Swedish reader LN sent us the following email:
The letter below was published on Swedish TV evening April 27th, but not mentioned on public service radio till April 28th at 8:30am.
Please help — all you eminent anti-jihadists — publicity is needed!
This is his translation of the cover letter for Muslim demands:
Open letter to Swedish political parties participating in this year’s election
If we are going to persuade Swedish Muslims to participate in the election in September 2006, we should accept the following claims and wishes — see below — from different muslim minorities in Sweden.
I have not seen manifest and evident signals from all parties that we should comply with such wishes. We ask that the most important claims become part of the political agenda; otherwise the risk is apparent that the majority of the Muslims on election day will remain ‘on the sofa’.
We Muslims are fed up with broken election promises and we wish for tangible proposals that show that Swedes care for us. It won’t be bad if our politically chosen or any new representatives take an hour to read our open letter that has been sent to all the established political parties.
Swedish Muslim Leage
Sveriges Muslimska Förbund
Kapellgränd 10 firstname.lastname@example.org
SE-116 25 Stockholm
Friday, April 28, 2006
If ever there was an admission of failure by the Bush Administration, then this is it! The war being waged against the United States and the rest of the West is now called ‘The Long War’! It should never have been allowed to come to this.
The US is doing Saudi Arabia’s dirty work for it! Why? Because GWB and his administration have been too timid to wage the war as it should have been waged: with clear thinking, sound strategy, courage, fortitude and resolve! And with the determination to win at all costs!
The day after 9/11, the Saudis should have been put in the hot seat. They should have been told that it was their responsibility to track down Osama bin Laden and his henchmen, not ours, i.e. not the US’s! Further, they should have been put on notice: The US’s support for the régime is dependent on their co-operation to find these savages.
Robertson: The West is ignoring threats from "Islam in general," just as it ignored "what Adolf Hitler said in Mein Kampf"
On the April 24 edition of the Christian Broadcasting Network's (CBN) The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson warned his viewers that "we are not listening" to what Islam "says," just as we did not listen to "what Adolf Hitler said in Mein Kampf." Robertson claimed that we are ignoring the threats by "not only the radical Muslims but Islam in general," because "it is not politically correct to believe that any religious group would do what they claim they are going to do." Robertson's comments came in response to a new videotape released by Osama bin Laden in which he calls for a jihadist movement in Darfur, Sudan.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Europeans, and that now includes the British, need to reassess their attitudes to their own culture(s). European culture is clearly being threatened by Islam; but we Europeans are in denial.
The French are not famous for their courage: When Hitler and his army invaded France, the French simply capitulated. The Germans were just able to march in and take control of their country. The French didn’t even put up a fight!
Now, Muslim immigrants have invaded France; but again, the French are in denial. They just don’t seem to be able to grasp the nettle, don't seem to be able to take tough action to protect their wonderful culture. Do they, I wonder, inhabit a dream world, or are the French just lacking in courage to assert themselves?
The Germans are crippled by memories of their brutal past. That’s what makes them incapable of tough action. They are terrified of being perceived as ‘racist’ again.
Weißwasser (AP) Deutschland hat nach Ansicht von Bundespräsident Horst Köhler die Integration «verschlafen». Es sei zu lange geglaubt worden, das regele sich von alleine, sagte das Staatsoberhaupt am Donnerstag im sächsischen Weißwasser bei einem Gespräch mit Spätaussiedlern. Es gebe leider erst spät eine intensive Diskussion über Integration.
Jetzt stelle man fest, dass sich bestimmte Menschen in Deutschland nicht mehr wohl fühlten, und ihre eigenen Traditionen auslebten. Das betrachte er nicht als schlimm, sagte Köhler. Schlimm sei dagegen, dass man nicht zur Kenntnis genommen habe, was andere Menschen auch aus der muslimischen Welt denken und wie sie fühlen. «Vielfalt auch in den kulturellen Herkunftsländer schadet nicht.»
Some people refer to the current war as the GWoT
(Global War on Terror). Others call it WWIV (Norman Podhoretz
). We at Gates of Vienna prefer to call it GIJ3W: The Great Islamic Jihad, Third Wave
This conflict of cultures has endured for more than a millenium. The first wave began with the conquest of Mecca by Mohammed
in 630 CE. It crested in Al Andalus (Moorish Spain) in 711, only receding in 1492 when Los Reyes Católicos entered Granada
The second wave began when Osman raided Western Byzantium in 1299
and founded the Ottoman Empire. It crested during the reign of Süleyman I in the 16th century, and receded after the failure of the second siege of Vienna
under Kara Mustafa in 1683.
April 26, 2006
Since the AKP rose to power in
, the country's Islamist media has freely disseminated venomous anti-American and anti-Semitic allegations, propaganda, and conspiracy theories.  This campaign has been led by Islamist Turkish dailies such as Vakit, Milli Gazete, and Yeni Safak (which is close to the AKP government and especially to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan). These newspapers have published stories about the U.S.'s alleged use of chemical and low-grade nuclear weapons in Iraq and U.S. soldiers' alleged systematic rape of Iraqi girls, and have blamed the U.S. for the December 2004 tsunami in southeast Asia and for the August 1999 Istanbul earthquake. 
The marketing divisions of these papers distribute anti-American DVDs, books, and CDs at no charge or at very low and clearly subsidized prices.  These dailies also glorify terrorism, and disseminate antisemitic messages, including praise of Hitler, Holocaust denial, and passages from The Protocols of the Elders of
This report focuses on a two-part Vakit interview with a Turkish prisoner, claimed to have been recently extradited to Turkey from
. Vakit has been banned in Germany because of its antisemitism, and
has demanded that the Turkish government either implement or pass the necessary laws to rein in the paper.
, Vakit journalists are invited to official events, granted interviews with government ministers, and frequently accompany PM Erdogan in his private plane on his official trips.
The following are excerpts from the Vakit interview: 
VR 28 jan 2005 | 14.16
Het Contactorgaan Moslims en Overheid (CMO) wil op korte termijn een imamopleiding in Nederland realiseren. De koepelorganisatie van ruim vierhonderd moskeeën houdt daartoe samen met de Sjiietische Raad op 19 februari een bijeenkomst met wetenschappers, islamitische bestuurders en vertegenwoordigers van bestaande initiatieven voor een imamopleiding.
Dat heeft het CMO vrijdag aangekondigd. Het ministerie van Onderwijs maakt begin februari bekend welke plannen voor een academische imamopleiding voor (financiële) steun in aanmerking komen. Vier universiteiten hebben een voorstel ingediend. Het CMO wil aansluiten bij de beleidsvoornemens van het kabinet voor de opleiding van islamitische voorgangers.
Voorzitter A. Tonca van het CMO adviseert het ministerie te wachten met zijn besluit, totdat duidelijk is of de moskee-organisaties de ingediende initiatieven steunen. ''Anders is het weggegooid geld. Het is een vreemde gang van zaken dat nu al imamopleidingen worden aangewezen. Universiteiten moeten eerst met de toekomstige werkgevers van de imams hebben gesproken. Het is een voorwaarde dat de geloofsgemeenschap de imams accepteert.''
De meedingende universiteiten schermen met de steun van moskee-organisaties, hoewel er geen afspraken zijn gemaakt, maar slechts oriënterende gesprekken hebben plaatsgevonden, zei Tonca. Dat geldt volgens hem ook voor de Universiteit van Leiden, die in zee wil gaan met de Islamitische Stichting Nederland, de koepelorganisatie van Turkse moskeeën die hun imams door de Turkse overheid krijgen toegewezen.
Het CMO weet volgens zijn voorzitter nog niet of het zich aansluit bij een van de plannen die de vier universiteiten hebben ingediend. ''Het kan ook best zijn dat we het helemaal zelf organiseren'', zei Tonca.
How stupid is this world? Who is this message intended for?
Senior Iran Cleric Tells Sudan That Nuclear Aid Is Available
TEHRAN, April 25 — Iran's supreme leader said Tuesday at a meeting here with the Sudanese president that Iran was ready to share its nuclear technology with other countries."Iran's nuclear capability is one example of various scientific capabilities in the country," the leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said to President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, the news agency IRNA reported. "The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to transfer the experience, knowledge and technology of its scientists."
Mr. Khamenei made his comments just days before the Friday deadline set by the United Nations Security Council for Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment.
On March 7, 2006, the Saudi English dailies Arab News and Saudi Gazette reported the March 1, 2006 launch, by Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Abd Al-Aziz, of the new 24-hour Arabic-language Islamic channel Al-Resalah (alluding to the Islamic message).
Prince Al-Waleed told a press conference that his new channel, which according to The Saudi Gazette was a family channel, would "counteract the misconceptions about Islam in other societies," as well as project Islam as a religion of moderation and tolerance and provide a platform for dialogue on religious, social, and economic issues. Arab News quoted Prince Al-Waleed as stating that the channel was to be the forerunner of an English-language Islamic channel aimed at a Western audience.
According to The Saudi Gazette, the channel's advisory committee includes Sheikh Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Al-Manai, member of the Senior Ulema Commission, Saudi Arabia; Dr. Abdullah Naseef, president of the Muslim World Congress (MWC); Dr. Hamed Al-Refaie, secretary-general of the MWC and president of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue; Dr. Abdullah Al-Meslih of the Commission of Scientific Signs of Quran and Sunnah; Sheikh Ali Al-Nashwan, executive manager of the prince's Kingdom Holding Company's Humanitarian Division, and religious advisor to the prince; Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Askar, former head of the media department at Al-Imam Saud bin Muhammad University; and Dr. Walid Arab Hashem, Shoura Council member.
Shoura Council member Walid Hashem told Arab News that the channel would feature cartoons and animated films with a moral content, and that its main objective was to unify the ranks of the Islamic community, counter negative perceptions if Islam, and wean youth away from the path of extremism.
The MEMRI TV Project, which monitors all major Arab and Iranian TV channels, has translated excerpts from an interview with Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Al-Kubeisi that aired on the new Al-Resalah channel on March 15, 2006.
TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT:
The following is the transcript:
From the desk of Fjordman on Tue, 2006-04-18 15:38
In my essay about the retreat of the Western world order, I mentioned the possibility of civil strife in the West caused by runaway immigration. This is no longer just a theoretical possibility. It is pretty clear to anybody following the developments in Europe that the situation in France is starting to become rather serious. President Jacques Chirac threw out part of a youth labor law that triggered massive protests and strikes, bowing to intense pressure from students and unions. The unemployment rate for youths under 26 is a staggering 22 percent nationwide, but soars to nearly 50 percent in some of those troubled areas with many Muslim immigrants. French Jews are leaving the country in ever-growing numbers, fleeing a wave of anti-Semitism. Nidra Poller, American ex-pat writer and translator in Paris, has written some appalling stories about aggressive anti-Semitism, such as the murder and brutal torture of French Jew Ilan Halimi early in 2006.
Thorbjørn Jagland is a former Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of Norway from the Labor Party. He is now President of the Storting, the Norwegian Parliament, and thus technically speaking the highest ranking person in the country, next to the King. He recently wrote an essay to Aftenposten newspaper entitled Islamofobi vårt nye spøkelse? (Islamophobia our new ghost/specter?) where he warned against the dangers of Islamophobia. According to Jagland, seemingly paraphrasing the Communist Manifesto, a specter is haunting Europe – the specter of Islamophobia. Between the lines, Jagland seems to hint that the situation in Europe is now similar to that of the 1930s: We are very close to a new world war and the downfall of European democracy, a conclusion I wholeheartedly support. This is also where our agreement ends. According to Mr. Jagland, “far too few people during the interwar period understood what a fateful time they were living in. While those who wanted peace were arguing, Fascism grew stronger. In the point of intersection between the Islamists and Islamophobia, a new type of Fascism could emerge.”
Jagland praises the way the Labor-led Norwegian government handled the crisis after a tiny Christian newspaper, Magazinet, reprinted the now famous twelve cartoons of Muhammad from Jyllands-Posten in Denmark. Velbjørn Selbekk, the editor of Magazinet, had firmly resisted pressure by Muslim extremists (who made death threats) and by the Norwegian establishment. But then Norway’s Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion hastily called a press conference at a major government office building in Oslo. There Selbekk issued an abject apology for reprinting the cartoons. At his side, accepting his act of contrition on behalf of 46 Muslim organizations and asking that all threats now be withdrawn, was Mohammed Hamdan, head of Norway’s Islamic Council. In attendance were members of the Norwegian cabinet and the largest assemblage of imams in Norway’s history. Although Jagland thinks we ended the cartoon controversy in a good way, he fears that there is still a lot of quiet Islamophobia in the general public because of “the perverted version of Islam promoted by the extremists.” The right-wing Progress Party, already the second largest in Norway, has been growing in the wake of the cartoons affair, and now seems to be in the process of replacing Jagland’s Labor Party as the largest party in the country, for the first time in 80 years.
De felle reacties op het 221 pagina’s dikke rapport van de Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid (WRR) over islamitisch activisme hebben laten zien dat elke nuance over de islam je direct komt te staan op een strafexpeditie van uiterst rechts. Daar moesten we maar niet voor buigen.
De WRR nuanceert het gitzwarte beeld van de sharia. De woordvoerder integratiezaken van de VVD, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, en de Leidse jurist Afshin Ellian publiceren daarentegen voortdurend artikelen dat Nederlandse moslims moeten kiezen tussen onze Grondwet en hun sharia.
Is dat terecht? Op welke punten is de sharia in strijd met de rechtsstaat?
maandag 24 april 2006 07:44
Veel MBO-opleidingen gaan het vak Nederlands als apart onderdeel uit het lesprogramma schrappen. De Tweede Kamer is verontwaardigd. CDA, VVD, D66 en PvdA eisen dat de scholen aparte Nederlandse lessen blijven geven.
Dat schrijft De Telegraaf. Als gevolg van de onderwijsvernieuwing willen veel mbo-scholen het vak Nederlands volgend jaar samenvoegen met praktijklessen. Ook in het middelbaar vmbo-onderwijs is die trend waarneembaar. De onderwijsvernieuwing richt zich op competentiegericht onderwijs, waarbij leerlingen bepaalde vaardigheden moeten aanleren. Dat is volgens de onderwijsvernieuwers belangrijker dan feitenkennis.
De fracties in de Tweede Kamer vinden dat Nederlands als zelfstandig vak moet blijven bestaan. ‘Anders kunnen we net zo goed het hele onderwijs afschaffen,' vindt de VVD. Oppositiepartij PvdA vindt dat Nederlands een basisvak moet zijn, omdat leerlingen dat in de dagelijkse communicatie gebruiken.
by Professor Moshe Sharon
There is no Fundamental Islam.
"Fundamentalism" is a word that came from the heart of the Christian religion. It means faith that goes by the word of the Bible. Fundamental Christianity, or going with the Bible, does not mean going around and killing people. There is no fundamental Islam. There is only Islam full stop. The question is how the Koran is interpreted.
All of a sudden we see that the greatest interpreters of Islam are politicians in the western world. They know better than all the speakers in the mosques, all those who deliver terrible sermons against anything that is either Christian or Jewish. These western politicians know that there is good Islam and bad Islam. They know even how to differentiate between the two, except that none of them know how to read a word of Arabic.
This is what Qadaffi thinks. From Gateway Pundit.
A Town Square Opinon: Muslim immigrants to Europe are threatening the rights of gays, women and free speech
Four years after the assassination of gay Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, his warning of the threat posed to the rights of European gays and women by intolerant, anti-assimilationist Muslim immigrants is increasingly vindicated by events.
Muslims have migrated in large numbers to Europe, have more children than ethnic Europeans, are disproportionately involved in crime, and increasingly insist on being governed not by the prevailing civil laws but by Muslim Shari'ah law. Many Muslim clerics in Europe look to the day when Europe will become a Muslim caliphate. Scholar Bat Ye'or has dubbed that future Europe ''Eurabia.'' Already, Muslim leaders in France, Britain, Denmark and Belgium have declared certain Muslim neighborhoods to be under Islamic jurisdiction.
Why did anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism become more prevalent in Europe in the years before 9/11 and intensify thereafter? Why have the Europeans been less convinced than Americans that 9/11 ushered in a new era of mega-terrorism that threatens the fabric of Western civilization? Why did EU governments, for many years prior to Arafat’s death, lend their support, including their financial support, to the Palestinian Authority and take advantage of every available opportunity to harshly criticize Israel? Why did it take so long for the EU to declare Hamas a terrorist organization, and why has it still not quite reached that point with Hezbollah? In the run-up to the Iraq war, why did “Old Europe” strenuously oppose America’s determination to employ military force if Saddam Hussein didn’t abide by the requirements of Security Council Resolution 1441? Why did millions of ordinary Europeans march in the streets to protest the looming Anglo-American invasion of Iraq? Why do these same people believe that the United States and Israel are the biggest threats to world peace?
These are some of the questions that have confounded me since that sunny day in September 2001 when the world changed. And it stands to reason that the attitudes and actions of the governments and peoples of Europe encouraged the growth of similar attitudes among a sizable segment of the American public.
