A mother of four feared to have taken her children to Syria is believed to be following in the footsteps of her sister and brother-in-law, who is linked to the radical preacher Anjem Choudary.
Zahera Tariq, 33, who was reported missing from her Walthamstow home with her three sons, aged four, 11 and 12, and her nine-year-old daughter,may be trying to join the family of her sister, Aisha, 30, who is already in Syria, the Sunday Times reported.
Ms Tariq’s brother-in-law is understood to be Siddhartha Dhar, a former disciple and aide to Anjem Choudary.
Dhar, also of Walthamstow, was among nine men arrested and questioned by police last year on suspicion of terrorism offences.
Dhar, also known as Abu Rumaysah al Britain, recently posted a glowing depiction of life in Syria under the rule of Islamic State.
Police declined to comment on the family links of Ms Tariq.
The Voices of the Ghetto Still Address Us by András Mezei
translated from the Hungarian& editedby Thomas Ország-Land (September 2015)
Seven decades after the Hungarian Holocaust, a child survivor confronts the modern reader with the living voices of that tragedy. András Mezei (1930-2008) entrusted his translator with a retrospective exploration for our time. His voices of the Holocaust address us with urgency and directness. There are many voices of the past speaking to us of terror, folly, greed, cruelty and absurdity. They could be incomprehensible; Mezei's poetry makes them sound like our own voices. more>>>
Is Iran the Cuban Missile Crisis All Over Again?: Listen to The Lisa Benson Show Today
Gen Paul Valley's NewsMax.com article "Iran Already Has Nuke, Making Deal 'Moot'has gone viral. That has raised questions about whether is this, as baseball great Yogi Berra, might say, "deja vu all over again." Shoshana and Stephen Bryen,"Does Iran Have Nuclear Weapons," American Thinker, July 31, 2015, Ilana Freedman and this writer have written our assessments of this possibility. As a young Army officer going through Infantry Training at Fort Benning during the Octoiber 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and following Intelligence training in 1963 I will provide commentary in today's Lisa Benson Show following appearances of our guests: Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus, Dr. Charles Jacobs of American for Peace and Tolerance a leader in organizing today's Boston Stop Iran Now! Rally and Barry Nussbaum, Committee Chairman and organizer of the DC March to Save America. For background on the Cuban Missile experience in connection with Iran nuclear threats read my NER article: "The Iranian Missile Crisis," August 2011and "Has Iran Developed Nuclear Weapons in North Korea?" (March 2014).
Listen live to the Lisa Benson Show on KKNT960The Patriot today at 4PM EDT, 3PM CDT, 2PM MDT, I PM PDT and 11PM in Israel
Is it just me or have others shuddered at the tragedy of this erstwhile apotheosis of American male physicality? In 1976, Bruce Jenner took home the gold at the Montreal Olympics as not only Decathlon champion but the new world record holder. Today he has disfigured his face and mutilated his body. He ingests female hormones, lets his hair grow, wears women’s clothes and make-up and suffers from the delusion that he has “transitioned” into being a woman. more>>>
Tell me, have you ever been a 16th century Scottish king?
"Real," as used in the U.S., is a style of expression actors hear a lot about these days. It is what we are most often asked to perform. The theory behind it, ostensibly, is that a re-enactment of the mundane, drawing upon subjective experience, conveys genuineness: trompe l'oeil. "Real" proves useful as a tool in one's kitbag, when applied judiciously, in some commercial work and in the genre of Realism. more>>>
The World is Collapsing Around Our Ears: Some Thoughts of the Decline of Popular Music
by John Broening (September 2015)
Consider two songs, both of them titled “Just the Way You Are”: the first was released in 1977 and was one of the best-selling records of the following year; the second was released in 2010 and was one of the best-selling records of 2010 and 2011. more>>>
“Environmental Racism” Divides and Diverts Activists
by Lorna Salzman (September 2015)
In East Liverpool, Ohio, a hazardous waste incinerator has been operating since 1993, with uncontrolled emissions - over three thousand tons of toxics annually including lead and benzene - that threaten the health of the entire town. Residents of the black community closest to the plant have been trying to get the EPA to declare the plant an example of “environmental racism,” claiming that they, as opposed to the rest of the town, suffer disproportionately from these emissions. In 2005 the EPA did in fact designate it as such, based on the fact that the black population closest to the plant contained twice as many minority residents as other minority communities in the EPA region. But what the community did not realize is that no specific EPA action is required for such designations, which are, according to the EPA, simply to acknowledge such cases as “environmental justice” examples for use in internal government reviews. more>>>
Revisiting the Greek island Hydra, after the passage of more years than it’s good for me to count, not from choice but because the use of my friend Chris McLinton’s house enables me to repair the vast trench in my budget caused by three days in Athens. Emotionally, it is unwise for me to be here. I recognize too many aging faces, pass too many houses in which I was young, happy, productive and unfaithful. Every path I saunter down takes me deep into some region of my past when I knew that I was immortal and poetically privileged, and gives me the disorienting sensation of living stratigraphically, on two different time levels at once. Which means that I am not only in Greece but in some miasmic internal realm of which the island is merely the external configuration. more>>>
“I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.” – Winston Churchill
Donald Trump may not make it to the big show in 2016 but Megyn Kelly will still be a network doxy and Rosie O’Donnell will still be large and unloved the morning after. Such are the vicissitudes of American feminist politics, especially among some daughters of Sappho. Too many media sisters seem to roll that way; first play the bull dog, spew invective, attack a high-profile male, and then hide behind the victim’s mantel of political correctness or take refuge under gender or identity immunities. Never mind that doublespeak often validates stereotypes about insecure or weak women. Having it both ways is a time-honored American double standard, a kind of behavioral Title IX for politics. Hat tip to Orwell! more>>>
I have loved logical fallacies ever since I took a deductive logic class in college. To be more accurate, I don’t love the fallacies themselves, but I love learning and knowing about them. I find that familiarity with the most common fallacies, together with some other logical principles, gives one power to quickly understand, deconstruct, and cut through even the most formidable opponent’s arguments. It can mean the difference between “that doesn’t sound quite right, but I can’t put my finger on why” and “you’re using argument X, and it’s fallacious, and here’s why.” Of course, the latter response can make one an unpopular conversationalist, but that is a separate issue. more>>>
Much sport has been made recently concerning the career path of the average British politician. Travel smoothly from graduation to internship, from SpAd (or special adviser) to policy adviser, possibly with a brief sojourn in advertising, PR, publishing or journalism, and Westminster is your oyster. The route is bland, anodyne and lacking in anything but mastery of the managerial and technocratic arts, and gives us a political class to match. There is nothing of substance, nothing which could remotely be called life experience. There is one rite of passage for the elites, however, which may hold the key to this world of artifice and salesmanship. more>>>
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, “Lebanon is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Unraveling the Lebanese enigma is the objective of a new book by Dr. Mordechai Nisan, Politics and War in Lebanon. Nisan is an accomplished Israeli political scientist and retired Hebrew University lecturer. His body of work covers Zionism, Islam, Arab history, minority peoples, Lebanon, US Middle East policy and the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is rare that a book achieves its objective of unraveling the complex nuances of the Lebanon puzzle in both an astute and yet literate manner. more>>>
I looked forward with much anticipation to the largest ever and most expensive (170 million kroner, or $30 million) televised dramatic series entitled “1864” dealing with the Second Dano-German War. It premiered on Danish state television in October 2014 and has since been shown in English translation by the BBC. What a disappointment! more>>>
Exactly one hundred years ago several million Christians were brutally murdered. Among those were about 250,000 to 300,000 Assyrians. According to a statement by the Earl of Listow in 1933, the Ottoman Turks, while cleansing Turkey of religious impurities, wiped out almost two-thirds of the Assyrian Christian population.1 No one knows how many Christians were totally martyred during World War I – and no one probably ever will. more>>>
An Israeli Defender of Threatened Minorities in the Muslim Middle East
an interview with Dr. Mordechai Nisan
by Jerry Gordon (September 2015)
Religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East are threatened by the rise of Sunni and Shia supremacists. A major threat is the mushrooming growth and barbarity of the self-declared Caliphate, the Islamic State. Another is a nuclear enabled hegemon, the Islamic Republic of Iran. more>>>
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Denouement Looms for Congressional Action on the Iran Nuclear Pact
by Jerry Gordon (September 2015)
While the Congress is on summer recess until it reconvenes just after Labor Day, the President, his White House staff and loyal Congressional supporters are engaged in briefings and discussions with 15 undecided Senators and 30 House Members endeavoring to gain their support for the Iran nuclear pact. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was announced in Vienna on July 14, 2015. A week later on July 22nd, the Iran nuclear pact was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council. The President is seeking to buttress the vote count under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. Congressional rejection of the JCPOA might trigger a Presidential veto. more>>>
Forty years ago, I drove with a bunch of friends from Fez in Morocco, through Spain to Paris. It was the hottest part of the summer and after taking the ferry from Tangier to Algeciras we drove along the Spanish coast, up into the eastern desert of Almeria, famous venue for the filming of Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, down to Torremolinos, where the uglification of the Costa del Sol was well underway, up to Barcelona and over the border into France and onwards to Paris. more>>>