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Oh, la humanidad

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006

HT: Hmmmh… .

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El 12º imán viene a la ciudad

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006

Twelfth Imam is Coming to Town is a sing-along version of the famous carol (with a great rendition playing on the background). The Islamic Republic of Iran’s governing council of mullahs and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also believe in Santa Claus – only in their Shi’ite creed Santa is called the 12th Imam, known as the Mahdi.

by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(translated from the Farsi by Laika the Space Dog)

You have no clout
You better not spy
You better watch out, I’m telling you why.
Twelfth Imam is coming to town

H-Bomb is on list
I’ll use more than twice
Good Muslims who die
Will go to paradise
Twelfth Imam is coming to town

He knows if you’re a Christian
He knows if you’re a Jew
He knows if you’re an in-fi-del
He’s told me what to do

So….You have no clout
You better not spy
You better watch out, I’m telling you why.
Twelfth Imam is coming to town
Twelfth Imam is coming to town

La letra de la canción: People’s cube. HT: Elmer’s Brother.

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Algunas fotos más de protestas

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006


Mujeres en Karachi. “La mujer no fue creada para ser tratada como inferior”. Ya claro, por eso van tapadas hasta los ojos…

Mr Mush: ¿En qué campo estás tú? ¿En el de los blasfemos o en el de los amantes (lovers) del Profeta?

Un palestino, militante de los Mártires de Al-Aqsa, lleva un cohete hecho en casa en una protesta para pedir oportunidades de trabajo en la Compañía Eléctrica Palestina cerca de Nusseirat en la Franja de Gaza.

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Otro palestino -en la misma manifestación- pone un artefacto explosivo también para demandar oportunidades laborales.

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Un palestino intenta razonar con un miembro de Al-Fatah (con máscara y armado) después de que docenas de miembros de Al-Fatah entraran en la planta eléctrica.

HT: Elder of Ziyon.

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Israel podrá considerar objetivo al Nuevo Primer Ministro Palestino (Hamas)

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006

Incoming Hamas Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh

JERUSALEM – Israel ‘s defense minister advised the incoming Palestinian prime minister Tuesday to fear for his life if Hamas militants start attacking Israel again.

Meanwhile, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed that his Kadima Party would shave billions off settlement spending — the first time he has said explicitly he would scale back funding for Israel’s 40-year-old settlement enterprise, which has cost tens of billions of dollars.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz’s warning to Hamas, recently elected to rule the Palestinian Authority , was the first to identify Hamas’ prime minister-designate, Ismail Haniyeh, as a potential target for an Israeli pinpoint attack.

“No one is immune,” Mofaz told Army Radio, a day after an Israeli airstrike on an ice cream truck killed two Islamic Jihad militants and three bystanders in Gaza City. Two of those killed were aged 8 and 14.

Maybe the Hamas Prime Minister better not drive around in Ice Cream Trucks, huh? Because, the implication of this Associated Press article is that, clearly, the evil Israelis particularly like to target any vehicle that attracts children.

HT: CUANAS.

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Irán no considerará más la propuesta de Moscú sobre su programa nuclear.

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006

Europa Press

Irán no considerará más la propuesta de Moscú de trasladar su programa

nuclear a Rusia, y en vez de ello, estudiará el enriquecimiento de uranio a gran escala en su territorio, informó hoy el portavoz del Ministerio iraní de Asuntos Exteriores, Hamid Reza.
“La propuesta rusa no está más en nuestra agenda”, aseguró Asefi a los periodistas. “Las circunstancias han cambiado. Tenemos que esperar a ver cómo se desarrollan los acontecimientos en los cinco países que tienen poder de veto (en el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU)”, dijo.
La Agencia Internacional de la Energía Atómica (AIEA) refirió la semana pasada el caso nuclear iraní ante el Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas, que tiene el poder para imponer sanciones a la República Islámica. Moscú pretendía convencer a Irán para trasladar su programa de enriquecimiento de uranio a territorio ruso, lo que hubiera permitido una mayor supervisión internacional. Irán había insistido en que el plan podía negociarse, y alcanzó algunos acuerdos básicos con Rusia. Sin embargo, no hubo consenso en los detalles.
Preguntado acerca de si Irán reanudará el enriquecimiento de uranio a gran escala en respuesta a la decisión de la AIEA, Asefi dijo: “En lo que respecta el enriquecimiento de uranio a escala industrial, vamos a esperar dos o tres días.

