It's apparent that the Muslim Brotherhood has been effective at thwarting our counterterrorism efforts against it by projecting a false image of moderation and political accommodation. And whether out of sheer ignorance, debilitating naivete, or merciless corruption government bureaucrats won't designate the group as a terrorist organization. MB leaders should be commended for being effective deceivers and tenacious, long-range thinkers. They play government officials like ouds.
I've been on a quest to uncover as much about the early years of the Muslim Brotherhood as can be found in English. Perhaps a little more straight history, and a little less political theory is what's required to jog our memories and clear our eyes of the smoke of wishful thinking surrounding this the first radical Islamist organization.
The Brotherhood Project has links to a several New York Times' pieces in the archive, today it's the London Times. The British occupied the Suez Canal region for decades, and by the 1930s the Egyptians were increasingly annoyed by them. The Muslim Brotherhood emerges in the British press at this time. The first record of the group I can find comes from the mid-1940s when Brotherhood leader Hassan al-Banna turned his aspirations for nationwide governance into action. He was inspired in part by several different events: World War II, British support for Jewish settlers in Palestine, and the corrupt Egyptian government's secularization campaign. By the mid-1940s, al-Banna was calling for more forceful measures against the British the Egyptian government.
dinsdag 31 oktober 2006 08:57
Een rapport van de Europese Commissie dat volgende week verschijnt, oordeelt hard over Turkije. Het land doet te weinig aan het stimuleren van de vrijheid van meningsuiting en aan het uitbannen van marteling.
Ook wordt de positie van het leger onvoldoende aangepakt, staat in het rapport dat in handen is van FT Deutschland, de Duitse zusterkrant van de Britse Financial Times. Mogelijk is dit rapport de nekslag voor de moeizaam verlopende onderhandelingen tussen de Europese Unie en Turkije over Turkse toetreding.
De druk op Turkije is groot. In december loopt een ultimatum over de kwestie Cyprus af. Als Cypriotische schepen dan nog niet welkom zijn in Turkse havens, dan is de toetreding van Turkije van de baan. Daar komt dit rapport nog bovenop. In Brussel wordt er al serieus rekening mee gehouden dat de onderhandelingen spaak lopen. Vorige week zei Commissievoorzitter Jose Manuel Barroso dat de onderhandelingen in een 'kritieke fase' zijn beland en dat 'de zaken slecht gaan'. Cyprus heeft immers als EU-lidstaat het recht om de toetreding van Turkije tegen te houden met een veto.
De Europese Commissie ergert zich bijvoorbeeld aan de Turkse wet die het strafbaar stelt de Turkse staat te beledigen. Vorige week nog werd een Turkse journalist veroordeeld tot een voorwaardelijke gevangenisstraf voor het schrijven over de Armenen. De Turkse premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan zei dit weekeinde nog dat die wet niet zal verdwijnen. Intussen zien steeds meer Turken de Europese Unie niet zitten. Uit opiniepeilingen in Turkije blijkt dat het percentage van de Turken dat toetreding steunt, is gedaald van 67 procent tot ongeveer eenderde.
|Tuesday, October 31, 2006
This cartoon by Sturt Krygsman was very eye catching.
Sheik Hilali is a man of controversy and contradictions
HE is revered by the Muslim community almost everywhere he goes in Sydney's southwestern suburbs, the nation's Arab heartland.
Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, the 65-year-old spiritual leader of Muslims in Australia, is so popular he is never allowed to pay for a meal when he eats in Muslim restaurants. When others offer to pay for him, they are also politely refused. "He is the Mufti and we are happy to provide for him," says the owner of La Roche, a Lebanese restaurant in Lakemba.
Umberto Eco kritisiert Angst und political correctness in Europa
Gestern veröffentlichte die Welt am Sonntag auf Seite 14 ihrer Printausgabe einen Artikel des italienischen Schriftstellers Umberto Eco zum europäischen Dhimmiverhalten. Es gibt keinen WamS-Link zu dem wichtigen Beitrag (warum wohl?). Gut, dass Kewil sich die Mühe gemacht hat, ihn abzuschreiben.
London, Oct 30 (IANS) A young white man who was run over and killed after a gangland fight may have been the victim of a racial attack by Asian youths.
David Lees, 23, was found dead in a busy street in Greater Manchester early Saturday. Investigators are treating his death as murder.
Police said Lees, who was white, had been among the people involved in a row with a group of Asian youths, just before the incident. Lees was hit by a car, which then drove off, after trouble flared up between a group of white and Asian people.
"The incident has a racial element to it, however I would like to make it clear that the motive is still under investigation," a police spokesman told the Mirror.
"It seems like a disturbance or a low-level disorder has escalated out of all proportion," Superintendent Mark Robinson of Greater Manchester police said.
Police detained two youths Sunday for questioning. Investigators are also closely examining CCTV footages for further leads.
Some first hand witnessreports
On the first two days of Eid in
Cairo , a mob of hundreds of men swept through downtown attacking and sexually assaulting random girls in an animalistic display that must boggle every mind. Apparently, the utter lack of basic decency, respect for women, or the rule of law was not confined to Ramadan alone - in fact, Ramadan was the only thing suppressing the baser instincts of these men. I feel sick at heart, and may never spend time downtown again, as it seems we women are actively in danger there. Will Cairo one day be like Mogadishu, where every woman is raped before she turns 16?
Riot police reinforcements were deployed in Marseille last night after the latest outbreak of urban violence in France left a young woman in a critical condition with life-threatening burns.
President Jacques Chirac expressed his horror at the attack hours after the 26-year-old woman and three others were ambushed by rioting teenagers while travelling on a bus in the southern port city.
The assailants – said by some witnesses to be as young as 15 – forced the vehicle's doors open, spilled flammable liquid inside, and set it alight.
There were similar attacks in major cities across the country at the weekend, just hours after the passing of the anniversary of the rioting and car-burning that brought terror to urban areas last year. Chirac's horror as woman burnt in riot
La violence tourne au drame à Marseille
Monday, October 30, 2006 12:48 PM
BRUSSELS, Belgium-The European Union said Monday that Kosovo's future lies with final status talks led by a U.N. envoy, not the new Serbian constitution approved over the weekend which puts the independence-minded province firmly under Belgrade's rule.
"The issue of the future status of Kosovo is a separate matter" under discussion in negotiations led by U.N. envoy Martti Ahtisaari, said EU spokeswoman Krisztina Nagy. He is expected to make a final status proposal this month.
Nagy said there was a contradiction between those status talks and the new constitution, which refers to Kosovo as an integral part of Serbia.
She also noted that only Serbs voted in the weekend referendum; Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority was left off the voter lists.
Rabat, 30 Oct. (AKI) - Militants with the banned Moroccan Islamist group 'al-Adl al-Ihsan' are increasingly fleeing to Spain to survive an ongoing crackdown by Rabat's authorities, Arab daily 'al-Quds al-Arab' reported on Monday. According to the newspaper, many militants are already part of the 50,000-strong Muslim community living in the south of the country, especially in the Murcia region. The group aims to topple Morocco's monarchy and establish an Islamist state.
Menschenrecht sind universal. Sie lassen sich durch nichts einschränken. Deswegen kann es keine spezielle islamische Interpretation geben. Denn diese Religion ordnet alles der Scharia, der Rechtslehre des Islam, unter und setzt somit die Universalität der Menschenrechte außer Kraft.
Mich interessiert jetzt nicht die außerordentlich spirituelle Theologie des Islam, sein radikaler Monotheismus mit der reinsten Transzendenz: ohne Trinität, ohne Opfertod, ohne Heilige. Das bewundere ich; und es fasziniert mich. Aber genau darum geht es nicht. Sondern es geht um die Juridifizierung der sozialen und politischen Ordnung, um die Scharia.
Dass die Scharia selber historischen Modifikationen unterliegt, ist selbstverständlich. Aber die vier islamischen Rechtsschulen selber bezeichnen diese Ordnung als Scharia, als göttliche Ordnung, von Menschen ausgelegt. Dass die Auslegungen sich verändern, ist eine banale Einsicht. Entscheidend ist die Konstanz der Tradition um wichtige Kernpunkte, eine Tradition die aufrechterhalten wird durch das, was Jan Assmann die Textpflege im kulturellen Gedächtnis nennt. Es geht mir auch nicht um die Scharia insgesamt, sondern um zwei Dinge: 1. den Auftrag, Krieg gegen die Ungläubigen zu führen, bis die ganze Welt unter islamischer Herrschaft steht, dieser Krieg heißt Dschihad, 2. um die Dhimmitude, das ist der französische Begriff für den Status der Nicht-Muslime unter muslimischer Herrschaft.
Prince Turki al-Faisal said: Since America came to Iraq uninvited, it should not leave Iraq uninvited. He also warned that the partition of Iraq would lead to ethnic cleansing and sectarian killing on a massive scale.
|A very revealing article in the Arabic (and not the English) side of the Palestine News Network. (I am doing my own paraphrasiing of the Google auto-translation to make it easier to read):
Qalqiliya - Palestinians are acquiring weapons not only to fight the occupation, but also because of the family disputes and clan clashes that have become more prominent, as well as the use of arms by the warring factions. This is resulting in ordinary Palestinian people acquiring weapons for self-defense in light of the chaos of security problems, the law and the lack of control by the government.
PNN reviews this phenomenon which is entrenched in Palestinian society and diminishes the chances for stability and the rule of law, and replaces it with the law of the jungle.
A group of Muslim scholars composes a noteworthy response to the pope’s Regensburg speech.
By John F. Cullinan
An authoritative ad hoc group of Islam’s most senior clerics and scholars has issued a detailed public response to Pope Benedict XVI’s September 12 Regensburg remarks. This remarkable document, dated October 12, has largely escaped notice, at least in the English-speaking world, apart from references this past week by Sandro Magister, the veteran Vatican-watcher, and David Warren, the estimable Canadian columnist.
It is a pity that this document, published in English on the website of Islamica Magazine, a small American quarterly, has received so little attention so far. For it marks a welcome and promising step toward properly focused inter-religious dialogue, as well as an authoritative refutation of some regrettably common views in the Muslim world on such pressing issues as religiously motivated violence and the denial of religious freedom.
You think you’ve seen French appeasement at its worst. Then they go and do something like this.
Last year’s French riots were triggered by the deaths of two “youths,” who fled a police ID check, broke into an electrical substation to hide, and were electrocuted when they touched something they shouldn’t have.
Last Friday officials and residents of Clichy-sous-Bois, scene of some of the worst rioting, dedicated a monument to these two disenchanted fleeing criminals: Silent march for dead youths in France’s suburbs. (Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.)
Relatives and friends of two French teenagers who were electrocuted as they fled from police a year ago have gathered in Clichy-sous-Bois near Paris. A plaque was unveiled in front of their school, and a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the power sub-station where the teenagers tried to hide.
If this AP report is accurate, as Tony Blair prepares to give his final bows, the British Cabinet is now in the business of recommending methods to postpone being eaten by crocodiles: UK wants to improve image with Muslims. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
LONDON - The British government would like to change the perception in the Muslim world that its foreign policies are hostile as part of reforms aimed at reducing terrorism, according to Cabinet documents obtained by a newspaper and published Sunday.
The Sunday Telegraph said it had obtained Cabinet documents that suggest the government aim for a “significant reduction in the number and intensity of the regional conflicts that fuel terror activity.” In an ideal world, “the Muslim would not perceive (Britain) and its foreign policies as hostile,” the documents said.
The book review that wasn't in today's Boston Globe. Three pages after the Dabashi article in the Ideas section was a book review by Amherst professor Ilan Stavans about two new works on Mohammed. Stavans began by criticizing Pope Benedict's recent statements at Regensburg:
"In a lecture at the University of Regensburg, in Germany, last month, Pope Benedict XVI talked about "jihad" as holy war and about using religion as an excuse for destruction and death. He quoted from a debate in the 14th century between Manuel II Paleologos, emperor of the Byzantine Empire, and a Persian cleric..... The immediate response in the Muslim world was one of outrage. In the end, the pontiff was forced to apologize, and maybe revisit his ideas about Islam."
When a book review begins with a misstatement like this, the bells go off - ding-ding-ding-ding!! Pope Benedict did not apologize for what he said, he expressed regret that the Muslim world reacted with violence. Pope Benedict has widely written and spoken about the nature and history of Islam over the years, and I can say with great assurance that he is not "revisiting his ideas about Islam." Benedict's ideas are well formulated and based on an extensive historical and theological knowledge. Papa Ratzi has more historical knowledge in his pinkie than Stavans has in his entire cuerpo.
October 29th, 2006
People have needs. When your liberal friend tells you that, he imagines that he’s justified the whole panoply of liberal social programs. Stop being selfish and pay up.
But after a century of paying up, you get something like modern Europe. With all basic needs taken care of, the average Euro doesn’t get the point of life. So s/he doesn’t produce any life—children that is. That is the argument of Mark Steyn in his book America Alone. When all your needs are met by the European welfare state then you live life as any adolescent living in a family welfare state. You buy toys and entertainment with your allowance, and you complain while all the important decisions are made for you.
But is Steyn right?
Fortunately, in the remarkable series documentary project, filmmaker Michael Apted has provided us a historical record of just what happens over the long term to a people living under the welfare state. This month, in the weeks before the latest DVD debuts in mid November, you can see the latest episode in this amazing chronicle. The movie 49 Up is playing in selected theaters around the United States.
News from NewIndPress, Gulf Daily News and Associated Press via the Daily Times and the International Herald Tribune reports that a study of prison populations in India has shown that there are disproportionate numbers of Muslims behind bars.
The information comes in a document published today, extracted from a review of an Indian government study of Muslim welfare by the Justice Rajinder Sachar committee. India's population is 84% Hindu, and the remaining population is 13% Muslim and 2.4% Christian. Yet prison statistics show that this ratio is not preserved in India's jails.
There is no breakdown of the nature of the crimes for which Muslims are incarcerated. 102,652 Muslims are in jail, and the majority are not imprisoned for terrorism. 12 states with sizeable Muslim populations were asked to submit figures, but four states - West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh - have not responded. West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have the fewest Muslims in government employment.
As I have long noted, any secular, democratic or republican or semi-democratic government in the Islamic world -- indeed, any government that does not fully implement Sharia -- faces mounting pressure from forces that believe that no non-Sharia government has any legitimacy at all. And that is true even in the country that is most often held up as the model and proof that Islam and democracy can coexist (despite the fact that its secularism was established in an atmosphere of war with Islam): Turkey.
"FEATURE-Islam challenges secularism in Turkey's east," by Paul de Bendern for Reuters:
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Oct 30 (Reuters) - In the heartland of Turkey's southeast, plagued by decades of conflict between separatist Kurdish rebels and the state, a new threat to secularism is emerging -- Islamist groups.
THE Muslim teacher who insisted on wearing a veil in class has been following a fatwa issued personally to her by a Islamic cleric belonging to a hardline sect.
Aishah Azmi found herself in the middle of a national row about integration when she took her school to an employment tribunal after it suspended her for refusing to remove the veil in class.
Tony Blair joined the debate about the wearing of veils — opened by Jack Straw, the Commons leader — and supported the school’s actions.
Azmi, 24, has maintained that her decision to wear the veil was driven entirely by her personal beliefs, rather than the advice or instruction of a third party. But this weekend it emerged that she refused to take the veil off at school after receiving a fatwa, or religious ruling, from Mufti Yusuf Sacha, a Muslim cleric in West Yorkshire.
Topics include France's 2nd intifada, civil war, the slow demise of Europe, and the absence of freedom of speech in Europe. You really need to hear all of the interview; you'll be amazed as to the extent that Belgium authorities have gone to in order to shut down anything other than PC language and news coverage. Anything critical of Islam is shut down.
Did you know that 15% of the French army consists of Muslim soldiers and that this is the reason why the French authorities do not have the army restore law and order in the Muslim suburbs.
They wanted a revolution, and they started it. There were plenty of warnings, but France did not heed them. In Marseille, some youths threw in a Molotov cocktail into a bus after slapping around a woman, dragging the driver out by his tie, and leaving another young woman fighting for her life with over 60% of her body burned. Three other passengers were overcome by the smoke. The youths’ intent is now clearly defined by the police as “a will to kill.”
With buses being burned throughout Paris, 112 cars getting torched (per night!), 14 policemen hurt (per day!) in the last few months, the French government takes swift action, trying to apportion blame and recrimination among its ministers while expressing public indignation.
This is a full blown war, frankly it is a full fledged intifada, and while the French government is scurrying around to find a scapegoat among its members, the public at large and the police are being victimized. But, you may ask, why isn’t the army called in to reinforce the Surete, to stop the revolution? Because, a study published in September 2005 by the Institut Français des Relations Internationales, shows 10% to 20% of the French Army is comprised of Muslims whose loyalty… is… questionable!
What did Keating know about Hilali, and when did he know it?
October 30, 2006
ONE of the most important questions to arise from the controversy surrounding Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali is a simple one: how did he get here and why was he allowed to stay? The answer, it turns out is Paul Keating and the NSW Labor Right. From the moment Sheik Hilali came to the attention of the authorities, the former treasurer and prime minister has been a very powerful friend to a man with some very bizarre ideas. The sheik's remarks on women, reported by this newspaper on Thursday, were not unique. The man held up as the spiritual leader of Australia's 300,000 Muslims has a two-decade history of making outrageous and inflammatory speeches attacking women and Jews and endorsing terrorism and suicide bombing. Twenty years ago Sheik Hilali had to apologise after he was quoted as saying, "the two cheapest things in Australia are the flesh of a woman and the meat of a pig". Chris Hurford, immigration minister in the Hawke Labor government, tried to have the cleric deported in 1986 for these remarks and others. What's more, Australia's intelligence services knew that before he left Egypt for Australia, Sheik Hilali had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an extremist organisation largely influenced by the writings of Sayyid Qutb, whose theological justifications of violence have been heavily borrowed by al-Qa'ida and other modern international Islamic terrorist groups.
by Sergei Markedonov - special to Russia Profile
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Caucasus Conflicts More Than a Clash of Civilizations
The North Caucasus is often automatically associated in people’s minds with Islamic extremism and 2005 was, indeed, a year of renewed violence as a form of political activity in the region. The tragic events of the October attack on Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, signalled for many that the Russian state’s main terrorist opponents are no longer secular ethno-nationalists, fighting for an independent Chechnya, but rather Caucasian Islamic terrorists, fighting the international war on terror.
In this sense, the Russian North Caucasus is following a road already taken by countries in the Middle East and North Africa. In these areas, the main proponents of terrorism from the 1960s to the 1980s were secular ethno-nationalists, like Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, who made use of religious values and slogans as just one tool in their struggle. Beginning in the early 1980s, however, proponents of “true Islam,” like the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic Jihad, began playing an increasingly dominant role. The North Caucasus is now experiencing a similar evolution, as the second half of the 1990s saw ethno-nationalism begin to give way to the slogans of “pure Islam.”
Die Integrationsministerin Maria Böhmer hält die Zahlen für „erschreckend, geradezu alarmierend“. Und Recht hat sie. Ein gutes Drittel junger Türken sieht nichts Schlimmes am Ehrenmord.
Berlin - Bis zu 30 Prozent aller türkischen Studenten halten „Ehrenmord“ für eine legitime Reaktion auf eine Verletzung der Familienehre. Schockiert berichtet die türkische Tageszeitung „Hürriyet“, die seit über zwei Jahren eine sehr erfolgreiche Kampagne gegen häusliche Gewalt betreibt, über eine Umfrage des Meinungsforschungsinstituts Metropol. Danach sprechen sich insbesondere in den osttürkischen Universitäten viele Studenten für Ehrenmorde aus.
To avert a bloody showdown, their commanders met in Gaza City and Hebron Friday night but failed to agree on a venue for talks.
Our Middle East and intelligence sources disclose: The failed peace initiative was kicked off by a Saudi invitation to Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal. They tried to prevail on him to accept a deal for Hamas and Fatah to set up a national unity government under the incumbent Hamas premier Ismail Haniyeh and trade the Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit kidnapped by Hamas for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including high-profile convicted terrorists.
In an interview conducted on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and aired on the United Kingdom's Sky News on Oct. 23, a shadowy Taliban commander directly threatened Europe with militant attacks for its role in supporting the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. Though Taliban themselves probably are not able to pull off such an attack outside of South Asia, the threat is serious and shows that the Taliban are thinking on a new level.
During an interview with a British journalist aired Oct. 23, Taliban commander Mullah Mohammed Amin said the Taliban were prepared to continue their fight against foreign forces in Afghanistan and were planning to attack civilians in Europe in retaliation for their counties' participation in the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. Whether it is a legitimate threat or a boast fueled by a recent Taliban resurgence, Amin's remarks are the first indication that the Taliban are changing their thinking from a national to a transnational level. The Taliban have not operated internationally before.
Here is a story about the French Intifada that does not shy away from identifying the rioters as Muslims, or noting the jihadist element of the riots: "Ongoing 'intifada' in France has injured 2,500 police in 2006," from the World Tribune.com:
This might have dropped below the radar, but Al Qaida and its allies are literally battling the Crusaders every day in Europe. And so far, Europe isn't doing so well.
"We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists," said Michel Thoomis, secretary general of the Action Police trade union. "This is not a question of urban violence any more. It is an intifada, with stones and firebombs."
The French Interior Ministry has acknowledged the Muslim uprising. The ministry said more than 2,500 police officers have been injured in 2006. This amounts to at least 14 officers each day.
The battles have been under-reported but alarming to French authorities. Muslim street commanders, who run lucrative drug networks, have organized youngsters in housing projects to ambush police and confront security forces. The response time allows hundreds of Muslims to storm police cars and patrols within minutes.
"You no longer see two or three youths confronting police," Thoomis said. "You see whole tower blocks emptying into the streets to set their comrades free when they are arrested."
France's huge Muslim minority community has come under the influence of agents often influenced and financed by Al Qaida. These agents have recruited Muslim youngsters for urban warfare in which police and government representatives are injured daily.
Not surprisingly, Muslim neighborhoods are becoming autonomous zones, with police and government workers too scared to enter. The police union is demanding the Interior Ministry supply officers with armored cars.
Posted by Robert
C. Darbellay: "Das wahre Problem sind nicht die Minarette"
CVP-Präsident Christophe Darbellay
Wahlkampf in der Schweiz. Die Christlichdemokratische
DhimmiVolkspartei (CVP) macht sich zum Fürsprecher des „Swisslam“. Wie alle Dhimmis gründet auch er seinen Standpunkt auf die üblichen Dummi-Argumente, beruhend auf unbewiesenen Vorurteilen, dumpfen Multikulti-Klischees, mangelnder Differenziertheit, und tumben Pauschalierungen. Deren Vorsitzender, Darbellay meint:
„Die CVP müsse mit eigenständigen und überzeugenden Antworten dort Klartext reden, wo die «echten Probleme» seien.“ Kein echtes Problem sieht Darbellay zum Beispiel in der Frage der Minarette: Das wahre Problem seien nicht die Minarette, sondern radikalisierte und fundamentalistische Gesinnungen, denen auch in der Schweiz «eine kleine Minderheit der Muslime» nacheifere.
An imam's 'death threat' to an Italian MP has not stopped her speaking out on Islam and feminism, writes John Hooper
Britain and Australia are not the only countries where debate is raging over the Islamic veil. In Italy, the issue burst into the news this week after the interior ministry ordered round-the-clock police protection for an MP, believing she had been threatened for expressing her views on the subject.
Daniela Santanche, an MP for the formerly neo-fascist National Alliance, clashed in a TV chat show with the imam of a mosque near Milan. After Ms Santanche insisted that the Qur'an did not call for women to wear a veil, the other guest, Ali Abu Shwaima, angrily replied: "I am an imam and I will not permit those who are ignorant to speak of Islam. You are ignorant of Islam and do not have the right to interpret the Qur'an."
, a Finnish-born, Danish-based political leader of Europe United
(a pan-European federalist political party established in 2005) says in Finnish newspaper Kaleva
(28.10.2006) what the majority of Europeans think: Europe should recognize it has cultural and geographical limits; the EU cannot enlarge forever. According to Paasovaara, Turkey is not part of Europe, and shouldn't be taken into EU. Furthermore, Paasovaara points out, that while the political elite in Turkey drives the accession into EU, Turkish people don't see themselves as Europeans. Although I haven't paid much attention to this new party before, I can wholeheartedly agree at least on this issue. I only wish more influential European politicians would have sense to issue similar statements.
It is already clear, however, that even if Turkey does eventually meet the so-called "political criteria" for membership, an important faction within the EU will continue to oppose its membership for cultural and religious reasons. It remains to be seen, whether this opposition has any effect. The American foreign-policymakers have argued that Turkey should be allowed into the EU for strategic reasons, but I rather agree with Ulrike Guerot, head of EU research at the German Council on Foreign Relations, who said already in 2001 issue of The Economist
that "if you want the EU to be a strong partner, you cannot have Turkey inside the EU, destabilising it”.
zaterdag 28 oktober 2006 11:15
Twee medewerkers van Tweede Kamerlid Geert Wilders (Groep Wilders) zijn vrijdagavond in Den Haag mishandeld door een groep van vijf of zes Marokkaanse mannen.
