He Said-They Said: Mahmoud Abbas October 14th speech, and the Mainstream Media
by Robert Harris (June 2016)
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority’s president, delivered an important televised speech to Arab-Palestinian society on October the 14th last year, during the height of a newly resurgent period of violence, which some commentators thought to be the opening salvo of a new Arab-Palestinian intifada or uprising. more>>>
Centenary of the Battle of Jutland ~ 31st May 1916
Two men spring to my mind during this weeks commemorations of the centenary of the Battle of Jutland. They are Boy First Class John Travers Cornwell VC, and the last survivor of the battle Henry Allingham who died in 2009 aged 113. They both attended the same school in East London, which I mentioned here. I wrote about Henry Allingham here, and about Jack Cornwell here. You can follow the links. Since I wrote those posts I have taken some more recent photographs.
Above the blue plaque to commemorate his birth. The Clyde pub is now flats.
His grave in Manor Park cemetery.
His medals were held in the Imperial War Museum, given by his sister some years after the death of their mother. There is a memorial to all the men who died on HMS Chester in Chester Cathedral and his medal, his scout badge and other items are now kept there. It's not his home turf, but it isn't unfitting either.
A 15-year-old girl who knifed a policewoman at Hanover's main train station in February may have been acting under orders from Isis terrorists, media reported on Tuesday.
It also emerged the girl praised the Paris attacks, calling the date “her favorite day.”
The 15-year-old girl, Safia S., said she had traveled to Turkey and had been in contact with members of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and broadcasters WDR and NDR reported after they were able to access chat logs between the teenager and another Islamist in the central German city of Hanover.
These revelations show that Safia may not only have been inspired by the terrorist group, but had also been under their orders to carry out attacks. The conversations on the chat logs reveal that the 15-year-old was persuaded to return home to Germany from Turkey, following a “change of plans” rather than head towards Syria.
IS members are alleged to have told her that “it would be of great use” and that she could “surprise the unbelievers.” Her mother eventually flew to Turkey to pick her up and take her back home.
However, shortly after arriving back in Hanover, she stabbed a policewoman in the throat near the city’s main train station with a knife. The woman suffered life-threatening injuries, but eventually made a full recovery after undergoing surgery.
Initially investigators examined whether there could have been a “possible political or religious motivation” for the attack, AFP reported.
The new revelations appear to suggest that the operation may have been planned in advance. The chat logs show Safia talking about a “martyrdom operation.” She also described the November 13 Paris terror attacks, which killed 130 people as being “her favorite day.” This was due to the fact that “our lions were in action in Paris.”
There are “grounds for suspecting that behind the act was a a concrete instruction from ranking members of the so-called Islamic state,” a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors told the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
But Safia S.'s defence lawyer, Mutlu Günal, said that claims she had an “assignment from Syria” were “nonsense, that's not true”. Safia S. is currently under arrest on suspicion of attempted murder and supporting a foreign terrorist organization.
18 women are sexually assaulted at German concert, with victims surrounded by mobs of migrant men and groped in copycat attacks like those in Cologne
This is in the German press, here and here and elsewhere but the first English language reports I can find are the German edition of The Local and the Daily Mail
A group of asylum seekers sexually assaulted numerous women at a free concert in Germany at the weekend in attacks similar to those carried out in Cologne on New Year's Eve.
Three Pakistani men are already under arrest after 18 women filed complaints that they had been improperly touched, fondled and groped during the festival in the city of Darmstadt.
Three women went straight to police who were on patrol at the Schlossgrabenfest, a free music festival in the central German town, on Saturday night, a police spokesman told The Local. The women complained that they had been encircled and then sexually harassed by a group of men they described as being of south Asian appearance.
By Tuesday 15 more women had made complaints of being sexually assaulted at the festival, describing a similar pattern to the assaults and also that the men appeared to come from south Asia.
Police have said the number of complainants could rise.
Between two and three more men are still being sought by police as victims receive counselling and authorities try to cool down rising tensions against migrants in general. All the complainants said they were 'surrounded' before being 'touched and fondled' improperly at the annual free Schlossgrabenfestes music festival.The three arrested men are aged between 28 and 31 and are Pakistanis seeking asylum in Germany. I'm sorry, Pakistan isn't a cosy happy country, but there is no 'war' to flee and I don't imagine for one minute that these men are Christians or Ahmadis. So why are they 'asylum' seekers. These are economic migrants, pure and simple. All have been charged with sexual crimes (and later released from police custod?y) as the hunt continues for their accomplices.
Have you ever read something and felt a kind of relief, an overwhelming sense of ‘at last, someone else gets it’? I felt that way a hundred times when reading Peter McLoughlin’s Easy Meat, but nowhere moreso than when I read this: “Could political correctness really be so powerful that it could allow this child-care scandal to persist and flourish for decades? We should not underestimate the power of this mental straight-jacket. People often refer to political correctness in humorous terms, but in reality it is no laughing matter. Political correctness is a sinister device constructed by the Left to ensure that negative outcomes of Left-wing ideology are never subject to criticism”.
Basic decency and respect for each other would also have rid of us of racism, sexism, or homophobia, so there was no need for us to reach a point where even the truth becomes subject to offence, subject to what someone else deems acceptable. That is exactly what political correctness has done, that is why it is poison. The truth has become subject to political convenience and political positioning, so that when it is inconvenient to the governing Left, the truth is concealed and to hell with the consequences. Thousands of girls were raped and tortured because the truth was suppressed, and the truth was suppressed because it was politically dangerous for the Left.
...it is a tool of compliance that has, as McLoughlin explains, been utilised by the far Left wherever and whenever it has power. It is a tool of oppression and subjugation, nothing less.
he Left wanted Britain’s borders open to a religion and culture that is entirely incompatible with ours. When the terrible consequences of this folly were felt, those consequences had to be hidden or damage to Labour’s vote share would have been the result. As described in Easy Meat “having encouraged Muslim immigration to the UK without any national debate concerning the nature of Islam and how Islamic values conflict with those of the indigenous population, the socialist government determined that Islam should not be criticised”.
According to McLoughlin, the rape of the girls in Rotherham and elsewhere was ignored at least partly because the British National Party (BNP) had raised the issue, and rather than prove them right, Labour (overwhelmingly) thought rape was preferable. The girls involved, or their families, simply did not matter one iota. Labour could not allow the BNP to have a valid point. That the truth remains true regardless of who tells it, does not inform this kind of thinking. The truth is irrelevant, appearances matter more. That is the poison at the heart of political correctness. It is all-pervasive and it is serious, so much so that police intervened to prevent a media broadcast in 2004.
Edge of the City, a Channel 4 documentary about child sex grooming, was withdrawn from broadcast because “a variety of pressure groups, along with West Yorkshire Police, attempted to block” the film from being shown. To quote the Guardian: “Groups such as Unite Against Fascism, the 1990 Trust, and the National Assembly Against Racism began to flood Channel 4 with requests to delay transmission. The Chief constable of West Yorkshire, Colin Cramphorn, joined the call, and Channel 4 complied.”
Peter McLoughlin describes how Channel 4 denied their decision to pull the documentary was to prevent the BNP making political gains. Whether one believes this or not might be considered a matter of opinion, but regardless of reasons, the implications are shocking.
Easy Meat is clear and informative book. It lays before the reader the pernicious and poisonous underbelly of the grooming gang scandal – the misogynistic culture of Islam, the political correctness that hid the truth, and in part three of this review, I will look at perhaps the most toxic of them, what these girls had truly fallen victim to… they were, as Peter McLoughlin argues, the victims of multiculturalism.
Plans behind a heinous terror attack targeting England supporters at this summer's Euro 2016 have been discovered by French Police on s uspected Paris bomb attack mastermind Salah Abdeslam's laptop.
The radical group had planned to use suicide bombs, guns and chemical weapons to attack England supporters before the Three Lions' clash with Russia on June 11th in Marseille.
Parisian police have revealed details of the planned terror attack after extracting data from Salah Abdeslam's laptop. Abdeslam, 26, is currently being detained at Europe's largest prison - the Fleury-Mérogis Prison in Paris' suburbs. ? However, it is feared that despite his detention, his many followers may be seeking retribution for his arrest by carrying out the attack themselves.
UK security officials also have concerns that England fans may become targets of an ISIS gun attack while drinking at bars outside the official fan-zone. . . a senior Whitehall source is quoted as saying: “What they might attempt outside of the secure zones is what worries us most. Bars full of happy, drunk blokes are a very soft target. We are working extremely closely with the French.”
Images and references of Marseille's Old Port were found on Abdeslam's laptop. This has raised concerns as it is the city England fans are planning to congregate in before England's opening game in a fortnight's time.
“The consensus of this Committee is final,” the Facilitator said.
“But Your Honor---” Danny Koenig pleaded.
“Mr. Koenig, you have self-identified with the male gender and we will proceed on that basis unless you complete a Gender Identification Modification form at the University Office of Gender Inclusion, Refusion, and Reassignment. Do you understand?” more>>>
Always in season, a practice as popular as it is proscribed has been engagingly unraveled by Joseph Epstein, in Gossip: the untrivial pursuit. Coming upon the book as I browsed a shelf at the Corner Bookstore on Madison Avenue, I at first did not notice that it was by Epstein. If I had, I would have begun at the beginning. Instead I went directly to the index and spent the next twenty minutes cherry-picking. more>>>
As one recurring theme of my political criticism is challenging misunderstandings, I’ve been doubting some familiar myths about celebrity seduction, which is for me a subject more delicate than most because of some personal knowledge and identifications. Marty Domres, if remembered at all today, was a Columbia College quarterback strong enough to become a pro, replacing the legendary Johnny Unitas in 1972. As a CC alumnus, he was also literate enough to write, apparently wholly on his own, a memoir that contained a nugget I’ve not forgotten. more>>>
Most days a dog called Alfie walks past our house (with his master, of course), and I have to resist the mad impulse to rush out and play with him: I don’t want to appear more foolish than I am. Alfie is all black, apart from the white star on his chest, and he is two years old. He retains that liquid, puppyish movement as if he had no bones in his legs, as if he were a soft toy; he still clearly believes that everyone loves him and everyone in turn is lovable. He has never met evil in the world, which remains for him as it was the day he was born, a Garden of Eden. more>>>
It is a common lament that most American college students don’t write very well. (It was a common lament fifty years ago—but believe me, it didn’t mean the same thing.) I wish this were their major problem. It has become apparent that their level of cultural sophistication would shame a junior-high student of sixty years ago. more>>>
When two book-length memoirs of Yale University around 1960 arrived, I naturally recalled my experience around that time at another Ivy League university situated between Harvard to its northeast and Yale to its west—Brown University. At that time, while the eight schools composing the Ivy League played on level athletic playing fields, culturally they could be divided into two groups—the upper crust of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia, and then the minor Ivys of Dartmouth, Cornell, Penn, and my Brown. more>>>
Lies and Jew hatred in east London; What The Schoolgirl Represents And Why Her Lies Must Be Met With Truth
There is a well regarded philanthropist in east London and Essex named Jack Petchey. He's 90, was born into a huge poor family in the east End, made some money (quite a lot really) and decided to do some good for the young of east London and Essex with it. I know first hand what good his foundation has done.
One of the things the foundation sponsors is a competition for publicspeaking called the Speak Out Challenge. Schools from Essex and the London boroughs send pupils to make a speech (which must be positive and uplifting) within their borough's regional heat. The winners for the regional heats go through to a Grand Final up London. The winner of the London Borough of Redbridge heat earlier this month was a girl named Leanne Mohamad from Wanstead High School with a speech called Birds not Bombs.
Unfortunately this speech, delivered in a, (to my modest old fashioned taste) rather showy and slick manner, was more of a piece of agitprop on behalf of Hamas or ISIS than a wholesome plea for world peace. The Jack Petchey Foundation agreed that her speech did not meet their requirements that a speech must have a positive and uplifting message and furthermore that "a speaker should never inflame or offend the audience or insult others and this, by definition, means that propaganda is ruled out absolutely from the outset". And thus the video of her speech has been removed from their website and she will not be permitted at the final.
Brian of London has put his comments to her speech here. It refutes her claims much better than I could.
This goes beyond the idealism of 15 year old girl. Brian and others have been accused on twitter and elsewhere of bullying a young child. I must point out that their criticism and concern has been directed towards the school as to why propaganda and inaccuracies so profound that Brian considers them to be a modern instance of the old blood libel have been, not just allowed, but, if the applause at the end is anything to go by, encouraged.
This is bigger than one schoolgirl who is lucky enough to be eduated in a good school, in an affluent part of London, in a nice red uniform with no jilbab or niqab cramping her oratorial style. Since the Petchey Foundation video was taken down by their admins a copy has been replaced by a pro-palestinian activist well known in BDS circles. Leanne's tweets, before she deleted them, didn't make happy reading either (including retweets from Hamas apologist Abbas Sarsor) such that again, the head master should be a worried man.
Wanstead High School (when I knew it as Wanstead County High School) had a good opinion of itself; the pupils rather looked down on those of us schooled the other side of the borough boundary in Waltham Forest. In our turn we regarded their co-eduational style as rather racy. But it was a good school; it remains an affluent area.
There is no response from the head at the moment, but I know that he has been asked to show Brian's response to the students. It is half term this week so I doubt whether anything will happen at school until this time next week. Elsewhere meanwhile, the usual anti-israel, anti-Jew suspects are busy...
Brexit to Brentrance: Why Britain Should Switch Membership from the EU for the EEU
by James Buckham (June 2016)
2018:The world’s press gather in London to watch Prime Minister Boris Johnson ratify the United Kingdom’s membership of the Eurasian Economic Union. Addressing Tigran Sargsyan, the Chaiman of the Eurasian Commission, in Russian, Mr Johnson hailed this “promising, forward-looking new era” in British economic and diplomatic relations as the sixth and newest member of a trade bloc stretching from Vladivostok to Belfast. more>>>
Israel at 68 - Growth, Progress, Prosperity and Defiance
by Norman Berdichevsky (June 2016)
The 68th anniversary celebrations of Israel’s independence were emotional and impressive for all those like myself who first visited Israel more than 50 years ago and found a Spartan community then, lacking in many of the conveniences that Americans take for granted as essential. At the time, I believe Jerusalem had only one traffic light. more>>>
Jefferson, Adams and many commentators of their time referred to the Sunni/Shia version of Islam as Mahometanism and their followers as Mahometans. In today’s parlance that would be Muhammadanism and Muhammadans or Mohammedanism and Mohammedans, respectively. more>>>