“Why Islamic State poses a mortal challenge to Al-Qaeda”


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In the past 13 years, Al-Qaeda has never managed to produce anything close to the spectacular strikes of Sept. 11, 2001, that triggered President George W. Bush’s war on terrorism. Years of relentless targeting by the U.S. and allied intelligence agencies have relegated it to the sidelines of history and reduced the movement’s core to a shadow of its once menacing image. As Barack Obama’s administration launched its own war on terrorism in a speech on Wednesday night, its target is not the network created by Osama bin Laden but the upstart Islamic State movement that now controls huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.
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“Activists Warn US Women of Sharia Law Threat” – [Is this part of the conservative agenda: Their war on women?]


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    WASHINGTON — There’s growing concern thatSharia law is creeping into America, with some U.S. judges even citing Islamic law in their rulings.

Activists are now working to shine light on what they call Sharia’s war on women.

A vast coalition met in Washington, D.C., Thursday, to warn women of the threat Islamic law would pose to their rights if enacted in the U.S.

“Sharia takes an entirely different approach to their rights than would the American Constitution or the Declaration of Independence,” explained Karen Lugo, assistant director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence.

The group’s national public education campaign includes women who’ve been affected by harsh Sharia law.

Cynthia Farahat fled Egypt to avoid facing military prison for her human rights work against Islam.

“I’m almost here in America on exile for standing up for basic human rights and basic values under Sharia law,” she said. “I lived under Sharia law all my life. I just came to America six months ago.”

From her experience, Farahat summed up Sharia’s treatment of women as “oppressive” and “violent.”

“It does not identify women as citizens. And some jurists in Sharia law do not identify women as human beings,” she explained. “Some jurists would go so far as defining them as livestock.”

Farahat is a writer and helps with efforts by the Center for Security Policy, the group behind Thursday’s panel discussion in Washington.

Participants want America’s women to understand the stifling effect Sharia law would have on their unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

“The women living in Sharia are often in polygamous marriages, often in marriages where they do not have freedom to pursue their education or pursue a career if that should interest them,” Lugo said.

The panelists also noted that Islam is far more than just a religion, and the Koran commands the whole world must come under Sharia law.

“They say Islam is religion and state,” Farahat said.

“It encompasses every aspect of one’s life,” Lugo added.

Some 5,000 Muslim women die in honor killings every year, which Islamic extremists declare imperative.

Sharia insists women have guardians, and some Islamic countries view them legally as perpetual minors, never as adults.

Sharia law also allows husbands to divorce their wives at any time, without reason. [FULL QUOTE]

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“Afghanistan to ask India for military aid”


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Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets with Secre...
Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld in the Pentagon on June 14, 2004, to discuss security issues relating to his country. DoD photo by R. D. Ward. (Released) 040614-D-9880W-092 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

KABUL, AFGHANISTANAn aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will seek military aid from India during a three-day visit this week. Karzai’s trip comes during escalating border tension with Pakistan, India’s archrival.

Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi says the president will discuss recent border skirmishes with Pakistan when he visits New Delhi starting Monday. He added that Karzai would seek Indian help in “strengthening of our security forces.”

The visit could irk Pakistan, which suspects its rival India of seeking influence in Afghanistan, which Pakistan considers its own backyard.

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“RODMAN TO KIM: ‘DO ME A SOLID AND FREE AMERICAN”


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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is tapping his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to ask for the release of a Korean-American man sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the North.

“I’m calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him `Kim’, to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose,” Rodman said on Twitter. He later called the tweet a direct response to a Seattle Times editorial that dared him to ask Kim for the release if the two are really buddies.

Rodman visited North Korea in February and sat next to Kim as they watched an exhibition basketball game. His trip came at a time of high tension between Pyongyang and Washington and was not endorsed by the U.S. State Department.

Bae is a tour operator who was arrested in North Korea in November. The North’s Supreme Court sentenced him last week for unspecified “hostile acts” against the state. In a Foreign Ministry statement on Sunday, North Korea said the 44-year-old Washington state man entered the country with a disguised identity.

Bae is at least the sixth American detained in North Korea since 2009. The others eventually were deported or released, some after trips to Pyongyang by prominent Americans, including former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry rejected speculation that it was seeking a U.S. envoy to negotiate Bae’s release, saying he is not a political bargaining chip.

Analysts have said North Korea may be using Bae as bait to open direct negotiations with the United States over its nuclear arms programs. Bae’s sentencing came during a lull after weeks of threats of war from Pyongyang against the U.S. and South Korea.

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“At Kerry-Putin meeting, US-Russia relations thaw – a little”


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By , Correspondent / May 7, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin (r.) speaks to US Secretary of State John Kerry during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Tuesday. Kerry is making his case to Putin for Russia to take a tougher stance on Syria at a time when Israel's weekend air strikes against the beleaguered Mideast nation have added an unpredictable factor to the talks. Mikhail Klimentyev/Presidential Press Service/RIA-Novosti/AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin (r.) speaks to US Secretary of State John Kerry during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Tuesday. Kerry is making his case to Putin for Russia to take a tougher stance on Syria at a time when Israel’s weekend air strikes against the beleaguered Mideast nation have added an unpredictable factor to the talks.
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MOSCOW – Secretary of State John Kerry huddled in the Kremlin for several hours with President Vladimir Putin Tuesday, in what US officials described as an effort to “intensify” US-Russia dialogue and inject some fresh juice into a bilateral relationship that’s been stumbling aimlessly, amid growing acrimony, for over a year.

More urgently, he told Mr. Putin that Russia and the United States must try harder to forge a common position on the fast-deteriorating situation in Syria, where conflicting charges of chemical weapons usage have alarmed the big powers, and a series of Israeli airstrikes in recent days have raised the specter of a much wider war.

“The United States believes that we share some very significant common interests with respect to Syria,” Mr. Kerry told Putin.

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Those mutual interests include promoting stability in the region, blocking extremists from gaining power, and working together to broker a peaceful political transition for the civil war-wracked country, he added.

But according to a brief note posted on the Kremlin’s official website, Putin indicated that he was only interested in a general discussion of “global problems” and would probably wait for his upcoming meetings with President Obama to make any serious decisions.

“I hope to soon meet with [Obama] in person. We will have opportunities to do so several times this year,” Putin wrote.

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