These are all the Blogs posted on Friday, 20, 2009.
Friday, 20 March 2009
Lakemba mosque rebel youth group say Taliban, Hamas links false
From The Daily Telegraph of New South Wales
A REBEL youth group outside Sydney's Lakemba mosque have distributed a leaflet saying claims they are linked with the Taliban or Hamas are false and dangerous.The leaflet, headlined 'The Important Announcement to the Muslim community from the youth and the brothers of Lakemba mosque', states: "During last Friday's sermon we were accused of being extremists who are 'brainwashed' supporting the Taliban.
"This is a very dangerous accusation because it puts innocent people in danger of being arrested for these serious terrorist charges and immediately imprisoned."
The leaflet also describes the need to "clarify some points to the community and especially for the Fathers and Mothers".
Armed detectives are patrolling the streets surrounding the mosque where today's sermon has begun.
Sheik Taj el-Dene Elhilaly's (sometimes El Hilaly - the uncovered meat man) claimed some of the young men that oppose him are terrorists.
At last week's sermon, aired on Muslim radio, he also said: "We should call (Taliban leader) Muallah Omar and declare that we have Taliban in Lakemba."
Sheik Taj el-Dene Elhilaly has also been caught up in an act of vandalism last week - minutes before reporting it to police.
Muslim youths believe the sheik staged the vandalism - when he kicked in a door to an office - to frame them and gain public support before he was unwittingly caught on security footage.
In turn Sheik Hilaly, who denies the allegations, believes he has been set up.
Ah See how these Muslims love one another other!
Posted on 03/20/2009 5:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 20 March 2009
Obama reaches out to Iran in holiday greeting video
From The Chicago Tribune
Continuing a series of attempts to directly engage public opinion in Muslim nations, President Barack Obama broadcast a speech to the Iranian public early Friday morning, offering greetings for a pre-Islamic New Year's holiday widely celebrated in the country.
The content of the speech, which stressed the potential for peaceful cooperation with Iran, broke little new ground. But the image of a U.S. president delivering a speech to commemorate the Nowruz holiday was unusual, (Using a Zoroastran holiday shows a modicum of imagination, it must be said)
"In this season of new beginnings, I would like to speak clearly to Iran's leaders," said Obama, who despite vociferous criticism from opponents declared during his president that he would be willing to meet with leaders of Iran and other pariah nations.
"The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations," he added. "You have that right—but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions."
No mention of the persecution of Zoroastrans in Iran however. Too much to ask I suppose.
Posted on 03/20/2009 6:20 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 20 March 2009
Rotterdam Launches Investigation of Its Islam Advisor
THE HAGUE, 20/03/09 - Rotterdam city council is launching an investigation of alleged anti-gay and anti-woman statements by Tariq Ramadan. This Islamic scientist advises the city on integration policy.
Gay magazine Gay Krant yesterday published a translation of sound recordings of statements Ramadan is said to have made in a speech. He called homosexuality "a disturbance, a faulty functioning and an imbalance" and said on women that they must attract no attention by their appearance. "On the street, thus says the law, women must keep their eyes fixed on the pavement," the magazine quotes him as saying.
Rotterdam says it wants access to the recordings as quickly as possible. This will allow the municipality itself to assess the statements of Ramadan, according to a spokeswoman of Participation Alderman Rik Grashoff.
"These statements raise questions about statements Ramadan has made as advisor to Rotterdam municipality and as guest professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam," according to the Gay Krant. Ramadan, "who charges an hourly fee of 290 euros," was recently re-appointed for two years as advisor to Grashof, according to the magazine.
He is a busy little bunny - Oxford, Erasmus, Switzerland, nice work if you can get it.
Posted on 03/20/2009 6:32 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 20 March 2009
England People - Too Nice For Our Own Good
“F*ckin’ Frogs,” exclaims the Cockney barmaid in Richard Bean’s new play, England People Very Nice. Fair enough – they come over ‘ere takin’ aaah jobs, after all. Fast forward a couple of hundred years and the barmaid, East Ender to the core, despite her Huguenot blood, now rails against “F*ckin’ Micks”, the bog-trotting Irish immigrants who keep pigs in their lodgings and mate with their brothers and sisters – “at least you know where they’ve been”. Next up are “F*ckin’ Yids”; refugees from the pogroms receive a less than warm welcome. But love conquers all, and the Irish girl who is now as Cockney as they come, marries a Mr Klineman: “Jews and Irish? That’s the worst kind of marriage! You end up with a family of pissed-up burglars managed by a clever accountant." Bawdy humour and an undertone of menace save the first half of this play from being a Zadie-Smith-meets-United-Colours-of-Benetton multicultural mush, but it is not yet saying anything new. Mocking of both stereotypes and stereotyping, so far the play is scrupulously even-handed in its offensiveness, and will therefore offend only those determined to be offended. Then, in the second half, come the “F*ckin Pakis”.
At first they seem harmless enough. Indeed, the first generation of Pakistani immigrants were, in the main, hard working – running corner shops and curry houses – and humbly grateful to be here. Culturally Indian with a comical “It Ain’t ‘Alf Hot, Mum” accent, its representative (Mushi?) is Muslim in name only. But sometimes a name is all it takes: he has not renounced Islam, and his children want more than a name. “They’re like bloody Arabs,” he says, tellingly, of his niqabbed daughters. I thought back to my childhood in Bolton, when Muslim girls dressed, if not like Westerners, in the colourful shalwar kameez of their Hindu friends. Their daughters dress Saudi-style, as black ghosts, and they don't have Hindu friends.
A hook-handed mad mullah exhorts women to lick the snot out of their husband’s nostril if he tells them to – surely the most disgusting of hadiths, if not the most unjust. He preaches uncompromising hatred of the West to an eager young audience. It is this audience, his followers, who are the most perceptively drawn characters in the play. They are young, with all the arrogance and ignorance of youth, and all its “likes”, “whatev-ahs” and “innits”. The “Brick Lane Boys” assault the ears with the most mindless of gangsta raps – and there is a lot of competition. But it is the “sistas” who are the most menacing. Wearing the black-ghost outfit that says “rape someone else” they wield their modesty as a weapon, sulkily refusing to shake the hand of the Hampstead liberal man whose tolerance they despise. Our outspoken but kindly Cockney barmaid, now getting on in years, is called a whore, for wearing a short skirt. This is jihad – Jihad Made in Britain. Click on the “sistas” below to read the Pajamas Media article, in which I discuss the modest Muslimah of today.
Our Cockney barmaid feels helpless for the first time in centuries. Her elderly black friend is going “home” to Barbados: “I feel like a nigger again.” The message is clear: he and other non-Muslims are outsiders in their own land.
Richard Bean is not the first to observe that the children of Muslim immigrants can be more radical than their parents. Hanif Kureishi’s My Son the Fanatic covered similar ground ten years ago. However, as the title suggests, Kureishi saw a devout Muslim as a “fanatical” exception. Bean, more realistically, sees fanaticism as the norm for a younger, emboldened generation of Muslims.
It is not brave or original to write a play condemning Israel, or George Bush, or kiddy-fiddling Catholic priests. Such works are ten a penny. England People Very Nice has more about it. Scattered in the first half, hit and miss with its jokes, seemingly comforting in its demonstration that we can all rub along in the end, it comes into its own in the second half. Its unflinching portrayal of Muslim youth, very modern, very British, and yet alien to the core, deserves praise. That Muslims have tried to disrupt it is praise enough.
Posted on 03/20/2009 7:38 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 20 March 2009
Never Mind the Quality
“Jews and Irish? That’s the worst kind of marriage! You end up with a family of pissed-up burglars managed by a clever accountant." From Mary's review here.
This couple were not married, they were business partners, East End tailors. Patrick Kelly made the trousers and Manny Cohen made the jackets. This is the only clip of Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width I can find on You Tube and it ends practically as our men come in. Comedy fans will recognise John Bluthal from his recent role as Frank, taker of the Parish minutes in The Vicar of Dibley.
Posted on 03/20/2009 9:37 AM by Esmerelda WEatherwax
Friday, 20 March 2009
Placing infanticide in its proper cultural context
This one is a little convoluted, but please bear with it. From AP:
A video made with the help of U.S. missionaries and depicting Amazon Indians burying children alive is "faked" and inciting racial hatred, a group campaigning for tribal rights said Thursday.
The short video, "Hakani," has been watched more than 350,000 times on the YouTube video-sharing website.
It depicts scenes of Indians in an isolated forest village digging graves and burying several live children in them. The "Hakani" campaign also has a website and a group on networking site Facebook with more than 13,000 members.
London-based Survival International said in a statement the film is "faked, that the earth covering the children's faces is actually chocolate cake, and that the film's claim that infanticide among Brazilian Indians is widespread is false."
Enock Freire, one of the makers of the film, said Youth With a Mission helped in the production of the film, which he acknowledged was fictional and aimed at drawing attention to what he said was a serious problem.
"It (infanticide) is common," he said from Hawaii. "This distortion that we are trying to incite hate is untrue."
Infanticide is practiced by some tribes in the Amazon region, sometimes on disabled children, often based on the belief that children who take their last breath above land will come back to haunt a community. But Survival says it is rare and becoming rarer as healthcare access improves.
The website says the girl "Hakani" was rescued from her tribe, and that she was among what it says are hundreds of children targeted for death each year among Brazil's tribes.
It says the video is a "powerful docudrama" and urges people to donate money and write letters in support of a proposed Brazilian law, known as Muwaji's Law, which would abolish infanticide by indigenous groups.
"The only thing we are trying to do is save lives," said Freire.
Survival says the law, by requiring Brazilians to report to authorities anything seen as a "harmful traditional" practice, would foster "witch hunts" against indigenous people.
"I think the missionaries are stirring up hatred against the Indians, who they profess to be concerned about," said Fiona Watson, a Brazil campaigner for Survival.
"The infanticide is not being explained; it's being taken out of context."
So, infanticide occurs, but not often enough that we outsiders should be allowed to complain about it. A well-meaning group points out that it occurs, and (very unwisely) simulates a burial without describing it as a simulation. That group is vilified and called "racist" for pointing out that the practice occurs, and for "lying" about something that actually does occur. Moral relativists try to convince us that a cultural context exists for the murder of children, if we would just be sensitive to it.
Here is the trailer for the movie on YouTube, and here are some comments from user "mandraak84" on YouTube:
I hate them. I like religion, i like Savage cultures, i hate fucking evangelists missionarries coming and claming "this is right, this is wrong" fucking ignorants, will they realise they are slaves or not ? i mean, appart from lying on this, appart from trusting in their jesus, will they realise they are slaves of their ignorance and stupitidy and really look like evil into their eyes ? i mean look at them, they're all lying, where's the good and truth in their eyes ? poor lost ppl.
"how many millions of youth are dying in our pointles wars ? our many abortions as you said ? how many homeless ppl dying in the street with indifference of the "oh so moral" ppl ? how many free gun crimilality ? he he he. Our society is SOOOO fucking ignorant and arrognat, always wants to change life in other pleaces, never in her own damn place"
At least, their infanticide is CLEAR & done in front of all the tribe, our society is lame and hypocrit and malicious, killing in silent.
Tu quoque? Check. Unhinged moral equivalence? Check. Glorification of the noble "savages" and placing them beyond reproach? Check. Use of the "racist" wildcard to stifle discussion? Check.
Of course, Islam takes it one step further. Not only do their cultural values encourage the murder of their own children, but the murder of their own children in bomb-vest attacks carried out with the goal of killing as many non-Muslims as possible. Filicide by way of mass-murder.
The worst crime of all is noticing that it occurs. The worst crime of all is telling others that it occurs. The worst crime of all is believing that the murder of children is, based on our cultural values, wrong.
Posted on 03/20/2009 5:25 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Friday, 20 March 2009
Source: 'Several' Missing Somali-Americans Back in U.S. After Overseas Terror Mission
From Fox News (h/t: Refugee Resettlement Watch):
Many of the Somali-American men who were recruited to join an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group overseas have returned to the United States, according to a source familiar with an FBI investigation into the matter — but the FBI still has not revealed publicly if it is pursuing arrests in the case.
"Some of the guys who were missing aren't missing anymore," the source said. "Some of them got blown up and some of them came back, and some of them are still there [in Somalia]."
For several months the FBI has been investigating at least 20 Somali-American men from the Minneapolis area who traveled to war-torn Somalia, where some of them trained and fought with an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group known as al-Shabaab, according to counterterrorism officials.
Asked to characterize how many of those men are now back on American soil, the source would only say that "several" have returned. Federal authorities believe the men went to Somalia to join al-Shabaab, which has been warring with the moderate Somali government since 2006.
Usama bin Laden weighed in Thursday on the battle. In an audiotape posted online, the Al Qaeda leader urged Somalis to fight against the Somali government, insisting, "The war which has been taking place on your soil these past years is a war between Islam and the international crusade."...
Posted on 03/20/2009 6:24 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 20 March 2009
Wilders is appealing
And I don't mean his hair. From the BBC:
A Dutch MP who was refused entry to Britain has launched an appeal against the Home Office's decision to ban him.
Freedom Party MP Geert Wilders has asked the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal to overturn the ruling.
He had been invited to show his film Fitna - which refers to the Koran as a "fascist book" - in the House of Lords when he was refused entry last month.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith had judged his presence in the UK to be a threat to public security.
After he was sent back to the Netherlands from Heathrow last month, the Home Office said there was a blanket ban on Mr Wilders' entry to the UK under EU laws enabling member states to exclude someone whose presence could threaten public security.
Holland's foreign minister, Maxime Verhagen, has described the refusal as "highly regrettable".
A spokesman for the Tribunals Service confirmed the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal had received an appeal from Mr Wilders.
His film caused outrage across the Muslim world when it was posted on the internet last year.
Fitna's opening scenes show a copy of the Koran followed by footage of the 9/11 attacks in the US and the bombings in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005.
Mr Wilders had been invited to the House of Lords for a screening by the UK Independence Party's Lord Pearson.
It went ahead as planned, despite Mr Wilders' non-attendance.
Earlier this year, a Dutch court ordered prosecutors to put the MP on trial for inciting hatred and discrimination by making anti-Islamic statements.
I hope he wins and makes Jacqui Smith look stupid. Not that she needs any help.
Posted on 03/20/2009 7:20 PM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 20 March 2009
Hans Ruehle Describes How The Israelis Did It In Syria
Iranian tip credited for hit on Syria nuclear site
Friday, March 20, 2009
Geneva —- An Iranian defector told the West that Iran was financing North Korean moves to transform Syria into a nuclear weapons power, leading to an Israeli airstrike that destroyed a secret reactor, a report said Thursday.
The report, by Hans Ruehle, a former planning chief in the German Defense Ministry, details the Iranian link and fills in gaps about Israel’s Sept. 6, 2007, raid that knocked out the nearly finished Al Kabir reactor.
Ali Reza Asghari, a retired general in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and an ex-deputy defense minister, “changed sides” in February 2007 and provided information to the West on Iran’s own nuclear program, Ruehle said.
“The biggest surprise, however, was his assertion that Iran was financing a secret nuclear project of Syria and North Korea,” he said. “No one in the American intelligence scene had heard anything of it. And the Israelis, who were immediately informed, also were completely unaware.”
U.S. officials on Thursday refused to comment.
Ruehle said U.S. and Israeli intelligence had detected North Korean ship deliveries to Syria as early as 2002, but they had regarded the work as nothing unusual, in part because the Syrians had banned radio and telephones from the site, communicating solely by messengers —- “medieval but effective,” Ruehle said.
Posted on 03/20/2009 9:29 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 20 March 2009
A Musical Interlude: Some Of These Days (Sophie Tucker)
Posted on 03/20/2009 9:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 20 March 2009
Press Comment In Pakistan On "Reaching Out To The Taliban"
Posted on 03/20/2009 9:34 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 20 March 2009
Arab Journalist Bewails The Absence Of Free Speech In Arab Lands
March 20, 2009
Liberal Lebanese Journalist Ziyad Nujeim Blasts Arab Governments for Freedom of Speech Violations
In a February 28, 2009 interview on Abu Dhabi TV, Lebanese journalist Ziyad Nujeim criticized the state of freedom of speech in Arab countries. He said that these countries regularly violated the charter of principles of satellite broadcasting, that minorities in them could not express their views, and that journalist Muntazir Al-Zaidi, who famously threw his shoe at U.S. president George W. Bush, would have done better to throw it "at the leader who buried Iraqis in the ground."
To view this MEMRI TV clip, visit http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2051.htm.
"I Have Reread the Charter of Principles of Satellite Broadcasting, Which Was Adopted by the Arab Information Ministers... I Don't Know Whether to Laugh or Cry"
Ziyad Nujeim: "Does a UAE journalist dare to criticize the UAE leader and government? Does a journalist from Al-Jazeera TV dare to criticize the Emir of Qatar? Does a journalist from Al-Arabiya TV dare to criticize the Saudi king?
"I have reread the charter of principles of satellite broadcasting, which was adopted by the Arab information ministers. The charter says, for instance, that human dignity must be respected. I ask you: Do the Arab regimes respect human dignity? The charter says that there must be no discrimination. Do these regimes refrain from discriminating between their supporters and their opponents? The charter says that it is forbidden to affront the monotheistic religions. Does this mean it is allowed to affront non-monotheistic religions? As for the monotheistic religions, do the same rules that apply to the noble religions of Islam and Christianity apply to the noble Jewish religion? For example, I have heard the Lebanese singer Julia - no disrespect intended - attacking Jews and Judaism on Lebanese New TV. Maybe she meant to attack the Zionists and the Zionist political movement, but no one held her accountable. I don't know whether to laugh or cry over this charter.
"Most Arab countries, from Gibraltar to the Tigris and the Euphrates, are occupied by their own regimes. The regime itself occupies the country."
Interviewer: "Excuse me, Dr. Ziyad, you are now..."
"Can A Syrian Kurd Express His Opinion Freely? Can a Shiite Express His Opinion Freely And Independently In Bahrain Or Saudi Arabia[?]"
Ziyad Nujeim: "That's my opinion. Can a Syrian Kurd express his opinion freely? Can a Shiite express his opinion freely and independently in Bahrain or Saudi Arabia?"
Interviewer: "What's wrong with having constraints on liberties? You are familiar with the religious considerations in the Arab world. It is unacceptable to use freedom of the press to harm religion. This might be detrimental to society."
"I Actually Cried When I Read In a Lebanese Newspaper That a Monument Was Erected... of the Shoe Thrown [At U.S. President Bush]... It Would Have Been Better if [the Journalist] Had Thrown His Shoe at the Leader Who Buried Iraqis in the Ground"
Ziyad Nujeim: "None of these issues has anything to do with religion. All these issues in the Arab world are related to democracy, freedom of speech, minority [rights], freedom of action in society, and the freedom of the Arab individual which is trampled under the shoes - if you'll excuse the expression... It is trampled under the shoes of the people who have seized power, and on behalf of minorities, rule the majority. This is not the issue. There is a consensus that we must respect the various religions and faiths, but in order for the Arab media to be free, sovereign, objective, and neutral, we need journalists who are not affiliated in terms of ideology, religion, or politics.
"We must abolish the information ministries in the Arab world. Countries with a well-established tradition in this field, like France, Britain, and the US, do not have information ministries. Rather than defending the people's rights, these Arab ministries suppress them. It is necessary to establish public TV channels, which would deal with the issues, concerns, dreams, and difficulties of people throughout the Arab world.
"I'm telling you, I actually cried when I read in a Lebanese newspaper that a monument was erected in Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein, of the shoe thrown by Muntazir Al-Zaidi [at U.S. President Bush]. Today, the honor of the [Arab] people and press boils down to a man who threw his shoe at a leader. It would have been better if he had thrown his shoe at the leader who buried Iraqis in the ground. What shocks me most is that this is called a monument of 'glory and honor.' Glory and honor are not..."
Interviewer: "Thank you, Dr. Ziyad, we've got the point..."
Ziyad Nujeim: "By 'thank you' you mean 'shut up,' right?"
Posted on 03/20/2009 9:38 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald