST railway station and two five star hotels—Oberoi and Taj.

Terror strikes hit life in fast-paced Mumbai

While terror-hit Mumbai came to a virtual standstill on Thursday with trains running almost empty and streets wearing a deserted look as government asked residents not to panic in the face of the most audacious militant attack on the metropolis.

A curfew-like situation prevailed in south Mumbai, the metropolis' business district which is the centre of terror attacks since Wednesday night.

The otherwise overcrowded suburban trains, the lifeline of Mumbai, were running on schedule but with only a few office-goers as passengers on Thursday morning.

Schools and colleges were shut down by authorities and trading at Bombay Stock Exchange and commodity markets stalled in view of the grim situation.

ATS chief Hemant Karkare killed in terror strikes

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said five police officers including Anti Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare were killed in one of the worst terror strikes in the country's financial capital that in all claimed the lives of at least 11 police personnel.

Karkare(54), who is probing the Malegaon blasts case, was gunned down when he was leading an operation at Hotel Taj against terrorists who had taken 15 people, including seven foreigners, as hostages.

He was hit by three bullets in his chest. One MP Krishan Das and 200 people were stranded in Taj hotel.

Another IPS officer Ashok Marutirao Kamte, a 1989 batch IPS officer, was killed while fighting terrorists at Metro Cinema in the city along with encounter specialist Vijay

Salaskar who also gunned down as one of the worst terror strikes brought Mumbai to the knees.

"The operation(by security forces) is still going on," Deshmukh also said. Besides army commandoes, naval commandos and Rapid Action force personnel joined in the operations to rescue those stranded in the two hotels.

Five columns of Army and 200 NSG commandoes have been rushed.

Two sten guns have been recovered by police so far, he added.

Deshmukh said it was not immediately known how many terrorists were involved in the audacious attack in ten places that shook the western metropolis.

The chief minister said the Taj and Oberoi is not in control yet. He said there are no terrorists in Cama hospital which was also targeted by gunmen. (KR-27/11)

Radial muslims attack the innocents in India.

Courtesy of Michael SavageMuslim fanatics attack innocent Indians, Americans; bloodbath

(BBC News) Terrorists attacked at least seven sites in Mumbai today and were holding Western hostages at a hotel. At least 80 people were killed and 250 wounded ... 

Note: The Bosun and Rumors of War are not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.  This story and links are for your information and evaluation only.  We must decide how to retaliate against armed aggression by these radial muhammadan terrorists.


Mumbai attacks leave India reeling
27 Nov 08 |  South Asia

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ABC Online Australian confirmed killed in Mumbai - 29 mins ago

The Scotsman Terror attacks in Mumbai: Death toll rises to 101 - 31 mins ago

ABC Online Australians among Mumbai dead: reports - 34 mins ago

Haaretz At least eight Israelis held hostage in Mumbai as 101 killed across city - 43 mins ago

CNN Ex-wife of pop icon Prince flees India gunfire - 49 mins ago

Indian government

Terrorist in India hunt for Americans and Brits

Courtesy of Michael Savage: Witnesses: Terrorists looked for Brits, Americans

(BBC News) "They told everybody to stop and put their hands up and asked if there were any British or Americans. My friend said to me, 'don't be a hero, don't say you are British'" ...

What Islam is not

Courtesy of

What Islam Isn't

By Dr. Peter Hammond | Monday, April 21, 2008

The following is adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond's book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat:
Islam is not a religion nor is it a cult. It is a complete system.
Islam has religious, legal, political, economic and military components. The religious component is a beard for all the other components.
Islamization occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their so-called 'religious rights.'
When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to 'the reasonable' Muslim demands for their 'religious rights,' they also get the other components under the table. Here's how it works (percentages source CIA: The World Fact Book (2007)).
As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone.  Read the rest of the article at this LINK

Islamist strike the heart of India

Courtesy of Islam In Action

Terrorist Attacks at 7 Sites in India

Posted: 26 Nov 2008 11:22 PM CST

Updated TV reports say that at least 20 are dead and that there are terrorists trapped inside one of the hotels.
Update: There is a hostage situation. Gunman are asking for passports and they are looking for Brits and Americans.

Several wounded in Mumbai shootings
Associated Press
MUMBAI, India – Police say several people have been wounded in a series of attacks by terrorist gunmen at seven sites in Mumbai, including two luxury hotels.
A.N. Roy, a senior police officer, says several people have been wounded, and police were battling the gunmen.
"The terrorists have used automatic weapons and in some places grenades have been lobbed, the encounters are still going on and we are trying to overpower them," Roy says.
The gunmen attacked two luxury hotels, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station in southern Mumbai and Leopold's restaurant, a Mumbai landmark.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Islam in the news

Courtesy of Islam In Action

Minneapolis Muslim Blows Himself up in Somalia Attack

Posted: 25 Nov 2008 09:25 PM CST

Less than two weeks ago it was reported that there are thousands of Somalians here illegally. Today it comes out that a Minneapolis Somalian named Shirwa Ahmed went back to Somalia and blew himself up as a homicide bomber. While this man was here legally, it was also learned that Somalians are recruiting in Minneapolis for the jihad in Somalia. This can be done much easier if our government does not know who is here. Recently over a dozen young Somalians from the Minneapolis area have not been seen. It is believed that they have went back to Somalia to fight the Islamic holy war.
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Virginia:Two Muslims Offer to Sell Missile to FBI Informant

Posted: 25 Nov 2008 07:03 PM CST

Two Muslim men from Virginia have been arrested in a FBI sting. They were caught trying to sell a missile that could reach the Pentagon. This comes from the same state where a Saudi school for children was busted preaching hatred towards non-Muslims. Virginia was also the home of the former Virginia Jihad Network.

Annandale man offers to sell missile to FBI informant
Fairfax County
By Gregg MacDonald
Source: Fairfax County Times
"You want to hit the Pentagon. You can put the bottle on it, the blue bottle, and hit the Pentagon."-- Amjad Hamed, as quoted in a U.S. District Court affidavit. Two Annandale men have been arrested in an FBI sting that uncovered visa fraud, gun smuggling and references to Lebanon, Yasir Arafat and bombing the Pentagon with a missile.
According to a recently unsealed U.S. District Court affidavit, an FBI informant met with Annandale resident Amjad Hamed, a Jordanian native, in April 2006.
Hamed provided the informant with six valid Palestinian passports and asked him to obtain U.S. visas for them.
According to the affidavit, Hamed revealed that he was part of an international visa fraud scheme. "I challenge anyone in the world who can bring so many passports without being inspected," he is quoted as saying.
Hamed is also quoted as saying he was a member of the Palestinian Authority who met regularly with Yasir Arafat.
Hamed's references to smuggling were also quoted in the affidavit. "Yes, I have connections to transport from America directly to the middle of Lebanon ... no one does anything through the airport ... the airport is hard. All the companies have to disclose their shipment. Do you know through what? ... via the port ... By the sea."
According to the affidavit, Hamed also sold the FBI informant an 8 mm semi-automatic handgun and a SKS sniper rifle on June 21, 2007.
During that transaction, Hamed is quoted as saying that he could obtain a missile that could reach the Pentagon. "You want to hit the Pentagon. You can put the bottle on it, the blue bottle, and hit the Pentagon," he is quoted as saying in the affidavit.
Hamed's cousin, Ibrahim Hamed, allegedly also sold the FBI informant an altered 9 mm handgun in August 2007, and offered to sell him other weapons that he said would come from a source in Florida.
According to the affidavit, Ibrahim Hamed said that his cousin did not have the connections to get the guns and the missile, but that he did.
Amjad Hamed is charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud, and Ibrahim Hamed is charged with conspiracy to transport in interstate commerce a firearm with a serial number that was removed and obliterated.
Both men are being held without bond and will be sentenced on January 30.
"Some of the statements in the affidavit are overblown," said Attorney Gregory Stambaugh, who represents Ibrahim Hamed. "He said some things that probably didn't help him, but the charge against him is for the sale of a handgun. It's really a rather mundane case."

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Muslims Firebomb Church

Posted: 25 Nov 2008 02:09 PM CST

Most of the readers are probably thinking that this happened in the Middle East. But the hate of Islam is now across Europe as this was a Dutch Church. Is there a reason that we still allow Muslims to come into our countries?
Hat tip to Islam in Europe

Gouda:Church firebombed
Four teenagers of Moroccan origin were arrested Saturday evening for setting fire to the Vaste Burcht Reformed church in Gouda. A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the door of the church, according to the police. The bottom part of the door and the doormat were damaged.
The four Gouda residents, three aged 14 and one aged 15, are suspected of arson. The fire was reported at 5:45pm and the directions given by the reporter led to the residence of one of them, where three youth were arrested. The 15 year old suspect was arrested later that evening.
Three of the suspects spent the night in jail. They will appear in court Tuesday. A 14 year old was released after interrogation since there was no evidence of his involvement. The police is continuing with the investigation.
A spokesperson of the church said that there are often fights there but this is the first time a Molotov cocktail was thrown at them. The administrator of the church said that they had windows broken in in the past which they put down to street youth.
The parishioners were informed of the events and were told that the police and mayor are taking the case seriously.

Florida:Volunteers Needed To Counter CAIR's con

Posted: 24 Nov 2008 08:18 PM CST

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that was just hit with racketeering charges yesterday is taking a page out the playbook of the Islamic Circle of North America . They are going to be using the Florida mass transit bus system to proselytize Islam to our fellow countrymen. The ICNA used the NYC subway cars to do the same back in September.
I had made up fliers to counter their campaign and they can easily be printed up to counter this Islamic ad campaign also. There will be two press conferences held on Tuesday November 25Th to announce this campaign. The addresses are listed below.
Islam the Ugly Truth
Ramadan the Month of Imposition

S. Florida Muslims to Launch Bus Ad Campaign on Islam
Last update: 4:41 p.m. EST Nov. 24, 2008
MIAMI, Nov 24, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- On Tuesday, November 25, South Florida Islamic and interfaith leaders will hold two news conferences to launch an educational outreach project designed to dispel common misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.
Starting November 25, and continuing for eight weeks, the Dade and Broward County transit systems will display large, colorful banners about Islam on the sides of 120 buses. The project, called the "Bus Ad Campaign," is designed to invite Floridians of all faiths to call 1-888-ISLAM-55 or to log on to the website to find the accurate and objective information about Islam and Muslims.
A bus with the display will be present at both press conferences.
1st Press Conference:
WHAT: News Conference to Launch Bus Ad Campaign on Islam
WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 11 a.m.
WHERE: 2775 SW 74th Avenue, Miami, FL
2nd Press Conference:
WHAT: News Conference to Launch Bus Ad Campaign on Islam
WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 4 p.m.
WHERE: 4305 NW 183rd Street, Miami, FL

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Holy Land Charity Guilty on 108 Counts!!

