Monday, September 01, 2014

Moderate Islam Is Multiculturalism Misspelled

By Daniel Greenfield

I have been searching for moderate Islam since September 11 and just like a lost sock in the dryer, it was in the last place I expected it to be.
There is no moderate Islam in the mosques or in Mecca. You won’t find it in the Koran or the Hadiths. If you want to find moderate Islam, browse the newspaper editorials after a terrorist attack or take a course on Islamic religion taught by a Unitarian Sociologist wearing fake native jewelry.
You can’t find a moderate Islam in Saudi Arabia or Iran, but you can find it in countless network news specials, articles and books about the two homelands of their respective brands of Islam.
You won’t find the fabled land of moderate Muslims in the east. You won’t even find it in the west. Like all myths it exists in the imagination of those who tell the stories. You won’t find a moderate Islam in the Koran, but you will find it in countless Western books about Islam.
Moderate Islam isn’t what most Muslims believe. It’s what most liberals believe that Muslims believe.
The new multicultural theology of the West is moderate Islam. Moderate Islam is the perfect religion for a secular age since it isn’t a religion at all.
Take Islam, turn it inside out and you have moderate Islam. Take a Muslim who hasn’t been inside a mosque in a year, who can name the entire starting lineup of the San Diego Chargers, but can’t name Mohammed’s companions and you have a moderate Muslim. Or more accurately, a secular Muslim.
An early generation of Western leaders sought the affirmation of their national destinies in the divine. This generation of Western leaders seeks the affirmation of their secular liberalism in a moderate Islam.
Even if they have to make it up.
Without a moderate Islam the Socialist projects of Europe which depend on heavy immigration collapse. America’s War on Terror becomes the endless inescapable slog that the rise of ISIS has once again revealed it to be. Multiculturalism, post-nationalism and Third World Guiltism all implode.
Without moderate Muslims, nationalism returns, borders close and the right wins. That is what they fear.
If there is no moderate Islam, no moderate Mohammed, no moderate Allah, then the Socialist Kingdom of Heaven on Earth has to go in the rubbish bin. The grand coalitions in which LGBT activists and Islamists scream at Jews over Gaza aren’t the future; they’re the Weimar Republic on wheels.
Flash back to Obama in his tan suit wearily saying that he has no strategy for ISIS. The original plan was to capture Osama alive, give him a civilian trial, cut a deal with the moderate Taliban and announce the end of the War on Terror before the midterm elections.
So much for that.
Moderate Islam is a difficult faith. To believe in it you have to disregard over a thousand years of recorded history, theology, demographics and just about everything that predates 1965. You have to ignore the bearded men chopping off heads because they don’t represent the majority of Muslims.
Neither does Mohammed, who did his own fair share of headchopping.
The real Islam is a topic that non-Muslims of no faith who hold sacred only the platitudes of a post-everything society are eager to lecture on without knowing anything about it.
Their Islam is not the religion of Mohammed, the Koran, the Hadiths, the Caliphs or its practitioners in such places as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq or Indonesia. Their Islam is a religion that does not exist, but that they fervently believe must exist because without it their way of life is as doomed as the dodo.
They aren’t Muslims. They have no faith in Allah or the Koran. Instead they have faith in the goodness of an Islam that exists without resort to scriptures, theology or deity. This may seem strange to actual believers, but after all their own poor tattered scraps of Christianity or Judaism don’t bother paying too much attention to deities or scriptures except when it comes to cherry-picking quotes about tolerance.
Is it any wonder that they treat Islam the same way?
The true moderate Muslims are secular liberals of loosely Christian and Jewish persuasion who have invented and believe in a moderate Islam that doesn’t exist outside of their own heads. This secular Islam, which values all life, is dedicated to social justice and universal tolerance, is a counterpart of their own bastardized religions. And they are too afraid to wake up and realize that it doesn’t exist.
When American and European leaders insist that Islam has nothing to do with the latest Islamic atrocity, they are not referencing a religion practiced by Muslims, but an imaginary religion that they imagine Muslims must practice because the alternative is the end of everything that they believe in.
Their moderate Islam is light on the details, beyond standing for social justice, fighting Global Warming and supporting gay rights, because it is really multiculturalism wearing a fake beard. When a Western leader claims that the latest batch of Islamic terrorists don’t speak for Islam, he isn’t defending Muslims, he’s defending multiculturalism. He assumes that Muslims believe in multiculturalism because he does.
Moderate Islam is just multiculturalism misspelled. Its existence is a firm article of faith for those who believe in multiculturalism.
Dissuading a believer in moderate Muslims from his invented faith by citing the long trail of corpses or the hateful Hadiths that call for mass murder is futile because these are not the roots of his religion. He doesn’t know what a Hadith is nor does he care. As a social justice man in good standing, he attributes the violent track record of Islam to European colonialism and oppression.
He has never read the Koran. He has read a thousand articles about how Muslims are oppressed at the airport, in Gaza, in Burma and in Bugs Bunny cartoons. They are his new noble savages and he will not hear a word against them. Having colonized their identities in his imagination (despite the marked up copy of Edward Said’s Orientalism that he keeps by his bedside) he treats them as reflections of his ego.
When you say that moderate Muslims don’t exist, you are calling him a bad person. When you challenge Islam, you are attacking multiculturalism and he will call you a racist, regardless of the fact that Islam is as much of a race as Communism, Nazism or the Mickey Mouse Fan Club were races.
The moderate Muslim is an invention of the liberal academic, the secular theologian, the vapid politician and his shrill idiot cousin, the political activist. Like the money in the budgets that underpin their plans and the scientific evidence for Global Warming, he does not exist.
And it is not necessary that he should exist. It is only necessary that we have faith in his existence.
The degraded lefty descendants of Christians and Jews wait for a moderate Muslim messiah who will reconcile the impossibilities of their multicultural society by healing the conflicts between Islam and the West. Until then they find him, it necessary to believe, not in a divinity, but in the moderate Muslim.
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Secret plans to turn 500-year-old Calais fort into 'Sangatte II' for migrants

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Secret plans are being hatched to turn a 16th century Calais fortress into a home for migrants desperate to come to Britain.The port town is now so overrun with refugees that panicked politicians think the only answer is to put them inside a reinforced citadel built by the English. The virtually impregnable Fort Nieulay could now become “Sangatte II”, more than a decade after the original camp was besieged by vagrants and closed. Today Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart will table her plans for the first time during crisis talks with interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Paris. She wants to raze an eyesore camp - known as “Jungle II” - and move 2,000 malnourished migrants to the battlement. A number of sites are being considered but the strategic fort on the outskirts of town, less than two miles from the site of the notorious Sangatte camp, is seen as the only solution. Last night a town hall source said: “Fort Nieulay has always been seen as an available option by the authorities in Calais but only recently has there ever been any question of Natacha Bouchart giving any kind of shelter to the migrants. “She is a very determined lady and is quite capable of going it alone with her hostel plan.” It is understood the facility will provide beds, showers, water and food for those queuing up to make a dash for Britain. But the controversial plan has evoked memories of the original migrant camp where illegal immigrants gathered in their thousands and rioted before it was closed in 2002. It has also raised fears it would simply act as a magnet for thousands more refugees. Fort Nieulay dates back to 1525 when the English rampart protected a system of sluices that could be used to flood the area in case of attack. It was such a commanding and tactical site that the fort was identified as a strategic priority by the Germans when they invaded France during the Second World War. It was finally captured by the Royal Winnipeg Rifles on September 27, 1944 leading to the liberation of Calais. Yesterday the Daily Express became the first British newspaper inside the imposing bastion, which is protected by 50ft walls, moats and iron gates. Remains of a Second World War bunker and a network of underground tunnels also remain inside the bleak 28-acre facility, which is isolated from the rest of the port town. The lure of a new life in Britain has seen an army of 5,000 refugees invade a 30-mile stretch of coast between Boulogne and Calais.They have arrived from a rainbow nation of countries including Sudan, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia, all seeking a new life across the English Channel. Their vast numbers mean they outnumber police by 285-to-one. Today Ms Bouchart will tell Mr Cazeneuve the epidemic is untenable and demand the Anglo-French Le Touquet agreement be broken “even if that causes a diplomatic incident”. The arrangement sees checks on certain cross-Channel routes take place before boarding trains or ferries, rather than upon arrival. But she is furious Calais has become a waiting room for migrants and will say it is time for the British border to be pushed back to Dover and Folkestone. Yesterday a gang of migrants lurking by the ferry terminal entrance told how they had spent a year travelling 3,000-miles from Eritrea, in the Horn of Africa, to France. The refugees’ plight is so desperate one man told this newspaper several are now planning to swim the 21-mile stretch of English Channel, the busiest shipping lane in the world, to start a new life.Another, Mengis, 31, has tried to stow away in the back of lorries dozens of times. He said: “It’s the jobs we want in England. “The camp here is a jungle - there is disease, no water facilities and they feed us once a day. We are desperate to get to England. “The police are no problem - when they catch us all they say is ‘go away’, that’s all they do.” The English-speaking deputy mayor of Calais, Philippe Mignonet, has urged Prime Minister David Cameron to witness the deepening migrant crisis for himself. He said: “As long as England will be a magnet, migrants will continue to arrive here. “This crisis will not stop tomorrow because of the lack of courage and the lack of will from European governments - its as simple as that. I’m prepared to go to Downing Street if Calais is too far for Mr Cameron.”
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Turkey's New PM: No Hope of Normalization with Israel

Turkey's new prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, was pessimistic on Monday regarding the possibility of his country normalizing ties with Israel.
According to Reuters Davutoglu, who spoke to parliamentarians, said he saw no hope of "normalizing" ties with the Jewish state.
He said progress in the normalization of relations with Israel would only be possible if the Jewish state stopped attacks on Gaza and ended its restrictions on the Strip.
The relations between Israel and Turkey broke down after the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, when the Marmara ship, which claimed to be providing "humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza," defied orders to turn around and dock at the Ashdod port. After it ignored repeated warnings to change course, the IDF boarded the vessel - only to be attacked by Islamist extremists on board.
The soldiers had no choice but to open fire, resulting in the deaths of nine of the IHH members on board.
After an investigation, Israeli authorities discovered the vessel to be carrying no humanitarian aid - in fact, no aid supplies at all - whatsoever.
Then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan cut ties with Israel after it refused to apologize for the incident and pay compensation to the families of the victims.
However, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu apologized to Erdogan at the urging of U.S. President Barack Obama, Israel and Turkey began a normalization process.
Davutoglu, who served as Foreign Minister under Erdogan, has been just as vocal a critic of Israel as Erdogan has been.
Erdogan, who was recently elected president, once again began launching verbal attacks on Israel in recent weeks, this time over Operation Protective Edge. He threatened to end the normalization process with Israel over "state terrorism."
At the same time, this past weekend Erdogan shook the hand of an Israeli official during an event marking the annual Turkish Victory Day.
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UK Will Allow Syrian Jihadists to Return, Make Them Attend “Deradicalization” Classes

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By Daniel Greenfield 

So much for all the tough talk about not letting them back in.
To “deradicalize” a Muslim, you use Muslim clergy. So you can see where this is going. It’s like putting drug dealers in charge of Narcotics Anonymous and Jihadists back on the streets of London.
“Deradicalization” is a scam because the instructors are often every bit as “radical” as the students. There’s no way for current Western leaders to distinguish bad from good because their metrics involve things like democracy which leaves the Muslim Brotherhood in.
The Saudis began pushing the deradicalization scam even though their mosques and Imams were the ones pushing the hard Salafi lines.
British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria will be forced to attend “deradicalisation” programmes to reverse their warped brainwashing, David Cameron announced.
Dangerous fanatics made subject to court controls will be ordered to engage in anti-extremism schemes as part of a raft of new measures to combat the risk of British Islamists returning to the UK.
At least 500 are feared to have travelled out and half are now back on the streets of the UK, potentially plotted attacks here.
Under the proposals, any terror suspect placed under a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (Tpims) will now be forced to engage in the Government’s Prevent programme, which tackles radicalisation.
The Al Furqan programme, which is run in prisons, uses Imams to challenge the views of extremist Islam through religious teaching.
The Healthy Identities Intervention is a more introspective approach where psychotherapists try to discover what triggered terrorists to become radicalised. There are no words for how stupid this is. Instead of denationalizing foreign fighters, the UK is going to force them to attend lectures by equally Jihad supporting Imams and talk to shrinks to understand why they want to kill people.
Wouldn’t just surrendering to ISIS be simpler and easier?
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Wanted jihadist calls Vienna mosque 'pro Isis'

An Austrian jihadist wanted by Interpol has said that he was recruited to the Isis terrorist organisation in the Floridsdorf mosque in Vienna. However, the Islamic Centre denies any connection to Isis.
Firas Houidi,19, is charged with belonging to a terrorist organization and incitement to commit serious crimes. He told TV station Puls 4 that “the director of the Islamic Centre in Floridsdorf will be able to give you answers. They are arming Isis.”
According to media reports Houidi is currently in the north of Syria, in Raqqa, from where he regularly reports via Facebook on his experience as an Isis fighter.
Alexander Marakovits, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told the Austrian Press Agency that he was aware of Houidi’s allegations, and that the mosque was “under observation”.
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Rotherham Abuse Scandal: How Much Did Labour Government Know?

A House of Commons committee is to investigate whether Tony Blair's government knew about the Rotherham child abuse scandal, as far back as 2001.
The Independent on Sunday reported an inquiry will happen after it emerged a researcher at the Home Office was conducting an investigation in 2002 into trafficking and underage prostitution by Muslim gangs in Rotherham.
But her work was shelved by the Labour-run council when she attempted to blow the whistle.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, told the Sunday paper he would ask the home secretary, Theresa May, to what extent the Home Office knew at the time.
"We would be very keen to get from the Home Office a full and frank response to the research that was commissioned in 2002. This is an essential part of the jigsaw to determine why the council failed to act, and whether the Home Office could have done more to ensure that it did act," he said.
"We want to see every piece of information the Home Office holds on this, and I will be writing to the Home Secretary to ask that the databases are searched to see what files it holds on this horrific behaviour in Rotherham."
The researcher's investigation came at the time the former Labour government wanted to pacify relations with the Muslim communities following the race riots of 2001.
Tensions within the cabinet were also boiling over when former foreign office minister Denis MacShane was nearly sacked by his boss, foreign secretary, Jack Straw, after calling on Muslims in the UK to choose between the "British way or the way of the terrorists".
MacShane made the extreme comments after a 24 year-old from South Yorkshire tried to bomb Israelis in a bar in Tel Aviv in 2003.
Ironically, MacShane was disciplined following protests which were led by one of the politicians now at the centre of the sex abuse scandal in Rotherham, the paper added.
Professor Alexis Jay's report revealed that more than 1,400 young girls were groomed by gangs, mainly consisting of men of Pakistani heritage, between 1997 and 2013.
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UK Govt Employee Sent to 'Diversity Training' for Calling Pakistani Rotherham Rapists 'Asian Men'

 
A researcher in Britain’s Home Office, which is responsible for domestic security and border control, was reprimanded and sent to a ‘two day ethnicity and diversity course’ for refering to the Pakistani rapists in Rotherham as ‘Asian’. The worker, who was speaking to the BBC’s Panorama programme, noted that senior officials in the department told them to “never refer to that again” when they raised the issue of Muslim men grooming young white girls in Rotherham.
An image tweeted by Panorama’s Jane Bradley shows part of a legal document that claims that the researcher was told: “you must never refer to Asian men”.
“The other response [to raising the issue]”, they claimed, “was to book me on a 2 day ethnicity and diversity course to raise my awareness of ethnic issues”.
The revelation will add further fuel to the fire surrounding the Rotherham case, where it is alleged that civil servants, council staff, and local police turned a blind eye to the mass grooming and rape of 1400 children, some who were in government care facilities.
Last week saw the resignation of the Deputy Police Crime Commissioner, and the resignation from the Labour Party of the local police Chief Shaun Wright. But the latter refuses to give up his job proper, while the council’s Chief Executive is also clinging onto power. The pair together are paid over £300,000 a year in taxpayer money.
Since the news of the case broke, speculation has been rife that pandering to multiculturalism and tiptoeing around the fact that most of the rapists were Pakistani men led to government officials burying their heads in the sand over the issue.
So far over 12,000 people have called for Shaun Wright to resign in a petition.
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Filipino Soldiers Defied UN Order to Surrender to ISIS

By Daniel Greenfield 

 Good for them. Surrendering to people who practice beheading religiously is ill advised.
This whole mess is yet another of the innumerable reminders that international forces placed around Israel to absolutely nothing and surrender or run away at the first sign of trouble. That’s why the touted EU initiative to put international forces between Israel and Hamas is a stupid and destructive venture.
The Philippine military said Monday that a UN peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp
Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said he advised the 40 Filipino peacekeepers not to lay down their arms, and they defied the UN peacekeeping commander’s order. Instead, they staged a daring escape from the Golan camp over the weekend, ending a tense, dayslong standoff.
The disagreement is another blow to a UN peacekeeping mission that has been threatened by an escalation of violence in a buffer zone it has been guarding between Israel and Syria. A number of countries have withdrawn their troops from the peacekeeping force due to rising rebel attacks.
Forty-five Fijian peacekeepers who surrendered their firearms to the rebels last week are still being held by the al-Qaida-linked insurgents.
The commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, or UNDOF, which supervises the peacekeeping mission in Golan, was overseeing talks with the Syrian rebels to secure the freedom of the Fijians. However, Catapang said he would not agree to any resolution of the hostage crisis that would put Filipino troops in grave danger.
When the besieged Filipino troops sought his advice after they were ordered to lay down their arms as part of an arrangement with the rebels to secure the Fijians’ release, Catapang said he asked them to defy the order.
“I told them not to follow the order because that is a violation of our regulation, that we do not surrender our firearms, and, at the same time, there is no assurance that you will be safe after you give your firearms,” Catapang said.
UNDOF did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
He’s quite right that negotiating with terrorists doesn’t work and terrorists should not be trusted. This is why Israel should not be expected to surrender in the hopes that the terrorists will keep up their end of the deal.
They haven’t and they don’t.
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Euro Zone Woes, Elephant Still in the Room

By Andrew Stuttaford  

The Economist frets over the prospects for euro zone growth:
In recent weeks the countries of the euro zone have begun to take in water once again. Their collective GDP stagnated in the second quarter: Italy fell back into outright recession, French GDP was flat and even mighty Germany saw an unexpectedly large fall in output…Meanwhile, inflation has fallen perilously low, to around 0.4%, far below the near-2% target of the European Central Bank, raising fears that the zone as a whole could fall prey to entrenched deflation. German bond yields are hovering below 1%, another harbinger of falling prices…
What started more than four years ago as a banking and sovereign-debt crisis has decayed into a growth crisis that is now enveloping the three biggest economies. Germany is teetering on the edge of recession. France is mired in stagnation. Italy’s GDP is barely above its level when the single currency came in 15 years ago. Since these three countries account for two-thirds of euro-zone GDP, growth in places like Spain and the Netherlands cannot make up for their torpor.
The underlying causes of Europe’s new ills are three very familiar and interrelated problems. First, there is a shortage of political leaders with the courage and conviction to push through structural reforms to improve competitiveness and, eventually, reignite growth: the big countries have wasted the two years bought by Mr Draghi’s “whatever it takes” commitment. Second, public opinion is not convinced of the urgent need for deep and radical changes. And third, despite Mr Draghi’s efforts, the monetary and fiscal framework is too tight, throttling growth—which makes structural reforms harder.
The first two elements on that list are a reminder that there is still a limit to which the democratic process can be bypassed. The currency union may in theory demand structural reforms of the type that The Economist would like (not altogether unreasonably) to see, but the democratic buy-in for those reforms does not exist. That the single currency was designed to be the agent of deep structural reform within some of the less competitive countries of the euro zone may have been understood by at least some members of their political class, but this information was not passed on (in any meaningful sense) to the voters. If anything, the reverse was true; a number of governments used the cheap money that accompanied the introduction of the euro to take a holiday from reality and, in some cases go on a binge.  Reality eventually bit back, but the underlying political reality had not changed. Culture—and political culture—runs deeper than that: after more than 150 years of, so to speak, Italian monetary union, Naples is still not Milan.
In this connection, a new poll for Spain’s El Mundo is worth a comment.
Open Europe explains:
According to a new Sigma Dos poll for El Mundo, the anti-establishment (but not anti-EU) party Podemos would finish third in a general election with 21.2% of votes – only 1.1% less than the opposition Socialist Party. Being neck-and-neck with one of Spain’s two traditional parties is an absolutely extraordinary result for Podemos, given that it was founded in March. The poll puts Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s centre-right Partido Popular in the lead on 30.1% – a 14.5% fall from the 44.6% the party scored at the November 2011 general election.
For some background on Podemos, go here.  The party is anti-austerity and of the far left. Amongst its promised delights:  ”Regain public control over strategic sectors of the economy: telecommunications, energy, food, transport, health, pharmaceutical and education.”
Well that’ll work.
The third of The Economist’s points—that the euro zone’s monetary and fiscal policy is too tight—is not wrong, whatever the Germans may say, but there’s a catch.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Roger Bootle:
 It is all very well saying, as I do, that the pace of fiscal consolidation should be slowed, but how do you stop France and Italy from backsliding?
Good question.
Germany’s politicians signed their country up for a currency its people didn’t want, but they at least promised there would be no bailouts (um…) and that the European Central Bank would run a tight ship with its passengers, so to speak, keeping their finances in order. For the ECB to ease discipline across the euro zone might make sense economically, but it would a very ugly reminder to German voters of what their politicians signed them up to in the first place.
And while on that topic, Germany’s new right of center AfD  has just won 9.7% of the vote in regional elections in Saxony. As a result it will enter a regional parliament for the first time.  The AfD is not anti-EU, but it does want Germany out of the euro, and in the interim it would be highly unlikely to welcome any concessions by Germany on euro zone financial discipline.
Deutsche Welle:
Saxony’s state premier, Stanislaw Tillich, put to rest speculation that the CDU might opt to form a coalition with the euroskeptic Alternative for Germany (AfD), which won representation in a state parliament for the first time with 9.7 percent of the vote. The AfD has attracted many voters dissatisfied with [Merkel’s] CDU’s shift to the left in recent years.
“We will search for a coalition partner with whom we can achieve something for the state,” Tillich told German public broadcaster ARD. “That’s certainly not the AfD.”
In a press conference on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the AfD’s success at the polls was largely thanks to protest votes.
“We can stop this protest, if we – as the Union, as the CDU – speak to and solve the issues that mobilize the people on the ground,” the chancellor said.
She’s a joker, that Mrs. Merkel.
One size: still not fitting all. And that is still the elephant in the room.
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Even Germany Is Arming the Kurds

By Patrick Brennan
The German government, long a force for pacifist foreign policy, has decided that it will start sending weapons to arm the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq, in its fight against the Islamic State. Reuters reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel is making it clear how big a deal this is:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government’s taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, calling the group a major security threat to both Germany and Europe.
“The far-reaching destabilization of an entire region affects Germany and Europe,” Merkel said in a speech to parliament Monday, a day after Berlin published a list of weapons, including machine guns and hand grenades, that it will send to the region. . . .
Germany will send enough weapons to arm 4,000 Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq battling against IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, whose advances threaten to destabilize the Middle East, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday.
The equipment will include armor-piercing weapons like anti-tank rockets, thousands of assault rifles, hand grenades, mine-clearing equipment, night-vision goggles, field kitchens and tents.
Breaking with a postwar policy of not sending arms to conflict zones, Chancellor Merkel said northern Iraq is an “exception” because of the nature of IS’s violence.
More than 400 German nationals are estimated to have joined the Islamic State. The U.S. government is sending arms to the Kurdish government, too, though it’s unclear, as with Germany’s effort, how much of the arms are being sent directly to the Kurds and how much is being routed through the central Iraqi government, which has struggled to assert control over the situation in northern Iraq.
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UK: Petition To Remove South Yorkshire Police Boss After Paedo Scandal Tops 12,000

By Andre Walker 

Embattled South Yorkshire Police Commissioner Shaun Wright faced another blow today after the petition to remove him for failing to prevent the abuse of children topped 12,000. News of the creation of the petition was covered exclusively by Breitbart London, and came after Wright refused to stand down despite having failed to protect at least 1,400 children in Rotherham. Last week, Wright looked set to go but the defection of Douglas Carswell to UKIP meant that he was suddenly knocked off the front-pages. He used the time it gave him to attempt to bolster his position and cling to his £85,000 annual salary.
However, it has been far from plain sailing for Wright, who was forced out of the Labour party and lost his deputy, Tracey Cheetham, in the space of few days. Mrs Cheetham claimed she was no-longer able to work with Wright.
He was cabinet member on Rotherham Council for Children and Young People during the period when the local authority turned a blind eye to widespread abuse by Asian gangs. He stood down as a councillor after being elected Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012, but the report into abuse made clear that his department had failed in its duty of care to the young people of Rotherham.
Wright's plan to 'tough it out' is bolstered by rules that make it impossible to remove a sitting Police Commissioner. He will only lose the post if he is convicted of a crime, or chooses to resign, something he has so far refused to do.
The petition says: "It was revealed on 26 August that over 1400 children have been systematically groomed, threatened, raped, and otherwise abused under the noses of Rotherham Council authorities.
Following the revelations, only one person has resigned - the leader of the council, where in reality far more people are accountable for this massive failure for Rotherham, Britain, and mostly for the children involved."
It continued: "Many people have been calling for Wright to go, but he still refuses to leave his £85,000 a year, taxpayer-funded job, despite having failed repeatedly. Shaun Wright, under these circumstances, the only responsible and just thing to do is to resign."
The cabinet of Rotherham Council will meet on Wednesday to discuss the implications of the allegations of child abuse. They are widely expected to vote to let themselves off the hook.
Click here to sign the petition. 

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Multiculturalism: What the Liberal-Left Would Prefer You Not to Know...

 
By James Delingpole 
All right, so it was only a straw poll conducted among viewers of yesterday's BBC Sunday Morning Live debate programme: 95 per cent of Britons think multiculturalism has been a failure. But as majority verdicts go, it was a pretty resounding one - and it was delivered despite the BBC's best efforts to muddy the waters, first by wheeling out two of the nation's Multi Culti Apologist big guns Owen Jones and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, and second by pretending that multiculturalism means something other than what it actually means.
Multiculturalism is a very specific political philosophy which could scarcely be further removed from the idea that we should live in one big, happy, multi-ethnic melting pot and all just get along. That's because it means the exact opposite. It's about separatism, not integration.
It was championed from at least the 1970s onwards by effete bien-pensants like Labour MP turned Social Democrat Roy Jenkins and is essentially a manifestation of the cultural guilt and self-hatred that afflicts the left-wing chattering classes. Rather than accept the truth which to most of us is glaringly obvious - that some cultures are manifestly superior to others - it urges us all to celebrate our differences and to accept values that we may personally find alien or even abhorrent in the name of creating a fairer, more tolerant and inclusive society.
So, for example, we in liberal Western culture generally take a dim view of marrying members of your own family, female genital mutilation, forced or arranged marriages, second-class status for women, voter fraud, systematic political corruption, honour killings, the organised grooming, trafficking and rape of underage girls, and so on.
In some of our immigrant communities, though, such practices are considered more or less acceptable. (And I'm only using that "more or less" modifier out of politeness).
We know, for example, that two thirds of Pakistani mothers in Bradford are related to the father of their child.
We know that every year about 20,000 girls in Briton are considered "at risk" of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Somalis, mainly)
We know that among certain cultures - Pakistan's, for example - that corruption is endemic. As Rod Liddle noted, Pakistani is 139th on Transparency International's list of most corrupt countries - the higher the number, the more corrupt. And as Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has corroborated, these practices have been "imported" into some of our "northern towns and cities."
We know that in Britain every year at least a dozen women are victims of "honour killings" - and that the justice process is often hampered by the refusal of family members or people in the local community to testify in court.
And we can, I think, take with a fairly hefty pinch of salt the notion that the rape gang phenomenon is something which the broader Pakistani-Kashmiri community in Britain finds unacceptable. If this is really the case, how come it has been allowed to persist, unchecked for up to fifteen years, across Britain on an epic scale, without the perpetrators being named and shamed by their friends, families, colleagues, their community elders or their imams?
The failure of multiculturalism is not, of course, a new thing. Some of us have been warning for years that it is a disastrous policy for various obvious reasons: it militates against social cohesion; it violates the principle that all should be equal before the law and no groups - as contra the parallel Sharia courts now operating in Britain - should be singled out for special treatment; it strains Britain's culture of tolerance to breaking point, while simultaneously diluting the national character and rejecting those qualities which once made (and still do make, up to a point) Britain such a desirable place to live; it makes it that much more likely that FGM, honour killings, voter fraud, rape gangs and the rest can carry on unchecked.
But these sensible arguments against multiculturalism have often been drowned out by the liberal-left either with the cry of "racist" or through the more subtle, but no less effective methods of distraction and dissimulation.
We saw both the latter techniques being used on BBC Sunday Morning Live. Owen Jones - fluent political operator that he is - tried to claim the moral high ground by arguing that blaming the Rotherham gang rape phenomenon on "multiculturalism" not only lets the perpetrators off the hook but also ignores the plight of the victims. (Short answer: it does neither and if you believe it does Owen, you're thick and if you're only saying it for effect then you're wicked. You choose).
Worse still, almost, was the way at one point during the multicultural debate, the show decided to canvas the opinions of two festival organisers at Mela 2014 ("Europe's biggest outdoors South-Asian festival"), both of whom assured us that they thought "multiculturalism" was a jolly good thing without for one second grappling with the philosophical or cultural implications of the term. The impression given was that to be against multiculturalism is like being against chicken tikka masala, or bhangra, or arts festivals or smiley brown skinned people or fun generally.
But multiculturalism isn't and never was a handy synonym for "multiethnic".  And at last, it seems, the majority of British people have twigged.
Multiculturalism is the philosophy that says the grooming, trafficking and mass rape of underage white girls by Muslim gangs is not as bad as being thought Islamophobic.
Multiculturalism is the philosophy that says it's better to let a little African girl get tortured to death by her relatives than it is to be thought culturally insensitive or judgemental.
Multiculturalism is the philosophy whereby when, say, a grant application is made to try to save for the nation an object of incalculable heritage value like the Fourteenth Century illuminated prayer book the Macclesfield Psalter, some politically correct gimp of a grants officer asks: "And how would this be relevant to the owner of the local Chinese takeaway?"
People have had enough of this nonsense. Finally.
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UK Special Forces Move Into London As Govt Fears 'Mumbai-Style' Terrorist Spectacular

By Donna Rachel Edmunds 
London could be the scene of a Mumbai-style terrorist "spectacular" if Islamist jihadists get their way, British security chiefs have warned. There is growing concern that a list of "soft" targets is being drawn up, and that weapons and explosives have already been smuggled into the country. The Sun is reporting that the SAS has moved part of its anti-terror team to a forward base near London, amid concerns that a prolonged attack may be staged in that city. MI5 also referred to the Mumbai atrocity of 2008 as a comparison, in which coordinated bombings and shootings took place over four consecutive days, killing 174 and wounding a further 300.
Speaking to The Sun, a source said: "The nightmare scenario is they mount a spectacular attack at a high profile location. They may try to storm a building, take hostages, rig it with explosives or kill at will."
The threat has caused the official 'threat level' to be raised to severe, increasing tensions in the city and prompting people to share warnings of an imminent bomb attack on the London Underground on social media and via text last night. The threat was dismissed as a hoax after the head of the British Transport Police took to Twitter, posting: "Social media contains lots of rumours regarding threats to tube network tomorrow. There is no specific threat so keep calm & carry on."
However, Twitter user David O'Neill pointed out: "Must say though. If you raise the threat level to severe you can't be shocked when people believe stupid rumours about attacks on the tube."
Up to 500 British-born men are understood to have gone abroad in order to fight for the Islamic State (IS). Scotland Yard believes that up to 200 may have already returned, and are concerned that they will have been taught to carry out similar violent attacks on the streets of Britain.
Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that he is considering granting the border patrol new powers to seize passports from suspected jihadists, and introducing of a ban on travelling abroad to fight with IS. A government source has told the media: "We are considering measures to keep the country safe in the face of an increased threat level from Islamist extremism.
"The areas include making it harder for potential foreign fighters to travel abroad by making it easier to remove their passports through additional temporary seizure powers at the border.
"We are also looking at stopping British citizens from re-entering the country if they are suspected of terrorist activity abroad.
"Previously, our range of powers to prevent return to the UK applied only to foreign nationals, dual nationals or naturalised citizens."
Cameron is expected to deliver details of a package designed to inhibit terrorist activity to the Commons later today. However, it is not clear whether the package will have the support of Cameron's coalition partners, the Liberal Democrat Party.
Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell told BBC Radio 4: "I think it's rather difficult and it might well constitute illegality. To render citizens stateless is regarded as illegal in international law. To render them stateless temporarily, which seems to me the purpose of what's being proposed, can also I think be described as illegal. At the very least it's the kind of question that will be tested here in our own courts and perhaps also in the European Court of Human Rights."
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British Jihadi Mother Who Wants to Be First Female Executioner is MI6's Most Wanted

By Oliver Lane
The hunt is on for Khadijah Dare, a London-born mother of one who called for equal rights to behead British and American citizens. Dare, 22, now tops the MI6 ‘most wanted’ list after her call to arms for other British women to take up jihad went viral. A teenage Muslim convert from a comfortable background, Ms Dare was once a regular at the controversial Lewisham Islamic centre, which was also attended by the killers of British solider Lee Rigby, and terror preacher Imam Sheik Shakeel Begg.
Having followed her Swedish husband Abu Bakr to Syria, Dare is now a prolific social media user, and the British security services are concerned that her call to British Muslims to give up motherhood and education to pursue jihad is having a substantial effect.
Calling Dare a ‘rising star’ of British extremism, a report inThe Mirror quotes a source in the security services as saying: “Her notoriety has evolved so rapidly that she has achieved a celebrity like status among jihadists… The threat from homegrown would-be terrorists such as her is very great. Dare has now become a top priority”.
At least 500, and possibly up to 1,500 Brits have joined international jihad in Iraq and Syria according to Labour MP Khalid Mahmood.
A number of these have been women, with some like Dare clearly wishing to fight, and others going for an apparent ‘sexual jihad’; as morale boosters for lonely male fighters. At least two, dubbed the ‘jihadi brides’ or ‘terror twins’ were just 16-years-old.
This latest search comes just days after the international manhunt for Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, better known as ‘Jihadi John’ who is accused of the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley.
The seeming prevalence of British terrorists abroad has sparked a lively debate in the UK over how to deal with the problem over the past few weeks. After interjections from members of the security community, London Mayor Boris Johnson and Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Prime Minister is expected to make an announcement on the Government’s intended strategy this afternoon.
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UK: The Muslim rape gangs went unreported, unprosecuted, and in general unstopped because of far-Left organizations like Hope Not Hate, Faith Matters, and Tell Mama…

1,400 British non-Muslim children were gang-raped and brutalized by Muslims in one city alone, and “several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”
In the Telegraph today, Sean Thomas asks the question:

We don’t need to rehearse the facts. We’ve all read them, and reeled away in horror. The interesting question is how and why would any country allow the racialised gang-rape of its own daughters?

Why? Because too many in that country, especially on the Left, most especially in the Labour Party, despise their own ordinary people: the white working classes.
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UK: Carswell's Extraordinary Popularity Means He'll Sweep the Clacton By-Election


By Suzanne Evans

It's UKIP all the way in Clacton. Being in the seaside town at the weekend was like arriving at party conference four week early: UKIP supporters flocked in from as far afield as Dundee and the atmosphere was celebratory. The overwhelming majority of residents in the town were delighted Douglas Carswell had joined UKIP because they were going to vote for the party anyway. Most of the rest were determined to stick with him for the forthcoming by-election because he’d helped them, a friend or neighbour, or someone in their family.
Given some of the stories I heard, Douglas is clearly doing a great job in his constituency and very few voters are prepared to risk losing him. Only a handful I met said they were voting for someone else or couldn’t be bothered to talk about how Clacton came to find itself the centre of huge media attention.
The staggering Survation poll putting UKIP on 64 percent (44 percent ahead of the Tories) exactly mirrors my own experience out canvassing. When the man himself appeared on the High Street in Walton-on-the-Naze with Nigel Farage, cars hooted their horns, drivers waved and cheered, pedestrians clamoured to stop and talk to them both. It was like Carnival had landed. Both men told me later – independently – how impressed each was with the obvious popularity of the other.
If his experience is anything like mine when I defected from the Tories in May last year, Douglas Carswell won't regret his decision for a moment. I could empathise when he expressed on Twitter how sad he was to “read one or two unkind comments by one or two former colleagues,” but I can also assure him he will find enough love and support here in UKIP to counteract that.
As Nigel Farage said, Douglas Carswell is a perfect fit for UKIP. I hope, like me, he will soon feel that in joining UKIP he has ‘arrived home.’ His bombshell speech on Thursday certainly suggests he will. He revealed the truth of what UKIP has long been saying: Cameron’s referendum promise is a sham; the three old parties will say anything to get or stay in power and then drop their promises like hot cakes the moment the elections are over. Significantly Carswell blew apart the myth that there’s much difference between the old parties – "same clique, different sofa" got the point across perfectly.
There was so much hope in 2010 that the Tories would put right Labour’s thirteen years in Government, years that proved to be so catastrophically disastrous for Britain, socially and economically.
Yet they too fed us a string of broken promises: the great ‘Reform’ bill to wash away the swathes of red tape and new legislation introduced by Labour? It didn’t happen. Parliamentary recall? What a joke. “We will cut the national debt.” Please! It’s set to be 50 percent higher by 2015!
I was personally most enthused about the concept of localism but that too was a deceitful invention. Almost every day now in the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency where I’ll be standing for parliament, UKIP gets requests from furious locals to help campaign against a new, ill-thought out, unnecessary housing development on precious agricultural land.
The days of the Tories being the party of the countryside are long gone. Only the top down re-organisation of the NHS that nobody wanted and which we were assured wouldn’t happen, actually happened, at vast cost and with vast consequences.
UKIP’s stance on the EU and controlling all migration, not just non-EU migration is well known, but we have a whole raft more policies, many of which will be unveiled over the next few weeks. Significantly though, a UKIP Government would look very different to the one Douglas Carswell has been so critical of this week: it would be much smaller and far more cost-effective – both the size and cost of Government departments would be slashed.
We would scrap some altogether. Significantly there would be a real power of recall for MPs, where constituents get the final say, not other MPs. UKIP genuinely does want real change and a Parliament that is accountable to the people and a servant of the people, not the other way around.
The determination to reform Parliament is a key factor that drives UKIP and it’s a strong differentiator between ‘us’ and ‘them.’ Both supporters and elected politicians in UKIP have guts; they do what they say they will, no shilly-shallying or woolly-wobbling.
Carswell said of his fellow MPs: "Few are animated by principle or passion. Those that are soon get shuffled out of the way. Many are just in it for themselves. They seek every great office yet believe in so little."
You’ll find none of that here Douglas; we put people first, not pollsters. Welcome to UKIP, to the home of conviction politics. It’s great to have you in the ranks and thank you for helping fire up our political revolution.
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Jihad Comes To Europe

By Guy Millière
Belgian security services have estimated that the number of European jihadists in Syria may be over 4000.
European leaders have directed their nastiest comments against the Jewish state, none of them has asked why Palestinian organizations in Gaza put their stockpiles of weapons in hospitals, homes, schools and mosques, or their command and control centers at the bottom of large apartment buildings or underneath hospitals. None of them has even said that Hamas is a terrorist organization despite its genocidal charter.
The majority of them are wedded to the idea of redistribution. Their policies are anti-growth, do not afford people any economic opportunity, and are what caused these economic crises in Europe in the first place. The United States seems to be following these thoroughly failed policies as well.
"Europe could not stay the same with a different population in it." — Christopher Caldwell, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe.
A few months before murdering four people at a Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24th, a French Muslim named Medhi Nemmouche had been released from prison and had already joined the Islamic State (at the time, called ISIS).
Nemmouche had left the Museum unmolested and was identified only by images from surveillance cameras. He was arrested two days later in Marseille during an anti-drug check, where it was discovered that he was about to take a boat to Algeria. He had with him his weapons and a black flag of the Islamic State.
The French police knew exactly who he was. Despite everything, he had not been placed under close surveillance.
Nemmouche will be tried in Belgium, where he faces a sentence of life imprisonment -- but life imprisonment in Belgium and France means a maximum of twenty-two years. He will not spend twenty-two years in prison. He will likely earn an early release for good behavior. Almost all prisoners in Belgium and France are released for good behavior. That he is a repeat offender and has been convicted seven times for robbery and assault will not be held against him: in Belgium or France, recidivism is theoretically considered an aggravating circumstance but is almost never taken into account in the judgments issued by courts.
In prison, he will join the company of people who share his ideas, and he will be able to join jihadi networks.
In Belgian and French prisons, a large majority of the inmates are Muslims, many of whom are radical; and jihadi networks are ubiquitous.
When he leaves prison, he will most likely join the Islamic State again, if he wants, and if the Islamic State still exists.
Nemmouche's path resembles that of another French Muslim, Mohamed Merah, who killed three French soldiers and four Jews in the Southwest of France in March, 2012. Merah, like Nemmouche, had also served several sentences in prison and had joined Islamic organizations, although in Afghanistan, not Syria. He, too, came back ready to kill, and he killed.
The French police also knew who Mohamed Merah was. And he was also not placed under close surveillance.
The main difference between Merah and Nemmouche is that Merah chose to die in a police shootout. Because of the way he died, Merah became a hero for many young European Muslims.
At the time of the Merah case, against all evidence, the French government had put forward the "lone wolf" theory and officially dismissed the idea of jihad, although there were arrests in Islamist circles.
When Nemmouche was arrested, the French Interior Minister used more courageous words: he spoke of "jihadi networks" and of "problems" in the French prison system. He added that 700 French youths were in training camps in Syria, and could come back at any moment. The Belgian authorities used similar words.
These mentions of jihad and "problems" in the prisons were steps in the right direction. The problem is that there will almost certainly be no further steps.
Gilles de Kerchove, the EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator, recently said that there are, in fact, more than 700 French Muslims presently waging jihad in Syria. Available data show that there are also many Belgian Muslims, and many Muslims going to Syria from the rest of Europe. Belgian security services have estimated that the number of European jihadists in Syria may be over 4,000. Entire European fighting units seems to have been created.
The leaders of the French and Belgian do not have any real ways of implementing and managing better security or keeping track of suspects -- even those likely to take action. These leaders do not even try to restore order in prisons. Government leaders currently preside over financially battered countries, mired in sclerosis, stagnation, wretchedly controlled immigration, and the perverse effects of redistributive social welfare systems that only multiply the poor and destroy jobs -- the side effects of multiculturalism. They have neither the will nor the resources to cope with all the costs that would be involved.
They know that if they tried to do something, they would soon be faced with riots in the (mostly Muslim) "no-go zones" scattered throughout the outskirts of most cities.
They know that they would have to hire thousands of police and to consider using the army.
They know that they would soon face extremely reluctant and extremely hostile judges: judges in Belgium and France are permanent and irremovable civil servants, and the majority of them are wedded to economic ideas based on the redistribution of wealth. Their policies are anti-growth, do not afford people any economic opportunity, and are what created these crises in Europe in the first place. The United States seems to be following these thoroughly failed policies as well. The main union of magistrates in France, "Syndicat de la magistrature", is close to a neo-communist organization, "le Front de Gauche".
The governments' leaders know that they would have to confront "anti-racist" organizations fully dedicated to the fight against "Islamophobia": powerful and well financed Islamic lobbies, imams in key mosques, and most journalists in the mainstream media.
The governments' leaders also know that they would have to run the risk of losing elections. In the major cities of Belgium and France, the Muslim vote has an increasing weight. Brussels, the city where Medhi Nemmouche murdered, is now 30% Muslim. Roubaix, the city where he was born, is 60% Muslim. The number of cities where the Muslim population is a majority continues to rise.
The governments' leaders know that what is happening in France and Belgium can be found to varying degrees in all European countries, and that the problem that overwhelms them is really a European problem.
Government leaders in all major European countries know that hundreds of well-trained European jihadists are in Syria and that some of them will return. They do not ignore that some are already back in Europe and that attacks are likely. They do not ignore that if European jihadists are in the hundreds, those who support jihadism in Europe are probably in the tens of thousands. In recent demonstrations in support of the "Palestinian cause" all over Europe, flags of Hamas, Hizbullah and the Islamic State were abundant, and slogans explicit.
Governments in all major European countries do not ignore that many of the countries they lead are in financial dire straits, faced with sclerosis, stagnation, wretchedly controlled immigration, policies that retard economic growth, and the results of multiculturalism.
They do not ignore that many prisons in Europe are jihadi hotbeds, and that (mostly Muslim) no-go zones are proliferating.
They do not ignore that risks of riots are very real, and that judges under the influence of ideas that for a hundred years have been proven not to work -- in Russia, Cuba and everywhere -- nevertheless still serve everywhere in Europe.
They cannot ignore the existence in every European country of "anti-racist" organizations and Islamic lobbies, imams and journalists, almost exactly similar to those which exist in France and Belgium.
They cannot ignore the growing weight of Muslim votes in many parts of Europe.
They can break up some networks, thwart some attacks, symbolically strip some jihadists of their citizenship.
They know they are largely hostage to a situation they no longer control.
Their attitude is dictated by the fear of being confronted with more serious problems than murders: some European counter-terrorism services say that a Mumbai-style armed attack in Europe is possible, even probable.
The attitude of governments can be defined by a word often used to describe the attitude of Daladier and Chamberlain in 1938: appeasement.
The victims of Merah and Nemmouche were Jews. European politicians say they are ready to protect Jews living in Europe, but they are scared of offending those who attack Jews. They enunciate verbal condemnations of "anti-Semitism", but they deliberately ignore the Islamic nature of almost all anti-Semitic acts in Europe today.
European politicians see that those who commit anti-Semitic acts closely associate hatred of Jews and hatred of Israel. They seem to think that if they say that "what happen in the Middle East has to stay in the Middle East", that it will. They deludedly seem to think that if they harshly criticize Israel while saying that the Jews of Europe have nothing to do with Israel, they will avoid outbursts that are even worse. They seem unable to see that social media exist and that what happens in the Middle East does not stay in the Middle East. It leads them to make implicit distinctions between "good" European Jews who see nothing, hear nothing, shut their mouths and behave as "genuine European citizens", and "bad" European Jews who dare to speak of Islamic hatred, express sympathy for Israel and behave as "troublemakers."
Articles denouncing "bad" Jews may be found in major newspapers and magazines. Christophe Barbier, director of the French weekly L'Express recently wrote that French Jews who are worried about the rise of Islamic anti-Semitic acts are "paranoid". He added, a bit surreally, that those Jews who leave France are "traitors" and followers of "Beelzebub". In another article in the same magazine, French Jewish organizations were recently accused of playing an important part in the rise of anti-Semitism in France by being "too close to Israel". Does anyone ever get criticized for being "too close" to North Korea, Russia or Iran?
Since the beginning of the Gaza conflict, European leaders have directed their nastiest remarks against the Jewish State. None of them has asked why Palestinian organizations in Gaza put their stockpiles of weapons in hospitals, homes, schools and mosques, or their command and control centers at the bottom of large apartment buildings or underneath hospitals. None of them has even said that Hamas is a terrorist organization, despite its genocidal charter. Faced with the horrors in northern Iraq, only three European countries -- France, the United Kingdom, and Germany -- decided to provide limited humanitarian aid and deliver military supplies to Kurdish forces. The other countries cautiously abstained.
A few days ago, British PM David Cameron expressed concern that the Islamic State could become strong enough to "target people on the streets of Britain", but added that he was not considering military intervention. That the man who savagely beheaded James Foley on camera spoke with an East London accent prompted British authorities to search for his identity: the beheading was immediately considered a criminal case, not a barbaric act of war.
The murder of Lee Rigby, on May 22, 2013, was considered a simple criminal case: the judge who sentenced the two killers said that the "extremist views" they both expressed during the trial were a "betrayal of Islam". In the European media, the Islamic State is now defined as a "terrorist organization", never as an Islamic organization. Saudi Arabia's grand mufti recently said that "the Islamic State is the enemy of Islam". Many European newspapers immediately ran headlines obediently repeating what he said. In mainstream European newspapers, Hamas is never defined as Islamic or even terrorist; and is called a "resistance movement".
European Jews perceive the smell in the air, and many of them are packing their bags. Seeing that journalists may call them "traitors" and followers of "Beelzebub" does not inspire them to change their minds.
Europeans who are neither Jewish nor Muslim perceive that the situation is rapidly becoming extremely unsafe and unstable. They also feel, with good reason, that their political leaders are not telling the truth.
Recent polls show that in almost every European country, a large majority of the people is pessimistic, expects the worst, and feels a deep lack of trust in politicians, governmental institutions and the media. Recent polls also show that in most European countries, an even larger majority of the people rejects and loathes Islam. Xenophobic parties are on the rise.
In Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, published in 2009, Christopher Caldwell noted that "Europe could not stay the same with a different population in it". He added that any debate in Europe on the impact and dangers of Islam is impossible because "violent Islamists intimidate and threaten". He also added that the demographic trends and the rise of radical Islam in the Middle East do not indicate that the situation will improve. Five years later, it is clear that he was right.
Europe is heading towards an increasingly uncertain future. Debates on the impact and dangers of Islam are even less possible today than five years ago. Demographic trends are irrepressibly moving in a direction that is Muslim. Radical Islam in the Middle East and in Europe is rising ever more rapidly, with no one lifting a finger to stop it.
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

White Children Will Be Minority in UK Classrooms by 2037

By Donna Rachel Edmunds 
White children will be in the minority in England’s state schools by 2037, if current population trends continue. The Sunday Times is reporting that official figures from the Department of Education show that the number of school children of non-British ethnicity rose by 61 percent in the decade to January 2014, but during the same period, the proportion of white British pupils fell by almost 12 percent. In terms of absolute numbers, this meant that there were 1.83m children of non-British ethnicity, including those of Asian, black and white non-British heritage, in British schools in January 2014, up from 1.14m in 2004.
Meanwhile, the number of white British children fell from 5.4m in 2004 to just under 4.8m this year. If these trends continue, white British children will be in the minority across the whole of the country in 23 years’ time, bringing the rest of the UK in line with London, Birmingham, and some other inner cities where white British children are already in the minority.
The largest ethnic minority in British schools today are children of Asian heritage, of which there are nearly 670,000 pupils. The next two largest groups are black children and white non-British children, both represented by nearly 360,000 pupils each. There are also 320,000 mixed race children.
The fastest growing group are the white non-British, whose numbers have more than doubled per the last decade thanks to an open borders policy with eastern European countries. The figures are of concern because some claim that educational policies designed to support pupils of ethnic minority backgrounds are undermining the performance of white working class British children.
“The white working-class population is massively underperforming. We are neglecting the white working class, and do so at our peril.” Said Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education.
He also told the Sunday Times that the growth in ethnic pupils was making white working class children feel “increasingly alienated and marginalised”, and called upon policymakers to stop “neglecting” working class children.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Migration Watch UK, Alp Mehmet, said “These figures underline the way in which mass immigration is changing the whole nature of our society against the public’s wishes .”
Concerns that white working class pupils were being “left behind” educationally have been voiced for a number of years now.
In 2008 the government released a paper which showed that when a number of factors, including parents’ academic success, single parents status, and living in deprived areas, were taken into account, white working class pupils had a lower level of academic achievement than any other group.
White working class pupils were also noted to be one of two ethnic groups who had the lowest self-confidence and the lowest aspirations.
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Turkish Jews Write Open Letter Protesting Government’s Call to Denounce Israel

JNS.org - Several prominent Turkish Jews have written an open letter reprimanding their government for publicly asking the Jewish community to denounce Israel’s operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
In the letter, published by the Hurriyet Daily News Friday, Jewish academics, writers and media figures stated that they do not feel obligated to express an opinion on “Israel’s latest attack on Gaza.”
“No citizen of this country is under any obligation to account for, interpret or comment on any event that takes place elsewhere in the world, and in which he/she has no involvement. There is no onus on the Jewish community of Turkey, therefore, to declare an opinion on any matter at all,” they wrote, reported the Jerusalem Post.
Former Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who took office as President last week, has spoken out harshly during Israel’s conflict with Hamas by comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany and by demanding that Turkish Jews denounce Israel.
“Asking the Jewish community to speak up about Israel reeks of anti-Semitism,” Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Director Abraham Foxman wrote in an op-ed in the Huffington Post earlier this month.
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Lady Gaga Again Defies BDS With September Tel Aviv Concert Date

 Lady Gaga defies the BDStrds again with a show in Tel Aviv  on Sept. 13, 2014.
Lady Gaga defies the BDStrds again with a show in Tel Aviv on Sept. 13, 2014.
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For the second time in just over two years, Lady Gaga will give a concert in Israel.
Lady Gaga’s concert on Sept. 13 at Tel Aviv’s HaYarkon Park is yet another thumb in the eye to the BDS (Boycott of, Divest from and Sanctions Against Israel) movement which seeks to intimidate musicians, artists, consumers and others into shunning the Jewish state.
Gaga’s appearance in Israel is part of her worldwide “artRave: The ARTPROP BALL.” This tour started on May 4, and is scheduled to conclude on Nov. 24.
Her first stop of the Asian wing of the tour is in Dubai, on Sept. 10. That is also listed as the most expensive concert for  fans, with tickets starting at $197.66. Her second concert, listed as her appearance with the second most expensive tickets, is in Tel Aviv, on Sept. 13, with tickets starting at $179.67.
Lady Gaga’s notoriously raunchy concerts will be toned down for her appearance in the United Arab Emirates on Sept. 1o.
According to Gulf News, chairman and CEO of AMI Live Marcos Rios, said: “There will be some edits for Dubai. It cannot be the full show, because it wouldn’t be allowed. So it’s a special show for Dubai and for the culture.”
After her performance in Israel, Lady Gaga’s next stops are listed under Europe, although the first one is in Turkey, followed by concerts in Athens and Belgium. Her fans in Amsterdam can purchase tickets for her Sept. 24 concert, starting at $51.22. The lowest priced tickets for this tour will be for Lady Gaga’s concert in Dublin on Oct. 17. Tickets for that concert start at $41.50.
The last scheduled stop of Lady Gaga’s ARTPROP BALL Tour is on Nov. 24, in Paris.
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See Clacton

By Andrew Stuttaford 

So how is Douglas Carswell, the Conservative MP who defected to UKIP, going to do in the special election now being scheduled for Clacton?
The first poll (and it is only the first poll, and it’s a small one too) makes very grim reading for the Conservatives.
The Guardian reports:
Ukip could deliver a humiliating blow to David Cameron in the runup to next year’s general election following the defection of former Conservative MP Douglas Carswell, according to an opinion poll. Carswell’s decision to join Nigel Farage’s party and trigger a byelection in Clacton shocked Westminster and the poll of voters in the constituency predicting a massive 44-point lead for Ukip will add to the prime minister’s discomfort.
The Survation study for the Mail on Sunday put Ukip on 64% of the vote, with the Tories on 20%, Labour on 13% and the Liberal Democrats 2%. More than half of those polled (54%) favoured Britain leaving the European Union, while 26%were opposed to cutting ties to Brussels. In a sign of Carswell’s popularity in the seat, more than a third (34%) of those indicating they would vote Ukip said it was because they liked their former Conservative MP, while 57% said it was because they liked Ukip and 9% said it would be a protest vote. Among Tory voters, almost half (49%) said Carswell was a hero despite his defection, with 17% saying he was a traitor….
Clacton is natural UKIP territory and matters are distorted by the drama that Carswell has unleashed, but the implications of these numbers concern more than just Clacton. The Tories ought to be terrified. There will, I suspect, be other Conservative MPs, particularly in UKIP’s Eastern heartland, wondering whether to make the Carswell leap.
Over at The Spectator, James Forsyth frets:
So, Ukip are going to get their first MP. This means that the fracture on the right of British politics is a lot closer to becoming permanent, handing Labour the kind of inherent electoral advantage that the Tories enjoyed in the 1980s. This morning, the next election is Ed Miliband’s to lose.
“This morning”? Well, yesterday morning too, and many mornings before that. A Conservative defeat has been on the cards for a long time now. I’m always somewhat taken aback by Tories who tell me that while Cameron may not be an ideologue (not necessarily a terrible thing, incidentally), he does at least have a nose for power. If only that were true. Enclosed within the prejudices of his own circle and a crippling lack of political imagination, Cameron managed to (1) throw away the chance for a clean election win in 2010; (2) create and sustain a space on the right that UKIP has exploited to the full; (3) alienate his own activists; (4) (I am told) neglect his parliamentary rank and file; and (5) make a mess of “Europe” both at home and in Brussels, Frankfurt, and elsewhere.
These errors are many things, but they are not the actions of a politician skilled in the ways of power. They are those of a prime minister who will lose office in 2015.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph (before the poll results), here’s Charles Moore, one of the leading figures in British Conservative journalism. The article is overstated in parts (not least in the claim that Cameron and Milliband are “not far off” being interchangeable), but this is spot on:
The lack of anger among Conservative-minded people [about Carswell’s defection] is striking. Traditionally, MPs who switch parties are accused of treachery. Parties have had strong collective identities. Those who leave the tribe have therefore been scorned. Mr Carswell has pre-empted some of this by his decision – virtually unprecedented – to submit his switch of allegiance to a by-election rather than clinging on without asking the voters.
But he also taps into something that is happening anyway. The loyalty and cohesion of political parties depend much more upon their mass memberships than on their elites. For many years now, these have dwindled. Since Tony Blair became Labour leader in 1994, party leaderships have made it a point of honour to ignore or despise their supporters. The natural consequence is that activists become inactive, or change party. Many grassroots Conservatives have already formally gone to Ukip; many more vote for Ukip in council or European elections. They do not see this as disloyal to their beliefs. I predict they will vote for Mr Carswell in his by-election and he will win.
And on Europe?
The Cameron modernisers made a . . .mistake about Europe. They said they did not want to “bang on” about it. Of course they were right that people were heartily sick of internal party squabbles, but they ignored the fact that the European Union affects all our lives in countless ways – whom we let in, whom we can throw out, who can make decisions on our behalf, whether we have to deface our country with wind farms, even (this week) how powerful our vacuum cleaners are allowed to be. The Conservatives fought shy of the subject. Now they promise a referendum if they win next year, while intimating that they will settle for minimal demands in the negotiations running up to it. Yesterday – too late – the high command organised a ring-round trying to persuade prominent Eurosceptics to talk the referendum up. Why are they surprised if people do not trust their good faith?
This last is crucial. Cameron thought that his promise of an in/out referendum (a promise, incidentally, that had to be forced out of him) would be enough to bring euroskeptics back into the fold, but he has undermined that promise by the way he has talked (and not talked) about trying to “renegotiate” Britain’s position in the EU first. Promising an attempt at renegotiation was, politically, astute enough as euroskeptics need to recognize. Most Brits would rather stay in an “EU lite.” But the reality is that that option is not on offer and never will be. “Renegotiations” carried out in good faith will make that all too clear, and thus (hopefully) point the way to a popular vote for Brexit. The problem, as Moore recognizes, is that few euroskeptics believe that Cameron will renegotiate in good faith. They are right to be suspicious.
The general election is in May.
 nationalreview

What’s Worse: Feminist Sensitivity or Touchy Headchoppers?

Horrific events in the UK now demonstrate the consequences of Western “sensitivity” towards Islam.
Motherly Headchopper: the transformation of Sally Jones
Before and after pictures here:
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A British mother-of-two who once fronted an all-girl rock band is believed to have made it to Syria where she is threatening to behead Christians with a blunt knife. …
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According to her Twitter profile, Umm Hussain al-Britani (left) married British computer hacker-turned jihadi Junaid Hussain. Her devotion comes with an invitation:
 ’You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at raqqa … Come here I’ll do it for you!’ 

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Undercover Israeli Playwright Exposes Palestinian Holocaust Denial, Rank Jew-Hatred, Anti-Israel Agenda

By Dave Bender 
Posing as a German investigative reporter named ‘Toby’ during a trek through Palestinian Authority areas, a noted playwright and polymath author told Israel’s Channel 2 News that he’s exposed a toxic brew of Jew hatred in Palestinian society, masquerading behind purported human-rights activities.
The Tel Aviv-born Tuvia Tenenbaum spent time with the various left-wing Israeli and foreign agitators in the West Bank and asked them to educate him about the plight of the “Palestinians,” according to Prof. Seven Plaut, of the Faculty of Management at the University of Haifa, speaking with The Algemeiner.
Tenenbaum ”turned the results into a book, ‘Catch the Jew,’” a “hilarious and at the same time highly revealing [account] of the sorts of propagandists operating to undermine Israel and provide disinformation to the media. A chapter of his new book is reprinted in this past weekend’s Makor Rishon,” newspaper, Plaut noted.
“Much of the chapter deals with Tenenbaum’s meetings and travels about the West Bank with Rabbi Arik Ascherman, head of the ‘Rabbis for Human Rights,’” group, which Plaut characterized as ”a far-leftist anti-Israel propaganda NGO.”
In a parallel video report aired on Israel’s Channel 2 News Friday evening on the book, Tenenbaum said, ”The Europeans aren’t really familiar with the Middle East dispute and they do not investigate. They are coming out of every hole here. They don’t want to help, but rather to catch the Jew doing something bad. It comes from hatred.”
Translating from the report, noted pro-Israel blogger, Carl in Jerusalem, of Israel Matzav, wrote, ”From the beginning, ‘Toby’ joined a group of young Italians who learned about the dispute in Shechem (Nablus) and in Israel, with funding from the European Union. But the Israeli guide, Itamar Shapira – the brother of the pilot Jonathan Shapira who refused orders and became an extreme Leftist activist – presented himself to the group as a ‘former Jew’ and said harsh things against Israel.
“During a tour of Yad Vashem, Shapira chose to focus specifically on stories of the massacre at Dir Yassin [the Jenin lie of the 1948 War of Independence. CiJ] and told the young Italians that it’s necessary to impose boycotts and sanctions on Israel because ‘we have to stop an additional Holocaust.’ Shapira was fired in the past from Yad Vashem after he compared the Holocaust to the Naqba [the Palestinian characterization of the creation of the State of Israel as a catastrophe. CiJ], but today he leads private groups there.
“The Palestinian guide who accompanied the group was Ataf Abu Rob, a Palestinian journalist and investigator for B’Tselem who is responsible for several stories published by the [extreme Leftist Haaretz] journalist Gideon Levy. Abu Rob told ‘Toby’ that the Holocaust is ‘a lie. I don’t believe it.’
“The senior Fatah commander Jibril Rajob also opened his door after he heard about the book that ‘Toby’ planned to publish and told him: ‘Israel is racist and fascist, it will be isolated like South Africa.’ Rajoub’s close confidantes whispered to Tenenbaum ‘We are all German, but the only problem is that we know that General Rommel did not succeed in coming here.’
“Tenenbaum’s book Catch the Jew will be published this week, and he will then not be accepted as a prodigal son in the Palestinian Authority once his cover is blown, the narrator of the video report said, summing up.
“In response, Yad Vashem said in a statement that, ‘Yad Vashem is careful that the subject of the Holocaust will be presented in detachment from any political agenda. Itamar Shapira was employed in the past as a guide in Yad Vashem and was not careful about these norms, and therefore it was decided about five years ago to terminate him [after he had worked there for three and a half years! CiJ]. Today, we allow outside guides, but we are considering changing this policy.’”
For their part, B’Tselem said that they condemn “any expression of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. The matter will be clarified with the investigator with the full necessary seriousness.” Journalist Gideon Levy added: “I traveled to the territories a number of times over the course of the years with Atef Abu Rob. I never conducted political discussions with him and I am not aware of his views. I very much hope that Holocaust denial is not one of them.”
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