Thursday, 25 August 2016
Hillary State Dept. Helped Jailed Clinton Foundation Donor Get $10 Mil from U.S. for Failed Haiti Project
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From Judicial Watch:

The new batch of emails showing that the State Department gave special access to top Clinton Foundation donors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state brings to mind the case of a shady Miami businessman serving a 12-year prison sentence after scamming the government out of millions. His name is Claudio Osorio, a Clinton Foundation donor who got $10 million from the government after the Clinton State Department reportedly pulled some strings.

Osorio got the money from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a federal agency that operates under the guidance of the State Department, to build houses in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. The OPIC supposedly promotes U.S. government investments abroad to foster the development and growth of free markets. Osorio’s “Haiti project” was supposed to build 500 homes for displaced families in the aftermath of the earthquake. The project never broke ground and Osorio used the money to finance his lavish lifestyle and fund his illicit business ventures. He also ran a fraudulent international company with facilities in the U.S., United Arab Emirates, Germany, Angola and Tanzania that stole millions from investors. Some of the OPIC Haiti money was used to repay investors of his fraudulent company (Innovida), according to federal prosecutors. In September 2013, Osorio was sentenced to 150 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release.

Not surprisingly, the Department of Justice (DOJ) never mentioned Osorio’s Clinton connections and seemed to downplay the $10 million scam of taxpayer funds by focusing on the “victims” that invested in his bogus company. Among them was a beloved professional basketball star. “Osorio offered and sold shareholder interests and joint-venture partnerships in Innovida to select individuals and groups, raising more than $40,000,000 from approximately ten (10) investors and investment groups in the United States and abroad,” a DOJ statement says. “Osorio solicited and recruited investors by making materially false representations and concealing and omitting material facts regarding, among other things, the profitability of the company, the rates of return on investment funds, the use of investors’ funds and the existence of a pending lucrative contract with a third-party entity. Osorio received moneys from investors based on these misrepresentations. Osorio used investor monies for his and his co-conspirators’ personal benefit and to maintain and further the fraud scheme.”

The bigger story is that, despite Osorio’s shady history, it appears that the Clinton State Department helped him get $10 million—which will never be repaid—because he was a Clinton Foundation donor. This connection was not made until years after Osorio got sentenced. After his 2013 sentencing in Miami, the area’s largest newspaper tied him to the Clintons and President Obama as a campaign donor who held fundraisers at his waterfront home, but the foundation was not mentioned. A Washington D.C. newspaper eventually connected the dots after obtaining a document that shows an OPIC official recommending funding for Osorio’s Haiti project. In the document, the OPIC official writes that Osorio’s company had “U.S. persons of political influence that are able to assist in advancing the company’s plans.” It continues: “For instance, former President Bill Clinton is personally in contact with the Company to organize its logistical and support needs,” the document states. “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made available State Department resources to assist with logistical arrangements.” Additionally, the Clinton Global Initiative had “indicated that it would be willing to contract to purchase 6,500 homes in Haiti from InnoVida within the next year.”

Less than 24 hours after the OPIC official submitted the recommendation, the news report says, OPIC approved Osorio’s $10 million loan to build homes in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Not one was ever built and no one has been held accountable for giving the crooked businessman millions of taxpayer dollars.

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Posted on 08/25/2016 5:23 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Muslim bully facing jail after being found guilty of attacking schoolboy for cuddling girlfriend
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From the London Evening Standard. His association with Choudary is now public, as is his criminal record.

A close associate of hate preacher Anjem Choudary who beat up a schoolboy for cuddling his girlfriend in a Muslim Patrol-style street attack is facing jail today. Details from the beginning of the trial here.

Judge Michael Gledhill QC said Coe was acting as a "self-appointed enforcer" of his Islamic values, and he had been involved in a "strikingly similar" incident in 2013. The judge added that Coe "poses a very high risk of committing further offences of violence" when free from prison, and will consider a lengthy prison term when sentencing Coe. He later claimed the attack was in self defence, but jurors rejected the hulking 16-and-a-half stone Muslim's story.

Coe has been in and out of prison since he was a teenager, including an eight-year sentence in 2006 for possession of a shotgun and trying to shot at police officers. 

While behind bars, he was converted to Islam by al Qaeda terrorist Dhiren Barot and adopted the name Mikael Ibrahim. Following his release, Coe became associated with hate preacher Anjem Choudary's now notorious extremist group Al-Muhajiroun.  The incident has echoes of the notorious Muslim Patrols by Choudary associates Jordan Horner, Ricardo McFarlane, and Royal Barnes. He has been photographed at a extremist demonstrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, against the banning of niqabs in France, and in support of Sharia Law, Southwark crown court heard.  I think I caught him at that demonstration - the picture halfway down above the caption "the women and children were kept in the middle." I knew I knew his face. 

Coe stood trial at the Old Bailey last June accused of trying to join ISIS, having been caught in the back of a lorry in Dover on its way out of the UK. He was cleared of the charge but received a 15-month prison sentence for possessing false identity documents.

The court heard he had convictions for wounding, burglary, assault, and possession of drugs as a youth. He was locked up for four years in 2001 for car jacking and received a 21-month sentence in 2002 for violent disorder. Coe received the eight-year sentence in 2006 at Leeds crown court, and was fined £160 for the religiously aggravated haranguing in the street in 2013

Judge Michael Gledhill QC remanded Coe, of Devenish Road, Greenwich, in custody until sentencing on September 21, ordering a report on his "dangerousness".

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Posted on 08/24/2016 2:56 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016
American University of Afghanistan in Kabul under attack
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KABUL, Afghanistan - The American University of Afghanistan is under attack, according to multiple accounts.

CBS News’ Ahmad Mukhtar reports from Afghanistan that several American professors are inside, along with possibly hundreds of students. Many appear to have escaped through emergency doors. 

