US: Gadahn is back!

Gadahn “cautioning” infidels with love about their future if they don’t convert to Islam

American al-Qaida spokesman urges Muslims to carry out attacks in US, Europe | StarTribune.com:

“An American spokesman for al-Qaida is urging Muslims in the United States and Europe to carry out attacks there.

In a video posted on militant websites Saturday, Adam Gadahn directed his appeal to Muslim immigrants in what he called the ‘miserable suburbs’ of Paris, London and Detroit as well as those traveling to the West to study or work.

Gadahn grew up on a farm in California and converted to Islam before moving to Pakistan in 1998 and reportedly attending an al-Qaida training camp. He has been wanted by the FBI since 2004.”

China: military experts urge int’l cooperation against urban terrorism

Chinese military experts urge int’l cooperation against urban terrorists – People’s Daily Online:

“‘Strike-2010’ Sino-Thai joint anti-terrorism drill came to an end in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Oct. 19. In this joint drill, which focused on urban anti-terrorism for the first time, both parties conducted an in-depth exchange with each other on how to deal with urban terrorist activities so as to lay a solid foundation for urban anti-terrorism cooperation between the two countries in the future.

Urban terrorist activities are a public hazard to international community!” said Tao Guang, head of the Chinese Guidance Team of this joint drill. Nowadays, cities have become “hotspot” sites for terrorists to produce terrorist activities. They endeavor to produce various types of terrorist attacks in important cities, so as to reach their political, economic and other purposes.

As pointed out by Tao Guang, urban terrorist attacks are usually launched during important events, such as during the Munich Olympics Games in 1972 when a terrorist organization hijacked and killed 9 Israeli athletes. “

This is magnificent, but are they going to consider fundamented accusations of terrorism funding by Chinese institutions when they are told about them? Or are they going to consider them only when they are directed only at China?

US: Man who admitted plotting to blow up Dallas office tower ‘intended to die’ for bin Laden

The Canadian Press: FBI: Man who admitted plotting to blow up Dallas office tower ‘intended to die’ for bin Laden:

Hosam Smadi did two things before pushing the button he hoped would blow up a 60-story office tower and kill thousands of people that still bother FBI officials 13 months later.

Hosam Maher Smadi

An undercover agent posing as an al-Qaida terrorist offered Smadi ear plugs. He declined, saying he wanted to hear the explosion. Then he used his cellphone to secure a ghastly souvenir — a final picture of the building before it blew.

The inside story of the investigation, compiled from court documents and interviews with FBI officials in Dallas, is a tale of how the FBI stayed ahead of the would-be terrorist, giving him a decoy bomb and preventing him from harming anyone.

FBI officials offer a different portrayal of the meek, mild and apologetic young man who spoke politely to the judge during his two day sentencing hearing, which ended Tuesday with Smadi receiving 24 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

He absolutely believed he had found al-Qaida, was committing an act on the scale of 9-11 and that he was going to get away with it,” Tom Petrowski, the supervisory agent who led the FBI operation, told The Associated Press. “He loved (Osama) bin Laden more than his parents. He said he would die for him, intended to die for him, expected to die for him. He believed to the core that this was his destiny.”

What a love story…

Background:
US: Jordanian man gets 24 years for attempting to blow Dallas skyscraper.

Netherlands: Restart for Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker’s hate speech trial

Geert Wilders

Restart for Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker’s hate speech trial < Dutch news | Expatica The Netherlands:

“The hate speech trial of Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders will start afresh after judges trying him were ordered to step down Friday by a panel of their colleagues at the politician’s request.

The trial will start afresh,’ Amsterdam district court spokeswoman Mercedes Grootscholten told AFP after a panel of oversight judges said Wilders’ concerns of bias on the part of his trial judges were ‘understandable.

Judge GH Marcus, the president of a panel convened to consider Wilders’ request for the judges’ recusal, said their denial of his request to recall a witness ‘appears to be in conflict with the applicable jurisprudence‘.

We find the applicant’s fear that the court’s decision points to a degree of bias, also in light of earlier incidents, understandable,’ the judge said.

Wilders, 47, went on trial on October 4 for inciting hatred by calling Islam ‘fascist’ and likening the Koran to Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’.

There have been seven days of hearings so far. Judgement had been set for November 5.”

Background:
New Dutch Government agrees to ban burqa, cut deficit.

