Monday, January 31, 2011
Al Qaeda Populating U.S. With Peaceful 'Decoy Muslims'
The Onion’ is an American satirical newspaper. Given the times, it’s also an Internet nexus, with broadcasts of mock TV programs. Always, though, it’s in questionable taste, as mockery rarely succeeds through being polite.This is a ‘broadcast’ that takes a well-aimed shot at Islamophobia. If it’s not quite to your taste, I apologize, but humor’s funniness is probably the last thing on which there’s universal agreement.HT : The Onion.
- Egypt volatile situation : - Al Jazeera English - Live Streams From Egypt ! Here .
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- CNN warns of Egyptian-style takeover of electronic communication in the U.S.It seems like this is the kind of thing Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck has been criticized for putting out on the airwaves – the notion the government could shutdown electronic communications in the United States similar to what has been done in Egypt over the past several days, as its government has reacted to turmoil engulfing the country.On Sunday evening’s “CNN Newsroom,” host Don Lemon and his guest, hacker-turned-cyber security expert Gregory Evans, explored all the various way this Egyptian movement was attempting to overcome blocks put on electronic communications by the government. Lemon suggested that the U.S. government could do that same thing the Egyptians are doing now, and even said he thought “it probably could happen in the United States.”And according to Evans, he was right.“It could happen here and it will happen – when, you know that emergency broadcasting system everybody never really pays attention to?” Evans said. “So that right there – if we were in the state of an emergency, in a civil war, the government can then seize all communications and since Internet is part of that communications – yes, they can take over your TV, your radio and your Internet.”Read the full story here.
- "The war on Christianity".Turkish Supreme Court Rules Against Assyrian Monastery and State takes land from the Christian Monastery.In a ruling issued on January 26, 2011, Turkey's Supreme Court granted substantial parts of St. Gabriel Monastery, an Assyrian Christian religious center established in the 397 A.D. in south-east Anatolia, to the Turkish Treasury. This decision reversed a June, 2009 ruling by the district court of Midyat, which had rejected the claim of the Treasury, sending the case to the Supreme Court in Ankara. Kuryakos Ergün, the chairman of the foundation of the monastery, could not comment on how the monastery will react to the verdict, as the details are not clear yet.The trial is part of an orchestrated effort since 2008 by three neighboring Kurdish village heads associated with the ruling party AKP and the Turkish State to expropriate the monastery's lands (full coverage). The treasury claims land inside and adjacent to the monastery, which the monastery has owned for decades and has paid taxes for, belongs to the State. The many trials concerning this case have been closely followed internationally and have raised many concerns about religious freedom of Christians in Turkey. The monastery is one of the oldest monasteries of Christendom.Symbol of repression of Christianity in Turkey.Erika Steinbach, the spokesperson for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German Parliamentary Group, said in a statement on January 27th, "The deprivation of the land of the monastery of St. Gabriel stands as symbol of repression of Christianity in Turkey. Even though we do not yet have the verdict and the full-text available and it has not yet a legal force, this landmark decision is a major setback for Christians in Turkey. The negative trend in religious freedom in Turkey is incompatible with human rights."Dr. Renate Sommer, member of the European Parliament and an expert on Turkey, characterized the verdict as "expropriation." She regards the repeated postponing of the trials against the monastery as a demoralization effort towards the remaining Assyrians in Turkey, to induce them to leave the country. Regarding the plaintifs, she said "Unfortunately these fanatics are supported by the Turkish government, which has put a spoke in the monastery's wheels for decades. Since 1980 the monastery has been prohibited from educating priests. In addition to that the governing AKP supported the plaintiffs against the monastery."Ironically on the day of the verdict the Turkish President Abdullah Gül, while visiting Strasbourg, criticized in another context the discrimination against Christians by the authorities of his country. However, such statements are perceived as camouflage.Hmmmm.....These are the People Obama calls his friends?The worst Human Rights violators?Strange behaviour for a self proclaimed "Christian" President.Read the full persecution story here.
- HT:CrossroadsArabia.Watching Egypt.The chaos continues in Egypt. The army has been called in to keep the peace after the regular police (and, apparently, many of the special police) were driven off the streets, their precinct buildings burnt down. Prisoners are reported to have escaped from Demu Prison in Fayoum and are terrorizing the neighborhood (scroll down at the link). Pres. Mubarak has sacked his rubber-stamp cabinet and named Omar Suleiman as his new Vice President. The Internet was shut down and remains down; cell phones had but cut off but now appear to be back in service.King Abdullah made a formal statement, supporting Mubarak and condemning violence. I think he’s right about the violence. About Mubarak, though, no.Saudi Arabia—and Saudis in general—have a religiously-based belief that rulers are to be both respected and obeyed. That is not a bad method to keep civil peace. It has its limits though. Leaders are respected only so long as they hold the respect of the people they govern. When people feel themselves abused by their leaders, they demand change, often of those leaders. Leaders can go quietly, as did Tunisia’s Bin Ali, or they can go violently. Unjust leaders deserve neither respect nor obedience, as Mubarak is discovering. Mubarak, though he may believe differently, is not the Government of the Republic of Egypt. He is its elected leader and that alone. If he no longer holds the confidence of his citizens that he can rule justly, then he needs to go. I suspect there’s a guest palace available in Jeddah if he decides to take a short flight east.The big question, of course, is ‘After Mubarak, what?’ I’m sure Mubarak feels, as did Louis XV, Après moi, le déluge. It’s possible that he’s right. I am not at all confident that were Mubarak to fall his replacement would be liberal, far-sighted, or even very democratic at all. There is some truth in the saying about familiar devils being preferable to new, but strange ones.Meanwhile, there’s turmoil in Yemen and Jordan, with people taking to the streets to denounce government failings and calling for change. On the streets of Jeddah, a group gathered today to protest the failing of the municipality and the national government to establish sufficient infrastructure to abate floods. On the videotape I saw, it appeared to be about a hundred people or so protesting. It’s not comparable to what’s going on in Egypt, nor is it likely, I think, to act as a fuse toward any kind of explosion. I’m seeing quite a bit of talk about it doing that, but so far that chatter seems to be coming from stock market ‘advisors’ who see easy money being made as the price of oil rockets on fears of just such a thing. It’s all to their financial benefit to promote such rumors, but it doesn’t make it true.Saudi Arabia is in dire need of its own reforms. There’s no doubt about that. High unemployment, low salaries, ill-educated youths with degrees that do nothing to put them into jobs, half the potential workforce—the female half—is arbitrarily excluded from most work, poor infrastructure… the list goes on. To date, though, those problems have not reached a critical level. They can and, unless changes come more rapidly, they likely will. But not today and not tomorrow.Hmmmm.......The Domino Effect.Read the full story here.
- HT:Imra.Obama calls Saudi King Abdullah January 31, 2011.QUOTE: "US president understood the viewpoint of the King concerning the stability and security of the region"" Saudi King: stabilty of Egypt and the safety and security of its people was a 'non-negionable issue'".CASABLANCA: King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques,received a telephone call late Saturday night from US President Barack Obama in which the two leaders discussed the situation in Egypt and expressed their disapproval of the chaos and looting and threats to security and safety.King Abdullah said that the stability of Egypt and the safety and security of its people was a “non-negotiable issue” and that threats to them were“unjustifiable under any pretext”.According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), King Abdullah also described the achievements and advancements of Egypt as “inseparable from the achievements and advancements of the Arab and Islamic Ummah”.SPA said that the US president understood the viewpoint of the King concerning the stability and security of the region.Abdul Rahman Al-Attiya, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), meanwhile, said Sunday[30 Jan] that the GCC “wants stability in Egypt”.Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), also released a statement the same day expressing his“extreme concern”.Ihsanoglu called upon the people of Egypt to exercise “utmost self-control”and “protect lives”.Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, said Sunday he wanted to see a multi-party democracy emerge in Egypt but could not say how soon that might happen.Hmmmm..........What if the Saudis would help restore the peace and calm in Egypt?Read the full story here.
- Muslim Brotherhood Wants War With Israel.Mohamed Ghanem, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, calls Egypt to stop pumping gas to Israel and prepare the Egyptian army for a war with it’s eastern neighbor.Speaking with Iranian television station Al-Alam, Mohamed Ghanem blamed Israel for supporting Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Ghanem also said that the Egyptian police and army won’t be able to stop the Muslim Brotherhood movement.There are doubts about the loyalty of the Egyptian army to president Mubarak. If the brotherhood takes control over Egypt, it will be very messy from the whole region.In the meantime, EUR/USD , GBP/USD other pairs have enjoyed the relative calm in the Egyptian crisis and regained most of their losses on Friday. An escalation will send them down, and will strengthen the dollar, yen and Swiss franc.Hmmmmm.....ElBaradei "The MuslimBrotherhood is like the Orthodox Jews".Read the full story here.
- HT:Dawn.Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal doubles in a couple of years now tops 100.WASHINGTON: Pakistan has doubled its nuclear weapons stockpile over the past several years, increasing its arsenal to more than 100 deployed weapons, The Washington Post reported late Sunday.Citing US non-government analysts, the newspaper said that only four years ago, the Pakistani nuclear arsenal was estimated at 30 to 60 weapons.“They have been expanding pretty rapidly,” the report quoted David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, as saying.Based on recently accelerated production of plutonium and highly enriched uranium, Islamabad may now have an arsenal of up to 110 weapons, Albright said.As a result, Pakistan has now edged ahead of India, its nuclear-armed rival, The Post noted. India is estimated to have 60 to 100 weapons.Hmmmm.....Dammed This "Outreach to Muslims" really made the world a much safer place?Read the full story here.
- HT:ElliotAbrams.The Invisible Hostage Crises.It is now a year and a half since Iran jailed three American hikers on trumped-up spying charges. The three, Shane Bauer, his fiancée Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal were detained on July 31, 2009; Shourd was released on September 14 of last year. Recalling the hostage crisis that helped bring down Jimmy Carter in 1980 and that ended on the twentieth of January thirty years ago, it is striking that the Administration appears only mildly disturbed that they continue to sit in jail—as does Congress.It’s worth noting that two Germans are imprisoned as well, although “only” since this past October—and they were newspaper reporters, not hikers who wandered into harm’s way. Still, German society has reacted far more than our own: German media are campaigning for them, and on January 2nd over a hundred German leaders appealed publicly for their release. The list included the Foreign, Finance, and Defense ministers, plus the heads of Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom, Daimler—and even Boris Becker, the retired tennis star. The appeal is unlikely to do much good in Tehran, but it does show that the imprisonment is not being forgotten.Thinking of the Americans in prison in Iran, at what point do we as a nation say “enough?” I hope we have conveyed to the regime that if a hair on their heads is injured, there will be hell to pay—immediately. Should we go further right now, and tell the ayatollahs to let them go by a date certain or suffer some sanction? Bluffing would be counterproductive, so if we make that statement we must follow through with a blow to some Iranian asset.But on the other side of the scale, we are paying a price by acting as if we were Belgium or Costa Rica, unable to do more than wring our hands and plead. We are reducing respect for the United States in a capital where the level of respect matters. We are allowing two fellow citizens to be used as human sacrifices by an odious regime that puts no value on human life, and pays little price for doing so. We are behaving as if we were powerless, and as we do so we persuade others that perhaps we are.Hmmmmm.......Perhaps we really are "powerless" with such a President in charge?Read the full story here.
- Israel agrees to some Egyptian troops in Sinai.As anti-Mubarak protests rage on, Israel allows two Egyptian battalions - about 800 soldiers - into Sharm el-Sheikh area for first time since 1979 peace treaty. Officials: Move aimed at preventing arms smuggling to Gaza.Israeli officials said Monday that they have agreed to let Egypt move several hundred troops into the Sinai Peninsula for the first time since the countries reached peace three decades ago. With street protests threatening the Egyptian regime, the officials say that Israel allowed the Egyptian army to move two battalions - about 800 soldiers - into Sinai on Sunday. The officials said the troops were based in the Sharm el-Sheikh area on Sinai's southern tip, far from Israel.The Israeli officials spoke Monday about the troop movements on condition of anonymity because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has banned the government from discussing the situation in Egypt. There was no confirmation from Egypt, and David Satterfield, the director general of an independent 12-nation monitoring force in Sinai, refused to comment.Israeli President Shimon Peres said "we always have had and still have a great respect" for Mubarak. "I don't say everything that he did was right, but he did one thing for which all of us are thankful to him: He kept the peace in the Middle East," Peres said Monday.He acknowledged the unrest in Egypt has put Western powers, especially the US, in the difficult position of choosing between a longtime ally and a grass roots protest movement demanding more freedom."I think when people criticize America over this, they're being a bit unfair," Blair said, adding that President Barack Obama has handled the crisis in "the only way he can."Hmmmm.......Meaning?Read the full story here. More here.
- Terrorists threatened to kill my baby unless I became a Black Widow: Young mother on how she was groomed to be a Russian suicide bomber.A 24 year-old woman who was being groomed as a 'Black Widow' suicide bomber in Moscow has revealed the barbarity behind the terrorist cell which unleashed last week's airport bomb in the Russian capital, it was claimed yesterday.Before fleeing the extremist Islamic gang, Zeinat Suyunova was being schooled for the airport bombing, or a planned attack on a shopping centre almost underneath the Kremlin, say investigators.Now being debriefed by Russian intelligence, she is giving crucial information on preparations for the deadly attack under the radar of the secret services, claimed a Russian media report yesterday.The mother of one told how she discovered to her shock that her devout Moslem husband - the father of her baby daughter who she met when she studied at a respected medical academy in southern Russia - was involved in perpetrating a terrorist atrocity.Soon afterwards she was kidnapped, her daughter taken from her. She was told the child would be killed unless she became a bomber to avenge her husband's capture by the Russian secret services.'They threatened to kill my daughter if I did not agree to go to Moscow and help with explosions,' she told investigators.'They kept threatening, on and on, and in the end I agreed.'Hmmmm..........Read the full story here.
- HT:TundraTabloids.First elected Muslim in US Congress caught thinking as a Muslim first ,American dead last.Keith Ellison: “The Middle East would be a much more powerful and dynamic place if there were less authoritarian regimes, and historically the U.S. has supported all of them,” argues Ellison. “We’re always on the side of ‘stability’ rather than justice. So let’s get on the right side this time.”First you rail against your own country you whining malcontent, then call for ”justice”. It most certainly would be just for people to vote you out of office come next elections. Remember folks, “justice” for the Muslim means Sharia Law, which means it’s not based on anything like sound principles and facts.Hmmmm.....Congressman King has lots off work ahead.Read the full story here.
- HT:TundraTabloids.Danish free speech society president Lars Hedegaard declared not guilty by Danish court.President of the Free Press Society, Lars Hedegaard, in the Court of Frederiksberg acquitted of racist statements.The background is a good 35 minutes long interview to the site snaphanen.dk which Hedegaard gave in December 2009.Here, said Hedegaard, among other things, that “girls in Muslim families are raped by their uncles, their cousins or their dad.”The Court believes that Heath’s statements are insulting, but he was dismissed because he did not know that the interview that took place during a juleforkost, would be published.Lars Hedegaard has previously expressed regret if his statements gave the impression that he would accuse all Muslims of abusing their children.The day after the interview he stressed that his opinions were about Islam and not Muslims.The prosecutor would have Lars Hedegaard fined penalty because the 68-year-old journalist has not previously been convicted of violating racism paragraph.The priest Jesper Langballe was last year fined 5000 dollars for publicly backing up Hedegaards opinions.Read the full story here.