Marokkanen slaan medewerkers Wilders in elkaar
De twee waren volgens een politiewoordvoerder in de Haagse binnenstad verkiezingsposters van de politicus aan het plakken. De groep, volgens Wilders zelf van Marokkaanse herkomst, viel de medewerkers lastig en wist ze na een achtervolging op het Carnegieplein te belagen. Beide medewerkers kregen klappen.
De politie meldt dat de twee gewond zijn, maar dat het 'naar omstandigheden goed met ze gaat'. Er is aangifte gedaan van geweldpleging en de recherche is een onderzoek gestart om de identiteit van de mannen te achterhalen.
Geert Wilders heeft verontwaardigd gereageerd op het voorval. Hij noemde het onbegrijpelijk dat niemand aanvankelijk meedeelde dat het om Marokkanen ging. Volgens de politicus zit een posterplakker thuis met een dikke knie, en heeft de ander een schop in de maag gehad. Ook is hun auto beschadigd.
Burgemeester Wim Deetman van Den Haag vond de geweldpleging 'onaanvaardbaar'. 'Er moet alles op alles worden gezet om de daders te pakken te krijgen, zodat ongestoord verkiezingscampagne gevoerd kan worden,' aldus een woordvoerder.
26. Okt 07:50
|Foto: Propyläen Verlag
Der Historiker Walter Laqueur sieht den Westen vom Islam bedroht und glaubt, dass nur Amerika den Kampf der Kulturen gewinnen kann. Europa sei schon längst ins Verderben geritten worden – von Imamen und Sozialarbeitern.
Von Sabine Pamperrien
Gerade einmal zwei Jahre ist es her, dass Jeremy Rifkin das an sich selbst zweifelnde Europa mit seinem Buch «The European Dream. How Europe’s Vision of the Future is quietly Eclipsing the American Dream» (Der europäische Traum. Die Vision einer leisen Supermacht) überraschte, in dem er den von Strukturproblemen geplagten alten Kontinent zum Vorbild einer neuen Weltordnung erklärte.
Kurztext: Am Mittwoch, dem 08.11.2006, 9:30 Uhr verhandelt der 1. Senat des Verwaltungsgerichtshof Baden-Württemberg (VGH) unter Vorsitz des Präsidenten, Dr. Karl-Heinz Weingärtner, über die Frage, ob die " Milli Görüs" betreffenden Feststellungen des Landesamtes für Verfassungsschutz im Landesverfassungsschutzbericht 2001 der Wahrheit entsprechen. Die Verhandlung findet im Landgericht Ulm, Olgastraße 106, 89073 Ulm, Sitzungssaal 213, 2. OG, statt.
Die Islamische Gemeinschaft Milli Görüs e.V. (Klägerin), eine Vereinigung von Muslimen hauptsächlich aus der Türkei, wendet sich in diesem Berufungsverfahren gegen verschiedene Aussagen des Landesamtes für Verfassungsschutz im Verfassungsbericht 2001. Die Klägerin wird vom Landesamt für Verfassungsschutz beobachtet. Im Verfassungsschutzbericht 2001 werden ihr im Kapitel „Sicherheitsgefährdende Bestrebungen von Ausländern“ unter der Rubrik „Islamismus“ politische Ziele und Gewaltbereitschaft unterstellt und Äußerungen von Rednern sowie Sprechchöre der Zuschauer bei verschiedenen Veranstaltungen der Klägerin wiedergegeben. Nach Ansicht der Klägerin handelt es sich dabei um unwahre Tatsachenbehauptungen, durch die sie in ihrem sozialen Geltungsanspruch als religiöse Vereinigung verletzt werde.
by Baron Bodissey
Gothenburg - or Göteborg, as it is known to the Swedes - is an attractive city on the west coast of Sweden on the Kattegat. Up until the 1980s it was relatively ethnically homogeneous, inhabited mainly by “persons of Swedish background”. However, like so many other major Swedish cities, it now hosts a large immigrant population, mostly Muslims.
Earlier this month immigrant youths in Gothenburg staged “Ramadan riots
“, a celebration of vandalism and violence which has become an annual ritual in some of the larger cities of Western Europe. The “youths” get to burn cars, break windows, and loot, and the European press, in full PC denial, gets to ignore them.
On a different topic, the October 25th edition of the Swedish newspaper GT posted an article
about the unprecedented number of rapes reported in Gothenburg (for reader XY’s full translation of the article, go here
Last year I read somewhere that 15% of the French army consists of Muslim soldiers and that this is the reason why the French authorities do not have the army restore law and order in the Muslim suburbs. So far, I have not been able to find confirmation of this figure in official statistics. In September 2005, the Institut français des relations internationales (French Institute for International Relations, IFRI) published a report stating that 10 to 20% of the army is of immigrant origin, most of them North African. “Their loyalty is continuously questioned,” Christophe Bertossi of IFRI said.
Other countries (the Netherlands, Austria,...) also worry about radical Muslims in the military.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is, in my opinion, telling the world that Israel will soon set out to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities:
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accused the international community of “doing nothing” over Iran, likening the situation to the appeasement of the 1930s when faced with the rise of Nazism.
“Like the 1930s in Germany, the international community hears voices today calling for the destruction of Israel and does nothing,” he said Friday during a speech at the country’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem.
“For the first time, the leader of a great nation (Iran) declares that its objective is the destruction of the State of Israel, which does not stop this nation from remaining a legitimate partner in the UN,” he added.
Israel was founded on the idea that "Never Again" would the Jews allow themselves to be the victim of genocide.
In the weeks just after 9.11.2001, the American government still did not understand Islam. It had spent the past fifty years not understanding Islam. It had spent the past fifty years thinking of Islam only as a "bulwark against Communism" and attempting to curry favor with such "staunch allies" as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, while taking an indignant stand against its main allies at Suez (when Nasser might have been, and should have been, knocked right down). It constantly pressured Israel after 1967 to give up the Sinai for worthless guarantees. Later, in the post-1967 world, with all that Kissinger "shuttle diplomacy" and then the Rogers Plan, and then a dozen other plans and schemes, not a single thing was done about the menace of OPEC. Nothing, or close to nothing, has been done to diminish these monstrous revenues in the one-third of a century since 1973.
Nothing has been done to prevent, or even to study or wonder about or question aloud, the policy of permitting the mass settlement of Muslims within the Western countries, a policy of criminal negligence toward all Infidel peoples by all Infidel governments. This policy has been based on sheer laziness and sheer unwillingness to learn enough about Islam, or to listen to the diminishing number of real scholars -- as opposed to Muslim and non-Muslim apologists carefully infiltrating and rising in the ranks of academic and government "experts" and "advisers" on Islam: John Esposito was consulted by the Clinton Administration; Gilles Kepel and Olivier Roy by the French government; Tariq Ramadan was appointed to all sorts of E.U. commissions and is even now, in his pseudo-academic post at St. Antony's, "advising" the Blair regime that does not know where to put its feet and hands -- but its opponents promise no better.
A Stop-The-Presses Alert from AFP (thanks to Jeffrey Imm): "UN peacekeepers unlikely to disarm Hezbollah: Russia":
MOSCOW - UN peacekeepers deployed in Lebanon are unlikely to be able to disarm the militant group Hezbollah, as required under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Friday, RIA-Novosti reported.
‘Under the UN mandate, one of the main functions of the peacekeepers is to disarm Hezbollah,’ Ivanov was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency. ‘I strongly doubt that the UN will fulfill this task.’
Ivanov said that concern over this aspect of the peacekeepers’ mission was one of the reasons Moscow decided to send a peacekeeping contingent to Lebanon under an accord reached separately with the Lebanese government, instead of under the UN mandate, RIA-Novosti reported.
From the desk of Fjordman on Thu, 2006-10-26 13:36
As a non-religious person, but still one that acknowledges and respects the impact of Judeo-Christian thinking on Western culture, I have warned against naïve Christian compassion related to Muslim immigration, as well as a disturbing tendency among too many Christian organizations to ally themselves with Muslims, for "religious values" and against Israel. But frankly, the most useful allies Muslims have in the West more often than not tend to be found among the non-religious crowd.
A number of executives and star presenters at the British Broadcasting Corporation admitted what critics already knew: The BBC is dominated by Left-leaning liberals who are anti-American and biased against Christianity, but sensitive to the feelings of Muslims. Former BBC business editor Jeff Randall said he complained to a very senior news executive about the BBC's pro-Multicultural stance, but was given the reply: "The BBC is not neutral in Multiculturalism: it believes in it and it promotes it."
WHILE MOST of the world’s attention has naturally focused on the catastrophe of Iraq, the nuclear showdown in North Korea and the electoral nemesis approaching for George W. Bush on November 7, it has also been an interesting week in Europe.
Hungarians marked the brutal suppression of their democracy by Soviet tanks 50 years ago by rioting against their elected Government. In Italy, the Government’s credit rating was reduced to the same level as Botswana’s, and Romano Prodi seemed on the verge of losing a vote of confidence, just six months after sweeping his reviled and derided predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi, from power. The British Home Secretary welcomed Bulgarians and Romanians into the European Union by restricting their ability to seek jobs.
Written by Ruth S. King
Thursday, October 19, 2006 (hat tip Wits0)
Author Rita Kramer once wrote that anti-Semitism is the bedrock culture of Europe, always stirring within the great wars that have shaken the continent. The alarming escalation of anti-Semitism on the continent today would certainly bear this out.
In the aftermath of World War II, anti-Semitism was subdued in most Western nations, whose citizens were appalled by the genocide that killed one third of world Jewry. This was the case even in England which was involved in a confrontation with Jewish fighters determined to liberate Palestine.
The Russians and the satellite communist nations showed no such inhibitions. Jews who survived the Holocaust to return to Hungary and Poland were met with pogroms. Stalin set into motion fake trials, purges, “disappearances,” deportations and executions of Jews, including members of his inner circle and staunch supporters of the Communist party. Only his providential death in 1953 aborted his planned deportation of all Jews to Siberia, a likely death sentence for most. Even so, the oppression of Jews continued. Secret police hounded Jews, restricting their movements, their right to worship and congregate, fining and imprisoning them.
October 26th, 2006
In the vision of certain members of the press, Israel is a colonialist mass murderer, and the word terrorist does not exist without quotation marks surrounding it. Israelis are aggressors. Islamist terrorists, be they Palestinians or Iranian backed Hezb’allah, are victims. These media types come to the Middle East with their narrative firmly in place. It is so because they believe it to be so.
I was an eyewitness to a classic example of this in Jenin, in 2002. Western journalists and United Nation envoys were in an uproar over an alleged Israeli massacre of a thousand Palestinians. There were grisly, supposed eyewitness, accounts of Israeli bulldozers shoveling hundreds of corpses of helpless Palestinian refugees into mass graves. There were stories of Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian children in front of their parents and then throwing their bodies into wells and sewage pits.
Comparisons were made to ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, to Nazi war crimes and the term genocide was spoken with righteous indignation. The truth turned out to be somewhat less Baroque. There was a battle not a massacre.
The intifada continues in France. And this latest round of bus attacks shows that it is spreading to previously unexpected places. "Youths torch buses around Paris," by Cecile Brisson for AP:
PARIS - Youths forced passengers off three buses and set them on fire overnight in suburban Paris, raising tensions Thursday ahead of the first anniversary of the riots that engulfed France's rundown, heavily immigrant neighborhoods.
No injuries were reported, but worried bus drivers refused to enter some suburbs after dark, and the prime minister urged a swift, stern response.
The riots in October 2005 raged through housing projects in suburbs nationwide, springing in part from anger over entrenched discrimination against immigrants and their French-born children, many of them Muslims from former French colonies in Africa. Despite an influx of funds and promises, disenchantment still thrives in those communities.
The Taliban takes a cue from Hizballah, perhaps, in exploiting casualties caused by the use of human shields, a practice banned by the Fourth Geneva Convention (see Article 28). "NATO says Taleban using civilians as shields, as high toll feared," from AFP:
KABUL - The NATO force in Afghanistan Thursday accused the Taleban of using civilians as human shields, as authorities scrambled to verify reports that at least 60 people were killed in military strikes.
The International Security Assistance Force said it could not say how many civilians were killed in a series of operations in the southern province of Kandahar late Tuesday, but was helping Afghan authorities to find out.
Totenschädel empören mehr als Enthauptungen
Wie fühlt es sich wohl an, in einem Land wie Afghanistan einen Job mit permanentem Todesrisiko zu erledigen? Wo Gewalt, Diskriminierung und Mord alltägliche Erscheinungen sind, wo das eigene Leben jeden Augenblick durch hinterhältige Anschläge zu Ende sein kann? Was geht in jemand vor, der nicht weiß, ob der Kaffee, den er grade trinkt oder die Zigarette, die er raucht, die letzen seines Lebens sind?
Im Feindesland stehen Soldaten unter Stress. Und wie verarbeitet man die permanente Begegnung mit dem Tod, der möglicher Weise bald der eigene ist? Doch nicht etwa mit „schwarzem Humor“?
The German author Henryk M. Broder recently told the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant (12 October) that young Europeans who love freedom, better emigrate. Europe as we know it will no longer exist 20 years from now. Whilst sitting on a terrace in Berlin, Broder pointed to the other customers and the passers-by and said melancholically: “We are watching the world of yesterday.”
Europe is turning Muslim. As Broder is sixty years old he is not going to emigrate himself. “I am too old,” he said. However, he urged young people to get out and “move to Australia or New Zealand. That is the only option they have if they want to avoid the plagues that will turn the old continent uninhabitable.”
America does not have the social excuse for the Muslims as we use in Europe and then see the response
Below are the results of a survey conducted by Muslims For A Safe America
at the Islamic Society of North America’s 43rd Annual Convention in Chicago from September 1, 2006 to September 4, 2006.
The results are very disturbing but not unexpected.
I was going to comment on it here but decided instead to repost someone else's comment from the discussion thread following the poll results.
1. Are you a U.S. Citizen? (If no, then don’t fill out survey.)
2. Do you consider yourself to be a Muslim first, an American first, or both equally?
MUSLIM FIRST 214
AMERICAN FIRST 4
BOTH EQUALLY 86
3. Is the American government at war with the religion of Islam?
65-year old Sheikh Taj Din al-Hilaly, the Egyptian-born imam of the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney, is no stranger to controversy. In 1988 he notoriously addressed Muslim students in Sydney University with a speech
about Jews in which he said, amongst other things: "The Jews try to control the world through sex, then sexual perversion, then the promotion of espionage, traitory, and economic hoarding."
As well as his anti-semitism, Hilaly has some strange views on terrorism. He is reputed to have been caught on camera, weeks prior to the 9/11 attacks, extolling Islamic suicide bombers in the Middle East, calling them "heroes', stated Australian Liberal Party MP, Christopher Pyne. The imam has, since 1989, been paid an annual salary of 40,000 Australian dollars ($29,668 US) from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) to be Australia's "mufti".
The latest scandal which the "Mufti" has created involves his suggestions that "immodestly dressed" women who who do not wear Islamic headdresses are to be blamed for being preyed upon by men. The Australian reports that the "Mufti" has compared such women to abandoned "meat" attracting voracious animals.
Via LGF comes this stunning news: Galician blogger charged for supporting Israel
Galician blogger Alejandro de Llano has told in his blog that he has been charged with the great crime of supporting Israel and being against the Palestinian people.
Two years ago, the Galician nationalist Major of Oleiros (in the photo) began a campaign whose slogan was "Stop the beast. Sharon murderer" and "Stop to new Nazis". The Major is known for his love for Castro (was watched over by CIA because of his friendship with Castro) and Palestinians. The campaign also included T-shirts with Anti0US and anti-Sharon for 6 (euros-RD) and it also pictured US flag in a higyenic paper with the legend "USAme", which in Spanish is "USE me". Very respectable.[...]
The blogger's orginal post (in Spanish) can be found here. My translation follows:
"Two years ago the Major of the Corunian municipality of Oleiros, who is also a friend of Fidel Castro, organized a campaign using public money against the democratic State of Israel. In response to those actions, I sent an email expressing my opinion on the matter. Today I've received a summons from the penal court where I'm summoned to depose as the accused for the crime of "being in favor of Israel and against the Palestinian People". What do you think?"
To repeat; this is stunning news. In Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Spain, it may now be a crime to support the State of Israel.
By Olivier Guitta
I just wrote an essay for the Journal of International Security Affairs on Euro-US relations on terrorism, Iraq... The full essay can be found here. Here is an excerpt:
French President Jacques Chirac has put it quite bluntly: “I have one principle regarding foreign policy. I look at what the Americans are doing and I do the opposite. Then I am sure to be right.” On the other hand, Edouard Balladur, a close ally of Chirac and former French Prime Minister, sees things very differently: “Europe has no advantages in systematically opposing the U.S. Our fundamental interests are closely linked.”
These two perspectives—one antagonistic and one Atlanticist—encapsulate the tug-of-war now underway in Europe over cooperation with the United States. Unfortunately, for now, Chirac appears to be the rule and Balladur the exception. But the reality is a good deal more complex. While publicly, anti-Americanism may be not only fashionable but politically advantageous, when it comes to quiet cooperation (on intelligence sharing, counterterrorism, and other issues), Europeans dance to a different tune.
|The current Christian Science Monitor mentions that one third of the Palestinian Arabs and over half of the younger PalArabs want to emigrate to somewhere else.
A growing number of Palestinians are openly saying they'd like to leave the West Bank and Gaza if given the chance, raising concern about the possibility of a Palestinian brain drain. The sentiment, which flouts the long-held Palestinian belief that Israeli occupation can only be resisted by staying put, is yet another indication of the deepening despair since Hamas was elected to run the government.
Birzeit University pollster Nader Said, who has monitored emigration attitudes for 12 years, says the percentage of Palestinians willing to relocate once hovered just below 20 percent. When that figure jumped to 32 percent in a September survey, Mr. Said says he was shocked.
Even more telling, adds Said, is that the percentage surges to 44 percent among Palestinians in their 20s and 30s. Among young men, it surges beyond 50 percent.
The Italian politician Daniela Santanche (pictured) of the right-wing National Alliance recently said on Sky Italia television that the niqab or Muslim veil was "not a religious symbol and it is not required by the Koran" and that it was "not a symbol of freedom".
The news of what ensued is reported by AKI and Agence France Presse via Middle East Times. Santanche was appearing on a show on Friday evening with Ali Abu Shwaima, the imam of the mosque in Segrate, Milan. The imam reacted to Santanche's comments by calling her "ignorant, false, an instigator of hate and an infidel".
Shwaima had said: "It is not true. I will not allow the ignorant to talk about Islam. The veil is an obligation required by God. Those who do not believe that are not Muslims."
We wrote of the horrendous ordeal suffered by Kriss Donald (pictured), a 15-year old schoolboy. He was killed by Muslims, stated a witness in his trial, because he was white. If he had been black or oriental, he would not have been selected for murder, the witness claimed. There have been new and disturbing revelations from the trial. Firstly, it is best to recap on what was reported earlier.
The Start Of The Trial
The trial of three Muslims began on Monday, October 2 in Edinburgh High Court. The three men, Imran Shahid, 29, Mohammed Mushtaq, 27, and Zeeshan Shahid, 29 are charged with "racially aggravated murder". Already, another man was convicted of assault in relation to the same charges. In 2004, Zahid Mohammed was jailed for 5 years. He had been released from jail on license on Wednesday October 4 and has given evidence in this trial.
The accused are said to have been involved in the horrific killing of a 15-year old schoolboy in 2004. Kriss Donald (pictured, above left) was abducted on 16 March, and then stabbed in the lungs, liver and kidney. He was then covered in gasoline and set on fire.
The accused, Imran "Baldy" Shahid, Mohammed "Beck" Mushtaq and Zeeshan "Crazy" Shahid had fled to Pakistan after Kriss' murder, and were arrested there in July last year. They were extradited to Britain on exceptional grounds (Britain and Pakistan have no extradition agreement) in October 2005.
Rede von Markus Söder auf dem Deutschlandtag der JU
PI-Leser Philipp hat auf JUcast (Deutschlands erster Podcast einer politischen Partei) die Rede von CSU-Generalsekretär Markus Söder auf dem Deutschlandtag der Jungen Union in Wiesbaden entdeckt. Die Rede ist 27 Minuten lang und dreht sich größtenteils um die Politik der Großen Koalition, jedoch geht er in der zweiten Hälfte auch äußerst deutlich auf die political correctness, die politische Bedeutung des Kopftuches, die Frage des Türkei Beitritts, deutsche Leitkultur und die muslimischen Reaktionen zu den Äußerungen des Heiligen Vaters ein. Hier eine Zusammenfassung der wichtigsten Punkte aus Söders Rede, die seltsamerweise keine Beachtung in den deutschen Massenmedien gefunden hat.
October 24, 2006
The possibility of Turkish EU accession appears increasingly uncertain. In recent weeks, European leaders have voiced unease over Ankara’s membership bid, citing concerns over Turkey’s infringement on freedom of expression and its embargo on Cypriot ships and planes (AP), the latter a manifestation of a long-standing dispute over division of the Aegean Sea with Greece. Some EU members, including France and Germany, have suggested Turkey seek “privileged partnership” rather than full membership. Olli Rehn, commissioner of EU enlargement, opposed this idea, but warned the Turkish accession process that began in October 2005 has been slowed by Ankara’s failure to repeal Article 301, which gives the government free reign to arrest journalists and activists for disparaging Turkey. In an interview with the BBC, EU President Jose Manuel Barroso said it could take twenty years for Turkey to become a member nation.
by Michael Rubin
Wall Street Journal
October 19, 2006
Five years into the war on terror, inept U.S. diplomacy risks undercutting a key democracy (and ally) that President Bush once called a model for the Muslim world. The future of Turkey as a secular, Western-oriented state is at risk. Just as in Gaza and Lebanon, the threat comes from parties using the rhetoric of democracy to advance distinctly undemocratic agendas. Turkey has overcome past challenges from terrorism and radical Islam; always its system has persevered. But now, as Turkish politicians and officials work to defend the Turkish constitution, U.S. diplomats interfere to dismiss Turkish concerns and downplay the Islamist threat.
A crisis has simmered for months, but earlier this month Ankara erupted. On Oct. 1, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer warned parliament, "The fundamentalist threat has not changed its goal to change the basic characteristics of the state." The next day, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the Oval Office, Gen. Yasar Büyükanit, chief of Turkey's armed forces, warned cadets of growing Islamic fundamentalism and promised "every measure will be taken against it." Usually such warnings are enough to keep those transgressing on the constitutional separation of mosque and state in check.
Italy says slave trade growing
Italy has urged Europe to tackle the growing problem of human slavery and trafficking on a continent-wide basis. Speaking at a two-day seminar in Rome, Italian Equal Opportunities Minister Barbara Pollastrini said, "Human trafficking is a repugnant practice that has become an enormous problem in Europe," reports Ansa news agency. "The battle cannot be fought alone but must instead be conducted at a European level and with other countries around the world."
This may not necessarily be the case, but the Chief can't help but notice the coincidence between this disturbing trend and equally disturbing trend towards Eurabia
Posted by RadioActive Chief
by Baron Bodissey
The noted blogger Fjordman is filing this report via Gates of Vienna.
For a complete Fjordman blogography, see The Fjordman Files.
I had written much of this essay more than a year before I finally decided to post it online. A couple of personal experiences brought me onto the subject of non-white racism. I hesitated to post it, mainly because I instinctively dislike writing about anything related to race. I was brought up that way. Partly, I also convinced myself that I was first and foremost against Islam, and that writing about skin color would only complicate this fight.
However, after thinking about it for some time, I find that none of these arguments hold true. I am tired of ideological censorship. Western nations can never mount a defense against Muslim immigration if this is always dismissed as “racism.” But above all, if you believe that non-white racism exists, it is actually immoral not to deal with the problem and its victims. I am convinced that not just non-white, but also anti-white racism, are real and underestimated phenomena.
October 22, 2006 7:25 AM
BELGRADE, Serbia-Serbia's prime minister expressed confidence in comments published Sunday that Russia and China would block any attempts to grant independence to the U.N.-run province of Kosovo.
Vojislav Kostunica told the Vecernje Novosti daily that Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials "insist on finding a compromise solution and on the respect of the international law."
"Russia's stand is very clear, and China's is not far away," Kostunica said. "Many realize that independence (of Kosovo) would be a bullying solution."
Kosovo, a province in southern Serbia, has been run by the U.N. and policed by NATO peacekeepers since 1999, when NATO launched an aerial bombardment to end Belgrade's crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanian rebels.
As the people of Europe begin to vocally criticize the misogyny and violence in many Islamic communities, European Muslim leaders are predictably beginning to seethe about “intolerance:” European Muslims worry about frank new Islam debate.
PARIS (Reuters) - Britain’s heated debate about Islamic veils reflects a growing frustration with Muslims in Europe that risks further isolating these minorities rather than integrating them, leading European Muslim activists say.
The new tone in Britain, which Muslims on the continent long saw as a model of tolerance where criticising minorities was politically incorrect, marks a watershed in the way Europeans talk about Islam, they told Reuters. Islamist radicalism, ethnic segregation and clashes of values must be discussed openly, they agreed, but the increasingly polarised debate squeezes out moderates on both sides.
