"Before we rush to condemn America we must remember that even today millions of poor and miserable people all across the world are lining up outside US embassies eager to come to America, not just to live here but to become an American. No Muslim country today, can claim that people of other nations and other faiths see it as a promise of hope, equality, dignity and prosperity." -- Muqtedar Khan, Ph.D. Association of Muslim Social Scientists, Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Terror plot to destroy New York airport foiled
NEW YORK — Four Muslim men were foiled from carrying out a plot to destroy John F. Kennedy International Airport, kill thousands of people and trigger an economic catastrophe by blowing up a jet fuel artery that runs through populous residential neighbourhoods, authorities said Saturday.
Three men were arrested and one was being sought in Trinidad on Saturday. In an indictment charging the four men, one of them is quoted as saying the plot would “cause greater destruction than in the Sept. 11 attacks.”
One of the suspects, Russell Defreitas, a U.S. citizen native to Guyana and retired JFK employee, said the airport was a symbol that would put “the whole country in mourning.” Full article.
Friday, June 01, 2007
British reporter Alan Johnston, kidnapped in Gaza on March 12, appeared for the first time Friday in a video posted on an Islamic militant website.
The 45-year-old BBC reporter is seen in the video wearing a red sweatshirt and says he has been treated well by his captors. He then goes on to denounce Israel and blast British and U.S. Mideast policy.
"There are some who think this might signal that some sort of deal is in the works for Alan's release, that as part of the deal the group needed to give some sign of life as a show of good faith in negotiations," CTV's Middle East Bureau Chief Janis Mackey Frayer said Friday from Jerusalem. There is no indication of when the video was recorded. Full article.
+ The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States increased by 16 this week to 1,760.
+ 4 Oil Workers Kidnapped in Nigeria
+ Fighting rages at Lebanese camp: About 30 soldiers have been killed, along with about 50 militants and one civilian, Lebanese officials have said. Palestinian sources reported that between 17 and 25 militants and 20 civilians have died.