Don't give money, don't allow your Western governments, to give any aid whatsoever to those countries or entities that do nothing to limit, and in some cases actively encourage, overbreeding by their chattel-women. They have made problems not only for themselves, but for everyone. Give money for contraceptives, family planning, and for the encouragement of voluntary sterilization after the first or, at most, second child. Otherwise no aid whatsoever. Do this all over the Third World. And that's it.
A British ISIS fighter has blown himself up in a car on a suicide mission in Iraq using 1800kg of explosives to kill a number of the country's security force soldiers.
From the Daily Mail. Saves us the problem of revoking his citizenship.
Abu Hajar al-Britani reportedly carried out the martyrdom mission in the strategic Iraqi town of Baiji today and ISIS claims the Brit also destroyed a significant number of tanks and artillery equipment. A photo was released by ISIS' media branch for the province of Salahuddin, showing Abu Hajar al-Britani in full military uniform.
His face is covered with a black balaclava and his gloved left hand is raised, with his index finger extended to the sky to signify his belief in Allah being the one true God. In his right hand, Abu Hajar carries a machine gun, its wooden barrel appearing polished in the photo. A gold decorated copy of the Qu'ran can be seen tucked into the pocket of his rucksack strap - the holy book is positioned right next to his heart.
There have been no further details released about the real identity of the deceased British fighter
MAINZ, Germany — Some 900 police officers swooped in on mosques, prayer rooms and homes across Austria early Friday in an operation against suspected jihadi recruiters and alleged financiers of the ISIS terror group, local media reported. Prosecutors confirmed to NBC News in a statement that 13 people were arrested in the raids. They provided limited details but, according to Austrian newspapers, the raids took place in in Vienna, Graz and Linz and were the culmination of a two-year investigation into people suspected of recruiting young people to fight in Syria. A Vienna-based Bosnian preacher, who was the main suspect, was among those arrested in the raids which began before dawn at 4:00am. (10 p.m. ET on Thursday), according to the media reports.
"In the apartment searches, terrorist propaganda material, electronic storage mediums, money and banned weapons (knuckle-duster) were confiscated," said the statement from the prosecutor's office in Graz. Beyond recruiting fighters, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper said that the suspects were investigated for helping to finance the ISIS terror group. Some 160 people have so far left Austria to join jihadists in Syria and Iraq, or have been stopped while trying to do so, according to the interior ministry.
Ken Timmerman, author of Dark Forces: The Truth about What Happened in Benghazi was interviewed Wednesday, November 26, 2014 on 1330AMWEBY in Pensacola by host Mike Bates and this writer. This is the third in a series of interviews with Timmerman on the Benghazi terrorist attack that took the lives of four Americans, US Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Manager Sean Smith, and CIA security contractors, Tyrone Power and Glen Doherty. This latest interview with Timmerman was occasioned by the recently released House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) chaired by outgoing Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Timmerman’s views expressed in the interviews are reflective of his Daily Caller, article, “House Intelligence Committee Report Obfuscates Benghazi Arms Smuggling. “ His views parallel those of ex-CIA agent Larry Johnson and Col. Dick Brauer of Special Operations Speaks, that we posted: “UPDATE: The Benghazi House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee Report is a “Whitewash”. Overall Timmerman considers the report, “lame” and a “whitewash” of the conduct by the Administration and the Central Intelligence Agency leadership. He especially called in to question Deputy Director Michael Morell and the Chiefs of Base in Benghazi.
Timmerman believes the media abetted this deception by suggesting that the HPSCI Report exonerated the Administration and the CIA dismissing so-called conspiracy theories. He noted that given the short news cycle following the release of the report, Friday, November 21, 2014, the press barely had time to digest the 37 page report let alone delve into the underlying transcripts. Report findings denying that there was no stand down orders have been contradicted by surviving CIA security contractors in the book 13 Hours. Those contractors engaged in the battle at the Annex said that the Chief of Base in Benghazi had issued such stand down orders several times, resulting in a critical 21 minute delay too late, to rescue Amb. Stevens and aide Sean Smith. When asked his opinion, Timmerman said that with arms and equipment already in a vehicle, the CIA contractors if released in a timely manner might have saved the lives of both Ambassador Stevens and Smith.
Timmerman said that the Report leaves many unanswered questions that might be addressed by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). He doesn’t believe that possible GOP Senate creation of a parallel Select Benghazi Committee in the 114th Session beginning January 2015 would be productive. He noted there have already been five House Committee investigations, including this final report issued by the HPSCI.
