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Monday, 28 February 2011
Americans Respond to Choudary's Challenge

The Liberty Alliance seems like a very fine group.

American Leaders Confront Call by British Jihadist Cleric for a Muslim “Revolution”; Imam Reportedly Arriving in Washington to Urge Establishment of Shariah Law in America

Washington, D.C., February 24, 2011 — A coalition of American groups and leaders are expressing deep concern about recent reports that British jihadists Imam Anjem Choudary, Abu Issadeen and Sayful Islam, have announced that they will arrive in Washington next week to lead a rally calling on American Muslims to establish Shariah Islamic law and an ‘Islamic state in America‘.

The coalition is calling on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Obama to let the American people know if Anjem Choudary, Abu Issadeen and Sayful Islam will be admitted into the United States.

The coalition is seeking assurance from the Administration that the U.S. Government has plans to address the threat of a jihadist gathering in our capital. Abu Issadeen has been released from a prison term he served after he called for beheading of any Muslim in the British Army.

The coalition has published online an Open Letter to Barak Obama (see text below), which is being signed by leaders and concerned individuals across America.

As reported in the Daily Mail, Choudary, who has declared, “the flag of Islam will fly over the White House,” has announced that he will lead his protest in front of the White House on March 3rd. Choudary adds: “The event is a rally, a call for the Shariah, a call for the Muslims to rise up and establish the Islamic state in America.”

An announcement of the D.C. rally has been put on the website,, which calls for “revolution,” and states: “The decades of Western backed oppression that have violated the sanctity of Allah and plundered Muslim resources is coming to an end and the dawn of a new age is indeed beginning. In light of this, sincere Muslims have come together, from different parts of the world, to orchestrate an unprecedented event on 3rd March 2011 that will undoubtedly add a new dimension to this intensifying conflict and send shockwaves across the world.”

The website continues: “On 3rd March 2011, at Pennsylvania Avenue, outside the White House, the Muslims will let the tyrant Barack Obama and the American people know that a new constitution beckons the US called the Shari’ah, and that this worldwide revolution will see it implemented inshaa’allah (God willing) very very soon…”

Whether or not the Imam follows through with his stated plan, the Coalition seeks a clear and public response from President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Secretary Napolitano, and our elected leaders at this time.

Text of the Liberty Alliance Open Letter to President Obama to Oppose Shariah Law in America

We, the undersigned, call on President Obama to announce his opposition to Shariah Islamic law in America. Shariah threatens our Constitutional liberties and equality under the law.

We ask this of him at a moment in history when influential members of the Islamic community, both here and abroad, are asserting that the implementation of Shariah law in America is necessary for the exercise of Islamic religious freedom.

The truth is that Shariah law is destructive to Americans of all faiths. It is directly opposed to the values, culture and ideals of the United States of America since our nation’s founding. From that time, Americans have committed to honor and preserve the hard-won freedoms, justice, and wisdom of centuries of Western Civilization.

We ask President Obama to defend our Constitution and to state unequivocally that he stands against the imposition of Shariah law in America. We need to know that our President will stand beside us in our commitment to America’s freedom from the tyranny of Shariah law.


The Liberty Alliance

To sign the letter, please click here.

Posted on 02/28/2011 8:41 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 28 February 2011
Anjem Choudhary - pastures new.

Having told HM the Queen that she should wear a burka, Anjem Choudhary has turned his attention to Barak Obama. This is WND's report of a radio interview Choudhary gave to WABC Radio New York. HT/edlforum

Choudary, founder and former chief of two Islamic groups disbanded by the British authorities under anti-terror legislation, is planning a Washington protest later this week in which he says he will call on American Muslims to revolt against the country and implement Shariah law.

Speaking in an interview with investigative reporter Aaron Klein on his program on New York's WABC Radio, Choudary claimed Obama was waging a war against Islam.

"[Obama] has promised all Muslims to be released from Guantanamo Bay. They are still languishing there even though he knows they are completely innocent . . . On top of that, he's increased the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, so he is a warmonger just as his predecessor was. And thirdly and more importantly," Choudary said, "the Muslims don't want democracy and freedom. Democracy and freedom are anathema to Islam and the Shariah." I'm glad we have got that straight.

Choudary said that at his protest, scheduled to take place Thursday in front of the White House, he will call on Obama and all Americans to "embrace Islam, not only as a religion but as a way of life."

