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These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 16, 2012.
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Germany: Muslims call for 'denazification' of state

From the German edition of The Local

An umbrella organisation representing Muslims in Germany has called for a "denazification" of German state authorities, and demanded they refrain from using the terms "Islamism" and "Islamist" to describe radical Muslims.The German Muslim coordination council (KRM) presented a dossier on Wednesday on the botched investigation into the National Socialist Underground (NSU) terrorist cell.

The investigation into the murders (of nine immigrants and one police woman over a decade) was prejudiced, said the KRM, a result of a distorted view of Islam in Germany and a widespread stigmatization of Muslims.

The council even went so far as to demand a "denazification" of German state authorities and officials, and that all responsible state authorities and politicians should feel the consequences of their failure to detect the right-wing extremist terrorist cell. In recognition of the seriousness of the crimes, Germany should hold annual memorials for the victims of the NSU, said the council, and teach children about the murders in school history lessons as "a problem arising out of the Nazi past."

Further demands laid out in the dossier included creating a special category for anti-Islamic attacks in crime statistics, and for officials to stop using the words "Islamist" and "Islamism" to refer to radical Islam. They should just call it plain Islam - speak the truth and shame the devil.

Meanwhile, Aiman Mazyek, Chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, said he supported a ban on the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD). Mayzek added that the council was concerned about growing racism in German society, and called for the state to co-operate with Muslim organisations in fighting the trend, wrote the paper.

Mayzek said that while he could not deny the existence of radical Muslims in Germany, he felt the surrounding debate was too heated and that it was wrong to play off right-wing extremists against Muslim extremists.

Posted on 12/16/2012 3:20 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 16 December 2012
The Little Rascals (Sunni Arab Version)
See here.
Posted on 12/16/2012 9:38 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Col Tem(p)o Tutto Si Scopre

Memories of a 17th-century drawing by Pier Francesco Mola, once seen in a book of Italian drawings at the Louvre -- a book possibly published by Braziller or Abrams but I can't recall.

That drawing:

On the left, seated, is Chronos, Father Time, holding his identifying hourglass.

On the right, two figures: one being, I recall, The Artist,  and the other, possibly representing History, who is leaning next to a block on which is written "Col Temo Tutto Si Scopre." "Temo" was a lapidary lapse for "Tempo" (for even stone-cutters nod, or those who do the drawings depicting those stone-cutters).

The phrase means: With time, with Time, everything is revealed.

Now look around at the ruins of that "Arab Spring." You don't even hear that phrase any more. Look at  Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria. Forget all the vaporings, from assorted government officials, and from the tom-friedmans and suchlike. It's already clear, isn't it?  Islam Will Out. The refusal to compromise, the aggression, the violence that erupts when there is no despotism to monopolize that violence. And it hasn't taken all that much time for the discerning to put themselves not on the Right Side of History, --for there is no Right Side of History  -- but, rather, on the Right Path to Understanding History, in this case the history, past, present, and somewhat future, of Muslim lands. And that understanding is a different thing.

Col Tempo Tutto Si Scopre.

Ain't it the truth?

Posted on 12/16/2012 10:39 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 16 December 2012
John Kerry, Foggy Bottom Boy, Or, We French Stormed Annisquam, You Know

From the Wikipedia entry on John Kerry, formerly of the Elizabeth Islands, and Les Essarts, and soon to be one of the Foggy Bottom Boys:  

"He said that he believed that the Torah, the Qur'an, and the Bible all share a fundamental story which connects with readers"

A variant on People Are The Same The Whole World Over.

Posted on 12/16/2012 3:21 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Nasrallah Does Not Desert Assad

From Reuters:

Hezbollah chief says rebels will not win in Syria

Photo
11:21am EST

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shi'ite militant movement Hezbollah, said on Sunday the rebels in Syria could not emerge victorious from the 21-month-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Nasrallah, a staunch ally of Assad, said: "The situation in Syria is getting more complicated (but) anyone who thinks the armed opposition can settle the situation on the ground is very very very mistaken."