On the matter of arms shipment from Libya to Syrian opposition, Timmerman drew a fine line between so-called Presidential Findings authorizing covert operations and liaison with foreign intelligence agencies, the latter not subject to Congressional oversight. He said the CIA briefings on covert operations in Benghazi under Presidential findings were typically given to the Chairs and Ranking Members of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the Senate Majority and Minority leaders as well as the House Speaker and Minority Leader, the so-called ‘eight Cardinals.’ According to his sources none of the briefed Congressional members made any objections. Timmerman, following the revelations by ex-CIA agent Johnson, indicated the filtration of arms was accomplished through a ‘cut out involving British, Turkish, and Qatari Intelligence and Australian contractors. According to Timmerman, a 400 ton shipment of arms on the vessel Al Entisar was sent by a Libyan Jihadist group to a Turkish Muslim Brotherhood charity, IHH. That attracted Western press whose reports embarrassed CIA Director Gen. David Petreaus and led to former Secretary of State Clinton dispatching the late Ambassador Stevens to Benghazi to shut the operation down. The Turkish Embassy General Consul, who Stevens met in Benghazi on the evening of 9/11/2012, was likely an intelligence official. Timmerman commented that Stevens had conducted liaison with Islamist Libyan militias during the Arab Spring rebellion against Gaddafi. He said that was reflective of the Administration’s distinction that there were good versus bad Jihadists.
When asked about what was going on at the CIA Annex in Benghazi, Timmerman pointed out there were two groups of intelligence personnel there, not including the CIA security contractors at the Annex. One group of CIA operatives was monitoring the activities of local Islamist militia and the arms filtration cut out operation with foreign intelligence agencies. Not even mentioned in the HSPCI report, Timmerman contends was the presence of NSA agents intercepting communications of local Islamist militias and Iranian Quds Force operatives in Benghazi. Timmerman agrees with the comments of Col. Brauer that the Iranian Quds Force operatives had surveyed the Annex in Benghazi preparing it for a possible mortar attack. Timmerman noted the HSPCI Report comment that use of mortars by the Taliban in Afghanistan was woefully inaccurate reflecting little training in the use of such weapons. Col. Brauer said in an interview with this writer that Soviet 82 mm mortars require a team of four and weigh over 120 pounds. Moreover, each rounds weighs over 7 pounds. Brauer pointed to the expertise in the use of mortars by the Iranian Quds force and military during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980’s. Timmerman believes that members of the Quds Force in Benghazi were possibly involved in preparation and execution of the mortar attack in Benghazi.
Col. Brauer’s sources suggested that some Republican members of the HPSCI may not have consulted on the release of Final Report. That prompted observations by Timmerman that in too many instances, ruling majority parties are often side tracked by the interests of Chairman and Ranking Members. That may have played a part in the timing of the release of the House Intelligence Committee report. Timmerman noted former CIA Director Michael Morell’s role in editing the talking points exonerating the Administration and subsequently joining a Washington, DC-based strategic consulting firm, Beacon Global Strategies. The firm with close connections to former aides of Secretary Hillary Clinton and former Pentagon Chief, Leon Panetta. Also joining the firm as Managing Director was Michael Allen former Majority Chief of Staff to outgoing House Intelligence Committee Chair, Mike Rogers. It appears that the revolving door in Washington Intelligence circles creates conflicts overarching important national security interests.
Listen to the 1330 am WEBY interview with Ken Timmerman:
During the 1330amWEBY Middle East Round Table discussion on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 we asked Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Washington, DC-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies a question about PA President Mahmoud Abbas. We questioned Abbas’ stand on the current wave of Arab Muslim violence in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel. Dr. Schanzer has written about Abbas, now serving in the 10th year of an initial four year term following the death of his predecessor, Yassir Arafat, in his book, State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State.
Schanzer noted that the current wave of attacks in Israel are the worst since 1929, when Arab nationalists, provoked by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the Haj Amin Al Husseini , rose up. That led to the barbaric massacre of 200 Jews in Hebron. He suggested Abbas at nearly 80 years of age is conscious of perfecting his legacy. Schanzer wryly commented that Abbas incited the Arab street by lashing out at Israel for alleged attacks by Jews on the Temple Mount, while condemning the atrocities in Jerusalem. This duplicity is the only legacy Abbas is seeking to leave behind. As Schanzer pointed out in our discussion, a prominent piece of Abbas' legacy is his Palestine 194 campaign promoting recognition by the UN of Palestinian Statehood. Given the current actions by several members of EU, the European Parliament will be holding a debate on this issue on December 18, 2014. To date, Sweden, the UK and Spain have passed symbolic recognitions of a Palestinian State. The French and Danish parliaments will also be holding deliberations and votes on supporting Palestinian statehood at the UN Security Council. Schanzer noted that the Palestine 194 campaign could pose a real danger to Israel should the Administration in Washington decide to abstain from a UN Security Council vote if the matter is raised in the next two years. He noted that 135 members of the UN General Assembly have already recognized Abbas’ Palestine 194 statehood quest.