Irvine, CA—Britain is embroiled in a fierce debate over British Muslim women who wear a niqab—an opaque veil that covers a woman's entire face. Many British Muslims have expressed outrage that a public schoolteacher was ordered to remove her veil—while many other Britons have defended the school, criticized the wearing of niqabs, and called for the greater assimilation of Muslims into British society.
"Britons are absolutely right to criticize the niqab," said Alex Epstein, junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. "It is a demeaning, barbaric article of clothing that inculcates shame in women, depriving them of individuality and femininity."
"But to criticize niqabs will not go very far in making Britain a more integrated, less balkanized nation. Britons' most powerful tool of assimilation is to understand and proudly and convincingly proclaim Western ideals. They must understand that what made the West great is individualism, reason, the pursuit of happiness—and that this is objectively superior to the tribalism, superstition, and earthly deprivation that many Muslims seek to live out and bring to Europe. Britons must reject the insidious idea of multiculturalism, which holds that all cultures are of equal value. Cultures are not of equal value: prosperity is superior to poverty, happiness is superior to misery, freedom is superior to slavery, and a visible face is superior to a slit revealing two anonymous eyes."
Copyright © 2006 Ayn Rand® Institute
20 oktober 2006
De Hoge Raad heeft de zaak over de beveiligde woning van Ayaan Hirsi Ali terugverwezen naar het gerechtshof in Amsterdam. Het hoogste rechtscollege is van mening dat de rechter opnieuw moet bekijken of de staat een onverantwoord risico heeft genomen door Hirsi Ali in het wooncomplex onder te brengen. De Hoge Raad stelt dat het hof in Den Haag onvoldoende heeft gekeken naar het belang van de staat, die de plicht heeft om bepaalde personen te beschermen.
De Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding (NCTb) is tevreden over de conclusies van de Hoge Raad. De Hoge Raad stelt dat er binnen een democratische samenleving ruimte moet zijn voor bedreigde personen. Volgens de Raad heeft het hof in Den Haag dan ook onvoldoende rekening gehouden met de plicht van de staat om bedreigde personen te beschermen.
It could have been Osama bin Laden himself, for all authorities knew or cared. Keystone Kops Alert from Eurabia, via the Copenhagen Post, with thanks to Fjordman:
A reporter from daily newspaper B.T. dressed in a burka was able to pass through at Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport without being asked to reveal her face to security personnel.
Burkas are an item of Muslim clothing worn by women and exposing only the hands and eyes of their wearers. B.T.'s female reporter was required only to pull down the outfit's veil past her nose when passing through the security checkpoint.
The reporter flew from Copenhagen to London Stansted airport, where she was required to fully reveal her face to security personnel there - both on the incoming and return flights.
Police acknowledged that the woman should have been checked more thoroughly, but said the incident will not lead to any procedural changes for airport security.
Sure. Why should it? How would procedural changes for airport security address the root causes -- American and Zionist imperialism -- anyway?
(Note for the incurably literal-minded: that last paragraph was sarcastic.)
Posted by Robert
DEBKAfile Exclusive: A heavy influx of foreign-based Palestinian, Syrian, Iranian, Lebanese and Hizballah fighters swells Hamas strength for internecine showdown
Senior IDF officers told DEBKAfile that the foreign fighters are slipping into Gaza through large gaps in the Gazan-Egyptian border. Among the arrivals are scores of bomb experts and commando combat instructors. They are coming to augment and upgrade Hamas’ “Rapid Deployment” unit and the Popular Resistance Committees terrorist coalition. Mingled among them are al Qaeda operatives from Sinai.
The influx aims to 1. Assure Hamas of a quick victory over Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority security services. The final Hamas-Fatah confrontation is planned to go ahead in both territories straight after the Eid festival Wednesday, Oct.25 and is expected to expand into a full-blown civil war. 2. Position Hizballah-style ambush squads armed with missiles for waylaying Israeli ground units, in the event a large-scale ground offensive is launched to stem Palestinian attacks and the smuggling of upgraded weaponry through the Gaza Strip tunnels.
Saturday October 21, 2006 1:58 PM
Police in Manchester have been told not to arrest Muslims wanted on warrants at prayer times during the holy month of Ramadan.
An internal email listing prayer times was sent to officers in the metropolitan division asking them not to make planned arrests during those periods for reasons of religious sensitivity, Greater Manchester Police confirmed.
Some officers are said to have been angered by the instruction.
But a police spokesman said confusion arose because the original memo was unclear, and a second email has clarified that there is no blanket ban on arrests, simply a request for sensitivity.
The latter email also stressed the order did not apply to on-the-spot arrests, only the execution of arrest warrants.
Greater Manchester Police describe their metropolitan division as covering "one of the most diverse in the UK with a wide range of ethnic groups". It serves the communities of Moss Side, Hulme, Whalley Range, Rusholme, Fallowfield, Ardwick, Longsight, Gorton and Levenshulme.
Ramadan is due to end next week, with Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the fasting period.
A Greater Manchester Police statement said: "The primary objective of Greater Manchester Police is to fight crime and protect people.
"The month of Ramadan is an important time of the year for members of the Muslim community throughout the world.
"It is important that normal, planned policing activities and operations are maintained, while ensuring that officers are professional and respectful to members of the community while going about their duties."
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Paris - The agency in charge of Paris-region hospitals on Saturday confirmed that the husband of a Muslim woman examined by a male gynaecologist had physically attacked the doctor, but refused to confirm allegations that the assault was motivated by religious extremism.
The AP-HP hospital agency said it had taken legal proceedings against the husband for an incident that occurred on the night of September 8 in the emergency service of an unnamed Paris hospital.
However the agency refused to endorse a statement by the professional association of French gynaecologists and obstetricians, who described the assault as a manifestation of "Muslim fundamentalism."
The statement by the CNGOF professional association mentioned a similar incident that occurred in a Paris-region hospital in 2003.
A French newspaper reports that last year's nationwide (chiefly Muslim) riots -- which spread like wildfire throughout France, laying waste to dozens of public buildings and businesses and 9,000 cars, trucks, and busses -- cost insurers 160,000,000 Euros (more than US$200,ooo,ooo). $200,000,000 for a nation whose GDP is approximately that of California! That's a huge bill to pay. Maybe it's time to think of such riots -- past, present, and future -- as "Hurricane Mohammed."
The interested insurance companies are holding the government responsible, which is a natural and necessary direction in which to point fingers. A generation and more of a plainly failed immigration policies has saddled France with a predominantly Muslim underclass that appears permanent and permanently unruly. Can the same French government be trusted to transform France's ethnic tinderboxes into anything socially useful? Barely. In the meantime, we know, radical Islam worked wonders on the mind of one of France's native sons. How many more is it working on right now? Who in the end will save France from its demographic rot (and in turn save the rest of the West from this French rot)?
THE SUNDAY TIMES: THE latest media darling of Scandinavian politics is not only black, beautiful and Muslim; she is also firmly against the wearing of the veil.
Nyamko Sabuni, 37, has caused a storm as Sweden’s new integration and equality minister by arguing that all girls should be checked for evidence of female circumcision; arranged marriages should be criminalised; religious schools should receive no state funding; and immigrants should learn Swedish and find a job.
Supporters of the centre-right government that came to power last month believe that her bold rejection of cultural diversity may make her a force for change across Europe. Her critics are calling her a hardliner and even an Islamophobe.
“I am neither,” she said in an interview. “My aim is to integrate immigrants. One is to ensure they grow up just as any other child in Sweden would.” Sweden's Muslim minister turns on veilMark Alexander
By Russell Gordon
Most respected [Nazi] party friend Lammers! I received your letter of April 29 together with the letter of the president of the central committee of the Second Albanian League of Prizren. At this time one Albanian SS division is being formed. As things now stand, I plan to form a second SS division, and afterwards an Albanian SS corps will be formed… Heil Hitler! Yours very faithfully,
Arrogantly strutting around the opulent OSCE restaurant, on an upper floor of its Pristina headquarters, Richard Holbrooke cut an imposing figure. The “Balkan peace negotiator” whose bloody legacy stretched from Vietnam and Indonesia to Belgrade minced no words about US policy for the region.
In front of the five heads of UNMIK he bellowed: “Forget multi-ethnic Kosovo. Forget Resolution 1244. We only signed that to get rid of the Serbs.”
It was a warm August 1999, and the official representatives of the “international community” remained coolly silent. Only one official, Dennis MacNamara, head of UNHCR spoke up, questioning why the UN took on the mission if the expulsion of the Serbs was a foregone conclusion. Holbrooke brushed off his inquiry; the other “dignitaries” remained quiet.
The Serbian province of Kosovo is nearing the artificially imposed time limit for a “final decision” on its status as either an autonomous Serbian province, or an independent state, albeit an international protectorate. And indeed the “decision” has probably already been made, which will see another tragic human exodus.
It was the day that a host of BBC executives and star presenters admitted what critics have been telling them for years: the BBC is dominated by trendy, Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in favour of multiculturalism.
A leaked account of an 'impartiality summit' called by BBC chairman Michael Grade, is certain to lead to a new row about the BBC and its reporting on key issues, especially concerning Muslims and the war on terror.
It reveals that executives would let the Bible be thrown into a dustbin on a TV comedy show, but not the Koran, and that they would broadcast an interview with Osama Bin Laden if given the opportunity. Further, it discloses that the BBC's 'diversity tsar', wants Muslim women newsreaders to be allowed to wear veils when on air.
Sometimes, the world is truly delightful in the most unexpected ways. Yes, the beautiful atheist journalist donated her papers and books to the Pope.
"An Italian journalist and self-described atheist who died last month has left most of her books and notes to a pontifical university in Rome because of her admiration for Pope Benedict XVI, a school official said Saturday. Oriana Fallaci had described the pontiff as an ally in her campaign to rally Christians in Europe against what she saw as a Muslim crusade against the West. As she battled breast cancer last year, she had a private audience with Benedict, who was elected only a few months earlier, at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo."
The chairman of Britain’s Commission for Racial Equality (one of the organizations responsible for the multicultural mess the UK is in) warns that if Brits don’t start being more respectful of the RoP, there’s going to be violence: British watchdog warns on veil debate.
LONDON - The heated debate over veils that cover the faces of some British Muslim women is growing ugly and could trigger riots, the head of Britain’s race relations watchdog warned on Sunday.
Britons are becoming increasingly polarized along racial and religious lines, and if they don’t talk respectfully about their differences, tensions could fuel unrest, Commission for Racial Equality chairman Trevor Phillips wrote in The Sunday Times newspaper.
Those irrepressible “youths” in the suburbs of Paris are at it again, staging an organized attack on a passenger bus, then stoning firefighters when they arrived on the scene: Youths set passenger bus alight in Paris.
A band of up to 30 youths forced passengers out of a bus in a southern Paris suburb in broad daylight, set it on fire and then stoned firefighters who came to the rescue, a police official said.
Police cordoned off the neighbourhood in Grigny, in the Essonne region, after the attack, which came five days before France marks the one-year anniversary of the start of three weeks of fiery riots by poor suburban youths.
District police chief Jean-Francois Papineau called Sunday’s bus attack “deliberate”. He said the vehicle was forced to stop at a road block at about 2 pm. Two youths then entered the back of the bus to clear out passengers before dousing it with petrol and setting it ablaze
My friend Jeff Stein had a deeply disturbing op-ed piece in the New York Times a few days ago on the inability of senior law enforcement and intelligence officials, along with senior members of Congress-all dealing extensively with the Islamist terrorism issues-to tell Sunnis from Shi’ites.
Many could not say for certain if bin Laden and al Qaeda were Sunni, or whether Iran and Hezbollah were Shi’ite or which group the majority of Iraqis belong to.
He wasn’t even asking basic theological differences, rather, just for a basic understanding of who was where on the chess board. This is akin to fighting a war against Christianity and not knowing, several years into the conflict, whether the Pope is Catholic or Protestant.
Before 9-11, what little most of us knew of Islam led us to believe it was all one big ball of wax with few differences of any importance. Hence the Clinton administration was willing to aid the most radical (Sunni) Islamists fighting in Bosnia, not understanding yet what wahhabism was or the dangers it represented. There are countless other examples.
Last year when the Islamic riots were raging in France, a seemingly endless parade of apologists told us over and over that the violence was due to economic oppression and alienation, and had nothing to do with radical Islam. Those who labeled it a “French Intifada” were mocked and derided as “Islamophobes.”
What will the apologists say this year when the riots repeat, as even French police have stopped denying the nature of the enemy? A horrifying statistic shows how bad it’s gotten: Why 112 cars are burning every day.
FLAMES lick around a burning car on a tiny telephone screen. Omar, 17, a veteran of France’s suburban riots, replayed the sequence with pride. “It was great. We did lots of them and then we went out and torched more the next day.”
Muslims divided on Brotherhood
A group aiming to create Islamic states worldwide has established roots here, in large part under the guidance of Egypt-born Ahmed Elkadi
By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Sam Roe and Laurie Cohen
Tribune staff reporters
Published September 19, 2004
Over the last 40 years, small groups of devout Muslim men have gathered in homes in U.S. cities to pray, memorize the Koran and discuss events of the day.
But they also addressed their ultimate goal, one so controversial that it is a key reason they have operated in secrecy: to create Muslim states overseas and, they hope, someday in America as well.
From the desk of Fjordman on Fri, 2006-10-20 20:17
The European Union gave the Palestinians $342.8 million in aid in 2005 — or, more accurately, $612.15 million when assistance from the 25 EU governments is included. Even the United States has repeatedly donated millions of American tax dollars to the Palestinian Authority, though not at EU levels. In July 2005, as a response to the Islamic terrorist attacks on London a few days earlier, leaders of the G8, the group of influential industrialized nations, offered the PA some $9 billion, dubbed an “alternative to the hatred.”
The West’s largesse continued despite a demographic study in 2005 which revealed that the number showing the Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza had been inflated by 50% by the government.
Almost all of the new infrastructure in the Palestinian territories from the beginning of the Oslo Peace Process in the 1990s — schools, hospitals, airports — were arranged and paid for by Brussels. As Jihad was once again unleashed with the second Intifada in 2000, Israel stopped its transfer of payments to the Palestinians. So the EU stepped in with another 10 million Euros a month in direct budgetary assistance to the Palestinian Authority. EU Commissioner for External Affairs Chris Patten stated in 2002 that “there is no case for stating that EU money has financed terrorism, has financed the purchase of weapons, or any similar activities.”
Here’s an excellent post by Hugh Fitzgerald about the realpolitik of Tunisia and other “moderate” Islamic states, who must constantly fight a dirty, brutal battle against the intolerant forces of fundamentalism. And the battleground in this case is a seemingly minor article of clothing: Tunisian headscarves.
Tunisia is a police-state, but a police-state largely dedicated to constraining Islam. It was Bourguiba and his Destour Party who ruled Tunisia at and since independence, and Bourguiba was, when it came to treatment of Infidels, far superior than were other Muslim leaders outside of Turkey. But it remains a state where Islam can only be constrained, and it cannot be constrained in all ways. Of course Tunisia’s foreign policy reflects the general unappeasable hostility toward Israel (indeed, even Abdelwahhab Meddeb, the Tunisian-born student of Islam who has been so keenly critical of Islam, continues to hold violently anti-Israel views — those views continue to linger among many who no longer remain loyal Muslims, those attitudes are among the last thing to go), and it was in Tunisia that the PLO found its refuge after Beirut.
French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie has reiterated France’s outrageous threat to shoot down Israeli aircraft keeping watch over Hizballah arms smuggling: Israeli air violations in Lebanon ‘extremely dangerous’: France.
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie warned that Israeli air violations in Lebanon were “extremely dangerous” and must end in the interest of all parties.
French President Jacques Chirac, speaking from Finland where he was attending a European Union summit, also urged Israel to stop violating Lebanon’s air space.
Alliot-Marie spoke to reporters after holding talks with UN chief Kofi Annan and Jean-Marie Guehenno, the French head of the UN peacekeeping operations, that focused on the Israeli intrusions into Lebanese air space.
“These violations are extremely dangerous because they may be felt as hostile by forces of the coalition that could be brought to retaliate in case of self-defense and it would be a very serious incident,” the French minister said.
Expectations of an impending full-scale Israeli ground operation in the Gaza Strip were sent up a notch this week by the worrying news military intelligence AMAN chiefs put before the cabinet on Oct. 15.
Maj.-Gen Amos Yadlin and head of AMAN’s research division Brig.-Gen Yossi Baidatz reported deepening Syrian involvement in aggressive moves on three fronts: Damascus is pushing Iranian arms for Hizballah into Lebanon in blatant violation of Security Council resolution 1701 (as first revealed by DEBKAfile on Oct. 4), the first Syrian military instructors have arrived in the Gaza Strip to impart Hizballah’s combat tactics to Hamas and the Syrian army remains on a high state of preparedness
Iranian president said earlier there is no reason for Israel “the greatest insult to human dignity” to exist and it would soon disappear.
Halutz also warned Israel to prepare for possible war with Syria, whose missile threat to Israel's population is similar to that of Hizballah.
Another of his outrageous speeches was delivered Friday to a pro-Palestinian rally marking the Islami Republic’s “al Qods Day” (Jerusalem Liberation Day). In further inflammatory remarks, Ahmadinejad said “the world knows the US and Britain are enemies of the Iranian nation.” He warned European nations not to harm Iran, saying that if anger in the region boiled over, Europe would get hurt because of its support for Israel. “Europe must distance itself from Israel at once. That is Iran’s ultimatum. “He went on to brand the UN Security Council and its decisions “illegitimate.”
October 20th, 2006
A dictionary defines religion as,
“The expression of man’s belief and reverence for a superhuman power recognized as the creator and governor of the universe.”
By this definition Islam qualifies as religion, and so do numberless other faiths. A definition this broad is ambiguous and must be further defined with the specific tenets and practices of the belief.
Simply because someone or some people say that they believe in a superhuman deity and revere him, the belief is accorded the privileged status of religion?
It is generally assumed that religion addresses issues of importance to daily life as well as matters that transcend it. Religion is thought to exercise a civilizing influence by ordering the social life, promoting spirituality, as well as advancing an array of human virtues. Zoroaster, for instance, based his faith on the triad of goodly thoughts, goodly speech and goodly deeds: Moses framed the fundamentals of his faith in the Ten Commandments; and Jesus placed love at the core of his religion.
Of course, they are claiming discrimination. "Muslim airport workers lose clearances," by Jamey Keaten for Associated Press, with thanks to Drew:
PARIS - Authorities at Charles de Gaulle airport have stripped several dozen employees — almost all of them Muslims — of their security badges in a crackdown against terrorism, a government official said Friday.
Four baggage handlers who lost their clearance filed a joint discrimination complaint this week, alleging they had been unfairly associated with terrorism because they are Muslims, their lawyers said. Some had been in their jobs for up to five years.
The baggage handlers and other employees have been barred from secure areas at the airport since February, Jacques Lebrot, an official who oversees the airport, told The Associated Press in an interview.
Milli Görüs shows it's true face in the mosque
Dagblad Trouw, 22 january 2002
The Turkish organization Milli Görüs likes to portaid itself as if was very Dutch, pro-integration and especialy liberal. The truth is different however. In the Dutch MG-mosques there are extremist preaches.
Althought the links are rather covered up, every Turk in the Netherlands knows that Milli Görüs (MG) is linked to the in Turkey forbidden Refah-party. The Dutch MG-spokesman H. Karacaer emphasizes that his organization wants to encourage integration and participation of muslims in the Dutch society.
The lecture that is offered in the mosque, tells a completely different story, just like the MG-imams, discovered writer Mehmet Ülger after a visit to one of the many lectures and prayers.
by Baron Bodissey
The noted blogger Fjordman is filing this report via Gates of Vienna.
This essay, or parts of it, can be freely republished by anybody who wants to, as long as Fjordman is credited as the author.
The first three parts of this essay were originally posted at Jihad Watch: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
For a complete Fjordman blogography, see The Fjordman Files.
This essay can also be viewed in an easy-to-copy and printable format.
The Eurabia Code
I decided to write this essay after a comment from a journalist, not a Leftist by my country’s standards, who dismissed Eurabia as merely a conspiracy theory, one on a par with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. I do not disagree with the fact that conspiracy theories exist, nor that they can be dangerous. After all, the Protocols and the Dolchstosslegende, or “stab in the back myth” — the idea that Germany didn’t lose WW1 but was betrayed by Socialists, intellectuals and Jews — helped pave the way for Adolf Hitler and the Nazis before WW2.
BBC: The Spanish government, Catholic Church and Muslim leaders have joined forces to publish a school textbook on Islam.
The book Discovering Islam - for primary school children - was written in Spanish by a Muslim leader.
Spanish officials say the book has no parallel among Spain's EU neighbours with large Muslim minorities.
Spanish schools to use Islam bookMark Alexander
Brit Convicted for Anti-Extremist Banner
British police refuse to arrest and charge Muslim demonstrators who call for violence and murder, but a British man who hung a sign on his fence calling for the death of Muslim extremists has been convicted of “causing distress.”
And his neighbors filed the complaint because they were afraid of the Religion of Peace™.
A protest in London against the publication of a cartoon depicting the prophet Mohammed as a terrorist incensed an Aberporth man, who painted an anti-Muslim slogan on a white sheet and draped it over his garden fence.
The words in bold red paint stated: “Kill all Muslims who threaten us and our way of life. Enoch Powell was right.”
By Lorenzo Vidino
The recent rounds of arrests in North America and in Europe highlight the changed face of jihadi terrorism in the West. The profile of the cells dismantled in Toronto and London this past summer confirms a trend that had become apparent after the November 2004 assassination of Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam and the 7/7 London bombings: the majority of terrorist activities inside the West come from independent, homegrown networks. Composed mostly of extremely young, second- and third-generation Muslim immigrants in the West (with the notable addition of a growing number of converts), these spontaneous networks have only an ideological affiliation with al-Qaeda, while generally operating with virtually total autonomy. Although it is unlikely that these groups, given their relatively simple structures and often amateurish preparation, could carry out large operations, they are nevertheless dangerous. Their deep knowledge of Western cultures and languages, possession of Western passports and relative lack of overt ties to large terrorist organizations make their detection a difficult task for authorities. Their proven determination to strike their own countries, combined with the relatively easy access to explosive substances and weapons, makes them an immediate threat to the security of Western countries.
Institute of World Politics
October 19th, 2006, 04:06
WASHINGTON: Bloggers have been credited with stopping the sale of European-made military aircraft to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
After Spain brokered the deal with Chavez last year, bloggers targeted the state-owned aircraft company, EADS-CASA, for violating the U.S. arms embargo against Venezuela. This week, online activists generated hundreds of letters and calls into key congressional offices to demand that EADS-CASA be disqualified from U.S. contracts. The effort followed questions that were raised about the deal by U.S. Senators in a letter to President Bush. Today, Spain announced that the sale was off.
"This is another example of the New Media's impact on international politics," says J. Michael Waller, Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics in Washington.
From The Gathering Storm
This story from the UK Telegraph is another example of Muslims incapable of living in a civilized society. Add this to the Minneapolis Muslim cab drives who refuse to take a fare if the person was drinking or carrying alcohol and the UK can driver who refused to take a blind passenger and his seeing eye dog because it was against the Islamic religion.
A Muslim chemist repeatedly refused a mother the "morning after" pill because of his religious beliefs. Jo-Ann Thomas, a school crossing patrolwoman with two children, was told that even though the item was in stock she should go to her doctor for her supplies. When she was denied the pill at a Lloyds Pharmacy near her home in Thurcroft, Rotherham, she asked why and says she was told the pharmacist was a "deeply religious Muslim".
Intelligence Online has learned from diplomatic sources that Israel and four Sunni Moslem countries - Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey - decided last month to form a regional intelligence alliance to counter Iran both with regards its attempts to build a nuclear weapon and its efforts to create a “Shi’ite Crescent” stretching from Tehran to Beirut.
Henryk M. Broder: "Selbst Ehrenmorde werden mit Kultur erklärt"
Henryk M. Broder wird nach der Veröffentlichung seines Buches "Hurra, wir kapitulieren!" in allen Medien herumgereicht - und das ist auch gut so. Heute ist die BZ mit einem Interview an der Reihe:
Immigration authorities suspect that as many as half of the would-be refugees arriving from Somalia are bluffing their way into Norway.
The Norwegian authorities say many of the Somalian asylum seekers claim they're from the war-torn south, when they instead may come from the more peaceful north and thus be inelibigle for refugee status.
The authorities therefore have been using language tests in an effort to expose asylum seekers who may be lying about their background. Test results show that as many as half speak dialects found in the north, and not the south.
Most of those arriving from Somalia lack passports, and many also have scraped fingertips, making it difficult to determine their identity. More than 320 Somalians were asked to take language tests between January and July, and 37 percent didn't speak the dialect of the south. Test results were inconclusive in another 11 percent of the cases.
19/10/2006 16:09 TBILISI, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - Georgia and France have signed a military cooperation plan for 2007, a Georgian deputy defense minister said Thursday.
Georgian authorities opened a military college in August in the west of the country with the help of the French Defense Ministry, and French instructors have been training mountain warfare specialists there.
Under the agreement, signed by Mamuka Kudava, a Georgian deputy defense minister, and Franc Simone, head of a French Navy delegation, bilateral military cooperation will develop along three lines -- French instructors will continue working at the Georgian military college, Georgian military staff will undergo training courses in France, and they will take French language courses.
