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The Iconoclast

Thursday, 24 July 2014
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UPDATED from the Norwegian edition of The Local

: Norway’s security police have warned that people with connections to an extremist group in Syria intend to carry out a terror attack in Norway imminently.“The PST [Norway’s security police] recently received information that people with links to Islamic extremists in Syria may intend to carry out attacks against Norway,” PST chief Benedicte Bjørnland told a press conference in Oslo on Thursday. She added that the attack was planned to take place “within a few days from now.”

“The PST has warned several times that extremist Islamist groups in Syria intend to carry out terror attacks in Norway. We often receive such information, but often it turns out to be inaccurate. However, on this occasion our suspicions have been backed up,” she said. “The resulting investigation we have carried out leads us to believe that this is credible, while unspecific. This is related to people who have participated in fighting in Syria,” 

Justice minister Anders Anundsen said people should be vigilant and follow instructions from the police. “But it’s important not to judge people,” he told the press conference. No, of course not; murdering jihadists are part of the vibrant tapestry of diversity that has so enriched our western culture.

The PST said it was releasing the information in the hope of preventing the attack. Police are raising their alert level, said acting police director Vidar Refvik: “People will mostly notice our increased level of alert through increased presence at border crossings, among other things. The police will be armed,”

Following the information about the threat, Oslo City Hall announced that it would not open to tourists until further notice. “We are currently assessing the situation. We will have a meeting at 1pm with experts who will carry out a security assessment,” City Hall manager Bjørn Risvik told NTB.

The Royal Palace in Oslo has cancelled all tours of the building until further notice. The move was decided by the Head of Court on Thursday. Tickets pre-paid for tours will be refunded at the ticket office

Armed police were patrolling Oslo's Gardemoen airport at lunchtime on Thursday. SAS, Norwegian and Avinor said flights were running normally. 

Officials at the British Embassy told The Local that they were aware of the situation, but had not changed their travel advice for British citizens visiting Norway. The Foreign Office website noted the Norwegian warnings and advised travellers to 'remain vigilant'. 

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Posted on 07/24/2014 9:09 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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From Reuters, the BBC and The Guardian

The UN says militant Islamist group Isis has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).

UN official Jacqueline Badcock said the fatwa, or religious edict, applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46. She said the unprecedented decree issued by the Islamists in control of the city was of grave concern.  The Isis edict could affect nearly four million women and girls in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN warns.

Ms Badcock, the UN's resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, said the practice "is something very new for Iraq... and does need to be addressed". The UN General Assembly approved a resolution in December 2012 calling for all member states to ban the practice.

No one was immediately available for comment from Isis, which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 8:53 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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Daniel Greenfield writes in Frontpage:

After Senator Ted Cruz’s warning that he would hold all State Department nominees until questions were answered about the political motive behind the FAA’s travel ban on Israel… the FAA suddenly reversed itself.

On the same day that the FAA had announced a 24 hour extension of the ban, the FAA turned around and reversed itself.

These were the 5 questions that Senator Cruz wanted answered.

Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? For instance, who was this decision made by – a career official, a political appointee, or someone else (at the FAA, State Department or White House?)

If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights would be permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?

What was the FAA’s ‘safety’ analysis that led to prohibiting flights to Israel, while still permitting flights to Ukraine—where a commercial airline flight was just shot down with a BUK missile?

What specific communications occurred between the FAA and the White House?  And the State Department?  Why were any such communications necessary, if this was purely about airline safety?

Was this a safety issue, or was it using a federal regulatory agency to punish Israel to try to force them to comply with Secretary Kerry’s demand that Israel stop their military effort to take out Hamas’s rocket capacity?

Instead of providing answers, the FAA lifted the ban.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 7:48 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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Alan Dershowitz writes in the Jerusalem Post:

J Street has whined about being excluded from the mainstream Jewish community, but it is J Street that has excluded itself from joining in community activities such as a solidarity rally for Israel.

AIPAC and J Street

AIPAC and J Street Photo: Courtesy
Any pretense that J Street is a pro-Israel organization has been destroyed by that organization’s refusal to participate in a solidarity rally for Israel during the recent crisis in Gaza. 

