Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year


The good men of Leipzig

By Assaf Uni
LEIPZIG, Germany - The phone call two weeks ago reached D. at a cafe in Conne Island, the center of the pro-Israel radical left in Leipzig. On the line was a correspondent from a local radio station asking the 24-year-old if members of the club were aware that at that very moment a neo-fascist parade was being held on the other side of town. "Do you realize what they did," D. said angrily last weekend. "The neo-Nazis and the municipality concealed it from us and called it 'a protest against the deployment of the German army around the world,' but basically it was an anti-Zionist rally. They shouted 'we won't shed our blood for Israel,' after troops were deployed in Lebanon." Within an hour, D. and his friends were able to organize 200 young people, most of them non-Jews, to stream into the neighborhood where the parade was taking place to confront the neo-Nazi demonstrators. This is what the anti-fascist left does at nearly every rally, parade or gathering of the extreme right across Germany. But the German police force was prepared and identified the young protesters and prevented them from disrupting the rally. "This time it didn't end with blows," said D. "Many other times it did." The Conne Island center, a complex with a performance hall, library, cafe and impressive skateboard rink, is the headquarters of the pro-Israel radical left-wing activity in Leipzig. One would not have expected these activists to show uncompromising support for Israel and for the advancement of neo-Marxist values. There are Communist skinheads, punks who oppose the use of drugs and sex, skate-boarders and sprayers (street artists who are responsible for the dazzling graffiti covering the walls of the complex).
A plethora of movements
Almost all of the activists are young, aged 16-30 and nearly all of them are active in some sort of political movement. The center brings together different coalitions, including the Bundnis Gegen Rechts (BGR or Network Against the Right), the Antifaschistischer Frauenblock Leipzig (AFBL or Anti-fascist Women's Block Leipzig), and the Bundnis Gegen Antisemitismus Leipzig (BGAL or Network Against Anti-Semitism Leipzig) and the Anti-Deutsche. The Anti-Deutsche is an ideological movement whose followers unequivocally support Israel and the United States and denounce any manifestation of nationalism among Germany's residents (and thus the source of its name: anti-Germany). "What we all share is support for Israel and coming out against any form of anti-Semitism, fascism and sexism," says the center's director, Christian Schneider, 26. "All in all, there around several hundred people active in Conne Island." A good example of the pro-Israel activity in Leipzig is the public campaign against wearing kaffiyehs, once an essential accessory in the European left-wing activist's wardrobe. "Do you have a problem with Jews or is it only that your neck is cold?" was the slogan for the campaign organized by the center in recent years. The campaign aimed to prevent young people from wearing what the center perceived as a symbol of identification with the Palestinians and with anti-Semitism. "If a young person shows up today at one of the events here wearing a kaffiyeh, (Conne Island is one of the most popular performance spaces in Leipzig - A.U.), we will politely ask him to remove the kaffiyeh, while explaining to him what the significance of it is. Otherwise, he simply won't enter," says Schneider. The committee that runs the center assembles before every live performance there to review the ideology of the groups performing at Conne Island. If they came out in the past against Israel or in favor of German nationalism of any kind, they are offically banned. Very soon afterward, the committee publishes a notice explaining the reasons for the rejection in the center's journal, C-I.
Against German nationalism
Schneider says the most recent decision was to ban the troupe Mia, one of whose songs opens with a reference to "black hair, red lips and a shining sun" - a blatant reference to the black, red and yellow colors of the German flag, a nationalist symbol that Conne Island members refuse to accept. Moreover, every ticket to a performance there has an anti-fascist surcharge of half a euro to finance the center's range of activities. The phenomenon of support for Israel among the extreme left in Germany is not new, but it has gained momentum and many supporters in recent years. Alongside ideological friction during the 1990s, which led to a split between anti-imperialists and Anti-Deutsche, the second intifada and the September 11 attacks hastened the division of the anti-fascists into two separate camps that see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict differently. On the one hand, as most radical leftist organizations in Europe maintain, Israel is an imperialist, racist power; on the other hand, due to Germany's unique history and its responsibility for the murder of six million Jews during World War II, there are also some who unequivocally support Israel. The pro-Israel process also gained momentum as a counter-reaction to the radical, neo-Nazi right's use of Palestinian and Iranian symbols to protest against Israel. At the last World Cup, which was held in Germany, groups of neo-Nazis waved pictures of the Holocaust-denying Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, along with Iranian flags. The radical right also frequently uses the slogan, "Freedom for Germany and Palestine." To a large extent, Leipzig is unusual in the German scene, because most of the leftist anti-fascist activists there are also pro-Israeli. In other places in Germany, such as Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and university cities such as Tubingen, there is a heated fight between the anti-imperialist left and the pro-Israeli left. A fight that according to D., who was formerly an activist in Anti-Deutsche, "has already put many people in the hospital." "I'm the living example of the change the anti-fascist left has undergone," says D. "Ten years ago, I thought the U.S. dominated the world with cruelty, and that all the poor people should fight against it. The September 11 attacks caused me to sober up from the delusion that this was the way to fight capitalism. Since then, I have supported the U.S. as part of Anti-Deutsche. However, at the moment, what remains is mostly support for Israel. I saw that in the radical left, they simply express classic anti-Semitic positions under the guise of anti-imperialism." D. is now actively researching anti-Semitism and the Holocaust for a study he is writing. How does he handle having a neo-Marxist and anti-nationalist ideology, and at the same time supporting Israel's activities in the territories? "As far as I'm concerned, there needn't be discussion about this in the wake of the Holocaust. Support for Israel is above any ideological debate," he says.
source : http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/806069.html
adf berlin

Saturday, December 30, 2006

East Berlin's First Mosque

"It will be the first to be built in the former East Berlin, where almost no Muslims live -- but no one can quite explain why it shouldn't be there." Hmmm. Maybe because no effort has been made by Muslims in Germany or anywhere else in the West to expel jihadists from their ranks, such that no one can ensure that terrorist acts will not be plotted in this mosque?
"East Berlin's First Mosque: The Muslims Are Coming!," by Michael Scott Moore and Jochen-Martin Gutsch in
SpiegelOnline, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:
A citizens' group in Berlin turned out this week for a candlelight vigil to protest plans for a new mosque in their neighborhood. It will be the first to be built in the former East Berlin, where almost no Muslims live -- but no one can quite explain why it shouldn't be there.
At the end of a rundown suburban street lined with bare trees and flaking apartment facades, a small group of people hold candles or colored Glo-sticks. A few hold signs -- "Democracy yes! Caliphate no!" -- and some carry German flags.
"The mosque is supposed to go up right here," says Günter Bronner, a blustery white-haired man with glasses pushed up on his forehead who's lived in the neighborhood for 42 years. He points to a drab piece of land at the end of the street where a defunct sauerkraut factory stands. "They want to have a minaret with a muezzin who gives the call to prayer five times a day. Can you imagine? Five times a day over our rooftops."
Posted by Robert
dhimmiwatch

Friday, December 29, 2006

Kosovo and the benevolence of Islam


UN has spent €223,000 on Yashar Pasha Mosque in Pristina, a remarkable amount of money spent on a legacy of a man that did his utmost to demolish Christianity in order to forcibly create an Islamic identity of Kosovo.
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Thursday, December 28, 2006

A Pan-European calamity

BALKAN ISLAMIC JIHAD
As Balkans enters EU integration process, its Islamic pockets are havens for terrorists. These areas are under international protection, a paradox that ridicules the entire Western anti terror campaign. Includes Video
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Kosovo Albanians: Honoring Nazis and the SS


Just as the UN negotiator on Kosovo Martti Ahtisaari wanted to honor and commemorate Finnish Nazi SS troops, Kosovo Albanians have already done that by naming a high school in Pec and a street in Prishtina after a Nazi-era Kosovo Albanian leader and ally of Hitler.
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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Soccer scores in Islamic world despite fatwa


Some good news. By Elliott Cappell in the Jerusalem Post, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
In August of 2005, with the countdown to last summer's World Cup in Germany underway, three players from a well-known Saudi soccer club abruptly quit the team because of an anonymous fatwa, religious ruling, that led them to believe soccer was forbidden by religious law. One of those three, Majid al-Sawat, was later arrested while planning to carry out a suicide bombing in Iraq.
As soccer is not just a sport, but also a social institution across the Arab world, many in the West are frightened by the power of a fatwa that can turn a professional athlete into a suicide bomber overnight.
However, a study released this month by PRISM, a Herzliya think-tank on Islamic social affairs, alleviates such fears. It reveals that radical fatwas on soccer have actually had a very limited effect on the Islamic world. According to the study's author, Moshe Terdman, "the popularity of the soccer game among the Arab and Muslim peoples, as well as among the radical Muslims themselves, keeps [the sport] alive and beats all the Islamist attempts to dissuade Muslims from watching or playing it."
Posted by Robert
dhimmiwatch

Monday, December 25, 2006

Kosovo Independence "most Dangerous" Issue In Europe: Serbian PM


DPA
The prospect of Kosovan independence and the breakup of Serbia is the "most dangerous and most destructive" idea in Europe today, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said Monday. Such a development would have "unforeseeable" consequences for international stability, Kostunica said in comments carried by Serbian news agency Beta. Any future resolution of the status of Kosovo must be based on the foundation that Serbia's borders remain unchanged, Kostunica said. The international community must be mindful of the United Nations charter and prevent division of the territory of a democratic state, he added. Kosovo has been a virtual UN protectorate since 1999, when NATO ousted Belgrade's security forces from the province to end a bloody ethnic war. While the Albanian majority living in the breakaway Serbian province is pulling for independence, the Serbian government continues to insist on its sovereignty over Kosovo. The UN Kosovo envoy Martti Ahtisaari, mediating talks between Belgrade and Pristina since the start of 2006, is expected to present a status solution proposal for Kosovo immediately after the Serbian parliamentary elections, scheduled for January 21.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas


Hattingen / Ruhr (Germany) : Historic Christmas Market

Lufthansa Bars Air Marshals On Flights


If you're flying betwen the US and Europe, you may want to avoid flying Lufthansa. According to Der Spiegel, the German airliner has begun denying Germany's air marshals the expensive seats near the cockpit where they can protect the flight crew -- and often refuses to give them any tickets at all:
The officer swore an oath of secrecy on becoming a sky marshal, so his name can't be revealed -- in fact no sky marshal has spoken about his work since the German government created the jobs in October 2001, shortly after 9/11. "Inspektion 6," the sky-marshal unit of the Federal Police Authority at Frankfurt airport, is the most secretive German police organization next to the elite GSG9 force.
But the situation for sky marshals has never been as depressing as it is now, says the officer and a one of his colleagues. Official figures claim that 200 police officers travel constantly on German passenger jets to prevent 9/11-style attacks with civilian aircraft. In fact, there are only 112 (as of Nov. 1 2006) -- and they aren't flying as much as they used to, according to the two officers.
The men say Lufthansa keeps cancelling first- or business-class tickets that would put them close to the cockpit -- and sometimes bumps them off flights entirely. "They don't want to give out expensive seats anymore," complains one of the officers.
The head of Germany's police union, Konrad Freiberg, finds the notion alarming. "If the price of a ticket is more important than a central security task, then the balance has shifted in the wrong direction," he said.
Der Spiegel's source is apparently the first German air marshal to give an interview to any publication, as they consider themselves an elite force dedicated to the clandestine protection of travelers against terrorism. However, they have increasingly found that the airlines themselves -- most particularly Lufthansa, the largest airline -- have tired of the revenue lost to the air marshals. Five years after 9/11, the lack of a repeat episode has convinced them that the risk is lower than the cost of the increased security.
Amazingly, the most common flights for cancellations are Lufthansa's intercontinental flights. Despite the obvious focus that terrorists would have on these flights, especially to the Middle East and North America, Lufthansa has refused to issue tickets to the marshals unless they cannot sell out the flight, which forces the marshals to wait until the last moment to make their flight choices, if they get on at all. That means that Lufthansa flights from the US, especially the heavily-traveled routes, will almost certainly have no extra security on board.
And if that's not bad enough, Der Spiegel says another major airliner refuses to allow any air marshals on board any of its flights. DS refused to name the carrier for "obvious security reasons".
Lufthansa denies that they have been uncooperative with German air marshals. DS has more than one source in the program, though, and even an anonymous Lufthansa pilot that confirms the story. It seems that Lufthansa may be less that fully forthcoming about its relationship with the German air marshal service.
Perhaps people should rethink their travel plans and use another airliner other than Lufthansa. If enough travelers opt for Lufthansa's competitors after getting commitments to full cooperation with air marshals, then Lufthansa will have plenty of available seating for the men who would protect Germans and Americans from another terrorist attack on the airline industry.
Posted by Captain Ed
CQ

Saturday, December 23, 2006

BALKAN ISLAMIC JIHAD


A Pan-European calamity
By
Ioannis Michaletos
As Balkans enters EU integration process, its Islamic pockets are havens for terrorists. These areas are under international protection, a paradox that ridicules the entire Western anti terror campaign.
Includes Video
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Friday, December 22, 2006

Max Boot: Hitler's Mideast Helpers


It’s a subject that’s been covered at LGF many times, so it’s good to finally see an article like Max Boot’s in the mainstream media: Hitler’s Mideast helpers.
In Ahmadinejad’s view, shared by countless others across the Middle East, whatever the Nazis did is no business of theirs, so why inflict the “Zionist entity” on their region? It is only a small step from this position to claiming that Israel’s destruction is justified.
Pointless though it may be to argue with a madman, it is worth noting that Muslims were not as blameless in the genocide of the Jews as Ahmadinejad and his ilk would have it. Arabs were, on a small scale, cheerleaders and enablers of the Final Solution. The most famous example was Haj Amin Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem (and uncle of Yasser Arafat), who took refuge in Berlin in World War II. A rabid Nazi, he personally lobbied Hitler to kill as many Jews as possible and even helped out by recruiting Bosnian Muslims to serve in the Waffen SS.
Robert Satloff, one of the world’s smartest Arabists, reveals other links between the Arabs and the Holocaust in his groundbreaking new book, “Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach Into Arab Lands.” He shows how the Nazis set up the machinery of death in North Africa. Although “only” 4,000 to 5,000 Jews died before the Allies liberated the area in 1943, many more were consigned to forced labor camps in hellish conditions.
“Arabs played a role at every level,” Satloff wrote. “Some went door to door with the Germans, pointing out Jews for arrest. Others led Jewish workers on forced marches or served as overseers at labor camps.”
The picture is not entirely one-sided because, although most Arabs were either apathetic or sympathetic to the Nazis, a small number helped their Jewish neighbors. Satloff uncovered lost tales of “righteous Gentiles,” such as the wartime rulers of Morocco and Tunisia. And on the whole, he found that Arabs behaved no worse under German occupation than did Europeans.
But that isn’t saying much because almost every country on the Continent was heavily complicit in the extermination of their Jewish populations.
LGF

Kosovo officials arrested after huge weapons haul


By Fatos Bytyci
PRISTINA, Serbia (Reuters) - Two officials of Kosovo's governing coalition have been arrested after police found a minibus packed with heavy weapons and ammunition. A police source said the haul included a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft gun and more than 100 rocket-propelled grenades. Local media reports said the find, made late on Wednesday in the Drenica region of central Kosovo, was the largest in Kosovo since the 1998-99 war and the deployment of NATO peacekeepers. Three men were arrested, including a senior adviser to the Kosovo labor minister and a member of the governing Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), which emerged from the guerrilla Kosovo Liberation Army. The find sharpened fears of unrest in the U.N.-run province, where major powers have delayed a decision on the demand of 2 million ethnic Albanians for independence from Serbia. The Kosovo government issued a statement expressing regret for what it said was an isolated case. The AAK, a junior member of the governing coalition, said it was "surprised" that two of its members were involved. The breakaway province, run by the United Nations since 1999 and patrolled by 17,000 NATO-led peacekeepers, is braced for possible violence after the major Western powers and Russia let slip a year-end deadline to decide its fate until Serbia holds a general election on January 21. An influential Brussels-based think-tank on Wednesday warned against further delay. The International Crisis Group (ICG) said the temptation to avoid a tough decision on independence must be avoided, or there could be a "major new crisis." Some Kosovo Albanian leaders have warned of unrest, which would almost certainly target the remaining 100,000 Serbs. Groups of armed men have appeared over the past year, and rioters last month lobbed stones and bottles at the U.N. headquarters in the capital, Pristina. NATO bombed Serbia for 78 days in 1999 to force out Serb forces accused of causing a bloodbath in a two-year conflict with separatist guerrillas. Ten thousand Albanian civilians died and almost a million were expelled. Diplomats say the United States and its major European allies favor a form of independence supervised by the European Union. But Russian support for Serbia, which opposes independence, is hardening and could scupper efforts to solve the problem in the U.N. Security Council.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

We're Losing the War on Terrorism

source: The Bottom Line Blog
As some of you reading this know, I have been an outspoken critic of the Clinton Administration (gee, ya think?), but especially when it comes to us waging war in Kosovo. If you don't remember Kosovo, let me give you a brief accounting of what happened.In a war between Christians (Serbians) and Muslims (ethnic Albanians), we chose the Muslim side because of "ethnic cleansing." After about six months of bombings, killing many people including 2 members of our military due to inept leadership that allowed them to fly a helicopter without much sleep, and seeing Wesley Clark's insane side come out, we pulled out of Kosovo and claimed victory, all the while inadvertently helping al Qaeda by attacking the people trying to curtail their drug-dealing efforts being funneled through Kosovo.Flash forward to yesterday. In a discussion about whether the Clinton Administration went after al Qaeda, a chatroom denison said there was no connection between the war in Kosovo and al Qaeda because...the 9/11 Commission said so. The same 9/11 Commission that was mystified by Able Danger. The same 9/11 Commission who had 2 Clinton Administration apologists on the panel, including the former second in command at the Defense Department, who would certainly have a vested interest in whitewashing the failures of her boss on this front.Can you see where I'm going with this? If not, that's part of the problem. Our intelligence available at the time of the Kosovo debacle showed the al Qaeda link to Kosovo, and this wasn't top secret information, either. A simple search on the Internet and digging through the results lead me to my conclusion. And if I can do it, anybody who wants to can do it.The thing is few people want to do it. To them, Kosovo is far off in the mists of time, never to be pondered again. Yet, contrary to the chatter's and apparently the 9/11 Commission's opinion, it did and does play into the current war on terrorism in ways we don't know and most of us aren't willing to find out. Needless to say, this lack of understanding helps the terrorists because they can continue to operate in secrecy while we keep our eye on "important things," like TomKat's wedding or Britney Spears partying with Paris Hilton. And if we rely on the 9/11 Commission or any other government-created entity for that matter to keep us informed, we will be constantly disappointed once we find out the truth.
American Council for Kosovo

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

NIGHTLINES

David Letterman: “Top Questions On The Macy’s Department Store Santa Application”: Do you mind checking your gun at the door?; Have you ever been accused of hiding stolen goods in your beard?; Can you pretend to be jolly making $6.25 an hour?; Would your cheeks be red without the scotch?; Are you prepared to lie about our Playstation 3 availability?; Reindeer allergies?; Can you disarm a kid who comes at you with a sharpened candy cane?; Will your lap support today’s obese children?; Do you own urine-proof pants?; Are you a cop?

Jay Leno: We are right in the middle of Hanukah [which] started last Friday. Christmas is, of course, next week. I had a Jewish friend of mine converted to Christianity last Thursday. It wasn’t for religious reasons, he just hadn’t bought his wife a gift yet and needed the extra time. “What’s the next holiday? Make me one of those.” ... Did you know that President Bush was the first U.S. president to light a menorah at the White House. Although Bill Clinton was the first president to use candles for mood lighting in the Oval Office. The aroma ones. ... President Bush’s gift list is smaller than last year. Just need to get one gift for England and that’s about it this year. ... John Kerry is going to Iraq to visit with the troops. That should boost morale. Lets hope he has some new jokes! ... Half of American consumers are buying gift cards this Christmas. The other half are women. ... I can’t decide which happy holiday movie I want to go see. It’s either “Apocalypto” or “Blood Diamond”! I can’t decide.

Albanians demand US to release a terrorist


PODGORICA, Montenegro-Relatives of two jailed U.S. citizens accused of plotting an ethnic Albanian insurgency in their native Montenegro, rallied Sunday outside the U.S. Embassy here demanding freedom for the suspects .
"Help American citizens imprisoned without evidence" read a banner held by some of the several dozen protesters who claimed that the charges against the Michigan-based cousins, Rok and Kolja Dedvukaj, were politically motivated.
The two were arrested in September, while visiting Montenegro at the time of tense general elections, along with a dozen local ethnic Albanians, all accused of preparing terrorist attacks and other violence with the aim of carving out an autonomous ethnic Albanian region in eastern Montenegro.
Four of the suspects have been released pending trial, while others remain in custody and have accused the police of mistreating them.
The allegations of police beating the suspects led to an internal inquiry, which ended inconclusively as Montenegrin authorities said they could not reconcile the conflicting accounts by police and the suspects.
"The Montenegrin government has arrested and tortured my brother to the point where I could not recognize him," said Rok's sister, Katrina Dedvukaj, who also holds U.S. citizenship. "Montenegrin government has tried to falsely portray my brother as a terrorist."
The U.S. Embassy in Podgorica has "followed the case from the beginning ... and will continue to provide all adequate consular assistance" to the indicted U.S. citizens, the embassy's information assistant Sasa Brajovic told The Associated Press, without providing specifics.
There was no immediate comment from the Montenegrin government, which generally has had good relations with the ethnic Albanian minority, about 7 percent of Montenegro's 620,000 people.
Prosecutors, however, have accused 18 ethnic Albanians, including the Dedvukaj cousins and three others living in the United States, of conspiring to destabilize the tiny Balkan state, which became an independent country in June after splitting from Serbia.
According to the charges, the U.S- based part of the group funded and instructed their ethnic kin in Montenegro to "use explosives and weapons for terrorist acts aimed at controlling ... military posts, police precincts and other important facilities" in the ethnic Albanian-populated area close to the border with Albania.
"There is no evidence against Rok," his sister Katrina Dedvukaj insisted, adding she hoped "America will show Montenegro what real democracy is."
If convicted, the accused face up to 15 years in jail each. No trial date has been set.
Unlike ethnic Albanians in neighboring Serbia's province of Kosovo, the ethnic Albanians in Montenegro have not yet developed an elaborate separatist violent movement or disputed the government rule in the past.
serbianna.com

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Islamophobia Circus Comes to Town


The European Union has identified the worst problem facing the continent—“Islamophobia:” Europe’s Muslims face rising ‘Islamophobia,’ new EU report warns. (Hat tip: WriterMom.)
VIENNA, Austria: A German Muslim says his neighbors suspect he is making weapons inside his mosque. An Austrian believer complains that some dog owners set their pets on her when they pass her on the sidewalk.
Such acts of “Islamophobia” are on the rise across Europe, where many Muslims are menaced and misunderstood — some on a daily basis — the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia warned Monday in a new report.
The Vienna-based center, which tracks ethnic and religious bias across the 25-nation EU, said Muslims routinely suffer acts ranging from physical attacks to discrimination in the job and housing markets.
It called on leaders to strengthen policies on integration, and on Muslims to “engage more actively in public life” to counter negative perceptions driven by terrorism or violence, such as this year’s backlash to cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
“The key word is ‘respect,’” said Beate Winkler, the group’s director. “People need to feel respected and included. We need to highlight the common ground that we have.”
Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, many of Europe’s nearly 13 million Muslims feel “they have been put under a general suspicion of terrorism,” Winkler said.
Yet, oddly enough, Jews are attacked four times as much as Muslims. This problem apparently pales in comparison to the unjust suspicion Muslims have suffered after the September 11 attacks, the Madrid train bombings, the London bombings, the Bali bombings, the murders in the Netherlands, the murders of hundreds of children in Beslan, the violent demonstrations against cartoons ... well, you get the idea.
LONDON — Jewish people are four times more likely to be attacked in Britain because of their religion than Muslims, according to figures compiled by the police.
One in 400 Jews, compared with one in 1,700 Muslims, are likely to be victims of faith-related hate attacks every year. The figure is based on data collected over three months in police areas accounting for half the Muslim and Jewish populations of England and Wales. The crimes range from assault and verbal abuse to criminal damage at places of worship.
Police forces started recording the religion of faith-related hate-crime victims only this year. They did so on the instruction of the Association of Chief Police Officers, which wanted a clear picture of community tensions around the country, following reports of Muslims being attacked after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the July 7 London bombings last year.
However, the first findings, for the July-September period, obtained by the Sunday Telegraph under freedom of information legislation, show that it is Jews who are much more likely to be targeted because of their religion.
In London and Manchester, where Muslims outnumber Jews by four to one, anti-Semitic offenses exceeded anti-Muslim offenses. The figures do not record the faith of the offenders
.
LGF

Let Iraq Break Up? Let Kosovo Leave Serbia? The Perils of Separatism


History News Service
By Jeff Mankoff

Mr. Mankoff is a fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University and a writer for the History News Service.
Sometime in the next several months, Kosovo is going to receive international approval for its quest to become an independent nation. While many inside Kosovo and out will rejoice at its liberation from Serbia, there are significant dangers if, as expected, the United Nations backs independence. Kosovo, which is historically Serbian but today has an Albanian Muslim majority of nearly 90 percent, has been under UN administration since the end of fighting between the Belgrade government and the ethnically Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army in 1999. A special UN commission is supposed to release a report on the province's future by the end of 2006, and will almost certainly recommend steps toward independence. It now appears that the commission will delay its report, in large part because of fears over the precedent an independent Kosovo would set for other separatist conflicts. The commission is right to be worried; Kosovar independence would represent a sharp break with established practice, and could have serious unintended consequences. These dangers would be lessened, however, if Kosovar independence provided the impetus for creating a new international consensus for handling separatist conflicts. Today, the international community is supposed to respect existing states' sovereignty and territorial integrity under almost all circumstances; intervening to stop genocide is one of the few, controversial, exceptions. In Europe, the prohibition on secession was codified in the 1975 Helsinki Final Act, which has been accepted by the United States, Canada, and almost every country in Europe. Unfortunately the Helsinki approach is clearly anachronistic. Some states should be allowed to break up. Without updating the international legal framework, though, Kosovar independence would likely cause more problems than it would solve, strengthening demands for independence in secessionist regions such as Georgia's South Ossetia and Sudan's Darfur. What's needed is an agreed set of principles to determine when, and under what conditions, secession should be allowed. Ethnic homogeneity, a history of intercommunal violence, and international viability are the key factors that should be incorporated in into any new international agreement governing secession. Unlike South Ossetia or Darfur, Kosovo passes on all three counts. In such cases, the alternatives to secession are typically worse. The difficulties of holding multiethnic states together by force are visible next door to Kosovo in Bosnia, where international troops have spent more than a decade trying to rebuild the trust between the Serbian, Croatian and Muslim communities that was destroyed in the conflicts of the early 1990s. These difficulties are also visible in Iraq, where Western forces are struggling in vain to keep the country from fragmenting into Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish statelets. As with Kosovo, some, including former ambassador in the Balkans Peter Galbraith as well as Leslie Gelb of the Council on Foreign Relations and incoming Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Joseph Biden are suggesting it might be better to allow Iraq to move toward dissolution. Their calls for a confederal Iraq that would eventually devolve into three separate entities, like the Security Council's probable endorsement of Kosovar independence, show that the world is finally awakening to the reality that forcing ethnic and religious communities to live together against their will is not necessarily wise or realistic. Both the Balkans and Iraq would be better off if their populations could learn to live together again. However, it's not possible simply to forgive and forget the massacres and ethnic cleansing that have plagued Bosnia, Kosovo or Iraq in recent years. Moreover, by trying to paste states such as Bosnia or Iraq back together, the international community is taking on open-ended commitments of troops, money and administrators. The international presence in Bosnia has gone on for 12 years; postwar Iraq will likely be worse. Secession does carry risks. In Iraq, the threat of outside intervention by Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia is real, which might call the viability of ethnic mini-states into question. In the Balkans, Serbs ask, reasonably enough, if Kosovo can secede, what about Republika Srpska, the ethnically Serbian canton of Bosnia whose desire for independence fueled Bosnia's bloody civil war in the early 1990s? Allowing Kosovo, or Iraqi Kurdistan, to become independent could set a dangerous precedent if not embedded in a larger strategy for managing separatism. That is why a new international framework is necessary. Secession should be accepted by the international community as a last resort, when intercommunal warfare has made reconciliation impossible, and that understanding should be codified in international law. That would require an international conference to amend the Helsinki Act. Difficult as that might be to arrange, Kosovo's looming independence and the possibility of Iraq breaking up show that the existing framework is inadequate. Better to develop a new framework now to manage and regulate secession than to allow Kosovo and Iraq to open Pandora's box on an unprepared world.
balkanpeace.org

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Police Fear Religious Sensibility in Berlin


Police in Berlin are on high alert for tomorrow’s debut of Mozart’s Idomeneo (Photo), fearing an outbreak of violence from the Religion of Peace™: ‘Headless opera’ puts police on alert.
The Associated Press attributes this threat of violence to “religious sensibility.”
BERLIN - Audience members at Monday’s Deutsche Oper production of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” will be kindly asked to empty their pockets of all metal objects. And they should be prepared to leave — quickly — in case of a bomb alert.
The Austrian musical genius born 250 years ago was noted for an impish sense of humor and some directors take huge liberties with their interpretations of operas. But the security measures for the performance, which include electronic screening of opera goers and evacuation precautions, are not part of the plot.
It’s a case of art meeting religious sensibility — and a decision that the show must go on, despite concerns that the production, featuring the severed head of the Prophet Muhammad, could prompt violence.
LGF

60 Minutes To Air Newly Released Holocaust Documents

Something very much worth watching on CBS 60 Minutes tonight: Revisiting The Horrors Of The Holocaust, Millions Of Nazi Documents Are Being Made Available To The Public. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
(CBS) One man holds his fate in his hands: a list of inmates — his name among them, but crossed off — who were sent to a notorious slave labor camp few ever emerged from. Another holds the very card he signed as a teenager upon his entry to a concentration camp. A third sees a form the Nazis created to track the mail he never received in Buchenwald because the rest of his family had already been murdered at Auschwitz. All three Holocaust survivors are viewing for the first time the records the Nazis meticulously kept on them and 17 million other victims of Hitler’s Third Reich.
Their stories and other revelations from the secret archives previously closed for 60 years are part of correspondent Scott Pelley’s report, this Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on 60 Minutes.
Seized when Germany fell to the Allies in 1945, the documents were deposited in an archive in the German city of Bad Arolsen and have been tightly controlled for privacy reasons ever since. Sitting on 16 miles of shelving, they number 50 million pages covering 17.5 million victims, not only Jews but also millions of slave laborers, political prisoners, homosexuals and Roma. They reveal the horrible: For 90 minutes on Hitler’s birthday, a prisoner was shot every two minutes as a gift to the Führer. They tell the mundane: Lice on prisoners were counted and classified as small, medium and large.
They contain a few familiar names, Anne Frank, for one, and a famous list, the one belonging to factory owner Oskar Schindler, who put prisoners’ names on his list to save them from death. Both stories were immortalized in literature and film. But the records mainly hold the names of millions of unknown victims, some of whom survived to tell their stories, like Miki Schwartz, Walter Feiden and Jack Rosenthal. 60 Minutes was able to secure a private viewing of the records for these three men before they are made more accessible within a year.
LGF

Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Untold Story of Kosovo Negotiations


Misha Glenny confided to the former US ambassador in Belgrade William Montgomery on December 7, "I am seriously worried about the Kosovo situation... entre nous, I am very disappointed with Martti’s performance."

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Serbia condemns Iranian Holocaust denial meeting


BELGRADE (AP)--Serbia Wednesday condemned an Iranian-hosted gathering of Holocaust deniers, calling it a "damaging and pseudoscientific" event.
The Balkan country's Foreign Ministry said in a statement the two-day conference that began Tuesday in Tehran is an "attempt to deny undeniable facts about the tragedy of the Jewish people during World War II."
Participants at the gathering, supported by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have questioned the Holocaust's death toll of 6 million or if it took place at all.
Serbia's government considers the gathering a "damaging and pseudoscientific manifestation that cannot contribute to dialogue between cultures and religions," it said.
During the Nazi occupation of Serbia and other parts of the then Yugoslav Kingdom, tens of thousands of Jews died. Less than half of Serbia's 30,000-strong Jewish community before World War II survived the Holocaust. Many later moved to Israel or to the West.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The End of British Multiculturalism?


In this week's Jihad Watch videoblog at Hot Air, I discuss Tony Blair's speech from last Friday, which has been trumpeted, unfortunately somewhat inaccurately, as a discarding of multiculturalism.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

NIGHTLINES

David Letterman: “Top Questions To Ask Yourself Before Eating At Taco Bell”: Are my affairs in order?; Why is the counter kid wearing a hazmat suit?; Will the hot sauce kill the bacteria?; Is this how they poisoned that Russian spy?; Should I go somewhere safer for lunch like Fallujah?; Will this help me meet the recommended E.coli daily requirement?; Wait—when was Taco Bell not tainted with E.coli?

Jay Leno: Hillary Clinton’s making calls, hiring staff and getting ready to travel to Iowa to launch her campaign. She’ll be on the road nonstop for the next two years. How is Bill going to manage stuck home all alone? He’s going to be heartbroken. ... Happy birthday to Senator John Kerry. This is his 63rd birthday. They threw him a surprise party for him. Well, they think he was surprised—with his personality it’s hard to tell. Instead of blowing out the candles he just talked to them until all the life just flickered out. ... According to a UN report, methane gas from cows is more damaging to the environment than automobile emissions. That explains why Al Gore has put on so much weight—he is trying to single-handedly rid the world of cows, one cheeseburger at a time. ... If you think smog is bad here, it’s being reported that the city of Tehran in Iran is having a huge smog problem. Apparently the smog in that city is so bad Iranian scientists can’t even see the nuclear bomb they claim they’re not working on. ... Mel Gibson’s new movie “Apocalypto” is the number one movie in the country. It’s about a huge group of people who vanish from Mexico. In fact, the original title was “From Here to Wal-Mart,” but they changed it later. ... Speaking of that, a man shopping in a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma found a plastic bag of cocaine on one of its shelves. Here’s the interesting part, it was marked down to $1.35. They really do have low prices. ... No one can figure out how it got there. They are now saying that they don’t believe the cocaine belonged to an employee because nobody working at Wal-mart can afford cocaine. In fact, one elderly greeter said, “The wife and I can barely afford a hit of crystal meth on the weekends.”

The Jihad: We're All in This Together


source: ChronWatch
by Don Feder

Wednesday, 13 December 2006
Don Feder delivered the following speech to the Americans for A Safe Israel National Conference ("America and Israel: The Present Danger") held in New York City on December 3, 2006.

You have a problem. It's a problem shared by Jews in Hebron, Serbs in Kosovo, Hindus in the Kashmir, Catholics in Lebanon, and Americans walking the streets of New York.Consider the inter-connectedness of the following incidents, all of which took place in the past few months:

* In Indonesia, three Christian schoolgirls were beheaded.

* In Iraq, a Syrian Orthodox priest was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered.

* In Somalia, a nun was shot to death as she left the hospital where she worked, tending the sick and dying.

* In Lebanon, just days ago, a cabinet minister was assassinated.

* In Britain, authorities uncovered a conspiracy in which native-born Brits plotted to blow up several trans-Atlantic flights, killing as many as 3,000.

* In Afghanistan, suicide bombers are at work again.

* In Iraq, they never stopped. Additionally, the week before last, a group of worshippers were abducted from a mosque, doused with gasoline and burned to death in what's described as "sectarian violence."

* In France, a high school philosophy teacher is in hiding after very credible death threats following publication of a September 19 commentary in Le Figaro.

* Some 139 people died in riots in Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, and Afghanistan - following the publication of Danish cartoons.

* Europe is experiencing the worst wave of anti-Semitic violence since Kristallnacht. The former director of the U.S. Holocaust Museum reports there an average of 12 assaults a day on Jews in Paris.

* In Kosovo, 90 percent of Serbs gave been ethnically cleansed from the province since 1999. The rest live in a state of siege.

* In Mumbai, India, a series of blasts killed almost 200.

* In Gaza, terrorists recently celebrated the latest "ceasefire" by raining more rockets on southern Israel.

* And the leader of more than a billion Catholics received death threats and demands that he convert after giving a speech in which he called for a balance of faith and reason, and quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor.What do the foregoing have in common?

To quote columnist Mark Steyn, in his excellent book ''America Alone: The End of The World As We Know It,'' it begins with an "I" and ends with a "slam."I am not saying that all Muslims are terrorists. I am saying that almost all terrorists are Muslims--the mother of all no-brainers--and that Islam is a faith that is, shall we say, terrorism-friendly. I challenge you to name another faith in which your entry into heaven is assured by killing those of another faith in a holy war.I am not saying that Muslims are inherently bad people. Most Muslims are like most people everywhere. I am saying that there are elements in Islam that incline adherents to commit the crimes detailed a moment ago. I am saying--and let me be clear about this--that a faith embraced by as many as 1.3 billion people worldwide contains within it the seeds of the evil we see all around us--seeds which require only the right conditions to germinate. It all goes back to the Koran.Ladies and gentlemen, we are in the midst of a world war, one every bit as deadly as the Cold War, and with a potential for devastation to rival World War II. Actually, the Cold War is a bad analogy. For perhaps the 20 years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, almost no one was willing to die for communism. Today, ten of millions--perhaps hundreds of millions--around the world would gladly die, and kill, for Dar Islam. But we make a fatal mistake if we think of Islam only in terms of suicide bombings, sniper attacks, death threats, forced conversions, female genital mutilation, honor killings, jihad-this and fatwah-that. Every bit as important is what's going on in maternity wards from Brussels to Bombay.Of the 10 nations with the lowest birthrates, nine are in post-Christian Europe. And the ten countries with the highest fertility rates? That's right--starts with an "I" and ends in a "slam."Fertility rates in the Muslim world look like this: Niger (7.46 children per woman), Mali (7.42), Somalia (6.76), Afghanistan (6.69), and Yemen (6.58). The Palestinian woman in Gaza who--at age 64--just became the world's oldest suicide bomber was the mother of nine and (at last count) the grandmother of 41.Between 1970 and 2000, while the share of the world's population represented by the industrialized nations declined from just under 30 percent to just over 20 percent, the share accounted for by the wonderful world of jihad rose from 15 percent to 20 percent.Compared to the rest of the industrialized world, the United States is experiencing a veritable population explosion--with a birth rate of 2.11, just about replacement level. From there, it's demographic winter as far as the eye can see: Canada (1.5), Germany (1.3), Russia and Italy (1.2) and not-so-sunny Spain (1.1). The latter three nations could cease to exist, as they are currently constituted, within the next 50 years. According to a Washington Times story, by 2015, more than half the soldiers in the Russian Army will be Muslims. And you thought the Czar was bad! By 2020, over 20 percent of Russia's population will be reading the Koran, religiously.Within the lifetimes of some in this room, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands could go Islamic green. For the present, Muslims comprise 10 percent of the French population. But of "Frenchmen" under 20, fully 30 percent share the faith of Osama bin Laden, Baby Assad, and Iran's nut-cake leader.You can talk all you want about population control being the happy result of higher standards of living, careers for women, sex education, contraception and access to abortion. In fact, it's becoming the assisted suicide of the West. What it really comes boils to is this: Confident societies have babies. People with a sense of mission have children. Nations with a sense of destiny and faith in the future fill maternity wards, and nurseries and cradles.Those that believe in God as a vague, philosophical concept (if He exists at all), don't. Instead of the future, they put their trust in 401(k) plans, elaborate state welfare systems, and gated retirement communities.There are still enough of those of us who care enough to act. But the hour grows proverbially late.Everyone is so focused on their own thing that they miss the larger picture. Zionists rightly worry about Palestinian terrorism and fate of Israel should Judea, Samaria, and Gaza become Hamas-istan.Serbs decry the destruction of ancient churches, monasteries, and shrines in Kosovo--not to mention the ethnic cleansing that followed NATO's victory over Slobodan Milosevic--and worry about the province being permanently detached from Serbia.Hindus anguish over the ongoing violence in Kashmir, supported by Pakistan, which has claimed more than 50,000 lives in the past 20 years, as well as terrorist acts in the rest of India.Groups like Voice of the Martyrs meticulously document Christian persecution in the Muslim world. Lebanese Christians lament the demise of the last Christian country in the Middle East and Hezbollah creating a state-within-a-state. Coptic Christians complain about the treatment of their co-religionists in Egypt. And the beat goes on. But these are all part of a seamless chador. What happens in Kosovo affects the Kashmir. As Judea and Samaria go, ultimately, so go Lebanon and London. In retrospect, it's easy to see that a number of events in the 1930s were steps leading to the Second World War: Hitler's rise to power, the remilitarization of the Rhineland, the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, German, and Italian intervention in the Spanish Civil War, the Japanese conquest of Manchuria, and so on. It's always easier to see the interconnectedness of events and the significance of trends in retrospect--well after the fact. But at least after Pearl Harbor, most Americans understood that they were at war. It's been five years since this generation's Pearl Harbor, and most of us still don't have a clue. When word of Pearl Harbor reached London, Winston Churchill called Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The conversation ended with the British prime minister telling the American president: "Well, we are all in this together now." As indeed they were, and as they probably had been since the early 1930s, though almost no one was aware of it at the time. Well, my friends, we truly are all in this together--Jews and Catholics, Lebanese Christians, and Hindus, Orthodox Serbs, and Indonesian Christians. Until we begin to understand that, we have no hope of countering the global jihad. When Zionists start caring about the fate of Serbs in Kosovo, when Hindus support Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (designated the West Bank), when Serbs stand up for Indian Kashmir, then we will begin making progress.
American Council for Kosovo

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Germany's Rising Anti-Semitism


By Björn Hengst and Jan Friedmann
The slippery slope to the ghetto.
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Monday, December 11, 2006

IRAN’S HOLOCAUST DENIAL CONFERENCE CONVENING NOW

Wiesenthal Center Los Angeles
PLEASE ACT TODAY
As you read this, the Iranian regime is gathering 70 Holocaust revisionists from 30 countries to participate in a Holocaust denial conference in Tehran entitled, “The Holocaust: A World Prospect.” This development comes after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claims that the Holocaust was ‘a myth’ and the sponsoring of an international Holocaust cartoon contest in Tehran earlier this year.Such lies cannot go unchallenged.We therefore ask you to join the Wiesenthal Center’s petition to United Nations Secretary-General-designate Ban Ki-moon urging him to step up the UN’s commitment to fight against the desecration of the memory of the Holocaust and to honor the words of Secretary-General Kofi Annan when he stated at a Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration in January of 2006, “Holocaust denial is the work of bigots. We must reject their false claims whenever, wherever, and by whomever they are made."Secretary General Annan has also stated, “The United Nations was founded as a reaction to the horrors of World War II.” But, this conference mocks the very founding principles of the United Nations and ridicules the General Assembly resolution designating January 27th as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.Simultaneous to the Tehran hate-fest, the Simon Wiesenthal Center is convening ‘Witness To The Truth,’ a three-city videoconference in Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto, bringing together Holocaust survivors whose first hand accounts of the horrors of the Nazis' Final Solution will expose and debunk the deniers.The Iranian regime, which has threatened genocide against the Jewish State, is using Holocaust denial as Statecraft. Its ultimate goal is to demonize the Jewish people, her history, values and faith. We dare not be silent.Please use this link to sign the petition now -
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3 Croatian TV reporters suspended after publishing president's contentious speech

Mr Mesic ?


AP, December 11, 2006
ZAGREB, Croatia: The Croatian Journalists' Association on Monday demanded the reinstatement of three TV reporters suspended for broadcasting a recording, allegedly of President Stipe Mesic, in which he apparently supported Croatia's World War II pro-Nazi state. "It is not up to journalists or editors to protect anyone, even if it is a president, but to judge the credibility of the news," said Dragutin Lucic, the head of the association. Lucic added the three had "sufficient evidence" to believe that the speech was authentic. Chief editors at the country's state-run television suspended the three on the grounds that they had lacked critical judgment and professionalism in broadcasting the speech. A Web portal first posted the speech on Saturday, saying it was by Mesic from the early 1990s, when he was a member of the ruling nationalist party of Franjo Tudjman. In the clip, he said that Croats won twice in World War II — in 1941, when they established the Nazi puppet state, and in 1945, when their antifascists crushed the Nazis. The 30-second recording surprised many in Croatia, where Mesic is known as the most outspoken critic of the pro-Nazi regime, which persecuted hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, Roma and antifascist Croats. Mesic on Sunday questioned the authenticity of the recording, although he acknowledged that he might have said "something like that." He said the statement was "wrong and failed" and insisted that the recording should not annul "the effect of my countless statements over the years, which express completely different views." State-run television aired the recording in its news broadcast late Saturday. The three reporters — two of whom are editors of the main evening news program — were suspended on Sunday. Critics saw the move as a concession to the president and protested that politics should not meddle with the media. Mesic insisted Monday he neither sought nor wanted the suspension. "Everyone can write whatever they want about me," he said. The affair has drawn wide public attention, but it was not likely to seriously endanger Mesic's position: Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, whose party controls parliament and who is often seen as Mesic's only serious rival, has come to his defense. Mesic, who left Tudjman's party in 1993 in opposition to his nationalist policies, won a second term in office in January 2005. He has been a leading figure in efforts to reform Croatia to make it fit to join mainstream Europe.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Speech in which president apparently supports WWII Nazi regime, shocks many in Croatia

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AP, December 10, 2006
ZAGREB, Croatia: A speech made more than a decade ago by Stipe Mesic — now Croatia's president — in which he apparently glorified Croatia's World War II pro-Nazi state shocked many across the country on Sunday. In an audio recording posted at the Index.hr Web portal on Saturday, a voice that sounds like Mesic's said Croats won twice during the war — when they established the pro-Nazi puppet state in 1941, and when their antifascists crushed the Nazis in 1945. The portal said Mesic made the speech in the early 1990s, when he was still a member of the late President Franjo Tudjman's nationalist party, which often sought to diminish Croats' World War II crimes. Mesic's office refused to comment on the recording, but insisted that Mesic's condemnation of the World War II regime is widely known. Although it did not directly confirm that the recording was of Mesic, it said the sentence was "taken out of context." Mesic has been the most vocal critic among Croatian leaders of Croatia's wartime state, which persecuted hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, Roma and antifascist Croats. He went to Israel on one of his first trips after becoming the president in 2000 to apologize to Jews for the crimes committed against them in Croatia. He also regularly goes to Jasenovac — the site of Croatia's infamous World War II concentration camp — to commemorate the victims. In Jasenovac last month, Mesic said the World War II regime was "a chronicle of mad, but organized, orgy of killings." Despite the publicity, the affair likely won't seriously endanger Mesic's position: Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, whose party controls parliament and who is often seen as Mesic's only serious rival, stood in his defense. "I'm waiting for a time when we will stop burdening ourselves with the things from the past," Sanader said, adding that Mesic has shown "with his acts and in his public speeches" that he condemns the World War II regime. Mesic also benefits from wide popularity among the pro-Western parties, while the nationalists — who have long campaigned against him — can hardly protest because they themselves often express support for the World War II regime. Outside of politics, however, there was criticism of the speech. Zarko Puhovski, a prominent human rights activist, said "the one who made that speech should resign." Mesic, who left Tudjman's party in 1993 in opposition to his nationalist policies, won a second term in office in January 2005. He has been a leading figure in efforts to reform Croatia to make it fit for joining the mainstream Europe.

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Serbian prime minister lashes out at U.N. envoy for Kosovo talks


AP, December 10, 2006
BELGRADE, Serbia: Serbia's Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica lashed out Sunday at the U.N. envoy mediating the talks on the future of Kosovo, accusing him of failing to condemn "terrorist attacks" against minority Serbs in the breakaway province. "The Serbian government is demanding to know why ... Martti Ahtisaari has not yet condemned the terrorism by (ethnic) Albanian separatists in Kosovo," Kostunica said in a statement to media. The statement followed an incident Friday in which unknown suspects blew up railway tracks in Kosovo on a route used by minority Serbs there. No injuries were reported. Belgrade promptly attributed the blast to ethnic Albanian separatists. Kostunica said that as a special U.N. mediator for Kosovo, former Finnish President Ahtisaari has a "strict responsibility to instantly condemn every form of threat, especially terrorist attacks such as blowing up a railway line." He added, "So far, Ahtisaari has been unable to escape his own prejudice and has severely accused the entire Serb nation while mutely watching the terrorist Albanian separatists carry on." Although still formally part of Serbia, Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since a NATO 1999 airwar ended a crackdown by Belgrade on separatist ethnic Albanian rebels. Kosovo's Albanian majority — about 90 percent of the province's 2 million population — wants to establish an independent state, while Serbia has insisted Kosovo remain part of its territory. Kostunica has intensely campaigned on the Kosovo card, playing to Serb nationalist sentiments that the province — which Serbs consider the cradle of their medieval statehood — is an inalienable part of Serbia, and that any secession would go against the United Nations charter. The Serbian prime minister has stepped up his criticism of Ahtisaari, who plans to present a proposal for a Kosovo resolution early next year. So far, Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders and Belgrade officials have produced no results in talks to settle the dispute. The United States and Western powers expect the upcoming U.N. ruling — which will follow Ahtisaari's proposal — to result in conditional independence for Kosovo, despite Serbia's objections. Serbia's pro-Western President Boris Tadic reiterated those objections, saying Sunday that "no normal country would give up a part of its territory," but acknowledged "the probability is greater that Kosovo will become independent." "Every citizen knows this, and I have no right to deceive anyone," Tadic said. "But I shall fight to the last moment so this will not happen."

Saturday, December 09, 2006

UN Rights Council Ends Session by Slamming Israel Again



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In the final day of its third regular session, the UN Human Rights Council condemned Israel twice, bringing its total number of resolutions against the Jewish state, in its six months of existence, to eight. Israel is the only country in the world that the Council has condemned for human rights violations since it was inaugurated in June. Today’s censures were the only Council resolutions from this session that addressed a specific country. The two texts deal with “follow up” to two earlier Council resolutions pronouncing Israel guilty of human rights violations in Gaza and in Lebanon without mentioning the actions or violations of Hamas or Hezbollah, which were widely criticized by Western states and human rights organizations as one-sided. Both of today’s resolutions mandate additional reporting on and scrutiny of Israel’s conduct when the Council meets again in March.“The Council, regrettably, continues to defy the repeated pleas of Secretary-General Annan to move past its obsession with one-sided resolutions against Israel,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer. "At the expense of victims around the world— in Burma, Libya, Zimbabwe and the 16 other places on Freedom House's 'Worst of the Worst' list—the Council is reserving virtually all of its criticism for Israel, and today's resolutions guarantee that this imbalance will continue at its next session."The only other country situation on which the Council has passed a resolution in its first six months is that of Darfur, Sudan. That resolution, however, neither accuses Sudan of committing violations nor holds it responsible for halting the ongoing atrocities in Darfur. Instead, the soft text—sponsored by the Council’s African group, supported by Sudan, and opposed by the European Union and Canada as too weak—merely “notes with concern” the situation in Darfur, which it attributes to “all parties,” and it even “welcomes” the Sudanese government's “cooperation” and urges the international community to give it financial support.The Council will hold a special session on Darfur on Tuesday but according to Neuer, “given the African and Islamic Groups’ strength at the Council, any resolution coming out of that session, unfortunately, is likely to be similarly weak.” Sudan this week once again told the Council that the well-known facts about the Darfur crisis—which have been widely documented by UN officials, human rights and humanitarian relief organizations, and the media—are “misinformation” and “exaggeration,” and its assertions have been supported by its African and Islamic group allies. Sudan distributed fact sheets to the Council on Tuesday claiming that there have been only 9,000 victims in Darfur, "from all sides," and boasting of its record on combating violence against women.The Council’s three previous special sessions, held in July, August, and November, all focused on Israel. All resulted in sharply one-sided condemnations of the Jewish state—over the objection of the Council’s Western democracies—that made no mention of Hamas and Hezbollah unprovoked attacks across international borders or rocket attacks against Israeli civilians.

Montenegro indicts 18 terrorist Albanians


PODGORICA, Montenegro-Montenegrin authorities on Thursday indicted 18 ethnic Albanians, including five living in the United States, for plotting an insurgency to carve out an autonomous region in the tiny Balkan republic.
The criminal charges were filed after 14 of the peopel were arrested on the eve of Montenegro's general elections three months ago, when they planned a series of "terrorist attacks," prosecutor Stojanka Radovic said.
Two U.S.-based members of the group, Vaselj Dedvukaj and Doda Ljucaj from the state of Michigan, are accused of funding the group, which allegedly intended to "use explosives and weapons for terrorist acts aimed at controlling ... military posts, police precincts and other important facilities" in an ethnic Albanian-populated eastern part of Montenegro.
A defense lawyer for the suspects, Rajko Bozovic, said the "charges were unfounded."
Last month, four of the suspects were released pending trial, but 10 others remain in custody. They have accused the police of beating them during and after the arrest.
Among the five who came from the United States and helped arm the group with rifles, hand grenades and to rocket-propelled grenade launchers, two are on the run, Radovic said.
"They illegally brought into Montenegro a large amount of various weaponry, ammunition, explosives" and hid them in caves in the eastern region known as Malesija, according to the prosecutor.
"Their intention was to use force to achieve a special status for the region populated by (ethnic) Albanians ... contrary to the constitution" of Montenegro, Radovic said.
If convicted, the suspects face up to 15 years in jail each. No trial date has been set.
About 7 percent of Montenegro's 620,000 people are ethnic Albanian, a minority that generally has good relations with the government and has long had their lawmakers in the nation's parliament.
Unlike their fellow-ethnic Albanians in Serbia's Kosovo province, the Montenegrin Albanians have not yet formed a separatist violent movement or disputed Montenegrin government rule in the past.
Montenegro became independent in June by splitting from Serbia.
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Friday, December 08, 2006

Islamic terrorism and the Balkans


By Ioannis Michaletos
As in the case of Bosnia, the Albanian Muslims proved to be a magnet for the Islamists that sought to regain a foothold in Europe. After NATO bombing of Serbia, jihadists began a massive infiltration of Kosovo. Includes Video

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

NIGHTLINES

David Letterman: “Top Slogans For The Wal-Mart Wine”: When Kmart Wine Just Won’t Do; I Can’t Believe It’s Not Wine; Show Your Friends How Little You Care; Kills Germs on Contact; Recommended by 4 Out of 5 Drifters!; Crack Open a Can Today!; Fresh From the Vineyards of Aisle 6; Here’s to Making Bail!

Jay Leno: “The Nativity Story” opened up in theaters last week. Did you know that Joseph, Mary and Jesus only stayed at the manager for one night? Apparently the Bethlehem city officials came by and told them had to move because it was against city code to have up a nativity scene. ... Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack officially announced he is running for president. He said his number one priority for America: get people to stop giggling at the name Vilsack. ... They say Hillary Clinton is starting to get a little paranoid because a lot of Democratic Party leaders are getting behind Barack Obama’s run for the presidency. Hillary’s worried it might be part of a vast left-wing conspiracy. ... Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez greeted a crowd of supporters by telling lame jokes and making cruel remarks about President Bush, I’m sorry that was the Barbara Streisand concert. ... The United States is aiming to ban the sale of many luxury items to North Korea, solely in an attempt to annoy North Korean leader “Mini Me” Kim Jong Il. Forget luxury items. If the U.S. really wants to annoy Kim Jong Il, ban the sale of platform shoes. ... The federal government has a new citizenship test. They said the old test for immigrants was just too outdated. Apparently it was in English. ... For Mexicans there will be two parts. A written exam and an obstacle course: swimming and jumping.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Kosovo Albanian Jihadist Undercurrent


Islamic world sees Kosovo Albanian independence as victory for Jihad and here is the audio to prove that.



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Kosovo Albanians: Honoring Nazis and the SS


Just as the UN negotiator on Kosovo Martti Ahtisaari wanted to honor and commemorate Finnish Nazi SS troops, Kosovo Albanians have already done that by naming a high school in Pec and a street in Prishtina after a Nazi-era Kosovo Albanian leader and ally of Hitler.

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Danish suspects plead innocent in Bosnia-linked terror plot

AP, December 06, 2006
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Four young Muslims pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges they helped provide explosives for an alleged plot to blow up a target in Europe. The trial in Copenhagen was linked to a Bosnian case in which two men are being tried on charges of planning an attack in the Balkan nation or another European country. The case has also yielded arrests in Britain. The four suspects in Denmark — Abdul Basit Abu-Lifa, Elias Ibn Hsain, Imad Ali Jaloud and Adnan Avdic — are accused of helping the two main suspects arrested in Sarajevo last year to secure explosives. Bosnian authorities said they found a powerful homemade explosive device built into a "suicide belt" when they raided a Sarajevo apartment in October 2005 and arrested Swedish national Mirsad Bektasevic and Abdulkadir Cesur, a Turkish national living in Denmark. Bektasevic and Cesur, who went on trial in July in Bosnia, also have pleaded innocent. Bosnian investigators say the network was planning to blow up a target in a European country to force the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. At the start of the Danish trial, prosecutor Joergen Jensen said he would present records of mobile phone conversations and Internet chats that tied the four defendants to Cesur and Bektasevic, who was code-named "Maximus." "They agreed with Maximus and Cesur that (the latter two) should travel to Bosnia to get hold of explosives," Jensen told the 12-member jury. If convicted, the defendants, who are aged 17-21, could face life in prison, although such sentences are commuted after 16 years under Danish law.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

German general takes over command of EU peace force in Bosnia

The Krauts are back again !


AP, December 05, 2006
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina: Germany takes command over the EU peace force in Bosnia from Italy on Tuesday, officials said. German Rear Adm. Hans-Jochen Witthauer will take over command from Maj. Gen. Gian Marco Chiarini. Witthauer will command the 6,000-soldier force, known as EUFOR. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung will attend the EUFOR change of command ceremony. Senior Bosnian officials will also attend the ceremony at EUFOR's base in camp Butmir, just outside Sarajevo. Following the ceremony, Solana will meet with Bosnia's three-member presidency in the Bosnian capital.

Tehran's Holocaust Denial Conference


By P. David Hornik
The oldest hatred keeps getting renewed.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Dead Russian Spy Converted to Islam - Confirmed


A new trace ?

On November 24, LGF noted a report that poisoned Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko had converted to Islam. Most LGF readers dismissed it as either an unfounded rumor or an attempt to grab publicity by Chechen Islamists.
But it turns out to be true. Dead Russian spy to be buried as a Muslim. (Hat tip: WriterMom.)
Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian intelligence agent poisoned in London, is to be buried according to Muslim tradition after converting to Islam on his deathbed.
The spy’s father, Walter Litvinenko, said in an interview published today that his son - who was born an Orthodox Christian but had close links to Islamist rebels in Chechnya - made the request as he lay dying in University College Hospital.
“He said ‘I want to be buried according to Muslim tradition’,” Mr Litvinenko told Moscow’s Kommersant daily.
“I said, ‘Well son, as you wish. We already have one Muslim in our family - my daughter is married to a Muslim. The important thing is to believe in the Almighty. God is one.’”
LGF

Germany Judges the World: 'Universal Jurisdiction', War Crimes and German Law


By John Rosenthal
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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Canada Joins Running of the Jew at U.N. for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Canukistan*

For Immediate Release Toronto, Thursday, November 30, 2006 – The Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD) is disappointed by the voting of the government of Canada in yesterday's slew of anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations."Canada has again legitimized the use of UN resolutions to demonize one nation, while ignoring the truly serious human rights violations of other member states," said Alastair Gordon, president of CCD. "Until resolutions are applied even-handedly to all UN members, Canada must express its condemnation by voting 'no' on all such resolutions."In its first 42 years, the UN tabled 370 resolutions condemning Israel and zero resolutions critical of the PLO or any Arab state. When Syria slaughtered 20,000 of its own citizens at Hama in 1982, or when it sponsored the destruction and occupation of Lebanon, or even when Iraq massacred its Kurdish citizens with poison gas, there were no UN resolutions criticizing the perpetrators. In recent years, a handful of resolutions have targeted other Middle Eastern states, but the lion's share is still reserved for Israel.
In October 2005, former Prime Minister Paul Martin referred to "the annual ritual of politicized anti-Israel resolutions" at the UN. In November 2004, Canada's then ambassador to the United Nations, Allan Rock, announced to the General Assembly that "resolutions [against Israel] are often divisive and lack balance." Yet even with this recognition, both our past and present governments' anti-Israel voting pattern has barely changed.

The Fourth Committee yesterday tabled nine ritualized resolutions targeting Israel for criticism. Canada voted against Israel on seven, and supported Israel on two. The only change from last year's voting pattern was the change of one abstention to a 'no'.

"The Stephen Harper government has taken a number of principled foreign policy positions that Canadians can be proud of. Yet it is choosing to continue the despicable bullying of one nation, a travesty that was identified by our former Prime Minister and UN ambassador," added Gordon. "Until UN resolutions are an unbiased tool applied equally to all member states, Canada's response to all ritualized anti-Israel resolutions must be NO."

For more information, please contact:
Alastair Gordon, President, CCD 416-963-8998, or
Naresh Raghubeer, Executive Director 416-452-6957

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* with apologies to Borat

Founded in 2003, the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD) is a non-partisan, multi-ethnic, multi-denominational organization of concerned Canadians dedicated to national security and the protection and promotion of democracy at home and abroad. CCD focuses on research, education and media publishing to build a greater understanding of the importance of national security and a pro-democracy foreign policy. http://canadiancoalition.com/