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Com 100 killed in Syria tank assault during the last 24 hours 'Baloch madrasa students cultivating poppy in Afghanistan' Saudi Women Must Ask Salesmen in Lingerie Store for Intimate Wear Libya Denies Report Gaddafi's Son Khamis Killed by NATO Kenya drought: Starvation claims 14 lives in Turkana Syria violence: 'At least 2,000 killed', says US China vows to show no mercy in restive Xinjiang Bali bomb suspect to be repatriated from Pakistan soon UNSC meet, chaired by India, condemns Syria crackdown Norway attacker got help to purchase equipment: Lawyer Hunt for the fifth column could be the beginning of the end for Libyas rebels Gaddafi seeks Islamist allies, rebels nab fuel tanker CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Iowa Mosque Vandalism Muslim Countries Financing Jihad in Spain Visiting Jamaat chief blames US for Pakistans woes China to boost anti-terrorism forces after attacks Israel to limit Al-Aqsa access Friday Fearing attack, Pak moves away warships from Karachi Two Bahraini female prisoners on hunger strike: Amnesty Egypt press gasps at images of fallen Pharaoh Chris Christie slams fear mongering over Shariah law Islamist parties in Bangladesh accuse teacher of blasphemy Italian Hijab fashion online soon! How Islamic punk went from fiction to reality Indonesia expects Bali bomb suspect home soon Turkey appoints military heads aftershock resignations BBC journalist Shaimaa Khalil released in Cairo Amnesty International 2011 Report on Yemen

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--------100 killed in Syria tank assault during the last 24 hours New York Times Aug 05 2011 Beirut : The Syrian military forces that rolled into the city of Hama and occupi ed its central square have killed more than 100 people over the past 24 hours, a ccording to rights activists in satellite communication with people in the city. The militarys assault on the city, a linchpin of the five-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assads government, represents one of the fiercest efforts yet to crush the uprising and a signal of Assads defiance in the face of internation al condemnation. With foreign journalists barred from the country, activists have been the main s ource of information on the crackdowns and casualties.

Landlines, cellphones, Internet, electricity and water remained cut for the seco nd consecutive day. Satellite connections offered perhaps the only route to get information. Activists said they feared the near total media blackout would allo w the military to pursue an unrestrained assault. Their fear was deepened by the painful legacy of Hama, where Assads father Hafez crushed an uprising in 1982 ou t of sight of the world, leaving 10,000 people dead and parts of the city levele d. Other activists spoke of a critical shortage in basic food staples and medical e quipment. Hama has been surrounded since Sunday, and cars trying to carry food i nto the city have been attacked, according to reports. Saleh al-Hamawi, an activist with the Local Coordination Committee which helps o rganise and document protests, said via satellite phone that forces started shel ling the city in the early hours of Thursday and that it has been sporadic since then. We are facing a food and medical crisis, said Hamawi. People are borrowing food fro m neighbours. A Thursday morning post on the official Syrian Revolution Facebook page said hea vy gunfire could be heard across the city and armed men loyal to the government had occupied private hospitals and snipers took positions on their rooftops. It also said that hospitals were suffering from shortages of basic supplies includi ng fuel for generators. Activists also said that at least 1,000 families had fled Hama since Sunday. In a further sign of Assads deepening isolation abroad, the president of Russia a close Syria ally criticised him in unusually blunt terms. The criticism by Dmit ri A Medvedev, in an interview with Russia radio and television from the resort of Sochi, came a day after Russia joined with other members of the UNSC in rebuk ing Assad. He needs to urgently carry out reforms, reconcile with the opposition, restore pe ace and set up a modern state, Medvedev said. If he fails to do this, he will face a sad fate. NADA BAKRI --------Baloch madrassa students cultivating poppy in Afghanistan

Aug 05 2011 Kabul : Hundreds of madrassa students from Chaman and the adjoining tribal regio ns of Balochistan are reportedly being engaged by Afghan farmers for poppy culti vation in the two major heroin-producing provinces of Helmand and Kandahar for t he past three months. Local sources said these Pakistani madrassa students make a beeline for Taliban strongholds to make some money during their summer holidays, which start from th e first week of June. It is a source of easy money for madrassa students, a local social worker of Ziara t who is well acquainted with many in the poppy harvesting workforce, said, addi ng: Each student makes around15 to 20 dollars a day. They are being paid in the local Afghani currency which has gained strength against the Pakistani rupee in

recent months. Most students returned home with 1,500 to 2,000 dollars after the harvesting seas on last year, The Express Tribune quoted him, as saying. Reports suggest that Afghanistan was the largest illicit opium producer of the w orld as of March 2010, ahead of Burma, and Pakistan has a clinical role to play in this statistic. In 2007, Afghanistan produced an extraordinary 8,200 tonnes of opium (34 percent more than in 2006), becoming the exclusive supplier of the worlds deadliest drug (93 percent of the global opiates market), United Nations Office on Drugs and C rime (UNODC) revealed in the 2007 Afghanistan Opium Survey. --------Saudi Women Must Ask Salesmen in Lingerie Store for Intimate Wear 5 August 2011 (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - According to workers in the country, the new regulati ons will create staff problems and would leave to a loss of customers. However, women in the country have told that it is important to m eet the needs of women. We dont like to go in and have men tell us what kind of intimate wear we should b e getting. It is demeaning and this new regulations will make our shopping exper ience much better, said Sarah, a 29-year-old married woman who was recently in th e United Arab Emirates on a shopping vacation with her husband. The Saudi ministry of labor on July 11 threatened that lingerie shops that have not replaced all their male staff within 6 months could be shut down. We read about the order in newspapers but we did not receive any instructions (fr om management) This plan can work but not at the speed they are expecting. The wo men have to be trained from scratch, said Tarek, a store manager at a lingerie sh op in Jeddah, in comments published by Reuters news agency. Large department stores will be excluded from the decision based on the separati on of males and females in the concerned departments. Saudi female workers will have to register with the labor office and their employers will have to register their pay role of each month. Male workers currently are employed at lingerie and underwear shops in the conse rvative Persian Gulf kingdom. The move specifies workers age to be a minimum of 20-years-old and maximum 35-yea rs-old. The ministry also added new regulations concerning female workers at factories. The regulations specifies that a woman cannot begin work before 6 am and to not stay after 5pm. Saudi women face many obstructions in their daily lives including most notably t he fact that they are not allowed to drive by law, are only allowed to start a s mall number of businesses, besides the dress restriction that prohibits women fr

om publicly appearing without the head scarf (Hijab). Saudi udis ocial their women rights activists have fought in the past to change these laws but Sa patriarchal society gives little weight to their voices, yet it seems that s networking websites have given Saudi women a much needed space to express views that usually clashes with the conservative nature of Saudi society.

Saudi activists launched a campaign titled I will drive myself on the social netwo rking website Facebook on June 17. The campaign brought about a debate within so ciety. The campaign was fueled by the arrest of a Saudi woman, Manal al-Sharif, who was detained for driving her car in the Saudi city of al-Khabar. Al-Sharif w as detained for 9 days and charged with inciting women to drive after she posted a video online encouraging women to take the wheel. 7,000 women had joined the online call and a larger number of men joined in opposing the campaign to stop w omen from driving. Women who tried to follow on the lead of al-Sharif were also arrested. --------Libya Denies Report Gaddafi s Son Khamis Killed by NATO 5 August 2011 TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - The government of Muammar Gaddafi denied a r ebel report on Friday that a NATO air strike had killed the Libyan leader s powe rful son Khamis, commander of one of the government s most loyal and best-equipp ed units. Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the report of Khamis Gaddafi s death wa s a ploy to cover up the killing of a civilian family in Zlitan, a battlefront c ity where Gaddafi forces are trying to halt the rebel advance on Tripoli. "It s false news. This is a dirty trick to cover up their crime in Zlitan and th e killing of the al-Marabit family. They invented the news about Mr Khamis Gadda fi in Zlitan to cover up their killing," he told Reuters. A rebel spokesman said the air strike had killed 32 Gaddafi loyalists in Zlitan, where Khamis Gaddafi s elite 32nd Brigade is believed to have been leading the stand to defend the approaches to Tripoli, 160 km (100 miles) away. "We have information that in Zlitan, a leadership building was attacked by NATO and 32 Gaddafi men were killed, among them his son, Khamis," the rebel spokesman said. NATO was not able to confirm the report of Khamis Gaddafi s death. NATO said on Thursday that it had struck at a command-and-control target in the Zlitan area. "We cannot confirm anything right now, because we don t have people on the groun d," an alliance official said. "But we are trying to find out what we can." If confirmed, the death of Khamis would be a severe blow to his father s campaig n to resist a six-month-old uprising and remain in power. His brigade of around 10,000 men is described by analysts as Libya s most effect ive unit and a central part of the security apparatus. In embassy cables release d last year by WikiLeaks, a U.S. diplomat wrote: "the Khamis Brigade is consider ed the best equipped and most capable of defending the regime."

It was not the first time Khamis has been reported killed in the conflict: Arab media reported in March that he had died in a kamikaze crash by a disaffected Li byan air force pilot. Libyan state television showed footage at the time of a ma n resembling Khamis, which it said disproved reports of his death. Khamis would be the second of Gaddafi s sons reported killed since the uprising against his 41-year rule began in February. The government said earlier this yea r that a NATO strike in Tripoli had killed Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, who unlike Kham is did not have a high public profile or a major leadership role. STRIKES HIT ZLITAN On Thursday, on the western side of Zlitan, pro-Gaddafi officials showed journal ists the bodies of two children they said had been killed in a NATO air strike e arlier in the day. It was impossible for journalists to confirm that account. An official at NATO operational HQ in Naples said on Thursday: "We did hit a mil itary target at around 6:30 this morning and it was a command-and-control site". "We always take seriously allegations of civilian casualties and are looking int o it, but we have no evidence at this stage that this was caused by an air strik e." Britain said it carried out air strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday against buildin gs, staging posts and a tank being used by Gaddafi forces near Zlitan. Gaddafi has so far remained in control of the capital despite severe fuel shorta ges and rebel advances backed since March by Western air strikes. The rebels face their own problems, from stalling battlefield momentum to intern al splits, exposed starkly last week when military chief Abdel Fattah Younes was assassinated in circumstances that have yet to be fully explained. Rebels who cleared Gaddafi s forces from Libya s third-largest city Misrata afte r weeks of intense fighting have been trying to push westwards and take Zlitan, which would open the coastal road toward his Tripoli stronghold. Near the capital, they also control the Western Mountains southwest of Tripoli. A rebel official there, Colonel Juma Ibrahim, told Reuters they had set an ultim atum to the surrounded town of Tiji to surrender or face attack on Saturday. Rebels were using loud-hailers to appeal to a tribal chief close to Gaddafi to e vacuate civilians from Tiji and broker the withdrawal of pro-Gaddafi forces. "If he does not comply, we will attack," said Ibrahim. ml?gwh=58EE6616763C54C889339D871703D6E1&ref=world&pagewanted=print --------Kenya drought: Starvation claims 14 lives in Turkana 5 August 2011 At least 14 people have died in Kenya s north-eastern Turkana region - the first hunger-related Kenyan deaths in the current regional drought. The MP for Turkana, John Munyes, said the deaths were in three remote villages a

fter the government failed to transport food to drought victims. The UN says more than four million Kenyans are threatened by starvation in the r egion s worst drought in 60 years. Other countries affected are Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti. The BBC s Odhiambo Joseph in Turkana says he visited a village where hundreds of people - most of them old and weak - were queuing for food. The 14 people who died were Kenyan adults, but children are also severely malnou rished, our reporter says. Full report at: --------Syria violence: At least 2,000 killed , says US 5 August 2011 The Syrian government is responsible for more than 2,000 deaths in its crackdown against protests, says US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She spoke as an army assault against protest hub Hama was reported to have kille d dozens of people in recent days. Residents of the city say snipers and tanks are firing on civilians and food and medicine are running low. Activists have dismissed a government decree to allow opposition parties after d ecades of Baath party rule. Multi-party rule was a key demand of protesters who have been taking to the stre ets in large numbers across Syria since mid-March to call for the overthrow of P resident Bashar al-Assad. Mrs Clinton repeated an earlier statement that the United States believed Mr Ass ad had lost legitimacy in Syria. "We ve seen the Assad regime continue and intensify its assault against its own people this week," she said on Thursday. "We think to date the government is responsible for the deaths of more than 2,00 0 people of all ages." Full report at: --------China vows to show no mercy in restive Xinjiang Aug 05 2011 Beijing : China is ordering a new security clampdown in the restive western regi on of Xinjiang following recent deadly attacks blamed on fundamentalist Muslim m

ilitants. Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu is vowing to show no mercy to those who co mmit acts of terrorism or who seek to overthrow Chinese rule over Xinjiang. He t old officials at an anti-terrorism conference on Thursday to mobilize all availa ble resources and manpower to create a high-pressure environment under which to battle and contain terrorism. The conference follows a trio of recent attacks blamed on militants among the re gion s native Turkic Muslim Uighur population. At least three dozen people were killed, including the alleged attackers, despite a massive security presence. g/827556/ --------Bali bomb suspect to be repatriated from Pakistan soon 5 August 2011 JAKARTA: An alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 2 00 people will be repatriated soon to Indonesia from Pakistan where he was arres ted this year, the foreign minister said Friday. The most wanted Islamic extremist in Southeast Asia, Umar Patek, was arrested in March in Abbottabad in Pakistan, the same town where US special forces killed a l Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden just weeks later. Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the alleged coordinator of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people would be extradited to Indonesia soon r ather than later. He told journalists the government wanted to ensure the process proceeds smoothly and did not give the alleged terrorist a stage to rally his supporters. We do not want to create self-fulfilling, self-creating attention to a person who doesnt deserve publicity, Natalegawa said. Authorities are continuing to investigate Patek to ensure that he is held account able for the crime, which he allegedly committed before Indonesia had a specific anti-terrorism law on its books. Born in 1970, Patek is a suspected member of the al Qaeda-linked Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). In addition to the Bali bombings, he is also suspected of involvement in a serie s of deadly attacks targeting Christians and Westerners in Indonesia dating back to 1999. -%E2%80%98soon%E2%80%99.html --------UNSC meet, chaired by India, condemns Syria crackdown 5 August 2011 A key meeting of the UN Security Council, chaired by India for the first time in

19 years, condemned Syrias military crackdown to crush the pro-democracy movemen t, resulting in a large number of deaths. A presidential statement, read out by Indias UN envoy Hardeep Singh Puri, called for an immediate to all violence and urged all sides to act with utmost restrain t and to refrain from reprisals. The Security Council expresses its grave concern at the deteriorating situation i n Syria, and expresses profound regret at the death of many hundreds of people, i t said, adding the council condemns the widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities. The statement called on the Syrian authorities to fully respect human rights and comply with their obligations under applicable international law, stressing: Tho se responsible for the violence should be held accountable. Taking note of the commitments made by the Syrian authorities, the council regre tted the lack of progress and called upon the Syrian Government to implement its commitments. While reaffirming its strong commitment to Syrias sovereignty, independence and t erritorial integrity, the statement called for resolution of the crisis through an inclusive, Syrian-led political process. It asked the authorities to address the legitimate aspirations and concerns of t he population, allowing the full exercise of fundamental freedoms, including tha t of expression and peaceful assembly. The council also called for unhindered access for international humanitarian age ncies and workers to alleviate the humanitarian situation in crisis areas. It al so sought Syrias full cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Hu man Rights. ckdown.html --------Norway attacker got help to purchase equipment: Lawyer 5 August 2011 Anders Behring Breivik said he received help abroad to purchase the equipment ne eded to carry out his deadly July 22 attacks, but will not say more until his po litical demands are met, his lawyer was quoted as saying on Thursday. He obtained abroad almost all the materiel he used to carry out the attacks, the r ightwing extremists defence lawyer Geir Lippestad said in comments published toda y in the Verdens Gang (VG) daily. He added his client had visited some 20 countries in his planning. He said that he met people and that he obtained equipment during those trips. He said many people helped him obtain the equipment, he said following a third polic e interrogation of his client yesterday. The lawyer did not tell the paper if the alleged helpers shared Behring Breiviks views or if they were aware of his goal. The 32-year-old has confessed to carrying out the twin attacks of July 22 which

left 77 dead. Full report at: t-Lawyer.html --------Hunt for the fifth column could be the beginning of the end for Libyas rebels 5 August 2011 The brutal and as yet unexplained murder of General Abd al-Fatah Yunis and two o f his aides on July 28 has left Libyas Benghazi-based rebels eyeing their comrade s with suspicion as rumors circulate of deception and betrayal in the rebel rank s. The hunt is on to uncover regime loyalists operating within the rebel movemen t at the same time tribal rivalries threaten to shatter the rebel cause. The sea rch for Fifth Columnists could have disastrous results for the unity and effective ness of the rebel forces, whose leadership is dominated by individuals closely a nd recently tied to the Qaddafi regime. At the time of the murders, General Yunis was mysteriously separated from his us ual security detail and was accompanied only by two officers in his command. Aft er being shot and possibly tortured, the bodies of General Yunis and his two aid es were burned and dumped on the outskirts of Benghazi. Without reliable informa tion on the killing from the Transitional National Council (TNC), rumors regardi ng the cause of the generals death continue to spread in Benghazi. Some suggest G eneral Yunis was acting as a double agent to sabotage rebel efforts, others clai m he was actually murdered by Fifth Column Qaddafi loyalists or by rebels (possibl y Islamists) seeking revenge for activities carried out while he was Qaddafis Int erior Minister. Several days before the killing, Yunis claimed to have documents providing conclusive evidence Algeria was providing arms to Qaddafis forces (al-Sh arq al-Awsat, July 25), adding another element of intrigue to the case. Demonstrations by the late generals Obeidi tribe followed the murder, many demand ing justice, others calling for retribution against the TNC, which they blame fo r the killings. The Council has promised an investigation, but the slow pace and lack of information on its progress has only served to further infuriate many O beidi tribesmen, who for now are being held in check by tribal elders. Full report at: The Jamestown Foundation --------Gaddafi seeks Islamist allies, rebels nab fuel tanker 5 August 2011 BENGHAZI, Libya - Muammar Gaddafis son has made a bid to divide the fractious Lib yan rebellion, telling a newspaper he was forging an alliance with rebels agains t their liberal allies. Saif al-Islam Gaddafis comments, in an interview with the New York Times, were a sign that the Libyan leaders camp hopes to exploit divisions among the rebels rev ealed by the assassination of their military commander last week. The newspaper quoted an Islamist rebel leader who confirmed contact with Gaddafis son. However, he pledged continued support for the opposition and denied a spli t with the liberal wing of the six-month-old rebellion.

The rebels scored a victory on Thursday, bringing a ship with a seized cargo of government-owned fuel into their port. Full report at: ugust/international_August188.xml&section=international --------CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Iowa Mosque Vandalism 5 August 2011 The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-IA) today ca lled on the FBI to investigate recent vandalism at a mosque in that state as a p ossible hate crime. An official with the Islamic Society of Clinton County in Cl inton, Iowa, told CAIR that vandals threw more than a dozen rocks at the mosque sometime prior to evening prayers on July 23. A police report indicates that the vandalism shattered glass in the facility, resulting in an estimated $350 damag e. Authorities are investigating the incident as "criminal mischief." A previous incident of vandalism reportedly targeted the mosque s sign. "Given the number of rocks thrown at the mosque and the rising level of anti-Mus lim sentiment in our society, we urge the FBI to investigate a possible bias mot ive for this incident," said CAIR-IA Executive Director Miriam Amer. Last week, CAIR called on the FBI to probe a Tennessee road rage incident in whi ch a Muslim mother and son were allegedly targeted with death threats and anti-M uslim slurs by a knife-wielding driver. lism-126735788.html --------Muslim Countries Financing Jihad in Spain Soeren Kern 5 August 2011 Muslim countries in the Persian Gulf and North Africa are funnelling large sums of money to radical Islamic groups in towns and cities across Spain in a competi ng effort to exert control over the estimated 1.5 million Muslims in the country . A newly leaked secret report prepared by Spain s National Intelligence Center (C NI), excerpts of which were published by the Madrid-based El Pas newspaper on Jul y 31, says the Spanish government is struggling to stop the flow of tens of mill ions of dollars to Islamic groups in Spain from Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qa tar, the United Arab Emirates and above all Saudi Arabia. The CNI report states: "The financing is having negative consequences for [multi cultural] coexistence in Spain, such as the emergence of parallel societies and ghettos, Islamic courts and police that operate outside of Spanish jurisprudence , removing girls from schools, forced marriages, etc." Full report at: --------Visiting Jamaat chief blames US for Pakistans woes By SIRAJ WAHAB 5 August 2011 DAMMAM: The visiting head of one of Pakistan s prominent religious and political parties has blamed the United States stinging defeat in Afghanistan for the curr ent chaos in his country. What we are witnessing today in Pakistan is a direct result of Americas defeat in Afghanistan at the hands of the brave Afghans, said Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan chie f Syed Munawar Hasan. Speaking at well-attended programs organized by well-known Pakistani expatriates in the Eastern Province, he said: America is not able to swallow this defeat and , therefore, it is out to wreak havoc in Pakistan. All these acts of violence th at we are witnessing in our country are the work of American agents. The Jamaat chief was in Saudi Arabia on a 12-day visit and was a prominent invit ee at the Muslim World Leagues just concluded conference in Makkah on Issues and C hallenges of the Muslim World. Afghanistan, he said, has lived up to its historic reputation of being the grave yard of superpowers. Full report at: --------China to boost anti-terrorism forces after attacks 5 August 2011 BEIJING: China will deploy more anti-terrorism forces to its far northwest Xinjian g region following a series of deadly attacks there, state media said Friday. Public security minister Meng Jianzhu told officials in Xinjiang that stability in the remote region was important for Chinas overall security and unification, acc ording to comments carried by the Global Times newspaper. Meng said more anti-terrorism forces would be sent to Xinjiang to boost security, although no details were given. There is already a heavy armed police presence in Kashgar, a famed city on the a ncient Silk Road in Xinjiang, following two attacks on a busy restaurant and a n ight market last weekend that authorities said left 13 people dead. Eight of the alleged attackers were also killed. Chinese authorities blamed one of the attacks on terrorists trained in camps in ne ighbouring Pakistan, and have pledged to crack down on religious extremists.

However some experts say there is little evidence of any foreign involvement, bl aming instead local ethnic tensions for the violence. Full report at: orces-after-attacks.html --------Israel to limit Al-Aqsa access Friday 5 August 2011 JERUSALEM Israeli police said it will restrict entry to the Al-Aqsa mosque compo und in Jerusalems Old City for the first Friday weekly prayers of the Ramadan hol y month to prevent any disturbances. An army spokeswoman told AFP on the eve of the weekly prayers that entry to the compound was being limited to men over the age of 50 and women over 45. Married men aged 45 to 50 years old who have a special permit to enter Israel wi ll be allowed to pray at Al-Aqsa, she said, while Palestinian women under the ag e of 35 will be barred from the compound. The measures are aimed at preventing any possible outbreak of violence, the mili tary said. In 2000, a visit to the compound by Ariel Sharon, a right-wing politician who we nt on to become prime minister, sparked the so-called Al-Aqsa Intifada, a bloody Palestinian uprising in which thousands of people were killed. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be mor e pious and charitable. The sprawling esplanade containing the Al-Aqsa mosque and the adjacent Dome of t he Rock in Jerusalems historic Old City is the third holiest site in Islam after Saudi Arabias Mecca and Medina. It is the holiest site for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount because it was the location of the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. /middleeast_August125.xml&section=middleeast&col= --------Fearing attack, Pak moves away warships from Karachi Aug 05 2011 Islamabad : Claiming there were "all time high security threats," Pakistan navy has moved away its main battleships out of its Mehran naval base in Karachi to t he Makran coast in Balochistan. The navy sent its warships away from its main base in Karachi to Ormara in Baloc histan as a "precautionary measure" after the 16-hour terrorist siege of its mai n naval airbase, PNS Mehran, on May 22, The Express Tribune newspaper quoted its sources as saying.

The move has come two months after the commando-style gun and rocket-propelled g renade attacks on Mehran, that resulted in the destruction of two P3C Orion airp lanes which were key naval assets and the killing of 10 security personnel. Since that attack, the main battleships have been stationed in Ormara, sources t old the daily. The navy chief ordered the immediate movement of the entire fleet after the atta ck on PNS Mehran in view of the "all-time high security threats, which continue to loom even today", an unnamed person familiar with the matter said. The attack on the naval airbase was carried out just weeks after three navy buse s were bombed in Karachi on April 26 and April 28. However, another unnamed seni or navy official said not Full report at: rachi/827658/ --------Two Bahraini female prisoners on hunger strike: Amnesty 5 August 2011 DUBAI: Two Bahraini women activists jailed for their alleged involvement in anti -regime protests have launched a hunger strike demanding to be released, rights group Amnesty International has said. Roula al-Saffar, head of the Bahrain Nursing Society and Jalila al-Salman, deput y head of the Bahrain Teachers Association, were tortured in detention and have b een held for several months near the capital, the London-based group said in a s tatement received by AFP on Thursday. The hunger strike is a desperate attempt to protest against their imprisonment an d the way they have been treated, said Philip Luther, Deputy Director of Amnesty Internationals Middle East and North Africa Programme. Amnesty International is co ncerned that they are being held solely because they took part in protests, in w hich case they would both be prisoners of conscience who should be released imme diately and unconditionally, he added. Amnesty did not say when the two women began the hunger strike but said it learn ed that the activists started it to protest their continued detention, while oth ers have been released on bail. At least 500 people have been detained in Bahrai n since month-long protests demanding democratic reforms broke out in the Gulf k ingdom in mid-February, Amnesty International said. Almost 2,000 people have been dismissed or suspended from their jobs, it added. Security forces in the archipelago ruled by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty cracked down on the mostly Shiite protesters in mid-March after being backed by troops that rolled in from neighbouring Sunni Gulf monarchies. afp\08\05\story_5-8-2011_pg4_3 --------Egypt press gasps at images of fallen Pharaoh 5 August 2011

Egypts press on Thursday captured the nations incredulity at seeing Hosni Mubarak on trial for murder, hailing the fall of the Pharaoh as a triumph for the revoluti on that ended his 30-year rule. Pictures of Mubarak lying on a stretcher and dressed in a white prison suit blan keted the front pages of newspapers, six months after the mere mention of his he alth could have landed an editor in jail. It was an epic downfall, with the once absolute ruler now a caged invalid, a sce ne unthinkable before the January 25 revolution. The Pharaoh is in the cage, said the independent daily Al-Masry al-Youm, while the state-owned Al-Ahram weekly gasped at Mubaraks unthinkable end. Mubarak in the cage, now the revolution has won, trumpeted the state-owned daily A l-Akhbar, long known for publishing fawning editorials and flattering images of Mubarak. Egypts revolution has won, gloated the independent daily Al-Dustur, whose former ed itor Ibrahim Eissa was sentenced to six months in jail in 2008 for speculating o n Mubaraks health. He was later pardoned. On Wednesday, Mubarak was flown to Cairo from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-She ikh where he had been in custody in hospital being treated for a heart condition . He is accused of ordering the killing of protesters during the January-February uprising that toppled his regime. Full report at: /middleeast_August109.xml&section=middleeast&col= --------Chris Christie slams fearmongering over Sharia law By Chris Moody 5 August 2011 New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie defended his decision to nominate a Mu slim judge to the state Superior Court against conservative critics who warned t hat the new judge will implement Sharia law. The notoriously blunt-spoken Christ ie calling their fears "crap" and "crazy." The appointee, Sohail Mohammed, is an American attorney who offered legal aid to New Jersey residents who were suspected after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but we re later found innocent of any crimes. Opponents of Mohammed s nomination have issued warnings, with no evidence, that Christie s nominee, if approved, would base his rulings on Islamic law. Christie was having none of it. "Sharia law has nothing to do with this at all. It e said at a press conference Wednesday. "The guy s een an admitted lawyer to practice in the state of to uphold the laws of New Jersey, the constitution s crazy. It s crazy," Christi an American citizen who has b New Jersey, swearing an oath of the state of New Jersey, a

nd the Constitution of the United States of America . . . .This Sharia law busin ess is crap. It s just crazy. And I m tired of dealing with the crazies." You can watch the exchange after the jump: Several Republican presidential candidates have warned of a Muslim plot to force American courts to rule by the religious code. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Sa ntorum recently called it "an existential threat" to the United States; former M innesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty shut down a program in his state that would allow pra cticing Muslims to pay for mortgages without violating their religious teachings against borrowing with interest; businessman Herman Cain said he would require Muslims to take an extra loyalty oath to serve in his administration; and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for a federal law to ban Sharia from U.S. co urts. a-law-210648303.html --------Islamist parties in Bangladesh accuse teacher of blasphemy 5 August 2011 The protesters accuse the teacher, who is a Hindu, a minority religion in majori tarian Sunni Muslim nation for his blasphemous comments regarding Muhammad, whom Muslims venerated as last prophet. A coalition of pro-Sharia Islamic parties in Bangladesh has threatened the gover nment with a country-wide shutdown if a Hindu teacher is not arrested and tried for blasphemy. Mufti Fazlul Huq Amini, chief of the Islamic Sharia Law Implementation Committee charged that the teacher could allegedly make "such blasphemous remarks" becaus e Bangladesh has become a fear-free place for the enemies of Islam." The Islamist leader demanded that Madan Mohan Das, an assistant headmaster at th e Dhanmondi Government Boy s High School, be arrested by Sunday or they would be forced to call a country-wide strike, he said Wednesday from his headquarters i n Dhaka. Hundreds of students, parents and teachers joined street protests in the capital on Wednesday against Das. The protesters accused the teacher, who is Hindu, a minority religion in the lar gely Sunni Muslim nation, of making blasphemous comments regarding Muhammad. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education said that Das had been suspended fo r his derogatory comments and had been transferred to a remote town. adesh%20accuse%20teacher%20of%20blasphemy#ixzz1U8JT3Fwx --------Italian hijab fashion online soon! 5 August 2011 Muslim women around the world will be able to buy fine Italian clothing in the f

irst Islamic fashion store to be launched online on Tuesday. The site is being launched by a young Italian Muslim convert who runs her own fa shion business near Verona in the countrys north. I make clothes based on the Islamic model that respects Muslim demands based on t he (Islamic) Sharia law and also compatible with Italian fashion, said Giorgia Ca liari, in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI). By doing this, I intend to fulfill the needs of the sisters that live in Europe, s aid Caliari, now known by her Muslim last name Afnan after converting to Islam s even years ago. Afnan said that she is designing long coats that reach the knee, as well as dres ses that go with the hijab, or Islamic headscarf. Right now I do not sell the Niqab (veil that covers the face) for a problem of pr acticality. I personally do not use it because I use the hijab, and thus I do no t know about its suitability. Afnan runs her own small business in the northern Italian town of Caselle di Som macampagna near Verona. A local tailor in her in town produces the clothes to he r specifications. Mine is the first Islamic clothing store produced in our country, and I hope this gives rise to other entrepreneurial initiatives like mine, that have as an aim, to help Muslims live their lives in respect of their faith, compatible with the rules of this country, said Afnan. Read full article here. Girls, Im excited to see how this will turn out. Do you think it will be a succes s or a failure? I hope she got her taste right, as many islamic clothing sites l ack of it. --------How Islamic punk went from fiction to reality Sanjiv Bhattacharya 5 August 2011 Islamic punk was just an idea in a novel by a disaffected Muslim convert but for the bands he inspired around the world the scene became real. Now, as The Taqwa cores is about to be released, has the scene has already betrayed its ideals? There was a time when the words "Muslim radical" painted a clear enough picture a young man strapped with explosives, perhaps, or a bearded cleric calling for S haria law from Land s End to John O Groats. But things have changed. The protest ors of the Arab Spring are both Muslim and radical, as are the bungling jihadis of Chris Morris s movie Four Lions. And now a new film, The Taqwacores, attempts to further stretch the definition. The film s set up sounds familiar enough a meek Muslim student named Yusef joins a hardcore Islamic commune in upstate New York and becomes radicalised. But thi s time, "hardcore" refers to punk rock. This is a commune where one Muslim, Jaha ngir, sports a red mohawk and announces morning prayers with an electric guitar. Another member is gay and wears a skirt and makeup.

