Does The New York Times Think It Should Tell Readers A Little More About Mohamed Elibiary
In an article about Muslims in Texas, "walking a fine line" -- apparently they are wondering exactly how to pretend to be appalled by the Muslim would-be mass-murderers and at the same time, horrified in equal measure at those who drew cartoons of Mohammed -- that appeared in today's New York Times, among those who are identified as CAIR supporters (Ms. Salem, carefully described as being at one of her interfaith-racket outreach-sessions with "Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women")-- one of those mentioned in Mohamed Elibiary.
The Times did not bother to look into Mohamed Elibiary. It cound have found out a lot, and perhaps brought some of that to the attention of its readers. Perhaps it still will.
The Times editors can, should they choose to inform themselves a bit more than they have so far, start here.
According to investigators, who launched the probe in March, the extremists masquerade as policemen before calling their victims and claiming their bank details have been compromised.
The frightened victims are then told to switch all their cash to another account to keep it safe - but the account belongs to the fraudsters. The money is then used to buy weapons, ammunition and combat gear for Islamic State militants.
Police said the six men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering. The woman was arrested over money laundering allegations.
A 23-year-old man and the 32-year-old woman were arrested following a search on an address in north London. Four men - two aged 23, one 21-year-old and one aged 28 - were arrested at separate addresses in north London. In Luton, a 38-year-old man was detained.
Separately, police said that a 46-year-old woman was also arrested at one of the north London addresses on suspicion of an offence under section 2 of the Child Abduction Act 1984. She was arrested over an unrelated probe which is investigating the whereabouts of a young girl believed to have been taken to Turkey.
Scotland Yard has now warned members of the public to be on their guard for the bogus calls.
A spokesman said: 'The arrests today form part of an ongoing fraud investigation, whereby unsuspecting vulnerable and elderly victims are 'cold called' on their home phone by a suspect impersonating a police officer.
'Members of the public are strongly advised, if you receive a call like this about your bank account from someone claiming to be a police officer, hang up the phone, wait at least five minutes to make sure the phone line has cleared, or use another phone line, before ringing the phone number on your bank card.'
The Government is being urged to do more to stop the flow of money to Islamic State. It is considered to be the richest terror group in history and may have access to more than £1.2billion in cash. Its funds come from the revenue of captured oil fields, business extortion and hostage ransoms.
There are also concerns that donations to British aid organisations could be being diverted to terrorists. Fanatics have previously posed as charity collectors in town centres across the country to raise jihadi money.
Irony: Funeral of Garland, Texas AFDI Assailant will be held at KC Mosque that Sought to Ban Free Speech
Hamid Nadir Soofi, Assailant at AFDI Garland, Texas Muhammad Art Event
May 3, 2015
The funeral for assailant Nadir Hamid Soofi of the Garland, Texas AFDI Muhammad Art Contest event will be held Thursday, May 7, 2015 at The Islamic Center of Greater Kansas City (ICGKC) in Missouri. The ICGKC is controlled by the Muslim American Society, an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood. A former leader at the ICGKC, Mohammed Soltan, who led a national blasphemy petition campaign in 2012 denying free speech under our First Amendment critical of a religion, is currently on trial in Egypt for his role in fomenting Muslim Brotherhood riots in 2013. Soofi, 34, and his Phoenix, Arizona roommate Elton Simpson, 30, were killed Sunday evening, May 3, 2015, in an apparent Jihad assault at an American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) sponsored event held at the Curtis Culwell Education Center in Garland, Texas. They were endeavoring to commit a mass shooting at the Garland AFDI event as punishment for the AFDI’s “blasphemous” sponsorship of Muhammad art event. The causingfitna (CF) blog posted today on the Soofi funeral and the irony of ICGKC sponsorship of a blasphemy petition against free speech. The ICGKC petition was disclosed by noted counterterrorism expert Patrick Poole in 2012.
KCTV5 is reporting that the funeral for one of the Garland, Texas jihadists will be held this Thursday at the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City. The text of the story does not mention the location, but a video report does mention the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City at the end of the video…….
While Nadir Soofi never lived in the metro his father lives in an Overland Park neighborhood near 158th Place with his wife, Nadir’s stepmother. A woman who came to the door at the home told KCTV5 that the family didn’t want to talk about what happened to Soofi.