In the first installment of this series, I provided a taste of the advice that Kojeve gave to General de Gaulle in late August of 1945. Kojeve’s view of France’s position and predicament in the worldwide geopolitical landscape at the end of World War II was the framework from which his recommendations flowed. In this post, I examine his geopolitical thinking. It will be shown that, with two notable exceptions, Kojeve’s ideas regarding the general contours of the post-war world were remarkably prescient and have been guiding lights in French foreign policy, up to and including the present day. His two major errors were his failures to recognize that the colonial era would soon be over and to understand how severely the war had diminished Britain’s power. While these shortcomings would seemingly have caused Kojeve’s prediction of the trajectory of world affairs to be off the mark, they did not.
This installment of “The EU and the Arabs” provides the connecting link between the ideas and policies set forth in 1945 by Kojeve in his advocacy of a French-led “Latin Empire” and the institutionalization of the Euro-Arab Dialogue (EAD) in 1973. The objective of this post is to trace and understand the radical transformation of France’s Middle East foreign policy that took place after Charles de Gaulle ascended to the presidency of the new Fifth Republic in 1958. I will show that the tipping point in France’s foreign policy – from pro-Israeli to pro-Arab – was de Gaulle’s granting of independence to Algeria in 1962. That event represented the death-kneel of Kojeve’s Latin Empire, which had as one of its underlying assumptions the continuation of colonialism. With colonialism’s end, de Gaulle had to find another way to continue his quest to restore France as a Great Power that could act independently of the “Anglo-Saxon” and “Slavo-Soviet” Empires. Becoming the friend and sponsor of Arab countries was the means to this end.
Unlike previous installments of this series, this one deals with the events of only one year: from the fall of 1973 to the fall of 1974. During this period, the Arabs and the Israelis fought another war (the Yom Kippur War), OPEC quadrupled the price of oil, and the Euro-Arab Dialogue (EAD) was formally established. With the EAD’s formation, European Union (EU) and American policies vis-à-vis the Middle East sharply and permanently diverged, with the former seeking to heighten the stature and influence of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the latter opposing it.
My primary sources are Henry Kissinger’s Years of Upheaval (the second volume of his three-volume memoirs), published in 1982, and Saleh Al-Mani’s The Euro-Arab Dialogue, published in 1983. Kissinger, of course, was the US Secretary of State at the time. Al-Mani was then an Associate Professor at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Despite their different vantage points, Kissinger’s and Al-Mani’s accounts do not conflict with each other. Al-Mani’s book is frequently cited in Bat Ye’or’s recently published Eurabia.
I apologize for the excessive length of this post. To fulfill the purposes outlined in the first installment of this series and to make it more difficult for those who chose an interpretation of history different from mine to refute it, extensive documentation is mandatory. To my knowledge, this post is the first time that documentary evidence from a senior American official, an Arab academic, and an Egyptian-born Jew have been brought together. Please take the time to read it; it will be worth your while.
The previous installment of this series ended by recounting the organizational meeting of the Euro-Arab Dialogue and the formation of the Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation in June 1974.
Euro-Arab Dialogue (EAD)
Among European states, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg were the most prominent proponents of the EAD. Also among these states, the French was the first to support the long-standing Arab demand that the PLO, which was well-represented at the meeting, participate in any negotiations regarding Israel. It was at this time that the French began pressing for international recognition of a Palestinian state.
The Joint Memorandum issued at the close of the organizational meeting includes these words:
The establishment of a cooperation of the two groups is inspired by neighboring ties and a common cultural heritage, as well as by their complementary and convergent interests. This cooperation should contribute to reinforce the relations that already exist and to develop the friendship between the states and the people concerned. It should improve their comprehension and their mutual trust and open new horizons in the political, economical, social, and cultural domains.
Areas of cooperation included nuclear technology, utilization of nuclear power, scientific research, technological development, technical & professional training, telecommunications, industrialization, finance, business, planning and building of cities, infrastructures, transportation, urbanization, health, education, and tourism.
Regarding cultural matters, the Memorandum stated that the principal objective was the consolidation and deepening of cultural understanding, along with an intellectual rapprochement between the two regions. To achieve this, the two parties agreed to encourage discussions by scholars from existing institutions and the creation of a joint Euro-Arab cultural institution.
The Memorandum also addressed the problems of the Arab workforce in Europe, which were to be settled by equality of treatment in employment, working and living conditions, and social security benefits.
In October 1974, a permanent EAD secretariat of 350 members devoted to cooperation between Europe and the Arab world was established in Paris.
Officials working on a ‘lexicon’ for communications about terrorism, Islam
Updated: 5:47 a.m. ET April 11, 2006
BERLIN - The European Union, tiptoeing through a minefield of religious and cultural sensitivities, is discreetly reviewing the language it uses to describe terrorists who claim to act in the name of Islam.
EU officials are working on what they call a “lexicon” for public communication on terrorism and Islam, designed to make clear that there is nothing in the religion to justify outrages like the Sept. 11 attacks or the bombings of Madrid and London.
The lexicon would set down guidelines for EU officials and politicians.
Die Christen werden zur Minderheit in Europa. Gegen den Iran braucht es Härte. Amerika ist bedroht. Ein Gespräch mit dem renommierten Islamwissenschaftler Bernard Lewis
Die WELT: Das Zwölfer-Manifest, unterzeichnet Mitte März auch von Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Irschad Manji, Salman Rushdie und Ibn Warraq, bezeichnet den Islamismus als neue globale totalitäre Bewegung wie einst Nationalsozialismus und Stalinismus. Folgt jetzt eine Epoche heftiger ideologischer Zwiste, die über islamische Minderheiten Europas nicht nur außen-, sondern gleichwohl innenpolitisch ausgetragen werden?
Bernhard Lewis: Ja, wobei in einer Reihe von europäischen Ländern Minderheiten zu Mehrheiten werden. Ein Syrer fragte dazu: islamisiertes Europa oder europäisierter Islam? Das ist die Kernfrage. Wir wissen nicht, wohin es gehen wird. Klar ist, daß die islamischen Gemeinschaften in Europa durch eigene Leute terrorisiert werden. Viele wagen nicht, ihre Meinung öffentlich zu sagen. Sicher gibt es viel mehr Moslems in Europa, die einen europäischen Ansatz favorisieren, als offen deutlich wird. Leicht werden sie als Verräter hingestellt und sogar ermordet. Daher ist es schwer, die echte Meinung herauszufinden, sofern nicht solche mutigen Menschen wie die von Ihnen erwähnten auftreten. Doch für einfache Leute ist das auch sehr gefährlich.
SELDOM HAS THE COURSE of European history been changed by a non-politician's throwaway remark in a German-language newspaper on a Wednesday in the dead of the summer doldrums. But on July 28, Princeton historian Bernard Lewis told the conservative Hamburg-based daily Die Welt that
Europe would be Islamic by the end of this century "at the very latest," and continental politics has not been the same since. Days before the third anniversary of 9/11, Frits Bolkestein of the Netherlands, the outgoing European Union competition commissioner, caused an uproar when he mentioned Lewis's remark in the course of an address at the opening of courses at the
Leiden . Bolkestein warned that the E.U. will "implode" if it expands too quickly. It was a timely topic.
A few days from now, the E.U. commissioner for expansion, Günter Verheugen of Germany, will issue a report on whether to open negotiations with
Turkey on E.U. membership. It is expected to be positive. The full commission must vote on the report in December, after which a decade of talks is envisioned. But since the Verheugen report is likely to be positive, and since the commission is expected to rubber-stamp the report's recommendations, and since no candidate state that has begun E.U. accession negotiations has ever been rejected, the process has the look of a fait accompli. Thanks to . . . what? . . . Günter Verheugen's mood, the peoples of
Europe are about to see their fate yoked irrevocably to that of the Islamic world.
The Grand Mosque of Stockholm has featured a continuous stream of vicious hate. As usual the hate is for the individual rights, and minority canary in the mine for this world, the jewish people. There are 16,000 jews in Sweden.
Swedish Chancellor of Justice: Muslim calls for “Death to Jews” are just part of the debate on the Middle East
Earlier this year Swedish Chancellor of Justice Mr Göran Lambertz decided to discontinue his department’s pre-trial investigation into the Grand Mosque of Stockholm, where audio cassettes with highly inflammatory anti-Semitic content were being sold. After Swedish radio programme Dagens Eko unveiled the contents of the cassettes in November 2005, a charge of racial incitement was filed with the police against the Stockholm mosque.
