Thursday, December 31, 2009

German Nazi hunter: Our search for war criminals began too late

LUDWIGSBURG, Germany - Germany began far too late with its search for Nazi war criminals, according to the man responsible for bringing them to justice. "It is undisputed that not everything was done to legally process the Nazi period," said Kurt Schrimm, who heads the German central office for solving Nazi crimes. "Mistakes were made early on," Schrimm said of postwar Germany, during an interview with German Press Agency DPA.
Schrimm and his colleagues have come under fire over the ongoing prosecution of alleged war criminal John Demjanjuk, while higher-ranking Nazi officials have gone unpunished.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Is the German mediator in Schalit talks 'Mr. Hamas'?

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Gerhard Conrad is one of many aliases used to shield Germany's top Mideast foreign intelligence agent, who is helping to mediate a complex prisoner swap with Hamas for the release of Gilad Schalit. While he is widely praised in the mainstream German media as an "honest mediator" who has bolstered Germany's positive reputation in Israel, a recent Fox News report sharply criticized Conrad as going to great lengths to favor Hamas at the expense of Israel's security interests.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Witnesses of Kosovo Albanian organ trafficking found

Serbia has tracked down people who claim to have witnessed the removal of organs from prisoners captured in Kosovo which were then allegedly trafficked abroad, a newspaper reported Sunday. Investigators are probing claims organs were ...»
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Swiss minaret vote "was quite simply a reaction to the ever more shrill demands of Europe's Islamic leaders for special rights and special treatment"

On December 24, the Arab American News published a piece called "Minaret ban indicates evolving fascism" by Ali Moossavi, in which Moossavi, with a Charles-Johnsonish flair for defamation, characterized those concerned about the Islamization of Europe as neofascists. Predictably, Moossavi paid no attention to the fact that there is no similar reaction in Europe against Hindus, Sikhs, or other immigrant communities. Moossavi doesn't consider, of course, the fact that many young Muslims in Europe identify publicly with the global jihad and against Western ideals of freedom and democracy.
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Germany: Father and brother jailed for 'honour killing'

A 50-year-old Turkish man was jailed for life in Germany on Tuesday over the brutal "honour killing" of his 20-year-old daughter, a murder carried out together with the victim's twin brother.
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Monday, December 28, 2009

'Berlin's attitude on Iran contrasts with historical lessons'

By BENNY WEINTHAL
The disclosure in mid-December that the German engineering giant Siemens purportedly sold the Iranian regime technology for its nuclear weapons and missile program is the most recent example of the flourishing, and largely unregulated, German-Iranian trade relationship.
Siemens is said to have used its Swedish subsidiary to transfer nuclear weapons equipment to the value of $23 million to Iran. Der Spiegel reported that the turbo compressors can be used for Iran's missile program.
A second revelation of German-Iranian trade involved the British Navy's confiscation of sophisticated automatic computer technology designed for the operation of Iranian nuclear power plants.
The infamous Nokia deal, a Siemens-Finnish joint-venture, which supplied surveillance equipment to the Iranian regime, hurt Siemens' reputation abroad but the company continues unabated to trade with Iran. The high-tech monitoring technology can be used to track air flight movements and telecommunications between Israel and Iran.
In June, the tracking technology was used to stifle Internet, cellular, Twitter, and land-line communications among pro-democracy Iranian demonstrators.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Discrimination! Going After Bosnia's Constitution

On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled that the Constitution of Bosnia-Herzegovina discriminated against minorities by allowing only Serbs, Croats, and Muslims to run for certain public office. The lawsuit was filed several years ago by Jakob Finci, a Jew, and Dervo Sejdic, a Rom, prompting countless headlines along the lines of "Bosnia discriminates against Jews and Roma."
As is usually the case with anything concerning Bosnia, the truth is somewhat more complicated that a sound bite.
The said Constitution was drafted in 1995 as one annex of the Dayton Accords, the peace agreement that put an end to three and a half years of vicious civil war. Its authors are not Bosnian, but rather Western diplomats, led by U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke. Most of the provisions in the peace treaty focused on a power-sharing arrangement between Bosnia’s three principal ethnic communities, the Muslims (calling themselves Bosniaks), the Serbs, and the Croats. Collective rights of ethnic communities thus took precedence over individual civil rights.
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Bomb scare diverts US-bound German flight

A false alarm over a suspicious suitcase forced the landing in Iceland of a German airliner bound for Detroit, national flag carrier Lufthansa said Sunday.
A spokesman for the airline told reporters that the Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt on Saturday with 160 people on board was carrying luggage from a passenger who was not on the plane.As a precaution, the pilots landed the Airbus A330 in Iceland, where the baggage was removed. The flight then continued on to Detroit with a delay of about two hours.
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Wrath of the Eagles: World War II Novels on Draza Mihailovich and the Chetniks

By Carl Savich
In 1943, a second major novel on Draza Mihailovich and the Chetnik guerrillas was published in the United States by E.P. Dutton in New York. The Wrath of the Eagles: A Novel of the Chetniks was written by Austrian-born émigré author Frederick Heydenau who recounted the emergence and exploits of the guerrilla resistance movement led by Draza Mihailovich.
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German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg preparing to throw democrats under the bus: "Afghan democracy impossible"

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg told the Sunday edition of the tabloid Bild newspaper that Afghanistan was simply not suited to democracy, and that any realistic government in the country had to include the Taliban."I have long since become convinced that because of its history and its cultural orientation Afghanistan is not suited to being a model democracy, measured by our standards," said Guttenberg, who has come under intense pressure over his ministry's public relations disaster following a deadly air strike in Kunduz in which up to 142 people were killed. The minister added that in order to achieve a lasting peace in the country, including moderate Taliban in the government should not be ruled out. "In a country with so much regional diversity, we cannot exclude an entire people like the Pashtuns if we want a sustainable solution in the future," he said.
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Hohenlimburg Castle, Germany

Friday, December 25, 2009

Could Jesus Live Safely In Bethlehem Today?

by Phyllis Chesler
It is Christmas 2009, and instead of peace on earth and good will towards all, Muslims are busily blowing up churches and Christians all over the Islamic world.
This is an awful reality but it is neither recent nor unexpected. Perhaps what is even more awful is the world’s silence and seeming passivity. We in the West who believe in religious tolerance have not stopped the persecution of Christians in Muslim countries. In the name of political correctness, we have also “tolerated” the often aggressive demands for mosques, public prayer, minarets, and loudspeakers on our own soil even though there is absolutely no reciprocity towards Christianity (or any other non-Muslim religion) in most Arab and Muslim countries.
For example, this year, in a church in Bellinzona (Ticino, Picture), in Switzerland, a Nativity scene displays Jesus surrounded by minarets! “The unusual scene is supposed to make people reflect about brotherhood and human rights, after 57% of the Swiss (and 68% in Ticino) recently voted against minarets on mosques. On the crib are verses from the Bible and the Koran on the topic of water.”
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Christmas in Europe, 1944

American troops spent Christmas of 1944 repelling a surprise Nazi offensive. The Battle of the Bulge would turn out to be the single largest and bloodiest battle American forces experienced in World War II.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Kidnapped German family may still be alive in Yemen

