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Thursday, October 14, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.Pakistan Could Be Obama’s Biggest Blunder.President Barack Obama has been so preoccupied with the November elections that he has shamefully neglected foreign policy. This is especially true with regard to Pakistan — a nuclear nation that could soon tumble into the hands of Muslim extremists who want to buy a one-way ticket to paradise by killing Infidels.Despite deficits that have mounted into the trillions of dollars, the Obama administration has been downright miserly towards Pakistan. The result is a fractured Pakistan that may yet be swallowed up by jihad.According to The Express Tribune, “It is an undeniable fact that a revolution is coming in Pakistan.”Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Vatican Synod: the grim reality of the Christians of Arabia, where "there is no religious freedom".In countries where Islam is the state religion, no Muslim can convert (but Christians can become Mohammedans),where there is freedom of worship, it is limited and only in designated places. In Lebanon, Christian united among confessions, but divided politically."No religious freedom” for Christians living in Arabia, even when they are allowed (not in Saudi Arabia) to have a church. In Lebanon, however, the Arab country where the Christian presence is proportionately greater and has the constitutional and political implications (the President of the Republic is a Christian) they are united among confessions, but divided politically. These are the two experiences that have had the greatest impact yesterday at the Synod of Bishops on the Middle East, where bishops interventions continue, while work begins on the "circuli minores," the study groups.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Ahmadinejad Speaks at Israel's Doorsteps.President Who said Jewish State Should be "Wiped Off the Map" Shows Solidarity with Hezbollah on Symbolic Lebanon Visit.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to the doorstep of his archenemy Israel Thursday, telling thousands of Hezbollah supporters in a Lebanese border town he was proud of their struggle as Israeli helicopters buzzed the skies along the frontier.The U.S. and Israel have called Ahmadinejad's visit to the border a provocation that undermines Lebanon's sovereignty.Iran, whose ties to Hezbollah date back nearly 30 years, funds the militant group to the tune of millions of dollars a year and is believed to supply much of its arsenal. Hezbollah boasts widespread support among Shiites and virtually runs a state-within-a-state in Shiite areas of Lebanon. "You proved that your resistance, your patience, your steadfastness, were stronger than all the tanks and warplanes of the enemy," Ahmadinejad said at the rally in Bint Jbeil, about two miles (four kilometers) from the border. "The people of Iran will remain by your side, and all the people in this region," he added.Read the full story here.Click here for comments

  • Ht:ElderofZion.Ahmadinejad: "The Mahdi will come to liberate Palestine".Al Arabiya (Arabic) reports that Iranian president Ahmadinejad delivered a speech today in Bint Jbeil in southern Lebanon, a few kilometers from the Israeli border.In the speech he declared that "the Mahdi will come here, accompanied by Jesus Christ" to liberate Palestine and allow the millions of Arabs of Palestinian descent to move there in his wake.Hmmm....related to the Islamic Group Organizing Giant Prayer Service in Front of U.S. Capitol to Trumpet the “Return of the Muslim Prophet Jesus”?Read the full story here.Click here for comments

  • Iran to hold Opec presidency for first time in 36 years.Iran will assume the presidency of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) for the first time in 36 years.Iran, which takes over from Ecuador, is Opec's second-largest oil producer and holds about 10% of world oil reserves.At the meeting in Vienna, Opec also agreed to keep its oil production target unchanged at about 24.8 million barrels a day.Read the full story here.Click here for comments

  • New documents uncovered by Judicial Watch show Pelosi took 85 trips on military aircraft in 15 months.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of her family and staff took 85 tax-paid trips on military aircraft between March 2, 2009, and June 7, 2010, according to new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Turkey to seek NATO consensus on missile.Turkey will approve a plan for NATO's possession of a missile-defense system only if it is convinced that there is a concrete threat against all NATO members or at least a perceived threat among all NATO members, officials said on Wednesday.As far as Turkey’s decision is concerned, Townsend said what the US is seeing in Turkey is not ambivalence and reluctance, but an attempt to balance what it knows is important for European, transatlantic and Turkish security and how this fits in with Turkey’s political calculations in the region.Good luck with this,Turkey will never accept the possibility of an Islamic(Iran-Pakistan)threat.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Christian refugees turning to prostitution to survive.For Mgr Audo, bishop of Aleppo, and Fr Farid Botros, a Chaldean Catholic priest in Damascus, the problem is growing.Damascus – Chaldean Christian refugees from Iraq are turning to prostitution in order to survive in Syria. Fr Farid Botros, head of the Chaldean community in the Syrian capital, is concerned about the trend, which is growing to hitherto unknown levels. “We have about 4,000 Chaldean families from Iraq, some fled with just the clothes on their back with a death threat hanging over them. Under Syrian law, they cannot work. Many do something underground; others, more and more, turn to prostitution,” he said.Interfaith dialog at it's best?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:JIDF.Star of David/Israeli Flags BANNED at UEFA Soccer Game in Milan.A friend of the JIDF, Matthew Gilbert, has informed us that the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League soccer game between Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur (with Inter being the home team), have banned the Star of David flags from entering the stadium. Whether this is a move on Inter or UEFA's part is unknown.Flags and banners with appropriate wording would be welcome at the Stadium, but the Police Authorities have advised that those flags showing the Star of David will not be allowed access and may be confiscated. Please respect this request.Anyone still doubting we are re-living the 1930's?How long before there's a repeat of the "KristalNacht"?Read the full story here.Click here for comments

  • Beheadings, hangings plague Tijuana amid festival.A rash of decapitations and other gruesome killings have hit Tijuana since Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited the border city last week and called it a success in his drug war.The most recent killing occurred just before midnight Tuesday when motorists found a decapitated body underneath a bridge on a road leading to the beachside neighborhood of Playas de Tijuana, according to a police report Wednesday.Reporters at the scene saw a rope hanging from the bridge, suggesting the man had been hung from his feet but was too heavy and plunged into oncoming traffic.The discovery came a day after two other beheaded bodies were found hanging from their feet in Tijuana.Police said they were still conducting forensic tests on the body found Tuesday and had no immediate comment on the identity of the man or the circumstances of his death.Earlier Tuesday, police found a human head inside a bag in another Tijuana neighborhood, but it did not belong to the body found underneath the bridge.According to police reports, at least 16 people have been killed in the city since Sunday — a surge from the normal rate of about two homicides a day.Worst Christmas gift idea for 2010 A trip to Mexico?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:TeaandPolitics.Pakistan:Jamaat e Islami chief slams Pope Benedict's statement against Political Islam.The Jamaat e Islami cheif, Syed Munawar Hasan, has strongly reacted to the Vatican statement declaring the promotion of political Islam as a great threat, and said that the Vatican had also joined the crusade already going on against Islam and the Muslims.Commenting on the Vatican statement, he said this showed that the entire talk of inter-faith dialogue and relations and tolerance were a farce.He said the world peace and the Middle East were threatened by the US- Israel collusion while Islam, the Islamic civilization and the Muslim masses were the target of biased Christian rulers, and now the Christian religious leaders too had joined them.The JI chief explained that Islam had its own political system, its culture and civilization, besides also delivering an economic system based on equity and service to the humanity.He berated the way the Western civilization and the capitalistic system had divided the humanity had added to poverty and started an arms race. "Islam provided political and economic solutions to the current human problems," he added.Welcome to A.D. 620?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Jolie Film Blocked In Bosnia After Objections To Story Line.The film -- Jolie's directorial debut -- is a love story set during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. According to Sarajevo media, the main characters are a Muslim girl who is raped by a Serbian soldier with whom she later falls in love. The minister of culture for the Muslim-Croat Federation, Gavrilo Grahovac, retracted Jolie's permits after activist group "Women -- War Victims" said the film's story was "unacceptable" and could cause rape victims "further emotional pain."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Sponsor of National Prayer Breakfast received money from alleged terrorist group.A group of Ohio ministers has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the organization that sponsors the National Prayer Breakfast because it received money six years ago from an alleged Islamic terrorist organization trying to finance illicit lobbying.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Walking could protect brain against shrinking, US research says.Neurologists who monitored 300 volunteers over 13 years say walkers could be defending themselves against memory loss.The historian George Macaulay Trevelyan wrote in 1913 that he had two doctors: "My left leg and my right". Now a report appears to show that the simple medicine of putting one foot in front of another is a potential defence against dementia and Alzheimer's.Walking may protect the brain against shrinking and preserve memory in the elderly, according to research by US neurologists who monitored 300 volunteers over 13 years.The data lends statistical authority to anecdotal findings, including the legendary perambulations of Alfred Wainwright, Benny Rothman and the Guardian's Harry Griffin.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Rape 'impossible' in marriage, says Muslim cleric.A senior Muslim cleric who runs the country's largest network of sharia courts has sparked controversy by claiming that there is no such thing as rape within marriage.Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed, president of the Islamic Sharia Council in Britain, said that men who rape their wives should not be prosecuted because "sex is part of marriage". And he claimed that many married women who alleged rape were lying.His comments have angered senior police officers, who say that such statements undermine the work they do to encourage women to report rape, a notoriously under-reported crime.He told the website: "Clearly there cannot be any rape within the marriage. Maybe aggression, maybe indecent activity... Because when they got married, the understanding was that sexual intercourse was part of the marriage, so there cannot be anything against sex in marriage. Of course, if it happened without her desire, that is no good, that is not desirable.Later he told this newspaper: "In Islamic sharia, rape is adultery by force. So long as the woman is his wife, it cannot be termed as rape. It is reprehensible, but we do not call it rape."British law was changed in 1991, making rape within marriage illegal.Dave Whatton, Chief Constable of Cheshire and spokesman on rape for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: "We know that the majority of rapes do not take place through strangers attacking women late at night but between acquaintances and within marriages and partnerships."It is a fundamental principle that sharia law should not replace the laws of the UK. Putting out views that rape can be dealt with in another way fundamentally undermines everything we are trying to do."The cleric's comments come just days after Germaine Greer suggested that rape victims should name and shame their attackers online instead of reporting it to the police.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • India's richest man Mukesh Ambani moves into £630m home.The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, has moved into his new home in Mumbai which is 27 storeys high and worth £630m. Ambani, his wife and three children have moved into the building which is named Antilia, after a mythical Island. It contains a health club with a gym and dance studio, at least one studio, a ballroom, guestrooms and a range of lounges and a 50 seater cinema.There is even an elevated garden with ceiling space to accommodate small trees.Well that proves the saying "Money can't buy taste?"Read and see the whole story here .Click here for comments.

  • HT:JIDF.Official "Israel" YouTube Channel Launched.First Facebook and Twitter, and now YouTube, are part of Israel’s initiatives in digital diplomacy. The Foreign Ministry launched its official YouTube channel on Wednesday. The channel features nearly 130 videos about life in Israel.Until Wednesday, all of the Foreign Ministry’s videos were presented on the IsraelMFA page.The launch of the Israel YouTube account comes a month after the Foreign Ministry paid a Spanish man $3,000 to release the rights to the @Israel Twitter page.Chaim Shacham, the director of the Foreign Ministry’s information and Internet department, pushed the effort to obtain the Twitter and YouTube accounts, and he is now in talks with Facebook to take control of their Israel page.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Iranian Intellectuals To Lebanese People: 'Ahmadinejad Doesn't Deserve Your Trust'.A group of about 30 Iranian journalists, intellectuals, and academics based in the United States, Canada, and Europe have said in an open letter addressed to the people of Lebanon that they should not be fooled by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, whom they accuse of being up to no good.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Leading Iranian Reformist Party Member Arrested.A senior leader of the recently banned Islamic Iran Participation Front has been arrested in Tehran "for reasons related to national security," RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi announced the arrest of Participation Front leader Ali Shakurirad on October 13.Arash Ghafouri, a member of the Participation Front living in the United States, told Radio Farda that Shakurirad was summoned to court on October 12 to "give some explanations."Ghafouri said Shakurirad did not return home and his whereabouts are unknown.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:ShalomLife.Livni: Stop Comparing Terrorists with Israeli Soldiers.Just hours before her talk in Toronto last Wednesday for the 2011 UJA campaign, Tzipi Livni met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York to tell him in no uncertain terms that the U.N. must stop giving Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a platform to speak. “I told him the U.N. must be responsible not to spread Ahmadinejad’s hatred.”“Economic sanctions against Iran are not enough,” she told the sold out audience. “We need to add to this energy, [sanctions] and the delegitimization of their leaders.” She called on the world to toughen its stance on Iran. “They threaten the entire world, not only Israel,” she said.She strongly believes Israel needs to work hand-in-hand with the Diaspora. “The struggle against anti-Semitism is a joint struggle,” she said. “The struggle for the existence of Israel is a joint struggle. Together we can write the next chapter of world Jewry.As a souvenir of her visit to Toronto she was presented with a Blue Jays shirt. On the back was the number 18, with her name, Livni.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:SultanKnish.The Vanishing Christians of the Middle East.The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East is meant to address the decline of Christians in the Muslim world. The reason for the decline is obvious. It is the willingness to discuss that reason which is at issue.Christians in the Middle East are a minority in a Muslim region. Even the more moderate Muslim countries, such as Egypt, marginalize Christians and routinely deprive them of basic civil rights. Egypt is an American ally and nearly 10 percent of the country is Christian, yet that 10 percent live as second-class citizens, discriminated against and constantly subject to violence.The rising tide of Islamization has made it more dangerous than ever to be a non-Muslim in a Muslim country, in ways that range from everyday discrimination to terrorist attacks. But the West is suffused by a narrative which insists that Islam is tolerant and promotes tolerance. Such a false narrative makes it extremely difficult to address or recognize the problem.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • What's next for net neutrality debate?Net neutrality is at a standstill. On the campaign trail, an open Internet was one of President Barack Obama’s top technology priorities. Over the past five months, telecom and Internet companies have taken multiple stabs at coming up with a compromise for the controversial issue.But it was all for naught — at least for now. Talks fell apart at the Federal Communications Commission over the summer. Last month, the latest effort to craft a legislative fix failed when Republicans refused to support a proposal by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).So what’s next? Here’s how the parties view the current state of play — and how they hope to move ahead.Congress: Waxman said he would “not close the door on moving legislation this Congress” on Net neutrality, adding that “cooler heads may prevail after the elections.”Cooler heads being a rare commodity in Washington these days, there’s no guarantee the politics will be less tricky after Nov. 2. If Democrats retain control of the House, Republicans may be willing to revisit the proposal, sources say. But if Republicans gain control of the House, they’ll probably want to come up with their own set of ground rules.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Iranian 'work accident' destroyed Shehab-3 missiles? More than 18 Revolutionary guards were killed and 14 others wounded in an explosion Tuesday at a base of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRG) Corps in the Western Iranian province of Lurestan, reported Iran's official news agency IRNA Wednesday.The base houses underground launching and storage facilities for Iran's medium-range Shahab-3 ballistic missiles, said research group Global Security.Lorestan Governor General Hassan Shariatnejad visited the injured persons hospitalized and offered his condolences over the tragic incident. Local officials declared a two-day mourning Wednesday and a funeral was scheduled for Thursday.The blast destroyed Shehab-3 missiles? And it was carried out by our sometimes (should be always) allies the Kurds?If you look at the map, you will see that the Shehab-3 can hit Israel and a chunk of Europe.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:PajamasMedia.Congressional Muslim Staffers Hosted Second Al-Qaeda Cleric on Capitol Hill.a recent New York Post article about how Johnson’s former employer, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), complained to Homeland Security in 2006 about the questioning of another al-Qaeda-linked cleric, Anwar Hajjaj, stated that Hajjaj was then leading prayers for the Muslim staffers on Capitol Hill.In fact, Meeks invoked Hajjaj’s continued presence on the Hill to demonstrate that he was a “highly regarded” Islamic scholar.The presence of two al-Qaeda clerics on Capitol Hill — hosted by Muslim congressional staffers — is problematic on several levels. As we see in Rep. Meeks’ intervention in Hajjaj’s case, it is his involvement with Muslim staffers on the Hill that was invoked to demonstrate his acceptability. Thus, these high-level government contacts give these terror-tied clerics legitimacy and cover from media and public scrutiny.Another deleterious effect was identified by a group of Muslim leaders who spoke on Capitol Hill earlier this month, hosted by Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), who complained that the mainstreaming of terror-tied Islamic clerics by government officials ends up crowding-out the voices of true moderate leaders — many of whom have been openly critical of Muslim Brotherhood-backed infiltration efforts.But the stories of al-Qaeda clerics Anwar al-Awlaki and Anwar Hajjaj leading prayers on Capitol Hill raise even more questions about who else the Congressional Muslim Staff Association has been hosting in the People’s House. That’s a question members of Congress and other media outlets ought to be asking.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • 'Burka rage' teacher faces jail in France after ripping off Muslim woman's face veil.A retired teacher is facing three years in prison for ripping off a Muslim’s face veil in the world’s first known case of ‘burka rage’.The 63-year-old woman, so far only referred to by her first name Marlene, appeared before the Paris Correctional Court to defend her attack on Shaika, 26, who originally comes from the United Arab Emirates.Marlene, who is accused of aggravated violence, is said to have ‘lost control’ when she saw Shaika choosing furniture in a department store. ‘I knew I would crack one day,’ said Marlene. ‘This whole saga of the burka was really getting to me.’‘When I saw a burka in a Paris shop I thought it was very provocative. I did not hit or use any violence against this woman. I just wanted to pull her burqa off. I know I shouldn’t have got angry, but I lost it.’Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BigPeace.Douglas Murray: Is Islam a Religion of Peace?On October 11, 2010, The Centre for Social Cohesion Director Douglas Murray and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Dutch politician and renowned author, won a major debate in New York organised by Intelligence Squared. They were arguing against the motion that ‘Islam is a religion of peace’. Arguing for the motion were Maajid Nawaz, former member of the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, and Zeba Khan, a writer and advocate for Muslim-American civic engagement.Today, on Frank Gaffney’s Secure Freedom Radio, Douglas joined Frank to discuss the controversial proposition, its content, and surprising outcome.Listen to the whole story here.Click here for comments.

  • Jewish Businessman Gifting Rescued Miners.A Chilean Jewish mining executive has written $10,000 checks to each of the 33 miners that are being rescued from a collapsed mine in Chile after being trapped for more than two months. Leonardo Farkas reportedly gave the checks in the miners’ names to each of the families and set up a separate fund to collect donations, The Associated Press reported. The money is more than some of the miners earn in a year.May God bless him for his kindness.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.Gingrich sounds off on Obama eligibility.Former House Speaker and potential GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich used an appearance on Spanish-language television to sound off on questions surrounding President Obama’s birthplace and religious faith, declaring the president has an “obligation” to figure out why so many Americans doubt his life story.“If I were the president, that would really concern me, not because of Fox News or talk radio or Rush Limbaugh, but what is there that he’s doing that would let that many people be confused?” Gingrich said on Univision’s “Al Punto,” according to a report from The Hill.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • This could be a short fight: Nepalese teen bids to take world's smallest man title from Colombian dancer Nino.An inch in height might be no biggy to you or I but in the competition to be the world's shortest man it makes a giant difference.The current holder of the title is Edward Nino Hernandez, a 24-year-old Colombian dancer who measures just 27ins and who was officially recognised by Guinness on Monday.But Nino's reign is likely to be short because because Nepalese teenager Khagendra Thapa Magar is, metaphorically at least, looking over his shoulder.Read and see the full story here,for more on similar records click here.Click here for comments.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                      Afternoon Posting.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Video: IDF battalion size live fire exercise.On Tuesday, the IDF held a battalion-sized joint air ground combined arms exercise, which summarized the training of officers for the land forces. The exercise took place at the Shizafon training grounds in the Southern Negev desert, north of the city of Eilat.For those who'd like to see the Trophy system in action.Read and see the full story here and here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.Qatari Columnist: Obama's Policy Undermines the Moderate Arab Regimes.In a recent article in the Qatari daily Al-Arab, columnist Sayyed Muhammad Al-Khadher called to reassess the image of former U.S. president George W. Bush and his policies. He explained that Bush's policy of condemning and isolating the resistance camp had strengthened the moderate Arab regimes, whereas the policy of openness towards this camp, employed by the current president, Barack Obama, is weakening the U.S.'s allies in the Middle East and undermining America's own interests and status there. [For example,] Fatah's threats to withdraw from the U.S.