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Saturday, 31 March 2012
European Gathering of Counter Jihadist in Denmark Withstood Assaults by ‘anti-Fascists’
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Counter Jihad Gathering in Aarhus, Denmark 3-31-12

A tip of the hat to Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna

The Jerusalem Post had a brief Reuters report on the European gathering of counter-Jihadists in the Danish city of Aarhus, today.   The gathering included contingents of Bulgarian, Danish, French, German, English Norwegian, Swedish and Polish Defense Leagues.  See the program below.

EDL leader “Tommy Robinson” interviewed at the gathering of 200 European counter-jihadists said “this is the start of an EU movement against fascist Islamism".

The Reuters report noted:

"We're not expecting big numbers in Aarhus," Stephen Lennon, the head of the EDL, one of the biggest groups behind the gathering, adding that a few hundred people would attend. "We hope it will be the start of a European movement that will continue to grow."

The EDL, which claims to have thousands of members, says its mission is "to protect the inalienable rights of all people to protest against radical Islam’s encroachment into the lives of non-Muslims."

The gathering was assaulted by a contingent of black clad ‘anti-fascists’ and immigrants using building blocks. The Danish police arrested 82 protesters of the European Counter-jihadists, as reported by Politiken.DK and the Arioso blog.

Massed Hammer and Sickle flags of  Aarhus Anti-Fascist protesters

Gates of Vienna has a live blog courtesy of Europe News of the European Counter-Jihadist gathering in Aarhus, here.  Tundra Tabloids, Ariosa and Urisposten had  reports, video interviews  and pictures from the Aarhus event. Prominent in the “anti-fascist protest groups were the Soviet era hammer and sickle red flags and immigrant protesters, one  was  caught  in a photo  wearing a ‘hoodie’ emblazoned with “Soldiers of Allah”.

  

Hoodie worn by Anti-Fascit protesters in Aarhus

These attacks by so-called anti-fascist groups on the Counter-Jihadists at the Aarhus gathering are indicative that the rise of this trans-Europe movement has touched a nerve in the opposition alliance of European leftists and Islamic advocates.

Watch this Danish interview with a member of the German Defense League and supporter of the EDL and note his comments about the large counter-demonstration.

One commenter on the Tundra Tabloids website noted:

william hawkins says:

This was either cleverly planned to cast the EDL in the light of non-aggressor/victim or poorly thought out. It is amazing how many ill informed citizens there are out there that cannot see the writing on the wall, despite substantial media coverage in the papers and on TV. I am constantly frustrated by the appathy in society regarding the greatest single threat in history to Britain and Europe and possibly the USA, maybe to humanity.

More news photos and translated videos will be forthcoming on today’s tumultuous events in Aarhus, Denmark.

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Posted on 03/31/2012 4:46 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Jihad in Southern Thailand: Jihadists Set Off Three Bombs, Kill Ten People and Injure Many More
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As reported by AFP and the Bangkok Post.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/286866/yala-blasts-kill-9

'Yala Blasts Kill Ten'.

'Three bomb attacks minutes apart killed 10 people and wounded more than 100 on Saturday in the heart of Yala in the insurgency-hit (that is, the jihad-wracked - CM) far south.

'The blasts took place within a 10-minute span near the Rum Mitr intersection in the main business centre of Yala municipality around noon as families were out shopping, in the most deadly attack in five years in the Muslim-majority South.

'Around noon, as families were out shopping'.  In their usual vile and disgusting mix of cowardice and sadism, the Mohammedan jihadists choose the softest target they can find - unarmed people doing the family shopping. - CM

'A nurse in the emergency unit of Yala provincial hospital told AFP that there were nine dead and 112 wounded people had been admitted, but police later said the death toll had risen to 10.

'The Public Health Ministry said 10 people were in critical condition with severe burns.'

'The first bomb was hidden in a motorcycle parked outside a karaoke shop (one must remember that the sharia of Islam anathematises all music, whether sacred or profane, vocal or instrumental - CM) according to local media reports.  Insurgents (that is, jihad terror raiders - CM) detonated the second and third bombs, which had been hidden in a motorcycle and a car, when the authorities rushed in to check the first explosion.

This is classic modern jihad tactics: set off one bomb then a little later set off others so as to destroy the 'first responders' who arrive to try to help the victims of the first attack. Again, observe the infinite sadism and vileness of Islam. - CM

'Several shophouses near the blast sites caught fire and many parked cars and motorcycles were damaged by the powerful explosions.  Bomb squad officers were seen inspecting the mangled car wreckage at the site of the car bombs as firefighters doused blazes nearby.

And all of this costs money, bleeding the non-Muslim Thai state of resources as well as people. - CM

'Yala Governor Dethrat Simsiri said that many of the injured were hit by the third bomb, hidden in a car, as they gathered at the scene.

'Rescue workers helped bloodied victims and searched for other wounded people as smoke filled the street.

'The Yala bombing was the worst attack in the Deep South since January last year, when nine people were killed by a bomb in a village in the same province.

They were not 'killed by a bomb'; jihadists murdered them by means of a bomb.  - CM

'The complex insurgency, without clearly stated aims (seriously, does any well-informed person doubt that at bottom it is about achieving a/ regional Muslim dominance, driving out all non-Muslims or subjugating them to Muslims and b/ imposing the sharia of Islam? - CM) has plagued the far south near the border with Malaysia since 2004, claiming thousands of lives, both Buddhist and Muslim (I would hazard the guess that the majority of murdered people are a/ Buddhists and b/ civilians, whether Buddhist or deemed-insufficiently-Islamic Muslims - CM) with near-daily bomb or gun attacks.

'Authorities have imposed emergency rule in the Muslim-majority region, which rights campaigners say effectively gives the army legal immunity.

Why do not the rights campaigners focus on the sadism, vicious destructiveness and general inhumanity of the jihadists? There is something else, too, that must be borne grimly in mind: no doubt the Thai military has behaved badly in certain instances, but...even if the Thai authorities behaved toward the Muslims of southern Thailand with the scrupulous - even over-careful - decency with which the Israelis, by and large (despite the antisemitic agitprop we are fed by most western media) treat the Arab Muslims within and around Israel, many Muslims in southern Thailand would still be aggressive, sullen and resentful, and would engage in Jihad; for Islam inculcates a zero-sum mentality and a boundless sense of entitlement that leads Muslims to perceive themselves as oppressed in all situations where they do not have absolute and unrestrained dominance over non-Muslims. - CM

'The military last week admitted that troops had shot dead four Muslim villagers on their way to a funeral due to a "misunderstanding" in late January after apparently fearing they were under attack from militants.

The Thais have tried - like non-Muslims in many other similar situations - to win hearts and minds; they have tried, in general, to distinguish between the general Muslim populace and the 'tiny minority of extremists', but eventually they will have to face up to the awful truth that the whole of the Ummah in the Thai south is the sea within which the jihadists swim and from which, ceaselessly - and, it seems, of late, in ever-increasing numbers and with ever-increasing savagery - they emerge. And that nothing can deter or stop Jihad, except the projection and deployment of overwhelming force.  - CM

'One of the region's deadliest incidents occurred on October 25 2004, when several people were shot dead as security forces broke up a protest (hmmm - 'protest' - probably a Muslim riot - CM) in the town of Tak Bai, and 78 more suffocated or were crushed to death in trucks while being transported to a detention centre.

But are the rights groups interested in the Buddhist lady schoolteachers gunned down on their way to school, or the Buddhist plantation worker who was murdered, and then dismembered, with his head placed on a stake, and his torso (arms and legs removed) burned?  If one adds up the incidents of that nature, they amount to far more than 78 Mohammedan rioters. - CM

'Rights groups have said the failure of Bangkok-based authorities to hold security forces to account over the deaths has fuelled further violence and alienation in the region.

Ah yes, the old 'resisting jihad causes jihad' canard.  Not to mention the narrative of Muslims as innocent victims.  - CM

'Elsewhere in the troubled (sic: jihad-wracked - CM) provinces on Saturday, a policeman was injured by a bomb explosion at a food shop near Mae Lan police station in Pattani province, officers said.

'The victim was admitted to Pattani hospital...Police blamed separatist militants.

'Separatist militants'.  Muslims waging jihad in order to achieve first local, then regional dominance...with the ultimate goal being not merely national but global dominance.  And when and where they dominate, jihad continues in order to impose and enforce the sharia. - CM

'As well, a villager was killed in an ambush while walking home on a local road in Ban Khok Pan Ton in Pattani's Mae Lan district late Friday night, reports said.

'Late Friday night'.  After Friday prayers at the mosque let out.  A favourite time for Muslim riots, pogroms, lynchings, and murderous ghazi raids, world-wide. - CM

'The victim was identified as Ama Wani, 34, a resident of Ban Khok Pan Ton.  He was walking home with his four-year-old son on the local road in the village when gunmen hiding in a roadside forest sprayed bullets at him.

'Ama was shot in the head and died on the spot.  His son was unhurt."

I doubt that the child's survival is due to any particular moral restraint on the part of the Muslim ghazi raiders. 

There is more local detail about the three bombings in another article from the Bangkok Post, which also covers a massive hotel fire that as yet has not been firmly identified as the work of jihadists (I will keep an eye on the Post, and if a connection is established, I will update accordingly).

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/286901/14-die-in-southern-carnage

'14 die in southern carnage; Yala bomb blasts, Songkhla hotel blaze injure hundreds'

'Nine people were killed and more than 100 others wounded in three bomb attacks in Yala's downtown area, while an explosion that caused a fire at Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel and shopping mall in Songkhla's Hat Yai district killed five and left more than 350 injured.

'Authorities confirmed that the bombs in Yala were made by insurgents but could not confirm if the incident in Hat yai was linked to terrorism.

'But Hat Yai mayor Prai Pattano, who had earlier ruled out a terror attack, changed his mind after inspecting the scene, saying he believed it was terrorism.

'Chaos struck shortly before 12 pm in the business area of Yala's Muang district when two bombs went off on Sai Ruam Mit Road.  The explosives, weighing 60-70 kg, were stored in two 15 kg gas cylinders and put in an Isuzu pickup truck. Recovered from the blast site were parts of damaged gas cylinders and electronic circuits and power cables.

'As authorities rushed to the scene, another bomb exploded in front of a convenience store about 20 m away. The bomb was planted in a Toyota pickup truck.

'Shophouses, parked cars and motorcycles near the blast sites were set on fire.  The two pickup trucks used in the attacks and the suspects were captured on surveillance cameras.  The Isuzu truck was suspected to have been used in the recent attack on a security checkpoint in tambon Kalor of Raman district.

'In less than one hour, a major fire engulged Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel, which houses a hotel and shopping complex, following an explosion from the basement car park.. Four men and one woman were found dead.  Three of the bodies were recovered from the basement.

'More than 350 people were injured.  Most suffered from smoke inhalation and cuts from shattered glasses and windows...

'Surin Weerasuk, who headed an inspection team from the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said initial evidence suggested a possible car bomb.

'Songkhla Governor Krisada Boonrat said it was too early to conclude it was an attack.  "No bomb device has been found so far.  We need to investigate, he said.

'A bomb expert said the fire could have been caused by liquid explosives.

'Rescue operations were hindered by a lack of proper equipment...By late afternoon, the fire was under control.

'Phetdao Tohmeena, daughter of former senator Den Tohmeena, said she was in a meeting at the Novotel opposite Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel when she heard a loud explosion.

"I could feel the impact.  I saw smoke coming out and people sprinting out in panic.  Some looked OK and some were injured", she said.

'Songkhla police chief Pol Maj Gen Suwit Choensiri and Fourth Army Commander Lt Gen Udomchai Thamsarot ordered security to be stepped up in shopping malls and hotels in the province.

'Yesterday's death toll represents the greatest carnage since August 2008 when two explosions rocked Hat Yai and five others hit downtown Sonkhla.

'In Pattani province, a small bomb exploded in a food shop, slightly injuring a police officer, police said.

'A source close to the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre said yesterday that escalated violence was aimed at sending signals that insurgents do not want to negotiate with authorities."

Of course the jihadis do not want to negotiate.  They are obeying the Jihad imperative of Islam, its central driver: to wage war against 'dar al harb' until everyone in the entire world is either a Muslim, a near-slave dhimmi with the Muslim boot grinding down firmly on his or her face, or...dead.  And even if they did - temporarily perceiving themselves to be in a position of weakness vis a vis the Infidels - 'negotiate' they would do so in bad faith, for Muslims are taught that there can be no permanent peace with Infidels, and that agreements made with Infidels cannot be permanent and need not be honoured.  'Negotiations' will be entered into only in order for the Muslim side to obtain time within which to regroup and rearm, preparatory to resuming jihad with redoubled force the moment they feel themselves strong enough to do so. - CM

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Posted on 03/31/2012 4:11 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Stateless
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by Thomas Ország-Land (April 2012)

 
Adapted from the Renaissance French of Francois Villon (b. 1431) & the Hungarian of György Faludy (1910-2006)

Villon the vagabond was one of Europe’s first modern poets. Faludy, a Jewish-Hungarian master, spent some of his best writing years in exile or political imprisonment. This poem about the massive Westward flow of abused stateless migrants that characterises the 21st century is dedicated to The Exiled Writers Ink organization of London. more >>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 4:27 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Skepticism About Rapacious JFK
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by Richard Kostelanetz (April 2012)


On one hand, most of us relished consuming Mimi (Beardsley) Alford's recent confession that JFK deflowered her on her fourth day as a White House intern in 1962. If true, credit JFK with knowing how to seduce a 19-year-old virgin without, as she ruefully recalls, even kissing her.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 4:21 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Bonobo and Lysistrata
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by G. Murphy Donovan (April 2012)


These impossible women! How they do get around us! … Can't live with them, or without them. - Aristophanes

The non-sequitur is a bottomless pit. Take the ongoing debate in America over birth control and who should pay.

First, the loony congressional Left collared a naïve 30 year old Georgetown University co-ed and encouraged her to testify about her active social life; an ill-conceived masque put on to back government or industry subsidized birth control. In the interests of privacy, let’s call her Aphrodite – no Hera she.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 4:15 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
When is a cliché not a cliché?
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by Mary Jackson (April 2012)


It is a while since I saw any Poems on the Underground on the underground. For those not in the know, Poems on the Underground is described on Wikipedia as:

a project to bring poetry to a wider audience by displaying various poems or stanzas on advertising boards across the London Underground rapid transit network.

A foreigner, probably an American, described it thus; no Englishman would use the term “rapid transit network”, least of all to describe the Tube.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 4:09 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Culture War in the Theatre
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by David Hamilton (April 2012)


A significant force in The Culture War was nihilist and subversive dramatists. Their technical abilities are excellent and their facility for embodying nihilism and ideology into dramatic form exemplary. An aspiring young playwright would do well to study their use of styles and genres to explicate their message. Their works were frequently televised, films were made of them and they were performed in many countries especially on Broadway.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 4:00 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Searching for Shangri La: Tibet in Comics
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by Geoffrey Clarfield (April 2012)


Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics is the latest free exhibit on display at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. Curator Martin Brauen has presented more than fifty comics from the early 1940s to the present for our contemplation and enlightenment. The exhibit presents Western comics like Tin Tin in Tibet beside more recently produced comics made by Tibetans, that encourage living according to Buddhist principles. The comics are attached to an extended two-sided reading lectern where you can read many of them from cover to cover, if you have the time.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 3:53 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
The Moroccan Jews: Contradictions Galore
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by Norman Berdichevsky (April 2012)


In 1948, more than 260,000 Jews lived in Morocco, making it the Arab state with the largest Jewish population in the Near and Middle East. It has contributed the largest number of olim (Jewish immigrants to post-1948 Israel) from a Muslim majority country and from many aspects also presented the greatest challenge to the veteran and predominantly Ashkenazi society of the State of Israel (see New English Review “Edot HaMizrah” Israel’s Oriental Jewish Communities; August 2009).  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 3:45 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Quiet Jihad
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by Richard L. Benkin (April 2012)


Why quiet jihad? It certainly is not because the victims do not scream. It is not because Temples make no sound when destroyed. And it is not because cries of Allahu Akbar do not accompany the carnage. It is a quiet jihad because we have allowed it to proceed, quietly, for decades; victimizing more people than all the jihadi terrorism in all the 9/11s that have come to define jihad for most people today. We tend to associate jihad and the radical Islamist threat with events that are by design loud, violent, and attention grabbing.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 3:39 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Two Elizabethan Pictures: A Lay Analysis
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by David P. Gontar (April 2012)

  

1.   The Problem

Let's consider these two pictures in the most forthright terms possible. The one with the mustache is the Droeshout Portrait in the First Folio of 1623. The other is Queen Elizabeth I (1585-90). Assume that the one of "William Shakespeare" resembles William Shakespeare the poet, and that of "Queen Elizabeth" resembles Queen Elizabeth I. When we look more closely, we begin to spot strange similarities. Some features, e.g., the noses, are indistinguishable, and the relationships of many parts are astonishingly homologous.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 3:35 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Wanton Modesty: Lucrece and Elizabeth
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by David P. Gontar (April 2012)                                                              

I.  The Problem

At the heart of Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece is a moral paradox. If, in virtue of being forcibly violated by Sextus Tarquinius, "Lucrece the chaste" is innocent of adultery, what accounts for her swift and dramatic suicide, and how are her actions, including self-annihilation, to be appraised? Does not the lady protest too much? On the basis of the historical record (Livy, Ovid), well before Shakespeare, this was debated. One of the first non-Romans to take up the topic, Augustine, in Ch. 19 of The City of God, writes to refute the opinions of his pagan predecessors. He argues that it is beyond our capacity to decide whether she at some point gave inner consent, which, if present, would explain her chosen end as mortification and misguided penance.  more>>> 

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Posted on 03/31/2012 3:28 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Heard Writing
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by Matthew Walther (April 2012)


Lately I have observed a tendency on the part of many writers, whether in new novels, print journalism, or email exchanges, toward what I will tentatively designate as ‘heard writing’. I have also noticed something of the same in the artistic credos, comparison essays, nursing reports, and ‘flash fictions’ that the students who come to me for tutoring bring.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 3:24 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Is America a Serious Country?
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by Rebecca Bynum (April 2012)


In one of the Presidential debates, Newt Gingrich said something that struck me, “If we were a serious country, we would…” the remainder of his sentence involved the assertion that we would make a serious effort to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but the beginning phrase contained an important observation; that America has become a non-serious country. We seem to have reached the point of decadence when everything is suited to satire and nothing is sacred. Or perhaps there is little left which is regarded as very important anymore, with the exception our own individual fortunes, of course; “my economy” as a recent advertisement so aptly puts it.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 3:20 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Swing Low Sweet Sharia
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by Nidra Poller (April 2012)

The play within the play

In October 2011 an extraordinary opportunity to apprehend the ill-defined “Middle East” conflict was offered in the form of a play within the play. Discourse was disabled by flesh and blood images acting out the drama with exquisite unity and perfect casting. Playing the role of Israel, Gilad Shalit, courageous survivor of five years of unspeakable deprivation, emerged frail, pale but gloriously resistant. The little that we know of the conditions of his imprisonment is already too much. Kidnapped at the age of 19 near the Kerem Shalom crossing in Israel (two IDF soldiers were killed in the cross-border attack), held in some sort of dungeon, starved of human company, starved of daylight, undernourished, not even given eyeglasses with which to see the ugly contours of his constricted world, Gilad stood before us, a miraculous survivor. The celestial light of dignity suffused his flesh and bones with metaphysical force. more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 3:15 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Promoting Palestinian Terrorism: A look back at the media coverage of the Palestine Papers
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by Robert Harris (April 2012)


A media orchestrated political storm blew through the volatile Middle East last year with the release of over 1,600 confidential documents relating to Palestinian negotiations with Israel, in an effort to obtain a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The event was notable, not only for being the largest leak relating to the conflict itself but for the way in which it was spun by the media institutions involved, thus offering a rather unique insight into the way these agenda-driven outlets form the news.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 3:10 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
American Jews Who Support Shariah Imperil Us All
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by Jerry Gordon (April 2012)


On March 9th, the Florida American Law for American Courts (ALAC) legislation did not reach the floor of the Senate for a final vote. This was falsely trumpeted by the Florida CAIR director, Hasan Shibly, as a Shariah victory. It was not.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 2:51 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Mohammed & Charlemagne Revisited: The Epilogue
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by Emmet Scott (April 2012)

We have seen that, irrespective of what happened in Europe, Graeco-Roman civilization was terminated very abruptly in the seventh century in its heartlands, in the Near and Middle East, and in North Africa. In these vast territories a new civilization, quite unlike that which had gone before, appeared with surprising rapidity. This new Islamic culture inherited the resources, wealth, and learning of the old one, and was, from the very beginning, at an enormous advantage over the remnant “Roman” lands which yet survived in Europe.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 2:46 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
A Splinter of Ice
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A vignette drawn from real life, as remembered by David Wemyss (April 2012)


Room C28, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
17 November 2002


The ten thousand trivial accidents of the day in a secular life which exert a troublous influence upon the soul, dimming its fair surface with many a spot of dust and damp, these give place to a divine stillness which, to those who can bear it, is the nearest approach to heaven. A sharp word, or a light remark, or a tone, or an expression of countenance, or a report, or an unwelcome face, or an association, ruffles the mind and keeps it from fixing itself upon its true good - John Henry Newman, The Reformation of The Eleventh Century

A stair that has not been deeply hollowed by footsteps is, from its own point of view, merely something that has been bleakly put together out of wood - Franz Kafka, Aphorisms


“I think you’re going a bit too far now, Mr Salisbury. Modernist literature wrestles with the intuition that our words won’t do our bidding, but this should not serve as a manifesto for the aggrandisement of habitual untruths, untruths in even the most humdrum pieces of everyday conversation.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2012 2:35 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Henry Miller’s James Joyce: A Painful Case Of Envy
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by Sam Bluefarb (April 2012)

“To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life!”  
--James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

I came to Henry Miller’s work by way of Lawrence Koenigsberg, a New York friend, who was also a casual friend of Henry Miller. On the occasion of his return to America from Europe, Miller stayed at Larry’s place on the lower East Side for a brief time. Some years later, on the occasion of my discharge from the army and my own return from Europe, I, too, was invited to stay at Larry’s for a few days before resuming my way back to California. In that time, Larry raved about this writer—Henry Miller—whom I had never heard of, and made me promise to read his work and to visit him up at Big Sur when I got home. I kept that promise about two years later.  By then I had been settled into civilian life and completed a couple of semesters at college under the GI Bill.  more>>> 

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Posted on 03/31/2012 2:30 PM by NER
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Militant who targeted Australian nuke plant held in France
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(Reuters) - A French Muslim convert convicted in 2007 for planning an attack on an Australian nuclear plant is one of the suspected militants being held for questioning after a series of raids throughout France, a police source said on Saturday.

Willy Brigitte was arrested on Friday at his home in Asnieres, a northwestern suburb of Paris. Authorities found no weapons but seized his computer and a mobile phone, the source told Reuters.

On Saturday, authorities extended their detention of 17 suspects, including Brigitte, held for questioning, a judicial source said.

The head of the DCRI domestic intelligence agency, Bernard Squarcini, told La Provence daily in an interview published on Saturday the suspected militants were planning a kidnapping. "They appeared to be preparing a kidnapping. As regards their financing, we're waiting for them to explain themselves," he told the newspaper.

Brigitte was convicted by a French court in March 2007 for plotting an attack against the Lucas Heights nuclear research facility outside Sydney. He was sentenced to nine years in jail.

Australia, targeted by Islamist militants for its role alongside U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, had deported the Islamic convert, originally from the French territory of Guadeloupe, to France in October 2003 after he breached his tourist visa, before any attack could be carried out.

It was not immediately clear whether Brigitte's sentence had been reduced and he had been released before Friday's arrest. At the time of his sentencing, a judge said he should serve at least six years.

During his trial in France, prosecutors said that after converting to Islam in 1998, Brigitte joined a group conducting military-style training in Fontainebleau forest near Paris and later graduated to weapons and explosives training in camps on the Pakistan-Afghan border. He spent 2-1/2 months in 2001/2002 in a training camp for Lashkar-e-Taiba, a group with ties to al Qaeda. Prosecutors said Australian police had found in his pocket a printout of an Internet page on nuclear and military facilities in Australia.

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Posted on 03/31/2012 1:46 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Muslim councillor deselected from Horley after prayer row
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From the Surrey Mirror

A MUSLIM councillor who asked for Christian prayers to be separated from full council meetings is to lose his seat.

Imran Khan, who has not been reselected by the Tories to contest any seats at the upcoming Reigate and Banstead Borough Council elections, said he thinks the prayer row has had "a big influence".

Last month Surrey Today reported that

Conservative party member for Horley West, Imran Khan, is a Muslim and remains outside the council chamber in Reigate Town Hall while prayers are said at the start of the meeting. His previous requests for the prayers to be concluded before the official start had been "totally shot down" by fellow members, he said.

He said: "Why should I be forced to stand outside during council meetings? It's not that anyone has told me to stand outside like a naughty boy but it is that, in asking me to do something which I cannot do, which is to be a part of Christian prayer, they are excluding me from what is the council business."

The legal ruling heralded a backlash from many of Mr Khan's fellow councillors who defended the tradition. Council leader Joan Spiers said: "There is nothing to review. It is what we do. It is a choice. It is up to everybody whether they join in or not."

"Council prayers have always been part of the council's historic process," said a spokesman.

Speaking as leader of the majority Conservative group on the council, Councillor Graham Knight said: "I have no intention of raising this in council or group meetings because I don't believe there is any reason to change it. We have three non-Christian members who have no objection to being there for prayers as a mark of respect."

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Posted on 03/31/2012 1:35 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Three Eagle Chicks
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The third eaglet hatched sometime during the night and the newest chick looks pretty strong. The mother just fed them leftovers of the speckled trout that was brought up for dinner last night and the little one looks like he ate some.
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Posted on 03/31/2012 10:01 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Was the Global March to Jerusalem and Land Day a bust?
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Palestinian Protester at Kalandiya Crossing 3-30-12

In the run up to yesterday’s Global March to Jerusalem (GM2J), there were a number of predictions that the aggressive promotion by the event organizers were overblown and the “Mad  Marchers” event  would be a bust. Nidra Poller, Ex-pat American, talented writer and long time resident in Paris and Cleveland based founder of Boycott Watch, Fred Taub thought that might be the case.  Poller was relying on her seasoned and incisive intuition drawn from personal knowledge of what happens in France and Israel. Taub took me though the Gm2J and other social media stats of the several websites and their Twitter account to demonstrate that there wasn’t a groundswell of interest in the event, save for that shown in Iran. This was reflected in the meager figures for GM2J website traffic and links to other sites at Alexa.com and low levels of following reflected in Tweets activity on Twitter. In his opinion this was evidence of low support for the GM2J event and that the International Boycott, Divestment Sanctions campaign against Israel was possibly running out of steam. 

This despite what I reported on The United West (TUW)  webcast, “Israel Under Attack” of evidence of Iran’s and Qatar’s footprints. Iran  provided funding and several websites for GM2J and despite the hatred between the Persian Gulf neighbors, Qatar funded the GM2J organization meeting in Doha in late February. Then there was the London-based Hamas leaders' meeting in Beirut in January with pro-Palestinian US leaders like Paul LaRudee of the International Solidarity Movement co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement. There were the pictures and stories on GM2J websites about contingents from the far flung reaches of the Ummah in South Asia being convoyed to Turkey to take ferries to Lebanon to march on Israel’s borders.

Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies reflected concern  in his Weekly Standard article, “The Global March for Jerusalem” that the GM2J organizers would provoke clashes  used against Israel, accusing the Jewish State of  triggering violence against non-violent protesters and trumpeting it before the world media. Violence of the type that occurred last year on Syrian border on May 15th, Israel’s Independence day, what the Arabs refer to as “Al Nakbah,” the disaster and on June 5th, Israel’s June 1967 War victory that resulted in a unified Jerusalem and conquest of the disputed territories on the West Bank, what the Arabs refer to as “Al Naksi” - the disaster in Arabic.   

Last year tens of thousands of Palestinian and other protesters were driven to the border and engaged in clashes with Israel border police and IDF forces. 15 were killed and several hundred injured. The Netanyahu government also wanted to avoid the deaths of the 9 protesters and injuries to several Israel naval commandos involved the assault of the Turkish ferry the Mari Marmara during the 2010 Free Gaza Flotilla episode. The 2011 Flotilla and Flytilla were busts, as the vessels never left EU and Greek ports and those that flew into Ben Gurion Airport were quickly ejected.  

This time, Israel was prepared with fresh mine fields planted, border trenches dug, riot and border police and IDF reservists called up equipped with new non-lethal “Skunk gas.”

Jerusalem also conveyed messages via third parties to its neighbors Lebanon and Jordan putting them on notice as to what to expect this time. According to The Daily Star in Beirut the closest the protesters got to Israel was ten miles north of the border at Beaufort Castle. The mainstream media gathered in Israel was anticipating more violence than what actually occurred. In the end, the reportage was limited to say the least. 

Periodically during the day yesterday, a TUW colleague, Marc Kohlberg, a former Israeli police inspector, IDF officer and counterterrorism consultant would send us reports of what was transpiring on the ground from his perch in Israel.

Below was his final report (edited), that presented the facts of what occurred in the vicinity:

 This is what was evident after a long, somewhat tense day. Israel reported that 80 people were slightly injured from mostly non lethal “Skunk” gas used as a riot control tool.  The Palestinians obviously exaggerated that number and inflated it to a much larger figure of 340 injured and they are claiming one person was killed.

All of the events in Israel are over and the conclusion is that the [GM2J] million man march was a total failure and a show of "stupidity" if I may say so. It also shows that those who endorsed this march like [Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond] Tutu, [President Obama’s former Chicago Pastor Dr. Jeremiah]. Wright and [newly returned   UK Parliamentarian  from West Bradford and Viva Palestine  founder  George] Galloway amongst other terrorist faction leaders  were simply just as stupid and in fact have no value for either ethics, human rights or life itself.

Most normal countries refused to even provide any form of acknowledgement to this non event as it was arranged and organized by terrorists including the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran who is now obviously seen as a global sponsor of terrorism.

While we were watching the "Mad Men March" another 42 Syrians were killed, [Hizbullah Leader Sheikh] Hasan Nasrallah popped out of his underground bunker to meet with an Iranian politician in Lebanon. Obama, voiced his intentions to sanction the Central Bank of Iran (about 2 years too late), Zipi Livni was replaced in elections by Shaul Mofaz (the former Chief of IDF staff), The Israel Labor party head Sheli Yechimovitz chose to publicly state that she is running for Prime Minister of Israel, The Iranian Deputy Minister of Foreign affairs was in Lebanon to see firsthand how the Lebanese army stopped the "Mad Marchers" from moving towards Israel's borders. [His presence] obviously showed solidarity with his [proxy] front line forces Hizbullah, Palestinians marched in Cairo for a few hours and then dispersed, about 80 rock wielding Palestinians were arrested for rock throwing and endangering lives, the Naturei Karta, a radical and crazy cult of very strange people who falsely call themselves Jews and dress like the religious Jews showed solidarity with the "Mad Marchers" and were with the Palestinians in Lebanon and Jordan.  Hamas actually physically beat and arrested some of the Palestinian "Mad Marchers" in Gaza and the PLO police in Ramallah did the same….. Go figure??

Just another day in the life of a tiny but strong little country called Israel.

Just to close off for the day I am obliged to report that there have been a few missiles fired (yet again) into Israel from Gaza. No injuries have been reported.

This "Mad Marcher" event cost the Israeli Government millions of dollars, if it were up to me I would sue the organizers and those who endorsed this event. The wounded should also sue the organizers as they are directly to blame for their injuries.

Kohlberg’s comment about Israel suing the organizers for the cost of protecting its citizens brought this cogent suggestion from Rick Greenfield, publisher of the Connecticut Jewish Ledger, to wit, “deduct from tax payments that are withheld and always then sent to [the Palestinian Authority]."

So much for the ignominious enemies of Israel. Kol Hakavod (outstanding) Israel’s preparations and steadfast determination to defend itself.  A lesson hopefully not lost on the world media, Brussels, Tehran and Washington.

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Posted on 03/31/2012 8:57 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Saturday, 31 March 2012
Toronto: More controversial Muslim books for sale
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From the Toronto Sun

TORONTO - An Islamic bookstore in east Toronto is selling books that urge Muslims to usurp the Western world and install an Islamic State in its place.

The books, written by deceased Islamic scholar Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi – are available at the Islamic Circle of North America bookstore in Scarborough.

“Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation that rules it,” Maududi wrote in Jihad in Islam. “Islam requires the earth – not just a portion – but the whole planet.” “Jihad,” which he refers to in at least one book as a war against non-Muslims, is in fact “undertaken for the collective well-being of mankind” to establish “God’s order” in the world

Maududi was an influential Pakistani journalist, theologian and Muslim revivalist leader who wrote more than 120 books and pamphlets and lived from 1903 to 1979. He is described in the preface of one of the books as an author who “provided the present-day revival of Islam with its intellectual foundations.”

Terrorism expert David Harris calls such material — antiquated or not — incredibly “problematic” to National security, but goes on to say that because of Canada’s freedom of expression legislation, police and the courts, in many cases, can’t do much about it. “This is highly problematic,” said Harris, adding that with Canada’s ever expanding immigration of people from Middle Eastern countries - such as Egypt — the chances of importing people with radical ideologies also increases. “What we’re seeing now is not even a hint of what we will be living ... We’re going to see an expanding of these tendencies.”

A request for the Islamic Society of Toronto to speak about the books was not immediately returned.

Most of Maududi’s books — small and slim paperbacks — could be bought for as little as $1.

When one of the store’s managers was asked by a reporter who posed as a customer whether he stocked “Jihad in Islam” — arguably the most radical book of the bunch — he said he hadn’t carried it for years because the RCMP had been to his store to ask questions about why it would carry such a book.

Another manager said the store didn’t carry any of the six books on the reporter’s list.

But within 30 minutes, the reporter found Jihad in Islam and four others of Maududi’s stacked on a bottom shelf in the middle of the store.

When it was revealed to the store manager that it was a Toronto Sun reporter who bought those books, he was irate, saying he “will say nothing” before disappearing into an office at the back of the store.

Like the manager, the RCMP would not comment.

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Posted on 03/31/2012 3:44 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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