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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
A Musical Interlude: Nobody Knows (Jack Teagarden)
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Posted on 07/31/2012 10:49 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Four Muslims Suspended For Endangering Lives Of French Children In Their Care
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From lemonde.fr:

Quatre moniteurs suspendus pour avoir observé le jeûne du ramadan

LE MONDE |

En 2011, près de 75 000 enfants de moins de 6 ans sont partis en vacances sans leur famille.

Quatre animateurs d'une colonie de vacances de la ville de Gennevilliers (Hauts-de-Seine) ont été suspendus de leurs fonctions par la mairie (PCF) en début de semaine dernière. Ils encadraient un séjour dans un centre de vacances pour enfants à Port-d'Albret (Landes), qui avait débuté le 5 juillet et s'est achevé vendredi 27 juillet.

Lors d'une visite de sécurité effectuée il y a une semaine, un responsable des centres de vacances a constaté qu'à l'heure du déjeuner, les animateurs ne se nourrissaient pas. Il les aurait alors appelés pour leur signifier que, selon leur contrat de travail, ils devaient se restaurer et s'hydrater pendant la journée. "Ils m'ont parlé de l'article 6 qui disait que je devais me restaurer et m'hydrater convenablement et que dans le cas contraire, cela pouvait mettre en danger la sécurité des enfants", a indiqué Nassim, l'un des quatre moniteurs au Bondyblog, qui révèle l'affaire.

"TOUT SE DÉROULAIT À LA PERFECTION"

Ses explications, selon lesquelles il "s'était hydraté et restauré convenablement et qu'en aucun cas [il] risquait de mettre en péril la sécurité des enfants" n'y ont rien fait. Dans la soirée, les quatre moniteurs étaient convoqués et "suspendus" afin qu'ils soient payés jusqu'à la fin de leur contrat. "Je m'en fiche d'être payé jusqu'à la fin ; moi, je voulais rester jusqu'à la fin de la colonie, tout se déroulait à la perfection", insiste Nassim.

L'article 6 du contrat mis en avant par la mairie pour justifier sa décision souligne que les animateurs doivent "veiller à ce que les enfants et eux-mêmes se restaurent et s'hydratent convenablement et en particulier durant les repas". Le même article évoque "le principe de laïcité" qui doit être respecté.

Cet article a été ajouté il y a deux ans par la mairie au contrat de travail des animateurs de centre de vacances à la suite d'un accident. Une monitrice qui observait le jeûne avait été victime d'un malaise alors qu'elle conduisait un véhicule. Deux enfants avaient été blessés. "A la suite de cela, nous nous étions interrogés sur notre responsabilité vis-à-vis des parents qui nous confient leurs enfants pour des séjours de longue durée, a expliqué au Monde, Jacques Bourgoin, maire de Gennevilliers. On se doit aussi d'assurer la sécurité physique des enfants." Depuis cet épisode, la clause introduite dans les contrats est signalée aux animateurs, qui ont l'obligation de signer avant leur embauche.

"C'EST LE FAIT DE PRATIQUER LE RAMADAN QUI DÉRANGE"

Pour les quatre animateurs et leur avocat, Me Mohand Yanat, cette clause vise implicitement la pratique du ramadan. "On a déguisé les choses. Ce n'est pas l'état de santé qui dérange mais le fait de pratiquer le ramadan", a déclaré Me Yanat au Monde. Selon lui, la clause n'est pas légale car elle touche à la liberté de culte. "Il faut distinguer ce qui relève de l'ordre des idées, de l'intime et d'une pratique telle que le ramadan." "A l'embauche, on ne peut pas prendre en compte la religion d'une personne", défend l'avocat, qui devrait se tourner vers les prud'hommes.

Sans partager ce raisonnement, le maire de Gennevilliers comprend l'émoi des quatre animateurs. "Je mesure qu'ils puissent recevoir notre décision comme une décision discriminatoire et je comprends qu'ils fassent valoir leur point de vue, assure-t-il, mais nous avons une responsabilité." M. Bourgoin va alerter la direction départementale de la jeunesse et des sports. Il espère que cette affaire éclaircira ce point sur lequel le code du travail ne fixe aucune règle.

Celui-ci impose aux entreprises de respecter la liberté de religion sauf dans cinq cas : le prosélytisme, l'entrave à la sécurité, à l'hygiène et au bon déroulé et à l'organisation d'une mission. Les employeurs ne sont pas obligés d'adapter leurs horaires aux pratiques religieuses. Selon un sondage de 2008, 26 % des dirigeants d'entreprises avaient adapté leurs horaires pour raisons religieuses. Toutefois, dans le cas d'une colonie de vacances où les moniteurs doivent être disponibles 24 heures sur 24, la chose semble difficile à mettre en œuvre.

Le CFCM menace de porter plainte

Abdallah Zekri, président de l'observatoire contre l'islamophobie, composante du Conseil français du culte musulman (CFCM), qui représente la religion musulmane auprès des pouvoirs publics en France, "condamne avec la plus grande fermeté la décision arbitraire et discriminatoire du maire de la ville de Gennevilliers", municipalité communiste de la banlieue de Paris, écrit-il dans un communiqué.

"La liberté religieuse est une liberté fondamentale et on ne peut en aucun cas interdire à une personne de pratiquer sa religion. L'observatoire se réserve le droit de porter plainte pour discrimination", poursuit M. Zekri.

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Posted on 07/31/2012 10:44 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Where In The World Is Prince Bandar?
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Was Bandar Bush, 63, son of Prince Sultan (perennial Saudi Defense Minister,1963-2001), semi-perennial ambassador to Washington (1983-2005), and secretive jihad financier, killed by a Syrian intelligence death squad?

Thunderous silence prevails on Syrian, Iranian and Arab media (most of it controlled by the Saudis). The same applies for al-Jazeera. This is DEBKA's somewhat fanciful take. http://www.debka.com/article/22225/Saudi-silence-on-intelligence-chief-Bandar's-fate-denotes-panic

Dates are crucial. Prince Bandar may have pulled off "Damascus volcano" on July 18. He was definitely promoted to head of Saudi intelligence on July 19. And he might have been killed in a bomb attack on the Saudi General Intelligence HQ in Riyadh on July 22.

One Syrian rumor mill version rules that "Damascus volcano" came from Saudi intel – with logistics provided by the CIA. Highly unlikely; the CIA is clueless on how to penetrate Assad's inner sanctum. The predominant Damascus-based rumor mill version is this was a white coup.

"Damascus volcano", by the way, was a flop; the swarm of mercenaries – infiltrated via Jordan – who were supposed to take over the capital had to retreat up north. Now the news cycle is fixated on another faux game-changer - the "Battle of Aleppo".

There are serious problems with all the spin around "Damascus volcano". None of the Assad regime's four heads of military intelligence were killed – as we have already discussed in this blog; they are actually running the (ghastly) show in Aleppo.

There are also problems with a Syrian death squad being able to strike Riyadh's inner sanctum. But Iranian intelligence could certainly pull this off. As for Debka's assumption that Tehran may have hired al-Qaeda jihadis for an inside job against the House of Saud, that is rubbish.

The bottom line; no one knows, because no one is talking.

What is certain is that Bandar as head of Saudi intelligence was part of King Abdullah's hardcore response to the Arab Spring.

In Syria, the House of Saud strategy boils down to regime change – and a fragile, fragmented, Sunni government in Damascus not aligned with Tehran.

Internally, the strategy is to smash any peaceful Shi'ite-majority protest in the eastern provinces. Essentially, there's no Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia because the House of Saud either bribes or intimidates its subjects.

So what happened in Riyadh? A graphic Tehran message to the House of Saud? A rogue suicide bomber? An internal Saudi war? The House of Saud is not talking. And Bandar is not moving.

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Posted on 07/31/2012 10:24 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Adel Imam Makes His Comeback
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In  the Middle East, the oldest publicity trick still seems to work: when you are in need of social acceptance, just hit the Jewish piñata. Will Egypt and other countries of the Arab Spring move forward or will they keep blaming their shortcomings on "the evil Jews?"

Egyptian activists seem to believe that Egyptian actor Adel Imam — possibly the most famous Arab actor — took Mubarak's side amid the Egyptian revolution that toppled him in 2011. As a result Imam has been blacklisted by Egyptian activists, but nonetheless Imam has made a comeback with a miniseries that is full of anti-Semitism and demonization of Jews and Israel. Is this just plain hate for Jews or is it a stunt by Imam to win the public? And if so, what does it mean for Egypt and the Arab world?

First, it is worthwhile to examine who Adel Imam is. In 1994, the Los Angeles Times described Imam as a popular actor, noting that: "His expressive and not particularly handsome face has become the mirror of the Egyptian middle class, with its tribulations, celebrations and frustrations."

In fact, Imam's popularity earned him the position of a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). On its website, the UNHCR notes that Imam "mobilizes many other celebrities, business community and media for the refugee cause." Furthermore, the UNHCR's website edition of Imam's biography describes him as the "Arab Charlie Chaplin", and the "most famous actor in the Arab world."

The above strongly suggests that Imam is, indeed, a heavy-weight Arab celebrity. Nonetheless, Adel Imam's popularity suffered a major blow when he allegedly sided with the Egyptian regime amid the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Shortly after Mubarak was overthrown in February 2011, Dubai-based TV network Al-Arabiya reported that Adel Imam had been blacklisted by Egyptian political activists of the 25 January revolution, along with other Egyptian actors and actresses, because Imam was one of the "Egyptian actors, musicians, and media figures that showed support for the country's former President Hosni Mubarak". Al-Arabiya confirmed that Imam's pro-Mubarak stance was "the big surprise" for Egyptians as "it contradicted his previous leading roles in many nationalist and anti-establishment films". However, Al-Arabiya notes that this should not be a surprise as Imam was known to be a close friend of Mubarak's family. Since then, Imam made several media appearances, including one on Al-Jazeera, claiming he was supportive of the revolution, but his name remained on the blacklist, signifying the potential damage to his career.

This July, Imam made a comeback with a miniseries titled "The Naji Attalla's Squad." The miniseries will air all through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which began on July 2th for most Muslim countries. The Naji Attalla's Squad tells the story of Naji Attalla, a retired Egyptian military officer serving as a senior diplomat at the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv, where he runs a thriving gambling business under the cover of his diplomatic immunity. Attalla draws the attention of the Israel Security Agency -- better known as the Shabak -- who freeze his assets because of the unexplained funds compared to his income. Choosing to take revenge, Naji Attalla (Imam) puts together a group of ex-servicemen who had served under him, with the purpose of going to Israel to rob Bank Leumi where his frozen assets are kept.

In an interview with the Egyptian Private TV network, Dream, Imam described the mini-series as "A historical landmark". Let's see what Imam's "historical" miniseries has looked like so far.

Imam's first appearance in the miniseries begins with him telling a joke. Imam says: "One time, a Jewish guy went to France, he found a French girl, he spent a night with her and then gave her 50 Euros, the next day, he spent another night with her and gave her 50 Euros, third night was the same and the fourth was the same. The lady got impressed, she told him: A generous Jew? 200 Euros in one job! I love Jews now and by the way my aunt lives in Tel Aviv, the Jewish guy responded: I know, as she's the one who sent you the 200 Euros".

In another scene, Imam is shown making another joke about Jews being too cheap to a laughing and an impressed Jewish Israeli real estate agent. In another scene, an Egyptian diplomat who was newly-appointed to Tel Aviv is shown telling Imam how he feels like he is in a nightmare for having to live among Israelis, noting he could not forget "their despicableness...and our folks still getting killed in Gaza and Palestine", to which Imam responds "it is better to get know your enemy...in order to know how they think, as they (the Jews) have always been trying to learn how we think".

In a different scene the Egyptian Embassy's driver tells the fresh Egyptian diplomat "May God burn them (Israelis) in hell, when Hamas carries out an operation against them, or when Hezbollah fires a couple of rockets my heart will be jumping with joy".

Throughout the miniseries, Israelis are portrayed as Arab-hating bigots; one scene shows an female Israeli student giving a speech to a large crowd of students at Tel Aviv University, complete with the University's coat of arms behind her. The Egyptian actress spoke in Hebrew, with Arabic captions, saying Israel did a great job "killing thousands of Arabs in Lebanon and Gaza", and ended her passionate speech with her and the crowd chanting "Death to the Arabs". The miniseries does not stop with portraying Israelis as prejudiced against Arabs, but also as prejudiced amongst themselves: In one scene, a Jewish Bank Leumi manager of Iraqi background is shown chastising one of his employee of a European background for missing days at work, telling him "Whom do you Ashkenazim think you are? You think you are a big deal? We Sephardim have held this country on our shoulders".

The miniseries is a joint project between a private production company and the Production Section at the Egyptian TV, a state-owned and run institution, as confirmed by the Alarab website.

This miniseries is not the first, nor will it be the last, demonization of Jews and Israel in the Arab mass media. Nonetheless, the weight of the Arab star, Adel Imam, is huge, and therefore the miniseries is likely to have a more lasting effect in the minds of the younger generation in post-Mubarak Egypt.

Imam's act is nothing new. Before him, a less popular Egyptian actor, Muhammad Sobhi, earned himself greater fame when he starred in a miniseries names "A Horseman Without A Horse", which revolved around an alleged Jewish manual to control the world, better known as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

At the time, Western criticism of the miniseries served its star, Muhammad Sobhi. As that contributed to Sobhi's fame, Adel Imam too might end up with more fame and public acceptance if his new miniseries brings about a Western or a Jewish uproar.

In the Middle East, the oldest publicity trick seems to still work: When you are need of social acceptance – or forgiveness in Imam's case – just hit the Jewish piñata.

Will Egypt and other Arab Spring nations move forward or will they keep blaming their shortcomings on "the evil Jews"?

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Posted on 07/31/2012 10:18 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
The Olympic Spirit, From 1936 On
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From CAMERA:

Where's the Coverage? Mainstream Media Ignore Bigoted Treatment of Israeli Olympic Team

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On Friday, July 27, prior to the official opening of the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Lebanese judo team refused to practice next to the Israeli team and Olympic organizers erected a barrier to split the gym in half.

According to a spokesman for Israel's Olympic Committee, "We started to practice. They came and they saw us - they didn't like it and they went to the organizers." (Reuters)

The organizers promptly accommodated the Lebanese demand and set up the separation screen.

The Times of Israel reported:

According to several Hebrew sports sites, the two teams were scheduled to use the same gym and mats at London's new ExCeL center for their final preparations. However, the delegation from Lebanon would not train in view of the Israeli team, and insisted some sort of barrier be placed between them.

The Telegraph (London) wrote:

London 2012 organising committee officials erected a makeshift curtain to split the two halves of a training gym at the ExCeL centre on Friday afternoon to placate the Lebanese team, which was refusing to train at the same time as the Israelis.

The UK's Guardian picked up Reuters' story as did Yahoo Sports:

Olympic officials were forced to erect a screen between Lebanon's and Israel's judo fighters on Friday after the Lebanese refused to train on the same mat, the Israeli Olympic team said on Friday.

Yet, as of this writing, CAMERA has found no mention of the incident in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press or networks such as CNN and ABC.

One of the fundamental principles of "Olympism," as outlined in the Olympic Charter, states:

Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.

Can accommodating the request of an Arab team not to share the mat with or be seen by Israelis be regarded as anything other than a form of discrimination based on race, religion or politics? Would it be allowed if it involved any country other than Israel? And shouldn't it be covered by major American news organizations?

Ironically, earlier in the week, when the IOC refused to include a moment of silence to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the terrorist murders of 11 Israeli Olympians, Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian Football Federation, sent a letter to IOC chairman Jacques Rogge thanking him for his position, writing:

Sports is a bridge for love, connection and relaying peace between peoples. It should not be a factor for separation and spreading racism between peoples.

And yet "separating and spreading racism between peoples" is exactly what occurred in the practice center for the judo teams in London. Where's the outrage? Where's the decency? Where's the coverage?

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Posted on 07/31/2012 10:09 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Syria’s Kurds Unite Defying Assad and the Opposition
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Syrian Kurds Rally for Autonomy

David Pollock, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy  published today, an important commentary on the resolve of Syria’s Kurds seeking autonomy and unity defying both Assad and the opposition.  Entitled, “Syria's Kurds Unite against Assad, but Not with Opposition”  Pollock has thrown down the gauntlet to the Obama Administration to consider a Federated Syrian alternative protecting the mosaic of minorities in Syria: the Alawi, Kurds, Druze, Christians and secular Sunni.  Given the agreements reached in mid-July by Syrian Kurds under the auspices of KRG President Masoud Barzani forming a Supreme Kurdish Council  could set the stage for recognition of this alternative future for a post-Assad Syria.  Presently an Islamist coalition composed of Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia is supporting the fractious Syrian National Council and Free Syrian Army seeking to establish a Sunni Muslim Brotherhood dominated central state.  The Obama Administration has given tacit support to this without recognizing the rights of minorities who would comprise a working majority in a Federated Syria. 

Pollock in his tag line for this WINEP report notes:

A sudden political shift among Syria's three million Kurds, who now control much of the country's border with Turkey, provides an opportunity for the United States to better coordinate its policy with regional allies and to encourage the Syrian opposition to respect minority rights.

He notes the significant developments that have overcome differences among Syria’s Kurds:

In early July the president of the neighboring Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, Masoud Barzani, summoned Syrian Kurdish leaders from both main rival factions to his headquarters in Salahaddin, Iraq, just outside Erbil, in yet another attempt to hammer out an accord. This time the attempt succeeded, despite reported opposition from die-hard PKK supporters both inside the PYD and among the Syrian Kurdish PKK fighters in the Qandil mountains near the Iraq-Turkey-Syria borders. Underlying this surprising success is the increasingly prevalent perception, even among his erstwhile allies, that Syria's President Assad is losing his grip on power.

The PYD-KNC agreement signed July 11 has not been officially published, but its main points were read out to the author in Istanbul two days later by one of the senior participants in the negotiations. First, the PYD and the KNC will stop fighting each other, and instead join together in a new Supreme Kurdish Council for their region of Syria. Second, the PYD will henceforth focus exclusively on the Kurdish issue inside Syria, not across the border in Turkey -- clearly implying that the party now promises to cease any practical support to the PKK. Third, the newly unified Syrian Kurds will expel Syrian government officials and security forces from their area -- where, until just two weeks ago, many regime institutions had been operating almost normally, despite the turmoil elsewhere in the country.

So far, against all previous expectations, this intra-Kurdish accord is largely holding. Syria's Kurds have stopped fighting against each other. The PYD's break with the PKK is not definitive, but events and interested onlookers are pushing in that direction. And within the past two weeks, Syrian regime forces withdrew or were expelled from one Kurdish town after another, although some skirmishes are still being reported in Qamishli and other eastern border areas. Some local Kurds are helping Aleppo resist the Syrian regime siege, though on the whole Syria's Kurds are now concentrating on securing their own areas.

Pollock presents evidence of the fractious Syrian opposition views of this unified Kurdish minority.  He concludes by suggesting that this development might lead to US and regional recognition of minority rights in the region.  He notes:

It is good news that Syria's Kurds are moving to patch up with each other and with two neighboring U.S. friends -- with the KRG, and even with Turkey -- while turning against Assad's regime. Ironically, however, this important positive shift is also raising tensions with the majority Arab groups inside the Syrian opposition . . . Ideally, Washington should advise Syrian opposition figures that, since they need to attract the country's minorities, their best course is to engage more creatively with those groups -- not try to impose on them some particular "vision" of a future Syria, however "pluralistic." . . . The price, well worth paying, is for Washington to adjust its policy by prodding the Syrian opposition toward greater recognition of Kurdish rights -- and offering increased U.S. support to the Syrian opposition as a crucial incentive.

Looking further ahead, U.S. help in planning for a post-Assad transition should pay urgent attention to deconflicting Arab and Kurdish political claims and aspirations inside Syria. This is every bit as acute an issue as the much more widely recognized Alawite one; the Kurds are about the same percentage of Syria's total population.

We can assure Pollock that the Supreme Kurdish Council would welcome an opportunity to present in Washington, the case for a Federated Syria based on the demonstrated unity and resolve of minority Kurds he has attested to in his analysis.

Since 2006, The Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria (KURDNAS) has been an effective advocate for both unity and Kurdish autonomy in a Federated Syria recognizing minority rights. This despite threats against KURDNAS from the Assad regime. It has developed a strong presence in the Kurdish Disapora in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Syrian Kurdistan region. Perhaps the reason Kurdish unity in Syria emerged was that the street in the region has been behind the KURDNAS message that finally got through to the leaders of the various factions that formed the Supreme Council.

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Posted on 07/31/2012 8:39 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
World's Muslims Start Their Campaign Against Myanmar And its Indigenous Buddhists
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Global Islamic body urges aid to Myanmar Muslims

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| JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, July 31 (Reuters) - The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, a group of 57 member states, urged the Muslim community around the world to give political, humanitarian and financial aid to the victims of violence in northwest ...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
They have a choice. Either they can stay there and live with the Bengalis, or they can go.”
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The BBC ran a very interesting series last month called The Secret History of our Streets. The film makers started with Charles Booth’s 17 volumes Life and Labour of the People of London published 1889 – 1903 and selected six London streets. They then showed each street as it was, how and why it changed and what it is like now.

One of those streets was Arnold Circus in Bethnal Green just behind Shoreditch Church. It is just in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, situated yards NW of Boundary Street which as the name suggests is the boundary between Bethnal Green and Shoreditch.

Arnold Circus was built in 1892 when the slum known as either the Jago or Old Nichol was swept away in one of England’s earliest slum clearance schemes. Arthur Morrison wrote A Child of the Jago about the area in 1896, shortly after it was demolished.

Once the slum was cleared a new series of model dwellings was built, in a circle round a bandstand (where to my disappointment as a child I never once heard a band) and carefully planned to give every flat a view of a tree. However the rents, while modest, were too much for the original inhabitants so those who moved in were more prosperous; families with trades or a market stall. Many were Jewish.  It was named the Boundary Street Estate and the central road was named Arnold Circus.

In the television programme there was less about the original conditions of the Jago than I expected but this was remedied in the book of the series which my husband bought me. There was more about the events of the 1970s when the area became heavily islamified, by mainly Bengali’s or as they are now called Bangladeshis.

At that time London was run by the individual boroughs but ultimately under the control of the Greater London Council (GLC). It was a scandal that due to incompetence so many council houses and flats were empty when they should have been allocated to families on the waiting list. The population suffered while the council missed out on the revenue the rents would have brought in, and thus rates rose. Squatting became quite common.  The programme told the story of how the Bengali families, acting collectively and assisted by a young man (who some would describe as an anarchist) named Terry Fitzpatrick took control of one particular block in Tower Hamlets. Rather than evict them the GCL decided instead to allocate them flats and houses of their choice, wherever they wanted to live. The excuse was that they were suffering from racism and needed to live near each other in area(s) where they felt safe. The Bengalis asked for, and got the area from Brick Lane to Whitechapel and westwards to the edge of the borough which took in Arnold Circus. A map was shown on screen and the areas they wanted were inked in.  Some believed that as the Jewish craftsmen and their children who moved in in 1900 were integrated in less than a generation and were now owners of their own homes in Essex, so it would be with the Bengali families.

The policy was leaked to the press who were concerned about the creation of ghettos. The leader of the GLC Horace Cutler was asked about this. He said that living together there will be no language problem and their habits and customs will be acceptable within their own community.

He was asked the question” What will happen to the existing families who are already living in these blocks?”

He answered “Well they have a choice. Either they can stay there and live with them, live with the Bengalis, or they can go!

 

I managed to copy this half of the programme before it vanished from iplayer. The quality is not good but you can hear and see what I mean. The words of Horace Cutler are embedded above. The link to the longer extract is here.

Note that in 1978 the Bengali men wore the same clothes and hair as the rest of the population; the women wore shalwar kameez and a gauzy and mainly ornamental scarf. When Terry Fitzpatrick meets his old friend note that he now has his beard trimmed in Islamic style.  You won’t be surprise when I tell you that the abaya and niqab are common wear for women.

I wondered what Terry Fitzpatrick is doing now in late middle age.  I expected to find him active in the UAF.  He was indeed active in left wing politics until about 4 years ago when he had cause to criticise Ken Livingstone’s then Senior Policy Advisor on Equalities Lee Jasper and the pressure group Operation Black Vote.  His e-mails to Jasper were so angry and intemperate, that in 2011 they resulted in Fitzpatrick receiving a suspended sentence of nine months imprisonment at Crown Court Snaresbrook for racially aggravated harassment.

Lee Jasper was suspended from his post as Livingstone’s advisor over corruption allegations concerning large sums of missing money and his business links. He famously wrote to a married woman, whose group received some of the large sum, that he wanted to "honey glaze" her then "whisk [her] away to a deserted island beach" and "let [her] cook slowly before a torrid and passionate embrace." More recently he declared that no black person can be racist, although they could hold a ‘prejudice’.

Terry Fitzpatrick is now persona non grata at the Harry’s Place blog where he used to be invited to write. Lee Jasper and the black activists are disgusted at the leniency of his sentence. They describe his statements as worthy of the EDL. However I have never heard anybody in the EDL use such language.

Left wingers express their sorrow at what he has become, from what he once was.  They cannot comprehend why.

I don’t know the reason because I don’t know Terry Fitzpatrick. He described himself as ‘left leaning libertarian, believing in small government and self- help. Could it be that a man who did and said what he thought was right in 1978 was still able in 2008 to say what he thought was right (albeit in appalling and abusive language) unfettered by the strictures of political correctness?  

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Posted on 07/31/2012 5:10 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Pregnant wife of Muslim convert accused of witholding information
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Ayan Hadi, 30, who is pregnant, is due to appear before magistrates in September accused of withholding information about the preparation of acts of terrorism, the Old Bailey heard. Her husband, Richard Dart, is one of three men accused of travelling to Asia for terrorism training.

His barrister, Frida Hussain, told the preliminary court hearing that Mrs Hadi was "to be added" to the prosecution and a date set for a possible trial next year would be affected by the birth of the child. "She is pregnant and her due date is February 27," she said, adding that she also suffers a life-threatening condition linked to her pregnancy. "She will not be in a position to focus on her preparation (for court),"

Dart, of Broadway, Ealing, west London, who appeared in a BBC Three documentary after converting to Islam, is charged with preparing for acts of terrorism between July 2010 and July 2012, alongside Imran Mahmood and Jahangir Alom.

As well as the terrorism training allegation, they are accused of travelling abroad to commit acts of terrorism and advising and counselling the commission of terrorism acts by providing information about travel to Pakistan, terrorism training and operational security while there.

Dart, 29, Mahmood, 21, from Dabbs Hill Lane, Northolt, west London, and Alom, 26, of Abbey Road, Stratford, east London, were arrested between July 5 and 7. Dart, whose step-brother Robb Leech was in the public gallery, sat in the centre of the three defendants in a green T-shirt and with a black beard.

They appeared via video-link from Woodhill prison at the Old Bailey alongside a woman, Ruksana Begum, 22, of Provost Estate, Islington, north London, who is charged with possession of a digital memory card containing a document likely to be of use to a terrorist. Wearing full-length Islamic dress, including a veil that showed only her eyes, she appeared via video-link from Holloway prison.

They were remanded in custody ahead of a hearing in November.

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Posted on 07/31/2012 2:17 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
The Trump by György Faludy
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Translated from the Hungarian and Edited by Thomas Ország-Land (August 2012)

The poetry of the Jewish-Hungarian master György Faludy has been at last admitted into the school-books of his native country, following a long and bitter campaign fought on his behalf by Our Correspondent (see György Faludy’s Happy Days in Hell, New English Review, August 2010).

 

1:  FUTURE DAYS

History cannot be predicted.

The girls of today are lovelier, brighter,

the boys more sporty and more cheerful

and far less erudite.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 2:15 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Joyce Carol Oates’ Success
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by Richard Kostelanetz (August 2012)


A few years ago a friend lent me her copy of The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982 (2008), which I read, much as I read everything put before my voracious eyes, especially if the author is a contemporary of mine whose work I anthologized more than four decades ago and have since followed, in her case with puzzlement. What ultimately is Joyce Carol Oates trying to do, aside from flooding libraries with her books and printed matter with her tripartite name? (Wise was the last move, which would always command more attention, especially in the era of search engines, than, say, “Joyce Oates.”)  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 2:08 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Work Ethics
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by G. Murphy Donovan (August 2012)

 “Churches must learn humility as well as teach it.” – George Bernard Shaw


Atheism was all the rage a few years ago when several books received a measure of notoriety. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and God is Not Great by the late Christopher Hitchens are examples. Ironically, when pressed, neither author claimed to be atheists. Apparently, agnosticism is the all-purpose hedge for rationalists.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 2:02 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Why Are the EDL Going to Walthamstow Shortly?
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by Esmerelda Weatherwax (August 2012)

This article is about the London Borough of Waltham Forest which was formed in 1965 when the three Essex districts of Leyton, Walthamstow and Chingford were combined and included in the newly formed Greater London Council. My family had moved to a street just on the border of Leyton and Walthamstow (near but not Boundary Road) a few years earlier. Leyton and Walthamstow was a lovely place to live with the open space of Epping Forest and the River Lea nearby. more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 1:57 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
A Forgotten Heroine of the Norwegian Resistance
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by Norman Berdichevsky (August 2012)


The final chapter of my book, The Left is Seldom Right (New English Review- June, 2011 and FrontPage Oct. 31, 2011) deals with three outstanding women journalists and writers who were once saluted by the political Left internationally only to be later abandoned and then subjected to invective which the Left traditionally uses to castigate turncoats and traitors. Their record of integrity and courage deserves to be better known. Last month’s article looked at Catalan journalist Pilar Rahola and her staunch defense of basic rights for women, children, Jews, Gypsies and animals amidst a hostile Spanish culture.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 1:49 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
When Conquistadores Finally Prevail
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by Geoffrey Clarfield (August 2012)


A few short years ago I took part in a medical mission to the Indians of highland Guyana. Unlike their Amerinidian brethren in Brazil the politicians of Guyana have more or less left them alone, until the last twenty years that is. However, during the last century, missionaries have brought a variety of Christianities to them and they are more and more moving from a life of isolation to one of national integration. In some ways their future may be as much of their own making as it is of the central government. These are my observations and musings based on those two weeks of traveling by boat, from village to village on the clear highland rivers of Guyana- a land that time forgot, until yesterday.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 1:44 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Pseudsday Tuesday meets The Corrections
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The naked truth about "pioneering French designer" Philippe Starck, as told in The Sunday Times:

I'm not at all intelligent, but I have amazing intuition. And I have to be somewhere where I feel in the right state to receive the intuitions my subconscious sends to me. It may seem pretentious, but and that's what it is. I turn around the magma, the mud in my brain, and slowly, oysters come out.

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Posted on 07/31/2012 1:37 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
The Temple Mount and Jewish Sovereignty
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by Moshe Dann (August 2012)


The Israeli Police are very meticulous about Jews praying on the Temple Mount, site of the First and Second Temples. The holiest place in the world for Jews, they are forbidden to pray there.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 1:38 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Syria Does Not Want Bashar al-Assad. Does it want ... Hafez al-Assad?
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by Alexander Maistrovoy (August 2012)


A quarter of a century ago the people of Central Asia and the Caucasus also tasted freedom. It was the taste of blood.

“The first task of the historian is to make a careful sketch of the manner in which the events he recounts took place. The history of religious beginnings transports us into a world of women and children, of brains ardent or foolish. These facts, placed before minds of a positive order, are absurd and unintelligible, and this is why countries such as England, of ponderous intellects, find it impossible to comprehend anything about it”

 - This is how Ernest Renan* described how the psychology of the people during the epoch of Jesus was frustratingly misunderstood by English philosophers.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 1:32 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Cliché corner
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Fifty Shades of Grey is the new black.
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Posted on 07/31/2012 1:33 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
What Lies Behind the Anti-Israel Position of Some Mainline Churches in America?
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An Interview with Dexter Van Zile of CAMERA

by Jerry Gordon and Dexter Van Zile (August 2012)


Some mainline Protestant Churches have strayed far from the origins of their support for Christian Zionism. Puritan John Winthrop spoke of "We shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us...".  He  used imagery of the Promised Land as New Israel upon landing in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1620. This was the cornerstone of what became known as American Exceptionalism, a furtherance of the Judeo-Christian heritage.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 1:28 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
The Liberal Rejection of Christian Zionists
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by Matthew M. Hausman (August 2012)


Although Evangelical support for the State of Israel is on the rise, liberal Jews tend to regard Christian Zionists with intense distrust. There are certainly valid reasons for initial suspicion in light of the history of Christian antisemitism and missionary excess, but progressive discomfort has little to do with this history. Rather, it stems from the association of conservative Christians with values that conflict with the liberal political agenda. Ironically, liberals are perfectly comfortable with “policies of inclusion” that accommodate Arab-Muslim interests opposed to the very existence of a Jewish State, and have no problem dialoguing with Islamists who promote religious intolerance, antisemitism and a rejection of western values.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 1:22 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Meet Taner Akcam, Anti-Denialist
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by Dexter Van Zile (August 2012)


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has a problem.

His name is Taner Akcam.

Akcam, a native of Turkey who currently teaches history at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., is calling on Erdogan and the government he leads to acknowledge the crimes perpetrated against Armenians and other minority populations in the early 1900s by the Committee for Union and Progress (or “Young Turks”) in its effort to create a homogenous Turkish state from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 1:13 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
A Self-Inflicted Injury: Immigration, Infiltration and Canada's Growing Islamist Threat
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by Jerry Gordon and David B. Harris (August 2012)


On December 14, 1999, Ahmed Ressam, an Al-Qaeda trained Algerian Jihadi and resident of Montreal, was arrested in Port Angeles, Washington after he drove off a ferry from Canada with a trunk load of explosives. Thus began the unraveling of the Millennium plot, an attempt by al Qaeda using sleeper cells in the US and Canada, to conduct an attack on the Los Angeles International Airport.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 12:42 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
The Book of Enoch
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a review by Matthew Walther (August 2012)




Enoch at 100
edited by Lord Howard of Rising
Biteback Publishing, xxix+320 pp.

Following the contributors’ biographies and the table of contents, the first words to appear in Enoch at 100, a collection of essays edited by Greville Howard, Lord of Rising, are the following from “Powell's place in history,” a leading article published, along with a lengthy obituary and excerpts from Powell’s notorious “Rivers of Blood” speech, in The Daily Telegraph of February 9, 1998...more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 12:33 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
The Measure of All Things
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by David P. Gontar (August 2012)


There is a trend in recent Shakespeare scholarship to assimilate his art to earlier thinkers, such as Michel de Montaigne and Niccolo Machiavelli. As such undertakings do not rest so much on documentation as they do on inference, discretion and speculation, they should proceed only with the greatest care. The admirably reserved and deliberate temperament we observe in Montaigne, for example, is wholly at variance with the passionate and venturesome spirit of Shakespeare. Even though there may be hints of skepticism in some plays, the epistemological mood of modern thought is alien to Shakespeare's realism and the inner turbulence of an Othello or a Lear.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2012 12:28 PM by NER
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