Britain might want to mix some Aspirin in with the coffee and crumbcakes
(thanks to Religion of Pieces):
'Why these "leaders" are a pain in the burkas'
By Jon Gaunt
The Sun, 17 October 2006
PEOPLE are sick to death with pussy-footing around Muslim sensibilities and fed up with stories about veils, crucifixes and terrorist sympathisers having more rights than the average Joe.
Last week I said let's treat Muslims the same as every other Brit and I am delighted to see that at last some politicians are waking up, smelling the coffee and realising that I am right.
It's great that Race Minister Phil Woolas has finally discovered a backbone and told the Dewsbury Dalek that she either lifts the veil or picks up her P45.
A man who believes that could try anything. After all, he can't lose. Note also that he ties victory to Islamic fervor -- a recurring theme throughout Islamic history. Islam has no theological or conceptual apparatus to deal with defeat other than regarding it as a sign that one's Islamic commitment was not sufficiently strong. "Iran President Ahmadinejad: 'I Have a Connection With God, Since God Said That the Infidels Will Have No Way to Harm the Believers'; 'We Have [Only] One Step Remaining Before We Attain the Summit of Nuclear Technology'; The West 'Will Not Dare To Attack Us,'" from MEMRI:
...The following are the main points of the Iran News report of Ahmadinejad's Iftar speech:(6)
The Second Islamic Revolution
Last updated at 22:24pm on 17th October
A secondary school has come under fire for banning Christian pupils from wearing rings symbolising a belief in chastity until marriage.
Millais School in West Sussex has banned the silver 'purity rings', arguing that they fall foul of the school's no-jewellery policy, which only allows pupils to wear simple single stud earrings.
But the school has been accused of double standards as it allows Muslim pupils to wear headscarves and Sikh pupils kara bracelets as a means of religious expression.
The ban is the latest in a series of episodes where organisations ban Christian jewellery. Earlier this week British Airways banned an employee from wearing a cross necklace. The Rev John Brown of Middleton-on-Sea argues that the ban should be lifted as it is 'discriminatory' against Christians.
Rev Brown, 78, a retired Church of England vicar said: 'The ban is totally discriminatory, compared with the way Muslim girls in that school are treated, they are allowed to wear head scarves, symbolising their faith. 2006
A thirty three year old Bangladeshi male has been charged with severely abusing his teenage wife
. The man has been in police custody for two weeks, and has been charged with violating paragraph 219 of the penal code, a paragraph that deals specifically with domestic violence.
Police officers found the young girl dressed in a burkha in her husbands flat after they had responded to a fire call in a tenement block in Oslo in June. The couple are originally from Bangladesh, but the husband has a Norwegian passport. Police officers brought the girl to the emergency unit after they discovered her. According to Aftenposten, the girl initially refused to take off her burkha at the hospital. However after being encouraged by medical staff, she finally agreed and reveal several marks and bruises on her face. The girl explained that she had slipped and fallen while walking. The police gave little credence to this, but even so, chose to send her back home to her husband.
Guest Editorial by Edward Cline:
While Bo Derek is persuading U.S senators to co-sponsor a bill to ban the export of horsemeat for human consumption, as the country recovers from the Great Spinach Scare, as Madonna returns from Malaŵi with her $3 million dollar baby, and as the news media continues its obsession with American obesity and trans fats in food and simultaneously celebrates the confounding of the Republicans over the Foley Congressional page scandal, the Islamists are marching onward, here and overseas.
I have often wondered what it was like to sit in a movie theater in the 1930’s and 1940’s and watch the Movie Tone newsreels that preceded the short subjects and double features. Would I have been able to distinguish between the important news and the trivial and human interest? Probably. In the latter ‘30’s and throughout the ‘40’s the Nazis would have dominated much of the news, their rise to power in Europe and their imminent fall at the hands of men who weren’t afraid of identifying them as evil and not the least hesitant to dispatching them General George Patton-style.
Bijna eenderde van de bevolking wereldwijd vindt dat 'enige mate van marteling' van verdachten is toegestaan als de zo ingewonnen informatie terreuraanslagen kan voorkomen.
Dat blijkt uit een onderzoek van de BBC waarbij meer dan 27.000 mensen in 25 landen zijn ondervraagd over martelpraktijken. De meningen blijken scherp verdeeld, met bijna tweederde (59 procent) categorisch tegen martelen, en bijna eenderde (29 procent) voor 'enige mate van marteling' van verdachten.
De steun voor martelpraktijken blijkt hoog in landen die het meest te lijden hebben onder terrorisme en terreurdreiging: Israël (43 procent), Irak (42 procent), Rusland (37 procent) en de Verenigde Staten (36 procent).
In het geval van Israël geeft het hoge cijfer zelfs nog een vertekend beeld. Van de joodse inwoners van het land verklaarde een ruime meerderheid, 53 procent, zich voorstander van marteling om informatie te verkrijgen van verdachten.
Grootste tegenstanders van iedere vorm van marteling zijn de Italianen (81 procent) en de Fransen en Australiërs (75 procent). Alle ondervraagden waren inwoners van landen die de Conventie van Genève tegen marteling en 'wrede en vernederende behandeling' hebben ondertekend.
As I argued the case in my book
that multiculturalism is a nonsense. Multiculturalism was doomed to failure from the start. One culture will always dominate in the end; and that will be the strongest one. With Islam, a very strong geo-political system clothed in a deity, growing apace here in the West, and with our birthrate so precariously low, it was always extremely dangerous for us to embrace multiculturalism anyway. There was always the fear that the Muslim population would swamp the indigenous population.
I stated in my book, The Dawning of a New Dark Age
, that there was only ONE sensible policy for any Western government to adopt: the insistence on the integration of the immigrants into OUR culture.
It seems that the British government has at last seen the light. It is starting to come to its senses. It's a little late in the day; but it is welcome nevertheless. Now we need to hear from the government what it proposes to do about the people who will not integrate, the people who preach hatred, the people who demonstrate in favour of beheading the people who insult Islam, the people who are here illegally, and the people who want to introduce Shari'ah
KARADJORDJEVO, Serbia (AP)--Heads of seven southeastern European states signed an agreement Monday pledging "concerted action to fight organized crime and terrorism" that threaten to undermine security and democracy in their countries.
The host of the meeting pf the presidents of Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania and Albania, Serbia's Boris Tadic, said the participants sent a "clear, strong message about the necessity of joint efforts in fighting the evil...in the region and in the whole world."
Gathered at the Karadjordjevo estate, 110 kilometers northwest of Belgrade-once the former Yugoslav Communist leader Josip Broz Tito's hunting lodge - the presidents said in a joint declaration they must put together the necessary resources if they want to win the fight.
A question that answers itself: Hamas official: Is violence Palestinian ‘disease?’
GAZA (Reuters) - A senior figure in Hamas, the Islamist group that heads the Palestinian government, published an article on Tuesday condemning internal violence and questioning whether it had become a “Palestinian disease.”
Ghazi Hamad, a member of Hamas who also acts as the spokesman for the Hamas-led government, said he was disturbed by growing factionalism in the Palestinian territories, including recent deadly clashes between rival political movements.
“Has violence become a culture implanted in our bodies and our flesh?” he asked in the sharply worded article, published in the widely read Palestinian newspaper al-Ayyam.
A bill to penalize Armenian genocide denial has put tension on relations between France and Turkey, as the latter attempts to shore up support for its quest to join the EU.
Commentary by Federico Bordonaro in Rome for ISN Security Watch (17/10/06)
The French National Assembly on 13 October passed a bill, which, if approved by the Senate and signed by President Jacques Chirac, would penalize anyone denying the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks with a fine of up to €45,000 (US$56,000) and one year in prison.
The bill was proposed by the Socialist Party.
The French decision infuriated Turkey, whose government accuses Paris of using the memory of the Turkish-Armenian clash in a demagogic way and for domestic political reasons, as France prepares for the 2007 general elections.
By Henry Samuel in Paris
The French government yesterday held crisis talks with community leaders in an effort to halt mounting violence in suburbs around Paris, amid news that gangs of youths, mainly of North African descent, were intensifying attacks on police.
Dominique de Villepin, the prime minister, ordered his interior and justice ministers to "toughen up" sentences for those found guilty of assaulting officers, following a meeting with community leaders.
His announcement followed a series of violent incidents over the past weeks, culminating in the ambush of three police officers on Friday by youths in Epinay-sur-Seine, north of Paris.
"These guys came to kill. They wore balaclavas, and had baseball bats and iron bars," said Joaquin Masanet, the general secretary of the powerful UNSA police union.
The three officers from the anti-crime brigade, BAC, entered the Orgemont housing estate after an anonymous caller reported a violent car theft.
Once inside, their exit was barred and they were set upon by around 50 youths, who pelted the men with stones. Iron bars smashed their windscreen. They tried to reverse, but a second vehicle boxed them in.
The criminals fled only after the officers fired live ammunition into the air and police reinforcements arrived.
One of the officers, Christophe Estève, 30, had two teeth knocked out and needed 30 stitches in his jaw. He was discharged from hospital yesterday.
October 17, 2006, 12:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli aircraft monitor illegal Hizballah movements and arms smuggling - in the absence of any Lebanese army and UNIFIL preventive action to implement UN Resolution 1701.
According to DEBKAfile’s Rome sources, prime minister Romano Prodi has instructed his defense ministry to negotiate with the Fouad Siniora government the quick sale of an Aster 15 battery, the only Western surface-to-air missile with an active guidance system capable of last-minute corrections of targeting at the moment of interception.
As a joint Franco-Italian product, the sale also needed - and obtained - approval from French president Jacques Chirac.
Three Palestinian Arab civilians from the same family were shot at a checkpoint west of Gaza City.
Of course, no human rights organizations will protest this - because the checkpoint was set up by a Palestinian Arab family:
at approximately 21:00 on Monday, 16 October 2006, a member of the Baker family fired at a civilian car that did not obey orders to stop at a checkpoint erected by the family in ‘Abu Hassira Street in the west of Gaza City. Three persons traveling in the car were wounded:
1. Sa’di ‘Ali ‘Ajour, 60, seriously wounded by several live bullets to the chest and the abdomen;
2. Firial Mahmoud ‘Ajour, 57, wounded by several live bullets to the legs; and
3. Tariq Sa’di ‘Ajour, 35, wounded by shrapnel to the back.
No doubt, the family decided to set up an armed checkpoint because of the Zionist humiliation they are suffering. Or maybe they charge a toll because of the crippling economic situation started by the Zionist infidels. One way or another, it cannot possibly be the fault of any Palestinian Arabs, where the word "responsibility" is used exclusively to take credit for bombing Jews.
On the Clan Clash front, a 13-year old boy died
from wounds suffered last week as two Gaza families do their best to imitate the Hatfields and McCoys. During the funeral, the mourners burned down a house and four shops belonging to the other family, and a melee resulted with five injuries, four of them bystanders.
On October 5 Britain's former foreign secretary, Jack Straw, said that he found the Muslim face veil (nikab or niqab) hindered communications and was a sign of "separation".
On October 10, Tony Blair, appearing in the rain outside Downing Street, talking to BBC TV's Breakfast News, was asked about Straw's comments. He was uneasy, but said: "I think in the end, it's a matter of them choosing what they want to do....But I think the reason why Jack raised this is because these are issues that people do feel quite strongly about and they are trying to say how do we make sense of a different type of society in which we live, how do we make sure people integrate more, how do we make sure that people aren't sort of wanting to separate themselves out from the mainstream of society.... It's a difficult and tricky debate to enter into, as we can see over the past few days."
Umfrage des Allensbach-Insituts zu Terroranschlägen
Laut einer Untersuchung des Instituts für Demoskopie Allensbach (Anzahl der Befragten: 2028, Zeitraum: 1. bis 13. September 2006) ist die Furcht vor Terroranschlägen in Deutschland größer als je zuvor. Fast zwei Drittel der Deutschen befürchten, dass auch Deutschland bald zur Zielscheibe des internationalen Terrorismus werden könnte.
By Chris Hastings and Beth Jones
The BBC has spent thousands of pounds of licence payers' money trying to block the release of a report which is believed to be highly critical of its Middle East coverage.
The corporation is mounting a landmark High Court action to prevent the release of The Balen Report under the Freedom of Information Act, despite the fact that BBC reporters often use the Act to pursue their journalism.
The action will increase suspicions that the report, which is believed to run to 20,000 words, includes evidence of anti-Israeli bias in news programming.
The court case will have far reaching implications for the future working of the Act and the BBC. If the corporation loses, it will have to release thousands of pages of other documents that have been held back.
by Daniel Pipes
New York Sun
October 17, 2006
[NY Sun title: The West Must Learn The Public Relations of War]
Soldiers, sailors, and airmen once determined the outcome of warfare, but no longer. Today, television producers, columnists, preachers, and politicians have the pivotal role in deciding how well the West fights. This shift has deep implications.
In a conventional conflict like World War II, fighting had two premises so basic, they went nearly unnoticed.
The first: Conventional armed forces engage in an all-out fight for victory. The opposing sides deploy serried ranks of soldiers, lines of tanks, fleets of ships, and squadrons of aircraft. Millions of youth go to war as civilians endure privations. Strategy and intelligence matter, but the size of one's population, economy, and arsenal count even more. An observer can assess the progress of war by keeping tabs of such objective factors as steel output, oil stocks, ship construction, and control of land.
French UNIFIL say will fire at Israeli Air Force overflights
Commanders of the French contingent of the United Nations force in Lebanon have warned that they might have to open fire if Israel Air Force warplanes continue their overflights in Lebanon, Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.
Peretz said that nevertheless, Israel would continue to patrol the skies over Lebanon as long as United Nations resolution 1701 remained unfilfilled, adding that such operations were critical for the country's security, especially as the abducted IDF soldiers remain in Hezbollah custody and the transfer of arms continue.
And of course it's all the fault of how tough the Dutch have made life for these poor youths. Jihad recruitment exaggerating grievances and appealing to Qur'anic teaching about jihad? What are you, some kind of Islamophobe?
"Turkish youths turning to radical Islam: terror report," from Expatica, with thanks to Fjordman:
AMSTERDAM — The continued radicalisation of especially young Muslims remains concerning, the national anti-terrorism co-ordination office NCTb said on Monday.
The NCTb also said it was "remarkable" that a rising number of Turkish youths were finding their way into networks of radical Muslims prepared to use violence against western society.
Earlier, Dutch Turkish youths were appearing occasionally in "jihad networks" made up primarily of North Africans, but there now appears to be whole groups of youths susceptible to radical Islam.
"Frustration over the position of Muslims in the Netherlands and anger over the events in conflict regions give food to the feeling that 'something' must be done," the NCTb said in its quarterly report on the terrorism threat in the Netherlands....
Posted by Robert
80% der aus religiösen Gründen Verfolgten sind Christen
Moslems beweinen bekanntlich gerne ihren Status als all überall verfolgt, stigmatisiert, diskriminiert ... . Der türkische Ministerpräsident will vor lauter westlicher Islamfeindlichkeit gar Islamophobie als "Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit" eingestuft sehen. Aber wie sieht jenseits moslemischen Selbstmitleides die Realiätät aus? So:
De jihad tegen het Westen geniet een groeiende populariteit onder jongeren van Turkse komaf. Steeds vaker duiken zij op in kringen van moslimextremisten en netwerken van islamitische terroristen.
Dat constateert de Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding (NCTb) in zijn driemaandelijkse rapport Terroristisch Dreigingsbeeld waarvan vandaag een samenvatting naar de Tweede Kamer gaat
De radicalisering onder jonge Nederlandse moslims houdt aan, en een groeiend deel is ook bereid geweld te gebruiken tegen de westerse samenleving, zo blijkt uit de rapportage.
Bovendien verandert de samenstelling van lokale 'jihadistische netwerken'. Hadden die voorheen een overwegend Marokkaans karakter, de NCTb stelt vast dat een groeiend aantal Turkse moslimjongeren eigen extremistische terreurcellen aan het vormen is.
I wrote an article in early 2003, before troops from America and Britain entered Iraq, explaining why the democracy project was naive. (See it here -- I wrote the "No" section). Hugh Fitzgerald has tirelessly and brilliantly explained here at Jihad Watch why the democracy project is doomed and is not our best defense against the global jihad. (See, to take just two of many examples, here and here.) This position is not on the radar screen in Washington, where a Manichaean dualism still prevails: you're either with Bush and ready to "stay the course" and not "cut and run," or you're a Cindy Sheehan-style appeaser.
But now General Sir Richard Dannatt, the new head of the British Army, has come closer than anyone ever has to articulating the positions we have long espoused here. He suggests that the Iraqi democracy project is "naive," and not only that: also we have done here now for years, he speaks about the weakness of relativist multiculturalism in the face of the jihadist threat, and the need for the West to recover its own cultural and spiritual resources before it's too late.
Muggings rise sharply: see table of recorded crime figures
THE government is to extend the power to issue on-the-spot fines to “authority” figures other than the police. They could include teachers, council workers and even RSPCA inspectors, who would be given the same right as police officers to mete out summary justice for offences expected to include vandalism, antisocial behaviour and theft.
The proposal, detailed in a bill debated last week in the Lords, is designed to free up police officers and the courts to concentrate on more serious offences. Ministers are also proposing that a wider range of offences should be dealt with by fixed-penalty notices including thefts up to a value of £100, threatening behaviour, possession of some drugs and drunkenness.
This weekend, however, the Tories, Liberal Democrats and civil liberties campaigners said the plan threatened to take justice away from the professionals and into the hands of “wholly inappropriate groups of people”. Opponents said that without a police officer’s authority, it could lead to confrontations, increase the risk of inconsistent punishments and stop offenders facing their victims in court.
From the desk of Fjordman on Mon, 2006-10-16 07:11
Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
I have warned earlier, especially (in the essay Electing a New People: The Leftist-Islamic Alliance), against Islamic infiltration of Leftist parties in the West, most recently demonstrated in Belgium, and the threat this poses to Western democracy. This is part of the reason why I advocate containment of the Islamic world and an end to Muslim immigration. Pundit Ohmyrus makes some of the same observations. But there is also another way in which Muslim immigration threatens our Western society.
By Jonathan Winer
First, thank you Andrew for inviting me to participate in the CT blog, which I have consulted with interest for many months.
The French situation would seem perfect for an exploration of whether going beyond normal law enforcement operations to counter-insurgency may have applicability to homegrown Islamic extremism in particular locales where respect for existing social norms is being threatened by counter-cultural and counter-political values oriented around an ideology that justifies violence.
Some relevant excerpts from recent Counter-insurgency Doctrine issued by US military analysts. They wrote it with Iraq and Afghanistan in mind, not extremist enclaves in Western Europe. The question is how much of this kind of thinking could apply to domestic, localized threats, who view themselves as part of a "global insurgency" agains the Christian West. From the point of view of an young Islamic extremist living in Parisian suburbs, the term "occupied France" may have a very different meaning from the one we ordinarily give it, meaning something closer to the term "occupied Palestine."
Lord Ahmed, the Muslim MP quoted complaining about discrimination against Muslims in the UK, is a rather discriminating person himself, in his own way. In his case, the discrimination he displays looks to be more about whether or not Salman Rushdie ought to be able to retain his life
TWO Labour Asian peers called yesterday for Salman Rushdie to be stripped of police protection, claiming that he was obsessed with self-publicity to the point of flaunting his new relationship with a model.
They said it was time Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, removed the round-the-clock Special Branch protection that Mr Rushdie still received, which is estimated to cost taxpayers up to £1 million a year. Lord Ahmed and Lady Uddin, both Muslims, said the author of The Satanic Verses was hooked on publicity "whether it's with a model or saying his life is in danger" and the money would be better spent providing more police for everyone else.
By Gerald A. Honigman
FrontPageMagazine.com | October 13, 2006
There’s an expression, "The pot calling the kettle black." It refers to someone claiming a sin in others that is at least as prevalent - if not more so - in the accuser than it is in the accused. Hypocrisy is the name of the game.
Turn the clock back three decades.
Some things change, others never will - such as the acceptance of anyone else’s political rights in a multi-ethnic region that most Arabs see exclusively as "purely Arab patrimony." That's the Arab-Israel conflict in a nutshell; but it is also the core of the Arab-Berber, Arab-Kurd, Arab-Black African, Arab-Copt, Arab-Assyrian, Arab-non-Arab Lebanese conflicts, as well, among others. The Arabs' Anfal Campaign against the Kurds and their actions in Darfur and the rest of the southern Sudan are just a few of many examples of Arab genocidal actions against all who might disagree.
To be accepted, and not literally exterminated, one must do what Egypt’s most successful Copt did - consent to this age-old forced subjugation and Arabization. Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali became a top official in President Anwar Sadat's government and went on to become Secretary General of the United Nations, as well.
JUST THE FACTS
Slavery, Terrorism and Islam
exposes the falsehood of these and other prevalent myths propagated about Islam. Far from Islam being a great religion of learning, tolerance and peace, this book presents the historical facts, and sets the record straight. Muhammad declared that if other books confirmed what was in the Quran then they didn't need them. And if the books did not confirm what was in the Quran they didn't want them. So the order was: Burn them! The Muslims burned libraries all across North Africa and the Middle East. They burned the library of Alexandria - the largest library in the world at that time. It probably included original copies of the Bible and other priceless manuscripts.
A TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION
Over 3200 churches were destroyed or converted into mosques during the first century of Islamic Jihad alone. During the Muslim invasion of Syria in AD 634 thousands of Christians were massacred. As Mesopotamia was conquered between AD 635 and 643 many churches and monasteries were ransacked, and ministers and Christians slain. In the conquest of Egypt AD 640 and 641, the towns of Behnesa, Fayum, Nikiu and Aboit were all put to the sword. When the Muslims invaded Cyprus, they looted and pillaged homes and churches and massacred much of the population. In North Africa, when Tripoli was captured in AD 643, all the Jews and Christians were forced to hand their women and children over as slaves. When Carthage was captured, it was burned to the ground and most of its inhabitants slaughtered.
DEUTSCH-TÜRKEN GEGEN KOPFTUCH
Prominente Deutsch-Türken haben an die Musliminnen in Deutschland appelliert, als Zeichen ihrer Integrationsbereitschaft das Kopftuch abzulegen: Wer sich verschleiere, grenze sich bewusst von der deutschen Gesellschaft ab.
"Das Kopftuch ist ein Symbol der Frauenunterdrückung. Wer von Frauen verlangt, dass sie ihren Kopf und das Haar verhüllen, macht sie zu einem Sexualobjekt", sagte Ekin Deligöz, Bundestagsabgeordnete der Grünen, der "Bild am Sonntag". Deligöz richtete sich an die muslimischen Frauen: "Kommt im Heute an, kommt in Deutschland an. Ihr lebt hier, also legt das Kopftuch ab!"
Die SPD-Bundestagsabgeordnete Lale Akgün kritisierte das Kopftuch als diskriminierend und forderte Gleichberechtigung für Musliminnen. "Es geht nicht an, dass der türkische Mann im modischen Anzug auf die Straße geht - und seine Frau neben ihm muss einen unscheinbaren, bodenlangen Mantel und ein Kopftuch tragen."
The issue of Muslims wearing hijabs (headscarfs) and nikabs (face-veils) has been in the news since former UK foreign secretary, Jack Straw, wrote that he found it uncomfortable communicating with women wearing the nikab. He stated that the item suggested "separation and difference."
But women who claim that is a religious obligation are deluding themselves and others. In Britain, groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir have using intimidation in British universities to compel Muslim women to wear the veil. Though many Muslim women state that they wear the veil through choice, and that it is an integral part of their religion, this is not strictly true. Twenty years ago, virtually no young Muslim woman in Britain wore the veil. Have Muslim women suddently become more religious, or more political?
If the veil was compulsory under Islam, then it would be expected for women to wear the veil on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hajj is one of the "Five Pillars of Wisdom." Yet women on Hajj are forbidden from wearing the veil. Take for example the comments by British Muslim Lubna Hussain, published in the Saudi Arab News:
David Davis, prominent lid van het Britse parlement voor de Conservatieve partij, heeft Britse moslimleiders in opmerkelijk harde woorden gewaarschuwd dat zij aansturen op 'vrijwillige apartheid'.
In de Britse krant The Sunday Telegraph zegt Davis, die in december vorig jaar de strijd om het Tory-leiderschap verloor van David Cameron en een belangrijke positie heeft binnen de partij, dat moslims apartheid bevorderen door zich af te zonderen in afgesloten gemeenschappen.
Vooral doordat zij vragen om een speciale bescherming tegen kritiek, komen de fundamentele waarden in gevaar van de Britse samenleving, die is gebaseerd op de vrijheid van meningsuiting, vindt de Tory-politicus.
In Groot-Brittannië is een heftige discussie losgebarsten over de integratie van moslims in het algemeen en sluiers en hoofddoekjes in het bijzonder, nadat ex-minister Jack Straw twee weken geleden zei dat hij moslimvrouwen vraagt hun sluier af te doen als zij hem in zijn functie van parlementariër willen spreken. Hij wil zijn gesprekspartners kunnen zien, en 'niet alleen horen'.
