Herald Sun 17 January 2012
SYRIAN forces were accused of firing nail bombs to disperse protesters as tens of thousands flooded the streets across the country in a bid to make their voices heard by Arab monitors.
The protesters called for the overthrow and prosecution of President Bashar al-Assad, whose autocratic regime has been blamed for the deaths of more than 5,000 people since pro-reform protests erupted in March.
AINA.org 17 January 2012
By Ryan Mauro
Last year, it seemed like an Islamist super-bloc was forming in the Middle East. Secular regimes fell and others faced uprisings. Turkey grew closer to Iran and Syria. The Iranian regime produced an End Times documentary depicting the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood as the fulfillment of prophecy. Now, pro-Western governments remain unstable but the Islamists are turning their daggers on each other.
EuropeNews 16 January 2012
By Jan Wójcik
International, scientific conference "Academic Forum for Peace” with Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim scholars, mainly philosophers and theologists, was supposed to form a debate platform on how these religions relate to the issue of peace.
It was to be kept in a spirit of intercultural dialogue and impartiality, as guaranteed by the organizer, Wroclaw University. For Muslims, however, it became another opportunity to seize the academic space and further their political aims.
Gates of Vienna 16 January 2012
By Paul Weston
Paul Weston’s latest essay is the first of a three-part series about the deliberate destruction of British culture, and of Western Civilization itself.
Every generation bemoans the slippage of standards and the "going to the dogs” of society, but history shows that civilisations and peoples really do collapse utterly. Some even become extinct. Great Britain, needless to say, is no longer as great as it once was, but has the degradation we see around us on a daily basis been caused by well-intentioned liberal stupidity, or by brilliantly-planned leftist malevolence?
Crosswalk.com 16 January 2012
By Kristin Butler
A new resolution introduced at the United Nations Human Rights Council has free speech advocates concerned about a potential backlash against religious minority groups. Previously introduced as Resolution 62/154, "Combating defamation of religion,” the piece was originally written to criminalize the criticism of religion. Advocates worried that the resolution would, at best, limit freedom of speech, and at worst, jeopardize religious minorities in countries carrying heavy punishments for blasphemy and apostasy.
Video: Kingston imam claims Islam has no scriptural allowance for abuse of women, honor killings, violence
There was a fascinating interview today on SUN TV. A Kingston Ontario imam came on to explain how there is no Islamic precepts or texts to justify honor killing or violence in Islam or for Islamic reasons.
Melanie Phillips's Blog 16 January 2012
By Melanie Phillips
In its editorial (L) this morning, the Times still clings to the delusion that the ‘Arab Spring’ was the harbinger of democracy in the region. Although it coyly concedes that
‘the path of change is strewn with uncertainties’
such as the fact that