"The mystic chords of memory" and "the better angels of our nature" are phrases that have entered the language. But I wonder, of those who use those phrases, especially the second, know the full speech where these phrases first appeared.
Here it is, not the celebrated Second but the seldom-quoted-in-full First Inaugural.
Three men held three days before Remembrance Sunday had planned to behead a member of public in the UK, using knives, a court has been told. Three Muslim radicals accused of plotting to behead a member of the public on the streets of Britain laughed and grinned as they appeared in court for the first time. Nadir Ali Sayed, 21, from Hounslow, 19-year-old Yousaf Shah Syed, from High Wycombe, and Haseeb Hamayoon, aged 27, from Hayes, West London, appeared before Westminster magistrates on Thursday afternoon.
The trio arrived at court on Thursday afternoon in two heavily armoured prison vans flanked by three unmarked police cars operating flashing blue lights and sirens.
They are each charged with: "On or before 6 November, 2014, charged with the intention of committing acts of terrorism, or engaged in conduction or preparation of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the terrorism act."
Mr Sayed, from Hounslow, Mr Syed, from High Wycombe, and Mr Hamayoon, from Hayes, spoke only to confirm their names and addresses during the short hearing. All three were arrested on November 6 on suspicion of plotting terrorist acts.
They each wore the same grey Islamic dress with white collars. Mr Sayed and Mr Syed refused to sit for most of the hearing, at times laughing hysterically as details of the evidence against them were read. Mr Hamayoon sat throughout the hearing, nodding and grinning at two older family members sat in the public gallery.
They were remanded in custody to appear next at the Old Bailey on 4 December
Even The Economist Has Had To Acknowledge That Islam Condones Slavery
When it comes to the Arabs and Israel, or to anythiing involving the world's Muslims, The Economist has for decades been as awful as The Guardian or the BBC. But last month, at least one article -- on slavery and Islam -- managed to appear in its pages. It's so unusual, so unlike The Economist, that we might as well pay tribute to it -- and to the existence of the Islamic State which has made many such revelations or acknowledgements unavoidable -- here.
One of the country’s most successful inner-city state schools is to be failed by inspectors for neglecting to safeguard its pupils from extremism in an echo of the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” affair.
Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Red Coat Church of England school in Tower Hamlets, east London, will be placed in special measures by the education standards watchdog Ofsted for failing to monitor the activities of an Islamic society set up by sixth-formers at the school.
In particular, a Facebook site set up by the society contained links to hard-line Islamist preachers – a move which could have made pupils vulnerable to radicalisation. The society also set up its own YouTube channel which was not monitored.
According to Ofsted, that constituted a failure to safeguard the pupils – a breach for which it had to be placed in special measures. It is the first school outside of Birmingham to be failed on such a safeguarding issue.
The school is also criticised for allowing segregation between boys and girls in the playground.
The report, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, will be published tomorrow – alongside reports on six other independent Muslim schools which are also understood to raise safeguarding issues.
It places a question mark over how schools should police Islamic societies – growing numbers of which are being set up in state schools. Sources believe inspectors will soon be exposing similar issues in schools elsewhere in the country. Islamic societies at some universities have been linked to radicalisation and extremism.
The school’s headteacher, Haydn Evans, who was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List, is said to have been “shell-shocked” by the decision to place it in special measures. . . Many headteachers in Tower Hamlets are understood to believe that Ofsted’s judgement is harsh. “This is in no way ‘Trojan Horse mark two’,” said one source. “This is very, very, very different to Birmingham. There are no governors wanting to take over the school and introduce hard-line Islamic practices. It has just slipped up in one area.” A very, very, important area, that of protecting children from undesirable influences.
Sources said concerns over safeguarding would automatically lead to a school being failed in the leadership and management category of an inspection – and thus cause it to be placed in special measures. Despite being a Church of England school, its intake is 80 per cent Bengali Muslim – reflecting the make-up of the community it serves. It only reserves 18 per cent of its places for pupils from a Christian denomination. Another failure in my opinion. A Church school should uphold the Gospel, not facilitate the spread of an ideology that persecutes Christians. But I'm told that I'm old fashioned.
