These are all the Blogs posted on Monday, 19, 2010.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Two-day-old girl dies in 'honour killing'
This is the first English language report that I have come across of the story posted by Hugh here from the French press last week. From Stuff of New Zealand
Turkish police have detained an unmarried mother and six other people near Istanbul for their suspected role in the so-called "honour killing" of a two-day-old baby girl, state news agency Anatolian said. The baby was suffocated by her grandmother after the family learned the 25-year-old mother became pregnant out of wedlock, Anatolian said.
"My family decided to kill my baby," the mother told the police, according to Anatolian. "My 55-year-old mother choked the baby with a cloth. Then, my brothers buried the baby in a hole in the garden and covered the hole with cement." There is precedent for the hole sealed by cement method, although in this case the girl was buried alive.
Police found the body after receiving an anonymous phone call. Among those detained were also a doctor and the doctor's secretary, They allegedly had agreed not to register the baby's birth in return for an undisclosed amount of money.
The baby's father is doing his military service and was not involved in the incident.
Posted on 04/19/2010 6:38 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 19 April 2010
U.S. soldier dismissed for threats in Iraq protest
If you are a fan of rap music, then you may well love this story. By Lara Jakes for AP:
BAGHDAD – The U.S. Army has dismissed a soldier who threatened fellow troops and sent the Pentagon a violent rap song he wrote to protest his Iraq redeployment orders, officials said Saturday.
The dismissal for misconduct means Spc. Marc A. Hall will avoid criminal charges but lose all military benefits earned over at least four years of service, including an earlier tour in Iraq.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Eric Bloom said Saturday that top brass decided to discharge Hall instead of taking him to trial in part because he admitted his guilt.
"He understood the threats he made to his fellow soldiers," Bloom said. "With the loss of his benefits, the time he's already done in jail and his reduction in rank, that's justice served."
Hall has been jailed since Dec. 11, two days before his brigade with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division out of Ft. Stewart, Georgia, was scheduled to leave for Iraq. He was charged with the military offense of communicating a threat after telling his battalion commander that he might shoot or otherwise attack a fellow U.S. soldier, according to Army lawyers. He previously served in Iraq in 2007-08.
But it was a CD recording of a rap song that Hall wrote and sent to the Army's personnel office in July 2009 that gained notoriety for the case.
At that point, Army lawyers said, Hall knew his unit was scheduled to deploy — just two months before he was to finish his four-year enlistment contract. An unpopular Army policy known as "stop loss" requires that soldiers who are assigned to a unit at the time it deploys will be kept in the ranks for as long as the duration of the yearlong tour.
On the recording, Hall denounced the Army for the policy and rapped about opening fire with his military-issue M-4 rifle.
"I got a (expletive) magazine with 30 rounds, on a three-round burst, ready to fire down," Hall rapped. "Still against the wall, I grab my M-4, spray and watch all the bodies hit the floor. ... I bet you never stop-loss nobody no more, in your next lifetime of course. No remorse."
"We are really happy that he's coming home," [Hall's civilian attorney, David] Gespass said. "We think it's the best solution for all concerned."
I wonder if his fellow soldiers (who he threatened to kill) would agree, as they head back for yet another tour of duty in Iraq?
Critics have called the case a free speech issue, saying Hall should not be punished for venting his anger about being sent back to Iraq right before he was supposed to get out of the Army.
I'm a strong advocate for free speech, but threats of mass murder should not be protected speech.
Still, the case was far from sealed: Army lawyers concede that Hall never took physical action against any troops. His threat came the month after Maj. Nidal Hassan allegedly killed 13 people in a shooting spree at Ft. Hood, Texas — a period when the Pentagon was taking extra precautions about potentially violent soldiers.
We should withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan as quickly as feasible. No more nation building, no more "hearts and minds" campaigns, no more infrastructure construction, no more safeguarding their elections, no more training of indigenous troops who will most likely end up waging jihad against non-Muslims. Iraq is a hopelessly flawed war, and the "stop-gap" program (that keeps retiring soldiers in active duty against their wishes) should be ended. There have been so many costs associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; our military's ability to protect our citizens in the future is being degraded.
Posted on 04/19/2010 12:46 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Monday, 19 April 2010
My husband got out from under my feet yesterday and went into London to follow his nose and visit somewhere interesting. He started with All Hallows by the Tower and having walked all through the City came out the other end then down the Strand to Trafalgar Square.
Large screens were televising the funeral in Krakow of Polish President and Mrs Kacznscy. He came away with a Polish flag marked by a black band and a service sheet in Polish and English - Zegnamy Pare Prezydencka - We say good bye to the Polish President and the First Lady. There is a brief history of the Katyn Massacre in English and a list of everybody killed on that flight to Smolensk.
There was also a memorial mass in Chicago yesterday, a city with probably the largest community of people of Polish heritage outside Poland.
I don't envy Poland her suffering over the last few centuries. I do envy her having had a President and government worth genuinely mourning.
If an aeroplane carrying Gordon Brown, Tony and Cherie Blair, Jack Straw(man), Mandleweasle, the Millipede twins and Blob Ainsworth were to plummet, then so long as the pilot and crew ejected to safety and the debris landed harmlessly in a field we too would be out in the streets. Not to mourn with such dignity but to celebrate.
Posted on 04/19/2010 4:41 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 19 April 2010
I share Boris Johnson's irritation with the recent outburst of cleggophilia. The Liberal Democrats are not some genteel party of the centre; they are, as I ranted on Hugh's post - sorry, Hugh, it was there and I had to rant somewhere - even more bureaucratic, Eurocratic, kleptocratic and quangocratic than Labour. So I share Boris's irritation, but I can't quite share his optimism. People are incredibly stupid. From The Telegraph:
It would only be human, after all, to start to wonder... Will this amazing and ludicrous burst of Cleggophilia keep the Tories from government? Will [it] hell. I am certain that the Tories will win, and that the current fantasy of a Liberal Democrat resurgence is the biggest load of media-driven nonsense since the funeral of Diana.
What has happened to us all, when serious papers can start raving about "Prime Minister Clegg"? Has someone put something in the water supply? Has some sulphur yellow cloud descended imperceptibly from Iceland and addled our brains? These are Lib Dems we are talking about! They say anything to anyone. They are not so much two-faced as positively polycephalous. They go around every university campus promising to abolish "Labour's unfair tuition fees" – while dear Cleggie tells his party conference that this policy, this cardinal Lib Dem policy, would cost £12 billion and that the country can't afford it. In the north of England you will find plenty of Lib Dem literature extolling their "mansion tax", a proposal on which they remain deafeningly silent in places like Richmond and Kingston, where it would mean a vast new tax on people who happen to live in overvalued houses.
Everybody treats Vince Cable as a semi-holy Mahatma Gandhi of British politics, because he is supposed in some way to have anticipated the financial crisis. Actually his most notable recommendation before the crisis was that Britain should join the euro – a move that would gravely have worsened our current position by leaving us in a Greek-style straitjacket.
What crouton of substance did Clegg offer last Thursday, in the opaque minestrone of waffle? He wants to get rid of Trident. Great! So Lib Dem foreign policy means voluntarily resigning from the UN Security Council, abandoning all pretensions to world influence, and sub-contracting our nuclear deterrent to France! They are a bunch of euro-loving road-hump fetishists who are attempting like some defective vacuum cleaner to suck and blow at the same time; and the worst of it is that if you do vote Lib Dem in the demented belief that there could ever be such a thing as a Lib Dem government, you won't get Prime Minister Clegg. You'll get Prime Minister Gordon Brown, for five more holepunch-hurling years, because the Lib Dems almost always vote with Labour, and in my years in Parliament I can't remember a single moment when they opposed a Labour measure to expand state spending or state control.
I can't think of anything worse for this country than some great ghastly soggy Lib-Lab coalition, dripping with piety and political correctness and unable to take the decisions we need for fear of offending the vast hordes of public sector special interest groups they collectively represent.
