Radical Islamist preacher fails to condemn Lee Rigby murder

Radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary has declined to condemn the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby, insisting Prime Minister David Cameron and British foreign policy were to blame for the murder.


The former leading member of banned extremist organisation Al-Muhajiroun said he was "very proud" of killer Michael Adebolajo as "a practising Muslim and a family man", but "differed" with him about the interpretation of Islam which he used to justify the murder.


Egypt charges former president Morsi with sponsoring terrorism 

Overthrown Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi is to stand trial on terror charges that carry the death penalty.


He has been accused of conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and others to carry out a campaign of violence in the Sinai Peninsula and beyond to destabilise the country following his removal.

Prosecutors claim that while he was president Mr Morsi and his aides revealed state secrets to the militant groups and to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. He and 35 others, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s top three leaders, are also accused of sponsoring terrorism and carrying out combat training and other acts to undermine Egypt’s stability.




A smile... then a kiss of the Koran: Lee Rigby's distraught family leave court in tears after his Muslim killers show no remorse as they are found GUILTY of hacking him to death in London street


  • Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale found guilty in 90 minutes
  • However the killers were cleared of attempted murder of police on May 22
  • Adebolajo kissed the Koran and smiled as verdicts were read to Old Bailey
  • Extremists had denied murder on the basis they were 'soldiers of Allah'
  • Lee Rigby's family say afterwards that justice has been done after trial
  • 'No one should have to go through what we have been through as a family'
  • His mother Lyn said: 'Their aim was to divide, to cause conflict, to set people against each other. Lee's death has actually united people'
  • PM: 'The nation must confront poisonous narrative of extremism'
  • MI5 had contact with Adebolajo from 2010 up until he carried out killing
  • His brother Jeremiah says Lee Rigby's murder had 'obvious' justification

    Gesture: After the guilty verdict was read Adebolajo kissed the Koran he had held throughout the three-week trial

    Adebolajo had admitted they executed the father-of-one but claimed they were not murderers because they are 'soldiers of Allah' at 'war' with Britain over its foreign policy.




    The distraught family of Lee Rigby left court in tears today as one of his remorseless killers smiled and kissed the Koran after he was found guilty of his murder.

    Muslim fanatic Michael Adebolajo, 28, made the incendiary gesture to the Old Bailey courtroom before he was taken down to the cells by prison guards.

    Fusilier Rigby, 25, was 'mutilated, almost decapitated and murdered' by Michael Adebowale, 22, and Adebolajo, who ambushed him outside his barracks in Woolwich, South East London on May 22.

    During their trial Lee Rigby's bereft family were forced to watch footage and hear gruesome accounts of the soldier being run down at 40mph and hacked to death in the street.


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    Growing Persecution of Egypt's Copts Highlighted at Congressional Hearing

    Coptic Christan protestors

    (Photo: Flickr / Talk Radio News Service)
    Since the Egyptian military overthrew Morsi, Coptic Christians have endured vandalism, destruction and murder with little or no police protection and assistance.
    Highlighting escalation of attacks on Egypt's Copts, speakers at a congressional hearing this week expressed concerns over the Muslim Brotherhood making Christians the scapegoat for the Islamist group's political downfall.


    EGYPT – High-profile convert detained for ‘inciting strife’

    A well-known Christian campaigner for religious liberty, Mohammed Hegazy, has been detained in Egypt for allegedly inciting ‘sectarian strife’. Sources are concerned he may be tortured.

    Hegazy, 31 – now widely known by his Christian name, Bishoy Armia Boulos – was arrested last Wednesday at a café in Minya, Upper Egypt. Security forces claimed he’d been working for a Christian satellite TV channel and contributing to a ‘false image’ that Christians in Minya are a target for violence.

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    Noted Convert in Egypt Arrested, Likely Tortured

    Mohammed Hegazy, now with new name, jailed for allegedly inciting ‘sectarian strife.’

    Priest examining damaged church building in Minya Governorate, Egypt. (Watani)

    Priest examining damaged church building in Minya Governorate, Egypt. (Watani)

    CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Egyptian authorities this week arrested a Christian who is arguably the nation’s most well-known convert from Islam and are investigating him for several activities, including allegedly inciting “sectarian strife.”



    القبض على "بيشوي ارميا " احمد حجازى سابقا بعد اعتناقه المسيحية بتهمة التبشير فى المنيا !


