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These are all the Blogs posted on Wednesday, 10, 2008.
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Khazaal guilty over terrorism book

From The Australian
A SYDNEY man has become the second person in Australia convicted of a terrorism-related offence after a jury today found him guilty of compiling a book knowing it could assist in a terrorist act.

After two days of deliberations, the NSW Supreme Court jury found Belal Saadallah Khazaal, 38, guilty of knowingly making a document connected with assistance in a terrorist act.
But the jury is still considering its verdict on a second charge of attempting to urge others to commit a terrorist act.
Khazaal had pleaded not guilty to both charges which related to a 110-page book entitled Provision on the Rules of Jihad - short judicial rulings and organisational instructions for fighters and mujahideen against infidels.
The crown case alleged that using the non de plume Abu Mohamed Attawheedy, Khazaal put together a compilation of articles written by other people which promoted violence against Christians, Jews and non-Muslims as a book and had it posted an internet site That web address just leads to adverts for the hotels of Dubai now.
It contained a list of countries and officials to be targeted including Australia, the US and its President, George Bush.
The book was described to the court by US terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann as a do-it-yourself guide to terrorism aimed at people who did not have Osama bin Laden's telephone number.
The jury has been told the book contained reference to previous terrorist attacks and to material from serious international terrorists including one of al-Qa'ida's leaders, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Khazaal is the second person convicted under Australia's new terrorism laws. Former Sydney architect Faheem Khalid Lodhi became the first person convicted of terrorist offences.

Posted on 09/10/2008 3:33 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Morocco jails king insult blogger

From The BBC
A Moroccan blogger has been jailed for two years for showing disrespect to the monarchy, say the man's family.

Mohammed Erraji, 29, was convicted after writing an article claiming King Mohammed VI's charitable habits were encouraging a culture of dependency. There has been no official comment on the case, but rights groups claim Erraji did not have a fair trial.
A BBC reporter says criticising the king is an offence in Morocco and the royal family remains a taboo subject. Morocco has previously caused international outrage with its treatment of internet users.
Erraji claimed in an internet article that the king's charity towards Moroccans was stifling development by encouraging people to be lazy. "This has made the Moroccans a people without dignity, who live by donations and gifts," he wrote.
The BBC's James Copnall in the capital, Rabat, says he was particularly critical of the practice known as grima - giving lucrative licences to run taxis and other transport in exchange for begging letters. Erraji said this did not happen in developed countries, where hard work rather than begging is rewarded. It’s a fair point to make, which others before him have made.
He was arrested by the authorities last Friday and accused of "lacking the respect due to the king". In court on Monday, he was given a two-year prison sentence and fined 5,000 Dirham ($630:£356).
One relative, who claimed to have been present at the trial, said Erraji had not had a lawyer and that the judgement took only ten minutes. "The judge passed sentence very quickly but we couldn't hear what was being said. He had no opportunity to explain himself,"
Reporters Without Borders said the trial was "worthy of the most totalitarian states" and the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) said the basic elements of a fair trial were not respected. "It happened so quickly that all his rights were flouted," said Khadija Riyadi.
Our correspondent says Erraji's best hope of freedom could lie in a pardon from the very man whose policies he criticised.

Posted on 09/10/2008 3:45 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Somali MP killed outside mosque

From AFP. Ramadan Day 10
A gunman Tuesday killed an outspoken Somali lawmaker in the provincial town of Baidoa, the latest in a series of attacks in the lawless African nation, a witness and colleague said.

Mohamed Osman Maye died on the spot outside a mosque in Baidoa, site of the country's transitional parliament, about 250 kilometres (155 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu, they said. He was in his 50s.
"He was shot in the head outside a mosque where he had attended evening prayers. Maye is now dead and may Allah rest his soul in peace," Amir Shaketi, another lawmaker, told AFP.
Witness Yassin Mohamed said a lone gunman fled the scene after shooting the lawmaker, who did not have bodyguards. "I saw a man running from the scene after shooting the MP, then people gathered around his body," Mohamed added.
Both neither speculated the motive nor the suspect behind the latest murder of President President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed's ally.
Maye belongs to the Somali National Union party that represents minority clans from Banadir and Lower Shabelle regions in the two 272-member clan-based assembly.
On Monday, Maye expressed concern over growing insecurity in Somalia in an off-the-gloves speech to lawmakers, who have lately voiced increasing discontent over unrelenting violence.
Currently, Yusuf's troops and allied militia are battling Islamist militants who have waged a deadly insurgency since they were ousted from swathes of southern and central Somalia early last year by Ethiopian forces.
Since then, the Islamists have killed numerous government officials and vowed to fight until the Ethiopians, whom they regard as occupiers, withdraw from the nation of up to 10 million.

