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Norway attacks: Norway’s tragedy must shake Europe into acting on extremism

Posted by :) on July 24, 2011

I share the fear and pain of my country – but in Norway this kind of insane act has always had its origins in the far right

Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg embraces a survivor of the Utoeya island shooting. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Like every other citizen of Oslo, I have walked in the streets and buildings that have been blown away. I have even spent time on the island where young political activists were massacred. I share the fear and pain of my country. But the question is always why, and this violence was not blind.

The terror of Norway has not come from Islamic extremists. Nor has it come from the far left, even though both these groups have been accused time after time of being the inner threat to our “way of living”. Up to and including the terrifying hours in the afternoon of 22 July, the little terror my country has experienced has come from the far right.

For decades, political violence in this country has been almost the sole preserve of neo-Nazis and other racist groups. During the 1970s they bombed leftwing bookstores and a May Day demonstration. In the 80s two neo-Nazis were executed because they were suspected of betraying the group. In the past two decades, two non-white Norwegian boys have been killed in racist attacks. No foreign group has killed or hurt people on Norwegian territory since the second world war, except for the Israeli security force Mossad, which targeted and killed an innocent man by mistake on Lillehammer in 1973.

But even with this history, when this devastating terror hit us, we instantly suspected the Islamic world. It was the jihadis. It had to be.

It was immediately denounced as an attack on Norway, on our way of life. In the streets of Oslo, young women wearing hijabs and Arab-looking men were harassed as soon as the news broke.

Small wonder. For at least 10 years we have been told that terror comes from the east. That an Arab is suspicious, that all Muslims are tainted. We regularly see people of colour being examined in private rooms in airport security; we have endless debates on the limits of “our” tolerance. As the Islamic world has become the Other, we have begun to think of that what differentiates “us” from “them” is the ability to slaughter civilians in cold blood.

There is, of course, another reason why everybody looked for al-Qaida. Norway has been part of the war in Afghanistan for 10 years, we took part in the Iraq war for some time, and we are eager bombers of Tripoli. There is a limit to how long you can partake in war before war reaches you.

But although we all knew it, the war was rarely mentioned when the terrorist hit us. Our first response was rooted in irrationality: it had to be “them”. I felt it myself. I feared that the war we took abroad had come to Norway. And what then? What would happen to our society? To tolerance, public debate, and most of all, to our settled immigrants and their Norwegian-born children?

It was not thus. Once again, the heart of darkness lies buried deep within ourselves. The terrorist was a white Nordic male; not a Muslim, but a Muslim hater.

As soon as this was established, the slaughter was discussed as the deed of a mad man; it was no longer seen as primarily an attack on our society. The rhetoric changed, the headlines of the newspapers shifted their focus. Nobody talks about war anymore. “Terrorist” is rarely used at all, and if it is it is most certainly singular, not plural – a particular individual rather than an undefined group which is easily generalised to include sympathisers and anyone else you fancy. The terrible act is now officially a national tragedy. The question is, would it have been thus if the killer was a mad man with an Islamic background?

I also believe that the killer was mad. To hunt down and execute teenagers on an island for an hour, you surely must have taken leave of your senses. But just as 9/11 or the bombing of the subway in London, this is madness with both a clinical and a political cause.

Anyone who has glanced at the web pages of racist groups or followed the online debates of Norwegian newspapers will have seen the rage with which Islamophobia is being spread; the poisonous hatred with which anonymous writers sting anti-racist liberals and the left is only too visible. The 22 July terrorist has participated in many such debates. He has been an active member of one of the biggest Norwegian political parties, the populist right party until 2006. He left them and sought his ideology instead among the community of anti-Islamist groups on the internet.

When the world believed this to be an act of international Islamist terrorism, state leaders, from Obama to Cameron, all stated that they would stand by Norway in our struggle. Which struggle will that be now? All western leaders have the same problem within their own borders. Will they now wage war on homegrown rightwing extremism? On Islamophobia and racism?

 

Some hours after the bomb blast, the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, said that our answer to the attack should be more democracy and more openness. Compared to Bush’s response to the attacks of 9/11 there is good reason to be proud of this. But in the aftermath of the most dreadful experience in Norway since the second world war I would like to go further. We need to use this incident to strike a blow to the intolerance, racism and hatred that is growing, not just in Norway, nor even only in Scandinavia, but throughout Europe.

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IMPORTANT – HELP AVAILABLE HERE – JUST CLICK THE LINK

Posted by :) on July 13, 2011

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First pics of serial blasts: Terror strikes Mumbai again

Posted by :) on July 13, 2011

 
Source: Dailybhaskar.com   |   Last Updated 22:17(13/07/11)
 
 

Mumbai: Three blasts rocked Mumbai in which at least 17 people were feared dead on Wednesday. The blasts took place around 7 pm in Zaveri Bazar, Dadar and Opera House.

Here are the first pictures from the blast sites.


 

Policemen look for clues at blast site in Zaveri bazar, in Mumbai on Wednesday.
 

People at the site of a blast at Prasad Chambers in Opera House in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo
 
Injured of blast at Zaveri bazar being taken to the hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo
 

A Maruti Esteem car with shattered windscreen and damaged boot, which reportedly had three people in it, was parked close to the bus stop in Dadar where a blast took place. Photo: Bhaskar News
 

Chaos near the Dadar bus stop where a blast took place. Photo: Bhaskar News
 

An injured victim at Dadar bus stand being rushed to a hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

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IMPORTANT : A message from the Mumbai Police

Posted by :) on July 13, 2011

Mumbai:  All cellphone users in Mumbai got this message from the Mumbai Police right after the serial blasts this evening. The SMS said,

“Bomb blasts reported at Zaveri Bazaar, Dadar. Please be careful. Stay indoors. Watch news channels.”

The Home Minister P Chidambaram also said this evening that his office will brief the people through the media every two hours.

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Three blasts rock Mumbai as at least 17 people are killed in new rush-hour terror

Posted by :) on July 13, 2011

Source :  DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Last updated at 5:01 PM on 13th July 2011

Three explosions rocked Mumbai during rush-hour today, killing at least 17 people and injuring more than 100 in the city that was the scene of a major terrorist attack nearly three years ago.

The almost simultaneous blasts hit the crowded Dadar neighbourhood, the famed jewellery market Jhaveri Bazaar and the busy business district of Opera House.

The explosions happened around 7pm local time, when all the areas would have been packed with office workers and commuters.

Hurt: Injured victims of the Mumbai balsts today are loaded onto a truck to be taken to hospital
Hurt: Injured victims of the Mumbai balsts today are loaded onto a truck to be taken to hospital
Smashed: A damaged car in the Dadar area of Mumbai - one of three districts hit by the blasts
Smashed: A damaged car in the Dadar area of Mumbai – one of three districts hit by the blasts

The blasts – if confirmed as a terror strike – would mark the first major attack on Mumbai since 10 militants laid siege to India’s financial capital for 60 hours in November 2008.

Television footage showed dozens of police officials, several of them armed, at the sites of the explosion and at least one car with its windows shattered could be seen.

‘It must be a bomb blast,’ Chhagan Bhujbal, a state minister, said.

The 2008 attack, which targeted two luxury hotels, a Jewish center and a busy train station, was blamed on Pakistan-based militant groups. The attacks escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals and prompted them to suspend peace talks.

Debris: Indian security officials gather around a damaged vehicle at a blast site at the Opera House
Debris: Indian security officials gather around a damaged vehicle at a blast site at the Opera House
Damage: Indian bystanders and security personnel gather around the wreckage of a vehicle
Damage: Indian bystanders and security personnel gather around the wreckage of a vehicle

However, the talks have recently resumed.

Pakistan’s government expressed distress on the loss of lives and injuries soon after today’s blasts were reported.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2014359/Three-blasts-rock-Mumbai-people-killed-rush-hour-terror.html#ixzz1S0GnB7of

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Mumbai: Explosions shake India’s financial hub

Posted by :) on July 13, 2011

Mumbai: Explosions shake India’s financial hub

Source :  BBC

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The BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan says the explosions happened in the middle of rush hour

Three near-simultaneous explosions have shaken India’s commercial capital Mumbai (Bombay), police say.

Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said 10 people had been killed and 54 wounded in the rush-hour blasts.

One explosion was reported in the Zaveri Bazaar, another in the Opera House business district and a third in Dadar district.

Indian media have quoted the home ministry as saying the explosions were a terrorist attack.

Police sources were reported as saying the explosions were caused by home-made bombs.

Mumbai was the scene of a 10-man raid and co-ordinated attacks in November 2008 in which nearly 170 people were killed.

The BBC’s Soutik Biswas, in Delhi, says there is no evidence so far to suggest that Mumbai is under attack in the same way.

High alert

The latest explosions hit the city around 1900 local time (1330 GMT) as workers were making their way home.

While the Home Secretary said two people had been confirmed killed, police said eight people had died.

The city has been put on a state of high alert. Delhi, the capital, Calcutta and several other cities have also been put on alert.

The authorities have not yet said who they believe might be behind the explosions and no group has said it carried them out.

The explosion in Zaveri Bazaar, in the south of Mumbai, was reported in a jewellery shop, says the BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan in Mumbai.

The third explosion hit the Opera House district, also in the city’s south, at a time when it would have been crowded with workers and commuters.

The blast in Dadar district, in the city centre, went off in a taxi next to a bus stop.

One eyewitness from the scene there told our correspondent he saw the bus stop and a car were torn apart by an explosion.

According to some reports, the blasts came on the birthday of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, the sole surviving gunman from the 2008 attacks.

Map of Mumbai

Those attacks, which targeted two high-end hotels, a Jewish centre and other sites frequented by foreigners, were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.

Pakistan condemned the latest explosions, in a statement issued by the foreign ministry.

Mumbai has been targeted many times in recent years.

As well as the 2008 attacks, co-ordinated blasts on seven of the city’s trains on 11 July 2006 caused massive loss of life. More than 180 people were killed and hundreds wounded in those bombings, which were blamed on Islamist militants.

The city suffered four bomb attacks during 2003, including twin blasts on 25 August 2003 which killed 52 people.

In 1993, 257 people were killed and 700 injured in a series of 12 bomb blasts across the city. The attacks were allegedly ordered by the Muslim-dominated underworld in retaliation for Hindu-Muslim riots.

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Analysis

Soutik BiswasBBC News, Delhi

The three explosions in Mumbai have taken place in some of the most crowded neighbourhoods in the city.

Zaveri Bazaar is a bustling market area famous for its jewellers. It has been targeted before: during the serial blasts in the city in 1993, 17 people were killed and 57 injured when a scooter packed with explosives blew up there.

Opera House, next door, is also a bustling business district teeming with traders. And Dadar, in the heart of the city, has one of the most crowded railway stations on Mumbai’s busy suburban train network.

The choice of locations makes it clear that the blasts were intended to cause maximum casualties. But early footage of one of the blast sites – a ripped-off cover of a bus shelter and a car with its glass shattered – points to a medium-level and possibly crude explosion.

So far, there is no evidence to suggest that Mumbai is under attack the way it was in November 2008. And this could easily be the handiwork of a local group.

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