The German newspaper has revealed that in 1939, a group of Protestant theologians, loyal to the Nazi regime, established an institution for the "cleansing of Judaism from Christianity". The institution's official purpose was to cleanse the Protestant Church of all ceremonies with non-Aryan influences, and to compile alternative scriptures derived from the Nazi ideology and spirit of the Church, the report said.
The Church staff worked incessantly conducting comprehensive surveys and publishing a large number of documents that imbued Christianity with Nazi commentary, it said. One of these publications, the German Book of Faith, included the rewriting of the 10 commandments in the spirit of Nazi ethics and also added two more commandments, including 'respect thy Fuehrer'.
Another book compiled by the Nazi regime was 'The Institute for the Purification of Christianity', a new prayer book for Christians that removed mention of Hebrew words such as Hallelujah.
In his interview with an abject Mike Wallace, Ahmadinejad says:“Well, (with the letter) I wanted to open a window towards the light for the president so that he can see that one can look on the world through a different perspective,” he said.
The Bush administration, however, dismissed the 18-page letter as little more than a rambling philosophical treatise that offered nothing new on the nuclear crisis.
Ahmadinejad scoffed at Bush for refusing his “invitation” in the form of his letter.
“We are all free to choose. But please give him this message, sir: Those who refuse to accept an invitation will not have a good ending or fate,” he said.
There has been some debate about the meaning of the letter. Now we know. Think again“We are all free to choose. But please give him this message, sir: Those who refuse to accept an invitation will not have a good ending or fate.”
Pakistan has made a number of arrests in connection with an alleged UK plot to blow up planes flying to the US.For instance, Pakistan trains terrorists, allows madrassahs to thrive, and is the home nation of at least two of the terrorists who planned the attack. Yes, Pakistan is very helpful indeed.
"There were some arrests in Pakistan which were co-ordinated with arrests in the UK," said Tasnim Aslam, spokeswoman for Pakistan's foreign ministry.
Pakistan had played a very important role in the investigation, she added.
UK police are questioning 24 people over the alleged plot, which is said to have involved smuggling liquid explosives onto planes in hand luggage.I hope the questioning is extremely painful.
"War is never the answer." That's the official motto of the world's left wing in response to the war on terror's military option. True to form, the Italian left has always advocated a "non-military" approach to the war on the global jihad, saying that intelligence could be a better option to dismantle clandestine home-grown terrorist networks.
Yet, sometimes action doesn't match even this lame sloganeering. This is the case with Italy's center-left government. Last month, the government ordered the arrest of two officials of the intelligence services, better known as SISMI. The arrests took place amidst a fierce political debate over the role SISMI had in what is being called the kidnapping of a radical Islamist imam, Abu Omar. The latter was a notorious preacher of hatred and jihad in the mosque of Viale Jenner, in Milan, and was accused of sending money to Al Qaeda. The government claims that the two SISMI officials knew about the CIA's main role in the kidnapping.
In what Magdi Allam, the Egyptian-born investigative journalist and deputy editor of Il Corriere della Sera, calls a governmental operation against counter-terrorist activities, another investigation has been opened against Renato Farina, a columnist for the right-wing daily Libero. Farina has been accused of helping SISMI find the imam. The journalist has admitting doing so and, in an op-ed published in Libero, apologized. But he noted that "it's sad that terrorists walk free and journalists are arrested for warning the intelligence about the danger these [terror-preaching imams] pose to our national security".
KIM Jong Il, the North Korean leader, has not made any known public appearances since his country test-fired a barrage of missiles that drew international condemnation, leading to speculation of a possible sense of crisis inside the reclusive nation.Update: here he is.
According to South Korea's spy agency, Mr Kim was last seen at a Russian art performance and a tyre factory on 4 July, a day before the launches.
The North's propaganda machine has not reported on Mr Kim's activities, but last week the country's official news agency said he had sent a consolation message to Fidel Castro, the ailing Cuban leader.
Mr Kim usually visits military units a few times a month to bolster his policy that rewards the 1.1 million-strong armed forces with the country's scarce resources despite chronic food shortages.
