Ulema Without Borders

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"The ulema will bring the message of peace to the Muslim world,” said Wirayuda. (Google photo)

CAIRO — Helping eradicate illiteracy, poverty and promote justice, Muslim scholars are planning a body of ulema to tackle conflicts in the Muslim world and promote global peace, reported The Jakarta Post on Saturday, August 2.

"We decide to establish Ulama sans Frontieres (ulema without borders)," said a statement issued by more than 300 Muslim scholars from around the world.

At the end of the 3th International Conference of Islamic Scholars (ICIS) in Jakarta on Friday, the scholars said the nascent body will seek to eradicate poverty and illiteracy in the Muslim world.

It also aims to provide balanced and objective media coverage of developments in the Muslim world.

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Head Of Turkish Judges And Prosecutors Union: “Europeans Must Talk To Representatives Of Other Turkish Institutions, Not Only With Anti-Secular AKP Government”

The Chairman of the Judges and Prosecutors Union [YARSAV] Omer Faruk Eminagaoglu claimed that the ruling AKP is in search for a shari’a system and the elimination of the country’s secular regime. Speaking to The Guardian of U.K. he said that AKP’s focus was on producing halal food, on signing bilateral agreements with Islamic countries they are friendly with, on increasing Islamic education in public schools and covering the heads of girls in universities.

Eminagaoglu said that intolerance was the basis for the court case filed against AKP and added, “Shari'a system, by its nature, is intolerant to all other thoughts, beliefs and traditions. Shari'a is a sensitive issue for Turkey, just like fascism is for Italy, and Nazism for Germany. We had a shari'a-based system during the Ottoman era, the signs of which still exist in Turkey. We do not want to go back to it”.

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Europe, Islam and Jihadism: establishing the distinctions

By Walid Phares

In my last European professional tour of June-July, I briefed and lectured Government officials, NGOs and European Union audiences in Rome, Berlin, Brussels, Paris and London. I will report on the main issues of discussions and areas of common interest in the near future. One of the hot issues of exchange has been the ability for Europeans (Government and public) to make a distrinction between the theology of Islam and the ideology of Jihadism. Although links have been established by the Jihadists themselves, especially in their indoctrination process, EU and local Government officials need to isolate the doctrinal political component from the theological web, for the prupose of drawing national security strategies. But the Jihadi lobby has been efficient in blurring the frontiers in the purpose of keeping authorities and the public at bay. This trend is now developing in the United States as well, particularly since the dissemination of the so-called "lexicon." The battle of ideas seems to be now taking place within the West, between two camps: those who want to isolate the ideology of Jihadism as a root of Terrorism and those who wish to camouflage it for a variety of reasons.


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The Growing Nexus between Drugs and Terrorism

By Michael Jacobson

On July 18, the Washington Institute hosted Michael Braun, the Chief of Operations at the Drug Enforcement Administration, and a career DEA Special Agent who has served in a variety of positions both in the US and abroad. According to Special Agent Braun, the nexus between drugs and terror is growing at light speed. In his view, this is not a new trend -- there have been numerous links identified between drugs and terror over the last twenty-five years. Of the forty-three officially designated foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has linked nineteen of them to some aspect of the global drug trade, and believes that up to sixty percent of terror organizations are connected with the illegal narcotics trade.

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The International Muslim Brotherhood and Darfur

One of the fascinating and disheartening issues around those who advocate an on-going dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood is the failure to look at the record of what the Brotherhood is and what it stands for.

The latest example is the reaction of several important Muslim Brotherhood groups to the International Criminal Court’s decision to indict Sudanese president Omar Bashir on charges of genocide. It is easy to forget that Sudan justifies its actions on the basis of being an Islamic nation, and many of its current and past leaders, particularly Hassan al Turabi, are senior members of the Brotherhood.

According to the Daily Muslim Brotherhood Global Report (subscription required), the International Union for Muslim Scholars, led by senior Brotherhood theologian Yousef Qaradawi, as well as several other organizations, have condemned the ICC indictment. The reasons are interesting, and predictable.

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Anti-Islamisierungskongress erreicht die Presse

Der geplante Anti-Islamisierungskongress in Köln bzw. die gegen diesen erwogenen Maßnahmen der Bundesregierung auf Druck der Stasipartei, über die PI bereits letzte Woche berichtete, wird jetzt auch Thema in der Mainstreampresse. Der Kölner Stadtanzeiger berichtet, dürfte aber mit den Reaktionen seiner Leser nicht zufrieden sein.

Aus dem Bericht des KStA:

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Libanese misshandelt Tochter - Freispruch!

Er hat seine Tochter bis zur Bewusstlosigkeit geschlagen und getreten, unter anderem, weil sie kein Kopftuch tragen wollte und wollte sie zwangsverheiraten. Das Gericht bestätigte dem in Berlin lebenden Libanesen, zwei seiner sieben Kinder schwer misshandelt zu haben. Dafür traf ihn die volle Härte des Gesetzes: Adnan I. wurde freigesprochen.

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Report backs Karadzic's US protection deal claim

August 2, 2008

A Serbian newspaper has backed Radovan Karadzic's claim he signed a deal with US authorities to evade indictment over war crimes charges.

Blic cited an unnamed US intelligence official as saying that a deal existed until 2000 under which Mr Karadzic was told he would avoid being taken to court if he kept a low profile.

The nationalist politician, who is accused of committing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1992-1995 Bosnia war, has already accused the US of protecting him and then abandoning him during his time on the run.

Copy of the Agreement Richard Holbrooke signed with Karadzic on behalf of the US government granting him immunity.

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In Wake of Tahdiah Agreement, Escalation in Hamas-Fatah Conflict and in Fatah's Position Vis-à-vis Israel

By: C. Jacob *


Under the tahdiah agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, which went into effect on June 19, 2008, the Palestinians agreed to stop the rocket attacks on Israel in exchange for a cessation of Israel's military activity in Gaza. It was also agreed that there would be negotiations for opening the Rafah crossing, with the participation of Palestinian Authority, Hamas and E.U. representatives. [1]

The agreement was the result of prolonged negotiations, during which both sides withdrew some of their original demands. Hamas waived its demands to include the West Bank in the agreement and to open the Rafah crossing immediately. Israel, on its part, withdrew its demand to stop arms smuggling as a condition for signing the agreement, and did not insist on a clause linking the tahdiah to the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

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The new regional project on migration in the Euro-Mediterranean area, "EuroMed Migration II" with a budget of 5 Million Euro, funded by the European Commission, is part of a wider programme on the Justice and Home Affairs sector, approved in 2006, comprising other two regional projects in the field of Justice and Police cooperation: "EuroMed Justice II" and "EuroMed Police II".

This project is based on the Euro-Mediterranean partnership which started since the Barcelona Declaration (1995) and its subsequent evolution with the Five Year Work Programme of the Barcelona Summit (28 November 2005). This Programme calls for enhanced cooperation in the fields of Migration, Social Integration, Justice and Security through a comprehensive and integrated approach, reiterating the continued support for the objectives set out in paragraphs 11 and 12 of that Programme, while highlighting the need for improved practical cooperation at regional level.

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