The International Dimension

“On May 1st, New York’s Times Square was the target of a failed terrorist attack. In the extensive coverage of the incident, you will find the timeline of the incident leading to the arrest of the suspect right before he scarped the country. The coverage will also include the news following the arrest, the charges against the suspect and the debate around the suspect’s Miranda rights. It will review some of  the immediate consequences of the incident including debates about the effectiveness of the no-fly list, the heightened security measures in NYC and potential effects of the incident on US foreign policy. International dimensions of the incident in linkage to Pakistani Taliban as well as the coverage by Pakistani sources have also been included. Finally, a collection of links related to the suspect’s background is available.”

CNN: Links to Pakistani Taliban?
Associated Press via My Fox and USA Today: Pakistani Taliban Claim Involvement
ABC: Pakistan probes Alleged Connections to the NYC Terrorist Attempt
LA Times: Suspect’s Ties With Pakistani Taliban
The Washington Post: Investigating A Karachi Mosque
The Washington Post: Gates: Pakistan Committed to Fighting Extremism

Suspect’s Background

“On May 1st, New York’s Times Square was the target of a failed terrorist attack. In the extensive coverage of the incident, you will find the timeline of the incident leading to the arrest of the suspect right before he scarped the country. The coverage will also include the news following the arrest, the charges against the suspect and the debate around the suspect’s Miranda rights. It will review some of  the immediate consequences of the incident including debates about the effectiveness of the no-fly list, the heightened security measures in NYC and potential effects of the incident on US foreign policy. International dimensions of the incident in linkage to Pakistani Taliban as well as the coverage by Pakistani sources have also been included. Finally, a collection of links related to the suspect’s background is available.”

CNN: The Incident’s Extended Timeline
BBC: Suspect’s Profile
Fox News: Glimpse into Suspect’s Life
MSNBC: Clues to Suspect’s Background
NYT: Suspect’s Background
USA Today: Suspect’s Background
CNN: Images of the Suspect Buying Fireworks
CBS: Suspect on US Travel Security List Since 1999

An American calls to “Jihad”

CNN has broadcasted a new audio made by Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric with links to several terrorist plots. In the audio, a voice similar to Mr. Awlaki’s says: “with the American invasion of Iraq and continued U.S. aggression against Muslims, I could not reconcile between living in the U.S. and being a Muslim, and I eventually came to the conclusion that jihad against America is binding upon myself just as it is binding on every other Muslim.” Mr. Awlaki, born in New Mexico, left the US to live and work in Yemen in 2002.

CNN Commentary: “New media, new Muslim voices” – Michael Wolfe urges more Muslim participation in new forms of media and communication

Author and non-profit founder Michael Wolfe contributes a special commentary on CNN, concerning the needed voices of Muslims in US Media and journalism. Wolfe asks: “With all the focus on Islam and Muslims in the news, the voices of American Muslim civic leaders, or even ordinary Muslims going about their daily business, are too often missing in stories about their own communities here and abroad. Why is it we so often hear what this or that expert thinks about Muslims yet so rarely hear what Muslims themselves think?” His CNN commentary questions the all the all too common remarks that Muslims don’t show their faces to American media enough, but Wolfe argues that Muslim Americans are still striving to make their voices heard on various American media platforms. Wolfe points to the increasing vocality of Muslim American bloggers such as Eboo Patel, Wajahat Ali, and Souheila Al-Jada – who are contributing to the marketplace of ideas online and sharing their perspectives on important issues. For those “American Muslims, who have often found themselves left out of mainstream media discourse, the possibilities are now vastly improved,” he writes.

Al-Qaeda No. 2 insults Obama with racial epithet

In a message purportedly from Al-Qaeda’s No.2 Ayman al-Zawahiri, the speaker criticized president-elect Barack Obama’s foreign policy positions on Afghanistan and Israel, and condemned his worldview. Al-Zawahiri also stated that the president-elect has “a heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits” him.

The message also made reference to Obama’s heritage, condemning the fact that while his father was a Muslim, Obama is a Christian. “You were born to a Muslim father, but you chose to stand in the ranks of the enemies of the Muslims, and pray the prayer of the Jews, although you claim to be Christian, in order to climb the rungs of leadership in America,” the message said.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned the statement’s “threatening rhetoric and racial slurs.”

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Spain acquits 14 accused Islamists

The Spanish Supreme Court overturned convictions against 15 of the 20 men accused of forming an Islamist group plotting to blow up Madrid’s High Court. The ruling found “non-existent the crime of conspiracy to commit a deadly terrorist attack.” Convictions for five of the men were upheld. Thirty suspects were originally arrested four years ago, most of whom were from Algeria and Morocco.

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Expatica

Barack Obama calls New Yorker cartoon an ‘insult against Muslim Americans’

Barack Obama’s campaign expressed outrage over a cartoon on the cover of The New Yorker magazine, which depicted the Democratic candidate in Islamic dress, burning an American flag in the fireplace of the oval office. Many have condemned the cover, which hit newsstands on Monday, while the influential magazine defended the cover. Obama spokesperson Bill Burton called the cover tasteless and offensive catering to right-wing critics of the Senator, but believes that most readers of The New Yorker will find it equally offensive. Obama condemned the cartoon, calling it an insult to Muslim Americans. “You know, there are wonderful Muslim Americans all across the country who are doing wonderful things,” he told CNN’s Larry King. “And for this to be used as sort of an insult, or to raise suspicions about me, I think is unfortunate. And it’s not what America’s all about.” The campaign of Republican candidate John McCain also condemned the cartoon, saying he believes it’s totally inappropriate.

German fears over al Qaeda actvity

Al Qaeda has begun an online propaganda campaign, targeting German-speaking Muslims with increasing amounts of terror-related content, German security officials have told CNN. And while there is no evidence of specific plans against Germany and Austria, German State Secretary of the Interior August Hanning has said he is worried that the authorities “will not be able to thwart all terror plots in the future.” Jihadist videos obtained by CNN, and narrated and subtitled in German, call on German-speaking Muslims to join the “Holy War” against what they call an “American led coalition against Islam that Germany and Austria are a part of. CNN has also seen excerpts of what German intelligence officials say is a 16-hour long, professionally produced bomb-making tutorial. Watch report on the terror videos.

‘Bin Laden Deputy’ Slams Scarf Ban

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) –A tape recording attributed to Osama bin Laden’s top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, criticized France’s decision to ban Islamic headscarves in schools, and described it as “part of the West’s campaign of hatred against Islam.” “The decision of the French president to issue a law to prevent Muslim girls from covering their heads in schools is another example of the Crusader and envy that the Westerners have against Muslims,” said the voice in the audiotape broadcast Tuesday on the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite TV channel. “Banning the headscarves in France is in line with burning villages with its inhabitants in Afghanistan, bringing houses down on the heads of sleeping Palestinians, with killing children in Iraq and robbing their oil using false pretexts … (and) torturing [Muslims in the cells of Guantanamo,” the tape said. Al-Arabiya would not disclose how it acquired the tape from al Qaeda’s No. 2 man.