Sir, I am sure that non-muslims and muslims know what a pig looks like. Therefore, was it absolutely necessary to publish the story about the Texan mosque with a picture of that animal? The story was fine by itself and did not require the photo. We are continually telling our children to a avoid reading books, or watching tv programmes about this animal as well as being careful about what they eat. My whole family were shocked that a muslim newspaper should publish such a photo.Please be more sensitive to your readers in future.
This is the story. I don't know if they removed the picture, or the outraged reader was refering to the paper print edition, available via subscription.
Turkey Reminds Us That It Is Firmly InThe Camp Of Islam
From Voice Of America:
Turkey Reinforces 'Hands Off' Policy on Mali
by Dorian Jones
The Turkish foreign ministry has criticized the ongoing French operation in Mali. The public criticism comes as Turkey is increasingly seeing West Africa as a region of interest economically and diplomatically.
Ankara has been increasing voicing concerns regarding the intervention by French forces against an Islamic insurgency in Mali.
Northern Mali fell under rebel control after a March military coup in Bamako triggered a Tuareg-led rebel offensive that seized the north and split the West African nation in two.
Turkish foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal questions the timing and whether it offers a solution to the situation.
"We wish to see the situation in Mali to change to a better perspective in the framework of the political will of its people, such as a democratic elections and a free parliament. In that sense we are also not favorable to unilateral action before trying other political methods or other avenues," said Unal.
The Turkish foreign ministry points out the United Nations Security Council resolution on Mali sanctioned only an African led intervention. Ankara's ambivalence over France's military intervention is part of a growing rivalry between Paris and Ankara over West Africa, according to Semih Idiz, a diplomatic columnist for the Turkish daily Taraf.
"I think this reflects some of the competition between Turkey and France. Prime Minister Erdogan just a few days before the Mali story broke out was in Niger, blasting at the former colonial power and trying to say that Turkey will not be like that," said Idiz. "There is a scramble for Africa and Turkey is very much part of this. It has opened quite a large number of embassies across Africa. So its clear that Turkey does see itself as a potent power."
In the past few years Turkey has opened 31 embassies across Africa, including one in Mali in 2010. The Turkish government has declared the continent as an economic priority. Since its initiation of the policy back in 2003 it has more than quadrupled its exports to the continent to more than $10 billion. And, earlier this month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Gabon, Niger and Senegal. Previously, he headed to Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia and held talks in the Republic of South Africa regarding Turkey's Africa opening.
Turkish foreign Ministry spokesman Unal says it will pursue its concerns over the situation in Mali through the Organization of Islamic Conference, the OIC."
"We discussed possible steps to be taken by OIC on Mali; I expect that the issue of Mali will be one of the agenda items to be discussed in the next OIC summit in Cairo," he said.
Observers point out that with Mali's neighbors supporting France's intervention, Ankara may not find too much support among West African members. But diplomatic columnist Idiz says Ankara is likely to find backing from Arab nations at February's OIC summit.
"Turkish ambivalence is probably not too different to some Arab countries because of the Islamic dimension in all this," said Idiz. "Given that Mali is a predominantly Islamic country that there is a western intervention all of these factor in to the Islamic sensibilities given, this antipathy in the Islamic world to western countries intervening in Islamic countries, so that is part of it."
Analysts say Ankara's ambivalence over France's intervention is likely to raise eyebrows among its western allies, all of who are strongly supporting it. But in Turkey's pro government media the question is increasingly being posed why those allies can back an intervention in Mali against an Islamic insurgency, but fail to do so in Syria. [oh, that's easy -- why should the West want chaos that would let those chemical --and biological -- weapons loose? And why should the West, unsure of who might succeed Assad, possibly aid Jubhat Al-Nusra or any group of deep-believing Muslims? There is no contradiction between opposing fanatical Muslims in Mali and fanatical Muslims in Syria but, rather, an unfoolish consistency.] .
