In Egypt, between Muslims and Copts. This time in a village called "Behma" around 60 Kms south of Cairo. The Muslims acted on a rumor that the Copts are planning to build a church in town, or in an another story were expanding a house that they used to conduct their prayers.
Apparently the Friday sermon at a village mosque had discussed ongoing church construction, sparking anger among worshippers who emerged from the mosque in a large group and then moved to the church site, where clashes erupted with the Copts ridiculously outnumbered.
Then they went to burn Christian owned homes and shops.
10 Christian were reported injured and the Police arrested 60 Muslims.
Nothing new here, Egypt has seen such clashes growing in the past few years and the official reaction is always the same with downplaying the incidents and issuing stupid statements and then the papers publish a photo of the Pope and Sheikh Al-Azhar hugging, and everything is cool, without addressing the real problem.
Copts consist of 7-15% of the Egyptian population depends on whose side of the story you want to believe, but they are not allowed to build any church unless they get a decree from the President, based on a law from the 1800.
The incident failed to make the state owned newspapers, and there was no official statement from the ministry of interior, which is a shame as I was really waiting to hear their take on the matter.
But probably they know that by now that everybody knows anyone doing such acts is called insane!
The Iranian FM skipped dinner in the Sharm El-Sheikh summit after finding out that they are being entertained by a Russian violin player who wore a red dress that the minister found too revealing for him to stand, so the guy had to excuse himself.
But the fact that he was seated directly in front of Condoleezza Rice was very irrelevant.
This is the kind of add you see in a Pakistani paper:
Basically what the add says is:
We have some nuclear material missing, but no need to panic nothing to worry about really folks, but if u get a chance to stumble in anybody carrying or handling the nukes or happen to find the stuff lying in the street, give us a call on the following number.
Egyptian Christians (Copts) are in fury after a court ruled last week that for a Christian that has converted to Islam and now wishes to return to Christianity, he should not be allowed to change his religion in his national ID from Muslim to Christian! The case was filed by a Christian man who had converted to Islam and gone back to Christianity but the interior ministry declined to amend his papers, and now the judge joined in and ruled their act as lawful.
Just how on earth such ruling deems constitutional fails to register with me as the last time I checked freedom of religion was a constitutional right, but then again we should be glad the judge didn't order the man to the sword!!
Damn, damn damn.........The Sandmonkey, my favorite Egyptian blogger is calling it quits. He fears his identity might already has been exposed, and fears for his safety which is a wise choice in these days in Egypt.
This is like a nightmare, somebody please wake me.
Ok, what’s the deal here? First the house majority leader Steny Hoyer denies ever meeting with anyone from the Brotherhood while he was in Egypt, and then he says yeah he met some of them but unintentionally whatever that means and then we hear talks about Hoyer inviting the head of the MB to speak in the Congress! Which was denied by the MBs themselves! And to top it all the US ambassador to Egypt Francis J. Ricciardone was summoned to Washington to explain why such a meeting was held in his place?
What on earth are the Democrats up to with the house speaker visiting with the Syrian leader and the majority leader talking to the MBs?
So this guy brings in a sheep to his house as a sacrifice for Eid Al-Adha, the ill-behaved sheep apparently hungry ate a part from a foreign newspaper that happened to be in the house. So the question is, was the sheep still sacrificable and was it permitted to be consumed?
And the great sheikh answered, that it really depends on the paper the sheep ate from, if it contained nothing harming God or Islam then the sheep is to be consumed!!
Surprise surprise, the results for the referendum on the constitutional changes are in with the government announcing a handsome 75.9% approving the move. As usual and as expected turnout was very low and depends on whose side you wanna believe with the government claiming 27% of the registered voters and the opposition putting the figure at a maximum of 10%, all the opposition forces had called for boycotting the referendum as usual.
No news really everything went as planned with the state security people holding a firm grip on anyone trying even to speak outloud. But I should note that as I recall this is the lowest approval rate for the people on anything they were asked to vote for at least for the near future, I mean results lower than 98% approval was unheard of, no I'm not claiming that the process was fair or anything it's just something I noticed.
Anyway, nothing really would change with these amendments except maybe for the MBs whom by the looks of things are the biggest losers as now the constitution clearly states on banning forming political parties based on religious beliefs and the aspect of banning independent candidates from running in parliamentarian elections, so it should be interesting to see how the MBs would react. And of course to anyone who actually hoped for a real shake up of the political life in Egypt and that the president and the guys at NDP were willing to give away some of their powers and allow any party to become a respectful opposition and pose a threat to them, well ehhh we've seen the end of that. As for the emergency state, it is bound to become permanent and would be a normal state!
After the "How many Jews did Mama kill" interview with the 2 children of a Palestinian female suicide bomber, the guys at Hamas are not satisfied yet, so they produced a video clip!
In it the girl "Dhoha" is supposedly singing to her mother asking her about what she was carrying in her arms -the bomb- then after the explosion the girl actually sings to the bomb while vowing to walk in her mother's path!
Today in protest of the new constitution amendments, the majority of them are MBs:
Over 100 mainly Islamist lawmakers walked out of Egypt's parliament on Sunday to protest government moves to push through constitutional laws that opponents fear will entrench the ruling party's grip on power
Well please go and do not come back. I myself am against the way the Constitution is being amended but if that's what it takes to kick the MBs out of the parliament well so be it.
According to yet another Australian Muslim cleric:
Radical sheik Mohammed Omran told followers at his Brunswick mosque that out-of-control secular scientific values had caused environmental disaster. "The fear of Allah is not there. So we have now a polluted earth, a polluted water, a wasteland," he told a meeting this year.
Today the appeal court upheld the 4 year sentence for the Egyptian blogger Abdel Karim Suleiman:
An Egyptian appeals court on Monday upheld the four-year prison sentence given to an Egyptian blogger who criticized conservative Muslims and was convicted of insulting Islam and Egypt's president, court officials said
I'm not gonna comment on this, nothing to be said really, I'm just wondering why this guy is sentenced with such a rush?
Of the Egyptian constitution, the one which states that Islam is the Religion of the State, Arabic is its official language, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).
There were numerous enlightened voices along with the Christian minority calling for the removal or amendment of the 2nd article as it directly violates the rest of the constitution which states that people are equal with no regards to religious beliefs. And also it could pave the way for an Islamic like state.
But his Highness prince Gamal Mubarak assured us all yesterday and denied any such allegations.
From a book I just finished called "Angel's rest" by Charles Davis. It's a conversation between an 83 year old black man, and an 11 year old white boy, who somehow became best friends:
"-Easiest thing in the world to do is hate, it don't take no effort at all you see cause you don't have to work to not care about nothing, hating is a lazy feeling, dark feeling. A person never has to look for into his own heart when they hate you see, it's a dangerous feeling too. We all give harbor to it, but it ain't much good in it. -Is hating always bad? -I'd have to give a good think on that. -But it usually is? -Well what we're speaking of is a sort of general hate, where some people just hate or mistreat a bunch of other folks, folks they don't even know much about to figure if they should hate them or not, that kinda hating don't do nobody no good, just breeds more hating. See hate is a fire that won't go out in some white folks and some black folks, get a little wind and gasoline on it and you got trouble. I reckon the worst thing for some folks around here is they never get out of these hills to see how other folks live and what they're like. It's too far for them to travel from where they live inside you see. This mountain and their place on it is the whole world to them, when the town ain't nothing but a dang spill on the map. Like the folks around here are all faithful praying Christians, now there ain't a thing wrong with that, no sir I pray quit a bit myself, not gonna say who I pray to cause that's my own business. But so many of them will tell you that theirs is the only true way of knowing our maker. If you don't believe what they believe in and do what they do, then they're out to get against you quick, when the truth is the only reason they believe what they do in the first place it's because that what they were raised on, they don't hear or think another different till they get some age on them, and then they don't wanna listen to none of that because they've been told if a man believes in other than what they already believe, then that man is wrong, they think it's the dang devil talking to him you see. But it ain't child, it's their heart and head they're talking. Some of them will go so far to say that other man is a real bad man for believing in something different, a sinner and not the kind going off to heaven someday like them of course. Now the truth is, if those same folks were born somewhere else they'd be taught some other religion and they be shaking their fists the same way they do now, but then they'll be saying that other religion is the one true religion, and if you don't believe in it you're wrong. I'm just trying to show you how these folks I'm speaking about stay thinking the same old things about lots of things like they were taught to think as youngest just like their parents were taught as youngest. It makes them feel safe in it you see, it makes them sleep good nights like they did as children. The world makes some sense to them when they wake and it keeps little money in their pockets and the peace the way they like it. But when you got too many folks in charge of one small place all thinking alike, it ain't a good thing. They so have to go against somebody who don't think or live or look like they do. Do you think a God up there in the heavens would judge a fellow by what color his skin is child?"
This time words like "infidel" and believe it or not "Dog!!" were used to describe the Israeli ambassador to Egypt.
It all started with a documentary aired on the Israeli Channel one called Ruah Shaked (The Spirit of Shaked), in which claimed that the current Israeli infrastructures minister Ben-Eliezer's unit killed 250 unarmed Egyptian prisoners of war in the Sinai desert after the fighting had stopped in the 1967 six day war.
And now Egypt demanded Israel to probe the matter, but that didn't satisfy our dear parliamentarians, they are always eager to perform, and they especially love it when the story is related to Israel or Religion, so the stage was set, the usual words like wage war with Israel and cutting diplomatic ties were said, and everybody went home happy!
Libya is boycotting the next Arab league summit due to be held in Riyadh (if it ever took place), and the reason for that, is that it was declared that this summit should take place in Sharm Elsheikh, and now they are telling him to go to Riyadh!
You have to see the irony in this, I mean Sharm Elsheikh is a glittering sea resort with lots of beaches and hot chicks wearing practically nothing and, Riyadh....ehhh..........
Colonel Gadhafi was probably bracing himself for a good time, and they took it away from him. I feel for the guy.
I have no idea what is going on but I will answer them anyway. SECTION 1 - Last 1s?
1. last beverage? Manzana Verdi 2. last phone call? Customer 3. last instant message?Cousin 4. last CD played? CD, do people still use this 5. last time you cried? last night. 6. last text message? some one special.
Section 2 - 6 Have You Evers:
1. dated someone twice? No 2. been cheated on? No 3. kissed someone & regretted it? No. 4. lost someone special? Many 5. been depressed? Define derpressed 6. been drunk and threw up? Almost drunk but no threw up.
Section 3 - List 3 Favourite Colors 1. Blue2. Green3. Red
Section 4 - This month have you
1. Made a new friend? Almost everyday but what is friend. 2. Fallen out of love? I want to get into first. 3. Laughed until you cried? This is usually how it ends. 4. Met someone who changed your life? Everyone I meet changes my life in a way. 5. Found out who your true friends were? Were 6. Is there something you want to tell someone? Please think. 7. Would you kiss anyone on your top friends? HA. 8. How many people on your top friends do you know in real life? On line ones counted 9. How many kids do you want to have? Do I have to get married first. 10. Do you have any pets?Not real one though 11. Do you wanna change your name? Yes. 12. What did you do for your last birthday? Bought chocolate while in Paris airport. 13. What time did you wake up today? 7:45 am 14.What were you doing at midnight last night? Watching Videocast 15. Name something you CANNOT wait for? Peace in me. 16. Last time you saw your father? I have been seeing him in my subconscious for the last 4 years. 17. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life? If I even change that one, there will be another one. 18.What are you listening to right now? A talk show that shows the democracy at its best in a civilized country. 19. Have you ever talked to Tom? Jerry always answered the phone. 21. Have you ever talked about someone behind their back? Would email and IM be considered behind a back talk (Walter, you hardly do that!!!!) 22. What’s the last piece of clothing you borrowed from anyone? No comment 23. Who’s getting on your nerves right now? this long list of questions. 24. Most visited webpage? Google Reader. 25. Coke or Pepsi? Many years since I tried either of them. 26. Have you kissed or been kissed by anyone in the past week? Nope :-( 27. Mac or PC? Linux
Memz tagged us to answer a bunch of random questions, there it goes:
SECTION 1 - Last 1s?
1. last beverage? Bacardi Rum 2. last phone call? Client 3. last instant message? statler 4. last CD played? The Mastery of love audio book 5. last time you cried? Me cry? never. 6. last text message? Vodafone.
Section 2 - 6 Have You Evers:
1. dated someone twice? No 2. been cheated on? Not that I know of 3. kissed someone & regretted it? I did 4. lost someone special? Yes 5. been depressed? Yes sir 6. been drunk and threw up? Drunk a lot, threw up never.
Section 3 - List 3 Favourite Colors
1. Black 2. Red 3. White
Section 4 - This month have you
1. Made a new friend? Depends on how you define friend. 2. Fallen out of love? Nope 3. Laughed until you cried? Wish I have 4. Met someone who changed your life? Not really 5. Found out who your true friends were? I know this for a while now 6. Is there something you want to tell someone? Sure, who do you think you are to judge me. 7. Would you kiss anyone on your top friends? If I get a chance. 8. How many people on your top friends do you know in real life? All of them 9. How many kids do you want to have? 2 10. Do you have any pets? No, and ain't planning. 11. Do you wanna change your name? I thought about it. 12. What did you do for your last birthday? Worked, got drunk, had sex. 13. What time did you wake up today? 9:00 am 14.What were you doing at midnight last night? Watching TV 15. Name something you CANNOT wait for? Take my next trip. 16. Last time you saw your father? Some 11 years ago 17. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life? Have the freedom to travel more. 18.What are you listening to right now? Clicking sound of my keyboard. 19. Have you ever talked to Tom? Who the fuck is Tom? 21. Have you ever talked about someone behind their back? Sure did. 22. What’s the last piece of clothing you borrowed from anyone? I don't borrow no cloth, no one to match my size! 23. Who’s getting on your nerves right now? Life. 24. Most visited webpage? Google reader. 25. Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi man. 26. Have you kissed or been kissed by anyone in the past week? Of course. 27. Mac or PC? Mac I guess.
So says Hollywood director James Cameron in a new documentary due to air on Discovery Channel:
Jesus had a son named Judah and was buried alongside Mary Magdalene, according to a new documentary by Hollywood film director James Cameron. The film examines a tomb found near Jerusalem in 1980 which producers say belonged to Jesus and his family.
But archaeologists and theologians are skeptic and claim the evidence provided by Mr. Cameron is unfounded and circumstantial:
Archaeologists said that the burial cave was probably that of a Jewish family with similar names to that of Jesus.
As for the Church's reaction? Well it was quick to deny the claims and attacking Mr. Cameron's credibility and motives:
"I don't think that Christians are going to buy into this," Pfann said. "But skeptics, in general, would like to see something that pokes holes into the story that so many people hold dear." "They just want to get money for it"
That's it? No calls for beheading or slaying or any violence? So how can they show their love and commitment to Jesus? Christians must be real pussies.
Egyptian government owned Nilesat says it was taken off air because it broadcast on frequencies which interfered with other channels, but the owner of AL-Zawraa TV calls it bowing to American pressure and he is planning to sue Egypt:
Egypt has stopped the transmission of a private Iraqi TV station which glorifies the Sunni insurgency in Iraq. The United States has privately asked the Egyptian authorities to stop al-Zawraa which is carried on Nilesat - a government-owned TV satellite.
Three French travelers were killed by gunmen Monday in the Saudi Arabian desert when they stopped their car to rest on the side of a road leading to the holy city of Medina in an area restricted to Muslims only.
So the Egyptian police detained a would-be Palestinian suicide bomber crossing from the Gaza Strip and planning to blow himself up among Israeli tourists in a south Sinai resort. Another Palestinians were also held in Sinai, these were to guide the would-be bomber to the targeted resort.
Couple of days later, Egyptian security forces discovered a tonne of explosives "TNT" near the Gaza border.
This is not the first time Palestinians were linked to terrorist activities within Sinai, they cannot pursue Israelis in their own territory so they go after them in Sinai which is popular among Israeli holiday makers.
So our Palestinian brothers will have no regard to the Egyptian lives that might be lost nor the economic strain and the Egyptian jobs that would go, no all this is a side issue, the main issue here is to kill the Jews.
And to think that there are actual voices in Egypt calling to wage war against Israel to protect our Palestinian brothers and all the people who hail the suicide bombing technique, well we were about to get a taste of the medicine. But the worst thing is that if god forbids this suicide bomber was successful, there would have been actually Egyptian people who are quit content saying that the Jews got what they deserved, but what about the innocent Egyptians? Well they were wrong in the first place to go to serve the Jews.