-sponsored negotiations [with Israel] have become a commonplace phenomenon... Israel [too] sees Obama as a weak president who cannot fulfill [the needs] of the Hebrew state, even though he has promised to protect it from any danger... "It seems, therefore, that history is rapidly doing justice to Bush. His leaving [the White House] was [actually] a disaster for the Arabs. Israel [too] was sorry to see him go, and the Americans [themselves] are apprehensive. It turns out that he was liked by everyone."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:TeaandPolitics.Al-Qaeda kidnappers tell France to drop veil ban."ISLAMIST MILITANTS who have been holding five French citizens since kidnapping them in Niger last month have demanded that France withdraw its ban on Muslim face veils and pay a €7 million ransom to secure their release, it was claimed yesterday.Amazing how history is at a standstill when it comes to Islamic radicals,nothing has changed since the days of the Barbary Pirates ,taking prisoners and paying tribute to them to be unharmed.A religion of peace indeed, if we believe the American point of view that Al Qaida followers are people who misunderstand Islam ,who were the Barbary pirates then according to their reasoning?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BehindtheScenes.White House Meeting for Black Journalists Doesn’t Stay Off-The-Record for Long.The White House is usually quite good at keeping a muzzle on the media after one of its off-the-record sessions with President Obama and senior members of his administration.But not this week.The blog has posted a clip of Mr. Obama’s meet-and-greet with the journalists in which he stressed the importance of White House outreach to black media, especially blogs with large black followings.The blog Jack and Jill Politics, which bills itself as a having “a black bourgeoisie perspective,” wrote that Valerie Jarrett committed to having more meetings with black bloggers.Jack and Jill Politics also wrote about the feeling among some who attended Monday’s gathering that they were being used for political expediency. “We essentially told the White House that we are not willing to be ‘pimped,’” the blog said. “Oh, we used better articulation, but it was direct and could not be taken out of context, misunderstood or that he's loosing in the polls he remembers his African American heritage?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Hotair.Chamber of Commerce VP: When did Hopenchange turn into fear ‘n smear?The United States Chamber of Commerce has had it with the Obama administration’s smears against it. Yesterday, the Chamber’s VP Greg Hengel went public. Appearing on Fox News, he wondered aloud when “hope and change turned into fear and smear?” He added that he had never before seen such a dirty assault on the Chamber (or any other non-profit organization). “They’re desperate,” he concluded.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:JawaReport.Minneapolis imam condemns interfaith gathering where Muslims mingled with Christians and Jews.The Sept. 28 multi-faith prayer service seemed innocuous enough. Christian, Jewish, Hindu and other religious leaders stood side by side with their Muslim counterparts at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis... A Minneapolis imam named Abdighani Ali went on Somali TV and radio, declaring that Somalis who attended the service were non-believers. Ali's claims were echoed online by a man named Abdiwali "Dalboon" Warsame. On his website, Warsame wrote that the Somalis who entered the church lost their Islamic faith."Now we are awake," said Abdi Mohamed, a Bethel University student and limo driver from Minneapolis who said he supports dialogue between cultures. "If we see something in our community that is extremist, we're going to call them out on it. They have to be confronted, and they have to be held accountable." Now for the Goverment their reaction:Such unpopular views aren't likely to draw the attention of law enforcement. The FBI is not concerned whether people simply express extreme ideas, said agency spokesman E.K. Wilson."As far as any FBI interest or operational interest, there is none. I mean, it's not against the law to disagree, or to voice that opinion," said Wilson, the international terrorism supervisor in Minneapolis. "But I would say it's a little bit disappointing."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.Video:Hassan Nasrallah in the Late 1980s: Lebanon Should Become Part of the Greater Islamic Republic Ruled by Leader of Iran, Who Should Appoint all Islamic Rulers.See the whole story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.Video : Saudi Sheikh Said Al-Qahtani on the Launching of Jihad in Islam, Iqra TV (Saudi Arabia), May 6, 2004.I would advice all to watch it,he gives the ground plan for the Islamic conquering of the West and America.see the whole thing here.Click here for comments.

  • Raising the Barricades Against a Rush of Capital. The risk of a global currency and trade war is intensifying: What started primarily as a dispute between the United States and China is now spreading to the emerging world as policy makers there move to shield their economies from powerful economic forces that threaten their own development.The U.S. Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, said Tuesday night in a U.S. television interview that there was “no risk” of a currency war, and a senior Chinese government official, Cui Tiankai, the vice foreign minister, told reporters Wednesday that China was “doing our best to avoid” one.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Economic Historican Ferguson Warns of Placing “US Strategic Security in Foreign Hands” Due to Debt, While Krugman Believes Big Gov’t Spending Is Actually Taxcuts.Professor Krugman reckons the benefits of an extra trillion dollars far outweigh future repayment obligations.Princeton University professor Paul Krugman, who is urging the Obama administration to start a second round of fiscal stimulus, clashed – not for the first time – with Harvard professor Niall Ferguson, who reckons the US debt situation is worse than that facing Greece and could eventually threaten its national security."They are addicted to debt," he warned. "The administration, unlike European administrations, is not aware of the risks of mounting deficits."THIS is how you destroy a superpower from the inside on purpose.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • November 30th Could Be the Day the Government Seizes Control of the Internet.November 30th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could potentially engage in one of the largest federal power grabs we have ever seen.After two years of this Presidential Administration and this Congress, that is saying an awful lot about an awful lot.And what’s worse, the FCC would be doing it without Congress weighing in. At the FCC’s November meeting – note the coincidental date of choice, AFTER the impending election – three unelected bureaucrats (of five) could simply vote themselves rulers of 1/6th of our entire economy – the information and technology sector.Meaning the Internet that you currently enjoy – that has been a marvel of economic and information innovation and success – will be subject to vast new governmental regulations. You didn’t elect these people – but they are on the verge of electing themselves Internet overlords.The remedy to all of this is crystal clear. Congress should do what it’s supposed to do – write a law that defines and details the FCC’s role (or lack thereof) in regulating the Internet.And the FCC should do what it’s supposed to do – unless and until Congress acts, NOTHING.What the FCC must NOT do is unilaterally vote itself vast new powers under the cover of bureaucratic, post-election darkness."They don't trust me because of my middle name?"Read the full hijacking story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.Video : Deputy Leader of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: 'a nation that does not excel at the industry of death does not deserve life,'.See the whole story here.Click here for comments.

  • Attempt against the life of Card Gabriel Zubeir Wako, archbishop of Khartoum.A man with a Muslim name tried to stab the prelate during Mass. The archibshop has been an outspoken critic of Islamic fundamentalism and the oppression of southern Sudan.The Catholic Church has pressed for charges to be laid against the man, who was interrogated the next day at the central military committee of the Sudanese armed forces. He told them he was a Misseriya Arab from the state of southern Kordofan.The archbishop has frequently complained about the growth of Islamic fundamentalism in the country and slammed Arab groups for their anti-Black violence.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:TeaandPolitics.Spain: Muslims protest Bishop's petition not to call Cordoba's Cathedral as a "Mosque".They say "Muslims defend Spanish and European values".The Bishop of Cordoba, Bishop Demetrio Fernandez, wrote this weekend's edition of ABC Córdoba, that Córdoba Cathedral has been a Catholic house of worship for eight centuries, "declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which is open only the Catholic faith.The prelate also noted that "the Catholic community of Cordova has been involved in its maintenance" and "celebrates every day the mysteries of the Christian faith" in it:"When the Muslims arrived in Cordoba in 711, the place was already a sacred place. It was the ancient Basilica of San Vicente Martyr, which was destroyed to build the mosque.King Fernando III the Saint came out of blood in the city on June 28, 1236 and ordered to consecrate the temple which was built as a mosque, and was saved from destruction by the good King Fernando negotiations with the occupying Muslims, who wanted to destroy it before surrendering. "Therefore, Bishop Fernandez believes that the term "mosque" in the signs to the city are wrong. The bishop of the city claims to be called to the scene as it is 800 years: the Cathedral of Cordoba."There is no problem recognizing the Muslim caliphs of Córdoba spent large quantities of money to build this temple for God, which is the jewel in the city of Cordoba. But just calling it a Mosque plants at least confusion, in some cases intentionally. We must all join force to call a spade a spade".Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Bishops blame Israeli-Palestinian conflict for spurring Christian exodus from Mideast.Bishops summoned to the Vatican to discuss flight of Christians from Mideast, warn that increasingly Muslim-only Mideast could clash with a Christian West.Some bishops have singled out the emergence of fanatical Islam for the flight. But others have directly or indirectly accused Israel of discriminating against Arab Christians and impeding solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Pravda: American military officers against Obama.It is looking more and more that Obama is not a lawful eligible President.Many people are either engaged in a legal action against Obama or have publicly expressed their support for people in legal actions against Obama.What motivates these people to risk their lives, their freedom and their fortunes by publicly stating their position against a US President?It is their sworn duty.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BigPeace.Mukasey on Obama’s Antiterrorism Policies: ‘A World Inhabited Only by Children’.While visiting the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay in 2008, then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey stopped by the cell of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM). What he saw startled him: KSM had his own exercise center adjoining his cell, which included the same make and model of elliptical machine Mukasey used at his apartment building in Washington.That wasn’t the only experience the terrorist and the attorney general shared that day. Mukasey also ate lunch from the same halal menu the prisoners choose their meals from every day.What struck Mukasey was the extent to which those who demonized the Bush administration’s efforts to fight terrorism were intentionally misinforming and propagandizing the public with no regard to the damage they might do to America’s safety.President Obama famously ordered the closure of the facility at Guantanamo immediately upon taking office. But he also signed other executive orders–including restricting interrogation techniques to those outlined in the Army Field Manual.“A world like that, where choices have no consequences, is a world inhabited only by children, and then only in their fantasies,” Mukasey concludes. “If we try to live in it, we do so at peril to ourselves and our children.”Obama’s prosecution of the war on terror inspired Mukasey’s extended essay How Obama has Mishandled the War on Terror. The essay is part of a series of critical pamphlets published by Encounter Books called Broadsides.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Redstate.You May Want to Walk Back From that Remark, Barry.President Obama:"A Republican majority in Congress would mean “hand-to-hand combat” on Capitol Hill for the next two years, threatening policies Democrats have enacted to stabilize the economy."If the Republican majority includes the nominees I have listed with photos below, then you just might wantican majority includes the nominees I have listed with photos below, then you just might want to walk back your words. You have only been acquainted with establishment GOP congressmen like Cantor and Lindsey Graham, and you are factually incorrect to think the new GOP members of Congress want to return to the Hastert and Frist type of Republican ideas of what is the right course for our nation.The nominees I have listed are all proud of their service as military veterans. I only listed the ones who are in a close contest, and the congressional districts are slightly D partisan, (D+1 to D+5). I understand there are other GOP nominees with military service, and I mean no disparagement by not adding them to my list. Some of the ones you are already familiar with, and others have not been mentioned as frequently as I think they should.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Germans break silence over immigration.When Angela Merkel sat beside Recep Tayyip Erdogan as their two countries played each other at football on Friday, nothing could have seemed friendlier.The Turkish prime minister's scarf even combined the colours of both teams, integrated nicely in the fabric. Like our two peoples in the fabric of society, it seemed to say. And when Mesut Ozil, the star of the German side, scored against the land of his parents, he seemed almost embarrassed.It is characteristic of the tact with which Germans - for so he is - treat matters of "race", for want of a better word.For very obvious reasons, it's not been an area where they want to go. The ghosts of the past have been too frightening.Or so it was until recently. In the space of a few months, there have been outpourings of strong anti-immigrant feeling from mainstream politicians.Suddenly, it is back on the agenda and back on the front pages, particularly of the mass-market Bild newspaper.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:JIDF.Are you interested in Israel? Jewish Issues? Writing? Art? Video Production?We're looking for fresh, original, high-quality content for our site. What do we offer in return? Everything posted on our site is automatically distributed to over 270,000 people in our network through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email, etc. Your name or work will get out there, in a big way.Contact us to discuss this opportunity further or to go ahead and send your submissions for consideration!Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:WeaselZippers.Anti-Obama Billboard Raises Eyebrows.A Grand Junction billboard depicting President Barack Obama as a terrorist, a gangster, a Mexican bandit and a gay man is getting national attention.The billboard, erected along the I-70 Business Loop between 28 1/2 and 29 roads sometime Monday, depicts the four “Obamas” sitting around a table with playing cards showing only sixes bunched in groups of three. Also on the table is a copy of the Declaration of Independence, a liberty bell, a toy soldier and a statue of Justice holding a balance.Beneath the Obama caricatures are numerous rats, some of which are labeled as the IRS, trial lawyers, the EPA and the Fed. Sitting above all that is a line, “Vote DemocRAT. Join the game,” which is positioned between two vultures, one of which is labeled the U.N. and the other with the name Soros, a reference to George Soros, a major national Democratic financial supporter.Stories about the billboard have been picked up by several right-leaning blogs and the conservative magazine National Review.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • Officials Announce Plan to Relocate Ahmadiyah Families to a Deserted Island.A district head in West Nusa Tenggara announced plan to relocate 20 Ahmadiyah families to a deserted island, a move many say is both discriminatory and inhumane.“We are trying to protect Ahmadiyah members,” Zaini Arony, district head of West Lombok, said on Monday, as quoted by Antara.Zaini said he had discussed the matter with religious figures and members of society, adding that it had been agreed that Ahmadiyah members would be relocated to an island in Sekotong subdistrict.He claimed the local government feared a repeat of an incident in February 2006 when thousands of mainstream Muslims burned homes belonging to Ahmadiyah members in the district.Many mainstream Muslims do not consider Ahmadis to be Muslims, citing in particular the Ahmadiyya viewpoint on the death and return of Jesus (see Jesus in Islam)The physical coming of Jesus (an old Israelite prophet) would disqualify Muhammad as the final prophet.The Ahmadiyya concept of Jihad as peaceful and the community’s view of the finality of prophethood with particular reference to the interpretation of Qur'an 33:40. Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Video:Sepulveda: 'We are miners, we are strong people'.The first of the 33 miners trapped underground for more than two months have been brought to the surface.An electrical specialist, Mario Sepulveda - who has acted as a spokesman for the miners - was the second to emerge.After medical checks he gave a brief news conference, surrounded by members of his family, saying how happy he was to be alive.See the full story here More on this story here for comments.

