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Published: 03/8/11

Stung: NPR Execs Caught in Candid Chat With Would-be Muslim Donors

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Stung: NPR Execs Caught in Candid Chat With Would-be Muslim Donors

A video made surreptitiously by a conservative sting artist shows phony, would-be Muslim donors meeting with two NPR fundraisers who are caught on the tape making candid, awkward comments about the Republican Party -- and also talking bluntly about the ouster of commentator Juan Williams. The sting operation, produced by conservative activist James O'Keefe, shows NPR fundraisers Ron Schiller (who has since announced his departure from NPR) and Betsy Liley at lunch with two men masquerading as wealthy Muslim donors. That the NPR people appear to tell the supposed contributors what they want to...

Published: 02/24/11

Said Musa Released From Jail: 5 Facts on the Afghan Christian

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Said Musa Released From Jail: 5 Facts on the Afghan Christian

Said Musa, the Afghan man who was imprisoned and sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, has been released from a Kabul jail, The Christian Post reports. Musa's case has been closely watched by human rights groups and religious leaders, many of whom worked to bring attention to his story. Earlier this month, Christian pastors and academics launched a Twitter campaign on Musa's behalf. According to The Christian Post, the 45-year-old Musa's whereabouts are not known at this time. Surge Desk has five facts on the man who became an international symbol of religious...

Published: 02/16/11

Hezbollah Threatens Israeli Leaders, Warns It's Ready for Next War

By  Theunis Bates - AOL News
Hezbollah Threatens Israeli Leaders, Warns It's Ready for Next War

The head of Hezbollah today told his fighters that Israel would pay a heavy price if it invaded Lebanon again and warned Israeli leaders that they could be assassinated "anywhere ... at any time" by his operatives. "I say to the fighters of the Islamic resistance: Be ready," Hassan Nasrallah said during a televised speech, Agence France-Presse reported. "If a new war is imposed on Lebanon, we may ask you to take Galilee, to free Galilee. ... I hope the people of Israel have good bomb shelters." Nasrallah also vowed that Hezbollah would take revenge for the 2008 killing of one of the militant...

Published: 02/8/11

Indonesian Muslim Mobs Burn 3 Christian Churches in Central Java

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Indonesian Muslim Mobs Burn 3 Christian Churches in Central Java

Blasphemy or freedom of expression? A mob rampage in Central Java, a province of Indonesia, destroyed Christian churches and schools in the city of Temanggung, 250 miles east of Jakarta, the Herald Sun reported. Parked cars were also set on fire, and other buildings were damaged with stones. Police used tear gas to disperse the rioters. The violence began in a Temanggung courtroom, where Antonius Richmond Bawengan was being sentenced on blasphemy charges. He has been in custody since October and is accused of distributing materials that described two Islamic holy sites, the Black Stone in...

Published: 02/4/11

WikiLeaks: US Funded UK Effort to Blunt Muslim Extremists

By  Theunis Bates - AOL News
WikiLeaks: US Funded UK Effort to Blunt Muslim Extremists

LONDON -- The United States launched a secret campaign to deradicalize young British Muslims after receiving warnings that the U.K. was struggling to address the threat posed by homegrown extremists, according to a new series of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. The program, which had a budget of at least $50,000, began in 2008 after repeated warnings that the U.K. was not doing enough to counter domestic extremism. In August 2006 -- just over a year after four British Muslims blew themselves up on the London transport system, killing 52 people -- the U.S. Embassy in the capital sent a...

Published: 01/31/11

Indonesian Pop Star Jailed for Sex Tapes

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Indonesian Pop Star Jailed for Sex Tapes

An Indonesian pop star was sentenced to three and a half years in prison today after sex tapes of him and his celebrity girlfriends went viral online, in a case that's led to a huge crackdown on Internet porn in the world's most populous Muslim country. Nazril "Ariel" Irham is one Southeast Asia's most popular stars and front man for the band Peterpan. He was arrested after two homemade videos swept the Internet last year, depicting the 30-year-old star having sex with his actress girlfriend and a popular TV presenter. The videos riveted Indonesia and spurred the government to try to impose a...

Published: 01/26/11

Said Jaziri: 5 Facts About the Muslim Imam Caught After Illegally Crossing the Mexican Border

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Said Jaziri: 5 Facts About the Muslim Imam Caught After Illegally Crossing the Mexican Border

Welcome to America! U.S. Border Patrol agents made an interesting discovery when they stopped a car 50 miles east of San Diego earlier this month. Inside the trunk of a BWM that was allegedly being driven by immigrant smugglers from Mexico, they found Said Jaziri, a Muslim cleric from Tunisia who was deported from Canada more than three years ago. Jaziri is believed to have hopped a border fence near Tecate, the Los Angeles Times reported, hiked through the desert and met up with the driver of the BMW at a place known as a rendezvous point for immigrant smugglers. So who is Said Jaziri?...

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By  Eleanor Clift

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