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Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Saudi-isation of Pakistan, Hizb ut Tahrir, Syed Saleem Shahzad, Helicopter rumours, Faux News, China,

The Saudi-isation of Pakistan Pervez Hoodbhoy in Newsline: Political leaders like Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan have no words of solace for those who have suffered at the hands of Islamic extremists. Their tears are reserved exclusively for the victims of Predator drones, even if they are those who committed grave crimes against their own people. Terrorism, by definition, is an act only the Americans can commit.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the media: Gotcha - Zahed Amanullah - For an organization that lacks any institutional support in the Muslim world, the pro-Caliphate group Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HT) still manages to get its point across. Shunned from mosques and banned in several countries – usually for alleged anti-Semitism or annoying autocratic rulers - the group has relied in the past on relative secrecy (a counterintuitive strategy for a group seeking mass acceptance), the Internet and new media, or infiltrating existing media and civic groups to find a wider voice. As an example, when pollster Dalia Mogahed recently appeared on the show Muslimah Dilemma, a women-led public affairs program on the UK-based Islam Channel, she may have felt that she was only lending her expertise to a discussion about sharia law. Being Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, Mogahed co-authored a number of poll-driven studies on the Muslim world, including 2008’s Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, among the most comprehensive studies available on contemporary Muslims.

What's So Scary About Michael Pollan? Why Corporate Agriculture Tried to Censor His University Speech - By Martha Rosenberg - Agribusiness is trying to combat Pollan's message of sustainable, healthy eating.

Taliban take over Afghan province - Following the withdrawal of United States troops from key bases, the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan's Nuristan province. It is now under Qari Ziaur Rahman, a Taliban commander with strong ties to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. With this haven, the Taliban's first goal is to disrupt next month's runoff presidential election, then to assist militants in Pakistan. - Syed Saleem Shahzad

Helicopter rumors refuse to die - The United States is battling yet another rumor in Afghanistan, that Western forces are using helicopters to transport Taliban fighters from the volatile south to the north of the country. Officials have dismissed the claims as rubbish, but locals are sticking to their stories. - Ahmad Kawoosh

30 Reasons Fox News Is Not Legit By Eric Boehlert - Fox News routinely, and blatantly, breaks the code to which ethical journalists are supposed to aspire.

Google takes on GPS with navigation feature - Google is taking GPS makers head on with Google Maps Navigation, a turn-by-turn feature that runs on new versions of its Android cellphones.

China leads solar home revolution - Chinese homes are increasingly likely to carry a solar water heater on the roof, with one in 10 families already getting electricity from the devices. This is attracting overseas investment into the fragmented market, while local companies are also boosting sales overseas. - Ryan Rutkowski

Rush Limbaugh Bravely Stands By Fabricated Quote By Barbin - From the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up file.


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