Muslim Community of Mollet evicted after illegally occupying a public space.

02 October 013

This Wednesday the Local Police of Mollet following a court order have evicted the local Muslim community from the property they were occupying for the last two months as a sign of protest.

The conflict between the Muslim community and the local government started when the first tried to buy a property in the center of town to use it as a Mosque even though they had been warn by the authorities that would not be allowed.

To aggravate the situation, the  Partido Popular (Popular Party) councilors distributed yesterday leaflets against the mosque. The town mayor condemned this action that according to him only instigates even more the conflict between the parts.

Cars Surround a Place of prayer, igniting protest by Muslims, In Via del Collegio, Muslims are unable to worship due to parked cars

So Began a clamorous protest by the Muslim community in Cagliari: “We will show you the situation that we are facing now every Friday, from next week we will be forced to take matters into our own hands,” said Sulaiman Hijazi, a spokesman for the Muslim community. The situation is perfectly shown in the picture: on Via del Collegio, where every Friday Muslims gather for their prayers, cars are everywhere without the slightest respect for the religion. This protest is also likely symbolic, given that the City has not yet solved the problem of the definitive place of prayer dedicated to Muslims.

Syrian-Americans, supporters rally on Common to protest possible US strike

More than a hundred people, including Syrian-Americans and pro-peace supporters, gathered on the Boston Common today to protest a possible US missile strike against Syria.

Speakers standing in front of Syrian flags bearing portraits of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad decried US plans to launch a “limited” attack against the country in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians last week. The ideologically diverse crowd included members of the Green-Rainbow Party and other anti-war protesters.

Syrian-Americans at the event almost universally supported Assad, whom they praised as a secular leader capable of holding together Syria’s many ethnic and religious factions. They also said the majority of rebel fighters in the country were foreign-backed terrorists, not Syrian dissidents.

 

Obama Protesters Sing ‘Bye Bye Black Sheep,’ Rail Against ‘Half-White Muslim’ In Arizona

A raucous crowd of supporters and protesters from both ends of the political spectrum showed up outside President Barack Obama’s appearance in Phoenix, Ariz. on Tuesday, with some of his detractors turning to racially charged attacks to express their opposition.

From the Arizona Republic:

 

Obama foes at one point sang, “Bye Bye Black Sheep,” a derogatory reference to the president’s skin color, while protesters like Deanne Bartram raised a sign saying, “Impeach the Half-White Muslim!”

The Republic reported that hundreds of people gathered outside Desert Vista High School as Obama unveiled a plan to overhaul the nation’s mortgage finance system. Some protesters came from Obama’s left, urging him to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline and take other actions on climate change. But a prevailing theme among many in the protest appeared to be issues of race. Some even suggested that Obama himself was to blame for racial tensions.

 

“We have gone back so many years,” Judy Burris told the Republic, arguing Obama had taken the nation back to pre-Civil Rights era levels of racism. “He’s divided all the races. I hate him for that.”

Others carried signs calling for Obama to be impeached, Tucson News Now reported, though despite the negativity, the majority of those in attendance were Obama fans.

Christian manifestation against Islam in Valdocco, where two assaults of Sherif Azer took place in Porta Palazzo

July 25, 2013

Two attacks in the space of five days, the last happening as Sherif Azer left from the bank yesterday morning when two men threatened him. Sherif Azer, an Italian citizen born in Egypt and a Coptic Christian, became the victim of the Islamic world in the area of ​​Porta Palazzo. Sherif as the representative of the Coptic Christian community in Turin and vice-president of the “Save the Christians” was attacked and rescued by officers who continue to investigate the case. These are sufficient reasons to unleash the protest of a neighborhood that does not want to be known for violent acts or threats. The peaceful protest in the name of Sherif, took place last night on Rondò della Forca, on the corner of corso Valdocco.

A demonstration of solidarity against violence of Islam and in favor of law at Porta Palazzo, as well as solidarity with the victim of this story. Magdi Cristiano Allam just last night, launched an appeal asking the state to provide protection to Sherif Azer as he is a symbol of religious freedom and the defense of Christian civilization of Italy. Sherif, in fact, does not observe Ramadan and the Islamic fasting and this was enough to attract the antipathies of the entire Islamic world who see him as a kind of traitor. “Do not bow our heads in these abuses” said Allam “ Porta Palazzo, as in every other place in Italy, everyone does have a right to pray to the God whom they believe. This kind of retaliation is not tolerable.”

Allam echoed the opinion of Sherif Azer. “He who is not Muslim is seen as a sellout. I cannot even carry the crucifix at the risk of suffering a beating. This is terrorism, a cancer that Turin has to fight.” The parade that went through the whole center was also attended by many politicians. Including Vice President of the PDL citizen Silvio Magliano and regional councilors Augusta Montaruli and Giampiero Leo.

Behind Rolling Stone’s Cover, a Story Worth Reading

Of all the outraged responses to the Rolling Stone cover of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston marathon bombings, those from Boston were particularly acute. Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter of protest to Rolling Stone and several retailers with Boston ties said they would not sell the controversial issue.

