Monsanto and the Future of Food

Reviewed by Erin Wiegand
03.06.05

 What happens when an increasingly small number of corporations control an increasingly large percentage of the global food supply? The future of food, argues a new film by Deborah Koons Garcia, will be determined by how quickly these companies can consolidate and patent the seeds and genetic structure of the most important food crops in the world. Welcome to the Gene Revolution.

As of 2003, genetically engineered (GE) foods could be found on over 100 million acres of land in the United States, and in 60% of all processed foods—mostly in the form of corn and canola. And despite an ongoing struggle to conduct more objective research into the real impact that genetic engineering has on food (and, subsequently, on us), GE foods still require no labeling, little testing, and no corporate liability in the United States. A long-term study to assess the health and environmental risks of genetic engineering has yet to be carried out, largely due to the manipulation of research facilities—mainly in universities—by the industry and supporters within the government. And as Ignacio Chapela, one scientist interviewed in the film, points out, these manipulations of genetic structure are "probably the largest biological experiment humanity has ever entered into." [go here to read an interview LiP conducted with Dr. Chapela, who was denied tenure and eventually forced to leave his position at UC Berkeley after publishing a paper describing how native corn in Oaxaca, Mexico had been contaminated by genetic material from genetically modified corn.]

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A Few Thoughts at the End of the Year

By Douglas Farah

Here are several items that have appeared in recent days that, to me, show just how much work we have to do in the field of combatting terrorism, and particularly Islamist terrorism. It shows what the true goals of these groups are, no matter how much we try to pretend otherwise.

The first is the reference in this New York Times story on radicalization in Bosnia, where it is stated that Saudi Arabia has spent about $700 million in Bosnia since the end of the war, mostly building mosques.

It is noticed in passing that, before this massive investment in the spreading of wahabbism, the Islam practiced in Bosnia was moderate and tolerant, for more than four centuries. Perhaps some cause and effect?

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Scharia für die Schweiz gefordert

„Gleiches Recht für alle“ war gestern. „Rechtspluralimus“ heißt das neu kreierte Zauberwort, mit dem der Schweizer Professor Christian Giordano (Foto) den unter uns lebenden Moslems die Zumutung ersparen will, nach den selben Gesetzen wie die Ungläubigen behandelt zu werden. Nicht mehr alle sollen vor dem Gesetz gleich sein. Die Scharia muss her. Lees verder...

«Shaping Migration Patterns»

Tuesday 25 September 2007, by Frattini Franco

International migration is growing in scope and complexity and has a serious impact – both positive and negative – on the EU and its Member States. The EU’s comprehensive migration policy provides a coherent and efficient way of responding to the challenges and opportunities linked to migration. Over the coming years the EU will need to further expand this comprehensive common migration policy, based on a continuation of the work carried out over the last seven years since Tampere.

This kind of comprehensive policy covers both the internal and the external aspects of migration. It needs to deal with legislation, but also with practical cooperation. It will also require close and constructive cooperation between all stakeholders involved.

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Biodiesel threatens cocaine production

Prices of cocaine are likely to triple in Q1 of 2009 following palm and castor oil biodiesel initiatives threatening the production of coca, the feedstock for the production of quality cocaine in Colombia, the long time reliable supplier to millions of art directors, journalists, singers, moviestars, bank directors and politicians in the US and Europe. Poor farmers, who have been relying on coca cultivation for decades, are now forced to leave their plantations by ruthless and violent biofuel producers, by force if necessary.

 

Beaten off their land….the land being transformed, highways pop up, canals and palm oil plantation sites dominate. A complete infrastracture is being destroyed and the government of Colombia stands watching.

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First Palestinian anti-air gun fire against Israeli helicopters. Military option on ice

December 22, 2008, 10:45 AM (GMT+02:00)

For the first time in 9 years of Palestinian warfare, anti-air gun fire was directed from the ground against Israeli aircraft, DEBKAfile's military sources report. The guns opened up Sunday night, Dec. 21, against Apache helicopters still over Nahal Oz, before they crossed into Gaza air space to strike the missile crews which launched more than 20 missiles against Israeli civilians that day.

The helicopters returned the fire, aiming at the anti-air weapons apparently mounted on vehicles hidden in the orchards of northern Gaza.