Posted: 24 Nov 2008 05:06 PM CST

Over a year after escaping the first trial because of a declared mistrial the Holy Land Foundation was finally found guilty of 108 counts of funneling money to the Hamas terrorist organization in Palestine.

Charity convicted of financing terrorism
November 24, 2008
Associated Press
DALLAS — A Muslim charity and five of its former leaders were convicted Monday of funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the retrial of the largest terrorism financing case since the attacks of Sept. 11.
U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis announced the 108 guilty verdicts on the eighth day of deliberations in the retrial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, once the nation's largest Muslim charity.
Relatives of the former leaders sobbed after the defendants were found guilty of all counts, and one crying woman screamed in the courtroom, "My dad is not a criminal!"
Holy Land was accused of giving more than $12 million to support Hamas. The seven-week retrial ran about as long as the original, which ended in October 2007 when a judge declared a mistrial on most charges.
Holy Land wasn't accused of violence. Rather, the government said the Richardson, Texas-based charity financed schools, hospitals and social welfare programs controlled by Hamas in areas ravaged by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The U.S. designated Hamas a terrorist organization in 1995 and again in 1997, making contributions to the group illegal.
Prosecutors labeled Holy Land's benefactors — called zakat committees — as terrorist recruiting pools. The charities, the government argued, spread Hamas' violent ideology and generated loyalty and support among Palestinians
It was a "womb to the tomb" cycle, prosecutor Barry Jonas told jurors during closing arguments last week.
Holy Land supporters told a different story. They accused the government of politicizing the case as part of its war on terrorism, while attorneys for the foundation said Holy Land's mission was philanthropy and providing much-needed aid to the Middle East.
They reminded jurors that none of the zakat committees are designated by the U.S. as terrorist fronts, and that Holy Land also donated to causes elsewhere, including helping victims of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
"No one here is engaging in acts of terrorism," Theresa Duncan, attorney for former Holy Land chief executive Shukri Abu Baker, said during closing arguments.
Government officials raided Holy Land's headquarters in December 2001 and shut it down. President George W. Bush even personally announced the seizure of Holy Land's assets, calling the action "another step in the war on terrorism."
A chaotic courtroom scene ended last year's original trial, which lasted nearly two months and kept jurors deliberating for 19 days. But they deadlocked on many counts, and when a judge polled the panel about other verdicts, some disavowed their vote.
The confusing finish led U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish to declare a mistrial, and leaders of the defunct charity rushed outside to celebrate.
Observers last year panned the government for presenting a bloated case too complicated for jurors to follow. Prosecutors responded this year by dropping nearly 60 charges in the trial and tightening their narrative to jurors, even offering a kind of road map to help the panel follow the money.
But nearly 15 boxes of evidence wheeled into court on a flatbed still impressed the size of the case, as did the more than one hour that Solis needed to read aloud the indictment.

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Chaos in Egypt as Coptics try to Build a Church

Posted: 24 Nov 2008 04:11 PM CST

The persecution of the Coptic Christian community in our so called ally Egypt has been going on for centuries and continues today. Them not being allowed to build or repair Churches is a common event in Egypt.

(ANSAmed) - CAIRO, NOVEMBER 24 - Eight civilians and four policemen have been hurt, two cars have been set ablaze and an unknown number of arrests have been made during fighting in Matareya, a working-class area east of Cairo. The fighting was between police and Muslims who were protesting over the rumoured destruction of a half-complete building in order to build a Coptic church in its place. The skirmish took place yesterday evening, after evening prayers. At the exit of a mosque in the area, belonging to the Confraternity of Muslim Brothers, Mohamed Yussef Abu Hussein incited those present to protest against the construction of a church on soil that is not owned by Christians. Police troops gathered on the scene and arrested several people, unleashing a violent reaction from the people which eventually culminated in a full blown skirmish. Since the early hours of the morning the whole area has been watched over by security forces, but there have been no signs of gathering crowds. (ANSAmed).

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Did Pakistan approve of missile strikes?

Pakistan Denies Agreement Okaying US Missile Strikes

(Courtesy of
– Pakistan has no agreement with the United States permitting missile attacks on Pakistani soil, the country’s prime minister told lawmakers in a bid to quell strong suspicions that a surge of attacks – more than 20 in three months – had been quietly authorized. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said in Islamabad Saturday that the government would not tolerate such attacks, which were adding to Pakistan’s problems.

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