Posted on 09/10/2008 5:28 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Somalis Strike At Swift Meat-Packing Plant

Greeley Tribune: More than 150 Muslim workers didn't report to their meatpacking plant jobs Monday in the wake of what they called JBS Swift & Co.'s sudden reversal of accommodation for their religious fasting during Ramadan.
The workers initially planned a two-mile march from downtown Greeley's Lincoln Park to the plant, but a gathering that formed mid-morning never left the park. Throughout the day, several Greeley police officers watched from the park's edge.
Company officials met with several workers Monday afternoon at the plant, and Somali representatives later spoke with workers in downtown Greeley.
Graen Isse, a Swift worker and group spokesman, said the workers would not discuss details of their grievances, which were supplied to Swift in writing, until the company responded. He said he expected to hear from Swift Tuesday morning.
"I believe (the workers) will be back to their jobs," Isse said.
Asked what would happen if the workers didn't get what they wanted, Isse said, "That's another question. We'll pass on that."
The workers, mostly Somalis but many also from several other East African nations, said they were told by Swift management on Friday to not report to work Monday until the matter of changing break times to accommodate their Ramadan fasts was settled.


Swift has hired hundreds of Somalis -- as well as Ethiopians, Eritreans, Sudanese, Cameroonians and Congolese -- in the past two years. The company's recent addition of 1,300 jobs on a second shift opened the door to the African refugees who are legally in the United States. The Somalis -- about 1,085 came to Colorado in the last year -- have come to the United States under the United Nations resettlement program for refugees...

Refugee Resettlement Watch reports there was violence at the plant during the walkout and that the paper is covering it up.

Posted on 09/10/2008 7:16 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Terror Charge Brought In Brown Assassination Plot

SkyNews (thanks to Alan): Krenar Lusha is accused of five offences, including one of possessing 4kg of potassium nitrate.

The 29-year-old was arrested on August 26 in Derby and will appear before magistrates at Westminster on Wednesday.

It is alleged he had instructional videos on how to make explosive substances and instructional manuals on bomb design.

Lusha, of Moore Street, Derby, is also accused of having potassium nitrate which may have been used for the "commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism".

He is one of five people arrested in the last four weeks in connection with alleged threats to kill the Prime Minister.

Muhammad Ali Mumtaz Ahmad, 24, from Blackburn, Lancashire, is accused of possessing terrorist material such as camouflage clothes and plans for "urban combat".

The father-of-one is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Ishaq Kanmi, 22, and brothers Ilyas and Abbas Iqbal, who are also from Blackburn, were remanded into custody at the same court.

Kanmi is charged with soliciting murder and being a member of al Qaeda.

Ilyas Iqbal, 21, is accused of owning terrorist material and researching terror.

Abbas Iqbal, 23, is charged with owning terrorist material and spreading terrorist literature.

Posted on 09/10/2008 7:36 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
The Big Experiment

While it is still not clear what these scientists learned from the experiment, at least we weren't sucked into a black hole.

BATAVIA, ILL. — Science rode a beam of subatomic particles and a river of champagne into the future on Wednesday.

After 14 years and $8 billion, scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, outside Geneva, succeeded in turning on the most powerful microscope ever built for investigating the elemental particles and forces of nature.

At 4:27 a.m., Eastern time, the protons made their first circuit around a 17-mile-long racetrack known as the Large Hadron Collider, 300 feet underneath the Swiss French border, and then made a return journey.

"It’s a fantastic moment," said Lyn Evans, who has been the project director of the collider since its inception. “We can now look forward to a new era of understanding about the origins and evolution of the universe.”

An ocean and half a continent away from Geneva, several dozen physicists, journalists, students and just plain citizens gathered here at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, or Fermilab, outside Chicago, to watch the dawn of a new generation in high-energy physics, applauding each milestone of the night as the scientists at CERN slowly wrestled the beam into shape...

Posted on 09/10/2008 10:33 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Met is facing race bias claim by its top Asian woman

I couldn’t make up my mind about Tarique Ghaffur suing the Metropolitan Police and accusing the King of PC diversity Sir Ian Blair of racial prejudice. Apart from the fact that they make a lovely couple who deserve each other, I have little respect for either of them.
As an Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur is described as Britain’s most senior Asian police officer. The most senior officer in the country of any non white ethnic minority diversity is Mike Fuller the Chief Constable of Kent.
The Telegraph said this yesterday
It is also embarrassing for Sir Ian - a champion of "diversity" that there are now no ethnic minority officers above the rank of Commander in the Met. The two most senior are Cmdr Shabhir Hussain, who last week lost his own race case after claiming he was denied promotion four times, and Cmdr Ali Dizaei, who has strongly backed Mr Ghaffur in his claim.
Ali Dizaei was famously suspended several times on suspicion of corruption for which he was twice acquitted after trial at the Central Criminal Court.
There are numerous associations for groups in the Police in Britain, some national and some specific to an individual force. As well as the National Black Police Association and the Metropolitan Black Police Association there is a Hindu Association, a Sikh one, a Jewish one, the Christian Police Association and the Gay Police Association.
I see a lot of black officers on the streets, and some Asian officers who are obviously Sikh but in London the really senior officers from any ethnic minority seem to be Muslim.
Not only Muslim but in Dizaei’s case a controversial character who got into a pickle with bribes and prostitutes, a fight in a restaurant when a hubble bubble pipe was used as an offensive weapon and who had to pay another officer damages for libel for things he wrote in his autobiography. Not the stuff that Dixon of Dock Green was made of.
Is this co-incidence I have been wondering?
I know racism goes on; not as much as it did and not to the extent that the TV police dramas, for which it has been a staple plot line, make out. But even one bent or racist officer is one too many.
But why are only Muslim officers at the very, very top when we know that Hindu students do far better academically? Are they going into medicine and the bar, while Muslim boys follow the path taken by bright young men of the mid 20th century when the police force was one of the more accessible careers for the white working class? Then what about the black constables and sergeants of afro Caribbean heritage I see about?
But today a pattern has shown itself. From The London Evening Standard.
The most senior Muslim woman in the Met police is set to lodge a claim of race discrimination against her employers.
Yasmin Rehman, a director of diversity with the force, intends to file a claim with a London employment tribunal within days claiming she has been subjected to racist bullying and victimisation.
It is another blow to Scotland Yard, which has been rocked by a race row involving Commissioner Sir Ian Blair and his third in command Tarique Ghaffur.
Ms Rehman's post of Director of Partnerships and Diversity for Territorial Policing puts her at the equivalent level to a chief superintendent in terms of civilian staff at the Met.
She has sought advice from the Metropolitan Black Police Association, the same organisation which is backing Mr Ghaffur in his multi-million-pound claim.
a friend said . . . she has been off sick for a year with stress-related problems and feels she has been targeted because she is Asian. Her thinking is, 'I've worked too hard to let them force me out'. "
Ms Rehman is employed by the Met at the "Band A" level, earning more than £60,000 a year. She was promoted to her post two years ago, so Sir Ian would have been aware of her appointment. Her department is based in Westminster and comes under the Met's Territorial Policing branch, headed by Assistant Commissioner Tim Godwin.
I’m sorry but from where I am sitting this all smells delectably of halibut.

Posted on 09/10/2008 10:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Lift The Liam McCarthy, Boys, But It's Pangur Bán Over The Kilkenny Cats Any Day Of The Week

From The Irish Independent (Sept. 9):

“Even as the train pulled into the station, it was the future clashes down the tracks that were on fans’ minds.
'The Cats for four in a row,”'chanted some supporters on the thronged streets, but the ultra-confident were looking even further afield.
 Just as Kilkenny appear to have perfected a formula for winning the All-Ireland Hurling Championship, with 31 victories, so too do they know how to whip up a home crowd into a frenzy.
 From McDonagh Station to the Market Yard in the heart of the town there gathered crowds any politician could only dream of come election time. The official estimate stood at 25,000.
 Hanging out of windows, perched precariously on roofs and pouring out of pubs such as Matt the Miller’s, Biddy Earley’s and Langton’s, they lined the streets, and their stomachs as well, in preparation for a night of revelry.
 Perched atop the open-top bus, one of the many men of the moment, manager Brian Cody, told the Irish Independent the feeling was “still superb” no matter how many times you lift the Liam McCarthy.”
I turned for relief to Myles na gCopaleen’s Cruiskeen Lawn, to The Plain People of Ireland, Keats and Chapman, The Catechism of Cliché. But even that was not enough. No, I have to find, and quickly, where my Pangur Bán has gone.
Posted on 09/10/2008 11:49 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
A Literary Interlude: Pangur Bán


Pangur Ban
I and Pangur Ban my cat,
'Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.
Better far than praise of men
'Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill-will,
He too plies his simple skill.
'Tis a merry task to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.
Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur's way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.
'Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.
When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!
So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.
Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.
    -- Anon., (Irish, 8th century)

Posted on 09/10/2008 11:55 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
It's A Mad, Mad World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, there is no consensus outside the United States that Islamist militants from al Qaeda were responsible, according to an international poll published Wednesday.

The survey of 16,063 people in 17 nations found majorities in only nine countries believe al Qaeda was behind the attacks on New York and Washington that killed about 3,000 people in 2001.

U.S. officials squarely blame al Qaeda, whose leader Osama bin Laden has boasted of organizing the suicide attacks by his followers using hijacked commercial airliners.

On average, 46 percent of those surveyed said al Qaeda was responsible, 15 percent said the U.S. government, 7 percent said Israel and 7 percent said some other perpetrator. One in four people said they did not know who was behind the attacks.

The poll was conducted by, a collaborative project of research centers in various countries managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland in the United States.

In Europe, al Qaeda was cited by 56 percent of Britons and Italians, 63 percent of French and 64 percent of Germans. The U.S. government was to blame, according to 23 percent of Germans and 15 percent of Italians.

Respondents in the Middle East were especially likely to name a perpetrator other than al Qaeda, the poll found.

Israel was behind the attacks, said 43 percent of people in Egypt, 31 percent in Jordan and 19 percent in the Palestinian Territories. The U.S. government was blamed by 36 percent of Turks and 27 percent of Palestinians.

In Mexico, 30 percent cited the U.S. government and 33 percent named al Qaeda.

The only countries with overwhelming majorities blaming al Qaeda were Kenya with 77 percent and Nigeria with 71 percent...

Posted on 09/10/2008 12:03 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Who Has A Vote In The American Presidential Election?

John Moody of Fox News notes the preposterous presumption of The Guardian and the BBC, in asking non-Americans whom they think America's next president should be:

“'The world’s verdict will be harsh if the US rejects the man it yearns for.'

I had to read this headline in The Guardian, a British left-wing newspaper, twice, to make sure I wasn’t misinterpreting it. But sure enough, there was columnist Jonathan Freedland telling Americans how to vote. He said that, since Gov. Sarah Palin’s nomination at the GOP candidate for vice president, he felt at first “pessimistic.” That, he informs us, was quickly replaced by indignation as he saw that… people liked her!

Another fine America-hating British institution, the BBC, paid for a poll of 22,000 non-Americans to ask them who they wanted to be president. Guess what? Nearly one in two prefers Barack Obama. Only one in five wanted John McCain. That leaves 30% who had the right answer: they don’t know who should be president of our –- not their –- country.

Four years ago, a British writer made more news than he intended when he said that U.S. elections should be open to citizens of the whole world, since Americans had shown they weren’t smart enough to pick the right candidate."

On the other hand, the more word gets around to voters in this country about what will be seen as attempts to meddle -- The Guardian columnist, the  BBC poll -- the better for McCain and the worse for Obama.  And that should have been perfectly predictable.

Posted on 09/10/2008 12:21 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Obama's Rhetoric Heats Up

Andrew Malcolm writes at the LATimes Blog:

Those traveling with the Obama campaign in recent days, like The Times' Peter Nicholas, have noted a new, more emotional tone creeping into his comments. His public persona is often described as cool. But since last week, hitting the battleground states of Ohio, Michigan and Virginia as poll numbers dipped, Obama has seemed increasingly combative.

On Monday in Michigan, Obama became exercised when talking about the need to give even suspected terrorists legal rights.

“We may think this is Mohammed the terrorist,’’ he said at a campaign rally, but “it might be Mohammed the cab driver. You might think it’s Barack the bomb-thrower. But it might be Barack the guy running for president.’’

Continuing, he got more heated, his voice booming. Referring to the Constitution, he said: “Don’t mock the Constitution! Don’t make fun of it! Don’t suggest that it’s un-American to abide by what the founding fathers set up! It’s worked pretty well for 200 years!’’

He finished with a sigh: “These people."

If you're one of "these people" or not, what do you think?

Posted on 09/10/2008 1:08 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Retrial In Liquid Bomb Case

SkyNews (thanks to Alan): Seven defendants in the liquid bomb case are to face a retrial, it has been announced.

The decision was made following a meeting by Crown Prosecution Service chiefs.

There was astonishment on Monday when jurors said they were not convinced of the existence of an Al Qaeda plot to blow up aircraft using hydrogen peroxide bombs disguised as soft drinks.

One Whitehall source described the outcome as "Britain's OJ Simpson verdict - unexpected and unpredictable."

Sky's Mark White said: "Prosecutors were very shocked when that verdict came in. They thought this was the strongest terrorist case they had ever brought to trial. 