A video from recent weeks in possession of the German government shows the three young children alive, an official revealed to the paper. “The children look exhausted,” the official said. The Saxony family of health workers Johannes and Sabine H. has not been seen since they were abducted along with four other foreigners in the country’s Saada province in mid-June. Authorities there believe that the kidnappers may be Shiite rebels from the mountainous region near the Saudi border. Three of the hostages – two German women and a South Korean woman - were found murdered by Yemeni authorities three days later.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More Swiss Anti-Dhimmitude

by sheikyermami
YES! Perhaps the Swiss will demonstrate to the rest of the political correct nations, that it is time to take a stand to protect, and maintain indigenous race and culture, before the Islamic tsunami consumes us all.
New Swiss Referendum to Deport all Criminal Immigrants
The Swiss people recently ratified a referendum that forbids the construction of Muslim mosques with minarets attached, and now Swiss People’s Party proposed the organizing of a new referendum that will deport from Switzerland all immigrants who committed a crime.
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European Governments' End Run Around the Law: Belgium Grants Amnesty to 50,000 "Individuals" Instead of Collective Amnesty

by Paul Belien, Hudson Institute
Belgium has just granted amnesty to 50,000 “individuals” -- thereby deliberately attempting to replace one population by a very different one - all the while claiming that this is not collective amnesty. There are conspiracy theories that hold that Europe’s political establishment is deliberately attempting to replace the continent’s population by an entirely different one. Although conspiracy theories are rarely true, Europe’s political establishment is making it extremely hard for the skeptics to refute them. Take, for instance, the recent Belgian amnesty for illegal aliens. Last July, the government of Belgium announced a collective amnesty for illegal ...
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Eurabia vs. Israel on Jerusalem

by P. David Hornik
The recent Swiss vote to ban minarets was seen by many as a further indication that European populations are waking up to the threat of Europe’s Islamization and the need to stop the trend. If so, the European Union—the centralized bureaucracy that, as documented in Bat Ye’or’s important book Eurabia, went “over the heads” of European publics to meld the European and Arab/Muslim civilizations in the first place—still hasn’t caught up and remains locked in a pro-Arab/Muslim disposition.
At least, the EU’s stance on Jerusalem would suggest so.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

One more dhimmi-idiot from Germany: Let's talk to the Taliban, says Guttenberg

The German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg called on Sunday for greater dialogue with moderate Taliban where possible, as part of a reassessment of Germany’s strategy to stabilise Afghanistan.
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Was Alija Izetbegovic a Holocaust Denier?

Alija Izetbegovic was invited in 1993 by the U.S. government through the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum along with Milan Kucan and Franjo Tudjman to attend the opening ceremony. Amid controversy and outrage, Tudjman attended, as did Kucan. Yet Izetbegocvic did not attend, although invited. The U.S. Holocaust Museum and the U.S. State Department were the strongest and most vocal backers of his allegedly secular, pluralist, Kemalist, multi-ethnic regime. Why did Izetbegovic not attend? Why did he snub the Holocaust Museum? Was Izetbegovic a Holocaust denier, a Balkans genocide denier?
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Turks, irked by Swiss minaret decision, threaten to kill priest

That'll show us.
And of course, for many, it will. There are so many cowards in the West, who would rather give up all their principles than suffer any inconvenience or face any threat.
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The Real Balkans Deniers

In “Balkans deniers”, in the December 7, 2009 Timesonline, Oliver Kamm castigated the so-called Balkans deniers. Kamm is engaging in hypocrisy and self-denial. Who are the real Balkans deniers?
Franjo Tudjman denied the Holocaust and the genocide commited against Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies at the Jasonavc concentration camp, set up and run, not by German occupation forces, but by Croats themselves. In the New York Times article “Anger Greets Croatian’s Invitation to Holocaust Museum dedication” by Diane Jean Schemo from April 22, 1993, it was reported that Tudjman argued in his historical account published Wastelands: Historical Truth (1988) as that 900,000 Jews were killed in the Holocaust, not 6 million, which was an exaggeration. This is Holocaust denial. Franjo Tudjman is a Balkans denier. Where is Oliver Kamm’s outrage and condemnation? Why is there no discussion of this blatant Holocaust denial by Marko Attila Hoare? To add insult to injury, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum invited Franjo Tudjman, a known Holocaust and genocide denier and neo-Ustasha ultra-nationalist, to the opening ceremony of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Why was this done? Tudjman was a U.S. client and proxy in the Balkans. He could be used as an ally in the war against Yugoslavia and Serbia.
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serbianna.com

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Dark Lessons of Eurabia

by Jamie Glazov
A former Mossad agent who hunted terrorists in Europe offers some dire warnings:
Today we are concerned with containing and eradicating the H1N1 virus, when there exists a far more dangerous virus poised and primed to annihilate us. This virus I refer to as the radical I.S.L.A.M virus.
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Swiss Vote: Not dominated by fear, but cool reflection of what Islam is – that brought the minarets down

by sheikyermami
Here is the man behind the minaret vote – Oskar Freysinger of the Swiss People’s Party:
In Europe, people envy us. I’ve received a huge number of emails from France and elsewhere. People regret that they do not have the instruments to allow them to express their will. In fact Switzerland, at the heart of Europe, has just given an incredible lesson in civic spirit, against the politically correct, against the elites, against the media and against the monumental pressure of uniform thought. That could give ideas to the people who surround us, and that is feared by the European intelligentsia.Based on the thousands of messages and reactions I received, I can detect the tendencies. Throughout the campaign, it was not fear that dominated but a cool reflection, relatively specific and neutral in tone about what Islam is and its doctrinal incompatibility with our state based on law.
As for a constitutional court, it is a system imaginable in a country where the parliament alone determines the laws. But in Switzerland the people are sovereign. Introducing a system like that would go back to muzzling the people. In any case, what makes lawyers better able to distinguish what is for the best or worst for the citizens?
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Catholic school girl found dead in Dresden in a hostel for asylum-seekers -- The suspect is a 32 year-old asylum-seeker from Pakistan

The girl (Picture), who attended the St. Benno high school, was found around 8:30 am in a Johannstadt hostel for asylum-seekers a police spokesperson told the paper. Authorities are now searching for a suspect that they believe may have been involved in the crime. Sources at her school told the paper that the suspect, a 32 year-old asylum-seeker from Pakistan, was the victim’s boyfriend. More information on the events leading up to the murder will be revealed in a statement on Friday, police said.According to the paper, officials at the university-track school were informed of the student’s death on Wednesday. Students had planned to perform an Advent concert that evening, but held a prayer service for the victim instead. Ministers have been made available to counsel the students, and classes for the students in the victim’s grade were cancelled on Thursday, the paper said.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Are There Moderate Muslims Against Minarets?

Picture: WELTWOCHE.ch
by Andrea Loquenzi Holzer, Italian Journalist and Research Fellow, The Magna Carta Foundation
The ban on the construction of new minarets in Switzerland does not mean that the Swiss people are against Muslims, it means that they are against radical political Islam. The nationalist Swiss People’s Party campaigned against the construction of new a religious building with posters of a women covered by a black burqa. At her back, on the ground, is a Swiss flag stabbed by several missile-like minarets (http://steynian.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/sriimg20091006_11314328_0.jpg). It couldnot be more eloquent: the SPP claimed that minarets are not religious but political symbols and are therefore unconstitutional. However, the ban brought many fingers pointing at the Swiss people’s faces: they were called racists. But these are the same Swiss that - in the name of pluralism - comfortably fit four different languages, nationalities and religions, including Islam, together in the same State. Foreign French Minister, Bernard Kouchner called the ban “a manifestation of intolerance”. Swedish politicians (currently chairing EU) said that the “minaret ban” is...
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Making sense of modern anti-Semitism

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
A telling example of Europe's failure to grasp the contemporary manifestation of anti-Semitism took place in Hamburg. After anti-Israeli German Leftists in late October prevented the showing of director Claude Lanzmann's debut film, Why Israel, he termed last week the German media's indifference to the ban of his film as the "larger scandal."
Germany is a peculiar case. The government pledged to combat global anti-Semitism at a 2004 conference in Berlin. However, BBC polls in 2007 and 2008 show Germans (tied with Spain in '08) as harboring the most anti-Israeli attitudes within the EU.
Critics charge that many policy-makers and politicians are consumed with preventing harm to dead Jews rather than focusing on threats to living Jews. Petra Pau, a Left Party MP in the Bundestag, frequently issues the results of her parliamentary queries documenting vandalized Jewish cemeteries in Germany. Yet Pau avoids criticizing members of her party who equate Israel with Nazi Germany, and who attended pro-Hamas and pro-Hizbullah rallies during Operation Cast Lead and the Second Lebanon War, where calls for the destruction of Israel were advocated.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Towards a World Without Nuclear Weapons? Lecture about STOP THE BOMB at Vienna International Centre

