These are all the Blogs posted on Friday, 4, 2013.
Friday, 4 January 2013
A Musical interlude: Guilty (Al Bowlly)
Posted on 01/04/2013 9:01 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
Elliott Abrams: Is Al-Jazeera A News Network?
Is al-Jazeera a News Network?
by Elliott Abrams
January 3, 2013
Today’s news informs us that Al Gore and his partners have sold their “left-leaning Current TV” to al-Jazeera, which is to say to the government of Qatar. Although “The nation’s second-largest TV operator, Time Warner Cable Inc., dropped Current after the deal was confirmed Wednesday,” the arrangement still opens many more American homes to the pan-Arab channel.
Any problem here? One, at least: al-Jazeera is wholly owned by the Qatari royal family, whose interests it will pretty obviously protect. It is not, in that sense, a news channel, even if it broadcasts news. Here’s a simple test: is al-Jazeera able to report candidly on events in Qatar? The answer is no.
Moreover, there is this story from the Guardian of London just last September: “Al-Jazeera’s editorial independence has been called into question after its director of news stepped in to ensure a speech made by Qatar’s emir to the UN led its English channel’s coverage of the debate on Syrian intervention.”
The Guardian’s story continued:
Al-Jazeera English was set up in 2006 by the Arabic broadcaster of the same name and both are owned by the Qatari state. The network, founded in 1996, gained credibility with audiences in the region for its seemingly independent coverage in the post 9/11 period. Its English channel was launched to offer an alternative, non-western-centric worldview. However, in recent years, Qatar has taken steps to consolidate its control over the channel as the country seeks greater political influence in the Gulf. In September 2011, Wadah Khanfar, a Palestinian widely seen as independent, suddenly left as director-general after eight years in the post and was replaced by a member of the royal family, Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani, a man with no background in journalism.
Henceforth, tens of millions of Americans will receive al-Jazeera English in their homes. It would be nice if the channel carried a little warning label to viewers, clarifying who owns al-Jazeera so that they understand they are getting all the news….that the Qatari government wants them to have. This problem is of course not unique to Qatar: in recent years Russia and China have launched 24-hour news channels in English and several other languages. Now, it may be argued that the British government wholly owns the BBC, as Deutsche Welle is owned by the German government, so why the objection if Qatar, and Russia and China, follow suit? For that matter, Voice of America is owned by the U.S. government.
Every government has the right to present a news channel, and has the right to decide whether that channel will be fully independent of government policy–like the BBC–or will reflect government policy–like al Jazeera. The answer is not censorship, but candor; if al-Jazeera were called Voice of Qatar, and clearly labeled as that nation’s international broadcaster, the situation would be clear to its viewers.
For example, the France 24 web site says “FRANCE 24 is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the public-funded holding company Audiovisuel Exterieur de la France.” The Deutsche Welle web site says “Deutsche Welle is regulated by public law and financed by federal tax revenue.” The al-Jazeera web site says “Al Jazeera English is an international news channel with over sixty bureaus around the world that span six different continents….Al Jazeera English is part of the Al Jazeera Network – one of the world’s leading media corporations, encompassing news, documentary and sport channels. Al Jazeera started out more than fifteen years ago as the first independent news channel in the Arab world dedicated to covering and uncovering stories in the region.” Nowhere is there any notice that al-Jazeera is in fact controlled by the government–and that’s the problem.
Posted on 01/04/2013 9:18 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
Egyptian Magazine Boasts About Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration of US Gov't
An Egyptian magazine claims that six American Islamist activists who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy.
The Dec. 22 story published in Egypt's Rose El-Youssef magazine (read an IPT translation here) suggests the six turned the White House "from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood."
The story is largely unsourced, but its publication is considered significant in raising the issue to Egyptian readers.
The six named people include: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.
Alikhan is a founder of the World Islamic Organization, which the magazine identifies as a Brotherhood "subsidiary." It suggests that Alikhan was responsible for the "file of Islamic states" in the White House and that he provides the direct link between the Obama administration and the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011.
Elibiary, who has endorsed the ideas of radical Muslim Brotherhood luminary Sayyid Qutb, may have leaked secret materials contained in Department of Homeland Security databases, according to the magazine. He, however, denies having any connection with the Brotherhood.
Elibiary also played a role in defining the Obama administration's counterterrorism strategy, and the magazine asserts that Elibiary wrote the speech Obama gave when he told former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave power but offers no source or evidence for the claim.
According to Rose El-Youssef, Rashad Hussain maintained close ties with people and groups that it says comprise the Muslim Brotherhood network in America. This includes his participation in the June 2002 annual conference of the American Muslim Council, formerly headed by convicted terrorist financier Abdurahman Alamoudi.
He also participated in the organizing committee of the Critical Islamic Reflection along with important figures of the American Muslim Brotherhood such as Jamal Barzinji, Hisham al-Talib and Yaqub Mirza.
Regarding al-Marayati, who has been among the most influential Muslim American leaders in recent years, the magazine draws connections between MPAC in the international Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure.
Magid heads ISNA, which was founded by Brotherhood members, was appointed by Obama in 2011 as an adviser to the Department of Homeland Security. The magazine says that has also given speeches and conferences on American Middle East policy at the State Department and offered advice to the FBI.
Rose El-Youssef says Patel maintains a close relationship with Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna, and is a member of the Muslim Students Association, which it identifies as "a large Brotherhood organization."
Posted on 01/04/2013 6:03 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 4 January 2013
Beyond "Toxic Nationalism"
Clifford May really spells out the fundamental issue in the conflict with Islam and why western elites are so clueless in this NRO review of Robert Kaplan's new book.
Robert D. Kaplan has long been among America’s most insightful analysts of global trends. I’d rather argue with him than agree with most others. Right now, I’m going to do a bit of both.
In “Toxic Nationalism,” an essay published in the Wall Street Journal last week, Kaplan observes that “Western elites” regard their beliefs as “universal values.” Because they approve of “women’s liberation,” they conclude that all thinking people from Albania to Zanzibar believe in women’s liberation. Western elites place a priority on “human rights,” assuming that must be the consensus view. Western elites are convinced that international organizations are breaking down the remaining “boundaries separating humanity,” so that must be what they’re doing, and what they seek to do.
These are, Kaplan understands, illusions: “In country after country, the Westerners identify like-minded, educated elites and mistake them for the population at large. They prefer not to see the regressive and exclusivist forces — such as nationalism and sectarianism — that are mightily reshaping the future.”
He cites, as an example, Egypt, where the hope that decades of dictatorship were giving way to liberal democracy has faded. His explanation: “Freedom, at least in its initial stages, unleashes not only individual identity but, more crucially, the freedom to identify with a blood-based solidarity group. Beyond that group, feelings of love and humanity do not apply. That is a signal lesson of the Arab Spring.”
I think Kaplan is right on all points save one: The Islamists who are coming to power are not a “blood-based solidarity group.” They are a religion-based solidarity group. Egyptian Islamists feel no solidarity with Egyptian Christians — despite blood ties tracing back millennia. This is a crucial distinction, one that makes “Western elites” — Kaplan included — profoundly uncomfortable. So they ignore it.
Kaplan, who currently holds the catchy title of “chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm,” goes on to worry that in Europe there is now “a resurgence of nationalism and extremism.” He’s not wrong on that, but is it remotely conceivable that the skinheads and neo-Nazis in Finland, Ukraine, and Greece pose as serious a threat to freedom and human rights as do the jihadists of al-Qaeda and Iran, or even the more gradualist Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood?
Similarly, in Asia, Kaplan sees China, Japan, and other nations “rediscovering nationalism,” undermining the notion that “we live in a post-national age.” He adds: “The disputes in Asia are not about ideology or any uplifting moral philosophy; they are about who gets to control space on the map.” True, but is the revival of such nationalistic sentiment really a crisis or even a major problem? Meanwhile, much more significant, Islamists are offering an alternative to both the old nationalist and the newer post-nationalist models.
Islamists insist that one’s primary identity is — and must be — based on religion, not nationality, not citizenship, not race, not class. More to the point, they demand that their religion be acknowledged as superior to all others. They are committed to making their religiously derived ideology the basis for revolutionary transformation not only in the so-called Muslim world but also in Africa, Asia, Europe, the U.S. — anywhere there are Muslims who can be enlisted into the struggle. As Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, succinctly put it: “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”
They see the global map not as fractured into blood-based nations squabbling over “space” but as divided into just two spheres: the Dar al-Islam, the realm where Muslims rule, and the Dar al-Harb, where infidels still hold power and must be fought, and, in time, decisively defeated so that the Dar al-Islam can become universal.
I am confident that Kaplan knows all this. By not taking it into account, he ends up in some odd cul-de-sacs. For example, he charges that among Russians there is a high incidence of “race-hatred against Muslims.” No, Muslims do not constitute a race.
That said, there may be conceptual utility in Kaplan’s vision of a global “battle between two epic forces: Those of integration based on civil society and human rights, and those of exclusion based on race, blood and radicalized faith.” Note that in this last phrase Kaplan has finally acknowledged the disconcerting fact that religion is shaping the international conflict now underway.
Indeed, by including Islamists among the forces whose ideologies are based on exclusion and antipathy toward human rights, he is reopening the idea — “politically incorrect” and therefore rejected by Western elites — that Islamism is a version of fascism, albeit one based on religion rather than race or extreme nationalism. If Western elites, not least those on the left, can accept that unpleasant reality, perhaps they can find the will to combat it. Along those lines, Kaplan argues that the “second force” can and must be overcome, but to achieve that, one “must first admit how formidable it is.”
“To see what is in front of one’s nose,” George Orwell once wrote, “needs a constant struggle.” By calling attention to a dangerous truth from which Western elites prefer to avert their gaze, Kaplan has rendered a service. But there’s more to it than he’s acknowledged and less time than we might like to get it in focus.
Posted on 01/04/2013 6:36 AM by Richard L. Rubenstein
Friday, 4 January 2013
That Forgotten Christian Empire In Southern Arabia
From Der Spiegel:
Buried Christian Empire Casts New Light on Early Islam
Archeologists are studying the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen. The sites have sparked a number of questions about the early history of Islam. Was there once a church in Mecca?
The commandment "Make yourself no graven image" has long been strictly followed in the Arab world. There are very few statues of the caliphs and ancient kings of the region. The pagan gods in the desert were usually worshipped in an "aniconic" way, that is, as beings without form.
Muhammad had a beard, but there are no portraits of him.
But now a narcissistic work of human self-portrayal has turned up in Yemen. It is a figure, chiseled in stone, which apparently stems from the era of the Prophet.
Paul Yule, an archeologist from the southwestern German city of Heidelberg, has studied the relief, which is 1.70 meters (5'7") tall, in Zafar, some 930 kilometers (581 miles) south of Mecca. It depicts a man with chains of jewelry, curls and spherical eyes. Yule dates the image to the time around 530 AD.
The German archeologist excavated sites in the rocky highlands of Yemen, an occupation that turned quite dangerous recently because of political circumstances in the country. On his last mission, Yule lost 8 kilograms (18 lbs.) and his equipment was confiscated.
Nevertheless, he is pleased, because he was able to bring notes, bits of debris and bones back to Heidelberg. Yule has concluded that Zafar was the center of an Arab tribal confederation, a realm that was two million square kilometers (about 772,000 square miles) large and exerted its influence all the way to Mecca.
Even more astonishing is his conclusion that kings who invoked the Bible lived in the highland settlement. The "crowned man" depicted on the relief was also a Christian.
Conquerers from Ancient Ethiopia
Yule has analyzed the mysterious, robed figure in a report for the academic journal Antiquity. He is barefoot, which is typical of Coptic saints. He is holding a bundle of twigs, a symbol of peace, in his left hand. There is a crossbar on his staff, giving it the appearance of a cross. In addition, he is wearing a crown on his head like the ones worn by the Christian rulers of ancient Ethiopia.
All of this suggests that the man with a strange, round face is a descendant of the conquerors from Africa who succeeded in making one of the boldest landing operations in ancient times.
In 525 AD, the Negus, or king, of Aksum dispatched a fleet across the Red Sea. Soldiers and fighting elephants were ferried across the water to the East on un-tarred, raft-like ships to spread the gospel. In the ensuing decades, his army captured large parts of Arabia.
The first spearhead was targeted at the capital Zafar. Like a fortress in the sky, the town was perched on an extinct volcano, at an altitude of 2,800 meters (9,184 feet) above sea level. Its walls, riddled with towers and alarm bells, were four-and-a-half kilometers long. About 25,000 people lived in Zafar.
According to Yule, between the 3rd and the 5th century the confederation managed to complete a "meteoric rise" and become a superpower. Its merchants traded in sandalwood from Ceylon and valerian from Persia. The state controlled the port of Aden, where the ships of spice traders from India docked. Frankincense, which was made in Arabia, was also traded. It was a place of luxury. Yule found wine amphorae, the remains of precious fish condiments and palaces decorated with sphinxes and lions. A Peaceful Multi-Cultural Community
The social structure in Zafar also appeared to be unique. The city had a large Jewish community, as evidenced by a seal with a Torah niche. Hebrew inscriptions were discovered. Zafar's residents also included Christians, who built a church there in 354 AD. Arabs who worshipped old idols lived in the alleys.
But this peaceful, multicultural community soon came to an end, as tensions began to mount in the 5th century, and Arabia was transformed into a front.
The Byzantine Empire, bristling with weapons, operated in the west, and its vassals kept making inroads toward the desert. They were accompanied by Christian missionaries, who brought the doctrine of the Holy Trinity to the shepherds on the edge of the Rub' al Khali, the sand desert that makes up much of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula.
These Sacred Heart imperialists confronted the Persian realm of the Sassanids, with its archers and armies of bearded soldiers clad in heavy metal armor. The Jews, who lived by the tens of thousands in the oases, were to some extent aligned with this power.
It was a confrontation between east and west, and everyone was forced to choose a side.
This also applied to Zafar. To stop the advance of Christianity, individual Arab kings initially converted to Judaism. The entire ruling class of the realm eventually followed suit. From then on, people were given names like Yehuda and Yussuf.
Then they took up arms. In approximately 520 AD, they attacked the Christian colony of Najran, where there were churches and monasteries. Countless Christians were slaughtered. The shocking news traveled all the way to Europe. A 'Puppet King'
Now the spiral of violence began turning more rapidly. The furious Byzantines and their allies from Africa were out for revenge. Kaleb, the Aksumite king of Ethiopia (who wore gold jewelry in his hair and had himself driven around in an elephant carriage) went on the counter-offensive.
If the sources are correct, his first naval maneuver was a miserable failure. In 525 AD, with the help of additional warships provided by the Byzantines, he successfully completed the crossing to the other side of the Red Sea.
The relief of the "crowned man" from Zafar was apparently created during this period of invasion. Yule interprets it as a representation of the Christian "puppet king" of the Ethiopians.
The invaders continued their attacks. Southern Arabia's holy warrior, Abraha, had taken control of large areas before long. He even attempted to free bishops being held prisoner by the Persian enemy in Nisibis (in modern-day Turkey), some 2,500 kilometers away.
The man embarked on a religious crusade at the same time. He rebuilt the churches that had been destroyed in Najran, and he had new ones built in Marib and Aden.
His most beautiful church was in Sanaa. It had gilded doors and a throne made of ebony and ivory. In the morning, the rays of the sun shone through an alabaster panel in the dome. The Byzantines supported the project, sending craftsmen, marble and mosaics.
The result was an architectural miracle, the likes of which all of Arabia had never seen before.
Year of the Elephant
After the triumph of Islam in the 7th century, the church was torn down and stripped of its treasures, and a mosque was built on the site. As Barbara Finster, an archeologist from the Bavarian city of Bamberg, discovered, some of the columns in the mosque came from the wrecked church, while some of the church's magnificent mosaics were sent to Mecca, essentially as booty.
The enmity between Sanaa and Mecca apparently smoldered from the start. Medieval Koran scholars report that Abraha built his magnificent church to lure the pilgrims away from the Kaaba, Islam's most sacred site.
Another Islamic source describes how the dispute eventually escalated: An angry native of Mecca relieved himself in the Sanaa church, prompting the furious Abraha to dispatch his warriors, mounted on elephants, to destroy the Kaaba. In the interpretation of Sura 105 of the Koran, the only reason he was unsuccessful was that Allah had armed a flock of birds with clay balls that rained down on the Christian army like bullets.
Are these nothing but religious myths? There is historical evidence, in the form of a rock inscription, that Abraha conducted large-scale raids against defiant Arab tribes near Mecca in 552 AD. A few Western historians consider this to be the true year of Muhammad's birth. The scholar Ibn Ishak, who wrote the first biography of the Prophet, states that the proclaimer of the Koran was born "in the year of the elephant."
Oddly enough, the scrawled rock inscription could be interpreted to mean that the tribe of the Kuraish, to which the Prophet belonged, sometimes fought for the Christians. Were they allies? Was Muhammad born in a city that stood under the banner of the cross?
There are indications that this could be true. For instance, a Christian cemetery is mentioned in the oldest history of Mecca, written by the Arab historian Asraki.
What a mess. In ancient Arabia, the three Abrahamic world religions intersected in confusing ways. But the Koran prevailed in the end.
But many things are still unclear. Our perspective is complicated by the fact that the birth of Islam occurred at a time of severe hardship. Climate data obtained from limestone caves in Oman prove that there was a terrible drought in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula in the middle of the 6th century. There was also a plague epidemic that began in 541 and afflicted the entire Orient. Other, smaller epidemics followed, causing thousands upon thousands of deaths.
It was these horrors that probably triggered the demise of Zafar. Yule suspects that the drought devastated the "fragile ecology of the highlands." Cattle died of thirst and barns remained empty.
Are the archeologist's suspicions correct? Even Muhammad, as a young child, was threatened by disease and hunger. According to Ibn Ishak, his wet nurse was deeply concerned when she was told to bring the little boy back to his native city.
The reason, he writes, was the "plague in Mecca." Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
Posted on 01/04/2013 11:12 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
Australia's Crazy Policy: Preventing Muslims From Going To Syria
The correct policy: do nothing to discourage them. Hope that many leave to fight -- and die - in Syria.
Why would any Australian government, or any Western, or any non-Muslim polity or people, wish to keep Muslims from leaving the country? What sense does that make?
Here's the story at Agence France-Presse: :
Australia warns citizens against fighting in Syria
Australians who take part in the fighting in Syria face up to 20 years in jail, a spokesman for Foreign Minister Bob Carr said on Friday after a Melbourne man was reportedly killed in the conflict.
The spokesman said the government was aware of reports that more than 100 Australians had engaged in the conflict since 2011 but he had "no evidence" of any citizens currently involved.
Under the Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978: "A person shall not enter a foreign state with intent to engage in a hostile activity... or engage in a hostile activity in a foreign state.
"Penalty (is) imprisonment for 20 years," the spokesman said.
"Anyone in Australia who recruits someone to fight overseas faces seven years."
At least three Australians are reported to have died in Syria, including a Melbourne bricklayer reportedly travelling under the name Abu al-Walid al-Australi and killed last weekend fighting alongside rebels.
Australian Arabic Council founder Joseph Wakim said many people travelling to Syria claimed they were providing humanitarian support to the war-torn nation but were instead involved in the fighting.
"I do believe that for most of these people it is far more a decision of personal conviction than it is of some sort of financial gain," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
He has called for greater vigilance over people travelling to the country.
But Carr said it was very difficult to keep track of people's movements in Syria.
"It's a country on the verge of collapse and internal communications are extremely poor," Carr told the ABC.
"We know... that it is a matter of militia against militia; that local militia control parts of the country and our capacity to know what individual Australians might be doing inside Syria is, of course, extremely limited."
Australia has been deeply critical of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has urged all its citizens to leave Syria, but there are 67 left in the country, mostly dual-nationals who are long-term residents.
Posted on 01/04/2013 11:49 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
A Musical Interlude: What's The Use? (Chester Gaylord)
Posted on 01/04/2013 11:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
Nigerians In America Demand That Obama Stop Ignoring Muslim Massacres
Posted on 01/04/2013 11:58 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
Muslim Attacks On Buddhists In Thailand Since 2004
Posted on 01/04/2013 12:02 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
Mohamed Morsi, Freely Speaking His Mind In 2010
Watch, and listen here to Mohamed Morsi, who now is helping the Muslim Brotherhood to extend its tentacles into every area of Egyptian life, and who is eagerly waiting for American military aid (jet planes, tanks, the works) to arrive, with billions in aid from the Americans, and the IMF, soon to follow.
Now write your Congressman. Now call the White House.
Posted on 01/04/2013 12:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
Nihad Awad Of CAIR: America And Islam Share The Same Values
And first among those values are Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. That's what America has. And that's what Islam promotes and cherishes.
Watch his fantastic performance here.
Posted on 01/04/2013 12:19 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
The Muslim Enemy -- Only An Idiot Could Continue To Think Otherwise- Within
Trial begins for Muslim cleric, son accused of funneling thousands to Pakistani Taliban
January 04, 2013
| Associated Press
MIAMI – Prosecutors say an elderly Muslim cleric and his son in South Florida funneled thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban to fund crimes in that country and the U.S.
The trial of 77-year-old Hafiz Khan and 26-year old Izhar Khan began Friday with opening statements. Both have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support to terrorism. Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Shipley Jr. says the father and son sent more than $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban.
Defense attorneys for the men argued prosecutors are misinterpreting thousands of phone conversations, as well as intercepts and bugged conversations of an informant.
The trial is expected to last about two months.
Posted on 01/04/2013 1:31 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
Sydney, Australia: Infidel Police Intervene in Muslim 'Domestic'; Muslims Riot, Attack and Injure Police
As recounted in three successive stories in the ABC, the first of which I include because although it made no mention whatever of any names, thus obscuring the identity and ideological affiliation of the participants, there was something about the shape and flavour of the incident described that made me wonder; and my suspicions were amply confirmed by the two succeeding reports.
And so to item no. 1, sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop reporting:
'Police Officers Injured in Brawl With Family'
'New South Wales police have charged five members of a Sydney family over a brawl in which seven officers were injured.
'Police were called to a house in Bankstown (which is in Western Sydney, the part of Sydney most heavily colonised by Muslims - CM) overnight after reports of a loud argument between a couple, their 21 year old son and 18 year old triplets.
It looks as though one or more of the neighbours within earshot called the police for fear a 'domestic' was getting out of hand. - CM
'Officers say they were leaving when one of the sons king-hit a policeman in the face.
'Other family members allegedly set upon the officer.
'His colleagues came to his aid and a brawl broke out.
'Seven police were injured.
'Three were treated in hospital for bruises, concussion and a bite wound.
'Police say the mother was also taken to hospital with a concussion, along with one of her sons who was complaining of sore ribs.
'The father and children have now been charged with offences including affray, assault, and resisting arrest.
'The mother has been issued a Court Attendance Notice'.
Now for item no 2, Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop reporting once more, in which the telltale names of some of the members of this violent household are revealed.
'Family Members Bailed After Fight With Police'.
'A set of triplets and their father have been granted bail over a brawl with police (after attacking police - CM) in Sydney's south-west yesterday.
'Seven police were injured in the brawl with the Mehanna family outside their home at Bankstown early on Wednesday.
'Police say the officers were bitten, punched and concussed, and dozens of police had to be called in to break up the fight.
So: we have five Muslims, and seven non-Muslim Aussie police, who in order to subdue their berserker attackers have to summon massive reinforcements. - CM
'Two family members also suffered minor injuries.
This after causing significant - hospital-worthy - injury to seven policemen, and after being subdued and arrested by at least a dozen more cops. But - having gotten off extraordinarily lightly - they are nonetheless, as you will see, attempting to pose as innocent victims of police brutality. - CM
'About a dozen family and friends gathered in Parramatta Bail Court this morning, some of them wiping away tears (yup, cue the typical Mohammedan pantomime of victimhood - CM) as Mohammed Mehanna, his triplet sons and his daughter appeared on charges of assaulting police, affray, and resisting arrest.
'Police did not oppose bail and it was granted.
'Another son is yet to face court today.
'His mother has been ordered to appear in court on similar charges next month".
And, finally, in item no 3, a typically Mohammedan attempt at turnspeak, reversal of reality, and playing of the victim card.
"Police Accused of Excessive Force in Family Brawl".
'A Sydney family involved in a brawl with dozens of police (that is: who attacked police officers investigating reports of a 'domestic', and who then required to be subdued by dozens of police - CM) say (that should be 'claim' - CM) the officers used excessive force.
I don't believe them. Muslims lie, all the time; and especially when engaged in any kind of dispute with or aggression against Infidels. As Mohammed said, "War is deceit". It's always the other guy's fault. Muslims are past masters at starting fights and then spinning round and trying to pretend the other guy started it: see Gaza, in 2009 and in 2011. I hope that the police, from the moment they entered the Mehanna premises, had some kind of portable recording device turned on; if they didn't, they should make sure that small portable hidden recording devices are used in these sorts of operations in future. - CM
'Hussain Mehanna was released from custody yesterday after he, his father and three siblings were granted bail at a Parramatta court.
'The 18 year old said police picked a fight with them outside their Bankstown home and used "too much aggressive force" on Wednesday.
But police documents have told a different story.
To repeat: I hope the police have audio and video recordings, since otherwise, gullible people in the courts and in the press may fall for voluble, detailed and entirely fabricated Muslim sob stories. - CM
'They allege the entire family punched, bit and jumped on several police officers.
'Police documents tendered to the court said one officer was allegedly forced to punch Mehanna's mother when she overpowered a senior constable.
'Another tried to use a Taser, but it did not work.
Memo to the NSW police: next time you are called to investigate and intervene in a possible 'domestic' in a heavily Islamised suburb, take along the dog squad. - CM
'Police used capsicum spray and called dozens of officers for back-up.
'The family were charged with assaulting police, affray and resisting arrest.
'Mehannah's mother Rafah, 41, attended court today with a black eye to support her family.
'The family's lawyer, Greg Heathcote, said her black eye was not her only injury.
"You can see how she's feeling a little bit, but she's got bruises that you can't see", Mr Heathcote said.
Let's just remind ourselves that seven police officers had to go to hospital to have concussions, bruising and a bite wound attended to. - CM
'Ms Mehannah's husband and children were granted conditional bail today and ordered to face court in three weeks.
'She will face court in February'.
I hope that the jury and the judge and the lawyer for the prosecution will have their wits about them. and that, as I do, they will take the Muslim version of events with a heaping tablespoon of salt. - CM
Posted on 01/04/2013 5:39 PM by Christina McIntosh
Friday, 4 January 2013
Business Channels And Their Prattle Of Bull Run
Posted on 01/04/2013 9:25 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
Tel Qu'en Lui-MÃªme Enfin L'Ã©ternitÃ© Le Change
That is to say, Iraq turns out, in the absence of a ruthless ruler, or of rueful American democrats, to be just what you'd expect -- that is to say, Iraq.
U.S. News & World Report-4 hours ago
In a move that could draw Iraq back into the throws of religious infighting and potential civil war, the fledgling Baghdad government may be on ...
Posted on 01/04/2013 9:31 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
More On The Deeply Unpleasant Muslim Mehanna Family of Western Sydney, And Their Attempts to Claim Victimhood After Attacking Police Who Sought To Prevent Them Disturbing The Peace
Sydney's Daily Telegraph has much, much more than the ABC chose to tell its readers about the nature of this little affaire, previously remarked upon by me, and the aftermath. If you click on the link you will see be-hijabbed mama.
'Dad, triplets granted bail after brawl in Bankstown'
'A father and his four children involved in a brawl with police which allegedly included a mother throwing punches, malfunctioning tasers and "hammer blows to the face" have been granted bail.
'Five members of the Mehanna family faced court yesterday charged with a fight with at least 13 police on the driveway of their Bankstown home after midnight on Wednesday.
'Three police were hospitalised and four others injured in the wild brawl on Ogmore Court.
'Police were initially called to the home to investigate a "domestic dispute" the court heard.
'A sixth family member, the m other, Rafah, 41, was arrested following the fight but was taken to Bankstown Hospital before being ordered to front court on January 13.
'The father, Mohamed, 46, and his three 18 year old triplets - sons Ali and Hussain, and daughter Zainab - were granted bail in Parramatta Local Court yesterday.
'They are all charged with affray, assaulting police, hindering police and resisting arrest.
'Ali was also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
'The four were released after police prosecutors did not oppose them being granted strict conditional bail.
'Another child, Adel, 21, was granted $5000 bail after police opposed him being released.
'All were ordered to face Bankstown Local Court on January 24.
'Police prosecutor Karlo Haralovic told the court that Adel was already on bail for separate charges including drug possession, assaulting and resisting police and had two good behaviour bonds "hanging over him" at the time of the incident.
Bear those details in mind, when we get to the stories in which we hear the Mehanna family whining and crying 'victim' and trying to pretend to be sweet little innocent lambs. - CM
'Adel's barrister Greg Heathcote told the court there were "two sides to the story" and said there was "excessive force by police".
There were more and worse injuries among the police than among the arrestees. That settles it for me; the police did what they had to do, having been set upon by a bunch of Mohammedans running amok. - CM
'Magistrate John McIntosh granted bail but said police had "an obligation" to go to the house once a domestic dispute complaint was made. "If they don't carry out their duties, they will be criticised. If they do carry out their duties, they will be criticised", Mr McIntosh said.
'According to police documents tendered to the court, three of the children yelled at police who arrived at the house: "f*** off you dogs. ('Dogs', eh? Infidel dogs? This is one of the standard Muslim insults hurled at any non-Muslim qua non-Muslim. - CM). "We don't need youse. Get the f*** off our property".
'Police entered the house where they saw the mother and the teenage daughter "yelling at each other", the fact sheet said.
Hmmm. What if the arrival of the police averted an 'honor' murder? What if the neighbour/s - non-Muslim neighbours? - who called the police, were afraid that something of that kind might have been going to happen? In one of the photos I saw, the mother was wearing the Slave Hood but the daughters were not. - CM
'When more police arrived, Ali allegedly punched one in the eye "unprovoked" before he jumped on another officer and drove his head into the ground, knocking him out briefly, the fact sheet said.
'When more family members joined in, a lengthy brawl broke out (that is, the entire family shelved their original violent internecine dispute and turned their rage outward upon the Infidels to hand - CM) where police tasers malfunctioned at least three times, the fact sheet said.
'At least 13 officers rushed to the scene and some used "torch strikes" and OC spray in an attempt to control the situation, the fact sheet said.
'Another officer "issued two hammer strikes" to the mother's face after being "overpowered and repeatedly assaulted" by the 41 year old, the fact sheet said.
'The family have accused police of being heavy handed in the brawl.
Rubbish. Given the outcome - three members of this charming bunch of Mohammedthugs very lightly injured, seven police injured of whom three needed to be seen to in hospital - I think the police should probably be commended for exercising extraordinary restraint, all things considered. And it is quite, quite plain that the Muslims attacked first in what amounted to an ambush. - CM
'The five spent the night in holding cells at Penrith Police Station before being released yesterday. Outside court the family's lawyer Gus Dib (Who wants to bet that that innocuous sounding 'Gus' was adopted in place of a resoundingly Mohammedan forename? - CM) said that the mother sustained a 'black eye' during the brawl.
Your hellcat attacked police, mate. If she had not attacked police, she would be fine. - CM
"It's been a long 48 hours for them, and they're quite drained and looking forward to coming home", Mr Dib said.
Cue the world's smallest violin...Me, I have no sympathy for them whatsoever; the only people I feel sorry for are the policemen who got bitten, jumped on and king-hit. And I am also sorry for any non-Muslim neighbours that these Mohammedans may have.
The AAP report, in The Australian, has a bit more, which makes it quite, quite plain that the Muslims started it. Click on the link to see mama in her hijab.
'Family Accused of Police Assault'
Sic: 'Muslim Family Accused of Assaulting Police', would make more sense. - CM
'Mohammed Mehanna and his 18 year old triplets Ali and Zainab Mehanna and Hussain Mehanna are charged with affray, assaulting police and resisting police.
'Police allege the four and another two family members assaulted officers after they responded to a domestic incident at a Bankstown home, in the city's southwest, about 12.30 am yesterday.
'As police were in the driveway preparing to leave, a family member allegedly punched a probationary constable, giving him a black eye, police said.
'The remaining family members allegedly joined the assault on the officer before other officers came to his aid.
'Appearing via audio visual link from Penrith jail in Parramatta bail court yesterday, the father and triplets were granted strict conditional bail. The four are required to report to police twice a week, and must reside in their Bankstown address...".
And now for what one Rashida Yusufzai, writing for the reliably Islamophile Sydney Morning Herald, chose to report. - CM
'Police used 'excessive force': NSW family'.
'A Western Sydney family accused of assaulting police say "excessive force" was used against them by officers responding to a domestic dispute.
'Five members of the Mehanna family appeared in court on Thursday charged in relation to a brawl with police who were responding to reports of a domestic dispute.
'Police allege one family member punched a probationary constable in the face before others joined in at the family's home in Bankstown...
'A further six officers called to the scene were also injured. Two, along with the constable, were later taken to hospital.
'On Thursday, 46 year old father Mohamad Mehanna and his 18 year old triplets Ali and Zainab Mehanna and Hussain Mehanni were granted bail...
'Another sibling, 21 year old Adel Mehanna, who is charged with affray and resisting police, was granted bail in a separate hearing.
'Appearing for Adel Mehanna, defence lawyer Greg Heathcote told the court there were "two sides to the story" and police had reacted "excessively" in dealing with the matter.
"The case of the defence in all matters is excessive force by police", he told the court.
The impression that I have got is exactly the reverse. I, of course, knowing what I do about the all-pervasiveness of deceit in Muslim culture and ideology, am far more inclined to trust the word of the police than of the Mohammedans involved. - CM
'He said Mehanna had pushed an officer after seeing police "assaulting" his family, but did not cause any injuries.
'Prosecutors opposed bail, arguing Mehanna had prior police assault charges, and five for breach of bail conditions.
"He is no stranger to the criminal justice system. Police were simply doing their job", police prosecutor Carlos Haralovic told the court.
'Appearing agitated, Mehanna interjected as the prosecution put forward its case.
"You are going to make things worse. It was a family argument between two girls
Actually, according to the police, it was the mother and one of the daughters. And it was loud and violent enough that it frightened the neighbour/s into calling the police. - CM
"and police pepper-sprayed my f***ing family. That's my whole f***ing family."
Observe that he mentions only the argument and the pepper-spray, trying to give the impression that the police simply charged in and sprayed everyone; when they were, in fact, about to leave when unexpectedly attacked...by the Muslims. The pepper-spray, according to the police account, was deployed only toward the end, when police were being attacked by everybody at once. - CM
'Relatives of the family were visibly upset, with some crying as magistrate John McIntosh asked Mehanna to stop interrupting proceedings.
Muslim theatre of victimhood. - CM
"Police have to attend the scene of disputes. They are simply doing their duty to prevent crimes from happening", Mr McIntosh told the court.
'Outside the court solicitor Gus Dib, acting for the Mehanna family, said the family felt hard done by police.
Cry me a river. - CM
"It's a very sad day for them. A domestic disturbance attended by police has turned into a very sad day for both parties."..
But for the full-length Muslim whine from the unpleasant Mehannas, see this item from Robert Ovadia of 7 News, Sydney.
'Brawl Family Say 'Police Started It'.
Of course they would. But I don't believe them. I believe our Aussie Infidel police. - CM
'A Sydney father and his four children (that is, a Muslim man from Sydney and his four children - CM) have been freed on bail, during a court appearance, over Tuesday's Bankstown brawl.
'Along with his wife, they are all charged with bashing police, but they've told Seven News the officers started it.
'As son, Hussein Mehanna, walked free on bail he said police hit his mother and took her scarf off.
That all happened after she had jumped all over a police officer, overpowering him; go up to the top of this posting and re-read the reports I've already reproduced and you'll see it there. - CM
'"This is racism, discrimination, everything," Mehanna said.
No it isn't, you snivelling thug. Your dear mama attacked a police officer and had in fact overpowered him; she appears to have been continuing to try to hurt him. She was not hit until after she did that. If any other woman of any ethnicity or religion attacked a police officer like that, she would get what your mother got; she would be subjected to as much force as was necessary to get her off her victim and prevent her from doing any more damage. If her Slave Hood came off in the process, who cares? Not me. - CM
"Too much aggressive force. They shouldn't be doing this. They bashed me and my family for no f***ing reason. No reason at all."
Tell that to thecop who got hit in the face, out of the blue, as he and his colleagues were preparing to leave. And then got jumped on by the rest of your violent family. It was that cop who got bashed for no reason, no reason except that he was an Infidel and, to boot, represented the law enforcement arm of a non-Muslim polity. - CM
'Hussein's father says the family is being victimized.
"We don't do nothing wrong, okay? That's what. Thank you very much. Please", Mohammed Mehanna said.
'Nothing'? To recap, from one of the other reports above, "Police prosecutor Karlo Haralovic told the court that Adel [Mohammed Mehanna's son] was alredy on bail for separate charges including drug possession, assaulting and resisting police, and had two good behaviour bonds "hanging over him" at the time of the incident". Adel also had, according to another of the reports, 'prior police assault charges, and five [charges] for breach of bail conditions'. - CM
'All of them claim a brawl at their home on Tuesday night, in which seven police officers were injured, was started by police.
'Officers allege the fight erupted only when an officer was king-hit.
'They had been called to an argument so volatile that neighbours were scared someone would get hurt...".
I would like to know whether the neighbours who called the police were Muslim or non-Muslim. My money is on their being non-Muslim.
There may, of course, be another possibility: that the whole thing was a setup and the police were ambushed.
Whether the 000 call was made by a neighbour genuinely frightened by a genuine (non-staged) argument, or whether it was made by someone helping draw police into a trap, I would not be at all surprised if this case is parlayed into a massive Muslim lawfare suit against NSW police, with a view to intimidating police into a total 'hands-off' policy toward Muslims. Watch this space. - CM
Posted on 01/04/2013 8:20 PM by Christina McIntosh
Friday, 4 January 2013
Slow Jihad And Fast Jihad Kiss And Kinda Make Up
GAZA CITY: Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza Friday for the first time since they were routed from power there in 2007.
Posted on 01/04/2013 9:43 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 4 January 2013
CopÃ©'s Pain Au Chocolat
Copé/pain au chocolat: enquête ouverte
Une enquête préliminaire a été ouverte par le parquet de Draguignan (dans le Var) après une plainte du Conseil français du culte musulman (CFCM) contre les propos de Jean-François Copé sur le "pain au chocolat", a-t-on appris aujourd'hui de source judiciaire.
L'enquête a été confiée au service des atteintes aux personnes de la préfecture de police de Paris, a-t-on indiqué de même source. Aucune précision n'a été donnée quant à une éventuelle audition de Jean-François Copé.
L'avocate du CFCM, Me Khadija Aoudia, avait déposé plainte à Nîmes en octobre et le parquet local s'est depuis dessaisi au profit de celui de Draguignan, où Jean-François Copé, alors candidat à la présidence de l'UMP, avait évoqué lors d'un meeting le cas d'un jeune qui se serait fait "arracher son pain au chocolat par des voyous" au motif "qu'on ne mange pas au ramadan".
Ces propos ont été jugés diffamatoires et "islamophobes" par le CFCM, qui avait maintenu sa plainte après un courrier adressé par Jean-François Copé à son président Mohammed Moussaoui, dans lequel le dirigeant de l'UMP s'étonnait des poursuites engagées à son encontre.
Posted on 01/04/2013 9:48 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald