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Police have clashed with hardline Islamists in Tunisia after the government banned their annual rally.
The Salafist Ansar al-Sharia group, who openly support Al Qaeda, were due to hold the gathering in the central city of Kairouan but told their Facebook followers to gather in the Ettadamen district of Tunis instead, where tensions boiled over.
As some 500 protesters attempted to gather in the capital police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd who responded by throwing stones.
The Interior Ministry said that they forbade the gathering in Kairouan as it posed a ‘threat to public security’.
Hardline Islamist groups have alarmed the secular elite by calling for religion to play a larger role in Tunisia. Authorities fear they wish to promote an agenda which would impose sharia law compromising women’s rights and democracy.
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The Tunisian university dean accused of slapping a veiled female student said he was acquitted on Thursday, in a case that has come to symbolise bristling tensions between Islamists and secularists. Habib Kazdaghli said “Tunisian justice acquitted me,” adding that two students on trial…
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Andy P. Hart, 38, a federal public defender representing a number of detainees at Guantanamo Bay was found dead last week, reportedly owing to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Although Hart left a suicide note, its contents are unknown. The Ohio lawyer also left a thumb drive with his current case files. Jason Leopold, Truth-Out’s investigative reporter, noted:Hart’s death comes amid escalating chaos that has engulfed Guantanamo over the past three months—from a mass hunger strike to military commissions and renewed pressure on the White House to shut down the prison facility. Hart was one of three-dozen Guantanamo attorneys who signed a letter in March urging Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to take immediate action and bring about an end to the hunger strike. Because Hart was a federal employee working on sensitive legal issues the FBI was contacted about his death. It is unknown if the agency has been investigating the circumstances surrounding his death. …Hart was assigned by the government to defend Mohammed Rahim al-Afghani, who was detained by the CIA and allegedly subjected to torture methods until his transfer to Guantanamo in March 2008. The government maintained that al-Afghani was Osama bin Laden’s translator and a top al-Qaida official. Hart also represented Saudi Khalid Saad Mohammed, who was transferred back to Saudi Arabia from Guantanamo in 2009. He was also the attorney for Adel Hakeemy, a Tunisian who has been detained at Guantanamo for 11 years.Continue Reading… … Read More
Tunisian troops clashed on Wednesday with around 50 armed jihadists in the remote Mount Chaambi border region, a security source said, the first such operation since the revolution in January 2011. “The group consists of more than 50 Salafi jihadists,” the source told AFP, adding that…
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The topless activists came to support Tunisian Amina Tyler, who has been threatened with death in her home country for posting a topless picture of herself online. They also demanded the names of those who shot and killed Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid in February, chanting “Who killed Chokri Belaid?”Amina Tyler, 19, wrote “My body is mine, not somebody’s honor” across her chest in Arabic in a show of solidarity with FEMEN, and made the image public. The picture sparked rage among religious Muslimsm and ultraconservative Tunisian religious groups now say the girl deserves death by stoning.Hackers defaced the FEMEN Tunisia page on Facebook, and Tyler now says she wants to leave Tunisia.FEMEN has called for topless protests at Tunisian embassies and mosques around the world to “demand freedom for Amina,” calling her act the “beginning of a global war between a woman and an Islamist theocracy.” According to French press, Marzouki, whose speech the FEMEN women interrupted, said he was “surprised” by the protests. The girls were detained by guards and escorted out.FEMEN launched their ‘Topless Jihad’ campaign last week, and the movement has already sparked heated debate in and around Muslim communities in Europe. FEMEN claims they are fighting for the rights of Muslims to make free choices, and to not be slaves to Islamic rules and restrictions concerning appearance and behavior.The group held ‘International Topless Jihad Day’ in capitals such as Berlin, Kiev and Paris, painting their topless bodies with slogans like “Bare breasts against Islamism.”“We’re free, we’re naked, it’s our right, it’s our body, it’s our rules, and nobody can use religion and other holy things to abuse women, to oppress them,” FEMEN member Aleksandra Shevchenko said during a small demonstration in front of a Berlin mosque. However, not all Muslim women appear to be willing to rush into topless freedom: Thousands joined the Facebook group “Muslim Women Against FEMEN” and declared their own “Muslimah Pride Day,” uploading photos of themselves with signs reading “Freedom of Choice ” and “I can support women’s rights with my clothes on .”Numerous YouTube videos by Muslim women have been posted ridiculing FEMEN’s protests for women’s rights. Tyler herself was reportedly taken aback by FEMEN’s actions after they burned an Islamic black flag during one of their protests. ”Everyone will think I encouraged them to do that,” she told French Canal+. “They insulted all Muslims. It’s not acceptable.”FEMEN, however, are unmoved by the outcry. “They write on their posters that they don’t need liberation, but in their eyes it’s written ‘help me,’” Shevchenko told the Huffington Post. … Read More
The two politicians, who were visiting the Volkswagen exposition at the time the activists launched their protest, noticed them, but mostly ignored the stunt. Guards detained the young women.But speaking later at a joint media conference, Vladimir Putin admitted he liked the performance.“We knew it was coming. You should thank the Ukrainian girls for helping you promote the fair,” he said.He added he had failed to notice whether the activists were blondes or brunettes, yet alone discern their slogans, and advised them to be properly dressed next time they want to come for a political debate.Angela Merkel said such actions are part of what being a democracy is, but voiced doubt that a protest should be voiced in the form that Femen choose for it. She added that German authorities will investigate whether the topless action should have any legal ramification for the activists.Femen has targeted Putin several times previously. In December 2012 they caught his arrival at a Brussels airport. And in March 2012 they barely missed his arrival at a polling stating during the Russian presidential election and proceeded to attempt stealing the box containing his ballot.The last semi-naked protest staged by Femen group was against Tunisian authorities over what they call an Islamist attack on women’s rights. … Read More
The bodies of 13 civilians – mostly women and children – have been discovered in Syria’s western province of Homs. Syrian state media have blamed the deaths on rebel forces, claiming the victims had been robbed. RT: Three vicious attacks within 2 weeks – and most of the victims civilians. What does this tell us about what the conflict is descending into?Ammar Waqqaf: The conflict is really intensifying week after week as we see. There is no doubt at the moment that this has turned very much into a war to bring down the Syrian state. This started, probably, from the Arab or Muslim point of view to support their oppressed brothers and sisters in Syria, but it turned out that they were not at all oppressed. The theory was that once they see some international community support, some support from their brothers and sisters that they would actually abandon the regime, but it turned out that they didn’t. And now the only way for those, who committed all sorts of money and weaponry and so on, is to actually bring a huge influx of weaponry of fighters and so on and so forth and all the necessary logistics, including for example female entertainers for male jihadists, I mean I’ve seen a Tunisian couple weeping and pleading with their under-aged daughter not to go for entertaining male jihadists in Syria. So, this has become very bizarre, and it has gone very intense, and those who had committed all sorts of billions and billions of dollars have no way back but to try and throw out the Syrian government in any way or shape they can. RT: There seems to be more civilian targets. Why would either side gain by targeting civilians?AW: I am going to talk about the side of the armed groups mainly here if I may. The theory was, again, that once they go into a certain place they should be viewed as liberators from the oppression of the regime or the government. What turned out is that they weren’t viewed as liberators, but as an oppressing force themselves. So, there is huge intimidation taking place. I mean we’ve seen yesterday in the Shaikh Masood area in Aleppo that they cut off the head of a local cleric and hanged it over the minaret. Some people would be disturbed with this bad news, but it’s a huge intimidation that is taking place and those who don’t take the view of these armed groups, especially extremists Islamic views are immediately punished, so that everyone else obeys in a sense. So, I would not be surprised at all to see the most horrendous atrocity taking place in order to try and neutralize anybody in an area that is recently occupied by these armed groups. RT: Is there room for any dialogue between the government and rebel forces?AW: I can’t see. There is a huge ideology that is taking place here. The corner stone for the philosophy of the rebels at the moment is extreme Islamic and there is no tolerance for such ideologies. The politicians who claim to support the anti-government side really do not have a lot of leverage on the ground, so talking with them is probably no more than a PR campaign to gain some popularity for this political leader or that one. It remains to be seen how they can and who can control these groups. They are numerous, they are not coherent, and we’ve seen for example a couple of weeks ago that the leader and the person, who created the free Syrian army, suffered an assassination… … Read More