Witnesses say they heard gunshots, then a blast, and many believe it was the gate blown open, letting the attackers inside. Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer Massoud Hossaini has been tweeting that he is trapped inside along with others.

Two professors -- an American and an Australian -- were kidnapped recently from the university on the 8th of August. Five gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms abducted the pair at gunpoint.

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Posted on 08/24/2016 10:37 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Nation for Sale
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David Harsenyl writes in the NYPost:

The Democratic Party often warns us that mixing big money and politics will corrupt democracy. They must have nominated Hillary Clinton to prove it.

The Clinton Foundation was ostensibly set up to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Though it’s done some fine work, its most fruitful program has been leveraging Clinton’s position in the State Department to enrich her family, friends and cronies.

It’s against federal law for charities to act in the interests of private business or individuals. Yet the Clinton Foundation secured high-paying gigs for its namesakes and helped for-profit corporations with family ties set up lucrative deals.

As it turns out, that’s probably the least corrupt part of the story.

It is becoming clear the foundation was a center of influence peddling. Rock stars. Soccer players. Conglomerates. Crown princes. All of them paid in. All of them expected access to the US government.

Want a seat on a government intelligence-advisory board even though you have no relevant experience? The Clinton Foundation may be able to help.

Recently released e-mails prove the charity’s officials had sought access to State Department personnel while Hillary was in charge. Folks like the prince of Bahrain, who donated $32 million to the foundation, needed to get in touch.

An Associated Press investigation finds that more than half the private citizens who met or spoke with Clinton while she was secretary of state also happened to donate to her foundation. What are the odds?

It’s implausible that a majority of the 154 citizens — people who’d kicked in at least $156 million to her charity — would also happen to catch Clinton’s ear as she toiled away at State. It’s also worth remembering this list doesn’t even include officials from the 16 governments — many of them autocrats — who threw the foundation another $170 million.

Recently, the foundation announced it would ban donations from corporations and foreign countries if Hillary is elected president. The question is: If it’s a conflict of interest when Hillary will be president, why wasn’t it a problem when she was secretary of state?

Let’s also not forget that during Clinton’s tenure at State she failed to disclose that regimes across the world were giving her charity hundreds of millions. Because she needed to hide this, she ended up sending 110 e-mails containing classified information — eight of which had “top secret” information, according to the FBI.

These days, Hillary brazenly goes on Jimmy Kimmel to clown around about her “boring” e-mails.

Well, if they’re so irrelevant, why was she hiding them from the Justice Department? If it’s no big deal, why did it take four years and a lawsuit against the State Department to gain access to her planning schedules? Why did she lie to the American people? Erase tens of thousands of e-mails? Set up a private server in the first place?

Hillary claims running the State Department gave her the experience and temperament necessary to be president. But if anything, it reminds us of the Clintons’ propensity for scandal and dishonesty. And if Clinton wins this year, she’ll become the most ethically compromised president in contemporary times. Perhaps ever.

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Posted on 08/24/2016 4:40 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016
North Korea Test Fires Ballistic Missile from Submarine
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This is not good Seoul (CNN)

North Korea test fired a submarine-based ballistic missile from its east coast on Wednesday, South Korean authorities said.

The launch took place at 5:30 a.m. local time, according to a statement from the South Korean Foreign Ministry.
 
North Korea's launch took place in the waters, off Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, in the early morning, the South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
"If the North Korean regime continues to pursue its nuclear and missile capabilities and ignore severe economic difficulties of its people, it will bring about more severe sanctions and diplomatic isolation. It should also realize that it will hasten its self-destruction," the country's Foreign Ministry said.
"Our government is prepared with full readiness posture to protect our people and the safety of our country and will thoroughly respond to any North Korea's provocation."
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Posted on 08/24/2016 4:34 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Turkish Tanks Roll into Northern Syria
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BBC:

A dozen Turkish tanks have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State.

Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.

Turkish special forces entered Syria earlier as part of the offensive.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the operation was aimed against both IS and Kurdish fighters.

Turkey shelled Syrian Kurdish forces in the region this week, determined not to let them fill the vacuum if IS leaves, the BBC's Mark Lowen reports from Gaziantep, near the Syrian border.

The concern in Ankara is that the Kurds could create an autonomous area close to the border which might foster Kurdish separatism within Turkey itself, our correspondent says.

In another development, counter-terror police in Turkey's main city, Istanbul, launched dawn raids targeting IS suspects across the city, Turley's Dogan news agency reports.

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Posted on 08/24/2016 4:28 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Queensland backpackers' killing: Police probe 'Allahu akbar' link in stabbing death of Mia Ayliffe-Chung
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From ABC News Australia

Police say they are looking into whether a French man who allegedly said 'Allahu akbar" as he stabbed a 21-year-old British woman to death in a north Queensland backpackers' hostel has any links to extremist groups.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death and a 30-year-old man was critically injured in front of about 30 people at Shelley's Backpackers in Home Hill, south of Townsville, after 11:00pm on Tuesday.

A dog from the hostel was also killed during the incident.

A 29-year-old Frenchman who was living with the victims at the hostel is in custody in hospital and is yet to be charged.

He used the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar" both during the attack and his arrest, Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.

"While this information will be factored into the investigation we are not ruling out any motivations at this stage, whether they be political or criminal," he said. "We're working closely with our partner agencies to make sure if there is any indication that it has an extremist slant, or this person had been radicalised, we can discover that. Investigators will also consider whether mental health or drug misuse factors are involved in this incident."

Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said there were no ties to Islamic State and the Frenchman had been in the country about a year on a temporary visa, and appears to have acted alone. "He is a visitor to Australia and has no known local connections, however investigations are ongoing."

Ms Ayliffe-Chung had been working at a Gold Coast nightclub before her adventures led her to a north Queensland cane farm for work. She was working there in the days before her death.

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Posted on 08/24/2016 2:46 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Our Cultural Heritage is not a Luxury Good
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by Michael Curtis

It is welcome news when perpetrators of real evil are brought to justice. The civilized world will delight in the fact that in the last month two Islamist terrorists, one repentant, the other defiant, have been prosecuted and convicted for their infamous deeds in courts, one in The Hague and the other in Britain.

The avowed, now repentant, terrorist, Ahmad al-Mahdi, made history on August 22, 2016 for a number of reasons. He was the first jihadist to appear before an international court. He was the first defendant to plead guilty at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and will be sentenced to a prison term of between nine to 11 years.

In an event that is momentous for history, Mahdi was the first person to be tried on a “war crimes” charge, the main charge, for attacking historic and cultural monuments. At the Nuremberg war crimes trials no charge of cultural destruction had been brought against the Nazis on trial. However, after World War II and in recognition that preservation of culture is important, international understandings were reached.

The 1954 Convention for Protection of Cultural Property was concerned to protect the culture heritage of countries in the event of armed conflict. The World Heritage Convention in 1972 called for the preservation of cultural properties and the protection of the national heritage.

Mahdi, like all jihadidts, took no heed of these international agreements, though he later apologized to his country and to the world for destroying religious monuments in the historic city of Timbuktu in Mali, a city of 333 saints founded in the 11th century by Tuareg tribes and which was honored as a world historic site by UNESCO in 1988.

Mahdi, a 40 year old former civil servant in the Department of Education in Mali, was responsible as head of Ansar Dine, a Tureg terrorist unit linked to all-Qaeda, for directing and participating in destroying tombs that were the embodiment of Mali history. Timbuktu was once an important cultural center, the home of a great civilization with a university that had 25,000 students and important libraries with precious 12-16th century manuscripts.

In 2012, rebels of the Tuareg tribe, allied with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghab, and armed with weapons looted from Libya, had attacked the city of Timbuktu. In the area of the city they captured, they imposed sharia law, banned music, forced women to wear burquas, forbad girls to go to school, and attacked shrines and monuments of Sufi society. They ruled until the French-led troops liberated the city in 2013.

When Mahdi and his extremist companions committed their acts in 2012 he declared he was in charge of fighting superstitions. In 2016 he admitted he had acted in the name of the extremists of al Qaeda and Ansar Dine. Mahdi admitted responsibility for destroying nine mausoleums and a door of a mosque dating to the 15th to16th centuries that had been closed for hundreds of years. The destruction was termed by UNESCO Director-General Irene Bokova “a genocidal project.” She offered wise words, “Our cultural heritage is not a luxury good, we must protect it from desecration and ravages.”

All of the destroyed artifacts had great religious and cultural importance, and embodied the common heritage of the people. Mahdi expressed deep regret and asked for forgiveness. In a message, that should be heard by all potential as well as actual jihadists, Mahdi said, “We need to speak justice even to ourselves. We have to be truthful, even if it burns our own hands.”

This case brings up an interesting problem. While the destruction of precious cultural artifacts is offensive, is it a “war crime?” Can the Allied destruction during World War II of Monte Cassino, or the Caravaggio paintings in the museum in Berlin be considered war crimes? Today, atrocities of this kind committed since the formulation of cultural international rules might be so regarded. Among them would be the Balkan warlord attacks on Dubrovnik, the famous bridge at Mostar, the national library at Sarajevo in the 1990s. The civilized world has been horrified by the destruction by the Taliban of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan in 2001, and by the ISIS barbarity against the Assyrian statues in Nineyeh, and the Roman ruins in Palmyra. The case is strong. Cultural destruction should now be treated as a war crime.

The other person receiving retribution by being convicted is Anjem Choudary, a 49 year old Muslim social and political activist. He had not been brought to justice for 20 years since he was, apparently, part of an MI5 investigation. Perhaps there was some valid reason for this, but his record of Islamist activism shows him the very model of a modern jihadist. He was linked to at least 500 British Muslims who had left Britain to fight for ISIS. He had praised the terrorists of 9/11 in the US, and 7/7 in Britain.

Choudary believes that his Muslim faith should dominate “the whole world.” He has been linked to at least 15 terror plots since 2000, to attacks in London and other places and to the murder of a British soldier. He delivered a series of talks on You Tube encouraging support for the terrorist group, an-Muhajiroun (ALM)  Though he has stated he does not accept British law, however, in London on July 26, 2016 he was convicted of inciting support for ISIS.

By now everyone should be aware of the evil of Islamist terrorism, but some seem hesitant to accept reality. In August 2016 the judges of the British Special Immigration Appeals Commission deliberated on the case of six Algerian terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda who were living in Britain. Citing the Human Rights Act, the Commission allowed them the right to live in Britain on the irrelevant basis that it was “not inconceivable they would be subjected to ill treatment “ if deported to Algeria.

It is not dismaying news that British Theresa May is planning to double British efforts to defeat terrorism, especially since she believes an attack on Britain is highly likely. It is even more important for her to institute a ban on Islamist preachers spreading their evil message in mosques, universities, and community groups.

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Posted on 08/23/2016 1:49 PM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016
State Dept Warns: Iran Seeking to Capture U.S. Citizens
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Adam Kredo writes in the Washington Free Beacon:

The State Department issued a warning on Monday urging U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to Iran, which has made the detention of Americans a priority.

The latest travel advisory, which emphasizes Iran’s desire to capture U.S. citizens, comes on the heels of a growing scandal over the Obama administration’s decision to pay Iran $400 million in cash on the same day that it freed several U.S. hostages.

The payment has been cast by lawmakers and others as a ransom payment and prompted concern among U.S. officials that Iran is making arresting Americans a priority.

The State Department issued a warning on Monday urging U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to Iran, which has made the detention of Americans a priority.

The travel warning is meant to “highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans,” according to a State Department announcement on Monday. “Foreigners, in particular dual nationals of Iran and Western countries including the United States, continue to be detained or prevented from leaving Iran.”

“U.S. citizens traveling to Iran should very carefully weigh the risks of travel and consider postponing their travel,” the warning adds. “U.S. citizens residing in Iran should closely follow media reports, monitor local conditions, and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country.”

Iran continues to imprison Americans, particularly those holding dual Iranian citizenship, according to the State Department.

“Iranian authorities have detained and harassed U.S. citizens, particularly those of Iranian origin,” the travel warning states. “Former Muslims who have converted to other religions, religious activists, and persons who encourage Muslims to convert are subject to arrest and prosecution.”

The Obama administration expressed particular concern about commercial airlines doing business with Iran. This warning comes as American companies such as Boeing continue to pursue million-dollar business deals with the Islamic Republic.

“The U.S. government is concerned about the risks to civil aircraft operating into, out of, within, or over Iran due to hazards from military activity associated with the conflicts in Iraq and Syria,” the warning states. “The FAA has advised U.S. civil aviation to exercise caution when flying into, out of, within, or over the airspace over Iran.”

The warning emphasizes that “the U.S. government’s ability to assist U.S. citizens in Iran in the event of an emergency is extremely limited.”

 

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Posted on 08/23/2016 10:41 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016
FBI reportedly investigating whether Virginia stabbings were ISIS-inspired
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How about Islam-inspired? That works. Fox News:

Federal authorities are reportedly investigating a weekend stabbing in Virginia to see whether the attacker may have been trying to behead a victim and whether the attack was inspired by the Islamic State.

Wasil Farooqui, 20, was charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding in the stabbing attack Saturday that left two people wounded. ABC News reported Monday that the FBI have been aware of Farooqui and are familiar with the case.

According to ABC News, Farooqui had traveled to Turkey in the last year and may have tried to sneak into Syria to meet with ISIS militants.

Farooqui allegedly attack a man and woman at an apartment complex in Roanoke, according to WDBJ-7. Both victims were seriously injured in the attack. Witnesses told authorities that Farooqi was yelling “Allah Akbar.”

Authorities believe that Farooqui may have been trying to behead the male victim, according to ABC News. Investigators said that there was no connection between Farooqi and the victims.

"The FBI is working with the Police Department following the incident that occurred on Saturday evening," Special Agent In Charge Adam Lee, head of the FBI’s Richmond field office told ABC News in a statement. “While I cannot discuss details of the investigation at this time, I do want to reassure the community that we are working to determine the nature of the incident."

Farooqi was being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

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Posted on 08/23/2016 4:11 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 22 August 2016
East London: ‘Muslim bully attacked teenage couple in Upton Park for cuddling’
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From the London Evening Standard and the Newham Recorder

A Muslim “bully” grabbed a schoolboy by the throat and threw him to the ground for hugging his girlfriend in the street, a court has heard.Michael Coe, 35, of Devenish Road, Greenwich, spotted the two 16-year-olds cuddling on the pavement in Wilson Road, Upton Park, while driving.

Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay told Southwark crown court the April 15 incident "started as unpleasant bullying with religious overtones" and swiftly became an assault.

Coe was driving along Wilson Road, East Ham, when he spotted the young couple standing together. "The victim was, and is, a schoolboy...They were standing on the pavement doing what some 16-year-olds do some of the time, cuddling each other in the street", said Mr Polnay.

Coe stopped his car and said: "Let that schoolgirl go." Mr Polnay said the boy objected, telling him they were both 16, and Coe told him: "How would you like it if your sister was cuddling?"

Coe allegedly asked if the couple were Muslims - which they are - but they denied it because they were "worried what this defendant would do if they said yes".

"At which point the defendant said: 'Why am I wasting my time with you if you are not Muslim?

There followed an exchange of words, during which this defendant said something insulting about his girlfriend, calling her a whore."

The boy replied: "don't call my girlfriend a whore", said Mr Polnay, at which time Coe allegedly "moved from unpleasant bullying to someone in the street to something that is quite simply an assault."

Coe, currently on trial accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and battery, was said to have grabbed the boy by the throat, causing him to black out, before he woke up bleeding on the floor. When passing schoolteacher Boutho Siwela tried help the couple, Coe allegedly attacked him too.

Coe denies the two charges, claiming he assaulted the 16-year-old boy in self-defence. The trial continues.

I thought he looked familiar; then I was reliably informed that Coe is an associate of Anjem Choudary. Say no more.

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Posted on 08/22/2016 3:34 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 22 August 2016
An Interview with Pastor Saeed Abedini, Former Hostage of Iran
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by Rebecca Bynum (August 2016)


Photo credit: Christianity Today

Despite the danger, Saeed Abedini converted from Islam to Christianity and began working to spread the gospel through home churches (known as the underground church) while living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he was born. After his marriage to a US citizen, he himself became a naturalized citizen in 2010.  more>>>

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Posted on 08/22/2016 12:09 PM by NER
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Monday, 22 August 2016
Ransom, the Law, and the Obama Administration
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by Michael Curtis

Fairy tales can come true, it could happen to those who are lucky and politically naïve at heart. Unfortunately, the Obama administration in its relations with Iran has gone to extremes with impossible schemes and tales that fly in the face of objective reality, and even disregard the law. With the eagerness of short-sighted detectives, President Barack Obama and his team have doggedly proclaimed they have found the benefits to the United States and to the world of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed on July 13, 2015 with Iran, a nuclear deal that had been opposed by 58 U.S. senators.

A year later, on July 14, 2016 Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of JCPOA that had succeeded in restraining Iran’s nuclear program in a way that guaranteed that it would not be pursuing a nuclear weapons program. He said that the agreement, the result of a multilateral, complicated negotiation, had made the world safer and less volatile. He explained it opened the door to give the US an opportunity to discuss with Iran continuing issues including Syria, Yemen, and terrorism. 

Like the corrupt police chief in the film Casablanca, Kerry and his spokesperson John Kirby must have been “shocked” to learn of the continuation by Iran of its nuclear weapons program, as well as its enhancement of other issues. Both Kerry and Kirby had explained that the deal was about a nuclear track and nuclear weapons and that Iran “was meeting their commitments, and we are meeting ours.” Certainly the US, believing as Obama said, that Iran was in compliance with its nuclear obligations, was meeting its own obligations. Among other matters, sanctions on Iran were removed on January 16, 2016.

One can legitimately differ on the existing extent of development of centrifuges and uranium stockpiles presently in Iran and on its capacity to develop enriched uranium, if on a reduced scale.

However, this fairy tale of Iranian commitment to the deal has been dispelled by two informed sources: German officials, and the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei.

Intelligence reports from half of the 16 state governments in Federal Germany report that Iranian agents are attempting to obtain nuclear related material. The Iranians seek to obtain technology for atomic, biological, or chemical weapons. The German Federal domestic intelligence agency reported that Iran’s “illegal proliferation-sensitive procurement activities” in Germany had reached a quantitatively high level.

Unfortunately for the fairy tale of concilition, Khamenei had only a few days before the speech of Secretary Kerry attacked the U.S. asserting that its policy was the work of intelligence services, particularly the “dangerous hands of American, Zionist, and English,” that created terrorism in the world of Islam.

Perhaps President Obama was sincere if misguided in his belief that the nuclear deal would lead to better relations. Yet, the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming. First, Iran is continuing its support for terrorist groups, especially for Hezbollah.

The Hezbollah Secretary-General, Hassan Nasrallah, has proudly announced that his entire budget came directly from Iran and not through Lebanese banks. This includes salaries, funds, food, drink, and weapons. As long as Iran has money, he said, Hezbollah has money.

 Iran has interfered in Iraq, funding Shia terrorist groups such as Kata’ib Hexbollah, a group that killed 5 U.S. soldiers in Baghdad in 2011, the Houti rebels in Yemen, Taliban, Afghanistan, and al-Qaeda in South Asia. It has supported the Syrian Assad regime, proving arms, finance, and training. It has formed a “Liberation Army” to be deployed in Arab countries, especially in Syria headed by Qassem Soleimani, head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Secondly, Iran can and is developing, and also buying heavy long-distance missile delivery systems that, among other things, can carry nuclear weapons. German Chancellor Angela Merkel herself, on July 7, 2016, declared that Iran’s missile program continued “unabated,” and that Iran was developing its rocket program.

Thirdly, the nuclear deal has made Iran more politically powerful and self-assured, if not yet the dominating power of the Middle East. It has restored its oil production and exports. It has bank accounts with foreign banks, and foreign direct investment in Iran has increased. It has defied the US. In January 2016, when it detained US soldiers in international waters. It kidnapped US citizens and dual citizens.

Two events revealed in August 2016 cause concern. One was the acknowledgment of the US ransom deal with Iran: the other was the Russian use of Iranian space. 

The ransom issue goes back to 1979 when the Shah of Iran paid for planes and military equipment, but he was deposed from power before the plane were delivered. Connected with the nuclear deal in July 2015, a financial agreement was reached in The Hague by which U.S. agreed to refund $1.7 billion, consisting of $400 million for the promised planes in 1979 plus $1.3 billion in interest. On January 16, 2016, Obama announced the intended delivery of the $1.7 billion. The same day Iran released the US hostages it held and the US released seven Iranians detained in the U.S. on financial charges. 

However, Obama did not mention that $400 million was being shipped to Iran,  

The members of the administration all denied this was a ransom payment. On August 4, 2016 Obama asserted, “We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future.” But finally on August 18, 2016 Obama admitted that the deal was ransom. Obama delivered cash, giving an implausible reason that “we are so strict in maintaining sanctions, and we do not have a banking relation with Iran.” 

The excuse was that the money was paid in foreign currency, not US dollars, because the law on sanctions dating back to 1995 prevents the government from dealing with Iran in dollars. Yet Obama’s action was defiance of law. The Code of Federal Regulations, Section 560.204 is explicit. It is worth quoting: “notwithstanding any contract entered into ..prior to May 7, 1995, the exportation, …sale or supply from the U.S. …of any goods, technology or services to Iran or the government of Iran is prohibited. The U.S. law forbids the supply of goods, services, or technology to terrorist countries: Iran was declared such in 1995.

In a surprising action on August 16, 2016 Russian planes flew 4 long range Tu 22 M3 bombers accompanied by Su-34 tactical bombers from a base near Hameda in Iran. They struck ISIS targets in north and east Syria, and returned to Russia. This event was not only surprising in itself, but also because the Iranian constitution bans any foreign bases on its soil, though it can allow foreign countries to use one of its air fields. For the Obama administration dreams must be put away for another day. Both the growing strength of Iran has been shown and also the signs of greater Russian involvement in the Syrian war and in the Middle East. The next President must deal with this.

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Posted on 08/22/2016 8:26 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 22 August 2016
Muslim prisoners to be removed from communal prayers for spreading anti-British values
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This is from the Independent, a newspaper that is probably even more left-wing than the Guardian. However, unlike the Guardian the moderators do not block any comment that does repeat the party line. The comments to this story are quite forthright. 

Prison governors will be told to remove Muslims from communal prayer in jails if they are deemed to be spreading ‘anti-British’ values.

The proposals will also see Muslim chaplains who offer guidance to a growing number of Islamic prisoners undergoing “tightened vetting” before being allowed near inmates.

The new measures aimed at clamping down on the spread of extremism come as the number of Muslims in British prisons has soared over the last ten years. It was also confirmed that governors will seek to isolate extremists acting as "self-styled emirs" to prevent them radicalising others.

The counter-extremism scheme comes after Anjem Choudary, one of Britain's most prominent Islamist clerics, was convicted of crimes that could see him face years in jail. New Justice Secretary Liz Truss said the measures were needed in order to stop the “spread of this poisonous ideology behind bars”, but critics questioned whether they were appropriate. Official figures show there are now more than 12,600 Muslims in prison in England and Wales, while the figure was just 8,200 a decade earlier.

The full report is classified but the Ministry of Justice has published a summary of the main findings.

It said the review found evidence that Islamist extremism is a "growing problem" in prisons, with "charismatic" prisoners acting as "self-styled emirs" that exert a "controlling and radicalising influence" on the wider Muslim prison population. It also found evidence of "aggressive encouragement" of conversions to Islam, unsupervised worship and intimidation of prison imams.

The document concluded that "cultural sensitivity" among staff towards Muslim prisoners has "extended beyond the basic requirements of faith observance and could inhibit the effective confrontation of extremist views".

As well as confirming new specialist units to hold extremists, governors have been instructed to ban extremist literature and remove anyone from Friday prayers who is "promoting beliefs that run counter to fundamental British values”. 

Sample comments

...case for taking it out of the hands of lawyers by defining it as an act of war - where guys like Choudry are treated as the enemy- to be captured not arrested -and detained till the war ends. 

...I feel it’s too little. The prison service is stillgoing to have to bend over backwords to cater for his religious beliefs. He will be given a Koran, halal meal and probably access to an Ima.

For too long the political orthodoxy has been for the death of the nation state and for internationalism at the expense of existing Citizens, it's going to be good to get a bit of Nationalism injected back into the business of our government.

It's a bit late for all this, years and years of warning the Lefties what an apocalypse they're creating for their children have been ignored.The only solution is to deport these hypocritical, parasitic dregs, something the Left would never support!

The tone of the comments may well change during the day as the SWJs emerge from their slumbers.

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Posted on 08/22/2016 3:22 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 21 August 2016
Kingston Jamaica: Muslim landlord breaks tenant’s leg in argument over religion
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From the Jamaica Observer

A Muslim landlord who attacked his Christian tenant with a metal pipe and broke her leg during a discussion about their religion, which had escalated into an argument, was remanded for sentencing after he was denied bail in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last week.

Milton Lazarus, 28, of Red Hills in St Andrew also pleaded guilty to destroying the complainant’s flat-screen television and figurines.

Lazarus pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property and to aggravated assault last Wednesday when he appeared before Senior Parish Judge Judith Pusey, and a sentencing date was scheduled for September 21.

According to the police, on May 28 the complainant and Lazarus were at home have a discussion pertaining to Christianity and Islam when it turned into an argument. During the argument, Lazarus threw a metal pipe and hit the complainant in her head and on her leg, causing the leg to break. Lazarus also damaged a flat-screen television, valued at $45,000, and some figurines belonging to the complainant.

The matter was reported and he was arrested and charged. Last Wednesday when the matter was mentioned, Attorney Davorna Wilson tried to get bail for Lazarus.

But the prosecutor objected on the grounds that Lazarus has been involved in a number of violent incidents in his community. Wilson, however, persisted by asking the judge to offer him bail with conditions that would ensure that he refrains from getting in any further incident.

But the magistrate refused.

“What will I tell the complainant’s children if I grant bail to a man who is known to be violent and she turns up dead?” the judge asked. “This is not just an intellectual exercise,” Judge Pusey said, while pointing out that parish judges have to know what is happening in their parish and have to grant bail based on the circumstances.

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Posted on 08/21/2016 1:11 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 21 August 2016
Don’t Believe Everything On The (Iranian) Internet
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Just a quick little case study. Somebody sent me a link to this article in my mail:

Trump: CIA Officers Helped Turkey Coup Attempt, Evidence Available

TEHRAN (FNA)- Donald Trump, US Republican presidential candidate, claims in his new tweet that he has evidence that CIA officers helped in Turkey’s attempted coup. It is probably make a new turmoil amid the heated presidential race between him and the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

In two consecutive tweets posted on his official Twitter page trump said he obtained evidence that will prove 13 high-ranking CIA officers helped in Turkey’s “Failed Coup” and that Obama’s “failed leadership” caused this “stupid mistake” witch put USA interest in Middle East at risk. He also repeated his adversarial word against his rival Hillary Clinton by comparing her possible presidency with Obama’s “third term” If he were supposed to stay one more term in the presidential seat, awdnews reported.

It includes a Politico screenshot even though they cut off the masthead):

Only problem? It’s completely made up.

The author of the piece has obviously denounced it:

There is no article on Politico with that title:

The quoted tweets from Donald Trump Are from 10:10 and 10:09 PM August 15, 2016 simply don’t exits. Check this search of Twitter (screenshot alongside) if you don’t believe me.

So Iran’s Fars “news agency” are making stuff up or spreading made up stuff. Remember the time they republished the Onion? No big surprise to some of the readership here, I’m sure, but to the rest of the world inclined to hate Trump, this link will float around causing mischief in the world.

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Posted on 08/21/2016 12:57 PM by Brian of London
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Sunday, 21 August 2016
Walid Phares on Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Agenda C-SPAN
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Posted on 08/21/2016 9:34 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 21 August 2016
Bombing at Wedding in Turkey Kills at Least 50
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NYTimes:

ISTANBUL — The wedding had ended and the guests had started walking home when a suspected suicide bombing tore through the site of the ceremony in southeastern Turkey late Saturday, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 90, in the latest in a string of attacks to strike the restive region in the past week.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said in a statement that the Islamic State militant group was probably behind what appeared to be a suicide attack on Saturday in the city of Gaziantep, and that its aim was to sow divisions among ethnic groups in the country and “spread incitement along ethnic and religious lines.”

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

More than 200 people had packed into a narrow street in the district of Sahinbey, close to the Syrian border, for the Kurdish street wedding when the explosion occurred around 11 p.m., witnesses said.

“We had just walked past the wedding and offered our good wishes when we heard the blast,” said Ibrahim Ates, a local man. “Suddenly people started running past us. When we went back to see what had happened, everyone was on the floor, and there were body parts scattered everywhere and blood splattered on the walls.”

Mahmut Togrul, a lawmaker with the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party who visited the scene of the attack on Sunday, said the wedding had been a traditional Kurdish ceremony and had taken place in a predominantly Kurdish neighborhood.

“Besna and Nurettin Akdogan, the bride and groom, survived the attack and are in stable condition,” Mr. Togrul said. “Many of the victims that died were children,” he added.

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Posted on 08/21/2016 7:12 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 21 August 2016
Waking Up with Sam Harris #43 — What Do Jihadists Really Want?
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads from the latest issue of Dabiq, the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide.

Podcast available here, for those who prefer.

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Posted on 08/21/2016 3:37 AM by Brian of London
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Saturday, 20 August 2016
Isaac: Viorst’s “Zionism” is a “Sloppy Hit on Israel”
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Israeli PM Netanyahu in Likud meeting at Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem, March 16, 2016

There has not been a serious critical review of Milton Viorst’s, Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal, until David Isaac published, “A Sloppy Hit on Israel” in today’s Washington Free Beacon. Isaac is the creative force behind the history of Zionism educational documentary website, Zionism 101.org.  See our  Iconoclast post on a previous review by Isaac: “Why are Jews Against Israel.”

Viorst has been the Middle East commentator of record for The New Yorker since the early 1980’s. He is not an admirer of Revisionist Zionist founder Ze’ev Jabotinsky. Moreover, he believes the 40 years, since the election of Likud government beginning with Menachem Begin  culminating in the several governments of current Israeli PM Netanyahu, have suborned the original objectives of the historic figures of  Zionism beginning with the founder of political Zionism, Theodore Herzl.  In successive chapters Viorst opines on those involved with the establishment of the modern State of Israel:  Chain Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir and the tragic Yitzhak Rabin  

The value of Isaac’s review is he reveals the historical inaccuracies and myopic delusions of Viorst.  Viorst contends that only lotus eating peaceniks preaching accommodation of Palestinian demands are true Zionists. He even lambasts current Labor party leaders for reflecting the realities of peace processes that have failed to deliver security.  If anything it has been Israeli diplomacy under successive Likud governments, backed by military, technological prowess and removal of state ownership of enterprises that enabled the Jewish nation to flourish in the 21st Century. 

JP O’Malley in his Times of Israel review on July 7, 2016 gives us the tachlis (bottom line in Hebrew) of Viorst polemic: “the 40-year-old Jabotinsky resurgence is responsible for marginalizing peace talks, historian Milton Viorst claims in his newest book.”  O’Malley notes:

“The main theme of my book,” Viorst explains, “is how we — and I say we, because I regard myself as a Zionist — have gone from Herzl, who thought of a Jewish homeland, a refuge for a beleaguered people, to gradually over the decades becoming a military power where peace and security was thought about exclusively within a military framework.”

“Israel has really gone off on the wrong direction,” says Viorst.

In recent years, Viorst argues, though Israel has grown stronger as a nation and prospered, Zionism has become increasingly defined by military power.

 “Clearly,” Viorst explains, “peace has not in any scientific or biological way disappeared from the Jewish DNA. But peace sure as hell seems to have disappeared from [Jews’] cultural DNA.”

“This cultural shift to a more militant view of Zionism has not been as prominent with Jews in the United States,” Viorst maintains.

For more read:  “Seeing Begin as the End of Traditional Zionism, “Times of Israel:

Isaac in his Washington Free Beacon review, parts company with Viorst’s myopic view of Zionism, Jewish sovereignty and Israeli history:

  At the heart of this book is the assumption that Israel is wholly to blame for the conflict between Jews and Arabs.

Though himself a Jew, Viorst veers into racist-sounding rhetoric when he asks whether “the Jewish DNA contains immunity to peace.” Given Israel’s many attempts to achieve peace, the question isn’t whether Jews are immune to peace but whether they are immune to reality. Viorst clearly is. Otherwise he could not declare that Israel adheres to the “Begin doctrine,” a “diplomatic principle” that purportedly maintains that if a small state “offers concessions at a time of pressure, it only invites more pressure upon itself”

Isaac points out Viorst’s myopia:

Viorst examines the lives of eight Zionist leaders, from Herzl to Netanyahu, to answer his own question: “How did Zionism, over the course of a century, evolve from the idealism of providing refuge for beleaguered Jews to a rationalization for the army’s occupation of powerless Palestinians?” This question is based on a false premise. Israel’s purpose was and remains what Herzl set forth in The Jewish State: “We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and die peacefully in our own homes.” Zionism has not a glimmer of oppression in it, which explains the Jews’ many efforts to find a solution to the conflict. Those whom Viorst calls “powerless Palestinians” enjoy the support of all Muslim countries, as well as Europe, the U.N., and the world media. Many of them are determined to annihilate Israel, indoctrinating violence in their young people, who then go out and slaughter children in their sleep, gun down families on the road, and ax rabbis at prayer. Those who commit these crimes are hailed as martyrs, and their families are given stipends. When Palestinians hear of a successful attack against Israelis—or Americans for that matter, as on 9/11—they hand out candy to children. A far better question Viorst might have asked is: How is it that the Jews have managed to keep their humanity in the face of such inhumanity?

On the matter of clearing the misinformation on Jabotinsky’s legacy:

Viorst blames Zionism’s supposed moral descent to the rise of the Revisionist movement led by Vladimir Jabotinsky in the 1920s and ‘30s. “Revisionism thrives today, with an ideology that has grown only harsher since Jabotinsky’s time,” he writes. This is a bizarre statement: nobody is walking around Israel today calling himself a Revisionist. Revisionism was of a specific time and place, its name referring to the need to revise Zionist policy toward Britain during the period of the Mandate. The most one can say is that there are still followers of Jabotinsky, those who admire his highly original writings and warmth of character. Unlike David Ben-Gurion or Chaim Weizmann, Jabotinsky showed a sincere interest in the masses of Jewry.

Isaac points out Viorst’s historical errors:

The book is riddled with basic factual errors, large and small. In the latter category, Viorst describes Jabotinsky’s The Five as an “early novel” when in fact Jabotinsky wrote it five years before his death. Viorst repeats tales of old calumnies like that of Deir Yassin, an Arab village attacked by Irgun forces during the War of Independence. He describes it as a massacre of Arab women and children who put up little resistance, when in fact the Irgun suffered 41 casualties, as both residents and foreign fighters opened fire. He claims repeatedly that Betar, a youth group led by Jabotinsky, organized a demonstration at the Western Wall that provoked the 1929 Arab riots. Only it wasn’t a Betar protest. Even the British officer who negotiated with the protesters said they weren’t Betar members.

The list of errors goes on: Viorst states that the Haganah turned in members of the underground group Lehi to the British during the Saison, when in fact the Haganah turned in only Irgun members. (If Lehi members were captured, it was by accident.) He wrongly states that Jewish military units were formed too late to fight in World War II when, in fact, they fought the Germans in Italy. He asserts that America opened its arsenal to Israel in 1948 when it did the opposite, imposing an embargo on arms to the region. The embargo had no effect on the Arabs, who received weapons from the British, but had a profoundly detrimental effect on Israel.

Isaac concludes his review:

These exaggerations, errors, and smears grow out of Viorst’s seemingly pathological need to find fault with the Zionists for their every action, and indeed for the actions of others. This need goes so far that, when writing about Hamas bombardment of Israeli population centers with rockets, Viorst finds a way to point a finger at the Jews, saying that the rockets served “to remind Israel and the world that a million and a half Gazans could not tolerate living under the deplorable conditions that Israel imposed on them.”

Viorst dedicates his book to the late Rabbi Leonard Beerman (who also assailed Israel) “and the other peacemakers, the greatest of the Zionists.” Here one gets the sense that Viorst is paying tribute to himself. If you’re looking for a book riddled with errors written by a man whose assumptions are all wrong and who marinates in his own moral virtue, then Zionism by Milton Viorst should rise to the top of your summer reading list.

Kol hakavod to David Isaac for bringing a dose of reality to the dangerous myopia behind a bizarre history of  Zionism interpreted  by Milton Viorst

 

 

 

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Posted on 08/20/2016 5:16 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Saturday, 20 August 2016
Easy Meat in America: Muslim Immigrant Gets 4 Life Terms
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From Keloland News, h/t Creeping Sharia :

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Sioux Falls man authorities say ran a sex trafficking “house of horror” will now call prison home for the rest of his life. On Monday, Federal Judge Karen Schreier sentenced 45-year-old Mohammed Alaboudi to four life terms behind bars. He will serve those concurrently. Alaboudi took in teen girls and young women, gave them drugs and forced them into prostitution out of his one-bedroom apartment near McKennan Park.

Schreier essentially said this is the worst case of human sex trafficking she has seen because it involved more, “force and coercion,” than others. Four of Alaboudi’s victims who were repeatedly raped and tortured told their former captor how his actions have impacted them.

“They were treated, as Judge Schreier said today, in many cases, worse than a person would treat their own dog,” U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Brendan Johnson said.

And we know how Muslims treat dogs.

Federal prosecutors said Alaboudi preyed on, “vulnerable,” often homeless, young girls and women. He gave them a home, drugs and alcohol. Prosecutors said he often got them hooked on meth, and made them huff hairspray.

“He would bring in man after man after man into his home to have sex with these young girls and women. If they refused, they would be raped or they would be beaten,” Johnson said.

Victims called Alaboudi a “monster,” who would, “sit and laugh while the girls were raped.” One called their situation “hell.” Another victim hopes, “God decides to forgive him some day.”

Toward the end of the hearing, Alaboudi yelled at the judge and said he was innocent. He also called FBI agents and federal prosecutors liars.

“Mr. Alaboudi’s house of horror is closed.  Our mission as law enforcement is to make sure another one does not open its doors in the future,” Johnson said.

Until the immigration pipeline from Muslim countries is closed, expect more rape jihad.

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Posted on 08/20/2016 1:43 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 20 August 2016
ISIS Reaches Moscow in Axe Attack on Police
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From the UK Express
 
MOMENTS before a pair of Islamic extremists attacked police in Moscow with axes, they were filmed pledging allegiance to ISIS.

The Islamic State group released a video which purports to show the two attackers proudly boasting of their ties to the terror group.

The sick video, released by ISIS' own news agency, sees Uthman Mardalov and Salim Israilov pledging their loyalty before carrying out an attack on police with an axe.

The attack east of Moscow unfolded when the two young jihadists ran at traffic police and engaged in a violent battle which left the policemen injured and the two attackers dead.

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Posted on 08/20/2016 1:27 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 20 August 2016
German May Impose Partial Ban on Face Veils
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(CNN)

Germany could become the next European country to ban face veils under a proposal announced on Friday by officials in the ruling coalition.

The officials intend to have the face veils banned in public places where identification is required -- such as registry offices, schools, kindergartens and government offices -- saying that they did not fit in with Germany's society.
 
"Full-face veils, as mentioned, we reject this. Not just the burka, any full-face veils that only shows eyes of a person," said Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere at a press conference held by members of the Christian Democratic Union and their allied Christian Social Union, which govern in a coalition.
 
"It does not fit into our society for us, for our communication, for our cohesion in the society.... This is why we demand you show your face."
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Posted on 08/20/2016 7:22 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 20 August 2016
The West vs Islam Is The New Cold War — Here’s How We Win
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Allum Bokhari & Milo Yiannopoulos have an interesting article in Breitbart which refers to the Islamization of Indonesia as a cautionary tale.
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Posted on 08/20/2016 5:50 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 20 August 2016
Americans of Middle Eastern Descent Weigh in on Trump's Foreign Policy Speech of 8/15
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Posted on 08/20/2016 5:23 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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