The Boston Jewish Federation worked hard to create a rally that included all elements of its diverse community. Its goal was to send a single and simple message: at a time when so many in the world are united against Israel’s efforts at defending itself from Hamas rockets and terrorist tunnels, the Boston Jewish community stands in solidarity with the nation state of the Jewish people. In order to assure that this message of unity was sent, no signs were permitted except for the unity message that was intended to be sent. That message was: Stand With Israel. Simple and straight forward.

Speakers were limited to those who were part of the broad Jewish consensus including Rabbis, political and business leaders and the highly regarded head of the Federation, Barry Shrage, whose commitment to peace and the two state solution is well known.

Initially J Street agreed to be a co-sponsor of this unity event, but then—presumably after receiving pressure from its hard left constituency, which is always looking to bash Israel and never to support it—J Street was forced to withdraw its sponsorship. The phony excuse it offered was that the rally offered “no voice for [J Street] concerns about the loss of human life on both sides” and no recognition of the “complexity” of the issues or the need for a “political solution.”

This is total nonsense and an insult to those who spoke at the rally. The executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council spoke of the “suffering” of the people of Gaza and how “painful” it is “to see innocent people dying, including children.” 

Barry Shrage spoke of the “tragedy” of innocent Palestinians being killed. All the speakers acknowledged the “complexity” of the issues and want to see a political solution to the conflict. Yet J Street refused to be part of this unified show of support for Israel.

J Street has whined about being excluded from the mainstream Jewish community, but it is J Street that has excluded itself from joining in community activities such as this rally. It was J Street that decided not to participate in a unity event that was jointly sponsored by the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Relations Council. 

J Street has sought and received membership in these sponsoring organizations but then made a decision to withdraw its own sponsorship from this community-wide event, precisely at a time when unity was most needed. J Street has always insisted on a double standard. On the one hand, it wants to be part of the Jewish community’s Big Tent, but on the other hand, it refuses to allow dissenters into its own narrow, ideological tent. I know, because I have personally asked to speak to its members at its convention. 

J Street has adamantly refused to allow its members to hear my centrist point of view—I support the two state solution and oppose Israel’s settlement policies—while welcoming extremists speakers who support boycotts of Israel and who refuse to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. 

Its own tent flap is open only on the left side, not in the center. J Street’s decision to refuse to sponsor this community-wide Stand With Israel rally during so critical a time has drawn a line in the sand. If you can’t support Israel now, how can you call yourself a pro-Israel organization? How can any member of J Street now look at themselves in the mirror and say, “I belong to a pro-Israel organization.”

I call on members of J Street who are truly pro-Israel to leave that divisive organization and to join with us who truly support Israel during times of crisis, while remaining critical of some of its policies. If you are pro-Israel, you do not belong in J Street, because J Street can no long credibly claim to be pro-Israel.

If there was ever any doubt about that, J Street’s actions in refusing to join the Stand With Israel Rally should resolve them. So if you want to stand with Israel, stand up against J Street and stand with organizations that support Israel during times of crisis. 
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Posted on 07/24/2014 7:34 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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The Christians of Mosul had 24 hours, the infidels of the West have a bit more time.

The just and merciful caliph gave the Christians of Mosul 24 hours to convert, leave, or die. The payment of the jizya (= dhimmitude) option, initially included in the multiple choice injunction, was withdrawn. A church dating back 1800 years, before the advent of Islam, was burned to the ground before the Christians left. The infidels of the West were too busy decrying the “massacre” in Gaza to ask for whom the bell tolls.

Ali Khamenei proposes the elimination of Israel by referendum. Former French MFA Dominique de Villepin thinks an imposed peace plan enforced by UN peacekeepers would do the trick. Hamas leaders, safely hunkered down in tunnels or abroad, exult in victory. Western media launch lethal narratives from morning to night and Jews look for the nearest shelter. Israel’s bosom buddy, the United States of America, wants an imposed ceasefire, presumably before joining in on an imposed peace plan, while slapping a brief but telling blockade on air travel to and from Israel. Did you get the message, haverim? Do unto the blockaders as they do unto Gaza.