He warned Obama: "I do believe that the only way for him to save himself in this life and in the hereafter is to embrace Islam. Islam will eradicate all his sins; he will be like the day his mother gave birth to him. Otherwise, when we do implement the Shariah, obviously he will face the consequences of a trial under the Shariah court."

Choudary has publicly stated he believes the flag of Islam will fly over White House. "I do believe that as a Muslim every part of the world will be governed by the Shariah," he said. "So symbolically the flag of Islam will fly from every single country, every single nation."

Posted on 02/28/2011 2:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 28 February 2011
Sweden - 11 year old girls molested at swimming party

There are various reports about this appearing on the interweb since it happened last week, but none of them in a mainstream newspaper yet. I will give the Swedish press the benefit of the doubt and hope that they are waiting until they can report that the perpetrators have been arrested and charged.

The Swedish National Democrats have it in their news publication Nationell Idag.  It is also reported in a Swedish net magazine called, in English, Politically Incorrect.

Rather than inflict google translations on you, this is the gist of what happened on Sunday 20th February 2011.

A Swedish family arranged a birthday swimming party for their daughter and some friends at the swimming lagoon in Husby, which is in or near Stockholm. The party consisted of 11 and 12 year olds, mostly girls but a few boys, brothers or classmates of the girls.

A group of 20 young men, of Middle Eastern and African origin, who are asylum seekers, came to swim at the same time, accompanied by a member of staff from the Asylum Seekers hostel nearby. They had apparently been warned that there would be girls and women in swimming costumes and that in Sweden it is not the done thing to pay attention to girls and women in 'scanty dress'.

Unfortunately they did molest and sexually assault the girls. From the photographs the pool seems to be a leisure lagoon type rather than the long and wide Olympic endurance training type, with what has been variously translated as caves or grottos. These remain even after the pool was reconfigured after a previous incident of sexual assault. The children were corned in one of these bath grottos and the men ripped off their costumes. The boys tried to defend the girls but were beaten by the older men. Pool staff were summoned and they contained the men until the police arrived. According to the parents the men could not, or would not speak Swedish and the police could not identify them. They are supposed to be boys, of the status "unaccompanied refugee children" and aged 15-17 but they looked much older.

No charges have yet been brought. The girls are very distressed and humiliated. At least one is off school sick.

The local police chief has described the pool as a place "where the temptations are great". That is no excuse.

Posted on 02/28/2011 3:05 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 28 February 2011
Farrakhan: Mideast Style Riots Coming To America

Becky Schlikerman writes in the Chicago Tribune:

Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan predicted on Sunday that America faces imminent uprisings that mirror those in the Middle East.

“What you are looking at in Tunisia, in Egypt … Libya, in Bahrain … what you see happening there … you’d better prepare because it will be coming to your door,” Farrakhan said in a booming voice, thousands of followers cheering in his wake.

Farrakhan also called on President Barack Obama to allow protesters to march, urging the president not to attack innocent people when they do.

The controversial minster spoke to a packed house at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont as part of the 81st annual celebration of Saviours' Day, which marks the birth of the faith’s founder, W. Fard Muhammad.

The keynote address, titled “God will send saviours,” capped a weekend of workshops focused on health, preparing for natural disasters and unidentified flying objects. The Nation of Islam believes in a UFO called “the wheel” or “the Mother Plane.”

Farrakhan has described a 1985 religious experience in which he ascended into a flying saucer and heard the voice of Elijah Muhammad predicting historical events that came to pass.

For about four hours, Farrakhan spoke and jumped from topic to topic, citing religious texts.
He praised Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Farrakhan extolled the virtues of Scientology and its auditing process, which is considered spiritual counseling by its members.

“L. Ron Hubbard is so exceedingly valuable to every Caucasian  person on this earth,” Farrakhan said.

“… L. Ron Hubbard  himself was and is trying to civilize white people and make them better human beings and take away from them their reactive minds … Mr. Hubbard recognized that his people have to be civilized,” Farrakhan said to a cheering crowd.

Posted on 02/28/2011 6:14 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 28 February 2011
Rajib Karim: The terrorist inside British Airways

From The BBC

A former British Airways worker has been convicted of four counts of preparing acts of terrorism. Rajib Karim's trial revealed new details about how Islamist extremists in the West forge links with groups overseas.

