Friday, February 24, 2012

Simultaneous early morning attacks on mostly Shi'ite targets across Iraq killed at least 60 people and wounded dozens on Thursday in one of the bloodiest days of violence since U.S. troops pulled out in mid-December

The attacks that appeared to pitch al Qaeda-linked Sunni Muslim insurgents against Shi'ites raised fears of a return to the widespread sectarian carnage that tore Iraq apart and cost thousands of lives in 2006 and 2007


Monday, February 20, 2012

Broken Lion of Babylon and old pages of history gone with the wind. By Muayyad Muhsin.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Heavy presence of Kurdish Peshmerga forces at Azadi square in Sulaimaniya this morning to prevent protestors from commemorating the first anniversary of the demonstrations against the two Kurdish parties on February 17, 2011, in which ten people were killed and hundreds injured.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

More on Hamza Kashgari:

The really chilling fact about this story is that his persecutors are the online commenters in Saudi. Some 30,000 tweets, mostly condemning him, came within 24 hours. A Facebook group has been set up to demand Kashgari's punishment (and Facebook has not taken it down). There are 20,000 members already. Some bloggers, it's true, have defended him; but they too have been threatened by the more orthodox contingent.


In the comments on one Saudi newspaper someone claimed that "the only choice is for Kashgari to be killed and crucified in order to be a lesson to other secularists." The Saudi information minister tweeted that he had burst into tears when he read Kashgari's tweets. "When I read what he posted, I wept and got very angry that someone in the country of the two holy mosques attacks our Prophet in a manner that does not fit a Muslim ..."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

From yesterday, a Palestinian in Gaza holds up a sign that reads: "If the road to liberate al-Quds (Jerusalem) has to pass through the bloodshed of our brothers in Syria, then we have no need to liberate al-Quds."

Friday, February 10, 2012

This man is wanted for execution in Saudi Arabia for tweeting even though he has already apologized and 'repented':

Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari was detained in Malaysia on Wednesday night and is likely to be extradited soon to Saudi Arabia, where he will be tried for blaspheming religion. Kashgari, 23, had fled the kingdom Monday after he received thousands of death threats. His crime? He posted on Twitter a series of mock conversations between himself and the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

More here and here.

UPDATE: Malayasia has deported him back to Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A first in the history of Egyptian parliament, Salafi Adala party representative Mamduh Ismael calls out the azan (Islamic call for prayer) after his oath and is strongly rebuked by speaker of parliament.