These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 29, 2010.
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Sunnis And Shi'a In Bahrain, And What It Means
The next time you hear someone blame the Americans for Sunni-Shi'a violence in Iraq, give them this article on Bahrain. Then tell them about how the Shi'a are treated in Saudi Arabia, quoting if possible from the denunciations of Shi'a as the worst kind of Infidels, from Saudi clerics. Then tell them about Sipah-e-Sahaba, the Sunni group in Pakistan that specializes in attacks on Shi'a professionals. Then tell them about the history of Sunni-Shi'a relations over the past 1300 years. Then tell them -- but very sweetly -- "whereof we do not know, thereof we should not speak." Then tell them, even more sweetly, to shut up.
From a story in The New York Times:
August 26, 2010
Crackdown in Bahrain Hints of End to Reforms
By THANASSIS CAMBANIS
MANAMA, Bahrain - The three women in head scarves and black abayas surged into the main atrium of the Seef Mall at 11 p.m. the other night, unfurling a banner outside the Next clothing boutique that read, "It is forbidden to arbitrarily arrest and detain people."........
A picture was taken, and in less than a minute they had dispersed. As they tried to leave, more than a dozen plainclothes and uniformed police officers surrounded one of them, Fakhria al-Singace, pinning her spread-eagled on a cafe table.
"You have no right to arrest me!" she shouted.
"Shut your mouth!" a female officer said as she tried to handcuff Ms. Singace, pulling off her cloaklike abaya in the process. Officers shooed shoppers away and questioned a journalist.
The arrest at one of Bahrain's busiest late-night spots occurred in the second week of a sweeping crackdown in this island kingdom in the Persian Gulf, a strategic American ally that is home to the United States Navy's Fifth Fleet and that appears to be reconsidering its decade-long flirtation with reform.
Contentious parliamentary elections, in which the Sunni governing family could lose some power to the restive Shiite majority, are scheduled for Oct. 23. Bahrain's rulers worry that tensions between the West and Iran could provoke instability here, partly because of the close ties between the Shiites and Iran, and partly because of the American naval base, though Bahrain has said it will not allow any attack on neighboring countries from its soil.
Initially, the arrests seemed to single out high-profile Shiite political and human rights leaders, but by Thursday the number of detainees had swelled to 159, and appeared to include many young men not known as activists.
The government said the detainees were suspected of security and terrorism violations, and were not being held for expressing dissident political views.
"The king said 10 years ago we would have freedom," said Sheik Mohammed Ali al-Mahfoodh, a Shiite cleric and opposition leader who backs an election boycott. "The experiment is now over."
Many detainees have been held without charge or access to lawyers and family members, human rights advocates said. Local Web sites - blocked this week by the government but accessible through proxy servers - chronicled clashes with riot police officers and allegations of torture, supported by photographs circulated almost instantaneously by BlackBerry.
The government said this week that it would no longer tolerate unrest among the Shiite majority, who make up about two-thirds of the population but are barred from many government jobs and face a chronic housing shortage.
Detainees can be held in secret for 15 days under Bahrain's anti-terrorism statutes, which are applied to people who criticize the government or take part in riots and tire burnings.
Those convicted of compromising national security or slandering the nation can be deprived of health care and other state services, the government said.
"The reform project leaves no excuse or justification, whatsoever, to illegally express opinions that harm the nation," Deputy Prime Minister Ali bin Khalifa al-Khalifa said.
Bahrain's royal family ruled under a state of emergency until the current king, Sheik Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, took power in 1999. He created a Parliament, and his security forces disavowed torture.
The kingdom beefed up its security forces with naturalized Sunnis, who are housed in brand new subdivisions in the island's interior. Shiite opposition groups estimate that 65,000 to 100,000 Sunnis were added to voter rolls in the last decade as part of what they say was sectarian gerrymandering.
"If the Shias took control of the country, they would pop out one eye of every Sunni in the country," said Amed Abdallah al-Boainain, 21, a resident of Askar, a coastal settlement for Sunnis employed by the security services and the royal court. Two of his brothers work for the police, and he is applying to join them.
Asian shopkeepers in one of the biggest Muslim areas in Scotland are backing a boycott of Israeli produce. In a move that has worried Jewish groups, Muslim families who own stores in Glasgow's south side are refusing to stock Israeli goods in protest at Israel's West Bank settlements and policy towards Palestinians.
Around 30 stores in Muslim communities in Pollokshields, Pollokshaws and Govanhill are supporting the drive and yesterday campaigners took to the streets to applaud shopkeepers who are no longer stocking Israeli products.
The campaigners, who toured stores handing out flyers to shoppers, say shops which continue to stock Israeli goods will be "named and shamed". I thought Scotland was a free country? Not no more, it seems. Led by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Friends of Al Aqsa Glasgow, many stores in the area are now displaying posters declaring "No Israeli Produce sold here".
Organisers say that following its success in Glasgow, the campaign is expected to be rolled out across the country. The focus of the boycott is fruit such as dates, traditonally eaten by Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan. Customer Isahaq Ali, 50, said: "I know what to look out for when buying these items and wouldn't give stores who stock them my custom."
However, Edward Isaacs, president of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, said: "We have excellent relations in the Jewish Community with our Muslim friends (don't fool yourself, silly man!) and we think that bringing Middle East politics into the Glasgow sphere to this extent is not a good idea. Everyone is entitled to have their views on the Middle East, but we don't think a boycott is the correct way to advance their political process."
Rome, 27 August (AKI) - Mosques in Italy will not receive a share of income tax revenue the Italian government allocates to religious faiths each year. Hindu and Buddhist temples, Greek Orthodox churches and Jehovah's Witnesses will be eligible for the funds, according to a bill approved by the Italian cabinet in May and still must be approved by parliament.
Until now, the government had earmarked 8 percent of income tax revenue for Italy's established churches. The great majority of these funds go to the Catholic Church, although if they wish, individual tax payers may elect to give the money to charities and cultural projects instead.
The head of COREIS, one of Italy's largest Muslim groups, Yahya Pallavicini, said he was bitter that Islam had been denied the revenue from Italian income tax.
"Work should be begun on legally recognising those moderate Muslims who have for years shown themselves to be reliable interlocutors who are free of and fundamentalist ideology," he said.
Islam is not an established religion in Italy and there is only one official mosque in the country, Rome's Grand Mosque (photo). Politicians from the ruling coalition cite radical imams, polygamy and failure to uphold women's rights by Muslims immigrants as obstacles to recognising Islam as an official religion in Italy.
Until now, only the Catholic Church, Judaism and other established churches including Lutherans, Evangelists, Waldensians and 7th-day Adventists have received the income tax revenue from the Itallain government.
There are between one million and 1.5 million Muslims in Italy and 130 mosques linked the Muslim umbrella organisation UCOII across the country.
Cost of policing Bradford EDL demo 'in six figures'
As usual the mainstream press are less than informative as to what really happened in Bradford yesterday. I have spent the morning since my return for holiday reading the forum, facebook and other sites for news from the men and women who were there. This is the BBC this afternoon.
The cost of policing two rival demonstrations in Bradford on Saturday is expected to be "several hundred thousand pounds", police have said. The right-wing English Defence League (EDL) and its Unite Against Fascism (UAF) opponents held separate protests. Hundreds of officers from West Yorkshire Police were supported by colleagues from 13 other forces during the operation to keep the groups apart.
Thirteen protesters were arrested after several skirmishes broke out. Police contained several hundred EDL supporters (on the EDL forum this morning some members were disappointed that the turnout, which they believe to be several thousand, was not even higher. Why do the BBC twist the truth so?) behind a temporary barricade in the city's Urban Gardens as about 300 people gathered for an event hosted by UAF about half a mile away at the Crown Court Plaza.
West Yorkshire's Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison said: "The ban of the march seems to have worked.No officers were seriously injured and there was no damage to property."
Ishtiaq Ahmed, a spokesman for the Bradford Council for Mosques, said: "It was impressive to see young people taking on the leadership role to keep things calm and peaceful.The police response was courageous and appropriate."
"The police response was courageous and appropriate" He considers it to be appropriate that the police on the buses taking members of the EDL from the rally site (I'll call it that - from the descriptions I read it was more of a kettleing compound) back to the dispersal area (in the next town, Halifax) did nothing when those buses were attacked by men of muslim appearance hurling missiles (bottles, bricks and eggs) at them from their cars in which they were pursuing those buses. One eye witness report has a car reversing into a bus, and smashing his own rear window as a result, so maybe they thought stupidity was its own punishment. The best the EDL members got was a promise from junior police officers that they would raise the incidents with the senior officers later.
He considers it appropriate that the police made no attempt to pursue the youths of the so called Muslim Defence League who punched this man in the video below, in the face (according to one of the sources I read this morning he was dazed having been hit by a missile a few seconds earlier) from behind the safety of a hedge, before running away while filming. The boys who filmed their brave bruvver and put the clip up at Youtube are very proud of "EDL GETTING KNOCKED THE FUK OUT LMAO".
I believe that complaints will be made to the Chief Constable and the Home Secretary urging that these assaults be investigated and the perpetrators apprehended. It should be easy enough to trace 'atiq98etc'. The general opinion amoung those members of the EDL who were there is that the police are very scared of what will happen on the streets if Muslim boys and men are arrested for public order offences. One EDL member is of the opinion that so many Muslims are radicalised in prison that there is a deliberate policy not to risk placing any more of them in prisons - better to keep them as street jihadists rather than trained terrorists. That's only one mans opinion but he has an interesting point.
It is every parent's desire to give their children the best start in life, but few would ever aspire to buying them a £1million house as a leaving home present. Unless, that is, you happen to be as wealthy as Tony and Cherie Blair. Just for the record, this is house number 9 for the Blair family.
John Esposito, director of the Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, having observed that a large majority of Americans oppose an Islamic center at ground zero, could not decide whether American society now more closely resembles that of Birmingham, Alabama circa 1963 or Nazi Germany on the eve of Kristallnacht:
[Newt Gingrich is] somebody...from the South [who] can remember the problem of racism and civil rights. He's also reportedly a Christian.... He's got to remember how a theology of anti-Semitism led to a history of pogroms that ultimately led to the Final solution.
Most of the academics echoed a warning that a "tidal wave of 'Islamophobia'" would soon overtake America -- act two of the "wave of hate crimes" that occurred "post-9/11." These statements ignore a basic fact: no such "wave" ever occurred. As columnist Jonah Goldberg writes, despite the rhetoric of the Left, statistics demonstrate this country is not particularly susceptible to "Islamophobia."
In 2001 (the year of 9/11), there were twice as many anti-Jewish incidents [in America] as there were anti-Muslim, according to the FBI. In 2002 and pretty much every year since, anti-Jewish incidents have outstripped anti-Muslim incidents by at least 6 to 1.
Undeterred by facts, these same academics offered spirited defenses of the "moderate" ground zero mosque Imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf -- who called America an "accessory" to the 9/11 attacks and said Osama Bin-Laden was "made in the USA". What they rarely revealed is that their conception of a Muslim "moderate" is defined on a spectrum utterly alien to their American audience.
The prominent Egyptian sheikh, Yusuf al-Qardawi, sits at the center of the academics' spectrum. According to mosque supporter Marc Lynch, associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, Qardawi is a practitioner of wastataniyya or "centrism" and "a barometer of Muslim opinion." Esposito likewise calls Qardawi a "reformist". Rauf says the sheikh is "the most well-known legal authority in the whole Muslim world today."
Although, according to these academics' definition of the spectrum of Muslim public opinion, one might expect that only fringe voices in the Islamic world would reject the mosque, in reality such prominent Muslims as Abd al-Rahman al-Rashid, director-general of Al-Arabiya TV, oppose its construction. As al-Rashid, perhaps one of the best placed sources for analyzing popular opinion in the Arab-Islamic world, said:
I do not think that the majority of Muslims want to build a monument or a place of worship that tomorrow may become a source of pride for the terrorists and their Muslim followers.
But a genuine debate over the choice of location for the mosque, the radical connections of its leadership, and the opaque sources of its $100 million budget was apparently less edifying than painting all of the mosque's opponents as bigots. In the process, the academics revealed their own striking prejudices.
I see [some of the opposition to the mosque] as linked to broad apprehensions, both in this country and in Israel that evil deeds...suspected of being a part of a Muslim master plan, pose an existential threat to the Jewish people.
The professor provided no evidence for his assertion, but perhaps he simply mixed-up the subject of the conspiracy theory he ridiculed: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which outlines a farcical Jewish "master plan" to rule the world, is a perennial best-seller in many parts of the Islamic world.
Moataz Abdel-Fattah, associate professor of Middle East Studies at Central Michigan University, took a swipe at Christians too, arguing that opposition to the mosque is rooted in "the theological bias of the Judeo-Christian tradition."
Muqtedar Khan, the director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware, chose to be vaguer, warning that "dark elements" have formed an alliterative "pernicious partnership between politics and prejudice." He added, "[This 'partnership's'] anger could manifest in myriad forms of discriminatory behavior towards Muslims."
Khan is an expert on "discriminatory behavior," having refused to sit on an academic panel with Israeli-American Scholar Asaf Romirowsky, because Romirowsky, like all citizens of the Jewish state, served in his country's armed forces.
Other scholars sought Khan's "myriad forms" of anti-Muslim behavior in an isolated incident in which the pastor of a small church in Gainesville, Florida called for burning the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The pastor was the subject of countless academics' editorials in which they stigmatized American society as "Islamophobic."
Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian professor of Iranian Studies at Columbia University, was one such scholar; he warned in a CNN op-ed of "those promoting an orgy of Quran burning." Dabashi failed to mention that "those promoting" this "orgy" consisted of precisely one man, and that the state denied the pastor a permit necessary to do so.
Stephen Zunes, chairman of Middle East Studies at the University of San Francisco, told the Islamic Republic of Iran's state funded Press TV that, "We have seen [this pastor's] kind of extreme rhetoric for some time now," adding:
If you really look at Western history, you can see scapegoat[ed] minorities.... It shows an ugly aspect of Western societies despite claims of religious pluralism.
This "ugl[iness]" is obviously a uniquely Western phenomenon, since in enlightened "Eastern societies" like Iran Jews historically were not allowed to leave their homes when it rained because they were considered polluted, practicing Baha'is are still regularly arrested without pretense and -- of course -- "there are no gays."
Esposito seconded Zune's bizarre theme of America's exceptional intolerance in the eyes of the Islamic world, telling his American audience that opposition to the ground zero mosque "stunned...the vast majority of Muslims." Muslims living under the rule of Esposito's Saudi sponsors must be "stunned" by Americans' opposition to the construction of a thirteen-story Islamic center at ground zero, considering the erection of the most humble synagogue or church anywhere in Saudi Arabia is prohibited and non-Muslims may not even enter the cities of Mecca or Medina.
If you find yourself asking why the defenders of the ground zero mosque keep recycling hyperbolic accusations of bigotry, listen to the analysis of many of our nation's "leading" Middle East studies scholars. Their attempts to characterize all opposition to the mosque as examples of "Islamophobia" ignore the complicated emotions evoked by the 9/11 attacks and the genuine concerns of many Muslims and non-Muslims alike over the mosque's fundraising, location, and the radical connections of its leadership. Finally, if one must embrace these professors' infatuation with perceived prejudices, then associating "centrist" Muslims with homophobes, misogynists and anti-Semites -- while embracing conspiratorial charges against "so-called Christian ministers," "rural rednecks" and "the theological bias of the Judeo-Christian tradition" -- seems to fit the very definition of bigotry.
Brendan Goldman, a member of New York University's class of 2010, earned a B.A. in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies.
The transcript of the speech delivered by Michael Johnson at Bradford yesterday and his comments about the day.
Bradford Demo (Why are we here)
Why are we here? What is the reason why we come together from all over the country?
The media would like everyone to believe it's because we want to fight with everyone. The UAF say it is because we are violent racists and fascists, yet they are the ones who have the most arrests for violence and disorder.
The reason we are all here is simple. We are here because we are no longer going to be racially abused and religiously terrorised in our own country.
Our government created this problem by allowing unrestricted immigration into England calling it multiculturalism. Even then our Government knew what uncontrolled immigration would lead to, but they didn't care because they controlled the immigrant vote.
What our government didn't understand was the Islamic extremists were fully aware of what was happening and they were organising and plotting even then.
Anjem Choudary was a member of the commission for racial equality, (that's Millwall and West Ham in a town centre pub, sure to be trouble). In public he was saying the idea is for all cultures to practice together. And the idiots in Downing Street fell for it.
What Andy Choudary (the drug taking, Cider swilling, Porno reading hypocrite) was saying in private to his Al Muhajiroun Islamic Jihad terrorists buddies was completely different.
He stated for a fact, (and this is on public record).
"We cannot practice with these none believers, we need to remove you, we need to send in the army of jihad to wipe you off the face of this earth".
Andy Islam4uk Choudary, had all this worked out, he even had his twisted ideology ready to support his actions. He said, "We have a covenant of security which states the life and wealth of the people are secure, if they (the English) violate this covenant we will defend ourselves".
He went on to say," they will violate it at the first demonstration they hold; this can be seen as a threat so we can use all our power to defend ourselves".
Choudary said, "This is what we want, they are all Christians so we can slap them and they will turn the other cheek".
Choudary, we will not turn the other cheek, we will attack. Because this is our excuse to fight and take authority. Everything I have just stated is true and on public record Well I have a message for you Anjem Choudary,
Yes we are a Christian race, and we do turn the other cheek, but we also do as it says in the bible, we take an eye for an eye from those who wrong us. If you think we will stand by and let you attack our country and her people you are badly wrong. Remember your history?
(Sorry I forgot you have no history, because the Arabs invaded your country killed off your royalty, your leaders, your religion and replaced it with their own, Islam).
Arab history remembers Richard the Lionheart coming to the Middle East and slaughtering the army of jihad where ever they met. History has proved when Islamic extremists fight the Christians they never win. All they do is crawl back into their holes and act as terrorists.
So once again I ask why we are here.
We are here to show the people of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales there is nothing to fear. We will no longer be dictated to. We are no longer going to be told what to think. We are no longer going to be told what to say. We are no longer going to be frightened of being English because they call us racist. We are no longer going to let anyone stop us flying the English National flag. I am English and I am proud of being English.
I will defend our Culture from attack.
I will defend our identity from attack
I will defend our religion from attack.
And I will defend our people from this evil that is Islamic extremism.
For years the government has pandered to these extremists allowing them to roam freely in our country.
For years they did nothing about it.
Well no more. Not here not in England.
The free ride is over. The English Defence League will oppose you where ever you show your face, where ever you hold your meetings. This is our England and we are taking her back.
Our government is frightened of us; they are frightened of the English Defence League. They are frightened of the English Nationalist movement. They are more frightened of the English people than they are of the Islamic extremists.
The Labour government did not listen, even with their Muslim block vote they were kicked out of power because of the EDL.
The EDL showed the country that it was ok to stand up and say no more.
The EDL showed the country they were no longer going to put up with Islamic extremist tyranny.
David Cameron needs to take notice - we are the power in this country not the government.
English men and women have bled for this country fighting for her values and traditions. And we will bleed again if we come under attack.
If David Cameron will not listen then we use our power.
We have the power to vote them in or to vote them out.
We have the power to stand up and say no.
We have the power to take to the streets and show the world the EDL are fighting back.
The conservatives want to run the country, that's ok if they want to run the country let them, but they have to understand they are only running it for us.
They are only looking after it for us, for the people of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and they have a duty to us.
Their duty is to protect the people, to protect the Values and to protect our identity from any threat we might face.
Well David Cameron, we are under threat and we are under attack.
We are under threat from Extreme Islam and we are under attack from Islamic extremists.
It is your duty to defend us from these attacks.
We know who they are, we know what they look like, and we even know their names.
If you do nothing then you leave it to us, the English Defence League, to fight your battles for you.
So I give you warning David Cameron and Nick Clegg
The EDL will fight back.
EDL will take to the streets.
EDL will organise.
EDL will protect England against these Islamic extremists.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg, EDL will never surrender. EDL will never give in.
There will be No surrender.
I was the last speaker and it went down very well huge applause and it was my birthday so I had the whole of the EDL demonstration singing happy birthday to me which went unreported as this might not fit with the media profile being painted by some members of the press. I can assure you I know for a fact the press were aware of what was going on because two soppy birds clapped me. First thing I have had from the press for nothing. I could see the whole crowd and it is quite an emotion having that done to you. A good one I might add
The smoke bombs came from the UAF and the first of the 5 arrests were UAF which is also unreported but unfortunately for the media but good for you it is on film. We also have film of a known racist being removed from the site.
He went on to tell me about known troublemakers from a group known as the 'Manchester Reds'. Then he turned to the matter of the smoke bombs:-
First of two smoke bombs thrown at the EDL. The EDL are accused of using smoke bombs even though we had to go through the police search teams and pass through the mobile scanners which made it more like making ones way through check in than going to a demo. Seems a strange accusation to me. You can see where the white Bomb has landed and you can see as you are watching the crowd nothing passes your screen but it is just outside the EDL compound. No question as to where it was thrown from so the press and the news blamed it on the EDL even though the police confirmed both smoke bombs came from within the UAF crowd, in fact the second one was dropped by the thrower who almost won an Oscar from me for the perfect SWP demonstration agitation award. Why they did not have him bang to rights is in fact due in this case to age of the police officers on duty, they would not have known what was going on.
Watch live video from kilnerwill1 on Justin.tv2.46 two professional agitators who know exactly what they are doing set up smoke bomb number 2 the purple one. You see earlier within the UAF the two lads black Asian one with light blue lightweight jacket and the other with a white jacket hoody top over his head when its sunny?
This is an old SWP trick and I have not seen it done for a very long time, it is sweet and effective to wind up the crowd up. The two pass through the crowd and the lad with the blue top bends down and rolls canister behind him then carries on and he never looks back, not even when it all kicked off and the roar goes up. Nothing just straight off. Not normal behavior unless you have been taught to do things different like walk straight away don't look back don't rush be invisible.
2.46 smoke canister goes off and no one knows what's happening they start to panic.
2,50 up pops agitator number two with white hoody, saying. Officer, Officer, i saw the whole thing the EDL from over in the far corner threw it at us while we are stood doing nothing, bad EDL.
3.14 Hoody boy has gone backward and returned to the corner where he started from at the outset and no surprise is shortly back with Blue jacket.
It just so happens there is a group of full on UAF in the far corner who now have an excuse to rush the EDL at the weakest point of the police lines and they all know it will be reported that the EDL attacked the UAF after throwing a second smoke bomb in to the UAF supporters. never mind all the searching and the electronic scanning of the EDL, let's not have the truth spoil a good media chance to destroy the EDL.
What Michael says confirms what was reported on the Forum (and apparently by Skynews, although I can't find an on-line link to that, if there is one can someone please sent me it) , which is that the smoke bomb, (or bombs), was not thrown from the EDL area.
One has to ask why we see police officers almost thirty minutes before the speeches are over putting on specialist riot gear? which is only for events where the crowd is becoming out of control or the threat to officer safety is no longer at a level where they can perform their duty.
What actually happened is these riot police used a tactic that has been under question since the injuries and events of Trafalgar square. The police are using this tactic more and more at EDL demonstrations causing problems, which ultimately leads to violence.
There was no need to kettle the crowd at Bradford as we could only wait to get on the coaches at the entrance and we could go nowhere as it was a compound. This causes needless conflict which is the main finding the IPCC accepted and upheld when their findings were producer for G20. They stated this form of containment should only be used when risk to demonstrators the police or the public is one where the police fear serious injury or extreme violent disorder. Sitting in a high walled single exit grass area is not quite what they had in mind.
What it did achieve? for no reason anyone can see it created conflict where the police were sent in forcing us back towards a wall when 60% of the site is empty. What happens next? the batons and shields were once again in use assaulting EDL members for getting upset because they are being threatened for no reason what so ever.
Once again I observed the violent misuse of a shield edge being used as a weapons against a demonstrator. This can no longer be allowed to continue, the police have no right to harm our supporters while breaking the laws they are suppose to be upholding.
I am going to speak with the leadership and formulate a complaint against the police forces of Dudley and Bradford.
Cousin marriage is risky, particularly for groups which have practised it for generations. Closely related first cousins face greater than normal risks of having babies with serious recessive genetic disorders.
To say that is not to criticise anyone for anything. It is not to attack any particular religion or ethnic group or culture. It is merely to state a painful fact, of which people used to be unaware.
Did they? My grandmother, who had little education and would never have heard of recessive genes, knew that it wasn't a good idea. Stop making excuses. In fact, having stated that no "particular religion or ethnic group or culture" is being "attacked", Ms Marrin goes on to make it clear, as did the Dispatches programme, that it is one particular religion and culture: Muslims of Pakistani origin (the programme also mentioned Arabs and Africans). This is not one ethnic group, however - British Hindus and Sikhs do not practise cousin marriage in any significant numbers.
However, today this subject is political dynamite; most people don't dare talk about it at all. That is because the people mainly affected are British Pakistani Muslims: hence the deafening, pusillanimous silence on what should be a serious public health concern.
People have always married their first cousins - Darwin did, Einstein did - and it is legal to do so here. But British Pakistani Muslims actively favour cousin marriage and traditionally have done. About 55% marry their first cousins in this country and in Bradford the number is about 75%.
The result, sadly, is what you would expect. British Pakistani couples account for about 3% of all births here, but they produce nearly a third of all British children suffering from recessive genetic disorders. The BBC reported in 2005 that Birmingham primary care trust estimated that 1 in 10 of children born to first cousins in the city either died in infancy or went on to develop a serious disability due to a genetic disorder.
Many of these problems were discussed by a young British Pakistani woman brave enough to report on this last week on Channel 4's Dispatches programme.
Tazeen Ahmad showed harrowing scenes of a young man writhing and protesting in the misery of his genetic disorder, while his exhausted mother looked after his two blind sisters.
Ahmad spoke of the disabilities and early deaths among her own uncles and aunts, as a result of cousin marriage, and made the general risks plain. What was profoundly shocking was the resistance to these known risks; she spoke to imams, community leaders and parents in a state of resentful denial.
Although some younger people seemed more aware, and angry about the intense family pressure on cousins to marry, most people interviewed simply did not accept the scientific evidence. One mother said her children's disorders were caused by the drugs given to them by the National Health Service.
Worst of all, not a single MP from a constituency with a large Pakistani population would agree to appear on television. Not one was brave enough to run the risk of being called racist or Islamophobic, which is the usual reaction against anyone prepared to talk openly about this subject. Only the redoubtable Ann Cryer, retired MP for Keighley, was courageous enough to appear, calling stoutly for an end to cousin marriage and saying that much of the Pakistani community was in denial about the risks.
It is a national disgrace that members of parliament have allowed themselves to be cowed into silence. (Phil Woolas, like Cryer, is an honourable exception; he warned of these dangers in 2008.) They owe it to their constituents and to the public to face up to and speak out about a practice that causes horrible suffering, to say nothing of the vast cost to the NHS.
To avoid in future the terrible and unnecessary suffering of those many children born with recessive genetic disorders, the government should be brave enough, and compassionate enough, to make first cousin marriage illegal.
But why pass a law for non-Muslims, when Muslims are the problem? The French banned all religious symbols in schools, when only the hijab was the problem, thereby making non-Muslims suffer for the militancy and intransigence of Muslims. For non-Muslims, making first cousin marriage illegal would be a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Far better to end Muslim immigration.
The Dispatches programme was good as far as it went, but it did not explain why British Muslims are disproportionately married off to first cousins. True, is isn't in the Koran, but then nor is honour killing, yet this is an overwhelmingly Muslim crime, even in civilised Western countries like the UK.
In the comments to my post here, Hugh puts forward an explanation:
Why is cousin-marriage favored by Muslims? I suggest that in Islam trust is not encouraged, but rather deception, aggression, and violence, and that those raised up in this faith, and who have been affected by the attitudes and atmospherics of Islam, that color even relations with fellow Muslims (supposedly their "brothers"), and that their total belief-system creates a mental and emotional world, and people, who are "savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust," and because trust is so lacking, even without the presence of Infidels who of course are never to be trusted by Muslims, it is considered best in those societies that are most deeply Muslim, or among those who take Islam most to heart, to marry off daughters to other family members, so that at least a modicum of trust might conceivably be placed.
I agree. Islam is above all primitive - a word insufficiently used under the present cult of Diversity. Muslims, even in advanced, civilised Britain, hold to the customs of the desert and the jungle, because Islam is tribal and primitive. To this I would add a further explanation, borrowing one of Hugh's phrases: inshallah fatalism. It was difficult not to feel sorry for the afflicted children, but the parents are a different story. Passively, fatalistically and moronically, they intoned that it was God's will. The mother who blamed the NHS drugs was like those Muslims - and there are many - who believe 9/11 was the work of the Jews. Perhaps she should try camel's urine instead and save her non-Muslim, taxpaying supporters a fortune.
... is big in China, where the title is translated as "A record of an orphan girl who drifts about alone". I suppose Wuthering Heights would be "A record of family quarrels where there is no collective farming".
"Jane Eyre" is probably quite hard to say if you're Chinese. I wonder what they made of Nicholas Nickleby. "A record of a sans-culotte who turns on a sixpence"?
As for A Tale of Two Cities, let's hope the Chinese don't spake moonerisms.
Tony Blair, whose financial profligacy laid the foundations for the banking crisis and the deepest recession since the war, has set up a bank to act as deal-maker in investments for the super rich. From The Daily Mail:
A company set up by Tony Blair can now act as an investment bank after registering with the Financial Services Authority.
His Mayfair-based company Firerush could provide the former Prime Minister with further opportunities to boost his fortune, estimated to be in excess of £20million.
Firerush is understood to be one of a number of firms Mr Blair set up to manage the finances of his consultancy firm, Tony Blair Associates (TBA).
But this development raises the possibility of Mr Blair acting as a deal-maker in investments for the super-rich.
Some of Mr Blair's staff have also registered with the FSA and are able to offer services to clients.
They include Catherine Rimmer, who worked in the research unit at Downing Street, and Jo Gibbins, a former aide.
A spokesman denied that the company would act as an investment bank.
He said: 'FSA registration was appropriate given the potential there was for TBA to do work that might fall under the scope of the FSA.'
Firerush was registered with the FSA in January and was originally thought to have been set up to manage Mr Blair's own private portfolio.
Coming to a Mosque Near You: “Pimping for Terrorists”
by Jerry Gordon
The eruption of mega-mosque conflicts across America has raised numerous questions, in more than a dozen cases, about who is funding these multi-million dollar projects. And, in addition, whether there could be any Muslim Brotherhood connections and any possibility of their raising funds for foreign terrorist groups like Hamas.
"Money continues to flow in the other direction, as well," said Mosab Hassan Yousef "Son of Hamas."
He noted the FBI documented that the Holy Land Foundation sent $12.4 million from the U.S. to Hamas committees. But based on his 10 years of experience as a spy for the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet, he believes many times that amount has been smuggled to Hamas in cash.
As an example, Yousef cited the case of a Palestinian terror operative he met in prison who was arrested transporting $100,000 after Shin Bet provided information to law enforcement authorities.
"I guarantee you that there still people who collect money in mosques that go directly to Hamas in cash," Yousef said. "And this is a problem that the government doesn't have control over. Obama doesn't have control over this money."
On June 14, 2009, George Galloway appeared at an event sponsored by the Islamic Society of Central Florida (ISCF). Also in attendance was Mahdi Bray executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation (MASFF) at Imam Muhammad Musri's Al Rahman mosque in Orlando, Florida. The mosque is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). They raised over $55,000 in support of Galloway's Viva Palestina, a Hamas terror finance conduit. An undercover team of investigators from ACT! For America Jacksonville and Orlando chapters attended the Viva Palestina event. They videoed Galloway and Bray raising funds for Viva Palestina using the cover of the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status of the MASFF.
Galloway and Bray were caught on video misleading the audience telling them their contributions were tax deductible as the MASFF is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non profit institution.
The problem isn't necessarily the US Government supporting a 2-state solution - though one would think that this is an inappropriate use of taxpayer money and USAID funds - but look how they're doing it: a big picture of 7 leaders of the Palestinian Authority with the caption: "We're Partners. And You?". This begs the question, of course:
Do you think there is a similar campaign at work all over Judea, Samaria and Gaza, i.e. pictures of Bibi, Barak, Lieberman and the rest of the 7 members of the Inner Cabinet that says in Arabic: "We're Partners. And You?"
The answer is rather obvious. More inappropriate meddling by foreign governments in Israel - at least a new law going through the Knesset a la the US Foreign Agents Registration Act would make this kind of funding more transparent.
"US economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for more than 40 years". As to the story in today's Yediot Ahronot, p.7:
Big picture across the top of the page (l to r):
Sufian Abu Zeideh, Yasser Abu Rabo, Saeeb Erekat, Abu Mazen, Salam Fayyad, Riad Al-Malki, Jabril Rajoub
Caption OVER the picture: "We Are Partners. And You?"
Headline: Campaign Funded by the White House
Subhead: The Geneva Initiative Organization Produces, the Americans Are Paying, the Heads of the Palestinian Authority Star in a Political Campaign That Will be Open This Morning and Will Try to Convince Israelis That Peace is Possible
By Itamar Eichner
"We are partners - and what's with you"? asks the organizers of the Geneva Initiative of the People of Israel in a new (advertising) campaign that will open this morning, and it turns out that the Americans are also joining.
Saeeb Erekat, Jabril Rajoub, Yasser Abd Rabo and the Palestinian foreign minister (sic) Riad Malki will appear from this morning on billboards throughout Israel, in newspaper advertisements and in network spots - and will try to convince you that there is with whom to speak on the other side.
At first glance it appears just like any other initiative of a movement in favor of a 2-state solution, but when you check who gave the main funding for this campaign it turns out to be none other than Washington, D.C. One million shekel (~ $260,000: TW) has been invested in financing the campaign, whose goal is to encourage Israelis to support a Palestinian state, and most of which came from the American assistance agency, USAID - a federal agency that usually funds humanitarian activities in the world, e.g. assistance for victims of the earthquake in Haiti, food supplies for flood victims in Pakistan, and for the hungry and starving in Africa. The organization is active in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but never - until today - did it ever finance a project that is connected to political organizations and to the peace process in the Middle East. Moreover - this will be the first time that the American Government supports financially, even if indirectly, in an initiative of this kind.
The Geneva Initiative is an organization that promotes a permanent Israeli-Palestinian solution on the basis of the Clinton Parameters of December 2000. "Yediot Ahronot" became aware that it is the organization that turned to Washington with a request to receive financial support for producing the campaign, and it was agreed upon there to respond positively. "We are showing the partners as they are", said yesterday Geneva Initiative CEO Gadi Baltiansky. "I am happy that those who support a solution of two states are also assisting in passing on the message".
Sources in the Israeli Foreign Ministry said last night that the decision of the American Government to fund this campaign is in their eyes extremely odd. "This this is fact a campaign of the Palestinian Authority with funding from the US Government", said the source.
White House and Executive Agencies to Aid Muslim Brotherhood Fronts in tapping Federal Stimulus Grants
Christine Brim of the Center for Security Policy has a stunning example of stealth jihad in a dossier piece published today on Big Peace: "Coming August 31: 'Direct Access' Stimulus Grants for the Muslim Brotherhood". It involves the White House and Executive Agencies educating member organizations of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations (CCMO) many of them Muslim Brotherhood front groups, on how to access, on a fast track basis, Federal Stimulus money for 'social services' projects. Brim amply documents who are the leaders of the CCMO and many of these Muslim Brotherhood groups like the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Muslim Political Action Committee (MPAC) who have been identified as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Trial convictions.
Here is what Brim discloses:
Think of it as ACORN reborn, with a slice of Jihad on the side.
On August 31, this coming Tuesday, the Muslim Brotherhood-associated "Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations" (CCMO) will bring 25-30 Muslim leaders of 20 national Muslim groups to attend a special workshop presented by the White House and U.S. Government agencies (Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services etc.) to provide the groups "funding, government assistance and resources." The workshop will apparently provide special access for these Muslim Brotherhood organizations: the organizers pledge to provide "direct access" and "cut through red tape." Government and Muslim groups will hold an Iftar dinner (breaking the fast of Ramadan) after the workshop.
Brim cites email sent on Friday, August 27th by ISNA describes what the CCOM event is poised to do and who is involved:
This year, a phenomenal next step has been made where government iftars become coupled with workshops to provide resources and benefit the Muslim community. The US Department of Agriculture (DOA) and the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations (CCMO) have paired the first of such events, scheduled for August 31, 2010.
...Leaders from Muslim organizations around the nation, particularly social service organizations, are invited to a workshop with representatives from the DOA, Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Health and Human Services, the White House, Department of Education, the Department of Homeland Security, and more. Twenty five to thirty Muslim leaders representing 20 Muslim organizations are expected to attend the workshop.
According to a representative of CCMO, this workshop is designed to clarify how Muslim nonprofits, mosques, Islamic centers, and social service organizations can strengthen their communities through more direct access to opportunities provided to social service agencies at the Federal level. "It will hopefully help cut through some of the red tape and shine light on the many opportunities for funding, government assistance, and resources that we just don't know about at the local level," said Elsanousi.
Whenever I see the White House Council of Faith Based and neighborhood partnerships involved, I immediately think of Dalia Mogahed, an Obama Muslim appointee and head of Muslim polling for the Gallup Organization. Mogahed is co-author of Who Speaks for Islam: What a billion Muslims Think? Is she the White House insider abetting this thinly disguised grant assistance program for Muslim brotherhood front groups? After all she has been overwhelmingly silent on application of Islamic Sharia law in America and elsewhere. For example, she did not respond to the Freedom Pledge letter sent her by Former Muslims United requesting her to abjure death fatwas against those who have chosen to leave Islam. Then, she was on a British television program with representatives of the extremist Islamic group Hizb ut Tahrir failing touting Sharia treatment of women.
Could it be that she organized this event in consort with the CCMO inviting more than 20 American Muslim organizations to this Washington, DC conference on Tuesday, August 31st to instruct Muslim Brotherhood groups on how to help the Obama Administration by tapping into backlogged Stimulus funds? Is this a case of Muslim Executive Agency staffers assisting brothers in the ummah to engage in 'social agency' project funding?
I raise the question of whether this Federal inter agency project orchestrated by the Obama White House is effectively giving preferential treatment to Muslim groups in possible violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment?
Brim in an email about this program noted a central concern:
This speaks to the intentions and connections of the Muslim federal employees who organized this event at the White House and Department of Agriculture - as well as those other agencies attending. It seems to me that this might violate separation of church and state, given how they seem to be preferencing one religion? And also the language in this email suggests that an interagency group of Muslim employees (the executive equivalent to the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association) is organizing these events, explicitly in partnership with CCMO. Does anyone know about such a group? There's nothing illegal about such a group existing as far as I know, but it would be typical Muslim Brotherhood tactics. Does any Congressional Committee have oversight responsibility or standing to ask questions about this event and the organizers?
After all, it is Ramadan. Muslims are obligated to perform acts of charity, Zakat. What better means of furthering "the way of Allah" then to tap into available Federal Stimulus funds? We note that one of the applications of Zakat is to support Jihad.
As Brim said, this amounts to a Muslim version of ACORN, 'with a slice of Jihad on the side'. Notwithstanding the Congressional Summer Recess, concerned members of Congress ought to seriously question the Obama White House on this misguided venture. When they come back after Labor Day they will have only a few weeks to do any business, prior to the Campaign recess in October. Perhaps White House Muslim aides knew that when ISNA sent out Friday's email to Muslim Brotherhood groups to attend the grant assistance program on Tuesday, the 31st.
Brim suggests a few things that might be done, given these disclosures:
One solution: Cancel this meeting, and schedule one for all religious organizations. If government grants are to be given to religious groups (a policy some question, but set that aside here), then all grant applicants of all religions, including Muslims should be treated equally. And if Muslim social service groups attend, they should be ones without ties to the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist groups dedicated to imposing Shariah law in the U.S.
An alternate solution: Keep the event as currently planned - apparently arranged and dominated by CCMO - but open it up to the media (including network, cable, radio, Big Peace, bloggers, etc.) as well as organizations with expertise on the Muslim Brotherhood, like the Investigative Project, the Middle East Forum, NEFA Foundation, Hudson Institute, the Center for Security Policy and many others. Let the sunshine in...
This White House CCMO orchestrated event will likely ensue, unless there is an immediate klieg light of disclosure prompted by Congressional and public outrage. Unfortunately, there is just too little time in the next 36 hours to crank up a campaign to oppose it.
Leo Rennert: The Times Playing Fast And Loose With History Yet Again
Readers of the Times expect to find a variety of views in the Sunday "Week in Review" section, which is as it should be. But they also are entitled to accurate bios of outside authors. Nor should the Times countenance patently factual distortions and errors in their writings. Unfortuantely, the Times flunked both these tests in an Aug. 29 article by Ali Abunimah, "Hamas, the I.R.A. and Us"
Abunimah is described only as author of "One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse." What this identification fails to point out is that his one-state solution, coupled with a "right of return" for millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, would eliminate Israel as a Jewish state. It would establish Palestinian rule from the Jordan to the Mediterranean -- a glaring omission that flunks a basic transparency test about the real views of the writer.
As for the main theme of Abunimah's article -- that Mideast envoy George Mitchell succeeded in gettng a Northern Ireland peace agreement by bringing aboard Sinn Fein and its IRA terror organization, while he risks failure by keeping Hamas out of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks -- this doesn't square with the historical record.
The Good Friday agreement came to fruition only after Sinn Fein capitulated to firm demands by London, Washington and Dublin that its IRA terror wing first had to go out of business permanently -- by decommissioning all its weapons under international supervision. Only when this occured was a path cleared for a power-sharing agreement. When Hamas similarly folds its tent as a terror group, then and only then can it become a partner in the peace process -- as Mitchell rightly insists.
Real -- not fabricated -- history favors Mitchell, not Abunimah.
It might also be noted that the Times, in its little biography of Ali Abunimah, failed to note that he blogs at his own site, something he calls "The Angry Arab." Perhaps the Tiimes did not want its readers to take a look at the hysteria and hate which can be found all over that site, didn't want to have it make a bad impression and spoil the reception of the transparently phony sweet-reasonableness of the Ali Abunimah who was given space in the News of the Week In Review. Quite something, the New York Times. In its coverage of Islam, it has already surpassed its record in coveage -- that is failing to adequately cover -- both the Nazis and Soviet Communism. It has a lot to answer for.
And to Rennert's unanswerable complaint should be added something else: the main thing t that distinguishes the situation in Northern Ireland from that in Israel: even if the worst people, that is the IRA and the new IRA, were to achieve their goal and to manage to incorporate all of Northern Ireland into one enlarged Eire, that would not mean that they would continue to make demands, continue to use Ireland as a base from which to destroy Great Britain. But that is what Muslim Arabs of course must work to accomplish; the very idea the infidel nation-state of Israel could be allowed to continue to exist, no matter how much smaller still it becomes, simply cannot be accepted. The Qur'an and Sunnah do not tell Muslims and Arabs that they should accept permanent rule by Infidels anywhere. How much stronger, then, must the impulse be when it comes to land that not only was once part of Dar al-Islam, but appears right in the midst of what some regard as a vast Arab domain from Morocco to the Gulf, and beyond? It makes no sense. every square inch of Northern Ireland were to be ceded.
And from anopther story, by a girl who infiltrated the proceedings and reported on the miserable condition of most of the girls who showed up, to get the 80 euros they were promised, and more if they converted (three girls did so on the spot):
"Finalmente si apre la porta e le prime duecento escono con il Corano sotto il braccio. È arrivata l'ora del dibattito. Ma, appena sedute nella sala, è subito chiaro a tutte che è meglio non fare domande scomode. D'altra parte gli organizzatori hanno avvertito: quelle a sfondo giornalistico-politico, verranno censurate. Gheddafi parla con tono sommesso, ma sicuro. Spiega a tutte che l'unica via di salvezza è il Corano. Ripete più volte: «L'ultimo profeta è Maometto. C'era scritto anche sul Vangelo, ma poi è stato modificato. Ora dunque l'unica sacra scrittura valida rimane il Corano, perché è l'unica che è arrivata a noi autentica». E prosegue: «Anche Gesù sapeva perfettamente che il nuovo profeta sarebbe stato Maometto. Hamed, per l'esattezza, che nella nostra lingua si traduce in Mohammed». E la religione islamica è l'unica e universale, alla quale bisogna convertirsi prima del giorno del giudizio: «Chi non sarà convertito entro quel giorno - ammonisce - sarà perdente».
Una ragazza chiede: «Ma allora la nostra religione è sbagliata?». «No - risponde Gheddafi-. Solo che ogni religione, anche quella cristiana cattolica, ha avuto il suo periodo. Perché il messia Gesù era quello che precedeva l'ultimo, Maometto. Ora la religione musulmana le deve rimpiazzare tutte». Arrivano anche domande sulla lapidazione delle donne peccatrici e sulla condizione delle donne in Libia, ma su queste il Leader glissa e la sicurezza mette a tacere le coraggiose.
Intanto è pronto per tutte, alla fine del dibattito, un invito
a unirsi in matrimonio con gli uomini libici e rinsaldare così il legame Italia-Libia. «In passato questo due Paesi si sono fatti la guerra - ha spiegato Gheddafi -. Ma ora i rapporti promettenti di diplomazia tra me e il capo di Stato italiano Berlusconi consentono di mischiare le due etnie, e di procedere verso l'unità. Ma non prima, spiega che voi abbiate letto il Corano, senza preconcetti e con l'apertura mentale necessaria alla conversione». Infatti, prima di lasciare l'accademia culturale libica, già tre ragazze, entrate senza velo, lo indossano, uscendo, fiduciose nelle promesse di felicità, prosperità e, perché no, di ricchezza che un Paese diverso dall'Italia potrà assicurare loro."