Caroline Glick's last week's piece is worth reflection; Russia's not-so-covert war against Israel seems to be resuming. The United States leadership should realize that a covert war against Israel is part of Russia's strategy to weaken the U.S.: As the storm of war approaches
The clouds of the coming war are converging upon Israel. But the Jewish State's political and military leaders refuse to look up at the darkening sky.
The Russian bear has awakened after fifteen years of hibernation. Under the leadership of former KGB commander President Vladimir Putin, Russia is reasserting its traditional hostility towards Israel.
On Tuesday, Russian military engineers landed in Beirut. Their arrival signaled the first time that Russian forces have openly deployed in the Middle East. In the past Soviet forces in Syria and Egypt operated under the official cover of "military advisors." Today those "advisors" are "engineers." The Russian forces, which will officially number some 550 troops, are tasked with rebuilding a number of bridges that the IDF destroyed during the recent war. They will operate outside the command of the UNIFIL.[...]
Inquisitionsmentalität im Zeichen des Multikulturalismus
Machtpolitik läßt sich sehr effektiv absichern durch Denk- und Sprechtabus. Sie sind ein Instrument der Zensur und Beschränkung der Meinungsfreiheit, ohne dies offen über Gesetze zu veranlassen. Aber dennoch ähnlich effektiv. Normative Verankerung von Tabus in der Bevölkerung führt zu Verinnerlichung der Selbstbeschränkung, der Selbstzensur. Derzeit büßen westliche Gesellschaften ihre Grundrechte der Meinungs- und Informationsfreiheit rasant ein. Sie sind eine Belastung geworden für eine Politik, die sich verharmlosend als Multikulturalismus umschreiben läßt, tatsächlich aber eine äußerst pro-islamische Politik meint.
Female students at a new Islamic school will be made to wear head scarves regardless of their religion, it was revealed yesterday.
The Madani High School in Leicester will be required by law to accept 10 per cent of its 600 pupils from a non-Muslim background.
But girls who are not Muslim will still have to abide by a rule insisting all female pupils cover their heads as part of the uniform.
Assistant principal Zainab Elgaziari said he did not regard the demand as a problem - despite the ongoing row over Muslim women's veils.
Belgium introduced voting rights for non-Belgian residents in order to counter the “islamophobic” and Flemish secessionist Vlaams Belang (VB). As a result multitudes of Muslim candidates were elected in major cities in last Sunday’s local elections. In Antwerp the immigrants are now demanding an alderman’s post in the city government, which consists of the mayor and ten aldermen. In Brussels the Parti Socialiste (PS) is embarrassed at the election of Murat Denizli as a Socialist councilor. Denizli is a hardright Turkish extremist belonging to the Grey Wolves. In the Netherlands political parties are facing serious problems with Turkish candidates who refuse to acknowledge the 1915 Armenian genocide.
A quote from Dick Armey at freedomworks.org, 12 October 2006
Freedom works. Freedom is a gift from God Almighty, and we have a responsibility to protect it. Christians face a temptation to power when we are fortunate enough to have a majority of support in Congress. But government can never advance a faith that is freely given, and it is corrosive to even try. Just look at Europe, where decades of nanny-state activism – including taxpayer support for churches and for religious political parties – have severely eroded the faith. In America today, too many of our Christian leaders fail to recognize the temptation to power and the danger it holds for our society and our faith.
The LGF headline says it all "Jawdropper of the day".
A teenage schoolgirl was arrested by police for racism after refusing to sit with a group of Asian students because some of them did not speak English.
You can be arrested for being racist?
Codie was attending a GCSE science class at Harrop Fold High School in Worsley, Greater Manchester, when the incident happened. The teenager had not been in school the day before due to a hospital appointment and had missed the start of a project, so the teacher allocated her a group to sit with.
“She said I had to sit there with five Asian pupils,” said Codie yesterday. “Only one could speak English, so she had to tell that one what to do so she could explain in their language. Then she sat me with them and said ‘Discuss’.”
If it's Friday, it must be the weekly Day of Rage for the Religion of Perpetual Rage. I hope all you infidels can stay safe out there today and in the difficult times ahead.
Bearing that in mind, here's another gem of a read from the savants at StrategyPage. Namely, it's about certain Truths about Moslems and that unfriendly religion of theirs. A bit long but worth every word.
The war on terror is all about defending innocent people from Islamic terrorists. Or is it? In much of the Islamic world, the war on terror is seen as a smokescreen for all-out war on Islam by infidels (non-Moslems.) How did that happen? It's all got to do with paranoia, lies and incompetence in the Moslem, and particularly, the Arab, world.
From The Gathering Storm
So how are things going in France? How about the Intifada? That’s right. An Intifada is one its way in France.
"Michel Thoomis, the secretary general of the hardline Action Police trade union, demands that officers be given armored cars in the most dangerous areas. “He said yesterday: ‘We are in a state of war, orchestrated by radical Islamists. This is not a question of urban violence any more, it is an intifada, with stones and Molotov cocktails. You no longer see two or three youths confronting police, you see whole tower blocks emptying into the streets to set their “comrades” free when they are arrested.’”
In other words, a civil war!
Art - A New WMD?
This is a follow-up to my previous post on the Louvre giving more detailed background information on the project to divest the national museum of part of its collections. The information is translated and somewhat abridged from an article inLibération.
Both articles appear at my website Galliawatch.
Abu Dhabi is dreaming of becoming the cultural capital of the Persian Gulf, and France would like to serve as guide. By the year's end, the Minister of Culture, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres (known as RDDV) is expected to travel to the Emirate to conclude an agreement on the creation of a museum bearing the Louvre label in Abu Dhabi... After signing an agreement in July for the construction of an "Abu Dhabi Guggenheim", with Frank Gehry as architect, the Emirate is anxious to possess a great universal museum. But will the French be able to follow through?
DEBKAfile Special Military Report
October 13, 2006, 10:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
The military pacts Palestinian Hamas interior minister Said Siyam signed with his Iranian counterpart Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi in Tehran on Oct. 12 are designed to transform Hamas’ military wing, the Ezz e-Din al Qassam, into a crack operational arm of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, and Gaza into a second Lebanon.
Syam was in Tehran for two days at the head of a 7-man delegation.
DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources report Tehran has committed to training Hamas’ rapid deployment force of 6,500 men in Hizballah combat tactics, with the accent on missiles, especially the anti-tank variety which were used with devastating effect against Israeli tanks in the Lebanon War. The force will be sent over in batches for six-week courses at Revolutionary Guards installations in southern Iran.
The former heart-throb actor of the 1960s, Omar Sharif, was not always a Muslim. He was born in April, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt. His family was Lebanese-Egyptian, and he started life as a Christian, called Michael Demitri Shalhoub. He was a math and physic major at Cairo's Victory College before he decided to take up acting. He converted to Islam in order to marry his sweetheart, Egyptian Muslim actress Faten Hamama. When the pair were married in 1955, he changed his name to Omar el-Sharif. The marriage ended in 1974.
Famous for his roles in David Lean's visually sumptuous productions Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Dr Zhivago (1965), he is better known for his bridge-playing expertise nowadays than for his acting. He still acts, yet for some bizarre reason, Muslim extremists have attacked him for his screen roles.
In 1968, in Funny Girl, he gave an on-screen kiss to Barbra Streisand, a Jewish actress. As a result, his films were banned in Egypt. He angered Muslims again in 2004 when it was reported that he had two grandchildren - one Jewish and the other Muslim - and did not want to influence their choices in religion. Last year, according to JihadWatch and the Guardian, he received death threats from Islamists in response to his playing the role of a Christian saint, Peter in an Italian TV movie.
"We remain deeply concerned by Syria's ongoing support for Hizbullah. Hizbullah's role in the major outbreak of violence this year with Israel included abducting and detaining two Israeli soldiers and firing unguided rockets into Israeli towns and cities. In total, Hizbullah fired nearly 4,000 rockets into Israeli territory."
This extract from the latest British Foreign Office report on human rights violations around the world has excited some comment.
'Tim Hancock, UK campaigns director of Amnesty International, said: "It is absolutely right that the government strongly criticise Hizbullah's rocket attacks, but deeply worrying that this report makes no specific mention of Israel's illegal targeting of Lebanese infrastructure - anything from roads, bridges, supermarkets and petrol stations, to water and fuel storage plants."
A new report by the UN monitoring group for Sudan paints a grim picture of the deteriorating situation in Sudan, largely at the hands of the government-backed janjaweed and now, Chadian rebels allied with Khartoum. (Link to come)
The situation is inevitably messy in drawing lines among myriad factions all seeking their own agenda. But one element is often overlooked in trying to place the Darfur disaster in a broader context—the long-standing relationship between the Sudanese government and the most radical elements of the Muslim Brotherhood, and, as a direct outgrowth of that, the government’s direct sponsorship of Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda and multiple other Islamist groups.
These ties have not gone away. The Brotherhood continues to hold regular leadership meetings in Khartoum, under the protection of the government, and has set up a financial structure there as well. It is this structure that helps sustain the regime as well as encourage the slaughter in Darfour.
Neuübersetzung will niemanden mehr diskriminieren
Der allgemeine Anti-Diskriminierungswahn treibt schon seltsame Blüten. Nun hats auch die Heilige Schrift erwischt:
Das Vaterunser – ist es frauenfeindlich? Ist die Bergpredigt antisemitisch? Das Kirchenlied «Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott» militaristisch? Fragten sich 52 Theologinnen und Theologen und machten sich an eine Bibelübersetzung der besonderen Art: «Bibel in gerechter Sprache», heisst die neue Version der Heiligen Schrift. Erstmals soll sie politisch korrekt sein, frei von frauenfeindlichen und antisemitischen Formulierungen. Sie kommt in zeitgemässem Deutsch daher, und Gott ist öfters einmal weiblich.
I found this chilling .........because this is exactly what we are doing in America.
Polish writer Nina Witoszek, now living in Norway, warns that people who have lived under Communist regimes are struck by a strange feeling of deja vu in Western Europe:
“Before formulating a sentence, you put on a censorship autopilot which asks: Who am I insulting now? Am I too pro-Israeli, or maybe anti-Feminist, or – God forbid – anti-Islamic? Am I ‘progressive’ enough? Soon we shall all write in a decaffeinated language: We shall obediently repeat all the benign mantras such as ‘dialogue,’ ‘pluralism,’ ‘reconciliation’ and ‘equality.’ Norway has never been a totalitarian country, but many people now feel the taste of oppression and of being muzzled. I know many wise Norwegians – and even more wise foreigners – who no longer have the energy to waste time on contributing to a castrated, paranoid democracy. We prefer safety above freedom. This is the first step towards a voluntary bondage.”
to make. The Party is no longer even formally conservative
. Therefore, I see no point in lamenting its actual state of affairs.
Below is an essay I wrote when Mr Cameron first became Leader. I see no reason for changing a word – with one exception. For what it may be worth, I predict that the next Prime Minister will be Jack Straw. He is, after all, the only leading member of the Government left who looks even vaguely like a Prime Minister. He will call an early election and bury the Conservatives. The Establishment may not need them after all. They will then have to think up another childish scheme to get back into office.
Now, here is my old lament for the Tory Party:
David Cameron and the Conservative Party: A Farewell to the Quisling Right?
2006 will go down in European history as the year when Muslims as a group became a dominant factor in elections. The demographics indicated this long ago, but it still came as a surprise to many multiculturalists that Muslims tend to vote primarily along ethnic lines: Muslims vote for Muslim candidates, even if the political parties give the latter almost unelectable places on the list of candidates. As a consequence the Muslim candidates got elected to the detriment of indigenous politicians. Party leaders, who used to be able to get those candidates elected which the leadership favoured, have been taken by surprise by Turks voting only for Turks and Moroccans voting exclusively for Moroccans. The parties that put Muslim candidates forward are being “cannibalized” from the inside. They risk being taken over by radical Muslims. This is what is happening to the Socialist parties in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Some days ago a video was publizized showing members of the right-wing islam critical party ‘Dansk Folkeparti”’s youth department’s summercamp. The video showed the young politicians relaxing with some beer making Muhammed-cartoons.
The danish prime- and foreignminsters have condemned the drawings without making any excuses.
The video was made by by leftist 5th-columnists, who had joined the party to ‘expose their muslim hate’.
Today made 2 new revalations: Dansk Folkeparti has a member-magazine
, which in may had an article about a german book about Muhammeds sexual preferences, describing him as a pedophile and a sick person. The article also showed a picture from the book: Mohammed and Aisha - the former with an erigated penis.
The Lancet study
(pdf file) extrapolating numbers to reach an estimated 655,000 dead in Iraq has generated a lot of questions (yes, I read it. I suggest you read it too, if you haven't already). From my point of view, the methodology is analogous to a group of researchers going to 40 households in the highest crime areas and
the areas with the highest mortality rates in our country and then extrapolating that amount to the rest of the country without bothering to even ask where are the dead buried
or asking what were the causes of deaths.
Additionally, I question why anyone would take seriously a study where the margin of error is +/- 200,000. Back when I was majoring in economics any of my professors would have laughed me out of the classroom if I came up with something like that. "Give or take a few hundred thousand" didn't cut it with them.
Last year, on September 23 we wrote of the controversy surrounding an Islamic school which had been operating illegally in Milan, capital of Lombardy, in the north of Italy. The school had been set up to cater to educating 500 pupils, where Arabic and the Koran were taught in addition to standard subjects.
The school, formed by parents, had been closed down by the authorities, following a campaign of pressure from the Northern League party (Lega Nord), who devote much of their rhetoric to anti-Muslim sentiment. Most of the pupils had been Egyptian in origin. The interior minister at the time, Giuseppe Pisanu (alias Ali Abu Pisanu, according to the Lega Nord) insisted that there were ample opportunities within the existing state school system to cater for practicing Muslims. The school in Via Quaranta, which was widely viewed as an obstacle to integration, was never reopened. The school had operated illegally for 15 years, with the authorities turning a blind eye to its illegal status.
Yesterday, Ruth Kelly (pictured left), the communities minister, made a speech which warned Muslim groups that if they were not active in fighting extremism, they would forfeit their government funding. The fact that any Muslim groups, none of which are elected, receive funding from taxpayers is perhaps a scandal in itself, but the reactions of Muslim groups to this threat to their free handouts is enlightening.
The news is carried by numerous sources, most prominently by the Guardian, the Times, the Telegraph, AFP via Qatar's Peninsula, Bloomberg and 24 Dash.com. The Mirror and Daily Mail also cover the story, with an additional article from the Times.
Kelly, a member of the intense Catholic group Opus Dei appears to be developing a no-nonsense approach to the less responsible members of the Muslim community. One wonders if the negative reactions to Benedict XVI after his Regensburg address are starting to make her realize that not all Muslim groups in Britain are as wholesome as they have been treated.
She was talking yesterday in London to a gathering of Muslims, and in her speech she delivered a strong warning of a "fundamental rebalancing" of the government's relationship with Muslim groups.
Türkische Muslime glauben nicht an deutsche Sonderform
Gemäßigten Muslime, wie zum Beispiel auch Bassam Tibi, propagieren gerne einen sogenannten "europäischen Islam". Sie verstehen darunter einen Islam, der mit westlichen Werten und Demokratie vereinbar ist - und den sich jeder von uns angesichts der vielen in Europa lebenden Moslems wünschen würde. Aber wie realistisch ist eine solche Hoffnung? Laut einer Forsa-Umfrage im Auftrag des Stern glauben die Muslime mehrheitlich selbst nicht an einen solchen Weg:
Mosul, Iraq (AINA) -- On Monday, October 9, a prominent Assyrian (also known as Chaldean and Syriac) priest, Fr. Paulos Iskander (Paul Alexander), was kidnapped by an unknown Islamic group. His ransom was posted at either $250,000 or $350,000. This group had demanded that signs be posted once again on his church apologizing for the Pope's remarks as a condition for negotiations to begin.
Father Alexander was beheaded on Wednesday.
An email from a priest in Sweden, Adris Hanna, describes the Muslim terror campaign against the Christians in Iraq:
The Syriac-Orhtodox priest Paulos Iskandar was kidnapped this Monday, October 9, and beheaded today Wednesday October 11.
The Bishop in Mosul wrote me an email tonight and told me that the funeral will be held in Mosul tomorrow.
By Bojan Pancevski in Skopje and Carmiola Ionescu in Bucharest
Bulgaria is giving away passports to tens of thousands of non-European Union foreigners who will be able to work in Britain when the country joins the EU next January.
Bulgaria's already lax procedures for issuing citizenship are being exploited by corrupt officials who agree to fast-track passports for less than £200 - adding to existing fears in the United Kingdom and western Europe about the large number of migrants, some with criminal records, expected to arrive from Romania and Bulgaria.
|An agency can supply a passport for about £87
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, a UK thinktank said: "Entry control to Britain is now only as good as the integrity of the passport systems in other EU countries. This is a further argument against opening our labour market to Romania and Bulgaria unless all EU countries do the same simultaneously."
More than 20,000 people from countries such as Moldova and Macedonia have taken up Bulgarian citizenship in the past few years, and at least 55,000 more are on the waiting list.
Met een overweldigende meederheid in het Franse parlement is de wet die het ontkennen van de Armeense genocide strafbaar maakt donderdag aangenomen.
Het is een voorstel van de socialisten, maar ook parlementsleden van de UMP van president Jacques Chirac en de minister van Binnenlandse Zaken Nicolas Sarkozy, waren voor. President Chirac steunt het voorstel niet, maar de UMP-parlementariërs kregen de vrije hand in de stemming. De wet is aangenomen met 19 stemmen tegen en 106 voor.
De wet moet nu nog worden goedgekeurd door de Franse Senaat, en Chirac moet zijn handtekening nog zetten. Als de wet wordt ingesteld, zal dat een heftige reactie uitlokken in Turkije, waar spreken van genocide taboe is. Christine Lagarde bijvoorbeeld, de Franse onderminister van buitenlandse handel, waarschuwde dat de belangen van het Franse bedrijfsleven op het spel staan.
In een artikel
in Trouw van vandaag veegt dr. Ton Zwaan, een deskundige die is verbonden aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam
en eerder werkte bij het Centrum voor Holocaust- en Genocidestudies
, de vloer aan met Nebahat Albayrak
Zoals ik in mijn vorige blog meldde, probeert Albayrak weg te komen met halve verdraaiingen en lafhartige formuleringen ten aanzien van de genocide die de Turken in het begin van de twintigste eeuw onder Armeniers hebben aangericht, en het is verbijsterend dat het PvdA-establishment haar daarmee laat wegkomen - nee, hoe dat establishment haar zelfs naar voren schuift ook al heeft zij uiterst bedenkelijke opvattingen (lees ook Turkse PvdA'er speelt nog geen open kaart
Hoe zou de PvdA omgaan met een hardcore Holocaust-ontkenner, of met een stem die net als president Ahmadinejad van Iran om nieuw onderzoek naar de Holocaust zou vragen? Albayrak doet in feite niets anders dan wat Ahmadinejad doet: twijfel zaaien waar onverbiddelijke feiten liggen.
Today Expatica brings the shocking news that, less than a month before the start of the international soccer event, the World Cup, there are currently more than 32,000 Islamist extremists living in Germany. The figure comes from a report by Verfassungsschutz, the domestic security agency.
There is a population of 3.4 million Muslims living in Germany, with more than two thirds of these being of Turkish origin. The report states that there has been an increase of about 300 individuals from the amount recorded in 2004.
There are 300 Hamas members, 900 members of Hezbollah, and 1,300 members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
But the largest group of Islamists comes from the group Milli Gorus, a Turkish-originated movement, whose name means "national Vision". There are 26,500 members of this group.
Via Dhimmi Watch comes this horror story from Egypt. Notice the following:
1. Kidnapping young women is an ancient barbaric practice, and its objective is obvious; rape the girl, gain a "wife". Islam, although it does not condone the specific kidnapping, it allows the rape of women war captives.
2. The girl was drugged twice, one by the kidnappers, one by the police.
3. That if the girl "converts", however coerced the conversion was, the parents won't have a right to reclaim their daughter.
4. Egypt's State Security made her sign a statement that she was not kidnapped, but that she spent the night with a man of her own volition. In other words; that she is a 15-year-old whore.
5. That the parents are afraid of State Security.
Muslim groups which prove they are trying to outlaw extremism within their ranks are to receive financial support, Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly says.
Cash will be available for projects that involve women, that build bridges between communities and are in touch with young people, she said.
She said it was "not good enough" to pay lip service to tackling extremism.
But some Muslim groups condemned her, saying the government was trying to create its own "state-sponsored Islam".
In a direct appeal to Muslims, Ms Kelly stressed that tackling the problem of extremism was not theirs alone.
"This is a shared problem ... But I do say that without you fully on side we will fail. Your voice is more powerful than mine and your actions can be more effective.
"Unless moderates can establish themselves at the centre of their communities and faith, extremists could grow in strength and influence."
She added: "In the future, I'm clear that our strategy of funding and engagement must shift significantly towards those organisations that are taking a proactive leadership role in tackling extremists and defending our values."
Moderate Europeans losing faith in Islam. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
BRUSSELS Europe appears to be crossing an invisible line regarding its Muslim minorities: More people in the political mainstream are arguing that Islam cannot be reconciled with European values.
“You saw what happened with the pope,” said Patrick Goeman, 43, the owner of Raga, a funky wine bar in central Antwerp, half an hour outside Brussels. “He said Islam is an aggressive religion. And the next day they kill a nun somewhere and make his point.
”Rationality is gone.“
Goeman is hardly an extremist. In fact, he organized a protest last week in which 20 bars and restaurants closed on the night when a far-right party with an anti-Muslim message held a rally nearby. His worry is shared by centrists across Europe disturbed that any criticism of Islam or Muslim immigration provokes threats of violence.
On Lebanon’s LBC TV, Saudi Sheikh Munir explains how he exorcised a jinn from a young girl, by yanking large amounts of cloth out of her body.
And he displays the cloth. In fact, he has a shopping bag full. Yecchh.
(Courtesy of MEMRI TV.)
Interviewer: When a jinn talks from within a patient’s body, does it use the patient’s voice or a different voice? It is always said that a man is possessed by a female jinn, and vice versa.
Forecast for the UK tomorrow: increased seething with scattered threats, as British Education Minister Bill Rammell follows Jack Straw into the Islamic minefield of full face masks for women: UK minister backs university ban on Muslim veils. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
LONDON (Reuters) - A British education minister said on Wednesday he backed universities that banned Islamic students from wearing veils, becoming the latest senior figure to step into a high profile row that has enraged some Muslim groups.
Higher Education Minister Bill Rammell said many teachers felt “uncomfortable” teaching students who wore a full veil and said he supported London’s Imperial College which had banned students wearing any garment that covered the face.
“Imperial College recently banned the face veil and I think that this is arguably the best decision,” Rammell told the London Evening Standard.
“I’m not dictating hard and fast rules, as dress codes are a matter for university authorities.”
From Daniel Pipes:
A recent Pentagon briefing paper titled, "Motivations of Muslim Suicide Bombers," points to the Koran as the source of the motivation of Islamist bombers
, according to an article today in WorldNetDaily.com. This runs quite contrary to the usual U.S. government approach, which insists on seeing suicide terrorists as heretics who follow a perverted form of Islam. A White House report released just this month, for example, the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism
," asserts that "The terrorists distort the idea of jihad into a call for violence and murder against those they regard as apostates or unbelievers."
The Pentagon study suggests that intelligence analysts think otherwise, concluding not just that Muslim suicide bombers are usually students of the Koran motivated by its commands, but that they acting, by their lights, rationally. Here is a key passage from the WorldNetDaily.com account:
Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, is doing his best to tame Hamas and bring Fatah, his own party, back into government. Ever since the discredited, corrupt and incapable Fatah organisation came a poor second in the general election last January the party has tried to retain its grip on administrative power and the bureaucracy while searching for ways to regain political control, using either money or muscle.
Hamas has been bound hand and foot by its inability to translate opposition rhetoric into workable policies: Hamas won the election and formed a government, but its refusal to deal with Israel resulted in a financial crisis, internal dissension and military intervention. In the end, Hamas was unable to transform itself from a charity and adjunct of a guerilla movement into a party of government.
Fatah has stood by as Hamas betrayed its promise and disintegrated into factions, held to ransom by its exiled militants. Now Abbas, an astute disciple of that bundle of guile and bile Yasser Arafat, is showing Hamas how its done in the hope of coopting its political wing and restoring Fatah as the party of government.
Moslems – Opfer des Islam
Kriegsopfer in Darfur
Der Islam beansprucht für sich, eine moralisch wie organisatorisch überlegene Gesellschaftsform darzustellen gegenüber allen anderen Systemen. Islam heißt Unterwerfung – unter den angeblichen Willen des Gottes Allah. Der Koran als unverfälscht offenbartes Wort Allahs definiert, zusammen mit den in den Hadithen überlieferten Handlungen und Aussagen des Propheten, die aus islamischer Sicht göttlich gewollte Konzeption für ein gerechtes und friedliches Zusammenleben aller Menschen, die sich als Moslems, übersetzt als "die Gehorsamen", betrachten. Folglich unterteilt die islamische Lehre die Welt ein "Haus des Friedens", dem Dar al Islam, und definiert die Kulturen der Ungläubigen, in denen keine islamische Gesellschaftsordnung herrscht als Dar al Harb, dem "Haus des Krieges".