Somalia: schoolboy tells of how Islamists cut off his leg and hand

More barbarity from Somalia: Somali schoolboy tells of how Islamists cut off his leg and hand:

“He has learned to button his shirt using only his left hand, to roll his sleeve with his teeth, to balance on his right foot in the shower. He cannot forgive, though he is desperate to forget. But at night his dreams betray him.

This is how it happened, Abdulle told the Guardian. He was a prisoner in an insurgents’ house in Mogadishu, lying on his side, one hand chained to his ankles. He was 17, with fluff on his cheeks and unspeakable fear in his heart. Three other young men were with him – Jalylani, Ali, Abduqadir.

A guard, from the Islamist group al-Shabaab, which is trying to overthrow the Somali government, gripped his shoulder. ‘Ismael Khalif Abdulle, come with me.’

A convoy of rebel battlewagons cleared the way through the battered streets. Reaching Masalah, an old military barracks, he saw his mother through the car window and shouted to her. The guard slapped his face. ‘Today is not the day to call your mother,’ he said.

Ordered to witness the punishment of the “spies and bandits” or face lashes themselves, the entire neighbourhood had assembled. Also watching were some of the Shabaab’s top leaders – Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, the Somali-Swede Fuad Shangole, and Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, the American who recruits and finances foreign fighters.

In the middle of the stony parade ground were about 20 militiamen in green fatigues. Their faces were masked. They were wearing surgical gloves. On the ground was a single plastic mattress.

Abdulle says he was made to lie down. His left hand was tied to his right ankle with a thick rope, leaving the other limbs free for what was to come. Rubber surgical tubing bit into his right biceps – a tourniquet. One rebel grabbed his hand, another his forearm. They pulled in opposite directions as a piece of plastic was laid over his wrist.

Please make it quick,” he pleaded.

A heavily built man drew a large wooden-handled knife normally used to slaughter camels. The knife descended.

Though their horror was far from over, Abdulle and the three other young men “cross amputated” – a process of cutting off a hand and foot from opposite sides of the body – by the Shabaab on 26 June 2009, eventually escaped from their Islamist captors, and managed to cross to the government-controlled side of the city. Abdulle recently managed to flee Somalia, and reach a safehouse in Nairobi, Kenya, where he gave this interview.

His story offers a rare insight into how the Shabaab is using its extreme interpretation of Islam to establish order through fear – and to find recruits.

Abdulle was born in 1992, a year after the last effective government fell, and warlords took over the country. As far as it is possible to have a normal upbringing amid the anarchy, he did. Once Shabaab forces took full control of the Bakara market area where he lived, in early 2009, security immediately improved – but at a huge cost to personal and social freedoms.

Photo: Ismael Khalif Abdulle who was cross amputated by the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab Photograph Sven Torfinn for the Guardian.

Russia: Moscow Has a Mosque Controversy Too

Moscow Has a Mosque Controversy Too – World News – ABC News Radio:

“The Moscow media have already christened this patch of green ‘the Russian Ground Zero’ in a reflection of strife over the mosque being built near Ground Zero, the site where the twin towers of the World Trade Center stood in New York City before the terror attack of 9/11.

The country’s largest online newspaper, Gazeta.ru, drew parallels with other European controversies surrounding Islam: The burqa ban in France and the immigration debate now raging in Germany. Europeans are frightened of Islam because the religion’s values are utterly foreign to them, the article said. ‘Now we are experiencing something similar in Moscow and St. Petersburg.'”

Another moron. No one is afraid of Islam. Every Western human being with common sense is angry at politicians saying they support separation from State and Religion. But there come several barbaricIslamic clerics” who are supporting seggregation of women and men and Muslims and non-Muslims, Jihad, the Caliphate, stoning of “dirty women” and several other pre-historic ideas and, as they threat with “riots“, “violence” and several other “peaceful” and “loving” things, and end “convincing” those same politicians that they should implement their religious law. If those same politicians would be somewhat coherent would fight whatever attempt to hack that separation. Of course, they aren’t.

According to estimates by the Moscow council of muftis (equivalent to a council of deacons in the Christian faith), up to 20 million Muslims live in Russia today. Muslims have dominated some parts of the country for centuries. While the predominantly Muslim Republic of Tatarstan in the Volga region is regarded as moderate, guerrillas are fighting to set up an Islamic state in the northern Caucasus. Islamic extremists were behind the suicide bomb attacks that shook the Russian capital this March and killed 40 people.

The planned mosque would only be the fifth in Moscow, even though this metropolis of 10.5 million has more than 1.5 million Muslim residents. In comparison, Berlin, which has a proportion of Muslims amounting to less than a sixth of Moscow’s, has at least six large mosques. That is why the Moscow council of muftis wants more mosques to be built and says Moscow should have up to 40.

