Court order over EU terror list

October 23, 2008

The European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg upheld a legal claim by the exiled People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) that there is no justification for including the group and freezing its funds.

The ruling is the latest in a series of verdicts supporting the PMOI’s demands to be removed from the list – but the battle is not over. >>>>>


What’s wrong with having a Muslim for president?

October 23, 2008

What about other groups? If the idea of a Latino or a Muslim in the White House is beyond belief, what does that say of American society? Either the White House is strictly reserved for those who profess to be orthodox Christians (that excludes Mormons like Mitt Romney) and the whole notion of plurality is a lie, or something has gone wrong.

If the US is the most progressive nation in these matters, what are the implications for western democracies? Is the idea of people being judged on merit, by the content of their character rather than on characteristics like race and religion just an illusion?  >>>>>

Australia’s Jihad Jack cleared

October 23, 2008

Mr Thomas was retried after the Australian Court of Appeal quashed the 2006 conviction on the grounds that his initial testimony was inadmissible because he had been coerced by the police under interrogation.  Mr Thomas was the first individual to be prosecuted under the country’s 2006 anti-terrorism laws. >>>>>

Bipartisan Islamophobia Frustrates Muslim Voters

October 23, 2008

Muslim-Americans are twice as likely as most Americans to be independents according to several polls. Most will vote for Barack Obama, but even supporters of the Democratic candidate express frustration at the rampant Islamophobia popping up throughout all sides of the presidential election.  >>>>>

Report: Hezbollah chief poisoned, Iranian doctors saved his life

October 22, 2008

The Iraqi Web site Almalaf on Wednesday quoted diplomatic sources in Beirut as saying Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was poisoned last week and that his life was saved by Iranian doctors who were rushed to Lebanon to treat him. >>>>>

Israeli Revealed as owner of South Sudan bound weapons ship

October 22, 2008

Registration documents gathered by BBC included the confirmation that the ship hijacked by Somalia pirates belonged to a Jewish investor residing in the self proclaimed state of Israel, and not a Ukrainian ship…

For many years, the Khartoum based Sudan government accused Israel of supplying arms and providing training to South Sudan rebels. Kenya is now proofed to be providing the logistical support for arms shipment to South Sudan, a role similar to Chad’s support given to Darfur rebels which has caused the two countries to be in a state of war against each other.  >>>>>

Big Brother database threatens to ‘break the back of freedom’

October 21, 2008

But Sir Ken, giving the Crown Prosecution Service lecture in London, said: “We need to take very great care not to fall into a way of life in which freedom’s back is broken by the relentless pressure of a security state.

“Technology gives the state enormous powers of access to knowledge and information about each of us, and the ability to collect and store it at will. Of course, modern technology is of critical importance to the struggle against serious crime. Used wisely, it can protect us.” >>>>>