The cat is really amongst the pigeons in the legal halls of Denmark after the acquittal of three of the four men charged with planning terrorist activity. Both "sides" are complaining bitterly about the case, not least of all the District Attorney. He is now pressing the Public Prosecutor to determine if and when he can raise new charges against the three.
The whole charade started after a jury had found all four suspects guilty of planning a terror action, The three judges hearing the case rescinded the decision and acquitted three of the men. Jørn Vestergaard, an associate law professor at the University of Copenhagen said, and I quote; 'It isn't enough to raise the probability that someone is radical, fundamental or doing something suspicious.' And that is exactly the problem. How does one prove intent? I mean, beyond doubt. Our laws do not allow for that.
The nub is, that planning a crime is not a crime. It is only after you commit that crime that you are outside of the law. We have to illegalise the planning and intention to commit wrongful, especially terrorist, activity.
I am not alone in this opinion.
Last Tuesday, Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders made some scathing, but honest, assessments of Islam. The comments were made during an interview with De Pers newspaper. Wilders said: "If Mohammed lived here today, I would propose he be tarred and feathered as an extremist and driven out of the country." He said half of the Koran shoulf be torn up and thrown away, and also stated: "Everything we are proud of, we are selling to the devil. Former head of the Mossad Efraim Halevy says that World War III has begun. I would not use those words, but it's true."
He added: "Take a walk down the street and see where this is going. You no longer feel like you are living in your own country. There is a battle going on and we have to defend ourselves. Before you know it there will be more mosques than churches!"
February 17, 2007: Police and troops on Sulawesi were put on high alert, because military intelligence had picked up information indicating that Islamic radicals from all over Indonesia were moving to Sulawesi in an attempt to launch a spectacular attack on local Christians. Australia has warned its citizens to stay away from Central Sulawesi, where most of the violence tends to take place. To make matters worse, the Christians are ready to strike back if the Islamic terrorists go after them again. Over the last few years, some 2,000 people have died in religious strife on Sulawesi. The Islamic radicals need a spectacular operation to revive declining enthusiasm for the cause (of global Islamic conquest).
February 16, 2007: Six warships have been sent to "sand mining" areas (small islands where the sand is put on boats and shipped to other countries for making concrete and other construction uses), to enforce a new ban on sand exports. The ban is mainly directed against Singapore, which is refusing to extradite Indonesians wanted on corruption charges. The accused stole hundreds of millions of dollars, and can thus afford the best lawyers, publicists and influence peddlers. That works even in Singapore, one of the least corrupt places on the planet.
PRAGUE (JTA) — A Polish member of the European Parliament has published a booklet suggesting that Jews are unethical, are obsessed with separateness and are a “tragic community” because they don’t accept Jesus as the messiah.
The extreme right-wing parliamentarian Maciej Giertych, an influential member of the nationalistic, Catholic-based League of Polish Families, released “Civilization at War in Europe” on Feb. 14 at the European Parliament headquarters in Strasbourg.
Giertych’s son, Roman, Poland’s education minister and deputy prime minister, now heads the league, which has been battling the stain of anti-Semitism for years.
A very good article in Omedia shows the problems Israel has in getting its message across:
Yonatan Dahoach-Halevi, who is a former head of the IDF’s Department of Information and Public Affairs, is responsible for the IDF Spokesman’s website, is a political content consultant to the ministry of defense, and an associate researcher with the Jerusalem Center for Public and Political Affairs, sees the internet as a world of unlimited possibilities. Israel, explains Halevi, does not exploit it correctly, even in the most basic sense of publishing official data, using the internet as a creative tool through blogs, forums, etc. “Israel doesn’t publish information in a free and flowing way on the internet. There is no Israeli database that academic researchers can use to write articles, or for researching the subject of Israel. If an academic researcher wants to write a position paper he goes to the internet and only finds Palestinian information and no Israeli data. Any information published by Israelis is put there by the Betzelem organization and other human rights organizations. The information they publish isn’t always accurate, but given the lack of other resources, the academics will use that data. The UN also uses their information. This creates a situation where the falsehoods and misinformation put out by the Palestinians becomes reality, their perception of reality”.
A minor scandal broke out yesterday in the Dutch Chamber of Parliament, when Gert Wilders' party (PVV) tabled a motion demanding two designated State Secretaries, both of whom carry a double nationality, do not join the newly formed Balkendende IV cabinet.
The motion was never made it to a vote. All of the other parties in Second Chamber declined to support the motion. However, what is curious is the way Speaker Gerdi Verbeet intervened, unilaterally declaring the motion unconstitutional.
This has raised the ire of Twan Tak, professor of State Law at the University of Maastricht. In Elseviers (NL) he qualifies Verbeets intervention as 'scandalous' and undemocratic:
The growth of Islam in Europe is challenging deeply-held notions that faith is a private matter which should be banished from public life, a prominent sociologist of religion has told a gathering of European Christian leaders.
"We ignore the presence of Islam at our peril," Professor Grace Davie of the University of Exeter in Britain told leaders from Europe's main Christian traditions at a 15-18 February meeting in Wittenberg in Germany. "This is a catalyst for a much more profound change in the religious landscape of Europe."
This past week has been interesting for the sudden re-emergence of the high-profile al Qaeda/salafist propaganda machine, showing a broad range of Islamist actions to demonstrate the movement is alive and well, and triumph is inevitable.
The different fronts in the propaganda war are interesting and seem to have some coordination, at least the timing if not the entire scope of all the messages.
We get the publishing a slick web zine, the “Voice of Jihad,” after a two-year hiatus, including directions from Osama bin Laden to attack oil facilities; a Zawahiri interview blasting Bush for fairly current events; the release of videos by al Qaeda in Afghanistan, supposedly showing attacks on Coalition forces; and, as Evan Kohlmann finds new video releases by Al Qaeda in Iraq, including the biographies of foreign troops killed there.
Before we get into the meat of this post, I’d like to offer special thanks to our Danish friend Kepiblanc, who has been doing such magnificent journeywork in the last few months translating for Gates of Vienna. He not only translates from his native Danish, but also from Swedish, Norwegian, German, and French when the occasion warrants and/or the mood strikes him. He’s like a babelfish translation automaton, except that the resulting English is fluent and makes complete sense!
So let’s hear a round of Gates of Vienna applause for Kepiblanc.
The Iraq war prompted an exodus of thugs and criminals from Iraq, particularly those who had previously been employed by Saddam’s Mukhabarat. According to Brynte Cronsköld — who is a Crime Inspector with the Swedish Customs Service — the shrewd Baathist refugees have learned to game Sweden’s asylum system, as so many questionable Third World “refugees” have done before them.
Same procedure as every time: In Köln wurde an Weiberfastnacht Waldemar W. (Foto) vor den Augen der Kinder seiner Lebensgefährtin grundlos ins Koma geprügelt. Die Täter waren Jugendliche mit Migrationshintergrund, weshalb reflexartiges Schweigen über ihre Herkunft bei Polizei und Medien einsetzt. Keine Betroffenheitsminen von Politikern, keine Lichterketten, kein Generalbundesanwalt, keine Sondersendungen, kein Hubschrauber zum medienwirksamen Abtransport der Schläger nach Karlsruhe.
Warum auch? Der Persönlichkeitsschutz der Migranten muss natürlich unter allen Umständen erhalten werden.
Prof. Dr. Ursula Spuler-Stegemann Symposium/PDF
Das Netzwerk der Islamisten besteht international, ist technisch hervorragend ausgestattet, finanziell unabhängig, und es gibt keinen einzigen Bereich, der für sie nicht von Interesse wäre. Dabei denken sie kurz-, mittel- und langfristig, sind also z.B. nicht von Wahlperioden abhängig, und sie haben längst gelernt, andere, durchaus auch ihnen entgegen wirkende und gesetzte Kräfte sowie deren Ideologien und Strukturen zu nutzen, wenn es ihnen selbst Vorteile bringt, und sie mit deren eigenen Waffen zu schlagen.
Zwei von den zahlreichen Institutionen, die sie in Deutschland für ihre Zwecke instrumentalisieren, will ich im folgenden in den Blick nehmen: die Kirchen und die Universitäten ...
K ö l n (PRO) - Der Islamwissenschaftler Hans-Peter Raddatz hat die Pläne des ZDF kritisiert, künftig im Internet ein "Wort zum Freitag" für Moslems anzubieten. Zwar könne solch ein geistliches Wort bei der Integration der Moslems in die pluralistische Gesellschaft förderlich sein, doch müssten zuvor grundsätzlich Fragen geklärt werden: zum Beispiel "der Gedanke der Grundrechte im demokratischen Rechtsstaat".
Ab Mai will das ZDF ein eigenes geistliches Wort für Moslems im Internet anbieten - als ein Pendant zum christlichen "Wort zum Sonntag". Nach Aussagen von ZDF-Chefredakteur Nikolaus Brender soll solch ein Angebot dazu beitragen, der Diskussion um Integration neuen Schwung zu verleihen und den Islam besser kennen zu lernen.
[T]he Serbs have been the canary’s canary. What the world is trying to do to Israel is what it succeeded in doing to Serbia, which no longer has sovereignty, border integrity (the international community decides what is and isn’t Serbia’s), the right to protect its borders and to defend its citizens. And when Serbia dares to utter a peep of protest to these criminal infringements, it gets piled on by politicians and media alike (most consistently by The Wall St. Journal).
[…] [F]or us to still be proceeding in the same direction this far post-9/11 rather than admit what the 9/11 Commission found – that the foundations for the current worldwide jihad were laid in 1990s Bosnia – is our fatal mistake. Yet we seem determined to continue it.
Sometimes I sit in my office and listen to the so-called debates in the Parliament chamber through a nifty little device hidden behind the ashtray on my desk. Yesterday was one of those times. The speaker was the President of the Parliament Hans-Gert Poettering putting forward what he would like to achieve in his period of office which runs until 2009 and the European elections. It appears he would quite like it to run a little longer than that, 1000 years maybe…
What got me is when through the simultaneous translation he said “Treaties are to be obeyed.”
Today I got the English transcript of the text from the Parliament interpreters who are given the text in order, sensibly, to make life easier for them,
SIAD, the Danish organisation to Stop The Islamification of Denmark has met another obstacle in their efforts to hold a simple, peaceful demonstration.
Having convinced the Minister for Justice, Lene Espersen, that using the emergency judicial paragraph to stop them on the grounds that they would cause public disorder is not acceptable as they, the demonstrators, are a peaceful bunch who don't threaten anyone, SIAD applied for a license to demonstrate in Nørrebro in Copenhagen, scheduled for the 24th of this month.
The theme of this protest was to highlight freedom of speech in precisely that area of Copenhagen. An area where the police are slowly but surely losing their grip...!
Time and again we are told by the politically correct "experts" not to worry about Islam posing a threat to our way of life. We are repeatedly lectured that only a very small minority of Muslims are troublemakers who are giving the peaceful masses of Muslims a bad name. We are also informed that the terrorists, who happened to be Muslims, are the disaffected and the young. And not to worry, since as the fire of youth turns to ashes of old age the rebellious will mellow, as they always have.
With heavy assurances like this, coming from so many know-it-all authoritative figures, we can sleep soundly without the aid of sleeping pills. After all, people reason that these pundits are "experts" whose job is to know and tell it like it is. Those who voice contrary views must be a bunch of racist, alarmist hate mongers. Who is right?