Speakers: Tariq Rauf (IAEA), Simone Dinah Hartmann (STOP THE BOMB – Coalition against the Iranian extermination program)
Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 15:00 h
Vienna International Centre, Wagramerstrasse 5, M-Building, Multimedia Room G0545
A ground pass is required to enter VIC. If you do not have a permanent pass, please mail your name to reno@wvnet.at not later than 13 December.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Stephan Grigat: Europe and Iran -- List of Terrorists instead of dialogue

(Published in the Austrian daily Wiener Zeitung, December 4, 2009)
While the remarkably resilient liberation movement in Iran continues to defy life-threatening danger by going out on the streets against the "Islamic Republic", having announced new mass protests for "Students' Day" on December 7, politicians at home continue to court a regime that leads on the West with delaying tactics about a nuclear program that is evident to all eyes and that by no means is a massive threat only to Israel.The day before yesterday, the leader of the OeVP delegation to the European Parliament, Ernst Strasser, met with the Iranian ambassador to the EU, Ali Asghar Khaji, for a conversation. Strasser, whose party ally and president of the chamber of commerce Christoph Leitl vehemently promotes an expansion of economic ties to Iran, thus continues on the road of Austrian cooperation and appeasement toward a regime that organizes conferences on Holocaust denial and utilizes its returns from external trade to support jihadist terror. Whoever talks to representatives of the "Islamic Republic" declares that the policy of the Iranian regime is worth discussing and stabs the opposition in the back.Foreign affairs minister Michael Spindelegger has recently expressed "a clear No" toward new gas deals with Iran. And the planned several billion Euros deal of OMV may really be frozen. The question now is why should this impress Austrian companies that are not in the natural gas business? Especially considering that such statements are only promulgated as political oratory without being translated into legal regulations.For the time being, such positions are only of use in providing some support for the increasingly louder criticism of the tentative actions of Austria. Why should a company like KTM, whose motorcycles are reportedly appearing in military parades in Iran, take the rhetoric of the foreign minister serious? Or the Graz-based construction firm Andritz with its own office in Tehran, which is suspected of involvement in deals with the revolutionary guards, who in the meanwhile are estimated to control up to 70 percent of the Iranian economy.Anyone in Austria who might be seriously willing to put an end to the 30-year-old ongoing policy of cooperation and appeasement with the Iranian regime could take an example from the Netherlands parliament. This parliament has just resolved to obligate the government in The Hague to promote the addition of the revolutionary guards to the EU's list of terrorist organizations. Not that this would be enough for consistent action toward the Iranian regime, but it would still be explicitly more than the current statements of Austrian politicians, that are made without consequences.

Phyllis Chesler: Vienna, My City of (Anti-Semitic) Dreams/Nightmares

This past Saturday evening, Chabad rabbi Dov Gruzman was conducting the annual ceremony to light the public Chanukah menorah in Stefenfaltz Square in Vienna, Austria. Suddenly, a local Muslim rushed over, began cursing the Jews, then “hurled himself” at the Rabbi, punching and kicking him. As the rabbi tried to hold off his attacker, the Muslim suddenly “bit his victim, severing part of his finger.” The attacker was caught and arrested; the rabbi was hospitalized, and doctors tried to reattach his finger.
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Srebrenica Forensics: 1919-1923 Victims in Total

Dr. Ljubiša Simić, pathologist and forensic expert who had full access to the Hague Prosecution’s forensic evidence in relation to the alleged “Srebrenica massacre”, found the scientific evidence of the Srebrenica hoax: the total number of victims, the number of the executed victims, the time of death and the causes of death tell a story that is entirely different from the official myth.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Austrian Rabbi Attacked After Chanukah Menorah Lighting

Moments after presiding over a public Chanukah menorah lighting in Vienna’s Stefenfaltz Square Saturday night, Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Dov Gruzman was evacuated by ambulance when a man appeared out of the crowd and attacked him, biting the rabbi’s finger.
Gruzman, who serves as principal of the Lauder Chabad High School in the Austrian capital, underwent a partial amputation of his finger and is expected to remain in the hospital for two more days. According to Rabbi Jacob Biderman, chairman of Agudas Chasidei Chabad of Austria, Gruzman had just finished assisting Israeli Ambassador Aviv Shir-On in lighting the city’s central menorah before a crowd of more than 1,000 people when the assailant attacked. After the assault, Gruzman asked that the ceremony continue.
News reports identified the suspected attacker, who was taken into custody, as Muslim. An apparent motive has not been announced.
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Europe Says Jerusalem Should Be a Two-State Capital

by Soeren Kern
Are Europeans and Palestinians colluding to force Israel into accepting a Palestinian state?
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Protests against business with Iran at Siemens shareholders' meeting in Munich

A rally will be held on the occasion of Siemens' annual shareholders' meeting at the Olympia Hall in Munich on Tuesday January 26th, 2010 to protest the company's strong business ties with Iran. Protests will start at 8:30 am. In 2008 alone, Siemens exported goods worth 438 million Euros to Iran. Siemens Nokia supplied the Iranian regime with the surveillance technology that is now being used against the freedom movement.
More details soon at http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/

Saturday, December 12, 2009

UPDATE: Protest against Ahmadinejad in Copenhagen

On December 17 and 18 the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to speak at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen. STOP THE BOMB will protest in Copenhagen and has also put online a special website, where you can find all details regarding the protests. Additionally you can sign a online petition adressing the EU participants of the conference and you can send protest letter to the Hilton hotel, where the Iranian delegation plans to reside.

Siemens probed over Iran exports

The German government is considering prosecuting the Siemens corporation for selling two pieces of technology to Iran that could have been used for missile launches and nuclear power, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday. The two instances are currently being discussed by the government's export commission.One of the cases under investigation concerns a shipment of turbo-compressors seized by customs authorities in the port of Hamburg, which investigators believe could have been used in Iran's rocket programme. The high-tech components, valued at €16 million, are part of a package worth €80 million. The delivery was apparently on its way from a Siemens base in Sweden to Iran.In the other case, the British navy stopped a ship near Dubai, on its way to Iran from China, containing computers used for control engineering. The computers, which can be used for operating nuclear power stations, had apparently been delivered by Siemens to a Chinese address and had been ordered by an Iranian firm.A Siemens spokesman denied the company had broken export restrictions. "Our business activities in Iran serve exclusively civilian purposes and follow international regulations," he told the magazine. But the spokesman refused to answer questions on the specific cases.
DDP/The Local

Friday, December 11, 2009

Protest against Ahmadinejad in Copenhagen

Between December 12th and 18th, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other representatives of the Iranian regime are going to attend the Copenhagen Climate Conference. Various groups, among them STOP THE BOMB, will voice their protest and organize rallies. For more information and to sign a petition against Ahmadinejad's appearance in Denmark go to http://copenhagen.stopthebomb.net/
Furthermore, the address of Ahmadinejad's hotel in Copenhagen can be found on that website. We encourage you to send a protest note!

Swiss Minaret Ban: Muslims’ Rights vs. Non-Muslims’ Rights

by M. A. Khan
The Swiss ban on mosque-top minarets on the ground of its being a symbol of political domination of Islam, an instrument incompatible with the secular Swiss society with strict separation between religion and state, has attracted widespread condemnations worldwide. Most of all, Switzerland is poised to be brought before the European or the U.N. Commission of Human Rights because the ban, if enforced, would constitute a violation of religious freedom of Muslims. Does the minaret ban constitute a violation of Muslims’ religious freedom? It may constitute such a violation, but only to a small measure, as their freedom of worship, including the freedom to build mosques, is not tampered with. The Minaret, religiously, is not a major component of Islam. On the flipside, the Swiss ban may represent a backlash against the widespread Muslim violation of religious freedom -- even the right to life -- of non-Muslims. While the world has engaged in the intense condemnation of the Swiss minaret ban as a violation of Muslims’ religious freedom, hundreds, probably thousands, of non-Muslims across the Muslim world have been suffering intimidation and violence, even death, for simply being non-Muslim or trying to observe their religious rituals and rights in the most peaceful and submissive manner. Over the past weeks, while the Swiss minaret ban hysteria was going on, a 3,000-strong hysterical Muslim mob engaged in rioting in Egypt, attacking Christians and their businesses -- a frequent occurrence. Additionally, Muslim extremists in Uganda attacked a Sunday church congregation, wounding many and damaging the church; Islamic radicals executed...
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Spread of Islam feared by 3 out of 4 Germans

A poll by Infratest dimap for public broadcaster ARD showed a third of those asked expressed great concern that Islam was growing too quickly in Germany. Thirty-nine percent were still worried about Islam’s impact on society, but to a lesser degree. Only 22 percent said they had no problem with the religion.A separate survey for daily Berliner Morgenpost and broadcaster RBB showed, however, that a majority in the German capital did not support banning the construction of mosques with minarets as Switzerland did following a recent referendum on the issue.Fifty-three percent of those Berliners surveyed rejected slapping such restrictions on Muslim houses of worship, whereas 40 percent supported such a move. Seven percent had no opinion on the matter.Both surveys polled 1,000 people each.
DPA/The Local

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Perilous Country: World War II Novels on Draza Mihailovich and the Chetniks

By Carl Savich
The guerrilla resistance movement under Draza Mihailovich in German-occupied Yugoslavia dominated the news during World War II. It was only a matter of time before accounts of his exploits would be transformed into other media. In May, 1943, John Creasey, a prolific British crime fiction author, published The Valley of Fear, a spy thriller on Draza Mihailovich and the Chetniks. The novel, reprinted as The Perilous Country, focused on the guerrilla war in Yugoslavia waged by the Chetnik guerrillas under Draza Mihailovich.
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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Switzerland: Last Bulwark Against The Judges

by Paul Belien, Hudson Institute
In a recent referendum, a majority of the Swiss approved a ban on the construction of new minarets in their country. Now activist European European judges may tell Switzerland to lift the ban. The Swiss, however, might not be impressed. On November 29, a 57.5% majority of the Swiss voters, approved a ban on the construction of new minarets in their country. The four existing minarets are allowed to remain, and the building of new mosques - Switzerland already has some 200 mosques - is also permitted, but the Swiss electorate does not want any new minarets towering over Swiss cities and villages. The referendum result was not the answer the Swiss federal government in Bern wanted. The government had actively campaigned for a “No” in the Ban-the-Minaret referendum. Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said she was “shocked and disappointed” by the outcome. Turnout for the referendum was unusually high, with 53% of the electorate casting a vote and an overwhelming majority of 22 of Switzerland’s 26 cantons supporting the ban. If Switzerland were part of the European Union (EU), the Swiss would no doubt be made to vote again until they give the answer their government wants. That is what some self-declared “democrats” are, indeed, proposing. - “The Swiss will have to vote again,” Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the leader of the Green group in the EU Parliament told the Swiss newspaper Le Temps. - “But the Swiss people have spoken…,” Le Temps objected. - “So what?” Mr. Cohn-Bendit said. Switzerland, however, is one of the few nations in Europe that is not...
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Will Europe Put its Foot Down?

by Hege Storhaug
“Either Islam will be Europeanized, or Europe will be Islamized.” In recent years this prediction has been made by many major experts, among them the American Bernard Lewis, the Syrian-born German Bassam Tibi, and the French Gilles Kepel. This is, without question, an uncomfortable and sensitive topic, but it’s one that is very pertinent now that the Swiss have put their foot down and said that they will not accept another minaret within their borders.
In recent decades, Islam has exploded in Europe. You can see the changes with your own eyes from year to year – whether it’s the increasing presence of hijabs on the street in a city like Oslo, or the bearded men with ankle-high baggy pants, or the new and resplendent mosques that are under construction. For my part, I’ve noticed an increasing insecurity and unease among “ordinary” people who feel like aliens in their own country. People ask: what is the purpose of this project? Don’t we, as a nation, have a right to pass our own cultural legacy, our traditions and values, on to our children and grandchildren? Should we, in the name of tolerance, give in to the demands made by “others” whose influence is growing, and whose voices are becoming louder, as their numbers increase? Or as a Norwegian Labor Party politician said to me in a private conversation: “On the day that most of the members of the city council are Muslims, what do you think will happen to the right of Oslo bars to serve alcohol?” Another leading Laborite with over a couple of decades’ experience in politics put it more bluntly when I asked him “What you think about immigration from the Muslim world?” The answer was so crisp, merciless, and genuinely felt that I gasped: “What have they contributed?” Period.
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Minarets and the Concept of Reciprocity

Picture: Blick
by Phyllis Chesler
The mainstream media continue to decry the Swiss referendum on minarets. To date, the New York Times has published one editorial and five additional articles on the subject, including one today. Perhaps The Paper of Record views the 30% of the electorate who actually voted in Switzerland as traitors to their own multicultural, anti-racist, politically correct belief system.
The problem is that the Islamic world today does not share this hallowed belief system. Actually, it never did. Rather, it has destroyed or built over synagogues, churches, and temples, and denied that such infidel places of worship ever existed. Note the fevered Palestinian attempts to claim the Temple Mount, where once the ancient Jewish Temple stood, as really “Islamic.”
The Islamic world does not allow new synagogues or churches to be built. Either at all — or without great difficulty. (Yes, certain Muslim countries may now “restore” synagogues as museums. There are no or very few Jews left and the synagogues are not fully functioning places of worship.) Further: Muslim fundamentalists currently persecute, torture, and murder those Christians who dare remain in the Middle East, and they kidnap, forcibly convert, and “marry” their very young daughters.
It is time to demand — or at least to expect — reciprocity. Otherwise, we are really being racist in having one (higher) standard for Westerners and another (much lower) standard for the barbarians.
Granted: The West is not as barbaric and intolerant as the Islamic world; we do not willingly wish to become intolerant. Yet, tolerating the intolerant is unwise, or as the Jewish sages tell us: Being kind to the cruel results in cruelty to the kind.
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Swiss Minarets and European Islam

by Daniel Pipes
What importance has the recent Swiss referendum to ban the building of minarets (spires next to mosques from which the call to prayer is issued)?
Some may see the 57.5 to 42.5 percent decision endorsing a constitutional amendment as nearly meaningless. The political establishment being overwhelmingly opposed to the amendment, the ban will probably never go into effect. Only 53.4 percent of the electorate voted, so a mere 31 percent of the whole population endorses the ban. The ban does not address Islamist aspirations, much less Muslim terrorism. It has no impact on the practice of Islam. It prevents neither the building of new mosques nor requires that Switzerland’s four existing minarets be demolished.
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Monday, December 07, 2009

Geert Wilders Receives Summons: Sledgehammer Blow to Free Speech

The 20th of January 2010 will be a crucial day for defending our freedom. This is the day when the political trial against Geert Wilders will start. Yesterday, Geert Wilders was summoned by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) on behalf of the Court of Justice of Amsterdam. The indictment reads: group insult of Muslims, incitement to hatred and discrimination against Muslims due to their religion and incitement to hatred and discrimination against non-western immigrants and / or Moroccans due to their race. Geert Wilders: "On the 20th of January 2010, a political trial will...
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German c'tee: 'Shoah survivors lack objectivity'

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT IN BERLIN
A newly formed blue-ribbon government committee to combat anti-Semitism is embroiled in a dispute over a discussion of whether to avoid working with survivors of the Holocaust because they are not "objective" and "too emotional" The Jerusalem Post has learned from sources who have access to committee meetings.
That revelation last week, along with statements from Dr. Juliane Wetzel, an academic and member of the government commission, who allegedly said in the meeting that she will not allow herself to be "blackmailed by lobby-groups," caused turbulence among the committee members.
A person who participated in the commission meeting is suspected of leaking the proceedings to the media and was denied access to an internal commission e-mail list.
The Bundestag passed a resolution in 2008 to form a committee to report on anti-Semitic crimes, support the growth of Jewish life in Germany and broaden public school education covering those areas. The committee was established on the 70th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom. The pogrom resulted in a wave of state-sponsored violence against German Jews on November 9, 1938.
Elke Gryglewski, from the House of the Wannsee Conference and one of 10 members on the commission, said in a meeting in early November, that Holocaust survivors are "not objective and too emotional," according to sources. Asked about the statement, Gryglewski told the Post, "One cannot expect that survivors are objective. We are all not objective...the commission will, of course, continue to work with the Jewish community."
Professor Arno Lustiger, a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and a leading historian in Germany, rejected Gryglewski's understanding of Holocaust survivors as lacking objectivity. He told the Post last Friday that "I have heard that all my life. That is well known of German historians."
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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Swiss ban on minarets was a vote for tolerance and inclusion

By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Islam is an idea about how society should be organized: the individual's relationship to the state; that the relationship between men and women; rules for the interaction between believers and unbelievers; how to enforce such rules; and why a government under Islam is better than a government founded on other ideas. These political ideas of Islam have their symbols: the minaret, the crescent; the head scarf, and the sword.
The minaret is a symbol of Islamist supremacy, a token of domination that came to symbolize Islamic conquest. It was introduced decades after the founding of Islam.
In Europe, as in other places in the world where Muslims settle, the places of worship are simple at first. All that a Muslim needs to fulfill the obligation of prayer is a compass to indicate the direction of Mecca, water for ablution, a clean prayer mat, and a way of telling the time so as to pray five times a day in the allocated period.
The construction of large mosques with extremely tall towers that cost millions of dollars to erect are considered only after the demography of Muslims becomes significant.
The mosque evolves from a prayer house to a political center.
Imams can then preach a message of self-segregation and a bold rejection of the ways of the non-Muslims.
Men and women are separated; gays, apostates and Jews are openly condemned; and believers organize around political goals that call for the introduction of forms of sharia (Islamic) law, starting with family law.
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Trial and Error

It doesn’t help Serbia’s case any that its challenge before the ICJ is a publicity stunt. The current regime in Belgrade, installed through the efforts of Washington and Brussels, doesn’t want to fight for Kosovo. It was President Tadic and his Democratic Party that scuttled the previous government’s efforts to mount a response to Kosovo’s declaration of dependence, bringing down the government in the process. Though its electoral slogan was "Both Kosovo and the EU," it has since done everything to suck up to the EU, and nothing to recover Kosovo.
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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Albania to take in more Guantanamo terrorists

Albania says it has agreed to accept more former Guantanamo detainees, but not members of China’s ethnic Uighur Muslim minority.
Prime Minister Sali Berisha announced the decision following talks in Tirana on Wednesday with U.S. special envoy for Guantanamo Daniel Fried.
But Berisha said his small Balkan country could take no more Uighurs from Guantanamo for fear of prejudicing Albania’s relations with China. Five Uighurs were among the eight former detainees from the U.S. prison in Cuba that Albania took in 2006.
The Uighurs are from Xinjiang, an isolated region that borders Afghanistan, Pakistan and six Central Asian nations. They say they have been repressed by the Chinese government, but it claims they are leading an Islamic separatist movement.
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Friday, December 04, 2009

Why the Swiss Were Right to Prohibit Construction of Minarets

by Hege Storhaug
The European media are crowded with editorials condemning the Swiss for voting to prohibit the construction of any more minarets in their country. Here in Norway, the newspaper Dagsavisen went furthest of all, devoting its entire front page on Monday to a comparison of the entire nation of Switzerland with Nazi brownshirts. The front-page illustration did not admit to misinterpretation: the Swiss were Nazis, period.
Virtually all of the media went on autopilot in their abuse of the Swiss. What is at issue is the supposedly “sacred” freedom of religion, which has become an icon especially among left-wing intellectuals and the European niceness industry as a whole. But hold it for one second: As far as I’ve noticed, no major commentator or intellectual who has blasted Switzerland for this plebiscite has taken into account Islam’s political content. Can anyone in my own country of Norway, for example, point to a single — I repeat, a single – Muslim congregation within our borders that is secular? That is, a single congregation that rejects sharia and Islam’s political ambitions?
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“Minarets Are Our Bayonets”: The Swiss Vote To Ban Them

by Soeren Kern
Swiss voters on November 29 overwhelmingly approved a referendum to ban the construction of minarets, the tower-like structures on mosques that are often used to call Muslims to prayer. The surprise outcome of the referendum, which passed with a clear majority of 57.5 percent of the voters, represents a turning point in the debate about Islam, not only in Switzerland, but across Europe more generally. The initiative was sponsored by the conservative Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which argues that a minaret is a symbol of Islamic intolerance. The SVP, which also happens to be the biggest political party in Switzerland, says the minaret is really an emblem of war. It describes the minaret as a “symbol of a religious-political claim to power and dominance which threatens - in the name of alleged freedom of religion - the constitutional rights of others.” The SVP backs its claim by citing a famous remark by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who once implied that the construction of mosques and minarets is part of a strategy for the Islamization of Europe. The pro-Islamist Erdogan said: “The minarets are our bayonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the faithful our army.”
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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Germany: Conservatives say Muslims must show restraint with mosques

Following a controversial Swiss referendum to ban mosques with minarets, Christian Democratic state interior ministers in Germany on Thursday recommended Muslims show restraint when building houses of worship. “Naturally the Muslims in Germany have a right to build mosques. But they should make sure not to overwhelm the German population with them,” Hessian Interior Minister and conservative Christian Democrat Volker Bouffier told daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.Large mosque minarets or domes that dominate the skyline will only create fears of Islamisation and fuel protests, Bouffier told the paper, explaining that the country’s state interior ministers would address the topic during their regularly scheduled conference on Thursday. Afterwards the ministers plan to make an appeal to Muslim associations to avoid such structures, even if they are legal according to building regulations, in addition to “further intensifying the dialogue with Muslims in Germany,” he told the paper. Organisations such as the German Islamic Conference (DIK), a federal Interior Ministry initiative intended to foster dialogue between Muslims and the government, are the way forward for continued understanding, he added.
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Has Germany learned from its Nazi history?