The Swedish Chancellor of Justice responded by closing the pre-trial investigation on the grounds that “the lecture did admittedly feature statements that are highly degrading to Jews (among other things, they are consistently referred to as the brothers of apes and pigs)” but pointing out that such statements “should be judged differently – and therefore be regarded as permissible – because they were used by one side in an ongoing and far-reaching conflict where calls to arms and insults are part of the everyday climate in the rhetoric that surrounds this conflict”.
So as long as it's the jews, incitement to murder is hunky dory.
I guess I've owned my last Volvo, or Saab. BUt there is certainly some math to do here
These Hadiths have been around for 1200 years before there was any Israel.
So, in the 'words' of George Wallace, it seems as if the Swedish Minister of Justice has decided to never be out-kiked again.
I hope the Vaasa sinks right in the museum.
This world is in real trouble again
When FE learned that a mosque was to be built with taxpayers’ money, a citizens’ action was initiated to warn the residents of Tournon that they were being duped into violating the law of 1905 (separation of church and state). A reporter named Ludovic Blecher, in two separate articles in Liberation, condemned both FE and Occidentalis as being fascist, Nazi and Islamophobic. The administrator of Occidentalis, Denis Greslin responds to his accusations.
“Ludovic Blecher writes for Liberation. I cannot call him a journalist for that would dishonor a profession which, despite its share of sell-outs, cowards, propagandists and mediocrities, has also produced numerous martyrs and great professionals.
We often hear the war against the Enemy described as asymmetrical warfare. By this we usually mean that jihadists do not have the capability to fight what we consider a conventional battle. But there is another way of looking at symmetry. The jihadists fight us on several fronts:
Nation-States: Iran is the chief example of a state enemy. There are others. Still more are potential Enemy states. Many are only a coup or an assassination away from falling into the Enemy.
Non-state actors: Al-Qaeda is the most famous but there are many others all around the globe. You know who they are, from the Philippines to London, from Sweden to South Africa. Some like Hamas are in the process of taking over something that is Not-Quite-a-State. Thus one Enemy front becomes another.
The Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation was founded in 1974 by Parliamentarians from the, then, nine countries of the European Community. Its main objectives are the promotion of peace in the Middle East as laid down in the United Nations resolutions and the strengthening of political, economic and cultural co-operation between
Europe and the Arab world.
In this context, the Association informs its members and co-ordinates their actions for better relations between Europe and the Middle East, organises regular meetings with the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union visits to the Middle East and to Arab countries in general, receives delegations, and is in contact with European governments, the Presidency of the European Council of Ministers and the Commission of the European Communities. It has observer status at the Inter-Parliamentary Union and at the United Nations Economic and Social Committee.
As President of MEDEA Institute for the last 4 years, it is with conviction, but also with certain realism that I address you this message. With conviction because over these last few years, a web of trust, mutual respect, and collaboration was woven with many key actors and intellectuals from the
Mediterranean and Arab region. With realism because the recent events and declarations do not augur well for the future of relations between Europe and the Arab and
Mediterranean region. The European Union identified one of its main challenges in foreign policy as strengthening cooperation with its neighbours, and more specifically with those of the South and the Arab-Muslim world. In this overall framework, MEDEA Institute’s role appears clear. While closely following the process prompted in Barcelona in 1995, which is constantly evolving, our purpose is to develop in Brussels and in the
Mediterranean , an environment of knowledge and understanding of the realities, ideas and culture of our southern neighbours.
Ähnliche Vorbehalte gegen ihre Staatsführung hegen auch viele Imame in Ägypten und in der Türkei. Doch wenig davon war in ihren Predigten zu hören. In beiden Ländern stehen die Moscheen unter der Kuratel des Sicherheitsapparats. In Ägypten geht das so weit, dass der Großscheich der Azhar-Universität, der traditionell höchsten Autorität sunnitischer Gelehrsamkeit, direkt vom Staatspräsidenten ernannt wird und folglich als dessen Sprachrohr gilt.
Entsprechend beschaulich fiel am Vorabend des Prophetengeburtstags die Predigt an der Azhar aus. Der Redner, Scheich Id Abd al-Hamid Jussuf, pries Mohammed als den vollkommensten aller Propheten: "Es wird uns nie gelingen, seiner Erinnerung gerecht zu werden."
Damit der Funke nicht vom Religiösen aufs Politische überspringt, stehen in Kairo bei jeder Freitagspredigt Hunderte Polizisten in den Straßen um die Azhar-Moschee. Selten haben sich die Gläubigen in den vergangenen Jahren nach dem Gottesdienst zu einem Protestmarsch formiert - und wenn, dann bestand die Demonstration zu einem großen Teil aus Zivilpolizisten. An diesem Freitag ist solche Vorsicht überflüssig: Imam Jussuf warnt vor allzu hitzigem Glaubenseifer: "Der Extremist pflügt keine Erde, er lässt keine Blumen sprießen."
Was bei Freitagspredigten in Moscheen gepredigt wird
Von Daniel Steinvorth und Bernhard Zand
Ist der Kampf der Kulturen entbrannt? Der SPIEGEL dokumentiert Freitagspredigten aus Moscheen in aller Welt. Die Imame lotsen ihre Gläubigen durch den Alltag, preisen die Wonnen des Paradieses, säen Zweifel an den staatlichen Autoritäten - oder predigen Hass auf den Westen.
Am vorigen Montag, dem 12. Rabi al-Awwal 1427, ruhte in den meisten islamischen Ländern der Verkehr, die Beamten hatten Urlaub, die Kinder schulfrei. Am 12. Rabi begehen die Muslime den Geburtstag des Propheten.
Die Ägypter feiern den Prophetengeburtstag, den Maulid al-Nabi, als eine Art islamisches Weihnachtsfest. In den Städten des Nildeltas ziehen Tausende mit Trommeln und Trompeten durch die Straßen, die Mädchen bekommen Puppen, die Jungen kleine Pferde aus Zucker geschenkt. Es ist das größte religiöse Volksfest in Ägypten.
: Welcome to the program.
Today’s guest is Egyptian-born Jewish historian, Bat Ye’or who I interviewed a few weeks ago at her home in Switzerland. Bat Ye’or is a pseudonym meaning ‘Daughter of the Nile’ in Hebrew.
For many years Bat Ye’or has studied and written about the history of the non-Muslim subject, or Dhimmi, peoples such as Jews and Christians, who came under Muslim rule from the7th century to the present day in Spain, the Balkans and the Middle East. She refers to the special mindset of “being grateful for being tolerated” as dhimmitude
She is a fierce opponent of the late Edward Said, who she holds responsible for the way contemporary society has buried the history of this subjection. She calls him ‘the gravedigger of Western culture’, and you thought that role was reserved for some super heavyweight, like Richard Wagner or Adolf Hitler.
Bat Ye’or has just written a new book, ‘Eurabia’, and it’s sure to be one of the most controversial publishing events of 2005. It’s the history of 30 years of pro-Arab policy in Europe, which she says has now reached the point where countries like France, Germany and Sweden have lost control of their population policy, but the politicians can’t admit that there is a crisis.
Do Apr 13, 2006 5:15 MESZ
Berlin (Reuters) - Im Prozess um den so genannten Ehrenmord an der Deutsch-Türkin Hatun Sürücü hat das Berliner Landgericht ihren jüngsten Bruder zu einer hohen Jugendstrafe verurteilt, zwei weitere Brüder aber frei gesprochen.
Die Richter befanden den zur Tatzeit 18-jährigen Ayhan Sürücü am Donnerstag des Mordes für schuldig und verurteilten ihn zu einer Jugendstrafe von neun Jahren und drei Monaten. Er hatte gestanden, im Februar 2005 seine damals 23-jährige Schwester um der Familienehre willen erschossen zu haben. Der Vorsitzende Richter Michael Degreif sprach von einer unfassbaren Dimension: "Die lebenslustige, junge Frau wurde Opfer, weil sie ihr Leben lebte, so wie sie es für richtig hielt - dafür wurde sie erschossen von ihrem Bruder, und das alles mitten unter uns." Anders als die Staatsanwaltschaft hielt das Gericht ein Mordkomplott aller drei Brüder für nicht erwiesen. Ob es eine gemeinsame Planung in der Familie gegeben habe, sei letztlich nicht verlässlich zu klären gewesen. Berlins Innensenator Ehrhart Körting äußerte sich zufrieden über das Urteil und legte der Familie Sürücü nahe, Deutschland zu verlassen.
Bij de geboortedag van haar oprichter, 19 februari, heeft de Lijst Pim Fortuyn een passend cadeau aan haar vermoorde voorman gegeven. Het werd een stevig congres over de islam met prima sprekers.
Ben van de Venn
De congresdeelnemers dienen zich op de tweede dag van de conferentie bij de ingang te verzamelen. Van daaruit gaat het gezelschap om veiligheidsredenen naar een andere locatie om het debat voort te zetten. Veiligheidsoverwegingen speelden het Wetenschappelijk Bureau van de LPF parten bij hun congres over Islamitische opvattingen en de openbare orde van Europa. Een bewijs dat Pim Fortuyns woorden over de problematische kanten van de islam enigszins profetisch waren. De scherpe analyses van met name Amerikaanse kopstukken over de islam zijn in Nederland nog lang niet 'salonfähig'.
De historicus en islamoloog Daniel Pipes, directeur van het Middle East Forum, adviseur van de Amerikaanse overheid en auteur van twaalf boeken, sloeg de spijker op zijn kop. De Europese omgang met het groeiende aantal moslims, is een vergissing, zo niet een ramp. Daarvoor hoeven we maar de uitkomst van een Engels onderzoek uit 2005 aan te halen. Een procent van de Engelse moslims, dus 16.000 personen, blijken bereid te zijn, zelfs te verlangen, naar het gebruik van geweld om het "decadente en immorele Westen" te vernietigen. Zes procent rechtvaardigt de bomaanslagen op Londense metro's en 24 procent sympathiseert met de terroristen.
Geconfronteerd met deze gegevens schrijft menige Europese beleidsmaker dit anti-westers gedrag toe aan de sociale achterstand van moslims. De werkloosheid onder moslims is het hoogst van alle groepen, ze zijn het minst gezond, het meest gehandicapt en hebben de laagste opleiding. Ze hebben nauwelijks eigen huizen voor hun grote gezinnen.
|Foto: Jos van Leeuwen
|Onderzoekster Bat Ye'or wijst op het bestaan van officiële overeenkomsten tussen Europa en de Arabische wereld. In ruil voor olie mag en mocht de Arabische immigratie en de verspreiding van de islamitische cultuur in Europa geen strobreed in de weg gelegd worden.
From the desk of Paul Belien
on Mon, 2006-02-20 19:51 Bat Ye'orYesterday I had the unexpected pleasure of meeting a very special person. If you did not know the tiny, unpretentious and vivacious grey-haired lady whom I had the privilege of sitting next to you would never guess that she is one of the most formidable personalities of our time. When I drove to The Hague I did not know I was going to meet her, but I knew her name – or rather the pseudonym which she generally uses: Bat Ye'or
. It is Hebrew for "daughter of the Nile." She was born in Cairo but her family was expelled from Egypt and stripped of their Egyptian nationality in 1957 because they were Jewish.
The family settled in Britain as stateless refugees. Bat Ye'or became a historian. She raised a family of three children before she began writing. Her first book, published 35 years ago, was a history of the Jews in Egypt. Later she wrote a history of the Egyptian Copts [Orthodox Christians, the true natives of Egypt]. Later still she began to study the situation of non-Muslims under Muslim rule.
Elmar Brok im WZ-Interview.
Kandidaten sollen EU-Werte anwenden.
"Wiener Zeitung":Wie beurteilen Sie die Aufnahmefähigkeit der EU?
Elmar Brok: Die EU muss vor der Aufnahme neuer Mitglieder die Entscheidungsmechanismen verbessern; das ist das A und O und eine Frage der Solidarität. Die heutigen Regeln der Struktur- und Agrarpolitik würden im Falle der Türkei eine Verdopplung des deutschen Nettobeitrages bedeuten – oder kein Geld mehr für Polen und alles für die Türkei. Dafür sehe ich keine Mehrheit. Auch bei der Freizügigkeit für Arbeitnehmer ist die Größe der Türkei ein Problem.
Lässt sich Freizügigkeit nicht mit Übergangsfristen lösen?
Bisher ja. Wenn aber die Türkei in 15 Jahren 100 Millionen Einwohner hat, ist es fraglich, ob man in Anatolien solche wirtschaftlichen Chancen schaffen kann, dass die Leute dann zu Hause bleiben – wie das in bisherigen Erweiterungsrunden passiert ist.
Wo sehen Sie die Grenzen der Europäischen Union?
Religiöse oder regionale Grenzen sind hier kein Thema. Ausschlaggebend sind die gemeinsamen Werte. Wer zum Beispiel die Charta der Grundrechte voll und ganz anwendet, in der Praxis lebt und nicht nur übernimmt, kann der Union angehören. Auf der anderen Seite muss auch die EU aufnahmefähig sein. Wir werden im Laufe des Prozesses sehen, ob die Türkei wirklich überzeugen kann. Ich habe hier meine Zweifel.
Brigitte Gabriel is a courageous woman who grew up in war-torn Lebanon having to crawl through sniper fields to get water for her family. Eventually, she fled the wars in Lebanon to become a news anchor on an Arabic news show in the Middle East. She has founded the American Congress for Truth in order to combat the spread of radical Islam.
From her essay in the American Thinker:
Universities, for those of us who lecture on campuses, are the battleground for the heart and soul of the next generation of leaders. They are the battleground where we must fight to win back the opinions and allegiance of American college students. This is made harder when Islamists in both the college and local communities try to intimidate us and deny our free speech on campuses in some of the least likely places.
We have grown to expect these things on the major East and West Coast cities “elite” university campuses that harbor radical professors and anarchist student and radical Muslim community activities. But not in the heartland where I spoke last week at the University of Memphis. What was shocking was that it occurred in the South, in “Bubbaland” as my friends from the region call it.
I was invited to give a lecture sponsored by Professor David Patterson of the Judaic Studies Program. When news about my appearance spread, the Muslim community both on and off campus launched a full-scale campaign to stop my lecture.
In Austria, three muslim fathers, Bosnian and Chechnyin (sp), are demanding that the non-muslim teachers, including the head, be required to wear the hijab. This in a school where three-quarters of the pupils are muslim, and where muslim teachers and pupils are already allowed wear it. But that isn’t enough, apparently.
The fathers maintain the teachers should be grateful that they have so many muslim pupils because otherwise the school would have to close for lack of numbers.
They have also demanded that the pupils not be publicly reprimanded (shame/honour?) and that they not take part in choir performances as this constitutes ‘prostitution’. Also, it is not for any teacher to question their absence from swimming lessons.
The most disgusting aspect of this for me is their refusal to use the polite ‘Sie’ form when addressing the teachers, because as women they don’t ‘deserve’ it.
Christenen islamieten zouden respectievelijk op de bijbel of de koran moeten zweren dat zij de Grondwet hoger plaatsen dan Gods woord. Anders kunnen zij geen Nederlander worden, stelt Ewald Vervaet voor.
De spanningen tussen de democratische rechtsstaat en aanhangers van een orthodoxe religie nemen toe. Helaas voor de gematigde moslims zijn daarbij vaak radicale geloofsgenoten betrokken. Met woorden: ‘De islam en de democratie, het zijn dermate verschillende systemen dat hevige strijd onvermijdelijk is’, zei de voorzitter van Hizb ut-Tahrir (HUT) onlangs in de Volkskrant. Maar ook in daden: steeds meer moslim-jongeren trekken ter Heilige Oorlog.
I used to wonder why the Jews of Europe, particularly German Jews, didn’t flee the Holocaust that would destroy six million of them by the end of World War II.
Some did, of course, but many simply could not conceive that their fellow countrymen would conspire to kill them.
In a similar fashion, many Americans still want to believe that Islamists, the extreme Muslims characterized by the Taliban and al Qaeda, are just a minority of greater Islam. The wish that
, once isolated and destroyed, we will be embraced by those to whom we have brought freedom and democracy, ignores the long history of Islam’s quest for world domination
Recent history bears witness to the fact that Arab Muslims kill each other and anyone else with impunity to insure Jihad succeeds. Why would we ever think they would not want to continue to kill us as well?
Bruce Clark’s exploration of a conflicted history raises profound questions of politics and national identity.
Twice A Stranger: Greece, Turkey and the Minorities They Expelled, by Bruce Clark (Granta Books, 300 pp., £20)
When empires break up, they leave a terrible mess behind. Ordinary people then become the victims of the ambitious and unscrupulous successors of the former imperial rulers, who themselves often proved less than tender-hearted about the fate of those ordinary people. Distilling centuries of experience in this regard, the Romanian peasants had a characteristically pithy proverb: A change of rulers is the joy of fools.
The dissolution of the Ottoman Empire was highly productive of horrors, for reasons hard to summarize succinctly. It has taken me many years to appreciate what my history masters at school tried to make me understand about something they called the Eastern Question. I always wondered why it was not possible to put that question simply, for example in the form “What is the capital of Bulgaria?” and to answer accordingly, with a fact. Now at long last I have begun to see, albeit as through a glass darkly.
The Ottoman Empire’s long and tortuous decline, caused by intellectual and technical stagnation relative to European dynamism, resulted in the slow attrition of its European territories. In order to arrest the empire’s obvious decline, the Ottoman Turks could adopt one of three strategies: pan-Islamism (the Sultan, after all, was Caliph as well), Turanianism (pan-Turkism), or what was in effect Anatolian Turkish nationalism. The tide of the times seemed to suggest that the third strategy was the solution, since the Young Turks, above all, believed that it had been the force of ethnically-exclusive nationalism that had allowed the Serbs, the Bulgarians, the Rumanians, the Greeks (and even, eventually, the Albanians, who were predominantly fellow-Muslims) to break away from the empire and form supposedly modern states of their own between 1821 and 1912. Moreover, the era’s great European powers appeared, no doubt deceptively, to owe their greatness to national homogeneity. It was time for Turkey to follow suit.
Slavoj Zizek The New York Times
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2006 LONDON
For centuries, we have been told that without religion we are no more than egotistic animals fighting for our share, our only morality that of a pack of wolves; only religion, it is said, can elevate us to a higher spiritual level. Today, when religion is emerging as the wellspring of murderous violence around the world, assurances that Christian or Muslim or Hindu fundamentalists are only abusing and perverting the noble spiritual messages of their creeds ring increasingly hollow. What about restoring the dignity of atheism, one of Europe's greatest legacies and perhaps our only chance for peace?
More than a century ago, in "The Brothers Karamazov" and other works, Dostoyevsky warned against the dangers of godless moral nihilism, arguing in essence that if God doesn't exist, then everything is permitted. The French philosopher André Glucksmann even applied Dostoyevsky's critique of godless nihilism to 9/11, as the title of his book, "Dostoyevsky in Manhattan," suggests.
This argument couldn't have been more wrong: The lesson of today's terrorism is that if God exists, then everything, including blowing up thousands of innocent bystanders, is permitted - at least to those who claim to act directly on behalf of God, since, clearly, a direct link to God justifies the violation of any merely human constraints and considerations. In short, fundamentalists have become no different than the "godless" Stalinist Communists, to whom everything was permitted, since they perceived themselves as direct instruments of their divinity, the Historical Necessity of Progress Toward Communism.
Fundamentalists do what they perceive as good deeds in order to fulfill God's will and to earn salvation; atheists do them simply because it is the right thing to do. Is this also not our most elementary experience of morality? When I do a good deed, I do so not with an eye toward gaining God's favor; I do it because if I did not, I could not look at myself in the mirror. A moral deed is by definition its own reward. David Hume made this point poignantly when he wrote that the only way to show true respect for God is to act morally while ignoring God's existence.
Two years ago, Europeans were debating whether the preamble of the European Constitution should mention Christianity. As usual, a compromise was worked out, a reference in general terms to the "religious inheritance" of Europe. But where was modern Europe's most precious legacy, that of atheism? What makes modern Europe unique is that it is the first and only civilization in which atheism is a fully legitimate option, not an obstacle to any public post.
Atheism is a European legacy worth fighting for, not least because it creates a safe public space for believers. Consider the debate that raged in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, my home country, as the constitutional controversy simmered: should Muslims (mostly immigrant workers from the old Yugoslav republics) be allowed to build a mosque? While conservatives opposed the mosque for cultural, political and even architectural reasons, the liberal weekly journal Mladina was consistently outspoken in its support for the mosque, in keeping with its concern for the rights of those from other former Yugoslav republics.
Not surprisingly, given its liberal attitudes, Mladina was also one of the few Slovenian publications to reprint the caricatures of Muhammad. And, conversely, those who displayed the greatest "understanding" for the violent Muslim protests those cartoons caused were also the ones who regularly expressed their concern for the fate of Christianity in Europe.
These weird alliances confront Europe's Muslims with a difficult choice: The only political force that does not reduce them to second-class citizens and allows them the space to express their religious identity are the "godless" atheist liberals, while those closest to their religious social practice, their Christian mirror-image, are their greatest political enemies.
The paradox is that Muslims' only real allies are not those who first published the caricatures for shock value, but those who in support of the ideal of freedom of expression, reprinted them.
While a true atheist has no need to bolster his own stance by provoking believers with blasphemy, he also refuses to reduce the problem of the Muhammad caricatures to one of respect for other's beliefs. Respect for other's beliefs as the highest value can mean only one of two things: Either we treat the other in a patronizing way and avoid hurting him in order not to ruin his illusions, or we adopt the relativist stance of multiple "regimes of truth," disqualifying as violent imposition any clear insistence on truth.
What about submitting Islam - together with all other religions - to a respectful, but for that reason no less ruthless, critical analysis? This, and only this, is the way to show a true respect for Muslims: to treat them as adults responsible for their beliefs.
Slavoj Zizek, the international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, is the author, most recently, of "The Parallax View."
A Review by Brendan Bernhard
In The Force of Reason, the controversial Italian journalist and novelist Oriana Fallaci illuminates one of the central enigmas of our time. How did Europe become home to an estimated 20 million Muslims in a mere three decades?
How did Islam go from being a virtual non-factor to a religion that threatens the preeminence of Christianity on the Continent? How could the most popular name for a baby boy in Brussels possibly be Mohammed? Can it really be true that Muslims plan to build a mosque in London that will hold 40,000 people? That Dutch cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam are close to having Muslim majorities? How was Europe, which was saved by the U.S. in world wars I and II, and whose Muslim Bosnians were rescued by the U.S. as recently as 1999, transformed into a place in which, as Fallaci puts it, "if I hate Americans I go to Heaven and if I hate Muslims I go to Hell?"
In attempting to answer these questions, the author, who is stricken with cancer and has been hounded by death threats and charges of "Islamophobia" (she is due to go on trial in France this June), has combined history with episodes of riveting firsthand reportage into a form that reads like a real-life conspiracy thriller.
If The Force of Reason sells a lot of copies, which it almost certainly will (800,000 were sold in Italy alone, and the book is in the top 100 on Amazon), it will be not only because of the heat generated by her topic, but also because Fallaci speaks for the ordinary reader. There is no one she despises more than the intellectual "cicadas," as she calls them — "You see them every day on television; you read them every day in the newspapers" — who deny they are in the midst of a cultural, political and existential war with Islam, of which terrorism is the flashiest, but ultimately least important component. Nonetheless, to give the reader a taste of what Muslim conquest can be like, in her first chapter, Fallaci provides a brief tour of the religion's bloodiest imperial episodes and later does an amusing job of debunking some of its more exaggerated claims to cultural and scientific greatness.
European Parliament Condemns Danish Cartoons
Via Spanish Eowyn/Blueslord
, check out what the EU Parliament is up to
Regarding the Danish cartoons, MEPs and members of parliament from the 25 EU member states as well as the ten Euromed partner countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey) strongly condemned "any offence against religious values" and urged governments "to ensure respect for religious beliefs (...) and to promote the values of tolerance, freedom and multiculturalism".
Friday, February 17, 2006
There may be no worse affliction for a culture than its flaccid deflation in the face of bullies. When nothing is worth dying for, then life has no joy either. When the goal is to avoid getting killed, joy dies.
Celebrations in America are often based on old traditions, imported from Europe. Louisiana has Mardi Gras, and throughout the rest of the country Christian churches which follow the liturgical calendar closely also have a much quieter festival in the form of Shrove Tuesday, with pancake suppers and celebrations to mark the final day of the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany. At midnight, Ash Wednesday begins the penitential season that will lead to Easter.
Europe threw out the meaning behind the celebrations, but hey, that’s no reason to throw out the party, right? Especially the festivals which allow cultural transgressions with a certain impunity for making fun of important figures. For millennia, these carnivals have served as a vent for mayhem, making the rest of the year, with its daily, dull routines, more endurable.
At Brussels Journal there are two essays on the death and the dearth of Festival in Eurabia. In the first, “Dispatch from the Eurabian Front: The End of Carnival,” Belien describes the sad fear that infects the prospects of future festivals. Last year, after the carnival, those who are most compelled to obliterate joy — the “frothing fundos” as eteraz calls them — complained that the festival had made fun of Muslims:
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Op de site van islamophobia-watch.com staat het in vette letters: Muslim vote tips the balance in Netherlands. Wouter Bos praat nu zelf ook over zijn 'Partij van de Allochtonen'. Hij gaat zelfs zo ver om openlijk te twijfelen aan de competentie van de verse nieuw-Nederlandse raadsleden die met voorkeursstemmen in de verschillende gemeenteraden gekozen zijn. Deze slag om de arm is opmerkelijk, er zijn wel vaker raadsleden op onverkiesbare plaatsen met voorkeurstemmen in de raad terecht gekomen. Wouter heeft het dan ook even over 'een uitloop van de Nederlandse stemmers', om daar gelijk aan toe te voegen dat dat natuurlijk niet zal gebeuren.
Blijkbaar waren de allochtonen welkom om Leefbaar Rotterdam weg te werken, maar moet men nu de stemmen geteld zijn niet meteen denken dat er met de religieuze vingers aan de beleidsknoppen gedraaid mag worden. Deze vrees is opmerkelijk, we zijn toch allemaal exact gelijk bij de PvdA? En de nieuwe islamitische raadsleden zijn toch gewoon overtuigde sociaal-democraten? Die door hun andere culturele achtergrond vooral een verrijking van het duffe, ingeslapen oubollige Nederlandse stadsbestuur zullen zijn? De PvdAleiding gelooft haar eigen verhaal blijkbaar niet meer. En ik geloof er niets van dat Wouters terughoudendheid ten aanzien van de islamitische raadsleden alleen komt omdat hij de Nederlandse 'racisten' niet wil vervreemden van zijn partij, er is meer aan de hand.
Wat dat precies is, heeft natuurlijk breeduit de media gehaald vorige maand(not). Onder bezielende leiding van een aantal professoren, waaronder Paul Cliteur, Paul Scheffer en Hans Jansen werd 'The Pim Fortuyn Memorial Conference on Muslim Attitudes to Europe's Public Order: Rebellion and Acceptance" gehouden. Er werden workshops gegeven met wereldberoemde gastsprekers zoals de befaamde Bat Ye'or, die als een van de weinige wetenschappers het ontstaan van Eurabia heeft gedocumenteerd, en schrijvers als Ibn Warraq en Robert Spencer. Van de laatste is op zijn site een typerend verhaal te vinden over zijn korte verblijf in Nederland.
- Jonathan S. Tobin
The other day while driving to my office, I passed by The Philadelphia Inquirer and viewed a familiar sight: demonstrators protesting the publication of what they saw as an offensive cartoon in the newspaper.
Many groups in this city have taken their turn waving signs in front of the Knight-Ridder bastion on North Broad Street. In the not-so-distant-past, some of those lined up angrily outside of the Inquirer building were members of the Jewish community, venting their disgust at what they believed to be biased coverage of the Middle East, which did Israel a grave disservice.
And at times, prominent on the list of their complaints, were those focused on the Inquirer's editorial cartoonist Tony Auth, who has taken his share of pot-shots at the Jewish state in ways many of us believe has gone over the line between fair comment and utter bias.
But this week, the complainers were local Muslims, voicing their outrage at the Inquirer's decision to reprint - in the context of a news story - one of a series of controversial cartoons about Islam originally published last fall by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
By Kent Olsen, correspondent to Jyllands-Posten
A broad alliance of grass-roots movements have gone to the prosecutors of several states to hinder the dissemination of the Quran. According to the indictment, the Quran is not just a religious and historic book, but also a political book, which is incompatible with the constiution.
At the prosecutor’s office at Gorch-Forck-Wall 15 in Hamburg, an unusual letter was received Monday morning, containing an indictment filed this weekend. The indictment targeted the Quran, charging that the holy book of the Moslems, according to the accuser, is incompatible with the German constitution.
The accuser is “Bundesverband der Bürgerbewegungen (BVB)”,
which concerns itself with, in its own words, “defending basic rights and freedoms” against Islam. The extensive international furore, allegedly caused by the Muhammed cartoons, has made clear the relevancy of the alliance. Its homepage is decorated with a Danish flag with the words “Support Denmark! Defend the Free World” superimposed on it.
The indictment has been filed in several states, including Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bayern and probably more.
Europe's botched civilization, perverted by socialism and lost faith, seems to have lost the will, the passion to sustain itself. If it continues to practice today's multiculturalist leftism, Europe's demographic doom will be sealed. Some harbingers:
In Brussels, Belgium, the most popular name for baby boys is now Mohammad. Sustaining the population of a nation requires that on average each couple gives birth to 2.1 children. The average European couple now has fewer than 1.4 babies, compared to 3.6 babies born to the average Muslim immigrant couple in Europe. Across Western Europe 16 to 20 percent of babies are being born into Muslim families.
In France at least 12 percent of the population is already Muslim, the fruits mostly of immigrants from former French colonies in North Africa. If present birth trends continue, by 2030 a quarter of France's people will be Muslim, more than enough to determine who controls the national parliament and executive. As this columnist recently noted, the nuclear-armed French military is already 15 percent Muslim. Adjacent Switzerland is now 20 percent Muslim.
The German newspaper Deutsche Welle days ago reported that Germany's birth rate in 2005 fell to a level lower than at the end of World War II, to a "historic low," more than fifty percent lower than those of France and Great Britain. But at a meeting this week in Berlin that brought together the interior ministers of six European nations, Germany's leftwing Social Democrats continued to oppose the application of any test or standard that would restrict who could migrate into Germany.
The burgeoning Muslim population within Europe is not evenly spread. It is largely concentrated in and around big cities, whose local politicians feel its pressure acutely and often bend to that pressure. In the Netherlands the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam nearly have Muslim majorities now.
Der holländische Trendforscher Adjiedj Bakas (41) drängt auf eine Veränderung der Einwanderungspolitik. Sonst könne der Kontinent zu Eurabia werden
Die Welt: Haben sich die Niederlande durch den Mord an Theo van Gogh verändert?
Adjiedj Bakas: Ja und nein. Es ist jetzt ein Wandel erkennbar, der schon vor einigen Jahren begonnen hat. Es wird darüber debattiert, wie wir mit den Muslimen im Lande umgehen sollen. Das ist ein positiver Effekt.
Die Welt: Inwiefern positiv?
Bakas: In erster Linie, weil die islamische Gemeinde selber über ihre Rolle in der niederländischen Gesellschaft diskutiert. Bis dahin hat es keine Beiträge in Zeitungen, keine Fernsehdiskussionen von Muslimen gegeben, in welche Richtung sich ihre Religion bewegt. Vor allem junge Muslime artikulieren, daß die den Fundamentalismus hassen und die Demokratie lieben - das ist für unser Land ziemlich einzigartig.
Die Welt: Reicht es aus, wenn die Muslime über ihre Rolle diskutieren oder brauchen die Niederlande eine neue Einwanderungspolitik?
Bakas: Ja, die bisherige Einwanderungspolitik der vergangenen 40 Jahre war schlicht desaströs. Man muß aber differenzieren. Mit den schwarzen, den südamerikanischen und den asiatischen Einwanderern haben wir so gut wie keine Probleme. Die gehen zur Schule heiraten Niederländer und haben Jobs. Schwierigkeiten bereiten die islamischen Immigranten, vor allem die aus Marokko, aber auch die aus der Türkei. Wir haben auch indonesische und surinamsche Muslime im Land. Mit denen haben wir ebenfalls keine Probleme.
From the desk of Paul Belien on Tue, 2006-02-21 23:55
Last Saturday Tim Blair wrote that so far thirteen papers have been closed down after they published the Danish cartoons. At least twelve journalists face charges and seven are in prison. “Most media organisations have taken a stand by boldly running away,” says Blair. “Journalists can spend entire careers mouthing off about their commitment to free speech without ever having the chance to properly demonstrate it. I once had a theory that the lack of repression in modern democracies drove journalists to invent McCarthyesque threats, so much did they crave an opportunity to stare down those who would silence them. Their ideal imagined foes (I’m guessing): brutish religious fundamentalists opposed to progressive notions on women’s rights, homosexuality, art, and education. Problem is, those imagined foes were always named Falwell or Robertson or Nile (or John Paul II). Faced with fundamentalist religious demands from people bearing less familiar titles, however, the media froze. Missed your chance, journalists!”
Since Saturday the figures need updating. Yesterday a Saudi newspaper was banned after printing some of the cartoons. Some socialist governments in the West are no better than their islamist counterparts. Sweden has already closed two websites for publishing the cartoons, and the Finnish government closed one, and quickly apologized to Muslims worldwide for the drawings.
Written by Sandra Carney
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Like a mellowing parent, America in the 21st century needs to plan for the best possible future for its children and grandchildren. Common to human nature, as our years advance, we begin to search out our roots and pass on hereditary information to our descendants. In this great melting pot of a nation, there are few of us who don’t have links to Europe and we look back at the “old country” with the greatest of affection.
But do we want as an ally an aging Europe, with mounting debt and a population that is declining to grow by the tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, with angry Muslim immigrants from North Africa and Middle East countries?
Historically, up to the beginning of last century, elderly people aged 65 years or older made up approximately 2% to 3% of the population.
In 1980 the median age for Europeans was 32 years. For U.S. citizens, it was 30 years.
By 2050, the median age projection for the European Union is 52 years. For U.S. citizens, it is 39 years.
So between 1980 and 2050, Europeans have aged 20 years, but U.S. citizens have aged 9 years.
There are two primary reasons for this age span between the average European and American. A declining birth rate in Europe has become trendy, which is coupled with rising longevity. Though Americans are also enjoying longevity, our birth rate is at about replacement level.
This forecast is dire for the continent of Europe and may bring several economic and geopolitical difficulties.
The disadvantages include slower economic growth and a higher cost per person to subsidize the public debt and provide public service such as national defense. Combine this with the funding of pensions and healthcare for the elderly and a gloomy picture rears it’s head for the future of Europe’s economic state.
Written by Sandra Carney
Sunday, March 19, 2006
The question is: Do we really want our children and grandchildren depending on a European continent that will come to be known as Eurabia?
The United Nations’ calculations on the size of immigrants needed in Western Europe to stabilize the work force leave little room for optimism.
If the ageing problem is to be solved and the old age dependency ratio kept constant through immigration alone, then over 700 million people will have to have begun immigrating into the 15 richest European Union countries in 2000 and continue at a constant rate for the next two generations.
Only with this level of immigration will there be 100 people of working age for every 24 retirees, as there are today.
If this can be achieved by the year 2050, the population of the EU will be 1.2 billion--of which 920 million (about 75% of the populace) will be immigrants and their descendants.
The dimensions of such an immigration requirement are not very realistic.
Not to be daunted, however, the United Nations has made another more modest calculation.
In order to keep the size of the population, aged 15 to 64 constant, at the level it was between 1994 to 2000, (250 million), 80 million people would have to migrate to Europe over the next two generations.
If this can be achieved, by the year 2050, the total population should rise to 420 million, of which immigrants and their descendants will be 110 million, or 29%. With this level of immigration there will be 42 retirees per 100 people of working age.
Of course, this is worse than the required 56 retirees per 100 workers, but better than today’s 25 retirees per 100 workers.
Door Bat Yeor
11 September..2001 wereldwijd voor miljoenen een dag van verdriet, pijn, en diepgaande droefheid; een dag van plechtig solidariteit, zelfoffer, en gebed. Voor anderen was het een dag van zich het verheugen, revengeful exultation, een langverwachte triumphalism geboren van de dood en het lijden van duizenden onschuldige slachtoffers. Zij zeiden: Dat zal ze leren! Amerika verdient het en moet spien hebben! En velen vroegen maliciously: Hebt schaadt u geen remorse want uw? Waarom vraagt u zich geen waarom u gehaat bent? Als wij u haten, kan het slechts uw eigen fout zijn. Te voorschijn komend uit de ruïne en de nood die zij hadden verdragen, vroegen Amerikanen zich: Wat wij hebben gedaan? Wij zijn vilely aangevallen, nog worden wij beschuldigd. Waarom haten zij ons? En dat de strik. Want iniquity zij overspoelt die haten, die het - en niet gehaate slachtoffer doden. Het is zij die haten wie ziek zijn: zieken van afgunst; zieken van de frustratie om er niet in geslaagd te zijn om een absolute, pathologische overheersing te bereiken; zieken van een schizophrenic verlangen voor macht. Om deze maatschappijen te helen moet het kwaad eerst diagnostiseren en het niet maskeren onder de verontschuldiging van "armoede" en "onderontwikkeling." Het terrorisme is geen gevolg van armoede.
Eurabia represents a geo-political reality envisaged in 1973 through a system of informal alliances between . . . the European Union (EU) [and] the Mediterranean Arab countries. [. . . . ] This system was synchronized under the roof of an association called the Euro-Arab Dialogue (EAD) created in July 1974 in Paris. A working body composed of committees and always presided jointly by a European and an Arab delegate planned the agendas, and organized and monitored the application of the decisions.
The field of Euro-Arab collaboration covered every domain: from economy and policy to immigration. In foreign policy, it backed anti-Americanism, anti-Zionism and Israel's delegitimization; the promotion of the PLO and Arafat; a Euro-Arab associative diplomacy in international forums; and NGO collaboration. In domestic policy, the EAD established a close cooperation between the Arab and European media television, radio, journalists, publishing houses, academia, cultural centers, school textbooks, student and youth associations, tourism. Church interfaith dialogues were determinant in the development of this policy. Eurabia is therefore this strong Euro-Arab network of associations -- a comprehensive symbiosis with cooperation and partnership on policy, economy, demography and culture.
By Jamie Glazov
Frontpage Interview's guest today is Bat Ye'or, the world's foremost authority on dhimmitude.
Her latest study is Islam and Dhimmitude. Where Civilizations Collide. Her forthcoming book, Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis, will be published in January 2005.
FP: Bat Ye'or, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Bat Ye'or: Thanks for inviting me to your prestigious magazine.
FP: First things first, can you explain the term "Eurabia" to our readers?
Bat Ye'or: Eurabia represents a geo-political reality envisaged in 1973 through a system of informal alliances between, on the one hand, the nine countries of the European Community (EC)which, enlarged, became the European Union (EU) in 1992 and on the other hand, the Mediterranean Arab countries. The alliances and agreements were elaborated at the top political level of each EC country with the representative of the European Commission, and their Arab homologues with the Arab League's delegate. This system was synchronised under the roof of an association called the Euro-Arab Dialogue (EAD) created in July 1974 in Paris. A working body composed of committees and always presided jointly by a European and an Arab delegate planned the agendas, and organized and monitored the application of the decisions.
Eurabia en de vijfde colonne
Verreweg de meeste Nederlanders en andere Europeanen hebben, -mede dank zij onze mediacensuur- helaas nog steeds niet in de gaten, welke reusachtige geopolitieke ommezwaai de Europese landen in het najaar van 1973 hebben gemaakt. Op 6 oktober 1973 werd Israël, dat Yom Kippoer vierde, onverhoeds aangevallen door Egypte en Syrië. Toen president Nixon enkele weken later militaire steun aan Israël toezegde kondigden Libye, Abu Dhabi en Saoedi-Arabië een olieboycot af tegen de VS en Nederland.
De andere olie exporterende Arabische landen volgden spoedig en dreigen het olieaanbod aan de Europese landen duurzaam te beperken. De economische gevolgen voor de wereldeconomie waren ernstig maar tijdelijk, maar de internationale politieke gevolgen zijn dramatisch.
Het begin van de Europees-Arabische "samenwerking"
In de loop van november/ december van dat jaar wordt een pact gesloten tussen de E.E.G. -de voorloper van de politieke EU, die destijds alleen een economische gemeenschap was- en de Arabische Liga, waarin o.a. Arabische invloed op politiek, onderwijs en cultuur besloten ligt in ruil voor "oliegaranties". Max van der Stoel zit in die tijd namens Nederland in de E.E.G.
Een citaat uit een voordracht van de Egyptisch-Joodse historica Bat Ye’or in juni 2004 in de Franse Senaat te Parijs.
“De samenwerking wordt in 1974 in Parijs bestendigd met de oprichting van de Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation. Aan dit lichaam werd het beheer van alle aspecten van Euro-Arabische relaties –financiele, politieke, economische, culturele en die welke betrekking hadden op immigratie, toevertrouwd. Deze organisatie functioneerde onder auspiciën van de Europese regeringsleiders en hun ministers van buitenlandse zaken, in nauwe samenwerking met hun Arabische tegenspelers en met de vertegenwoordigers van de Europese Commissie en de Arabische Liga.
The Euro-Arab Dialogue
The Birth of Eurabia
Bat Ye’or *
In 2001 a wave of Judeophobia swept violently over Europe; it coincided with the intensification of the al-Aqsa intifada from September 30, 2000. This simultaneity was not fortuitous. In Europe, governments, some of the Churches, and most of the media in fact approved of the 2nd intifada, using fine moral terms for what was a strategy of terror by the Palestinian leadership. The justification and negligence displayed toward these criminal aggressions amounted to an encouragement. The elimination of terrorist leaders was described as 'assassination' and the Hamas and other terrorists became 'fighters for freedom' and 'activists'. While Hamas was translated as a 'Resistance' movement, Israel was accused of 'state terrorism'. Especially in France this condemnation sanctioned the criminal acts committed mainly by immigrants of Arab-Muslim origin, against individuals and Jewish community