Sunday, February 05, 2006

Highlights 5th February 2006

Muslims in Bangladesh protest against Prophet Muhammad's cartoons

About 500 Muslims rallied in Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka on Friday to protest the publication of cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Muhammad in European newspapers, police and organizers said. Many devotees spontaneously joined the protest rally in downtown Dhaka outside the country's main mosque after weekly prayers in the afternoon, chanting: "Apologize to Muslims!" No violence was immediately reported, said a Dhaka Metropolitan police official on condition of anonymity in line with official policy. "The whole Muslim world is shocked and outraged. The governments of the respective countries must apologize to the Muslim world," Mohiuddin Ahmed, a leader of the hard-line Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Bangladesh, told supporters at the rally...more in Pravda

  • Cartoons Spark Burning of Embassies

Outrage among Muslims around the world over cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad again erupted into violence on Saturday, as crowds in Damascus, Syria, set afire the embassies of two countries where newspapers published the images forbidden by Islam. The embassies of Denmark and Norway were badly damaged by demonstrators shouting "God is Great!" as police fired tear gas and water cannons, news reports said. In the Palestinian territories, protesters burned tires and threw rocks at offices of the European Union, and a leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, was quoted as calling for the death of those responsible for the caricatures...more in The Washington Post

  • More lies from Danish Imams
Last Friday the CT Blog revealed how a delegation of Danish Muslims, led by Copenhagen imam Abu Laban, toured the Middle East in December and showed fabricated cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in a very offensive fashion, even though the pictures had never appeared on Jyllands Posten....more in CT Blog

  • "We Want Blood on the Streets of England"

Loud cries reverberated through the crowd of hundreds calling upon Usama Bin Laden to "bomb Denmark", alongside similar emphatic screams to "nuke Germany, nuke France, nuke the USA." Other angry demonstrators demanded--as a result of the Danish cartoons--that Al-Qaida launch 9/11-style terrorist attacks not just in Denmark, but also in France, the U.K., and elsewhere. One protest organizer explained simply, "the language of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Usama Bin Laden is the only language that they understand." ...more in CT Blog
Iran threatens to close Hormuz

Iranian president Mohammad Ahmadinejad is evaluating an all out military response, including closing the Strait of Hormuz, if Iran is attacked by US-led Western powers for its WMD programme. Iran told this plainly in a meeting with Russia last week, adding that the world would have to pay a “heavy price” for any attack, as it would close the Hormuz and search and apprehend tankers and ships and terminate means of sea communications, even if they were commercial.....more in NewsInsight

  • Terror and the Bangladesh factor
In some ways, it’s a bigger nightmare for our security agencies. Our cities contain large migrant populations who live outside the law — they don’t have documentation, and have mostly entered India illegally. They can provide infrastructure for Bangladeshi radicals, helping potential terrorists slip under the police radar. The other disadvantage of trying to detect Bangladeshi radicals is that unlike sharp-featured Kashmiris, they can easily melt into an urban Indian roadside crowd. There are advantages, however. The police recruit informers — your daily-maid might be one. “One can tap people from various parts of their country, and get intelligence down to the village level,” says a senior policeman. “We’ve got intelligence of camps running in Bangladesh, who recruit from their neighbouring villages.”...more in HT

  • How about a Look North-East policy?
Perhaps what we need in Bangladesh is a Look North-East policy. This would mean paying closer attention to the interests and concerns of the people in India's North-Eastern region when formulating domestic and external policy, and more importantly, re-imagining our relationship with India by looking at it through the prism of the North-East and not solely through the prism of New Delhi and Calcutta, as we tend to do now.The North-East region of India has remained underdeveloped for two reasons, the principal one being the short-sightedness of the Indian central government, and its neglect of, if not outright hostility to, the legitimate aspirations and demands of the people of the region.....more in DS

  • ISI men take new route, cops sweat

Making presentation about the State Intelligence wing of the police at the senior police officers’ conference here on Friday, ADG (Intelligence) Desh Raj Nagar said recent arrests of some people in Varanasi indicated that they had infiltrated into the country from Bangladesh. While several districts in western UP were already affected by ISI activities, he said Varanasi and its adjoining areas could also emerge as area of concern in near future. While Nagar presented elaborate plan about intelligence gathering in the state, DGP Yashpal Singh intervened to say that movement of five terrorists around Ayodhya for at least one month last July, who finally made abortive attempt to attack Ramjanma bhoomi, indicated “bankruptcy of intelligence collection” in the State.....more in HT

  • 'Incredible' India's image takes a beating
At the Mumbai airport, passengers were helped on their way by police and airline workers as strikers sat outside the terminal in small groups holding red flags. “Nothing has changed in India. It's the same strikes and unionism and stop work,” said Sain Mason, a British traveller who visits Mumbai regularly. “This is not taken to kindly by investors and this image can hurt India.” Analysts say such sentiment could be that of any prospective foreign investor. “Privatisation should have been done a long time ago. There will be short-term setback in India's image, but this is a price that has to be paid,” said Subir Gokarn, chief economist with rating agency Crisil.... more in NewIndPress

  • German defence majors want base in India
WB, Deutsche Aerospace (DASA) and Rheinmetall Berlin are keen to establish manufacturing bases in India to capture the arms markets in South Asia, South East Asia, West Asia and Africa. The German delegation at the Defexpo India 2006 said to stay competitive, the defence industry had to relocate to India, and this would also overcome Germany’s strict export control regime. BWB or Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung plans on armament research in India employing software professionals and high-tech labour. BWB is under the Federal Office for Military Technology and Procurement.....more in NewsInsight


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