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JPOST CORRESPONDENT IN BERLIN
Where is the intersection of the trial of alleged Nazi guard John Demjanjuk and the Islamic Republic of Iran?
The Demjanjuk trial is an example of Germany grappling with its historic responsibility to the victims of the Holocaust and to universal justice. Yet with regard to its more future-oriented responsibility to prevent Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons and its threats to obliterate Israel, critics say Germany is stumbling.
The cross-paths of Iran and Demjanjuk were evident at the international Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin conference "Time to Act" this past weekend.
The Berlin conference's policy experts, journalists and academics raised questions about Germany's historic responsibility to Israel and the lessons from genocidal Nazi anti-Semitism.
The head of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism, Dr. Charles Small, rhetorically asked if Germany had extracted lessons from the Nazi period in order to prevent an Iran-organized Shoah. His answer: No.
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Clemens Heni: Open Letter to German President of the Bundestag -- Antisemitism and the Dr. Lammert as patron of the ISHR

On December 3, the German group „International Society for Human Rights” (ISHR) will award several media prizes (5000€ altogether) in a day-long event hosted in the Berlin based office of Schleswig-Holstein, a German Federal Land south of Denmark. The patron of this event will be Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag. The event is part of a series of ISHR called “teaching dictators lessons”. In fact however, ISHR is known for its own right-wing extremism, including anti-Semitism and Israel-hatred.
Prof. Menno Aden from the directorate of ISHR will give a welcoming speech, and will also be on the symposium in the afternoon. Aden was chairman of an Evangelical-Lutheran church until 1996, and is well known for his right-wing activism. Worse, in an interview with Islamist journal “Muslim Markt” in January 2009 he praised Ahmadinejad’s Christmas greetings to the Christian world in 2008, urging the world to become more religious. Not a single word about Iran’s anti-Zionist anti-Semitism. Muslim-Markt has been making anti-Semitic propaganda for years, e.g. urging its readers to boycott Israel. Not a word about this from Prof. Aden. Again, in June 2009, Aden gave the same people a video-interview which can be seen online, saying, for example that “homosexuality is a sin” and „absolutely intolerable”.
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Matthias Küntzel: The West goes wobbly on Iran

On November 18, Iran’s foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki rejected a proposal that his country should export some 70 percent of its low-enriched uranium for further processing abroad. On November 20, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany met in Brussels and urged Iran to reconsider. “I continue to hold out the prospect that they may decide to walk through this door,” explained Barack Obama, though he noted at the same time, “Over the next several weeks, we will be developing a package of potential steps .  .  . that would indicate our seriousness to Iran.” Russia’s foreign ministry, as usual, contradicted him: “There is currently no discussion on working out additional sanctions against Iran.”
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Bosnian Sheikh condemns Swiss minaret ban

Head of the Bosnian Muslims Sheikh Mustafa Ceric condemned the Swiss vote banning minarets as an infringement of human rights that was part of a wider European “moral crisis.”
Sheikh Ceric also that the Swiss decision is a flagrant violation of the freedom of religion and that the referendum itself is a disregard for the religious rights of Muslims.
Sheikh Ceric said that Switzerland has set a precedence that may be followed by other countries, especially the European ones.
Germany’s Bild paper writes that Germans would probably vote the same way if they were allowed a referendum on the issue.
“Nowhere is life made harder for Christians than in Islamic countries. Those who are intolerant themselves cannot expect unlimited tolerance from others,” writes Bild.
Sheikh Ceric says that Swiss had shown an “inability to respect the human rights which are the foundation stone of European values,” Ceric said.
Sheikh Ceric claims that Bosnian Muslims, who comprise a large colony in Switzerland, are part of the European cultural legacy.
“Nowhere is life made harder for Christians than in Islamic countries. Those who are intolerant themselves cannot expect unlimited tolerance from others,” writes Bild.
Bild says that Muslims are an alien culture seeking to “to impose one’s own beliefs on others with ‘fire and the sword.’”.
“Those who are intolerant themselves cannot expect unlimited tolerance from others,” writes Bild.
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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Int'l conference urges aggressive Iran sanctions

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Two-thirds of Iran's industry, including its energy sector, is dependent on German equipment, and that is where the Islamic Republic is vulnerable to sanctions, the spokesman for a German pro-Israel group said earlier this week.
Michael Spaney, who represents the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin (MFFB), pointed this out in a speech to a Berlin conference titled "Time to Act," which took place Saturday and Sunday and was organized by the MFFB.
The conference, a Who's Who of academics and policy makers, urged Europe to embrace a tougher approach to modify the jingoistic behavior of the Iranian regime. The panel speakers also sought intensified support for the Iranian democracy movement.
Scholars and think-tank experts from the United States, Europe and Israel pushed for the European Union to reinvigorate the sanctions strategy against Iran.
Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi , head of the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels, termed the current diplomacy track with Iran a "dead end" because deadlines are being ignored by the parties.
Ottolenghi advocated a potent mix of crippling economic sanctions on the Iranian energy sector, and a global human rights campaign championing the pro-democracy and free trade union movement in Iran.
He cited the imprisonment of the Teheran bus union leader Mansour Osanloo as a pressing human rights cause. The regime incarcerated Osanloo in 2007 for his efforts to organize an independent labor union.
Daniel Schwammenthal, an editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal Europe, said at the session on Israel's security that "a fanatical religious regime and one of the world's biggest sponsors of terror is threatening to wipe Israel off the map while it is racing toward acquiring the means to carry out this apocalyptic vision. While denying the Holocaust, it is simultaneously threatening another genocide, and yet Germany and much of the rest of the West is idly standing by."
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“I Hope the West Does Not Give In”: An Interview with Seyran Ates

This interview with Turkish-German lawyer, Seyran Ates, first appeared in the land of the fjords, the land of oil, the home of the political correctniks who choose and bestow the Nobel Peace Prize. I am talking about Norway, where my friend and colleague, the American author Bruce Bawer, also lives. Bruce has written a number of important books such as While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying The West From Within and Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity.
Bruce (who currently has a piece featured on Pajamas) is the one who translates my work into Norwegian. Two far-sighted women, Rita Karlsen and Helge Storhaug, publish Human Rights Service as an online journal in both English and Norwegian.
I first “met” Seyran Ates when I was researching my book about Islamic gender apartheid and its penetration of the West. Thus, I quoted her twice in The Death of Feminism. I recently met Seyran for the first time in person in Rome at the G8 conference; I wrote about it for PJM here. We bonded. But, we really met when Seyran came to stay with me in New York City.
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Monday, November 30, 2009

Eurodhimmis unite against Swiss minaret ban

"Vengeance, boycotts, retaliation ... this clash with Islam could cost dearly." Don't resist Islamic supremacism! It might make the Islamic supremacists angry!
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Symposium: How to Deal With the Iranian Regime?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, starting at 5:30 pm
Venue: Haus der Begegnung Mariahilf
Königseggasse 10, 1060 Vienna
(between Otto-Bauer-Gasse and Loquai-Platz, U3 Zieglergasse, Bus 13A, 14A, 59A)
with Amir Taheri, Ilan Berman, Jana Hybaskova, Simone Dinah Hartmann and Christian Ultsch
For further details go to:
http://at.stopthebomb.net/en/symposium-011209.php

Switzerland and the Minaret

Nearly 58% of Swiss voters Sunday cast their ballots in favor of banning the construction of new minarets in the Alpine republic, a surprise result that led at least one Swiss member of parliament to declare that “the foundations of Switzerland’s direct democracy have failed.”
That is clearly wrong. Swiss direct democracy shows its mettle when Swiss voters use it to stand up to their political elites, as happened here. Having said that, Sunday’s vote, for all the hand-wringing leading up to it, was a decidedly mild-mannered sort of protest. The construction of new minarets is banned, but the building of mosques is unaffected, and the vote does not affect the four existing minarets in the country. Nobody’s freedom of worship is threatened, but a symbolic message has been sent.
But what message, exactly? The vote betrays an undercurrent of fear among the Swiss—a fear that is not without cause. There is no denying the connection between radical imams and terrorist acts. Nor should anyone look away from the fact that too many European Muslims flatly reject the norms of their host countries, sometimes in ways that are criminal: honor killings, child brides and the like.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

The West Begins to Fight Back

Its’ a quiet New York Sunday and I’m sipping my coffee, reading my email, the newspapers, the online media, and looking out my window at newly bare branches in a weak winter sun. Suddenly—small miracles begin to appear.
According to the BBC, more than 57% of Swiss voters in 29 cantons supported a referendum proposal to ban the building of minarets. Partial results from the final canton indicated 68% of people there supported the ban.
Look: I happen to like minarets but I also understand that today they unfortunately symbolize radical Islam which is a bad thing for women and other living beings.
Western as well as Muslim and other immigrant women who wish to assimilate have the most to lose if radical Islam takes over. Thus, early on, women led the Swiss in a poll about whether or not minarets should be banned. Only 31% of men compared to 39% of women voted for the ban. Some say this was due to a vigorous feminist campaign about women’s rights. Socialist politicians viewed the feminists as unacceptably anti-immigrant. Women viewed the minarets as unacceptably anti-woman.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Germany home to 90 combat Islamists: report