In line with the government's decision Sunday to seek international backing for a potential military operation Gaza, Israel complained to the UN about the Palestinian missile and mortar attacks from Gaza which are terrorizing its southwestern population. Israel had the right to exercise its military option to defend the population of the targeted region, said the complaint.

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MHP: "I'm ashamed of the people behind the apology initiative"

Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli yesterday he was ashamed of the scholars who started an initiative to apologize for the 1915 killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottomans. Speaking with reporters, Bahceli said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement that he wouldn't let Turkey be divided shows that even after his 2005 visit to Diyarbakir, Erdogan sees the plots threatening Turkey.

He said the premier's statement also shows his agreement with the MHP's ideas, calling this an "important step." These issues should be solved in Parliament, not on the streets, he added. Bahceli also criticized an initiative by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) to welcome members who wear chadors, saying that Baykal should clarify his stance on the issue.

Source: Milliyet (Turkey), December 19, 2008

Europe in the Eye of the Storm

By OLIVIER GUITTA (Middle East Times)

Published: December 15, 2008

Europe is one of al-Qaida's highest priorities. If anyone needed any proof, events from last week were another wake-up call. Indeed, on Dec. 11 Belgium dismantled what authorities called "the Belgian branch of al-Qaida."

Two hundred and forty-two Belgian police officers took part in an operation that netted the arrests of 14 suspects, while French police also arrested two suspects tied to that network. One of the suspects is believed by authorities to be a likely suicide bomber who may have had plans to target an EU summit that was taking place in Brussels on Dec. 11.

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Sieg für Islamisten - “Fitna” in der EU verboten

Die radikalen Islamisten obsiegen über Geert Wilders “Fitna”. Der Film durfte im EU-Parlament nicht wie geplant gezeigt werden, weil er zum Hass gegen Muslime aufstachle. Wilders war über dieses Vorgehen empört. Das Verbot ist eine direkte Einschränkung der freien Meinungsäußerung. Bisher wurde “Fitna” offiziell in Jerusalem und New York gezeigt. Auch im britischen Oberhaus ist noch eine Vorführung geplant - falls es denn dabei bleibt.

(Spürnase: Die Realität)

Politisch-korrekte Gewalt gegen Polizei hat so auszusehen!

21.12.2008

Linksfaschisten Hamburg Dez 2008

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Colombia model for Kosovo Albanian mafia

December 17, 2008 – 11:55 am

Kosovo Albanian mafia that is pushing for independence wants to turn the province into a criminal center like Colombia says Italian reporter and writer Roberto Saviano.

“I am very curious about the Albanian mafia, because great Albanian mobsters have a big dream. They want to turn Kosovo into new Columbia in Europe,” Saviano said.

Saviano said that Kosovo Albanian mobsters want to differentiate their cocaine from Colombia’s by mutating its genes so it can grow in Kosovo where the climate is colder then in Colombia.

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Norway hints at repeal of Kosovo recognition

December 21, 2008 – 9:01 am

Ambassador of Norway to Serbia, Hakon Blankenborg, said that it may be hard to repeal Norway’s recognition of Kosovo but said that Norway is awaiting the decision on the recognition from the World Court and because of that it has voted at the UN for the World Court examination of the issue/

“Norway voted for the independence of Kosovo, but understanding how complicated of a question that is we voted at the General Assembly in UN for the case to go to the International Court of Justice in the Hague,” Blankenborg told Serbian daily Vecernje Novosti.

Blankenborg said that that it is very hard to “go back” on Kosovo recognition but “we are waiting for the decision of the court”.

Blankenborg said that “in the meantime, the most important is that institutions are doing all that covers the six points” agreed to by the UN, EU and Serbia to be implemented in Kosovo.

Blankenborg said that the question of Kosovo is “partly political and partly legal”.

Blankenborg said that Serbia has achieved a great deal recently to promote its position on the issue.

December 21, 2008
SERBIANNA

Recent Rise in Sunni–Shi'ite Tension (Part I): Sunni – Shi'ite Hacker War on the Internet

By: L. Azouri *

Introduction

The conflict between Iran and Sunni countries - especially Saudi and Arabia Egypt - has escalated the tension between Sunnis and Shi'ites in the Muslim world. This escalation has had several manifestations:

I. Anti-Shi'ite Statements by Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi

Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, made harsh anti-Shi'ite and anti-Iran statements in the Egyptian and Saudi press. He warned against the danger posed by the spread of the Shi'a in Sunni countries, characterizing it as part of Iran's campaign for regional hegemony. He added that there was no possibility of rapprochement between Sunnis and Shi'ites, since there were fundamental principles of the Shi'ite faith that the Sunna could not accept. Despite strong criticism of his statements by Iranians and Shi'ites in the Gulf, Qaradhawi only reiterated them, refusing to either retract them or apologize.

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Recent Rise in Sunni–Shi'ite Tension (Part II): Anti-Shi'ite Statements by Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi

By: E. Glass *

For several months now, Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), has been attacking the Shi'ites and Iran. In an interview with the Egyptian daily Al-Masri Al-Yawm, published September 8 and 9, 2008, he stressed the danger posed by the spread of the Shi'a in the Sunni countries. [1] Over the following weeks, he continued the campaign with additional interviews and communiqués in the Egyptian and Saudi press, in which he further condemned the Shi'a and also accused Iran of spreading it in order to realize its "imperialist aspirations."

Al-Qaradhawi's statements evoked numerous reactions in the Arab and Iranian press, most of them negative. Prominent Iranian and Shi'ite figures harshly criticized Al-Qaradhawi, and prominent Sunnis expressed only reserved support, tempered by concerns about possible exacerbation of the strife between Sunnis and Shi'ites. The Muslim Brotherhood movement was especially critical; although Al-Qaradhawi is regarded as one of its long-standing spiritual leaders, the movement leadership did not support his statements on the Shi'a and even explicitly renounced them.

Despite the criticism, and despite the fact that Iran offered to issue a formal apology for some of the harsh statements against him in response to his attacks, Al-Qaradhawi has refused to retract his statements against the Shi'a and Iran and to end the conflict with the Iranians. [2]

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Recent Rise in Sunni–Shi'ite Tension (Part III): Sectarian Strife in Saudi Arabia

By: Y. Admon *

Tension between Sunnis and Shi'ites in Saudi Arabia has recently intensified. The Arab press reports that the Saudi authorities have taken discriminatory measures against the Shi'ites in the country, such as preventing the participation of Shi'ite representatives in the June 2008 Interfaith Dialogue Conference in Mecca, closing Shi'ite mosques, arresting senior Shi'ite clerics and persecuting Shi'ite pilgrims from Iran.

In addition, there have been anti-Shi'ite statements by Sunni clerics in Saudi Arabia, such as a June 2008 communiqué by 22 clerics accusing the Shi'ites of heresy and of trying to take over the Muslim world, which sparked considerable protest in Shi'ite circles. On the other hand, there were initiatives for Sunni-Shi'ite rapprochement, but these were condemned by Saudi Sunnis.

This report will discuss the policy of the Saudi authorities towards the Shi'ites in the country, initiatives of rapprochement between Sunnis and Shi'ites, and the attempts to prevent these initiatives.

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Tunisians Angered by Screening of Film on Jewish Life in Nazi-Occupied France

The screening in Tunisia of a French film dealing with Jewish life in Nazi-occupied France has raised a storm of criticism. "Un Secret" ("A Secret"), directed by the French-Jewish director Claude Miller and starring the popular French-Jewish singer Patrick Bruel, was shown at the opening of the 15th annual Festival of European Cinema in Tunis.

Filmgoers Walk Out on Film that is "Too Favorable to the Jews"

Tunisian filmgoers walked out 30 minutes into the film "A Secret," which deals with a Jewish family in Nazi-occupied France, claiming that it was "too favorable to the Jews." Filmgoers told aljazeera.net, the website of the Al-Jazeera satellite TV station, that they wondered why Europe was so favorable to the Jews, and France in particular, whose president they described as the "pro-Jewish Sarkozy."

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Speech Geert Wilders in Jerusalem

December 14, 2008


Thank you very much.

It's a privilege for me to be here in this beautiful city Jerusalem, the capitol of the only democracy in the entire Middle East. When I was a teenager I lived some years here in this city and after that I visited Israel more times than I can count. Israel: the only country in the region with a functioning parliament, a rule of law and free elections. The only country in the region that shares the values of our Western societies, in fact is one of the foundations of our Judeo-Christian identity.

We are here to voice our concern over the growing Islamisation of the West. We do this in this city, the city of David. The city that, together with Rome and Athens, symbolizes our ancient heritage.

