All week I have been following the trial of Darren Osborne, the man charged with murder and attempted murder after the van he appeared to be driving hit a group of Muslim worshippers who were leaving the Muslim Welfare House near the Finsbury Park Mosque. Makram Ali died and others have been injured long term.
The left-leaning Independent has had a senior reporter, one Lizzie Dearden, at the trial at the Crown Court Woolwich every day liveblogging, they regard this as so much more important than any other of the many terrorist trials and murder trials of the past year.
On the first day she was anxious to tell readers that Osborne had recently watched the BBC Docudrama Three Girls about the abuse victims in Rochdale; that he had read articles on Lee Rigby, the Manchester Arena bombing and other grooming gangs AND that in the hours before the attack he had received messages from both Tommy Robinson and Jayda Fransen of Britain First. It was later clarified, after Tommy's lawyer intervened, that these were not personal messages, but that Osborne had read general messages available to all, in Tommy Robinson's case through Rebel Media. Tommy's lawyer must wait until the end of the trial before she can call up a transcript of what was said in the first instance; she will then know whether to direct the complaint to the Crown Prosecution Service, or if their remarks were not correctly reported but shaded with bias to the Press Complaints Commission about the Independent. Time will tell. That is, at the moment, a side issue.
We have had descriptions of the incident, how the crowd looked likely to tear Osborne apart had an Imam not stepped in insisting that he must stand a proper trial. There has been reporting of Osborne's remarks upon arrest.
Among the victims whose accounts were heard were a disabled man who was knocked out of his wheelchair, a deaf man, a victim who suffered a fractured skull and one whose artificial leg was run
over in the attack.
He pleaded not guilty and his defence began yesterday and continued today. He set out from Wales in the hire van with the intention of murdering Jeremy Corbyn who he anticipated would be attending the Al Quds march to Grosvenor Square that afternoon and hopeful that Sadiq Khan would also be nearby (neither of them were there - however I was, observing) He couldn't get near, he got lost, eventually he found his way into Jeremy Corbyn's constituency and the Finsbury Park Mosque is a well-known name.
He maintains that he was helped by some friends 'Dave' and 'Terry Jones'.
That joke was old when I was a child. I don't think he is giving his trial and his actions the seriousness they deserve.
Osborne admitted he had earlier been driving the van, but claimed he was in the footwell of the passenger seat removing his trousers before the moment of impact.
Defence barrister Lisa Wilding QC said: "Did you know who was the driver of the van?" Osborne replied: "A guy called Dave."
Osborne was asked by Jonathan Rees QC how he could explain why he was the only person seen on CCTV getting out of the van after the collision. Mr Rees said: "And Dave may be a funny fella, but he is not a magician is he?"
Darren Osborne in the witness box with defence barrister Lisa Wilding QC (right) at Woolwich Crown Court
The summing up will be tomorrow and then the jury will go out to deliberate. I do believe we are in a war, undeclared, but then the Cold War was never declared either. The taking of human life is not a matter for levity or lightness. We are better than that. Murder is wrong. But lets wait for the verdict.
Men accused of catalogue of sex offences in Oxford found not guilty
This is unexpected and disappointing news from Oxford. There have been reporting restrictions since even before the trial started in September. I was trying to get a broad idea of progress from one of the court listing websites, and there was one, single, news report in December.
In December the list said that verdicts were awaited, and then the trial continued into January. Now the Oxford Mail and BBC Oxford report
EIGHTEEN men charged with a catalogue of sex offences against teenage girls have been found not guilty, it can now be revealed. After being charged with a number of sex offences, seven men were acquitted in December. If a Jury acquits, well I believe in Trial by Jury so that verdict has to be accepted.
Then, last week, the Crown Prosecution Service dropped its cases against the others so they were found not guilty.
A legal restriction previously prevented reporting of the first trial. The cases related to alleged offences committed against three girls between 2008 and 2015.
The seven defendants acquitted in December were: Shabir Dogar, 23, Shabaz Khan, 24, Shohab Dogar, 23, Yasin Hamid, 20, Usman Iddris, 24, Joseph Suraina, 23 and Ajay Kumar-Lal, 22, all from Oxford.
The remaining 11 men were due to face trial this month - however, the CPS dropped its case as it did not feel there was a sufficient chance of conviction.
At a hearing at Blackfriars Crown Court, not guilty verdicts were formally recorded for the 11 defendants on all counts, ahead of the planned start of their trial this week. The authorities took the case out of Oxford and into central London in order to drop it. I wonder why???
This meant Qamran Hafiz, 25, of Danesmoor, Banbury, Atiq Hussain, 24, of Avenue Road, Banbury, Tafail Mohammed, 24, of East Close, Banbury and Marcelo Suarez, 21, of Hillside Close, Banbury, Leon Cole, 20, of Alma Road, Banbury, Ahsan Raza, 20, of Churchill Road, Birmingham, Abdul Safraz, 32, of Deacon Way, Banbury, Nasser Younis, 38, of Sandford Green, Banbury, and Atique Akhtar, 24, Aamir Arfi, 24, and Waquas Hussain, 24, all three of no fixed abode, were then found not guilty.
The CPS insisted its decision to drop the case was not related to a failure in disclosure. Spokesman Rob Singh said: “At a hearing on January 25 at Blackfriars Crown Court, London, prosecutors offered no evidence in the case, following a further review which concluded there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction. This is not a disclosure failure. There was a proper and thorough approach to disclosure. This decision has been reached as part of the process of continuing review.”
Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mick Saunders, said the force will review its investigation.
". . . Thames Valley Police accepts the decision of the CPS not to proceed with the second linked trial and to offer no evidence in respect of the defendants in that case. We will review the investigation, as we would in all such cases, to identify whether there is any learning for future investigations of child sexual exploitation. . . We commend the courage of those who come forward to report abuse and will continue to endeavour to bring to justice those who are responsible for the crimes.”
Imagine all the people living life in peace, a brotherhood of man. A world without barriers, religious, and national divisions was the dream of John Lennon in his highly successful solo song, Imagine. Yet, just as it is difficult to imagine this millionaire rock star living without possessions it is even more difficult to imagine American politics at present as an example of the world living as one.
The reality is that partisan antipathy between Democrats and Republicans in US politics is stronger than ever, and becoming more ideologically polarized. The proportion in each party with a highly negative view of the opposing party has more than doubled over the last twenty years. As a generalization, Democrats have been moving to the left, while Republicans are moving to the right.
Personalities affect political attitudes and the present split between the parties on Israel, was influenced by the attitude of President Barack Obama toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by Democratic antipathy towards Donald Trump and his role in the White House. Among Republicans, 52% have a favorable impression of Netanyahu, while only 18% of Democrats do so. Nevertheless, the differing party views on Israel go beyond these personalities.
In general, American public opinion is favorably inclined toward Israel, with 46% of Americans saying they sympathize more with Israel than with Palestinians who got 16% approval. To some extent there has been a decline in sympathy for both sides, but a recent survey by the Pew Research Center portrays a significant shift in the views of the two political parties.
The surprise in this results from the fact that an axiom of American politics is that Jews vote Democratic in larger proportion than any other religious group. It is still broadly true, as Milton Himmelfarb joked in 1973 that Jews earn like Episcopalians but vote like Puerto Ricans. In 2012, Barack Obama received 69% of the Jewish vote while George Romney got 30%. In 2016, Hillary Clinton got 71% of the Jewish vote while Donald Trump received 24%. A generation ago in 1992, Bill Clinton won with 80% of the Jewish vote to the 11% of George H. W. Bush.
The Pew report issued in January 2018 indicates the growing gap between the two parties towards Israel. Its main finding is the reduced support for Israel by Democrats while Republican support has risen dramatically and is at all-time high. The divide is getting stronger. In 2001, 50% of Republicans expressed sympathy for Israel; in January 2018 it was 79%. In contrast, in 2001 38% of Democrats expressed sympathy; 2018 it declined to 27%.
The crucial finding of the Pew report is this very strong support of Republicans and the reduced support of Democrats for Israel. This was a change from the last Pew report in its April 2016 survey. That found that 43% of Democrats were more sympathetic to Israel. Earlier surveys, one by Gallup, found in 2011 that 57% of Democrats sympathized with Israel.
How to explain the reduction in Democratic support of Israel? First, there are differences in the Democratic party. Moderate and Conservative Democrats favor Israel, 35-17 (in 2016 it was 57% Israel), but twice as many liberal Democrats 35-19, support the Palestinians more than they do Israel.
As one goes up the educational ladder, support for Israel declines. It is lowest among college educated, 42-27, and postgraduates, 39-22. This is likely the result of more active pro-Palestinian groups on campus but also exposure of younger people to teaching on campuses and information from the media, mainly leftist in inclination, and critical of Israel.
There are differences according to age. Millennials a generation ago, tended to sympathize more with Israel; now only 43% do so. They are the only generational cohort in which less than half sympathize more with Israel than with Palestinians, (27%). The highest approval of Israel, 56% to 13% for Palestinians, comes from those 65 and over. The lowest comes from the youth group, 18-29 who register 32 for Israel and 23% for Palestinians.
Among religious Americans, one thing is clear. The highest support for Israel comes from white Evangelical Christians, 76% to 5% for Palestinians. Evangelical and born- again voters represent the plurality of those who vote or lean Republican. It is they who pushed for the Trump administration to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Among mainstream Protestants Israel is favored 48-16; Catholics favor Israel 43 to 12. though Latino Catholics only do so by 36-25. Those who are unaffiliated to any religious organization are about even, 26% to 29%.
There is some, though little, gender difference. Men are more likely, 50-17, to support Israel than are women, 42-14. Similarly, all ethnic groups do support Israel, but by different majorities.
One relevant fact in all this is that Israel was not an important issue for many Jews in voting. Only 8% mentioned it as one of their top two priorities in voting.
Another factor relative to views on Israel has to be put in context of a changing America. Current estimates are that there are about 3.45 millon Muslims living in the U.S..; they make up 1.1% of the total U.S. population. This is over a million more than in 2007: the increase is due to two factors; high fertility rates; and continued immigration into the U.S.
The Muslim population will grow fast, it is younger that than the general population, and within 20 years Muslims will replace Jews as the second largest religious group after Christians. The Muslim population has always been and remains strongly Democratic. In 2016, some two-thirds, 78%, voted for Clinton. More than two-thirds disapprove of Trump’s handling of the presidency. Only 13% declare they are Republican or lean towards it.
Interestingly, Muslim women are even more Democratic than men, 73%-59%. Muslims of all ages are Democratic, but the younger group, 18-29 are a little more Democratic than their elders. In summary, Muslims are more Democratic than the US public as a whole.
Israel has its faults but it is a democratic country, incorporating civil rights, free speech and assembly, religious freedom for all sects, a health care system, model of sexual toleration and feminism, welcoming immigrants, and moderate capitalism. How then can one explain the increasing shift of Democrats away from Israel, even accepting that animosity to Trump may be a significant factor?
First is the issue of identity politics. Liberal Democrats, accepting the Palestinian Narrative of Victimhood, see Palestinians as oppressed victims. They may be accepting the Palestinian argument that Israel is colonist, white, oppressors. Worse, they may be accepting the age-old myth of Jewish conspiracy. In this case, it is bewildering that 76% of Democrats compared with 25% of Republicans concur with the conspiracy that Israel has too much influence on US foreign policy. There are wide party differences on settlements in the West Bank and whether they are an impediment to peace.
Democrats minimize the contribution Israel has made to social justice and human rights, to the equality of rights for women, to free religious expression. Rather, Israel is seen as by the extreme democrats as white suprematists, deniers of minority rights and civil liberties, while Republicans appreciate that Israel is a strong ally, a democratic country that is a strategic partner of the U.S.
Political differences will stem from perceptions of policy decisions. In the light of decreasing Democratic support for Israel it is pertinent to assess the differences on the Trump decision on Jerusalem. A major challenge came from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in a letter to Trump on December 1, 2017. She stated that recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would spark violence and embolden extremists on both sides. This in fact only happened to a small extent, and by one side. But more important was her thought that the decision might lead to another Intifada. Recall, she argued, that the second Intifada in 2000 was sparked by Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount.
But this Palestinian propaganda story, accepted by Feinstein, has been denied by Palestinians themselves. The Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar stated that “President Arafat instructed Hamas to carry out a number of military operations in the heart of the Jewish state.” Even more convincing, Arafat’s widow, Suha, stated in an interview on Dubai TV that Arafat had made a decision to launch the Intifada.
Democrats, particularly major figures in the party, should be more accurate in their assessment of Israel. That might change their perception of Israel.
I found out this morning that the latest flags left in tribute over the weekend had been taken down by this morning.
I am waiting to hear from a friend who lives locally whether the information that Greenwich council had said they would not remove them again was an error, or whether the council have renaged on their earlier promise. Now - The statement is believed to have been passed on in good faith, but mistaken.
Local government has become very authoritarian in the last 20 years. Their obsession is with 'compliance'; they frequently outsource the important purpose of a council (street cleaning, maintenance, care of the elderly, gravedigging, lavatory attendant) but have well paid posts at the town hall (if you fit the criteria) for 'compliance officers'. It's Byzantine, dealing with them.
BBC Bias: Civitas report says ‘Auntie’ kept Brexiteer voices off the air for a decade
by Sally Ross
A report by the research think-tank Civitas has found that out of 4,275 guests discussing EU matters on BBC’s flagship Today program between 2005 and 2015, only 3.2 per cent (132) were pro-Brexit, even though there was good public support for withdrawal during the period. The Corporations coverage, it says, has consistently excluded voices of Eurosceptics.
Entitled, The Brussels Broadcasting Corporation? the study revealed that in the six months following the EU referendum, only 10 (2.9 per cent) of 366 speakers featured on Today’s business news were supporters of Britain leaving the EU.
LONDON: A high court judge last week dismissed Tablighi Jamaat’s (TJ) plan to build Europe’s biggest mosque in East London and disallowed their plea for an appeal against the judgement,
...high court judge last week threw out their petition seeking suspension of an injunction for the demolition of a smaller mosque located on the site. The high court judge also disallowed the TJ plea for an appeal against the judgement reviving chances of the demolition of existing structures starting within weeks.
Only a restraining order from the European Court of Human Rights, where trustees had filed an application in the second week of this month, can save Masjid Ilyas and stop council bulldozers rolling into the 17-acre land...
In the absence of any restraining order from the European Court of Human Rights, the Newham Borough Council can start demolition of the mosque if it is not pulled down by the trustees within six months. The council can also initiate legal proceedings to get a CPO (Compulsory Purchase Order) if it faced resistance from the TJ trustees or their followers.
The trustees of Tablighi Jamaat have been directed to pay London Borough of Newham £22,207 as costs within four months and can be acted against if the payment is not made by Feb 23.
During the latest hearing of the case on Jan 19, the court was told that there was currently a mosque with a capacity for 2,500 worshippers and a large parking area on the site. A large number of Tablighi Jamaat members from different parts of London gather at the mosque every Thursday night for listening to sermons of senior clerics and go out for their missionary work involving door-knocking in different areas, inviting ordinary Muslims to mosque for prayers. There is unlikely to be any major disruption for the majority of TJ members as a group led by TJ’s London emir has already shifted Thursday weekly Mashwara or consultative meeting to 800-capacity old London Markaz in Tower Hamlet area.
Moiz-ur-Rahman, a representative of the trustees, informed the court that they were in touch with a group of developers and could sign agreements with it in days if given an opportunity with extension in the current suspension order. He said the TJ was a different organisation where all the decisions are made through consensus and after consultations with elders. He said that the trustees wanted to move fast but things were not in their control. The petition to suspend the demolition injunction for a period of one year was filed on behalf of three trustees of Tableeghi Markaz -- Solat Sikandar, Ibrahim Sheikh and Zulfiqar Ali.
The judge, however, disregarded the hardship resulting from the enforcement saying that the current activity at the site was unlawful and it had to stop and the court wanted to hold the trustees to account for legally binding undertakings they had given during the court proceedings in the past. The judge said that of the 12-month suspension period sought by the trustees, five months had also passed and there was very little progress on the part of trustees..
Alan Craig, campaign director of Newham Concern, a local group campaigning against the construction of 9,500-capacity mosque, told Dawn, "Tablighi Jamaat has procrastinated and delayed, has ridden roughshod over planning regulations and regularly broken the law. . . It is now time for Newham Council to send in the bulldozers and knock down the illegal temporary mosque on the site and liberate the land for a mixed use development that will benefit the whole community,”
All was good until Wednesday morning when a Greenwich council worker (there may have been more than one) was spotted removing the flags and banners from the railings round the block of flats in Wellington Road, at the spot where he died. My husband was in the area early on Thursday morning and photographed the site thus
Everything except the flowers removed. To give credit where due the flowers were neatly relaid either on the wall or the junction box. However the mostly local people who would like a better memorial to Lee Rigby in or around the area where he worked (Woolwich Barracks) and died were not happy. The council worker who removed the flags was recognised and angry feelings were vented. The BBC went so far as to report
A council worker has received death threats for taking down a memorial in tribute to murdered soldier Lee Rigby.
There are two errors to my knowledge in that BBC report. I'll call them 'errors' rather than lies because of something I will write about later, or maybe tomorrow.
The first is this statement "Greenwich Council said it removed the shrine following requests from Mr Rigby's family."
Originally in the local press the council said that they were taking the flags down, and that they had informed the family "who had made no objection". Thats not the same thing at all. Local women who are part of the group calling for a memorial are in touch with Mrs Rigby. The menfolk keep the flags up to date and replaced should they tear. I do not know how the information was conveyed to Mrs Rigby but I doubt that she would object to removal and replacement of flags showing wear.
The second is this one ""The council has worked with his [Lee Rigby's] family on how best to honour his memory and decided to install a plaque at St George's Garrison Church opposite the barracks."
This statement has been repeated in the news a lot. It sounds like a specific memorial, the sort of thing local people have been wanting. It isn't. It's a general tribute, an excellent memorial of its type, to service personel and civilians who have lived or served in Woolwich who have sacrificed their lives. Although it was put up in 2015 the list of names goes back to 1946, includes men who fell in the Korean War and the two men, one a soldier the other a bank clerk, who were killed in 1974 when the IRA bombed the pub on the corner of Wellington Road. Lee Rigby is the most recent; there is space for 3-4 more names before a third bronze tablet will be needed. I hope it never is but I expect it will be.
Which leaves me pondering how much danger the council caretaker was in. In this day and age when trades unions are more concerned with extracurricular activities than their member's job security he would have had little option but to carry out a senior official's order. The reaction that I heard was in our working class vernacular "I'd wring his blooming neck if I got hold of him..." but nothing to inspire real fear. If more sinister and genuine threats were actually made then I cannot condone them. But all I heard was exasperation, and the other inaccuracies of that BBC report leave me unconvinced that he was in any danger.
More people went along on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday with more flags. By Saturday evening it looked like this - above left.
There is a petition which can be signed here, and a deputation will be attending the Town Hall on Wednesday evening to repeat the request. The interim good news is that Greenwich Council have announced that they will not order the removal of the current display of flags.
Is the spirit of Boudica, the Queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe who led a frenzied uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in AD 60 or 61, returning to contemporary Europe?
Maybe. At present a number of European women politicians seem to be taking up the cudgels against the predations of globalization, the EU, and inappropriate mass immigration. There is Anne Marie Waters in the UK, of course Marine Le Pen in France, and now out of Finland there emerges Laura Huhtasaari.
The 38-year-old Huhtasaari is young, silver-blonde and outspoken. She has made strong comments about homosexuality, immigration, and pro-Finnish nationalism, which seem to have broken the ice with the traditionally frozen mold of Finnish politics. Huhtasaari’s bombastic speeches have earned her the moniker of “Finland’s Marine Le Pen” in the local press, and though it is unlikely she will win elections any time soon, her candidacy has given encouragement to the idea that the autochthons of the European continent are finally beginning to stir.
The briefing advises backbenchers: “There is a balance between making absolutely clear our abhorrence of using violence to achieve political ends and at the same time encouraging organisations down an effective democratic path.
“Full proscription could be a move against dialogue and meaningful peace negotiations in the Middle East.”
Ms Ryan will move a motion in the Commons noting Hezbollah’s “antisemitic ideology that seeks the destruction of Israel” and urging the government to add the group’s political wing to the list of proscribed organisations.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, described Hezbollah, and the Hamas terror group, as “friends” during a parliamentary meeting in 2009.
Jennifer Gerber, Labour Friends of Israel director, said: "It is sadly unsurprising that the Labour frontbench would issue a statement on Hezbollah which fails to support banning the terror group in its entirety, and which makes no reference to its virulent antisemitism, its desire to annihilate Israel and its appalling role in propping up Assad’s murderous regime in Syria. It is, moreover, utterly delusional to think that, having wreaked death and destruction throughout the region, Hezbollah can play any role in promoting peace..."
Photograph E Weatherwax Hezbollah flag in London June 2017
Lately I've noticed that publishers seem to be waging a war on footnotes. A few years ago, footnotes were moved to the end of the chapter and now many publishers are moving them all to the end of the book - out of sight and out of mind. Why? Are publishers afraid that footnotes will put people off somehow?
Footnotes are essential to a scholarly work and add an entire dimension of their own with additional, often very interesting, information that helps to illuminate the text. When footnotes are hidden from the reader, the reader loses that extra dimension and it makes it very hard to gauge the scholarship of the work without easy access to the footnotes. Publishers used to understand this. What is going on?
New English Review Press will never surrender! Our footnotes are displayed proudly at the bottom of the page. We will never dumb down our books. Not now. Not ever.
Hate probe as former mayor calls headmistress who banned the hijab in primary school an 'evil racist'
This is the former mayor of Muslim controlled Blackburn in Lancashire, not the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, whose opposition to the proposed megamosque also brought him criticism from the agents of islamisation. From the Daily Mail
Salim Mulla is accused of being part of a hate campaign that targeted primary school headmistress Neena Lall.
As part of attempts to help children integrate into British society, she banned the Islamic headscarf and fasting for pupils under eight at St Stephen’s Primary in Newham, East London.
But the school is said to have been bullied into reversing the move after it received ‘ridiculous oppression and intimidation’ in emails and online comments from around the country.
Mr Mulla, a serving Labour councillor in Blackburn – some 240 miles away – is accused of being part of a campaign that led to Miss Lall caving in and her chairman of governors resigning.
In one Facebook post, he wrote: ‘Work needs to be done to get this evil woman out of school. She must go. She is racist bigot.’
Mr Mulla, who was mayor four years ago, was suspended by the Labour Party in 2016 over alleged anti-Semitic posts online. He was reinstated last year after being cleared by an investigation.
It follows revelations that Labour councillors who campaigned against the school ban have ties to the hardline Islamic group Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND), which claimed credit for the U-turn. MEND says its aim is to encourage Muslims to become more active in public life, but has been linked with speakers who have promoted jihad and homophobia.
Mr Mulla yesterday stood by his comments about Miss Lall, who is a Sikh. He said: ‘I think she was racist; she doesn’t understand the religion because she is not part of that religion. I spoke as an individual, I did not make the comment as a councillor or former mayor.’ I thought she was Sikh from her name, and her bearing (open, forthright, couragous) but didn't know for definite. And as for her not understanding islam, I believe she understands Islam only too well. ‘I stand by the comment about the racist element, but I probably would retract that [calling Miss Lall evil].’
St Stephen’s, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted, reversed the ban last week. Miss Lall, 50, apologised to parents on Tuesday and chairman of governors Arif Qawi resigned. He has now accused the Government of leaving staff exposed to bullying from ‘extremists’ over the hijab ban.
Mr Qawi, 54, wrote to Education Secretary Damian Hinds: ‘I am flabbergasted why you and the Department for Education have stayed silent on this subject, rather than firmly enforcing the head’s decision. This lack of support, and weak attitude, will be very detrimental to the nation’s children.’ He added that staff felt ‘badly let down’ and agreed to resign ‘against every fibre in my body... if that would lay the matter to rest’.
A school insider said the ban was brought in because the hijab was ‘alienating’ young girls. . . The Labour Party refused to comment. The DfE said it had contacted the school over staff intimidation.
Agence France-Presse reporting from Kuala Lumpur via the Jakarta Post.
As the Year of the Dog approaches, some shops run by the Chinese diaspora in Malaysia are keeping canine figurines hidden inside to avoid causing offence in the Muslim-majority country.
Dogs are considered unclean in Islam, and a more conservative form of the faith has been gaining traction among Malaysian Muslims, causing tensions with the country's substantial religious and ethnic minorities.
People of Chinese descent make up almost a quarter of the population, but in Kuala Lumpur's bustling Chinatown on Friday, where shops were displaying red lanterns and flowers for Lunar New Year, dog-shaped decorations were mostly kept out of public view.
Janice Kong, who runs a store selling decorations, said there was concern any display of dog statues could "cause some backlash. . . It is a bit sensitive now. There is a feeling that there is rising Islamic fundamentalism in Malaysia with one race trying to dominate the minorities," she said.
Another shop owner selling Lunar New Year decorations, Daniel Wong, added: "You cannot see any huge dog figurines because we do not want any trouble in Chinatown."
Models of animals from the Chinese zodiac are sold to mark the Lunar New Year, which falls in mid-February this year. The dog is well-regarded in Chinese culture, signifying loyalty and honesty.
It is a different story in Malaysia, where 60 percent of the population is Muslim Malay. Traditionally this group has practised a moderate form of Islam, but dogs have caused controversy in the past.
Bashir deceives US on retention of Islamic Movement in Sudan
by Lt. Gen. Abakar M. Abdallah, Jerome B. Gordon, Deborah P. Martin
Ali Osman Mohamed Taha
Former Secretary General of Islamic Movement and the Vice President of Sudan
In our book, Genocide In Sudan: Caliphate threatens Africa and the World, we revealed the deep involvement of the Bashir National Congress Party Regime in the international Muslim Brotherhood World Islamic Revolution, and support for Al Qaeda co-founder Osama Bin Laden. There was the long-term support and presence of the Islamic Revolution regime of Iran in Sudan establishing a weapons industry and transshipping weapons to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza. This practice was temporarily suspended due to the shift of relationships in 2014 allying itself with the Saudi and UAE led coalition fighting the alleged Iran supported Houthi rebels in war torn Yemen. We showed evidence of the Bashir regime support for terrorism in the July 28, 2017 District of Columbia US Federal Appellate Court ruling against Sudan awarding $7.3 billion to the 12 American victims of the simultaneous bombings at the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salam, Tanzania killing 224 people, more than 5,000 wounded. The Islamic Movement (IM) Jihad ideology forms the basis of the Secret Arab Coalition Plan of the Bashir NCP regime objective to complete genocidal ethnic cleansing of indigenous African people in the conflict zones of Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile state. While there are outstanding 2009 and 2010 arrest warrants for President Bashir and other NCP leaders, most Muslim countries and African nations have welcomed President Bashir on state visits evading the requirements to arrest and bring him to justice. The estimated toll has risen far beyond the estimate of the United Nations, the 300,000 the figure that the International Criminal Court used for the indictment of Bashir. The current death toll could be more than 600,000 killed, 5 million internally displaced and several hundred thousand who fled from Darfur and the other conflict zones to refugee camps in adjacent African countries.
November 2012 Islamic Movement Conference.
On November 20, 2012 Sheik Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, Secretary General of the Islamic Movement and the Vice President of Sudan, delivered the closing speech at the 8th General Conference of the Sudan Islamic Movement in Khartoum. The conference was held in Friendship-Hall in Khartoum with participation of 4,000 members and over 170 invited foreign invited delegations. Prominent among the delegates were leaders of the world Muslim Brotherhood movement. It was at the peak of the first elected Muslim Brotherhood regimes in Egypt and Tunisia. The regime of Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian President Morsi was short-lived overthrown in July 2013 by a military coup led by current President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, an implacable enemy of the Bashir Regime in Sudan. The glittering assembly of Muslim Brotherhood leaders in the Friendship Hall included: Rashid al-Ghanushi leader of Ennahda Movement of Tunisia, Khaled Meshaal of the Palestinian wing of the Brotherhood, Hamas, Mohammed Badie, Supreme Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Bashir Abdel Salam al-Kebti, Deputy General Guide of Libya Muslim Brotherhood, Ali Sadr al Din al Bayanous, General Guide of Syria Muslim Brotherhood, Syed Manawar of Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami and the representative of Islamic Movements from Nigeria and many other countries of the world. Both former President Morsi of Egypt and Egyptian Supreme Muslim Brotherhood Guide Badie were arrested, convicted in trials sentenced to life under the El-Sisi regime.
The Islamic Movement (IM) was formed in 1999 by the NCP following the power struggle between the late Sheik Abdallah Hassan al-Turabi, the founder and Supreme Guide of the Islamic Revolution in Sudan, and President Bashir for leadership of the NCP regime. The IM was created to serve as a political base for the Muslim Brotherhood NCP Bashir regime. See, Genocide in Sudan: Caliphate threatens Africa and the World, Chapter Six, “Political Islam in Sudan supported by Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia”.
The IM unites domestic and international radical Islamist groups under its umbrella. It provides ideological guidance seeking to implement Islamic Sharia law across the entire world. Since its creation, the IM has held yearly conferences under the leadership of its Shura Council to evaluate achievements on programs, especially Jihad. The 9thconference of the IM originally scheduled for November 9, 2017 was canceled on October 29th. Sudan media reported the U.S. State Department had requested Bashir to ban the IM in return for removing Sudan from the list of designated state sponsors of terrorism. President Bashir denied this fact, “Sudan does not adopt anyone else’s agenda”. The conference was cancelled because it coincided with the executive order signed by President Trump on October 6, 2017 lifting US Sudan sanctions. While the 2017 IM general conference was cancelled, that did not mean the NCP regime abandoned its Islamist extremist ideology. It was simply a deception by Sudan President Bashir to hide his continuing support of Islamic Revolution with the objective of spreading extremist Islamic ideology globally.
The Significance of the 2012 Islamic Movement Conference Concluding Declaration
The concluding declaration of the 2012 conference was delivered by Sheik Ali Osman Mohammed Taha. He held the position of First Vice President of Sudan since the NCP coup of 1989 until his resignation in December 8, 2013. Taha is considered a hard-line ideologue within the NCP second only to the late Sheik Hassan Abdallah al-Turabi, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood Organization in Sudan. The 2012 General IM conference speech by Taha conveys Bashir’s continuing Muslim Brotherhood/NCP vision supporting global Islamic extremist groups.
What follows is a translation of Taha’s address. It amounts to complete dismissal of the authority of any Western countries. It espouses the Islamic extremist ideology imperative of solidarity of the Muslim Brothers in the Umma to follow jihad. It clearly expresses the Bashir NCP regime contempt for any accommodation with the US, even after Sudan sanctions are lifted. In its stead, Taha's address emphatically emphasized renewal of relations across the global Muslim Jihadists effectively rebuking the Western world rejection of Islamic fundamentalist ideology. It backs the Palestinian cause, rejects Jerusalem as the Jewish nation of Israel’s capital. It rejects the authority of the UN and the U.N. Security Council. Implicitly, it is a call for Islamic terrorism in the name of Jihad.
This translation of the video of the 2012 IM conference’s closing speech demonstrates that the NCP regime of Sudan continues to support Islamic extremist organizations in the world. Taha stated it emphatically, loud and clear. Countries fighting the global war on terrorism might not have access to Taha’s speech conveying explicitly the Islamic terror intentions of the Khartoum regime. Thus, its publication, we trust should arouse concerns and renewed efforts to monitor closely the activities of the Bashir regime and Muslim Brotherhood allies, Qatar, Turkey and Iran.
Taha’s 2012 IM Conference Speech Translated
Watch the video of Taha’s IM closing speech at the 2012 National Islamic Movement convention. What follows is the translation from the Arabic of his speech at the 2012 IM conference.
Ali Osman Mohamed Taha’s Closing Speech of the 8th Conference of the Sudanese Islamic Movement
Translated into English
November 20, 2012 Khartoum, Sudan
Gen. Abakar M. Abdallah, Abdulhaleim Hassan and Deborah P. Martin
We declare from here that the Islamic Movement (IM) is making a commitment and promising its other sisters in all Islamic movements in the world: that the readiness is legitimate for building the Umma (Islamic empire), for the good/benefit of the Umma, to activate our capacity, for rebuilding the (old Islamic) pride. Enough of the weakness, enough of the differences (between us), enough of being shamed, enough of insults. We must raise our standard/flag (declare Islamic jihad). We must raise our (fundamentalist Islamic) voices. There is no room to shout triumphantly nor be driven by emotions, but we must raise our voices as a call (that everyone can hear and obey):
Allahu Akbar! -Allahu Akbar! (God is Great! – (God is Great!)-
Allahu Akbar! -Allahu Akbar! (God is Great! (God is Great!),
Allahu Akbar! -Allahu Akbar! (God is Great! (God is Great!), -
Allahu Akbar! (God is Great! (God is Great!) for the victory of the Umma,
Allahu Akbar! (God is Great!) defeat the people who commit injustice (non-Muslims).
Allahu Akbar! (God is Great!) to break our aggressors,
Allahu Akbar! (God is Great!) victory for the weak.
Allahu Akbar for the liberation of Guds (Jerusalem)-
Allahu Akbar for liberation of Palestine,
Allahu Akbar! (God is Great!) for victory of any weak Muslim,
Allahu Akbar! (God is Great!) for the reviving of all the world’s Islamic Umma Organizations:
to strengthen their capabilities and tools,
to make an awareness of the Umma,
to set them on fire,
to drive capabilities toward all of humanity.
Call for the new world order against injustice:
No to the United Nations [audience says Allahu Akbar! (God is Great!) ]-
No to the United Nations Security Council [audience says Allahu Akbar! (God is Great!)] -
No to the unjust international council. [audience says Allahu Akbar! (God is Great!)]
Islam is coming! - Islam is coming! - from Sudan is coming! - from Egypt is coming! - from Libya is already in front! - from Sri Lanka is coming! - from Nigeria is underway! - from Somalia is fully involved! from all the Umma under that Islamic standard (flag) of the prophet, the standard of the prophet, under the light (spirit) of the Koran, by the name of war we will dismantle everything that is invalid, so that we meet Allah (die in a jihad).
I’m calling on you messenger of Allah [pointing his finger]. I’m calling on you Lord of the sky. ‘Spearholders don’t move from your places.’- The spears in the mountains, in the Uhud mountains [paraphrase from Prophet Mohammad Battle of al Uhud]. You are not one of us, if you demand the world (not to die) and you are not one of us, if you sold our promise. We are for those who pay their life for Islam (taking a shahadah before death). We are for (our) promise. We are for the case. We are for The Islam. God bless our efforts. God prove our work. Clean our hearts. Guide our feet. Support us and support us, support us because you are able to do everything. Peace upon you, God bless you!
East London/Essex again. I worked in Ilford as a young woman, and from age 11 until last year had friends in the district. From the Ilford Recorder
An Ilford teenage extremist behind a campaign to promote jihad has pleaded guilty to three charges of terrorism.
The 17-year-old admitted creating flyers and CDs, featuring lectures by a banned hate-preacher, which were found in prayer rooms in two of London’s biggest hospitals.
At Westminster Magistrates’ Court today, the teenager, who cannot be identified because of his age, pleaded guilty to two charges of encouraging and assisting the commission of a terrorist offence between December 2016 and October last year.
At the hearing, Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot threatened to jail the teenager unless his family can prove that they are doing all they can to stop him reoffending. She said: “This boy is nearly 18. This is a very serious offence. I’m going to need to know all I can about the family. If there’s no family stopping this from happening I’m going to lock him up, quite frankly.” You should have locked him up at once.
The defendant was tracked down when a carrier bag containing flyers titled “Go my Muslim brothers and fight for the mujahideen in Chechnya and become martyrs for the sake of Allah” was left on the Hammersmith and City line in April last year.
The owner of the bag was traced via CCTV and his travelcard to Royal London Hospital where a pile of CDs marked “Free. Take me” were found in a cupboard in the prayer and contemplation room.
Following an investigation to find the owner of the bag - a man aged in his 50s - a search was carried out at University College Hospital where further extremist material was found in the prayer room. The link between the two men is unclear.
The teenager, who appeared at court with his parents, was linked to the flyers and CDs using DNA evidence and his home was raided on October 11 last year.
Police discovered a number of disks identical to those found at the hospitals, as well as the computer used to manufacture the flyers.
He has been granted bail (until sentencing on March 5th) on condition he live and sleep at his home address, surrenders his passport and reports to his local police station three times a week. I fear he is already on a plane to his uncles in Pakistan...
In video evidence, the 11-year-old told the Old Bailey that his teacher Umar Ahmed Haque, 25, held regular grooming sessions at the Ripple Road Mosque. The teacher is alleged to have shown a group of boys videos of violence between Islamic State and Britain.
“He showed us Islamic State are good...He said that when we grow up, we have to fight with the Islamic State and help them stop these bombings. So you had to be together with the Islamic State.
“I was thinking we should fight against them if they are bombing us and destroying Britain and that’s when he showed us the good side of them. “I felt kind of like sad and determined, no offence, but to kill all the people that were . . . the Queen sometimes. But at the time I didn’t know what was happening.”
He said that he now regrets thinking Islamic State were good.
Another boy said that they were made to promise that they wouldn’t tell their parents what was happening at the mosque.
A teenager who planned to travel to Syria to commit terrorist acts after being radicalised in on-line chatrooms has been jailed. Muslim convert Sandeep Samra, aged 18, has been handed a three-and-a-half-year custodial sentence.
The teenage girl, from Coventry, became frantic to obtain a new passport after her original travel documents were cancelled, frustrating her hope of "going for death" in the so-called Islamic State. . . Samra, of Alder Road, wrote "May Allah give me death in the cause" in a social media message shortly before her arrest in nearby Old Church Road last July.
The health and social care student, originally from a Sikh background, told the court her "jihad" would have been working as a nurse in Syria.
Rejecting that claim and jailing Samra, the Recorder of Birmingham, Judge Melbourne Inman QC told the teenager: "You were intent on leaving the UK to travel to Syria as quickly as possible. You were deeply radicalised and in possession of the most extreme material, which you were effectively training yourself to watch given the horrific nature of it. Fortunately you were found and stopped before you were ever able to in fact travel."
Videos found on the device and a further handset included one showing an Isis fighter carrying out an execution, while a message was recovered stating that Samra intended to "join in with the brothers."
I’ve long been eager to reject my toxic masculinity, and there’s nothing I’d rather do than to realize my net worth. So I eagerly read the article. And now that I’ve finished it, I am convinced that no comment I might make could begin to do it justice. It cannot be improved upon. It is a perfect specimen of its type.
Here is that article:
“Several years ago, at 35 years old,
Sic for “when I was 35.”
I converted to Islam. As I began to practice the religion, I unexpectedly felt an awakening of my feminine energy. Growing up in America, I rarely received any encouragement for my femaleness: I grew up distrusting my intuition in favor of verifiable facts,
Yes, of course, why should anyone favor “verifiable facts” over one’s “intuition”?
I learned to keep the discomfort of my menstrual cycles to myself and continued on those difficult days as if they were like any other. It was widely accepted by my female colleagues that we would be penalized in the professional world in [sic] if we had kids too soon or had too many. I had little notion of what feminine energy was and I was blind to just how hyper-masculine our Western culture is.
Part of being Muslim is praying five times a day. After converting, I began to learn the prayers right away, starting with one prayer a day and working my way up until I had incorporated all five into my daily schedule. Along the way, a curious thing happened; for the very first time in my life, I began looking forward to my menstrual cycle. Women are excused from the daily prayer during this time of the month. I had been having my period for more than twenty years and, for the first time in my life, I was being told, “Rest, take it easy, you are excused from these duties.” And who was telling me? My Creator. This was a kind of care I had rarely received, and it initiated in me a gradual thawing, an uncovering of my long-suppressed female energy.
AS I BEGAN TO PRACTICE THE RELIGION, I UNEXPECTEDLY FELT AN AWAKENING OF MY FEMININE ENERGY.
Eight years after my conversion, I took a spiritual journey to Turkey with two other converts and a Turkish guide, who was a deeply spiritual man. It was Ramadan and my first time spending the holy month in a Muslim country. After years of experiencing Ramadan in the United States as a mostly solo endeavor, I had an immersive, cultural and spiritual experience with shared sahoots and iftars, strangers opening their homes, preparing feasts of food and love, exchanging gifts and peace, with so much harmony and tranquility. An unprecedented level of care and nurturing enveloped me once again.
One day, in the early pre-dawn, we visited the Eyup Sultan Mosque in Istanbul. This mosque was built next to the grave of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (known as Eyup Sultan in Turkish), the last survivor of the close circle of companions around the Prophet Muhammad. As our group walked towards the mosque and turned the corner after our sahoor
Sic for “suhoor.”
at a nearby restaurant, I was shocked to see the street flooded with Turkish women during the very early morning hour. Dressed in silk scarves and pardesüler (long tailored, fitted overcoats) they streamed toward the courtyard where the women would pray. I joined the stream of women and I felt the physical sensation of my heart splitting open and God’s Mercy whooshing in. The ice cracked, the hardness of my heart suddenly softened.
A week later, I returned to the United States. As my spirit transformed from this experience, this new love-soaked energy, I wanted to create, serve, to be of use, nurture, love. I could not calm down. My husband asked, “What happened to you over there? Did you have brain surgery?” “No” I replied, “I had heart surgery.”
That supreme nurturing, not only by the Most Merciful, but by my Turkish hosts and their embracing culture, gave me a sense of worth tied to my own humanity. That feeling of being worthy birthed this powerful female energy.
THIS WAS A KIND OF CARE I HAD RARELY RECEIVED, AND IT INITIATED IN ME A GRADUAL THAWING, AN UNCOVERING OF MY LONG-SUPPRESSED FEMALE ENERGY.
One year ago for the first Women’s March, I metroed with my close Jewish and Muslim friends to downtown D.C., where we converged with epic, Hajj-sized crowds filling one mile of Independence Avenue and spilling over to cover our National Mall. Sister protests were organized in 550 cities and towns in the United States and in more than 100 countries in every corner of the globe in an unprecedented show of solidarity. Women and men from all orientations and human expressions converged to stand together and say, “We matter. You will not marginalize us, dehumanize us, commit violence upon our bodies. We have worth. We will occupy physical space with that worth.” We came together in crowds so huge and so peaceful, there was no denying our worthiness.
Since then, we have seen an explosion in the #MeToo movement. The #MeToo movement is many things, but at its heart is women refusing to no longer
Sic for “any” longer.
be treated as unworthy.
With our polarized identity politics in this nation, we have rushed headlong into post-modernist truisms that everyone is unique, everyone’s “truth” is equally valid. In giving highest value to living out our individualized truths, we have ignored that we are asking for this acceptance inside a system of gross inequality and a perverted patriarchy that all too often gets expressed as violence against women. In this rush to claim our personal truths, we skip over a greater truth: that such a thing as feminine energy exists, that women’s procreative and nurturing energies are vital for healthy societies. All manner of wisdom traditions, including Islam, support this greater truth.
Leaping so quickly to post-modernism, our identity politics have taken shape within the space of toxic White male supremacy that rests on a specific social hierarchy. In our society that claims to be a meritocracy, one’s place on the social hierarchy inevitably sears degrees of worthiness. In a way, our country birthed a bastardization of patriarchy, but it is not a bastardization in the traditional meaning of the word. It is a bastardization where patriarchy is born without the balance of female energy (as opposed to an unknown father) and without the notions of care, nurturing, support and appreciation that emerge from it.
“THE #METOO MOVEMENT IS MANY THINGS, BUT AT ITS HEART IS WOMEN REFUSING TO NO LONGER BE TREATED AS UNWORTHY.
Again, sic for “refusing to any longer.”
In this patriarchy, as the stories from #MeToo amply illustrate, women have been asked to squeeze themselves into a male-centric society and way of doing things. You want a seat at the table? Well, they say: we set the rules, and you must conform to our way of doing things, and you must do whatever we ask, and in the way we like it, or you cannot have access to the keys we hold, and if you try to inject your vision, to infuse your essence, then we will stamp that out, we will squash you, we will remind you that we are the top of the hierarchy, and you are lucky to have a seat at the table where a few crumbs might fall your way.
How can the resulting psychology of this be anything but women feeling a deep and abiding sense of unworthiness?
The Women’s March was a collective of women standing up and saying, in response, that we are worthy and we will be seen and heard. We will not be reduced to pussies for you to grab.
Women refuse to be considered unworthy any longer. Times
Sic for “Time’s.”
Up! If our Western culture decides to stop trying to contain and control feminine energy, what ways of understanding will replace it? How do we build a society that values the masculine and the feminine, that gives space to the grand diversity within masculinity and femininity without either seeking to minimizing or control the energy of the other? We must all claim our worth, not as a way of asserting superiority, but in [sic] a humility that acknowledges our humanity and our authentic selves.
Here I have appended, on the subject of women in Islam, Qur’anic verses, stories from the hadith, excerpts from the biographer of Muhammad, Ibn Ishaq, from the historian Al-Tabari, about women in Islam, all collected at thereligionofpeace.com (and shamelessly lifted by me). They are offered below, to gently remind Margaret Johnson of what her new faith teaches, and which she has, it seems, managed to overlook:
Quran (4:11) – (Inheritance) “The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females” (see also verse 4:176). In Islam, sexism is mathematically established.
Quran (2:282) – (Court testimony) “And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not found then a man and two women.” Muslim apologists offer creative explanations to explain why Allah felt that a man’s testimony in court should be valued twice as highly as a woman’s, but studies consistently show that women are actually less likely to tell lies than men, meaning that they make more reliable witnesses.
Quran (2:228) – “and the men are a degree above them [women]”
Quran (5:6) – “And if ye are unclean, purify yourselves. And if ye are sick or on a journey, or one of you cometh from the closet, or ye have had contact with women, and ye find not water, then go to clean, high ground and rub your faces and your hands with some of it/” Men are to rub dirt or water on their hands to purify themselves, following casual contact with a woman (such as shaking hands).
Quran (24:31) – Women are to lower their gaze around men, so they do not look them in the eye
Quran (2:223) – “Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will…” A man has dominion over his wives’ bodies as he does his land. This verse is overtly sexual. There is some dispute as to whether it is referring to the practice of anal intercourse. If this is what Muhammad meant, then it would appear to contradict what he said in Muslim (8:3365).
Quran (4:3) – (Wife-to-husband ratio) “Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four” Inequality by numbers.
Quran (53:27) – “Those who believe not in the Hereafter, name the angels with female names.” Angels are sublime beings, and would therefore be male.
Quran (4:24) and Quran (33:50) – A man is permitted to take women as sex slaves outside of marriage. Note that the verse distinguishes wives from captives (those whom their ‘right hand possesses”).
Hadith and Sira
Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – “[Muhammad] said, ‘Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?’ They replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her intelligence.'”
Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – continued – “[Muhammad said] ‘Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?’ The women replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her religion.'” Allah has made women deficient in the practice of their religion as well, by giving them menstrual cycles.
Sahih Bukhari (2:28) & Sahih Bukhari (54:464) – Women comprise the majority of Hell’s occupants. This is important because the only women in heaven mentioned explicitly by Muhammad are the virgins who serve the sexual desires of men. (A weak Hadith, Kanz al-`ummal, 22:10, even suggests that 99% of women go to Hell).
Sahih Bukhari (62:81) – “The Prophet said: “‘The stipulations most entitled to be abided by are those with which you are given the right to enjoy the (women’s) private parts (i.e. the stipulations of the marriage contract).'” In other words, the most important thing a woman brings to marriage is between her legs.
Sahih Bukhari (62:58) – A woman presents herself in marriage to Muhammad, but he does not find her attractive, so he “donates” her on the spot to another man.
Sahih Muslim (4:1039) – “A’isha said [to Muhammad]: ‘You have made us equal to the dogs and the asses'” These are the words of Muhammad’s favorite wife, complaining of the role assigned to women under Islam.
Abu Dawud (2:704) – “…the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: When one of you prays without a sutrah, a dog, an ass, a pig, a Jew, a Magian, and a woman cut off his prayer, but it will suffice if they pass in front of him at a distance of over a stone’s throw.”
Abu Dawud (2155) – Women are compared to slaves and camels with regard to the “evil” in them.
Ishaq 734 – “As for Ali, he said, ‘Women are plentiful, and you can easily change one for another.'” Ali was raised as a son by Muhammad. He was also the 4th caliph. This comment was made in Muhammad’s presence without a word of rebuke from him.
Ishaq 878 – “From the captives of Hunayn, Allah’s Messenger gave [his son-in-law] Ali a slave girl called Rayta and he gave [future Caliph] Uthman a slave girl called Zaynab and [future “Caliph] Umar a girl to whom Umar gave to his son.” – Even in this world, Muhammad treated women like party favors, handing out enslaved women to his cronies for sex.
Ibn Ishaq 693 – “Then the apostle sent Sa-d b. Zayd al-Ansari, brother of Abdu’l-Ashal with some of the captive women of Banu Qurayza to Najd and he sold them for horses and weapons.” Muhammad traded captured women for horses.
Al-Tirmidhi 3272 – “When Allah’s Messenger was asked which woman was best he replied, ‘The one who pleases (her husband) when he looks at her, obeys him when he gives a command, and does not go against his wishes regarding her person or property by doing anything of which he disapproves’.” (See also Abu Dawud 1664)
Tabari 8:117 – The fate of more captured farm wives, whom the Muslims distributed amongst themselves as sex slaves: “Dihyah had asked the Messenger for Safiyah when the Prophet chose her for himself… the Apostle traded for Safiyah by giving Dihyah her two cousins. The women of Khaybar were distributed among the Muslims.”
Tabari 9:137 – “Allah granted Rayhana of the Qurayza to Muhammad as booty.”
Ishaq 969 – “Lay injunctions on women kindly, for they are prisoners with you having no control of their persons.” – This same text also says that wives may be beaten for “unseemliness”.
Tabari 9:1754 – “Treat women well, for they are [like] domestic animals with you and do not possess anything for themselves.” From Muhammad’s ‘Farewell Sermon’.
Here are a few recent statements on the position and role of women in Islamic society, also found at thereligionofpeace.com:
The fourth Caliph, who was Muhammad’s son-in-law and cousin, said just a few years after the prophet’s death that “The entire woman is an evil. And what is worse is that it is a necessary evil.”
“A traditional Islamic saying is that, “A woman’s heaven is beneath her husband’s feet.” One of the world’s most respected Quran commentaries explains that, “Women are like cows, horses, and camels, for all are ridden.” (Tafsir al-Qurtubi)
‘The revered Islamic scholar, al-Ghazali, who has been called ‘the greatest Muslim after Muhammad,’ writes that the role of a Muslim woman is to “stay at home and get on with her sewing. She should not go out often, she must not be well-informed, nor must she be communicative with her neighbors and only visit them when absolutely necessary; she should take care of her husband… and seek to satisfy him in everything… Her sole worry should be her virtue… She should be clean and ready to satisfy her husband’s sexual needs at any moment.” [Ibn Warraq]
A Yemeni cleric recently explained in a television broadcast what makes women inferior and unable, say, to serve as good witnesses: “Women are subject to menstruation, when their endurance and mental capacity for concentration are diminished. When a woman witnesses a killing or an accident, she becomes frightened, moves away, and sometimes even faints, and she cannot even watch the incident.”
During a 2012 talk show on an Egyptian television channel, a cleric slammed Christianity – in part for teaching gender equality: “the Christian religion does not differentiate between women and men, but it confirms their perfect equality: it gives them an equal share in inheritance, it bans divorce, and it bans polygamy.”
In 2014, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasized that men and women are not equal: “Our religion has defined a position for women (in society): motherhood.”
“Islamic law also specifies that when a woman is murdered by a man, her family is owed only half as much “blood money” (diya) as they would be if she had been a man. (The life of a non-Muslim is generally assessed at one-third).
“Homa Darabi was a talented physician who took her own life by setting herself on fire in a public protest against the oppression of women in Islamic Iran. She did this after a 16-year-old girl was shot to death for wearing lipstick. In the book, Why We Left Islam, her sister includes a direct quote from one of the country’s leading clerics:
“The specific task of women in this society is to marry and bear children. They will be discouraged from entering legislative, judicial, or whatever careers which may require decision-making, as women lack the intellectual ability and discerning judgment required for these careers.” Ayatolllah Khomeini
“Modern day cleric Abu Ishaq al-Huwaini has called for a return of the slave markets, where Muslim men can order concubines. In this man’s ideal world, “when I want a sex-slave, I go to the market and pick whichever female I desire and buy her.”
Margaret Johnson, “sociologist, writer, and business owner,” may find what I have posted above just as enlightening as many of us found her article.
The ongoing long running drama in political theater in the U.S. Congress depicting the story and fantasies of alleged relations and collusion between the presidential campaign team of Donald Trump and unnamed Russians bids fair to outlast any commercial offering on New York's Broadway.
The Congressional drama has everything: 50,000 missing (now found) text messages sent between two FBI agents, one the deputy head of counterintelligence and the other a lawyer, the two physically involved and both politically hostile to Trump, inexplicable problems and technical glitches with official mobile phones and software, puzzling softening of language by a FBI director, an alleged secret society with a political agenda within the FBI, a critical dossier written by a former British spy and funded by the opposition party, and talk of "extensive conspiracies with the Kremlin."
With little exaggeration, the Washington farce appears to be the counterpart of the British comedy The Play that GoesWrong, with its unceasing mishaps, doors sticking, props falling, characters missing cues or forgetting their lines.
We spectators wonder who the hero or the villain of the Washington drama will turn out to be at the revelation at the denouement of the drama. One candiate conspicuous for backing into the limelight is Adam B. Schiff, US Representative for California, 28th District. He has played an ardent role as top Democrat in the House Permanent Select Commitee on Intelligence since March 2017. In this Winter's Tale he resembles a modern day "snapper up of unconsidered triffles."
Rep Schiff speaks with assurance that he possesses the truth. On December 10, 2017 he assured the rest of the cast in the drama that "The Russians offered help, the (Trump) campaign accepted help. The Russians gave help, and the President made full use of that help." The dialogue of this rather extravagent statement is less akin to normal parliamentary discussion than to Alice in Wonderland, "Sentence first-verdict afterword," or to the self-assurance of the amusing and bumbling French detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the amusing and somewhat eccentric character played by Peter Sellers.
Irrespective of the arguments made by participants in the Congressional drama, one factor needs further development. On January 22, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded to the issue of the 50,000 missing text messages. No stone will be left unturned to confirm why they are not available. "We will," he said, "use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source." And they were found.
Everyone inside and outside Washington will agree on the driving force of technology in search of the truth as for economic growth. No one doubts the resourcefulness of American business and technology, as every purchaser of the Apple iPhone X and iPads appreciates, and anticipates with the arrival of voice-activated speaker HomePod.
But it is worth considering the power and effectivenesss of Russian technology in the Congressional drama of alleged attempts by Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, any collusion betweeen unnamed Russians and members of the Trump campaign team, charges of obstruction of justice, and the significance of undisclosed meetings, later remembered in tranquility, especially those meetings with the former Russian Ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, to the U.S.
This pause for thought is occassioned by the publication of two studies recently issued by academic and responsible organizations, one by the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index and the other by Cornell University's Insead business school and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
The 2018 Bloomberg Index, based on seven criteria including research and development spending, patent activity, and concentration of high-tech public companies, outlines the ranking of the worlds' most innovative countries. For the first time in the history of the Index the U.S. has dropped out of the top ten countries. Those countries in order are South Korea, Sweden, Singapore , Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Finland, Denmark, France, and Israel. It is relevant for the Washington inquiry into collusion between Russia and the Trump team that the U.S., which had been ninth in 2017, is now number 11, while Russia, the supposed architect of an extensive conspiracy is ranked number 25.
These declines in ranking of innovative development in the US and Russia suggest a decline in scientific education and in the proportion of science and engineering graduates in the labor force, and the need for more government funding for research, and for technological initiatives.
The second report, that may be helpful in assessing Washington activity is the 2017 Global Innovation Index, issued by the joint group, Cornell University's Insead business school and the World Intellectial Property Organization. The 2017 Index, which focuses on innovation in agriculture and food systems, has different rankings from Bloomberg. It places Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, US and the UK as the most innovative countries, and shows a rise in other countries. India is an emerging innovation center in Asia, and nine of the countries are in the Sub-Saharan region. Russia is not listed in the 25 countries surveyed.
Ranking of countries obviously changes from year to year, depending on various factors: the amount of government research and development budgets; advances in industrial and agricultural technologies and innovations; breakthroughs in areas such as genetics and nano-and biotechnologies; progress in information technology; the use of sensors, drones, robots, and even virtual reality; the impact of globalization; multilateral trade agreements; the amount of protectionism; and political sensitivities that affect economic behavior.
We can therefore expect changes in the ranking of the U.S. and Russia from the innovative and development perspective. But at present, caution is desirable in assessing the innovative capacities of Russia.
Evidently Russia has been involved in the U.S. as elsewhere in financial deals, in property, and business enterprises, purchases of sports teams, money laundering, and attempts to overcome the Magnitsky Act, the 2012 law that bars Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses from entering the U.S.
It is also clear that Russia is playing a questionable and undesirable role in the civil war in Syria and may be held at least partly accountable for a chemical weapon attack in that war. Yet what is surprising, and relevant to the drama in DC are the reports on the relatively low level of innovation in Russia. The beginning of wisdom for Congress members eagerly searching to find collusion in the 2016 presidential election is to consider whether they have given Russia too much credit for its technological advances.
Anne Marie Waters is the founder of For Britain, a new anti-jihad party in the UK. Waters was also the initiator of Sharia Watch UK. She started For Britain after losing the Ukip leadership contest back in October 2017, when Waters and her supporters were branded “Nazis and racists” by Nigel Farage and Henry Bolton, the party’s new leader. Since then all the usual suspects have come out of the woodwork to brand her and her party ‘far right’ and ‘extremist’. This is a shame since in my opinion Ms. Waters is the one taking a stand against genuine political and religious extremism. As she says on the For Britain website http://www.forbritain.uk/
“We are not far-right, we are not far-left, we are simply the decent majority who want our social values intact. We are tired of mass immigration bringing with it practices that are abhorrent to us. We are tired of being ignored when we complain about this, or worse, labelled racists and fascists. We will not accept this any longer.”
It really comes down to one thing – to one primary question – What is Islam, and what do we mean by Islam? Because if we are going to decide this we must know what we are talking about. So, what is it? You may hear from the other side of this debate this evening that Islam is whatever Muslims make it. That it is essentially subjective. But by very definition this can’t be true. People look to religion for guidance, for advice on how to live, therefore there must be an objective source for people to turn to for that guidance. In the case of religions, the objective source is usually a core written scripture or the philosophy of its founder or both. In short, Islam and Muslims are not the same thing. The follower and the guidance they follow cannot by definition be the same thing.
Muslims are human beings with all the complexities of human beings. They are the readers of the book not the book itself. And many will interpret that book differently – but the book remains the same. It is objective. So, if Islam is not Muslims then what is it? And you may also hear from the other side of this debate that the Islam that I describe, is not the true Islam. And that the truer Islam is compatible with Western Society. So, what is true Islam?
Islam is the Koran and Mohammed, or it’s nothing. If Islam is not the Koran and Mohammed than this pen (she is holding a black pen) I am holding is yellow. In other words, nothing has an objective reality – everything is what we want it to be but in reality, it isn’t. This pen is black not yellow, and Islam is the Koran and Mohammed. And to understand then, whether Islam is compatible with the West you have to look to the Koran and Mohammed, and it’s here that the interpretation dilemma begins.
Now, to get an idea of how Islam is interpreted by Islamic scholars, imams, and leaders of Islamic states the world over we can use this to decide whether it is compatible with the West. And I’ll briefly address what is meant by the West - and we all know what we mean by the West – especially in the context of this evening. We mean freedoms, we mean religious and philosophical freedom, equal rights for all people before the law, science and reason, freedom of speech and expression – for our purposes tonight, that I would argue, is what we mean by the West. And however imperfect the West may be – those freedoms do still – there is still a light shining – they still represent the West we are discussing.
So, let’s see some examples of how Islam is interpreted by its scholars and its leaders.
There are 13 countries in the world that execute people for blasphemy and apostacy. And these are Muslim majority. And the death penalty is justified and sustained by reference to Islamic scripture by religious leaders. This is not the extreme fringe - it’s the law of the land and such laws have widespread public support in many nations, and largely I would argue, because it is justified in Islamic scriptures.
Now the difference between religious freedom and death for blasphemy cannot be any more stark. They are each other’s opposite. They are therefore entirely irreconcilable. There’s no middle ground – It’s one or the other.
Equal treatment for all people before the law – and nowhere is this difference between Islam and the West seen more profoundly than in the status and treatment of women. In the West however imperfect we may be in practice, violence against women is a criminal offence. And a woman has the same social and political rights as a man.
Now in Islam, in both scripture and practice this is far from the case. The Koran designates women to be inferior to men and across the Muslim world the mainstream, not the fringe, women are subject to forced marriage, child marriage, honour violence and injustices – great injustices such as their testimony being worth less than a man’s, by the state – this is the treatment they receive by the state – it is a treatment of women that most western women simply would find unfathomable. It is not therefore reconcilable with the concept of equal rights of all people before the law as we know it in western democracies.
And a further argument you may hear is ‘not all Muslims behave like this’ so therefore it can’t be Islamic. It is Islamic. It is Islamic because it comes from the Islamic scriptures, and what moderate Muslim societies demonstrate is not a moderate form of Islam but a distance from Islam. In other words, the more influence Islam has in a society, the fewer freedoms and rights can be found.
In summary the question you are being asked this evening is What is Islam? Is it, with respect, the wishful thinking of reformed or moderate Muslims? Or is it the literal text of the Koran? Others are asking you to accept that Islam is what they say it is. I’m arguing that you should accept Islam as the Koran says it is. Not what I say it is but as the Koran and the Hadiths of Mohammed say it is. And what they say it is - is not by any objective standard reconcilable with Western freedoms as we understand them today….
The former US Secretary of State also surprised his interlocutor by saying he was seriously considering running for president in 2020.
During the conversation, according to the report, Kerry asked Agha [a close associate of Mahmoud Abbas] to convey a message to Abbas and ask him to “hold on and be strong.” Tell him, he told Agha, “that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President [Donald] Trump’s demands.”
According to Kerry, Trump will not remain in office for a long time. It was reported that Kerry said that within a year there was a good chance that Trump would not be in the White House.
Umar Haque denies preparing acts of terrorism between March 25 and May 18 2017. Jurors heard the religious teacher told a group of 30 boys as young as 11 that fighting was “good” and he was under orders from Islamic State. He instructed them in various terrorism scenarios involving guns and bombs as he aimed to recruit 300 jihadis, it is claimed.
The Old Bailey trial was shown a videoed police interview with a child, who said: “He is teaching us terrorism, like how to fight.”
The youngster said: “He has been training us, kind of. Apparently fighting is good. If you fight for the sake of Allah, on Judgment Day when you get judged for your good deeds and bad deeds, fighting is good.
“Umar has been teaching us how to fight, do push-ups, given strength and within six years he was planning to do a big attack on London.
“He wants a group of 300 men. He’s training us now so by the time I’m in Year 10 (aged 14-15) we will be physically strong enough to fight. We done this scenario how to fight, pretending that three boys had guns in their hand.”
He said the boys would split into groups of police and “normal people”. There would be a “car bomb” and people would attack the police and their “back up” when they arrived, he said.
He went on: “Umar, apparently, he told us boys he is part of Islamic State and Islamic State ordered him to do a big attack in London. He showed us video clips to encourage us and have faith in god. He showed us a video of Great Britain helping Americans drop bombs in Syria. He said the Syrian people wanted them to “fight the Americans back”.
On the need for secrecy, the boy, who cannot be identified, said: “We took an oath like we would not tell our parents. If we did not promise, we would go down a group.”
The prosecution allege Haque had decided to carry out one or more violent attacks in 2016 and early 2017 in the name of IS and hoped to inspire others to join in. Abuthaher Mamun, 19, Muhammad Abid, 27, and Nadeem Patel, 26, are accused of helping him in various ways. The defendants, who all lived in east London, have denied the charges.
A British government body addressing loneliness epitomizes bureaucratic overreach.
by Theodore Dalrymple
In the general Confession that begins the Anglican Church’s morning service are the following words: “We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us.”
These words might serve not as the confession of the British government, but rather as a description of it. Last week, for example, it appointed a minister with responsibility for (or is it against?) loneliness. A parliamentary commission found that about a seventh of the population suffers from it, and that therefore it was the duty of the government to do something about it. For who, if not the government, is responsible for ensuring that everyone has a social life and friends and relatives who visit? After all, it was government policy that smashed up the family in the first place.
A government minister, of course, needs a department; she (in this case) must have subordinates, a press department, a bureaucracy, a ministerial car, and a ministerial pension. Of course, in the last analysis, she will be responsible for the activities of her department. It is a lonely business, being a minister.
The commission on loneliness was instituted by Jo Cox, the Member of Parliament murdered by a far-Right fanatic during the Brexit referendum campaign. In a country in which sentimentality has so powerful a grip, this meant that no one could criticize Cox’s commission without appearing heartless. Cox was already a secular saint: she had spent much of her career in a senior position in Oxfam, the antipoverty “charity” whose largest contributor by far is the British government and which derives by far the greater part of its funds from public bodies. Her husband worked in another such “charity,” whose largest donor by far was also the British government.
While the government busied itself with the task of reducing loneliness, or at least with the creation of a bureaucracy with the task supposedly of reducing loneliness, it did not concern itself very much with the abundant evidence, now extending over decades, that it has long presided over the most crime-ridden country in Western Europe. After all, only one crime is recorded by the police—alas, not the same as the number of crimes known to the police—for every two lonely people found by the parliamentary commission on loneliness. It is obvious, then, which of these two problems, loneliness or crime, should attract more of the government’s attention; and it is possible, after all, that people commit crimes because they are lonely. Who can say?
Sydney, Australia: NSW Police Charge Federal Public Servant Over Funding of Jihad Terror
As reported by the ABC yesterday. Interestingly, in the pixellated images of the arrest, one can tell that the arrested person - a woman aged 40 - is not wearing Islamic dress. Despite that, I would be surprised if she turns out not to be Muslim by either upbringing or conversion. I find it difficult to believe that any non-Muslim person would willingly send tens of thousands of dollars to swell the coffers of the Islamic State jihad terror organisation.
'NSW Police Charge 40 Year Old Federal Public Servant Over Allegedly Giving Thousands to Islamic State'.
'A federal public servant from western Sydney (that is: "from heavily-Islamised western Sydney" - CM) has been charged after allegedly giving Islamic State more than $30,000.
'Members of the Joint Counter-Terrorism Team (JCTT) arrested the 40-year-old woman (note: 40 years old; so not some silly, impressionable teenager - CM) at Guildford about 7.30 am on Tuesday and took her to Parramatta Police Station.
'The woman, who is an Australian citizen (by birth or by naturalisation? - CM) was charged with five counts of making funds available or receiving funds from a terrorist organisation.
'New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Willing said that there was no danger to the community.
Except from the non-stop entrisme, the infiltration and subversion, that is going on every day, on the part of the Mohammedan fifth columnists inside the gates of infidel Australia. - CM
"We'll be alleging that between February 2015 and October 2015 the woman electronically transferred money to fund a proscribed terrorist organisation, being Islamic State", he said.
She would have been around 37 at the time, if she's 40 now. And... what's she been up to since? Who's she hanging around with? Does she or anyone she knows attend a mosque? Which one/s? - CM
'He said police would allege the woman used Western Union to transfer the money.
'The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation - named Operation PEQIN - into several people (I bet that should be, "several Muslims" - CM) alleged to be involved in terrorist activities.
Several. And the rest... - CM
'The JCTT is a collaboration between NSW Police and Australian Federal Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), and the NSW Crime Commission.
'Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had been "well briefed" on the arrest.
"This is another example of the excellent work of our Joint Counter Terrorism Teams between the Federal Police, ASIO, and the NSW Police in this case", he said.
"We work very, very closely together. Good intelligence and good cooperation enables terrorist plots and activities to be disrupted".
Yeah. Playing expensive games of whack-a-mole. Band-aids. Treating symptoms, not the cause.
Imagine: if we had never allowed thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands - now nearly a million, 600 000 or more in the last census - of Muslims to settle within Australia's gates, in territory that they are taught by their cult to view as Dar al Harb, the Zone of War, we wouldn't need this JCTT, we wouldn't have to be continually - at vast expenditure of man-hours and money - chasing after and attempting to thwart jihad plots and plotters and enablers and financiers (like this woman, who was employed by the Commonwealth Public Service in some capacity; how many more Muslims are there, whether cradle Muslims or else stupid - or evil - converts to the Death Cult, embedded within our state and commonwealth public service in all its levels and branches, all of them in esse or in posse enemy agents/ sleeper cells?).
The simplest and least expensive way to secure Australia against this sort of thing - the jihad waged from within - is to refuse to allow even one more identifiable Muslim inside the gates - not as immigrant, nor refugee, nor 'tourist', nor 'student', nor 'businessperson' - and to require all non-citizen Muslims currently present, to depart forthwith.
Strip Aussie citizenship from any Aussie-passport-holding Muslim known to have tootled off to Syria or Iraq or suchlike, to engage in jihad activity; deny all such persons any reentry to Australia.
Then raid and search every known mosque; raze to the ground each and every one that was discovered to have any sort of criminal and/ or jihad-related activity gooing on within it.
And intern every Aussie-passport-holding Muslim currently on the - long and seemingly-ever-expanding - terrorism 'watch' list, pending a rejig of the laws to permit stripping of citizenship and deportation.
'Rescind all accommodation of Muslim demands: no more recognition of 'sharia finance', no more 'halal certification' racket. Ban hijab - and any other form of the Mohammedan Mob's gang uniform - in all state institutions such as schools. That would be a start.
Oh, and cease all 'aid' to any foreign Muslim entity - state or non-state or pseudo-state - that currently receives it; and don't give any government money to mohammedan NGOs within the country.
And just as we have belatedly begun to worry about, and look into, the deployment of communist Chinese 'soft power' in academia, and media, and politics, and among Chinese emigres, in this country, so we should also worry about, and look into, the similar deployment of OIC 'soft power' - especially the corrupting influence (in academia, media, politics, business) of money flowing from entities such as the House of Saud, the Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, and not forgetting Muslim-suffused and Muslim-dominated Indonesia, with whom we have a most unhealthy relationship - with a view to putting a stop to it. - CM