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French Senate Approves 'Burqa Ban'

The burqa has been banned in France, passing in the legislature in a vote of 246 to 1. President Nicholas Sarkozy announced his opposition of full-face veils in a speech to a joint session of the French Parliament last year, saying, "The burqa is not welcome in French territory...In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity."

The Daily Telegraph
September 14, 2010
Paris, France

The law will come into force early next year if it is not overturned by senior judges. The bill had already cleared the lower house in July and was passed by the Senate with 246 votes to one.

The text makes no mention of Islam, but President Nicolas Sarkozy's government promoted the law as a means to protect women from being forced to wear Muslim full-face veils such as the burqa or the niqab.

France's five-million-strong Muslim minority is Western Europe's largest, but fewer than 2,000 women are believed actually to wear a full face veil. Many Muslim leaders have said they support neither the veil nor the law banning it.


The SPEECH Act and the Islamic Agenda

The Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage (SPEECH) Act of 2010: one step closer to stopping Lawfare Jihad in its tracks. “Considering Blair’s warning that Islamic ideology has penetrated ‘into even parts of mainstream opinion,’ investigative reporting is needed to expose the perpetrators, their means and the level of penetration...The SPEECH Act is the first bipartisan legislation that unanimously passed the 111th Congress. It was enacted to guarantee that the enemies of freedom fail to silence our free speech. The U.S. media is now free to resume its role in effort to foil further attacks on Americans at home and abroad and to prevent the growing threat of the Islamic agenda.”

The Cutting Edge News
September 13, 2010
By Rachel Ehrenfeld

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is no stranger to the Islamic agenda. As the Quartet's special envoy to the Middle East, his recent statement, "If these people could have killed 30,000 or 300,000 [on 9/11], they would have," should serve as a wakeup call. While Blair recognizes that "Islam's roots are deep, its tentacles are long,” he failed to mention the role that Britain's libel laws play in helping radical Muslims to shield their activities.

Soon after the attacks on the U.S. on 9/11, wealthy financiers of al Qaeda, especially from Saudi Arabia, began using Britain’s plaintiff-friendly libel laws and judges to muzzle the media from exposing national security threats, especially the names of al Qaeda’s financiers. Their lawfare have made London the Mecca of libel tourism, and England’s libel bar rich.

Their tactics were so effective that mere threat of suit is often enough to compel a pre-trial confidential settlement especially by American beleaguered researchers, investigators, journalists, publishers, bloggers and others, who deprived of their Constitutional free speech rights, wish to avoid steep legal costs and unjustified reputational ruin.

Libel tourism in the U.K. chilled the media’s commitment to shed light on matters of national security, depriving the public of important information and preventing critical debate. It causes investigative journalists and authors to stay away from reporting on terror financiers, and publishers to shun controversial subjects and authors.


India Says No to Islamic Banking

India will not engage in Shariah Finance!

The Financial Express
September 9, 2010
Kochi, India

The Union Government today informed the Kerala High Court that it was not legally feasible for banks in India or its branches abroad to undertake Islamic banking activities.

In a counter affidavit, M M Dawla, Under Secretary in the ministry of Finance informed the court that this had been the stand of the Union Government even while giving replies to questions in Parliament as well as in response to various VIP correspondence on the subject.

The counter was filed on a petition by R V Babu of Hindu Aikya Vedi against an Islamic banks proposal.

Earlier, Janata Party leader, Subramaniam Swamy, had also filed a PIL against the establishment of the financial institution to be run on the model of Islamic banks with the support of Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC).


New Law Protects Free Speech from Foreign Courts

The Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage or SPEECH Act, passed by both the House and Senate and awaiting President Obama’s signature, prevents lawsuits brought against American writers in foreign courts from limiting free speech in America. “It protects authors, journalists, and publishers by preventing U.S. federal courts from acknowledging or enforcing a judgment in a foreign libel suit that goes against the First Amendment... The bill also empowers authors and publishers to clear their names by showing that a foreign judgment is not in line with American law, even when the foreign plaintiff has not tried to enforce the judgment in the United States.”

The Epoch Times
August 5, 2010
By Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld
Washington, D.C.

A bill to protect authors, journalists, and publishers from “libel tourism” recently passed both houses of Congress. The bill, known as the SPEECH Act, prevents lawsuits brought against American writers in foreign courts from limiting free speech in America. The Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage or SPEECH Act passed the Senate and House in July.

Libel tourism refers to bringing a defamation lawsuit in a foreign country that is unrelated to the published material and where protection of free speech is weaker than in the United States. The goal is usually to silence or intimidate the journalist or author. Recent defamation lawsuits in the U.K. and Canada brought against American authors spurred legislators to take action.

Director of the American Center for Democracy Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, who documents and publishes terrorist organization’s funding sources, has been campaigning for protection from the judgments of foreign courts. After she exposed how Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz funded al-Qaeda, Hamas, and other terrorist organizations in her 2003 book "Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It," Mahfouz sued her for libel in London.


Bangladesh Bans Books Written by Radical Islamic Author

The Bangladeshi government has banned all books written by Syed Abul Ala Maududi, the founder of the Shariah-adherent Jamaat-e-Islami party. His books call for militancy, terrorism, and world domination by Islam.

July 16, 2010
Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Bangladeshi government has ordered mosques and libraries across the country to remove all books written by a controversial Islamic scholar.

The chief of the government-funded Islamic Foundation told the BBC that the books by Syed Abul Ala Maududi encouraged "militancy and terrorism".

Mr Maududi - who died in 1979 - is the founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.

His works are essential reading for supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in the region.

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