The Moscow mufti council, which is responsible for building the mosque, is convinced that nationalists are behind the protests against their house of worship. They say that the mosque will be built at the edge of the park anyway, leaving plenty of room for recreation and dog walkers. “The problem lies elsewhere,” says Ildar Aljautdinov, the imam at Moscow’s largest mosque. He warns that some Muslims may become radicalized if they don’t have mosques to worship in. “We must build more mosques,” he says. “Otherwise something bad will replace the religion.”

See? Let us build the mosque or else! Imagine what these Muslims would tell if Christians in Saudi Arabia would do the same. Laugh at them and then call the Police against Vice to arrest them. Even if they are foreigners.

Pakistan: More than a dozen armed Muslims vandalise College Chapel

Extremist Muslim Vandalizes A College Chapel in Pakistan « Persecution News

Will Ban Ki-Moon speak about “Christianophobia” in Pakistan or that would be too politically incorrect for him?

Italy: crude imports from Iran up 85 percent

Italy’s crude imports from Iran up 85 percent | Reuters:

“Italy’s imports of crude oil from Iran surged 84.6 percent year-on-year to 6.12 million tonnes in the first seven months of 2010, Italy’s industry group Unione Petrolifera (UP) said on Wednesday.

Imports from Iran accounted for 15 percent of total Italy’s crude oil imports which came in at 43.53 million tonnes in the January-July period, up 0.2 percent from a year ago period, according to UP data published on its web site“.

I would like to know …

UK: Cafe fan banned in case smell of bacon offends Muslims

Cafe fan banned in case smell of bacon offends Muslims – Telegraph:

“Planning officials acted against Beverley Akciecek, 49, after being told her next door neighbour’s Muslim friends had felt ”physically sick” due to the ”foul odour.”

The fan has been in Beverley’s Snack Shack takeaway in the Shaw Heath area of the town for the past three years.

And the mother-of-seven whose husband Cetin, 50, is himself a Turkish Muslim work more than fifty hours a week buying, preparing and cooking hot and cold sandwiches and hot-pots for their customers.

But neighbour Graham Webb-Lee complained that his Muslim friends refused to visit him becase they ”can’t stand the smell of bacon.”(So, what Graham? Just go to visit them!).

And councillors at Liberal Democrat run Stockport Council in Greater Manchester ruled the ‘odours given off from the vent were unacceptable for neighbouring residents.’

Mrs Akciecek who plans to appeal against the decision said, “I just think it’s just crazy. Cetin’s friends actually visit the shop, they’re regular visitors, they’re Muslim people, the come in a couple of times a week.

‘I have Muslim people come in for cheese toasties. Cetin cooks the food himself, he cooks the bacon.”

Synod: Egyptian Coptic Church representative tells members that "it has come awfully late"

From one pope to another: Middle East synod comes awfully late | National Catholic Reporter: “

Pope Shenouda III (Wikipedia)

“His Holiness Pope Shenouda III entrusted me with the mission to attend the Synod as his representative, and to express his warm gratitude to His Holiness for extending an invitation to partake in the Synodal works. He entrusted me with delivering a tribute of fraternal love to Your Holiness and to all the members of the Synod, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying and hoping that God will let the Synod bear its desired fruits for the good and consideration of the Christians of the Middle East.

Allow me to say that this Synod comes at a very late stage, as the conflicts and persecutions that our region suffers from have multiplied and turned into lamentation and suffering, resulting in the migration of a large number of the finest young Christians, leaving their homelands behind. I also mean leaving their hearts behind, with their history, authentic culture and tradition, in order to live and take refuge in another country, whose traditions and way of life are strange to them, not in line with their nature, but, compared to what they went through, still more secure and safer, providing them and their children with the hope of a better future.

The title of this Synod on communion and witness takes on a new meaning and significance with regard to the suffering and challenges faced by the Christians of the Middle East, due to precarious and complex political conflicts, particularly the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well as the wars this region has witnessed and still is enduring; wars that have caused an upsurge in Middle Eastern problems, where, as a reaction, anti-Jewish and anti-Christian Salafist movements alike were launched, while the spirit of hatred, rejection of the other and isolationism were felt on the other side in response to the psychological pressure and persecution. That, to the point of martyrdom, marginalization and the feeling of being “non-native” citizens enduring discrimination at work and in political institutions and parliamentary and local councils.
In this sense, it fell to the Church as a reality that it had to live and live with, particularly in how to minister to those communities that departed and scattered all over the world – in addition to ministering the remaining communities inside the country, encouraging them not to leave their homelands, and seeking to resolve their issues, as much as possible, through the intercession of officials.

Pope Benedict XVI

From my personal experience, I can confirm that we were forced to undergo the reality of emigration. Nevertheless, the Coptic church realized the perils of emigration and migration, of leaving the country whatever the reason for the exile. Accordingly, with his keen intellect and spiritual sensitivity, Pope Shenouda III recognized the need of our Coptic migrant communities (around two million Christian Copts) residing overseas to live in the same ecclesiastic oriental spiritual environment they grew up and were raised in according to its traditions. That is why Pope Shenouda III sent the Church after its faithful communities, to look for them in fear of losing them and their Copt identity, as well as their disappearing in foreign communities.
Thus, he founded churches and monasteries and established Copt schools in immigration countries, such as:

  • In the United States: around 160 Egyptian Coptic churches, two monasteries and five bishops; 
  • In Canada: 20 Coptic churches; 
  • In Bolivia: several churches and a bishop; 
  • In Brazil: several churches and a bishop as well; 
  • In Australia: 20 Coptic churches, a monastery and three bishops; 
  • In Europe: churches in almost every European country, three monasteries and three bishops; 
  • In Sudan: two parishes, two monasteries and two bishops; 
  • In Southern Africa: churches in Kenya, Zimbabwe and remaining countries – a monastery and two bishops.

He also founded Coptic schools in the United States, Canada and Australia.

I would like to affirm that we look forward to this Synod, thanks to the efforts of His Holiness and the Synod members. May it be the glimpse of hope that carries within it better solutions for the Christians’ problems in the Middle East. My thanks go to the Synodal members who succeeded, throughout their addresses, in covering all the aspects they have experienced and witnessed, dimensions that have had direct or indirect influences on emigration movements in the Middle East.”

Source.

Background:
Middle East:: Arab Christians face political Islam threat, Bishop Naguib says.
Rabbi cautions against hostility towards Israel.
Middle East: “International community must take its responsibility to reach an agreement on respect to human dignity”, Kirkuk’s bishop says.
Synod: “Turkish extremists were behind Bishop Padovese’s murder”, Bishop Franceschini charges.

UK: Hardliners call for deaths of Surrey Muslims

Hardliners call for deaths of Surrey Muslims – Home News, UK – The Independent:

“Islamic extremists have started openly calling for the destruction of a controversial Muslim sect in a major escalation of sectarian conflict within British Islam, an investigation by The Independent has revealed.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Community have seen a significant upsurge in threats and intimidation over the past four months, sparked by an extremist attack on two of their largest mosques in Pakistan earlier this year.

Hardline Islamists in Britain have been distributing leaflets calling for the murder of AhmadiMuslims in Kingston-upon-Thames whilst mosques have been vandalised in Newham and Crawley. Preachers in south London have also been orchestrating a boycott of Ahmadi businesses and Ofcom has had to reprimand an Islamic satellite channel for repeatedly calling the sect ‘Wajib-ul Qatal‘ – an Arabic phrase used to describe those who digress from mainstream Islam that translates as ‘liable for death. (A reprimand? The TV channel should have been immediately shut down for inciting to murder…).

Community leaders say the upsurge in animosity towards Ahmadis is directly linked to violence in Pakistan where local Taliban militants have declared war on sects that they deem to be heretical such as the Ahmadis and the Shi’a.

Although the Ahmadis have been targeted by extremists in the past, the combined attacks on two mosques in Lahore in May was the most brazen assault on their community yet, with 93 worshippers killed as they gathered for Friday prayers, including a number of Britons.”

The Religion of Peace, whose followers aren’t at peace even between them…

Interview: A Conversation with an Iranian Ayatollah

Among other non-Catholics speaking at the Synod, there was an Iranian Ayatollah, Ayatollah Mohaghegh, and Catholic National Register interviewed him. I don’t think his views are interesting at all, because Iranian propaganda is so important across the world, that we all know what are they. Anyway, it’s interesting to see the brainwashing the mullahcracy has done, even in “intellectuals”:

Ayatollah MOHAGHEGH

Q: Muslims who convert to Christianity are reported to suffer restrictions in Iran [Note from the interviewer: some say they are treated as renegades and traitors to Islam].