  • HT:LogisticsMonster.The People Promoting Seizure Of Your 401(k).This is one great posting a must read for anyone interested in his 401(k)!Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:EmergingCorruption.Obama’s Healthcare Rules Will Shut Down Catholic Hospitals Nationwide.Some of Obamacare’s most destructive forces are quickly becoming common knowledge. We have, for instance, become painfully aware that Obama’s claim that we all could keep our plans and doctors “if you like them” is an outright falsehood as some people are already losing their coverage. It is also becoming clear that companies will be dropping plans all over the place making a lie of the idea that plans will be cheaper and easier to get once Obamacre comes into force. Another aspect of the destructive nature of this top down-style of “healthcare” is that once government takes over the system Democrats will assume they have the power to force religious-based healthcare providers to perform abortions and this will cause thousands of facilities to close down. This will, of course, make care even harder to get in many cities across the nation as hospital beds are lost in great numbers.In fact, we are already seeing this disastrous situation of closing hospitals playing out in Scranton, Pennsylvania where three Catholic-operated hospitals are likely going to be shut down and/or sold off because of the negative affects Obamacare will have on these facilities.Kevin Cook, the CEO of Mercy Health Partners, the company that operates these three hospitals, told WNEP TV News that Obamacare “absolutely” playing a role in the decision to sell off the facilities.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Ahmadinejad boosts Hezbollah with Lebanon visit.Thousands greet Iranian president with balloons, flags, pictures of relatives killed in Second Lebanon War. 'We're in the same boat when it comes to the fight against Israel,' woman says. MK Eldad: IDF should take him out. Thousands of Lebanese - mostly Hezbollah backers - are lining the main highway into the capital from Beirut's airport, where Ahmadinejad arrived Wednesday. Loudspeakers blasted the Lebanese and Iranian anthems, as well as a song welcoming Ahmadinejad to the "land of glory," as women sold Hezbollah flags and balloons to onlookers.Knesset Member Arieh Eldad (National Union) said, "History would have been different if in 1939 some Jewish soldier would have succeeded in taking Hitler out. If Ahmadinejad will be in the crosshairs of an IDF rifle when he comes to throw rocks at us, he must not return home alive."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Appeal to Medvedev against mosque.Moscow residents against the construction of a new place of worship for Muslims are turning to the Russian president: "We do not want the conflict to be transformed into religious confrontation." The authors of the appeal, t residents of Tekstilschiki neighborhood - where a mosque and a Koranic school are set to be built - explain that they have no political aims, but only the desire to prevent "a social conflict from turning into a religious clash”.The tension between the Orthodox and Muslim communities is now in danger rising. On 11 October, on the website of the Council of muftis warned of future protests of Muslims in Moscow. For now the situation is under control, but the alert remains high.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BloggerBase.Geert Wilders on Trial: Testimony of Wafa Sultan.I doubt that the judge was comfortable reading that content, but he made an obvious effort to avoid displaying his disgust. His relief is obvious when he finishes reading the testimony. The defendant and his lawyer were obviously struggling to maintain decorum. A few audience members in the gallery were not so successful in maintaining a straight face. A good view of the prosecution side might have been priceless.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.Egyptian Screenwriter Wahid Hamed Attacks the Muslim Brotherhood: They Are Taking Society Backward with "Notions Stemming from a Desert Mindset".See the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Newzeal.Obama File 111 Degrees of Separation - Obama, Socialist Scholars and the East German Spy.Stanley Kurtz's new book "Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism", finally proves that Barack Obama attended the Democratic Socialists of America - run Socialist Scholars Conferences in 1983 and 1984.He also reveals how some of the marxists participating in those conferences would influence Obama's career in later years.In this post I look at the 10th annual Socialist Scholars Conference held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in April 1992.Kurt Stand was a Washington DC based labor activist. Barack Obama was an obscure Chicago "community organizer" and local politician. How did he know of Obama's past? What was the connection?Two men once moved in the same circles. One is an now incarcerated traitor, the other is President of the United States of America.Do they still share the same goals?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BloggerBase.Iran, Armageddon: Dear Sarah Palin.What is it about Armageddon that people don't understand? Perhaps a lot. Former VP Candidate: Nuclear Iran Could Lead to 'Armageddon' by Maayana Miskin, quotes Sarah Palin,"We have to realize that at the end of the day, a nuclear weapon in that country's hands is not just Israel's problem or America's problem, it is the world's problem. It could lead to an Armageddon. It could lead to that World War III that could decimate so much of this planet."Dear Sarah! 'Armageddon' is in the Bible and has a context. It is at the end of the Bible, so it is possible many may give up reading the book before the end, but, in context Armageddon is not something that a Christian may view as an event that is possible to be avoided. In the text there is no choice in the matter.Dear Sarah Palin America, Britain and allies have pushed from the South, in the Gulf and in Iraq, just as Daniel prophesied in a parallel prophecy of the time of the end. Then it says the king of the North shall come down. Ezekiel says that with him will be Persia. It is too late, America already has begun the move that will lead to world war and the battle at the place with the Hebrew name armageddon. America, began it. America has shown the king of the North the way. Now regarding Iran, who's going to stop the Pope, Europe and Russia talking about Liberty, Equality and Fraternity in relationship to Iran now?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Policeman possibly linked to Falcon Lake case beheaded.The severed head of a Mexican police commander investigating the fatal shooting of U.S. citizen David Michael Hartley on Falcon Lake was delivered Tuesday to Mexican military in a suitcase, authorities said.The commander, identified as Rolando Flores Villegas, was one of the investigators that family members met during a meeting last week at an international bridge near Roma, said Cynthia Young, the mother of Hartley's widow, Tiffany.Officials said the head was delivered in the vicinity of Miguel Alemán, Mexico, across the border from Roma, Texas.The area is known to be under control of the Zeta drug cartel, which fiercely protects the sparsely populated ranchland lining the border, as well as the Mexican side of the vast Falcon Lake reservoir.Young said the family felt the cartels were trying to scare search teams away."I just think they're trying to send a statement that they don't want us there," she said. "We haven't really processed what it means."We really want to express our condolences and our sympathy to his family," she said. "It's just sad that this is an everyday occurrence."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Obama provides loans to foreign countries for off shore drilling.You read that headline correctly. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is financing oil exploration off Brazil.The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil's Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan. The U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a "preliminary commitment" letter to Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion and has discussed with Brazil the possibility of increasing that amount.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • The ACLU of Florida has a downloadable "Know Your Rights" handbook geared toward students, however is good for anyone. Source.Click here for comments.

  • Boy of three who weighs 10 STONE is banned from nursery for being a 'health hazard'.This Chinese boy tips the scales at a massive ten stone - five times the average weight of the three-year-olds in his class.Such is the concern over his size that Xiao Hao was banned from several pre-schools because staff believed his size posed a risk to classmates.He has now found a nursery in Guangzhou, southern China, which is happy to accommodate him but his mother Xiao Lin has asked doctors to help him lose weight.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                      Afternoon Posting.

  • Kazakh prisoners self-mutilate as a form of protest.Kazakh authorities are indifferent to inhuman conditions in prisons and widespread torture by guards. For European observers, gross violations of basic human rights are commonplace. The UN rapporteur found the same thing last year.More than 100 Kazakh inmates have inflicted wounds on their own bodies, sending pictures to media via mobile phones to protest against the inhuman treatment they receive in prison, this according to Tanja Niemeier, a member of a delegation led by European MO Joe Higgins that met some former prisoners in September. Sadly, self-mutilation “is the only way they have of protesting at the desperate conditions they face,” she told the Inter Press Service agency.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Video : Chile Miners Rescue LIVE !

  • Synod: difficult, but essential, dialogue for peaceful coexistence with Islam.The first interventions by Middle Eastern bishops highlight the need for dialogue with Muslims, the urgency of civil rights, including freedom of religion, the duty of the communion between the Christian Churches, and in first place among Catholics, the importance of formation.Archbishop Louis Sako, archbishop of Kirkuk, Iraq, stressed the need for a serious commitment to dialogue with Muslims. "Without dialogue with them there will no be peace or stability.We want to live in peace and liberty instead of just surviving". Likening coexistence between Christians and Muslims to a "glass half full"As for the Muslims, the majority, "they must give a place to their Christian fellow citizens. Not just a presence in society, but in the building of society and also of its leadership.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • UPDATE 1-Microsoft issues its biggest-ever security fix.Microsoft addresses record 49 flaws in its software.* Affects Windows, Internet Explorer, Office.* Fixes vulnerability exploited by Stuxnet virus (Adds details on Stuxnet virus, comments from researcher).Microsoft said four of the new patches -- software updates that write over glitches -- were of the highest priority and should be deployed immediately to protect users from potential criminal attacks on the Windows operating systems.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Germany seeks release of 'journalists' held in Iran.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her government wants to secure the release of two foreigners arrested in Iran - believed to be German reporters.Iran said on Monday it had held two "foreign nationals" who it said were activists posing as reporters.The pair had been interviewing the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 43, who has been sentenced to death by stoning.It is thought Ms Ashtiani's son Sajjad and her lawyer may also have been arrested."They were arrested because they had a link to a foreign anti-revolution network and their case is under review," said Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, adding the two were arrested in the north-western city of Tabriz.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Poll: 76% of American Jews think Arabs want to destroy Israel.51% of U.S. Jews approve of the way Obama is handling his job - a 6% drop since March; 95% think that the Palestinians should recognize Israel as a Jewish state in any peace settlement.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Iran State Television: Where Beer Becomes Lemonade.Hmmm....i heard of something of the kind but it was water and wine.Iranian state television has aired Michael Moore’s documentary “Capitalism: A Love Story,” with Iranian media reporting that some of the dialogue and narration in the documentary was changed.The website Kalame quotes the Iranian daily ”Tehran Emrooz” as reporting that Moore said things in the version of the documentary aired on state television that the real Michael Moore “would never have thought of."I didn’t know how, by writing about dogs, that I had disrupted public opinion. The headline of my story said: "Four Dogs Worth $600,000 To Protect Ahmadinejad," and they would say that that was insulting Ahmadinejad’s security team.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Canada drops UN council bid; Germany, India win ,Portugal wins in uncontested third round of voting; Germany, India, South Africa, Colombia win council seats.Canada withdrew on Tuesday from the race for a seat on the prestigious UN Security Council, conceding victory to Portugal in the annual election in the General Assembly.Earlier on Tuesday, the 192-nation assembly elected Germany, India, South Africa and Colombia to two-year seats on the UN Security Council, while Canada and Portugal moved on to a second round of voting.After the votes for Canada dropped from 114 in the first round of secret ballots to 78 in the second round, Canadian UN Ambassador John McNee announced that his country would withdraw, enabling Portugal to win in an uncontested third round.Canada may send it's sons to die on the Battlefield but can't get a seat on the UN council?Revenge for not giving a certain country landing rights?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:TheNewEnglishReview.Ayaan Hirsi Ali On The Trial Of Geert Wilders.Imagine if a leader within the tea party movement were able to persuade its members to establish a third political party. Imagine he succeeded—overwhelmingly—and that as their leader he stood a real chance of winning the presidency. Then imagine that in anticipation of his electoral victory, the Democrats and Republicans quickly modified an existing antidiscrimination law so that he could be convicted for statements he made on the campaign trail.All of this seems impossible in a 21st-century liberal democracy. But it is exactly what is happening in Holland to Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders.The implications of this trial are enormous. In the short term, it could bring the simmering tensions between Holland's approximately one million Muslims and the 1.4 million voters who elected Mr. Wilders to a boil. The Netherlands has seen its share of Islamist violence before and could well see violent confrontations again.On a more fundamental level, this trial—even if Mr. Wilders wins—could silence the brave critics of radical Islam. The West is in a war of ideas against political Islam. If free speech is not protected in Europe, we're already losing.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Iran, Pakistan Among Worst In Gender Equality Report.The Global Gender Gap Report for 2010 examines the status of women under four broad headings. They are: economic opportunity, educational attainment, political empowerment, and health and survival.By this rubric, the Nordic countries have the fewest inequalities for their female citizens. Iceland tops the whole survey, followed by Norway, Finland and Sweden.By the same measures, two countries which are doing notably badly are Iran and Pakistan. Iran occupies 123rd place, only 11 spots from the bottom of the list.Pakistan shows a broadly similar picture. It occupies 132rd place on the list -- just two places from the end.Yemen is the lowest-performing country on the index Read the full story here and here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:SheikYermani.Geert Wilders vs the Dutch Inquisition.Find Wilders not guilty of insulting groups, prosecutors tell court.Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders should be found not guilty of insulting Muslims and non-western immigrants as a group, the public prosecution department said at the MP’s trial on Tuesday.By likening the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf, Wilders was focusing on Islam and the Koran, rather than Muslims, even if the statement can be considered upsetting, the public prosecutors said during court hearings in Amsterdam.In addition, there can only be talk of collective insult when a statement damages the entire group, the prosecutors said.AMSTERDAM — Prosecutors say Dutch politician Geert Wilders cannot defend himself on hate speech charges by arguing that remarks he has made critical of Islam are true.They say there is no general agreement about the nature of Islam and his statements are only his opinion….Prosecutor Birgit van Roessel said at the start of her closing arguments Tuesday that the right to freedom of speech has limits, including when it infringes too far on the right of freedom of religion…."There are all kinds of fights over what is a religion and what isn't," said Charles Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center. "Islam is not one of them."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Second court case against Geert Wilders anti-Islam MP.Dutch MP Geert Wilders, who is on trial in Amsterdam for inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims, has been summoned by a court in The Hague as well.Local imam Fawaz Jneid is claiming 55,000 euros in damages from Mr Wilders because footage showing him was used by the MP in an anti-Qur'an propaganda movie. Terrorism Mr Wilders' 2008 film . Dutch law does not allow the use of pictures and film of people without their explicit consent.Hmmm......does Google know this?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Staten Island man Juan Rodriguez may not get 'reward' for streaking in front of President Obama.The Staten Island knucklehead who streaked in front of President Obama in a wacky $1 million dare may be getting a raw deal.British billionaire Alki David was balking Monday at paying Juan Rodriguez, 24, the cash prize for his commando-in-chief stunt Sunday in Philadelphia."It's still not confirmed," David, 42, told the Daily News on Monday. "Whether he was in earshot and eyesight of the President is what's being debated right now."He said it was not clear if Obama even noticed Rodriguez dashing through the massive outdoor crowd in his birthday suit with the name of David's website,, written on his chest.In August, David promised $1 million cash to the first person who streaked in front of Obama with the website printed on his body and while shouting "" six times."Apparently, there is a law in Pennsylvania where someone isn't able to profit from an illegal act," said David, citing another likely obstacle to Rodriguez collecting the jackpot.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:NewsRealBlog.Is Jihad Winning in Holland and America? An Interview with Abigail R. Esman.Holland is on my mind right now, partly because Geert Wilders is, unbelievably, still on trial for the “thought crime” of telling the truth about Islamic jihad but partly because a new study has just been released which shows that half the victims of honor-related violence in Holland (this means Muslim girls and women) who sought shelter through the social service network, Fier Fryslan, were also sexually abused by their own family members. But, I am mainly thinking a lot about Holland because I recently met with and interviewed the most amazing woman, the author, Abigail R. Esman, who has just published a very important book, Radical State: How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy in the West.Esman is American-born, but she has lived in Holland for the last 20 years. She is reluctant to leave—but leave she must, given that Holland has so totally failed to integrate an alarmingly separatist, radicalized, and hostile Muslim population—and given the amount of anti-Semitism that also exists there.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Jewish Center In Central Russia Vandalized Again.Anti-Semitic pictures and slogans have been found on the walls of a building housing the Jewish center in the central Russian city of Barnaul.The incident marked the second time this week that such drawings and slogans had been scrawled on the center's wall.Olga Chesnokova, deputy head of the Russian Investigative Committee's branch in Altai Krai, told RFE/RL that experts will determine whether the stenciled paintings and texts are legally punishable as extremism.Isroel Noah Kamenetsky, the chief rabbi of Altai Krai and Barnaul, attributed an "aggressive attitude" toward the Jewish community to distorted historical facts taught in Russian secondary schools. He said school textbooks frequently depict Jews as being responsible for "major problems."Hmmm....are we 2010 or 1939?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Commonwealth Games terror threat as intelligence chiefs warn of Mumbai style attack ahead of closing ceremony.Indian intelligence warned today of a militant terrorist plot to attack Delhi on Thursday during the build-up to the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.Officials said that new intelligence indicated that the Lashkar e Taiba group which carried out the commando-style attacks in Mumbai in 2008 were targeting attacks in the Indian capital on Thursday as 64,000 travel to the showpiece closure of the Games.The Pakistan-based terror group, which has links to both Al Qaeda and the Taliban, is believed, officials say, to be working with a militant group and in India and already to have some of its operatives in Delhi.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Democrats fear wipeout for women.While conservatives are already celebrating the “Year of the Republican Woman,” thanks to a record number of GOP female candidates for Congress, Democrats fear the opposite trend: the year of the women’s wipeout. Three Democratic women first elected to Congress in 1992 — the original “Year of the Woman” — are at risk. Nearly a quarter of the 56 female Democrats in the House are considered vulnerable, including once rising stars like Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, Betsy Markey of Colorado and Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio.“This should trouble anyone who believes that a Congress should be truly representative of the people it serves,” said Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), who won a special election to replace Labor Secretary Hilda Solis last year and is the first Chinese-American elected to Congress.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • British mother forced to phone husband and beg for life before she and parents were killed in 'arranged marriage row'.A British mother was callously shot dead as she prayed at the graveside of a relative in Pakistan, her brothers said today.Tania Yousaf, 22, was forced by her killers to beg for her life in a phone call to her husband before she was gunned down with her parents Mohammed, 51, and Pervaz, 49, in May.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • The smile that defies the Taliban: Afghan teenager whose mutilated face shocked the world unveils her new image.An Afghan teenager who was horribly mutilated by her husband under Taliban rule was all smiles as she unveiled her new prosthetic nose for the first time.Aisha, 19, shocked the world when she appeared on the cover of Time Magazine to lift the veil on the plight of many women in Afghanistan.Yesterday, she bravely faced the public wearing a prosthetic nose - one that gives her some idea of how she will look after having reconstructive surgery.She went before the TV cameras to receive the Enduring Heart award at a benefit for the Grossman Burn Foundation - the Los Angeles-based organisation that paid for her surgery.She was given the award by California first lady Maria Shriver.Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife told the audience: 'This is the first Enduring Heart award given to a woman whose heart endures and who shows us all what it means to have love and to be the enduring heart.'Aisha, whose surname has not been revealed, replied: 'Thank you so much.The UN estimates that nearly 90 per cent of Afghanistan's women suffer from some sort of domestic abuse. However, the Taliban have released a statement rejecting this.'The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan rejects this fabrication by the Americans, who are publishing these lies to divert attention of the people from their clear and disgraceful defeat,' said a spokesman.'In sacred Islamic law, cutting off human ears and noses whether the human is alive or dead is illegal and prohibited.'Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG) is an anti-Israel, pro-Hamas umbrella organization which participated in the Mavi Marmara flotilla.The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG) is an anti-Israel, pro-Hamas umbrella organization which participated in the Mavi Marmara flotilla. The ECESG is currently involved in organizing an upgraded flotilla, and in other projects to further isolate Israel, part of the campaign to delegitimize it.Read the full Story here.Click here for comments.

  • Parents who fear their children will be at risk of terror attacks on school trips to London to be given 'opt-out' choice.Parents of more than 100,000 pupils will be warned their children are at risk of terrorist attacks if they go on school trips to London.Northamptonshire County Council is issuing an alert to all 349 of its secondary and primary schools.Education bosses have ordered headteachers to inform the council if they are planning any school trips to London.When parents fill in permission forms they will be told of the terror risks and given a chance to withdraw their child.'But I wonder if it might stop some parents letting their kids go. That's when the terrorists have won.'No lady there shouldn't be a danger of terrorist attacks!Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

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