An interview with Morten Messerschmidt

Gates of Vienna 31 Oct 2009

On the second day of the International Legal Conference on Freedom of Speech and Religion, James Cohen of the Canadian chapter of IFPS interviewed Morten Messerschmidt, a member of the European Parliament for the Danish People’s Party, at the Capitol in Washington D.C.

Thanks to Vlad Tepes for help with the video production.


An Interview with Lord Pearson

During the lunch break on the second day of the International Legal Conference on Freedom of Speech and Religion, James Cohen of the Canadian chapter of IFPS interviewed Lord Pearson, a member of the House of Lords and a leader of UKIP, at the Capitol in Washington D.C.


Light Posting - 30 October 2009

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US report criticizes religious freedom abuses in Iran

WashingtonTV Oct 27 2009

The US State Department named Iran as one of the world’s worst offenders in abusing religious freedom, in an annual report released on Monday.


Spinning Out Of Control: Honor Killings and Media Bias

Pajamas Media 27 Oct 2009
By Phyllis Chesler

We are entering an all-spin zone, a wild, weird and spooky season — and I am not talking about Halloween.

With a few exceptions, the mainstream media continue to kill stories about honor killings and attempted honor killings in North America. How often did you read stories about the honor killings that took place in Toronto (07), Dallas (08), Atlanta (08), Oak Forest, Illinois (08), Alexandria (08), Buffalo (09), and Kingston, Canada (09)—on and on, until the most recent attempted honor killing in Phoenix?


Islamists who want to destroy the state and establish a unitary Islamic caliphate received £100,000 Government funding

ccfon 26 Oct 2009

An Islamist group, whose goal is to combine all Muslim countries in a unitary Islamic caliphate and which is regarded as an ‘organisation of concern’ by the Home Office, has secured more than £100,000 of taxpayers’ money for grants to teach their ideology to children.


Arla Foods to resume food exports to Middle East

FoodBizDaily 26 Oct 2009

Two years after the Muhammad cartoon crisis resulting in slumping sales in the Middle East, the European diary producer Arla Foods has found its way back to the supermarkets of the region.


The vessel of Turkey's Muslim Brothers has surfaced in calm waters

The Daily Star 26 Oct 2009

I am often asked these days why Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is so upset with Israel. “It’s so dramatic” people say, adding: “Why did the AKP uninvite Israel to Anatolian Eagle” (a NATO air force exercise held in Turkey)? “Is this the beginning of the end of Turkish-Israeli ties that go back to 1949 just as Israel is most worried about Iran?”


Islamist Terrorist Plots in Great Britain: Uncovering the Global Network

The Heritage Foundation Oct 26 2009
by Ted R. Bromund and Morgan Roach

Abstract: Data on major Islamist terrorist plots in Brit­ain reveal a physical and ideological terrorism pipeline between Britain and Pakistan. At least 27 of 87 convicted individuals were trained or sought training in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

Homegrown Islamism is also a major threat: 18 individuals received terrorist training in Britain. Britain and the U.S. need to fight and win both the counterterror­ism war and the broader war of ideas.


Female Jihadists Part I: Defining the Role of Women in Jihad

Strategic Social 26 Oct 2009

Strategic Social is pleased to introduce the first in what will be a series of posts on the topic of “female jihadists.”  The term “female jihadists” refers to women who are used to actively support violent extremist groups in the Islamic World,


The secret behind the veil: Saudi women find solace in ‘safe love’

The Times Online 18 Oct 2009

In theory, Saudi Arabia should not exist — its survival defies the laws of logic and history. Look at its princely rulers, dressed in funny clothes, trusting in God rather than man and running their oil-rich country on principles that most of the world has abandoned with relief.


Pakistan Police Torture Christians Arrested in Islamic Attack

Compass Direct Oct 23 2009

Two Christians in Gojra, Pakistan who allegedly fired warning shots as an Islamist mob approached that burned seven Christians to death on Aug. 1 told Compass they were tortured after police arrested them.


Unveiling hypocrisy

Kuwait Times 23 Oct 2009

I have never been staunchly political in my views but have never been opposed to politics either. However, the recent Islamic- political fiasco has somehow awoken the dormant politician in me. Surprisingly, I learnt that I have healthier judgment than some of the politicians in Kuwait.