By David Rennie, Europe Correspondent
Turkey's painful progress towards European Union membership has been plunged into crisis by a dispute with the French over the massacre of Armenians during and after the 1914-18 war.
A Socialist-backed proposal, which could pass the National Assembly on Thursday, would make it illegal in France to deny that the killings amounted to genocide by Turkey.
|Nicolas Sarkozy: demands
The legislation, which has gained support from Right-wing assembly members, would see anyone denying that a genocide took place jailed for up to five years.
Armenians claim that as many as 1.5 million of their ancestors were killed between 1915 and 1923 in an organised campaign to eradicate them from eastern Turkey.
The Turkish government fiercely denies a genocide, saying that hundreds of thousands of Turks and Armenians died in a civil war.
AN east London teenager who became a drug dealer and a knife-wielding member of a street gang lays the blame on the transformation of his neighbourhood into an ethnic minority “ghetto” where turf warfare flourishes.
“I fell in with the wrong crowd,” said Syed Miah, 19, who regrets his life of crime. “Before, it was mixed and you would get to know other people, but now no one meets anyone. You grow up with this mentality that ‘we’re Bangladeshis, whites are whites and blacks are blacks’.”
Miah became a full-time gangster when he was expelled from school for holding a knife to his teacher’s throat. He says he eventually earned up to £960 a week dealing heroin before being sentenced to 18 months in jail.
by Baron Bodissey
The noted blogger Fjordman is filing this report via Gates of Vienna.
For a complete Fjordman blogography, see The Fjordman Files.
The West at the beginning of the 21st century suffers from a lack of cultural confidence, and is in some ways engaged in an internal struggle over the very meaning of Western civilization. This ideological “war within the West” has helped paved the way for the physical “war against the West” that is waged by Muslim Jihadists, who quite correctly view our creed of Multiculturalism and our acceptance of Muslim immigration as signs of weakness and that the West has lost contact with its civilizational roots.
Perhaps we will need to resolve the war within the West before we can win the war against the West. When Westerners such as Polish king Jan III Sobieski led their troops to victory over the Turks in the 1683 Battle of Vienna, they fought for
a number of reasons: Their country, their culture and their religion, among other things. People don’t just need to live, they need something to live for, and fight for. We are against Islam. What are we for?
I would suggest that one thing we should fight for is national sovereignty and the right to preserve our own culture and pass it on to future generations. We are fighting for the right to define our own laws and national policies, not to be held hostage by Leftist Utopians, unaccountable NGOs, transnational progressives or self-appointed guardians of the truth.
The unity of Europe has been, and is, the dream of many a European politician. The EU spends its time devising new ways to break down the barriers hindering integration; though often times to the annoyance of the citizens of Europe.
Now, however, we have Muslims baying for blood, and this phenomenon, if used wisely, could truly act as the catalyst that unites Europeans!
There is no doubt about it that European, and all Western, values are being undermined by the Muslims within our borders, and are under constant attack from the Muslims without, too. Again, only in the past few days, it has come to light that another furore is building because a group of young right-wingers in Denmark took part in a competition to draw more cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Their remit: to draw him in the most degrading manner they could think of! Muhammad was drawn as a urinating camel and another drew him as an intoxicated, beer-drinking camel. Yet another cartoon shows Muhammad as a drunken terrorist attacking Copenhagen.
From the desk of Fjordman on Tue, 2006-10-10 13:45
In March 2006, the two-day plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, held in Brussels approved a resolution which “condemned the offence” caused by the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad as well “as the violence which their publication provoked.” These MEPs and national MPs from the EU and Arab countries also urged governments to “ensure respect for religious beliefs and to encourage the values of tolerance, freedom and multiculturalism.”
During the parliamentary assembly, Egyptian parliament speaker Ahmed Sorour insisted that the cartoons published in Denmark and other recent events showed the existence of a “cultural deficit.” Jordanian MP Hashem al-Qaisi also condemned the cartoons, claiming that it is not sufficient to deplore the cartoons as these things might occur again in another country.
Addresses by Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer at the opening of the new session of the Turkish parliament and by the Turkish Chief of General Staff at the opening of the academic year at the Turkish War Academy had a common theme: the growing threat of Islamism to Turkey as a secular state.
Tension and concern among Turkey's secular circles are on the rise because of numerous phenomena: the Islamization of national education and of state institutions such as Turkish radio and television and Turkey's national airlines; the appointment of imams and other Islamists to government positions, including in the security forces; the increasing number of religious schools and of once-banned Koran courses; the government's preoccupation with Islamic issues (such as the Islamic headscarf); and the rift between the government and the universities.  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and members of the AKP government have denied that any such threat to Turkey's secularism exists.
The warnings expressed by President Sezer and by Chief of Staff Gen. Buyukanit in their addresses - which came during an official visit by PM Erdogan to the U.S. - seemed to draw the lines between the sides in the controversy about the upcoming election by parliament of a new Turkish president, slated for May 2007. It is expected that PM Erdogan, an Islamist and a former member of the banned Islamist party Erbakan,  will be elected - and this would mean the AKP's capture of the presidency. Secular circles in Turkey fear that if the AKP has both a majority in parliament and the presidency, it will then have the power to change the country's constitution.
(My thanks to Charles Dickens).
Denmark's Public Prosecutor, Henning Fode
, has finally answered some of the criticism he has endured concerning the amount, or rather the lack of, court cases under the racist paragraphs of Danish law.
The parliament has made it very clear, that the Public Prosecutor should be reserved on the issue of raising cases under paragraph 226B out of respect for the freedom of speech. This basically means, that he cannot proceed with more cases without conflicting with the lawmakers.
We have a problem here. Denmark is under constant criticism from both ECRI and CERD. These two organisations have been gunning for Denmark for a long time because of our opposition to their view of what is racist and what is not. They simply don't like the Danish way of handling the problem. We aren't PC orientated enough for them.
The EU has forced racism laws upon us and they are not working. These laws should be scrapped, or at the very least, re-examined and re-written. Treating both religious and racial differences under one law is equally as ridiculous as it is impossible to administer. We need to separate politics from religion and from race. We need to treat them equally, but separately, under the law.
By Stefania Atzori
When freedom of thought becomes an exception that confirms the rule, it means that a civilization is going back to the darkest era of human history, rather than evolving in direction of individual freedom and Human Rights. This is exactly what is happening to
Europe , thanks to Islam. It’s not a secret anymore; we are serving on a silver platter our countries to Muslims. They are flocking to
Europe in droves and with arrogantly intend to change our lives, our laws and our values. Civility presupposes obedience to the laws of the country that host you; but it seems that Muslims, not only cannot respect any law other than Sharia, they also want demand that we live by their archaic laws. Our countries are being shaped to meet their needs. Because we are polite, we ratified The Declaration of Human Rights. We try to be understanding. Overall, we are reckless. With defiant disregard for consequences, our governments are subjugated by their demands, even though it means to penalize the natives.
In last March’s local elections in the Netherlands the immigrant vote tipped the balance in favour of the Socialists. The same phenomenon marked yesterday’s local elections in Belgium’s major cities. In Antwerp the Socialists became the largest party. They jumped from 19.5% to 35.3% of the votes, winning 22 of the 55 seats in the municipal council – a gain of ten seats. Seven of the Socialist councillors, almost one third of the total, are Muslim immigrants: Fatma Akbas, Karim Bachar, Ouardia El Taghdouini, Youssef Slassi, Fauzaya Talhaoui, Güler Turan, and Sener Ugurlu. Six of the seven are new in politics.
The self-declared “islamophobic” and Flemish-secessionist Vlaams Belang [Flemish Interest], which until yesterday was Antwerp’s largest party, gained a few extra votes, winning 33.5% of the vote (33.0% last time). Its number of seats remains steady at 20. Antwerp politics is now defined by a polarization between Socialists and the VB. Apart from the VB all parties lost heavily to the Socialists (-7.3% for the Liberals and -6.4% for the Greens). The only party able to avoid being swallowed by the Socialists are the Christian-Democrats. They won 11.2% of the votes, adding an extra 0.1%, and kept their six seats. The Christian-Democrats, too, had put forward immigrant candidates. Two of their elected candidates, one third of the total, are Muslims: Nahima Lanjri and Ergün Top.
October 9, 2006, 10:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
The two Russian Chechen GRU platoons, Vostok and Zapad, revealed by DEBKAfile Oct. 6 as being deployed in S. Lebanon, are setting up their headquarters and surveillance posts in the Lebanese port of Sidon and giving Syrian intelligence a window on their input. Syria is drumming up local support in the strategic port-town, the largest in S. Lebanon, by pumping weapons to local branches of the two Shiite groups, Hizballah and Amal, and the two pro-Syrian clans which dominate the town.
The carve-up of South Lebanon since Israeli troops pulled out is unfolding as follows: The UN force mandated by UN Security Council resolution 1701 is centered in the Tyre region, whereas Hizballah, Syria’s supporters and the Russian intelligence platoons have taken control of Sidon further up the Mediterranean coast. The three elements are ideally positioned for Hizballah to control the south Lebanese coastal region and for the Russians and Syrians to keep track of the military movements of the Israeli army, UNIFIL and the European naval units off the Lebanese shore.
A quote from The Sunday Telegraph, 8 October 2006
The Church of England […] claims that divisions between communities have been deepened by the Government’s “schizophrenic” approach to tackling multiculturalism. While trying to encourage interfaith relations, it has actually given “privileged attention” to the Islamic faith and Muslim communities.
Written by Guy Wilkinson, the interfaith adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the paper says that the Church of England has been sidelined. Instead, “preferential” treatment has been afforded to the Muslim community despite the fact that it makes up only three per cent of the population. Britain remains overwhelmingly a Christian country at heart and moves to label it as a multi-faith society suggest a hidden agenda, it says.
By Steve Little
CWNews.com – Father Zakaria Boutros looks like a mild-mannered, unassuming priest. But his message is rocking much of the Muslim world.
His television program called 'Truth Talk' is broadcast daily into the Middle East over the Al-Hiyat satellite channel. On it, he challenges Muslims to examine what he says are inconsistencies in Islamic doctrine – inconsistencies that he says Muslim leaders don't want exposed and ordinary Muslims are told never to question.
“Islam cannot stand in front of intellectual questions and no one can understand because of contradictions in Koran, contradictions in Hadith, contradictions and false doctrines. So they don't want anybody to ask and to learn. 'This is Islam, you have to accept it as it is' lest you should be killed,” Zakaria said.
Die staatlich organisierte 'Vernichtung' eines Islamkritikers
Der Autor des hochinteressanten Buches "Der Krieg in unseren Städten - Wie radikale Islamisten Deutschland unterwandern", Udo Ulfkotte, erzählt in dem christlichen Medienmagazin Pro, wie aus ihm ein "Krimineller" wurde. Der Beitrag, im Heft 04/2006 erschienen, ist leider online nicht verfügbar. Man kann das Heft aber wohl kostenlos hier bestellen. Der Beitrag ist sehr lang. Wir geben ihn in gekürzter Fassung wieder. Das wertvolle Buch gibt es nur noch im Antiquariat:
Fresh on the heels of an unexpected win for the right in Sweden's election last week here,
LGF reader Enlil from Gothenburg, Sweden sent this to Charles. No mention in the mainstream, jihad, drive by media.
Tonight there were power shortages all over Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg. “Youth gangs” took the opportunity, spreading the European tradition of “Ramadan Riots.” Within an hour most schools and commercial centers in the north eastern suburbs were vandalized.
- It’s complete chaos in north eastern Gothenburg. “We’ve sent all available police units but there’s no way we can stop the vandalisation,” police spokesman Frank Karlsson tells gp.se.
In the twentieth century, the world was plagued with several totalitarian dictatorships. As we saw previously, the formal ideological rationales for these dictatorships differed, and, in the case of the USSR, the regime as implemented had little relation to the ideological design. Nonetheless, in practice, all the regimes looked very much alike - They all shared characteristics of repression, belief in undemocratic rule, subjugation of the interests of the individual to that of the collective, curtailing of civil rights, "thought control" and "mass ideology." There was a "right way" to think and a "wrong way" to think, and those who thought the "wrong way" were doomed, pariahs. They were labeled enemies of the state, reactionaries, left-deviationists, un-German, anti-Soviet, anti-Fascisti. They were beaten with truncheons or shipped off to Gulags or concentration camps. The dictatorships were not confined to the first half of the twentieth century. As the world is beginning to understand, Maoist China was fully as bad or worse than anything seen in the days of Stalin: tens of millions of people were murdered. The deposed right-wing Argentine dictatorship shared many of these characteristics on a lesser scale.
10/07/2006 Previously, we saw that no two experts seem to agree on the precise definition of fascism. The only formal definition of fascism, by a fascist, is the encyclopedia article by Mussolini (actually co-written or ghost written by Giovanni Gentile), The Doctrine of Fascism. As we noted, a 1921 note appended to that article shows that Mussolini had first coined the term, gathered a movement, and then set about formulating a philosophy that would justify whatever he was going to do. Reading Mussolini's article, and likewise a subsequent article he wrote, "In Germany: Fascism" we find his "philosophy" of fascism is a lot of repetitive, bombastic and sometimes contradictory bumf. The only clear ideas that seem to emerge are that the individual is subordinate to the state, that spiritual "idealism," consisting of action, struggle and death cult, are superior to "materialism."
10/06/2006 Previously, I noted that while US President Bush never equated Islam and fascism, it was not advisable to use this term as a slogan in official political rhetoric because it angered Muslims and labeled the speaker or writer as an Islamophobe. "Islamo-Fascism," like the term "Fascism" itself, was born out of the need for political spin. As such it appears to have outlived its usefulness.
Regardless of its attractiveness as a political slogan, we can ask whether "Islamo-Fascism tells us something about the relation between Islamist extremism and Fascism.
In the Sunday Times, historian Michael Burleigh carefully lists all the similarities and parallels and relation between radical Islamism and fascism, and then obscurely vetoes the use of the term because Islamofascists is a dangerous label. Some excerpts:
10/06/2006 US President Bush's remarks about "Islamo-Fascism" and "Islamic Fascism" created quite a stir. As usual, most of the commentary has added to the confusion, intentionally or out of ignorance. The storm refuses to go way, so we better tackle it. I will do so in a series of articles.
To set the record straight, what Bush said originally about the subject of Islamo-fascism was:
"Islamic terrorist attacks serve a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs and goals that are evil, but not insane. Some call this evil Islamic radicalism; others, militant Jihadism; still others, Islamo-fascism. Whatever it's called, this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam. This form of radicalism exploits Islam to serve a violent, political vision: the establishment, by terrorism and subversion and insurgency, of a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom."
(George W Bush, President of the United States speaking before the National Endowment for Democracy, October 6, 2005 )
The trial of three Muslims began on Monday, October 2 in Edinburgh High Court. The three men, Imran Shahid, 29, Mohammed Mushtaq, 27, and Zeeshan Shahid, 29 are charged with "racially aggravated murder". Already, another man was convicted of assault in relation to the same charges. In 2004, Zahid Mohammed was jailed for 5 years. He had been released from jail on license on Wednesday (Oct 4) and has given evidence in this trial.
The accused are said to have been involved in the horrific killing of a 15-year old schoolboy in 2004. Kriss Donald (pictured, above left) was abducted on 16 March, and then stabbed in the lungs, liver and kidney. He was then covered in gasoline and set on fire.
Michel in France writes me of a young school girl who was beaten during recess. Apparently she was eating during Ramadan so her Muslim schoolmates stoned her.
The story is developing ..............
Over at Resilience;
Une collégienne du collège jean mermoz dans le 8° arrdt de Lyon a été agressée à coup de pierre mercredi matin en cour de récréation alors qu'elle mangeait son goûter . La thèse d'un acte lié au non-respect du ramadan est confirmé par le parquet de Lyon sur la foi des premiers éléments de l'enquête.
Azzedine Gacci, le pdt du CRCM, déclare que si "les faits sont avérés, ils sont inacceptables". Il déplore l'ignorance des élèves à qui il faudrait enseigner le Coran à l'école et qui ignorent que sont exemptées de suivre le ramadan les "femmes indisposées".
An Anonymous commenter left us some links about how the current warfare (between Muslims and non-Muslims) in Windsor is the result of the negative effects of having Muslims move into one's neighborhood
Integration of British Muslims has been increasingly hindered by the rise of ghettos. New research shows the population of these mostly inner city communities has been rising very fast -- by one-third over the past decade. These findings have reopened the debate on how to solve this problem, which also breeds extremism. And solutions are not going to be easily found, according to the experts.
Part Five/Conclusion--In this almost hopeless situation, there is hope!
Irish guest blogger Leon wraps up his five-part series with this post.
I honestly think the only solution is for people like you and I to try to enlighten others about this dangerous situation, and for us to be brave and speak out. As a Christian, I think the best solution is for people to trust in the Judeo-Christian God, and to get to know Him and the Truth in the Holy Bible. At least that’s my thought on the subject, and you are free to disagree with me.
However, in many European countries, there are small right wing parties that are also starting to recognize the darkness of Islam, and are all too aware of the aims of Muslims. These secular European political parties believe that the only solution is to send all the Muslims in Europe back to wherever they came from, such as Pakistan, Algeria, Turkey, etc.
Pia Kjærsgaard, the founder and leader of the right-wing Danish Peoples Party, has been reported to the police and will be prosecuted for writing in her weekly newsletter in June 2005, that large areas of Copenhagen are populated by "people on a lower level of civilisation. With their own (imported) primitive and cruel customs, such as honour killings, forced marriages, halal slaughter and vendetta.
[...] That thousands and thousands of people that appear to be civilised, remain both culturally and spiritually in 1005 instead of 2005, have come to a land that left the middle ages behind many hundreds of years ago."
Seven other politicians from the party are also to be charged with racism.
The people behind this idiotic action are "66 well known Danish people" (no further discussion of who they are) and are being led by Rune Engelbreth Larsen, the founder of the left-wing "Minorities Party". This unlikeable individual is also a regular commentator in the Danish newspaper, Politiken. In his column he describes Pia K.'s comments as being "a systematic effort to incite hatred toward a specific group of people ", and that "immigrant-hostile and islamofobic propaganda" has "not yet been taken seriously enonugh by the general public".
By JULIE MOULT,
and TOM REILLY
October 07, 2006
MUSLIM yobs who wrecked a house to stop four brave soldiers moving in after returning from Afghanistan sparked outrage last night.
The house in a village near riot-torn Windsor had BRICKS thrown through windows and was DAUBED with messages of hate.
Four young Household Cavalry officers who had planned to rent it were also the target of phone THREATS.
They were yesterday forced to look elsewhere to live — after top brass warned them against inflaming racial violence near the Queen’s Windsor Castle home.
Last night furious Shadow immigration minister Damian Green said: “This is a shocking development.”
|Hounded out ... house's smashed windows
Colleagues of the officers branded the vandalism a “disgrace”. A source at the regiment said: “These guys have done nothing but bravely serve their country — yet they can’t even live where they want in their own country.” The £3,000-a-month detached home in picturesque Datchet, Berks, is less than a mile from Windsor Castle. It was attacked as extra police were drafted into Windsor — where battles have raged for days between Asian and white gangs.
As the death toll in Turkey keeps increasing due to the terrorist attacks of one of the worlds worst terrorist organizations, PKK, it may be time to look at the history of this terrorist group and ‘remember’ its supporters.
The PKK was formally established on November 7, 1978 by the chief terrorist Abdullah Ocalan. Since then, the group has evolved into a deadly insurgence against Turkey, reaching a strength of some 5,000 by 1992. So far, since the beginning of its operations in 1980, the PKK is primarily responsible for a war that has left some 30,000 people dead in Turkey and a number of murders abroad, primarily in Germany. PKK has been labelled a terrorist organisation by several states and international organizations including Turkey, the United States, the European Union, Syria, Canada, Iran and Australia.
By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
For many years, Turkey -- a secular democracy with a predominantly Muslim population -- has been a staunch U.S. ally. Since Turkey has served as a bulwark of stability in the Middle East, it's important that the U.S. recognize the disturbing manner in which Turkish public opinion has been turning against the country's alliance with the United States and ties with the West -- and how recent events may further widen the rift between the U.S. and Turkey.
The change in Turkish public opinion is reflected in the annual survey of public opinion released by the German Marshall Fund in early September. The New York Times noted this survey in a September 10 editorial:
The survey's most striking finding is the degree to which Turks now question their ties to the United States and Europe, and have warmed to Iran, their neighbor to the east. The discontent appears anchored in Turks' overwhelming disapproval of President Bush's handling of international affairs and growing disapproval of European Union leadership. Both are manifest in waning Turkish support for the institutions that have bound Turkey to the West. Though Turkey has been a staunch NATO member since 1952, only 44 percent of Turks in this year's survey agreed that NATO was essential for Turkey's security, versus 52 percent in 2005. Even though Turkey opened official membership talks with the European Union last year -- after strenuous efforts to meet the union's criteria -- only 54 percent of Turks now view membership as a good thing, versus 73 percent in 2004.
Yesterday we brought you the news of the civil war being waged in the streets of France between Muslims and the police
. The police are actually experiencing three times the casualty rate of the American armed forces in Iraq. By the end of the year, it is anticipated 15% of the French police force will have been injured in what the police chief has termed an "Intifada."
I think the good news in that story is that the French police are fighting and are asking for bigger weapons to do so.
In Britain on the other hand, the police seem to have surrendered. And, as I have been warning for quite some time, when the leaders fail to protect the people, the people will take matters into their own hands.
The authoritative Czech newspaper, Mlada Fronta Dnes
, citing sources in Czech security agencies, said that a plot by devout Muslims to seize and destroy a synagogue during the Jewish New Year (Sept 23) was foiled several weeks ago.
The Muslim terrorists' goal was to take hostages and force the American government to abandon efforts to stop devout Muslims from destabilising Iraq. The Muslims also wanted to punish Israel for its efforts trying to stop Islamic terror.
Mlada Fronta didn't say whether any of the devout Muslims were arrested. The synagogue targeted is located in the city center on Jerusalem Street, and many people were expected to attend New Year celebrations there on Sept 23.
The new Center-Right government seems to be an improvement. On the other hand, the last government was so cowardly and disastrous, it doesn't take much effort to do better than it did. And, let's remember, Ayaan Hirsi Ali didn't last in the Netherlands. Let's see how much new "controversial" integration minister Nyamko Sabuni (pictured) lasts in her post: Youth and diversity sets new government apart
[...]The appointment of Liberal Nyamko Sabuni as integration minister is proving to be one of Fredrik Reinfeldt's most controversial choices. Sabuni, who moved to Sweden from Burundi at the age of 12, is the first black person to be appointed a minister in Sweden.
BY YOUSSEF IBRAHIM
October 6, 2006
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/41106 After years of dithering over political correctness with Muslims and Islam,
Europe is waking up to a different morning.
A three-week tour of Italy, France, and
Britain last month was enough for me to conclude that Western Europeans have moved way beyond dialogue. Confrontation, indeed even provocation, is their preferred approach to the Muslims in their midst.
Long before Pope Benedict XVI's scathing comments in mid-September on the fallacy of phony Muslim-Christian dialogue, signs of hardening European views toward current Islamic values were plentiful on the Continent.
Conquest reveals Western “traitors to the human mind.”
by Bruce Thornton
Private Papers I’ve been reading one of the great works of recent history, Robert Conquest’s Reflections on a Ravaged Century. His chapter on “Soviet Myths and the Western Mind” is particularly fascinating, and ripe with parallels to our own battles today against Islamic jihad.
As Conquest documents, many Western intellectuals and academics were delusional about the reality of the communist threat. For a host of reasons — a quasi-religious faith in utopian socialism, neurotic hatred of their own culture, vulnerability to an ideology that dressed itself in scientific garb, an adolescent romance with revolution, and sheer ignorance of the facts — many professors, pundits, politicians, and religious leaders refused to believe that Soviet leaders meant what they said about revolution and subversion.
Guest Editorial by Robert Redeker
The reactions caused by Benedict XVI’s analysis of Islam and violence highlight the underhanded maneuver carried out by Islam to stifle what the West values more than anything, and which does not exist in any Moslem country: freedom of thought and expression.
Islam tries to impose its rules on Europe : opening of public swimming pools at certain hours reserved exclusively for women, ban on caricaturing this religion, demands for special diets for Muslim children in school cafeterias, struggle to impose the veil at school, accusations of Islamophobia against free spirits.
How can one explain the ban on the wearing thongs on Paris-Beaches* this summer? The reasoning put forth was bizarre: women wering thongs would risk “disturbing the peace”. Did this mean that bands of frustrated youths would become violent while being offended by displays of beauty? Or were the authorities scared of Islamist demonstrations by virtue squads near Paris-Beaches?
Home Secretary John Reid was holding discussions with EU justice ministers in Luxembourg Friday to arrange a prisoner swap which would see the shifting of EU nationals in British jails back to their home nations and vice-versa.
The UK is hoping that such a deal will help ease its prison crisis, with jails in England and Wales expected to reach their total capacity of some 79,900 prisoners within days.
According to the BBC, an EU deal could see around 1,200 spaces being freed up in the UK. Reports have suggested that there are only 160 places left in English and Welsh jails.
