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Anti-US Protests Continue; Libya Makes Arrests

Yemenis protest in front of the U.S. Embassy during a protest about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Mohammed, Sanaa, Yemen, September 13, 2012.
Yemenis protest in front of the U.S. Embassy during a protest about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Mohammed, Sanaa, Yemen, September 13, 2012.
Carla Babb
Libyan authorities say they have made arrests in association with the killing of U.S. ambassador to Libya during a siege on an American consulate, as waves of anti-American protests against a film mocking Islam continued sweeping the Middle East and Southeast Asia Thursday.

Libyan officials said they were gathering evidence about Tuesday's attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff members, but would not give further details.

The breakthrough in Libya comes as hundreds stormed the grounds of the U.S. embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. The mob torched a number of diplomatic vehicles Thursday as security guards used water cannons and warning shots in a bid to drive them out of the heavily fortified compound. A number of people were reported injured.

Protests against the American-made amateur film mocking the Prophet Muhammad also took place in Cairo, Tehran, Baghdad and Dhaka. Demonstrators in Baghdad chanted "no to Israel" and "no to America" while burning an American flag.

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Protests are planned Friday in several countries, including Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Clinton rips movie

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday the U.S. government is not involved with the Internet video triggering the protests.
"The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video,” she said.” We absolutely reject its content and message. To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage."
Still, the U.S. comments have done little to dissuade protesters.

Outside the U.S. embassy in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, police used tear gas against an angry crowd of about 200 youth.

The protests started in Cairo on Tuesday, with protesters scaling the fortified walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and replacing an American flag with an Islamic banner.

Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, on an official visit to Brussels Thursday, slammed "attacks" on the Muslim prophet in the film, while also condemning the violence.

"We Egyptians reject any kind of assault or insult against our prophet," Morsi said. "[But] it is our duty to protect our guests and visitors from abroad. I call on everyone to take that into consideration, not to violate Egyptian law, not to assault embassies."

Photo Gallery: Anti-U.S. protests in Libya, Egypt, Yemen

  • Yemeni protestors break a door of the U.S. Embassy during a protest about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Mohammed, Sana'a, Yemen, September 13, 2012.
  • Yemenis protest in front of the U.S. Embassy during a protest about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Mohammed, Sana'a, September 13, 2012.
  • Egyptian protesters burn tires as they clash with riot police outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, September 13, 2012.
  • An Egyptian protester throws back a tear gas canister toward riot police outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, September 13, 2012.
  • A policeman stands in front of a police car set on fire by protesters in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, during clashes between protesters and police, September 13, 2012.
  • White House staff are pictured after they lowered the U.S. flag to half staff on the roof of the White House in Washington, September 12, 2012, following the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.
  • President Barack Obama delivers a statement with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, September 12, 2012
  • A burnt car is parked at the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen, in Benghazi, Libya, September 12, 2012.
  • An exterior view of the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen yesterday, in Benghazi September 12, 2012.
  • An interior view of the damage at the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen yesterday, in Benghazi, Libya, September 12, 2012.
  • Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, was killed along with three of his staff on September 11, 2012 during a demonstration at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.  This photo was taken at his home in Tripoli, June 28, 2012.
  • A vehicle sits smoldering in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012.
  • An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya, late on September 11, 2012.
  • U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in flames during protest, September 11, 2012

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were killed Tuesday after suspected Islamist militants stormed the American consulate in Benghazi during similar demonstrations.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said the film was "objectionable and wrong."

"That does not, in and of itself, justify, however, taking life and becoming violent," Napolitano said. "That's a different issue all together, so I think linking the two is not right."

U.S.-Libya cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama and the president of Libya's National Assembly, Mohamed Magarief, have agreed to cooperate closely in investigating the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

The Libyan leader has apologized to the United States for the assault, and Libyans citizens have held public demonstrations to support the U.S.

"The general reaction of Libyans from left to right on the political spectrum, from secular to Islamist, has been to condemn the attack in no uncertain terms," the International Crisis Group's William Lawrence told VOA from the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

"Most Libyans see the assassination as an attack on their revolution, and that's something that Egypt and Pakistan and Afghanistan haven't experienced," he added.

