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Govt will not be allowed to restore writ in Swat: Fazlullah

The Taliban is mandating Shariah Law in the Swat territory of Pakistan, preventing the government from restoring its municipal laws. The Taliban is asking residents of the area to choose their own punishment for siding with the government during its recent military operation.

Daily Times (Pakistan)
July 11, 2009
Lahore, Pakistan

Swat Taliban chief Fazlullah on Friday said the government would not be allowed to restore its writ in Malakand and Swat, a private TV channel reported.

According to an audio message the channel claimed to have received from Fazlullah, the Taliban leader criticised the government for launching the military operation in Swat and Malakand, saying that for siding with the government, residents of the area should suggest their punishments themselves. Swat Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan confirmed the authenticity of the message.


Cleric Abdul Aziz warns of ‘bloody revolution’

Maulana Abdul Aziz, Pakistan ’s most extreme Islamist cleric, has been released on bail after hiding Al Qaeda militants in his mosque. “The rulers should announce Islamic Shariah through the national assembly. If they do not enforce Shariah, there is risk of bloody revolution,” said Maulana Abdul Aziz, who mandates jihad at his services.
July 10, 2009
Islamabad, Pakistan

The most hardline cleric in Pakistan’s capital on Friday demanded that the government enforce Islamic law or risk bloody revolution, two years after security forces stormed his Red Mosque.

‘The rulers should announce Islamic sharia through the national assembly,’ said Maulana Abdul Aziz, who was captured during the July 2007 siege to flush out Al-Qaeda-linked militants allegedly holed up at the mosque.

He was arrested trying to flee the deadly siege in a woman’s burka.

His release on bail 21 months later raised fears the Red Mosque could become a flashpoint for Islamabad once again.


Britain Has 85 Sharia Courts: The Astonishing Spread of the Islamic Justice Behind Closed Doors

Daily Mail
June 29, 2009
London, England

At least 85 Islamic sharia courts are operating in Britain, a study claimed yesterday.

The astonishing figure is 17 times higher than previously accepted.

The tribunals, working mainly from mosques, settle financial and family disputes according to religious principles. They lay down judgments which can be given full legal status if approved in national law courts.

However, they operate behind doors that are closed to independent observers and their decisions are likely to be unfair to women and backed by intimidation, a report by independent think-tank Civitas said.


Have the Islamists Won in Algeria?

There is good poll data on Algerians in this article by Olivier Guitta.

Foundation for Defense of Democracies
June 16, 2009
By Olivier Guitta

In April, incumbent Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was reelected in a Soviet-style election with more than 90% of the votes. Interestingly his regime is perceived as the answer to counter the Islamists. Indeed after the Dec.1991 elections won handily by the Islamists of the FIS (Front Islamique du Salut), the Army implemented a coup to prevent the Islamists to rule the country. Ensued a civil war that lasted over a decade and killed over 200,000 people. The result was a clear military defeat for the Islamists but in reality they may have won on the social level.

The first sign of this reality is the creeping Islamization of Algerian society that occurred just in the past ten years. Interestingly enough, even some high-ranking army officers fighting al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have succumbed to the charms of this Islamization. An excellent March 2009 study by the Algiers-based Ciddef documents the regression of Algerian society especially when it comes to the condition of women. For example today only 16% of Algerians are for the equality of sexes, compared to 27% in 2000 and only 20% are favorable to women working. 70% of Algerians would like every Algerian woman and girl alike to wear the hijab (Islamic veil). Nadia Ait Zai, Ciddef?s founder, explains, ? women are paying the price of ten years of Islamist pressure?. The proof of this pressure can be seen in the spreading of the sheer number of young girls (some as young as 6) throughout Algeria wearing the hijab. Numerous testimonies from very concerned mothers have appeared in the media. For example, the mother of a 6-year old girl in Dergana explained that at the beginning of the school year, her little girl came back from school with a hijab. When asked by her mother who does not wear the hijab why she was doing this, the kid replied, ?But it?s a duty! God asked us to do so! (?) And you are a kafra [infidel], God will make sure you will suffer in hell?. The mother was rightly shocked and is wondering what the kids are taught at school?


Kareem Shora Appointed by DHS Secretary Napolitano on Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC)

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
June 5, 2009

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that earlier today at a ceremony held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in ADC National Executive Director Kareem Shora as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

HSAC members, limited by charter to no more than 21, are appointed by the DHS Secretary and are comprised of national security experts from state, local and tribal governments, first responder communities, academia and the private sector. HSAC provides advice and recommendations directly to Secretary Napolitano on homeland security issues. ADC President Mary Rose Oakar said “This appointment is a great reflection on Kareem’s ability and the work of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. We are very proud of Kareem and believe his appointment will be very helpful in the protection of the civil rights of people with Arab roots as well as others”.

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