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Friday, 6 March 2015
French Foreign Minister Fabius Once Again Questions P5+1 Deal with Iran
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Quai d’Orsay, Feb. 24, 2015

Source: Reuters

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is convening a meeting in Paris Saturday with Western and EU members of the  P5+1  raising questions about the elements of the bi-lateral discussions between Secretary of State Kerry and Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif in Switzerland. The US and Iran have under discussion a proposed 10-year phased ‘verifiable’ deal to allegedly prevent Iran from nuclear breakout in less than a year. This follows Israeli PM Netanyahu’s address before a Joint Meeting of Congress on Wednesday, March 3rd during which he called the emerging dea, l a “very bad deal”.  President Obama suggested that Netanyahu had not offered anything new in his address and that PM Netanyahu had not offered “viable alternatives.”  Back in November 2013, we wrote about  M. Fabius with regard to the then proposed interim agreement noting:

The Local in France   reported  on  Iranian Parliamentary members objecting to  Fabius allegedly representing Israel's  PM Netanyahu’s  emphatic position that the deal on the table was a bad one, "a very bad one".

Note in retrospect M. Fabius’ concerns in November 2013:

Fabius, in Geneva for what is now a third day of intensive negotiations, said earlier in the day there was "no certainty" a deal could be reached and that Israel's "concerns" need to be taken into consideration.

Fabius told France Inter radio that "there is an initial draft that we do not accept... As we speak, I have no certainty that we can finish up."

"There are some points on which we are not satisfied," he said, citing the "extremely prolific" Arak nuclear reactor and the question of uranium enrichment.

Fabius also expressed concerns over Iran's stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium.

Is this a case of déjà vu ‘all over again’ according to baseball great Yogi Berra?  Note Fabius’ remarks in a Reuters article requesting tomorrow’s ministerial meeting:

Fabius said he had invited U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of Germany and Britain to Paris on Saturday to review the state of the Iran nuclear negotiations.

"We are in favor of a solid agreement ... for now there remain difficulties," he told reporters in Riga where he was taking part in a European Union foreign ministers' meeting.

"There has been progress but as far as the volume, checks and duration of the envisaged commitments are concerned, the situation is still insufficient, so there is more work to be done," he said.

 

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Fabius took a more downbeat view of the Iran talks than Mogherini, who said earlier in the Latvian capital that a good deal was at hand in the negotiations.

"I also believe that there is not going to be any deal if it is not going to be a good deal. And this is something we have to pass as a message to all our friends and partners," Mogherini said in apparent reference to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism of the nuclear deal under negotiation.

Before we jump to any conclusions about whether Fabius’ call for stronger terms could forestall the proposed agreement to be reached by March 31st, we must recall that despite M. Fabius’ objections on November 10, 2013,  an interim Plan of Action agreement was agreed to by the P5+1  14 days later in Geneva.   Israeli PM Netanyahu commented on the interim deal:

What was concluded in Geneva last night is not a historic agreement, it's a historic mistake. It's not made the world a safer place. Like the agreement with North Korea in 2005, this agreement has made the world a much more dangerous place.

For years the international community has demanded that Iran cease all uranium enrichment. Now, for the first time, the international community has formally consented that Iran continue its enrichment of uranium.

Secretary Kerry replied:

We believe very strongly that because the Iranian nuclear program is actually set backwards and is actually locked into place in critical places, that that is better for Israel than if you were just continuing to go down the road and they rush towards a nuclear weapon.

Perhaps, this time M. Fabius might convince his Western peers that Netanyahu’s original objections to the interim deal in November 2013 were reflected  in his March 3, 2015 address to  the Joint Meeting of Congress.  This might put the brakes on P5+1 negotiations headed towards a disastrous deal with Iran. 

 

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Posted on 03/06/2015 9:27 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 6 March 2015
What's Playing At The Roxy, In Good Old Aleppo Town
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In the part that is under anti-regime control, here's what's playing at the Roxy.

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Posted on 03/06/2015 8:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 6 March 2015
Jonathan Tobin: What The Guardian And Al Jazeera Tried To Do With That "Mossad Memo"
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Before Netanyahu's speech, the propaganda organ of Qatar, and The Guardian,  teamed up to "discredit" Netanyahu by leaking what was described as a "Mossad memo" and then explaining to their audience what they thought that leaked memo meant. They made much of little.

Jonathan Tobin took apart both the Guardian and Al Jazeera, and that supposedly devastating-to-Netanyahu memo,  here.

Some, however, apparently insufficiently interested in the matter to go beyond what was offered by The Guardian and Al Jazeera, continued to write as if Netanyahu indeed was making things up, was crying wolf, was hysterical. And they continued to ignore the many members of the intelligence services in Israel who support Netanyahu, on Iran -- even if they may not support his political ambitions -- to the hilt. One of those is J. J. Goldberg, an editor at large for the Jewish Forward, who gloated over the Al Jazeera-Guardian report, taking it all at face value, uninterested in performing the kind of analysis that Tobin offered. Why?

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Posted on 03/06/2015 8:42 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 6 March 2015
Mr. Hijazi, Second In His Class
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Here.

This Mr. Hijazi is not to be confused with another Hijazi, who worked for a while as a cab-driver in Cambridge, Mass., and then, as an Al-Qaeda member, went off to Jordan where, some months after the 9/11 attacks, he was arrested for planning to blow up Westerners staying in Jordanian hotels. At the time of his arrest that Mr. Hijazi  was still owed some money by one of his customers, who had been short of cash when he reached his destination and, having misplaced the card on which that Mr. Hijazi had written his address, was unable to mail that Mr. Hijazi the remaining sum he felt he owed him --a little part of the fare and the tip. Considering all the circumstances, I'm sure you'll agree that rider may be forgiven.  

Here.

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Posted on 03/06/2015 8:21 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 6 March 2015
Marc Trevidic, And The Murders At Goldenberg's Restaurant
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Here.

The attack on the famous kosher restaurant Jo Goldenberg, on the rue des Rosiers, was the first major terrorist attack by Muslims. It left six dead and many wounded. After many years, the Juge d'instruction, Eric Trevidic, accumulated enough evidence to charge three men.

One lives in Jordan, another in Ramallah. And a third lives in Norway where, apparently, the chances of extraditing him are slim, unless he can be stripped of his Norwegian citizenship on the grounds that he lied in making his application for naturalization.


 

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Posted on 03/06/2015 8:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 6 March 2015
The Puzzlement For "Counterterrorism Experts: "No Clear Pattern" Emerges
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An excerpt from an article by Nicole Hong in today's Wall Street Journal;

No Clear Pattern Found In U.S. Residents Who Join Islamic State

March 6, 2015 04:03:00 am

 
 
 

U.S. authorities investigating suspected Islamic State supporters have found no clear pattern to the type of American inspired to try to join the militant group, the Wall Street Journal reports. That complicates efforts to thwart terror recruiting. There are some common threads, such as the fact that would-be recruits are often in their teens or early 20s and use social media to express support for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Overall, the group is broad, including people who were raised Muslim and those who converted, married and single people, male and female, rich and poor, U.S.-born citizens and recent immigrants.

"An estimated 180 Americans have traveled or attempted to travel to the civil war in Syria, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Not all of those are believed to have joined extremist groups. “An interesting fact on some of the individuals that we investigate for support to ISIL is the lack of a singular profile,” Michael Steinbach, head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, told a congressional hearing last week. “We find citizens, legal permanent resident aliens, some folks that are overstaying their visa. There’s actually quite a diversity of those individuals who for one reason or another state an intent to harm the United States.” "All kinds of different people are being radicalized," said Matthew Levitt of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute, a think tank. “Some are loners seeking more of the belonging and adventure. Some have ethnic-identity issues. Some are drawn to the radical ideology.”

"Lack of a singular profile." "Quite a diversity of those individuals." "All kinds of different people." It's apparently a permanent puzzlement for a diversity of counter-terrorism experts in and out of the government. But if there are people who are citizens or legal aliens or illegal aliens, if there are those who are "seeking more of the belonging" [sic] and those who have "ethnic-identity issues," and those who are "drawn to the radical ideology" which remains determinedly undescribed, how shall we ever figure out what it is that might explain all of this seemingly bewildering data?

Start with the word "Islam." Start with what is in the Qur'an, the Hadith, the Sira. Start there

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Posted on 03/06/2015 4:11 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 6 March 2015
Mujahadid Explains Why He Stormed Canadian Parliament and Killed Soldier
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From Fox News - the video is here.

The Ottawa gunman who killed a soldier and then stormed Parliament before being shot to death last October said in a video made moments before the attack that Canada's military had no business in Afghanistan and warned soldiers were "not even safe in your own land."

That's what 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau said in a cell phone video he made in his car just before the attack on Oct 14.

"Canada’s officially become one of our enemies by fighting and bombing us and creating a lot of terror in our countries and killing us and our innocents," Zehaf-Bibeau says in the video, which was released by police on Friday. "So we [are] just aiming to hit some soldiers just to show you’re not even safe in your own land and you got to be careful."

The attack began at Canada's war memorial, where Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was assigned to the honor guard there. Zehaf-Bibeau, a dual Libyan-Canadian national and a recent Muslim convert, was eventually gunned down inside Parliament by the sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons, Kevin Vickers.

