Sunday, 25 September 2016
This Is Feminist Justice - TFF Episode 44
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Posted on 09/25/2016 11:45 AM by David Solway
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Sunday, 25 September 2016
World Over - US Migration, Terror & Foreign Policies Walid Pharis with Raymond Arroyo
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Posted on 09/25/2016 10:57 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 25 September 2016
Jordan writer in blasphemy case, Nahid Hattar, killed for sharing cartoon on facebook
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And you thought Donald Trump got in bad trouble for a retweet. BBC:

A Jordanian writer charged with offending Islam after allegedly sharing a satirical cartoon on his Facebook page has been killed.

Nahid Hattar was hit by three bullets outside the court in the capital Amman where he was standing trial.

Police have arrested the suspected shooter, Riad Abdullah. Jordanian media said he was local imam who had been upset by the cartoon.

But security sources told the Jordan Times he was a known extremist.

A witness told the Associate Press news agency that Mr Abdullah had a long beard and was wearing a long robe, common among conservative Muslims.

Nahid Hattar was detained in August for 15 days on charges of insulting God after he published a cartoon depicting a bearded man lying in bed with two women and smoking, asking God to bring him a drink.

Mr Hattar was born a Christian, but considered himself an atheist. He was attacked on social media for being anti-Islam.

He said he had not meant to cause offence and wanted to expose radical Islamists' view of heaven.

Authorities said he had broken the law by sharing the cartoon.

Mr Hattar's supporters say they hold the government responsible for his death.

"The prime minister was the first one who incited against Nahid when he ordered his arrest and put him on trial for sharing the cartoon, and that ignited the public against him and led to his killing," the writer's cousin, Saad Hattar said.

The government has publicly condemned the killing.

A spokesperson told Petra news agency: "The government will strike with an iron hand all those who exploit this crime to broadcast speeches of hatred to our community."

Here is the cartoon which cost him his life.

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Posted on 09/25/2016 10:20 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 25 September 2016
Washington State Mall Murder Suspect a Turkish Immigrant
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(CNN)

The lone suspect in the fatal shooting of five people in a Washington state mall has been charged with five counts of first degree murder, according to Skagit County jail records.

Arcan Cetin, 20, was taken into custody Saturday night after a nearly 24-hour manhunt, authorities said.
Four women and one man died in the shooting Friday night at a Macy's store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, just north of Seattle.
The victims' identities have not been released.
Authorities arrested Cetin as he walked down the street near his home in Oak Harbor, Washington.
When officers confronted him, he did not run, said Lt. Mike Hawley of the Island County Sheriff's Office. Instead, he froze and complied, Hawley said. Cetin was not armed at the time of his arrest.
"He said nothing," Hawley said. "Just kind of zombie-like."
Cetin is scheduled to make a court appearance Monday.
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Posted on 09/25/2016 8:25 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 24 September 2016
Gulf War Veterans March
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To London for the March of Gulf War Veterans to the Cenotaph to lay a wreath and raise awareness of the conditions. As readers will know Gulf War Syndrome, or Gulf War Illness affected US, British and Commonwealth servicemen, although the French Army was not affected, but some Czech soldiers were, which must be a worthy avenue of research. 

British veterans generally do not receive the respect for their service which we see their counterparts receive in the US and Australia and some of these men have suffered in various areas of life, and continue to do so.

The march started at Hyde Park Corner but I met them in Lower Regent Street.

We stopped by the Crimea War memorial;

another conflict where the returning servicemen found themselves suffering in later life, as  Rudyard Kipling described in his poem The Last of the Light Brigade

Across Trafalgar Square and the statue of Admiral Lord Nelson looking down. 

Into Whitehall, past Horseguards (acknowledging the Guardsmen on duty) and the Women's Memorial, stopping at Downing Street and into the middle of the road to the Cenotaph.

Dave Fender laid a wreath and we observed two minutes silence.

Dave then made a brief speech. He thanked us all for attending. Numbers were down for this march due to the illness of veterans who intended to come, and who had come previously. They are not getting any younger or fitter. He spoke of his own experience; that when his regiment was deployed to the Gulf he signed on for a further three years as he didn't want to let his friends down. While at Camp Blackadder the call went out for driver volunteers. This was to work with the War Grave Commisson and was the most traumatic task he had ever undertaken.

25 years on the veterans are still struggling down a hard road. He has has two strokes and only last month yet another seizure from which his son-in-law had to resuscitate him followed by a stay in hospital. Illness affects their families and they know of several families whose children have health problems which they believe are a result of their father's service. They lost 47 British personel across all three services in the Gulf, but many more have died since, of illnesses men of their age would not anticipate. But they will soldier on. It isn't compensation that they are asking for, nice as that would be, but proper medical care and research.

Journalists from Rex Features and xxx also covered the event from Whitehall, here and xxx (and when I remember his agency, I'll find the link)

Three very considerate police officers then escorted us back to the pavement and we made our way for refreshments. 

War isn't pretty. Even in peacetime there are more deaths and injuries in the armed forces than the general public realises. But there was something about the conditions in the Gulf War that was particualrly detrimental to the personel who fought there, and in the UK at least, they don't get as much support as they deserve. 

 

Photographs E Weatherwax London September 2016

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Posted on 09/24/2016 10:33 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 24 September 2016
Deplorable Elites
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by Conrad Black

While I have consistently dissented in this column and elsewhere from extreme versions of the anti-Trump barrage across the American and international media, he was not my first choice for the Republican nomination, and I have tried not to close the door prematurely on the election. The antics of the Democrats and their noisiest sympathizers in the last ten days have made any effort to retain a glimmer of hope that Mrs. Clinton might survive as election-worthy all the way to November 8 very challenging. Her reference to half of Donald Trump's supporters as "deplorable" is now old news, but the analysis of the implications of the assertion has been threadbare in the almost unanimously anti-Trump media. Mrs. Clinton regretted that she had so described half of his supporters: her retraction was on her arithmetic, not her characterization of tens of millions of Americans.

This is a familiar pattern, in media treatment of the clumsy assertions or asides of candidates, and in Mrs. Clinton's response to her own errors. In 2008, Barack Obama was inspired by a campaign trip to Pennsylvania to disparage those who in their ignorance and redundancy were sustained by religiosity and a love of firearms. The media almost uniformly failed to remark that this was a bit rich coming from someone who sat for 20 years in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, listening to his assertions that AIDS was a white conspiracy and then that the terrorist attacks of September 2001 were not an unjust chastisement of the United States; or that firearms had little to do with unemployment.

In 2012, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney mentioned in what he took to be a closed meeting that the Democrats were bidding for the votes of all 47 percent of the American electorate that receive some form of state benefit, leaving only the slightest margin for a Republican victory. (In fact, he had a won election after the first debate and then managed to blow it, and not because of this utterance.) The media view of Romney was that he had insulted half the people and pitched to racist and class-antagonist impulses. He was not hated by the media as a threat as Trump is, since the latter has succeeded despite them and denounced their biases, to the approval of very many voters.

The most severe strictures the vast hallelujah chorus of the Clinton media echo chamber could muster were that "deplorables" was a poor choice of words, and a minor gaffe, not at all comparable to Mitt Romney's heinous mass slur about the 47 percent. (Democrats should have been more grateful to have so feckless and defeatist an opponent as Romney.)

The media are so stung by the billions of dollars' worth of free exposure they have given the Republican candidate -- on the false assumption that the public would be as repulsed by Trump as the lumpenliberal and highbrow-conservative media are -- that they have taken, especially on CNN, to announcing for hours that they will be covering a Trump speech, to build their audience, and then cutting out of the speech after three or four minutes. As Mr. Lincoln said, "You can't fool all of the people all of the time."

It is clear that there is no Democratic campaign except Trump-fear, and waiting for Trump blunders and relying on the media claque to tear him apart before the whole country. For several weeks, there have been no Trump blunders; they were useful for rousing the Archie Bunker vote, which increased Republican primary turnouts by 60 percent, with the added benefit of inflating Democratic overconfidence. There have been Clinton blunders and unseemly media efforts to minimize or ignore them, and ever greater recourse to the argument that neither is a good candidate but that Mrs. Clinton is reliable and capable and a reassuring personification of continuity, while Trump is nightmarishly unacceptable for reasons too well known to mention.

But there are no such reasons, now that he is taking care to be explicit, and to speak moderately and in syntactically correct sentences. It is the reverse of the old fable about the king having no clothes. The Republican candidate is fully clothed: He is not naked to his enemies and is not committing indiscretions. And with each week, Mrs. Clinton appears more firmly anchored in the quagmire of all the mistakes with which she has been complicit, these 20 years, while her opponent has been operating his business, albeit not without some controversy.

It is not possible that there is no element of accumulated public resentment of Clinton-Obama presumption, in the narrowing, now about even, polls. There was a foregone conclusion that it would be a Democratic landslide, even by a group of distinguished Democratic historians with whom I appeared on the Fareed Zakaria CNN program on the eve of the Republican convention, who reproached the Republicans for not deserting their hopeless candidate as that party had Barry Goldwater in 1964. I suggested, to blank stares and stammered responses of incredulity, that this election was not so one-sided as they thought and that the Republicans could not be blamed for not doing all they could to ensure the eradication of their party by the Democrats. (In 1964, Goldwater trailed Lyndon Johnson in the total vote by almost 23 percent.) As the Democrats' overconfidence melts, their desperation is becoming palpable.

The New York Times attacks Trump every day, last week stooping to a complaint that he had availed himself of some tax reductions as a developer, without mentioning that the New York Times Company had done the same to the extent of almost $30 million. Bret Stephens wrote in the Wall Street Journal on September 13 that Trump's expressed desire to reintroduce the civil tort of defamation was a threat to freedom of expression. The right of free expression is not the right to defame and neither the authors of the Constitution nor any other civilized country in the world would hold that it is. The frenzied animosity to Trump among the ruling political and media harpies is essentially a frightened attachment to the cocoon of the Bush-Clinton-Obama incumbency, where the power elite is immovable and the most senior positions are passed around a few families for decades on end. In such a culture, propped up by a docile media, a threat to the right to defame is a horrifying assault on civil liberties.

It is a related symptom of the problem that the continuing indulgence of President Obama's rewriting of history in a way entirely satisfactory to America's enemies is generally overlooked by the media. There was practically no dissent at his censure of Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt over their "autocratic" direction of the Western Allied war effort, "brandies in hand," in World War II. They snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and were the two greatest democratic leaders in the world in the last 150 years, since Lincoln. Obama even dissembled about sending back to the British the bust of Churchill that had been in the Oval Office.

Obama apologized for Truman's use of the atomic bomb, which saved the Allies a million casualties, and Japan probably 2 million casualties. And he apologized for President Eisenhower's role in removing Mohamed Mossadegh as leader of Iran. (Mossadegh was a lunatic who almost bankrupted the country. It was Carter's complicity in the removal of the Shah that was disgraceful.) These disparagements are not greatly less outrageous than Joseph R. McCarthy's infamous claims that Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and General George C. Marshall, all among the nation's most distinguished leaders, in peace and war, were Communist dupes.

Two weeks ago, the president spoke in Laos and condemned the dropping of 2 million tons of bombs by the United States on Laos during the Vietnam War, more, as he said, than were dropped on Germany and Japan during World War II. The media failed signally to put this assertion into context: Under the Laos neutrality agreement negotiated by the Kennedy administration in 1962, the country was turned into the Ho Chi Minh Trail -- a superhighway for the invasion of South Vietnam by the North. Richard Nixon said at the time that the Laos agreement was just "Communism on the installment plan." Ninety-eight percent of American bombing was on the Trail, and there was no significant damage to the Lao civil population; the Lao government did not seriously object to the bombing, as it was the only restraint on the Communist Pathet Lao movement and its North Vietnamese backers.

Of course, Mrs. Clinton and President Obama are not interchangeable, but she identified entirely with and was the chief executor of his foreign policy for four years, and is glued to him like a limpet now. It is all part of the practice, clearer each day, that there is no defense for, and comparatively little serious media criticism of, this long, cliquish incumbency that has produced disasters in every policy area for 20 years. With Mrs. Clinton, from Whitewater and the White House travel office, through Benghazi, the squalor of the Clinton Foundation's pay-to-play casino and the e-mail debacle, it is always deny, prevaricate, "short-circuit" (i.e. lie), and then say it's old news -- "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

There was something in the "deplorables" comment that went beyond the familiar hauteur of left and right and profoundly rankled. What Mrs. Clinton was deploring was the ingratitude to the ruling elite of these bumptious unwashed, the updated dismissal of the gun-toting, churchgoing (Republican) rabble that so irritated Obama eight years ago. This wasn't just good-natured criticism of the wrongheaded supporters of an opponent, or FDR's cunning assault on nonexistent culprits as "money-changers," "economic royalists," "warmongers." etc. This was Empress Hillary emptying the contents of her chamber pot out the palace window onto the heads of those described in the phrase "We the people." The entire complacent incumbent Washington leadership are inviting the same people to give them a bloodless trip to the electoral guillotine. More-unexpected events have overtaken office-holders and office-seekers less deserving of such a fate.

First published in National Review Online.

— Conrad Black is the author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom and Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full.

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Posted on 09/24/2016 8:47 AM by Conrad Black
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Friday, 23 September 2016
Debating Hillary
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by G. Murphy Donovan

“Time spent arguing is, oddly enough, almost never wasted.”  - Christopher Hitchens

The impending presidential debates are likely to be the best attended in the history of American politics. The viewing and listening audience will set a standard for political discussions past and future. At this point, the draw is Donald Trump. Love him or hate him, Trump is a candidate who packs a house and elevates the ratings.

Whether or not the Trump “draw” translates into votes remains to be seen. Ironically, Trump’s negatives may be the new positive. Those so-called “undecideds,” might be a closet demographic, folks who do not support Trump publicly, but on Election Day will push the button for change anyway.

At this point in the campaign, both candidates represent real choice. Hillary is the establishment, the ancien regime, more of the same if you will. Trump is the parvenu, the rhetorical bomb thrower. The Donald represents change, anxiety, and uncertainty too.

Here Trump has a decided advantage. Call it the enthusiasm gap. Emotion and energy are the important components of any political campaign. Specific issues are, for the most part, window dressing. Most candidates see politics as the art of saying and playing, not doing.

Issues are merely emotional outreach, the hot buttons of cynical voter manipulation. If you can talk-the-talk well enough, you might never have to walk-the-walk.

The great weaknesses of democracy are tenure, inertia, and complacency.

Few candidates feel compelled to deliver on campaign promises anyway, especially reform. American campaigning and governance have now morphed into perpetual spin, a cynical PR ritual. Nonetheless, most aspirants are still expected to make politically correct noises to get nominated, reelected – or elected.

