By Jon Boyle Mon Nov 27, 11:29 AM ET
PARIS (Reuters) - Stoned, beaten and insulted, their vehicles torched by crowds of hostile youths, French police say they face an urban guerrilla war when they enter the run-down neighborhoods
"Our role is to guarantee the safety of people and property but the great difficulty today is that police are having problems ensuring their own safety," said Jerome Hanarte of the Alliance-Police Nationale union.
Bedside television interviews with officers hospitalized after beatings in "les banlieues," or suburbs, support statistics showing a 6.7 percent jump in violent crime in the 12 months to August.
Fourteen officers are hurt every day in the line of duty, unions estimate, and law and order is sure to feature prominently in next year's presidential election. that ring the major cities.
None, says Islamic apologist
There is no significant difference in religiosity between moderates and radicals. In fact, radicals are no more likely to attend religious services regularly than are moderates. ...
Is it poverty?
There is indeed a key difference between radicals and moderates when it comes to income and education, but it is the radicals who earn more and who stay in school longer. ...
Is it hopelessness?
More radicals expressed satisfaction with their financial situation and quality of life than their moderate counterparts, and a majority of them expected to be better off in the years to come.
Feel better now?
By Nawaf Obaid
Wednesday, November 29, 2006; Page A23
In February 2003, a month before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, warned President Bush that he would be "solving one problem and creating five more" if he removed Saddam Hussein by force. Had Bush heeded his advice, Iraq would not now be on the brink of full-blown civil war and disintegration.
One hopes he won't make the same mistake again by ignoring the counsel of Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Turki al-Faisal, who said in a speech last month that "since America came into Iraq uninvited, it should not leave Iraq uninvited." If it does, one of the first consequences will be massive Saudi intervention to stop Iranian-backed Shiite militias from butchering Iraqi Sunnis.
In recent days, the Lebanese media has been reporting on impending large-scale street demonstrations planned by Hizbullah. According to several reports, last night Hizbullah and its allies met and set the time and date for the launch of these actions; the reports also state that activists from Hizbullah, Amal, and Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement have been placed on alert. The Lebanese, pro-Syrian daily Al-Diyar estimated that the actions would start within 48 hours, stating that Lebanon seems "headed for the unknown," and that the stubbornness of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Al-Siniora "has brought Lebanon to the brink of bloodshed."
Today, November 28, 2006, Lebanese papers also reported that there were several clashes during the night in various areas of Beirut, between activists from Samir Geagea's Lebanese Forces party and activists from the Free Patriotic Movement, and that these clashes followed attempts by the latter to hang flags and posters of Aoun in the streets of Beirut. Near 1 A.M., about 2,000 activists, from both parties, gathered at Sasin Square and the surrounding streets and taunted and threw stones at each other. Eventually, Lebanese Army soldiers arrived to break up the conflict. A similar clash in the Christian neighborhood of Al-Ashrafiya in the eastern part of the city was broken up by the army and by the internal security forces. 
Hassan Mahmoud has the build of a bouncer. But as he sits on a couch and talks about
Iraq ’s secret religious prisons his broad frame shakes, he clutches himself and weeps.
“It hurts me when I remember what happened,” he says, recalling his brush with death inside a Shia prayer room where he witnessed the beheading of a fellow kidnap victim. In the war for
Baghdad , mosques serve as garrisons. Sunnis use religious sanctuaries as strongholds to fight for mixed neighbourhoods. Shia extremists convert their mosques and prayer rooms, called husseiniyas, into execution chambers.
As Iraq falls apart, people like Mahmoud are now terrified by
Baghdad ’s places of worship, which they regard as potential gulags and gallows in the Sunni-Shia war.
In a quiet voice he tells of an ordeal many have suffered but very few have survived. In late August he was waiting for a lift home after registering for a training course at a technical college in southeast
Baghdad . His decision to take a minibus would prove disastrous. Before it had gone 50 metres two men and a woman pulled out rifles and ordered Mahmoud and three other male passengers to put their heads down.
Ethnic and religious courts are gaining ground in the UK. Will this lead to different justice for different people?
Aydarus Yusuf has lived in the UK for the past 15 years, but he feels more bound by the traditional law of his country of birth - Somalia - than he does by the law of England and Wales.
"Us Somalis, wherever we are in the world, we have our own law. It's not Islamic, it's not religious - it's just a cultural thing."
The 29-year-old youth worker wants to ensure that other members of his community remain subject to the law of their ancestors too - he helps convene an unofficial Somali court, or "gar", in south-east London.
Aydarus is not alone in this desire. A number of parallel legal universes have been quietly evolving among minority communities. As well as Somali customary law, Islamic and Jewish laws are being applied and enforced in parts of the UK.
Up Pompeii asks
, is the Mainstream media in Britain beginning to wake up? It looks like it
Who would have thought it? Half of Europe – the half that was so smug about having buried God several generations ago – is waiting in real trepidation for the outcome of a theological argument. When Pope Benedict XVI flies to Turkey tomorrow, he will embody the most potentially incendiary confrontation between Islam and the West since the defeat of the Turks at Vienna in 1683 brought an end to Islamic conquest in Europe.
The Pope will take with him an understanding that at the root of our problems in dealing with the Islamist death cult, there is a fundamental debate to be had about the role of human reason in political affairs.
A quote from Paul Belien at Pajamas Media, 28 November 2006
We see how the inner cities and suburbs in various European countries are degenerating into “no go” areas, where people get killed, where the police no longer venture and where radical Muslims hold sway. The French authorities have published a list of 751 “sensitive urban areas,” which are no longer under the control of the authorities and which have become, as Daniel Pipes remarked, the “Dar al-Islam, the place where Muslims rule.” Almost 5 million people, or 8% of the French population, live in these “sensitive urban areas.” But, apparently, there is hope, because here is Ralph Peters in The New York Post, offering to have the U.S. intervene and evacuate the [Muslim] inhabitants to America!
300 people a year are invalided (on 70% final salary pensions) out of the European Commission due to psychological complaints according to the Court of Auditors and comments in the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee yesterday.
According to the most recent CoA report on the subject (2003); “Psychological disorders account for approximately half the medical causes of invalidity.” According to the Committee comments well over 50% of these are clinically depressed. Which really shouldn't suprise us I suppose.
The amount of money being spent on their pensions however might be “About 62 million euros a year.”
The problem is that such disorders are notoriously difficult to prove and as such are an open door to fraud. Of course if one was to claim that they in fact were fraudulent then no doubt the Commission would wheel out some axe wielding psychopath. But you have to remember that every time we have a whistleblower they are accused of psychological problems.
A quote from Reuters, 27 November 2006
The plain clothes officer in Seine-Saint-Denis said seven colleagues were attacked recently after chasing a driver who skipped a checkpoint. Their vehicle was torched and they narrowly escaped serious injury. “The high number of officers hurt means that police themselves don’t feel safe,” he said.
“That’s pretty serious, because if police don’t feel safe, you can imagine what the ordinary citizen feels,” added the officer who asked not to be identified. To protect themselves, police often move in large groups -- a tactic youngsters say is heavy-handed and overly aggressive.
Comte says the threat to police is so great in some neighborhoods they should exercise their “right to withdraw.” That means refusing to respond to emergency calls if they judge they cannot guarantee their own safety. “Frankly, it’s not worth getting your head kicked in for an end of year bonus of 200 euros ($256.8),” said the plain clothes officer.
By David Schenker
Headlines from Lebanon today describe an explosion on the Syria side of the Lebanese-Syrian border. Details remain sketchy, but it appears that an Islamic militant belonging to an Al Qaida affiliate was interdicted while attempting to enter Lebanon. The militant—a Syrian leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Tawhid and Jihad group—reportedly was killed when a grenade he was carrying detonated.
The explosion highlights the increasingly tense environment in Lebanon following the assassination last week of Maronite Cabinet Member Pierre Gemayel. It also points to the growing potential for Sunni-Shiite conflict in Lebanon. Should Hizballah follow through on its threat to demonstrate in an effort to topple the Siniora Government, there is a very real possibility that violence could ensue. Some Lebanese politicians have suggested that the situation may deteriorate to another round of civil war.
Nov 28, 2006 - 6:22:24 AM
NATO tested new methods for conducting joint intelligence operations in Trial Spartan Hammer in Greece, 2-16 November 2006. Over 2 000 air, sea, and ground personnel from 14 NATO countries, including four special operations units, participated in the exercise.
The trial coupled NATO countries’ unique equipment with common standards in order to build a more effective intelligence capability against threats ranging from suicide bombers to surface-to-air missiles. The chief objective of the trial was to test new methods for conducting cooperative intelligence operations, in order to obtain more refined actionable intelligence for commanders.
According to Erdogan, Benedict now endorses the "grave error." But it is still a grave error, regardless. "Pope Benedict Backs Turkey's European Union Bid, Erdogan Says," by Flavia Krause-Jackson and Mark Bentley for Bloomberg, with thanks to Andrew Bostom:
Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Pope Benedict XVI said he backs Turkey's bid to join the European Union, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after meeting the pontiff upon his arrival in Ankara for his first visit to a Muslim country.
The Pope told Erdogan that while the Vatican seeks to stay out of politics it ``desires Turkey's membership in the EU,'' Erdogan said at a news conference after the 15 minute meeting that initiated his four-day visit to Turkey. As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger he had said in 2004 that allowing Islamic Turkey to join the EU would be a ``grave error.'' The Vatican has yet to confirm Benedict's comments today.
MOGADISHU — Somalia’s powerful Union of Islamic Courts began massing thousands of troops on the border with Ethiopia over the weekend, days after Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said he was ready to confront the Islamic militants in Somalia.
“War is imminent. There is no other alternative,” Islamist military officer Sheikh Mohamed Ibrahim Bilal said by satellite phone from the border. “Ethiopia declared war, so we will defend ourselves and protect our country and people.”
The Islamists have declared a jihad on Ethiopian troops in the country to back the weak transitional government based in the northern town of Baidoa.
Ethiopia last week said it was ready for a confrontation with the Muslim militants, who control most of the country.
Residents of the border area have begun fleeing.
THREE more members of the notorious Muslim Boys gang have been locked up after being caught with loaded guns.
Stefon Thomas, 23, Marlon Stubbs, 25, and Sanjit Webster, 20, were arrested during an investigation into a shooting outside a family home. Gunmen fired a hail of bullets at Marlon Crooks, his eight-year-old daughter,mum, grandmother,sister and brother on October 10 last year. Miraculously,they all escaped injury.
Thomas and Stubbs were picked out by an eyewitness but were cleared of attempted murder by an Old Bailey jury.
But a week after the shooting, Thomas was caught with a D-32 Derringer pistol and on November 3, Webster and Stubbs were arrested with a .44 calibre weapon.
All three were convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Talks between the EU and Turkey over Cyprus have broken down without agreement, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja has said.
EU officials have said that a failure to break the impasse could lead to the collapse of Turkey's EU membership bid.
The EU had given Turkey until 6 December to open its ports to traffic from Cyprus, whose government Turkey refuses to recognise.
"An agreement could not be reached," said Mr Tuomioja in Tampere, Finland.
Finland holds the rotating presidency of the EU until the end of the year.
Mr Tuomioja was speaking after holding separate meetings with the Turkish and Cypriot foreign ministers - Abdullah Gul and George Lillikas.
Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Iran has invited the managing director of China Petrochemical Corp. to Tehran to sign the development contract of Iran's Yadavaran oil field as well as oil and gas purchases worth as much as $100 billion.
A deal for China's Sinopec Group, as China Petrochemical is known, to develop Yadavaran has been completed, National Iranian Oil Co. President Gholamhossein Nozari told Iran's oil ministry press agency Petroenergy Information Network yesterday.
"All elements of the contract have been finalized and it is in the final process for signing by Sinopec,'' Nozari told Petroenergy. Sinopec has been negotiating to buy a 51 percent stake in the project since an initial agreement was reached in October 2004.
BEIRUIT (Globe & Mail)-- The Shia movement Hezbollah warned yesterday that Lebanon was headed into a "dark tunnel" unless the country's pro-Western government soon gives in to its demands for more power.
The warning came one day after Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and his cabinet ratified a proposed United Nations tribunal that will investigate a string of political assassinations in the country that many Lebanese blame on neighbouring Syria.
The move was slammed as unconstitutional by Hezbollah, which pulled its allies out of the cabinet two weeks ago to support its demands for an effective veto over government decisions. The tribunal decision now goes to President Émile Lahoud for approval. Mr. Lahoud, a pro-Syrian figure who owes his position to Syrian President Bashar Assad, is expected to refuse to sign it into law.
|Major problems in Australia. A person who clearly identifies himself as a loyal Syrian and a supporter of the terror regime of Assad has been elected to Parliament.
VICTORIA'S Labor Premier Steve Bracks will take his third oath of office in coming days and as he does so, he will introduce new ALP Upper House MP Khalil Eideh, a dual Syrian-Australian citizen who has sworn his absolute loyalty to the tyrannical dictatorship of Syria.
Like Lakemba's Sheik Taj el-Dene Elhilaly, Eideh has already claimed to have had his words taken out of context and to have had his flowery Arabic phrases misinterpreted but there is no doubt that controversial letters which surfaced during his stormy pre-selection battle are genuine and the translations in which he expressed his loyalty to the Syrian dictatorship, accurate.
By J.R. Dunn
Things are getting positively biblical in the War on Terror’s African front.
According to Agence France Presse, Ethiopia is about to attack the Somali Islamists single-handed, on their own hook, and with assistance from nobody. On Thursday Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told the Ethiopian parliament that the Islamists represented “a clear threat to Ethiopia” and that the government had “completed the preparations” for full-scale war. The Islamists, who triggered the crisis by declaring Jihad on the Ethiopians, have (of all possible moves) turned to the United States for mediation.
The interesting thing here is the fact that Ethiopia, though one of the remotest and most isolated nations on earth (it was considered a candidate for the mythical lost kingdom of Prester John during the late medieval period), played a serious role in both of the long wars of the 20th century – the battles against fascism and communism.
Tomorrow, on November 28, Pope Benedict XVI will be making his first visit to a Muslim country when he arrives in Turkey. He will be staying until December 1. His visit will be viewed with interest by Muslims, Christians and non-Muslims alike. As Janet Daley writes in the Telegraph: "When Pope Benedict XVI flies to Turkey tomorrow, he will embody the most potentially incendiary confrontation between Islam and the West since the defeat of the Turks at Vienna in 1683 brought an end to Islamic conquest in Europe."
Background of Benedict's visit
The speech of Benedict XVI's address to Regensburg University on September 12, in which he called for a dialogue between Islam and Christianity, was widely seen by Muslims as an insult to their religion. Even though he cogently argued for faith to be tempered by reason, Benedict had also quoted from Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus, who in around 1391 had said "show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
Nachdem der Axel Springer Verlag und Silvio Berlusconi bei ihren Versuchen scheiterten, den zum Verkauf stehenden Anteil an Pro7/Sat1 zu erwerben, scheint nun eine politisch korrekte Lösung gefunden zu sein. Wie die Frankfurter Rundschau berichtet, greift der türkische Medienzar Aydin Dogan (Foto) nach der TV-Senderfamilie. In Deutschland ist Dogan mit zwei TV-Sendern (Euro D und EuroStar) und den lokalen Ausgaben der nationalliberalen Hürriyet und der liberal und sozial-demokratisch ausgerichteten Millyet in den türkischen Haushalten bereits heute prominent vertreten.
Dogans Einfluss auf die Türken und Türkinnen in Deutschland ist groß und wird nach der Übernahme noch größer werden:
Der Orientalist Hans Peter Raddatz (Foto) hat den gegenwärtigen
DiaLÜG mit Muslimen in Deutschland scharf kritisiert. Von einem wirklichen Gespräch könne man, so Raddatz am vergangenen Mittwoch
beim 61. Buß- und Bettagsgespräch des Instituts für Gesellschaftswissenschaften Walberberg
(bei Köln), gerade in der Politik nicht sprechen. Um islamische Positionen zu vertreten, beeinflussten vielmehr Muslime über Begriffe wie Respekt, Friede und Toleranz das westliche Verhalten.
The flames consuming thousands of automobiles, and the occasional bus, nursery, warehouse, and school across France are the result of tragic - in the original sense of the word - set of decisions made by the leaders of Europe, motivated by greed, jealousy, and hubris. The dream of a Europe restored to preeminence, isolating and vanquishing the upstart Americans, via a rock-solid alliance with the Arab world, has become a nightmare. The French cannot acknowledge their problem precisely because they cannot admit the folly of the policies pursued for the last three decades as the bedrock of their highest diplomatic, political, and economic ambitions.
The intifada raging in France for almost three weeks, has been characterized by overwhelmingly Muslim rioters engaged in acts of wanton destruction, punctuated by claims of “territorial control” over sections of various French cities. In the context of this ongoing havoc, one sees repeated references to the term “Eurabia” by journalists and other media and academic elites, who, almost without exception, have no idea about the concrete origins, or significance of this term.
The use of the term “Eurabia”, as noted by the scholar Bat Ye’or (in her seminal analysis, Eurabia-The Euro-Arab Axis, released earlier this year) was first introduced, triumphally, in the mid-1970s, as the title of a journal edited by the President of the Association for Franco-Arab Solidarity, Lucien Bitterlein, and published collaboratively by the Groupe d’Etudes sur le Moyen-Orient (Geneva), France-Pays Arabes (Paris), and the Middle East International (London).
Bahrain's Shia Muslim opposition has won at least 40% of the vote in elections which saw women and liberal candidates fare poorly.
The results will give a greater say to majority Shias in the Gulf state, where there have long been tensions between them and the ruling Sunnis.
It is only the second time people have been able to vote for national MPs.
No group got enough votes for an outright majority, and there will be run-offs for several crucial seats.
But so far, the main Shia opposition group, Al Wefaq, has taken 16 of the 17 seats the group was contesting.
The group's leader was circumspect about the results.
"Our participation is limited," Sheikh Ali Salman told Reuters news agency.
"It's a positive step but let's put this participation in perspective. There are 40 people appointed by the king with the same legislative powers."
It was the first time Al Wefaq had taken part in elections. The group boycotted a 2002 vote arguing that constitutional change had not gone far enough.
The result four years ago was a parliament of mostly pro-government MPs.
In der ARD wurde am 6. November im Rahmen der Serie "Die Großen Schlachten" die Folge "Die Türken vor Wien" gezeigt. Für alle, die die Sendung verpasst haben, hat PI-Leser Bonito drei Highlights der Geschichtsdoku auf YouTube gepostet. Sein Kommentar: "Obwohl auch Dhimmis zu Wort kommen (die britische Historikerin bspw.) eine sehr gute und faktenreiche Darstellung. Religion des Friedens, fürwahr!"
Both Israel and the Palestinians have agreed on a halt to hostilities in the Gaza Strip, senior officials say.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has won a commitment from all militant groups to halt rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip, his office said.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has in return agreed to halt hostilities, his spokeswoman said. The ceasefire will begin at 0600 (0400GMT) on Sunday.
BBC correspondents say the announcement is unexpected and a major development.
Israel had said its Gaza operation was to prevent cross-border rocket attacks.
The Religion of Peace strikes again. A journalist imprisoned for printing those silly fookin toons.
Editor sentenced over Mohammed cartoons News.com.au
A YEMENI court has sentenced a journalist to a year in jail for reprinting Danish satirical caricatures of Islam's Prophet Mohammed which provoked outrage among Muslims around the world earlier this year.
The court convicted Kamal al-Aalafi, editor-in-chief of the al-Rai al-Aam, of offending Prophet Mohammed and also ordered the independent weekly to close for six months, his lawyer Khaled al-Ansi said.
The cartoons, one of which depicted the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, first appeared in a Danish daily in September 2005, sparking protests early in 2006 in which more than 50 people were killed in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The editors of two other Yemeni publications, the Yemen Observer and al-Hurriya, are facing similar charges though President Ali Abdallah Saleh has promised to scrap
Let’s review where we stand, shall we? Since the French and Dutch “No” votes, five more states have approved the European Constitution, bringing to 18 the number of nations to have ratified. Meanwhile, every government remains devoted to the text.
Germany’s Angela Merkel says the European constitution is “vital to German interests.” Italy’s Romano Prodi says he interprets the “No” votes as “a demand for more Europe, not less.” Spain insists that its “Yes” vote be allowed to stand. Austria and Finland want ratification to be completed by the end of 2007, and Belgium suggests changing the rules so that this can happen by a majority vote rather than by unanimity.
In France, both main presidential candidates are committed to pushing ahead: Nicolas Sarkozy says he wants a “mini-treaty” that will contain all the constitution’s main elements, while Ségolène Royal says that, if Britain has problems with the constitution, the rest of the EU should go ahead without it. Not that the UK is trying to back out: it seems to have agreed in principle to the Sarkozy “mini-treaty” proposal.
Imagine if George W. Bush slyly promoted Hillary in 2008 because he personally disliked the GOP candidate. It's not in character for President Bush, but it is exactly how Jacques Chirac has acted more than once. According to the London Times
, Chirac is now trying to destroy his party's pro-American candidate Nicolas Sarkozy. Charles Bremner writes
In the Florentine world of Paris politics, the suggestion is that Chirac would prefer to see his side lose next year than be succeeded in office by "the traitor" as he used to call Sarkozy. ...now that Ségolène Royal, the Socialist candidate, has been triumphantly anointed by her party and elevated to saint-like status by the media, Chirac is busy trying to derail Sarkozy and his own party's chances in next April's elections.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Fear of terrorism, which has seized Europe after the Sept. 11, Madrid and London attacks, has put more pressure on Muslims, who are now being treated as “potential terrorists.”
Following statements in Britain that more than 600 Muslims were being monitored, Germany announced that 32,000 German Muslims were under surveillance.
Chair of the Bavaria Office for Protection of the Constitution, Wolfgang Weber stated that 32,000 out of 2,300,000 German Muslims were being monitored. Speaking at a panel in Munich, Weber, claiming that they were watching everybody who endangered the German democratic order, classified those who were monitored into three groups: 1) Those who wanted to establish an Islamic state based on Shariah law without resorting to violence, such as National Vision; 2) Those who collected donations for the violent groups, such as Hamas and Hezbollah; 3) Jihadist groups, such as al-Qaeda, and Ansar al-Islam. Weber asserted that Germany has become a venue where terrorists finalize their preparations.
Budget line A-3039 :Beneficiary: Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation (MEDEA)
To allow the beneficiary to carry out the following activities:
- Meetings and exchanges of views between personalities coming from different backgrounds concerned by the Mediterranean region and the Arab world.
- Logistical support to the "Euro-Arab Co-operation Parliamentary Association", participation to several international conferences and collaboration with other research centres.
- Provide the public through different means with information on EU policy towards Mediterranean region and Arab world.
Contribution to the spread of information on the subject of the Mediterranean and Euro-Arab co-operation.
€ 200.000 source
French Canadian Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, says that even though Hizballah and Hamas deliberately target civilians with indiscriminate terror attacks, Israel is much worse.
Israel could be considered deserving of more blame for its actions in the Lebanon war than Hizbullah, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post Thursday.
Asked by the Post if there was a distinction under human rights law between missile attacks aimed at killing civilians and military strikes in which civilians are unintentionally killed, Arbour said the two could not be equated.
Here’s an interesting report from Gaza: Hamas cameraman killed by Israeli troops. (Hat tip: Killgore Trout.)
