Monday, September 3, 2007

Somalia: Government posts attacked again, roadblock continues

by Mohamed Abdi Farah from SomaliNet

As the nightly insurgency attacks continue to escalate in the Somalia capital Mogadishu, the local militants linked with the defeated Islamist movement ambushed a government troops post in southwest of the city mid last night, local security official said on Sunday. General Abdiwahid Mohamed Hussein, a Somali police spokesman told Somalinet this morning the forces repelled a group of armed militant who attacked their positions in former stitching factory and former dairy factory ... Meanwhile, the Ethiopian and Somali forces stopped all the public and private vehicles to use the main Industry road in the capital for the third day where the allied troops faced roadside bombings ... Some villages of Huriwa and Yaqshid where the government believed as the safe haven of what it called ‘the terror groups’ were already abandoned due the continuing military operations against the Islamist supporters.

Pakistan’s Islamist press calls for jihad

by Praveen Swami from The Hindu

Pakistan’s Islamist media published a series of explicit calls for violence against India in the six weeks before the Hyderabad bombings — a development that analysts believe reflects the weakening of General Pervez Musharraf’s regime, and raises fears of a renewed wave of terror strikes. In an editorial published in the Jamaat-e-Islami-affiliated Daily Jasarat’s August 19 Friday supplement, the newspaper demanded that the “slogan of jihad should reverberate in every nook and corner of Pakistan. If Pakistan allows jihadis to infiltrate into India then Kashmir could be liberated in six months. Within a couple of years,” the newspaper asserted, “the rest of the territories of India could be conquered as well, and we can regain our lost glory. We can bring back the era of Mughal rule. We can once again subjugate the Hindus like our forefathers.

Islam: a plan for world domination?

by Samir Khalil Samir from SperoNews

Thanks to Saudi Arabia and its ideological and financial backing, the Wahhabi ideology and the Muslim Brotherhood are spreading everywhere, in newspapers, on TV, in the curriculum used in imam training schools; through funds to build mosques and Islamic centres. In Italy this is trend is best represented by the Unione delle Comunità ed Organizzazioni Islamiche in Italia? (Union of Islamic Communities and Organisations in Italy) or UCOII. In France the Union des Organisations Islamiques de France (Union of Islamic Organisations of France) or UOIF has taken the lead. Sadly, pro-Saudi Islamic groups are accepted as reliable partners in the dialogue with Islam even though they do not speak for most Muslims. But out of ignorance, for practical reasons or an attitude of compromise, European governments include them in their consultative bodies.

The Islamist

by Amir Taheri from

Ed Husain's account of what he calls Wahhabism is based on the caricature peddled by the Western media. As a result he describes as Wahhabi a good part of the Salafi belief system. Despite his break with Islamism, Husain is still unable to appreciate the core values of modern Europe. In his autobiographical book, "The Islamist," he writes: "Many of my Muslim friends {in Britain} rightly ask what we are supposed to integrate into. ' Big Brother' life-style? Ladette culture? Binge drinking? Gambling?" The implication is that Britain is that and only that. However, Husain and his " Muslim friends" could integrate into a democratic system of politics, the rule of law, freedom of religious belief and practice, the universal charter of human rights, and educational, cultural and economic opportunities that the majority in the Muslim world could only dream of.

Flawed analogy

by Diana West from The Washington Times uneasy reaction to the president's exhortation to "stand with the Iraqis at this difficult hour." Which "Iraqis"? Sunnis and Shi'ites eradicating Iraq's remnant Christian population? Sunni bombers whose hatred of Shi'ites (fleetingly?) transcends their hatred of Americans? Agents of Iran? Agents of al Qaeda? Proponents of Hezbollah? Forgive me if I fail to be stirred by the president's call. This isn't to suggest there aren't strategic imperatives in the Mesopotamian theater, but they have less to do with "the Iraqi people" than with suppressing Iran's offensive capabilities, Syria's expansionist aims, Saudi Arabian support for creeping Shariah, and other jihadist threats unaddressed by our efforts in Iraq.

Saudi Arabian religious police call for sex-segregated sidewalks

from RIA Novosti

Saudi Arabia's religious police are insisting that authorities of Medina, one of Islam's holiest cities, should build separate sidewalks for women, the Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper said Friday. The country's Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), tasked with enforcing Sharia law, believes men and women should not be allowed to mix on the streets of the Islam's second holiest place, where the Prophet Muhammad is buried.

Hanania again gets it wrong

by Steven Peck from The Daily Herald

Israel may not be worried about Qatar directly attacking, but these arms could fall into the hands of Hamas or Hezbollah. Saudi Arabia is barely five miles from Israel at its closest point, with air bases along that border. The advanced ships could be used to blockade the Israeli port of Eilat. These weapons aren't just a danger to Israel. Look at the recent disclosure that 190,000 assault rifles that we supplied to the Iraqi army are now in insurgent hands being used to kill U.S. troops. The militaries of these states are never going to be strong enough to defend against a concerted attack by Iran or Iraq without U.S. assistance. Look at how fast Kuwait, with all its American weapons, fell in 1990 to Iraq. The Saudi military is intentionally fragmented to protect against a military coup against the royal family. Al-Qaida is reported to already have infiltrated the Saudi military.

Up in smoke

by Kelly Jane Torrance from The Washington Times

A few weeks ago, the British publisher agreed to burn all unsold copies of the book after it received a letter threatening legal action from Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz. In their book, Mr. Burr and Mr. Collins allege that the former head of the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia funded Hamas and al Qaeda ... Perhaps there's a reason big papers like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post haven't mentioned the "Alms for Jihad" case: All three have settled with Mr. Mahfouz in the past. Mr. Mahfouz may have won the first round, but the battle is not over. Cambridge sent a letter to about 300 libraries worldwide, asking them to remove "Alms for Jihad" from their shelves. "They're pretty mad," says Mr. Collins of the librarians from whom he's heard. "One in Alaska said she's putting up a big exhibition of banned books."