In a February 8, 2007 article titled "The Tehran-Damascus Axis: Tactical Disagreements or the Beginning of a Split?" former Jordanian information minister Saleh Al-Qallab, currently a columnist for the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, said that the cooling in Iran-Syria relations may lead to the end of their partnership and even to intense hostility between the two countries, unless they manage to bridge over the differences in their priorities. He added that if Syria senses that Iran is planning to abandon it, it will hasten to give the U.S. everything it wants in return for guarantees regarding both the future of the Syrian regime and the international tribunal for the Al-Hariri assassination.
"Recent Developments Have Led to a Conflict Between the Priorities of Damascus and Those of Tehran "
"...Recent developments have led to a conflict between the priorities of Damascus and those of Tehran. Damascus, which ascribes the utmost importance to [the issue of] the international tribunal [for the Al-Hariri assassination], regards the Iranian nuclear issue as less central, though not as an entirely secondary matter. Tehran, [on the other hand], gives top priority to the nuclear issue, and regards the international tribunal as a marginal question which must not cause an escalation in the Lebanese crisis or in the general tension that currently prevails in the region.
The bill in question can be found here, attached to a press release from the Armenian Assembly of America. "Gül’s serious mistake," by Cüneyt Ülsever for Turkish Daily News, with thanks to Andy Bostom:
One of the goals of Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül's visit to the United States was to prevent, to whatever extent possible, the seemingly inevitable passing of the Armenian genocide bill by Congress.
The minister's efforts in this cause, even if they prove to be in vain, are both a consequence of his rights and his responsibility. The passing of this bill in Congress will deal the biggest blow in history to U.S.-Turkey relations. It is the minister's responsibility to warn against such a situation.
However, I think that one of his remarks was unfortunate and very open to misinterpretation and use as provocation.
Was ist mit Innenminister Schäuble passiert? Ob er PI gelesen hat? Bisher zeichnete er sich in Sachen Islam durch außerordentliche Unwissenheit und Naivität aus. So freute er sich über seine Islamkonferenz, zu der er auch die Extremisten von Milli Görüs eingeladen hatte und betrachtete es als Erfolg, dass ein paar Moslemvertreter mit ihm die geschmacklose Opernaufführung "Idomeneo" besuchten. Und nun sagt er plötzlich Sachen, über die die Moslems sich aufregen. Dann müssen sie wohl richtig sein.
U.S.-Russia relations during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s tenure have seesawed between mutual cooperation and confrontation. Recently tensions have escalated over American moves to establish an antimissile shield, further expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and encourage the installation of pro-Western governments across Eastern Europe, Moscow’s former sphere of influence. During a biting speech at a recent international security conference in Munich, Putin accused Washington of creating a unipolar world, reviving a nuclear arms race, and demonstrating an “almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations.” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates disputed accusations the United States was reverting back to a Cold War-like atmosphere of bilateral relations.
Paris. DPA/baz. Bei Anti-Terror-Razzien in Frankreich sind elf mutmassliche Unterstützer irakischer Jihad-Gruppen festgenommen worden, neun von ihnen angeblich mit Verbindung zu dem Netzwerk Al Qaida. Das teilte das französische Innenministerium am Mittwoch in Paris mit. Nach den Angaben erfolgten die Festnahmen am Dienstag und Mittwoch im südfranzösischen Toulouse sowie im Grossraum Paris. Die elf Festgenommenen sollen irakische Terrorgruppen unterstützt haben.
Under pressure, the leader of the Mahdi Army fled to IranMuqtada al-Sadr, the radical Iranian backed leader of the Jaish al-Mahdi, or Mahdi Army, left Iraq several weeks ago and is staying with 'family' inside Iran, according to an ABC News report. Military officials told ABC News Sadr is said to have left Iraq just prior to the deployment of
U.S. forces, and feared being targeted by U.S. Air Force.
While the reports indicate Sadr is staying with family, a source in the
U.S. intelligence community told us Sadr is under the protection of the Iranian government. "Sadr is currently being protected by Qods Force," the same Iranian special forces unit that is believed to have executed U.S. soldiers in Karbala, Iraq, and has been supplying Sunni and Shia terrorists with weapons, support and agents to killed Coalition forces. Members of Qods Force are currently in
From Expatica, with thanks to Fjordman, who keeps an eye on the international reporting on Dutch affairs. Something we at KV should be doing a lot more, instead of relying on internal MSM reporting. Because this bit of news should have made headlines in the Netherlands, but didn't. Not by a long shot. One wonders why not...
MP Geert Wilders was threatened with a suicide attack last week. Two young men reportedly planned to shoot the politician down and detonate a van full of explosives next to the politician. “Many innocent people were to die in the chaos.”
This has emerged from the report Wilders filed with the Haaglanden police. A warning of the attack planned for either The Hague or Amsterdam came via the anonymous hotline for crime tips. A similar, but less detailed, death threat came in via the hotline this week. It is unusual for this hotline to be used to announce death threats.
The initial, very concrete warning spoke about an attack planned for early February. Wilders would first be shot, and then a man would drive a white delivery van into the victim and detonate the 500 to 600 kilos of explosives in the vehicle.
The person who called the hotline said that the perpetrators were not fundamentalists, but “just wanted revenge.”
In the February issue of Sawt al Jihad entitled “Bin Laden and the Oil Weapon”, the Saudi wing of the jihadist group calls for attacks on US oil suppliers in the Middle East, Canada, Venezuela and Mexico. In a separate article, al Qaeda reports preparations for “quality attacks to shake the foundations of the crusaders in the Arabian Peninsula.”
DEBKAfile’s al Qaeda experts draw some disquieting conclusions from the two articles:
1. That the magazine reappeared after a nearly two-year absence is the first sign that Osama bin Laden’s organization has been able to regroup and reorganize its operational cells, despite a heavy Saudi security clampdown.
2. Those cells are primed for a fresh wave of attacks - not only against oil targets but also American military, economic and commercial interests as well as civilians working and living in the oil kingdom.
That warning doesn't just go for Australia, but few are heeding it. By Barney Zwartz in the Sydney Morning Herald, with thanks to Bark:
LIFE can become untenable when the Muslim population of a non-Muslim country reaches about 10 per cent, as shown by France, a Jewish expert on Islam says.
The Australian Jewish News yesterday quoted Raphael Israeli as saying Australia should cap Muslim immigration or risk being swamped by Indonesians.
Professor Israeli told the Herald that was a misunderstanding. But he said: "When the Muslim population gets to a critical mass you have problems. That is a general rule, so if it applies everywhere it applies in Australia."
Weil eine EU-Verfassung das Ergebnis eines Prozesses sein muss, der von den Bürgern initiiert und unterstützt wird, hat sich jetzt die "European No Campaign" (ENC) gegründet. Sie ist ein unabhängiges und überparteiliches Netzwerk von Parteien, NGOs und Einzelpersonen, die die politschen Kräfte zusammen bringt, die für eine grundlegende Reform der EU und für ein Nein zur EU-Verfassung eintreten. Die Unterstützer der ENC repräsentieren verschiedene Ansichten, wie die Zukunft in Europa gestaltet werden sollte.
BRUSSEL - De politie heeft een onderzoek ingesteld naar een huwelijk dat drie jaar geleden werd gesloten in het gemeentehuis van Schaarbeek tussen een jongeman en zijn verloofde van dertien jaar. Dat schrijft La Dernière Heure woensdag.
Het 13-jarige meisje uit Schaarbeek heeft zich in 2004 uitgegeven voor haar 23-jarige zus om zo te kunnen trouwen met een Marokkaan. Die laatste wilde volgens La Dernière Heure op die manier zijn illegaal verblijf in België regulariseren.
De zus van het meisje, die intussen 26 jaar is, was de voorbije twee jaar op reis en ontdekte het bedrog pas toen ze vorig jaar thuiskwam en in een brief werd aangesproken met "mevrouw". Toen ze vorig jaar werd opgeroepen om te gaan stemmen voor de gemeenteraadsverkiezingen stond er "gehuwd" bij haar burgerlijke staat.
Furious parents staged protests outside a school over its decision to serve up only halal meat at lunchtimes. Staff were forced to call the police after one father strode into the school in North London to challenge the new meals policy. Kingsgate Primary in West Hampstead is among growing numbers of schools with high Muslim populations to use halal-only meat in cooking. But the menus, which will feature only meat that has been slaughtered in the halal way with a single cut to the throat, have not always been well received. At Kingsgate, parents carrying placards congregated at the school gates to demand a reversal of the policy, claiming their children would be denied a choice. But the protests triggered claims of racism from parents of Muslim children, who make up three quarters of the school population. Yesterday headmistress Liz Hayward was refusing to back down, insisting that a majority of parents had backed the move to halal-only menus in a comprehensive survey of families. But protesting parents accused her of forcing their children to to conform to "someone else's culture".
The Vlaams Belang [Flemish Interest] is Belgium’s largest party. It strives for the independence of Flanders and its election victories might lead to the falling apart of Belgium and, since Belgium’s capital Brussels is the EU capital, threaten the stability of the European Union.
Frank Vanhecke, the party leader and a member of the European Parliament, and Filip Dewinter, the leader of the party in the Flemish regional parliament and the Antwerp municipal council (as well as “the worst Belgian ever”) will be visiting Washington DC from 20 to 24 February.
BRUSSELS, Belgium-European foreign ministers on Monday condemned weekend violence by ethnic Albanians in Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo, as U.N. envoy Martti Ahtisaari briefed them on his proposal for Kosovo's future status
Ahtisaari declined to comment after the monthly gathering of EU foreign ministers, but other participants expressed concern at the violence.
"There is no place in Kosovo for violence to achieve political objectives," EU expansion commissioner Olli Rehn said. "Those who resort to it only damage their own cause."
About 3,000 ethnic Albanians demonstrated Saturday against the plan, pushing for full independence for Kosovo, where 90 percent of the 2 million people are ethnic Albanians, in protests that let to clashes with riot police. Two people were killed.
According to newpaper Metro (paper version, Februari 5th, page 13) Comedian Ewout Jansen has left The Netherlands and handed over all press contacts to fellow comedian Theo Maassen. MORE..
This story is being played down at the moment and hardly reported anymore in the Dutch press. The Amsterdam Muslim politician Achmed Aboutaleb immediately tried to surpress this story when it appeared. Because it is potent. Apparently the press agreed and more or less decided to stop publishing on it after Februari 6.
This has got to be the weirdest reason for excluding kids from school. I wish I had been so lucky. I could have just stayed at home. I mean, I've heard of a dress code, but this is just ridiculous! Our school uniform consisted of the regulation cap, blazer, grey trousers,white shirt and school tie. In Kenya, they get a little more personal...
A Kenyan secondary school has sent home 20 boys because they were not circumcised, saying it feared they would be bullied by other students.
The new pupils at Kiriani boys' high school in Eastern Province had only been at the school for three days. The pupils were told not to return until they had completed the procedure.
"Please do the needful within two weeks and let your son report back to school with you immediately he is well," a letter to parents from the school said.
Circumcision is not obligatory for admission to secondary school, but a study released in December said it reduced the risk of contracting HIV/Aids.
Circumcision is practised in many, but not all, of Kenya's various ethnic groups.
In a congress of Vlaams Belang Youth Filip Dewinter called to end the colonizing of Flemish cities where already more than a quarter of the population are foreigners.
"The white ethnic Flemish will be a minority in a couple of generations in quite a few neighborhoods of our big cities. In cities like Brussels, Antwerp, Leuven and Mechelen the non-European immigrant minorities of all types make up together 57, 25, 18 and 17 percent of the population respectively. According to Dewinter. A collection of laws is needed in order to preserve the Flemish character of the cities, such as stopping entry of immigrants into social housing, or allowing social benefits only after seven years stay (unemployment benefits, social housing, social facilities of all types) such as done in Denmark.
Islam is "Perhaps the most important stumbling block to pass for adaptation and assimilation. The Islam is more than a religion. It a way of living, a society model, a law system that is often diametrically opposed to every Europe and our culture stands for. Islam is like a cuckoo. It lays its eggs in the warm European nest."
AKI reports that two senior figures from Italy's largest Muslim association are going to be questioned by prosecutors on Wednesday.
They belong to the group UCOII, the Community of Islamic Organizations in Italy, which was founded in 1990. Prosecutors in Rome are investigating Nour Dachan, the leader of UCOII, and Hamza Piccardo, the group's spokesman, over claims that they incited racial hatred.
Last August they placed an advertisement in a newspaper, following the Israeli/Lebanese conflict. In the ad, the actions of Israel against Lebanon, and also against Palestinians, were compared to those of Nazis in World War II.
The charade has gone on since 9-11, and is unlikely to change anytime soon. The current reason that the actions are likely to continue unabated is the Shi’ite resurgence, which is shaking the Sunni regimes of the Gulf to their core. The escalating conflict between Sunni and Shi’ite seems to have launched a new wave of sectarian attacks between the two, carried out in newspapers, TV shows and textbooks so that children learn to hate early.
by Michael Rubin AEI Middle Eastern Outlook
September 1, 2006
Diplomacy to resolve concerns over Iran's nuclear program continues with no clear resolution in sight. Most officials seek to avoid military confrontation. After receiving Iran's refusal to demands that it suspend uranium enrichment, both Moscow and Paris urged Washington not to escalate the dispute. Serious U.S. analysts agree with the costs of military action. The Iranian government could ratchet up its sponsorship of terror, U.S. troops in Iraq could be vulnerable to Tehran's proxy militias, ordinary Iranian citizens could rally around the nationalist flag, and targeted bombing of Iranian facilities could delay the Islamic Republic's program, not end it.
More than five years after President George W. Bush's declaration of a global war against terrorism, the Iranian regime continues to embrace suicide terrorism as an important component of its military doctrine. In order to promote suicide bombing and other terrorism, the regime's theoreticians have utilized religion both to recruit suicide bombers and to justify their actions. But as some factions within the Islamic Republic support the development of these so-called martyrdom brigades, their structure and activities suggest their purpose is not only to serve as a strategic asset in either deterring or striking at the West, but also to derail domestic attempts to dilute the Islamic Republic's revolutionary legacy.
Such strategy is apparent in the work of the Doctrinal Analysis Center for Security without Borders (Markaz-e barresiha-ye doktrinyal-e amniyat bedun marz), an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps think tank. Its director, Hassan Abbasi, has embraced the utility of suicide terrorism. On February 19, 2006, he keynoted a Khajeh-Nasir University seminar celebrating the anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's fatwa (religious edict) calling for the murder of British author Salman Rushdie. As Khomeini often did, Abbasi began his lecture with literary criticism. He analyzed a U.S. publication from 2004 that, according to Abbasi, "depicts the prophet of Islam as the prophet of blood and violence." Rhetorically, he asked, "Will the Western man be able to understand martyrdom with such prejudice? [Can he] interpret Islam as anything but terrorism?" The West sees suicide bombings as terrorism but, to Abbasi, they are a noble expression of Islam.
In his just-published memoirs, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy relates the story of a meeting between three European foreign ministers together with Javier Solana of the European Union and President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The meeting, which took place at the United Nations on September 15, 2005, dealt with what Douste-Blazy characterized as "the generous European offer" to Iran regarding its nuclear program. Ahmadinejad was characterized by Douste-Blazy, a surgeon and a professor of medicine by profession, as stubborn, and the meeting was described as leading nowhere. Suddenly, Ahmadinejad changed the course of the conversation with the following aside: "Do you know why we should wish to have chaos at any price?" he asked rhetorically. "Because, after the chaos, we can see the greatness of Allah." 
It's all about the Saudi Wahhabis, you say? Other Muslim groups teach peace? Consider this: here is a Washington, D.C. Muslim community that is at odds with the Saudis, and has had several bitter confrontations with them. Details here. But the leader of the anti-Saudi group, Imam Mohammad al-‘Asi, doesn't seem to have any disagreements with them regarding what ought to be done with infidels. He excoriates them for making deals with the kuffar -- unbelievers. In "The Unknown Prophet: Forgotten Dimensions of the Seerah," he writes:
Our first priority should be to rediscover and relearn how our commanding Prophet approached the issue of power: how he set about dislodging the power of kufr [unbelief] and consolidating the power of Muslims. This should be the burning issue for every Muslim who no longer tolerates a continuation of generations and centuries that have been spent on explaining matters of personal hygiene, night prayers, and a terrifying argument about the exact minute if not the exact second when a Muslim should break his fast (in other words, does night begin with sunset or with nightfall?)! The millions of Muslims who are lost to hunger, illiteracy, malnutrition, refugeehood, and warfare every year do not allow us the ivory-tower and slow-motion ‘da'wah approach' (favored and sponsored by those arch-enemies of the Prophet's Sunnah and Seerah, the usurpers of the Haramain) [that is, the Saudis] that are responsible for our sad state of affairs from Morocco to Makkah as well as from Mongolia to Madinah. We should not be studying hair-splitting fiqhi issues in halaqat (study sessions and circles); we should be learning how to consolidate our social will-power and how to form active and status-quo-challenging units throughout our African and Asian lands to reclaim them for Islam.
For some time, there have been claims of Iran's direct involvement in attacks against Iraqi and U.S. troops, but without the presentation of sufficient actual evidence to persuade Congress or the American public at large. Congress - Members of both parties and key staff - have been very reluctant to trust any such claims ever since the Iraqi WMD intelligence debacle.
That might change after today, when U.S. officials on the ground in Iraq - not just at the CIA or the Pentagon in Washington - revealed reliable evidence of Iran's direct involvement, from the highest levels in the government, in the attacks. "(O)ne of six Iranians detained in January in a raid on an office in the northern city of Irbil was the operational commander of the Quds Brigade, a unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards that trains and equips Shiite militants abroad. He was identified as Mohsin Chizari, who was apprehended after slipping back into Iraq after a 10-month absence, the officer said. The Iranians were caught trying to flush documents down the toilet, he said. Bags of their hair were found during the raid, indicating they had tried to change their appearance, he added. He said the dates of manufacture on weapons found so far indicate they were made after fall of Saddam Hussein -- mostly in 2006. He said the "machining" on the components was traceable to Iran but did not elaborate."
Outside of Turkey, there has been remarkably little attention paid to the major European raids against the PKK, which began in early February in France and have now included operations in Belgium and by some accounts, possibly Germany as well, with arrests of some 40 people in all on charges relating to terrorism and terrorist finance.
According to wire reports and articles in the Turkish press, the operation is being conducted within the scope of an investigation into the financing of terrorism, organized crime, and money laundering, including trafficking in narcotics and extortion in order to finance the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist organization. In Paris, PKK Council members Riza Altun and Nedim Seven were reportedly being questioned, while the head of PKK Kongra-Gel, Zubeyir Aydar, was released after supplying police with required information.
It is no wonder that Israeli policy-makers have had little to say to the Palestinian reconciliation accord which Saudi king Abdullah brokered in Mecca last week. Israel was shouldered off the stage as a player in Palestinian politics, as was any hope of moderating the Palestinian anti-Israel war, a breakthrough to peace talks – or even a form of long-term coexistence.
Its main outcome was the anointing of Hamas as unconditional king of the Palestinian domain.
This decline in Israel’s standing as a factor in Middle East politics dates back to the Lebanon War and its outcome last summer. If there are to be any accommodations with Israel, the Mecca accord has relegated them to an uncertain future and entirely on Saudi-Hamas terms.
At Mecca, the Saudi monarch had quite different fish to fry: the replacement of Tehran as Hamas’ senior financier and backer. To this end, he dictated a reshuffle in both rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah.
Senior EU officials called for an overhaul of the EU defense industry in an effort to curb protectionism, encourage competitiveness and implement more effectively a single market in the defense sector.
The EU Commissioner responsible for enterprise and industry policy Günter Verheugen said on Thursday that EU's defense industry needed restructuring and consolidation if it were to survive and compete effectively against the United States.
"If we continue along the current path, the present fragmented industrial bases in Europe will not be sustainable," Verheugen told a defense conference in Brussels.
Verheugen stressed that the European defense sector in its current form was riddled with inefficiency and national protectionism. Maintaining national control in the defence sector has pushed the prices up and undermined the future of the 300,000 jobs in defense manufacturing across the EU.
From the desk of Fjordman on Thu, 2007-02-08 18:04
The first time I read Bat Ye’or’s description of the Eurabian networks, I found it hard to believe that something that big could go on despite the fact that I had never heard about any of it. But then I started checking the available documents myself, and discovered that it was all true. Perhaps the greatest betrayal in modern Western history, yet largely ignored by Western media.
The EU Commission and senior European officials at the very highest levels, frequently diffused through various innocent sounding and semi-official organizations, create agreements with Arabs and then quietly implement them later as federal EU policy.
This is accomplished because tens of billions of Euros paid by European tax payers are floating around in an EU system with very little control. Europeans are thus financing their continent’s merger with, in reality colonization by, the Arab and Islamic world without their knowledge and without their consent. If average Europeans understood the implications of what is going on, there would be explosions of anger from tens of millions of people all over Europe and the entire European Union would immediately disintegrate and collapse. However, most people do not yet understand the full scale of this, since our so-called critical and independent journalists remain suspiciously quite about the issue.
"The paper alleges the militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba (The Army of the Pure) - which is banned in Pakistan - also uses Spain as a logistical and fund gathering base. Spain's anti-terror forces admit they are concerned about the infiltration of extremists from such groups as Jaish-i-Mohamed and Lashkar-e-Toiba within the Pakistani community. Catalonian police have signalled the presence in the region of several "highly mobile" radical Pakistani groups who are reported to be moving around Spain and other countries."
One hundred Islamic scholars have signed an Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI. It explains how he got things wrong in his lecture at the University of Regensburg. Of course Islam is nothing but peace, particularly in the Quran and the hadith, so says the Letter.
However, American Thinker has published many articles to balance out and complete the only positive image of Islam presented by and endorsed by these scholars.
For the full picture of the Islamic rules of war as established by Muhammad, for example, go here and here. For an article that explains more fully the forced conversions that took place while Muslim armies stood in the foreground or background, go here. This article explains why Islam today suppresses freedom of religion. Why does this happen today? It's found in the example of Muhammad and in Islamic law based squarely on the Quran and hadith.
The goal at American Thinker is to tell the entire story about this religion. Only then can dialogue really happen.
By: Y. Mansharof, H. Varulkar, D. Lav, and Y. Carmon
The Middle East is currently in the throes of a comprehensive crisis that manifests itself in three main modes of conflict - political-military, economic, and religious - and in three main arenas - Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran. Since the election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his intransigent religious-ideological line, all of these conflicts have intensified and have to a great degree merged into a single, comprehensive regional crisis. The various arenas of conflict have become so interdependent as to virtually exclude a local solution for any one of them, and any solution has to necessarily pass through the filter of the Saudi-Iranian conflict.
Iran's contribution to the intensification of the conflict is expressed in the following areas:
ROME (EJP)--- Two officials of an Islamic organisation in Italy have been accused of inciting racial hatred against Jews, press reports said Thursday.
