Friday, May 26, 2017

Ramadan Holy Month of Muslim Fasting Begins; Trump Accents Terrorism in Honoring Ramadan

President Donald Trump today (May 26, 2017) released a statement in honor of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, with a message that focused on terrorism, according to the Huffington Post website.

"On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan," the president wrote.

He continued: "America will always stand with our partners against terrorism and the ideology that fuels it. During this month of Ramadan, let us be resolved to spare no measure so that we may ensure that future generations will be free of this scourge and able to worship and commune in peace."

Trump's statement diverged from Ramadan greetings released in previous years by President Barack Obama, who spoke about celebrating and honoring the contributions of Muslims to American society.

Gunmen Kill 26 on Two Buses, Truck in Egypt; Open Fire on Christians Heading to Monastery

Gunmen attacked two buses and a truck taking a group of Coptic Orthodox Christians to a monastery in southern Egypt today (May 26, 2017), killing at least 26 people and wounding 25 others, according to the Euro News website.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said the unidentified gunmen had arrived in three four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Masked men stopped the two buses and truck and opened fire on a road leading to the monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Minya province, about 140 miles south of Cairo.

Security forces launched a hunt for the attackers, setting up dozens of checkpoints and patrols on the desert road.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Trump's Travel Order Going to Supreme Court; "Is Well within His Pres.Right to Keep US Safe"

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said today (May 25, 2017) that he will ask the Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that blocks President Donald Trump's executive order limiting travel to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim countries, according to the VOA News website.

Sessions issued a statement saying, "President Trump's executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe."

"The Department of Justice strongly disagrees with the decision of the divided court, which blocks the president's efforts to strengthen this country's national security..." the attorney general said.

Sessions was responding to a ruling earlier today by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, in which it declined to reinstate the three-month ban on most travelers from the six nations.

Pollard Loses Appeal to Abate Parole Conditions; Betrayed US by Selling Classified Papers to Israel

A federal appeals court has rejected convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard's request to lift restrictive parole conditions, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (May 25, 2017).

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued the judgment yesterday, a week after hearing arguments.

The parole terms issued upon Pollard's release from a federal prison in November 2015 -- after he served 30 years of a life sentence -- require him to stay in his New York home from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.; to submit any computer he uses for inspection; and to wear a GPS-monitoring device at all times. The device means that Pollard -- who is an Orthodox Jew -- is forced to violate Shabbat observance, his lawyer argued.

Pollard, 62, also must remain in the U.S. for five years, despite his desire to move to Israel. Pollard betrayed the U.S. by selling hundreds of classified documents to Israeli officials in 1984 and 1985.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Duterte Declares Martial Law in S. Philippines; Due to Clashes between National Troops and IS

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law yesterday across the southern third of the Philippine Islands, after deadly clashes between security forces and militants linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in a major city, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (May 24, 2017).

The announcement, made by his spokesman at a press conference in Moscow where Duterte was on an official visit, fulfills a warning by the president that he would enforce military rule to quell security threats by ISIS.

Duterte placed all of the southern region of Mindanao -- which makes up about one-third of the country and is home to 20 million people -- under martial law, spokesman Ernesto Abella said in the nationally televised briefing.

The announcement of martial law came after security forces battled dozens of ISIS-linked gunmen in Marawi, a city of about 200,000 people in Mindanao. While the Philippines boasts of being the only predominantly Christian nation in all of Asia, about 20 percent of the population on the island of Mindanao is Muslim.

Pope and Trump Meet in Private at the Vatican; Vow to Fight for Life,Peace,Freedom of Worship

President Donald Trump and Pope Francis met today (May 24, 2017) at the Vatican where they spoke for 30 minutes in private, and vowed to fight together for life, peace, and freedom of worship, according to the Christian Post website.

"Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world," Trump posted on Twitter following the meeting.

Trump and the pope also spoke on the "promotion of peace in the world through political negotiation and interreligious dialogue," along with the need to protect Christian communities in the Middle East, which are suffering severely due to radical Islamic terrorists.

During their meeting, the pope presented Trump with a split medallion held together by an olive tree, symbolizing peace.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Conn. Imam Confined for Fraud to Be Deported; Found Guilty of Defrauding Immigration Papers

A Connecticut imam has been detained by U.S. immigration agents and faces deportation to Pakistan, the Fox News website reports today (May 23, 2017).

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Hafiz Abdul Hannan, the leader of the Masjid Al-Islam mosque in New Haven, Conn. since 2013, was taken into custody at his home on May 19.

He was previously convicted of committing fraud in immigration documents and will remain in custody pending his removal from the U.S., said Shawn Neudauer, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman.

Hannan previously served as an Islamic chaplain for the Middlesex House of Correction in Billerica, Massachusetts. He was also the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Lowell in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.