Monday, August 27, 2012

Top Stories August 27, 2012

ArabNews (Saudi Arabia):  Daraya massacre an 'atrocity on a new scale' - Over 300 bodies of civilians were found killed.

Lebanon Daily Star:  Assad's forces accused of massacre near Syrian capital - This is also about Daraya.  Everyone in the Middle East is watching.  What about you, America?

Haaretz (Israel):  Netanyahu to Lebanon: Israel will strike in case of Hezbollah provocation - As if things aren't tense enough in the Middle East, Israel and Hezbollah are having problems.  An Israeli strike would include Lebanon's infrastructure, not just Hezbollah targets.

Turkish Daily News:  Tensions fuel debate over Syrian refugees - About 80,000 Syrians have fled to Turkey, and the number is rising.  A CHP (Republican People's Party) delegation was denied entry into a refugee camp by the government.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Top Stories August 20, 2012

ArabNews (Saudi Arabia):  Nation marks Eid with religious fervor - Eid Mubarak everyone!

Lebanon Daily  Star:  Assir and supporters demonstrate against Hezbollah, Syria - Sheikh Ahmad Assir and his supporters are protesting kidnappings and Hezbollah's weapons.

Haaretz (Israel):  Israeli Police: Hundreds watched attempt to lynch Palestinians in Jerusalem, did not interfere - This is really disgusting.  And it was done by teenagers!  It reminds me of the Jim Crow SouthHow dare these people be in our area.  They want our women.  They deserve it.  Those are not actual quotes, but an example of what some White Southerners used to say about Black Southerners.  And to hear something similar by Israelis about Palestinians is truly awful.  Here's an actual quote from a teenager who was there: "They shouldn't be here, it's our area. For what other reason would they come here if not to make passes at Jewish girls?"

Turkish Daily News:  BDP-PKK meeting adds to controversy - A meeting took place, but it's unclear whether it was intentional or just by chance.  Since the PKK is outlawed, the public prosecutor is looking into the matter.  The BDP is the Peace and Democracy Party.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Islamophobia in America Again

I think by now everyone has seen the shooting at the Sikh temple.  I'm including it here because right after  9-11 some Sikhs were killed because they were mistaken for Muslims.  Apparently if you wear a turban that means you're Muslim.

Another one:  A mosque in Joplin, Missouri has been burned down - for the second time this summer!

Last year a mosque in California was burned down.

An organization is putting up Islamorealism signs in New York, to expose terrorism.
Islamophobia Watch
Islamophobia Today

Edit: added website

Monday, August 13, 2012

Top Stories August 13, 2012

ArabNews (Saudi Arabia):  Syria's UN human rights envoy defects in Geneva - Another government official leaves Assad.

Lebanon Daily Star:  Assad welcomes talks with opposition, says ambassador - As long as Assad is running the talks.

Haaretz (Israel):  Oil prices rise to nearly $94 amid concerns over Israel-Iran conflict - Netanyahu spoke again about the threat of a nuclear Iran.

Turkish Daily New:  PKK kidnaps Turkish lawmaker - A deputy of the CHP (Republican People's Party) was kidnapped.  It is suspected that members of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) are responsible.  The PKK is outlawed in Turkey.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Top Stories August 7, 2012 - a bit delayed

Sorry - distracted by  Olympics.

ArabNews (Saudi Arabia) - Iran backs Assad as Syrian forces choke off Aleppo - Assad was on TV with an official from Iran.

Lebanon  Daily Star - Assad vows to crush Syria rebellion - He keeps referring to the opposition as "terrorists."

Haaretz (Israel) - In the battle to restore order in Sinai, Hamas holds the key - Egypt is concerned after 16 soldiers were killed in Sinai.

Turkish Daily News - Having trouble connecting.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Muslim Women in the Olympics

Two Saudi women are competing.  Although it hasn't been easy for them.  One lives in the USA, the other has to train in private.  And they're getting hate mail for even competing.

Afghanistan has a female sprinter.  So does Brunei.  The female shooter from Qatar carried the flag.

It's about time more women from the Islamic world competed in sports.  There is no reason for them not to!  Many of these women follow Islamic dress codes when they compete, so why do so many Muslim men want to stop them?