Israeli troops killed a Hamas militant Friday who was filming the group’s operations in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said.
The governing Hamas movement often films its battles and operations against the Israeli Army, later broadcasting the footage on its television station and releasing it to other media outlets.
Notice how the Associated Press doesn’t name the cameraman, or any of those “other media outlets” that use Hamas footage.
I don’t recall ever seeing any video or photos from Gaza identified as being from Hamas.
LONDON, November 23 (IranMania) - A deal for China's Sinopec to develop Iran's Yadavaran field is being finalised for signing, the managing director of state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) was quoted as saying, Reuters reported.
Sinopec Group, the state-owned parent of listed Sinopec Corp. , agreed in October 2004 to take the lead in developing the Yadavaran oilfield and to buy 10 mln tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a year for 25 years.
But completion of the deal, like other Iranian energy contracts with foreign firms, has been subject to protracted negotiations and several delays.
"All elements of the contract have been finalised and it is in the final process for signing by Sinopec," Gholamhossein Nozari, managing director of NIOC, was quoted by the Oil Ministry's Web site SHANA as saying.
Papa Ratzi travels to Turkey next week, and as noted a few days ago, "this will be the first time that a Pontiff has travelled to a country in which a best-selling novel depicts his assassination." From AKI news service in Ankara, Turkey:
"Sales of a controversial Turkish novel on a conspiracy to kill Pope Benedict XVI are on the rise ahead of the pontiff's historical visit to Turkey beginning next Wednesday - his first to an overwhelmingly Muslim nation. 'The Plot Against The Pope' is a highly speculative potboiler narrating how the conservative Roman Catholic society Opus Dei, a subversive masonic lodge and the CIA collude to make the pontiff's murder a pretext for a US attack against Iran."
"Yuvel Kaya's book, which features Benedict XVI in front of a burning cross with a bearded gunman aiming a rocket launcher at him, is on sale at major Turkish bookstores such as D&R, Kabalci, Pandora." Ughhh.
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a "Spiritual Pilgrimage with the Pope" starting next Tuesday, November 28. All Catholics are asked to pray daily for the Pope during his trip (Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 2006). A special prayer asking God to "sustain, inspire, and protect" Papa Ratzi can be found here. Excerpt:
How bad has it gotten in France? Daniel Pipes answers:
They go by the euphemistic term Zones Urbaines Sensibles, or Sensitive Urban Zones, with the even more antiseptic acronym ZUS, and there are 751 of them as of last count. They are conveniently listed on one long webpage, complete with street demarcations and map delineations.
What are they? Those places in France that the French state does not control. They range from two zones in the medieval town of Carcassone to twelve in the heavily Muslim town of Marseilles, with hardly a town in France lacking in its ZUS. The ZUS came into existence in late 1996 and according to a 2004 estimate, nearly 5 million people live in them.
Comment: A more precise name for these zones would be Dar al-Islam, the place where Muslims rule. (November 14, 2006)
And where dhimmis dare not venture (source)
And if he doesn't? "Turkish Muslim wants Pope to say Islam peaceful," by Gareth Jones and Selcuk Gokoluk for Reuters:
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's top Muslim official said on Thursday Pope Benedict should state clearly during a planned visit to Turkey next week he believes Islam, like Christianity, to be a religion of peace.
Benedict infuriated Muslims worldwide in September with a lecture that appeared to portray Islam as an irrational religion tainted by violence. Benedict later expressed regret over the pain his remarks caused but stopped short of a full apology.
"I think the attitude the Pope should take is that neither Islam nor Christianity is a source of violence," said Ali Bardakoglu, who heads Ankara's Directorate General for Religious Affairs which controls Turkish imams and writes their sermons.
Canadian Press Published: Friday, November 24, 2006 ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - Two Turkish men who converted to Christianity went on trial Thursday for allegedly insulting "Turkishness," and of inciting religious hatred against Islam, the
Anatolia news agency reported.
The trial opened just days before a visit to
Turkey by Roman Catholic Pope Benedict, during which the pontiff was expected to discuss improved religious rights for the country's tiny Christian minority who complain of discrimination.
Hakan Tastan, 37, and Turan Topal, 46, are accused of making the insults and of inciting hate while allegedly trying to convert other Turks to Christianity.
The men were charged under
Turkey 's notorious Article 301, which has been used to bring charges against dozens of intellectuals - including Nobel prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk.
Poland has proposed the creation of 100,000-strong European Union army tied to Nato for use in global trouble spots or for European defence, according to Lech Kaczynski, Poland's president.
"At the moment we have the situation where the EU needs about 8,000 troops in Lebanon and there is a problem where to find them", Mr Kaczynski told the Financial Times in a rare foreign media interview.
"Forces are needed which would not replace the armies of individual states, but which could be gathered without a problem when not just 8,000 but as many as 25,000 to 30,000 soldiers are needed."
Mr Kaczynski said he hoped to raise the issue with Tony Blair, the prime minister, during a visit to the UK which begins today.
The Polish president said he had discussed the idea twice with José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, and his brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's prime minister, had raised it with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, on a visit to Berlin last week.
De 176 redacteuren van de Volkskrant die meededen aan de schaduwverkiezingen bij deze krant, stemmen bijna allemaal op de PvdA en GroenLinks.
Dat blijkt uit een interne mail van de Volkskrant die in het bezit is van de Elsevierredactie. De PvdA kreeg 79 stemmen, 44 procent, en kan met die uitslag dus bijna alleen een kabinet vullen. GroenLinks werd een goede tweede met 50 stemmen (28 procent).
Net als bij de landelijke verkiezingen, is de SP ook bij de Volkskrant de derde partij geworden. Vijftien redacteuren stemden op de partij van Jan Marijnissen, goed voor 9 procent van de stemmen. Ondanks de derde positie voor de SP is de score in vergelijking met die van de PvdA en GroenLinks redelijk laag.
Aims and Methods of Europe's Muslim Brotherhood
by Lorenzo Vidino
November 01, 2006
Current Trends in Islamist Ideology vol. 4
In 1990 Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an influential Sunni scholar and the unofficial theological leader of the international Muslim Brotherhood (al Ikhwan al Muslimoun), published a book called Priorities of the Islamic Movement in the Coming Phase.  This 186-page treatise can be considered the most recent manifesto of the Islamist revivalist movement. As Qaradawi explains in the introduction, the “Islamic Movement” is meant to be the “organized, collective work, undertaken by the people, to restore Islam to the leadership of society” and to reinstate “the Islamic caliphate system to the leadership anew as required by sharia.”
Qaradawi’s treatise introduces a new agenda and modus operandi for the movement, signaling a clear break with many salafi groups and even with some past ideological elements of the Muslim Brotherhood. While the book does not rule out the use of violence to defend Muslim lands, it generally advocates the use of dawa, dialogue, and other peaceful means to achieve the movement’s goals. This doctrine is commonly referred to as “wassatiyya,” a sort of “middle way” between violent extremism and secularism, and Qaradawi is one of its key proponents. 
Shariah rising in the West
By Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen, The Washington Times
[Time for a war on Islamification of our societies.]
The founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna, whose disciples are now celebrating his birth 100 years ago, would have been ecstatic to witness their progress in implementing his vision to compel the world to submit to Islam. Radical Islam has made inroads in most countries with a Muslim majority, and reached supremacy in several countries Its influence is steadily growing in many Western nations. Petrodollars fuel this progress.
Indeed, the everyday consequences of adopting the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Islam as a way of life” are felt in the United States and Western civilization in many ways. In many European countries, Islamists are staging demonstrations against legislators’ actions to ban veils hiding the faces of Muslim women. While the legislators seek to increase public security, the Islamists protest that the ban violates their “religious freedom.”
(Amman, Jordan) - As one of the Arab world's poorest and most vulnerable countries, Jordan is in a tough spot.
It shares borders with Iraq, an anarchic state that has become a battlefield for terrorists and Islamic extremists; Syria, an illicit arms trafficker and close ally of Iran; and Israel, the regional pariah, whose Palestinian problem is an omnipresent threat to Jordanian stability.
The country has an estimated 25% unemployment rate, no oil wealth, and friends in the West whom the rest of its neighbors love to hate.
Perhaps ironically, these perils are precisely what make Jordan's relationship with Israel so indispensable.
Isikoff headlines documentary on militant group in U.S.
The American PBS network is going after the dangerous Muslim Brotherhood and its operations in America in a forthcoming expose, WND has learned.
The explosive hour-long documentary, scheduled to air in the U.S. next year, will utilize investigative journalists Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball of Newsweek, project insiders say. They will be the lead reporters for the program.
The special is part of a series called "America at the Crossroads" that has been commissioned by PBS for public broadcasting in the U.S. It will be one of 15 documentaries in the series. Independent British production companies are making several of the documentaries, including the Muslim Brotherhood special.
It's time for the Jews to leave Europe. They must go.
Subject: Frightening News from France hat tip Dave
Once again, the real news in France is conveniently not being reported as it should. To give you an idea of what's going on in France where there are now between 5 and 6 million Muslims and about 600,000 Jews.
Here is an email that came from a Jew living in France.
"I AM A JEW -- therefore I am forwarding this to everyone on all my e-mail lists. I will not sit back and do nothing." Nowhere have the flames of anti-Semitism burned more furiously than in France: In Lyon, a car was rammed into a synagogue and set on fire. In Montpellier, the Jewish religious center was firebombed; so were synagogues in Strasbourg and Marseilles; so was a Jewish school in Creteil - all recently.
Wednesday’s general elections in the Netherlands were won by the far-left. The Communist Socialistische Partij (SP) added 17 seats to the 9 it previously held, securing an overall number of 26 seats in the 150-seat Dutch Parliament. The SP became the country’s third largest party, overtaking the center-right Liberal Party VVD, which fell to 22 seats from 28. The centrist Christian-Democrats (CDA) of Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende remained the biggest party with 41 seats (44 previously), followed by the center-left Labour Party (PvdA) which lost ten seats, ending up with 32 seats. To the right, the Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF), the anti-immigrant party of the late Pim Fortuyn, who was assassinated in 2002 by an animal-rights activist, lost its 8 seats. It was replaced by the “islamophobic” Freedom Party (PVV) of Geert Wilders, a breakaway Liberal, who gained 9 seats. The remaining 20 seats were divided among five parties, including the PvdD, a party of animal right activists who gained 2 seats in the first elections they participated in, and the Christen Unie (CU), a Calvinist and morally conservative but economically leftist party, whose seats doubled to 6.
Two Christian converts went on trial today in Turkey, for grievously insulting an abstract concept.
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Two men who converted to Christianity went on trial Thursday for allegedly insulting “Turkishness” and inciting religious hatred against Islam, the Anatolia news agency reported.
The trial opened just days before a visit to Turkey by Pope Benedict XVI. During his visit, the pontiff is expected to discuss improved religious rights for the country’s tiny Christian minority who complain of discrimination.
Hakan Tastan, 37, and Turan Topal, 46, are accused of making the insults and of inciting hate while allegedly trying to convert other Turks to Christianity. If convicted, the two Turkish men could face up to nine years in prison.
Rassismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit gelten völlig zurecht als inakzeptable Einstellungen. Allerdings wurden bisher aus diesen Einstellungen resultierende Handlungen primär dann medial und politisch thematisiert, wenn man sie Personen aus dem westlichen Kulturkreis anlasten konnte. Diskriminierungen, Intoleranz und Rassismus ausserhalb westlicher Kultur aufzuzeigen, hat allerdings und paradoxerweise selbst den Ruch des Rassismus, der Diskriminierung und steht im Ruf Vorurteile gegen fremde Kulturen zu schüren. Unter dieser Prämisse riskiert man fast mit Sicherheit Diffamierungen, wenn man Fakten benennt, die fremdkulturellen Idealisierungen widersprechen. Entsprechend erfrischend liest sich, was zwei Berliner Richter zur multikulturellen Realität in der Hauptstadt zu sagen haben.
Das Richter-Interview im Tagesspiegel:
There were going to be two big demonstrations today in Lebanon; Hezbollah had one planned designed to bring down the government. However the Christian supporters of Pierre Gemayel turned out for his funeral in even greater numbers and Hezbollah cancelled their planned riot/coup.
Also along in support were the followers of Hezbollah’s tactical Christian ally Michel Aoun. This is seen as further isolating Hezbollah.
Michael J. Totten, as usual, has the straight goods
as has the Jerusalem Post
. Here's the good bit:
Many in the crowd burned pictures of Syria's president and Lebanon's pro-Syrian leaders. One man carried a large banner with the pictures of Lebanon's assassinated leaders and the words: "Syria's killing regime. Enough!"
Several of the politicians speaking in the square vowed the next step would be the removal of President Emile Lahoud, a staunch Syria supporter. Lahoud was at the Baabda presidential palace, where heavy security measures were taken amid fears that protesters would later march there to attempt to force the president to resign.
Now think about that; Syria is now loathed in Lebanon. Who else doesn't much like that murderous regime? This is the way alliances are forged.
An interesting phenomenon is occurring, as Palestinians use women and children as human shields to guard the homes and ammo dumps of terrorists; the tactic is too disgusting even for the George Soros-funded Human Rights Watch to support: HRW urges Palestinian militants not to use ‘human shields’.
JERUSALEM (AFP) - A leading human rights group has urged Palestinian armed groups not to endanger civilian lives by encouraging “human shields” to prevent threatened Israeli attacks on militants’ homes.
Human Rights Watch issued the call after hundreds of Palestinians in recent days flocked to homes of militants in the Gaza Strip to avert air strikes.
Israel’s military generally gives prior warning that buildings will be destroyed.
DEBKAfile Special Military Report
November 22, 2006, 5:07 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that Israel’s security cabinet decided Wednesday, Nov. 22, that there is no option but to launch a major offensive against Hamas and its terrorist allies in the Gaza Strip - both to pre-empt their war build-up and reduce Qassam missile attacks which climbed to 80 in the last ten days. The date remains to be set. Operational proposals were not submitted by the army chiefs, said the announcement, but held back for presentation to a smaller forum which the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will summon.
Our sources note that special forces and Shin Bet units have already stepped up their ground operations against the missile crews in the northern Gaza Strip. These operations will soon evolve into a broader, harsher crackdown in other parts of the territory including the Philadelphi corridor.
Against the backdrop of the worsening crisis in Lebanon, Lebanese Minister of Industry Pierre Gemayel was assassinated yesterday (November 21, 2006). Pierre Gemayel was the son of former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel, and he served as the representative of the Phalange party in the Al-Siniora government and was a senior figure in the "March 14 Forces" political alliance.
A group calling themselves "Fighters for the Unity of Al-Sham [Greater Syria] and its Liberty" took responsibility for the assassination in a communiqué that read: "Allah granted us success today as well, in the assassination of the agent Pierre Gemayel, one of those who unceasingly spouted their venom against Syria and against the Resistance [i.e. Hizbullah], shamelessly and without any trepidation. This is the fate of the traitors, agents, and hired hands who do no hesitate to belittle Lebanon's unity, liberty, integrity, and future for the sake of the enemy's interests. All of those who harm those people who have paid the steep price for the Arabs and for Lebanon - may their voices be silent and may their mouths be mute. We crossed out this agent [Pierre Gemayel] from the list of our targets, and sooner or later we will pay the rest of the agents their due..." 
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor
Wednesday, November 22, 2006; 12:25 PM
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A lavishly illustrated "Atlas of Creation" is mysteriously turning up at schools and libraries in Turkey, proclaiming that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is the real root of terrorism.
Arriving unsolicited by post, the large-format tome offers 768 glossy pages of photographs and easy-to-read text to prove that God created the world with all its species.
At first sight, it looks like it could be the work of United States creationists, the Christian fundamentalists who believe the world was created in six days as told in the Bible
A quote from Paul Goodman MP in a speech in the House of Commons, 15 November 2006
Islamism divides not on the basis of class or of race, but on the basis of religion. To this politician, it has three significant features. First, it separates the inhabitants of the dar-al-Islam – the house of Islam – and the dar-al-Harb – the house of war – and, according to Islamist ideology, those two houses are necessarily in conflict. Secondly, it proclaims to Muslims that their political loyalty lies not with the country that they live in, but with the umma – that is, the worldwide community of Muslims. Thirdly, it aims to bring the dar-al-Islam under sharia law. [...]
From the desk of Fjordman on Tue, 2006-11-21 22:21
Canadian writer Mark Steyn [whose mother is Flemish] thinks “The future belongs to Islam.” The main reason for this, according to him, is demography, with massive population growth in Islamic countries and low birth rates in infidel nations. He makes some assertions I agree with, such as that big government is a national security threat since “it increases your vulnerability to threats like Islamism, and makes it less likely you’ll be able to summon the will to rebuff it.”
According to Steyn, “Four years into the ‘war on terror,’ the Bush administration began promoting a new formulation: ‘the long war.’ Not a good sign. In a short war, put your money on tanks and bombs. In a long war, the better bet is will and manpower.”
Critics would claim that Mr. Steyn isn’t contributing to maintaining Western willpower by suggesting that we’ve already lost. Still, I shouldn’t be too hard on him. The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations denounced his article as “Islamophobic, inflammatory and offensive.” If CAIR dislikes you, you know you must be doing something right.
A mood of nationalist introspection is sweeping over Europe.
The Sept. 11 attacks, the bombings in Madrid and London, the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, the French ghetto riots and violent reactions by many Muslims to the Mohammed cartoons published by a Danish paper, are producing an anti-immigrant backlash bordering on xenophobia.
Language taboos are being broken, politically correct discourse is being challenged and even European leftists are beginning to debate the limits of tolerance. They are also starting to acknowledge the failure of four decades of immigration policies -- based on idealistic multiculturalism and/or condescending benign neglect -- that have produced separate, parallel societies of immigrants.
The inward-looking climate throughout the continent is playing into the hands of right-wing political parties that until recently had been stigmatized as unacceptable in proper European society. The radical populist right is scoring electoral successes from Poland to Austria, from Switzerland to Germany.
In a sign that the era of acceptance of multicultural propaganda may be nearing its end, a story is reported by the BBC
today. Parents of 10-year olds at Atwood Primary School, Croydon, south London, objected to the children being taken to Croydon Mosque. The visit was planned as part of their religious education class.
When a significant number of these parents said that their children were too young to learn other faiths, the school decided that the trip would not be financially viable.
The principal of Atwood Primary, Alex Clark, said some parents did not want their children to experience a faith alien to their families, others believed the children were too young, and others wanted time spent on different subjects.
He said: "We very much regret having to cancel one of our Year 5 class's educational trips to the Croydon Mosque. It is important that children have a range of knowledge about cultures and religions to develop understanding and respect for each other. The withdrawal of a significant minority of pupils unfortunately made continuation of the visit unviable. This was done wholly on financial grounds."
The assassination of Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, a vocal opponent of Syrian involvement in the country and a leader of the country’s Maronite Christian minority, shows the dangers of engaging terrorist states in dialogue as if they were not rational actors, as James Baker and other proponents of the “realist” world view seem to believe.
It seems fairly certain that Syria and its allies in Hezbollah, smarting at the loss of influence in Lebanon and wanting to halt the investigation into the Hariri by whatever means necessary, had a hand in what was correctly labeled a terrorist attack. Hezbollah and its allies in Amal are actively working to destabilize the current government in hopes of extracting more power. Syria and Iran are among the most powerful forces moving the Lebanese drama.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Christian minister Pierre Gemayel, an outspoken critic of Syria, was assassinated near Beirut on Tuesday, security sources said.
They said gunmen opened fire as his convoy drove through the Christian Sin el-Fil neighborhood. Gemayel was rushed to hospital where he later died of his wounds.
Gemayel, a member of the Christian Phalange Party and industry minister, was the son of former President Amin Gemayel.
He was an opponent of the influence in Lebanon of Syria, who many Lebanese blame for the February 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.
Lebanon is in the throes of a political storm pitting the anti-Syrian ruling majority against the pro-Damascus opposition. The political tension threatens to spill into street confrontations.
- Inmates pressed to become militant
- Drug dealing rife at religious services
Rival groups of Muslim inmates have created a potentially explosive situation over the interpretation of the Koran in Britain’s biggest jail, prison watchdogs said yesterday.
Deep divisions among Muslims in Wandsworth jail developed after the appointment of an imam with particular views of the Koran’s teachings.
Some Muslim inmates at the jail in southwest London are also pressurising fellow Muslim prisoners to adopt more militant beliefs and lifestyle.
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen (Foto), der Soziologe aus Harvard, ist zur Zeit in Deutschland und versucht, die Menschen wach- zurütteln, indem er sie mit drastischen Worten auf die Gefahren des politischen Islam aufmerksam macht. Bekannt wurde Goldhagen hierzulande vor allem durch sein 1996 erschienenes Buch "Hitlers willige Vollstrecker". Er löste mit seiner These, der Holocaust sei ein "Produkt aus der Mitte der Gesellschaft" gewesen, eine heftige Debatte aus. Nun warnt er uns vor den Gefahren des politischen Islam, für den die einzig korrekte Bezeichnung der Begriff 'Nazismus' sei.
Goldhagen ist nach Berlin gekommen, um die Europäer zu warnen, das wird schnell klar. Ganz unakademisch wendet er sich an das Publikum. Er spricht möglichst einfach und allgemeinverständlich, um die größtmögliche Wirkung zu erzielen: „Der politische Islam ist die gefährlichste und radikalste politische Bewegung seit dem Nationalsozialismus.“ Sein Vormarsch an den drei wichtigsten Schauplätzen der Politik, „auf den Straßen, in den Schaltzentren der Macht und an den Kriegsfronten“, zeige, dass er nun vollständig in der Offensive sei. Besänftigungspolitik würde ihn nur zusätzlich ermuntern, die dringendste Frage lautete daher: „Wie einig und entschlossen wird der Westen dem politischen Islam antworten?“
Liberale econoom: Frankrijk heeft veel hardere hervormingen nodig
Vergeet de rellen over het Eerste Baan Contract voor de jeugd, zegt historicus en econoom Nicolas Baverez. Het is veel erger. Frankrijk dreigt ten prooi te vallen aan extremisme.
Door René Moerland en Michèle de Waard
Parijs, 30 maart.
By Art Moore
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Wafa Sultan in February appearance on Al-Jazeera
President Bush is undermining criticism vital to the survival of Western civilization and empowering terrorist leaders by proclaiming Islam a "religion of peace," says one of the most outspoken critics to emerge from the Muslim world in recent years.
Wafa Sultan, a native of Syria, seized attention worldwide in February when her electrifying interview on Al-Jazeera television spread across the Internet through a video clip produced by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
Named this year to Time Magazine's list of 100 influential people in the world, Sultan spoke with WND after addressing a symposium on radical Islam and terrorism in Las Vegas hosted by America's Truth Forum. She understands Bush's position as president and believes he is only trying to be diplomatic, but insists, nevertheless, his words are "empowering" Muslim leaders whose ultimate aim is for Islamic law to govern the world.
by Baron Bodissey
This is a translation by Steen of Snaphanen
of an interview with a policeman in the southern Swedish city of Malmö. The original Swedish version
was published in Folkets Nyheter
on November 12th.
Steen wrote to Charlotte Thorbjörnsson of Folkets Nyheter
about the interview, and this was her reply:
I confirm it’s authentic; we’ve done quite a few of these interviews with people the press won’t touch, but I can’t reveal the policeman’s identity. We’ll make a clarification on the site as soon as possible.