Witnesses said an armed Zehaf-Bibeau drove to the Ottawa complex just before 10 a.m. that morning, jumped out of a Toyota with no license plates and ran to the National War Memorial, where he shot a soldier later identified as Cirillo. The 25-year-old father of a 6-year-old boy, who was a member of Canada's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment, died later at Civic Hospital.

Zehaf-Bibeau then ran to the East Block of Parliament Hill, firing more shots and sending politicians, journalists and other workers scattering, although no one else was killed. He was brought down in the rear building of the complex, near a library, by Kevin Vickers, 58, who serves as the House of Commons' sergeant-at-arms.

In the days before the attack, Zehaf-Bibeau applied for a passport and was hoping to leave for Syria, his mother, Susan Bibeau, told Canadian authorities...

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Posted on 03/06/2015 2:17 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 6 March 2015
Palestinian motorist rams pedestrians in Jerusalem
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From the Guardian, Sky News and the Wall Street Journal

A Palestinian motorist rammed his vehicle into a group of people standing near a tram stop in Jerusalem, injuring at least five, including four security officials, Israeli police said. None were seriously injured.

The incident... happened near an Israeli border police station on a main road in East Jerusalem, the predominantly Arab side of the city.

Israeli police said the car was driven by Mahmoud Salaymeh, a Palestinian resident of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al Amud, who was acting alone. The car came onto the sidewalk outside a border police station and rammed three policewomen, a cyclist and other pedestrians. A fourth policewoman was hit several feet away in a crosswalk. A border police officer and a security guard began firing at the vehicle from the station's entrance.The man got out of the car and tried to attack the guards with a butcher's knife . . .

The attack is being treated by police as a suspected terror attack, and happened on the Jewish holiday of Purim, when the streets are busy with pedestrians.“The target of the terrorists is police and border police,’’ Jerusalem District Policy Commander Moshe Edri told reporters at the scene of the incident. “The incident was apparently a deliberate attack,” a police spokeswoman said. 

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Posted on 03/06/2015 1:11 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 6 March 2015
Mohammed: The Ultimate Anti-Christ
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The term anti-Christ is used only five times in the New Testament. Often Christian fundamentalists believe that at the end time the anti-Christ will appear and attempt to lead the gullible to perdition. This is a totally inadequate understanding of the Christian doctrine of anti-Christ. In the Greek language in which the New Testament was written anti-Christ is best translated as “one who is opposed to Christ.” The transliteration of anti-Christ is anaChristos. Notice in the original Greek anti-Christ is never prefaced by a “the”. Thus, there can be a multitude of anti-Christs over the last two millenium of the Christian era.

The first anti-Christ was the Roman emperor Nero (circa 64 AD) and his persecution was largely a local one confined to the immediate environs of the city of Rome. The next persecution occurring a generation later was led by the Emperor Domitian (circa 90-95 AD) and spanned the entire area of the Roman empire.

In first half of the Twentieth Century several persons qualified for the designation of anti-Christ. The first person who comes to mind is Adolph Hitler. Herr Hitler was the very embodiment of evil killing Jews, Gypsies, the mentally retarded and anyone regarded as unfit to live in the Third Reich which was supposed to last a 1,000 years, but in fact lasted only twelve.

Then there was Tojo, the evil master of Japan. He and his armies killed millions of Chinese, Koreans, and Filipinos. In Nanking alone over 160,000 men, women and children were savagely slaughtered. Infants were tossed into the air and speared on the points of bayonets. Japanese officers held contests to see how many Chinese they could behead in an hour.

Of course, there were two Communists anti-Christs Joseph Stalin and Mao-Tse Tung. Stalin, who once was a seminary student studying for the Eastern Orthodox priesthood, became a militant atheist killing Christians by the millions. Mao, was even worse, perhaps killing 60 million of his own citizens. The philosophy of communism is now part of the ash heap of history. Ironically, there may now be more Communists in America than in Russia.

However, one ideology has been more persistent and far deadlier than all of the above combined. That ideology is the teachings of Mohammed. Taken together the Koran, the Hadiths and the Sira combine to be a complete system of death and terror for the non-Muslims. History has recorded that the killing machine called Islam has extinguished at least 270 million human lives in the last 1400 years. This certainly qualifies Mohammed as one of the greatest anti-Christs of all times. The values of Mohammed are sordid when compared to Jesus Christ. Literally, Mohammed stands totally against the values of Jesus. Jesus, whatever you think of his divinity, stood for grace, compassion, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of all peoples. Mohammed, stood diametrically opposed to these values. He was a warlord, robber, rapist, pedophile, liar, killer, necrophiliac and fanatic. He literally stood against all the values of Christ. And so do his modern followers.

Do you wish to follow and imitate Christ, or follow the anti-Christ Mohammed?

It is your choice to make. Choose wisely.

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Posted on 03/06/2015 6:09 AM by John Constantine
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Friday, 6 March 2015
Majid Rafizadeh: The Sunset Clause Guarantees That Iran Will Become A Nuclear Power
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It becomes more and more obvious that Netanyahu's objections to the Obama-Kerry-Sherman negotiations with Mohammed Zarif, are not his alone, but shared by those who, instead of attitudinizing about Netanyahu's supposed "disrespect toward Obama" and Boehner's "poiticizing the matter," look at what is known about the deal close to being formulated, and what it means.

Majid Rafizadeh discusses the meaning of the Sunset Clause here.

His discussion of Obama's belief that the only possibilities are the deal being contemplated, with terms that Iran has managed to force the American negotiatiors to accept, or war, and that Obama has never had any intention to threaten or go to war, is here. Rafizadeh has not been impressed by the American failure to understand the Iranian bazaari-negotiatiors,who keep demanding, and getting more. 

The American negotiatiors have beenboth naive and inept, They have failed to grasp that sanctions have been effective and greater sanctions would be more effective, failed to understand that the Iranian economy is collapsing, the rainfall on which Iranian agriculture depends is catastrophically low, the cost of propping up Assad, and Hezbollah, and possibly now the Shi'a in Iran, ever higher. What amazes is that the steady series of concessions made by the American government seem to proceed without anyone noticing, or using as a level, the collapse of the Iranian economy, brought about both by the cutting in half of oil prices and thus oil revenues, and by the sanctions that have proven effective, and are the only reason the Iranians decided to negotiate at all.

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Posted on 03/06/2015 5:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 6 March 2015
Rev. Shaun Harrison, Who Ran Substance Abuse And Anger Management Programs
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Posted on 03/06/2015 4:22 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
And, From Peoria, Illinois, Our Dozy Bint of the Month, Donning Hijab For Lent In a Glow of Self-Righteousness In Solidarity With All Those Millions of Poor, Persecuted Muslims
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It did not, it seems, occur to this woman to seek out the nearest Coptic Christian church and ask them to tattoo a Coptic Cross on her wrist, in order to show solidarity, not only during Lent but for the rest of her life, with one of the most persecuted - historically and in the present - branches of the Church Universal.  Nor, it appears, did it occur to her to consider donning a Star of David, or a "Long Live Israel" T-shirt, and wearing that for forty days, everywhere she went, even when among the "Muslim friends" of whom she speaks so fondly...No, it is the Muslims, always the Muslims, for whom females like this are most tenderly solicitous. 

As breathlessly reported by Rossalyn Warren for "BuzzFeed News".

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rossalynwarren/a-christian-women-is-wearing-a-hijab-for-lent?bftw&utm_term=4ldqpgm

"A Christian Woman is Wearing a Hijab For Lent To See What It's Like To Be An "Outsider".

"This is all about helping my people, specifically white Christians learn how to see difference, embrace it and engage with it," Jessey Eagan told Buzz Feed News.

But what of all those many, many, many nonwhite Christians - Copts, Armenians in Syria, Assyrians in Iraq and Syria, Muslim-background Christians in Iran risking their lives to profess Christ, south Asian Christians - like Asia Bibi - in Pakistan, Chinese and South Asian and convert-from-Islam Malay Christians in Malaysia and Indonesia, and black Christians all over a large swathe of Africa, most notably in northern Nigeria, who are being persecuted, oppressed, discriminated against, slandered, and not infrequently robbed, raped, and murdered, by...Muslims?  What are you going to say to them, Ms Eagan, as - in a blinding glow of self-righteousness - you parade down the street in the costume of their persecutors? - CM 

'Jessey Eagan, a married Christian mother of two, has decided to wear a Hijab for Lent in an attempt to remind herself, "What it feels like to be an outsider."

"See, we lived in Amman, Jordan, about 7 years ago, where we ended up teaching at an Islamic school", she told BuzzFeed News. "While we were there we met many Muslims and built great personal friendships with them.

So she believes.  Perhaps they were not very fervently-practising Muslims; for if they were obedient to the maxims of the Quran they could not have befriended her, or at least, not sincerely.  She seems to know nothing of al wala wa al baraa, Loyalty (to Muslims only) and Enmity (toward all Unbelievers qua Unbelievers, unless and until they convert to Islam), nor ever to have read Surah 48: 29 of the Quran, which states  that those who follow Mohammed are harsh toward the unbelievers and compassionate only amongst themselves. - CM 

"And living in a culture where I stuck out like a sore thumb, I personally know what it can feel like to be an outsider, and I wanted to remind myself of that, so that I can better love all people, no matter what they look like."

'In her blog, the children's director at her church in Peoria, Illinois, wrote about a Muslim friend's response to her idea to wear a hijab, and how it spurred her on:

"Before I fully explain my reasoning, let me tell you how I came to the decision. I told my husband my idea and he encouraged me to do it (silly man!  sometimes, behind a dozy bint there is a dozy bloke egging her on...- CM) but I decided that I needed to ask a local Muslim friend her thoughts on it.  She wears hijab for many reasons, I'm sure, but one is identification with her Muslim community.

Not with her god? Not with her faith? No, it's her Ummah membership badge, her flag, her Gang Colours.  How unintentionally revealing. - CM

"I wanted to make sure that I would not be disrespecting or offending the Muslim community (and we all know what happens, all too often, to dirty kuffars who offend the Religion of Perpetual Outrage, don't we? we saw it in Paris and Copenhagen, just recently....CM) so I asked her opinion.  Her response was this: "You are a very thoughtful person full of great ideas...I don't see a reason why people get offended by a very thoughtful, nice and peaceful act.  Our role is to teach and educate all people (ah yes: Muslims are "the best of people", "commanding r[the Islamically] right and forbidding [the Islamically] wrong"...just like we see Islamic State doing with such vigour and decisiveness, just now - CM) and I'm 100 percent in support of this idea...My hijab drawer is yours, come and pick what u like. If u don't have time I can bring them to u, just let me know what colours."

The Muslim friend probably feels that our dear Ms Eagan is just a hop and a step away from warbling the shahada. - CM

"How great is that? I met her at the Islamic school this morning to pick up the scarves and she helped me put on my first hijab for the Lenten season.

Would her Muslim friend reciprocate by wearing a cross for forty days??. - CM

'She says that her main goal for this project is to encourage other people, especially Christians, to look beyond appearances and remember Christianity's teachings about love.

"Jesus said to love our neighbours, strangers, and enemies.  I think this is something that is not often taken seriously by many Christians", she told BuzzFeed News.  "We are so influenced by the media that we allow fear to take over, and forget to love. Fear is the opposite of love."

'One thing Eagan says she hopes to do next is to use make-up to "darken" her complexion and "go out into the community".

"My friend told me that white Muslims and brown Muslims have different experiences, as do black Muslims, within the Islamic community (hmmmm - is her "friend" a black Muslim? a tiny glimmer of reality sneaks in through the rosy-pink fog - CM) as well as in the community at large." she said. "This is all about helping my people, specifically white Christians, learn how to see difference, embrace it, and engage with it. That's what hospitality does.  It welcomes people who were once outsiders into a community with love and the desire to understand."

Welcome one of Islamic State's beheaders, complete with knife, into your "community" - or one of Boko Haram's little-girl-in-hijab human bombs - and see what happens next. - CM

'When asked what lesson she felt would be learned, that could not have been gleaned from a Muslim woman who wears a hijab (or from someone like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who wears it no longer, having discarded hijab along with the mind-forged manacles of Islam - CM) Eagan said she felt it was more important to experience it "first hand".

"I wanted to see what my friends' public lives are like, how they experience my community differently from me", she said. "It is likely, I think, that my friends would tell me many positive things, and avoid speaking negatively, either about their experience or why they wear the hijab", Eagan added.  "I also wouldn't get to understand my own prejudices towards people, which has come out at least twice."

'Eagan said she expected people "wearing cammo [that is, camouflage / army style outfits - CM) or driving big trucks" to threaten her, but that she's been "proven wrong each time".

Oh well, perhaps there may be some benefit derived from this poseur's silliness, after all.  Surprise, surprise, she has discovered the falsity of the claim that Muslim women are being daily terrorised by eevil redneck rightwing Islamophobes on the streets of Middle America. - CM

'Eagan insists that the reaction to her project has been very positive from people in her community.

'She described one interaction she had with a friend in her local area. "Yesterday at church a woman, whom I have known for quite a long time, came up to me and said, "Jessey, I wanted to let you know that I have been reading your blog, and I am so proud of you, and what you are doing. Before reading your blog, I never would have even made eye contact with someone wearing hijab. But I was at an event the other day where I saw a Muslim woman and I did make eye contact with her."

"How great is that? Such a small gesture for her to make, and at the same time it was a huge step for her."

Oh, dear.

If anyone feels like knowing more, they can click on the link, look at the pictures - the expression on this female's face, gazing at us glassy-eyed out of the frame of that earnestly-donned faux-demure Slave Hood, is quite something - then read down to the bottom of the article, and find the link for this woman's blog, as she records each day of her little "masquerade as a muslima" project.  You can also read the comments upon the article, not all of which are exactly enthusiastic. - CM

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Posted on 03/05/2015 10:59 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
The Destruction Of Nimrud And V. S. Naipaul's Lapidary "Islam Kills History"
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Posted on 03/05/2015 9:52 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Historian Georgy Mirsky On Nemtsov
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Here. (In Russian)

And if the link to Moscow Echo doesn't work -- it should but the Russian government may be interfering -- the English translation made for the BBC is here.

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Posted on 03/05/2015 9:17 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
A Musical Interlude: Goodnight Sweetheart (Ray Noble Orch., voc. Al Bowlly)
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Listen here.

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Posted on 03/05/2015 8:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Missing Malaysian Plane -- Was It The Muslim Pilot, Or The Muslim Co-Pilot?
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The pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, or the co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid? It's apparently come down to that.

Here.
 

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Posted on 03/05/2015 8:35 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Magdi Allam: Let's Read The Qur'an Together (In Italian)
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He addresses his remarks to Alfano, a clever consigliere and more to Berlusconi, now out of power but not out of politics.Magdi Allam, who arrived in Italy from Egypt at the age of 19, who has been explicating Islam to the Italian public,  as a writer for the Corriere, as a guest on television shows, as a member of the European Parliament, and as a public personality to frequently addresses public gatherings. He summarizes the failure even of the Right to deal adequately with the Muslim menace, based on a failure to find out what is in the Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira. He appeals to Alfano to "read the Qur'an" along with Magdi Allam and others, possibly in an attempt to shame him into doing so or, if he fails to, at least to shut up altogether about Islam and cease to offer, with an unwarranted complacency, nostrums -- that is, the mixture as before.

Alfano legga con noi il Corano - Magdi Cristiamo Allam - Giovedì 5 marzo 2015

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Alfano legga con noi il Corano: capirebbe la falsità profonda dei Fratelli Musulmani

Magdi Cristiano Allam – 

 Il primo dicembre 2005, dopo un incontro a quattr'occhi con Silvio Berlusconi a Palazzo Grazioli, l'allora capo di governo era sul punto di conferirmi la carica di «ministro per l'Identità nazionale, cittadinanza, integrazione e cooperazione allo sviluppo», creando il nuovo dicastero «senza portafoglio» in seno alla Presidenza del Consiglio.

Si oppose l'allora ministro dell'Interno Giuseppe Pisanu, che non volle rinunciare al potere politico, alle poltrone da distribuire, alle risorse da gestire e alla visibilità mediatica che conferisce il controllo dell'Immigrazione. La storia ricorderà probabilmente Pisanu per l'inaffidabilità e l'ingratitudine dimostrata nei confronti di Berlusconi. Sicuramente lo ricorderà per aver legittimato gli estremisti islamici dell'Ucoii (Unione delle comunità e organizzazioni islamiche in Italia), precisando lui stesso che sono l'emanazione dei Fratelli musulmani, in cambio dell'illusione che avrebbero combattuto al nostro fianco contro i terroristi islamici.

La svolta di Pisanu fu affidata a Radio Vaticana il 7 febbraio 2006. Interrogato sulla presenza di Nour Dachan, il presidente dell'Ucoii, in seno alla «Consulta per l'islam italiano», da lui costituita, Pisanu rispose: «Io ho guardato alla realtà odierna dell'Ucoii e ho prestato attenzione alle posizioni di grande apertura al dialogo, di ferma condanna del terrorismo che l'Ucoii ha assunto negli ultimi tempi in Italia. Debbo peraltro sottolineare che queste posizioni corrispondono ad una evoluzione positiva del movimento dei Fratelli musulmani nel mondo: questa evoluzione deve essere assecondata».

In realtà Pisanu si era limitato a obbedire all'ordine impartito dal presidente americano George Bush, che d'intesa con il premier britannico Tony Blair aveva offerto ai Fratelli musulmani un accordo strategico: lo sdoganamento politico in cambio della collaborazione a sconfiggere Al Qaida di Bin Laden.

Ebbene, dieci anni dopo, dobbiamo prendere atto del totale fallimento di quella strategia. Eppure, un altro ministro dell'Interno che, al pari di Pisanu, non solo non sarà ricordato per la gratitudine nei confronti di Berlusconi, ma sarà certamente ricordato per l'ostinazione a perpetuare, costi quel che costi, l'errore storico di immaginare che si possano sconfiggere i tagliagole islamici alleandosi con i taglialingue islamici. La svolta di Alfano è stata esplicitata, guarda caso dopo la sua recente visita alla Casa Bianca, dove ha partecipato al Vertice internazionale (17-19 febbraio), denominato «Contrasto dell'estremismo violento», dove guarda caso non compaiono né la parola «terrorismo» né la parola «islam». E guarda caso Alfano era accompagnato da un unico rappresentante del Parlamento italiano, il giovanissimo deputato del Partito democratico Khalid Chaouki, inesperto di politica estera ma musulmano.

Tornato da Washington, Alfano ha subito riesumato una sorta di «Consulta per l'islam d'Italia», nonostante sia stata interrotta da Amato nel 2008 per il rifiuto dell'Ucoii di sottoscrivere la «Carta dei valori», poi trasformata da Maroni in «Comitato per l'islam italiano» con l'esclusione dell'Ucoii. Ebbene, nella nuova Consulta di Alfano figurano ben 7 membri dell'Ucoii.

E guarda caso, subito dopo la svolta di Alfano, il Qatar, che è il principale finanziatore dei Fratelli musulmani, ha investito circa 2 miliardi di euro per comprarsi i grattacieli dell'Expo a Milano situati a Porta Nuova. E guarda caso, contemporaneamente, il premier Renzi ha frenato sulla partecipazione militare dell'Italia in Libia, nonostante le esplicite minacce dell'Isis, puntando su una impossibile conciliazione tra il governo libico riconosciuto internazionalmente che ha sede a Tobruk e i Fratelli musulmani libici che controllano Tripoli. In definitiva gli ordini di Barack Hussein Obama, la cui amministrazione è pesantemente infiltrata dai Fratelli musulmani, impongono all'Italia di accodarsi alla strategia della Turchia di Erdogan, principale sponsor politico dei Fratelli musulmani ma anche alleato occulto dei terroristi dell'Isis, anziché sostenere l'Egitto del laico Al Sisi che è seriamente determinato a sconfiggere sia l'Isis sia i Fratelli musulmani.

Ad Alfano non ci resta che regalargli una copia del «Corano spiegato da Magdi Cristiano Allam», di prossima uscita in allegato con Il Giornale , raccomandandogli di leggersi la voce «Dissimulazione», dove si cita il versetto «Chi rinnega Dio dopo aver creduto in lui si perderà, a meno che sia costretto a rinnegarlo ma in cuor suo resta saldo nella fede» (16, 106). Significa che i Fratelli Musulmani possono accettare la tregua con il nemico, ma mai e poi mai la pace. Lo capirà Alfano?

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Posted on 03/05/2015 8:22 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Komorebi
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Here.

Could "komorebi" be considered a "kigo" word, the indicator of the season in a haiku? Leaves large enough to create that interplay with light and shade are to be found in summer, and possibly "komorebi" could then be the "kigo" word that indicates the season. Or do the leaves stay on in Japan? Let me consult Charles Sprague Sargent's  "Forest Flora of Japan." I'll be right back after a quick trip to the island of Sado, and a look at the Milky Way.

 

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Posted on 03/05/2015 7:33 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Ivan Rioufol: "Antiracism Is The Totalitarianism Of The 21st Century"
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Remarks by Ivan Rioufol, prompted by the unspeakable logorrhea of the brimful-with-resentment-and-race-hatred Minister Of Justice in France, one Christiane Taubira. And the comments of others, so often worth reading, also disgusted with Taubira and the refusal of the party in power to promptly discharge her for what is only her latest display.

Here.

And a discussion on French radio, one of the discussants being Ivan Rioufol, here.
 

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Posted on 03/05/2015 4:31 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Mrs. Macbeth Update
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Posted on 03/05/2015 4:07 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
What's Up At The Farthest Mosque: Wage War On America And Kuffar Everywhere
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Sheik Ahmad Al-Khadwani, at Al-Aqsa, urging Muslims to wage war on America and kuffar everywhere.But they already are. Perhaps he wants Muslims to put more emphasis on qital, combat, and on terrorism, rather than relying on such other instruments of Jihad (best defined as "the struggle to remove all obstacles to the spread, and then the dominance, of Islam")as propaganda ("Jihad of the pen, tongue), economic warfare ("Jihad of wealth"), or the newest instrument, and the most dangerous, demographic conquest from within.

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Posted on 03/05/2015 4:53 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Schadenfreude -- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Rushed to Hospital in Critical Condition
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Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader

Schaden Freude Alert! This is NOT Purim Shpiel.  Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Khamenei rished to hospital in critical condition. This may be evidence that sometimes Ha Shem does work in less than mysterious ways. The report of Ayatollah Khamenei's 'critical condition gives heft to the magnificent address by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's address before a joint meeting of Congress. If confirmed it should bolster support for the real deal that Bibi spoke of- regime change in Tehran. That message should not be lost on President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the rest of the P5+1 intent on cutting a deal with this malevolent apocalyptic Mahdist regime fomenting chaos to awaken the moribund Twelth Imam in the holy well in the holy city of Qom, Iran. We trust that my cioreligiionists last night shook that grogger  (Purim noisemaker) (during the reading of Esther's Megillah, but substituted Khamenei for Haman. Chag Purim Sameach.  Note  this Israel National News report on this 'revoltin' development, Report: Iran's Supreme Leader Hospitalized in Critical Condition:

Just in time for Purim, the Jewish holiday celebrating the redemption of the Jewish people from plots of genocide in ancient Persia, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was reportedly hospitalized in critical condition on Wednesday.

According to Arab media reports cited by Israel Hayom, Khamenei was urgently brought to a hospital in Tehran after several of his bodily systems had already failed.

The reports add that the 76-year-old supreme leader of the Islamic regime has undergone surgery and remains in critical condition.

Recently it has been reported that he was suffering from prostate cancer which had spread to additional parts of his body, and due to his poor health condition he had largely ceased taking part in public events.

The hospitalization comes just days after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on Tuesday to warn of the existential threat to Israel and the world that Iran poses, urging America to avoid the deal being formed on Iran's nuclear deal ahead of a March 31 deadline for talks.

Lending some credence to the reports is the fact that Khamenei's official Twitter account hasn't been updated since Netanyahu's speech on Tuesday, when he wrote the "US is now facing a #dilemma. It should either stop unlimited services to #Israel or they’ll lose more face in the world."

 

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Posted on 03/05/2015 3:16 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
A Musical Interlude: That Ain't Right (Fats Waller, voc. Ada Brown)
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Watch, and listen, here.

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Posted on 03/05/2015 2:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
How Much Are Muslims Costing Non-Muslims All Over The Western World?
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"In 2012 Omar was convicted of handling stolen bicycles at Isleworth crown court and ordered to do 100 hours’ community service and pay £800 prosecution costs. Mohammed Emwazi was twice acquitted of the same charges in two separate trials a few months previously.

Meanwhile Omar, his mother Ghaneya, 47, sisters Asra, 19, and Shayma, 23, both students, and a 12-year-old sister who is still at school are reportedly being guarded by a round-the-clock police security operation in London costing £5,000 a day after being moved to a secret location.

They fled their home two weeks ago after realising Emwazi had been identified, and moved to a property in Paddington. But they were forced to relocate again last night - believed to be to a hotel where they are living under assumed names - after Omar was spotted by a television crew."-- from a news report about the Emzawi family

 

 

How much did the Tsarnaev family -- the father, the mother, the two daughters, the two sons -- cost the taxpayers of Massachusetts and the United States? How much in subsidies, how much in education costs, how much in free health care, how much in food stamps, how much to take care of the families of the dead and the wounded, how much to hunt down the brothers, how much in lost economic activity because of the shutdown in Boston and its suburbs, until one brother was dead and the other finall captured, how much in costs for the judge, for the jury pool of 1300, for the investigation, for the prosecution, for the public defender? How much will Dzhokar Tsarnaev's trial, which may go on for months, cost? How much will it cost to pay for his lifetime imrpisonment? How much will his two sisters, poetty criminals and unrepentant Muslims, and his sister-in-law, that zombified convert, also still a devout Muslim, alll of them apparently not too poor to have children, how much will they cost the state and federal governments? And what do all the Muslims in the West, so unable, and unwilling, to accept the laws and customs of a non-Muslim society, so rooted in the hostility toward non-Muslims that Qur'an and Hadith and Sira inculcate, so willing to smile when there is murder in their hearts, so willing to practice taqiyya and kitman, so willing to turn every occasion into one of false victimisation, so eager to spread nonsense and lies about Islam, and to spread hatred for Israel and for Jews, so willing -- when allowed -- to take full advantage of Infidel girls, as at Rotherham and dozens of other places, so intent on pocketing whatever the gnerous welfare states of the West have on offer, and in swelling their ranks by helping other Muslims to be smuggled in, or to bring in brides or husbands from back home, so ready to demand changes in schools and prisons and in the workings of the health system?

How much is it costing to post guards at every synagogue and Jewish school, and at many Christian ones too, at kosher markets, and at church Christmas fairs, at bus stations and airports, at train stations and all throiughout the metropolitan subway systems, at monuments of symbolic significance, at government bjildings, at sports stadiums, or to guard those apostates who dare to speak publicly? How much for the Muslims who, all over Western Europe, are imprisoned for cimes at five or even ten times their percentage of the general populatioon? How much does their presence disrupt or inhibit the teaching of the truth, in history class after history class, so Westen students never can hear, as they might once have done, something other than bromides and a sanitized view of Islamic doctrine, Islamic conquest, Islamic attitudes? 


 

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Posted on 03/05/2015 1:53 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Fouad ElBaylly, Federal Employee
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He said that those who left Islam deserved death. He was talking about Ayaan Hirsi Ali. He moved heaven and earrth to try to stop her from speaking publicly. He once worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Now he has just been hired again, by that same federal bureau. Why?

Here.
 

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Posted on 03/05/2015 1:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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