Islamists planned attacks across Europe

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Reuters likes to call them “Islamist extremists”, but that is duplicitous term, because the word “Islamist” already implies “extremist”. Regardless, this should come as no surprise to anyone, except of course Islamists, their defenders and apologists. From Islamists planned attacks across Europe: Islamist extremists were planning attacks across Europe, especially against public transport, before their arrests in Barcelona last weekend, a Spanish paper reported on Saturday, citing a would-be attacker’s testimony. The Al Qaeda-inspired cell planned to attack the Barcelona metro and other targets in Spain, Germany, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom, said the bomber turned police informant.In testimony

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The “Hitler Room” Is Most Popular in Hotel

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Don’t fool yourselves. It is still our father’s Europe. Via ABC News: Belgrade hotelier Dusan Zabunovic renovated a property opposite Belgrade’s central trainstation, with the help of some of the best designers in thecountry. He named the hotel Mr. President and designed each roomaround a current or past world leader. As a member of the Design Hotel chain, Mr. President boasts manyluxurious suites. The most luxurious, on the seventh floor, comes complete with a portrait of former communist leader Josip Broz Tito, who ruled Yugoslavia for more than 35 years. You can enjoy his picture while soaking in your Jacuzzi.

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Islamic Group Plans to Double Number of Mosques in Germany

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Some in Germany are uncomfortable about more mosques being built Germany’s Muslim community is planning to more than double the number of mosques in the country over the next few years, according to figures released by an Islamic institute this week. “We have recorded 184 projects to build new mosques, of which some are already under construction,” Salim Abdullah, of the German Institute of Islamic Archives, told the AFP news agency this past week. “We are talking here about buildings with a dome and a minaret, which are clearly recognizable from the outside, and not the 2,600 prayer areas housed

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EU Proposes Monitoring Radical Mosques

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Now this is what I call progressiveness. From EU Proposes Monitoring Radical Mosques: Security officials from Europe’s largest countries backed a plan Saturday to profile mosques on the continent and identify radical Islamic clerics who raise the threat of homegrown terrorism. The project will focus on the roles of imams, their training, their ability to speak in the local language, and their sources of funding, EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini said after a meeting on terrorism.

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A Pro-Israeli European Leader

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It would be nice if Hillary Clinton, who I abhor, loathe and detest, but who I believe, with great sadness and with a heavy heart, has a decent chance of winning the 2008 presidential election because most Americans are too stupid to vote otherwise, should take some notes. Via Front Page Magazine: Palestinian Authority officials have accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of “offending the Palestinians’ feelings” during her visit earlier this week to Ramallah, where she met with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The accusations, the first of their kind against a European leader, were made by top PA officials only

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EU Says No to Aiding Palestinian Unity Government

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From Deutche Welle-Germany: Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayyad has failed to convince the EU to agree to resume aid to the PA. EU External Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner repeated Wednesday in Brussels the international demands that the Palestinian government renounce violence, formally recognize Israel’s right to exist, and abide by former agreements. She said until that happened, the EU would only deal with what it considered to be Western-friendly members of the new Palestinian unity government. In 2006, the EU redirected its funding for the Palestinians through a special mechanism to help the neediest people while bypassing the government to

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Muslims in Europe

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From Der Spiegel, Special: Muslims in Europe: A German Judge Cites Koran in Divorce Case: He beat her and threatened her with murder. But because husband and wife were both from Morocco, a German divorce court judge saw no cause for alarm. It’s a religion thing, she argued. German Muslim Groups to Speak as One: Germany’s Islamic organizations aren’t lacking in number. But coherence has long been a problem. Now four groups are banding together to form an umbrella organization. German politicians applaud the initiative, but warn that it’s only one of several on the way to better inter-cultural dialogue.

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Spain: the European Iran

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Spain, the first domino, falls. From FrontPage: Ciempozuelos is a village near Madrid. Excluding punctual scandals – like the major’s recent resignation under charges of corruption – for the 12,768 inhabitants of Ciempozuelos, life is good – and progressive. The Socialist Party PSOE calls the shots, so it was no surprise when the town announced there was not going to be any commemoration of the Holocaust Memorial Day,which Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Spanish Foreign Minister, likes to say he established in Spain (even though the date was established in the Berlin Accords signed by previous Prime Minister Jose María Aznar in

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