Violence broke out in the central city of Kairouan and in the capital, Tunis. Clashes in the Tunis suburb of Ettadhamen erupted between nearly 500 supporters of Ansar al-Sharia and law enforcements as protesters started throwing stones. Teargas was also reportedly used in Kairouan, as Salafis threw stones at the police from behind the wall of a mosque.Group’s spokesman Seifeddine Rais, the group’s spokesman, was arrested at dawn on Sunday as he went jogging in front of police, according to a police source, who described his behavior as a “provocation,” Al Jazeera reported. The recent rally that turned violent comes two days after the government banned the Islamist group from holding its annual congress in the central city of Kairouan. On Friday the government ruled the group had “shown disdain for state institutions” and was “a threat to public security”.“The congress is postponed to another date undecided yet,” Habib Al-Lawz, a leader from the ruling Ennahda party, told a local Radio station on Saturday.Despite the ban, the group vowed the meeting would take place, but said they would gather at a different location, in an impoverished suburb of Tunis instead of Kairouan, where security forces were deployed in strength on Saturday. On its Facebook page, Ansar al-Sharia notified its supporters the congress has been moved to Ettadhamen. Earlier, the movement told to stay away from Kairouan.”To the attention of our brothers who are coming to Kairouan from other regions… the head of Ansar al-Sharia informs you of the need to cancel all these trips given the seriousness of the security situation,” the group said on its website. …
Teargas and shots in air as Tunisian police clash with hundreds of Salafi protesters (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states.
More troops have been ordered in following a series of deadly attacks by Islamist militants.
The Boko Haram sect, which is fighting to overthrow the government, is said to have intensified its campaign this month.
A state of emergency has been declared in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
“The Chief of Defence Staff has been directed to immediately deploy more troops to these states for more effective internal security operations,” said Jonathan.
“The troops and other security agencies involved in these operations have orders to take all necessary action, within the ambit of their rules of engagement, to put an end to the impunity of insurgents and terrorists.”
Islamist groups have become the biggest threat to stability in Africa’s second biggest economy and top oil exporter.
Boko Haram fighters freed over 100 prison inmates and left 55 people dead In the town of Bama last week.
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US had no early warning over Israeli strikes in Syria 06/05/2013 05:36 CET
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In a televised address to supporters,Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah announced that Syria will help provide his fighters with new weapons – after Israeli raids in Damascus last week.
He threatened that such arms could change the balance of power between Israel and his Islamist militant group:
‘‘We the resistance in Lebanon announce that we’re ready to receive any sophisticated weaponry, even if it would change the balance – and we are ready to safeguard these weapons,” Nasrallah said.
His rhetoric came days after air strikes near the Syrian capital Damascus on May 3 and 5.
Although not formally acknowledged by Israel, officials within its government have said the actions were taken in order to prevent Iranian missiles reaching Hezbollah.
Nasrallah also said that Hezbollah will support any Syrian efforts to recapture the Golan Heights, controlled by Israel since 1967.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/fYcsw5nOxFI?version=3&f=videos&app=youtube_gdata See original article: ‘Offend Me And I’ll Kill You’ Blasphemy Riots in Bangladesh
“One point, One demand: Atheists must be hanged”, chanted the demonstrators as they marched along at least six highways, blocking transport between Dhaka and other cities and towns.The demonstrators gathered in the capital’s Motijheel commercial district, amounting to between 150,000 to 200,000 people according to AFP. On their way, they set shops and vehicles on fire, according to police accounts.Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters after they reportedly set off homemade explosives and threw stones at security. Local authorities had to deploy more than 15,000 security forces to the area.The protesters are reportedly the activists from the Hefajat-e-Islam group, which blames some Internet users for blasphemy; accusing people of using their blogs to spread atheism and apparent lies about Islam.The members of the radical Islamist group demanded the death penalty for those who they think defame Islam. The 13-point list of demands also included a ban on the right of women to work outside the household and the prohibition for women to mix with men. The Islamists also demanded the release of those accused of war crimes during country’s liberation war in 1971, which established the sovereign nation of Bangladesh.The government of Bangladesh has declined the group’s demands to enact an anti-blasphemy law saying that the country lives by secular liberal laws. The leaders of Hefajat-e-Islam promised to launch a campaign to dethrone the government unless their demands are met.The radical Islamist group was formed in 2010 to protest the government’s secular policies in education and politics. Last month it organized a general strike as well as a gathering attended by hundreds of thousands of activists, during three people died and more than 50 were injured. …
“Not all of them are radical when they leave, but most likely many of them will be radicalized there, will be trained,” Gilles de Kerchove said. “And as we have seen this might lead to a serious threat when they get back.”Intelligence agencies are now concerned that some of those currently in Syria could join Islamists groups linked to al-Qaeda and when they return to Europe may launch terrorist attacks.In March, the Netherlands raised its terror threat level to “substantial”, citing an increase in the number of Islamist militants travelling to Syria, as well as the radicalization of Dutch youth.”Close to a hundred individuals have recently left the Netherlands for various countries in Africa and the Middle East, especially Syria,” National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) said in a statement in mid-March.Security bodies have increased efforts to track how people are being recruited, especially in Britain and Belgium, according to BBC.In mid-April, Belgian police raided 48 homes across the country and detained six men, suspected to be members of an Islamist group named Sharia4Belgium, which “is part of a broad international jihadist movement.”"We have indications that Sharia4Belgium was sending people to Syria to join terrorist groups there,” Reuters quoted a spokesperson for Belgium’s federal prosecutor as saying.A Salafist group opposed to Assad, it was also suspected of recruiting fighters for Syria’s long-lasting civil war against ruling regime. ”The recruitment occurred, for example, by youths being spoken to on the street and then invited to private meeting places in Antwerp,” Prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said at a press-conference earlier in April.Van der Sypt said prosecutors were aware of 33 people with links to the group who were either in or on their way to Syria.In early April the International Centre of for the Study of Radicalization (ICRS) estimated that up to “600 European Muslim have gone to Syria since early 2011,” when the conflict started.The study by ICRS also said Britain accounts for the biggest number of arrivals with up to 134 people joining the cause.The study revealed that up to 5,500 foreign fighters have traveled to Syria since the beginning of the uprising, with some 11 per cent of them originate from Europe.”Based on the conflict totals, we estimate that 70 to 441 Europeans are still currently present in Syria,” ICSR report states. “This suggests that most of the Europeans who have travelled to Syria are still on the battlefield.” …
