Australia, Foolishly, Prepares to Import at Least 1000 More Muslim From Truly, Madly, Deeply Muslim Afghanistan
Because, you see, the poor dears worked as translators for Australian troops in Afghanistan, and therefore, now that we are (at long last) leaving that sharia-crazed hell-pit, their ever lovin' mohammedan bros in the Ummah will fall upon them and their families (their spouses, children, sisters and cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents, etc,) and murder them on the basis that by collaborating with the Dirty Unbelievers they have shown themselves to be Insufficiently Islamic.
The only problem is that it is highly unlikely that any of these people so generously offered a free ride to one of the most beautiful parts of Australia, with anxious folks fawningly hastening to cushion their landing among us - and meanwhile, will it even occur to anybody to consider the mere possibility of offering, say, 800 special visas for the genuinely-threatened-with-jihad-genocide Assyrian Christians of either Iraq or Syria, or the imperilled and persecuted Copts of Egypt?? - will abandon the ideology of Islam and embrace either Christianity or nonreligion. It is far more likely that they will cling to the very same Islam that motivates those who would kill them. Why, why, why can we not let in 800 to one thousand easy-to-assimilate Christians, rather than another 800 to a thousand smiling, lying mohammedans, some of whom most assuredly will (or their offspring, in the next generation) Go Jihad on us, spectacularly and mass-murderously, sooner or later, and probably sooner rather than later?
An infuriating report from the ABC's Giselle Wakatama.
"Displaced Afghan Translators Make NSW Hunter Valley Their Home".
And how many giant mosques will start popping up in the midst of one of Australia's oldest and richest wine-growing regions? - CM
"The Hunter Valley is again opening its arms to people displaced by war, with hundreds of Afghan translators being resettled in Newcastle.
That is: hundreds of Afghan Muslims. Displaced by a war that is basically driven by Islam, Islam, Islam. - CM
'The Australian Government, acknowledging the risks faced by Afghan translators helping Coalition troops in their fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, has previously announced the provision of 800 special visas for translators and their families.
Just how many people are we talking about, here? Why, why, why import another thousand or so Muslims...from one of the most fanatically, crazily, violently Muslim parts of the whole of planet earth? - CM
'The ABC can reveal that as part of a wider resettlement program, about 280 of these visas are earmarked for Afghans (that is: Afghan Muslims - CM) due to resettle in Newcastle.
'It is understood around 200 have already arrived in the region, but housing them all is proving a challenge.
And are we also going to pay for the great big mosques that will, in due time, be demanded? - CM
'The ABC also understands there are fears for relatives left behind, with reports of attacks by the Taliban as payback for the help provided to Coalition troops.
How many "relatives" are we talking about? Whole villages full? Whole tribes full? We're not dealing with nuclear families, here. Think, dozens of cousins, who will all claim to be mortally endangered unless they can be got onto a plane to Australia. Prepare for the endless sob stories as thousands more Afghan Muslims prepare to engage in al-hijra, inveigling their way into the heart of dar al Harb (the zone of War), even as their brethren in Afghanistan screech with rage at the very idea of any non-Muslim being present on Afghan Muslim "turf". - CM
The Hunter region is no stranger to helping people displaced by war.
"Under Operation Safe Haven, Singleton Army Base housed 500 people displaced from Kosovo in 1999.
Yup. And they weren't the Catholic or Orthodox Christians who are being persecuted there, and their churches desecrated and destroyed, today. They were Albanian Muslims to a man (and woman). And if they behaved as did others of their ilk who were housed at another Army Base in Australia, then I'll bet they behaved abominably.
I found out all about the Albanian Muslims quartered at Puckapunyal in Victoria in the 1990s, in a most instructive thread at Jihadwatch, some years ago. Present in the forum was an Aussie soldier who had worked at that base at the time and had a grim story to tell, from first-hand experience, of the monstrous behaviour - and the monstrous sense of entitlement - displayed by those Albanian Muslims. Just click on the following link, scroll down, and read:
Excerpt: "After seeing the Kosovar Albanian refugees at Puckapunyal (Australian Army Base north of Melbourne) I find it really hard to believe that Albanian Muslims can be anything but "honourable". The behaviour these people displayed whilst here in Australia could be summed up as nothing more than disgraceful, and if the Australian Media reported on what happened at Pucka **as well as Singleton** (School of Infantry, northern NSW) then these people (Albanians) would of [have] been seen in a different light. - Shelldrake 1972, September 5 2009, 1.55 am.
And when he was asked to give more details, this is what he supplied.
"I was at the time posted to Puckapunyal as part of training staff SOA (School of Artillery).
"Before the lovely Kosovars arrived at Puckapunyal we (Australian Soldiers) had a visit from a really lovely lady, ermm, hmm, from (Dept of Immigration, Multicultural Affairs), she as you would guess was of Albanian descent.
"We were talked down on as if we were some kind of Neanderthals and barbarians..We were told we "must" respect these Albanians as they're proud and honorable Muslims. We must not speak to their women or look at them and accord them all the respect they deserve.
"It came as a shock when we found out that the Albanians had free use of the area pool of a nighttime. I think it was for 1 or 2 hours but the amount of mess they made in that time was despicable.
"These people could not (or would not ; my money is on "would not" - CM) go to the toilet so they took it upon themselves to defecate in the pool or anywhere for that matter, urinate everywhere they possibly could even on the heater in the sauna and funny thing of all they EXPECTED the staff there to clean up for them. That pool was emptied and cleaned many times only for it to happen again and again.
"Their billets were set out with all the latest mod cons, heating, television, computers, their own cooks brought in to cater for them all at Australian taxpayers' expense, yet these selfish dirty ingrates weren't happy with this. They had the nerve to complain about the accommodation and food and they wanted more.
"These people couldn't (or wouldn't - CM) even use toilets, they would poke their bums outside their door and crap over the side of the step, the toilet mind you was only 10 meters away.
"The lovely Australian Government also paid these people an allowance yet when these people were taken for shopping trips into Seymour they couldn't be bothered buying items they just stole them. It was later leaked out as well there that the Albanian (that is, Albanian Muslim - CM) men were prostituting their children for cigarettes and money. Certain acts were observed by outside sources, and there was a (hushed) case of attempted sexual assault of a female staff member. Few of us at the SOA actually heard that there were a few cases but [these] were hushed up very quickly.
"I personally came to see for myself the disgusting way that Albanian Muslim men act especially around our women; on a couple of occasions I observed female soldiers in our Gym being preyed upon by this filth...
"To top this off when it came time for these lovely people to be sent home, they smeared crap all through the billets, beds, walls, floors didn't miss out on this assault either...". - Shelldrake 1972, September 5, 2009, 5.35 am.
One wonders how much knowledge of the goings-on percolated out into the society surrounding Puckapunyal - and, probably, Singleton as well, because if the Albanian Muslims behaved in this manner in Puckapunyal it's odds on the ones billeted in Singleton did the same - and whether Hunter Valley locals have long memories, and are not best pleased about having some 200 or probably 300 or more Muslims (from a totally-Muslim country far more violent and backwards than mostly-Muslim Albania) dumped in their midst, today.
And so, back to our ABC report. - CM
'Refugee advocates have applauded moves to resettle the translators in Newcastle, but are concerned about a lack of housing.
I'm sorry, my dears. I would be more than happy to open my house to a family of desperately-imperilled Coptic or Assyrian Christian refugees, or a a whole nunnery's worth of Catholic nuns from Syria complete with habits and crosses, even if they had to sleep on the floor and eat in relays; but there is no way I would be at all interested in bringing mohammedans into my house, or my country. I'm afraid of things getting blown up. I'm afraid of having my or my children's - or grandchildren's, one day - throats slit in the night.
But cue a deluded dhimmi-in-training, who has obviously not been paying any attention to what Muslims - common or garden Muslims - have been doing of late to her fellow Christians in Syria, Egypt, the Central African Republic, Pakistan, or Northern Nigeria, and is all too eager to import hundreds of extra Muslims into Australia, to swell the more than half-million colonists of the Ummah who are here, and making trouble, already.
"Sister Di Santleben from the Josephite Refugee Support Network says Newcastle has a history of welcoming refugees.
"It's a huge honour", she said. "I mean these people have given up their lives for us, the Australians.
I wouldn't be so sure about that. I don't know why they did it, but knowing what Islam teaches, and that they are still card-carrying members of the Mohammedan Mob, I can't trust them. - CM
"They've interpreted for the Australian Army and other people in places that we know were deadly dangerous places to be.
Dangerous because of Islam, Islam, Islam, and the suspicion and aggression and zero-sum mentality it inculcates into all of its adherents. - CM
'But finding private rentals is going to be a challenge for this many families".
How many child brides - second and third and fourth "wives" - are going to be sneaked into Australia under black burkas, represented not as wives but as "sisters", "sisters in law", "daughters" and "cousins"?? - CM
'She says the translators are happy to be in Newcastle but fearful for the fate of relatives left behind.
Just how many of those "relatives" are there? Whole villages full? And are we going to be asked to let them all in?? Well, I'm fearful about what may happen to my fellow Infidels in Newcastle, and elsewhere, as in locality after locality, suburb after suburb, town after town, all over Australia, the ummah's numbers and perceived power grows, and grows, and grows, and grows. - CM
"I've asked them can they think of a day when we'll be able to publish their photographs and the folks said if you publish my photograph tomorrow, my brother will be dead", she said. "That's just the truth of it. They're not hiding but they've left behind brothers (how many brothers? all with wives [plural?] and children...all demanding to come to Australia, to live in safety, donchaknow... and can we be sure that none of those brothers or their children will not, one day, become suddenly, fervently Islamic, and go Jihad on us, to the tune of tens or dozens or scores or hundreds of dead Australian Infidels? - CM) and parents and fheir families, and while they're now safe, their familiess are by no means safe."
And the more Muslims come to Australia - more and more and more, foolishly welcomed in, offered "refuge", with welcome mats rolled out - the less safe Australia steadily and inexorably becomes, for every Australian who is not a Muslim.
Who is prepared to bet that some of these Muslim "translators', or their family members, will not - some time after arriving in Australia - engage in one or more of the following: sexual harassment of or assault upon Australian non-Muslim women or girls; "honor" murders of daughters, wives, sisters, cousins if said female kin show too much of an interest in an Aussie kuffar guy or start wanting to slough off the Slave Rag; forced and/ or child "marriages"; polygyny; welfare fraud on the grand scale; criminal activity (e.g. car theft, and drug manufacture, importation, pushing and dealing) of one kind or another such as the Lebanese Muslims are already heavily engaged in; and/ or, last but not least, mass murderous jihad plots? - CM
Spain on Islamist alert, decade after train bombings
AFP: Madrid — A decade since the deadly Al-Qaeda-inspired train bombings in Madrid, Spain stands on alert against growing numbers of Islamist "lone wolves" willing to launch fresh attacks, officials say. The ranks of young radical Islamists in Spain have swelled, recruited for jihad -- or holy war -- not in mosques but in Internet chat rooms and private houses, officials and experts say.
Spanish courts sentenced 18 people for the bombings that killed 191 people on commuter trains heading for Madrid's Atocha station on March 11, 2004. The Spanish anti-terrorist service's level of alert has since remained at "a likely risk of attack", junior security minister Francisco Martinez told AFP.
"That has not changed... but the number of jihadists has grown," he added. "Especially in certain areas, radicalisation has increased."
A study by the Royal Elcano Institute, a Spanish research body, said 84 Islamists, all young men, were convicted for attack plots in Spain between 1996 and 2012, or died in relation to such attacks. Those who died were the seven chief suspects of the Madrid bombings, who committed suicide weeks afterwards. The convicts also included those seized in a failed plot in Barcelona in 2008.
Most of these Islamists were first-generation immigrants from Algeria, Morocco or Pakistan.
Increasingly, such suspects are being radicalised on the fringes of the Islamic world, not in the closely-watched mosques, said Fernando Reinares, a security specialist at the institute. "They tend to gather in small, marginal places of worship and in private homes," he said. "This recent breed of extremists is marshalled not so much by Islamic clerics as by seasoned warriors, "charismatic individuals who have fought in Afghanistan, Bosnia or Chechnya".
In recent years, however, police have arrested several suspects that Spain's interior ministry has identified as a new breed of "lone wolf", self-radicalised online.
That was the profile attributed to Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in southern France in 2012. Authorities said he had visited the Spanish region of Catalonia five years earlier.
Suspected Islamists arrested in the first few years after the Madrid attacks, up to 2009, "were more structured, in groups and in cells, but in the past few years a profile of isolated figures has emerged", said Martinez. Some of them "leave to wage jihad in conflict zones" such as Syria, he added.
Last June Spanish police said officers in Ceuta, a Spanish territory on the northern tip of Morocco, busted a gang that recruited and indoctrinated young men and sent them to fight in Syria.
The Elcano Institute in a report cited police intercepts of conversations between members of that network willing to "wage jihad at home", in Spain, if they returned from Syria. The institute's research indicates that between April 2012 and November 2013, some 20 Islamic extremists headed from Spain to fight in Syria's civil war.
"The risk is that individuals with European passports who have taken part in jihadist activities in Syria return to their country of origin with the intention of carrying out what they call acts of jihad," Reinares said.
Muslim school headmistress reveals she was driven out of job by fanatics who 'saw her as the enemy, because she was too moderate'
A Muslim headmistress told last night how she was driven out of her job by extremists bent on taking over state schools. Her school is one of 12 apparently targeted by Islamic fundamentalists in a plot dating back two decades.
She said: ‘I was the victim of a pernicious, well-orchestrated smear campaign I have never been able to recover from. ‘People need to know this is a dangerous, well-organised and sinister group who have the capacity to destroy. They are producing fear in society and playing on paranoia. They are extremely powerful.’
The 69-year-old believes she was seen as an enemy because she was too moderate a Muslim. She was confronted with a number of allegations, including one of financial mismanagement.
Despite protesting her innocence her dismissal followed in 1994.
She added: ‘I was involved in a campaign so nasty that, since I lost the headship, I’ve never been able to raise my head above the parapet. I was shocked to read this letter after 20 years and I am genuinely scared by it.’
How Much Would You Pay to Survive Four Months Longer with a Terminal Disease?
When I was young enough still to consider myself rational, I was irritated by patients who tried any remedy in desperation to save themselves from their fatal disease. I have long since mellowed and when an acquaintance of mine with glioblastoma, a rapidly fatal brain tumor, decided recently to go to India to try Ayurvedic medicine, all I could do was wish him luck – sincerely so. After all, the scientific medicine — which he would continue to take while there — offered him little enough hope, a few months at most. (This case, incidentally, illustrates an important point: alternativemedicine, so called, is not generally alternative, it is additional.)
Two trials of a very expensive monoclonal antibody, bevacizumab, in glioblastoma, published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, make disappointing or even dismal reading. This antibody is directed at vascular endothelial growth factor that promotes the growth of new blood vessels; glioblastoma is a tumor particularly rich in new blood vessels, and so it was hoped that by preventing them from forming, tumor growth would either be prevented or at least slowed. Early results were promising but as has so often been the way in the history of medicine, early promise is not fulfillment of promise.
In one trial, for example, 637 patients with this terrible tumor were randomized to conventional treatment plus placebo and conventional treatment plus bevacizumab. Although the latter had a slightly longer period free of progression of the tumor, their overall length of survival was not increased, and indeed they suffered so many more side effects that the overall quality of their lives was worse. The patients taking bevacizumab survived on average 15.7 months; those taking placebo survived 16.1 months. The authors of the paper end:
In conclusion, we did not observe an overall survival advantage first-line use of bevacizumab in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma. Furthermore, higher rates of neurocognitive decline, increased symptom severity, and decline in health-related quality of life were found over time among patients who were treated with bevacizumab.
This makes rather odd the concluding words of an editorial that accompanies the trials in the Journal:
Finally, it is worth noting that despite its limitations, bevacizumab remains the single most important therapeutic agent for glioblastoma since temozolemide. Ongoing and future trials will better define how and when it should be used in this population of patients for whom so few treatment options currently exist.
Clearly the viewpoint of the oncological researcher is not that of the sufferer of the disease: he is looking far into the future, while the poor patient (all the poorer if he has to pay for his drugs) is thinking rather less far ahead.
Another paper in the same issue of the Journal reports something slightly more favorable to the drug, this time in cases of advanced and metastatic cancer of the uterine cervix. Here a trial showed that those treated with bevacizumab survived four months longer on average than those who were not so treated, and survived four months longer (that is to say, 17 rather than 13 months).
This raises the unpleasant question of whether treatment that costs so much to administer is good value. Value for whom? For the ill person herself, for her family, for society as a whole? Eventually, of course, the treatment, like flat-screened televisions, will become much cheaper; but in the meantime the question will be asked. The answer might depend on who is paying.
How much would I pay to survive an extra four months of life with an illness I knew to be fatal? I don’t think this is a question that I can answer in the absence of it being a real choice. It depends on too many variables.
The contrast could hardly be greater. Israel has helped to alleviate the suffering of Syrians, while the rest of the world speaks about that suffering but does little to relieve it.
On February 18, 2014, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, even visited wounded Syrians at an Israeli field hospital in the Golan Heights. On March 5, 2014, Chris Gunness, spokesman of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), spoke of the profound suffering of civilians in the Palestinian camp in Yarmouk in Damascus and of the widespread incidence of starvation, malnutrition, and absence of medical care in the camp – but little relief has come from Arabs.
Since 1948, Syria has been at war with Israel, having refused to sign an armistice agreement to end its attack. Nevertheless, Israel has been aiding individuals fleeing the civil war in Syria that has so far cost at least 130,000 lives and perhaps two million who have fled their homes. More than 700 wounded Syrians – men, women, and children – have entered Israel to be treated for war injuries in the Golan Heights military field hospital, including wounded fighters who had been turned back when trying to enter Jordan and therefore went to Israel. Individuals needing further treatment have been airlifted to hospitals farther south in Israel with specialist facilities. Besides this medical attention, other Israelis, including the actress Natalie Portman, have donated funds and clothing to Syrian women and children.
Not surprisingly, the biased groups and individuals in the media, academia, mainstream churches, and trade unions, who, out of professed concern for the Palestinians in the West Bank, advocate boycott of the State of Israel and its personnel, have totally ignored this extraordinary Israeli aid to suffering enemies, even if only nominally enemies. What is surprising is that these same people have also said or done so little to alleviate the plight of suffering Palestinians caused by the brutal and indifferent treatment by Syrians in the camp in Yarmouk. Once again, their behavior reveals their hypocrisy and shows that the true nature of their actions is to act against Israel rather than on behalf of the Palestinians.
Yarmouk is a district of about three quarters of a square mile, and about five miles from the center of Damascus. At one point it housed 180,000 Palestinian refugees, or more accurately the children, grandchildren, and increasingly the great-grandchildren of those who left their homes after the Arab armies attacked the newly created State of Israel. They have been prevented by Arab states from absorption into the general population.
The district, virtually a city in itself, became the scene of intense fighting, in which Palestinians took different sides. Some, including the group Liwa al-Asifa and some supporters of Hamas, supported the rebel groups, especially the Free Syria Army. Others, particularly the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), led by Ahmed Jibril, supported the regime of President Bashar Assad. It was Jibril who in June 2011 orchestrated an attack on Israeli forces in the Golan Heights. In addition, Palestinians have fought against Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliated group that has been active in the camp.
The absence of humanitarian behavior was shown by the sordid reality that no food was allowed into the area until January 18, 2014. Then, some people, mainly ill or pregnant, were allowed to leave and enter the Assad-controlled area of Damascus. By then, more than 100 had died of hunger or hunger-related illnesses since the blockade of the area by Assad that had begun about a year ago, since no food or medical aid had been allowed into the area. Most of the Palestinians have now fled the area, to other parts of Damascus or to Lebanon, but about 18,000 are still trapped there.
There is no need to belabor the point that if Yarmouk were besieged by Israeli forces, the situation would be covered by the anti-Israel mass media and by the usual anti-Israel and anti-Semitic suspects, and the United Nations would have passed numerous resolutions condemning the Jewish State.
The silence about the Arab atrocities in Yarmouk is deafening, and appalling. Amnesty International has not issued an 87-page report condemning Syria for those atrocities, as it did in February 20124 when it censured Israeli actions such as checkpoints in the West Bank. Oxfam International has not had problems with any of its “ambassadors,” as it had with Scarlett Johansson. The novelist Alice Walker, who stated that Israel is “an apartheid state,” worse than the infamous South African regime or even the old American South, has not organized an international flotilla to break the blockade of Yarmouk. Roger Waters has not yet advised other musicians not to perform in Syria. The American Studies Association, after its resolution boycotting Israeli universities, has not yet found where Yarmouk is on the map.
As always, the U.N. remains “deeply concerned” about the desperate humanitarian situation in Yarmouk. Yet it was not until February 22, 2014 that the U.N. Security Council agreed unanimously on a resolution calling for the facilitation of food and aid deliveries to the district, and calling on both sides in the civil war to allow aid convoys to reach civilians. It is hardly a strong resolution, since it does not call for any sanctions to be imposed if the parties do otherwise. Nevertheless, UNRWA has said it has supplied about 6,000 food parcels to the stricken area, though those supplies have been intermittent due to the continuing fighting.
When will there be impartial and honest commentary by the eager boycotters of Israel on the starvation and humiliation of Palestinians by fellow Arabs? When will they report on the brutality of the civil war and on the fighters of Hezb'allah in Syria, so-called liberators though terrorists, for killing Palestinians? They appear hoodwinked by the lip service that Arab leaders pay to the Palestinian “cause” and seem fooled by the fact that those leaders may wear the kuffiyas, traditional Palestinian scarves. They also seem blind to how little tangible aid has been given to the Palestinians by the Arab states.
Those leaders and perhaps the Arab people as a whole may think of the symbolism of Yarmouk. This is the place of the historical battle in 636, when Muslim forces defeated the armies of the Eastern Roman Empire, thus ending Byzantine rule in Syria. It has long been celebrated as a great Arab victory, almost the start of the Islamic conquests after the death of the Prophet. It is not the site of an Arab victory today.
The myth may continue of Arab brotherhood and solidarity. The destitution in Yarmouk shows hollow this is. Meanwhile, Syrians seeking medical assistance continue to enter Israel and receive treatment. Only the uninformed, biased bigots of the BDS movement seem to be unaware of this.
Michael Curtis is author of Jews, Antisemitism and the Middle East.
Extremist Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police after campaigning in a van inscribed with the logo of Syrian opposition group with close links to al-Qaeda.
Choudary, based in Walthamstow, and his followers took to the streets of Dalston last weekend in a white transit van adorned with the logo of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (al-Sham) (ISIS).
ISIS is a jihadist group established in the early years of the Iraq War which has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is fighting with opposition forces in Syria.In a video Choudary can be seen sticking the leaflet on the van.
Chants in praise of ISIS can later be heard during calls for Shariah Law to be established in the UK. The video also shows the ISIS logo being pinned to the coat of a young child.Police have confirmed officers are investigating events in Dalston last weekend. No arrests have been made.
The Sunday Times explains the original incarnation of the group, Al-Muhajiroun, and some of the nefarious men who are linked within it, and ponders how quickly the Home Secretary can get it proscribed. They also provided a link which led me to the video.
A French horticulturist gives advice on the right ranunculus - avoid foreign invaders -- here. In Paris, they're warmer in March to begin with, and now having a heat wave. So wait a month if you are thinking of planting in l'Amerique septentrionale.
"While, treading on rose and ranunculus/You Tommy-make-room-for-your-uncle us"
And that kind of rhyme explains why there used to be Browning Societies all over the place.
Why, when it comes to Arabs who are in trouble, almost always of their own and always of Islam's making, does that word "plight" keep being used? Mary Jackson once complained at NER about that phrase "plight of the Palestinians" which is not a Homeric eptihet but fixed-wingèd words that never take flight, designed to evoke tear-jerk, and diseased, sympathy.
What about the "plight of the world's non-Muslims" who have to deal, world without end, with the hatred toward them that Islam inculcates in its adherents, and the craziness of the atmospherics and attitudes of Islam, that causes in so many Muslims who know or suspect there's something wrong with their world, but could not possibly allow themselves to recognize that the problem is Islam, to instead wallow in hysteria and in conspiracy-theorizing, blaming everyone and everything but Islam itself, the cause of their own wretchedness. And now thanks to criminally-negligent immigration policies in the West, millions of Muslims have become a source of expense, unpleasantness, and physical insecurity for non-Muslims in the countries least able, because most pacific and programmatically unable to be anything but long-suffering, to deal with the matter. North America and Western Europe bound together by a Trans-Atlantic Plight.
Paolo Uccello, St. George And The Dragon, Musée Jacquemart-André, here.
You don't even have to visit Paris before the tourists discover it. Just go on-line. Fewer fumes and contrails. Don't fill up your passport with stamps. Don't visit 27 countries. Live lightly on the earth. Learn to sit still.
Premier Erdogan and President Obama, White House Rose Garden
May 2013 Source:APR
Last May, President Obama held a Rose Garden, news conference with Turkey’s Premier, Tayyip Recep Erdogan. That was just before the Gezi Park Protests of last summer and well before the current explosion of controversy over Erdogan’s alleged corruption kicked off by prosecution arrests following investigations in mid-December 2013. Since then there have been weekly reports regarding charges of construction bribery deals, illicit gold trading, violation of human rights of journalists and opponents, muzzling of the Judiciary and Public Prosecutors. Then there was revelation about taped calls with his son, Bilal, concerning hiding huge amounts of cash. Whereas in our last Iconoclast report he vigorously denied the authenticity of those calls, this past week, he said that taped calls recording him “meddling” with the judiciary were the real deal. He accuses the “deep state” of the Hizmat movement being behind it all. He has targeted the movement’s reclusive ex-patriate Sufi Sheikh Fethulleh Gulen rusticating in eastern Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains as the cause of his moral quandary.
This past week Erdogan unveiled his attack plan on his former ally by banning independent preparatory schools. That will just throw more oil on the fire as those Gulen academies in Turkey have supplied hundreds of millions to the Hizmat coffers. Erdogan says that if the AKP wins the municipal elect ions he will shut down both Facebook and Twitter in Turkey charging “immorality”. Even the European Union is requesting an audit of their Erasmus Fund grants to Turkey for lifelong and long distance education given evidence of mishandling by the Turkish National Education Ministry. The Wall Street Journal in a report this week spotlighted the corruption turmoil producing a further weakening of the Turkish Lira combated by draconian interest rate increases forcing the country’s decline in economic growth .
The result has been week after week of protests challenging his campaigning for upcoming municipal elections on March 30th. Erdogan has resorted to saying at campaign rallies that he will “quit” if the AKP loses major municipal elections. Not a chance says his AKP Islamist followers. That’s strictly for show. What he has spoken of if he loses significant municipal elections in the largest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, is a deal in the Turkish parliament, where he has a super majority, so that he can continue beyond his 11 year leadership as Premier. Almost sounds like corrupt PA President Mahmoud Abbas now serving the 10th year of a four year term. That assumes failure of a proposed Constitutional referendum to convert Turkey’s Presidency to an executive version like those of France or the US. Currently Turkey’s Presidency, a largely ceremonial post, is held by his co-founder of the AKP, Abdullah Gul, himself a Gulenist. Even Gul has said he might switch offices and run for Premier. Sounds eerily equivalent to the revolving door of Russian President Putin and Premier Medvedev.
Erdogan and Gulen received a pushback this week courtesy of the Judiciary. A Supreme Appeals Court found grounds to reverse the conviction and release the former Turkish Army Chief, Gen. Ilker Basbug. Basbug said that all of the other 250 military officers convicted in a series of show trials from 2007 to 2012, called Ergenekon, should be released. Ergenekon was the alleged conspiracy group accused of conspiring to overthrow Erdogan’s Islamist government. The irony is that Gulenist movement members of the police and Judiciary, involved in prosecution of the corruption charges against Erdogan and cabinet members helped to perfect those convictions in the Ergenekon trials.
My how the worm has turned given the possible alliance of the Hizmat movement with the secular opposition parties in Turkey’s parliament seeking to thwart Erdogan’s agenda. The irony is that the long term Sufi Islamist, Gulen, is pitted against, the short term, Sunni Islamist and fellow traveler of the Muslim Brotherhood movements in the Middle East.
Then there was the bizarre story about the banner unfurled at a Turkish soccer match with the inscription “There’s a Thief,” that incredulously had a whole police contingent scanning pictures taken by photo journalists of the football fans trying to identify the culprits. Then someone at a political rally with Erdogan unfurled a banner shortening the expression to simply “Thief”! resulting in his savage beating by the Premier‘s security detail. The victim was sent off to hospital for treatment and verification of his wounds. Paranoid, if not darkly humorous behavior. It is reflective of Erdogan’s mental state under intense pressure to resort to any means to stay afloat politically by repressing the civil and human rights of a broad swath of Turkey’s electorate.
Why President Obama has been slow to return calls to Erdogan? Scott Peterson of the Istanbul Bureau of the Christian Science Monitor filed a story on this question, “Why President Obama Stopped Calling Erdogan”. Peterson noted:
President Obama once spoke regularly with Mr. Erdogan, and for years the White House held up Turkey as a role model of a successful Islam-rooted democracy.
But when Mr. Obama called Mr. Erdogan on Feb. 19, it was after six months of silence – a reflection of Washington’s displeasure at how Mr. Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) handled antigovernment protests last spring and their resorting to anti-Western conspiracy theories, blaming everyone from business newspapers and bankers to Jews and Americans.
Peterson posed this question to Henri Barkey of Lehigh University, a Turkish affairs expert, while they were at the Sulaimaniyeh Forum of the American University in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. Barkey replied:
“It wasn’t the brute force the police used [that caused the distance]… it was the discourse of the AKP and Erdogan and all the AKP-controlled newspapers about a conspiracy – a conspiracy to overthrow the Turkish government.” “That came as a shock to the United States. “They quickly came to the realization that…at a very senior level [Turkish officials] actually believed what they were saying.”
Barkey went on to say:
Obama was reluctant to make the February call to Erdogan, but he realized that he had to say something because too much had gone by." The official White House readout of the call said diplomatically that the President, among other issues, “noted the importance of sound policies rooted in the rule of law.
Erdogan is still going to remain as a central figure; he’s not going away that soon. But he’s no longer going to be seen as the transformative leader he had aimed to be. The United States no longer looks at him this way, but…sees him as creating uncertainty and potential instability.
Perhaps, Erdogan should respond by resorting to the tag line of the late 20th Century American comedian Rodney Dangerfield, ” I ain’t got no respect”. But then maybe misery loves company, both Premier Erdogan and President Obama have daunting criticism over their domestic and foreign policies.
A school which was dubbed a 'Trojan horse' for jihad by Muslim extremists in a leaked document has been holding assemblies endorsing one of the most radical Muslim clerics in recent history. A Telegraph investigation, in parallel with the 'Trojan Horse' extremism allegations, suggests that all is not well at Park View academy in Birmingham.
According to former staff interviewed by this newspaper, a senior teacher at the academy repeatedly endorsed the terrorist ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki at school assemblies. . . The teacher, who remains in a high-level position at the school, also used its computer facilities and technical staff to copy Osama bin Laden DVDs, according to the former staff.
The teacher used the word “terrorist” as a personal mobile phone identity on Bluetooth and also described non-Muslims to pupils in assemblies as “kuffar”, an insulting term for infidel, the former teachers said.
On November 28 last year, The Telegraph has learnt, Park View organised an “extended Islamic assembly” for its Year 10 and 11 pupils with Sheikh Shady al-Suleiman, an extremist preacher who has called on God to “destroy the enemies of Islam”. Al-Suleiman has also asked God to “give victory to the Muslims in Afghanistan and Chechnya,” to “give victory to all the Mujahideen all over the world” and to “prepare us for the jihad”.
Another teacher at the sister primary school controlled by Park View, Razwan Faraz, has defended his brother, Ahmed, a man dubbed the “terrorists’ favourite bookseller” whose Birmingham shop, now closed by police, distributed extremist literature to many involved in terror plots, including one of the 7/7 bombers.
In November, Park View was given a top award at the Global Peace and Unity conference, a London-based Islamic event boycotted by Conservative ministers because of its repeated hosting of Holocaust deniers, extremists and terrorist sympathisers. At previous GPU events, material glorifying terrorist groups was on open sale.
The chairman of governors at Park View, Tahir Alam, is a senior activist in the Muslim Council of Britain and vice-chair of the Association of Muslim Schools (AMS). His views, like the MCB’s, are hardline. In evidence for the MCB to the UN’s high commissioner for human rights in 2008, he said he would “caution against advocating that desegregation [in schools] should be actively pursued” and stressed the “obligatory nature” of the hijab for Muslim women and girls.
One head, (of anotherschool) who is understood to have resigned following a plot to oust him, said last night his decision to quit had been ‘vindicated’. Balwant Bains, former headmaster of Saltley School, said he was unable to comment directly on the claims but confirmed he had been forced to leave his job.
I just picked up a book from the floor -- I'm trying to make room for living -- a paperback, "The Dehumanization of Art and Other Writings on Art and Culture"by Ortega. It opened to page 7, and my eye fell -- figuratively not balso-snellishly (my mother, alluding to that story by Nathanael West, commented: "if your eye falls on a bargain, pick it up")-- on the following:
"Behind all contemporary life lurks the provoking and profound injustice of the assumption that men are actually equal. Each move among men so obviously reveals the opposite that each move results in a painful clash."
I wonder how many courses are given in American colleges today that include in even one of their tens of thousands of syllabi even one essay by Ortega y Gasset, Wladimir Weidle, Richard Weaver. Five? Three? None?
An American Child Kidnapped in Accordance with Shariah
An interview with Professor Margaret McClain
by Jerry Gordon(March 2014)
Heidi McClain al-Olmary Heidi age progression picture
at 5 years old at 18 years old
One of horrors that have confronted American women who naïvely marry Saudi men is the possible risk of having children of those marriages kidnapped following divorce in accordance with Sharia and removed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There are estimated to be in excess of 1,000 such cases. A few have been featured in investigative reports on CBS 60 Minutes and Fox News' The O’Reilly Factor. Frequently American wives of Saudis and other fundamentalist Muslims are physically abused and maltreated under Sharia. more>>>
Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Bahrain, and now Egypt, have all recalled their ambassadors from Qatar. The attempt by Qatar to whip up indignation, all over the world, over the arrest, in Egypt, of journalists belonging to its propaganda outlet, Al Jazeera, has had little effect. For when it comes to Al Jazeera, few care what happens to it, having slowly come to realize that it is akin to TASS, or Radio Berlin. Its English-language version is much cleverer and more oblique than the Arab-language version, but the intent is the same: to promote and protect Qatar, a nasty little state, living on slave labor (and many of those slaves die from that labor every year)and those whom, including Yousef Al-Qaradawi, and the Muslim Brotherhood, and similar groups whom the government of Qatar promotes and protects.
It's good to see Gulf and other Arabs turning their back on Qatar, and Western journalists not unduly impressed with the "threat to press freedom" that the arrest of people working for a state-funded propaganda network supposedly represents.
Here's the latest on Qatar, and the decision of its emir not to send a high-diplomat to the preparatory talks for the Arab summit due to begin on March 25.
Egyptian Airlines Flight 990, from Los Angeles to Cairo, went down in 1999. The following laconic description, which is what the National Transportation Safety Board puts out because the Egyptian officials hysterically, and menacingly, continued to deny the truth, reads as follows:
"Egypt Air Flight 990 from Los Angeles to Cairo crashed in the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles outside Nantucket Island, Mass. on Oct. 31, 1999. All 217 people on board were killed. The NTSB, originally saying the plane had been intentionally grounded, would later say only actions by a co-pilot led to the crash. Egyptian authorities said the plane crashed due to mechanical failure."
What happened-- and what the NTSB apparently feels it has no obligation to the public to be truthful about -- is that the co-pilot, who had for months been depressed and had turned for solace to becoming more and more deeply Muslim, grabbed the controls, repeatedly shouted "Allahu Akbar"(it's on the tape that the NTSB analyzed) and committed suicide to make himself feel better, bringing with him 227 other people not so inclined.
Now a Malaysian Airlines plane has gone down. Almost all of the passengers were ethnic Chinese. During the last year, there have been about twenty attacks -- only the most spectacular being widely reported in the West -- by Muslim Uighurs on Chinese in China. Attacks in Xinjiang, with Uighur mobs suddenly attacking Chinese with knives, or attacking a police station, the attackers knowing they would all die. The car filled with the members of one Muslim family, the father at the wheel, that was used in an attempt to run down non-Muslims (those hit were foreign tourists) in Tienanmen Square. The attack the other day in the railroad station in southern China, far from Xinjiang, with 30 killed, 130 injured, by eight Muslim men and women, dressed in black, swinging their scimitars, stabbing and gouging with their knives.
It turns out that at least two of the passengers on the Malaysian airplane that went down were using stolen passports, and that this is most unusual, for while -- rarely -- one passenger travelling on such a passport may manage to board, two passengers using stolen passports is unheard-of. And since both passports had been stolen from Westerners -- an Italian and an Austrian -- presumably those using them were Western in outward aspect, if not in what they carried aboard in their mental luggage.
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and First Officer Fariq Ab. Hamid, 27, were the pilots
The pilot, the first officer, those two passengers? Or an accident? Will non-Muslims be flying an airline if they know the pilot, or the co-pilot, is Muslim? Will you fly even the poshest of Arab airlines, the ones whose names you know from t-shirts distributed all over the world, famous for having brand-new planes, and good service -- such airlines as Ettihad, or Emirates, or Qatar Airlines, say -- unless those airlines have assured the flying public that their pilots, their co-pilots, perhaps even their cabin attendants, are non-Muslim -- and you know they can't possibly do that, couldn't do it even if it turned out to be true? What will happen to air travel, what decisions will passengers make, in choosing their airline, if this turns out not to have been an accident? Anything? Nothing?
More on the Islamic takeover of Birmingham schools. Some short extracts from the Sunday Times
A HEAD teacher was allegedly forced out of his job after opposing plans by Muslim governors at his state school to scrap sex education lessons and allow only halal food. It is also claimed that Balwant Bains was required to sign a non-disclosure agreement preventing him from making public his concerns about the running of Saltley School, a specialist science college in Birmingham.
Sources close to Bains, who is of Sikh origin, claim he was “bullied and intimidated” in the months before he left Saltley last November after clashing with the governing body. Five non-Muslim governors have resigned in recent months and 12 of the school’s 14 current governors are Muslim.
The controversy at Saltley, which has about 950 predominantly Muslim pupils aged 11-16, is just the latest involving claims about governors seeking to impose a greater emphasis on Islamic teaching and beliefs in secular schools.
Problems at Saltley are understood to have arisen last year when Bains was asked by the governors to make various changes relating to the curriculum.
“The governors demanded that he get rid of sex education and citizenship classes because they were deemed un-Islamic,” a friend of Bains claimed. “He was also told that he should introduce Islamic studies into the curriculum, even though the school is a non-faith school, and he was told that only halal food should be served on the premises. Bains refused their demands and that’s when things started to go wrong for him.”
Bains went on “gardening leave” last November after a report by Ofsted that concluded that he had a “dysfunctional” relationship with the governors. Sources close to Bains claim his position had been undermined when the governors overturned his decision to expel a Muslim pupil found in possession of a knife and by the circulating of an anonymous text message that branded him a “racist, Islamophobic head teacher” and called for his removal.
Bains did not return to the school and, as part of a deal that saw him receive a sum equal to six months’ salary, signed a compromise agreement in January that prevents him from speaking about his time at Saltley.
Saudi Arabia Declares Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization
Now, if the US could just do the same and begin curtailing their efforts in America.
(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, in a move that could increase pressure on Qatar whose backing for the group has sparked a row with fellow Gulf monarchies.
The U.S.-allied kingdom has also designated as terrorist the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, whose fighters are battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Interior Ministry said in a statement published by state media.
Friday's move appeared to enforce a royal decree last month in which Riyadh, which backs some rebel groups in Syria with money and arms, said it would jail for between three and 20 years any citizen found guilty of fighting in conflicts abroad.
It underscored concern about young Saudis hardened by battle against Assad coming home to target the ruling Al Saud royal family - as has happened after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Saudi Arabia's Islamic religious authorities have spoken out against Saudi fighters going to Syria, but the Interior Ministry estimates that around 1,200 Saudis have gone nonetheless.
Last month's decree said a committee would be set up to determine the groups to be outlawed. The ministry's statement on Friday said the groups mentioned were those the committee had agreed on and that had been approved by the authorities.
Riyadh fears the Brotherhood, whose Sunni Islamist doctrines challenge the Saudi principle of dynastic rule, has tried to build support inside the kingdom since the Arab Spring revolutions.
In an unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday, saying Doha had failed to abide by an accord not to interfere in each others' internal affairs.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are fuming over Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, and resent the way Doha has sheltered influential cleric Yusuf Qaradawi, a critic of the Saudi authorities, and given him regular airtime on its pan-Arab satellite channel Al Jazeera.
The Interior Ministry said on Friday the royal decree would apply to both Saudis and foreign residents who joined, endorsed or gave moral or material aid to groups it classifies as terrorist or extremist, whether inside or outside the country.
The statement also said "those who insult other countries and their leaders" or "attended conferences or gatherings inside and outside (the country) that aim to target the security and stability and spread sedition in the society", would be punished by law.
The Quebec election on April 7 could be a decisive turn, though the campaign for it is not starting out in that direction. In the 2012 election, Pauline Marois’ Parti Quebecois won just 32% of the vote, to 31% for Jean Charest’s Liberals, and 27% for the pantomime horse of the Coalition for the Future of Quebec (CAQ). The CAQ is neither a federalist nor separatist party, and is led by François Legault (former pequiste minister of education and a political charlatan), and by the high-tech centi-millionaire, Charles Sirois, the affable bearer of a picaresque, even dilettantish, career. The CAQ is the sort of movement that pops up in Quebec from time to time when there is dissatisfaction with the government but a lack of real confidence in the official opposition. This was the status of the Bloc Populaire at the end of the Second World War and of Action démocratique du Québec at the end of the last separatist government led by Lucien Bouchard. They are always straddlers trying to make the centre between opposed and established parties a position of strength, but it is never enough to win, or even long survive.
The polls this week show the traditional pattern: the PQ is up from 32% in 2012 to 37, the Liberals are up from 31% to 35, and the CAQ is down from 27% to 15. That vote should continue to evaporate as Quebec faces the clear choice that it now has between a premier it now knows but not necessarily for long enough to have become altogether tired of her, as it did with Charest, and a Liberal leader it knew well as Charest’s health minister, but who is, in leadership terms, a new face.
Traditionally, the Quebec electorate has been divided into five approximately equal voting blocs: the Rouges, the dyed in the wool French Quebec Liberals; the Bleus, the old-time Quebec conservatives; the nationalists; the non-French; and the floating vote. The Liberals generally take all the Rouge base, and all the non-French. The genius of Maurice Duplessis in taking an unequalled five terms as premier, was to get the Bleus and the nationalists and more than half the floating vote and about a quarter of the non-French to vote together, for him. His most assiduous disciple, Daniel Johnson, largely resurrected this voting alliance in 1966, but died in office in 1968. The Parti Quebecois, as assembled by Rene Levesque, took all the nationalists, almost all the floating vote and a chunk of the conservatives. Some of the Liberals also came with him from that party when he decamped from it in 1967 after service as a prominent minister in Jean Lesage’s Quiet Revolution Liberal government.
The nature of the non-French vote is that it is heavily concentrated in West Montreal and parts of the South Shore and Eastern Townships near Montreal, delivers huge Liberal majorities, but is not proportionately represented in the legislature, (which has grandiloquently called itself the National Assembly since 1969). And the nature of the floating vote is that it follows not only trends but especially the generally perceived need in Quebec for the only thoroughly French government in North America above the municipal level (Quebec City) to be led by a chef, a strong personality who can always be relied upon to defend the French Quebec interest with vigour, panache and distinction.
Duplessis, Lesage, Johnson, Levesque and Bouchard were all beneficiaries of this status; Robert Bourassa was a sort of French Mackenzie King — colourless and cautious, but clever and agile, and Jean Charest was perceived as somewhat more amiable but not as intelligent. Joseph-Adélard Godbout (premier from 1939 to 1944) and Jean-Jacques Bertrand (1968-1970), were admired as good and dedicated men, but insufficient in both force of personality and cunning to be a chef national. With the exception of Paul Sauve, Duplessis’ chosen successor who died in office less than four months after Duplessis did, none of the other premiers in living memory really commanded profound public support.
Quebec sociological and voting patterns are certainly not immutable, but there is no reason to doubt that the third party vote, including the 8% that now is attributed to the arch-separatist Solidaire party, (up from 6% in the 2012 election), will shrink as the clear choice emerges between a new premier and a new leader of the opposition. For those looking for a chef, neither of the chief protagonists seems predestined to ride into the folkloric and political history of the province as Duplessis and Levesque have.
But Philippe Couillard, though he has been a tactically awkward party leader for his first few months in the position, is a medical doctor who worked in the Middle East for a time, and was a well-respected health minister who managed the astonishing achievement, in the chronically over-unionized province, of reducing local union accreditations in his sprawling department. He is a cultured, worldly and civilized man, and he and his wife could pass as a traditional Quebec family in the best sense.
Pauline Marois may conceivably reap some feminist votes, but she is very workmanlike and almost sadistically unglamorous. She speaks like the educated but ordinary person she is, but in inspirational terms, she could not lead Quebec across the Jacques Cartier Bridge — with or without the buttressing it will require to avoid collapsing. (The more galvanizing recent Quebec leaders mentioned above spoke with either evident culture, or vivacity of wit, or passion, or like Pierre Trudeau on occasion, all three.)
The reason this election could be a watershed is that the logjam of Canada must break. Quebec now is like a separate country, where in the great majority of the province that is French, all official efforts are dedicated to unilingual isolation and to a pretense of sovereignty which cannot really be enacted because, contrary to the implications of the referendum questions in 1980 and 1995, Canada would then discontinue its $2,000 per capita transfer payments to Quebec, (which is, in practice, about $4,000 to any man, woman or child in a family or equivalent unit that might be tempted by Quebec’s independence option). So Quebec operates an overwhelmingly white collar economy where few people add real value to anything, but everyone is secure, comfortable and in the traditional manner of the bourgeois clerisy, respectable. But the province cannot secede and can only sustain its accumulated debt because it is joined by its fiscal cheekbone to the hip of Canada. Quebec has no influence in Ottawa, where it long prevailed, and Ottawa is only an impersonal paymaster in Quebec.
If Quebec would tear down the barricades its nationalist political and media elites have erected opposite Canada, reassume the headship of all Quebeckers and all French-Canadians, and thus set it itself back at the head of about 30% of Canadians and resume its position as a co-governing founding people of Canada, which has, despite the sniggering and sabotage of the Quebec nationalists, become one of the world’s most successful countries, the revolution in Canadian morale and elan and the ambiance of Quebec would be electrifyingly positive. Ultimately, Quebec should rejoin the country or be partitioned so that Canada retains the federalist areas (including the First Nations), while the sullen, overpaid separatists, if they really are irreconcilable, can give unsubsidized independence a try.
As the premier’s remarks in announcing the election on Wednesday made explicit, the election is fought largely on the “Charter of Values,” which does not assure equality of sex (that is already guaranteed) or “religious neutrality” (likewise), but rather imposes the state atheism of almost all the conscient separatists, embarrassed as they are that they owe their cultural survival to the Roman Catholic Church. The idea that the National Assembly can decree whether people may wear religious symbols is as abominable as the regulation of wearing political or commercial symbols on T-shirts, and it is sacrilege, an offence that yet survives. About a quarter of Quebecers, most of them French, are still religious practitioners. All is in place for Dr. Couillard to be a seminal and benign figure in Canadian and Quebec history, and his campaign-opening comments on Wednesday incited hope.
Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair should do all they can to assist the Quebec Liberals, though not too much should be expected of Mulcair, given the Faustian bargain he has made with the separatists, to try to retain the support of the Bloc Quebecois, which the NDP displaced by offering the same separatist wine in a relabelled NDP bottle. Harper and his government and party don’t have enough support in Quebec to influence the outcome, other than by some blunderbuss utterance that would assist Marois. This could, at least, be that rarest of recent Canadian phenomena, an interesting election.