Exclusive: Long Lane church to be transformed into a mosque

Halesowen News 20 January 2012

Halesowen’s Long Lane Methodist Church has been bought by local Muslims and will open as a fully functioning mosque and community centre in March. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, which runs the


A Conversation With A Liberal

Gates of Vienna 20 January 2012

An anonymous Gates of Vienna reader in England sent us the following transcript of a conversation in a pub:

Something rather strange happened last night. Firstly, I was in a pub, which is in itself unusual. Secondly, I found myself in conversation with some rather earnest liberal types. The conversation turned to politics, which led eventually to a rather silly looking woman (RSLW) saying that she hated the BNP.

PW: Really, why is that?
RSLW: Because they are horrible, fascist, skinhead brutes.


Foreign aid workers kidnapped from Multan

The Express Tribune 20 January 2012
By Owais Jaffery

MULTAN: Two Europeans working with a German NGO for flood rehabilitation in Multan were abducted on Thursday evening from Multan. Giovanni and Bernd, employees of the


The Alice In Wonderland World Where Sharia and Human Rights Are Compatible

Liberties Alliance 20 January 2012

It seems that the push towards sharia is continuing in the United Kingdom. A meme is being put forward by UK barrister Sadakat Kadri that sharia and human rights are compatible. The Guardian


Will Britain Begin to Roll Back the Sharia State in 2012?

Liberties Alliance 20 January 2012

As the human rights-based campaign against sharia continues to gain momentum and becomes more diverse, and more mainstream, exciting developments begin to appear in legislatures around the world.


London Conway Hall meeting on the Subject of Blasphemy to Take place on 28 January 2012

Liberties Alliance 20 January 2012

An important meeting, organised by ‘The Centre for Enquiry UK’ will take place in London’s Conway Hall (25 Red Lion Square, Holborn) on Saturday 28 January 2012. The title for the event is


Video: Why Obama Gave Away the Middle East

FrontPage Magazine 20 January 2012
By Jamie Glazov

Editors’ note: The world is at this moment witnessing a horrific phenomenon: Islamists coming to power throughout the Middle East under the guise of a supposed "Arab Spring” – while the President of the United States is facilitating the entire process. Indeed, President Obama is reaching his hand out in solidarity to Islamists and enabling their solidification of power throughout the region.


CAIR Calls Gingrich ‘Relic of an Ugly Era’ over Shariah Law Criticism

ABA Journal 20 January 2012
By Debra Cassens Weiss

The Council of American Islamic Relations is blasting Newt Gingrich for saying he would not back a Muslim for president unless the candidate renounces Shariah law. Gingrich made his remarks


Ohio Muslim Inmates Settle Meal Preparation Suit

ABC News 20 January 2012

A Muslim death row inmate has settled a lawsuit that accused the Ohio prison system of denying him meals prepared according to Islamic law while providing kosher meals to Jewish prisoners. Ohio


Iranian Actress Breaks Taboos, Sparks Scandal By Posing Topless

Radio Free Europe 20 January 2012
By Golnaz Esfandiari

An Iranian actress living in Paris has been praised for her courage and criticized for her indecency after posing topless for a French magazine and posting the photo on her Facebook page.

Golshifteh Farahani, who moved to France last year, says Iranian authorities have told her not to return home.


Senior Hamas Official Arrested on Terrorism Charges

Israel National News 20 January 2012
By Elad Benari

IDF soldiers on Thursday arrested a senior official from Hamas on suspicion of terrorist activity, Channel 10 News reported. The IDF Spokesperson confirmed the arrest. The official who was


Tracking the Hezbollah Connection in Thailand

NYTimes.com 20 January 2012

PARIS — When police in Thailand this week discovered large stockpiles of chemicals often used to make bombs, they quickly said the material was going to be shipped out of Thailand to another


'Key plotter linked to Hizb ut-Tahrir'

bdnews24.com 20 January 2012
By Abu Sufian

Dhaka – Maj Syed Mohammad Ziaul Huq, said to be the mastermind of a coup to oust the Sheikh Hasina government, tried to create a flow of militancy in the army, bdnews24.com learned on


Video:Egyptian Cleric Calls for the Extermination of Jews

The Atlantic 20 January 2012
By Jeffrey Goldberg

The televangelizing Salafist Hazem Shuman, who in addition to calling for the extermination of the Jews also opposes music, argues that the Jews need to be utterly vanquished and destroyed in part because 90 percent of the "world's famous actors are Jews." Just because this person is a delusional sociopath doesn't mean he's not dangerous. You can watch his performance here:


Turkey: Tens of Thousands Mark Journalist's Death

ABC News 20 January 2012

Tens of thousands of protesters marked the fifth anniversary of a Turkish-Armenian journalist's murder on Thursday as outrage continues to grow over a trial that failed to shed light on alleged


OIC concerned about the rise of Islamophobia in western politics

Arab News 20 January 2012

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday expressed alarm over the anti-Islam rhetoric coming out as the US presidential elections race heats up as well as over the recent


Seminar on community, Islam and youth engagement in Britain

The Express Tribune 20 January 2012
By A H Nizami

MIRPUR: Change in Education in collaboration with Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom and British High Commission, Islamabad as part of Projecting British Muslims programme,


Honour-based violence must be stopped

Troy Media 20 January 2012
By Rafael Wugalter

Gatineau, QC, -"As long as you live under my roof, you live by my rules.” Many of us are inclined to think this statement is reasonable.

But what if the rules amount to a violent, dehumanizing captivity, in which every assertion of individuality is systematically crushed? What if death threats are involved? And what if the rules are imposed well into adulthood and affect major life choices such as marriage?


Female genital mutilation 'not just a third-world problem'

FIGO 20 January 2012
By Martine WardADNFCR-2094-ID-801269197-ADNFCR

Female genital mutilation is not only a problem faced in the third world but also in countries with a migrant population from nations where the act is practised. Stuff.co.nz highlighted a recent


Sharia court orders expulsion of 3 Christian priests from J&K

christiantoday.com 20 January 2012
By Dibin Samuel

In yet another diktat imposed without sufficient facts, a Sharia court in Srinagar has issued a fatwa against three Christian priests ordering them to leave Jammu & Kashmir. On Thursday, the


Fatwa against Christian schools in Kashmir

daily.bhaskar.com 20 January 2012

Srinagar: A self-styled sharia court of Kashmir on Thursday issued fatwa asking three Christian priests to leave the state for "luring the valley Muslims to Christianity". The court also directed


Jordan's King and the Muslim Brotherhood: An Unholy Marriage

American Thinker 20 January 2012
By Mudar Zahran

I have been in touch with Mudar Zahran for over a month now. He is seeking support, of all kinds, to assist the Jordanian Palestinians in building a democratic and secular party to contest what will


Burqini gets dictionary nod in Australia

Monsters and Critics 20 January 2012

Sydney - Burqini, a full-length swimming costume for Muslim women, is the favourite to be named Australia's Word of the Year, Macquarie Dictionary compilers said Friday. It has received the most


Hamas bans singing competition in Gaza

Long Island Press 20 January 2012

JERUSALEM — Organizers of the Palestinian version of "American Idol” said Thursday the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers have banned residents from participating in the popular reality show. The


The New Muslim suffragettes of the United Kingdom

independent.co.uk 19 January 2012
By Michelle Brooks and Charlotte Proudman

An increasing number of Muslim women activists are receiving death threats, fatwas and even hate-mail from extremist male and female Muslims. Their crime: Rescuing fellow Muslim women from violent


Fact Check: Why Rick Perry is Right About Turkey

Canada Free Press 19 January 2012
By Daniel Greenfield

Fact checkers and truth squads are the media’s latest tool for blurring the line between the editorial page and the new page. The ubiquitous fact checks are editorializing dressed up as verification.


International Freedom Organizations Unite to Create Stop Islamization of Nations (SION)

British Freedom 19 January 2012

The human rights organizations Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) are joining together to create a new global force determined to defend free societies globally: Stop Islamization of Nations (SION).


Anti-Islamic groups across Europe to attend far-Right rally

Telegraph.co.uk 19 January 2012
By Richard Orange

More than 10 anti-Islamic groups, led by the English Defence League, are expected to send representatives. "There will be speeches from every defence league in Europe," said Isak Nygren, the


Turkish Hizbullah back on the scene

Today's Zaman 19 January 2012

Turkey’s Hizbullah, an extreme fundamentalist Islamist terrorist organization, released a manifesto last Tuesday outlining its policy that called for Kurds to be governed by Islamic law. This


Five siblings suspected of killing Kurdish woman

The Local 19 January 2012

Police in northern Germany think they have found the body of an 18-year-old Kurdish woman who had gone missing in November. The police suspect that the woman’s family abducted her because they

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