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Rare 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Switzerland

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A shallow 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook Switzerland today. Though it’s not strong enough to cause any significant damage, an earthquake like this is quite rare for Switzerland and is strong enough to rattle a few nerves for anyone who hasn’t felt one before …

Richter Magnitude: 4.1
Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:45:25 PM at epicenter
47.240°N, 8.600°E
Depth: 16 km (9.9 miles)

Categories: Earthquakes

Contagion: Lebanese Sunnis In Support of the Uprising Against Syria’s Assad March in Protest, Take Up Arms in Tripoli

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Apparently, the seeds of this Sunni uprising in Lebanon may have been planted by Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist organization seeking the reestablishment of the Caliphate in the Muslim world. If this gains momentum in Tripoli and elsewhere it has the potential to become a huge problem for Hezbollah, a pro-Assad Shiite terror organization and the most powerful single political movement in Lebanon today. What happens next is anyone’s guess …

“Three people died and 23 were wounded during fierce clashes on Saturday between Lebanese Sunni Muslims hostile to Syria’s regime and Alawites who support it, a Lebanese security official said.

‘A Sunni and an Alawite were killed and 23 people were wounded in clashes that continued since Friday between people from the neighbourhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tebbaneh’ in the northern city of Tripoli, the official told AFP.

A 17-year-old girl died of her wounds later.

Ten soldiers were among those wounded in the fighting, among them a sergeant whose wounds were critical, the official added.

The two sides fired guns and rocket-propelled grenades at each other in the bloodiest clashes since last June when six people were killed in the wake of demonstrations against the Syrian government.

Sunni-majority Tripoli has in the past few years been the scene of intense clashes between Sunni supporters of the anti-Syrian opposition and Alawite Muslims loyal to a Hezbollah-led alliance backed by Iran and Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is fighting an unprecedented revolt against his regime, is from the Alawite community, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.” Read more.



The Syrian Spiral: US Officials Claim Syrian Elites Looking for Way Out as High Ranking Army General is Assassinated in Damascus

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Brig. Gen. Issa al-Khouli

Brig. Gen. Issa al-Khouli

By BASSEM MROUE – “BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen assassinated an army general in Damascus Saturday in the first killing of a high ranking military officer in the Syrian capital since the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime began in March, the country’s state-run news agency said.

The attack could be a sign that armed members of the opposition, who have carried out attacks on the military elsewhere in the country, are trying to step up action in the tightly controlled capital, which has been relatively quiet compared to other cities.

SANA news agency reported that three gunmen opened fire at Brig. Gen. Issa al-Khouli Saturday morning as he left his home in the Damascus neighborhood of Rukn-Eddine. Al-Khouli was a doctor and the chief of a military hospital in the capital.

Capt. Ammar al-Wawi of the Free Syrian Army, a rebel group that wants to bring down the regime by force, denied involvement in the assassination, which came a day after two suicide car bombers struck security compounds in Aleppo.” Read more.

Syrian elites looking for way out, officials say – “Obama administration officials suggested Friday that Syrian elites are starting to prepare exit plans as violence in the country escalates. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland would not go into detail when asked about the movement of elite Syrians, including those considered to be backers of President Bashar Assad. However, she said, ‘At this point, let me just assert that we are beginning to see this trend accelerate.’ Two U.S. officials also told The Associated Press on Friday that one Assad family member has moved large amounts of money out of the country to avoid U.S. and other sanctions on the country and provide a nest egg for a life in exile. Similarly, a senior member of Assad’s national security circle has very recently left the country and appears to have settled abroad, they said.” Read more.

Alabama: Muslim Man from Uzbekistan Pleads Guilty in Plot to Assassinate President Obama

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Here’s an update on this story. Continuing to ignore the roots of Islamic terrorism and downplaying its dangers won’t just expose the American public to the risk of attacks, it’ll expose the President himself … 

By JAY REEVES – “BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man from Uzbekistan who pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to kill President Barack Obama with an automatic rifle claimed he was acting at the direction of an Islamic terror group in his home country.

Authorities said Ulugbek Kodirov had discussed trying to kill the president as he campaigned for re-election because he would be out in public more often. Kodirov entered the plea during a hearing in Birmingham before U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon, an Obama appointee.

Defense attorney Lance Bell said the 22-year-old Kodirov avoided a potential life sentence by pleading guilty. He faces up to 30 years in prison, though Bell expected Kodirov to receive about half that. The judge also told Kodirov that he will face deportation once he’s released from prison.

Kodirov pleaded guilty to three counts: Threatening to kill the president, possessing an automatic weapon, and providing material support to terrorists. Four other charges were dropped as part of the deal.

Area Muslims who knew Kodirov were stunned to learn of his plans.

‘I really didn’t want to believe it,’ said Ashfaq Taufique, president of the Birmingham Islamic Society. ‘I knew him. He attended mosque. He never demonstrated any radicalization in his behavior, his words.'” Read more.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate: There is No Freedom in Islam

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Islamists will often say one thing in English (all too often embraced by Western leftists), while public statements in Arabic tell a completely different story (which leftists conveniently ignore). Take, for instance, the latest statement by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, Hazem Saleh Abu Ismail, yet another poster child for the Earl of Irony. Want freedom? Want justice? Think twice. No word on whether or not the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood will change its name from the “Freedom and Justice Party” to “Slavery and Inequity”, but I can only surmise that the farcical misnomer will remain …

Qur’an Sura 3:85, “And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers [because he is in hell].”

