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Islamic Authority:
Extremists No ´Islamic State´

Associated Press, by Sarah E. Deeb

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 8/25/2014 4:31:48 AM

CAIRO -- The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State." The campaign by the Dar el-Ifta, the top authority that advises Muslims on spiritual and life issues, adds to the war of words by Muslim leaders across the world targeting the Islamic State group, which controls wide swaths of Iraq and Syria. Its violent attacks, including mass shootings, destroying Shiite shrines, targeting minorities and beheadings including American journalist James Foley, have shocked Muslims and

      


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Islamic Authority:
Extremists No ´Islamic State´
Associated Press, by Sarah E. Deeb    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:31:48 AM     Post Reply
CAIRO -- The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State." The campaign by the Dar el-Ifta, the top authority that advises Muslims on spiritual and life issues, adds to the war of words by Muslim leaders across the world targeting the Islamic State group, which controls wide swaths of Iraq and Syria. Its violent attacks, including mass shootings, destroying Shiite shrines, targeting minorities and beheadings including American journalist James Foley, have shocked Muslims and

   

 

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Associated Press, by Adam Geller    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:28:19 AM     Post Reply
Stepping to the pulpit at Greater Grace Church -- minutes from where a suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old - the Rev. Al Sharpton wielded the fiery words that have marked his long, often notorious career. "These parents are not going to cry alone," he preached to the crowd that packed the pews last Sunday in Ferguson, Missouri. "We have had enough!" But when Sharpton sat down days later with New York´s mayor to discuss the response to a Staten Island man´s death in a police officer´s chokehold, he recalibrated his rhetoric. "We don´t

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Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/24/2014 4:35:33 AM     Post Reply
The Denver Post is reporting that a lawsuit being brought by survivors and family members in the wake of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting against the theater may move forward. The owner of the Aurora movie theater that was the site of a deadly 2012 attack could have reasonably enough foreseen the danger of such an attack to be held liable for it, a federal judge ruled Friday. Noting “the grim history of mass shootings and mass killings that have occurred in more recent times,” U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled that Cinemark — owner of the Century Aurora 16

ISIS siege cuts off small
Iraqi town from food, water
CNN, by Jomana Karadsheh*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/24/2014 4:32:48 AM     Post Reply
Baghdad, Iraq -- As violence continues to wrack Iraq, another ethnic slaughter may be in the making by Sunni extremists from ISIS. ISIS fighters have besieged the ethnic Turkmen Shiite town of Amerli in the north for two months, and its fewer than 20,000 residents are without power and running out of food, water and medical supplies. "The situation of the people in Amerli is desperate and demands immediate action to prevent the possible massacre of its citizens," said Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. secretary-general´s special representative for Iraq.

Rick Perry Honors James Foley In
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ABC News, by Arlette Saenz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/24/2014 4:30:22 AM     Post Reply
ROCHESTER, N.H. – Texas Gov. Rick Perry commemorated the life of James Foley, the American journalist brutally murdered by ISIS, in his New Hampshire hometown today, merely miles from where Foley’s parents live. “This young man personified what courage is all about. He showed us sacrificial service. He went into dangerous parts of the world to shine a bright light into dark places,” Perry said. “It is a very important job that James Foley was engaged in. “We all collectively mourn his death and all America stands with the people of New Hampshire in remembering this hero,” Perry added. “It’s times like

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/24/2014 4:27:40 AM     Post Reply
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - A San Bernardino policeman remained in a medically induced coma Saturday after he was shot in the head by a man who was then killed by another officer in a shootout, police said. Gabriel Garcia, 31, was in extremely critical condition at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, police said. Garcia was responding to treatment and fighting for his life, police Chief Jarrod Burguan said in a post on the Police Department´s Facebook page. Garcia is a highly commended, six-year veteran of the department who has spent much of his career on patrol duty and some

   

 

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Associated Press, by Gillian Wong    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/24/2014 4:22:13 AM     Post Reply
AKSU, China -- Outside a mosque in China´s restive west, a government-appointed Muslim cleric was dodging a foreign reporter´s question about why young men of the Uighur ethnic minority don´t have beards when one such youth interrupted. "Why don´t you just tell them the truth?" he shouted to the cleric under the nervous gaze of several police officers who had been tailing the reporters all day in the oasis city of Aksu. "It´s because the government doesn´t allow beards." A plainclothes Uighur policeman swiftly rebuked the young man. "Be careful what you say," he warned. The tense exchange provided a fleeting glimpse of

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2014 8:12:19 AM     Post Reply
Horrific new atrocity photos flowed from the Middle East Friday. Only this time the victims were Palestinians, not Americans, and the killers were from Hamas, not ISIS. Angered by Israel’s successful hit on three of its top commanders in an airstrike, Hamas lined 18 “informers” against a wall and publicly gunned them down. This, declared Hamas, was “revolutionary justice,” vowing that more such killings will follow. Summary executions are nothing new to Hamas, of course. Yet much of the world thinks it’s engaged in legitimate resistance to “Zionist occupation.” And that’s alarming — because it’s becoming increasingly

How Do You Solve a
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We wuz robbed. Admit it, you neo-cons, paleo-cons, compassionates, country clubbers and decline-to-states: right now, in a just, moral, ordered universe, Mitt Romney should be President. He was right on Iraq and Benghazi, right on healthcare, immigration, and Russia. But he was so mendaciously smeared that voters possessed the ludicrous mindset that Mitt didn’t “care about someone like me.” Feckless Republican operatives allowed data-mining splashed with voter fraud to seal the defeat. Twenty months later, numerous polls indicate significant voter remorse. This genuine sentiment has naturally provoked calls of “Run, Mitt,

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President Obama has had some trouble getting away from it all. During the president’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., Americans have witnessed clashes and standoffs between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and have seen a gut-wrenching video of American journalist James Foley being executed by Islamic State militants, who said the killing was in retaliation for airstrikes Obama ordered against them in Iraq. Meanwhile, the chairman of Obama’s own party, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), appeared to question the president’s decision to deport thousands of illegal-immigrant youths back to their violent home countries in Central America, suggesting that they were

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If This Is It, Wilson
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2014 4:26:46 AM     Post Reply
Given that I’m something of a broken record on the subject of due process, my contributions to the discussion about Ferguson have hitherto taken the form of injunctions: namely, to “wait for more information” and refrain from jumping to conclusions. Justice being a process and not an outcome, it has been downright alarming to watch observers on both sides of the aisle reach verdicts that they cannot possibly substantiate. Many conservatives have been too quick to take the reports that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system and enjoyed lyrically violent music and spin them into premature insinuations of guilt;



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