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Sunday, 19 April 2015
Execution Of Ethiopian Christians In Libya, And Threats To Destroy Christians, Their Rites And Sites, Everywhere
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In Italian, here.
 

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Posted on 04/19/2015 9:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 19 April 2015
New ISIS Video Shows Another Mass Execution of Christians and Enforcement of the Dhimma
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The speaker duirng the killing of the Ethiopean Christians has an American accent. From Heavy:

The Islamic State has a released a new video allegedly [why allegedly?] showing the mass execution and beheading of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The 29-minute video was released on Sunday, April 19 by ISIS’ Al-Furqan media arm and purports to show Islamic State affiliates in the eastern Libya province known as Barka Province and the southern Fazzan Province.

The video begins with a long introduction of a rant against Christendom, but the gore begins at around 25-minutes where a pistol brandishing jihadists claims that Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran known as Jizya.

First a line of alleged Ethiopian Christians are lined up and shot in the back of the head. After that, the scene cuts to a beach where another group reportedly Ethiopian Christians are beheaded in much a similar way to the February beheadings of the Coptic Christians.

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Posted on 04/19/2015 7:42 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 19 April 2015
The Iranian Parliament’s "Fact Sheet"
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The Lausanne framework deal, so celebrated by the Obama Administration as the breakthrough in efforts to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weaponry, has unfortunately turned out to be another excuse to keep talking beyond the already breached deadline of March the 31st, with the Obama Administration seeming to spin the deal  with assertions that exceeded that of both European and Iranian statements of the time.

On the 15th April, the Iranian Parliament released an alternate “factsheet” that clarifies their stance yet further, suggesting any deal with Iran would be unenforceable. Notably it halves the supposed ten-year breakout for their nuclear programme, and demands claims that they expect to utilise double the number of centrifuges. After the five-year deal, the statement envisages a scenario where nuclear enrichment greatly exceeds requirements for domestic nuclear fuel needs. From the semi-official Iranian Fars news-agency:

“The factsheet which was presented by Head of the Nuclear Committee Ebrahim Karkhaneyee on Wednesday stresses the necessity for respecting the redlines and guidelines specified by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, making Iran's decisions and undertakings reversible to enable the country to resume its nuclear operations in case of the other side's non-commitment to its undertakings, and immediate termination of all sanctions in a single step and on the first day of the implementation of the final agreement.[…]

The factsheet urges operation of 10,000 centrifuge machines at Natanz and Fordo, a maximum 5-year-long duration for the deal and for Iran's nuclear limitations, replacement of the current centrifuges with the latest generation of home-made centrifuge machines at the end of the five-year period.

The period for the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) should be limited to five years, in which about 10,000 active centrifuges operating at Natanz and Fordo now will continue nuclear fuel production by enriching uranium  below the 5% grade. […]

During the five-year period, the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to keep the excess centrifuges installed at Natanz and Fordo or will gradually dismantle them, and at the end of the 5-year period, it will replace all the existing centrifuges, including the active or inactive ones, with the new generation of (IR-N) centrifuge machines with the help of the new spaces and infrastructures which will have been already prepared and will use them without any limitation.”

Iran’s nuclear facility at Fordo, believed to have a military dimension, will not only continue operation, but they reserve the right to enrich to 20% purity, leaving a three to six month period to enrich to 90%.

“Fordo nuclear facility will remain an enrichment and nuclear Research and Development (R&D) center. 4 enrichment cascades with 656 centrifuges will continue operation and production of fuel for purity levels lower than 5% by maintaining the current chain arrangements.

If the country would need 20%-degree (enriched) uranium, the nuclear fuel production line for purity levels lower than 5% will be altered to enrich uranium to the 20%-grade after connecting the centrifuge cascades to each other again.

Based on the above, Fordo will remain an actual and active center, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will maintain its capability to reverse its decision and restore the 20%-grade enrichment. […]

In a bid to use R&D findings in the country's industrial-scale enrichment chain, R&D should be planned in a way that the necessary possibilities and infrastructures will be provided for replacing the first generation of centrifuges with the latest generation of centrifuge machines (IR-N) when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action comes to an end after 5 years.”

Reluctance to redevelop the Arak heavy water reactor, believed to be developing Plutonium material:

“Given the SNF export abroad, the insistence of the G5+1, specially the US, on redesigning the said reactor is merely a pretext and doesn’t have any scientific rationale.

What is more important than the heavy water nature of Arak reactor is the core of the reactor which is due to be taken out and then be redesigned and renovated. Such a move is irreversible in nature, and thus means crossing the specified redlines.”

Limiting access to inspectors, which makes it impossible to verify that Iran is not developing a covert nuclear programme,

“the principle stated by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution - that security and military sanctities and boundaries shouldn’t be violated and that the inspections should be carried out at conventional levels similar to all other countries - will be respected and materialized. Given the Islamic Republic of Iran's opposition to the world arrogance, endorsing and implementing the Additional Protocol will provide the world arrogance (a term normally used for the US and its western allies) with legal grounds to stage their preplanned plots against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Iran repeatedly failed to respect the conditions established with their acceptance of NPT, ratified in 1970. They continually prevented IAEA access to certain sites. Former IAEA deputy director Olli Heinonen warned that access has to be unrestricted to determine whether or not Iran is abiding by its commitments. Iran’s stance echoes Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s recent assertions:

“The United States and its Western allies say it is vital that Iran fully cooperate with a U.N. > International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) investigation into past nuclear activities that could be related to making weapons.

Iran for its part has said that "possible military dimensions" (PMD) are an issue it will not budge on.

"PMD is out of the question. It cannot be discussed," an Iranian official said. This issue has not been resolved.

Khamenei ruled out any "extraordinary supervision measures" over Iran's nuclear activities.

"Iran's military sites cannot be inspected under the excuse of nuclear supervision," he said.

Iran’s intense reluctance to allow investigation of their supposedly peaceable past activity is confirmation (if any was needed) that Iran was/is developing a military nuclear programme.

The fact-sheet issued by the Iranian parliament was issued as a refutation of the claims made by the Obama Administration, with respect to the terms agreed in the framework deal:

“The Iranian Parliament factsheet for a revision to the Lausanne agreement came after the US released a factsheet different from the joint statement issued by Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and head of the G5+1 in nuclear talks with Iran, at the end of the latest round of Iran-world powers nuclear talks in Switzerland on April 2, known as the Lausanne statement.

The US factsheet that was released only a few hours after the Lausanne framework understanding caused fury in Iran, encouraging many to raise deep doubt about the results of the talks and US accountability and trustworthiness.”

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Posted on 04/19/2015 6:27 AM by Robert Harris
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Sunday, 19 April 2015
'Not Ordinary Yorkshire Lads as we know them Jim'
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According to an article in the Guardian, two 'ordinary Yorkshire lads' went on holiday to Turkey, from whence they travelled on to Syria, presumably to join ISIS. Their names were Hassan Munshi and Talha Asmal. What is ordinary in Yorkshire has evidently changed out of all recognition in my lifetime. In my day, ordinary Yorkshire lads didn't go to Turkey, let alone to Syria, no doubt to the benefit of both.
 
The elder brother of one of the ordinary Yorkshire lads, Hassan Munshi, was another ordinary Yorkshire lad called Hammad, who, as it happened, was the youngest person ever to be convicted of terrorism in Britain. Apparently he conspired to murder non-Muslims: and you can't get more ordinary than that.
 
The use of the term 'ordinary Yorkshire lads' put me in mind of a mother whom I once heard on the wireless describe her 16 year-old son, just convicted for his 250th burglary, as 'a good boy really.' She must have been using the words in a severely technical sense. The real boy, as against the merely apparent boy, wouldn't harm a fly, and actually had a very strong sense of meum and tuum
 
According the parents of the two ordinary lads, Hassan and Talha had promising futures. But terrorism is supposed to be the inevitable product of an unjust world, of lives so desperate, impoverished and blighted by injustice that there is no future for them, isn't it? Obviously the parents have not been reading the Guardian attentively; they have let the side down by their ill-judged statement.
 
It was a relief, however, to know that the police were carrying out their main duties promptly and assiduously: 'West Yorkshire police said they had been supporting the missing teenagers' families…' Only then did we learn that they were performing their auxiliary duties such as 'carrying out extensive enquiries alongside the north-east counter-terrorism unit.'   
 
The main function of the police nowadays is to express their sympathy for the victims of the crimes they know they are not going to solve. As they put it, 'Our thoughts today are with…' Police spokesmen, or persons, sound like Church of England clergymen without the upper-middle class diction. They are particularly moved by senseless murder, sensible murder moving them to much less compassion; and of course there are the robberies or burglaries that go tragically wrong and end in the deaths of the persons who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. My advice to readers is always to be in the right place at the right time. 
 
First published in Salisbury Review.
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Posted on 04/19/2015 5:01 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 19 April 2015
That Uninsurable Jewish Kindergarten In Belgium -- And What It Means
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Posted on 04/19/2015 4:50 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 18 April 2015
‘Trojan horse’ school pupils fear for jobs
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From The Times. I think the poster in the picture says more than the article. If that is the parents and/or teachers reaction to what was uncovered then employers would be wise to be wary. 

Imran Awan yesterday told an audience in Birmingham that the city’s Muslims had been left “feeling like a suspect community fearful for their children’s future”.

The Birmingham City University academic, who has published a study detailing the impact of the Trojan horse inquiry, quoted one child saying: “I’m really worried now, because if I apply for a job then someone is going to look at my CV and think he must be a terrorist because of how the media has portrayed this. . . A teacher at the one of the implicated schools told me: the biggest losers here are the poor children who are going to be labelled as extremists and terrorists.” 

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Posted on 04/18/2015 12:40 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 18 April 2015
Stickers encouraging people not to vote because 'democracy violates the right of Allah' put up in Cardiff
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From Wales on Line

Stickers have been put up in the Grangetown area of Cardiff

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Posted on 04/18/2015 12:09 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 18 April 2015
Pray to Allah or drown, Muslims ordered Christians
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The Times has some more details of the drowning of the Christian migrants heading to Italy by the Muslims also in the illegal trafficing boat. The boat started to deflate so one of the Christians, a boy from Nigeria started to pray. Muslim Nigerians started to criticise him. 

'They told him that they would throw him overboard if he didn’t stop praying to God,” he said, according to La Repubblica. The aggressors added: "Here we pray only to Allah." They started shouting, two pushed the lad and he fell in the sea and drowned.' The Muslims then “went mad”, shouting “Allah is great” and began to attack migrants who had tried to defend the boy, it was alleged.

As a total of 12 migrants were thrown overboard, other Christians formed a human chain and resisted the attackers by clinging to the dinghy. . . Police in Italy arrested 15 suspects, including Ousmane Camara, 21, from the Ivory Coast, who was identified by a wound to his big toe received when a migrant he threw overboard bit him.

There are also details of another boat that landed in Italy that contained migrants who had been badly burned when a gas canister exploded in the warehouse where they had been held prior to embarkation. The survivors were just thrown on the boat two or three days later with no treatment. One woman died on the boat, others suffered from the effects of sun and salt on their burns.

 Carlotta Sami, a spokeswoman for the UN said “I have never before seen cruelty like this,” 

The UN said that 23,500 migrants had sailed to Italy this year, in addition to 12,000 who had sailed to Greece, with 950 drowning. 

That's a small town already, and it's only April. How can it be stopped?

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Posted on 04/18/2015 10:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 18 April 2015
Building National Monuments in Canada
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One of the instances of a great nation is impressive and tasteful monuments. They may be understated, as in London, where they are rarely larger than a nine-feet tall statue of a statesman or monarch, and include foreigners and former enemies (Washington, South African leader Jan Smuts, de Gaulle, and four other U.S. presidents). They may be either very large, quite large, or comparatively small, as in Paris (respectively, the Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon’s column, and statues of domestic and foreign statesmen: de Gaulle, Clemenceau, Washington, Churchill). And they may mix the ancient and modern, the classical and baroque, as in Rome (the Coliseum and the Victor Emmanuel).

The finest monuments of any city in the world are in Washington. They include four mighty and world-renowned presidential memorials (Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt), plus countless imaginatively cast and located statues of statesmen and military commanders. What does not work so well are over-sized monuments to officials insufficiently distinguished to deserve them, as in Barcelona, or exaggeratedly heroic and bellicose monuments erected by and to rather peaceable people, as in the hypertrophic and rampant equestrian effigies of soldiers and monarchs of the Holy Roman Empire in Vienna, of whom only Prince Eugene and the Archduke Charles are entitled to any such lionization.

Canada is, naturally, a late-comer to this sort of thing, and, just as naturally, tends to be rather under-stated. There are some good and unpretentious statues of the founders of French Canada in Quebec City and in Montreal, and the statues of the leading parliamentarians of French and English Canada around Parliament Hill, Queen’s Park, and the National Assembly (including that of Maurice Duplessis, which languished for 17 years in the basement of the provincial police building in Montreal before René Lévesque finally unveiled it), are solid and appropriate, if a little unexciting.

Where Canada did outdo itself was in the magnificent memorial to the Canadian Corp’s successful efforts at Vimy, France, in 1917. That was the first time the Canadian army had fought as a unit, rather than being dispersed as needed among British units in the South African or First World wars, and it succeeded splendidly with innovative tactics and conspicuous bravery, where allies had not. As the centennial of that action and the sesquicentennial of Canada approach in 2017, there is a great and commendable effort to focus on the importance of Vimy, and it was a seminal victory on the Western Front and a milestone in the advance of Canada toward full recognition as an autonomous power.

 

We must maintain perspective: Canada had four divisions out of an ultimate Allied total of 300 in France and Belgium in 1918, but they were such daring troops and the contest was so desperately close, they made a difference, and were suitably honoured at the scene of their greatest contribution. There is also a fine and subtle memorial to Canada’s contribution to both world wars in Green Park, near Buckingham Palace, where water flows over bronze maple leaves, which it was my privilege, with my friend Galen Weston, to help to create. (We were vitally and graciously assisted by the Queen and Queen Mother, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and others.)<

The contributions of the late Harry Jackman — to moving the formidable equestrian statue of King Edward VII from India to Queen’s Park, to the memorials to Canada’s original Flying Corps on University Avenue in Toronto, and to the statue of Winston Churchill in front of the Toronto city hall — have been under-recognized. There are now signs that Canada is moving beyond the discreet recognition phase in monuments within the country, and although current instances of this are fiercely contested in some circles, I believe they should be encouraged. The current projects that are controversial are the proposed statue to “Mother Canada” on Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail, and the planned memorial to the victims of communism between the National Library and the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. As always happens when artistic projects are in dispute, a tremendous volume of fatuous argument magnifies legitimate concerns.

I understand the concerns of Cape Bretoners regarding Mother Canada, 100 feet high and directly facing the Vimy Memorial, whose “Canada Bereft” it to some extent replicates. Some local residents fear it will be a spoliation of a national park that preserves the magnificently rugged Atlantic coastline of the cape. With the utmost respect, I believe it will highlight that park and detract nothing from it. Canada has spent 400 years in often rather forced recognition of its status as the offspring of other nationalities and this fine project confers the well-earned distinction of maternity on this country, in respect of its glorious veterans of foreign wars that threatened civilization but not directly our country, and to which huge numbers of Canadians volunteered their service, and tens of thousands gave their lives

The proposed surrounding attractions, the “We See Thee Rise Observation Deck,” the “Commemorative Ring of True Patriot Love,” and “With Glowing Hearts National Sanctuary,” are so formulaic they raise questions of taste, but the idea and the main statue are splendid, and if the statue is built, it will eventually inspire the whole country with the notion of a mighty and graceful welcoming maternal effigy, to some extent comparable to the Statue of Liberty, one of the world’s most successful monuments. Completely absurd arguments, as well as legitimate concerns about changing the character of the immediate area, have been trotted out, such as that the landward view will be of Mother’s behind. All statues, including those of people on horseback, offer a hind-perspective, and if this statue is sculpted properly, as published designs assure it will be, that will not be an unpleasing prospect.

In the other raging controversy,  the monument to the victims of communism has been attacked for ideological, design, and location reasons. Canada could claim to be the starting place of the Cold War, only a few blocks from the proposed site of this monument, with the defection of Soviet embassy intelligence clerk Igor Gouzenko, handing over voluminous documents to prove the extent of Soviet espionage in the West. Prime Minister Mackenzie King was so startled by these revelations, he took them personally to show to U.S. president Harry Truman and British prime minister Clement Attlee in 1945. Canada was a co-founder of the Western Alliance and played an important role in the Open Skies Conference in Ottawa in 1990 that was transformed into the forum of agreement on the reunification of Germany, the conclusive end to the Cold War, bloodlessly and satisfactorily. Again there have been spurious complaints about the brutalistic design, as if a memorial to the massacres of millions of innocents by Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, Kim Il-sung, and others should be festooned with angels, cherubs and sylphs.

In a particularly inane outburst, a columnist in The Globe and Mail called the monument a “looming disaster” and added that the millions of victims of communism comprise a number that “pales, surely, in comparison with the victims of capitalism.” The occasions when capitalists systematically murdered the hundred million or so victims the communist leaders managed in the action-packed 20th century are not specified. Newspaper accounts of the value of the parcel of land range from $1 million to $30 million, and the theme is criticized as being external to Canada (so were the world wars), and inappropriate to the vicinity of the Supreme Court, toiling nobly in pursuit of condign justice (a flattering caricature of its current vocation). There could not be a better location, and the prime minister, together with Jason Kenney, John Baird, and in the Cape Breton project, Peter MacKay, have persevered commendably

Almost all monuments are opposed before they are unveiled. Let’s build them.

First publihsed in the National Post.

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Posted on 04/18/2015 8:30 AM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 18 April 2015
I Sing of Arms and Iran
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Casey Stengel, sometimes reputed as the greatest 20th-century American philosopher, is reported to have asked a simple but critical question: “Can’t anybody here play this game?”  He was apparently referring not to the Obama administration’s Middle East policy, but to the ineffectiveness and hapless performance of the New York Mets, the team he was managing.

President Barack Obama stated in an interview in Vox on January 23, 2015 that the goal of any good foreign policy “is having a vision and aspirations and ideals, but also recognizing the world as it is, where it is, and figuring out how you tack to the point where things are better than they were before.”

It is obvious that the United States does not have solutions to every problem in the 21st century.  However, the urgent issue at the moment is whether Obama is accurately recognizing the state of relations of the United States and its five allies with Iran, and the likelihood of successful negotiations between the parties.

The dramatic decision on April 13, 2015 by Russian President Vladimir V. Putin to deliver to Iran the S-300, the most advanced air defense missile system, believed to be the Russian version of the U.S. Patriot missile system, has come as an unwelcome surprise to the White House.  Putin’s action is a direct confrontational challenge to the U.S. and to the international concern to limit Iran’s nuclear program.  The missile system, which has different versions with different capabilities, is intended to protect the country against rockets, missiles, and aircraft.

This arms sale, in addition to being a very public projection of Russian power and disregard for the views of the United States administration, is also likely to be the forerunner of business deals, including arms supplies, between other countries and Iran.  Putin’s decision comes at a moment when President Obama has said he would sign a compromise bill giving Congress the opportunity to review and respond to the final text of the multinational negotiations between the P5+1 powers and Iran on the latter’s nuclear facilities.  Thus, the U.S. Senate will vote on legislation to approve any agreement with Iran.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that the delivery of the advanced weaponry was being made “given the progress in talks on Iran’s nuclear program.”  This statement suggests that the arms deal is the direct result of the legitimacy Iran has obtained from the publication of two documents on April 2, 2015.  One is a document that the U.S. State Department has called “The Framework Agreement.”  The other is a declaration issued by the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif.  To this date there is a contradiction between the documents and declared intentions.

The position of U.S. Secretary State John Kerry is that there will be a phased removal of sanctions imposed against Iran after an agreement has been reached.  In contradiction, the Iranian leaders – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and foreign minister Zarif – have all demanded that all sanctions, economic and financial, imposed on Iran be lifted on the day of a final agreement, and that there will not be an agreement if this removal of sanctions is not accomplished.  They have specified that this position is non-negotiable.

In addition, the Iranian leaders insist that Iranian military sites will be off limits to inspectors.  Already it is clear that the lifting of sanctions, demanded by the Iranian leaders, will not only help the Iranian economy in general, but also provide financial resources to strengthen its military machine and sponsorship of terrorism.

The possession of the S-300 weapon system by Iran will clearly have at least two consequences.  First, it is likely to make Iran a more aggressive power.  It will make any air strike by Israel or the United States against an Iranian defense system more difficult, if not impossible.  Second, in the event of no agreement on Iran’s nuclear activity, the use of military force to halt further development may not be feasible.

The arms deal, worth $800 million, was first signed in 2007, but the sale was suspended, partly because of international pressure from the United States and Israel and partly because of the embargo on arms transfers to Iran imposed by the U.N. Security Council in 2010.  Though that embargo is technically still in effect, the Russians will now deliver S-300 missile system, five squadrons, with missiles that have a range of 93 miles and can fire at multiple targets flying up to 90,000 feet.  Russia has offered Iran an even more advanced system, but no agreement has been reached.  Russia is also negotiating a $20-billion oil-for-goods agreement with Iran.

The missiles clearly pose a threat to the State of Israel, especially if they are given by Iran to Hezb’allah, Hamas, or Syrian president Assad.  All three, as well as Iran, are capable of striking deep inside the State of Israel.  Hamas has already been receiving from Iran heavy machinery and engineering tools that it has been rapidly using to reconstruct tunnels that will allow attacks from the Gaza Strip into Israel, as well as supplying an arsenal of rockets with which to make those attacks. Iran has also been arming members of Hamas who are resident in the West Bank.

The specious answer by the Russian president and foreign minister to criticism of its action is that the S-300 system has only defense capabilities, that it is not designed for attacks, and that it does not pose a threat to the security of any country in the Middle East, including Israel.  The arms sale, the foreign minister said, will stimulate a constructive process of the talks on Iran’s nuclear program.  What was left unsaid by Lavrov, whose cynical humor is not always fully understood by Western interlocutors, is that if the negotiations fail, Iran will resume its nuclear program and also have the advanced S-300 system.

Once again, the resurgent Russian nationalism of President Putin has manifested in an aggressive policy to exert power and influence through military actions not only in Eastern Ukraine, in Crimea, and in the Donbas region, but also elsewhere in the world, including the Middle East.  Control of Crimea, allowing expansion of its Black Sea fleet, provides Russia with a platform for its projection of power, as a forward operating base with mobile ballistic missile systems, capable of air defense and surface attack.

General Philip Breedlove, NATO supreme allied commander, on February 25, 2015 called for the United States and its allies to respond to Russia’s offensive campaign, diplomatically and economically if not militarily.  These countries must also counter, by similar means and the effective use of informational tools, the danger of an Iran being armed with advanced weapons.  Finally, they must recognize the fallacy of removing sanctions imposed on Iran.

First published in the American Thinker.

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Posted on 04/18/2015 8:07 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 18 April 2015
On Wednesday 15th April It was Yom Ha-Shoah
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I think it appropriate, even if a couple of days late, to do something to remember those who were murdered, and those who survived.

First, though, I would like to tell a story.  Years ago, in a bookshop, browsing at random through the shelves, as one does, I picked up and read a paperback that told the tale of some who had passed through that pit of deep darkness that was the Holocaust, the Shoah.  I cannot remember the name of the book. But I have always remembered one of the stories.  It was about a survivor: a woman, who had passed through the dark place, the habitation of cruelty, that was Ravensbrueck.  I can't recall her name. But I remember what she did.  Years after the war - how long after, I don't know - she went back to the ruins of the camp, and she went into the ruins of one of the gas chambers, or one of the ovens, and there in that epicentre of evil she sat down, and took out her siddur, the Jewish prayer book.  She opened it to the beginning of the Tehillim, the Psalms; and then she began to read. She read them aloud, all of them, from the first - "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly..." - all the way through the last, the great shout of joy and praise that is Psalm 150.  

Can you imagine her? Can you see her, hear her voice?  

Now, let us take up the book, and say Tehillim.

We shall begin with Psalm 23, adonai el-roi, The Lord is my Shepherd, as set by Leonard Bernstein in the Chichester Psalms. In counterpoint to the soloist the choir sings verses from Psalm 2, "Why do the heathen rage?"  Unfortunately, the clip I would have liked to share - Daniel Reich in Jerusalem in 2008 - cannot be embedded; however, if you go to youtube and google 'Daniel Reich' "Psalm 23" "Chichester Psalms" you should find it, and when you hear it you will know why it was my first choice.  

So, here is a very different version: Leonard Bernstein conducting - irony of ironies - a Polish soloist in Warsaw in 1989.

 

 

And now let us hear a meditation upon part of Psalm 42: Kir ahal ta'arog - "As pants the hart for flowing streams...". Sung by Brooklyn rabbi Moshe Hecht.

 

Psalm 121, sung by Yosef Karduner - Shir La ma'a'lot. "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills; from whence cometh my help? My help cometh from the LORD who made heaven and earth...".

 

 

Psalm 130: "Out of the depths have I cried unto thee,O LORD: Lord, hear my voice...".  Sung in Hebrew by Haim Israel.  

 

And, finally, Psalm 150.  Yes, Psalm 150.  If she, that survivor of Ravensbrueck, could find the voice to say that great shout of praise, there, in the ruins of the gas chamber, we also must find the courage to say it with her.  "Praise ye the LORD.  Praise God in his sanctuary. Praise Him in the firmament of His power.  Praise him with the sound of the trumpet...[that is, the shofar, the ram's horn.]...".  This particular version, like all the others I have chosen for today, is in Hebrew, sung by one Yitzchak Fuchs.

 

 

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Posted on 04/18/2015 4:54 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 18 April 2015
Melbourne, Australia: Muslims Arrested Over Alleged Anzac Day Jihad Mass Murder Plot Inspired by Islamic State
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Our reliably-Islamophile ABC has, of late, been trying hard to represent Australia-resident Muslims as poor little persecuted victims of the mean and nasty and, of course, ignorant and stupid Australian Infidel Islamophobes who just don't understand the sheer wonderfulness and peacefulness of Islam...and then they find themselves having to report something like this.  A Muslim plot to attack Australians on the One Day of the Year.  Breaking news. 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-18/five-arrested-in-melbourne-after-a-joint-terrorism-operation/6402810

"Men (sic: they are Muslims, and if they were not Muslims they would not have been hatching a plot to kill non-Muslim Australians, specifically, non-Muslim Aussie policemen - CM) Over Alleged "ISIS-Inspired" Anzac Day Terrorist Plot".

"Counter-terrorism police have alleged that two fo the five men they arrested in an operation in Melbourne this morning were planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on an Anzac Day ceremony.

Of course.  Lots of people gathering together in close proximity ...and in the dark, just before dawn, when it would be easy to infiltrate without being seen.  RSL and all law enforcement and military - and ordinary Aussie citizens, those who like myself are aware of the nature and goals of Islam - take note. Be on your guard at all those dawn ceremonies, each and every one of them, all over Australia. - CM

'Sevdet Besim, 18, of Hallam, has been charged with conspiring to commit a terrorist act, and appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

"He did not apply for bail, and was remanded in custody until next Friday.

'However the defence told the court Besim would apply for bail at a later date.

'A second man, 18, from Hampton Park, was also arrested on terrorism-related offences this morning during a major joint counter-terrorism team operation.

'A third man was arrested for weapons offences, and two other men were in custody assisting police with their inquiries, after seven search warrants were executed.

I wonder what mosque/s these young Muslim males of military age - and/ or their families - attended?  The mosques will, of course, claim to know nothing about them or the plot. The AFP and the Melbourne Police and ASIO would be well advised to surprise-search such mosques, once identified, as swiftly as possible; and all associated premises.  And they should not take at face value any claims, by the family and friends and mosque bosses, that this plot is a total surprise and everyone is shocked! shocked! - CM

'Three of the five men arrested were injured in the operation.

'One suffered a head wound and another resisted arrest.

'Capsicum spray was used to subdue the man.

Cries of "police brutality!" and "Islamophobia!" and "Racism!" and "torture!" and "persecution!" and "We wuz fwamed!" in 3...2...1...? - CM

'The Australian Federal Police said that they believed the two 18 year olds were plotting an attack to take place on Anzac Day.

Of course.  All Infidel high days and holidays, whether religious or secular, are routinely targeted by Muslims, since they represent non-Islamic belief systems and non-sharia-compliant systems of government. I am not surprised that jihad-minded Muslims in Australia would select Anzac Day as a time on which to attack the Infidels. - CM

'Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said it was believed the attacks were to have involved the use of "edged knives".

Is there such a thing as a non-edged knife?   But I get the picture.  A mass stabbing amidst an Anzac Day crowd in the pre-dawn darkness?  A seize-and-behead? - CM

"It is alleged both men were undertaking preparations for a terrorist attack at an Anzac Day activity in Melbourne, which included targeting police officers", he said.

'AFP Acting Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan described the plot as being inspired by Islamic State (IS).

"At this stage we have no information that it was a planned beheading. But there was reference to an attack on police", he told a news conference in Melbourne.

"Some evidence that was collected at a couple of the scenes and some other information we have leads us to believe that this particular matter was ISIS-inspired."

And Islamic State is Muslim to its bootstraps, scrupulously obeying the instructions laid down in the Quran and Sira and Hadith, the sacralised example of the deeds and words of Mohammed and his 'Companions'.  Which example includes the carrying-out of multiple beheadings. - CM

'This morning's operation involved 200 police officers (200 officers in order to arrest five Mohammedan mobsters. Perfectly sensible.  I observe that when push comes to shove, Australian law enforcement appears to have discovered that when arresting Mohammedans and / or attempting to execute search warrants on Mohammedan premises, it is best to deploy overwhelming force from the get-go, so as to deter the formation of the usual Mohammedan insta-mob. - CM) and was the culmination of Operation Rising.

'The ABC understands that a number of the arrested men attended the Al Furqan Islamic study centre in South Springvale and were associates of Abdul Numan Haider, who also attended the centre.

'Haider was shot and killed by counter-terrorism police in September last year.

'AFP Acting Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan said members of the community should not feel anxious.

"At this stage we're comfortable that we have this threat fully contained", he said.

Until the next plot happens, and the next and the next and the next..more and more of them, happening faster and faster, as the Ummah colonies in Australia grow in numbers and in perceived and actual strength.- CM

"[Members of the public] should feel reassurance as a result of the operations."

But it would be a good idea to be very much alert and aware when preparing for and/ or attending one's local Anzac Day celebration; especially the Dawn Services.  I will be going to the Dawn Service in my suburb. And I will keeping a sharp lookout.  I will be talking to a couple of RSL kinsmen who are involved with planning Anzac Day events, and encouraging them to put all able-bodied participating Old Soldiers, and local police, on high alert.  One hopes an Australia-wide warning has gone out; but I'm not going to take that for granted. - CM

'Resident said raid was a 'shock'.

People, if you have visibly-identifiable Muslims resident in your suburb, this sort of thing should not be a 'shock' at all. Got Muslims? - Got Jihad. Sooner or later. Guaranteed. - CM

'Searches are continuing at several addresses in the south-eastern metropolitan area and investigations are ongoing.

'David Johnston lives near one of the houses raided in Hallam and said he was on good terms with the residents.

Mate: ever heard of a Hadith that says, "We smile at some people, though our hearts hate them?"  Or the other Hadith in which Mohammed says, "War is deceit"??  You need to read up about taqiyya, kitman, muruna, tawriyya, the myriad methods of Muslim deceit vis a vis the filthy unbelievers who must never, never be befriended except temporarily and feigningly, for Muslim advantage. - CM

"It just frightens you because you don't know what's happening", he said. "It's just a shock.  You wouldn't think it would happen in your street".

If there are Muslims in your street, then it can happen and it does happen and it will happen.  You shouldn't be shocked at all.  Worried and frightened, yes. Shocked, no. And after worry and fright, the next step should be a search for information: look up Mark Durie's books, for starters, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.  Once informed, you may then proceed to feel a wholly rational anger, and you may then begin to take action, such as warning your neighbours, and writing pointed letters to all those politicians who are blithely importing more and more and more actually-or-potentially-deadly Muslims into our country, demanding that the importation be stopped. At once. - CM

'Federal Government Minister Mathias Cormann has told Sky [news] that it was a concerning development.

"It's obviously a matter of concern that we face this kind of threat in our community", he said.

"It's good to know that our counterterrorism agencies are working to keep us safe."

But how about the Department of Immigration start thinking about stopping all further entry of Muslims into Australia? The ones we've already got are producing plot after plot after plot, and sooner or later the AFP and ASIO - unable to keep up with all those proliferating plots - will slip up, and then there will be mass casualties as at the bombing of the Boston marathon, or a gory beheading video featuring some random Australian infidel. - CM

'Prime Minister Tony Abbott is urging Australians not to allow the terror threats to deter them from attending Anzac Day commemorations.

'He said Australians should attend next weekend's ceremonies in the "largest possible numbers".

I've another suggestion. Every single Old Soldier attending those ceremonies who is still able-bodied enough to tote a weapon and clear-sighted enough to fire it, should be permitted to carry a loaded weapon, visibly. Every soldier guarding every cenotaph should be armed.  Every present-day member of the Australian Defence Forces who will be marching in any march in any city, this Anzac Day, should be carrying his weapon - ready to use it if necessary.  The rest of us will understand; and we should be told that if anything, anything at all untoward starts to happen, we must hit the deck so as to give our military and police a clean field of fire.  And, personally, I'd have our Afghanistan-veteran and our Special Forces snipers stationed on top of every public building along the parade routes. - CM

"The best thing you can do in the face of those who would do us harm is to live your life normally", he said.

"The best sign of defiance we can give to those who would do us harm is to go about a normal, peaceful, free and fair Australian life."

'AFP Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said police were able to act more quickly because of recent laws giving them more power.

"We are extremely confident that this particular cell [that] we've now wrapped a plan around them and we believe we've stopped these particular plots", he said.

Sure. But what of the next plot and the next and the next and the next?  There are a lot more Muslims in Australia, and there will be other plots. The more Muslims, the more plots.  Are you sure you can detect and track them all? - CM

'Opposition leader Bill Shorten said Labor supported the country's national security agencies and when it came to keeping people safe, "We are all in this together".

That 'we', my dear sir, however, does not in fact include the Muslims. Because the Ummah is the sea in which the jihadis swim and from which, ceaselessly, they emerge. 

Now, cue the dhimmi Victorian Premier, parroting the NothingtodowithIslam mantra. - CM

'Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the alleged terrorist plot was "simply evil, plain and simple."

Evil, yes. Also, an act of war, motivated by the Religion of Blood and War, Islam. - CM

'He said Victorians needed to take these threats seriously, but never be "defined by them".

What on earth does he mean by that? - CM

"These people arrested today are not people of faith, they don't represent any culture", he said.

Nonsense. They are Muslims, obeying the Jihad imperative that is hard-wired into all the canonical texts of Islam, Religion of Blood and War, Religion of Ritual Murder; that is manifest in the canonical Life of Mohammed, and of his Companions, and of the Four so-called "Rightly Guided" Caliphs who created an Empire by means of ceaseless warfare attended by horrific atrocities of every kind.  Daniel Andrews needs to read the books of Mark Durie; he needs to hear the warning of Tina Magaard, Danish scholar at the Sorbonne, who found Islam to be uniquely violent among the world's major religions, its texts saturated with calls to violence against non-adherents. - CM

"This is not an issue of how you pray or where you were born. This is not about those issues."

Sure, it's not about where someone was born. It does, however, matter how someone prays; it matters what kind of god someone believes in, and what kinds of prayers they pray to their god.  Many of the 'prayers' of Islam are "cursing" prayers, both dehumanising and wishing evil upon the despised infidels.  Ex-Muslim Nonie Darwish has described hearing such cursing of the Infidels regularly and often as she was growing up in an Islamic country.  Cursing the infidels and wishing ill upon them was normal. - CM

"Together with Victoria Police, Commonwealth law enforcement and Intelligence agencies, the Victorian Government continues to take reasonable and necessary steps to keep every Victorian safe."

No you are not.  Demanding that the Federal Government put a complete stop to all further entry of Muslims into Australia would be reasonable and necessary and you're not doing it.  Refusing to permit any further building of mosques and of Islamic schools would be reasonable and necessary; you're not doing it. Ending all further accommodation with and appeasement of Islam and Muslims within Australia would be reasonable and necessary, and you're not doing it. - CM

'Victoria Police Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright assured the community that the force would take "additional steps" to keep the community safe on Anzac Day.

"There will be a greatly increased visible police presence", he said. "There is a significant increase in police numbers over the major events that are coming up over this week, particularly over the Anzac Day weekend."

"We are not restricting our planning and thoughts to Melbourne. We are looking at Anzac Day events around Victoria, strengthening our events there."

'The national terrorism alert level remains high and anyone who sees suspicious activities is advised to call the national security hotline on 1800 123 400."

Watch the mosques. Watch the Islamic schools. See anything a bit odd happening...give the AFP a call.  And keep a beady eye on every last visibly-identifiable Muslim, especially any that pop up in places where you don't usually see them.  Also, take a leaf out of the Israelis' book, and be very, very wary of any unattended parcels, backpacks, bags or other items that might conceivably contain a bomb. - CM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on 04/18/2015 2:33 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 18 April 2015
Teenagers planned Australian terror attack for ANZAC centenary
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(Reuters) - Teenagers inspired by the hardline Islamic State planned a major terrorism attack in the Australian city of Melbourne to mark the centenary next week of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli during World War One, police said on Saturday.

Five men aged 18 and 19 were detained in the city's southeast in the early hours of Saturday in a series of raids, police said, as the culmination of a month-long operation code-named Operation Rising.

Senior police officials said they were confident the threat had been contained. They gave few details of the plan, but said the initial target was police officers, referring to potential use of "edged weapons".

Acting Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan of the Australian Federal Police told a news conference in Melbourne that the plan targeted "ANZAC Day activity in Melbourne which included targeting police officers". 

The run-up to this year's centenary has been marked by numerous television programmes about the campaign, fought against the Muslim Ottoman Empire in what is now western Turkey.

Concerns have risen in recent weeks that Islamic State militants might use the anniversary to carry out attacks on Australian targets. Around 200 police officers were involved in the raids in Melbourne, Gaughan said, and enquiries were ongoing. 

Police this afternoon charged 18-year-old Hallam teenager Sevdet Besim with “conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts”, a Commonwealth offence.

Mr Besim appeared for a 30-second hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court where he was remanded in custody to reappear for a filing hearing on April 24. Dressed in a black windcheater, the bearded Besim did not bow to magistrate Alan Spillane as he was taken to the holding cells below.

(Picture from the Melbourne Herald Sun left - note the Islamic extended finger) 

An 18-year-old Hampton Park man was also arrested in relation to terrorism-related offences. A third man, Lindim Sulejmani, 25, arrested in relation to alleged weapons offences, is understood to have been released from custody this afternoon.

Police said they had prevented a possible attack on serving police officers involving “associates’’ of the dead Melbourne terrorist Numan Haider.

SECURITY will be increased at Anzac Day commemorations across the state following this morning’s terror raids.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged Australians to turn out in force. “The best thing you can do in the face of those who would do us harm is to live your life normally,” Mr Abbott said. He praised the professionalism of police conducting the raids and said there were no other specific threats to Anzac Day events in other cities.

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Posted on 04/18/2015 3:10 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 17 April 2015
Ohio Somali Émigré indicted on Terrorist Charges following Al Qaeda Training in Syria
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Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, left, speaks with his attorney, Sam Shamansky, during a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, in February. Photo: Andrew Welsh-Huggins/Associated Press

 

Various news stories reported the transfer into federal custody  in Columbus, Ohio yesterday of 23 year old Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud indicted for allegedly traveling to receive Al Qaeda training in Syria, returning to  plan a possible attack on a military installation in Texas.     Eric Stakelbeck, whose latest book ISIS Exposed   targeted the Somali émigré community of over 100,000 in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis – St. Paul as the hub for Al Qaeda and now ISIS recruitment. Columbus, Ohio is the second largest Somali émigré community in America with over 40,000 to upwards of 80,000.  Noted Counter terrorism analyst, Patrick Poole has monitored radical elements in the Columbus Somali émigré community for nearly a decade including alleged recruitment for Al Qaeda affiliate Al Shabaab.  This indictment of Mohamud  is reflective of deep problems arising from  a virtually UN controlled  US Refugee Program  subsidizing the  growth  of a population in this country that  reject  American values and laws and are  prone to recruitment as  Jihadis by  Al Qaeda  and the Islamic State.   The Wall Street Journal reported:

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23 years old, allegedly trained with extremists in Syria last year as part of that country’s civil war before receiving instructions to attack police officers or military targets in the U.S., according to an indictment released Thursday. No such attack appears to have taken place.

The case stands out among recent charges against Americans accused of trying to join Islamic State or other extremist groups because the Justice Department says Mr. Mohamud actually got to Syria and received training in explosives, weapons and hand-to-hand combat.

Defendants in nearly all the other cases were arrested at U.S. airports as they attempted to leave the country. In many of them, the terrorist recruiter they thought they were working with was an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

In February of last year, Mr. Mohamud, who is a native of Somalia, obtained his U.S. citizenship, the indictment says. A week later, he sent in an application for a passport. Then, in April of 2014, Mr. Mohamud bought a one-way plane ticket to Athens, with a layover in Istanbul. But, according to the indictment, he never got on the flight to Greece. Instead, he allegedly met up with men who took him to Syria.

Mr. Mohamud was arrested in February of this year on state terrorism charges and held by Ohio authorities. Before he was indicted on federal charges, he tried to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors, but those talks fell apart, said people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Mohamud was being transferred to federal custody Thursday. He faces one charge of providing material support to terrorists, another of providing material support to the al Qaeda affiliate known as Nusra Front, and a third of lying to federal agents. Each charge carries up to 15 years in prison.

The WSJ noted the family terrorist tradition:

The man who helped Mr. Mohamud get to Syria was allegedly an actual fighter—his brother, Abdifatah Aden Mohamud, according to the indictment. In late 2013 and early 2014, Abdirahman allegedly exchanged messages with his brother in which he said he was proud of him and they plotted about how Abdirahman could join him in Syria. In one message, Abdirahman told his brother that firing a rifle brought one closer to heaven.

Mr. Mohamud also posted messages on Facebook before he allegedly left the U.S. In one, according to the indictment, he said, “We will never lose to these pagan Alawites,” an apparent reference to the Alawite sect of Islam to which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs. In another, he posted an image of a soldier with the Islamic State logo and the words, “Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah.”

The indictment quotes from online conversations between the two men who transported Mr. Mohamud to Syria from Turkey. One said that Mr. Mohamud had gone to the al Qaeda affiliate, the Nusra Front, but had wanted to join Islamic State.

How social media entrapped Mohamud:

Once in Syria, Mr. Mohamud appears to have sent videos to a contact in the U.S., the indictment says. One showed him carrying a gun on his hip and saying he was in Syria. In a video allegedly sent to another contact, Mr. Mohamud held an AK-47 rifle.

That June, according to the indictment, his brother appears to have been killed in battle in Syria. Just before he was to begin fighting in Syria, a cleric allegedly told Mr. Mohamud he should instead go home and launch an attack. Mr. Mohamud returned to the U.S. He allegedly told someone—identified in the indictment only as Unnamed Person #1—that he had gone to Syria and received combat training.

Mr. Mohamud allegedly said he wanted to attack military or police targets. He told a second person he wanted to do “something big” in the U.S., like going to a military base in Texas and executing a few American soldiers, the indictment said.

This February an FBI agent interviewed Mr. Mohamud. He denied.

How Mohamud was arrested upon his return to the US:

Mr. Mohamud attended high school in Columbus, after which he worked at warehouse jobs in the area and had “virtually no contact with the criminal justice system,’’ his lawyer said.

But last December, after Mr. Mohamud returned from his trip overseas, he was arrested after walking out on a restaurant check without paying and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, according to a lawyer who represented him in that case. He was scheduled to be sentenced in February, but didn’t show up in court. A few days later he was arrested on state terrorism charges.

Hassan Omar, head of the Somali Association of Ohio is cited by the WSJ saying:

This is very unfortunate news. It is not something we had been expecting from this community. There is not a single Somali youth who left here to join Al Shabaab or any terrorist groups. We are law-abiding and not violent.”

“Nobody expected a young man educated in the U.S. to do this.

Really, both Mr. Mohamud indictment and his late brother recruited him and later died fighting in Syria put the lie to that statement.  It begs the question of how radical elements within the Columbus Somali émigré community

Note this comment from Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) of the House Homeland Security Committee about this Ohio indictment:

The indictment Thursday “highlights the grave threat we face from returning American jihadists. “Terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda are luring Americans to the combat zone in Syria and Iraq, and radicalized individuals are now clearly returning with the training and motivation to bring terror to our shores.”

In a  March 22, 2015 Iconoclast post,  we reported a  New York Times front page story on the chronicle of a pair Somali émigré youths in the Twin Cities,  one of whom successfully traveled to Syria to join ISIS, while his friend was stopped before he could board a flight  to join his fellow mujahideen.    The conclusion to our post can also be applied to the indictment of Columbus Somali émigré Mohamud.

This is the latest story of how the US humanitarian refugee program, controlled by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, flooded this major Midwestern community with in excess of  40,000 plus East Africa Muslims.  Many of them failed to assimilate into American culture with radical Mosques  possibly recruiting dozens of native born jihadists to fight and die for first al Shabaab in Somalia and now for ISIS in Syria. We have written about this repeatedly since 2008. The Wall Street Journal  article didn’t delve into how the Somali refugees came to the Twin cities with the assistance of voluntary agencies  paid by the State Department and Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement to process them, provide cash assistance, Medicaid and receive a green card to  eventually citizens. All while many of these Muslim émigrés rejected American values, instead seeking to impose their Sharia law on the host non-Muslim community.

 

 

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Posted on 04/17/2015 6:36 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 17 April 2015
Has Saddam Hussein’s Deputy, “King of Hearts” Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri been finally run to Ground?
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Former Saddam Hussein Deputy Izzat al-Douri ally of ISIS

During the Iraq War, a number of deputies to the late Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi Ba'athist government were targeted by the US-led coalition forces in wanted posters configured like a deck of playing cards.  At the top of the pack was red mustachioed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri who has been on the run for 12 years.  He had been a much sought ally of the Islamic State and many experts thought he and his Sunni militia was the military muscle behind the conquests in Anbar province and Mosul.  If the body allegedly found by Iraq security forces is confirmed, then the assessment is that may signify that ISIS no longer needed him.

Elias Groll in Foreign Policy’s blog, Passport reported:

On Friday, Iraqi authorities reported that Douri is dead. If reports of his demise are true, it would mark a milestone in the post-Saddam era of Iraq.

Douri was the last living plotter in the 1968 coup that brought the Ba’athists to power in Iraq. Saddam’s right-hand man and onetime interior minister, Douri would become a scourge of the invaders, breathing life into Sunni discontent. When the Islamic State swept across northern Iraq last year, he sided with the hard-liners, helping them score an astounding series of victories capped by the seizure of Mosul.

The governor of Salahuddin province told the Associated Press that Douri was killed during an operation in the mountains east of Tikrit, where Iraqi forces and Shiite militiamen are working to consolidate gains after retaking the city from the Islamic State. Separately, Gen. Haider al-Basri told Iraqi state TV that Douri had been killed when troops opened fire on a convoy in which the rebel leader was traveling.

But the report of his death must also be taken with a grain of salt. Douri has been reported killed on multiple occasions, including once by his own Baath party, to only turn up later once more leading an insurgent movement. And in Washington, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Friday she could not confirm the reports.

Photographs circulating on social media Friday show the dead body of a man with a flaming red beard, Douri’s most unusual and distinguishing feature, which he usually cropped into a mustache. He had been perhaps best known in the public imagination as the king of clubs in the deck of most wanted Iraqi officials distributed before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. During the U.S. occupation of Iraq, Douri was accused of financing insurgent activity against U.S. troops.

In recent months, Douri and the militia movement that he leads, the Men of the Army of the Naqshbandia Order, also referred to by its Arabic initials, JRTN, has emerged as a powerful force amid the Islamic State’s territorial gains. When the group swept across northern Iraq in the summer of 2014, seizing Mosul and several other major cities, it did so with the uneasy support of Douri and other Sunni rebel movements fed up with what they saw as the abusive, anti-Sunni leadership of then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Douri’s group has its origins in the old Iraqi Ba’athist order and is mostly composed of former Iraqi military and intelligence personnel.

Why al-Drouri’s criticism of his ISIS partner may have been his undoing:

While they have made common cause with the hard-line Sunni fighters of the Islamic State, as an Iraqi nationalist group, JRTN has criticized the Islamic State’s treatment of the country’s minorities, including its violent assault on Iraqi Yazidis. Tensions between the two groups have erupted into open fighting between them. The JRTN appears content to work with the Islamic State as an ally in its effort to unseat the Shiite-dominated government; it appears unwilling to fall under the rule of a doctrinaire brand of Islamic law. A spokesman for JRTN last year called the Islamic State “barbarians.”

Douri’s death, if confirmed, would break a symbolic link between this band of old-guard rebels and the Hussein regime. Douri had been a trusted confidante of the former strongman and married off his daughter to Hussein’s sadistic son, Uday. But in a measure of his influence with the Iraqi leader, he was reportedly able to secure a concession that the marriage not be consummate and later secured a divorce for his daughter, according to a 2014 profile of Douri in the New Republic. Douri’s militia movement JRTN was formed after Hussein’s death by hanging at the hands of Shiite militiamen in late 2006.

Note FP’s   Groll’s conclusion:

If confirmed, Douri’s death will arguably strengthen the Islamic State’s position within the Iraqi rebel firmament. While a defeat for the broader Sunni uprising against the Iraqi central government, it will likely cement the Islamic State’s position as the country’s main rebel player.

 

 

 

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Posted on 04/17/2015 4:58 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 17 April 2015
Al Qaeda Seizes Huge Arms Depot In Yemen
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The Americans are supplying the Saudis with intelligence on Houthi targets. The Houthis were the most formidable enmy of Al Qaeda; the weaker the Houthis become, the more likely it is that Al Qaeda will dominate. Does American policy make sense? If the Obama Administration continues to help the Saudi Air Force identify targets, and supplies coordinates, why should it not supply other targets, that is Al Qaeda men and weapons, in the Hadramaut, and demand that the Saudi Air Force target those too -- and if Saudi Arabia refuses, then the Americans should make clear they will suppy no further intelligence on the Houthis, and the Saudis are on their own. What could the Saudis say -- that they don't think Al Qaeda is a threat, or at least it's not a threat to them, but only to Infidels? No, they couldn't say that. They'd be furious, but silent. Who knows what they would decide to do in the end, if put on the spot by the Americans to show that they oppose, just as much as anyone, Al Qaeda?

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Posted on 04/17/2015 3:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 17 April 2015
Another Friday in Iraq - Car Bombings All Around
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Fox News:

A car bomb exploded outside the U.S. Consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil Friday, and a series of bombings ravaged several areas around Baghdad, killing at least 29 people.  

A blast and gunfire was heard in central Irbil, a Reuters witness said, which is unusual in the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. There was no official word on injuries, but a U.S. official said no consulate personnel or guards were hurt or killed in Friday's blast. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

A security source in Iraq told Fox News an explosion occurred near the American consulate, close to a church named Mar Yusef.

The large blast went off just outside the consulate building in Irbil's Ankawa neighborhood, setting nearby cars on fire, an Associated Press reporter on the scene said. Kurdish security forces quickly arrived on the scene.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Meanwhile, a series of bombings ripped through Baghdad Friday, mainly targeting public places and killing at least 29 people, Iraqi officials said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but violence has escalated both in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq in the wake of the Islamic State group's capture of large swaths of territory in the country's west and north during a blitz last year

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Posted on 04/17/2015 1:11 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 17 April 2015
ISIS' Plan to Destroy Israel
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Bridget Johnson at PJ Media keeps a watching brief on ISIS media. In February 2015, she alerted us to earlier ISIS ebook in its series -see below-  about conquering the Vatican in "Black Flags from the Vatican". Yesterday, she published her rundown of ISIS' plan to destroy Israel in a new 150 page eBook, "Black Flags from Palestine." The strategy involves use of advanced computer printing technology, improvised explosive device drones with a request for Edward Snowden to convert.  It is set against its apocalyptic end times barbarous ideology and bizarrely uses a prediction from  the late Israeli PM Menachem Begin. Note this.

"ISIS pegs the year 2022 as the “beginning of the end” for Israel because of late Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s quote in 1982 during the war with Lebanon about a “historic period of peace for Israel” — “and the land was quiet for forty years.” In addition to citing a Jew for their apocalyptic prophesy, this ISIS book gives some wiggle room on the 2020 timing for the fall of Rome — “Allah only knows best.” 

Johnson draws attention to why ISIS views the left in the West as allies and weakness of coalition forces to engage in ground combat endeavoruing to destroy it:

The Islamic State, it says, “re-awoke” in the midst of Syrian turmoil and “the exit of American troops from Iraq in 2010.”

“The Western powers would not get involved in physical ground combat because they had just withdrawn from a failed war in Iraq (their public wouldn’t be happy with it.) This opportunity gave the Islamic State to grow stronger, with more fighters and more territory and resources as the world watched on. Those who had left Europe to join the Islamic State would now be able to help other Europeans’ get into Syria… Here they could learn basic armed/shooting combat, assassination techniques, how to make explosives from homemade materials etc.”

The book doesn’t include a publish date, but it discusses the “shocking secret” revealed by the Kouachi brothers’ January attacks in France and subsequent busting up of a terror cell in Belgium: “There were small armies of the Islamic State within every country of Europe by late 2014, and the intelligence agencies didn’t even know about it!”

It states that European Muslims can ally with “a growing population of left-winged activists (people who are against; human/animal abuses, Zionism, and Austerity measures etc)” who “look up to the Muslims as a force who are strong enough to fight against the injustices of the world” in countering a growing divide between Muslims and “right-wing neo-Nazis.” It specifically cites people who are “sometimes” allied with Anonymous or anarchy groups — even though, angered by the assault on Charlie Hebdo, Anonymous is currently carrying out a hacking operation to take down ISIS accounts.

“If you have ever been at a pro-Palestine / anti-Israel protest, you will see many activists who are not even Muslims who are supportive of what Muslims are calling for (the fall of Zionism). It is most likely here that connections between Muslims and Left-wing activists will be made, and a portion from them will realise that protests are not effective, and that armed combat is the alternative,” the book states. “So they will start to work together in small cells of groups to fight and sabotage against the ‘financial elite’.”

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Her analysis should arouse concerns for Israel's security and a concerted coordinated military effort to destroy this Salafist Jihadist beehive of a self-declared Caliphate attracting tens of thousands of foreign fighters from across the Muslim Ummah to rally to the holy cause of ethnic cleansing of all infidels; whether Jews, Christians, ancient religious minorities, Hindus, Buddhists and, yes, liberal secular humanists.

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Posted on 04/17/2015 10:20 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 17 April 2015
Geert Wilders PEGIDA Speech Video with English Subtitles
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We received a copy this morning of a YouTube video of Geert Wilders speech at Monday's PEGIDA Rally in Dresden with English subtitles.  It projects more power in delivery than reading his text.  Wilders gives voice to the West's concerns about Islamization nurturing Jihadis in our midst attracted like bees to the beehive of sacralized barbarity, the Islamic State. His speech demonstrated solidarity with embattled Israel surrounded by the dark forces of Islam seeking its destruction. That is connected to his recurring theme: the preservation of the Judeo-Christian values at the core of Western values of rule by law, tolerance, freedom and liberty.  After posting Wilders' speech I exchanged the picture I found which had a glimpse of an Israeli flag at the Dresden PEGIDA rally with colleague "Baron Bodissey" at Gates of Vienna. He pointed out that there were Israeli flags present at all of the PEGIDA rallies. My friend Fred Taub founder of Boycott Watch drew attention to this when we posted on his Facebook page this question using an exceprt from Wilders Speech:

Who said the following this week :
Dear friends, .... patriots,
look at Israel, learn from Israel.
Israel is an island in a sea of Islamic barbarism.
Israel is a beacon of freedom and prosperity in a region of Islamic darkness.
Israel refuses to be overrun by the jihadists. So should we.

A) Democrat Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
B) Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush
C) Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party
D) Al Sharpton.

I raised with Taub the prospect that perhaps that both Israeli PM Netahyahu and Wilders who speak in Churchillian cadence are leaders of  the free world. We can only hope that Wilders will become head of a ruling coalition in the Hague Parliament.

Watch the You Tube video with English translation of Wilders' PEGIDA Speech at the Dresden PEGIDA rally:

 

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Posted on 04/17/2015 8:38 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 17 April 2015
A First for Francis. With the Ottoman Enemy
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Sandro Magister writes in Chiesa L’Espresso:

ROME, April 17, 2015 - The first true “causus belli” that has broken the spell of a universally revered and praised pontificate has erupted on account of a century-old massacre, which Pope Francis has had the boldness to call by name, the taboo name of “genocide,” and to equate with all the other systematic, planned annihilations of peoples and religions that have marked the twentieth century and now also the present century.

It is difficult to deny that this marks a turning point in the pontificate. Because only a few months ago, at the end of November, Francis was in Turkey and didn't say a word about the Armenians.

To those who asked him why, he had replied that he was more interested in small steps, like those taken a year before by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a letter of condolence. In reality that letter, pure denial behind a bit of smoke, did nothing to console the Armenians, but embittered them all the more.

But Erdogan had asked the pope not to talk about the genocide, and Francis respected the request.

Vatican diplomacy breathed a sigh of relief. All in all, only about twenty countries in the world explicitly call the extermination of the Armenian Christians genocide. And they do so with all due caution in order not to irritate an ally, real or potential, that seems crucial to them.

But when on his schedule Pope Francis made the Sunday after Easter in 2015 a commemoration at St. Peter's of the hundredth anniversary of the massacre of the Armenians, a new approach was in the works.

How could Francis say less than what his predecessors had said?

Back on November 9 of 2000 John Paul II had already called that tragedy a genocide, and then again on September 27, 2001, in two solemn statements signed together with “catholicos” Karekin II, the first in Rome and the second in the capital of Armenia, where he had gone while the world was reeling from the destruction of the Twin Towers.

More than that, on the same journey pope Karol Wojtyla visited the memorial of the extermination and made a heartfelt prayer in which he called it what the Armenians call it: “Metz Yeghérn,” the great evil.

Back then as well these were taboo words, but the Turkish authorities reacted with moderation. Erdogan had not yet come to power with his combative neo-Islamism, and it was the peak of Turkey’s interest in joining the European community, in which the Armenian incident was an obstacle.

Benedict XVI as well, in receiving the patriarch of the Armenian Catholics on March 20, 2006, evoked the "Metz Yeghérn” without prompting any reactions, which however would explode vociferously against him a few months later in Regensburg when he unveiled the violent roots of the Muslim religion.

Last Sunday Pope Francis could have said as little as possible. Instead, and this is what is new, he went further, and by far.

Not only did he put the genocide of the Armenians at the head of the other genocides of the past century, but he listed them one by one, down to the ones that are still being carried out today to the harm of many who are “persecuted, exiled, killed, decapitated for the sole fact of being Christian,” whether they be Catholic or Orthodox, Syriac, Assyrian, Chaldean, Greek. Like one hundred years ago, he said, “it seems that humanity is not able to cease from shedding innocent blood.”

Virulent reactions from the Turks, waffling from Western politicians. For Francis the peace and quiet is over.

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This commentary was published in "L'Espresso" no. 11 of 2015, on newsstands as of April 17, on the opinion page entitled "Settimo cielo" entrusted to Sandro Magister.

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Posted on 04/17/2015 8:39 AM by Richard L. Rubenstein
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Friday, 17 April 2015
A Literary Interlude: Enobarbus Describes Cleopatra (Shakespeare)
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Once upon a time young pupils (aged 12? 13?) in American schools would routinely be tasked with memorizing such passages, and declaiming them with suitable expression. And now? Now they're learning to program.

 

Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, Scene 2:

 

Enobarbus describes Queen Cleopatra

 

Enobarbus: I will tell you.
The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne,
Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold;
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
The winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver,
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
The water which they beat to follow faster,
As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,
It beggar’d all description: she did lie
In her pavilion, cloth-of-gold of tissue,
O’erpicturing that Venus where we see
The fancy outwork nature: on each side her
Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,
With divers-colour’d fans, whose wind did seem
To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool,
And what they undid did.
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Posted on 04/17/2015 8:10 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 17 April 2015
FBI Holds “Special” Meeting in Juárez to Address ISIS, DHS Not Invited
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From Judicial Watch:

Responding to Judicial Watch’s report earlier this week of ISIS activity along the Mexican border, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) supervisors called a “special” meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez.

A high-level intelligence source, who must remain anonymous for safety reasons, confirmed that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny Judicial Watch’s accurate reporting and identify who is providing information to JW. FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the meeting and conspicuously absent were representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s not clear why DHS did not participate.

Publicly, U.S. and Mexico have denied that Islamic terrorists are operating in the southern border region, but the rapid deployment of FBI brass in the aftermath of JW’s report seems to indicate otherwise. A Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector were among the sources that confirmed to JW that ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas. The base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm. During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

“Coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for the Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.

Last August JW reported that ISIS, operating from Ciudad Juárez, was planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level U.S. federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirmed then that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border had been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies were placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning the imminent terrorist threat.

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Posted on 04/17/2015 7:39 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 17 April 2015
What Sweden Is -- So Unnecessarily -- Doing To Itself
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Posted on 04/17/2015 7:38 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 17 April 2015
Muslim women should be allowed to wear the veil in court, top judge suggests
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This is the result of 20 years of the Judicial Diversity Division of Ministry of Justice, Judicial Group (or whatever they call themselves these days) ensuring that only lawyers who conformed to Common Purpose uniformity of thought and political correctness were appointed as Judges. This is only a 'suggestion' but his opinion will hold sway.

Much is said about the 'independence of the Judiciary'. But 'independence' isn't a problem to the ruling elite if only PC-thinking women and men are appointed. They are now at the very most senior level and I fear will take some dislodging

From the Telegraph

Judges should allow Muslim women to appear in court wearing a full-face veil, Britain’s most senior judge has suggested.

Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, said it was crucial that courts and judges “show, and be seen to show” respect towards different customs.

He said this included having an understanding of the “different cultural and social habits” of those appearing as witnesses, defendants or jurors in cases. His comments, in a lecture about the need for courts to be less intimidating, come at a time of uncertainty over the place of the Muslim niqab, or full face-veil, in the legal system. 

In his address to the Criminal Justice Alliance, Lord Neuberger said judges and lawyers often failed to recognise how “artificial and intimidating” courts could be for ordinary people, adding: “I sometimes wonder whether our trial procedures really are the best way of getting at the truth. . . 

“Judges have to show, and have to be seen to show, respect to everybody equally, and that requires an understanding of different cultural and social habits. It is necessary to have some understanding as to how people from different cultural, social, religious or other backgrounds think and behave and how they expect others to behave.

“Well known examples include how some religions consider it inappropriate to take the oath, how some people consider it rude to look other people in the eye, how some women find it inappropriate to appear in public with their face uncovered, and how some people deem it inappropriate to confront others or to be confronted – for instance with an outright denial. . ."

But Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director of the National Secular Society, said: “Lord Neuberger understandably recommends judges understand the expectations of how those ‘from different cultural, social, religious or other backgrounds think and behave and how they expect others to behave’ and that the judiciary should show ‘respect to everybody equally’.

“It was a missed opportunity, however, not to acknowledge that occasionally – for example on a defendant wearing a full face veil – doing so might conflict with justice being seen to be done, or even justice being done. My concern is not theoretical; it is now 18 months since a judge at Blackfriars Crown Court wasted a great deal of court time dealing with the question of full-face veils, and made a heartfelt plea for central guidance to avoid this inefficient use of expensive court’s resources being replicated elsewhere. The Lord Chief Justice’s office has been dealing with this for a long time but seems disappointingly reluctant to issue any direction.”

Suleman Nagdi, of the Leicester-based Federation of Muslim Organisations, described Lord Neuberger’s remarks as “heart-warming and really welcome. . . We must remember that there is an impact on legislation in other parts of the world whenever we show good practice in the United Kingdom. I am sure that this example will be followed in other parts of the world which are less tolerant in respecting minority communities.” 

LIke Pakistan when a Christian is acused? Or in those countries where under Sharia law the evidence of a woman is worth half that of a man?

 

 

 

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Posted on 04/17/2015 3:05 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 16 April 2015
Muslim Migrants Threw Christians Overboard
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And the horrors just keep on coming...

Rome (CNN) Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard -- killing them -- because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.

Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said.

The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants -- Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal -- threw the 12 overboard, police said.

The boat was intercepted by an Italian navy vessel, which transferred the passengers to a Panamanian-flagged ship. That ship docked in Palermo on Wednesday, after which the arrests were made, police said.

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Posted on 04/16/2015 12:48 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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