Washington sent two Navy destroyers, a Marine Corps anti-terrorist security team and federal investigators to Libya to protect Americans and help hunt the suspected religious extremists who carried out the attack late Tuesday.

The Obama administration also ordered the evacuation of all U.S. personnel from Benghazi to Tripoli.

American officials said Wednesday the attack on the Benghazi compound and a nearby safe house may have been a planned, coordinated and complex operation, in contrast to the initial Cairo protest, which appeared to be spontaneous. They say armed militants in Libya may have used the Cairo events as cover.

The officials said it is too early to determine whether the assault was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

American intelligence agencies are examining the alleged involvement of pro-al-Qaida Ansar al-Sharia militants, but cautioned they do not have solid evidence. On Wednesday, a brigade from the group denied planning the assault.

US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens

  • Served as U.S. ambassador to Libya since May
  • Held two earlier postings in Libya
  • Previous assignments in Israel, Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia
  • Worked as an international trade lawyer before joining the Foreign Service in 1991
  • Taught English in Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1983 to 1985
Stevens is the first U.S. ambassador to be killed on duty since 1979. He was a career foreign service officer and one of the most experienced American diplomats in the region.  His colleagues continued to mourn his loss Thursday.

"Chris Stevens quarterbacked the delicate effort of supporting the Libyan opposition as war raged," said David Tafuri, a partner at the Patton Boggs law firm who serves as the U.S. legal counsel to the new government of Libya. "There were few diplomats who could have handled such a crisis with the same calm determination."

Retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering called Stevens a "first-class professional."

"It was a real tragedy that something like this flared up, on the basis of, apparently, a very irresponsible film that seems to have bordered, if not actually crossed the line, into hate speech," he said.
Film criticized

A trailer for the anti-Islamic video was posted on YouTube in July. An Arabic-language translation began circulating in the Middle East in recent days. Clips from the movie depict the Prophet Muhammad as a villainous, homosexual child-molesting buffoon, among other overtly insulting claims.

The film has been widely condemned across the globe and in the United States.

"This movie is not United States'. It is not the United States government," Ronald E. Neumann, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Yemen, said. "It is a few crazy people that want to take shelter in our country to make trouble for our relations with the Muslim world."

While the identity of the film's director remains a mystery, U.S. media reports say the video was publicized last week by a U.S. Coptic Christian activist named Morris Sadek, known for his attacks on Islam. Sadek promoted the video in tandem with a statement by controversial Florida-based Christian Pastor Terry Jones, who declared "International Judge Muhammad Day" on September 11.

Jones said Tuesday the film was not designed to attack Muslims but to show the "destructive ideology of Islam." He triggered deadly riots in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011 by threatening to set fire to copies of the Quran and then burning one in his church.

VOA's Mark Snowiss contributed to this report.

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by: EuroPrideDude20x
September 13, 2012 3:33 PM

Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans, White countries for everybody??????

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to "assimilate," i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?"

How long would it take anyone to realize I'm not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn't object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.
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by: Muneeb from: India
September 14, 2012 2:47 AM
Stop looting so called "Non-white" countries and pay compensation for looting and colonizing them in the past. Pay compensation for making them slaves. All the so called developing countries were once rich with their own resources. The "white" people looted us and stole our resources. Give us our resources back and we will stay away from your "white countries". You are paying for what you have done in the past. You are not a superior race. You are just a kind of Human beings with white skin. Wealth of all forms gives one power over the other. That's what you have now. And you looted it from us.