That is why the current madness cannot last. The Lib Dems are everywhere today, like the orange spores of an exploded puffball. Next week they will be gone with the wind. Clegg is the beneficiary of cunning Labour spin, bigging up the third party in order to take the shine off the Tories. But when people understand that a vote for Clegg is a vote for Brown, they will stay their hands, and they will see that it is only by voting Tory that they can give this country the change it needs.
Let's hope so. Message to the British public: vote Clegg, get Brown. Simples. And I never thought I'd find myself saying "Simples," but if it gets Labour out I'll say anything.
Posted on 04/19/2010 7:56 AM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 19 April 2010
People's Cube: Communists Sue Democratic Party For Theft of Intellectual Property
From The People's Cube:
In a surprise move, the CPUSA (Communist Party USA) has announced a lawsuit against the Democratic Party and its leadership for the alleged theft of intellectual property. The plaintiffs claim that the entire so-called "new" Democratic agenda is, in fact, the product of a decades-long, painstaking campaign by CPUSA theorists, agitators, and underground subversive cells - which makes it the intellectual property of the Communist Party USA, protected by American copyright laws."They stole our entire platform, rebranded it 'progressive', and claimed it as their own," declared a CPUSA spokesperson at a press conference in San Francisco. "And we communists say, not so fast! Not in this country anyway, where we still have property rights and the rule of law, thank God! Actually, let me rephrase that..." ~
The Communist Party representative explained that government ownership of the auto and financial industries, redistribution of wealth, and free rationed healthcare have always been among the glorious CPUSA objectives: "We held on to these goals through all the difficult years of factional infighting, purges, denunciations, and heroic espionage on behalf of the Soviet intelligence services.
"This may seem like a foreign idea to you, but we sacrificed everything for it - our friends, our neighbors, and our nation. We suffered from all kinds of ulcers and split personality disorders by blindly following Stalin's directives. We risked our chances of promotion within US government agencies by dutifully advancing Soviet foreign policy. And for what? So that some spoiled Democrats could ride on our backs to power while throwing us crumbs in the form of minor cabinet appointments?
"It's just like taking someone else's hard-earned income and redistributing it! ... Never mind, bad example... It's like infiltrating a respectable organization and taking over its management while engaging in subversive propaganda and the rewriting of history... Whoops, bad example again... It's like being devoid of moral standards and rejecting all the norms and values of Judeo-Christian civilization... No, that was totally inappropriate. Scratch that...
"It's time we got our fair share of credit from the current administration. As a gesture of good will, we would be pleased to accept the credit in the form of stimulus checks, subsidies, and loan guarantees for our members. If not now, when?"
CPUSA lawyers presented documents to the press showing that the Democratic platform of 2010, almost-line-for-line, reiterates the CPUSA platform of 1963. As the lead attorney for the plaintiffs pointed out, even a casual reading shows that while the rhetoric occasionally varies, the underlying policies are nearly identical.
"If the public knew that all the Democrat ideas are ours, we'd have more high-paying jobs in the Obama administration," remarked the CPUSA spokesperson. "While all our members can't be czars, we should at least get royalties. We can't survive on government handouts alone, not yet anyway."
This announcement seems to overturn past communist policy favoring the liquidation of czars and royalty.
The Democratic National Committee has declined to issue an official comment on the lawsuit, but a high-ranking White House official stated privately that this development is the result of an historically inevitable "convergence of opposites" - a philosophical concept outlined by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - whereby the American public catches up with the glorious promise of communism, while the CPUSA becomes so American that it becomes embroiled in litigation. "Don't quote me on this," he added, "but Barack and I believe we can easily reconcile whatever minor differences we have with the CPUSA, and work together to prepare Americans for the final march, in well-organized and neat columns, towards our radiant progressive future."
Posted on 04/19/2010 8:42 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 19 April 2010
Silver linings in the ash cloud
Esmerelda has mentioned one: it's quiet. Libby Purves, writing in The Times, has a few more:
We have learnt more about aviation and what it does to us — how lightly we take its benefits for granted and how resigned we are to its pollutions. Richmond Park is quiet again; walkers in Sussex look up to a silent sky free of Gatwick vapour-trails and breathe calm.