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A Belgian Victory over al Qaeda: More lessons to be learned

By Walid Phares

Agence France Presse and the Associated Press are reporting that Belgian authorities have arrested 14 suspected Al Qaeda terrorists including a jihadi who was allegedly planning a suicide attack. Sixteen raids were executed by 242 police officers in Brussels and in the eastern city of Liege. Security and judicial sources described the arrests as the “most important anti-terrorism operation in Belgium.” Citing the Federal prosecutor’s office, AFP reported that the move was targeting “a Belgian Islamist group involved in training as well as fighting on the Pakistan-Afghan border in cooperation with important figures in Al Qaeda.”

 

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Prof. Schachtschneider zu Art. 4, Religionsfreiheit

Zum Abschluss der außerordentlichen Mitgliederversammlung der Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa am 30.11.08 in Würzburg hielt der Nürnberger Staatsrechtler Prof. Karl Albrecht Schachtschneider einen Vortrag, der sich mit der Frage beschäftigte, inwiefern Art. 4 GG (Religionsfreiheit) auch auf eine Polit-Religion wie den Islam anwendbar ist, die auf einer eigenen Staats- und Rechtsordnung beruht, ihrerseits die Religionsfreiheit ablehnt und darauf abzielt, die Rechtsordnung, der sie ihre freie Ausübung verdankt, zu beseitigen. Schachtschneider betonte die Schwierigkeiten, die sich einer korrekten Einschätzung bieten. Im Kern gehe es um den Freiheitsbegriff.

Freiheitsbegriff.

Teil 1 seines Vortrags:

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Lehrerin wegen Santa Claus gefeuert

In Großbritannien wurde auf Beschwerde von Schüler-Eltern hin eine Grundschullehrerin entlassen, weil sie vor einer Klasse mit 25 Kindern behauptet hatte, es gäbe den Santa Claus, der auf der Insel zu Weihnachten kommt und die Geschenke bringt, gar nicht. Als sie die Kinder dann auch noch darüber “aufklärte”, die Eltern würden die Geschenke kaufen, brachen alle Schüler in Tränen aus. Ein Vater beruhigte seinen siebenjährigen Sohn damit, dass die Lehrerin wegen ihrer Religion (dem Islam?) nicht an solche (christlichen) Sachen wie Santa glaube. Es gehe dem Jungen dadurch jetzt wieder besser, meinte er.

(Spürnase: Nil A.)

Brauchen Migranten jetzt auch noch eine Arschputz-Prämie?

12.12.2008

Die Kinder von Einwandererfamilien sind deutlich fetter als ihre Altersgenossen. Dies hat eine Studie der Uni Ulm festgestellt. Die blitzgescheiten Professoren und Doktoren stellten fest, daß diese Kinder sich zu wenig bewegen und zuviel essen. Donnerwetter! Da muß etwas getan werden! Die Grünen werfen deshalb der CDU/FDP-Landesregierung von BW vor, Zuwanderer nicht ausreichend in das Gesundheitssystem zu integrieren. Gleichzeitig forderten sie 100.000 Euro jährlich zusätzlich für die Integration der Migranten, zum Beispiel mehr “interkulturelle Mediatoren”  (Schwarzwälder Bote, 12.12.08)! Darunter muß man sich Leute vorstellen, die den Weg zum Gesundheits- und Sozialamt zeigen! “Du nixe viel esse, dann du nixe so dick” in elf Sprachen, würde vielleicht auch reichen!

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Narrenschiff GB: Weihnachtslieder verboten und korrigiert

13.12.2008

Wie jedes Jahr, wenn Weihnachten naht, wird die geistesgestörte Insel noch geistesgestörter. Das wird sich erst ändern, wenn sie dort Weihnachten ganz verboten haben. Jüngste Ereignisse:

Ein Vikar der Church of England verbot seiner Gemeinde “O Little Town of Bethlehem” zu singen, da es den Palästinensern dort so schlecht geht. Ein weiterer Kleriker hat “Twelve Days of Christmas” umgeschrieben und Aids-Opfer, Drogenabhängige und Jugendgangs hineingepackt. Aus manchen Liedern wurde das Wort King (= “Gottkönig” gestrichen) und “Son” (= Sohn), weil es zu sexistisch sei, müßte ja “Queen” und “Tochter” heißen. Außerdem wurde “virgin” (= Jungfrau) gestrichen und “white” (irgendwie in weiße Weihnachten oder so). “Weiß” ist aber klar rassistisch! Derzeit wird anscheinend das Problem “Jesus” in Angriff genommen. Man weiß nur noch nicht, wie man ihn zum Zwitter, zum Transsexuellen oder besser gleich zu einer Frau machen kann. Einem Schulchor in Essex wurde das Singen religiöser Weihnachtslieder vom Rektor gleich ganz verboten. Wenn jetzt in den Kirchen gesungen wird, dann kömmt es zu Unfällen, weil die Alten die ursprünglichen Texte singen und die Genderhexen was Neues. Diese Seite “Ship of Fools” (= Narrenschiff) sammelt dämliche Beispiele und läßt darüber diskutieren und abstimmen!

Rebel actions shake up Dagestan

Publication time: 13 December 2008, 10:07

The frequency of rebel actions carried out by the members of the Sharia Jamaat in Dagestan increased drastically in late November and early December. Practically not a day goes by without news reports about armed assaults on police forces in the capital of Makhachkala and the towns of Khasavyurt, Buinaksk as well as others. These rebel actions in Dagestan are more than a series of isolated incidents that occur sporadically. Since early 2007, the rebels in Dagestan as well as in Ingushetia have adopted the tactic of daily harassment of representatives of the law-enforcement authorities, including the local branches of the Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service (FSB). 

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The Iranian reach in Bosnia

Ioannis Michaletos 
December 9, 2008

The Balkan terrain, especially Bosnia in the past decade, were used as a regional hub for a plethora of intelligence services and organizations across the planet, all vying for establishing bases and extracting local support. The reason being was the importance of the region as a staging point for infiltration into Western Europe or the Eurasian states. The role of the Iranian intelligence & security services was significant up until the late '90's. Presently they have been outnumbered by radical Sunnis that are supported from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.

The presence of the Iranian intelligence services, more exactly Ministry of Intelligence Affairs and Security (MOIS) and “Revolutionary Guard” in the area of former Yugoslavia dates back to the late seventies and early eighties, following the victory of the Islamic revolution in Iran. Stronger penetration of this service into BIH was registered in early nineties, especially after the war had started in 1992. With the introduction of the arms embargo, many wealthy Arabic and Asian countries started to send humanitarian and military aid to the Muslims in BIH, and to establish humanitarian organizations, first in the Republic of Croatia and then in BIH. Chiefs of these humanitarian organizations, firms and news agencies were actually intelligence agents whose primary task was to establish and manage intelligence network in the area of BIH.

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Al Qaeda operatives relocated from Iraq to Lebanon. UNIFIL, northern Israel on terror alert

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

December 12, 2008, 11:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

Early Thursday, Dec. 11, the UN peacekeeping force's South Lebanon command declared the Palestinian Ain Hilwe camp near Sidon a no-go zone for the force's convoys for fear of attacks by al Qaeda. Supply convoys using the main coastal road from Beirut to Sidon were restricted to travel by night between 3 and 5 a.m., under armored vehicle escort.

The day before the al Qaeda alert, Dell Dailey, counter-terrorist operations director at the US State Department, reported that al Qaeda had responded to heavy US military in Iraq by shifting some of its fighting strength to Lebanon, though not in large numbers. He spoke during a visit Beirut.

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Schwere Unruhen in Athen – Paneuropäische Reichskristallnacht

Udo Ulfkotte

Seit mehreren Tagen schon liefern sich in Athen aufgebrachte »Demonstranten« und die Polizei schwere Straßenschlachten. Die »Demonstranten« waren in den ersten Tagen fast ausschließlich »Autonome«. Und seit vielen, vielen Jahren ist es angeblich das erste Mal, dass es solche gewalttätigen »Demonstrationen« gibt. Athen ist ansonsten angeblich eine völlig ruhige Stadt – so jedenfalls stellen deutsche Qualitätsmedien die Lage dar. Wahrscheinlich können die Journalisten nicht griechisch. Lesen Sie also die Wahrheit. Dann erscheinen die angeblich völlig überraschenden »Demonstrationen« in einem völlig anderen Licht.

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Kosovo: A European Narco State

By Tom Burghardt Global Research, December 7, 2008 author's website Antifascist Calling...

When three officers of Germany's foreign intelligence service the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), were arrested in Pristina November 19, it exposed that country's extensive covert operations in the heart of the Balkans.

On November 14, a bomb planted at the office of the European Union Special Representative was detonated in downtown Pristina. While damage was light and there were no injuries, U.N. "peacekeepers" detained one of the BND officers hours after the blast when he was observed taking photos of the damaged building. Two of his colleagues waited in a car and acted as lookouts. The officer named these two colleagues as witnesses that he was in his office at the time of the attack.

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Gefährdung der Demokratie durch Volksparteien

Wenn Recht und Rechtsempfinden so eklatant auseinander klaffen wie derzeit in Deutschland, dann ist dies eine sträfliche Demokratiegefährdung. Die Gefahr für die sogenannte Demokratie in Deutschland kommt weder von Rechts noch von Links - sie kommt aus den Reihen der Großen Volksparteien. Der “Fall Klar” zeigt die Entfernung der Rechtssprechung vom Rechtsempfinden der Bevölkerung überdeutlich.

Er führt sogar dazu, dass sich gestandene Helden der Bundesrepublik von ihr abwenden. Was mit „juristisch einwandfrei“ angesprochen wird, nämlich die „kann“ Bestimmung, ist inzwischen der Regelfall. Die Ausnahme bildet das „durchziehen“ der Strafe. Und dies fast ausschließlich im sogenannten „Kampf gegen Rechts“. Während die Justiz hundert, ja tausendfach, Serientäter aus dem Multikulti-Milieu auch bei schwersten Straftaten wie Raub, schwere Körperverletzung und Räuberische Erpressung, auf freien Fuß setzt und die Strafen auch beim 40sten male zur Bewährung aussetzt, reichte in Mügeln das Anbringen zweifelhafter Zeugenaussagen ohne Beweise für die Verurteilung zu einer achtmonatigen Freiheitsstrafe ohne Bewährung. Und das, obwohl es sich um einen sogenannten „Ersttäter“ handelte, also eine Person, die noch niemals straffällig gworden war. Der Unterschied: der Täter soll „Ausländer raus!“ gerufen haben. Anderswo in Deutschland werden Täter, die einen Teenager anzündeten, zu Bewährungsstrafen und „Sozialstunden“ verurteilt. Das versteht kein einziger Bürger der Bundesrepublik mehr. Da wirken die Erklärungsversuche der Justiziare wie Verhohnepipelung des Verstandes. Auf der einen Seite erzählen selbige Justiziare etwas von unabhängiger Justiz und auf der anderen Seite begrüßen sie politische Urteile wie in Mügeln.

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Berlin: Autonome besetzen griechisches Konsulat

AnarchistenNach schweren Unruhen in Griechenland, bei denen seit Samstag Abend 34 Menschen verletzt und zahlreiche Banken und Geschäfte von linken Kriminellen zerstört wurden, schwappen die Proteste nun auch auf Deutschland über.

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Weltweit sind 250 Millionen Christen verfolgt

Christenverfolgung

Von der europäischen Öffentlichkeit weitgehend unbemerkt, leben weltweit rund 250 Millionen Christen in Angst. In mehr als 50 Staaten werden sie als religiöse Minderheit mit dem Tod bedroht, vergewaltigt, unterdrückt oder vertrieben.

Die Presse

Athen mit Asylbanden aus Afghanistan, Irak und Afrika überschwemmt

7.10.2008

Griechenland

Wenn wir von illegalen Einwanderern hören, ist unser Blick meist südlich nach Sizilien, Lampedusa und Malta gerichtet oder westlich auf die Kanaren und Spaniens Südspitze. Die EU hat aber auch eine Ostgrenze, und dort ist Griechenland das Einfallstor. Man muß nur einen Blick auf die vielen Inseln der Ägäis werfen von Samothrake bis Rhodos, um ermessen zu können, wieviele Einfallstore offen stehen. Den Türken ist das natürlich durchaus recht, sie verhindern nichts. Auf Patmos und ein paar anderen Inseln leben gerade mehr Flüchtlinge als Einwohner!

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Bosnian Wahabis planning assassinations, expert

December 2, 2008 – 7:32 pm

Bosnian Wahabis are currently planning to assassinate Bosnian politicians who are alerting the public of this growing terror movement that may soon become the dominant political force among Bosnian Muslims, warns Bosnian Muslim terror expert Dzevad Galijasevic.

