Pressure group the Newham People’s Alliance organised a second protest on Barking Road against Newham Council’s decision to take legal action to clear the Riverine Centre site in West Ham currently used to house the London Markaz, a temporary hub for up to 3,000 Muslim worshippers.
The NPA claim 2,000 to 4,000 people attended the demonstration but the police and Newham Council said the figure was 600 to 700 people.
At the last demonstration, council officials decided to close the Town Hall but this time it stayed open.
A spokesperson for Newham Council said “. . . The Council has followed a fair and transparent process regarding both the planning application and legal action regarding this site. Newham Council will not change that because one group, including campaigners from outside the area, say we should.”
Read the comments at the bottom of the Recorder article - clear examples of islamic supremist expansionism.
Shortly after the protest, the Newham People’s Alliance posted a message of thanks on their website.
It read: “A big thank you to Newham’s pensioners, workers, mothers and youth, who braved the snow and sub-zero temperatures in their thousands to tell the Mayor and his friends to keep their hands off our places of worship. This comes after years of disengagement, islamophobia, gagged representatives, and trophy projects at the expense of the ordinary people in one of the poorest and most disenfranchised communities in the country.”
An NPA spokesperson added that the protest encouraged many people in the community to become more politically engaged and sign up to their petition to trigger a referendum on the directly-elected mayor system.
Rumour has it that Ghastly Georgie Galloway has his sights of being Mayor of Newham, once he is finished with being MP for Bradford. He has seen what Lutfur Rahman, Grand Vizier of Tower Hamlets has, and he fancies a slice of the action himself.
A Florida Atlantic University student who filed a complaint against his professor after he was ordered to stomp on the name of Jesus has been brought up on academic charges by the school and may no longer attend class, according to documents obtained by Fox News.
The “Notice of Charges” against Ryan Rotela is contrary to a statement the university released late Friday night saying no one had been disciplined as a result of the classroom activity.
“We can confirm that no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the university as a result of any activity that took place during this class,” the university said in a prepared statement.
However, according to a letter written by Associate Dean Rozalia Williams, Rotela is facing a litany of charges – including an alleged violation of the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.”
“In the interim, you may not attend class or contact any of the students involved in this matter – verbally or electronically – or by any other means,” Williams wrote to Rotela. “Please be advised that a Student Affairs hold may be placed on your records until final disposition of the complaint.”
Hiram Sasser, director of litigation at the Liberty Institute, told Fox News the university’s behavior is “outlandish” and called their press release “inaccurate.”
“We believe the university punished him in retaliation for him exposing the class assignment to the public,” Sasser said. “Sadly, it is a testimony to the indoctrination that some of the public schools and universities are engaging in – to demonize anything that was valuable in the culture.”
“He’s being punished because he told the professor to never do the assignment again because it’s offensive and that he was going to complain to the university,” he said.
Rotela, a devout Mormon, ran afoul of the university after he refused to participate in a classroom assignment that involved writing the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper – and then stomping on it.
The university initially defended the Christ-bashing lesson which is included textbook titled, “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.”
Fox News obtained a synopsis of the lesson taught by Deandre Poole, who also happens to be vice chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.
“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper,” the lesson reads. “Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”
The university issued an apology late Friday after a national uproar and said the exercise “will not be used again.”
Rotela told Fox News he was baffled by the university’s latest statement.
“The university has a huge problem with integrity,” he said. “They are tripping over their own words.”
The “Notice of Charges” accused the student of using threatening language. The school did not return calls seeking clarification. Rotela’s attorney said he believes the perceived threat came when Rotela told the teacher “don’t do that again” – in reference to stomping on the paper. The student also told the instructor, “You’ll be hearing from me.”
Florida Atlantic University also denied that anyone was forced to participate in the assignment.
“Contrary to some media reports, no students were forced to take part in the exercise; the instructor told all of the students in the class that they could choose whether or not to participate,” the university stated.
Sasser said Rotela’s case has generated national outrage and a number of high-profile attorneys have offered to volunteer their services.