Syrian rebels accuse the Shi'ite Muslim group of sending fighters to neighboring Syria to help Assad overcome the largely Sunni Muslim revolt. Hezbollah denies these accusations.

The uprising started as peaceful demonstrations calling for greater freedoms but turned into an armed insurgency largely in response to heavy crackdown and attacks by Assad forces.

The revolt pits majority Sunnis against Assad's Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam. With Sunni-Shi'ite sectarian tensions smoldering in the region, Syria's conflict has drawn Sunni radicals from elsewhere into rebel ranks.

But Nasrallah, whose Shi'ite movement is despised by Sunni hardliners, said the West and some allied Arab countries had lured al Qaeda-affiliated fighters into Syria to be killed.

"I warn al Qaeda: the Americans and the European countries and Arab and Islamic countries have set a trap for you in Syria, and opened for you a battlefield so you come from across the world ... to be killed and to kill each other..."

Alarmed by the growing strength and influence of al Qaeda-inspired fighters in Syria, the United States has put the al-Nusra Front on its official blacklist of terrorist organizations, angering many Syrian rebel brigades.

Posted on 12/16/2012 3:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 16 December 2012
In Libya, What You Should Have Known Would Happen Now Happens

From The Daily Star (Lebanon):

December 15, 2012

Libya Congress declares south closed military zone
By Esam Mohamed

TRIPOLI, Libya: Four policemen were shot dead in Libya's troubled eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday when gunmen fired rocket-propelled grenades on a security compound there, according to the Interior Ministry.

Police spokesman Ezzedine al-Fazani said that the attack was linked to the recent detention of a man allegedly involved in last month's assassination of the head of one of the city's security agencies, National Security chief Col. Farag el-Dersi.

The unknown assailants attacked the security compound, in an apparent attempt to break into a nearby detention center where the suspect in el-Dersi's killing is being held.

In Benghazi, where the revolt that unseated longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi began last year, security has sharply deteriorated over the past year. An attack in September on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi killed U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Security in the country's south is also of concern.

Libya's parliament on Sunday voted to close the country's borders with Sudan, Niger and Chad, declaring the south a restricted military area.

The decision affects cities such as Kufra and Sabha, which have been the scene of armed clashes this year that have left more than 100 dead. The fighting has been mainly between the African tribe of Tabu and their rivals, the Arab tribe of Zwia.

General National Congress spokesman Omar Humidan says the parliament voted to seal Libya's southern borders with its African neighbors to stem the flow of illegal immigration and population changes.

The African Tabu, the original inhabitants of south Libya, were heavily suppressed under the Gadhafi regime. They accuse the new government of continued discrimination.

The GNC did not specify how long border crossings would be sealed or how Libya's military plans to secure the long and porous border. The military does not have a strong presence along the southern border and is struggling to rebuild itself - relying heavily on former rebels as part of its force - after last year's civil war that ousted Gadhafi.

A military official, who wished to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said the government's main concern is not the influx of people, but the illegal flow of weapons.

A flood of weapons, including explosive warheads and small arms ammunition, have been smuggled from Libya to Egypt since the outbreak of revolutions in both countries last year. The weapons have fallen into the hands of Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula, or pass through smuggling tunnels to the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The U.S. State Department said last week that it provided funding to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct training last week in McAllen, Texas for 13 officials from the Libyan Ministry of Defense and the Customs Authority.

The State Department statement said the program specifically focuses on reducing the illicit transfers of weapons across borders. It is the third course undertaken by the State Department and Homeland Security with the Libyan government to improve border security.

Posted on 12/16/2012 3:55 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 16 December 2012
A Musical Interlude: Say It Isn't So (Annette Hanshaw)
Listen here.
Posted on 12/16/2012 8:55 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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