Jihad Watch 17 February 2012
By Robert Spencer
An "unrepentant would-be mass murderer who views his crimes as divinely inspired and blessed."
"Nigerian underwear bomber gets life in prison for trying to blow up jetliner on Christmas 2009," by Ed White for the Associated Press, February 16 (thanks to all who sent this in):
EuropeNews 16 February 2012
By Piotr Napierala
I realized that even very intelligent and educated people often struggle with defining liberalism and recognizing its ideology and policy. The reason for it may be the practical approach of liberals, who adopt their ideology to existing conditions and are rarely dogmatic. Liberalism is often mixed with other ideas and ideologies, which makes it even more difficult to establish what in a given political or social programme is liberal, and what is for instance democratic, libertarian, nationalistic etc.
Jihad Watch 16 February 2012
By Robert Spencer
Since I previously had an exchange with Andy McCarthy about the utility of the term "Islamist" (article here; video with transcript here); I read Raymond Ibrahim's new piece, "Why We Need Words Like 'Islamist,'" with great interest.
Raymond initially states the controversy this way:
There are several astounding things about this video. The first is that the African thinks EU taxpayers should pay for Africans to be educated here. The second is that the EU spokesman agrees. The third is that he goes even further than this and boasts of how EU taxpayers also pay for Africans to be educated in Africa.
EU funding for foreign students przez V1683
The Christian Post 16 February 2012
ISTANBUL, Turkey – Despite some promising developments, Christians in Turkey continue to suffer attacks from private citizens, discrimination by lower-level government officials and vilification in both school textbooks and news media, according to a study by a Protestant group.
AINA.org 16 February 2012
By Ali Sina
Hamza Kashgari, a Saudi columnist may face death for sending three tweets. Addressing the Prophet Muhammad he wrote, "I have loved the rebel in you," but "I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you." He also wrote, "I shall shake [your hand] as equals do … I shall speak to you as a friend, no more."
First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. (Martin Niemöller)
Medical News Today 16 February 2012
Female genital mutilation, also known as FGM refers to all procedures which partially or completely remove the external female genitalia. FGM also includes any other injury to a woman's or girl's genitalia for reasons other than medical ones. In most parts of the world, FGM is done by non-medical practitioners who also attend childbirths and carry out male circumcisions. According to WHO (World Health Organization), over 18% of all female genital mutilation procedures are carried out by health care professionals in clinical setting, a trend which appears to be growing.
Hudson New York 15 February 2012
By Soeren Kern
With just ten weeks to go until the first round of presidential elections in France, Islam and the question of Muslim immigration has become a central issue in the campaign.
France, home to between five and six million Muslims, has the largest Muslim population in the European Union; polls show that millions of French voters are worried about the proliferation in France of "separate Islamic societies" that are ruled by Islamic Sharia law.