Posted by: JWP | 11/09/2009

2 Chinese, 1 Filipino abducted in in Southern Philippines

By Abigail Kwok

First Posted 09:17:00 11/10/2009

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE) Some 30 armed men abducted two Chinese nationals and a Filipino in Basilan province past midnight Tuesday, the provincial police director said.

Senior Superintendent Abubakar Tulawi identified the three victims as Michael Tan, 27, Oscar Lu, 51, and Mark Singson, all employees of a plywood factory in Maluso town. more

Bomb-making components seized in Tawi-Tawi

By Abigail Kwok

First Posted 10:03:00 11/10/2009

MANILA, Philippines — Authorities seized several bomb-making components in a warehouse in Tawi-Tawi province Monday morning, the military said on Tuesday.

Major David Hontiveros, spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command, said his men confiscated 3,700 blasting caps, 87 meters of detonation cord, and seven big boxes containing cyanide at a warehouse in the village of Lamion, Bongao town before 10 a.m. Monday. more

‘A Global Fault Line’

The retreat of Muslim moderates.

By Lewis M. Simons | NEWSWEEK

Published Nov 7, 2009

From the magazine issue dated Nov 16, 2009


In the small southern Philippines town of Pikit, on the terror-torn island of Basilan, a Roman Catholic priest told me that fundamentalist attitudes were hardening among the Moros, as Muslims in the area are known. “It’s an identity crisis,” said Father Bert Layson, who is openly sympathetic to the Moros. “And it’s been infinitely heightened through globalism by the international Islamic revival. This is leading the Moros back to their old belief that they must live in an Islamic environment in order to truly practice Islam.” An estimated 120,000 Muslims and Christians have killed each other in the southern Philippines since 1970. more

MALAYSIA:  Christians demand release of banned Malay bibles 11/09/09 UCANEWS

INDIA:  Archbishop accuses police of apathy over church attacks 1109/09 UCANEWS

Fort Hood gunman linked to AL-Queda 11/09/09

Tarek Fatah: Spreading intolerance, one fatwah at a time National Post


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