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November 30, 2009
Today: A tanker hijack and a Swiss vote to ban minarets

Stories compiled by Gizem Yarbil, Connie Kargbo, Channtal Fleischfresser, Christine Kiernan, Ivette Feliciano, and Mohammad al-Kassim, and edited by Rebecca Haggerty and Ben Piven.

PHILIPPINES: Philippine journalists gathered in the hundreds Monday to protest the massacre of 57 people, including 30 journalists, last week.

BANGLADESH: In southern Bangladesh,  77 people have been reported dead after a ferry capsized.

SOMALIA: A Greek-owned tanker delivering oil from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. was seized by Somali pirates on Sunday. The tanker, which has 28 crew members on board,  is believed to be one of the largest vessels seized by Somali pirates, weighing in at 300,000 tonnes.

MAURITANIA: Three Spanish aid volunteers went missing on Sunday in the West African nation of Mauritania. Spanish authorities fear the volunteers may have been kidnapped by Al-Qaeda operatives.

RWANDA: France and Rwanda have agreed to restore ties three years after severing relations over a dispute regarding the Rwandan genocide.

Swiss referendum poster. Photo: flickr user rytc

GERMANY: The trial of alleged Nazi John Demjanjuk got underway Monday in Munich. The 89-year-old retired Ohio auto worker is accused of being an accessory to the the murders of 27,900 people at Poland’s Sobibor camp.

NETHERLANDS: Radovan Karadzic, on trial in the Hague for allegedly masterminding atrocities against Serbians during the Bosnian war, has filed a motion questioning the legitimacy of the UN war crimes tribunal where he is being tried.

SWITZERLAND: The Swiss decision to ban the construction of minarets is, according to the Swiss Justice Minister, “directed against fundamentalist developments.” Moreover, the weekend vote has prompted right-wing representative of several other European nations, including Denmark and the Netherlands, to call for similar votes in their own countries.

PERU: The government of Peru issued a public apology this weekend for the first time ever to its Afro-Peruvian population for what it termed centuries of abuse, exclusion and discrimination.

URUGUAY: A former guerrilla leader has been elected President of Paraguay.

HONDURAS: Porfirio Lobo appears to have won the presidential election in Honduras, but what happens now, after the elections, is still up for debate.

DUBAI: Stocks continue to fall in the United Arab Emirates as trading reopened after a four-day holiday.

An official at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that the organization is closely watching Dubai’s Government plan for restructuring Dubai World.

ISRAEL: Settlers say they won’t cooperate with Civil Administration officials as one of several planned protest gestures after the Cabinet decision to halt new construction projects.

IRAN: Iran says it will expand its nuclear program after last week’s rebuke by the UN nuclear watchdog agency.

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I’m shocked :) The true face of the Swiss in revealed all it’s ugly pallor.


No, what it shows is that some Europeans at least are prepared to begin resisting the Islamist takeover of their countries. And don’t be sure that such a vote can’t happen in America either. Start building too many minarets and you will find out. The Muslim population in America has not yet reached critical mass. If and when it does, we’ll see then.


Oh Switzerland,your vote shows the true image of the growing islamophobia in Europe.Thank God Im in the U.S where freedom is the air we breath and the food we eat.God bless America,a land where such a vote is unthinkable.

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