Steen then sent it to me and said, “It ought to be spread to the world.”
Here's the interview with a Malmö policeman:
“As a cop, you see the consequences of the decisions taken by the politicians in a very concrete way. Sweden’s immigration policy is basically a total failure. Moreover, this experiment costs enormous amounts of money each year. Politicians now try to fumble and tinker around retroactively with different ideas and measures. But it is obvious to every thinking human being that things are about to go to hell — said in plain speech.”
From the desk of Fjordman on Mon, 2006-11-20 18:56
Following the September 2006 election, Fredrik Reinfeldt became Prime Minister of Sweden, presiding over a centre-right coalition government. This is, in my view, positive. Sweden has been described by some as a “one-party state,” since the Social Democrats have been in power for 65 of the last 74 years, and had more or less merged with the big labor unions and some government agencies. It is healthy that other parties are in power for a while.
However, the differences between the left-wing and the right-wing in Sweden are not always that big. The last time these parties were in power, under the leadership of Carl Bildt of the Swedish “conservative” party in the early 1990s, they presided over massive immigration, and have not been vocal in their opposition to the immigration policies since. They may be slightly more sensible in economic policies and thus alleviate some of the pressures on the welfare state, but I’m not sure they will be much better when it comes to Multiculturalism.
November 20th, 2006
One of the alleged sins held against the West by Islamic radicalism – which has declared war on us through Osama bin Laden’s fatwa issued in 1998 in London – is imperialism: the imperialism of the Dutch, the British and the French from the 17th to the 20th centuries. (For some reason, Russian imperialism in Central Asia gets a pass – so far.) Israel is allegedly an outpost of European imperialism.
The original western imperial enterprise in the radical Islamic narrative was the Crusades. The First Crusade began in 1095. The Crusades were undertaken to reclaim the Holy Land for Christendom. Reclaim it from whom? From the Muslims.
But Mohammed died in Medina in 632 as ruler of the Hijaz, the northwest section of Arabia along the Red Sea which includes the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. But if they only controlled the Hijaz in 632, what were the Muslims doing in Jerusalem in 1100?
On June 30
this year, a Saudi living in Arapahoe County, Colorado, was convicted of sexual abuse against his Indonesian maid. 37-year old Homaidan al-Turki (pictured, right) was studying for a linguistics doctorate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was found guilty of 12 felony counts of unlawful sexual contact with use of force and two misdemeanors, false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment. He had never paid the maid the paltry $150 per month that he had promised her when her "employment" had commenced.
For four years, he kept the 24-year old maid as a virtual slave in his home, confiscated her passport, and subjected to her to sexual assaults which culminated in her rape in late 2004. His attorney, John Richilano, had argued in court that there had been misunderstood cultural differences, which he described as "cynical Islamophobia". His wife, Sarah Khonaizan, who had obviously colluded with the maltreatment of the maid, who cooked and looked after their five children, was deported. The maid now lives in Aurora.
News from Der Spiegel and Deutsche Presse Agentur via Expatica reports that the Federal Prosecutor's Office in Germany has announced today that a terror plot to bomb an airliner has been foiled.
The plan had been plotted to take place in summer this year. Six suspects were temporarily taken into custody on Friday, after nine apartments were searched in Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse states. All the suspects save one was released on Saturday.
Information gathered during questioning showed that members of the group had met with an airport worker and offered money to smuggle a suitcase bomb aboard a passenger plane. The worker at the (un-named) airport had apparently been willing to place the bomb on the plane. What had caused the plot to fail had been the inability of the group to negotiate a suitable fee from their backers to pay the airport worker.
In Karlsruhe city, prosecutors did not say which airport, nor which sponsors were behind the plot. The nationalities of the suspects have not been confirmed.
On November 3, 2006, MEMRI reported on political tension in Lebanon, which has increased to the point where civil war appears imminent - due to Hizbullah's violent struggle to seize a significant portion of the government by instigating street clashes.  Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nassrallah even issued an ultimatum, threatening that his people would take to the streets on November 13, but the ultimatum was later postponed, pending consultations between Hizbullah and the "March 14 Forces." The failure of these talks led to the resignation of the five Shi'ite ministers, representatives of the Hizbullah and Amal parties, from the Lebanese government. At this point, Lebanese President Emile Lahoud declared that the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Al-Siniora government was "illegal," a statement later reiterated by Hizbullah and its political allies.
Following these developments, Hizbullah leaders and their political allies stepped up their statements, threatening that "surprise" tactics would be used and that the street protests would begin without warning. It should be noted that these statements and threats are supported by Syria and Iran
1. The communiqué
On 17 November 2006 a statement from an organization calling itself the Mujahedeen in Lebanon was posted to the al-Mohajroon jihadi forum.
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Followers of Islam say they have been citizens a long time
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Crammed amid the gray monoliths of Moscow's 1980 Olympics complex, the Sobornaya Mosque was the only Islamic house of worship that was allowed to function under the Soviet regime. It stood largely empty then, filling up only with the occasional large foreign delegation from Islamic countries.
Today, its pale blue walls cannot contain the hundreds who come to pray. On Fridays and holy days, it overflows with worshipers, leaving many forced to kneel on newspapers outside, their foreheads pressing against the concrete.
Zabir Valeev was attending midday prayers on a recent Friday with his 8-year-old son, and could hardly hide his frustration. "We shouldn't have to stand out here in the cold," said Valeev, 32. "What does it show to my son that there is no place in Moscow for us to pray?"
The Sobornaya is one of four mosques in the Russian capital to serve a Muslim population of about 2.5 million -- the largest of any European city. Muslim leaders say attempts to build more have been blocked by local officials, who fear angering Moscow's ethnic Russian majority.
HAARLEM - Toen ze in 2003 voor de LPF lid werd van de Noord-Hollandse Staten, verkeerde Fleur Agema in de veronderstelling „dat er bij zo’n provinciebestuur in ieder geval fatsoenlijk met geld zou worden omgegaan.” Nu ze weet hoe er met subsidies wordt omgesprongen, heeft ze haar mening drastisch bijgesteld.
Agema: „Bij de voorbereiding van de algemene beschouwingen viel me op dat er ontzettend veel geld aan subsidies wegging. Zo’n 136 miljoen euro per jaar. Naar wie dat ging, was niet erg duidelijk
Ik kreeg het idee dat het niet helemaal pluis was. Vervolgens kwam ik in contact met onderzoeker Peter Siebelt. Hij raadde me aan een lijst met gesubsidieerde instellingen op te vragen. Maar die lijst was er helemaal niet. De provincie had dus geen enkel overzicht van wat er aan subsidies werd verstrekt.”
Na lang trekken en duwen werd eindelijk de gevraagde lijst opgesteld. Daaruit bleek dat er 4200 verschillende subsidies werden verstrekt. Agema moest bijna naar lucht happen. „Ik vond het raar dat geen enkel Statenlid geïnteresseerd was in de vraag of dat geld wel goed terechtkwam. Toen we ernaar bleven vragen, werd het een steeds smeriger verhaal.”
Jos van de Vijver 20 november 2006
Kunnen wij onze stem aan het CDA toevertrouwen? In bijgaande mail-correspondentie blijft het CDA draaien over de EU-Grondwet, die blijkbaar toch op de een of andere manier verwezenlijkt zal moeten worden ...
Van: Van de Vijver [mailto:email@example.com]
Verzonden: dinsdag 14 november 2006 18:15
Kunt u aangeven wat het standpunt van het CDA is tav Europa? Hoe gaat het CDA om met pogingen om het Europees verdrag of onderdelen ervan toch alsnog in te voeren. zal het CDA dan altijd meewerken aan een referendum of wil zij de vrijheid behouden om zelfstandig te beslissen
jos van de Vijver
This week the Dutch leftwing newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ reported that the Dutch military intelligence in 2003 has been torturing captured Iraqi
terrorists insurgents during the Dutch military mission in Iraq. It is only a week before the Dutch parliamentary elections and this Dutch ‘Torture’ dominates the Dutch news.
This is painful news for a Dutch elite who has always pride it self for being so much more civilized than those dumb Americans. An elite that has always been in opposition to the trigger happy Americans and their barbaric conduct in the War on Terror. Always critizing the US for Guantanamo bay, logically that these do-gooder don’t want to fit the torturing category they created for the US.
So it was hardly a surprise that foreign affairs minister Ben Bot, who has often personally criticized the American war ‘atrocities’, was quick to condemn the Dutch military: “this can not be allowed. We should never lower ourselves too this kind of practices”. Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende hastened himself to say how “shocked” he was. Remember this government is what people in the Netherlands call a right-wing conservative government.
An astonishing update to this story. "Suthers reassures Saudis: Feds back Suthers' trip to explain case of captive nanny," by Chris Barge in the Rocky Mountain News, with thanks to James:
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers flew to Saudi Arabia this week to reassure government officials there that Homaidan Al-Turki was treated fairly when he was convicted of sexually abusing an Indonesian nanny held a virtual captive in his Aurora home.
Suthers sat knee-to-knee for an hour with King Abdullah and also met with Crown Prince Sultan, Saudi journalists and relatives of Al-Turki during his weeklong trip to the capital city of Riyadh, Deputy Attorney General Jason Dunn said Friday.
And MI5 would have to be the size of the Stasi to stop them all. "Al-Qaeda's ‘best assets’ prime UK timebomb," by Sean Rayment in the Sunday Telegraph, with thanks to Andrew Bostom:
British Muslims volunteering to fight against coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are being sent back to Britain to become al-Qaeda "sleeper" agents, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.
MI5 agents believe that young Asian men, who have been trained to take part in the so-called "global jihad" in al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan, are now regarded as too valuable an asset to be used fighting British and American troops.
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Hundreds of Ethiopians took to the streets of the capital to protest the landmark conviction by a US court of an Ethiopian man for sexually mutilating his two-year-old daughter with scissors.
Organizers said some 2,000 people turned out in Addis Ababa for a march in support of Khalid Adem, a 31-year-old Ethiopian immigrant who was convicted of female genital mutilation by a court in the southern US state of Georgia.
Feierten gemeinsam den "His- bollah-Sieg": Elvia Khalil (l.) und Hussein Haj Hassan.
Um ihrer Empörung über die israelischen Luftangriffe auf den Libanon Luft zu machen, verfasste eine Mitarbeiterin der Stadtverwaltung Essen, die gebürtige Libanesin Elvia Khalil, ein durch und durch antisemitisches Flugblatt mit der Überschrift „Adolf Olmert - Holocaust im Libanon“. Sie tackerte es an eine Integrationszeitschrift und verschickte das Ganze über einen städtischen Verteiler. Dieser Vorgang ist allein schon skandalös, aber es wird noch schlimmer ...
Denn auch mehrere Monate nach Bekanntwerden des antisemitischen Flugblattes ist Khalil noch immer in "Amt und Würden". Sie wurde zwar abgemahnt, aber nicht versetzt, vielmehr bescheinigte ihre Dienststelle ihr sogar "hervorragende Integrationsarbeit“. Und für Treffen Khalils mit dem Hisbollah-Funktionär Hussein Haj Hassan stellte die Stadt Essen sogar kostenlos Räume zur Verfügung. Khalil arbeitet im Büro für interkulturelle Arbeit (RAA). Sie
A ban on Muslim headscarves and other "conspicuous" religious symbols at state schools was introduced in 2004.
The measure received overwhelming political and public support in a country where the separation of state and religion is enshrined in law.
However, headscarves can be worn in Muslim schools, and at university level, where the law on religious signs does not apply.
For the past 80 years Turks have lived in a secular state founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who rejected headscarves as backward-looking in his campaign to secularise Turkish society.
Even so, it is estimated that as many as 65% of Turkish women cover their heads with a scarf.
Nonetheless, scarves are banned in civic spaces, including schools, universities - state or private - and official buildings.
In November 2005 the European Court of Human Rights ruled the ban was legitimate.
BY MIKE CORDER
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government announced plans Friday for legislation banning full-length veils in public places and other clothing that covers the face — putting the Netherlands at the forefront of a general European hardening toward Muslim minorities.
The Netherlands, once considered one of Europe's most welcoming nations for immigrants and asylum seekers, is deeply divided over moves by the government to stem the tide of new arrivals and compel immigrants to assimilate into Dutch society.
"From a security standpoint, people should always be recognizable and from the standpoint of integration, we think people should be able to communicate with one another," Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk told national broadcaster NOS. She said the ban also would apply to headgear like ski masks and full-face helmets.
Real Islam, an Ahmadi website, offers an illuminating video in which:
The most popular Non-Ahmadi scholar known for his rational and logical approach openly says that the Non-Muslims will not be entitled to the most basic human right of “Freedom of Speech” in an Islamic State.
He goes on to say that that is in no way against human rights.
Muslims don't follow The Golden Rule. This is only the most blatant example of that horrid mindset.
Here's the video: link
Indonesia. An Islamic democracy. Is Islam compatible with democracy? These pictures were forwarded to me from a friend who knows a Christian in Indonesia......I cannot reveal too much or I will jeopardize the lives of those that smuggled these pics out. I am running them beneath the fold as they are too graphic to run on the main page. I am running them so the world will know and see that Indonesians are NOT the friend of anyone who is not Muslim.
Is it just me or is this how last years intifada in Paristan was sparked? i.e. By turning the criminal into a victim and using "race" as a spark for a few weeks of car burnings and mob violence by the local "YOUTHS"?
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The death of a man with Moroccan roots who was run over by a woman after he stole her bag has inflamed Dutch racial tensions that have smouldered since the murder of a filmmaker critical of Islam.
Several hundred people, including many Moroccans, marched on Friday from the site in an immigrant neighbourhood in Amsterdam where the 19-year-old died on Monday. The woman whose bag he stole drove her car into his moped, crushing him against a tree.
The friends and family of the youth, named by the media as Ali El Bejjati, say his death was a racially motivated murder. Two months ago, filmmaker Theo van Gogh was killed in the same district, allegedly by a 26-year-old Dutch-Moroccan.
Last September, Professor Anthony Gees, who is director of the Brunel Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS) published a report through the right-wing think-tank the Social Affairs Unit, which stated that Islamic radicals were operating in 24 Universities across Britain.
His report warned then that University authorities were "ignoring the problem". His report dealt with Islamic Jihadist, but also listed animal rights activists and the British National Party. The BNP is hardly associated with bombings or acts of terror, in the same way as Islamists or animal rights fanatics.
Glees said to Radio 4 last year: "There is a culture of extremism and terrorism on Britain's campuses. It may not be very large in number but you do not need very large numbers of people in order to do terrorism and the university authorities have simply ignored the problem."
"None of the boys is of Christian faith." As Tammy Bruce remarked to me yesterday when I did her show from here at the Restoration Weekend, a reliable way to know that the perpetrators of a given deed reported in news story were Muslim is the lack of any mention of their religion, or in this case, the assurance that they were not Christian. Hmmmm. Non-Christians from Serbia-Montenegro and Bosnia. Might they belong to a religion some of whose adherents, as Oriana Fallaci pointed out, have taken great pleasure in desecrating churches and monuments in Europe? Might this be an expression of Islamic contempt for those whom the Qur'an calls the "vilest of creatures" -- unbelievers (98:6)?
A translation by Mussi of "Kirche mit Kot beschmiert," a German-language article from Blick Online:
Muttenz, Basle – A bad joke or is there more behind this? The catholic church in Muttenz, Basle, has been repeatedly soiled with fecals for the last two weeks by teenagers.
Good for Dan Gillerman. The UN is a disgrace, a handmaiden of the global jihad. And the European Union covers itself with shame yet again. From UPI, with thanks to Davida:
Israel's ambassador walked out on the United Nations session that resulted in a strong call to Israel to end its military operations in the Gaza Strip.
The 192-member General Assembly voted Friday night 156-7, with six abstentions, in favor of the non-binding resolution in an emergency special session.
The United States, Israel and Australia voted against the document, while all the European Union members supported it after last-minute changes were made to soften the tone.
Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman conducted a news conference nearby and blasted the session as a "farce" and a "circus," Ha'aretz reported Saturday.
Posted by Robert
Ramadan Shalah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader, publicly admits that Israel’s security fence is an important obstacle to the terrorist organizations, and that “if it weren’t there, the situation would be entirely different.” The PIJ has carried out the greatest number of suicide bombing attacks during the past few years
On November 11, PIJ leader Abdallah Ramadan Shalah granted a long interview to Al-Manar TV, Hezbollah's television channel. During the interview, for the first time he admitted that
's security fence was an important obstacle to the terrorist organizations (the “resistance”).
He noted that the suicide bombing attacks ( istishhad ) were the Palestinian people's “strategic choice,” and were meant to “create a balance of force and deterrence” in the campaign against a superior enemy. Ramadan Shalah noted that the terrorist organizations had every intention of continuing suicide bombing attacks , but that their timing and the possibility of implementing them from the
depended on other factors. “For example,” he said, “there is the separation fence , which is an obstacle to the resistance, and if it were not there the situation would be entirely different .”
"Die Strafe für Political Correctness ist die kollektive Gehirnerweichung", sagte Professor Norbert Bolz am 03.04.2006 in der Welt. In einem hervorragenden Gastkommentar erklärte er, wie immer neue Gelder in aussichtslose Projekte gesteckt werden mit dem Ziel, Jugendliche mit Migrationshintergrund dazu zu bringen, uns etwas weniger zu hassen. Denn die Täter sind schließlich nur Opfer unserer Gesellschaft. Das ist gutmenschlicher Konsens, wer daran rüttelt, macht sich verdächtig. Und deshalb wird Hamburgs Oberbürgermeister Ole von Beust (Foto) mit einem 80-Millionen-Euro-Projekt Hamburgs verkommene Stadtteile samt der darin lebenden verwahrlostenen Menschen aufpäppeln. Eins der geförderten Profekte heißt "Wohin mit meiner Wut?" und richtet sich speziell an Eltern aus der Türkei. Es ist ein Tanztheaterprojekt, das zur Gewaltprävention beitragen soll.
Weiter lesen ""Wohin mit meiner Wut?"" »
Als er niet snel een manier wordt gevonden om het islam-extremisme in te dammen, is een Derde Wereldoorlog onvermijdelijk. Dat zegt generaal John Abizaid, de bevelhebber van de Amerikaanse strijdkrachten in het Midden-Oosten.
Tijdens een lezing op Harvard in het Amerikaanse Cambridge vergeleek Abizaid de groei van het aantal radicale groeperingen met de opkomst van het fascisme in de jaren twintig en dertig in Europa.
Net zoals de opkomst van het fascisme tot de Tweede Wereldoorlog leidde, zal het moslim-extremisme uiteindelijk een Derde Wereldoorlog veroorzaken. Er moet heel snel iets worden gedaan, anders is het volgens de Amerikaanse topcommandant te laat.
De extremisten profiteren volgens Abizaid van de laconieke houding van het Westen. Ze kunnen vanuit een veilig toevluchtsoord opereren en massavernietigingswapens ontwikkelen.
Welcome to the world of Banca del Gottardo. It’s your world too. That’s because Banca del Gottardo, Bank al-Taqwa’s bank, is really pretty typical. Typical because Banca del Gottardo is a large, very respectable Swiss-based banking institution with branches across the globe. In 1999 Banca del Gottardo was acquired by Swiss Life, the largest and oldest insurance company in Switzerland. And typical, as we’re going to see, in that an absolutely shocking number of shady, criminal banks move literally trillions of dollars a year around the globe through real, “respectable” banks. That’s a big part of how the financial merry-go-round that turns “dirty” money “clean” works. And it’s a bigger merry-money-go-round than you think: it’s the global financial system, and virtually every bank is on board for the ride. Most can’t help it, it’s the status quo.
So how does this money-go-round work? In the case of Bank al-Taqwa, they merely conducted their financial transactions through Al-Taqwa’s “correspondent account” with Banca del Gottardo, al-Taqwa’s “correspondent bank”. So what’s a correspondent account? Well, the USA Patriot Act defines one as “an account established to receive deposits from, make payments on behalf of a foreign financial institution, or handle other financial transactions related to such institution.” In other words, a correspondent account is an account Bank A can set up with Bank B, which allows Bank A to use the “correspondent account” to send money, receive money, and any of the other services typically offered. Correspondent banking is also a profitable, growing field in financial sectors.
Correspondent banks can even have correspont banks of their own, as was the case with Banca del Gottardo and Bank al-Taqwa, where Bank al-Taqwa actually gained access to US financial markets via Banca del Gottardo’s correspondent accounts with the Bank of New York and Citibank, two banks with a rather “loose” history when it comes to financial shenanigans (Recall that the Boris Yeltsin’s “family” and friends were allegedly laundering billions in stolen IMF money through the Bank of New York). Correspondent banking is the reason shell banks, which often have no real staff or even a physical location, can actually conduct business. Bank al-Taqwa’s
Bahamas branch pretty much consisted of a name and an address which was actually the same address as its law firm. And with these two components, Bank al-Taqwa was able to conduct its business, along with thousands of shell banks around the world whose existence consists of some paper work, a name, and a dream…. a dream that probably involves evading your country’s taxes and/or laundering some money.
A quote from Teresa Küchler at EUobserver, 16 November 2006
EU member states are lining up to attack a European Commission proposal to establish common rules for cross-border divorces […]. The proposal – called Rome III and presented last July – sets out which national legislation should apply in the case of a couple of two nationalities or a couple living in their non-native country […]. Rome III would impose the law of the country where they live or have the strongest ties to. […] [A] Swedish justice ministry document [describes] a potential scenario in which […] a Swedish woman who marries an Iranian man in Sweden and emigrates to Iran but after several years decides to leave both her spouse and his country and go home. “The proposal means that Iranian divorce law would be applied by the Swedish court,” the justice ministry study states.
[…] Malta has stated it will oppose any proposal that would oblige Maltese courts to apply foreign laws to circumvent its ban on divorce. “If Ireland were to adopt and implement this measure, this would allow EU nationals resident in Ireland to obtain a divorce in our courts on substantially different and less onerous grounds than that provided for in our constitution”, the Irish justice ministry recently said, planning an opt-out from Rome III. […] “It would sadly not bring about the benefits it was intended to bring about, at least not in the UK,” a UK diplomat said, confirming that the UK has also requested an opt-out from the bill.
November 14, 2006 11:26 AM
TIRANA, Albania-Postponing a resolution of Kosovo's future status could threaten regional stability, the Albanian prime minister said Tuesday, while urging Kosovo Albanians to support their negotiating team.
The U.N.'s special enjoy for Kosovo said Friday he would delay issuing a report on the province's future until after Serbia held elections in January.
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that could cause trouble. "Further postponement of Kosovo's final status at this delicate moment complicates the situation, stability in Kosovo and the region," he said. Negotiators initially had hoped to resolve the issue by the end of this year.
Albania has been the strongest supporter of independence for Kosovo, demanded by the province's ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of its population.
I stumbled on this article from Die Welt
. It has a few interesting numbers:
30% of all Turkish students [in Germany] find honor killings a "legitimate reaction" to defend the honor of the family.
55,3% find that women absolutely must be virgins until marriage.
In Ankara at the Middle East University 77% believe it is a man's right to beat a women if she for example lets the food burn.
If the reader is in doubt - the Turkish are known to be relatively moderate compared to other Muslim countries.
