7/31/13 Editor jailed for seven years and sentenced to 600 LASHES after starting ‘Free Saudi Liberals’ website

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

  • Raif Badawi was accused of cyber crime and disobeying his father
  • He set up the website Free Saudi Liberals to disclose role of religion
  • Judge also ordered that the site should be closed down

The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought, Saudi media reported on Tuesday.

Raif Badawi, who started the ‘Free Saudi Liberals’ website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, has been held since June 2012 on charges of cyber crime and disobeying his father – a crime in the conservative kingdom and top U.S. ally.
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7/26/13 Egypt Post Morsi: Why There Is No Reason to Hope for a Real Democratic Transition

Source: HUffington Post

In the deluge of interpretations that have surrounded the ousting of President Morsi, some are semantic: “Is it a coup?” Others are irrelevant: “Does it show, yet again, that Islam is not compatible with democracy?” The most significant for the political future of Egypt assert that the end of the regime portends the end of Islamism, and that the military has returned to power. But a closer look at the political and social evolution of both Islamism and the army before and after the revolution actually shows that neither statement holds on solid ground.

This is not the end of Islamism. The defeat of this multifaceted movement has been prophesized for at least the last two decades — Olivier Roy, for example, wrote The Failure of Political Islam in 1999. To assume its end in the current Egyptian context is to limit Islamism to the Freedom and Justice party (FJP), which was not even created until after the 2011 revolution. Islamism is first and foremost a social movement. In the last four decades, Egyptian society has been the major field of action of the Muslim Brothers as they built networks, associations, and social programs. In this regard, its perspective has always been larger and more inclusive than factional politics. And it is probably why, when the party was created, a lot of the younger people within the movement were adamant to not put all their resources into the party. As they rightly assumed, a social movement often looses its holistic approach once it enters electoral competition. That is exactly what happened with the FJP. Additionally, most of the senior leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) lack the skills for governance because running a social movement is very different from professional politics.

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7/23/13 Al Jazeera coming to America: Controversial network ready to hit U.S. TV markets

Source: The Washington Times

Al Jazeera, the Arab news network that has provided a venue for Osama bin Laden videos, the Muslim Brotherhood and a birthday bash for a convicted murderer, is coming to America.

Al Jazeera Media Network, led and financed by the Al Thani dynasty that has ruled the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar for nearly two centuries, plans to launch the Al Jazeera America (AJA) cable channel Aug. 20 from an anchor desk in New York City.

While the media company claims that the U.S. is falling in love with its brand of news, nearly two dozen of its reporters in Egypt quit in protest this month, saying Al Jazeera’s leadership directed them to produce pro-Muslim Brotherhood stories.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/23/coming-soon-al-jazeera-america-hit-us-tv-markets/#ixzz2a0r2OxNK

7/10/13 Boston Bombing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Source: Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — His arm in a cast and his face swollen, a blase-looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing in a seven-minute proceeding that marked his first public appearance since his capture in mid-April.

As victims of the bombing looked on, Tsarnaev, 19, gave a lopsided smile to his sisters upon arriving in the courtroom. He appeared to have a jaw injury and there was swelling around his left eye and cheek.

Then, after he leaned over toward a microphone and said, “Not guilty” over and over in a Russian accent, he was led out of the courtroom, making a kissing motion with his lips toward his family as he left. His sister sobbed loudly, resting her head on a woman seated next to her.

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7/2/13 Jihad in America: The Grand Deception

Source: American Thinker

Steve Emerson and The Investigative Project on Terrorism’s documentary Jihad in America:  The Grand Deception is a powerful film that should be shown across America -in high schools, on college campuses, in our houses of worship, and most importantly, throughout the state and federal governments. It turns the concept of political correctness that has dominated our learning institutions, government bureaucracies, and media and entertainment organizations on its head as the viewer is left in wonderment at the self-induced and resulting indoctrination that has overwhelmed American culture.