“Today, the number of Wahabis [in Bosnia] is around 100,000 and this movement threatens to become a real peoples movement of all Muslims in Bosnia,” says Galijasevic.

Galijasevic was a former mayor of Bosnian town of Maglaj and an author of a book on terrorism and presence of al-Qaeda in Bosnia.

“It is no secret that Wahabis are grouped around Zenica, Travnik, Brcko, Maglaj and Sarejevo. But it is a secret because no one from the security agencies did not prevent their grouping,” says Galijasevic.

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Article in Sudanese Daily: 9/11 – A Great Victory for the Jihad-Fighting Muslim Nation

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the 1973 war between Arab countries and Israel and the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Sudanese daily Al-Intibaha published a column by 'Othman Fuad 'Othman arguing that the Arabs have a distorted perception of these events. 'Othman wrote that the 1973 war is perceived as an Arab victory when in fact it ended in defeat, whereas 9/11 is perceived as a defeat for the Muslim nation, when in reality these "blessed attacks" were a "great victory" for the Muslims. 'Othman added that the distorted view of 9/11 is the result of psychological warfare waged against the Arabs by the "Zionist-Crusaders."

Following are excerpts from his article: [1]

The 1973 October War Was a Defeat, Not a Victory

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Barack Obama en de euro

Deze week zullen de wereldmarkten een evaluatie moeten doen op de invloed van de machtswisseling in de Verenigde Staten, de wisselingen in de wacht is niet bepaald eenvoudig en  de invloed van deze keer zal zeer lastig te voorspellen zijn. Normaal gezien kent een presidentiële  verandering twee fases. Allereerst  is er de overlappende fase na de verkiezingen die doorloopt tot de inauguratie, in deze fase opereert de gekozen president in de schaduw van de zittende president  en oefent dan ook  daadwerkelijk invloed uit op  de beslissingen,inhoud  en de agenda van het witte huis. De uiteindelijke fase is de post-inauguratie  periode waarin de gekozen president zelf kan gaan regeren.

Het hooggerechtshof heeft besloten dat Barack Obama nog steeds z’n geboortecertificaat dient te tonen om aan de grondwettelijke eisen  van geboorteplaats  voor het presidentschap te voldoen.  Als Obama dat namelijk niet kan doen net zoals de afgelopen maand, dan zal zijn presidentschap weinig hoopvols te bieden hebben door de grondwettelijke crisis die dan ontstaat, in dat geval zou zijn running mate Joe Biden het stokje over moeten nemen.

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POPULISTISCHE OMROEP NEDERLAND

IS EEN NIEUWE OMROEP ECHT NODIG?

Ja. Een omroep waar respect voor de Nederlandse cultuur en de Nederlandse identiteit centraal staat. Bij de huidige omroepen (en onze politieke en maatschappelijk elite) ontbreekt het daar nogal eens aan.
De Fortuyn-revolte heeft ons duidelijk gemaakt dat er in ons land een veenbrand smeult. Een brand die af en toe aan de oppervlakte komt, maar die door de bestaande politiek en haar bondgenoten bij de media ontkend of gebagatelliseerd wordt.

De onvrede blijft bestaan. De onvrede over de grote kloof tussen de politici en hun kiezers, tussen de managers en de mensen op de werkvloer, tussen de nieuwe Nederlanders en de andere Nederlanders, tussen religieus gematigden en fanatici, tussen de lokale politieke partijen en de bestaande partijen, tussen de regenten en de bevolking, tussen de door de overheid ondersteunde media en de media die zich staande proberen te houden op de semivrije markt.

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Report reveals horrors of violence against Turkish women

As part of its activities to mark today’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Konya-based Compassion Association (ªefkat-Der) has prepared a report titled “Excuses for Domestic Violence in Turkey and Recommendations from Women Victims on How to Avoid Violence.”

The report is the result of the association’s findings after speaking with the 9,000 women and girls who have fallen victim to domestic violence and sought shelter with ªefkat-Der, which runs women’s and refugees’ shelters and works on behalf of oppressed peoples, since 1995.