“The textbook reveals the agenda,” he said. “So-called intellectual enlightenment is stomping on everything that has held western civilization together for the past 2,000 years.”
“These are the new secular disciples of ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance’ – empty buzzwords that make liberals and progressives feel good while they often refuse to tolerate and sometimes even assault traditional Christian and conservative beliefs,” Kengor said.
Kengor said classes like the one at Florida Atlantic University demonstrate the contempt many public institutions hold for people of faith.
“It also reflects the rising confidence and aggression of the new secularists and atheists, especially at our sick and surreal modern universities,” he said.
The university did not explain why students were only instructed to write the name of Jesus – and not the name of Mohammed or another religious figure.
“Gee, I wonder if the instructor would dare do this with the name of Mohammed,” Kengor wondered.
Rotela told Fox News he has been overwhelmed by the support he’s received from Christians across the nation.
“The response and support I have gotten has been beautiful and uplifting,” he said. “I have never seen such a strong wave of Christians thank me for this. Looking back – the whole incident was one of the best and worst moments of my life.”
And then click on, to the right, some of the other offerings at YouTube about the Berbers (Tamazigh), the spread of Christianity in Algeria, and the ferocious persecution of Christian Berbers by Muslim Arabs.
The arabisation that followed upon islamisation and that many peoples in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia have suffered from, forgetting their own histories, their own languages, all for the sake of Islam and the Arabs -- for Islam always has been the vehicle for Arab supremacism --can be reversed, once it is pointed out to people (and how many of the "Arabs" in North Africa are in fact Berbers, not to mention other peoples, such as Jews, and what can be done to revive and spread, a consciousness of having been cruelly arabized as a result of having first been islamized? It's clearly a strong feeling in Iran, where everyone who is not enthusiastic about Islam, not among the fanatics whom 34 yeasr of Khomeinisim has created,, knows it was Arab conquerors who brought Islam to Persia, the primitive desert Arabs from whom Persians are so quick and so vocal to carefully distance themselves.
Undoing Islam, land by land, starts not only with allowing sectarian strife, but also with encouraging an understanding of how Islamization led to Arabization, which meant the loss of many peoples' language, culture, identity, and the forcible imposition of another. Starting with the most advanced members of those societies, that resentment can be used to weaken the hold of Islam. And if one really cared about the wellbeing of those in Muslim lands, what is it one would most wish them? To undo the mind-forged manacles of Islam, that also happen to make them a permanent menace to all non-Muslims, but that, if they can get rid of Islam, will remove that menace.
Syrian Government Furious With Ikhwan-Supporting Qatar
Syria rages at Qatar for giving opposition its Arab League seat
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria vented its wrath at Qatar and the Arab League on Wednesday for handing its seat at an Arab summit in Doha to a "deformed" opposition coalition trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
"The emir of Qatar, the biggest bank for supporting terrorism in the region, began his presidency of the Arab League by hijacking it with tainted oil and money," said state news agency SANA, which carries the views of Assad's government.
It said the League had compromised its values for the sake of Gulf Arab and Western interests when it gave Syria's seat to the opposition Syrian National Coalition on Tuesday.
Qatar's Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani "committed a flagrant violation of the league's pact by inviting the deformed body, the 'Doha Coalition', to usurp Syria's seat in the League", SANA said, in a scathing reference to the opposition.
Qatar has funded political opposition groups and is believed to be funneling money and weapons to rebels in Syria.
Assad has long accused his opponents of being "terrorists" funded by Gulf and other foreign powers. A two-year-old revolt against him began with peaceful protests, but evolved into a civil war in which more than 70,000 people have been killed.
Arab countries, like world powers, are divided over the conflict in Syria, with Algeria, Iraq and Lebanon the most reluctant to take any action against Assad's rule.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some others have thrown their support behind the mostly Sunni Muslim rebels in Syria, partly to weaken Shi'ite Iran, the main regional ally of Assad, whose minority Alawite sect is distantly derived from Shi'ite Islam.
Iran, which has sent advisers, money and weapons to help Assad stay in power, also lambasted the Arab League for allowing a foe of Assad to take Syria's seat at the summit, calling this "a pattern of dangerous behavior".
Iran views Assad as a pillar of an "axis of resistance" against Israel and a bulwark against Sunni militants in Syria, a country which for three decades has been the main conduit for Iranian arms supplies to Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah movement.
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You all remember, don't you, from your school daze, the witty couplets of the Latin poet Marcus Valerius Martialis, known to us familiarily as Martial.
Here's one celebrated example of M.V.M.'s arse-gratia-artis epigrams:
Mentula tam magna est, tantus tibi, Papyle, nasus,
ut possis, quotiens arrigis, olfacere.
And that leads me to this: all this cock-of-the-talk as talk-of-the-town at any lesser level than Martial quickly becomes tedious.
Leave this theme at once, please, you reporters and writers churning out endless pixels of excitable ephemera, to your betters -- especially if your betters wrote a long time ago, and in Latin.
Of course, BHL is one more of those World's Greatest Authorities (cf. Martha Nussbaum, Jeffrey Sacks, and others too numinous to mention) and will not be able to draw the right deductions from this, as he will never be able to understand -- as I suspect Walter Russell Mead is on the way to understanding -- the crazed hatred that comes from Qur'an, Hadith, Sira, that is from Islam itself.
March 26, 2013
Prominent Jew Banned from Libya He Helped Make
One of the most outspoken advocates for the Western effort to rid Libya of the Great Loon is now barred from entering the country…because he is a Jew. TheIndependent reports (h/t National Review):
[French celebrity philosopher Bernard-Henri] Lévy was a vocal advocate of the French and British-led military intervention which helped to topple the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. He is credited with helping to persuade Mr Sarkozy to send French warplanes to protect rebels from Gaddafi’s forces.
According to the French news website Rue89, Mr Lévy was banned from Mr Sarkozy’s visit to Libya earlier this week because the municipal authorities in Tripoli feared his Jewish background would make him a target for attacks by Islamist militia.
Remember: the Islamists making it impossible for a humanitarian advocate who happens to be Jewish to step foot on Libyan soil are not insane, rabid, foam-flecked anti-Semites suffering from a disabling mental disease and in thrall to the powers of evil.
They are thoughtful and responsible anti-Zionists concerned with the policy errors being made by the Jewish state.
Via Meadia has made it clear we think the Libya intervention was far from a masterstroke of foreign policy. It’s possible our friend and fellow TAI board member Lévy might be reconsidering his former stance given the current state of affairs. But the opposition to BHL’s proposed visit isn’t about politics. It’s deranged bigotry, pure and simple.
The Middle East can’t heal until more Middle Easterners shake off the Jew-hating incubus. Anti-semitism among other things reflects a fundamental inability to understand cause and effect relations in a complex modern political and economic system and people suffering under this disability generally get a lot of other things wrong as well. Libya will be getting somewhere when Jew haters are mocked and scorned.
For a long time doctors were subject to contradictory imperatives with regard to AIDS. On the one hand they were enjoined to treat it as they would treat any other disease, without animadversion on the way in which the patient had caught it; on the other hand they had, before testing for the presence of HIV, to seek special permission of the patient and to ensure that he or she had had counselling before the test was taken – quite unlike the testing for any other disease, syphilis for example. So AIDS was at the same time a disease like any other and also in a completely different category from all other diseases.
It cannot be said that pre-test counseling is universally popular among patients. There was an Australian clinic that famously offered the test with “guaranteed no counseling” and it did not lack for clients. For quite a number of years, however, HIV-test counselling has provided a living for the kind of people who like to hover around the edges of human catastrophe.
However, the recommendation by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), reported in an article in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, that henceforth the screening of adults for HIV infection should be routine will, if adopted, put paid to all such pre-test counseling. One cannot counsel scores or hundreds of millions of people.
Seven years ago the USPSTF came to a different conclusion on the question of screening for HIV, believing that the benefits were insufficient to recommend it. Since then, however, evidence has accumulated that treating people early in the course of their infection not only prolongs their life but reduces spread of the infection.
It is estimated that about 56,000 people are infected with HIV annually in the United States, while a quarter of the 1.1 million people estimated to have been infected are unaware of their infection. They constitute an unwitting risk to others; most of them will not be diagnosed until they have developed AIDS, when their prognosis will be worse than it would have been had they been diagnosed early. Forty-one per cent of those newly diagnosed with AIDS have never had an HIV test before diagnosis.
The USPSTF therefore came to the conclusion that screening the adult population was now justified, and that people should have to opt out of testing rather than opt into it. Interestingly, one of the reasons it had come to precisely the opposite conclusion previously was that it feared that those who tested HIV positive back in 2005 might suffer “rejection, abandonment, verbal abuse, and physical assault” – though from whom, exactly, the article in the NEJM does not specify. But since the results of the tests even then would presumably have been kept confidential, it could only feared that those party to the results would react in this way: that is to say doctors, nurses, and those with access to medical records.
I recall one of the most shameful scenes of my medical career, when AIDS was still a new disease. A patient in my hospital was thought possibly to have been suffering from AIDS – the diagnosis in those days was distinctly more hit-and-miss than it is now. A doctor senior to me, terrified that he might catch the disease just by proximity, refused to enter the patient’s room. I thought this a terrible dereliction of duty, the like of which I have not seen since.
One of the effects of the USPSTF is that, under the Affordable Care Act, tests will be free to those who have them; and the costs of subsequent treatment will put severe pressure on present budgetary allocations: unless, that is, the aggregate costs of early treatment are less than those of late treatment.
Governments around the world subsidize gasoline, electricity and other major forms of energy to the tune of $1.9 trillion a year according to a new International Monetary Fund study that calls for that amount to be offset through carbon taxes or other means to battle climate change and other social problems.
For the United States, that would require a $1.40 levy per gallon of gas and other fees totaling about $1,170 per person to offset the full cost of fossil fuel use, including “externalities” such as pollution and steps to mitigate the effects of global warming.
Not recognizing those costs, the fund argues, has had profound consequences for energy markets and the world economy: encouraging overconsumption; leaving some nations short of funds to address health, education and other needs; and distorting investment decisions.
While controversial, the agency argued that governments should over time develop taxes and energy policies that ensure energy users pay in full.
“It is time for subsidies to end and carbon taxation to be put in place,” IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton said in an interview Tuesday, before the release of the study. “You don’t want over consumption based on getting something for less than it costs and forcing someone else to pay.”
The “someone else” in this case is either taxpayers left with the bill for direct government subsidy programs or those who are effected by pollution or climate change.
The study marks a major step by the IMF into the global warming debate, an issue fund officials are trying to better incorporate into the work of an agency whose day-to-day business focuses on the financial stability of its member nations.
Subsidies have a direct bearing on national government budgets and markets, and the fund reviewed energy policies in 176 countries to see whether the prices charged for gasoline, natural gas and electricity reflect both the full costs of production and the indirect costs of pollution and potential climate change.
The conclusion, the IMF says, is that each year a massive annual transfer takes place that devotes some 2.7 percent of world economic output to keeping energy prices lower than they should be.
In poorer nations, the subsidies usually involve direct efforts to keep gasoline cheap at the pump and electricity rates low. Globally, those types of direct subsidies cost about $480 billion and are so widespread in nations such as Egypt and Pakistan that they have overwhelmed public finances and led the IMF to demand reforms before granting needed financial support. Throughout Africa, a fund official noted, governments spend as much on energy subsidies as they do on health care, and prices are so misaligned, it has undercut investment in new power sources. Eliminating those subsidies, the fund estimated, would reduce energy use and cut perhaps 2 percent from the world’s annual carbon dioxide emissions.
In the developed world, the IMF says the subsidies are even larger but less overt, reflecting the fact that government tax policies don’t reflect the costs of pollution and other externalities. Using economic models and other studies performed as part of the global warming discussion, the IMF puts those indirect subsidies at $1.4 trillion — $25 dollars for each ton of carbon dioxide produced — and suggests they be offset through an “efficient” tax that makes energy users pay a price more reflective of the full cost of the product. In the United States, that implicit subsidy amounts to 2.4 percent of annual economic output — about $363 billion as of 2011.
The study is likely to prove controversial, putting the IMF on record in favor of policies that would raise the cost of living for nearly everyone on the planet.
The fund has often criticized the subsidies wired into the government budgets of many developing countries — particularly in the Middle East — arguing, as Lipton said, that they benefit the person with “three cars and four air conditioners” more than the poor. He says cash transfers to the needy would be cheaper than mispricing power for everyone, and government savings could be directed to health and education programs or deficit reduction.
But the call for a broad recognition of the externalities of energy consumption injects the IMF directly into the climate change debate at a time when developed countries are fighting to keep their manufacturing firms competitive and reduce unemployment.
The United States is enjoying an energy renaissance with the development of new drilling and other technologies, and the focus has been on how that might revive the country’s economic fortunes — not on how to calculate news taxes that ought to be applied. In developing countries, the trade-offs are more elemental: between inefficient electricity supply or none at all, between social stability and the riots that sometimes accompany efforts to impose accurate market prices.
Still, the fund argues, the costs — be they direct or embedded in the need for pollution mitigation now or climate change mitigation in the future — are being paid by someone. Rather than hide from that fact, Lipton said, governments should lay plans to, over time, change the way energy is priced.
The Group of 20 major economic powers has twice called for an end to fossil fuel subsidies. Lipton said it was time to speed action on that promise, as the fund ramps up its role in the climate change discussion.
Some 30 IMF staff members were involved in preparing the energy subsidy report, and Lipton built a prominent public speech around its release at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
In advance of that event, Peterson Institute President Adam Posen took the unusual step of writing a separate promotional e-mail encouraging media coverage of what he called a “very brave” piece of research.
The IMF study did not analyze or include the effect of policies applied by governments to the sale of exploration or drilling rights on publicly owned land or the taxes – or tax breaks – charged to exploration companies.
It also does not look at grants, tax breaks or other support for the alternative energy industry. That was an issue in the U.S. presidential election, and has been a source of contention with China, where the government has given massive support to solar panel manufacturers and other alternative energy companies.
Israel's Energy Independence begins Sunday, March 31st
Israel's Offshore Natural Gas Developments
On New Year's Day we posted on 2013 as a momentous year for Israel- the start of its energy independence. We drew attention to both off shore natural gas production and on-shore oil shale tests. This coming Sunday, March 31, 2013 the gas from the Tamar offshore platform begins to flow. Globes, Israel's Business Arenanoted the start of Israel's energy independence and a potential game changer in the geo-resource politics of the world energy markets:
Gas flow from the Tamar natural gas field will begin on Sunday, energy market sources believe. Minister Energy and Water Resources Silvan Shalom today visited the Tamar production rig, 22 kilometers offshore from Ashdod. During the visit, he wrote on his Facebook page that gas flow would begin at any moment, adding, "This is Israel's energy freedom and independence day."
During the visit, Tshuva said, "Gas flow will result in significant political and social change, and improve the standard of living and the environment."
Gas flow from Tamar should end Israel's natural gas shortage since the halt in Egyptian deliveries, due to attacks on pipelines in Sinai in early 2011, following the collapse of President Hosni Mubarak's regime. The start of gas flow from Tamar is based on the original timetable, and will make it possible to reduce upcoming electricity rate hikes.
The pipeline from the Tamar well head, 90 kilometers west of Haifa, to the production platform and the onshore terminal cost $3.5 billion to build.
In our January 1, 2013 post on this important development we noted:
Those offshore gas and on-shore oil shale developments have the potential of making Israel an energy independent political power in the Middle East and player in the world energy markets. The energy developments could pour billions of royalty revenues into a newly authorized Sovereign Wealth Fund that might significantly enhance the country’s high tech driven growth. Most importantly it would also provide the funds to enable the IDF to meet the threats arrayed against it.
In our conclusion to the January 1, 2013 post we drew attention to the implications of the Tamar offshore natural gas production and the IEI/Genie oil shale pilot tests in 2013;
The Tamar partners starting production of offshore natural gas in 2013 should boost the prospects of the IEI/Genie Energy pilot test and the future of oil shale development in the Shefla Basin. The combination of offshore natural gas production coupled with on-shore oil shale extraction is a geo-political game changer for Israel and the world energy markets. These developments in late 2012 marked the beginning of Israel’s long sought energy independence further enhancing the country’s economic growth and stability.
A comment left on the January 1, 2013 post by "John Galt" said:
So, make money on Israeli energy and thumb your nose at the Muslim countries that expected Israel to grovel and pay for their oil. Paybacks are hell.
Abu Qatada's deportation is unlikely, but charges might see him jailed
This is Melanie Philip's husband, Joshua Rozenberg, writing in Comment mach frei (as some call it for its il-liberal left wing attitude) for the Guardian
The home secretary tried extremely hard to get Abu Qatada deported to Jordan. For the one-day hearing this month before the special immigration appeals commission (Siac) – the court that deals with terrorism-related deportation cases – Theresa May briefed no fewer than three QCs and one junior counsel. By contrast, Qatada was represented by one QC and one junior.
But the odds were stacked against May.
The provision restricting appeals to points of law was no doubt intended to limit challenges by people facing deportation. An individual who has lost his case at Siac has to prove that a specialist tribunal got the law wrong – not an easy task.
Perhaps ministers did not consider that an appeal against a Siac ruling might ever be brought by the government of the day. Or perhaps they thought that if the suspect was "regarded by the UK government as an exceptionally high-risk terrorist", the appeal judges would roll over and find some way of getting round the law. It is to the credit of Lord Dyson, Lord Justice Richards and Lord Justice Elias that they did not seek to curry favour with the government by doing so.
So the chances that Qatada will be deported to Jordan seem slim. The Jordanians have had more than a year to find evidence against him that is not tainted by torture, apparently without success.
But there is another aspect to the Qatada saga. This month he was arrested for allegedly breaching his bail conditions. It is not for me to say whether these allegations are justified. But anti-terrorist police announced last week that they were investigating whether Qatada was responsible for material that might be used to spread extremism across the world.
If there is sufficient evidence, Qatada might face terrorism-related charges in the UK. In that event, he might well have difficulty in persuading a judge that he should be released on bail. In the meantime, this "dangerous and controversial person" – to quote the phrase adopted by the court of appeal – remains in custody.
What Did The Syrian Rebels Do To The Armenian Bones At Deir Ez-Zor?
Wikipedia describes Deir Ez-Zor:
Deir ez-Zor and the Armenian Genocide
In 1915, the Syrian region of Deir ez-Zor, mainly a desert became a final destination of the Armenians during Armenian Genocide where they were killed. A memorial complex commemorating this tragedy was opened in the city. It was designed by Sarkis Balmanoukian and was officially inaugurated in 1990 with the presence of the Armenian Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. The complex contains bones and remnants recovered from the Deir ez-Zor.
A church was built at that complex. It was attacked and damaged by Syrian Muslim rebels. And they dug up, those Muslims, the buried bones of Armenians at Deir ez-Zor,, and scattered the bones of Deir ez-Zor to the wind.
Have you seen anything about that in the American or European press? No? Why not?
In Aleppo, the Syrian government has distributed some guns to young Armenian males, not so that they would engage in fighting, but simply so that they could protect their churches, their businesses, their homes, from marauding Muslim gangs. That's it. But the Muslims have been stopping and threatening to kill those young Armenian boys, claiming that they are part of the regime's forces.
Have you seen anything about that in the American or European press? No? Why not?
Some decades ago the Armenian patriarch in Jerusalem gave control of the Armenian Quarter in the Old City to the government of Israel. The Arabs were enraged at what they regarded as an act of betrayal. It wasn't a betrayal. It was an intelligent act of knowing self-preservation. Throughout the Middle East and North Africa, only one government -- the government of Israel -- can be fully counted on to protect the Christians under its control from Muslim attacks.