1. China bans wearing burqa in biggest Muslim city
Beijing (CNN)Legislators in China’s far-western Xinjiang province have passed a law to prohibit residents from wearing burqas in public, state media reported, in a continued campaign against what authorities view as religious extremism.
The new ban in Urumqi was approved by local legislators last month, and given the greenlight by the regional legislature at the weekend.
2. Tarek Fatah writes on the prayer to defeat the unbeliever at the Middle East Forum
3. Revealed: Saudi Arabia’s ‘Great Wall’ to keep out Isil
(Think college students will be doing little passion plays about the Saudi apartheid wall?)
4. Fire crews and paramedics issued with bullet proof vests amid growing fears over ‘marauding’ Paris style attack in Britain
Fire crews and paramedics have been issued with bullet proof vests amid growing fears over a Paris-style gun attack on the UK, it was claimed tonight.
Emergency response teams have also been given training in how to cope with a ‘marauding’ attack by Islamist fanatics which spreads across the country and lasts for days.
It comes amid warnings that the threat from home-grown terrorists is at its highest level since 9/11 – with Home Secretary Theresa May revealing today that at least three serious terror plots have been foiled recently.
(Fire crews. This is interesting. This means they are expecting no-go style action where muslims force the state to withdraw from territories held by muslims within our countries and usually at our own expense)
5. The military has tightened security at New Castle Air National Guard Base in Delaware after unknown suspects apparently tried to probe the base for security weaknesses, counterterrorism and military officials told NBC News.
6. #noapology: Muslims stage angry protests over Charlie Hebdo’s Mohammed cartoon as Boko Haram terror leader hails Paris massacre
7. Daniel Greenfield: CNN, ABC and NBC Won’t Show Mohammed Cover, FOX and CBS Do
8. How the Muslim world is being left behind
On the morning of the shooting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Maclean’s contributor Scott Gilmore filed this column. In the Jan. 29 issue of the magazine, he expands on his argument:
On Jan. 7, Islamist gunmen ran through the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo screaming “The Prophet is avenged!” By coincidence, at the very moment they were killing the journalists, the International Space Station passed silently over Paris.
9. A more detailed account of a recent Boko Haram brutal slaughter of the innocent
Thank you Wrath of Khan, UK Pete, Buck, M., MN., GoV., and so many more.
More of those innocent taxi drivers… 😉
Five Guantanamo Yemeni inmates sent to Oman and Estonia (BBC, Jan 15, 2015)
“Five Yemeni men held at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for more than a dozen years have been transferred to foreign custody, US officials say. Four were sent to Oman and one to Estonia. All were captured in Pakistan as suspected al-Qaeda fighters. President Barack Obama has pledged to close the controversial prison, which was opened after the 9/11 attacks. The latest release brings Guantanamo’s prison population to 122. About half have been cleared for transfer.
The five men – in their 30s and 40s – were cleared for release since at least 2009, but US officials ruled out their return to Yemen, where the government is battling al-Qaeda rebels. Their transfer is the latest in a wave of releases approved despite strong opposition from some Republican members of Congress who say Guantanamo inmates remain dangerous. The detention centre was opened in 2002 to hold “enemy combatants” in what the US termed its war on terror.”
BREAKING NEWS: Paris policewoman injured outside President Hollande’s palace after ‘driver deliberately knocked her down’
Unclear whether hit and run is linked to the terror attacks in French capital
Ohio Muslim convert, 20, arrested for plotting ISIS-inspired pipe-bomb attack on the US Capitol
Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression
Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.
Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good.
But, he said, there were limits.
By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.
“If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said, throwing a pretend punch his way. “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”
[…]”There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” he said. “They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr. Gasparri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit.”
Muslims in Philippines march against Charlie Hebdo
Muslims in Philippines march against Charlie Hebdo
Turkey: Newspaper running Charlie Hebdo cartoons SWAMPED by protesters
Rushdie Defends Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech
Turkish prosecutors probe newspaper for publishing Charlie Hebdo excerpts
ISTANBUL Jan 15 (Reuters) – Prosecutors in Istanbul have opened an investigation into Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet for publishing excerpts from French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Turkish television stations said on Thursday.
Cumhuriyet, a staunchly secular opposition newspaper, printed parts of Charlie Hebdo in an insert on Wednesday, one of five international editions of the satirical newspaper.
Muslim clerics in the Middle East have denounced last week’s attack on Charlie Hebdo but criticised the weekly for publishing new cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad in its first issue after the killings.
Channel 4 – How should Muslims respond to prophet Mohammed cartoons?
Catherine Heseltine, ex-CEO of Muslim Public Affairs Committee, says she will not take lectures from “hypocritical” French politicians
Then why should we take lectures from lying Moslem politicians?
Because we’re too polite.
Canadian FM in Cairo says anti-Islam insults unacceptable
The minister met with Egypt’s Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb
Canadian foreign minister said Thursday on his visit to Cairo that he respects freedom of speech, but does not support insults to Islam’s Prophet Mohamed.
Minister John Baird said in a meeting with Egyptian Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb that respect for all beliefs is essential.
Baird is on a visit to Cairo essentially to press for the release of a Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy imprisoned with two Al-Jazeera colleagues for more than a year.
In his meeting with Egypt’s top Islamic cleric Baird discussed the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks and the controversy it has sparked on freedom of speech and Islamic extremism.
El-Tayyeb said that Islam is committed to freedom of opinion, adding that taking away this right is a form of “new slavery”. He however said that it should be used to insult religions and nations.
He pointed out what he saw as a contradiction where laws exist against questioning certain historical events sensitive to Jews, but at the same time allow insults to other beliefs.
On Wednesday, Al-Azhar, Egypt’s top Islamic institution headed by El-Tayyeb, called on Muslims to “ignore the nasty frivolity” of Charlie Hebdo’s latest edition, which has a drawing of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover.
Dar Al-Ifta, which is responsible for issuing religious edicts, said in a statement on Tuesday that Charlie Hebdo’s decision to continue the publication of caricatures of Prophet Mohammed is “an act unjustifiably provocative to the feelings of a billion and a half Muslims worldwide who love and respect the Prophet.”
Egypt’s government and journalists’ syndicate have condemned the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry flew to Paris for world leaders’ solidarity march against terrorism.
IS pics – Public execution in Homs – Syria ( graphic )
#3 I hope this works better then China’s did, also who will man the wall? I don’t think Saudi has a large enough military to man a 600 mile wall especially while manning the one on the border with Yemen.