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The Iconoclast

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BBC:

The family of a British-Iranian woman being held in Iran after going to a men's volleyball match have appealed for her release.

Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was detained after the match in June. Her family say they do not know if she is being held under any charge.

She is now reportedly being held in Tehran's infamous Evin prison.

The UK Foreign Office said it was aware of reports of a Briton being detained and is "following up" the case.

The FCO says it has "limited ability to assist [UK nationals] in any difficulty" in Iran and that the Iranian authorities are "unlikely to grant any consular access".

Ms Ghavami was initially arrested after the match, which took place on 20 June.

There was a protest at the time against a ban on women attending, but her brother Iman told BBC 5 Live Breakfast that she was "simply there to get into the stadium and watch the match".

She was released but then re-arrested when she went to collect her belongings a few days later.

Mr Ghavami said his sister had not been able to see her lawyer since she had been detained but her parents had been allowed to see her some 50 days after her arrest.

She has spent part of her detention in solitary confinement.

"She is certainly experiencing a nightmare. Everyone wants it to end," Mr Ghavami added.

A ban on women attending football matches has been in place since 1979 and in 2012 was extended to volleyball, according to Amnesty International.

The organisation says the ban became a matter of renewed controversy on 13 June, when at a match between Iran and Brazil, Brazilian women were permitted to watch the match and cheer on their team but Iranian women were prevented from doing the same.

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Posted on 09/13/2014 2:56 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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WEST ORANGE — The man accused of gunning down a Livingston teenager in his car earlier this summer told investigators the murder was an act of retribution for U.S. military action against Muslims in the Middle East.

According to court documents filed Wednesday in Washington state, where he is accused of killing three other men, Ali Muhammad Brown said he considered it his mission to murder 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin as an act of “vengeance” for innocent lives lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran.

“All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life,” he told detectives, according to the documents.

Brown, 29, also confessed to killing the other men, all of whom, like Tevlin, were shot multiple times in isolated areas late at night. He described the murder as a “just kill” – carried out against an adult male who was not in the company of any women, children or elderly persons, court papers said.

Prosecutors say Brown is a devout Muslim who had become angered by U.S. military intervention in the Islamic world, which he referred to as “evil.” He also referred to drug use as inherently evil.

“During the interview Brown also stated that, as part of his beliefs, if a ‘man sees evil then he must take action against that evil’,” according to court papers.

Essex County authorities have characterized Tevlin’s June 25 murder as a robbery that turned violent when Brown fired 10 shots into the popular college student’s vehicle, which was stopped at a red light at the corner of Walker Road and Northfield Avenue in West Orange.

Ali Muhammad BrownAli Muhammad Brown 

While three other men, including Brown’s co-defendants Eric Williams and Jeremy Villagran, fled the scene, Brown moved Tevlin’s body into the passenger seat and drove his car to a nearby apartment building, where he abandoned it.

The brutal slaying was just one act in what authorities have characterized as a spree of violence that began two months earlier and 3,000 miles away.

On April 27, police found the body of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson on a stretch of road called the Skyway outside Seattle, which was later linked to Brown via shell casings that matched those found in his other alleged murders.

Prosecutors in Washington say there was no sign of a struggle prior to the slaying, that the two had any prior relationship or contact, or that the crime was motivated by “robbery, drugs or any other crime.”

Brown is also charged with gunning down two Seattle men, Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young, on June 1. Authorities say he had met Said through a hook-up app aimed at gay men, and met them at a nightclub before shooting them.

west-orange-homicide-brendan.jpgBrendan Tevlin, 19

Brown, a registered sex offender and transient who lived in East Orange briefly as a youth, has a lengthy criminal history dating back more than a decade.

In 2004, he was arrested along with 13 other members of an alleged bank fraud ring in Seattle, which federal investigators believed may have been sending money earned through the scheme to terrorist groups.

But court papers say prosecutors were never able to compile any evidence the money was being shipped overseas. In 2005, Brown pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and was released with credit for time served.

Brown was arrested in West Orange on July 18, and is currently being held at the Essex County Jail in Newark on $5 million bail. Authorities are in discussions over whether to extradite him to Washington, where he could face the death penalty if convicted.

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Posted on 09/13/2014 2:33 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 13 September 2014
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John Adams in a letter to F.A. Van Der Kemp, 16 February 1809: "... I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations. If I were an atheist of another sect... I should still believe that chance had ordered the Jews to preserve and propagate for all mankind the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise almighty sovereign of the universe, which I believe to be the great essential principle of all morality, and consequently of all civilization… They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this earth. The Romans and their Empire were but a bauble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more, and more happily than any other nation, ancient or modern."

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Posted on 09/13/2014 2:21 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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Saturday, 13 September 2014
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From an article in The New York Times:

Western intelligence officials say they can track the ISIS oil shipments as they move across Iraq and into Turkey’s southern border regions. Despite extensive discussions inside the Pentagon, American forces have so far not attacked the tanker trucks, though a senior administration official said Friday “that remains an option.”

In public, the administration has been unwilling to criticize Turkey, which insists it has little control over the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq and Syria across its borders, or the flow of oil back out. One senior official, calling President Obama’s recent conversations with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “sensitive,” said the decisions about what the country will do to counter ISIS “will be theirs to make.”

But behind the scenes, the conversations about the Sunni extremist group’s ability to gather vast sums to finance its operations have become increasingly tense since Mr. Obama’s vow on Wednesday night to degrade and ultimately destroy the group.

Turkey’s failure thus far to help choke off the oil trade symbolizes the magnitude of the challenges facing the administration both in assembling a coalition to counter the Sunni militant group and in starving its lifeblood. ISIS’ access to cash is critical to its ability to recruit members, meet its growing payroll of fighters, expand its reach and operate across the territory of two countries.

“Turkey in many ways is a wild card in this coalition equation,” said Juan Zarate, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and author of “Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare.” “It’s a great disappointment: There is a real danger that the effort to degrade and destroy ISIS is at risk. You have a major NATO ally, and it is not clear they are willing and able to cut off flows of funds, fighters and support to ISIS.”

Turkey declined to sign a communiqué on Thursday in Saudi Arabia that committed Persian Gulf states in the region to counter ISIS, even limited to the extent each nation considered “appropriate.” Turkish officials told their American counterparts that with 49 Turkish diplomats being held as hostages in Iraq, they could not risk taking a public stance against the terror group.

Still, administration officials say they believe Turkey could substantially disrupt the cash flow to ISIS if it tried.

“Like any sort of black market smuggling operation, if you devote the resources and the effort to attack it, you are unlikely to eradicate it, but you are likely to put a very significant dent in it,” a senior administration official said on Saturday.

A second senior official said that Mr. Obama’s national security team had spoken several times with Mr. Erdogan and other top Turkish officials in the past two weeks about what they can do to help counter ISIS, and that ISIS’ financing was part of those discussions. “Stopping the flow of foreign fighters, border security and dismantling ISIL funding networks are also key aspects of our strategy, and we will continue to work closely with Turkey and our other partners in the region on these efforts in the days ahead,” the official said, using a different acronym to describe the militant organizatio

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Posted on 09/13/2014 1:44 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 13 September 2014
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The Grand Mufti of the Department of Social Justice (aka, DOJ) has issued a fatwa prohibiting states from using zoning laws to deny building permits for Islamic “culture centers” - Mosques with “youth centers.”

… as a grand jury investigates another Minneapolis mosque for radicalizing recruits for ISIL, the Justice Department is suing local officials for blocking a new extremist mosque in the area.

Attorney General Eric Holder sued St. Anthony, Minn., after the Minneapolis suburb rejected the Abu Huraira Islamic Center and its 15,000-square-foot mosque over zoning issues.

The mosque website openly endorses jihad. Its website says that Muslims are instructed to fight and take "captives" in "warfare" and says it will "condone violence." Further, the mosque is to be modeled after the nearby Dar Al-Farooq mosque and its youth center which is being investigated for the radicalization and recruitment of as many as 40 Muslims who have left America to fight for the Islamic State.

Nonetheless, with the full endorsement and praise of CAIR (Council of American Islamic Resurgence), Holder is confidently moving ahead with investigations into 28 cases nationwide involving local denials of mosques, many of which have seated radical imams and officials tied to terrorist groups.

Evidently this is part of the Obama administration’s smart duplicity diplomacy. The president intends to make good on his claim that America is a Muslim nation. The idea is to distract public attention by combating bloody Islamist organizations abroad and smooth the path of stealth jihad on the home front.

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Posted on 09/13/2014 8:29 AM by Richard Butrick
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I doubt that anyone on the Gold Coast City Council town planning committee has read ex-Muslim Sam Solomon's little book on the nature and function of the mosque within Islam and the Islamic "community", nor his more detailed book on "Al Hijra: the Islamic Doctrine of Immigration". Nor the Quran nor the Sira of Ibn Ishaq.  If they had, they might not have been so eager - in the teeth of quite significant local non-Muslim opposition - to approve the building of yet another mosque on Australian soil, even as Australian Federal Police found themselves having to raid an Islamic bookshop in order to arrest persons engaged in funnelling funds and fighters to the murderously-orthodox Muslims of the Islamic State, and their ilk.

Report from the ABC's Charmaine Kane.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-10/currumbin-mosque-tick-of-approval-from-gc-council-committee/5734428

'Currumbin Mosque Gains Tick of Approval From Gold Coast Council Planning Committee.

'A controversial (because of the presence of persons on the Gold Coast who are better informed about Islam than, it seems, any person currently sitting on Council - CM) proposal to place a mosque in a Currumbin industrial estate has received the approval of Gold Coast City Council's town planning committee.

'The committee debated the proposal at a three-hour meeting this morning.

'A majority of councillors voted in favour of approving the mosque, but recommended conditions be placed on that approval.

'Protestors bearing placards against the proposal gathered outside the council chambers this morning, and others watched the debate from the public gallery.

Note that Ms Kane does not give an estimate of the number of protestors there present, nor does she tell us what was written on any of the placards.  - CM

'A group known as Currumbin Residents and Light Industry Safety Committee has been a vocal opponent of the proposal.

Given the fact that explosions related to the incorrect storage and/or manufacture of ordnance have been known to happen inside mosques in other countries, I can see why they might be concerned for the safety of persons and premises next door. - CM

'President Stuart Ramsay said they had gathered more than 9,000 objections to the plan as part of their submission to council on the matter.

'He said the mosque would be less than 40 metres from a residential area (i.e. it must be located on the edge of the industrial estate - CM) and the plan allowed it to operate from 4 am to 10 pm seven days a week.  

And how long will it be before they start blasting the azan through loudspeakers? - CM

'Mr Ramsay said traffic and parking would become major issues.

"It's just basically a big tin shed and the operation of this facility will generate a significant amount of noise, the proximity of the industrial businesses and also the residential area", he said.

'Deputy Mayor Donna Gates acknowledged the issue had been divisive.

"It's the item that has generated more objections and submissions than any before in history I believe", she said.

I find that heartening, personally.  It suggests that even if  Deputy Mayor Donna Gates doesn't have a clue about Islam, the religion of blood and war, a significant percentage of ordinary Gold Coast citizens do have at least some idea, enough to galvanise them into putting up a fight against having yet another mohammedan mob forward operating base - a fort, safe house, font of anti-kuffar hate speech and recruitment agency for jihad - plopped down in their midst. - CM

'The full council must now vote on whether to give final approval to the mosque development at its meeting next Tuesday.

'Two mosques already operate in other Gold Coast suburbs."

Two is more than enough to have to watch and worry about.  

In a follow up article, from Russell Varley and Leona Lake, we discover that two of the Islamophile councillors claiming that they have received death threats.  I would emphasise that no member of any reputable mainstream Australian citizen organisation engaged in resistance to Jihad and sharia creep would ever do such a thing.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-12/councillors-death-threats-over-currumbin-mosque-support/5739622

"Currumbin Mosque: Death Threats Made to Councillors Over Planning Approval Investigated

'Police are investigating death threats received by two councillors over their support for a proposed mosque on the Gold Coast.

'Earlier this week the council's planning committee voted in favour of the plan to build a mosque at an industrial estate in Currumbin.

'Following the vote death threats were received by committee members Cameron Caldwell and William Owen-Jones.

'A third committee member, Councillor Chris Robbins, told the ABC she voted against the proposal and had been abused on social media.

"No direct threats but a lot of really nasty stuff that people were hoping would happen to me", Councillor Robbins said.

"Like I would get strung up in the middle of town, hung, my family affected, a whole range of really nasty things through Facebook."

'Councillor Robbins said the remarks followed an earlier protest meeting, and she had been forced to hire a lawyer to have them removed.

"Most of that material has been taken down, there's still some nasty stuff gets posted from time to time, but the main stuff has gone", she said.

Question: was this "nasty stuff" coming from persons who claimed to be opponents of the mosque and were blaming Clr Robbins for the council's decision to approve it, or from persons who claimed to be in favour of the mosque and were attacking Clr Robbins because she personally voted against it??  I cannot determine which, from the wording of this report.  - CM

"People have to understand councillors are bound by the law, we have to take an oath to uphold the Local Government Act.

"We have a process we have to follow and whether people like it or not, that's the process we have to go through".

'The full council will debate the development next week."

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Posted on 09/13/2014 7:37 AM by Christina McIntosh
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This has been variously reported in various media outlets, but a couple of the ABC reports are enough to give an idea of what has come to light so far.

First, on September 11 2014, we read:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-10/man-charged-after-raid-on-islamic-centre-near-brisbane/5734524

"Man Charged After Raid on Islamic Centre South of Brisbane".

And he wasn't a Buddhist, a Hindu, a Jew, a Sikh, an Atheist or a Christian. Funny, that. - CM

'A man has been charged over allegedly recruiting, facilitating and funding people [sic: Muslims - I doubt any Buddhists or Christians are rushing off to join in the rapes, enslavements and beheadings, etc. - CM] to fight in Syria, after officers raided an Islamic centre at Logan, south of Brisbane.

'Agim Kruezi, 21, of Boronia Heights, is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates' Court, following a 12-month joint operation that included the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Queensland Police.

They've had their eye on him, and on that place, for twelve months.  Good work. Now, I hope they're watching all the other "Islamic centres", bookshops, etc...and I do hope they're watching the mosques. Every last one of them should be suspect, and under surveillance. Bugged, preferably. - CM

'Omar Succerieth, 31, from Kuraby (where there is a mosque, by the way - CM) has also been arrested and is expected to be charged.

'Succerieh, one of the Islamic centre's founders, is believed to be the brother of Abu Asma al Australi, who is suspected of being the first Australian [sic: "Australian-passport-holding" - CM] suicide bomber to die in Syria.

No, he didn't just "die", he blew himself up in Syria.   Slaying and being slain the cause of "allah".  I hope that he really is dead, because that means he can't come back to murder Aussie infidels on Aussie soil. - CM

'Nine search warrants were executed on the centre in the Logan suburb of Underwood, by 180 AFP and Queensland police officers.

One hundred and eighty cops?  To execute nine search warrants. That's roughly twenty cops per warrant.  Yup, Aussie police are taking no chances; an upfront display of force seems to be the best way to deter the formation of the mohammedan insta-mob. - CM

'AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said the 21 year old man was charged with two offences.

"Firstly in relation to incursions into Syria with the intention of engaging in hostile activities and recruiting persons to engage in hostile activities in Syria," he said.

"A 31 year old male from Kuraby will be charged for providing funds to a terrorist organisation in Syria, as well as one charge under the Crimes Foreign Incursions Act 1978 in relation to preparation for crimes [? - incursions? this is reading oddly - CM] into Syria with the intention of engaging in hostile activity".

'He said advice the AFP had from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions was [that] there was enough evidence to charge the men.

'He said there were a number of items seized in Wednesday morning's raids.

"Some crossbars [sic: crossbows? - CM], electronic data and one firearm", he said.

"[The men] are associated with the bookshop.  We are not going to go into further details at this time exactly what that relationship is, but obviously that will bear out [? - be borne out? - CM] in the court process."

'Associated with the bookshop".  Now, thought experiment.  There is in Australia a well-known chain of evangelical Christian bookshops known as "Koorong Books".  Could anyone even begin to imagine the AFP needing to raid Koorong premises, or employees thereof, and uncovering weaponry, and a clandestine network aimed at funnelling people into an organisation notorious for kidnappings, extortion and beheadings?  But the AFP has just had to raid an Islamic bookshop and arrest persons associated therewith. - CM

'The raids come a day after the head of Australia's domestic spy agency, David Irvine, said the country's official terror threat (that is: the probability that Australian Infidels on Australian soil might be murderously attacked by allahu-akbaring followers and imitators of the warlord Mohammed - CM) could be upgraded in the next few days.

'ASIO's director-general told the ABC's 7.30 Report on Tuesday night that the threat had been building in Australia over the past year and he had an "elevated level of concern".

'The Federal Government has confirmed the threat of a terrorist attack (that is: of a Muslim jihad terror raid - CM) in Australia has moved "above moderate" because of the involvement of Australians (sic: of Australian-passport-holding Muslims - CM) in the Middle East war zone.

'However, Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said security agencies did not think the men were planning a terrorist attack within Australia, nor were they related to Islamic State (IS).

That's not much comfort.  If these particular people were not - so far as could be discerned - planning to attack Aussie infidels, that does not mean that others, similarly jihad-minded, are not.  If there are Muslims within Australia prepared to go all the way to Syria to engage in jihad fi sabil allah against the Alawite and Shiite heretics then there are surely other Muslims looking with contempt and aggression at the Infidels all around them, right here.  And  IS is not the only jihad outfit that has been committing atrocities, whether in Syria or in Iraq. - CM

"I would like to stress there is no information or intelligence available to police or security agencies at this time to indicate that these males were involved in terrorism attack planning in Australia", he said.

Still, I wouldn't like to have people of this ilk living in the house next door. - CM

'He said the timing of the raids came down to public safety.

Hmmmm. - CM

"This is criminal behaviour by Australians involved in terrorist activity....these charges were not in relation to Islamic State", he said.

'Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Gayle Hogan said there was nothing in the investigation that pointed to any attack or problems in relation to the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November.

"The Queensland Police Service and our partners are working closely to ensure that our planning is up to speed to provide security to all of the guests that are coming and to the members of the community, so I state again there are no links to G20", she said."

In this particular case, maybe not. That doesn't mean that there might not be other plots a-hatching, elsewhere within the ummah.  Watch the mosques.

Now, a bit more on the Muslims who were arrested.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-11/two-men-due-in-court-on-terrorism-related-charges/5735600

'Two Men Accused of Terrorism-Related Offences Remanded in Custody'.

"The older brother of Australia's suspected first suicide bomber and a co-accused have been remanded in custody after being charged with terrorism-related offences in Queensland's south-east.

"Agim Kruezi, 21, from Boronia Heights, and Omar Succareieh, 31, from Kuraby, both south of Brisbane, briefly appeared in Brisbane Magistrates' Court this morning.

'Kruezi faced five charges, including unlawfully possessing a sawn-off .22 calibre semi-automatic firearm.

He wouldn't have been able to get that onto a plane to send to Syria. He couldn't have given it to a bruvva to take to Syria.  That weapon could only have been intended for use here.  Against whom? - CM

'A detailed charge sheet also showed he allegedly recruited people for the Islamic State jihadist group between July 2013 and September 2014 to fight in Syria and Iraq.

In the first report I just reproduced above, our Assistant Commissioner said he didn't think the men arrested were related to the Islamic State.  Now it appears that one of them was. - CM

'Succarieh, brother of Abu Asma al Australia...faced three charges.

'They included making funds available to Jabhat al Nusra, which was linked to Al Qaeda, between August 2013 and September 2014.

I'd like to know the source of the funds.  Was it all his own money, from lawful earnings?  Or was it contributed by other members of the Mohammedan Mob, and if so, whom? - CM

'He also allegedly prepared for "incursions into foreign state" between February 2014 and March 2014, and unlawfully possessed a growth hormone.

To beef himself - and/ or others - up for jihad?  Or to illegally trade, to raise funds for jihad? - CM

'The pair were remanded in custody until their next court appearance on October 17.

'They were arrested yesterday after a 12 month counter terrorism operation involving federal and Queensland police.

'Anti-terrorism officers carried out nine simultaneous raids, including at the iQraa Isalmic Centre at Underwood south of Brisbane.

'AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said there was no evidence an attack was being planned in Australia.

'But he alleged there was evidence of terrorism-related activity.

"There was a sufficiency of evidence to progress and this was not a hasty decision and due to public safety concerns we really had no option but to proceed", he said. "Australians [sic - CM] travelling offshore to engage in, or support, terrorist activities or conflict present a significant threat to Australia's national security, both in foreign countries and upon their return to Australia"...

'Upon their return to Australia"?  Why the HELL do you so supinely assume that they can and will return??  Why is it so utterly impossible to conceive of preventing them from returning by, for example, stripping them of citizenship - a citizenship for which they manifestly care nothing except as a temporary and tactical convenience - and of their Infidel-country passports?  Why cannot steps be taken to ensure that, once having gone, once having plunged into a jihad bloodbath, whether in Syria or Iraq or anywhere else (Somalia? Yemen? Northern Nigeria? Afghanistan? Libya? you-name-it), such persons are banned from ever being able to return into any part of the lands of the non-Muslims?   Let them go.  Do not let them return.  Why, why, why does no government in the western world seem to be able to see this simple and obvious way in which to lessen the problem presented by our Mohammedan Fifth Column? 

And now cue the usual bleating of "ButthishasnothingtodowithIslam" from people who have manifestly avoided doing their homework. - CM

'Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said the Islamic community should not be blamed for the alleged activities of a few individuals.

Dear Premier Newman. Read. the. bloody. Quran.  Read. the. even. bloodier. Sira.  Get it through your head that all Muslims, - all Muslims - are taught to admire and imitate everything that Mohammed did and taught.  And get a bloody clue! - CM

"Now more than ever I call on Queenslanders to show the tolerance and friendship for which we're all renowned", he said.

Dear Premier Newman: are you aware that Muslims are taught (this is Orthodox Islam, not some weird fringe thing) that they must not befriend infidels - except feigningly and temporarily, at times of relative Muslim weakness vis a vis the najis kuffar, the filthy unbelievers?   And do you know what life was like for the dhimmis, the "tolerated" non-Muslim indigenous minorities in Muslim-conquered lands, throughout most of the history of Islam?  A condition of degradation, humiliation, and perpetual - and sometimes extreme - physical peril.  I will be coolly polite to Muslims I meet in the street. But I will watch my back around them, and I will keep a beady eye upon them; just as, in 1942, my parents would have kept a beady eye upon any person who flew a Swastika flag in the front garden and/ or was heard expressing admiration for Herr Hitler.  I will watch, and listen, and if I see anything at all suspicious, anything that Doesn't Feel Right, I will make a phone call to the AFP.  - CM

"This is not about a religion, this is about people who are allegedly involved in planning criminal acts".

Dear Premier, this is about a religion; it is about the belief system that Sir Winston Churchill, who knew a great deal more about Islam than you do, from direct personal observation and experience, and from at least some reading of core Islamic texts, summed up as "the religion of blood and war". - CM 

 

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Posted on 09/13/2014 6:20 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Posted on 09/12/2014 9:48 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Je demande, au nom de l'humanité, à ce qu'on broie la Pierre-Noire, pour en jeter les cendres au vent, à ce qu'on détruise la Mecque, et que l'on souille la tombe de Mahomet. Ce serait le moyen de démoraliser le Fanatisme.

Lettre du 19 janvier 1878 à Madame Roger des Genettes.

Gustave Flaubert

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Posted on 09/12/2014 9:24 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, the new group announced last week by Ayman al-Zawahiri to bolster his flagging fortunes, suffered a setback when three of its fighters were killed and seven arrested in its first ever terror attack.

Heavily armed militants attacked a naval dock in Karachi's sea port on Saturday night and targeted what they believed was an American aircraft carrier, but instead found a Pakistan Navy frigate and were overwhelmed before they could cause any damage, investigators said.

Three jihadis were killed in the attack, four were captured and another three arrested the following day on information from interrogations. Two Pakistan Navy guards were wounded in the fighting.

"It was a complete failure, they did not do any kind of damage, some were captured and we caught more, seven so far and may be more to come. They were well-equipped and came with the intention of taking a ship into their custody but they were caught in the initial stages," a senior source close to the investigation told the Telegraph.

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, the militant group unveiled by Zawahiri last week to demonstrate his clout despite the rise of Islamic State (Isil), claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday and said former Pakistan Navy men had carried it out. "The Naval officers who were martyred on Saturday in the attack on Karachi were al-Qaeda members. They were trying to attack American marines and their cronies", the group said in a statement. It added that militants had successfully seized an American vessel but were thwarted by Pakistan Navy troops. "The Pakistani military men who died defending enemies of the Muslim nation...are cursed with hell", 

Investigators denied that the all the attackers had belonged to the Pakistani Navy and said only one militant, who was killed in the fighting, was a former naval rating. 

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Posted on 09/12/2014 12:50 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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From 'Shariah Police' to 'Pro Halal'

Meanwhile, the Salafist group which made headlines across Germany when they published photos of themselves in uniform as the 'Shariah Police' announced that they plan to rebrand themselves as 'Pro Halal'.The group, organized around well-known preacher and German convert to Salafism Sven Lau, will patrol the streets without the official-seeming "Shariah Police" uniforms which stoked anger among politicians and the public.

A video released on Thursday showed Lau walking the streets of Düsseldorf with the group.

“We'll keep going out on the streets and watching out for young people,” Lau said, saying that he and his followers “would travel from city to city”.

“Shariah Police” members briefly patrolled the streets of Wuppertal, challenging passers-by on their behaviour and entering shops to warn them against playing music or serving alcohol.

Lau and his men decided to stop appearing in public with their orange vests after state prosecutors in Wuppertal and police said they were illegal. Charges of unlawful assembly and use of uniform in public were brought against 11 members of the group. But speaking about his new plan, Lau said: “I don't need any vest for this work."

Jäger said that the state government was taking the problem seriously, rather than playing the incidents down as some, fearful of giving the Salafists publicity, have urged. “Some want to see the people wearing vests with 'Shariah Police' printed on them as a minor thing, a stupid lads' prank,” he said. “[But] this was a provocation against the rule of law, not just a publicity stunt by the Salafists.”

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Posted on 09/12/2014 9:17 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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In his speech of September 10, 2014, President Barack Obama finally followed the wisdom of the State of Israel in calling for and preparing “targeted action” to stop the advances of an Islamic terrorist organization and political structure.  This is the right course for dealing with the Islamic State (IS), as it is regarding policy toward Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

It is regrettable and rather puzzling that Obama erred in some of his remarks.  He refused to acknowledge that ISIL, as he terms it, is an “Islamic group.”  He also referred to ISIL as a “terrorist organization, pure and simple.”  The world has been horrified by the sight of ISIL or ISIS glorifying in its beheadings of innocent people and mass executions.  But the terrorist group has transformed itself into a self-proclaimed Islamic State that, like Hamas, controls a great deal of the daily life and the work of public institutions in the areas under its purview.

One of the major ways to counter the threat of the Islamist organizations is to cut off their funding.  Obama is aware of this in relation to IS, though with its present assets, oil, and money, IS has no urgent need for foreign financing.  The U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Terrorism in its hearing on September 10, 2014 was aware of the urgent need to control funding of Hamas, which does need outside resources.  It pointed out that the main culprits presently are Qatar and Turkey.

The conflict between Hamas and Israel in July and August unexpectedly showed the enormous amount of resources Hamas had spent – not only on buying rockets and missiles, but on building over 30 tunnels from which to attack Israel.  Revenue has been obtained by Hamas from domestic resources, from taxes on gas, smuggling of cement, gravel, and steel, and extortion.

But most of Hamas's resources have come from Iran, Sudan, Qatar, and Turkey, as well as from Syria.  For a number of years, Iran, which has also supported Hezb'allah, was the largest single donor to Hamas, giving it up to $300 million a year.  However, a break came in 2011 as a result of the refusal of Hamas, a Sunni group, to support the Alawite regime of President Assad in Syria that Iran supported.  Iran then stopped its funding and slowed the delivery of arms to Hamas.  But after the beginning of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in July 2014 to defend itself against attacks, Iran has restarted its relationship with Hamas and called for arms to be sent to it.