Well, I might not agree with them, but I defend their right to say what they want publicly. They are neo-fascist, they are extreme right wing, but hell, they are also a part of the debate and they do have a following. This is the article in full, from Jyllands Posten, any emphasis is mine:
Right-wing radio station remains defiant
By The Copenhagen Post
Right-wing Radio Holger continues to broadcast after its licence was revoked by the Radio and TV Board
Right-wing radio station Radio Holger has again run afoul of broadcasting authorities for its alleged racist programming. Despite having its licence revoked last week, the station continues to broadcast.
Radio Holger, which takes its name from Denmark's mythical guardian, had its licence suspended after failing to deliver a copy of a broadcast to the Radio and Television Board (RTB).
The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point has just released a massive report entitled the Militant Ideology Atlas. The report offers a massive database of figures who play a role in the jihadist intellectual universe, summaries of a large number of important texts which circulate in that intellectual universe, and an intriguing citation analysis used to determine the influence and centrality of various figures. I've got great respect for the CTC and the work they do, which strikes me as non-partisan and highly professional - they've assembled a dedicated group of researchers who are doing high quality work which deserves wider attention, even where I disagree with specific conclusions and recommendations.
The primary contribution made by the Militant Ideology Atlas is its summaries of more than 75 jihadist books and articles found in the online library at the Tawhed site (which I recently discovered can only be accessed via a proxy server from North American addresses; I wonder why?). While I haven't had the time to scrutinize any of the summaries, on the face of it this looks like an extremely useful resource. Among the main findings of the citation analysis: Sayid Qutb is the most frequently cited modern Islamist theorist; the imprisoned Jordanian Abu Mohamed al-Maqdessi (owner of the Tahwed site) is the most influential living jihadist author; Saudis and Jordanians dominate the key nodes of the jihadist debates, in contrast to traditional Egyptian dominance; and several largely unknown writers (such as Abu Basir al-Tartusi, Yusuf al-'Uyayri and Abu Ubayd al-Qurashi) are surprisingly central to the debates.
Our EU leadership (or more specifically: The EU Comission) have finally gone off the deep end. That is the only conclusion I can come to when I read this
on Brussels Journal
EU member states are lining up to attack a European Commission proposal to establish common rules for cross-border divorces which could - in an extreme scenario - see Iranian divorce rules applied in European courts in future.
The proposal, dubbed 'Rome III' was made to 'harmonize' the way in which EU member states would deal with cross-border marriages breaking up.
The commission argues it will give clarity and prevent disputes related to "shopping" for jurisdictions, so that if the couple in the example divorced but could not agree whether to do it under Irish, Finnish or Belgian law, Rome III would impose the law of the country where they live or have the strongest ties to.
Hizb ut-Tahrir, founded in 1952 in Jerusalem by an Islamic jurist, Taqiuddin al-Nabhani, has a mission to restore a Muslim Caliphate, a supreme body which advises on Islamic law. More importantly, they believe that this Caliphate should be set up as a replacement for national governments. The last Caliphate was that of the Ottomans, which was dissolved by Kemal Ataturk in March 1924.
Their intention to obliterate sovereign governments means that their agenda is entirely against the principles of democracy. Their website, Khilafah.com states that they are against violence.
Yet the rhetoric of their spokespeople around the globe is always loaded with violence. In Australia last November, an Eid carnival in Melbourne had leaflets distributed. These stated that Muslims "enormously rejected their evil and corrupt rulers that the West have appointed over them, and they are looking forward to consigning them to the dustbins of history" and glorified terrorist atrocities overseas, where Muslims had "inflicted the most humiliating lesson on supposed superpowers". The leaflets exhorted Muslims to "Ally yourselves with those who work day and night to confront this war against Islam."
'Why Has the Prize Been Awarded to 167 Jews and Only 4 Arabs... All Considered Traitors?'; The Prize Stems from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
The following are excerpts from an interview with Samir 'Ubeid, an Iraqi researcher living in Europe, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on October 31, 2006.
TO VIEW THIS CLIP VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1313
Samir 'Ubeid: "I don’t call it the Nobel Prize - I call it the hubal [idol] prize."
Samir 'Ubeid: "Yes, because it often encourages heresy. It encourages attacks against the heritage, and encourages those who scorn their people and their culture. The proof is that it was awarded recently to Pamuk, who had encouraged civil strife, which might preoccupy Turkey and the Muslims in general. He held Turkey responsible for what the Ottoman state did, when he referred to the massacre of the Armenians."
Cardinal Renato Martino, former Vatican envoy to the United Nations and now in charge of the Vatican's office for Migrant and Immigrant affairs has entered the fray re 'The Veil'. All will recall that the issue of the Muslim Veil came to the World's attention in England with the refusal of an observant Muslim woman in public employ to remove her face covering. Now two weeks prior to the Pope's trip to Turkey the Vatican has chosen to renew the issue. The new English-language edition of Al Jazeera has featured this issue today and has invited comment on the issue from around the world. Parenthetically Al Jazeera should be welcomed to the stage of ideas with the publication in English and with their broadcasts in English. This is a positive move and may be helpful for progress if the discussions can remain on an intellectual level without disintegrating into incitement and enmity.
The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point has just released a study of jihadi literature, analyzing who the most influential thinkers in the movement are, based on a year of mining the most influential texts and web writings. The New York Times did a piece on it, but it deserves much broader attention.
The study is a valuable addition, because it includes a summary of many of the most influential jihadi texts, biographies of many of the author, and thinking about the way forward in combatting the theological and theoretical basis for the struggle. It is available online here.
As I have said repeatedly, it is vitally important to read what the enemy says about itself, and what the rationale is for their actions. Far too often I have been in meetings where the architects of the jihad struggle is dismissed as stupid, unsophisticated, and totally unknowable. This study helps make them knowable, and that is the only way to begin to develop a more comprehensive long-term strategy that might actually have some impact.
Obvious questions: How many may not yet have been uncovered? How many more sympathize with Hizb ut-Tahrir's agenda? "Immigration HQ 'employs a radical Islamist'" by Nigel Morris and Ben Russell for The Independent:
An activist in the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir is reported to be working in the immigration service headquarters.
The claim will cause embarrassment for the Home Secretary, John Reid, as he prepares to announce fresh counter-terrorism measures in the Queen's Speech today. The Home Office said last night it was urgently studying the claims on BBC2's Newsnight.
The man was claimed to be working at Lunar House, Croydon, the headquarters of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND).
What a woman wears on her head may literally cost you your head in Germany.
That is what German politician Ekin Deligöz discovered recently when she called upon Muslim women in Germany to take off their headscarves. Deligöz, who is Turkish-born, has long expressed her opposition to the scarf’s wearing and wants Muslim women in her adopted country to lay it aside, believing it is a symbol oppression and patriarchy. There are more than three million Muslims in Germany and about two million are Turks or of Turkish descent.
“You live here, so take your headscarf off,” said Deligöz in a German newspaper.
Guest Editorial by Edward Cline
Islamists wish to besiege and destroy Western civilization, physically for certain, but also by taking a leaf from Vladimir Lenin and obliging the West to use the rope of multiculturalism to hang itself. That is proving to be a very effective strategy against a culture that proclaims pride and self-assertion as “imperialistic” sins. And when such a culture settles for paying Dane geld or tribute to the barbarian hordes outside its gates, all it can expect in the end is conquest and destruction.
Non-Islamic university professors of literature, as well, bear an animus for Western civilization. Under the postmodernist tie-dyed banner of deconstruction, feminist criticism, and other non-objective literary theories, they are responsible for having virtually banished the “canon” of Western literary classics from the curricula in middle and secondary schools, in community colleges up to the Ivy League schools. And where the classics haven’t been banished, they are subjected to relativistic vivisection. Instead of instilling in students an appreciation of great literature, courses now mostly disparage “great” literature and uphold mediocrity.
by Baron Bodissey
The noted blogger Fjordman is filing this report via Gates of Vienna.
For a complete Fjordman blogography, see The Fjordman Files.
This post is a continuation of two of Fjordman’s previous posts on Multiculturalism and Political Correctness.
I’ve been trying to analyze the roots of Multiculturalism and Political Correctness. The conclusion I’ve come up with so far is that it needs to be understood as a combination of forces and influences, different but not mutually exclusive.
One view is that Multiculturalism “just happened,” an accidental result of technological globalization. Although global migration pressures and modern communications definitely contributed, this thesis is, in my view, almost certainly too simplistic. There is mounting evidence that Multiculturalism was deliberately encouraged by various groups. If anything, it is an indirect result of globalization through multinational corporations and the creation of an international political elite whose mutual loyalty increasingly supersedes national interests.
By Jeffrey Imm
EDITOR'S NOTE, 6:10 pm ET: Reliable sources with ties to international intelligence agencies told us today that the "Daily Telegraph" story upon which this post is based is just plain wrong.
The Daily Telegraph reports today that Iran is seeking to wield influence within Al-Qaeda to help name its number three individual in the Al-Qaeda organization. If accurate, the report states that Ahmadinejad is trying to persuade Al-Qaeda to promote a pro-Iranian activist (Saif Al-Adel) to a senior position within its leadership.
For the past three years, U.S. intelligence officials have said a shadowy group called the "al Quds force"-- the Jerusalem force -- part of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard organization, may be sheltering some al Qaeda leaders, including its military commander, Saif Al-Adel, and Saad Bin Laden, son of the al Qaeda leader.
Islamisten auf der Anklagebank: "Denke daran, später erwartet dich das Jüngste Gericht". Es geht um Terror, Geld und Gewaltverherrlichung - welche Einblicke drei aktuelle Prozesse in die bizarre Welt der Heiligen Krieger geben
Stuttgart/München, im November - Die Stimme des Angeklagten Rafik Y. kann ganz unvermittelt sehr weich und einfühlsam werden. Wie ein Vater, der sich um seinen ungeratenen Sohn sorgt, redet er dann plötzlich, wie ein Geliebter, der seine Angebetete umschmeichelt. Ganz nah rückt der 31 Jahre alte irakische Kurde an das Mikrophon heran, nimmt es in beide Hände, als wenn er es liebkosen wollte, stellvertretend für den Zeugen, der da vor ihm sitzt. "Friede sei mit dir", raunt Rafik Y. ins Mikrophon. "Bitte sag' die Wahrheit, auch wenn es zu meinem Nachteil wäre." Kaum beginnt der Zeuge zu sprechen, fällt ihm der Angeklagte ins Wort: "Bitte denke daran. Dies heute ist nur ein Gericht, später erwartet dich das Jüngste Gericht."
Man muss kein gläubiger Muslim sein, um das nicht nur als gut gemeinten Rat-schlag eines alten Freundes aufzufassen. "Wir wollen hier nichts hören, was in Richtung Drohung geht", sagt Richterin Christine Rebsam-Bender mit einem Anflug von Strenge. Doch das beeindruckt den Angeklagten nicht sehr. "Unterbrechen Sie mich nicht", keift er die Richterin an, und seine Stimme kippt vom Milden unvermittelt ins Scharfe. "Jetzt bin ich dran. Ich wollte nur an das Jüngste Gericht erinnern."
SPEECH BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE SECURITY SERVICE, DAME ELIZA
MANNINGHAM-BULLER, AT QUEEN MARY'S COLLEGE, LONDON, 9 NOVEMBER
I have been Director General of the Security Service (MI5) since 2002. Before that I was Deputy Director General for five years. During that time, and before, I have witnessed a steady increase in the terrorist threat to the UK. It has been the subject of much comment and controversy. I rarely speak in public. I prefer to avoid the limelight and get on with my job. But today, I want to set out my views on the realities of the terrorist threat facing the UK in 2006; what motivates those who pose that threat; and what my Service is doing, with others, to counter it.
I speak not as a politician, nor as a pundit, but as someone who has been an intelligence professional for 32 years.
Five years on from 9/11, where are we? Speaking in August, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, the head of the Anti-Terrorist Branch of the Metropolitan Police, described the threat to the UK from Al-Qaida-related terrorism as "real, here, deadly and enduring". Only last week the Home Secretary said the threat will be "enduring - the struggle will be long and wide and deep." Let me describe more fully why I think they said that.
November 14th, 2006
With the resignation of 5 Hezb’allah and Amal cabinet ministers following the breakdown of the National Dialogue talks last weekend, the tiny nation of Lebanon may be on a downward spiral toward civil strife or worse – a wave of violence that would threaten the stability and safety of the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
It is impossible to overstate the danger to the fragile democratic coalition that took power with such high hopes in the summer of 2005 as a result of millions of ordinary Lebanese taking to the streets demanding an independent Lebanon free from Syrian control. But despite the removal of Syrian troops and the ouster of the hated Damascus-controlled Secret Police, the March 14th Forces have been unable to deal effectively with Syria’s armed proxy Hezb’allah, whose tentacles have now encircled the neck of the Lebanese government and have begun to squeeze.
by Daniel Pipes
New York Sun
November 14, 2006
[NY Sun title: "Steyn's New Book Combines Humor, Accuracy, Depth"]
Mark Steyn, political columnist and cultural critic, has written a remarkable book, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It (Regnery). He combines several virtues uncommonly found together – humor, accurate reportage, and deep thinking – then applies these to what is arguably the most consequential issue of our time: the Islamist threat to the West.
Mr. Steyn offers a devastating thesis but presents it in bits and pieces, so I shall pull it together here.
He begins with the legacy of two totalitarianisms. Traumatized by the electoral appeal of fascism, post-World War II European states were constructed in a top-down manner "so as to insulate almost entirely the political class from populist pressures." As a result, the establishment has "come to regard the electorate as children."
THE TELEGRAPH: Besides his penchant for champagne and singing outmoded French songs, far-Right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen is known to like a practical joke.
So when he strode purposefully out of his private office at the National Front's presidential convention outside Paris this weekend towards the press tent, camera crews in tow, nobody seemed overly surprised when he veered off at the last minute into the lavatory.
The cameras were still rolling when he reappeared with a grin, chin jutting forth, to carry on with the presidential show.
At 78, Mr Le Pen can afford such low farce: his popularity ratings have never been better.
An IFOP poll in this weekend's Le Monde showed that 18 per cent of the French say they will "definitely" vote for the National Front chief.
That is nine points more than at the same period before the 2002 election, in which he horrified Europe by coming second to Jacques Chirac. No longer a joke – France is having to take Le Pen's threat seriously
by Henry Samuel
Le Pen pledges Mark Alexander
A quote from Roy Liddle in The Spectator, 11 November 2006
Apparently almost a million British citizens have left the country since 2000, to live somewhere else. Last year, according to the Office for National Statistics, 380,000 people left Britain, of whom about 200,000 were British citizens. At the same time, though, 565,000 immigrants arrived in Britain, the overwhelming majority from […] [Muslim] Pakistan and Bangladesh.
These facts were reported as if they were entirely unrelated. Nobody dared to venture that there was perhaps a very direct and causal relationship […] Even for our most free-thinking and dependable think-tank, Civitas, this was a bridge too far. Its spokesman, Robert Whelan, ventured that perhaps the parlous state of the [national] health service [NHS] was to blame for the exodus. You know, I suspect the majority of those who left had next to no contact with the NHS; they are, in the main, pre-middle-aged and healthy. No, it seems patently clear to me that an important reason […] that so many Brits are getting the hell out is that they think there are too many non-European foreigners here […]
In February 2003, I participated in a massive anti-war demonstration in London because I did not believe a democratic government could be installed in Iraq. The Anglo-American forces did not seem to understand the proper conditions on which they could rest a modern Western government. Today, however, Britain should not follow the dishonourable turncoats in the American Democratic Party and in the British press advocating a sudden exit from Iraq.
Why did Britain and its American ally topple the Iraqi regime? This week, Martin Bright, the political editor of the New Statesman, wrote an article entitled Iraq: the new cover-up – the riddle of the missing WMD document. In the article, Bright exposes the fact that a secret first full draft of the Iraq WMD dossier – which Tony Blair put before parliament in making the case for war – had been suppressed and kept secret by the government. Bright is just one of a series of journalists believing that the central nugget of truth put before parliament and the public was that Iraq held weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Their cases suppose what? That it was only because Iraq held WMD that Blair had a safe case before parliament to assert an Anglo-American force within Iraq? I don’t think so – the long list of reasons and detailed explanation for invading Iraq involved a consideration of decades of ruthless slaughter and suppression of Northern Kurds and Southern Shiites in Iraq.
Monday, November 13, 2006 1:26 PM
BRUSSELS, Belgium-European Union defense ministers, fearful of unrest linked to Kosovo's future, on Monday postponed a decision to reduce the strength of its peacekeeping force in Bosnia.
Ministers are considering a cut in the 6,500-strong force to as little as 1,500 next year, but a decision has been postponed in case tension in Kosovo triggers wider Balkan unrest.
"A decision to reduce troop strength is under consideration," EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana told the meeting. "The situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina allows this."
Solana said member states should not take a decision before December and not begin the reductions until February at the earliest.
Kosovo is the cause of the caution. U.N. talks to decide whether Kosovo becomes independent or remains part of Serbia are expected to wrap up early next year, and EU officials fear the outcome could spark more Balkan unrest.
By Walid Phares
According to sources and contacts – as well as statements made in Lebanon over the past few weeks – all analysis indicates that Hezbollah is on the verge of an all out offensive in Lebanon to crumble the "March 14" Seniora Government and to seize strategic control in the country.
Following are few points deserving attention (a more comprehensive analysis will follow later):
1. As predicted since July 12, (and posted on The Counterterrorism Blog), the aim of Hezbollah's summer war with Israel, was to provoke a "strike-back" at the Lebanese Government and reshape the balance of power in Lebanon to the advantage of the Teheran-Damascus axis. Nasrallah and his allies across the sectarian divide aimed at shifting the issue of disarming Hezbollah and militias (according to UNSCR 1559) to crumbling the government, which is supposed to implement this disarming process.
Nov 13, 2006 - 5:41:38 AM
Russia has sent anti-aircraft systems to Belarus in retaliation against the delivery to Poland of U.S.-made F-16 warplanes, a source in the Moscow-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) said Nov. 10.
”Anticipating the arrival of the F-16s in Poland, Russia has sent to Belarus four S-300 anti-aircraft systems which have already been put into service,” according to a source at the headquarters of the anti-aircraft defense alliance of the CIS, quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency.
The CIS is made up of the former members of the Soviet Union less the three Baltic states.
The alliance was set up in 1995 by 10 CIS members (all bar Azerbaijan and Moldova) to protect the air borders of the former Soviet republics.
China sub secretly stalked U.S. fleet..UNDETECTED..and surfaces UNDETECTED in missile range of the same missile which whacked the Israeli SAAR fired in July
In considering US actions against submarines of this technology level, when a US admiral was asked if we would lose any carriers bringing the attack to the enemy (think invasion of Taiwan as we are occupied with Iran and NoKo and Iraq..leading to a US Naval attack in the straits of Taiwan)...his response was "Probably several". What is important is not that the Chinese, who have certainly been rapaciously stealing our military and electronic secrets for decades, are trying to achieve the success of this war profile mission, it i/s that they ARE succeeding in carrying out these missions.
by Udo Ulfkotte
Dealing with dangerous Islamists means living dangerously. However, sometimes the danger does not stem from the Islamists in Germany but from German administration. Describing historical processes complete with background is the historian's task. The following report will help future generations to understand why Christian and Western Culture lost the battle against hate filled extremist Islamists with eyes wide open.
I am not important in this story. My person could be exchanged. Others have had the same experience when dealing with Islamists in Germany. They keep silent because of their kids. And they keep silent because they fear for their jobs. My readers should be aware that I do not know Islamists only from dusty books but have observed over 15 years in their countries of origin: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Saudi-Arabia, Yemen, Syria, the Emirates, Algeria, Jordan, Indonesia, and Malaysia. I met the group around Osama Bin Laden mid of the 90s in the Sudan capital Khartoum. At the confluence of the White and the Blue Nile they had a plot of land of about eight acres.
After five Shiite ministers and another quit his cabinet on Nov. 11, Lebanese prime minister Fouad Siniora pushed through his cabinet the demand for an international tribune to judge the men implicated in the Feb. 2005 assassination of Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri. The anti-Syrian bloc holds a majority in the Lebanese parliament over the pro-Syrian Shiite Hizballah and Amal and the Maronite Christian Michel Aoun and will therefore ratify the decision. Damascus threatens to treat this step as a declaration of war; the Shiite parties threaten to foment civil disorder. President Bashar Asad with go to extremes to avoid seeing his close relatives in the dock charged with complicity in the Hariri murder. In line are his young brother Gen. Maher Asad, his brother-in-law and chief of military intelligence Gen. Asaf Shawqat and other high officers. Siniora has been calling the UN Secretary, the US and the European Union in a desperate plea for backing against a violent attempt to topple his government. However, Damascus and the Iranian-backed Hizballah are set to exploit the post-election uncertainties in Washington and sow unrest in Beirut and other parts of the Middle East to raise the ante for their cooperation on Iraq.
Six months ago, before the election of Hamas, the World Bank urged donors to temporarily cease funding the Palestinian Authority (PA). The cause?
Continuous and flagrant breaches of Palestinian promises to reform the PA's bankrupt budget. Wage increases had amounted to around 15%. The number of employees had leaped through all targets, including employment of the terrorist Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades. The International Monetary Fund had identified thousands of security personnel as "non-performing".
Notwithstanding, all the various factions of the Palestinian military and civil institutions are today asking the world for more money. The media has clearly set out the latest dilemma facing the international community and the Palestinian leadership: how to avert a looming humanitarian crisis, while avoiding the support of terror and corruption.
It appears that Muslims in Scotland are angry at Glasgow Labour MP, Mohammed Sarwar, for his assistance in helping to bring to justice the Muslims who killed 15-year old white schoolboy Kriss Donald.
Kriss Donald was snatched from a Glasgow street on March 15, 2004. He was then beaten, stabbed, and finally set on fire while still alive. His attackers were Daanish Zahid, who was convicted in 2004. Another man who admitted to abducting and beating Kriss, but who claimed he was not present when the schoolboy was killed, was Zahid Mohammed. He had been sentenced in 2004 to five years' jail, but was released early, in a deal which saw him giving evidence against the other three Muslims.
On November 8, Imran "Baldy" Shahid, Mohammed "Beck" Mushtaq and Zeeshan "Crazy" Shahid were found guilty of Kriss' murder, and were sentenced to life terms which should be for no less than 22 years for Mushtaq, 23 years for Zeeshan Shahid, and 25 years for Imran Shahid.
The problem of Wahhabism, the Salafist doctrine which originated in Saudi Arabia, which makes few compromises with anything other than its own doctrines, has led to conflict with the Muslims of Bosnia. Wahhabism was an alien ideology to the Muslims of former Yugoslavia, though in the Bosnian war of 1992 - 1995, it became imported by radical Muslims. These had been invited to the region by then-president Alija Izetbegovic. Muslim fighters had flocked from various Muslim countries, including Middle Eastern countries such as Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Izetbegovic was president of Bosnia-Hercegovina from 1990 onwards. When the civil war began in 1992, he invited Mujahideen fighters to the region, incorporating them into the Bosnian amy. They formed the majority of the 7th Muslim Brigade when it was founded on November 19, 1992, and in August 13, 1993 foreign Mujahideen formed the "El Mujahed" Unit.
Saudi columnist Maha Al-Hujailan wrote in the English-language daily Arab News on November 6, 2006, an article titled, "The Nature of the Abaya," in which she says that the abaya - the black full-body robe worn by Saudi women - is not simply a garment, but is rather a means by which men confine women and impose on them restrictive patterns of behavior.
The following are excerpts:
"The black abaya worn by Saudi women is a garment which attracts the attention of foreigners - especially Westerners. In fact, the abaya is now a recognized sign of our community. The older generation of Saudi women - our mothers and grandmothers - did not know the abaya and have only become familiar with it in recent years. Saudi women used to wear a piece of material or cloth to cover their hair; once that was put on, they then went to work - in the fields, at home or wherever - without experiencing any ethical, social or religious problems.
Because it "receives orders from the American administration." "Al-Qaida threatens to topple Lebanon govt.," from AP:
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Al-Qaida has purportedly issued a statement threatening to topple Lebanon's "corrupt" Western-backed government, according to a London-based Arabic newspaper Monday.
The Al-Hayat newspaper reported that al-Qaida issued the statement from the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared in northern Lebanon.
"The organization has arrived in Lebanon and we will work on destroying this corrupt government that receives orders from the American administration," Al-Hayat said, quoting the statement.
The Lebanese government is denying that this statement really came from the A-Q boys. But of course, the Lebanese government is in denial about a lot of things.
Posted by Robert
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor
Updated: 12:05 p.m. ET Nov. 2, 2006
PARIS - When France first debated a ban on Muslim headscarves in state schools, criticism from abroad was so strong that the then foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, complained it created diplomatic problems for him.
After three years, a murder and two bombing sprees, many of France's neighbours have come to agree they should set tougher integration standards for their Muslim minorities to meet.
The standards vary from country to country, but the recent debate about whether face veils hinder Muslim women's integration in Britain -- among Europe's most lenient "multicultural" societies -- was music to Villepin's ears.
"I'm glad to see they're now asking themselves the questions we've been asking ourselves for quite a long time," Villepin, now prime minister, remarked last week.
The leader of the Hizballah terror gang, Hassan Nasrallah, has threatened to overthrow the government of Lebanon. (Hat tip: BabbaZee.)
Nasrallah’s appearance on Al-Manar TV (owned by Hezbollah), aimed primarily at Lebanon ‘s internal arena, clearly showed that the organization was serious about its political struggle against Siniora’s government. Nasrallah warned that if his demand to establish a national unity government (in which his influence would increase) were not met, he would be able to overthrow the government by having his supporters take to the streets. The United States hastened to issue an exceptional statement according to which there was “mounting evidence” that Iran , Syria and Hezbollah were working for the (apparently violent) overthrow Siniora’s government to prevent the establishment of an international tribunal to investigate the murder of Rafiq Hariri.
On November 6 Nabih Berri convened a forum in the Lebanese parliament attended by representatives of the entire political spectrum, including Hezbollah. The forum has discussed and will continue to discuss Hezbollah’s demands for the establishment of a national unity government and other disputed issues. Hezbollah spokesmen warned that if no compromise was reached, the “street” would rise against the government. Hassan Nasrallah’s threat to get his supporters into the street has the potential for violence and illustrates the growing threat to the future of Sinora’s government.
UPDATE at 11/12/06 8:04:27 am:
Hezbollah to stage protests after unity talks fail.
Another sharp piece 'o writing from Strateegerie Page (StrategyPage). Note: minor corrections has been rendered to the content below for purposes of accuracy. Important stuff is in bold for your convenience.
A good example, of how self-destructive
Islam is, can be seen in the continuing campaign to stop polio vaccinations. Several years ago,
Muslims in Nigeria began urging parents to refuse polio vaccinations for their children. Eventually, this thwarted the worldwide effort to wipe out polio, because dozens of new cases appeared in Nigeria. All this comes from paranoid rumors that the medicine was a Western attempt to sterilize Moslem children. The Nigerian government put pressure on
Islamic leaders to stop preaching against the vaccination program, with mixed results. Islamic
clerics are preaching against other types of vaccinations as well, causing something of an "Islamic Plague" among the growing number of unvaccinated children.
For those who don't know, The Guardian is a left wing British newspaper which has glowingly eulogized Hamas-founder Sheikh Yassin, supported the Jew-hatred of people like George Galloway and Ken Livingstone, and generally just opposed the War On Terror from the beginning.
That the Guardian now comes out in opposition to blasphemy laws is something to be viewed as positive, but I doubt it means they are turning over a new leaf with regards to any of their other repellent views.
Thanks to Religion of Pieces for making me aware of this
In 1922, John William Gott was sentenced to nine months' hard labour for comparing Jesus Christ to a circus clown, the last time anyone was jailed under Britain's blasphemy law. Two cases last week show that the line where words are deemed so offensive as to constitute a criminal act has moved, and that it is not easy to police.
Disrepectful of great British tradition of not wearing a large black sack over one's head
Shabnam Mughal was dressed completely in black with a full-face veil leaving only her eyes visible.
The judge, George Glossop, asked Miss Mughal on Monday if she would "kindly remove her veil to assist with communication". He told her: "It will allow me to see your face and I cannot hear you as well as I would like."
And at the same time these Filthy Parasites™
beg for (or rather demand) our money.
(INN) Four Palestinian Authority terrorist groups, including that of PA President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah organization, called on Muslims worldwide to attack America "with no mercy."
In a joint statement issued on Sunday, the four groups announced that the United States will be a target for them to the same extent Israel is. They warned that they will attack American targets because of "American support for Israeli crimes and acts of massacre, such as the one in Beit Hanoun."
Whatever the other effects of the murders of Pim Fortuyn and Theo Van Gogh, they have certainly raised the Dutch profile in the global press. A country whose stability, prosperity, and tolerantly pragmatic response to social problems long raised a yawn of ennui among newspaper editors suddenly found itself not only at the forefront of the news but also as emblematic of all the problems of the modern, complex, interdependent, and highly confused world. The Netherlands was suddenly in the avant-garde of the apocalypse, experiencing the coming clash of civilizations. Not since the seventeenth century had Holland been so important.
Ian Buruma seems uniquely placed to explain the Dutch situation to the rest of the world. He is a prolific writer who lived the first half of his life in Holland. Completely fluent in Dutch, he knows his country’s history but has also lived in many other nations and therefore can see his own with an outsider’s, as well as an insider’s, eye. Above all, he focuses on the influence of recent history, and how it is taught and remembered, upon present politics. For example, he wrote a book comparing the ways in which Germany and Japan (both of whose languages he speaks) have dealt with their war records.
A quote from the German weekly Der Spiegel, 10 November 2006
Faced with poor job prospects, high taxes and an intrusive bureaucracy, more and more Germans are choosing to emigrate. Most of those who leave, though, are highly qualified – which could mean devastating economic consequences. [...] They are fed up with living in a country where all opportunities already seem to be taken: opportunities to succeed in one’s career, to own property and to achieve prosperity.
By Miroljub Jevtic, Ph.D.
Numerous analyses are being published in an attempt to explain Serbian-Albanian relations. One of them is the book by Miranda Vickers and James Pettifer entitled Albania – from Anarchy To a Balkan Identity (1), published by Nea in Belgrade. As the authors are known experts on Albania and Albanians, the message of the book is very important for policy makers, primarily American and British Governments as leading political actors in international politics regarding Albania and Yugoslavia.
However, in spite of the profusion of information significant for political sciences as well as politics, the book contains numerous fundamental errors which lead the readers to conclude erroneously that in the Serbo-Albanian conflict Albanians are in the right, while the Serbs are aggressors and imperialists. For this reason, the focus of this analysis is, primarily on the errors contained in the book, without in any way denying the value of what can be useful and important for readers in Serbia and in foreign countries. It cannot be denied that the authors made a valiant effort to get to know Albania and Albanians from on-the-spot firsthand experience, to get acquainted personally with many actors of the Albanian political scene and to understand their attitudes. They strived also to analyze in detail the political and social scene in today’s Albania and to present it truthfully to the readers, all of which makes their book very well documented. It may even be considered indispensable for the understanding of the contemporary political reality of Albanian ethos (2). However, this book contains also a number of errors, which are easily seen as such in the light of well-documented and academically sound writings of Albanian authors themselves. The authors of the book state: “Dukadjin was responsible for codification of unwritten laws embodied in a canon, a form of primitive constitution inherited from the Illyrians” . This clearly shows that they have wholly accepted the thesis of the Albanians’ direct descent from the Illyrians (3). However, there is absolutely no proof of this. The Albanians appear in history very late, only in the11th century , while the Illyrians disappeared from the historical scene in the first half of the 3rd century . This means that between the disappearance of the Illyrians and the appearance of the Albanians there is a hietus of about eight centuries (5). It may be that the Albanians are, indeed, the descendants of the Illyrians, but it is a claim that no one can make with any certainty.
Islam is not a religion of peace. It is a religion of submission. When you submit, then there is peace. Islam is not a religion of reason. It is a religion of submission. You must not question. Islam is not a relgion of love. It is a religion of power. And, it is this power to which you must submit.
That is the logic of Islam; no logic.
Turkish cleric: Criticizing Islam threatens peace
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
A leading Turkish cleric said Tuesday that criticism of Islam is a serious threat to world peace. He spoke ahead of a visit later this month by the pope, who has come under fire for quoting a Medieval emperor's thoughts on Islam and violence.
Five pro-Syrian Hizballah and Amal ministers walked out of Fouad Siniora’s government coalition Saturday, Nov. 11. Another two ministers, supporters of the pro-Syrian president Emil Lahoud, are on their way out, taking with them the government’s parliamentary majority. The two Shiite factions and the pro-Syrian Maronite leader Michel Aoun say their followers will take to the streets as of Sunday for demonstrations in Beirut and other Lebanese towns. It would only take a few shots, say DEBKAfile’s Middle East sources, to spark clashes between Syria’s adherents and opponents in Lebanon.
The crisis erupted when Siniora proposed convening the cabinet Monday, Nov. 13, to approve a bill for a special court to try suspects in the Feb. 2005 Hariri assassination. He intended to propose a panel of 5 Lebanese and 3 international judges to be appointed by the UN Secretary General.
Don’t expect the MSM to pay any attention, but an anti-Islamist protest happened in Turkey’s capital city Ankara. Via Ummah News Links:
The funeral of former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit turned into a protest against the Islamic-rooted government on Saturday.The protest began when thousands of pro-secular mourners booed the Turkish premier at a mosque and vowed to defend the secular regime against radical Islamic influences.“Turkey is secular and will remain secular,” thousands of people shouted when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived at the Kocatepe mosque for funeral prayers for Ecevit, who died at 81.Ecevit, a much respected pro-secular political force in Turkey for almost half a century, died on Sunday after nearly six months in a coma following a stroke.
The issue of the wearing of the veil has taken on political dimensions in Egypt. The religious affairs minister, Mohammad Hamdi Zaqzouq, said on October 14 that the face-covering veil was not a religious object. He said: "or is the niqab a duty deriving from the Sharia. I know I will be criticised for my words but I think some Muslims are committing a fundamental error, focusing on external and superficial aspects, without exploring more relevant themes, and hence providing a distorted image of Islam."
He was speaking as a row was then brewing over the decision by Abdel Hay Ebeid (Abdel al-Hadi Ebaid), dean of Helwan University in Cairo, to ban female students from entering their dormitory areas of the university while wearing the niqab, or face-veil.
The decision was met with guarded approval from Sheikh Sayed Al Tantawi, who said that as long as the women in Helwan University did not have to remove their hijabs (Muslim headscarves), there was no violation of Islamic values. Tantawi is from Al-Azhar University, the largest Sunni theological college in the world, which is based in Cairo.
More dhimmi madness from the nascent Islamic Republic of Britain. "Christian charity bans Christmas themed children's gifts," by Sam Greenhill in the Daily Mail, with thanks to all who sent this in:
It is a Christian charity bringing Christmas cheer to needy children abroad.
So its decision to ban Jesus, God and anything else connected with its own faith has been greeted with little short of puzzlement.
Operation Christmas Child, run by the charity Samaritan's Purse, sends festive packages to deprived youngsters in countries ravaged by war and famine.
A law passed by the Turkish Parliament Thursday will allow non-Muslim foundations in the country to recover some, but not all, properties that were confiscated by the state more than 30 years ago.
(AFP, AP, Reuters, EUobserver, Deutsche Welle, Zaman - 09/11/06; EUROPA, EurActiv - 08/11/06)
The Turkish Parliament on Thursday (November 9th) adopted an EU-required law aimed at improving the property rights of the country's non-Muslim religious minorities. The "religious foundations law", which needs to be approved by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer to enter into force, will allow the mainly Greek, Armenian and Jewish foundations to regain properties confiscated by the state in 1974.
The legislation, which sets an 18-month period for property claims, also envisions the creation of a special committee tasked with determining which properties are to be returned.
WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters
) - Al Qaeda may be planning to attack rail and air travel in Europe -- possibly targeting the busy holiday travel season -- according to intelligence findings, the "CBS Evening News" reported on Friday.
The report, citing Arab and other intelligence sources, said interrogations of al Qaeda suspects who recently left Afghanistan and Pakistan raised the concerns.
"One suspect said plans for repeating the Heathrow attempt (a plot foiled in August to bomb trans-Atlantic airplanes) were all prepared," the network quoted an Arab official as saying.
"It is now a matter of taking action ... Al Qaeda's strategy appears to be raising the pressure in Europe," the official, who requested anonymity, told the network.
The report came as Britain's intelligence agency, MI5, saidon Friday that Muslim extremists were plotting at least 30 major terrorist attacks in Britain, and the threats may involve chemical and nuclear devices.
Britain suffered its worst peacetime attack in July 2005 when four British Islamists blew themselves up on London's transport network, killing 52 commuters and wounding hundreds.
by Michael Rubin
AEI Online: On the Issues
January 25, 2006
This article is derived from recent articles by AEI resident scholar and Middle East Quarterly editor Michael Rubin that appeared in Týždeň (Bratislava), the Wall Street Journal, and his recently released book, Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), coauthored with Patrick Clawson.
U.S. and European diplomats need to take seriously the rhetoric used by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regarding nuclear programs and the destruction of Israel. Tehran has proven itself to be an insincere diplomatic partner. Engagement has backfired. Instead of continuing failed diplomatic efforts, world leaders should work together to help the Iranian people create a truly representative government.
On February 2, 2006, the International Atomic Energy Agency will meet in Vienna to discuss the nuclear crisis in Iran and, in all likelihood, refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for being in breach of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty's safeguards agreement. Such a referral will mark a turning point in a decade-long saga. Europe's engagement with Iran has failed. The United States and its European allies have been resolute in their condemnation of the Iranian government decision to resume uranium enrichment. In contrast to previous diplomatic impasses with Tehran, neither Washington nor its European allies appear willing to make further concessions. On January 23, U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice said, "I don't see much room for further discussion in any format [with Iran]." At a January 13, 2006, press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel, George W. Bush condemned Iran. "Iran, armed with a nuclear weapon, poses a grave threat to the security of the world," Mr. Bush said. "We will not be intimidated," Ms. Merkel added. Already, though, there has been one casualty of the diplomatic crisis: the European Union's policy of engagement.
Carnegie Paper No. 74, November 2006
Over the past 50 years, Jordan’s rulers have encouraged Islamists to run for office, but within strict limits to discourage religious extremism. Historically, Islamist leaders have chosen to participate in the system rather than work to overthrow the regime. As a result, the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and the government have come to regard each other as political rivals, rather than implacable adversaries. Yet the recent pressure of regional events threatens to unravel the peace, as both sides consider whether to escalate, or contain, growing tensions.
Understanding this dynamic in Jordan helps answer some of the most critical questions about regional democratic reform: Can Islamist political parties operate within the boundaries of a democratic system? Does participation breed moderation?
November 08, 2006 10:54 AM
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands-The Dutch government plans to give a citation to troops who served as peacekeepers in Srebrenica but failed to stop the massacre of Bosnian Muslims 11 years ago in what was supposed to be a U.N.-protected safe haven.
The plan to award a unique insignia for duty at Srebrenica was meant to heal a painful wound in the military, which felt unfairly blamed for the massacre and its reputation unjustly tarnished.
But it outraged survivors and victims' families, who on Wednesday called it an insult to those who died.
On November 28 Pope Benedict XVI will begin his much-discussed trip to Turkey. In anticipation of that event, the pontif recently received an important visit from President Papadopoulos of the [Greek] Republic of Cyprus.
[Translated from the original french:]
Papadopoulos hands Pope photos of churches destroyed by turks
President of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos was received by Pope Benedict XVI friday, to whom he offered a photo album of destroyed and disused churches from the turkish section of the island, stated journalists accredited to the Vatican.
... M. Papadopoulos, who had come to Rome specifically for this trip to the Vatican, talked about the situation of "the diverse christian communities of the island", according to the Vatican.
Yesterday, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller made a speech at Queen Mary College, London, in which she outlined the current scale of the threat of terrorism looming over Britain. Manningham-Buller is head of MI5, the intelligence agency which is dedicated to homeland threats, as opposed to MI6, which deals with offshore threats. MI5 was founded in 1909, when it was called then the "Home Section" of the Secret Service Bureau. It gained its title "MI5" during World War One, in 1916, when it became "Military Intelligence, Section 5". Manningham-Buller has held her post since October 2002, and is not used to hyperbole or drama.
What she said in her speech was disturbing. She claimed that British authorities are investigating 30 major terror plots, and 200 cells which involve 1,600 individuals. In some ways, this is "old news". In July, MI5 revealed that it was tracking 1,200 suspects, from a larger pool of 400,000 extremist "sympathisers".
Since last year, MI5 has been increasing its workforce. It has doubled its numbers since November. In April, MI5 had been trying to recruit 800 people for their "G-unit" the Islamic terrorism branch. In April, MI5 had used additional funding to open offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow. There were plans to open offices in Wales and the southwest. Recent information suggests that four new centers in the south-west, Wales, the east and the south-east will be operational by year's end.
Manningham-Buller had revealed in April that there were at least 400 al-Qaeda terror suspects in Britain, though if that figure were broadened to include those who had attended jihadist training camps in Pakistan, the true figure would be 600.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard, Peter Clarke, had confirmed in July that police officers are currently engaged in the investigation of 70 terror plots in Britain and abroad. He claimed that the majority of these investigations related to "the activities of British citizens against their fellow countrymen".
Dame Eliza's speech, which we will be reproducing in its entirety below, states that "Today we see the use of homemade improvised explosive devices, but I suggest tomorrow's threat will include the use of chemicals, bacteriological agents, radioactive materials and even nuclear technology."
She also warned that terror plots "often have linked back to al-Qaida in Pakistan, and through those links al-Qaida gives guidance and training to its largely British foot soldiers here on an extensive and growing scale."
Manningham-Buller does at least acknowledge that the terror threat is one created by Muslims. She states: "The extremists are motivated by a sense of grievance and injustice driven by their interpretation of the history between the West and the Muslim world. This view is shared, in some degree, by a far wider constituency. If the opinion polls conducted in the UK since July 2005 are only broadly accurate, over 100,000 of our citizens consider that the July 2005 attacks in London were justified."
She only mentions the word Muslim twice, she mentions the term "anti-Muslim" once.
She says: "We also need to understand some of the differences between non-Western and Western life-styles; and not treat people with suspicion because of their religion, or indeed to confuse fundamentalism with terrorism. We must realise that there are significant differences between faiths and communities within our society, and most people, from whatever origin, condemn all acts of terror in the UK. And we must focus on those values that we all share in this country regardless of our background: Equality, Freedom, Justice and Tolerance. Many people are working for and with us to address the threat precisely for those reasons. Because all of us, whatever our ethnicity and faith, are the targets of the terrorists."
Yet at no stage does she mention the word "Islam" in her speech. This is an ommission which skirts around the essence of the terror threat to the West. Islam, as a religion, is also a political ideology. And its modus operandi is this, as stated by Omar Ahmed, co-founder of the Council of American-Islamic Relations: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."
Manningham-Buller speaks of the long-term prospects of the battle to counter terrorism. She says of the threat from Al Qaida: "That threat is serious, is growing and will, I believe, be with us for a generation. It is a sustained campaign, not a series of isolated incidents. It aims to wear down our will to resist."
As this terrorism of Al Qaida is based on Islam, which aims to wear down all opposition until it becomes dominant, the terrorism threat will not go away until Islam has "gone away", and this will not happen without conflict. It seems that Manningham-Buller has bought into the myth that Islam is essentially peaceful. The vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, but their ideology is not. It is a religion of war and conflict, and domination.
To ignore this fundamental truth is to really ignore the seriousness of our condition in the world. There is no compromise with Islam. There is no "moderate, true" version of Islam, in constant opposition to "jihadist Islam". As the late Oriana Fallaci said: "There is but one Islam." And Islam is not a religion of peace. It is a religion of war.
Islamic Tolerance Alert. "Turkey - Attackers Firebomb Protestant Church" from Compass Direct:
November 9 (Compass Direct News) – Unidentified assailants hurled six Molotov cocktails at a Protestant place of worship in western Turkey last Saturday (November 4), breaking windows and inflicting minor damages on the exterior of the building.
The attack followed months of repeated harassment by unknown elements against the small Protestant congregation in the town of Odemis, 65 miles east of Izmir.
According to Odemis security police, fragments of the exploded bombs were sent to Izmir for examination by judicial forensic experts. The explosives were described as homemade devices placed inside beer bottles.
Commanders of French forces in Lebanon had threatened in mid-October to shoot at IDF overflights of Lebanon. It nearly happened on October 31. "French troops 'seconds' away from firing on Israeli warplanes," from Gulf News (the "Occupied Jerusalem" dateline is theirs):
Paris/Occupied Jerusalem: French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said Israeli flights over Lebanon nearly caused a "catastrophe" last month, when French peacekeeping troops were seconds away from firing on Israeli warplanes.
The incident took place on October 31, when a squadron of Israeli F-15 fighter planes nose-dived over French peacekeepers' positions in southern Lebanon, Alliot-Marie told lawmakers at France's lower house of parliament on Wednesday night.
The planes were "clearly in attack position," she said, in comments broadcast on RTL radio yesterday. French troops responded by readying an anti-aircraft missile, and were seconds away from firing on the warplanes, she said.
Tuesday night Keith Ellison celebrated his victory in Minnesota's Fifth District congressional race before a crowd that chanted "Allahu Akbar." Watch a video clip of it here. Next week Ellison celebrates with CAIR and a few other of its Democratic friends at CAIR's annual banquet. Here is CAIR's press release:
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FIRST MUSLIM IN CONGRESS TO SPEAK AT CAIR EVENT IN VA
Keith Ellison will join other elected officials at annual banquet
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/9/06) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress, will join other elected officials as a keynote speaker November 18th at the Washington-based civil rights group's 12th Annual Banquet in Arlington, Va.
1,600 suspects under surveillance
30 plots to kill, maim, damage
200 terror groups or networks
THE TIMES: Hundreds of young British Muslims are being radicalised, groomed and set on a path to mass murder, the head of MI5 said yesterday.
In a stark public warning, Dame Eliza ManninghamBuller, the Director-General of MI5, revealed that the Security Service’s caseload had risen by 80 per cent since January and now involved about 30 “Priority 1” plots.
It has identified 200 terrorist networks involving at least 1,600 people, many under the direct control of al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan.
BNP leader Nick Griffin and party activist Mark Collett have been cleared of inciting racial hatred after a retrial at Leeds Crown Court.
Mr Griffin, 46, from Powys, Wales, had denied two charges of using words or behaviour intended to stir up racial hatred in a speech in Keighley.