The British Airways worker was acting under orders from Anwar Al-Awlaki, described in court as a "major terrorist planner," who exerts a powerful influence on his followers, despite being on the run in Yemen. Trial testimony also suggests Karim had developed links with sympathisers in the UK, including another man who worked at BA.

But Karim's journey to jihad began on the other side of the world, when both he and his brother Tehzeeb turned towards al-Qaeda's world view.

The brothers, who are from a wealthy family in Bangladesh, began following radical Islamist thinking over the internet and in study circles. Along with friends who were educated at the same private school, they supported Jammat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) which fought to establish an Islamic state in the country. But they are supposed to be poor. And oppressed. Not to mention downtrodden.

Al-Awlaki, an American citizen of Yemeni origin, was attracting growing support from young jihadists in the West because he had one attractive feature over other radical preachers: he spoke perfect Western English.

The preacher and AQAP has been linked with a series of incidents over the past two years, including the killing of 13 people at Fort Hood in Texas and the failed attempt to bomb a plane heading to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

Two incidents have directly affected the UK. The woman who stabbed MP Stephen Timms in "revenge" for the Iraq War was inspired by his sermons. And, last autumn, a cargo plane bound for the US was intercepted in the UK with explosives hidden in a printer cartridge.  

His hardline rhetoric - delivered in online English-language sermons - spoke directly to the Karim brothers, neither of whom could understand Arabic. Al-Awlaki sent the brothers a personal audio message confirming that he had survived a US missile attack. Rajib told Tehzeen that, "hearing the shaykh's voice filled my heart with joy."

But Rajib was torn about how best to assist the global jihad. He hated living among non-Muslims in Newcastle. Longing to fight jihad, he told his brother to "please mention me by name, that Allah grants me martyrdom at the earliest." He was even prepared to take his pregnant wife with him to fight. "If the new baby dies or she dies while delivered... they will be counted as martyrs," he told his brother.  

But Al-Awlaki had other ideas for the BA software engineer. In January 2010, he passed an "urgent message" to Karim telling him he was "excited" that they had a man on the inside of one of the world's biggest airlines. "I pray that Allah may grant us a breakthrough through you," he said. He told Karim to stay where he was, rather than travel to Yemen for terrorist training. Rajib, he said, might be able to provide us with critical and urgent information."

Four days later Karim replied, explaining that he had "worked very hard in painting myself as a liberal Muslim." That was a view supported by testimony at the trial from his closest BA colleagues, none of whom realised his true intentions.  

Karim told the preacher that he had access to BA's servers and could erase all the data, causing massive disruption and financial loss. 

he told Al-Awlaki: "I personally know two brothers, one who works in baggage handling at Heathrow and another who works in airport security... but I am not sure if they are at the stage to sacrifice with their lives." The baggage handler was later arrested - but was released without charge and is currently reported to be appealing against losing his job.

In his last message to Karim, Al-Awlaki identified his objectives: "Our highest priority is the US. Anything there, even on a smaller scale compared to what we may do in the UK, would be our choice. With the people you have is it possible to get a package or a person with a package on board a flight heading to the US?"

Karim replied, in a message that sealed his fate: "I can work with the bros to find out the possibilities of shipping a package to a US-bound plane."

Ten days later British counter-terrorism police officers arrested Karim at his desk at work.  

It took detectives nine months to fully decrypt Karim's secret messages to Awlaki and his brother - the most complex code-breaking work ever undertaken by counter-terrorism officers.

Their success in deciphering his coded heart-to-heart chats with his brother provided the police with the evidence used to devastating effect in this trial. He now faces a life sentence.

Posted on 02/28/2011 10:02 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 28 February 2011
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East Expert

On February 20, 2011 NPR carried an interview with Sarah Leah Whitson, conducted by Liane Hanson, on the situation in Iraq. Sarah Leah Whitson is the head of the Middle East and North African Division of that notorious group, Human Rights Watch.She, and the organization she works for, have been famously preoccupied for years with what they depict as the crimes of the Israeli government in attempting to defend the state and its people from endless Jihad, and a few years ago she went on a fundraising trip to that champion of human rights, Saudi Arabia, where part of her pitch to the daggers-and-dishdashas members of the Al Saud family included the glad news that Human Rights Watch could be counted on to expose the crimes -- apparently without end -- of Israel.

In thiis short interview, she talks about how much work her group has done in Libya, how very familiar she is, therefore, with Libya and how competent she is to speak on the matter -- as she is on so many other matters in the Middle East, which holds no mysteries for Sarah Leah Whitson.

I have posted the transcript of the interview below. Note the most piquant part of the dismal proceedings occurs when Sarah Leah Whitson confidently asserts -- she's an expert, she's the head of the  Middle East and North African Divison at Human Rights Watch -- that the population of Libya is not much greater than that of Bahrain -- well, maybe twice as large. Others will not only beg but demand to differ, because they know -- as Sarah Leah Whitson spectactularly does not, that there are about 500,000  Bahrainis and six million Libyans.

The transcript follows:


There are also protests in the North African country of Libya. There's also a government crackdown but it's difficult to get information. The government of Libya's leader, Muammar Gaddafi, keeps tight control over the media and few foreign journalists are allowed into the country. But some news is getting out. Sarah Leah Whitson is the executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division for Human Rights Watch. She's at her home in Brooklyn, New York. Welcome to the program.

Ms. SARAH LEAH WHITSON (Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch): Thank you for having me.

HANSEN: How is your organization getting information about what's happening in Libya?

Ms. WHITSON: We have traveled and worked in Libya many, many times over the past several years and have developed an extensive network of contacts in Libya among lawyers, journalists, activists, victims, as well as people in the government.

HANSEN: The Associated Press has reported that there have been significant protests in the two major Libyan cities, Tripoli and Benghazi. The State Department is warning of protests in at least five other cities. What are you hearing or learning about the size and scope of these particular demonstrations.

Ms. WHITSON: What we are hearing is that the biggest demonstrations are in the east of the country in Benghazi as well as a number of other smaller cities and towns in the far east of the country, which has traditionally been more independent, let's say, from the central government in Tripoli. But there have as well been demonstrations in Tripoli.

HANSEN: And how many people can you estimate are actually participating in these demonstrations.

Ms. WHITSON: You know, that's extremely hard to say because we are only relying on eyewitnesses in the ground and estimating numbers of crowds is the most inaccurate information that people ever give. But we have reports of thousands and tens of thousands people demonstrating in various cities.

HANSEN: What do you know about how the Libyan government has responded to these protests?

Ms. WHITSON: The Libyan government has responded with shocking brutality, I would say. We have now, we'll be raising our death toll to 184, which in a scope of three days in a country with a population of six million is just a staggering number. We also have reports that government forces are using live machine gun fire and sniper fire to gun down protesters.

HANSEN: What are the demands of these anti-government protesters.

Ms. WHITSON: Well, you know, similar to the demands in Bahrain, they have evolved. They started with calling for a constitution, calling for reform, calling for an end to corruption, but with the escalating violence they are now calling for Gaddafi's ouster and for a complete transformation of the government.

HANSEN: So, at this point do you get any sense that these people are getting any closer to their goal?

Ms. WHITSON: You know, it's hard to say what the tipping point is. It's hard to know in any situation when these brittle governments will collapse. But what's also clear is that Gaddafi is apparently even more ruthless than the Bahraini authorities in that for a country that's not much bigger than Bahrain in terms of the size of its population - may be double - there have been a hundred fold more deaths.

HANSEN: Sarah Leah Whitson is the executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch. We reached her at her home in Brooklyn, New York. Thank you.

Ms. WHITSON: Thank you.

Posted on 02/28/2011 11:47 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 28 February 2011
Muslim Crime In Marseille,The City Which Used To Be Hailed As A Model For The Rest Of France

Read about Marseille here.

Posted on 02/28/2011 11:38 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 28 February 2011
A Musical Interlude: Sittin' In The Dark (Anona Winn, Sam Browne)

Listen here.

Posted on 02/28/2011 12:01 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 28 February 2011
Hitchens: Raymond Davis, Held Hostage By Pakistan

From Slate:

Our Man in Pakistan

The dreadful treatment of Raymond Davis is a reminder of how dysfunctional our relationship with Pakistan has become.

By Christopher Hitchens
In April 2001, a Pakistani diplomat—the first secretary of the Pakistani Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a matter of fact—was found by the Nepalese police to be stashing a large cache of sophisticated high explosives in his home. Muhammad Arshad Cheema invoked diplomatic immunity to avoid prosecution and, after a short interval, was sent home.

In October 1985, after the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean, an act of open piracy that culminated in the rolling of a disabled man, Leon Klinghoffer, from the vessel's deck into the sea, the organizer of the "operation" was apprehended and taken into custody by the Italian police. But Abu Abbas was not inconvenienced for long. He was released when he was found to be carrying a diplomatic passport—an Iraqi diplomatic passport as it happened, though he was by nationality a Palestinian and had never been accredited to any overseas mission.

In April 1984, during a demonstration by anti-Qaddafi protesters outside the Libyan Embassy in London, a fusillade of shots fired from inside the embassy struck 12 people. One of them, a police officer named Yvonne Fletcher, was killed. So grave was the incident that it led to the breaking of diplomatic relations between London and Tripoli and to a series of negotiations that only ended when Libya agreed to accept "general responsibility." But the entire staff of the Libyan Embassy was allowed to return home without let or hindrance.

These cases were far more murky and gruesome, and involved much more serious breaches of local and international law, than the decision of Raymond A. Davis to use deadly force against men he believed to be his assailants in Lahore, Pakistan. Additional murk has resulted from inter-agency incompetence on the part of the United States, which has given discrepant accounts of his no-doubt discrepant job descriptions "in-country." But this does not in the least alter the main element of the case, which is that Davis is "our diplomat," in the president's own words and that the Pakistani authorities have no right either to detain him or to put him on trial.

Even if he were accredited to a country like Portugal or Poland, it would make no difference whether or not Davis was a member of the "special forces," a CIA agent, or a man working under contract. Nor would it matter whether or not he was using his own name. Even in the case of a deliberate breach of local law, he would be repatriated before it was decided whether or not, or how, to proceed against him. But Pakistan is not a "normal" country. It is a failed and rogue state, where Davis would have had to know that his assailants might very well be working for the forces of law and order. There would be no need for him to be carrying arms if it were not notorious that the Pakistani army and police are the patrons of the Taliban and in league with various criminal and fundamentalist gangs.

A similar observation holds true when the grotesque idea of trying him in a Punjabi court is mooted. This is a country where senior lawyers offered their services for free to the boastful jihadist murderer who had just slain Punjab's governor Salman Taseer in broad daylight, and where grinning police officers oversee hysterical demonstrations calling for Davis to be hanged (never mind the trial). Prison conditions in Pakistan are of a kind to make Abu Ghraib look trivial: sarcastic letters in the Pakistani newspapers mockingly stress the fact that a shortish stay in such a jail would be near enough to a death sentence anyway.

Not to mince words, then, Davis is a hostage. In addition to the usual sense of the word, he is a hostage to the Pakistani authorities who dare not—even if they wish—make an enemy either of the Islamist mobs or the uniformed para-state run by the intelligence services. He is also a hostage to the inability or unwillingness of the U.S. government to call things by their right names. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have made the correct noises about the relevant international statutes governing immunity, and their envoy Sen. John Kerry (who should never have been sent unless notified in advance that he would return with the prisoner) has even spoken of putting Davis on trial in the United States, which in ordinary circumstances might seem a little premature. But they all talk as if Pakistan were a country of law, and they all talk as if Pakistan were not a client state. Its client status, indeed, is what leads so many Pakistanis to detest America, without whose largesse and indulgence it would long ago have faced collapse. Thus to the final irony: We are denied leverage by the fact of the very influence for which we are hated.

This sick relationship with Pakistan, which plays a continuous and undisguised double-cross on us in Afghanistan, will probably have to be terminated at some point. But in the meantime, it will have to be made very clear to the rulers of that country that if they want to keep Raymond Davis in prison, they will have to manage without our subsidies. He may be a bad test of an important principle, but it is still the important principle that is being tested, and we have no more right to compromise on the principle of diplomatic immunity than the Pakistanis have to violate it.

Posted on 02/28/2011 12:11 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 28 February 2011
Iran threatens Olympic boycott over logo design

Now I know what I think about the Olympics.  I begrudge the Olympic levy that my husband and I pay towards it every month.  I hate the way east London has been dug up and east Londoners displaced to accomodate it. That none of these 'new jobs' have gone to anybody I know. I dread the disruption to be expected next year. That we will not be allowed to move freely because of the privileged routes solely allocated for officials and competitors, not just in London but at peripheral events outside the city. I think the mascots are tacky and the logo is ugly and surely my money could have gone to someone who can actually design. But I don't hate it as much as the Iranians.

Iran has threatened to boycott the London 2012 Olympics unless organisers agree to change the design of the logo.

The Iranian government has lodged a formal protest with the International Olympic Committee over the four-year-old logo, claiming that it must be changed since it spells out the word 'Zion'.

And the Middle Eastern nation has warned that it will order its athletes to stay at home next summer unless the logo is replaced and its creators asked to explain themselves.

"As internet documents have proved, using the word Zion in the logo of the 2012 Olympic Games is a disgracing action and against the Olympics' valuable mottos," the Iranian government wrote in a letter to the IOC, which was released via the state-backed Iranian Students Agency. "There is no doubt that negligence of the issue from your side may affect the presence of some countries in the Games, especially Iran which abides by commitment to the values and principles."

It's not the first time that the logo has been at the centre of an unusual complaint: it has been heavily criticised ever since first being unveiled in 2007, and has been compared to everything from a swastika to a stylised image of two people making love.     An IOC official confirmed that the letter had been received, but insisted that the logo "represents the figure 2012, nothing else" 

 If the Iranians hate it because they see the word "Zion" then it can't be all bad.

When the Lord builds up Zion again, and shows himself in his glory. Psalm 102.16.


Posted on 02/28/2011 12:41 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 28 February 2011
Of Termites & Mad Dictators

by Theodore Dalrymple (March 2011)

To hate a tyrant is not to love liberty: rather more is required than that. And with liberty as with all other objects of affection, the course of true love never did run smooth. It is unlikely to do so in the Middle East.  more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 4:38 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
The First Christian Holy Wars

by Richard L. Rubenstein (March 2011)

The Crusades are never very far from Muslim memory, as was evident on February 23, 1998 when the London-based, Palestinian newspaper, Al Quds Al-Arabi, published the full text of aDeclaration of the World Islamic Front for Jihad against the Jews and the Crusaders.The document was signed by al-Qaeda’s leaders, Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, as well as by an Islamist leader from Egypt, Pakistan, and Bangladesh respectively.[1] The most spectacular outcome to date of that jihad has been the destruction of New York’s World Trade Center and the assault on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Contemporary Islamists often identify the United States as “the Crusaders” rather than by its proper name. Similarly, the memory of Saladin’s defeat of the real Crusaders in 1187 assures most Muslims that their jihad against the  State of Israel will soon succeed. By contrast, the West has a far weaker memory of the Crusades in spite of their contemporary historical relevance. It is for that reason that this writer has written the essay that follows.   more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 4:44 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
Scorsese’s Gangs of New York: How the Left Misuses American History

by Norman Berdichevsky (March 2011)

I saw this film in Spain. The Spanish audience emerged visibly shaken by the violent scenes. In their discussion about the movie that I overhead and read in reactions to the newspapers, many viewers reflected that the film “confirmed” their anti-American sentiments regarding American foreign policy in Iraq, and the old prejudice still deeply held that America has been “anti-Catholic” as well as anti-Negro, anti-immigrant and simply anti-poor.

Posted on 02/28/2011 4:49 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
“Obama likes radical Islamic rule.� A wide ranging interview with Kenneth Timmerman

by Jerry Gordon (March 2011)

Kenneth Timmerman
 is a columnist and foreign correspondent. He has authored important non-fiction works on domestic and international foreign policy issues and thriller novels about contemporary national security and human rights issues. Starting in 1977, Timmerman spent nearly two decades abroad reporting on developments in Europe and the Middle East from his base in Paris. From that vantage point he had an early view of the Iranian Islamic Revolution that overthrew the late Shah’s reign and secularism in Iran to become the theocratic Islamic Republic of Iran. 

Posted on 02/28/2011 4:54 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
Why Can't a Woman be More Like a Man?

by Mary Jackson (March 2011)

One of Jane Austen’s characters refers to people who “seek to recommend themselves to the other sex by undervaluing their own”. Men make generalisations about women and vice versa; this is not admirable, but it is understandable. But if a man were to declare that all men are bastards, I would suspect his motives. If all men are bastards, why should I believe him? Is he not a bastard too? And a woman who makes sweeping derogatory statements about all women is likewise suspect. Both are trying to ingratiate themselves with the opposite sex.  more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 4:59 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger, Unedited

by Geoffrey Clarfield (March 2011)

A Chance Meeting

I had come in from the desert, tired, filled with dust and hungry. It was the dry season in northern Kenya, that period between the long and short rains, when you can see the ribs of the nomads’ cattle bulging from their sides, when milk is short, the warriors far away from the camps of the elders and, when pleas for rain from the Rendille elders are answered by their invisible God with dust, wind and sky without clouds.  more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 5:03 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
When is a Hate Crime Not a Hate Crime?

by Rebecca Bynum (March 2011)

Tennesseans may remember the resulting hysteria when a defaced Koran was foundon a doorstep by a Somali Muslim on June 24th, 2005 in Nashville. The entire Muslim community was up in arms and complained vehemently that the police didn’t respond quickly enough, though what they could have done under the circumstances is unclear. more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 5:06 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
Guns, Violence, and Culture

by G. Murphy Donovan (March 2011)

“A perfect world doesn’t need guns. We don’t live in a perfect world."
                                                                     – Sheriff Ben Johnson

Firearms play a large role in American history. Guns of every sort are used to settle issues great and small. Literature and film does not exaggerate so much as reflect the role of guns in American history and culture – although Hollywood body counts are more than a little fantastic.  more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 5:12 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
Assyrian Agonistes

by Jerry Gordon (March 2011)

St. Peter’s Bones
By Kenneth Timmerman
Cassiopeia Press, 2011, 293 pages

Ken Timmerman, columnist and foreign correspondent has written another action-packed tale about real world moral questions. His first thriller, Honor Killing, was based, in part, on Timmerman’s nearly 20 year investigation of the Iranian nuclear development program and secret war against the US and Israel, as well as, humanitarian issues arising from Islamic totalitarian doctrine and infiltration of our government.  more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 5:19 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
A Brooklyn Tyro Issues the Holocaust Novel of the Century

by Thomas Ország-Land (March 2011)

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Knopf, 2010, 602pp., $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4116-9 (1-4000-4116-3)
Viking (Penguin), 2010, 624pp., £14.99
ISBN: 978-0-670-91458-6

A 30-SOMETHING Brooklyn author has written a brave and beautiful book about the Holocaust comparable, without exaggeration, to the greatest novels of all literature. Readers must read it, teachers must teach it, and those among us who have survived the horror that it describes must be grateful to its author for making our experience comprehensible for the 21st century.  more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 5:25 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
Death and Destruction in Virgil’s Aeneid

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi (March 2011)

One of the most striking features of the Aeneid, as opposed to the Homeric poems on which Virgil’s epic is extensively based, is the much greater level of pathos the poet arouses in the reader for the sense of loss that pervades the work. To take just one example, consider the various ways in which the deaths of both Trojan and Italian warriors are described during the general fighting that ensues following the Latins’ violation of the treaty between Aeneas and Latinus.  more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 5:31 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
Muhammad and People of the Lie

by Louis Palme (March 2011)


Some 28 years have elapsed since the noted American psychologist Dr. M. Scott Peck published a book in which he attempted to characterize human evil. The book was titled People of the Lie, and it is still available for sale in stores and on-line. While he made brief allusions to the German Nazis and other extremist ideologies, Dr. Peck did not connect human evil with Islamic doctrine. However, using his perspectives on human evil, it is easy to see evil in many pronouncements by Muhammad and the Quran.  more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 5:36 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
Deganga Intifada – Update

by Dr. Richard L. Benkin (March 2011)

Last October, New English Review reported on three days of anti-Hindu violence by Muslims in the Deganga area of North 24 Parganas, only 40 kilometers from the West Bengal capital of Kolkata (“Deganga Intifada?New English Review, October 2010).  While Indian papers continue to refer to the incident as a “riot” or “disturbances,” local activists insisted that it was nothing less than a planned pogrom carried out by Muslims against Hindus with the expressed purpose of driving them from the area. more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 5:42 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
Dagenham - The Times They Are A Changin'

by Esmerelda Weatherwax (March 2011)

Has anybody seen the film Made in Dagenham? The critics called it ‘a sweet natured film’ with ‘a little too much of the grimness removed’. The Guardian’s Greenslade ended his blog post on the film’s release last year thus,  “the film captured a sense of working class solidarity . . . that is too easily forgotten. Especially in the much-changed place called Dagenham.”  more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 5:49 PM by NER
Monday, 28 February 2011
Adrift on a Darkened Sea

by David Asia (March 2011)  


Kevin came to see me.

He had escaped serious injury,

Only some burns on his arm

And a broken walk.  more>>>

Posted on 02/28/2011 5:55 PM by NER

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