Monday, November 02, 2009

Views on the News - 29/10/2009

BBC promotes hatred of Islam and draws record viewers
British National Party leader Nick Griffin has used his Question Time on the BBC appearance to criticise Islam .He also told the audience that Winston Churchill would be a BNP supporter if he were alive, and insisted: "I am not a Nazi". He was asked by a member of the audience about why he had described Islam as a "wicked and vicious faith". Mr Griffin said the religion had its "good points... it wouldn't have let the banks run riot" but it did not fit in with "the fundamental values of British society, free speech, democracy and equal rights for women "More than eight million people watched the show, triple its typical audience. At its peak, 8.2 million people tuned into the BBC1 show.

Australian MP calls for a debate to curb Muslim immigration

Member of Parliament Kevin Andrews on Thursday called for a national debate on whether Muslim immigration to Australia should be curbed. Andrews said Muslims were the first migrant group not to assimilate and to congregate in certain suburbs of big cities. 'To have a concentration of one ethnic or one particular group that remains in an enclave for a long period of time is not good,' Andrews told local radio. 'You should be able to talk about it ... it's ridiculous if you can't talk about any subject.' Andrews was commenting on a column in The Australian newspaper arguing that large numbers of Muslim migrants posed a security risk because some would be drawn to terrorism. The 350,000 Muslims in Australia represent less than 2 per cent of the population but the proportion is rising through immigration and through their higher birth rate.

Kuwait waivers headscarf for female MPs

Kuwait 's highest court ruled Wednesday that women lawmakers are not obliged by law to wear the headscarf. The Constitutional Court dismissed a case raised by a voter who claimed that two of four women elected to parliament in May — Rola Dashti and Aseel al-Awadhi — can not be members of the legislature because they don't comply with the Islamic dress code. The other two elected lawmakers wear the headscarf, and are fully covered. The court ruled the election law article was neither well-defined nor "specific" to the dress code, and stressed that the country's 1962 constitution guarantees personal freedoms and freedom of religion. The five-judge panel said Sharia teachings have to be passed as laws before they become obligatory.

America gives Pakistan lethal weapons to slaughter its citizens

The United States has quietly shipped substantial military equipment in recent months to aid Pakistan's fight against militants, officials of both nations said.The rushed U.S. supply, valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, includes 10 Mi-17 troop transport helicopters, spare parts for Cobra helicopter gunships, night vision goggles, body armor and eavesdropping equipment, The New York Times reported.The report said additional U.S. military surveillance drones are providing video images and target information to Pakistani ground commanders. The Pentagon also has quietly provided the Pakistani Air Force with high-resolution, infrared sensors to guide the F-16 warplanes' bomb attacks on militants' strongholds in South Waziristan . In other areas, an American adviser told the Times, the United States in the past eight months has increased to about 150 the number of its Special Forces soldiers and support personnel to train and advise the Pakistani army and paramilitary troops.

China prevents Muslims from using the internet and sms

Nearly four months after deadly ethnic riots in China 's Muslim region led authorities to shut off the Internet there, local residents are still barred from sending text messages and getting online. The clampdown on telecommunication in China's western Xinjiang province, where rioting claimed nearly 200 lives in early July, has hurt local businesses and cut residents off from many nongovernment sources of news and other information.

The rioting between Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority group native to Xinjiang, and Chinese Han, the country's ethnic majority, also led China to block various social networking Web sites nationwide. Twitter, similar Chinese services and Facebook all remain inaccessible in the country. China has blamed communication on such Web sites for helping lead to the riots, which were sparked by an ethnic brawl in far-away southern China .


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