- HT:JawaReport.Yemen: Orderly Uprising Set for Feb3.Well its on. Yemen's next protest is scheduled for February 3 and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands nationally, if not millions. This protest was called by Yemen's political party alliance, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP). The JMP decided on a gradation of colors, from pink to red, if demands are not met as protests progress; so Thursday's should be fuchsia, maybe mauve. Other colors already carry too much significance.The opposition parties include the Yemeni Socialist Party, which formerly ruled south Yemen, and the Islah party, an Islamist reform party that ranges from hard-line Islamists to hard-line democrats and a strong tribal wing. Certainly elements of Islah (notably the Abdulmajid al Zindani wing) advocate the al Qaeda world view including jihad and child marriage. However it is those elements of the party that are in fact close allies of President Saleh and an essential component of his power.Hmmmm.....Another brick falls out of the wall.Read the full story here.
- HT:PajamasMedia.Mohammed El Baradei – The Iranian Frontman.Mohammed El Baradei — self-annointed “leader of the Egyptian opposition” — has more in common with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than anything remotely resembling democracy. He had a 12-year run, ending in 2009, as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where his primary legacy was to bring Iran to the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. He ran defense for Iran all those years, doing everything in his power to delay and delay and divert attention from the Iranian nuclear weapons program.The Egyptian Newspaper Al Youm Al Sabeh reports: In a communication to the Attorney General of Egypt, Dr. Yasser Najib Abdel Mabboud, has accused Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency and a candidate in the Egyptian presidential elections, of receiving funds exceeding $7 million (US) from Iran’s leadership as support for ‘political reform in Egypt’.Abdul Mabboud , a candidate of the National Party and who like El Baradei is also running for the Egyptian Presidential election, was informed of the Iranian leadership’s willingness to support ElBaradei financially via an Arab businessman living in Europe. The check in the amount of $ 7 million is said to be meant to cover the financial costs of the election campaign and the activities of the Front for Change.Hmmmmm........"Change" the keyword?Read the full story here.
- HT:TheAmericanDream.10 Things That The Egypt Riots Can Teach Us About What Happens When Society Breaks Down.The rioting in Egypt is perhaps the biggest single news story so far in 2011. The pace at which Egyptian society has been transformed over the past week has been absolutely breathtaking. A few months ago, nobody would have ever dreamed that there would be huge riots in the streets of major Egyptian cities calling for the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. But it has happened, and now Egypt will never be the same again. So what does the future hold for Egypt? Well, many are hopeful that this revolution will bring about a better government in Egypt and a better way of life for average Egyptians. Personally, I am not nearly so optimistic. In fact, I believe that there is a great danger that an even more repressive government could take the place of the current regime. But in any event, there are important lessons that the Egypt riots can teach all of us about what happens when society breaks down. Societal collapse is often a very messy, very violent affair. Someday if the global economy completely implodes, we may see economic riots erupt all over the world (including inside the United States) and we all need to get prepared for that.So far more than 100 people have died during the rioting that has rocked Egypt over the past week. Other reports put the true number of dead much higher. Scores of shops and businesses have been looted. There have been dozens of rapes. Groups of citizens have formed vigilante groups to protect their own homes. These are the kinds of things that happen when society breaks down.But could such a thing happen in the United States? Of course it could. Just remember what happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Imagine what would happen in this country if a disaster on an even larger scale happened.Will any of us be truly safe?Read the full story here.
- Ground Zero mosque developers apply for $5m grant from 9/11 fund.Last year, developers applied for a $5million grant from a fund set up to rebuild the city after 9/11.Serious questions have been raised about its backers including controversial Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who refuses to rule out obtaining funding from countries in the Middle East which have backed terrorist regimes.‘If Imam Feisal and his retinue want to know why they're not trusted, here's yet another reason,’ said. Irshad Manji, author of The Trouble With Islam and Director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University.‘The New Yorkers I speak with have questions about Park51. Requesting money from public coffers without engaging the public shows a staggering lack of empathy - especially from a man who says he's all about dialogue.’The application was made to the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation, which is overseeing the $20billion (£12.5billion) in federal aid which is earmarked for rebuilding New York and its communities.The bid appears to have been legal as religious groups can make such requests ‘as long as the request is for a facility or portion of a facility that is dedicated to non-religious activities or uses’.However the board that makes the final decision must also consider its commitment to ‘an open, inclusive, and transparent planning process’ which could scupper the deal.What is clear is that the application is well above the $100,000 to $1million which is the recommended range for grant applications, something else the board will have to weigh up. The board's decision is expected this year.Currently on the site of the proposed mosque is a disused branch of Burlington Coat Factory which will be demolished to make way for the new $70million (£44million) building.Construction is due to begin on September 11 this year – the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack.Some 2,995 people including 67 Britons were killed when terrorists flew passenger jets into the Twin Towers on September 11 2001.The funding application was uncovered by U.S. politics and culture blog The Daily Beast.It polled its readers to ask if the move was ‘inappropriate’ and 75 per cent agreed.Hmmmm.....In the light of the new Ground Zero Imam's his declarations perhaps now 99,9% might think it's ‘inappropriate’?Read the full story here.
- Jailed for making sex tapes: Indonesian pop star gets three year sentence after home videos were broadcast online.Muslim extremists claim Ariel should have been jailed for up to 12 years.An Indonesian pop star who rocked the predominantly Muslim nation after his homemade sex tapes found their way to the internet has today been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail.Fans of Nazril 'Ariel' Irham broke down in tears, saying the singer recorded the videos in the privacy of his own home with no plans to make them public.But hundreds of Islamic hard-liners surrounding the court tried to smash down its gates, saying he'd gotten off too easy.Indonesia, a secular country of 237 million people, has more Muslims than any other country in the world. Though most are moderate, a small extremist fringe has become more vocal in recent years.They have pushed through controversial laws - including the anti-porn bill - and been known to attack anything perceived as blasphemous, from transvestites and bars to 'deviant' religious sects.More than 500 demonstrators turned out earlier today, some pelting the police vehicle carrying Ariel to the court with rotten eggs and tomatoes. Others held placards criticising the star.When the verdict was read out, a man on a bull horn shouted, 'Too light! Too light!' and others charged past police to the gates of the courthouse.The singer's supporters were devastated with the judge's decision.'He's just a victim,' said Roslawati, 30, streaming tears. 'He didn't post that video ...' Like many Indonesians, she uses just one name. Hmmmm.....Obama"Indonesia an example of religious tolerance"Read the full story here.
- UK: Iranian nuclear weapon by 2012.British defense secretary disagrees with Israeli retired spy chief, says West should be wary of Iran and act 'in accordance'.Iran may be capable of developing a nuclear weapon by next year, Britain's defense secretary told lawmakers on Monday.Liam Fox told the House of Commons he disagreed with Israel's newly retired spy chief, Meir Dagan, who said this month that Iran would not be able to build a nuclear bomb before 2015.Fox said the West should be wary of optimism over Iran's nuclear program and make decisions on the basis of the most pessimistic assessment of its capability.Fox said that the West should act "in accordance with that warning."Hmmmmm.......Ex Mossad biggest threat in 2011 : Iran obtaining Nuclear weapon"! NOT 2012 !Read the full story here.
- New York City Investigates Arizona Gun Show.PHOENIX — Weeks after a shooting left six dead and 13 injured in Tucson, New York City sent undercover investigators to an Arizona gun show and found instances in which private sellers sold semiautomatic pistols even after buyers said they probably could not pass background checks, city officials said. The investigation, part of an effort by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration to crack down on illegal gun sales nationwide, took place Jan. 23 at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Phoenix, officials said. “The background check system failed in Arizona, it failed in Virginia and it fails in states around the country,” said John Feinblatt, an adviser to Mr. Bloomberg. “If we don’t fix it now, the question is not whether another massacre will occur, but when.” Hmmmmm......Bloomberg and the Obama administration working together to abolish the Second Amendment?Read the full story here.
- HT:Dikgaj.How Islam came to India and why now it needs to go from India part 1.Islam's record in India has been always controversial. For a long time a particular reconstruction of Islam's role in India has been pushed through because of political reasons, and by a regime dependent and supported group of official historians, whose best iconic representation is Prof. Romila Thapar, a lady of Hindu origin who completed her PhD under the obscurantist and orientalist Basham.I refer to this common paradigm of Indian history established basically through government patronization, the Thaparite Scool of Indian History. In this Thaparite paradigm of Indian history, Islam came to India through peaceful means, mainly by the peaceful efforts of traders and Sufi preachers. Further, according to this paradigm, Islam took root because of Brahmanic oppression of “lower castes” and all claims of trauma of non-Muslims at the hands of Muslims are modern reconstructions by British Imperialists and post Nehruvian “Hindu” upper caste elite.It is not as if claims or records of trauma are not available, but they are all discounted by the Thaparite school as propaganda or myth created for various reasons. I will subsequently specifically analyze the Thaparite technique of historical interpretation and new narrative creation through her often repeated and favourite example – that of Somnath.Enslavement of non-Muslims of India.The Chachnama describes how Muhammad bin Qasim invaded Sind, enslaved many prisoners, especially women prisoners, and exported them to his homeland. Parimal and Suraj Devi, the two daughters of Raja Dahir, sent to Hajjaj for the pleasures of the Caliph, were part of a large shipment of girls remitted as one-fifth share of the state (Khums) from the booty of war (Ghanaim). After the capturing of the fort of Rawar, Muhammad bin Qasim halted there for three days and massacred 6,000 men. Their followers and dependents, as well as their women and children were taken prisoner. The total number of prisoners was calculated to be thirty thousand (Kalichbeg – sixty thousand), including thirty “daughters of the chiefs”. They were exported to Hajjaj.The head of Dahir and the fifth part of prisoners were forwarded in charge of the African Slave Kaab, son of Mubarak Rasti. Hmmmm........Erdogan"Muslims don't commit genocide".Read the full story here.
- HT:TPM.'Pay China First' -- Republicans' Wild Plan To Avoid U.S. Debt Default.New Republican legislation in the House and Senate would force the U.S. government to reroute huge amounts of money to China and other creditors in the event that Congress fails to raise its debt ceiling. "I intend to introduce legislation that would require the Treasury to make interest payments on our debt its first priority in the event that the debt ceiling is not raised," Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) wrote in a Friday Wall Street Journal op-ed. If passed, Toomey's plan would require the government to cut large checks to foreign countries, and major financial institutions, before paying off its obligations to Social Security beneficiaries and other citizens owed money by the Treasury -- that is, if the U.S. hits its debt ceiling. Republican leaders insist they will raise the country's debt limit before this happens. But first, they're going to try to force Democrats to accept large spending cuts, using their control over the debt limit as leverage. That means gridlock, and the threat that they'll come up short.The top Democrats on the House and Senate Budget Committees call it a jaw-droppingly bad idea.Officials don't expect the U.S. to reach its debt limit until Spring. That gives John Boehner and Mitch McConnell (and, perhaps, Harry Reid) several weeks to figure out how to raise it. But Republicans on the Hill remain divided over if and how to get that done. And, it seems, about how to move forward if they fail.Read the full story here.
- Belgium poised to break world record as nation operating without a government for the longest ever period.Little Belgium is poised to hit it big in the record books as it lurches towards claiming the title of the nation with the longest record of operating without a government.Political paralysis has gripped Belgium since June last year due to enmity between the Dutch-speaking Flemings in the north of the country and the French-speaking Walloons in the south.Apart from Somalia, only Iraq has hitherto surpassed Belgium in not forming a government following democratic elections - 249 days until it saw a working administration emerge late last year.Come 17 February, Belgium will overtake that milestone. All attempts at reaching a solution have foundered between the seven political parties that won seats in the last general election.The bitterness between the rich north and the poorer southern regions of the country mirror those of Italy and what northern Europe thinks of Greece; a thrifty, hardworking majority feeling put upon to subsidise those they perceive have a diminished work ethic.Social networking sites like Facebook laugh at the political quagmire and there is even an Internet game called ‘Solve the Belgian Crisis’ in which players bang politicians on the head with hammers to gain points.There is also a 'Hairy Belgium' website with more than 650 signed on to grow their beards until Belgium forms a government.Another site, called 'Camping 16,' allows you to pitch a virtual tent in protest outside of the Prime Minister’s office in Brussels — located at “16″ Rue de la Loi.The two major parties, the Flemish nationalists and the French speaking socialists, have been gridlocked for months. Unless they manage to find common ground in the weeks ahead, the country may well have to call another election.The nationalists are in favour of a gradual secession of their bit of Belgium away from the French, citing the gap in GDP and productivity as reasons for breaking away.'The north is the economic powerhouse and it pays the wages, the health care and the welfare bills for the south,' in the words of one nationalist politician.While most political demonstrations in the world usually focus on getting rid of unloved elected governments, one in Brussels a week ago saw 30,000 people take to the streets demanding that Belgium forms one.Hmmmmm......" l'Union fait la farce"?Read the full story here.
- And now for something completely different.Mother-of-two who spent 11 years in a wheelchair is crowned Ms America.After being abducted as a small girl, losing her mother to cancer and spending over a decade in a wheelchair, Tracy Broughton has had a life crammed with adversity.She’s been paralysed and wheelchair-bound twice and has raised twin boys as a single mother while also modelling, working with charities and running a legal aid business.But the 36-year-old’s incredible resolve and determination has now been officially recognised with the award of the Ms America 2011 title.A big sister of sorts to the Miss America pageant, entrants in the Ms America competition are all 26 and above and have no restrictions on their marital status.Ms Broughton, from Ladera Ranch in Orange County, used a crutch on the runway as she continues her recovery from a 1996 hit-and-run that left her in a wheelchair for 11 years.‘I was able to overcome my disability through a combination of experimental therapy, faith and perseverance,’ she told the Orange County Register.‘The only thing that has been consistent is that my faith is so strong. It helped me through everything for sure.’Hmmmm........The Lord works in mysterious ways.Read the full story here.
We Want One of Two Good Things: Freedom or Martyrdom... Let Them Kill the Egyptian People in Its Entirety.
Egyptian Uprising: Mustafa Al-Naggar, Coordinator of ElBaradei's National Coalition for Change: "We Want One of Two Good Things: Freedom or Martyrdom... Let Them Kill the Egyptian People in Its Entirety"
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- ElBaradei compares Muslim Brotherhood to Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem."I mean, to ask a dictator to implement democratic measure after 30 years in power is an oxymoron," he said. "So they need to let go of [President Hosni] Mubarak. They need to side with the people. They need to go for, you know, transition, smooth transition, through a government of national salvation. This is only way out."ElBaradei brushed aside the concerns of the administration and many on Capitol Hill that an opening for the banned Muslim Brotherhood to take greater power in the country could result in an Islamist state. One of the Brotherhood's former members, Ayman al-Zawahri, is al-Qaeda's No. 2."This is total bogus that the Muslim Brotherhood are religiously conservative," he said. "They are no way extremists. They are no way using violence. They are not a majority of the Egyptian people. They will not be more than maybe 20 percent of the Egyptian people. "You have to include them like, you know, new evangelical, you know, groups in the U.S., like the orthodox Jews in Jerusalem," ElBaradei said.He said the Islamists were "not at all" behind the uprising. He advocated that Mubarak leave immediately and that the army be negotiated with on a national unity government.Hmmmm....Thats like comparing the KKK to the American Civil Rights Movement.Read the full story here.
- Egypt riots are an intelligence chief's nightmare.Western intelligence in general and Israeli intelligence in particular did not foresee the scope of change in Egypt, which may require a reorganization of the IDF.While in other countries many are watching with satisfaction at what looks to be possibly the imminent toppling of a regime that denied its citizens their basic rights, the Israeli point of view is completely different.The collapse of the old regime in Cairo, if it takes place, will have a massive effect, mainly negative, on Israel's position in the region. In the long run, it could put the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan in danger, the largest strategic assets after the support of the United States. The changes could even lead to changes in the IDF and cast a dark cloud over the economy. Western intelligence in general and Israeli intelligence in particular did not foresee the scope of change in Egypt (the eventual descriptor "revolution" will apparently have to wait a little longer). Likewise, almost all of the media analysis and academic experts got it wrong. In the possible scenarios that Israeli intelligence envisioned, they admittedly posited 2011 as a year of possible regime change – with a lot question marks – in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but a popular uprising like this was completely unexpected. If the Mubarak regime is toppled, the quiet coordination of security between Israel and Egypt will quickly be negatively affected. It will affect relations between Cairo's relationship with the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, it will harm the international forces stationed in Sinai. It will mean the refusal of Egypt to continue to allow the movement of Israeli ships carrying missiles through the Suez canal, which was permitted for the last two years, according to reports in the foreign press, in order to combat weapons smuggling from Sudan to Gaza. In the long run, Egypt's already-cold peace treaty with Israel will get even colder. From the perspective of the IDF, the events are going to demand a complete reorganization. For the last 20 years, the IDF has not included a serious threat from Egypt in its operational plan.In the last several decades, peace with Cairo has allowed the gradual thinning out of forces, the lowering of maximum age for reserve duty and the diversion of massive amounts of resources to social and economic projects.If the Egyptian regime falls in the end, a possibility that seemed unbelievable only two or three days ago, the riots could easily spill over to Jordan and threaten the Hashemite regime. On Israel's two long peaceful borders there will then prevail a completely different reality.Read the full story here.
- HT:BigPeace.Underground Uprising in Egypt.The Egypt uprising orchestrated by......... We know that the Muslim Brotherhood supports the uprising in Egypt. The Obama administration does as well. Based on the release of a secret document, it’s been learned that the United States government supported the April 6 Youth Movement – a group that played a key role in the uprising – in the form of a summit in Washington, D.C. That summit took place from December 3-5, 2008. We also know that Bill Ayers and Bernandine Dohrn were in Cairo a little more than one year later, engaging in protests while attempting to show solidarity with Hamas by entering Gaza with Egyptian protesters.According to Dohrn, both she and Ayers were detained at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. They, along with Code Pink, weren’t permitted to assemble the mass of people they had hoped would join them in their march into Gaza but were able to round up a few with begrudging approval from the Mubarak administration. Waiting for them with open arms was former Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.Barack Obama and Bill Ayers had a significant relationship in the 1990’s, despite the president’s claim to the contrary. Sharing a business address for three years and working with millions of dollars together necessarily debunks the claim that Ayers was little more than “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” We also know that Ayers is an avowed Marxist.Another group Ayers and Dohrn support is the Free Gaza Movement. They – along with Code Pink founder Jodie Evans – were instrumental in organizing it. That group is credited with launching the flotilla in the spring of 2010 designed to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.The Obama campaign and its subsequent administration, has targeted America’s youth in the cause of futhering the change it seeks. Ayers has consistently done that as well; he’s a professor who founded the Small Schools Workshop. In Egypt, according to that secret document, it’s the April 6 Youth Movement – with the endorsement of the Obama administration – that is instrumental in this attempt to take down the existing government.When contrasted with the Iranian uprising of 2009 – a revolt that sought to take down a theocratic Islamic regime and deserved strong United States solidarity – Obama was far less supportive. In recent years, relations between Iran and Turkey have become stronger as the Turkish government becomes more Islamist.Conveniently or coincidentally, the actions – and now words courtesy of the once secret document – of the Obama administration, coupled with the actions and words of Bill Ayers indicate a desire on the part of both to usher in a new Islamic caliphate in the Middle East, assuming they’re not ignorant of the Brotherhood’s goal.What more evidence is needed to demonstrate that Islamism and Marxism are not strange bedfellows? They’re hand-in-glove bedfellows.Hmmmm......"They don't trust me because of my middle name"?Read the full story here.
- Turkey, US agree to act together in Egyptian upheaval.With continuing unrest in Egypt, United States President Barack Obama called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan early Sunday to discuss ways of working together to prevent the entire Middle East from falling into deep instability.“[Turkey and the U.S.] have agreed on the necessity of meeting the legitimate and democratic rights of the people in the region [of the Middle East],” read a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister Sunday.According to the statement, Obama and Erdoğan urged leaders of regional countries not to use force against their people. “These incidents should not bring about deep and ingrained instability. [Turkey and the U.S.] have shared concerns that instability could cause detrimental consequences in the region,” it said.The statement said Obama made the call because he valued how Erdoğan, the winner of successive elections in successfully democratic Turkey, was evaluating the developments. The statement said the two leaders agreed to stay in close contact in order to properly evaluate developments.The second important intersection between the two countries was that neither side desired to see already fragile stability being hurt by further upheavals. Turkish and U.S. cooperation in limiting the spread of the negative affects of regional upheavals is expected to bring the two allies closer in the near future, especially following Clinton’s forthcoming visit to Ankara.Hmmmmm.....Obama calls the worst human rights violator to protect the democratic rights?Or is it to gang up on Israel?Read the full story here.
- HT:IsraelMatzav.Messiah's times: Obama seeking advice on Egypt from bipartisan panel, including (gulp!) former Bush NSC official.I think this is a first. President Obama has invited a bipartisan panel of experts, which was among the few groups to warn of the coming crisis in Egypt, to advise him on how to handle what's going on in Egypt. The panel includes (gulp!) former Bush administration National Security Council official Elliott Abrams. Several foreign policy scholars and former officials have been urging the U.S. administration for months to prepare for the end of the Hosni Mubarak era and the instability that would accompany it.Now that the administration has found itself scrambling the past few days to, first, try to avert a bloodbath in Egypt and more broadly, figure out what to do amid a hugely complicated power transition there with much at stake for the U.S., it's worth noting the people who have been pleading for policy attention on this issue long in advance. Chief among them, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Michele Dunne, a former NSC and State Department Policy Planning official, and the Brookings Institution's Robert Kagan, who co-chair a bipartisan working group on Egypt.Hmmmm....He can't part the Red Sea after all?Read the full story here.
- Mubarak wants talks with opposition.Meanwhile, protesters camped out in Tahrir Square vow to stay until Mubarak is ousted, despite promises for economic, political reform, and El Al flight from Cairo brings dozens of Israelis home. 'We witnessed revolution live,' says one.Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered his government to begin talks with the opposition parties backing the uprising against him, Al-Arabiya reported Monday.Mubarak told incoming Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq to lead the state towards democracy through dialogue and to return faith to the economy."We must progress in general, quickly and effectively, towards political, legal, and parliamentary reform through dialogue with all parties that aspire to operate in the democratic arena," he was reported as saying. Mubarak also ordered the government to reduce inflation and earmark funds for "support of the underclass".Meanwhile an El Al flight carrying dozens of Israeli tourists from Cairo landed in Ben Gurion International Airport Monday morning, having fled the uprising in Egypt.Read the full story here.
- HT:BigPeace.Muslim Brotherhood Deception: They Say Different Things in English and Arabic.One message for the English speakers; another message for the Arabic speakers. In English, the MB is all about “Freedom” (and it’s no more threatening than little Aisha there in her white hijab); In Arabic, it’s the MB logo of crossed swords .There’s a word under those crossed swords, here from a larger graphic of the same MB logo.There you have it: the velvet glove with the word “Freedom”; the steel fist with the words “Make Ready” with its well-known Quranic reference. Actually, not steel fist – steel swords, crossed. The Muslim Brotherhood.It is not “freedom” that they intend to bring to Egypt – or to anywhere else.But just wait for the CIA, the State Department, the Administration, the mainstream media, and so many others to tell you the Muslim Brotherhood is all about little Aisha and freedom, and if you question them, you’re an Islamophobe (Shariah definition of “Islamophobe”: Blasphemer or Insulter of Islam, punishable by death in an Islamic state).Read the full story here.
- Mubarak: Order must be restored.Despite opposition leader ElBaradei's demand that he 'leave Egypt today,' president refuses to cede power, calls on vice president and new PM to implement additional reforms. Government extends curfew; police to help army contain protests.Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told incoming Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq on Sunday that the government's first priority should be to restore order on the streets, an Egyptian news agency reported.Mubarak met with Shafiq and incoming Vice President Omar Suleiman, and called on the government to implement additional political reforms.Meanwhile, the government extended the curfew, which will now begin at 3 pm instead of 4 pm starting Monday. The curfew will end at the same time of 8 am the next day, state television reported.Egyptian television, which is consistently ignoring the protests, showed Mubarak and Suleiman at the Egyptian army's headquarters. Additional footage showed Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi visiting soldiers positioned near the Egyptian television station just a day after the publication of false reports saying he was fired.Hmmmm....As i said on day one of the protests "This is not going to go as easy as in Tunesia!Read the full story here.
- Assad says better off than Mubarak.Syrian president claims Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt suffering for connection with US, Israel, discusses need for reform and says peace process isn't dead: 'You don't have any other option. If you want to talk about a 'dead peace process,' this means everybody should prepare for the next war'.WASHINGTON - Bashar Assad is looking south and feeling, he claims, unconcerned: In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Monday, the Syrian President said that his situation was better than that of the rulers of Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, three Arab countries which have witnessed a civil uprising in the last few weeks. Assad also found an explanation for his claim: The three countries have strong ties to the US, while his country doesn't.Assad told the US newspaper that in contrast to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose country is on the verge of a revolution, he has more time to prepare for reforms because of his anti-US stance. According to Assad, his conflict with Israel leaves him in a better position with his citizens. Due to the wave of attempted revolutions, Assad said that the Middle East is standing before a "new era" and that Arab rulers will have to do more to adapt themselves to their citizens' political and economic aspirations.Assad told the wall Street Journal that the Arab nations need time to construct institutions and improve education before opening up participation in the political system. According to Assad, the growing demands for swift political reform could harm Arab societies if they are unprepared for those reforms.Read the full story here.
- Beware Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood!As Washington reviews its policy toward Cairo this weekend, officials should think hard about fostering a Mubarak-led transition rather than one led by protesters. Plus, full coverage of the uprising in Egypt.Difficult as it may be, let's try for an honest and realistic discussion of Egypt. Of course, the Obama administration, most Americans, most Egyptians, and I myself would prefer a democratic government in Cairo instead of President Mubarak's corrupt and repressive establishment. That's not the issue. The real issue is this: If Mubarak tumbles and if Washington uses its influence—and yes, it does have influence at approximately $3 billion in annual total aid—to push him out, what kind of government will follow his? Will it be even less democratic and more repressive? And what will be the implications for U.S. security in the region?So, let's stop prancing around and proclaiming our devotion to peace, "universal rights" and people power. Instead, let's step back and look hard at what we know and don't know about this popular explosion in the bosom of one of America's most vital allies—and what the United States can and can't do about it.Read the full story here.
- HT:AstuteBloggers.A few Middle East predictions for 2011.Hmmm.....Most of the predictions i agree with,only it wont take till 2012 before Obama turns on Israel.Read the full story here.
- More than 102 dead and thousands of prisoners on the loose in Egypt as 30,000 stranded Britons struggle to leave the country.Around 30,000 British tourists were stranded in Egypt today as army planes buzzed low over Cairo on the sixth day of uprisings.At least 102 people have been killed, more than 2,000 are injured and there were calls for a multi-party democracy to emerge as President Hosni Mubarack's grip on power loosens.Gangs of armed men attacked at least four jails across Egypt before dawn today, helping to free hundreds of Muslim militants and thousands of other inmates as police vanished from the streets of Cairo and other cities.Helicopters were hovering over Cairo and trucks appeared in a central square where protesters were gathered.It was the latest show of military might on Sunday in an apparent effort to send protesters back to their homes before a 4pm curfew.The warplanes flew over the city several times. At least a dozen troop trucks and extra tanks drove towards the square as more protesters gathered in defiance of the curfew.'The planes are out there to scare the people. It's time for the curfew and no one is going home," a 45-year-old engineer who was protesting in the main Tahrir square said.'It's clear to me that the army is here to protect Mubarak.'Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, said on Sunday he wanted to see a multi-party democracy emerge in Egypt but could not say how soon that might happen.Read the full story here.
- Davos panel sees huge Iranian response to attack.DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A diverse panel of decision-makers and experts from the United States, Europe and the Middle East found common ground on just one thing when it comes to dealing with the Iranian nuclear program Friday: A military strike could well spark a devastating counterattack.In the debate at the World Economic Forum, former top U.S. diplomat Richard Haass said there were no good options should diplomacy fail, but stood apart from the others in advocating force as a viable option. He sparred repeatedly with Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki al-Faisal, who urged the United States to instead pressure Israel to quit its own reported nuclear weapons as a way of coaxing Iran to drop its suspected weapons program as well.Haass replied that there was no time for this because of the speed of Iran's program — and rejected the assertion by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan that the program might be civilian, as Tehran has repeatedly claimed."The Iranians see diplomacy as a tactic to buy time," Haass countered. "I don't think it's going to work." Although he advocates tougher sanctions as a tactic, Haass said he feared an ultimate choice between two bad options: accepting a nuclear-armed Iran — or using military force to set back the Iranian program however possible, despite the risk of only partial success."I do believe that force is a serious option," he said, arguing that a nuclear Iran would place this region on a knife's edge. It would take the most dangerous, unstable part of the world and place it on steroids. This has tremendous consequences which we should not underestimate."Al-Faisal, who served as an ambassador to the U.S. and is an ex-intelligence service director, responded to a question about whether a push for democracy across the Middle East might be more worrisome than a nuclear-armed Iran."I don't know — in Saudi Arabia we have neither nuclear weapons nor democracy," he said.The panelists were aghast at the prospect of a stricken Iran, bent on revenge.Khalid Al Bu-Ainnain, a former top Gulf military official, said Iran would "attack Israelis and U.S. forces in the Gulf" and the Gulf states might be drawn in as well.Turki, a former Saudi intelligence chief who is a brother of Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, said that "Iran will strike back wherever it can, throughout the globe. My country and other countries — all countries — will be in the firing line. Iran has assets all over the world that it can use."Haass said that he took part in past U.S. deliberations on what to do about North Korea's nuclear program, and that force was discussed then also. With North Korea and Pakistan now both possessing nuclear weapons, his conclusion is that the world has been too lax: "If there were (ever) a mix of terrorism and nuclear materials, that dangerous mixture is more likely to come from Pakistan in our lifetime than anywhere else.""A nightmare scenario," sighed Turki, emphatically agreeing with his American co-panelist at last.Hmmmmm......It should have been dealt with years ago.Read the full story here.
- HT:SultanKnish.Obama Loses the Middle East.It's no coincidence that major revolutions against Western backed governments have occurred under weak American presidents. The Iranian revolution against the Shah happened on Jimmy Carter's watch. The current violence in Tunisia and Egypt is taking place under Obama. And the timing is quite interesting. Revolts which coincided with a new opposition congress almost suggest that they were scheduled for a time when Obama would be at his politically weakest. Additionally the 2010 defeats would have indicated to the Iranian regime that they might only have a 2 year window in which to act before Obama is replaced by an unknown, but probably more conservative politician. A "Now or Never" moment. The Iranian Revolution might never have happened under Reagan. But Carter's weakness, left wing politics and contempt for the very notion of defending American interests made it possible. Similarly despite attempts by some Bush advisers to take credit for Tunisia and Egypt, it is unlikely that they would have taken place on Bush's watch. Not because the Bush administration was so omnipotent, but because it had regional credibility. The general perception was that the Bush Administration was on alert and supportive of allies. That is not at all the regional perception of the Obama Administration which doesn't seem to know what an ally is.Obama's mistreatment of the UK, Israel and Honduras, the alienation of Karzai and continuing humiliation at the hands of China and Russia through diplomatic insults, showed weakness and stupidity. The Iranian takeover of the region is premised on that incompetence. Lebanon was a test. The next step was Tunisia. Then Egypt.We are being maneuvered into a tighter and tighter corner, with fewer and fewer allies left. The Middle East is being lost. And it's happening on Obama's watch.Hmmmm.....Under Obama's nap?Read the full story here.
