Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Former Royal Marine is First Briton to Die Fighting Islamic State

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield
By Oliver Lane 

A former Royal Marine who “wanted nothing more than to bring the fight to the enemy” has become the first British citizen to be killed fighting with Kurdish forces, reports suggest.
Lions Rojava Chappies RPG
An American soldier fighting with the ‘Chappy’ unit toasts his comrades in Syria / Facebook
Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, 25, a Greek soldier who took British citizenship and joined the Royal Marines was thought to have crossed the Turkish border to Syria late last year after telling his family in Barnsley, Yorkshire, that he was going to undertake humanitarian work. The former Royal Marine joined the ‘Lions of Rojava’, the Kurdish army’s ‘foreign legion’, manned by Western men but led by Kurdish officers.
A fellow Lion and member of the ‘Chappy’ unit of Anglo-sphere friends, apparently including former soldiers from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the United States, reported the death of Konstandinos – known as Kosta within the unit, on Facebook. Sharing pictures of Kosta in Kurdish uniform enjoying himself with friends while on patrol, former United States Marine John Fox said: “KIA Chappy Kosta… Hands down one of the greatest people I have ever met in my life.
Chappy Kosta Lions Rojava Kneeling
Kosta Kneels With an Assault Rifle in Front of Colleagues / Facebook
“I cannot even begin to describe the character of this man because a Facebook post can no way do it justice…. He deserves so much more than a Facebook post but this is all I can do for now so please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
“You will be avenged my brother”.
Another American fighting with the Lions, Jordan Maston praised Konstandinos: “Kosta volunteered for every attack and guard duty opportunity. He wanted nothing more than to bring the fight to the enemy.
“I’m going to carry on your legacy brother, I will never forget you. I love you man.”
The Daily Mail reports the comments of Kurdish rights campaigner Mark Campbell, who had the difficult task of telling Kosta’s mother of his death. He said: “Because of potential language issues I volunteered to inform the family of his death, which I did and spoke to his mother on behalf of the YPG.”
She was completely and utterly distraught – she was crying all the way through. It’s the most awful and horrendous thing and exactly as you can imagine. It was just horrible. The message from the YPG is that although they would like to bury him as one of their own, they are completely and utterly guided by the family’s wishes.
“If the family wishes that the body come home to the UK, the YPG will do everything in their power to facilitate that”.

Germany: Israeli ambassador reading some of the many hate-mails he gets

The Israeli embassy in Berlin gets 20 hate mails a day.  In a clip prepared by the Berliner Morgenpost, Israeli Ambassador Yakov Hadas-Handelsman reads a few of them out.

"It's the truth that the Jews are resting on the Holocaust, and they are just too lazy to work."

"Child murderer, I hope a rocket will fly up your ass."

"Israel, you are murderers and everybody hates you.  May God punish you and your families."

"Mankind will only live in peace when the last rat-Jew has bitten the dust."


UK: Taxpayer Shelled Out £500k To House ‘Tenants From Hell’ Jihad John’s Family

By Andre Walker 

Details have begun to emerge about just how much the British taxpayer paid to keep Mohammed Emwazi aka Jihad John and his family in a smart West London property. The family moved to the UK in 1990 shortly after they fled Kuwait because they supported Saddam Hussein’s invasion of the country. Despite some claims in the media, Jihad John’s parents never worked in the UK and instead relied on benefits to fund their lifestyle. They were also able to claim for his education at Westminster University, adding to the bill handed to the taxpayer.
Nice Place: Family were given taxpayer funded home in Little Venice.
Nice Place: Terrorist’s family were given taxpayer funded home in Little Venice.
The Daily Mail reports Westminster City Council was obliged to house the family. They have lived in various taxpayer funded properties but the most recent was rented for £23,400 a year, which adds up to £468k for the 20 years they all lived together in the UK.
When they initially moved to London they were placed in a three-bedroom apartment which is now worth £900k. But this was not considered big enough and they were given a house in Little Venice worth over £1m. It had to be converted so it could fit the growing family.
Although the family did not work they were still able to offer the owner of the property £300k in cash for it. After the offer to buy the property was rejected they moved near Lord’s Cricket Ground before finally settling on a £1.4m apartment in Maida Vale.
Under housing rules Westminster City Council is required to provide properties to homeless families within its borough, which is one of the most expensive areas in the country. This means that refugee families like the Emwazis can end up in multi-million pound properties, whilst most of the country live in far less impressive surroundings.
But all was not well for those living near the Emwazis. Sithy Hussain who owns the £1million home in Little Venice claimed Mr Emwazi was an “aggressive sod”. She added: ‘They were parasites. He was the tenant from hell. The rent went up to £450 a week and it was paid from housing benefits. They didn’t pay one penny.
“They stayed for a few years and there were problems. They had to have another room because they had another child and they had the locks changed.”
Some members of the family are still living in the UK and are believed to be claiming housing benefit, child benefit and student support. Kuwaiti authorities have accused them of knowing about Mohammed’s atrocities for six months. They are not thought to have given the security services any assistance in that time.

Is Turkey's Erdoğan in Decline?

By Veli Sirin
Fréderike Geerdink, a Dutch journalist, was indicted by a Turkish prosecutor for "terrorist propaganda" because of her writing on Kurdish affairs. The raid on her took place on January 6, the very day that the Netherlands' Foreign Minister, Bert Koenders, was in Ankara. She faces a possible sentence of five years in prison.
Erdogan has sought to dampen of his behavior by accusing Western Europe of persecuting Muslims.
Turkey's Islamist president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, may have entered a decline after 11 years of increasing national political command.
Erdoğan proclaims Turkey to be a state of law and a defender of freedom of expression, even though its record in the persecution of journalists is among the world's worst, according to such international media monitors as Freedom House, in its 2014 survey, Democracy in Crisis: Corruption, Media, and Power in Turkey.
On February 2, 2015, the London Guardian reported that the Dutch journalist Fréderike Geerdink was indicted by a Turkish prosecutor for "terrorist propaganda" because of her writing on Kurdish affairs. Representing the leading Dutch daily, Het Parool, and producing a blog from Diyarbakir in eastern Turkey, Geerdink was arrested in a Turkish police raid at her home on January 6, the very day that the Netherlands' Foreign Minister, Bert Koenders, was in Ankara. Geerdink is due to appear in court on April, and faces a possible sentence of five years in prison if found guilty.
Dutch newspaper journalist Fréderike Geerdink (left) was indicted this month by a Turkish prosecutor for "terrorist propaganda," because of her writing on Kurdish affairs. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (right) insists that Turkey is a state of law and a defender of freedom of expression.
More broadly, Erdoğan's handling of events in Syria, ravaged by the two predators embodied in the dictatorship of Bashar Al-Assad and the brutal terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" or ISIS, and others acting in the name of Sunni Islam, has undermined his reputation as a crafty chieftain capable of imposing on his country his authoritarian will.
On February 21, as reported by The New York Times, Turkey sent troops into Syria to evacuate army personnel guarding the reputed tomb of Suleyman Shah [c. 1178-1236], grandfather of the first Ottoman imperial ruler. The tomb was dismantled at Erdoğan's order and moved to the Turkish-Syrian border.
Until now, the monument to the immediate predecessor of the Ottoman Empire was sited at Qal'at Ja'bar, near Al-Raqqah in northern Syria, some 20 miles from the Turkish frontier. It had been established, since 1921, as Turkish property within Syria. But Al-Raqqah is now the capital of the purported "Islamic State." Based on its Wahhabi fundamentalism, ISIS has smashed to rubble the most exquisite antiquities, and has burned libraries, along with countless Muslim shrines, Christian churches, and other historical buildings. In addition to their hated of Christians, ISIS Wahhabis destroy pre-Islamic and Muslim cultural heritage, on the argument that preservation of ancient statuary and the shrines of the monotheistic religions alike is polytheism or idol-worship.
The tomb of the ancestor of the Ottoman state -- the most powerful Islamic political entity in history -- is considered by ordinary Muslims, both Sunnis and unorthodox Alevis, to merit protection. Although the Turkish government has allowed ISIS to operate without hindrance, these considerations are of no significance to ISIS; they are tomb-wreckers and grave-robbers, as well as men and some women who blow themselves up as a weapon of mass murder, crucify, slit throats, enslave and burn people alive. The concern of the Turkish authorities for the security of the sepulcher and their soldiers stationed there was justifiable.
Erdoğan took up this challenge in a manner that showed weakness rather than strength. According to The New York Times, reports on the army incursion into Syria were quickly taken off Turkish news websites. Nevertheless, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, a close associate of Erdoğan in leading the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), stated via Twitter that the inventory of the tomb had been returned to Turkey.
Further, the "rescue" of the cenotaph and of the soldiers stationed there was carried out through the town of Kobane, saved from ISIS by Kurdish troops. A Kurdish commander in Kobane, Enver Muslim, cooperated with the Turkish army in the Suleyman Shah tomb operation.
Erdoğan held the Turkish army back from defending Kobane, and seemed willing to let it fall to ISIS. His motivation for this remains unclear, since Turkey, as a NATO member, is considered a probable ally against ISIS. He repeatedly predicted an ISIS victory in the town, and dismissed Kobane as irrelevant to Turkish interests. A Kurdish man, Ape Nemir, aged 67, said about the situation:
"Erdoğan was counting the days for the fall of Kobane. He was uttering his wish each day. Kobane did not fall, but [the reputation of] Erdoğan did. It became a source of worry for him. He is no different from the [ISIS] gangs. We also know about his hostility towards the Kurds. We refused to surrender Kobane to the gangs. We fought until the last drop of our blood and will continue to do so. It is the land of our ancestors; we will not give in to [ISIS]."
Erdoğan and his associates then scrambled to save face. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç declared. after Kobane was saved from ISIS, "The support Turkey provided for Kobane should not be forgotten." In October 2014, however, Arınç had denounced mass demonstrations for solidarity with Kobane as "terrorist acts." The Turkish government was, it seems, scrambling to save face.
Last year was good for Erdoğan. He became Turkey's president. Although he was required to sever his affiliation with the party officially, the AKP won local and presidential balloting. He suppressed the judicial investigation, beginning in December 2013, of three members of his cabinet and his son Bilal Erdoğan. They faced an inquiry alleging financial corruption linked to Iran. He drove his former allies in Fethullah Gülen's Islamist movement into a defensive posture by arrests and purges in the state apparatus. As described in the Istanbul-based Hurriyet Daily News, he opened a 1,150-room presidential palace in Ankara, the Turkish capital, with a staff of 1,150 police to guard it – one for each room. Construction of the residence was estimated to cost $615 million.
Many Turkish citizens view these expressions of narcissism with dismay. Erdoğan has sought to dampen criticism of his behavior by accusing Western Europe of persecuting Muslims.
If 2014 was good for Erdoğan, 2015 has begun badly. The Turkish "economic miracle" has ended, growth has slowed, unemployment is rising. As he did when he was Turkey's prime minister, from 2003 to 2014, Erdoğan aggravates the polarization of society by agitating his Islamist voter base. But so far, these tactics have awarded him with electoral victories.
On June 7, 2015, Turkey is scheduled to hold new parliamentary elections, and AKP seeks a full majority of ballots, exceeding the 49.3% the party won in 2014. President Erdoğan will then, it is presumed, attempt to broaden his executive powers by a constitutional referendum, which would put the Islamists at the summit of the state for a long time.
In anticipating the election, meanwhile, Erdoğan and AKP have introduced a parliamentary measure that would enhance police power, including use of firearms against demonstrators. Daniel Dombey wrote in the London Financial Times of February 27, "the opposition says [the bill] could usher in a police state." The arrogant Erdoğan told legislators, "Your duty is to make these laws in parliament, not to block them."
Above all, the confusion of Turkey's policy toward ISIS and the Kurds will not be easily forgotten. Erdoğan may believe, from his gaudy new palace, that his rule will go on forever. But other autocrats have clung to similar fantasies that were, as at Kobane, shattered by reality.

"Britain Is the Enemy of Islam" - "Britain Is the Enemy of Islam"

By Soeren Kern
"Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace, but rather submission to the commands of Allah alone. Therefore Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people's desires." — Anjem Choudary, British Islamist.
"Britain is the enemy of Islam." — Mizanur Rahman, Muslim Cleric at Palmers Green, north London.
"Brothers and sisters, we would not be here had it not been for the fact that the kafir [non-Muslims] had gone to our lands and killed our people and raped and pillaged our resources... Stop putting freedom on this pedestal." — Aysh Chaudhry, Muslim trainee lawyer at London-based law firm, Clifford Chance.
"The firm is committed to establishing an inclusive culture where people with diverse backgrounds and views work effectively together and feel confident to develop their potential." — Spokesperson for Clifford Chance law firm.
Oxford University Press warned its authors not to mention pigs or sausages in their books, to avoid causing offense to Muslims.
Tarek Kafala, the head of BBC Arabic, said that the term "terrorist" was too "loaded" to describe the actions of the men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
"We know that acts of extremism are not representative of Islam; but we need to show what is." — Communities Secretary Eric Pickles in a letter to 1,000 imams across Britain, asking for their help in fighting extremism.
Following is a brief summary of some of the main stories involving Islam and Islam-related issues in Britain during January 2015, categorized into three broad themes: 1) Islamic extremism; 2) British multiculturalism; and 3) Muslim integration into British society.

1. Islamic Extremism

On January 7, the British-born Islamist Anjem Choudary defended the jihadist attacks on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. In an opinion article published by USA Today, Choudary wrote:
"Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone. Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people's desires.
"In an increasingly unstable and insecure world, the potential consequences of insulting the Messenger Muhammad are known to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. So why in this case did the French government allow the magazine Charlie Hebdo to continue to provoke Muslims, thereby placing the sanctity of its citizens at risk?"
In a January 13 interview with the Lebanese Murr Television channel, Choudary said that according to Islamic Sharia law, anyone who insults the Prophet Mohammed should be punished by death. He added: "May Allah accept [the attackers] in Paradise."
On January 9, Muslim cleric Mizanur Rahman of Palmers Green, north London, also defended the jihadist attacks in Paris and declared that "Britain is the enemy of Islam." Speaking to an audience in London — his speech was also streamed online to thousands of his followers — Rahman said the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were guilty of "insulting Islam" and therefore "they can't expect a different result." He added:
"Clearly what happened in France is a war. These cartoons is [sic] part of their own war, is part of the psychological warfare. You can't have that attitude. You know what happens when you insult Muhammad."
Rahman (who also goes by the name of Abu Baraa) was on police bail after he and Anjem Choudary were arrested in September 2014 on suspicion of terror offenses. Both men deny any wrong-doing and have not been charged.
On January 17, The Guardian reported that a hardcore group of around 30 British women who travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State have been encouraging other women in the UK to carry out terror attacks back home. The report said that the women have been openly praising the Charlie Hebdo shootings and actively calling for more bloodshed, including the beheadings of Westerners.
The report cited a 16-year-old girl from Manchester who celebrated the killings on Twitter, and another British woman who greeted the Charlie Hebdo shootings by writing:
"May Allah give the two mujahideen in France the highest of Jannah [Paradise] and may Allah help them kill as many kafirs [derogatory term for non-Muslims] they can #ParisShooting Ameen."
On January 16, an Islamist from Luton was pictured in Syria brandishing an AK-47 rifle. Abu Rahin Aziz, 32, skipped bail before he was handed a 36-week jail sentence for stabbing a football fan in London's West End. Aziz has been using Twitter to urge other people to join him and to emulate the recent attacks in Paris. In a tweet, Aziz, who also calls himself Abu Abdullah al-Britani, wrote:
"Still deciding to what to do with my #british passport, could burn it, flush it down the toilet, I mean realistically its not worth spitting on."
Meanwhile, The Telegraph reported that a convicted al-Qaeda terrorist with close links to the massacre in Paris cannot be deported from Britain because it would breach his right to a family life. Baghdad Meziane, a 49-year-old British-Algerian who was jailed for eleven years in 2003 for running a terror network recruiting jihadists and fund-raising for al-Qaeda, was released from prison five years early and allowed to return to his family home in Leicester.
Since then, Meziane has successfully thwarted attempts by the Home Office to deport him, despite the government's repeated insistence that he constitutes "a danger to the United Kingdom." According to The Telegraph, the Meziane case has cost British taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds in court costs to date.
Meziane was a close associate of Djamel Beghal, a former London-based lieutenant of the Islamic hate preacher Abu Hamza, whose teachings are thought to have inspired the Paris attacks. Beghal mentored at least two of the suspected gunmen responsible for the killings — Amedy Coulibaly and Chérif Kouachi — while they were in prison together. Meziane and Beghal lived close to each other in Leicester and Meziane once supplied Beghal with a false passport, allowing him to travel to an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan.
On January 9, The Telegraph reported that Beghal's wife is living on social welfare benefits in Britain. Sylvie Beghal, a French citizen, lives rent free in a four-bedroom house in Leicester after she came to Britain with her children in search of a more "Islamic environment," after deciding that France was too anti-Muslim.
On January 22, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned that Britain is at "very significant" risk of attack by the Islamic State.
On January 25, Green party leader Natalie Bennett told the BBC1's Sunday Politics show that it should not be illegal for people living in Britain to join the Islamic State. She was commenting on the British government's move in June 2014 to make membership of the Islamic State a crime. Bennett said:
"This is a part of our policy that I think dates back to the age of the ANC [African National Congress] and apartheid South Africa… What we want to do is make sure we are not punishing people for what they think or what they believe."
On January 20, the former chief of MI6, Sir John Sawers, warned Britons not to insult Islam if they want to avoid Islamic terrorists from striking inside the country. He said:
"If you show disrespect for others' core values then you are going to provoke an angry response... There is a requirement for restraint from those of us in the West."
He added:
"If I was to sit here and say will the goalkeepers of the security services and the police keep every single attempt to get the ball into the net, out? No. At some point these threats will get through and there will be another terrorist attack in this country."
On January 16, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles sent a letter to more than 1,000 imams across Britain asking for their help in fighting extremism and rooting out those who are preaching hatred. He also asked them to explain to Muslims how Islam is compatible with being British. The letter said:
"We must show our young people, who may be targeted, that extremists have nothing to offer them. We must show them that there are other ways to express disagreement: that their right to do so is dependent on the very freedoms that extremists seek to destroy. We must show them the multitude of statements of condemnation from British Muslims; show them these men of hate have no place in our mosques or any place of worship, and that they do not speak for Muslims in Britain or anywhere in the world.
"You, as faith leaders, are in a unique position in our society. You have a precious opportunity, and an important responsibility: in explaining and demonstrating how faith in Islam can be part of British identity. We believe together we have an opportunity to demonstrate the true nature of British Islam today. There is a need to lay out more clearly than ever before what being a British Muslim means today: proud of your faith and proud of your country. We know that acts of extremism are not representative of Islam; but we need to show what is."
Muslim groups responded by accusing the British government of stoking "Islamophobia."
In an angry response to Pickles, the Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, Mohammed Shafiq, wrote:
"I wish to express my dismay at the letter sent by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP, this letter is patronising and factually incorrect and typical of the Government only looking at Muslims through the prism of terrorism and security.
"We do not need to be patronised by a Government that claims it wants to give young Muslims an alternative to the extremist narrative and then refuse to discuss foreign policy.
"In terms of British values, is Mr Pickles really suggesting as the far right do that Muslims are detached from mainstream society? I hope the Minister clarifies his comments."
In an interview with Sky News, Talha Ahmad of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said:
"The letter has all the hallmarks of very poor judgment which feeds into an Islamophobic narrative, which feeds into a narrative of us and them."
In a response to Pickles, the MCB wrote:
"We do take issue with the implication that extremism takes place at mosques, and that Muslims have not done enough to challenge the terrorism that took place in our name.
"This is why we responded to the media, and an assertion in some quarters, that you were somehow endorsing the idea that Muslims and Islam are inherently apart from British society. We reject such notions.
"We also reject suggestions that Muslims must go out of their way to prove their loyalty to this country of ours."
The president of the Bradford Council for Mosques, Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, said the letter was "highly objectionable on several grounds" and that it "blames and targets the Muslim community." He added:
"We ask Mr Pickles to publicly apologize to the Muslim community for bringing this peaceful section of the British society into disrepute. Blaming Muslims may win Mr Pickles and his party some support from the right wing voters but it does not help good community relations."
Prime Minister David Cameron defended the letter. He said:
"Anyone, frankly, reading this letter, who has a problem with it, I think really has a problem. I think it is the most reasonable, sensible, moderate letter that Eric could possibly have written.
"Frankly, all of us have a responsibility to try to confront this radicalization and make sure that we stop young people being drawn into this poisonous fanatical death cult that a very small minority of people have created."

2. British Multiculturalism

On January 29, a Sky News investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, a large town in South Yorkshire, found that hundreds of new cases continue to emerge. In August 2014, the so-called Alexis Jay report revealed that between 1997 and 2013, at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited, mostly by Muslim gangs, and that municipal officials in Rotherham and police in South Yorkshire failed to tackle the problem because of politically correct concerns over being branded as "racist" or "Islamophobic."
Sky News reported that it found that hundreds of additional cases were known to authorities but were not included in the Jay report, and that in recent months it had uncovered hundreds of other cases. One victim told Sky News: "It's still going on if not worse, because now they're having to hide it more."
On January 26, it emerged that hospitals across Britain are dealing with at least 15 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) every day, and that the problem is especially acute in Birmingham. Doctors at the city's Heartlands Hospital revealed that staff see six patients who have been subjected to the procedure every week, and that they have dealt with at least 1,500 cases during the past five years. Although FGM has been illegal in Britain since 1984, there has not been a single conviction in the UK.
On January 25, Tarik Kafala, the head of BBC Arabic, the largest of the BBC's non-English language news services, said that the term "terrorist" was too "loaded" to describe the actions of the men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
In an interview with The Independent, Kafala said:
"We try to avoid describing anyone as a terrorist or an act as being terrorist. What we try to do is to say that 'two men killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine.' That's enough, we know what that means and what it is.
"Terrorism is such a loaded word. The UN has been struggling for more than a decade to define the word and they can't. It is very difficult to. We know what political violence is, we know what murder, bombings and shootings are and we describe them. That's much more revealing, we believe, than using a word like terrorist which people will see as value-laden."
Kafala's comments are in line with the BBC's editorial guidelines on reporting terrorism. The guidelines state:
"[The BBC] does not ban the use of the word. However, we do ask that careful thought is given to its use by a BBC voice. There are ways of conveying the full horror and human consequences of acts of terror without using the word 'terrorist' to describe the perpetrators.
"The value judgments frequently implicit in the use of the words 'terrorist' or 'terrorist group' can create inconsistency in their use or, to audiences, raise doubts about our impartiality. It may be better to talk about an apparent act of terror or terrorism than label individuals or a group."
On January 20, a Christian nurse who was suspended from work after praying for a Muslim co-worker initiated a legal challenge against her employer. Victoria Wasteney, 37, an occupational health therapist at the John Howard Center, a mental hospital in Homerton, east London, said she wanted to help a fellow nurse who was in distress about her ongoing health problems and personal issues at home. Wasteney put her hand on colleague Enya Nawaz and said the following prayer for her: "God, I trust You will bring peace and You will bring healing." The hospital suspended Wasteney for "harassment and bullying."
Wasteney said:
"I'm not a hardline evangelical. I'm not anti-Muslim. I believe in freedom of speech, but I've always believed we should be sensitive to one another's beliefs and feelings.
"It's ridiculous that people now feel they cannot openly discuss religion or their own spirituality. Do we want to reach the point where people are scared to invite colleagues and work friends to events like their children's Christening or a wedding for fear of offending?"
On January 19, it emerged that the Durham Free School, a Christian school, was forced to close after government inspectors found that the school was failing to help students understand "British values" or "prepare them for life in modern Britain." The report said: "Some students hold discriminatory views of other people who have different faiths, values or beliefs from themselves."
Teachers said the verdict was grossly unfair and based on a comment made by a single pupil, who gave the wrong answer when inspectors asked him what a Muslim was. His answer to the question apparently included a reference to terrorism. The teachers said the school's Christian ethos made it an easy target for officials who wanted to show they were promoting the government's diversity agenda.
Meanwhile, Oxford University Press (OUP) warned its authors not to mention pigs or sausages in their books, to avoid causing offense to Muslims. The move was revealed during a panel discussion about free speech during BBC Radio 4's Today program, following the jihadist attacks in Paris.
Presenter Jim Naughtie said:
"I've got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people. Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following: Pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as pork."
An OUP spokesperson said:
"Our materials are sold in nearly 200 countries, and as such, and without compromising our commitment in any way, we encourage some authors of educational materials respectfully to consider cultural differences and sensitivities."

3. Muslim Integration

On January 14, Zack Davies, 25, attacked a 24-year-old Sikh named Sarandev Bhambra with a machete at a Tesco supermarket in Mold, north Wales. Bhambra was seriously injured. British newspapers initially portrayed the attack as a "racially-motivated attempt" by a right-wing extremist promoting "white power."
It later emerged that Zack Davies is actually a Muslim convert who goes by the name Zack Ali. On the morning of the attack, Ali warned on his Facebook page of his impending attack: "The wrath of Allah is about to come down upon the kafir [unbeliever], I will have my revenge." He also posted four verses from the Koran that call for violence against non-Muslims.
On January 23, a jury found 24-year-old Fhaim Bhayat of Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, guilty of sexually assaulting an eleven-year-old boy on multiple occasions in a woods and then later in a mosque. Judge Neil Clark, who sentenced Bhayat to two years in prison, said: "You took advantage of this boy after threatening him not to say anything and the offenses only came to light because his father found you alone with him in darkness at the mosque. What you did has had a significant effect on an innocent young boy."
On January 27, a judge at the Newcastle Crown Court sent four Muslim teenagers to a juvenile detention center after they admitted to attacking a 41-year-old Jewish man in nearby Gateshead. Balawal Sultan, 18, Kesa Malik, 19, Hassnain Aliamin, 18, all from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and a 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated common assault for the attack which they said was motivated by the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The night before the attack, Sultan sent a text message saying he was "going to go Jew bashing" and asked a friend: "Do you want to go to Gateshead to smash some Jews up." He later lay in wait with the other three behind a van before pouncing on the victim as he walked home. Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite said:
"The defendants had deliberately travelled to the area in Gateshead where there were members of the Jewish community with the particular intention of targeting someone from that community... the victim was targeted because he was wearing traditional Jewish attire, a black suit and white shirt and a black hat."
Judge Brian Forster said:
"I hope this case sends out a clear message to anyone tempted to behave in a similar way. The courts will not in any circumstances tolerate a situation where one person is tempted to attack another by reason of their race or religion."
Also in January, a hardline imam at a mosque where the killers of soldier Lee Rigby worshipped said he was suing the BBC because it described him as an "extremist who encourages religious violence." The head of the Lewisham Islamic Center in South-East London, Shakeel Begg, said he would take legal action after presenter Andrew Neil said on the Sunday Politics Show in November 2013 that the imam had praised jihad as "the greatest of deeds."
On January 11, a Muslim trainee lawyer at the London-based law firm Clifford Chance produced a 21-minute YouTube video, in which he blamed non-Muslims for the jihadist attacks in Paris. Aysh Chaudhry, 22, said:
"Brothers and sisters, we would not be here had it not been for the fact that the kafir [non-Muslims] had gone to our lands and killed our people and raped and pillaged our resources. This, brothers and sisters, is what we need to understand. We need to move away from this apologetic tone and have confidence in Islam because we are enslaved otherwise.
"We need to remove this Western cultural lens with which we are viewing and responding to attacks on Islam from our eyes. Stop putting freedom on this pedestal. This is a value stemming from secular, liberal beliefs. We don't need a value which stems from a bankrupt ideology.
"We are becoming infatuated with the civilization of the kafir and their beliefs and their values and indeed we have latched on to these. Now you know who you are if you are of those who state 'I will die to protect your freedom and I believe in freedom of speech.'"
A spokesperson for Clifford Chance, one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, said:
"The firm is committed to establishing an inclusive culture where people with diverse backgrounds and views work effectively together and feel confident to develop their potential."
Finally, police in Bradford on January 29 launched a manhunt for an unidentified white male who allegedly muttered derogatory comments about Islam on a bus. The incident, described by police as a public order offense, allegedly happened on the 576 Halifax to Bradford bus, between 10:00 pm and 10:20pm on January 8. The suspect is described as white, aged 40 to 50, about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing a black woolly hat and black jacket that may have had a bit of red on it.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Ukip call for five year ban on unskilled migrants entering Britain

No more unskilled migrant workers should be allowed into Britain for at least five years, Ukip will say today. Urgent measures are required to stop the surge of newcomers that has sent annual net migration soaring to record levels, according to the anti-Brussels party. But a new “ethical” visa system that does not discriminate between EU and non-EU citizens should also be introduced, it says. Details of Ukip’s plans for overhauling Britain’s immigration laws will be set out today by the party’s migration spokesman, MEP Steven Woolfe. Mr Woolfe will propose a complete moratorium on visas for unskilled migrants for five years. The measure should be reviewed annually to monitor its effects. Ukip also proposes a points-based immigration system based on the Australian model under which any applicant who qualifies as a “highly skilled worker” would be issued with a visa for up to five years. After that period, they would be entitled to apply for permanent leave to remain in the UK provided they have not broken the law.They would be expected to have health insurance to cover their entire visa period and would not be entitled to claim any welfare benefits. The Ukip plan, to be included in the party’s election manifesto, comes after official statistics last week revealed that net migration reached nearly 300,000 in the 12 months to September, the highest figure since 2005, despite a pledge by David Cameron to keep numbers each year under 100,000. In a keynote speech in London Mr Woolfe will say: “Immigration is not an issue that will go away. "It is the number one issue for many millions of Britons.” Ukip leader Nigel Farage will say: “The British public has acknowledged that they can’t trust the other parties to be serious on immigration. “Despite Mr Cameron’s pledge, net migration is now up to 300,000 people per year."It is unsustainable, unfair, and unethical. “That is why Ukip has developed a policy focused around an Australian-style points-based system, led by a newly formed Migration Control Commission, tasked with bringing numbers down, and focusing on highly skilled migrants and our Commonwealth friends – as opposed to the low-skilled, Eastern European migration that the Tories and Labour have expanded.” Mr Woolfe is also expected to call for a further 2,500 staff to be recruited to the UK Border Agency to enforce more stringent entry rules. The overall population flow last year took annual net migration to 298,000, almost three times higher than Mr Cameron pledged. But Home Secretary Theresa May declared yesterday that the Tories remain committed to reaching the target in the long term.

UK Cops Turned Away Bleeding Girl Sexually Assaulted by Muslims

By Daniel Greenfield 

If only she had burned a Koran or said something insulting about Islam on the train. Then she would have been arrested and public enemy number one by the evening. But all she was, was a bloody reminder that the UK has become a colony of its colonists.
Nearly 400 girls may have been sexually exploited in Oxfordshire over a 16-year period, according to a report that has criticised authorities for failing to protect victims.
The Serious Case Review said a paedophile ring was able to rape and abuse six victims for five years because the girls’ complaints were not taken seriously. They were reported missing 500 times between 2005 and 2010, the review said.
One victim described how she turned up at a police station covered in blood in the early hours, but was ignored.
The horrific accounts of six victims are documented within the review, along with their contact with authorities.
One girl said: “I turned up at the police station at 2/3am, blood all over me, soaked through my trousers to the crotch. They dismissed it as me being naughty, a nuisance.”
Another told the authorities: “The Asian men felt they ran Oxford. That was exciting. People were afraid of them. I felt protected. People respected them.”
But of course no one is to blame.
The review found multiple failings and said authorities could have stopped the abuse in 2005, rather than 2010 when it was finally uncovered.
However, it found no evidence of “wilful professional neglect” by police and social workers. Hundreds of raped girls. Girls turned away by the police. A delay of 5 years. But it’s not anyone’s fault.
Their trial detailed how they “actively targeted” girls from the ages of 11 and 12, the majority of whom had been sent to live in care homes.
The girls were plied with alcohol, introduced to drugs, then sold for sex in guest houses, private houses and hotels, and abused by multiple men, some of whom had travelled to Oxford from “far afield”.
The humiliation and degradation involved knives, meat cleavers and baseball bats. The girls’ ordeals sometimes lasted days.
Not all of this bunch are willing to die to get their 72 virgins. That was always a fallback strategy even for Mohammed and his men. Plan A is to enslave some.
Like similar cases in Rotherham, Rochdale and Derby, the report states the victims were white girls and the perpetrators mainly men of Asian heritage and Muslim culture, but says “no one was aware of evidence of any holding back due to ethnicity”.
Lots of little native girls enriched by the new cultural diversity of the UK.

Former Royal Marine becomes first 'Briton to die fighting Islamic State in Syria'

A former Royal Marine has become the first Briton to die while fighting terror group Islamic State (IS) in Syria, it has been claimed tonight.The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the unidentified man had volunteered to fight alongside Kurdish forces against the jihadists. He is believed to have died in the northeast city of Qamishli due to wounds sustained in battle against the militants. Ex-US soldier Jordan Matson, who joined the Kurdish YPG forces last September, claimed in a post on Facebook that the Briton had died. The 28-year-old wrote: "I lost a brother very close to me ... from the United Kingdom and former royal marine gave his life combating terrorism for his nation and kurdistan. "It was an honor and a privilege to fight at your side brother. You were one of my best friends.”The Foreign Office said they were aware of reports of the death of a British national in Syria. They added: "As we do not have any representation in Syria, it is extremely difficult to get any confirmation of deaths or injuries and our options for supporting British nationals there are extremely limited." Rami Abdulrahman, head of the SOHR, said more than 100 Western fighters from the US, France, Spain and the Netherlands have joined Kurds in Syria to fight IS. However, their numbers are small in comparison with foreign jihadist who are recruited by the brutal Islamic extremists. Last week an Australian man fighting alongside Kurdish forces was reportedly killed in Syria.

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UKIP Did Not Investigate Candidate Who Wished Jihad John Was Dead, ’98 Percent Agree With Him’

By Andre Walker 

A UKIP parliamentary candidate who said he was sorry Jihad John had not killed himself was not investigated for wrongdoing, despite claims from a number of news outlets.
Richard Hilton posted a Sky News link on Twitter about the terrorist having had suicidal thoughts and said: “Jihadi John ‘contemplated suicide’. It’s a shame he didn’t. Don’t understand media attempts to blame MI5 for his evil.”
Under Media Fire: Hilton Wished Jihad John Was Dead
Under Media Fire: Hilton Thought It Was A Shame ‘Jihad John’ Had Not Killed Himself.
Mr Hilton, who is UKIP candidate in Mitchem and Morden in South London, later defended his actions by saying he was gay and the Islamic State was murdering gay people by throwing them off buildings. He also deleted the Tweet.
A number of outlets including The Independent reported the incident and said UKIP was going to investigate him. But Breitbart London has learnt UKIP bosses agreed with his comment, and no investigation ever took place.
One UKIP party official said that the word “investigate” was merely a turn of phrase and there was no question that Hilton was going to get into trouble for wishing Jihad John was dead.
He said: “It’s a holding position to be honest. Our press team are very busy and would never offer a comment without knowing the facts. That is something we did in the past, and it was a mistake.
“But at the same time it does not mean that Hilton was the subject of any disciplinary action. Not least because 98 percent of British people completely agree with him. Jihad John is an evil murderer.
“To be clear Hilton was never ‘investigated’ for wrongdoing.”
Last week Jihad John was exposed by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi from Maida Vale in West London. Several years ago he threatened to end his own life after he sold his old computer to a man he believed was a British intelligence officer.
At the time he emailed the Daily Mail saying: “I knew it was them!! Sometimes i feel like im a dead man walking, not fearing they may kill me. Rather, fearing that one day, I’ll take as many pills as I can so that I can sleep for ever!! I just want to get away from these people!!!” (sic)
He later went on to behead at least seven victims, and as a result became one of the most wanted men in the world.

How foreign-trained Islamic hate preachers are spreading jihad in Europe

A tough new law in Austria cutting the funding to Islamic preachers suspected of encouraging extremism could spread to other EU countries as Germany admitted it too was looking at the same new law.The law has been widely criticised in Muslim countries including Turkey which is one of the countries supplying Iman's currently preaching in mosques and religious centres across Europe. And its introduction at the end of last month has now prompted Turkish President Recep Erdogan to accuse it of being anti-European, saying that Austria wanted Turkey to adopt EU standards but didn't apply those standards itself. His criticism came as Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union said this week that they are also holding talks about adopting the Austrian law, after foreign funding principally from Saudi Arabia and Turkey was blamed for a growing problem with extremism. German CDU general secretary Peter Tauber confirmed they were looking into the advantages of introducing a similar law in Germany. The move certainly has a lot of support within the party and a member of the CDU-Prasidium, Jens Spahn, said: "We can learn a lot from this law. "And we should also move to stop the funding from abroad of mosques religious teachers." And the state secretary in the Interior Ministry, Guenter Krings, also from the CDU, warned that as long as preachers were being trained in Turkey or financed with Arab money, they would continue to be conflict between Islam and the free society in Germany. He said preachers should be trained in Germany in German and according to German laws. The new Austrian Law on Islam not only bans foreign funding for Islamic organizations but also requires any group claiming to represent Austrian Muslims to submit and use a standardized German translation of the Quran. Earlier the Turkish president Erdogan had bitterly attacked the Austrian move shortly before travelling to Saudi Arabia for an emergency meeting. Austria meanwhile had snubbed the criticism saying: "We reject Erdogan's statements over the Law on Islam. "While preparing and passing the law we consulted with the institutions on Islam and took into consideration fundamental human rights as well as considering a free life for Muslims living in Austria. "We are not asking for his advice or orders." The statement defined Erdo?an's criticism as "undue, incoherent and groundless." The country's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said unveiling the law: "We want an Islam of the Austrian kind, not one that is dominated by other countries." Austria's half a million Muslims make up about 6 percent of the population and are predominantly made up of families of Turkish migrant workers. Many of their imams are sent and financed by Turkey's state Religious Affairs Directorate and funded by Saudi money. The Austrian move was in stark contrast to that in Britain, where UK officials rolled out the red carpet for a visit by the Saudi Interior Minister last week. The move in Austria was prompted after officials in the capital Vienna revealed that almost 200 of its citizens have headed off to fight for IS, including the two jihad "poster girls" Samra Kesinovic, 17, and Sabina Selimovic, 16, who may have became radicalised through a group led by unemployed benefits claimant Ebu Tejma, 33. Originally from the small Serbian town of Tutin Tejma is now officially living in Austria as a jobless benefits claimant. According to the Austrian authorities he is known in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a preacher of hatred and intolerance.According to Austrian anti-terrorism authorities, who have arrested Tejma, he turned up on their radar more than three-years-ago, when he began uploading videos onto his YouTube channel. The Austrian authorities claim that Tejma a follower of the extreme form of Islam known as Wahabism, which is known to have been aggressively promoted and heavily funded in former Yugoslavia by Saudi Arabia. That funding is also believed to have followed Muslim refugees to Austria where it paid for further mosques and Muslim-related associations. As a result of the funding, a number of Sharia villages were created throughout the country, places where religious law was and still is in force. Family ties between those that fled Bosnia to live in Austria and those in the radicalised Bosnian villages are still strong in these areas and the flow of money and preachers is frequent, and largely underground. Austria has already recognised the problem of money from Saudi Arabia funding clerics and a new Islamic law currently heading towards the statute books in the country is a controversial attempt to make the financing of mosques, and Imans transparent to the public and slow down the spread. However some critics are claiming it is already too late, and is only tackling a symptom. According to Austrian anti-terrorism authorities, the recently arrested Tejma has been monitored, with officials building up a picture of his connections. One of those links is allegedly a direct line to the caliph of Isis terrorism, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from Syria. If the Austrian authorities are right about that claim this would make Ebu Tejma a very important player in the Austrian jihadist scene. Exactly why Austria is now at the centre of the terrorist activity, recruiting and channelling funds, is not just down to the fact that it is regarded as a hub for money launderers with lax banking laws, but also because of the large number of mostly Muslim refugees who settled in the country after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Austria was on the front line for the flood of refugees and was one of the six European countries that accepted between them 95 percent of those refugees. In 1992 alone 95,000 refugees settled into smaller communities and were given access to the labour market and eventually allowed to live in the country. Many settled in Vienna, but from there they spread out to the rest of the country notably in Graz, the picture postcard south-eastern city that is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site nestled in the Styrian mountains - and the closest Austrian city to the border with the former Yugoslavia. In Graz there are now 800 families from the former Balkan states who are part of a flourishing community, with mosques in part funded by those living there, but with the vast amount of funding flooding in from abroad. The brand-new mosque, for example, currently being built in Graz has come from £1.1 million raised by those living there. But a look at the accounts reveals that the UAE has donated a further £390,000. One of the members of the community who declined to be named said they saw nothing wrong with accepting money from abroad, saying: "We don't get money from the state like the Catholic Church, so why should we not accept money from Muslim countries." There are already two mosques in the region, both of which are under suspicion of being in the control of radical extremists. It had been hoped that the new mosque project might counter that, but with the funding from abroad which often comes tied with the fact that the donors can then nominate the religious teachers that will work there, this now seems a forlorn hope. Insider sources within the Austrian security services report that there are now some 450 Muslim associations, most of which offer religious services teaching the Koran. The Austrian Islamic community (IGGiOe) claims that there are around 250 local mosque associations, but the real number of both is far higher. A large number of basements and unwanted shops have become prayer rooms that are known only to those who frequent them.No official knows what goes on there, even the IGGiOe is unaware. In various districts in the capital Vienna, these often small and obscure locations are being transformed with the only visible sign the sudden appearance of foreign writing above the door. These are the clubs where the unemployed asylum seekers and refugees gather together for mutual support, and who are fertile ground for the extremist recruiters. Not just Bosnians, but Egyptians, Chechen, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Nigerian immigrants both legal and illegal. They share only one thing in common. Their Muslim faith. As part of the operation investigating Ebu Tejma and his aides the Austrian authorities have focused on Vienna's Altun Alem mosque. While being observed it saw a constant stream of Salafist Muslims, the fastest-growing Islamic movement in the world. It is rooted in the 19th century where it emerged as a way of combating the spread of European ideas and values. But more worryingly in recent years, Salafi methodology has come to be associated with the jihad of extremist groups that advocate the killing of innocent civilians. Security services recorded a constant stream of Salafist preachers, often accompanied by Mujahedin fighters travelling up from Bosnia and Herzegovina, to the mosque and the Imam has been appeared in online videos revealing that it is every Muslims duty to join jihad if an Islamic state is under attack from unbelievers. In cases like this, he argues, it is not even necessary to ask parents for permission, because even that normally essential parental duty take second place to the duty to fight. This is exactly what happened in the case of Samra and Sabina, who left only a note for their worried parents. It was at underground mosques like these that the teenage girls were recruited and the signs were there that they were in danger even before they fled. Messages painted on the walls at school urging fellow believers to follow the call to jihad were traced back to the girls. Sadly, it was a warning that nobody heeded until their parents discovered the notes in their bedrooms. "Don't look for us, we have gone to fight in the holy war." Tejma, described as charismatic man and who speaks excellent German. He had dozens of YouTube videos, still online, guiding the faithful and attracting the disaffected to a life of jihad. He was known to have been questioning the faithful in Vienna's mosques about whether they had daughters of marriageable age, presumably to entice and reward the jihadists joining the fight under the black banner of Isis. He told fathers on their way to Friday prayers that he had many contacts that were looking for wives, and told girls that they had a duty to support the men. Such sermons may have radicalised Samra and Sabina and encouraged them to travel to Syria to marry jihadists. The distress that the girl’s parents felt has only been heightened by the fact that both girls have now revealed they made a mistake, and desperately want to return home. But married already, and also both reportedly pregnant, the chances of ever returning home or indeed seeing their parents seem remote. And now Austria has finally acted. Tejma and 12 others were this week remanded in custody for a further two weeks while the investigations continue. According to state prosecutor Hansjoerg Bacher, the charges they are being investigated over are on suspicion of membership of a terrorist organisation, in "connection with the recruiting of young people for the civil war in Syria". The lawyer for Tejma denies all the charges. With 166 Austrians so far known to be fighting in Syria, it is an indication that the network in the Alpine Republic may well still be alive, and even more underground now that its figureheads have been removed. Small wonder that key prosecutors have been put under police protection, and all across the country police are on heightened alert.

Video: Armenian Protester Showers Turkish Ambassador in Pomegranate Juice

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By Frances Martel 

 A French-Armenian protester attacked Turkish Ambassador to France Hakkı Akil on Monday during a talk at Paris’s Descartes University, running up to his podium and drenching him in pomegranate juice. Turkish news outlet Hurriyet Daily reports that the incident occurred during a talk called “Secularism in Turkey and France,” and gave no indication that the talk involved discussion of the Armenian genocide, a highly contested issue between the two nations. While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged that many died during the First World War ordeal, Armenian officials still note that the Turkish government denies the event was a genocide of Armenian people by the Turkish nation.
Despite the nature of the talk at Descartes University, the assailant has been identified as a French Armenian, and authorities note he was detained swiftly after his attack. The incident was caught in full on video:
Today’s Zaman notes that the pomegranate is “one of the most recognizable symbols of Armenia,” which further clarifies the intent of the protest act. Armenians are currently gearing up to observe the 100th anniversary of the genocide on April 24.
Ambassador Akil told Hurriyet that “an increase would not be surprising” in attacked Turkish officials or Turks generally from Armenia, noting that whether there is a likelihood of more attacks as the anniversary approaches is a question that “should be asked to the [Armenian] diaspora.”
The approaching 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide has incensed already-strained relations. In Turkey itself, President Erdogan’s insults at an attempted erection of a monument to the genocide has cost him a civil fine. A court ordered Erdogan to pay 10,000 Turkish Lira to sculptor Mehmet Aksoy for calling his “Monument to Humanity,” an artistic attempt at uniting the Armenian and Turkish people, a “monstrosity.” Erdogan’s distaste for the artwork prompted officials to cancel its erection in an eastern Turkish city.
Tensions between the two nations are so pervasive that they have already tainted this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which is scheduled to occur in May. Turkish Eurovision fans have started a petition to disqualify Armenia from the contest this year, alleging that their entry, a song called “Don’t Deny,” sung by members of the Armenian Diaspora, is unduly political and insulting to Turkey.  The song’s lyrics have not yet been published.

Saudi King Gives Award to Al Qaeda Supporter Who Said “Every Muslim Should be a Terrorist”

By Daniel Greenfield 

The Saudis… they’re our close allies in the War on Terror. They’re standing behind us all the way. With knives in their hands.
Zakir Naik who believes it is permissible for terror groups such as Islamic State (Isis) to have sex with their female slaves has been awarded the Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal international prize for his contribution to promote Islam.
Naik, president of the Islamic Research Foundation, was one of five recipients of the King Faisal international prize from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during a ceremony at a luxury Riyadh hotel.
The Muslim cleric has previously sparked worldwide outrage for publicly advocating capital punishment for homosexuals and people who renounce Islam. He also said husbands can beat their women with moderation and called for India to be ruled by Sharia law.
Naik is president of the Islamic Research Foundation. He also founded the Peace TV channel where, in 2008, he declared the 9/11 attacks were not carried out by terror group al-Qaeda as it was “an inside job”.
By “inside job”, he meant the Jews did it. That’s one reason to get an award from the country the hijackers were actually from.
But Naik has spent a lot of time contributing to the promotion of Islam. Like the time he said every Muslim should be a terrorist.
He supports Al Qaeda on his television channel: He says, “If he Osama Bin Laden is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him. If he is terrorizing the terrorists, if he is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, I am with him. Every Muslim should be a terrorist.”
The Saudis do take him at his word.


Scottish Universities Accuse the SNP of Threatening their Independence

By Andre Walker 

The Scottish National Party is threatening to undermine the independence of Scotland’s universities, according to a group led by the University of St Andrews. The universities claim their academic independence it under threat because the SNP wants to “bring politicians very close to the governance of institutions”. The dispute centres around plans by the Scottish government to reform the what governing bodies of universities are appointed. St Andrews also claims the SNP wants to create a new definition of academic freedom.
Politicians in Holyrood are consulting on plans to open up the group that select members of university governing councils to a “wider electorate”. But St Andrews warned this might create political battles between “factions, constituencies or interest groups”.
According to the Daily Telegraph the university said: “Governmental legislation on university procedures and values risks making universities into a ‘political football’ by successive governments, which becomes itself a serious threat to responsible autonomy and academic freedom.”
It went on to warn that talented candidates might refuse to run for councils because they would be faced by highly political campaigns against them. The institution also rejected plans to have a quota of Trade Unionists on the governing bodies, and was unhappy about plans to abolish its Principal in favour of a Chief Executive.
The SNP also want to replace the role of the Privy Council – which meets at the Supreme Court Building in London – with a new Scottish Executive. For hundreds of years the Privy Council has been the final arbiter when students are unhappy with their final grade, although the number of graduates who go all the way through the process is very small.
Changes to the university systems are likely to be seen as another example of the SNP moving towards independence by stealth. They remain committed to independence despite losing the referendum, and also concede there will not be another “for a generation”.

Downing Street Holds a Sex Abuse Summit – Too Little, Too Late for Those Who Have Suffered Already

By Simon Kent 

Gate. Horse. Bolted. So Prime Minister David Cameron hosts a self-described ‘crisis summit’ at Downing Street in the wake of the horrific revelations of child sex abuse in Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale, Telford, Derby and …and… insert place names here of a variety of other alleged locations ranging from Westminster to the BBC and beyond. The aim is to flag possible legislative measures to ensure civil servants discharge their duties and protect those in society who need it most.
To which the only response can be: what took you so long, Dave?
The sickening revelations have been dribbling out for years. It is a fact teachers, councillors, police, NHS staff and social workers in England and Wales have categorically failed to protect young children from sexual predators for a generation.
We know only a few prosecutions have followed in the wake of this profound failure of civic society. This is despite a dozen ongoing investigations and inquiries into historical abuse allegations in institutions around the UK.
For all that, only now is the government acting and is doing it in the way it knows best; making promulgations and threatening prosecution.
What a timorous response. So many words and so little action.
David Cameron will say that in Rotherham and elsewhere, children had been “ignored, sometimes blamed” with the issue of exploitation “swept under the carpet”.
He will also say: “That culture of denial which let them down so badly must be eradicated.
“Today I am sending an unequivocal message that professionals who fail to protect children will be held properly accountable, and council bosses who preside over such catastrophic failure will not see rewards for that failure.
“It is not just about introducing new policies. It is about making sure that the professionals we charge with protecting our children – the council staff, police officers and social workers – do the jobs they are paid to do.
“We owe it to our children, and to the children who survive horrific sexual abuse, to do better and ensure the mistakes of the past are never repeated again.”
Yeah, right.
A culture of mismanagement and cover-up has gone on for too long. It is institutionalised, wilful blindness.
Systemic failures have been condoned with silence, serial bunglers rewarded with promotion and whistle blowers shunned. Why is anything going to change now, after the event(s)?
All the while the progressive left have (mostly) been silent. They are wedded to the idea that protecting cultural sensitivities in the sacred name of political correctness trumps the rights of young girls to live their life without fear of sexual servitude.
The author of one independent report goes further. Professor Alexis Jay found that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham alone by gangs of men who were predominantly of Pakistani origin between 1997 and 2013.
Prof Jay, who is taking part in Tuesday’s summit, said the issue had been made worse in some cases by the attitude of professionals.
She said: “Social workers were found to describe the issues as being lifestyle choices by some of the children and young people concerned.
“And the police, in my experience, certainly were extremely derogatory in the way they addressed and described the young people concerned.”
Jay warns that a culture change across the country is needed, adding “there are issues around child sexual exploitation in virtually every community”.
In virtually EVERY community.
Sure the government plans to make it a criminal offence to wilfully neglect those at risk of, and victims of, child sexual abuse.
Social workers, education practitioners and local councillors would be covered by the sanction, which would be introduced as an extension of the crime of wilful neglect of patients by care workers in this year’s Criminal Justice and Courts Act.
Yet these proposals are only going out to consultation. There will be further reports to come and committee recommendations sought ahead of any legislation being brought before parliament for a vote.
It will be years before David Cameron’s intentions are fully acted upon. All the while the abuse will continue, to the eternal shame of those who have the power but not the ideological or intestinal fortitude to stop it.
Too little, too late. That’s just not good enough.

"Top Secret" Turkey

By Burak Bekdil
Most recently, a jihadist from Islamic State [IS] implicated Turkey in delivering stockpiles of weapons and military hardware to IS fighters in Syria.
Also leaked were U.S. transition plans in Syria; Washington had shared these only with its allies: Turkey, Britain, France and Germany.
The crates of weapons had markings in the Cyrillic alphabet. One of the drivers testified that, "We carried similar loads many times before."
In 2013, Turkey hosted about a dozen conferences on cyber security and new technologies to counter cyber threats. In a speech at the end of the year, Colonel Cengiz Özteke, commander of the military General Staff's division for electronic systems and cyber defense, said that the Turkish military now considered cyber security as the country's "fifth force."
The colonel could not know that slightly over a year later, Turkey would become everyone's joke when the words cyber and security came together.
On Jan. 19, 2014, the Turkish Gendarmerie command searched three trucks in southern Turkey, heading for Syria. Accompanying the trucks were Turkish intelligence officers, and the trucks had a bizarre cargo: In the first container, 25-30 missiles or rockets and 10-15 crates loaded with ammunition; in the second, 20-25 missiles or rockets, 20-25 crates of mortar rounds and anti-aircraft ammunition in five or six sacks. The crates had markings in the Cyrillic alphabet.
A prosecutor arrested the men and seized the cargo. The search had been videotaped by the law enforcement officers.
Turkish security forces inspect a truck that was smuggling weapons to Syria, Jan. 19, 2014.
The governor rushed to the scene and declared that the trucks were moving upon orders from [then] Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, now President. The trucks were handed back to the Turkish intelligence agency, MIT.
One of the drivers testified that the cargo had been loaded onto the trucks from a foreign airplane at Ankara's Esenboga Airport and that, "We carried similar loads several times before."
Half a year later, a military prosecutor took charge of the legal proceedings and concluded that, "this incident was a military affair." Then came a total media blackout on it. Finally, all law enforcement officers, including the Gendarmerie units, who searched the trucks, were put on trial on charges of "international espionage."
About two months after the truck incident, a mysterious audio recording was leaked, with full minutes of a meeting that had gathered then Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (now Prime Minister), Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu, MIT head Hakan Fidan and a top-ranking general from military HQ, Yasar Guler.
The recording detailed Erdogan's Syria policy, in which "an attack on Syria 'must be seen as an opportunity for us [Turkey].'"
In the conversation, the spymaster is heard saying that a false flag operation would be very easy and that he could "send a few men to Syria to attack Turkey [to fabricate a cause for war]." Also in the conversation, Fidan is heard saying that "he had successfully sent two thousands trucks into Syria before."
Davutoglu's office had to admit the authenticity of the recording but claimed it was "partially manipulated" and was a "wretched attack on Turkey's national security." The perpetrators were never found.
More recently, Turkish media reported that a shadowy group, which calls itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), had leaked secret and confidential material it had obtained by hacking the email communications of top strategic Turkish government agencies, including the President's and Prime Minister's offices, the Foreign and Defense Ministries, and the Air Force Command, from March 2009 to November 2012.
Also leaked were U.S. transition plans in Syria, which Washington had shared only with its allies: Turkey, Britain, France and Germany. SEA says it targets Turkey from the cyber world because of Turkish support for the jihadists in Syria.
Most recently, a jihadist from the Islamic State (IS) implicated Turkey in delivering stockpiles of weapons and military hardware to IS fighters in Syria.
Mehmet Askar, who is now on trial at a criminal court in Turkey along with 11 other suspected IS fighters, unveiled that a 2011 plan for the transfer of arms to two jihadist groups, the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, as well as to the more moderate Free Syrian Army, was hampered by the capture of a key border town by the Syrian army. All three groups have been fighting the regime Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erdogan's regional nemesis and obsession.
Askar's accomplice, Haisam Toubalijeh who was involved in a weapons transfer from Turkey to various jihadist groups, and thwarted in 2013 by Turkish forces, reassured him that contacts inside the Turkish state would help facilitate the movement of the weapons, which included some 100 NATO rifles, across the border.
Turkey's "affairs and dealings" with the jihadist groups, involving arms and ammunition, are now as public as its country profile on Wikipedia. They are also as public as Turkey's political support for Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by most of the international community, as well as for Hamas's parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, yet another terrorist organization, this time for the Egyptian government.
Recently, an Egyptian court in Alexandria met on February 24 for the first hearing to consider a lawsuit demanding that Turkey be designated as a "state that supports terrorism," according to Turkey's semi-official news agency, Anadolu.
Tarek Mahmoud, an Egyptian lawyer who filed the lawsuit at the court, claims that President Erdogan had supported the Muslim Brotherhood movement after the ouster of Egypt's Islamist President, Mohamed Morsi, who was Erdogan's devoted ally.
Guess what comes up on the Turkish agenda when "top secret Turkey" is no longer top secret? Turkish authorities, on February 17, hosted a meeting that brought together Turkish and other cyber security experts.

Proper English Grammar Is Now Racist

By Patricia L. Dickson 

It seems like not a day goes by without me reading about some new absurdity. I ran across an article written by some left-wing lunatic who purports to be an English teacher and who is part of what she calls the “social justice movement”. She writes for a blog called Everyday Feminist. She claims that demanding that everyone speak proper English grammar is “grammar snobbery” and is oppressive and racist. Why is it oppressive and racist? Because the dictionary was written by a white supremacist, heteropatriarchal system:
“As educated (and - okay - snarky) activists, we’re quick to respond to “According to the dictionary” arguments with “Who wrote the dictionary, though?”
“We understand that a reference guide created by a white supremacist, heteropatriarchal system does nothing but uphold that status quo.”
“Similarly, we have to use that line of thinking when talking about the English language: Who created the rules? And who benefits from them?”
The author, Melissa A. Fabello, introduced two schools of thought on what she calls successful communication: prescriptive and descriptive grammar. Prescriptive grammar is the true, honest pure language that is correct and acceptable (oppressive grammar). Descriptive grammar is however a language is being used to communicate effectively is correct because that is the basic purpose of language (to communicate). She contends that the ability and desire to speak proper English grammar comes down to privilege:
“As per usual, what this comes down to is an issue of privilege (of course!). In fact, grammar snobbery comes down to an intersection of multiple privileges.”
The multiple privileges are Educational Privilege, Class Privilege, Race Privilege, Native Language Privilege, and Ability Privilege. Her discussion of race privilege is what struck me as condescending.  She claims that it is racist to demand that black Americans speak proper English Grammar because the use of “standard” English is considered a white attribute and is a form of Identity Erasure. How would requiring black Americans to speak proper English grammar erase their identity? She contends that African American Vernacular English (Ebonics) is also grammatically correct and is a dialect of English that has its own phonology. In addition, because blacks understand it and are able to communicate with other blacks, why should they be forced to learn what the white man considers proper English grammar: 
“And part of the process of “becoming White” included giving up your cultural linguistic identity in favor of a streamlined English.”
“And we (as a society) denounce any form of the language that isn’t “white” enough”
I do not know what they are teaching black kids in school these days; however, I do know that I was never taught that speaking and writing proper English grammar was becoming white. Although no one is perfect and some of the best writers can sometimes make grammatical mistakes, everyone knows (including Ms. Fabello) that in order to be successful in America, one must learn how to communicate using proper English grammar. The entire article is a futile attempt to justify the failure of the public school system. The author is using the soft bigotry of low expectations under the guise of social justice.

Monday, March 02, 2015

The ISIS Beheader Is the Victim


By Daniel Greenfield 

After watching Jihadi John saw through so many human necks in the name of Allah, we now know his name and his name is “Victim”.
Sure Mohammed Emwazi, aka Jihadi John, may be a brutal killer, but he was actually a “gentle, kind … beautiful young man” who was “radicalized by Britain.” If the brutal monster was extreme about anything, it was being “extremely kind”.
That’s according to Asim Qureshi of CAGE, one of those groups campaigning against Islamophobia and efforts by the beleaguered British to prevent further kind and gentle beheadings.
Asim is another of those extremely kind Muslim men who might be extremely kind or kind of extreme depending on your perspective.
He was caught on video saying, ”When we see the example of our brothers and sisters fighting in Chechyna, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, then we know where the example lies. When we see Hezbollah defeating the armies of Israel we know what the solution is and where the victory lies.”
“We know that it is incumbent upon all of us to support the jihad of our brothers and sisters in these countries when they are facing the oppression of the west. Allahu akbar!”
CAGE claims that criticism of Boko Haram, currently using little girls as suicide bombers in a quest to wipe out the Christians of Nigeria, is about “demonizing Islam”.
The Boko Haram kidnappers and rapists of Nigerian girls are also doubtlessly “extremely kind” and “gentle”. The gentlest of them all may be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau who announced on video, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah. There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.”
CAGE recently participated in an event in which a call to execute apostates was cheered by the audience. We’ll have to assume that those executions will be carried out in a kind and gentle manner.
The Washington Post referred to CAGE as a “British human rights group” and claimed that it “highlights some of the United Kingdom’s crimes against Islam”. Of the ISIS Jihadists, who rape young girls and behead their brothers, the Washington Post asked, “Are they actually victims?”
It speaks of Emwazi being “driven to the machete”. We hear of some men being driven to drink by life’s troubles, but now for the first time we have a man driven to travel thousands of miles away and chop off other people’s heads. You might think they’re the victims, but it turns out that he was driven to do it.
And it’s true.
Britain did indeed drive Mohammed, a wealthy kid who graduated from the University of Westminster, to chop heads. It didn’t however do it by oppressing him with a nice degree at a nice university.
It radicalized him by coddling his violent hatred of non-Muslims. It provided him with the opportunity to attend the Greenwich Islamic Centre, the same mosque as the Muslim beheaders of a British soldier, whose Imam urged students to become terrorists. It radicalized him by treating him like a victim.
The media has allowed Asim and CAGE to drive the narrative of a “kind” and “gentle” beheader turned monster because the authorities suspected him of being exactly what he was. It’s a tempting progressive narrative in which law enforcement is the cause of the very problem it is fighting.
Asim Qureshi claims that counterterrorism radicalizes terrorists. The obvious answer is to stop fighting terrorists and they’ll go away. And if that advice from an Allahu Akbar shouter who finds Hezbollah inspiring doesn’t work, there’s always complete abject surrender. It didn’t work for any of Mohammed’s victims, but there’s always the off chance that this with some proper begging, he’ll come around.
What do the appeasers of the world have to lose except their heads? It’s not as if they’re using them.
The UK allowed, Mohammed, the kind and gentle beheader, to get away with everything he did. He got away with stalking a female classmate and with using a stun gun to commit robberies. He got away with stealing bicycles and with waving a Jihadist flag in public in a country where burning a Koran is a crime. He was extensively involved with Jihadist networks and he still remained a free man.
Is it any wonder that he worked his way up to becoming the Islamic State’s video beheader?
No Muslim country would have tolerated Mohammed’s antics for very long. Not unless he agreeably decided to direct his hatred toward another country. The UK put up with Mohammed. Its agents monitored him and tried to keep him from hurting anyone by joining up with a terrorist group. This was the monstrous act of cruelty that the beheader’s apologists now blame for turning him into a monster.
A Muslim country would have jammed Mohammed into a hole in the ground. Kuwait gave him and his family the boot for mere suspicion of ties to Saddam. The UK gave him the world and asked for nothing in return. That was its mistake. And innocent people have paid the price.
It wasn’t British counterterrorism that radicalized Mohammed; it was the lack of accountability. What are the defining characteristics of the Islamic State?  Order, structure and rules. ISIS is to Europe as the Nazis were to Weimar Germany. Totalitarian systems offer an antidote to extremely permissive ones.
ISIS’ European recruits meld the sociopathic aimless violence of teenagers raised in a society losing its values with the primeval totalitarian brutality of Islam. It’s Clockwork Orange meets the Koran. A permissive society willing to entertain fantasies of Mohammed Emwazi’s victimhood helps create his kind by excusing his kind.
Mohammed Emwazi grew up in a world in which he always had someone else to blame. That much hasn’t changed. Except these days the blame isn’t directed at abstractions like the police, the Jews or shopkeepers who object to being robbed, but the people whose heads he is cutting off.
And even with him off doing what he does worst, the media also does what it does worst. Its job is explaining that Islamic terrorism isn’t the fault of the men doing it, but the men and women it is being done to. Mohammed isn’t the monster. We are for driving him to the machete.
Mohammed won’t stop cutting off heads and the media won’t stop with its beheadsplaining. If an organization like CAGE didn’t exist, the media would have invented it.
It’s not the police that create monsters like Mohammed, it’s the media. Would ISIS really make so many videos of beheading hostages if it didn’t know that the media would rush to publicize every last one of them? Would ISIS have so many recruits, if the media hadn’t spent so much time claiming that Muslims in Europe are the victims of oppression and that bombing terrorists is somehow wrong and immoral?
Would Europe really be so helpless in the face of Islamic terror, if the media didn’t act as the Lord Haw-Haws and Tokyo Roses of the Jihad? If the media had spent WW2 insisting that the Luftwaffe pilots were the real victims who were driven to the bomber, the war would have ended with Hitler driving through London in a touring car. Now the media is doing its best to make up for that unfortunate omission.
And so Jihadi John, that enigmatic monster, has a name now. It’s “Victim”. The men whose lives he ended were forced to recite rambling confessions of crimes, but the media voluntarily recites confessions of crimes against Mohammed and Islam on our behalf every hour on the hour.
Perhaps then the media ought to kindly and gently behead itself.