Mr Collett, 26, of Leicestershire, was cleared of four similar charges.
Chancellor Gordon Brown has told the BBC race laws may have to be revised in light of the acquittal. BNP leader cleared of race hate
As the Lebanese war and the deaths in Iraq during Ramadan fade from the news, bulletins from the Middle East are re-focusing on the Palestinians. A central theme is rising poverty.
A joint European-US decision established a policy of not dealing with the Hamas government. The Funding for Peace Coalition (FPC) is concerned that this sidestepping - whether via the Presidential offices of Mahmoud Abbas, via private initiatives or via NGO's - is unlikely to have a better outcome.
A case in point is the International Development Committee (IDC) of the UK parliament. It is conducting a review to determine effective alternatives for UK aid, in the light of developments since the election of Hamas. The remit of the committee shows a tendency to favour NGOs.
donderdag 9 november 2006 18:43
De Commissie Gelijke Behandeling (CGB) blijkt niet het 'onafhankelijke orgaan' dat ze zegt te zijn. Het merendeel van de leden heeft een links gekleurde achtergrond in vluchtelingenorganisaties, mensenrechtenactivisme of asieladvocatuur.
Lijsttrekker Alexander Pechtold van de - ooit republikeinse - D66 wil dat Máxima de CGB gaat versterken om deze te behoeden voor opheffing, waarvoor onder anderen minister Rita Verdonk (Vreemdelingenzaken, VVD) heeft gepleit.
Als ze zou toetreden zou zij het eerste lid worden dat althans van huis uit geen uitgesproken linkse signatuur heeft. Want gezien de cv''s van de leden is een carrière bij Vluchtelingenwerk of een baantje bij de mensenrechtenorganisatie NJCM (Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten) een minimale eis.
FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT
The European Commission's report on Turkey's progress towards EU accession, released on November 8th, was less critical than might have been expected from official comments made in preceding days. For example, the Commission commended Turkey's progress on political reforms, despite their recent slowdown. However, on other issues the EU has been sterner. It was, for example, insistent that Turkey opens its ports and airports to Cypriot trade as part of Turkey's customs union obligations with the EU, irrespective of whether the EU does the same for trade from Turkish northern Cyprus. This particular dispute has become a major point of contention on all sides, but it obscures the larger, and far more important, issue of the future of EU-Turkish relations.
The next six weeks will be a crucial time for both Turkey and the EU. For Turkey, EU accession negotiations offer the possibility of being recognised as a full democracy, whose values are compatible with those which emerged in Western Europe after the Second World War. Membership would provide a clear home for a country located in an unstable region at a time when NATO, of which Turkey was a crucial component in the cold war, has weakened. For the secularists influenced by the Ataturk tradition it would root Turkey firmly in a continent which provided most of the inspiration for Ataturk's vision of a post-Ottoman Turkey. For the Islamicists, who form an important part of the governing AK party, it would be recognition that they have a constructive role to play in the modern world, while setting boundaries on what they could do. For the business community, EU membership would guarantee that moves over the last few years to open the economy, reduce state interference and build financial stability would continue.
Iran buying 'whole villages' of converts in Syria; Assad gives 'carte blance'
WASHINGTON — Iran is moving in on Syria to the point of encouraging Alawis and Sunnis to convert to Shi'ite Islam.
Syrian opposition sources said the regime of President Bashar Assad has given Iran "carte blanche" in Syria. Unlike his late father, Bashar has allowed Iranian clerics to spread the Shi'ite religion in Syria.
Probleme bei Meinungsfreiheit, Folter, Rolle der Armee - Kein Fortschritt bei Normalisierung der Beziehungen zu Zypern
Brüssel - Die EU-Kommission legt einmal jährlich Berichte über die Fortschritte in den Ländern vor, die eine Mitgliedschaft in der oder eine Annäherung an die EU anstreben. Der heute, Mittwoch, in Brüssel veröffentlichte jüngste Fortschrittsbericht 2006 zur Türkei deckt die Entwicklung zwischen 1. Oktober 2005 und 30. September 2006 ab. Konkret werden die Fortschritte in Hinblick auf Entscheidungen, Gesetze und Maßnahmen analysiert. Im folgenden Auszüge aus dem knapp 80-seitigen Papier, insbesondere die zentralen Kritikpunkte der Kommission (laut APA-Übersetzung aus dem Englischen):
Zu den Beziehungen zwischen ziviler Führung und Militär: "Insgesamt gab es begrenzten Fortschritt bei der Anpassung der zivilen und militärischen Beziehungen an die EU-Praxis. Meinungsäußerungen des Militärs sollten ausschließlich Militär-, Verteidigungs- und Sicherheitsangelgenheiten betreffen und unter der Aufsicht der Regierung stattfinden, während die zivile Führung ihrer Aufsichtspflicht voll nachkommen sollte, besonders in Hinblick auf die Erarbeitung und Umsetzung der nationalen Sicherheitsstrategie, inklusive der Beziehungen zu den Nachbarländern."
Fortgeschrittene Multikulti-Gesellschaft in Londonistan
Gezielte Provokation: So erschien
Shabnam Mughal vor Gericht.
Gestern noch berichteten wir auf PI über den gescheiterten Versuch einer türkischstämmigen Schöffin in Deutschland, ihr Amt mit Kopftuch auszuüben. In Großbritannien sind die Islamisten schon weiter: Da geht es nicht mehr um das Kopftuch, da wird im und für den Vollschleier gestritten. Und so erschien in London Rechtsanwältin Shabnam Mughal mit Ganzkörperverhüllung vor Gericht. Selbst ihr Gesicht hatte sie zugehängt:
Zeeshan Shahid, a Pakistani, expresses his gratitude to the West for pointlessly taking in Muslim immigrants.
He was sentenced with two others for stabbing and burning an innocent 15-year-old Scottish boy to death
Douglas Farah discusses the Muslim Brotherhood. The MB is perhaps one of the most dangerous societies on earth, since it seeks to infiltrate governments and institutions and then corrupt or cripple them from the inside.
They and their friends have been partially successful. They already have blinded the media to the point where very little of the true nature of the jihadists is ever mentioned by the mainstream media. On the contrary, organs like the Washington Post are used to obfuscate and normalize the most radical groups in the country. Take their recent whitewash of the Salafists in Washington D.C. for example.
They have also been successful in taking over academia. It is getting increasingly rare to find an academic who has any true sense of perspective on the middle east. Before 9/11, almost all the stars of Islamic studies were telling us that Islamism was either a spent force, or was the true means by which democracy would spread throughout the middle east. Rather than disclose the rottenness of jihadist groups or the barbarity of many of the Middle East states, the Middle East Scholars association routinely attacks Israel, and no one else.
Here is an address given by Bat Ye'or, the pioneering scholar of dhimmitude, at Paul Gerhardt Church in Munich, Germany, at Christian Solidarity International's 29th Annual Meeting, which was held from November 2 to November 4, 2006.
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is for me a great honour to be invited by CSI, an organization that has been so active on so many humanitarian fronts in order to denounce slavery, war crimes and genocide, and to alleviate human suffering. And I am thinking particularly of its struggle on behalf of human rights and dignity in Sudan since 1992, and CSI’s freeing over 80.000 Christian and other Sudanese slaves under the leadership of John Eibner and Gunnar Wielback.
The globalization of our world and the policies that have led to large-scale Muslim immigration, adopted by the European Community from 1973, has introduced into Europe conflictual situations and prejudices common in the Muslim world against non-Muslims that have been documented by Orientalists familiar with Islamic theology, law and history. But the politization of history initiated by Edward Said has obfuscated the root causes of Islam’s traditional hostility toward Jews and Christians from the seven century onward. Edward Said was a Christian raised in Egypt and educated in America; he taught English literature at Columbia University. A great admirer of Arafat and a member of the PLO’s top Committee, he endeavored to destroy the whole scientific accumulation of Orientalist knowledge of Islam and replace it with a culture of Western guilt and inferiority toward Muslims victims. The obliteration of the historical truth that he constantly pursued from 1978 – starting with his book Orientalism – as well as his hostility to Israel, has prevented an understanding and the resolution of problems that today assail Europe and challenge its own survival.
Moslemverbände machen mobil gegen Integrationsministerin
Hat Schweden jetzt auch eine Hirsi Ali? Man könnte es fast meinen, wenn man die Anfang Oktober ins Amt der Ministerin für Integration und Gleichstellung berufene Nyamko Sabuni sieht und hört, was sie zu sagen hat. Auch die Reaktionen auf ihre Forderungen sind ein Déjà Vu, und wie Hirsi Ali bezeichnet sich selbst als nicht-praktizierende Muslimin. Die Moslemverbände laufen Sturm gegen sie, bezeichnen sie als islamophob und inzwischen haben schon vierzig muslimische Verbände eine Petition unterzeichnet, mit der Sabunis Rücktritt gefordert wird:
Stephen Fitzpatrick, Jakarta correspondent
November 09, 2006
THREE Christian high school girls were beheaded as a Ramadan "trophy" by Indonesian militants who conceived the idea after a visit to Philippines jihadists, a court heard yesterday.
The girls' severed heads were dumped in plastic bags in their village in Indonesia's strife-torn Central Sulawesi province, along with a handwritten note threatening more such attacks.
The note read: "Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul with soul, head with head."
Javanese trader Hasanuddin appeared in Jakarta Central Court yesterday charged with planning and directing the murders in October last year. He faces a death sentence if found guilty under anti-terrorism legislation.
() - Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal says that a truce with Israel is finished and is appealing to all Palestinian factions to resume attacks. Israeli tank shells ripped through a residential neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip early Wednesday, killing at least 18 members of an extended family, including eight children, and wounding dozens of others, Palestinian health officials said."There must be a roaring reaction so that we avenge all those vicitms," Mashaal said.
by Baron Bodissey
I’m trying to avoid contemplating the election debacle, and it helps if I think about countries that have more pressing problems than ours. Take Sweden and Denmark, for example. When your population is 10% or 15% or 20% Muslim (nobody knows for certain), and you have an unsustainably generous welfare state, what’s in store for you?
Our Swedish correspondent LN has this account about a new book about Islam in Danish:
Storm over Europe
Islam — Peace or Threat?
An Anthology edited by Lone Nørgaard and Tabita Wulff
- Poul E. Andersen, cand. theol. og forfatter
- Mogens Wenzen Andreasen, cand. pæd. og forfatter
- Kåre Bluitgen, forfatter og journalist
- Helle Merete Brix, journalist og forfatter
- Kirsten Damgaard, cand. pæd. psych og forfatter
- Historian blames immigrant woes on 'segregated society'.
Norwegians and the Norwegian social welfare system are themselves to blame for the high percentage of unemployment among immigrants in the country, charges a historian who's written a new book on the subject. Many immigrants, however, don't agree.
Hanne Nabintu Herland, who specializes in religious history, told newspaper VG on Tuesday that Norwegian society has developed into "a rock-hard segregated society, where people are evaluated in terms of ethnicity, not competence."
Herland, who grew up in Africa and says she often feels like an immigrant herself, has a master's degree in cultural studies and has worked with ethnic minorities in Norway for many years.
Malmö has experienced a disturbing rise in violence against women in forced marriages to Danish men.
Crisis centres in Malmö, Sweden have documented an alarming increase in the number of violent or threatening incidents involving Danish couples living in Sweden.
Workers at the centres say the cases involve immigrant women forced into marriages with Danish men of immigrant background. The men have moved their families across the strait to Sweden because of the strict Danish residency and immigration laws.
'Unfortunately, it seems as if the Danish authorities have closed their eyes to the problem,' said Agneta Frick, manager of a Malmö women's crisis centre.
Sir Henry Wilson of RECONQUISTA
has been doing some number-crunching in relation to probems with the muslim segment of the worlds population. Some highly interesting, number crunching with highly unexpected and deeply troubling outcomes
Earlier he produced
some compelling evidence for a massive effort on the part of radical muslims to "strike fear into the heart of the infidel" through terror since the day of 9/11. Even if he accounted for the violence in Afghanistan and Iraq after the US invasions of both he found a very pronounced increase in the number of terror attacks world-wide since the big one of September 11th, 2001.
In a follow-up
Sir Henry Wilson does some further analysis and finds clues there is some organizing body out there distributing resources for these attacks. He also projects the trends he's observing into the future and thos projections are as terrifying as they are clear.
By Jeffrey Imm
On August 16, I wrote about how UK's challenges, with over a thousand Islamist Extremist terror suspects and thousands of sympathesizers in its midst, has led to continuing threats to the USA such as the planned August 16 British Transatlantic Airline Terror Plot, which the FBI has since confirmed was to crash airliners into USA cities (as UK relaxed security restrictions banning liquids on airlines). The UK press has reported of skepticism among many Britons of such British terror plots against US cities, with some who viewed the terror plot as "propaganda" and "make-believe".
The case of British jihadist Dhiren Barot (aka Esa al-Hindi) illustrates the depth of the British jihadist threat yet again. Through the trial of this convicted terrorist sentenced today to life imprisonment, we now know more about the planned terrorist attacks on DC, Newark, and NYC by British jihadist Dhiren Barot, along with other British jihadists who he "recruited" to attack USA sites. Barot has seven co-defendents who will be going to trial in April 2007. An MI5 report has stated that it is believed that there are 8,000 Al-Qaeda sympathesizers in the UK, and there are 1,200 potential Jihadists currently being tracked by the UK authorities. Yet Jihadists in UK, such as Mizanur Rahman and Abubaker Deghayes, continue to feel free to openly call for terror attacks.
Hooray. Good riddance. Those were my first thoughts when I read the news on the TV. This unloved and unwanted piece of Islamic effluent is finally being flushed out of the system. This imam is leaving Denmark and going home to Tripoli. In protest, he says. Why? Because the courts threw the case against Jyllands Posten out.
Hlayel has been an imam in Århus. He is not well liked there either, so I can only assume that there is a great deal of celebrating going on over there in Jutland.
He was one of that hate-mongering delegation of imams that went out into the arab world spreading hate and false information about Denmark during the Motoon caper and I can only applaud his departure. Let's see how much social security he can pull in Lebanon. Not nearly as much as he got for free from Denmark, I'll wager.
He says, "I have always said that if the courts wouldn't punish Jyllands Posten, then I would leave the country. I won't be coming back."
Well, hooray again. Perhaps the courts took that into consideration.
Now get going and let me help you pack. And don't pull an Abu Laban us, and change your mind.
Just because you think someone is after you doesn't mean you're paranoid. The veil controversies continue to pile up in England, one on top of another. This simply has to be a campaign of intimidation by radical Muslims in England. The latest refusal to remove a face-covering veil in court:
"An immigration tribunal had to be stopped after a lawyer twice refused a judge's request that she remove her veil. Shabnam Mughal appeared at the tribunal dressed head-to-foot in black and wearing a fullface veil with just her eyes showing. She was representing a Sikh businessman appealing against the Home Office's refusal to grant his nephew permission to visit the UK. "
"At the original hearing tribunal chairman George Glossop asked her to remove the veil during the tribunal hearing in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. She refused and the case was adjourned until the afternoon. When the case was reconvened Judge Glossop said: "I am not very happy that you are appearing in a veil. Would you kindly remove it to assist with communications? It will allow me to see your face and I cannot hear you as well as I would like." "
A Stop-The-Presses Alert, and a Sharia Alert from AP:
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A new report paints an alarming picture of the abuse of women in the Palestinian territories, with police, courts and government agencies failing to treat violence such as rape and beatings as a crime.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch cited practices such as rape victims being forced to marry assailants and light sentences for men who kill female relatives suspected of adultery. It said families, tribal leaders and authorities, backed by tradition and discriminatory laws, often sacrifice victims’ interests for family honor.’
Reuters wrings its hands over this, of course, but Muslims in India, just like Muslims everywhere else, cannot provide any reliable way to tell an adherent of the jihad ideology from someone who abhors that ideology. Of course there are traitors among all groups, but would the Indian government really be wise to admit Muslims uncritically into its spy service when there is such a large international group of Muslims who have nothing but contempt for the concept of loyalty to the nation state, and who do not hesitate to practice deception in the service of subverting those nation states? By Simon Denyer for Reuters, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
NEW DELHI, Nov 6 (Reuters) - There are scarcely any Muslims working in India's 10,000-strong external intelligence agency, and neither Muslims nor Sikhs working as bodyguards for the country's top leaders, according to officials and media reports.
Mainly Hindu but officially secular India has its first Sikh prime minister, Manmohan Singh, but his community is not trusted enough to guard him, according to Outlook magazine this week.
When the Berlin Wall came crumbling down, the Italian Catholic philosopher Augusto Del Noce
remarked that "Marxism died in the East because it was realized in the West". Today this argument is more true than ever. I share Del Noce's belief that Marxism was never a radical alternative to, but only a variant of, liberal capitalism. According to Del Noce, the West has incorporated all the basic Marxist principles in its global system: atheism and materialism, cosmopolitanism and universalism, the primacy of practice over philosophy, economism, technological Prometheanism, and egalitarian homogenization.
If the late Soviet Union represented "hard" totalitarianism, the West, with its cool technologies, is currently an example of "soft" totalitarianism. The new despotism of liberal secularism, attractively packaged, has become desired, even demanded by many. It is questionable, whether today's West can be rightfully called a "civilization". It reminds me more of a gigantic Machine formed by banks, multinationals and myriad transnational institutions. When the West today fights, it doesn't fight for any real freedom or for the sake of culture, but only to make sure that the Machine itself prospers and can extend its influence to every corner of the globe.
dinsdag 7 november 2006 08:44
Wat zo schokkend en laag-bij-de-gronds is in het gedrag van Wouter Bos en Nebahat Albayrak, heeft dr. Ton Zwaan zorgvuldig uitgelegd in een stuk in Trouw van 3 november.
Bos en Albayrak proberen de Turkenstem binnen te halen, en daarvoor moeten ze de geschiedenis verkrachten, of op z'n minst onduidelijk maken. Dat doen ze door te goochelen met het begrip 'genocide'. Ze doen net of dat begrip bestaat in een ingewikkeld juridisch bouwwerk, en dat er ergens in de wereld een instantie is die oordeelt over genocide, een soort genocidenloket bij de Verenigde Naties.
Ton Zwaan, als genocidekenner verbonden aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam en eerder werkzaam bij het Centrum voor Holocaust- en Genocidestudies, schrijft:
November 6, 2006 -- Israel supports Serbia's negotiating position on the Kosovo status talks and is against any imposed solution because they will not hold, said Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.
Livni's statement came after her meeting with the Serbian Foreign Policy Minister, Vuk Draskovic who is on an official three days visit to Israel.
"We have concluded with the Minister [Livni] that even in a case of a painful Kosovo decision, we can in one diplomatic offensive achieve much so that such decision could be reversed," said Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic.
Livni has confirmed to Serbian reporters that "Israel supports a compromise agreement" on Kosovo status and that she was very interested in hearing all ideas that the Serbian side was willing to accept as an outcome in the talks.
First: An editorial Note: This site has been under concerted spam attacks in recent days. In eliminating the spam I inadvertently erased some legitimate and thoughtful comments. My apologies and please feel free to re-post.
The United States and most of Europe has maintained what can be called, at best, an ambivalent policy toward the international Muslim Brotherhood, often arguing that leaders of the Ikwan are, in fact moderates who want a dialogue with the West.
But the Muslim Brotherhood’s official website, if anyone in the policy-making world wanted to read it, tells a different story, in fairly clear English. This again is not a hidden site, but the official site of the Brotherhood, putting out its official positions.
The Augean Stables has some more news
about the chaos going on in Paris, this being in the subway stations with Muslim gangs occupying some stations and robbing passengers of their belongings. One of these is the Chateau Rouge, already described by some people as one of the most dangerous sites in Paris
. Prof. Landes says:
Why no report? Because it’s too embarrassing? Because if the tourists knew they wouldn’t come? Because if the French knew, they’d vote “right wing”? All apparently compelling reasons for the French MSM; all very bad reasons for the future of the French Republic.
I agree completely. IIRC, the French author Bertrand Latour, when interviewed by No-Pasaran, said that the French MSM are a most peculiar bunch.
Le Devoir de Precaution has an article scan from Le Parisien, which thankfully has the guts to look into the issues that a lot of the MSM in France won't.
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:13am GMT 05/11/2006
A leading church group which represents more than a million Christians has raised the prospect of civil unrest and even "violent revolution" to protect religious freedoms.
In a startling warning to the Government, senior church and political figures have backed a report advocating force to protest against policies that are "unbiblical" and "inimical to the Christian faith".
The menacing language of the report, which Lord Mawhinney, the Tory peer, Andy Reed, the Labour MP, and the Rt Rev Peter Forster, the Bishop of Chester, helped to produce, echoes comments made by Muslim fanatics.
Only days ago, Islamic activist Anjem Choudary said Muslims had become radicalised because they were "a community under siege".
The report from the Evangelical Alliance says "violent revolution" should be regarded as a viable response if government legislation encroaches further on basic religious rights. The church is urged to come to a consensus that "at some point there is not only the right but the duty to disobey the state".
The report, entitled "Faith and Nation", comes amid growing concern that people are being prevented from expressing their faith, including BA's recent decision that an employee could not wear a crucifix.
News from AKI, B92 and Monsters & Critics reports that Serbian state television RTS reported on fighting which took place at a mosque in Novi Pazar in southwestern Serbia on Friday evening (November 3). The fighting was caused by Islamist extremists, known as Wahhabis, who tried to disrupt the Friday evening Juma prayer meeting. Gunshots were fired.
Three people were injured, and police made two arrests. The clashes began when the Wahhabists attacked the imam and tried to impose their own "pure" form of worship at the prayer session. One of the mosque's regular worshippers, identified as 33-year old Habib Fijuljanin, fired a gun twice into the ceiling as a warning. The attack upon the imam took place at around 2 pm. Habib Fijuljanin was later charged with possession of illegal weapons.
The Wahhabists continued to demonstrate outside the mosque.
In early October 2006, Sunni Islamist websites affiliated with the jihad groups in Iraq posted what they claimed was a top-secret Iranian document. The document, dated May 2001, indicates contacts between top Al-Qaeda figures and the highest echelons of the Iranian intelligence apparatus, which is part of the office of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and can be viewed at the end of this document. 
Evidence of Iran/Al-Qaeda cooperation had already been allegedly exposed in 2003 by the daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat and by Voice of America in interviews with an officer in Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Hamid Reza Zakeri, who defected to the West.
The publication of the document at this time may be part of the mounting tension between Sunni Islamists and Shi'ites in Iraq.
The following are excerpts from the document and the interviews:
Spanish Jihad Update: it won't stop with North African enclaves, for by right, according to traditional Islamic theology, all of Spain belongs to the House of Islam. "Enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla under threat by Islamic radicals," from Typically Spanish, with thanks to Davida:
El Pais newspaper reported on Sunday that the Spanish North African Enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla were now objectives for the Islamic Holy War or Jihad.
Intelligence services are describing the information they now have as the most worrying since 2004, with a fundamental group distributing a statement which describes the two cities as being occupied. It was also placed on a radical webpage from a cybercafé in Algeria.
November 5, 2006, 2:43 PM (GMT+02:00)
Our sources reveal that scores of surface missiles – a record for any war games anywhere - were tested simultaneously at a desert testing site some two hours drive from Tehran Thursday, Nov. 2. Precisely planned, the testing went smoothly. Input has not yet come in about the accuracy of their targeting.