And then on Thursday, Boston Magazine responded to Rolling Stone’s editorial decision with one of its own, publishing photos of the manhunt and arrest of Mr. Tsarnaev. The images were taken by Sgt. Sean Murphy, a photographer with the Massachusetts State Police who was described as “furious” about the Rolling Stone cover and accused the magazine of “glamorizing the face of terror.”

His protest, which included graphic photos of Mr. Tsarnaev during his capture, ended up creating a controversy of its own. According to Boston Magazine, Sergeant Murphy was relieved of duty just hours after he turned over hundreds of photos to the magazine.

Mr. Murphy’s actions may have put him in hot water at work, but it is not hard to understand the emotions that drove his decision. News developments, and the way they are presented in the news media, always fall harder on some than others, especially victims, families of victims and first responders.

Part of the mass umbrage would seem to stem from a misunderstanding of the magazine and its cover. From the very beginning, Rolling Stone has seen long-form journalism as part of its mission, and more recently has proven its journalistic chops with important stories about Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and the so-called vampire squids of Goldman Sachs. Those were good, important stories and while the profile about Mr. Tsarnaev did not break a lot of new ground, it did an excellent job of explaining how someone who looked like the kid next door radicalized in place and, according to the federal charges, decided to attack innocents to make a political point. There is civic and journalistic value in finding out more about who this person is, and if the cover created in-bound interest, that would seem to be to the good.

Still, many piled on, accusing Rolling Stone of a cynical play for attention while they sought some of the same in their reaction. The actor James Woods, among others, found himself on the moral high ground, issuing a profane and personal rebuke to Jann Wenner, the owner and publisher of Rolling Stone.

The Islamic Community of Mollet prays in font of the City Hall as a sign of protest

11 July 2013

The Al Huda Islamic Community of Mollet (circa 150 to 200 people) met for the second day in front of the City Hall to perform their daily prayers during Ramadan, as a sign of protest. The meeting place was chosen as a protest against the closure of their former local of prayers. However the City Hall representatives affirm that the place is closed due to illegal construction works performed without permission. Furthermore, they add that the place is designed to be a commercial space so it could never be used as a mosque.

Gitmo Prisoners Ask Judge To Stop Force-Feeding So They May Observe Ramadan

MIAMI (AP) — Prisoners at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay are asking a federal court to halt the practice of force-feeding hunger strikers to keep them alive.

A motion filed in Washington on behalf of four men held at the base in Cuba says the practice violates medical ethics and is inhumane. They say it will also deprive prisoners of the ability to observe the traditional fast for the upcoming Muslim holy period of Ramadan.

Syrian prisoner Jihad Dhiab says he is well aware that he could die if he is not force-fed.

The U.S. says 106 prisoners are on hunger strike as of Monday in a protest over their indefinite confinement. The Miami-based U.S. Southern Command says the military remains committed to feeding prisoners to prevent protest deaths.

 

French Turks voice their opinion on anti-state protests in Turkey

12.06.2013

Zaman France

The government-critical Taksim protest movement that has rocked much of Turkey in the last two weeks has led to an intensified focus of Western media, including French news outlets, on Turkey’s rising urban dissident movement. France is after Germany the home to one of the globe’s largest Turkish and Kurdish diasporas with around 500.000 people residing there. The reaction of both diaspora communities in regards to the Taksim protest movement has widely been left uncovered by most Western media reports. Zaman France went to meet a number of French of Turkish origin in order to understand their viewpoints on the protests.

Of those interviewed and later published, virtually everyone had a critical opinion on the protestors and their right as well as motivation to protest. Many of the young French of Turkish origin consider the AKP to be the legitimate and democratic voice of the people, thus holding the right to make decisions that might eventually be opposed by ‘marginal groups’ for the greater good of the nation. For many diasporic Turks it seems that the AKP’s global economic success and renewed sense of national pride that has evolved out of it provides justification for even some authoritarian decisions of the state.

International Islamic Terrorism: a statement by Forza Nuova

June 14, 2013

 

Following the arrest of a 21-year old Moroccan in Vobarno accused of international Islamic terrorism, a section of Forza Nuova Brescia decided to give an or rather, post it, and have decided to include it on different banners in protest on the main streets of the town in Sabbia Valley.

They used the slogan “Islam Out of Italy” and “Stop terrorism, no Islam.” But beyond the individual, which can take this as a gratuitous racial slur, we hear what reasons lie behind this gesture: “We decided to use strong words and phrases” says the press note released by Forza Nuova  “why not is to focus on Islam and not create an opportunity for Muslims to become protagonists.”

“The same area of Vobarno” continues the statement “has experienced in the past negative events related to Muslim immigration. Recall, just to name one, the murder of a bartender in 2001, again by an immigrant of Moroccan origin.”

“We therefore call on citizens not to tolerate this type of continuous violence and widespread damage to the Italians, and we make ourselves available for future demonstrations.”