Original cover of Abbas holocaust denial book
Source: Yediot Ahronoth
There is another more disturbing legacy of President Abbas, holocaust denial. We have known about Abbas’ 1982 dissertation on this libel for which he earned a Candidate, the Russian equivalent of a Doctorate, granted by the Patrice Lumumba Friendship University in Moscow during the Cold War Era. Dr. Ronen Bergman, the Intelligence columnist of the Israeli daily, Yediot Ahronoth (YA), published an article that provided grist for comments in a speech by Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer, a Netanyahu confidant. He questioned Abbas a “partner for peace” The original article published three weeks earlier in Hebrew was translated into English and published Wednesday, November 26, 2014 on the YA website, “Abbas' book reveals: The 'Nazi-Zionist plot' of the Holocaust.” Bergman, who is on the left in Israel feigned a “moral and ethical dilemma” about published his expose of Abbas. He expressed the view that it already has provided ammunition for the right in the Netanyahu coalition. The Prime Minister may on the verge of calling for new Knesset elections and that Ronen’s expose may provide arguments questioning the wisdom of peace negotiations with Abbas and the PA. Nonetheless he thought it important enough to go forward. We are glad that he re-published the article to a wider English speaking audience. His expose could be used by Israel’s Foreign Ministry to counter the looming European parliament debate and possible vote on recognition of a Palestinian State led by Abbas.
Bergman draws on translations by Israel academic experts of Abbas’ 2011 book based on his 1982 Candidate dissertation to illustrate his conclusions, The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism (Billsan Publishing House, Ramallah, 2011).
In [his]1982 doctorate [dissertion], Palestinian president [Abbas]not only doubts existence of gas chambers, number of Jews perished, he also accuses Zionist movement of secretly colluding with the Nazis and supporting the genocide of the Jews of Europe.
Note these excerpts from Abbas’ book:
The Zionist movement did not send any assistance, financial or otherwise, for the victims of Nazism and it did not allow any other side to provide any kind of aid. The Zionist movement concealed the information that came from within the ghetto walls and concentration camps, news that shed light on what was really happening. If it had to publish anything, it did so by questioning that information and diminishing its importance.
All of this wasn't enough - the Zionist movement led a broad campaign of incitement against the Jews living under Nazi rule to arouse the government's hatred of them, to fuel vengeance against them and to expand the mass extermination.
How does this square with Abbas’ comment to the Israeli press in April 2014 that the Holocaust was, “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era”?
One of the Israeli academics who researched Abbas’ holocaust denial publications is Dr. Edy Cohen, research fellow at Bar-Ilan University. Cohen is the son of Chaim Cohen, a leader of the Lebanese Jewish community who was murdered by Hezbollah in Beirut in 1985. Cohen is an expert in radical Islam, writes in Arabic and is in the forefront of documentating claims by Jews like his family who were expelled from Arabs lands. He has also delved into Hitler’s ally, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al Husseini. Cohen notes this about his investigation of Abbas cited in Bergman’s YA article:
Throughout the book, Abbas presents his thesis, which is actually an indictment against Zionism and its leaders, from David Ben-Gurion and onwards. In effect, Abbas accuses them of being criminals who collaborated with the Nazis and those responsible for the destruction of their people during the Holocaust.
Abbas claims they deliberately thwarted many missions to save the Jews, inflamed hatred of the Jews by governments in order to fuel vengeance against them and expand the mass extermination - all the while collaborating with the Third Reich.
A complete reading of the text of the book shows that according to Abbas, Zionist leaders saw the persecution and harassment of (Jews) as desirable and acceptable – in order to force them to go to Israel. In his opinion, all measures were acceptable to achieve this goal - including collaboration with the Nazis.
Cohen illustrates Abbas’ sources for denial of the magnitude of Jews murdered in the Shoah including the existence of gas chambers:
Abbas refers to comments by Canadian Holocaust denier Roger Delorme, about the "real" figures, and quotes an assessment by highly respected Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg in his book The Destruction of European Jewry.
According to Hilberg, Abbas says, the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust does not exceed 896,000. But Hilberg was speaking of five million dead. Abbas is using a quote that does not exist at all.
When you examine the issue closely, it becomes clear that much of what Abbas writes is based on Nazi and neo-Nazi propaganda, distributed in Argentina by the very same Eichmann and his Dutch journalist friend, the pro-Nazi Willem Antonius Sassen.
Together with other Nazis, the two published a magazine called Der Weg ("The Way") through which they disseminated 'information' which aimed to refute what they called "the six million falsehood.”
The magazine claimed that the Holocaust was a story and that in Hitler's Europe there never had been gas chambers or crematoria for burning bodies. In 1957, Sassen interviewed Eichmann about the Final Solution, and the conversation between the two ran to 659 typewritten-pages. Much of the conversation between Eichmann and Sassen was identical to what Abbas had written.
For more revelations by Dr. Cohen and other Israeli experts consulted by Dr. Bergman in preparation for his YA expose of Abbas’ holocaust denial read his article on-line, here.
Although welcomed warmly by both retailers and Wall Street, Black Friday stands for much more than a singular annual opportunity to make money and improve the overall economy. Ironically, it also represents a tangible expression of what is very deeply wrong with this country; in essence, it is an embarrassingly recurring symptom of America's most widely overlooked pathology. This underlying "disease," moreover, while essentially unhidden, and cheerfully conspicuous, remains substantially unacknowledged.
What, exactly, is this neglected disease? More than anything else, it is a ritually cultivated deformation of the national spirit, a continually manufactured delusion that pleasure derives from "stuff," and, as corollary, that every holiday-based accumulation of shiny gadgets offers a path to personal happiness.
On Black Friday, with its additional benefit of bargain prices, all Americans are feverishly reminded of something else. This is their country's most thoroughly revealing Thanksgiving mantra; "You are what you buy."
Every year, this enduring and ecumenical message, however blatantly vulgar, remains both reassuring and simple. Ritualistically, and almost as if it were actually some sort of religious incantation, the familiar mantra reminds each American that anything that is authentically pleasing and important must eventually emerge from wrapping paper and a box, and that herculean personal efforts must sometimes be exerted to properly collect these purchases – preferably, on the cheap. Ultimately, of course, almost each and every American discovers the depressing futility of such concocted messages, but not before our economy and society have become unavoidably dependent upon their recognizably general acceptance.
Basically, these commercial messages are a form of addiction, and, by definition, all addiction is more or less pathological. Whatever their officially veneered interpretations on Wall Street and Main Street, they are ultimately a true expression of disease.
For the most part, the Black Friday addiction is not really hard to figure out. It stipulates, plainly, that American economic growth and prosperity now require the endlessly contrived consumption of mostly useless goods. Stated differently, it identifies the problem of meeting our core national economic requirements without simultaneously transforming the citizenry into more of a "crowd."
For economic, social, and even psychiatric reasons, we will soon need to move more deliberately and self-consciously toward a thoroughly contrary wisdom. In this indispensable effort, we must finally learn to understand that every society is the sum of its disparate human wants or preferences. To Americans, the traditionally favored path to any such society has been selected not according to what Ralph Waldo Emerson had once called "high thinking," but, instead, by the commonly desperate citizen search for higher net worth.
At its heart, moreover, this search is animated not so much by the promise of greater personal wealth per se, but rather by presumptively vital expectations of enhanced personal status, or "respect." This thoughtful conclusion had already been reached by Adam Smith, whose 1776 classic "Wealth of Nations is still cited breathlessly by every vocal American champion of "free markets" and correspondingly unbridled holiday shopping.
Normally, as citizens, our inter-penetrating considerations of personal wealth, status, and self-worth are intimately interwoven with politics and society. From the start, therefore, each and every American is made to understand that conformance and fitting in are the reciprocally core components of individual success. Significantly, the grievously distressing results of such a crudely instrumental understanding are decidedly far-reaching, and also easy for all to see.
As a visible symptom of our social and economic pathology, Black Friday has readily discernible "disease correlates." These can be found in America's willful abandonment of an interiorized or intellectual life in favor of merchandise, and in its steadily open preference for gaudy ornamentation and glitz over substance and quality. Just as things were already back in the 1830s and 1840s, the search for what Emerson had presciently called "vulgar prosperity" is still corrupting the country's vital spirit, and, paradoxically, still undermining its potentially more durable pillars of economic strength.
Every day in America, but especially on Black Friday, the libraries are empty, but the stores are overflowing.
Americans now live shamelessly at the lowest common intellectual denominator. In this generally ignored societal arithmetic, higher education warrants some special notice. Our proliferating universities have already become expensive training schools, promising jobs, but less and less of a real education. "Branding" themselves in the distinctly unappetizing manner of fast food companies and underarm deodorants, these vaunted institutions of higher education carefully instruct each student that learning is essentially just one more commodity. Commodities, each student learns in turn, exist solely for suitably profitable exchange, somewhere in the wider marketplace.