Hmm, 2 o 3 días, qué plazo más largo. Pero bueno, siempre queda Turquía.
UPDATE/ACTUALIZACIÓN: Captain’s Quarter Blog tiene un post muy bueno:

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Sobre la jihad en las cárceles USA

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006

Transcribo un post de Atlas Shrugs porque me ha parecido muy significativo:

Atlas Shrugs: Terror Training Camps/Recruitment In US Prisons

The recruiting for radical Islam has been going on in the prisons for years, years and is well documented. This is bigger than New York, bigger than the US, this is a global movement. This is very much a part of the larger Global War on Radical Islamofascism.

The Wall Street Journal (February 5, 2003) confirmed that Wahhabism is making serious inroads into the black population of American prisons. It quoted a New York-based Wahhabi imam, Warith Deen Umar (who until his retirement in 2000 helped run New York’s growing Islamic prison program by recruiting and training dozens of chaplains and ministering to thousands of inmates himself) as saying:

The 9/11 hijackers should be honored as martyrs. The U.S. risks further terrorism attacks because it oppresses Muslims around the world. Without justice, there will be warfare, and it can come to this country too.”

More here.
Here’s a website devoted to this very thing here.

Richard Reid (a.k.a. Abdel Raheem and Trig Rajah), became a radical Islamist while Padilla incarcerated in a UK prison. He attempted to ignite explosives in his shoes and thereby blow up an American Airlines plane in mid-flight during Christmastime in 2001 Jose Padilla, a former Chicago IL street gang member also became a radical Islamist while in prison. He was arrested in 2002 on suspicion of planning to explode a “dirty bomb.”

The Free Republic here:

In the French prisons there is a whole network of extremist Muslims, who use their time in prison to find new recruits. That was in a report by the French secret service (RG). The ones who convert to Islam are dangerously fanatic, so says the report. The French newspaper Le Figaro has reported on the disaster. It is the first official investigation of the spread of Islam in prisons. According to the secret service, there are around 175 radical inmates who preach their hatred and murder inside the prisons.

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Hamás, a por Jerusalén

Posted by Chess en 12/marzo/2006

Es la última que ha dicho este grupo terrorista. Ayer por la noche presentó su programa de gobierno al resto de grupos palestinos. En él, se incluye un estado palestino con Jerusalén como capital y esforzarse en poner en libertad a los prisioneros y cosas tales como las siguientes:

“acabar con la ocupación, proteger el derecho al retorno y la resistencia, y construir un Estado independiente soberano con Jerusalén como capital”

“poner en libertad a los prisioneros, enfrentarnos a las medidas de la ocupación sobre el terreno, especialmente la judaización de Jerusalén, la anexión de los valles, la expansión de los asentamientos y derribar el muro de separación apartheid en Cisjordania”.

“la resistencia en todas sus formas es el derecho legítimo de los palestinos para poner fin a la ocupación y recuperar los derechos nacionales palestinos”

Recordad que todas sus formas también son regalos a base de suicidas con bombas adosadas para quitar de en medio a cualquier inocente no musulmán. Cabe destacar, que aunque este comunicado es más light que lo que solemos leer en sus páginas webs, o en las noticias de sus atentados, Hamás, nunca esconde sus intenciones y siempre va de frente. Quien todavía cree en su buena fé, en hacerles gestos de concordia o es que son tontos de remate o nos están tomando a los demás por ello.

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5000 Euros por humor antisemita

Posted by Chess en 12/marzo/2006

Ha pasado en Francia. El humorista francés Dieudonné ha sido sancionado por decir que los judíos son iguales que los negreros o comerciantes de esclavos. Este piltrafilla, de madre francesa y padre camerunés, se va a presentar a las elecciones presidenciales próximas. Un esperpento, que afirma que el régimen de Chavez es una nueva esperanza para todos, que el enemigo es el capitalismo, neoconservadurismo, neocapitalismo y que ‘Bushito’ es el representante del eje del mal.

Sarkozy, nuestro Bushy o Bushito, recomienda el desmantelamiento del Estado, el reino absoluto del liberalismo, el comunitarismo, la revisión del Código del Trabajo, la marcha atrás en cuanto a protección social, la modificación de la ley de 1905 que garantiza la neutralidad religiosa del Estado: Bushito es en Francia el representante de intereses que no son los nuestros, es el hombre del “Eje del Bien”.

Esto, es lo que está incubando la bella Eurabia, gente que proclama su propia autodestrucción, y que empieza recibiendo sanciones de 5000 Euros. Viva el multiculturalismo.

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Razones legales

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006

Hace poco AMDG ponía un artículo en el blog titulado “Llegará el día en que los musulmanes creen su propio estado dentro del Estado“, que estaba basado en un artículo de opinión del Telegraph. Pues bien si ahora pinchais en este último link os sale:

This story has been removed for legal reasons

(Filed: 19/02/2006)

Es muy importante que se lea de nuevo la entrevista entera. La podemos encontrar en la web de la Iglesia Anglicana. Sé que podía haber corregido el post, pero el hecho es tan grave que merece un post independiente.

UPDATE/ACTUALIZACIÓN: También en: Freedom’s Zone, Hyscience. AMDG la ha posteado también en Desde el Exilio.

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Noticias desde Australia

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006

The Courier-Mail: Brothers change rape plea to guilty [10mar06]

TWO Brisbane brothers already convicted this year of a brutal rape yesterday pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to a second vicious attack on a teenager. Afsheen Kashef Hussien, 26, and Azhar Zuhayr Hussien, 21, had pleaded not guilty in January to raping the 19-year-old, but yesterday changed their plea after learning their two accomplices would testify against them at trial.
The Hussien brothers were each convicted on their own confessions of one count of deprivation of liberty and 10 counts of rape, arising from the attack on February 13, 2005. Afsheen was also convicted of one count of stealing.
Earlier this week, brothers Zaak Imitiaz Ali, 22, and Zane Iftiaz Ali, 23, were sentenced to 8½ years’ jail after pleading guilty to the same offences, and were declared serious violent offenders.
Their sentences were reduced during closed court proceedings – subsequently made public yesterday – by Judge Warren Howell, because the men identified the Hussien brothers to police and were expected to give evidence against them at a trial set down for May.
The court was told that about 9.45pm on February 13 last year, Zaak Ali picked up the 19-year-old sex worker from Fortitude Valley and drove her to a Mt Coot-tha car park. The other three men, who had been hidden in the back of the van, revealed themselves and she was threatened with a screwdriver. An attempt to escape was thwarted.
The woman, who has since felt compelled to leave Brisbane, had been ordered to undress and repeatedly orally, vaginally and anally raped for more than an hour. She was dumped at another car park where the men told her they were “finished” with her.
Six months earlier the Hussien brothers had carried out a similar attack, while armed with a knife, on a 22-year-old woman at another Mt Coot-tha car park. They were convicted by a jury of six counts of rape after a trial in January.
Crown prosecutor Michael Byrne yesterday submitted the Hussien brothers were the main protagonists in “calculated and predatory” attacks and should be sentenced to 17 years’ jail. A serious violent offence declaration – requiring them to serve 80 per cent of their sentence – would be automatic for a term of more than 10 years’ jail. The court heard the strong Crown case against the men included DNA evidence, their conviction for the earlier attack and the testimony of the Ali brothers. […]

Como ya venimos diciendo aquí desde hace unos meses, los ataques sexuales de musulmanes contra no-musulmanas son demasiado frecuentes.

Hace poco también escribía AMDG que los musulmanes moderados no estaban colaborando en las pesquisas sobre el 7/J. Parece que los musulmanes moderados australianos tampoco lo están haciendo con los disturbios de Cronulla.


No Middle Eastern aid in riot suspects hunt – National – smh.com.au

POLICE have received “little or no information” from the Middle Eastern community in finding men who carried out reprisal attacks after the Cronulla riots.

Their comment comes after half the 20 suspected rioters whose photos were splashed across the media yesterday were identified and at least three men were charged. Two fathers called detectives from Strike Force Enoggera, set up to investigate the Cronulla race riot and revenge attacks, to report their sons after seeing images on television and in newspapers.
At least five of the 20 suspected Caucasian rioters came forward voluntarily, said the head of Enoggera, Detective Superintendent Ken McKay. The rest of the 10 were identified by members of the public and would be pursued, he said.

Superintendent McKay said it was pleasing that detectives had received “numerous phone calls from people saying that is so-and-so” after seeing the photos, but that he had received “little or no information” about revenge attackers of Middle Eastern extraction seen in two grainy videos. The Police Minister, Carl Scully, yesterday accused “Middle Eastern Australians” of harbouring “grubs” who “should be in jail”.
But one leader, Keysar Trad, said the criticisms were unfair. “The community leaders don’t generally mix with the criminal element and we don’t recognise these people,” said Mr Trad, who heads the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia.
Police also renewed appeals for witnesses to the December 11 stabbing of a 23-year-old man at Woolooware Golf Club. He was repeatedly stabbed after an argument with a group of men of Middle Eastern appearance.

The Courier-Mail: Clerics urged to use English [09mar06]

ISLAMIC leaders should push Muslim clergy to preach in English, Australia’s Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has said. Mr Ruddock has told a London audience that Australia’s chief mufti, the Sydney-based cleric Sheik Taj el din al-Hilaly, who always uses a translator, actually spoke good English in private. “He does speak English, but he doesn’t feel confident . . . always speaking English to a broader audience,” Mr Ruddock said, adding that a language barrier was a problem with the community as a whole. Mr Ruddock, in London for high-level anti-terrorism talks, was told by British Islamic leaders that moves to make English the language of the mosque had come from within the British Muslim community. Moderate Muslims are fed up with fiery clerics railing in tongues that many inside the mosque and in the wider community do not understand.

CIVIL libertarians have said a proposal by the Federal Police chief to “de-program” terrorists is tantamount to torture, but Muslim groups say it may have merit.
Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty has said Indonesia is using a former Jemaah Islamiah leader, Malaysian-born Nasir bin Abbas, to help in the deprogramming of convicted terrorists. The cleric attempts to turn extremists to a more moderate faith and provides information on terrorist operations to Indonesian authorities.

The process is also understood to have been used in Singapore, the United Kingdom, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Mr Keelty said the idea, which he likened to drug rehabilitation, has been raised at a policy level in Australia during talks about anti-terrorist control orders.

HT: A Western Heart: An Australian news roundup. An Australian news roundup (son dos posts diferentes con el mismo título)

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USA: la última amenaza de Al-Qaeda y el asesinato de un secuestrado en Irak

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006

WorldNetDaily: Islamic websites carry al-Qaida’s ‘last warning’

Islamic websites yesterday posted a “last warning” warning by Rakan Ben Williams, who describes himself as an “al-Qaida undercover soldier” in the U.S., threatening two major operations designed to bring Americans “to your knees.”
According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, the Global Islamic Media Front was responsible for posting the threat.
Williams is a mystery man, who, according to the London Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, is an English convert to Islam.
The threat suggests the attack will be far greater in magnitude than Sept. 11, 2001, because following this one, “there will be no one to analyze and investigate, because the mind and the heart will be unable to comprehend it. … This will not be a single operation, but two; one bigger than the other, but we will begin with the big one and postpone the bigger one, in order to see [how] diligent the American people is [in preserving] its life. If it chooses life, [it must] carry out the demands of the Muslims, and if it chooses death, then we are its best perpetrators.
The warning appeared in Arabic and in English.