We have also been forced to admit that, for all the smoothing and soothing of the tourist industry, it isn’t a small world, or a homogenised one. Ask those holidaymakers coming home from Thailand, immured now in a Moscow airport hotel without visas or a word of Russian, suddenly realising what it is to be far from home among strangers who are not holiday reps.
These lessons are hard, but they are not useless. We need reminding. We have learnt other things too: like just how weaselly are holiday insurance companies, how feeble their assurances and wide their loopholes. We shall read the small print from now on. We have also been reminded that we live on an island — perhaps the Merchant Marine and the Royal Navy could clear their throats and remind us once more that we absolutely need ships and always will, and that 95 per cent of everything we use arrives by sea anyway.
What else? Well, the internet has come of age: unimpeded by volcanic ash, the tweets and blogs and teleconferences and Skype-chats span the globe, researching options and reassuring families and managing companies and transferring money. Maybe some globetrotting business types and compulsive serial holidaymakers will now realise that dead hours spent in airports are often a waste of life.
One other thing to appreciate is that, like all natural disruptions, this is an opportunity to test human flexibility, ingenuity and goodwill.
So children may be late back for exams? Let the exam boards work out a way to make it OK. So tourists are stuck in the developing world, running out of money and growing afraid as they drift out of the holiday-nannying bubble? Let them learn how generous and kind the ordinary citizens of their holiday paradise can be.
There will be thousands of deep private sadnesses in this event — reunions and funerals missed, last meetings impossible — but there will also be a host of new human connections, a cloud of gratitude and a flowering in adversity. I hope, as you do, that the wind shifts and Mount Unpronounceable calms down. But meanwhile we can only marvel and do what human beings have always had to do — adapt.
Posted on 04/19/2010 8:48 AM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 19 April 2010
Muslims in Swiss Army and Islamic Law
Muslims in Swiss Army get special treatment, special privileges -- see here.
The new army recruits will, if history is anything to go by, be assisting their brother Muslims in due course in plundering all assets, if what is happening is allowed to happen.
The Swiss have a duty of care towards all their citizens and of course to all those overseas clients with assets held in trust in Swiss banks.
So the bankers should have their expensive lawyers read up what Islamic law says about assets which belong (for the time being until Allah's will is fulfilled) to kafirs ("Non-Muslims" is a politically corrected term one should never tire of repeating):
All territory taken from infidels became the property (fay) of the state. It formed, henceforth, the dar al-Islam, land administered by Islamic law for the benefit of Muslims and their descendants.31 This principle, established by the Arab conquest, introduced a political and legal dogma rooted in theology.
These possessions received the name of fay since Allah had taken them away from the infidels in order to restore (afa’a, radda) them to the Muslims. In principle, Allah has created the things of this world only in order that they may contribute to serving him, since he created man only in order to be ministered to. Consequently, the infidels forfeit their persons and their belongings which they do not use in Allah’s service to the faithful believers who serve Allah and unto whom Allah restitutes what is theirs; thus is restored to a man the inheritance of which he was deprived, even if he had never before gained possession of it.32
33.Donner, The Early Islamic Conquest, 226, 231-33, 237-38, 265-66; Abu Yusuf, Le livre de Limpot foncier, 37-61; Abraham N. Poliak, “L’Arabisation de l’Orient Semitique,” REI 12 (1938): 35-63; Ashtor, A Social and Economic History, 22-26.
32.Ibn Taymiya, in Laoust, Le Traite de droit public, 35-36; Abu Yusuf, Le Livre de l’imp?t foncier, 36-43; Morony, Iraq, 106-17. For the property of infidels destined to become booty, see the opinion of the Andalusian jurist Ibn Hazm (eleventh century), in Arnaldez, “La Guerre Sainte,” 2:457: “God has established in the infidels ownership of their property only for the institution of booty for Muslims.” The concept of fay is linked to war and its practices: see Kitab al-Kharaj from Qudama b. Ja’far, in Ben Shemesh, Taxation in Islam, 2:25-27: “If the Imam distributes the lands among those who captured them, they become ‘ushr lands, and their previous owners become slaves. If he does not distribute the lands but leaves them in whole, as a trust to the Muslims, then the poll tax lies on the necks of their owners, who are free, while their lands are changed with kharaj tax. This is the view of Abu Hanifa.”
