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Kuwaiti female lawmaker wants to scrap a requirement that women must comply with Sharia

Kuwait lawmaker calls for amendment to election law to scrap Sharia rules
Rula Dashti, who does not wear the hijab, challenges the requirement that women must comply with Sharia rules to exercise their political rights. Women’s head covers stir up debate among Islamic scholars.

Obama adviser says Sharia Law is misunderstood – Telegraph

Barack Obama adviser says Sharia Law is misunderstood
President Barack Obama’s adviser on Muslim affairs, Dalia Mogahed, has provoked controversy by appearing on a British television show hosted by a member of an extremist group to talk about Sharia Law.

German-Turkish Author Seyran Ates: ‘Islam Needs a Sexual Revolution’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

German-Turkish Author Seyran Ates
‘Islam Needs a Sexual Revolution’

In the run-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair, German-Turkish writer Seyran Ates discusses her new book, which describes the necessity of a sexual revolution in the Islamic world, the recent integration debate in Germany and the arrogance of German women’s rights activists.

Gaza Love Story: The Bride Who Crawled Through a Tunnel – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

He lived in the Gaza Strip, she in the West Bank. It seemed as though the Israeli blockade would prevent their marriage. Then May risked her life to crawl through a smugglers’ tunnel into Gaza and join Mohammed. Now they face an uncertain future together. ‘Secret’ Muslim lesbians find support on the web

‘Secret’ Muslim lesbians find support on the web
by: Salaam
Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 10:25:27 AM EDT

In researching another story about homophobia in Muslim communities, I came across this three-years-and-still-going thread about in-the-closet Muslim lesbians. It seems that a lot of “secret” Muslim lesbians are finding succor on this thread, so I thought I would pass it along. The descriptions of flourishing lesbian communities in some Muslim countries are also noteworthy.


Young French rapper Diam’s converts to Islam : Euro-Islam: News and Analysis on Islam in Europe and the United States

Young French Rapper Diam’s (Mélanie Georgiades) has converted to Islam, explaining to the French Press, “Medicine was not able to heal my soul, so I turned toward religion.”

Government anti-terrorism strategy ‘spies’ on innocent | UK news |

• In the Midlands, funding for a mental health project to help Muslims was linked to information about individuals being passed to the authorities.

• In a college in northern England, a student who attended a meeting about Gaza was reported by one lecturer as a potential extremist. He was found not to be.

• A nine-year-old schoolboy in east London, who was referred to the authorities after allegedly showing signs of extremism – the youngest case known in Britain. He was “deprogrammed” according to a source with knowledge of the case.

• Within the last month, one new youth project in London alleged it was being pressured by the Metropolitan police to provide names and details of Muslim youngsters, as a condition of funding. None of the young Muslims have any known terrorist history.

• In one London borough, those working with youngsters were told to add information to databases they hold to highlight which youths were Muslim. They were also asked to provide information, to be shared with the police, about which streets and areas Muslim youngsters could be found on.

• In Birmingham the programme manager for Prevent is in fact a senior counter- terrorism police officer. Paul Marriott has been seconded to work in the equalities division of Britain’s biggest council.

• In Blackburn, at least 80 people were reported to the authorities for showing signs of extremism. They were referred to the Channel project, part of Prevent.

• A youth project manager alleges his refusal to provide intelligence led to the police spreading false rumours and trying to smear him and his organisation.

• One manager of a project in London said : “I think part of the point of the [Prevent] programme is to spy and intelligence gather. I won’t do that.” In another London borough wardens on council estates were told to inform on people not whom they suspected of crimes, but whom they suspected could be susceptible to radicalisation. One source, who has been involved in Whitehall discussions on counter-terrorism, said: “There is no doubt Prevent is in part about gathering intelligence on people’s thoughts and beliefs. No doubt.” He added that the authorities feared “they’d be lynched” if they admitted Prevent included spying.

Why not call them personal network sites? « media/anthropology

’ve often wondered why scholars studying Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, etc., call these platforms ’social network sites’ instead of personal network sites. After all, these are platforms built around individuals and their personal (or egocentric) networks rather than around ‘whole’ (or sociocentric) networks such as clans, universities, localities or firms. In social network analysis this distinction between personal and whole networks is crucial

Pickled Politics » Geert Wilders is back and causing trouble

In the video Geert Wilders says he has “nothing against Muslims”. But here is is earlier ten-point plan to save the West. It shows he does have a problem with Muslims.

