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Islamic cultural centre coming to the Netherlands

by Michel Hoebink, 3 August 2005 Four districts in the western part Amsterdam are joining forces to create an Islamic cultural institute. If all goes according to plan, the first activities should take place towards the end of this year. Amsterdam initiative The city initiative was taken by a group of public figures from indigenous Dutch and immigrant Muslim backgrounds. Two of them represent large national Muslim organisations: Haci Karacaer is director of the Turkish group Milli Görös and Ahmed Marcouch is from the Union of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands. The men describe their project as a reaction to negative publicity in the Netherlands - and particularly in Amsterdam – for the Islamic religion and the wider Muslim community. Based on a French example The centre will be modelled on the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, a joint project between France’s government and the Arab League. Since it was established in 1987, the Institut has become a successful place for the Fre

Welcome to WEST Bangladesh , Mamta's cry must be heard

Mamata's cry must be heard Udayan Namboodiri/ New Delhi On Thursday, during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee threw a bundle of papers in the direction of Deputy Speaker. Her act, though downright unparliamentary and quite condemnable on the face of it, has a context. That context was all over the papers she hurled in full view of the nation. In them was damning evidence how the CPI (M) has, over the past two decades, padded the voter's list of West Bengal with Bangladeshi nationals. Over the past few years, committed supporters of the Trinamool Congress had documented the evidence at great risk to their personal safety. They had even crossed over into Bangladesh to establish the antecedents of these "voters". Had the CPI(M)'s omni-present cadres found out, the whole exercise would have been scuttled. But, having hoodwinked them, Bengal's Agni Kanya found the last line of defence impregnable. And that was the Lok

Indian to strengthen Coastal Security

The Central Government funded Coastal Security Scheme envisages strengthening infrastructure for patrolling and surveillance of the coastal areas by providing assistance to the coastal States and UTs to set up police stations equipped with vehicles vessels, equipment, trained manpower etc. in the coastal areas. The total non-recurring expenditure is estimated at Rs. 400 crore. The recurring expenditure on fuel, repairs and maintenance of the vessels for 5 years is estimated at Rs. 151 crore. Areas vulnerable from security angle in the Orissa coast will be covered under the coastal security scheme

First-ever launch of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle from a surfaced submarine

Submarines take on new technology UAV launched from Albany By JO1Jennifer Spinner, Periscope Staff Dr. Warren Schultz, associate supervisor of the chemistry division at Naval Research Lab, prepares to launch a ''Dragon Eye'' Unmanned Aerial Vehicle July 20 aboard USS Albany (SSN753), approximately 12 miles off the coast of NSB Kings Bay. The UAV was being tested to prove its value in supporting force protection. Photo by JO1 Jennifer Spinner The first-ever launch of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle from a surfaced submarine July 20 was a great success, proving the expanded utility of a technology already being used by United States Marines in Iraq. Despite its small size, the UAV has the potential to radically expand the role of the submarine force in the Global War on Terrorism, according to Lt. Cmdr. Rob Jezek ,USS Albany (SSN 753) executive officer. ''It is exciting to be a part of this launch,'' said Jezek. ''This technology extends the su

Symposium on Radical-Islamist Threat to World Peace

"The Radical-Islamist Threat to World Peace and National Security" A Dinner/Symposium Sponsored by The People's Truth Forum 6:00 PM Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Aquaturf Club, Mulberry Street Plantsville, CT. http://www.peoplestruthforum.com/symposium.htm The People's Truth Forum (PTF) is hosting an educational symposium at the Aquaturf club in Plantsville, Connecticut, on September 21st. The organization's primary objective is to heighten public awareness with respect to matters of national security. Warmly invited are those patriotic Americans who share PTF's concerns for the future of our nation - especially those interested in learning more about Islamic terrorism and the threat it poses to future generations. The Speakers Harvey Kushner, PhD., noted author, lecturer, professor and internationally recognized authority on terrorism. Dr. Kushner has advised and provided training to numerous government agencies, including the FBI, FAA, INS, and U.S. C

War Gaming : The Pentagon's New Map?

intellibriefs.com/NMG Gamebook II.pdf How THE NEW MAP GAME Works Participants will be divided into four teams, each representing a country from each of the four geo-political segments described in The Pentagon's New Map: the Old Core, New Core, Seam States, and Gap. Think of each team as a collection of the most powerful people from across their respective countries. All participants will be provided a Game Book (prior to the game) describing their country's background, its relations with the other teams, and what types of actions are available to them. Old Core —established politically and economically, helped create and maintain modern international structures (e.g. U.S., E.U., Australia, Japan) New Core —representing emerging economic markets and centers of geo-political power (e.g. China, India, Russia) Seam States—countries where elements from the Gap look to infiltrate the Core (e.g. Mexico, Brazil, Greece, Pakistan) Gap—those states that are disconnected fro

What is The Pentagon's New Map?

www.newmapgame.com/graphics/map-large.jpg Thomas P.M. Barnett author, The Pentagon's New Map In December 2002, Esquire magazine selected Thomas P.M. Barnett as “The Strategist” in a special edition titled “The Best and the Brightest” and followed in March 2003 with the publication of his landmark article, “The Pentagon's New Map.” The compelling brief that he has created and delivered to several thousand high-level U.S. government officials was expanded and published as The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty First Century and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. “America stands at an historical tipping-point,” Barnett says, “filled with unprecedented dangers but also the promise that globalization may be expanded from a closed club of rich countries to a planet-wide reality.” He envisions this “future worth creating” and outlines how U.S. “security exports” can make it happen. Offering readers the equivalent of a top-level Pentagon strategy semin

PAKISTANI MADRASAS: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

by B.Raman What are madrasas? Madrasas are Islamic religious seminaries, which were originally meant to train young persons, who wanted to take to religion as a profession. They wanted to work as clerics in mosques and as members of the staff in Islamic charitable institutions. In view of the limited career opportunities open to the students of the madrasas, only those who were keen to become religious clerics joined them. Till 1977, the number of madrasas in Pakistan was therefore, very small. There were only 244 madrasas in Pakistan in the 1950s. This number went up to about 500 in the 1960s and about 700 in the early 1970s. The military regime of the late Gen. Zia-ul-Haq (1977-1988) saw a mushrooming growth of the madrasas. What were the reasons for this mushrooming growth? Firstly, Zia allowed the Government Departments and the Armed Forces to recruit madrasa graduates to lower posts. This tremendously expanded the career opportunities available to the products of the madrasas

Indo-Iran Gas pipeline: Pakistan, Iran decide to invite India for talks

Islamabad, July 7 (ANI): In order to speed up the process of implementation of the proposed Indo-Iran gas pipeline through Pakistan, Iran and Pakistan have decided to invite India to hold trilateral talk on the issue. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, who is in Islamabad for talks on the project, held detailed discussions on the project with his Pakistani counterpart Amanullah Khan and decided to invite India for the talk who has taken initiative for the project. According to a report in APP, the official news agency of Pakistan, the Iranian Oil Minister and his Pakistani counterpart exchanged views on the talks they had with Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyer last month in Islamabad and Tehran respectively and decided to hold trilateral talk on the issue. Jadoon and Zanganeh exchanged views on the talks and resolved to invite India to all ministerial or secretary level talks on the ambitious project, the report said. Iranian officials would also attend the

U.S. REVIEWING OPTIONS IN CENTRAL ASIA

Faced with restrictions on the use of its air base in Uzbekistan and, now, an eviction notice (see EDM, August 4), the United States is looking for alternative or substitute basing options in the region. An active search had begun in the wake of the Andijan events, as the deepening political rift between Washington and Tashkent jeopardized the American military's use of the Karshi-Khanabad air base. Now that the United States has been given six months to close that base (or, hypothetically, to renegotiate arrangements with Uzbekistan), basing options in other Central Asian countries acquire growing importance, as does the need to reorder the political priorities in U.S. bilateral relations with some of those countries. U..S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld discussed a possible transfer of some operations from Karshi-Khanabad to Manas in Kyrgyzstan during his July 25-26 visit there. Rumsfeld succeeded in negotiating Kyrgyz consent in principle to an indefinite prolongation of

''The Implications of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership''

Just prior to the July 18, 2005 meeting between U.S. President George W. Bush and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a senior official commented that the two parties would talk about "whatever is on their minds"; apparently, this turned out to be a lot. Some pursuits, like a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, did not come to fruition. Still, India made major gains in one area of particular note: access to dual-use technology. Nuclear technology will lift India's masses to a higher level of electricity and convenience. Rocket technology will offer India's space program a giant leap forward. However, this same equipment and technology has another possible function: serving as a means to build a better bomb or a longer range missile. India and the United States have charted a course towards transforming India into a "major world power in the 21st century." While the joint U.S.-India statement issued on July 18 represents a significa

How to Deal with Britain's Muslim Extremists?

An Interview with Kamal Helbawy Dr. Kamal Helbawy was born in Egypt in 1939 and joined the Muslim Brotherhood at the age of twelve, largely receiving his education in Islam from them. After working in Nigeria, he traveled to Saudi Arabia where he was among the founders of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) and became their first executive director. After six years at the Institute of Policy Studies in Pakistan, Dr. Helbawy moved to London and helped create the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the Muslim Assembly of Britain (MAB). He was the MAB's first president and currently serves as an advisor to the organization. Dr. Helbawy is also a researcher in Islamic and strategic affairs. He has a history of working in the relief sector and is currently the owner and supervisor of a care home for the elderly in northwest London. This interview was conducted by Terrorism Monitor editor Mahan Abedin in London on July 27, 2005. Mahan Abedin: Some people might say your assoc

America, Europe and the Challenge of Bringing Democracy to Iran

Written by: Philip Gordon, 03-Aug-05. Newly elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Iran poses more and greater challenges to the United States and Europe—and to the transatlantic relationship—than practically any other country in the world. Its suspected nuclear weapons program, if allowed to be brought to fruition, could directly threaten European and American security. Even short of that, an Iranian nuclear weapons capability could fatally damage the nuclear nonproliferation regime and lead other regional states—including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey—to rethink their own non-nuclear status. A nuclear Iran might also feel more confident in continuing to support regional terrorist movements like Hizbollah and Hamas, which is another way in which Iran threatens Western interests. Iran’s support for terrorism and opposition to Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts continue to make it harder to stabilize a region in which both America and Europe have fundamental strategic, economic and