The report details the excuses Turkish men use for beating their wives: “The woman’s not wanting to engage in sexual activity, the woman’s gaining weight, her inability to bear children or her not bearing a male child, the food she’s cooked being too salty, burnt, cold or not according to the man’s tastes, not doing a good job ironing his clothing, being late in answering the door when he’s come home and knocked, the woman’s getting ill or not getting better after getting ill, leaving the home without permission, a couple’s child being unsuccessful, the home’s heater not being turned on, a child not looking like its father, the woman’s wanting a divorce, the woman’s interference in the man’s relationship with another woman, the working woman’s not giving her husband her entire salary, the refusal of ‘berdel’ [a type of arranged marriage], the woman’s wanting to work, the man’s being unemployed, family financial difficulty, the man’s soccer team losing a match, being warned by his wife about his alcoholism or gambling addiction, an argument between men about ‘machismo.’”

Source: Zaman (Turkey), November 25, 2008

EU beschließt Ende der Meinungfreiheit


“Rassisten” und “Ausländerfeinde” müssen künftig EU-weit mit ein bis drei Jahren Gefängnis rechnen, wenn sie zu Hass und Gewalt aufrufen. “Bestraft werden sollten öffentliche Äußerungen gegen Menschen und Gruppen wegen ihrer Rasse, Hautfarbe, Religion oder Abstammung oder ihrer nationalen oder ethnischen Herkunft.” So weit, so gut. Aber was ist mit den Ausländern, die zu Gewalt gegen Inländern aufrufen?

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Mehr als 300 Tote bei Gewaltexzess in Nigeria

Gewalt in NigeriaBei Zusammenstößen zwischen Christen und Muslimen in Nigeria sind mehr als 300 Menschen getötet worden. Die Zahl der Toten nach den zweitägigen Unruhen könne noch deutlich ansteigen, erklärte das Rote Kreuz am Samstag. Die schlimmsten Zusammenstöße in dem Land seit Jahren ereigneten sich in der Stadt Jos in Zentral-Nigeria. Grund war offenbar eine Wahlniederlage der muslimischen Partei ANPP gegen die christliche PDP. Lees verder...

SPD hat ein Problem mit der Freiheit

Willy Brandt nannte einst die Freiheit das wichtigste Ideal der Sozialdemokratie. Das ist verdammt lang her. Die heutige SPD, geprägt von Karrieristen wie Sebastian Edathy und Andrea Ypsilanti, hat ein offenkundiges Problem mit der Freiheit der Andersdenkenden. Aus diesem Grund hat der Ex-Ministerpräsident von NRW und ehemalige Bundesminister Wolfgang Clement nach 38 Jahren die Partei verlassen. Er erhielt dafür mehr Zustimmung vom Volk als jemals zuvor in seinem Politikerleben. Lees verder...

Saudi Columnist: Why Do We Object to Occupation Only in Palestine?

In light of the tension between the Gulf states and Iran following Iran's takeover of the three UAE islands in the Persian Gulf (Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Moussa), columnist for the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Mash'al Al-Sudairi criticized the Arab world for its obsession with the Israeli occupation and its indifference to the occupation of other Arab territories - for example, the Turkish takeover of the Syrian Alexandretta district (currently Iskenderun), or the aforementioned occupation of the three islands.

Following are excerpts from Al-Sudairi's column: [1]

"There Is No Doubt That the Jewish Occupation of a Part of Palestine Constitutes Great Oppression..."

"Occupation is occupation is occupation, and oppression is oppression is oppression, regardless of the color, race or religion [of the occupier or oppressor]. During its modern history, the Arab nation has suffered both occupation and oppression...

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Turkey at an Energy Crossroads

Author:
Greg Bruno, Staff Writer

November 20, 2008

Introduction

Turkey is an energy-transit nation that links Caspian and Central Asian suppliers with European consumers. But threatened interruptions to oil and gas transmission lines running through Turkey's Anatolian heartland have raised new questions about the country's place in the global energy market. In August 2008, Kurdish militants in Turkey bombed the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, forcing the world's second-longest conduit of crude to briefly halt shipments. Fighting between Russia and Georgia days later cast further doubt on the security of the pipeline; Turkey stands to lose millions of dollars in transit fees if crude flows stop. But Turkey's energy issues are not limited to pipeline politics. Inadequate domestic energy supplies, spiking electricity costs in 2008, and an overreliance on Russian gas raise questions about Ankara's own energy future and viability as a critical crossroads for fuel, experts say.

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