Ya hablamos hace unos meses de que habían secuestrado en Irak a varios trabajadores humanitarios. Pues bien, el americano ha aparecido muerto con evidentes signos de tortura: A Blog For All: US Hostage Tortured and Killed.

American hostage Tom Fox has been killed and his body, showing signs of torture, left at a garbage dump in Baghdad, police said on Saturday. One of the policemen who found the body said the 54-year-old peace activist, wearing a gray tracksuit, appeared to have beaten with electric cables before his death. He had a single gunshot wound to the head and his hands were tied behind him. Fox, who had been in Iraq to campaign against the U.S. occupation and to work for the release of Iraqis held by U.S. forces, was taken hostage with three colleagues in November by a group calling itself the “Swords of Truth”.

Parece que la tortura ha sido confirmada por el Ministro del Interior iraquí: There were cuts on his body and bruises on his head, indicating torture, he said.

Alexandra, de All Things Beautiful, apunta dos cosas fundamentales:

Christian Peacemaker co-directors Doug Pritchard and Carol Rose issued a statement:

[…]We morn the loss of Tom Fox who combined a lightness of spirit, a firm opposition to all oppression, and the recognition of God in everyone.[…] In response to Tom’s passing, we ask that everyone set aside inclinations to vilify or demonize others, no matter what they have done.

Eh? I don’t think we can be talking about the same God. Media Lies agrees:

I sympathize with Mr. Fox’s family. They must be in incredible pain right now. But the stupidity of pacifists amazes me. If you recognize God in the people who killed Mr. Fox, for no more reason than he’s an American, then I categorically reject the God you worship and I guarantee you that God is not the God of Christianity.


Gina Cobb writes a brilliant must read, scathing attack: “If we can’t condemn those who deliberately abduct, torture, and murder an innocent man, who can we condemn?
Del Washigton Post:

Fox had recognized that his peace activities entailed possible danger. He had
 left instructions as to what should be done if he was kidnapped. “Under no circumstances did he want any violent efforts to rescue him,” Maulden said.
A grainy, silent video aired on al-Jazeera in January showed Fox and the three other hostages, looking gaunt and exhausted. The channel’s news reader said the captors were giving U.S. and Iraqi authorities a “last chance” to release all prisoners in their custody. Otherwise, they said, the captives’ “fate will be death.”


También en All Things Beautiful, My Pet Jawa Report, Conservative Blog Therapy, Dr. Sanity, Ace of Spades.

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Turquía, la legislación europea y Chipre

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006

Agora :: Turkey urges European Union to “examine its legislation” :: March :: 2006

BT, March 11, 2006

Turkey urges European Union to examine its legislation
The Turkish Foreign Minister to be a broker between the Islamic and the European countries.
Turkey asks the European Union to examine its legislation in order to avoid conflicts between the Moslem and Western world similar to what was seen in connection with the Muhammed-crisis.
So a draft of Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül’s speech to be delivered at a convention of Foreign Ministers of the European Union at Salzburg today says.
The central points of the paper are expected to be delivered during a speech Saturday afternoon.
I would ask you to begin reviewing your legislation to secure equal treatment for all religions, including Islam,” the paper states.
Gül is at the same time willing to be a partner for dialogue between the two cultures since Turkey has good relations with both parties
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Comment: We all know what this means. Don the burkhas ladies, its time to do some Turkish folk dancing.
*censored*infidel*censored*ckers.
When we know that this is the strongest opposition yet voiced:

And I think what we have to do is really engage with them, clearly speaking up about our fundamentals but also see where is, so to say, the border of that, the limit of that. And I think the limit of our Freedom of Speech is there where, indeed, the freedom of “the other” starts and where we have to show a responsibility and a respect and also tolerance for each other. But I also see it as a two-way street.