Following an investigation by anti-terrorist police, Mohamed Nour Dachan, head of the Union of Islamic Communities and Organisations in Italy (UCOII), and Hamza Piccardo, his spokesman and the union's secretary, have been summoned to a preliminary hearing in Rome next Wednesday, the daily Corriere della Sera reported.
UCOII published an advertisement in the Italian press last August 19 likening Israeli military operations to Nazi atrocities against the Jews.
The ad, which appeared during the Israeli war on Hezbollah in Lebanon, said: "Yesterday Nazi massacres, today Israeli massacres."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticised the United States for what he said was its "almost uncontained" use of force around the world.
Washington's "very dangerous" approach to global relations was fuelling a nuclear arms race, he told a security summit in Munich.
Correspondents say the strident speech may signal a more assertive Russia.
The White House said it was "surprised and disappointed" by the Russian president's comments.
"We expect to continue co-operation with Russia in areas important to the international community such as counter-terrorism and reducing the spread and threat of weapons of mass destruction," said Gordon Johndroe, press secretary for the White House National Security Council.
Mr Putin told senior security officials from around the world that nations were "witnessing an almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations".
Shibley Telhami has released the results of the 2006 round of his surveys (done with Zogby International) of public opinion in six Arab countries (link off the Brookings page). He's been doing this with the same six countries for six years now: Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, and the UAE. Among the major findings:
Views of the United States haven't improved. 57% say they have very unfavorable views of America and 21% somewhat unfavorable; 8% say somewhat favorable and 4% very favorable. Asked which two countries pose the greatest threat to them, 74% chose the United States. Bush remains the most disliked world leader, by far - 38% chose him. When asked which country they would prefer to be the single superpower in a unipolar world, 19% chose France, 16% chose China, 14% chose Pakistan (!), 10% chose Germany, and only 8% chose the United States. 7% chose Russia. Only 14% chose the US as one of two countries where people enjoy the most freedom and democracy. Only 9% chose the US as the country other than their own where they would most like to live (France was #1 by far, at 33%). And this is especially troubling to me: I have argued in the past that one indication that Arab attitudes hadn't hardened and could still be influenced was the intense interest in American electoral politics, which suggested that Arabs thought the elections actually mattered and that hated American policies could change. In this poll, 58% think that the Democratic Party's electoral victories in 2006 will make no difference in American policies in the region; only 16% think that it will make a positive difference.
ISLAMABAD - EU and Pakistani counter-terrorism experts concluded three days of talks in Islamabad on Friday with a pledge to deepen cooperation and tackle the radicalization that breeds terrorism.
The growing phenomenon of radicalization needed to be countered anywhere it takes place, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gijs de Vries told Pakistani counterparts, stressing the value of bilateral ties.
“Pakistan is a moderate and modern Muslim country and has a very important role to play in the world, especially at a time when there are so many misperceptions,” the EU official was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.
Zum ersten Mal wurden österreichische Jugendliche zwischen elf und 18 Jahren befragt, wie sie ihr multikulturelles Miteinander mit gleichaltrigen Türkischstämmigen erleben. Herausgekommen ist, dass man wenig miteinander zu schaffen hat und auch keinen Wert darauf legt. Die gleichgültige Toleranz des Anders-Seins endet allerdings da, owo es um die Gleichstellung der Frau geht. Knapp 80% der Befragten sehen hier Defizite und beweisen damit erheblich mehr gesunden Menschenverstand als ihre erwachsenen Zeitgenossen.
Gleichgültiges Nebeneinander statt Multi-Kulti: Österreichische Jugendliche haben kaum Kontakt mit gleichaltrigen Türken und wissen wenig über deren Alltag und Kultur. Gleichzeitig tolerieren sie das „Anders-Sein“ der türkischen Jugend, solange sie dadurch westliche Werte wie individuelle Freiheit und Gleichberechtigung nicht angegriffen sehen. Das ist, knapp zusammengefasst, das Ergebnis der neuen „elf/18“-Jugendstudie, die das Wiener Institut für Jugendkulturforschung durchgeführt hat. (...)
An important bank in the Arab world offers accounts paying a type of life insurance to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. But now it could soon face a lawsuit from American lawyers representing the victims.
Palestinian suicide bomber Bassam Takruri killed seven people when he blew himself up on a Jersualem bus on May 18, 2003. His family then received $200 a month for over a year, after opening an Arab Bank account.
Toen de oude Koning Lear, vermoeid van het lange regeren, afstand deed van de troon ten voordele van zijn drie dochters, vroeg hij wie van hen het meeste van hem hield. Zijn oudste dochter Gonerill antwoordde dat haar liefde voor hem te groot voor woorden was, en ze kreeg een derde van het koninkrijk toegewezen. Zijn tweede dochter Regan zuchtte dat de liefde voor haar vader het enige licht was in haar leven, en haar viel eveneens een derde van het koninkrijk ten deel. Zijn jongste en favoriete dochter Cordelia stelde eerlijkheid echter boven vleierij, en antwoordde dat ze haar liefde moest verdelen tussen haar vader en haar echtgenoot. Omwille van die uitspraak werd ze onterfd en verbannen uit het koninkrijk.
Dat is hoe de discussie over Europa in België wordt gevoerd. Zowat alle protagonisten putten zich uit in onvoorwaardelijke liefdesverklaringen aan het adres van de Europese droom, en wie durft opperen dat meer Europa niet altijd beter is, dat er zoiets kan bestaan als een gedeelde loyaliteit ten aanzien van Europese instellingen en de natiestaat, meer nog, dat de overgrote meerderheid van de bevoegdheden best in handen blijft van de lidstaten, wordt door de verzamelde pers en politici, ook van liberale gezindte, uitgespuwd als reactionair, nationalist en xenofoob.
De verklaring van Laken droeg de Conventie op om een einde te maken aan de sluipende bevoegheidsuitbreiding van de Europese instellingen ten koste van de lidstaten. In de plaats daarvan kwam het presidium onder leiding van Giscard d'Estaing aandraven met een vaag document dat de deur wijd openzette voor een verdere overdracht van beleidsdomeinen. Ondertussen is de grondwet om uiteenlopende redenen afgeschoten door de Franse en Nederlandse kiezers.
Representatives from the European Union are increasing pressure on the government of Nicaragua to reverse its recent law which unilaterally forbids abortion under any circumstances. According to a report from the Catholic News Agency, the EU representation has threatened to withdraw economic assistance to the country if the abortion law is not reversed. [...]
Marc Litvine, the EU representative to Nicaragua, said that the EU regards legalized abortion as “linked to aid programs against poverty and to the rights of women”. He expressed hope that “the new government will be capable of opening the debate and discussing it outside the passion of the electoral season.” [...]
Litvine commented on the new government and its support of the pro-life legislation saying, “That’s where I see one of the contradictions of the new government; it claims to be progressive, very modern, and it is going backwards because for us [the pro-life law] is a step back.”
Violent clashes last week in Bahrain appear to bolster theories of a widening Shia-Sunni struggle in the Middle East, but critics of the ruling al-Khalifa dynasty tell ISN Security Watch that this is far from the case.
By Dominic Moran in Tel Aviv for ISN Security Watch (07/02/07)
Simmering Bahraini sectarian tensions erupted into violence again on Friday with security forces battling stone-throwing Shia protesters in several areas of the Gulf island kingdom.
Der Historiker Efraim Karsh sieht den Hass der Islamisten auf das Abendland vor allem in einem Streben nach Weltherrschaft begründet. Der Westen solle aufhören, die Schul
Herr Professor Karsh, wieso hassen viele Muslime Amerika? Ich glaube nicht, dass gewöhnliche Muslime notwendigerweise Amerika hassen. Aber die Tatsache besteht, dass die Vereinigten Staaten seit sechzig Jahren die erfolgreichste und grösste Supermacht sind. Als solche stellen sie für diejenigen, die wir Islamisten nennen, das Haupthindernis dar. Sie stehen den Islamisten, welche die Botschaft Mohammeds oder des Islam über die Welt hinweg verbreiten und die weltweite Umma – muslimische Gemeinschaft – oder das Kalifat schaffen möchten, im Weg. Deshalb muss Amerika angegriffen werden.
Sie sehen also keinen Zusammenhang mit der aggressiven amerikanischen Aussenpolitik?
Ich glaube nein. Der Hass hat definitiv nichts zu tun mit der amerikanischen Nahostpolitik oder der amerikanischen Aussenpolitik generell.d für den Konflikt stets bei sich selbst zu suchen.
Ein früherer Spitzel der türkischen Polizei soll laut neuen Aussagen eines Hauptverdächtigen im Mordfall des armenisch-türkischen Journalisten Hrant Dink die treibende Kraft hinter dem Verbrechen gewesen sein.
Nach dem Mord an Hrant Dink möchte der türkische Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan den Sicherheitsapparat «ausmisten», so weit es halt eben geht, wie er selbst einräumt. Das zu bekämpfende Phänomen wird in der Türkei unter dem Schlagwort «tiefer Staat» zusammengefasst.
Erdogan beschreibt den «tiefen Staat» so: «Eine Bandenbildung durch einen Teil der Angestellten des Staates, die sich von den Gesetzen gelöst haben und Werten dienen, die sie selbst als heilig erachten.» Diese heiligen Werte gehören zu zwei modernen türkischen Göttern, nämlich «Staat» und «Nation».
It is apparent that Ms Khan is more Briton than Muslim, and Allah be praised for that.
Gina Khan is a very brave woman. Born in Birmingham 38 years ago to Pakistani parents, she has run away from an arranged marriage, dressed herself in jeans and dared to speak out against the increasing radicalisation of her community.
“There are mosques springing up on every street corner,” she says, pointing them out to me as we drive to her tiny house in Birmingham, near the district where nine men were arrested last week on suspicion of plotting to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier. Two suspects have since been released without charge.
The big winner in the Hamas-Fatah peace pact appears to be the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is an armed branch.
While giving up very little Hamas, through the intercession of leaders of the Brotherhood, has sidestepped the issue of recognizing Israel while ceding little to Fatah and opening the way, they hope, for international recognition. This is a common tactical decision by the Brotherhood, which is often willing to trade off short-term contradictions for long-term gains, with the clear understanding that anything written now can be rewritten later.
But the fundamental issue between Fatah and Hamas ( and the Brotherhood) is deep and perhaps irreconcilable, and goes to the heart of the Islamist project. For Hamas, it is a religious matter of faith that Israel cannot be recognized and the Caliphate must be reestablished. Fatah, for all its bumbling incompetence, sees the territorial issues as a matter of policy and politics.
Voller Erstaunen haben wir heute auf SpOn den Bericht über die Auseinandersetzungen auf dem Tempelberg gelesen, und können immer noch nicht glauben, dass die Verfechter der politischen Korrektheit wirklich den Titel: ‘Muslimische Hetze gegen Bauarbeiten’ gewählt haben. Auch die Einleitung liest sich gar nicht spiegel-like: "Von Indonesien über Jordanien bis nach Ägypten und Marokko werden Proteste gegen die Bauarbeiten am Tempelberg laut. Dabei ist die heilige al-Aksa-Moschee gar nicht berührt. Doch das kümmert die religiösen Fanatiker nicht: Sie wollen den muslimischen Alleinanspruch auf Jerusalem."
For decades France viewed post-colonial Africa as its exclusive sphere of influence, or pré carré. France still maintains military influence and stations thousands of its troops across the continent, from western Senegal to the Horn of Africa. But changes in its strategic priorities, as well as its inability to halt the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, have shifted France’s military role on the continent. France has folded many of its African missions into multinational operations. Yet some experts debate whether Africa should remain a top priority for French foreign policymakers or if its efforts on the continent are worthwhile.
