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Friday, 29 August 2014
Hanine Hassan, A Graduate Student At Columbia, And Her Extra-Curricular Activities
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Yes, Columbia had Edward Said, and still has Hamid Dabashi and Rashid Khalidi and a host of other fellow-travellers of the Jihad -- the Jihad in general, and the Jihad against Israel in particular.

And it also has a graduate student, getting her doctorate in what can only be described as "Palestinian" Propaganda, writing about "humiliation" ("humiliation" is, as all educated people know, an important feature, in classic Islam, of the Jizyah-payment, and humiliating the Dhimmis -- getting them to dismount from their sanctioned donkeys, or moving aside for Muslims when walking, and so on -- essential to the well-ordered Muslim society. She writes -- about "Palestine" bien entendu, for the Qatar propaganda outlet, Al Jazeera. Her name is Hanine Hassan. I can't imagine a reputable university wanting to hire her. But unlike non-Arab graduate students, she needn't worry. Qatar, or some other recipient of trillions of dollars because of an accident of geology, will certainly see that she doesn't have to worry about money. Meanwhile, she's taking up a spot  that might have been filled not by such a dedicated propagandist for the Jihad against Israel, but to someone who truly wanted to study something important, such as Islam and the position of non-Muslims in one or more of the many different societies conquered by Muslims, through open warfare, or demography.

When not hard at work on her studies, she enjoys making dangerous (even if absurd) allegations, as she did to one Jewish Dutch volunteer with the IDF. Simply put "jihadist" and "IDF" and "Dutch" and "Hanine Hassan," and see what comes up.

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Posted on 08/29/2014 9:08 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
"Homeland"
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I don't much care for that word, as it has been used ever since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has a distinctly foreign -- and to me an unpleasantly Teutonic, even Nazi note. America is my home. It's the home of Americans. "Homeland" grades into such words, and concepts, as Fatherland and Motherland.  We don't, or shouldn't, cotton to that here. We're better than that. Or were.

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Posted on 08/29/2014 8:26 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: What A Perfect Combination (Eddie Cantor)
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Watch, and listen, here.

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Posted on 08/29/2014 8:08 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
Oroonoko, Or, Mayhem In Surinam
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Here.

Dino Bouterse, the son of the once and current ruler of Surinam, and himself the former head of Anti-Terrorism in that fabled land (see Aphra Behn), has just been found guilty  in the United States of the usual trifecta: providing material support for a Muslim terrorist group (in this case, Hezbollah), illegal firearms, and cocaine trafficking. What a perfect combination!

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Posted on 08/29/2014 8:05 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
Disguised Jiyzah Of The Bumiputra System Helps Explain Malaysian Airline Malaise
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Nearly one-third of the workforce of Malaysian Airlines to be let go.

Story here.

Islam, working in the brain of the pilot or the co-pilot, or perhaps others on board, explains the disappearance of that Malaysian Airliner.

And Islam, which led Muslim Malays to erect the Bumiputra system, by which less-gifted, and often-incompetent, Muslim Malays are given jobs, and share in profits, at the expense of the more industrious and entrepreneurial and responsible Chinese and Indian citizens, second-class, of Malaysia.

And now the airline is suffering. But the Bumiputra system lives on. It's only right, it's only just. Muslims deserve to batten off the non-Muslims whom they allow to live in lands dominated by Islam. How could it be otherwise?

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Posted on 08/29/2014 7:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
The High Rise Mess They Made In Mecca
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Skip the story, look at the photograph. What an architectural mess. And the Saudis have systematically torn down everything from the past, including Ottoman forts, and sites associated with Muhammad. Might lead to shrines, and visitors to shrines. That would be too Rafidite to bear.

All that's left from the distant past is the Magic Wonderstone itself, a meteorite, around which the Faithful  must walk widdershins, seven times.

 

 

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Posted on 08/29/2014 7:52 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
William Goldnadel: The Intolerable Lightness Of Being Of Benjamin Biolay And All His Tribe
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Posted on 08/29/2014 7:40 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
Elizabeth Warren -- In Case You Were Worried About Her, Don't
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Posted on 08/29/2014 7:37 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
Patrick Clement: The War Against Islam Is The War Of The Century
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At RiposteLaique here.

And here is Patrick Clement on the damage done to the anti-Islam movement by the antisemite Jean-Marie Le Pen.

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Posted on 08/29/2014 2:06 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
Sagamori's Questionaire
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An interesting questionnaire for Palestinian Advocates By Yashiko Sagamori

If you are so sure that ” Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history,” I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about that country of Palestine :

  1. When was it founded and by whom?

  2. What were its borders?

  3. What was its capital?

  4. What were its major cities?

  5. What constituted the basis of its economy?

  6. What was its form of government?

  7. Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?

  8. Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?

  9. What was the language of the country of Palestine ?

  10. What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine ?

  11. What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.

  12. And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

You are lamenting the “low sinking” of a “once proud” nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that “nation” proud and what was it so proud of?

And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call “Palestinians” are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over — or thrown out of — the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?

I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the modern day “Palestinians” to the Biblical Philistines: substituting etymology for history won’t work here.

The truth should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel; they still cherish it today. Having time and again failed to achieve their evil goal with military means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy. For that purpose, they created a terrorist organization, cynically called it “the Palestinian people” and installed it in Gaza, Judea, and Samaria. How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan and Egypt to unconditionally accept back the “West Bank” and Gaza, respectively?

The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged in Connecticut with the purpose of starting a tax-exempt casino: at least that tribe had a constructive goal that motivated them. The so-called “Palestinians” have only one motivation: the destruction of Israel, and in my book that is not sufficient to consider them a nation” — or anything else except what they really are: a terrorist organization that will one day be dismantled.

In fact, there is only one way to achieve peace in the Middle East. Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war against Israel and, as the losing side should, pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of their terrorist organization from the land of Israel and accepting Israel ‘s ancient sovereignty over Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.

That will mark the end of the Palestinian people. What are you saying again was its beginning?

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Posted on 08/29/2014 12:44 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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Friday, 29 August 2014
The Poetry of Fear
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Why do teenagers love roller coasters and horror films? Perhaps they have discovered for themselves what the poet Wordsworth proclaimed, that “poetry is powerful emotion recollected in tranquility.”  Horror films, for example, work if they induce enough intense fear to allow the audience to recollect fearful moments, but without forgetting they are safe in the theatre or at home. Since modern societies teach us that fear is a negative and possibly cowardly emotion, we seem to have a backlog of unresolved fear hidden not only from others, but even from ourselves.

Fear, like other emotions, may be resolved in a safe zone. Although there is little agreement about a fear  backlog and how to deal with it, my suggestion is  to use not only film, theatre, and reading, but also to tell the parts of it over and over to a sympathetic ear, as in therapy for PTSD. Teenagers might not realize it, but fear signals its resolution by sweating and shaking. After recollecting some particularly dangerous experiences in my own life, I have shook and sweated to the point of having to change my sweat-soaked clothing.

It seems to me that all emotions are like breathing: they become negative only when obstructed.

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Posted on 08/29/2014 7:39 AM by Thomas J. Scheff
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Friday, 29 August 2014
Al-Qaeda manual encourages attacks on Marks and Spencer stores in UK
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Not to be outdone by Isil, al-Qaeda publishes English-language 'shopping list' for making bombs that can be used to attack British and American targets. 

The publication, called Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem, suggests jihadists target the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Thames House in London and M&S department stores during Friday prayers, so as to avoid harming Muslims. There is a suggested list of targets for lone-wolf, or individually executed, terror attacks, including New York's Times Square, casinos and nightclubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and busy train stations. It also encourages attacks on places around the world where Britons, Americans and Israelis take holidays.

Included in the article is a timeline of terror attacks, including 9/11 and the Boston bombings that includes a blank entry marked 201?, implying a terror attack on foreign soil is planned for the near future.

The manual goes on to praise the “Boston bomber brothers” Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, praying Allah accept them.  

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Posted on 08/29/2014 4:34 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
An Artistic Interlude: Collioure, Port De Peche (Derain, A Person Of Couleurs)
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Posted on 08/28/2014 8:27 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
"Australian" Rises HIgh In ISIS
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Posted on 08/28/2014 8:06 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Martin Sherman On Israel's Inhibitions In Gaza
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Posted on 08/28/2014 7:46 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Horrifying footage shows 250 Syrian soldiers marched to their deaths
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From the Metro

Disturbing footage has emerged that appears to show Islamic State militants marching 250 captured soldiers through the desert in their underwear – and then executing them. According to an IS fighter, the men were seized along with planes, helicopters, tanks and artillery from the Syrian Tabqa air base, which the radical Islamist group took on Sunday.

In the footage, which is too graphic to show, hundreds of men are seen to be paraded through the desert, chanting in Arabic, before the screen fades to black.

The next image shows piles of the executed men stacked on top of each other. The clip goes on to show a line of corpses stretched into the shape of a crescent.

‘The 250 shabeeha taken captive by the Islamic State from Tabqa in Raqqa have been executed,’ says the caption, An IS fighter told Reuters: ‘Yes, we have executed them all.’

The video has not yet been verified despite the group’s claims . . . Nadim Houry, deputy director of Human Rights Watch for the Middle East, called the video ‘another ISIS war crime’.

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Posted on 08/28/2014 12:49 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo
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From the Norwegian edition of The Local

Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå - SSB) has counted the population of Oslo and found that Mohammed is the most common male name in Oslo for the first time ever. The name has spent four years in a row at the top of the list of baby names in Oslo, but this is the first time that Mohammed tops the men's name list for Oslo.

Jørgen Ouren of SSB said to NRK: “It is very exciting.”
 
It's not 'exciting'; it's the Chinese curse - May you live in interesting times.
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Posted on 08/28/2014 10:50 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Shaun Wright resigns from Labour Party but refuses to quit as PCC
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South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has resigned from the Labour Party after it threatened to suspend him over the Rotherham abuse scandal but has vowed to remain in his PCC role. The Labour party called for him to resign as PCC and threatened to suspend him from the Party if he had not done so by the morning, however on his website Mr Wright refused to leave the role. The PCC role pays better than the Labour Party.

In a statement he said: “I formally tender my resignation from the Labour Party. However, I remain committed to, and intend to remain in, my role as an Independent Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire. 

I thought the whole point of these elected Police Commissioners was to give the public some voice in police matters. But it seems they cannot be removed for any sort of misconduct, which ignoring sex abuse on an industrial scale is, surely?

There is no power to remove him from his £85,000-a-year position as PCC. On Newsnight Jack Domney, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, called for powers to be introduced to allow the Government to remove PCC's from their positions. 

Labour MP John Mann has written a letter to the Home Secretary Theresa May calling for multiple misconduct charges to be brought against those responsible.  "As Shaun Wright is one who needs investigating I will be asking the Home Secretary to use another police force to investigate."

Mr Wright said he believed the report into the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, by Professor Alexis Jay, should have gone further in naming officials responsible for the failings identified in the report. Prof Jay has cast doubt on the assertion that Mr Wright did not know about what was happening in the town. " . . . Really by April 2005, it seemed to me that nobody could say 'I didn't know'." 

So far I have not seen anyone other than my peers query the role of the Crown Prosecution Service in this? They can only direct that a prosecution go ahead on what the police bring before them, but my own experience of their political bias makes me believe that they too had a role in this cover-up. 

There has been an EDL vigil outside Rotherham Police Station since yesterday afternoon. Mutual friends tell me that they have tents, sleeping bags and disposable barbeques, and that some local people have brought them food and moral support. Others, possibly disgruntled taxi drivers, have driven past making 'bang-bang gunfire' gestures.

This afternoon there are about 20 people present and as this picture from Doncaster Division shows, they are in for the long haul.

More as I hear.

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Posted on 08/28/2014 9:16 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Children scared to walk the streets in Rotherham
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Children in Rotherham do not feel safe to walk the streets, to wait for buses or take taxis alone, the author of a damning report into the town’s ‘unrelenting’ child sexual exploitation scandal told The Star today.

The report revealed the ‘prominent role’ of Rotherham taxi drivers in the abuse of children. In one council safeguarding meeting in 2010, minutes record three girls complaining of abduction attempts, and seven alleging being sexually exploited by taxi drivers. Four drivers, all from different firms, have had licences revoked since 2009 in connection to child sexual exploitation. One was arrested for sex offences and supplying drugs to a 15-year-old girl – but was not charged. Prof Jay said the inquiry interviewed 24 young people aged 14 to 25 – and ‘all avoided taxis if possible’. And here's me giving my daughter the same advice my mother gave me. Always keep an energency note folded in your purse where you can't see it to spend, but so that you always have the means to get a taxi home safely. 

“The girls described on occasions they would be taken the longest, darkest route home,” she said. “One said the driver’s first question would be, ‘How old are you, love?’. All talked about the conversation quickly turning flirtatious or suggestive, with references to sex.”

The report said young people in Rotherham prefer the bus – but are equally scared of Rotherham Interchange. “All the young people we met preferred to use the bus – despite their nervousness and dislike of the Interchange, which they described as attracting drug dealers, addicts, and criminals.The young people described a sense of intimidation and ‘running the gauntlet’ to get to their buses.”

Prof Jay told The Star she had been shocked by the extent of child sex exploitation going on in the town.

No-one from Rotherham Private Hire Drivers’ Association was available for comment when contacted by The Star yesterday.

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Posted on 08/28/2014 9:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Rotherham: In the face of such evil, who is the racist now?
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Alison Pearson in the Telegraph

Let’s start with a riddle. If South Yorkshire Police can mount a raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s home in pursuit of evidence linked to a single allegation of child sex abuse 30 years ago, why were South Yorkshire Police incapable of pursuing multiple allegations against multiple men who raped 1,400 children over 16 years?

One thousand four hundred. Consider the weight of that number, feel its tragic heft. Picture 50 junior-school classes of little girls in Rotherham, once a respectable northern town, now a byword for depravity. Men of Pakistani heritage treated white girls like toilet paper. They picked children up from schools and care homes and trafficked them across northern cities for other men to join in the fun. . . All but one of the perpetrators were Muslims of Pakistani heritage who would have related to Cliff’s hit, Living Doll. 

The Labour Party, in particular, is mired in shame over “cultural sensitivity” in Rotherham. Especially, cynics might point out, a sensitivity to the culture of Muslims whose votes they don’t want to lose. Denis MacShane, MP for Rotherham from 1994 to 2012, actually admitted to the BBC’s World At One that “there was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat, if I may put it like that. Perhaps, yes, as a true Guardian reader and liberal Leftie, I suppose I didn’t want to raise that too hard.” Much better to hang on to your impeccable liberal credentials than save a few girls from being raped, eh, Denis?

Equally horrifying is the suggestion that certain Pakistani councillors asked social workers to reveal the addresses of the shelters where some of the abused girls were hiding. The former deputy leader of the council, Jahangir Akhtar, is accused of “ignoring a politically inconvenient truth” by insisting there was not a deep-rooted problem of Pakistani-heritage perpetrators targeting young white girls. The inquiry was told that influential Pakistani councillors acted as “barriers to communication” on grooming issues.

Front-line youth workers who submitted reports in 2002, 2003 and 2006 expressing their alarm at the scale of the child sex-offending say the town hall told them to keep quiet about the ethnicity of the perpetrators in the interests of “community cohesion”.

Fear of appearing racist trumped fears of more children being abused. Not only were negligent officials not prosecuted, they prospered. Shaun Wright, a former Labour councillor who was in charge of Rotherham children’s services during a five-year period when a blind eye was turned to the worst case of mass child abuse in British history, is now South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. (And he refuses to resign - about which more later)

Jane Collins, the Ukip MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, has called for Mr Wright to stand down, a demand that has been echoed by Labour as it realises the full horror of what was done – or not done – by its councillors. “To cover up something of this scale, it is evil,” says Mrs Collins.

It’s impossible not to share that incredulous fury. Powerless white working-class girls were caught between a hateful, imported culture of vicious misogyny on the one hand, and on the other a culture of chauvinism among the police, who regarded them as worthless slags. Officials trained up in diversity and political correctness failed to acknowledge what was effectively white slavery on their doorstep. Much too embarrassing to concede that it wasn’t white people who were committing racist hate crimes in this instance. 

This will come as no comfort to the 1,400 brutalised girls, many of whom have self-harmed or committed suicide, but I reckon Rotherham may be the final nail in the coffin of multiculturalism. Far from discouraging racism, the Labour policy of withholding the ethnic identity of men who preyed on white girls backfired spectacularly. Criminally, it endangered hundreds of children who might otherwise have been spared. A recent poll showed that 44 per cent of young Britons believe that Muslims do not share the same values as the rest of the population, while 28 per cent said they felt Britain would be “better off” with fewer Muslims. Attitudes are even more negative among older people.

There are other hopeful signs. The Rotherham scandal seems temporarily to have silenced those who insist, every time a child-grooming case is exposed, that most paedophiles are white. Indeed they are; but the Rotherham abusers were not paedophiles. They were men of Pakistani heritage slaking their lust on young girls they regarded as white trash because they knew they could get away with it. It grieves me to say they were right. Like South Yorkshire Police, they treated 1,400 defenceless children “with contempt”.

On Channel 4 News on Tuesday, Javed Khan, the chief executive of Barnardo’s, refused to give a straight answer to a question about the part that “ethnicity” played in the abuse of girls in Rotherham. As the presenter Jackie Long persisted, Mr Khan insisted that we should not be focusing on the identity of the perpetrators because it “distracted attention” from the children who were their victims.

On the contrary. It is of the utmost importance that wider society wakes up to the fact that there is what the inquiry found to be a “deep-rooted problem of Pakistani-heritage perpetrators targeting young white girls”. Many of us who have been saying this for a long time have been shouted down as racist. Thanks to Prof Jay, it has been stated publicly for the first time that the fear of appearing racist was more pressing in official minds than enforcing the law of the land or rescuing terrified children. It is one of the great scandals of our lifetime. 

Thus far, a mere five men have been jailed in connection with the disgusting crimes in Rotherham. A further 30 are under investigation . . . identify the perpetrators. Shame and name, and shame again.

...the way those crimes were ignored and suppressed by powerful men with a political agenda was despicable as well as criminal.  To avoid rocking the multicultural boat, they fed 1,400 children to the sharks. No just God would stand for what they did. 

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Posted on 08/28/2014 8:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
A Global Epiphany on ISIS
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It took only a moment for the whole world to become aware of the savagery and the delight in the slaughter of human beings by Islamist extreme groups. That moment was the display of a skilled video of a masked jihadist in black clothes apparently preparing the brutal beheading of James Foley, the 40-year-old American photo-journalist, on August 19, 2014.

The whole world has been horrified by the insane, uncivilized behavior of ISIS (or ISIL) and its rejoicing in its deranged conduct.  There could be no better illustration of the sadistic nature and the level of barbarity of the Islamic jihadists, ISIS, and others.  Yet curiously, previous public displays of that barbarity attracted little, if any, notice by the Western media and political leaders in the U.S. and Europe.  Earlier in August, the ISIS terrorists released another video portraying a number of their group preparing to slaughter with knives some Syrians, associated with the Free Syrian Army, who were tied up. This video was almost wholly ignored by the Western media, as were the killings by ISIS of hundreds of people, attacks on minority groups, and instillation of a doctrinal Islamic state, a modern caliphate based on sharia law.

The Western countries have reacted with some strong verbal language and mild military action to the murder of Foley.  British Prime Minister David Cameron asserted that Islamic jihadism is not a distant problem, but rather “our concern here and now.”  President Barack Obama spoke of the United States being “relentless” in reacting to ISIS and also ordered air strikes in northern Iraq against ISIS to stop its advance.  In addition, the revelation that a considerable contingent of Europeans, and some Americans, have joined ISIS, and other Islamist jihadists, and that the murderer of Foley is reputed to be a 23-year-old London rapper of Egyptian origin, has been a wake-up call to Western security services about security in their own countries.

It is heartening that Middle Eastern, as well as Western, countries have realized the danger to their countries, have condemned the atrocities, and are preparing to react to them.  Countries not always friendly to each other or to the West are beginning to line up.  They now recognize that the mujahedeen fighters in Afghanistan, the jihadists in Algeria and Iraq, the Muslim Brotherhood, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and Hamas in the Gaza Strip all have the same disregard for human life and are characterized by inhumane zealotry.

Saudi Arabia has for some time been concerned by the growing power of ISIS, and of radical Sunnis (takfirism).  Its grand mufti, Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, now refers to ISIS as enemy number one, against which decisive measures must be taken.  The country has already pledged $100 million to combat terrorism in the Middle East.  Kuwait has closed the Islamic charities that it believes give money to the jihadists.  Western observers have long known this to be the case.

Tactical alliances in the Middle East are forever changing.  The Kurdish group PKK, formerly regarded as a terrorist organization, is welcomed by the U.S. and the EU, as helpful in fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Turkey, which has allowed most of ISIS's supplies to come through its territory, has, at least temporarily, been less hostile to the Kurds in the north of its country.  The loathsome Bashar al-Assad Syrian regime has been bombing ISIS bases in Syria.  Even Qatar, a country that has substantially funded terrorist groups, is now reconsidering its aid to them.

Prime Minister Cameron insisted that immediate action is essential to stem the onslaught of the exceptional dangerous terrorist movement.  There is no choice but to rise to the challenge.  He might have gone farther and looked to Israel as the example showing the way to meet and overcome the challenge.

In this necessary battle against the evil forces of ISIS and of Islamic jihadists, aspects of Israeli behavior against aggression may be useful, even if used as a metaphor.  One of the elements of that behavior, used first to deal with attacks on Jews in prewar Europe and now incorporated into the training of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), is Krav Maga (Contact Combat).

This form of combat was devised by a Jewish man named Imrich Lichtenfeld, born in Budapest, who lived in Bratislava (Slovakia) as a champion boxer and wrestler.  Disturbed by the prevalent anti-Semitism in the 1930s, he worked out street-fighting tactics to deal with Fascist and Nazi assaults against Jews, and the anti-Semitic thugs.  He left for Palestine before the Second World War and taught his system to the IDF.  Krav Maga can best described as a combination of wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai, Kung fu, and Savate. It is a combination of kicks, strikes, and different forms of punches.

What is important are the principles of Krav, which, using it as a metaphor, are valuable for peace in the Middle East.  Individuals must first avoid confrontation and should remove themselves from danger.  They must then try to de-escalate any verbal interaction or dispute.  If these do not succeed, the individuals, or Israel, must start a process not only of self-defense against all variety of attacks, but also of a vigorous counter-offensive as soon as possible.  The tactics include hitting as hard as you can, neutralizing the enemy as soon as possible, using what you can to get the upper hand, and maintaining awareness of surroundings.  They also entail learning to understand the psychology of confrontation, and identification of potential threats before they occur.

The actress Jennifer Lopez was one of the celebrities who trained for a number of months in the art of Krav Maga.  She obtained better starring roles in her movies as a result.  The Western countries should now adopt the principles of Krav and take part, if not always star, in the fight against Islamist jihadists.

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Posted on 08/28/2014 7:25 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: Anything Goes (from "Pennies From Heaven")
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Watch, and listen, here.

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Posted on 08/27/2014 8:56 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Shiites Mass To Break ISIS Siege Of Amerli
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Posted on 08/27/2014 8:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
In Yemen, Shiites Invest The Capital, Sunni Ruler Claims "U.S. Is Against This"
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Here.

Shiites in Sana, coming down from the north like wolves on the fold, defeat the Muslim Brotherhood andits political party, Islah (the party to which Nobel Prize winner Ms. Tawakkul belongs), and will not leave until their demands are met.

Why the American government should take a position on this is unknown. Most likely Hadi is making it all up.

All the Western world should want is for continued internecine and other forms of strife (as with the seekers of independence for what was once South Yemen)  in Yemen, with no letup.

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Posted on 08/27/2014 7:47 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Islam Had Everything To Do With What Happened In Rotherham
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Raised in communities, or families, suffused with Islam, the Muslim men who raped and beat and passed around for general  enjoyment, and then threatened with death, very young English girls -- did so because they thought the kuffar girls were fitting prey. In a society where the natural order of things prevailed, that is where Muslims dominated and non-Muslims subject to every sort of humiliation, Christian or other non-Muslim girls -- so Boko Haram and ISIS (which recapitulates Islamic history, and the mistreatment, after conquest, of non-Muslim peoples) show us, non-Muslim women could  be kidnapped, raped, converted, killed.  In England, where the man-made laws, the kuffar laws, still prevailed, such things were punishable -- but who cares about man-made, kuffar laws? The deep contempt and hatred forf non-Muslim that Islam, in the Qur'an and Hadith, inculcates in the Believers, and the more those Believers take Islam to heart, the greater that contempt and hatred, explains not only what happened in Rotherham, but similar gangs of Muslim men abusing young English girls in Oxford, in Rochdale, in Derby, in a dozen other places we know about, and probably in hundreds where we as yet do not.

When Muslims now ostentatiously deplore what the Rotherham Report revealed, and claim at the same time that this has "nothing to do with Islam" you can ignore the absurdity of the latter remark and be suspicious of the former one, in which they attempt to ensure that ignorance of Islam, confusion about Islam, fear of saying something untoward or impolite about Islam, continues, and these assertions are part of the Jihad of "pen, tongue" that is at least as dangerous as the Jihad of terrorism or qital (combat).


 

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Posted on 08/27/2014 6:49 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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