Ultimately, our students exist in universities in order to prepare themselves to be bought and sold. Memorize, regurgitate, and fit in the existing mold, instructs the college. Then, everyone be praised, all will make money, and all will be well.
But all is not well. Today, faced with potentially existential threats from Iran, North Korea and several other undeniably volatile places, perhaps even Russia or China, we prefer to distract ourselves from myriad inconvenient truths using the immense clamor of mass society. To be sure, America now imposes upon its already-breathless people the grotesque cadence of a vast and over-burdened machine. Predictably, the most likely outcome of this rhythmically calculated delirium will be an utterly exhausted country, one that is devoid of Emersonian "high thinking," and one that is only selectively able to help bestow upon its citizens a high net worth.
Ironically, we Americans inhabit the one society that could have been different. Once, it seems, we still had a unique opportunity to nudge each other to become more than a crowd. Emerson, the quintessential American philosopher, had even described us as a unique people, one motivated by industry and self-reliance, and not by anxiety, fear, and a conspicuously relentless trembling.
America, Emerson had urged, needed to favor not just "high thinking," but also "plain living." Black Friday, and the underlying disease of which it is merely a prominent expression, represent a grotesquely stark refutation of such sound advice.
Indeed, in all the years following American Transcendentalism, no philosophical urging could possibly have been more consciously disregarded.
In spite of our heroic claim to be a nation of “rugged individuals,” it is still the delirious mass or crowd that typically shapes us, as a people, as Americans. Look about. Our consumer-driven society bristles with demeaning hucksterism, humiliating allusions, choreographed violence and endless political equivocations. Surely, we ought finally to assert, there must be something more to this country than its fundamentally meaningless elections, its stupefying music, its demeaning entertainments, its growing tastelessness and its all-too willing surrender to Thanksgiving holidays squandered at the mall.
"The crowd," observed the 19th century Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, "is untruth." Today, on Black Friday, America's democracy remains founded upon a profoundly fragile pyramid of manipulations, missteps, and societal pathologies. While it will be hard to convince the American electorate that there are far better investments of money and spirit than frenetic holiday buying, Emerson's appropriately elevated aspirations of an earlier century still bear repeating. We should "aim to be rich," he counseled, "not in the metallic representations of wealth, but in wealth itself, which money should represent, namely, the leisure to live in all the faculties of the soul."
Nadine Morano is taken to task -- someone has to find something wrong -- for momentarily confusing Islamic Jihad (in Gaza) with the Islamic State. The former, we are informed, is allied to Iran (not exactly -- it's just that Iran supplies this Sunni group with weapons in order to kill Jews) and the Islamic State is the enemy of Iran, and see, look at how confused poor Nadine Morano is.
But Nadine Morano is not wrong, and not confused. Those who are confused -- like the person who wrote this report in Le Figaro and so many people who are busily parsing the supposed "differences" between one Muslimi terorirst group and other, as if that matters a great deal to Infidels (it matters, but not in the way they think - it matters because one would like those groups to fight each other too, and happily, they so often oblige). The larger point, the important point, Nadine Morano was making is this: it is Muslims who threaten France, and Europe, and North America, and the entire non-Infidel world, not Israel. And it is ridiculous, even without considering the legal and historic and moral claims of the Jews to Israel (and so many Europeans apparently think they can just forget about all that, forget about the intent of the League of Nations and its system of Mandates, forget about the Mandate for Palestine, forget about San Remo, forget about Resolution 242, forget about, indeed, everything except that they are scared and confused about the Muslim populations in their midst and rather than think things through sensibly about the menace of Islam, they would prefer to throw Israel to the wolves, by forcing it back into the absurd and indefensible armistice lines of 1949, which lines not a single European would conceivably contemplate as defensible were it his own country) to think that depriving the West of its most important military ally between Western Europe and Japan, one that has been a lightning rod for Arab and Muslim hatred, and so deflected attention and effort from the Greater Jihad against what Muslims see as Western Christendom (that is, what many Europeans think of as post-Christian Europe). The "recognition of Palestine" weakens Israel's position, makes it more likely that the Israelis who want to surrender territory will be strengthened, and sensible Israelis weakened. And if those Israelis who recognize the need to maintain control of those parts of Judea and Samaria some unthinkingly call, following the Arab example, "the West Bank" (a toponym that makes no sense, but was invented merely to efface, just as the Romans did with Aelia Capitolina for Jeruslaem and Syria palaestinorum or, shortened, Palestine, for Judea -- the Jewish connection to the land) are weakened, that makes more likely further dangerous territorial concessions. And such concessions will make more likely another assault on Israel by the Arabs, who will not for one minute use some "Palestine" as anything other than a base for such assault, political, diplomatic, and military, that has no end, because Jihad has no end.
