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Morocco moves to drop headscarf saying hijab is extremism

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 8, 2006

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=== News Update ===

Morocco moves to drop headscarf saying hijab is extremism – Quranic verses on hijab removed from school textbooks

Morocco moves to drop headscarf

By Richard Hamilton
BBC News, Rabat

Moroccan market
Headscarves are more popular with older Moroccan women

Morocco is making major changes to religious education, in particular regarding whether young girls should wear headscarves.

A picture of a mother and her daughter wearing headscarves is being removed from the latest editions of a text book.

A verse from the Koran that says girls should don veils has already been taken out of the books.

Other Arab countries have made similar changes, worrying that the veil could be used as a symbol of extremism.

Trust

There are few things that have become such obvious and controversial symbols of Islamic identity as the headscarf.

But until now it has not been a controversial issue in Morocco.

This issue isn’t really about religion, its about politics

Aboulkacem Samir

On Avenue Mohammed V, the main avenue in central Rabat, older women in particular can be seen wearing traditional long robes with full headscarves.

But younger women wear everything from that to more modern clothes such as trainers, jeans and T-shirts, with nothing on their heads – except perhaps some expensive designer sunglasses.

The variety of clothes and head dresses seems to reflect the fact that Morocco is seen as a liberal country with some pro-western leanings.

But for some more conservative people this latest move is an underhand way of undermining Morocco’s Islamic roots.

Abdelkarim El Houichre from the Association of Teachers of Islamic Education does not trust the government’s motives:

“I think there is pressure coming from the United States, which believes that teaching about traditional Islam and teaching girls to wear headscarves will somehow encourage extremism and terrorism,” he says.

“But I think Islamic education has to be kept within mainstream teaching in our schools because that way we can control it. If we deny it to them in school then they will only go and find out more outside of school and they are more likely to fall into the wrong hands.”

Dilemma

In the current climate, the Moroccan government is worried about anything that might fan the flames of Islamic fundamentalism and says it does not want the headscarf to become a rallying cry for extreme organisations.

Moroccan text book
This image is being removed from text books

Education ministry official Aboulkacem Samir says the headscarf has political overtones:

“This issue isn’t really about religion, its about politics,” he says.

“The headscarf for women is a political symbol, in the same way as the beard is for men. But we in the ministry must be very careful that the books are fair to all Moroccans and do not represent just one political faction.”

Across the Arab world the headscarf issue seems to be gathering momentum.

In Tunisia for example, young women who wear veils say they have been harassed by the authorities who are forcing the girls to remove their veils at schools and universities.

The veil is perhaps a microcosm of a much broader dilemma – should Arab countries in north Africa turn towards secular democracies or to more traditional Islamist countries for their guidance and inspiration?

Morocco is treading a fine line between these competing influences and the headscarf might just be something that trips it up.

source:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/5413808.stm

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U.S. admits no-fly watch list mixes up innocent, terrorists

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 8, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

U.S. admits no-fly watch list mixes up innocent, terrorists

Thousands want names cleared – Misidentified can be denied entry

Oct. 7, 2006. 01:00 AM

WASHINGTON—Thousands of people have been mistakenly linked to names on terror watch lists when they crossed the border, boarded commercial airliners or were stopped for traffic violations, a U.S. government report said yesterday.

More than 30,000 airline passengers have asked just one agency — the Transportation Security Administration — to have their names cleared from the lists, according to the Government Accountability Office report.

Hundreds of millions of people each year are screened against the lists by Customs and Border Protection, the State Department and state and local law enforcement agencies. The lists include names of people suspected of terrorism or of possibly having links to terrorist activity.

“Misidentifications can lead to delays, intensive questioning and searches, missed flights or denied entry at the border,” the report said.

“Whether appropriate relief is being afforded these individuals is still an open question.”

People are considered “misidentified” if they are matched to the database and then, upon further examination, are found not to match. They’re usually misidentified because they have the same name as someone in the database.

People are considered “mistakenly listed” if they were put on the list in error or if they should no longer be included because of subsequent events, the report said.

One of those “mistakenly listed” was Ottawa software engineer Maher Arar, who was detained at New York’s Kennedy airport in 2002 because Canadian officials had asked that he be placed on a watch list.