In the aftermath of the shocking violence unleashed last weekend in Barbès and Sarcelles, benevolent French judges smiled upon the meager handful of culprits who were arrested after the Barbès operation. Suspended sentences of 4, 6, or 10 months were handed down like feeding candy to the wolves. The justice ministry has exercised its right to appeal these lenient sentences. Those arrested for mayhem in Sarcelles will theoretically go to jail, but perhaps not. Short sentences rarely lead to actual imprisonment here. It’s hard to prove that a given actor in an enraged mob actually committed this or that infraction. And it’s hard to have confidence in the government when thousands of punk jihadis show up for a banned demonstration and are not immediately dispersed. All the more so when a political party, the anti-capitalist NPA formerly led by the phony mailman Besancenot, brazenly maintains its call to demonstrate.

62% of French people polled said the pro-Palestinian demonstrations should be banned. But who’s listening?

Under pressure from interested parties, the Hollande government decided to authorize demonstrations on the 23rd and 26th of July… because every possible guarantee had been given by the organizers that there would be no débordements [literally, “overflow”]. The Communists had by then joined the NPA in fronting for the Brotherhood. Jean-Luc Mélenchon was there under the banner of the Front de Gauche that is part of the governing coalition, along with a handful of Socialist deputies. PM Manuel Valls had tried to stick to his guns. All last week he defended the ban, refuting claims that the ban was the cause of the violence. Note the lethal narrative: An authorized demonstration on July 13th replete with Death to the Jews culminates in attacks on synagogues. Therefore, demonstrations banned the following weekend yield 50 times more incitement and violence. Logical, n’est-ce pas? If I park in a no-parking zone and you tow my car away, it’s only to be expected that I will burn down the city hall and invite the assassination of the mayor.

Lethal narrative, cont’d. The authorized pro-Palestinian demonstration, majestically escorted by riot police, marched from Place Denfert-Rochereau to les Invalides—in the shadow of Napoleon’s tomb-- via Montparnasse  where artists and intellectuals, refugees from tyrannical regimes, used to gather and enrich Parisian life.

Lo and behold, it worked. All, these 14,000 blessed souls needed was the freedom to wrap themselves in Hamas keffiehs, brandish Israel-assassin posters, and confide to complaisant microphones their heartfelt concern for Palestinian victims of a massacre. “They’re killing Palestinians for no reason, for the fun of it.” “We see the images every day, it’s unbearable, we had to do something.”

Print and audiovisual media fell over themselves oohing and ahing over the concerned darlings. No anti-Semitic slogans, no threats, no destruction. When a few punks moved in on a France 2 correspondent doing his stand-up routine in the field, and covered his face with a big Palestinian flag, the incident was packaged as “demonstrators (nicely) interrupt a France 2 newscast.” A few years ago, near Cairo’s revolutionary Tahrir Square, a similar maneuver ended with a sexual assault on the French journalist that had been (nicely) interrupted during her newscast.

Nothing objectionable in this bon enfant  demonstration where the good-natured, friendly citizens of France expressed (nicely) their grievances against “Israel Assassin, Hollande complice,” some dressed in soft green BDS t-shirts, others holding up horrible photos of massacred children and shouting in unison “Palestine vaincra [will triumph].

Last night, Le Monde Juif Info filled in some of the missing details. Fine-tuned ears picked up Death to the Jews that had escaped the attention of mainstream media. A camera filmed the burning of an Israeli flag. A BFM TV correspondent had proudly claimed that a woman immediately went over and stopped the unruly gesture. Monde Juif Info says she told them not to do it because it would be all over the evening news. In fact, it wasn’t. And the cameraman noticed a group of men clearly saying “Let’s go to the Marias Jewish Quarter and fight the Jewish defense League.” For these experienced stone-throwers, the Marais is NOT a stone’s throw from les Invalides You have to really be motivated to make the detour!

This morning a Jewish radio station reported that some 40 individuals had tried to attack a restaurant in the Marais.

Riposte Laïque has an eloquent photo gallery of posters the mass media didn’t see. The restaurant that was attacked, the Pitzman, is on rue Pavée next door to the synagogue and across the street from the yeshiva. Just a half block away from a main thoroughfare, rue de Rivoli, it was probably easier to hit than the shops and restaurants on rue des Rosiers.

Breaking news: a plane flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers disappeared from radar screens somewhere near northern Mali. Many, perhaps the majority of the passengers were French.

Flashback: the day the French troops landed in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, 1,000 people were killed in what is described as “ethnic conflict” between Muslims and Christians. French forces gradually imposed relative calm. Remember Sabra and Chatilla?

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Posted on 07/24/2014 7:17 AM by Nidra Poller
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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The latest travesty, the result of the kind of personnel places like the ADL now  hire and promote -- those who remain unwary, unimaginative, and ignorant of Islam. .

Here.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 7:14 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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ROME - A mother put on death row for refusing to reject Christianity fled Sudan on Thursday, ending an almost year-long ordeal that triggered outrage around the world.

Meriam Ibrahim, her American husband and two young children, arrived at Rome's Ciampino airport accompanied by Italy’s vice minister of foreign affairs, officials told NBC News. 

The State Department has been negotiating with Sudanese officials to secure the family’s safe passage out of the country. It was not immediately clear how or why her flight to Italy was secured. 

Wani was born in what is now South Sudan -- but later moved to the U.S. He and Ibrahim met after he traveled to Khartoum in 2011. After her release, Wani said he wanted to build a new life for his family in America. 

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Posted on 07/24/2014 6:01 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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I posted this article by Rioufol a few days ago but am re-posting it so that the latest comments -- several hundred of them -- can be read, by those interested. 

Here.

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Posted on 07/24/2014 5:56 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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The story itself is the predictable "deploring" by this or that  U.N. official of Israel continuing to protect itself-- as rockets still rain done as far as Tel Aviv -- by finding and destroying as many tunnels as it can. What is of note is the  bit of video, where Gazan Arabs bang on a Red Cross ambulance, and express their dreamy belief -- which decades of coddling by Arab-run UNRHWA, and indeed by every conceivable international organization -- that the Red Cross must surely do their bidding. They deem the Red Cross insufficiently attentive in this case -- they think it, the Red Cross (or is it here the Red Crescent?) -- has a duty to take their side, to protect them. After all, haven't Gazan Arabs, just like the PLO and Hezbollah, freely used ambulances to shuttle its fighters around? 

Look at Paul Adams, and how he interprets, for the BBC, the Gazan Arab behavior.

And look beyond Paul Adams, too, at how unscathed appear to be those streets, in the very part of Gaza City that were supposedly subject to devastation by the diabolical Israelis. Does the city look like Homs or Aleppo or neighborhoods of Damasdcus,  or a thousand other places in Syria? Does it look like Tikrit? Parts of Baghdad?

 

 

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Posted on 07/24/2014 5:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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From the London Evening Standard

A leading human rights film-maker today vowed to stand up to Muslim youths who vandalised his east London studio because they claim street art on its shutters depicts “the devil”. Shafiur Rahman said the gang had threatened further attacks on the office, off Brick Lane, unless the mural of two eyes, a nose and a mouth is removed.The mural was commissioned to celebrate the area’s diversity.

But a group of young Bengalis living on the nearby Chicksand estate claim  the face represents dajjal, a one-eyed Islamic devil. (Yes, I can't work out how a mural with two eyes shows a one-eyed devil either - but I'm not a Muslim youth)

The studio has been attacked repeatedly over the past month, with the group throwing eggs into the office on one occasion and causing £500 worth of damage to equipment. Staff say they have been intimidated when leaving work, approached by the group and told to “throw away the key and not to come back”.

Mr Rahman spoke to leaders at the Brick Lane Mosque to ask them to step in. But he claims an imam said while the mosque did not condone violence, the painting would not be accepted in Islam because it depicted a face. Mr Rahman said: “Mosques should be careful what they teach kids … We need to stand up to this kind of thing.”

The police are now involved and the case has also been referred to Tower Hamlet’s anti-social behaviour unit.

Watch the video - the proprietor and the reporter are pelted with eggs while they talk. 

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Posted on 07/24/2014 5:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 24 July 2014
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A little  taste of Islam, just for you.

Here.
 

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Posted on 07/24/2014 5:24 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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That means: "The Internet Of Things."

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Posted on 07/23/2014 10:05 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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The usual babbitt-banalities about democracy, reaching out to a wider group of locals, and so on, and not a word about Islam. A dope lifting from dopes.

Here.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 9:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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Jabhat Al-Nusra has just now declared its emirate; Al-Baghdadi of ISIS has already declared his caliphate. And when the hurlyburly's done, when the battle's lost and one, go and and identify, if you care to, the remains of those on both, essentially identical, sides.

Here.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 8:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, but  less dangerous than ISIS, a kind of collective Mussolini to ISIS"s Hitler.  So its help to Assad, and its losses in helping him against Uber-Suinnis, in Syria, are both welcome. Eventually Hezbollah may find itself fighting for its life, as Sunnisfrom Syria and not only from Syria, decide to get their revenge inside Lebanon. And it may be that Israel, already the guarantor of King Abdullah's reign in Jordan, will have to worry about an ISIS advance in Lebanon and root, privately, for Hezbollah,though at the same time hoping to take away, somehow, Hezbollah's 100,000 rockets unless they can be turned away from Israel and aimed at ISIS. Oh. It's not just politics that makes strange bedfellows. It's also wars, and the hospital corners that sometimes have to be cut.

Here.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 5:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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Listen here.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 4:13 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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Posted on 07/23/2014 4:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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From France 24 and AP via Yahoo News

At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two bombings in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna targeting an opposition leader and a moderate Muslim cleric.

The first blast, which killed at least 32 people, occurred after a bomb was tossed off of the back of a motorcycle at Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, a prominent Muslim cleric in Nigeria. The explosion scattered debris and dead bodies along the Alkali Road in central Kaduna, but missed Bauchi. Police Commissioner Umar Usman Shehu said the first blast came after Sheik Dahiru Bauchi gave an annual Ramadan speech for thousands of faithful in an outdoor service. Sheik Bauchi is known for preaching against the violent extremism of Nigeria's Islamic militants, Boko Haram.

Shortly afterwards, a second, deadlier blast went off in the city’s bustling Kawo market. Nigerian officials said the target was Muhammadu Bahari, a prominent opposition leader and former president.

A Red Cross official said at least 50 people were killed in the second blast. Buhari, who challenged President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 election, was riding in an armour-plated sports utility vehicle and was not wounded.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been staging attacks, especially with explosives, outside its northeastern heartlands over the past three months.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 12:57 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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I heard Wallace Shawn on NPR, a program in which he expressed his utter disgust with the United States and "the rich" (all of them, apparently, and I hope he included Hillary Clinton, and Glenn Greenwald -- who just sold to Sony his story of being the conduit for Edward Snowden's leaks, so it can be made into a movie, and, for that matter, all of the Hollyood moguls who've employed him) and then, just before the end of the hour, denouncing the American government yet again and, first among its co-evils, the country of Israel for "what it is doing to the 'Palestinians."

Shawn has a line in moral superiority, and his cultural criticism is at the level of such obviousness as "once upon a time everyone could listen to Bach unselfconsciously" but now we've all got to show we know about and admire "popular culture" -- the "popular culture" of the very movies, and some television, that has made Wallace Shawn rich and, despite his claims of being different from "the rich," as self-satisfied as any deep-pocketed Podsnap.

I was not surprised when I discovered he's a deep admirer of Glenn Greenwald (who, in turn, is deeply admired by Omid Somebody or other, the billionaire founder of eBay who has shown his gratitude to America, for rescuing him from the Islamic Republic of Iran,by backing Greenwald and his ilk in a new media venture.

