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Saturday, January 29, 2011

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                          Morning Posting.

  • Egypt volatile situation : President Mobarak appoints vice President Omar suleiman  - Al Jazeera English - Live Streams From Egypt ! Here .
  • Egypt protests on Twitter!  here.
  • Liveblog - Egypt's protests erupt. here.

  • Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising!The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years.The disclosures, contained in previously secret US diplomatic dispatches released by the WikiLeaks website, show American officials pressed the Egyptian government to release other dissidents who had been detained by the police. Mr Mubarak, facing the biggest challenge to his authority in his 31 years in power, ordered the army on to the streets of Cairo yesterday as rioting erupted across Egypt. Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets in open defiance of a curfew. An explosion rocked the centre of Cairo as thousands defied orders to return to their homes. As the violence escalated, flames could be seen near the headquarters of the governing National Democratic Party.Police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas and water cannon in an attempt to disperse the crowds. At least five people were killed in Cairo alone yesterday and 870 injured, several with bullet wounds.Hmmmm.....Outreach to Islamic extremisme? Read the full story here.

  • Egypt protests: secret US document discloses support for protesters.Here is the secret document sent from the US Embassy in Cairo to Washington disclosing the extent of American support for the protesters behind the Egypt uprising.Hmmmm.....The Obama Administration helping to throw over Mubarak's regime?To help the Muslim Brotherhood??Read the full story here.HT: BareNakedIslam.

  • Egyptian mummies destroyed, say officials!Looters broke into the Egyptian Museum during anti-government protests late Friday and destroyed two Pharaonic mummies, Egypt's top archaeologist told state television.The museum in central Cairo, which has the world's biggest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, is adjacent to the headquarters of the ruling National Democratic Party that protesters had earlier set ablaze. Flames were seen still pouring out of the party headquarters early Saturday."I felt deeply sorry today when I came this morning to the Egyptian Museum and found that some had tried to raid the museum by force last night," Zahi Hawass, chairman of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said Saturday."Egyptian citizens tried to prevent them and were joined by the tourism police, but some (looters) managed to enter from above and they destroyed two of the mummies," he said.Hmmmm......Remember the Bamiyan's Buddhas?"Islam the Religion of Peace"? Read the full story here.

  • Cairo: Israeli embassy may close.Though Foreign Ministry has no plan to evacuate tourists, El Al tries to arrange special flight.The Foreign Ministry says it is following closely the events in Egypt, where anti-government protests have been said to have left 74 people dead and around 2,000 wounded.On Saturday morning the Israeli embassy in Cairo was left empty as workers do not generally arrive on the weekend, but authorities were debating whether to return to business as usual on Sunday.On Saturday morning riots reached the streets surrounding the embassy. Egyptian security forces are guarding the US and British embassies for fear that incidents such as those which occurred in Iran in 1979 would recur in Cairo.Between 1,500 and 2,000 travelers were at the two main departure terminals at the airport, most without reservations, trying to find flights out of the country. Tourist sites were closed, with forces blocking the main roads leading to the pyramids, al-Arabiya network reported.The Foreign Ministry says it has no plans to evacuate Israeli tourists, but that it would reconsider if necessary. The ministry also issued a travel warning against Egypt and Sinai.In the Sinai peninsula, clashes between Bedouins and security forces killed 12-16 people, according to Palestinian sources. The reports say members of both sides were killed.Read the full story here.

  • HT:RubinReport.Today in the New York Times: A New Low and A New Role Model.Here's one day of the New York Times on the Middle East. Be sure to read the surprise ending!
  1. Al-Jazira is great! (Wow, just as it runs the Palestine Papers to transform totally our view of the region. Might this be a coincidence?)The New York Times has run a largely adulatory article about al-Jazira without mentioning its Islamist politics (some accuse it of... is how they put it). On reading this article, I get the impression that the writer has never actually watched the station. For example, its debate shows regularly feature a moderate and a radical. The host attacks the moderate and supports the radical and literally every caller taken on the air is hardline. One friend of mine who was on one of them said that he expected it to be 99 percent hostile but it was 100 percent hostile. Nor do we hear about the great scoops of al-Jazira, like claiming the US had used a neutron bomb in Iraq.So here is a story about a radical force in the region presenting it as a force for democracy.Hmmmm.......The voice of his masters?Read the full story here.

  • Egypt Protests Continue as Military Stands By.CAIRO — Egypt was engulfed in a fifth day of protests on Saturday but an attempt by President Hosni Mubarak to salvage his 30-year rule by firing his cabinet and calling out the army appeared to backfire as troops and demonstrators fraternized and called for the president himself to resign.While some protesters clashed with police, army tanks expected to disperse the crowds in central Cairo and in the northern city of Alexandria instead became rest points and even, on occasion, part of the protests as anti-Mubarak graffiti were scrawled on them without interference from soldiers. “Leave Hosni, you, your son and your corrupted party!” declared the graffiti on one tank as soldiers invited demonstrators to climb aboard and have their photographs taken with them. “This is the revolution of all the people,” declared the side of a second tank in downtown Cairo. Egyptian men all serve in the army, giving it a very different relationship to the people from that of the police.The feared security police had largely withdrawn from central Cairo to take up positions around the presidential palace, with their places taken up by the army.Hmmmm.....I can't wait to see their morning after hangover ,when they see the economy is even worse off!Read the full story here.

  • Iranian leaders hope for Islamic republic in Egypt.Clerics say protests against Mubarak government were inspired by 1979 revolution in Iran.Iranian leaders expressed satisfaction with the anti-government protests in Egypt, with one leader saying he believes the protesters were inspired by the revolution in his country in 1979.“Today, as a result of the gifts of the Islamic revolution in Iran, freedom-loving Islamic peoples such as the peoples of Tunisia, Egypt and nearby Arab countries are standing up to their oppressive governments,” the New York Times quoted Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi as saying.He congratulated the Egyptian people, saying their actions were "based on the principles" of the Islamic revolution.Western officials fear Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be replaced by a hardline cleric similar to the ayatollahs in Iran, like the Muslim Brotherhood opposition party, which also gave rise to Hamas.Hmmmm.....Obama "Islam is a great religion".Read the full story here.

  • Israel Fears Regime Change in Egypt.Concerns about the Muslim Brotherhood.Israel is watching developments in Egypt with concern. The government is standing by autocratic Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, out of fear that the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood could take power and start supplying arms to Hamas.Israel is usually a country where politicians have an opinion on any topic, and vociferously so. But in recent days, Israel's leadership has been unusually silent on a certain question. No one, it seems, is willing to make an official comment on the ongoing unrest in Egypt, where protesters have been holding anti-government rallies. It's not because Israel does not care about the riots ravaging its southern neighbor -- on the contrary, Israeli news channels, normally prone to parochialism, have been closely following recent events in the Arab world, from Tunisia to Lebanon.Radio, television and newspapers constantly report the courage of the demonstrators in the streets of Cairo, not only relishing the historic spectacle, but openly expressing sympathy with Egypt's struggle for democracy.But the Israeli government is keeping quiet. "We are closely monitoring the events, but we do not interfere in the internal affairs of a neighboring state," was the curt answer from the Israeli Foreign Ministry to requests for comments.So for journalists looking for quotes, it is a happy coincidence that Israel's former Industry and Trade Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer resigned from the Israeli cabinet last week and can now freely express his opinions as a member of the opposition Labor Party. "I don't think it is possible (for there to be a revolution in Egypt)," Ben-Eliezer told Israeli Army Radio. "I see things calming down soon." The Iraqi-born former minister is a renowned expert on Israeli-Arab relations and is a friend of the Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.Ultimately the choice is between a pro- or an anti-Western dictatorship, says Shaked. "It is in our interest that someone from Mubarak's inner circle takes over his legacy, at any cost." In the process, it is not possible to rule out massive bloodshed in the short term, he says. "It would not be the first time that riots in Egypt were brutally crushed."Hmmmm.....His"Outreach to Muslims" has done tremendous damage to Israel.Read the full story here.

  • Egyptian Museum partly damaged, threatened by fire.Boy pharaoh's gold death mask not damaged.Some ancient artifacts at Cairo's famed Egyptian Museum were partly damaged but could be torched by the potential collapse of a neighboring building gutted by fire, the head of the country's antiquities chief said Saturday.The ruling party headquarters building next door to the museum was still in flames and billowing black smoke into the sky on Saturday, a day after protesters torched it during mass anti-government demonstrations."What scares me is that if this building is destroyed, it will fall over the museum," antiquities boss Zahi Hawass said as he watched fire trucks try to extinguish the blaze in the NDP headquarters.An Associated Press Television News crew that was allowed into the museum saw two vandalized mummies and at least 10 small artifacts that had been taken out of their glass cases and damaged.Fears of looters have prompted authorities elsewhere to take precautions to secure antiquities at other sites.Archaeologist Kent Weeks, who is in the southern temple town of Luxor, said that rumors that attacks were planned against monuments prompted authorities to erect barriers and guard Karnak Temple while tanks were positioned around Luxor's museum.Hmmmmm......Now who would damage other religions their relics?Read the full story here.

  • King Abdullah supports Mubarak: SPA.Saudi King Abdullah has expressed his support for embattled President Hosni Mubarak and slammed those "tampering" with Egypt's security and stability, state news agency SPA reported on Saturday.The Saudi ruler, in Morocco recovering from back surgery performed in the United States, telephoned Mubarak early Saturday, the report said.During the conversation, Abdullah condemned "intruders" he said were "tampering with Egypt's security and stability ... in the name of freedom of expression."Saudi Arabia, he added, "stands with all its means with the government and people of Egypt."SPA said Mubarak had responded by assuring King Abdullah that "the situation is stable (in Egypt) ... and what the world has seen is nothing more than an attempt by some ... suspicious groups which do not want stability and security for Egyptians."Mubarak, known for his close ties with the Saudi king, had added, "Egypt and its people are determined to stop those trying to use the freedom given (to Egyptians) to achieve suspicious agendas," SPA said.Read the full story here.

  • Saudi shares tumble on Egypt protests. Saudi Arabia's stock exchange retreated the most since May, as concerns about violent protests in Egypt continued to present the most serious challenge to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.The Saudi Tadawul All Share Index was down 4.1pc to 6,419.89 by Saudi lunchtime. The market in Saudi Arabia, where the start of the work week is Saturday, was the first to react to the violence in Egypt and the drop in the TASI offered a window into the potential battering that could emerge when other regional markets reopen on Sunday. "The fall is due to sentiment about what's happening in Egypt, and also in the US because the Dow went down" on Friday, said John Sfakianakis, chief economist at the Riyadh-based Banque Saudi Fransi-Credit Agricole Group. "You have some collateral damage which is related to investors ....who have exposure in Egypt, and are trying to hedge that exposure by selling down their positions in Saudi Arabia," he said. Tens of thousands of protesters clashed with riot police on Friday, the fourth day of violent demonstrations in Egypt. The protesters have demanded Mubarak's ouster and measures to deal with the crippling poverty in the country, rampant corruption and the growing disparity in income distribution.The violence sent Egypt's benchmark index tumbling almost 17 percent over two days, and analysts expect that the violence on Friday will fuel another plunge on the Egyptian Exchange and ripple across other regional markets. "The momentum is there," said Sfakianakis, predicting that regional markets drop."There's no reason to expect the Saudi market to go up because the general sentiment is sell-off and wait- and-see rather than sell-off and immediate buying," he said.Hmmmmm......Read the full story here. More here.

  • HT:BigPeace.What is the Muslim Brotherhood?The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928. Its express purpose was two-fold: (1) to implement shariah worldwide, and (2) to re-establish the global Islamic State, known as the caliphate. Therefore, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood have the same objectives. They differ only in the timing and tactics involved in realizing them.Shariah stresses its adherents’ exercise of information dominance. Accordingly, its campaign of civilization jihad against the United States prominently features political and psychological warfare, influence operations and other techniques for neutralizing and, ultimately subverting the nation’s foundational institutions.Targets include the political system, the military, law enforcement, public and private education from preschool through graduate school, religious institutions of all major faiths, the financial system and the media.The shariah information war in the West and the civilization jihad of which it is a central element is driven by an organization called the International Muslim Brotherhood (MB), also known by its Arabic title “Ikhwan.”The Muslim Brotherhood is the Communist Party-like “vanguard” or tip-of-the-spear of the current Islamic movement in the world. While there are other transnational organizations that share the MB’s goals, if not its tactics – including al Qaeda, which was born out of the Brotherhood – the Ikhwan is by far the strongest and most organized.Read the full story here.

  • HT:RubinReport.Hizballah Names Lebanese PM?: NY Times Has Hope.By Barry Rubin.The New York Times has an editorial that says this:"Lebanon's next prime minister, Najib Mikati, owes his job to Hezbollah. That is regrettable and dangerous. It will heighten Lebanon's divisions, antagonize Western donors (including the United States) and complicate the work of the international tribunal set up to try the killers of Rafik Hariri, a former prime minister. ...We hope he can still find ways to put Lebanon's interests first and dare Hezbollah to challenge him."Where has the Times been for the last three years as this crisis has been building? Why did its correspondent say a few days earlier that this wasn't going to happen?As for the newspaper's hope that a prime minister handpicked by Hizballah, in power at their pleasure, facing the country's strongest militia, and knowing that this group kills people who "dare" it "to challenge him," this is the very definition of wishful thinking.At least the Times calls Hizballah an Iranian-backed terrorist group, or rather it began that way, leaving the door open that it might have changed. It also says that if the new government doesn't pursue the investigation of assassinations in Lebanon the United States should cut off military aid.When it comes to pressuring Israel, the Times wants the U.S. government to act decisively. When it comes to revolutionary Islamist terrorists who are clients of Iran and Syria it just mainly hopes things will turn out ok.After all, the issue is not just the investigation, but the fact that a long-time U.S. ally is now ruled by revolutionary Islamist terrorists in the Iran-Syria orbit.Could there be some admission that five years after the United States and UN promised Israel to keep Hizballah out of southern Lebanon, block arms smuggling to it from Syria, and even help disarm it that all of these promises to Israel have been broken?Might the Times call for a new U.S. strategy to block the spread of Islamist revolution?No answer; no serious consideration is given.Is this what the once-superpower United States is reduced to being? Waiting until everything is lost and then hoping that its enemies will act directly contrary to their own interests and views?Hmmmm......Or is this exactly what the current administration wants?"They don't trust me because of my middle name"?Read the full story here.

  • ‘We’re living on a volcano,’ experts warn! As with Iran in ’79, Islamists could hijack pro-democracy movements; ex-IDF research chief: “We're on thick ice, but even that melts eventually."Israeli security experts are casting an uneasy eye at the civil unrest spreading through the region.On Thursday, Yemen joined the list of Arab states experiencing unprecedented demonstrations calling for authoritarian leaders to step down, and Egypt braced for more civil unrest.While no analysts here predict any immediate ramifications for Israel’s national security, some said mass protest movements that begin as pro-democracy uprisings could easily be hijacked by Islamists.“We need to understand that we are living on a volcano,” said Maj.- Gen. (res.) Ya’acov Amidror, former head of the IDF’s Research and Assessment Directorate.“Conditions can change from today until tomorrow. We must ask ourselves, what is the worst case scenario,” he said. “We are on thick ice, but even that melts eventually."“Advice we have heard from certain countries in Western Europe [suggesting that the uprisings could lead to a wave of democratic revolutions] should not be followed,” he said. “There’s no immediate fear of any security escalation. The main question is: In the long term, will we be ready for all scenarios?” Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, a former national security adviser, and a senior research fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), said, “There’s a reasonable chance that if a revolution takes place in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood would rise to power. That would be bad not just for Israel but for all democracies.”The true struggle in Egypt was not between “Mubarak and pro-democracy elements, but between Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood,” Eiland said.He believes that Israel is better off with a Lebanon formally controlled by Hizbullah, “because as soon as fire is opened at Israel, it’s not Hizbullah but the whole of the state of Lebanon that is responsible. That is a real deterrent, and it has plenty of advantages.“The same is true of Hamas rule in Gaza,” Eiland said.Shlomo Brom, director of the program on Israel-Palestinian relations at the INSS, said it was impossible to know what would happen next.“It’s true that pro-democracy voices are being expressed – and that is positive – but we don’t know how it will end,” Brom said. Even in Tunisia, where the Islamists are weak, we don’t know how it will end. We can’t forget that in Iran, at the end of the 1970s, the uprising against the shah was led by [pro-democracy] youths who took the streets – but this was taken over by Islamists in the end.”Hmmm.......The Islamists and the world?Read the full story here.

  • Israel fears radical takeover in Egypt.Extremist takeover in Egypt would put Israel in ‘wholly different position,’ security official warns.A fundamental change of government in Egypt may lead to a “revolution in Israel’s security doctrine,” a defense official told Ynet Friday night, as protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s rule continued to intensify.The security official made it clear that Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt constitutes an important strategic asset, “which enables the IDF to focus on other theaters.” The defense source said that the IDF would have to dedicate major resources in order to devote any attention to the Egyptian front as well.Should a revolution indeed take place in Egypt, the rules of play will not necessarily change at once, the source added. “It won’t mean, heaven forbid, that Egypt would immediately turn into an enemy country, yet our attention would most certainly have to shift.” “This is a Western army in every way and it enjoys US aid,” one security official said. “There is no doubt that should we see an extremist regime over there controlling such army, this will place Israel in a wholly different position.” “There is no doubt that in the coming days, many eyes have to be monitoring Egypt. Later we’ll make all the calculations as to the implications,” the official said.Hmmmmm....."They don't trust me because of my middle name'his "Outreach to Muslims" and his Cairo speech did a lot of damage to Israel.Read the full story here.

  • HT:RFERL.How Are The Protests In Egypt, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution Being Viewed In Iran?"The Islamic world is ripe with major new developments and Khomeini's Islam is the engine of these events," Iran's hard-line daily "Kayhan" wrote in a January 27 commentary devoted to the recent wave of protests in the Arab world.The daily, which often reflects the views of the Iranian establishment -- or more specifically, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei -- added that the third millennium is witnessing "the powerful [presence] of Islam under Iran's leadership."Iranian state media has been portraying the recent upheaval in Arab countries as a struggle against Western puppets in the region, while claiming that citizens who have taken to the streets in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere are taking inspiration from Iran's Islamic Revolution.Iran's state broadcasts have followed the same line as that seen in the print media, according to journalist Roozbeh Mirebrahimi, who monitors Iranian state television."After Tunisian President [Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali] fled the country, they started reporting that the protests were taking place in the name of Islam and that they were targeting the anti-Islamic government of Tunisia," Mirebrahimi says. "The same applies now to protests [elsewhere], including in Egypt." In the immediate aftermath of Tunisia's uprising, Iranian state media kept silent about the protests that led to the collapse of Ben Ali's 23-year rule."State television has no coverage of the unrest in Tunisia," said one man in Tehran, who spoke on condition of anonymity in the days leading up to Ben Ali's fall. "If Tunisians had protested against the U.S., it would have become a top story," he added.He said he relied on Persian-language media based outside of Iran, including RFE/RL's Radio Farda, to follow the developments in Tunisia and other Islamic countries.In a January 19 speech, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad warned against "Western meddling" in Tunisia and said Tunisian politicians should respect the needs and choices of the people. Ahmadinejad added that Tunisians want an Islamic government.The demonstrations have also prompted debate and discussion among Iranians over why the country's Green Movement failed to bring change, and how it has been silenced since 2009.Prominent women's rights activist Parvin Ardalan said in a January 26 interview with the "Irish Times" that Tunisia's revolution has brought a sense of hope that is very important for Iranian activists, who have come under state pressure since the disputed presidential vote in June 2009."Some are looking to Tunisia and saying to themselves, 'We could do this in Iran, but why have we not achieved that yet?'" Ardalan was quoted as saying."Ben Ali is gone. When will Seyed Ali?" wrote one blogger in an apparent reference to Khamenei. Others, similarly playing with words, said: "Tunis tunest, Iran Na-tunest" ("Tunisia did it, Iran couldn't do it.")One Green Movement supporter updated his Facebook status on January 27 with a message of support for Egyptians who were planning to join demonstrations on January 28."Let's pray for the Egyptians who will take to the streets in a few hours, that they remain safe from beatings, arrests, and death. Let's hope Hosni Mubarak ends like Ben Ali and that the turn of other dictators in the region, including in our country, Iran, comes too. Long live freedom."Another activist shared on Facebook a picture of Ben Ali, Mubarak, and Khamenei that said: "Dictators must go." Hmmmmm......Another wrote Ahmadinejad you're next!Read the full story here.

  • Al Jazeera Releases Egypt Coverage Under Creative Commons.Qatar-based news service Al Jazeera has a long relationship with Creative Commons licensing. Now, for its coverage of the Egyptian uprising, it has released photographs via Flickr and video on a CC license. Available photographs and video are available for free use so long as the user gives attribution and does not alter the products. For the record, all the photographs and video in this post are from Al Jazeera.Source.

  • Number of U.S. Muslims will more than double to 6.2m in 20 years.The Muslim population in the U.S. will more than double to 6.2million in the next 20 years, it has been claimed.Immigration and high birth rates could see the number of Muslims rise to 1.7 per cent of the total population by 2030 - roughly the same number of Jewish people in the U.S.And the forecasts will mean the U.S. will have more Muslims than Kuwait.From 1990 to 2010 the number of followers of the Islamic faith around the world increased at an average rate of 2.2 per cent annually. Last year there were 1.57billion around the world. The U.S. increase from the current 2.6million will be mainly driven by immigration, according to figures prepared by a Washington think tank.Although several European countries will have substantially higher percentages of Muslims, the U.S. is projected to have a larger number by 2030 than any European country other than Russia and France.Read and see the full story here.

  • US wants immediate release of diplomat in Pakistan.The United States on Saturday called for the immediate release of a US diplomat it said was unlawfully detained by Pakistani authorities in Lahore, its embassy in Islamabad said.The man, previously described just as a consulate employee, is being held in police custody over the shooting deaths Thursday of two men he said he killed in self-defence."When detained, the US diplomat identified himself to police as a diplomat and repeatedly requested immunity under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations," the embassy said in a statement.It added, "Local police and senior authorities failed to observe their legal obligation to verify his status with either the US consulate general in Lahore or the US embassy in Islamabad"."Furthermore, the diplomat was formally arrested and remanded into custody, which is a violation of international norms and the Vienna Convention, to which Pakistan is a signatory."The man, named as Raymond Davis and described by the US State Department as an American civilian working for the US consulate in Lahore, was held at a police station on double murder charges over the deaths of two motorcyclists.A third Pakistani was crushed to death by a consulate car that went to help Davis following the shooting in a busy street in the eastern city on Thursday."The diplomat, assigned to the US embassy in Islamabad, has a US diplomatic passport and Pakistani visa valid until June 2012," the statement said.Recalling the events that led to Davis's arrest, it said the diplomat acted in self-defense when confronted by two armed men on motorcycles."The diplomat had every reason to believe that the armed men meant him bodily harm. Minutes earlier, the two men, who had criminal backgrounds, had robbed money and valuables at gunpoint from a Pakistani citizen in the same area."The embassy expressed regret that "this incident resulted in loss of life" and said it was "committed to working closely with the Pakistani government to secure the immediate release of the diplomat, as required under Pakistani and international law".Read the full story here.

  • "Life or death in Iran's Prisons".Mrs Zahra Bahrami Iranian-Dutch citizen Executed, Another Victim of Iranian Regime’s Political Game.Zahra Bahrami, the 45 year old Iranian-Dutch citizen and mother of two who was arrested during the 2009 Ashura protests (December 27, 2009), was hanged today.Zahra Bahrami was executed even though her second case file with political charges was still opened and unresolved.On August 16, 2010, branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court charged her with Moharebeh (enmity against God). She was detained since December 27, 2009 and spent a long duration of time in solitary confinement. Her other charges included “Acting against national security”, “Propaganda against the regime”, and “Membership in a royalist group”.Fars News Agency, the media outlet affiliated with Iran’s Security Military force, announced her charges as “Membership in an international drug smuggling gang/group” and “Working with a Dutch ally.”Last year she travelled to Iran to visit one of her children. Upon her arrest during post-election protests, Zahra Bahrami was held for months in the IRGC ward in Rajai Shahr ‘Gohardasht’ prison and ward 209 of Evin prison for interrogations.Zahra Bahrami’s death sentence was issued to her lawyer Jenus Sharif-Razi on January 2, 2011 by Judge Salavati, the head of branch 15. But, the final verdict on the death sentence was not announced to Zahra Bahrami’s family or lawyer.In an interview with Rooz, Sharif-Razi said that all case files related to drug offences do not get sent to the Appeals Court. Instead, the cases are sent to Iran’s General Prosecutor and only he may make a decision on the verdict. Sharif-Razi explained that she was unable to appeal the sentence and the only chance of launching an investigation into the case was by receiving amnesty from the Clemency and Pardons commission.Banafsheh Nayebpour, Zahra Bahrami’s daughter has stated in past interviews that the charges against her mother related to drug smuggling are completely baseless and all the confessions were extracted under torture. According to Banafesheh Nayebpour, her mother was guaranteed release if she made the false confessions. She also explained that the charges against her mother are politically motivated.In the past year, the Islamic Republic of Iran has forced political prisoners to falsely confess by use of torture and empty promises. The executions that are carried out affect the overall political environment in Iran.Hmmmm........"Islam the religion of Peace".Read the full story here.Updated:Geert Wilders is calling for the expulsion of the Iranian Ambassador from The Netherlands as reaction to the execution of the Dutch -Iranian woman!Twitter Here

  • HT:Memri.Spokesman For Islamic Movement In Tunisia: Movement Leader Al-Ghannouchi Is Returning.Hussein Jaziri, spokesman for the Islamic movement in Tunisia, said in Paris to the Iranian Al-'Aalam network that the leader of Tunisia's Islamic movement, Rachid Al-Ghannouchi, is returning to Tunisia on January 30.Source.

  • EDITORIAL: Witching hour for Black Panthers.Justice continues to block disclosure into department activities.The Black Panther voter-intimidation scandal is approaching the boiling point on four different burners. Evidence grows that the Justice Department is using illegitimate means to keep a lid on legitimate investigations. Because his department can’t be trusted to police itself, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. needs to appoint a special counsel.On Wednesday, Judicial Watch - a private watchdog - filed a brief in its case seeking release of official memoranda, arguing that government stonewalling, “is about political interference in [Justice’s] decision-making process and [the department‘s] efforts to avoid public scrutiny of that interference.” Most abused is the “deliberative process” privilege, which is intended for discussions made before and during litigation but is being claimed for documents created after the Black Panther case was concluded.On Thursday night, Todd Gaziano of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights protested, “The department doggedly continues to obstruct this investigation … Even the privileges that are recognized law (as opposed to being newly invented) are not valid against the [Civil Rights] Commission.” His most significant revelation is that, “The department‘s own Office of Legal Counsel has issued at least two opinions, which are binding on the department unless overruled, that came to the same conclusion.”same conclusion.”Mr. Holder has been hiding behind questionable self-investigations made by his own department. On Wednesday, former Justice attorney Hans von Spakovsky, now at the Heritage Foundation, challenged the bona fides of Robin Ashton, the new head of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility. OPR, which investigates ethics charges against department lawyers, has delayed for 17 months its inquiry into alleged wrongdoing by officials who dismissed complaints against the Black Panthers. Mr. von Spakovsky warns Ms. Ashton is “completely untrustworthy,” especially regarding allegations of improperly “rifling through confidential files and documents,” and charges Mr. Holder and other bureaucrats with directly compromising the overall OPR investigation.Hmmmmmm.....What else is the Obamination administration hiding?Read the full story here.

  • 'Brace for more snow': Groundhog Day Storm to affect 100 million people next week.Weather experts predicts a massive winter storm to hit on February 2.The severe conditions will affect the South, Midwest and Northeast. Big Apple deluged by snowiest January in history.A massive winter storm forecast for February 2 is set to adversely affect more than 100 million people weather exports reported today.The Groundhog Day snowstorm is expected to hit the South, Midwest and Northeast of the country, building from early next week.The storm is likely to severely impact ground travel, cancellation of flights and school closures according to AccuWeather.Hmmmm......GlobalWarming anyone?Read and see the full story here.

Friday, January 28, 2011

We Have Become a Religion of Extremism, Which Denies Women Their Rights.

HT:Memri. Hassan Chalghoumi, Imam of the Drancy Mosque, Paris, Against the Niqab: "We Have Become a Religion of Extremism, Which Denies Women Their Rights" Source.

MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • Egypt volatile situation : President Mobarak adress the nation live - Al Jazeera English - Live Streams From Egypt ! Here .
  • Egypt protests on Twitter!  here.
  • Liveblog - Egypt's protests erupt. here.

  • Egyptian government on last legs, says ElBaradei.The Egyptian dissident Mohamed ElBaradei warned President Hosni Mubarak today that his regime is on its last legs, as tens of thousands of people prepared to take to the streets for a fourth day of anti-government protests.The Nobel peace prize winner's comments to the Guardian represented his strongest intervention against the country's authoritarian government since he announced his intention to return to Egypt to join the protests. "I'm sending a message to the Guardian and to the world that Egypt is being isolated by a regime on its last legs," he said.His words marked an escalation of the language he used on arrival in Cairo last night, when he merely urged the Mubarak government to "listen to the people" and not to use violence.ElBaradei has been criticised by some Egyptians for the late return to his homeland, two days after the protests began – hundreds of people have already been arrested and exposed to the brutal tactics of the security services. But ElBaradei was keen to stress his solidarity with the protesters."There is of course a risk to my safety today, but it's a risk worth taking when you see your country in such a state you have to take risks," he said. "I will be with the people today."Hmmmm.....So far the declarations of the Muslim Brotherhood's spokes person?Read the full story here.

  • Related :Egypt Nobel laureate ElBaradei under house arrest(AP).Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Peace laureate who returned to his Egyptian homeland to participate in anti-government protests, has been placed under house arrest by security officials, according to a report by the Associated Press.Police have warned ElBaradei that he cannot leave his house in suburban Cairo to join demonstrators in the city.Earlier, police used water cannons and batons against ElBaradei during prior protest marches.Upon arrival in Egypt yesterday, ElBaradei told reporters “it is a critical time in the life of Egypt. I wish we didn’t have to go into the streets to impress upon the regime that they have to change.”The government warned that will take "decisive measures" to quell the uprising. At least seven people have died in the protests and about 1,000 have been arrested.
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  • 2 killed in Egyptian clashes, ElBaradei under house arrest.One woman killed in Cairo, another man shot to death in Suez in latest round of protests; ElBaradei arrested after hiding in mosque; Egyptian gov't imposes curfew, orders army reinforcement as violent clashes continue.At least two people were killed on Friday in mass Egyptian protests against the government. One woman was killed in Cairo, and another man was shot to death in Suez.The Egyptian government imposed a curfew from 6 pm to 7 am on Friday, in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez after violent demonstrations there.The decree was handed down by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who ordered the Egyptian army to give reinforcement to police to quell the protests, reported al-Jazeera.Also Friday, police placed Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei under house arrest. Earlier, after joining the latest round of protests, ElBaradei and his supporters were forced to hide inside a mosque while hundreds of riot police laid siege to it, firing tear gas in the streets around so no one could leave.One of the leaders of the opposition, Ayman Nour of the "El-Ghad" movement, also sustained a head injury from a stone, said al-Jazeera.Friday's protests saw tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators pouring into the streets of Egypt, stoning and confronting police who fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas in the most violent and chaotic scenes yet in the challenge to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.Hmmmm....."ElBaradei and his supporters" read "ElBaradei and the muslim brotherhood?Read the full story here.

  • Protests jolt Egypt's stock market to second biggest drop in history.CAIRO: Egypt's main EGX 30 index closed 10.52 percent lower on Thursday, at 5,646.5 points, its second sharpest drop in history.Suspended trading early in the day for 40 minutes, when the index was down 6.24 percent at 5,916.74 points, and then resumed trading at 11:30.Minutes later the benchmark index dipped lower to 8 percent and then to more than 10.72 percent before starting to pick up slowly, ending the day 10.52 percent lower.Upon reopening Thursday morning with a steep decline, a trader at CI Capital said, "It is a panic," referring to investors' sell-off in the market.Mohamed Elzayat, analyst at CI Capital, said, "Big investors, hedge funds and institutions are less nervous than retail investors."In total, 1.1 billion in volume was traded on the market, said CI Capital's head of research Mona Mansour.By the end of the day, total market capitalization reached LE 406.9 billion, according to the stock exchange website. The market has lost more than $10 billion.The Egyptian pound also continues its slide, falling to 5.854 against the green back, Mansour noted. The day before it closed at 5.8300 against the US dollar, the lowest since January 2005.In total this week the market lost nearly 40 Billion Dollar.Hmmmm....If they think the Muslim Brotherhood will solve unemployment in Egypt think again.Read the full story here.

  • Obama Administration Lifts US Ban on Muslim Brotherhood Leader.The Barack Obama administration has decided to lift a ban preventing Muslim Scholar Professor Tariq Ramadan from entering the United States. Ramadan, an Egyptian currently living in Switzerland, is a leading member of Europe’s Muslim Brotherhood branch and the grandson of the movement’s founder Hassan al-Banna. The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization for Hamas and some of the groups that recently merged into al-Qaeda, including Ayman al Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad.Ramadan was invited to teach at the University of Notre Dame in 2004 but the George W. Bush administration revoked his visa, citing a statute that applies to those who have “endorsed or espoused” terrorism. The administration later dropped the terror endorsement claim and linked the ban to $1,336 in donations Ramadan made between 1998 and 2002 to a Swiss charity that was later blacklisted by the US.Although the White House asked the court last March to uphold the Bush-era entry ban on Ramadan, the administration has now decided to lift the ban and possibly allow both Ramadan and South African Muslim activist Professor Adam Habib onto American soil. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters that the government no longer views Ramadan or Habib as representing threats to the United States. “The next time Professor Ramadan or Professor Habib apply for a visa, they will not be found inadmissible on the basis of the facts that led to denial when they last applied.”Hmmmm.....Anyone still doubting who Obama supports in Egypt?And why he has not called Mubarak?Read the full story here.

  • Obama Monitors Situation in Egypt.Al Jazeera: Obama doesn't support Mubarak ,no direct talks.President Barack Obama is closely monitoring the growing protests in Egypt, where thousands of people have taken to the streets to denounce the 30-year rule of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a White House official said this morning.At the State Department, spokesman P.J. Crowley expressed “deep concern” after Mr. Mubarak shut down the Internet and mobile phone service in Cairo. On his Twitter account, Mr. Crowley wrote: “Events unfolding in #Egypt are of deep concern. Fundamental rights must be respected, violence avoided and open communications allowed.”The remarks mark a shift since Thursday when Mr. Obama, at a YouTube town hall meeting, said Mr. Mubarak has been a strong ally of the U.S. “But I’ve always said to him that making sure that they are moving forward on reform — political reform, economic reform — is absolutely critical to the long-term well being of Egypt,” Mr. Obama said. He also said the government and protesters should be careful about resorting to violence and clamping down on free speech. “I think that it is very important that people have mechanisms in order to express legitimate grievance,” he said.Hmmmm....Obama is not to be seen or heard,the Commander in Chief in hiding,did he even take the 3 Am call?Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami in Friday Sermon: A New Islam-Based Middle East Is In the Making. Unrest Is Aftershock of 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.In his sermon today, Tehran interim Friday prayer leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said that in contrast to the U.S.'s dream of a new Middle East under its domination, a new Middle East based on Islamic principles is now taking shape. Stating that the popular uprisings in the Arab world herald the creation of "an Islamic Middle East" based on the religion and religious democracy – in contrast to claims by former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice that a new Middle East would be developed under the leadership of the U.S. and Israel – he underlined that this ongoing unrest is the aftershock of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.He added that the recent uprisings in the Arab world have Islamic support, as people poured into the streets with the slogan of "Allahu Akhbar (Allah is the Greatest)."Referring to the ongoing rallies in Yemen, he said that such developments are inspired by the Islamic Revolution in Iran. He also noted that Tunisians were holding their first Friday prayers since the departure of their dictator to demonstrate the Islamic Revolution's influence on their protests.Hmmmmm.....Obama "Islam is a Great Religion.Read the full story here.

  • Obama eyes unfolding events in Egypt.President Barack Obama has requested "multiple briefings" on the unfolding crisis in Egypt, where thousands of demonstrators were clashing with security forces, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said Friday.Obama has not called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak -- the target of the protesters' anger -- "but there is daily contact between the U.S. and Egyptian governments through various channels, including the embassies and other organizations in which Obama's messages and concerns are relayed," Vietor said.Obama has urged the government and demonstrators to refrain from violence as protests continued."It is very important that people have mechanisms in order to express legitimate grievances," he said this week.Vice President Joe Biden told PBS NewsHour on Thursday that Mubarak should listen to protesters. He also said the embattled Egyptian president is no dictator.Still, he said "violence isn't appropriate and people have a right to protest.""This is an important time for the government to demonstrate its responsiveness to the people of Egypt in recognizing those universal rights," Gibbs said.Hmmmm....How about Christians their rights in that region?Read and see the full story here.

  • HT:Aina.Khomeini's Return?What happened in Tunisia apparently hasn't stayed in Tunisia. Reportedly organized via the website Facebook, 90,000 Egyptians agreed to demonstrate in a "National Day of Wrath" on Police Day, an Egyptian national holiday. Demonstrators marched in Alexandria, the Nile Delta cities of Mansura and Tanta, and the southern cities of Aswan and Assiut, witnesses reported. Thousands massed in the capital city of Cairo, congregating at the central Tahrir (Liberation) Square on Tuesday chanting, "Down with Hosni Mubarak, down with the tyrant. We don't want you!" All across the Muslim world turmoil is erupting -- Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, and now Yemen. The frightening possibility is that, rather than being a force for liberation, these regional protests may in fact be undermining democracy by imperiling pro-Western allies one-by-one and fertilizing the soil for Khomeini-like Islamic factions to gain power and sow their killing fields. It could be the Iranian Revolution of 1979 all over again in these nations, and if it is, it represents a horrific scenario for Western and Israeli interests -- as well as for the people who will find themselves the victims of the Islamist bloodbaths that will by necessity ensue.Despite claims by the Interior Ministry that the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition group (although legally banned), is to blame for the mobilization, the Evening Standard of London is reporting that another opposition group, Sixth of April Youth, was responsible for the uprising. "Tomorrow, don't go to work. Don't go to college. We will all go down to the streets and stand hand in hand for you, our Egypt. We will be millions," one activist wrote on its website. As in Tunisia, where protesters were apparently inspired by the death of a poor Tunisian vegetable vendor who set himself on fire to protest corruption, Egyptians were reportedly aroused in similar fashion by the killing of Khaled Said, a young Egyptian who was reportedly beaten to death by two policemen in Alexandria last year.Rising food prices are contributing to the country's woes as well, a reality reflected by Sami Imam, a 53-year-old retired teacher who took part in Tuesday's protests. "I have not visited the butcher in six months," he said. Mr. Imam also said something that might encapsulate the reason why so many Egyptians, who have long feared the legendary brutality of Egypt's 1.4 million strong security forces, took to the streets: "The police cannot kill us because we, to all practical purposes (sic), are already dead."That sentiment seems to reflect the current reality which some in the media are referring to as a "tipping point," the "crossing of a psychological barrier" or a "domino effect" in a country where protests have usually drawn no more than a few hundred people at any one time. Yet the government itself may have played an integral part in allowing the demonstrations to gain momentum: according to Reuters, several police officers reported they were "under orders not to force a confrontation." It is speculated that the Egyptian authorities did not want "an escalation as in Tunisia, where a rising number of deaths and casualties only served to fire up protesters." illuminates a possible way out with respect to Egypt, but one which may also prove effective in dealing with whatever governments finally emerge in all three nations. The journal offers a strategy that consists of a two-pronged approach: "positive conditionality," in which military assistance provided by the U.S. would require quid pro quo political reform; and "answering the Islamic question," by which the Obama administration would signal a willingness to deal with the hard-line, anti-American factions (including Islamist groups), "as long as they fulfill the conditions of renouncing violence and committing to the rules of the democratic game."In other words, the carrot and the stick. But the carrot and stick need to be maneuvered with the kind of skill in foreign affairs that the Obama administration has yet to demonstrate to any degree of aptitude. There are no easy answers here, but if history is truly being made, it behooves this administration to get on the right side of it. Countries which have been allies are suddenly question marks, and the alternative "answer" is obvious: with Hezbollah in charge, Lebanon is effectively an Iranian proxy. On Facebook there is already a site calling itself the "Tunisian-Iranian Solidarity Network." Egypt? Time will tell--but time is not on America's side with respect to any of these upheavals. It is urgently important that Obama gauges the mistakes made by Carter in losing Iran to Khomeini in 1979, and to do all he can to avoid Iran all over again in the Middle East in 2011 and after.Hmmmmm........Obama you hear him warning the Muslim Brotherhood?Read the full story here.

  • Kuwaiti ruler grants $4 bn, free food to citizens.KUWAIT CITY (AFP) – Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Monday ordered the distribution of $4 billion and free food for 14 months to citizens as the oil-rich emirate prepares to mark national occasions.Each of the 1.12 million native citizens will get 1,000 dinars ($3,572) in cash as well as free essential food items until March 31, 2012, the KUNA news agency cited state minister for cabinet affairs Rudhan al-Rudhan as saying.The Gulf state, whose financial assets top $300 billion, will next month mark the 50th anniversary of independence, 20th anniversary of liberation from Iraqi occupation and the fifth anniversary of the emir's ascendance to power.The announcement was made following an overnight meeting of the cabinet. The 2.4 million foreign residents of Kuwait are excluded from the grant and the free food.The fifth largest OPEC producer has posted budget surpluses in each of the past 11 fiscal years, totalling more than $140 billion, and is also headed for another healthy surplus this year thanks to rising oil price.The government has made similar but smaller grants in the past.The Gulf Arab state provides a cradle-to-grave welfare system to its citizens who receive most public services and petrol at heavily subsidised prices and pay no income tax.Some 80 percent of Kuwait's 360,000-strong national workforce are employed in government jobs, where the average monthly wage is more than $3,500.Hmmm.....Fear is a powerfull motive?Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.In New Audio Message, Al-Qaeda Deputy Commander Sa'id Al-Shihri Calls Iran, U.S. Practical Allies Against Sunnis. Calls For Immediate Arming Of Every Sunni To Face Shi'ite Threat. Openly Endorses Gaza Salafist And Abdallah Azzam Brigade.In a new audio message posted on the Shumukh Al-Islam forum by the Al-Malahim media company, which is the media wing of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al-Qaeda  deputy commander and former Guantanamo detainee Abu Sufyan Al-Azdi (aka Sa'id Al-Shiri) speaks about the imminent, Iran-driven Shi'ite threat to Sunni Muslims in the region, with a special reference to the Houthis in Southern Yemen, and notes that Iran's and the U.S.'s shared agenda to eliminate the threat of the Sunnis (ahl al-sunna) has made them allies in practice.Read the full story here.

  • HT:AmericanThinker.Sharks Are Not Misunderstood Dolphins, and Islam Is Not a Religion of Peace.I've often been told rumors from very old, wise people about a time, long before I was born, when "Saturday Night Live" was both funny and relevant. It's hard to believe, but in those unimaginably distant days deep into the past, Chevy Chase played a Land Shark who wore various disguises in attempts to break into people's apartments and eat them. When subterfuge and gimmicks failed, he just lied and told various idiots he was a dolphin.Whenever there's a new Islamic terrorist attack somewhere in the world (and that's somewhat redundantly phrased because just about the only terrorist attacks that occur in this world are Islamic, unless of course you have heard of murder sprees the Amish and Buddhists often go on whenever someone draws a cartoon they don't like or names a dog after a self-proclaimed prophet they revere...oh wait, no, those are Muslims who do that, as usual...never mind), I always think of this dusty old SNL skit. The American media deliberately plays the role of stunned bystander shocked that there really was a Land Shark at the door.The idiots. No matter how many times the delusional fools in the American media try to convince you otherwise, sharks are not misunderstood dolphins, and Islam is not a religion of peace.When a Muslim commits an act of mass-murdering terrorism, in contrast, the left does not camp out in front of the shooter/assassin/bomber's home and scrutinize every person he ever in his life came in contact with and blame them all for his actions. Instead, the media personalities report on acts of terrorism the way they do shark attacks. When great whites gobble a surfer or menace a beach somewhere, the media runs footage of vacationers running screaming from the water, family members of the victims shocked and in tears huddled together by the lifeguard station, and plenty of stock footage of ambulances racing to hospitals with helicopters overhead surveying the carnage. No effort is made to track down the family of the sharks responsible for the attacks, and not much effort at all is made to get inside the mind of the sharks to figure out why they did what they did, or to pretend Governor Palin was behind it after all, just as everyone in the media suspected. Palin is behind everything, you know, except the things the media likes, which she's singlehandedly responsible for making less likable just because she's breathing. Always breathing, somewhere, living rent-free in the media's nightmares.If a big story about some explosive, horrific event comes knocking at the door, rest assured the New York Times and rest of the dinosaur media will first ask if a Muslim's involved before they decide on the course and tone of their coverage. If it's a member of the "Religion of Peace" who blew dozens to pieces, then the trusty old shark attack template for reporting is dusted off, with no blame assigned to anyone or anything for this lone animal's aggressive actions. If it's anyone at all with a link to conservatism who held the gun or lit the fuse, especially anyone connected to Governor Palin, no matter how remotely, then the story is covered obsessively, for months, with the full resources of the Gray Lady dumped into an indictment of every Republican less than a thousand miles away from the scene of the crime.It is as predictable and tired as a stale old "Saturday Night Live" skit. Only it's half as funny, and ten times as stomach-turningly tragic.Read the full story here.

  • Cold truths about electric cars' cold-weather shortcomings.Count me among the many thousands of Washington area residents who spent Wednesday night stuck in traffic as a snowstorm sowed chaos all around us. Being car-bound in sub-freezing weather for six hours can make a guy think. I counted my blessings. The situation could have been worse, I realized: My fellow commuters and I could have been trying to make it home in electric cars, like the ones President Obama is constantly promoting, most recently in his State of the Union address. It is a basic fact of physical science that batteries run down more quickly in cold weather than they do in warm weather, and the batteries employed by vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf or the Chevy Volt are no exception. The exact loss of power these cars would suffer is a matter of debate, partly because no one has much real-world experience to draw on. But there would be some loss. Running the heater to stay warm, or the car radio to stay informed, would drain the battery further.Even with substantial government subsidies, I doubt the president will get there. Michael Omotoso of J.D. Power and Associates - a consulting firm that, unlike the Obama Energy Department, has spent a lot of time asking consumers what they actually want - told me the number could reach 750,000 by 2015, and 1.1 million by 2020 if all goes well. But the million-car goal is meaningless: It would represent 0.4 percent of the U.S. automotive fleet, yielding no substantial reduction in carbon emissions or U.S. dependence on foreign oil for the government's multibillion-dollar investment. Alternative policies, such as a modest increase in the gas tax or support for more efficient internal combustion engines, would do more to accomplish the administration's legitimate goals faster and at lower cost. Call me a curmudgeon, but I think J.D. Power is optimistic. This subsidized market niche is just one well-publicized malfunction away from disaster. Perhaps a Volt battery will overheat and burst into flames, as some computer batteries have been known to do. Or maybe a Leaf driver will suffer frostbite while stuck in the next blizzard. Let's just hope one of his neighbors pulls over to help him out.Hmmmm....Driving that RAM Dodge gas guzzling truck?Read the full story here.

  • Obama vigorously defends Dems' healthcare reform: 'Granny is safe'.In his most vigorous defense of the healthcare law since Republicans took control of the House, Obama fired back Friday at GOP claims that the law deprives essential care for seniors and balloons the deficit.“You may have heard once or twice this is a job-crushing, granny-threatening, budget-busting monstrosity,” Obama said to pro-reform advocates at the Families USA annual conference in Washington. “That just doesn’t match up to the reality.”With House Republicans using committee hearings this week to pose the reform law as bad for business, Obama touched on a report from a large business advocacy group that said the law would reduce premiums for workers.“That’s money that business can use to grow to invest or hire. … That’s money workers won’t have to see vanish from paychecks or bonuses. That’s good for all of us,” he said.“And I can report that granny is safe,” he added, hitting back at GOP claims that the administration wants to ration expensive care for the elderly.“What I’m not willing to do is go back to the days when insurance companies could deny someone coverage because of a pre-existing condition,” he continued.Over the past month, Democrats have been emphasizing the law’s numerous consumer protections that have already gone into effect, such as coverage for children regardless of pre-existing conditions and discounted drugs for seniors in Medicare’s coverage gap. Touting those protections, Obama made clear Friday morning that repeal was out of the question for him.“I don’t want that for America, he said. “I don’t want that for our families. That’s not who we are, that’s not what we stand for.”Hmmmmm......I want,i want ...i don't want....What happened to the will of the people?Sounds pretty tyranny like ?Read the full story here.

  • Obama Plan to End Oil Tax Breaks Taps Controversy.President Obama is earning both praise and criticism for suggesting in his State of the Union address that gas and oil companies are "doing just fine on their own" and don't need the tax breaks they currently enjoy.Oil industry experts suggest the president, by singling out oil companies, could be defeating two of his stated goals: creating jobs and boosting renewable energy research."The administration seems poised to stifle one of the best ways to create jobs," said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, citing potential job growth in new petroleum exploration."We need policies that help the 9.2 million hardworking men and women in the industry, not hurt them," Gerard said.Gerard also says the industry invested over $58 billion dollars from 2000 to 2008 in "zero carbon emission technologies."Obama said on Tuesday that he is seeking a comprehensive approach to energy development."Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all -- and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen."Hmmmmm....It's high time that the President takes a big breath of reality?Read the full story here.

  • HT:Aina.'Top Muslim Scholars' Seem to Be Telling Us That Dialogue With Them is a Waste of Time.The decision of certain "top Muslim scholars" to suspend all dialogue with the Vatican in protest against Pope Benedict XVI's condemnation of anti-Christian violence in Egypt is deeply depressing, but I suppose we ought to have expected it. I recently reported, in a mood of probably foolish optimism, that there had been a backlash against anti-Christian attacks, not just among the Copts, but among Egyptian Muslims, too. There had been widespread calls by Muslim intellectuals and activists for Egyptian Muslims at large to flock to Coptic churches across the country to attend Coptic Christmas Eve mass, to show solidarity with the nation's Coptic minority, and also to serve as "human shields" against possible attacks by Islamist militants."Are there here," I asked, "signs of hope?" Perhaps, I ventured, "this is the beginning of a new era". I also added: "Then again, maybe it isn't. We shall see." Well, now I fear we have seen, despite those brave "human shields": for, in the end, I fear, this has been a welcome but impermanent moment of tolerance which has by now almost certainly dissolved.And the point is, of course, that whether or not they are for some reason engaging in "dialogue", these same "scholars" think they have a right and a duty not merely to urge the oppression of other religions but in the end to eliminate them entirely on their territory. Just as Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb was breaking off dialogue with Rome, one of his colleagues in the al-Azhar University, Dr Imad Mustafa, was issuing a fatwa. "He began," reports the Jerusalem Post:"… by stating the well-known doctrine of 'defensive jihad', that is Muslims must go to war against infidels who attack them. Of course, the word 'attack' is often spread rather thinly to justify aggression.But now Mustafa has publicly and explicitly come up with a new concept, one that up until now was supposedly restricted to groups like al-Qaida: 'Then there is another type of fighting against the non-Muslims known as offensive jihad… which is to pursue the infidels into their own land without any aggression [on their part]…'Two schools [of Islamic jurisprudence] have ruled that offensive jihad is permissible in order to secure Islam's border, to extend God's religion to people in cases where the governments do not allow it, such as the Pharaoh did with the children of Israel, and to remove every religion but Islam from the Arabian peninsula.' "And to remove every religion but Islam": what a detestable euphemism for murder. And that, in the end, it seems, is the ambition of the "scholars" of this important Islamic "university". I put these words into inverted commas to indicate what is rapidly becoming very obvious, even to those determined to put as optimistic a gloss on interfaith relations as possible: that the words really don't seem to mean to the Muslim world anything remotely like what we mean by them.Perhaps I am wrong to write thus in anger: but there is such a thing as righteous, or justified anger. If I am indeed wrong in what I have said here about the Muslim world, it is now up to that section of Islamic opinion which fundamentally disagrees with the views emanating from the al-Azhar University to make its views known as vigorously as the "scholars" have done. The ball is now in the court of "moderate" Islamic opinion. Is there anyone out there? If so, for heaven's sake, say something.Hmmmm....Anyone still doubting that the war on Christianity is busy?Read the full story here.

  • HT:TundraTabloids.Canada - Quebec - Neo Nazi site calls for boycott of Israeli shoes.Anti-Israel boycott at shoe store suspended; one protest group calls other racist.MONTREAL - The boycott of a shoestore that sells footwear made in Israel, which attracted national attention, has been temporarily called off by organizers worried it's become a magnet for extremists.The independently owned store, Le Marcheur, was dragged into the mire of Middle East politics when a group called Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) began protesting outside its doors every Saturday several months ago.The group is hoping a boycott will encourage the owner to stop selling BeautiFeel, a line of women's shoes made in Israel.Its actions triggered an angry backlash by several prominent Montreal figures, including both Liberal and Conservative politicians. But it's one of the boycott supporters that has PAJU worried.The Mouvement Nationaliste-Revolutionnaire Quebecois — or, in English, the Nationalist Revolutionary Movement of Quebec — announced plans recently to join the weekly protest.PAJU accuses the rival group of advocating racism, anti-immigrant beliefs and revolutionary violence."We are not going to permit extreme-right elements to promote their own racist agenda," said PAJU's president, Bruce Katz. "We're certainly not going to let them discredit our own legitimate actions."The MNRQ, on its website, calls for an anti-Israel "intifada in Quebec — just like in Gaza."The group is anti-capitalist, pro-Quebec independence, and proudly espouses its support for ethnic nationalism — namely, protecting the "identity and ethnicity of Quebec." It urges a crackdown on immigration.Archambault, who has been in business for 25 years, is in the process of buying his stock for next season, and says he has no intention of dropping the BeautiFeel line."This is Quebec. No one is going to tell us what to sell," he said.Pro-Palestinian activists have long advocated a general boycott of goods made in Israel as a way of pressuring the state to end what they describe as apartheid policies in occupied territories.But even boycott supporters have expressed some reservations about PAJU's decision to target a small, independent merchant."In my opinion, it's a mistake to boycott the whole store," said Amir Khadir, a member of the provincial legislature who heads the left-wing provincial party Quebec solidaire.Read the full story here.More on this from the TundraTabloids.

  • HT:Judicial Watch.Obama Justice Department Colluded with ACLU to Attack Arizona’s SB 1070 According to Documents Uncovered by Judicial Watch.Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today announced that it has received documents from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that show DOJ worked hand-in-hand with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in mounting their respective legal challenges to SB 1070, Arizona’s get-tough illegal immigration law. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on June 17, 2010, include email exchanges between DOJ officials and ACLU staff.Included among the documents obtained by Judicial Watch is a July 27, 2010, email exchange between Lucas Guttentag, leader of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and the DOJ’s Edwin Kneedler, Deputy Solicitor General.“It is one thing to share the ACLU’s disrespect for the rule of law but it is quite another to collude with the organization on a prosecutorial strategy against the State of Arizona. Frankly, these new documents show it is hard to tell where the ACLU ends and the Justice Department begins,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Obama Justice Department is supposed to be an independent, nonpartisan law enforcement agency. Many Americans will be disturbed, though maybe not surprised, to find that Eric Holder’s Justice Department is colluding with one of the most leftist organizations in the nation. We know whose ‘side’ this Justice Department is on when it comes to the enforcement of our immigration laws.”Hmmmm....A Democratic Administration or a Regime?Read the full story here.

  • Top Dem: We will ‘hang’ Republicans.Amidst a national dialogue about softening political rhetoric, members of an Obama-affiliated organization are threatening to hang Granite State Republicans in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, according to a news story in the Citizen of Laconia.“They’re going to hang themselves,” said Belknap Democratic Chair Ed Allard of Republicans. “And we’re going to help them.”Allard’s threat came during a meeting of despondent Democrats in Belknap County on Thursday evening. The meeting was hosted by President Obama’s Organizing for America.Allard’s remarks come at a time when some in the national Democratic Party have attempted to blame conservative rhetoric for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Gifford in Tuscon, Az. earlier this month.After the tragedy in Tuscon, President Obama himself urged Americans to “pause for a moment, and to make sure that we are talking to each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”Hmmmmm....."Together we Thrive" on the murder of innocent people?Read the full story here.

  • Obama put union bosses in charge of federal agencies, then exempted them from FOIA.President Obama is garnering lots of critical attention for his recently signed executive order directing federal agencies to conduct what appears to be a purely symbolic review their regulations for their economic impact, but another presidential document he signed nearly two years ago is anything but figurative.The document is Executive Order 13522, aka "Creating Labor-Management Forums to Improve Delivery of Government Services." As RedState's Labor Union Report notes, this EO was signed when the nation was distracted by the Obamacare debate.What the EO means, however, is that Obama "has turned over a significant portion of the Executive Branch of the United States government to union bosses." This could be the most significant federal policy decision regarding federal labor-management relations since President Kennedy signed the first EO in 1962 granting representatial rights to federal employee unions.In other words, Obama has given veto power on federal policy to the bosses running the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).As dangerous and destructive as that decision is, I guess nobody should be surprised that Obama and his advisors were careful to write the EO in such a manner as to exempt agencies under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from having to disclose documents that shed light on how this new management process actually functions.Ostensibly, the purpose of the exemption is to protect federal officials and encourage them to provide their most candid advice to decision-makers. In practice, the pre-decisional exemption is routinely used by federal bureaucrats and political leaders to shield from public exposure documents that reveal the influence of special interests.Special interests like federal employee unions.Go here for RedState's excellent explication and discussion of this very disturbing development.
    Hmmmmm.....How a dictatorship creeps up on you?Read the full story here.

  • HT:Northeast Intelligence Network.Constitutional contempt !28 January 2011: This is the most difficult report update I’ve ever filed on any investigative matter on which I’ve worked, and certainly the most important. It strikes directly at the heart of the national security of the United States, which has been under attack from within for the last 75 years or longer. What exists today began with people who are long dead, but whose agendas live on through others to whom the torch has been passed. It is the proverbial rabbit hole that goes deeper than most can fathom.At center stage stands Barack Hussein Obama, the man who currently holds the highest office in the free world. He is the contemporaneous result of decades of treasonous deceptions and socialist penetration into areas of our government that we were warned about by Senator Joe McCarthy, a man whose legacy has been deliberately rewritten so that the mere mention of his name evokes undeserved revulsion by the majority of people in America. Even though Mr. McCarthy has not been with us for over 50 years, his investigative work as a U.S. senator figures prominently into our current state of affairs.The marginalization of McCarthy and the deliberate expunging of historical records exposing the Marxist, Socialist and Communist infiltration into nearly all levels of our government of that era explains why we still find ourselves questioning not only the eligibility status of our current president, but the majority of his background. It is an undeniable fact that Barack Hussein Obama has refused to provide authenticated evidence of his eligibility to occupy our White House, the house of the American people. In fact, he has fought the release of records that would prove, once and for all, this most basic issue, and further refused to release documents that would provide insight into America’s most mysterious president.The mystery behind Obama extends well beyond the birth certificate controversy, although that has grown into the most recognizable issue of late. For better or worse relative to the truly important aspects of Obama, the actions and behavior of Hawaiian Governor Neil Abercrombie have fueled speculation among “birthers,” a pejorative term assigned to Americans who care about constitutional issues and the rule of law. Over a half-century ago, it’s likely that birthers would have been referred to as “McCarthyites” instead. The names have changed, but the template of marginalization is the same.The goals of the globalists have not changed. The desire to subjugate our national sovereignty has never before been so rabid. The closer our enemies within come to accomplishing their objectives, the greater the danger becomes to the freedom granted to us by God and our Constitution.As long as Obama is permitted to occupy the highest office without any person, group or agency demanding answers and accountability, the more dangerous and perilous times become. The longer we allow our elected officials to disregard our demand for answers, dismiss us, ignore us, or impugn the reasonableness of our concerns, the closer we are to losing our Republic.At issue is more than a piece of paper detailing the pedigree of Barack Hussein Obama. We need complete disclosure, and we need it now, not in 2012. Tomorrow might be too late.Hmmmm.....Meanwhile like a cancer  metastasis he's spreading his controll in the whole American administration?Read the full story here.

  • US president re-nominates envoy to Turkey.U.S. President Barack Obama late Thursday re-nominated Francis Ricciardone, the recently installed U.S. ambassador in Ankara, to the same position in an effort to extend his position to a full four years, the White House has said.Obama also re-appointed Matt Bryza, ambassador to Azerbaijan, Robert Ford, ambassador to Syria, and Norm Eisen, ambassador to Czech Republic, to the same posts and for the same purpose.While the chances of Ricciardone’s ultimate confirmation appear high, Bryza’s seem slimmer given his unpopularity among many members of the U.S.’ Armenian community."Armenian-American voters are, once again, disappointed that President Obama – having failed to honor any of his many pledges to Armenian American voters – is now, over the strong objections of senators from his own party, pressing for Senate confirmation of his controversial and deeply flawed recess appointment of Matt Bryza as ambassador to Azerbaijan," said Aram Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America."We look to senators to stand up for U.S. interests, American values, and our nation's diplomatic credibility by doing everything in their power to prevent the confirmation of this candidate," he said Friday.Radical Armenians view him as a pro-Turkish and pro-Azerbaijani official and are working against his appointment as U.S. ambassador to Baku. During last year's confirmation hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pro-Armenian Democratic Senators Robert Menendez and Barbara Boxer vetoed Bryza's new job.Hmmmm.....'Muslims don't commit Genocide'?Read the full story here.

  • Davos leaders: Save the euro, and the planet.France's president tried to save the reputation of Europe and its currency, battered by debt crises and worries about whether the continent is being steamrolled by speedier eastern economies.The presidents of South Africa and Mexico, meanwhile, worked to save the planet, sharing notes on hosting climate talks and how to get the U.S. and China - and the business community - to invest in cleaner energy.The overall mood at the World Economic Forum this year is more upbeat than the past two, but by no means celebratory. Thursday was no exception, as leaders, bankers and investors struggled for ideas to get Europe growing again.French President Nicolas Sarkozy sought to shake the euro worriers awake, vowing that he and European partners will "never turn our backs on the euro" and calling it a linchpin of peace and prosperity. That gave an extra boost to the rebounding currency on world markets."The disappearance of the euro would be so cataclysmic that we can't even possibly entertain the idea," Sarkozy said.Despite fears about the 17-nation currency's survival since the European Union and International Monetary Fund, or IMF, had to bail out debt-laden Greece and then Ireland last year, "the euro is still there," he said."Europe has had 60 years of peace and therefore we will never let the euro go or be destroyed. ... I speak as much for my German friends as I do for the French," he said.U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said his country had more confidence now that there is a sustainable expansion - but added that it is not a boom.Geithner, speaking Friday at the World Economic Forum, said in the wake of some expansion in the world's top economy, there was more confidence that slipping back into a recession was avoidable.He said that confidence was justified, citing economists who have forecast growth of between 3 and 4 percent this year and next for the United States.Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.Clarification by Queen Rania to MEMRI's Report on Holocaust Denial Posts in Her Facebook Account.On January 25, 2011, MEMRI reported on Holocaust denial posts featured on Queen Rania's official Facebook account. On January 26, the "Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah" emailed MEMRI, saying that the Facebook page is a "Fan page" and that only "profane" posts are removed by the administrator, since Queen Rania "welcomes full and frank discussions of all issues."It should be noted that the reason that MEMRI chose to report on these posts is that the link to this Facebook "fan page" appears on Queen Rania's official website: In addition, it appears that questioning whether the Holocaust is a myth was not considered "profane" enough to justify removal. Following is the "Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah"'s response to MEMRI's report, followed by the report itself."To Whom It May Concern,Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah's Facebook page is a fan page and, as such, has an administrator. The administrator only removes posts which are profane. No other posts are removed. Any other messages which have been deleted have been removed by those who post them. Queen Rania welcomes full and frank discussions of all issues on her Facebook fan page.Thank you,Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah".Read and see the full story here.

  • Hawaii senators hold prayer despite vote to end it.HONOLULU – A group of nine Hawaii senators held hands, bowed their heads and sought God's blessing Wednesday, signaling that they'll still pray despite a vote last week to abandon official invocations.Fears of court challenges compelled the state Senate to end prayers, making it the first legislative body in the nation to do so.The informal prayer Wednesday took place in the Senate chamber before the daily lawmaking session, convened in such a way so as not to contradict the decision to remove invocations from Senate business."The message is that not all senators have eliminated prayer," said Sen. Will Espero, D-Ewa-Ewa Beach-Lower Waipahu, who organized the group. "We're well within the confines of the law."The 25-member Senate changed its rules in a unanimous voice vote last Thursday to end prayers after the American Civil Liberties Union sent lawmakers a letter complaining that the invocations often referenced Jesus Christ, contravening the separation of church and state.Senate President Shan Tsutsui, who did not participate in the prayer session, said he condoned their independent movement to keep prayer alive."It's a matter of free speech," said Tsutsui, D-Wailuku-Kahului. "We do encourage members, at their own will and desire, to go ahead and engage in prayer."He said prayers could be held in the Senate in the future because the chamber's rules are silent on the issue following last week's vote.The brief prayer asked God to bless senators' choices and sought guidance to do right for the people they represent, said participant Sen. Pohai Ryan, D-Lanikai-Waimanalo."Government and faith should be separate. But just because I voted against it doesn't mean I'm not a spiritual person," Ryan said.Read the full story here.

  • HT:BigGovernment.Is SEIU Working With Hamas And FARC?Prominent current and former members of SEIU local 73 are being investigated for their potential ties to the Hamas and FARC terrorist groups.Late last year, their homes were raided by the FBI, and they were subpoenaed to appear in front of a grand jury for questioning.Joe Iosbaker, Chief Steward of SEIU 73, and Tom Burke (former board member of SEIU 73) are among 9 people who are subjects in the investigation. None of them have been charged with any crimes, yet.Two days ago, they refused again to appear in front of the grand jury.The interesting thing about these SEIU folks is that they also belong to a violently radical group called the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.It gets worse from there.This is the same group who, along with the other subjects of the FBI investigation, takes credit for staging the 2008 RNC protest-riots.Shockingly, SEIU leadership is supporting their accused members, and the chosen strategy of not cooperating with law enforcement.Beginning at 6:15 in the video below, SEIU’s Matt Brandon gives the union’s full-throated support for targets of the investigation.Let that sink in for a minute. SEIU members are being investigated for potential ties to terrorists, and SEIU leadership is supporting non-cooperation with law enforcement. Can we question their patriotism yet??Imagine Haliburton being investigated by DOJ for potential ties to terrorists, and their management comes out in support of ignoring grand jury subpoenas. Do you think mainstream media outlets might cover it?The bottom line is that in addition to demanding the right to riot on the streets of America, the Progressive movement in this country (including SEIU) wants the right to organize “non-violent” actions with Hamas and FARC.Hmmmm.......Fifth Column anyone?Read and see the full story here.

  • Opinion: Gingrich’s take on Obama’s vision.When I first heard that President Obama was using "winning the future" as the theme of his state of the union I thought it was ironically funny.I wrote a book, "Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America" in 2005. I used the title "Winning the Future" to make the case that the future was not automatically ours, that we Americans were not winning the future with our current policies and that we would have to make real changes to win.My book was also a warning to Republicans. It was a serious critique of the Republican failure to thoroughly rethink and replace failing government policies and institutions. I was suggesting the Republican Congress, after a decade of power, and the Republican administration were not being bold enough, creative enough or conservative enough.They didn't listen and suffered the consequences in the 2006 and 2008 elections.After telling us government is failing (with a cute story about three different departments dealing with salmon) he then proposed more power and more money for the very institutions he has just suggested were ineffective and inefficient.However, what was most depressing about President Obama's State of the Union address was not its big government liberalism, its clever maneuvering to keep all the big government of the last two years, or its failure to admit how much liberalism had failed to create jobs.What really saddened me about the President's State of the Union address was its shallowness and lack of serious dialogue.For three years we have been in the worst economy since the great depression. Millions of Americans are suffering from unemployment. We just learned that first time applications for unemployment benefits jumped by 51,000 last week. Housing prices are continuing to struggle.What has the president learned from these three years of failure? What should we change to get back to job creation? Why should we expect more spending by failing bureaucracies (President Obama's version of investment) to work?Sadly, there is no Obama plan for winning the future.There is an Obama plan for protecting big government, for pouring more money into broken bureaucracies, for borrowing several trillion more from the Chinese dictatorship.President Obama is on a path to lose the future while pretending to change things. The Republican House of Representatives should aggressively move forward and propose a scale of change to genuinely win the future. Let the American people see the contrast and let the American people decide if they want big government, high taxes, economic decay and dangerous cuts in defense.I believe the American people want to genuinely win the future and will prefer a future of smaller government, more entrepreneurship, more genuine investment within a free market, more replacement of failing policies and institutions and a lot more honesty about the real change we need.Hmmmm.....No to Big government and tyranny!Read the full story here.

  • HT:ChallahHuAkbar.Israel's End and the Annihilation of the Jews – Prophesied in the Koran & Bible.In an article in the Egyptian government weekly Al-Liwaa Al-Islami, Hassan Al-Hafanawi wrote that Israel's destruction was inevitable because it was prophesied in the Torah, the New Testament, and the Koran. Following are excerpts."The truly strange thing is that the greatest astrologist of all time, Nostradamus, confirmed in his prophecies that the world would witness the end of a foreign state on Arab lands before the thirtieth year of the [21st] century... In the prophecy of Armageddon in the Book of Revelation, the prophet John [of Patmos] emphasizes that the Kingdom of Israel would come to an end when the planet Pluto became visible from Earth, and this planet actually appeared in 1999, for the first time in some 30,000 years. In [Greek] mythology, [Pluto] is the lord of the dead and god of the underworld. What is more, according to Christian theology, the number 999 signifies the beginning of the anticipated end of the Jews, the beginning of the countdown... Read the full story here.Related :The Month of April 2011 and the Coming Changes in the world.Hmmmm....Now we have an aproximatly time?Read the full story here.

  • Portsmouth councillor in imam prayer protest.A Portsmouth councillor walked out of a council meeting because an imam was asked to deliver an opening prayer.Conservative councillor Malcolm Hey left Tuesday night's Portsmouth City Council chamber while Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo was speaking.The imam, from the Al Mahdi mosque in Wickham, had been invited by the city's lord mayor Paula Riches.Mr Hey said it was not appropriate for a Muslim to deliver prayers at the start of a full council meeting.His behaviour was heavily criticised by Muslim community group Wessex Jamaat, which said snubbing the imam by walking out was "a serious issue".Mr Hey, ward councillor for Copnor, is a founder member of the Grace Baptist Church in Copnor Road."In a letter, and without any consultation, the lord mayor invited, and will invite, other religions to take part and I was not happy with that," he said."I'm a Christian, not a Muslim, and I do not believe we are praying to the same god."I think we have a tradition of Christianity in this country, our legal system is based on that, and most of our official meetings have some Christian prayers or worship as part of that event."I do not think at this point in time it's reasonable to change our history and have, say, some Muslim tradition brought into that environment".Read the full story here.

  • A new Holocaust?Op-ed: Combination of threats may end up leading to mass murder of Israeli Jews.On January 27th, 66 years ago, the Auschwitz extermination camp was liberated. In many countries, it has become Holocaust Memorial Day. On a day which recalls absolute evil, it is natural to ask questions such as: Will Iran succeed in making an atom bomb and if so, when will it become operational? In light of the many years of threats by its leaders, will Iran use it against Israel? These seem to be the most realistic aspects of a far more diverse discussion of whether once again, there can or will happen a “genocide of Jews” (which is a more adequate expression than “Holocaust.”)The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi told US Air Force General T. Michael Moseley in 2007 that the waterways for oil transport from the Middle East would be threatened by an Iranian bomb. He asked the American army to stop Iran’s nuclear program “by all means possible.” The same request was made in 2009 by the King of Bahrain to US General David Petraeus. Many Iranian leaders have an apocalyptic world view. Former Iranian President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani said in 2002 that “the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam.”The publicity around the threat of genocide is focused mainly on Iran. Another possible nuclear threat can manifest itself much faster. From documents exposed by WikiLeaks we know that authorities in the United States, Great Britain and Russia are worried that Islamic terrorists could come into possession of Pakistani atom bombs or fissile material.American Ambassador in Karachi Anne Patterson informed Washington at the beginning of 2009 that it was not probable that an Islamic militant would steal an entire weapon. However, the probability existed that someone in the nuclear installations could slowly smuggle out sufficient material to make a bomb.Once combined, all of this anti-Israel propaganda and related activities could lead to such huge political pressure that Israel would have no choice but to return to indefensible borders – those which Abba Eban once termed “the Auschwitz borders.” If this scenario comes to fruition, it increases the possibility of a - be it delayed - mass murder of Israeli Jews. Read the full story here.

  • HT:TheAmericanDream.Moral Relativism.John Adams, the second president of the United States, once made the following statement: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other." As we promote a return to constitutional principles, perhaps we should also be asking ourselves if the American people are moral enough to uphold and defend our Constitution anymore. Will a political shift in Washington D.C. solve all of our problems, or should we be looking into our own hearts as well? As controversial as it may be to question the morality of the American people, the truth is that after all of the shocking things that have transpired in this nation over the last 50 years someone certainly should be willing to ask the hard questions. It would be hard to deny that moral relativism and moral decay are absolutely rampant in the United States today, and that our moral problems are very much at the heart of many of our problems.A lot of people don't like to talk about morality. In fact, many of my regular readers will probably throw a fit just because I am using the word "morality" in an article. But you know what? Without morality a society cannot function. Our founding fathers knew this. But somehow we have come to believe that morality and politics can be separated.The truth is that when you fully take all morality out of politics you end up with a Hitler or a Stalin or a Mao. You end up with death camps, torture, mass genocide and social chaos.Unfortunately, Americans can't really seem to agree on what is "moral" and what is not anymore. Moral relativism dominates in our society today. Nobody really knows what the "rules" really are.But if we all are living by different rules, then how is society going to continue to function? The truth is that moral relativism simply does not work and our society is starting to find that out.The list posted below is a perfect example of that.Many of the things that I think are "morally wrong" will cause outrage among my regular readers.Why?Because the vast majority of us have become moral relativists. We just make up right and wrong as we go along.But hopefully most Americans that will read this list will realize that these 20 signs are indications that something is very, very wrong with the moral compass of this nation....Read the full story here.

  • HT:CreepingSharia.Florida: Muslim leader pleads guilty to assault and battery.(Tallahassee, FL) January 26, 2011 Bassem Alhalabi of United Voices for America (UVA) pled guilty to assault & battery charges on J. Mark Campbell of the Florida Security Council and investigative journalist and Chairman of Americans Against Hate Joe Kaufman.According to the States Prosecutor Tiffany Cruz Bassem Alhalabi took the plea for a reduced sentence of community service and the attendance of the court ordered anger management course.Read and see the full story here.
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