- HT:MediaBistro.Nero partying while egypt burns?While the Middle East falls to pieces Obama go's to party!POTUS Parties at Atlantic Media’s Douglass Home.TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END. In this case, pretty deep. There are several details not to miss in a White House Pool Report from this evening:
- President Obama attended a going away party tonight for top aide David Axelrod at the Dupont Circle neighborhood home of Altantic Media V.P. and former Obama White House spokeswoman Linda Douglass.
- The Pool Report is written by NJ reporter Rebecca Kaplan, who has the odd and awkward responsibility of reporting about a spokeswoman from her own parent company.
- This is not the first occasion for Obama to visit Douglass’s home. POTUS attended a $1 million fundraiser for the DNC at Douglass’s home last fall. The dinner was organized by her husband, John Phillips.
- Someone attempted (and apparently failed) to drive through the motorcade.Hmmm....Can you even start to imagine what would have happened if Pres Bush would have done this?To Obama the presidency is just a great party out to destroy America.Read the full story here.
- If Brotherhood takes over, IDF will face formidable enemy.Analysis: This year is turning into critical one for Israeli isolation in the Mideast. Turkey is gone and Egypt appears to be on way.The collapse of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in Egypt is not yet about Israel but soon will be, depending on his successor.If the Muslim Brotherhood grabs the reins in the massive Arab country, Israel will face an enemy with one of the largest and strongest militaries around, built on some of the most advanced American-made platforms.The appointment of Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman as the vice president in Egypt is a reassuring sign for Israel.Suleiman has played a key role in Israeli- Egyptian relations over the years and is considered in charge of the “Israeli Dossier” His office has been responsible for coordinating efforts to stop smuggling via tunnels under the Philadelphi Corridor with Gaza and he is considered something of a moderate in comparison to outgoing Defense Minister Mohamed Tantawi.In a cable published recently by WikiLeaks, Suleiman told the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2009 that Egypt was stopping Iranian money from making its way through the country to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.A new regime in Egypt could change all of that, and the transfer of Iranian funds to Hamas would be the least of Israel’s concerns.The question, though, is what happens the “day after” Mubarak? Who will succeed him and what role will the Muslim Brotherhood play? Israel’s concerns though are not isolated to Egypt. One former senior Mossad official said on Saturday that Israel needed to be more concerned with a potential revolution in Jordan.“In Egypt, Israel has Sinai as a major buffer zone,” the official said. “This is not the case in Jordan, where there is a massive Palestinian population that could directly threaten Israel through the West Bank.”This year is turning into a critical one for Israel, which is finding itself increasingly isolated within the Middle East. Turkey is gone and Egypt appears to be on the way.Hmmmm.....Zechariah 12:3."And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces although all nations of the earth are gathered against it."Read the full story here.
- HT:Imra.Obama's legacy of Hope and Change in the Mid East.By Michael Widlanski.President Barack Obama promised that his election meant not only "hope and change" for America but for the world, especially the Middle East. President Obama criticized America's past actions while touting his own Islamic connections—from his Arabic-sounding middle name to his youth in Indonesia.After two years in office, a look at the record shows Obama has kept his promise about "change," but not necessarily about "hope."
- President Obama's first foreign trip was a journey to Turkey, where he saluted the extremist Islamist regime, and less than a year later, that regime has used the cover of "democracy" to impose its Islamist policies locally. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan leads a viciously anti-Semitic campaign against Israel, using a so-called "human rights flotilla" that was really a terror operation in support of the Hamas terror regime in Gaza."
- Islam has always been a part of America's story," Obama declared in his Cairo speech, but less than two years later, it seems that it will be radical Islam that will remain a central part of Obama's personal story and his administration's legacy.We should remember that every time Obama and Hillary Clinton rushed to scold Mubarak for trying to hold on to power, while they were strangely silent when the ayatollahs used far more abusive power against a non-Islamic democratic protest.Obama-Clinton have also been very reticent about some of the mob behavior in Egypt, such as the looting of museums and stores. Why not urge a little restraint on the mobs, too?Both the Sunni Islamists of Egypt and the Shiite Islamists of Iran pray on the gullibility of Western diplomats and pundits who usually cannot connect the dots in Arabic or any other Semitic language. In Semitic languages, the dots serve as vowels, and when you cannot read the dots, you cannot connect them or read the situation.That is why Barack, Hillary and Jimmy see H-M-S and they read humus, and they take a big bite. Afterwards, when they discover they have hamas in their mouths: and they have bitten off more than they can chew.Too often Western leaders and journalists simply do not know the difference between hamas and humus.Like Muhammad Baradei and Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama has won a Nobel Peace Prize, but we should be asking ourselves how much is this award-winning performance going to cost us.Hmmmmm.....Barack Hussein Obama "The downfall of the American Empire"?Read the full story here.
- ElBaradei: Egyptian Revolt Inspired by Obama’s “Yes We Can” Motto…When thousands of angry protesters take to the streets of Egypt on Friday, one man many see as the country’s next potential leader will be among them.The Cairo-born former head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei on Thursday returned to the country, despite death threats, to be with “his people.” “There was an edict against me a couple of weeks ago basically saying that my life should be dispensable because I am defying the rulers,” ElBaradei told CNN on Tuesday.…After three terms as the IAEA’s director general, ElBaradei stepped down at the end of 2009. He was hoping to settle into a quiet retirement, but his return to Egypt during the week’s unrest suggests that he is not content to sit and watch from the sidelines.He said the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia that saw the expulsion of long-term President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali in mid-January had spurred action in Egypt.“It sent a message everywhere to the Arab world that, to quote Barack Obama, ‘Yes, we can,’ you know, that it is doable.”Hmmmmm.....Obama and the global Caliphath?Anyone noticed?He's not going to church anymore.You can't fool all the people all of the time.Read the full story here.
- HT:AmericanPower.Picking Sides in Egypt? Choose Freedom — Resist the Red-Green Alliance of Anti-Israel Fanaticism. By now folks are anticipated the end of the Mubarak regime. Unfortunately, the political and ideological battles lines are not so neatly drawn. I personally hesitate to attack the Obama adminstration as alleging aiding the Islamists, as in the case of my good friend Reaganite Republican, "Obama Secretly Schemed with Egyptian Opposition for 'Regime Change' for Years!" The evidence there is based on a single WikiLeaks cable published at Telegrah UK and the significance depends on how we define "opposition." The Egyptian opposition movement is broad, and the Muslim Brotherhood has long been the most well organized and highly mobilized. So there's danger there. But as Pamela points out, the fight is for freedom. If anything, the administration has been way too restrained in its approach to the protests. And by standing on the side of dictatorship, Obama gives aid and comfort not just to Islamist extremists, but the world solidarity movement seeking to delegitimize and destroy Israel. So, if we have to choose, it's not a choice between the authoritarianism of Mubarak's nationalist regime and those of the Red-Green alliance for Islamist terrorism. The choice is freedom. And had the Obama administration been out in front on this, the peaceful elements --- like those helping the Israel tourists above --- could have gained the upper hand in the emergence of a new regime. It's not too late. But no matter what happens, we can see the battle lines ahead. Freedom and democracy on the one hand, and violent anti-American, anti-Israel totalitarianism on the other.Hmmmm.....The thing is is we all know where Obama's allegiance lays.Read the full story here.