Emerson’s documentary exposes the stealth war that the Muslim Brotherhood has been conducting behind the scenes in America as its influence has infected academia, Hollywood, journalism, law enforcement, and the highest echelons of government. Throughout the film, undercover video and audio clips are interspersed between interviews with law enforcement officials and MB experts to describe the evolution of an organization that was founded in Egypt in 1928 in order to bring Muslims back to their Islamic values and create an Islamic caliphate across the world. From founder Hassan al-Banna: “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its laws on all nations and extend its power to the entire planet.”
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7/29/13 Nigeria’s Christians Plead for Help Against Islamist Onslaught

Source: Investigative Project on Terrorism

by Andrew E. Harrod
Special to IPT News
July 29, 2013

“We are in the vineyard of Allah,”Abubaker Schekau, the leader of the Nigerian Islamist terrorist organizationJama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (“People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”) has stated. Nigerian PastorAyo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) representing a claimed 80 million Nigerian Christians, quoted Schekau during the second of two successive briefings last Thursday at the Rayburn House Office Building and theNational Press Club. The chilling accounts of today’s Nigeria facing Islamist terror by Oritsejafor and his associates gave rise to a cry for American help.

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7/26/13 Egypt accuses ousted president of murder, conspiracy

Source: Fox News

CAIRO –  Prosecutors opened an investigation of ousted President Mohammed Morsi on charges including murder and conspiracy with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, fueling tensions amid a showdown in the streets, as tens of thousands of backers of the military and supporters of Morsi held rival mass rallies Friday across Egypt.

The announcement, which is likely to pave the way to a formal indictment, was the first word on Morsi’s legal status since the military deposed him on July 3. For more than three weeks, the Islamist leader has been held by the military in a secret location, incommunicado.

The accusations are connected to a prison break during the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak in which gunmen attacked a prison northwest of Cairo, freeing prisoners including Morsi and around 30 other figures from his Muslim Brotherhood. The prosecutors allege Morsi and the Brotherhood worked with Hamas to carry out the break, in which 14 guards were killed.

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7/24/13 AIFD Congratulates Robert P. George on his election as USCIRF Chair


AIFD congratulates Robert P. George on his election as USCIRF Chair

AIFD founder Zuhdi Jasser elected Vice Chair

 PHOENIX (July 24, 2013) – The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) commends the election of Professor Robert George as the Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the election of AIFD founder and president Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser and Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett as the Vice Chairs.

Professor George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. He was appointed to USCIRF in 2012 by Speaker of the House John Boehner and is serving his first term as a Commissioner.

“I am so pleased to be able to serve in support of Chairman George,” said Dr. Jasser.  “Professor George is a tireless defender of religious liberty and its importance not only to the principles of human rights, but also its centrality to national security. It will continue to be an honor and a privilege to work closely with Professor George. I look forward to a very productive year under his stewardship.”

Dr. Jasser was appointed to USCIRF by Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell in 2012.  He is the founder and president of AIFD which advocates for the preservation of the founding principles of the U.S. Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. He is also a founding member of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition which represents a diverse group of reform minded American Muslim leaders. The son of Syrian immigrants, Dr. Jasser is a former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy where he served 11 years. Dr. Jasser is a nationally recognized expert who is widely published and has spoken at hundreds of national and international events and given testimony to Congress on the value of the centrality of religious liberty in the contest of ideas within Islam. Dr. Jasser is the author of A Battle for the Soul of Islam and a physician currently in private practice in Phoenix Arizona specializing in internal medicine and nuclear cardiology.

“USCIRF serves an important role in protecting religious freedom in all of the countries which our commission laid out in our 2013 report,” said Jasser. “I specifically look forward to continuing to bring my experiences with the challenges facing so many countries around the world navigating the conflicts between political Islam (Islamism) and liberty.”

Dr. Lantos Swett is the outgoing chair of USCIRF and an appointee of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. She is president of the Lantos Foundation where she works to carry on the human rights legacy of her father, the late Representative Tom Lantos. She teaches human rights and American foreign policy at Tufts University.