The U.S. transferred him without court approval to Syria, where he was tortured and imprisoned for a year. A Canadian inquiry found Arar should not have been on the list because he didn’t do anything wrong.

When questions arose about tens of thousands of names between December 2003 and January 2006, the names were sent back to the agencies that put them on the lists, the GAO said. Half of those were found to be misidentified, the report found.

Problems developed with terrorist watch lists after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

In December 2003, disparate agencies with counterterrorism responsibilities consolidated dozens of watch lists of known or suspected terrorists into the new Terrorist Screening Centre run by the FBI.

The no-fly list is part of the centre’s database.

source:
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1160171411226&call_page=TS_World&call_pageid=968332188854&call_pagepath=News/World&pubid=968163964505

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US Terrorize The World – 15 Ramadhan 1427 H (8.10.06)

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 8, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Maniac Islamophobia and Narrow Minded :

Morocco moves to drop headscarf saying hijab is extremism- Quranic verses on hijab removed from school textbooks

Morocco is making major changes to religious education, in particular regarding whether young girls should wear headscarves.
A picture of a mother and her daughter wearing headscarves is being removed from the latest editions of a text book. A verse from the Koran that says girls should don veils has already been taken out of the books. Other Arab countries have made similar changes, worrying that the veil could be used as a symbol of extremism.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/5413808.stm

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Thousands Wrongly on Terror List

Maher Arar, a Canadian software engineer, was detained at New York’s Kennedy Airport in 2002 because Canadian officials had asked that he be placed on a watch list. The U.S. transferred him without court approval to Syria where he was tortured and imprisoned for a year. A Canadian inquiry found that Arar should not have been on the list because he didn’t do anything wrong.

The “no fly” list doesn’t actually work to identify terrorists. It is just for show, something the government does to make it look like they are fighting terrorism while they refuse to do the one thing that would really end terror; stop invading other peoples’ countries.
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061007/D8KJHGDO0.html

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9/11 : Existence of “Al-Qaeda” Is Crap; Quite Literally

You have heard before that “Al-Qaeda” roughly translates into “the base,” but were you aware that “Ana raicha Al Qaeda” is arabic colloquial for “I’m going to the toilet”?

Would hardened terrorists hell bent on the destruction of the west name their organization after a euphemism for taking a shit?
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/october2006/061006alqaedacrap.htm

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? More Than 250,000

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11674.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2736
http://icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs $331,785,350,395 – See the cost in your community
http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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U.S. general says thousands of Iraqi police wounded, killed

Oh yes, things in Iraq are so much better now than under Saddam!
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/06/america/NA_GEN_US_Iraq.php

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The Iraq videos banned from YouTube

http://dodgone.zippyvideos.com/

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 6 October 2006.

  • Massive and violent explosion rocks US base west of al-Qa’im early Friday morning.
  • US extends lockdown of populated areas in western Iraq on Friday, sealing off towns and villages, raiding homes, stealing, beating women, arresting dozens of men as of early afternoon.
  • Powerful Resistance bomb blasts US vehicle in ar-Ramadi leaving seven US troops reported killed early Friday afternoon.
  • US Marine reported killed in Resistance bombing in al-Fallujah.
  • US ambush leaves 10 Iraqi Resistance fighters dead near al-Fallujah Thursday night. Two US troops also reported killed.
  • Four US troops reported killed in Resistance car bomb attack on US column in western Baghdad’ al-‘Amiriyah district Friday morning.
  • Resistance sharpshooter’s bullet kills US soldier in al-Mawsil Friday morning.
  • US Marine reported killed by Resistance sharpshooter in Tall ‘Afar Friday morning.
  • Danish occupation soldier killed in battle with Resistance near al-Basrah.
  • Resistance car bomber blasts into US column in al-Khalidiyah Friday afternoon.
  • Resistance fighters mount attack on house of puppet “Governor” of al-Anbar Province.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2006/1006/iraqiresistancereport_061006.htm

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Taliban Back, Using Iraq-Style Violence

The prospect of a second downward spiral – though so far Afghanistan isn’t nearly as violent as Iraq – has experts worried that Western militaries don’t have an effective strategy for these irregular wars.