To these people I say, if you hate the Jews and care for the Palestinians, please take your friends or brothers and go fight your own damn holy war in the real battle zone, you chicken shit.
The U.S. and Egypt have signed a cooperation protocol allowing the U.S. Navy to monitor Egyptian ports to prevent them from being used for smuggling nuclear or radioactive material. The protocol allows CIA agents to install highly sensitive instruments in Egyptian ports.
Either Mr. Safwat Al-Sharif reads this blog, or the people at the NDP finally had enough and decided to expose the high voices of die hard jihadists by depriving them of their only excuse not to go defend Al-Aqsa:
According to the Egyptian daily Al-Masryoon, Egyptian Shoura Council Chairman Safwat Al-Sharif said during a council session yesterday that the door was open to Egyptians to volunteer to go to Palestine to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque. Smart move.
The grand Mufti of Egypt issued a Fatwa allowing unmarried girls to undergo a Hymen restoration operation prior to their marriage for whatever reason they lost their virginity for. Moreover he instructed girls who committed adultery not to tell their fiances about it and the same applies to married women who commits adultery while they were married! The reason??? To protect family unity!!!!
Deception? No no nothing like that it's just easier this way, I mean why face the problem by admitting the truth when there is another way around.
People say it's an invitation for women to sleep around before and after marriage, but these people forget something, that women who commits adultery should be stoned under Shari'a laws, so they are not totally of the hook.
So if I got things right, women should be stoned then restore their Hymen so the future husband would not know so will have no choice in the matter and thus protecting the family unity!!!
Anyway, Egyptian Gynaecologists rejoice, you're about to become very rich.
On Monday, the Egyptian parliament produced one of the best performances of the season sparked by the excavation work Israel is currently undergoing near Al-Aqsa mosque, with one of the MPs actually calling to nuke Israel to wipe it out of existence:
"That cursed Israel is trying to destroy al-Aqsa mosque," Mohammed el-Katatny of President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party (NDP) told a heated parliament session held to discuss the Israeli digging. "Nothing will work with Israel except for a nuclear bomb that wipes it out of existence," he said.
But the respectful MP would not elaborate how he is planning to nuke Israel, with us struggling just to pick up a place to build our first nuclear reactor (peaceful by the way) while Israel almost confirmed owning a nuclear bomb!!
But other MPs were much moderate with their demands (i.e. less hilarious) which ranged from the withdrawal from the Camp David treaty to kicking the Israeli ambassador's ass out of Egypt. And as it is always the case is such situations the inevitable question was asked "where are the Arabic armies?" (again by that everybody means where is the Egyptian army?) One of the MBs literally asked the government to allow the MBs to wage Jihad against the Jewish state, saying they are perfectly capable of wiping it out!
I would like to cease this opportunity to plea with the government or the president to do exactly that. Please allow the people who are willing for Jihad against Israel to do so, gather them in a recruiting center and deprive them of their Egyptian nationality and load them up by the buses to the Gaza border where they could be smuggled through tunnels along with their weapons and forget about them, and lets stop the talk of Egyptian army or Jihad against Israel once and for all, period.
Something tells me these buses will be painfully empty.
Egyptian authorities unveiled last Saturday the arrest of an Egyptian-Canadian man with the charge of spying for the state of Israel as one of a four members spy ring, the other three are Israelis:
High State Security Prosecutor HishamBadawi said the Egyptian, Mohamed EssamGhoneimel-Attar, 31, had been arrested and charged. The rest of the suspected spy ring, who are in Turkey and Canada, were charged in absentia.
And now to the reason I'm cursing out loud: Yesterday, on the front page of the largest distributed state controlled daily newspaper Al-ahramwe were faced with the following headline " The Spy began the treason by changing his religion!" As it turned out to be that in 2002, Mohamed el-Attar (the alleged spy) went to a Catholic church in Turkey and converted to Christianity and became Joseph el-Attar. And to further discredit the guy, the paper states that he is gay, and that was one of the reasons for him to leave Egypt and seek asylum. Now let's observe for the moment the message the state media is releasing to the mass, the way I see it it is one or more of the following:
- People who convert their religion are now considered as traitors! - Anyone who converts to Christianity is on the fast track to become a spy. - Muslims are incapable of committing such act so the guy had to change his religion first. - Christians are not loyal to their homeland and therefor can not be trusted. - People who convert to Christianity must be gays!!!
I know I know, you've all heard it before, the real Saddam was not the one who was hanged but rather it was a duplicate and all that crap. But nonetheless here are some interesting details, for all the fans who love a good conspiracy theory.
Microsoft CEO Bill Gates told the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland that if Saudi Arabia would utilize "half of country's talents" (i.e. women), the country would be a competitive economic force in the world by in 2010.
Oh how dare he, I mean to mention the Saudi women in public and in front of all these men, oh what a dishonor, and moreover to even think about them as working women is just despicable. I'm afraid we would soon hear voices calling for a way to wipe away this horrible shame inflicted on Saudi women. And what better way than blood for that matter?
I previously mentioned that there is a lot of lobbying these days in the Egyptian media against the Shi'its and Iran as part of the hostility erupted between Sunnis and Shi'its.
Well today the escalation reached another level, with the largest distributed state controlled paper "Al-Ahram" quoting on its first page a diplomatic source (anonymous of course) that the abduction and killing of Egypt's first ambassador to Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein some two years ago was actually the work of the Iranian intelligence, who wanted to send a clear message that it will not tolerate any influence for Egypt and any Sunni country for that matter in Iraq.
Really, Almost in all cultures and religions, God is a male, no existence for female Goddess, or even a neutral God/Goddess, except maybe Christianity which made a female super sacred (I am talking here about major religions)
That question came to me when I read that Mufti "The biggest religious man in Egypt" that women can be a judge, a minster, etc. BUT NOT A PRESIDENT!!!!!!
They funny thing, we can't even have another male president!!! and he is talking about a female!!
I am sure we still have a long way to go before we call our selves as civilized nation!!
Well, BP is ashamed to announce this to his English readers, but I think everybody should know.
The story from the beginning: A month ago, a renounced Islamic writer called Mohamed Omara published a book with the authorization of the minister for religious affairs, in this book Omara quoted an old Muslim cleric "SheikhElghazaly" in a fatwa saying that Christians are non-believers, and that it is the right for Muslims to shed their blood and possess their properties. And the book was published as such, until Egyptian Christians (Copts) started making noise and a case was filed at the public prosecutor against Mr. Omara and the Minister citing spreading of hatred and disrupting national unity. Copts said that this was an invitation to kill and steal Christians. Anyway, later on the fanatic Mr. Omara published a lame apology in the Coptic paper called "Wattani" claiming that he quoted the old cleric without properly revising his work, and these were not his opinions regarding Copts and so. Then the Minister for religious affairs also produced an apology and orders were made to collect all printed version of this book and another version is to be printed without this paragraph.
All this is not what BP and every moderate Egyptian is ashamed of, what is really scary is that the weekly paper "Elfagr" conducted a poll on its website asking if readers agree with the original Fatwa regarding Christians or not, and the results were:
At least three people were killed and dozens were injured in the clashes before army troops backed by tanks and firing barrages of warning shots into the air dispersed most rioters. The military then declared Beirut's first curfew since 1996. But the fallout reaches far beyond the final casualty count. The sudden melee, sparked by a cafeteria scuffle between pro-government Sunni Muslims and pro-Hezbollah Shiites, reinforced fears that Lebanon's confessional divides are breaking into violence as they did during the 1975-1990 civil war. And the worst is yet to come.
In case you are wondering it's for "Mecca Mean Time". This guy is convinced that Mecca is the center of the universe and he has all the scientific evidence to prove it. And he's asking to abolish GMT and replace it with the only and true reference MMT.
It is out in the open now people, the next war in the mid-east (whether it is a cold war or not remains to be seen), it is Sunnis against Shi'ats. With the Sunnis backed up by the 6 Arab gulf states along with Egypt and Jordan which happens to be all pro-American, and of course the Shi'ats are backed by Iran. The war started long ago in Iraq, where everyday a 100 or so people die from both camps. And it is rapidly moving towards Lebanon where a general strike began today called by the opposition lead by Hezbollah against the pro-western government. And it was a bloody start with 15 people wounded in the morning hours. But I think it is about to escalate even more and here are my reasons:
- Secretary of state Rise was in the region last week and met with delegates of the now called 6+2+1 countries (6 gulf states, 2 for Egypt and Jordan, and USA) aiming at stopping Iran's influence in Iraq and the region. - All of the sudden Egypt, Jordan and some gulf states realized that they have a severe energy problem and they all need to start building nuclear reactors for future energy needs! - In an interview with former Hezbollah Secretary general he clearly stated that Hezbollah is part of Iranian intelligence. In KSA a lot of clerics are calling Shi'ats as non-believers and the government stating that it will interfere in Iraq if the killing of Sunnis continue. - In Egypt there has been some serious lobbying recently against Iran and the Shi'ats both domestically and internationally:
* Egyptian foreign minister Aboul Gheit, was in Turkey (another big Sunni country) and was talking tough saying that Egypt will not stand by watching the Iranians becoming a nuclear power. * Pakistani president Musharaf is in Egypt to hold talks with Mubarak. * Sheikh Youssef Elqaradawi is accusing Iran of spreading Shi'ism in Sunni countries. * Al-Azhar president criticizes distribution of Shi'a books in Egypt.
So forget the Zionists and the Imperialists and watch out for the Shi'ats.
Three men have been arrested for allegedly stealing global positioning systems mistaken for mobile phones. Fourteen GPS systems were stolen last week from a warehouse in Babylon, New York. They were to be used to help the city council track its lorries. Police remotely activated the systems after the theft which lead them to the home of one of the alleged culprits.
I can't comment I'm down on the floor laughing my ass off.
The Australian cleric who called on Muslim parents to be prepare their children to become Martyrs, is now backing up saying -typically- that his words were misunderstood:
"The jihad I speak of is not one of violence," he told The Australian newspaper from his home in Lebanon. "It is one of personal struggle against things like mischievousness, temptation and personal harm.
As for calling Jews as pigs he admits it but regrets it:
Mohammed also retracted comments in which he ridiculed Jews as pigs, saying they were made in reaction to the release of photographs showing bloody clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in 2002. "That remark was made in the heat of the moment and I regret it," he was quoted as saying. "It was not something I should have said and is not something I believe."
Now I truly think the real reason for backing up is this:
Australian federal police have said they will investigate whether a radical Muslim cleric who encouraged children to become religious martyrs should face criminal charges.
I say make an example of him, bring his ass from Lebanon and put him on trial and send him away, so to stop people like him from giving hate speeches and then saying " please don't hurt me I was misunderstood". But the damage has already occurred.
For the second time this week an Australian Muslim cleric is in the midst of controversy. This one called on children to be prepared for martyrdom and ridiculed the Jews as pigs (what's new they all call the Jews pigs and Christians as apes). So after the "uncovered meat" and calling non-Muslim Aussies as the descents of convicts who came in shackles, we now have this:
SheikhFeizMohammed, head of the Global Islamic Youth Centre in Sydney, urged children to become martyrs for Islam and mocked Jewish people as pigs. "Teach them this," he says, "that there is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a Muhajid. "Put in their soft, tender heart the zeal of jihad and the love of martyrdom."
And what is the government doing about this?
The Australian government has condemned a Muslim cleric for making offensive comments in videotaped lectures.
Ahh, how nice they condemned the comments. I'm sure that will certainly stop all the hate speeches which are coming from Australia! People wake up and start probing the matter, and why these incidents are becoming more frequent, or do you have to wait for your own 9/11 or 7/7 god forbids?
Well Mr. minister, brace yourself as the gates of hell is bound to open in your face:
"I totally reject the appointment of fully veiled women working as counselors meant to guide people in religious matters," minister Hamdy Zaqzuq told the daily Al-Masri Al-Youm newspaper on Monday. The minister said fully veiled women working as counselors would just promote "the culture of the niqab". "The niqab is a matter of custom and not the faith -- it has nothing to do with the religion," he added.
Is it just me or anybody else think this country is finally doing something right?
The Egyptian government is stepping up its crackdown on the financial arm of the MBs, with more detentions:
Six senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been remanded in custody in Egypt, it has emerged. Five are wealthy businessmen who are believed to have financed the Islamist organisation. The detentions took place on Sunday.
The great Mufti of Australia (the uncovered meat sheikh) is back in the news again with more outrages comments:
SheikhTajel-Din al-Hilali said Muslim Australians had more right to live in the country than white Australians whose descendents arrived as convicts.
"The Anglo-Saxons arrived in Australia in shackles," he said. "We (Muslims) came as free people. We bought our own tickets. We are entitled to Australia more than they are".
Seriously, why is the Australian government keeping this guy there? Deport him right away but please don't send him back home to Egypt, god knows we have enough of those. I hear the good people of Afghanistan are in short of a grand Mufti, he would fit the job just perfectly.
CAIRO (Reuters) - President Hosni Mubarak said the Muslim Brotherhood poses a threat to Egypt's security because the country would face isolation in the world if the Islamist movement became more powerful.
In an interview released on Thursday, he said people would leave Egypt with their money, investment would stop and unemployment rise if the Brotherhood -- the country's strongest opposition group -- gained in influence.
So what is he doing about it? Crackdown crackdown:
The authorities are carrying out one of their regular crackdowns on the Brotherhood, which the government refuses to recognize despite its electoral successes.
About damn time I say. God knows they left them long enough to infiltrate into most of ordinary Egyptian lives through universities, unions and finally parliament. They use their unlimited finances to attract people by offering them help in the sort of money, medical treatment and educational services, so I always say the first thing should be done is to probe who is financing the MBs. Anyone else smell oil money?
The long awaited for Imam Mahdi is due to make his appearance by springtime, to wipe out all sorts of oppression in our world. Oh well at least that's what an official state media website in Iran thinks:
An official state media website in Iran has posted a message heralding the coming of the Shiite messianic figure, Imam Mahdi, noting he could arrive with Jesus by the spring equinox. "Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his reappearance) will appear all of a sudden on the world scene with a voice from the skies announcing his reappearance at the holy Ka'ba in Mecca," the message says.
The guy will come in full action he will form an army and defeat all enemies of Islam:
The Mahdi's far sightedness and firmness in the face of mischievous elements will strike awe. After his uprising from Mecca all of Arabia will be submit to him and then other parts of the world as he marches upon Iraq and established his seat of global government in the city of Kufa. Then the Imam will send 10 thousand of his forces to the east and west to uproot the oppressors. At this time God will facilitate things for him and lands will come under his control one after the other. ...
And watch out he's not coming alone, he's bringing with him his most fierce lieutenant "Jesus Christ"!!! (Is this really a wise choice? He never fought a single battle!!)
The Iranian series also claims the Mahdi will reappear on Earth with Jesus: "We read in the book Tazkaratol-Olia, 'the Mahdi will come with Jesus son of Mary accompanying him.' ... Imam Mahdi will be the leader while Prophet Jesus will act as his lieutenant in the struggle against oppression and establishment of justice in the world. Jesus had himself given the tidings of the coming of God's last messenger and will see Mohammad's ideals materialize in the time of the Mahdi."
The rest of the article suggests that no other than the Iranian president Ahmadinejad might very well be the Mahdi as he gets visions from heaven and while addressing the United Nations last year there was a mysterious light cast on him which he said came from heaven!!
In a videotaped meeting with Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli in Tehran, Ahmadinejad discussed candidly a strange, paranormal experience he had while addressing the United Nations in New York last September. He recounts how he found himself bathed in light throughout the speech. But this wasn't the light directed at the podium by the U.N. and television cameras. It was, he said, a light from heaven.
And the guy even has a witness to what he is saying:
The Iranian president recalled being told about it by one of his delegation: "When you began with the words 'in the name of Allah,' I saw a light coming, surrounding you and protecting you to the end." Ahmadinejad agreed that he sensed the same thing. "On the last day when I was speaking, one of our group told me that when I started to say 'Bismillah Muhammad,' he saw a green light come from around me, and I was placed inside this aura," he says. "I felt it myself. I felt that the atmosphere suddenly changed, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, all the leaders of the world did not blink. When I say they didn't move an eyelid, I'm not exaggerating. They were looking as if a hand was holding them there, and had just opened their eyes – Alhamdulillah!"
OK So we now know who the Mahdi might be so what about Jesus Christ? Any ideas? All bets are on!