Some North Korea watchers have speculated that Mr Kim might be in a bunker, since the communist country is believed to have gone on a quasi-war footing after the UN Security Council passed a resolution condemning the missile tests.
In 2003, Mr Kim disappeared for seven weeks when his hardline regime quit the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and the United States invaded Iraq.
Cheong Seong-chang, a North Korea analyst at the independent Sejong Institute, attributed Mr Kim's latest absence to massive flood damage in the country, saying he has shied away from the public in times of crisis in the past.
Last month's heavy rains killed at least 549 and flooded more than 48,000 acres of farmland, raising new famine fears.
WASHINGTON — Two men were charged Wednesday with money laundering in support of terrorism after authorities said they found airplane passenger lists and information on airport security checkpoints in their car.
Deputies stopped Osama Sabhi Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of Dearborn, Mich., on a traffic violation Tuesday. They found the flight documents along with $11,000 cash and 12 phones in the car, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Prosecutor Susan Vessels declined to say how the phones, cash or flight information involved terrorism.
Abulhassan and Houssaiky admitted buying about 600 phones in recent months at stores in southeast Ohio, said sheriff's Maj. John Winstanley. The men said they sold the phones to someone in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb.
Investigators going through the car after the pair were pulled over in Marietta, about 90 miles southeast of Columbus, also found a map that showed locations of Wal-Mart stores from Ohio through Kentucky, Tennessee and into North and South Carolina, Vessels said.
FBI spokesman Mike Brooks in Cincinnati said his office was notified about the arrests and an agent was investigating.
A message seeking comment was left Wednesday evening with Ray Smith, a public defender who represents Abulhassan. Houssaiky did not yet have an attorney, Vessels said.
Abulhassan and Houssaiky did not speak at a hearing Wednesday in Marietta Municipal Court in which a judge set their bond at $200,000, Vessels said. Another bond hearing was set for Thursday.
The charges allege the two laundered between $5,000 and $25,000, Vessels said. A conviction carries a maximum 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Washington (CNA) -- Recent reports indicate that Hezbollah is using Christian villages to shield its attacks against Israel.
According to Christian Solidarity International, Hezbollah is hiding among civilian populations, mostly in southern Lebanese towns, such as Ain Ebel, Rmeish, Alma Alshaab.
Launching attacks behind human shields is in violation of the Geneva Convention's provision for the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts, which prohibits the use of civilians as military shields.
This is not a new strategy for Hezbollah. Col. Charbel Barka, a former South Lebanese Army commander, says Hezbollah is repeating what it did in attacks against Israel in 1996.
A Christian from the village of Ain Ebel, who requested to remain nameless for fear of a reprisal from Hezbollah, reported that he found Hezbollah fighters setting up a launcher on his rooftop. Hezbollah fighters ignored his pleas to stop and fired the missiles. He immediately gathered his family and fled his home, which was bombed 15 minutes later by an Israeli air strike.
Hezbollah has also attempted to stop Christians from fleeing their villages. According to Christian Solidarity International, on July 28, Hezbollah fighters fired upon several Christians fleeing Rmeish with their families, wounding two.
Sami El-Khoury, president of the World Maronite Union, adds that media reports about Christian support for Hezbollah are inaccurate.
"Contrary to Western press reports, indicating high percentages of Christian support for Hezbollah, 90 percent of Christians, 80 percent of Sunni and 40 percent of Shiites in Lebanon oppose Hezbollah," El-Khoury told Christian Solidarity International.
Christian Solidarity International has called for the United Nations to establish a politically independent commission to investigate Hezbollah's contravention of international law. The group has also urged the UN Security Council to deploy immediately an international force in Lebanon to facilitate a ceasefire, to stop the flow of arms from Syria to Hezbollah, and to assist the Lebanese government in fulfilling its obligation to disarm Hezbollah.
Hezbollah has been the ruling power in the south since Israel withdrew from Lebanon six years ago. Christian villages suffer from extensive neglect of infrastructure under Hezbollah rule. Once the majority, the Christian population in Lebanon has declined to under 40 percent due to pressures by Islamic militias supported by Iran and Syria.