“I commend Dr Swett on her remarkable and exemplary leadership of our commission over the past year,” said Jasser.  “I look forward to continuing to work closely with her in the coming year as a fellow vice chair.”

The USCIRF election took place at the commission’s monthly meeting on July 23, 2013. To interview a USCIRF Commissioner, please contact USCIRF at (202) 523-3258 or media@uscirf.gov. USCIRF’s media release can be found here.

Dr. Jasser is available for interviews by contact Gregg Edgar at 602-690-7977 or gedgar@gcjpr.com.

About the American Islamic Forum for Democracy

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. AIFD’s mission advocates for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. For more information on AIFD, please visit our website at http://www.aifdemocracy.org/.

MEDIA CONTACTS:         Gregg Edgar

Gordon C. James Public Relations



7/9/13 Egypt showered with Gulf billions in show of support for army

(Reuters) – Gulf states showered Cairo with $8 billion in aid on Tuesday, showing their support for the Egyptian army’s move to push the Muslim Brotherhood from power, a day after troops killed dozens of the movement’s supporters.

Military-backed interim head of state Adli Mansour named a liberal economist as acting prime minister and announced a faster-than-expected timetable for elections in six months.

Mansour’s army backers are under pressure to plot a path back to democracy less than a week after they overthrew Egypt’s first freely elected president, the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi.

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7/23/13 Uproar over ‘Rolling Stone’ cover photo missed real story

By M. Zuhdi Jasser

My Turn

Arizona Republic

Tue Jul 23, 2013

Rolling Stone’s August cover story on Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, elicited a surprising public furor largely focused on the “rock star” treatment of Tsarnaev in its cover photo.

Did 19-year-old Tsarnaev look “too cool or too glamorous” for someone suspected of committing a terror attack?

Did the accompanying story balance that by revealing the real workings of his radical mind?

The coverage fixated on the glamour shot instead of the substance lacking in the story itself, but our nation needs to have a deeper conversation about how Muslims “next door” become our enemies.

In more than 10,000 words of intrigue and victimization, Janet Reitman wove a narrative that Tsarnaev was a victim of a mentally ill older brother and, worse yet, that America may have failed these poster boys of Islamist radicalism. She gave little to no credence to the intoxicating role of global Islamist ideology — political Islam — upon his radicalization.

Rolling Stone readers gained little understanding of how this normal-looking kid became a suspect in a cold-blooded terror attack that killed three people and injured at least 260 in the streets of Boston. For aspiring copycat Islamists, Reitman’s soft narrative may engender sympathy to global Islamism or “jihadi cool.”

The uproar over the photo missed the real story: Tsarnaev’s normal, unsuspecting looks define the face of terror for many Islamists who threaten our freedom. Maj. Nidal Hasan and Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, to name a couple, appeared to be everyday Americans. But when we peel back the skin-deep facade and get to the ideological primer that inspired these men, we find the root of Islamist extremism.

The common pathway for most Islamist radicals such as the brothers Tsarnaev is their enlistment into a violent form of Islamo-patriotism or jihad against America. That treason is not posted on their foreheads.

It’s easier when our enemy fits the stereotype of the prototypical jihadist: unkempt, bearded, shouting “Allahu Akbar” and locked up in an orange jumpsuit ready for death row. It’s anesthetizing to believe we can always pick them out of a lineup. The intoxicant of radical Islamism can infect any good-looking teen or young adult.

Most Islamists on their way toward militant radicalization look more like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev than Osama bin Laden.

Rolling Stone lost an opportunity to teach us that while not every Muslim is an Islamist, every Islamist could be headed down the common global path of anti-American radicalization as a threat to our national security.

The cover photo was sadly accurate. Once we accept that there is no way to effectively profile their outward appearances, we’ll be forced to begin to figure out how to counter the Islamist narratives that infect our enemies.

All Americans, and especially Muslims, need to face the fact that any Muslim who believes in the political supremacy of loyalty to political Islam is susceptible to radicalization at home, in our families and communities, on the Web and abroad. To ignore that threat is to leave our nation in peril.

M. Zuhdi Jasser is author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam” and president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy.