1. Afghanistan prevents NYT reporter from leaving country:
Afghanistan’s attorney general has barred a New York Times correspondent from leaving the country because of a story in which he reported that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won the recent presidential election, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Basir Azizi, a spokesman for the attorney general, said Matthew Rosenberg’s Aug. 18 story was “against the law and national interests of Afghanistan.” Azizi said Rosenberg was asked to come to the attorney general’s office on Wednesday with his lawyer.
The head of the Kabul International Airport confirmed the attorney general sent a letter saying Rosenberg couldn’t leave the country. “We are implementing that order,” Agh Nawaz Ahaqyar said.
2. ISIS Separated “Young and Pretty” Yazidi Women
(I’m not going to post an excerpt of this. The entire article must be read)
3. Hamas does tunnel tour with journalists.
4. This is a great example of Islamic thought but a truly horrifying video.
The beheading of James Foley, a US citizen who appears to have converted, or been somehow made to advocate for the Islamic State.
Daily Mail article on Mr. Foley here
5. 4:45 PM EST) Islamic State vows to ‘break the American cross’
(Think Obama will leave them enough cross to be worth breaking?)
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State, the Sunni militant group which seeks to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, released a video on Tuesday that gave the strongest indication yet it might attempt to strike American targets.
The video with the theme “breaking of the American cross” boasts Islamic State will emerge victorious over “crusader” America. It follows a video posted on Monday warning of attacks on American targets if Washington struck against its fighters in Iraq and Syria.
This is the video: (Working on getting it translated or finding an English version. Thank you M for this one)
6. This one made me want to dance like an Egyptian:
7. Egypt calls for restraint in Ferguson
(If Irony had a flavor this would taste like Strawberry Rhubarb pie)
Egypt has backed the United Nation’s call for the United States authorities to deal with protests in Ferguson, Missouri “according to the American and international standards”.
A spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, in response to a question from state-run news agency MENA, said the ministry is “following the escalation of protests and demonstrations in the city of Ferguson and reactions thereto”.
The spokesman referred to comments made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Monday as a reflection of the “international community’s position towards these events” including the calls for “restraint and respect for the right of assembly and peaceful expression of opinion”.
Thank you Wrath of Khan, M., ML., and all. More to come. Ladies and Gentleman. The water temperature really is going up. I think it is important that each of us do the little things we can. One good example is normalizing critical speech of Islam and telling the truth about it in polite company. this must happen. If you have been trying not to do so up to now, please consider making this the cost/benefit turning point, as the cost of appearing to be with the PC narrative is actually now higher than the cost of having a few people think you are rude or a racist.
Think of this as the 1930s. You know who the Nazis really are and what they really plan. Your friends and coworkers mostly think its racist and alarmist to speak negatively about this German movement and doubly so for the Imperial Japanese. But sooner or later, we all have to be Victor Laszlo. The most forgotten yet most important character in Casablanca.