A: Freedom to choose a religion is one thing, conversion is something else. You need to differentiate between them. What does conversion mean? If I’m a Christian, for example, and after one or two years suddenly I declare that I am now outside the faith and tell everyone that they shouldn’t be a Christian, that Christianity is a hateful religion, then any Christian person would be bothered by such statements.

Q: Yet they should still be free to make them?

A: If conversion means taking action against Islam, then it’s not permissible. You are not allowed to take action against Islam by propaganda. We don’t allow such acts to be made against Christianity in Iran either.

He also says that if a person converts to another religion and “keeps it private“, there is no problem. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “freedom of religion is defined as the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance“. So, he is really contradicting himseld, specially after a pastor has been condemned to death because he converted from Islam (Note: so, no news!).

Q: The relationship between Islam and politics is a close one, particularly in Iran. Just how close are you to the political class in the country?
A: Religion and politics were very close before [the Iranian Revolution] because every law that couldn’t be affirmed by Islam had to be removed. This is in the Islamic Republic of Iran as well. According to the current Constitution, every election should be free, there should be a parliamentary democracy. There are some problems, but freedom of speech, freedom of writing, freedom to have political parties [are allowed] so I don’t see any difference between what we have in Iran and other democratic countries.

Do you ever speak out against government policies, for example on the nuclear issue?
That is something to ask the ambassador.

So, first he says there is “freedom of expression” and then he refused to answers a question, which is very easy to answer. Do you agree or you don’t with your government’s policy? “Oh, well, ask the Government“. Heh, why? Do they know even what you think? That would mean this guy has actually said Iran is a police state, something that’s not surprising at all.

By the way, in no “parliamentary democracy”, candidates and laws should be approved by any religious body as happens in Iran.

But he continues:

Q: What is your view on the Israeli-Palestinian question?
The nation’s point of view, that of the people of Iran, is that they want justice and to see justice realized. In Palestine, we favour democracy. But the Iranian people also say that the government of Israel is not elected by the people of that place [the Palestinians]. It is a racial government and we can’t accept that.

Racial? I thought that both Arabs and Jews are semites. Also, are Palestinians with Israeli nationality banned from voting in Israel? They are so “banned” that they are even elected to Israeli Parliament and can enter Israeli Army! In fact:

the rate of Arab Israelis who believe that Israel is better than most other countries (77%) is among the highest in the developed world with regards to this measure. 82% of Arab respondents said they would rather be a citizen of Israel than of any other country in the world.

Yes, I bet they are having bad time in Israel…

I am interested: would Iranians let me vote in their elections and if they don’t can I call Ahmadinejad a racist? This guy is ridiculous!

And the last interesting question:

A: Do you share President Ahmadinejad’s views on Israel?
I don’t know, I haven’t seen what he said – I was here when he went there [Note from the interviewer: on a recent visit to Lebanon, Ahmadinejad said Israel was “doomed”. Previously, he has called for the nation to be wiped off the map].”

He doesn’t know about Ahmadinejad’s position on Israel: well, he also says in the interview that “he can access to every web from his home” (I wonder if he ever reads something which is not supported by “the Government“…) and that there is no pressure on bloggers (something utterly ridiculous after Iranian blogfather Hossein Derakhsan aka Hoder have been sentenced to 20 years), but he doesn’t know about Ahmadinejad’s views on Jews. He must be the only person in the whole world! Ahmadinejad is going to be furious that, after all his propaganda against Jooozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, there are Iranian guys who don’t know about them!

UK: Saudis may seek prisoner transfer for killer Prince

Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud

Who said a Saudi prince was equal? From The Australian:

“A SAUDI prince who was jailed yesterday for a minimum of 20 years for murdering his manservant could use his royal connections to be transferred home much sooner.

An analyst close to the Saudis said that although al Saud’s homosexuality was an embarrassment, the authorities were likely to make diplomatic moves to bring him home.

“His father [Prince Abdulaziz] is very well respected, the family is close to the king,” said the source. “It is very sensitive. They will do this for his father, not for [him].”

The source said the authorities were likely to wait for several years before recommending a prisoner transfer agreement (PTA) with Britain as part of the battle against terrorism.

Bandar Abdulaziz

Britain has PTAs with other states, allowing foreign prisoners to finish their sentences abroad and Britons jailed abroad to return home.

The Saudi source said: “If it is still the wish of the father and the king, the prince will be bought home. It will be very quiet.”

Background:
Saudi prince guilty of murdering servant in London hotel.
Saudi prince jailed for life for murdering servant.