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Saturday, 28 March 2015
Sunni And Shi'a Representatives Exchange Views On Iraqi Television
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Posted on 03/28/2015 11:59 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
An Interview With Geert Wilders
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Posted on 03/28/2015 11:01 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
A Musical Interlude: A Little White House At The End Of Honeymoon Lane (Al Bowlly)
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Listen here.

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Posted on 03/28/2015 10:46 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
Real Estate Notes From All Over
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The king, or emir, or sultan, or ruler, or whatever he calls himself, of nasty little Qatar has just bought his second, and possibly favorite, wife, a little seaside place, 64 rms w/vu, tout confort.

Details here.

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Posted on 03/28/2015 10:43 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
Iranian Defector Motaghi On The American Negotiators Making The Iranian Case
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Posted on 03/28/2015 10:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
Geert Wilders In Vienna
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His speech at a press conference, here.

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Posted on 03/28/2015 7:53 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
Some Bostonians Not To Be Found In Henry James
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Posted on 03/28/2015 6:51 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
Millions vote in Nigeria elections hit by Islamist attacks and technology issues
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The long-awaited election in the continent’s biggest democracy, with 60 million potential voters, did not descend into the chaos or violence that the doomsayers had predicted, but it was hardly plain sailing. From the moment that President Goodluck Jonathan himself was rejected by a malfunctioning voter registration machine there were glitches until, by late afternoon, beleaguered officials had been forced to announce that polling in some areas would spill over into a second day.

In the embattled north-east, the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram carried out its threat to disrupt polling day. Fourteen were killed, including an opposition politician, in three separate raids on polling stations. 

“We could hear the gunmen shouting: ‘Didn’t we warn you about staying away from [the] election?’” one official told Agence France-Presse after three died in Gombe state. “They set fire to all the election materials we abandoned as we escaped.”

Residents of the town of Miringa say Boko Haram militants torched people's homes early Saturday and then shot them as they tried to escape. Twenty-five reportedly died.

Abubakar Shekau, warned in a video message last month: “This election will not be held even if we are dead. Even if we are not alive, Allah will not allow you to do it.”

But many voters in Boko Haram’s heartland defied the threat. Volunteers swept voters with handheld metal detectors in Maiduguri as a precaution after a string of suicide attacks in recent weeks. At a school in Yola, Abbas Mohammed, a university lecturer, cast his vote in one of the centres set up especially for the 1.5 million people displaced by the violence. “If we don’t vote, it will be as if Boko Haram has battered us twice,” he said.

 

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Posted on 03/28/2015 5:25 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
Al-Shebaab, and Mosques And Madrasas, Even In Uganda
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Boko Haram on one side of sub-Sarahan Africa, Al-Shebaab on the other. Black Africans persecuted, pillaged, enslaved, murdered by Muslims who think of themselves as Arabs, in what is now Southern Sudan. Arab slavemasters, black African slaves, in Mauritania and, informally, all over the Maghreb, slave-like conditions for black African workers and domestics.

Did you know, or did you know but then forget, about the Al-Shebaab bombs in Uganda? Did you know about the measures of self-defense taken in that country, the shutting down of some madrasas, and the Muslim reaction to it? Read here.

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Posted on 03/28/2015 10:17 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
Revealed: Jihadist Lessons at the Boston Marathon Bombers’ Mosque
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From Breitbart

The Boston Marathon bombers’ mosque, the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), employs an intensive radicalizing program aimed at Boston’s historically moderate Muslim community, especially at its youth. It’s called “Tarbiya,” which is Arabic for “growth and refinement.” It is not something that is practiced as part of classical mainstream Islam.

APT has obtained several curriculum documents created by ISB-affiliated groups, which describe exactly what is taught and when, with assignments detailed down to book and page number. We are making the most detailed and traceable of these documents available here and here. We will focus in this article on a particular Tarbiya program called “Young Muslims,” which was explicitly endorsed by Suhaib Webb, the Imam of the ISB’s mega-mosque in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.

Read it all - they are playing a VERY long game. 

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Posted on 03/28/2015 5:03 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
A Musical Interlude: Mama, I Love A Crook (Tatyana Kabanova)
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Listen here.

 

Мама, я жулика люблю
(из репертуара А. Димитриевича)

Фраер топает за мной,
А мне нравится блатной -
Мама, я жулика люблю!
Жулик будет воровать,
А я буду продавать -
Мама, я жулика люблю!

Менты ходят, жулик спит,
А мое сердце так болит -
Мама, я жулика люблю!
Жулик будет воровать,
А я буду продавать -
Мама, я жулика люблю!

Где блатные, там и я,
Все блатные — боль моя -
Мама, я жулика люблю!
Жулик будет воровать,
А я буду продавать -
Мама, я жулика люблю!

Жулик ходит в кандалах,
А я с фраером в шелках -
Мама, я жулика люблю!
Жулик будет воровать,
А я буду продавать -
Мама, я жулика люблю!

Фраер будет мой страдать,
А я буду пропивать -
Мама, я жулика люблю!
Жулик будет воровать,
А я буду продавать -
Мама, я жулика люблю!
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Posted on 03/28/2015 12:42 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 27 March 2015
Former Gang Leader Becomes Even More Dangerous Muslim Gang Leader
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Even more dangerous, that is, when he went from being Marcus Dwayne Robertson, notorious gang leader in New York City, to being  Abu Taubah, Muslim gang leader in Florida, a change which, you see, gave meaning and structure and justification to his existence, which otherwise did not change.

Here.

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Posted on 03/27/2015 11:51 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 27 March 2015
Five grounded girls are from same London school as 3 'Jihadi brides
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From The Telegraph

Five teenage girls barred from travelling abroad by a judge after showing an interest in going to Syria are pupils at the same London school as three girls already thought to have fled there to join the Islamic State, the High Court has been told.

In mid-February police raised concerns following the disappearance of Kadiza Sultana, 16, Shamima Begum, 15, and Amira Abase, 15, from their homes in east London.

On March 20 Mr Justice Hayden barred five girls - three 16 and two 15 - from leaving the jurisdiction of England and Wales following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

The judge had made an order saying the five girls could not be identified.

But on Friday he said it could be revealed that all eight teenagers were pupils at Bethnal Green Academy in Bethnal Green, east London. 

Mr Justice Hayden made the move following an application from social services bosses at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He was told that social workers had raised concerns that the girls might flee to areas controlled by the Islamic State and he said sometimes the law had to intervene to protect young people from themselves

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Posted on 03/27/2015 4:52 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 27 March 2015
Unconfirmed Report: Co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus was a Convert to Islam
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This is from Speisa:

According to Michael Mannheimer, a writer for German PI-News, Germany now has its own 9/11, thanks to the convert to Islam, Andreas Lubitz.

Translation from German:

All evidence indicates that the copilot of Airbus machine in his six-months break during his training as a pilot in Germanwings, converted to Islam and subsequently either by the order of "radical", ie. devout Muslims , or received the order from the book of terror, the Quran, on his own accord decided to carry out this mass murder. As a radical mosque in Bremen is in the center of the investigation, in which the convert was staying often, it can be assumed that he - as Mohammed Atta, in the attack against New York - received his instructions directly from the immediate vicinity of the mosque.

Converts are the most important weapon of Islam. Because their resume do not suggests that they often are particularly violent Muslims. Thus Germany now has its own 9/11, but in a reduced form. And so it is clear that Islam is a terrorist organization that are in accordance with §129a of the Criminal Code to prohibit it and to investigate its followers. But nothing will happen. One can bet that the apologists (media, politics, "Islamic Scholars") will agree to assign this an act of a "mentally unstable" man, and you can bet that now, once again the mantra of how supposedly peaceful Islam is will continue. And worse still, the attacks by the left against those who have always warned against Islam, will be angrier and merciless.

For now the German Islam supporters like never before have their backs against the wall.

Michael Mannheimer, 26.3.2015


The Daily Mail today writes:

Police investigating the Germanwings crash said tonight they had made a 'significant discovery' at the home of pilot Andreas Lubitz, who deliberately ploughed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps.

Officers refused to reveal details of the potential breakthrough but said it was not a suicide note.


Hopefully we'll know in a few days if this article is accurate.

The Mannheimer article seems to have been removed. This may be innacurate.

UPDATE: Megyn Kelly of Fox News is confirming it is true.
 

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Posted on 03/27/2015 2:33 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 27 March 2015
Actress Agnès Soral Analyzes Her Brother Alain's Descent Into Lunatic Antisemitism
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Here.

Alain Soral is the real "far-right" in France, and because that "far right" is characterized by one thing -- fanatical antisemitism -- he can and does make common cause with M'bala M'bala Dieudonne. Neither, of course, has anything bad to say about Islam. For the crazed antisemites, Islam  is not to be examined, analysed, criticised, worried about, because that would get in the way, you see, of the continued demonization of Jews, in and out of Israel. As in the late 1930s, antisemites are a security threat all over the Westen world. Then, they minimized or ignored the threat -- clear to Wiinston Churchill but not only to him -- of Hitler's Germany sometimes deriding it as merely a matter of "Jewish propaganda."  See, for more, John Roy Carlson's report on his descent into that world, which he compiled as his contribution to the American war effort, in his book Under Cover. It went through two dozen reprintings in 1943. It's worth reprinting now. And his Cairo To Damascus, about the attempt to smother at birth the nascent state of Israel, though last reprinted in 2008, needs to be reprinted again.

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Posted on 03/27/2015 8:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 27 March 2015
Amnesty International's Singular Explosion Of Candor On The Gaza Campaign
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The "Palestinian" rockets were responsible for the deaths of their own civilians, in two ways.

One we know about -- the deliberate firing of rockets right  from the middle of civilian areas, including schools, hotels, hospitals, and so on.

The second is what this report from Amnstey International discusses -- the number of Arabs killed by misfired rockets from their own bezonians.

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Posted on 03/27/2015 8:26 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 27 March 2015
Turkish Muslims In Germany: Those Gastarbeiter Now Neither Guests Nor Working
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The figures here.
 

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Posted on 03/27/2015 8:16 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 27 March 2015
Saudi Researcher Ali Al-Ahmed On Yemen, And The Fate Of The Al-Saud
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Described as a "Saudi researcher" -- an ambiguous description, because it does not make clear if he does research on Saudi Arabia or, more likely, is a native of Saudi Arabia, Ali al-Ahmed is, to judge by his name, Shi'a. But even if he is not, he does not favor the Al-Saud regime and rightly says that the Saudi bombing of the Houthis is done not to defend free elections and the constitution in Yemen, but simply to keep Yemen from becoming too dangerously independent and more of a danger to the Saudis..

Here.

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Posted on 03/27/2015 7:44 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 27 March 2015
Father of 'jihadi bride' schoolgirl attended 2012 Islamist rally attended by Lee Rigby's killer and led by preacher Anjem Choudary
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To quote the leading comment on the Daily Mail : That apple didn't fall far from the tree, then

The father of one of the three schoolgirl 'jihadi brides' attended an Islamist rally led by firebrand preacher Anjem Choudary. Abase Hussen can be seen chanting 'Allahu Akbar' amid dozens of protesters and standing just yards away as the flags of Israel and U.S. are burned. The footage shows him at the head of the demonstration which was also attended by Michael Adebolajo, the killer of soldier Lee Rigby.

His daughter, Amira Abase, 15, fled the UK with two of her closest friends to join Islamic State last month sparking a national outcry. Mr Hussen, who is originally from Ethiopia, led public appeals for her return as their families blamed the authorities for failing to stop them.He addressed MPs at the Home Affairs Select Committee and was filmed appealing for help while clutching his daughter's teddy bear.

But at no time has he mentioned his own passion for militant Islam or attendance at one of the most notorious rallies of the last few years

Mr Hussen was caught on camera in one of a wave of terrifying demonstrations that took place across the world in September 2012. Thousands took to the streets to protest against an obscure film called Innocence of Muslims, which was criticised for ridiculing Islam. In London, more than 150 clashed with police outside the U.S. Embassy in Mayfair as they chanted 'burn, burn USA' and 'Allahu Akbar' (God is great).

Images posted online show Mr Hussen at the head of the march, reaching towards an Israeli flag as it is burned.

A U.S. stars and stripes was also set on fire. His distinctive face can also be seen as the march moves along the street beside a line of police carriers and officers. He can also be seen marching behind a banner reading: 'The followers of Mohammed will conquer America.'

Among the rabble-rousers at the march was notorious hate preacher Choudary, with Adebolajo at his side. Two men were arrested as the angry mob called for shariah law to be imposed across the UK

Earlier this week Mr Hussen travelled to Turkey with relatives of the other two girls. He has since returned to the flat he shares with his wife in East London but could not be contacted last night.

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Posted on 03/27/2015 3:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
This is Awkward
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From the Washington Post.

BAGHDAD — Iraqi militia forces that have led the fight against Islamic State militants in Tikrit balked at U.S. intervention Thursday, saying that although most would remain in their positions, they will refuse to proceed with an offensive on the city.

One Shiite militia, Kitaeb Hezbollah, which is designated by the United States as a terrorist organization, said it would go as far as shooting down any plane belonging to the U.S.-led coalition in the area.

Another militia announced that it intends to withdraw.

The opening of the U.S. airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday drew Washington into a battle that has pitted the militants against Iraqi forces dominated by Iranian-backed militias, many of which are hostile to the United States.

An estimated 20,000 ground troops involved in the Tikrit offensive belong to what are known as “popular mobilization units” — an affiliation of Shiite volunteer fighters that formed after a call to arms from Iraq’s leading Shiite cleric but which has also become an umbrella for Shiite militia groups.

 

Although the United States wants Shiite militias off the battlefield, Iraqi officials have indicated that they plan for at least part of the popular mobilizations to be included in a new offensive for the city. That sets Haider al-Abadi’s government up for a potentially embarrassing public power struggle. Although the Iraqi government claims to control the mobilization units, militia leaders say the units follow their command.

If the freeze stands, it will mean that official Iraqi security forces, which have so far played a limited role in the fight, will be left to clear Tikrit alone.

The fight for Tikrit is considered a crucial test in the wider fight to drive the Islamic State from strongholds in northern Iraq, including Mosul, which has been the symbol and center of Islamic State power in Iraq since the militants took it last summer.

“All the popular mobilization will refuse to fight until the American airstrikes stop,” said Moeen al-Khadami, head of the popular mobilization committee on Baghdad’s provincial council. “Let them try to do it without us. America is just trying to steal our victory.”

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Posted on 03/26/2015 3:14 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
A Musical Interlude: Love Locked Out (Al Bowlly)
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Listen here.

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Posted on 03/26/2015 8:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
Approaching The Humanities Through Soccer
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Here.

Harvard, humanities, Viktor Shklovsky, soccer -- what could be better?

The instructor who highfalutin'ly claims that  "shaking things up" through this kind of course is just like Viktor Shklovky's "ostranenie" or, anglice,  "making strange" or, in German,Verfremsdungeffekt, one of the most important of the literary devices Shklovsky identified in "Art As Devices" (Iskusstvo Kak Priyom) is off base, because shaking things up, by studying why some call soccer "a beautiful game,"  is not the same thing as making them strange. Or should I have refrained from using "off base" because it belongs to another sport?  And do you find it unsporting not to greet this addition to the curriculum with delight, and instead to deplore this effort of instructors to appeal cravenly to students, to try to get them interested, by holding up for solemn study what already receives too much attention, in concocting this course that surrenders to the spirit of the age, does not distinguish the permanent from the passing, and reveals a failure of these teachers of the humanities to take as their truest task the transmission of culture, history, literature. This soccer course may not be as unacceptable as courses about "the philosophy of Hip-Hop" that Harvard also endorsed when it hired, and then gave tenure, in the very department, Philosophy, that once included, at the same time, William James, Charles Sanders Pierce, Josiah Royce, to Tommie Shelby, son-in-law of Thomas Scanlon, professor and recently head of the Philosophy Department, after a "nation-wide search."  But that's faint praise.

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Posted on 03/26/2015 7:24 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
The Objects That Are Disappearing From Our Lives
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Here.

And here's that passage in Pnin that must now be read with ubi-sunt awareness:  

"With the help of the janitor he screwed onto the side of the desk a pencil sharpener — that highly satisfying, highly philosophical instrument that goes ticonderoga-ticonderoga, feeding on the yellow finish and sweet wood, and ends up in a kind of soundlessly spinning ethereal void as we all must."

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Posted on 03/26/2015 6:33 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
Co-Pilot Gameel Al-Batouti Of Egypt Air Flight 990
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Posted on 03/26/2015 5:30 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
One Pilot Locked Out in Germanwings Crash
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NYTimes:

PARIS — As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed amid a relatively clear sky, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.

A senior French military official involved in the investigation described a “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.

“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door, and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger, and no answer. There is never an answer.”

He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”

While the audio seemed to give some insight into the circumstances leading to the Germanwings crash on Tuesday morning, it also left many questions unanswered.

“We don’t know yet the reason why one of the guys went out,” said the official, who requested anonymity because the investigation was continuing. “But what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door.”

The names, nationalities and most importantly, the religions of the two pilots have not been released.

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Posted on 03/26/2015 4:49 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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