Archive for January 12th, 2015

12/01/2015

The Paris Killings – A Fatal Trap for Europe

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By Roberto Savio*

Rome, 13 January 2015 — It is sad to see how a continent that was one cradle of civilization is running blindly into a trap, the trap of a holy war with Islam – and that six Muslim terrorists were sufficient to bring that about.

A panoramic view of Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (the Mosque of the Prophet) in Medina, Hejaz region, today's Saudi Arabia, the second most sacred Mosque in Islam

**A panoramic view of Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (the Mosque of the Prophet) in Medina, Hejaz region, today’s Saudi Arabia, the second most sacred Mosque in Islam | Author: Ahmed Medineli | Wikimedia Commons

It is time to get out of the comprehensible “We are All Charlie Hebdo” wave, to look into facts, and to understand that we are playing into the hands of a few extremists, and equating ourselves with them. The radicalisation of the conflict between the West and Islam is going to carry with it terrible consequences

The first fact is that Islam is the second largest religion in the world, with 1.6 billion practitioners, that Muslims are the majority in 49 countries of the world and that they account for 23 percent of humankind. Of these 1.6 billion, only 317 million are Arabs. Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) live in the Asia-Pacific region; in fact, more Muslims live in India and Pakistan (344 million combined). Indonesia alone has 209 million.

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12/01/2015

Some Myths about Muslims

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Human Wrongs Watch re-posts this article which was published in July 2014 

By Nivedita Menon*, TRANSCEND Media Service — In the context of massive propaganda campaigns, the subtle use of stereotypes, and the fact that both the Western and the Indian media share certain basic biases, many people end up believing in a range of myths about the adherents of the world’s second largest religion. This is a quick attempt at exposing those myths.

Myth: ‘Muslim’ countries are never secular. Muslims do not tolerate minorities in ‘their’ countries but demand minority rights in other countries.

The world’s largest Muslim majority country is Indonesia (total population approximately 25 crores[i], larger than Pakistan).

Indonesia is a secular democracy.

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12/01/2015

Paris–And Then?

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By Johan Galtung*, TRANSCEND Media Service

12 January 2015 – What happened–known all over the world–is totally unacceptable and inexcusable. As inexcusable as 9/11, the coming Western attack and the Islamist retaliation, wherever. As inexcusable as the Western coups and mega-violence on Muslim lands since Iran 1953, massacring people as endowed with personality and identity as French cartoonists. But to the West they are not even statistics; “military secrets”.

Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung

However, the unacceptable is not unexplainable.

In this tragic saga of West-Islam violence, spiraling downwards, the way out is to identify the conflict, what is this violence about, and search for solutions.

I wonder how many now pontificating on Paris–a city so deep in our hearts–have taken the trouble to sit down with someone identified with Al Qaeda, simply asking, “what does the world look like where you would like to live?” I always get the same answer: “a world where Islam is not trampled upon but respected.”

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12/01/2015

Blowback in Paris

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By Nafeez Ahmed – Middle East Eye*

12 January 2015 – Recognising that the Paris atrocity is predictable blowback, does not absolve the perpetrators of responsibility for their terrible crimes; but it might help us find a path to safety.

paris charliehebdo terror cartoon journalist freedom press

Source: Middle East Eye

At least 12 people were killed in the shocking terrorist murders in Paris, among them 10 staff at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine whose offices were targeted, and two police officers.

The Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen, who were also armed with pump-action shotguns, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as they entered the magazine’s office to embark on their killing spree, proclaiming “The Prophet is avenged” after the massacre.

These are the worst attacks France has endured in decades – perhaps the worst in Europe since the 2011 Norway attacks by Anders Breivik. In 1995, a Paris commuter train was bombed by Algerian terrorists, killing eight and wounding 119.

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12/01/2015

Germany's Muslims Unite in Solidarity with France After Charlie Hebdo Massacre

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12 January 2015 (RT)* — A union of Turkish imams has announced that it will organize demonstrations in front of various media organizations across Germany in solidarity with France after the deadly attack at Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris.

**Central Berlin. Unter den Linden in foreground and skyscrapers of Potsdamer Platz up to the right.| Author: Bleppo : Wikimedia Commons.

**Central Berlin. Unter den Linden in foreground and skyscrapers of Potsdamer Platz up to the right.| Author: Bleppo : Wikimedia Commons.

The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB), alongside other immigrant organizations in Germany recently announced that on January 16 it will hold solidarity protests outside publishing houses and TV studios after Friday prayers, with precise times and locations to be announced later this week.

“We condemn the act in the strongest possible terms, but at the same time urge people not to be intimidated or become divided,” the organization said in a statement.

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12/01/2015

UN Condemns Boko Haram's 'Depraved Act' as Child Suicide Bombers Attack Northern Nigeria Market

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Appalled by the escalating bloodshed at the hands of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria over the past week, capped by reports that suspected child suicide bombers attacked a crowded market in war-torn Borno state, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Anthony Lake, head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), have both strongly condemned the terrorist group’s “depraved act.”

A man stands outside his destroyed home in Baga, Borno State, Nigeria, following heavy fighting between military forces from Nigeria, Niger and Chad, and Boko Haram. Photo: IRIN/Aminu Abubakar

A statement issued on 11 January 2015 by his spokesperson in New York said that Mr. Ban is appalled by reports that hundreds of civilians have been killed around the town of Baga, Borno state, near Nigeria’s border with Chad in the past week.

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12/01/2015

'Growing Radicalization, Extremism and Fundamentalism Demand Renewed Emphasis of Mahatma Gandhi's Ideals'

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Growing radicalization, fundamentalism and extremism demand a renewed emphasis of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals – both spiritual and political, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonon 11 January 2015 said in Gujarat, pledging the ongoing commitment of the United Nations to promote tolerance, and ensure justice and dignity for all.*

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre), Madame Ban Soon-taek (left) examine Gandhi’s original writings during visit to Sbarmati Gandhi Ashram. Gujarat, India. January 2015. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

“Divisive politics and sectarian incitement have no place in our modern world. As Gandhi reminded us, ‘There will be no lasting peace on earth unless we learn not merely to tolerate but even to respect the other faiths as our own,’” said Ban in remarks at Sbarmati Gandhi Ashram, which houses a library and museum chronicling the life, work, and teachings of the legendary leader of India’s independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

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12/01/2015

Security Council Outraged by Terrorist Attack in Lebanon

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Outraged in the wake of an attack by Jahbat Al-Nusra which caused numerous deaths and injuries in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, the United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the incident and expressed its determination to combat terrorism on all fronts.

Wide view of the Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Loey Felipe (file)

In a press statement issued on 11 January in New York, Council members expressed their condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon. They also wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the incident.*

According to news reports, a suicide bomb attack on a cafe in the Lebanese city of Tripoli killed at least nine people and wounded dozens of others on Saturday. The Nusra Front, an Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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