1. Stop cultural relativism. We need an article in our constitutions that lays down that we have a Jewish-Christian and humanism culture.
2. Stop pretending that Islam is a religion. Islam is a totalitarian ideology. In other words, the right to religious freedom should not apply to Islam.
3. Stop mass immigration by people from Muslim countries. We have to end Al-Hijra.
4. Encourage voluntary repatriation.
5. Expel criminal foreigners and criminals with dual nationality, after denationalization, and send them back to their Arab countries. Likewise, expel all those who incite to a ‘violent jihad’.
6. We need an European First Amendment to strengthen free speech.
7. Have every member of a non-Western minority sign a legally binding contract of assimilation.
8. We need a binding pledge of allegiance in all Western countries.
9. Stop the building of new mosques. As long as no churches or synagogues are allowed to be build in countries like Saudi-Arabia we will not allow one more new mosque in our western countries. Close all mosques where incitement to violence is taking place. Close all Islamic schools, for they are fascist institutions and young children should not be educated an ideology of hate and violence.
10. Get rid of the current weak leaders. We have the privilege of living in a democracy. Let’s use that privilege and exchange cowards for heroes. We need more Churchills and less Chamberlains.

Why didn’t he mention any of that today? Idiot.


Multicultureel huwelijk goed voor de genenpool

De discussie rond neefnichthuwelijken wordt niet goed gevoerd, vindt Martina Cornel, hoogleraar Community Genetics. “Eigenlijk draait dat hele debat niet om een medische kwestie, maar om het maatschappelijke probleem van importbruiden. Zeg dan gewoon dat je daar tegen bent.”

De hele implicatie dat een kind uit zo’n relatie een enorme kans op een erfelijke afwijking heeft, vindt zij niet correct. Het gaat om een verhoogde kans van twee tot drie procent. Een vrouw boven de 35 jaar loopt, alles bij elkaar geteld, net zo’n hoog risico op het slecht aflopen van haar zwangerschap.

Stop criminaliteit Marokkaans-Nederlandse jeugd! – Opinie – de Volkskrant

Het is de hoogste tijd dat de Marokkaanse gemeenschap een actievere rol gaat spelen bij de preventie en bestrijding van deze criminaliteit onder Marokkaans-Nederlandse jongeren. De actiegroep ‘Stop criminaliteit Marokkaanse jongeren’ wil een platform zijn voor alle Nederlanders van Marokkaanse afkomst, die vinden dat de maat vol is en dat ook de Marokkaans-Nederlandse gemeenschap haar verantwoordelijkheid moet nemen.

De actiegroep stelt zich hierbij het volgende tot doel een netwerk op te richten van professionals en andere geïnteresseerden, waarbij alle Nederlanders van Marokkaanse komaf zich kunnen aansluiten met als doel de preventie en bestrijding van criminaliteit onder Marokkaans-Nederlandse jongeren.

Comite van aanbeveling;
Dr. Frank Bovenkerk,criminoloog
Drs.Nadia Bouras
Mohamed Sini, directeur ROC-Midden Nederland
Dr. Albert Benschop

De professionals die ondertekend hebben;

Werkzaam in welzijn,cultuur, politie,/justitie en onderwijs
Ibrahim Wijbenga
Fadma Bouchataoui , Rotterdam
Hassan Lamou, Den Haag
Ibtissam Asbaa, Eindhoven
Fatima Querrach, Den Bosch
Najoua el Yacoubi,Amsterdam
Nesrin Adlani,Amsterdam
Mustafa Aoutiq,Utrecht
Aziza Aarab,Den Haag
Karima Sahla,Den Haag
Hafid Azaoum,Eindhoven
Chahid el Haddouti,Gouda
Salima Essakati, Rotterdam
Khalid Chiki, Amsterdam
Ali Al Hadaui,Leiden
Fatima Zohra Hadjar, Amsterdam
Jamal Sbai, Eindhoven
Rajae el Mouhandiz, Amsterdam
Mamoun el Louikili, Utrecht
Chaaib el Maach, Helmond
Dounia El Baraka, Den Haag
Mousid Akhamrane, Amsterdam
Hassan Idrissi, Bergen op Zoom
Mounir Dadi,Amsterdam
Wafae Mansuri,Eindhoven
Rafia Aallouch,Amsterdam
Abdel Aziz Abousellam,Sassenheim
Nora Asrami, Zoetermeer
Gerard “Red”Wijngaarden, Eindhoven
Ahmed Kotati, Eindhoven
Layla Hacene, Rotterdam
Fatima Laghzaoui,Utrecht
Abida Chakay, Den Bosch
Mohamed Amessas,Gouda
Iliass el Hadioui, Rotterdam


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