by: Haron from: Afghanistan
September 13, 2012 2:50 PM
Islam is the first and the last religious in the world. Jesus was a Muslim son in his mothers' belly. every child is Muslim in their moms' belly before born and after born. it is dirty humans that they claim they're Christian or Catholic or Jews because the first Human Prophet was a Muslim and we are the generation of that Prophet and the last one is Muhammad (P.U.H). now we are discussing about this movie however I haven't seen yet. but I read it in VOA. I say the time of USA is over now. most of European countries pessimist against American from another side new countries like Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and in near future Afghanistan will be close to Russia as allies to teach for USA to be aware of such things in their life. I avow by God by Holy Qur'an by Prophet Muhammad (P.U.H) and by Jesus that Russia will hitch USA knees to the ground as our beloved people did on Russia.
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by: kishore from: india
September 15, 2012 11:23 AM
my friend Afghanistan was a great country prior moslim invasion they have contributed lot to the world ,they have contributed oil painting to the world buietyful carving in the rocks (eg Bamiyan buddha) have you ever read the facts about the prophet of ur now found relegion ,very next day u will say good by 2 ur so called islam the movie shows the facts go and corroborrate with sunna and hadits may god bless u.

by: Carl O from: Miami
September 13, 2012 1:56 PM
Didn't something similar happend a few years ago in the Netherlands or Denmark where a person drew a picture of Mohammad and their embassy was met with a riot? And a Danish filmaker was murdered for making a not so flattering film of their relgion?
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by: kishore from: india
September 15, 2012 11:29 AM
exactly my friend some time there was movie called Da vinci code,where upon jessus was having sexual relations with a cuncubine ,at that time no Ambasssidor was killed.
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by: A.Q.Sarwary from: Afghanistan
September 13, 2012 3:38 PM
Instead of blaming other people and other nations, Obama and other western leaders have to prevent the wrong and guilty activities of their crazy people, who destroying the fragile tolerance and peace of the globe.
During recent years, some bad people with their guilty and shameful ideas , as enemies of Islam and Muslims, acted against Islam and tried to tarnish the bright face of Islam by insulting of our prophet and our religion, but as injured dogs and defeated vampires( as they are), paved the ways for their own destruction.
As all know, Islam is going on to protect humanity in the future and replace useless theories and ideas in world, but, they just killing themselves and their wrong actions causing to all people hate them and their system and country.
Why, Mr. Obama and other western, especially American leaders didn’t condemn the durable and planned guilty actions of their crazy dogs (sorry to dog!!!)
Why, always they (some crazy and guilty Americans and westerns) try to do some things against Islam and Muslims and balance and gauge reactions and the volume of readiness and persistent of Muslims toward protecting their religion and values and challenging the vulnerable peace in the world?
They are the area defeated and coward enemies of Islam and Muslims and they lost all of their hopes and interests for their own future.
With money, they can buy just few greedy leaders and their own puppets but they can’t buy hearts and minds of Muslim people, especially young educated and aware generation, it’s better to act as humans and humankind and respect the slogans which chant by themselves towards the values and beliefs of other nations.
Islam is coming to protect humans from hands of thirsty vampires as they are and act against Muslims in the US and some other western countries, in the world, even in your cities and no one can stop it.

by: B from: USA
September 13, 2012 1:44 PM
Any religion, just like political parties in my opinion, are a poison. One of the worst things on this planet that mankind has bought into.

God is God. Religion is man-made.
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by: Steve from: Juba
September 14, 2012 5:10 AM
Why are we busy killing innocent people because of Mohamed who died centuries ago...just because someone somewhere with his own intentions made a film that "insult" him?

To kill somebody who never even know where the film was shot and who shot the film is not the rightful why of doing only proves to others that you're are heartless and inhuman
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by: nghiem
September 13, 2012 6:46 PM

