British Freedom 17 May 2012
A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.
Gates of Vienna 17 May 2012
Over the weekend Salafists gathered again in Berlin to distribute free Korans. This time they were met by counter-demonstrators, whom they attempted to assault. When the police intervened, the culture-enrichers fought with them instead.
Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from Focus.de:
Free speech 'strangled by law that bans insults' and is abused by over-zealous police and prosecutors
Islam Watch 17 May 2012
By Amil Imani
In his Cairo Speech to the Muslim world, President Barack Obama said, "The holy Quran tells us... the holy Quran teaches..."
- Qur'an:9:88 "The Messenger and those who believe with him, strive hard and fight with their wealth and lives in Allah's Cause."
- Qur'an:9:5 "Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war."
Huffington Post 17 May 2012
By Tania Karas
A century of oppression has nearly wiped out a religious minority group with historic ties to the region. Improved politics offer a new ray of hope. But with their numbers dwindling, Turkey’s Greek Orthodox Christians are fighting for survival.
AINA (press release) 17 May 2012
By Joseph A. Harriss
From the first intelligence surveillance to the final shootout, France's clumsy handling of its spate of Islamic terrorism in March was a case study in how not to deal with a jihadist. With the largest Muslim community in Europe--nearly 10 percent of the population--and thousands of young Frenchmen going to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Yemen on the pretext of studying the Koran, it does not bode well for the country's domestic tranquility.
AINA (press release) 17 May 2012
By Raymond Ibrahim
Inasmuch as the recent death of Coptic Pope Shenouda III exposed the humanity of some Muslims, it also exposed the inhumanity of Islamic teachings.
Consider some examples of Muslim sympathy following his death: Egypt's Al Akhbar newspaper called the Pope's burial "the funeral of the century," reporting that a million Egyptians--likely more Muslims than Christians--came out to mourn him; "His death is a tragedy and a great loss for Egypt and its people, Muslims and Christians," declared Egypt's Grand Mufti;
ANSAmed 17 May 2012
ANKARA - The end of the Ottoman empire was perhaps the last time that Turkey had so openly supported a candidate in the French presidential elections. Now, with Francois Hollande's victory and the exit of Nicolas Sarkozy, the "veto man", Ankara is once again dreaming of Europe.
After the freeze in relations over the last few months, aggravated by the position taken up by Paris over the Armenian genocide, which Ankara denies, Turkey has reacted very warmly to Hollande's election, with congratulatory messages and phone calls from President Abdullah Gul and the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
On this week's edition of the Stakelbeck on Terror show, Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller--two leading voices in the fight against the Islamization of the West--join me to discuss Islamic honor killings in America, Sharia law in your backyard, and the latest on the Ground Zero mega-mosque.