Saudi concern rises over Al Qaeda activity in Yemen

The discovery by Saudi police of two Al Qaeda extremists wearing explosive vests in preparation for an "imminent" suicide attack underscores yet again the rising threat to Saudi Arabia from the deteriorating security situation in neighboring Yemen.


Just say no to blasphemy laws

HOA Nut House 23 Oct 2009
By Jonathan Turley

Perhaps in an effort to rehabilitate the United States’ image in the Muslim world, the Obama administration has joined a U.N. effort to restrict religious speech. This country should never sacrifice freedom of expression on the altar of religion.


Arms Smugglers Into Gaza Face a New Foe: Egypt

Forward 23 Oct 2009

As a consequence of the military action in Gaza and to please a new administration in Washington, Egypt has recently stepped up efforts to crack down on smugglers who use a network of tunnels to transport weapons to Hamas.


British Libel Law Examined After Controversial Gag Order Against The Guardian

Finding Dulcinea Oct 22 2009

British lawmakers are speaking out against “super-injunctions” after The Guardian newspaper was unable to report on a Parliamentary proceeding related to a toxic waste dumping scandal.


Draft nuclear deal is a victory for Iran

Haaretz 22 Oct 2009

The already distant option of military action against Iran drew even further away on Wednesday, as a draft agreement on Iran's nuclear program dealt a serious blow to chances that the United States will attack Iran.


EU Lawmakers Seek Compromise in Internet Access Row

European Union lawmakers renewed efforts Thursday to tackle the politically charged issue of whether governments can bar people from using the Internet, the same day that a new study was released claiming that Internet blocking by national governments is increasingly commonplace in Europe.


Meet White House adviser who supports Islamic law

WorldNetDaily 22 Oct 2009

She describes her role in the Obama administration as a communicator to the president and other public officials of "what it is Muslims want."

But Muslims such as Steven Schwartz, a prominent American convert to Islam and ardent critic of Muslim fundamentalism, contend Dalia Mogahed, a scheduled speaker at the annual fundraiser Saturday in Washington for the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations, certainly doesn't speak for them.


CAIR's 'flying imams' strategy: Sue everyone

WorldNetDaily 22 Oct 2009
By David Kupelian

Declaring the “flying imams” case – settled out-of-court yesterday in favor of the imams – to be as important to Muslims as the iconic Rosa Parks case was to blacks during the 1950s, the head of a controversial Islamic nonprofit organization in the nation’s capital revealed the strategy his organization embraced in pursuing the imam’s legal case: Sue everyone in sight, including passengers who, frightened by what they considered bizarre behavior, alerted authorities that a terror attack might be imminent.


The clash of uncivilisations 22 Oct 2009
By Melanie Philips

The frenzy over the participation of BNP leader Nick Griffin on Question Time this week has been a classic case of failing to identify the real elephant in the room.

By fixating on the ‘far right’ as the supremely evil force in British public life, the mainstream political class has failed to grasp that a half-baked neo-Nazi rabble is not the main issue. There is another more lethal type of fascism on the march in the form of Islamic supremacism.


Wake up, America

Pat Condell 22 Oct 2009

An extensively sourced video on issues of constitutional freedom rights and the clash with religious fanaticism. There is no doubt which side Pat Condell is on. See below for the extensive and very readable sources used for this production.

Update: Thanks to the good people at International Civil Liberties Alliance, a full transcript is now appended below.


Turkey's Worsened Press Freedom Record

Bianet 22 Oct 2009

Turkey fell back 20 places in this year's RSF Worldwide Press Freedom Index. The country shares rank 122 together with the Philippines. The front-runners for press freedom are Denmark, Finland and Ireland. Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea bring up the rear of the index.


The Islamic slave trade: The untold story (Parts 1-5)

We are all aware of the Atlantic slave trade and the millions of blacks shipped to the Americas under horrific conditions. This is now the subject of commemoration and remembrance activities.

On the other hand, other aspects of the black slave trade are less well-known and sometimes deliberately obscured. Who, for example, is aware of the 17 million blacks who were captured and enslaved in the Arab-Islamic world for 14 centuries?

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