Official figures show that last year there were 648 prisoners from Ireland, 155 from Poland, 148 from Ireland, 143 from Portugal and 115 from Germany amongst others.
Reid also discussed options about easing the jail crisis with the Prisoner Service and National Offender Management Service on Thursday following reports that the number of people behind bars in England and Wales had reached a record 79,750.
It was revealed earlier this year that the UK has the highest imprisonment rate in western Europe, some 50 per cent higher than comparable countries such as France, Germany and Italy and almost double that of Scandinavian countries.
The European Court of First Instance has rejected an action for damages by journalist Hans-Martin Tillack against the European Commission’s Anti-Fraud Office (known by its French acronym OLAF). Early in 2004, Mr Tillack, the then Brussels correspondent of the German news magazine Stern, accused OLAF officials of bribery. OLAF complained with the Belgian authorities in Brussels. This led the Belgian authorities in March 2004 to order a police raid of Mr Tillack’s home and office, in order to identify his sources within OLAF. The Belgian police seized the journalist’s computers and documents. When he complained a police officer told him: “In Burma journalists get treated much worse.”
According to the European Court of First Instance, the report OLAF sent the Belgian authorities was not the cause of the harm suffered by Mr Tillack, since the Belgian authorities were free to decide whether or not to act on the report. Hence, the journalist cannot claim damages from OLAF. “This ruling should set alarm bells ringing. It means that the EU’s anti-fraud office is operating in a legal vacuum with little, if any, accountability for its actions,” commented Mr Tillack’s Counsel, Ian Forrester QC. Earlier, Belgian courts rejected a claim for damages from the Belgian authorities since at the time of the raid Belgium had no law protecting the sources of journalists.
From the desk of Fjordman on Thu, 2006-10-05 14:33
MEDEA (the European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation), supported by the European Commission, is one of the key components of the Euro-Arab dialogue. On its own webpage, it states that:
“The Euro-Arab Dialogue as a forum shared by the European Community and the League of Arab States arose out of a French initiative and was launched at the European Council in Copenhagen in December 1973, shortly after the ‘October War’ and the oil embargo. As the Europeans saw it, it was to be a forum to discuss economic affairs, whereas the Arab side saw it rather as one to discuss political affairs.
MEDEA Institute wishes to be a resource and a reference point for people wanting to engage in the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue. Via its meetings and talks the Institute seeks to create exchanges between political, economic, and diplomatic players, experts, journalists, academics and others.”
Guest blogger Leon continues his five part series.
It’s difficult sometimes for people like me to convince others to come to the light and receive the knowledge of the Truth about what’s happening. Actually Plato said it best when he said something like this: “It’s a difficult and sometimes lonely life for the one who gets enlightened”.
I know it’s scary at first for people to look at what’s happening in Europe in regards to the Islamic threat, just like the light and different colours and new things from the real world briefly hurt and confused the man in Plato’s cave. But once a person knows what’s really happening, they will be free from the deception of Political Correctness, free of the lies of Islam.
Guest blogger Leon from Eire continues his five-part series.
Many Europeans and I are trying to alert our fellow Europeans about the danger of Islam, but the majority of Europeans prefer to stay in the dark cave of ignorance and their comfort zone. Why? Because the knowledge of the gradual Islamic conquest of Europe frightens them too much. Much better to pretend such unpleasantness doesn’t exist!
The majority of Europeans come from families or ancestors who have been secular / neo-pagan for two to five generations, their Christian past long since forgotten. This means they have no spiritual awareness in general—not only are they ignorant of this dimension, it makes them vulnerable to converting (or ‘reverting’) to Islam! Furthermore, they have absolutely no understanding of Islam and the Muslim mindset.
Sassounian's column of Oct. 5, 2006
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
The Vanity Fair magazine published last year an investigative article alleging that the American Turkish Council (ATC) and the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) had conspired, among other things, to make illegal campaign contributions to the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, in return for blocking a congressional resolution on the Armenian Genocide. The article also mentioned that Turkish agents had infiltrated the highest echelons of the U.S. government.
The main source for some of the Vanity Fair revelations was Sibel Edmonds who had worked as a Turkish translator for the FBI. Unfortunately, she could not disclose most of what she knew on this sensitive subject, as she is legally prohibited from making public the confidential FBI documents that she had translated in the course of her work. All attempts by U.S. courts or Members of Congress to get out the full facts have been quashed by the Bush Administration, using the cover of protecting national security.
The Conservative Party (Tories) have been engaged in their annual party conference in Bournemouth on the south coast. Before the recent Labour Party conference, the Tories had been leading against the ruling party in the national opinion polls. The Labour leader, Tony Blair, had given a powerful speech, the climax of the Labour event, and for the first time in a few months, Labour had more popularity.
This year's Tory conference had been a lackluster affair, but yesterday, David Davis, the shadow Home Secretary, made a strong condemnation of "extremist Muslims". He said: "The 7th July bombers were raised and educated in Britain. This country gave them the opportunities and prosperity they would not have enjoyed elsewhere. And yet they slaughtered 52 innocent people. They saw themselves as Muslims only; not as British Muslims. Sadly a small minority of Muslims share that view."
In another sign of what appears to be a pattern of youth violence becoming focused against Muslim communities, a Muslim dairy last night had a molotov cocktail thrown at it by white youths who had been terrorizing the Muslims within.
The news is carried by the Times, the Telegraph, the BBC and the Press Association via 24 Dash.com.
The Medina Dairy on Vale Road in Windsor, Berkshire, is owned by 46-year old Sardar Hussain. It is situated in an industrial estate, in a complex which also includes an Islamic prayer room. Sardar Hussein recently has been reported as claiming in the Windsor Express newspaper: "Everybody has the right to practise their religion so why shouldn't Muslims in Windsor?"
A new document by the West Point Combating Terrorism Centerexamines the 1,600 page Islamist treastise by veteran jihadi thinker, propagandist, and historian Abu Mus’ab al-Suri. Published in 2005, the jihadi document lists 25 “paradigmatic jihadi movements,” or
particularly edifying historical cases, where jihadis have both succeeded and failed to rally supporters, defeat their opposition, or establish territorial control.
The CTC document examines four of the jihadi movements that al Suri, who was attempting to write the definitive jihadi cirriculum for the coming generation. What is particularly interesting is that even the more obsucre groups discussed all have ties back to the international Islamic Brotherhood, some to the late 1960s.
A new article by Jihad Watch Board member Tashbih Sayyed, editor-in-chief of Muslim World Today:
A number of recent apologies made to the Muslims by non-Muslim leaders clearly indicate that the world has grown increasingly fearful of Muslim rage. Political Islam, as is obvious by the reactions of the socio-cultural and political institutions in countries of Europe, Britain and the U.S. has come of age. It has been allowed to establish itself into a position from where it can manipulate the host country’s social and political systems to its advantage. The significance of this achievement cannot be denied. Political Islam’s disabling fear has already deprived the West of its ability to stand up and defend its values.
The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten apologized for publishing the Prophet Muhammad’s caricatures, next, Pope Benedict XVI felt compelled to repeatedly explain his comments, and now Germany’s leading opera house, the Deutsche Opera of Berlin has cancelled a production of Mozart’s Idomeneo, because it was determined that it would offend Muslim sensibilities.
This approach may yield some positive results, but ultimately it suffers from one huge handicap: people can read the Qur'an outside school. What's more, the absence of this material from government textbooks can be used by Islamic hardliners as evidence that the government has apostatized, and must be replaced by one that is more loyal to Islamic principles.
As I have pointed out before, certainly the creation of any genuinely and lastingly moderate Islam depends on the success of efforts to deemphasize various Qur'anic passages, as well as some elements of the Sunnah -- and a complete reevaluation of Islamic jurisprudence. Some commentators point to the fact that for centuries -- notably, although not universally, in central Asia, Eastern Europe, and West Africa -- jihad supremacism largely lay dormant and even dropped out of the Muslim consciousness. But simply to point out that that happened is not enough anymore, precisely because jihadists are using chapter and verse of Qur'an and Sunnah to teach their vision of Islam to cultural Muslims.
By Alex Lawler LONDON (Reuters) - Oil jumped more than a dollar to above $60 on Thursday after an OPEC delegate said the producer group will cut output by 1 million barrels per day as soon as possible to prop up prices.
Top world exporter
Saudi Arabia will lower production by 300,000 bpd from September as part of the plan, the senior OPEC delegate said. Oil has slid from a peak of $78.40 hit in July, alarming OPEC ministers.
"The goal now is to cut actual oil production by 1 million barrels daily as soon as possible but the exact date is still being worked out," the delegate said.
U.S. crude rose $1.35 to $60.76 by 1035 GMT. London Brent surged $1.44 to $60.66 a barrel.
The plan by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which pumps more than a third of the world's oil, expands on token supply cutbacks announced last week by Nigeria and
The reduction will be OPEC's first output cut since April 2004. The group's official output limit has stood at 28 million bpd for more than a year.
All OPEC countries apart from Iraq, exempt from OPEC supply quotas, and
Indonesia , a net importer, are to take part in the supply curbs, the senior delegate said.
Kuwaiti Oil Minister Sheikh Ali al-Jarrah al-Sabah raised the chance of broader action on Wednesday, telling Reuters that
Kuwait may also cut back if prices continued to fall sharply. Continued...
LONDON (Reuters) - Former foreign secretary Jack Straw said Muslim women who wore full veils made community relations "more difficult", sparking criticism from Islamic groups who said the comments would cause anger in their communities.
Straw, now Leader of the House of Commons, said a veil was "a visible statement of separation and difference" and that he felt much more comfortable dealing with people with their faces uncovered.
Writing in his local paper, Straw said he was concerned that "wearing the full veil was bound to make better, positive relations between the two communities more difficult".
Straw said he had received a unanimously positive response to his request for Muslim women to take off their veils when they came to see him in Blackburn, the town he represents in parliament.
"Most seem relieved I have asked," he said in his article for the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
By David Rennie, Europe Correspondent
Radical Muslims in France's housing estates are waging an undeclared "intifada" against the police, with violent clashes injuring an average of 14 officers each day.
|Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy was warned of an 'intifada'
As the interior ministry said that nearly 2,500 officers had been wounded this year, a police union declared that its members were "in a state of civil war" with Muslims in the most depressed "banlieue" estates which are heavily populated by unemployed youths of north African origin.
Islamitische landen krijgen in de mensenrechtenraad van de VN nauwelijks nog steun van de Europese Unie. De unie verliest haar rol van bemiddelaar.
Door onze correspondent Caroline de Gruyter
De klacht komt van een Arabische diplomaat bij de Raad voor de Mensenrechten van de Verenigde Naties, een nieuwe organisatie die oordeelt over hoe landen omgaan met mensenrechten en die nu voor de tweede keer in Genève bijeen is.
„Israël bombardeert Libanon en onderdrukt de Palestijnen. De Amerikanen houden huis in Irak, Afghanistan en op Guantánamo”, voegt de diplomaat eraan toe. „En als wij die mensenrechtenschendingen bij de VN aanklagen, geeft Europa niet thuis. De Europese Unie onthoudt zich van stemming, of stemt tegen ons. Met de Amerikanen.”
By Steven Emerson http://www.jewishworldreview.com | The indictment of the Islamic Jihad terrorist leadership operating out of the United States since 1984 was unprecedented in scope and magnitude. With 50 counts (166 pages), it revealed in fascinating detail the internal conversations, discussions, planning and covert financing of one of the most murderous terrorist enterprises in the world. It uncovered a world we never get to see: how a terrorist enterprise was created, maintained, financed, and coordinated from the safety of the United States.
From issuing communiques on behalf of suicide operations to arguing how their monies were being spent by factions in the Islamic Jihad, the indictment - spanning 19 years - shows a key to Islamic terrorists' success in planting themselves in the heart of the West: the ability to deceive the public, media and government in portraying themselves as part of America's pluralist ethnic mosaic.
Hilversum (Van onze redactie) 17 november 2005 - “Het is gewoon stoere praat om aandacht te trekken”, zo luidt de eerste reactie van Haci Karacaer, directeur van de Turkse moskeeorganisatie Milli Görüs, op de uitspraken van bisschop Wiertz van Roermond. Deze zei in het blad Chapeau! dat hij tegen de toetreding van Turkije tot de EU is, want dat zou een “theocratische bom onder Europa leggen”.
Karacaer is niet echt verbaasd over het standpunt van Wiertz. “In Turkije heb je dat soort figuren ook. Maar die zeggen dat de EU een bom onder Turkije legt. In ieder geval vind ik dit soort apocalyptische beeldspraak onzinnig”, aldus de Milli Görüs vandaag tegenover katholieknederland.nl.
Wiertz zei dat Turkije als EU-lid een bedreiging voor de godsdienstvrijheid inhoudt. “We leveren onze eigen normen en waarden van wederzijdse waardering en respect in. Immers, in Turkije is er niet of nauwelijks vrijheid van godsdienst'', aldus de bisschop in het Limburgse magazine Chapeau!. Karacaer: “Het klopt dat er in Turkije niet dezelfde mate van godsdienstvrijheid heerst als in de EU. Maar dat komt wel; Turkije moet toch nog examen doen, of niet dan?”
by Baron Bodissey
A note from Fjordman concerning this post:
I have been criticized for doing good analyses of the situation in the West, but not giving good enough answers to exactly what we should do about the situation.
The following is a very rough first draft. I would be happy to get feedback, including criticism, from readers, in order to prepare a more thorough post later on.
We live in the age of the retreat of the Western world order. The West is declining as a percentage of world population, and in danger of being overwhelmed by immigration from poorer countries with booming populations. Westerners need to adjust our self-image to being just one of several powerful civilizations in the 21st century. As such, we also need to ditch Messianic altruism: We have no obligation to “save” the Islamic world, and do not have the financial strength or the demographic numbers to do so even if we wanted to.
Part Two--The New Subtle Jihad
Here is the second installment of guest blogger Leon's five-part series.
Muslims have developed a brilliant tactic to conquer Europe—immigration, also known as the demographic Jihad!
Immigrant Muslims in Europe, their descendents, and their relatives and many children, strain European economies and government budgets by cashing in on Europe’s generous welfare benefits, like free medical care, free education, subsidized housing, and on and on. And do these migrants contribute anything back to their hosts? Well, consider this--most European Muslims are under- or unemployed, unskilled, and only poorly speak a European language, that is, if they speak any European language at all. To make matters worse, most Europeans only have 1 or 2 children, but the average Muslim family has about 5-6 children.
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – EU defence ministries are going to have to contend with a shrinking recruitment pool for soldiers, a public that is more cautious about interventionist operations and 24/7 media scrutiny, according to a long-term military planning report approved by defence ministers on Tuesday (3 October).
The 28-page study looks to a future where Europe will be externally dependent for 90 percent of its oil and 80 percent of gas by 2025 and where "strong migratory pressures" due to the fast-growing populations in Africa and the Middle East offset by stable and ageing European population are set to cause "direct or indirect challenges" to Europe's security interests.
However, Europe's possible need to act in any of these regions or situations will be tempered by a more clued-up, risk-averse society.
— Or — How political expediency has replaced political correctness in the Netherlands
Pieter Dorsman reports on the issue of Sharia law replacing the constitution in the Netherlands: “If a situation could arise where a majority could agree to shred a constitution in favor of religious law – and one from the Middle Ages at that - than doesn’t a democracy have an obligation to devise mechanism whereby such choices could be neutralized?”
When Ayaan Hirsi Ali published her autobiography, entitled “My Freedom”, last week she commented that immigration and integration issues in The Netherlands were far from being solved; that more confrontations by opposing sides in the debate were likely. It is therefore remarkable that the key players in the Dutch election campaign so far have stayed away from this particular hot button and focused on more mundane issues such as universal childcare and retirement benefits.
Some dhimmis, (those infidels who are not Moslem but succumb to their will) are helping their Moslem masters celebrate the holy month of Ramadan without even being asked.
Last week a book publisher told Nancy Kobrin, a psychoanalyst and lecturer on counter-terrorism, that they were withdrawing the publication of her book, The Sheikh’s New Clothes, because they were afraid of fundamentalist repercussions, according to Kobrin.
According to Kobrin, Mary Loughrey, a vice president with the book publisher, called to tell her that “because of security reasons they feared for the safety of the staff and themselves.”
he said Loughrey mentioned Muslim reaction – including calls for assassination – following Pope Benedict XVI’s recent speech as part of the reason they were concerned.
Reform and progress are rampant in Islam. It's clear from its supporters and from its opponents. Yesterday's Financial Times reported on new developments in the banking sector in Islam. Swiss investment bank UBS is finding ways to provide sharia-compliant financial products and services to a specifically Moslem client base. Principally, this is about how to avoid charging interest and still make money. Gillian Tett explains that 'the Koran also bans financial speculation or risk taking, as well as investment in non-Islamic activities such as alcohol and tobacco', and of course there's also the question of the boycott of companies dealing with Israel. It's a complex business, especially in an age when 'Islamic sentiment has risen in the Muslim world'.
Opposing the trend at the very heart of the Moslem world is the pure, fundamentalist Islam of the Arabian peninsula. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abd Al-'Aziz promised last week to cut off the tongues of those who try to distort Islam with reform and progress. Being somewhat ignorant and obsessive, he identified the source of reform and progress in a quite unexpected location.
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David Cameron today vowed to break up Muslim ghettos in Britain's cities.
The Tory leader said Islamic schools should in future admit a quarter of their pupils from other faiths. And he said that housing estates should be planned to avoid creating isolated communities.
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In the most frank comments on the issue by a major party leader, he used his keynote party conference speech to say Britain had made an error by allowing ghettos to develop.
"It worries me that we have allowed communities to grow up which live 'parallel lives',î he said in an extract of today's speech obtained in advance by the Evening Standard.
"Communities where people from different backgrounds never meet, never talk, never go into each others' homes, said the Tory leader.
The rage over the Mohammad cartoons have started to build up again
after several Arabic media channels have discovered that Norwegian TV station, TV2, showed the offending cartoons.
Some Muslims in the middle east reacted with disgust when they learned that TV2 showed the cartoons in TV documentary, "Document 2". Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya have several articles on Doc 2 and Magazinet editor Vebjørn K. Selbekk’s new book on their homepages, writes Nettavisen.
And it didn’t take long before people started reacting. Readers from around the globe were outraged when they learned that the TV station showed the cartoons of the prophet Mohammad.
According to Nettavisen, several Arabic media channels have a detailed description of the TV program and the response from Norwegian politicians. They also report that Selbekk didn’t apologize because he was wrong in printing the cartoons, but because of death threats and strong pressure from the Norwegian government to do so.
Prague- Some three-quarters of Czechs have a negative attitude to Islam, while 60 percent are afraid of it, according to a poll conducted by the polling agency STEM, published by the daily Hospodarske noviny (HN).
The fears may have been enhanced by the recent information that there was a threat of terrorist attack in the Czech Republic.
Besides, the Czechs have poor knowledge about the religion. Some 11 percent are of the view that Buddha or Abraham respectively are the founders of Islam.
Some 55 percent agree with the view that there is a threat of a war of Western and Muslim civilisations. Almost one half of those polled are afraid of immediate terrorist attack in the Czech Republic.
Earlier we wrote of Czech fears of Islam, and in the comments beneath, our reader Czech Infidel mentioned a documentary, providing a link. I have seen this documentary, and think it is worth being seen by our readers.
The documentary is called "I Muslim" and it provides an accurate view of Islamic belief, provided by the CTV broadcasting company to a community which had had little experience of Islam. In 1996 there were no mosques in the Czech Republic, only an occasional prayer room. There is a mosque at Prague, another in Brno, and one at Teplice.
According to the US's religious freedom report for 2005, there are 20,000 to 30,000 Muslims in the nation, though these figures come from Muslim leaders. The true figure is probably about 10,000 to 15,000. Most Muslims in the Czech Republic have come from Bosnia, with a large population increase in the 1990s. There are now Muslims from the Middle East and other nations.
This morning I heard on the Dutch radio an interview with a merchant in Herat responding to the question, what he thought about the presence of foreign troops in
Afghanistan . The reporter was a little quick by telling the audience that he did not really wanted to answer, but what was his answer?
He mentioned that the mighty Russian army attacked
Afghanistan and at that time the Taliban appeared, they never heard of them before, and fought together with the others against the Russians and were successful. Then the Americans needed the Taliban to get into the country and create a situation that they will become part of the official government. And this morning I read this article.
Cora Stephans fulminates Plädoyer für die Meinungsfreiheit
Die Frankfurter Publizistin und Buchautorin Cora Stephan hat sich Gedanken zum voranschreitenden Verlust unserer Meinungsfreiheit durch den Islam gemacht, zuletzt durch die Absetzung der Berliner Oper. Kategorie: Must Read!
Lehmann sieht Dialog mit Muslimen "am Nullpunkt"
Nachdenklich: Kardinal Karl Lehmann.
Für manche, wie Kardinal Lehmann, ist es eine schlechte Nachricht, für uns von PI die beste des Tages:
Der Dialog zwischen Christen und Muslimen ist nach Einschätzung von Karl Kardinal Lehmann, "ziemlich am Nullpunkt" angelangt.
Und genau da soll er auch bleiben, Herr Kardinal!
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INTELLECTUALS are rallying around a philosophy teacher forced into hiding after he wrote an article describing the Prophet Muhammad as a ruthless warlord and mass murderer.
Robert Redeker, a writer who teaches at a lycée near Toulouse, has been under police protection, moving between secret addresses, since threats against him appeared on Islamist websites last week. His home address was published with calls to murder. “You will never feel secure on this earth. One billion, 300 million Muslims are ready to kill you,” one message said. One threat came from a contributor to al- Hesbah, an internet forum that is viewed as a channel for al-Qaeda. Despite the threats the Government has offered M Redeker, 52, only limited support.
More than 20 stars of the French intellectual world appealed yesterday to the Government to do more to help. They included the philosophers Bernard-Henri Lévy, Alain Finkielkraut and André Glucksmann. M Redeker, who is on the editorial board of Les Temps Modernes, a review founded by Jean-Paul Sartre, has said that he cannot afford to pay for his accommodation and other costs in hiding.
Beirut (AsiaNews) – In the recent conflict with Israel, Hezbollah directly benefited from intelligence data provided by Syria, collected by listening posts jointly operated by Russia and Syria. Hezbollah also received intelligence from other listening posts jointly operated by Syria and Iran on the Golan Heights, the defence journal Jane's reported. For the London-based military and strategic affairs periodical, Syria played a key role in gathering intelligence and transfer it to Hezbollah based on agreements Damascus signed with Moscow and Tehran.
Russia also operated indirectly in favour of Hezbollah through the many anti-tank rockets it sent to Syria and transferred to Hezbollah. Moreover, Russia not only got out arms sales but also first-hand intelligence data collected by the listening posts it manages with the Syrians.
Part One-- Plato's Cave
Guest blogger Leon from Ireland has authored a five-part series on the Islamification of Europe. One part will be posted per day for the next five days.
If ever the saying “the Truth hurts” could be applied to a situation, it is certainly appropriate concerning the rise of Islam in Europe.
Plato once told a story about how people react to the Truth, which easily relates to how many (probably most) Europeans react to Islam’s emerging supremacy on their continent. Plato’s fable goes like this:
There was once a certain group of people in a dark cave in chains facing a wall all of their lives… but there was a fire continually lighting behind them at the entrance of the cave which they never saw, but they could see the shadows of people and objects reflecting on the wall in front of them which was caused by the fire and reflections of the people and objects at the entrance of the cave…so the only thing that they knew (and which was the only reality to them) was the darkness and the reflections on the wall caused by the fire behind them and the little bit of light shining from the
The Central Council of Muslims is Germany’s equivalent of CAIR (every Western country has its Muslim Brotherhood front group), and they’re seething today over an accurate statement made by an aide of Chancellor Angela Merkel: Merkel aide criticized for comments on Islam. (Hat tip: Ron.)
BERLIN - The secretary general of Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) came under fire from a Muslim group Sunday for saying Islam was the main cause of religious-motivated violence.
“It is certainly painful for many Muslims to witness their religion being exploited for violence,” Ronald Pofalla wrote in the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
But there were many Muslims who could be incited, he added. “The problem of religiously-motivated violence today is almost exclusively a problem of Islam,” Pofalla said.
The Central Council of Muslims in Germany accused the CDU politician of dealing in stereotypes and stoking up prejudices with his remarks. “Such statements are incompatible with a democratic and enlightened society,” said the council’s general secretary, Aiman Mazyek.
In this video sent to me by several readers, “youths” in a Paris suburb riot and attack police cars—and police simply flee the scene, doing nothing to stop the violence.
October 02, 2006 9:26 AM
PRISTINA, Serbia-An explosion damaged the house of a Gorani minority member in a southern Kosovo village, but caused no injuries, police said Monday.
The government denounced Sunday's attack, and said such incidents were aimed at destabilizing Kosovo amid U.N.-led negotiations on the province's future status. A key consideration during the talks has been Kosovo's ability to provide security to minority groups.
"That criminal act serves those forces trying to damage at any cost Kosovo's overall processes," the government said in a statement.
Vlaamse jongeren zijn, veel meer dan hun Franstalige leeftijdsgenoten, onverdraagzaam en bevooroordeeld tegenover allochtonen. Bijna een kwart van de Vlaamse jongeren zegt dat ze op het Vlaams Belang zouden stemmen.
Dat zijn de resultaten van een grootschalig onderzoek van de K.U. Leuven en de Canadese McGill University dat zaterdag in de Corelio-kranten verscheen. In het kader van het onderzoek werden in beide landen bijna tienduizend jongeren van 16 en 17 ondervraagd. "Meer dan de helft vindt dat immigranten een bedreiging vormen voor onze levenswijze en werkzekerheid. Meer dan driekwart kan zich niet voorstellen ooit een relatie te hebben met een zwarte, een immigrant of een moslim", licht politicoloog Mark Hooghe, die het onderzoek cošrdineerde, toe. (belga)
by Baron Bodissey
posted a report last week about a TV meeting between the famous Motoonist, Kurt Westergaard, and an Islamic extremist:
So, on Danish television yesterday [September 24th], Kurt Westergaard, the artist responsible for the most famous of the Mohammed cartoons, the ‘turban bomb’, met with Kasem Said Ahmad, who is currently the foreman of the Islamic Faith Society. The meeting was billed as an attempt at ‘dialogue’ (a word that has been very popular of late) but failed in this when Kasem Said Ahmad, failing to receive an apology from Kurt Westergaard, stood up and walked out.
September 30th, 2006
The Pope recently met with ambassadors from Islamic countries. Although the meeting itself was widely reported, important details and contextual information have not been widely reported even in Italy, much less in the worldwide media. They provide important signals for understanding the Pontiff’s strategy and intentions.
The Islamist reaction to Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks on Islam led many skeptics to realize that what terrorists are waging is not just a war against the values of life and liberty. Not even a war on civilization. Rather, it is a war of religions and cultures.
The killing of an Italian nun in Somalia two weeks ago has been considered by Western media and public opinion as vengeance for the Pope’s statements. Although there is a bit of truth in this assertion, what many fail to understand is that Islamists do not need pretexts and “controversial” speeches to kill non-Muslims.
Pakistan: Brite wegen Notwehr zum Tode verurteilt
Der Fall ähnelt fatal jenem aus dem Iran, wo ein 17-jähriges Mädchen sich gegen ihren Vergewaltiger mit einem Messer zu Wehr setzte und diesen dabei tötete. Sie wurde zum Tode verurteilt, weil sie kein Recht habe, einen Mann zu töten. Wäre die Vergewaltigung gelungen, wäre das Urteil wegen außerehelichen Verkehrs dasselbe gewesen (PI berichtete im Januar über diesen grauenvollen Fall). Gleiches droht nun dem inzwischen 36-jährigen Briten pakistanischer Herkunft Mirza Tahir Hussain (Foto), der im Alter von 18 seine Familie besuchen wollte. Seitdem erlebt er einen Albtraum, der mit seinem Tod enden könnte:
Life in Denmark After the Motoons
by Baron Bodissey
In the comments on yesterday’s post
, two commenters with inside knowledge of Danish affairs left us some interesting information. I’ve cleaned up the spelling, syntax, and punctuation to present their comments here.
First, here’s Yorkshireminer:
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What is really interesting is what has been happening in Denmark.The Danes seem to have got their second wind, and dumped dhimmitude.
Kurt Westergaard [the cartoonist who drew the turban-bomb Mohammed] gave an interview for a Danish paper a couple of weeks ago including his picture, and said that he hadn’t been in hiding and had just carried on as if nothing had happened. Laban the Imam who started the row has been backpedaling for all he is worth and puts his foot in it every time he opens his mouth.
A small traffic incident in gay Paree (sarc tag) devolves into mayhem, rather quickly too I'd say. The riots in France seem to recur with greater frequency. Shocking how quickly things unravel, here a crowd gathered quickly, grew to about 250 people. They carried homemade shields, pick handles, stones and threatened the police officers, saying: ``You won't get out of the car alive,'''
Clash in France Leaves 7 People Injured
PARIS (AP) - Police northwest of Paris used tear gas, rubber pellets and fired a warning shot to disperse a crowd that surrounded their vehicle after they tried to stop a driver for not wearing a seat belt, a police union official said Monday.
Six officers and a civilian were reported slightly injured in the clash Sunday night that was reminiscent of riots and violence that swept economically depressed French areas last year.
The clash broke out after police tried to stop a driver in Les Mureaux, 20 miles from central Paris, for not wearing a seat belt, said Patrick Trotignon, a police union official. The driver refused to stop, and later crashed into another police car that tried to block his path. A crowd gathered, growing to about 250 people, Trotignon said. Some carried homemade shields, pick handles, stones and threatened the police officers, saying: ``You won't get out of the car alive,''' he added.
From the desk of Fjordman on Tue, 2006-10-03 00:20
“The Jihad, the Islamic so-called Holy War, has been a fact of life in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East for more than 1300 years, but this is the first history of the Muslim wars in Europe ever to be published. Hundreds of books, however, have appeared on its Christian counterpart, the Crusades, to which the Jihad is often compared, although they lasted less than two hundred years and unlike the Jihad, which is universal, were largely but not completely confined to the Holy Land. Moreover, the Crusades have been over for more than 700 years, while a Jihad is still going on in the world. The Jihad has been the most unrecorded and disregarded major event of history. It has, in fact, been largely ignored. For instance, the Encyclopaedia Britannica gives the Crusades eighty times more space than the Jihad.”
The quote is from Paul Fregosi’s book Jihad in the West from 1998. Mr. Fregosi found that his book about the history of Islamic Holy War in Europe from the 7th to the 20th centuries was difficult to get published in the mid-1990s, when publishers had the Salman Rushdie case in fresh memory.
A few years later, an even more comprehensive book, The Legacy of Jihad, was published by Andrew G. Bostom. Bostom has written about what he calls “America’s First War on Terror.”
Today’s Washington Post has a fascinating look into the Salafist jihadi movements. The internal letter from the al Qaeda leadership to Zarqawi from December 2005 was translated and provided by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and is available here.
The most interesting element is the dismay of the “core” al Qaeda leadership (bin Laden, Zawahiri et al) at the Zarqawi tactics of killing other Muslims, especially Sunnis, and the insistence on following a much broader overall political policy, rather than just attacking the enemy militarily.
Written by a senior al Qaeda commander using the name Atiya, the letter clearly shows that Zarqawi (and most likely his successor in Iraq) are subordinate to bin Laden and Zawahiri in the conception of the core al Qaeda leadership. This indicates a structured, hierarchical structure, at least among these groups. The letter orders Zarqawi to do many things, rather than requesting the actions. This is somewhat different than the al Qaeda often protrayed as isolated, dispersed and decentralized.
Reuters: Turkey’s top naval officer said on Sept. 29 the armed forces would never make concessions for the sake of the European Union, joining a growing chorus of protests against EU calls for full civilian control of the military.
Turkey’s military, which drove a government from power as recently as 1997, views itself as the ultimate guardian of the secular order and resents EU demands that it stop speaking out on what it sees as matters of vital national interest.
"The Turkish Armed Forces will never make concessions demanded of it for the sake of the European Union," Admiral Yener Karahanoglu told the naval academy in comments quoted by the NTV channel.
Turkey began EU entry talks last year but is not expected to join for many years. The European Commission is expected to criticize Ankara’s reform record and the continued political influence of the military in its annual report in November.
In the early 700's A.D., the Muslims (known as the Moors) invaded the Iberian Peninsula, an area that included Portugal and Spain (which were then under Christian rule), and conquered the territory, renaming it al-Andalusia. The area was under Islamic control from that time, until 1492, when the Spaniards finally expelled the Moors, an event known to history as La Reconquista.
La Reconquista is still celebrated to this day in cities across Spain. Many of these cities burn Mohammed in effigy, or stuff a likeness of Mohammed with fireworks, which make him "explode" when set off. This year, however, things are different. Why? Well, because the Moors are back, and the Spaniards are afraid
A teenager was stabbed when hundreds of people became involved in a battle on the streets of Preston.
Trouble centred on the Jamea Masjid mosque in Clarendon Street, Avenham, for more than four hours last night (Sunday) and led to a massive policing operation.
Preston's police chief said the problems were triggered by local youths throwing stones at cars belonging to people attending the mosque.
This sparked a response from around 200 people inside the mosque who came out to defend those under attack.
It resulted in one 16-year-old Asian youth being stabbed in the arm, but ambulance crews were turned back as the police felt it was too dangerous for them to enter the scene.
Na het zoveelste incident waarbij ambulancemedewerkers zijn bedreigd tijdens het uitvoeren van hun werkzaamheden, heeft vakbond CNV met klem opgeroepen ambulances voortaan onder politiebegeleiding de weg op te laten gaan.
Dat meldt het AD maandag. Zeker als ambulancemedewerkers 's nachts naar risicogebieden worden gestuurd, moeten zij geëscorteerd worden door politieagenten, vindt CNV.
Dit weekeinde werden twee ambulancemedewerkers in Vlaardingen bedreigd en belaagd door een grote menigte, toen zij een bewusteloze man probeerden te behandelen na een vechtpartij. Omstanders schopten onder meer de ruiten van de ambulance in.
Toen politieagenten de ambulancemedewerkers te hulp schoten, keerden ongeveer 250 omstanders zich tegen hen. Daarbij raakten twee agenten gewond en twee omstanders werden gearresteerd (lees ook Ambulancepersoneel belaagd door omstanders).
'Het is triest dat politiebegeleiding nodig is,' zegt de woordvoerder van de vakbond. 'Maar zolang de politiek geen haast maakt met de invoering van een wet die het molesteren van overheidspersoneel zwaarder straft, moet de maatregel er komen.'
Dit jaar is het al ongeveer tien keer voorgekomen dat ambulancemedewerkers werden bedreigd of mishandeld (lees ook Boze echtgenoot sluit ambulancepersoneel op, Jongens terroriseren arts en ambulancepersoneel en Ambulancepersoneel bedreigd en mishandeld). Uit een enquête van het CNV blijkt dat zelfs 96 procent van al het ambulancepersoneel dit jaar te maken heeft gehad met fysiek of verbaal geweld.
'Het is absurd dat hulpverleners worden belaagd. Wij stellen drie maatregelen voor. De ambulancedienst moet aangifte doen, deze zaken mogen niet worden geseponeerd en de daders moeten een extra zware straf krijgen,' zegt VVD-kamerlid Frans Weekers.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali heeft gewaarschuwd dat een 'appeasementpolitiek' ten opzichte van radicale moslims niet werkt. Dat zei het oud-kamerlid in het Duitse Kassel, waar zij een prijs in ontvangst nam.
Hirsi Ali verwees met haar opmerking naar het beleid van de Britse premier Neville Chamberlain eind jaren dertig, die de expansiedrift van Adolf Hitler accepteerde in de hoop een oorlog te voorkomen.
Zo’n beleid voeren ten opzichte van moslims zou ‘gevaarlijk en naïef’ zijn, zei Hirsi Ali. 'Hoe meer we weg kijken, hoe makkelijker het wordt voor de islam-fascisten om de hoofden van de jeugd te vergiftigen'.
De voormalig VVD-politica kreeg in Duitsland de burgerschapsprijs 'Das Glas der Vernunft' uitgereikt. De prijs is bedoeld voor politici, wetenschappers en kunstenaars, die zich op een bijzondere manier hebben ingezet voor onder meer rede en tolerantie.
Het voormalige Tweede Kamerlid wordt met de prijs beloond voor haar inzet voor de integratie van migranten en tegen de discriminatie van vrouwen, aldus de organisatie op zijn website. Een eerdere winnaar was Lea Rabin, de vrouw van de vermoorde Israëlische premier Yitzhak Rabin.
by Baron Bodissey
The noted blogger Fjordman is filing this report via Gates of Vienna.
For a complete Fjordman blogography, see The Fjordman Files.
Respect for individuals and human rights are frequently — and rightfully — quoted as crucial factors separating Western civilization from Islam. Ohmyrus, one of the pundits at Iranian ex-Muslim Ali Sina’s website www.faithfreedom.org
, explains important differences between the Western and the Islamic views of human rights:
“In August of 1990, representatives of 54 Muslim countries met in Cairo and signed the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam. What then are Islamic Human Rights and how do they differ from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)?
Sarajevo (DPA) - Some 300 Bosnian Muslims of the Arab origin protested Saturday before the government building in downtown Sarajevo against a possibility of losing Bosnian citizenship they were given during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. Thousands of Islamic fighters, known as mujahedin, came to Bosnia from Muslim countries during the country's war to fight alongside Bosnian Muslims against Bosnian Serbs. Some of the most vicious atrocities were commited by these fighters.
Five of the 19 hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks on the US were veterans of the Bosnian war and fought alongside the mujahedin that are now demanding to retain their Bosnian citizenship.
Here is the first of a multi-part series from the great European essayist Fjordman, in which he tests whether he can find any evidence of whether the thesis Bat Ye'or put forward in her book "Eurabia" is accurate.
I decided to write this essay after a comment from a journalist, not a Leftist by my country's standards, who dismissed Eurabia as merely a conspiracy theory, one on a par with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. I do not disagree with the fact that conspiracy theories exist, nor that they can be dangerous. After all, the Protocols and the Dolchstosslegende, or "stab in the back myth" - the idea that Germany didn't lose WW1 but was betrayed by Socialists, intellectuals and Jews - helped pave the way for Adolf Hitler and the Nazis before WW2.
However, what puzzles me is that it is a widely-held belief of many (not just in the Islamic world but in Europe and even in the United States) that the terror attacks that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11th 2001 were really a controlled demolition staged by the American government and then blamed on Muslims. I have seen this thesis talked about many times in Western media. While it is frequently (though not always) dismissed and mocked, it is least mentioned.
In an attempt to put an end to the global menace of terrorism, Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has urged the world community to fight terrorism jointly.
Citing recent terror attacks in India and various parts of the world, Chatterjee said at a meeting with a European Parliament delegation that there should be no compromise in the battle against terrorism.
He hoped that friendly relations between India and the EU would deepen further with greater interaction at different levels and cooperation between the two sides in various areas, including trade and commerce.
European Parliament President Josp Borrell Fontelles regretted that investment of European Union countries in India constituted merely one percent of their investment across the globe.
The EU gets mostly skilled immigrants from India as compared to unskilled people from the rest of the world.
Poliomyelitis has been successfully eradicated in developed countries, though there are an estimated 600,000 survivors
still resident in the United States. In 1921, aged 39, Franklin D. Roosevelt developed polio which paralyzed his legs. The limbs gradually became atrophied. This caused him to be self-conscious. In most photographs taken since 1921, he is seen either seated, behind a desk or lectern or with his lower body hidden inside a car.
Polio has been with humanity from the beginnings of history. An Egyptian stele (pictured, above right) from between 1580 and 1350 B.C depicts an individual who has an atrophied leg, typical of polio deformation. And even in the 21st century, polio has no cure.
A vaccine has been in existence since 12 August 1955, due to the researches of Jonas Salk, and an oral vaccine developed by Albert B Sabin has been available since 1962.
A report from today's Telegraph reports that a paratrooper who had received injuries while serving his country in Afghanistan has been threatened by a Muslim fanatic. The soldier was in a hospital bed in Selly Oak, Birmingham, and unable to defend himself due to his injuries.
The paratrooper had been approached by a Muslim who came onto the open ward, which was shared by the paratrooper, another soldier and four civilians. No-one had made any attempt to prevent the Muslim from getting onto the unlocked ward. According to the paratrooper's relatives, the Muslim fanatic had wandered onto the ward twice before, without being stopped by staff.
The fanatic approached the soldier, who was still in his uniform after being evacuated from Afghanistan and said in a tirade: "You have been killing my Muslim brothers in Afghanistan."
Hanafi has been labeled an apostate, and as with the case of Abdul Rahman, those who would spare him the death sentence for apostasy are instead questioning his sanity. From Gulf News: "Professor under clerical fire for 'disparaging' Quran"
Cairo: An Egyptian university professor has angered Muslim clerics for his slur against the Holy Quran.
Hassan Hanafi, a professor of philosophy, has reportedly likened the Muslims' holy scriptures to a "supermarket from which we can take what suits us and leave what does not suit us". He has allegedly said that the names of God are contradictory and "indicate a despotic nature of the Creator".
Hanafi was not immediately available for comment. But his remarks, widely reported in local newspapers, have drawn condemnations from Muslim clergy.
Here's an interesting tidbit from Radio Netherlands
The French President Jacques Chirac has urged Turkey to recognise the massacre of Armenians during and after the First World War as genocide if it wants to join the European Union. President Chirac was speaking during a visit to Armenia. In the capital Yerevan he laid a wreath at the memorial to the Armenian victims of the massacres and deportations, which, Armenia says, claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians. The Turkish government refuses to accept that the killings constitute genocide and insists that the number of victims was much lower. In 2001 France became the first European country to officially recognise the Armenian genocide. France has the largest community of Armenian descent.
"Er hat alle wichtigen Sicherheitstests bestanden"
Schulinspektor in GB: Isar Khan
In Großbritannien läuft die Unterwerfung unter den Islam in einem solch atemberaubenden Tempo ab, dass einem regelrecht schwindelig werden kann. Königliche Residenzen erhalten Gebetsräume, Moslemgremien werden vor geplanten Razzien oder Verhaftungen informiert und dürfen mitentscheiden, ob die Beweislage für die geplante Maßnahme ausreicht, der Premierminister hat den Koran zur abendlichen Lektüre auf dem Nachttisch liegen, der Inneminister lässt sich auf einer Kundgebung niederschreien und "Demonstranten" dürfen - von der Polizei gut behütet - mit Massenmord und Terror drohen. Das nächste Ereignis in dieser gruseligen Sammlung ist die Berufung eines Islamisten zum Schulinspektor. Jens hat den Beitrag aus dem Daily Mail übersetzt:
Tan describes the incident as an example of a 'development contrasting with the priority of freedom of expression that is highlighted on every occasion in the European Union’
ANKARA - Turkish Daily News
The Turkish capital has expressed bitter disappointment over the fact that the killings of Armenians in the latter years of the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago unexpectedly cropped up as a leading issue in the Dutch elections.
The two largest Dutch political parties recently removed the names of ethnic Turkish parliamentary candidates from an candidate list for refusing to acknowledge that the killings of Armenians during World War I amounted to genocide, despite the question of whether the issue should properly be termed “genocide” remains a matter of academic and political debate.
The Foreign Ministry, in a written statement released yesterday, first of all noted that it would not be appropriate for Turkey to comment on methods and rules that Dutch political parties should follow while determining their candidates for early elections, slated for Nov. 22, since it is an issue of domestic politics in the Netherlands.
Three weeks ago, shots were fired with an automatic rifle at the synagogue in Oslo. In the aftermath of the events, there was a huge debate in the Norwegian press, in which some interesting comments appeared.
On 17 September, in the night from Saturday to Sunday, somebody fired about ten rounds at the synagogue in Oslo with an automatic rifle. Four men were later arrested, and according to the reports of the police, which had had the car of the suspected bugged for already quite a while, the attack on the synagogue was only exercise for the real thing: an attack on the Israeli and American embassy in Oslo.
The attack resulted in a huge debate in the Norwegian media, and some interesting statements and views were reported here and there. Like for example the analysis of a number of Al Qaida cells by researcher Petter Ness of the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI, Forsvarets Forskningsinstitut), published in a report called «Jihad in Europe; recruitment for terrorist cells in Europe». In his analysis he describes how a typical terrorist cell looks like: usually there is an entrepreneur, his protégé, some people from the edge of society, and finally some loose elements. The entrepreneur and the protégé often are very religious, and their acts driven by political resentment and frustration. Usually the entrepreneur has had higher education, and he is the key person for the existence of the group. In many cases he is also the one who actively recruits new members for the group. The other members on the other hand can be part of the group out of loyalty to one of the other members, or simply because they belong to the same social network as the others. All this seems to match well with the cell that fired on the synagogue in Oslo.
September 28, 2006 -- A Kosovo Albanian drug-boss, Princ Dobrosi, says that he is a friend of a Pakistani-born al Qaeda leader Arfan Qaeder Bhatti who was recently arrested in Norway on charges of planning to terrorize Israeli and American embassies in
Oslo, Norway .
According to a Czech daily Mlada fronta Dnes, Bhatti has solicited operational help from a Kosovo Albanian drug-boss Princ Dobrosi in order to plan attacks on the Czhech capital,
"We got acquainted in the Ringerike prison in
Norway a few years ago," Dobrosi admitted to the Czech daily Mlada fronta Dnes by phone from his home in Pec.
Dobrosi's drug empire was once based in
Prague where he was arrested and subsequently escaped.
Dobrosi headed the strongest Kosovo Albanian drug mafia gang that was in control of the northern branch of the Balkan route headquartered in the Albanian dominated Serb
Kosovo . Dobrosi's gang controlled the distribution of heroin and other drugs from Kosovo to Nordic countries via the
Various Kosovo Albanian clans maintain distribution branches in other European cities. Dobrosi is the first of the ethnic Albanian drug bosses to admit direct links to al Qaeda.
Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo are predominantly Muslim.
September 30, 2006, 11:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
The south Lebanese village of Merwahin was the stage Thursday, Sept 28 of the first near-showdown between UN and Israeli forces. DEBKAfile publishes here the first photo of an encounter between 4 French Leclerc and at least 5 Israeli Merkava tanks in that Lebanese village.
Despite the photographic evidence, Israel officially denies the incident. DEBKAfile reports the French force sought to prevent the Israeli unit from combing through the Hizballah-dominated village in search of the raiders who crossed into Israel and broke into the IDF’s Kibbutz Shomera arms store last week. They made off with a large quantity of side-arms, anti-tank weapons, LAU rockets and hundreds of combat grenades, which the Israeli force was determined to recover.
The Jamia Mosque in Newport, South Wales (pictured left) had a severed pig's head left outside its premises on the first day of Ramadan. Not a particularly pleasant thing to happen, admittedly, but placed in a context of British policing as a whole, the actions of Gwent police expose the abject hypocrisy of national police policy.
The news of the pig's head is reported by the BBC, IC Wales, South Wales Argus and even appears in the Turkish Press and on US Yahoo via Agence France Presse.
Gwent Police Superintendent Simon Prince said: "We treat all incidents of hate crime seriously and are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry to identify the offender."
Sheikh Mohammad Thair Ullah, who is from the neighbouring Shah Poran Bangladeshi Jame Mosque said the incident was "disgusting" and provocative."
Ullah continued: "Muslims are peace-loving people which has been interpreted wrongly to show that we are all terrorists and criminals. That is the impression given by the world's media and politicians which is totally wrong."
Signs of courage from Germany: German lawmaker blames Islam for religious violence
BERLIN, Sept 30 (Reuters) - A top German politician and close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday Islam was one of the main factors in religiously motivated violence, and urged Germany's Muslims to reject all forms of brutality.
But Ronald Pofalla, general-secretary of Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats, also acknowledged that many Muslims would find it painful that their religion was being abused for violent ends.
"Certainly it is painful for many Muslims that their religion is misused for violence," Pofalla wrote in a guest column for Sunday's Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
"But ... the problem of religiously motivated violence is today almost exclusively a problem of Islam. In addition, many of the victims are Muslims themselves," he said, according to extracts released in advance on Saturday.[...]
Data emerging in Morocco puts another dent in the frequently encountered notion of poverty as the principal catalyst for turning seemingly "normal" people into jihadists. From AP: "Extremist Islam may be rising in Morocco"
RABAT, Morocco - Little would seem to connect a soldier, a shopkeeper, airline pilots' wives and a woman known for helping people in need. But all have been named as suspects in a purported Islamic terrorist plot, suggesting extremism may be leaping Morocco's class divides.
In all, Moroccan authorities arrested 56 people last month for allegedly being part of a network that was planning attacks on military and tourist sites in hopes of bringing down the government of this North African monarchy.
Since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States and suicide bombings two years later that killed 33 people in Casablanca, this country's economic capital, Moroccans have grown accustomed to police crackdowns on Islamic militants.
By GLORIA CAMPISI
A man identified by authorities as a West Philadelphia imam has been convicted of selling numerous handguns and assault rifles from a clothing stand he operated at 52nd and Chestnut streets.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office here said a federal jury yesterday convicted Wayne Hogue, 47, also known as "Imam Wadir" and Shahdeed Bay, of selling the weapons and ammunition, including hollow-point bullets, between May 9, 2003, and March 23, 2004.
Authorities identified Hogue as "an imam of the 52nd Street Mosque," for which an exact address was not provided, as well as a convicted felon, which prohibits him from possessing firearms.
Minister of Culture and Church affairs, Trond Giske (Labour Party), met with representatives from the Islamic Counsil today. The two parties came together, so that the MP could learn more about the work of the counsil and establish a better dialog between the two. The Islamic counsil left the governmental building with the promise of a 500 000 kr increase
in their yearly budget.
- The Islamic counsil have up until now had a yearly budget of 60 000 kr. It was therefore decided that from 2007 the counsil should receive 500 000 kr on a yearly basis from the government, said Giske to Dagbladet after the meeting.
The leader of the Islamic counsil, Mohammad Hamdan, was all smiles after spending an hour with Giske.