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These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 12, 2012.
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Birmingham mosque cleric accused of sexual harassment

From the Birmingham newspaper The Sunday Mercury

A CONTROVERSIAL Muslim cleric who was secretly recorded labelling women as “deficient” is being accused of sexual harassment at the Birmingham mosque where he preaches.

Abu Usamah At Thahabi, an imam at the Green Lane mosque in Sparkbrook is named in a website which claims to expose “sexual deviant preachers who prey on our Muslim sisters.” The site alleges that it has been contacted by at least two female victims of the US-born black convert.

And the Sunday Mercury has learned that Abu Usamah, 48, and born in New Jersey, has been banned from preaching at a mosque in Reading after the allegations came to light.

. . . last night a spokesman for the mosque, which was the subject of an undercover Channel 4 documentary in 2008, said . . . "we have been made aware of the website and note that it appears unable to back up these serious allegations with any proper proof.” He added Abu Usamah was a regular preacher at Green Lane and that he would not be commenting on the accusations.

In 2007 Abu Usamah was unwittingly filmed airing homophobic, misogynistic views, as well as fostering communal division. He declared that “we hate the people of the kufr (non-Muslims). We hate the kuffar”.

He also advocated the oppression of women, saying of young girls that “she should start hijab from the age of seven, by the age of ten it becomes an obligation on us to force her to wear hijab and if she doesn’t wear hijab, we hit her”. He justified these views with his opinion that “Allah has created the women, even if she gets a PhD, deficient. Her intellect is incomplete, deficient”.

Posted on 08/12/2012 7:19 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 12 August 2012
North Korea Lite

My mother saw Hitler in the stadium during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It was the only fragment of memory of her childhood in Nazi Germany that she ever spoke of and, perhaps illogically, it did not predispose me favorably to the Olympic spectacle.

The opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics reminded me of an observation of the Marquis de Custine, the young aristocrat whose father and grandfather were guillotined during the French Revolution. De Custine went to Russia in 1839 in search of the virtues of hereditary autocracy and returned a convinced democrat. Tyrannies, he said, demand immense sacrifices of their people to produce trifles.

It does not follow, of course, that if tyrannies produce trifles, trifles—and the opening ceremony was undoubtedly one—are necessarily the product of tyrannies. But the ceremony, postmodern as it might have been in form—assuming, as it did, that the contemporary mind is like that of a child, in constant need of swiftly changing amusement—was not free of ideological content, even if that content was comparatively restrained and benign compared with that of, say, Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will. It was more akin to North Korea lite.

Of course it was impressive, as anything staged on a sufficiently large scale and well-organized is impressive. The fear of almost all Britons, amounting virtually to an expectation, that the games would at once descend into chaos was not fulfilled. On the contrary, the choreography was impeccable, and thousands participated without mishap, with the precision of a military parade. There were even moments of genuine wit, which distinguished the ceremony from the North Korean equivalent.

Nevertheless, the inclusion of happily dancing nursing staff from the National Health Service was precisely the kind of stunt that an ideological state would pull. Who would have guessed that only a few days before in the NHS, here presented as among the greatest of all British achievements, some doctors had gone on strike, not to improve conditions for their patients but to preserve their own generous pensions—of the kind that those unfortunate enough to work in the private sector can only dream about? Western Europeans must either have puzzled over or laughed at this: Britain is universally acknowledged in Europe to have the worst health care on the continent—health care that European residents flee except in extremis. And here were people dancing to celebrate it!

Still, the ceremony itself must be counted a great success in the eyes of the British public because it was not an outright disaster. Yet no thinking person to whom I’ve spoken (admittedly not a representative population sample) expresses anything other than deep unease about the whole Olympic enterprise. The army was engaged not only to provide security after a private company failed to perform as promised, but also to fill empty seats in the stadium and thus prevent the humiliation of showing too many empty spaces. Seats were initially allocated in true corporatist fashion, much of the public being excluded (including relatives of participants) in favor of companies and organizations. When these failed to take up their allocations, it was too late. A specter now haunts the London Olympics: that of public indifference, bought at the cost of billions that future generations will struggle to repay.

First published at City Journal.

Posted on 08/12/2012 11:59 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Al Qaeda's brutal new weapons: Children kidnapped and kept in chains to be taught how to become suicide bombers

From the Daily Mail

Al Qaeda is kidnapping young children in troubled Somalia and brainwashing them to launch future attacks on the West, it has been claimed.

The 'terrorist schools' keep the children - some as young as seven - chained up to beds while they were taught an extreme version of Islam. The youths, all under 10-years-old, were also taught about suicide bombings and told they would go to paradise if they killed themselves in 'martyrdom-operations

Pictures of the locked-up children were uncovered by terror investigator Neil Doyle after authorities carried out a raid on a school in Mogadishu. The classes, being carried out at a Islamic Boarding School, were being taught by a member of the Al Qaeda inspired Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab. The teacher claimed that the children were in chains because they missing classes. Most of the children's parents were unaware they were there.

The raid was one of a number of operations sanctioned by the government in recent months and led to the arrest of 200 people.

Mr Doyle, author of Terror Base UK and Terror Tracker, told the Sunday Mirror: 'The images suggest Al Shabaab has turned to slavery in order to produce a generation of child soldiers and suicide bombers. The group has lost a lot of ground to government troops and it almost beggars belief that they have adopted widespread child abuse as a way of trying to engineer a comeback.

'Terrorist school': A Somali boy sits with his legs chained at a religious school in Waxar Ade district, north of capital Mogadishu

Posted on 08/12/2012 2:45 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

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