Erick Stakelbeck

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August 2008 Entries

Hezbollah in Venezuela?

I've written about Hezbollah's presence in South America before--specifically in the lawless "tri-border" region where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. The group is now apparently moving on to the friendly confines of Venezuela, courtesy of President Hugo Chavez, a staunch ally of Hezbollah's "parent company," Iran. This obviously gives Hezbollah an even stronger base from which to launch attacks against American and Jewish interests throughout the Western Hemisphere.&nbs

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Swiss Embassy Responds to Bin Laden Flap

The Swiss Embassy has responded to this blog from Tuesday. In it, I cited an Agence France Presse report alleging Swizerland's Foreign Minister favored talks with Osama Bin Laden. Apparently. AFP was wrong:

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

"One Day, There Will be a Caliphate in Europe"

If you'd like a window into the mind of Europe's radical Islamists, watch this chilling clip from Islam in Europe. Notice the Western-style dress and decidedly non-radical outward appearance of the man being interviewed. Remind you of any other young European chaps with an affinity for Islamic extremism?

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Pakistani Govt. Reaches Yet Another Deal With Jihadists in Tribal Areas?

CBN News has been reporting since 2006 (see here and here) about the Pakistani government's disastrous "peace deals" with the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and other radical Islamist elements in the country's northwestern tribal regions.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2008 4:54 PM | Feedback (0)

Al Qaeda's North Africa Branch Continuing to Make Noise

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb--the group's North Africa branch--is a dangerous group that should be familiar to CBN viewers. I focused on them last year (watch story here) and also mentioned their disturbing growth in a recent piece on the state of Al Qaeda that you can watch here. It's an organization that is growing increasingly bold, as evidenced by it's latest deadly act of terror. Here's more, from Reuters:

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2008 4:47 PM | Feedback (0)

Swiss Foreign Minister Open to Negotiations with Bin Laden

More Euro-craziness. Hey Switzerland: do the West a favor and stay neutral. From AFP:

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Does Poverty Cause Terrorism?

I delved into this question towards the end of this post about Aafia Siddiqui from last week. The answer is no. Here's yet another example affirming it:

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Saudi Arabia's Leading Religous Authority: Celebrating Birthdays is Forbidden

And for good measure, celebrating wedding anniversaries is also off limits. Bear in mind that this guy is no mere crank (at least to millions of Muslim eyes) and is considered a leading Islamic authority--Saudi Arabia's most prominent, in fact. From Arab News:

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

157 Terror Training Camps in Pakistan's Tribal Regions?

I discussed the resurgence of terror training camps in northwest Pakistan in my piece yesterday on the state of Al-Qaeda. Here's more from our friend Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal:

posted @ Friday, August 15, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Russia Opens a Cyber Front Against Georgia

It's not the first time Russia has engaged in cyber warfare against its neighbors (see here), but obviously, the stakes are much higher in this instance:

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Tyson Foods Reinstates Labor Day as Paid Holiday

That didn't last long. A "sanity prevails" alert, from Shelbyville's Times-Gazette:

posted @ Friday, August 08, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Tyson Foods Drops Labor Day in Favor of Muslim Holiday

To assimilate or not to assimilate? It isn't exactly Shakespeare, but it is a question that a new generation of Muslim immigrants to the United States is asking itself. I've covered this issue extensively for CBN News, including this story in Minneapolis--a city with a large Somali Muslim population--last year. At the heart of the matter is this question: should America's non-Muslim majority bow to the demands of a small but vocal Muslim minority? Or should that sma

posted @ Tuesday, August 05, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Al Qaeda Says China "Not a Priority?"

Despite an attack yesterday that killed 16 policemen in Xianjing--a Muslim region in China's far West--jihadist message boards close to Al-Qaeda are urging that the group leave well enough alone in regards to the Chinese. And with good reason: Al Qaeda is already being pursued at every turn by the U.S. and other powerful Western nations. Why make an additional enemy of the world's most populous country, China (which is, not to mention, an emerging military and economic superpower)? And

posted @ Monday, August 04, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Pakistani Spies Playing for the Wrong Team?

Pakistan's government can't seem to make up it's mind whether its intelligence service--the ISI--support jihad or is a staunch enemy of it. In this article alone we get two conflicting accounts from the same Pakistani government official. It's a microcosm of Pakistan's schizophrenic approach to the War on Terror, which we've discussed at length on CBN News. From BBC:

posted @ Friday, August 01, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)