The Guardian 4 May 2010
By Thorbjørn Jagland
As we celebrate World Press Freedom Day, everyone should remember that our democracy depends on this important right
The fate of imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev is a matter of grave concern. He has been jailed for three years on dubious charges by the Azerbaijani authorities. He is an award-winning journalist who was just doing his job. The European Court of Human Rights decided last month that he should be released immediately.
Indeed, April is the cruelest month …thus spake T.S. Eliot, a brilliant poet and an anti-Semite.
Some young Swiss converts to Islam are a potential threat to the country’s security, according to the head of the Migration Office. Alard du Bois-Reymond was speaking about the Central Islamic Council
Right Side News 15 April 2010
By IPT News
They waited six years for a chance to hear him in person on American soil. Now that they have, many are walking away frustrated from their encounters with Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.
Ramadan arrived in the U.S. last week and has been speaking in public forums and private fundraisers throughout the country. He was preparing to take a faculty position at Notre Dame University in 2004, when his visa was revoked. U.S. officials cited contributions he had made to an organization that supported the terrorist organization Hamas, a Brotherhood-affiliated group.
Relative to most areas of public life, the sports community has proven quite resistant to demands that Islam be accommodated, perhaps because the integrity of competition requires that fixed rules apply to all FIFA, the global governing body of soccer, is the latest to just say no:
FrontPage Magazine 12 April 2010
By David Solway
Islamic apologist Tariq Ramadan has returned to the U.S., the ban against his entry to the country, issued under the Patriot Act, having been lifted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
After addressing audiences in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Washington, he will revisit Canada where he will speak at the Palais de Congrès in Montreal. The question is: What is he really up to? Ramadan is used to meeting with rock star type adulation, but a skeptical attitude may be rather more appropriate.
Islamist Watch Blog 9 April 2010
By David J. Rusin
Tariq Ramadan, Europe's slickest Islamist, is set to appear in the United States for the first time since the Obama administration lifted a six-year-old entrance ban — imposed not to muzzle speech, as is often claimed, but because of donations he had sent to Hamas-funding charities.
His welcome-back gig is Secularism, Islam, and Democracy: Muslims in Europe and the West, a four-way panel discussion at New York City's Cooper Union on Thursday, April 8. The event purports to explore questions about "a clash of values between secularism and Islam and between freedom of expression and freedom of religion." Important issues. Yet beyond George Packer, a generally fair-minded New Yorker columnist, the panel is stacked with radicals and their friends:
Excerpt: Earlier today, on Al-Jazeera, Osama Bin Laden threatened to start killing Americans taken hostage if America executes Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, whom Bin Laden described as a "mujahid and hero." Despite President Obama's attempts to appease the Muslim world, nothing he's done (yet) is good enough for either Ahmadinejad or Bin Laden, who said: