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Tuesday, 28 October 2014
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From the Kurdish BasNews here.

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Posted on 10/28/2014 10:34 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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At The Gatestone Institute, here.

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Posted on 10/28/2014 10:27 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Story here.

Perhaps medicines should not be distributed equally around the world. Those peoples incapable of using them wisely, and who through their primitive overuse (the Cargo Cult mentality, the failure to understand how these antibiotics came to be, and why they are not to be used for anything that ails you) are helping to create drug-resistant antibiotics that will damage those who live in advanced societies, and who created those antibiotics in the first place, should not be given unless access to them, but only allowed to use them sparingly, with monitoring by Western powers.

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Posted on 10/28/2014 9:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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From July 14, 2014, here.

This astonishing open call to the world's Muslims, to do away with what the Shi'ite cleric thinks is the source of the problem, that is do away with  Abu Bakr and Omar and 'Aisha, to turn the world's Sunnis into Shi'a, into "righteous Rafidites," if seen by Sunnis, can only inflame them further. Now we have a Shiite cleric openly insisting that Shi'a Islam is the only true Islam, the Islam that does not encourge or celebrate acts of terror, and it is the Sunnis, who make up 85% of the world's Muslims, who must become Shi'a.

I hope this video is seen by tens of millions of Sunnis. It will madden and inflame them.

 

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Posted on 10/28/2014 7:02 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Not a wet eye in the unsympathetic courthouse.

Story here.

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Posted on 10/28/2014 12:06 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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The twin tales of two secularists -- Hikmet and Say -- and, at the end, and put in bold, the conclusion of Burak Bekdil, an unusual man, with a keen intellect, a citizen of Turkey  who has lived in a (comparatively) advanced Muslim society all of his life and reports truthfully on what he has observed.

 

Turkey's 'Ostinato' Song

Turkey’s ‘ostinato’ song

A few months ago, this column described Turkey as a piano partition composed by Philip Glass: “It finds beauty in itself by repeating itself.” Turkey’s song is repetitive, or ostinato, like in many children’s songs. But it’s hardly entertaining.

Nazım Hikmet (1902-1963) is probably the best-known Turkish poet. His poetry has been translated into more than 50 languages and, in the 1950s, Hikmet was compared to Federico Garcia Lorca, Louis Aragon, Mayakovsky and Pablo Neruda. In 1950, he was a recipient of the International Peace Prize, along with Pablo Picasso, Paul Robeson, Wanda Jakubowska and Neruda. But his life in the country he dearly loved was less enchanting.

In 1921, together with a friend, he volunteered to join the Turkish War of Independence. But the “romantic communist” was viewed as big of a threat as the occupying powers. In later years he was repeatedly arrested and spent much of his adult life in prison. Hikmet was the bête noire of Turkey’s ruling ideology, but a cause célèbre among intellectuals worldwide. In 1949, a committee including Picasso, Robeson and Jean-Paul Sartre campaigned for his release.

In 1950 he was released as part of a general amnesty and fled to the Soviet Union where, in 1963, he died, heartbroken. His Turkish citizenship had been revoked in 1959. In 2009, a bill sponsored by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) reinstituted his Turkish citizenship, a move that deserves much praise, but possibly enacted because the Turkish Islamists thought the dead poet was no longer a threat to the emerging Turkish empire.

Between Hikmet’s death and the rise to fame of a Turkish pianist, Turkey’s ruling ideology was secularism and devout Muslims were the bête noire.

Fazıl Say, possibly the most internationally acclaimed Turkish pianist ever, was born seven years after Hikmet’s sorrowful death in Moscow. By a simple twist of fate, Mr. Say’s early work on large orchestral forms was inspired by Hikmet’s poetry. Several of Mr. Say’s international honors and awards include the German Music Critics’ Best Recording Award of the Year (2001) and the Ambassador of Intercultural Dialogue (2008).

In April 2013, a Turkish court sentenced Mr. Say, on probation, to 10 months for re-tweeting anti-religious verses dubiously attributed to Omar Khayyam, a 12th-century Persian polymath. The re-tweets did not contain a word of violence. Around the same days when Mr. Say was sentenced, Mahmut Macit, a senior member of AKP’s Ankara provincial board, tweeted that “those raped types [atheist psychopaths] should be annihilated.” Despite speaking of the annihilation of atheists, Mr. Macit never faced prosecution.

Mr. Say’s misfortunes would not be limited to a suspended prison sentence. First, his 14-year-long efforts for his pet project, the Antalya Piano Festival, were scrapped. Then his annual concerts with the Borusan Philarmonic Orchestra were canceled by “an administrative decision.”

Most recently, the Culture Ministry verbally ordered (or shall we say, “requested?”) the Presidential Symphony Orchestra’s administration to remove two concerts planned for November and May whose repertoires were to feature works by Mr. Say. The works were originally in the orchestra’s concert calendar.

Half a century ago, Hikmet was read everywhere but his own country. Half a century later, Mr. Say can perform everywhere but his own country. Hikmet lived in a Turkey where the ruling ideology viewed communism and even its softer interpretations as an existential threat to the country. Mr. Say lives in a Turkey where the ruling ideology views atheism or even less pious practices of Islam as an existential threat to the country.

In days like this when there are beheadings on the other side of Turkey’s border with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, I shall repeat the opening lines from this column a few days after Mr. Say was sentenced in April 2013: “Islamists often – but not always – come in two flavors: Those who would decapitate an infidel, take out his heart and eat it in front of cameras, like the ‘freedom fighter’ in Syria; and those who have the same sentiments and goals but pursue smarter means of Islamizing the whole universe, including ‘lesser Muslims,’ through ‘de jure’ methods.”

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Posted on 10/28/2014 7:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014
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Dear Bill, welcome to the club.

TV host Bill Maher’s controversial comments about Islam have sparked a petition to remove him as the December commencement speaker at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Change.org petition, which had gathered nearly 2,000 signatures by Monday afternoon, was authored by Marium Navid, a senator with the student government group Associated Students of the University of California, with the support of Khwaja Ahmed, a member of the the campus advocacy group Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition, the campus’ Daily Californian reported Sunday.

“Bill Maher is a blatant bigot and racist who has no respect for the values UC Berkeley students and administration stand for,” the petition reads. “In a time where climate is a priority for all on campus, we cannot invite an individual who himself perpetuates a dangerous learning environment. Bill Maher's public statements on various religions and cultures are offensive and his dangerous rhetoric has found its way into our campus communities.”

Navid said allowing Maher to speak at Berkeley, a campus made famous by 1964’s free speech movement, would give legitimacy to provocative comments he made earlier this month on his HBO show, "Real Time With Bill Maher," describing Islam as “the only religion that acts like the Mafia, that will fucking kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book."

"People say he has the right to freedom of speech, and I agree with that," Navid told the San Jose Mercury News. “The problem is that when you bring him to the university, you're pretty much putting him into a privileged position. You're raising his voice."

Oh yeah, a commencement speech might be printed in the school paper! That's much more amplified than a long running, much watched television show. Privilaged position? Maybe next they'll try boycotting HBO or something - good luck with that.

 

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Posted on 10/28/2014 7:29 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Here.

The word "takfir" refers to those Muslims who describe, and behave toward, other Muslims (or those who think of themselves as Muslims) as if, because of their beliefs, they are Infidels. And we all know how Muslims behave toward Infidels.

It is the word that is used by Shia such as Nasrallah and the Iranian leaders, to describe the war being made on them -- "sectarianism" they call it -- by the Uber-Sunnis of ISIS. And they allow themselves to believe that the problem is recent, that the problem comes from a single identifiable source -- Saudi Arabia, and the Wahhabis. They ignore the 1400 year history of Sunni-Shi'a strife. They ignore the war of Uber-Sunnis on Shi'a that predate ISIS, and that did not need any encouragement from the Saudi Ministry of Religion or its mosques, especially in Pakistan, where attacks on Shi'a by Sunnis have been going on for decades. Neither Nasrallah, nor his Iranian masters, can quite believe that the Sunnis might regard them as non-Muslims, and keep thinking that somehow they can be treated, as they think they deserve, as full-fledged Muslims, equal to Sunnis. This will not happen. The situation has worsened, because of the natural cleaving between Sunni and Shi'a in Pakistan, where attacks will only increase, and the Sunnis in Pakistan are even attacking, and killing, Iranian border guards. It will happen, as soon as the Western forces are out of Afghanistan, and the attacks by the Taliban on the Shi'a Hazara -- who would have been killed en masse had not the Americans arrived to save them -- resume, with a vengeance. It will happen in Yemen, where the Houthis have not only taken Sana'a but are attacking Sunni tribes elsewhere, but will never be accepted by the Sunnis over whom they seem, at present, to be winning victories. And those victories merely inflame the Sunnis, in Yemen and, more importantly, Saudi Arabia. And the Shi'a in Bahrain will continue to be kept down by the Sunni ruler, no matter what Nasrallah says. And should the Shi'a in the eastern, oil-bearing province of Saudi Arabia, where all the major oilfields, and the Shi'a population are both located, continue with even the mildest demonstration of their disaffection and opposition to Saudi rule, they will be suppressed, or moved out wholesale (Saudi Arabia has pushed out millions of non-Saudi immigrants overnight, when it feared their presence was becoming dangerous).

Nasrallah, and those in Iran who supply and direct him, still cannot understand that their intent to greatly damage or evendestroy Israel, if carried successfully out, would be pleasing to the world's Sunnis, but those same Sunnis would be even more pleased if Israel managed to retaliate and destroy Hezbollah, or Iran. That is why the nuclear project of Iran now makes no geopolitical sense for Iran. A bomb or two could, if dropped on Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, destroy most of Israel. But it would be no good in preventing the Sunnis of ISIS, or other Sunnis in every Muslim country, from continuing to attack and kill Shi'a. And if Iran were to become a nuclear power, fear and hatred of local Shi'a would, given the conspiracy theories, and the aggression, and the violence to which Muslims are naturally heir, given the texts that mold their minds and emotions, increase, and they would be seen as fifth-columnists now of a much more dangerous because nuclear Iran, who would have to be driven out, or destroyed, to ensure  the survival of the Real, that is the Sunni, Muslims.

Perhaps there are some Shi'a in Iran on whom this truth is dawning. Would that it dawned a bit more quickly, before it's too late for Iran to come to sensible terms with the West.

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Posted on 10/28/2014 7:06 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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The final weeks of October 2014 were devastating for America. We had lone wolf jihadis in Ottawa and Montreal killing and wounding Canada Forces service personnel. In New York we had a Muslim convert and former US Navy serviceman shot dead in the midst of a deadly hatchet attack on two NYPD officers in Queens. All three appeared to be operating below the radar screen of surveillance  inspired by Islamic State jihadist social media imploring Salafist brethren in the West to mount attacks on uniformed military and law enforcement officers. These were  so-called ‘citizen jihadists’ wreaking havoc against any means of law enforcement stopping them from their spectacular  suicidal missions. There is a coming Detroit federal court trial on November 4, 2014 against a naturalized US citizen, Rasmieh Odeh. She was a member of a Palestinian terror group, who lied on her application about a prior conviction and incarceration in Israel for a 1969 bombing in Jerusalem that killed two university students.

To answer questions about what drives lone wolf Jihadis undertaking such murderous acts, The Lisa Benson Show on Sunday, October 26, 2014 heard from three prominent experts. They  noted US terrorism expert Steven Emerson, executive director of Washington, DC-based, The Investigative Project, Ottawa-based David B. Harris Canadian consultant on Islamic terrorism and former official at Canada’s Security and Intelligence Service, and Dr. Michael Welner, founder of the Manhattan based, The Forensic Panel, a noted US Forensic Psychiatrist frequently called as an prosecution witness in mass killing and terrorist cases. Dr. Welner was joined by his mother, a holocaust survivor and trained gerontology nurse who presented her views noting their participation in the recent protest of the Met Opera production of The Death of Klinghoffer. This was more information for our listeners packed into 43 minutes of air time than many two hour cable TV documentaries.

Watch video of Attack on Ottawa Parliament, October 22, 2014.

The Odeh case

On Monday, October 27, 2014  Steve Emerson ‘s IPT released the first  in a five part series, “Spinning a Terrorist into a Victim. Rasmieh Odeh a Chicago area Palestinian activist is the subject that report. She was arrested by the FBI for not reporting on her application for US citizenship  her incarceration in Israel for her participation in a 1969 bombing by the terrorist group the  Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). They bombed a supermarket in Jerusalem that killed two Hebrew University students, injuring several others. A second bomb planted at the British consulate did not explode. Odeh was sentenced by an Israeli military court in 1970 to life in prison for her participation in the bombing. Odeh was released in 1979 as part of a group of 76 PFLP terrorist prisoners in exchange for an IDF soldier captured in Lebanon. Odeh came to the US in 1994 from Jordan, settling in Evergreen Park, a suburb of Chicago. She received her US citizenship in 2004. Odeh was arrested on October 22, 2013 under a Federal indictment for not disclosing her prior Israeli conviction, sentencing and incarceration for the PFLP terror bombing. If convicted, Odeh, now 66, may face a 10 year sentence and deportation. Odeh has been vigorously defended by the Council on American Islamic Relations, Students for Justice in Palestine and other so-called human rights groups. Emerson pointed out that Odeh defended her misrepresentations on her application for citizenship on the grounds that she had been tortured while incarcerated in Israel. The IPT team, Emerson said, had interviewed a number of the relatives and friends of the students killed and injured in the PFLP bombing, many now in their 50’s and 60’s. 

Canada’s exposure to Islamic terrorism

David B. Harris told about appearing before a US Congressional Committee with Steve Emerson in 1999. He told the Committee had Canada had perhaps the largest number of foreign terrorist groups in the West, surpassed only by the US. That is reflected in the rapid growth of Canada’s Muslim population, a reflection of the ruling governments’ multi-cultural agenda of aiding immigration. This conscious policy is reflected in the following figures he cited. In 1981 Canada had 98,000 Muslim citizens. By 2001, that had risen to about 580,000 and in 2017 projections are that the number will reach 1.4 million. In two decades it is reported that 1 in 13 Canadians will be Muslim and by 2031, 2.9 million Canadians will be Muslim. In 1981, Jews in Canada outnumbered Muslims by two or three to one. In less than sixteen years, Muslims in Canada will outnumber Jews by almost seven to one. Canada’s estimated  current Jewish population is 380,000. So we are seeing the result of laws and policies that have brought about a substantial liberalizing of immigration access, over the last three or four decades. 

Against the backdrop of the mushrooming Muslim population, Harris cited a 2007 Environics poll showing that approximately 12 percent of Muslims in Canada would be willing to support a plot in Canada to undertake simultaneous mass casualty attacks. That could include bombing and invading certain government and media premises, including the parliament buildings of Canada. That would translate into at least 49,000 Canadians, which should  concern reasonable Muslim and non-Muslim Canadians alike.

Referring to the two Canadian lone wolf jihadis, he said that in the case of Martin Couture-Rouleau there is evidence the mosque he attended was frequented by an extremist Imam who cited Shariah law mandating both mutilation and beheading as appropriate punishments for alleged crimes under Sharia. In the instance of the late Michael Zehaf-Bibeau there are indications that he may have been applying for Libyan citizenship to supplant his Canadian passport that was withheld in view of his “high risk traveller” designation. Denial of passports may have been a motivating factor for both of these individuals coupled with the broadcast of ISIS social media calling for attacks on military and law enforcement in Canada.

A fascinating exchange referenced a long term outreach effort by the RCMP to Muslim groups and leaders tied to the Muslim Brotherhood that began in 2005 following the events of 9/11 in the US. On  September 29,  2014, two Canadian Muslim groups, Islamic Social Services, Inc. (ISS) and  the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), published a so-called de-radicalization manual, “United Against Terrorism: A Collaborative Effort towards a Secure, Inclusive Canada.” The manual was supposed to be a collaborative effort among the RCMP and the two Canadian Muslim groups. NCCM is the renamed Canadian branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations, a Muslim  Brotherhood Front and unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Dallas Federal Holy Land Foundation trial. The objective of the 21 page document was to dissuade Canadian Muslim youths from joining Islamists. Instead, the manual suggested that “terrorists were not Jihadists “and  Jihad was a  “Noble” cause. The RCMP immediately dropped it like the proverbial hot potato calling it “adversarial” and not distributing to its officers.

At the conclusion when prompted by a question on how vulnerable our Northern border is he commented that there are not enough agents to cover likely crossings. As one indication he cited the example of the Millennium plot by an Al Qaeda operative who came to Canada as a refugee and was caught by an inquisitive US border agent. Thus began the unraveling of the Millennium plot, an attempt by al Qaeda using sleeper cells in the US and Canada, to conduct an attack on the Los Angeles International Airport. For more comments about Canada’s Islamist threats, see our August 2012 New English Review interview with him, “A Self-Inflicted Injury: Immigration, Infiltration and Canada's Growing Islamist Threat.

What motivates the Jihad of Lone Wolves?

Dr. Michael Welner addressed the question of whether there are so-called lone wolves who undertake actions influenced by, yet not part of terrorist groups. His research into mass killing and terrorist cases has evolved a paradigm as to how these should be viewed professionally. First are instances involving attacks directly planned and organized by designated terror groups like, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Islamic State using specifically trained recruits for these missions. The second are attacks that are undertaken by foreign affiliates of terror group such Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Al Shabaab and Boko Haram. The third are what he termed "dead enders", recent converts who are susceptible to undertaking spectacle planned attacks using weapons at their disposal to gain celebrity hood as jihadist terrorists. They may be motivated by doctrinal influences and social media exhortations to demonstrate fealty to their new found faith of Islam committing deadly jihad against innocent unbelievers.  

That would explain a host of recent and historic Islamic extremist actions in America. The list would prominently include Maj. Nidal Hassan’s jihad against fellow US Army personnel at Fort Hood, Texas, the killing of US Army Private Andy Long at a Little Rock, Arkansas recruiting office by Muslim convert Carlos Bledsoe (Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad). See our October 2014 New English Review interview  with Dr. Welner regarding the Oklahoma beheading by Alton Nolen or Jah’ Keem Israel.

Barbara Welner Comments

Barbara Welner’s appearance on the Lisa Benson show was an inspired emotional moment as a holocaust survivor who ran away from Nazi killer in a Polish ghetto and survived innumerable threats to the life until liberated.  Lisa Benson father was honored as a liberator of a Nazi  death camps during the last weeks of WWII. Ms. Welner is one of the few persons of her background who has recognized the threat of Islamic Jihadism to both Israel and the Jewish people. See my 2007 Israpundit post, “Moral Clarity from a Holocaust Survivor: Yom Ha Shoah comments of Barbara Welner”. Note this telling comment:

If the Holocaust and the sacrifice of the many millions of innocent lives are to have any meaning for future generations, then our immediate lesson should be to insure our resolve.

I recognize the same intense desire to dehumanize the Jews to utterly destroy them from all quarters of Arab and Muslim life today. The only difference between what I saw from the Nazis is that the Nazis were coy to the outside world about how much they wanted to kill the Jews. The Arabs are quite loudly and vocally advertising how they plan to annihilate Israel.

She recognized that the program provided vital information about a new danger among us here in America. She chastised the Met Opera for conveying a thoughtless production of the Klinghoffer Opera that, as her son said humanized the Palestinian terrorists who killed the defenseless wheelchair bound New York Jew, killing him in cold blood and dumping his body overboard the Italian Cruise vessel, the Achille Lauro. She couldn’t understand why more people in a liberal city like New York with millions of fellow Jews that more people like her son and she didn’t protest the Klinghoffer opera.

Conclusion

What this discussion illustrates is the fatal myopic mindset of counterterrorism  agencies in both Canada and the US reflecting  prevailing multi-culturalism.  In order to secure both countries, a revitalized effort has to be made to understand the threat of Islamic Jihad. Further this may require intrusive community and social media surveillance and targeting  of potential jihadists in our midst.

Listen to the October 26, 2014 Lisa Benson Show with Steve Emerson, David B. Harris, Dr. Michael Welner and his mother Barbara.

 

 

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Posted on 10/28/2014 5:52 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Don't hide behind those upright Sikhs, Hindus etc who also come from the continent of Asia. From the Telegraph. I think civil injunctions like this have the potential to be very useful in those cases where either the PC infested CPS will not prosecute or there is genuinely not enough evidence to secure a criminal conviction, or the grooming has been detected at an early stage such that no crime has yet taken place. 

A number of men have been ordered not to approach girls in public places after a vulnerable teenager was found at a hotel with different men at different times. A High Court judge granted short-term injunctions against at least five men after social workers and police raised concerns about the welfare of the teenage girl, who is in local authority care.

At a court hearing yesterday, one of the men complained his arrest had been unfair, claiming that people thought “that is what Asians are doing” because of “what goes in the news.”

The injunctions were issued following the launch of civil court litigation by social services bosses in Birmingham, who have responsibility for the girl. The orders bar the men from contacting, approaching or following the teenager and from approaching "any female under 18" with whom they are not personally associated, in public places. 

Most of the men dispute the need for injunctions and deny wrongdoing. The judge is due to hear more evidence at a trial in London next month before deciding whether injunctions need to be long-term.Five men appeared at the hearing yesterday. Lawyers said orders had also been made against others.

Lorna Meyer QC, for Birmingham City Council, said the teenager had been found at a hotel room with one of the men at around 1.30pm early in October. He had been arrested before being released on bail pending further investigations. He had said he believed the girl to be 19 and was not aware that she was in local authority care. 

Mr Justice Keehan said he would analyse detailed evidence at a trial in London on November 17 before deciding whether to make injunctions long term. 

Breach of an injunction is a Contempt of Court and can be punished by imprisonment, up to two years. That is as well as any criminal offence that may arise from the action that caused the breach.

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Alain Finkielkraut, in an interview during his receiving the Combourg Chateaubriand Prize, considers whether France might recover from its current condition. Ivan Rioufol himself is more hopeful. Islam is not mentioned in the portions quoted (and perhaps not mentioned elsewhere in the interview) but the large-scale presence of Muslims is clearly a great part of what ails France, and France could be done in by demography, the foreign primitives swamping the French whose command of their own culture, in the general degringolade, is slipping, and with it their awareness of something superior and yet fragile to be defended and transmitted.

Articlette here.

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Posted on 10/27/2014 9:42 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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You can start to learn about her here.

Imagine that organizing a blockade of the port of Ancona, then part of the Papal States, in order to pressure a Pope and save people from the Inquisition.

 

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More of the Tunisians who want to be French turned out to vote than did those Tunisians who want to be Saudis.

Story here.

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Here.

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The welcome news of his going off the air which, considering his bizarre mental makeup, might charitably be considered as a kind of permanent Sick Leave,  is reported on here.

Cheerful,bouncy, an enthusiast,  full of the latest from the world of youth, youth music, youth thoughts, youth everything, even though he's pushing 50, Jian Ghomeshi took up a precious hour every evening at NPR, an hour that might have been given over to intelligent attempts to educate that NPR audience on such things as the ideology of, and apologetics for, Islam,on global warming and what plans may be made, now, to mitigate its inevitable terrible effects, but instead we had this smooth-voiced jejunity forcing himself upon us, paying deep but perky attention to some idiotic rock group or other vacuous insect of the hour. Now he's gone, because his taste for sadomasochism was not, apparently, always shared by those supposedly as pleased to participate as he was, so he says, in entirely "consensual" sex.

In an earlier age, he might have been imprisoned for a long time. He would certainly have been shunned by everyone.

Now he's owning up, and presenting himself as a martyr  for privacy and, oh yes, suing the CBC for fifty million dollars. Shameless chutzpah. Spudorato, in the vein of Berlusconi, to whom he would no doubt be surprised to find himself compared. No, Jian Ghomeshi is even worse. Berlusconi was perfectly conventional, at least, with his harem of paid ladies.

 

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Report, about the U.N. Report, here.
 

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Here.

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This trepid trope discussed and answered here.

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