Recognition of a "State of Palestine" will, like any further dimidiation of Israel, slake not suppress, whet not sate, Arab and Musilm appetites. Israel will lose -- and the loser, too, will be the peoples of Europe, now coming to their senses about the Muslim threat, but still hoping it can't really be, surely it isn't there, surely those who have been warning are wrong, surely something will turn up to save the day. No, it won't. Only they, if they start thinking like Oriana Fallaci, Geert Wilders, Magdi Allam, Jacques Ellul, Wafa Sultan, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ibn Warraq, Ivan Rioufol, and many others who, non-Muslims or ex-Muslim, know exactly what is at stake, and what needs to be prevented.
Let's state it one more time:
The large-scale Muslim presence in Western Europe has created a situation, for both the indigenous non-Muslims and for non-Muslim immigrants, that is far more unpleasant, expensive, and physically dangerous than would be the case without that large-scale Muslim presence."
Keep saying that, to yourself and to others. And let the doubters among those others go over every phrase in that sentence with you, as you expand, irrefutably, if not for their sake than for the sake of others who may be onlookers, but interested in the topic, and whose minds are not made up, and who may be susceptible to the appeal of reason and knowledge that you may now so seductively and convincingly deploy.
A Maronite, Said Akl always emphasized the Phoenician heritage of Lebanon, denied that those who had lived in the land since before the Muslim Arabs arrived had therefore themselves become Arab, rejected the Arab influence, and never wavered in this. Neither he, nor his poetry, nor his grasp of what Islam and Arabs meant for the indigenous non-Arabs and non-Muslims of Lebanon, are sufficiently known in the West. Perhaps this, or other obituaries, will be able to whet appetites for more information, and more thought about Islam and the Arabs have done to so many peoples, in so many places.
At one point he created a Western alphabet for the demotic Lebanese based, he said, on Phoenician -- trying, like Ataturk, who ended the use of the Ottoman (Arabic) script, as a way of minimizing the influence of Arabic, with its frenzied freight of Islam, on local minds. He famously said he would have given anything not to be (that is, considered to be) an Arab. But he also, in his old age, became "schizophrenic" -- as the obituary in Le Figaro says --in the weakening of his understanding of the Jihad against Israel, and fell for a kind of secular pan-Arabism (as more than one Christian in the Middle East did, such as one of the co-founders of Baathism, trying to use pan-Arabism as a substitute for Islam, hoping that somehow a place might then be found for the Christians, under ever-greater threat throughout the last century, until the final degringolade in Syria and Iraq today). He even wrote a poem about Jerusalem (not favorable to the Israelis) that naturally became his most famous one, for Arabs who were horrified by his other views, the ones he had held for most of his life, could find this uncharacteristic enrolling in a pan-Arab -- really pan-Islamic - cause, to their liking. They may remember him for that. But others, especially Maronites in and out of Lebanon, and other Christians hounded out of the Middle East and perhaps, in the West, coming to their full senses about Arabs and Islam, will remember him not for that, but for his lifetime of rejecting Islam and the imposed Arabization that naturally comes with it, a force so strong that even non-Muslims in the Middle East, once required to use Arabic and adopt Arab or quasi-Arab names, found it hard to completely resist.
Real Madrid have removed the cross from their club crest as part of a lucrative three-year deal with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.It is believed the European champions' new crest, minus the Christian cross, was created so as not to offend Muslim sensibilities in the United Arab Emirates, where a marketing drive will take place.
Club president Florentino Perez labelled the deal as a "strategic alliance with one of the most prestigious institutions in the world".
But the redesigning of the famous club badge shows, according to Spanish sports paper Marca, how far top clubs are willing to go, including sacrificing part of their famous identity, to generate new revenue streams
The 10-times European Cup winners, revealed the new design with no fanfare, with images only emerging now, despite the "strategic alliance" being signed off in September.
The original logo, which will still be used in Europe, is pictured, left, complete with the tiny Christian cross on the top.
A SICKENING underworld of sexual exploitation has been dismantled in Bristol – and can now be made public for the first time. In all, 13 Somali men have been convicted of 31 sex crimes against seven vulnerable teenage girls. They used and abused their victims, exploiting their trust and, in some cases, trafficking them across the city to exploit them.
Including drug offences, prison sentences totalling more than 75 years have already been imposed at the crown court, with punishments lasting decades more to follow.
