British Red Cross worker kidnapped in Pakistan 6 January 2012

QUETTA, Pakistan — Armed men kidnapped a British Red Cross worker from the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Thursday, police and the Red Cross said, highlighting the fragile security


Stealth Jihad alive and well in Canada

Canada Free Press 6 January 2012
By Dick Field

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about allowing noonday Muslim prayers in the cafeteria of an Ontario elementary school called "Valley Park Middle School.” The arguments made by the school


Video: 35 radical Islamic terror training camps are now openly operating inside the United States 6 January 2012

WASHINGTON – A radical jihadist group responsible for nearly 50 attacks on American soil is operating 35 terrorist training camps across the nation, but the U.S. government refuses to include the organization on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorists.


South violence enters 9th year

Bangkok Post 6 January 2012

Eight years ago yesterday, Islamic insurgents launched a surprise raid on an armoury in Narathiwat and stole 413 firearms, most of them M16 assault rifles. That daring raid on Jan 4, 2004 marked the


Study indicates more Britons are converting to Islam: report

Al Arabiya News 6 January 2012

A new study found that the number of Britons converting to Islam is growing, a London-based newspaper reported on Tuesday. The Independent newspaper said that the estimated number of British


Greek group appeals against plans to build mosque in Athens

Today's Zaman 6 January 2012

A group of Greeks that includes bishops, academics and military officers have appealed against a parliamentary bill that will allow the construction of a mosque in the Greek capital. According to


Murder is off-limits in Islam

The Montreal Gazette 6 January 2012
By Sikander Ziad Hashmi

Kingston, Ont. – The Shafia family murder trial, which resumes here on Monday, has caused anger, disbelief and sadness in those following it – Canadian Muslims along with everyone else. But among


Muslim woman settles religious discrimination suit against church

The Morning Call 6 January 2012
By Kevin Amerman

A Muslim woman who claimed she was fired from her job as a bookkeeper at an Easton church because she complained about religious discrimination by the monsignor has settled a federal lawsuit she


Turkish envoy defends policy against Israel

The Jewish Community Online 6 January 2012
By Simon Rocker

A senior diplomat from Turkey's UK embassy braved a battery of questions on his country's rocky relations with Israel in one of the closing sessions of the winter Limmud conference. Kerem Kiratli,


Abductions of Hindu girls, forced conversions to Islam, on the rise in Pakistan

People of Shambhala 6 January 2012

Bharti, A 15 year-old, is the 18th Hindu girl to have been reportedly abducted, forced to convert to Islam, and forced to marry a Muslim man, in the Lyari area of Karachi, a city in the south of


30 months for Aussie citizen who aided Hamas

Jerusalem Post 6 January 2012

The Central District Court sentenced a Palestinian-born dual Australian-Jordanian national to 30 months in prison on Thursday, following his conviction for aiding Hamas. The court handed down an


• Danish leader of EU, PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, receives flunk grade from 750 Danish CEOs

EuropeNews 5 January 2012
By Nicolai Sennels

On January 1st 2012, Denmark took over the leadership of EU. The female Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Social Democrats) thus have a leading role in the Europe during the Union's most critical period, ever. Ability to create economic competitiveness and possessing credibility and trust among the people when having to make hard decisions is important in such times - qualities, that Thorning-Schmidt does not enjoy according to the Danes.


The hidden blueprint of freedom: Free societies don't appear out of thin air

teamfreedom 5 January 2012
By Anton Pototschnik and Thomas Pototschnik

Why do we have unique personal freedoms and opportunities in Europe?

This book reveals the hidden blueprint of freedom, which is the basis for every free society in human history. Are we losing our freedoms again? The book illustrates developments in history which led to the loss of personal freedom and rights.

It shows alarming similarities to our current situation: disenchantment with politics, the formation of parallel societies, continuous economic crises and so forth.With the hidden blueprint of freedom you hold the key to the understanding of these complex relations.


