» 09/13/2012, 00.00
LIBYA - USA
Destroyers and marines sent to Tripoli, in anti-Islam film "war"
Obama and Clinton express outrage and shock. The attack on the consulate in Benghazi, may have been premeditated. The U.S. ambassador died of suffocation. With him three US staff and 10 Libyans were killed. The director of the film against Muhammad goes into hiding and describes Islam as a "cancer." Arabic translator of the film unknown. The tensions in Libya (and Egypt) add to those between Obama and Netanyahu on Iranian nuclear issue.
Tripoli (AsiaNews /
Agencies) - The United States is sending two destroyers to the Libyan coast and
a unit of 50 Marines to protect U.S. personnel still in Tripoli, after the
assassination of their ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three other members
of the diplomatic staff during an attack by gunmen in Benghazi. 10 Libyans were
also killed in the clash.
Experts wonder if the attack on the U.S.
consulate in the capital of Cyrenaica was
spontaneous, born of a rally protesting an anti-Islam film, or whether it was a
premeditated attack, using the demonstration as a screen.
The safest assumption is that of a premeditated attack: the gunmen struck in a
professional way, using sophisticated weapons, in several waves. It seems that
they knew the structure of the consulate well, the safe area where Ambassador
Stevens was heading to hide, before being hit by grenade- missiles.
The Libyan doctor who treated him, said that Stevens died of asphyxia due to
smoke inhalation. Libyan personnel transported the ambassador hospital, where
no one knew him. The medical staff tried to revive him, but to no avail.
Libyan national security sources believe that the attack was organized and run
by Ansar al-Sharia, an Islamic group that claims to be close to al Qaeda, even
if they were mixed with the crowd, which included tribal militiamen and others.
But the group has denied involvement.
At a White House in the midst of the presidential election campaign, there outrage and shock, but also determination because, as President Obama assured, "justice
will be done for this terrible act." Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, has
asked "how could this happen in a country that we helped to liberate, in a
city that we have helped and saved from destruction?".
Doubts also remain about the movie that sparked the attack. Producer, Sam Basin,
56, an Israeli-American, is now hidden in a secret location. He defends his
work which was intended to condemn Islam as "a cancer" and a
"lie." In the film, titled "Innocence of Muslims," Muhammad
is presented as violent homosexual pedophile, a supporter of child abuse, etc.
The film, shot with very little professionalism and with a budget of only 5
million dollars, collected from Jewish donors, was screened only once in a
Its trailer on Youtube found an Arabic translator, whom the director says he does
not know, thus broadcasting the images and criticism to the wider Muslim world.
Among the supporters of the film there is also the pastor Terry Jones, infamous
for his 2010 threat to burn a Koran, which led to a series of Islamic vendettas
against Western and Christian targets.
Some agencies have also cited Coptic personalities in the U.S. among its
supporters, but the Coptic Church of Egypt has strongly condemned the film, the
sole aim of which is to offend a religious belief.
Protests - quite peaceful - have also been held in Cairo,
in front of the U.S.
embassy. Among the demonstrators there are also many young Copts.
The Libyan crisis and the shock caused by the anti-Islam film falls at a time
of growing tension between the United States and the State of Israel, between
Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on how to curb Iran in its nuclear race. In
recent days, Netanyahu directed some statements to Obama and Clinton who reaffirm
the importance of dealing with the Iranian crisis through diplomatic channels.
Netanyahu and his government want military action, an air strike to destroy the
nuclear power plants in Iran,
where it is believed Tehran
is building nuclear weapons. Iran
has always denied this allegation and claims its nuclear program is for
14/09/2012 LIBYA - ISLAM
Arrests in Benghazi over U.S. consulate attack as Islamic world rises against Mohammed film
Authors of attack still unknown, some suggest the influence of Al Qaeda, others groups still loyal to Gaddafi. The arrested are questioned, but so far without result. In many Islamic countries demonstrations in front of the U.S. Embassy to criticize the blasphemous film. Today, Friday ', the day of prayer, a new wave of demonstrations expected. Yesterday in Egypt there were 224 injuries and 23 arrests. In Yemen four people were killed and 34 injured. In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia Youtube blocked. Muslim leaders condemn the film and the anti-US violence.
As silence falls on the imam behind the blasphemy, Rimsha Masih's case goes to juvenile court
A court in Islamabad refers to juvenile court the case of the Christian teenager with mental problems. Next hearing is set for 1 October. For Mgr Rufin Anthony, she should be acquitted. The affair is a test case to stop abuses. After the anti-Muslim movie affair broke out, no one is willing to talk about the Muslim leader who fabricated the evidence against the girl.
22/09/2012 LIBYA - ISLAM
Young Libyans attack Salafi militants base
The people, tired of the violence and armed gangs, burned the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia, the group suspected of killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The population refuses to accept the militia oppression or imposition of a fundamentalist Islam.
13/03/2013 EGYPT - LIBYA
Benghazi, Coptic Christians denounce torture and attempts to convert them to Islam
44 of the 48 Christian vendors arrested in the market of Benghazi in February on charges of proselytizing have returned home. The Salafis forced them to say the prayer of conversion to Islam and spit on the images of Pope Shenouda III. Four of them are still in the hands of the Libyan police.
Benghazi, the Coptic Church of St. Mark is torched
The attack took place last night. Authors of the act Still unknown. The building had been attacked a few weeks ago.
CHINA - VATICAN
The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolution
The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.
Silence shrouds 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution in China and in the West
The bloody campaign launched by Mao Zedong killed nearly 2 million people and sent a further 4 million to concentration camps. Every Chinese has been marked by fear. But today, no memorial service has been planned and no newspaper article has appeared. The Party’s internal struggles and Xi Jinping’s fear of ending up like the USSR. Even today, as then, there are those in Europe who keep quiet and laud the myth of China. Many are predicting a return to the "great chaos".
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