Quoted in Islam and Dhimmitude Where Civilizations Collide by Bat Ye’or pp. 59-60.
Hmmm "..as a trust to the Muslims."
It sounds crazy but it is fact. That is Islamic law.
In Islamic law it is quite clear.
The fancy bankers and traders will find that all their fancy bonuses and fancy houses and apartments are in fact not theirs. It all belongs to "the Muslims."
Is this too complicated for the bankers, and their lawyers to understand?
There are many lawyers in Switzerland who specialise in trust law.
Do people not care?
The leaders in Europe and worldwide have lost their minds to facillitate the dismantling of Europe as it appears obvious they have done and continue to do.
Europe is rapidly becoming Eurabia.
It will surely lead to some kind of civil war and, presumably general war.
The Swiss are hoping for business as usual.
It cannot be business as usual. Business is being hijacked. Freedom is being hijacked.
As a by the by, if Jerusalem, or as one would say in law, "or part thereof," is Muslim what does that make London, Paris, Washington, Rome etc., oh yes and Zurich and Geneva, and Basle and Bern and Lausanne and [filll in the space], or parts thereof?
Istanbul was Constantinople. Now the whole thing is Muslim (not just "part thereof').
It was bad enough under George W. Bush.
President Barack Hussein Obama is making the United States look like Ali Baba and the Appeasers, Bowers and Submitters. ABABS.
Time for some quick sobering up.
It is happening very, very fast.
At some stage the general public is going to find out the truth about Islam, that it is primarily a political movement with the mission commanded by the one and only God, who Muslims believe to be Allah, to conquer and rule the world.
That is Islamic law.
It is not a question of "moderation."
It is a question of fact and it is a question of law and you know what they say, "the law is the law."
It is likely that the public will find out that the leaders of Islam use religion as a tool to facilitate Islam's objective of world conquest and rule.
Unless one believes in Allah and Mohammed as his prophet then a quick read of Islamic history shows that Mohammed created Islam as a tool first to conquer and rule his own tribe. Mohammed achieved his objective and then in the words of W.H.T Gairdener an Arab linguist and scholar who wrote a brilliant essay in 1919 called Mohammed Without Camouflage:
Later on, as success grew, the object of the Holy War became the right to worship at the Ka'ba in the way of Islam. And finally, or course, it became the conquest of Arabia (and later the whole world) for Islam.
When the public realises that "peace" in Islam means submission to Allah's will and that it is Allah's will that all "mankind" be ruled according to "Islamic Shari'ah" law and that this law afford "non-Muslims" no legal rights one suspects that there will be great anger.
Islam's ideology since inception has been world conquest and rule of all "mankind .... in accordance with Islamic Shari'ah" (CDHRI*) which law affords us kafirs (Non-Muslims is a is a politically corrected term) no legal rights whatsoever. None, not even the right to life and no right to property.
I'll say it again:
No legal rights for kafirs under Islamic Shari'ah.
Why is no one saying this?
I'll say it again:
No legal rights for kafirs under Islamic Shari'a.
Yes, when the public realise that, then anything can happen.
Posted on 04/19/2010 7:27 PM by The Law
Monday, 19 April 2010
Andrea Elliott of the New York Times: Airbrushing Islam in America
Ms. Andrea Elliott is the Pulitzer-prize award winning Times
reporter who has covered the Muslim beat in America for years. Her series, Muslims in America
have been given lavish treatment by the editors of the Times
. The focus is on the human interest angle of how Islam and Muslims are adjusting to life in America, without serious questioning of what their agenda may be all about: - da’wa and insinuation of Sharia in our culture. Her series have included: a Hallmarkian discussion in three parts of a Muslim arranged marriage by a Brooklyn Sheik, problems of Muslims adjusting to life in the US Military, discrimination against a New York school system Muslim academy principal, Muslim voters allegedly being snubbed by Obama during his Presidential campaign, Major Nidal Hasan, Fort Hood mass shooter, and home grown Somali and American Muslim terrorists fighting for Al Qaeda affiliates.
Today’s New York Times
has a front page article by Ms. Elliott with a large interior spread entitled,” Reaching Out Quietly to Muslims in America”.
Her 2006 award-winning series on an Egyptian Imam in Brooklyn arranging marriages downplayed that the subject of her series, Imam, Sheik Reda Shata, had connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and supported suicide bombings against Israeli soldiers. Such reportage with obvious editorial support from the Times
managing editor and publisher perpetuates the view that Muslims in America are assimilating. She projects the view that Americans up to and including the President are dialoging with Muslims and they are receiving Presidential appointments. Obama senior aides l such as Valerie Jarrett are giving speeches at Muslim Brotherhood fronts like the Islamic Society of North America, an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal Dallas Holy Land Foundation trial. HLF leaders were convicted of funneling $12 million in Islamic charity funds to a designated foreign terror group, Hamas.
The only point of controversy in her article is her discussion of White House Deputy Counsel, Rashad Hussain. Obama had designated him as Special Envoy to the Saudi dominated Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the kerfuffle arose when it was discovered that Hussain spoke at a conference in 2004 in support of convicted felon Prof. Sami al Arian, former University of South Florida computer science professor, and fund raiser a designated terror group, Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza. She emphasizes Hussain’s close connections to the Obama inner circle and his alleged involvement in the drafting and his presence at Obama's Cairo outreach speech at Al Azhar University, the "Vatican of the Sunni world".
Curiously, nothing is mentioned in Elliot's article about DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, Arif Alikhan
, who as Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles cancelled an LAPD project to monitor radical elements in the Muslim community there. Nor was there a whiff of discussion about Dalia Mogahed. Mogahed is the Obama appointee to the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnership. She is the Gallup Muslim world pollster and co-author with John Esposito of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think
. Mogahed caused a stir when she was found supporting the extremist views of Hizb ut-Tahrir, about Sharia offering "gender justice" during a UK TV broadcast.
Nor was there any mention of well educated Muslim young men from Northern Virginia who left to join Pakistani-based Islamic terrorist groups. They, like Fort Hood mass shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, attended Mosques with radical Imams. In previous articles she had addressed FBI and Federal prosecutor investigations of home grown Somali and Muslim converts who have joined up with al Qaeda affiliate Al Shebaab in Somalia. She recently authored a Sunday Times Magazine
human interest article, “Jihadist next Door”
about Omar Hammami, a Daphne, Alabama
native who fled this country to become an Al Shabaab terrorist commander in Somalia.
Ms. Elliot airbrushes Islam in America without delving into the real agenda of Muslim leaders here: supplanting our constitution with Islamic Sharia law.
Posted on 04/19/2010 10:57 AM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 19 April 2010
Change ordered in Songs of Praise final
BBC bosses blocked a Halifax school from singing an Arabic song at the televised final of the Songs of Praise Junior Choir of the Year Competition.
Parkinson Lane Community School had planned to sing In The Morning When We Wake – which repeatedly refers to Allah.
Head teacher Gugsy Ahmed was forced to compromise and his choir instead sang If You Pass Your Night, which is based on a poem by Muslim Poet, Rumi.
He said: "I didn't think we had fallen foul of the rules. The original song was celebrating the thought of God. Allah is an Arabic term for God and is referred to by many Arab Christians, in the same way that the word God is used by many British Muslims, and Dieu by the French." Mr Ahmed added: "The children represent a unified community in Halifax and we have Christians in the choir. It didn't spoil the overall experience for the children, they had a fabulous time."
The school went on to be named runners-up in the the national competition aired last Sunday. The BBC confirmed it asked the school to change the song.