America -- Making The World Safe For Chinese Economic Development
Though it is China that relies on oil from the Middle East, it was the American government that had the brilliant idea to spend two trillion dollars in Iraq, pouring money in to "reconstruct" the whole country and to train, and arm, more than a half-million men in the army and the police. And it is America that keeps expensive bases in Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait, to "guard the oil supply." But it is China, America's powerful and aggressive and ruthless and cunning rival, that needs to have that oil supply safeguarded far more than does the United States.
And in Afghanistan, there are resources that cannot be exploited -- discovered, mined, transported -- by the hopeless warlike primitive locals -- and it looks as if not the hapless American government, lurching from Getting On The Right Side Of History by supporting what Hillary Clinton calls "Arab revolutions" (they were not revolutions, but uprisings, against a particular ruler, his family, and his courtiers, for the sums they grabbed for themselves, in Libya, in Tunisia, in Egypt), having squandered in Afghanistan, is now going to watch helplessly as the Chinese take over the exploitation of that country's natural resources (it has no other kind of resources to offer).
Rich Little, Dangerous Little Qatar, Conducting Its Money-Jihad
Mali: analyst, Qatar is funding Islamists
Objective is supporting Doha's influence in region
25 January, 14:48
(By Alma Safira) (ANSAmed) - DOHA, JANUARY 25 - Qatar supports Mali's Islamists as it believes the movement is potentially key in the country's governance, according to Michael Stephens, a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in Qatar cited by Doha News. 'The main motivation behind Qatar's support of Mali's Islamists is to ensure its business and the growth of its influence in the Arab and Islamic world', noted the analyst. The level of involvement of Qatar in the activities of Islamist rebels in Mali will soon emerge together with the truth on who is giving them weapons, noted the expert. Qatar denies such allegations but, if evidence proved the contrary, an end of diplomatic relations with France would be a battle which Qatar cannot expect to win, according to Stevens.
The scenario in Mali is for the country to split with a North held by Islamists indebted to Qatar and a South supported by western countries. Such a situation, according to Stevens, is part of Qatar's long-term vision as the country aims to improve bilateral relations with Mali and expand its influence in the Sahel area which is rich with hydrocarbons and precious metal reserves.
'The official version is that Qatar is funding for humanitarian reasons, through non-profit organizations, the areas controlled by rebels but France believes that Qatar is supporting rebels tied to Al Qaeda who are trying to seize power in Mali in order to use the country as a jihadist platform from which to launch a global initiative. The truth is nobody knows how deep relations are between Qatar and the rebels', wrote Stevens in the article published by Doha News.
Recently the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) has indicated that it means to introduce an agency monitoring humanitarian donations to make sure they do not fund terror organizations. According to the Global Financing Integrity report, Qatar is one of the world's top 20 countries providing the highest rate of funding to illegal activities, with an average 5.6 billion dollars financing crime every year. (ANSAmed)
Qatari Primitives With Money Enjoy Their Parisian Existence Which Could Be Denied Them
Rich little Qatar conducts its own Jihad against the West largely through money, deploying billions of unmerited wealth (the result of Qatar sitting athwart or next to huge natural gas fields). Its main weapon is the propaganda channel Al-Jazeera, in both its Arabic and its slightly toned-down English version. Its recent triumph, in entering the American market in a big way by buying Current TV from Al Gore and his partner, and the appalling lines he delivered, obviously, written for him by the Qataris and which he was told he had to recite as a condition of the sale going through, about how pleased he was to sell out, in every sense, to Al-Jazeera because it was an organization that, despite its poverty, dared to "speak truth to power" and other such self-evident absurdities).
But Qatar also participates in the Jihad by giving aid and succor to Youssef Al-Qaradawi, the malign Sunni cleric who stands up for, defends in every way, those who participate directly in violent Jihad. It sent money and arms to the worst, that is the most fanatically Muslim, of the rebels in Libya, for it was those whom it supported, and not any of the secular rebels. It now is supporting the Musilm fanatics who have -- possibly with some of the very arms the Qataris supplied to Libya -- seized Northern Mali.
And in so doing,it comes directly up against France.
And France is the country where rich Qataris have bought lots and lots of propert, up and down the Champs-Elysees, and also lots of private 17th and 18th century mansions which Qatari rich have proceeded to reconfigure inside -- with gyms, car elevators, and so on -- paying as little heed as possible to the French desire to maintain, unchanged, such priceless patrimony. These primitives strut up and down the Avenue Foch, the Avenue Montaigne, along with other rich Arabs, just as they do in Belgravia and Mayfair in London, and they are a corrupt and corrupting presence, disturbing by now even to those -- bankers, estate agents, purveyors of luxury goods -- benefit financially from their presence.
But the rich Arabs have, ever since 1973 when Sheikh Yamani went on his royal progress -- J. B. Kelly's phrase -- through France and England, to believe that they can behave as they like, do whatever they wish, and the capitals of the West will be afraid to raise an eyebrow. Then, it was merely their bullying, threatening, and outrageous behavior toward the West, without any real ability to inflict harm (the OPEC trillions had only just started, and not yet bought the arms and influence they would buy later; the Muslims in the West were still few in number, and not the threat they are today, having become even more attached to Islam, and thus even more threatening, precisely because in the West, sensing and resenting the West's superiority, and the refusal of Infidels not to yield, they become ever more devoutly Muslim, withdraw ever more from having any real connection to non-Muslims, and regard themselves as the rightful inheritors of the lands to which they come, and which, as time passes, they assume they will inherit by force of numbers).
It has not helped things that those in power in Western governments have gone out of their way to protect, defend, hide from public outrage, the texts, tenets, atmospherics, attitudes of Islam. And it has not helped that some in the West are so eager to make money from the rich Arabs of the Gulf that they are willing to abase themselves, and to persuade others to do so.
But now thinks in North Africa are clear. Qatar supports fanatical Muslims who threaten France and the rest of the West. And the French have allowed the Qataris to use Paris as their playground. Why continue to do so? Why not break off diplomatic relations, but more than that, tell the Qataris they are no longer welcome in France. And then what will they do? The only thing they can do is toi protest, but if the French remain firm, the Qataris will continue to own urban estates but without the ability to visit them, and so may decide simply to sell out, ast a loss. And theymay decide, too, to sell their stakes in French companies. So what? Someone else will buy them, and if Qatar takes a loss, because it sells quickly, that's fine.
It's important to slap down this nasty little country, with its fewer than 200,000 Qatari natives, each of whom is guaranteed, every year, year in and year out, more than half-a-million dollars, and guaranteed, too, that eight times as many foreign wage slaves will remain on hand to service them in every possible way.
Treat Qatar as it deserves to be treated. The French can keep them from enjoying Paris. And the Americans? Oh, instead of falling all over themselves to express gratitude for Qatar grandly allowing the "blue-eyed blond slaves" (as one Saudi prince famously described American airmen then stationed in Saudi Arabia) to staff a naval base for American ships, remove that base. It's not needed. No need to protect the oil of the Gulf Arabs. Let them, if they want to, protect that oil --presumably from Iran -- themselves. What? They are incapable of it. Okay, then ask for something nominal, say $100 billion a year, to rent the American naval forces necessary, and of course the Americans will want to be begged, publicly byhe Al-Thani family, to keep a base in Qatar.
Turn the whole thing around. Put Qatar in its rightful place. Western leaders fail to understand just how completely dependent -- for their physical safety, for the production, transportation, t and distribution of their only real source of wealth, the result of an accident of geology, for their medical care (just imagine if the Gulf Arabs were denied access to Western medicine, Western hospitals, altogher), and of course trhe delightful countries of Westen Europe, so different from their own bleak las-vegasses and rodeo-drives of one damn gold souk and shopping mall after another.
It can be done. Slap Qatar down, and around, and the other Gulf Arabs will get the idea, rather quickly.
Revealed: how Saharan caravans of cocaine help to fund al-Qaeda in terrorists' North African domain
The 37 foreign workers who died in the assault on an Algerian gas plant were victims of terrorists whose weapons may have been paid for by cocaine users of Britain and Europe, reports Colin Freeman (in The Telegraph)
Like everywhere else that has fallen under Islamist rule in northern Mali, the city of Gao on the edge of the Sahara is not a place where vice is tolerated. Drinking and dancing are banned, the city's two nightclubs have been burned down, and the only thing that passes for street entertainment is watching citizens being flogged in public for smoking.
Such all-encompassing piety, though, comes to a halt outside the high walls of the gaudy new villas on Gao's outskirts, which stand out amid the shanty towns overlooking the sand dunes.
Nicknamed "Cocainebougou" - which translates as "cocaine town" - the strip of mansions is home to the elite of the city's ancient smuggling community, which has trafficked goods across the Sahara since the 11 century, when Gao was better known than nearby Timbuktu.Unlike their ancestors' cargoes of spices, salts and silks, the contraband that Gao's smugglers bring in today from Colombia is deemed strictly "haram", or forbidden, by Islam.
Yet the city's ever-zealous Islamist morality police have a good reason for turning a blind eye. For it is thanks to the trans-Saharan cocaine trade that Islamist groups like al-Qaeda have become a power in the region, building up formidable war chests to buy both arms and recruits.
The cocaine trade first exploded in this region five years ago, as Latino cartels, faced with a saturated market in the US, sought new routes to get their product to Europe's borders. First the drug is shipped or flown across the Atlantic to lawless, corrupt coastal states like Guinea Bissau, then it is moved thousands of miles across the Sahara to Algeria, Morocco and Libya.
But while Britain and other Western nations have committed vast resources to fighting a similar narco-terror axis in the Taliban-controlled poppy fields of Afghanistan, the threat directly beneath Europe's belly has had rather less attention. The entire region has only a handful of Western counter-narcotics agents assigned to it, while many local police forces, such as in Guinea Bissau, lack even the cash to put petrol in their cars.
Now, though, the trade's potential to wreak far wider havoc has become horrifyingly clear, in helping to bankroll the al-Qaeda movements behind both the Islamist take-over of northern Mali and the murder of western workers at the Algerian gas facility earlier this month.
Among its most prominent beneficiaries is none other than Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed jihadist and smuggler who has claimed responsibility for the mass hostage-taking in al-Qaeda's name. Nicknamed the Marlboro Man for his lucrative cigarette smuggling empire, Belmokhtar, who helped found Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, is thought to have diversified into drugs a few years ago, earning himself the moniker of "le narco-Islamiste" on the smuggling routes between Mali and his native Algeria.
More widely, AQIM is thought to levy "taxes" on other drug smugglers in return for safe passage, earning the group a direct subsidy from the cocaine that ends up in the clubs, bars and crack dens of Britain.
Belmokhtar seems to have had no problem accommodating a sideline in "haram" contraband into his puritanical Islamic vision. As drugs are seen as a largely Western vice, jiihadists can argue that enabling them to flood into Europe is all part of a plan to weaken and corrupt the enemy.
Gao, which sits on the River Niger in Mali's north-east, has long been one of the main drug transit points, where convoys begin winding north through the mountainous dunes of the Sahara proper. Notoriously, it was the scene of the so-called "Cocaine Air" incident of 2009, when an elderly Boeing 727 airliner was found abandoned in the desert near Tarkint, a sandblown village north of the city.
The United Nations Office for Drug Control believes the plane, carrying up to 11 tonnes of the drug, had been flown direct from Venezuela - one of an entire "fleet" of decrepit airliners pressed into service by Latino cartels. The incident prompted the UNODC to warn that terror-backed trafficking in West Africa was "taking on a whole new dimension."
The hotspot of Guinea Bissau is a formidably difficult environment for trainers and counternarcotics officials to operate in, not least because, according to UN officials, many of those behind the coup and now in power have links with the drugs business.
And diplomats point out that for all the West's talk of helping to retrain Mali's chaotic army, it was already the recipient of a generous US counter-terrorism programme when it collapsed last year.
"You can spend all the money you like, but these are not easy regimes to deal with," said one serving drug enforcement officer who covers West Africa. "Some of them are already so bad that you can't achieve anything."
While the UN Observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day Antisemitism is Rising
Jewish Chrikldren Surviors Liberated at Auschwitz
Source: Stills from RNTC President Mohammedussian Film, USNHMM
On January 27, 1945 forward units of the 100th Rifle Division of the 1st Ukrainian Front entered the Auschwitz Birkenau death camp precinct liberating several thousand remaining survivors. More than 1.1 million were murdered there by the Nazi SS, 1 million of them Jews. Among the first groups they encountered in the remaining barracks were children, twins, victims of the ‘angel of death, Dr. Josef Mengele’s sadistic medical experiments. The Russian troopers in their white camouflage coats instantly hugged and gave them chocolate. These Jewish children hadn’t had felt any humane treatment during their enforced incarceration in Auschwitz.
Earlier in January 1945 the SS blew up the remaining crematoria. An earlier one was destroyed in the lone heroic resistance effort by Jews inside the camp in October 1944 with dynamite secured by Jewish women inmates. The SS guards assembled more than 60,000 camp inmates who went on a forced death march from which only 12,000 survived. One of the survivors of that death march was the Nobel Laureate Eli Wiesel who as a youth of 16 was eventually liberated by the US Army at Buchenwald in April 1945. Another Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor was Italian Jewish resistance fighter, chemist and author Primo Levi who received his Nobel award for Literature, posthumously in 2002. Levi fell to his death in his family home in Turin in 1987, some say depressed by the nightmares he witnessed. Wiesel’s biographic works about his experience at Auschwitz the forced march and liberation were memorialized in his trilogyNight, Dawn and Day. Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz: if this is a Man was testimony to the Nazi dehumanization and perseverance to survive and return home.
Another 5 million Jews didn’t survive. They were murdered in unspeakable ways in the einsastgruppen slaughter and death camps in Germany and occupied Europe. Their fate in the Final Solution was ratified by the SS at the Wansee Conference in Berlin on January 20, 1942. The objective of the SS Conference was to make Europe judenfrei. Among the Six Million European Jews murdered were 1.5 million children. The Jewish children those Russian troops encountered at Auschwitz on January 27, 1945 were among the lucky survivors.
We had two survivors at our local synagogue in Pensacola. They were cultivated educated Jews from Czechoslovakia and Hungary whose families were torn apart and destroyed. The husband, the founder of a medical clinical laboratory in New York after his arrival in the US, survived four Labor camps in Hungary ending up in Austria part of Matthausen camp precinct. Like Wiesel he was liberated by US Army American troops who were African Americans . His wife, who died last fall, was an accomplished linguist. She and her family were removed to Auschwitz packed into suffocating death trains. They were doomed to be among the great destruction of Hungarian Jews that saw more than 400,000 murdered in less than three months from May to July 1944. She was among those who survived the death march from Auschwitz in January 1945. This couple bore witness to their experience preserved in their filmed testimonies in the Spielberg Archives that we have viewed. As the surviving husband told us, “While others were dying around him he was determined to survive”.
The antisemitism that gave rise to the genocide of European Jews survives in Europe and the Middle East today. Hungary has witnessed the troubling rise of nativist anti-Semitism. That has been emboldened by Islamic Jew hatred among Muslim immigrant communities throughout the EU.
Hansjorg Muller: In your encyclopedic work, A Lethal Obsession. Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad (Random House, 2010), you present Islamist antisemitism as an existential danger to modern civilization. Could you explain?
Dr. Robert Wistrich: In my view, Islamic antisemitism is by far the most dynamic and threatening form of antisemitism existing at present in the contemporary world. It combines the scourge of Islamist terrorism, the spread of jihad, hatred of the West, Holocaust denial, and the genocidal “anti-Zionism” which is state-sanctioned in Iran. The dramatic triumph of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the alarming growth of militant Salafist movements across the Arab Middle East have greatly increased the level of threat worldwide.
Muller: Is there a historic connection between European fascism and Islamism?
Wistrich: The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, had a radical totalitarian vision of societal transformation, a leadership cult, and visceral hatred of Jews not so different from that of fascism and National Socialism. Moreover, the charismatic founder of the Palestinian Arab national movement, Haj Amin el-Husseini, was a fanatical genocidal anti-Semite who actively collaborated with Adolf Hitler during World War II. This “annihilationist” tradition of Jew-hatred has continued in the Palestinian Hamas movement (an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood) to this very day. Its Sacred Covenant is one of the most nakedly anti-Jewish texts of the entire post-Holocaust era.
Muller: You have described the impact of the Nazi legacy on radical Islam, but what about classical right-wing antisemitism in present-day Europe?
Wistrich: Populist right-wing tendencies are especially strong in Hungary, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, parts of Scandinavia, and the Baltic States, in Eastern Europe, and even here in Switzerland. Nor are France, Germany, or Italy immune. Against the background of an alarming world economic crisis, and a massive migration from the poorer southern countries to Europe, these negative trends will probably grow. Antisemitism is part of this wider syndrome.
Just prior to the 2013 UN International Holocaust Day observances, the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) with the aid of an Iranian dissident satellite TV channel beamed a showing of its Academy Award –winning documentary Genocide. The English language film had Farsi subtitles so that it could read along with the archival footage of Nazi murders of European Jews. This covert operation by the SWC was directed at the holocaust denial perpetrated by the Islamic Regime’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at the UN and other international forums. A Fox Newsreport on this covert action noted the following:
Genocide or Nasl Keshi, in Farsi, has been aired around the world, but Friday’s viewing was the first time Iranians have been able to see the film. The film aired on Iran’s NTV Simay Azadi, on satellite and streaming online.
“Any opportunity to learn the truth is well-received in a country like Iran where the truth is in short supply,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center, who watched the airing into Iran live from his office in Los Angeles, along with the center’s founder and dean Rabbi Marvin Hier.
“It’s a payback for the Iranian regime,” Hier said. “They want to lock society. They want to deny the Holocaust, and now their whole population can see the truth and there’s nothing the Ayatollahs or Ahmadinejad can do about it.”
However, no payback has been rendered to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President, Mohamed Morsi, who in 2010 was caught on video engaging in classic Qur’anic Jew hatred. As former Federal prosecutor in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing , Andrew C. McCarthy, commented in a National Review article , “Apes, Pigs and F-16s”:
When Mohamed Morsi dehumanizes Jews as “the descendants of apes and pigs,” there’s an elephant in the room. We find it here:
Those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil — these are many times worse in rank, and far more astray from the even Path!
You see, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood big shot–turned–president did not conjure up the apes-and-pigs riff on his own. When Morsi fulminates that Muslims “must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews, and all those who support them,” he is taking his cues straight from the Koran.
When the UN observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th, that heinous period of destructive anti-Semitism will not penetrate the minds of European nativists and Islamic anti-Semites. Especially, the 57 member Muslim countries of the Saudi-backed Organization of Islamic Cooperation that frequently dominates proceedings of the General Assembly. The OIC endeavors to impose Blasphemy codes at the UN, in the EU and even here in the US. Codes that would prevent criticism of Quranic Jew Hatred.