The Assad Syrian regime provided political and material assistance and some financial support for Hamas.  It housed the headquarters of Hamas in Damascus, where Khalid Mershaal, the Hamas political leader, lived until he left for Qatar in 2012.  His departure, and that of other Hamas people in Syria, resulted from Hamas’s refusal to support Assad in the civil war that started in 2011.

Turkey has been a strong financial supporter of Hamas, to whose members it refers as "freedom fighters.”  In her statement to the House subcommittee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen spoke of Turkey as providing financial, material, and political support for Hamas for years without any repercussions.  It has said to have given at least $300 million to Hamas.  It has helped in construction of schools and hospitals in Gaza.  It sheltered the founder of the terrorist Fatah group, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

The entrance of Qatar as a power player in international politics and its attempts at regional domination have been dramatic.  The economic business ventures in Europe as well as the contribution to the funding of Hamas by the small country – with a population of 280,000 citizens, who have the highest per capita income in the world, and 1.5 million foreign workers – has been extraordinary.

Benefiting from owning about one seventh of the proven gas supplies in the world, Qatar controls enormous financial resources – some say $ 200 billion in financial reserves – and spectacular investments, including fashionable hotels, art-buying, chain stores, car manufactures, and football clubs in a number of European countries.  The nation even gave $14.8 million to the Brookings Institute.

Qatar can be called the world’s largest funder of terror, giving money to the various affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood.  In a strong speech delivered on March 4, 2014 on the subject of the dynamics of terrorist financing, David Cohen, U.S. Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, stated that Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally, has for many years financed Hamas.  

Qatar’s most dramatic gesture was that of the former ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the first head of state to visit Gaza since Hamas took power, who pledged in October 2012 to give Hamas $400 million, supposedly for a reconstruction project that allowed it to import cement via Egypt.  That cement went to the building of the tunnels.  Qatar had wanted to transfer millions to the Arab Bank to pay 44,000 Hamas civil servants, but the transfer was never processed because of U.S. pressure.

In the conflict in July and August 2014, Qatar took a strong position.  As well as supplying funds to Hamas, it used the state-backed news channel Al Jazeera to broadcast severe attacks against Israeli activities.  It has housed Mershaal, who delivered a talk in the Grand Mosque in Qatar calling for Jerusalem to be liberated, as well as living in luxury in the country.

The US should take a strong stand on the funding activities of Qatar and Turkey.  Obviously this is not easy, since both countries are nominally U.S. allies, and Turkey is a member of NATO.  The U.S. is involved in large arms deals – about 800 million – with Turkey.  The administration also is involved in a  $11-billion arms sale with Qatar.  The U.S. Combined Air Operations Center is in the large al-Udeid air base, which is the largest U.S. base in the Middle East, in Qatar.

That base may symbolize the links between the two countries, but Qatar also has links with Iran, even preparing for joint naval operations in the near future.  The Obama administration hopes, perhaps in vain, that Turkey and Qatar will be part of the coalition intended against the Islamic State.

David Cohen in his March 4, 2014 speech hoped that Qatar would be a constructive partner in countering terrorism.  But the general hope that the new emir, Tamin Hamad al-Thani, would be more cooperative than his father has not yet been realized.  U.S. relations with Turkey and Qatar may be complicated, but the Obama administration must still have and carry out an effective policy to control funding of terrorist groups in general.  There is no complicated U.S. relationship with Hamas, and it should not be difficult for the U.S. and its associates prevent funding of that terrorist organization.  Indeed, this is essential.

First published in the American Thinker.

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Posted on 09/12/2014 8:41 AM by Michael Curtis
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Here.

After killing her brother, the Islamic State commander took her for his concubine. Imagine killing the brother, father, husband of a girl, and then taking her as a "concubine," or sex slave. What kind of person would do that thinking it is perfectly all right to do so? Why, anyone who believes that Muhammad was "al-insan al-kamil" (the Perfect Man) and "uswa hasana" (the Model of Conduct), would do so. Why? Because that is exactly what Muhammad did, at the Khaybar Oasis, when he took as a sex-slave a Jewish girl whose husband, father, brother -- all the males in the Jewish community of farmers -- had just been killed, in cold blood, for no other reason than they were there, at the Khaybar Oasis, and had loot and women that Muhammad coveted for himself and his men.

You can read about the Yazidi girl here.

You can read about Muhammad, and the Jewish girl -- he also had a second, Coptic concubine, along with his nine wives --by consulting the Hadith and the Sira. The Khaybar Oasis "battle" makes instructive reading. You can learn a lot, practically everything, about the Islamic State by reading not only the Qur'an, but that gloss on the Qur'an known as the Sunnah (which consists of what is written in the Hadith and the Sira).

 

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Posted on 09/12/2014 7:45 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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A group of Britons who were seeking to return home after fighting for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have been taken prisoner by their militant commanders. The group were stripped of their weapons and marched to a punishment centre in the militant-held city of Raqqah in Syria, according to reports. 

This is from The Times, who got it from a German magazine called Focus. The dissenters so punished also included two German passport holders, two Belgian passport holders and three French passport holders. They had complainted that they were not fighting President Assad's supporters, who are mostly Shia or Alawites but were killing other Sunni Muslims as part of the Islamic State's battle to extend territory, power and dominance.

The jihadist, claiming to represent 30 Britons, said there was growing despondency among men in his group. The man, who cannot be named, said the group feared long prison terms. 

The British man told researchers: “We came to fight the regime and instead we are involved in gang warfare. It’s not what we came for but if we go back [to Britain] we will go to jail. Right now we are being forced to fight — what option do we have?” 

To paraphrase some of the comments, they made their bed, now they have to lie on it. And they needn't think they can come back like the prodigal son. 

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Posted on 09/12/2014 7:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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On his Tu-Quoque defense, and palpable ignorance, of Islam, from Bill Maher, who has shown an ability to assimilate new information, here.
 

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Posted on 09/12/2014 6:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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From AFP via France 24

A Frenchman suspected of recruiting jihadists and cultivating links with terrorist groups in Syria has been arrested in Turkey and handed over to French authorities, France's interior minister said Thursday. Mourad Fares was arrested on August 16 in Turkey and taken into custody in France on Wednesday, Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement.

Cazeneuve described Fares as a "particularly dangerous individual close to jihadist terrorist movements," including the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra. Fares, who went to Syria in July last year and had an international arrest warrant issued against him, had a "key role in recruiting French youths in Strasbourg and Toulouse and sending them to Syria," Cazeneuve said.

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Posted on 09/12/2014 3:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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From the French edition of The Local

Anti-Semitic attacks nearly doubled in France in the first seven months of the year, the country's main Jewish group said Thursday. A total of 529 anti-Semitic actions or threats were registered up to the end of July, against 276 for the same period last year, the Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) said, citing figures gleaned from the interior ministry.They included violence against individuals, arson and vandalism.

Such anti-Semitic acts "exacerbate the growing unease that oppresses Jews in France each day and overshadows their future", CRIF said in a statement. Yet more worrying, the group added, is the appearance of new forms of violence against Jews -- including attacks by organised gangs and the targeting of synagogues, as well as acts of vandalism against Jewish businesses and "terrorist attacks".

Last week the French office of the Jewish Agency for Israel said that more Jews have left France for Israel so far this year than from any other country, blaming a "climate of anti-Semitism".

In addition to the largest Jewish diaspora in Europe, France is also home to the continent's biggest Muslim community, which is estimated at around five million.

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Posted on 09/12/2014 3:02 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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First posted in 2005:

The year: 2021. The occasion: the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, where the Turkish fleet under Ali, the captain pasha, was defeated by the naval forces of Venice and of Spain (commanded by Don John of Austria, natural brother to the great Philip II, King of Spain). This victory helped repulse the constant efforts by the Muslim Turks to penetrate even further and seize even more Infidel lands in Eastern and Central and Southern Europe.

At the site of the engagement, the ships are all identical. Indeed, they all belong to the Eurabian fleet of a newly-expanded Eurabia, in which Turkey is the most populous member.

Of course, no one in his right mind would have wanted to label the ships with such words as “Turkish” or “European” (much less “Venetian”). “We are all Turks now,” joked the French Foreign Minister, Ekmelledin Uzal, to his British counterpart, Manwar al-Oteiba. But of course, it would not do to label the sides “Turkey” and “Turkey.”

Cornel West, Jr., son of the celebrated winner of two Nobel Prizes (one in literature and another for peace), was chosen to organize this event that holds so much significance for the world’s peoples.

He was a natural choice. For, as president of the Eternal Peace and Dialogue-to-Death Foundation, which boasts 800,000 employees in 65 countries and is funded with the turned-over endowments of several self-extinguishing foundations, including the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, the Soros Foundation, the Buffett Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the Walton Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the Olayan, Khashoggi, and Khaddafy Foundations, as well as the assets of three dozen slightly smaller foundations that had similarly disbanded, from all parts of the globe.

It was he, the brilliant son of an even more brilliant father, who finally hit upon the right way to label those ships that were to re-enact the Battle of Lepanto in a spirit not of celebrating a victory (what does “victory” mean, and what is “defeat,” when we are all the children of the same god, and all of us indistinguishable one from the other, after all?).

At first, Cornel West, Jr., possibly remembering how the Battle of Trafalgar was re-enacted years ago, when his father was still a hard-working University Professor at Princeton and celebrated winner of the 2005 Lannan Prize for Services to Culture and Humanity, or Humanity and Culture, or something — thought the two sides might indeed be labeled the “Blue Team” and the “Red Team,” as had been done for the Trafalgar anniversary. But then it was pointed out that the painting would be costly, and besides, what with the ozone layer constantly thinning out into nothingness, more and more people seemed to be suffering from daltonism, which meant that millions of spectators watching the re-creation on television would have difficulty distinguishing one team from the other.

Then West had a brilliant idea. It was, like all brilliant ideas, so obvious — and yet, no one had thought of it. It would make clear, utterly and transparently clear, what wars and bloodshed were really all about. They were about nothing at all. They had nothing to do with any discrete quarrels, any venomous ideologies, any attempts by one side or another to conquer one side, or another.

No, wars — Man’s Inhumanity to Man — was all about The Other. Man, especially Western man, European man, or European man’s mutated descendants in North America, who were consumed with the need to create, and then to mount a campaign against, The Other. It could be anything. It didn’t matter. In the time of Lepanto, it was the terrible Turks, the malignant and the turbaned Turks, the Turks of “Mama li turchi” used to scare little Italian children.

And so it came to pass, that in 2021, in the re-created Battle of Lepanto, where Cervantes lost a hand (and later would lose his freedom to a renegade, a Christian-turned-Muslim slave-master named Venedikili Hasan Pasha, a future Beylerbey of Algiers), each side bore the exact same label — a label that showed the futility of all warfare, of all distinctions, of all the silliness that Western man, especially, has inflicted on the otherwise naturally peaceful people in this naturally harmonious world (don’t you find it getting just a little hot, and stuffy, and harder to breathe, in this wonderful still fossil-fuel-driven world of ours?).

And this is what the great son of the even greater father decided to do:

He labeled the ships of the Venetians, and the other European contributors to the fleet, “The Other.” And then he labeled all the ships that represented the naval fleet of the Ottoman Turks with signs that read “The Other.”

And that was that. The Battle of Lepanto. “The Other” vs. “The Other.” For there is no “Other” now, in 2021. And in truth, there never really was “the Other” — for “the Other” was simply a construct of the Western world, one which the peaceful non-Westerners made the terrible mistake of borrowing from them.

As Mustafa Schwartz-Weiss Kara-Akyol al-Padovi, the Italian Minister of Culture, noted, “yes, we are all Turks and Muslims now. We are all “The Other” now. Alhamdulillah, we are all friends, there will be no more war. There didn’t have to be war in 1571. We could all have saved a lot of time, a lot of pain, if only the Venetians and the Spanish had understood then what everyone in Europe now understands.”

Fruit drinks were sold. There was loukoum. There was iced Moroccan mint tea There were hubble-bubble pipes.

A splendid time was had by all.

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Posted on 09/11/2014 8:53 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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We know some MPs, most notably Ann Cryer of Keithley spoke out about the grooming of girls, and not just in their own constituency; she would not keep quiet even when told to by Ken Livingstone. We know that the MPs of the Select Committee on Monday were outraged. However not all MPs wanted the scandal made public. From the Times

A Rotherham Labour MP opposed calls for a investigation into the town’s child-sex scandal because he did not think it would help young victims or their families, it can be revealed. John Healey questioned the benefits of holding an inquiry into agencies’ handling of sex-exploitation cases, “especially if it focuses solely on Rotherham and on Asian men grooming white girls”. 

The email exchange will fuel suspicions that some Labour politicians were reluctant to tackle the escalating problem because many identified offenders were from the Pakistani community.

Denis MacShane, the former Labour MP for Rotherham, has said that no sex-grooming cases were raised by his constituents but admitted to feeling ashamed “that I, like so many MPs, preferred to keep silent on some of the dirty secrets about bad practices in the Kashmiri Muslim community”, whose population provided “vast reservoirs” of votes. 

Oh, and Ken Livingstone is an honorary president (as is Dame Doreen Lawrence) of the UAF - the group who will be opposing those opposing child sex abuse at the weekend.

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Posted on 09/11/2014 4:58 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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The EDL camp is still outside Rotherham Police station, and has been since the 27th August, the day after Professor Jay released her report.

Local people are mostly supportive and bring hot food; the local taxi drivers, (men of Pakistani heritage – and we are not talking Pakistani Christians, Sikhs or Hindus here) do make abusive gestures as they drive past and there was the little matter of the chap with a BB gun firing pellets one night.

Every day a delegation from the camp attends the house of Shaun Wright the Police and Crime Commissioner.  He refuses to resign and every day the delegation hopes he will change his mind.  The Prime Minister thinks he should resign. The Home Secretary thinks he should resign.  But he has two years to go, and if money talks, £85,000 per annum talks more loudly than the great and good.

Wright isn’t happy at the daily visit. I am told that his friendly neighbours also think he should resign.

He and other Rotherham worthies such as Joyce Thacker the Head of Social Services appeared before the House of Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs on Tuesday to explain themselves. Men of my acquaintance were in the public seats.

To give Keith Vaz his due my source reported that he didn’t let them get away with anything. He had all the attendees put on oath (which is unusual for a Select Committee) before they were questioned; anything said later found to be a falsehood would now be perjury. He, and the other MPs on the committee (a cross party selection) made it clear that in their view Wright, Thacker and at least half of Rotherham Council should resign. Vaz is to meet with the Home Secretary to discuss emergency legislation to enable the removal of a PCC who has been found to have committed gross misconduct.

This is the report from the Yorkshire paper The Star  He denies meeting some of the victims 8 years ago, which meeting described by one of the girls in The Times earlier this week.

She said that more than eight years ago she and other survivors of such abuse gave him a detailed, face-to-face account of multiple crimes committed against them when they were children.

“He seemed genuinely shocked. He talked like he was going to go away and see that something was done, but we never saw him again. It was the end of it for him, but not for us. I sat two feet from him and told him really, really private things. I don’t know how he can go on national television and say he wasn’t aware, that he didn’t know anything about it. For years they had all the reports and information, but they just ignored it.”

Asked about the function at the youth project, Mr Wright told The Times: “I do not recall the meeting.” He modified his earlier statement to MPs, saying yesterday that he did not “recall” being informed of the individual circumstances of abused Rotherham children.

There was another meeting at Rotherham Town Hall today of the South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel set up to scrutinise his work.

As reported by the Telegraph

the grandfather of one young girl branded him a “disgrace” and threatened to shoot him when he appeared to answer questions at a meeting of South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel. The man, who said his granddaughter was abused by four men who were later let off by police, shouted from the public gallery: “You were a disgrace, mate. If I had a gun I would shoot you."

…the panel, set up to scrutinise the work of the PCC, passed a vote of no confidence in Mr Wright. It said it had also referred two complaints about him to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).  The IPCC, which can investigate PCCs if there is evidence they may have committed a crime, said it was assessing the referrals before deciding whether to proceed with an inquiry.

Amid angry and heated scenes, victims and members of the public asked why Mr Wright was still in his £85,000 –year job while members of the English Defence League walked out in protest.

There will be demonstrations in Rotherham on Saturday calling for the resignation of those officers who covered up the abuse and did nothing to stop it, to show support for the girls and their families, to highlight Muslim child grooming across the UK and to bring attention to the other ways Islam is attempting to Islamise the country. The EDL is holding one; another has been organised by other concerned groups and individuals.

And the UAF intend to show their support for the Muslims who perpetrated these crimes and the Officers in positions of authority who facilited the abuse. This is their statement

This is a sample of their arguments

The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry revealed that the police and other institutions are ‘institutionally racist’ and African, Caribbean and Asian people are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. Therefore it is unlikely that the crimes in Rotherham were not addressed properly due to the social and cultural background of the perpetrators. 

Can you believe that?

God willing I will be in Rotherham on Saturday and will report back as to events there on my return.

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