Friday, April 20, 2007

NO MORE SILENCE Undermining Jamaah Islamiyah

Everyone everywhere should do something more strategic about undermining the theology of hatred and terror invented by Jama'ah Islamiyah and other like-minded organizations and individuals. The doctrine about hatred against Christians and the West is NOT Islamic. The wrong teachings of their leaders and their books they read certainly influence this misinterpretation of Islam and the use of force for the wrong reasons also should be ended in perpetuation such misinterpretation. There should be no more silent among the moderate, mainstream intellectuals and leaders; they and we must do something without hesitation; NO MORE SILENCE.

Report: (The Jakarta Post, April, 20, 2007)
Terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has new hit squad in Indonesia

SINGAPORE (AP): Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has set up an assassination squad and made a target list that includes police, judges and prosecutors, Indonesia's anti-terror chief said in a newspaper report published Monday.
The hit squad is believed to have about 100 operatives who would target both locals and foreigners in Indonesia, Maj. Gen. Ansyaad Mbai told Singapore's Straits Times newspaper.
The report did not say if the new group would try to kill any people outside Indonesia.
He said the assassination plan was uncovered after a series of raids in Java last month that resulted in the detention of seven suspected members of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah.
The Straits Times said investigators also found charts mapping out the group's new structure, as well as a large arms cache that included M-16 rifles, ammunition, detonators and more than 70kilograms (154 pounds) of TNT explosives.
Ansyaad said the target list included the rector of a Christian university in Central Java and an official of the Central Java Attorney-General's Office.
"We also know from their propaganda that the West, the Christians, are their enemy. It is logical that they could target Christian priests," he was quoted as saying.
Jemaah Islamiyah is seeking to create an Islamic state across Southeast Asia. The network has been blamed for a string of deadly bombings in Indonesia - the world's most populous Muslim country - in the last five years. It is considered responsible for the Oct. 12, 2002, bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali that killed 202 people.(***)

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Conference on Indonesia's Diversity and State Policy April/7 07

Ali talks about how Indonesia has become religiously diversed, how she should become to be so, how to manage diversity, how to maintain Pancasila as an open ideology, and how to promote a civic education that would cultivate tolerance and pluralism.
Neneng is a performer among others of mixed ethnicity, religion, and nationality. They performed SAMAN dance from Aceh. The dance of a thousand hands is a reflection of diversity itself. Art and performances constitute the fun and effective way of promoting diversity as an asset rather than a liability.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Islamic Enlightenment an Interview

Dear reader,
This is one of the most outstanding clerics in the Arab world today!
If you donot understand Arabic, you can see the English subtitles.