How Boston has changed the language In the last 48 hours, an astounding change has occurred in the lexicon of the mainstream media in the United States, as Chechen Islamists are no longer being referred to as “rebels” and “freedom fighters”. In the wake of the news that Chechens were involved in the Boston bombing (an assertion that has not actually been proven despite the media having already convicted the Tsarnaev brothers), the language immediately shifted. The Associated Press, Reuters, and countless other media and news outlets have published articles discussing the “jihadist threat” from places like Chechnya where “suicide attacks, blood feuds, and hostage crises” are routine. Though this description of the terrorist element in Chechnya is quite correct, it seems to be directly in conflict with the language used to describe that same group a matter of weeks ago. In late January 2013, the NY Times carried a story from Reuters entitled “Rebels Killed in Chechnya” in which terrorist leaders Khuseyn and Muslim Gakayev were referred to as“two of the most wanted Islamist rebels.” The use of the word“rebels” is a clever propaganda ploy used to legitimize their cause in the minds of readers, portraying a terrorist war as simply a resistance struggle. This is precisely the same strategy used in almost all Western media coverage of the conflict in Syria, where NATO-backed terrorists are consistently referred to as “rebels”, “activists”, and “revolutionaries.” Going back further, Osama Bin Laden and the mujahideen, which came to be known as Al-Qaeda, were described as “freedom fighters” when fighting the Soviet Union, and then magically transformed into “terrorists” once they turned their ire toward the US. What becomes clear is that the language used by the mainstream media serves the political agenda of US and the Western imperial powers. However, language is only one facet of this issue, as the relationship between the United States and terrorism in Chechnya is much more than mere words.US connections Despite more than a decade of protestations from Moscow, the United States has long supported the cause of Chechen terrorism under the guise of “freedom fighting”. In an interview with CNBC on Friday April 19th, former New York Mayor and prominent right wing politician Rudolph Giuliani stated, “We’ve been, I’m not going to say sympathetic with them, but we’ve certainly been critical of Putin and how far he’s gone in dealing with Chechnya…I would imagine there are people in Russia who believe that [the US] has been somewhat unrealistic about the Chechens.” Though Giuliani uses the term“unrealistic”to describe the US establishment’s attitude toward the Chechen terrorist networks, in fact the State Department, along with prominent individuals from both sides of the political establishment, has provided aid, assistance and propaganda for the Chechen cause. Prosecutors in Finland revealed last year that one of the most prominent Chechen extremist websites, Kavkaz Center, was funded directly by the US State Department. The site, universally recognized as the mouthpiece of terrorist leader Doku Umarov’s “Emarat Kavkaz” (Caucasus Emirate), disseminates propaganda that portrays terrorists as“heroes”and Russian victims of terror as“puppets”. It should also be noted that the United Nations has listed Emarat Kavkaz as an organization associated with Al-Qaeda. This should raise serious questions about the nature of the relationship between this organization and the political ruling class in the United States. However, this represents merely one of the ways in which Washington has been a primary force driving the Chechen terror movement – the connections run much deeper.Despite the fact that organs such as Kavkaz Center operate in the service of terrorists who advocate the destruction of Russia, their activity alone is not altogether significant if seen in a vacuum. Rather, it is the association of these types of individuals and organizations with the US State Department and US intelligence community that makes them particularly insidious. One such entity that bears scrutiny is the American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus (ACPC), previously known as the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya. As reported by Right Web at the Institute for Policy Studies,“The ACPC was founded in 1999 by Freedom House, a neoconservative organization that has worked closely with the US government, receiving funds from the National Endowment for Democracy and other U.S. democratization initiatives.” This intimate relationship between the ACPC and the US State Department indicates not merely a confluence of interests, but rather a direct relationship wherein the former is an organ of the latter.The ACPC has taken the lead in championing the cause of separatism and terrorism directed toward Russia, both tacitly and overtly. After having championed the cause of former Chechen Foreign Minister Ilyas Akhmadov in his quest for asylum in the United States – subsequently granted along with a generous taxpayer-funded stipend – ACPC member and notorious Russia-hater Zbigniew Brzezinski went so far as to write the foreword to Akhmadov’s book The Chechen Struggle. The alliance between political figures such as Akhmadov and terrorist leaders in the region demonstrates conclusively the partnership between the various terror networks and the imperialist ruling class in the West.As more information comes out regarding the alleged bombers and their ideological leanings, there will undoubtedly be a propaganda assault to shape this narrative in the interests of the United States and the West. Talking heads will be on television twenty four hours a day explaining to Americans why Chechnya is such a hotbed of terrorism, asking how something like this could happen, etc. The truth is however, Washington has perpetuated the conflict through its propaganda machine that will now be employed to once again turn friend to enemy. Perhaps, instead of being the world’s greatest purveyor of terror, using it as a weapon to achieve geostrategic objectives, the United States should actually work with peaceful nations such as Russia to combat terrorism worldwide. …