    يوسف وهيب

    ألقت إدارة البحث الجنائي بالمنيا، بالاشتراك مع قطاع الأمن الوطني، القبض علي بيشوى ارميا او محمد حجازي ،الذي أعلن اعتناقه المسيحية منذ عدة سنوات و غير اسمه الى بيشوي ارميا، بتهمة العمل بمنظمات تبشيرية .
    و كان اللواء أسامة متولي مساعد وزير الداخلية لأمن المنيا، تلقى اخطارا منذ يوم الاثنين ،من العميد هشام نصر مدير البحث الجنائي بورود معلومات لدى قطاع الأمن الوطني وضباط البحث الجنائي بقسم شرطة المنيا عن وجود مراسل قناة الطريق الفضائية الأمريكية التى وصفتها تحريات الامن الوطنى بانها وراء إثارة الفتن بين المسلمين والأقباط في المحافظة.
    انتقل الرائد عمرو حسن رئيس مباحث بندر المنيا والنقيب أحمد مختار معاون المباحث، و القيا القبض على بيشوي أرميا بولس، 31 سنة، مراسل قناة الطريق الدينية التي يمتلكها أحد الأقباط بالولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، وبحوزته كاميرا و4 فلاشات، وبسؤاله أكد أنه اعتنق المسيحية منذ 16 عاما وقام بتغيير ديانته في البطاقة الشخصية، حيث كان يدعي محمد أحمد محمد حجازي، من مواليد محافظة بورسعيد، وحصل على شهادةكنسية بانه نال المعمودية و اصبح مسيحي الديانة ثم سافر لأمريكا.
    يذكر أن "بيشوي " سافر إلى محافظة المنيا خلال أحداث 30 يونيو الماضي، وعمل بإحدى الجرائد الإقليمية في المحافظة، وسريعا ما كون عدة صداقات بشباب القوى السياسية والثورية، مما لفت الأنظار الأمنية إليه ، وبمراقبته تبين أنه اعتاد التردد على كافتيريا نقابة الزراعية الكائنة بوسط مدينة المنيا برفقة بعض الصحفيين
    و فى اتصال هاتفى مع احد المقربين منه قال ، ان محاميه اكد لهم انه تم تلفيق جملة من القضايا اثنا تغطيته احداث قرية نزلة البدرمان بديرمواس و كانت معه صحفية من المنيا ، و احتك به الأمن
    وألقي القبض عليه و اضاف ، الان ننتظر موقف الذين يطنطنون بحقوق الانسان !

    Egypt intelligence confirms Muslim Brotherhood ties with Al Qaida

    Special to WorldTribune.com

    CAIRO — For the first time, Egypt has linked the Muslim Brotherhood to Al Qaida.

    The charred remains of an armored vehicle are loaded onto a truck after a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a police checkpoint that killed a police colonel in El Arish, Egypt on July 12, 2013.   /AP/Muhammed Sabry

    The charred remains of an armored vehicle are loaded onto a truck after a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a police checkpoint that killed a police colonel in El Arish, Egypt on July 12, 2013. /AP/Muhammed Sabry

    Officials said the intelligence community has determined cooperation between the Brotherhood and Al Qaida.

    The officials said the Brotherhood was financing the Al Qaida-linked insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula as well as on the African mainland.

    “It [Brotherhood] supports and massively finances from abroad numerous radical terrorists in several groups,” Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said.

    In a briefing on Nov. 23, Ibrahim said the Brotherhood was contracting Al Qaida and other groups to attack Egyptian military and security forces.

    Ibrahim said the campaign began in wake of the military overthrow of Egypt’s first Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, in July.

    Egypt: Muslims burn down Christian homes over relationship between Muslim girl and Christian boy


    Islamic law forbids Muslim women from marrying Christian men. When the "reports surfaced of a relationship between a Muslim girl and a Coptic boy," the two families "held reconciliatory talks," but they "fell through after 'Muslims burnt down the house of the boy’s father and an adjacent house.'" Now that's "dialogue."

    "Sectarian violence in Minya leaves five dead," by Hend Kortam for Daily News Egypt, November 29:

    Two separate incidents of sectarian violence in villages in the governorate of Minya on Thursday claimed several lives.

    Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi spied for Hamas and al-Qaeda
    The police officer who discovered this was murdered a week after he revealed it. And through all this Morsi kept the loyal support of the Obama Administration. "Assassinated police officer disclosed evidence Morsy spied for Hamas: Sources," by Tarek Wageeh for Al-Masry Al-Youm, November 21:

    Prosecution investigations on assassinations of senior police officer Mohamed Mabrouk, of Interior Ministry’s national security branch, have revealed that Mabrouk was killed one week after submitting CD to investigations authority levelling spying charges against deposed President Mohamed Morsy and other Muslim Brotherhood figures.

    Muslim Brotherhood 'stole' Egypt's revolution: Kerry


    Washington — US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of stealing Egypt's revolution, in some of his toughest comments yet about the party that took power in the nation's first democratic election.

    In a speech to a forum on enhancing links between private sector businesses and diplomatic security agencies, Kerry said "the best antidote to extremism is opportunity."

    "Those kids in Tahrir Square, they were not motivated by any religion or ideology.

    "They were motivated by what they saw through this interconnected world, and they wanted a piece of the opportunity and a chance to get an education and have a job and have a future, and not have a corrupt government that deprived them of all of that and more," the top US diplomat said.


    Country/Region: Egypt, Middle East and North Africa


    The Christian community has been blamed for the fall of Morsi


    The Christian community has been blamed for the fall of Morsi

    The Christian community in Egypt has been beset by a sharp increase in kidnappings since the authorities cleared sit-in protests by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammad Morsi.


