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Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali back in Netherlands

Monday, October 01, 2007

Amsterdam (dpa) - Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali returned to the Netherlands, Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad reported on Monday.

In August 2006, Somali born-Hirsi Ali, one of the Netherland's most outspoken critics of Islam, accepted a position as researcher at the Washington-based Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank.

The former legislator for the Liberal VVD party was allegedly forced to leave the US as American authorities had refused to finance the expenses of her personal security measures.

So far, the Dutch government has paid all those expenses, but after more than a year of residency in the US, the Dutch allegedly said they were no longer willing to continue this arrangement.

The 37-year-old Ayaan Hirsi Ali, born Hirsi Magan, is a feminist and political writer. Her family left Somalia for Saudi Arabia when she was six years old. They then continued to Ethiopia, and eventually settled in Kenya.

She sought and obtained political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, under circumstances that later became the centre of a political controversy.

Hirsi Ali is a controversial critic of Islam. In 2004, she wrote the script of the film Submission, about the repression of women in Muslim culture.

In November 2004, a Muslim fundamentalist Mohammed Bouyeri assassinated Submission's film maker Theo Van Gogh, threatening to kill Hirsi Ali as well.

Hirsi Ali is one of a handful of Dutch nationals living under strict personal security measures ever since.

Source: dpa, Oct 01, 2007

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    shanta @ 10/2/2007 1:46 AM EST
 All she wants to do is “provoke a thought” perhaps change Islam-as she stated in one of her interviews. Impoverished life is what she has at the moment and her 15-minute fame is coming to an end.  I wonder what a Godless person would accomplish?
    Nuurbiid @ 10/1/2007 9:29 PM EST
 Simple, renounce and yes you don't need security. God forgives I know for a fact, will your Family, Somalis and greater Muslims forgive, I guess.  
    hashi86 @ 10/1/2007 7:18 PM EST
 Ayaan lost everything support from those who wanted
her to continue the Blame to islamic religon
even her nearest friends who stood with her defended
her belives sure this is the end of who lies and
plays with Islamic faith ayaan after all this its
sure that Somalia is waiting you allah knows if you
will be forgiven if you return from all this turmoil
    Sayyid @ 10/1/2007 7:12 PM EST
 gaalo raaca oo dhan(haddii aysan toobad keenin) sidan oo kale ayaa sugaysa.
    ceelxaar @ 10/1/2007 6:52 PM EST
 Waligeed ninkii isku taag diinta sharafta badan waxaa u danbaysa dhuumaalaysi adunya ilaa marka danbe uu hooskiisa ka dido aakhirana ciqaabtii ilaahay may ku waana qaadato shaydaanka (salman Rushdi) iyo ciqaabta aduunyo ee uu ku jiro.
waxaa u banaan laba arimood : 1 dhuumaalaysigaa ku jir marka ugu danbaysana nafta markaad nacdo isdil jahanabana gal ama 2 haday dariishadu kuu furantahay ee RABBI usoo noqo, ILLAAHAYna mar walba ood usoo noqoto soo dhawayn qaali ah ayaad ka heli.
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