The youngest victims were only 13 when they were shared around and forced to commit degrading and emotionally-damaging sex acts.Some of the more manipulative offenders told lies about their “culture” and “traditions” to persuade girls to give in to abuse. In time, victims succumbed to the demands because, for them, it had become the norm. Against a background of upbringings in care or broken homes, some felt they were in loving relationships with abusers, but they knew no better.
This year, two trials have been held at Bristol Crown Court as part of an extensive Avon and Somerset police investigation called Operation Brooke. Due to reporting restrictions to avoid the probe being jeopardised, only now has the Post been able to tell the shocking story.
The second trial finished yesterday after eight days – more than 32 hours - of jury deliberation.
Arafat Osman, AKA Left Eye, 20, NFA, has been found guilty of two counts of payment for sexual services of a child. He admitted two counts of being concerned in supplying a class A drug (cocaine and heroin). He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.
Idleh Osman, AKA Sniper, 21, of Brooklyn Road, Bishopsworth, has been found guilty of one count of arranging/facilitating payment for sexual services of a child. He admitted two counts of being concerned in supplying a class A drug (cocaine and heroin). He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
Mustafa Farah, AKA Greens, 20, NFA, has been found guilty of two counts of payment for sexual services of a child. He admitted two counts of being concerned in supplying class A drugs (cocaine and heroin). He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.
Liban Abdi, AKA Leftback, 21, NFA, has been found guilty of two counts of payment for sexual services of a child. He admitted two counts of being concerned in supplying class A drugs (cocaine and heroin). He was sentenced to 13 years and eight months imprisonment.
Abdulahi Aden, AKA Trigger, 20, NFA, has been found guilty of one count of rape. He admitted two counts of being concerned in supplying a class A drug (cocaine and heroin) and two counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child. He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.
Mustafa Deria, 22, NFA, has been found guilty of one count of rape. He was sentenced to seven years and six months imprisonment.
Trial 2 (yet to be sentenced)
Mohamed Jumale, AKA Dec, 24, of Allfoxton Road, Eastville, has been found guilty of one count of rape, seven counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of aiding/abetting/procuring sexual activity with a child.
Mohamed Dahir, AKA Kamal, 22, Lansdown Court, Easton, has been found guilty of one count of causing/inciting child prostitution.
Said Zakaria, AKA Target, 22, of Seymour Road, Easton, has been found guilty of two counts of rape, two counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of trafficking within the UK.
Jusef Abdirizak, AKA Starns, 20, of Hither Bath Bridge, Brislington, has been found guilty of one count of rape.
Omar Jumale, aged 20, NFA, has been found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child.
Abdirashid Abdulahi, AKA Abs, 21, of River Street, St Paul's, has been found guilty of one count of rape.
Sakariya Sheikh, AKA Zac, 21, of Howard House, Barton Hill, has been found guilty of one count of rape and one count of sexual activity with a child.
When questioned by police, most of the defendants denied knowing their victims at first.
But with phone and computer records, CCTV footage and the girls’ statements stacked against them, some went on the offensive.
Target, for example, painted the girl he raped in the hotel as a “dirty slag”, said what he did was “consensual” and that he believed the girls he was with were all over 16. Talented amateur fighter and Olympic hopeful Omar claimed he was too busy boxing.
Ultimately, their deceit and vain attempts at self-preservation crumbled and the shocking secret lives they were leading could be uncovered, much to the shock and sadness of their families, who supported them from the public gallery throughout the second trial.
Rached Ghannouchi has been welcomed at Columbia and other universities, and his ghostwritten deeply-sincere Op/Eds on his devotion to democracy and how the example of Tunisia shows that Islam and democracy go together llike a horse and carriage have appeared in The Times (or was it the Wall Street Journal?). But at least for now, his aide, slightly less adept at the game, has been prevented from addressing a group of "Palestinian-Americans" in Chicago. Hope that, as a simple sign of sanity, he continues to be barred.
The threat appears in the foreword of the fifth edition of the organization's official magazine, Dabiq - named for a town in the suburbs of Syria's Aleppo, in which the group's members believe their will be a great war between Muslims and the West after its armies conquer Syria.
"While the eyes of the world were all blinded and spellbound by the sorcerous media 'covering' the battle for ‘Ayn al-Islām (Kobani), the eyes of the Islamic State were scanning East and West, preparing for the expansion that – by Allah’s permission – would put an end to the Jewish State, Āl Salūl, and the rest of the apostate tawāghīt, the allies of the cross," the article says.