“One Iraq is bad enough,” said Bruce Hoffman, a counterinsurgency expert at Georgetown University. “Given that our two main theaters of operations aren’t going well, one has to question how well the U.S. understands counterinsurgency.”
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061007/D8KJQDPO0.html

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Afghanistan five years later: poverty, violence, misery

Five years into the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, the country is far from won over, or even safely on the path to stability and democracy.

The hard-line Islamic Taliban that appeared down and out has returned, taking control of large swaths of countryside. Widespread poverty has smoothed its way, shaking what little confidence Afghans have in their democratically elected government.

More than 3,000 people have been killed in rising violence this year. Suicide bombers are targeting ordinary Afghans and Western troops. Militants are assassinating key political figures, burning down schools and using roadside bombs to deadly effect.

This must be what Rumsfeld calls ‘progress’.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003293165_afghan07.html

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German “holocaust” denier demands summoning Iran’s President

The famous 67-year-old German dissident writer and scientist Ernst Zundel demanded summoning on Thursday, September 5, 2006, the Iranian State President Ahmadi-Nejad to his “trial” in the German city of Mannheim so that the President could confirm that the so-called “holocaust” never existed.

The Iranian President thoroughly studied jewish allegations about the “holocaust” and is considered to the an expert in the field.
http://kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2006/10/06/5839.shtml

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Bush: “You Can’t Kick 12,000,000 People Out Of Your Country”

Tell that to Israel.
http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=42841

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Why They “Hate Us”: Bringing “Regime Change” and “Democracy” to Iran

Iran has direct experience with US sponsored “regime change,” and its people are utterly unlikely to rise up against the nation’s leadership in support of a US attack.

In the early 1950s the US and Britain overthrew Iran’s elected, democratic government: its elected leaders had determined to nationalize Iran’s oil.

The Iranian people have a long memory concerning ‘regime change’ and the installation, courtesy of the US, of one of the most brutal dictators of the 20th century, the Shah of Iran.
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m27273&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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Bush removal ended Guam investigation

A US grand jury in Guam opened an investigation of controversial lobbyist Jack Abramoff more than two years ago, but President Bush removed the supervising federal prosecutor, and the probe ended soon after.
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/08/08/bush_removal_ended_guam_investigation/?p1=email_to_a_friend

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Rove aide quits — she took gifts, gave Abramoff inside information

I am waiting for the mainstream media to ask the obvious question, whether Abramoff was part of the AIPAC spy ring, especially given Mohamed Atta’s presence on Abramoff’s casino ship in the weeks leading up to 9-11.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/10/07/MNGH9LKM2R1.DTL

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Don’t Worry, Democrats Won’t Impeach Bush, Democrat Says

Weiner (who also worked for the Clinton White House) says Conyers “has told me directly: ‘I’m not going to conduct an impeachment. That would take all of our time. I would not want to bring an impeachment investigation because that would drain time and energy from the work that needs to be done, and it would take away the country’s attention from issues that need to be addressed.'”

TRANSLATION: “We can’t impeach the President for lying the nation into a war because we Democrats helped him do it!”
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/viewstory.asp?Page=/Politics/archive/200609/POL20060921a.html

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Is Condi Rice Being Drug Tested? Is Condi Rice Being Drug Tested?

Any way you cut it, Rice is a degenerate accessory to mass murder and is as accountable for the carnage in Lebanon and Gaza as Ehud Olmert. It’s one of the reasons she won’t be showing her face in Beirut any time soon.

The most despised woman in the Middle East returned to the scene of the crime this week. Condi showed up in Cairo with a pitch to sell the latest neo-con plot — a “moderate” Arab coalition aligned with Israel against the ‘radicals’ in Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. She got no takers from the ranks of the assembled audience of seven autocratic absolute monarchs and one Egyptian dictator — all fine examples of democratic progress in the Middle East.

Apparently, birth pangs aren’t Condi’s only delusions. Which begs the question. Do they still do drug testing Foggy Bottom? Because The State Department should start with Rice.
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m27256&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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