5785News in Brief
- Oct 3, 2005Iraq war delayed Katrina relief effort, inquiry finds
Relief efforts to combat Hurricane Katrina suffered
near catastrophic failures due to endemic corruption,
divisions within the military and troop shortages
caused by the Iraq war, an official American inquiry
into the disaster has revealed. The confidential
report, which has been seen by The Independent,
details how funds for flood control were diverted to
other projects, desperately needed National Guards
were stuck in Iraq and how military personnel had to
"sneak off post" to help with relief efforts because
their commander had refused permission.
Insurgents guilty of war crimes against civilians
Insurgent groups fighting US and British forces in
Iraq are responsible for war crimes against civilians,
says a report by an international civil rights group.
Human Rights Watch details examples of shootings,
bombings and beheadings which have claimed thousands
of lives in the most extensive compilation of
atrocities by rebel groups.
Will we be next?
U.S. prepares for terrorist attack many expect will
With the Pentagon still in flames from the Sept. 11
terrorist attack, Shawn Kelley arrived to survey a
surreal scene: mangled metal, charred ruins and
firefighters hosing the smoky roof, crawling over
rubble, searching for survivors. Kelley had come to
the Pentagon to help deal with a terrorist strike on
America. Four years later, hes working to prevent
Hijabs conceal the hair but reveal the heart
No, they are not oppressed. Yes, they will wear the
scarves forever. And yes, this is what they want.
It was the first day of school. She took a seat in
English class by friends, who didn't seem to know her.
Roll call began. "Nuri Wafayee?" the teacher said,
raising her eyes from the paper. Wafayee raised her
hand. Her friends gasped and looked confused.
'The cardinal rule ... you don't target civilians'
Brian Whitaker on a new Human Rights Watch report
examining the aims and methods of the insurgency in
EU breakthrough on Turkey
EU foreign ministers reached a deal today aimed at
clearing the way for formal membership talks to begin
with Turkey, EU officials said. However, there was
still some confusion surrounding the situation, with a
spokesman for the Turkish prime minister, Tayyip
Erdogan, saying later that Ankara had not yet agreed
to a deal.
Abbas told to form new government
The Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, was today
ordered to form a new government amid concerns over
mounting militant violence. The Palestinian parliament
voted 43-5 for Mr Abbas to reshuffle his government
within two weeks. It had initially planned to vote on
a no confidence motion against the government, but the
vote was replaced by the speaker's proposal.
Colonel blames Blair over Iraq 'catastrophe'
Lack of political leadership from Tony Blair is
putting British troops at risk in Iraq, according to a
former commander of the British invasion force.
Britain could lose the war against Iraqi insurgents
and risks being driven into neighbouring Iran.
Colonel Tim Collins - famed for the speech he
delivered to his men in the 1st Battalion of the Royal
Irish Regiment hours before they went into action in
March 2003 - described the situation in Iraq now as "a
right rollicking cock-up".
A proud Turkey hesitates at the EU crossroads
The ins and outs of joining Turks are growing angry at
the tight conditions being imposed on their entry into
Europe. As support for joining wanes, Jason Burke
reports on the divisions besetting Istanbul
Sunday October 2, 2005
Just off the bustling Istiklal Street on a hill above
the Golden Horn is a small art gallery. With its open
space and whitewashed walls, it is an island of peace
in a teeming, noisy city. At its centre is what looks
like a straightforward piece of contemporary art -
four huge fibreglass horses and a set of flat-screen
US hits Iraqi villages near Syria
More than 1,000 US troops, backed by helicopter
gunships and jets, yesterday launched a major
offensive against Iraqi villages on the Syrian border,
claimed to be in areas used by al-Qaeda. The latest
attack was launched just two weeks before a referendum
on a controversial new constitution for Iraq and after
a week that has seen more than 200 Iraqis, mainly
Shias, die in gun and bomb attacks.
Sunni death cult is pushing Iraq towards civil war
A fundamentalist Islamic sect that slaughters Iraq's
majority Shia community as heretics is pushing the
country ever closer to civil war.
Car bombs targeting Shias have killed 110 people, 25
of them children, in the past five days. The latest,
yesterday, was in Hillah, south of Baghdad: 12 were
killed and 47 wounded.
Hamas loses ground in West Bank election
· Fatah dominates armed group in local poll
· Israel launches raids after rocket attack from Gaza
Fatah, the largest Palestinian political party, has
maintained its dominant position over the Islamic
group Hamas in local elections in the West Bank. The
faction of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas,
won 54% of the vote while Hamas received 26%. Fatah
controls 61 out of 104 authorities and Hamas 28.
Vote backs amnesty for Islamist guerrillas
Algeria's government yesterday said it had won
overwhelming support for a broad amnesty for Islamic
guerrillas and would soon draft laws allowing fighters
to be released. The interior minister, Noureddine
Yazid Zerhouni, said there had been a 97% yes vote in
Thursday's referendum, which is intended to bring an
end to more than a decade of guerrilla war. He also
said the turnout had been unusually high at around
80%, despite the fact that polling stations in and
around Algiers appeared largely empty for most of the
After Demise Deedat's Legacy Lives on
DURBAN, October 3, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) As I
entered the large room, I was overcome by awe. I could
not believe that I was standing in the same place
where hundreds of people received the message of Islam
from the enigmatic icon who used to sit behind the
very desk I was facing. This was the office in which
late Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, armed with little more than
a plate of bhajias (Indian chilli-bites) and samoosas,
smilingly piloted many an indignant visitor to a state
of total submission to Islam.
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