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Musharraf Must Go

I have been following the ongoing political crisis in Pakistan with great interest.  In fact, if you read the IC blog at you will see that I have written 21 posts on Pakistan over the last 100 days.  However, I have not devoted a full column to what is arguably the most important story in global politics in the year 2007.  That is until now.

By Guest Column Aaron Goldstein- Monday, November 19, 2007 - Full Story

Pakistan—After the Shut Down of GEO TV

Dear Friends,

Here are some news and comments from Pakistan, India and other countries—after a shut-down of private TV News channels in Pakistan by the Musharraf regime. Please, put some facts and comments on your Web sites to help our Pakistani journalists friends to survive the repressions and to reopen their broadcasting to the Nation and worldwide

By David M. Dastych - Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Full Story

Musharraf shuts down Geo TV

ISLAMABAD: Geo News, Pakistan’s premier Urdu news channel, also seen round the world as the main source of news and current affairs, was shut down at 1 a.m. Pakistan time (12 midnight Dubai time) after President Pervez Musharraf put tremendous pressure to silence a media outlet which had refused to bow down to his dictates.

By Guest Column Muhammad Saleh Zaafir- Saturday, November 17, 2007 - Full Story

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Confronts Democracy

It took less than a month for freshman MPP, Randy Hillier, to find more evidence that democracy and the democratic process is under a continuing attack by the McGuinty Government.  News that two democratically elected candidates to the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Committee have been snubbed by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has shocked the MPP.

By Guest Column Randy Hillier- Thursday, November 15, 2007 - Full Story

Pakistan’s Khan charged under anti-terror laws

Police in Pakistan arrested cricket legend Imran Khan and later charged him under anti-terrorism laws after he emerged from hiding to join a student protest Wednesday.

By Guest Column AFP- Thursday, November 15, 2007 - Full Story

Islamist Appointed to University Chair Evidence of European Decay

The University of Leiden, the oldest in the Netherlands, has appointed a professor with known Islamist leanings to a highly visible and prestigious position. FSM Contributing Editor Dr. Andrew G. Bostom demonstrates how this signals the intellectual and moral decay that is spreading in Europe.

By Guest Column Andrew Bostom- Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - Full Story

Does the IAEA Have the Authority and Capacity to Investigate Nuclear Non-Compliance?

On October 28, 2007 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General (DG), Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, criticized the Israeli attack on a suspected Syrian nuclear site and said, “If countries have information that the country is working on a nuclear-related program, they should come to us.”  He then went on to argue that the Vienna-based Agency “had the authority and capacity to investigate any such information.”  In view of past performance, the claim of “authority and capacity” bears review.

By INSS Ephraim Asculai- Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - Full Story

Bloggers Beware! The UN Internet Grab Continues… Right Now, In Rio

UN beachside conferencing goes way beyond plans for a December blowout on Bali, and the UN agenda goes way beyond taxing us in the name of controlling the weather. Live, right now, the UN is continuing its grab to control the internet, with a Nov. 12-15 conference in Rio de Janeiro

By Claudia Rosett - Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - Full Story

Hezbollah is Iran’s Army in Lebanon, not a Militia or Resistance

Hezbollah’s General Secretary Sayed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a fiery and tantamount speech on Sunday November 11/07 in which he vows to maintain his party’s Military Might, challenged the whole free world, the UN resolutions, the majority of the Lebanese people, and evilly refused to disarm. His speech was seen by many observers as an open and bold declaration of war, and a mean Iranian-Syrian instigation for a coup in Lebanon.

By Elias Bejjani - Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - Full Story

Annapolis turns into Fantasyland

Fantasy is rapidly overtaking reality threatening to turn President George Bush’s upcoming international meeting in Annapolis into a real farce - if the following classic statements are any guide:

By David Singer - Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - Full Story

About the State of Emergency in Pakistan

I am a democrat and believe firmly in the rule of the law. I begin to think when people discuss the state of emergency and suspension of the constitution in Pakistan from November 3rd. There are articles and press releases in support of lawyers and judges in Pakistan and to force General Musharraf to reinstate the constitution.

By Guest Column Dr. Stephen Gill- Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - Full Story

A German’s View on Islam: It’s the Fanatics, Who Rule

A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

By Guest Column A German- Monday, November 12, 2007 - Full Story

Ordinary criminal law can’t deal with terrorists

Tony Blair described the struggle against terrorism as a “war on terror”. Gordon Brown signalled an end to that language.

The British Government is not at war with terrorists, he said, and Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, insisted she wouldn’t use the phrase “war on terror”. The new line is that terrorists are “simply criminals”: the best way to deal with them is to use the ordinary criminal law in order to bring them to trial and convict them.

By Guest Column Alasdair Palmer- Monday, November 12, 2007 - Full Story

The Rejectionist Front Catastrophic Victories

Since the birth of the State of Israel, the suicidal anti peace Arabo/Islamic ancient regimes persisted in promising their people “Great Victories”, such as the famous “throwing the Jews in the sea”, “Chasing the Colonialists out of the region”, “Building the Emirate of the Fakih”, and recently “Defeating the Zionist/American plan for the Middle East in Lebanon”, only to lead their masses into the slaughterhouse of history in calamity after calamity.

By Guest Column Charles Jalkh/Freedom Fighter- Monday, November 12, 2007 - Full Story

China Security Issued Blacklist of Types of People to be Barred from Attending Olympic Games

CAA learned from reliable internal Chinese government sources that in April of 2007, the Ministry of Public Security of the Chinese government issued a general nation-wide order, requiring strict examinations on all people both in China and overseas who will participate in the Olympic Games. These include members of the Olympic Committee, athletes, media and sponsors. With this, they also provide a list of 43 types of people in 11 categories to be barred from attending the Olympic Games.

By Christian Newswire - Friday, November 9, 2007 - Full Story

Agenda of hate in British mosques is linked to Saudis

Extremist literature calling for the execution of gays and the oppression of women is being distributed in British mosques.

Researchers found radical or hate-filled books and pamphlets at a quarter of the 100 Islamic religious institutions they visited.

By Guest Column JAMES SLACK and BENEDICT BROGAN- Friday, November 9, 2007 - Full Story

Lebanon’s Dual Crisis

Humor, especially black humor, sometimes captures political reality even better than the most incisive analysis.  According to a joke popular in some circles in Lebanon, an ambulance on the way to the hospital signifies one of two things: another bombing of an anti-Syrian personality or another Shi’ite baby about to be born.  The two possibilities represent, respectively, the focus of Lebanon’s near-term government crisis, whose outcome is uncertain, and the essence of its longer-term identity crisis, whose outcome is virtually foreordained.

By INSS Mark A. Heller- Thursday, November 8, 2007 - Full Story

Imran Khan vows to stir youth of Pakistan into mass uprising

The former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan was in hiding last night after escaping house arrest as President Musharraf defied an international outcry and crushed a second day of protests against emergency rule.

By Guest Column Jeremy Page, Zahid Hussain- Thursday, November 8, 2007 - Full Story

The taxpayer is being stung so this Lord can live in Admiralty House

By Claudia Rosett and James Forsyth, The Spectator

Mark Malloch-Brown, the minister for Africa, Asia and the UN,

By Claudia Rosett - Thursday, November 8, 2007 - Full Story

A picture that shouts 1000 words!

St. John's Church in Baghdad...“I photographed men and women—both Christians and Muslims—placing a cross atop the St. John’s Church in Baghdad,” said photographer Michael Yon.

“They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the dome.”

(Thanks to CFP columnist John Burtis for sending the photograph).

By Guest Column - Thursday, November 8, 2007 - Full Story