Saturday, April 25, 2015

Italy: Terrorist cell 'was planning attack on Vatican'

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Early morning raids were carried out across the country. Nine suspects were arrested, while another nine were being sought, three of whom were believed to be in Italy. All were Pakistanis and Afghans.

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By Nick Squires | April 25, 2015

Dismantled extremist network included Bin Laden bodyguards

Italy dismantled an alleged Islamist terrorist network with links to al-Qa'ida yesterday, claiming the extremists had planned to attack the Vatican.

Italian authorities said the network included two men who were bodyguards of Osama bin Laden before he was killed in a raid by US special forces in Pakistan in 2011.

Early morning raids were carried out across the country. Nine suspects were arrested, while another nine were being sought, three of whom were believed to be in Italy. All were Pakistanis and Afghans.

Investigators said the suspects belonged to "an organisation dedicated to transnational criminal activities inspired by al-Qa'ida and other radical organisations, pursuing armed struggle against the West and insurrection against the current government of Pakistan".

Malta: Gozo interfaith collaborative seminar taking place in Victoria today

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The public are invited to join in this event for a brief journey into the lives of Jesus and Muhammad, in order to understand and learn from them.

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By Gozo News | April 25, 2015

The Gozo Diocese and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are holding an An interfaith collaborative seminar, with the Theme: Religious Founders’ Day – How did Jesus and Muhammad bring peace to the world?

The public are invited to join in this event for a brief journey into the lives of Jesus and Muhammad, in order to understand and learn from them.

At the beginning of the seminar a gesture of solidarity and respect will be shown at the sad loss of the immigrants at sea, by prayers and standing up for a moment in their respect.

The seminar is taking place this evening, Saturday, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at The Good Shepherd Centre, Sir Paul Bofa Street, Tac-Cawla, Victoria, Gozo

The Keynote Speakers will be Imam Ibrahim Noonan Representing Islam and Dr Alfred Grech Representing Christianity.

UK: Surrey Ahmadi Muslims push to promote the truth about Islam

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"But once you see what the teaching of Islam is and what the Holy Prophet actually practices, you'll come to realise Islam really isn't a religion of terror or violence. Rather it's a religion of peace, I mean Islam means peace."

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By Eagle Radio | April 25, 2015

A Tilford Muslim has been opening up to us about being targeted in Surrey for his religion.

22-year-old Ataul Tahir is trying to promote the truth about Islam.

He is part of Haslemere Muslim youth group, called Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

It focuses on serving the local community by doing various charitable work.

Ataul says he does not blame people for having the wrong idea about Islam: "You have people calling out all kinds of abusive names.

"I'm not saying it's the norm, but it does happen.

"Whether it's on social media, whether it's walking around Guildford town.

"I can't entirely blame them though.

"The media is giving all the attention to so-called terrorism groups like ISIS.

"But once you see what the teaching of Islam is and what the Holy Prophet actually practices, you'll come to realise Islam really isn't a religion of terror or violence.

Perspective: Obey Law of Land | Kaleem Ahmed

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I would categorically dissociate myself from this hate campaign in the strongest possible term and request my local police that an inquiry be made to see who posted the ‘Don’t vote’ banners.

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By Kaleem Ahmad | April 24, 2015

Days after the hate-provoking banners were posted in Grangetown and Roath area of Cardiff asking Muslims not to partake in the upcoming UK General Elections 2015, deeming them man-made laws taking over Allah’s decree, the hype in social and print media has grown to a new level.

It is unfortunate to see how Islamic teachings are maligned by some mainstream Muslims and their own twisted interpretations are spread across to invoke hate in the name of Islam. The truth however lies in understanding of the Quranic injunctions such as “entrusting [authority to] those who deserve” with respect to exercising one’s rights with pureness, instructing citizens to “obey the Lord and the Prophet and those in authority”, and following dearly the Sunnah principle (the Prophet’s practice) of “Love of country is part of faith”, it is the utmost religious, moral and ethical duty of every Muslim to participate in civic life and cast his or just opinion whenever required.

As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association I condemn this malicious campaign. Rather than creating my own interpretations why shouldn't I just draw from the established practice of the Holy Prophet of Islam from 1400 years ago when the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told Muslims to go by the law of the land when many were migrating to a Christian kingdom, Habshah, present-day Ethiopia.

Pakistan: Human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud fatally shot in southern city of Karachi

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Senior police officer Zafar Iqbal says Sabeen Mehmud was attacked Friday night as she was returning home with her mother, who was wounded.

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By Staff collection / various  reports | April 24, 2015

KARACHI, Pakistan –  Police say gunmen have killed a prominent Pakistani women's rights activist in the southern city of Karachi.

Sabeen Mahmud, the director and founder of The Second Floor (T2F) cafe which hosts activists, writers and intellectuals., was shot dead by gunmen in an upscale neighborhood of the metropolis.

Senior police officer Zafar Iqbal says Sabeen Mehmud was attacked Friday night as she was returning home with her mother, who was wounded.

Hours earlier, she had hosted a seminar on the troubled province of Balochistan, featuring Mama Qadeer, the chairperson of Voice for Missing Baloch. This was a similar session to the one that had been cancelled by the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) a few weeks ago.

Friday, April 24, 2015

USA: CIA Declassified Document Behind Iraq Invasion Justification

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The CIA's 25-page unclassified summary of the NIE released in 2002 did not contain the State or Energy Departments' dissent.

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By Jason Leopold | March 19, 2015

The CIA Just Declassified the Document That Supposedly Justified the Iraq Invasion

Thirteen years ago, the intelligence community concluded in a 93-page classified document used to justify the invasion of Iraq that it lacked "specific information" on "many key aspects" of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs.

But that's not what top Bush administration officials said during their campaign to sell the war to the American public. Those officials, citing the same classified document, asserted with no uncertainty that Iraq was actively pursuing nuclear weapons, concealing a vast chemical and biological weapons arsenal, and posing an immediate and grave threat to US national security.

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