- Turkey, Texas hold friendship reception in Austin.A Turkish-Texan friendship reception was held over the weekend in the state capital of Austin, with the participation of high-level Turkish and Texan officials. The reception was sponsored jointly by the Houston-based Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians (TCAE), the Texas State Senate, the Texas State Council and the Austin Raindrop Turkish House.Texan senators as well as other high-level officials attended the reception. Chairman of the Turkish parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee and deputy from Eskişehir Murat Mercan, Malatya deputy Mehmet Şahin, Kırşehir deputy Abdullah Çalışkan and Çorum deputy Murat Yıldırım represented the Turkish Parliament at the reception. Before the reception, the Turkish delegation paid a courtesy call to Texas Governor Rick Perry at his office. The governor warmly welcomed the delegation and delivered a brief speech. Expressing pleasure to be receiving them in Texas, he said such visits contribute much to Turkish-American relations. Mercan also spoke during the visit and said Turkey and the US should further improve bilateral ties in the areas of economy, culture and politics. He also highlighted the role of civil society organizations in this process.The delegation later visited Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade and Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.The Turkish delegation was also warmly welcomed in the Texas Senate, whose members acknowledged the Turkish deputies with applause.Hmmmmm......No word if Texas approves of Turkey's Human rights violations?Sigh...What has become of America?Read the full story here.
- Outrageous teachings by new GZ mosque big.New Ground Zero Mosque Imam: Homosexuals Are Like Animals…The new imam at the Ground Zero mosque and cultural center believes people who are gay were probably abused as children and that people who leave Islam and preach a new religion should be jailed.Abdallah Adhami’s remarks on homosexuals, religious freedom and other topics have brought renewed criticism of the proposed community center and mosque near the World Trade Center site, which purports to be an inclusive organization.Adhami, in a lecture on the Web site of his nonprofit, Sakeenah, says being gay is a “painful trial” caused by past trauma.“An enormously overwhelming percentage of people struggle with homosexual feeling because of some form of violent emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life,” he says. “A small, tiny percentage of people are born with a natural inclination that they cannot explain. You find this in the animal kingdom at some level as well.”He says gays must fight this “propensity.”“When a religious leader of his standing opens up his mouth and spews this kind of ignorance and hateful statements, it does put his greater judgment into question,” said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay-rights group.Adhami also notes that if a Muslim leaves the faith and “preaches their views, they’re jailed.”“The only thing you do not have the right to do is spread this conviction, lest you, quote unquote, ‘pollute’ others,” he said when asked to give his personal opinion about apostates.Jordan Sekulow, a lawyer at the Pat Robertson-founded American Center for Law and Justice in Washington, questioned why the mosque project, called Park51, would choose a leader who advocates retribution for those who leave the faith.Hmmmm...."Religion of peace and tolerance"?Read the full story here.
- HT:TundraTabloids.Egyptian freedom rally hijacked by Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers in Toronto.Read and see the full story here.
- HT:Persian2English.Death Crimes by Islamic Republic of Iran Spark Protests in Afghanistan.Around a thousand protesters took to the streets of three main Afghanistan cities on Saturday to protest against the alleged execution of Afghan citizens by Iran.The biggest rally was in western Herat, Afghanistan’s second city, where about a thousand people marched in the centre of town carrying banners with anti-Iran slogans, an AFP correspondent said.More than a hundred people gathered in the capital Kabul, while there was also a demonstration in Mazar-e-Sharif, the main city in the country’s north.The protesters, chanting death slogans to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called for an end to the executions of Afghans as well as Iranians by Tehran.The protesters did nit give details on any specific executions they were protesting against.No Iranian sources or officials commented on the execution reports.“We demand the Iranian regime immediately stops the execution of Afghans and Iranian,” said 23-year-old Massoud, a resident of Herat.“If Afghan citizens commit a crime, they should be tried in Afghanistan,” Ahmad Shoaib, a protester in the city of Mazar-e- Sharif, told AFP.Several anti-Iranian demonstrations have taken place in Afghanistan recently after Iran blocked 1,600 fuel tankers from entering the country in early December, causing the fuel prices to soar.Afghan officials said at the time Tehran had expressed concern that the tankers were going to be used to supply NATO forces fighting a Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.Read and see the full story here.
- HT:RefugeeResettlementWatch.ORR! January 31st (today!) is the deadline for the annual report to be submitted to Congress.As of the close of business today, you are THREE YEARS BEHIND in reporting to Congress the full economic and social impact of the large numbers of refugees being resettled to the US.The Office of Refugee Resettlement is REQUIRED BY LAW to submit a report to Congress by January 31st of the year following the end of the fiscal year. The last report filed is 2007. So ORR now owes Congress and the public 2008, 2009 and 2010. Those are the worst years so far of the great recession and we can only conclude that ORR does not want to reveal to the public the dismal financial situation the refugees and the volags (federal contractors) are in!Readers, if you have never looked at an annual report, check out 2007 and see what an incredible trove of information these reports contain. Can you just imagine what the unemployment numbers are today or the welfare usage when over 50% of refugees in 2007 were on food stamps.For just a reminder of what the refugee/asylum program costs you, go here.Hmmmmm.....What exactly is the Obama administration hiding?Read the full story here.
- AZ Sheriff on Napolitano’s Security Speech: ‘This Shows You How Divorced From Reality the Secretary of Homeland Security Really Is’.The National Sheriffs’ Association on Wednesday named Arizona’s Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu “Sheriff of the Year.” On Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered the first State of Homeland Security address, in which she gave an upbeat account of the agency’s accomplishments, including its efforts on immigration and securing the U.S. border.Babeu, however, indicated that Napolitano’s speech was selective in what it emphasized and what it did not disclose.“2010 was a historic year when it comes to securing and managing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws,” Napolitano said. “There are now more resources on the southwest border in terms of personnel, technology, and infrastructure than ever before in American history. And we continue to see progress on every metric.”Babeu said Napolitano’s claim was “not surprising.” But he also said her remarks did not reflect conditions on the ground in Arizona where in the last two years the amount of illegal drugs entering the state that have been confiscated by local authorities has doubled, and the number of pursuits of criminal illegal aliens has tripled.“Why isn’t the secretary of homeland security speaking to these threats?” Babeu said in a telephone interview with CNSNews.com. “Why does she keep trying to convince us through argument that everything is just fine to the point that she’s trying to hypnotize us into believing this c--p.”But Babeu said the Obama administration’s strategy on border security is “unacceptable” and is not working.Babeu said the Obama administration has politicized the immigration issue and “have used it as a weapon to somehow brow beat good Americans and people who want to secure our nation’s border, and somehow try to turn this and make it a racial issue and that we’re being un-American because we’re against illegal immigration.”Hmmmm.....If you wanted to destroy America,would you do anything different?Read the full story here.
- Bedouin man shoots sister over Facebook pics.Police arrest 21-year-old from Rahat on suspicion he tried to murder his 18-year-old sister after she posted pictures of herself wearing revealing clothes, in company of men.Another case of "family honor" in the Bedouin sector – police arrested Sunday a 21-year-old resident of Rahat on suspicion that he tried to murder his 18-year-old sister.According to suspicions, he shot her because she uploaded pictures of herself on Facebook, supposedly harming her family's honor.The young woman was lightly to moderately injured, and was evacuated to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for further treatment. Following the incident, Rahat police, headed by Cmdr. Eyal Azoulay, launched an investigation and arrested the brother. During his interrogation, the brother said he found out his sister posted pictures onto the social network, in which she is posing with men and wearing revealing clothes. The suspect added that because his sister "violated the family's honor," he decided to take revenge and illegally got hold of a weapon.According to suspicions, an argument erupted between the two siblings, after which the brother shot his sister and fled the scene.Hmmmm......The religion of peace in it's "natural habitat"? Read the full story here.