The Jakarta Post reports that Bashir will be sharing a prison with singer Singer Nazriel Irham, aka Ariel Peterpan,Â who has been charged under the pornography law for allegedly featuring in sex videos with presenters Luna Maya and Cut Tari. (Courier Mail)
- Australia’s Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has praised the arrest of radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir.
Bashir ‘in three terrorism training videos’
TOM ALLARD, JAKARTA / THE AGE
ABU Bakar Bashir appears in at least three videos about the training of a terrorist group in an extraordinary breach of security by the alleged jihadists that will likely later be used against the firebrand cleric in court.
Marwoto Soeto, a police spokesman, said the videos, taken by Bashir’s accomplices, show him talking with five members of his organisation about training activities in Aceh and around Jakarta.
Bashir is accused of involvement in a series of car bomb attacks in Jakarta. Bashir remained tight-lipped over his alleged role in terror plots with Al-Qaeda-linked militants three days after his arrest, police said Thursday.
Caught on camera:
The predilection to videotape themselves, contrary to all notions of security for clandestine organisations, shows the 21st-century mania for filming almost everything seems to have infected the alleged terrorist cell. Indeed, in one of the videos, Bashir is shown watching another video of the training in Aceh, said senior commissioner Marwoto. ”Bashir knew he was being taped,” he added.
Continue reading Bucktooth Bashir in the Dock, Caught on Camera
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The decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir was widely condemned by Arab officials. However, reactions in the Arab press were mixed. Many columnists wrote that the ICC decision reflected a discriminatory policy, and that it jeopardized the stability ofÂ SudanÂ and the entire region. Others called onSudanÂ to cooperate with the Arab and African efforts to defer the court proceedings for a year under Article 16 of theÂ RomeStatute, and at the same time to make a determined effort to reach a peace settlement inÂ Darfur. There were also articles that urged Bashir to cooperate with the ICC, criticized the official Arab condemnations, urged the Arabs to acknowledge their responsibility for theÂ DarfurÂ crisis, and welcomed the international efforts to bring Bashir to justice.
Following are excerpts from some of the articles:
Editor of Syrian Daily: All Our Homelands Are in Danger
Continue reading Reactions in the Arab Press to the ICC's Arrest Warrant Against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir
Indonesian cleric calls for jihad in Gaza
* But not to worry, the “vast majority of Indonesians practice a moderate form of Islam…”
Update: Al Reuters unilaterally declares Bashir innocent of Bali bombing:Â
Bashir was imprisoned for conspiracy over the 2002 bomb attacks in the resort island of Bali, in which more than 200 people died. He was later cleared of wrongdoing.Â
* BS, Bashir was never ‘cleared for wrongdoing’- he just got off lightly because his group of jihadists threatened the government..
Abu Bakar Bashir urges Muslims to fight in Gaza Strip following Israeli attacks which have killed more than 1,200 Palestinians. ‘The Jews try to destroy Islam, and so Muslims must join, to fight in their own capacity,’ he says
Continue reading No Jihad Without Bucktooth Bashir
Muslim students: Bali bombers are “holy warriors“
* Update:Â Threats emerge over fate of Bali bombers’ bodies
The cognitive dissonance between what these students say and what I hear from Muslim students on university campuses in the U.S. is enormous. These students openly acknowledge the Islamic imperative of violent jihad; on American campuses, Muslim students profess outrage and wounded indignation, exhorting me to “Stop the Hate” and pretending that I made up this Islamic imperative, and that it doesn’t really exist at all. But if they consider Muslims such as the students at the Darusy Syahadah Islamic school — and those who taught them — to be twisting Islam and distorting its teachings, why is it that they never seem to do anything within the Islamic community to fight the spread of these teachings, but instead reserve all their ire for me simply for pointing out that many Muslims understand Islam to be exhorting them to violence and supremacism?
I’ve asked this question innumerable times, of course, and never gotten an answer, because there is no answer. Or rather, there is only one answer, and it is obvious, but Islamic groups in the U.S. still seem to be banking on the majority of Americans not noticing, or caring about, this obvious answer and its implications.
“Islamic students praise Bali bombers,” fromÂ AFP, October 26 (thanks to JW):
FOR the skullcapped students of the Darusy Syahadah Islamic school there is no question that the three radical jihadis behind the 2002 Bali bombings are heroes.
Continue reading The glorification of the Bali bombers