A senior American missile expert told DEBKAfile that the Iranians demonstrated up-to-date missile-launching technology which the West had not known them to possess. They also displayed unfamiliar warheads. But their most startling feat was the successful first test-fire of the long-range Shehab-3 with its cluster of tens of small bomblets, as DEBKAfile revealed Oct. 31. The entire range bore the imprint of new purchases from China.
Madeleine Bunting has been a columnist for the Guardian newspaper for 17 years. She has regularly savaged anyone who has the temerity to criticize Islamic extremism. Individuals such as Martin Bright, her fellow-columnist who has written for the Guardian for years, has been attacked by Bunting as someone who "loathes (the Muslim Council of Britain) with a contempt that is hard to explain."
She describes Melanie Phillips and politician Michael Gove (author of the book Celsius 7/7) as "the venomous media voices who think no Muslim is worth talking to."
She has championed the UK government's policy of engaging with the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters, such as the Muslim Council of Britain. She denigrates Ayaan Hirsi Ali as someone with "loathing and suspicion of Islam", but praises the Muslim Brotherhood as "the 20th century's most influential political Islamic movement."
Here is one Australian who is not going to take it. By Mary Papadakis for AAP, with thanks to DFS:
A MELBOURNE grandmother has accused Muslim cleric Sheik Taj el-Din el-Hilaly of inciting racial hatred and of sexual discrimination.
Elaine Davidson made her complaint against the "divisive" mufti to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission this week.
Mrs Davidson said she was deeply offended by el-Hilaly's reported comments in a service last month that claimed immodestly dressed women invited rape and were like "uncovered meat".
Ulrike Sommer mit schweren Vorwürfen an Gesellschaft
Ulrike Sommer ist die Ehefrau des DGB-Vorsitzenden Michael Sommer, Mitglied im Berliner SPD-Vorstand und Schriftstellerin. Was sie zum Thema Kopftuch und Verschleierung zu sagen hat, steht in krassem Widerspruch zur Multikulti-Linie der SPD und des DGB:
El Pais newspaper reported on Sunday that the Spanish North African Encalves of Ceuta and Melilla were now objectives for the Islamic Holy War or Jihad.
Sun, 05 Nov 2006, 10:38
Intelligence services are describing the information they now have as the most worrying since 2004, with a fundamental group distributing a statement which describes the two cities as being occupied. It was also placed on a radical webpage from a cybercafé in Algeria.
Meanwhile, police have attested two alleged members of the GICM – The Moroccan Islamic Combat Group in Melilla in connection with the bomb attack on the Casa de España in Casablanca in May 2003 in which 41 people lost their lives.
By Julia Gorin
FrontPageMagazine.com | November 3, 2006
Up against Richard Gere and Nicole Kidman, the historical record doesn’t stand a chance. Gere is in Bosnia and Kidman just visited Kosovo. Beating a dead horse, the former is entering the familiar genre of anti-Serb films (Behind Enemy Lines, The Peacemaker) — and UN Goodwill Ambassador (and, coincidentally, Peacemaker star) Kidman is listening to more unverifiable yarns from Kosovo’s Serb-loathing Albanian Muslims (without, of course, visiting those who are actually under siege in the province — the handful of remaining Serbs who can’t step outside their miniscule NATO-guarded perimeters without getting killed by Albanians).
How can we fight the jihad when Kidman and Gere are being used to enable it? Just when the Aussie gave us some hope in so prominently signing her name to an anti-terror ad in the L.A. Times — going against the grain and calling terrorism against Israelis by its name — we’re still at Square One when it comes to terrorism against Serbs.
Of course, if our own government is helping the jihad secure its Balkan base, what does one want from two actors?
Bishop Nazir Ali of Rochester, the Church of England’s only Asian bishop, whose father converted from Islam, has skewered the central problem in the psyche of Islam in Europe. In a Sunday Times interview the Pakistan born Anglican cleric has spoken for the vast majority of Europeans in a way that their own leaders would never dare.
“Their complaint often boils down to the position that it is always right to intervene when Muslims are victims, as in Bosnia or Kosovo, and always wrong when the Muslims are the oppressors or terrorists, as with the Taliban or in Iraq,” he said.
It is a simple analysis, and one that is unanswerable. Indeed an attempt to answer this central point is made by Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, who has decided that the truth is not “very helpful for community relationships”.
A quote from the Augean Stables weblog, 5 November 2006
100 “youths” from the “difficult neighborhoods” [...] attacked and robbed of their personal possessions passengers on the Metro inside Paris to the point that the police had to evacuate the station Chateau-Rouge, a site already on some people’s “dangerous sites in Paris” list.
This incident, which had people fleeing the subway in panic, [...] is not unprecedented. [...] [T]he French MSM [apart from Le Parisien] avoid any mention of the incident. Thus the French slowly but surely let some of the Metro stops and lines become “lost territories,” taken over by gangs whose information network is excellent, and the losers don’t even know it’s happening.
Geachte heer Rouvoet,
Naar aanleiding van uw optreden op radio 2 heb ik drie vragen voor u: Ter informatie kan ik u zeggen dat ik mijzelf als een esoterisch Christen beschouw en daarmee anders tegen aan aantal zaken aankijk met betrekking tot het christendom dan u; de tweede informatie is dat ik mijzelf als democraat in hart en nieren beschouw. Nu viel het mij op dat u nogal harde uitspraken over Hirsi Ali deed, waarbij u vooral haar democratische gehalte in twijfel trekt. Nu mijn vraag; Gebruikt u de politieke ideologie met de naam Islam om uw eigen positie als Christelijke partij beter te profileren, door hen als religie te accepteren, daar waar het christendom wel een verwoede strijd levert tegen de orthodoxe Christenen (recent nog Servië)?
1. Ruimte claimen voor religieuze opvattingen in een samenleving, ook als zij van de islam komen, is voor ons geen tactiek, maar principieel. De vrijheid van godsdienst en levensovertuiging geldt immers iedere godsdienst en levensovertuiging, en vindt zijn begrenzingen slechts in de strafwet en voor zover een zodanig gebruik wordt gemaakt van die vrijheden dat de rechten en vrijheden van anderen worden beknot.
From Oliver Roy
, the best commentator on Political Islam and European Islam.
A book I wrote fifteen years ago is entitled The Failure of Political Islam (not, it should be noted, The Failure of the Islamists). By my title, I meant that the Islamist ideology is simply not working. It didn't provide the basis to create a new society, a new state, or offer an alternative
to the (then) two paths of western democracy and communism.
It seems that many Islamists read my book - or came to the same conclusions independently. For they have (almost) abandoned the idea that the Islamic state is a way to change global society. But what has replaced it? Here there is a wide array of positions along a spectrum that runs from Recep Tayyip Erdođan, Turkey's prime minister, to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
A reader of mine has family in France. He previously wrote of his worry concerning his niece in Marseille and I posted about it in the comments section on the VIOLENCE IN FRANCE thread here (emphasis mine);
Pamela, I follow the situation in France with personal interest and I thank you for covering it. I have a niece who lives in Marseille who has been beaten and robbed by "youths" twice, the last time when she was 7 months pregnant with twins. The French media couldn't care less about the daily stories of horror. The "youths" were yelling "Juif" at her and her mother, who they also attacked. All you have to do is "look" Jewish. My family there are of Corsican descent and are Catholic. Of course the gangs have weapons that the law abiding citizens are forbidden to possess.
Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren has appealed to the Canadian authorities to use their influence with UN members and NATO to secure ''a re-examination of the wrong policy of the international community in connection with the recognition of the independence of Kosovo and Metohija.''
''I wonder how it is possible that the international community and the democratic world tolerate violations of religious freedoms and the extermination of Christianity, while they are considering the creating of an independent Kosovo managed by criminals and jihad supporters,'' Bishop Artemije told a press conference held at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.
During his visit to Ottawa on October 26, His Grace bishop Artemije met with the Parliamentary Secretary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Peter Van Loan. H.E. James Bissett former Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia and Jim Jatras, director of the American Council for Kosovo accompanied the Bishop. In the effort to gather as much support for his mission in keeping Kosovo as an integral part of Serbia Bishop Artemije and Jim Jatras had similar high-level talks in Washington and Moscow in September and October this year.
We will discuss some of these issues with Jim Jatras.
What is the significance of these visits?
Message by Bishop Artemije to democratic world:
Do not “tolerate violations of religious freedoms and the extermination of Christianity” in Kosovo by Albanians. Do not consider “the creation of an independent Kosovo managed by criminals and jihad supporters.”
Each of the countries you have mentioned is very important to the effort we have been mounting on behalf of the Serbian community in Kosovo, under the spiritual guidance of Bishop Artemije. The American government (my government) is largely the source of the problem. It appears that the Russian government is largely the solution to the problem, and we think that Canadian government can be a very useful catalyst in opening the eyes of the international community to the seriousness of the error, which some people would like to commit in Kosovo. The Canadian government has a very high international reputation regarding the rule of law and observance of international standards. It was with that appeal we came to the Parliament to enlist the support of the Canadian public and government in voicing their opinion against the illegal and unjustified detachment of Kosovo from Serbia.
Frequent Infidel Bloggers Alliance commenter Religion of Pieces wrote a piece called 20 Things You Need To Know About Islam. The points he makes are important, and I know each of them to be factually true to some extent. However, I did not have links to back up each of his points, so I asked him to provide them.
Ordinarily, our posts here include embedded links. However, it would take a massive amount of work to embed all the links Religion of Pieces provided us with. So, this post will look a bit different, a bit more sloppy than our everyday posts.
Think of the links as a series of footnotes to back up each assertion Religion of Pieces makes.
Additionally, let me say that I have not had time to go through everyone of the many links ROP has provided. So, at the outset, I must tell you that the views and opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of myself, or Infidel Bloggers Alliance in general.
From The Gathering Storm
In 1990 “The Muslim Manifesto: A Strategy for Survival” was written to create the Council of British Muslims which was to act “a Muslim parliament”. Hat tip to News By Us for this from Alan Cruba.
Britain’s Muslim Manifesto made it clear that “Political and cultural subservience goes against their grain” because “at its inception Islam created a political platform from which Muslims were to launch themselves on a global role as founders of great states, empires and a world civilization and culture.” According to the UK’s Muslim Manifesto, “The fact is that a Muslim woman cannot be a western woman.” The problem for Muslims in Great Britain was that “There are laws on the British Statute Book that are in direct conflict with the laws of Allah.” “We are Muslims first and last.” “Jihad is a basic requirement of Islam and living in Britain or having British nationality by birth or naturalization does not absolve the Muslim from his or her duty to participate in jihad: this participation can be active service in armed struggle abroad and/or the provision of material and moral support to those engaged in such struggle anywhere in the world.” “Islam is our guide in all situations.”
"There was insufficient evidence that he was undermining state security." Did anyone ask him if he thought Sharia should ultimately be imposed in the Netherlands? "Court Reverses Deportation Of Radical Imam," from NIS News Bulletin, with thanks to Morgaan Sinclair:
AMSTERDAM, 03/11/06 - Aliens Affairs Minister Rita Verdonk unlawfully deported a radical Imam from the Netherlands. The district court in Amsterdam ruled yesterday that there was insufficient evidence that he was undermining state security.
The Imam, Eisha Bersham of the Al Fourqaan mosque in Eindhoven, posed a danger to national security, according to the AIVD secret service. Based on the AIVD's conclusion, Verdonk declared the Imam an undesirable alien on 15 June 2005. This meant she did not renew his residence permit.
In "Hot for martyrdom" in the National Post (thanks to Barbara), Michael Coren speaks to the courageous Tawfik Hamid. Hamid makes many important points that we have made here on numerous occasions, accompanied by some insights you should not miss.
Dr. Tawfik Hamid doesn't tell people where he lives. Not the street, not the city, not even the country. It's safer that way. It's only the letters of testimony from some of the highest intelligence officers in the Western world that enable him to move freely. This medical doctor, author and activist once was a member of Egypt's Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (Arabic for "the Islamic Group"), a banned terrorist organization. He was trained under Ayman al-Zawahiri, the bearded jihadi who appears in Bin Laden's videos, telling the world that Islamic violence will stop only once we all become Muslims.
08/04/2006 The failure of just about everyone to confront reality in the Lebanese-Israeli crisis has resulted in a series of pronouncements that belong to the realm of black humor.
Consider the following, many of which include lines that should have been delivered by the likes of Jay Leno, but instead were pronouncements of Middle East leaders.
Israeli military announces that it has considerably weakened Hezbollah, because they have already fired 3,000 rockets, and have only 6,000 left.
Hezbollah rocket attacks hit two hospitals in Israel;Israel is condemned for targeting civilians.
Those Americans and Europeans who love their lands more than other lands and who put their families before other people, are normal people. Those who tell them that their attachments should be global and that their lands and neighborhoods belong to the whole world are sick and evil. The elite class has every intention of continuing to “fight” the war on terrorism without naming the enemy, without revealing his beliefs, without unmasking his intentions, without offending his accomplices, without expelling his fifth columnists, and without ever daring to win. It is up to the millions of normal Americans and their European cousins to stop the madness, and to win this war.
- Dr. Srdja Trifkovic, Fighting Jihad At Home.
Bekende linkse Nederlanders pleiten voor hogere belastingen. Met liefde voor belasting betalen heeft hun oproep niets te maken
Esther van Rijswijk
Sommige mensen zeuren niet over de fiscus. Ze werken hard en zijn betrokken bij het wel en wee van het land waarin ze leven. Van de kwaliteit van het onderwijs, de zorg en de snelwegen, tot het inkomen van mensen met een uitkering - het kan ze wat schelen. En ze maken met liefde hun bijdrage aan Nederland over.
Natuurlijk zijn deze mensen niet kritiekloos. Op die dagen dat ze niet bezig zijn hun belastingformulier in te vullen, maken ze zich druk over het onderwijs dat zoveel beter kan, te veel of te weinig snelwegen en de uitkering van de buurman die veel te hoog of juist te laag is. Als er een bumpersticker zou zijn met de tekst 'Blij dat ik Belasting Betaal', zouden ze 'm kopen. Voor hen is belasting de contributie voor de democratie.
5:37 a.m. November 2, 2006
PARIS – When France first debated a ban on Muslim headscarves in state schools, criticism from abroad was so strong that the then foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, complained it created diplomatic problems for him.
After three years, a murder and two bombing sprees, many of France's neighbours have come to agree they should set tougher integration standards for their Muslim minorities to meet.
The standards vary from country to country, but the recent debate about whether face veils hinder Muslim women's integration in Britain – among Europe's most lenient 'multicultural' societies – was music to Villepin's ears.
'I'm glad to see they're now asking themselves the questions we've been asking ourselves for quite a long time,' Villepin, now prime minister, remarked last week.
The British debate, focused partly on a school's suspension of a teaching assistant for refusing to remove her niqab, or full facial veil, seems tame compared with steps taken elswhere in Europe in the last two years.
- European television hosts more programs on Islam.
Following the cartoon crisis and Pope Benedict XVI's offensive remarks on Islam, many European state-owned TV channels have launched new initiatives to disseminate more information on Islam.
Inspired by the TV programs on Islam broadcast by state-sponsored TV channels in France, the Netherlands and Denmark, Germany and Belgium are also now considering starting programs of the same kind.
The lack of accurate information on Muslims, which became clearer following the cartoon crisis, and the pope's contentious remarks, has led some European countries to introduce TV programs on Islam and its fundamental precepts. It is already expected that the Islamic programs, which will be prepared in the native language of the country, will contribute to social cohabitation.
British National Party leader Nick Griffin told a crowd that Islam was a "wicked, vicious faith" a court heard.
Mr Griffin, 47, from mid-Wales, is charged with using words or behaviour intended to stir up racial hatred in Keighley, West Yorkshire, in 2004.
BNP activist Mark Collett, 25, of Leicestershire, also faces four similar charges at Leeds Crown Court.
The charges arose out of speeches filmed by BBC journalist Jason Gwynne for a documentary on the party.
The jury heard Mr Griffin, of Llanerfyl, Powys, urged the gathering to vote BNP to ensure "the British people really realise the evil of what these people have done to our country".
Media reports on this incident in Gaza are overwhelmingly slanted against Israel, but the facts show that this is another example of war crimes and cowardice by Palestinian terrorists, using veiled women as human shields: Israeli troops kill women in mosque siege. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
ISRAELI troops shot and killed two Palestinian women acting as human shields between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian gunmen hiding in a Gaza mosque today, witnesses said, before the gunmen escaped.
The dramatic events came on the third day of an Israeli assault on the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the largest operation it has conducted in the Gaza Strip in months, designed to put a stop to militants firing homemade rockets into Israel.
About 60 gunmen holed themselves up in the al-Nasir mosque yesterday. Today, about 50 veiled women, answering an appeal on local radio, marched on the mosque, acting as a cover against the Israeli troops to allow the gunmen to flee.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Friday politely turned down a draft resolution prepared by the EU troika to impose sanctions on Iran.
"What the EU troika drew up went way beyond what had been agreed," Lavrov told a press conference in Brussels this afternoon.
He said that within the six ( five permanent UNSC members plus Germany) "we have definitely agreed to act collectively and adhere to principles agreed in advance" with the aim that no proliferation takes place and that the nuclear energy is used for peaceful purpose.
"In June of this year specific proposals were put to Iran to start negotiations to regulate this problem.
Today should be a celebration in Denmark. It just got tougher for people to come here and settle. There has been a huge discussion going on as to how we can ensure better integration of the foreign flood, and it took a turn in the right direction today. Denmark will adopt the Dutch model for the families of immigrants that come to join their planted relative. They will have to pass an exam in Danish societal rules and language before being allowed in. For those that are her already, they will have to have documented at least two and one half years work before being allowed a residence permit. The residence permit is permanent and is given after the first seven years in Denmark. That also means, that without two and one half years work behind you, you don't qualify for monetary assistance from the state if you are out of a work.
Let's get that straight. If you are a member of the public (and compulsory) unemployment insurance, you can get unemployment benefits. That takes six months work to achieve coverage and qualify. That coverage is limited to two years unemployment benefit. Everyone pays in. Everyone that has worked for more than six months in one go, can get it. After those two years, if you are still not employed, you can recieve benefits from the state. It is those state benefits that are affected.
In the aftermath of the July-August 2006 war, political tension between Hizbullah and the "March 14 Forces"  is increasing - to the point that street clashes may break out by November 13.
Once the war ended, Hizbullah, together with other pro-Syria elements in Lebanon such as General Michel Aoun, launched a scathing campaign against the current Lebanese government under Prime Minister Fuad Al-Siniora, and particularly against the majority in the Lebanese parliament, that is, the March 14 Forces.
On October 31, 2006, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah threatened to take to the streets and topple the Lebanese government. He stated that Hizbullah could instigate civil disobedience and bring about the fall of the government "by tomorrow morning." He issued an ultimatum, saying that Hizbullah's demand to establish a national unity government must be accepted by November 13, 2006. Hizbullah spokesman Hussein Rahallikewisesaid that the Al-Siniora government would fall within a few weeks, while General Aoun accused it of corruption and of conspiring against Lebanon.
The March 14 Forces, for their part, stepped up their accusations against Hizbullah, saying that the latter would use its weapons against elements within Lebanon, that it would try to spark civil war, that it was acting as a "state within a state," and that it was harming Lebanon's sovereignty and following orders from Syria and Iran.
It should be noted that even during the war, Sa'd Al-Hariri, who heads Al-Mustaqbal, the largest faction in the Lebanese parliament, and who is the son of assassinated former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Al-Hariri, had declared, "There must be an accounting with Hizbullah." Maronite Patriarch Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir criticized Hizbullah's continued possession of weapons. 
Jamie Glazov at FrontPage conducts a brief Symposium on the documentary Islam: What the West Needs to Know:
A new documentary Islam: What the West Needs to Know has recently been released.
An examination of Islam, violence, and the fate of the non-Muslim world, the documentary features numerous experts. Today we have invited three of them to discuss the new film. Our guests are:
Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist who has become an ardent Zionist and evangelical Christian. He is the author of Why I Left Jihad. The Root of Terrorism and the Return of Radical Islam.
Serge Trifkovic, a former BBC World Service broadcaster and US News & World Report correspondent, foreign affairs editor of Chronicles, and author of The Sword of the Prophet. The sequel, Defeating Jihad, was published by Regina Orthodox Press in April. Read his commentaries on ChroniclesMagazine.org.
...which the Sydney Morning Herald reports as an expression of loyalty to Australia. "Sheik calls for 'ethical' trial," by David Braithwaite and Jacqueline Maley in the Sydney Morning Herald, with thanks to David:
Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly would quit and place masking tape over his mouth for six months if an impartial panel found him guilty of inciting rape.
While the masking tape might be a nice idea, of course he wasn't inciting rape. He was just saying that rape are the fault of the women who are raped.
In a statement released before he spoke today at Sydney's Lakemba Mosque, the sheik insists he was misreported as saying in a September sermon that scantily dressed women were like "uncovered meat" who invited sexual assault.
They killed Daniel Pearl. Now they threaten the lives of those who dare to tell the tale. From the Daily Mail, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:
Hollywood golden couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have stepped up security after becoming potential terrorist targets.
The movie stars - who are currently in India - have been receiving death threats from terror group al-Qaeda.
Pitt, 42, and Jolie, 31, are thought to have been targeted because of the political nature of Jolie's new movie A Mighty Heart.
Fünf Beispiele, warum seine Angst vor dem Islam begründet war
Er hatte Angst vor der Ausbreitung des Islam in Deutschland. Er ist mit seiner Sorge zu Lebzeiten auf völliges Unverständnis bei seiner Kirche gestoßen. Er hat sich verbrannt, um gegen diese ignorante Dhimmihaltung seiner Vorgesetzten zu protestieren und um aufzurütteln. Die Reaktionen der evangelischen Kirche sind so haarsträubend, dass Pfarrer Weißelberg, hätte er dies vor seiner Verzweiflungstat gewusst, wahrscheinlich resigniert hätte. Bewirkt hat er die Offenlegung einer unglaublichen Mischung aus Dummheit, Unwissenheit, Arroganz und Verlogenheit, die allerdings nur die Menschen wahrnehmen werden, die sich der Gefahren, die der Islam mit sich bringt, bereits bewusst sind.
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
FrontPageMagazine.com | November 2, 2006
The official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida published a vicious anti-Semitic article last week that included many of the classic anti-Semitic libels and modern "updates":
Jews start wars, including the war in Iraq, to promote Jews' power and control
Jews are the dominant force in United States policy
Jews control international finance
Jews control international media
In the article, Muhammad Khalifa, columnist from the United Arab Emirates, argues that the US is planning to control all of the world's countries from a single central government in New York. The Jews, who dominate or control every key element in the US, including the stock market, the media and international finance, have used their "custom" of starting international wars to cement this US control.
An Investigation into the Modus Operandi of Terrorist Networks in the United States: The Structure of Osama Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda, Hamas and other Jihadist Organizations in the
December 4, 2001
A Biographical Sketch
5505 Connecticut Avenue, NW, #341, Washington DC
Steven Emerson is an internationally recognized expert on terrorism and national security, a correspondent, and an author who also serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project. Mr. Emerson started The Investigative Project in late 1995 following the broadcast of his documentary film, "Jihad in America," on public television. The film exposed video of clandestine operations of militant Islamic terrorist groups on American soil. For the film, Mr. Emerson received numerous awards including the George Polk Award for best television documentary, one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. He also received the top prize from the Investigative Reporters and Editors Organization (IRE) for best investigative report in both print and television for the documentary. The award from the IRE was the fourth such award he had received from that group.
