Month: December 2006

  • Reflections on the Execution of Saddam Hussein

    I am not among those who shed tears on the execution of the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein. The world is better off without that champion of secularism and socialism who proved his credentials by the wholesale slaughter of religious Muslims and the destruction of freedom of trade in his country. If God treats him as […]

  • The Feast of the Sacrifice is Also About Life, Liberty, and Love

    Eid mubarak sa’id! A blessed and happy “Feast of the Sacrifice” to all. This is the high holy day of Islam. It celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son for God and God’s mercy in prohibiting human sacrifice and substituting instead the sacrifice of an animal whose flesh is to feed both the celebrants and […]

  • Some Questions on Women

    Reader Christina Tucholski posed a series of interesting questions on women which we reprint here with our answers. Q. Ibn Warraq, Muslim critic and author of Why I Am Not a Muslim, stated that, “Islam has always considered women as creatures inferior in every way: physically, intellectually, and morally.” He uses the following verse from […]

  • News and Analysis (12/29/06)

    More ambitious than self-proclaimed “dictators for life,” Ali Mohmed Gedi proclaims he will remain in Mogadishu’s capital city “forever”: ·        Somali PM Enters Mogadishu, Crowds Line Route (Reuters) “Evidence of foreign involvement in the conflict would not only breach the UN arms embargo but could destabilize the entire region”: ·        US Accused of Covert Operations […]

  • Attacks on Christians and Shi`a Muslims

    Some time ago, following our condemnation of an attack on a Pakistani church, Sajjad Rizvi asked, “For the sake of consistency and also to better inform the public, would you also mention the murder in cold blood of 14 Shi`a Muslims murdered while they were praying only a week prior to the church killings in […]

  • News and Analysis (12/28/06)

    Hajj: “This is a time of unity for all Muslims, Shi’ites and Sunnis.” Muslim Pilgrims Say Safety in God’s Hands at Haj (Reuters/Washington Post) Former Guantanamo detainee who wrote book criticizing Pakistani intelligence agency (ISI) disappears—allegedly taken by ISI: AP: Ex – Guantanamo Detainee Held Again (AP/NY Times) “The technology used to identify a terrorist […]

  • News and Analysis (12/27/06)

    Another failed US foreign policy leads to another war: Ethiopians Closing In On Capital of Somalia (Washington Post) Muslims in Bulgaria worry about joining EU: “”We are looking forward to join because no one can have too much democracy and freedom … but we are worried how we will be treated.” Bulgarian Muslims Wonder What […]

  • News and Analysis (12/26/06)

    Amnesty International expresses disappointment : ·        Iraq Court Says Saddam Should Hang Within 30 Days (Reuters) Palestinians say Abbas must produce more than “kisses with Olmert”: ·        Talks Emerge Out of Gaza Conflict: Israeli and Palestinian Leaders Met to Talk About Finances and Prisoner Release (Christian Science Monitor) A semblance of civil society, restored by […]

  • News and Analysis (12/25/06)

    It’s now “open war”:: ·        Ethiopian Jets Strike Somali Airports  (Reuters) Diplomats released, others still detained; Iraqi government “deeply upset”: ·        U.S. Is Holding Iranians Seized in Raids in Iraq (NY Times) She promises “to call for an amnesty for political prisoners and to demand” that the secular “government reform the constitution to give Tunisians […]

  • News and Analysis (12/23-24/06)

    An anonymous Pentagon official says that Gen. George W. “Casey told [Defense Secretary Robert] Gates in Iraq that an infusion of U.S. forces would not help him politically with the Iraqi government and could impede reconciliation efforts”: ·        Gates Gives Bush Evaluation of Iraq War (Washington Post) Israeli PM’s offer of “flexibility and generosity” at […]

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