French 'genocide' bill: Senate set for January vote

BBC News 5 January 2012

The French Senate is to vote by the end of the month on a bill making it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians was genocide, reports say. The lower house of parliament backed the


Islamophilia and the Israeli Question

Canada Free Press 5 January 2012
By Daniel Greenfield

The dominant theme of the Islamophile foreign policy narrative is that America’s troubles with Islamic terrorism and the violent instability of the Middle-East somehow derive from our excessive


Belgium police detain members of Islamist group over harassment in Antwerp

United News Network 5 January 2012

Brussels (UNN) Belgian police on Wednesday detained 15 members of a radical Salafist Islamic group after they harassed passers-by in the city of Antwerp and shouted anti-Western slogans, police


Video: Islamic 'Honor Violence' Rising in the West

CBN News 5 January 2012
By Dale Hurd

BARCELONA, LONDON, and PARIS -  As Muslims migrate to the West, and more Muslim young people adopt Western ways, honor violence is increasing.


Bosnia and Herzegovina is ranked as the most Halal Friendly Holiday Destination 5 January 2012

Crescentrating just announced its Top 10 Halal Friendly Holiday Destinations for 2012. This year's top 10 destinations were split into two categories; Top 10 among the Organisation of the Islamic


Video: Tommy Robinson’s New Year Message January 2012

Digital Journal 5 January 2012
By Richard Milnes

Luton - Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon), the leader of the EDL (English Defence League), has released a video diary message to clear up a few issues and communicate the organisation’s plans for the new year.


Hungary’s constitution: pro-life, but no recognition for Islam, ‘smaller Catholic orders’

Catholic Culture 5 January 2012

The new Hungarian constitution, which protects life from the moment of conception and bans same-sex marriage, will also have an impact upon religious freedom. Writing in The New York Times, Kim


Persecution hotspots in 2012

Christian Today 5 January 2012

There are no surprises in Release International’s list of predicted hotspots for persecution in 2012. If anything, the organisation fears the plight of Christians around the world may get worse.

The organisation has received reports from partners that Christians are coming under increasing suspicion in North Korea. Practising Christianity is banned in the closed-off communist country and anyone caught with a Bible faces torture, imprisonment and possibly death.


Another Sad Anniversary of Islamic Extremism

The Huffington Post 5 January 2012
By Farzana Hassan

A year ago today in Pakistan, the governor of Punjab -- Salman Taseer -- was assassinated by a member of his own elite guard for defending a Christian woman by the name of Asia Bibi for allegedly


NY Mosque Bombing not Anti-Muslim Crime, Says Suspect

Israel National News 5 January 2012
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

A suspect arrested in the firebombing of a New York mosque says he acted out or personal revenge and not because of hate for Muslims. Ray Lazier Lengend, of Guyanese descent, was arrested by New


Islamist Terror Network Gains Strength in Africa

Spiegel Online 5 January 2012
By Horand Knaup

Shortly before 8 a.m. on Christmas Day, a gold-colored Toyota pulled up in front of St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Madalla, near the Nigerian capital Abuja, just as hundreds of worshippers were


Who are America’s allies in the Balkans?

Canada Free Press 5 January 2012
By Dr. Samuel J. Mikolaski

Believe it or not, Christmas Carols in the Washington Embassy of Romania which, once-upon-a-time, was the instrument of a strident Stalinist-style government that was overthrown in 1990! I say once-upon-a-time because, though not so long ago, it seemed to me like a fairy-tale.


Female-only swimming lessons launched in Ellesmere Port

Ellesmere Port Pioneer 5 January 2012
By Laurie Stocks-Moore

BODY-CONSCIOUS women in Ellesmere Port who find it impossible to swim in mixed sex pools have been thrown a lifeline. Public-interest company Brio has launched female-only modesty classes


Muslim worker alleges religious harassment 5 January 2012

A Muslim employee of Sacramento County alleges that he has suffered religious and racial discrimination since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. That's the same year Abdur-Rahim Wasi, who is


Kidnapped Aussie pleads for life

The Windsor Star 5 January 2012

An Australian kidnapped by suspected Muslim extremists in the Philippines says his captors are demanding US$2 million in ransom as he pleaded for his life in a video released Thursday. A


Lawmaker Urges Dutch to Apologize for WWII Jewish Deportations

Fox News 5 January 2012

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Outspoken Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders called on the government Wednesday to apologize for the country's "passive" response to the mass deportations of Jews by Nazi occupiers during World War II.

The move is likely to re-ignite debate about Dutch attitudes to the wartime persecution of the country's Jewish population.


Police arrest suspect in N.Y. fire bombings 4 January 2012

New York police arrested a suspect Tuesday in a series of fire bombings on the weekend that included an assault on an Islamic centre, which were being investigated as possible hate crimes. Police

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