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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • HT:.Jidaily.The Gaza Flotilla: Facts and Official Reactions.
  1. The Gaza flotilla was a well-thought-out provocation against Israel. The flotilla was falsely presented as an enterprise of humanitarian aid to a needy population. If that were indeed the case the organizers would have accepted Israel's offer to dock the flotilla at the port of Ashdod. The main ship, the Turkish Mavi Marmara and two others, transported people only and no aid. Part of the aid, such as camouflage netting, was clearly meant for Hamas's military purposes. Some samples of the aid, such as medicines, were past their sell-by date. One of the undeclared aims of the main organizers was to support the Hamas regime that rules Gaza. In its charter Hamas promotes genocide of Jews.
  2. The main organizers of the Gaza flotilla were the Turkish IHH, a body for which there are strong indications of having terrorist links. There were also others on board with terrorist links. Several of the participants on the Mavi Marmara were prepared for violence with weapons and attacked the Israeli soldiers. The weapons found were far from normal for a ship purporting to be bringing humanitarian aid. Seven of the nine dead had expressed their wish to die as martyrs before they departed on the journey. Negative opinions about Israel were hastily expressed by senior officials of various countries and international bodies. They did not care to wait until a reasonable amount of facts were known. Today if one analyzes their statements one finds many fallacies in them. In view of many other far more violent actions by some Western countries on various occasions, the claims about disproportionality of the Israeli interception of the flotilla convey double standards.
  3. The German response to the flotilla affair merits special investigation. On 2 July the German parliament issued a unanimous resolution with an anti-Israeli bias. Never in its history has the Bundestag issued a resolution against any rogue state. The Jewish Central Council in Germany adopted a statement saying that the Parliament's resolution was based on incomplete information and a mixture of half-truths and prejudices.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.
  • Islamic fundamentalism rising in Egypt, government suspends 12 TV channels.The decision is taken because channels were broadcasting shows that incited religious hatred, including murder. Pro-Coptic associations complain about an atmosphere of growing intolerance.In another recent incident, an Islamic book publisher printed a "forged Bible" that the Coptic Church said amounted to blasphemy and religious intolerance.The owner of the Islamic Enlightenment Publishing House, Abuislam Abdullah, wrote in the introduction of the publication that the goal of printing the text was to “prove” there are multiple versions of the Bible and that Christians had “forged theirs.”Hmmm...just try to imagine the reaction if Christians would forge a Koran?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Outrage after video shows Indonesia 'torture'. Security forces allegedly shown burning genitals of Papuan activist later found dead.JAKARTA, Indonesia — A grisly video purporting to show Indonesian security forces torturing suspected separatists in Papua province — burning the genitals of one and running a knife across the neck of another — sparked public outcry Tuesday after being circulated on the Internet.For many in the young democracy, the images were a reminder of the dark days of former dictator Suharto, who often used the military and police to stifle dissent, especially in far-flung regions with aspirations of independence.Stories about the video made headlines in local newspapers Tuesday and expressions of anger filled commentary pages."It was shocking, every scene was barbaric," said Haris Azhar of the human rights group, Kontras, "The government has to find out who is behind such violence in Papua and bring them to court.""It probably happened in a different era and someone leaked it to make us look bad," said Lt. Col. Susilo, a provincial military spokesman, adding that an investigation will determine if the men, who were dressed in plain clothes, were soldiers or police."I promise you, if it does turn out these abuses were carried out recently, we'll find out who was responsible and we'll come down hard."Hmm...on the person who leaked the vid?Anyway great country to spend your youth?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Saudi prince grandson of Saudi Arabia's king Abdullah jailed for life for murder of servant.A Saudi prince has been jailed for life for murdering his servant at a hotel in central London.The Old Bailey was told the assault by Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud had a "sexual element" and he had attacked Mr Abdulaziz many times before.Al Saud, 34, who had admitted manslaughter but denied murder, was given a minimum jail term of 20 years.The prince initially wrongly believed he had diplomatic immunity and his royal status would save him.But he stood with his arms folded and showed no emotion as the judge told him he must serve 19 years, having already spent one on remand.Mr Justice Bean added: "No-one in this country is above the law."If the prince ever returns to Saudi Arabia he faces the possibility of execution, because being gay is a capital offence in that country.He could seek asylum in Britain after his eventual release.Hmmmm....another potential Bin Laden is just born?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Iranian Protestant pastor, held in prison for months, risks death penalty for apostasy.The pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was charged with "apostasy" last month from the 11th Chamber of the Assizes Court of the province of Gilan, northern Iran. His lawyer is going to appeal after finding "serious procedural errors." Nadarkhani was arrested for having questioned Islamic education in schools. "We are a Christian family – he is reported to have said - I want my children to receive a Christian religious education, not Islamic. ""Elam Ministries" a Protestant group specializing in mission to Muslims says it is aware of the case of a young Iranian convert killed a few weeks ago by a relative because of his conversion, leaving a wife and two children.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.OMG! Israel and the 'Palestinians' have reached an agreement!Israel and the 'Palestinians' have finally reached an agreement. The agreement was reached through American intervention. What's it about? Borders? No. 'Refugees'? No. Jerusalem? No. Security? No.Are you ready for this? Israel and the 'Palestinians' have reached an agreement not to embarrass President Obama between now and the midterm elections.Read the full scandal story here.Click here for comments.

  • Following in Clinton’s footsteps, Obama to leave town after election.President Obama is giving Republicans a 10-day window to set the agenda for a lame-duck session and the new legislative year by leaving the country right after the midterm elections.The timing of the president’s trip to Asia is worrying some Democrats, who believe it could cede further momentum to a resurgent Republican Party that might win a House majority on Nov. 2. Myers said that while the Washington echo chamber is filled with media and pundit speculation about the meaning of the election results, Obama will at least have the comfort of distance as he waits for the dust to settle. “It's not a very productive time to be in Washington,” Myers said. “There's not much you can do.”Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Canada denies arrest of Mabhouh hit suspect.Senior official in Ottawa calls Dubai police chief's claim that one of top Hamas operative's assassins was detained 'baseless'.Two senior sources at the Canadian Embassy in the UAE told The Globe they did not inform the Dubai police chief about any arrest. “We are trying to verify this information with our colleagues in Ottawa,” one of them told the newspaper. “Tamim said we gave this info to the Dubai police, and we didn’t.”Hmmmm.....perhaps it was a Djinnn and he flew away?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • German Prosecutors File Terrorism Charges Against 8 For Allegedly Spreading Propaganda.BERLIN (AP) - German federal prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged eight people with supporting al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations by allegedly spreading propaganda on the Internet.The suspects, aged between 17 and 30, were members of the German section of the Global Islamic Media Front, the federal prosecutors said. The charges were filed in a Munich court on Sept. 22. There was no immediate word on when a trial might open.Authorities say the group used blogs and Internet forums to spread propaganda, some of which was aimed at securing new members or supporters for al-Qaida. The alleged offenses were committed between August 2006 and March 2008.Hmmm....perhaps it will "Inspire" their American counterparts to act?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:DanielGreenfield..The Obama Administration's Palestinian Civil War .There is no debate within the Obama Administration on whether to support Israel or not, mainly because there is no one within there who supports Israel. The only debate is which Anti-Israel terrorist group to support, Fatah or Hamas. That is because the civil war between Palestinian Arab terrorist groups, Fatah and Hamas, isn't just taking place in Gaza and the West Bank, but also within the foreign policy establishment. Unlike the actual civil war, no one is being thrown off buildings or shot in the head, rather there are position papers and fierce behind the scenes debates.The split falls roughly between along ideological lines between the Clinton Administration veterans and some of Obama's new radicals. Between liberals and the hard left.Unlike his two predecessors, Barack Hussein Obama does not merely sympathize with Palestinian Muslim terrorists for political reasons, or seek to empower them for geopolitical ones. Instead he positively despises Israel, as another Western colonialist entity run by white men which needs to be destroyed for the greater glory of the Third World. He is not alone in this view, yet his administration's foreign policy has fallen into the hands of more moderate voices, some like Hillary Clinton, may hate Israel nearly as much, but are more pragmatic in regard to policy matters. Which is why the more pragmatic Fayyadists won out over the radical Hudnaists.For the Hudnaists, the only mandate is to empower terrorists. Israel's interests don't enter into the picture. The Hudnaists will mumble something about temporary truces leading to long term solutions, but it's nonsense and they know it. Hamas will never agree to accept Israel. The attempt to find "moderate" Hamas leaders was a farce. All the Hudnaists can really do is talk up Hamas' honesty, reliability and popularity. But their crush on Islamist terror aside, they have nothing to offer but a straight line to destruction of Israel, and its neighbors, and their transformation into a Sunni Iran. Which is apropos enough, as their mentors oversaw the transformation of Persia into the Islamic Republic of Iran.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:TheBlaze.Obama Continues to Omit ‘Creator’ From Declaration of Independence.During a speech Monday, President Barack Obama once again omitted the Declaration of Independence‘s mention of man’s “Creator” as the source of his “unalienable rights.” While delivering remarks at a dinner fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in Rockville, Md., President Obama spoke about what he called the “essence” of the upcoming midterm election.This isn’t the first time the president has selectively edited the Declaration in not acknowledging the role of God in bestowing these rights upon man.Hmmm....any psychiatrists willing to give his medical opinion?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • ‘South Park’ draws ire by putting Turkish flag on al-Qaeda planes.A recent episode of famous American animated TV show “South Park” featured an image of terrorist attacks being carried out by al-Qaeda aircraft bearing Turkish flags, drawing complaints from Turks for an apparent attempt to link the terrorist group and Turkey.After receiving many complaints about the image, the organization recently announced that they “did not mean to single out Turkey and therefore, the cover will be altered to include the flags of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Sudan and Syria.”Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:WeaselZippers.Cincinnati High School Takes Students During School Hours to Vote For Dem Candidates Only, Then Rewards Them With Ice Cream.Three van loads of Hughes High students were taken last week – during school hours – to vote and given sample ballots only for Democratic candidates and then taken for ice cream, a Monday lawsuit alleges.The complaint was made by Thomas Brinkman Jr., a Republican candidate for Hamilton County auditor, and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending & Taxes against Cincinnati Public Schools.“They plan to bring four more high schools (to vote) this week,” Christopher Finney, COAST attorney, said Monday after filing the suit.Read the full scam story here.Click here for comments.

  • Abuse Of Temporary Marriages Flourishes In Iraq.The practice of temporary marriage has long been common in Shiite Muslim communities, especially in Iran. The idea is that rather than having an affair, a man who wants to be sexually involved with a woman should marry her — for a few months, or even, hours — so the relationship will be legitimate.In Iraq, the practice was banned under Saddam Hussein but then flourished after the American invasion. Now, though, some men are using the system to take advantage of poor women, and many of Iraq's Shiites say the very religious institutions that sanction such marriages are to blame.One mother of three, who is so ashamed about what happened to her she doesn't want to give her name, says her husband abandoned her when she found out he preferred men. She had no way to support the family.A religious figure in her neighborhood promised to help. He brought her to his home, locked the door and had sex with her. He offered her $15.For the man at least, it was a brief moment of muta'a, the Arabic word for pleasure — and the Arabic word for temporary marriage.The woman says the man who had sex with her worked with leading Shiite religious clerics in the Iraqi city of Najaf. It's one of the most revered places in Shiite Islam.Shammari says he has temporarily married at least five women, while traveling. Each time, he says, he paid them. He made sure they used birth control. He kept his agreement to be married for only a month. And he didn't do anything to sully their reputations afterward.This, he says, is the right way to do muta'a marriage.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Awda: Turkey’s foreign policy worries Mideast regimes.Jihad Awda, professor of political science at Helwan University and a leading politician in Egypt’s National Democratic Party, has said the “confusing” strategies pursued by Turkey in foreign policy have caused concern in the Middle East.“The foreign minister of Turkey delivers nice messages when speaking. He is a very smart man. But this is not what we [in the Middle East] want. It does not solve problems. The matter is not the foreign policy followed by Turkey. The matter is the confusion over what Turkey wants to do strategically,” the professor stated.According to Awda, Turkey has not effectively communicated with other countries in the region about its “initiatives.” Turkey has announced a number of initiatives recently that are intended to settle years-long problems and improve relations with neighboring countries. “Countries in the region are not disturbed by Turkey’s initiatives. The problems stem from Turkey. Turkey cannot explain its intentions well. What is Turkey’s real agenda?It has a foreign policy that is full of contradictions.Turkey pursues different policies that truly contradict one another. For example, while trying to become an economically strong power, Turkey maintains its military strength. Nationalism and Islam are also on the rise,” he noted.There is no cooperation between Turkey and secular Egyptian organizations. Turkey only works with Muslims in Egypt,” he stated.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Turkish transgender rights activists face trial.International rights groups on Monday urged Turkey to drop criminal charges against five transgender rights activists and requested that authorities investigate the police’s involvement and actions in the case.Police stopped the five activists in May, accused them of being prostitutes and then proceeded to beat them, according to the Ankara-based transgender rights group, Pembe Hayat, or Pink Life. The five will be put on trial on Oct. 21 on charges of resisting police and face a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Five international human rights and gay rights organizations, including the New York-based Human Rights Watch, said in a joint letter to Turkey’s Interior and Justice ministers that it is the police officers who should be held accountable. The police have refused to comment on the case.Human rights advocates say gays and lesbians suffer frequent discrimination and abuse despite human rights reforms enacted in line with Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Report: Prime Minster Binyamin agrees to free Barghouti for Schalit.Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar says the organization is "ready to return to talks with Israel on prisoner exchange deal." Saudi newspaper al-Madina on Tuesday reported that Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to release senior Fatah man Marwan Barghouti as part of a deal for the release of captive soldier Gilad Schalit.The report said the German mediator told Hamas that Israel was willing to include Barghouti in the deal, but would not add the remaining names on Hamas' list.Netanyahu on Sunday said that the government is "constantly working in various ways to try and bring Gilad home," going on to say that its primary method was through the "German-mediated negotiations that were renewed a few weeks ago."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Monsters&Critics.UN's Ban Ki Moon warns Europe against "dangerous" anti-Muslim trend.Strasbourg - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon warned on Tuesday against a 'dangerous trend' of intolerance targeting Muslim immigrants in Europe, in a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.'A dangerous trend is emerging, a new politics of polarization. Some play on people's fears,' Ban said, adding, 'They accuse immigrants of violating European values.''Yet too often it is the accusers who subvert these values and thus the very idea of what it means to be a citizen of the European Union,' he continued.Is he talking about "Integration"?Ban himself is not a member of any church or religious group and has declined to expound his beliefs: "Now, as Secretary-General, it will not be appropriate at this time to talk about my own belief in any particular religion or God.In his European Parliament address, Ban called upon the EU to 'demonstrate leadership,' not just with regard to immigration but also in tackling extreme poverty, climate change challenges and promoting a world free of nuclear i hear a move against Israel's nukes?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:TheEndoftheAmericanDream.Mortgage Investors To Bank Of America: We’re Pissed And We Want Our 47 Billion Dollars Back.Everyone knew that the foreclosure fraud crisis was going to spawn a festival of lawsuits, and now it looks like it is already beginning. The New York Federal Reserve Bank is part of a consortium of eight large institutional investment firms that has launched an effort to force Bank of America to repurchase $47 billion worth of mortgages packaged into bonds by its Countrywide Financial unit. It turns out that most mortgage bond contracts explicitly require the repurchase of loans when the quality of the loans falls short of promises made by the sellers. As most of us know by now, many of these mortgages that were packaged together into "AAA rated" securities were actually a bunch of junk. But this is just the beginning. Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Canada:Getting ahead of prison radicalization.Putting terrorists and terrorist plotters in jail is a good idea. But you cannot just ignore them once they’re behind bars or they might start recruiting among their fellow prisoners and we’ll end up releasing three violent radicals for every one we imprison.So far, in Canada, it’s just a threat. But European countries have a very real problem, especially with Islamist radicals spreading militant, politically violent interpretations of their religion among the general prison population, and it’s a growing issue in the United States. We cannot afford to be complacent.More Canadians have been imprisoned on terrorism-related crimes in the past 18 months than used to face such charges over decades. Since October, 2008, 14 Canadians have been found guilty of terror-related acts. Some, like Momin Khawaja, Said Namouh, and Zakaria Amara are likely to spend decades behind bars. If, during that time, they convince even one other inmate to adopt their violent ideology, would their original convictions still be touted as a resounding counterterrorism success? To ensure that getting one terrorist off Canada’s streets does not inadvertently breed two others, we need a counterterrorism strategy that includes our prison policy.Ensuring Canadian prisons are institutions of rehabilitation and not radicalization is neither easy nor simple. But it won’t get easier if we ignore the problem until it becomes a serious national security concern.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • French Protesters Block Airport as Fuel Crisis Continues.PARIS — Faced with widespread protests over his plans to reform the pension system, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday that he had ordered the authorities to end blockades of fuel depots that have left a third of the country’s gas stations dry .In a statement, he also insisted that weeks of strikes and demonstrations would not deter him from pursuing “to its term” his contentious plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. Mr. Sarkozy seemed to be hardening the government’s resolve to hold to its program of reforming the indebted pension system despite the continuing job actions by workers at refineries and railways and in other key sectors. A final parliamentary vote on the plan may not come until early next week. On Wednesday, he spoke as protests broke out anew with demonstrators blocking road tunnels in Marseille and airports in Toulouse and Clermont-Ferrand amid continuing efforts by strikers to blockade fuel depots.Earlier, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said that three depots in western France had been forced open overnight “without incident.” At one depot, though, protesters regrouped and closed access roads to it, news reports said.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • A Question of Appearances: Obama Will Bypass Sikh Temple on Visit to India.NEW DELHI — The Golden Temple, a sprawling and serene complex of gleaming gold and polished marble that is the spiritual center of the Sikh religion, is one of India’s most popular tourist attractions. Revered by Indians of all faiths, it is a cherished emblem of India’s religious diversity. So it was no surprise when the gold-plated marvel was promoted as the likely third stop on President Obama’s visit to India, scheduled for early November.But the United States has ruled out a Golden Temple visit, according to an American official involved in planning. Temple officials said that American advance teams had gone to Amritsar, the holy city that is the site of the temple, to discuss a possible visit. But the plan appears to have foundered on the thorny question of how Mr. Obama would cover his head, as Sikh tradition requires, while visiting the temple.H. S. Phoolka, a prominent Sikh lawyer in New Delhi, said he was disappointed that Mr. Obama would not visit the temple.“We have worked so hard to establish in America that Sikhs have a very different identity than Muslims,” Mr. Phoolka said. “It is very unfortunate that even the White House is conveying the message that there is no difference between Muslims and Sikhs.”Hmmm....what would be the odds of him visiting a Mosque during such a visit....?Read the full story here.More here.Click here for comments.

  • Prof. Chesler: Anti-Semitism Cannot be Equated with Islamophobia.Even as Chancellor Angela Merkel pronounces the failure of “multiculturalism” in Germany, the English-language German newspaper reporter, Marc Young, writing for the English-language German news at The Local, proclaims that “bigotry towards Muslims is the new anti-Semitism.”As the author of a book with the title The New Anti-Semitism (with an edition in German), allow me to remind Mr. Young that one of the things that is “new” about this most ancient of hatreds is that it is pandemic in the Islamic world and in Muslim communities in the West and that the multicultural relativists in the world’s universities, media, and political leadership, are collaborating with it in the name of “political correctness.”Thus, what both Young and those who run the state-subsidized Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at the University of Berlin have learned from the Nazi Holocaust is that Europeans should not discriminate against Muslims as they once did against Jews.German scholar Clemens Heni strongly disagrees:“There is no other prejudice or form of racism which you can compare to this centuries-long hatred (anti-Semitism) which has no real justification. If you look at Islam today, there is a point to Islamophobia because Jihadists say, ‘We want to kill the unbelievers.’ Jews never said that. Because as a German I have a responsibility to deal with my own history, and if I see that other Germans want to downplay anti-Semitism and to minimize the threat of Islamic jihad and other forms of anti-Zionism—I think there is something deeply wrong, they didn’t learn the lesson from the Holocaust, they are even downplaying the Holocaust itself.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.New Trend in Al-Qaeda's Recruitment Efforts: American Muslims Should Carry the Burden of Jihad in U.S.Source.

  • HT:Memri.Ali-Akbar Salehi, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization: In the Past, We Acquired Centrifuges on the Black Market.Read and see the whole story here.Click here for comments.

  • Holocaust monument desecrated in Yerevan.The monument to Holocaust victims was desecrated in Yerevan on the night of October 20.“The frontside of the monument was coated with brown paint; on the backside “Death to Jews” was inscribed,” chairperson of the Jewish community of Armenia Rimma Varzhapetyan said.“It was an act of barbarism but we do not rate this as anti-Semitism. It’s a personal matter but not Armenia’s policy,” Mrs. Varzhapetyan said, adding that the monument should never be left unattended.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memorandum.'Don’t tread on me’: At least one Tea Partier denied the right to vote in Texas.A Texas woman was denied the right to vote on Monday because she was wearing a button bearing a Gadsden flag — the rattlesnake under the words “Don’t Tread on Me” that has become the unofficial image of the Tea Party.Katrina Pierson, who sits on the steering committee of the Dallas Tea Party and is also involved with the Garland Tea Party, told The Daily Caller that “around 11 o’clock yesterday,” a Garland Tea Party member, reported that she was told by an election official that she could not vote unless she removed her button. A second election official, Pierson said, did not recognize the button and did not understand why the other official was not permitting the woman to vote.Pierson said that she had heard of a similar incident in Waco, Texas, where a voter was not permitted to vote while wearing a Waco Tea Party T-shirt.Election officials, apparently, were concerned that sporting such symbols constituted electioneering, which the Texas election code specifically prohibits within “within one hundred feet” of the polls.Hmmm......does this include the First Lady?“They’re Tea Party members, and we stand for constitutional rights, and the first amendment being a very important one. If being an American citizen disqualifies you from voting, then we have a bigger problem than we thought.”Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • New Survey Indicates Large Oil Field Buried Under Negev Sand.A new preliminary geological survey indicates 26 million barrels of recoverable oil—worth $2 billion—may be sitting underneath the sandy soil in the area of two kibbutzim in the Western Negev, near Gaza.The announcement of the possible new field comes one day after Israel entered a new era with the beginning of drilling of the huge Leviathan natural gas and oil field off the northern Mediterranean Coast.Drilling and exploration over the next five months will cost $150 million, according to Delek Energy, the parent of Delek Drilling and partner Avner Oil. American-based Noble is also part of the consortium. “The drilling is intended to examine the potential of the Levantine basin,” according to Delek chief executive officer Gideon Tadmor, chief executive officer. “If this drilling project turns out to be a success, it will significantly strengthen Israel’s energy independence.”Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IslaminEurope.Norway: No Saudi mosques, as long as there's no freedom of religion in Saudi-Arabia!The Saudi Arabian government and wealthy Saudi individuals want to build mosques in Norway for tens of millions. They are legally entitled to do so, according to Norwegian law for financially supporting religious communities, but the large sum means that the government will have to approve the financial support.The foreign office is not only refusing to approve the funding. In a response to the Tawfiiq Islamic Center, the ministry wrote that it would be 'a paradox and unnatural to approve funding from sources in a country which is not open to religious freedom."The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre told VG: "We could have just said no, in principal the ministry doesn't approve such things. But when we were first asked, we used the opportunity to add that an approval would be paradoxical as long as it's a crime to establish a Christian community in Saudi Arabia."State Secretary Espen Barth Eide is visiting Saudi-Arabia today and will take up the issue."I see that many of my European colleagues have the same problem, and Norway will take up the issue in the Council of Europe," says Støre.YES!YES!Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Video: New trends in Arab - Muslim anti-Semitism: Abandoning Holocaust denial.The video is part of a longer lecture given by Yigal Carmon, the director of MEMRI, at a session of the UN 'Human Rights Council' at the end of September.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • IDF to block Facebook, Gmail to prevent 'gifts for Hamas'.List of popular websites to be blocked on army bases, offices, to avoid inadvertent leaks of classified information.The Israel Defense Forces plans to block several prominent websites, among them social networks Facebook and Twitter, as well as email sites like Gmail – a military intelligence official told Channel 2 on Tuesday.The head of the intelligence corps information security Gadi Abadi said that the sites would blocked on computers that have internet connections on army bases and offices where classified materials are kept.Hmmm.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.Has America Outgrown the Rule of Law?Just what is it about the water in Washington, D.C. that causes American presidents and members of congress to believe that enforcing the law is somehow optional, subject to the whims and idiosyncrasies of the president and or political power in power?Both Democrat and Republican administrations are guilty of this transgression, which renders the claim that America is a nation of laws utterly meaningless.For example, Attorney General Eric Holder recently warned that, should California legalize marijuana by passing Proposition 19, the Obama administration would continue to enforce federal law.For whatever reason, Obama and Holder “strongly oppose” the legalization of weed; thus, the federal law will continue to be enforced regardless of how pot-seeking Californians vote.On the other hand, the Obama administration, as well as both Republican and Democrat administrations preceding it, have refused to enforce the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, which granted amnesty to 3-4 million illegal aliens, but which also set forth enforcement requirements and punishments for employers who hire invading criminals.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Video: Fort Hood soldier accuses US Army of 'Islamophobia'.If you're an American, this ought to make your blood boil. This is an interview with Zahari Klawonn, a US Army soldier stationed at Fort Hood. Zahari is complaining of 'Islamophobia' because in his training they say that there are Muslim terrorists.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Turkey may remove Iran from list of 'threatening nations'. While Iran may be helping Erdogan's aspirations within his country, it is placing Turkey on a dangerous track toward confrontation with the U.S.Those who seek further proof of the warming of relations between Iran and Turkey can find it in the meeting currently taking place at the National Security Council in Istanbul. According to Turkish reports, for the first time since the Cold War, Turkey is considering removing Iran, Iraq, Russia, and Greece from their list of "threatening countries." This will directly affect Turkey's foreign policy, as laid out by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmet Davutoğlu, whose goal is to rid Turkey of any problems with its neighbors.The shield should not be presented as a defence against fellow Muslim state Iran.It's pretty obvious where Turkey's allegiance lays so get them out of NATO NOW!Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Women go on sale at Tel Aviv shopping center.Window display at Dizengoff Center shows real women with price tags in provocative installation aiming to battle sex trafficking.Shoppers strolling through Dizengoff Center mall in Tel Aviv on Tuesday were confronted with a shocking widow display of women for sale, with price tags attached to them. Upon closer inspection, it became obvious that the display was part of an installation by the Working Group Against the Trafficking of Women, part of a widespread campaign.Seven unkempt young women stood in front of shoppers passing back and forth under a sign that read "Women for sale according to personal taste." Some of the women were made up to appear as if they had been beaten, and all had price tags that listed details such as age, weight, dimensions, and country of birth.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:DougRoss.Well that's one way a Democrat can win an election: have the GOP challenger's name stricken from the ballot.MNehring reports that there may be some significant voting irregularities in Texas' 30th Congressional District involving none other than Eddie Bernice "The Scholarship Czarina" Johnson.ALERT--it has been confirmed that in the Duncanville public library voting location, and maybe also at Cedar Hill locations, ONLY Eddie Bernice Johnson's name appears as a choice on the ballot for the US Rep race for District 30...Hmmmm......transparency?Read the full scam story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BloggerBase.Get Up and Get Out.Fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.Avigdor Lieberman has continuously been referenced as a fascist for his support of a Loyalty Oath for Israeli citizens. This loyalty Oath requires that all citizens recognize Israel as Democratic and Jewish. Being the homeland for the Jews, I don't see how this is such a controversial issue. The people that are upset the most by it are the people who wish to undermine it and destroy it. However, I am sure there are some good Israelis that take issue with the oath because of what could possibly happen if taken to the extreme.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Attorney For Mosque Opponents Slams Feds.NewsChannel : " He implies there is a symbolic flag of Islam flying over the White House".Statement Comes Day After Federal Briefing Defends Islam.A day after the U.S. Attorney's office released a briefing that defending Islam as a religion, the attorney for the opponents of the Rutherford County Islamic Center fired back.Attorney Joe Brandon announced Tuesday in front of the county courthouse that he and his three plaintiffs won't accept the federal briefing and standby their position that Islam is not a religion."The real question I think becomes who is the federal government representing in this particular situation? They claim that the United States takes this position. I can assure you that the three plaintiffs in this case, who are U.S. citizens, do not accept the position that the federal government is attempting to shove down their throat," said Brandon.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Revealed: Double life of Queen's pilot who killed two women and broke into girls' bedrooms to steal their underwear.He was a square-jawed Canadian Air Force officer with a brilliant future in store who was entrusted with flying the Queen and prime ministers.But yesterday he was exposed as a serial killer with a shocking fetish for girls' panties that he documented in a trove of twisted photos of himself.At a hearing that reduced victims' relatives to tears, the lurid photos were shown one by one in court as Col. Russell Williams, 47, pleaded guilty to murdering two women, sexually assaulting two others and committing dozens of break-ins in which he stole underwear from the bedrooms of girls as young as 11.Authorities said Williams came to the attention of investigators during a police roadblock a few days after Lloyd was reported missing.Tyre tracks from his vehicle matched the ones they were looking for.A real life Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde .Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • HT:BigPeace.Homeland Security’s Muslim Advisor Mohamed Elibiary Spoke at Conference Honoring Ayatollah Khomeini.When Mohamed Elibiary was appointed earlier this year to the Department of Homeland Security’s newly-formed Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, it was done quietly and without fanfare. It’s hard to believe that this silence was accidental, considering Elibiary’s appearance at a conference honoring Ayatollah Khomeini, his attacks on prosecution of terrorist fundraisers, his active promotion of jihadist ideology godfather Sayyid Qutb, and the threat he made against a Dallas Morning News journalist who repeatedly exposed his extremist views.Perhaps the hardest thing for Elibiary to explain away is his sharing the podium with a rabid anti-American and anti-Jewish speaker who has publicly pledged his loyalty to the Iranian regime, but he has offered several fantastic explanations for appearing at the December 2004 conference honoring the life and works of the “Great Islamic Visionary” Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.Hmmmmm....."They don't trust me because of my middle name"?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Synod: Christians and Islam demand religious freedom, to fight extremism.New strengths in mission emerge at the Synod for the Middle East: the scourge of extremism that suffocates Christians and Muslims, the need to recognize Christians as citizens with full rights in society, the right to the proclamation of the gospel.Muslims always say that Islam is tolerant. In a sense, the statement is true: Christians and Jews are tolerated and have for centuries lived alongside Muslims, in the Muslim empire. But Christians no longer want to be tolerated; they want to be fully fledged citizens, period!Thus, during the first week of the synod, the principle of religious freedom was developed. The desire to ask the States of the Middle East to acknowledge the principle of total religious freedom. This includes: the right to renounce a religion to adhere to a religion or to change religion; the right to be atheist and the equal treatment of religions in accordance with the UN Human Rights Charter.This does not mean the cancellation of religion, but giving it greater space so the religion does not come into conflict with other laws of the State. For example, if sharia goes against some state law, state law takes precedence. In the name of Sharia for example,you can not force anyone to fast during Ramadan, as is the case today in all countries of the Arabian peninsula (Saudi, Arabia, Yemen, Gulf countries) and also in Algeria, Morocco, etc.A summary of the week’s proceedings by an expert at the synodal assembly.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.New Israeli weapons unveiled.The 4th annual Israel Defense Exhibition for the Army and Police (ISDEF) is taking place this week in Tel Aviv. Here are some of the new systems that are on display.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • President Obama is worse than King George III, the English king in power when Americans declared independence in 1776.Virginia’s fiery attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who argued against the constitutionality of the health care law in federal court this week.Cuccinelli said Monday that at no other time in American history had a government forced citizens to purchase a product and gotten away with it, even the British King that sparked the American Revolution.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Video:Bill O'Reilly: "I'll Stand By What I Said All Day Long- Muslims Killed Us on 9-11".See the whole thing here.Click here for comments.

  • Saudi prince found guilty of murdering his servant.A Saudi prince has been found guilty of murdering his servant at a hotel in central London.Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, was found beaten and strangled in the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, on 15 February 2010.The Old Bailey was told the assault by Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud had a "sexual element" and he had attacked Mr Abdulaziz many times before he died.The pair had just returned from a Valentine's Day night out when Al Saud launched the ferocious assault.Al Saud will be sentenced on Wednesday.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:UnDhimmi.Senior Turkish Minister Calls Christians ‘Kuffar’.As if there weren’t enough evidence already, a Senior Minister lets slip what Turkey’s ruling class really thinks of non-Muslims : Members of the Christian community in Turkey have called on State Minister Faruk Çelik to make an apology over his remarks which they said had insulted their religion. “The minister has scorned Christians just to suppress rightful demands of the Alevis in Turkey,” Yuhannas Aktas, head of the Syriac Culture Association in Midyat, who was referring to Çelik’s labelling of Christianity as the religion of the ‘gavur’ (‘kafir’), a word meaning “infidel” in Turkish, which is often regarded as a degrading expression by non-Muslims.Somewhat on the fence after seeing the substantial (and growing) evidence of systematic persecution and harassment of Christians in Turkey?Well now you can relax. Minister of Work and Social Security Çelik has just made it abundantly clear for you.Read and see the full Story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.Interview with Retired Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson on Obama, Clinton and National Security.They’re [the media] completely in the tank. I mean, they got him elected and they’re going to protect his Presidency completely.In an exclusive interview with Accuracy in Media, Retired Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson says that President Obama is very “dangerous to our military, and to the national security of this nation.” He says that Obama’s refuses to “acknowledge the fact that we’re fighting a very extreme element of Islam.” And he cites the National Security Strategy Policy of the United States, which is President Obama’s national security policy, in which “he does not, one time, use the words jihad, Islam, Muslim, extremism, fundamentalism, terrorism—in fact, quite the opposite: He identifies the greatest national security threat to America being global warming.”Read the full madness story here.Click here for comments.

  • After 65 years: Dutch couple becomes Righteous Among Nations.Nicolaas and Hendrikje Plantinga hid 10 Jews in their attic for two years during Holocaust. Thanks to an Israeli woman, contact made between couple's son and Yad Vashem, which grants them honor.NEVER AGAIN!Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Iran confirms planes being refused fuel in Europe.Islamic Republic's foreign ministry spokesman accuses some Western companies of 'adopting inappropriate policies,' vows to retaliate if situation continues.Iran confirmed on Tuesday that some companies were refusing to refuel its planes at European airports and said it would retaliate if the situation continued.Iran has played down the impact of international sanctions, which were tightened in June, and previously said news reports that Iranian airlines were having problems refueling abroad were part of a "psychological" war.    Hmmmm....gentlemen on January 2011 Iran becomes Chairman for the the zeal ...but bad idea.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Fox News Insinuates, but Investor Shrugs It Off.Some critics of the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, including commentators on Fox News, have linked the project to terrorism by seizing on a Saudi prince’s past financial backing of the imam at the center of the controversy.“I have been associated with this mosque in New York, but frankly speaking, I have nothing to do with it,” he said in an interview. “I’m not for putting that mosque there.”Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Gulf of Mexico fishermen fear the future.Six months after the largest maritime oil spill, Gulf of Mexico fishing communities fear for their very future while critics say response efforts have evaporated faster than the toxic crude."When you look at the fishing communities down here, they had 100 percent mortality on most of their oyster beds, so the community basically is out of business."BP pledged to honor claims and has set up a 20-billion-dollar compensation fund, but in Encalade's small fishing village of some 300 people he reckons one in five are still to receive payment.Hundreds of local fishing boats once employed by BP in its Vessels of Opportunity clean-up program now lie idle in the harbor, but Henderson said he was still astonished at the amount of oil out there on his regular flyovers."The oil was by and large dispersed but it didn't disappear, it's still on the ocean floor and it's still washing up every single day on our beaches, in our wetlands from Louisiana to Florida."This disaster is definitely still going on. Time will tell, time will make people realize. What I am fearful will happen is that there will be an impact on species, on fishery populations, that could be completely devastating."Louisiana's fishing industry has been valued at up to three billion dollars and the stricken state is the source of one third of the seafood consumed in the United States.Hmmmm......"I will not rest"?Perhaps try to campaign there MR President?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • SURPRISE!Turkey says anti-missile should not single out Iran,Exactly what we said in previous postings would happen - happens!Turkey expressed some reservations on Monday about NATO's planned anti-missile system, saying it wanted more technical details and that it should not be presented as a defence against fellow Muslim state Iran. Read the full treason story here.Click here for comments.

  • Chechen rebels attack Parliament and the Ministry of Agriculture in Grozny.This morning Chechen rebels launched an attack on Parliament buildings and the Ministry of Agriculture in Grozny, which has resulted in the death of all members of the commando. “The operation is over, all rebels have been killed” reported Interfax quoting a security forces source in Chechnya. According to the same Russian agency a meeting between the Russian Interior Minister who is in Grozny and the Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov is underway.The reconstruction of events is not yet clear. It appears that a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Parliament, while two accomplices fired on soldiers guarding the building. The Chechen rebels then entered the parliament building in Grozny taking several people hostage. This was confirmed by an anonymous source in the regional Interior Ministry, adding that three guards were killed in the attack.The shooting continued for about an hour inside the building. "Regular police forces, officers in riot gear and a unit of the Parliament Security Service intervened," said a security source. The Ministry of Agriculture is under attack, according to Russian news agency Itar-Tass, quoting a source in the same department.An attempt was underway in Chechnya sought by President Ramzan Kadyrov – a close Kremlin ally - to impose “Chechen traditional Islam" on his country to reduce the strength of fundamentalist Islam.Read the full story here.More on the story here.Click here for comments.

  • College Professor Calls for Israel's Destruction.The flags carried the logo of the terror group Hezbollah. The rhetoric was the kind you'd normally hear in Tehran or Gaza.Yet the scene occurred in Washington, D.C, just minutes from the White House."We must stand united to defeat, to destroy, to dismantle Israel--if possible by peaceful means," Kaukab Siddique said. "Perhaps, like Saladin, we will give them enough food and water to travel back to the lands from where they came to occupy other people."Siddique is an associate professor of English at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.Siddique's recent statements in Washington:"The Koran says drive them out from where they drove you out," he declared. "There's no question of just dismantling the settlements. These settlements are only the tentacles of the devil that resides in Tel Aviv."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • 3 Iranian soccer players risk jail over kiss.Soccer players in hot water after kissing female fan, Iranian website reports.Three Iranian soccer players are facing jail for kissing a woman fan in the Islamic state where physical contact between unrelated men and women is legally forbidden, an Iranian website reported on Monday.Since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power in 2005 with the backing of conservative clerics, tighter controls on "immoral behavior" have been imposed in Iran. Ahmadinejad was re-elected in a disputed vote last year, which the opposition says was rigged. Authorities deny the claim.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Saudi king urged to free “rebel” daughter.Furore erupts in Kingdom over jailing of woman for disobeying father.King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has been urged to personally intervene and release a local woman who has been accused of disobeying her father and thrown in prison, triggering widespread criticism of the law.“I just want to ask the Custodian of the Holy Shrines (King Abdullah)….where is your sword which you have vowed to use against oppression and corruption.”This is the real problem…there is no clear law in Saudi Arabia…there are too many written rules and laws but the mechanism of their implementation remains afloat and without lawful umbrella,” he wrote in the paper.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • It’s Official: Obama Has Now Borrowed $3 Trillion.It's official: The Obama administration has now borrowed $3 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.It took from 1776, when the United States became an independent country, until 1990, the year after the Berlin Wall fell signaling victory in the Cold War, for the federal government to accumulate a total of $3 trillion in debt, according to the Treasury Department. It only took from Jan. 20, 2009, the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated, until Oct. 15, 2010, for the Obama administration to add $3 trillion to the federal debt.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Angelina Jolie wins back Bosnia film permit.Permission was withdrawn last week after the government said no screenplay had been attached to the application, as required by law.Jolie said in a written statement last week it would be a shame if "unfair pressure based on wrong information" prevented her crew from shooting her film."My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film," said added.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • The Unlikely Partnership Of Venezuela And Iran.Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is due to visit Tehran this week in the wake of visits to Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. While Chavez unveiled a host of new deals while in Moscow, in Tehran the best that awaits him is reconfirmation of agreements that he signed previously with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. That, of course, and a joint platform for launching yet another tirade against U.S. imperialism.Chavez and Ahmadinejad are likely to spend their three days together this week exchanging pleasantries and pretending that “strategic ties” between their two countries are strong and growing. In reality, though, the only ones certain of these ties are the two populist presidents themselves, leaders who have a talent for ignoring the real world.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Woman loses case to end father’s custody.A Saudi female doctor aged above 40 years has lost a plea to break away from her father on the grounds he is cruel and prevents her from getting married so he will not lose her salary, Sharq newspaper reported on Monday.The unidentified doctor had twice asked the court to end her father’s custody and allow her to live on her own because he beats her up, seizes her monthly salary and rejects any one who seeks to marry her, the paper said.The woman has been staying at a government protection centre for nearly five years as she is refusing to return to her house.Welcome to A.D. 620?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:RossRightAngle.“A horrifying sign of hatred toward Christians…It never ends..” Bekasi Bigots AGAIN!Although the persecuted Christians of the Bekasi HKBP Church were promised a new site, it looks like the Islamist ignoramuses ‘have wasted no time in organizing a massive campaign to stop them building,” according to the Jakarta Globe yesterday. These Batak Christians have been both evicted and attacked by savages who won’t countenance religious liberty for non-Muslims in Bekasi.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Government set to handover Buyukada orphanage to Patriarchate of Constantinople.For the first time in the history of the Republic of Turkey, the state is set to return property seized after the Act of 1936 to religious foundation. News of the decision of the Directorate of Religious Foundations leaked by Haberturk, following a ruling by the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.Diplomatic sources quoted by Haberturk comment on the news, saying that this decision, taken against its will by the Directorate of Religious Foundations, will open "a can of worms”, as it will bring to the fore the issue of the return of about 23 buildings of great value currently in its possession (with hundreds of others already sold to third parties) seized after the 1936 Law. That law banned religious foundations from owning property. It will also precipitate the debate on the legal status of all religious minorities. This is the perfect occasion, it is noted in the diplomatic circles, to show how sincere the new Turkish establishment intentions are after its undisputed triumph of the referendum on Sept. 12, that saw it win freedom to manoeuvre as it wants.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Wilders is dangerous, Muslims tell court.Muslims told judges trying anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders for hate speech Monday that he was dangerous, dividing a multicultural society that used to cohabit peacefully."Mr Wilders is a dangerous ideologist who has divided Dutch society," Naoual Abaida, a trainee lawyer with a native Dutch mother and Moroccan father, told the court."I am asking you to protect me as a Muslim and a Moroccan against Mr Wilders," she said, referring to his "Islam-bashing" and "insulting, polarising language".Read the full whining story here.Click here for comments.

  • Al Qaeda reaches out armed with English and Net.Al-Qaeda has combined the global reach of both the English language and the Internet as cyber-terrorism tools to win over non-Arab sympathisers.Al-Qaeda's Yemen-based wing released the first edition of an online English-language magazine, Inspire, four months ago that included an article on how to build a bomb.Philip Seib, a professor at the University of Southern California and co-author of "Global Terrorism and New Media," believes the terror network has itself become a media organisation."It might be time to stop thinking of Al-Qaeda as the terrorist organisation that does media and more as the media organisation that does terror," Seib said.Hmmm....why does the term "Revolution Muslims"come to mind?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Obama, MythBusters to Test 'Archimedes Death Ray' in Push to Promote Science.President Obama is either trying to reach a new audience or he's looking to build the Pentagon's next project on the cheap.The president is set to make a guest appearance next month on the Discovery Channel's "MythBusters," the show where a team of explosion-prone pyrophiles test urban legends. The Obama episode will focus on the so-called "Archimedes death ray."Anything for a vote Mr President?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:TundraTabloids.Who's behind Viva Palestina Convoy.A new convoy of humanitarian aid is about to sail to Gaza. Viva Palestina convoy includes passengers that were on the Marmara flotilla organized by IHH whose members attacked IDF soldiers.The organizers of Viva Palestina know perfectly well that Israel will deliver any humanitarian aid via land. Yet, they sail on their way to Gaza to create a decided to dig in and check who's behind Viva Palestina.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • The ‘genocide’ thorn in US-Turkey relations.According to İdiz, “the general belief in Washington, and particularly in the U.S. Congress, is that Turkey negotiated the Zurich Protocols with Armenia in bad faith, not to actually move ahead in terms of Turkish-Armenian ties, but to prevent President Obama from using the ‘G word’ in his annual April 24 message earlier this year.”In light of this background, to claim that the Turkish government negotiated the protocols to prevent President Obama from using the “G word” is nonsense. Besides, the number of U.S. states that have passed resolutions supporting the Armenian allegations is over 40. To be honest, like many people in Turkey I personally am not really interested in whether the U.S. President uses the G word or not. Turks are indeed fed up with the way this genocide issue is being frequently used as an effective means of blackmailing the Turkish government.Having said that, I suggest to my American friends that they put pressure on Armenia to change its mindset. I will give an example in that regard. As a gesture to our Armenian citizens and Armenia, the Turkish government restored a historic church in Akdamar with a formal opening held in September. The religious ceremony was attended by Armenians from Armenia and their diaspora.Do you know why it was a disappointment or missed opportunity for Giragosian? Because, in his words, “the ceremony was held in a church with no cross.”Yeah and who's to blame for this?"I personally am not really interested in whether the U.S. President uses the G word or not."But the US should put pressure on Armenia to forget about it?Doesn't make sense to me!Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • UAE Official: We Foiled Canadian Attempts To Gain Security Council Seat.He said that there are two reasons behind his country's lobbying against Canada: first and certainly the most significant, is what the official characterized as the protectionist policies of Canada that have restricted the number of flights of the two main carriers—Dubai's Emirates Airlines and UAE's Etihad Airways ; and second is thatCanada does not support the Arab issues in the region, such as alleviating the Israeli embargo on Gaza.So when we said a week ago (11 Oct) on this blog "Pay back for refused landing rights "we hit the head of the nail!Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Netanyahu: Terrorists in Gaza Have Anti-Aircraft Missiles, Ben Gurion Airport May Be In Danger.Speaking at a Likud meeting, PM expresses concern over weapons in the Strip "that can take down an aircraft en route to Ben Gurion airport."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • The Cream Puff Brigade: How a group of Islamist radicals became the laughing stock of the Taliban... because they missed their mothers.German intelligence sources have revealed a group of fanatical Islamist radicals became the laughing stock of the Taliban because they missed their mothers during a training camp.The nine would-be terrorists have been branded the 'Cream Puff Brigade' after they travelled from Germany in 2009 to the camp near Afghanistan.Instead they were laid low by diarrhoea, moaned about food, griped about their training and admitted pining for friends and family.They had been under surveillance for months because of their attendance at the Taiba mosque - spiritual home of the 9/11 attackers.In June and July this year, according to Spiegel, two of them were arrested in Pakistan, two more were killed in a recent drone attack.But all of them were, according to intelligence, useless at the art of waging Holy War.'When they left Hamburg, some of them had still been living at home with their parents in the rooms they'd grown up in. 'They fancied themselves fierce warriors, but they turned out to be major failures.''The only people left from the original group are the two women, both of whom are now pregnant,' said Spiegel.Read the ful story here.Click here for comments.

  • Osama bin Laden living in luxury in northwest Pakistan, says senior Nato official.The Al Qaeda leader has not been scuttled away to a network of caves, but instead is living life as the world’s most wanted man in conventional surroundings.‘Nobody in Al Qaeda is living in a cave,’ said the official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the intelligence matters involved.Finding them will be complicated by the size of the area they are in - it covers hundreds of square miles - the rugged terrain and the tribal warlords who run it.The official offered a grim view of the war in Afghanistan and said that there were up to one million disaffected young men on the border with Pakistan who would be prepared to fight coalition forces.‘Every year the insurgency can generate more and more manpower,’ he said, adding that despite a military presence in Afghanistan ‘we don't know what's going on’.Pakistan has repeatedly denied protecting members of the al Qaeda leadership.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.European Union to profile passengers at airports?Due to an epidemic of false alarms, the European Union has asked the Technion in Haifa for help with airport security. And they're willing to pay for the help: $4.7 million over three years.The grant is aimed at developing both a dynamic and realistic model for behavior and decision-making during security threats in airports.Hmmm...something tells me if they implement this the lawyers will get a giant boost to their workload.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BigPeace.CAIR Protests Detention of Imam.An imam with ties to mosques in Florida and Iowa has been arrested on immigration fraud charges. Ibrahim Dremali and his wife Safaa Rashad Eissa were arrested in Texas last week and will return to Iowa to face charges, the Iowa Independent reports.Dremali founded the Islamic Center of Boca Raton before becoming an imam in Des Moines. While in Florida, his mosque co-sponsored a rally in 2000 which featured Hizballah flags and chants of “with jihad we’ll claim our land. Zionist blood will wet the sand.”And there's more.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BloggerBase.Here we go again.Just what is this imaginary International Law? Who legislates it and who enforces it? The United Nations lacks the ability, and suredly lacks the credibility, to enforce anything it "enacts". If you doubt that, how many islamic countries just accepted the decision in 1948 to "give" the Jews a homeland in the area of Palestine? How many have still refused to accept this. In the other hand, how many of these islamic nations, who have yet to live up to this "International Law", go to the UN to spew their hatred and vile rhetoric at the home of "International Law"?Read the full scandal story here.Click here for comments.

  • Men ALLOWED to beat their wives and young children (as long as they don't leave any marks), rules UAE court.Husbands are allowed to beat their wives and children - as long as they don’t leave any physical marks, an Islamic court in the United Arab Emirates has ruled.The astonishing legal ruling gives all husbands and fathers in the ultra-rich Gulf state the 'right to discipline' female family members if they have first attempted reconciliation.The judgment was made by one of the UAE’s most senior judges, Chief Justic Falah al Hajeri, who made the ruling in the case of a man fined £85 for slapping his wife and kicking his daughter.While the ruling was greeted with anger by many Arab world commentators, others claimed it is a ‘real-life compromise’ between the competing demands of the petro-state’s highly Westernised population and its conservative Muslim heritage.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:American Thinker.It's Logical to Be 'Islamophobic'.From a utilitarian perspective, it's simple. The average person faces greater danger from radicalized Muslims than from other dangers that we also fear, such as sharks or lightning.So, peaceful Muslims, please accept our apologies in advance. Let us honestly say that when we may appear "Islamophobic," we think that we are actually just being "prudent." Over time, a relationship will develop between us, and trust will build. But this will take time, probably years.Further, expect us to draw back each time the radicals trigger a surprise attack in the West. We will back off some because people like Major Hasan bring the danger to our minds again.But if you're willing to take the time, I think you'll find that most Americans are, too. I know that I will. We are a kind and generous people who are worthy of your time.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • A Canadian line of Campbell's soups has activists stewing over Islamic connection.Andy Warhol found artistic inspiration in a can of Campbell's tomato soup. These days, some activists are finding sinister Muslim connections in the same can.Campbell Soup Co., the Camden, N.J., food giant, has been fighting a grass-roots boycott of its products after its Canadian subsidiary rolled out a line of soups certified as halal, meaning they're prepared according to Islamic dietary laws.Campbell Co. of Canada introduced the soups in a few Canadian markets in January, although American bloggers didn't catch up to the news until earlier this month.That's when the tempest in a tomato-soup can started.Faulkner said Campbell hasn't noticed any effect on its sales since the boycott began.•Our Halal-certified products have been chosen specifically to suit the flavour preferences of the Muslim community.The other customers just have to eat it,whether they like it or not?Hmmmm......"Blowing" to cool down the soup?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:DirectorBlue.Looks Like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Crossed the Streams Again: Son of Subprime About to Administer the Coup de Grâce to the Economy.You may want to sit down before reading this one.Bad Chalupa points us to a gut-wrenching economic analysis by John Mauldin of Investors Insight. Read the whole thing, but the following digest version should serve as an adequate introduction.Read the full debacle here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BigPeace.Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander-in-Chief Moves to Disband VFW PAC Over Anti-Military Endorsments.Last week, the Veterans of Foreign War came under scrutiny because their lobbying arm, the VFW PAC, had endorsed a number of candidates without a track record of supporting the military over actual veterans and those who have demonstrated they would be advocates for veterans. Highlights incude Democrat Ron Klein, who is running against Republican challenger Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Allen West Florida 22nd Congressional District in Florida’s 22nd Congressional District and Senator Barbara Boxer over Carly Fiorina for Senate in California. As I pointed out at Blackfive, this is not the first year that the VFW endorsements have angered its membership. This time, when these endorsements were called into question, the VFW-PAC doubled down.Today we learn, in what is a victory for veterans and those who support them, the Veterans of Foreign Wars commander-in-chief has moved to disband the VFW PAC over these endorsements.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Stolen Holocaust art database launched.A new online database lets Holocaust survivors and their relatives search details of more than 20,000 artworks stolen from Jews during World War II.The database of works stolen from occupied France and Belgium between 1940 and 1944 includes Monet paintings.It is a joint project of the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.Art collectors, galleries and museums can also make use of the free service.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • "The Kingdom of Dreams" a Disney-like Bollywood Theme Park Wows India.From a distance, India's Kingdom of Dreams theme park outside New Delhi looks and sounds like one of the amber-colored, sandstone palaces of Rajasthan.At the ticket booth, turban-clad musicians sit, horns blaring, beneath a life-sized stone elephant, and the middle-class patrons shuffle between great stone pillars before passing through a metal detector — just like the ones omnipresent at Delhi's new, posh shopping malls — that punctures the illusion.It's strangely unreal, and (actually) rather fun. But there's something disturbing, too, about the idea that an Indian street where everything works is such a popular fantasy — and charges about double the daily minimum wage for entry.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.
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