The school announced on its website that it will close today for “staff training”, leading to rumours that major changes are being made to practises. In its promotional material SJC admits to operating segregated sixth form common rooms. One that is only open to girls, whilst the other one is open to both sexes.
The OFSTED report is expected to cite the segregated common rooms as one example of the school operating according to strict Islamic rules. They are also highly critical of a referendum that was held to decide whether boys and girls should enter the schools via separate entrances. In classes they offer an AS level in Islamic studies, despite officially being a Church of England School. No Christian equivalent is advertised.
In the promotional description of the course, the school says: “Not a week goes by when something to do with Islam is not mentioned on the news, e.g. the cartoons insulting the prophet, terrorists causing atrocities in the name of Islam, the rights of women, Shariah Law etc. The great thing about this course is that students will learn exactly what Islam is about, its true beliefs and practices.”
Media Manipulation of the Jerusalem Synagogue Murders
In the wake of the horrific news of the slaughter at the Kehillat Yaakov synagogue in Jerusalem, we convened an on-air discussion on 1330WEBY in Pensacola. During the broadcast word came of the fifth death, an Israeli Druze Border Policeman. A sixth victim of their barbarous attack is reported to have fallen into a coma. This was as a result of the Islamikaze attack by two cousins from the Jabel Mukaber section of east Jerusalem, Odei Abed Abu Jamal, 22 and Ghassam Mohammed Abu Jamal, 32, equipped with guns, knives, and meat cleavers. They were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine allegedly motivated by Jewish threats to the Haram al Sharaf/ Temple Mount. They were shot dead by the two Israeli police at the blood spattered horrific scene inside the synagogue in Har Nof that took the lives of four rabbis, three dual citizen Americans and a Briton. In the aftermath of this heinous attack, sweets and cookies were distributed in Gaza City while Palestinians there celebrated the grisly murders of the rabbis at Kehillat Yaakov synagogue in Jerusalem.
The ‘we” included WEBY Your Turn host and general manager Mike Bates, this writer and Rabbi Eric Tokajer of Brit Ahm Synagogue in Pensacola, host of WEBY program, “In the Beginning.” This summer we did several programs to update the Gulf Coast listener audience of the threats to Israel during the 50 day IDF Operation Defensive Edge. The rocket and terror tunnel war was launched by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the wake of the murders of three Jewish Yeshiva students by Hamas operatives masquerading as observant Jews. They were killed while hitchhiking home near Hebron. That series of radio discussions culminated in the launch of a local Federation sponsored Stand for Israel rally in historic Seville square with hundreds of attendees.
Prior to the segment, Bates and I looked at two disquieting videos of President Obama’s remarks regarding the slaughter at Kehillat Yaakov synagogue. One was produced by CNBC, while the other was the raw AP news video. Conspicuous by its absence in the former was President Obama’s morally equivalent lines in his statement, “Too many Israelis and too many Palestinians have died”. Breitbart drew attention to Obama’s remarks in the raw AP video, Obama Responds to Jerusalem Synagogue Attack: 'Too Many Palestinians Have Died'. However, as Rabbi Tokajer observed during the opening moments of our discussion, CNN had an earlier breaking headline of the grisly synagogue attack, “Two Palestinians shot Dead by Israeli Police “. This while sweets and cookies were being handed out and Palestinians celebrated in Gaza. I drew attention to the deep links between the Obama White House and major media illustrated by Deputy National Security Advisor and spokesperson, Ben Rhodes, whose brother David heads CBS News. As one aspect of that, I referred to the editing of reportage by former CBS correspondent Sheryl Atkisson over the Benghazi episode that she chronicled in her new book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington.
Early on in the radio discussion, I drew attention to one of the victims of the synagogue slaughter, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, son of revered Chassidic Rabbi Isadore. As a native of the Boston area I spoke of the esteem the Twersky rabbinic dynasty was held in, reflected in the naming of the new Harvard Judaic Studies Center after Rabbi Isadore, its founding director. Rabbi Jonathan Hausman of Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton, Massachusetts commented in a Skype IM exchange, that “Moshe's father was the Talner Rebbe. A giant.” The Twerskys were an important Rabbinic dynasty that The Forward pointed out in an article melded both Chassidic and Modern Orthodox Judaism. Rabbi Moshe Twersky’s grandfather on his mother’s side was Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, a renowned Jewish scholar who founded the Maimonides School from which Rabbi Twersky graduated.
During the segment we discussed the incitement and duplicity in the condemnation by PA President Abbas that was quickly seized upon by the President Obama and the mainstream media. Abbas, as Bates pointed out was serving in the tenth year of an initial four year term as PA President, had stoked the violence in Jerusalem in the wake of an American born Palestinian youth murdered by three Israeli youths. Bates said that the Jewish perpetrators had been arraigned and doubtless will be prosecuted for their crime.
Rabbi Tokajer commented that perhaps behind this current wave of violence lay a reality when he pointed out that "according to a recent survey by Near Eastern Consulting 75% of Palestinians do not accept Israel's right to exist and reject a two state solution.” He noted that Administration had repeatedly accused PM Netanyahu of stoking the Palestinian violence through announcements of new housing construction in Jerusalem. To which Bates replied this criticism was unwarranted as there was a project that set aside nearly half the units for Arabs.
That was exemplified by the contretemps during the October 2014 Netanyahu visit with Obama in the Oval Office. over the announcement of 2,610 units in Givat HaMatos. White House press spokesman Josh Earnest expressed deep concern with construction of “settlements” in “sensitive” areas of east Jerusalem. Further Earnest said , "This development will only draw condemnation from the international community, (and) distance Israel from even its closest allies”, a clear reference to the Administration. Israel PM Netanyahu at a New York press conference later the same day disputed the comment saying, “Arabs in Jerusalem purchase homes freely in the west of the city and nobody says that’s forbidden. I don’t intend to tell Jews that they can’t buy homes in East Jerusalem.” It was left to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat angered by the White House attack who issued this statement:
I say this firmly and clearly: building in Jerusalem is not poisonous and harmful – rather, it is essential, important and will continue with full force. I will not freeze construction for anyone in Israel's capital. Discrimination based on religion, race or gender is illegal in the United States and in any other civilized country
Our discussion then focused on Abbas and Jordan’s upset at Jewish claims that they are entitled to pray on the temple mount, which is also shared by Muslims as the fourth most revered Mosque in Islam. Turning to the religious conflict over the Temple Mount, Bates, who had his first visit to Israel in March 2014, referred to the sign that Jews were not permitted to pray on the Temple Mount, the Noble Sanctuary/Haram Al Sharaf as Muslims refer to it. He mused that the spot is revered by Jews as well as Christians as the Dome of the Rock is the mythic location of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of Isaac, the Akeda in Hebrew, but had been aborted by Angels carrying instructions from Ha Shem.
We pointed out the contemporary conflict over Jewish rights to pray on the Temple Mount in the shooting of another American –born Israeli victim of Palestinian violence, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, head of the Temple Mount Faithful that seeks civil rights for Jews to pray there. Glick was assaulted at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in late October 2014 and shot three times by a Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative, Mutaz Hijazi, who after fleeing the scene on a motorcycle was tracked down and killed by Israeli Border police.
The continuing denial of Jewish and Christian rights to pray on the Temple Mount under Israeli law can be traced to the key role that the legendary Moshe Dayan played in urging the Knesset to pass legislation ceding control over the Temple Mount to the Waqf or trust appointed by the King of Jordan, hence the role played by King Abdullah in the current contretemps. Meanwhile the Muslim appointees have done everything possible to destroy the heritage of Jewish presence by excavating under the Haram al Sharaf/Temple Mount.
Rabbi Tokajer brought up the issue that the myopic delusion of a peace settlement between Israel and the PA based on the 1949 Armistice Line. He said that there is no reason for a division of unified Jerusalem given that a Palestinian State already exists, Jordan.
We brought up the matter of the UAE’s designation of a host of terrorist groups that included, Al Qaeda, ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood and two of its US affiliates, the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS). The question was brought up about both the UAE and Saudi Arabia having major financiers underwriting these terrorist groups. Rabbi Tokajer pointed out that Arab society is based on loyalty to family, clan and tribe; hence, you could have subjects of Arab states who would view their contributions to these designated terrorist groups as simply Zakat or Charity in support of following the way of Allah, jihad. Bates asked how Saudi Arabia and the UAE could control that. I responded by saying perhaps the US Treasury Undersecretary for Finance and Terrorism might advise them, as we apparently know who are these financiers are.
When the question of what Israel might do, we referred to American –Israeli Vic Rosenthal suggestions in his blog, Abu Yehuda. Rosenthal’s suggestions included the Knesset passing a Basic Law declaring Israel a Jewish State, Annexing Area C that includes Judea and Samaria, leaving Areas B and D on the West Bank as an autonomous entity with 98 % of the Palestinians in the West Bank. However that still left the matter of dealing with the ironic situation of disloyal Arab Muslim Members in Israel’s Knesset engaging in seditious acts seeking to foster the destruction of the Jewish State. Then there is the ISIS wannabe Israel Arab Muslim Sheik Real Salah of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement inciting violence against Jewish, Christian and Druze citizens seeking to declare a Caliphate to supplant Israel. The Knesset might adopt legal proceedings to be conducted to deprive citizenship and eject such individuals. That is, if the Israeli High Court doesn’t overturn it.
On the matter of what the new GOP controlled US Congress might do when the 114th session begins on January 3, 2015, we offered some suggestions. Congress might seriously consider defunding the Palestinian Authority. It might deny US funding for reconstruction of war torn Gaza. That might raise the question of depopulating Gaza, allowing voluntary transfer elsewhere in the region. Something that Egypt and other Members of the Arab League had heretofore barred. Now Egypt has effectively created a buffer zone in the Rafah gap destroying housing and smuggling tunnels, isolating the residents of Gaza. Perhaps, if this fantasy occurred Gaza might serve as a safe haven for persecuted Middle East Christians.
Six men have been named, shamed and barred from contacting underage girls in a landmark anti-exploitation case - despite there not being enough evidence to convict them of a crime. The injunction was won by authorities in Birmingham today against the six men - three of whom were found with a 'vulnerable' girl in a hotel room.
They can be named as Omar Ahmed, 27, Sajid Hussain, 40, Mohammed Anjam, 31, Naseem Khan, 30, Mohammed Javed, 33, and Alam Shah, 36, after a judge ruled it was in the public interest for their identities to be released.
That was despite the objections of West Midlands Police - who despite applying for the injunction, argued the men's names should be kept secret to protect their private lives. Even though the men have now been named, the force says it will not be releasing their photographs for the same reason.
A spokesman said: 'We have a duty to consider the impact of releasing the men's images on innocent family members, such as their partners and their own young children.'
Javed, from Tyseley, Khan, from Bordesley Green, and Shah, from Small Heath, claimed they were doing nothing wrong when police found them in a room at the Ibis Hotel in Birmingham with the teenager. He claimed he met the girl at petrol station in August, and was drunk so he took her to the hotel room back and paid £40 in cash for the room. He said nothing inappropriate happened, although they were both drinking vodka. He then said he called his friends Khan and Shah to take him home
But the judge said Javed's evidence was 'incredible' and he was 'plainly lying.' He said the other two who claimed to have gone to the hotel to take him home as a friend were also lying. He said: 'I am satisfied all three of them were engaged in the sexual exploitation of the girl.'
The injunctions bar them from contacting, approaching or following the girl and from approaching 'any female under the age of 18 years, not previously associated with him, on a public highway, common land, wasteland, parkland, playing field, public transport stop or station.' They must also not allow any female under the age of 18 not previously known to them 'to enter into or remain in any private motor car or taxi in which he is driving or travelling as a passenger.' They were also banned from texting or contacting the girl by any means including 'face to face contact, telephone (mobile/landline/facetime/skype etc), text messages, msm, blackberry, chatrooms, or other social media'. And they are forbidden from passing on details for the girl, 'for example name, location, address, telephone numbers' or 'incite, encourage or facilitate the introduction of the (the girl) to any other male.'
If the injunctions are broken, the men could be jailed for up to two years for contempt of court.
Left to right. Top row Allam Shah, 36, and Naseem Khan. Bottom row Mohammed Anjam and Mohammed Javed
One of the men said the proceedings were 'racist' as he left court today.
Politics is a contact sport. Expressions like “dirty politics” are redundant. Maybe there should be boundaries. Alas, even rhetorical restraint doesn’t seem to make the cut in Washington these days.
The latest smut comes from a high ranking White House official who calls the Israeli Prime Minister a “chicken shit.” The Obama official also referred to Netanyahu as “aspergery,” a thinly veiled attack on the Prime Minister’s family. One of Netanyahu’s kids has Asperger’s Syndrome. Does it get any worse than using the handicapped to smear an opponent?
The anonymous Oval Office hit man, according to Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, expands the scatological metaphor to suggest that Benjamin Netanyahu, former Sayeret Matkal, is a “coward.” Surely, the chicken shit sound bite was an authorized leak – and possibly another symptom of Jew baiting on the American Left.
Speaking of chickens...
To set the record straight, Netanyahu served in two wars and saw combat in more than a few Special Forces operations. He was wounded several times and lost an older brother, also with the IDF SOF, in combat during the Entebbe Raid.
Netanyahu’s a coward? Compared to whom? Surely not Barack Obama! How brave is it for a President to hide behind an anonymous staffer who slanders another head of state? How much courtesy does it take to pick up a phone and make the apologies yourself? How much integrity does it take to fire the offender in the most public way possible?
According to White House back biters, Netanyahu is a coward because he will not make a suicide pact with the Fatah/Hamas caliphate. In truth, there is no deal in the Mideast because there is no deal to be made. The problem isn’t Netanyahu or recognition of Palestine, the problem is Arab failure, Hamas in particular, to recognize and respect Israel. Netanyahu has put Hamas where it belongs, in the same sty as ISIS. The Israeli Prime Minister is the only leader in the civilized world with the courage to call terror and Islamic barbarism by their proper names.
Anti-Semitism is the apogee of cultural vulgarity; a political pathology that apparently now infests the academy, the American Left, White House and State Department rhetoric. An administration that cultivates divisive domestic tactics now elevates division to strategy with allies abroad.
Bibi and Barry as young men
The irony of any Netanyahu/Obama juxtaposition is that Bibi is a former decorated Israeli soldier who knows how and when to fight and Barry is a community organizer who cannot make a coherent national security decision or take responsibility for failed half-measures and inertia. As young men, Obama posed proudly with a joint while Netanyahu posed proudly as an IDF Special Forces soldier. Those images might say everything that needs to be said about either man’s character. Obama was wasting on weed while Netanyahu and his brother were wasting terrorists.
Given a choice between Netanyahu and Obama, which kind of man might lead a nation, or the world for that matter, to victory over the likes of ISIS or militant Islam?
No surprise that cannabis entered the American cultural mainstream in the Obama years. God knows America needs as many crutches and escapes from reality as possible these days.
G. Murphy Donovan writes about the politics of national security
Kenyan security forces on Wednesday (Nov 19) carried out fresh raids on mosques in the port city of Mombasa searching for weapons and supporters of Somalia's Shebab militants, police said.
Grenades, ammunition and petrol bombs were seized in raids on the Swafaa and Minaa mosques, taking the total to four mosques searched since Monday in the tense city, officers said. Local police chief Richard Ngatia said 110 people were arrested, adding to more than 250 arrested on Monday. "There was obviously a lot more than just prayers and sermons taking place," he said.
The action comes just two days after police raided and closed the Musa and Sakina mosques in the same city in a search for weapons and radical supporters of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab. One person was shot dead as they tried to throw a grenade at police on Monday. Police seized hand grenades and a pistol, and arrested more than 250 people. Black Islamist flags, such as those flown by the Shebab, were also found.
Four people were stabbed to death in apparent revenge attacks on Monday, with gangs taking to the streets beating some and knifing others.
"I want to make it clear that houses of worship cannot and shall not be taken over by criminals or used for criminal activities, including terrorism," Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said in a statement late Tuesday.
Mombasa-based civil society group HAKI Africa, warned Wednesday that "forceful and violent strategies only act to heighten tension in what already is a volatile situation." While accepting that grenades had been found, he also said police had a "reputation" among some Kenyans of planting evidence - claims the security forces have repeatedly denied.
Police refusal to take off their shoes while enterings mosques had angered many, he added. "It is very disturbing to note that the police are making it their modus operandi to raid places of worship and violate the fundamental rights and freedoms of worshippers," he said.
We’ve told you on this program in the past about the Tides Foundation. No, this foundation has nothing to do with laundry soap and everything to do with washing up piles of US money on Canadian shores and influencing Canadian politics. They, and their US backers, have been active in the fight to stop the Keystone pipeline, the Northern Gateway Pipeline and to shut down the oil sands.
But they are more than an anti-oil sands group. Remember when we told you about Leadnow, the Canadian group with all the American backers, links to Moveon.org and the Obama campaign? This is the group that started the robo-complaints about robo-calls, started protests claiming they were grassroots movements and tried to over throw democracy. Well one of the board members of Leadnow is the director of Tides Canada, Ross McGregor. Leadnow is obviously sensitive to the revelation of all these connections to the American far left because they have beefed up McGregor’s online bio to show that he’s also highly involved in Liberal politics including helping to run Dalton McGuinty’s campaigns in 2003 and 2007. No big surprise there.
Well how does this fit in with the CBC? It’s an interesting little shell game they have going on these supporters of the state broadcaster. Just like the robo-call protests they have launched a campaign to keep the CBC from getting cut and they want you to believe that it is grassroots. It is anything but. What it is, is Astroturf laid down by Tides and the union movement including an American union all to help the CBC. Take a look at this chart.
I’ll try to explain it because it gets confusing. The column on your rights shows the links to the left wing billionaires. They give money to Tides USA who then pass it on to Tides Canada. Essentially the Tides Foundation is a bit of a clearinghouse for left wing causes to get funding. But sometimes the US billionaires give the money directly to Tides Canada. Tides Canada has taken $62 million from US sources over the last decade. One of the groups they currently fund and one of the groups they give tax receipts out for is Openmedia.ca, a very political website. It’s not a charity itself but if you want to give them money and still want a tax receipt you give the funds to Tides Canada and they give you a tax receipt before passing it on to Open Media. So now Open Media has teamed up with Leadnow, the group that has Tides on its board, to launch a campaign against cuts to the CBC. The website offers the same kind of auto letter as the robocomplaints campign telling the government not to cut the state broadcaster.
Where did they host the site? Well until they were caught by the blogger Blazing Cat Fur they were hosting it on the servers of the Communications Workers of America, a union that represents CBC journalists and other staff through its Canadian branch the Canadian Media Guild. After it was pointed out that the union representing CBC workers was behind this campaign along with the fake grassroots groups Open Media and Leadnow, they changed servers or at least the part that allows you and I to see where they are hosted. There is a nice thank you letter from CBC to Open Media and Lead Now thanking them for their campaign.
So left wing US billionaires fund groups in Canada, which help Canadian groups set up a campaign, with the help of an American union to save the state broadcaster here in Canada from being cut in next week’s budget. That’s the shell game folks. Did I mention that Open Media was part of the campaign to make sure that Sun News did not get the same licence that CTV and CBC’s news channels have? Now here they are looking for special treatment for the state broadcaster. Oh and the union involved also supports the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and the Liberal Party of Canada’s petition to support the CBC. All very political, all of them trying to hide their links and connections and most of them getting some kind of tax break or direct contribution from you. This is why we need more openness and accountability.
Druze Policeman Zidan Saif has become the fifth victim of the terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue in Har Nov. Saif who was 30 and from Yanuh-Jat in the Galilee, was praised as a hero by his community and by the Police force.
He was the first policeman at the scene of the attack, to confront two Palestinian terrorists wielding knives, axes and pistols, according to Haaretz.
Israeli politician Naftali Bennet paid tribute to the his family, and the Druze population . . . The Israel Police echoed Bennet’s tributes, tweeting that Saif “risked his life to save lives.. May his memory be blessed.”
Saif is survived by a wife and a daughter of under a year old.
From an article in today's New York Times on censorship in Turkey:
But government influence could be felt even earlier. Lemi Bilgin, 58, who was ousted as director of state theaters in 2013 after he openly criticized the government’s plans to change how arts funding is allocated, said the pressure has grown since 2002.
“First, they started asking which plays we planned to include in our repertoire,” he said. “Then they began suggesting plays by conservative playwrights,” including Necip Fazil Kisakurek, a 20th-century writer who was sympathetic to the anti-Semitic forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and whose work Mr. Erdogan often quotes in speeches.
Two Norwegian citizens, known militants for the Isis terrorist group, have been killed in recent battles in Syria, NTB reported on Tuesday. Both men travelled to Syria from Norway to fight for Isis against the US-led coalition.
The first victim was a 24-year-old Eritrean Norwegian and the other a 23-year-old person whose identity was not disclosed, said TV2. The Norwegian TV channel reported that the 24-year-old, came to Norway alone as an asylum seeker Norway from the African country. The man has been in Syria for one of the longest stays of all known Norwegian citizens.
PST, the Norwegian Police Security Service, estimate that more than 60 people have travelled from Norway to Syria to fight. Before the latest casualties were reported on Tuesday, PST believed that around ten of those going has been killed.
The typical person who goes to fight in Syria is a man in his twenties with family background from a country in the Middle East. Some of them are women, while an increasing amount of Syria-farers are Norwegians who converted to Islam, said NTB.
A Myanmar national, Khaled Mohammad (or name to that effect), made his way to Bangladesh, where he was right at home with people identical to him in appearance,ethnicity, language, and religion, and thence to Hyderabad, once a Muslim-ruled state, to do what Muslims resentful that Muslims do not rule everywhere, have been doing,more and more, all over the world.
Can it really be that even Haaretz writers and their confused readers still can't figure out that Islam explains the deep and permanent Arab hatred of Israel, that the war against the Jews having a state, that began long before the state existed, is explained by the texts and tenets of Islam, that there is no "solution" to this, that the Jihad against Israel ought to be accepted, wearily, and Israelis act and plan accordingly, and that acting, and that planning, includes the need to constantly attempt to make the Western (and other parts of the non-Muslim world) understand that what Muslims wish to do to Israel and Israelis is what, if they could, they would do to Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, and to their polities.
At Haaretz, someone -- Amos Harel -- says, as of today, that the war in Jerusalem is "beginning to resemble a religious war."
Intolerable blindnes, the result of a long-held desire not to see things as they are, and certainly not to study either Qur'an and Sunnah, or to study the history of the conquest by Muslims of many different non-Muslim peoples and lands, and the subsequent subjugation of those peoples.
And even more important is the second article posted at Palestinian Media Watch here, which shows that Abbas and his men wanted to make clear to the Arabs and Muslims that he didn't mean a word of his condemnation of the attacks, that he was merely acting as Arafat had acted before him, that is lying, in order to placate the West and keep that terminally gullible West's support, and the money flowing.