    Nigerian tells of ‘miraculous deliverance’ from execution

    by Our Correspondent


    Adamu Habila. Photos: Jubilee Campaign


    ‘ARE YOU READY to die as a Christian?’

    This was the question that Adamu Habila faced on the 28th November 2012 as gunmen from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram broke into his Nigerian home and threatened him with death.

    As Habila answered ‘yes’, his wife begged for their lives.


    Chairman Royce Convenes Hearing on Egypt - Chairman Royce’s opening statement

    Washington, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, convened a hearing to examine the next steps on U.S. policy toward Egypt.  Senior officials from the State Department, Defense Department, and USAID are testifying at the hearing, entitled Next Steps on Egypt Policy.” 

    Live webcast is available HERE

    Below is Chairman Royce’s opening statement as prepared for delivery at the hearing:

    Today we look at the very challenging U.S-Egypt relationship.  Since President Hosni Mubarak’s fall, Egypt has been in political, economic and social turmoil.  This has seriously strained - some suggest imperiled - our very important relationship.  It has certainly put our considerable interests in the region at risk.


    Egypt arrests ex-army officer in connection with Interior Minister attack : Reuters - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

    Egypt arrests ex-army officer in connection with Interior Minister attack : Reuters

    The former naval officer was previously jailed for taking part in 1981 assassination of Sadat

    Egyptian authorities have arrested an Islamist militant jailed over the assassination of former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, for plotting bomb attacks on behalf of Al-Qaeda since his release from prison in 2012, security sources said on Tuesday.

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    Armed Attack on Cairo Church Highlights Targeting of Copts

    By: Mohammad Salah

    Relatives of four victims killed in an attack at a wedding attend their funerals at the Virgin Church in Cairo, Oct. 21, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/ Mohamed Abd El Ghany )

    Within Egypt’s scene of violence, the armed attack on a church near Cairo — in which four were killed — has put the spotlight back on the anti-Copt attacks that have surged after former President Mohammed Morsi was ousted in early July.

    One man, an elderly woman and two children were killed, and 17 were wounded, in a shooting on the Church of the Virgin Mary in the poor neighborhood of al-Warraq as wedding guests were leaving.

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    Mohamed Morsi’s Trial will reveal Documents Could Put Barack Obama In Prison


    The Trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is set to begin on the 4th of November 2013.

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    18 Names of the most dangerous terrorists released by presidential general Pardon from Mohamed Morsi ousted President

    Mohamed Morsi will be trialed for Ten serious Treason charges and crimes committed during his reign.

    1. After 30th of June 2013 Revolution and Mohamed Morsi was ousted, The Egyptian Military discovered recordings and Original Documents signed by former Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi and his second in command Khairat Al-Shater, linking Obama and his administration to illegal activities with Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian ousted President.


    Christianophobia: an interview with Rupert Shortt

    Strasbourg, January 2011. Members of the European Parliament condemn violence against Christians in the Middle East. European Union 2011 PE-EP/Pietro Naj-Oleari

    Rupert Shortt is the author of Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack and religion editor of the Times Literary Supplement. Alan Johnson is the Editor of Fathom.

    Part 1: Christianophobia

    Alan Johnson: Let’s start with some big questions about the word ‘Christianophobia.’ First, what does it mean?

    Rupert Shortt: It covers a multitude of sins really. I grant you that the word ‘phobia’ implies something rather passive, unlike the more active evil of antisemitism. But ‘anti-Christianism,’ just like ‘anti-Muslimism,’ hasn’t really caught on as a term, so I thought I would adopt a coinage used by other people – I can’t claim a monopoly on it or on its meaning. But it is something I hoped would be reasonably eye-catching and would draw people’s attention to what I see as a neglected human rights issue.

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    Appeal Postponed for Moroccan Convert from Islam Sentenced for 'Proselytizing'

    Court hoping publicity over Christian convicted without due process will subside, sources say.

    By Our Algeria Correspondent

    Taounate, in northern Morocco. (Morning Star News)TIZI OZOU, Algeria, October 11, 2013 (Morning Star News) – A Moroccan court yesterday postponed until Dec. 31 an appeals hearing for a convert hastily sentenced to prison for alleged “proselytizing,” in hopes that international publicity over his conviction will subside by then, Christian sources said.

    Mohamed El Baladi was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Sept. 3, just a week after his arrest on Aug. 28, in a court in the northern town of Taounate, 50 miles from Fez. The court convicted him before police allowed him to obtain legal representation, and officers vilified him for leaving Islam and pressured him to reveal names of other converts to Christianity, sources said (see
    Morning Star News, Sept. 13).


    Egypt Copts singled out for revenge: amnesty

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    A picture taken on August 26, 2013 shows the facade of the Prince Tadros Coptic church that was torched by unknown assailants in the central Egyptian city of Minya.


    Egyptian security forces failed to stop revenge attacks against Coptic Christians after a deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in August, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

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