"They have decided that they want to go ahead with a retrial of the seven men on charges of conspiracy to murder on board aircraft."

Of the eight people on trial, three were found guilty of one of the charges against them, four had no verdict given, and one was cleared...

Posted on 09/10/2008 1:23 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Meddlesome Brits

Hugh describes Guardian and BBC opinion polls on the US presidential election as "meddling". How is it meddling? Guardian readers - absurd as they may be - are entitled to express their opinion on any matter, as are BBC viewers and listeners. Since when has the expression of opinion been "meddling"?

The outcome of a US election is not quite "none of our business". Our soldiers have died in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - wars which might not have happened had Gore, rather than Bush, been president. Our civilians have died in attacks which the perpetrators claimed were reprisals for those wars. I supported both wars, as it happens, and believe we were right to stand by our allies. But what America does is definitely our business.  

This doesn't mean we should have a vote, as some British writer or other apparently said four years ago. Of course not. That's too silly, even for most Guardian readers. But having a vote and expressing an opinion are different things.

Americans on American websites regularly express opinions about British politics and people. These opinions are, regularly, spectacularly ill-informed and stupid. So what? It's hardly meddling. Take no notice.

Posted on 09/10/2008 2:10 PM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Horowitz on Al-Jazeera

At Frontpage today there is a video posted in two parts in which David Horowitz appears on Al-Jazeera. In the first half, Hussein Ibish quotes Bill Warner from a FP article stating that Osama bin Laden is a moderate Muslim (as defined by the Qu'ran, Hadth and Sira), and that OBL is following the Qur'an. Horowitz distanced himself from Warner's assertion. In part two, a caller from Illinois asks Horowitz to define a moderate Muslim and he replies, "I think a moderate Muslim is no different from a moderate Christian or a moderate Jew."  Horowitz did not seem prepared on Islam and even admitted as much, saying they should really have Robert Spencer on to discuss it.

Ibish asked Horowitz if he supports the creation of a Palestinian state and he said, "Yes, I want Jordan to be the Palestinian state."

At the end, "Youssef" from N. Carolina asks Ibish why the Muslim world is silent when it comes to Muslim on Muslim violence and doesn't address the fact that, for example, Moqtada al Sadr was torturing Muslims in mosques Iraq. The Muslim world is obsessed with Zionism,, he said, yet "killing Zionism won't do anything about this." The host quickly takes another call and lets that question fall by the wayside.

Posted on 09/10/2008 2:13 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
A Musical Interlude: Until The Real Thing Comes Along (Fats Waller)
Posted on 09/10/2008 6:36 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Many Happy Returns

He was born on August 28 (Old Style) which is September 9 (New Style). Not a dollar short then, but admittedly a day late, we return happily to this excerpt from a conversation between Pyotr Kirillovich and Capitaine Ramballe, found in the birthday boy's most famous book : 

"Challenged by this question Pierre raised his head and felt a need to express the thoughts that filled his mind. He began to explain that he understood love for a woman somewhat differently. He said that in all his life he had loved and still loved only one woman, and that she could never be his.

“Tiens!” said the captain."

Posted on 09/10/2008 6:51 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Barack Obama On Mohammed The Innocent Taxi-Driver

"On Monday in Michigan, Obama became exercised when talking about the need to give even suspected terrorists legal rights.

“We may think this is Mohammed the terrorist,’’ he said at a campaign rally, but “it might be Mohammed the cab driver. You might think it’s Barack the bomb thrower. But it might be Barack the guy running for president.’’

Continuing, he got more heated, his voice booming. Referring to the Constitution, he said: “Don’t mock the Constitution! Don’t make fun of it! Don’t suggest that it’s un-American to abide by what the founding fathers set up! It’s worked pretty well for 200 years!!’’

He finished with a sigh: 'These people.'"
-- from this article

Of course  "Mohammed the terrorist" might not be the same as Mohammed the cab driver -- though he might, come to think of it -- but "Mohammed the terrorist" might be offered financial, political, and moral support by "Mohammed the cab driver." There is no one way to participate in Jihad. You do not have to participate in violent acts yourslf. You can support those who do. And clearly, a great many Muslims are doing exactly that -- supporting those who participate in violent Jihad, by defending and protecting and making excuses for them, by giving them financial or moral support, by showing up in courtrooms or to picket trials, and to help use the liberties, the ones that our Constitution guarantees and of which Barack Obama claims he is so fond, to undo, in the end, those very guarantees  of those individual rights and to put, in their place, something modelled on the Shari'a, or the Shari'a itself.

Posted on 09/10/2008 10:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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