Prozess um den Nachdruck der dänischen Mohammed-Karikaturen in Paris
Im Prozess um den Nachdruck der Mohammed-Karikaturen im französischen Blatt «Charlie Hebdo» hat sich Innenminister Sarkozy für den Vorrang der Meinungsfreiheit eingesetzt. Die muslimischen Kläger wurden von einem Anwalt Präsident Chiracs unterstützt.
Ch. M. Paris, 8. Februar
Nach zweitägiger Verhandlung vor der 17. Strafkammer des Gerichtes von Paris ist am Donnerstag der Prozess um die letztjährige Veröffentlichung der umstrittenen Mohammed-Karikaturen durch die französische Satirezeitschrift «Charlie Hebdo» zu Ende gegangen. Wegen Beleidigung einer Religionsgemeinschaft hatten die Grosse Moschee von Paris mit ihrem Präsidenten Dalil Boubakeur und die Union des organisations islamiques en France, eine der islamischen Vereinigungen, Klage gegen den Herausgeber von «Charlie Hebdo», Philippe Val, erhoben.
That’s the motto that comes up from time to time in 910 Group discussions. We need a proactive and positive agenda, and not just “How can we counter CAIR effectively?” or “Islam is evil!”
Whenever someone solicits suggestions for a positive meme, I answer with one word:
The Danes are light-years ahead of the rest of the West when it comes to dealing with Islam, multiculturalism, mass immigration from the Third World, and all the other issues that generate PC plaque and clog the arteries of the body politic.
Everyone knows the “Swedish Model”: the perfect prototype of the Socialist state, the folkhemmet, the Home that everyone longs for, the all-encompassing cradle-to-grave welfare system, the warm and inviting Scandinavian womb.
Charlie Hebdo, a French weekly newspaper, is being sued by two Islamic groups for publishing the dreaded motoons of blasphemy and hence "inciting hatred against Muslims".
Reuters: Danish cartoon row goes to French court next week
PARIS, (Reuters) - The row over Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad will be replayed in a French court next week when two influential Islamic groups sue a Paris satirical weekly for inciting hatred against Muslims by printing the caricatures. The two Muslim associations aim to show that reprinting the cartoons was a provocation equal to anti-Semitic acts or Holocaust denial that are already banned under French law, Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Paris Grand Mosque, said on Friday. The cartoons, originally published in 2005 in the Danish daily Jyllens-Posten (sic), provoked violent protests in Asia, Africa and the Middle East that left 50 people dead. Several European publications reprinted them as an affirmation of free speech. The weekly Charlie Hebdo, which put out a special edition with the cartoons, argued religions are not beyond criticism and letting Muslims censor the media would curtail a basic right. "Free speech is not the issue here. The issue is that, in France, racism is not an opinion, it is a crime," said Francis Szpiner, lawyer for the Grand Mosque, which has sued along with the Union of French Islamic Organisations (UOIF). "Two of those caricatures make a link between Muslims and Muslim terrorists. That has a name and it's called racism."
Here they go, playing the race card again. (Hint: Islam = not a race) source
The Egyptian government continues to escalate its campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood. Over the last couple of months it has arrested a lot of suspected Brotherhood members, and Mubarak and NDP officials have lambasted the Brotherhood as a threat to the country and brushed aside its idea of forming a legitimate political party. The government has escalated with a campaign against the movement's economic infrastructure by seizing their property and shuttering businesses. The other day the government escalated even further by arresting 16 senior members of the movement, including its deputy guide Khayrat al-Shatr, and is now set to try them in the notorious state security court.
It all makes me think about remarks I heard from a number of people in Egypt in a position to know, who I won't identify further, to this effect: while the Muslim Brotherhood won't turn to violence itself, MB advocates of peaceful participation in the political system are having a harder and harder time convincing young activists to stick to the program. Young activists see little to show for the Brotherhood's participation in the Parliamentary elections, and have seen their decision to play the rules of the democratic game rewarded with a viscious governmental campaign of repression. As with Hamas and the Palestinian elections, it is common now to hear that the Muslim Brotherhood decided to give the US a chance to prove it was serious about promoting democracy, and that now it has its answer: no. That answer is likely to shape the calculations of would be Islamist democrats all over the region for many years to come.
In the face of ostracism and death threats -- in accord with Muhammad's command to kill those who leave Islam. "Muslims converts face ostracism in France," from ZeeNews, with thanks to Morgaan Sinclair:
Muslims are converting to Christianity in their thousands in France but face exclusion from their families and even death threats.
Most Muslims hide their conversion and Protestant ministers do their utmost to protect new converts. It is estimated that every year in the world some six million Muslims convert to Christianity.
The Muezzin call to prayer. But here in France it is no longer reaching all Muslim ears.
Around 15,000 Muslims each year are converting to Christianity - around 10,000 to Catholicism and 5,000 to Protestantism....
Many Muslims in France hide their conversion but the trend is continuing. World wide around six million Muslims a year convert to Christianity.
February 7, 2007 -- Turkey's foreign minister has warned the U.S. Congress that passing a resolution condemning as "genocide" the mass killing of Armenians early in the last century would harm relations.
Abdullah Gul, speaking after meeting top U.S. officials in Washington on February 6, said the proposed resolution would be an irritant to otherwise close cooperation with the United States on issues such as Iraq.
Seems as though the group that killed him took his computer and some personal belongings, but not the stones that were there. Somewhat unlikely for a robbery. Given Khalifa’s extensive ties to al Qaeda financial activities and various designated terrorist financiers and charities, the connection to the gemstone trade is tantalizing.
From the earliest days of my diamond coverage I was told of a strong al Qaeda connection to rubies and sapphires in Madagascar, begun at about the same time as al Qaeda’s interest in diamonds in West Africa and tanzanite in Tanzania.
Auf BBC zerlegt der Moderator die Ausreden der Direktorin der britischen "King Fahad Academy", wo Juden und Christen in Schulbüchern als "Schweine" etc. bezeichnet wurden. Eine Freude zu sehen, wie Islamisten in Verlegenheit geraten, wenn mal jemand - im deutschen Fernsehen undenkbar - nicht einknickt.
Israeli Arabs are demanding cultural, religious and educational autonomy, and the right to veto government decisions on national issues that affect them.
The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee Tuesday released a document entitled "The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel." It stipulates that Israeli Arabs will demand that during the next two decades Israel become a binational state alongside an independent Palestinian state.
Monitoring Committee officials say the document is a cornerstone in the history of the Israeli Arabs, as it was produced by the Monitoring Committee and sponsored by the local authorities committee, two bodies representing all the political factions of the Arabs in Israel.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia-The Slovak senior ruling party Smer-Social Democracy and its coalition partner, the nationalist Slovak National Party, warned independence for Serbia's disputed province of Kosovo could spark secession of Slovakia's ethnic Hungarians, TA3 TV reported Monday.
"The Hungarian minority or its politicians could view Kosovo as a model and this is not a good precedent for Slovakia," Boris Zala, a Smer-Social democracy official and head of the Slovak parliament's foreign relations committee, was quoted as saying.
More than 500,000 ethnic Hungarians live in Slovakia's south and southeast, just outside neighboring Hungary. They account for about 10 percent of Slovakia's 5 million population.
By Andrew Black
In the first week of January 2007, the Moroccan government announced the dismantling of an alleged 62-person terrorist cell (Gulf Times, January 5). According to statements made by the government, this cell had "ideological links with and financial and logistical support for international terrorist groups" including al-Qaeda and the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC). Although details are still emerging about the cell and its connections with the GSPC and al-Qaeda, its alleged activities are emblematic of the new paradigm in the Maghreb. As a result of two mergers, one among the various Maghrebi groups and the other between the GSPC and al-Qaeda, the terrorist threat to the region has become an increasingly unified system that provides substantial support to the Iraqi jihad and which will increasingly challenge local security services as mujahideen return from Iraq.
Von unserem Korrespondenten Nico Sandfuchs, Ankara
Ankara. Dass die beeindruckende Beerdigung für Hrant Dink mit mehr als 100.000 Teilnehmern nur die Haltung eines Teils der stark polarisierten türkischen Gesellschaft wiederspiegelt, wurde von vielen Beobachtern von Anfang an betont. Dass aber gleich so viele Menschen unter dem Motto „Wir sind alle Armenier!“ ihre Solidarität mit dem ermordeten Journalisten zum Ausdruck brachten, hat dennoch vielfach für Überraschung gesorgt. In den Kolumnen zahlreicher türkischer Blätter wurde der Massenaufmarsch deshalb hoffnungsvoll als Aufbegehren der sonst häufig „schweigenden Mehrheit“ für eine offenere, tolerantere und demokratischere Türkei interpretiert.
Immer deutlicher wurde aber in den vergangenen Tagen, dass die Solidarität mit Hrant Dink, der für Demokraten wie für Ultranationalisten gleichermaßen längst zum Sinnbild einer fortschrittlichen und multikulturellen Türkei geworden ist, keinesfalls überall auf ungeteilte Zustimmung stößt. Bereits unmittelbar nach der Beerdigung hatten die einflussreichen rechtsradikalen Parteien MHP und BBP gegen die Verbrüderung mit den Armeniern Stimmung gemacht, indem sie die Gegenparole „Wir sind alle Türken!“ an ihre Anhänger ausgaben.
The Saudis notified the Bush administration ahead of the Mecca reconciliation summit Tuesday, Feb. 6, that the Palestinian accord for a coalition government sponsored by Riyadh will not meet a key Middle East Quartet condition for its recognition: The new government will not accept past accords, including peace agreements the Palestinian Liberation Organization signed with Israel. DEBKAfile’s Washington sources report: The new Palestinian government initiated in Mecca will only “respect” past accords – not accept them.
Nonetheless, the US and Europe were expected by Riyadh to lift the international embargo and economic siege imposed on the Hamas government.
In a separate missive to President George W. Bush and vice president Dick Cheney, Saudi King Abdullah stated that if the embargo is not lifted, Saudi Arabia will step in with all the funds the new Palestinian administration needs - an approximate annual sum of $1 billion.
News from AKI reports that the group Jaish-e-Mohammed (Jaish-i-Mohamed) has established a base in the northeast region of Catalonia in Spain. The capital city of Catalonia (Catalunya) is Barcelona. Apparently, the group recruits Pakistani nationals, and sends them to the tribal regions of Pakistan, where the recruits are introduced to Al-Qaeda's network.
The information was reported today in El Periodico, a Spanish daily newspaper. Recruits for jihad are found in mosques, and Jaish-e-Mohammed also sends passports and documentation which have been stolen in Europe. The newspaper said that intelligence officials from Pakistan and Spain are currently tracking the movement of individuals between the two countries.
El Periodico additionally states in addition that Lashkar-e-Toiba (Lashkar-e-Taiba or Tayyiba) also has a base in Spain. This group, whose name means Army of the Pure, was founded by Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, shortly after the launching of a parent group called Markaz Dawa ul Irshad,in the late 1980s.
The Egyptian Jesuit priest Fr. Samir Khalil Samir, S.J. here explains the thoughtful, careful, and realistic approach that Pope Benedict XVI has adopted toward the Islamic world. "When Civilizations Meet: How Joseph Ratzinger Sees Islam," from Asia News via Chiesa, with thanks to D.:
Benedict XVI is probably one of the few figures to have profoundly understood the ambiguity in which contemporary Islam is being debated and its struggle to find a place in modern society. At the same time, he is proposing a way for Islam to work toward coexistence globally and with religions, based not on religious dialogue, but on dialogue between cultures and civilizations based on rationality and on a vision of man and human nature which comes before any ideology or religion. This choice to wager on cultural dialogue explains his decision to absorb the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue into the larger Pontifical Council for Culture.
