It is a crime to remain silent in the face of evil, it is said. Thus, I am speaking up and urging other good men and women to raise their resonant voices while they can before they are brutally silenced by the ever-creeping Islamofascism.

-- Amil Imani



Proposed Law Would Mandate Jail for Critics of Saudi King

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A proposed Saudi counter terrorism law that would give the Interior Ministry sweeping powers and mandate jail sentences for criticizing the king would effectively squelch political dissent, human rights advocates said on Thursday.

The law would allow prisoners to be held without trial, and trials and appeals to be held secretly, Saudi and international rights advocates said. It would also grant the Interior Ministry broad powers including the ability to tap telephones or search houses without permission from the judiciary.

Saudi activists have long accused the judicial system and the Interior Ministry of a lack of respect for human rights, even when such rights exist legally. The new law, the activists said, would legalize those practices, removing all restraints.

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2011-09-06 00:59:39
 

Iran nuclear power plant begins generation

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Iran’s first nuclear power plant has been connected to the national power grid for a test run, Iran state radio reported yesterday. The report quoted Mohammad Ahmadian, Iran’s deputy nuclear chief, as saying the plant began to generate 60 megawatts of electricity at about midnight. Ahmadian said a ceremony marking the connection to the power grid will be held today. He expressed hope that the plant would feed the grid at full capacity in coming months. The power plant in the southern Iranian port of Bushehr has a generating capacity of 1,000 megawatts. The plant, built by Iran with Russian help, was supposed to go into operation over the past years but that had been repeatedly postponed. Also yesterday, Iran state media reported that the speaker of Parliament had postponed a visit to North Korea and China.

The report quoted Hossein Sobhaninia, a member of Parliament, as saying a visit by Ali Larijani to Pyongyang and Beijing has been postponed. But another member of Parliament said the postponement came after Larijani was not scheduled to meet with sufficiently high-ranking North Koreans. The lawmaker spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the case. The visit to North Korea would have been the first by an Iranian Parliament speaker since 1980s. Iranian and North Korean officials have said in the past that the two countries are in “one trench’’ in the fight against the West.   Read more...

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2011-09-06 00:56:31
 

Iran 'undecided' on Kurdish rebel ceasefire

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Iran has yet to decide on a call by Kurdish rebels for a ceasefire in a major offensive it launched along the Iraqi border last week, the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Monday. The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) announced earlier it would observe a truce from Monday and called on Iran to reciprocate to prevent further bloodshed. "The heavy fire has prompted this terrorist group to call for a ceasefire, but Iran has yet to make a decision in this regard," Guards operations officer Colonel Hamid Ahmadi told Fars news agency. "More than 30 PJAK rebels were killed and 40 wounded until noon (0730 GMT) yesterday according to our reports," he said, adding the full death toll could well be higher as Iranian forces did not have complete access to the targeted areas. Ahmadi did not specify whether any Iranian ground forces had crossed the border during the offensive. He said any truce with the PJAK would be "meaningless" unless the rebels first withdrew from border areas to pave the way for talks, "if necessary".

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2011-09-06 00:53:23
 

In Memoriam - Remembering September 11, 2001

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Hundreds of new Texas laws go into effect Thursday

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By Anna M. Tinsley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Come Thursday, there will be some new laws in town. No longer will most Texans have to worry about leaving guns in their cars while at work. Drivers won't have to worry about slowing down on some highways at sundown. Teens caught "sexting" face misdemeanor charges - and attending state-sponsored classes about the dangers of sending sexually explicit messages and texts with their parents. And most women seeking abortions will first have to undergo a sonogram and learn the results. {C} Those new laws - along with the new state budget, which includes billions of dollars in cuts - are among the hundreds of new laws that go into effect Thursday. State lawmakers earlier this year passed more than 1,400 new laws, nearly half of which go into effect Sept. 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year. "These laws are a lot of small things that might add up to be something big," said Brandon Rottinghaus, assistant political science professor at the University of Houston.

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2011-09-03 08:17:36
 

Is Spencer always careless?

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Mr. Spencer is so “absolutely reliable and correct” that he “debunks” my published article titled, “governor perry’s Islam curriculum.” As a matter of fact, I never published a piece with that title. I assume, however, he was referring to the article I published, “Governor Perry’s Islam Connection.” I only wish that Mr. Spencer would get his facts straight in his attempt at debunking what I have written, although he starts out by getting the title of the article wrong and goes on to cut and paste allegations that I have found to be less than solid facts. I bear no animosity or grudge toward Mr. Spencer and I admire his work in combating Islamic fascism. I only wish that he would spend his talents and valuable time in debunking Islamic falsehood and not questioning my reporting without supplying solid evidence. Amil Imani http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/09/the-perryaga-khan-curriculum-again.html

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