Sunday reflection: John 10:11–18
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Concealing inconvenient facts is part of the sophisticated deception art practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood and by Islamist scholars like Ramadan; and in this they are aided by the formerly mainstream media. The IHT’s byline for Ramadan, correctly discloses that he is the grandson of Hassan Al Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, but it fails to mention Mr. Ramadan’s close political ties to the Muslim Brotherhood today, or his periodic extremist pronouncements — like his suggestion that car bombings against U.S. soldiers in Iraq are legitimate. It also omits the fact that under the Bush administration, Ramadan’s American visa was revoked for his having taken part in fundraising for Hamas in France.
Ramadan is usually extremely guarded in his public speech. However, Americans for Peace and Tolerance has obtained – and Palestinian Media Watch has translated — a sermon delivered by Ramadan in Paris in 2008, where he strays from the usual talking points about peace and democracy.Allah, we ask You because You are Allah. Allah, strengthen the faith of our brothers and sisters in Palestine. Allah, strengthen their faith in Palestine and make them triumphant over their enemy, Your enemy, the enemy of Islam with Your mercy, oh Generous One.This prayer in Arabic belies Ramadan’s lip-service to peace and democracy. It also exposes his true feelings toward the Muslim Brotherhood’s political opponents – as well as what he would like to see happen to them
Allah, strengthen their faith in Palestine, in Chechnya, Afghanistan, in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, in Egypt, Sudan, Kashmir, and in every land, and on every battlefield. Allah, strike our enemies, Your enemies, the enemies of Islam.
A South African photographer's portrait of an Afghan woman whose husband sliced off her nose and ears in a case of Taliban-administered justice won the World Press Photo award for 2010 Friday, one of photojournalism's most coveted prizes.
Jodi Bieber's posed picture, which contrasts the woman's arresting beauty against the results of the violence done to her after she fled an abusive marriage, was published on the cover of Time magazine Aug. 1.
Jury members said the photo, though shocking, was chosen because it addresses violence against women with a dignified image.
The woman, 18-year-old Bibi Aisha, was rescued by the U.S. military and now lives in America.
The picture also gains part of its resonance from its similarity with the iconic 1984 National Geographic photograph of a beautiful young Afghan woman with a piercing gaze.
The publication of the picture provoked international debate over the ethics of publishing -- or not publishing -- such a disturbing image.
"It's a terrific picture, a different picture, a frightening picture," said Juror Vince Aletti, an American freelance critic. "It's so much about not just this particular woman, but the state of women in the world."
Bieber, the overall winner, also won first place in the portraits category for the same photo. She will receive a cash prize of euro10,000 in a ceremony later this year.
Sources tell THR that that agreement also stipulates that Olbermann cannot work for any network considered a competitor.
"He had no choice but to go to a place like Current because his non-compete excluded just about every other place," said an MSNBC insider.
Current averaged 18,000 homes in primetime for fourth quarter 2010, lower than any other network measured by Nielsen.