I think we know it’s time to do the Dhimmi dance.

And that was from the Foreign Commissioner of the EU, Benita Ferrero Waldner yesterday.
The only non-dhimmi response to this I have been able to find is this from the Danish People’s Party (excerpt of longer article):
The Danish People’s Party finds Solana’s presentation paper “depressing”.
“We must counteract any and all intiatives meant to limit free debate. A UN-declaration can only be viewed as an attempt to stifle the debate but what we need is a diverse debate”, says Kristian Thulesen Dahl (DPP)
“We are facing countries who know nothing of Democracy and Freedom of Speech. They want to limit Freedom of Speech through resolutions in diffferent international forums,” Kristian Thulesen Dahl says.

La claridad de la Comisaria es maravillosa: “tendremos que hablar de nuestros principios fundamentales, pero también determinar dónde está el límite de eso. Y creo que el límite esrá donde, de verdad empieza el otro y donde tenemos que mostrar una responsabilidad y también tolerancia para los demás. Pero lo veo como una calle de dos direcciones”.

UPDATE/ACTUALIZACIÓN: Ver también:

  1. The Volokh Conspiracy: As I’ve said before, this is an argument for ;appeasement and surrender, surrender of one of the most basic of Western Enlightenment principles: that ideas, even deeply and dearly held ones, must be open to constant challenge and criticism (including criticism that will inevitably be overheated and at times even rude).
  2. Guardjola: To my view this would be the very worst time to reverse this policy because it would be sending out a clear signal that Europe will always bow to threats of violence and inevitably lay us open to further threats in the future.
  3. Simi Valley Sophist: There are good reasons why the native populous of Europe and other countries are struggling with the societal upheaval occasioned upon them by their Muslim imports. How each country responds is instructive to the values of the society. Reality is putting pressure on those values.

Y esto lo pide Turquía, país que ha sometido a la población cristiana de Chipre a esto (HT Someguy from Mystery Achievement):

Sandro Magister writes today of Cyprus: Portrait of a Christianity Obliterated ROMA, March 9 2006 –
 The island of Cyprus was the first destination of the “special mission” that the Holy Spirit entrusted to Paul and Barnabas, according to what is written in the Acts of the Apostles, in chapter 13. On the island they found a Roman governor, Sergius Paulus, “an intelligent man who wanted to hear the word of God and believed, deeply shaken by the teaching of the Lord.”
But if Paul and Barnabas were to return to Cyprus today, to the northern part of the island, they would find not the Romans as governors, but the Turks. And instead of a Christianity being born, they would find a dying Christianity, with the churches and monasteries in ruin, or else transformed into stables, hotels, and mosques.
[…] Europe ends here, in the most beautiful island of the Mediterranean, torn by a wall that splits it in two. Europe ends abruptly along a barrier of barbed wire, cement, and military turrets that splits Cyprus along its entire width and divides Nicosia, a capital wounded in its ancient heart.
For the UN, which guards over it with its blue helmets, it is the “green line.” But here the people continue to call it the “Attila line,” from the name that the Turks gave to the invasion.
The scourge has left its marks. It has struck Cyprus, the site of the most ancient Christian community on European soil, in its artistic, cultural, and religious treasury: stupendous Byzantine and Romanesque churches, imposing monasteries, mosaics and frescoes of inestimable value. It is a heritage that in the northern part of the island, under Turkish occupation, has been sacked, violated, and destroyed.
To realize this it is enough to cross the “Attila line” at the checkpoint of Nicosia, and there you are in the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which greets the visitor with a large banner on which is written a topsy-turvy welcome: “How happy I am to be a Turk!” (a famous phrase of Kemal Ataturk). The nationalist pride of the descendents of the Ottoman empire has also modified the natural countryside, carving the crescent moon and the red star on the side of the Pentadattilos mountains, which dominate the wide plains.
The Turkish flag billows on the façade of the church of Agia Paraskevi, in the once Greek Orthodox village of Angastina. A sign says that work is underway to transform it into a mosque. The bell tower, which no longer bears a cross, is a strange minaret with the loudspeaker of the muezzin fixed upon an archway.
Christodoulos, the young archeologist accompanying me, is visibly shaken: “I was baptized here,” he says in a voice hoarse with emotion. He is one of the 200,000 Greek Cypriot refugees who, thirty years ago, lived in the north of the island and were chased out of their homes. Christodoulos kneels on the spot where he was once baptized and lights a candle. The Turkish construction workers, squatting in front of the apse for their lunch break, look at him curiously: “Every time I come back to this area, it’s always worse,” he sighs.
We stop at Trachoni, where a jewel of the Renaissance once stood, the church of the Panagia, Our Lady. Now only the walls are left; the interior bears the signs of vandalism that has not spared even the stone altar, the pieces of which have ended up in a hole dug recently to search for who knows what treasure.
Ours is a sad pilgrimage that at every stop adds to one’s outrage and disbelief, a via dolorosa that retraces the places of Christian memory at risk of disappearing. At the village of Peristerona, on the road to Famagosta, the medieval monastery of Saint Anastasia (see photo) is being used as a stable, with the cows chewing their cud amid what remains of the ancient cells. The tombs of the cemetery have been profaned, and the gravestones broken.
[…] Huseyn Ozel, a government spokesman for the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, displays great cordiality with the foreign journalist. The destroyed and sacked churches? “There was a war, and bad things happened on both sides,” he explains. I point out to him that most of the mosques in Greek Cypriot territory have been restored, while his government has authorized the transformation of churches into restaurants and hotels, an insult to the sentiment of believers. “They did this to keep the buildings from falling into ruin, and anyway, these are decisions made by the preceding government, which I do not share,” Ozel counters. I insist: what do you have to say about the churches that, still today, are being turned into mosques? The Turkish Cypriot functionary spreads his arms wide: “It is an Ottoman custom…” 

Como bien dice Someguy: The observance of “old Ottoman customs” like those is more than reason enough for the E.U. to bar Turkey from membership in the club.

Y tengo otra pregunta: ¿por qué tanto insistir en la valla de Israel y esta es la primera vez que oigo hablar de esta valla? No puedo imaginarme la razón. Y encima la ONU con pitorreo: es la “línea verde”.

Por cierto, a pesar de este tipo de actividades tan poco respetuosas para la religión de muchos millones de cristianos, ¿alguien ha visto que se quemen banderas de Turquía, se intente matar a sus embajadores, o se atente contra sus ciudadanos? No. ¿Alguien condonaría esa violencia? En general, las sociedades libres irrespetuosas no condonarían esos actos ni siquiera porque todos estuviéramos “desesperados”. He ahí la diferencia.

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Irán está a sólo meses de tener la tecnología necesaria para fabricar una bomba nuclear