Balancing my criticism of Hirsi Ali today is this wonderful videoclip of a Hannity and Colmes segment with her, in which she coolly refutes Alan Colmes' unexamined but tenaciously held prejudgment that Islam is a religion of peace. Bravo. I know how reluctant they are to discuss this issue on Hannity and Colmes (notice how Hannity changes the subject rather than following up), so more power to her.
Klare Positionen bezieht der konservative französische Präsidentschaftskandidat Nicolas Sarkozy zum Thema Immigration und Integration. Wer in Frankreich leben wolle, habe französische Werte zu respektieren. Keiner werde gezwungen, dort zu bleiben, wenn es ihm nicht gefällt: "Wer Frankreich liebt, muss auch die republikanische Ordnung respektieren, das heißt: man ist nicht polygam, man beschneidet nicht seine Töchter und schlachtet kein Schaf in seiner Wohnung".
Sarkozy lieferte sich in der TV-Sendung (Anm.: "J'ai une question à vous poser" des Fernsehsenders TF1) einen heftigen Wortwechsel mit muslimischen Einwanderern. "Niemand wird gezwungen, in Frankreich zu leben! Und wenn man Frankreich liebt, dann respektiert man es!"
Einer Anruferin aus Lille, die sich darüber beschwerte, dass der Oberste Rat der Muslime in Frankreich von "einem Algerier" geleitet werde, obwohl die "Marokkaner" in der Mehrheit seien, antwortete Sarkozy direkt: "Sie sind keine Algerierin, sie sind Französin, so wie auch ich kein Ungar bin!"
Sarkozys ungarischer Vater hieß Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa und kam nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg nach Frankreich. Seine Gesprächspartnerin bezeichnete daraufhin Sarkozys Aussage als "Schande", sie fühle sich "als Muslimin algerischer Herkunft beleidigt".
Brillant gekontert! Wir sind gespannt, wann die ersten Guti-Proteste laut werden.
BRUSSEL (ANP) - De HSBC-bank rekent de Europese Unie elke maand meer dan een miljoen euro aan transactiekosten voor het verwerken van salarissen en uitkeringen voor meer dan 140.000 Palestijnse arbeiders
(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"..read more here)
Dat heeft de internationale organisatie Oxfam berekend. Oxfam wil dat de EU deze 'hulpflater' zo snel mogelijk stopzet. De geldverspilling is ontstaan doordat de EU geen contacten wil met de Hamas-regering binnen de Palestijnse Autoriteit. Daarom treedt HSBC op als tussenpersoon.
The noted blogger Fjordman is filing this report via Gates of Vienna.
For a complete Fjordman blogography, see The Fjordman Files. There is also a multi-index listing here.
[A note from the Baron: Dymphna reminds me that she refers to Tariq Ramadan as “Taqiyyah Ramadan”.]
Tariq Ramadan is perhaps our most dangerous enemy right now. I consider a person such as Mullah Krekar to be an ally. He wants to crush and subdue the West, supports Osama bin Laden and says so openly. It’s the Tariq Ramadans we have to watch out for.
92 percent of all Egyptians agree, that Israel is hostile toward Egypt. 60 percent agreed that Denmark is hostile, followed by Britain, [and] leaving the US at a measly fourth place!
Wow! Denmark is more unfriendly than even the US — though of course not more hostile than that Zionist entity. Everybody knows those Zionists are irrationally hostile towards everyone: Egypt… and Jordan, and Lebanon, and Syria and Yemen, and so on and on and on and on...
And let us not forget the Palestinian Entity — some real hostility is being beamed there from Tel Aviv. Poor Pals are always being picked on by those mean Hebrews. Must be some kind of twisted Jewish thinking, hmm?
BELGRADE, Serbia-The Serbian president on Friday rejected a U.N. plan for Kosovo, saying it "opens the possibility of independence" for the breakaway province.
Boris Tadic received the draft proposal during a meeting Friday with its author, U.N. envoy Martti Ahtisaari.
"I told Mr. Ahtisaari that Serbia and I, as its president, will never accept Kosovo's independence," Tadic said in a statement.
The proposal "does not explicitly mention independence for Kosovo, but it also does not mention territorial integrity of Serbia," the president said. "That fact alone, as well as some other provisions, opens the possibility for Kosovo's independence."
A declassified section of the 90-page report submitted to President George W. Bush and Congress describes the Iraq situation as “perilous” with US troops having very little control over it. Iranian activities lead to increased violence while not a major cause of it. Even al Qaeda is not called a major factor. The war is described as driven primarily by Iraqi versus Iraqi, Sunni versus Shiite - and therefore a civil war.
Unless efforts to reverse these conditions show measurable progress during the next 12 to 18 months, “we assess that the overall security of the situation will continue to deteriorate.”
The report, part of which is due to be released later Friday, Feb. 2, says “US forces levels, resources and operations remain an essential element in Iraq” and a quick US withdrawal would have dangerous consequences, such as an increase in violence, a split in the Iraqi army on sectarian lines and the fall of the al Anbar province to al Qaeda.
"Gee, how could this possibly happen?" asks Doc Washburn, who kindly sent this in. Surely you don't mean to suggest that a Muslim working in the British Ministry of Defense might have jihadist sympathies! Why, consider all the screening British officials do to make sure that Muslims they hire don't harbor such sentiments!
Of course, actually they don't screen for that at all.
Meanwhile, a new drain on the British economy will be the expense of guarding Muslim soldiers so that they aren't murdered by other Muslims. When your soldiers have to be protected by armed guard, something is seriously wrong.
"Fears of terror mole in UK defence," by Daniel McGrory and Russell Jenkins in The Australian:
PARIS (AFP) - Tens of thousands of French schools and universities have received copies of a Turkish book refuting Darwin's theory of evolution and describing it as "the true source of terrorism."
The education ministry said Friday that it had warned school and university directors that the textbook is not in line with the recognized curriculum and that they should disregard it.
Entitled "The Atlas of Creation," the 770-page book by Turkish author Harun Yahya quotes several passages from the Koran and asserts that "human beings did not evolve (from another species) but were indeed created."
"We believe that there are lots of resources behind this campaign and the mass distribution, but were are not alarmed as the book has not reached the classrooms or documentation centers," said the education ministry.
Brussel/Den Haag, 5 FEBR. Het nieuwe kabinet zal geen referendum over de Europese Grondwet uitschrijven. Het wordt aan de Raad van State overgelaten of er een volksraadpleging over een andere verdragstekst noodzakelijk is.
De onderhandelaars van CDA, PvdA en ChristenUnie hebben dat volgens ingewijden afgesproken. Na het advies van de Raad van State staat het de Tweede Kamer vrij eventueel toch tot een referendum te besluiten.
Wat het Europees grondwettelijk verdrag betreft, hopen de onderhandelaars dat de Raad van State van oordeel zal zijn dat de goedkeuring ervan kan worden overgelaten aan de Tweede en Eerste Kamer. Gevreesd wordt dat een nieuw referendum over Europa wederom tot een ‘nee’ zal leiden. In het parlement bestond altijd al een ruime meerderheid voor de Europese Grondwet.
A lot of rhetoric on the topic of Islam ricochets around the blogosphere and in the media every day. Islam is a deadly danger and must be eradicated on the one hand. Muslims are victims of persecution by Islamophobes on the other hand. Assertions such as these are uncheckable and irrefutable, since they are based solely on ideology.
Suppose instead that we could make assertions that were checkable, ones that could be verified or refuted. Instead of grimacing and shaking our fists at each other, we might compile a checklist that we could mark up, based on the evidence at hand.
Readers of the Iraq Study Group report will recall that the ISG was highly critical of the disinterest shown by the Saudis and other Gulf states in stopping the terrorism in Iraq and assisting in stabilizing the country. Quoting from page 25 of the report:
These countries for the most part have been passive and disengaged. They have declined to provide debt relief or substantial economic assistance to the Iraqi government. Several Iraqi Sunni Arab politicians complained that Saudi Arabia has not provided political support for their fellow Sunnis within Iraq. One observed that Saudi Arabia did not even send a letter when the Iraqi government was formed, whereas Iran has an ambassador in Iraq. Funding for the Sunni insurgency comes from private individuals within Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, even as those governments help facilitate U.S. military operations in Iraq by providing basing and overflight rights and by cooperating on intelligence issues.
The conviction this week of a Muslim radical for inciting racial hatred once again highlights the growing threat posed by the pernicious fringe of Islamism. We have only ourselves to blame, says Ruth Dudley Edwards
'UK you will pay, Islam is on its way," is the chilling slogan favoured by Muslim radical Abdul Saleem, who was convicted this week of stirring up racial hatred at a rally in London last year. Addressing the crowd in Belgravia Square, near the Spanish and German embassies, Saleem was filmed saying: "There will come a time when we will stand inside these embassies. There will come a time when we will remove that flag. There will come a time when we will raise the flag of Islam – whether you like it or not, Islam is superior and cannot be surpassed."
WASHINGTON - An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen who preened for the cameras in a jihadist video was hauled into a U.S. courtroom yesterday to face charges that he plotted to kill Americans in Iraq with roadside bombs.
Wesam al-Delaema, 33, is the first suspect to face charges for insurgent violence against Americans in Iraq, the Justice Department said.
Delaema has been wanted by the United States since 2003, when he and his fellow "mujahedeen from Fallujah" videotaped themselves planting explosives along an Iraq road used by U.S. troops. The explosives did not result in any deaths.
Today Nioscoop, The Dutch Islamic broadcasting organisation, which has close contacts with the in
Germany forbidden organisation Milli Görüº invited four speakers for a program about extreme right wing developments. These four speakers turned out to be a mix from an extreme violent left wing organisation like the “antifascists” represented by Kafka, the LBR, a lawyer and a previous high ranking liberal also called left wing liberal.
These four persons and especially the representative of Kafka had a lot of time to express its opinions. An opinion like everybody wearing Londsdale is an extreme right person, or to agree an immigration stop for not Western people is an extreme right opinion.
At the same time he also encouraged opposition in all possible ways to people with these extreme right opinions, including the oppostion of the street. He used similar words like the previous greenleft politician Rosemuller which finally resulted in the killing of Fortuyn. Maybe Mr Jaap van Beek (alias Rob Schuitema and alias Willem Hart) would like to invite his listeners to follow the road of the sword. Fascism in is purest form and on Islam TV paid for by the Dutch taxpayers. .
But just to be clear his fellow speaker was Hans Dijkstal a person who opposes any remark on Islam and its warlord. This senior politician has no problem to act with these violent extreme left persons in one and the same program.
The person Gé Grubben is just a residue of the old system of anti-racism fighters. Fighters who in line with the Brussels instructions overlook the anti-Semitism of the Islam but make extreme right responsible for these acts. But the organisation LBR is also the home address of an antiracism organisation who advices the government ad a ministerial level about racism.
This alliance between the Islam and the extreme left in the
Netherlands is a next step in the escalation of the censorship of Islamic truth and goals. One of the goals of this program was to make a demon out of Geert Wilders opinions. Opinions in which he does not denounce the reality of Islam and its fascistic ideology.