Full report at: --------Indonesia expects Bali bomb suspect home soon 5 August 2011 JAKARTA - An alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people will be repatriated soon to Indonesia from Pakistan where he was arre sted this year, the foreign minister said on Friday. The most wanted extremist in Southeast Asia, Umar Patek, was arrested in March i n Abbottabad in Pakistan, the same town where US special forces killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden just weeks later. Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the alleged coordinator of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people would be extradited to Indonesia soon r ather than later. He told journalists the government wanted to ensure the process proceeds smoothly and did not give the alleged terrorist a stage to rally his supporters. We do not want to create self-fulfilling, self-creating attention to a person who doesnt deserve publicity, Natalegawa said. Authorities are continuing to investigate Patek to ensure that he is held account able for the crime, which he allegedly committed before Indonesia had a specific anti-terrorism law on its books. Born in 1970, Patek is a suspected member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). In addition to the Bali bombings, he is also suspected of involvement in a serie s of deadly attacks targeting Christians and Westerners in Indonesia dating back to 1999. ugust/international_August200.xml&section=international --------Turkey appoints military heads after shock resignations 5 August 2011 Turkish President Abdullah Gul has approved the appointment of the country s fou r top military leaders, after the resignation of their predecessors last week. As expected, army chief Gen Necdet Ozel is promoted to chief of general staff. This is the first time a civilian government has been able to decide who command s the powerful armed forces. The four generals resigned over the arrest of officers accused of plotting to un dermine the government. Gen Isik Kosaner and the chiefs of the army, navy and air force quit just hours

after a court charged 22 suspects, including several generals and officers. The new appointments come at the end of a four-day promotions meeting chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The BBC s correspondent in Turkey, Jonathan Head, says Mr Erdogan used the resig nations to promote commanders more likely to accept civilian supremacy, though a ll are career officers with unimpeachable records of loyalty. Full report at: --------BBC journalist Shaimaa Khalil released in Cairo 5 August 2011 The BBC journalist Shaimaa Khalil has been released after being detained while r eporting in Tahrir Square in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The circumstances of her detention on Monday remain unclear, but it came after s oldiers, backed by riot police, moved to clear a three-week sit-in. She was held for 20 hours at a military base, and then taken to the military pro secutor s office before being freed. It is not yet clear whether she faces further action by the authorities. Witnesses in Tahrir Square - the focal point of the pro-democracy protests which forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down in February - said activists were b eaten and had their phones broken. Anyone taking photographs was targeted, they added. The BBC s Jon Leyne in Cairo says Ms Khalil was arrested along with about 80 oth er people, including journalists. The military authorities, in power since Mr Mubarak left office, have been criti cised for the harassment of journalists, but until Monday had not arrested an ac credited foreign reporter. Earlier, the BBC called on the authorities to release Ms Khalil immediately, say ing it was "very concerned" about her detention. "She is a fine journalist, simply doing her job. We are doing all we can to secu re her release," a statement said. --------Amnesty International 2011 Report on Yemen 5 August 2011 SANAA, The latest report by Amnesty International on Yemen painted a gloomy pictu re of the issue of human rights in the country throughout 2010 and into 2011. It reported that human rights were subordinated to security challenges posed by al -Qa ida as well as by armed conflict in the northern Sa dah province and protest

s in the south. Thousands of people were detained. Most were released quickly, b ut many were held for prolonged periods. Government repression increased in the face of continuing protests in the south against perceived discrimination by the northern-based government; security forces used excessive force against some de monstrations and several people were killed in targeted attacks. The media faced repressive laws and practices; several journalists were prisoners of conscience . Women continued to face discrimination and violence. Mass protests were held across the country against the worsening economic situat ion and substantial rises in fuel, electricity, water and food prices. A presidential amnesty announced on 21 May appeared to apply to all political pr isoners, including journalists, but the government did not give details about th ose it covered or the timeframe for releases. Later that month, 117 people detai ned on suspicion of taking part in the Sa dah conflict and the protests in the s outh were released under the amnesty, as were four journalists. However, hundred s of other political prisoners remained held at the end of 2010. Full report at: --------Arab awakening and western media: Time for a new revolutionary discourse Ramzy Baroud 5 August 2011 When President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried desperately to quell Yemens popular upris ing, he appealed to tribalism, customs and traditions. All his efforts evidently failed, and the revolution continued unabated. When Saleh denounced women for joining men in demonstrations in Sanaa playing on cultural sensitivities and a very selective interpretation of religion the respo nse was even more poignant. Thousands of women took to the streets, denouncing Salehs regime and calling for its ouster. The immediate popular response was notable for its level of organization and dec isiveness. It was also interesting because most of the women protesting did so w hile wearing the Niqab. Fully covered Yemeni women have continued to inspire if not fuel the revolution which started in February. Without their active particip ation and resilience in the face of violent attempts to quash the uprising, one wonders if Yemen could have held on for so long. The role of Yemeni women in the revolution should significantly challenge any id eas of Arab women that are based simply on statistical or superficial criteria. In 2010, the Freedom House report on women in the Middle East had already determ ined that Yemen made no significant progress on womens rights in the preceding fi ve years. Most international reports examining the standing of women in Yemen - whether in education, health or any other field have consistently been bleak. Yet, in revolutionary. Full report at:

--------Israeli police deploy in force for Ramadan 5 August 2011 JERUSALEM - Israeli police deployed in force in Jerusalems Old City after limitin g access to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound ahead of the first Friday prayers during Ramadan. More than 2,000 police and border guards were deployed in Jerusalem, said a police spokesman, adding access was blocked to the esplanade for Muslim men under the age of 45. Among those aged 45 to 50 years, only the fathers of families with a permanent en try permit for Israel will be allowed to go on the esplanade, he said. Access to the complex was also denied for West Bank Palestinians under the age o f 35, the spokesman said, adding the measures were imposed as a precaution due t o the risk of violence. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be mor e pious and charitable. The sprawling esplanade containing the Al-Aqsa mosque and the adjacent Dome of t he Rock in Jerusalems historic Old City is the third holiest site in Islam after Saudi Arabias Mecca and Medina. It is the holiest site for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount because it was the location of the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. st/middleeast_August131.xml&section=middleeast --------Arabs move to drum up UN support for Palestinians 5 August 2011 RAMALLAH, West Bank - A Palestinian negotiator says an Arab delegation is settin g out to drum up support for the Palestinians bid for U.N. recognition. Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat says a meeting of Arab officials this week in Qatar decided to dispatch the delegation to meet individual Security Council members to urge them to accept Palestine as a full member state in September. Representatives will also meet with African and Islamic states. Erekat said late Thursday that the Arab committee would meet again in September for final prepar ations for the vote. With peace talks deadlocked, the Palestinians want U.N. recognition without nego tiating with Israel. The move faces a U.S. veto in the Security Council and its practical ramificatio ns are unclear. st/middleeast_August132.xml&section=middleeast

--------Philippine President Benigno Aquino meets Muslim rebels 5 August 2011 Negotiating a peace deal was one of President Aquino s election pledges Philippine President Benigno Aquino has met the chief of the country s main Musl im separatist group, the government has said in a statement. Mr Aquino met Murad Ibrahim, of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, in Tokyo with the aim of pushing forward the peace process. "Both agreed to fast track the negotiations," the statement said. The MILF has fought for self-rule in the predominantly Catholic country s southe rn Mindanao region since 1977. An estimated 120,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which has almost b een resolved on several occasions. A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 2003. The government said it was the first time a Philippine president had met with th e MILF chairman in 14 years of on-and-off peace negotiations. Delegates from Mr Aquino s peace panel met MILF representatives in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur in February. One of Mr Aquino s key pledges ahead of his election last June was to try to neg otiate peace with the country s various insurgencies. --------Saudi prince wins libel damages over Independent story 5 August 2011 The Independent said the decision to refer to the order was made in good faith

Saudi Arabia s interior minister has accepted undisclosed damages over an articl e in The Independent newspaper accusing him of ordering police to shoot and kill unarmed protesters. The newspaper accepted the "order" it reported was in fact a fake. Its publishers, Independent Print Ltd, also offered "sincere apologies" to Princ e Nayef Bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud at London s High Court. Prince Nayef has said he will give the "substantial" damages to charity. The article was written by the Independent s Middle East correspondent Robert Fi sk, who also offered his apologies, and published on 15 April. Rupert Earle, appearing for the prince, told Mrs Justice Nicola Davies the untru thful allegations arose after Saudi Shia activists sought to organise a demonstr ation on 11 March.

It was described as the "Hunayn Revolution" after a battle fought by the Prophet Muhammed in 630 AD. Full report at: --------Mubarak s not guilty plea becomes hit ringtone in Egypt Aug 05 2011 Washington : The few words uttered by Egypts dethroned president Hosni Mubarak at the start of his trial have now turned into hit ringtones in the country. Three different versions of the ringtones of the few low, growly words the depos ed leader spoke are now available for download, thanks to a website, reports ABC News. The first ringtone records the judges voice calling on Mubarak by his full name - Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak, to which Mubarak responds, I am here, your honou r. Another records Mubaraks response to the charges of corruption and complicity in the butchery of around 850 protesters during the 18-day revolution that led to h is own denouement. I completely deny all these charges, the 83-year-old said as he lay on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom on the first day of his trial on Wednesday. According to reports, the ringtones have already become popular among Egyptians. --------Indo-Pak talks are encouraging: Mullen Aug 05, 2011 Terming the recent talks between India and Pakistan as encouraging, a top Pentag on official has expressed hope that the discussions will continue. Im actually encouraged very specifically with the discussions between Pakistan and India in recent weeks and months, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chi efs of Staff said at a news conference here. Mullen was referring to recent talks held between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New Delhi on July 27. At least if I understand both governments, those are going to continue, and I hop e that they do. I consider that to be a very positive step, Mullen said. ---------