by: David Davis from: PA
September 13, 2012 1:07 PM
Enough said I believe that the answer is to close down our embassys world wide to unfriendly governments. Peace is done. Time to bring Americans home and defend and protect.Terrorists no matter what religion want war, it is quite apparent.We have failed to defend our own country and an embassy no matter what country owns it is considered as that country's property to defend. We have failed our own people miserably so now is the time for real action. Prepare for WAR with anyone that would attack us both foreign and domestic.
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by: David Davis
September 16, 2012 8:42 PM
Deltaforce 1 do you think that you could stop their killings by talking to them be my guest. It looks as though you have all the experience.
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by: Delta Force 1 from: VA
September 13, 2012 4:23 PM
Have you been to war David Davis? Most likely not...because I've served in three different theaters of operations and seen more than my share of bloodshed...and NO one that has seen the destruction of human life on both sides advocates WAR like you. Most likely you are like the rest of the chicken hawks who never served and are eager to send someone else into to hostile terrortories to do your bidding so you can thump your chest and think what a big man you are.
If you are so eager to go to war with anyone that would attack us domestically where were you when the domestic terrorists were advocating destruction of America? Funny, how so many were and are silent.
Closing our embassies is NOT the answer; isolation in this global economy is stupid for a myriad of reasons. Diplomacy works best to save innocent civilians and fellow countrymen. Next time you want to go to WAR, suit up, get all your sons, daughters and relatives and go overseas; we could use you in Egypt and Libya right now.

by: Pingi from: USA
September 13, 2012 12:02 PM
I think the problem is with teaching of Islam. I am not sure why they don't teach us as Muslim people to tolerate criticism. Good or bad there should not be any violence if someone disagree with our religion. As a Muslim I see that Islam has 4 major branches and each branch teaches Islam in a different way.
Major Branches of Islam are:
Branch Number of Adherents
Sunni 940,000,000
Shiite 120,000,000
Ahmadiyya 10,000,000 *
Druze 450,000

Each Branch has different perceptive of Islam. Even I have seen internal conflicts between Sunni and Shiite, Where I can marry a Sunni women because I am a Shiite. I believe Islam has evolved and changed around the world based on the geographical location and different cultures. There are a lot questions about Islam.. Attacking one Religion is not a nice thing to do, however Islam Lack of confidence and being able to tolerate criticism does not help. Also Islam has not kept with 21st century enhancements. Lack of education in some area and not being open minded causes these types of anger and destruction which is completely unnecessary to show that one religion is completed and kind to other human beings.

Religion of love would never retaliate with such anger. Some Muslim will say this is not right they are radicals but if you sit down and try to reason with them.. they would call you kafar and then you become Anti Muslim. I am not sure anymore who is right or wrong. But Allah or God who created this Universe does not judge its creation the way it was told 2000+ years ago. That was something for the people of that era.. We are in a different century. Keep your minds open and start looking outside of the box. If you don't cover your hair, God Allah will not burn you.. What kind of unloving god that would be???
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by: Ben from: Ghana
September 13, 2012 3:58 PM
Isla are even fighting each other. I will edge all christian brothers not to engage in dis bcos the Bible says the battle is not hrs, God will fight 4 as..............

by: sudeep paralkar from: India
September 13, 2012 8:42 AM
very poor taste by isareli american.what was the need to provoke.the film is aimed at creating tensions and disrupting communal harmony.learn to respect all religions.
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by: Federico Gonzalez Alfaro from: Mexico
September 13, 2012 7:39 PM
Mr. Paralkar, this film is a crime and its filmmaker is a criminal.
The film is terrible, I had seen it. The only intention of this criminal was incriminate America and Israel in a crime that they not are responsable. Your coment is irresponsable, your intention is not honest.
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by: Dan Spengler from: California
September 13, 2012 3:37 PM
@Jonathan Huang

There is no censor system at all in the US. Free speech is the first right guaranteed to everyone in this country. Unless that speech is likely to cause direct and immediate unlawful behavior, such as speech imploring people to riot or violence, presents a clear and present danger (the so-called "yelling 'fire' in a crowded theater" test) or a violation of national security prior restraint is absolutely forbidden.