A spokeswoman said: "The rules of entry for the final were sent to all the schools chosen to compete. These clearly stated that song choices must be agreed with the competition organisers. The rules for the final stated that: 'The final of the competition will entail each choir singing one 'traditional' Christian hymn and one other Christian inspired song ie Gospel.' Parkinson Lane Community Primary School Choir's initial choice was not a Christian-inspired song, so they were advised to change it. The song If You Pass Your Night reflected the spirituality of the choir and was a choice that both the school and the BBC were happy with."
I wonder what their choice of traditional Christian hymn was? Morning Has Broken has earnt a fortune for da'wa for Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens ) but is a traditional Irish tune with Christian words written by Eleanor Farjeon in 1931.
One of my favourites, rarely sung these days is Hills of the North Rejoice. Verse 3 starts:- Lands of the East, awake, soon shall your sons be free;
the sleep of ages break, and rise to liberty.
Or for something more modern, Colours of Day:- The light of the world is risen again
The people of darkness are needing a friend.
Posted on 04/19/2010 11:22 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 19 April 2010
Nick Griffin: 'I'm not anti-Muslim, I'm anti-Islam'
For all his faults, the holocaust denial, the racist nut cases that still inhabit the BNP, and all the rest I cannot fault Nick Griffin for the statements in this clip from a BBC phone in.
To a Muslim caller who kept accusing him of hating Muslims. "Sikhs and West Indians, their values are similar to ours . . . ' the Koran is not a religious book, but a manual for conquering other people's countries'. . . .and I do not want to see the black flag of Islam over No 10 Downing Street."
Posted on 04/19/2010 12:07 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 19 April 2010
Tower Hamlets Council secretly gives another half-million to Islamic fundamentalists
From Andrew Gilligan's blog in the Telegraph again
As readers of the paper, this blog and viewers of Channel 4’s Dispatches will know, very disturbing things are going on at Tower Hamlets, the east London council which has fallen under the influence of an Islamic supremacist group, the Islamic Forum of Europe, based at the hardline East London Mosque.
The Labour council leader, Lutfur Rahman, squirmingly refuses to deny that he was elected to his job with the IFE’s help. Several key officials and councillors are closely linked to the IFE. Various organisations controlled by the IFE, including a youth group called the Osmani Trust, have been given enormous amounts of council money.
The Osmani Trust, run by leading figures in the IFE, is a recent merger of two IFE youth organisations, Blyda and Elite Youth. Part of its purpose, according to critics, is to take vulnerable young people off the streets and imbue them with the values of the IFE.
The man in charge of its project working with local gang members, Muhammad Rabbani, is the same person who trains young IFE recruits. Last year, he told them: “Our goal is to create the True Believer, to then mobilise these believers into an organised force for change who will carry out dawah [preaching], hisbah [enforcement of Islamic law, eg Sharia law] and jihad. This will lead to social change and iqamatud-Deen [an Islamic social, economic and political order.]… We have to bear in mind that victory is for Islam and Muslims.”
Despite the exposure of all this, the council’s cabinet brazenly decided on April 7 to hand another £500,000 to the Osmani Trust. Perhaps aware of what it might do to the Labour vote at next month’s election, the decision was taken in secret – only to be notified to the public once Labour was safely back in power. But I’ve been leaked the papers. Sorry, chaps!
As well as being done in secret, the decision to give the extra half-mill was taken under an unusual “urgency procedure”. So the alternative explanation for the council’s action, of course, is that they are anticipating defeat – and need to shovel as much public money as they can into the Islamists’ coffers before that happens.
Whatever the reason, the continued willingness of Tower Hamlets council to act as a paymaster for Islamists needs to be exposed to the public while they still have a chance, at the polls, to stop it.
So many Muslims are standing for election in Tower Hamlets that only someone with a detailed knowledge of local politics will be able to work out whether a candidate is a secular Muslim (under Hugh's identification only definition) or not. From The Guardian
Bethnal Green and Bow: battle rages in constituency with all-Bangladeshi field
At a meeting of the Columbia Road tenant’s association .. . For these mainly older, white working-class tenants, the early throes of the parliamentary election campaign have been underwhelming. "We've had a lot of junk through the letter box but you never see them," says Joyce. "I feel terribly let down by George Galloway," adds Margaret. "He was never at his surgery and he never spoke in the house. He had a totally different agenda, and he was courting the Bangladeshi vote."
. . . in a national precedent, all the main parties have selected Bangladeshi Muslim candidates, and the largest Bengali population in the country will finally have a voice in parliament. But Bill is also articulating a concern I've heard voiced by many constituents, of other faiths and backgrounds, that the intricacies of Bengali community politics – intimately connected as these are with the politics of Sylhet, the north-eastern region of Bangladesh from where the majority of Britain's Bengali community originate – will dominate the campaign, to the exclusion of all others.
Joyce then says the unsayable. "This is supposed to be a multicultural area but all the candidates are Asian. I don't feel they represent my views." Her husband Bill concurs: "This borough has a proud history of taking in different people over the years, but we feel we're being squeezed out."
Posted on 04/19/2010 12:25 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 19 April 2010
Donkey bomb kills 3 children in Afghanistan's Kandahar
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A bomb strapped to the back of a donkey blew up in the centre of Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar on Monday, killing three children and wounding five people, officials said.
The bomb struck close to a police post guarding the residence of a tribal chief and ally of President Hamid Karzai in an area of the city where several government buildings are located.
Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said three nephews of the tribal chief, Fazluddin, were killed, while three pedestrians and two police guarding Fazluddin's house were wounded.
Posted on 04/19/2010 1:50 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 19 April 2010
A Musical Interlude: At The First Sign (Hanka Ordonowna)
Posted on 04/19/2010 5:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 19 April 2010
Girls saved from forced marriage
It has emerged that two girls living in Northern Ireland have been made the subject of a court order to stop them being forced into marriage in Pakistan. The court ruled there was a "real and substantial risk" they would be forced to marry.
The girls, now aged 12 and 14, became wards of court in 2007 after their parents made plans to send them to Pakistan. Two of their older brothers had been forced into marriage there in 2005.
(The mother of the family) said what had occurred with her eldest sons in 2005 was not an indicator of what would happen to her daughters, and her two youngest sons had been to Pakistan since then without being forced to marry.
However, Mr Justice Stephens' ruling supported earlier judgements that the girls were to be sent to Pakistan in 2007 to be forced into marriage. He said if the girls were to go to Pakistan for a holiday this would be a "pretext" and there remains a "substantial risk" they would be forced to marry.
A factor in Justice Stephen's decision was the forced marriages of the girls' two oldest brothers. In November 2005, the two brothers went to a police station in Northern Ireland and said they had been forced to marry on a trip to Pakistan with their father. The younger brother, who was around 15 at the time, said the first he heard of his parent's plans for his marriage was on the flight to Pakistan. On arriving in Pakistan the father put pressure on his sons to agree to the marriages. He locked them in a room, beat them and confiscated their passports. The boys were eventually cajoled into marriage on the understanding that the "wedding" would be a front to get the girls visas.
But when the ceremony and celebrations were over, the father told the sons to sleep in the same rooms as their "wives". When they refused to do so their father beat them with a stick. The boys were persuaded to sleep in the same rooms as their wives but the marriages were not consummated.
Commenting on the events in 2005, Justice Stephens said, "an array of techniques were employed some of which were criminal". The Judge said the parents' approach to forced marriage had not changed and there were substantial risks that the same techniques would be employed to the girls in the future.
The judge also took into consideration the possible impact forced marriage could have on the girls' future children. The father, who was first cousin of the mother, suffered from a "devastating hereditary disease". The two older brothers were forced to marry their first cousins and the sisters could also be forced to marry their first cousins. The judge said forcing the girls to marry "would not only be a gross abuse of (their) rights". He said if the forced marriages were to their first cousins this "could have a devastating impact on the health of any of their children".
Posted on 04/19/2010 5:12 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax