Multiculturalism is a product of relativism; the only way you can believe that all cultures are equally valid and good is if you believe that all values are relative, that there is no objective right or wrong or good or bad.
Of course even the most hard core relativist can’t live such a philosophy consistently, but that doesn’t stop them from believing it anyway.
Most people with a modicum of common sense realize that some cultures are better than others, but this doesn’t apply to the West’s cultural elite.
For them it isn’t only relativism that makes them think such an absurd notion, but an animosity to the West, and mostly to America.
The political class in the West bought this silliness for decades, but there is something about radical Muslims beheading people on camera that concentrates the mind...
Multiculturalism is a product of relativism; the only way you can believe that all cultures are equally valid and good is if you believe that all values are relative, that there is no objective right or wrong or good or bad.
LONDON — LAST week, President Obama virtually declared war on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But it is hard to reconcile the seemingly urgent need to confront the threat posed by this organization with the chosen means of doing so.
By opting to support the “moderate” Syrian opposition and running the risk of an open confrontation with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the West appears to be primarily appeasing Arab Persian Gulf allies that have turned the overthrow of Mr. Assad into a policy fetish that runs against any rational calculation of how to defeat Islamist terrorism.
The persistent belief in Western policy circles that there is a “moderate opposition” in Syria — reiterated at the close of a NATO summit meeting in Wales on Sept. 5 — warrants serious scrutiny. The very notion of a “vetted” opposition has an absurd ring to it. It assumes that moderation is an identifiable, fixed element that can be sorted out from other, tainted characteristics. It further presumes that the vetting process will not stain those being vetted. It takes as a given that Western-backed opposition will prevail and in turn provide the basis for a happier and better Syria.
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A̶n̶t̶i̶-̶m̶u̶s̶l̶i̶m̶ Pro-Civilization protest: Hundreds of Aussies rally against proposed Sunshine Coast mosque
Pakistani-born Justin Albert warned of experiences of oppression in his native country.
"Chopping their heads, it is their Jihad," he said.
"I know their deeds.
No more mosque in Australia. One day you will see they will kill you."
BAGHDAD — The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.
“We know about who made Daesh,” said Bahaa al-Araji, a deputy prime minister, using an Arabic shorthand for the Islamic State on Saturday at a demonstration called by the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr to warn against the possible deployment of American ground troops. Mr. Sadr publicly blamed the C.I.A. for creating the Islamic State in a speech last week, and interviews suggested that most of the few thousand people at the demonstration, including dozens of members of Parliament, subscribed to the same theory. (Mr. Sadr is considered close to Iran, and the theory is popular there as well.)
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Justin Trudeau refuses to answer basic questions on terrorism and threats to Canada's safety and security
A pro-Israel group behind a public transit advertisement that refers to Muslims killing Jews plans to sue the Metropolitan Transportation Authority after the agency rejected the ad. The authority said the ad would be seen as a call to violence against Jews amid turmoil in the Middle East and security concerns in New York.
The group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, proposed an ad that included the quote, “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” attributed to “Hamas MTV.” The ad, which pictures a man wearing a kaffiyeh wrapped around his face, also says: “That’s his Jihad. What’s yours?”
In a statement issued on Friday, the authority said that the ad violated its “viewpoint-neutral” advertising standards. The agency said it was “reasonably foreseeable” that displaying the ad on the back of city buses “would imminently incite or provoke violence or other immediate breach of the peace, and so harm, disrupt or interfere with safe, efficient and orderly transportation operations.”
The statement said the authority did not decide whether to allow an ad to run based on viewpoint, or whether the viewpoint might be controversial — a change made after the American Freedom Defense Initiative successfully sued the transit agency three years ago when another ad was rejected.
Pamela Geller, the group’s president, said the authority’s decision violated the group’s freedom of speech. The group, which has courted controversy with ads promoting its views on jihad, Hamas, Islam and Israel throughout the transit system, plans to file a lawsuit next week, she said.
“They’re wrong,” Ms. Geller said. “And when they’re wrong, they make it easy.”
Ms. Geller said the ad was part of a five-ad push parodying a “My Jihad” campaign sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The “My Jihad” ads, which portrayed jihad as a concept of nonviolent individual and personal struggle, ran in cities including Chicago and Washington, but not New York.
In an Aug. 19 letter, which Ms. Geller obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, the safety and security director of the transportation authority, Raymond Diaz, explained to the agency’s chief executive, Thomas F. Prendergast, that because the council’s ads did not run in New York, “the much more likely interpretation of A.F.D.I.’s ‘Killing Jews’ ad by most people would be that it urges Muslims to kill or attack Jews as a religious obligation.”
The authority said on Friday that Mr. Diaz concluded that the ad “would lead reasonable observers to interpret it as urging direct, violent attacks on Jews, given turmoil in Gaza, Syria and Iraq, and New York City’s heightened security concerns.”
The city’s buses have served as a platform for Middle East policy debates. Two ads submitted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative in place of the rejected one will run with four others at two subway stops and on 100 buses starting on Monday, Ms. Geller said.
The ads, which include an image of James Foley, an American journalist who was beheaded in August by Islamic State militants, have drawn condemnation from Mayor Bill de Blasio, who called them outrageous.
The pending lawsuit would be the second legal clash between the transportation authority and the group, which opposed a mosque planned near the World Trade Center.
The authority updated its advertising standards after the group sued in 2011, because the agency rejected an ad on grounds that it contained demeaning language. At the time, the agency prohibited ads that it determined demeaned groups of people on account of their religion, national origin or ancestry. The next year, a judge ruled that the standard violated the First Amendment.
"Fans" say a promo video video for the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team reminds them of patriarchal, misogynistic Baywatch.
An Al-Qaeda-linked Tunisian group has offered backing to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group, becoming the third militant group to do so this week, a U.S.-based monitor says.
Okba Ibn Nafaa, whose militants Tunisian armed forces have been hunting in mountains near the Algerian border for two years, has identified itself with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the international network’s North African branch.
On Tuesday, AQIM and the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) urged militants in Iraq and Syria to unite against the common threat from a U.S.-led coalition assembled to fight ISIS.
"The mujahedeen brothers in the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade from ... [Tunisia] are supporting, endorsing, and strongly sustaining the State of the Islamic Caliphate," the group said, quoted by SITE Intelligence Group late Friday...
The mosques are not just offering information about Islam to non-Muslims, but also to Muslims as well, allowing them to familiarize themselves better with the true teachings of their religion
The Muslim community in Australia’s state of Queensland are opening their mosques for their local non-Muslim communities and inviting them in to remove misperceptions and prejudices about Islam.
Australian Muslims announced the plan after mass anti-terror raids in Sydney and Brisbane saw the arrest of a number of individuals allegedly linked to the ISIL rebel group in Syria and Iraq who planned to carry out attacks in Australia.
The raids not only caused fear in the non-Muslim people of Australia, but also among Muslims too, who are concerned that far-right groups may take advantage of the situation to stir Islamophobic sentiment in the country.
“We want to hold Queensland Mosque Day and it will be one day when people can come all day, on one day from next year. There will be food and information sessions,” Ali Kadri, a spokesman for the Holland Park and Logan Islamic communities in Queensland, told Brisbane Times on Friday.
Premier Campbell Newman expressed support for the initiative, encouraging Queenslanders to go and show support for Australian Muslims, OnIslam reported.
“I would encourage Queenslanders who love our democracy, who love our multicultural community to actually turn up as a gesture of good faith,” Newman said, calling on all to participate to maintain unity within the community.
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Inviting people in for a takiyya session no doubt fools many.
Does the rape, torture and sexual abuse of some 1400 girls and women from 1997 to 2014 who were living in Rotherham constitute a crime against humanity? The sheer scale of rape and abuse is criminal activity on a scale you might normally associate with Bosnia (1992-1995), Rwanda (1994) or in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the current day.
The answer appears to be "Yes."
Having been involved in war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide investigations from the point of view of intelligence support to investigations, disturbing parallels exist between Rotherham and Bosnia.
The al-Qaeda affiliate is demanding the withdrawal of Hezbollah’s forces from Syria
A Lebanese soldier has been executed by the Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, the government said on Saturday.
The soldier “was killed by terrorist groups who threatened to kill other hero soldiers in captivity”, Defence Minister Samir Moqbel said after meeting security officials.
One of Al-Nusra’s Twitter accounts announced that the group had killed the soldier it was holding hostage.
The soldier “Mohammed Hammiya, first victim of the Lebanese army’s stubbornness,” the tweet read...
Related: Bomb explodes at Hezbollah checkpoint in eastern Lebanon: (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint controlled by Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah in eastern Lebanon on Saturday, security sources and the state news agency NNA said, without giving information on casualties.
The explosion took place outside the village of Khraibeh in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, a region that has experienced increased violence and spillover from Syria's civil war next door.
It was not clear who was behind Saturday’s attack.
The Daily Star (based in Beirut) puts the dead at least three.
Aceh is the only part of the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation to enforce Islamic sharia law and has been slowly implementing it since 2001, when it gained some autonomy.
A draft by-law released yesterday outlaws anal sex between men and "the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation", and for the first time applies Islamic laws and punishments to non-Muslims. The by-law also punishes adultery with 100 lashes of the cane.
"President Obama has effectively declared war on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, announcing that "we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIS through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy."
But here are three reasons we should not be fighting ISIS in the Middle East."
Myself, I think the wiser course is to let Islam destroy itself. This is not our fight, and our role if any should not extend beyond ensuring each side has sufficient weaponry to prolong the hostilities.
One day we will have to fight Islam, however we should only commit to such a struggle if our goal is its complete and utter destruction.
In the process of hanging out in the back yard, and walking around the neighborhood, I have seen a number of examples of ant wars. In one case, they came over the wall, and after a long period of stylized conflict that looked something like a siege, they grabbed the eggs and nymphs and carried them back over the wall, destined for a life of slavery.
Worse yet, chimpanzees, our closest relatives, have often been caught in the act – groups of related males go out on search-and-destroy missions aimed at chimps in neighboring bands. When they catch a neighbor alone, they scrag him....
But none of these things can really be true – because although they by no means prove that war is biologically innate among humans, this kind of evidence it does suggest that it might be – and that is obviously impossible, by the most powerful of all epistemological principles. It would hurt Brian Ferguson’s feelings.
Now maybe chimps get into trouble because bad humans have brought apples into their Eden. That could be, especially if the interlopers are Europeans: they can make anything happen...
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The narrow victory of the left-leaning Social Democratic Party in Sweden’s elections last Sunday marked a broad shift in its politics. But a new coalition government is unlikely to reconsider one of the country’s most challenging policies: its response to the Syrian civil war. Sweden has taken an open-door approach to people fleeing the conflict, accepting more Syrians than any other European country.
Never mind that Sweden has double-digit youth unemployment. That there have been riots in immigrant neighborhoods in Stockholm. That there is a severe housing shortage for new arrivals. Or that the Swedish Migration Board, which handles asylum seekers, needs a drastic budget increase — almost $7 billion — to cover soaring costs over the next few years.
And never mind that the far-right, anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats won 13 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election, their best showing ever. They more than doubled their seats in Parliament — from 20 to 49 — and are now the third-biggest party in the country.
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A series of recent tweets suggests he has, however the TFW program, despite its recent reform has left Corporate Canada largely in control.
(Ed. Overall TFW's make up 2% of Canada's workforce. Ontario's current unemployment rate is 7.4 % yet Ontario's depressed economy leads all provinces by a substantial margin in Temporary Foreign Workers hosted - 120,000 TFW's, that's nearly double the total of booming Alberta. Toronto alone, the only Canadian city to record a productivity decline, nearly matches Alberta's entire TFW workforce of 64K. As for the immigration issue, Ontario continues to receive the lions share, about 38% of the total new immigrant intake, pity that the smart ones know to avoid the province and settle in greener pastures out west. Is it any wonder that of all provinces only Ontario has seen it's welfare dependence rate increase over the last 4 decades?)
...There are a lot of essays out there saying more or less the same thing: political correctness has gone too far, we’ve been blinded to reality by the dormitive spell of multiculturalism, by surrendering too much of our liberty and tradition to the utopian fantasies of “progressive” ideologues, and so forth. All of this is true.
I have yet, however, to hear anyone (other than the usual lepers and pariahs) say what really needs saying: that mass importation of Islam to the West has been a blunder of incalculable magnitude, and that it should be arrested at at once, and reversed as humanely and expeditiously as possible.
Instead, what we have in Rotherham is perhaps the clearest experimental confirmation yet of Auster’s First Law of Majority-Minority Relations in Liberal Society, which can be expressed as follows:
Once the equality of all human groups is accepted as a given, any facts that make a minority or foreign group seem worse than the majority native group must be either covered up or blamed on the majority.Keep reading...
Oh yea, this'll work: Infidel Austrian government to create standardized Koran to stem Islamic extremism
DPA - The Austrian government plans a bill to create a standardized German-language version of the Koran, in order to prevent extremists from misusing the holy Muslim text, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Saturday.
The bill was needed because Austrians should know the Koran's content, said Kurz. Additionally, he argued mainstream Muslims are suffering because terrorists and their sympathizers are acting upon incorrect interpretations, said the minister, who is also responsible for integration policy.
Wrong Austria, the terrorists are living the true Koran, suck it up you cowards.
Police in northern Sweden have been reported to the Equality Ombudsman for describing a wanted suspect as having a “Roma appearance”
The authorities in Västernorrland put a notice on its website in August looking for information about a burglary. One of the suspects was referred to by the police as having a “Baltic” look while the other was said to have a “Roma appearance” in the online post.
Sweden’s recently formed Commission against anti-gypsyism (Kommissionen mot antiziganism) reacted to the wording of the statement and contacted the police for an explanation.
The Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen - DO) are now involved in the matter after being made aware of the original report.
“We believe that this issue linking Roma to criminality only contributes to help maintain the stereotyped picture of Roma,” Heidi Pikkarainen, head secretary of the Commission against anti-gypsyism, told the local Dagbladet newspaper.
The organization was only set up six months by the government in response to the revelations that police in southern Sweden had kept a Roma registry...
The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected foreign intervention in the Middle East under the pretext of confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, saying the intervention is nothing but “a new attempt to divide the Middle East,” Anadolu news agency reported.
The agency cited a statement issued by the Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday saying: “A large number of regional extremist organisations have recently emerged possessing advanced weapons and huge sums of money to attract young enthusiastic Muslims who lack sufficient knowledge about Islam. These organisations exercise extremism, cruelty and brutality in the name of Islam, not only distorting the image of Islam, but also giving its enemies a pretext for a new intervention in Islamic countries to sabotage and kill its people”...
It is a popular aspect of media mythmaking about the Islamic State that it is so extreme that even other “extremists” such as al-Qaeda shun and repudiate it. But this claim, like the many declarations by both Muslim and non-Muslim leaders that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, is always left unexplained and unsupported.
The recent Saudi statement against terrorism is yet another example of this. The credulous and ignorant will wax enthusiastic over this display of Saudi “moderation,” but in reality — yet again — the closer one looks, the less there is to see...
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The quarrel between the Islamic State and Saudi Arabia is not over theology -- it is over the al-Saud family losing control of a very revenue-rich piece of real estate.
...Amid the flood of objectionable rhetoric put forth by the Islamic State, its homophobia often goes unremarked upon.
“The treatment of LGBT people by Islamic extremists is one of the most overlooked human rights issues there is,” Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of the gay conservative organization GoProud, told the Blade. “Many world leaders routinely site radical Islam’s treatment of woman and religious minorities, we have certainly heard a lot about how ISIS treats Christians, but rarely do political leaders or the media draw attention to the plight of LGBT people in that part of the world.”
Political and religious leaders have made it clear the Islamic State does not represent the religion of 1.6 billion people. “They’re not a state, and they do not represent Islam,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. He added: “‘Islamic’ is the wrong word.”
But Islam’s connection with homophobia is hard to shake. In a list of the “Top Twelve Most Homophobic Nations in the World” published in February, Newsweek included Saudi Arabia for its religious-based anti-gay position. “Basing its law, it says, on a strict interpretation of Islamic law, the current Saudi regime has made gay sex punishable by death by the lash”...
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The same article also quotes examples of the (far too many) gays in denial:
Meanwhile, others were critical of those putting the spotlight on the Islamic State’s homophobia. The self-described “right-leaning” Web site Downtrend published a piece critical of of the Blade report.
“To my knowledge ISIS has not released any gay beheading videos,” Brian Anderson wrote. “I am also unaware of them blowing up a leather bar or bath house. Despite a complete lack of action by ISIS against them the gay community insists on making this global threat all about homophobia.”
|Ahmad Faiq, Ameen Noori and Nasir Huq,|
Ameen Noori and Nasir Huq, 18, are charged with raping the two alleged victims at a flat in Croydon in April 2013.
A third man, Ahmad Faiq, also 18, is accused of attempting to rape the women at the same address.
I’ve spent the last week trying again to understand Islam, and I’ve decided to share my limited understanding. Maybe some of my readers can help me make more sense of it.
Years ago, I read the Koran in a good translation, and I haven’t yet reread it. But I don’t think the current militants pay much attention to it either. Mohammad the Prophet specifically forbade the slaughter of innocents.
I’ve believed for years that we have done two things that were just plain dishonorable by Muslim standards.
If I remember correctly, the Koran actually specifies that the families of murdered people can choose to take blood money from the murderer. If they do, the incident is closed.
The families of people who were killed when citizens of Libya exploded a bomb in an airplane over Scotland did take blood money from Libya. Then they insisted on prosecuting the men who were responsible. By Muslim standards, that isn’t honourable.
And George Bush pushed the citizens of Gaza into elections they really didn’t want to hold. Then he refused to honor the results of the election. I too consider that dishonorable. So the wrong guys won. Big deal. They were elected, and it looked to me like an honest election. I wasn’t surprised. Nobody really knew them, and they knew for sure the opponents were crooks. I probably would have voted the same way.
But we were wrong to ignore the results of an election just because the winner refused to acknowledge the existence of Israel. And it seemed to me that they were willing to find words that would lead to tacit acknowledgment. But we didn’t even try. I thought at the time and still think that is just plain disgraceful.
When I was a girl, a married Muslim woman had more rights than a married woman in Texas, and several other states...
So to recap, Ausma Malik, running for Toronto District School Board trustee, is an admitted supporter, fund-raiser and sympathizer of local radical Muslim terrorism. She is also an enthusiastic supporter of Hezbollah- a Jew-hating, anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli terrorist group.
And Ms. Malik would like to bring in or impose Sharia-type religious and educational practices in Ontario schools?
So, Ms. Chow, are you still sure you whole-heartedly support these “great values” of Ms. Malik?
Sunday (Sept. 21) is the 30th anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Peace.
So I want to share with you the “Muslim Jewish Christian Prayer for Peace” as provided by Pax Christi USA/Fellowship of Reconciliation.
“O God, you are the source of life and peace. Praised be your name forever. We know it is you who turn our minds to thoughts of peace. Hear our prayer in this time of war.
“Your power changes hearts. Muslims, Christians, and Jews remember, and profoundly affirm, that they are followers of the one God, children of Abraham, brothers and sisters; enemies begin to speak to one another; those who were estranged join hands in friendship; nations seek the way of peace together.
“Strengthen our resolve to give witness to these truths by the way we live. Give to us:
UNDERSTANDING that puts an end to strife;
MERCY that quenches hatred, and
FORGIVENESS that overcomes vengeance.
Empower all people to live in your law of love. Amen.”
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I know these people mean well, but I am afraid they do not understand the threat we are up against.
Think of how Islam swept through the formerly Christian world in the seventh century. I am sure many prayers were offered at that time but remember: The Lord helps those who help themselves.
Ahmad Al-Tayeb, Sunni Islam’s Pope: “Global Zionism” Responsible For Jihad Terror Groups in the Middle East
|Ahmad Al-Tayeb, Senior Al Azhar Imam|
And Fry Cook
Pakistan: Caretaker of Hindu temple converts to Islam - worshippers kept away; land is slowly being seized
KARACHI: Mari Mata mandir [a Hindu temple] and its idols have welcomed worshippers for over a century. But now, the small temple lies empty all week, waiting for its devotees.
After the Babri Mosque was demolished in Ayodhya, India, in 1992, disturbances broke out all over Pakistan, with many temples attacked by mobs. It was then that a woman placed a ‘taaziya’ inside Saddar’s Mari Mata temple to protect it. But now, it is this very woman who refuses to let Hindus worship at Mari Mata.
Lakshmi Bai, who accepted Islam after the riots, is now known as Mai Jannat. Having stopped the temple from being destroyed then, she now keeps worshippers away from the mandir.
“She refused to evacuate the temple after the riots calmed down,” Shri Maharashtra Panchayat general secretary Vishal Rajput told The Express Tribune. Instead, Mai Jannat and her supporters threatened women and children coming to pray at the temple, obstructing and disturbing their prayers, even on special religious occasions.
“We can only come here with our families on Sundays,” said devotee Divya Keluskar. “The temple is not safe for us otherwise.” Meanwhile, the caretaker of Mai Jannat’s taaziya at the Mari Mata mandir declined the allegations and refused to comment further when contacted by The Express Tribune.
The temple shrinks day by day. Spread over 266 square yards in 1978, it sits on a mere 50 square yards today, caught between the Hindu community and Mai Jannat, with land-grabbers chipping away at it. A temple bell hangs in the middle of a small room, with pictures and idols of Hindu deities in a corner. An earthen stove, used to prepare ceremonial offerings and ‘prasad’, stands in a tiny kitchen. That is all there is left to the mandir...
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This is another way Islam works. If it is not using overt violence, then there gradual chipping away until nothing else is left.
And you are sure it cannot happen in a Western country? Where large numbers of people have already abandoned their Christian or Jewish identity?
Already, many churches in the UK have been converted to mosques -- without any violence on the part of the Muslims at all -- they have veritably been invited in.
Security has been tightened in Saint Peter’s Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger
A foreign security service alerted Italy this week after intercepting a conversation between two Arab speakers which referred to “a demonstrative act, Wednesday, at the Vatican,” Il Messaggero daily reported.
Wednesday is the day the pope holds his weekly general audience in the square in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Checks by Italy’s anti-terrorism unit revealed that one of the speakers passed through the country eight months ago, heightening concerns the threat may be real.
Earlier warnings that the Islamic State extremists may be plotting to attack the pope have been shrugged off by the Vatican, but security has nonetheless been increased for his Wednesday and Sunday audiences, the paper said.
The Repubblica daily said plain clothes special operations officers with sniffer dogs trained in seeking out explosives were helping Vatican police vet tourists, while hotels in the area were also being kept under surveillance...
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But nothing gets in the way of the MSM and their interfaith efforts - from ABC: Pope’s Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties
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The head of children’s services at Rotherham council left her £115,000-a-year post “by mutual agreement” yesterday after hundreds of vulnerable children were groomed and sexually abused in the South Yorkshire town.
Joyce Thacker, who had been on sick leave since Monday, had faced pressure from politicians and victims to resign since a damning report on child sexual exploitation was published last month.
Appearing before MPs last week, Ms Thacker insisted that she had no intention of resigning and blamed police and senior councillors for failing to act on reports of child abuse.
She is the fourth person to leave their job after an inquiry by Professor Alexis Jayfound that at least 1,400 children and young people had suffered appalling sex crimes over a 16-year period. Shaun Wright, the former lead councillor for children’s services, resigned as South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner this week, while Roger Stone, the Labour leader of the council, stepped down when the report was published. Martin Kimber, Rotherham council’s chief executive, has previously said he will leave in December.
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PHOENIX -- Muslim community leaders are worried that some elected officials in Arizona and across the country are stoking a rise in Islamophobia in the wake of recent beheadings and other terrorist acts by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group.
They cite as just one example a training session Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery scheduled for Friday that purports to teach law-enforcement officers about the threat of Islamic terrorists.
The training session has drawn criticism from the ACLU and a cross-section of local religious leaders because it will be led by a former FBI agent, John Guandolo, who critics say spreads anti-Muslim rhetoric in the name of fighting terrorism.
“The timing could not be worse, given the fact that John Guandolo is an individual who promotes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and bigoted notions that effectively scapegoat the entire Muslim community,” said Michele Lefkowith, the Southwest regional investigative researcher for the Anti-Defamation League.
Muslim leaders say other elected officials are also fanning anti-Muslim sentiments by perpetuating claims that ISIS-trained terrorists are on the verge of entering the U.S. through the border with Mexico...
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How about the idea that ISIS itself it stoking hate?
For cripes sake, citizens are no longer allowed to worry about murderous lunatics crossing their border?
MONTREAL — Victoriaville, Que. native Stephanie Beaudoin faces 114 charges for 42 break-ins but she's drawing a different kind of attention worldwide for flaunting her trim bikini body on Twitter.
Hyderabad, Sep 19 (IANS) — Indian Muslims should integrate but not assimilate. They should contribute in nation building, national security and economy, but conserve Islamic traditions, culture and ethos, feels Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor Lieutenant General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd).
The former Indian Army deputy chief believes that it is only through modern scientific education that the Muslim community can overcome the challenges it faces.
“If we are educated nobody can afford to ignore us. Look at the Sikh community. They are 3% of the population but they are all over basically because they gave stress to education and nobody could ignore them. In the same way if Muslims, who are 15% of the population, get educated and get ready to face the future nobody can keep us behind,” Shah told IANS in an interview...
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Note: That university was built in colonial era: 1875 (it was a college originally). “Victoria Gate” is in all likelihood named after Queen Victoria.
"Armed robbery in broad daylight." — Palestinians, after Hamas "seized" $750,000 from Gaza bank.
Fatah accused Hamas of "squandering" $700 million of financial aid earmarked for the Palestinian victims of war. Fatah wants to ensure that the millions of dollars intended for the Gaza Strip will pass through its hands and not end up in Hamas's bank accounts. Relying on Fatah in this regard is like asking a cat to guard the milk.
The head of the Palestinian Authority's Anti-Corruption Commission revealed that his group has retrieved $70 million of public funds fund embezzled by Palestinian officials. Arab and Western donors need to make sure that their money does not end up (once again) in the wrong hands. Without a proper mechanism of accountability and transparency, hundreds of millions of dollars are likely to find their way into the bank accounts of both Hamas and Fatah leaders...
ISIS Members Filmed on a Tram in Istanbul as NATO Ally Turkey Paves the Way for Jihadis to Attack Syria
ISIS Militants Filmed on a Tram in Istanbul as Erdogan Paves the Way for Jihadis to Attack Syria
A couple of Iraqi nationals have recently spotted two militants from the "Islamic State" (aka ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group riding a tram in Istanbul. They managed to film them with a mobile phone.
This comes amid Western hints and accusations that the Turkish government is providing support for ISIL, not only by facilitating their entry into Syria from its territories but also by providing them with shelter, medical treatment, and weaponry. Turkey has also decided not to participate in the anti-ISIL military coalition that is being led by the US and even includes such terror-sponsoring states as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
BNI: NYC ‘dhimmi’ Mayor Bill DeBlasio stands with the jihadists, bashes Pamela Geller’s anti-Islamic terror ads
Pamela Geller’s latest counterjihad advertising campaign was blasted by terrorist sympathizer DeBlasio, calling them “outrageous, inflammatory and wrong,” saying the ads had “no place in New York City, or anywhere.”
“These hateful messages serve only to divide and stigmatize when we should be coming together as one city,” de Blasio said...
“Not TV or illegal drugs but the automobile has been the chief destroyer of American communities.”
- Jane Jacobs, Dark Age Ahead
Call me a contrarian, but I have difficulty with Jacob’s theory. A friend and I traversed the space between condo towers down by the Gardiner this past weekend. We were looking for art installations described in a Toronto magazine. After we managed to get our hair out of our eyes and mouths — the wind was vicious — we stood on that valley floor and surveyed our surroundings.
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The hard-hitting statements by the Dalai Lama come after the Islamic State group released a video earlier this month showing the beheading of a second US hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff.
What happens when you bring together one former prima ballerina, three traditional Afghan musicians, one French electro group, and four Afghan hip hop artists?
I'll tell you what happens. People laugh at NATO that's what happens.
Saudi Arabia has agreed to fund the restoration of Cairo’s Al-Azhar mosque in recognition of its role as a “beacon of moderate Islam,” the Egyptian president's office said Thursday.
The announcement came after talks between President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and visiting Saudi intelligence chief Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdel Aziz on the coalition Washington is building against the Islamic State group (IS) in Iraq and Syria.
“In recognition of the important role played by Al-Azhar as a beacon of moderate Islam in spreading tolerant values across the region (Saudi King Abdullah) has taken the generous initiative to restore Al-Azhar,” Sisi's office said.
The 1,000 year-old mosque spreads over a hectare in the ancient heart of Cairo and oversees a network of seminaries that form Sunni Islam’s highest seat of learning.
Its top cleric, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, has condemned the jihadists of IS as “criminals (who) have been able to transmit to the world a tarnished and alarming image of Muslims.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry paid tribute to Al-Azhar’s role in fighting back against the group’s extremist ideology during a visit to Cairo last week...
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Well, if John Kerry says it is “moderate” I already feel safer!
Liberal Party Crank who freed Omar Khadr's Dad is upset Canada aiding fight against Muslim Beheaders
Despite assurances that the new engagement in Iraq is not a combat mission, Canada could be on the hook to provide more support according to former prime minister Jean Chrétien.
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Indianapolis Symphonic Choir's Islam-inspired oratorio: Did you know that Islam is supposedly connected to the Psalms of David?
Safe programming for a whole season isn’t an option for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir...
ISC is commissioning a new work, Zabur by Mohammad Fairouz, based on the “idea of interfaith connectivity and the use of the Psalms [of David],” explained Dr. Eric Stark, ISC’s artistic director.
But the work isn’t being written from “the safe” Judaic/Christian perspective.
Rather the piece is inspired by the Islamic faith and takes its structure from the arc of four Revelations that comprise the Islamic Holy Books: Tawrat revealed to Musa (Torah, the Five Books of Moses); Zabur revealed to Dawud (the songs/ poems of David); Injil revealed to Isa (The Gospels of Jesus); and Qur'an revealed to Mohammed.
Fairouz’s music will be accompanied by a libretto by Najla Said based on three of David’s songs, starting with Psalm 2, where as the king he ponders, “Why do the nations rage so furiously together?”
The other two songs are Psalm 22, where he laments directly to God, “Why have you forsaken me?” and Psalm 102, where he cries out for divine guidance and help, “Hear my prayer.”
This choice of texts brings out the similarities between the inter-nation confrontations dealt with by David and those of our time...
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Well, how about that! More “art” that is really political commentary -- not to mention trying to connect Islam with the Psalms of David.
But there is a very slim connection:
Zabur (Arabic: زبور) is, according to Islam, the holy book of Dawud (David), one of the holy books (or religious text) revealed by God before the Qur’an, alongside others such as the Tawrat (Torah) of Musa (Moses) and the Injil (Gospel) of Isa (Jesus).I am sure this will really help Jew-hating Muslims countries’ relations with Israel! Or is it another excuse to pander to Islam?
In the Qur’an, the Zabur is mentioned by name only three times. The Qur’an itself says nothing about the Zabur specifically, except that it was revealed to David, king of Israel and that in Zabur is written “My servants the righteous, shall inherit the earth”
Osama bin Laden’s former London spokesman, whose son was a British music rapper before joining Islamic State terror group, has pleaded guilty to charges connected to US embassy bombings, but judge says he will not accept deal yet
They all believe they will make it across the Channel, with one bragging: “If you deport me 10 times, I will try again.”
The clamour to start a new life here has seen security stretched to breaking point.
An army of refugees in Calais outnumbers helpless French police by 285 to one.
The overrun port town is the final frontier in their race to reach the UK.
But in a shocking new documentary they boast how the authorities will never win the battle.
“Illegals: Breaking into Britain” on Channel 5 tomorrow night sheds new light on the tricks stowaways use to smuggle themselves across the water...
Turkey’s president and his supporters have been denouncing The New York Times and one of its Istanbul correspondents with growing furor for the past three days, reacting to an article and photograph about the recruitment of fighters in Turkey by the Islamic State, the militant group that has seized parts of neighboring Iraq and Syria.
Despite protests by the newspaper and press-freedom advocates, the denunciations have turned personal, punctuated by threats conveyed via email and social media against the correspondent, Ceylan Yeginsu.
On Friday, leading pro-government newspapers controlled by allies of the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published front-page photographs of Ms. Yeginsu, who is Turkish, and suggested she was a traitor and a foreign agent.
Her motive, they said, was to malign Mr. Erdogan in a “perception operation” by insinuating that he is a closet supporter of the Islamic State, a group that Turkey, along with the United States and many other countries, classifies as a terrorist threat.
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Who WAS mystery Briton shot dead in France? Stunned police discover victim had stolen the identity of a Canadian guitarist who died in Toronto three years ago
The hunt for the killer of a 65-year-old British man shot dead in his Brittany home has taken a bizarre twist - as it emerged that the victim had assumed the identity of a dead rock star.
The man was known in the small coastal village of Plounevez-Lochrist as Glenn Miller - the retired bassist for cult Canadian band Chilliwack.
But the real Miller died in Toronto three years ago, gendarmes discovered after contacting Canadian police.
Citing the deadly May attack on Brussels’ Jewish museum, Antwerp’s police commissioner called on the government to deploy the army to secure Jewish institutions in crisis situations.
Commissioner Serge Muyters spoke at a meeting Wednesday between leaders of the Belgian city’s Jewish community and police leaders, the Joods Actueel Jewish monthly reported.
“If the threat continues to remains at level 4, as it did after the attack in Brussels, then we should be able to deploy the army,” Muyters said, referring to the slaying of four people on May 24 at the Jewish Museum of Belgium.
The deployment of troops during level 4 situations is necessary because the police department “does not have the manpower or money to provide optimal protection, which requires hundreds of extra personnel and millions of euros,” Muyters said.
Currently, Belgian troops do not have the legal mandate to carry out policing duties on Belgian soil...
U.S. Secret Service investigates after man jumps White House fence, reaches doors
This Turkey smells bad...
The gay Pride festival should be denied city funding if the activist group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid is allowed to participate, mayoral candidate John Tory said at a debate held by a Jewish group on Friday — reigniting a long-running city hall debate that appeared to have finally dissipated.
BRUSSELS, Sept 19 (KUNA) -- Ahead of the European Day Against Islamophobia, a network of European human rights and anti-racism organisations Friday jointly called on EU leaders and decision makers to recognise Islamophobia as a specific form of racism and to tackle this increasing phenomenon. The European Day Against Islamophobia, on 21 September, has been initiated this year by the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe's No Hate Speech Movement.
According to an online survey by the European human rights watchdog, Muslims are the second most targeted group by online hate speech in Europe. Islamophobia - a form a racism targeting individuals or groups on the basis of their real or perceived belonging to the Muslim population - is widespread in many European countries, noted the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) in a press release.
In France for instance, 691 Islamophobic acts were recorded in 2013, a 47% increase compared to 2012, with women being the primary victims...
Jihadists are weaponizing our unselective, too-generous asylum policy
Fresh terror busts in Australia expose a common Achilles’ heel of the West: Indiscriminate refugee policies turn free countries into breeding grounds for jihad. It’s the same game in America. Soldiers of Islam have weaponized our blind generosity against us.
In Sydney this week, authorities detained a half-dozen Muslim plotters and arrested a top collaborator in an alleged conspiracy to kidnap and behead a random Australian citizen. The accused mastermind? Mohammad Ali Baryalei, an Afghan refugee turned Aussie Islamic State recruiter. He and his aristocratic family were welcomed Down Under decades ago. Baryalei returned the favor by taking to the streets of Sydney to recruit and radicalize dozens of fellow Muslim immigrants or their children.
Baryalei’s minions include Australian jihadist Khaled Sharrouf, the homicidal son of Lebanese immigrants. Sharrouf is now based in Syria, where he infamously tweeted a photo of his elementary-school-age son brandishing a severed human head...
(Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft that were flying near U.S. and Canadian air space this week, a military spokesman said on Friday.
The United States and Russia are increasingly at odds over Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting for control of parts of the former Soviet state.
On Wednesday, six Russian aircraft entered the United States’ air defense identification zone (ADIZ), an area beyond sovereign U.S. airspace, according to a statement from NORAD, a U.S. and Canadian aerospace command, and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM).
In response, “two Alaskan-based F-22 fighter jets acting under the authority of NORAD identified and intercepted two Russian IL-78 refueling tankers, two Russian Mig-31 fighter jets and two Russian Bear long-range bombers in the ADIZ, west of Alaska,” the statement said.
On Thursday, Canadian fighter jets intercepted two Russian Bear long-range bombers in the Canadian ADIZ.
The Russian bombers did not enter the United States’ or Canada’s sovereign airspace...
The UK pharmacy regulator says it has a legal responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to cater for religious needs
The chief imam of the Central London Mosque and a Muslim advisor at a university with a large Muslim student population have advised the regulator that it was acceptable to run an exam during Ramadan “on an exceptional basis.”
The date for next summer’s professional registration assessment for pharmacy students, which again falls during the holy month of Ramadan, may be rescheduled to allow Muslim students to observe obligations.
The General Pharmaceutical Council is considering moving the exam date from its usual Friday slot to Thursday, following advice from Muslim leaders, its assessment board and former students about the potential impact of Ramadan on students completing the assessment.
The GPhC acknowledged that it has a legal responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to cater for religious requirements.
It has decided against moving the exams from June to another month because, according to its board of assessors, it would require the pre-registration training period to be rescheduled which was “unrealistic”.
Duncan Rudkin, GPhC’s chief executive and registrar, said: “Moving the registration from Friday to the day before means that it would still be within Ramadan but not on the Friday which is particularly holy and has specific obligations in terms of prayer.”
Advice to the GPhC from the chief imam of the Central London Mosque and a Muslim advisor at a university with a large Muslim student population was that it was acceptable to run an exam during Ramadan “on an exceptional basis”.
The chief imam said it was compulsory for men and women to fast during Ramadan but there were exceptions if a person was travelling or was unwell...
In Europe, Britain leads the way in religious tolerance. But that could easily change – and prejudice seems to grow by the day
“All Muslims out of the UK!” This was the welcome note that greeted my brother, sticky-taped to the front door of his new home in south-east London. It is just one among many incidents that take place across the country daily, some of which are reported to the Tell Mama (Measuring Anti Muslim Attacks) project. In June it received notice of 56 instances of anti-Muslim prejudice, both online and offline – a noticeable spike that was caused, they believe, by the Rotherham abuse scandal.
Tell Mama has recorded more than 2,040 reports of religious hatred since its inception in 2012, including arson attacks on mosques and violence towards Muslim women. They increased in the months following the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich. After the brutal killing of British aid worker David Haines, Tell Mama received 39 hate incidents in three days. Fiyaz Mughal, the founder of Faith Matters, which runs Tell Mama, said: “When something takes place in the UK or involves a British national, we see spikes”...
...In Australia, in 2014, Attorney-General George Brandis’s National Security Legislation Amendment Bill will grant immunity from civil and criminal liability to participants in special intelligence operations.
Asio agents, and anyone else listed as a participant, will not be able to kill, inflict serious injury, or commit a sexual offence.
But nothing will prevent them, Australians all, from doing what was done to the Guildford Four. Worse, Brandis’s Bill proposes to gag journalists and bloggers if they tell anyone, with a 10 year gaol term if they do.
Every time the state wants to curtail liberty in the name of security, it seems people like me have to stand up and shout how badly this can go wrong. Many Australians – like many Brits during The Troubles – seem to operate under the comforting illusion that we in liberal democracies are all decent people and can undermine our institutions with nary a thought as to the long term consequences.
We seem to think our natural good intentions will prevent us from coming to resemble those against whom we fight...
The linked piece was posted on September 11th of this year. (BTW Patheos is or was considered a respectable conglomeration of religious sites. It's not some fringe weirdo blog or anything.)
This girl isn't sophisticated enough - or maybe she just knows it's not even worth bothering any more - to give us the usual "well it's a terrible tragedy all real Muslims deplore yadda yadda..." dance routine. She just goes straight in. September 11th 2001 is all about her, about how she's a victim. (The details of her victimhood seem to consist of some unspecified people asking her to apologize or something. We're just supposed to nod our heads knowingly, I guess. Also, America. And Bush. And America. And America.)
Take a face-based culture in which any admission of fault, guilt or imperfection can only be seen as a sign of weakness and low status; add a semi-Western upbringing in which victimhood per se is heroized, and foist both those things on the kind of weak-minded woman (and, yes, I'm sorry, it is a very female thing) who thrives on self-pity and solipsism.
What you get is a perfect storm. Meet Tahera Rahman.
Imagine if you can the adamantine narcissism, the utter contempt for other people's feelings, the sheer lack of humanity that you would need to publish that piece of crap on 9/11. It's breathtaking.
(BTW, this is one of the things that really strikes you if you spend too much time arguing with Muslims. They are never in the wrong. They will take this to the point of near-psychotic cognitive dissonance: e.g. the habit many Muslims infamously have of believing that a)9/11 was a magnificent triumph against the kuffr and b)the Mossad did it. In my opinion it accounts for their endless reliance on conspiracy theories. Did you know that Muslims maintain that both the Tanakh/Torah and the Christian Bible have been re-written by wicked people [mostly Jews, I suspect] to account for the fact that the Koran often makes no sense in light of real Abrahamic scripture? This is absolutely standard. To you or me, saying "Israel and it's lapdogs in the CIA are behind ISIS" sounds muttering-to-yourself-outside-the-methadone-clinic deranged. It is a perfectly mainstream Muslim opinion.)
(Reuters) - Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq’s northwest Nineveh province have created a police force to “implement the orders of the religious judiciary,” according to a well-known militant Islamist website.
Photos on the website showed armed men in black clothing with “Islamic Police Nineveh State” printed on the arm. The police forces were in freshly painted police cars and one photo showed militiamen on a river boat.
It was not clear when the photos were posted or when the police force was established.
The text on the website said the force would “maintain order and arrest culprits and the corrupt.” The text said it would be different from police forces in other states, which it described as “a tool to suppress dissent.”
Residents in Nineveh told Reuters the police’s main duty appears to be to detain people they consider opposed to their cause, however...
FORT MYERS, Fla.- A pastor visiting Southwest Florida is on a mission to inform Americans about the dangers of Islamic extremists and ISIS. He has a unique perspective. He grew up as a radical Muslim in Iran.
“I grew up in a radical home in Iran,” said pastor Reza Safa. “My father was a Muslim scholar, and ever since I was a child I started practicing Islamic law.”
As a teenager, Safa says he heard the voice of God, and made the decision to convert to Christianity.
“Of course, right after that,” he said, “my troubles began. My accepting Christ, my father decided he wanted to kill me. My mother tried to put me in a mental hospital. My father disowned me, and so I had a very hard life right after my conversion.”
The things he preaches can seem extreme.
“Ideology goes into the heart of a person,” Safa explained. “You cannot kill that ideology unless you kill that person, and for us to deal with this, we have to kill 1.7 billion people.”
He’s referring to the number of radical Muslims in the world. He says they believe the Earth is corrupt and the only solution is to establish Islamic law for the entire planet.
“Some get involved with ISIS and warfare because the situation has opened up for them to get involved physically with weapons and mass killing,” Safa said, “and some don't.” He continued, “(for) those who do not, (it) doesn't mean they don’t have that same desire. It just means they haven’t taken that step yet.”
Safa believes military force won’t fix anything, and his view of the future is dark: the religious war between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims has been going on for 1,500 years. Safa believes lasting peace is just a dream.
(Reuters) - When African peacekeepers and Somali troops launched an offensive against Islamist militants in Somalia’s small seaside town of Marka, Rukia Nur and her 10 children joined the stream of thousands who have fled to the capital in past months.
They now make their home in a sprawling camp in Mogadishu’s outskirts - a place at the center of a growing hunger crisis three years after Somalia’s devastating 2011 famine.
The United Nations said this month more than a million people in this war-ravaged country were struggling to meet daily nutritional needs. The roughly 130,000 people displaced from their homes this year alone are bearing the brunt of the crisis...
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It may sound heartless, but I am starting to get tired of African famine stories. Their birth rates (total children per woman) are far, far above replacement rate (even allowing for poorer medical care by looking at actual population growth rate*) and their populations are growing rapidly.
The number of children per women over her lifetime is six in Somalia: that is just too high. It cannot be sustained.
*Population growth rates must interpreted carefully. They may be low because people are leaving the country in droves (as is the case for Somalia). Similarly, a huge influx of Syrian refugees has given Lebanon the highest population growth rate in the world, even though the total fertility rate is below replacement.
To find the growth rate due to births alone, one must consider immigration, emigration and death rates. All those statistics are available at the CIA World Factbook (and other places), but I have not done the exercise. Maybe I will. The data can be downloaded from the CIA World Factbook to a file suitable for import to Excel.
Indeed, the topic seems of little interest--being politically incorrect--compared to the vastly more complex but very popular projections of climate change.
More pix and story at The Daily Mail.
Today, September 19, German Muslims held a day of protest against ISIS or the “Islamic State.”
All the major news outlets have reported on the display of “peace.” But just a couple of weeks ago, something more indicative of the subtle Islamization of Germany took place...
The latest suspected ISIS propaganda film has been uploaded to YouTube and appears to feature a jihadist with an American accent.
The 55-minute “Flames of War” video was posted online today and bears hallmarks of previous Islamic State tapes including Hollywood-style effects and bloodthirsty, call-to-arms language.
The clip bears the stamp of the al-Hayat Media Centre, ISIS’ English-language propaganda arm.
A male voice in well-spoken English with a non-specific American accent provides the voice-over, using dialogue seemingly hijacked from a blockbuster action film.
He says: “In the face of the dark wave of the crusader force, the historical land of two rivers bore life to a mission that would transform the political landscape of the world”...
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The Times of Israel gave a YouTube address, but Google had taken it down. The Daily Mail (from which the above account was taken) has a copy.
Not that I want to watch it.
Women’s boutique called ISIS after Egyptian goddess is victim of hate campaign because people confuse the name with Islamic terrorists
The owner of a ladies' clothes shop called Isis has become the victim of a hate campaign after people mistakenly linked it to the jihadist network terrorising the Middle East.
Jill Campbell has run the Isis Boutique in Malvern, Worcestershire for seven years but has been forced to issue a statement saying she has no connection to the extremist group.
The 54-year-old revealed today that pedestrians walking past her shop and people on social media have subjected her and her staff to abuse due to her shop sharing a name with the terrorist organization...
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In the UK the problem is even worse because acronyms usually have only the first letter capitalized rather than all of them. So for example: “ISIS vs Isis” and “NATO vs Nato.”
I prefer the North American style myself.
The Sanata Dharma (USD) psychology department was to hold a meeting on the theme: “LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One.” The local branch of the Islamic Society Forum forced it to be cancelled because it “dishonors Islam.” Islamic leader claims “deviant” sexual behavior is a “contagious virus”
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Giving into Islamic extremists, the Catholic University of Sanata Dharma (USD) in Yogyakarta, in the province of Central Java, has canceled a seminar on “different” sexual orientations, including homosexuality, lesbianism, transgender. The meeting promoted by the USD Faculty of Psychology on theme of the seminar “LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One” was canceled in a hurry last night. Yesterday, the Islamic Society Forum (FUI) is the meeting went ahead its members would have “infiltrated” it to stop a discussion that would have “dishonored Islam.”
Johanes Eka Priyatna, USD dean, confirmed the cancellation of the seminar, after a closed-door meeting with the police chief, professors and members of the student council.
Among Indonesian cities, Yogyakarta has always stood out as the most “tolerant” and home to dozens of universities of different inspirations. However, in recent years it has registered incidents of sectarian intolerance, the work of local Muslim extremist groups that have targeted the local Catholic and Protestant communities.
Among the many episodes, there was the attack on the Catholic leader Julius Felicianus last May; a week later, the extremists targeted a “house of prayer” belonging to a Protestant community; and again, at the end of June unidentified persons attacked the parish of the Sacred Heart shouting “Allah is great”...