These two articles explain how the National Front has mobilized itself around the minaret ban in Switzerland to “reopen” questions of identity and immigration in France.
This article claims that Muslims in the Northern French city of Lille feel that the recent Swiss ban on minarets sends a very bad message for the acceptance of Muslims in Europe. One man interviewed pointed to the positive incorporation of the Mosque of Paris’ minaret within local architecture.
Ahmed Khalfan, a terrorism suspect captured in Pakistan in 2004 and held in secret CIA prisons in addition to Guantanamo, is going to trial in Manhattan and is requesting all charges be dropped. His lawyers claim that his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated.
“This motion asks one primary question. Can national security trump an indicted defendant’s constitutional right to a speedy trial? We resepctfully submit that the answer is emphatically and without qualification. ‘No.’,” says his lawyers.