And in any case, from a practical stance, it's utterly ludicrous to expect anyone, be it the government or private industry, to have the resources to review every piece of communication that some whackjob tosses up the internet. The only functional way to handle it is to react punitively after the speech us determined to have been harmful.
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by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
September 13, 2012 12:33 PM
why allow this insulting film go into the market in the first place? Isnt there a film censor system in USA? too much so called "freedom" in USA,
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by: Jack from: USA
September 13, 2012 11:46 AM
First of all - it wasn't an Israeli - it was a Coptic Christian from California. The person who made it is 100% American and he is a fraud and criminal. He was convicted of Bank Fraud in 2009. The actors didn't even know they were acting in a movie about Mohammed, if you watch the movie and look at their lips every time you hear "Mohammed", you can see they are actually saying something else - they were dubbed over, very poorly. This movie was designed to inflame Muslims and ONE person is responsible and he lied to get it made. I don't know what production quality you are used to in India, but this is clearly NOT a real movie, it isn't a "Hollywood Production," it isn't mainstream, and was literally made in some guy's basement on a tiny budget...
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by: Malek Towghi, Ph.D. from: USA
September 13, 2012 11:41 AM
Mr. Sudeep Paralkar, Had the Indians (Hindus and Buddhists) 'provoked' the 8th to 18th century Islamic hordes' onslaught and plunder of India? In order to appease Indian Muslims, Gandhi Jee had unjustly opposed the Jewish right to return to a part of their own ancestral homeland, Israel; did this stop Indian Muslims from cutting the subcontinent into pieces?? Malek Muhammad Towghi, Liaison, Baluch Human Rights International

by: João Luis from: Brazil
September 13, 2012 8:15 AM
Religion should comfort the souls of people and serve of reason for peace, but it is turning a major problem in the world. All because of extremists. On my life I have learned that the equilibrium is the best option.

by: Allah from: No freedom
September 13, 2012 7:12 AM
It is time to think why this could happen. Too much freedom?
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by: Kintaro from: Japan
September 13, 2012 6:36 PM
I agree with you. They are generally so naive and easily agitated. But in fact, this is the result of their born characters. Unfortunately, a dictator may be needed to control them in this region. Democracy is not always the gold standard. U.S. should stop imposing their democracy to the world.
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by: JB from: USA
September 13, 2012 5:44 PM
In finality, I would like to direct others to Mr. Pingi's very inteliigent and inciteful post about Islam above, to help us gain a better understanding of the culture that most of we Americans are fairly "ignorant" of. Islam IS a religion of peace - but it is being misused as a weapon of hate, (much in the way that Christianity often is or has been in the past). It is not the religion itself, but the way it is being implemented and the violent fanatics who pervert it. To claim this is some cut-and-dry issue is ridiculous; there is some sort of Cultural, International problem when a crappy video in Florida somehow results in American deaths abroad. Really? The video-maker is a hate-mongering jerk, to be sure, and he should deplored for his actions; but did he actually kill anybody?

You know, I've seen Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and hordes of other religious figures openly mocked on telelvsion comedys and cartoons (Family Guy and South Park provide the easiest examples). What really irks me is that Christians, Buddhists, and practicing Hindis WOULD NEVER be excused if they erupted into violent protests over something so trivial. Why do we excuse Islam for it? There are two entities guilty of being "uncivilized" here: the moron who made the video, and the radical muslims who use such videos as fuel for the fire that they have been burning themselves with for years. The USA populace, our nation, our government - never had anything whatsoever to do with this video. And what on Earth about this video connects it to Israel?! NOTHING. So why should a protest over an anti-Islam video made by a lone wacko result in chants of "No USA" and "No Israel"?!?! Because the video was just an excuse for something that has already been stewing for some time... Please stop making excuses for Murderers, Mr. Huang. And for all you intelligent, educated, reasonable and well-spoken Canadians out there, I apologize that you have to deal with people like Mr. Johnathan Huang - but we've got plenty of jerks like that here in the USA too, so please don't send him our way.
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by: JB from: USA
September 13, 2012 5:44 PM
Johnathan Huang - please read your own posts. You accuse Americans of a lack of education, but you have absolutely an abhorant command of the English language and terrible ability to "write," (if that's what you call it). I absolutely cannot stand when someone insults another's intelligence through consistent misspelling and poor sentence construction. To quote your own magnificent writing: "as a human race you don't has" any ability to put your thoughts into an intelligent and constructive post. In fact, you prove your own ignorance of the issue itself as soon as you open your mouth: In answer, yes, we have a censorship program when it comes to films in the United States. But this is some over-dubbed crap film made in some radically religious wacko's basement, not something that was on TV. It never, as YOU say, "went to market." So, no, there is no 'censorship program' available for people who make homemade videos with their I-phones or edit someone else's videos in their own home. Maybe there is in Canada, but I really don't think so. I've been to Canada a few times, and thankfully, I met a bunch of wonderful people who are nothing like YOU. And finally, "TOO MUCH FREEDOM"? Are you people INSANE?! I understand that in a civilized society there are unsaid rules and boundaries, taboos and traditions, etc... Our societies in the world establish such boundaries themselves - for instance, I guarnatee you the man responsible for this video is getting nothing but hatemail and will probably be up against a givernment investigation soon. That's fine, I guess, if you people prefer slavery (of any sort -physicval, mental, economic, or otherwise) over liberty, but we want to keep that "anti-freedom" nonsense out of the USA. I honestly don't remember Canada having any "don't talk about religion" or "send in all your home videos for censorship" laws... Mr. Huang, you spread HATRED with your words, and you exist within the same category as the Jackass who made the anti-Muhammed video.