Here's a  bit from the pink-cheeked complacencies of the  Financial Times:

Lunch with the FT: Glenn Greenwald

The journalist who collaborated with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talks about his abrasive approach and his new online venture
 

It is after 3pm on a Friday when I walk into Bar do Beto, an old-fashioned Ipanema restaurant, but the place is full of diners enjoying a long, languid lunch. Glenn Greenwald is sitting in the corner, squinting crossly at his laptop. He is dressed in a T-shirt, long striped swimming shorts and flip-flops, which is something of a relief because, in the hottest Rio de Janeiro summer in decades, I am also wearing shorts.

Since the day last June when he first met Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency (NSA) analyst-turned-whistleblower Greenwald has kept up a regime of 16-hour workdays, combing through thousands of documents passed on by Snowden, writing dozens of stories for the Guardian and other papers, sniping at his critics on Twitter, and setting up a media venture with a billionaire backer. In the process, Greenwald has become, perhaps, the most famous journalist of his generation. His reputation in the US is somewhat mixed, in part as a result of his abrasive approach to political debate, but in parts of Europe and Latin America he is considered the new incarnation of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

 

Greenwald, 46, has lived in Rio for almost a decade, since he met his soon-to-be husband David Miranda on a holiday to the Brazilian city. “This was our place when we first met eight or nine years ago,” Greenwald says of the restaurant. “We lived a couple of blocks away and we always came here. Then they did this massive renovation and we kind of gave up on it for a few years. But we came back and the food was fantastic.”

Greenwald tells me he was in here a few nights earlier. In an event that underlines his new status as an international leftwing celebrity, the actor and playwright Wallace Shawn had invited Greenwald to see The Designated Mourner, his play about shrinking political space in a once-liberal land, when it was showing in New York last year. As Greenwald has not travelled to the US since the Snowden story broke, Shawn came to Rio to put on a performance for him. “Incredibly riveting and thought-provoking,” Greenwald says of the play, which was performed in a theatre rented for the occasion. Afterwards, Greenwald brought cast and crew to Bar do Beto to thank them.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 11:06 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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From the Telegraph

Islamic extremists have sought to entrench their strict religious regime in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul by banning naked mannequins, just days after imposing orders to convert, pay taxes or die rules on the city's Christians.

Islamic State instructions said clothing outlets must cover the faces of mannequins in line with Muslim tenets of covering up the human former.

The orders which apply to both male and female mannequins are in line with strict interpretations of sharia law that forbid statues or artwork depicting the human form are part of a growing web of rules and commercial regulations emanating from the Islamic militant group.

Its schedule of Jizyah or taxes on Christians and other non-Muslims, breaks down into $715 a year for the rich, $375 a year for the middle class and $178 for the poorest.

Ahmed Younis, a Baghdad expert on armed groups, said the Islamists were in effect establishing an economic state based on the increasing resources and infrastructure under their command.

Considering its spread across the Syria-Iraq border, its grip over oilfields there and its growing economic activity, Islamic State will "transform into an economic giant with assets of billions of dollars," he said. 

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Posted on 07/23/2014 9:36 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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From the BBC

A French court has jailed three men for rioting after a pro-Palestinian rally in a mixed suburb of Paris degenerated into anti-Semitic violence. The three men, aged 21 and 28, were given sentences of between six and 10 months for their part in the rioting in Sarcelles on Sunday.

A fourth man was given a suspended sentence while a minor received a fine. Three men convicted of rioting on the same day in the Parisian district of Barbes were given suspended sentences on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned the violence, which erupted at a protest over Israel's actions in Gaza. 

A new, legal pro-Palestinian rally is due to be held in the French capital on Wednesday evening, organised by leftist groups. About 30 MPs from the ruling Socialist Party are due to attend, according to Le Parisien daily.

Mr Valls said he had been given security guarantees by the organisers.

Interestingly the politically correct, left leaning BBC calls the defendants 'pro-Palestinian' while the Kuwait News agency calls them 'anti-Israeli'. 

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