Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq.
IS began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, on Thursday, according to Iraqi officials.
The head of the UN’s cultural agency condemned the “systematic” destruction in Iraq as a “war crime”.
IS, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, says shrines and statues are “false idols” that have to be smashed.
“They are erasing our history,” said Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani.
How long this is going to last before somebody interfere. Actually in this case and because it is a case of heritage and pride it should be the Arab countries who are obliged to interfere.
Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Jordan‘s largest mosque on the second day of his visit to the Middle East. The pontiff will pray inside the King Hussein Mosque in the capital, Amman, before addressing local Muslim leaders.
He began the day with a visit to Mount Nebo, where the Bible says Moses saw the Promised Land before he died. Analysts say the Pope is keen to mend relations with the Islamic world. Many Muslims took offence to a speech he made in 2006. The Pope’s eight-day tour – his first to the region as pontiff – will take him to Israel and the West Bank. As he arrived in Amman on Friday he described himself as a “pilgrim of peace” and stressed his “deep respect” for Islam.
The problem has never been with the Pope’s respect for Islam but with Islam’s respect to the Pope!
Egypt‘s opposition Muslim Brotherhood group says it will boycott municipal elections after being allowed to field 20 candidates for thousands of seats.
Deputy leader Mohammed Habib said the move was in response to the government’s “disregard for justice”. The authorities have carried out a wide-ranging crackdown ahead of Tuesday’s vote, leaving many candidates behind bars or unable to register. International groups have condemned the crackdown against the opposition.
President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party has candidates for all 52,000 seats, and will be unopposed in 90% of them, party sources say. Correspondents say Egyptian municipal elections are rarely marked by controversy, but this year’s poll is the first since a constitutional amendment in 2005 which required presidential candidates to secure the backing of local councilors.
Bin Laden must have a party now!!! Egypt one of the few to make steps towards democracy will sink in the Muslim fundamentalism!
The Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders has posted a controversial film critical of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, on the internet. The opening scenes show a copy of the Koran, followed by footage of the attacks on the US on 11 September 2001.
The 15-minute film was posted on video-sharing website LiveLeak. Its planned release had sparked angry protests in Muslim countries. The Dutch government has distanced itself from the views of Mr. Wilders.
The film is called “Fitna”, a Koranic term sometimes translated as “strife”. Dutch broadcasters have declined to show it.
Graphic images from the bomb attacks on London in July 2005 and Madrid in March 2004 are also shown.
Scenes from a beheading and pictures of the Dutch director Theo van Gogh, who was murdered by a radical Islamist in 2004, are also included. The film ends with someone turning pages of a Koran, followed by a tearing sound.
It was natural that something like that was coming after all action brings reaction and the extreme Muslims were till now the only ones to act so it’s the turn of extreme European to react especially after what happened with the Mohamed cartoons and all the demonstrations in most of the European cities.
The fascinating thing about all these is that the people who will find the chance to talk about freedom of speech and the right to show whatever they want are the ones who if ever come in power will shut the mouths of everyone!
Muslim nations and citizens all around the world have often claimed the lack of tolerance towards Islam and is so weird when in most of these countries to be a Christian is simple illegal and it can lead to a vicious punishment including the death penalty in some areas of Pakistan for example.
So what can you say for the body of Paulos Faraj Rahho, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, was found in a shallow grave close to the city. And he is not the first. Another priest a few months ago was killed in Turkey, so much for the religious tolerance.
Iraq has been the one Muslim country where there was a Christian minority and they were able to practice their faith but you can see Iran’s and its ayatollah’s reaching there as well and the one who paid it was the Archbishop Rahho was kidnapped not long after he left mass in Mosul, in northern Iraq, on 29 February. This minority however was the first to abandon Iraq predicting a very dark if not a very dark ages’ future.