There are about 90 combat-trained Islamists in Germany moving among underground networks, Focus magazine reported Saturday, as intelligence agencies and police prepare to overhaul the country's anti-terrorism approach.
Some 30 of them have actual fighting experience through clashes with US or Pakistani soldiers, the magazine reported, citing German security sources.In total, 185 Islamists trained in terrorist camps in central Asia had lived or worked in Germany in the past 10 years, the sources said.New, young radicals were no longer recruited only through mosques, but also in universities, prisons and sports clubs, the report said.The security sources wanted Germany to take a stronger stance in the future towards deradicalising young Islamists.According to a separate report in magazine Der Spiegel, the Joint Terrorism Defence Centre (GTAZ) – a co-operation between various German police and intelligence agencies – will hold a forum in December to overhaul the country’s anti-terrorism strategy and come up with fresh approaches.The efforts would be aimed at native German converts to Islam, as much as radicals with immigrant backgrounds.Until now, anti-radicalisation measures had been piecemeal across Germany’s states, ranging from educational comic books to one-on-one conversations with violence-prone Islamists, the Spiegel report said.The forum, organised by the Interior Ministry, would also study Jihadists who had already been convicted and imprisoned, as they posed their own danger in jail, where they could radicalise other prisoners.To fight this problem, moderate Imams and Islamic organisations could be brought into counter the influence of radicals in jails, the Spiegel report said.
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Switzerland’s Minaret War

Swiss voters go to the polls on November 29 to decide the fate of a referendum to ban the construction of minarets, the tower-like structures on mosques that are often used to call Muslims to prayer. The initiative is being promoted by the conservative Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which argues that a minaret is a symbol of Islamic intolerance.
The SVP, which also happens to be one of the strongest political parties in Switzerland, says the minaret is really an emblem of war. It describes the minaret as a “symbol of a religious-political claim to power and dominance which threatens — in the name of alleged freedom of religion — the constitutional rights of others.”
To support its position, the SVP cites a famous remark by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who once implied that the construction of mosques and minarets is part of a strategy for the Islamization of Europe. The pro-Islamic Erdogan said: “The minarets are our bayonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the faithful our army.”
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2012

By James Bowman
Not, I hope, to seem too much devoted to my one of my pop-cultural hobbyhorses, but the attraction of apocalypse movies to a mass audience seems to me to be essentially the same as the attraction of superhero movies. Both, that is, are forms of power fantasy designed to appeal to the younger -- and, increasingly, older -- adolescents for whom Hollywood movies are now made by satisfying the urge to be rid both of their feelings of weakness in relation to the adult world and their sense of helplessness under the crushing burden of the past. In Roland Emmerich's 2012 the frisson of excitement as we watch the collapse and utter destruction of the Washington Monument, the Vatican, the White House and (as you will have seen on the posters) the Art Deco Cristo Redentor that overlooks Rio de Janeiro cannot be unrelated to a general sense of relief at seeing the symbols of Western civilization at last deprived by raw nature of their power to intimidate.
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Friday, November 27, 2009

The “Prague Declaration” is Europe’s new Antisemitic Poison -- Fighting Antisemitism while supporting Antisemitism?

Contradictions of a Berlin conference
by Dr. Clemens Heni
Can we fight one form of antisemitism while supporting another? Have a look at what is planned this week-end in Berlin. The groups “Mideast Freedom Forum” and “Stop the Bomb” are organizing a conference on Iran, entitled Time to Act. Indeed: it is time to act against Islamo-fascist Teheran, which works to produce nuclear weapons and said it wants to wipe Israel off the map. Every effort has to be undertaken to help stop Iran going nuclear.But this Berlin conference most recently announced very proudly that they invited as a key speaker, Czech politician Jana Hybaskova. With no personal disrespect to Ms. Hybaskova, sorry, but it is not OK to deal with Iran and invite a politician with Hybaskova’s record on a cardinal Jewish issue in Europe: the history of the Holocaust at a time when “another branch” of antisemitism, with this politician’s help, is working overtime to delete the Holocaust from European history and try to make “equal” the perpetrators and victims of the Holocaust.
If someone is seriously concerned about the threat of antisemitism, that person cannot be active in supporting or initiating antisemitism in the EU and promoting the Prague Declaration, while donning philo-Semitic clothing when it comes to the faraway Middle East.There is a lot to learn from this Berlin invitation to a leading figure of the Holocaust Obfuscation movement.
The following article, co-authored by Professor Dovid Katz, Vilnius (Lithuania), explains. Readers are respectfully referred to my paper, and to a page on the Jewish protests against the Prague Declaration.
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Holland votes to put Iran's RGC on EU-terror list

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT IN BERLIN
A majority of the Netherlands parliament voted this past week to place Iran's elite military unit, the Revolutionary Guards, on the European Union (EU) terror list. The Dutch resolution appears to be the first European motion to target the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity. The resolution cited the IRGC's support for Hamas and Hizbullah as reasons to label the Guards as an unlawful organization fomenting terror.
A second anti-terror resolution was also passed by the Dutch parliament. That motion urges the UN-affiliated International Maritime Organization (IMO) to bar Iran from "accession" to the IMO council because of Teheran's "illegal transportation of weapons."
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Germany: Man gets life after court rejects appeal for sister's 'honour killing'

A German-Afghan man who stabbed his teenage sister to death in a grisly "honour killing" was sentenced to life imprisonment after a court in Karlsruhe rejected his appeal on Thursday.
In a crime that outraged Germany, the man, identified only as Ahmad-Sobair O. knifed his 16-year-old sister Morsal 23 times as he believed she brought dishonour to their family by wearing Western-style clothes and make-up.The Federal Court of Justice said it was "convinced that the accused committed the crime because his sister, in his opinion, had 'stained the family's honour'."The court rejected the appeal that the man was psychologically deranged and upheld the initial judgement by a lower court in Hamburg, in the north of the country.The killer, aged 24 at the time, had said during his trial that he was "sorry from the bottom of his heart" for his actions. "That was my sister and I loved her," he told the court, breaking down in tears.Germany has been shocked by around 50 so-called "honour killings" since 1996, mainly in the country's large Turkish diaspora.
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Bielefeld/Germany: 'Zionist' Holocaust survivor's lecture canceled

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT IN BERLIN
The left-wing Autonomous Youth Center (AJZ) located in the university city of Bielefeld in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has been accused of anti-Semitism for canceling a lecture last week by Karl Pfeifer, a prominent Austrian Jewish journalist and survivor of the Shoah. The 81-year-old Pfeifer was told two days before the scheduled lecture on "Hungary 2009: anti-Semitism, hate against Roma and Sinti, and neo-Nazism" that the AJZ pulled the plug on his talk because as a Palmah soldier he allegedly participated in the massacre of a Palestinian village. Speaking from Vienna, Pfeifer told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that "the unit was not involved in a crime. The point is not what I did or what I am doing, but what I am. When I was child, I heard the 'the Jew is guilty.'"
Yet a modernized version of anti-Semitism has appeared, according to Pfeifer, and now "the anti-Semites replaced the word Jew with Zionist."
According to the minutes of the November 17 meeting where Pfeifer's planned lecture was terminated, participants said, "He is a Zionist."
However, the minutes of the meeting state that even the AJZ "members conceded that they did know if the information is accurate" regarding Pfeifer and the Palmah.
In an e-mail to the Post , Theresia Julianow of the AJZ wrote that the "topic and the continued handling" of the Pfeifer matter will be discussed next week at a residents' meeting and a statement will be issued.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hamas site encourages Europe attacks

