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Muslim Brotherhood Leader Sentenced to Death

Mohammed Badie and 13 others are convicted of orchestrating violence

(Newser) - Egypt's official news agency says a criminal court has sentenced 14 people, including the leader of the country's banned Muslim Brotherhood, to death. The Giza Criminal Court issued its decision today, but the court set an April 11 date to formally issue the ruling after consulting with the... More »

US Officials: Egypt, UAE Secretly Attack Libya

Old-school autocrats strike Islamists without US approval

(Newser) - Egypt and the United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes at militias in Libya twice over the last week without Washington's approval, four US officials tell the New York Times . Egypt, in fact, denied any involvement in the attacks. The first strikes came last week in Tripoli, destroying a weapons depot... More »

Stop Calling Boko Haram an 'Islamist' Group

They're a 'criminal' group, period, writes columnist in 'Time'

(Newser) - Boko Haram considers itself an Islamist group and often gets labeled as such in news reports, maybe with the word "extremist" tossed in. Wrong, writes Carla Power at Time . Boko Haram is a "criminal group," not an Islamist one, and that's what we should call it.... More »

AP Revises Rule on Use of 'Islamist'

It's not a synonym for an Islamic extremist

(Newser) - The Associated Press has changed the way it uses another politically charged term, reports Politico . First it was "illegal immigrant," and now it's "Islamist." The news service's widely used stylebook says the word should no longer be used as "a synonym for Islamic... More »

Egypt's Court Shuts, Blames 'Psychological Assassination'

Judges blocked by pro-Morsi protesters

(Newser) - Amid mass protests in support of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's top court went on strike indefinitely today, saying in a terse statement that "[the judges] announce the suspension of the court sessions until the time when they can continue their message and rulings in cases without any psychological and... More »

100K Islamists Rally for Egypt's Morsi

President's supporters stage their biggest protest in months

(Newser) - More than 100,000 Islamists waved Egyptian flags and hoisted portraits of President Mohammed Morsi in rallies nationwide today to support his efforts to rush through a new draft constitution despite widespread opposition by secular activists and some in the judiciary. The demonstrations—the largest turnout of Morsi supporters since... More »

Egypt Islamists Rush to Approve New Constitution

But opponents unhappy with the document

(Newser) - A draft constitution was approved in Egypt this morning after a marathon 16-hour voting session, but liberal, secular, and Christian members of the assembly have been walking out in protest for weeks, leaving Islamists to approve the draft without their input. The move, which was rushed in order to get... More »

Islamists Behind in Libya Election

Early results put Jibril's moderate coalition in the lead

(Newser) - It will be at least a few days before final results from Libya's first election in more than 40 years are in, but early results suggest that a coalition of moderate, Western-leaning groups is ahead of its Islamist rivals. If the alliance led by former rebel prime minister Mahmoud... More »

Ax-Wielding Islamists Attack Timbuktu's Holy Sites

They destroy mausoleums of saints in UNESCO-listed city

(Newser) - UNESCO moved Timbuktu to its list of heritage sites in danger just days ago; the Malian city now more likely belongs on a list of heritage sites in peril. Reuters reports that al-Qaeda-linked Islamists today began attacking local saints' mausoleums, which they consider idolatrous. Armed with Kalashnikovs and using pick-axes... More »

Muslims Sue to Stop NYPD Surveillance

'We thought this died with McCarthy era'

(Newser) - A group of New Jersey Muslims and organizations are suing the New York City Police Department over its discriminatory and "unconstitutional" practice of monitoring law-abiding Muslims, they're charging in a federal lawsuit. “The facts are just so compelling, what the NYPD is doing is egregious," said... More »

'Muslim Mickey' Tweet Lands Egypt Mogul in Court

'Contempt of religion' case seen as barometer of Egypt future

(Newser) - An Egyptian billionaire is headed to court on charges of "contempt for religion" for tweeting photos of a bearded Mickey Mouse and veiled Minnie. The case is being closely watched as a possible sign of things to come as conservative Islamists surge in popularity in the new Egypt. Telecom... More »

Liberal Youth 'Decimated' in Egypt Vote: ElBaradei

Nobel Prize winner fears extremist control over country

(Newser) - The liberal youth behind Egypt’s protests were “decimated” in the elections , says reformist leader Mohamed ElBaradei, and now the country must work to avoid an extreme-right Islamist government. “The youth feel let down. They don't feel that any of the revolution's goals have been achieved,... More »

Islamists Win 61% of Egypt Vote

Muslim Brotherhood, Nour parties dominate election

(Newser) - Islamist parties captured an overwhelming majority of votes in the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections, setting up a power struggle with the much weaker liberals behind the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago. Official results released today show that, as indicated by preliminary results ,the Muslim... More »

In Tunisia, Islamist Victory Scores Big for Democracy

Islamism has become a democratic force: Noah Feldman

(Newser) - At first glance, it might seem that Islamists’ success in Tunisia’s election is a blow for democracy because the revolution that led to the election was secular. But the truth is that “the first leaders of a revolution are rarely a perfect sample of the broader population that... More »

Islamists Claim Victory in Tunisia Vote

Once-banned party Ennahda leading in many constituencies

(Newser) - A moderate Islamist party has claimed victory in Tunisian elections today with at least 30% of the vote, the AP reports. If they win, the Ennahda party will guide the nation's 217-seat constituent assembly in choosing a new government and writing a new constitution. More than 90% of registered... More »

An Arab Spring First: Tunisia Votes

But many parties face accusations of shady financing

(Newser) - With Tunisians voting today in the Middle East's first elections since the dawn of the Arab Spring, analysts and citizens alike are looking to the vote for a sense of where Tunisia and democracy in the region might be heading, reports the AP . Tunisia's 7.5 million voters... More »

Russian Women Bombed for Wearing Bikinis

Life's a beach on the Caspian Sea

(Newser) - Russian women have become the target of bombers because they're ... wearing bikinis. While men show off their muscles and wrestle on the beaches of the Caspian Sea, women in the increasingly fundamentalist Islamic region of Dagestan have been blown up as a warning that they must cover up, reports... More »

FBI Training Materials: Muslims Are Dangerous

Training materials are playing into terrorists' hands, say former agents

(Newser) - A shocking Wired exposé reveals that FBI counterterrorism agents are taught that "mainstream" American Muslims are likely to sympathize with terrorists, and that more "devout" Muslims are more likely to be "violent." The magazine acquired FBI training materials, some from as recently as March, which also... More »

Gadhafi's Son: Libya Will Soon Look Like Iran

Seif says family is joining with Islamists

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif thinks Islamists are "terrorists," are "bloody men," and are generally "not nice" people. But he also thinks they'll make fine partners with his family for a new Libya, he tells the New York Times . The new plan: Forge an... More »

South Park Bully Group Denies Link to NYC Bomb

But follower was at Times Square

(Newser) - An Islamist group that threatened South Park creators with harm for making light of the Prophet Mohammed has denied any involvement in the Times Square car bomb. The man who runs the Web site for the Revolution Muslim group in Queens acknowledged he was at Times Square when the propane... More »

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