Mid Week News: Sudan blames Israel for bombing . . .

Sudan blames Israel for bombing factory in Sudan’s capital

Israeli airstrikes caused an explosion and large fire at a > military factory < south of the capital, Khartoum, killing two people, Sudan’s government spokesman claimed Wednesday. Minister of Information Ahmed Belal Osman told reporters Wednesday that four aircraft struck the Yarmouk Complex, causing an explosion that rocked the capital just before dawn. “Four planes coming from the east bombed the Yarmouk industrial complex,” Belal said. “They used sophisticated technology.” He didn’t elaborate further… The Yarmouk facility is located approximately 1900 kilometers from Israeli territory, approximately the same distance from Israel as Iran, Channel 2 pundit Ehud Ya’ari noted. The Israeli military and Foreign Ministry refused to comment. Source:  Times of Israel. 

Haaretz  reports: “Opposition sources in Sudan claim that the arms factory bombed overnight Tuesday in south Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, belongs to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.”

World security experts to attend Israel International Conference on Homeland Security

This November, security experts from around the world will arrive in Israel to attend the 2nd International Conference on Homeland Security.  This year’s conference will be larger than its predecessor. About 800 representatives and delegations from some 50 countries are expected to attend.  The conference will bring together government officials, public authorities and HLS industry leaders to share their knowledge and experience. Israel HLS 2012 will focus on today’s key homeland security issues: Cyber security, securing smart cities, critical infrastructure protection and emergency preparedness. Attendees will learn how to enhance security by integrating operational know-how with the advanced tools necessary to deal with emerging threats. -Source: Israel HLS2012.

Justice in Islam conference to be held in Iran

This December, the 2012 Justice in Islam Conference in Teheran will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the Islam and Society with the special emphasis on Justice in Islam. Islam’s approach to justice is comprehensive and all-embracing. In the world today, the problems faced by humanity are the concern of everyone regardless of creed and culture. Of the most important concern of world people is Justice, in all aspects of life. In this regard the question is that how Islamic thought and knowledge can contribute in a significant manner to solve the problem of Justice in human life. These opinions were voiced at a meeting between the Hon. Deputy Minister (Cultural Affair) of the ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Vice Chancellor of  Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.  Source: IMISC

Iran temporary frees Christian mother on $204,000 bail

An Iranian court has ordered the temporary release of a jailed devoted house church Christian and mother of two children, after her teenage son suffered a seizure… The Revolutionary Court in the city of Shiraz said Fariba Nazemian, who already served eight months in prison, could be freed on a bail of some $204,000, which was raised by friends. She refused an offer of unconditional release in exchange for “renouncing and repenting from her faith” in Jesus Christ, reported Mohabat News, an Iranian Christian news agency…  Christians said the order came shortly after her 17-year-old son Nima, who suffers from epilepsy, had a seizure near the court room where a judge was to decide the fate of his detained mother and father Homayoun Shokouhi and fellow jailed house church members Mojtaba Hosseini, Mohammad-Reza Partoei and Vahid Hakkani Kourosh. The boy’s seizure was partly attributed to stress as he had hoped to see his parents and the three others, who were detained earlier this year after security forces broke up a house church worship service. Source:  Worthy News

Islamist rebels in Mali: “A Stone Age Islamist regime is establishing itself there, right at Europe’s backdoor”

The northern part of the country has been in the hands of Islamist extremist rebels aligned with al-Qaida since spring, Shariah law is becoming a part of everyday life for many and, increasingly, Europeans are viewing developments in Mali as a major threat at their own back door. Consensus, it seems, is growing that the European Union should take on a greater role to ensure the African country doesn’t become the next failed state on the continent after Somalia. Source: Spiegel Online

Veteran Egyptian journalist sees ‘Islamist autumn’ after ‘peoples spring’

Islamic movements are witnessing a “decline” in popularity in the Middle East and North Africa region, a veteran journalist said on Monday. Hani Shukrallah made his remarks in an interview with The Jordan Times following a lecture titled “Peoples Spring, Islamist Autumn” at the Columbia University Middle East Research Centre in Amman. Drawing an example from Egypt, Shukrallah said the current Islamic government was “not going to last long”. “There is an increasing anti-Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt nowadays, especially among ordinary people. Recently, we have seen protests with thousands of people chanting against them. I do not expect their rule to last any longer than [Egyptian President, Mohammad] Morsi’s four years of presidency,” the editor-in-chief of Egypt’s Ahram Online said.  According to Shukrallah, the “non-religious” nature of the uprisings in the Arab world was an indicator of the “limited support” Islamic movements had in the region… Being the most “organised” and “politically prepared” movements gave Islamic parties an edge and enabled them to “step in” after ruling regimes were overthrown, according to Shukrallah… On the question of women’s rights, he noted that the proposed amendments to the Egyptian constitution were “very alarming” signs. “Islamists deleted the word human trafficking from the constitution as some international human rights documents consider early marriage a form of human trafficking. This is terrifying as it means young girls will be at risk of being married off to rich men in other countries, which is a form of human trafficking,” added Shukrallah, a founding member of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights. Source: The Jordan Times

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