Conservative MP urges closure of al-Qaeda linked websites

Conservative Italian MP Isabella Bertolini called for authorities to clamp down on Internet website which have been found to propagate jihadist messages and encourage terrorist activities. Don’t under-estimate the danger posed by the internet said Bertolini. Such websites, including one by the name ‘Ekhlas,’ has been guilty of death threats against PM Berlusconi and Italian journalist Magdi Allam. Bertolini also warned against the dangers of terrorism infiltrating illegal immigrants and the equally alarming incitement of hatred against Catholicism propagated in mosques in the country.

Tariq Ramadan Speaks Sunday in Rome

Tariq Ramadan will speak opposite playwright and producer British-Pakistani secular Hanif Kureishi in the final day of the Festival of the Philosophy. Critics see Ramadan’s presence at the conference as support for what they consider a radical position. Daniela Santanch_ (An) accused the Mayor Veltroni of Rome of having invited “a declared fundamentalist, a bandit from the university, and an accomplice to terrorism. Gabriella Carlucci (Fi), argued, “Tariq Ramadan cannot be granted a public forum to sow the seeds of his \wicked theories, and whoever does is his accomplice. Isabella Bertolini, accused Ramadan of anti-Semitism and called him an enemy of western civilization. Angelo Bonelli, President of the Federazione dei Verdi accuses the CDL of being blinded by Islamophobia and believes cross-cultural dialogue to be critical. Ramadan is a consultant of the English government, appointed by Tony Blair to help combating extremism and terrorism; in France he is involved with the Commission on Islam.