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006

A Daily Briefing on Iran: Iran is Only Months from Bomb Technology, says Britain

Simon Tisdall and Ian Traynor, The Guardian:
The west’s confrontation with Iran over its nuclear activities intensified yesterday after Britain claimed that Tehran could acquire the technological capability to build a bomb by the end of the year.
A day after the International Atomic Energy Agency referred the dispute to the United Nations security council, British officials also indicated that London would back Washington’s efforts to impose a UN deadline of about 30 days for Iran’s compliance with international demands.
The five permanent members of the security council began consultations on an expected statement on Iran on Wednesday after Russian-led attempts to broker a compromise at the IAEA in Vienna failed. A deadline could be set as early as next week and would cover a period “of weeks, not months”, officials said.
A senior Foreign Office official said that while it could take Iran several years to build a serviceable nuclear weapon, it might gain the technical knowhow within months. “By the end of the year is a … realistic period,” said the official. “It would be really damaging to regional security if Iran even acquired the technology to enable it to develop a nuclear weapon.”
Until now, European diplomats have referred to a period of five to 10 years during which Iran might potentially build a bomb, while conceding that hard evidence is lacking. By publicly focusing on the level of Iran’s technical capabilities, Britain may have shortened the timeframe for a peaceful resolution of the crisis. Iran denies it is seeking nuclear weapons. The IAEA concluded this week that its assurances were insufficient.
Iran has 85 tonnes of uranium gas stockpiled for enrichment at its Isfahan facility, held under UN seals. American officials say this is enough for 10 bombs. Iran says it plans to install 3,000 centrifuges for enriching the gas at its Natanz underground complex by the end of the year. Western diplomats said any signs that Iran was moving the gas from Isfahan to Natanz would set alarms ringing.

Posted in Crisis nuclear, Irán | Comentarios desactivados en Irán está a sólo meses de tener la tecnología necesaria para fabricar una bomba nuclear

Jóvenes musulmanes suecos como embajadores

Posted by sugiero en 12/marzo/2006

El gobierno sueco mandará la próxima semana tres jóvenes musulmanes a Egipto y a Jordania. La misión del trío será convencer a los habitantes de estas naciones que Suecia no es un país enemigo del Islam, tal y como las caricaturas de Mahoma les han hecho creer.

La ministra del Exterior Laila Freivalds, comenta al periódico sueco Svenska Dagbladet que

informarán sobre cómo es vivir en Suecia a estudiantes y a políticos, para así poder intercambiar opiniones y experiencias. Es importante llevar la discusión a un nivel donde las dos partes se entiendan.

“Los embajadores”, que son todos de la localidad de Skåne, estarán nueve días mediando con musulmanes en Egipto y Jordania. Los elegidos son el imam, informático y experto en Islam Othman al-Tawalbeh, Hanin Shakrah y la reportera Nadia Jebril (en la foto).

Una de los jóvenes

 

 

 

 

Dado que Suecia es de los pocos países que hayan censurado y cerrado páginas webs debido a los dibujos de Mahoma, cabe esperar que esto no sea una maniobra para “lavarse las manos”. Es decir, no deben culpar a los caricaturistas de los dibujos de Mahoma ni al gobierno danés por lo ocurrido, sino defender a Dinamarca y a la libertad de expresión.

El mensaje principal debe ser “entenderse” y no “entregarse”.

En todo caso, servirá para palpar la situación.

 

Posted in Egipto, Medios de comunicación, Multiculturalismo, Suecia | 3 Comments »

Hamas, seguro del apoyo saudí

Posted by Spanish Eowyn en 12/marzo/2006

BBC:

A VISITING Hamas delegation said yesterday that it had been assured of Saudi Arabia’s continued political and financial support despite US-led moves to isolate the militant group following its upset victory in Palestinian elections. Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told the movement’s overall leader Khaled Meshaal in talks late on Friday that Riyadh “stands by its commitment to support the Palestinian people politically and financially,” Hamas delegate Ezzat al-Reshq said.
There was no immediate comment from the Saudi government, but the Hamas delegation’s statements meshed with Faisal’s own announcement on February 22 that the desert kingdom would not cut funding to a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.
Mr Reshq hailed the Saudi authorities for resisting US-led pressure to isolate the movement after its January election upset and to cut funding for a new Hamas-led government.
But he would not be drawn on whether the Saudi side had urged Hamas, which does not recognise Israel, to accept a Saudi-authored Arab peace plan based on a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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HT: But that’s just my opinion.

Posted in Arabia Saudí, Israel-Palestina | 2 Comments »