Police say the 34-year-old and 30-year-old Elton Simpson opened fire at a Dallas area conference center on Sunday. An art exhibit and contest depicting the Prophet Mohammad was being held there.
They wounded a security guard before police shot back, killing both.
Sharon Soofi said her son was a devoted Muslim, but never thought he could hurt someone.
CF noted this about the ICGKC blasphemy petition:
Knowing that the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City put out a petition asking for President Obama to put a ban on Free Speech is an outrage. The ISGKC leadership [apparently espoused] the same end goal as the jihadists who attacked the cartoonists in Garland, Texas……. Infidels who should know their place, and be quiet. The petition asking for the ban on free speech was found.. first by CF and picked up by Patrick Poole who made clear the seriousness of the petition.
Kansas City media also reported on the blasphemy petition with opposing comments by a local ACLU attorney:
Mohammed Solton seen in the Channel 41 report extolling the ICGKC Blasphemy petition against free speech is currently on trial in Egypt for his involvement in organizing Muslim Brotherhood riots. Patrick Poole in a March 9 2015, PJ Media report wrote:
Egyptian-American Mohamed Soltan is currently on trial in Egypt for his role in organizing and directing the violent Muslim Brotherhood protests in 2013. The protests wracked Egypt following the massive June 30 protests that led to the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi.
He is charged with being part of the operations cell that ran the main Muslim Brotherhood protest at the Raba’a Al Adeyawa mosque in Cairo. His cause has been touted by major U.S. media outlets, including the New York Times, as well as by prominent U.S. Islamic organizations. It was also highlighted on Twitter with the #FreeSoltan hashtag:
On March 19, 2015 the Twitter account @Shahadastories distributed a link to an e-book titled "How to Survive in the West: A Mujahid Guide." This is the latest in a series of e-books compiled by supporters of and recruiters for the Islamic State (ISIS), that provide practical guidance to young Muslims in the West who wish to join ISIS or to wage jihad in their countries.
This e-book's chapter titles include: "Hiding the Extremist Identity," "Earning Money," "Internet Privacy," "Training," "Bomb-Making," "Transporting Weapons," and "What Happens When You Are Spied On And Get Raided."
The following is a review of the main topics in the e-book:
E-book cover page
Chapter 1: "Hiding The Extremist Identity"
Chapter 1 provides various instructions for both converts to Islam and for those born into the faith. To the former, the guide notes: "By not showing you're Muslim, you've already excluded yourself being in the 'Terrorist watchlist.'" The latter group is cautioned: "Don't make it too obvious you have become a practicing Muslim. For example: If you haven't grown a beard, don't grow it now, because you will bring unwanted attention onto yourself. Mujahideen in Muslim lands remove their beards for deceptive purposes." In addition, "Practicing Muslims" are instructed "not remove their beard if they already have one. This would only draw unwanted attention to yourself from friends and family, and this will in turn lead them to spy on you."
The e-book recommends to women: "If you wear a hijab and go to a place where Muslims are searched (i.e. airports) then do not wear a black hijab, but a colored one instead. Muslim women who wear black hijabs are searched more in airports than those wearing other colored hijabs. This is merely due to a stereotype of fully black-clothed Muslim women being stricter in their religion."
Chapter 2: "Disguise"
The e-book suggests that extremists should disguise themselves and alter their appearance to resemble non-Muslims in the West. In addition, they should change their first name or their nickname. "When a Muslim goes out in public, he wants to fit into society to make himself look as normal as possible. Remember this isn't because he fears his Islamic identity, but he is doing this so he is not suspected of being an outsider enemy."
It is also reccommended that Muslims in the West change their behavior and go out of their way to appear more friendly: "Making yourself look more friendly and open minded to the Western public – For example: Muslims who call themselves by a Western nickname gain more acceptances by their non-Muslim colleagues."
According to this chapter, having a Western name carries additional advantages: "People with Islamic names get less jobs than those with Islamic names. This alias might be important if you need an important position in a specific job, i.e. Mujahideen send people to work in power plants or enemy governmental positions to spy on and leak reports to the Islamic State leadership (as double agents)."
The book even suggests that agents change their voices, for example, when speaking anonymously to others they should put a cloth over the telephone receiver, or use a different tone or accent.
Chapter 3: "Easy Money Ideas"
This chapter lists ways in which people in the West can steal money to finance terror operations. "If you are an expert in credit card fraud, Paypal/Ebay scams, phishing, [or] hacking, or you know the secret of a big company, then take advantage of your skills. If you can claim extra benefits from a government, then do so. If you can avoid paying taxes, then do so. There is a report that a Muslim accountant 'took' $50 million from his boss and fled to the Islamic State. Other Muslims 'borrowed' a loan as maximum as they could and used it to emigrate to the Islamic State. Another Muslim hacked some Israeli credit cards and used the money to go to the Islamic State."
The Islamic State enthusiasts, and others engaged in the most violent kind of Jihad, are so dangerous that they bear comparison with Israel. That's how dangerous they are. The Jihadis want to conquer the world -- just like Israel. The Jihadis want to impose a strict set of rules, the infraction for which can be death, on everyone in the whole world -- just like Israel. And so on. Just like Israel.
And this is from Lebanon, semi-sane at times because semi-demi-hemi Christian, not from the wilder shores of Pakistan or Saudi Arabia.
In the last sentence of the article, a local official worries that if the gunfire was directed at the church for religious reasons then this attack would indicate a problem of "radicalisation." What kind of "radicalisation"? Of whom?
Despotism, Despair, Degringolade At Al Jazeera America
Al Jazeera America, the English-language propaganda organ of the House of Al Thani, the absolute rulers of little Qatar, where 200,000 Qataris are waited on, hand and foot, by two million foreign wage-slaves, many mistreated with a cruelty that some intrepid Western reporters have managed to describe, is diffferent from the Arabic-language Al Jazeera. That version, in its nastiness, its hysteria, its conspiracy-theory worldview, its use as a mouthpiece for the absolute despots whose entire claim on the world's attention is the result of an accident of geology (Qatar sits on lots of natural gas reserves), despite being deliberately cleaned up from the Arabic-language version (which helped whip up local Arabs against the Americans in Iraq, and is no different from any other appalling Arab station in the hysterical and conspiracy-theory coverage of the world)is what may be called "the real Al Jazeera." Yet even the cleverly cleaned-up version that is presented to the American audience offers a steady diet of anti-Israel, anti-American, and anti-Infidel articles, among other stuff designed to provide camouflage, as if Al Jazeera were a real news network, and not merely an organ of the Qatari rulers.
Nonetheless, the habits of despotism, secrecy, antisemitism, contempt for women are apparently affecting the morale of the staff -- many of whom, in joining Al Jazeera, showed an initial naivete about the operation, or in some cases a deliberate willingness to morally compromise, by joining such an enterprise.
Take a look, at today's tip-of-the-iceberg report, in The New York Times, here.
To our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, “This is the Golden Era, everyone who believes… is running for Shaheed”.
The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy. Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter. This will heal the hearts of our brothers and disperse the ones behind her. To those who protect her: this will be your only warning of housing this woman and her circus show. Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets. We have been watching closely who was present at this event and the shooter of our brothers. We knew that the target was protected. Our intention was to show how easy we give our lives for the Sake of Allah.
We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire. Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah. Of the 15 states, 5 we will name… Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan. The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching.
The next six months will be interesting, To our Amir Al Mu’mineen make dua for us and continue your reign, May Allah enoble your face.
May Allah send His peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhummad and all those who follow until the last Day.
Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki
[It is regrettable that Hanson, no doubt in haste, chose to use the word "occupied" in a sentence about Israel "occupying land...since 1948." He might have phrased it thus: "since the Jewish state of Israel -- to Muslims an intolerable affront as an Infidel nation-state on what to them is forever 'Muslim land' -- was resurrected in 1948"]
As many commenters note, the building -- in "impoverished Gaza" -- must have cost a pretty penny. Priorities, apparently. The Salafists who bombed the perimeter demand the freeing of their men. Perhaps Hamas will give in. Whether it does or does not, it has trouble on its hands.
Who Stepped In And Took A Table At The PEN Awards Dinner
Neil Gaiman Leads Authors Stepping In To Back Charlie Hebdo PEN Award
Fantasy novelist to act as a host at PEN gala along with Alison Bechdel and Art Spiegelman, following boycott by writers including Peter Carey.
Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel and Art Spiegelman have stepped forward to host tables at Tuesday’s PEN gala in New York honouring the work of Charlie Hebdo, after writers including Peter Carey and Michael Ondaatje withdrew last week in protest.
Carey, Ondaatje and the authors Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi last week made public their concerns over PEN American Center’s decision to present the French satirical magazine with a “Freedom of Expression Courage award”. They had been set to host tables at tonight’s ceremony – which is also due to honour jailed Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova with a Freedom to Write award – but pulled out, later adding their names to a letter now signed by more than 204 writers.
The letter, printed in full on The Intercept , says that by selecting Charlie Hebdo, PEN is “valorising selectively offensive material: material that intensifies the anti-Islamic, anti-Maghreb, anti-Arab sentiments already prevalent in the western world”.
Now award-winning fantasy novelist Gaiman, acclaimed cartoonist Bechdel, Maus creator Spiegelman, Reading Lolita in Tehran author Azar Nafisi and American author and journalist George Packer have been named as new hosts at the event, which PEN confirmed would have heightened security. French-Congolese novelist Alain Mabanckou, meanwhile, will present the award to Jean-Baptiste Thoret, the Charlie Hebdo member of staff who arrived late to work on 7 January, missing the attack that killed 12 people.
Mabanckou told the Guardian he had decided to present the award because “I’m a big reader of Charlie Hebdo, because I know that it’s not a racist magazine. I decided to do it in memory of all journalists and cartoonists who die because they have the courage to pursue their work. Finally, I decided to do it because among the members of Charlie Hebdo who were massacred in January 2015 was a friend of mine, the economist and journalist Bernard Maris, who was an extraordinary man.”
Gaiman tweeted: “I’ll be hosting a table at the PEN event because it’s important.” He told the Associated Press in an email: “I was honoured to be invited to host a table. The Charlie Hebdo cartoonists are getting an award for courage: They continued putting out their magazine after the offices were firebombed, and the survivors have continued following the murders.”
“They died for their beliefs. The award is for courage that transcends our like or dislike of them,” Nafisi tweeted this weekend. She also wrote: “PEN award to CH is recognition of the writers’ artists’ rights to ‘disturb the peace,’ regardless of the price”.
Thoret, the film critic for Charlie Hebdo, told NPR that “if you’re standing for the freedom of expression, you can’t be at one moment for this freedom of expression, and two or three minutes later, against that. You know, you’re honouring a principle. You’re not honouring a specific content in a magazine. Even in Charlie Hebdo, we did not often agree.”
Other writers including Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, Simon Schama, Richard Ford and Sara Paretsky have also offered their support to PEN. The novelist Salman Rushdie, meanwhile, has been a particularly outspoken supporter of PEN’s decision to honour Charlie Hebdo, writing in a letter to the free speech organisation that by withdrawing, the six authors had “made themselves the fellow travellers” of “fanatical Islam, which is highly organised, well funded, and which seeks to terrify us all, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, into a cowed silence”.
- The Guardian
William Craig Lane is a Christian philosopher and theologian who has written 30 books and more than 100 scholarly articles. His interests vary widely. He has written on numerous topics and has lectured at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Oxford,Cambridge and Moscow.
He has especially keen insight into the pseudo-religion of Islam. In an especially revealing quote he writes the following:
“Now how does all this relate to Islamic Jihad ? Islam sees violence as a means of propagating the Muslim faith. Islam divides the world into two camps: the dar al-Islam (House of Submission) and the dar al-Harb (House of War). The former are those lands which have been brought into submission to Islam; the latter are those nations which have not yet been brought into submission. This is how Islam actually views the world !”
“The problem with Islam, then, is not that it has got the wrong moral theory; it’s that it has got the wrong God. If the Muslim thinks that our moral duties are constituted by God’s commands, then I agree with him. But Muslims and Christians differ radically over God’s nature. Muslims believe that God loves only Muslims. Allah has no love for unbelievers and sinners. Therefore, they can be killed indiscriminately. Moreover, in Islam God’s omnipotence trumps everything, even his own nature. He is therefore utterly arbitrary in his dealing with mankind.”
Shortly after 9/11 I remember attending a board meeting of a seminary upon which I served as a trustee. I made the remark that the central issue of this war forced upon us by the Jihadists was “What is the nature of God?”The learned Divines laughed me out of the room. These Politically Correct multiculturalists believed that all paths lead to God and Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship the same God.
I still stand by my statement. Christianity believes in a God who loves the entire Creation. This is a God who ultimately willingly dies for the unbelievers in an effort to redeem all of humanity. In stark contrast, Allah is pleased when the infidel is destroyed without pity. Allah is a god of hatred and vengeance. He commands the death of the unbelievers. Their deaths are a kind of human sacrifice to the monster god, Allah. The two have nothing in common.
If the Judeo-Christian God is true, then Allah must be false. The path of Allah will ultimately lead Muslims to perdition. The way of divine love leads to salvation.
Physicians heal Thyself and End Your Anti-Israeli Hysteria
Dr. Seuss, the world’s favorite physician, once explained “I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.” Unfortunately, their own nonsensical behavior did not awaken a number of doctors and medical practitioners, mostly in Britain, when they published an immoderate and fallacious political diatribe against Israel in the British medical journal, The Lancet.
To the contrary, they have dishonored their professional code of conduct, betrayed the norms of medical science, and the understood ethics of impartial analysis. Dr. Richard Horton, editor in chief since 1995 of The Lancet, also ignored the code of conduct and the responsibilities of journal editors in publishing the diatribe.
What a difference a day makes! Dr. Horton, confessed his critical opinions of Israel had been shaped by pro-Palestinian friends and by the Western media, but after his one-day tour of the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa on September 29, 2014, he said he had completely changed his view of Israel.
Nevertheless despite his new enlightenment, Horton refused to retract or to apologize for the controversial “Open Letter for the People in Gaza” he had published on July 23, 2014 that rebuked Israel in inflammatory language for its “ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity” on Gaza in the summer conflict in 2014 in the Gaza Strip. The letter concluded, “we as scientists and doctors cannot keep silent while this crime against humanity continues.” They did, however, keep silent about the crimes against humanity, crimes that the United Nations has recently publicly revealed, committed by Palestinians during the conflict in Gaza.
The Open Letter asserted that Israel’s IDF reaction to the incessant rocket attacks by Hamas in Gaza in summer of 2014 was in fact “the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre.” The authors charged that only 5% of Israeli academics appealed to the Israel government to stop the military operation. The Open Letter was almost completely devoid of any reference to medical issues, the supposed concern of the practitioners of the medical profession.
Horton considered that the letter, condemning Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, was a cry of anguish, but also that it did not convey the highly complex reality of Israel’s situation that he now understands, or pretends to understand, is the reality in Israel. He also expressed his realization that what he witnessed during his visit to Israel contradicted some of the claims of the Open Letter. However, he did not retract the letter, as critics suggested, or disparage its extreme egregious nature.
Dr. Horton may be a brilliant scientist, but his actions show he has not been a dispassionate editor nor a political innocent in regard to the Middle East. He has appeared as a speaker at a number of rallies to end Israeli action in Gaza. He was also appeared singularly naïve about his support of a Lancet-Palestine Alliance in the West Bank as well as about the five primary writers of the letter.
The anti-Israeli fulminations of the five authors was well known, and it seems strange that Dr. Horton appeared to be unaware of them. Two of them, Dr. Paola Manduca, a professor of genetics at the University of Genoa, and Dr. Swee Ang Chai, an orthopaedic surgeon, had circulated a video clip featuring the notorious anti-Semite, David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard. In the video, Duke declared that the “Zionist Matrix of Power controls media, politics, and banking.” Duke expressed delight that this “brave group” of medical professionals had joined the ranks of those who had “broken the chains of Zionist censorship.”
The impertinence of this self-styled brave group is extraordinary. Dr. Manduca assured everyone that she was not anti-Semitic. Dr. Ang announced she did not know who David Duke was or that he was connected to the Ku Klux Klan.
Equal in ignorance, Dr. Horton did not know that Dr. Manduca had implicitly suggested Jews were responsible for the Boston marathon bombings: “it was necessary to find the real culprits… instead of buying the Zionist spin.”
Apparently, Dr. Horton also did not know that a third author of the letter, Dr. Mads Gilbert, a member of the Red Norwegian revolutionary party, and a representative of the pro-Palestinian Norwegian Aid Committee, had stated that the 9/11 attacks were justifiable as an answer to United States foreign policy. The oppressed, Gilbert said, “has a moral right to attack the U.S.”
A fourth author, Derek Summerfield, had on July 13, 2006 called for a medical academic boycott of Israel because of its “war crimes.” He viewed the Israeli Medical Association as completely complicit in those war crimes. In an article in the British Medical Journal in 2004, Summerfield stated that the Israeli army had killed more unarmed Palestinian civilians since September 2000 than the number of people who died on September 11, 2011. On a number of occasions Summerfield wrote of the use of consistent torture as state policy in Israel.
The fifth author, Sir Ian Chalmers, who had spent two years as the chief UN medical officer in Gaza, spoke in 2007 of Israel as a country based on “racist nationalism.” Three years later, he declared that in Israel there was “a situation of apartheid at the moment.” He has often slyly referred, in what can be seen as an implicit anti-Semitic remark, to the “six million” non-Jews whose lives Israel controls.”
Horton was surprised by the warm welcome he had received at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa where, contrary to what he had been previously told by his pro-Palestinian associates, over a quarter of the staff are Israeli Arabs and where Palestinian and Syrian patients were being treated. He also visited minority communities in Haifa, Acco, and Tel Aviv.
If they paid attention, the bigots in the United States and in Europe who call for boycotts of Israeli professionals and academics could learn the true reality from the seemingly converted Dr. Horton. He disclosed he had witnessed a group of Israeli health professionals who are devoting themselves to serving their Arab neighbors both inside and outside of Israel. He went so far as to call the academic boycott of Israel a “complete disaster.”
Dr. Horton said he intended to “set the record straight.” He was now aware of the falsehoods of the Open Letter that said that Israel aimed to terrorize, wound the soul and the body of the (Palestinian) people. On the contrary, he now realized that during the fighting in Gaza, Israel took great precautions to prevent civilian casualties. No doubt he will benefit even more from the UN Report of April 2015 which unequivocally proves that bpoint..
Every objective commentator can see that The Lancet was guilty, at a minimum, of violating editorial policies of objectivity. A group headed by Sir Mark Pepys, professor of medicine at University College, London, expressed criticism of The Lancet. This group, naming itself Concerned Academics, numbering 751 professors and medical specialists, including five Nobel laureates, called for The Lancet to retract the Open Letter and apologize for its publication.
Despite Horton’s own admission of the obvious errors and political basis in the Open Letter he published, a group named Hands off the Lancet, emerged on April 15, 2015 to criticize the Concerned Academics. They called the Pepys complaint “a smear campaign” and a personal attack on Richard Horton. Two leaders of this Hands off the Lancet group were Sir Ian Chalmers and Dr. Mads Gilbert.
Physicians must still heal themselves, at least politically. It is disillusioning that Dr. Horton and The Lancet have been linked with two solely anti-Israeli groups. One called Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), founded by Dr. Swee Ang Chai, has falsely criticized Israel. The second is the Lancet-Palestinian Health Alliance (LPHA), started in 2009, which includes the MAP and an Institute at Bir Zeit University.
The bias of The Lancet has been astonishing. Since 2009 the disputed territories of the West Bank and Gaza are referred to by LPHA as “occupied Palestinian territory.” According to NGO Monitor, between 2009 and 2014, The Lancet published 66 items on Palestinian health care, most of them political commentary and only a few of which were concerned with medical issues.
The Hands off the Lancet group asked for determination of who was responsible in Gaza for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. They need look no further. The United Nations report of April 27, 2015 makes clear that the violations were committed by Palestinians, specifically by Hamas that used UN buildings and schools as launching sites to fire rockets at Israeli civilians during the Gaza operation.
Adam Gopnik On Those Who Are Boycotting PEN's Award To Charlie Hebdo
Ever since I read Renata Adler's description of Adam Gopnik as a thrusting young careerist in Here But Not Here, her memoir of the last days, as she saw it, of The New Yorker, I've considered him guilty until proven innocent. It saves time. Reading Paris To The Moon, his book about living in Paris with children who are in elementary school, I noted that the words cahier and cartable and tablier d'ecolier never appear.
But this piece, by Gopnik, about those who, such as Peter Carey (who denounced French "arrogance," and French culture sensu lato) and Deborah Eisenberg (whose self-conscious Declaration of My Grand Refusal to Attend ends with this comical self-description: "Deborah Eisenberg. Jew. Atheist") are boycotting the PEN dinner, is good.
How "deep" a "deep-thinker" is Geert Mak? He's a journalist, a popular writer of popular travelogues whose work has been taken apart by historians (you can imagine what Geyl and Huizinga would have thought of this phenomenon, and of all the other geert-maks of this Internet-addled world). He's a great defender of Muslims; he gives no sign of having become such a defender because of his deep understanding of Islam, or of the minds of those on Islam, whether to the manner born or, as is now so worrisomely common, Western victims of adult-onset Islam.
You can find at Wikipedia a little more about Geert Mak. For example, his reaction to the murder of Theo van Gogh was to describe the movie he and Ayaan Hirsi Ali had made about the mistreatment of women in Islam as worthy of Goebbels:
"In 2005 he wrote a controversial pamphlet in response to the assassination of the filmmaker Theo van Gogh, Gedoemd tot kwetsbaarheid (Doomed to vulnerability) and the culture of fear that he believed had taken root in the Netherlands. The essay caused considerable consternation, partly because Mak compared the propaganda technique of the film Submission – linking the excesses committed by a few ["a few"!] to the religion of an entire minority – to the imagery of Der Ewige Jude by Joseph Goebbels."
Then there isIn Europe.
This -- now let Wikipedia speak -- "was the best-selling book by a Dutch author in the Netherlands in 2004, selling over 400,000 copies. The British reviews were generally enthusiastic, although for the professional historian or political scientist the book has little to offer: “In Europe hardly breaks new ground historically” writes Martin Woollacott in an otherwise positive review in The Guardian (14 July 2007). On the other hand, the Sunday Times wrote that In Europe was ‘undoubtedly a spectacular and beautifully crafted piece of writing’, and the Financial Times praised Mak’s instinct for human stories: ‘Mak is the history teacher everyone should have had’. John Lukacs saw in him ‘Europe’s portrait-painter, its impressionist, its poet-musician, the reader of its peoples’ minds.’ The work should be taken for what it is: something between journalism and travel literature. Publisher’s Weekly asks: “is it a history book, a travelogue, a memoir?”
Mak himself sees his work as journalism. In an interview with a Dutch journalism trade-journal he says: “my approach is journalistic. My books are filled with newspaper tricks”. Historians are generally cautious [no, they are severely critical, but express this in the understated Dutch way]when it comes to judging Mak’s work. Hermann von der Dunk, emeritus professor of history at Utrecht University says about Mak: “it is well written, and historically correct, but it is not what I would call academic history. There is no analysis of historical development” (Academische Boekengids, March 2005).
A 35-part VPRO television series based on In Europe prompted some historians to point to errors and comment that the makers were ill-informed about current debates in the field of history (Historisch Nieuwsblad, December 2007), criticism that was in turn rebutted by Mak and other historians.
The UNESCO Site In Saudi Arabia From The Time Of Jahiliyya
This Nabataean tomb, its facade hewed out of a massive rock in which, unfinished (possibly deliberately), it still sits, must be a source of pride to some on the Arabian peninsula, and a source of horror to the most fanatical Muslims who, for all i know, might try to destroy it, as they have destroyed so many buildings, sculptures, paintings, artifacts of all kind, that were created in non-Muslim lands, or in the pre-Islamic period of what are now Muslim lands. The Nabataeans get no pass.
Pakistan, leery of the effect on Sunnis and Shia in Pakistan itself, declined to send troops. The Egyptian military rulers have made noises about sending troops -- Saudi Arabia has been sending Egypt billions -- but has not yet done so; the memory of Nasser's Yemen fiasco in the late 1960s may make the Egyptians hesitate. But Senegal is ready, ready to send troops to "defend the holy cities of Mecca and Medina." As if the Houthis could successfully invade Saudi Arabia bristling with Western arms of all kinds, and reach those cities far to the north.
I am grateful for the policman who killed the attackers in Garland Texas. He faced two men in body armor shooting AK-47's and shot them both with a pistol. He was the right man in the right place at the right time. I have no doubt God placed him there.
I am grateful that Pamela Geller is the face of this controversy. She is very unlikely to cave to the pressure which will likely be very great to silence her. I've been listening to people blaming her for this attack all morning and suggesting we should abide by Islamic blasphemy codes in order not to offend our Muslim neighbors (and provoke terrorist attacks).
Muslims are misguided. Islam is a lie. Islam must be confronted and defeated. If we care about our Muslim neighbors as human beings, we should desire to free them from the slavery that is Islam. Islamic blasphemy laws are designed to prevent that freedom. That's why those codes must be violated in America - over and over again.
We are still free people in a free land. For that I am grateful.