The group further vows that "the flag of the Caliphate will rise over Mecca and Medina, even if the apostates and hypocrites despise such. The flag of the Caliphate will rise over Baytul-Maqdis (Jerusalem) and Rome, even if the Jews and Crusaders despise such."
It adds: "The shade of this blessed flag will expand until it covers all eastern and western extents of the Earth, filling the world with the truth and justice of Islam and putting an end to the falsehood and tyranny of jāhiliyyah (the state prior to Islam), even if America and its coalition despise such."
Britain's benefits system is being abused to fund terrorism, a senior police officer has warned. Terri Nicholson, from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command unit, said that taxpayers’ money was being claimed fraudulently and used by terrorists in countries such as Iraq and Syria. She said there had been “a number of cases” recently of terrorists making fraudulent student loan claims to fund their activities.
Miss Nicholson, a Met Assistant Commander, said terrorists were using “innovative” techniques to send money abroad. “We are seeing a diverse fraud, including substantial fraud online, abuse of the benefits system, abuse of student loans, in order to fund terrorism,” she said.
She also said women were being used to smuggle money out of Britain to fund terrorists abroad, as it is believed they will arouse less suspicion.
MPs described the prospect of British money being used to bankroll potential terrorist plots on British soil as “sickening”.
Philip Davies, the Tory MP, said of Miss Nicholson’s claims: “I know the Government has been cracking down on benefit fraud. It seems to me that this shows that if anything, they need to go further. . . It is sickening to think that [UK money is funding terror plots] but whenever there is any money being doled out, it’s obvious that terrorists will be trying to get their hands on as much of it as possible.”
A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: “No one should doubt our commitment to rooting out benefit fraud.”
Mohammed Noure Alo, lately of Ohio, has just been sentenced to four years in jail. His "close personal friend" Amer Ahmad left the country for his native Pakistan. Perhaps he will be extradited.
The story of Muslims in government, long used in their own countries to exploiting positions in government for gain - personal, family, tribal -- and what they do for other Muslims, not in the government, is a problem of which the non-Muslim welcoming world has been insufficiently aware. One example can be read about here.
Pope Francis correctly identfies the weariness, the general depression, of the peoples of Europe and, in a speech, deplores this. And in the same speech, without understanding of how immigration, especially Muslim immigration, has contributed so much to the unease and general depression he has just deplored, he further says that the peoples of Europe must not allow the Mediterranean to become a cemetery (all those boat-people who must, you see, be allowed to land at Lampedusa, by the tens and hundreds of thousands, and then to roam freely through Schengenland, bringing with them Islam in their mental baggage) and must, instead, welcome these people from North Africa and the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. He is suggesting that the disease will contribute to the cure.
Ivan Rioufol does not think that Pope Francis, attractive as he is in many ways, deserves to be exempt from criticism for his buonismo, that goody-goodiness that used to drive Oriana Fallaci crazy. His comment, and the many comments on his comment, can be found here.
A jihadist who skipped bail and fled to Syria to join Isil has taunted lapse British security arrangements that allowed him to slip out the country. Abu Rumaysah has also boasted having a child under the Islamic State and posted images of himself hold the infant and an automatic weapon.
The 31-year-old, who was a lieutenant of the hate preacher Anjem Choudary, was arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism last month but disappeared within 24 hours of being released on police bail. He later began tweeting from Syria where he claimed to be a “citizen of the Islamic State”.And he has now mocked the UK, adding: “What a shoddy security system Britain must have to allow me to breeze through Europe to the Islamic State.”
Rumaysah, who is also known as Siddhartha Dhar, was arrested in September along with Choudary and eight other men as part of an investigation in to the banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun, which Choudary used to lead. They were all later bailed and Rumaysah, a father-of-five, was told to hand in his passport but is understood to have taken a coach from London to Paris before travelling on to Syria, along with his family. He was a former member of al-Muhajiroun and various offshoot groups and was behind a series of roadshows in London to try and recruit youngsters to Islam.
Dhar was interviewed by CBS News' 60 Minutes programme earlier this month, telling presenter Clarissa Wards that he was unable to love his mother because she was not a Muslim. It is understood that Dhar is of Indian origin and was raised a Hindu before converting to Islam.
Earlier this week he tweeted that Allah had “blessed me with a healthy baby boy in the Islamic State”. He added: “He is another great addition to the Islamic State. And he's definitely not British.”
Before his disappearance, Rumaysah had regularly featured in TV interviews and told Channel 4 News that he wanted to move to the so-called Islamic State. "I would love to live under the Islamic State, I'd love to live under the Shariah, and I hope that one day Britain gets to live under the Shariah as well," he said.