Der Speigel reviews Hungary’s descent into fascism under the Jobbik party. An unexpected irony is that the fascists, while cutting employment benefits, have been helping the unemployed find work through Keynesian make-work programs.
- Lina Attalah of Al Masry al Youm reviews the chaos in the Sinai.
- A Chinese propaganda video showed a few moments of a computer attack carried out by the Engineering University of the People’s Liberation Army against a Falun Gong web site in the United States.
- The United Nations has accused Hezbollah, the Lebanese arm of the Iranian government, of responsiblity for the assassination of Rafik al-Hariri and assassination attempts on Marwan Hamadeh, George Hawi, and Elias al-Murr.
- International Christian Concern accuses al-Shabaab of imprisoning and deliberately starving Christians.
- The United Nations reports that 2,200 have died in Syria’s rebellion and crackdown.
- Mayor Yevgeny Dushko of Sergiyev Posad, Russia was killed a month after accusing local businessmen and officials of corruption.
- An unknown attacker attempted arson on the regional headquarters of the Democratic Action Party in Penang, Malaysia after Mufti Datuk Seri Hassan Ahmad of the Penang Fatwa Council banned the use of loudspeakers to amplify the Muslim call to prayer.
Mayor Diani Budiarto of Bogor, Java, Indonesia has forbidden the opening of a newly built church because the street it would be built on was named for a Muslim scholar, Abdullah bin Nuh. Abdullah’s son, Imam Muhammad Mustofa, has spoken on behalf of the church, saying “Mecca was an example of pluralism during Mohammed’s time”.
- A Pakistani woman claimed to have been drugged, kidnapped, and raped by a Muslim man. When she reported it to police, they congratulated her on her conversion to Islam.
- Reuters’s Nidal al-Mughrabi reports that the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza has run out of money.
- Egyptian police have arrested a man for “insulting Islam” on Facebook.
- The authors of a plan to kill Uganda’s homosexuals are reported to be preparing to reintroduce it in the fall. The original plan was proposed after a meeting with American preachers Scott Lively and Dan Schmierer of Exodus International.