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JPOST CORRESPONDENT IN BERLIN
The educational content of the Hamas children's Web site Al-Fateh (The Conqueror) is not a form of pedagogy, but an "indoctrination to suicide bombing," said David Oman, the director of communications for the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-SE) on Tuesday at a press conference at the Regent Hotel.
Gert Weisskirchen, a former Social Democratic Party MP and chairman of the OSCE on combating anti-Semitism between 2004-2008, introduced the IMPACT-SE study, and said that "there is a chance to prevent the indoctrination of children and youngsters in Germany and all over Europe."
The study "Al-Fateh - The Hamas Web Magazine for Children: Indoctrination to Jihad, Annihilation and Self-Destruction" took place from September 2002 to April of this year.
Oman cited the "friends of Al-Fateh" entry of the young German-Palestinian child Muhammad Warad as growing evidence of the spread of radical, anti-Western Hamas ideology.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

PM defends building in Gilo to German FM

By HERB KEINON AND BENJAMIN WEINTHAL IN BERLIN
New German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle arrived in Israel Monday evening for his maiden visit in his new position, amid increasingly strident statements coming from Berlin over construction in east Jerusalem and the settlements.
Westerwelle met Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu soon after his arrival, and raised the issues of settlement construction and the approved housing units in Gilo.
Netanyahu, according to officials in his office, said Israel was not going to build any new settlements or expropriate any new land to expand existing settlements, and was willing to put restraints on new housing starts in the West Bank.
Regarding Gilo, the prime minister told his visitor that the neighborhood was just "three to four minutes from the Knesset," not a settlement, 40-years-old and an integral part of the capital.
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World Court statement on Kosovo criticized

Professor of International Law Tibor Varadi expressed his dismay at the recent statement by the President of the International Court of Justice, Hisashi Owada, who said that the Court’s ruling on Kosovo separatists illegal declaration of independence will not be clear.
“If it is true that Mr. Owada said that the Court’s advisory opinion on the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence, which was requested by the UN General Assembly, would not be unequivocal, then the statement is completely unorthodox and, for me as a lawyer, shocking,” said Varadi. Speaking for the Russian RIA Novosti, Owada said that the Court will write a 30 page opinion on Kosovo’s illegal declaration of independence and that the opinion will not contain a clear yes or no answer
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SERBIANNA

Berlin plans 'integration contract' for immigrants

The government is planning to institute "integration contracts" for immigrants to encourage them to become contributing members of the country’s society, Germany’s integration commissioner announced on Monday.
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Police locate synagogue vandal suspect in Dresden -- Algerian man is accused of daubing swastikas and anti-Jewish statements

Dresden police announced on Monday that they have found a suspect in the defacement of a synagogue that took place two days ahead of the 71st anniversary of the Nazi Kristallnacht pogrom this month.The 39-year-old Algerian man is accused of daubing swastikas and anti-Jewish statements along several metres of a wall outside the synagogue on November 7, the Saxony state office of criminal investigation said. Eyewitness accounts and surveillance videos helped them reconstruct the crime and apprehend the Dresden resident on Saturday.“But there were no grounds for arrest,” spokesman Christian Avenarius said. The man is not known to have previously committed politically motivated crimes.He is now being investigated for incitement of hatred with symbols used by unconstitutional organisations, the spokesperson said. The swastika and other Nazi symbols are illegal in Germany. Kristallnacht, or “The Night of Broken Glass,” saw Nazi thugs attack hundreds of synagogues and Jewish businesses across Germany on November 9, 1938. Some 90 Jews were killed and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested for deportation to concentration camps.
DDP/thelocal.de

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Chetniks: 1942 New York Times Book Review



The wartime novel Sergeant Nikola: A Novel of the Chetnik Brigades by Istvan Tamas was reviewed by Fred T. Marsh in the Sunday, December 13, 1942 New York Times Book Review, Section 6, pages 26-27, in “The New Works of Fiction: The Chetniks”. The novel is about the Chetnik guerrilla movement led by Draza Mihailovich. The story revolves around the three Vasiljevich brothers, Nikola, Joco, and Stoyan, and their widowed mother who live in Belgrade. Their mother owns a Belgrade news stand which was given to her after her husband was killed. Nikola is a paper boy who sells and delivers newspapers. Nikola, the oldest, went to the same school as Yugoslav King Peter II, along with 11 other poor students. Joco shines shoes. Stoyan is a waiter. The novel consists of letters that Nikola has written to his mother, who he does not know is dead, “a victim of the Nazi terror.” The novel starts on February, 1941, before the German invasion of Yugoslavia on April 6, 1941 and ends on September, 1942, when the narrator leaves Belgrade. Marsh described the unique characteristics of the novel: “Charm and humor and the touch of legend and fairy tale are not ordinarily associated with Nazi invasions.” Marsh reviewed “this story of the Serbian irregulars under General Draja Mikhailovitch of the Chetniks.”
serbianna.com/blogs/savich

Sunday, November 22, 2009

No Love Lost Between Germans & Turks

by sheikyermami
Germany: “Almost Half of Turkish Migrants Want to Leave”
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'Why Israel' film canceled after violent German leftist protest

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, BERLIN
Prominent French Jewish filmmaker Claude Lanzmann expressed "shock" last week that German leftists in Hamburg had violently prevented the showing of his debut documentary film, Why Israel, about the role of the Jewish state as a homeland for refugees.
In late October, the 1973-produced film was scheduled to be shown at the B-Movie cinema, but roughly 50 left-wing activists from diverse anti-Israel groups affiliated with the anti-Zionist International Center B5 barred visitors from entering the movie house.
In Why Israel, Lanzmann - perhaps best known for his groundbreaking documentary Shoah - depicts Israelis who found refuge in Israel after the Holocaust.
The movie house said in a statement that it had been compelled to cancel the film screening and a podium discussion because "we were threatened with violence."
According to eyewitness reports in the German media, left-wing protesters ranging in age from 16 to 70 shouted "Jewish pigs" and "faggots" to the cinema attendees. A pro-Israel left-of-center group, Kritikmaximierung, cosponsored the showing of the film.
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jpost.com

Saturday, November 21, 2009

EasyJet grounds in-flight magazine after Holocaust gaffe -- Airline U-turn follows Holocaust Memorial fashion shoot

Images from easyJet's inflight magazine's fashion shoot
The airline easyJet is withdrawing all copies of its in-flight magazine, easyJet Traveller, after a row erupted over a tasteless fashion shoot at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.
The airline took the decision after being contacted by the New Statesman this afternoon.
The latest issue of the in-flight magazine featured two unsanctioned photographs of models posing in designer clothes among the famous concrete blocks of the "Field of Stelae", Germany's foremost memorial to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide.
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newstatesman.com

German-Iranian Relations -- A lovers' discourse

by Benjamin Weinthal
On November 3, six days before the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, freshly reelected German chancellor Angela Merkel delivered what many German commentators deemed to be the speech of her political career before a joint session of Congress. Merkel championed the unwavering contribution of American presidents Reagan, Bush senior, and Kennedy in bringing down the Berlin Wall.
The Merkel administration's own derelict Iran policy, however, has bolstered the wall between the West and the aspirations of hundreds of thousands of Iranians seeking a democratic nation as well as a break with the jingoistic foreign policy of their mullahs.Her robust rhetoric in Washington--"zero tolerance must also be shown if .  .  . weapons of mass destruction fall into the hands of Iran"--is belied by the ongoing sweet talk between Tehran and Berlin.
This long-standing lover's discourse, initiated by German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher in 1984, is largely defined by the Islamic Republic's infatuation with German technology, and the Federal Republic's willingness to reciprocate--for example, by permitting Siemens-Nokia to supply surveillance technology to the Iranian regime in 2008. The monitoring equipment was used to stifle Internet, Twitter, mobile, and landline communications among Iranian protestors following the rigged election in June.
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weeklystandard.com