Mullah Omar, al-Zawahiri not hiding in Balochistan: Pak CM 5 August 2011 The Chief Minister of Pakistan s restive Balochistan province on Thursday said A fghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar and al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri were not h iding in the region. Chief Minister Aslam Raisani made the remarks during a meeting with US Ambassado r Cameron Munter in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan. Raisani also denied the existence of the Quetta Shura, a grouping of Afghan Taliban leaders that the US believes is based on the outskirts of the provincial capital. Following the killing of Osama bin Laden in a covert operation by American speci al forces in the garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2, the US has called on Paki stan to take steps to capture or kill several other top terrorists, including Mu llah Omar, al-Zawahiri and Ilyas Kashmiri. In recent weeks, Balochistan has witnesses a spike in sectarian and militant vio lence. Nearly 20 members of the minority Shia community were gunned down in the province. Raisani contended some elements wanted to incite sectarianism in Balochi stan and claimed there were no differences between the ethnic Baloch and Pashtun s. He backed a policy of reconciliation to avert confrontation. In an earlier meeti ng with provincial assembly speaker Mohammad Aslam Bhotani, Munter said Balochis tan is important for the US and solving the problems of the province was a prior ity. He told the media that the US will continue to provide financial aid for ongoing projects and new dams in Balochistan. stan-pak-cm-655 --------Afghanistan ready to include Pakistan in Taliban dialogue By Tahir Khan August 5, 2011 ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan has agreed to include Pakistan in the US-led dialogue wit h Taliban in its efforts to move forward on the national reconciliation process aimed at stabilising the Afghan society and ensuring peace in the region. Talking to The Express Tribune on Wednesday, Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesperso n Janan Musazai said that Kabul needs Pakistans urgent support and wants Islamaba d to take practical steps in supporting the reconciliation process in the war-torn country, especially in view of the withdrawal of foreign forces, which US offic ials say is scheduled to take place by around 2014. Musazai, who was in Islamabad as part of an Afghan delegation for a trilateral m eeting, denied media reports speculating that little progress had been made in t he talks. Many issues with Pakistan have been resolved. Both the countries have r eached a better understanding of the matter, he said. The spokesperson said that matters concerning the whereabouts of Taliban chief M

ulla Omar or other militant leaders are no more an obstacle in the strengthening of ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Full report at: -pakistan-in-taliban-dialogue/ --------Chacha Pakistani reaches Sukkur, but no one welcomes him By Sarfaraz Memon August 5, 2011 SUKKUR: Jawed Akhtar alias Chacha Pakistani was unhappy with the Sukkur administ ration, because nobody was there to welcome him when he reached the city, on his motorcycle late Wednesday night. Chacha Pakistani departed from Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnahs Mausoleum in Kar achi on August 1, he visited Hyderabad and other cities and then decided on a tw o-day stop in Sukkur. He will leave for Rahim Yar Khan on Friday morning and wil l pass through many big and small cities. Chacha Pakistanis final destination is the mausoleum of Allama Mohammad Iqbal; he hopes to arrive there on August 14. Chacha Pakistani told The Express Tribune that he has been taking this tour for the last nine years, on his own expense. He works as a driver in a private firm and lives in a rented house in Korangi. The objective of my motorcycle tour is to preach peace and love for Pakistan, because nowadays people have lost their lov e for our homeland, he explained. Chacha Pakistani used to live in Hyderabad where he observed that cinema houses would play the national anthem before starting any movie and the entire audience , irrespective of their religion and language, would stand up in respect. Nine ye ars later, my wife and I went to watch a movie in Hyderabads New Majestic cinema. The cinema administration played the national anthem, he recalled. But nobody sto od up. The patriotic Chacha said that he was unable to sleep that night, and the very n ext morning he decided to undertake a tour from Karachi to Lahore on his motorcy cle to promote love for Pakistan among the younger generation. Full report at: ukkur-but-no-one-welcomes-him/ --------Terror tag for dowry killings 5 August 2011 DESCRIBING dowry as a terrorist, a Delhi court sentenced a 24- year- old man to 1 0 years in prison for driving his wife to suicide over persistent demands for mo ney. Additional sessions judge Sunita Gupta also slapped a fine of 10,000 on Punjab i Bagh resident Nafis Khan after he was found guilty under the provisions of the

Dowry Prohibition Act. In- laws are characterised to be outlaws for perpetrating terrorism which destro ys the matrimonial home. The terrorist is dowry, and it is spreading its tentacl es in every possible direction, she said. Khan had married the deceased three years back. According to the prosecution, he began harassing her for dowry soon after marria ge. The womans mother testified that her son- in- law would argue and even beat up hi s wife demanding 20,000 in her presence. On October 4, 2009, Khans wife set herself on fire and had to be rushed to GTB Ho spital with 99 per cent burns. Although the prosecution claimed that the woman had given a dying declaration th at Khan had bought kerosene and told her to set herself on fire, the court disca rded this testimony because of contradictions. Mail Today --------Embattled Syrian Prez opens door for oppn political parties 5 August 2011 SYRIAS president has decreed a law allowing opposition political parties, state m edia said after the UN condemned his regimes deadly crackdown on democracy protes ts. President Bashar al- Assad on Thursday issued legislative decree 100 for 2011 on parties law and decree 101 for 2011 on general election law, the official SANA news agency said in a brief report. The law allows political parties to be established and function alongside Assads Baath party, in power since 1963 with the constitutional status of state and soc iety leader. Political pluralism has been at the forefront of demands by pro- reform dissiden ts. Assads regime has sought to crush the movement with brutal force, killing mor e than 1,600 civilians and arresting thousands, according to human rights activi sts. A witness said 30 people were killed in Hama on Wednesday, while an activist rep orted four deaths the same day when security forces opened fire on protesters in Damascus and Palmyra. Demonstrators have vowed to protest every night of Ramadan despite the assault o n Hama and the killing of over 160 people across Syria on the eve of the Muslim holy month. Thursdays decree comes after the Syrian government adopted a draft law on politic al organisations last month. At the time, SANA reported the legislation was aime d at enriching political life and allowing for a change in political power. The bill stipulates the essential objectives and principles governing the activities of parties, conditions for their establishment ... and rules relating to their financing, rights and obligations, SANA said.

It prohibits parties founded on the basis of religion, tribal affiliation, regio nal interests; professional organisations as well as parties which discriminate on the basis of race, sex or colour, the report said. France has slammed the new multiparty proposal. In its first pronouncement on the Syrian crisis, a UN statement said: Those resp onsible for the violence should be held accountable. A White House spokesman said the US viewed Assad as the cause of instability. Mail Today --------Virginia Tech issues lockdown after gunman seen on campus Aug 05 2011 Blacksburg : Virginia Tech was locked down Thursday when three children attendin g a summer camp said they saw a man holding what looked like a gun on the campus where a 2007 massacre left 33 dead. The university issued an alert on its website at 9.37 am on Thursday telling stu dents and employees to stay inside and lock their doors. University spokesman La rry Hincker said at a news conference later in the morning that the campus alert remained in effect and that people should stay indoors until further notice. The university posted the alert on its website and its official Twitter account. The Roanoke Times also reported that the university sounded its emergency siren s and issued an emergency alert by phone and email. Hincker said he was not certain when the lockdown might be lifted. Thats the $64,0 00 question, he said. You get this report of a sighting that someone might have ha d a weapon. Then youve got this one-square-mile campus, 150 major buildings with several million square feet of space to search. The school posted an update on its website around 1 pm, saying authorities were combing through the buildings. Classes were cancelled for the day, and the schoo l said searching the buildings would be a long process. A composite sketch was p osted on the schools website. The children told police they saw the man quickly walking toward the volleyball courts, carrying what might have been a handgun covered by some type of cloth. S tate and local police swarmed the area but said they could not find a gunman mat ching their description. An alert on the schools website said the gunman was reported near Dietrick Hall, a three-story dining facility steps away from the dorm where the first shootings took place in 2007. A student from South Korea, Seung-Hui Cho, killed 30 more s tudents and faculty and himself. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. n-on-campus/827387/ --------US gears up to fight home-grown jihadis Scott Shane

5 August 2011 Washington: Rolling out a new strategy for combating radicalization,White House officials on Wednesday warned that casting broad suspicion on Muslim Americans i s counterproductive and could backfire by alienating a religious minority and fu eling extremism. The administration also promised to identify accurate educational materials abou t Islam for law enforcement officers,providing an alternative to biased and illinformed literature in use in recent years,including by the FBI Denis R McDonoug h,president Obamas deputy national security adviser,told reporters that al-Qaida and those it inspired remained the biggest terrorist threat inside the United S tates. But McDonough said the bombing and shootings in Norway last month,carried out by a right-wing,anti-Muslim extremist,were a reminder that the government could no t focus exclusively on any single brand of radicalism. McDonough said that al-Qaida had a bankrupt ideology, but that accusing the enti re Muslim community of complicity in terrorism could feed the sense of disenchan tment and disenfranchisement that may spur violent radicalization. Instead,he sa id,Muslim Americans should be treated as a crucial ally of the government to com bat terrorism. In an introduction to the document,Obama wrote that communities especially Musli m-American communities whose children,families and neighbors are being targeted for recruitment by al-Qaida are often best positioned to take the lead in counte ring radicalization.NYT NEWS SERVICE Times of India --------13/7 blast suspect held in W Bengal Kabita Chowdhury 5 August 2011 Behrampore: National Investigation Agency sleuths have arrested a man from Suti in Murshidabad district of West Bengal for allegedly supplying explosive-grade a mmonium nitrate to the July 13 Mumbai serial blasts bombers. The local police had no clue to the operation until two NIA officers arrested Ji arat Sheikh from his village and produced him in court for transit remand. A Jangipur court granted the NIA a three-day transit remand to take Jiarat to De lhi for interrogation. Jiarat,in his early 30s,believed all long that he was dealing with two terror op eratives,who would buy explosives in bulk.The NIA sleuths arrived in Murshidabad a few days ago,following a lead given by a suspect arrested earlier for the bla sts that killed 26 people. On Wednesday,they reached Notun Chandra village in Suti police station area and passed the word that they were looking for ammonium nitrate.They were told to co ntact Jiarat,who has experience in such matters.Jiarat was only too eager to sho w them some high quality samples.Happy to have got such customers who promised t o pay just about anything for the right stuff,Jiarat reappeared on Thursday with

explosives-grade ammonium nitrate and was handcuffed. Full report at: Times of India --------FIAs anti-terror wing to grill Karachi suspects: Malik 5 August 2011 KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Thursday that anti-terrorist win g of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been shifted here to conduct pro per interrogation of arrested suspects and maintain a complete record with the s upport of evidences. Malik was talking to the media after attending a high-level meeting at the Crisis Management Cell of the Ministry of Interior. This wing al so has forensic experts and interrogators.\08\05\story_5-8-2011_pg1_2 --------Iraqi security forces harassing media: watchdog 5 August 2011 BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces are harassing journalists, especially television crews, media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Thursday, c alling for such actions to stop. Reporters Without Borders is concerned about repeated harassment of media personn el, especial TV crews, by the Iraqi security forces, a statement said. Physical at tacks on journalists, confiscation of their material and orders preventing them working are all common despite Reporters Without Borders appeals to the Iraqi gov ernment, it said. The watchdog expressed growing concern about a deterioration in the medias ability to operate freely in Iraq, citing several recent incidents. Haidar Abid Hassan, a cameraman for Salaheddin TV was detained by security force s in Tikrit while covering an explosion on July 28, it said. He was forcibly take n to a military vehicle and beaten by soldiers. Then he was subjected to psychol ogical harassment in connection with his work as a journalist, RSF said. It also cited the case of Saad Allah al-Khaledi, whom it said was detained while covering a July 22 demonstration in Baghdad, beaten and threatened with summary execution. And RSF also said security forces attacked an Al-Baghdadia TV crew o n July 17, injuring a soundman and destroying their generator.\08\05\story_5-8-2011_pg4_7 --------Shoura member wants minimum wage for Saudis fixed By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR 5 August 2011 JEDDAH: A Shoura Council member has called for changing some of the articles of the Labor Law and forming a national committee to combat unemployment in the cou

ntry. Maj. Gen. Muhammad Abusaq, a member of the councils security committee, said meas ures should be taken to cut the number of expatriate workers and reduce their im pact on the Kingdoms demography. The number of foreign workers should be brought down to a reasonable level so tha t they do not pose any danger to national security, Abusaq said. He cited the lack of a minimum salary as one of the reasons for growing unemploy ment among Saudis as expatriates offer their services to private companies for l ower wages, thus reducing the chances of citizens to get work. The lack of a suitable working atmosphere is another problem facing Saudi jobseek ers. We also lack systems that ensure job security for Saudis, a local Arabic new spaper quoted Abusaq as saying. Many companies demand their employees work long hours, a requirement that has pu t off most Saudis from working for them. Moreover, Saudi women are not allowed t o apply for many available jobs due to existing regulations. A lack of proper training and educational programs is another reason for unemploy ment, he said. Abusaq also spoke about the danger posed by unemployed foreigners who walk aroun d looking for jobs. He also pointed out that many expatriate workers are not qua lified to do certain jobs. Full report at: --------Hamas lawmaker, 770 Palestinian prisoners freed By MOHAMMED MARI 5 August 2011 RAMALLAH: The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) on Thursday released 770 Palestinian prisoners including a Hamas lawmaker. The Israels Radio said that the 570 criminal and 200 security prisoners were releas ed through several checkpoints between Israel and the West Bank. Security prisoners is a term Israel uses to refer to prisoners who were convicted of resisting the Israeli occupation. The Palestinian Minister of Detainees and Ex-detainees said that the 770 prisone rs, from West Bank, Gaza Strip and Arab cities inside Israel, were released from the Israeli prisons of Ketziot and Nafha (Rimon) after serving their terms. The ministry said that the prisoners were not released according to an Israeli l aw which allows the directors of Israeli prisons to reduce the sentence by one o r two months in accordance with the prisoners humanitarian condition. The law was suspended after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to take away Palestinian prisoners privileges in order to pressure Hamas into releasing kidnap ped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Full report at: --------Prosecutor says Norway terrorist holding back info By BJOERN H. AMLAND 5 August 2011 OSLO, Norway: A Norwegian prosecutor said Thursday he is concerned that the conf essed perpetrator of last months attacks that killed 77 people is declining to gi ve information that could determine if he had accomplices. Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the July 22 shooting massacre at a youth camp conducted by the governing party, in which 69 people died, and the car bom bing hours earlier in Oslos government quarter that killed eight. Breivik, in a manifesto issued shortly before the attacks, denounced Norways left -leaning government and its tolerance of Muslim immigration. In the manifesto, h e claimed contact with extremists elsewhere. We still think he was alone, but we cannot conclude about that. He holds back som e information, and that worries us, prosecutor Christian Hatlo told The Associate d Press. Hatlo also said Breivik has been questioned about his travels to 10 other countr ies and about equipment bought for the attacks. He declined to elaborate on eith er thread of inquiry. Full report at: --------Aspects of Islamic faith 111: Fasting has its own special level 5 August 2011 The month of Ramadan is the time when Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to dusk, refraining from eating, drinking and sex. They enjoy observing the fast which appears to others difficult to understand, since hunger and thirst are by no means enjoyable. What makes things worse, at the superficial level, is that Ramadan occurs this year at the height of the summer, when the weather is except ionally hot and the days are at their longest. How come Muslims willingly fast, and keep at it for a whole month, and enjoy it? The answer is fully provided in the following sacred, or qudsi, Hadith which mea ns that it is Gods own words quoted by the Prophet (peace be upon him) but it is not part of the Quran: All actions done by a human being belong to him except fast ing; it belongs to Me. I shall reward it accordingly. The Hadith is longer than this, but only this part is in Gods words. The remainde r is in the Prophets words, and it goes as follows: Fasting is a means of protecti on. When any of you are fasting, they must not engage in any quarrel or shouting . Should anyone verbally abuse you or fight you, you should only say: I am fastin g. By Him who holds Muhammads soul in His hand, the mouth of a fasting person smel

ls, in Gods sight, better than musk. Fasting people rejoice twice: once when it i s time to break the fast and once when they meet their Lord. (Related by Al-Bukh ari) Full report at: --------650,000 children acutely malnourished in Somalia Allan Jacob 5 August 2011 5 August 2011 DUBAI Frail children are bearing the full force of the drought and famine in Somalia, with 650,000 of them acutely malnourished in the south, the United Nations said on Thursday. UN relief officials, speaking to Khaleej Times, said the worst famine-hit region received 653 metric tonnes of Corn Soya Blend in July, enough to feed 65,000 ch ildren, and 230 metric tonnes of therapeutic food to treat 16,000 severely malno urished children. The World Food Programme (WFP) is feeding 1.5 million people in Somalia and is w orking to reach a further 2.2 million in the south. Jens Laerke, of the UNs Offic e for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said the emergency respon se must be stepped up to prevent the situation from spiralling out of control. Tens of thousands of Somalis have already died and hundreds of thousands more are facing starvation. A famine which is a technical term for the worst possible sit uation of hunger in an area has been declared in two regions in Somalia, and unl ess there is a massive increase in the humanitarian response, the famine will sp read to five or six more regions. Food, drinking water and special nutrition for children is therefore on top of the requirements. But also medicines and health equipment are urgently needed, he said. Full report at: st/middleeast_August122.xml&section=middleeast --------12 Jama atul Mujahideen Bangladesh militants acquitted 5 August 2011 A Rajshahi court yesterday acquitted 12 militants of banned Jama atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in a case filed for torturing a teenage boy in Bagmara during the rise of militancy in 2004. Victim and plaintiff of the case, Manik, rejected the verdict and said he would appeal against it with the High Court soon. A gang of JMB militants on April 6, 2004 beat up Manik, an SSC examinee, and ran sacked his house after his parents refused to pay Tk 1 lakh toll. As a means of exerting pressure for the money, Manik was then taken to a JMB camp set up at Ra mjan Kaya s house at Hamirkutsa and tortured overnight. He was released next mor

ning only after a payment of Tk 50,000 ransom by Manik s family. In yesterday s verdict, Afzal Hossain, judge of the first court of Women and Chi ldren Repression Prevention Tribunal, said the charges against the accused could not be proved. Public Prosecutor Sayeda Morjina Khatun said, "Most of the witnesses seemed afra id to testify against the militants." Yet some of the statements of the witnesse s were strong enough where the judge could use his judicial mind to give a verdi ct against the accused. About five years after the incident, Manik lodged the case with a Rajshahi court accusing 34 militants but police pressed charges against 12 of them in December 2009. Full report at: --------Al-Qaida still remains a threat to US: Panetta Aug 5, 2011 WASHINGTON: Despite the fact that the al-Qaida has been badly damaged, the globa l terror outfit still poses a threat to the US, Pentagon said. "Even though we ve badly damaged al-Qaida and their ability to conduct attacks i n this country, the fact is that they still remain a threat," Leon Panetta said at his maiden Pentagon news conference as US defense secretary. The fundamental issues needed to deal with are identifying threats and making su re that US is prepared to confront those threats. "That s what national defense is all about," he said. "And clearly, terrorism and the terrorism networks still remain a threat out the re. A threat coming out of Yemen. A threat coming out of Somalia and elsewhere. And that means that we have to continue the pressure to deal with the threat of al-Qaida," he said in response to a question. In addition, US is fighting two wars - in Afghanistan and Iraq. "We have a responsibility to try to bring those wars to a stable conclusion, and that s what we re trying to do," Panetta said. "We have the threats that come from Iran and North Korea, and the need to contin ue to watch them closely, with the danger being that they could achieve some kin d of nuclear capability," he said. The defence secretary said: "Then the responsibility is, obviously, to be able t o project our power in the world, in order to make sure that rising powers under stand that the United States still has a strong defense. All of those areas are important national defense areas that we have to pay attention to." S-Panetta/articleshow/9488112.cms ---------

Survivor says around 100 died on Libya refugee boat Aug 5, 2011 ROME: Around 100 refugees fleeing the unrest in Libya died on an overcrowded ref ugee boat that arrived at the Italian island of Lampedusa, a survivor said, but coast guard officials did not confirm the toll. "We were 300, but around 100, especially women, did not survive, and the men wer e forced to throw their bodies into the sea," a Moroccan female survivor was quo ted by Italy s ANSA news agency as saying. The woman s claim contradicted information provided earlier by Italian coast gua rd officials, who said 300 badly dehydrated refugees were rescued from the boat after it was discovered 167 kilometres south of Lampedusa yesterday. But Antonio Morana, the commander of the Lampedusa port, said rescue speedboats sent out to assist the refugees "saw clothes floating in the sea in the area whe re they were operating and maybe also corpses." Morana said rescue workers were not able to check whether there were in fact bod ies floating in the water. "We had to leave to quickly transport the 300 migrants that were in a precarious state of health," he said, adding that poor visibility made it equally difficul t to scan the water for bodies. The female survivor was among a group of four women and a man taken by helicopte r to a hospital on the island to receive emergency treatment for dehydration and shock following their harrowing journey. ANSA earlier cited survivors as saying that "dozens and dozens of people" had di ed of thirst and hunger and were thrown overboard, but coast guard spokesman Vit torio Alessandro did not confirm the report. (AFP) ASR 08050249 NNNN ed-on-Libya-refugee-boat/articleshow/9487442.cms --------Pallone introduces resolution on Kashmiri Pandits in US House Aug 5, 2011 WASHINGTON: Influential Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone has introduced a re solution in the US House of Representatives, condemning the extremist violence a gainst the Kashmiri Pandits since 1989. The resolution condemns the extremist violence, lack of religious freedom, and h uman rights violations committed against Kashmiri Pandits, which they have endur ed for more than two decades. It also insists that terrorist infrastructure in the region must be dismantled a nd terrorists should be held accountable for their actions. Noting that Kashmiri Pandits are the original inhabitants of Kashmir, tracing th eir heritage and culture back several millennia; the resolution says that Kashmi ri Pandits have been the victims of documented human rights violations resulting in the severe curtailment of their religious freedom for more than two decades.

Full report at: ri-Pandits-in-US-House/articleshow/9492348.cms --------Haqqani Network Growing Stronger at the Expense of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Arif Jamal 5 August 2011 The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) seems to be slowly disintegrating as various commanders try to pull it in different directions. A clear indication of this p rocess came when the TTP Commander in the Kurram Agency, Fazal Saeed Haqqani, an nounced that his group had seceded from the TTP (for Fazal Saeed Haqqani, see Mi litant Leadership Monitor, July 2011). Fazal Saeed Haqqani also announced the fo rmation of a new group called Tehrik-e-Taliban Islami Pakistan (TTIP) (Dawn [Kar achi] June 28). Haqqani said his group was not happy with the TTPs policy of atta cking civilian targets, a major reason for the split. However, Haqqani and his g roup have been involved in the murders of innocent Shia Muslims. In the very firs t statement to dissociate his new group from the TTP, Haqqani announced that his group would not carry out any attacks on the Pakistani security forces (The New s [Karachi] June 28). He also announced that the United States is the TTIPs main enemy (Daily Times [Lahore] June 28). Full report at: --------Mauritania Confronts Structural Problems as It Steps Up Counterterrorism Efforts Anouar Boukhars 5 August 2011 The past six weeks have seen an escalation of hostilities between Mauritanian tr oops and the forces of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The first signs o f this escalation occurred on June 24, when Mauritanian forces raided, with Mali an help, an al-Qaeda camp in the Wagadou forest in Northeastern Mali, killing fi fteen militants (see Terrorism Monitor Brief, July 7). Unlike its sanctuaries in the remote desert of Mali and Algeria, AQIMs decision to establish a forward ope rating base (a mere 70 km away from Mauritania) was a bold move that put the gro up within striking distance of Mauritanias urban centers (Jeune Afrique, July 6). The make-up of the AQIM contingent (half of its members were Mauritanians) also raised alarms in Mauritanian circles, as it confirmed accounts of the rising nu mber of Mauritanians in AQIM. Mauritanias military operation in Mali was therefor e necessary to signal resolve and demonstrate an ability to dismantle sanctuarie s from which the country can be attacked. Full report at: The Jamestown Foundation --------Afghan Taliban statement seeks legitimacy for Islamic emirate

5 August 2011 Statements from Afghanistans Taliban movement have begun taking on a more diploma tic tone as the movement grows ever more confident of an eventual victory over f oreign forces that are beginning to question the value of extending their deploy ments. A July 28 statement entitled The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: Rethinkin g Afghanistan took the opportunity to jab at American fiscal sensitivities by rem inding the United States that the cost of its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had p recipitated a head-long descent into financial meltdown (, July 28). Americas reputation as a world leader in human rights has similarly suffered thro ugh the gross human rights violations by American interrogators in the Abu Ghraib , Guantanamo and Bagram jails, as well as drone attacks and night raids in which t housands of innocent men and women have lost their lives. Despite the great financial cost and the blows to Americas international reputati on, the Taliban insists the American intervention in Afghanistan has succeeded o nly in destabilizing the region and imposing a corrupt government of former warl ords who ship foreign aid funds through the Kabul airport to clandestine bank acc ounts. Full report at: The Jamestown Foundation --------A History of Islamist Militancy in Pakistani Punjab Arif Jamal 5 August 2011 Pakistans Punjab Province is home to some of the worlds most insidious terrorist g roups and Islamist political organizations. Islamist and jihadist groups, organi zed under different Islamic sects, have flourished in Punjab and among Punjabis elsewhere. The roots of Islamist militancy in the Muslim Punjab can be traced to the Muslim revolt against the Hindu Maharaja of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir in July 1931. The revolt gave birth to the Majlis-Ahrar-Islam (Ahrars for short) in the British Punjab. The Ahrars have served as a model for all subsequent Deobandi, and arguably Salafist, Islamist/jihadist groups that g ive and take lives in the name of religion. The rise of Deobandi Islamist/jihadi st groups since the foundation of the Ahrars has continued unabated. However, th eir rise became steep after the Pakistan army started raising militias to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. The United States has given billions of dollars to t he Pakistan army, but failed to break its alliance with the jihadists. Neither t he intensification of the jihadists war on the Pakistan army nor the increase in military aid to Pakistan by the United States is likely to convince Pakistan to go after the Islamist terrorists indiscriminately. Hence, the war on terror cann ot be won without a resolution to the Kashmir conflict. Jamestown Foundation --------Syrian siege of Hama raises humanitarian concerns By ZEINA KARAM 5 August 2011 BEIRUT: Gunmen in plainclothes are randomly shooting people in the streets of th

e besieged Syrian city of Hama and families are burying their loved ones in gard ens at home for fear of being killed themselves if they venture out to cemeterie s, a resident said Thursday. Military forces on Sunday launched an offensive against anti-government dissent in Hama and at least 100 people have been killed since, according to human right s groups. Phones, Internet and electricity have been cut or severely hampered fo r days. The resident told The Associated Press people are being forced to ration food and share bread to get by during the holy month of Ramadan, when many Musl ims fast from dawn to dusk then celebrate with large, festive meals after sundow n. People are being slaughtered like sheep while walking in the street, said the resi dent, who spoke by phone on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. I saw w ith my own eyes one young boy on a motorcycle who was carrying vegetables being run over by a tank. He said he left Hama briefly through side roads to smuggle in food supplies. The resident said around 250 people have been killed since Sunday. Hozan Ibrahim , of the Local Coordination Committees which tracks the crackdown on protesters, said up to 30 people may have been killed in Hama Wednesday only based on repor ts from fleeing residents. But neither of those numbers could be immediately ver ified. Families have resorted to burying their loved ones in home gardens or roadside p its because we fear that if we go to the cemetery, we will end up buried along wi th them, the resident said. Full report at: --------What the Quran teaches: God in heaven and on earth 5 August 2011 In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful Say: If the Lord of Grace had a son, I would be the first to worship him. Limitles s in His glory is the Lord of the heavens and earth, the Lord of the Throne: He is far above their false descriptions. Leave them to indulge in idle talk and pl ay until they face the Day they have been promised. It is He alone who is God in heaven and God on earth; He alone is the Wise, the All-Knowing. Blessed is He t o whom sovereignty over the heavens and the earth and all that is between them b elongs, and with whom the knowledge of the Last Hour rests, and to whom you shal l be brought back. Those whom they invoke besides Him have no power of intercess ion, unlike those who know the truth and bear witness to it. Yet if you ask them who created them they are sure to answer, God. How is it, then, that they are so misled? And (the Prophet) says: My Lord, these are people who will not believe. St ill, bear with them and say, Peace, for in time they will come to know. (Gold; AlZukhruf: 43: 81-89) In this final passage, the surah directs the Prophet (peace be upon him) to say something to them and to leave them to face the destiny which has already been d escribed to them: Say: If the Lord of Grace had a son, I would be the first to wor ship him. Limitless in His glory is the Lord of the heavens and earth, the Lord o f the Throne: He is far above their false descriptions. Leave them to indulge in idle talk and play until they face the Day they have been promised.

Full report at: --------Translator of the Quran in English, French and German By ABU TARIQ HIJAZI 5 August 2011 Muhammad Hamidullah, the world famed scholar who knew 24 languages and wrote 170 books in 22 languages, lived in France for about 50 years. His greatest contribution is the translation of the Holy Quran into three languag es English, French and German. He was an authority on Islamic and international law, which he taught at Osmania University in Hyderabad for a decade. He wrote over 1,000 articles in seven lea ding languages English, French, German, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish and Persian. Hamidullah came estors migrated mmed Ghauth was Arabic, Persian from a very learned and respectable family of Hyderabad. His anc from Arabia few centuries ago. His great grandfather Maulvi Moha a well-versed scholar of Islamic sciences and wrote 30 books in and Urdu.

His maternal grandfather Qadi Mohammed Sibghatullah was an accomplished scholar who wrote a commentary of the Holy Quran alongside many other books. His father Mufti Abu Mohammed Khalilullah (died 1943), also a noted scholar of I slamic jurisprudence, was appointed as director of revenue in the government of Nizam Hyderabad. He was the pioneer in instituting the first interest-free banki ng system in Hyderabad. Full report at: --------What the Qur an teaches: Concerning the truth about Jesus 5 August 2011 In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful When Jesus came with cl ear signs, he said: I have come to you with wisdom, and to make clear to you some of that on which you differ. Therefore, fear God and follow me. God is my Lord and your Lord: so worship Him alone. This is a straight path. Yet are the sects at variance among themselves. Woe, then, to the wrongdoers for the painful suffe ring that will befall them on a grievous day. (Gold; Al-Zukhruf: 43: 63-65) The surah now speaks about Jesus, stating the truth about him and what he preach ed, and how his people differed about him, both before and after his time: When J esus came with clear signs, he said: I have come to you with wisdom, and to make clear to you some of that on which you differ. Therefore, fear God and follow me . God is my Lord and your Lord: so worship Him alone. This is a straight path. Thus, Jesus came to his people with clear signs, whether miracles God granted hi

m or teachings that lead along the right way. He said to his people: I have come to you with wisdom. Whoever is granted wisdom is indeed granted much of what is g ood, and he is safe and assured of his way. Jesus mission also clarified for them some of the questions over which they differed. Indeed, they differed on many a spects of the law of Moses, allowing their variances to split them into hostile factions. Full report at: --------Nepalese Muslims pray for tolerance during Ramadan 5 August 2011 Islamic leaders preach respect for other religious communities. The country stil l debates choice of a secular state or a return to a Hindu monarchy. Kathmandu Ramadan, the month of fasting and prayer for Muslims began on 2 August , called Roza in Nepal. In the country this month, the 9 th of the Muslim calend ar, is also a time of prayer for minorities and for religious tolerance. Nazrul Hussein, President of the Islamic Federation of Nepal and the Secretary G eneral of the Interreligious Council of the country, told AsiaNews that "the Mus lims of the country have decided to offer prayers for minorities and for religio us tolerance during our holy month." "Nepal is changing to secularism and the re ligious transition is very important, even over the protests of those who demand the restoration of the Hindu monarchy, which we find unacceptable." "Minority g roups are expected to generate unity and religious tolerance, it is necessary to unify [the country]. So we decided to pray for minority rights and religious to lerance. " Full report at: ring-Ramadan --------Malays less sensitive on corruption than Chinese Teoh El Sen 5 August 2011 PETALING JAYA: PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu said many Malays do not seem to know that it is part of the Islamic teachings to have zero-tolerance for corrup tion. Instead, the Chinese seem to be more sensitive and concerned about corrupt pract ices of the nations leaders. The second Qaliph Umar Al Khattab had a large country under his rule and when he often wore new shirts, the people would ask where he got his money from to buy t hem. That is what Islam asks of you, to be critical and check your leaders, said Mohama d, better known as Mat Sabu, during a live interview on FMT RAW yesterday.

But now when we mention to the Malays that Rosmah (Mansor) has a ring costing RM2 4 million, they are not stunned. But the Chinese are. In that sense the Chinese seem to be practising Islamic culture more than the Malays, he said. Mohamad said Malays need to change their mindsets. Full report at: --------Clinton Islamic group reports vandalism 5 August 2011 CLINTON, Iowa Clinton police are investigating an act of vandalism at the Islami c Society of Clinton County. Anis Ansari, a physician in Clinton who is president of the Islamic Society, sai d during the afternoon or early evening of July 22, someone threw 16 or 17 rocks through a window. The window is hidden from the neighbors, Ansari said. There was quite a bit of dama ge. Were having the window replaced at a cost of $1,200. It happened during broad daylight, Ansari said. When people came for evening prayer at 8:30 p.m., they discovered this act of vandalism. We called the police right away. The Islamic Center, at 1500 2nd Ave. S., is located in the former Lutheran Churc h of the Atonement building. The church was sold for the center, which opened in March 2006. Two months later, someone threw a boot through the centers sign. We are very peace-loving people, Ansari said. All of our activities are open to non -Muslims. Most of the people know us and they recognize our good work in the community, he a dded. When things like this happen, we are at a loss at what the person would be thinking. The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Wednesday asked the FBI to investigate, but Ansari said he has not been contacted by anyone fro m the agency. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call the Clinton Police Department at (563) 243-1458 or Clinton County Crime Stoppers at (563) 242-6595 or (800) 462-6530. e63-001cc4c002e0.html#ixzz1U9O9kJS2 --------Foreign states host Iran Qur anic week 5 August 2011

The Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) have scheduled to hold a s eries of Qur anic weeks in a number of countries during the Muslims fasting mon th of Ramadan. The organization planned to introduce the Holy Qur an to other nations by perfor ming various programs at the occasion of Ramadan, regarded as the spring of the Qur an, Mehr News Agency quoted ICRO director Mohammad Baqer Khorramshad as sayi ng. Canada, Britain, Sweden, France, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia and Tunisia are among the countries to host the Qur anic weeks, he added. The event has been slated to present Qur an recitation along with calligraphy, p hotography, and illuminations with the theme of the Qur an. The cultural weeks in Indonesia and Malaysia is going to be a distinct program, in which a rare hand-woven Qur anic carpet will be put on show, Khorramshahi sta ted. A number of religious preachers will also attend the program, in order to answer to any religious questions. Furthermore, several software and computer games wi th Qur anic concepts will also be distributed during the event. The Muslims consider Ramadan, being the month in which the first verses of the h oly Qur an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as an auspicious month. --------Razavi Festival Spreads Islamic and Shia Culture 5 August 2011 A member of the policy-making council of the Razavi Festival said the festival f osters the pure Islamic and lofty Shia culture. (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A member of the policy-making council of the Razavi F estival said the festival fosters the pure Islamic and lofty Shia culture. Behzad Parvin Ghods also said the event is a good opportunity for those active in art and cultural fields to showcase their works. The Razavi International Festival is the only one about Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) that is held coherently in the country and abroad. This necessitates more precision and deeper approach on the part of the organizers, he remarked. Mr. Parvin Ghods stressed that the Islamic Revolution has institutionalized the culture of Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) in the country. The 9th edition of Razavi (AS) Art-Cultual Festival is planned to be held on th e occasion of Imam Reza (AS) birth anniversary in Iran and 22 other countries. --------Sharjah Museums Dept hosts over 750 students 5 August 2011

SHARJAH - The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD), in partnership with various gove rnment authorities, organizations and individuals in the UAE, recently hosted vi sitors from a number of summer camps and groups with the aim to enhance the nati onal and historical culture of the UAEs people. As part of this initiative, more than 150 students who are participating in the military training course at the Dubai Police Academy visited Sharjah Aquarium. Commenting on the occasion, Colonel Rashid Khalifa bin Darwish Al Falasi, Direct or of the Training Institute and Coordinator of the Military Course at the Dubai Police Academy, said: Through this summer training program we were keen to trans late the directives of the Dubai Police General Headquarters in spreading cultur al and environmental awareness among students with the aim of improving their cu ltural and educational level, and familiarizing them with the heritage and craft s of their parents and grandparents. The Fujairah Tourism and Antiquities Authority arranged for 30 of its summer cam p (Our Heritage Summer 2011) participants to visit the Sharjah Archaeology Museu m, where they were able to learn about the emirates past through displays of arte facts, films and interactive computer games, as well as realistic models of buri al sites, houses and tombs. People have lived in Sharjah for at least 7000 years and the visitors were able to learn how their ancestors adapted to the environm ent, what food they ate, the houses they built, and the weapons, jewellery and e veryday objects they made. Full report at: Khaleej Times --------Tolerance and diversity: Americas Achilles heel By Frosty Wooldridge 5 August 2011 Every major terrorist attack on the Western world from slaughtering Jewish athle tes at the 1972 Olympics to 9/11 served humanity with a warning. Islam, whether peaceful and prolific birthrates or treacherous terrorism, marches forward with one prime directive: dominate all cultures and countries. Its been a slow boil si nce 9/11 when Muslim terrorists drove airplanes into the Twin Towers in New York City. Out of the ashes, Islam expects to build a massive mosque honoring its re ligion within a block of the devastation that its adherents perpetrated. Mosques in America, much like the forts that dotted the American west, serve as markers for Islam. With over 1,208 of them thus far, Islam marks its new territory with minarets and growing numbers. European settlers did the same thing to the Native Americans in an invasion that destroyed their languages, customs, culture s, religions and ways of life. Europeans conquered by organized violence and rel entless settlers. Today, tolerance and diversity crumble the fabric of America. Writer David Solway said, "What we are really witnessing in Europe, the U.S., an d its outriders in Canada and Australiathe synoptic Westis the doleful spectacle o f a civilization in denial, a myopic civilization that in most of its cultural a nd political centers will not recognize it is under attack and that seems haples sly incapable of mounting meaningful resistance, let alone launching a counter-a ttack against an apocalyptically-inspired Islamic enemy to ensure preservation."

Full report at: --------DJS president dies of heart attack 5 August 2011 HYDERABAD: Shaik Mahaboob Ali, president of the Dargah Jihad-O-Shahadat, an Old City-based fundamentalist outfit, died of a heart attack on Wednesday. He was un well for the last several months. Mahaboob Ali, known for his high voltage speeches, especially during protest ral lies he organised on December 6 every year, Babri Masjid demolition day, was alw ays on the radar of city police. In fact, his grandson, Najiullah, who has been missing since the last few years, is alleged to have joined hands with Pakistan-based militant groups. Mahaboob A li resided in the communally sensitive Saidabad area. In 2004, violent protests were organised allegedly by DJS members after Gujarat police shot dead one mujahid, during protests outside the DGPs office following t he arrest of Maulana Naseeruddin. --------Jordanian woman Files against Israels ambassador 5 August 2011 The Jordanian public prosecutor has launched an investigation after a Jordanian woman has filed a lawsuit against Israels ambassador in Jordan after she was deta ined and criminally abducted. (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - According to the indictment, een published by Jordans Al-Ghad newspaper, several of ined the woman, also an employee, for 24 hours and used o elicit confessions on a former female employee at the in a corruption scandal. excerpts of which have b the embassys employees deta psychological pressure t embassy who was involved

The prosecutor has confirmed that the woman endured psychological pressure while detained and questioned and was also threatened to be abducted. No one in Jordanian soil may abuse or restrict its citizens freedoms, Shakir al-Abadi , the womans lawyer, stated, citing the Jordanian constitution. It marks the first time a lawsuit has been filed against the Israeli embassy in Amman since the Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace was signed in 1993. --------Turkish groups cancel iftar programs to send aid to Africa 5 August 2011

Organizations and businesses across Turkey have decided to give up their traditi onal iftar (fast-breaking dinner) programs and send aid to drought-afflicted Afr ica instead. (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Organizations and businesses across Turkey have decid ed to give up their traditional iftar (fast-breaking dinner) programs and send a id to drought-afflicted Africa instead. Bartin Active Businessmen Association (BAKIAD) announced that it will also share iftar with those starving in Africa this year. The association members decided to donate TL 10,000 to Kimse Yok Mu which will send it to people in Africa. BAKIAD President Birol Dikyurt said that it is not possible to remain indifferen t to the human tragedy in Africa with 10 million people in peril of starvation. Dikyurt said that BAKIAD traditionally organizes iftar dinner services in Turkey for its members and leaders. Last year, however, the association decided to ded icate its iftar budget to those less fortunate in Pakistan. "This year we decided to share iftar with Africa, which is facing the most sever e drought in its history. As industrialists and businessmen, together with our m embers in Africa, we have decided to provide aid to Somalia." Full report at: --------With Arab Spring in full bloom, Jordans jihadists look to turn new leaf By Taylor Luck 5 August 2011 AMMAN - Holding sit-ins, raising banners and marching arm-in-arm with pro-reform protesters - aside from the long beards and black flags, Jordans salafists barel y resemble the jihadists of old. From Maan to Amman, followers of the jihadist movement are taking a more peacefu l approach to promote their demands, the implementation of a strict interpretati on of Sharia (Islamic law). The group is distinct from, and at loggerheads with the mainstream Salafism in t hat preach against violence and reject as a breach to Islamic teachings revolts to topple existing regimes as long as rulers declare themselves as Muslims and e mbrace Islam as a source of legislation and the official religion of the state. Jihadists are also called Takfiris, after takfir, which is their tendency to lab el as non-Muslim individual and groups who do not follow their interpretation of Islam. Inspired by the Arab Spring, Takfiris are resorting to 21st century tools such a s Facebook and Twitter as part of their drive to become more mainstream than the ir extremist reputation. Full report at:

--------Pakistan, US headed for showdown over n-arms, warns daily 5 August 2011 Islamabad, Aug 5 (IANS) The US and Pakistan are headed towards a confrontation o ver nuclear arms, warned a Pakistani daily. An editorial in the News International Friday said the US plans to force Pakista n to sign the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty and halt the production of nuclear bombs material. This has understandably caused much alarm in Pakistan.

While noting that Pakistan and the US are heading towards confrontation yet agai n, this time over nuclear arms , the editorial observed: The US-Pakistan relat ionship has challenges but remains strategically vital: this about sums up the r elationship as it stands now... It said it seems that Pakistan s ultimate worth to the US - despite all posturi ng to the contrary - is becoming increasingly clear . The Americans would rather have assistance from Pakistan - in the fight against terror in Pakistan and beyond in Afghanistan - than have that assistance cut of f. It would rather that its spooks were allowed to do their work in Pakistan tha n that they were eased or pushed out, it added. It went on to say that all this talk of ties reaching a fever pitch and threate ning to explode eschews the fact that the US values its leverage over Pakistan a nd also realises...that leaving Pakistan now would mean a much bigger headache l ater . Yes, Pakistan worries the Unites States. But for precisely that reason, the Uni ted States isn t going to be able to ignore Pakistan s interests anytime soon. .html --------Every effort to be made for Karachis law and order: Malik Aug 05 2011 KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday ruled out any compromise to re store law and order in Karachi. He was speaking to media representatives after presiding over high-level meeting s with officials dealing with the citys security situation. Mr Malik also met wit h Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan. We will not spare anybody, he said, adding that action against criminals would be taken without any discrimination. He said that soon those arrested would be brought before media representatives t o tell their modus operandi and also on whose directions criminal actions took p lace.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr Wassan said all efforts were being made to bring no rmalcy in Karachi and other parts of Sindh with the help of the federal governme nt. About 800 people have been the victims of violent shootings in the last seven mon ths, Zohra Yusuf, chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), t old AFP. The HRCP previously said 490 people were killed in the first six months of the y ear and on Friday that another 300 people died in July. The figures compiled by our staff and the death toll for the last month confirmed by the police shows the number of victims of violence was not less than 300, Yus uf said. The government has campaigned to end the clashes and deployed hundreds of additi onal police and paramilitary forces in the city, but the killings have continued with 58 people reported dead in five days alone this week. -and-order-malik.html URL: 2