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Fikra Forum interviews Anti-islamist Egyptians;they call for changes to U.S. policy

Egyptians Question U.S. Policy, Call for Change | Fikra Forum http://fikraforum.org/?p=2914 ….”At this critical time in Egypt’s transition, Fikra Forum felt it important to gauge the reaction of the non -Islamist Egyptian opposition to current U.S. policy. We are happy to present the opinions of well-established democracy and human rights activists on the ground, in addition to expert analysts and observers. We offer gratitude to our contributors, Hafez Abu Saeda, Basil El-Dabh, Dina Guirguis, Hany Nasr, Bassem Samir, Josh Shahryar, and Dalia Ziada, for their valuable insight. “….. More at the link.

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Graphic Video:Muslims behead man for converting to ” #Christianity from Islam #tcot #xcot #jcot

Graphic Video: Muslims Slaughter Convert to Christianity in Tunisia :: Raymond Ibrahim

http://www.raymondibrahim.com/11798/graphic-video-tunisian-muslims-slaughter-convert

…”Liberal talk show host Tawfiq Okasha recently appeared on “Egypt Today” airing a video of Muslims slicing a young man’s head off for the crime of apostasy, in this case, the crime of converting to Christianity and refusing to renounce it. The video—be warned, it is immensely graphic—is on the left (the actual execution appears from minute 1:13 -4:00). For those who prefer not to view it, a summary follows:

A young man appears held down by masked men. His head is pulled back, with a knife to his throat. He does not struggle and appears resigned to his fate. Speaking in Arabic, the background speaker, or “narrator,” chants a number of Muslim prayers and supplications, mostly condemning Christianity, which, because of the Trinity, is referred to as a polytheistic faith: “Let Allah be avenged on the polytheist apostate”; “Allah empower your religion, make it victorious against the polytheists”; “Allah, defeat the infidels at the hands of the Muslims”; “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”

Then, to cries of “Allahu Akbar!”—or, “God is great!”—the man holding the knife to the apostate’s throat begins to slice away, even as the victim appears calmly mouthing a prayer. It takes nearly two minutes of graphic knife-carving to sever the Christian’s head, which is then held aloft to more Islamic cries and slogans of victory.

Visibly distraught, Tawfiq Okasha, the host, asked: “Is this Islam? Does Islam call for this ? How is Islam related to this matter?…These are the images that are disseminated throughout the electronic media in Europe and America…. Can you imagine?” Then, in reference to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis, whose political influence has grown tremendously, he asked, “How are such people supposed to govern?”…

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Tunisian Islamists: : “Fight the Jews, enter Paradise” #jcot #tcot #xcot

Elder of Ziyon: Tunisia rally: “Fight the Jews, enter Paradise”

http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2012/03/tunisia-rally-fight-jews-enter-paradise.html?m=1

…..”Prepare yourselves … train yourselves in fighting the Jews, fighting for the sake of Allah … paradise .. paradise…. paradise … paradise. ” The young people responded to the Salafi leader by singing “God is great.”…

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Egypt’s parliament to vote on stopping US aid, no-confidence motion against government – The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypts-parliament-to-vote-on-stopping-us-aid-no-confidence-motion-against-government/2012/03/11/gIQA4mtE5R_story.html

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Tunisia’s secularists under siege by Islamists.

RRD:(I will paraphrase the New York Times piece below,except for the parts in quotation marks)
Background:Tunisia,along with Turkey and the Kurdish area of Iraq,(& Indonesia to a degree) is one of the(comparatively) more secular & sane Muslim majority states.
It is known as the land of “Beer and Bikinis”.
It may be more familiar to westerners by the name “Tatooine”(fn1).
Recently there was a fire at a Synagogue believed to be arson,(though this is disputed)(fn2).
And now a TV executive is being charged with “libeling religion” and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”… (As the Times reports).
And three men who came to his defense were attacked by Islamist Brownshirts.
The title of the Times’ article is unintentionally,(if bitterly) comic:

”Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion”

(Video of the assault)

Zyed Krichen et Hamadi Redissi agressés par des salafistes – YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NBgHVA32gHY

Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/world/africa/tunisia-navigates-a-democratic-path-tinged-with-religion.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

…“We’re surrendering our right to think and speak differently,” said Hamadi Redissi, one of the two men, still bearing a scab on his forehead from the attack last week.”…

….”The aftermath[RRD:Of the ”Arab Spring”] has brought elections in Egypt and Tunisia as well as more decisive Islamist influence in Morocco, Libya and, perhaps, Syria”. …..

RRD:Secular protesters alarmed by the threat the Islamists pose, turned out in one of the largest pro-secularist demonstrations in recent memory.

….“Make a common front against fanaticism,” one banner declared.”…

RRD:(What follows is my paraphrase of the New York Times piece,except for the parts in quotation marks which are quoted directly,as well as my summary of the video above.The parts from the video not mentioned in the NYT piece have ”see video” next to them.)

RRD:The movie Persepolis(fn3) was broadcast on October 7, 2011,on Neesma TV.One week later a mob of Islamist barbarians attacked the house of Neesma TV’s director;Nabil Karoui.
Shortly afterwards Mr.Karoui was charged with …”libeling religion”
and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”…(As the Times reports)

He faces five years in prison for this ”crime”.

On January 23 2012,outside the courthouse where Mr.Karoui was to be tried for this thoughtcrime,
Mr.Hamadi Redissi & Mr.Zied Krichen arrived to express their support for Mr.Karoui.
(The trial would be later postponed until April).
The Islamists at first seemed non-violent(see video).
But soon Redissi and Krichen were accosted with cries of “Infidel!” , “Apostate!”(source NYT ).
Redissi and Krichen,outnumbered and fearing for their safety,started to leave.
The Islamists pursued them.

Krichen:
….”All I could think was to not look behind me, walk ahead, and not open my mouth”….

RRD:As he tried to escape
Mr.Krichen was assaulted from behind and apparently knocked to the ground(see video).
A woman screamed(see video).
Mr.Redissi tried to defend Mr.Krichen & was head-butted, apparently by the same thug(see video)The police walked with them –for what seems like a eternity–as the Islamists pursue them, screaming at them,eventually,
after being stalked by the Islamists,they are able to make their escape into a building,(see video,a police station according to the Times)

Another dissident,Mr. Abdelhalim Messaoudi, a journalist at Nessma,was also assaulted.

One of the attackers was identified through the video,& was arrested.

The Times:

…”For people like Mr. Messaoudi, though,the incident reflected a months-long trend of thuggery by Salafis, from an attack on a theater airing a film they deemed objectionable,to their brief control last month over a northern Tunisian town called Sanjan.”

“Certain Islamist factions want to turn identity into their Trojan horse,” Mr. Messaoudi said. “They use the pretext of protecting their identity as a way to crush what we have achieved as a Tunisian society. They want to crush the pillars of civil society.”

“We’ve become the ahl al-dhimma,” he said, offering a term in Islamic law to denote protected minorities in a Muslim state. “It’s like the Middle Ages.”

Footnotes:

fn1.

From the original Star Wars movie,& Return of the Jedi,& The Phantom Menace,named after the location in southern Tunisia where part of the film was shot.It has become a popular tourist destination.

Tataouine – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tataouine

”The real Star Wars?”

http://asap.ap.org/stories/319404.s

fn2.

Tunisian synagogue attack disputed | JTA – Jewish & Israel News

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/02/02/2742802/tunisian-synagogue-attacked-by-arsonists

fn3

The movie Persepolis,based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi,is a work about a young woman’s girlhood in Iran both before and after the Islamic Revolution.

The New York Times > Movies > Interactive Feature > Drawn to Life

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2007/12/22/movies/20071225_PERSEPOLIS_FEATURE.html?ref=movies

Persepolis – Movie Trailers – Preview – NYTimes.com

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/351485/Persepolis/trailers

Persepolis – Movies – Review – NYTimes.com

http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/12/25/movies/25pers.html

Pantheon Graphic Novels

http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/graphicnovels/persepolis.html

Persepolis (2007) – IMDb

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808417/

PERSEPOLIS | A SONY PICTURES CLASSICS RELEASE

http://www.sonyclassics.com/persepolis/

Amazon.com: The Complete Persepolis (9780375714832): Marjane Satrapi: Books

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Persepolis-Marjane-Satrapi/dp/0375714839/ref=pd_vtp_b_4

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In the Post-Mubarak Era, Egyptian Salafi-Jihadis Renew Their Da’wa

http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/5958.htm

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Tunisian Elections and the Road to the Caliphate :: Middle East Forum

http://www.meforum.org/3083/tunisian-elections

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Tunisian Islamists win elections #womensrights #tcot #no2sharia #tunisia

Islamists claim win in Tunisia’s Arab Spring vote | Reuters   http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/24/us-tunisia-election-idUSTRE79L28820111024    Islamist Party Appears Victorious in Tunisia’s Election | News | English    http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Officials-Count-Votes-After-Tunisias-First-Democratic-Polls–132430683.html    RRD:I warned about this months ago.I was not alone.   A brief comment on my stance on the January 25th revolution:Political Islam is not the answer. | Glory to man in the highest   https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/a-brief-comment-on-my-stance-on-the-january-25th-revolutionpolitical-islam-is-not-the-answer/    RRD:I include the following as a sample of what is destroying the world.I wonder why this little misogynist does not also welcome the election of Klansmen who wish to restore slavery to office,or welcome Neo-Nazis to office.So what happens next?Can the Islamists be voted out of office as easily as they are voted in?Or will the land of “Beer & Bikinis”(fn1),become the land of Burkhas and Beheadings.Will there be civil war?I don’t know.I do know that no matter what happens Neo-Conservatives will be undeterred.Just as they were undeterred by Hamas’ election from their Democractic Elections=Freedom dogma,and in so doing,ignoring both the rise of the Nazis and the oppression of African Americans by the Confederacy.      As Tunisia Counts its Votes, Can the West Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Islamists? | Global Spin    http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2011/10/24/as-tunisia-counts-its-votes-can-the-west-stop-worrying-and-learn-to-love-the-islamists/      UPDATE:  Tunisian Islamists riot to protest a tv station airing a “picture of Allah”.    Tunisia | Islam | Persepolis | Allah | Elections | The Daily Caller   http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/22/tunisian-religious-radicals-riot-torch-home-of-tv-executive-who-aired-image-of-allah-video/     Footnotes:     fn1.   Tunisia is known as the land of “Beer & Bikinis”,because it is particularly secular country,with a strong tradition of defending women’s rights;until now.

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Tunisian Islamists win elections #womensrights #tcot #no2sharia #tunisia

Islamists claim win in Tunisia’s Arab Spring vote | Reuters   http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/24/us-tunisia-election-idUSTRE79L28820111024    Islamist Party Appears Victorious in Tunisia’s Election | News | English    http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Officials-Count-Votes-After-Tunisias-First-Democratic-Polls–132430683.html    RRD:I warned about this months ago.I was not alone.   A brief comment on my stance on the January 25th revolution:Political Islam is not the answer. | Glory to man in the highest   https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/a-brief-comment-on-my-stance-on-the-january-25th-revolutionpolitical-islam-is-not-the-answer/    RRD:I include the following as a sample of what is destroying the world.I wonder why this little misogynist does not also welcome the election of Klansmen who wish to restore slavery to office,or welcome Neo-Nazis to office.So what happens next?Can the Islamists be voted out of office as easily as they are voted in?Or will the land of “Beer & Bikinis”(fn1),become the land of Burkhas and Beheadings.Will there be civil war?I don’t know.I do know that no matter what happens Neo-Conservatives will be undeterred.Just as they were undeterred by Hamas’ election from their Democractic Elections=Freedom dogma,and in so doing,ignoring both the rise of the Nazis and the oppression of African Americans by the Confederacy.      As Tunisia Counts its Votes, Can the West Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Islamists? | Global Spin    http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2011/10/24/as-tunisia-counts-its-votes-can-the-west-stop-worrying-and-learn-to-love-the-islamists/     Footnotes:     fn1.   Tunisia is known as the land of “Beer & Bikinis”,because it is particularly secular country,with a strong tradition of defending women’s rights;until now.

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Liberals, Islamists Struggle Over the Future of Tunisian Society

http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/5743.htm

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