By Letitia Stein
TAMPA, Fla., Feb 6 (Reuters) – A former Florida university professor was deported this week, ending years of legal battles over accusations that he aided a Palestinian terrorist organization.
Sami Al-Arian left on Wednesday night on a commercial flight out of Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.
He was headed to Turkey, according to a blog post by his criminal attorney, Jonathan Turley.
The case against Al-Arian, formerly a computer science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, received international attention as a test of U.S. government’s powers under the Patriot Act.
(One is an outrage. But four is a tradition!)
Officials and eyewitnesses say Islamic State (IS) militants have burned at least three people alive in Iraq’s western Anbar Province.
The victims, residents of an area near the town of Hit, some 200 kilometers west of Baghdad, were suspected of informing Iraqi security forces about the militants’ movements.
Our correspondent says the militant group also accused the victims of encouraging people to join tribal forces who are fighting against IS.
The clashes in Bosso and Diffa, along the border with Nigeria, marked yet another expansion of violence attributed to Boko Haram, but it seemed to have come at a heavy cost.
(Later this evening I hope to be able to publish a translation of a story out of Quebec about how in one very large organization, the complaint of only one employee was enough to force the creation of a muslim prayer space in that office complex. This story below is worse. The forced exhumation of dead people because of one complaint on behalf of a dead muslim)
A Romany Gypsy family face having to exhume the body of a recently-buried relative because of a row over grave plots at Burbage Cemetery.
His family brought three plots they picked which faced his home at Aston Firs – a tradition in Romany culture.
But since they purchased the plots the family of a Muslim man, who was already buried on the site, have objected to 89-year-old Mr Smith being buried next to him, despite the cemetery being billed as open to all faiths and denominations.
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Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said his country is looking into the claim. But, he said, “we are highly skeptical” because of ISIS’s proven lack of credibility, and he questioned whether they could identify Jordanian warplanes so high in the sky or would hold a hostage in a “weapon warehouse.”
(To hold the targets steady I hope)
More British Muslims should be recruited into the UK’s armed forces, one of Britain’s highest-ranking soldiers has said. Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK blamed the poor uptake on the community’s ‘demonization’ and Britain’s ‘unethical’ foreign policy.
General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of the General Staff, admitted that the number of ethnic minorities in the army was “nowhere near where it needs to be,” particularly in relation to religious minority groups such as Muslims.
Figures released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) showed only 0.54 percent of regular soldiers identified as ‘Muslim’ – with many coming from commonwealth countries, rather the UK.
Thank you M., CB Sashenka, GoV and all. Is that enough outrage for the day? Let’s hope so.