By AMRUTHA GAYATHRI – “Hazem Saleh Abu Ismail, Egypt’s presidential candidate and a vocal supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, has said that there is no room for personal freedom in Islam.

In a recent television interview translated and reported by Jihad Watch, Ismail said that being a Muslim is like being a member of the military, where one has to go by a dictatorial code of conduct.

‘If you claim that Allah considers it your personal freedom, show me your reference? Nobody has ever said that – except for people have no understanding of Sharia,’ Ismail said.

‘If you join (military), then you are obliged to wear their uniform, to attend their classes, to attend the training with them and to obey their leader,’ Ismail said, comparing military rules to Islamic Sharia.” Read more.

Vive la Democracy: Elected Egyptian Political Parties Refusing to Commit to Women’s Rights – “Many Egyptian political parties, especially dominant Islamist groups, have refused to commit to protecting women’s rights and to abolishing the death penalty, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. ‘Most of the biggest Egyptian political parties have committed to delivering ambitious human rights reform in the country’s transition, but have either given mixed signals or flatly refused to sign up to ending discrimination, protecting women’s rights and to abolishing the death penalty,’ Amnesty said.” Read more.

Flashback: Saudi Cleric Admits No Freedom under Islam (Video):

Categories: Radical Islam

‘Arab Spring’ Becoming a Nightmare for Christians

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By Aaron Klein – “JERUSALEM – As Islamic groups gain power throughout the Middle East, Christians here fear for their safety and are concerned about their role with regard to the future of the volatile region.

‘I fear for the Christians of the Middle East because it’s a bad situation for them,’ Lebanese parliamentarian Samy Gemayel told WND.

Gemayel, a senior member of the Phalange party, said he received information last week about a specific assassination plot against him.

‘I just got the information from the head of security, and he asked me not to go to a specific place, because he had information that something was going to happen there,’ he said.

While the exact nature of the purported assassination plot remains unclear, Gemayel, who descends from a historic Lebanese Christian family, said he is taking the new threats seriously.

His older brother, Pierre, was a member of parliament and a government minister before his assassination Nov. 21, 2006. His uncle, former President-elect Bashir Gemayel, also was assassinated.

Christians have been a minority in numerous Middle East countries for several decades, facing routine mistreatment and occasional persecution for much of that time.

However, in the last year, the so-called Arab Spring has sparked intensified concern, with reports of an increase in attacks against Christians in some countries here.” Read more.

Egypt Becoming More Dangerous for Christians and Freedom – “Egypt is continuing to crack down on Christians and supporters of liberty and religious freedom, as the Egyptian government fails to protect some of it citizens and outright persecutes others. In the wake of the Arab Spring, Egypt is teetering on the brink of lawlessness as evidenced by recent kidnappings, melees, and killings. There are new reports that the Egyptian military government has arrested 43 individuals, including 19 U.S. citizens, ‘as it appears to be tightening the noose around the country’s pro-democracy civil society.'” Read more.

As order breaks down in Syria, its Christians suffer the consequences – “As Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov today meets with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascas, the estimated 2.5 million Christians in Syria live in fear, stuck between a rock and a hard place. As the news of Syrians being slaughtered continues at a relentless pace, it is thought that over one hundred Christians have now been targeted, either killed or kidnapped in brutal ways. Reporting last month, the organisation Barnabas Fund which campaigns on behalf of persecuted Christians has explained:” Read more.

Nigeria: Authorities Recapture Boko Haram ‘Christmas Day Bomber’

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Here’s an update on this story. Let’s hope he stays in custody and justice is served in full …

BBC News – “A man suspected of masterminding the deadly bombing of a Nigerian church on Christmas Day has been recaptured, Nigeria authorities have said.

Officials say the suspect, Kabiru Sokoto, was captured in the eastern state of Taraba.

He is accused of being a member of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, which has said it carried out the attack.

His escape last month was a huge embarrassment for the police, whose head was sacked shortly afterwards.

Boko Haram has staged a series of increasingly deadly attacks in recent years – last month 185 people were killed during a series of bombings in Kano.

Dozens of people died when a church on the outskirts of the capital, Abuja, was bombed on Christmas day.

Mr Sokoto was first arrested last month, but escaped the next day while being escorted by police.

‘He was re-arrested this morning at Mutum Biu in Taraba State by the [secret police],’ a security source told AFP. ‘He’s being flown to Abuja now by the Nigeria air force.'” Read more.

Ahmadinejad: Iran to Reveal ‘Big’ Nuclear Achievements, Insists They Will Never Give Up Uranium Enrichment

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By NASSER KARIMI – “TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will soon unveil ‘big new’ nuclear achievements, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday while reiterating Tehran’s readiness to revive talks with the West over the country’s controversial nuclear program.

Ahmadinejad spoke at a rally in Tehran as tens of thousands of Iranians marked the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that toppled the pro-Western monarchy and brought Islamic clerics to power.

Ahmadinejad did not elaborate on the upcoming announcement but insisted Iran would never give up its uranium enrichment, a process that makes material for reactors as well as weapons.

The West suspects Iran’s nuclear program is aimed at producing atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies, insisting it’s geared for peaceful purposes only, such as energy production.

Four rounds of U.N. sanctions and recent tough financial penalties by the U.S. and the European Union have failed to get Iran to halt aspects of its atomic work that could provide a possible pathway to weapons production.

‘Within the next few days the world will witness the inauguration of several big new achievements in the nuclear field,’ Ahmadinejad told the crowd in Tehran’s famous Azadi, or Freedom, square.” Read more.

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