All the debate about Muslims and the veil has centred around women. What should they wear and how should they wear it? Perhaps it’s time we looked at what the veil tells us about Muslim men.
The Koran is little help. The verse cited in support of women wearing headscarves or veils is hardly specific: “And say to the believing women to cast down their eyes, and guard their private parts, and reveal not their adornment save such as is outward.” Islamic scholars have argued ever since about what precisely that means.
The presumption, though, is that immodest dress, however defined, will inflame men’s lust. But more extreme Muslim clerics suggest also that if it does, it is the woman who is to blame. Sheikh Taj Aldin al-Hilali, the Mufti of Australia, recently preached: “If you take uncovered meat and place it outside . . . and the cats come to eat it . . . whose fault is it, the cats’ or the uncovered meat’s? The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred.”
Mainstream media, both here and in France, are doing their best to look away from what’s happening, but the French Intifada is getting increasingly violent: Youths challenge the French state.
Symbols of the French state, including policemen, firemen and postmen, are under intensified attack from disaffected youths as the country faces the worst race relations crisis in its history.
Hardly a night passes without gangs — many of them from immigrant families — attacking police cars, buses and emergency rescue teams.
Yesterday, the weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur published a confidential report drawn up by a public service trade union, the CGT, containing scores of eye-witness accounts of brutal attacks on public servants who work in the worst suburbs, or “banlieues”, from gas board workers to staff from the electricity company.
|I've mentioned before that the PA has a higher ratio of security personnel to the general population than anywhere else. My last count had 90,000 "policemen" plus 3000 from Hamas being added.
Well, the IMF just released a report on how badly the PA mismanages its money, and the results are hardly surprising:
About 80 percent of the US$500 million (€394 million) in income in the past six months was spent on the ever-expanding government payroll and on fuel imports, leaving little for other budget items, such as welfare payments, the report said.
The report said the number of civil servants grew by 5,400 this year, to more than 142,000 in mid-June. Most of the hiring took place in the security services, and some 20,000 new recruits are currently being trained and could be added to the payroll in the future, the report said.
Ministerpräsident Erdogan will sich nicht mit dem Papst treffen
Die ausgestreckte Hand des Papstes blieb bei Erdogan (l.) ohne Erwiderung.
Beim Papstbesuch vom 28. November bis 1. Dezember in der Türkei wird der türkische Ministerpräsident Erdogan nicht mit Papst Benedikt XVI. zusammentreffen.
Vom säkulären Standpunkt her gesehen kommt das Staatsoberhaupt des Staates Vatikan in die Türkei, und wird nicht vom dortigen Regierungschef empfangen. Allein dies sollte für den Vatikan schon Grund genug sein, diesen Besuch abzusagen. Bedenkt man dann noch, dass Benedikt XVI. das Oberhaupt von über einer Milliarde Katholiken weltweit ist, ist das Verhalten Erdogans ein Affront ohnegleichen. Er beugt sich lieber den moslemischen Hardlinern in seinem Land (nächstes Jahr sind Parlamentswahlen in der Türkei) – zumindest wird wieder einmal deutlich, was man in der islamischen Welt unter Dialog versteht: nur wenn sie es wollen und nur zu ihren Bedingungen. Gleichzeitig läuft in der Türkei eine beispiellose Hetzkampagne gegen den Papst, mit Postern (Der Papst ist nicht willkommen) bis hin zum Bestseller-Buch "Wer tötet den Papst", das seit Wochen ausverkauft ist.
I read this write-up as a comment posted by Ernesto Ribeiro
in one of the blogpost of Right Truth. Makes me wonder how far is it really true. If it is, then it is a very sad testimony of our world's self-righteous attitude in the face of cruel realities that we witness being inflicted on the Jews. Time to ponder.
All European life Died in Auschwitz
By Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez
I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth: Europe died in Auschwitz!We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity and talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.
The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.
Why the European Union must be dismantled.
In my criticism of the European Union, I have been accused of being too positive towards the nation state. It is true that Western civilization isn't exclusively about nation states. The Renaissance took place in the city states of Italy while nation states were non-existent or weak. It is also true that there is a potentially destructive side to nationalism as opposed to defensive patriotism. However, our current democratic system is tied to nation states. The EU didn't cause all of Europe's problems, but it made some of them worse, and added a few new ones. If the EU collapsed tomorrow, we would still be in a lot of trouble, but at least we would have a fighting chance. I have heard a number of people say that "Europe is already lost." I do agree with them that if the political situation remains as it is today, then yes, Europe is lost to Islam, or at least significant parts of Western Europe, maybe not all of Eastern Europe. But I'm not so sure whether the political situation will, or has to, remain as it is today.
Tens of millions of ordinary citizens are now rapidly waking up to the full scale of the Islamic threat. The problem is that many Western Europeans have a sense of hopelessness because they need to confront so many enemies at the same time. Let's call them Enemy 1, 2 and 3. Enemy 1 is Islam and Muslim immigration. Enemy 2 is the anti-Western bias of our media and academia.
The distinguished clinical psychologist and gerontoligical evpert David Gutmann is my first cousin, and the fellow I know who is most worthy of the soubriquet: "My hero."
When recommends something to read, I read it.
Perhaps you should too.
THE ANGLO-JEWISH WARS
Addressing the rising tide of British antisemitism,
the British columnist Nick Cohen recently wrote,
“Anti-Semitism isn't a local side effect of a dirty
war over a patch of land smaller than Wales. It's
everywhere from Malaysia to Morocco, and it has
arrived here. If you challenge liberal orthodoxy, your
argument cannot be debated on its merits. You have to
be in the pay of global media moguls. You have to be a
Robert Wistrich examines the history of modern
anti-semitism in Britain, pointing out that "Great
Britain is today second only to France in serious
anti-Semitic incidents reported among European
countries.” Wistrich documents the persistence and
wide reach of anti-Jewish mainstream prejudice,
particularly among the media and the upper echelons of
British society - “the same group that supported
Hitler in the 1930s." Thus, the Muslim promotion of
anti-semitism in England has been very successful,
perhaps because it has been able to graft onto
longstanding, well-established British antisemitism.
Most disturbing, "anti-Semitic sentiment is a part of
mainstream discourse, continually resurfacing among
the academic, political, and media elites", often
taking the form of unsubstantiated, unreasoning
criticism of Israel, while Arab terror is condoned or
Why no riots? Why no mob of aggrieved taxpayers, descending on the European Commission with burning brands? On Tuesday, for the twelfth year in a row, the European Court of Auditors refused to approve the EU budget. Yet the story has pretty much passed Europe’s media by. If a national government agency could not account for the majority of its spending, it would be front page news. But, faced with the usual Brussels tales of bogus invoices and non-existent farm products and collusion between the authorities and the fraudsters, we shrug our shoulders indifferently.
In our collective reaction, I think one can descry the beginning of the end of Britain’s relationship with the EU. The other day, I happened to read a review of a book about successful relationships. The author’s chief point, if I understood her correctly, was that a marriage can weather a good deal of arguing. Rows between husband and wife suggest that each values the other’s opinion enough to want to change it. It is when bickering gives way to scorn that the marriage is over.
Dear British reader,
What has gotten into your Crown Prince and future King (presumably)? Look at what he is claiming in a speech he made
ISLAMABAD, Oct 31 (KUNA) -- Prince Charles Tuesday said that the world problems could be resolve by following Islamic teachings, as Islam is a religion of peace and brotherhood.
Prince Charles while addressing a ceremony during his visit to Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) stressed on better relations between Islam and other religions.
He said that clash of civilizations could be averted by following the teaching of Islam and Quraan.
Are the rumors
as to his secret conversion true after all?
Given the fact that the impossible is
beginning to happen in France, I propose the following codes and their respective courses of action:
1. Hell freezes over
2. Pigs fly
3. Monkeys fly out of my butt
And it looks like Hell keeps freezing deeper and deeper in France. Slowly but surely.
(BBC) More than 70 Muslim workers at France's main airport have been stripped of the security clearance for allegedly posing a risk to passengers, officials say.
The staff at Charles de Gaulle airport, including baggage handlers, are said to have visited terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
One man is thought to have been a friend of Richard Reid, the so-called British shoe bomber.
The current government of Turkey is led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development (AKP) party, which was amalgamated from banned Islamic parties in 2001. When the party came to power after the general election of Sunday October 30, 2002, Erdogan, the party leader, was not allowed to become prime minister. He had publicly read out a pro-Islamic poem in 1998, and as a result had been convicted of inciting religious hatred, and this prevented him from holding public office.
As a result, Erdogan's deputy, Abdullah Gul, took the role of caretaker prime minister on November 18, 2002. Erdogan did not become a member of parliament until early the following year, when the Electoral Commission ruled that he was eligible to stand. Erdogan won a by-election in Siirt province in the south-east of the country on March 9 and two days later he was declared prime minister.
News from der Spiegel and Focus MSN (in German) and Associated Press via the International Herald Tribune reports that a retired Protestant priest died today as a result of setting himself on fire. The 73-year old former pastor had apparently acted as a protest against the spread of Islam.
Reverend Roland Weisselberg had climbed into a construction site adjacent to the Augustinerkloser church in the city of Erfurt on Tuesday, while Reformation Day services were being carried out. He doused himself in gasoline and then set himself alight. He died in the burns unit at the city of Halle.
At a news conference, the provost of the church, Elfried Begrich said that Reverend Weisselberg had detailed in a letter that the Protestant church should be more aware of the threat posed by the spread of Islam.
The BBC elaborates on the common Leftist fantasy that Christians today are just as violent, or more violent, than Muslims, neglecting the implications of the fact that there have been 6,318 Islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11, versus...uh...Tim McVeigh! Eric Rudolph! The Crusades!
By Paul Revoir in the Daily Mail, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:
The BBC are facing accusations of anti-Christian bias after a BBC drama portrayed evangelical extremists murdering Muslims.
One Christian group said the corporation had a "sinister" and "malicious" agenda against their faith, while another claimed the BBC1 Spooks programme could be an "incitement to hatred" against them.
The row comes in the wake of recent revelations that senior BBC executives had admitted that the corporation was guilty of bias against Christianity at a special "impartiality" summit.
The UN admits that it is completely ineffectual, or worse. "UN Admits Syria Arming Hizbullah, UNIFIL Takes Nights Off," by Ezra HaLevi for Israel National News, with thanks to A Girl Scout:
Despite the 20,000 troops deployed in southern Lebanon, the United Nations admits that weapons smuggling from Syria continues unhindered. A German report finds UNIFIL does not patrol after dark.
Hizbullah terrorists are free to roam at night without fear of being identified by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), according to a report by the German paper Der Spiegel.
UNIFIL commanders were interviewed by the paper, saying their function is to "observe changes in the behavior of the local population," with Spanish UNIFIL official Richard Ortax admitting that no patrols are carried out at night “because of the danger involved.”
There is an extensive campaign by CAIR and other Islamist groups to portray jihad as a purely spiritual struggle a good Muslim wages to overcome personal evil. It is also a point made often by the “moderates” of the Muslim Brotherhood. This has led to confusion in policy and a fear of offending if one calls jihad what it really is.
But as I have said repeatedly, just read what they say themselves to understand what the real agenda is. They tell us what they want to do, and yet we refuse to take them seriously by either understanding and knowing what they say, or acting to stop them.
A 1999 tome titled “Fiqh az-Zakat: A Comparative Study,” by Yousef al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood leaves no ambiguity as to the nature of jihad. While often portrayed as a moderate, Qaradawi is one of the modern architects of the Islamist project to re-establish the Muslim Caliphate and then bring Allah’s rule to the rest of the world.
|Thursday, 02 November 2006
|The leaders of more than 30 Islamic organisations from around the country have issued an open letter in support of the embattled Mufti of Australia Sheik Taj el-Din al-Hilaly.
The letter calls for end to the debate about Sheik al-Hilaly's comments
A total of 34 groups have signed on to the statement, saying the whole episode has been filled with hysteria and that, in their view, it's now closed.
Curiously, missing from the list of supporters is the Lebanese Muslim Association, who ultimately can decide the fate of the Mufti.
Also today, NSW Opposition leader Peter Debnam has written to the Premier urging him to block all public funding and boycott the Mufti's backers until some clear action is taken against him.
November 1, 2006
With the Iran-Iraq War winding down in 1987, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini reportedly told a roomful of ambassadors: “Today Iran is so isolated that we can count the number of our friends on one hand.” Two decades later, with the UN Security Council weighing punitive options against it, Iran remains isolated but can count on at least one supporter among its neighbors: Russia.
The burgeoning partnership between Iran and Russia threatens to unravel UN efforts to squeeze Tehran to forego its nuclear ambitions. A veto-wielding member of the Security Council, Russia has thus far resisted efforts to punish the Iranians for forging ahead with their enrichment activities and ignoring a raft of UN resolutions. Of course, Moscow is motivated by fears of losing lucrative business opportunities, not to mention an important ally in the region. Bilateral trade eclipsed $2 billion in 2005, and as this new Backgrounder explains, Russia now supplies the bulk of Iran’s conventional arms. That includes a proposed air-defense system that would give Iran a credible deterrent against any American or Israeli move to strike its nuclear installations. Russia also built a light-water nuclear power plant at Bushehr, an $8 billion project set to go online as early as next year (GlobalSecurity.org).
In Europe, the one nation that has proved to be most successful in technology, ”Nokia nation” Finland, is also perhaps the one country within the EU that has accepted the least amount of immigration. Today, this small Nordic nation boasts a thriving hi-tech economy ranked the most competitive in the world and the best educated citizenry of all the industrialized countries. Neighboring Sweden, in contrast, with the largest per capita immigration in Europe, is in serious economic decline, and the only thing growing seems to be the crime rates.
- Fjordman, Stupidity Without Borders - The Alliance of Utopias.
I would like to think Finland will stay this way; as a safe haven among countries bent on self-destruction. However, as our powers that be are as eager to kow-tow to multicultural dogma as their colleagues in neighboring countries, it will be only a matter of time when things start to change rapidly and the decline will follow; some signs are there already. Fjordman continues:
by Baron Bodissey
Swedish reader LN, who frequently provides social observations about Sweden and Scandinavia in Gates of Vienna’s comments, has sent us the following essay, which is an expansion of comments he posted here earlier.
I have standardized his spelling and punctuation, and modified some of the idioms to conform to current American usage, but otherwise the words and opinions belong to LN himself.
Let him know what you think — he’ll probably be along to comment in due course.
Immigration is Business — Immigration is an Industry
In Sweden, IMMIGRATION is a flourishing and prosperous business employing
thousands of persons of national as well as of foreign origin and with a total turnover for all things immigration-related
— inclusive of all costs for asylum-seeking or immigration procedures, for immigrants awaiting residence permission, for already resident immigrants waiting for lodgings or work etc., for social allowances given to all unemployed immigrants and to former immigrants who in the meantime have become Swedish citizens and so on ad infinitum — in the magnitude of SEK225,000,000,000 ($1 = SEK7.50) per annum. This is a lie, the State says, but the State is ALWAYS unable (unwilling) to produce any figures of their own about immigration.
From The Australian, November 01, 2006, by Janet Albrechtsen [emphasis added]...
For too long the West's unreciprocated tolerance has allowed fanatical Muslim leaders such as Taj Din al-Hilali to spawn a new generation of Islamic radicals who reject our values
... Muslim cleric Taj Din al-Hilali thought a few apologies would get him off the hook for claiming that women in short skirts who smile and sway their hips are to blame for unleashing unlawful sexual appetites in men....sorry just won't cut it any more
But right on cue, the first reaction from Abdul El Ayoubi of the Lebanese Muslim Association was: "We did accept his apology and we want to move on." Whoa. Before we move on, let's figure out precisely why sorry does not work any more. The sheik's apology has the distinct smell of someone being sorry that he was caught. There was no hint of contrition from Hilali in the weeks between his speech and The Australian reporting it. His faint-hearted mea culpa once the media arrived looked more like one of those PR-spun apologies
Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly says he was a member of the Islamist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, but left it because it was too extremist. And yet he pours praise upon Sayyid Qutb, an idealogue the Muslim Brotherhood, of which he was a member, considered a radical because of his fervent calls for the ummah to take up violent jihad against the infidel West. His writing subsequently inspired a generation of Salafists. Sounds like more whitewash from the Sheik that just don’t stick.
Not that the Muslim Brotherhood is in any way opposed to jihad against the West. They just seek to dominate by other, subtler means:
Since the early 1960s, Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers have moved to Europe and slowly but steadily established a wide and well-organized network of mosques, charities, and Islamic organizations. Unlike the larger Islamic community, the Muslim Brotherhood’s ultimate goal may not be simply “to help Muslims be the best citizens they can be,” but rather to extend Islamic law throughout Europe and the United States.
by Baron Bodissey
Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the United States. Everybody knows that; you hear it on TV all the time. But how do the talking heads know it?
Because CAIR tells them so.
According to CAIR’s website
There is no scientific count of Muslims in the U.S. Six to seven million is the most commonly cited figure.
“Most commonly cited”? Cited by whom? Why, by CAIR
, of course. CAIR routinely pushes the six million-plus figure, but other sources place the number much lower. Take, for example, the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the latest information
I could find on the Bureau’s website*, survey data would indicate that 0.5% of the population in 2001, or 1.5 million people, consists of self-described Muslims.
De bezorgdheid onder Nederlanders rondom terrorisme is gedaald. Noemde in augustus 2005 nog 39% van de ondervraagden ‘terrorisme’ spontaan als eerste zorg, nu is dat percentage teruggelopen tot 20%. Daarnaast is het vertrouwen in de overheid als bestrijder van terrorisme toegenomen van 27% in 2005 tot 40% in 2006. Dit jaar is in het onderzoek voor het eerste een verkenning uitgevoerd naar de beeldvorming rondom radicalisering. Het onderliggende onderzoek wees uit dat men vooral radicalisering en dreiging binnen de rechts-politieke en islamitische groeperingen ziet. 80% van de respondenten is het eens met de stelling dat de Nederlandse samenleving door radicalisering verdeeld raakt. Dat blijkt uit het jaarlijkse publieksonderzoek dat in opdracht van de Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding is uitgevoerd.
Turkey has a strange habit of enforcing Article 301 of its penal code, which insults "Turkishness". This has been used to prosecute numerous artists, cartoonists, editors, and most famously, the Nobel-prize winning author Orhan Pamuk. The law is often used by the Islamist prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to prosecute anyone who satirizes him.
The latest bizarre prosecution involves a 92-year old woman, female archeologist Muazzez Ilmiye Cig, who is being prosecuted for "inciting religious hatred" states the Jerusalem Post, the Australian, Web Islam and Middle East Times. Her alleged "crime" is that she has suggested that the "Islamic" headscarf originally derives from sexual rites from Sumer.
Cig's speciality is Sumer and Mesopotamian culture of the fourth and third millennia BC. Turkey is attempting to join the European Union, and this latest prosecution is another sign that in its current state, it is unable to allow freedom of expression.
Egyptian physician Dr. Hiba Qutb, who received her Ph.D. in medicine from the University of Cairo and her Ph.D. in sexology from Maimonides University in Florida, is the first female sexologist in the Arab world. The goal that guides her work is, as she puts it, is "to fix the cracks in the collapsing building [of marriage] caused by failed sexual relations." 
According to Dr. Qutb, "sexual problems are very widespread in the Arab world, and it is estimated that they are the cause of more than 80% of divorce cases." In her estimation, "it is possible that the true figures are even higher, since the Arab world has been suffering from sex problems for hundreds of years. After [the era of] the Prophet, there was a turn for the worse, and the topic became covered in shadows."
The following is a collection of statements by Dr. Qutb from various sources.
The mosques have to be monitored. What is being preached in the sermons has to be known. The alternative? Many, many more murders and terror attacks. A provocative story by Barry Thorne and Claire Cavanagh for Radio Netherlands (thanks to Ana):
Mohammed Bouyeri, the man who murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh almost exactly two years ago is serving a life prison sentence, but now questions are being asked about whether the sermon of a Muslim cleric played a role in the crime.
During the ongoing trial of another Dutch terrorism suspect, Samir Azzouz, it's emerged that Imam Fawaz of the as-Sunnah mosque in The Hague gave a sermon condemning Theo van Gogh just a few weeks before his murder. A recording of the sermon exists and in it the imam is heard uttering a curse against the Dutch director for his film Submission, which is critical of Islam. The film had been shown on television shortly before the sermon.
Gunnar Heinsohns Theorie zu Ursachen gewalttätiger Konflikte
Junge radikale Islamisten: eine demografische Zeitbombe.
Am Sonntag behandelte das Philosophische Quartett im ZDF das Thema "Weltproblem Radikalismus - Das Drama der Bevölkerungsexplosion" mit Moderator Peter Sloterdijk und den Gästen Gunnar Heinsohn und Roger Willemsen. Heinsohn ist Professor für Völkermordforschung an der Universität Bremen und stellte die zentralen Thesen seines Buches "Söhne und Weltmacht" vor, das zwar auch kein Heilmittel für die Krisen der Geopolitik bereitstellt, aber eine bestechend einfache Erklärung für viele der gewalttätigsten Konflikte der letzten Jahrhunderte bietet: den Youth Bulge (Jugendüberschuss).
Heinsohns Beobachtung ist folgende: In unregelmäßigen Abständen kommt es in vielen Kulturen zu einer großen Zahl von jungen Männern, für die nicht ausreichend prestigeträchtige Rollen und Positionen vorhanden sind. In Gesellschaften, in denen der Anteil der Männer zwischen 15 und 29 Jahren 20% oder mehr beträgt, findet eine bemerkenswerte Häufung von Aufständen, kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen, Terrorismus oder sogar Völkermord statt. Alternativen zum Töten, die sich allerdings als Ausnahmefälle darstellen, sind Auswanderung und Kolonisation fremder Länder und Kontinente.
Hirsi Ali: "Wenn ichs tue, beschuldigen sie mich, zu polarisieren"
Islamkritikerin Ayaan Hirsi Ali (l.): Intelligent, mutig - hübsch. Islamunterstützerin Claudia Roth (r.): ..., ... - ...
Islamkritikerin Ayaan Hirsi Ali im Interview mit der Presse über Europa, die USA und den Verrat der Linken. Kategorie: Must Read.
Sie haben die Niederlande verlassen und arbeiten in den USA am American Enterprise Institute, einem Think Tank der Neocons. Schon in den Niederlanden waren Sie für die Konservativ-Liberalen im Parlament. Begonnen haben Sie aber sozialdemokratisch. Warum der Frontenwechsel?
Hirsi Ali: Ich fühle mich sehr betrogen. Die Linke hat in meinen Augen die Idee des Individuums verraten, die Emanzipation der Frau und die Emanzipation von der Religion. Früher brachten Sozialdemokraten die Menschen in Europa dazu, sich ihrer Rechte bewusst zu werden, den Absolutheitsanspruch der Kirche hinter sich zu lassen. Heute aber wagen sie es nicht, den Islam zu kritisieren, wenn ich es tue, beschuldigen Sie mich, zu polarisieren. Frauen wie ich bekommen Unterstützung von konservativer und rechter Seite, von der Linken werden wir im Stich gelassen. Das ist traurig.