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by: Free Soul from: USA
September 13, 2012 4:32 PM
@john huang

Actually it's you who needs to get educated. There isn't law against racism, there have been alot of people who scream slurs and hate in the US without legal trouble. There is a social condemnation which is good. Without a clear in present danger in anything said, there is no legal penalty to it. Certain harassment like threats to a particular person on persons can be considered assault.

It is however protected by the US constitution to be a jackass to your fellow man. Not saying that's good nor bad, you look at the westborough baptist church picketing "god hates fags" at military funerals and what not. You want to lock them up, you want them escorted away by police, but you can't. They'd be protected under the constitution for saying the same message in the video slandering islam.
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by: Chris from: US
September 13, 2012 3:53 PM
@Johnathon Huang: Typical China trolling. To deflect anything or any criticism from the Motherland, the Patriot from the Middle Kingdom must insult others. It's OK. Do what you have to. And no, spouting racist rants in public or verbally sexually assaulting another person is not acceptable.
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by: Helen from: Mi.
September 13, 2012 3:50 PM
Send these muslim back where they belong if they hate us and burn our flag we dont even have freedom any more let these other countrys fight their own battles we need look after our own country
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by: Owain Tudor from: Vancouver
September 13, 2012 2:03 PM
John from New York, it does seem that you Yanks think too much of your individual wants rather than your responsibilities. That has nothing to do with liberty or freedom. That said, we now see that the Muslim world also cannot temper freedom with responsibility. It is rather obvious that Islam is incompatible with civilization.

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by: Saym Guy from: Earth
September 13, 2012 1:55 PM
@ Huang
In a true civilized society it's people have all the rights they were born with, it is up to them to use their rights in a civilized manner. Societies that have laws to control people to behave civilized only shows how uncivilized it's people are. There is no way to prevent ignorance, people will say what they want to, but violence is never the solution nor a justified reaction to speech. Speech should remain free, for it to be regulated then one would be subjected to those in power to determine what is correct speech and that's how people become enslaved to dictators and despots. Only animals needs to be controlled and only animals respond with violence. Denounce the violence first before the speech.
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by: K from: USA
September 13, 2012 1:54 PM
Yeah, isn't it refreshing hearing people cower away from freedom when threatened by violence. Pathetic.
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by: Jack from: USA
September 13, 2012 1:45 PM
Well screw the rest of the world. Im an American, and you are all just jealous.
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by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
September 13, 2012 12:28 PM
John from NY, typical ignorant and uncivilized comments. as a human race you dont has the right right to speak what you want, only animal do what they want because they are not civilized. If you want to be an animal then enjoy your freedom. as human being we have to respect each other we have to know the consequences of your speech. And I dont think you have the right to speak racism speech in front of public even in USA, do you? I dont think you have the right to speak sexual assaulting words to a lady, do you? No, you dont have the right to speak what you want. Get educated americans, or you gonna be hated by everyone in the world.
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by: John from: New York
September 13, 2012 11:36 AM
"Too much freedom?" That's laughable. As a human race we are free to do and say what we want, and as it happens, sometimes this is the outcome. But through non violent grace and non violent patience we can come to and understanding and ask each other, "why could this happen?" But this will be forgotten, much like everything else once the next "catastrophic" cultural "boundary" is crossed. "Too much freedom" has its positives, for example: When a free people can marry another free person regardless of sexual orientation based on the idea of love and respect of their free souls. Too much freedom? No. Not enough freedom.
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For the fourth time in the five years since more than 350 people were killed in a stampede at Cambodia’s annual water festival, authorities canceled the event this year. Officials blamed environmental reasons as the cause, but many see it as fallout from rising political tensions with a fresh wave of ruling party intimidation against the opposition. David Boyle and Kimlong Meng report from Phnom Penh.

Video African Circus Gives At-Risk Youth a 2nd Chance

Ethiopia hosted the first African Circus Arts Festival this past weekend with performers from seven different African countries. Most of the performers are youngsters coming form challenging backgrounds who say the circus gave them a second chance.

Video US Lawmakers Brace for End-of-Year Battles

U.S. lawmakers are returning to Washington for Congress’ final working weeks of the year. And, as VOA's Michael Bowman reports, a full slate of legislative business awaits them, from keeping the federal government open to resolving a battle with the White House over the admittance of Syrian refugees.

Video Taiwan Looks for Role in South China Sea Dispute

The Taiwanese government is one of several that claims territory in the hotly contested South China Sea, but Taipei has long been sidelined in the dispute, overshadowed by China. Now, as the Philippines challenges Beijing’s claims in an international court at The Hague, Taipei is looking to publicly assert its claims. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.

Video After Terrorist Attacks, Support for Refugees Fades

The terrorists who killed and injured almost 500 people around Paris this month are mostly French or Belgian nationals. But at least two apparently took advantage of Europe’s migrant crisis to sneak into the region. The discovery has hardened views about legitimate refugees, including those fleeing the same extremist violence that hit the French capital. Lisa Bryant has this report for VOA from the Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise

Video Syrian Refugees in US Express Concern for Those Left Behind

Syrian immigrants in the United States are concerned about the negative tide of public opinion and the politicians who want to block a U.S. plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. Zlatica Hoke reports many Americans are fighting to dispel suspicions linking refugees to terrorists.

Video Thais Send Security Concerns Down the River

As Thailand takes in the annual Loy Krathong festival, many ponder the country’s future and security. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai.

Video Islamic State Unfazed by Losses in Iraq, Syria

Progress in the U.S.-led effort to beat Islamic State on its home turf in Iraq and Syria has led some to speculate the terror group may be growing desperate. But counterterror officials say that is not the case, and warn the recent spate of terror attacks is merely part of the group’s evolution. VOA National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more.

Video Belgium-Germany Border Remains Porous, Even As Manhunt For Paris Attacker Continues

One of the suspected gunmen in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, evaded law enforcement, made his way to Belgium, and is now believed to have fled to Germany. VOA correspondent Ayesha Tanzeem makes the journey across the border from Belgium into Germany to see how porous the borders really are.

Video US, Cambodian Navies Pair Up in Gulf of Thailand

The U.S. Navy has deployed one of its newest and most advanced ships to Cambodia to conduct joint training drills in the Gulf of Thailand. Riding hull-to-hull with Cambodian ships, the seamen of the USS Fort Worth are executing joint-training drills that will help build relations in Southeast Asia. David Boyle reports for VOA from Preah Sihanouk province.

Video Uncertain Future for Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Illinois

For the trickle of Syrian refugees finding new homes in the Midwest city of Chicago, the call to end resettlement in many U.S. states is adding another dimension to their long journey fleeing war. Organizations working to help them integrate say the backlash since the Paris attacks is both harming and helping their efforts to provide refugees sanctuary. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

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