At this moment we know that the NRC is part of the network of the Kafka organisation who is publishing articles without any attempt to check the contents of these fascist organisation. Apparently regular left wing media are so desperate of ammunition, to fight the political opposition, that not checked information of left extremist is acceptable to demonise Dutch politicians and opposition. In short the left media is now cooperating with the Islamic organisations to silence the opposition.
I have it on good authority that the distinguished British historian Norman Stone is minded to see what happens when you flout the illiberal genocide denial laws being touted by the EU [pdf].
My own idea is to get a large crowd of liberty lovers gather in the European Parliament in front of the media on the day that this piece of monstrous thought crime legislation is passed by the statists that represent you in the palace of vanities that is the EP. Simultaneously they will proclaim that they don't believe that the Gulag ever happened. After all the mass murder of the Kulaks, Cossacks, oh just about anybody by the Communists is not on the list of the forbidden.
IT'S hard to watch an old pal hit the skids, making one disastrous decision after another, throwing away a brilliant future. That's the position we're in with Turkey - a former ally bent on self-destruction.
A NATO member ideally positioned to serve as a bridge between the West and the Middle East, Turkey's secular constitution and economic progress should have made it an example for other regional states to emulate. Instead, Turkey has been aping the blighted regimes of the Arab world:
* Exploiting the population's disgust with government corruption, Islamists gained power through the ballot box - and immediately started dismantling the secular legacy of Kemal Ataturk.
After 18 members of her family were brutally murdered by Shi'ite militiamen in Baghdad, Nadia Othman, a 36-year-old Palestinian mother of three, finally managed to escape to Jordan together with hundreds of Palestinian families that had been living in Iraq for decades.
In 2006, more than 600 Palestinians were killed in the Iraqi capital in what Palestinian leaders and political activists are describing as a "systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing." Thousands of Palestinian families have been forced to flee Iraq since the downfall of Saddam Hussein, but many still have no place to go to.
Iraq's Arab neighbors, Syria and Jordan, have imposed stringent restrictions on the entry of the refugees, leaving many of them stranded along the border in harsh and inhuman conditions.
Im SPIEGEL-TV-Interview spricht erstmals ein Macher des Qaida-nahen Netzwerks "Globale Islamische Medien-Front" über seine Taktik. Er kündigt an, dass die Bundeswehr in Afghanistan stärker ins Visier der Islamisten geraten wird - und fordert: "Deutschland muss sich zurückziehen."
Der Krieg im Irak ist längst auch ein globaler Krieg der Bilder. Das Internet wird zum Schlachtfeld - der Kampf um die Köpfe findet in den virtuellen Welten des World Wide Web statt. Viele sind auf Seiten wie YouTube oder MyVideo auf der Suche nach den ultimativen Clips: von Attentaten im Irak, sterbenden US-Soldaten und anderen Filmen islamistischer Gewalt.
British forces pulled out of the small Helmand province town some weeks ago as part of an agreement with the elders, who said they would keep Taleban fighters out of the town center and run security with their own police unit. US commanders and officials criticized the deal, saying it had not been concluded with elders but with Taliban and was no way to defeat them. Friday, Taleban fighters surged into Musa Qala, arresting some of the elders and destroying part of the government compound.
This compound was the scene of fierce British-Taliban battles last summer.
The latest truce in the escalating Palestinian warfare broke down almost as soon as it was declared Friday night, Feb. 2. The Fatah delegation to talks with Hamas in Gaza City on a mechanism for enforcing the ceasefire came under attack as its convoy drove away from the meeting. Earlier, two Palestinians were killed shortly after Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) agreed on a ceasefire with his rival, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.
DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report that Palestinian infighting in Gaza can no longer be defined simply as a straight conflict between Abbas’ Fatah and the radical Islamic Hamas - even though their leaders, Abbas and Meshaal, are to meet in Mecca next week to attempt a reconciliation under the stern eye of Saudi King Abdullah.
In the latest round of fighting, 25 Palestinians, including civilians and children, died Thursday and Friday. Another 250 were injured as Hamas went on the offensive to grab and destroy Fatah’s Gaza Strip bases. In 48 hours, Hamas gunmen had blown up General Intelligence HQ in Gaza City and attacked the main facility of the Preventive Security Service facility, which is headed by Fatah adherent Rashid Abu Shbak. A number of security officers were injured or taken captive. A Hamas mortar barrage Friday killed Abu Awad, commander of the Fatah-led Palestinian Intelligence Service in the northern Gaza Strip. Abbas’ Force 17 presidential guard also came under attack.
Aufgrund dieser Gewalttat änderte der Berliner Tagesspiegel vor kurzem seine Berichterstattung von politisch korrekt unehrlich auf politisch inkorrekt ehrlich. Es folgten über mehrere Tage ausführliche Artikel und Kommentare zum Thema Migrantengewalt und viele Leser rieben sich erstaunt die Augen. Gedanken über die Kehrtwende des Tagesspiegels zum Guten machte sich auch JF-Redakteur Richard Stoltz in seinem Artikel "Eine Zeitung steuert um".
Der Beitrag ist online nicht verfügbar, wir veröffentlichen ihn daher vollständig:
Nachdem ein Redakteur böse Erfahrungen mit jungen Ausländern gemacht hat, änderte der "Tagesspiegel" seine Berichterstattung.
Alles begann mit einer alltäglichen Begebenheit mitten in Berlin: eine Sache, von der jeder weiß, doch über die man in gewissen Kreisen besser nicht spricht. Diesmal, an jenem schönen Oktobertag vergangenen Jahres, traf es den Lokalchef des Berliner Tagesspiegels. Gerd Nowakowski war mit seiner kleinen Tochter in einem Bus der Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe unterwegs. Da geriet er mit ausländischen Jugendlichen in Streit, weil er sie bat, die Füße von den Sitzen zu nehmen. Die Geschichte endet damit, daß der gute Mann mit seinem Kind aus dem Bus hinten aus- und vorne wieder einsteigt und letztlich aus Furcht eine Haltestelle länger mitfährt als geplant.
(ISTANBUL) Video footage of Ogun Samast (the Turkish Islamist) who murdered Hrant Dink in cold blood has been aired in which he is seen posing with the police who arrested him while holding aloft the Turkish flag.
So in Turkey the Muslim land brought out by the liberals in which to show that a moderate form of Islam can exist. The murderer of a journalist whose only crime was writing the truth about the Armenian genocide is feted as a hero. Makes you wonder if the outpouring of grief after Dinks murder wasn’t a publicity stunt.
(BBC) In the UK under pressure from Muslim students a Teacher has been sacked for telling the truth during a religious education lesson.
Andrew McLuskey was sacked from Baylis Court Secondary School in Slough after a Religious Education lesson discussing the pros and cons of religion. Pupils at the predominantly Muslim school claimed Mr McLuskey said most suicide bombers were Muslim.The school authorities denied they were being heavy-handed and said their first priority was pupils' welfare. "I don't think it's important what I think," said the school's deputy head teacher Ray Hinds. "It's what the pupils think that were in the classroom at the time. And they were very upset."
The intrepid Fjordman writes to notify us that "in an essay in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten yesterday, Muslim reformist Bassam Tibi explained his decision to leave Germany after 44 years. The article has been translated to English and reposted at the Gates of Vienna blog."
Tibi makes many valid points regarding the cowardice and censorship in Europe these days, and he should be given credit for consistently criticizing those Muslims who are pushing for the gradual implementation of sharia in Western lands. I hold him in higher esteem as a thinker than some other self-proclaimed reformists such as Irshad Manji.
However, he states that Muslims, in order to live in Western countries, have to renounce Jihad and "give up" sharia. This is certainly a brave thing to say, but exactly how does he propose to do that in real life, given that, as he himself readily admits, only a minute fraction of those calling themselves Muslims would agree with such radical views? And even if such a transformation took place, could the resulting religion be called Islam anymore? Since there are dozens, probably more than one hundred, verses calling for Jihad, some of them explicitly violent, in the Koran, and even more references in the hadith, doesn't this mean that Muslims have to renounce large parts of the Koran, the hadith and the personal example of Muhammad in order to achieve this? Even if that could be done, which I seriously doubt, the result could hardly be recognized or described as "Islam" in any traditional sense of the word.
Turkish police have detained 46 people with alleged Al Qaeda links in simultaneous operations in five provinces, the Anatolia news agency reported.
Twenty-five people were taken into custody in the central province of Konya, while the others were detained in Istanbul, neighbouring Kocaeli, the western province of Izmir and Mardin, in the south-east.
Special forces participated in the early morning operation but no other details were immediately available.
The operation follows the indictment last week of three people, one of them an Izmir lawyer who presented himself as the Al Qaeda commander in Turkey and was allegedly planning bomb attacks.
A Turkish cell of the network is blamed for four suicide bombings in Istanbul - at two synagogues, the British consulate and a British-owned bank - in November 2003, which claimed 63 lives, left hundreds injured and caused massive destruction.
Gangs of immigrant youngsters in Denmark have grown so strong that the police have finally had to admit defeat. People who work in this area of social irritation are calling the police efforts "futile" and "completely erroneous". The police have finally decided to speak out and say that, no, we haven't got a chance. "We have to admit that we haven't gotten hold of the roots to these gangs." says Chief Inspector Frank Jensen from the Danish Rigspolitiet.
In June 2005 a special unit was set up to propagate a "no tolerance" strategy towards these gangs. Since then the police have been keeping a close eye on 14 different gangs and 162 individuals, most of whom have some connection to the narcotics trade or who are in some way connected with street violence.
The police are venting their frustration toward the responsible politicians, who, they say, are more interested in getting the small fry off the streets than getting to the big fish. The result is that the gangs are doing nicely, thankyou very much.
This commentary appeared in International Herald Tribune on January 31, 2007.
The rising violence and the near certainty of a Taliban spring offensive have triggered calls for an increase in U.S. military forces in Afghanistan. But a military strategy is not likely to succeed. Counterinsurgencies are almost always won by establishing a viable and legitimate government at the local level that can win popular support.
In Afghanistan, all politics is local. The country's history is littered with empires that failed to understand this reality, from Alexander the Great more than 2,000 ago to the British and Soviet empires more recently.
The Taliban and its allies certainly understand the importance of local politics. They have successfully re-emerged by co-opting or threatening local villagers, and promising better governance and security than the current Afghan government. On my most recent trip to southern Afghanistan in January, I saw that the message of the Taliban clearly resonated with a growing number of locals in southern and eastern parts of the country.
A man who ceases to believe in God does not believe in nothing; he believes in anything. - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
The apocalyptic vision of global warming serves a deep need of the environmentalist credo, the dominant pseudo-religious tendency of our age in the prosperous West.
For good or ill, human beings are constructed to believe, and faith has its demands.. Along with the concrete elements that demand belief (that fire burns and that it's not wise to walk off cliffs, for example) there exists an apparent necessity for a belief in "the rock higher than I" - a belief in a superior entity that can inspire awe and gratitude, that can be turned to in hard times, that can act as witness to injustice and dispenser of mercy.
Ankara, 1 Feb. (AKI) - Reports that Turkey has sent warships to waters controlled by Cyprus were not true, Ankara's military chief said Thursday. Earlier Turkish newsreports said that the military ships had been dispatched as a show of strength by Anakara in its dispute with the Greek Cypriot government in Nicosia over oil and gas exploration rights. But general Yasar Buyukanit, the military chief of staff, told reporters that Turkish warships routinely patrol the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean and that no new force had been sent around Cyprus.
Earlier this week Turkey warned Lebanon and Egypt not to embark in oil and gas exploration deals signed with Cyprus, saying Turkey and Turkish Cypriots also had rights in the region - almost half of the island of Cyprus is controlled by Turkey which has set up the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, an entity not recognised internationally.
PARIS: President Jacques Chirac said in an interview that an Iran that possessed one or two nuclear weapons would not pose much of a danger, adding that if Iran were ever to launch a nuclear weapon against a country like Israel, it would lead to the immediate destruction of Tehran.
The remarks, made in an interview Monday with the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and the weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, were vastly different from stated French policy and from what Chirac repeatedly has said.
So in a remarkable turnaround, Chirac summoned the journalists involved to the Élysée Palace again Tuesday to retract many of the things he had said.
It is well-established that Britain contains a greater proportion of radical Islamists than any other Western country. These radicals have been allowed to openly preach and in many cases, to flout the law. Where European Muslims tend to be less contemptuous of the countries they live in, Muslims in Britain are the least adjusted within Europe.
A survey by Populus in July 2006 found that 7% of UK Muslims thought that, in some circumstances, it was justifiable to have suicide attacks against British civilians. 13% felt that the suicide bombers who killed 52 people on 7 July 2005 should be viewed as "martyrs". 16% thought the 7/7 attacks were wrong but happened for right reasons. 16% said that if a family member joined Al Qaeda they would be "indifferent".
When the 9/11 Commission issued its final report (PDF) in December 2005, it assigned letter grades to rate the federal government’s progress on its various recommendations. Of the forty-one areas considered, combating terrorist financing received the highest mark, an A-. But as he unveiled the latest revision of his National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, President Bush noted that “al-Qaeda continues to adapt in the face of our global campaign against them.” Sue Eckert, an expert in terrorist finance from Brown University, says in this CFR.org Podcast that the U.S. approach to terrorist finance “has not fundamentally changed” since shortly after 9/11. In order for the United States to continue its success in disrupting clandestine financial networks, she says, it must reevaluate its approach.
Four years after the ouster of Saddam Hussein, it is clear Iran’s influence in southern Iraq is solid and growing. Iran’s relations with Iraq’s Kurdish communities in the north are also strong, despite worries in Tehran that their push for greater autonomy from Baghdad might animate Iran’s own Kurdish minorities. As this new Backgrounder explains, Iran is believed to have operatives all over Iraq collecting intelligence and assisting various Shiite militias. It also has amicable ties with Iraq’s Shiite leadership that have boosted trade and religious tourism for Iranian pilgrims. Plans are underway to build an Iranian bank (NYT) in downtown Baghdad.
But to suggest Iraq is a puppet state of Iran is misleading, experts say. Iraqi Shiites are driven as much by nationalism as by their sectarian identities, suggests Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, an expert on Iranian foreign policy, in this CFR.org Podcast. It is further misleading for U.S. officials to blame the “mess” in Iraq on Iran, Kenneth M. Pollack of the Brookings Institution tells CFR.org’s Bernard Gwertzman. “The Bush administration,” Pollack says, “seems to be regarding the Iranians as the source of many, if not all, of Iraq’s problems today. To me, it is dangerously reminiscent of how they talked about the Syrians in 2004 and 2005, when they ridiculously exaggerated Syria’s role in the Sunni insurgency.” The Los Angeles Times reports there is scant evidence linking Iranian agents to any specific attacks against American forces, though some investigators say the suspects behind an attack that killed five U.S. soldiers (NYT) in Karbala may have been trained and financed by Iranian agents.
FIOE & the European Council for Fatwa and Research : "Introducing Islam and it's values to Europe"- via suicide bombings and burning cities
November 13, 2005
MIM: United Europe may only be a question of 5 years when demographically some cities in Europe could become predominantly Muslim.
MIM: These excerpts from the mission statement of the Federation for Islamic Institutions in Europe spells out their intentions to change the European Union into the European Ummah. The Dawah and Introduction of Islam Department located in Milan, Italy, is a tacit reference to Jihad through conversion and the resulting Islamisation of Europe.
EU-Parlamentarier befürchten eine Schwächung der europäischen Demokratie
Von Eric Ashar
Demokratie und EU passen nicht so richtig zusammen. Was brächte dann eigentlich der Beitritt der Türkei der EU? Wohl kaum etwas gutes. In einer repräsentativen Erhebung hat der Lehrstuhl für Soziologie und empirische Sozialforschung der Universität Hohenheim insgesamt 82 Europa-Abgeordnete aus 19 EU-Mitgliedsländern befragt. Demnach sehen fast zwei Drittel der Parlamentarier in einem Türkeibeitritt eine demokratische Schwächung der EU.
Nicholas Wade is a science writer for the New York Times, who used to be as Politically Correct as anyone in that mob on
42nd Street. No longer. Wade has discovered the new anthropology, now informed by a radically improved understanding of the human genome. The new evidence is clearly explained in his recent book, Before the Dawn: Recovering the lost history of our ancestors. It looks at the deep human past --- tens to hundreds of thousands of years --- combining written records, archeology, anthropology and the human genome. The result is spectacular. If this book is any indication, Politically Correct history is a goner. Rousseau's Noble Savage is French toast.
Wade presents compelling evidence that humans appear to be genetically predisposed to warfare. Among ancient hunter-gatherers, "incessant warfare" was the norm, just as it is today among the Stone Age tribes of New Guinea and South America. Humans have a long history of cannibalism, so much that we carry genes to guard against the toxic consequences of eating human flesh (similar to Mad Cow prion disease). Modern humans are less aggressive than our ancestors were. The very fact that we can live in mass societies at reasonable peace with each other is an extraordinary advance.
The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating story (viewable for free for a few days) on the criminal tax investigation launched by the Justice Department into the activities of one of the largest Islamist banking entities-Dar al-Maal Al- Islami Trust (DMI).
The case centers on investments made through a company called Overland Capital Group Inc. Two of Overland’s offices in Boston were searched last week by IRS officials, according filings by federal prosecutors.
No one has been charged with any offense and the search warrant remains under seal. What is interesting is that the motion disclosing the investigation was filed by a prosecutor from the DOJ’s Counterterrorism division.
Might this be the Al Capone method of getting at opaque Islamist financial structures in the United States?
Mit ihren Richtlinien Klarheit und gute Nachbarschaft - Christen und Muslime in Deutschland erteilte die evangelische Kirche unter ihrem Ratsvorsitzenden, Bischof Wolfgang Huber (Foto), im November letzten Jahres dem hohlen Toleranzgeschwafel mit Islamvertretern eine deutliche Absage. Der Bischof hatte unter anderem gesagt, dass Christen "ihr Herz schwerlich an einen Gott hängen könnten, wie ihn der Koran beschreibt und wie ihn Moslems verehren", was auch ein gemeinsames Gebet ausschließen würde.
Ferner erwartete die evangelische Kirche von den Moslems, die Gewaltbereitschaft in ihren Reihen zu überprüfen, grundlegende Menschenrechte zu achten und den Respekt vor den eigenen Überzeugungen nicht durch Einschüchterung, Drohung oder Gewaltanwendung einzufordern. Das war zuviel verlangt von unseren gemäßigten islamischen Dialogpartnern. Gleich vier moslimische Verbände - die Türkisch-Islamische Union der Anstalt für Religion e.V. (DITIB), der Islamrat für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland e.V. (IRD), der Verband der Islamischen Kulturzentren e.V. (VIKZ) und der Zentralrat der Muslime in Deutschland e.V. sagten ein geplantes Spitzentreffen mit der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) ab, weil
A serving Muslim soldier in the British Army was about to be abducted, tortured and beheaded by terrorists in the UK.
The allegation follows the arrest of eight people in the Birmingham area this morning under the Terrorism Act. The whole episode would have been filmed and posted on the internet in a chilling echo of the execution of Ken Bigley, who was beheaded by insurgents in Iraq.
Police say they had tracked the alleged plot for as long as six months as it reached the later stages of planning.It was feared terrorists were poised to strike when police decided to swoop."One source said the plot was going on for six months,"
Why hasn’t anybody from the media made the connection between this diatribe recorded undercover at Birmingham’s Sparkbrook mosque for CH4 Despatches program “He mentions a Muslim who joined the British Army and was killed fighting the Taliban last summer.
Speaker: There was an individual who was killed in Afghanistan recently - what was his name? His name was a Muslim name you know what they’d written in a tabloid newspaper? Hero of Islam!
A hero of Islam who went into the Muslim Afghanistan to kill Muslims. Why? Because they are implementing Islam.
Then, he praises the Taliban fighters who killed him.
The hero of Islam is the one who separated his head from his shoulders.”
(Ynet) Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threatened to kidnap American soldiers and hinted at intentions to kidnap American citizens in Europe and South America as well.
The threat was apparently in response to President George W. Bush’s instruction to American soldiers in Iraq last week to target Iranian agents.
“The kidnapping of American citizens in the Middle East, Europe and South America is not difficult and can happen at any moment,” said an article printed in the weekly Subah Sadak, which is considered the mouthpiece of the Revolutionary Guards in Iran.
The noted blogger Fjordman is filing this report via Gates of Vienna.
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Alexander Boot, a Russian by birth, left for the West in the 1970s, only to discover that the West he was seeking was no longer there. This led him to write the book How the West Was Lost. I disagree with his criticism of post-Enlightenment civilization in general. Still, he is articulate and original, which makes him worth reading.
Boot believes that democracy, or in the words of Abraham Lincoln, the government of the people, by the people and for the people, has been replaced by glossocracy, the government of the word, by the word and for the word.
The European Commission’s website claims it has 25,000 staff. The British Government thinks the number is about 37,000. But the total employed by the Brussels executive is actually more than 54,000, researchers at the Westminster think tank Open Europe have discovered. [...]
Lorraine Mullally, of Open Europe, said: “The EU discreetly publishes a Statistical Bulletin listing staff levels at its agencies, but when we contacted these agencies directly we found they had far more staff than listed.” Many of the agencies took months to answer requests. One, the European Police College, repeatedly refused to disclose its staff numbers.
Ridiculous right? Can you see Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goering and Martin Bormann holding a conference in
New York to plan the next phase of the Nazi plan to take over the world and the FBI doing nothing to stop it – or the mains stream media even reporting it? <!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->
I say again, ridiculous right?
But that’s what’s happening in
Australia . Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia, a Sunni group with terrorist ties that openly advocates overthrowing the Democratic Australian Government and replacing it with an Islamic caliphate is hosting a 'Khilafah Conference Program' on the 28th of January. ‘Khalîfah’ or Caliph is the term or title for the Islamic leader of the Ummah, or community of Islam. Khalîfah’ means "successor", that is, successor to the prophet Muhammad. Hat tip to the 910 Group.
European governments are resisting Bush administration demands that they curtail support for exports to Iran and that they block transactions and freeze assets of some Iranian companies, officials on both sides say. The resistance threatens to open a new rift between Europe and the United States over Iran.
Administration officials say a new American drive to reduce exports to Iran and cut off its financial transactions is intended to further isolate Iran commercially amid the first signs that global pressure has hurt Iran’s oil production and its economy. There are also reports of rising political dissent in Iran.
In December, Iran’s refusal to give up its nuclear program led the United Nations Security Council to impose economic sanctions. Iran’s rebuff is based on its contention that its nuclear program is civilian in nature, while the United States and other countries believe Iran plans to make weapons.
The word Hesperophobia was coined by political scientist Robert Conquest. Its roots are the Greek words hesperos, which means “the west” and phobos, which means “fear,” but which when used as an English suffix can also carry the meaning “hate”. Hesperophobia is fear or hatred of the West.
Or should it be Caucasophobia the fear of white people