On September 18, Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV labeled U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a "black snake."
The phrase is circled in the above image.Lees verder...
Pfarrer Hansjürg Stückelberger (Foto) ist besorgt um die Zukunft der Schweiz. Er fürchtet, dass es bald gilt, zwischen Demokratie und Scharia entscheiden zu müssen. In der wachsenden Orientierungslosigkeit will sein Verein Zukunft CH “eine Bewegung zum Umdenken auslösen”.Lees verder...
Turkish PM was angered by the criticism voiced by the university presidents regarding the new constitution being written by AKP. In a press conference today he responded by saying that the professors had no authority and they should mind their own business. He added that everybody should know their places.
Erdogan said that they were not preparing an AKP constitution but the Turkish constitution, and that they would take it to the ultimate authority – the people – when it was ready. He accused those who criticize their work for trying to drown the baby (i.e. the constitution) before it is born.
When asked about his decision on lifting the turban ban in universities, he said, “They say that turban is a political symbol. When you say that, it means it should be the symbol of a political party. Today again, they (the professors) said that turban is a political symbol. This is a very wrong thing”.
When journalists reminded the prime minister of the recent statements by some sociologists that women should be concerned about their future due to social pressures, PM Erdogan said, “Nobody should be concerned. One can look at the matter from the opposite side. Seeing those who cover their heads as source of pressure is disrespecting religious freedoms”.
President Gul began confirming appointments of bureaucrats that had previously been vetoed by former President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. These AKP appointees had been rejected mostly due to their past activities and affiliations with Islamist sects. Those bureaucrats are now being officially appointed to the positions they have held in ‘acting’ status during the term of the previous AKP government.
By Olivier Guitta
As The Croissant just reported citing 2 reports in the Algerian press, Abdelmalek Droudkel, aka Abu Mussab, was allegedly kicked out of his position of emir of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) by his peers.
I had mentioned on this site the dissension inside the ranks of AQIM since the ex GSPC changed his name in January and pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda. In fact after the triple suicide bombings in Algiers on 4/11, many AQIM members did not approve of the use of suicide bombings targeting civilians.
To go on a limb, this news could mean the death of AQIM per se and a return of the ex GSPC to a more guerilla style terrorism approach.
In several recent speeches, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad outlined Iran's nuclear policy and set forth his vision regarding the interrelationship between Iran and the West.
In a speech about Iran's nuclear program, Ahmadinejad declared that Iran has become a global power, and that it would place its nuclear technology at the service of those determined to confront the U.S. and other Western countries. He announced that Iran was now successfully operating over 3,000 centrifuges, continued to downplay the impact of the U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran, and reiterated Iran's official stance of refusal to freeze its nuclear activity. Ahmadinejad also harshly censured senior Iranian officials who had called for compromise with the West on Iran's nuclear program out of fear of a possible U.S. attack on Iran, hinting that they were traitors.
In addition, Ahmadinejad declared that the world was now at an historic turning point. The history of the West, he said, had reached its end, and the appearance of the Hidden Imam, heralding the era of Islamic Shi'ite rule, was nigh.  Thus, he called on the nations of the world to rise up against the hegemony of the West, headed by the U.S., and predicted the imminent collapse of Israel, which he called "Satan's standard-bearer." 
Following are statements by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on various issues, from his recent speeches:
The Sunni establishment, represented by the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), refuses to recognize Alevism as a religion, denies Alevis the right to build their own houses of worship (cemevi) and imposes upon them to pray in mosques.
The Alevi leaders have expressed their disappointment and stressed that a secular state cannot have an official religion and it must stand at equal distance to all religions. Izzettin Dogan, the President of the Cem Foundation said that the ruling AKP government is a Sunni government, as it openly demonstrates. He added that they have filed 2000 lawsuits, also in European Court of Human Rights, against the AKP government, and once they are finalized the Alevis will be better heard.
French FM Kouchner: The Iranian nuclear crisis forces the world to prepare for the worst - which is war
September 16, 2007, 10:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
In a series of press, radio and TV interviews, Sunday, Sept. 16, Bernard Kouchner also said he had advised large French companies not to respond to tenders issued by Tehran. DEBKAfile adds: France thus joined the economic sanctions imposed by the US, Britain, Japan and Germany on Iran for refusing to give up uranium enrichment, but implicit in Kouchner’s advice was a word of caution to French companies to stay clear of business complications with a nation on the brink of war.
The French foreign minister, who is clearly focusing on the Middle East, spoke shortly after visits to Iraq, Lebanon and Israel and the Israeli air force operation over Syria ten days ago. Paris sees ominous signals in the expanding Iranian intervention in combat against US forces in Iraq by stepped up weapons deliveries to the insurgents and their training, and the rising military tensions between Israel and Syria – all under the cloud of the nuclear issue.
Toen ik nog jong en naïef was, en een jaar in Egypte studeerde, ben ik ooit eens bij een lokale Koptische bisschop in Cairo op audiëntie gegaan om hem te vragen naar boeken over de islam die door theologen van de Koptische kerk geschreven waren. De Koptische kerk is de inheemse, eeuwenoude christelijke volkskerk in Egypte. De Koptische taal is de laatste vorm van de taal van de hiëroglyfen van de Farao’s. Liturgie en preek in de Koptische kerk zijn al eeuwenlang in het Arabisch. De Koptische kerk is sinds de verovering van Egypte door de islam in 636 geleidelijk aan gekrompen, van oorspronkelijk bijna 100% van de bevolking, tot misschien 5% tegenwoordig.
Het leek me ondenkbaar dat Koptische theologen niet over de islam hadden nagedacht, en dat er geen boeken of artikelen over de islam uit deze hoek beschikbaar zouden zijn. Een leuk scriptieonderwerp, dacht ik eigenlijk. Maar de bisschop hielp me in drie seconden uit de droom. Nee, zulke boeken waren er niet. Vervolgens wees hij me er op dat er naast elke kerk in Egypte een moskee stond, met een iets hogere minaret dan de hoogste naburige kerktoren. En dat in het bijzonder wanneer de Kopten met een kerkdienst bezig waren, de versterkers op deze minaret op topsterkte de boodschap van de islam verkondigden, wat binnen in de kerk gewoonlijk goed hoorbaar was. Dit alles, sprak hij, hing samen met het respect voor de islam waar de christenen in Egypte toe verplicht waren.Lees verder...
By Lorenzo Vidino
My colleague Andrea Morigi and I have a piece in the latest issue of the Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Monitor describing the links between Italy's so-called "New Red Brigades" and radical Islam:
Last February, in the quiet of a secluded northern Italian country house, three Italian far left militants brainstormed, unaware that counter-terrorism officials were listening to their every word. The men were known members of the so-called "New Red Brigades," discussing new strategies for the group. Alfredo Davanzo, the ideologue of the group who had just returned from France using a forged passport, spoke about the need to overcome the organization's isolation, caused by its secrecy and the waves of arrests it had suffered (ironically, the three would be arrested the following Monday). The group, said the men, should find new venues for their recruitment efforts and pointed to Italian mosques, described as "propellers of protests and struggles," as one of the most obvious choices. The conversation is just another indication of what Italian intelligence officials have warned about for the last few years: some of the most militant segments of the Italian extreme left have displayed an increasing interest in and admiration for radical Islam. What has been only purely moral support up to now could possibly develop into a dangerous cooperation.Lees verder...
By Olivier Guitta
THe PJD (Justice and Development Party), the main Islamist party in Morocco got 46 seats during the September 7 Moroccan legislative elections. This is a surprise considering that polls were predicting a landslide victory for the PJD and its leaders were conservatively expecting to win anywhere from 70 to 80 seats.
Also very interestingly, US officials were very much betting on the PJD winning and had already started meeting regularly with their leaders.
I have written extensively about this alliance between some in the US and the Islamists.
In particular regarding the outrageous Fulbright scholarship given to the editor in Chief of the PJD's unofficial paper At Tajdid, Mustapha Khalfi.
Nasrin Amirsedghi, exil-iranische PublizistinSeit einigen Monaten überziehen die Mullahs im Iran die Bevölkerung mit einer neuen Repressionswelle. In deutschen Medien ist davon kaum etwas zu hören. Nasrin Amirsedghi floh 1980, kurz nach Errichtung der islamischen Diktatur, mit ihrer Tochter aus dem Iran. Die Publizistin, Philologin, Literatur- und Filmwissenschaftlerin lebt in Mainz und ist dort bei »DIA«, einem »Verein für Kultur & Migration« aktiv. Sie spricht sich gegen Islamismus, Kulturrelativismus und die Verharmlosung des Regimes in Teheran aus.
interview: jonny weckerle
Am vergangenen Montag nahmen Sie in Berlin an einer Podiumsdiskussion mit dem Titel »Frieden mit den Mullahs?« teil, bei der die Gründe für das deutsche »Appeasement« und die »Kollaboration« mit dem Iran gesucht wurden. Welche Erklärungen haben Sie für diese Politik?Lees verder...
Columnist Yalcin Dogan of the mainstream, top-selling Turkish daily Hurriyet complains in his column about the changing life-style in
Dogan writes that on a major shopping street in
"What is happening”, the columnist says, “is that the daily lives of Turks are being changed by the imposition of Islamist symbols everywhere.”
Newly-arrived Iranian and Hizballah instructors upgrade Palestinian missile capabilities in Gaza. IDF restrained from striking
September 3, 2007, 11:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
For all its upgraded armor, Israel’s armed forces are prevented from launching effective offensive action to destroy the upgraded Palestinian missile infrastructure in Gaza.
After a Palestinian seven-missile barrage hit Sderot and its environs Sunday, the town’s parents decided to send the town’s school children to Jerusalem with their school books to hold classes opposite the Knesset.
They are protesting yet another meaningless pledge by the prime minister “to punish every missile launcher” in Gaza and his appeal to… the UN to stop the Palestinian missile blitz from Gaza. Sderot citizens say the school year which opened Sunday, Sept 2, is over. The town is breaking up because the armed forces are not allowed to break up the Hamas and Jihad Islami missile system or stop the flow of smuggled war materiel into Gaza. Once the education system shuts down, the town will expire.Lees verder...
August 28, 2007
As the world moves fast towards the closing annual season of Autumn, an upturn in world politics is starting to emerge, and might signify for a third time in less than 100 years that the Balkans will be the locale “Where all silly things started”.
March 2007 was the decisive annum where the emergence of an “Orthodox Energy Axis” seemed to take place, signified by the agreement for the Burgas-Alexandroupoli pipeline. For the first time in history Russia effectively by-passed the Bosporus with the assistance of Bulgaria & Greece, two NATO countries. Both countries were rewarded with the construction of two mega-warehouses of some 1,5 million tons of oil in their ports and Greece has already bought high-tech Russian weaponry that would constitute a real change in the balance of powers in the wider region. Three months later Russia, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy sign a large deal for natural gas transfer that further accelerates the projection of the Balkans right in the middle of the world. Moscow eyes Montenegro where it has invested heavily in the real estate sector and continuously projects its geopolitical role in all states with the exception of Albania for the time being.Lees verder...
Turkish President-Elect Abdullah Gul: "We're back, Ataturk!"
Source: El-Khaber, Algeria, August 30, 2007