Sunday, 31 July 2016
Deception: The Making of the You Tube Video Hillary and Obama Blamed for Benghazi
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a review by Jerry Gordon (August 2016)

Veteran investigative journalist and bestselling author Ken Timmerman has a riveting new book Deception: The Making of the You Tube Video Hillary and Obama Blamed for Benghazi. It is the Kafkaesque ordeal of Cindy Lee Garcia, an aspiring actress and lay preacher from California and her undeserved 53 seconds of infamy in a "cheaply made internet video," Innocence of Muslims hosted on YouTube on the subject of Islam and Mohammed.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2016 12:24 PM by NER
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Sunday, 31 July 2016
Domesticating Donald
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by David Solway

One notices that when the current nomination cycle began, Donald Trump was more often than not referred to by his full name: Donald Trump. Or by his surname: Trump. As time went by, his iconic sobriquet began to be used on a regular basis, generally in a not unkindly way: The Donald, as if he were a reified entity, a theatrical performance, or even a sort of force or condition, like The Weather. Now he is increasingly addressed simply as: Donald. The outsider, the mogul, the thespian has become a household guest, someone many of us know—with the exception of his enemies or professional skeptics—as a friendly and companionable figure. This is the other “nomination” that has occurred.

Despite the media hype painting him as an unprincipled opportunist, it appears that he has gradually earned the trust of millions of voters, including the initially undecided. That is, he has become Donald, familiar, admired and likeable.

Indeed, what’s not to like?

He has solemnly promised to fix America’s porous border situation and put paid to the violence and fiscal burdens that attend the vast influx of illegal migrants among ordinary, tax-paying Americans.

He has thrown down the gauntlet before the Islamic terror industry, vowed to halt the flow of “Syrian” refugees into the country, and pledged to set up screening mechanisms to repair a broken immigration system and weed out the carriers of an ideology hostile to the preservation of a free and democratic society.

He has presented himself as the law and order candidate in a nation careening toward anarchy in the streets and open war on the police, which has put every citizen at risk.

He has expressed his contempt for political correctness, a species of evasion and outright lying that is weakening the cultural sinews of the nation and its ability to defend itself against a host of enemies, internal and external.

He is committed to restoring an enfeebled military to its former status as the world’s mightiest fighting force. Additionally, he will honor and support America’s veterans, left to malinger by the Obama administration.

He has promised to renegotiate unfavorable trade deals that have left America at a competitive disadvantage, cost millions of jobs, and led to the gutting of the blue collar, middle class and small entrepreneurial strata of society.

He has vowed to replace globalism with Americanism and to require NATO allies to pay their fair share for defense rather than rely on continued American largesse to make up for shortfalls. Who respects a sucker?

He has promised to end the disaster of Obamacare, to tackle the national debt, to revitalize American manufacture, and to open up a restrictive, dumbed-down, “assembly line” educational system.

Considering this bordereau of serious and meaningful pledges, what’s not to like?

Trump—sorry, Donald—enjoys four distinct advantages over all other political actors on the national stage. He is not a beltway politician, which means he has not been corrupted by the perks and privileges so dear to the political elite. He is self-funded and therefore not beholden to major donors and lobbyists. He is a hands-on person, who pays attention to detail, where the devil is said to live, which accounts for his efficiency in keeping the devil’s handiwork of distraction and error at a minimum. And he possesses the ability to spot talent, to put the right people in place to ensure the success of his various projects. Donald is now “Donald” because he has become a member of the American family.

True, Hillary is also a first-namer, but that’s owing to the fact that she is not Bill, that her name operates no differently from a slogan, and that she is the media’s darling. Hillary is a very nice name, but it is really, like the pricey pantsuit, a form of camouflage; the venality and mendacity that lie beneath do not bear scrutiny.

On the contrary, Donald has nothing to hide, he is who he is, a man who has raised a beautiful and capable family, who is disdainful of media deception and shallowness, who can be direct and aggressive without apology, and who believes in hard work and the prosperity that comes from it. As celebrated author Conrad Black said in a keynote address at a conference that Chatham House rules forbid me to specify, Trump—sorry, Donald—has nothing in common with the punditocracy’s representation of him; he is by no means a scoundrel but a loyal friend, a generous man and a decent employer. He is a phenomenon that has rarely been seen on the political proscenium, at least since Reagan—a real person, warts and all. He has lived the American dream and is determined to dispel the American nightmare. That puts him on the side of every aspiring American, makes him one of us, just Donald. In an op-ed for The National Post, Black makes the point succinctly: “The commentariat should be celebrating the fact that Donald did the necessary to round up the Archie Bunker vote, and it is little wonder that it is now almost half the people.”

And yes, Donald has trodden on sensibilities and spoken abrasively, but sometimes that is necessary. He does not suffer fools gladly and has, as many of his supercilious and pampered adversaries have not, grappled in the rough-and-tumble. This is the world, after all, not some utopian fantasy spawned by the left, the bien pensants, and the cushy academics who build castles in the sand, not office towers and hotels. The man of the hour, however, is the man of the years to come. We know him now as Donald.

What’s not to like?

First published in PJ Media.

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Posted on 07/31/2016 8:48 AM by David Solway
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Sunday, 31 July 2016
The Tale of Two Donalds
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by Michael Curtis

Neither film goers nor political commentators might see much in common between Walt Disney’s colorful and noisy character Donald Duck who has delighted audiences for 70 years and the colorful and noisy personality, Donald Trump, who is starring in the political arena  at the present time. Yet, both characters have been involved with Russian affairs in a somewhat unexpected and bizarre fashion. Both of these characters have been unjustly accused of high crimes or misdemeanors, though Trump’s problem was self-inflicted.

Donald Duck has been redeemed. He was on July 28, 2016 found not guilty of a serious crime, and everyone can now recognize he is not a villain. He had been accused of extremism in the city court of Petropavlovsk  Kamchatsky, capital of the Kamchatka region of eastern Siberia. His problem arose as a character in the Walt Disney film, the 8 minute film, "Der Fuehrer’s Face” made in 1942. The director of it won an Oscar for best animated short cartoon in 1943.

The film was part of the US propaganda campaign during World War II. No one could mistake it for anything but a wartime satire, portraying leading Nazis in mocking caricature, not as a serious political commentary on the Nazi system. .

The film portrayed Donald in a nightmare setting, forced to work in an assembly line in a munitions factory making artillery shells in Nazi Germany. He had arrived at the factory at bayonet point. Donald sees a band made up of Joseph Goebbels playing the trombone. Heinrich Himmler playing the drums, Hermann Goering playing the piccolo, and Benito Mussolini on another set of drums. When he wakes up from the nightmare Donald shows he is proud to be a U.S. citizen, and embraces the Statue of Liberty.

A resident of the Siberian town who uploaded the Disney film was accused of inciting racial hatred and enmity and received a six month suspended sentence. The film was put of the federal list of “extremist materials,” thereby making it illegal to produce or distribute in Russia. The list outlaws all items critical of the Russian government, and also Nazi propaganda.

A higher Russian court ruled in July 2016 that the lower court was wrong and that the film could not be regarded as extremist. Donald Duck will therefore be removed from the national list of extremist materials in Russia, a list that has existed in Russia since 2002 and which contains more than 3,700 items.

Satire finally seems to have been understood by some Russians. Now it is time for it to be appreciated by American political and media personalities during this heated presidential campaign. The issue concerns the Republican candidate for the Presidency, whose unequivocal political pronouncements have stirred controversy. At the press conference at his golf resort in Florida on July 27, 2016, Donald Trump uttered one of his many impromptu, sometimes bewildering remarks. He referred indirectly to FBI Director James B. Comey who had commented in a balanced way that it was indeed possible that Hillary Clinton’s server had been accessed, though there was no evidence that it had happened.

The issue related to the leaking and publication by Wikileaks of some 20,000 emails written by members of the Democratic National Committee. Among them were derogatory remarks about Bernie Sanders, Hillary’s political rival, who had been saying for months that the activities of the DNC were rigged against him. More relevant are two other issues. One is the question of why the leaks took place and whether foreign outsiders were aware of the contents of the emails. The other is the unresolved mystery regarding the many emails of Hillary Clinton.

Trump in an off hand, extravagant and thoughtless remark proposed a solution of that mystery. He said, “Russia if you are listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you’ll be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Understandably, the mainstream U.S. media was annoyed at Trump’s jibe about their seeming lack of interest in pursuing the case of the missing emails. Trump has little flair or timing for comedy, and his remark can be accused of poor judgment. But instead of treating Trump’s provocative statement as an ill judged, poor attempt at satire, the press, as well of course as political opponents, have treated it as if it were a serious policy proposal.

One accepts that US presidential campaigns are heated and one expects that rhetoric used by candidates may sometimes be excessive and even border on the fictional. It is improbable that political opponents have really believed that Trump was calling for a foreign power to carry out cyber-spying on Hillary Clinton or the DNC, or actively encouraging another country to commit a crime against the U.S. Yet, not surprisingly, Jake Sullivan, the senior policy advisor of Hillary, said this was the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. One may dislike Trump’s persona and personal style and disagree with the direction of his policy pronouncements but this is different from portraying him as a security risk or guilty of treason.

Yes, words matter and so does the commentary and parsing on them used by political figures. We learned from FBI Director Comey that “extreme carelessness” is not equivalent to “negligence.” International public opinion was surprised when the White House “red line” pertinent in 2012 to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria turned out not to exist.

Donald Trump is not the first prominent person to make a gaffe in trying political humor. In 1984 Ronald Reagan in an off air radio sound check said, “I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes.” It was unlikely that Russian leaders at the time took Reagan’s joke seriously. It is equally unlikely that President Vladimir Putin has taken Donald Trump’s remark seriously, or that he will respond toTrump as the Russian court once treated Donald Duck. He might even laugh at the joke.

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Posted on 07/31/2016 8:35 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 31 July 2016
PPK
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by James Como (August 2016)

On October 3, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) will turn seventy-eight. On Thursday, July 28th, Peruvian Independence Day, he was sworn in as President of the republic. That it took so long for Peruvians to recognize the gold in their midst speaks to the . . . anomalous . . . nature of Peruvian socio-political intelligence; that they finally did promises hope. more>>>

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Posted on 07/31/2016 6:58 AM by NER
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Sunday, 31 July 2016
Feminism Attacks at All Levels
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by David Solway

I recently came across a mewling article in one of Canada’s “progressive” mags, The Walrus, in which theatre critic Erika Thorkelson bemoans “the insidious sexism of the Canadian theatre world” and the comparative paucity of female actors and playwrights. Her theme is “gender imbalance” -- the latest buzzword in the feminist war against men -- which, of course, is owing to something like an exclusionary male commissariat intent on safeguarding its unjust privileges. That there may be other reasons for the supposed “imbalance” -- lack of comparable interest, different distributions of talent -- must not be mentioned since that would call her thesis into question. I certainly have not noticed any marked dearth of females on the theatrical, operatic, or cinematic scenes. And in the music world, come to think about it, females abound. No matter. The patriarchy strikes again.

At around the same time that I stumbled on this silly piece of special pleading and culturally ratified paranoia, I learned that the husband of a friend, a self-taught biblical scholar and an expert on the Gospel of John, is now serving time after having been accused by his disaffected stepdaughter of sexual assault, although the evidence is sketchy at best, the stepdaughter is psychologically disturbed, and his wife and his other children have testified on his behalf. The judge nevertheless found the daughter’s rather improbable story credible and the man was sentenced to a seven-year prison term. To compound the judicial felony committed against him, he was remanded to maximum security after his preference not to be housed with Muslims was discovered -- he had good reason, having been stabbed by a Muslim for wearing a t-shirt stenciled with the legend “I Am an Infidel.” The fact that he was a believing Christian clearly did not help his case. In any event, this was another tainted victory for the feminist cause.

Like our literary community and our judiciary, our schools are equally engaged in promoting the feminist agenda to the disadvantage of deserving -- indeed, of all -- male students. A typical instance occurred at a high school in a neighboring town, as a friend whose son has just graduated and who attended the graduation ceremony informed me. My friend reports that approximately 90 per cent of the innumerable awards were distributed to female students for various obscure achievements such as offering encouragement to classmates, displaying enthusiasm for the subject, showing aptitude for commitment or evincing general improvement, in short, for enriching the parietal atmosphere by their very presence. Many of these awards came with the caveat “in the opinion of the teachers.” Two girls, the school was proud to announce on its Twitter feed, excelled in the technologies -- “Times Are Changin’” reads the accompanying comment. But the vast majority of these female laureates demonstrated their accomplishment in the mainly “soft” subjects -- the Humanities, social sciences, dance classes, and the like, where marking typically involves a high degree of subjectivity and teacher preference often plays a role. Only a comparative handful of male students were honored, all of whom majored in the “hard” disciplines where objectivity rules -- science, math -- and received top grades. The valedictorian, obviously, was a girl, with a high composite average enhanced, it would appear, by easy marks in the less demanding areas -- and, I strongly suspect, likely with the help of grade inflation, since the principal is female, the vice principal is female, most of the teachers are females, and the school focuses in its Twitter feed, replete with the most cloying and vapid bulletins imaginable, primarily on girls. The high school is toxic for boys, who prudently kept out of full participation in most school groups and activities. Male students cannot but react with a mixture of bemusement and resentment -- going MGTOW, going Galt -- at the cost of our society’s scientific, literary and intellectual health, already in precipitous decline.

At an ICMI (International Conference on Men’s Issues) event in London that I attended, where my wife was a featured speaker, I could scarcely believe what I was hearing about the problems faced by men, though by this time I should have been inured to the inconceivable. In particular I was appalled by the nightmare endured by British visual artist Mark Pearson, who was accused by a well-known 60-year-old TV actress of sexual assault in a heavily trafficked London Underground station. CCTV camera stills recorded that the entire episode, as Pearson enters and leaves the visual field, transpired within two or three seconds, during which time he was alleged to have stopped, knelt, reached under her skirt, penetrated her with his fingers and then hit her on the shoulder, without breaking stride and, be it said, without a single commuter noticing. The physical and temporal impossibility of such a thing happening in the recorded time span -- it took Pearson, one hand holding a newspaper and the other on his rucksack strap, about half a second to actually pass the woman -- did not stop the police from visiting Pearson in his flat and subsequently subjecting him to a year-long criminal proceeding, even though the complainant could not identify him. Pearson, who spoke at the conference, invoked Franz Kafka’s protagonist in The Metamorphosis, who awoke one morning to find he had been transformed into a gigantic cockroach. (He might also have mentioned Kafka’s Joseph K. in The Trial relentlessly prosecuted for a crime of which he had no knowledge.) The police plainly wanted a conviction and must have felt secure enough in a rabid feminist cultural atmosphere to incriminate a man despite lack of forensic evidence for a crime that was, in any case, beyond the bounds of human possibility. And in the pro-feminist environment we have allowed to emerge and establish itself, an abomination of this nature can happen to any man at any time, absent the slightest provocation.

Another conferee pointed out that charging men for sexual assault has now become a virtual industry in Japan, where subways are sudorifically crowded, people are constantly rubbing up against one another, and women extort men for hush money to avoid reputation-damaging lawsuits.

I am, obviously, offering anecdotal evidence, accumulated within one short week, of a ubiquitous trend affecting our entire society. But the anti-male climate cannot be doubted. We have seen the war against men prosecuted in our courts, in our primary schools where boys are preventively sedated, in our universities where every male student is regarded as a potential rapist and men’s issues groups are refused accreditation, in family dispute tribunals where men routinely lose custody of their children and are driven into bankruptcy, in hiring practices where women are elevated into positions of prominence by virtue of gender rather than merit, as at the University of Melbourne in Australia where competition for three senior positions in the Mathematics and Statistics Departments has been closed to men.

In pursuing their punitive agenda, feminists justify their emotional animus and legal vendettas by insisting that we live in a misogynist culture, which must be put to right via a vindictive campaign of retroactive justice targeting men everywhere. That we live in a repressive patriarchal society could not be further from the truth. If one wants to learn what qualifies as a misogynist society, one need only look to the Islamic realm in which a woman’s testimony is worth less than a man’s (Koran 2:282; 4:11), wives can be beaten on scriptural authority (Koran 4:34), women go about garbed in stifling canopies of cotton, crepe or polyester to conceal their femininity and guard their modesty (Koran 33:59) and daughters can be murdered by their fathers -- so-called “honor killings” -- for disobedience or willful conduct (a widespread cultural practice). On the contrary, we in the West live in a gynocentric culture in which women outnumber men in the universities, enjoy the sympathy of the judiciary, and are regularly favored over men in the prestige professions.

It should be noted, too, that feminists would have been unable to advance their cause without the complicity of a professional echelon of corrupt and indoctrinated males, not an alpha among them. For a typical illustration of male-feminist brown-nosing, see Jeffrey Cohen, an obscure academic specializing in queer theory and eco-criticism, who saw his chance to jump on the feminist “bandwagon” by viciously maligning a far superior, anti-feminist scholar, the distinguished medievalist Allen Frantzen. According to Cohen, “we have far too little [feminism], rather than too much,” a conviction that signals a severe case of intellectual depletion. Naturally, he equates anti-feminism with rampant misogyny, an existential fallacy that is also an effective career move. 

The feminist assault on the “patriarchy” as a tyrannical power elite inimical to the rights and prerogatives of women shows no sign of abating. In fact, it is increasing. It is aimed at every level of society, from the high to the low, at children as well as adults, at those brave women like Erin Pizzey, Daphne Patai, Karen Straughan, Janet Bloomfield, Diana Davison, Christina Hoff Summers, and my own wife Janice Fiamengo, who protest the manifest injustice of the gynolatric project, and at men in every walk of life. As Hoff Summers writes in Who Stole Feminism?, “feminist ideology has taken a divisive, gynocentric turn, and the emphasis now is on women as a political class whose interests are at odds with the interests of men,” and who are “united in hostility” against a presumably adversarial culture.

Feminism will ultimately fail for the same reason that socialism always fails: it has absolutely no understanding of human nature and it is utterly impervious to economic reality. But, like socialism, it will wreak enormous damage on its way to cultural and political disaster. Individual feminists, however, like individual socialists, will do quite well, thank you, insulated by privilege and the barriers of residual power. Nonetheless, the feminist Morlocks and their Eloi-male confederates have overrun a once-great and hardy civilization, which has now sunk into a condition of sexual rancour, gender distrust, wanton litigation and near-terminal effeminacy.

Let us be warned. None of us is safe.

First published in the American Thinker.

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Posted on 07/31/2016 5:01 AM by David Solway
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Sunday, 31 July 2016
Yes, boys, you CAN have sex slaves: Outrage as British Muslim cleric at mosque where Cardiff jihadis were radicalised tells teenagers that 'captives' are permissible under Islam in vile sermon
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The Daily Mail is getting all excited about this, as if it wasn't common knowledge that Islam permits slavery in general and sex slavery in particular. Then they feature the obligatory statement from the 'moderate' Imam that this is not 'true islam'. Thankfully fewer and fewer people are being fooled. And screaming 'racism!' 'Islamophobia!' is ceasing to work. 

A hardline Muslim preacher suspected of radicalising three British jihadis told teenage disciples that it is ‘permissible’ under Islam to have sex slaves.

Ali Hammuda, an Imam at a Cardiff mosque where three young jihadis from the city worshipped before travelling to Syria to join Islamic State, also told the group of boys as young as 13 that the ‘day of judgment is close’ – a key part of IS’s warped propaganda. The revelations come amid heightened fears over the Islamist terror threat in the UK in the wake of the bloody attacks in France.

Hammuda is still preaching at the same mosque, two years after the three ‘Cardiff jihadis’ – Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, then 20, and Muthana’s younger brother Aseel, then 17 – left for Syria in 2014.

The cleric’s extraordinary (nothing extraordinary - it's orthodox Koranic doctrine) preachings were recorded secretly at a halaqa, or religious study circle, at the Al-Manar mosque by an undercover reporter. The event was publicised by posters mimicking the famous British wartime propaganda slogan, declaring Keep Calm And Come To Halaqa. Fringed by drawings of sports equipment, the poster added: ‘Brothers Only, Ideal age 13-18. Followed by indoor football.’

In the most damning section of the recording, Hammuda, the English Islamic Programmes officer at the mosque, explains a series of Hadiths, or sayings of the Prophet Mohammed with his group. 

He tells them: ‘One of the interpretations as to what this means is that towards the end of time there will be many wars like what we are seeing today, and because of these wars women will be taken as captives, as slaves, yeah, women will be taken as slaves. And then, er, her master has relations with her because this is permissible in Islam, it’s permissible to have relations with a woman who is your slave or your wife.’

 

At no point does Hammuda, who was born in Palestine but brought up in the UK, point out that slavery is no longer permitted in Islam, (probably because it has always been permitted)  nor indeed that it is illegal in the UK.

The hitherto unbroadcast audio tapes, recorded by TV company Hardcash Productions in an investigation into jihadis, were made in October 2014 – only weeks after reports of IS atrocities against the minority Yazidi sect in northern Iraq, whose women were enslaved, raped or executed after being captured by the IS thugs.

In other recordings, Hammuda speaks of music being ‘a sickness’ and a ‘tool of Satan’. The 28-year-old also used to give talks at a school attended by Nasser Muthana and Khan. They both appeared on an IS recruiting video. Khan was killed in a drone strike last year.

Undercover reporter Rizwan Syed, who made the recordings, also found a range of extremist literature available, such as Music Made Me Do It, which describes the harmful social, psychological and physical effects of music on individuals, and Punishment In Islamic Law, which advocates Shariah law, with its punishments of execution, amputation and stoning.

Syed recalled: ‘I saw books preaching brutal violence, sexism, homophobia, aggressive physical jihad, dismemberment and capital punishment implemented by the state. It reinforces the idea that what these militant groups are doing, what IS is doing, is legitimised by history.’

Until 2013, Hammuda was allowed to hold lunchtime sessions at Cathays High School in Cardiff, where Reyaad Khan was educated. Hammuda told his followers that music is manipulative, and along with ‘free mixing’ between men and women, is ‘not permitted in Islam’.

One of Britain’s leading moderate Islamic clerics, Imam Shahid Raza, said slavery violated the ‘dignity’ of human beings and only IS supporters would use the passage to claim it is permissible. He said: ‘There is a consensus among 99 per cent of Islamic scholars – it’s only a few radicals that do not agree with it – that slavery is against the laws of Islam, and the dignity of the human being. What the Daesh [Islamic State] people have done to the Yazidis is completely unIslamic..."

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Posted on 07/31/2016 3:20 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 31 July 2016
Bangladesh: Muslim Holding Dual Canadian-Bangladeshi Citizenship Organised Dhaka Cafe Attack
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As reported by Australia's ABC today, reproducing a story from AFP.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-31/bangladesh-police-identify-man-behind-cafe-attack/7675302

'Dhaka Cafe Siege Organised by Dual Canadian-Bangladeshi National, Police Say'.

'Bangladesh police say a Canadian citizen (that is: 'a Bangladeshi Muslim holding a Canadian passport' - CM) was one of the organisers behind the recent mass killings (that is: the Muslim mass killings of non-Muslims - CM) at a Dhaka cafe, after new information came to light after a raid on an extremist hideout.

The 'extremists' are merely following the Sunnah to the letter.  They are Muslims, in majority-Muslim Bangladehs, who take Islam fully to heart. - CM

'Tamim Chowdhury, whose whereabouts are unknown (sure; but try surprise-searching the mosques and madrasas - CM) returned to Bangladesh from Canada three years ago.

'He has since led and financed efforts to radicalise young Muslims (that is: to make them more consciously devout, more zealous in their adherence to the Sunnah - CM), officers with knowledge of a probe into recent attacks told the AFP news agency.

'The dual Canadian-Bangladeshi national (whose Canadian citizenship, a mere tactical and temporary convenience, a citizenship that should never have been granted to him in the first place, should be forthwith annulled by the Canadian authorities, now that it has become manifest exactly what kind of person he is and where his real loyalties lie - to the Ummah or Mohammedan Mob, the Empire of Islam, and to the nascent Caliphate - CM) in his early 30s (nota bene; a man of full age; not a marginalised and deprived 'yoof' - CM) is thought by counter-terrorism officals to lead a faction of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant group, blamed for scores of murders of foreigners and religious minorities (that is: "that has of late carried out scores of Islamically-inspired murders of foreign non-Muslims and of members of indigenous non-Muslim minorities within Bangladesh" - CM).

'Five assailants stormed an upscale cafe (sic: 'attacked' would be a better word; 'storm' implies a military target - CM) in Dhaka's Gulshan neighbourhood on July 1 and killed (sic: tortured, mutilated and murdered - CM) 20 hostages, including 18 foreigners (nearly all of whom were non-Muslims, mostly Italians - CM) in Bangladesh's deadliest single militant attack.

It was a jihad ghazi raid. - CM

'A week later, gunmen attacked an Eid prayer gathering of 250,000 people held to mark the end of Ramadan, killing three.

Presumably the Muslims at this gathering were deemed to be either insufficiently-sharia-compliant or of the wrong sect, and therefore to be as legitimate a target as Italian Catholics, Hindu priests, Christian priests, or apostates from Islam. - CM

"So far what we have learned is that Tamim Chowdhury is one of the masterminds of the attacks of Gulshan cafe and Sholakia Eid prayer ground", an officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"He trained the extremists behind the two attacks and the nine extremists killed at Kalyanpur", the officer said, referring to a shootout by police at a flat used as an extremist hideout on Tuesday.

'He added that Chowdhury had "been working to radicalise" young Muslims.

To make them more devout and remind them of their obligation to wage jihad against Infidels and against any Muslims deemed to be insufficiently Islamic. - CM

'Another senior police officer told AFP tha tChowdhury's role in fostering extremism (ginning up jihad - CM) was revealed during the interrogation of Rakibul Hasan, 25, who was arrested in the raid on the hideout.

'According to a police first information report into the raid seen by AFP, Chowdhury and others gave him and the nine militants killed in the raid "money, explosives and weapons" and "trained and advised" them.

I wonder how much of that money was acquired by Chowdhury whilst in Canada, and from what sources?- CM

'Mr Hasan told police during the interrogation that Chowdhury "used to visit the extremists' flat and give them necessary funds and encourage them by talking about jihad and religious issues", the report said.

Jihad and religious issues.  Jihad, the sixth pillar of Islam. - CM

'Authorities blame the JMB militant group for the attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka and the assault on the Eid gathering.

'However, the Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the cafe attack, releasing photos of the carnage and of extremists posing with the group's flag.

No reason why these murderous jihadis couldn't be involved with both groups. After all, all pious Muslims share exactly the same goal: the subjugation of the planet to a global Muslim despotism and the imposition of the sharia of Islam upon all human beings. - CM

'Mr Hasan told police the group busted in the raid were members of I.S., with officers recovering its signature black flags and robes from their hideout.

'But the national police chief AKM Shahidul Hoque has rejected that claim, asserting that they were members of the banned JMB.

'Another senior officer told AFP that foreign intelligence agencies sounded alarm bells on Chowdhury's extremist activities a year ago.

'Police are investigating whether the JMB faction allegedly led by Chowdhury has any ties with I.S.'

Looks as though Canada let in someone they shouldn't have - when, precisely, did this Tamim Chowdhury enter Canada? -  and then conferred citizenship on someone who should not have received it.  One wonders what if any background checks were done on Chowdhury prior to the granting of citizenship.  And one also wonders what he was like while living in Canada and how he was perceived by his foolish Canadian infidel neighbours, or classmates, or workmates.

It is long, long past time that Infidel countries everywhere ceased to admit declared and identifiable Muslims within their gates.

Because - after reading this and any number of other similar stories from the past dozen years one begins to wonder just how many other Zulfikar Shariffs and Tamim Chowdhurys are out there, on university campuses and in urban and suburban neighbourhoods of Infidel states, and how many of them, fronting up for their infidel-country citizenship conferrals, are of the same mind as a Pakistani Muslim who, having acquired American citizenship, attempted to committ mass murder by car-bombing Times Square on May Day (he failed), and then, during his trial, when asked about the oath he swore during his citizenship ceremony, answered coolly that he "swore, but he didn't mean it".   As Mohammed said, "War is deceit".  - CM 

 

 

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Posted on 07/31/2016 1:53 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Singapore Arrests Aussie-Passport-Holding Muslim for Inciting Jihad, Promoting Islamic State
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As reported for the ABC by Sarah Hawke.

An illustration of exactly why it is a bad idea for countries such as Australia to admit Muslims inside the gates and grant them citizenship.  The only silver lining here is that this Mohammedthug retained his Singapore citizenship when he took out Aussie citizenship, so he is as much Singapore's problem as ours; and Singapore keeps a much tighter lid on their Muslim colony than Australia does.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-30/australian-resident-arrested-singapore-terror-related-activities/7674878

'Australian Citizen Arrested in Singapore for Promoting Terrorism, Islamic State'.

'An Australian citizen (sic: An Aussie-passport-holding Muslim - CM) has been detained by Singaporean authorities for terrorism-related activities including promoting the Islamic State (IS) militant group (sic: Jihad gang - CM) and armed jihad.

'Zulfikar Mohamad Shariff, who is a Singaporean man (sic: say, rather, "a Singapore-resident and Singapore-passport-holding Muslim" - CM) who lived in Australia for 14 years (but should never have been admitted inside the gates - CM) has been detained under Singapore's Internal Security Act.

'A statement from Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs said he had embarked on a path of radicalisation (he was already Going Jihad - CM) before resettling his family in Australia in 2002 (so he flitted here from Singapore, did he, because he was making Singapore too hot for himself?  What did the Singapore authorities know about him in 2002 or before and did they drop any hints to our Aussie authorities at the time of his departure to Australia?  If they did drop a hint and we ignored it and blithely let him in anyway we are at fault; if they knew but didn't indicate he was a dodgy customer, then I think we ought to be having words with them. - CM) and that Zulfikar Shariff had ongoing contact with radical preachers (sic: Muslim revivalists - CM) including Melbourne-based Musa Cerantonio (that should be "including Melbourne-based convert to Islam Musa Cerantonio" - CM).

'The ministry has accused the 44 year old (nota bene: there is no way this creature can be 'spun' as a naive and deluded 'youth' - CM) of encouraging online followers to use violence if necessary to establish a global Islamic caliphate.

Establishing a global Islamic caliphate is what Islam is all about and what Islam has sought, by hook or by crook, from the beginning. Total world domination by Muslim despots, with the sharia forced upon all human beings willy nilly. - CM

"To this end, Zelfikar had actively looked into holding training programs aimed at radicalising (sic: recruiting - CM) young Singaporeans (that should be, "young Singapore-resident Muslims" - CM) so that they would be persuaded into joining his extremist agenda", the statement said.

Not extremist; striving to establish a global sharia despotism is what every Muslim is supposed to be doing. - CM

'Zulfikar had made use of social media to propagate and spread his radical messages".

His revivalist messages.  He's all about that traditional old-time religion: jihad fi sabil allah. - CM

'The statement said Zelfikar has dual Singaporean and Australian citizenship as do three of his children and he has made numerous trips to Singapore since 2002.

Problem: neither Singapore nor Australia want this creature nor do we want his children, who have undoubtedly been pickled from birth in the undiluted hatred and aggression of the Religion of Blood and War.  - CM

'However, his wife and other children are not Singaporean citizens, the statement said.

Question: so the wife and the other children have Australian citizenship?  Of what background is the wife?  And 'other children'?  This means he has at least five little or not-so-little jihadis-in-training, their heads stuffed full of hatred for and contempt toward the filthy Unbelievers. What a delightful family.  Not.  What to do with them?  They represent a present and future mortal peril to our infidel polities.  Dear Singapore: it seems to me that the best course of action would be to modify our respective laws so that jihadis like this can, in future, lose their infidel-country citizenship and be dropped off on the beach in places such as Libya, Somalia or Yemen. - CM

"Zulfikar and his family have been receiving state grants and unemployment benefits from the Australian Government", the statement said.

Sponging off the filthy kuffar, and probably viewing these grants and benefits as jizya.  I wonder whether this creep, his wife, or any over-17-years-old children have ever done a tap of work in Australia, since arriving on our shores in 2002. Probably not.  And why the hell was he or his spawn ever granted citizenship??  Or even allowed to migrate here, in the first place?  That is the question that needs to be asked, over and over, of the relevant parliamentarians and civil servants. -  CM

'The Government also released a photo of Zelfikar and his children posing in front of a flag with Islamic writing on it (in other words: either the Islamic State flag, or else a Caliphate banner; and I bet the writing is the Shahada - CM) which they said he had posted on Facebook.

Ah, Facebook. It does have its uses; it entices all and sundry - including actual and wannabe jihadis - to "let it all hang out" in public.  Where it can be seen by absolutely everyone, including assorted government spooks. - CM

'Singapore's Straits Times newspaper has reported that some of his posts contributed to the radicalisation of at least two other Singaporeans (that is: "some of his posts helped recruit for Jihad at least two other Singapore-resident Muslims" - CM).

'The ABC understands that Zulfika Shariff is a final-year doctorate student at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

One wonders what his thesis is about.  Those in charge at La Trobe University need to be asked some loud and pointed questions about the Muslim 'students' on campus, and what those students might be getting up to, and whether such 'students' are, in the long run, worth the mortal risk that they pose to many, many people. - CM

'In March, while stil in Australia, he told Radio Australia that there was discrimination against Muslims in Singapore and he had no faith in the country's judicial system.

Translation: Singapore very rightly keeps a close and beady eye upon its large Muslim colony - which comprises about 15 percent of the population - and does not allow them to get away with much.  Which is why, I suspect, this character shot through to Australia... he saw that we were (then, in 2002, and alas, still now) less informed about Islam and therefore softer and more easily fooled. He has gamed the system and soaked us for a considerable sum of money - all those 'grants and benefits' - whilst no doubt engaging in campus dawa and the usual whining and victim-monging. Personally,  I think Australia should annul his Australian citizenship and that of his three dual-citizen offspring, and allow the Singaporeans to deal with him and his as they see fit. And I do not think our authorities should go out of their way to provide him with any sort of diplomatic assistance. He's a jihad gang boss and he shiould never have been allowed into Australia and he should not have been granted citizenship; and whoever was supposed to do background checks into his character and antecedents prior to his gaining citizenship clearly did not do a proper job. -  CM

'It is not clear why he returned to Singapore.

'The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been contacted by the ABC for comment, but has not responded as yet."

To repeat: this story illustrates perfectly why a ban on the immigration of Muslims makes perfect sense.  No Muslims admitted inside the gates would mean no welfare-scrounging jihad-inciting caliphate-pushing Zulfikar Sharifs and their ilk, raising their little mohammeds and aishas as a potentially-mass-murderous Fifth Column. - CM

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Posted on 07/30/2016 11:11 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Niemöller Redux
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by David Solway (August 2016)

First they built a mosque on my block, but that was OK by me

since I was tolerant of all religions, especially religions of peace;

 

Then they came for the dog, but I was not particularly disturbed

since it relieved me of thrice-daily walks;  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:39 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Maghreb
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by Brandon Marlon (August 2016)

Swart villagers compelled by the magnet of loot

suborn mulish asses during a nighttime jaunt

toward snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas

in a quest to encounter the Berber marabout  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:35 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Two men arrested in Belgium over suspected attack plot
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From the Guardian

Police have arrested two men suspected of planning an attack in Belgium following house searches, federal prosecutors have said. The two, named as 33-year-old Nourredine H and his brother Hamza H, will appear before a judge on Saturday to determine whether they should be held in custody beyond an initial 24 hours.

“Based on provisional results from the investigation, it appears that there were plans to carry out an attack somewhere in Belgium,” the federal prosecution office said in a statement. Police carried out seven house searches in the Mons region and another one in Liege on Friday evening. No weapons or explosives were found.

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
This Stranger in Me
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by Bibhu Padhi (August 2016)

As soon as I begin to look for it,

someone says, “It’s too early.”

Someone, who I thought

was always there, behind sun

and night, covered me  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:28 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Commandments
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by Thomas Ország-Land (August 2016)

                         –In Memoriam Lili Meier

 

Not one of them guessed the purpose of the chamber

when Obersturmführer Hössler, standing at ease

before the portals, thus addressed a band

of tired, disoriented new arrivals.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:22 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Survivors
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by Dilip Mohapatra (August 2016)

The serpentine candle march

slithers along the streets

near Jantar Mantar

with pent up emotions  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:13 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Dare
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by David P. Gontar (August 2016)

Storming over the steep crest we bounded,

a pack of slick, scorched faces

charging the crazed foe,  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:06 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Extreme Verge
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by Evelyn Hooven (August 2016)

“You are now within a foot of th’ extreme verge.  .  .  .” (King Lear, iv, vi)

 

Karl Jaspers on “boundary situations” (Grenzsituationen): “Death, suffering, struggle, chance, guilt—along with wonder and doubt—we react to them either by obfuscation or, if we really apprehend them, by despair and rebirth: we become ourselves.  .  .  .”                                               

 

                                           You led me to a verge  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:02 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Illumination of Waraka
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by A. Human Being (August 2016)

Ali Wheatley of Arkham’s Miskatonic University translated the following manuscript, which was discovered in the remains of the library of King Harshavardhana in Kanauj, The Harsha Empire, Central Bharat, which is now modern India. The manuscript is dated December 21, 633 ad and is ascribed to Waraka ibn Nawfal, who history records as the Nestorian priest who told Muhammad that the person who accosted him in the cave of Hira was the Angel Gabriel. It is worth noting that Waraka never accepted Islam.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:55 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Hotel of Other-Worldly Delights
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by James LePore (August 2016)

I wasn’t on the side of the road long before a car pulled up behind me and a very pretty young man came over and asked me in perfect English if I needed help. The used Fiat that I had bought in Rome had overheated and would not go another foot. I nodded, yes I do. What kind of pictures do you take? he asked me.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:49 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Emeritus
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a jeu d’sprit

by James Como (August 2016)

Students – thousands – could no longer stand him, and so they had poisoned his vocation (for that is what teaching had been for him, a calling) with bad ratings, venomous petitions, veiled mockery, all sorts of grumblings to this dean or that, and the worst punishment of all: avoidance of his classes. It ate away at what he understood to be his standing. Then the other shoe: the provost told him his time had come. After forty years at the same plough, discrete retirement, no farewell dinner.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:43 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Poetry, Survival & The Holocaust
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a review and interview with Thomas Ország-Land

Making the Impossible, Possible

by Frances Spurrier (August 2016)

Can poetry confront the evils of our time? Frances Spurrier, Reviews Editor of the eminent British literary forum Write Out Loud and herself an award-winning writer, teacher and critic, considers recent poetry issued by Thomas Ország-Land, a Jewish-Hungarian poet and foreign correspondent, and she interviews the author.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:37 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Different Literary Worlds
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by Richard Kostelanetz (August 2016)

Let me suggest that in America today are several literary worlds so different and distant from one another that it’s possible for someone to be quite prominent in one and scarcely noticed in the others. One is commercial publishing whose produce is, thanks to hired publicists, acknowledged in the newspaper book reviews and chain bookstores.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:31 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Shakespeare’s Enduring Conservatism
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by David P. Gontar (August 2016)

Now we speak upon our cue, and our voice is imperial.” -Shakespeare   

I.  Introduction

Shakespeare doesn’t change. We do.

Not too long ago, in a story titled “College Faculties a Most Liberal Lot” (3/29/05), The Washington Post reported that the vast majority of university professors, (72 - 87%), are liberals. In 2016, especially as to the humanities, this disparity has doubtless grown.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:26 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
“I’m Like, That’s Crazy”
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by Mark Zaslav (August 2016)

Figures of speech capture current trends in popular thought and culture. They offer a linguistic snapshot of our times, and the ideas (or lack thereof) that pervade it. Increasingly, this snapshot is a selfie.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:19 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
What Americans Should Know about Brazil’s Dual Legacy of Slavery and the Monarchy
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by Norman Berdichevsky (August 2016)

What do most Americans know about Brazil and what should they know? –  a very pertinent question in the light of much recent headline news in the media regarding worries about the country's ability to stage the Olympic games, the dangers of the Zika virus, and the scandal of an impeached woman president (Dilma Rousseff).  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:13 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
A Comprehensive Response to Anti-Israel Tourist Activism Talking Points, Part II
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Behind the selective criticism: Boycott advocacy for a one-state solution

by Robert Harris (August 2016)

This article addresses the propagandistic talking points of tourist activism, so designed to undermine the international standing of Israel. The anti-Israel commentaries by former RTE producer, Betty Purcell, in the aftermath of a 2015 visit to Judea and Samaria/West Bank, organised by the Bethlehem branch of the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association), in which she toured and lived with a Christian family, are utilised as a starting point for the arguments of rebuttal featured in this essay. Part One of this series addresses other topics of contention.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:04 AM by NER
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