Trump has proven to be the singular exception to this and almost every other bit of conventional wisdom, a quality of uniqueness that is now both an asset and a liability

Prospects are diminished, in any case, for any candidate who fails to touch the emotional G Spot of the electorate. Relative likeability and some sensitivity to the mood and needs of the masses is money in the bank.

With Barack Obama the touchstone was melanin. With Hillary the emotional G Spot is sex, gender, and the usual piñata politics. Hillary Clinton is figuratively flying on her genitals and literally sitting on Obama’s entitlement coattails.

Romney was correct about one thing in the last election; America is now two classes, a decreasing number of makers carrying a growing burden of takers. Alas, establishment Romney couldn’t get away with that kind of Mormon candor wearing a Republican frock.

With Trump, truth is an offensive weapon. Change is his forte. Thus, remaking America is at once a noble objective for the “deplorables” and a subversive threat to the usual suspects. Oddly enough, critics right and left seem to be fueling the Trump phenomenon with brickbats.

Indeed, you could argue today that Donald Trump has trashed every possible stuffed shirt, touched every third rail, and roasted every sacred cow on the political green. Indeed, Trump’s critics are in danger of exhausting all stocks of metaphor and invective.

From the beginning, Trump has been riding towards the Oval Office on a tsunami of righteous indignation. The “system” is thought to be rigged or broken and public sentiment says, “throw the bums out.”

The debates are one last hurdle. As media events, these spectacles are front-loaded for Hillary.

The moderators are a rainbow coalition from the American left. There’s nothing “moderate” about Trump’s inquisitors. Lester Holt (NBC) speaks for the black vote. Martha Raddatz (ABC) represents the feminist vote, and of course Anderson Cooper (CNN) represents homosexuals and the socially ambiguous. None of these demographics are sympathetic, or even neutral, about Trump. Chris Wallace (FOX) is supposed to be the red bone, a token at best. These debate panels are rigged and Trump needs to make that clear to the national audience at every debate.

Trump has few sympathizers midst the chattering classes. He can expect a barrage of hostile and/or loaded questions. He would be wise to stay with the tactic that served him so well to date.

Offense!

When confronted with leading or hostile questions, Trump needs to confront media spinners as he has done in the past. If he has done nothing else in this campaign, Trump has exposed American journalists as partisan shills. Trashing pundits is a no-lose hedge. The press is about as popular as herpes.

If Trump doesn’t like the question, he might ignore it and introduce a question of his own. Becoming Hillary’s interrogator permits all those questions not likely to be asked by a biased press panel.

Mrs. Clinton avoids press conferences for good reasons. She doesn’t like questions, accountability, or candor -- and she gets rattled or hostile on defense.

Topics likely to keep Clinton in a defensive crouch include: her tolerance of husband Bill’s abuse of women from the statehouse to the White House; the Obamacare fiasco; Veterans’ care incompetence; serial foreign policy failures; the Benghazi betrayal and cover up; the private server and email controversy; subsequent FBI corruption; DNC primary fixing; and Clinton Foundation fraud just to name a few areas where the media will try to give Hillary a pass.

Trump is uniquely qualified to grill Mrs. Clinton. She has a policy and program record to defend. He does not. Trump is only liable for hearsay or those now infamous lip slips. Clinton, in contrast, has real skeletons that have been out of her closet for over a decade.

Trump does not have a horrid family and policy record to defend. In contrast, Hillary’s private and public behavior is literally indefensible. She is especially vulnerable as the putative “feminist.” Recall how Mrs. Clinton demonized Bill’s female victims and conquests. A Bill Clinton “score” was characterized as a “bimbo eruption.”

Mrs. Clinton’s achievement deficits are relevant in every sense of the word. Her personal peccadillos, integrity, judgment, temperament, and character should be the core issues of the debates.

Hillary’s contempt for common men and women is now, in her own words, a matter of public record. Less well known are the sentiments of those who have witnessed Clintonian behavior out of the public eye. The few Secret Service testimonials available are unanimous about Hillary Clinton.

She is arrogant, patronizing, condescending, abusive, vulgar, often hysterical, and frequently rude, especially to military and police details. The people sworn to protect the presidential family are usually reticent to discuss their wards. Hillary is the one notable exception.

Secret Service agents consider the Hillary detail to be punishment. She’s that bad.   

If there are any institutions that do not look forward to another Clinton regime, it’s the military, the Secret Service, and cops at large. Apparently, Hillary abhors uniforms.

Mrs. Clinton apparently suffers from some kind of multiple personality disorder too, smiling and cackling in public and then morphing into an abusive shrew off camera. There may be a medical explanation for Hillary’s mood swings, but those closest to her believe that the ailment is personality.

Pathology or illness is always fair game, but for any politician, its character, or lack of it, that matters most.

G. Murphy Donovan writes about the politics of national security.

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Posted on 09/23/2016 8:39 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Friday, 23 September 2016
Australia: Muslim MP Anne Aly, Predictably, Gets All Het Up About Immigration Poll That Showed Many Aussies Want Ban on Muslim Immigration
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As reported by Fergus Hunter for the Islamophile "Sydney Morning Herald".

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/this-is-not-the-australia-i-know-first-muslim-woman-mp-hits-back-at-immigration-poll-20160922-grm6w3.html

"This Is Not The Australia I Know: First Muslim Woman MP Hits Back At Immigration Poll".

"The first Muslim woman elected to Federal Parliament, Anne Aly, has declared that a poll showing that half of respondents want to ban Muslim immigration doesn't reflect the true feelings and reality of mainstream Australia.

'However, Dr Aly, the Labor member for the WA seat of Cowan and a counter-radicalisation expert (that is, a Muslim who has made a career out of claiming to be able to get young Muslims to stop Going Jihad - CM), said a degree of xenophobia towards minorities does exist, fed by hateful rhetoric, and needs to be confronted by political leaders and regular people.

It isn't 'xenophobia towards minorities'. It is a perfectly rational fear, based upon observable facts, of being murdered in the street - or in shops, or in church, or on the train or in the bus or at the theatre or at work - by allahu-akbaring Mohammedan assassins.  And... hateful rhetoric?   Ms Aly is hoping that we Aussie infidels will never take a peek at a good clear translation of the Quran - with accompanying standard annotations - or of the Sira or life of Mohammed, or some of the Hadiths, all now right there online in Muslim-approved English versions made by Muslims.  But lots of us have done just that, and more are doing and will be doing it, and when they do, they are mostly taken aback by the hatred - toward us, us non-believers - that pours off the pages like heat from an opened oven.  Then there are those intrepid Aussies who have started poking around amongst the reams and reams of material on view at MEMRI, where one can watch bog-standard Islamic preachers and pundits and 'scholars' and political figures in action, whipping up the hate and the madhattery.  Their antics and their screechings make the most strident of non-Muslim demagogues look quiet and refined.

But in any case, by 'xenophobia towards minorities... fed by hateful rhetoric', what Ms Aly really means is "the dirty Kuffar are finding out what the Ummah intends to do to them, and they don't like it, and are trying to warn other kuffar, and some of the other kuffar are listening to them, and becoming alarmed". - CM

'The poll, released this week, found 49 percent of people favoured a ban on Muslims moving to Australia, previously considered an idea espoused only by outsider politicians like One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.

'The survey found 60 percent of Coalition voters, 40 percent of Labor voters and 34 percent of Greens voters agreed with the proposition and the most common concern expressed was that Muslim people were not integrating, followed by fears of terrorism.

Both are fears based upon observable facts; facts that, if one examines the Islamic texts, turn out to be directly related to central teachings of Islam. - CM

"We've got a society that is one of the world's most cohesive multicultural and multi-faith societies", Dr Aly told Fairfax Media.  "What this poll does show is that the cohesiveness is quite fragile.  We need to keep working on it."

In this sort of context the code-word "cohesive" seems to mean something like "Islamo-accommodating" or "Islamo-appeasing".  "Cohesiveness" = Islamo-accommodation, Islamo-appeasement.  Ms Aly has just discovered that fewer Aussies have been fooled, and conditioned into proto-dhimmitude, than she and other Muslims thought.  It's a nasty shock to her, I'll bet.  Her reflexive response is to step up the Islamopuffery, to try to squelch the unpleassant signs of resistance against Islamisation. - CM

'She said that every Australian had a moral duty to call out "false imagery" of Australia that was advanced by One Nation and anti-immigration voices.

Most Islamosavvy Australians aren't against all immigration as such; we are against Muslim immigration, and we are opposed to any further appeasement and accommodation of Islam.   But what Ms Aly is trying to suggest is that we have a moral duty to submit to Islamisation. - CM

'Senator Hanson advocated a Muslim ban in her first speech to the Parliament since being re-elected.

Somebody has to be the one to say it.  Now it's been said - as it was said, earlier, by the sensible Sonia Kruger, TV personality - it has to be talked about. - CM

'Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen also called for restrictions on migration from countries with high levels of Muslim extremism.

Yes. A perfectly sensible proposal. I myself would go so far as to not admit anyone holding a passport issued by an OIC-member country that was majority-Islamic, unless they could be shown to be a bona fide member of a non-Islamic minority group.  For example: persons established as Christians, Sikhs and Hindus from Pakistan could be admitted as immigrants, tourists, or students, but not anyone else.  Similarly, Christians, Buddhists, and Hindus from Malaysia.  One may note that in many Muslim countries there are ID cards that show the person's religious affiliation. - CM

'According to Dr Aly, who arrived in the country as a two-year-old from Egypt, Muslims can also succumb to a divided view of the country, despite it not squaring with their own experience.

Shall we ask Ms Aly about the meaning of Dar Al Harb and Dar al Islam? - CM

"It's very easy for the average Muslim Australian to say, "Oh, wow, everyone around me hates me".

Really?  And no Muslim in Australia has ever been taught, in the home and in the mosque, to reject and hate the kuffar society around them, filled with those who are declared by the Quran to be "the worst of beasts"??   I wonder how much of Muslim claims that "nobody loves me, everybody hates me" can be put down to the phenomenon that psychologists call "projection".  - CM

"But that's not my personal experience in Australia, and I know it's not the experience of other Muslims in Australia".

Yes, because a lot of Aussies are still dangerously misinformed or uninformed about Islam; as witness the 40 percent of people polled who were not opposed to Muslim immigration, and the additional 11 percent who had not yet made up their minds. - CM

"People say everyone hates them, but then you ask them what their neighbours are like, and they say, 'Oh, I love my neighbours".

Hmm.  But would they still 'love' that cheerful, friendly Aussie neighbour if they found out that he or she was an enthusiastic supporter of Israel? - CM

"I think every parliamentarian and particularly the Prime Minister, has a moral obligation to speak up and say, "This is not Australia", and really lead the debate on who and what we are."

Well, Ms Aly, bottom line is, a lot of people in Australia - the majority of whom have taken the trouble to do some homework on what it is exactly that Islam teaches, and how that jibes with what Muslims have historically done in the course of the past 1400 years - don't want an Islamised Australia. Because there is not one Islamic country, anywhere in the world, that we would want to resemble in any way, shape or form.  And the only way to be sure of not having an Islamised Australia, in the long term, is to prevent the Muslim Fifth Column from expanding; and the first step toward that, is to stop Muslim immigration.  A second step would be to shut down all sharia-pushing and/ or jihad-promoting mosques and prevent more mosques from being built, and the third is to take Ayaan Hirsi Ali's advice, given years ago to a number of western countries, and shut down all madrasas or Islam-based schools, and require all children from Muslim families to attend state schools. - CM

'She suggested the Essential poll's question were too negative, and could have skewed the results.

Is she demanding that they should have been worded in such a way as to push people toward a 'positive' answer? - CM

"They did not ask, "Do you like your Muslim neighbours?  Do you agree to have Muslims that contribute to Australia", she said.  "They were all negatively worded".

I'm through with trying to sift out the dangerous Muslims from the non-dangerous; because so often, the most dangerous ones have initially, to many, seemed non-dangerous... until they Went Jihad, and people got killed.  I'm through with playing 'Muslim Roulette'.  Superficially or seemingly 'nice' Muslim neighbours don't erase the jihad doctrine of Islam.  Precautionary principle.  Got Muslims? - Got Jihad.  The only way to be quite, quite sure of having less Jihad, is to have fewer Muslims.  And we can make a start on that, by stopping Muslim immigration. - CM

'The former Curtin University professor, who has previously been invited by US President Barack Obama to speak at the White House, acknowledged waves of migrants to Austraila do historically attract some hate, especially at times of economic turmoil.

No.  Those of us who have investigated Islam do not fear the Ummah, or Mohammedan Mob, because the economy is not doing as well as might be desired. We fear Islam - we fear and distrust the Ummah, or Mohammedan Mob - because of its 1400 year history of mass murder, mass enslavement, rape and plunder.  We see the ruin that it has wrought and is still wreaking and we wish to establish some boundaries, quickly.  We distrust Muslims because we don't want to be stabbed in the back, or run over, or blown up, or shot down, like the peopel in the Bataclan theatre.  And we distrust people like you, Ms Aly, because we have begun to learn about the many and varied types of deception that Islam has consciously and malevolently deployed throughout its history. - CM

"We can't keep falling into this pattern every time there is a new "other" that we can blame for everything", she said.

Hmm.  I am reminded of that part of her book "Infidel" in which Ayaan Hirsi Ali recalls how, during her childhood, when she lived in 100 percent Muslim Saudi Arabia, the Muslims around her routinely blamed Al Yahood, the Jews, for every single thing, great or small, that went wrong in their daily lives.  It strikes me that Ms Aly herself is in part "projecting" onto non-Muslim Aussies the Muslim tendency to "blame the Infidel" or to "blame the Jew" for anything and everything that goes wrong.  Who is "the other" for Muslims, Ms Aly? Is it not the filthy kuffar, the unbelievers? - CM

"We've been doing it for 200 years. (Really?  Evidence, please. - CM)  Grow up, Australia. Let's take our place on the world stage as a mature nation".

'Maturity', it seems, in Ms Aly's mind = Islamo-appeasement, or Islamo-compliance.  To resist Islam, to criticise it, to question it and reject it, is 'immature'...?  - CM

'She said it was hard to understand why people could hate minorities (really? - the Muslim Egyptians seem to find it very easy to hate and oppress and abuse the Coptic Christian indigenous minority, and the Muslim Turks, back in the day, had no difficulty hating and mass murdering the Armenian and Assyrian Christians - CM), but that the "root of the grievance" (by which she seems to mean, that they are not being told enough soothing lies about Islam, and are therefore refusing to acquiesce in the expansion of Islam in Australia - CM) needs to be addressed, and that voices like Senator Hanson and Mr Christensen couldn't hide from their role in fuelling xenophobia.

They are not 'fuelling xenophobia'. In this particular case they are trying to warn their fellow citizens about a real and present danger.  About an ideology and an organisation with an appalling track record of mass murder on the grand scale.  And Ms Aly, being a card-carrying member of that organisation, wants to silence them and anyone else who is trying to raise the alarm; wants to stifle or drown out the warning; wants to make it possible for Islam, for the Ummah, to continue to expand in numbers, and in power, within Australia. - CM

'During the election campaign, as the candidate for Cowan, Dr Aly was subjected to a campaign by Liberal figures that sought to paint her as soft on terrorism because of her government-funded deradicalisation work.

If the Muslims she claims to have 'deradicalised' remain Muslim they remain dangerous. - CM

 

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Friday, 23 September 2016
Man who murdered Glasgow shopkeeper for 'disrespecting Islam' calls for beheadings in prison YouTube video
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I don't usually post from the Independent, but this time they have the most accessible report on this.

A man who murdered a Glasgow shopkeeper for “disrespecting Islam” has released messages from prison calling on supporters to behead other “insulters”.

Tanveer Ahmed, 32, admitted stabbing Asad Shah to death in his shop because he felt his victim was “disrespecting the prophet Mohamed” with his beliefs as an Ahmadi Muslim. Now, he is encouraging others to do the same in extremist audio messages that appear to have been recorded and released after he was jailed for life.

In Ahmed’s most recent speech, uploaded to YouTube earlier this month, he celebrates sending Mr Shah “to hell with the help of Allah, the prophet, angels and saints”. “I have the honour of sending him to the hell forever,” he says in Urdu, giving the date as 7 September.

The message then calls on listeners to repeat a chant vowing to “offer their lives and souls”, ending: “There’s only one punishment for insulters: cut off their heads, cut off their heads, cut off their heads.”

It was one of five messages, uploaded to the same YouTube account in May, June, August and most recently on 7 September. They are believed to have been recorded on a mobile phone, possibly during a call made by Ahmed from Barlinnie Prison.

A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service said he could not comment on individual cases. “We work closely with Police Scotland to detect and prevent crime,” he added. “We make overt recordings of phone calls made in prison.”

Police Scotland have also launched an investigation into Ahmed’s audio messages, which could constitute hate speech or incitement.

The videos have generated fresh alarm in the UK’s Ahmadi Muslim community, following a Facebook page praising the murder of Mr Shah and leaflets calling for Ahmadis to convert or be killed distributed in London.

Ahmed was unrepentant in court, releasing a statement through a lawyer accusing Mr Shah of “disrespecting the messenger of Islam, the prophet Mohamed”, adding: “If I had not done this others would and there would have been more killing and violence in the world.”

But he was given leave to appeal his minimum sentence on Thursday, with judges at a hearing in Edinburgh ruling that the murderer’s lawyers can make a case for the term to be reduced.

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Posted on 09/23/2016 2:59 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 22 September 2016
Australia: Poll Shows 49 Percent of Aussies Want To End Muslim Immigration; Islamophiles Have Conniptions
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The people who did the poll were so nonplussed by what they discovered that they ran it a second time because they thought they must have done something wrong; but when they ran it the second time they got exactly the same results.  It seems that despite the neverending and indeed ever-accelerating Islamopuffery that has been and is being poured out by so many of our secular and even our religious leaders, a significant number of Aussies prefer to believe their lyin' eyes and ears, and are making up their own minds about Islam and the Ummah, or Allah Gang, the Mohammedan Mob.

Our Islamophile ABC is, predictably, horrified.  Here is "Shalailah Medhora" reporting for TripleJ, the ABC's outlet aimed at the younger set.

http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/half-of-australia-wants-muslim-ban/7865630 

"Half of Australian Wants Muslim Ban".

"Look around your classroom, or workplace.

'Chances are that half of the people there support a blanket ban on Muslim migration to Australia.  You might even be one of them.

Yes. I am.  Because I'm sick and tired of playing the deadly game of "Muslim roulette" that has claimed so many, many Infidel lives, world-wide, already, from the 1990s onward. - CM

'New polling out today [21 September] found that 49 percent of people support a ban on Muslims coming to Australia, compared to 40 percent who oppose a ban.  (The remaining 11 percent weren't sure either way).

That 11 percent is where the Resistance to Islamisation msut focus its efforts. And it is also where, of course, those emitting the relentless blast of Islamopuffery will now also be seeking to disinform and confuse.  - CM

'Young people aged 18-24 were the most likely to oppose a ban on Muslim immigration.

They are the ones who have been propagandised most completely by the Muslims and Islamophiles who have infiltrated academia, media and the arts, since the 1970s. They are also the ones with the smallest amount of "lived experience"; the ones least likely to have spent any time reading the Islamic texts, or reading old books, or watching really old movies, where a non-sanitised assessment of Islam is more likely to be found. - CM

'Fifty-eight percent of young people opposed a ban, compared with 28 percent who supported it.  

Hm. That means that 14 percent were undecided.  The resistance had better figure out, fast, how to reach that 14 percent.  And the 28 percent who oppose Muslim immigration is significant, because it means that on nearly a third of our young Aussies the very obvious campaign to make Islam 'cool' and hip and fashionable and to make criticism or rejection of Islam the cardinal sin, has ... failed to stick. - CM

'Respondents of the 1000 person survey, undertaken by polling company Essential, were most concerned about Muslims not integrating to the Australian way of life, or failing to share Australian values.  Just over one in four who support a ban were also worried about terrorism.

That is very interesting.  It shows that many of those who are wary of Islam are awake-up to the "stealth" or "civilisational jihad", to "sharia creep", to what the French call "entrisme".  They know that everything we are, everything we love, is at stake. - CM

'Things get even more interesting when you look at how the people who support a ban vote.

'Coalition voters - that is, people who identify themselves as voters of the Liberal or National parties - are most likely to support a ban on Muslim migration.  But 40 percent of Labor votes, and 34 percent of Green voters, also support a ban.

Yay for good old Aussie rock-bottom commonsense.   Perhaps some Greens and Labors have become aware of Islamic misogyny and homophobia, and don't like it... - CM

'The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has long argued that Australia's diversity is one of the country's biggest strengths.

These days, it seems, you are not 'diverse' unless and until you have a large and aggressive colony of Mohammedans ensconced in your midst.  No matter how many people of different ethnicities and languages you have, no matter whether you already have Christians of every stripe, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs, atheists, agnostics, wiccans, animists, Confucians, Taoists, you are still not "diverse", you don't have 'real' 'diversity' until and unless you have lots and lots of Muslims and more coming in every day...?? - CM

'Earlier this week, he told a United Nations Summit on immigration that "diversity is an investment against marginalisation and extremism".

Really?  Jihad is not 'caused' by anything kuffars do or do not do to Muslims. The casus belli is that we are Infidels. That's all it takes, Mr Turnbull. And if we let Muslims inside our gates, some of them will set to work to kill us, to terrorise us, to try to force us to Submit. - CM

"It helps our community unite, rather than be divided".

Read surah 48.29 of the Quran, PM Turnbull.  Ask yourself how we kuffar can possibly 'unite' with a 'community', the Ummah, the Empire of Islam, that believes itself to be entitled to lay down the (sharia) law to everyone else on earth, and that divides the whole world into two halves - into the dar al Islam, or region of Submission, where Muslims dominate, and into the dar al Harb, or Region of War, which is where we non-Muslims are, and which must be warred against, one way or another, by Muslims, until it ceases to exist, and all the world is Dar al Islam and kuffar are near-slave dhimmis, or converted to Islam, or...dead.  Ask yourself how we can 'unite' with people whose cult teaches them that we are "the worst of beasts", that inculcates a virulent antisemitism, that regards Christians (because of their adoration of Christ) as committing 'shirk', a crime more heinous than murder, and that teaches its adherents never to befriend or ally with non-Muslims, except feigningly and temporarily, under certain circumstances, and only for Muslim advantage. - CM

'Peter Lewis from Essential Poll said the results were surprising.

'I was worried it was what we call a 'rogue poll'.  So we repeated and got the exact same result.'

'The poll results come shortly after One Nation leader, Pauline Hanson, called for a ban on Muslims entering Australia during her first speech to Parliament.

"We are in danger of being swamped by Muslims, who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own".

The 'swamped' bit is pretty clear, in light of recent events in Germany; there is a threat, because there are not a few nicely-dhimmified Useful Idiots in our own country who would cheerfully open the floodgates, if they got the chance.  The statement about the incompatible (indeed, aggressive and hostile) culture and ideology is also true, in spades.  Many people far better educated than Ms Hanson would say exactly the same. - CM

'Pauline Hanson - who first entered politics in 1996, raising concerns about Asia [non-Islamic - CM] migration - is joined in the Senate by three other One Nation senators.

Gotta love the Aussie voter, flying a 'trial balloon' and sending a bit of a message to the major parties that there is an urgent issue that they are not adequately addressing. - CM

'Nationally, One Nation received about 4 percent of the vote in the recent federal election.  In Queensland, where the One Nation vote was the highest, 9 percent of voters backed Senator Hanson and her party.

'Shadow multicultural minister Tony Burke told Hack he's not convinced that the poll is an accurate reflection of modern Australia.

'I have some reservations about the numbers collected in this poll. There was a slightly larger poll conducted a few months earlier - the federal election."

"There was not a big vote for One Nation.  Ninety-five percent of Australians saw them on the ballot paper and voted for someone else.  In fact, they got fewer votes than they received in 2001, when zero One Nation senators were elected," he said.

"The politics of division has always been around (yep, mate: in the case of Islam, it's been around for 1400 years and counting - Dar al Islam vs Dar al Harb, and you ought to look up the significance of "al wala wa al bara", too - CM), but it never ends up prevailing."

'What does a ban actually achieve?'

Ever heard the proverb, "When in hole, stop digging?"  Or "a stitch in time saves nine"? Or that there is such a thing as nipping something in the bud? - CM

"Hass Dellal, the head of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, told Hack that Senator Hanson's speech was heavy on rhetoric, but did not offer any solution to voters' genuinely held concerns.

Really? Not letting in any more Muslims, and preventing any more madrasas and Muslim military-command-and-control centres, aka 'mosques', sounds like a pretty good plan, to me. - CM

"If there are fears, we need to address them", he said.  "What does a ban actually achieve?"

Lots. It prevents the Ummah from increasing in numbers quite so fast, and therefore limits its actual and perceived power. - CM

'Hass points out that one-third of Muslims were born in Australia.  They make up just a fraction of the population - about 2 percent.

They were a much, much smaller percentage, around 20 years ago.  There are now suburbs where they dominate, both in numbers and in political clout; suburbs from which they have quite deliberately, by varous means, including threats of violence and actual violence, driven out the non-Muslim inhabitants.  Paul Sheehan in an article written in 2006 described that process, as it was reported to him, by people who had directly experienced it.  And with Muslims "only" at two percent, they are causing a whole hell of a lot of trouble; witness the necessity of creating the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, and the sheer amount of time and money that is already being spent on trying to keep tabs on all those Muslims who might be about to Go Jihad. - CM

"Diversity is here to stay".

Translation: "Islamisation Must Not Be Stopped". - CM

"We as a nation have a great record and a great history of managing diversity", Hass said.

Until we greatly increased the number and percentage of Muslims. - CM

"Stop Cuddling up to Hanson"

'Nick McKim, the Greens spokesperson on immigration, said the Coalition and Labor should stop "cuddling up" to Senator Hanson.

'They refuse to call her out and call her words out for what they are, which is racist".

Really?  Was Somali ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali a racist when she told assorted western governments that they should not permit Muslims to set up 'faith-based' schools, centred on Islam, for children of Muslim families, and that if they did, they would come to regret it (which they have)? - CM

"The Australian character is one of welcoming visitors and strangers to our shores, and I have no doubt that is how the majority of Australians feel", Senator McKim said.

Senator McKim needs to read ex-Muslim Sam Solomon's book "Al Hijra" and think again.  The people of Yathrib, now Medina, welcomed Mohammed and his 'persecuted' band of Companions, back in the day; and as a result, many of them wound up dead. - CM

'The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils said Senator Hanson's first speech to Parliament was "ill-informed, hurtful and divisive".

How Muslims always do go on and on about things being hurtful and divisive; whilst heir own lot, the world over, historically and right now, exhibit a gleeful cruelty whenever they have sufficient power to do as they please to non-Muslim persons. - CM

'But spokesperson Kesyar Trad offered to counter any misinformation about his religion in person.

'Misinformation'.  The actual contents of the Islamic trilogy, along with Islamic history (if read in non-whitewashed sources) are so damning that no amount of flowery nothings, denials, accusations, sophistries and other nonsense-and-lies spun by the likes of a disgraceful individual such as Keysar Trad can erase them from the mind of any sensible non-Muslim person. - CM

"I stretch my hand with love and goodwill, offering to spend as much time as necessary with Ms Hanson to answer her questions about Islam", he said.

To tell her soothing lies about Islam, you mean, Mr Trad.  And as for stretching out a hand; Ms Hanson would be well advised not to take it, and, indeed, to refuse your invitation. Because a British MP named Stephen Timms once took the hand of a sweetly-smiling Muslimah... and as he did so, with her other hand, still smiling, she brought out a knife from her bag and shoved it into his stomach. - CM

'The Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, said demonising Islam could help fuel extremism.

Nonsense, Mr Shorten. You believe that, for example, a publicly-stated factual description of Islam - such as Churchill gave, back in the day, when he called it "the religion of blood and war" - is the cause of Jihad??  What if, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali once did on Dutch TV, I were to call Mohammed a 'pervert' because of his having marital relations with little nine-year-old Aisha? Is that 'demonising Islam'?  Should I refrain from speaking publicly about Mohammed's approval of the the murder of apostates, and of 'blasphemers' such as Asma bint Marwan, because if I do, it will... get me or other people killed by... Muslim assassins enforcing the sharia ban on the criticism of Islam? - - CM

"We would be playing into the hands of the crazies, of the fundamentalists, of those who hate the Australian way of life, by somehow saying that that religion - Islam - is incompatible with Western liberal democracy", he said.

But it is.  Any belief system that includes Death for Apostasy - and very frequently applies and has applied this rule, in modern times - is incompatible with Western liberal democracy. Any belief system that authorises the murder of cartoonists for drawing pictures ot the founder, is incompatible with western liberal democracy.  Islam suppresses freedom of speech.  Are you cool with that, Mr Shorten?  Do you think Theo Van Gogh should not have made the movei 'Submission' with Ayaan Hirsi Ali? do you think Ms Ali should not have written her books.. or apostasised from Islam?   Do you think the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists deserved to be killed, because they made the mohammedans upset? -  CM

'There are millions of Muslims right across the world who live in western societies, who contribute to our quality and standard of living (who by their presence, their numbers, and the disruptive activities engaged in by far too many from amongst their number, are causing an unprecedented and vastly expensive homeland-security headache to our law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and have made life for everyone else much more dangerous, expensive and unpleasant than it would have been, if they or their forebears had never been allowed inside the gates in the first place - CM) and you give in to the crazies, the fundamentalists, if all you do is accept their arguments and repeat them ourselves."

Mr Shorten: read Conor Cruise O'Brien, "The Lesson of Algeria: Islam is Indivisible".  There is not some sort of not-really-Islamic outer fringe of 'crazies' and then a 'real Islam' that is okay. There is just Islam, and it is deadly. - CM

'There has been a surge in popularity of far-right (sic - Islamosceptical and patriotic - CM) politicians around the world.  From Brexit - where Britons voted to leave the European Union - to Donald Trump's call to build a wall to keep Mexicans out of the United States (wait a minute; why does this sentence not mention his much more centrally important and relevant call for a moratorium on Muslim immigration - CM), politicians have been capitalising on voters' fears of immigrants.

Not of immigrants in general, but of Muslim immigrants.  That's what the poll was about. And not all fear arises from ignorance or unreason. Some fears are rational, based on knowledge, on the recognition and comprehension of a real threat.  Fear of Islam is rational and fact-based. - CM

'Because Muslims come from all different nationalities and walks of life, the argument against them has become a cultural one.

It is a cultural one. It is about ideas. - CM

'Aurelien Mondon from the University of Bath told Hack, this week: 

"Instead of talking about racism and race, they talk about culture.

Because it is about culture, you twit.  We're not objecting to Christians from Syria, we're objecting to Muslims from Syria. Would a Muslim girl from Syria have ever in a million years stepped up to become a Wine Queen in Germany? But a Christian girl from Syria has done just that. - CM

"They say, "we're not racist, we're saying cultures are so important that they should be protected, and they're so great we should keep them apart".  It's the same process of exclusion, but it's not race, it's cultural", Aurelien said.

Well, what do you think would have happened to European Enlightenment culture, if the Muslims had won at Vienna in 1683, mate?  Would Sir Isaac Newton or Johann Sebastian Bach even have been born, let alone done what they did?  Mr Aurelien, I really don't like FGM, polygyny, wife-beating, child and/ or forced 'marriage, slavery, death for apostasy, and death for 'blasphemy'... all of which are and have been integral parts of Islam.  Does that make me a racist, in your eyes?

The reliably Islamophile "Sydney Morning Herald" is, of course, also shocked and disgusted that so many Aussies have the inexplicable temerity to not want more, and more, and more Muslims in Australia.  Here's the SMH report, from Mark Kenny and Michael Koziol.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/half-of-all-australians-want-to-ban-muslim-immigration-poll-20160920-grkufa.html

"Half of All Australians Want to Ban Muslim Immigration: Poll".

"US President Barack Obama has hit back strongly at rising anti-immigration sentiment across America, Europe and Australia, as a new poll found that half of all Australians want to ban Muslim immigration.

It is not, for the most part, anti-immigration sentiment; it is, as in Australia, a growing awareness that Muslim immigrants, or rather, colonists, or invaders, are not, generally speaking a good thing, for countries into which they insert themselves; a growing uneasy awareness that the importation of large and inassimilable Muslim colonies has made life for non-Muslims (whether indigenous or immigrant) in the host societies - right across Europe, and also the USA, Canada, and Australia - much more expensive, unpleasant, and increasingly physically dangerous.   - CM

'Declaring rich countries must do more not less, and that refugees are victims rather than causes of violence (really? but in Australia a particularly ghastly murder was perpetrated by a "Rohingya" Muslim "refugee", upon a fellow "Rohingya" Muslim; is the murderer not the cause of the violence he committed?  Has Obama forgotten those attacks in Germany that were carried out by Muslim persons who claimed to be 'refugees'?  has he forgotten the Somali Muslim - who would have gained entry to Denmark by claiming to be a 'refugee'- who attempted, with an axe, to murder Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard for having committed the heinous crime of drawing the 'Mohammed-turban-bomb' cartoon?  Has he forgotten the Brothers Tsarnaev, and the lives they took, and the many lives that they ruined, with their pressure-cooker bomb at the Boston Marathon?  The Tsarnaevs claimed to be "refugees", and were believed, and taken in, by America; and then they attempted to mass-murder American Infidels... - CM), Mr Obama said that governments proposing to build walls and close doors inevitably imprisoned their own citizens, while ensuring they would be harshly judged by history.

So, by analogy, our houses should not have walls, or doors, or security bars and screens, or locks.  Gardens and farms should not have fences.   Question: would Mr Obama like to lead by example? Dismiss his security staff, take all the locks off the White House, and remove the perimeter fence?  And let it be known that he is going to have "open house"; if you want to walk in, use the bathroom and laundry, and take whatever you want out of the fridge, you can do it. - CM

"This crisis is a test of our common humanity - whether we give in to suspicion and fear and build walls, or whether we see ourselves in another", he said.

Seeing "ourselves" in "another" is precisely what Islam teaches Muslims not to do, if that "other" is not a Muslim. - CM

'It came as an Essential Research poll released on Wednesday found that 49 percent of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration, including 60 percent of Coalition voters (the aspect of Australian politics that is somewhat similar to the Tories in Britain or the Republicans in the USA - CM), 40 percent of Labor voters, and 34 percent of Greens voters (Labor and the Greens are the Aussie equivalent, very broadly speaking, of "Labor" in the UK and the Democrat constituency in the US - CM).

An observation: these results should be a great encouragement to the resistance within Australia as it continues to attempt to inform, and to spread the alarm amongst the great Infidel public.  Although in places such as social media one encounters many persons on the 'Green' and "Labor' camp who are zealous Defenders of Islam, it appears that there is nevertheless within that same camp a significant minority who have not abandoned their commonsense nor lost their instinct of self-preservation.  This is an encouragement to persevere, and not to assume, before one begins, that a person affiliated with, say, Labor or the Greens, is ipso facto unpersuadable.  Because one in three Greens and four out of ten Laborites are, in fact, already having misgivings about Muslims and Islam. - CM

'The most common reasons for wanting a ban were fears about terrorism, and a belief that Muslim migrants do not integrate into society nor share Australian values.

The fears are fact-based, and justifiable. The "belief" is true, not false; it is itself a recognition of facts. - CM

'The poll was first conducted in early August, and then repeated to ensure it was not a rogue.

"It's too big a number to say that it's an unrepresentative rump that should be shunned from polite society. (So...if you fear being murdered by allahu-akbaring jihadis, if you have read up on the core teachings of Islam and on the ways in which sharia wreaks and has wreaked havoc on countless human lives down through the centuries and today, and dare to suggest that Muslims should not be allowed into the country, you should be "shunned"???  Does this person even realize how totally he has internalised an equivalent of the Islamic blasphemy law? - CM) Essential pollster Peter Lewis told Fairfax Media.

'In a strident call for more decisive action to help the world's 65 million asylum seekers and internally displaced persons (it would be interesting to know how many of those 65 million are Muslims; if Muslims form the majority, then why should non-Muslim countries be forced to take them all in? - CM), the US President used his opening address to an invitation-only summit on refugees in New York to pour scorn on the moral abandon (sic - CM) propelling right-wing (sic - CM) populists such as US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, former UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage, and others in Europe, and Australian senator Pauline Hanson.

"It is a test of our international system, where all nations ought to share in our collective responsibilities, because the vast majority of refugees are hosted by just 10 countries, who are bearing a very heavy burden - among them Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Ethiopia.  Countries that often have fewer resources than many of those who are doing little or nothing", he said.

Dear President Obama: the total population of Australia is 24 million.  We obviously cannot take in all 65 million third-world "refugees" and displaced people, most of whom are Muslims, fleeing the chaos and misery and poverty that Islam produces... but bringing it with them, to reproduce it, sooner or later, wherever they go.  I would rather that Australia took in every last one of the threatened-with-genocide Christians, and Yazidis, of Iraq and Syria, than that we took in even one more Muslim, whether immigrant or "refugee", from anywhere.  Neither should any one of the small and historically non-Islamic countries of Europe be forced to take in Muslims, who are not only culturally-incompatible but aggressive and resentful, and infinitely disruptive.  As for the others that you mention? - Ethiopia should not be required to receive or host Muslim "refugees", and would be best served by being assisted to turf them out - into irretrievably Islamically-blighted Somalia and North Sudan - and then assisted to keep them out.  The Maronite Christians of Lebanon would be best served by receiving assistance and encouragement to throw out all the Muslims - Shiite and Sunni - into Iraq, whilst receiving assistance to resettle Syrian and Iraqi Christians.  As for Iran, Turkey, and Pakistan ... the Camp of the Free owes them absolutely nothing, and not one Muslim from Iran, Turkey or Pakistan, nor from any other part of the dar al Islam, should be admitted into any part of what Muslims call the dar al Harb, the Region of War.  End of story.  As for the idea that "rich countries" should "do more".. indeed they should.  Time to demand that the rich Muslims take care of the poor Muslims.  There are more than enough petrodollars in the Gulf and elsewhere to ensure a lifelong supply of food, clothing and other necessaries for every Muslim 'refugee' in the world.  Why should Infidels be forced to foot the bill?   - CM

'The Essential poll, with a typical sample size of more than 1000, came a week after Senator Hanson's incendiary (sic - CM) first speech in the Senate, in whcih she proposed that Australia halt Muslim immigration and stop building mosques and Islamic schools.

There is nothing "incendiary" about any one of those three proposals. Any person who has read ex-Muslim Patrick Sookhdeo's "Islam in Britain" and "Faith, Power and Territory", or ex-Muslim Sam Solomon's "Al Hijra: The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration", and "The Mosque Exposed", will have independently reached the conclusion that stopping Muslim immigration and stopping the proliferation of mosques and madrasas, are steps that will have to be taken, if the camp of the Free wishes to survive at all.  Furthermore, it was another ex-Muslim, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who many years ago - nearly ten years ago, or more - told the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, the USA and Australia, that they should not permit Muslim 'faith' schools; that these schools were not the same kind of thing as schools run by Jews, or Catholics, or Anglicans, or Lutherans; that they were dangerous, and that countries which permitted them to be built would come to regret it.  Ms Hanson's proposal re Islamic schools is no different from the advice given by Ms Ali. - CM

'The poll found a high level of support for the One Nation firebrand (sic: why not just write "the outspoken One Nation senator"? terms like "firebrand" are meant to skew our perception and our attitudes - CM), with two-thirds of voters agreeing she talks about issues other politicians are afraid of tackling, and 48 percent endorsing a national debate about Muslim immigration.

'Mr Lewis said that the results showed mainstream political parties needed to re-engage with "outsider politics" as disenfranchised voters flocked to the fringes.

49 percent of the total vote is not "the fringes".  What happens if there are another couple of mass murder attacks such as Nice, or the Bataclan, or Orlando, in Europe, or the UK, or Canada, or the USA, or even.. Australia, and you re-do the poll, and discover that the percentage of Coalition voters who don't want any more Ummah has gone from 60 to 70 percent, and the percentages of Labor and Green voters who have decided that Islam is dangerous, and Australia would be better off without it, have moved from 40 percent to 60 percent and from 34 percent to 52 percent?  It could happen.  And if it does, then the politicians will have to face the fact that a very large number of all kinds of voters don't. want. any. more. Islam. -    CM

"If you look at the movements in the States, in Britain, the economic disenfranchisement drives a set of conversation about culture and difference, that manifest at the moment in these sorts of positions."

Really? Are infidel Aussies, Yanks, Brits, Europeans only worried about Islam, and Muslims, because they're having trouble finding a job or paying off the mortgage?  Seriously??  Mate, as the jihad attacks, small and large-scale, pile up, all over the world, and the death and injury toll keeps mounting, and the denials that it all has anything at all to do with Islam grow more and more farcical, people are getting more and more worried about being stabbed from behind in a shopping centre, or in a park, or in a backpackers' hostel, by an allahu-akbaring Mohammedan, or run over in the street by a car or truck driven by an allahu-akbaring Mohammedan, or shot dead in a bar or a nightclub or at a Christmas party or at a rock concert, by an allahu-akbaring mohammedan or mohammedans, or blown up on a bus or a train or a plane or in the street (Boston marathon, anyone?) by allahu-akbaring mohammedans.  That's the long and the short of it. We're coming to see the obvious - got Muslims? Got Jihad.  And more and more of us are therefore deciding that we'd prefer not to increase the number of Muslims in our midst, so as to reduce the number of persons likely to murderously, or mass-murderously, Go Jihad. - CM

'If the poll is an accurate reflection of Australian voters, it highlights a significant hardening in anti-Muslim sentiment.

It seems that the Sydney Morning Herald wants us to think that fearing Muslms, or distrusting Muslims, or not liking Muslims, is simply beyond the pale: unthinkable, unforgivable. - CM

A Ray Morgan poll conducted in October last year found broad support for Muslim immigration, with 28 percent of respondents declaring themselves opposed.

Hmm. And since October 2015 we have had the attack on the Bataclan in November 2015, the attack on the Brussels airport in March 2016, and the spectacularly mass-murderous attacks in Orlando, Florida (June 2016) and in Nice in France (14 July 2016), not to mention the frenzied Muslim murder of two backpackers right here in Australia ... And that is only within the 'western' world; plenty more has been happening elsewhere.  It's not surprising that people's attitudes have changed. - CM

'The Obama comments came as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed his government would dial up its refugee intake (one hopes this means that he will increase the number of mortally-imperilled Iraqi and Syrian Christian refugees, and other non-Muslims, such as Mandaeans and Yazidis, that we will admit - CM), but was also ratcheting up the pressure on Iran to take back persons deemed not to have legitimate refugee claims, in a bid to clear out the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru - the blight on Australia's internaitonal reputation.

"It's very important that nations accept back, whether on a voluntary or an involuntary basis, their citizens who have been denied refugee status", Mr Turnbull said at a United Nations press conference held on the banks of the East River.

"This is a keen issue with a number of countries who will not do that (of course the Muslim countries won't; they intend for the flow to be one-way, a stream of Muslims pouring neverendingly, as hijra, immigration-invasion, into previously non-Islamic countries; - CM), and of course it is important that if there is going to be the cooperative action to end the scourge of people-smuggling - and there is a global commitment, I believe, to do that (good luck with getting any real cooperation from the Muslims, on that one...CM) - then there are a number of measures that have to be undertaken.  One of them is to be prepared to accept the return of a nation's own citizens."

That is indeed a key point.  Because infidel countries wishing to reverse the hijra will, in the end, have to choose to ignore and override the stonewalling of the Muslim countries of origin of the muhajiroun, the "migraters". - CM

'Reluctant to name individual countries, he eventually yielded, declaring: "I am certainly in contact with my Iranian counterpart over this issue.  It's been a long-running discussion; we will continue to seek to negotiate with Iran so that they take back Iranian citizens, who are found not to be owed protection.  The simple fact is that they are Iranians who have been found not to be refugees, and they must go back to Iran."

No Iranian Muslim should be permitted into Australia, even if a "refugee".  Iranians who can, via investigation with groups such as Barnabas Fund and the relevant communities of origin,  can be shown firmly to be Christian - whether they be apostates from Islam, or persons from the indigenous dhimmi minorities - or Jewish, should be admitted; life in Iran is a misery for non-Muslims.  Anyone else... no. - CM

'Mr Obama cited the treatment of the Jews by Nazi Germany, and the refusal of third countries to take in those fleeing the genocidal regime, to declare that failure to help people escaping current conflicts would leave a similar stain on our collective conscience.

Muslims are not Jews.  Jews (despite the mad fantasies of the antisemites who influenced the decisions, in the 1930s, to reject those frantic Jews who were trying to flee from the Third Reich, or to take in only limited numbers) posed no threat to potential host countries whatsoever. Whereas Muslims do; Muslims carry in their mental baggage the religion of blood and war, a belief system that primes them to regard non-adherents with hatred and contempt, and to seek to subjugate them, "convert" them, or annihilate them. Also: not until 1948 was there even one state that Jews could call their own.  Right now, there are 57 states in the world that are majority Muslim, where Muslims rule.  Muslims from this or that Muslim state or region have many countries culturally, ethnically and religiously compatible, that could take them in.  The real analogy with the shameful refusal of many countries to receive the persecuted Jews from Germany and Europe in the 1930s, is the shameful refusal of majority-nominally-Christian countries, today, to give absolute priority, in their refugee and immigrant intake, to the mortally-imperilled (by Muslims!) Iraqi and Syrian Christians, together with smaller non-Islamic groups, also in deadly peril (from Muslims!).  Many free countries "flubbed their catch" with the Jews; we are, today, "flubbing our catch" with the middle-eastern Christians.  If, instead of throwing open the gates to nearly a million Muslims, mostly males of military age, Germany had quietly gone to Barnabas Fund and asked them to find a million bona fide displaced Syrian and Iraqi Christians in need of a new and safer h homeland, I am sure that Barnabas could have obliged them; and if they had, we would not have had the rapes and the killings and the explosions; all that would have happened is that many Catholic churches in Germany would now have a great many new parishioners.  - CM

'Thanking Germany, Canada and Australia, among other nations, for their leadership in addressing the refugee crisis, Mr Obama nonetheless criticised the international community for doing too little to fix the root causes of displacement - singling out the faux cooperation over achieving a peaceful resolution to the Syrian civil war.

The root cause of the massive flows of people - whether Muslim or non-Muslim - from countries suffused with Islam, like Syria, or Iraq, or Afghanistan, is ... Islam.  Take Islam out of the equation and there would still be displaced people because of assorted human conflicts, and other factors, but those non-Muslim displaced people would be much easier to resettle, because not being card-carrying adherents of an ideology that seeks Total World Domination. - CM

'And in a direct repudiation of the Trump/ Hansonite philosophy of ending Muslim immigration and refusing refugees from countries suffering extremist problems (that is: countries crazed by Islam and wracked by Jihad - CM) Mr Obama pledged the opposite response.

"In the coming fiscal year, starting next week, the United States will welcome and resettle 110,000 refugees from around the world - which is a nearly 60 percent increase over 2015. We intend to do it right, and we will do it safely", he said.

Nonsense.  If any of those 115, 000 people are Muslims (and given your obvious preference for Islam over anything else, Mr President, I fear that they will nearly all be Muslim, whilst the desperate Christians of Syria and Iraq are casually kicked by you back down into the Predator Pit), then they - and if not they themselves, then their children and grandchildren - represent a standing menace to the people and infidel polity of the United States. - CM

'He said the use of people-smugglers exposed refugees and the target countries to "the same criminals who are smuggling arms and drugs and children".

"When nations with their own internal difficulties find themselves hosting massive refugee populations for years on end, it can risk more instability.  It oftentimes surfaces tensions in our society when we have disorderly and disproportionate migration into some countries that skews our politics and is subject to demagoguery", he said, in an obvious reference to the outspoken Republican nominee.

If those massive refugee populations are causing chaos where they already are, then why on earth will they not also produce identical problems in, say, the United States... which already does have plenty of very obvious "internal difficulties" of its own. You've already got trouble; why are you so eager to import more? - CM

"And if we were to turn refugees away simply because of their background or religion (as seems, Mr President, to be currently the case with the Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria, eh? - CM), or, for example, because they are Muslim (but, Mr Obama, Muslims belong to the religion of blood and war; got Muslims? Got Jihad - CM), then we would be reinforcing terrorist propaganda that nations like my own are somehow opposed to Islam, which is an ugly lie that must be rejected in all of our countries, by upholding the values of pluralism and diversity".

Values that do not exist, in any real sense, in any Muslim country in the world.   And in any case, Mr Obama: what's wrong with opposing Islam, or being known to oppose it?  Why should one not oppose a cult that teaches wife-beating?  that permits 'marriage' to girls as young as nine?  that enjoins Death for apostasy and Death for 'blasphemy'??  Would you twit us for criticisng and opposing the Mafia or the Triads, and not wanting to admit known mafiosi or triad assassins into our countries? So why is it now a cardinal sin to oppose Islam, the whole of which is an organisation analogous to the Mafia or the Thuggee cult?   I don't care what the jihadis think of us.  Everything that every Infidel nation is, is opposed to Islam, ipso facto. Our art, our statues, our pet dogs, our music, the uncovered faces of our women and the free mixing of unrelated men and women in the workplace and at leisure, our church bells, our pubs, and what used to be our freedom of speech, including not only the right to publicly question and criticse but the right to poke fun. everything we are is already 'opposed to Islam'. - CM

"We cannot avert our eyes or turn our backs.  To slam the door in the face of these families (which families? Muslim families or non-Muslim families? There's a difference.  From the former, we can reliably expect more such as the Brothers Tsarnaev. From the latter... well, a Syrian Christian refugee has just been crowned "Wine Queen" in a region of Germany, and is enthusiastically embracing German culture. - CM) would betray our deepest values. It would deny our own heritage as nations, including the United States of America, that have been built by immigrants and refugees.  

By non-Muslim immigrants and refugees. The fact that, whatever else they were, they were overwhelmingly not Muslim, is what makes the difference. - CM

"And just as failure to act in the past - for example, by turning away Jews fleeing Nazi Germany - is a stain on our collective conscience, I believe history will judge us harshly if we do not rise to this moment".

Fine.  So let's get on board with Barnabas Fund's "Operation Safe Havens' and take in all the surviving Christians, Yazidis and Mandaeans from Syria and Iraq, who are fleeing from the genocidal 'reich', so to speak, of the Islamic State's nascent caliphate. Because it is they, and they alone, who are today's equivalents of the Jews who were fleeing from the Third Reich.  It's turning them away - which is what, Mr Obama, you're currently doing, so far as I can see; the USA has admitted a minuscule number of Syrian Christians, amongst hundreds and thousands of Syrian Muslims - that is exactly the same as the actions of those who turned away the Jews, in the 1930s.  And let's not take in even one more Muslim, no matter what sob story they spin to us; because it is Muslims, Muslims, Muslims who are murdering, raping, driving out and robbing the non-Muslim minority groups of Syria and Iraq.  - CM

 

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Thursday, 22 September 2016
Egyptian Leaders Praise Donald Trump, Blast Hillary Clinton
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Jen Lawrence and Dustin Stockton write in Breitbart:

NEW YORK CITY, New York — Members of the Egyptian delegation to the United Nations blasted Hillary Clinton just a day after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with both Clinton and Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. They also had high praise for Trump—and while not an official endorsement, it is a positive outcome for Trump’s first and only meeting with Muslim world leaders thus far.

Egyptian officials expressed frustration and outrage over the Obama administration’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood and expressed concern that a Clinton administration would continue to undermine Egyptian efforts to dismantle Brotherhood terrorists attempting to destabilize the democratically elected Egyptian government.

Ahmed Gad, a member of the Egyptian Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee, told Breitbart News Tuesday night:

I think 90 percent of Egyptians would prefer Trump because he will not cooperate with terrorists. He [Trump] will not cooperate with Muslim Brothers and our main concern in Egypt now is terrorist attacks as you saw two days ago in the United States. We saw it daily in Egypt on the hands of Muslim Brothers so we know very well that Muslim Brothers are a terrorist group and we want to build up our democratic regime.

Many members of the Egyptian delegation spoke on the record exclusively with Breitbart News at an event to promote communication and unity between the United States and Egypt on Tuesday night. The event was organized by popular Egyptian media personality and host of American Pulse Dr. Michael Morgan, and featured several American foreign policy experts including representatives from the London Center for Policy Research and more than a hundred prominent Egyptians including members of parliament, leading media figures, government officials, and businessmen.

The Egyptian delegation interviews came as El-Sisi, in an interview with CNN, said that he has “no doubt” that Donald Trump would make a strong leader. El-Sisi also responded to a clip of Hillary Clinton accusing the Egyptian government of being “basically an army dictatorship,” during a debate with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. He said, in part, that “in Egypt there will not be a chance for any dictatorship because in Egypt there is a constitution, there is law, and there is the will of the people which will refuse to allow any leader to stay in his position for any period longer than his term which is four years.”

The fact that El-Sisi and those from the Egyptian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly here in New York City this week would speak so openly and positively about Trump—and so openly and negatively about Clinton—may surprise some. They are Muslim leaders and Egypt is perhaps one of the biggest and longest-standing Muslim nations in world history. Many establishment media outlets have painted Trump’s relationship with all Muslims as toxic, since he has expressed plans to temporarily ban Islamic migration into the United States. But El-Sisi, when asked about Trump’s proposed Muslim ban during his CNN interview, defended Trump.

“The United States in general conducts very strict security measures for everyone who wishes to visit it, which has been in place for quite a few years,” El-Sisi, the first Muslim world leader to meet with Trump, told CNN. “It’s also important to know that during election campaigns many statements are made and many things are said, however afterwards governing the country would be something different.  And will be subject to many factors.”

 

El-Sisi expressed these same sentiments in other interviews with the Egyptian delegation to the U.N.G.A. this week. At Trump’s meeting with El-Sisi, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn—the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for two years during the Obama administration—and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) were also present.

The Trump campaign said in a readout of the meeting sent to press:

Mr. Trump thanked President el-Sisi and the Egyptian people for what they have done in defense of their country and for the betterment of the world over the last few years. He expressed great respect for Egypt’s history and the important leadership role it has played in the Middle East. Mr. Trump expressed to President el-Sisi his strong support for Egypt’s war on terrorism, and how under a Trump Administration, the United States of America will be a loyal friend, not simply an ally, that Egypt can count on in the days and years ahead. Mr. Trump emphasized the strong partnership that the United States and Egypt have shared for so many years and how this relationship is vital to help promote peace and stability in the Middle East, broader region and the world. Mr. Trump also expressed his recognition of Egypt’s close relationship with Israel on countering terrorism.Mr. Trump highlighted how Egypt and the U.S. share a common enemy and the importance of working together in defeating radical Islamic terrorism, not only politically and militarily, but also addressing the ideology. Mr. Trump emphasized to President el-Sisi his high regard for peace-loving Muslims and understands that every day there are people of goodwill that sacrifice their lives and fortunes to combat the growing threat of radical Islamic terrorism. Mr. Trump said that if he were fortunate enough to win the election in November, he would invite President el-Sisi on an official visit to the United States and would be honored to visit Egypt and the Egyptian people who he has a great fondness for.

Clinton’s campaign described her meeting with El-Sisi as being successful as well. According to a Clinton aide:

Secretary Clinton and President Sisi had a constructive discussion about bilateral ties and cooperation on a wide range of issues, including counterterrorism. They also discussed the importance of economic development and investment in Egypt. Secretary Clinton emphasized the importance of respect for rule of law and human rights to Egypt’s future progress. Secretary Clinton called for the release of U.S. citizen Aya Hijazi and raised concerns about prosecution of Egyptian human rights organizations and activists. Secretary Clinton discussed ways to deepen counterterrorism cooperation, particularly in the fight against ISIS. She and President Sisi exchanged views about the Middle East, and Secretary Clinton underscored the importance of the Egyptian cooperation with Israel on counterterrorism, and her commitment to defeating ISIS, to addressing foreign fighters, and to countering radicalization.

However, the Egyptian delegations’ respective statements to Breitbart News do not reveal a positive aftermath for Clinton’s meeting.

But clearly, based upon El-Sisi’s interview with CNN and comments that the various members of the Egyptian delegation here made to Breitbart News, it is Trump not Clinton whom the Egyptian leadership wants to win the election.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Egyptian Chamber of Media Industry, Amr Fathy, took issue with Hillary Clinton’s claims that President El-Sisi is a dictator. “The signs you take as dictatorship is not dictatorship,” Fathy told Breitbart News. Of El-Sisi, Fathy added: “This is our president and we are behind him.”

“The Egyptian authorities they have already dealt with Hillary before; we did not deal with Trump,” Fathy explained about the meetings between El-Sisi and the American presidential candidates. “So, maybe we know now much more and better idea about Mr. Trump in specific.”

When asked about the coziness between Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood, Fathy showed just how damaging the Obama foreign policy directed by Hillary Clinton and her successor at the State Department, John Kerry, has been to America’s standing in the eye’s of the Egyptians. He said:

They [Muslim Brotherhood] were supported by the Americans and the Western world. Why? I don’t know. They did not come by democracy, they were not the people who came out on the 25th of January. They were not, the youth were the people who came out. We have our own identity, we are not a theocratic nation we have never been a theocratic nation. The American policy is always pushing for theocratic regimes and then when you have a theocratic regime you start crying.

One consistent theme among the Egyptians who spoke with Breitbart News was the deep distrust of Hillary Clinton. Dr. Morgan said of Egyptian President El-Sisi’s meetings with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Monday:

President El-Sisi wanted to meet up with both candidates because he did not want to give Hillary a chance to use and abuse an indirect endorsement from a meeting with a President like El-Sisi. As evil as she is, she was going to go out into the media and say, ‘oh I have a good relationship with this man, I know foreign policy’ so he made sure that he would meet Trump as well to make sure the America public doesn’t think he supports Hillary. We know he would never support Hillary because Hillary is another eight years of Obama and Obama has been really bad for Egypt.

The members of the Egyptian Parliament that Breitbart News spoke with Tuesday night showcased the inclusive nature of the new Egyptian government under President El-Sisi. Among the representatives were two women, a Coptic Christian, and a 31-year-old man. One of the female Parliament members pointed out that a third of the Egyptian parliament members are under the age of 35.

One of those women, Sahar Talaat Moustafa, is the head of the Tourism and Civil Aviation Committee. When asked by Breitbart News how the Egyptian people see Hillary Clinton, she responded: “A lot of people in Egypt feel she is in support of the Brotherhood. Actually, a majority of people think so.”

Moustafa invited Americans to come visit Egypt and see for themselves.

“I invite you to come and see how things are going on in Egypt,” she said. “Everything is so smooth we are walking normally in the streets and there is no terrorism. Egypt’s is one of the safest countries to go.”

Ahmed Gad is a member of the Egyptian Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee and he echoed the desire of the Egyptian dignitaries who spoke with Breitbart News for a better relationship with the United States, but also concern that under the Obama administration the United States sided with the wrong side in the Muslim Brotherhood. Gad said:

For us, it’s a very important signal that we want to resume our good relations but in the same time, I am speaking as a political researcher, frankly speaking, we are very disappointed from Obama’s policy towards our country. Because, by the way, I am a Coptic in Egypt so we suffered a lot under the Muslim Brotherhood regime. Some sort of cooperation between the American administration, Obama Administration, and the Muslim Brothers. We know very well that they are terrorists, they burned and destroyed over 100 churches in Egypt, and they killed a lot of Christians. They killed and are still killing a lot of Egyptians priests men and soldiers. At the same time the Obama administration is refusing to deal with the Muslim Brothers as a terrorist group.

Gad said that El-Sisi’s background as a general should not be taken to mean he is somehow running a “military dictatorship” as Hillary Clinton claimed.

“Yes, El-Sisi has a military background but he saved Egypt,” Gad said. “He restored the Egyptian identity.”

That’s why they seem to really want Trump elected in the United States.

Some of the members of the Egyptian Parliament did express concern that Donald Trump might have trouble restoring the relationship with Egypt because of the institutional nature of the American system of government and foreign policy. Many of the American foreign policy experts explained that the American President sets foreign policy and that a President Trump would have the authority to change the diplomatic course between the two nations.

“That’s why we are ready to cooperate with anybody who can fight the Muslim Brothers and frankly speaking, we are fighting terrorism on behalf of the Modern World,” Gad said.

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Posted on 09/22/2016 11:55 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Ireland Will Not Bite The Apple
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by Michael Curtis

Rarely in history has an offer of 13 billion euros been refused by a state or organization. One would think this was an offer that couldn’t be refused. The Government of Ireland entered the book of records on September 2, 2016 by not taking the offered gift. Instead, it decided to appeal against the ruling of the European Commission that it had granted Apple undue and illegal tax benefits that allowed it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses, and that Ireland should recover the illegal aid.

The European Commission had no specific concern about the Irish tax system, nor is it anxious to harmonize corporate tax rates in Europe. Nevertheless, its decision on Apple and on other firms is part of two problems, issues that should be important for discussion in the U.S. presidential campaign. One is the specific problem of whether large business corporations, especially American firms, are paying a fair share of taxation. The other, that should be particularly pertinent in the U.S. election is whether the European Union can attempt to decide tax laws, or whether all sovereign states, like Ireland in the case of Apple, have the sovereign right to determine their own tax laws.

The European Commission (EC) has been actively investigating tax deals in the European countries since 2014.  Its surprising departure has been to use a device, in a sense a ploy, that favorable tax exemptions or “sweetheart” tax deals are in reality state aid bestowed on the firm. State aid is defined as in place when a company receives government support thus gaining an advantage over its competitors. This is held to be incompatible with the single market, the central principle, of the EU. State aid is prohibited by Article 107 of the EU Founding Law, that has been amended several times, unless it is justified by reason of general economic development.

The central figure involved in the current controversy on the issue is Margrethe Vestager, Danish politician and former minister, who since November 2014 has been European Commissioner for Competition. As a minister in Denmark she believed in a free trading economy. As Commissioner, a powerful position that affects global as well as European companies, she was instructed to enforce rules and policy on competition to contribute to jobs and economic growth. To do this she has focused with intensity on cases concerning tax benefits and state aid to large firms, many American though she claims she is not anti-American. Her views on this, however, are implied in her comment that the American market gives consumers very little choice and higher prices than in Europe in general.

Within a few months of her appointment as Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, brought antitrust charges against Google. She initiated investigations into tax affairs of a number of prominent companies, including Starbucks, Amazon, Fiat, Gazprom, and now Engie in France, as well as Apple.

In 2015 Vestager ordered Cyprus Airways to pay back to the Cyprus government more than 65 million euros in what she considered “illegal” state aid it received in 2012 and 2013 as part of a “restructuring program.” As a result, the Airways, 93 % of which was owned by the state, suspended operations resulting in the loss of 550 jobs, and, ironically reducing competition. Vestager explained her decision by saying the Airways had no chance of becoming viable without continuing state subsidies, and that the restructuring plan was based on unrealistic assumptions.

On addition, Vestager has dealt with other agreements involving selective tax advantages, ordering Luxembourg to get 30 million euros from Fiat, the Netherlands to get 30 million euro from Starbucks, and Belgium to get 700 million euros from Anheuser Busch and 35 multinational companies. In these cases a tax ruling lowered the tax paid by the various companies.

In the Irish case, Vestager acted because she claimed Apple had paid only 0.005% corporation tax on its European profits in 2014.  She held that Ireland had granted illegal tax benefits to Apple that enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Benefits of this kind were equivalent to a bundle of cash. Money had flowed through Apple subsidiaries in Ireland.

This selective tax treatment, Vestager held, was illegal, and also gave Apple a significant advantage.  Apple was able to void taxation on almost all profits made in the whole European Union, because Apple had recorded all its sales in Ireland rather than in the countries where the products were sold.

In its defense, Apple agreed it had shifted income to Ireland and its Irish subsidiaries because of the growth of its sales overseas. It said it paid 30.5% on profits made on its U.S. sales, and that it paid standard Irish tax, 12.5% corporate tax, in respect to its Irish branch, and employed 6,000 in Ireland, many in the town of Cork.

For its part, Ireland had prospered from the entrance of large corporations, Apple,  Microsoft, Intel, the internet social networks, and chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Ireland argued that jobs had been created by Apple, especially in the city of Cork, and the flow of international investment might slow or stop if there was a retroactive tax demand. These international companies had transformed Ireland’s regional economy.

The problem for Apple started with an inquiry by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Investigations chaired by Democratic Senator  Carl Levin who thought Apple’s corporative  arrangements were unorthodox because it did not have to file publicly for its Irish subsidiaries. It was that investigation that found Apple paid “essentially no tax” in on its income in Ireland that tipped off what led to the EC investigation.

The tax problem goes beyond Apple. In November 2014 the LuxLeaks scandal, tax avoidance schemes, revealed that large companies in Luxembourg were able to exploit legal loopholes and get tax rates as low as 1%. In the UK, Amazon paid only £11.9 million by routing much of its British sales through its Luxembourg subsidiary. The essential problem is that global corporations use mechanisms to reduce or avoid corporate tax by shifting profits to tax havens. There is universal agreement that international tax rules must be changed so the corporations will pay tax based on economic activity in a country.

The issue for the U.S. and European countries is the isolated nature of decision making by the EC on tax and other issues, virtually acting without consultation of the US or other countries. The US Presidential candidates should note that Commissioner Vestager plans to look into tax affairs concerning the companies linked to Business Roundtable. This group with 185 CEOs and a collective revenue of $7 trillion has already argued that such an inquiry would increase business uncertainty with an adverse effect on foreign investment in Europe because the tax uncertainty will disrupt trade and investment.

It is essential that at least one of the U.S. Presidential candidates will take a firm stand on the issue and make clear that tax policies, whether they need to be changed or not, must remain in the hands of sovereign states, including the U.S.

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Posted on 09/21/2016 2:31 PM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Muslim pupils must shake hands – ‘no ifs and buts’
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From the Swiss edition of The Local

A school in the canton of Basel-Country has rejected the appeal of a Muslim schoolboy who refused to shake hands with his female teachers for religious reasons. 

The boy was one of two teenage brothers at a high school in Therwil who caused a nationwide furore earlier this year when they said shaking hands with female teachers went against their religion, which forbids physical contact with a member of the opposite sex who isn’t family.

In an attempt to find a compromise but avoid discrimination against women, the school initially agreed to exempt the boys from shaking hands with all teachers, regardless of gender.

However the situation subsequently triggered outrage across Switzerland because it was seen as an affront to an intrinsic part of Swiss culture – shaking hands with teachers is a common custom in Swiss schools.

The canton’s education authorities then intervened and ruled that the boys must shake their teachers’ hands or face disciplinary measures, as well as a fine (issued to their parents) of up to 5,000 francs.

The disciplinary measures could take the form of an oral warning or debate with parents, and would aim to educate pupils on the subject, they said.

At the time the canton’s education department said: “The public interest with respect to equality between men and women and the integration of foreigners significantly outweighs the freedom of conscience (freedom of religion) of the students.”

In November the canton will consider a bill to amend Basel’s education laws to “provide future clarity” on the issue, she added. The proposed law would make it obligatory for schools to report any pupils who refuse to shake hands to the Swiss migration office (SEM). Since the case erupted, the family involved have had their application for Swiss citizenship suspended, pending further discussion.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016
New Jersey Bomber’s Notebook: ‘Attack the Kuffar in Their Backyard’
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Frances Martel writes in Breitbart:

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man believed responsible for a series of bombings in New York and New Jersey, was carrying on his person a notebook filled with radical Islamic invective referencing multiple jihadi attacks and terrorism-linked clerics.

In the notebook, Rahami accuses the American government of triggering a war on U.S. soil and favorably references Al Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, chief terrorist Osama bin Laden, and terrorists who have acted in the United States, such as Fort Hood jihadi Nidal Hassan.

“You (USA government) continue your … slaught against … mujahideen be it Afhanistan, Iraq, Sham, Palestine… etc,” Rahami writes, using the preferred term of Syria among Sunni jihadis. “Brother Osama bin Laden offered you a truce,” he writes. “You should of let us meet death overseas. You wanted it this way so you will have it this way.”

In another part of the notebook, he relates that he was seeking how to conduct terror attacks and began consulting the works of famed terror propagandists. “I looked for guidence [sic] and Alhumdulilah Guidance came. Sheikh Anwar Brother Adnani Dawla. Said it clearly attack the kuffar in their backyard,” he write. “Brother Adnani Dawla” appears to be a reference to Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, a chief Islamic State spokesman killed earlier this year. “Dawlah” is the Arabic word for “State.”

Rahami later makes clear he is referring to Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki in another part of the book. “Anwar al Awlaki has spoken the truth. ‘Join us in our new front’ IE Yemen,” the notebook reads.

“Inshallah the sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets. Gun shots to your police. Death to your Oppression,” he writes. A part of the notebook pierced by the bullet hole appears to reference the attempted bombing of a charity 5K race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, the legible parts reading: “pipe bombs, pressure cooker bombs on … in the streets they plan to run a mile.”

“The FBI and Homeland Security looking for me,” another sentence fragment notes, indicating he may have been writing in this book after he planted the first bombs.

“In my heart I pray to the beautiful wise Allah. To not take jihad away from. I begged for shahadat [martyrdom] & Inshallah this call will be answered,” Rahami writes. The sentence appears to indicate Rahami was looking to die at the end of his terror spree, and sheds light on reports he is not currently cooperating with police as he recovers from gunshot wounds in Newark.

In a particularly damaged part of the notebook, Rahami wrote the words “Asallam Alaiykum” and “conflict of good and evil.”

Breitbart News has seen the notebook in question through images obtained from a law enforcement source. The notebook was on Rahami’s person and appeared to have been pierced by a bullet. The bullet hole and blood stains make parts of it difficult to read.

Rahami is believed to be responsible for planting bombs in Seaside Park, NJ, Chelsea, Manhattan, and Elizabeth, NJ over the weekend. The bomb in Chelsea injured 29 people, and Rahami injured two police officers in a gunfight in Linden, NJ, where he was arrested.

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Posted on 09/20/2016 2:25 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Celebrity Has Its Uses: Kim Kardashian Takes Out New York Times Ad, Calls For Recognition of Armenian Genocide as Genocide
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As reported by Australia's ABC just yesterday.  Presumably in order to avoid getting threatening letters from the Turkish subset of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage, the ABC put scare quotes round "Armenian genocide" in its original headline. Those scare quotes are not necessary; for my own headline I have removed them.  Those scare quotes, deployed by the ABC, together with certain other passages in the report itself, also reveal that other media outlets besides the New York Times need to take a good long look in the mirror and ask themselves why they are so shamefully willing to be complicit in whitewashing, covering up, and denying the appalling truth about the first (and one of the worst )mass-murders of the 20th century, a century replete with episodes of mass murder.  And why they refuse to inform their readers, when reporting on this story, that the very term 'genocide', which many a grovelling Islamophile refuses to attach to the vast butchery of Armenian Christians that took place in 1915 and 1916 within Ottoman territory by Turkish - and Arab, and Kurdish - Muslims of all sorts and conditions, was coined by a man whose creation of that term was shaped at least in part by his awareness of and reflections upon that vast butchery.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-20/kim-kardashian-takes-out-newspaper-ad-for-armenian-genocide/7860172

 "Kim Kardashian Takes Out New York Times Ad Calling For Recognition of 'Armenian Genocide'"

'Kim Kardashian, the world's most famous Armenian, has taken out a full-page ad in the New York Times, calling for the massacre (that is: the Muslim massacre - CM) a century ago of up to 1.5 million Armenians (and it would be more precise to write, "of up to 1.5 million Armenian Christians - CM) to be recognised as genocide.

'It was in response to the Wall Street Journal publishing an advertisement earlier this year, which supported the denial of the event.

'The United States and Australia are among the nations that (in a cowardly and shameful capitulation to Turkish and other Muslim tantrums, threats and bribes of all descriptions - CM) do not recognise the event as a genocide.

It's high time that they did call it what it was.  No intelligent, sane and decent person who has ever read Andrew Bostom's discussion and overview of the reputable scholarly treatments of the subject,  "The Jihad Genocide of the Armenians",

http://www.americanthinker.com/2005/04/the_jihad_genocide_of_the_arme.html

or  Vahakn Dadrian's monumental work, The History of the Armenian Genocide, replete with eyewitness testimony of grim and relentless detail, or the work of an earlier researcher, Reverend Kai Balakian, "Armenian Golgotha", or Franz Werfl's "Forty Days of Musa Dagh" (1933), can avoid concluding that this immense atrocity - which the ABC in this report primly calls an 'event' - was genocide.

'Reality television star Kardashian has long campaigned for that to change, and visited its memorial last year.

I shall ever after think the better of her, for her doing and having done this one thing. - CM

'What did the ad say?

'On Saturday, Kardashian's advertisement read:

"For the Wall Street Journal to publish something like this [that is, an advertisement - paid for by the Turkish lobby, one must presume, i.e. paid for by Turkish Muslims - openly denying that the genocide of the Armenian Christians, at Muslim hands, was a genocide at all - CM] is reckless, upsetting, and dangerous.

'It's one thing when a crappy tabloid profits from a made-up scandal, but for a trusted publication like WSJ to profit from genocide - it's shameful and unacceptable."

'She went on to ask:

"If this had been an ad denying the Holocaust, or pushing some 9/11 conspiracy theory, would it have made it to print?

"Many historians believer that if Turkey had been held responsible for the Armenian genocide, and reprimanded for what they did, the Holocaust may not have happened.

"In 1939, a week before the Nazi invasion of Poland, Hitler said, "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?"

"We do.  We must talk about it until it is recognised by our governments, because when we deny our past, we endanger our future."

Yes.  Yes.  And again, Yes. - CM

And now to the rest of the ABC's report, which though couched as background information for the historically ignorant average Aussie reader, succeeds only in provinng Ms Kardashian's point, by its mealymouthed parroting of the Turkish - and Muslim - line, its minimisation of a massive Jihad genocide. - CM

'What do we know about the event'.

The 'event'. The jihad mass-murder of more than a million people - the vast majority of them unarmed and helpless noncombatants, the elderly, priests and their pregnant wives, women and children - is an 'event'. An 'incident'. - CM

'One and a half million (at least! - CM) Armenians (that is, Armenian Christians; the fact that they were Christians is important - CM) and other minorities (that is: other non-Muslim indigenous minorities, such as the Assyrian and Greek Christians - CM) were forcibly expelled from Ottoman Turkey and went on to die during the so-called death marches between 1915 and 1917 (we don't need that 'so-called', dear Auntie Islamophile ABC; would you speak of the 'so-called death camps' of occupied Europe during WWII? And - they did not just 'die'. They were murdered.  They were shot, hacked to death with axes and swords and hoes and spades and scythes, beaten to death, burned alive in their own churches, tortured, mutilated in various horrible ways, such as by the cutting off of breasts and genitalia, and by disembowellment, especially of pregnant women; they were thrown into rivers; women and even little girls were gang raped, sometimes unto death; children were stolen and raped and enslaved and force-'converted' to Islam. It is all there in the eyewitness accounts, the testimony of the few who survived, and of western witnesses, not a few of them American missionaries or Germans who for one reason or another were there in Turkey at the time and saw it being done. Oh, and by the way, there was precedent for this sort of thing; there was a previous episode of Muslim mass murder of Armenian Christians in the 1890s, and before that, earlier in the 19th century, there were vast atrocities committed against Bulgarian Christians, by their Turkish Muslim overlords and oppressors, atrocities that were furiously named and condemned by the then British PM, William Gladstone. - CM

'Armenians recognise this as a genocide, a term which Turkey has outright rejected.

'Turkey accepts that many Armenians died in partisan fighting (for anyone who has read even a few of the eyewitness testimonies from contemporary witnesses, this claim about 'partisan fighting' is so far from being any sort of accurate description of what went on, as to be frankly obscene; Dadrian's work in particular simply demolishes the 'civil war' 'explanation' - CM) which started in 1915, but denies that up to 1.5 million were killed and the deaths constituted an act of genocide.

This, despite the fact that it was an awareness of what had been done to the Armenians, as well as an awarness of what had been done to Assyrian Christians in Iraq in 1933, that - to repeat a point I have already made above - helped shape the thinking of the scholar Raphael Lemkin who coined the term "genocide" in the first place.  

For discussion of the lengths to which Turkey - suffused with Islam, despite the restraints imposed by Ataturk - has gone, decade after decade, in order to suppress discussion and depiction of the Turkish Muslim genocide of Armenian and other indigenous Christian minorities, one may read, for instance, the following article, by Dexter Van Zile, entitled "The Turkish Lobby Played a Long Game - and Won."

http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/08/10/the-turkish-lobby-played-a-long-game-–-and-won/

'Who recognises it and who doesn't?

'Pope Francis inflamed (sic - CM) the debate (what debate? - would the ABC speak of a 'debate' if discussing the fact of the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the Rwandan genocide, or the Shoah?  - CM) last year, describing it as the "first genocide of the 20th century", during a mass to mark the centenary of the Ottoman killings of Armenians during World War I.

Pope Francis merely stated a fact.  Genocide is the best and most accurate term available to indicate the scale and nature of this mass-murder of Armenian Christians by Muslims within Ottoman territory. - CM

'Countries like France and Germany both recognise the event as a genocide; France even has a law against denying the event.

There's that odd expression again - "the event".  I would say, "against denying that it happened, and that it was a genocide." - CM

'Australia and the United States do not recognise the event as a genocide at a federal level.

And that is simply disgraceful.  

Note, however, the term 'federal'. In both countries there are individual states that - to their everlasting credit - have bucked the trend, and formally declared this vast mass murder to have been a genocide.    

Observe, by the way, that Auntie ABC and/ or whatever source is being drawn upon for this report, besides avoiding any direct description of the historic Muslim mass murder of Armenian - and other - Christians as a genocide, delicately avoids any use of terms such as "slaughter" or "mass murder".  The strongest word in the entire article is 'massacre', used just once, a term that, because of its usual application to cases of the murder of between 10 and 100 people, is utterly inadequate to describe the murder of over a million; followed by "killings" (another way of avoiding calling the thing by its right name - murder) also used just once. The rest of the time we have "the event", "die", "so-called death marches", "died", "partisan fighting" and "deaths".  The sheer enormity and atrociousness of what was in fact done to huge numbers of helpless noncombatants - people stripped of all capacity to resist, to fight back, to escape, who were killed and killed and killed, sometimes ritually slaughtered halal fashion, sometimes crucified, or impaled upon stakes or upon swords  (the Muslims delighted to do this to young women, combining psychic and physical violation and public humiliation with an agonising death) - is airbrushed away. 

One hopes that the voice of Kim Kardashian, magnified by her 21st century brand of celebrity, and bankrolled by the cash that that celebrity has garnered, may help to break through the fog generated by our Islamophile media.  Please, Ms Kardashian; as your next move, do you think you could possibly take out a full-page ad in the 'Australian' or even in the 'Sydney Morning Herald', citing the article I have just discussed, and excoriating the ABC for its mealymouthed furthering of Turkish Muslim denialism? - CM

 

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Posted on 09/20/2016 8:16 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Don’t Say You Haven’t Been Warned about Terror
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by Michael Curtis

Few are likely to mistake New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for the fount of political wisdom. Even those few must have been astonished by his response to the first of the two incidents in his city on September 17, 2016. In his mode of political correctness, he said that the explosion on that day of a device in the Chelsea section of New York that injured 29 people and caused extensive damage, was an “intentional act.” He refused to acknowledge that the device was a bomb by an Islamist terrorist. One could draw the conclusion that it was really a Chinese firecracker that a joker used to intensify the usual cacophony on 23rd Street in New York on a Saturday evening.

Even for the politically correct it is now clear the various attacks or attempted attacks in two days, two in New York, one in Seaside Park in New Jersey, one in Elizabeth, NJ, were perpetrated by individuals linked to or influenced by Radical Islam. Fortunately, no one was killed in the explosions in New York and elsewhere, but the life of the city, its transit system, and its economy have been affected, if only temporally. In addition, the financial cost is high since, in addition to the physical damage, 1,000 additional NY State Police Officers and National Guard troops are being deployed to patrol bus terminals, airports, and subway stations in New York.

It is ironic that the major explosion took place a few days before the 71st annual meeting in New York of the United Nations General Assembly beginning on September 19, 2016. The U.S. as host country is responsible for the security of the thousands of dignitaries who are attending the meeting, little more than a mile away from the scene of the explosion at 23rd Street.

The UNGA is due to discuss a number of important global issues, including climate change, and sustainable development. Nevertheless, recent events have made it even more imperative that the UN should spend considerably more time on what should be its immediate priority, responding to international terrorism. It is bewildering that though there are countless proposed definitions of “terrorism” by organizations and countries throughout the world, the UN has been unable to agree on any binding definition, and consequently unable or unwilling to propose solutions or get agreement to act against the evil of our time.

The problem is even more pronounced because the UN is supposed to be concerned to prevent and combat terrorism, even if undefined. The UN endorsed the Global Control-Terrorism Strategy, and the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force. In 2004 the UN Security Council in Resolution 1566 passed a non-binding resolution on terrorism. It has also been concerned with threats to international peace and security. But the lack of consensus among the countries on what behavior constitutes terrorism prevents action.

On the definition of, and the search for the cause and motivation of terrorist acts some clarity is appropriate. Many well-meaning humanitarian organizations often call for inquiry into the “root causes” of terrorism. As a starting point, they should be aware that terrorism is not to be equated with any of the suggestions that are in effect excuses for violence: armed struggle of people under colonial or foreign domination or occupation; the struggle for liberation and self-determination; the unlawful use of force; poverty, social and economic inequality: racial or religious discrimination; emotional and mental instability.

The reality, all too obvious in view of the recurring atrocities aimed at killing innocent civilians, is that the overwhelming terrorism in our age is the result of Radical Islam, whether perpetrated by organizations that may or may not be state-sponsored, or by private individuals, so-called lone wolfs. It may be ISIS, or al-Qaeda, or the Nusra Front, or Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or Al Mourabitoun and  Boko Haram in Africa, or Ansar al- Shariah in Algeria, or one of the many Islamist groups in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Or it may be individuals such as Nidal Hassan who killed 13 people at Fort Hood in November 2009, or the couple of Pakistani descent who killed 14 in San Bernardino in December 2015, or Dahir Adan, a Somali, who stabbed nine people in a shopping mall in St. Cloud in Minnesota, in September 2016, or Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28 year old Afghan immigrant and citizen of the U.S. who is alleged to have committed the Chelsea explosion.  

In all cases, whether or not the individual perpetrator was addressed as “soldier of the Islamic state,” the objective was to same, to inflict maximum damage on western life and civilians in the name of Islam. The West has now appreciated that ISIS has been claiming responsibility for most of the terrorist acts of groups and individuals all over Europe and in the U.S. ISIS and its main competitor Al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups have declared they are at war with the West, and the US is the prime target, the main symbol of liberty, civil and human rights, and of the Enlightenment.

Indeed the most recent ISIS video is titled “So take warning,”

Contrary to President Obama, terrorism has not been contained. A number of actions are necessary to counter it. First, the next President of the US must exercise leadership and will power, and lead a coalition of interested foreign parties, that could include not only the democratic west but also Russia, Turkey, the Kurds and the Gulf countries That person has to make clear that the US is responding to and giving priority to the war inflicted on western civilization, while maintaining the delicate balance between free expression and national security and protection of the population.  

ISIS has survived on extortion, robbery, human trafficking, and oil, must be ended. So must the other groups especially al-Qaeda which cut ties with ISIS in February 2014 for tactical and personal reasons and now is anxious to reassert its influence.

A second requirement is to put maximum emphasis on the use of social networks. Cyberspace and new technology must be intensified against ISIS to counter its very effective online propaganda. Perhaps Twitter can be induced to prevent terrorists from misusing it, even removing accounts associated with ISIS from the social media.

A third issue is the controversial one of immigration. European countries are troubled by the problem and are seek to control their borders and turn away the many thousands of economic migrants, some posing as refugees, and some perhaps potential terrorists. British Prime Minister Theresa May has declared that the uncontrolled wave of immigrants into Europe is not in the best interests of the UK nor of the countries they have left.

The local state election on September 18, 2016 in Berlin has shown the backlash against the generous migrant policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The anti-immigrant party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) founded only in 2013 has had a dramatic rise and won 13 % of the vote in the Berlin Parliament.

The candidates in the U.S. Presidential election, like the rest of the U.S. population in Chelsea and elsewhere, are aware of these issues. The question is whether they will use them to their electoral advantage.

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Posted on 09/20/2016 8:28 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Donald J. Trump's Meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
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NEW YORK, NY - Donald J. Trump met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in New York today during his visit to the UN General Assembly. Mr. Trump and President el-Sisi discussed the strategic bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Egypt focusing on political, military and economic cooperation between the two countries. The meeting also included Mr. Trump’s senior advisors, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (Ret.).

Mr. Trump thanked President el-Sisi and the Egyptian people for what they have done in defense of their country and for the betterment of the world over the last few years. He expressed great respect for Egypt’s history and the important leadership role it has played in the Middle East.

Mr. Trump expressed to President el-Sisi his strong support for Egypt’s war on terrorism, and how under a Trump Administration, the United States of America will be a loyal friend, not simply an ally, that Egypt can count on in the days and years ahead.

Mr. Trump emphasized the strong partnership that the United States and Egypt have shared for so many years and how this relationship is vital to help promote peace and stability in the Middle East, broader region and the world. Mr. Trump also expressed his recognition of Egypt’s close relationship with Israel on countering terrorism.Mr. Trump highlighted how Egypt and the U.S. share a common enemy and the importance of working together in defeating radical Islamic terrorism, not only politically and militarily, but also addressing the ideology.

Mr. Trump emphasized to President el-Sisi his high regard for peace-loving Muslims and understands that every day there are people of goodwill that sacrifice their lives and fortunes to combat the growing threat of radical Islamic terrorism.

Mr. Trump said that if he were fortunate enough to win the election in November, he would invite President el-Sisi on an official visit to the United States and would be honored to visit Egypt and the Egyptian people who he has a great fondness for.
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Posted on 09/20/2016 8:19 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Teenager, 19, accused of plotting nail bomb terror attacks at London landmarks including Buckingham Palace and Oxford Street appears before an Old Bailey judge
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From the Daily Mail and the Sun

A teenager accused of planning nail bomb attacks on famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace appeared at the Old Bailey today.

Haroon Syed, 19, allegedly researched potential targets including the Queen's London residence and Oxford Street in London's West End. The 19-year-old allegedly intended to strike at a concert by Sir Elton in London’s Hyde Park on the anniversary of 9/11.

Police believe he originally planned to be a suicide bomber, and wanted to buy machine guns or pistols to carry out a “lone wolf” killing spree. The prosecutor said: “What started out as professed intent to become a suicide bomber crystallised into a plan to kill as many ‘Kuffar’ (unbelievers) as possible with a nail bomb.”

Syed allegedly made a number of applications for loans worth £8,000 to finance the attack but all were declined.

He was arrested on 9 September following an investigation by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.

Syed appeared in court today via video link dressed in a grey prison tracksuit.

Listing his case for a three week trial beginning on 13 March, Mr Justice Saunders said: 'Mr Syed, I have done my utmost to make sure this comes to court at the earliest possible opportunity. In the meantime you are remanded in custody'.

Syed, of Hounslow, west London, is charged with the intention of committing acts of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention.

He is due back in court on 13 January for a pleas and case management hearing.

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Posted on 09/20/2016 5:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 19 September 2016
The Rahami Family and their Chicken Shop
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The Daily Mail has the story about how this poor immigrant family was persecuted.

  • Ahmad Rahami filed federal lawsuit claiming cops in Elizabeth, New Jersey subjected his and his family to discrimination and 'selective enforcement' 
  • Rahimis claimed that police tried to shut down their chicken restaurant too early each night with 'baseless' tickets and summonses
  • Ahmad, 28, his father Mohammad Sr, 53, and his brother Mohammad, brought the lawsuit together in 2011
  • They said that local residents also racially abused them and said: 'Muslims don't belong here'
  • The Rahamis claimed 'discrimination', 'false arrest' and 'abuse of process' that left them suffering distress, embarrassment and damage
There were staying open all night and the neighbors had complained of the noise. The city won the case to make them close at 10PM.
 
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Posted on 09/19/2016 1:05 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 19 September 2016
Ahmad Khan Rahami Is Arrested in Manhattan and New Jersey Bombings After Shootout with Police
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NYTimes:

The man believed to be responsible for the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday night and an earlier bombing in New Jersey, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was taken into custody on Monday after he was wounded by gunfire in an encounter with the police, according to law enforcement officials.

The dramatic episode on a rain-soaked street in Linden, N.J., came after the police issued a cellphone alert to millions of residents in the area telling them to be on the lookout for the suspect, who was described as “armed and dangerous.”

Photos from the scene showed a man believed to be Mr. Rahami laying on the sidewalk, hands cuffed behind his back and his shirt pulled up exposing his stomach and chest, with a police officer standing over him.

Witnesses said they saw police shoot at a man who was running away. One person who was too rattled to give his name said the victim appeared to have been shot more than once and was “still twitching.”

He also said it appeared a police officer was shot.

“Lotta’ lotta’ gunfire,” said Derek Pelligra, manager of Linden Auto Body.

Mr. Rahami, 28, was identified on surveillance video planting the bombs in Chelsea, both the device that exploded and another that did not detonate a few blocks away. He was described as a naturalized citizen of Afghan descent who had been living with his family in Elizabeth, N.J.

It remained unclear there were other suspects who the police were searching for in the connection with the bombing.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who said on Sunday that the attack did not appear to have a link to international terrorism, said new evidence might change that thinking.

“I would not be surprised if we did have a foreign connection to the act,” he said on CNN on Monday morning.

Mr. Rahami was born on Jan. 23, 1988, in Afghanistan. His last known address was in Elizabeth, N.J. He is described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 200 pounds. Mr. Rahami has brown hair, brown eyes and brown facial hair.

A law enforcement official, who agreed to speak about the investigation only on the condition of anonymity, said they had conclusive evidence that Mr. Rahami was connected not just to the Manhattan explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood, but also to a bombing that took place earlier on Saturday on the Jersey Shore.

Apparently he was already known to police.

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Posted on 09/19/2016 11:15 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 19 September 2016
Ahmad Khan Rahami in Shootout with Police in NJ, Detained and in Hospital
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Ahmad Khan Rahami
New  Jersey/New York Terror Bombing Suspect

Ahmed Rahami gunned down in Linden, New Jersey resisting arrest shooting an office. He was taken into custody and being treated in hospital. We'll see whether FBI and New York and New Jersey JTTF interrogation reveal any co-conspirators in the terror bombings in Seaside park and Manhattan. More to come as this Islamic terrorism episode disquieting unfolds. We'll shortly see how President Obama treats this in his news conference at the UN today while ironically attending the Refugee Summit at the 71st UN General Assembly.

Here is the Breaking News from NBC:

New York/New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken into custody Monday after a shootout with police during which two officers were injured and Rahami was shot, authorities said.

The shootout happened in Linden, New Jersey, hours after authorities announced the 28-year-old Afghan immigrant was suspected in the weekend bombings that injured 29 people.

One officer was shot but had non life-threatening injuries, NBC News reported. Another officer was hit by glass shrapnel. Two sources told NBC that Rahami also was shot and was taken to a hospital.

On Saturday, a bomb exploded in the New Jersey shore town on Seaside Park, forcing the cancellation of a large charity race. Later that day, a bombing in New York's Chelsea neighborhood injured 29 people. Officers found a possible secondary device nearby. On Sunday, five additional explosive devices were found near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Rahami was identified as a suspect on Monday morning after authorities found a fingerprint on a device that did not detonate, according to investigators.

 

 

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/19/ahmad-rahami-in-custody-after-shooting-police-officer-in-linden-nj-wnbc-citing-source.html

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Posted on 09/19/2016 11:08 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Monday, 19 September 2016
Police Hunt for Ahmad Khan Rahami in Connection With Manhattan Bombing
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The invesitgation is in full swing this morning. The bombings in New York and New Jersey and the unexploded bombs near the Elizabeth train station are all related. The suspect being searched for is Afghani and there are five more suspects in custody who were evidently beating feet to the airport. NYTimes:

The police are searching for a 28-year-old man, described as a naturalized citizen of Afghan descent, Ahmad Khan Rahami, in connection with the bombing in Manhattan on Saturday night, sending out a cellphone alert to millions of residents.

“I want to be very clear that this individual could be armed and dangerous,” Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York said on Monday morning. “Anyone seeing him should call 911 immediately.”

Mr. de Blasio would not go into detail about why Mr. Khan was wanted, but he said finding him was critical to the safety of the city.

“What we do know is we need to get this guy right away,” he said.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who had said on Sunday that the attack did not appear to have a link to international terrorism, said new evidence might change that thinking.

“I would not be surprised if we did have a foreign connection to the act,” he said on CNN on Monday morning.

Mr. Rahami was born on January 23, 1988, in Afghanistan. His last known address was in Elizabeth, N.J. He is described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. Mr. Rahami has brown hair, brown eyes and brown facial hair.

Hours before his name was released, the police discovered five pipe bombs near a train station in Elizabeth, detonating one of them overnight as they sought to disarm them. Before dawn, agents conducted a series of raids in the New Jersey city.

F.B.I. agents with dogs and Elizabeth police officers swarmed a residential neighborhood of low-rise apartment buildings, multiple family homes and small businesses.

In a separate appearance, Mr. de Blasio said New Yorkers should be prepared to see a large increase in police presence across the city.

“In the coming hours we are going to be able to say a lot more about what happened here,” Mr. de Blasio said during an interview on the show “Good Morning America.” “It is certainly leaning more in the direction that this was a specific act of terror.”

Late on Sunday night, the police stopped a car on the Belt Parkway near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and questioned five people who were connected to Mr. Rahami.

There was heightened police activity on both sides of the Hudson River overnight, as the police responded to reports and chased down leads, including the tip that led to the discovery of the pipe bombs in Elizabeth.

Two men walked out of Hector’s Place Restaurant near the city’s train station and found a backpack containing five explosives resting atop a municipal garbage can, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said.

After finding that the backpack contained “wires and a pipe,” the mayor said, the men dropped the item in the street and contacted the Elizabeth Police Department around 8:45 p.m. The police, in turn, called the Union County bomb squad, and the investigation was quickly turned over to the F.B.I. and the New Jersey State Police, Mr. Bollwage said.

The F.B.I. then sent in a pair of robots and determined that the backpack held five bombs, some of which were pipe bombs, the mayor said.

Around 12:30 a.m., the robots tried to clip a wire to disarm one bomb and accidentally detonated it, the mayor said.

“As a robot was trying to disarm one of the devices, it exploded,” he said. No injuries were reported.

The mayor said around 3 a.m. Monday that one robot was destroyed and another had a mechanical arm blown off.

It was not yet known whether the backpack found here had any connection to a bomb that injured 29 people in Manhattan on Saturday night, or to a bomb nearby that failed to detonate, or to a bomb that went off Saturday morning in Seaside Park, N.J., without injuring anybody.

As federal and county agents scoured the elevated tracks and platforms for anything else suspicious, Elizabeth police officers checked all municipal garbage cans.

Police cars and yellow tape blocked every car and pedestrian route to the station early Monday morning. The city was eerily calm but for the flickering of red-and-blue police lights on the buildings downtown.

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Posted on 09/19/2016 8:01 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 19 September 2016
Phares: Tump will Meet Al Sisi Today in New York
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Word is that Trump and Sisi will have a closed door meeting, hopefully followed by a press conference. Here is the earlier report of Dr. Walid Phares' visit to Egypt.

 

 

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Posted on 09/19/2016 4:35 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 19 September 2016
Multiple IEDs found in package at New Jersey train station
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CNN:

Elizabeth, New Jersey (CNN)Federal and local authorities are investigating another suspicious item after a backpack was found containing up to five devices in New Jersey on Sunday.

The FBI Newark tweeted that it was "a suspicious package with multiple improvised explosive devices."
The backpack was found in a wastebasket in Elizabeth, New Jersey, outside a neighborhood pub and located about 500 feet from a train trestle, said the city's mayor Chris Bollwage.
"Whoever threw it into the can was probably trying to get rid of it. It's not in a highly congested area," Bollwage told CNN.
On Sunday around 9:30 p.m., two men found the backpack in the garbage can and alerted police when they saw wires and a pipe, he said. No cell phones or electronic timing devices were found on the devices, the mayor said.
There is no indication whether the latest incident in Elizabeth is connected to the bombing in a New York City neighborhood that injured 29 people and the explosion from a garbage can near a charity run in New Jersey. In the other New Jersey incident, investigators discovered three pipe-bomb-type devices wired together, but no one was wounded.
Bomb technicians from the FBI, the county and the New Jersey State Police arrived on scene in Elizabeth and a robot was sent to examine the devices.
"In the course of rendering one of the devices safe, it detonated. There are no injuries & law enforcement personnel are at the scene processing evidence," according to a tweet from FBI Newark account.
The device was detonated in a controlled setting, Bollwage said. The sound of the explosion reverberated loudly as heard on video filmed by local media.
"The robots that went in to disarm it, cut a wire and it exploded. I know there are other devices, I don't know what they're made up of but they're going to have to be removed," Bollwage said.
 
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Posted on 09/19/2016 4:27 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 18 September 2016
A visit to Disneyland Paris this Summer
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A European – based friend and family went to Disneyland Paris, formerly Euro Disney theme park,  located in Marne La Valee, France, about 32 kilometers east of Paris for three days while on vacation.  The visit was prior to the children going off to school and university.  This is their report of what they encountered during a three day visit. For them it was culture shock as to the massive presence of Shariah compliant clad Muslims and their public treatment of ‘unruly’ children at the Disney theme park. Notice the comments about young Muslim men working in security.

 Just prior to their visit, the Daily Mirror reported panic broke out among tourists visiting Disneyland Paris in mid-August 2016, when the railway station in Marne La Valee was cordoned off because of a ‘suspicious package”. France has been on tenterhooks after the Paris Massacre of November 2015 and recent attacks in Nice, Rouen and arrests in both Paris at Notre Dame and at a synagogue in Marseilles concerning vehicles with bomb making materials, gas canisters.

What follows are the observations of my friend "anonymous" and  family as to how dramatically things have changed in France and the EU with the influx of  Shariah compliant Muslim émigrés and wealthy tourists from the Gulf Emirates, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Muslim Ummah.

The children and I went to France for a vacation--we also went to Euro Disney for three days. You would have died. When you go through security there was this Imam sitting on a stool right after security--white robes and white cap. He had a full long grey beard and appeared to be over 60 years of age. He sat on a Middle Eastern style stool, had on dark glasses and appeared to be checking out those who entered. I mean what were they they thinking? The French military was out with dogs. Yet here was this Imam sitting behind security. We have never seen so many Muslim women, all dressed in black from head to toe. Why they want to go to Euro Disney is just a mystery.  I mean you would think they would be told that this was a place to avoid. Yet there were men and women in their Sharia compliant garb with all their children.

I saw something horrible. My children and I were having lunch at this British fish and chips establishment at Disneyland Paris when a family of Sharia compliant clad Muslims was seated at the next table.  They brought their own Halal food.  The black clad ‘mother’ literally started beating her 8 or 9 year old daughter as the family sat around and just watched it all. I told my children that I couldn’t sit there while we eat our lunch, when this was going on.  So we moved. It was horrific.

The Disney security staff all look like they come from Africa. They were talking to the Imam.  There were other younger Muslim men hanging out with the Security staff.

The security, if you could call it that, was nothing. Basically they checked bags you walked through a metal detector but they were all so distracted with each other and joking around it wouldn't have mattered what you had with you. The Imam was there everyday in the heat under the little tents they erected to do the security checks.  I did see them totally check an American woman with two children in a stroller. They went over the stroller with the blond haired kids in it several times with their little detectors. Thankfully she made it through and didn't pose a security risk to us at all. The women in black didn't get the same treatment even though they were covered head to toe. 
 

I am sure that the believers in the Shariah Islamic true faith would not approve of their brethren going to Disneyland Paris.  They could be viewed as heretics. If Islamic State sympathizers don’t hit them for just being there. It was really shocking. I have never seen so many Muslim women wearing burkas and naqibs.  I thought it was illegal in France to wear a full Burka. However, I saw two women attired completely in black from head to toe with only their eyes showing.

My son was the first one to point it out this scene when we entered past security. He said there were really a lot of Muslims present.  Coincidentally, we were there during the episode when the French found a car packed with gas canisters near Notre Dame.  Three ISIS women were arrested; one of whom was the fiancé of the Jihadi who beheaded the priest in a church in Rouen. We didn’t know this at the time of our Disneyland Paris visit.  When we got off the hotel bus which delivered us to the Disney theme park, the second day there were several soldiers guarding the front --this hadn't been the case the previous day.  I wonder if it had something to do with the Notre Dame Gas canister incident.  Then we heard that another car was found in Marseilles with gas canisters parked near a synagogue.

Disneyland Paris is a possible bomb attack waiting to happen. I had no idea otherwise, I wouldn't have gone. 

 

 

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Posted on 09/18/2016 7:37 PM by Jerry Gordon and anonymous
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