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The Beautiful Names

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The premiere of a work by the leading composer Sir John Taverner in Westminster Cathedral next week has provoked discord because it glorifies the Muslim deity Allah. Traditionalist Roman Catholics are planning to converge on the cathedral on Tuesday evening to protest over the work, which includes the singing of the 99 names of Allah.

We shouldn’t let this detail escape our notice.

Sir John’s music featured in the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, and his new work, The Beautiful Names, was commissioned by his friend the Prince of Wales.

That would be Prince Charles, who will presumably become head of the Church of England at some point.

h/t Pastorius.

Related posts: The future Chief of the Anglican Church.

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Indonesia Captures Head of Islamic Militant Group – ABC News

An image of the leader of Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah
Islamiah (JI) Zarkasih is displayed during a news conference at the
national police headquarters in Jakarta June 15, 2007. Indonesia has
captured Zarkasih, the chief of the country’s anti-terrorist unit said
on Friday.  (Dadang Tri/Reuters)

“He is the emergency head of JI. He is above Abu Dujana and
was captured on the same day,” said Suryadarma Salim Nasution,
who leads Detachment 88, the country’s anti-terrorist unit.

Asian and Western authorities blame JI for a series of
attacks in Southeast Asia, including the 2002 bombings that
killed more than 200 people on Indonesia’s resort island of
Bali.


Although there has been no major bomb attack since 2005, in
raids in March police said they had found a huge cache of
weapons, explosives and chemicals that could be used to make a
bomb even bigger than the main device used in 2002
.

At the news conference, police showed video testimonies
from Zarkasih and Dujana, in which the former said he was
acting head.

“In 2004 there was a leadership vacuum and there was
pressure to fill the vacuum. A body was set up to fill the void
so we set up a caretaker body. My colleagues appointed me to
lead the body,” the grey-haired Zarkasih, 45, said on the
video.

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They have already captured Abu Dujana, the leader of the terrorist Al-Qaeda linked group, as Australian FM Alexander Downer announced some days ago. We will see what they do with them. I am not very confident.

NOTE: It’s curious to see that they are called militants...

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Mass rescue of ‘slaves’ in China

Chinese police rescue more than 200 people, including 29 children, working as ‘slaves’ at brickwork factories.

More than 200 people, including 29 children, have been rescued after working as “slaves” in brick kilns in central China, state media reports.

Tens of thousands of police moved in on the kilns in Henan province, arresting 120 people, Xinhua news agency said.

They acted after media reports claimed that children were being forced to work in kilns in neighbouring Shanxi province, Xinhua said.

Photos of distraught parents were also published.

Xinhua said that, following the reports of child labour, some 35,000 police were despatched to the 7,500 kilns in Henan.

They reportedly rescued 217 people, including 29 children.

Xinhua said the victims had been “enticed or sent by human traffickers to the kilns“, where they were “beaten, starved and forced to work long hours without payment“.

Last week there were 31 slaves rescued.

Spanish newspaper ABC.es has reported that a total of 468 slaves have been freed in the last month from places where they were obliged to work in these conditions.

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